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Posted:
2010-11-05

snowie

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PC Games

8.1

Coming into the game you will see a very well researched story line. Things will go crazy around you from the very moment you enter in the triangle. The game starts from a submarine crash scene and then you will yourself in a very mystical island and then you will play your game there but this is not the only twist in the game. The story will take many twists as the time goes by.

Game allows you two types of things at the same time, which are hidden objects game play and also you can move freely around the park. You will be given a certain area in every scene and few objects that will help you to find the hidden objects. You can solve some puzzles very easily and find the desired objects but often you will find a scene in which objects are very well hidden and you need to find their pears.

There is no time limit in the game and if you get stuck somewhere you will have two options available. One to skip that puzzle and move to the next one or you can have a hint and try to solve the puzzle and locate the object. There is also an option of talking to other characters, in this way you can learn what is the other player’s strategy and then by knowing the game better you can play it in a better way.

Overall Hidden Expedition Devil's Triangle is a well crafted and well developed game. This game will give you a perfect experience of puzzle game playing and hidden object finding can be a challenge sometimes. The only thing that people can say that this is not very well built, the game is a little shorter from it previous versions. People will feel that there should be some more of it when they finish it. So this is the only area where the developer should pay attention.

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Posted:
2010-12-03

snowie

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PC Games

8.1

You've read the hype, well its all that and more providing one of the best storylines and campaign modes of this genre. Its a bit differently constructed from the previous COD series, and, although you still jump between characters the action is mainly focused on the gamer taking the part of a Black Operations commando named, a little uninspiringly, Alex Mason.

The game begins following straight on from the scene displayed on the main menu with Alex sitting in and strapped to an electrical chair type machine for administering electric shock torture. The game relies heavily on suspense and so giving away too much in the review would certainly remove some of this important aspect. But it is not giving away too much to say that a great deal of the story is that of the gamer, in the form of Alex Mason, trawling through his memories trying to recall exactly what got him into the torture chair in the first place.

There are also the usual slow motion actions but they are sensibly spaced and do not detract from the main action. The graphics are an improvement on previous games in the series with particulary impressive explosions. These are hard to describe effectively but are big and colorful to say the least. All other aspects of the visuals are also improved, the vegetation is particulary noticeable in this respect. Animations have also been subjected to better treatment.

Ranking up is still a large part of the game but now everything comes with a price tag, payable by earning points from kills and mission completions. Other points can be earned by gambling on the outcome of certain contests. Many accessories, from aiming reticules to camoflage designs and face painting, are customizable.

Black Ops is undoubtably the best game of its type with perhaps only the exception COD Modern Warfare 1, and from what I've said you can be in no doubt that I recommend it extremely highly, it is a showstopper of a game.

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Posted:
2010-12-18

snowie

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PC Games

7.3

In the year 2171 as Dylan Ramsey, a young engineer who’s handy when in a wanzer, you’re in a thirdperson shooter where you mostly drive your giant war machine, clunking and bumping around at a fair old pace while firing at other robots. There’s also a part of the game where you’ll find battling enemy mechs on foot. This man against machine combat is well-paced, and taking out an enemy wanzer with only a rocket launcher is a satisfying feeling, but these sections of the action seem like afterthoughts to fill in a bit of time.

Back in your wanzer you’re given ample opportunies between missions to glam up a bit. A bit of paint here and a few upgrades of skills, weapons and armor. You can gear up with things like more weapons and then still more weapons. All needed in the frequent and difficult boss battles. Even though most battles involve taking on higher performance wanzers, you never feel completely outclassed because you’re the underdog, and will do what underdogs do, devise a strategy.

The levels are often a bit tedious but, fortunately, short and there’s enough variety in the types of environments you travel through, from bunkers and bridges to streets and jungles, to make things interesting.

Evolved is a bit repetitious, but to be fair there is a lot more intrigue and politics involved in the story than reviwed here, and at least the repetitive bits are repeating something enjoyable.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

snowie

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3DS

7.3

James Noir's Hollywood Crimes on the 3DS is a puzzle game developed by Ubisoft. The game is set within a TV game show in the 1960s and the player must solve puzzles to defeat a mysterious criminal mastermind. The player takes on the role of a contestant working their way through 6 stages of a game show as Hollywood becomes the staging ground for a set of gruesome crimes.

One of the biggest and most popular genres when it comes to games on the Nintendo 3DS is puzzle solving. Of course, puzzle solving isn't enough to sustain a full length game on its own, even a portable game on the 3DS platform. That's why in James Noir's Hollywood Crimes, players are faced with puzzles, but also with the additional intriguing aspect that at least half the puzzles that players are asked to solve are linked to unsolved murders.

Murder Most Foul!

Players begin the game by filling out the paperwork for an application for them to appear in a television show in the 1960s. On the show contestants compete in alternate weeks to beat each others scores. However, before this particular player, that is you, can get on the show you are contacted by an old friend who is now working for the FBI. The bureau needs your puzzle solving skills to make sense of the cryptic clues that a killer is leaving strewn around the crime scenes in Hollywood, which are teasing the authorities with hints as to the killer's whereabouts. And as if that wasn't enough, it turns out that everyone who has been a victim of this killer has also been a puzzle solver on the television show in which you will soon appear. So it's a race against the clock to find the killer, before other players from the competition, or you, become the next victims.

Solve That Puzzle!

With the unique capacities that the Nintendo 3DS presents for puzzle solving games, from the 3D elements to the touch screen, James Noir's Hollywood Crimes easily stands on its own two feet. The puzzles are unique and challenging without feeling impossible, but they are also set against a clever backdrop that draws on classic Hollywood themes. With the feeling of classic film noir like Jack Nicholson's Chinatown, Hollywood Murders can get players seeing the world from a cynical point of view before the television show even gets rolling.

However, when it comes to the puzzles, players aren't just directed linearly to solve one puzzle after the other. While the murder scenes are already present and cannot be changed, players do have quite a choice of which puzzles to solve when they are actually on the game show. With three levels of difficulty players can choose to solve either easy, medium or hard problems. The harder the puzzle the more points the player earns on the show and the more prestige they will get when the results are announced in the newspapers in following days.

Is It Worth The Cost?

Unlike some games, which just get re-released and essentially unchanged on the Nintendo 3DS, Hollywood Crimes is a puzzle solver that was designed especially for this platform. As such, players aren't just dealing with a simple game that's had more bells and whistles added, this is an original and is exactly how it was meant to be seen and played. For gamers that will accept no substitutes, and who want to try their hand at catching a killer in classic Hollywood mystery style before the killer catches them, then James Noir's Hollywood Crimes fits the bill in almost every respect.

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Posted:
2013-06-02

snowie

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Xbox 360

7.2

XCOM Enemy Unknown is one of the best strategy games to hit the market in quite some time. Labeled as a "re-imagining" rather than a strict remake of the DOS-based classic, this new iteration of the series follows the same basic core principle: gather a squad of up to six soldiers and do battle with various aliens hidden across the globe.

While the tutorial mission is a little heavy-handed in teaching players the basics, including some frustrating movement triggers, the game's real value comes once its sandbox is fully opened. Players are given a vast number of options to research and build in their coming war with the alien menace, allowing players to pick and choose precisely what type of weaponry they'll bring to the field. As fun as ground combat is, there is also a mini-game to deal with intercepting UFOs in the sky that contains a surprising amount of depth.

Once a player has finalized any important decisions to make, they're taken to the command room with a holographic image of the entire globe. From here, they can "fast forward" to the next point that something of interest happens, whether it be a new UFO scanned, an alien terrorist attack on an important city, or a top secret mission from the council of nations that only the commander of XCOM can complete. With the exception of a few story based missions, everything is randomized and anything can be ignored by the player, for good or bad.

As players progress through the game, their soldiers not only gain skills and experience, but "stories" as well. Since their visual appearance can be customized, along with their name, and the number of kills they've accrued since joining XCOM is recorded, it's hard not to become attached to soldiers you've commanded since the beginning. As a result, when these loyal soldiers meet their death at the end of an alien plasma rifle, it's hard to resist the temptation to reload a previous save and prevent the mistake. Conversely, towards the end of the game soldiers will be put against such staggering odds that death will become practically inevitable, even on the normal difficulty. XCOM Enemy Unknown is one of the few games that is able to get players to think about strategy not just from a practical gameplay point, but from an emotional level as well.

While the campaign is a lot of fun and has enough randomization to provide endless replay-ability, XCOM Enemy Unknown also supports online competitive multiplayer. In this mode, players agree to a "point value" and then spend these points on various troops. Aside from making ultra-prepared marines, this mode also allows players to recruit and control most of the aliens seen in the campaign mode.

With support for both campaign and online multiplayer, as well as a wide breadth of replay-ability in the campaign itself, XCOM Enemy Unknown is a smart choice for any game enthusiast on a budget.

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Posted:
2010-09-16

snowie

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PC Games

8.6

Dragon Age Origins PC Review. You want to talk about a game that has to live up to its hype. Well Dragon Age Orgins simply does not fall short of a great (I mean epic game). This game was created by BioWare which has already put out there fair share of great RPG's such as Baldur's Gate, and Neverwinter Nights. This game packs a rich plot which will unfold quite nicely over the hours and hour of gamepaly that you get out of it.

The story starts as there is a massive threat to the land of Ferelden, which is where you reside. Their is a race called the Darkspawn which are an unique race that was born from magical users and they attempted to become gods. However, they did fail and were cursed for their efforts. They are led by a powerful Arch Demon and they emerge every 100 years in a plague known as the "Blight"

Ok, so you will play as a Dark Warden which is a group of humans, elves, and dwarves that are dedicated in hunting down and killing Darkspawns. It wouldn't be that simple though, there is an internal war and the number of Grey Wardens is dwindling. There a variety (and by variety I mean ton) of places to go and take on a number of side quest in order to level up and unlock new abilities and spells.

So you are going to have to decide if you want to play as a human, dwarf, or elf and pick from three classes, a mage, warrior, or rogue. From there you can customize your character any way you see fit. There is really no level of customization that you can do in the game, and the sky is the limit.

You can choose from a number of characters that you want to fight along side you, which is really awesome. Don't like someone or want to fight with other people, just ditch them and fight some new ones to join your party. This is also a decision based game and everything you do has an consequence.

I have found this game to be so fun the story , I am on my third time through it. I can't get enough of this game and want to go back again and again to see how the decisions I made affected everyone. I really really love this game!

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Posted:
2010-09-21

snowie

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PC Games

8.7

Wow, let me tell you if you like being in control of an empire and want about 50 of them to choose from this game will be right up your alley. You will be able to do everything from establish trade, wage war and peace, assign generals. This game will actually teach you quite a lot about history which actually follows history to an extent.

This is not just a sit down and play type of game for an hour or so, you have to be dedicated to play this game and enjoy it. Building up from nothing with small faction is much harder than playing as Rome, or the Greeks. Believe me! This game will certainly put your strategy skills to a test. You will be able to pick a civilization across 250 years and either rise as a dominate factor or dwindle as a pesky little faction, this choice is completely up to you.

So what you are not getting in this game is a "Total War" type game. Meaning you will have control over armies that are 20,000 strong, however you will never fight as them. You will be able to assign generals and fight other armies though. There will be a little pop up box about the army giving your stats and everything. It is much more of a tactical game rather than just an all out war, you can follow a generals life and see what battles he was a part of, that impacted your faction.

You will have armies as well as territories that you control and you need to keep them happy and actually listen to their desires. If you choose to ignore these you risk the chance of having a civil out right war. I know what you are thinking so what I lose a city or something and had a civil war, what is the worst that can happen. Well, to be honest with you the worst is they can become quite big and even take over bigger factions, not to mention it is a War, exciting YES! This however could in turn end up hurting you big time as the game progresses throughout which only adds to the game and playability. Believe me I made this mistake once and had to start over.

There are a couple complaints I do have about the game. For instance, if you have an army and want to attack on a certain day you really have no idea when it is going to get there so you cannot take charge or prepare. This wouldn't be such a big deal if you were controlling a couple armies and were going to attack on the same day. Instead you will have to hold back and hope the character doesn't move. Also, it still trips me out on why people from the opposite side of Europe have beef with me, I didn’t do nuffin! There really seems to be no conflict other than to just start shit with me for no reason.

One thing I do like that they have fixed over the years was that now message boxes don't pop up every 5 seconds which was a great relief Now just the important ones pop up which is much better. I used to have to go back into my settings and turn them off. This game isn't for everyone though, only those that love strategy games will reap the game rewards. If you have a low attention span this game is not for you. If you like to get really involved in a game then this game is something you will love. I like this game a lot even though it does have some flaws.

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Posted:
2010-10-02

snowie

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PC Games

8.1

In Borderlands on the PC you play as a thrill seeking treasure hunter on the planet of Pandora. This planet is hostile; a rouge filled wasteland, but it hides a secret: The Vault. The Vault is an alien structure rumored to hold treasures of immense power and wealth. As you play the game, you will discover that the treasures of The Vault are nothing compared to fantastic time you will have on your journey. You know what they say about it is not about the destination, but rather the journey? That is what Borderlands is all about. Why? Because you get to tag along your friends of course!

This doesn’t mean that the single player is shabby as it has a great rewarding system and engaging experience system. Those who will take advantage of the 4 player online cooperative mode will experience the game as it is meant to be played. There is nothing that could compare with the pleasure of killing enemies with an onslaught of a variety of weapons, gathering loot, and cashing in on the good stuff through defeating bosses, completing mini games, and leveling up.

You travel through Pandora as 1 of 4 characters, each with their own unique physical attributes and skills. Among all of these differences, the action skill is the most important. This is a special ability that gives you the upper hand in any combat. The Berserker transforms into a damage resistant rage and delivers deadly attacks to the enemies while the Siren can turn invisible and fast. The Soldier can throw down an automatic turret flanked by shields, and the Hunter can release a vicious bird of prey. Use the actions skills you acquire through the game to strengthen your character and make him a valuable asset, whether alone or online.

Weapons are gained throughout your quest, and most of them will be just good enough to sell in the vending machines in Pandora. Better guns will be available, though, as you progress in the game. Don’t forget to search in animal and human remains for valuable loot; without doubt you will spend a lot of time foraging for items.

Finally, online play is one of the most unique experiences a gamer can ever have. You start out alone, then up to 3 people can join you and leave you on the fly. The difficulty level automatically adjusts to the number of members in your party. Money earned is shared in the group, what one receives, everybody else gets.

Playing alone is a bit lonely, since the game offers little non player character contact, but they manage to compensate through online gaming. So take a risk, play with a stranger online, and enjoy Borderlands the way it is meant to be played.

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Posted:
2010-10-08

snowie

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

7.0

Paradox Interactive’s Victoria II is worth the wait. It is the best sequel among its predecessor but of course it is not the best compared to other games in its genre. The traditional geopolitical strategy game is not at all strategic in the sense that you cannot use your skills to use your resources and prepare for battle when bugs are always there every time you are starting to have a good stance. You are to start your own country and then use your resources to make it stable. It is really a lot more challenging then you think. My mate thought he was top dog until I crushed him!

You have a population to take care of. Make sure they are happy. Don't neglect them as I did. They should have respective works to do, have their basic needs and an access to luxury goods. With the slow pacing of your factory and fast pacing needs of your population, revolts will likely to occur that even the members of your country will revolt against you. It is kind of frustrating at time, though. Picky buggars.

The most disappointing part of the game which the developers did not bother to polish is the frequent revolts all over your journey. You will be exhilarated with just three to four minutes of rest from the past attack and there is another one coming. You can’t even do your stance on the battlefield and the enemies are there again. I doubt if anybody who have played the game will not complain about that. You will be totally bankrupt at the end because of the successive revolts.

Music wise, they gave it a shot. Though the sound is not that outstanding but it keeps you from being boring while the sluggish movement of the screen is at its best. The tutorials also did not help. Kind of leaves you in the dark.

This game Victoria II could have been a very exciting and good game if only given some more years to perfect. What shall we do with this unfinished and unpolished game? There are features in Victoria I that they deleted which are actually good points to add into the game itself.

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Posted:
2010-11-16

snowie

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PC Games

7.6

The Sims allows gamers to make up characters and direct them during the game. It is the first of its kind in presenting such unique game play, allowing the gamer to control the fate of the Sims from birth to adulthood. The Sims get their personalities either through inheriting genetic traits or by assignment from the player.

The development of the characters is dependent on the environment around them and this environment is set by the player. Just like real life the Sims grow into unique individuals, molded by their own personal experiences, the influences around them and the consequences of their own decisions. They gain memories as they grow: memories concerning their families, friends, and even enemies. The Sims can also make relationships between other Sims. All these add to the engaging nature and possible complexity of the game. How complex the scenarios can become is of course an unknown and can only be found out by experiment.

The game pack contains three add-ons The Sims 2: Nightlife Expansion Pack, The Sims 2: Celebration Stuff Pack and a DVD. With the Nightlife expansion the Sims can have exciting nights out filled with dancing, romantic dating or playing at the bowling lanes. It will, in the hands of the player, give the Sims an unforgettable party experience. The player can organize the season’s social events. These could be weddings, birthday parties, or just simple gatherings, all on a festive theme - with decorations, food and related additions.

The Sims 2: Nightlife will give the Sims a feel of life after-dark. Sims can discover all the thrilling events which normally happen only at night. There’s lot of dating and partying all through the night. An interesting feature of this expansion is the dating game where The Sims search for romantic attachments. The expansion pack also evokes the pleasure seeking spirit within each of the Sims making them want to discover a life full of pleasurable dates, never-ending fun and games, partying and dancing, plus loads of new objects which this add on introduces.

A party should always have a fiesta feel with the Sims 2 Celebration Stuff this is not a problem. The player can make the Sim world a party land, with lots of components for making a party truly memorable. Fill the neighborhood with decorations, party banners, and other party must haves. Hold a grand wedding complete with party dresses, classy suits and stunning dresses. Make it more festive by using flowery decorations and showy pieces. These social events would not be complete without the neighborhood around, so invite them over. The player can also host elegant dinners in a perfectly decorated dining room and elaborately set dining table. Birthday bashes can be held with all the gifts, cakes, games, and all the other usual accompaniments. The celebration pack will give the Sims a time to unwind and party.

The graphic quality remains excellent with lots of detail and flowing animations. The characters are uniquely crafted and are perfectly suited to each of the Sims’ personalities. The whole game has a backing soundtrack of cheerful music, setting the tone for what is essentially a cheerful game. Also, the voice and sound effects are properly mixed with the visuals. There is also a friendly in-game tutorial and an easy game play. The addictive nature of the game will certainly draw players back to it. It’s just so engaging that no player can resist it.


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