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B.L.U.E. Legend of Water, (SLPS-01459)

B.L.U.E. Legend of Water, (SLPS-01459)

B.L.U.E. Legend of Water, (SLPS-01459)

B.L.U.E. Legend of Water, (SLPS-01459)

PlayStation Games – B

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B.L.U.E. – Legend of Water is an action adventure game that allows the player to go in underwater ancient ruins and artifacts to discover and explore in an aquatic environment.

The main character is a seventeen year old girl called Maya, whose adventure starts off with a helicopter trip to the marine research station where her father, Halbert, is working. Maya is fond of the ocean, and soon spends her days swimming around with her pet and trusty sidekick, a dolphin called Luka. Eventually, she stumbles across ancient ruins on the ocean floor, and she’s drawn into a whole new world of underwater exploration and mystery…

BLUELegendofWater-01dObviously, the game puts you in the role of Maya. You swim around with Luka, trying to solve the various puzzles and figuring out the mystery of the submerged ruins. In an attempt to add depth to the gameplay, Hudson has made Luka vital to solving many of the puzzles by making him obey simple commands such as push, stay, or swim away.

But the most crucial point is the gameplay, and this is, to an extent, B.L.U.E.’S saving grace, the sense of wonder and mystery is there. It may be buried deep within the core of the game and require a bit of work to get at, but it’s there.

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Wild Arms, (SCPS-10028)

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Wild Arms, (SCPS-10028)

Wild Arms, (SCPS-10028)

Wild Arms, SCPS-91038 (PlayStation the Best)
Wild Arms, SCPS-91306 (PSOne Books)

PlayStation Games – W

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Wild Arms is a Western-themed role-playing video game developed by Japanese software company Media.Vision and Sony’s internal studio Contrail. Originally released in Japan in 1996 for the Sony PlayStation video game console, it was later translated and released in North America in 1997 and Europe in 1998 by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is noteworthy for not only being one of the first role-playing video games on the PlayStation, but also one of the few to feature a Western American setting and motif. The game features 2D computer graphics for normal gameplay, while battle sequences are rendered in 3D.

WildArms-01dTaking place in the fantasy world of Filgaia, Wild Arms follows the adventures of a band of miscreants and adventurers called Dream Chasers who scour the world in search of excitement and fortune. The player assumes control of a young boy named Rudy who has the ability to operate powerful weapons called Ancient Relic Machines (ARMs), forbidden remnants of a lost age that resemble guns. Along with his companions Jack and Cecilia, the group must use their respective skills to navigate through the vast wastelands and dungeons of Filgaia and prevent an otherworldly threat from reviving their lost leader and destroying the world.

The story builds gradually, and though a bit confusing at times, reveals interesting bits of our characters’ sordid pasts. Overworld adventuring is standard, but Wild ARMs stands out in its Dungeon scenarios, presenting challenging and downright fun puzzles to solve around every corner.

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Vagrant Story, (SLPS-02377)

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Vagrant Story, SLPS-02377

Vagrant Story, SLPS-02377 (Original)
Vagrant Story, SLPS-91457 (PSOne Books)
Vagrant Story, SLPM-87393 (Ultimate Hits)

PlayStation Games – V

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Once a bustling city housing over 5,000 people, a series of disastrous quakes separated the city of Leá Monde from the living world. Now accessible only though gnarled catacombs that run from the city to the shore, it’s a foreboding place where it’s rumored the dead don’t quite die.

It’s in this cheerful setting that we find ourselves accompanying Ashley Riot as he pursues the enigmatic but charismatic leader of the Müllenkamp cult into the doomed city. Vagrant Story takes the player though the catacombs and into the city of Leá Monde all to answer the question of what happened to everyone’s favorite Risk Breaker during the week he vanished into the town.

vagrantstory-01bVagrant Story isn’t like your typical Square offering however. While posing a complex storyline, they’re adapted an almost action based format for the journey. You’ll have to jump precise jumps, solve block puzzles and navigate mazes all by yourself in a fashion strongly reminiscent of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. On the flip side, Square’s fused a menu driven battle interface with a reflex driven combo and defense for a new approach to your basic role playing combat. The combo system employs a new wrinkle. The more successive strikes you manage to connect with, the more often you successfully defend, the higher your Risk points will go. The higher your risk, the more ragged your defense. You’ll also miss more frequently although your chances of making a critical hit increase. Think of it as a fatigue and stress level all rolled into one. In all, it makes for a mix that incorporates multiple game styles while remaining aloof from them all at the same time.

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Uchuu Kidou Vanark (Astro Trooper Vanark), (SLPS-01862)

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Uchuu Kidou Vanark (Astro Trooper Vanark), (SLPS-01862)

Uchuu Kidou Vanark (Astro Trooper Vanark), (SLPS-01862)

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Evil alien forces threaten Mars with their deadly “Zero Field”. Its now up to you to join the forces of the Vanark troopers and save the day before its too late.
Vanark is a 3D action game which plays mostly as a rail-shooter. You fly aboard your state-of-the-art Vanark fighter in a fixed path on several missions controlling your guns and missiles and trying to defeat all the waves of enemy ships and creatures that try to come at you.

vanark-01cEvery now and then you also get to play free-flight stages in deep space where you have full control of your ship, turning the game into a more traditional 3rd-person space sim.

Additionally, between each stage you get to roam freely aboard your carrier ship using 3D characters over pre-rendered backgrounds. In these sequences you’ll get to chat with fellow pilots and move the plot along, which includes triggering cut-scenes as well solving mini-games such as disarming a saboteur’s bomb and other similar activities.

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Tomb Raider 5, (SLPM-86779)

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Tomb Raider 5 – Chronicles, SLPM-86779

Tomb Raider 5 – Chronicles, SLPM-86779 (Original)
Tomb Raider 5 – Chronicles, SLPM-87160 (Capkore)

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Picking up where Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation left off, Tomb Raider Chronicles begins at a memorial service for the intrepid heroine Lara Croft. While friends and family recollect her past adventures through full-motion video sequences, you’ll guide Lara through four previously untold scenarios. These scenarios take place in the city of Rome, aboard a German U-Boat, from a remote island located in Ireland, and within a technologically advanced tower. You’ll use the full-grown adventurer in addition to the 16-year-old introduced in The Last Revelation as you advance through the game. Levels highlight certain aspects of the Tomb Raider series.

tombraider-05eRather than blasting enemy forces, the use of deception and puzzle solving is required on the Irish levels. Whereas the Rome levels are built upon exploration, the German U-Boat is crawling with baddies. Receiving instruction from a faithful companion named ZIP, the tower levels require stealth tactics and strategy.

Stealth is one of the many new features in Tomb Raider Chronicles. Unlike previous titles in the series, enemies react to both sound and sight; in certain missions, for example, you’ll want to be as quiet as possible. Lara is also given some new moves (tightropes, suspended bars) and commands with corresponding animations.

Our faithful heroine can search through top-secret file cabinets and desk drawers while looking for clues and key items. Speaking of which, this game offers an assortment of interactive items as well as an improved version of the item combine feature.

Lara also has access to new weapons including a sniper rifle and a grappling hook gun; all the weapons you loved in the previous Tomb Raider games are also intact. In addition to the aforementioned stealth tactics, the heroine can now engage in sneaky hand-to-hand combat. Here, she’ll secretively incapacitate the desired enemy with chloroform or another substance/weapon.

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