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Fractured Soul, Fire Pro lead DLC releases
Oct 1, 2012
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Fractured Soul is to the Nintendo 3DS as Portal was to the Xbox or PlayStation. Available from the 3Shop for just $11.99, Fractured Soul is definitely in the running for the most original puzzle game of the year.
Developed by Endgame Studios, Fractured Soul is unlike any platformer you have ever played. As Jake DeSaul – a space pirate of sorts – your goal is to escape a creepy space station which comes complete as most creepy space stations do, with tricks, traps, killer robots and other nasty impediments.
Utilizing both 3DS screens simultaneously, you must switch between them as you leap over chasms, operate elevators, blast enemies and avoid sweeping laser beams that can disintegrate you. You have to focus on what is happening on both screens at the same time as the only way to advance is to click back and forth making sure you are where you need to be at the right time otherwise you could fall to your death, be blasted to smithereens or miss that sliding platform.
To mix things up a bit, there are some shoot’em up levels to snipe through. All told, there are 30 levels and five distinct worlds which contain inverted gravity, wind, ice, and water. Each level is timed and ranked.
If you like Mario and Mega Man, you should be downloading Fractured Soul...now.
Before there was Smackdown Versus Raw, there was Fire Pro Wrestling. Developed and published by Human Entertainment, the Fire Pro series was a tribute to the industry and its storied history.
Spanning the Japan, Mexico, North America, the Fire Pro even included some ultimate fighters on their rosters. Unlike any wrestling game that came before it, players had the chance to play as such stars as Sabu, Hayabusa Tiger Jeet Singh, The Road Warriors as well as The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Vader, who were renamed because of copyright issues.
Fire Pro was the first wrestling game to allow players to create their own wrestlers. So, even if you didn’t have a Terry Funk or Rob Van Dam on the roster, you could generate him on your own. Fire Pro was also the first to feature blood and illegal weapons. There was nothing better than blowing green mist into your foe’s face as The Great Muta or stabbing in the forehead with a fork as Abdullah The Butcher. Up until 2004, Fire Pro set the standard for every wrestling game that followed.
Disappearing for eight years, the Fire Pro series is back courtesy of Xbox Live and while some things have remained the same, some are decidedly different. With XBL avatars taking the spotlight, Arcade: Fire Pro Wrestling is not as deep as the original series. It is a pick up and play game meant for casual gamers or something you cue up when you just want some mindless fun.
There are no famous faces to grapple. Instead, there are made-up foes like Aching Anthony, Crafty Clark as well as the avatars of your friends. As you move up from backyard wrestling to real sports arenas, new moves and costume options will open up. You can spend points to increase abilities such as Toughness and Stamina, as well as money on new outfits. Fire Pro is all about customization. You can change your persona, gear, theme song and name at any time.
Mirroring the original series, Fire Pro has your standard moves and whether you successfully execute one is based solely on timing. You kick, punch, suplex, dive off the top rope and execute your finishing move which is highlighted with a cut scene.
Fans of the original Fire Pro will be disappointed with the inability to create your own wrestling universe. The moves and gameplay are as basic as you can get but again, most avatar-based games are all about uncomplicated fun and for just $10.00, you cannot expect the game to be everything and anything to everyone.
Arcade: Fire Pro Wrestling
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