Review The PS2

Posted on Jul 25th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (ErbBetaPatched)
Posted under PS2, Fullmetal Alchemist, review


I'm back at it again with a review of some beat em ups from my favorite anime, Fullmetal Alchemist. I first watched it probably back in middle school with the original series, and didn't finish Brotherhood until college. The action is sweet, I love how alchemy makes sense in the world and is explained by science, and all the characters are great. I really like Greed, if you can't tell from the video.

Anyway, on to the review...



This review first started back in November or October of 2017, back before I had decided to review Kingdom Hearts RE: Chain of Memories. After XIII, I decided to up my production of these videos and had several written and recorded. I definitely recall having a SOCOM retrospective, a Dirge of Cerberus review, an early prototype for the DBZ video, and a review for The Broken Angel all ready to get edited. Nothing from those videos exists anymore, not even the footage I recorded. At the time I had decided to give the game a "Not Worth Playing" rating and had recorded just the first hour of the game. When I decided to review both of these games, I played through the full game and changed my opinion.

Giving the game a second chance taught me to not go into a review with the rating already decided. This will be especially important with the next review, and I don't recall why I even decided to rate The Broken Angel poorly to begin with. I didn't hate the game when I played it in my youth, but my memory of it probably decayed over time. It wasn't until I trapped a bunch of enemies with a vacuum and blew them up until I realized why I had this split opinion.

As it is, the game is only fine. If you go out of your way to use alchemy whenever possible, it's a lot of fun. When I wrote the review last year I had only experienced the bad parts of the game (maybe because I had already decided to see everything in a negative light). Giving the game a proper chance gave the game the opportunity to remind me why I liked it, although going by other reviews it seems that the consensus is as split as I was.

With Curse of the Crimson Elixir I had a similar problem with trying to force the outcome of the review. I didn't know if this review was going to be a Perfect Sequel. I didn't want to have two of that kind of video in a row. especially since I know there's going to be another Perfect Sequel video coming shortly. Nearly everything about the second game is better than the first one. It's slightly different, and that difference is enough for me to say that each game provides its own experience. Alchemy felt more abundant in The Broken Angel to the point where you could make it the central focus of your playthrough. The second game had less options with alchemy, but with better overall combat. I like both of them. They're hard sells if you're not a fan of the show, but you don't need to know that much about the backstory to understand what's going on or have fun.

I don't know when the next review is coming, I hope it's soon if I can get the script down. As of this writing the script is in the roughest of shapes, but thats how all of these start. What's important is that I don't rush while avoiding procrastination, and that each review is better than the last.

Until then, have a good day.


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Wow, I can't believe that I forgot about these games!  I played demos of these back in the OPM days and moved on, but recently I plowed through the original anime series and loved it.  The boss fights look very interesting, at least enough to warrant a purchase for me, though I might just stick with the sequel for now. Thanks for helping me remember, and thanks for the review.
 
Hearing that means a lot. Thank you.
 
Good reviews, man! I don't have any experience with Full Metal Alchemist, and I'm not sure why. The anime series has been available on Netflix forever, and I just never got around to watching it. But it seems like an interesting story, and it's probably something I'd enjoy. These games look like they might be kinda fun, so I'll have to keep an eye out as I'm scouring the shops. Oh, and you might appreciate this: a friend of mine has a niece who was named after Winry from the anime Smiley
 
Watch Brotherhood, not the original series. The original series isn't that great because it was made before the manga finished so they just made up the rest of the story.

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I'm on a quest to review every PS2 game, because its my favorite console. All of the reviews are uploaded to Youtube and I'll make a post for them when they come out.

You won't see just regular reviews, too. I also have some cool ideas I'd like to try out in order to review games in different fashions. Feedback is definitely appreciated.
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