She-Hulk Smash!

Puzzle Quest 2 (DS)
The first Puzzle Quest from 2007 was a mixture of a Bejeweled-esque puzzle game and an RPG and it worked really well. Puzzle Quest 2 takes the first game and streamlines it and improves it. This time they added the use of weapons which require action points to use in addition to the five colors of mana that are still regulated to casting spells of various effects. They also added various new matching puzzles for looting treasure chests, picking locks, and disarming traps. There’s lots of enemies to battle during your side missions and main quest and its all got that addictiveness that can suck you in for hours at a time. My only real problem is that the story is really light on the details and thus very shallow and not all that interesting. After defeating the final boss the game just kinda ends with no credits roll making it somewhat anti-climatic. With that said I still recommend Puzzle Quest 2 to anyone that the concept of puzzle+RPG sounds interesting to, even if you haven’t played the first one just skip it and get PQ2.

RATING: 4 out of 5 / 8.0 out of 10

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3)
Let’s get this out of the way: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is absolutely awesome when it comes to the core fighting. It’s fast, frantic and a ton of fun! The roster is varied and really well fleshed out, from old standbys like Ryu, Magneto, and Storm to fantastic newcomers like Amaterasu, She-Hulk, and Dante. It’s a roster that gives you enough fan favorites and more obscure characters to keep it fun and interesting and not too predictable. Unfortunately everything else around the core fighting is extremely lacking. The kind of modes, features, and content that is standard in fighting games today are mostly mysteriously absent. Where are the other play modes such as survival and time attack? Where are the other features such as spectator mode when in an online lobby or an in-depth tutorial? Where is the expected and announced content like fully animated endings and other ways to flesh out the story? None of this stuff is in there. We’re talking 16-bit fighting game standards here and it sucks. If the rest of the game was there like it should have been then I would have easily given this game at least a 9.0 without question, but as it is I have to skimp on my rating just like Capcom skimped on the content of this game.

RATING: 4 out of 5 / 8.0 out of 10

マーヴル VS. カプコン

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