The mobile police at home

The Super Famicom's rather plainly titled Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor game, um, Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor (from the same development team later responsible for the Saturn's Gundam Side Story trilogy) defies neat description. Much like the source material it's a game filled with enormous mechs more than capable of punching each other to bits yet fighting isn't always the answer, a game … Continue reading The mobile police at home

Students, statistics, and bloodthirsty beasts

In 1945 a mysterious black moon appeared in the sky and waves of mythical beasts - goblins, gorgons, naga, and worse - began to roam the land, their only goal to kill, without malice or anger, every human they could before they expired. It's now 1999. Humans have been erased from entire continents and the situation is … Continue reading Students, statistics, and bloodthirsty beasts

A city with one street

Over the past few days I've been replaying my way through Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3, the PSP exclusive sequel to Irem's great but questionably localised (and now sadly expensive) Raw Danger. It's a playable disaster adventure shot through with an unexpected dose of chilling realism, the game's opening transitioning from a conspicuously ordinary bus ride into the city … Continue reading A city with one street

Pocket-sized panics

The WonderSwan exclusive "Novel Theatre" game Terrors 2 offers users three unrelated but hopefully spooky stories to choose from once the standard-issue creepy laughter's died down on the title screen, with a shorter fourth, final, and equally disconnected tale unlocked after you've cleared them (and made sure you've saved too). This bonus piece isn't a … Continue reading Pocket-sized panics

Gotta hack ’em all!

For an adventure game with such impressive development talent behind it - that'll be Red Entertainment (Sakura Wars, Galaxy Fraulein Yuna) and Creatures Inc. (Mother 3, manymanymanymany very good Pokémon spin-offs) - Japanese DS exclusive Project Hacker: Kakusei failed to do much more on release than exist in as unremarkably and inoffensively a manner as possible, quietly coming and going … Continue reading Gotta hack ’em all!

The horrors of the mind

deSPIRIA's scrappy survivalist future of deadly secrets and grisly monsters, a setting where people try to eke out a life for themselves amongst the decay as androids play the roles of shop assistants and murderers while a powerful religion oversees all, is something of a spiritual sequel to the supremely atmospheric PlayStation title Dark Messiah. … Continue reading The horrors of the mind