Review Quickies Vol. 5

Point Blank 2 (PS)
+ large amount of carnival-styIe shooting games to play, all in rapid succession
+ provides a good challenge
+ excellent multiplayer
– extremely similar to the previous entry
– not all that fun for long for a single player

In spite of this game’s quality being just as good if not better than the original Point Blank, I rated it lower because of it being nearly identical. They did add a new single player campaign, but it feels tacked on.

RATING: 4 out of 6 / 7.0 out of 10

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition (PS3)
+ still one of the most beautifully animated games ever
+ fantastic technical, nuanced gameplay
+ eclectic, but pretty good soundtrack, plus new remixed tracks
+ online play is pretty good for a fighting game, all things considered
– eclectic cast is hit-and-miss
– none of the options for displaying this game look good
– this game does not teach you anything

People can understandably have a love/hate relationship with this game and I did for the last seven years, off and on. For whatever reason, I decided to get this version too. Coming back to SFIII after a few years and giving it a fresh start has made me able to like and appreciate this game more in the last few weeks than I ever did before. Maybe it has to do with not approaching like it is a Street Fighter game and treating it more like a completely different game. In a lot of ways, SFIII is just that, a non-SF fighter with the SF name and a few SFII fighters guest starring.

One of the issues with this particular version is that none of the display options for this game look good. All of the filters make it look as if someone smeared vasoline on your TV and the unfiltered look is way more pixilated and ugly compared to all previous versions. Those previous versions on PS2, Xbox, and DC look arcade accurate. At least the ‘crisp’ filter is tolerable. Another thing is that this game does not teach you anything. Despite what you may have heard from the “real” reviews out there, there are no tutorials to teach you parry timing, combos (how to do them or positioning or timing). Just dropping you in and saying “do combo X” or “parry move Y” is not teaching or even showing you how to do it.

RATING: 6 out of 6 / 9.0 out of 10

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3)
+ accurate playing versions of the first three MK arcade games
+ default visuals are arcade accurate
– a few minor sound alterations/glitches
– MKII and UMK3 aren’t centered perfectly within the 4:3 aspect ratio
– online play is lag-tastic, especially in MKII and UMK3

A very lazy put together collection that’s as bare bones as it gets. There’s not even any training mode! My first two minuses above are both very minor complaints and are easy to overlook, but they’re still disappointing and it shows just how much of a lazy cash-grab this release is.

RATING: 3 out of 6 / 4.5 out of 10