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Nintendo has brought the Tekken franchise to the Wii U console for the first time in a remake of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which was released in September of last year for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has a mode for those who are new to the Tekken Franchise and it is called the Fight Lab. In the Fight Lab players will learn the basics of the game before jumping straight into the action and trying to figure out the controls for themselves. The Fight Lab teaches players how to perform different fighting moves. Players will progress from level to level as they fight off opponents. In other words the Fight Lab is a tutorial mode which will be beneficial for those who are new to the Tekken series and are not familiar with the controls of the game.
For those that are familiar with Tekken, you will be happy to know that this game is still the same Tekken that you know and love. The fighting is still fast-paced and works well. The punches and kicks are authentic and every fighter in the game has their own unique fighting style.
Tekken Tag Tournament features 4 main modes which are Survival Mode, Versus Mode, Pair Play Mode, and Practice Mode. You have the option to play with a friend on the same console or you can play online.
Survival Mode is where you play against opponent after opponent until you are defeated. Practice mode is where you are able to practice your skills, as well as record and upload videos. Versus Mode is your standard tag match. Pair Play Mode consists of four players who are limited to one character each in a tag team match where they will be tagged in and out of the game.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 gives players the option to customize every character in the game. You can change characters attire add accessories such as glasses and hats and much more. You can even go as far as to change a characters haircut if you please.
This game is called Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which means you are in for some tag team action. The addition of the Tag Assault system adds a more strategic element to the game. You can tag your teammate into the game while your opponent is in the air. You will be able to pull off tons of different combos while your opponent is in the air.
There is no big difference between the Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and the Xbox 360 and Playstation versions released in September of 2012. The only difference is the extra modes such as Tekken Ball, Tekken Supporter, and Mushroom Battle. This game also features costumes inspired by Nintendo. Players will also get to use Nintendo characters such as Mario and Peaches.
Tekken Ball is a variation of volleyball where you inflict damage to your opponent by hitting the ball on the ground. Mushroom Battle is a mode where you fight your opponent while good and bad mushrooms fly around you. If you grab a good mushroom your character gets bigger. If you grab a poisonous mushroom your character will shrink to a smaller size.
The Wii U edition of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is the best one to date with its extra modes and features. Nintendo fans will be able to battle it out with Mario versus Jin. This is a solid fighting game that offers players character customization and an engaging experience. The Tekken franchise welcomes old and new fans with another great addition to the Tekken Tag collection.
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.
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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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.
Developed by Griptonite Games, Shinobi 3D is based off of the Shinobi series of video games originally published by Sega beginning in 1987. Created specifically for the Nintendo 3DS, Shinobi 3D is actually the twelfth title in this long-standing series. It is a welcome resurgence for loyal Shinobi fans that have been waiting for the next emergence in the sequence.
"Shinobi" is that Japanese word that refers to a ninja. Ninjas, in contrast to the samurai, performed a range of unorthodox warfare tasks including espionage, infiltration, sabotage, and assassination. These fighting methods contradict those of the noble samurai who strictly observed the rules of honor and combat.
In the Shinobi 3D video game, the ninja protagonist, Jiro Musashi must employ each of these methods using new attacks like melee, acrobatic, and ranged. But this ninja has a bonus advantage of magic as he fights his way through the game. The son of the original hero in the Shinobi series, Joe Musashi, Jiro survives vicious attacks to his Japanese village. The game jumps to the future via a mystical vortex where the real action begins as Jiro battles futuristic enemies.
Shinobi 3D features side scrolling game play just like in the previous game. This is a feature gaming fans loved and have been glad to experience once again. The game primarily utilizes buttons to control the Japanese action, however, a series of mini-games included use the touchscreen. Game play remains very similar to the original arcade style of the 1980s.
Shinobi Jiro Musashi is able to perform actions like sliding and double jumping as he thwarts the attacks of evildoers. In addition to his sleek ninja moves, Jiro makes use of ninja stars and a grappling chain to defeat his elusive opponents.
Shinobi 3D has received very high praise from long-time fans and newbies alike. Striking graphics and beautiful backgrounds as well as attractive animated scenes in between segments of the game were among some of the points highlighted and appreciated by gamers. As always the classic ninja action proves satisfactory for Shinobi fans.
Professional reviews awarded it a score of 69 on Metacritic while Destructoid and the official Nintendo Magazine of the UK lauded the game for its content and the challenge it presents to be appreciated by seasoned gamers. Gamespot also noted the level of difficulty in the game but also credited Shinobi 3D for its accessibility to the gamer at the same time. Gamespot stated that the ninja warrior video game was one to add to a gamers 3DS library, saying it is worthy of a spot on your shelf.
Shinobi 3D is not a video game for those seeking an easy victory. The difficult game play is best suited to those in search of the satisfaction of a challenge overcome. Classically stealth ninja moves and plenty of hack-and-slash thrills satisfy the craving for action as gamers make their way through an army of villains. Based on the experience of Shinobi fans thus far, you wont be disappointed in this latest sequel to the series.
Tank! Tank! Tank! for Wii U lets players drive around in tanks shooting at things. That's the basis of things; however, the player may also play with friends to also shoot and destroy things. In Tank! Tank! Tank!, players will battle it out in multiple different Japanese monster and Mech scenarios including famous gameplay experiences.
Typically, when the player begins the level they are given a certain amount of time to defeat all the enemies. While this time limit can vary, it it usually about three minutes. When the player defeats enemies, they are awarded with medals. Medals can be used for unlocking tanks, tank upgrades and levels within the game. While some medals can be earned on a mission, the player may have to upgrade their tank and play the level again to earn another hidden medal. Unlocking all of the medals are crucial in being given the option to upgrade and unlock everything else in the game. It's also important for the player to try to earn the best score that they can get within the level in hopes of a chance at earning medals.
The player will usually just move their tank, shoot at enemies and defend themselves against attacks by defensive maneuvering and strategic offensive shooting. The player's tank has a standard weapon but is upgraded with yellow and blue powerups. Yellow is a light powerup whereas the blue powerup is a strong upgrade. This gameplay repeats in fashion until the player earns all of the medals, unlocks all the tanks and upgrades all of the tanks. This game is a fun game that allows family and friends to have a good time battling their tanks against large Godzilla-like creatures.
The vertical aiming in the game is automatic so the player just needs to point their tank cannon in the direction of the target they would like to strike. Besides the powerups that the player can find, there is also a hidden powerful weapon. The weapon is called the colossus missile and it is a nuclear bomb that will destroy any opponents within the surrounding area.
Tank! Tank! Tank! has rich cartoon-like graphics that capture monsters in captivating details and colors. Besides the visuals, if the player would like to do so they may also take a picture of the gameplay. The Wii U game pad can be used to capture a picture of the on screen action so it can be looked at anytime.
The multiplayer portion of the game also features four modes people can choose from. There is free-for-all where players try to stay alive and earn the most points within the time limit; Team Versus Mode and the Monster Battle Mode. The Monster Battle Mode allows players to team up against the monsters played by the CPU. Lastly, there is the My Kong Mode. This option might be overlooked by some people and is a worthy gameplay mode for trying. When selecting this mode, the player becomes a gigantic robot gorilla with the goal of defeating all of the other players.
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.
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.
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 devices 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 cant 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.
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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