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Posted:
2010-09-10

davebath

Newbie

8.1

If you are looking to fantasize about becoming a gangster in the 30's or 40's then Mafia 2 is the game you have been desperately searching for. You will join an epic tale of Vito Scaletta as he returns from WW2. He arrives in shock only to find that his mother and sister are in a bit of a pickle. They have gotten involved with a loan shark and need Vito's help desperately. Vito's friend Joe will also aid you through the game, as he fights alongside you.

I think for any mobster video game to be successful it needs to have a good storyline. You will be smearing blood along the streets of Empire Bay, located in New York. This could be from anything from fighting with your fist to pumping lead in your enemies chest with a Tommygun. Mafia 2 delivers in that area and is packed with tons of jaw dropping cut scenes and above average graphics for the 360.

In this game you will completely missions which will bring the story forth. Lots of guns you can buy in gun shops located around the city. There is even a chop shop where you can change your license plates as the cops will pursue you throughout the game. You will even get to join the ladies as Vito and Joe make their presents felt in Empire City.

This game is basically set up as a third person shooter where you are going to crouch behind boxes and open fire on your enemies. Really does give you the impression that you are fighting it out with mobsters in the dirty streets of Empire City. For me one thing that I learned is that you have to pace yourself when playing the game. What I mean by this is you can't just go through the missions and shoot everyone. In fact if you did that you would die all the time, as I did for the first hour. Instead you need to find a good place to take cover and choose your shots wisely.

Just as you find the game getting a little predictable you will find yourself doing other missions that have a fun and exciting twist. For example, one of the missions is to sneak into a guarded compound or even go undercover as a window washer, where you will kill a main character.

The lasting effect of this game is pretty good. You will get about 15 hours of gameplay out of this game with a lot of shooting. The voice work is incredible and the graphics are pretty good for Xbox 360. I would recommend this game to anyone that likes movies such as Goodfellas and Public Enemies.

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Posted:
2010-09-21

davebath

Newbie

7.8

WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 is a professional wrestling video game following suit to the big name that we get to watch on pay per view. THQ has taken professional wrestling into new heights with user creation side and noteworthy refinements in the game play. New match types also were also added, but these have been overshadowed by the removal of online play. We are now to be contented (boo!) with our friends.

There is a new control scheme that allows for more precision and support for the various controllers. The special abilities of each character introduced before are now more solid and concrete in this version, and all have descriptions. Some are passive such as demonstrating resilience to pins and submissions, to active abilities such as quickly escaping the ring, or regaining some health by hitting yourself in the head with a chair. Prompts appear on the screen to aid you in using the active special abilities the perfect timing for them, and how to use each properly.

Character movements are more fluid this year, and they all respond better in terms of quickness. However, there are still noticeable lags such as when there are multiple characters in the ring, which quite spoil the fun but overall everything is quite realistic and forgivable.

Of course, no game will be truly yours unless you can modify your pro’s physical attributes. The wardrobe can be changed, as well as the color of their signature looks. Logos and tattoos can be further tailored to suit your own taste, but that’s not all! Entire move sets, finishers, and entrance movies can be customized as well.

In Story Designer mode, a player can create their own episodes and upload them online for other players to download and enjoy. This serves a big potential for endless fun as you are put in charge of your pro’s career in a level never before experienced by WWE fans.

Smackdown vs Raw 2010 made a lot of subtle improvements, and now have a varied content. The new tools for customization cannot be fully enjoyed by anyone as there is no online mode, so we’ll never know how far our created character can go; but those with a friend to play with will appreciate the refined action and numerous match types. SDVSW 2010 could have been a great game, but the limitations just keep coming, this area could be an improvement for the masses.

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Posted:
2010-09-22

davebath

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8.9

Let me start off by saying this is one of the most exciting FTS shooter games I have ever played. I have been playing Halo games since the beginning of time and was overjoyed when this game was released. In fact I called in sick to work that day…lol. Not to mention I would have to question your loyalty to Halo if you didn't get the Collectors Edition. This game is really the best of the series and I will show you why in this review.

First, they totally revamped the whole menu system which was much needed. Why is this so great? Well for starters you can display your friends that are playing Reach, and also you can keep track of them for good old fashion party games. Honestly, starting or entering a different gaming mode is easy as hitting a couple buttons (not to mention your friends can come with you every place you want to go).

In the campaign mode everyone knows that they storyline are truly epic and Halo Reach is by far the best. You can play by yourself or with up to four players, and this time you are the newest member/members of the Noble team. In your first challenge you are to seek out and discover a "distress signal" in a mountainous region. Like any other Halo game a full out war erupts between alien invaders. You will have to fend for yourself with a ton of FTS tactics. This is by far the best Halo game you will ever play!

I don't really want to ruin the story or anything, but it will start out a little slow, but each level will really build onto the next, you will be on the edge of your seat by the time the final level has unfolded, though. Just when you get comfortable in a rocky environment the level will change into a military outpost or even a rural farm. You will even be able to enjoy the all new vehicles (which actually handle quite well).

So as far as replayability goes, Reach wrote the book on this in my opinion. You can play multiple levels with friends online/offline and customize the attributes of the weapons, shields, and strength of gravity, of course the difficulty level, as well. Hell, you can even play in user generated matches online which are even more customizable. Don't forget about the competitive matchmaking system, which makes the online play freaken awesome. Also, the online mode comes with a new and improved voting system where you can actually play a more non-biased match.

I really could go on and on about how good this game is but you probably don't want to hear me blow my load about how great this game actually is. Top that all off with brilliant graphics and excellent sound and you have a state of the art game. Honestly is there anyone here at RAG that doesn't like this game The collectors edition comes with a nice box, stickers and awesome booklet in which the standard edition does not come with though. It is a must for any true Halo fan, buy, this game and I will beat you online. Lol

Graphics 9/10
Sound 8/10
Playability 10/10
Overall 9/10

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Posted:
2010-10-08

davebath

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8.8

Burnout Paradise will give every racer and action fans a total burnout. It is fast paced and a total hard core action. The songs of the Guns “N Roses, Mozart and Soundgarden and all absolutely adds delight and interest to players most especially rockers who love Guns “N Roses fans like me and classic fans of Mozart. Really the music is the first thing I noticed aside with the good graphics.

You will think of an endless game city when you will start with the adventure. But as you continue, there are new objects on the road, new obstacles. It’s not like other racers that you could even memorize all the things on the track. Paradise City as it is, it is full of surprises. You will see the city unfolds itself little by little. There will be shortcuts that you’ll be discovering and the background? Tidy.

Just like any other games, Burnout Paradise also has the same mechanics but the explosions, the collisions of racers and banging of objects cannot be described. Your heart will be beating fast because of the obstacles. You will find yourself spinning and losing control of your racer but that doesn’t matter because you can start the race over and over again. There are varieties of ways to race too. My favorite is stunt racing!

Showtime Mode’s addition to the game is no doubt a total wreck. Not for the game but for the other racers. In here, you will be crashing different varieties of sophisticated cars. This sounds funny but this is really cool. With just a push of the button, you can be a bouncing car like a rubber ball. Playing while laughing out loud is an experience that you can’t buy.

For people who love cars, this is an intense one for you because I reckon it is probably cooler than driving a real one. With its graphics, sounds and multiplayer game, I can say that this game is highly addictive and worth a stab at playing.