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    lucem_ferre's Death Jr. (PSP)

    [January 15, 2008 01:24:38 AM]
    So this pretty much made the brain-deadness after my work shift go away, especially when my pistols got uploaded to a shotgun that makes even bigger splatters. I’m enjoying it a lot, and I think it’s due to two main things; the self-parodying humor, and the near-melee battles that force you to button-mash. Only it’s strategic, to a certain extent. After unloading a round into a wall, the resulting explosion collapsed the ground and dropped DJ into a whole underground cavern with sparkly useful things. It’s rockin’.

    While the gloom definitely adds to the Halloween-style atmosphere, at times it also sacrifices visibility. The landscape itself is wonderfully varied, allowing you to use tipped-over cars or giant bones as cover, requiring some skill to balance across walls to reach treasures, or letting you trick demons into falling into the lava. Useful items are just common enough to keep you from dying of enemy-fireball-overload, but not to the point of making it too easy. The soul of every enemy you kill is automatically collected by DJ and then used to open supernatural doors — giving you some purpose for killing things rather than just because the bloodspots look pretty.

    Giving grades based on how you performed during the level for certain criteria (killings, combos, etc) isn’t exactly innovative, but here you receive it in the form of a report card. (Did I mention that DJ got sent to kiddies’ military school?) One of the categories is ‘Destruction.’ YES.

    As for things like artwork and music, both are quirky and cute in a dead-babies kind of way. Overall, a potentially silly plot for little kids is made awesome through morbid humor, violence, and just fun irreverence; except for a few irritating little things like camera angles, I’m loving it. Totally worth the ten bucks I paid for it down at Streetlight, and more.

    I’m thinking that it’s the games that don’t take themselves too seriously, and also force you to think on your feet, that are the most fun. Did I mention you can blow stuff up?
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    [January 14, 2008 07:45:57 PM]
    Pandora was determined to open that box in the museum while on a school field trip, and being the good friend he is, DJ (Death Jr.) helped her out. Unfortunately, something Bad With Tentacles reached out, grabbed all his friends, and has now scattered bits of their souls in the shape of puzzle pieces. Whatever is a shrimpy, scythe-wielding Grim Reaper’s son to do?

    Kill things, naturally. And collect the soul pieces along the way, of course.

    So far, this game runs like a wonderful parody on the horror genre—a girl that bleeds from her hands when nervous, a fetus in a tank, and a dead guppy are a few of DJ’s other buddies. The dialogue isn’t particularly interesting, but the visual gags had me laughing, and the mood and music both remind me of Invader Zim with a bit of Tim Burton.

    At first it was awkward getting used to which buttons do what, but it doesn’t take long to learn how to switch quickly between long-range firearms and your close-range scythe. Pros: your bullets don’t run out, and you can focus on a specific target using [R]. Con: the camera angles suck, and you can’t control it when running and trying to dodge enemies’ fireballs. Once I got into it, however, then yes, I had a great time watching the blood spray — and this was just in training mode. The enemy demons were relatively difficult but not overwhelming, and made for a nice balance of making progress possible without compromising the fun and challenge.
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    lucem_ferre's Death Jr. (PSP)

    Current Status: Playing

    GameLog started on: Monday 14 January, 2008

    lucem_ferre's opinion and rating for this game

    A few minor issues, but awesome overall.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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