It's a simple and well-known truth that none of the Super Monkey Ball games have quite lived up to the standards of the original. Super Monkey Ball 3D comes the closest yet. While it isn't quite up to par, the action/puzzle game is still fun to play, and makes excellent use of the 3DS and its 3D capabilities. Gameplay is as good as ever (and extremely addictive), and with 80 levels and multiple modes you're bound to be entertained for a while. Although the graphics for the game aren't the best you'll see, they fit the silly nature of the game and don't detract from the overall experience.
If you've never played the original Super Monkey Ball, you've missed out but Super Monkey Ball 3D might fill that missing gap. Gameplay is based on simple concepts; you tilt the world to move your monkey (conveniently in a ball for ease of rolling) through the puzzle, being careful to gather all the bananas you can and avoid falling off the edge of the platform on the way to the goal. There are 80 different levels to play on, and because the same levels can be appealing again and again, one of the selling features of this game is the replay value.
The only gameplay downsides are the extra modes. Named Monkey Race and Monkey Fight, they were summed up quite cleanly by Audrey Drake of IGN, who wrote them off as knockoffs to Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. respectively. Monkey Fight is more a game of luck than anything, and although Monkey Race is marginally better, neither is a great experience and they don't add to the game's quality.
Graphics on the 3DS are pretty good. Especially noteworthy about this game is the 3D effect, which is actually worth having on. Using the 3D gives the game an amazing level of depth and clarity, and that coupled with the left circle gives you ease-of-control like never before in the series. While the rest of the graphics for the game aren't anything spectacular, they don't take away from what is a positive visual experience.
Super Monkey Ball 3D was scored a mid-range 55/100 on Metacritic's aggregation of professional reviews, and only a 48/100 based on user reviews. Despite this, sales of the game were good. IGN scored the game a positive 7.5/10.
Overall, it's hard to find fault with Super Monkey Ball 3D on any one issue. Players complain about the lack of a story mode, but if you enjoy action puzzle games and think it'd be fun to play with a monkey in a ball, and let's face it who doesn't, this one is for you. Without a good multiplayer or good bonus modes, Super Monkey Ball is far from perfect, but they've made excellent use of the 3DS platform.
Do you care to venture into the world of platform games? Platform games for those of you who do not know, or live under a rock, are games mainly based on controlling a character moving from one area to another. This includes running, jumping, and puzzle solving, among other things to achieve. Classic Platform games that paved the way for this genre include Super Mario Bros., Megaman, Metroid, and Sonic the Hedgehog. So why all the platform gaming talk? Well this question brings us to Rayman, who is yet another platform game character. Rayman blasted his way into the video game world in 1995 starring in his own self-titled game. While this game was received quite well among fans and players alike. In 1999, Rayman's next game was considered remarkable by most if not all of the gaming world. Skip ahead a decade and some years later and we end up here. Rayman 3D for the 3DS, a remake of an amazing game revamped with the 3DS's capabilities.
Okay so the cat is out of the bag, Rayman 3D is not a brand new game. Instead Rayman 3D is a remake of the classic Rayman 2 The Great Escape. Is this a bad thing? After all, we are seeing quite a bit of remakes and HD collections on the rise in recent years. So why not give Ubisoft and Nintendo the benefit of doubt here. If you have played this game in the past, why not take a walk down memory lane. Go ahead and enjoy the all-new 3D visuals via the Nintendo 3DS. If you have missed on this gem in the past, here is why you should not pass on it this time around.
Welcome to the Glade of Dreams, a beautiful and mystical world with a very imaginative cartoon like environment. This is Rayman's world; unfortunately, Admiral Razorbeard and his army of robot pirates destroy the heart of this world. Losing all of his powers Rayman finds himself captured meeting his friend Globox, who has also met the same fate. Thus starting his journey to restore the world he lives in and take down Admiral Razorbeard.
During your journey, you will meet many friends, collect lums, ancient masks, and solve various puzzles. Each character unfolding more and more of your story as you go along. This game is a 3D Platformer, meaning that you have a linear sequence of levels to experience. Much like Super Mario 64, but expanding upon the world you travel can be accomplished by collecting lums. As in most of these types of games you will start out with minimal moves, but the further you progress you will build upon Rayman's abilities.
Let us talk controls; one aspect that should be acknowledged is the minor annoyances the controls caused. Not having a joystick was really a trying experience at times. It is also worth noting that the touch controls really did not implement anything creative or groundbreaking. This was a bit disappointing to say the least. Ultimately this game should be considered a pure remake, it does not bring anything earth shattering to the table this time around. With that said it is still a classic game and one of the best, if not the best platform game of all time. If you have not played the original yet, this is a great place to start!
Assassin's Creed Bloodlines on the PSP is a game that takes place after the first Assassin's Creed and before the second installment of the game. I am a huge Assassin's Creed fan so I figured I would pick up this game for my PSP. When I first fired this game up I was amazed by the graphics; it really looks great. In my opinion I think it is the best looking game on the PSP that iv played.
As mentioned above this game takes off right where the first game left off. The old villain had a love interested named, Maria and Altair take her hostage in a pursuit to flee the Templars. This will lead you to Cyprus which is an exciting island that is partial to Templar invaders and members of the resistance. It is a really interesting story, but if you are new to this series you might not fully understand it. I would recommend that you play the first game to truly appreciate the storyline. However, it is not a must that you play the first game, if you really don't want to.
Altair's freedom to explore, jump, and climb are truly amazing. Fans of this game will really like and appreciate this game on PSP. The graphics are not going to look as they do on PS3, but still you will be impressed with how amazing the city does look, though. The users interface and menu screens are very appealing too.
Ok enough about the graphics; I have already made it clear they are top notch. So you will have a long sword, dagger, throwing knives, and an assassin's blade. You will be killing Templar guards and engaging in awesome street fights. It is a little underutilized, the fact that you are an assassin, but your stealth kills don't really come that much into play, but I can get past that.
What I mean by not really stealth kills is that you will have to kill a number of different people in an allotted amount of time or just plain kill everyone in order to complete a mission. Not really a stealth approach if you ask me, but there are a couple stealth missions for you to play. But, what I really like is how you have to walk around and at times different guards will catch onto you, then you must fight or somehow evade them.
So there are number of combat scenes in which you must hack away at your enemy. You can perform a number of different combos, but I have found that it is easier to just use quick attacks and chop them down. There are number of boss scenes in which you will have to dodge their attacks and hit them at the correct time with the correct combination too.
It’s not a really deep game but there are variety of collectables in which you can collect. Such as templar coins with a pretty good reward system. It is a game based around a series of little levels VS the deeper gameplay that is offered on console versions. Let’s not forget about the smaller side missions too.
If you are real Creed fan you will like this game and the storyline is pretty good. The camera does get a little out of whack at times, but nothing that takes away from the fun gameplay. I like this game and would recommend it to other people.
Ridge Racer 3D 3DS was developed and published by Namco Bandai Games. This is an arcade styled racing game for the Nintendo 3Ds handheld console. Players have the choice of either playing this game in the single player or multiplayer mode. The goal of the game is to use one of your super tuned up racing cars to drive round a course in the city in a bid to beat your opponent.
There are a variety of single player game modes available. The first is the Grand Prix Mode in which you can test your skills against the computer and strive to unlock better and faster vehicles to drive in later races. As you progress you can get performance boosters such as nitrous kits. If you want to get straight down to business you can opt for the Quick Tour Mode. Quick Tour is similar to the arcade version of the game and gives you a preselected series of courses to race over. Then there is Play Time Mode where you race with a time limit, or Standard Race Mode where you select a course and race against 7 opponents in order to prove yourself as the best racer. There is also the 3DS StreetPass facility where you can compare performance ratings with other players.
A more difficult part of the game is the mastering of the much improved drift option for cornering or other in race situations. You can have mild, dynamic or standard drifts to out maneuver your competition. Although it takes a bit of time to master drifting, doing so presents a significant advantage.
The graphics are a good representation of how good a game can look on the Nintendo 3DS, and the music is clear and has an upbeat feel to it. The arcade style is very well suited to this type of racing game but that may not be to everyone's taste.