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Posted:
2013-05-23

joshcraze

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3DS

7.4

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 on the 3DS is a video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game was released in November 2011 and based on the three books and four films in the Harry Potter series.

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 which has landed on the little handheld system is everything you know and love about the wizardry world of Harry Potter, and everything you have come to expect from the Lego Games that have preceded it. The game is far from being ground breaking, as many might have guessed, but then it does not need to be to be fully playable, as it combines the winning formula of Lego and Harry Potter into an easy to play video game. It, like its predecessors, is great for younger casual gamers and Harry Potter fans of all ages to enjoy.

The gameplay is far from innovative, again sticking to a trusted formula which is well known to all. The method for Lego games has proved solid in the past and it is what the many players of Lego titles have come to expect and love. The Lego series itself is designed to be easy going with child friendly gameplay. Typical the other Lego titles include puzzles and quests relying on your acquired knowledge of spells, potions, wand waving and problem solving to figure them out. There are many secrets to discover and all manner of locations to discover and explore, and a lot of time can be spent unlocking extra content within the game.

The game picks up where it's previous title left off, which for players who have played the earlier title, those new to the Harry Potter series may find it difficult to drop straight in to the story and follow it throughout. The game takes place in the same location as the last release, Hogwarts, which is imaginatively caricatured in Lego format in striking detail, and the same applies to the characters and beasts that inhabit that world around you.

One of the most prominent improvements for Harry Potter Years 5-7 is the duel system. It adds a new layer of fun for players as it is simple and well done. New spells and items have been added to the roster allowing for some new customization, keeping the game from getting stale and feeling too much like the previous title.

All the aspects of multiplayer have been left out of this title, but to be honest it makes a refreshing change from the multitude of games that require the need to play with others, granted there is a StreetPass up for the taking but I prefer the lonesome aspect of this journey. Within Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 you will unlock no less than 150 Lego Characters, explore Hogwarts in stunning detail, and generally this will please the younger generation and older generation who follow the Harry Potter series in the past.

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 on the 3DS is a decent little title which will stand up against the other Lego games and is worthy of checking out.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

joshcraze

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3DS

7.8

Racing games are perhaps one of the biggest staples of the gaming industry, and Asphalt is a game series that is notable for its ability to make games where players do nothing but drive for the finish line while still keeping things interesting. With Asphalt 3D, now available on the Nintendo 3DS, it doesn't matter where players are or how much time they have. It's possible to have a driving experience that will blow them away stowed in their back pockets.

What Makes Asphalt 3D so Different?

Asphalt 3D is, for one thing, in 3D. The capability of the 3DS to render games in all three dimensions adds an extra something to every course, and puts a little adrenaline spike into every, single race. Beyond the shiny red ball of the 3D effects though, Asphalt as a series is a collection of solid games that really act as the epitome of what a driving game should be. Players get to drive fast, weave in and out of traffic like they're the lead role in an action movie, and try to shave every second possible off their time to be the best in the world. With the unique handling offered by the handheld platform, players can get into the race in ways they might not have on other systems.

Race More Than Just The Computer

In Asphalt 3D players can take on more than just other computerized opponents in their own digital hot rods. It's possible to race other players live via the network connections provided by the Nintendo 3DS, and it's also possible to race against the ghosts of the highest scorers and fastest drivers that have come before. In that sense players can take on the best, even if the players who set the records aren't present to participate in the race itself.

In addition to racing other players, it's also possible for drivers to set records. For those who choose to participate in the world ranking system, players can see how their times and achievements match up against all the others who play the game that are willing to show off a little bit when it comes to their scores. This builds a community full of competition as everyone tries to beat the best score and move up in the rankings.

What a Driving Game Should Be

Asphalt 3D is, more or less, everything that a driving game should be. It's fast paced, it's fun, and it provides players with a challenging environment where they can choose their opponents and earn in game cash to get the best possible upgrades for their rides. So whether a players wants the European model with the huge engine and the massive spoiler, of they're content to just focus on a snazzy new paint job for the time being, there's a little something for every taste in this game. It's for that reason that anyone, no matter how young or old, can strap in and rev their game to the next level.

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Posted:
2013-08-17

joshcraze

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3DS

7.3

Funky Barn 3D on the Nintendo 3DS, is the latest farm simulation video game which was developed by Tantalus Interactive and then later published by Ubisoft for the handheld system.

Funky Barn 3D is a single player farm simulation game with a comedy theme. The game is packed with cute cartoon animals and life on the farm will keep you occupied for a long long time. The wacky farm machinery with comedic names is a sight to behold and fun to watch in action.

As the player you inherit a farm that has seen more prosperous times in what seems like never, in other words pretty much neglected and in need of some solid grafting to reenergize it. The player starts off with only a small amount of money and of course the farm land and some basic machinery. As animals are bought the player must provide for their needs like shelter, food and veterinary and so forth. Attention must be provided and this usually means money must be spent in order to maintain the welfare of your farm and the animals that have graced your presence.

Special machines will help the player to perform tasks that are essential for animal and crop production and the general welfare of all. Tasks such as shearing sheep, milking cows, collecting eggs, sowing and harvesting various grain crops and picking all manner of fruit. The machinery for carrying out these tasks is imaginatively designed and named and is in itself a wonder to behold, examples being the Egg Robot Sucker Upper and the Hay Bale Copter to name a couple.

Then of course tractors and lorries are needed to move stuff around the farm and to carry produce such as milk, eggs, wool and even animals to market. The amount of work involved in running your farm is almost beyond belief. Of course, if you manage your farm well, money will accumulate and extra labor can be hired to make your life easier and maintenance much simpler as the farm expands.

The controls are not always easy but the game itself with its degree of customization can be worked around, its wacky animals and incredible machinery makes for a fun experience even for those generally not interested I would think. After all, in a comic game with no strong element of competition, the controls are of less importance than in other titles as there Is no real pace to feel rushed. The game is probably aimed at children but I am sure that adults will find the humor that went into the design of the animals and machinery will win them over no doubt.

All said and done, Funky Barn 3D is a surprisingly funky title and these types of games tend to appeal to more gamers than one would think, it’s the essence of building something from nothing and watching it thrive and flourish that appeals to me, no doubt others have the same notion.

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Posted:
2013-08-18

joshcraze

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3DS

5.1

Nintendo has constantly tried to up their game with their consoles, games, and creativity, and have in many cases managed to do so. Nintendo created the Wii, one of the first interactive video game consoles that required the players to get up, move, and have a better interactive experience with their game. Nintendo is also quite popular for the Nintendo DS line of handheld gaming systems. The DS line has made many improvements over the years it's been in constant development, but now that the 3DS is out, a DS that has 3D capabilities without 3D glasses, many new games are coming out that allow players to use the 3DS system.

Spirit Camera The Cursed Memoir is one of those games but not a very successful one. This game is a supernatural thriller-type of game that requires the player to use to the full the system features of the 3DS to play the game. In the game, a ghostly figure named Maya is cursed and the player must use the camera feature on their 3DS to take pictures to help solve the mystery of why Maya was cursed and to help free her from her ghostly chains.

While the concept of the game is good, when it comes to the gameplay and story, the game completely falls apart. The campaign only takes a couple of hours to run through and complete, and the ghostly fights the player takes part in get repetitive and slightly annoying. To inflict damage on an enemy, the player must take the 3DS camera and snap pictures it. Playing the game is a little difficult, you need to be in a well-lit room and have space to move, the back seat of a car is not a good place for playing.

The potential of Spirit Camera has never been fully realized. The problem was, the creators put more emphasis on the mechanics and concept of the game than into the story. A great story usually equals a great game. This does not have a great story and is not a great game.

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Posted:
2010-09-15

joshcraze

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International Cricket 2010 is an authentic interpretation of the game to various gaming platforms; and with a big thanks to poor visuals, shallow audio, numerous bugs and incomplete squad lists, this game will surely be a hit with cricket lovers.

The game starts with you choosing an international cricket team to play with. As only Australia and England have licensed teams, the rest of the players are given approximate names, which is not a big deal since the resemblance is there, although the developers could have given more effort into the development of facial hair. Hey, I’m just saying, ok?

Various game modes such as Twenty20, one – day internationals, and one – day matches exist to entertain a player. Among the three options, one day internationals are the most flexible, because you have the option of choosing the length of the game – as short as five overs per side which is like creating an entirely new game in the process and shortening a game length to finish in less than 60 minutes.

A newly added feature to game play is the third – person action view. It lets you feel as if you are part of an actual cricket match rather than just dumbly sitting in front of a monitor and controlling the system.

For novices who don’t really know a lot about cricket and the way it is played, an in – depth tutorial is included in the game. These tutorials are timed perfectly and they explain perfectly how to find the perfect time for a shot. But as perfect as it may seem, they can be a bit frustrating to follow.

Playing with battling, bowling, and fielding, these things make the game “so – so.” But oh the commentary! Despite the fact they were voiced over by big names in the industry, each commentator has only a small stock of phrases which are inadequately placed in the game. Add to that the fact that they sound really bored with what they are doing. Listening to the commentary over and over again it is wise that you just turn it off.

The entire packagings of International Cricket 2010 rely solely on the lack of virtual game of cricket. This said, only the most hardcore of fans will keep playing with this one.

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Posted:
2010-10-08

joshcraze

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

7.9

Chuck Greene has a very big problem. His darling little daughter has been bitten by a zombie years back and now requires a daily dose of Zombrex (hmmm… I know a certain movie with this kind of drama) a drug that prevents bitten victims from turning into the living dead. There is another problem though, dear Mr. Greene has been framed for unleashing zombies into Fortune City. He has a dying daughter and a legal issue. Poor, poor guy. If I were him I had just killed the daughter to save her from the agony, and had fed the framer to the hungry zombies.

Little has changed from Dead Rising since it was first released years ago, except for the protagonist. Chuck is much more relatable and earns our sympathy more than the brute Frank West. You still slice your way through ghoulish zombies – monsters, take care of dangerous psychopaths, and uncover a not – so – secret, secret about the truth. This game maintains its entertainment value very well that you can end up blowing off heads for hours without you even realizing it.

Still, the game is flawed. The loading screens can and will put you off on the most adrenaline pumping moments. It’s like come on mate, I was getting into it! Precision is an issue, and driving cars is a real challenge if you plan to drive over zombie meat. Dead Rising 2 is a bit easier than the first release, you have been warned.

An innovation for the game is the ability to combine certain objects to create a new weapon. You can duct tape an axe onto the end of a broom to use it as a sort of long range defense offense weapon to get rid of the undead. There are other goofy combination's in the game, all you need to have is creativity. Combo cards you pick along the game unleashes the full potential of your created weapons by giving them special attacks.

Every objective has a time limit, finish it or else, suffer the dire consequences. Dead Rising 2 is far from the perfect survival horror game. It serves its purpose well thanks to the great weapon creation system and the fast pace of the objectives, but the controls just makes everything difficult for me (at least). The load screens and controls just kill it for me though. So, the final say: grab a copy and tell me what you have to say.

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Posted:
2010-10-16

joshcraze

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PlayStation 3

8.1

This game features a world after devastation. Like what you see on war films, everything you can witness on this game is all about ruins. From the crumbled walls and floors to the dried rivers and lakes mixed with chemicals. On this world, only the Mechs reign supreme to everything.

They are cruel creatures that attack anything that moves within their range. The main characters for this game are Monkey and Trip who are given the duty to find a hidden village so that they can turn back the world on how it once was. Trip is the character who is more selfish and the one who has a taste for irony.

This character specializes in triggering explosions and basically the person with technical knowledge. Monkey on the other hand is a fellow captive when they were both captured by the Mechs. In contrast to Trip, Monkey is more of the brute type of character. He takes care of the beating and man-to-man combat that this game has to offer. On this game, Trip will be affixing a headband on Monkey to control his every actions. This is where the games name comes into effect. Trip enslaves Monkey through the use of the headband in order to make certain their survival.

The game also features a story of how the master becomes intimate with his or her slave, along with the cool graphics and funny as well as silly scenes on the game. You will be taking control of Monkey and accompany Trip in all the majority of your travels.

Skills of your character will involve using a staff that can either be used in close-quarters or in long-ranged combats. He can as well climb tall trees, jump across ravines and even swing from pipes. Trip on the other hand will be your brains; she can detect if a technical barrier impedes your journey and therefore will create a decoy to distract enemies.

Although this story may take an awful lot of time to finish, you will still be engaged with the game because of the striking visuals and memorable story, a decent game if you are looking for a challenge.

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Posted:
2011-07-21

joshcraze

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

3.9

The story was inspired from the movie I Robot. Sonic found an ancient relic that turns out to be an important possession of the mother robot. Sonic talks to Dr. Robotnik if he has something to do with the calamity but the fat doctor denies it which of course not true because he is the one behind all the chaos. The story is very predictable and out of nowhere there are additional characters that are a far cry to the flow of the story such as the Babylon Rogues which are composed of hoverboarding birds. They will eventually lead Sonic to the Crimson tower which turns out to be a color blue tower.

The length of the story is only 2 hours, that is 2 hours, not 12, the player must go thru the Zero Gravity to proceed to the next game. The only option after completing Zero Gravity is to win the time attack, survival or the world grand prix mode then after it the player will just have the opportunity to earn extra points to buy upgraded weapons.

The main part of the game is the racing but using the Wiimote is difficult. The command is not clear and you will find it hard to control. Most players preferred to use the PS2 version rather than the Wii version. The only interesting technique is when doing a sharp turn and doing the sling shot technique. The player needs to hold the button to have enough time to turn to the right direction then release the button to slingshot to the said direction.

The slingshot technique is exciting to learn but can only be use once, only in turning in a peak or a cliff. It is not a hundred percent effective technique which depends on timing but most of the time it won’t work. Jumping is also one way of earning points or energy for sonic. By jumping you can have the energy for turning and dashing. The hoverboard can only be activated if you can collect enough rings but still you need to continuously collect rings to activate the other functions of the hoverboard such as the grind, the air and the wheel.

The designs and graphics of Sonic Rider Zero Gravity are just fine and the music is sometimes interesting and engaging. It actually captures the thrill of using speed but it doesn’t have an edge to be valuable enough to spend your hard earned cash.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

joshcraze

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

7.3

Families all over have enjoyed the Madagascar movies and now can also have the pleasure of interacting with the characters right on their PS3. Madagascar 3 the Video Game was published by D3 Publisher and hit the nail right on the head with a cherry on top. This game is cooperative and is great for all ages. It is rated E for everyone, and is the perfect addition to a families game collection. Madagascar 3 is not violent like many games on the market today, which makes it perfect for learning and having a good time with young children.

In this game, the players are able to take only two animals out at a time and have them work together as a team. It makes the game fun when you can work together having fun rather than killing anything that crosses your path. One of the best things about Madagascar 3 is that each animal in the game has a special item that they collect. The game offers humor, challenge, and most of all a good time to anyone that gets the chance to play it. This game also offers multiplayer mini games that can be challenging and very competitive. People that have not seen the movie, but have played the game are now encouraged to purchase or rent the movie for their viewing pleasure.

The graphics in Madagascar 3 The Video Game are also phenomenal. The real life sounds and effects make you be able to get into the game like you are actually the character yourself. A lot of families these days are worried about the violence and adult features that video games bring to their childÂ’s life, but with this game they welcome it with open arms. This game also gives exploration skills and keeps everyone entertained.

The 3D style of this game is what most people look for when they buy video games for their PS3 these days. For families that have seen the Madagascar movies, they will be able to search back through memories and get to experience the humor and excitement that the characters brought to their day. Being able to play as if you are the characters and face the challenges thrown at you can definitely make even an adult jump for joy. The game is a bit repetitive, but that is good for little ones that are still learning the basic concepts of video games and learning styles in general.

Madagascar 3 the Video Game has definitely became a very popular option to play for many children and adults who own video game consoles. The Madagascar 3 PS3 game is available to be bought or rent for playing pleasure. Parents who want to surprise their children with a fun and thought provoking game should definitely give this one a shot. It is affordable and worth every penny. The Madagascar 3 PS3 game can bring parents and children closer together by learning and playing together. This game has made its way in to the video game collections of people all over the world.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

joshcraze

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

8.3

Grand Theft Auto IV for the PS3 is the most recent game of the series to debut. This game is mostly filled with action and offers the player plenty of things to do. Grand Theft Auto IV takes place in Liberty City, but is expanded from the previous games. The city now consists of 4 boroughs that the players play in. Unlocking each one as they go.

In GTA IV it features the storyline of Niko Bellic who is constantly remembering the betrayal his army put him through. 10 years later, he goes on a smuggling run that ends up badly so he flees Europe to join his cousin Roman, who is living in Liberty City and to exact revenge on the one man he thinks was a traitor. Niko arrives in Liberty City only to be shocked that his cousin lied about the life of luxury he claimed to be living. Niko then becomes Roman's right hand man and he begins saving him from loan sharks, which only gets them into more trouble. Making friends along the way, Niko and Roman both start battling for their lives.

This title is a 3rd person shooter that allows the player to engage in free combat with anyone and everyone. There are no limitations when it comes to murdering anyone and it allows players to travel wherever they want in the city, but they are blocked from going to different boroughs until they complete certain missions to unlock them.

You have the choice to act like a real person. For instance, Niko can go to clubs with friends, go on dates, go out to eat, go bowling, and even drink and eat. Eating and drinking refills Niko's health if he should happen to get hit by a car or get caught up in a fight. This game also allows players to get drunk and features a simulation where the controller repeatedly shakes, the screen becomes blurry, and Niko can even pass out or fall over.

The game offers the same weapons as the previous games in the series. However, gaining them is much easier because players can use Niko's cell phone to go in the cheat menu and choose which weapon tier they want. Weapons can range from brass knuckles to semi automatics to grenade launchers.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, players also have the option to go online and play with other people from all over the world. This mode allows players to work together to complete tasks or just roam free. Players can always work against one another in destroyer type modes.

Overall GTA IV is a game that will make veterans feel like they can do more with their spare time and it can make newcomers eyes light up with all of the features it has. Players that want to enjoy an action packed storyline that seems endless or if they want to entertain themselves for hours by bowling, then Grand Theft Auto IV is where it's at.


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