The Beatles Rock Band On the Wii is another project of Rock Band that follows suit to the new era of full band rhythm of games, but Beatles stand out from the rest of the competition as it is the only one with a real life band. The all Beatles play list has made a sense of strong continuity between the sons, while maintaining the musical diversity enough to keep things interesting and varied. Rock out as one of the Fab 4 in the Story Mode, and you’ll unlock a bevy of photographs and videos that translates the humanity of the larger than life members of The Beatles.
The Story Mode starts with a theatrical trailer that will give you a brief history and insight into the Beatles’ musical and artistic careers. As you progress in the game, the connection between you players and the band members is reinforced as you play in legendary venues. Cutscenes bring to life and bridge the chapters in the Story Mode while unlockable photos and video clips provide snippets from the Beatles’ career. Plating along the songs gives you a visual treat as well due to the artistic elements incorporated. Each song has a one of a kind video that accompanies it, and it reflects the song’s themes and its place in the career of the Beatles.
Of course, by playing this version of Rock Band, only Beatles content is entertained. There is no character creation, you cannot customize the looks of the band members and songs previously downloaded won’t work in this version. There are cooperative and competitive online modes, but as with all Rock Band games, they all shine singularly. The most significant new game play feature is the vocal harmonies.
Before you play the song, you choose which of the two vocal harmonies you are: either solo or harmonies. Harmony parts are displayed in the same area as the lead vocals. Visually, the differentiation did a great job, but it’s up to you to sing them. If you have trouble harmonizing, there is a practice mode available to sort things out. You can highlight the part you want to learn, and then you can drop the pitch out to make sure you got it.
This game is already great since the Beatles and their music legacy is great; but the real exquisiteness has been captured by the way it causes excitement I playing as a united band. The Beatles Rock Band is not just about playing their music; it transcends into a more personal level and knits your band mates closer.
Kingdom Hearts 3582/2 Days is a bit of an in-between, it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. It picks up on a certain event before Kingdom Hearts 2 starts, so it’s a prequel to the game. As a brief overview, Kingdom Hearts is the brainchild of Square Enix and Disney, with a cast that is a mash up of the two completely opposite worlds. Mickey Mouse can totally overturn Cloud Strife in the world of Kingdom Hearts, and it is a fact that we just have to accept if ever you are to play this game.
You play the game as Roxas (who has a striking resemblance to Sora), a nobody. He currently has memory loss (a little surprise there), but he does have a fleeting remembrance of a name, a certain organization called Organixation XIII. As you go through your journey, you will encounter familiar faces as some are Disney characters and some were from the previous Kingdom Hearts releases.
For the first time in the franchise, the game play is broken into separate missions that let you set your own pace in the game while encouraging you explore the vast lands of 358/2. Missions can be found scattered throughout 7 Disney worlds. Certain places increase involvement of the player in the game as the objectives are altered as you are currently playing. A checkpoint save system is used in the game to save your progress. A map is also available and it indicates where the heartless are, saving you the trouble of wandering around aimlessly.
Graphic wise the environment is richly detailed and they match their Disney counterparts in all the right ways. The 3D character models for the DS platform is a remarkable achievement, but not entirely plausible, since jagged edges are still evident and the colors are quite muddy on the clothing. Everything is recycled, especially the audio, and the excitement wears off in tiny amounts until you are left playing with nothing but an empty shell of a great game in another platform.
Though they have stayed true to the original premise of the game, they could have made a better game if they dared to improve some aspects and totally make use of the DS’ touch screen. This game is pretty damn good with all that in mind and I would rate it 7 out 10.
This game features its strong and very satisfying plot that spans a lot of generations and gives you the role of being a lonely boy. Being a boy that has been rejected by society, you begin to suffer numerous tragedies and try to survive living alone. As you grow older, you will be trying to make improvements in your life by unraveling your past and reconciling it with your destiny. The destiny that you seek will be answered as you progress through the game from slaying bad guys and performing tasks that each level requires.
On top of your screen, you will witness an expansive map that you will be exploring as you go through your quests. On each of the map that you will be having, you will need to engage in every place on the map and ask the locals that live in it for the things that you will be looking for. There will be a lot of confusing directions and hints on every map however; you will still find it easy to cross each map through the use of the party chat.
Of course a role-playing game is not complete without the battles. On the top of your screen, you will be able to control your main character through the top screen outlining all the information as well as the weapons and skills that you can use. Also, the enemies as well as the battlefields will be confined on the bottom part of your screen. On both screens, you will be able to control your party. You can use the individual skills like use magic, attack an enemy or command all your units to heal together. You will find this game challenging and not boring because of the variation of enemies and their skills that you will be facing. As you move along each level, you will find that the enemy grows stronger.
This game enables you to tame and recruit more than 50 different monster types by defeating each one in the battle. Just like your character, you can let them use and wear anything you like. The total hours to finish this game are about 40 hours, however, that will be accomplished only if you don’t make any errors on the quest. Therefore to make it close to that time, you will need to master and practice every skill and every monster ability that you tame. If you fail, you can always start from the beginning.
As the player, you will be a mercenary searching for recognition and wealth and at the same time, monitoring places of battles from a conventional third-person standpoint. For that matter, you will be following your goals by handling troops or struggling as part of a group. The primary difference between this kind of strategy and the usual lone actioner is that as the leader you need to make a short stop to convince a group of guys to fight along without the need to attack rival positions on your own. This basic control system will lead Bladestorm to downfall. The commanding troops are so one-dimensional that it is alright to overlook that you are not alone.
Meanwhile, the battles are very simple considering that their performances are similar. All you need to do is run amok across a French countryside in every mission, conquering every camp base you encounter until such time you will arrive at the specific settlement and eliminate it. Variations in battle fights is less, the combats are usually filled with troops creating chaos. Bladestorm is the kind of game that endeavors to portray certain realities of fighting with large number of soldiers. Consequently, the whole thing will be similar to arcade. Also, the artificial intelligence is very unrealistic. The opponents will be reluctant in their attacks to the point that they will just sit back until such time, you will hit their heads.
Depth in between fights makes the game fairly fascinating. You will take time to prepare in order to conquer the tavern’s field. In addition, you will also improve the books dealing with various kinds of troops, purchase equipment and units to prepare for immediate deployment in combats soon. It is fundamentally amazing if you have the capacity to customize outfits for the troops and enhance their combat skills by way of books.
Bladestorm version in Xbox 360 and PS3 have no existing accompaniments and both do not provide a game mode that is multiplayer. The video and the audio qualities are quite bad on both. Graphics have been set near the original levels of Xbox since there are a huge number of troops on the screen at the same time. Thus, the movement of the game is smooth but has no appeal. On the other hand, the visual design is not that impressive due to the flat color palette which makes it hard to distinguish the various types of troops in a separate manner. Despite the hard rock, action-first-squad-combat concept, the game will succeed as half done. The brand new concepts of the gameplay as well as the European backdrop have to be further amplified in order to achieve Bladestorm’s purpose.
F1 2012 is a Formula One racing game that is brought to us by Codemasters. The game is the third that Codemasters has created for the F1 genre, after they completed F1 2010 and F1 2011. The game has received mostly positive reviews, particularly when compared to the previous versions. We will take a look at the game modes, some changes compared to F1 2011, and what is still flawed in this great looking Formula 1 game.
F1 2012 has several game modes. The simplest game mode is the Single Race, where you can choose any of the official 2012 F1 races and drive there as a race weekend. You can also choose any of the drivers that were part of the 2012 F1 world championship. The race settings can be altered, which includes the difficulty, what rules are active, how long the race is, and what the weather is like. This ability to adjust and customize is what makes this game so great.
Another game mode is the Career Mode. In a change from F1 2011, the career mode now has two separate routes. The first is the traditional career where you can change your team after each season, depending on how well you have done. The second is the "Rival Challenge", where you pick a rival on the grid. If you beat that rival in the next three races, you get to take their race seat. So, even if you are with the worst team on the grid, you can challenge someone like Vettel or Alonso. If you beat them over three races, you will find yourself in the Red Bull or Ferrari.
Challenge Mode is another interesting edition to F1 2012. As there were so many past champions on the 2012 F1 grid, the game decided to take advantage of that. Each challenge has you pitted against a F1 champion. Your goal is to beat them and win the challenge. You can do this in three difficulty settings. Once you win the challenge, you move onto a harder challenge. The challenges go on until you meet 7 time champion Michael Schumacher for the final challenge.
The online mode for F1 2012 is decent but it is nothing to rave about. There are very few games going on and mostly you will have to get a group of friends together who can set up an online game through Steam. This is what most choose to do, as the regular online games can be very unpredictable.
Many people have plenty of issues with this game and some of those comments are warranted. The rules are still not implemented well, particularly in online situations. There are times when someone will take your car out completely, but you will also get a penalty as a result of the crash. Tire wear is still a problem, especially in wet conditions.
The best improvement from F1 2011 is the handling. It feels more real and it is very sensitive to changes that are made to the car. This makes F1 2012 the best simulation to date, even if there are still chinks in the armor.
All time favorite cartoon network characters in one video game. Punch time explosion offers the pace and excitement of a fighting game with the characters that have come to be loved and adored over the years. This game offers all the action of a fighting game and exceptional graphics. Anyone who enjoys cartoon network and action games will be well pleased.
Punch time is a bit different when speaking of DS games. This has an intricate story line that flows smoothly along with the action. Enough thought was out into this game that players tend to lose track of time as they find themselves further and further drawn into the action. The fact that this is for the 3DS makes it even better. The characters seemingly jump off the screen to make this one game that is sure to have both novices and experienced game players wanting more.
One of the better aspects of this game is the WIFI access that allows multi-player action. This is coupled with amazing graphics. The characters are true to their cartoon network forms and as the 3D functions are kicked in, they seem to come to life right in front of your eyes. A lot of thought and care was put in to the development off the story line and the characters.
The characters all bring with them special weapons and abilities making gameplay that much more challenging. Finding the character that best suits the players taste is half the fun. The settings change as the characters are moved through the map of the game. These settings are vivid and well developed so as to be believable for the characters and situations.
The music is not quite as remarkable as the graphics and plots. While it can get a little repetitive after a while, it is not as annoying as one would think. At least the music is appropriate for the action going on the screen. The tempos fit the action, and when there are lulls in the action, the music is at least fitting.
These are all factors that aid in offering an exceptional reason to get a copy of the game. Whether the player is experienced in this format or another gaming system, they are sure to find Punch Time to be a pleasant surprise over other DS games. For the experienced video gamer this will offer a chance to refine skills and pit your favorite Cartoon Network characters against one another. The game player with less experience will find that Punch Time is an excellent means to enhance gaming abilities and enjoy a venue that has otherwise been untapped.
Whether young or old, most will find this to be an enjoyable game and nice way to pass some time. This is definitely a game that the player will lose track of time with. It is definitely a good addition to any DS game collection as it is fun to play and easy to follow. Overall this is a game worth owning.
Injustice Gods Among Us is the next big fighting game of 2013 for the Wii U. This game is a two dimensional fighter with three dimensional graphics and takes place in the DC Comics universe. The game is being developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Injustice Gods Among Us runs on the Unreal 3 Engine and is expected to hit stores in the beginning of April 2013.
This game is a standard fighting game where one player is in combat against another. You can choose from some of your favorite super heroes or villains from the DC Comics universe such as Batman, Flash, Green Arrow, Superman, Joker, Lex Luther, Green Lantern, Nightwing and WonderWoman. The goal is to attack your opponent and gradually take their life away until their health depletes to zero. You can perform combo attacks to deal heavier damage to opponents in order to make their life deplete at a faster rate.
Expect to see an interesting story when you play as the developers obviously sat down and really went into the background of some of the DC Comics characters, and so were able to return to stories that long time fans can appreciate. Even if you are only familiar with the basic story lines you will still be interested by the plots that develop as the game progresses. This fighting game is supposed to be set apart from others by providing a quality story line that seems to be lacking in other fighting games.
The Wii U will give this game superior graphics, but there are no current plans to utilize the motion sensor technology from the Wii U console, but that could change in the future. For now, expect to get standard gameplay as you would from the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 console. Keep in mind that there is going to be downloadable content in the future after the game's release, so never count out the idea that motion technology might be implemented into the game later on.
The creators of this game are the same team that made the latest Mortal Kombat game, Mortal Kombat 9, and those that felt Mortal Kombat was fun will find this game even more entertaining.
Medal of Honor Warfighter is the follow-up to EAs Medal of Honor series reboot of 2010. That game was not a critical success but was still a solid first attempt to bring the franchise back to its former glory. Developer Danger Close is ready for round 2 with Medal of Honor: Warfighter. How did they fair this time around? Read on to find out.
Single Player: 8/10
The single player in Medal of Honor Warfighter is a rather short experience. Even novice first-person shooter players should be able to wrap the whole thing up in less than 12 hours. Veterans of the genre shouldnt have any trouble beating the game in five to seven hours. The graphics youll find in the single player are first rate, and better than those in multiplayer for some reason. The opening cinematic goes directly from cut-scene to player control and if youre not careful youll miss the cut because there is little drop in graphical quality from cut-scene to gameplay. The sound is also very good and really does a great job of making you feel like youre on the battlefield. Each primary and secondary weapon has its own unique sound which youll come to easily recognize with no visual help. I dont really want to go into very much detail with the narrative in single player since its a really interesting story that I dont want to spoil. As much as I would love to give the single player a ten because of how interesting and exciting it is, I just cant justify it since its over so fast.
This is where most gamers will spend the majority of their time with Medal of Honor Warfighter, and any first-person shooter really. I usually dont like to start a review section off with a complaint, but I have to express my disappointment with the maps in multiplayer. Dont get me wrong the maps have good flow and look tremendous. My problem is the lack of maps, with Warfighter featuring only eight. That pales in comparison to the 16 released with each years new Call of Duty game. My only other complaint with the multiplayer is the poor damage dished out by the shotguns. Unless youre at point-blank range you can absolutely forget getting a one-hit kill. I know shotguns are supposed to be short-range weapons but surely you could kill someone from three feet away with a buckshot blast.
By far the best aspect of the multiplayer is that it does really go a long way to instill a sense of brotherhood among teammates that you just dont find in enough first-person shooters. Teammates will provide health and ammo for each other and if only one player is alive, the respawning teammate spawns on him. This works great as long as your teammate is willing to recognize the situation and adjust his position accordingly. If he's taking heavy fire and won't take cover as you spawn, you may be dead before your character model's feet hit the ground. You'll also earn points for everything your partner does right. It all goes back to that brotherhood thing I was talking about earlier. Help your teammate and help yourself.
Final Score: 8/10
As anyone who has been following the series knows, Assassin's Creed 3 is by no means the third game in the Assassin's Creed series. In fact, not counting portable spin offs, there have been five games, including this, the latest entry in the series.
Most people consider Assassin's Creed II to be the first "good" game in the series, followed up by a superior sequel in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. However, when Assassin's Creed Revelations came out, it became clear that Ubisoft had plans to continue the games as a yearly franchise, no matter the quality of the games they were putting out every year. Ubisoft quickly came out and publicly claimed that Assassin's Creed 3 would be a return to the level of quality their fans expected, but did they succeed?
When the game starts, you very quickly realize it is very much still an Assassin's Creed game, as you slowly make your way through the tutorials teaching you how to kill people quickly and quietly. This part of the game seems to take forever, but plenty of games have slow starts, right? After several excruciatingly slow hours of exposition and tutorials, the game finally lets you out into its open world, which turns out to be rather similar to the open worlds of past games. Thankfully, traversal sees an improvement when compared to previous games, resulting in far fewer instances of jumping in the wrong direction and a more pleasant open world as a result.
The core combat remains more or less the same as previous games. You'll find yourself parrying and then countering more blows than you can count as usual, but games like Sleeping Dogs have done this kind of combat system so much better at this point.
The biggest problem with Assassin's Creed 3 has very little to do with either the story or the combat. Even though this game spent a massive amount of time in development (at least for a yearly franchise), the game feels like it spent very little time being tested for bugs. While I did not personally encounter any game breaking bugs, I can certainly attest to their existence through third party accounts, but the much larger issues are the "smaller" bugs. Personally, thanks to bugs, I had to completely restart several extremely long missions and found several others far more difficult than they should have been.
Most importantly for Wii U users, how does the game use the tablet? In short, not very well. The game certainly supports mirroring, which is great if you use that feature, but as a second screen, the tablet is only used as a map. While this is certainly convenient, I can think of much better ways they could have used a completely second screen.
If you've liked Assassin's Creed and its story so far, Assassin's Creed 3 wraps up things nicely even if it is a bit buggy, but its hard to recommend to people that aren't particularly invested in the series already.