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Posted:
2010-12-12

gamerjay

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Xbox 360

7.2

Kinect Sports features six main sport types: Football, Bowling, Track & Field, Boxing, Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Football is a good place to start to illustrate the difference the Kinect system makes to p[aying these games. Unlike other video football games you use your feet. If you are in an attacking role you kick the ball either to pass or shoot; if in a defensive role you move from side-to-side trying to block passes; if in goal you need to use your full body to block shots. Because it's a game with a physical side to it, it is energetic, and, not needing a controller adds immensely to the sense of belonging in the game.

In Track and Field you get he usual Javelin, Discus, Long Jump, Sprint and Hurdles. Jogging on the spot to run, performing the relevant arm movements to throw. It's almost unnerving to feel the reality of the thing.

Bowling, Table Tennis and Boxing are also included. In bowling, you just mimic the normal bowling actions, reaching left or right to pick up the ball, aiming, then swinging your arm forwards. You can even apply spin.

In Table tennis you use your left or right hand as a bat, with a full range of ball control actions possible, such as spin and smash shots. Control is not perfect but if you have never used the system before you will be absolutely amazed.

Boxing is not so hot as the movements you make do not translate into sensible effects of punches landing; you might as well just be standing still and thrashing your arms around.

Last on thre list, Volleyball, is again not as good as the Football etc. You do not really get the feel of it.

There are also eight mini-games to play making it an all round experience.

Target Football is just penalty shooting against the clock. Kinect does an excellent job of judging shot direction.

Paddle Panic, requires you to face a relentless stream of balls across the table tennis table for you to hit back. They get faster as you go along.

The above and the other six are all as stand alones and these eight would have formed a package on their own.

Al this action can also be caught on camera and uploaded but viewing them as a replay needs logging in to a website.


There are some small issues with time lags but they are really not major when the whole thing is taken in context. Unfortunately finding your way around the menu is not so easy and you do need a bit of space between you and the screen, at least six feet for single-player games and eight feet for two players.

I was new to the Kinect system and was completey knocked out by by it. Go get this one, but, remember, you do need some other hardware to use the system and this is not included with the game, so check this out before you buy.

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Posted:
2010-12-13

gamerjay

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Xbox 360

This game not only does everything that's been done before but it does it better, from the gameplay point of view and technically. This particular package contains extras, mostly in the form of Top Gear videos and related stuff, with some add on accessories to enlarge the number of cars and suchlike. But the game is what matters.


Season Play is the central game mode presenting the player a number of seasons in which to compete. Each season has its racing calendar picked to suit your stable of cars. The main races take place at weekends leaving the weekdays free for planning and all the other business of a modern motor sport. On weekdays smaller events also take place where you pick an event from a small selection, more often than not consisting many stages set at different track locations, and these events play out over a few weeks, with the weekends reserved for World Championship events. Graded F-A, these need to be completed before the more challenging big money S and R series are unlockable, with the final R1 event requiring you to race in a 13 race marathon of an event. There is now a rewind facility so even if you come off the track on the last corner in the final race you can hit a button and go back in time.

Credits are earned for performances in single races and overall ending positions in events. These credits can be used to buy better cars or upgrading your present motor. Upgrading can be complex and often quite technical but you don't have to be an expert to get by. There are also all the usual features you would expect in a motor racing game.

For a game as deep as Forza 3, the number of options to match experience to your tastes and skill level remarkable. Skill levels can be mixed so a novice can even take on a champion.


The blurb boasts of over 100 tracks but from what I can see there are 22 track locations but each of these is furnished with various track layout alternatives. All the classic racing circuits such are covered and all the major car makers included. some of the tracks are a bit lacklustre, but the more creative ones are full of stunning scenery and beautiful sweeping corners.

There are also the usual in between bits to keep you interested, quick race and time trial modes, complete with leaderboards, viewable replays and downloadable ghost data so you can see where the best players are shaving vital milliseconds off of their lap times. There is even a video editing suite, allowing users' imaginations free reign to make their own footage and share it.

There's also a competitive eight-player online multiplayer mode. You can choose between circuit, oval, drag, road racing and drift, as well as Cat and Mouse and, Tag and Elimination. There are a ton of fine tuning options so you can set races up exactly as you want, with whatever restrictions you prefer, on car class, upgrades or racing assists.

Technically it all runs fine even at 60 frames per second. There's a little aliasing, which gives the game a bit of a rough edge, but so what. Load times could be better but that's not the end of the world. The audio throughout is excellent, with on-track sound effects putting you right into the action, while the in-menu voice over work does its job well. The included soundtrack fits well with the game's mood but you caan add your own music if it's not your cup of tea.

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Posted:
2010-12-14

gamerjay

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Xbox 360

Just like any Command and Conquer title, Red Alert 3 holds carries on the series’ high reputation for excitement, thrills and enjoyment. Its every level, scene and moment truly makes it standout among Xbox 360 games. Though the idea of the game is simple and intuitive it has a lot of content.

As for the graphics and design, Red Alert 3 on Xbox 360 is quite different. I was a little surprised as I have played it on PC for years and years. Though the screen size is limited, the graphics still show a sharp, crisp and clear view of what the scene should look like (pretty impressive actually). Your screen will be filled with color and action with this Command and Conquer game; scenes and views appear realistic, characters and vehicles are a bit small but detailed. Getting around the game is also simple. There are no complicated action boxes or choices that take too much time before you can get on with the game. There are simple steps to take weapons, change figures or take your defenses. Every action in this game is easy which is why more people even the youngsters are so hooked with this game. It is more focused on the enjoyment of the player rather than its technicalities. I have played it with my mates for about 2-3 months now. There is a ton of replay value with this game as well.

The Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 is a game where you can just sit down and enjoy every scene, level and action. Its challenges are made for those who have been following the Command and Conquer series. If you are one of them, it will be easy to get into and understand the controls. All in all, this game is something that all gamers can enjoy while being challenged to play more. You need to strategize and always be alert to make sure that you win the challenges. This edition of the Command and Conquer lived up to its name. I can honestly say that I was impressed with this game and do recommend it to everyone!

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Posted:
2010-12-16

gamerjay

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Nintendo DS

7.3

This game teaches a method to relax the eyes and to help certain visual functions improve. The couse is designed by a recognized expert in visual training who has helped, among others, professional athletes. In this “game,” you perform certain sets of exercises daily and the improvements are tracked by graphs. By its installed calendar, your daily training is monitored and by doing it regularly, you’ll earn a stamp and after two weeks, another exercise. There is also a testing program that detects Eye Age and it will tell you what else to work on.

The games are pretty unusual. In the Middle Match, it concentrates on symbol comparisons and how quick you are in spotting details. In Number Flash, you have to memorize and go over a short number sequence. For Letter Count, letter appears on screen randomly and you have do count how many times a certain letter or letters appeared. In Box Tap, by using the stylus you tap the colored blocks that appear on the screen.

There are also exercises and sports games. In Boxing, touch the boxer’s gloves to raise them and draw a line for defense. In Table Tennis, to hit the ball back, you have to move the paddle with the stylus. In Basketball, players are in red and white uniforms and you just have to tap the one in white. Other sports are soccer, volleyball, baseball, and American football. It is quite fun to play and absolutely simple. There are no minigames or unlock feature in this game. When you complete the exercise, you check your focus ability with Eye Age. After which, you have to play again all the games in the day to check your sight status.

Overall, the game still provide fun and enjoyment although you might feel dull when repeatedly played. After all, this game isn’t for entertainment purpose but more on eyesight development.

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Posted:
2010-12-18

gamerjay

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PC Games

8.3

Sailing, in the true sense of using great big white sheets of material to gather the wind's power allowing you to move forward, without any engine powering you is extremely technical and hands on. Most of us have seen people winding ropes and ducking crossbeams, and on bigger boats, climbing up masts. SAIL SIMULATOR 2010, as it needs to, if it is to have any chance of achieving some degree of realism, models every sail and rope. then there is the rudder and, in some cases, the keel to keep control of. Racing especially, or cruising, you’re constantly pulling this and hoisting that to grab ever ounce of power from the wind.

Although there are no tutorials explaining how to set sails and make use of the boats other functions, something can be learned from watching the AI in action. Fortunately the PC can take over any control at any time, so you can ease yourself in a bit at a time.

The overall visuals are not wonderful but a fair job has been made of modelling the sea. There are four locations off different coasts but that is irrelevant as only the sea conditions are of any consequence.

The simulator boats are of six types, ranging from the bouncy little Laser to the big seven-man Open 70. A catamaran will be available as an ad on. For the full and unbeatable experience and the thrill of competition, you need to join the groups of would be sea goers that turn up regularly on the Stentec server. Scraping past buoys, juggling racing lines, and all the other race tactics necessary in stopping others competitors from grabbing your wind are all involved. This is when Sail Simulator 2010 is at its best. A simple online ranking system uses individual performances to build an international league table.

Great fun for those who will never have any other way of trying their hands at the sport.

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Posted:
2010-12-18

gamerjay

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PC Games

4.0

Mud TV. is a management sim that is supposed to give a taste of the intricate workings of the medium of television. Its extremely full of the things involved in the everyday running of things as well as the political and social angles of the busines. I have no idea how true to life it is, but if it is accurate then I have no idea why anyone would want to work in the industry.

You’re encouraged to study viewing habits, spy on your competitors and then sabotage their chat shows, that's fine. But the simulation breaks down into trivia. Intellectual actors slow down productions, but big egos make them work faster. In-game email alerts offer truncated messages, chopping off essential details. Interfaces are cluttered with text, obscuring vital information. The game wants you to be fiddling constantly, so it creates meaningless work.

Everything seems to have something wrong or missing to frustrate your efforts. The company revenue comes from advertisements, but the factors affecting it are difficult to assess and clicking on an ad won’t tell you if you’ve already assigned it a slot in your schedule unless it’s already been broadcast. You pay massive fines for missing deadlines through no fault of your own. Even using the basic facilities of your station requires you to physically move your avatar there. You have to catch an elevator to the lobby when you want to hire an employee or buy an ad. Hardly true to life. A new program doesn’t simply appear on a list available for airing, you have to go through all the procedures leading up to that point for yourself.

So much is buried beneath trivia, pointless detail and the game's insistance that you travel around your own media empire like a messenger boy, that the game really give you a chance to achieve anything of substance.

Any comments on graphics or sound are irrelevant as the game is certainly a non starter as serious simulation of the TV indsutry. But as just a simulation it is useful practice in getting around a simulation and so worth a couple of points.

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Posted:
2010-12-19

gamerjay

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PC Games

7.2

Decepticon or Autobot, good or evil; which do you want to be today?. Transformers: War for Cybertron gives you the choice. The action takes place in the course of a civil war between those two sides with the aim of controlling Cybertron and Meagatron is out to harness the power of Dark Energon to the advantage of the Decepticons.

The action is better than good, but the characters are better still, running around doing gamey things like picking up guns and ammunition, health and shield powerups and the like, and using them to blast the other side. The defining difference between this and the many similar games of its type, and its saving grace, is the ability to change form animate being to animated machine at will and at any time. The animations depicting the actual transformations are stunning and imaginatively well designed. The ones that take place when airborne are especially spectacular. It is a pity that the visual textures do not do justice to these transformations, or indeed to the rest of the game.

After completing the a campaign on the side of the Decepticons and starting over as an Autobot for more missions, I didn't really find a great deal of difference between the two modes. The pattern of action is pretty similar; a few robots to fight, some mini-boss battles and ending in a superbattle between Omega Supreme and Trypticon, the autobot and Decepticon chiefs respectively.

Yet despite all that, what you do get is a very good game, possibly the best Transformer title so far. Apart from the graphic texturing the presentation is fine. A good yarn which could have a little more variety, being wholly set in Cybertron, but well worth some time and money.

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Posted:
2010-12-19

gamerjay

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Xbox 360

4.1

When we talk about Dragon Ball, gamers can always relate to the name as this is the most popular animation during their time. It certainly has been during my time! The anime world has gone crazy and many gamers are just so into the characters of the games. This anime game and its characters first became famous due to the animated TV show and even movies. So, anybody who hears about Dragon Ball, the game, will certainly be interested to play it immediately. This review will give you a brief idea of what is inside this game. This review of this Dragon Ball edition will show you how this game becomes as exciting as gamers would expect it to be. However, does it live up the hype?

The Raging Blast is the newest addition in the long series of games under the Dragon Ball name. This game offers lots of action, humor and empowering fight scenes. Most movements and action are adapted from the series. There are different modes to play in this game. There is a training mode wherein Goku trains Gohan of the different techniques and attacks that they can use. In this mode, you get to practice different kinds of attacks like dash, charge, smash and some defense moves. So before you get into the real fight, you can first practice the attacks that you can do. This will also get you familiarize with the buttons and controls of the game.

There will be different sagas to play; the Saiyan sage, Frieza saga and Androids saga. There will be lots of fighting in these sagas that you must win over. I found a couple of them to be very hard to complete. I even asked myself why am I even trying, this is impossible! There will also be scenes or moments taken from the TV animation or movies. These will let you relive the memorable moments of the characters of the game. As you play the sagas, you will be able to unlock characters, gain special skills and powers and pick up items that you can use to improve your defense against enemies.

Aside from the story saga that you can play, there are a variety of fighting game modes to enjoy like Arcade, Survival, Time Attack and Tournament. This gives you the chance to compete with 16 other players. You can also do the online combat which gives you connections to other online players.

What I don't like about the game is the camera angles. It seems to be kind of pain in the ass. It will pan out and you will find yourself wondering what the hell just happen. The fights though are overly predictable, it just seems to be the same thing over and over again. You have have to build your keypower slowly and it did nothing to hold my attention for very long. There are 70 characters but there are no real differences between them, which is very disappointing. Also, playing with friends locally sucks, it is a split screen and hard to follow.

The graphics and visuals are very striking. It has really adapted the appearance of the TV series. Probably the best feature. I think this is what anime games are all about. The audio and voice acting are also well done (they are accurate). The smoothness of the presentation and progress of the game is noticeably good which you cannot find in other anime games.

In conclusion, I am disappointed with this game and wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. Not the greatest fighting game by any means!

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Posted:
2010-12-19

gamerjay

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

6.7

This is just one of the animation films of Dreamworks that became very successful in the box office. No wonder it was quickly adapted into a game for Xbox 360 and other game consoles. The tie-in of the movie with the game is just awesome as you still can remember freshly all the scenes of the film with this game.

If you have ever enjoyed that one particular animated movie and would love to play it in your game gadget, well, fans of the Megamind do not need to think about that since the game has finally been released. It is always nice to control your favorite animation character and help him with his missions. This is what you will feel when you play this game. The appeal that the movie had for its audience it will also have for gamers.It is highly entertaining and fun.

The story starts as a crime wave hits the city. Your aim is to stop the villains. In this game, you get to control the main character, Megamind, and let him jump, throw switches, kill things and solve all the puzzles being thrown at you. The target gamers of the game are mostly children so expect a little simplicity and the lower levels of difficulty. So for each level, you will be given tons of obstacles and puzzles to play. As you win each stage, you also get closer to the villains who committed the crimes.

The controls of the game have been made simple so that kids, the main target audience, can easily pick them up. The animation was also made more colourful and child friendly. The graphics are well executed as well as the audio; the voice acting is superb just like in the film. That extra touch of humor has helped to make the game more enjoyable and prevented it from becoming boring. The presentation made things better and the production team did a good job in presenting the game for a varied audience age group. This game will certainly have the kids enjoying every scene.

All in all, Dreamworks’ Megamind – Ultimate Showdown is one of the best games ever released at present. It is totally entertaining, hilarious fun, and exciting. It is made for children but even adults will get addicted to this game. If you loved the film, you will also love the game. It sure did a good job in adapting parts from the film. Playing the game almost feels like watching the movie all over again. I would recommend this game to anyone that liked the film.

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Posted:
2010-12-20

gamerjay

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

8.2

Sega Superstars Tennis is all about playing Tennis with a twist. The Tennis games feature 15 Sega classic game characters. The characters are all well known and recreated here to play tennis. You can play with or against any of them and travel through well known and well loved SEGA game landscapes, some of which you will not have seen rendered with the quality of graphics used here, and play in tournaments at all of them if you so wish. All the characters are different in their strengths and weaknesses and have varying degrees of skill allowing you to match, or for more fun, mismatch them. There are even characters from SEGA games making up the spectators and guest appearances by some famous ones.

The courts, on which you can play doubles or singles, are of fantastical designs and so are pretty unusual, but then, so are the players and their methods of play. The music fits in well with the mood of the game. But what are equally in this game are the mini games that it offers. Most of these mini games are incorporated in with the tennis. You can have puzzles, rockets, arrows and other distracting games to play, giving a break from the constant banging of balls.

It’s an interesting variation on the tennis theme and is well thought out and has a great deal of visual humor; watching such unlikely characters darting about a strange tennis court is a joy in itself.


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