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…The Saga Continues…

Now under new ownership, the site is going to continue giving great reviews on video games.

Here are a few of the things that we are going to be looking at doing this year in regards to expanding the site.

1) More game reviews including the introduction of mobile and app games. Why not? We’ll create the categories and go for it and go from there. Millions of people are playing games on their phones so were gonna stick with the crowds.

2) Introduction of Guest Authors who can come in and review games for the site. We’ll also include commentary and some great conversation from average gamers just like you.

3) Contests and interactive parts of the site are now coming. We’ll be adding to the Podcasts, Twitch and other cool plugins to the sites creating more. interactive content

There is much more coming so this was just a taste of the things to come on www.game-saga.com in 2015

Thanks for being a member of the community so far.

Site Note – The Saga Is Complete

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Hello everyone,

As you might have noticed the past few weeks, updates have been very sporadic, much more so than usual. The reasoning for this is because I just don’t have a lot of time to work on the site anymore. As some of you may know, I ran this by myself. Every post, original review, etc. was done by me and me only. Podcasts were done by me and occasionally a real life friend joined me on a few episodes as well. Other than that, everything was done by me. You all deserve a more consistent update experience and someone who can commit to the site full-time. As you might know, I have a full-time job outside of the site as well, so that takes up a lot of my time. So because of these factors, effectively immediately, the GameSaga that you know will be closing.

I want to say thank you to all of you, the readers of game-saga.com for your support of the website and for following along on our journey through the world of video games. I’d also like to thank all of the fine folks in PR who have helped me out with reviews and other content and were gracious enough to provide various review copies of games and even preview copies. There’s a lot of great developers and publishers out there, independent and mainstream, with great games from both. I’d also like to thank my friend who joined me on several podcast episodes for taking time out of his busy schedule to record with me, including our 4 hour+ episode last year after E3. And finally, I’d like to thank all the other great gaming websites out there for helping out with stories and other content and news.

As for what will happen to the site? Well that depends on what the next owner decides to do with it. I have listed the website on Flippa and it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. If you’re interested in purchasing the site, you can find out more below.

Thank you once again for the years of support and readership, it has been a blast and I appreciate each and every one of you!

-GameSaga

So Many Me (PC) – GameSaga Review

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We recently had the opportunity to review So Many Me from Extend Interactive & Origo Games. It’s a cute, charming puzzle-platformer that will lure you in with thoughts of fun-filled adventures and then make you beg for mercy with its challenging puzzles. Want to know more? Read on for our full review.

Graphics - 7.5/10 – So Many Me may not blow you away with graphical prowess, but what is there is well done and is well-suited to the nature of the game. The game is meant to be a fun whimsical romp through the land of Xio and the art style definitely helps set the mood for this theme. Characters and enemies are easily distinguishable and your Me’s convey a lot of personality despite being little slime-like creatures. So Many Me feels like a children’s storybook or younger audience comic book come to life and if you’re just playing the game without trying to progress, the setting will surely put a smile on your face.

Sound/Music - 9/10 – Music in So Many Me is very well done. I came away quite impressed with it and like the graphics, it is also well-suited to the game’s theme. It’s very pleasing to listen to and would make good background noise to do just about anything while listening. I’m not sure if a soundtrack is available or not, but even without one, you can still just load up the game and sit there with it running and listening to the cheery tunes. Sound meanwhile is not as impressive in my opinion, though it is by no means bad, it’s just okay. I did like the “voices” of the Me’s though and thought that this added to their charm.

Gameplay - 8/10 – Games like this are designed to have gameplay be the bread and butter and this is certainly the case with So Many Me. The game is a puzzle-platformer as I mentioned above. As such, there are numerous puzzles throughout each level for you to solve. Some are optional, though there are others that required in order to complete a level. Optional ones generally lead you to areas where you can collect the various artifacts that are strewn about the levels. There are gold rings for example which you can exchange in one of the hub worlds of the game to a NPC who will give you various abilities in return. Some of the platforming segments in the game require nearly precision inputs and thus can be challenging if you’re not used to this type of game. Fortunately, the developers at Extend Interactive were kind enough to give players infinite lives so you can keep on trying. So Many Me also features transformations where you can change your Me’s into larger characters with different abilities. One of the first ones you gain access to is a dinosaur looking one who is heavier and thus can break through blocks by falling from great heights. He can also whip enemies and other blocks with his tail. Fortunately you can switch back and forth from this form to your group of Me’s whenever you want and some levels even require you to do this in order to progress. It’s a fun mechanic and one I enjoy in platforming games.

Story – 5/10 – The story in So Many Me doesn’t seem to be that apparent or obvious. Though being a puzzle-platformer, that is to be expected. The game even makes fun of the tropes of platformers where the hero is tasked with a quest to save the world and the NPC you meet seems frustrated that the Me’s didn’t let him finish explaining the game’s story/objective. I thought that was pretty fun and a nice touch for those of us who have played dozens of platformers before. Basically your objective is to guide Filo and your group of Me’s through their adventure in the land of Xio.

Challenge – 8/10 – Now challenge, that is another area where So Many Me truly shines. If you’re looking for a difficult game, you should check out So Many Me. It starts off simple enough and you’ll probably think, oh this isn’t so bad. Well just wait until you get to later levels. You’ll have to use enemies to bounce across dozens of spike covered platforms, quickly switch back and forth from block form to your Me form and still dodge enemies at the same time. As I mentioned above, certain sections of the game require the utmost precision and if you make even the slightest error, there’s no recovery from it and you will die. But like I said, you have infinite lives, so it’s not as bad as it could be in that regard.

Replay Value & Fun Factor – 7/10 – So Many Me features support for Steam Achievements and there’s 30 total to unlock in the game. There’s also tons of different costumes you can unlock as well to change the appearance of your Me’s. As I mentioned earlier, you also will be able to unlock different abilities to help you progress through the game, which is a trait not usually seen in games like this. If you can get past the challenging parts, there’s a lot of fun to be had in So Many Me. And you’ll want to keep trying just to see what is thrown at you next and to find more of your Me buddies.

Buy It Or Not? – Try The Demo, Buy If You Like It! – Games like So Many Me are not going to appeal to everyone as it is a difficult game in my opinion. As such, I would recommend you check out the free demo that is available on Steam to decide whether or not you’d be interested in it. Like I said, the game definitely is a fun experience if you can muster through the difficult areas and the music and graphics are quite pleasing and makes you just want to give the game a hug. Filo and the other Me’s are quite adorable and if their budget allows for it, I think Extend & Origo should market plush toys of them. That would be a neat thing for fans of the game and also advertise it as well.

Overall (Average) – 7.4/10

Overall (Non-Average) – 8/10 – I bumped up the score a little bit for So Many Me because overall I like the game. It just can be very difficult at times and this might make you want to throw your controller across the room, but if you persevere, there’s a lot to like in the game. Plus I really enjoyed the art style and the music for So Many Me as I mentioned above. So be sure to check it out on Steam. You can download a free demo and pick up the full version of the game for just $14.99.

Source: GameSaga Original

Image: Extend Interactive

GameSaga Podcast Episode 31

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Our latest episode of the GameSaga Podcast, Episode 31 is now available! This week we discuss Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Nintendo Downloads, the Weekly Smash Up, the XBL Update, Forza  Horizon 2, the PSN Weekly update, Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, delays for Battlefield Hardline & Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more! You can stream the show or download it below. Missed a previous episode of the GameSaga Podcast? Simply click here to visit our Podcast Archive for all past episodes!

Source: GameSaga Original

Guess The System, Game, or Character Week 16

Before we get to this week’s Guess The System, Game, or Character, there’s a slight change going forward for this feature. From now on, this will be posted on Mondays instead of Sundays. The answer period will run from the time it is posted until 12:00 AM Eastern time the following Monday.

With that in mind, here is this week’s edition of Guess The System, Game, or Character! Haven’t played before? Here’s how it works. Each week we’ll post a different video game system, game, or character and shroud it in darkness. Your job is to guess which system, game, or character it is. Systems & characters will just show a silhouette. Games will show a silhouette and also provide a few details about the game (as game boxes/carts/discs look too similar to use just a silhouette). We also will post leaderboards with this feature so you can track your score & progress and compete with other readers. We’ll probably eventually offer prizes of some sort if there’s enough participation. Scoring will be as follows:

  • First Correct Guess: 10 Points
  • Other Correct Guesses: 1 Point
  • Incorrect Guess: 0 Points
Previous Answers:

Week 1 – Magnavox Odyssey

Week 2 – Master Chief – Halo Series

Week 3 – Banjo Kazooie – N64

Week 4 – Virtual Boy

Week 5 – Napalm Man – Mega Man V

Week 6 – WonderSwan Crystal

Week 7 – Bionic Commando – NES

Week 8 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – N64

Week 9 – HK-47 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Week 10 – Neo Geo AES

Week 11 – Star Fox – SNES

Week 12 – Simon Belmont – Castlevania Series

Week 13 – CD-I

Week 14 – The Last of Us

Week 15 – Nintendo 64DD

Leaderboards (Updated 7/21/14)

  1. T. Wallace – 10 Points
Scoring will run for the entire week and end at 12:00 AM Eastern each Monday. You can make your guesses by posting a comment on each week’s post, posting on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or e-mail them to us. With that in mind here is this week’s Guess The System, Game, or Character:

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Source: GameSaga Original & Wikipedia

Concursion (PC) – GameSaga Review

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We were recently given the opportunity to review Concursion, the retro style mash-up from Puuba Games & Mastertronic. As you may have seen on our Twitch channel the past few weeks, we’ve been finishing up the game and streaming footage. The game was tons of fun though it sure had its stressful moments. If you like old school games that will challenge you but still maintain a fun factor, you should check out Concursion. It’s available on Steam, for only $11.99. Want to know what we thought of the game in more detail? Read on for the full review.

Graphics – 7/10 – The graphics in Concursion are vivid, vibrant, and well suited to the game, but let’s be honest, this is not going to wow you with graphical prowess. Why? Because that is not what this game is about. It’s intended to be a retro-style game with 16-bit inspired graphics. Thus, graphics are mainly there to give the player something to look at and be able to distinguish themselves from enemies. That being said, some of the background art in the various stages is just gorgeous in my opinion. Very nicely done and would make nice wallpaper on a computer. Could the game look nicer? Yes, but it could also look a lot worse, and like I said, it’s not intended to be a gritty, realistic, art house type style.

Sound/Music – 7/10 – The music in Concursion is fairly catchy and nice to listen to as you to try to progress through the levels. It doesn’t oversaturate the levels, but provides a good background setting and allows you to concentrate on the gameplay, but still enjoy a nice relaxing theme. Same thing goes for the sound effects. Though I will admit, you will likely get sick of hearing the death sound effect as I know I did, as this is a tough game in spots and thus you’ll likely hear the death noise over and over again.

Gameplay – 9.5/10 – Now this is where Concursion truly shines. Puuba Games has developed quite an impressive amalgamation of genres. There’s platformer stages, Ninja Gaiden inspired stages, Pac-Man like stages, jet pack stages, and spaceship style stages resembling classics like the Gradius & R-Type series. And on top of all that, they even mix the different genres together within a single stage at times. Sometimes it’s two or three types, sometimes it’s all five. It really makes for an interesting gameplay mechanic and is something you don’t usually see a lot of in the industry. Most games stick with one or two genres, maybe three, but Concursion goes full-bore with five different ones in the same game, mixing them throughout like a fine cocktail of gaming goodness. And just when you think you’ve got things down and you’ve learned how the game will throw things at you, it’ll spin things around you and make you play the same exact kinds of stages in different ways. To conquer Concursion, you will truly have to master the different genres and be able to switch between them with only a few seconds of time to prepare.

Story – 6.5/10 – While the gameplay is phenomenal in Concursion, the story is somewhat bland and not too compelling in my opinion. That’s not to say it’s horrible or anything, it just is seemingly the same kind of thing we see in a lot of platformer type games. Though admittedly Concursion is more than just a platformer. But there is quite a big twist near the end of the game which reveals that the story is not all it seems to be and this twist is something that isn’t usually done in games like this, so that makes it a bit different from your average platformer type game. It’s a nice surprise, though it kind of makes you wish this had been revealed sooner and expanded upon further, as it would make it easier in my opinion to get into the game’s story and your objective.

Challenge – 9.5/10 – Wow…just wow. At first glance, you might think to yourself, how can a game like Concursion be difficult? Surely it’s just another cute platformer like so many games were back in the 1980s and 90s, right? Well, you’d be wrong, quite wrong. Why is that? Because this is much, much more than a mere platformer. As I mentioned above, there are a whole four other genres included within the game, puzzle, action, shoot-em-up, and adventure. So it’s not just a platformer. And let me tell you, this game will have you wanting to throw your controller at your monitor. It is that tough. Are there easy spots in the game? Yes, of course there are. But there’s plenty of hard sections as well that more than make up for this. There were certain levels I was stuck on for days and must’ve attempted 30 times or more before I was finally able to clear them. These types of stages require nearly 100% perfection on the controls and the gameplay mechanics in order for you to progress, so if you don’t have a solid grasp of these things, be prepared to struggle. Fortunately once you clear a stage like this, the game usually gives you a break and has several easier levels afterwards to help bring your frustration level back down to normal. And keep in mind, this has thus far said NOTHING about the collectible gem shards in the game. This is just to clear a level. To truly beat a level and accomplish everything, you have to collect around three to five gem shards in each stage. All while dodging the multitudes of enemies, avoiding falling the numerous pits, performing insane jumps, maneuvering through spiked corridors, and much, much more. While you’re flinging your controller towards your screen, you’ll likely rip out your hair as well. All I can say is, just take a break and come back to it in another day or two and maybe you’ll finally get past the super difficult parts. Concursion is definitely old school with its challenge, but fortunately, the game gives you infinite lives, so as long you reach checkpoints, you’ll rarely ever have to start a stage over completely.

Replay Value & Fun Factor8/10 – Concursion is a fun game overall, in my opinion. Is it tough? Yes, but it feels oh so rewarding when you finally clear a tough section of the game and even more so when you finally beat the game itself. That being said, this game will likely frustrate you, especially if you’re not used to retro style gaming. But even with the challenging portions, switching between different genres in the same game and even in the same level is an interesting mechanic and makes for a fun time. It’s somewhat similar to games like The Lost Vikings in that regard, though admittedly TLV didn’t switch genres on you, but rather had different abilities for the different characters. But you are required to switch between genres to progress in Concursion. If you do not, you will never complete the game. As far as replaying it goes, there are Steam achievements to unlock, gem shards to collect, and best time per stage leaderboards to conquer. Other than these things, there doesn’t seem to be much reason to play the game further once you have done all of this. I was unable to gather all of the gem shards in my play through and it’s possible that doing so may change the ending or unlock a hidden mode or feature, but that remains to be seen.

Buy It Or Not? – Buy! – If you like the idea of retro style gaming and are okay with games that will make you angry from how difficult they are, you’ll find a lot to like in Concursion. The game is difficult for sure, but not so much that you will play it thousands of times and never make it through. I mean, this isn’t Iron Tank after all. And even when you finish the game, you still can go through and collect gem shards you missed, unlock Steam achievements, and try to reach the top of the leaderboards for each stage with the fastest completion time. Concursion is only $14.99 on Steam, so there is a lot of game here for just $15. It’s well worth the money if you like the idea of retro inspired gaming and want something that will challenge you and still be fun at the same time.

Overall (Average) – 7.92/10

Overall (Non-Average) – 8.5/10 – I bumped the score up a bit for Concursion because it is just a fun game overall. Is it perfect? No, but few games are. There is a lot to like here in Concursion. The challenge is insane in the game and the gameplay itself is brilliant and makes me hopeful that game will do well enough to warrant a sequel. I’d love to see more games that utilize this type of mechanic, changing gameplay styles on the fly in levels.

Source: GameSaga Original

GameSaga Podcast Episode 30

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Here is this week’s edition of the GameSaga Podcast. This is Episode 30 of the GameSaga Podcast! This week we discuss Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden, Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS & Wii U, Nintendo Downloads, the Weekly Smash Up, the XBL Update, Don’t Starve: Reign of Giants, the PSN Weekly update, and more! You can stream the show or download it below. Missed a previous episode of the GameSaga Podcast? Simply click here to visit our Podcast Archive for all past episodes!

Source: GameSaga Original

GameSaga Podcast Episode 29

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Here is this week’s edition of the GameSaga Podcast. This is Episode 29 of the GameSaga Podcast! This week we discuss Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Nintendo Downloads, the Weekly Smash Up, Project Spark release dates, the XBL Update, PSN Weekly, BlueStreak, The Wolf Among Us: Season Finale – Cry Wolf release dates, Civilization: Beyond Earth pre-order details, Destiny beta details, Destiny Ghost Edition, Limited Edition, and Digital Guardian Edition details, Titanfall Frontier’s Edge DLC, and more! You can stream the show or download it below. Missed a previous episode of the GameSaga Podcast? Simply click here to visit our Podcast Archive for all past episodes!

Source: GameSaga Original

Guess The System, Game, or Character Week 15

We weren’t able to post this yesterday, but here is this week’s edition of Guess The System, Game, or Character! Haven’t played before? Here’s how it works. Each week we’ll post a different video game system, game, or character and shroud it in darkness. Your job is to guess which system, game, or character it is. Systems & characters will just show a silhouette. Games will show a silhouette and also provide a few details about the game (as game boxes/carts/discs look too similar to use just a silhouette). We also will post leaderboards with this feature so you can track your score & progress and compete with other readers. We’ll probably eventually offer prizes of some sort if there’s enough participation. Scoring will be as follows:

  • First Correct Guess: 10 Points
  • Other Correct Guesses: 1 Point
  • Incorrect Guess: 0 Points
Previous Answers:

Week 1 – Magnavox Odyssey

Week 2 – Master Chief – Halo Series

Week 3 – Banjo Kazooie – N64

Week 4 – Virtual Boy

Week 5 – Napalm Man – Mega Man V

Week 6 – WonderSwan Crystal

Week 7 – Bionic Commando – NES

Week 8 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – N64

Week 9 – HK-47 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Week 10 – Neo Geo AES

Week 11 – Star Fox – SNES

Week 12 – Simon Belmont – Castlevania Series

Week 13 – CD-I

Week 14 – The Last of Us

Leaderboards (Updated 7/14/14)

  1. T. Wallace – 10 Points
Scoring will run for the entire week and end at 12:00 AM Eastern each Sunday. You can make your guesses by posting a comment on each week’s post, posting on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or e-mail them to us. With that in mind here is this week’s Guess The System, Game, or Character:

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Source: GameSaga Original & Wikipedia

Live Blog! – Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS & Wii U – New Challenger Reveal Event

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Hello and welcome to GameSaga’s Live Blog coverage of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS & Wii U New Challenger Reveal Stream! Coverage will begin around 10:00 AM Eastern.

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Source: Nintendo & GameSaga Original