Super Gamer Dude
Sony Playstation continues to head on the right track in reforming their successful PS3 video games into PSP formats. From their popular Resistance series, here comes Resistance: Retribution, which continues the story of James Grayson, the British soldier on a fight against the Chimera force, aliens trying to invade the Earth.
In Resistance: Retribution, developer Bend decided to do some tweaking to the game for improvement and adjustment purposes especially to more restricted specifications PSP could offer. First off, instead of the first person point-of-view, they switched to a third-person over the shoulder perspective. It does not give you the same Resistance experience but is effective for the PSP version, which also becomes a solution on the tight controls it has been developing over the years.
Because it is smaller, the PSP handheld version has several limitations and adjustments have to be made. The left stick is used for movements; while aiming is done through the four face buttons found on the other side. This is actually a good thing because of the auto aiming and target lock-on features that you have to rely on. If your weapon is at the right direction, the game itself will guarantee that you hit the opponents. You can opt for free-aim by tapping the d-pad; but this is not recommended because it is so slow.
This game also has new enemies like the Boiler, a skinny creature with a swollen head that blasts when it is near you. The game does have exploding enemies but these Boilers are more irksome because you spend a lot of bullets to defeat them; unless you shoot them on their heads, then you save a lot of ammunition. The bad news is this is near impossible with the auto-aim on, so you just have to do it manually. Enemies that blow up charges at you anytime out of nowhere, is another source of exasperation, especially if you are caught off-guard. Good thing there is a polished cover system that automatically glues you into place when you are in close proximity to a wall, a doorjamb or a box, which saves you the trouble of a blind fire or the complicated motions of holding a direction, leaning over and firing.
Resistance Retribution may not be a purely original game with all those gameplays but they are the best on PSP pure shooting games with their polished controls and consistent action. They have great graphic designs that could compete with other PSP games and even exceed in some areas. The game is very detailed when it comes to enemy graphics and location. If you’re looking for snags, it is most likely be about the quality of the audio.
Besides being able to enjoy a single-player campaign, one of the unique features of this new PSP version is the availability of a multiplayer mode. This is all possible through a local wireless connection or play online with PSP’s Infrastructure mode. Eight players can tough it out with each other in teams or in everyone versus everyone games or the most popular of all, the Assimilation type.
If you loved the Syphon Filter games, this is definitely much better. Although they have a lot more in common, the adjustments in the new Retribution has made the game a lot easier and faster to play.
Super Gamer Dude
LEGO Batman is the fifth go of Traveller's Tales at the LEGO theme but still only minimal change has happened during this time. However, even if that is the situation, gamers and fans of the dark-caped crusader, are sure to find the game amusing. The main reason here is that the gameplay used is a proven success. It is enjoyable and easy to understand. Yet all the problems in the past concerning the LEGO games, such as nonsense puzzles and the AI problem are still present. At this stage you would have expected Traveller's Tales to nearly perfect the game, but that is not so.
LEGO Batman is a unique game because it did not take its story from any of the Batman movies or from the comics. The plot within the game is kind of original; thus, it gives the creators a wide horizon, since there is no pressure to follow up with a well known story. The Batman here is not even connected with the Batman we know. It is exactly like a Batman in the toy shelf where you can create anything you desire with it.
The main idea of the plot is basically a story of Batman chasing and capturing villains that escaped from the Arkham Asylum. When you play LEGO Batman, the main goal is basically to destroy enemies and smash objects. The story isn't all that important.
The charm of LEGO is still present in the game and as a whole, it is still very funny. You have the same stoic Batman here, Robin is still same old goofy self, and the villains have remained amazingly crazy. The characters are really good LEGO counterparts of the cartoon Batman. However, aside from the characters, the background is not something to get crazy about. It would have been better to see a more creative Gotham City.
To the game's credit, LEGO Batman has everything in the mix. There are a multitude of characters spread out in six acts. In the first half you can use Batman and Robin. There are also power suits you can use. Robin can use the magnetic suit that allows him to walk through metal walls. And Batman has the demolition suit so he can turn stuff into smithereens in an instant (this fits Batman, he always wants everybody's attention, right?).
When you reach act three to six, you may start using the villains. In this plot, you can have a taste of how the sinister villains set up their master plan. This, however, is before the ultimate meeting between them and the bat. Each villain has their own unique powers. Poison Ivy uses her kiss to poison another. The joker gives joybuzzers to anyone he touches. Mr. Freeze places anyone in the cold storage. The Riddler controls the minds of other villains to make them his minions. You know the rest. But the main Batman Nemesis here is Killer Moth. Oh yes, the all popular Killer Moth that everybody remembers (That was an attempt at sarcasm, by the way. No one really knows who Killer Moth is or was.)
And on top of the story, there are dozens of unlockable characters that can be used when replaying levels. Among these characters are Night Wing, Batgirl, Hush, Man-Bat and others; which can be unlocked with each LEGO bit collected in the game (Cool, huh!)
There are many good things going for this game. The huge downside is that the problem from the previous LEGO games was never addressed. The AI presents problems; the jumps are difficult to time and stuff like that. But if you are looking for a good laugh with a buddy while appreciating the comical Batman and friends the game has created, then by all means, go ahead and purchase the game!
If you are a fan of Mario games or have ever played a Mario game then this game will simply meet your expectations on that basis alone. There is really a ton of gameplay and fun packed into this game. I actually picked up this game a week ago and haven't put it down since.
First of all the graphics are all 3D and incredible. It has a sequel feel to from the great Mario 64, that we all came to love over the years. You will first notice that when you start out you are on a ship and there are different areas (levels) you can go into. There are variety of rooms in which you can travel to new galaxies. Most will have a boss scene at the end.
Without ruining the storyline and everything I will sum it all up in one sentence. Once again, you do have to rescue Peach from Bowser as it most Mario games. You are going to be traveling to galaxies (about 40 in all). All kinds of exciting gameplay which could be anything from going around on land dodging boulders, swimming, and even underwater. There are also ice levels, lava levels, and mechanical machine levels, as well.
You are going to be traveling around a lot and collecting stars (about 120). The gameplay is really fun and pretty simple. You are going to control Mario with the analog stick, but also point and interact, as well as throwing star bits. There are tons of characters and lots and lots of environments to explore.
The camera system is excellent and doesn't seem to get in the way at all. You can go left, right, up, down and the camera will just follow what you do. So many games that you play these days don't make an effective use of the camera, but Super Mario Galaxy simply writes the book on how a camera system should work.
I actually thought this was the new Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2, I didn’t realize until I seen the advert that it wasn’t the game I wanted, it does enable me though to now purchase the new Mario Galaxy 2 though so there’s a bonus.
The lasting effect on this game is great. Best graphics, music, and gameplay, you can find on the Wii.. You will simply get your money’s worth out of this game. This game will go down in the history books and simply stand the test of time.
Super Gamer Dude
The Sims series is not all blood and guts action that some gamers prefer. Neither is it an out and out fantasy adventure. It is in fact at heart, despite some of its wacky ideas, fairly true to life as far as the characters go. Now we have Sims 3, its the same old thing with the same old welcome variations. That is not a criticism, the formula works and if it doesn't need fixing don't fix it.
Each Sim has an aim in life, chosen by you, and in the end that is what you aim to achieve for it. But like real life, there are smaller, short term aims, and obstacles which require attention now rather than later. This of course is allowed by the now traditional open Sims experience. Success in these lesser aims earns Lifetime Happiness Points to unlock Lifetime Rewards of various kinds. It seems there is a limitless rainbow of situations and opportunities provided by the The Sims 3. There are still interactions between the Sims, many trivial and true to everyday life, and all the more amusing for that.
Every self respecting Sim wants a career, but you don't get to see them at their work, you only have control of certain aspects relevant to your life situation, such as enhancing promotion prospects or dodging work for a day. There are too mmany jobs and rewards to mention here and it will take you a long time to explore them all.
Much of the experience involves looking after your Sims and keeping them happy, and again with so many possibilities for happiness and unhappiness thhis is quite a complicatedd task when you realize all the possible complex interactions that are pesent.
There is also much online functionality with players being able to share custom made videos and content. It is a great shame that add ons, such as new towns are not available for download. There are other tiny drawbacks, like the boredom of wathching sleeping Sims, but many of these have not been a major problem in the past, so why should they be now. Hopefully these things will be resolved in the future.
No-one claims that the Sims experience is perfect, but then, nor is life. Its my sort of game.
Super Gamer Dude
Like all great things that don’t last forever, Mickey Mouse just isn’t the same icon he once was anymore. Mickey’s fame and popularity slowly waned and has become more of a corporate symbol rather than the vivacious character capable of sustaining grand adventures.
Epic Mickey was created by Warren Spector and his Junction Point team in an exceptional manner to pay tribute to Mickey Mouse and bring him back to the spotlight as an icon in films and games. Mickey Mouse was already gradually being forgotten, but with this new game it can be said that Mickey Mouse is back in action. The game was made to showcase the traits that all people love about Mickey Mouse. Playing the game can lead players and fans alike to think that Mickey is still one of the best out there and given the right break, can still hold up to among and against any Disney characters.
The concept of the game is all about Mickey needing to destroy Phantom Blot to save wasteland. Mickey was the culprit in unleashing the hideous creature when he destroyed a magical world with powerful paint and thinner chemicals. He eventually realizes that he needs to redeem himself and save Wasteland from total demise. Thus, when he was pulled back to Wasteland, courtesy of Phantom Blot, Mickey discovers the reality behind Wasteland and the presence of Oswald, the Rabbit adds to the element of excitement as the game unfolds and really portrays the goodness and the best of Mickey Mouse that appeals to all, whether young or old.
The game is loaded with full CG sequences but lacks in-game voice acting. It was made into 2D visual to depict the Mickey we all love. With such retro technology, Mickey can easily convey and relay his emotions that make him as charming as ever.
However, the game is not perfect and has too many loopholes; such as the failure to show and give way to permanence in the game, which is kind of disturbing. The game ultimately becomes a choice and consequence type, but fails in the aspect where you’re supposed to create something in a certain place, only to find it gone when you come back for it. Your work disappears and the place is back to its normal appearance when you first came. With this problem, the choice and consequence mode of the game is not completely enhanced and may be deemed a failure as a result.
The most annoying aspects of Epic Mickey are the control setup of the game and even more so with the camera views. It’s like the camera has a mind on its own. It brings a lot of stress as I couldn’t even control the unnecessary movement of the camera in the game. This problem has resulted in several “untimely demise”, which was quite irksome as the camera issue aggravates the setup. It was very hard for me to concentrate on my character especially in fighting scenes because of the quirky and constant movement of the camera.
With all the problems that besieged the controls and the camera views and angles, the game is saved by its very impressive graphics. This, at least has made me feel like it’s a wonderful gaming experience, after all. In the same breath, the creators likewise made an effort to portray and show the history of the relationship of Oswald and Mickey in the game so as to give variety rather than concentrate on one aspect, which is to kill the Blot.
It’s kind of funny how Spector and his team can create an exceedingly impressive base to make Mickey Mouse get counted again; yet the small stuff that they’re not supposed to sweat are so flawed, they could pull down to the ground and damage the larger, more significant experience. Don’t fret, though. Epic Mickey and its positive elements do manage to ultimately make this move worth the shot. Although you could say, I was guilty of losing my patience, if you keep your expectations a bit lower and manage to keep your frustrations under control, there shouldn’t be any reason for throwing the Wii Remote – or at least keep the throwing episodes to a minimum. Watch out that the wrist strap is wrapped tight.
Super Gamer Dude
Sonic Colors Wii edition might well be SEGA's redemption yet as it proves once again the embodiment of SEGA excellence in this final offering for 2010. Although not quite flawless, Sonic Colors offers more than enough excitement rather than disappointments in this new adventure, with great looks, flashy abilities and breezy action, making this entry much more creditable compared to other offerings in an occasionally wobbly franchise. Saving the best for last, SEGA ultimately came up with a Sonic that's as vivaciously modern and fun as it can get.
Sonic Colors starts at a peculiar place created by Dr. Eggman Robotnik where the Wisp's planet is trapped and its power-granting alien creatures are held captive by the evil doctor. The astonishing beauty of Sonic Colors appears to be a fantastically wacky combination of Super Mario Galaxy, Captain Eo, and Tron, which incorporates all the Sonic indispensable essentials, from the casino to the grassy meadows of the Wisps' home planet. Among my personal preferences that many of my mates likewise find fabulous are the Starlight Carnival where you can witness the endearing blue hedgehog zip through space on an energy road and the Sweet Mountain scene from which you get a glimpse of Sonic racing trenches of popcorn flanking huge mounds of cake. Sonic Colors is undoubtedly the most excellent graphics on Wii in 2010, with its outstanding lighting and marvelous animation.
The gameplay itself is a pleasant surprise; already, the remarkably crafted smart and precise controls are astounding, but the presence of the wisps adds another dimension to the game where each wisp color corresponds to a certain power that Sonic can use. There are 8 colored wisps which give Sonic the extra quirks to some of its fascinating basic moves and abilities.
The addition of the new features in the gameplay is anything but lackluster and can absolutely test the capability of a diehard Sonic fan with unexpected twists and turns as you continue to explore the game that comes with amazing design and intricacies of the most intriguing puzzle concept ever. Sonic Colors definitely challenges your prowess through numerous paths, which you can only explore every time you secure a new Wisp that grants you a specific power.
The creators of the game made a near perfect work of blending the new and the old aspects of platforming that Sonic games are famous for. It provides a fresh and distinct flavor into the game as the players experience the evolution of the game in the last twenty years of its inception.
However, as colorful and wonderful as it gets, the game has its loopholes. There are certain parts of the game that are ridiculously too-easy and illogical they take the challenge out of the game. These areas are so downright dreary it even made me toss my Wii Remote and nunchuk from sheer disappointment. Worse, there's no other way to go around it but finish each stage of every world to make headway in the game. These parts with underhanded design seem like death-generators and are the main problems in Sonic Colors. The lack of warp pipes and alternate paths to create a fast traveling game necessitates following the long routes; a monotonous approach that plainly kills the fun in the game. Towards to the end of the game, checkpoints could not be located, making me waste a good three minutes stuck on the same level, throwing life after life and doing the same maneuver over and over.
Despite the few flaws that spoil an otherwise totally splendid gaming experience, Sonic Colors still ends up quite an awesome experience overall. This is one game that Sonic fans and Wii owners shouldn't miss grabbing. As an indicator of future offerings from SEGA, Sonic Colors undoubtedly delivers a taste of forthcoming treats.
Super Gamer Dude
Throughout the release of Wii, its games have always been quite fun and enjoyable to play especially with the company of friends. Games such as bowling, boxing, tennis and the rest of the sports on Wii Sports prove to be quite addicting and entertaining for so many people. It’s a good exercise for someone who really doesn’t exercise that much too. And then there’s Wii fit. It’s really the workout regimen you’ll probably need at the end of the week. It similarly proves to be addictive and engaging as well. And now, we have Wii Music. Understandably, some people may skeptical about this game release in the Wii console, but those skepticisms may prove to be quite real because Wii Music if you want to call it as such is a huge disaster.
Along with expectations of fabulous music selections, players definitely expect that the songs be presented in very high quality. But Wii Music unfortunately left those expectations unsatisfied. The songs are in MIDI format proving to be second-grade and cheap quality. There are plenty of MIDI format tracks out there that are quite good but not the ones found in Wii Music. Generally, a MIDI soundtrack is not really that bad. It has some great advantage especially that it has spontaneity and you can easily add or remove instruments from a piece. But Wii Music just sounds plain terrible.
Some may feel entertained by the Nintendo game tracks like the theme for the Legend of Zelda and some themes coming from Super Mario Bros.; and then there are quite good contemporary songs including Material Girl and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, but expected roster of songs from the present time are noticeably missing; so you’d be sorely disappointed because Wii Music doesn’t cater to the more recent types of music.
Moving on to the mechanics, it’s pretty simple in its strictest sense. You may want to compose a song, which is relatively easy. When you try playing a tune like Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, for example, no sweat! Even I who don’t have much synchronization to speak of, managed to perfect it. Moreover, I quite enjoyed tweaking some songs a little bit by changing pitches or holding a note for a little while. You can do all these because of the wide array of musical instruments available. But these alone didn’t succeed in getting me glued on to the screen to continue playing the game. The setup could’ve been better.
Kids might find Wii Music entertaining as they can choose whatever instrument they want to play. Although there’s also another hitch here; truth is, some instruments aren’t that easy to manipulate or play with. The drum is one example; there’s just too much stuff you have to hold or press. The gameplay and controls are gimmicky to a certain extent, rather than intuitive. I suppose kids would definitely enjoy making noises, though. In general, the presentation of the game is quite good with the integration of Mii Avatars, WiiConnect24 Support, and music video backdrops which generally shows the excellently polished interface of the game. The graphics are similar to that of Wii Sports, which are too over simplistic to the point of becoming bland. And then, of course, there’s the music. Need I reiterate how truly disappointing it is?
Overall, the game isn’t really that fun. I wouldn’t be so harsh as to say it’s a complete failure, but if Nintendo continues to produce games such as these, why bother if the end result is just getting even more bored than before playing the game.
Super Gamer Dude
Club Penguin Game Day Wii gives the player hours of playing time in three different modes. The Story Mode entertains the player with plenty of competition, Quick Play and a Tournament mode challenges the player to mini-games.
The player must first create his or her own penguin, choose the color for the penguin and give the penguin a cute name. In the Story Mode players have a choice of four different colors blue, green, yellow or red as a team color. The task they are presented with is to conquer the winter island. The team color must control all areas of the island. The player engages in mini-games and must come in third or higher in order to control an area. Once a mini-game is completed, the player will receive coins and some new games to play. Zones on the island will also be unlocked and the player can buy items for the penguin. Players must go through the games Story Mode in order to play the dozen events of Game Day.
Club Penguin Game Day has a good assortment of mini-games that will entertain the kids for hours. The limited numbers of mini-games can be played out if different ways every time, giving all players many hours of replay appreciation. The mini-games center on Fast Freeze, Sumo Smash, Sled and Slide and more. Kids and adults will find the games exciting with a lot of action. Every time a team beats a challenge, they triumph over another area of the island. The players goal is to take over as much of the island as possible.
The island is sectioned off into six locations. The players must play a set of four mini-games and a challenge game. Once they have conquered all the challenges and the areas are changed to the players team color, the player can move on to Quick Play or Tournament mode. Only the Wiimote can be used on the mini-games. The events the penguins perform are well executed. The family will have hours of fun completing each event. The cute little penguins will waggle and twist around in events like snowball rolling contests, sack races, to throwing large sacks of coffee off their heads to the finish line. What a bizarre sight it is to see, coffee being hefted off penguins head.
While the games are simple enough to learn the controls can become frustrating. The player needs to point the location in which they want to penguin to go in order for the penguin to move and then click. The penguin will then be located in the right spot. Each of the mini-games moves the penguins in a different way in order to complete the task. Some of the maneuvers will be hard for a younger child to master.
The mechanics of the penguins in the game are exceptionally well done and will wiggle and bounce their way into everyones heart. The team playing is fun with both friends and family and those of all ages. There is hours of enjoyment for everyone.
Super Gamer Dude
Taking a much loved literary series and movie franchise and turning it into a successful video game can be a tricky proposition, but Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 for the Nintendo Wii manages to accomplish the task with relative ease. The title is a one or two player co-op adventure that allows the players to explore the world of the famous boy wizard that was revealed through the first four books and movies.
Gameplay is centered on exploring the Hogwarts castle and grounds because that area serves as the launching point for each level of the game. The castle and grounds are huge, but the game takes full advantage of whatever horsepower the Wii can conjure up because the graphics and sound are top notch and could have come right out of the films themselves.
The control scheme is pretty simple, at first because of the usual combination of Wii remote controller and Nunchuk dictate movement, jumping, spell casting, and all other player moves. The game uses a submenu, easily controlled by the Nunchuk, to select individual spells collected through playing. The spell casting menu is a bit difficult to control at first, but fortunately becomes second nature after spending some time on the game.
The biggest asset of Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is the familiar and famous characters that players get to control. Exploring the world of Harry Potter as Harry or Ron is one thing, but walking around as Dumbledore or an evil wizard is something altogether different. In typical Lego game fashion, players start out with limited character options but can unlock other characters by redeeming studs and discovering new faces around the Hogwarts grounds.
Those unlockable features are what makes the addictive gameplay of the game. Players need to find owl posts and collect as many studs as possible to get bonus abilities, like invulnerability, that make the game easier and a bit more fun to play. The co-op nature of the game requires players to work together to solve certain puzzles, which only enhances the need for certain special abilities or characters to be unlocked and playable. Luckily, this only adds to the fun of the game.
One issue in particular that changes things up for players is the split screen that occurs when players are far apart. At first the split screen can be a bit frustrating because the play area gets shrunk by nearly half for both players; however, after a few sessions, this issue becomes invaluable because both players can explore areas of the level or the castle without having to be in close proximity to each other.
All things considered, Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is a fun game that doubles as a platformer and a puzzle game. This combination has served several Lego titles well, and it does complete justice to this particular game. Players will spend hours combing through the world of Harry Potter and facing down the challenges the famous character encountered, which makes for some familiar and entertaining days and nights.
Super Gamer Dude
Sometimes when a video game makes the transition from one type of entertainment to a home console the results are outstanding, but Toy Story Mania for the Nintendo Wii just does not deliver on the experience made popular by the theme park attraction. Basically, one to four players compete in various shooting gallery type events, and the highest score wins.
The shooting gallery mechanic is something that is often explored by games for the Wii, and this one incorporates Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the Toy Story gang by using ring toss, eggs, and even the old suction cup gun to dial into the kid factor in all of us. However, if you have been to Disney World in Orlando and ridden the Toy Story ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, you will be a touch disappointed with the results of this game.
While the graphics are great and the sound effects are interesting, the jerky motion of the Wii controller makes it difficult to find a knack for hitting your target. Largely, a game of tossing rings is difficult anyway, but the game seems to lack the polish of a finely tuned first person perspective. Of course, mastering a game is not a prerequisite for finding it playable, the thing is there is just not too much here for long-term enjoyment. Sure it's fun for a little bit, but every title has a shelf life. Unfortunately, after a few rounds between the family and friends, the action gets old quickly.
Toy Story Mania for the Nintendo Wii makes good on its claim to deliver a shooting gallery experience. Still, this title has a certain amount of appeal for players just looking to enjoy the famous characters and throw a few eggs at some targets. However, anyone not in that particular target market will find little more under the surface of this particular game because it is exactly what it promises to be.
Toy Story Mania also comes with some three-dimensional effects that do not necessarily translate well from the Wii console. The Wii has never been noted for having performance enabled hardware, and while the manufacturers should be given some credit for trying something new, it just does not work that well with or without those paper glasses.
The multiplayer modes add a bit of excitement and competition, but everyone tends to be jockeying for the same position in co-op mode, which makes playing the game feel a bit crowded. The friendly competition again gets old replay after replay as well, which does not help the title out enough to justify a purchase.
In the end, Toy Story Mania makes good as a shooting gallery game played once a month, but anyone thinking they will relive the family vacation through the Wii is mistaken. The game tries, but ultimately the Wii just does not have the horsepower to deliver a top notch performance for what producers were aiming for. Unfortunately, this is one toy that will find itself on the shelf more often than in the console.