Next Level Games introduces Mario Strikers Charged Football for the Nintendo Wii. Acting as a sequel to the 2005 Super Mario Strikers for GameCube, Strikers Charged aims to amplify the crazy factor that Mario sports games always have. The end result, however, is more of a chaotic game play of flaming balls, thunder hits, and flying shells than a soccer game.
Players begin by selecting a team captain from the main characters of the Mario franchise such as Luigi, Bowser, Mario, Princess Peach, Daisy, and Wario. There are 12 captains, each with unique capabilities in movement, shooting, passing, and defense. Once you have a captain, pick 3 teammates from lesser Mario characters (Shy Guy, Monty Mole, Birdo, etc). Your teammates’ specifications are as varied as the captains themselves; they have their signature megastrike shots and big powershots.
Powerful as they may seem, the teammates don’t have anything the captains don’t have. When you hold down the B button long enough with a captain, a golf swing meter pops out that begins by counting up to 6. This determines how many balls you will fire out at the goaltender in rapid succession. The meter swings backward, and depending on how well your timing was with the return swing, it will be more or less difficult to stop the incoming shots. Once all meters are set, the captain leaps into the air and starts firing off shots.
Things are not easy to pull off though. You will be constantly distracted and interrupted by opponents raking up on you or shells from across the field. The track field you are playing on can also create chaos, as there are certain fields which have electric bolts running up and down the pitch, and huge magma balls that destroy everything in its path. If you want to knock an opponent down, stand near him and simply wag the remote back and forth.
Playing on the multiplayer mode is much more fun. With up to 4 players that can play both online and offline but the online mode makes the game worth it. You can play in ranked matches against random opponents; you can also engage in a 4 player online, with 2 players only per console. Leader boards that track the daily stats and cumulative records are available as well. Only downside is, there are no communication options online. This game is a lot of fun I would recommend you get some friends together and have some fun with it.
You are getting three games when you buy Metroid Prime Trilogy. It comes with Metroid Prime 1, Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3 Corruption, in my opinion one the best game sets available on the Wii. The controls work very well and feel insanely natural which is rare on Wii games. This once 2D game has transformed into a 3D game brilliantly and even take on some of the graphics of games which pre-date it, this is a 2008-2009 release.
You will also get about 100 hours of gameplay, in brief you are a Samus Aran a space bounty hunter. You are in search of weapon upgrades and travel around from galaxy in 3D interactive environments. You will be able to morph into the morphball in order to reach places you wouldn't be able to reach in your normal form.
You may have played Prime but I promise you have never played it like this before. In fact, you will be fighting a number of enemies, solving puzzles, and fighting a plethora of bosses. The controls are epic as you can easily look around, jump, and take cover as you make your way through the game.
This game now comes in a 16:9 widescreen mode and you can switch the controls to advanced mode, which I discovered in Corruption. Just wish I would have switched before I got to the third game. The graphics are even better than I imagined, along with being fine toned. Tons of achievements you can unlock.
The trilogy when I bought it Included a nice case, and a wonderful art book, too.
This game has spent four years in the making by some of the most successful game developers in history. It should be no surprise that this game has some of the highest expectations on the planet. Furthermore, anything less than an outstanding game would be a complete failure.
Ok so the game starts out as Link riding Epona across the landscape and I honestly couldn't help myself but saying "this is just like Ocarina start." You will start your quest in a small village near Hyrule, but as you progress further and further through the game you will make your way to different temples and cities. You might even remember these as you once played, quite some time ago. It really does resemble Ocarina but you are cast away into Twilight.
Ok so the gameplay of the Wii remote is legendary, but, this game is different from other Zelda games as you will change to a wolf and have a new set of abilities. There are some state of the art cut scenes that will have you jumping out of your seat. Don't throw the Wii remote through the TV. You will even meet Zelda which has been imprisoned by the Twilight. You are introduced to Midna which is character in which you will have a lot of questions that you want answers for.
All the great elements that made the Zelda games epic are back but the controls are what make this game work well, you can use a variety of different weapons such as swords and slingshots. However, since it is a Wii game you might think that it won't always pick up your sword slashes or arrows, you couldn't be more wrong because it works brilliantly. I don't recall one time where it didn't work as planned and I have played it for more than 75 hours.
The ability to transform into a wolf is amazing and you can find treasure chest and hidden items with the heighten senses of smell from the wolf. Follow the scents of your foes with the wolf form and not to mention you can use Midna to warp all around the map later in the game. As if all this isn't enough you can even fish and it is better than any fishing game I have bought on Wii.
This game is just so fun and addicting, I can't really think of anything bad to say about it. You would have to be out of your mind to not own this game.
The Sonic game series has been released in the early '90s and has still been loved until the present. Sonic Unleashed features all the adventures of Sonic in a more improved graphics and high definition version of the game. The trademark speed of the hero for this version has been made more detailed in order to enjoy and see exactly how he runs and not just see a blur every time he speeds up. This game focuses mainly on the precise platforming and the detailed hand-to-hand combat action. In addition, all the levels have been revised and controls are adjusted to be more responsive to ensure a superior experience.
If you are not aware of the story, it starts when Dr. Eggman – the main villain, blasts a giant ray unto the earth. In turn, the planet is torn apart and side effects are made to all its inhabitants. Together with all the other life forms that are hit by the ray, the main character – Sonic, transforms into a giant, mean-looking creature known as a “werehog”. This transformation only happens when the sun sets and enables you to switch from a day character to a night character which presents a dual personality aspect of the game. Although, most of the time, the night will be longer than the time that is present during the day.
The quests and levels include sprinting across distances at top speed, stealing valuable rings while running, hit enemies to leap toward a higher platform and jump over walls without pressing the brake button. Your main goal on this game will be to always get to the finish line in whichever method you can think of. However, in order to make it through other levels, you will need to do certain tasks like collecting a required amount of rings and others. So, while on the game, be sure to put on your thinking cap as well because some of these levels require precision and brain power in order to come up with a strategy on how to complete a level, collect items and stay alive.
007 Legends for the Wii U is made up from six different classic James Bonds movies, tied together in a way which offers players a unique gaming experience. The six different stories are Moonraker, On Her Majesty's, Licensed to Kill, Die Another Day, Goldfinger and Skyfall. All the popular and most famous characters are included. Players will also have access to the typical technological gadgetry and weaponry.
This version of James Bond features some variations to the single player campaign and also offers a unique multiplayer experience. The multiplayer mode allows up to four players to join in at once and there are also new weapons, high-tech gadgetry and even new maps to explore online. The multiplayer mode of James Bond 007 Legends is a four-player split screen that also gives players the option of finding various unlockable items throughout the levels.
Some of the modes in the multiplayer feature let the player play as certain Bond characters. Besides the main storyline, players may also try their hand at the Mi6 Ops Missions or they may also play as some of the infamous Bond villains. This gives gamers a unique perspective from the viewpoint of both James Bond and his opposing villains.
This game begins from the ending portion of the 007 Skyfall's opening scene. The player will witness a cinematic view of 007 fighting someone on top of a train when a sniper from the MI-6 group successfully hits 007 which results in him falling off the train and into the nearby water. After some flashbacks, the player will begin to play the game.
The player may use stealth to their advantage to sneak past enemies but they can also fight off enemies whenever need be by utilizing a wide variety of weaponry. The player may use the Wii U game pad while in battle to swap out their weapons and may also tap the Wii Remote to change the weapons as well. Alongside the stealth, players can perform melee sneaking attacks or may also take advantage of their silenced weapons or shock darts if the moment calls for it. Once the player takes an enemy down, they will need to properly hide the body so that a patrolling guard or security camera doesn't spot it.
One of the most exciting points of the game is that the developer made it a point to incorporate the most important aspects of the films and story into the gameplay experience so that the player gets a fully immersive James Bond experience that spans several time periods. There are also other moments in the game that give the player an adrenaline rush. For example, there are moments in the game where the player may be required to utilized QTE commands to successfully defeat an enemy or get past a certain point. These exciting moments add to the gameplay experience and make the player feel more involved as the James Bond character. Once the player makes it to the end of the level in the game story they happen to be playing, they will encounter that story's main villain.
The game is rally racing down to its unadulterated arcade form. If you want to customize your ride, you need to make considerations as to choosing the off-road or the road tires. The former is appropriate for the control of powerslides while the latter will provide enhanced acceleration and topmost speed. Success of the game is due to the fact that it is immediately fun and appealing once you jump into the mud-covered track. It significantly is a form of exercise in power sliding. The game utilizes a main pivot to turn the car around as the standard control mechanism.
In Rally, there are basically five areas to race in varying from the mud-spattered tropics to the snow-filled north. The 5 areas will provide a pleasant range of surfaces which are slippery such as the ice, snow, mud, puddles and dirt. Each area however, is only composed of 3 tracks making the championship mode very repetitive. The artificial rallies which the player will be joining are just part of the reorganization of the same tracks as the hardship and speed of the vehicles increase.
The game has also a feature known as GeoDeformation in which as you tread on courses filled with mud and dirt, the tires of your car will split in a twelve-inch mesh which will sit right on top of the course. As a result, there will be presence of tire treads and skid marks in the dirt or snow. The deformed tracks will not only affect steering but will also affect your capability to get a fine grip on the road. Dirt or snow that is packed is good for increasing speed since you will not be lost when it comes to spinning of wheels and kicking out of debris.
Take note that the central pivot used in handling is also utilized in the camera. If you wish to maneuver in the 3rd-person with the camera at the rear portion of the car, you will see that the camera will rotate all-around the automobile during turns to let you see the side paneling. But even if the camera is opposite to the correct direction, SEGA Rally still appears amazing. Apart from the inadequate variety in the surroundings, the only drawback in the visual quality is the uneven streaming of the GeoDeformation.
The online play of Sega Rally is smooth and is filled with features necessary to get you in the race together with the settings of your choice. Six players can participate in the game with only one in each machine. Though offline game is fun, racing against the humans is quite a deal. If you are the kind of player who does not prefer to have somebody slam into you and damage your race, then you still can have fun by utilizing the time attack mode which will permit you to play in the world’s best races. Generally speaking, Rally Revo is solely intended for those players who seek perfection. When you are playing using the single player campaign, it will be a great challenge for you since you will be racing against a rising competition.
Ubisoft Quebec based the game on the film and the Marvel "Avengers" comic book. In "Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth", twenty separate characters battle a shape-shifting band of scoundrels called the Skrull who infiltrate the Avengers by replacing them with doppelganger look-alikes who have the same powers as the originals. The remaining Avengers have to battle the impersonators to keep an alien race from invading Earth through a portal hovering over New York.
The characters make the game. Most of us are familiar with the most popular. Black Widow, Captain America, the Hulk, the Human Torch and Iron Man are part of our culture. All of the twenty have appeared in a comic book. Each character has three unique super power moves which can be chained together for combinations. As the player controls his or her character, he'll be rewarded with damage-enhancing super attack, frenzies, velocity boosts, and breakers.
Gameplay features four different modes; Campaign, Arcade, Versus and Challenges. The player can ignore the Versus mode if he wants but he must complete the rest. Combat within each mode except Versus gives the player four characters. The player can control two and the game controls two. The player can switch back and forth between the characters he controls at will.
Campaign mode has five levels and eight stages within each level. You have to complete the first four stages within a level before you can do the last four. Other than that, they can be played in any order. The opponents are selected by the game and form a loose storyline.
Versus Mode - is PVP or player versus player and takes place on one of five stages.
Arcade Mode - you play in teams, any two unlocked characters for a ten battle progression.
Challenges mode should be done first. It has a training section to acquaint the player with the moves available with each character and the controls used to move and strike with the character. Once the player knows what he's doing, he's ready for the Trials section. Twenty scenarios make up the Trials with specific handicaps and parameters and each must be completed to succeed in the game. There are eight more scenarios available through the player's Uplay account.
Gameplay on the Wii U uses the gamepad or Wiimote and Nunchuk controllers. Using the gamepad, requires players to press buttons then trace patterns on the screen. The Wii remote inputs commands through the pad alone. The Wii gamepad takes advantage of the natural movement of pointing to control the game. The controller is held in one hand (the Nunchuck is held in the other hand and adds additional commands but doesn't have a pointing device) and pointed at the screen. Movements of the controller are tracked by an image sensor which can track movements along three axes.
Uplay came into being in 2009 with the release of the game, "Assassin's Creed II". It's a network which allows players to connect with other players and gain rewards through achievements in the game. Uplay targets four specific actions within the game to earn the player between five and forty units or reward points. The units can be used in any Uplay enabled game.
Maxis has a very bad habit when it comes to the Sims series. Every time that they release a new sequel in the series, the features start over once again. For example, The Sims 2 Seasons added weather mechanics and the four seasons five years ago, but when The Sims 3 finally came out, these features were not included in the base game, and were left for inevitable expansion. This expansion has finally come in the form of The Sims 3 Seasons, but is it worth the asking price?
Obviously, the main conceit in The Sims 3 Seasons are the seasons themselves. Each of these seasons has its own weather patterns, their own holiday, and a holiday that coincides with a real world holiday, even if it is not called by the same name. spring has Valentine's Day, autumn has Halloween, winter has Christmas, and summer has a holiday they just made up. Each season has its own festival that hangs out in your town for the length of the season and offers unique parlor games and activities for your sims to engage in.
Out of all four seasons, the most fleshed out and interesting is by far the winter season. The windows of your home fog up, everything gets buried in snow, and you can build snowmen and igloos. Lakes freeze over, allowing you to ice skate on them, and your town seems to get much calmer, like snow does in real life. Unlike the other seasons, all of these activities are a ton of fun, and are helped out by the fact that the snow looks absolutely incredible. Even better, any children you have in The Sims 3 will get a massive amount of time off due to the snow, giving them plenty of time to play around in it.
In addition to the seasons themselves, this expansion also adds another feature of The Sims 2, aliens. Aliens in this game cannot be created by default, and will just show up whenever they feel like it. They will then abduct your Sim and often impregnate them regardless of their gender. If you make an alien a part of your household, you'll get access to an awesome new vehicle, their UFO. This vehicle allows you to fly around town and abduct Sims yourself. You can also use it to travel to other planets, though it works like the time machine, not letting you see anything and simply describing it a text blurb.
As the eighth expansion of The Sims 3, Seasons really manages to nail it. There are a massive amount of new features here that quickly become a core part of your Sims 3 experience. I can't even imagine missing out on Winter in a new game anymore, and when a Sims expansion manages to become such an inextricable part of the core experience, it's a huge success. More than any other expansion, Seasons is absolutely worth the $40 asking price if you enjoy playing The Sims 3.
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 is back in this deluxe expanded edition bringing back everything from Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 plus much more additional content that will provide you with hours of building sky high attractions for your amusement parks. In Rollercoaster Tycoon, you will have to construct many different rides for tourists that come to your amusement park so you will be able to make the best park in the world. The players goal is build the perfect amusement park but this is a welcomed challenge as you have full range of customization and can get down to every minor detail to the park which provides the majority of the time spent playing.
The deluxe comes with two expansions that are unavailable in the original versions, Soaked! and Wild!, two expansions that will give you plenty of more customization for both water parks and safaris. When making your own park you will be greeted with an easy to follow user interface that is perfect for beginners who may not feel they can come to grips with all these icons all over the screen. They are placed accordingly and are very easy to use so you will be constructing like a pro in no time.
The overall score of your rides, or ride results, is determined by excitement, intensity, and nausea that the ride provides for the tourists. These will determine just how much cash the tourists are going to pump into your park but you will have to avoid tedious things like repeating the same stuff on rides like multiple loops in a row can decrease the overall score.
The expansions come with similar aspects except they are different from the average thrill ride park. Soaked!, is a water park attraction where you will build the ultimate super soaking rides that will leave the tourists drenched but leaving their money dry to give to you. You will even be able to build an aquarium with plenty of customization and the ability to make aquatic attractions like performing dolphins and killer whale shows. If you want to switch things up from just making rides, you can even make pools and laser water shows that you can synchronize up to music to create a stunning in depth experiences.
The last expansion for Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Deluxe is Wild! This allows the player to create two new themes for your amusement parks from a deep humid jungle experience to a heart pumping prehistoric environment. If you are an animal lover then you will be happy to know that you can create a zoo where you can tame wild animals to provide entertainment for any tourist who is visiting your park. You can choose from 6 different animals like bears, tigers, and others that you can play with to make them more friendly. Breeding the animals is also helpful to your park so you can sell animals to another park or zoo to increase your parks monetary value.
Whether you are looking for a casual game or an in depth game with plenty of customization, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Deluxe will have something for you.
Transformers Prime on the Wii U is based on the popular cartoon/movie series. In this game, you need to save planet earth. With the help of the humans (Jack, Raf and Miko) and the giant robot transformers (Optimus Prime and cohorts, the Autobots) you'll take on dastardly Megatron and his evil followers, the Decepticons. You can play solo or multi-player as one of the five possible Autobots. Each level focuses on a different Autobot so you can really experience them all. For example, if you're playing as Arcee, you'll transform into a motorcycle. Like any Transformer, you will be able to switch between being a robot or its alter machine ego quickly. (This will all depend on how you want to fight the Decepticons as its easier to throw punches as a robot).
With the Wii U, you'll use the controls on the side of the handheld device rather than utilize the touchscreen that much. Since the game was designed for its younger fans in mind, it's easy to learn. There are also many online forums where you can pick up hints and even walkthroughs of the game.
Voices are from the show lending the game some nice familiarity and authenticity.
High quality graphics work well in the wii platform.
Will please younger fans who follow the show.
Story is short and game can be defeated in one sitting. (albeit a long sitting)
Designed for the younger crowd. (so how much the family will play together is limited)
Sound and music uninteresting.
In terms of the cons, while an adult maybe able to defeat the game in one sitting, this is clearly a game designed for children and thus, their interest in the story and defeating Megatron will probably last longer than an adult's interest. While the whole family might not play together, this is fun game for kids and their friends who are fans of the show. The ability to play multi-player and online, makes this game fun and interactive for fans of the show to share their knowledge and know how. If the music is uninteresting and the sounds are boring, Megatron is probably defeating you.
Transformers Prime Wii U is rated Pegi 7, that means it's suitable for ages above that. Quite frankly, any 5 year old would probably be able to maneuver this game fairly well with help from an older sibling. While there are many battle scenes (the earth does need to be saved after all) the violence is mild and unrealistic. Kids will revel in being able to transform into their favorite Autobots all the while helping their masterful leader Optimus Prime save the day.
You might want to play one or two rounds yourself, so you can follow what is going on the next time you have to take your child to see a Transformer movie. This game is aimed at the younger generation, as such the gameplay is limited and may not suit everyone.