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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (June 2007)

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    Source: Electronic Gaming Monthly – Issue Number 216 – June 2007

    EGM ran for many years. By the time 2007 came along, I didn’t really pay that much attention to it anymore. Neither did many others apparently since it didn’t last as a print publication all that much longer. It wasn’t that it became a terrible magazine or anything, I just didn’t keep up with newer games like I used to and most of those who did, did so online. It’s still hard for me to believe that systems like the PS3 are a decade old. The June 2007 issue of EGM includes:

    Letters

    • In Soviet Russia, letter writes you

    Press Start

    • Exclusive: God of War: Chains of Olympus – The portable world just got a whole lot bloodier…
    • Works in Progress – Keep an eye on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – they’re changing
    • Foreign Object
    • Preview: Fracture – The shooter from the MechAssault guys breaks new ground
    • Online Scene – Check out what developers are praising – or whining about
    • Preview: Manhunt 2 – The Wii steps into Mature-rated territory – take that, politician!
    • The Big Ones – Grand Theft Auto IV goes under the EGM microscope
    • Interview: Hironobu Skaguchi – Why does the creator of Final Fantasy hate the PS3?
    • Rumor Mill – The Q-Mann reveals where Dead or Alive will bounce to next
    • Take This Job – Learn what it takes to break into the world of public relations
    • Coming Soon – Games that defy the so-called “summer drought”

    Reviews

    • Reviews Intro
    • F.E.A.R.
    • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
    • Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia
    • Dawn of Mana
    • Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm
    • .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce
    • Etrian Odyssey
    • Time Ace
    • Brooktown High
    • Coded Arms: Contagion
    • Reviews Wrap-Up

    Game Over

    • Seanbaby’s Rest of the Crap – Why is Seanbaby interested in playing with dolls? Isn’t that sort of, uh, creepy?
    • Retro: Grappling With Greatness – Games that feature the infamous “grapple” are destined to be remembered
    • Crossword/Grudge Match – EGM’s final crossword puzzle? Say it ain’t so!
    • Next Month
    • Hsu & Chan

    …and more!


  • Lucia (Devil May Cry 2) – PlayStation 2

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    Source: Girls of Gaming – Volume 1

    Devil May Cry 2 is a 3D action adventure game that was initially released for the PlayStation 2 in 2003. It consists of a series of mission and while the plot is somewhat convoluted, the ultimate goal is to defeat an evil demon. As a sequel, Devil May Cry 2 was somewhat of a disappointment. Judged on its own merits however, it was a pretty decent game.

    The most unique thing about the game is probably the fighting “style” system. Part of how your performance is judged in the came is based on your fighting style. Basically, the more hits you get on your enemy without being hit yourself, the higher your style rating. Relatively short button sequences are translated into rather complex moves.

    While this game was originally released in 2003, it has been updated along the way and also released for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One so it isn’t too hard to find in one form or another.

    The image at the top is from Play Magazine’s Girls of Gaming and features Lucia who was new to the sequel. Screen shots are from the PS2 version of the game.






  • Girls of Gaming: I-No (Guilty Gear)

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    Source: Girls of Gaming 5

    Girls of Gaming was a spinoff of Play magazine, both now defunct. Girls of Gaming featured pin-ups of girls primarily from gaming and anime. Here we have I-No from the Guilty Gear series. The Guilty Gear series is a long-running series of fighting games that started on the PlayStation in 1998 and continues today (the last release was in 2016).

    I-No first appeared in Guilty Gear X2 (also known as Guilty Gear XX) on the PlayStation 2 in 2002 as a playable boss. Guilty Gear X2 was the third game in the main series. Guilty Gear X2 and most games in the series have generally received very good reviews. If you are a fan of fighting games, this is definitely a series you should check out if you have not already done so.

    While newer games in the series appear on newer systems, I am not aware of any re-releases of the original Guilty Gear X2. However, there were several updated releases including Guilty Gear X2 #Reload for the Xbox, Windows and PSP in 2004; Guilty Gear XX Slash for the PS2 in 2005; Guilty Gear XX Accent Core for the PS2 and Wii in 2006; Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus for the PS2, PSP and Wii in 2008; and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R for PlayStation Vita. All of these started as arcade games, at least in Japan. You can tell this is a popular series.