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Posted:
2013-08-16

Garfedout

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Darksiders II picks up after the events of the first Darksiders game which told the story of the horseman War. When War accidentally began the apocalypse he signed his own death warrant, however, there may be more to what happened, and to the part that War played in it, than at first meets the eye. War's brother, Death, decides to get to the bottom of these events and rides to the rescue on his pale horse to find out what his younger, less crafty sibling, got himself involved in.

Gameplay

Darksiders II at first plays a great deal differently than the original Darksiders. However, once players get used to the different set of controls the game plays much like the original but with upgrades. Whereas War was very focused on big, brutish attacks that could be made acrobatic if players wanted, Death on the other hand is slimmer, faster and has a bigger variety of weapons available to him. Players will need to be able to switch between weapons and more magical attacks quickly in order to achieve the best possible combinations and inflict the most damage.

Aside from the array of attacks and weapons that have been upgraded in Darksiders II, Death is also a very different character when it comes to control. Players will have the usual array of run, duck, jump, and so on, but Death gains an interesting variety of ways to get from point A to point B, not the least of which is his Pale Horse. With so many different options, players are very likely to find their own favorite weapons and combinations for getting them through the hordes of the outer and under worlds.

Prettier Than The First

Darksiders was no slouch in the graphics department, but Darksiders II blows it out of the water when it comes to how smooth things look. The cinematic scenes are clean, crisp and clear, the voice work is very well done, and the animation during the actual game is flawless. However, that said, there's only so many times you can scythe an opponent in half before the beautifully rendered graphic becomes just another part of the violent background scenery.

Additionally, as Death gets weapon and armor upgrades his appearance changes. So, for players who enjoy customizing a character's look, this alternative appearance can be a fun little extra where the designers get to show off some of their extra flair for the character.

Why Wii U?

The Wii U hasn't been fully embraced as a system, but once players adjust to the options it offers there's no other way to play Darksiders II. The Wii U system allows players a smooth, simple way to interact with the game and it offers an organic method of doing nearly everything. It forms a bridge between motion sensor and traditional controller games that will require practice (that cannot be stressed enough), but once a player has put in the necessary amount of practice then it's very likely that player will become Death on two legs for all the enemies.

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Posted:
2013-08-18

Garfedout

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7.0

Tecmo Koei brings the stentorian epic combat of both their Dynasty Warriors, and Samurai Warriors franchises to the Wii U with the massive port of Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper. Being a complete amalgamation of these two preceding titles, this new release seamlessly integrates characters from both franchises and unites them against a tyrannically cruel monster named Hydra. Incorporating the complete casts of both titles, Tecmo Koei also offers unique recruits from their vast catalog. These characters tantalizingly include Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, and Ayane from Dead or Alive. More obscure homages showcase Achilles from Warriors Legends of Troy, and Joan of Arc from Bladestorm. In all, there are a total of 130 characters to be unlocked and assembled into the player's personalized army.

The in-game battlefield is gigantic beyond scope with each level only increasing in size. Before entering the brawl, a team of three legendary generals must be assembled. In classic role-playing game style, every character has their own leveling system integrated into their primary interface. This mechanism allows for rapid customization and the discovery of each general's unique skill set. The primary agenda for every mission is to massacre all opposing generals. The body count always amasses in the hundreds as multiple enemies can be annihilated with every strike. The frame-rate has to fight to keep up with the never-ending dramatic action. Sudden tumultuous bouts with hidden enemies are spurred randomly by checkpoints that riddle this game with unpredictable loading sequences.

For a crossover, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper has a gripping narrative that varies based on the nearly infinite character combinations that are available. The free roaming capabilities within the actual missions lend to the most entertaining hack and slash game this genre has seen released in years; however, the merging of the franchise's signature game-play interface with the new Wii U controller design was uninspired. The implementation of the new GamePad was not just useless, it was detrimental and disadvantageous to players employing it. Because the icons on it are rendered miniscule and unobservable, players using the GamePad map find it impossible to locate objectives or keep track of their innumerable enemies while their companions using the on-screen replica have no trouble trouncing all the missions and protocols in the game. None of the other new Wii U technologies were even touched by the developers.

The main new addition to the Wii U port of Warriors Orochi 3 is the exclusively added Hyper moniker. It primarily refers to the new Duel Mode, where the player navigates three generals through a basic arcade arena. Battle Points accumulate through every fight to be converted either into increasing their own agility and power or diminishing that of their opponents. It is an amusing little sideshow that unfortunately serves only to distract from the main battle.

While this is a brilliant game, it is at times a bit too bulky for the Wii U to completely handle. All limitations notwithstanding, the generous bevy of vibrant content keeps it viscerally absorbing.

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Posted:
2014-11-06

Garfedout

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7.8

War sucks, at least it does in real life. In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare it is hard not to see it as one giant and entertaining playground. From the guys that basically reinvented what the shooter genre really is, Advanced Warfare is a continuation of their boundary pushing concepts. You've probably seen the commercials and watched the gameplay videos but those experiences will pale in comparison to getting your hands in a sweaty death grip with your controller. Released for the Xbox One and PS4 as well as the 360 and PS3, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is another blockbuster entry into one of our generations most storied franchises. Let's dive in and see what exactly makes this game so much fun.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a pretty clear mission from the outset: it seeks to continually blend cinematic and gaming experiences until the line is indistinguishable. We can see how this happens with the addition of Kevin Spacey and Troy Baker to the line up of voice and motion capture talents for the game. Kevin Spacey plays the role of Jonathan irons, the President of Atlas Corporation. He is deliciously evil, dangerously charismatic, and always interesting. In short he's the kind of villain that you enjoy hating because you never know what he'll do next. These characters are brought to life with the type of reality that has only become possible in recent years. You can count the pores on the faces of the characters you run across and you'll be amazed by how realistic every little detail of these characters is portrayed. That's a lot of detail, right? Now imagine that level of detail while the world is blowing up around you.

The Call of Duty series has always been about trotting your character around the globe to kick butts, take names, and try and save the world. Advanced Warfare is no different. The chapter-by-chapter gameplay style works especially well as you traverse the planet as Mitchell, the protagonist for this story. You kick things off with an action packed tutorial-turn-full blown introduction mission in Seoul, South Korea. The gameplay tips come flying in almost as fast as the bullets and you are charged with quickly learning how to carry yourself on the field of battle. It's hectic, eye opening, educational and quite fun. The rest of the campaign will have you marching through a series of sort of familiar missions. You'll traverse battleships and fight your way through closed in cities all over the planet. You'll find yourself forced to take over bridges, defend them, and ultimately leave them behind. The gameplay has the traditional up and down flow of any Call of Duty game.

Advanced Warfare is set in the eponymous future but it never feels unbelievable. While much of the environment, in particular the cityscapes, feels kind of new and different it never takes away from the games tone: things are bad and about to get much worse. In fact there are elements in the campaign that starkly remind players of World War II. You'll see dark segments that include human experimentation, torture, and death. These are uncomfortable to watch but they give you the sort of juice you need to move forward and kick some baddie butt.

For fans that aren't enamored with the campaign and merely here to serve up some butt kicking online, never fear. Advanced Warfare brings the same sort of hectic, manic, and infuriatingly fun online multiplayer as the previous franchise installments. You'll find yourself weaving through all the different levels as you try to one up your opponent in the fast and furious game of modern warfare. You'll see new tactics employed by your opponents that make you furious and then curious. You'll have to spend hours online getting to a point where you can play competitively and defend your precious Kill/Death ratio.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is an excellent game for fans of the franchise and those looking to take their first mission for Sledgehammer Games. Advanced Warfare is sleek, sexy, and filled to the brim with popcorn guzzling action. The performances by the sound team and motion capture artists make this one of the defining chapters in first person shooter history.

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Posted:
2014-11-06

Garfedout

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7.8

War sucks, at least it does in real life. In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare it is hard not to see it as one giant and entertaining playground. From the guys that basically reinvented what the shooter genre really is, Advanced Warfare is a continuation of their boundary pushing concepts. You've probably seen the commercials and watched the gameplay videos but those experiences will pale in comparison to getting your hands in a sweaty death grip with your controller. Released for the Xbox One and PS4 as well as the 360 and PS3, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is another blockbuster entry into one of our generations most storied franchises. Let's dive in and see what exactly makes this game so much fun.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a pretty clear mission from the outset: it seeks to continually blend cinematic and gaming experiences until the line is indistinguishable. We can see how this happens with the addition of Kevin Spacey and Troy Baker to the line up of voice and motion capture talents for the game. Kevin Spacey plays the role of Jonathan irons, the President of Atlas Corporation. He is deliciously evil, dangerously charismatic, and always interesting. In short he's the kind of villain that you enjoy hating because you never know what he'll do next. These characters are brought to life with the type of reality that has only become possible in recent years. You can count the pores on the faces of the characters you run across and you'll be amazed by how realistic every little detail of these characters is portrayed. That's a lot of detail, right? Now imagine that level of detail while the world is blowing up around you.

The Call of Duty series has always been about trotting your character around the globe to kick butts, take names, and try and save the world. Advanced Warfare is no different. The chapter-by-chapter gameplay style works especially well as you traverse the planet as Mitchell, the protagonist for this story. You kick things off with an action packed tutorial-turn-full blown introduction mission in Seoul, South Korea. The gameplay tips come flying in almost as fast as the bullets and you are charged with quickly learning how to carry yourself on the field of battle. It's hectic, eye opening, educational and quite fun. The rest of the campaign will have you marching through a series of sort of familiar missions. You'll traverse battleships and fight your way through closed in cities all over the planet. You'll find yourself forced to take over bridges, defend them, and ultimately leave them behind. The gameplay has the traditional up and down flow of any Call of Duty game.

Advanced Warfare is set in the eponymous future but it never feels unbelievable. While much of the environment, in particular the cityscapes, feels kind of new and different it never takes away from the games tone: things are bad and about to get much worse. In fact there are elements in the campaign that starkly remind players of World War II. You'll see dark segments that include human experimentation, torture, and death. These are uncomfortable to watch but they give you the sort of juice you need to move forward and kick some baddie butt.

For fans that aren't enamored with the campaign and merely here to serve up some butt kicking online, never fear. Advanced Warfare brings the same sort of hectic, manic, and infuriatingly fun online multiplayer as the previous franchise installments. You'll find yourself weaving through all the different levels as you try to one up your opponent in the fast and furious game of modern warfare. You'll see new tactics employed by your opponents that make you furious and then curious. You'll have to spend hours online getting to a point where you can play competitively and defend your precious Kill/Death ratio.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is an excellent game for fans of the franchise and those looking to take their first mission for Sledgehammer Games. Advanced Warfare is sleek, sexy, and filled to the brim with popcorn guzzling action. The performances by the sound team and motion capture artists make this one of the defining chapters in first person shooter history.

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Posted:
2014-11-06

Garfedout

Super Gamer Dude

7.8

War sucks, at least it does in real life. In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare it is hard not to see it as one giant and entertaining playground. From the guys that basically reinvented what the shooter genre really is, Advanced Warfare is a continuation of their boundary pushing concepts. You've probably seen the commercials and watched the gameplay videos but those experiences will pale in comparison to getting your hands in a sweaty death grip with your controller. Released for the Xbox One and PS4 as well as the 360 and PS3, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is another blockbuster entry into one of our generations most storied franchises. Let's dive in and see what exactly makes this game so much fun.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a pretty clear mission from the outset: it seeks to continually blend cinematic and gaming experiences until the line is indistinguishable. We can see how this happens with the addition of Kevin Spacey and Troy Baker to the line up of voice and motion capture talents for the game. Kevin Spacey plays the role of Jonathan irons, the President of Atlas Corporation. He is deliciously evil, dangerously charismatic, and always interesting. In short he's the kind of villain that you enjoy hating because you never know what he'll do next. These characters are brought to life with the type of reality that has only become possible in recent years. You can count the pores on the faces of the characters you run across and you'll be amazed by how realistic every little detail of these characters is portrayed. That's a lot of detail, right? Now imagine that level of detail while the world is blowing up around you.

The Call of Duty series has always been about trotting your character around the globe to kick butts, take names, and try and save the world. Advanced Warfare is no different. The chapter-by-chapter gameplay style works especially well as you traverse the planet as Mitchell, the protagonist for this story. You kick things off with an action packed tutorial-turn-full blown introduction mission in Seoul, South Korea. The gameplay tips come flying in almost as fast as the bullets and you are charged with quickly learning how to carry yourself on the field of battle. It's hectic, eye opening, educational and quite fun. The rest of the campaign will have you marching through a series of sort of familiar missions. You'll traverse battleships and fight your way through closed in cities all over the planet. You'll find yourself forced to take over bridges, defend them, and ultimately leave them behind. The gameplay has the traditional up and down flow of any Call of Duty game.

Advanced Warfare is set in the eponymous future but it never feels unbelievable. While much of the environment, in particular the cityscapes, feels kind of new and different it never takes away from the games tone: things are bad and about to get much worse. In fact there are elements in the campaign that starkly remind players of World War II. You'll see dark segments that include human experimentation, torture, and death. These are uncomfortable to watch but they give you the sort of juice you need to move forward and kick some baddie butt.

For fans that aren't enamored with the campaign and merely here to serve up some butt kicking online, never fear. Advanced Warfare brings the same sort of hectic, manic, and infuriatingly fun online multiplayer as the previous franchise installments. You'll find yourself weaving through all the different levels as you try to one up your opponent in the fast and furious game of modern warfare. You'll see new tactics employed by your opponents that make you furious and then curious. You'll have to spend hours online getting to a point where you can play competitively and defend your precious Kill/Death ratio.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is an excellent game for fans of the franchise and those looking to take their first mission for Sledgehammer Games. Advanced Warfare is sleek, sexy, and filled to the brim with popcorn guzzling action. The performances by the sound team and motion capture artists make this one of the defining chapters in first person shooter history.

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Posted:
2010-12-14

Garfedout

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7.0

The first edition of the Star Ocean has not really been that successful, so many are thinking why they made a second edition. I did like the first one but it did have some flaws. Well, the Second Evolution has really come out for competition. It is a lot better than the first one and for sure, it will be a hit among gamers. It is somehow an updated version of the first edition, learning from what had happened in the first. All corrections were made to the Second Evolution making it a better game to play. The creator of this game knows exactly that the PSP can fully show what the game is all about. They took advantage of the wide screen of the PSP to show the quality of the game. Still, the game is not perfect but it is a lot better. You will notice this if you have played the previous installment.

In the game, you can either choose from Claude C. Kenny or Rena Lanford. These two were on a journey to find their way back home and discover the mystery of a meteorite that had just landed. You can also choose other characters to join your journey and act as a support class. If you had played the first edition before, the layout of the Second Edition is very similar.

There will still be the usual big towns, dungeons to explore, a world map, random battles and many others. Combats will always be around which act as the challenges that the two characters must face before getting to their goal. The game play is very simple but more exciting than the first edition. If you had played the first edition, you will definitely see the big difference between the two. There is much more enjoyment in the Second Evolution.

The graphics look very good and this is a major improvement from the first edition. The audio and voice acting also improved. The plot was just the same as the first edition but the game play has become better. There have been a lot of improvements for the Star Ocean editions. And having the second one is a breather.

The effort given to the Second Evolution is tremendously impressive. Changing the mistakes from the first one to make an updated version in the second one is difficult but the creator has made it very well. Now, Star Ocean: Second Evolution can really be something worth recommending. I would give it 7/10.

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Posted:
2010-12-15

Garfedout

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7.1

The latest addition to the series carries on in the long tradition of the previous trusted titles. It's a visually attractive, challenging, action filled game that doesn't lack variety. There are new elements to the game, such as combat, to keep things alive. The only things to watch out for are the sometimes-off-camera enemies and the not-so-smooth storyline, faults easily overshadowed by the solid and engaging gameplay.

This time around, Jak, Daxter, and Kiera set off on a quest to save the planet from eco destruction. Once into the story, you spend a fair bit of time trying to navigate tricky environments, this start off being easy but relentlessly becoming more difficult. The obstacles presented are many and varied: underground passageways, rapidly moving seesaw-like platforms, narrow bridges, a time limit, and hordes of enemies. During these levels, double jumps quickly become your best friend. There's also a good deal of puzzle solving, which is nicely integrated into the gameplay and increases in difficulty as the game progresses. The amusing chatter between the two characters also gives the story a lift.

There is a problem with combat as the game's semi-fixed camera is sometimes unsuccessful at keeping track of what's going on. This isn't a problem in other parts of the game, but during arena combat situations it becomes a real nuisance. You have to constantly reposition the camera by tapping the shoulder buttons if you want to stay one step ahead of your enemies. In some cases it makes the combat difficult.

While half of the game is spent solving platforming puzzles and engaging in ground combat, the other half is spent in free-roaming air combat, which makes for a balanced and interesting mix of gameplay. You start out controlling Jak's ship, but he will eventually get his hands on four others, which you have the option of flying during the many side missions. These levels involve roaming the skies, dogfighting, and occasionally taking on a big gunship by destroying its propellers and then its turrets. The flight controls are smooth, and you have plenty of opportunities to practice before you begin taking on enemy fighters. Thankfully, while you're in the air
you're have the advantage of an automatic lock-on function which makes it much easier to take down enemy planes. Many aspects and abilities, such as your plane and powers can be customized.

You get the chance to play a few levels as Dark Daxter, which happens when Daxter occasionally falls into pools of dark eco, but this part of the game is not so good, but despite these disappointing Dark Daxter levels and the sometimes troublesome camera, The Lost Frontier lives up to the Jak and Daxter name with some solid and varied gameplay, challenging platforming, and a great mix of ground and air combat. All the best elements invigorate the series while not causing it to stray too far from the familiar crazy adventures.

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Posted:
2013-12-27

Garfedout

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5.7

The Cooking Mama games all have similarities. Cooking Mama 4 continues in the same vein, with similar cooking themed mini-games. This version differs from those earlier ones as it has added game modes, new recipes and 3D animations made especially for the 3DS.

The game has four basic game modes for players can choose to choose from. They are Let's Cook, Let's Combine, Let's Help and Let's Play Together.

Let's Cook is the main game mode where players are able to complete recipes and unlock new ones. There are many new recipes featuring delicacies and regional dishes from all over the world, including Pizza, Tempura and Yakiniku and may others, some of which may be new to the player. The mini-games that must be completed to finish the recipe are usually have to be completed within a certain time often, requiring the player to multi task. Each step in the cooking and preparation process is graded, and success is determined by the average score of each step. The player can unlock new recipes by successfully completing those that have already been unlocked.

Let's Combine is a game mode in which players can combine dishes completed in Let's Cook mode to make something completely new. For example, a player could make a combination of cherry pie and baked apples to create a baked apple pie. There are of course thousands of such possible combinations. The player has to complete each step, and is graded as in the Let's Cook game mode.

Let's Help is a game mode new to the series and here the player can help the game's characters, Mama and Ichigo, with household chores. This game mode is similar to the Let's Cook game mode but with household chores to complete instead of recipes. The steps are again graded, and the average of each step determines whether or not the task is achieved successfully. The only real difference with this mode is that the player isn't cooking, instead, they may be taking out the rubbish or washing the dishes.

Let's Play Together is the last game mode. This allows players to play with their friends in a multiplayer mode. Players can work together, completing different tasks, or compete in racing to finish mini-games.

Cooking Mama 4 Kitchen Magic is a fairly simple and undemanding game aimed mostly at kids but adults may find it a bit of fun. It's surprising how much enjoyment is to be had in simple games like this one, especially when you have a free hand in combining different recipes. Yuck!

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Posted:
2014-11-06

Garfedout

Super Gamer Dude

7.8

War sucks, at least it does in real life. In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare it is hard not to see it as one giant and entertaining playground. From the guys that basically reinvented what the shooter genre really is, Advanced Warfare is a continuation of their boundary pushing concepts. You've probably seen the commercials and watched the gameplay videos but those experiences will pale in comparison to getting your hands in a sweaty death grip with your controller. Released for the Xbox One and PS4 as well as the 360 and PS3, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is another blockbuster entry into one of our generations most storied franchises. Let's dive in and see what exactly makes this game so much fun.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a pretty clear mission from the outset: it seeks to continually blend cinematic and gaming experiences until the line is indistinguishable. We can see how this happens with the addition of Kevin Spacey and Troy Baker to the line up of voice and motion capture talents for the game. Kevin Spacey plays the role of Jonathan irons, the President of Atlas Corporation. He is deliciously evil, dangerously charismatic, and always interesting. In short he's the kind of villain that you enjoy hating because you never know what he'll do next. These characters are brought to life with the type of reality that has only become possible in recent years. You can count the pores on the faces of the characters you run across and you'll be amazed by how realistic every little detail of these characters is portrayed. That's a lot of detail, right? Now imagine that level of detail while the world is blowing up around you.

The Call of Duty series has always been about trotting your character around the globe to kick butts, take names, and try and save the world. Advanced Warfare is no different. The chapter-by-chapter gameplay style works especially well as you traverse the planet as Mitchell, the protagonist for this story. You kick things off with an action packed tutorial-turn-full blown introduction mission in Seoul, South Korea. The gameplay tips come flying in almost as fast as the bullets and you are charged with quickly learning how to carry yourself on the field of battle. It's hectic, eye opening, educational and quite fun. The rest of the campaign will have you marching through a series of sort of familiar missions. You'll traverse battleships and fight your way through closed in cities all over the planet. You'll find yourself forced to take over bridges, defend them, and ultimately leave them behind. The gameplay has the traditional up and down flow of any Call of Duty game.

Advanced Warfare is set in the eponymous future but it never feels unbelievable. While much of the environment, in particular the cityscapes, feels kind of new and different it never takes away from the games tone: things are bad and about to get much worse. In fact there are elements in the campaign that starkly remind players of World War II. You'll see dark segments that include human experimentation, torture, and death. These are uncomfortable to watch but they give you the sort of juice you need to move forward and kick some baddie butt.

For fans that aren't enamored with the campaign and merely here to serve up some butt kicking online, never fear. Advanced Warfare brings the same sort of hectic, manic, and infuriatingly fun online multiplayer as the previous franchise installments. You'll find yourself weaving through all the different levels as you try to one up your opponent in the fast and furious game of modern warfare. You'll see new tactics employed by your opponents that make you furious and then curious. You'll have to spend hours online getting to a point where you can play competitively and defend your precious Kill/Death ratio.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is an excellent game for fans of the franchise and those looking to take their first mission for Sledgehammer Games. Advanced Warfare is sleek, sexy, and filled to the brim with popcorn guzzling action. The performances by the sound team and motion capture artists make this one of the defining chapters in first person shooter history.

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Posted:
2014-11-06

Garfedout

Super Gamer Dude

7.8

War sucks, at least it does in real life. In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare it is hard not to see it as one giant and entertaining playground. From the guys that basically reinvented what the shooter genre really is, Advanced Warfare is a continuation of their boundary pushing concepts. You've probably seen the commercials and watched the gameplay videos but those experiences will pale in comparison to getting your hands in a sweaty death grip with your controller. Released for the Xbox One and PS4 as well as the 360 and PS3, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is another blockbuster entry into one of our generations most storied franchises. Let's dive in and see what exactly makes this game so much fun.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a pretty clear mission from the outset: it seeks to continually blend cinematic and gaming experiences until the line is indistinguishable. We can see how this happens with the addition of Kevin Spacey and Troy Baker to the line up of voice and motion capture talents for the game. Kevin Spacey plays the role of Jonathan irons, the President of Atlas Corporation. He is deliciously evil, dangerously charismatic, and always interesting. In short he's the kind of villain that you enjoy hating because you never know what he'll do next. These characters are brought to life with the type of reality that has only become possible in recent years. You can count the pores on the faces of the characters you run across and you'll be amazed by how realistic every little detail of these characters is portrayed. That's a lot of detail, right? Now imagine that level of detail while the world is blowing up around you.

The Call of Duty series has always been about trotting your character around the globe to kick butts, take names, and try and save the world. Advanced Warfare is no different. The chapter-by-chapter gameplay style works especially well as you traverse the planet as Mitchell, the protagonist for this story. You kick things off with an action packed tutorial-turn-full blown introduction mission in Seoul, South Korea. The gameplay tips come flying in almost as fast as the bullets and you are charged with quickly learning how to carry yourself on the field of battle. It's hectic, eye opening, educational and quite fun. The rest of the campaign will have you marching through a series of sort of familiar missions. You'll traverse battleships and fight your way through closed in cities all over the planet. You'll find yourself forced to take over bridges, defend them, and ultimately leave them behind. The gameplay has the traditional up and down flow of any Call of Duty game.

Advanced Warfare is set in the eponymous future but it never feels unbelievable. While much of the environment, in particular the cityscapes, feels kind of new and different it never takes away from the games tone: things are bad and about to get much worse. In fact there are elements in the campaign that starkly remind players of World War II. You'll see dark segments that include human experimentation, torture, and death. These are uncomfortable to watch but they give you the sort of juice you need to move forward and kick some baddie butt.

For fans that aren't enamored with the campaign and merely here to serve up some butt kicking online, never fear. Advanced Warfare brings the same sort of hectic, manic, and infuriatingly fun online multiplayer as the previous franchise installments. You'll find yourself weaving through all the different levels as you try to one up your opponent in the fast and furious game of modern warfare. You'll see new tactics employed by your opponents that make you furious and then curious. You'll have to spend hours online getting to a point where you can play competitively and defend your precious Kill/Death ratio.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is an excellent game for fans of the franchise and those looking to take their first mission for Sledgehammer Games. Advanced Warfare is sleek, sexy, and filled to the brim with popcorn guzzling action. The performances by the sound team and motion capture artists make this one of the defining chapters in first person shooter history.


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