Posts Tagged ‘Retro Review’

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EU Release Date: Sept 19, 1997 (Original)
Jul 23, 2014 (Remake)
Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants (Original)
Just Add Water(Remake)
Publisher: GT Interactive (Original)
Oddworld Inhabitants (Remake)
Total play time: 1:28:00 (Level 1)

Cover ArtOddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was a platform game in 1997 for the PlayStation and PC. The game focuses on a strange creature called Abe, a Mudokon slave in the Rupture Farms meat processing plant. After discovering that the farm bosses want to turn the Mudokon species into snacks, Abe begins an escape attempt, taking as many of the others with him as possible.

The gameplay is really quite straightforward. You move around the levels, getting the others to follow you to the escape portals while avoiding the armed-guards, traps, bombs, holes, motion-detectors, carnivorous creatures, gas clouds, electric beams and meat saws. Simple.
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Rating: 6.5 stars
EU Release Date: Feb 23, 2007 (for PlayStation 2)
Total play time: 120:00:00 (approx.)

FFXII Cover ArtYou’re a wounded soldier fighting to save his King and country from an invading empire. You’re the last of the resistance forces. You fight the enemy bravely alongside famous knight Captain Basch fon Ronsenburg, battling to reach your king before it is too late. Basch encourages you, teaches you everything you need to know and gets you to the monarch safely. And then kills him. And you. Bummer.

The story of FFXII centres on the Kingdom of Dalmasca, invaded and taken over by the Archadian Empire two years ago. The game’s protagonist, a teenage boy named Vaan, is an orphan, his brother killed by a traitor captain in the war. Spurred on by dreams of becoming a sky pirate, Vaan rebels against the Archadian Empire and finds himself and his friend Penelo caught up in a battle that could change the fate of the entire continent of Ivalice. Along the way, he meets dashing sky pirate Balthier and his moody partner Fran, the traitor Basch himself and the rightful Princess of Dalmasca, Ashe, who is supposed to have killed herself after the war. Together, they fight to see the Kingdom of Dalmasca freed from Archadia’s rule. There are plenty of twists in the story along the way and nothing is ever quite as it initially seems.

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