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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

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3DS

7.1

F1 2011 is a motorsports racing game that can be played on the 3DS gaming console. The game, produced by Codemasters, is based on the Formula One World Championship racing series. F1 2011 comes with official licenses for the 2011 Formula One World Championship, which means all of the tracks and drivers from the 2011 season are present in the game.


Quick Race -

This is the quickest mode in F1 2011, where a player selects a driver and the track on which they want to race. Qualifying and the practice sessions are skipped, so that it goes straight to race action.

Time Trial -

The time trial mode allows players to set their fastest lap times on any of the official 2011 Formula One tracks. Lap times are saved so that progress can be tracked, and lap times can also be submitted to online leader boards.
Cars are automatically set up to be as fast as possible during the time trial, with tire wear not being an issue.

Grand Prix -

This mode allows a user to get the full F1 Grand Prix experience. After the driver and race track have been selected, the race length and various other settings can be adjusted. In the Grand Prix experience, there are two practice sessions, the qualifying session, and the race. Car settings can be adjusted for optimum performance during the practice sessions and at the start of qualifying.

Career -

This is the most comprehensive mode in F1 2011. The career mode begins with a player entering his or her personal information, real of fictional. Once a team is selected, the F1 season can begin. The team will lay out the expectations for each qualifying session and race. Those drivers who perform well throughout the season will receive offers from teams of higher caliber in the off season. The objective of career mode is to get to drive one of the fastest cars on the grid (Ferrari, McLaren or Red Bull) and to win the F1 World Championship.

Championship -

Multiplayer

There are two multiplayer modes, the local mode and the online mode. Locally, games can be set up through LAN or WiFi connections, enabling players to race with their friends. The online mode consists of various race lobbies where players can join in and compete with others from around the world.


F1 2011 is one of the best racing games available on the 3DS. This is a game that can be enjoyed by F1 enthusiasts and first timers alike. By setting the difficulty level to your preference, you can enjoy the game the way you desire. If you are playing a F1 game for the first time, "easy" is the way to go. For those who want a serious challenge, the "hard" or "expert" difficulty levels will certainly provide that.

The one downside to this game is the car handling. Compared to other racing games on the 3DS, F1 2011 veers to the side of simulation. This can make for a challenging handling experience, especially if you have never played the game.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

3DS

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:
2013-05-23

martinraven

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3DS

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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2013-05-23

martinraven

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Wii U

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:
2013-05-23

martinraven

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3DS

6.8

Looking for something fun to add to your 3DS library? Ice Age Continental Drift on the 3DS will not fail to entertain. With the same familiar characters from the hilarious movie, you and a pal can battle through a series of icy events as you make your way through this new adventure.

If you loved the movie, full of excellent animation and non-stop hilarity, then you will also love the video game. The perfect opportunity for some silly fun and competition, Ice Age Continental Drift takes players through the challenge of several wintry tests. Might this be the first of future annual winter sporting events? This one takes winter sports to an entirely new subzero level!

As the game begins, Manny and his herd have been separated from their friends and family after having experienced the trauma of their beloved island shaken adrift. The group of unlikely friends stumbles upon another group - a ragtag band of pirates who happen to hold the secret to a valuable treasure. But it is not long before trouble begins to brew in the snow-laden plains of the arctic.

When it becomes impossible to decide how to best split the found treasure, everyone agrees to face off in a series of sporting events. Before you begin, you must choose a side as you decide whether you will play for the Herd or for the Pirates. Who will you pick to team up with for the one-of-a-kind sporting events? If you choose the Herd, you can play as Manny, Peaches, Sid, or Scrat.

Gamers make the most use of the gaming deviceÂ’s touchscreen for most of the game. Challenges include glacial hopping, ski jumping, the squirrel cannon, and ice smashing. As you hop, smash, and dash, you will face a total of ten arctic events that include Glacier Hopping, the Coconut Slingshot, Bob-Smashing, and the Prehistoric Plumber.

You will compete in one of three modes including Tournament Style, Free Play and Story Mode. The Tuck button will help players reach top speeds in downhill racing events. While the Hole-Plugging minigame may be challenging, other gamers advise concentrating on major leaks in order to achieve a victory. The winner gets the sparkling riches and bragging rights.

Ice Age fans canÂ’t get enough of this one. Amazon customers awarded Ice Age Continental Drift 3DS a satisfactory 4 out of 5 stars. Players who frequent the popular video game store GameStop awarded it a hefty 8 out of 10, praising the arctic game for its great controls and wonderful graphics. Gamers found that this Ice Age game is especially accessible for children, cutting down on the frustrations so they can be victorious.

In this Ice Age game players will fight for the elusive Prehistoric Plunder and acorn medals of gold, silver, or bronze. Join up with the Pirates or Manny and the Herd to win the treasure buried in the arctic. Ideal for kids, Ice Age Continental Drift 3DS is an entertaining game full of healthy competition and good, clean fun.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

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Xbox 360

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

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Xbox 360

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 itÂ’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 donÂ’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 doesnÂ’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 arenÂ’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:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

Wii U

7.4

The Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 is for the Wii U, but is it all it is cracked up to be? Read this review to find out how good this game really is.

Starting The Game

When the game is started it asks you to create a profile. You will need to manually enter your weight as well as your age and height, and you will also need to snap a photo of your face with the GamePad's camera. Once you have created your profile you will then be walked through the main modes of the game, which are activities, classes, programs and workouts. All of these only takes a few moments, and it is actually cool how the game has you do this upon starting it for the first time.

The Different Modes

Now lets review Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013's different modes. Lets start with the workout mode, which allows you to do exercises that target certain sections of your body, and there are even exercises that kids and seniors can do. This mode will have you doing 49 sets that last anywhere between 5-15 minutes each. Depending on what type of mood you are in, you can choose how difficult of a workout you want to do.

Class mode on the other hand will teach you how to do things you would normally learn in a class, such as kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, zen and dance to name just a few.

The program mode is designed to help you reach specific fitness goals, such as losing weight, tone your upper body or increase your stamina too name a few.

The activities mode is alright too. This mode contains to zen flow exercises as well as dance routines. The downside is that there are only five songs, so there is not a whole lot of variety. However, it is safe to say that the activities mode will provide you with an excellent workout. If you choose zen flow, then you will have seven courses to get through.

All four modes are worth trying out, and asides from the activities mode, each mode has a good variety of exercises to do and routines that are not boring at all.

Is The Game Worth Buying

By now you probably want to know if the game is worth buying or if you should pass on it. Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 is definitely a good game that has more pros than cons. Will this game help you get into the shape that you want to be in? The chances are very good that this game can help you achieve all of your fitness goals, but there are a few fitness goals that you will probably not be able to reach playing Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013. For example, if your goal is to gain as much muscle as possible, then the chances are that you will not be able to achieve that with this particular game.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

3DS

7.7

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is, by and large, an excellent handheld port of the popular fighting game. It successfully transitions the core mechanics of the console version to the 3DS, and doesn't skimp on the details. While it should come as no surprise that certain aspects of the fighter had to be toned down to fit onto the tiny 3DS cartridge, the port provides hours of entertainment for fans of fighting games with nary a blemish in sight. Additionally, the 3DS version is host to an array of exclusive features, from collecting figurines via the handheld's built-in StreetPass feature, to touch-screen controls ideal for getting newcomers to the series acquainted with the basics.

Visually, the game retains as much of the console iteration's graphical quality as realistically possible. While certain visual elements have been sacrificed in the switch to the handheld, the port remains remarkably true to the console's unique visual stylization. Previously animated backgrounds have been made static, and overall visual finesse doesn't match up to the original. This should hardly come as a shock, but what's truly impressive is the amount of graphical quality that remains intact.

This is one title that does a great job in showcasing the technical prowess of the 3DS. Visual quality aside, the 3D effect itself is quite impressive indeed, if a little unnecessary. The added depth does little to improve upon the already satisfying experience, though scrolling through menus and viewing your figurines in 3D does add an additional layer of immersion. There's also an option view the battlefield 'dynamically', which simply changes the camera angle during fights to a perspective that further shows off the title's 3D capabilities. The perspective does add further emphasis to the effect, especially with the 3D slider ramped all the way up, but it's not ideal for gameplay.

The controls themselves prove to be more of a mixed bag. This is a game best suited for traditional gamepads, and while the available options squeeze the most they can out of the comparatively limited handheld configuration, it's just not as tightly knit. Of particular note are the cramped shoulder buttons of the 3DS - they just aren't built for the exacting precision fighting fans crave when pulling off combos and the like. That being said, for all intents and purposes, the controls suffice in delivering as close of an experience to the console version as possible. The option to utilize the touch screen to pull off combos is a welcome addition for newcomers to the series and those not as adept at fighting games, but avid fans of the genre may scoff at the simplicity of this method.

All in all, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition delivers the goods in what manages to be a faithful recreation of the popular console fighter. It's a full-fledged Street Fighter experience optimized for Nintendo's 3D handheld. Given the relative scarcity of well-executed handheld fighting titles, it's a treat to play. It's well worth the price of admission.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

Wii U

7.0

If there is only one constant in the video game industry, it is certainly Call of Duty. The series, which originated on the PC in 2003, took off in 2007 with the release of the original Modern Warfare. Since then, Activision has taken great advantage of its new cash-cow, releasing a new title every year, and making sure that no newly released console goes without a version of the franchise.

And so of course Activision had a version of Black Ops II ready for the release of the Wii U. The game's single player campaign is a direct sequel to the original Black Ops, and alternatively takes place in the near-future world of 2025 and the late 1980s. The 1980s directly feature the characters from the first Black Ops,, while the near-future setting features Mason's son David. To be completely honest, the story is relatively bland and full of military tropes, but there is one incredibly impressive thing about it.

Instead of just presenting a linear "Run from A to B" experience, the developers over at Treyarch have implemented player choices, and even more impressively, they have actually made these choices matter. It's hard to give examples without spoiling the game, but there will often be choices that are not presented as such to the player which is particularly impressive even when compared to games with much better stories.

Since this is a Treyarch Call of Duty, the Zombies mode also makes a return, with a new "TranZit" mode that places you and co-op buddies on a bus that makes its way down the road as you fight off more and more zombies along the way. It certainly ads an interesting twist to Zombies, but it sort of remains the same thing it always was.

The multiplayer ends up working just about the same as it always has as well, with a few major changes. Most importantly, class creation is now handled with what Treyarch has coined the "Pick 10 System", which allows you to pick exactly 10 items. Everything is included, from the core weapon and its attachments to every single perk you take. As a result of this system you can also eliminate entire categories of weapons, even eliminate your main weapon entirely, opting for a knife instead, in order to make room for more perks and grenades. While it might not sound like much, this system allows for far more experimentation than the old system did, and therefore more variation in the other players you encounter.

To be completely honest, I was shocked by how good Black Ops II ended up being. I expected a fully competent game, but Treyarch surprised me by putting far more effort into both the single player and multiplayer than they needed to, and its fantastic to see someone actually trying to make this franchise better instead of just endlessly iterating on the same basic ideas over and over again like Infinity Ward seems to love doing with the games they release.


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