Average User Score: 6.4Nov 11, 2013One thing to make clear I only played single player, so the co-op experience might be different.
Out of the three main Dead Space games forOne thing to make clear I only played single player, so the co-op experience might be different.
Out of the three main Dead Space games for me this is the worst one. Although it's not bad, I feel disappointed. This is mainly because the story and atmosphere are less interesting and do not build up tension as well as the second Dead Space did. Cutscenes in which the player didn't know if Isaac was going crazy or possessed were substituted with some trivial lovers quarrel. The second important thing is the gameplay resources in previous games were quite sparse, but in this entry you usually have more ammo and health packs laying about, than you can pick up. There is very little point in saving them for later or even avoiding damage much, just fire away (normal difficulty).
One last thing besides co-op I didn't notice this game bringing in much new stuff except for the weapon crafting (which is alright, but nothing special).
Still, it is a good game it just doesn't live up to its predecessors.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Nov 7, 2013For those seeking a game with an engaging story, interesting characters search no more, you have found it. The story and game atmosphere areFor those seeking a game with an engaging story, interesting characters search no more, you have found it. The story and game atmosphere are for me, the games biggest strengths. If I would to compare this game to another it would be to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, because of how the game is story-driven, of how it pulls you in, surprises and influences you. This game can bring out manly tears, and unless you weren't paying any attention at all to the game it won't leave you indifferent to the characters. This is possible because of the characters, the dialog (level of a good novel), great voice acting, and fantastic music (which you will likely want to listen to a bit even outside of the game). It is also a game worth playing more than once, as the narrative changes a little on your next walkthrough.
The gameplay (fighting mechanics etc.) itself is OK, but no more than that. The same can be said about the graphics.
For me, this was a hidden gem, an experience that won't be forgotten for a long time. For those that like story-driven games, and accept good (not great) gameplay mechanics this is a must have.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Nov 7, 2013This game was a surprise.. and what a pleasant one! After enduring the first half hour of the game (which is its worst part you have to watchThis game was a surprise.. and what a pleasant one! After enduring the first half hour of the game (which is its worst part you have to watch the cutscenes that seemingly last forever, and don't get a chance to save the game until they are over) I realised, that I came upon a gem. I found a game, that in a genius way solves many typical rpg/jrpg issues that usually irritated me so much. The story was nothing special, but I did make me laugh a few times (and facepalm a few times more) theres not much to say about it. The thing that made me spent 50+ hours with this game, are without any doubt the battle system and the great battle soundtrack. The leveling up system makes grinding pointless, instead you increase your characters power by performing alchemy synthesis this is a fun feature, although it is sometimes tiring to get/make the item which is required for an item, that is required for an item... and so on. Still, it is fun overall. Since I wrote, that the selling point of this game is its battle system, let me give an example why I think so:
Take Final Fantasy X for instance although I really liked the game, team management was tiresome... If you wanted everyone to get XP from a battle, you had to switch a character into the battle, execute a single hit or heal with that character and suddenly this character would receive FULL XP points for that battle... because of this I had 3 main characters, and 3 supports that 90% of the time only went into battle for the single hit to get XP so they wouldn't drop behind.
In Mana Khemia 2 you have a maximum of 6 characters in your party, and ALL OF THEM COUNT. No choosing, you will want to, and you will use all of them. That's because of the switch in/out mechanism. When you have more than 3 characters, three are in the vanguard formation, and the rest of them act as support. During an attack or guarding from an enemy attack, you can swap characters if you have a support that is ready to be switched in. Characters that are in support regain their skill points (used for skills) with time, and can execute special actions when swapping in to battle (for example canceling an opponents attack, increasing defense of the whole party for that attack). This makes you want to change the positions of your characters frequently and strategically. It also adds dynamism to an otherwise turn-based combat, as the time for making the decision of performing support-attack and support-defense is limited so the swapping in/out actions are fast and don't slow down the battles pace.
In fact, I am honestly surprised why haven't other companies tried to "adopt" this solution to their games.
Graphically I find the battle animations great, and overall game presentation great. However, because this game is anime-stylish it may not appeal to everyone.
Sound I played many GUST games, and every single one of them had a great, fitting soundtrack. This game is no exception, and with its both battle and map themes it takes one of the top positions in my gaming OST ranking.
So to conclude honestly I would recommend this game to anyone, that isn't allergic to anime-looking games, because of its genius battle system, fun alchemy system, and an excellent soundtrack. I am really really glad I didn't skip this game.
If you like anime-stylish games this is a must have.
If you can bear with it I suggest you try it out.
If you are allergic to such games you'r missing out.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Nov 7, 2013This was the first game I got with my PS2, and one of the best I ever played on it. When I started playing this game, I didn't have a memoryThis was the first game I got with my PS2, and one of the best I ever played on it. When I started playing this game, I didn't have a memory card yet.. but that didn't matter because along with a few buddies I could play this game the whole day (over 100 races, 3 people, the loser gives up the controller) with only the three starting cars available and a single map to race on. Treat this as an indication on how fun the game was (splitscreen road rage rox). The solo campaign was amazing as well providing challenge and various racing/crash modes (for example: normal race, time attack, road rage where you have to destroy your opponents by crushing them into walls/trafic...). Although I currently have a PS3, sometimes I still go back to play this game a little. Oh.. and I don't even really like racing games...
Technically, from a PS2 perspective this game has great graphics, which do NOT fail (especially in single player mode) to give the sense of speed which makes this game such a joy to play. The graphics are accompanied by a fitting soundtrack, which makes you want to go faster and faster. One thing to remember this is an arcade style game, so don't expect any realism in driving your car.
The only thing that bothered my in this game was the loading times and the enemy AI (thankfully only a little bit).
So to conclude in my opinion this game is a "must have" for PS2 owners.… Expand