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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

7.4

Tetris is one of the most recognizable Nintendo games on the market, and it has been ever since its release on the original Gameboy. Often imitated but never duplicated, this block building game has achieved a near cult status throughout the world. However, you've never really played Tetris until you've played it in 3D.

The Nintendo DS is one of the big handheld game systems that has taken the baton from the old fashioned Gameboy. Still portable, but with a slightly bulkier design, the latest version allows players to enjoy Tetris in 3D. While it is a bit of a gimmick, it does add an extra something to the Tetris experience. A touch of depth as players build blocks and try to make sure that every row is as complete as it can get.

Additional Modes and Features

Tetris is Tetris, there's no two ways about it. Players stack blocks and try to make complete rows, which then vanish. The pieces come faster and faster until, eventually, the screen fills up and the game is over. However, Tetris 3DS does offer players some new ways to play the game, even if it doesn't change the rules of Tetris all by itself.

For instance, Tetris 3DS offers twenty different gameplay modes, which is nothing to sneeze at. For players who are only used to one, or three at the most, it can take a lot of time just to explore all of these different options. In addition to all these different gameplay modes, Tetris 3DS also includes features that would have been impossible before the dawn of wireless technology and the connectivity it offers. Thanks to wireless technology though players can now go head to head without having to hook their DS controllers together. As many as 8 players at a time can play the same round of Tetris, with only the best pack rat left standing at the end of the game! It's a kind of competition that Tetris has never allowed for in any other, previously released version.

So What Are You Buying?

Tetris 3DS is a unique twist on a classic game. It offers players the ability to game in 3D, it has challenge modes, allows your games to be seen around the world and it can rank you in any Tetris community you join. However, for players that aren't interested in all the extra gameplay modes and challenges, it is at its core still just Tetris.

Players have to carefully consider this when they're thinking about shelling out cash for a new game. On the one hand, if players really want to get involved in the challenges of Tetris, and they like the idea of competing with other players real time in their local areas, then Tetris 3DS is a great game for those players to invest in. However, for people who just want to play Tetris and who don't have interest in the other features, it might be a bit expensive for simple tastes.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

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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

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

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:
2013-05-23

martinraven

Super Gamer Dude

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 device’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 can’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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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

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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Posted:
2013-05-23

martinraven

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7.4

Rabbids Land for the Wii U lets people play as the popular wild, buck-toothed Rabbids characters that are also known from the previous Rabbids games. This Rabbids game is a party game that people may team up to progress or battle each other to win. For example, one player may control a part of the action on the Wii U gamepad while the other player utilizes a Wii remote to simultaneously control the action on the television screen. There will be many instances throughout playing Rabbids Land where the players will be required to team up and figure out what to do next to progress to the next stage in the level.

Some examples of how the Wii U gamepad and Wii Remote are used together is that one player may steer a boat on the television screen with the Wii Remote while another player might make a blowing sound into the Wii U gamepad microphone which would move explosive penguins into their opponent. When players are battling against each other in a mini-game, it is only ever two opponents at any given time while the other one to two players must wait their turn.

Rabbids Land for the Wii U is similar in nature to other party games as well. Many times throughout the game, players will interact in mini-games. The mini-games consist of the players taking turns to roll dice and then moving the corresponding spaces on the game board. While moving spaces on the game board, players may also pick up trophies. However the trophies must be taken from defeated opponents or may also be won by the player themselves in mini-games. Once the player has accumulated up to 10 or 20 trophies, they may then return to the center of the game board to win the game.

The game board that is played on consists of traditional game board spaces like roll again, move forward X amount of spaces, move back X amount of spaces and so on and so forth. The player can also pickup powerups or be given the chance to spin the game wheel which results in board-shifting events. There are many different types of mini-games all of which have their own unique themes and gameplay modes. For example, one game has the players shaking the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk at the right moment so that flames launch out the back of their space vehicle. The second player who is attached to the first player's space vehicle bumper has to tilt the Wii U game pad to tilt out of the way of the flames. It's games like these that tie multiplayer together in fun, entertaining ways.

There's also another mode to the game called Treasure Hunt. The Treasure Hunt feature lets players engage in mini-games and collect tokens that they may later use to unlock gameplay videos. The final touches to the game involve more defined Rabbids characters with better graphics and the A.I. is also tweaked to challenge solo players better. If playing alone, up to three Rabbids characters can be controlled by the CPU to offer an exciting gameplay experience.

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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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