The story hasn’t changed much, but the levels are basically all new. The feel of the game captures that of the the Bond movie style and the game again incorporates the innovative difficulty system which doesn’t just mean more abundant and harder to beat enemies, it also means additional objectives to complete, which lead you into areas of levels you might otherwise ignore. With four difficulty levels there is opportunity for significant replay value. You can even go to the ultimate retro approach with “007 Classic” which removes regenerating health. There is one problem with this difficulty system; the rules of its workings are not obvious.
The first mission begins with some classic Bond stealth play and then ramps things up with a scripted, exciting truck chase. Explosions, truck collisions, and guys getting whacked by car doors all happen in rapid succession. Then, the game returns to stealth for a while and then back to action. That is the general flow of the action followed throughout, but the best parts of the game are the really sneaky parts and the violent action parts. The inbetween bits, of which the majority of the game is made up, are a bit less interesting.
The complex, exciting set pieces, like the truck chase in the first mission, don't actually happen that often. There is plenty of opportunity to be sneaky, and vital to stealth are accurate headshots with your trademark silenced P99. The problem is they don’t work half the time. You sneak up on someone, line up the head shot, which then fails to kill them. Its sometimes best to change tactics and to assume your headshot will not be fatal, and instead of pulling off sharp one shot kills, to blast the target several times quickly to ensure fatality. The other problem with stealth is that enemies sometimes detect you when there’s no way they should be able to see you, and then shoot you through whatever you were hiding behind.
There is not much more to say, the story follows the usual Bond movie pattern, but of course there are variations on the theme in all games in the series. It is on a par with previous offerings and is perfectly playable and entertaining, but of course nothing can capture the magic of the movies.
No More Heroes 2 Desperate Struggle is back and this time Travis Touchdown is ready to return with ranked assassin battles. He humbly walked away last year after being at the #1 spot a couple years ago. After that Santa Destroy and the others that call it home have went through a great deal of changes. It is more than just getting into the number one spot again and this time Travis is out for blood.
It almost seems like the same game as No More Heros. You will not have any control over the camera and are going to have to roll with the punches, the core game plays actually like its' previous game did. Don't get me wrong because you are going to want to play this game until you beat it though, one of the few games with lots of style. Just when you think something shouldn't happen it does.
I love this game because of the fact that you can rip through the city with a badass bike and do crazy donuts at intersections, but more importantly everything is streamlined, as you can just go out of your apartment and find what you are searching for. There are some small load times, but not as many as there were in the previous release of this game.
The city seems to be EXACTLY the same game, same coconut mini-game and everything. You don't have to worry if you mess up in a mission anymore now you can use the menu to travel. Believe me if you hated the cash system before you are going to be crazy about it now. You can now enter ranked missions for free. The cut scenes are amazing and you would have to be out of your mind to skip over them.
This game does pack a lot of customization and personality. Like the previous release of No More Heros you are going to get all that and more. The mini-games are freakin awesome. They are old school and there is nothing better than old school games for me and my mate! This game just seems to have a lot of style and they really strive to be unique. I guess it was a big risk in the first game, but since it was so successful why not do it again!
Transformer Revenge of the Fallen is a game for the young children and adults who love the transformers. The characters are movie accurate models. The short campaign switches between the Autobot and Decepticon like the movie did. It has humorous dialogues that add a slight excitement to the game. The player can only play a single Transformer on each level.
It has a very short campaign and you will hurt your wrists with the waggling of the controls. Your power can be added by killing enemies and using the same power to refill your health bar and give double impact attack to the enemies which is the only way you see your Transformer officially transform. You can transform into vehicle form only on limited levels of the game other than that you have to be a humanoid to attack your enemies.
The game is very repetitive in a way that you always do the same thing every time you attack the enemies. There’s no challenge because you can always use your powers earned by killing your enemies to regain your health bar and give blasting attacks to your opponents.
In the later part of the game where you will encounter big foes, using the nunchuk and remote to punch and dodge needs a lot of waggling in the remote where you will really feel pain and bored at the same time. This game is an entertaining game for the Transformer fanatics but will feel bored before even finishing the game. You will always take a pause to rest your wrists not knowing that the game is already finished.
The Transformer Revenge of the Fallen also includes unlock-able episodes in the Transformers cartoon. Transformers are pretty cool indeed but the game shows the coolest thing a Transformer can do, to punch and lumber around other Transformers. This game can destroy your Wii because of the very reason that you need to waggle your controls a lot to overcome the actions in the game. To the Transformer fanatics, you will definitely enjoy the game….for a while.
This is a real diving game that will take you to a variety of water masses. You will go through Antarctic’s Wendell Ocean, the Tropical Antarctic’s Wendell Ocean and a variety of other water masses which are inhabited by different types of fish. In this game you will unlock a map of the animals’ habitat and some unlockable trivia as well. You should also make it easy to track down the individual fish and where necessary and welcome improvement. You will also meet Multi-sensor and the Pulsar gun.
Pulsar is a type of a gun that can heal the sick animals and tame the dangerous ones. For identification, the sick animals have a colored stripe around that shows how severe the injuries are. You should shoot at least five or six accurate shots on the on the sick animals to bring them back to good health. When there is an animal that should be tamed, a danger marker will appear on the screen and it will alert you of its presence, you should send it away by firing a few blasts.
With the games Eco-Friendly attitude, the healing works well but the combat encounters some problems. You will find that you cannot lock and fire because the speed is very slow. Thank goodness because the combat elements are few and far between. You will find this as unnecessary addition to the game. At the begging you will be required to spend a short time under the water but as you progress through the game, you will be required to go deeper and further. This should allow you to breathe and explore for longer period.
The Multi-sensor picks on any hidden secrets that your naked eyes cannot see. It sends out waves and can tell if it finds items made of wood, stone or metal and it will also be able to tell you their sizes. If they are too big you will have to upgrade your bag which necessitates the repeated visits so that you can grab everything. You will find this bit of the game addictive as you check all over to find something amazing. You will also be able to do the same on dry land using the Multi-sensor. In the Ninehall Island, here you will interact with lizards, birds and other such like animals. However walking along Ninehall may not be as fun as diving in the waters.
Graphically, there is plenty of repetition in the textures but you will like the scenes of large fish and mammals. The game uses Remote Controls. If you do not want to use the controls you can plug in a Classic Controller to go about exploring the Ocean. With Endless Ocean 2 you are bound to go to greater purposes and understanding of the Oceans as a whole, really enjoyable.
This game features something much more than the movie has to offer. It features a game where you can actually do the movements yourself. In this game, you will be playing the role of a Navi, who are the blue skinned dwellers of the planet Pandora which has been invaded by humans with the intention of plundering their natural resources. Just like the movie, you will need to figure out a way to stop the humans before they devastate the planet, and at the same time do your best to survive.
In order for you to control your character you will need precise movements like those you want your character carry out. One of these movements involves swinging your Wii Remote every time you want your Navi to attack using his or her melee weapon. You can do both vertical and horizontal attacks, and any basic attacks with just raising, swinging and bashing with the Wii Remote. Most of the time through out the game you will be waving your Wii control repeatedly just like a madman conducting an orchestra. Its pretty much an exercise routine while having fun.
While your staff acts as the basic weapon for making melee attacks, you will also be able to use a bow for a long range attack. You will be able to adjust your camera for a closer view in order to get a better aim of your intended target, and this works pretty well. Once you focus on your distant target you need to wait for your cursor to turn red to indicate that the target is locked and you are guaranteed a kill.
Although this game is all about combat and defeating the invading bad guys along your way, you can also avoid an enemy when you want to. Your Navi character has the ability to blend in with his or her environment and turn invisible as you pass through guards or hard to defeat enemies. This means when you detect an enemy who is carrying a weapon you can switch to stealth mode and just sneak past them.
While just a variation on a much labored natives versus invaders fighting theme it is entertaining but not for too long. If you are a new gamer you may find it an amusing introduction but, if an experienced gamer, forget it.
Big Beach Sports offers tons of games to be played on the sands. Really a lot more fun than the basic Wii Sports, so you can expect a lot of sun, sand and sea. All your favorite beach games are included here; volleyball, boules, American football, soccer, disc golf, and cricket. Of course you don’t need to be a beach bum or even enjoy sport to play this in your home. I am not a great lover of any of the games but a quick go at each proved reasonably enjoyable. As with any compilation, some games are more fun than others, but these are all pretty well done, being playable either in single or multi player mode.
But among the six games, the American football is the most exciting as you are tossing the ball like a Frisbee. You can start off simply by playing non demanding single games and, eventually, when more practiced, you can join tournaments. Your career will be monitored and you can level up your games for more challenges. With tournaments, you will experience longevity which will make you want to play more. As you take on different levels in the tournament, you get different levels of difficulties and eventually get trophies if you play well and come out as the winner. I got a ton of them!
Big Beach Sports lets you create your own character, whose appearance you can alter. The graphics and audio are fine but not the best I have ever come across. It is also affordable compared to other games, giving you six games for the price of one. And, like a lot of simpler sports games its more fun after a few beers. Its not a game you want to play continuously but fills a gap.
Another compilation of family games composed of several mini games including basketball, tennis, and others drawn from the better known simple sports to the more extreme games. Big Family Games makes access to these mini games easier and faster; now you do not have to purchase these mini games separately, everything is packed in this one title. These mini games, although short are extremely entertaining and the whole family will enjoy playing them either with or against each other. These mini games vary from sports and fitness to puzzle games.
There are actually a total of 24 mini games in Big Family Games. These games vary in their challenges, intensity, difficulty and excitement, and their fun value depends on your personal preferences. Most of the games can be played in single or multi player mode allowing interaction with others, up to maximum of four depending on which game you are playing. Games included apart from the more usual sports are water wars, RC trucks and planes, horseshoe throwing and many others.
The graphics are more than adequate and the overall presentation is good. Though the designs are simple the screens are filled with colors and realistic effects. The sounds and music are also well chosen and of real quality. Good family fun.
I wasn't too excited when my kids asked me to buy this game, I prefer screen action with big bangs, but I was pleasantly surprised by the hours of fun they had with it. Boogie has come out with different versions able to be played with different gaming gadgets. This is the reason why this game has become so widely known to many. Boogie is a game of rhythm and music. As compared to other game involving songs, it is more flexible and allows freestyle playing among the players. The characters you choose have different actions and motions that present themselves as dancing. This game is grooving and rocking, as my kids would say, and will mostly be enjoyed by those young at heart and who love dancing and music as I would say.
In the game, you will get to hear different types of dance songs like club songs, ranging from disco, to mainstream hip hop. The game’s main objective is to have your character dance to groove and it is important to keep up with the beat if you want to stay in the game. You can also try different combinations and styles that can make your dance moves even better, and the better the moves the more awards you can win. I didn’t win many but my efforts had the kids in hysterics. Mini games that feature songs as well as dance can also be played in Boogie, unfortunately I sing as well as I dance, badly. All the mini games have different levels of difficulty, varied levels of challenges and are of varying intensity. So, if you get bored with plain dancing, you can also play other games as well.
The graphics are good and you can clearly see your animated character dance, hopefully with the rhythm. Of course the audio is good, it should be, after all it’s that sort of game. There is also a 3D mode.
In conclusion, Boogie is cool and funky and is clearly aimed at the young or, as is usual with such games, party people as well. If you are withdrawing from an addiction to action games this will help but not cure you. Do your kids a favor and have a rise in popularity, buy this game and then make a fool of yourself by playing it with them.
Buzz: Brain Bender’s brain bending puzzles will not make your mind bend but will flex it a little. The game contains simple right up to super tough puzzles many of which you will not have seen before and some old chestnuts dressed up in another guise. Graphics and presentation are, in my opinion, secondary considerations but in this case are up to the job. The puzzles are obviously well researched and, as far as I could see, error free. Each puzzle can be played with different levels of difficulty. So as a starter, you can go with the easy level and challenge yourself to go up to the difficult level as you finish each puzzle. The puzzles are categorized into four headings, namely, observation, memory, analysis, and mathematical. For me the memory ones are the best. Your score for each puzzle also depends on the time you take to solve it. There are 16 puzzles that you have to attempt with 15 challenge levels.
Ultimately, the Buzz: Brain Bender is entertaining, challenging and enjoyable, making it something that will make you want to play over and over again. The game itself will make you enjoy up to the last puzzle that you will encounter. This is a fresh change to be played on Wii. It is a good thing to play something that will work on your mind and strategy rather than playing with fights and battles all day.
My friend bought this game a couple of months ago and he’s hardly put it down since. If I had a copy I’d be the same. You could say that it’s a game for a wet Wednesday, true, but it’s also a game for a dry Wednesday, or any other day. There is a lot to keep you busy. I would recommend it to everyone!
Your Shape is another workout thingy on Wii, it comes with a camera too which will free the hand of the remote control. This means more movements through the many aerobic workouts that can make you sweat without getting interrupted by a remote. Unfortunately, that’s about as great as it gets.
All of the exercise programs which are on Wii or some other thing usually have a target audience in mind. Now, there are exercise programs and then there are exercise programs. There is one where the workouts don’t make one feel insecure. There is nothing worse than watching a fitness model or celebrity do their thing for you to follow. The truth is, those people are one in millions, unfortunately, and if you don’t belong to that small percentage you can get insecure, fast and easy.
Now about the many aerobic workouts – they are so boring! Sorry, but yawn, I can’t even keep awake trying to write this thing. I mean, it is supposed to be a workout program right? It is supposed to get your blood flowing, your heart pumping, you excited making you do the moves so you can go out to the world and say, “Look at me, I am working out, I am healthy!” unfortunately, yawn again; it’s just not possible with this program.
Okay, let’s take a look at that webcam. It frees you from the remote right, and that makes things more attractive, right? Wrong! It limits your movements. Get out of the range and that’s it. So you get stuck with the really traditional aerobics of Jane Fonda days, and frankly that was more challenging than this.
Now, you can include some equipment to the workout like the balance balls, free weights and the steps, take them out and it just dies. You have to have the camera scan your body to get it represented on the screen. Thrilling as that may sound, if your pear shaped and flabby body is evident on the screen and you get to watch it exercise with that fitness model on the split screen your self-esteem plummets to the world of despair. I mean really, does anybody really want to see their flabby bodies on screen? Knowing it is flabby is punishment enough that is the whole reason behind working out. But to actually see it in front of you, it is so pathetic.Your ego literally gets stripped bare and on screen! Sure, going through the workouts should get that body firming up, if you can get off the couch?
The camera idea was great; it is actually worth the money paying for the program. But other than that, this program needs a lot of fine tuning and probably more brainstorming to get it to capture that targeted market. I hope the next version is better, and I am actually looking forward to it. Hope it will not disappoint. Don't buy this game though.