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This review is from: Playstation 3
Pros: This title probably will have mixed reviews due to some experimentation that Square Enix is willing to do with the genre.
It definitely distinguishes itself from other FF games in that you control only one character rather than a party. Further, the game imposes a time limit which contains all new nuances of its own.
For example, making you spend your time more effectively rather than spending extra hours searching every possible nook and cranny. Having said that, there's still plenty of time to do everything if that's what you're looking to do. Also, finishing up some quest with just a few minutes left on the clock can feel exciting. Other nuances include that different events and things in the world happen at different times on the clock.
Also, you can approach the different main quests in whichever order or piecemeal that you wish. Probably due to past games being criticized for linearity. I would still not quite call this game "open world," though.
Cons: Some textures, especially the background and walls look grainy on the ps3. In the dawn of next gen console gaming, the previous gen is really starting to show its age. I wouldn't be surprised if a 'definitive edition' of this game (along with the other two in the 13 series) is released years from now for ps4.
I personally found the 'perfect guard' system a bit clunky and difficult to use, you have to guard at the exact instant of the enemy attack, but it's not always too clear when that moment is. Since the exact timing is different for every enemy. Might get more used to it with more time played, but in general it's not a big deal as you can get by without perfect guarding at all.
Other Thoughts: I played with the English voices. I thought the voice acting was surprisingly good, even if some of the writing was... well I guess the game has fantasy in the title. I was really surprised to encounter Steve Blum's voice work on a minor side quest character.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Upper LCD Screen Protective Cover Guard for Nintendo 3DS XL
Pros: This appears to be a replacement for the top screen cover of a 3DS XL. I am not sure if it's the same part actually used by Nintendo, but they look identical down to every detail.
The 3DS XL has a hard plastic cover that is held on by adhesive strips. The LCD screen resides beneath this cover. So this product is just the plastic cover, not an LCD screen -- and it comes with no adhesive strips.
You can safely pry the old cover off of the device leaving the adhesive strips intact without having to dismantle the entire device. Care must be taken not to scratch the device or cause damage to it while prying the cover off. High quality plastic safe pry tools used for taking apart cell phones and other electronic devices are recommended for this.
Also, do not forget to peel off the factory protective plastic film on the new cover before adhering it to the device. Do not get any dust or fingerprints on the cover or LCD screen beneath it while replacing.
Using this part you can cheaply fix top screen cover damage. Useful for refurbishing these devices.
Cons: Ships from outside the USA.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Dragon's Crown PlayStation 3 Game
Pros: Nice to see modern take on the old-school 2d side-scrolling action fighting game. It feels very smooth and fluid, and plays well. There's some depth to character customization via items and/or abilities purchasable through skill points.
Cons: Can feel repetitive to have to replay maps over and over for either loot or to complete "quests."
The game feels like it was built for a touch screen, in the ps3 version you have to manipulate a small hand with one of the control sticks to "click" objects. It's a better experience on the Vita.
Lack of crossplay is very confusing on this title. As it is literally the exact same game on the Vita and you can even share save files between both versions. Having to buy it twice makes little sense for the consumer.
Other Thoughts: On an old school 2d action fighting game controlling the up/down/left/right combos feels a lot more natural on a dpad rather than the analog stick. I switched up the controls to allow for that option.READ FULL REVIEW