Video Game Reviews

Memento Mori 2: Guardians of Immortality
Centauri Production/DTP (Digital Entertainment Pool)
Reviewed on: PC (Exclusive)
Street: 05.13
It’s difficult to narrow down the pain and frustration I encountered with Memento Mori 2. I was promised suspense. I was promised complex puzzles and detailed 3D scenes. Instead, I was given subpar animation, endless tedium and bad background music. The idea behind Memento Mori 2 is you can play as three characters, gathering clues to solve a mystery that alludes to being scary and awesome. Your actions lead to alternate endings, but at what cost? How much clicking do I have to sit through for no payoff? It’s point-and-click, but annoyingly so. Options to click things that don’t add to the story are everywhere, and it is up to you to weed them out. The music doesn’t quite match the tone of the story, it’s light instead of foreboding. The animation is stuck a few years in the past and the voice work is weak. The plot aspires to be something darker when it grows up, but instead chooses to reign it in and not be too exciting. I wished that this was a diamond in the rough but alas, it’s boring, tedious coal. –Rebecca FrostMugen Souls Z
Compile Heart/ NIS America
Reviewed on: PS3 (exclusive)
Street: 05.20
Mugen Souls Z is a Japanese RPG and the anime elements are pretty strong—the story’s odd, the characters are mostly insane and there’s worlds to conquer. You start off as the undisputed god of the universe, Chou-Chou, who has grown bored of ruling the seven worlds she conquered in the previous installment. She discovers another universe with twelve worlds, ripe for the conquering. These new worlds won’t be as easy to subjugate as she thinks—she’ll have to defeat gods on each world to be crowned undisputed god of the new universe. Sadly, her powers get zapped by the first god she encounters. The god, Syrma, is “persuaded” by Chou-Chou’s peons to help her regain her powers and wackiness ensues. The combat is turn-based with crystals on the field that help and hinder, and there are plenty of skills to learn with differing ranges. There’s also space battles with your ship that turns into a mech. My favorite part is something trivial—the item descriptions are hilarious. “Toy Sword: It seriously doesn’t cut anything. Use your imagination!” The graphics aren’t that impressive—they’re pretty standard. It’s fun, but it feels a tad overstuffed with anime clichés.
–Ashley LippertNES Remix 2
Nintendo
Reviewed On: Wii U (exclusive)
Street: 04.24
NES Remix 2 is a great way to reminisce about the good, ole 8-bit days of gaming. The games aren’t simply re-hashed—they’re reduced to their building blocks and slowly built back up until you’re running through entire levels. A challenge can be something as easy as collecting coins to as tough as killing off bosses from the respective worlds. The challenges start off really easy and then get harder and more maddening as you try to score the illustrious rainbow stars on every level. I mean that in a good way—once the challenges get going, some are remarkably intense. The more stars you earn, the more worlds and challenges you unlock. There are many different worlds to visit: Super Mario Bros. 3, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure and even some mash-ups of the worlds. One of my favorite mash-ups is Kirby thrown into Mario’s world, sucking in blocks and collecting coins. In addition to all the challenges (159 in total) there’s a full version of Super Luigi Bros. included. Think Super Mario Bros., but backward and with a brother who can actually jump. NES Remix 2 brings some new life to our favorite old games. –Ashley Lippert