Excerpt: Ever wondered where all the traditional RPGs have gone this generation? Well, chances are if you’re are asking that question you haven’t looked in the right place. This generation, handhelds have received much more traditional RPG love than consoles. One of the best examples of this trend is the PSP game ClaDun x2 , developed by Nippon Ichi Software.
Pros: Everything is customizable, Magic Circle system is both simple and deep, Limitless dungeon-crawling, Retro feel gives tons of nostalgia
Cons: Story takes a back seat to the action, Cast of characters aren’t memorable
Excerpt: It's hard not to have heard of Guitar Hero by now. After sweeping the nation in frenzy over the past year, Harmonix and Red Octane have returned with the sequel to what many consider to be the best game of 2005, and what a sequel it is. Fixing all the major complaints of the first and taking the amazing presentation to new heights, Harmonix and Red Octane have outdone the original in every way, delivering an absolutely incredible package in what is sure to be the best...
Excerpt: It's no secret that I'm not a fan of loud music. Nor am I a great fan of rock music, probably due to the fact that it's generally played pretty loudly, and because a lot of it (to my ears) isn't all that tuneful. Quite why I like Guitar Hero then is something of a mystery, but I think it comes down to one thing: a brilliant song selection that even rock haters will enjoy.
Excerpt: For a long time I resisted playing the original Guitar Hero . I had read the rave reviews. I had heard the buzz from friends. But I dismissed it out of hand, figuring that it was somehow beneath me. Being an accomplished guitarist, why would I want to pay 80 dollars to play songs on a fake guitar that I can already play in real life? So when Guitar Hero II came out, I hardly gave it a thought.
Summary: Parents need to know that the songs in this game include sexual euphemism and drinking and drug references, and some of the game takes place in bars. Some profanity has been edited out of the songs, but kids will still hear "hell." Most of the songs are from well-known commercial bands, and the game promotes a guitar store and guitar gear. The game is best played with the special guitar-shaped controller, which adds to the price.