Archive for July 31st, 2012

It’s an even better day for orcs to die

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Orcs Must Die 2 is pretty much everything I wanted in Orcs Must Die. Namely, a game as good as Toy Soldiers: Cold War.

To see all that stuff in motion reminds me of a carwash. But for orcs. And with blades instead of brushes and acid instead of soap. In the upper left is a net full of boulders that I can drop at any time. On the right, coming down from the ceiling, is a whirring giant eggbeater called a haymaker. It’s positioned over a set of spikes that thrust up through the floor. To the right are jets that shoot out powerful sticky acid. All this stuff is nifty enough. And then I noticed you can scroll the selection box down. There’s whole other screenfuls of traps down there! With the co-op, leaderboards, and a long long menu of stuff to upgrade, this is a game that’s going to have legs where the previous game had stubby appendages.

Getting through Growlanser faster

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Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time is the official North American debut of a game previously available only in Japan as Growlanser IV: Over Reloaded. That was ten years ago, and on the Playstation 2. In case you’re curious why the subtitle was changed from Over Reloaded for the North American release, just say it fast a few times. Yeah, that’s what that sounds like.

With yet another SRPG, Atlus continues to show more love for the PSP than Sony itself. And the re-release has new stuff:

New characters, scenarios, and events are complemented by dramatically improved loading times and a message-skip option that allows players to advance the story at a faster pace.

Hard to believe that ten years ago, people would put up with a 50+ hour game without skippable cutscenes.