Game Review by Matt Shelton
Game Rating = 4/5
Telepath Psy Arena 2 – A pickup-and-play turn based tactics game worthy of praise, and your hard earned cash.
I sat down to demo the game earlier today with the intentions of playing for an hour or so and writing my review. Nearly 9 hours later I am pulling myself away, to say this to you fine folks, for the love of god stay away from this game if you are a parent of a small child, or own a pet, because they will surely be neglected.
OK, lets get down to brass tacks.
TPA2 is all about moving and attacking the bad guys with efficiency. At the beginning of a turn, each character under the control of the player is given a finite number of steps and PSY points to use during that turn for movement and attacks. During the turn you use steps to move units, PSY points to fire weapons. Picking up items or changing the way your facing also uses up steps. Once you have used all your steps and PSY points, the turn goes to the computer and moves its units and sets up its attacks. With the great job Sinister Design has done with the AI driving the game, It wont go down with out fight.
It starts with you traveling from a distance to seek fame and fortune in the Grand Tournament of Ravinale, a competition of blood. Why are you fighting? Who is the big baddie everyone is afraid to speak of? Well, I will not spoil that for you. What I will say is you are sure to love the journey.
The care Sinister has put into this game is very clear, from the surprisingly good soundtrack, to the hilarious dialog, and the slick graphics, you can see the love behind this. I have been a fan of the genre for years, and after being disappointed with almost every offering the mainstream publisher’s has thrown up at us, It’s good to see that someone out there actually gives a crap about quality.
Three Reasons for purchasing, Easy.
1. The best indie game I’ve run across in a long time.
2. CHEAP! 12.95?!? You can’t even get a pizza for that.
3. I think the thing I enjoyed most about this game was the dialog, seriously funny guys.
Three Reasons for not purchasing, this one is a little harder.
1. If you don’t like TBT games this one is NOT for you.
2. If you are required to wear a helmet at all times this game is not for you.
3. If you are prone to fits of epilepsy, this is not the game for you.
In all seriousness, I did enjoy this game VERY much and I hope you will give it a shot.