LTTP: Persona 4

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for us to catch up and write about games we missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

Just under sixty hours were dedicated to completing Atlus’ latest entry to their Shin Megami Tensei Persona series. Persona 3: FES set a precedent for what I was expecting out of Persona game. There was going to be relationship development. There was going to be a serious dose of style. There was going to be some wickedly streamlined turn based battles. Persona 4 delivered on those expectations and then some. Atlus outdid themselves with Persona 4; it’s one hell of a game.

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Flower Review

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For $9.99 CAD you can download ThatGameCompany’s Flower from the PlayStation Network store. As a fan of all things beautiful, unique and cheap, I embarked on the nature filled journey. What I took away from this “artsy fartsy” title may not gel with the expectations of others, but that’s to be expected; Flower isn’t your typical game.

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LTTP: Dead Space (PS3)

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for us to catch up and write about games we missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

The era of Electronic Arts and new original intellectual properties has returned. This past holiday season we witnessed two new franchises sprout from two of EA’s most talented teams: Mirror’s Edge from DICE and Dead Space from EA Redwood Shores. Admittedly, I was amongst the skeptics when I first laid eyes on this sci-fi horror title; it reeked of Doom 3 and its derelict setting. I discarded those prejudicedes, gave Dead Space the benefit of the doubt and I was handsomely rewarded for it.

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LTTP: Yakuza 2

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for us to catch up and write about games we missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

Videogames can be more than just entertainment. They can be a vessel for escape, a glimpse to something foreign or even a tool of learning. I didn’t think of Sega and Amusement Vision’s Yakuza 2 as any of that prior to my time with it. To say I was enamored by this action adventure would be putting it lightly. I adored Yakuza 2 for everything it did right and respected it for everything it attempted. So let me delve a bit deeper and explain why this PlayStation 2 game was one of my surprises of 2008.

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