Famitsu reviews Dragon Quest IV, Assassins Creed, Guilty Gear 2 and more

This weeks' Famitsu scores:

Dragon Quest IV (NDS, Square Enix): 9 / 8 / 8 / 9 - (34/40)
Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360, Ubisoft): 9 / 9 / 9 / 9 - (36/40)
Layton Kyouju to Akuma no Hako (NDS, Level 5): 9 / 9 / 8 / 8 - (34/40)
Swing Golf Pangya 2nd Shot! (Wii, Tecmo): 7 / 8 / 7 / 7 - (29/40)
Rekishi Gunsou Presents: Monoshiri Sengoku Ou (NDS, Global A): 6 / 6 / 7 / 7 - (26/40)
Gouma Reifu Den Izuna Ni (NDS, Success): 7 / 6 / 6 / 7 - (26/40)
Nounai Aesthe: IQ Suppli DS 2: Sukkiri King Ketteisen (NDS, Spike): 7 / 7 / 7 / 7 - (28/40)
Rika-Chan DS: Onna no Ko Lesson: Oshare mo Oshigoto mo Omakase! (NDS, Takara Tomy): 7 / 6 / 7 / 6 - (26/40)
Simple DS Series Vol. 27: The Misshitsu kara no Dasshutsu: The Suiri Bangai-hen (NDS, D3): 7 / 5 / 7 / 6 - (25/40)
Disney Princess: Mahou no Jewel (NDS, Disney): 6 / 7 / 6 / 6 - (25/40)
Yes! PreCure 5 (NDS, Bandai Namco): 5 / 7 / 5 / 6 - (23/40)
Tank Beat 2 Gekitotsu! Deutsch-gun vs. Rengou-gun (NDS, MileStone): 7 / 7 / 6 / 5 - (25/40)
SD Gundam G Generation Spirits (PS2, Bandai Namco): 7 / 8 / 7 / 8 - (30/40)
Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes (PS2, Capcom): 8 / 7 / 7 / 7 - (29/40)
Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes (Double Pack) (Wii, Capcom): 8 / 8 / 7 / 8 - (31/40)
Naruto Shippuuden Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX2 (Wii, Takara Tomy): 6 / 7 / 6 / 7 - (26/40)
Tony Hawk's Project 8 (PS3/Xbox 360, Spike): 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 - (32/40)
Guilty Gear 2 Overture (Xbox 360, Arc System Works): 7 / 7 / 7 / 8 - (29/40)
Apocalypse: Desire Next (Xbox 360, Idea Factory): 6 / 5 / 4 / 6 - (21/40)

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MK_Red5988d ago (Edited 5988d ago )

Awesome find and scores. 36/40, glad to see Famitsu giving a great score to a great game.
29/40 Guilty Gear 2 Overture? I was expecting a higher score. Maybe it's indeed not as good as I had hope (Love the 2D ones).

Also, what is that Apocalypse: Desire Next!!??? Anyone know about this one?

Skerj5988d ago (Edited 5988d ago )

Man GG2 got a crazy score, it still looks like Devil May Cry in the GG world to me so I think I'll be picking it up anyway. I really wish the 360 was region free.

HD gameplay montage is attached, the game looks soooooo dope I hope it makes it stateside. It reminds me of Bujingai on PS2 with better combat.

mesh15988d ago

tbh gulty gear series was not to great as the king of fighters series BU THE JAP fighter i wana se is RIVAL SHCOOLS NEXT GEN that was a great game

Skerj5988d ago

I think that's the only time we've ever agreed on something, Rival Schools/2/Project Justice is still my favorite 3d fighter. I somehow don't think Capcom will revive it though. But this Guilty Gear isn't a fighting game, it's more an action adventure that looked pretty damn cool in the trailers.

allforcalisto5988d ago

for once i actually agree with you.

rival schools was another level of awesome, other games seldom get close to.
its weird that i just put up a rival schools wallpaper on my desktop recently.

a next gen rival schools is really necessary. there's far too many serious games out there.

Marceles5988d ago

Yeah Rival Schools was really cool. It totally made me forget about the Street Fighter EX series. The tag-team fighting, mini-games, and story life mode was really cool (because of Tiffany lol). The closest 3D fighter to being like Marvel Vs. Capcom.

The Real Joker5988d ago

Wow! I had no idea that there were that many terrible DS games. I mean come on: Gouma Reifu Den Izuna Ni???? Seriously.

bootsielon5988d ago

Apocalypse: Desire Next (Xbox 360, Idea Factory): 6 / 5 / 4 / 6 - (21/40)

Nice try MSFT


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AC3 was released during a turbulent transition period for Ubisoft and the Assassin's Creed series. It ventured into uncharted territory, narratively and mechanically, which caused it to receive mixed reviews. At its core, though, it's a damn good stealth game.

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isarai184d ago

Nope, I hated 3, connar was bland, literally the most flat character in the entire game. Not to mention to myriad of bugs, camera issues, and that annoying thing where he automatically ditches his weapon you payed for for the sake of a cool finishing move forcing you to trek back to your base after almost every encounter just to re-equip your own weapon. It just didn't work as fluidly as the others like 2 and 4

Samonuske184d ago

The series peaked at AC3 for me. It’s been my favourite in the series. Connor will always be one of my favourite video game protagonists.

Becuzisaid184d ago

No. Game was BORING. Connor was really dull. Environments, while impressive, because of the geographic location and time period were not really exciting to be in. I would love some kind of game set in there colonial American time period, but a game like AC that back then centered around parkour and vertical traversal really didn't fit those environments.

-Foxtrot184d ago


There was a lot of issues but mine is how they handled the war

They told us Connor was not going to get involved, that the war was more of a background setting for the real story and it wasn’t going to be one sided

They lied, even the cinematic E3 trailer showed Connor emerge from the Colonist side and slaughter the red coats to get to his target, inspiring the Colonists to fight back

I just thought it would have made more sense lore wise that the red coats were mostly compiled of Assassins fighting the Colonist templars who wanted to take the new world for themselves.

Since the Red coats lost the war, it would then explain how the Templars started to gain the upper hand and how on the future the assassins were mostly killed off and the Templar’s had pretty much taken over everything.

Instead it just felt like they didn’t want to p*** off the American audience

Even Haytham was cool, he should have been an Assassin through and through and should have been the main lead.

toxic-inferno183d ago

The game even seems to lack the humour of the other games. It almost seems as though the idea of even slightly making fun of American history wouldn't be acceptable.

-Foxtrot183d ago


It just felt super safe

“Better not make the colonists look super bad incase people boycott our game”

jeromeface183d ago

someone missed the whole point

-Foxtrot183d ago

There was literally no point

What I've just said above would at least make sense lore wise and why the Assassins start to loose their war, die off and how the Templars are in control in the future of almost everything....what they did was just, pointless

CrimsonWing69184d ago

I’m one one of those weird people that liked Ass Creed 3, but to be fair I never got around to finishing it.