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November 27, 2012

Android App Spotlight: Need for Speed™ Most Wanted

Need for Speed™ Most Wanted
Do you dare to be the Most Wanted?

Need for Speed Most Wanted on Android is one of the most thrilling and engaging racing game on the platform. The game allows you to evade police whilst driving hard out with other street racers. Included in the game is the Origin feature that allows you to check your stats against your friends.

Here are some features of the game:
  • Drive and customize over 35 of the world's most exciting cars
  • Race the way you want! By popular demand, you can now touch or tilt to steer
  • Use Mods to enhance your car and get ahead of the pack in style
  • Experience the action with mind-blowing graphics and intense full-car damage
  • Earn Speed Points to unlock new cars

Anime Review: Asu no Yoichi!

If you feel like so light-hearted comedy along with some cheesy action and hints of ecchi, then Asu no Yoichi! will definitely entertain you for those few hours that you have nothing to do.

Asu no Yoichi!Synopsis:

His skill with a sword is magnificent but his social skills still need a lot of work! 

After many long years perfecting the art of fighting, 17-year-old Yoichi Karasuma is sent down from the remote mountains where he has been raised thinking that he's going to study some new martial arts techniques... but what he's really going to learn about are some slightly more practical things, like electrical appliances, modern clothing and, most especially, how NOT to make girls want to kill you! 

Unfortunately, that last lesson is one Yoichi may not survive, as his new dojo is infested with the infernal creatures in the form of the Ikaruga sisters, and they don't really seem to understand how "proper" girls are "supposed" to behave! Will Yoichi's bushido blade be struck down by the fearsome charms of Ibuki, Ayame, Chihaya, and Kagome? Or will the equally lethal girls from the rival Tsubame school be his undoing?

Review:

You probably have watched plenty of similar titled anime already and Asu no Yoichi! doesn't really cut it above the rest. However though, you do get the same pleasure as always like any other romantic comedy anime. That said, the story presented here was rather hit and miss. I must applaud the effort into actually trying to turn the story into an action, super power anime but rather, it just felt all too pasted together with the theme of 'romance' and 'comedy' thrown in. The anime starts off pretty predictable with a guy named Yoichi Karasuma being sent down from the mountain to learn about modern society. Of course, since the guy as been living in the mountains for his whole life, he knows nothing about modern culture and technology. You can already guess what happens in the rest of the series. He ends up in all awkward and embarrassing moments with the Ikaruga sisters from the dojo he is training at. The rest of the series just thrown in some rivals in love, a few learning experiences and some light-hearted comedy.

The art was pretty well done with some exceptions of object placement and animation. For a 2009 anime, the art style felt a bit too low quality like other anime released in the same year. Perhaps it was only released only in DVD format that explains lack of some fine detail in characters and environments. However, it was decently well illustrated and animated enough to be enjoyable at the very least.

The voice acting was really good for most for the characters. I noticed some popular voice actors were used throughout the anime and I was pleased with the overall compilation. The sound effects were effectively used and background music for pretty appropriate for the various settings that the battles take place. Theme songs were decent but not that memorable.

As for characters, they were pretty generic and much like any other anime of similar style. The main protagonist, Yoichi is pretty much standard naive and easily embarrassed guy that doesn't know anything above love. Ibuki is the strong-willed girl that doesn't often show her inner emotions. She keeps everything in check and strives to set a fine example to her younger sisters. Ayame is the tsundere one that doesn't really like to associate with anyone or to be honest with herself. Chiyaha is the peppy younger sister that just likes to tease and joke around. She is rarely serious. Lastly, we have Kagome, the youngest sister of the family. She likes to be helpful for others and shows kindness to everyone. So there you have it.

Overall, I enjoyed it for its funny moments at the very least. I didn't mind the comedy action and the romance of it all. I felt the overall story and setting is a bit weak and generic, as if it has already been done and tried before. However, it serves as a good time filler when you have a few hours to spare.

STORY: 6

ART: 7

SOUND: 8

CHARACTER: 7

ENJOYMENT: 8

OVERALL: 7

MeMuMo: Forever We Can Make It! by THYME

Title: Forever We Can Make It!
Artist: THYME
Year: 2008
Comments: Forever We Can Make It! is the catchy opening theme song from the anime To Love-Ru. Is features some nice beats to it and the singing isn't that bad. The melody is also quite lively and energetic. It is a good song to cheer you up or to get you motivated.

Square Enix Lists 5 Elements That Make a Final Fantasy Game

The Japanese game developer Square Enix held a conference in Tokyo last weekend to discuss its recent real-time tech demo Agni's Philosophy: Final Fantasy. During the conference, the creators of the tech demo presented a list of five elements that make a Final Fantasy game:
  • Magic
  • Summoning
  • Gorgeous beauty
  • Refinement
  • Change and challenge
The creators did not go into detail on each of the components.


In a related story, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn director Naoki Yoshida recently discussed what he thought went wrong with the original Final Fantasy XIV massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG). Yoshida was not a staff member on the original game.

In an interview with Kotaku, Yoshida said that for the Final Fantasy XI MMORPG, Square Enix researched the EverQuest game for a year to discover why it was so popular and then created a game that was inspired by EverQuest but added elements that made the game distinctly a Final Fantasy game, such as story-driven content and cutscenes. For Final Fantasy XIV, however, Yoshida said that Square Enix tried to make a game that was different from Final Fantasy XI. Yoshida added that he thought the original creators of the game did not recognize the way that MMORPGs had evolved since Final Fantasy XI.

Yoshida added that "I think it would've been good if they tried seeing what happened if they turned World of Warcraft into Final Fantasy." He said that Square Enix should have similarly had its employees play World of Warcraft for a year for inspiration. Yoshida also said that he thought it was a mistake to release Final Fantasy XIV when it was, and he and his team will be sure not to release the revamp game before it is ready.

The Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn revamp game will host an alpha test this winter, and a beta test from late January to early February.

Source: ANN