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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

8.0

The Sims 3 is the latest installment of the Sims game series. The Sims is a casual game where life is simulated and players are able to create characters and decide the day to day choices of those characters. The Sims 3 expanded on this basic game design adding new objectives, goals and game modes. Now, there are even pets to create and play with.

The Sims 3 for the 3DS allows you to create a character. In the character creation mode, Create a Sim, players can choose all of the different attributes to their sim. For example, they can change their body type, hair color and hair style. Players can even change their outfits. Along with the physical appearance of the sim, players can also decide certain traits and desires for their character. This feature is expanded upon in the actual gameplay.

In The Sims 3: Pets edition, players can also create and play with new pets. There are many new different animals to chose from. In previous Sims Pets games, selections were limited to normal domestic animals, like cats and dogs. In this version of the game, the selection has broadened. Now, players can choose from cats, dogs, horses, birds, snakes, lizards and turtles. In the character creation mode, players can choose different attributes to the animal. This includes, body type, coat color and texture, breed, facial features, and tail length and size. The player can even mix breeds to have the physical appearance of two breeds of the same animal. The player also chooses traits for the animal, and similarly to human sims, these are important for actual gameplay.

Playing the game is similar to other versions of The Sims 3. Players are able to choose the actions of each of their characters. They can toggle to the different sims to control each one. This includes pets. Now, every character has wants and needs that need to be fulfilled and the player is rewarded for completing wants. Some common wants include eating a specific food, interacting with another character, gaining new skills and visiting new places.

Another element to the game is gaining new skills. All sims can gain new skills in different areas. For human sims, they can learn logic skills, computer skills, cooking skills, and creative skills. Unlike earlier versions of The Sims, some skills are related to specific objects. For example, a sim can gain skill in playing the guitar or playing the piano. Animal sims are also able to gain skills. For dogs and cats, there are collecting skills and hunting skills. Horses can also gain racing skills.

The Sims 3: Pets for the 3DS is a fun game for families. While there are some adult themed interactions, everything is tastefully handled and censored. However, The Sims 3: Pets, and other Sims 3 titles, are better suited for young teens and adults. With the ability to create characters, decorate rooms, and make new pets for their sims, this game is perfect for animal lovers.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

7.9

Crossover games are a genre where it is easy to phone in an experience based solely on seeing our favorite characters from separate franchises on screen at the same time. Kart racing games are another genre that also has a preception of being for the casual gamer, and therefore expected to not offer a fully fleshed out experience. Plus, with a title as clunky as Sonic and All Stars Racing, it is all too easy for the committed gamer to pass this title up for something else without so many shallow credentials.

The good news, however, for Sega fans and kart racing extraordinaires alike, is that this kart-racing sega crossover tribute is not a gilded experience at all but one with plenty going on under the hood. From the multi-tiered maps to the customizable racers, and a decent campaign mode, Sonic and AllStars Racing is the full package and a great family game to pick up for new Wii U owners.

A little replay value beyond trying to beat your latest track time goes a long way, and the game delivers replay value in a campaign mode that will have the player collecting stars to advance through a tree of challenges. Also included is an XP based leveling system that can be used to level up your favorite racer's attributes as well as purchase new vehicle mods. Every vehicle has the ability to transform into new forms to traverse land, air, and sea by moving through special rings on each track. This is an enticing twist to say the least, as the constantly shifting racing styles increase the possibilities to cut down your time on each track exponentially.

Fans of arcade style kart racers will definitely appreciate the attention developers Sumo Digital gave to adding a bit a balance to an infamously unbalanced game genre. Kart racers may have certainly been the origin of the term "rubber banding" in video game culture, which refers to the phenomenon of games ratcheting up the difficulty suddenly when a player is doing too well. Sonic and All Stars Racing doesn't abandon this arcade staple, but they tone it down to the point where it might not cause too many hurled controllers. Online multiplayer offers up to 10 players in a race and Wii U owners will also get the bonus of five player couch multiplayer with one person playing the game on the controller's screen. There are also Wii U exclusive mini-games like Super Monkey Ball. Those familiar with the tilt mechanic of this game will understand why it is perfect for the gyro controls of the Wii U. All the mini-games are excellent displays of the console and its beefy controller's unique abilities.

Sonic and All Stars Racing is a quality game in a market where all the love is devoted to extremely violent and serious experiences. Wreck-it Ralph makes a delightful cameo as a playable racer in this game, for no reason other than to add to an already fun experience. Surprises like these outline a game that's about fun from top to bottom. The rare example of one that doesn't take it target audience for granted.

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Posted:
2014-05-16

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martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

7.7

Some fans may have argued that the Resident Evil franchise started to steer away from it's roots beginning with Resident Evil 4 and the game developers also noticed this. Resident Evil Revelations takes the Resident Evil franchise back to it's roots. Players will have limited resources to draw from but will also face gaming moments that are chilling and will encounter monsters closeup. These techniques help to create a panicked, survival horror feeling that sticks with gamers and forces them to play the game strategically. Alongside the improvement to how the game is played, the developers also spent a lot of time detailing and texturing the monsters in the game, the characters and even down to the details of the environment itself.

Revelations takes players aboard the Queen Zenobia ship that is outside of the Arklay Mansion. Because of this, the ship's environment makes for very creepy game environments. Players are faced with dark hallways, rooms and will at times feel very uncomfortable. This eerie feeling will keep players ready and waiting for the moment they may need to fend off something. The game's sound also adds to the creepy nature of the environment. There are many moments when the game can be silent and then all of a sudden a breeze will howl through the corridors or a creature will let out a painful, scary moan off in the distance. Because of the sounds combined with the way the game plays, it will make for a truly scary experience that will freak people out and even leave some people on the edge's of their seats.

While the traditional zombies in the game have been replaced by another threat, the nature of the other threat is essentially the same as zombies. The Ooze as they are called were designed to become a biological super weapon; however after things went wrong the bodies are now lifeforms with the sole purpose of attacking and eating living beings. Besides these basic creatures, there are also other environmental elements in the gameplay that will leave people scared. The levels of the game are designed into chapters and some of the chapters end with a boss that the player must defeat. Once the chapter has been completed, the player may also choose a different character to continue with their own specific story.

This version of Resident Evil stays true to the standard controls from the previous games. This allows players to stop moving while they shoot or they may also strafe while shooting, dodge or aim their weapon. While the player can control their own actions, the same is not true for the CPU-controlled ally the player will eventually come into contact with. However, the A.I. of the ally does successfully help the player against enemies and won't unnecessarily use precious items or ammunition. Although the ally may help the player, they don't really cause that much damage to enemies so the player will more than likely have to finish the fight. This technique allows the player to get some help when needed but still allows them to feel scared knowing that the threat is still great to them.

There are a couple changes made to the co-operative mode of the game. For example, players can't play together in the main story but they may connect together online and use the Raid Mode feature. The Raid Mode allows two players to play together on certain stages of the game with stronger enemies and changes made to the regular level. Upon passing these stages, the players are given rewards points they can use to buy game weapons and items.

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Posted:
2010-10-23

martinraven

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7.4

The Star Ocean series is all about degradation of our beloved home world and with the extinction of the human race. After a great war on earth where nuclear powers were used, the last remaining human population started an adventure in outer space in search for a new dwelling place. Other remaining survivors are left to live underground but eventually leave for outer space years later.

On their search for a new planet, the accidentally crash on a nearby planet that is inhabited by dangerous life-forms. From there, their quest to take over the planet starts. Part of your main quest will be to eliminate all evil creatures and explore the newly discovered world. Expect to continue killing the aliens until you are strong enough to push through uncharted territories.

As you move through one map to another, you will be able to save the map with a save point and can be able to regain health from healing spots that are scattered all over the map. You will need to keep beating low level monsters as well – which may prove to be a bit boring because they are easy to kill, in order to level up and in order to gain the required power for the next map or level. In addition, you might want to check out every inch of the map because some may contain hidden treasures, item piece, and other essential goodies that may prove useful to you for the preceding levels.

The cool graphics include its amazing environment such as overgrown wilds, icy mountains, sandy beaches, as well as technology-laden city corridors and a whole lot more where most of your battles will take place. Combat is the number one aspect of The Last Hope that should be considered because it showcases accurate movements and detailed action while beating random alien monsters. This game is for sure something you do not want to miss!

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Posted:
2013-05-22

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

7.6

Damage Inc Pacific Squadron WWII is a fun an interactive flight-combat simulation game where you pilot a plane through various combat missions in the Pacific during World War Two. You can pick from over thirty historically accurate aircraft as you fly and fight your way through the epic battles of World war Two from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima. This is a single or multi player game that you can play online which means you can engage with dogfights or fly in coop missions with other members of your battalion.

It comes with over 12 hours of combat missions, so you won't get bored. The more missions you complete, the more points you will get. You can use these point to get different planes and better armor. It's designed so you really feel like you are sitting in the cockpit experiencing combat.

There are many different game modes to keep you engaged. Some of the more interesting ones are:

Dogfight - Solo missions, perform numerous feats to stay in the air.

Team Dogfight - You work as a team and try and stay alive.

Survivor - You get a number of lives and once they're gone, you're gone.

Team Survivor - Same as survivor except you're part of a team.

Scratch One Flattop which is based on Admiral Robert E. Dixon's famous cry as he had bombed one Japanese carrier after another. You'll be carrying out his battle cry as you go after your own Japanese destroyers.


Pros:

Historically accurate battles, landscapes and aircraft.

Three types of combat-air to air, air to ship and air to ground.

Choose Arcade mode when just learning and switch over to sim when you're ready to pilot yourself.

Cons:

Graphics are not sophisticated and while historically accurate the landscapes up close look decidedly low budget.

The flight stick it comes with is not great at controlling action.

Sound can be repetitious.

In terms of the cons, you'll probably be more engaged with combat than perusing the landscape so the graphics are probably not as important as you think they are. And although, it sometimes comes bundled with the compatible with a Flight Stick Controller, you can play Damage Inc Pacific Squadron WWII with the ordinary handheld Playstation 3 controller. That said, if you're serious about this game, a controller is a must have.

In terms of the sound, you'll probably too engaged with not getting hit than to comment on the sound-you can always turn it down.

Despite the cons, this is one of the few flight combat games that can be played with up to eight people online. It also gives you a sense of how much the Pacific theater of war was fought in the air and how important the air force was to victory. It's rated T for Teen and is perfectly suitable for ages 13 and up. It's a great way to have some engaging and interactive family fun while also teaching some history.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

7.7

The newly launched Ni No Kuni is a great example of what the Playstation 3 can achieve when game designers put their heart and soul into it. Ni No Kuni is unquestionably one of the better games, with its jaw-dropping graphics, amazing soundtrack with great orchestral sounds, clever game levels and funny dialogue, so it no wonder the game is rated amongst the best.

Created by the much-loved animators Studio Ghibli, this new game features beautiful Japanese animated characters. Some of the main characters seem to have been inspired from popular Japanese animation movies like Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Dragon Quest. To offer you the best Ghibli experience, this new PS3 game features the Tokyo Philharmonic performing an orchestral score from Ghibi’s Joe Hisaishi. The game includes hand-drawn sketches adding another level of authenticity.

Ni No Kuni features as the main character a boy named Oliver, and that is the role you play in the story. Oliver lives with his mother in a quaint little township known as Motorville, until, following a tragic accident, Oliver’s mother passes away and it is here that the story properly begins. The poor grief-stricken Oliver becomes a recluse, locking himself away from the world. But a toy called Mr.Drippy comes to life and he and Oliver set out on a journey to find and bring Oliver's mother back to life. Oliver leaves his home town in order to venture to the magical kingdom and another charming little town by the name of Ding Dong Dell, and here he faces many new challenges.

The best part of the game is its graphics and the traditional Japanese role-playing themes that include the usual battles, fights, and enemies. The camera automatically zooms in when you enter a combat arena and Level-5 have made an excellent job of creating the story, graphics, and the battle dynamics.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

6.5

Rock Band and Guitar Hero doesn't actually teach you anything. Many people, particularly musicians, take the stance that the time you spent getting good at a rhythm game could have been better spent learning how to play a real instrument.

Well, now we have the best of both worlds with a game that teaches you how to play the guitar. Rocksmith comes with a USB adapter that will work with any regular guitar, and provides an environment full of amps and effects that function to let you enjoy yourself while you slowly learn how to play your guitar over time.

For people that have never touched a guitar before, the game starts about as basic as you can get. The first thing that Rocksmith will teach you the first time you boot it up is the proper way to hold your guitar, and then moves into how to pluck and tune the strings. For people who have decided to upgrade from a more traditional rhythm game, the developers of Rocksmith have included the highway of notes that scroll by the screen at a rapid pace, although this time they are actual notes.

Most people usually give up on learning Guitar because they are just playing boring songs they don't really recognize. Rocksmith has intelligently managed to completely dodge this problem by very quickly moving from basic lessons on how to make noises come out of the guitar into very basic riffs from popular songs. This keeps new students engaged while at the same time trying to give more seasoned guitar veterans a reason to buy the game.

Sadly, it is with this audience that Rocksmith completely falls flat. The game takes forever to ramp up to the higher level lessons and more difficult songs, and there are no options for people who already know the basics of guitar playing to skip any of the basics, which will often lead to them becoming frustrated. Because of this, the only people who should really be considering Rocksmith are those people who want to learn guitar but have never started doing so.

Beyond the basic learning modes, Rocksmith also features a number of videos that show the concepts that are being taught in-game in a very simple manner that make it far more personal and easy to understand. It also features something that it calls the "Guitarcade", which has mini games that often end up feeling like someone took the basic idea behind Typing of the Dead and shoved it into a guitar game.

Rocksmith certainly is not for everyone. It requires a desire to learn that not all people have, and its certainly not enough of a "game" to play for fun, but for the price it makes a fantastic training tool for people that are new to playing guitar, and it's a lot cheaper than a real person.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

7.7

Prepare for visually impressive and immersive full scale war as you assume the role of a U.S. Marine in Battlefield 3 for the Xbox 360. Following in the same steps of it’s predecessors, Battlefield 3 brings back much of the same formula that has made all Battlefield games great, while adding even more dynamic destructible terrain, a grand sense of scale, and a dizzying array of new vehicles and weapons to put you right into the warzone.

Battlefield 3 for the Xbox 360 offers, for the first time in a main Battlefield title, a full single player campaign where you play the role of elite U.S. soldiers as you battle across the Middle East, Europe and North America. The campaign offers a big, loud and intense ride short of being a blockbuster action film, with destructible terrain and buildings using the Frostbite 2 technology and an abundance of crazy firefights and explosive sequences.

The story, however, falls a little flat and makes little sense in the end while suffering from a lack of strong and present side characters with whom you would development an attachment to. Furthermore, you don’t really get to take control of any devastating vehicles, a staple of the Battlefield franchise, except for a short tank sequence and an even less engaging ride-along aboard an F-18 where you are simply a gunner pointing out targets. The campaign doesn’t really give you the opportunity to learn how to pilot vehicles in preparation for multiplayer and is generally a short affair, offering an experience that while entertaining does not fully live up to the strengths of the Battlefield franchise.

However, as with most modern shooters, where it really counts is the multiplayer, and Battlefield 3 has made no exception with its competitive mode and newly added two-player co-op mode that features several lengthy and difficult missions. The competitive mode brings back classic Battlefield game types as two teams battle it out on large battlefields with vehicles of every kind littering the map. With the Frostbite 2 technology there is nothing quite as satisfying as blowing apart a building with long range artillery or bombing a street into oblivion from your jet fighter or helicopter.

Battlefield 3 also brings back a deep level of customization to the classes you can pick, with a large amount of weapons, attachments, equipment and perks that you can pick and choose in any combination. While you aren’t able to alter your character aesthetically, you have numerous options to give your soldier a completely unique kit on the battlefield. The only real problem with Battlefield 3 is it suffers from the smaller player cap of 24 players opposed to the PC counterpart cap of 64, thus reducing the size of all the maps. However, the multiplayer still stands as a great experience and will surely have you hooked for hours.

If you are looking solely for a single player experience, then Battlefield 3 might not be the game for you. But if you are looking for a fun single player ride and a deep multiplayer experience, then Battlefield 3 with its large scope and variety is a clear and safe bet as one of the best modern shooters out there.

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Posted:
2014-05-16

Review

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

7.7

Some fans may have argued that the Resident Evil franchise started to steer away from it's roots beginning with Resident Evil 4 and the game developers also noticed this. Resident Evil Revelations takes the Resident Evil franchise back to it's roots. Players will have limited resources to draw from but will also face gaming moments that are chilling and will encounter monsters closeup. These techniques help to create a panicked, survival horror feeling that sticks with gamers and forces them to play the game strategically. Alongside the improvement to how the game is played, the developers also spent a lot of time detailing and texturing the monsters in the game, the characters and even down to the details of the environment itself.

Revelations takes players aboard the Queen Zenobia ship that is outside of the Arklay Mansion. Because of this, the ship's environment makes for very creepy game environments. Players are faced with dark hallways, rooms and will at times feel very uncomfortable. This eerie feeling will keep players ready and waiting for the moment they may need to fend off something. The game's sound also adds to the creepy nature of the environment. There are many moments when the game can be silent and then all of a sudden a breeze will howl through the corridors or a creature will let out a painful, scary moan off in the distance. Because of the sounds combined with the way the game plays, it will make for a truly scary experience that will freak people out and even leave some people on the edge's of their seats.

While the traditional zombies in the game have been replaced by another threat, the nature of the other threat is essentially the same as zombies. The Ooze as they are called were designed to become a biological super weapon; however after things went wrong the bodies are now lifeforms with the sole purpose of attacking and eating living beings. Besides these basic creatures, there are also other environmental elements in the gameplay that will leave people scared. The levels of the game are designed into chapters and some of the chapters end with a boss that the player must defeat. Once the chapter has been completed, the player may also choose a different character to continue with their own specific story.

This version of Resident Evil stays true to the standard controls from the previous games. This allows players to stop moving while they shoot or they may also strafe while shooting, dodge or aim their weapon. While the player can control their own actions, the same is not true for the CPU-controlled ally the player will eventually come into contact with. However, the A.I. of the ally does successfully help the player against enemies and won't unnecessarily use precious items or ammunition. Although the ally may help the player, they don't really cause that much damage to enemies so the player will more than likely have to finish the fight. This technique allows the player to get some help when needed but still allows them to feel scared knowing that the threat is still great to them.

There are a couple changes made to the co-operative mode of the game. For example, players can't play together in the main story but they may connect together online and use the Raid Mode feature. The Raid Mode allows two players to play together on certain stages of the game with stronger enemies and changes made to the regular level. Upon passing these stages, the players are given rewards points they can use to buy game weapons and items.

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Posted:
2014-05-16

Review

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

7.7

Some fans may have argued that the Resident Evil franchise started to steer away from it's roots beginning with Resident Evil 4 and the game developers also noticed this. Resident Evil Revelations takes the Resident Evil franchise back to it's roots. Players will have limited resources to draw from but will also face gaming moments that are chilling and will encounter monsters closeup. These techniques help to create a panicked, survival horror feeling that sticks with gamers and forces them to play the game strategically. Alongside the improvement to how the game is played, the developers also spent a lot of time detailing and texturing the monsters in the game, the characters and even down to the details of the environment itself.

Revelations takes players aboard the Queen Zenobia ship that is outside of the Arklay Mansion. Because of this, the ship's environment makes for very creepy game environments. Players are faced with dark hallways, rooms and will at times feel very uncomfortable. This eerie feeling will keep players ready and waiting for the moment they may need to fend off something. The game's sound also adds to the creepy nature of the environment. There are many moments when the game can be silent and then all of a sudden a breeze will howl through the corridors or a creature will let out a painful, scary moan off in the distance. Because of the sounds combined with the way the game plays, it will make for a truly scary experience that will freak people out and even leave some people on the edge's of their seats.

While the traditional zombies in the game have been replaced by another threat, the nature of the other threat is essentially the same as zombies. The Ooze as they are called were designed to become a biological super weapon; however after things went wrong the bodies are now lifeforms with the sole purpose of attacking and eating living beings. Besides these basic creatures, there are also other environmental elements in the gameplay that will leave people scared. The levels of the game are designed into chapters and some of the chapters end with a boss that the player must defeat. Once the chapter has been completed, the player may also choose a different character to continue with their own specific story.

This version of Resident Evil stays true to the standard controls from the previous games. This allows players to stop moving while they shoot or they may also strafe while shooting, dodge or aim their weapon. While the player can control their own actions, the same is not true for the CPU-controlled ally the player will eventually come into contact with. However, the A.I. of the ally does successfully help the player against enemies and won't unnecessarily use precious items or ammunition. Although the ally may help the player, they don't really cause that much damage to enemies so the player will more than likely have to finish the fight. This technique allows the player to get some help when needed but still allows them to feel scared knowing that the threat is still great to them.

There are a couple changes made to the co-operative mode of the game. For example, players can't play together in the main story but they may connect together online and use the Raid Mode feature. The Raid Mode allows two players to play together on certain stages of the game with stronger enemies and changes made to the regular level. Upon passing these stages, the players are given rewards points they can use to buy game weapons and items.


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