NIS AmericaDeveloped By:
T (Teen)Release Date:
July 16, 2009Screenshots: LinkPrice:
Matthew PruntyJuly 15, 2009
- I donít know if anyone has noticed this but Nippon Ichi Software and NIS America have an infatuation with games that ask a question within its title. First there was Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? and now we have Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This?... both of which are PSP titles. Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? is a hybrid game that canít simply be placed into one genre. Known as a ďdungeon SimulatorĒ, Holy Invasion combines several distinct elements from traditional RPG, strategy and puzzle-based games into one unique and memorable experience. Seeing how more than 90% of games focus on the successful deed of good individuals, Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! is a welcome twist on the whole good versus evil stigmata.
If you were alive and gaming back in the 80s, then you will feel at home with the visual presentation of Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What I like about the visual presentation is the fact that though it harks back to the golden age of gaming, the sprites are still crisp and detailed. Humor also plays a part of the visual presentation. On screen the dialog given by the characters is so wrong and so right at the same time. There is a lot of suggestive humor used, but itís all in good fun. Considering that NIS America opted out of releasing this title via UMD in exchange for a digital download release via the PlayStation Network, Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! has a solid visual experience that is very memorable.
Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! places you in the shoes of the God of Destruction, who must help the evil Overlord a.k.a. King of Demons construct a mighty dungeon to ward off do-gooders. Whatís interesting about the relationship between the two is that the Overlord, who should have rule over all the lands and command a vast army, is at the mercy of the God of Destruction in order to create said army and to keep the do-gooders at bay. Seeing how you will have heroes barging into your dungeon in order to capture the Overlord, you must plan out how you are going to dig you tunnels within the dungeon. If the heroes are able to capture the Overlord and make their way back to the entrance, then itís game over. Seems simple enough, however there is a lot more to the game than simply digging tunnels.
An additional gameplay mechanic that adds depth to this title is the monster food chain. Utilizing monsters within your dungeon can help keep the overlord safe, while also aiding in your discovery of new and interesting monsters. If you take a look at the almanac section of the menu, you will notice a food pyramid diagram similar to that of our real-life food pyramid. This reference key will be the difference between a safe Overlord and one on the verge of being executed. As the God of Destruction is using his trusty dusty pickaxe to carve tunnels through the soil, he will come across different sections of dirt enriched with nutrients and mana. These nutrients and mana can span distinct species of monsters that can aid you in your missions. Once the monsters have spawned, you have no direct control over their actions. Some may roam freely, while others may follow a distinct path. Developing and maintaining your ďEcosystemĒ within the dungeon is very important. As you discover new monsters and memorize the food pyramid chart, you will realize that some monsters feed off of others in order to grow bigger and stronger. Once you complete each stage, you are awarded points, which can also be used to upgrade your creatures. How many points you are awarded with is all contingent upon how much you dug in creating your dungeon.
Since strategy plays a huge role in the Overlordís survival, spending time within the Training mode will help tremendously. The training mode is comprised of 8 stages, with several challenge stages to follow. While this mode wonít ruin the game for you, the techniques you learn will aid you in progressing through the game with less difficulty than simply hopping into the Story mode. For those who skip this mode, they will soon find that the game doesnít feature any checkpoints. So if you die on stage 5, prepare to start all the way back at the beginning again. This is a challenge that will be welcomed by some, while many will hate the choice of the gameplay design. Knowing this, itís best to venture through the training and challenge stages before going into Story mode so that you have a fighting chance of surviving.
Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? is a very well-rounded gaming experience. With a solid, yet engaging story mode coupled with a helpful training mode and challenge stages, the game makes sure to prepare you for the intense action, insane humor, and all around fund that will be had. With the inclusion of Edit mode, you are given a bit more freedom with creating your own team of monsters for others to do battle against. With a price point of $19.99, this title is well worth every penny. This is yet another example of a great gaming experience brought to the PlayStation Portable.8/
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