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Posted:
2013-05-24

deanowen

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PlayStation 3

8.0

The Call of Duty series is a very popular multi-platform first person shooter. The game is developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. In Japan it is being published by Square-Enix.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is one of the most recent additions to the series, and in this game the player is able to utilize many modern weapons in current use, as well as futuristic weapons which exist only in the imagination of the designers.

This title has a unique single player campaign which allows player driven actions to help direct the course of events in the game. This single player campaign allows the player to follow two different timelines during two different cold war eras. The first part of the game takes place in the late nineteen eighties during the first Cold War era, and the second part of the game takes the player forward into the year 2025, where futuristic weaponry and artillery are utilized in the second Cold War era China and the United States.

The two cold wars periods coincide with each other for both the protagonists and antagonists involved for any particular event. This creates a very interesting and engaging storyline, and with the fact that the game bridges two different periods of time, means that decisions made in the earlier stages of the game, during Strike Force Missions, will alter the course of the rest of the gameplay. Events will be determined, for example, by whether someone of particular importance dies or lives. This interplay creates multiple possible endings for the story, which is a first in the Call of Duty franchise.

Along with the story comes an array of new weapons, created for the future setting in the 2025 cold war period. Earlier stages call for more basic weapons which were around in that time period, and for the future cold war, robots, cyber wars, and other weaponry created for the future are at the players' disposal.

Another great addition is the opportunity to fight against monsters in the Zombie mode. The Zombie mode has it's own Campaign quite aside from the regular single-player campaign.

In Call of Duty Black Ops II, more players are able to join in a co-op game, and there are three particular modes in which players are able to participate, together with the possibility of playing in an 8 player co-op game. There are interesting challenges to face during all these modes.

Should anyone be looking for an exciting first person shooter. Call of Duty Black Ops II should definitely be on the check list. The whole franchise has itself managed to gain a huge popularity amongst gamers from all over the world, and those who do like to play first person shooters should definitely give this one a try as it will certainly not disappoint those with trigger happy thumbs or those who can plan strategic maneuvers to outwit their foes.

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Posted:
2010-09-30

deanowen

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First the story. After 500 years, a lone woman wakes at a tomb in the bottom of a lake. She is Bayonetta, an Umbran witch, and all she knows is that she is on a mission to look for The Eyes of the World. Bayonetta heads out for the isolated city of Vigrid where she begins to piece together her hazy memories and learn about the downfall of her kin and its counterparts: the Lumen Sages. Absurdities ensure, and they are hilarious I tell you! Sight gags, sexual innuendos, violent yet angelic deaths – these all make up the plot of a sweet story. However, the main attraction of the show is not the storyline, but rather the combat actions.

Weapons : Armed to the bone with 4 unique guns, Bayonetta kills her way through an onslaught of angels that follow her every move. She has basic attacks like punch, jump, kick, and shoot as well as special attacks to punish her enemies. Bullet climax attacks can hit all nearby targets with most, if not all, of her guns; weave attacks summon monstrous and demonic things from her hair for a big blow to the face or heel stomp; and torture attacks to put a spell of pain and humiliation on the enemy.

Attacking : From the beginning of the game, various combo attacks can be made with the right button presses and timing, and you can buy more form Rodin. The in – between level loading screens serve as a practice mode to play around and get familiar with Bayonetta’s attacks. This mode has an onscreen move list which is vital to learn the differences between the different combos and finding the right ones that work best for you. Even with the practice mode to hone you, Bayonetta proves to be a challenge even in the normal difficulty mode as lesser angels can be quite a handful.

Overall : This game has fluidity and flexibility, it uses the ammo of the heroine very nicely, and you can walk on walls! Bayonetta is an evolution for combat games, its controls are very suave and smooth and every magic spell cast on you to love this game sticks from beginning to end.

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2010-10-08

deanowen

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Xbox 360

6.4

Star Wars The Force Unleashed for the Xbox 360 is both good and bad. The game play is poorly sequenced, yet it has amazing powers capable of mass destruction. It gives off a great first impression, starting with a tutorial that showcases a great introduction to the complex personality and humanity of the main character. However, the later levels are a bit of a let down.

Basically a good versus evil story, The Force Unleashed is setting the standard for great storytelling as it features an intimate yet powerful clash of elements than the whole trilogy. It may be a bit melodramatic, but the voice acting has been done with great care and the character models are believable in what they are trying to convey. This is further improved by the addition of rich detailing on the characters and the environment that brings to life the whole game.

As mentioned, The Force Unleashed is a frustrating combination of the good and the bad. The good has majority shares though, thanks to the game’s robust physics engine, and you can finish out the game feeling like a true blue powerful Dark Jedi. Use the Force to grab unlimited number of objects, you can combine it with other skills so that you can throw off stormtroopers into walls and into the universe.

Too bad LucasArts does not know how to balance their act. The Force’s targeting is badly done, you grab things you don’t intend to grab, and throw it off to some place you don’t intend to throw it to. The camera angles have huge problems getting and fitting into small spaces as you lose perspective of the bigger picture. This is a problem since the game is not target based, but rather in which you direction your character is facing. Small areas require precision, and the game is not able to deliver.

Once you have completed the game and you are worthy to be called Dart Vader’s apprentice, you can return to the better, initial levels of Force Unleashed to try out the powers and combos you have attained in the course of the game. This is one game which soars high in its strengths then falls flat on the ground. I wouldn't really recommend this game to others.

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Posted:
2010-10-16

deanowen

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Xbox 360

9.0

This is the latest version of GTA and has been long awaited by fans for the past year or so. Fortunately, this game is worth the wait as it comes back with a more challenging and exhilarating feature. This game takes place in Liberty City where you will play the role of a respected gangster. You will be encountering many conflicts that your own gang or other gangs will have to offer. For this, survival will be your main goal.

You will need to find your way through certain quests like looking for items or doing tasks for bosses in order for you to advance to the next chapter. If you are aware of the mechanics of this game’s predecessors, then you would know that stealing a vehicle, beating up someone or even blowing up something are just parts of your quest or mission.

Going about with every mission with the specific order or detail will be advised as it may cause you to fail if you miss something. Once you fail a mission, you will either be caught by the police, by the other gang, or even be killed.

GTA Episodes from Liberty City is pretty much an amazing game that is available on the market. This features two of the best pieces of contents that are downloadable ever launched on Xbox 360.

20 hours of gameplay has been installed in this game just by playing the single player mode alone. If ever you get hard up with the main quest that this game has to offer, you can always take some side quests that will help you get better equipments as well as clues for your main quest. This game has a great package and is a good addition to its already hit making series.

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2010-10-24

deanowen

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Xbox 360

8.4

This game depicts the image of Hell itself and the main character gives the feel of a weaker version of God of War. The story is all about a man who is fighting in order to save the woman that he loves the most. Dante, the main character; is a young crusader who returns home from war for his fiance Beatrice in Florence.

The moment he arrives, he discovers his home was obliterated and that his loving fiance is dead. The worst part is that, Lucifer pops out of nowhere and takes Beatrice’s’ soul and drags her to the depths of Hell. Dante of course chases them to Hell in order to save his loved one, isn't that sweet.

On his way to hell, Dante needs to face his own sins and mistakes in order to go in face to face with the fallen angel. As you go with your journey towards the depths of Hell, you will be presented with a goal to hack, blast and bore a hole through Hell. You will have the chance to pass through scenes of souls that are being brutally tortured, lots of violence, and lots of nudity. For this, you should make sure that everyone watching or playing with you is mature enough. Obviously, this not for kids but pretty much depicts what you expect in Hell.

This game is all about combat where Dante uses his scythe to slay demons and other monsters that tries to stop him on his quest. In addition, Dante can use the power of the holy cross as a ranged attack to clear monsters off the distance. For every demon or monster you slay, you acquire a soul. These souls serve as your batteries that will recharge your strength, powers, and abilities. If you have a burning desire to win a challenging action game, then Dante Inferno is the way to go. Definitely challenging and definitely worth playing.

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Posted:
2010-10-29

deanowen

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Xbox 360

8.7

You'll be playing as one of the Four Horsemen, the red rider, War. Your duty is to maintain the balance of good and evil as a neutral force. However, during the time when you were prematurely summoned to earth, a chain of unfortunate events began to take place, leaving the race of mankind extinct. Charged with destroying the grand balance between heaven and hell, you were sent to Earth once again to find answers and to clear your name.

While exploring the Darksiders' apocalyptic world, you'll be facing the forces of both heaven and hell that creeps out. Do not be threatened however, for you will be highly equipped with devastating weapons in your arsenal. Apart from having a primary weapon (a massive sword), you can also equip a secondary weapon (such as your brother Death’s scythe). You can switch them in a blink of an eye, turning waves of enemies into a bloody execution that is sure to satisfy every brutal-hearted player.

Along with massive monsters and adversaries to be executed at will, Darksiders' world is filled with intriguing puzzles to be solved along the way. These puzzles are needed to proceed in the monster-filled dungeons in the game, and are, in themselves, satisfying to solve. But what completes one's satisfaction are the dungeon bosses found right after solving the puzzles. The journey through the world of Darksiders is not straight forward. You'll need certain equipments to proceed to the story and to access certain part of its massive world.

As you progress on the game, you will find that each dungeon gives you a new item that may prove useful in solving puzzles, defeating bosses afterward and opening new paths for you to take. Certain rewards (like a new piece of equipment, weapon, and ability) are given to players’ through-out the game. Every hour of game-play is sure to bring something new to the table, which gives players the excitement to see what will be unfolded next.

Overall, Darksiders delivers an outstanding visual and great character design that is brought to life by good sound tracks and vocal cast. Its lengthy single-player campaign, engaging combat system, and challenging puzzles are the elements that make Darksiders a fun and entertaining quality game.

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Posted:
2010-11-12

deanowen

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Xbox 360

7.9

Lego Indiana Jones 2 is a miniature of Lego figures. It is designed in The Crystal Skull. The concept of the game is based on the original crazy movie. For example, the refrigerator is used as the character’s bomb shelter. There is still the stage where in you solve puzzle and fight the attackers but it is improved. It has an open-world structure and personal habitat which contains challenges and more tricky puzzles. The adventure continues even you unable to solve the puzzle; you can proceed with the next level and go back with the first unanswered puzzle. The story continues as you are ready with the battle.

There are new stuff unlocked as the adventure goes on, for every purchase of items in the game you able to unlock doors of game quest. Having new characters will help you to succeed in the game, each characters also has its own skills that compliments with game requirement. Like one of the Lego figures is good in destroying chains and metal boxes using his bazooka and the other has wrench that can be used in fixing damaged machines. A crystal skull boosts the characters strength that can defeat snakes and spiders.

Lego Indiana Jones 2 has wheel mobile where in you have to control your driving as you compete with the others. Moreover, road checkpoints are hindrance of the game also the camera is worthless because you cannot clearly view the driving area that causes you difficulties in driving turns of left and right.

In puzzle-solving level, Indiana is widely used during the game and you can jump over the ceiling, get on the item from a far and wrap up the enemy and knock them down. It is fun and cool when you tie up the shaman then throw him and blow the fire of gun-toting maniac. In solving some of the puzzle there is a need of a partner to pass the challenge and the AI is there to help you. Usually there is less number of enemies approaching in each level for you to prepare for the next battle.

After you completed the six-act adventures, you can now go to the creator level where in you are given a chance to build your own level. The developer gives you the opportunity to create new sections of the game, change the height of terrine, fill out destructible objects and put buttons to easily change game level. It is hard for game beginners to do it but then, when you used to it and had the ideas on tips of emerging on the puzzles you will really enjoy revising the level. The only risk of it is there is no means of sharing it to others for fun. You can just share the puzzles to your buddies and there is no chance for you to be part of Lego Indiana Jones 2 developers.

Lego Indiana Jones 2 is interesting; there are lots of game offers for all gamers. It doesn’t take a long time to finish each adventure. You can go back with your missed items and unsolved puzzles. The most fun and cool thing with it as mentioned above is making your own Lego Indiana Jones adventure.

This is a good game, it is a shame you cannot borrow other people creations and swop them around to make entirely new missions and puzzles, hopefully in the future this option will be added to the future release games, assuming they make another sequel.

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Posted:
2010-11-17

deanowen

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

4.6

It’s hard to make a virtual game about prison life. The solitary confinement of the hero plus the monotony of life behind bars is difficult to portray visually. But this time Prison Break The Conspiracy has proved the above statement to be wrong. The game has done commendable work in bringing prison life to the digital world. It has brought to life the total despair which prisoners can experience when confined behind bars.

Throughout their eight (only eight?) waking hours, the prisoners devote their time to monotonous tasks, occasional fist battles and stealthy missions. This game will of course be a draw Prison Break series fans while it may cause raised eyebrows for those new to the series.

In the game the player takes on the role of Tom Paxton, the main character of the game and specifically made for it. Supposedly incarcerated for first-degree murder, and so disguised as a prisoner he is in truth working as an agent for The Company. His job is to investigate the reason for Michael Scofield’s imprisonment and make certain that Lincoln Borrows, his brother, is executed. He then makes different agreements and various dealings to accomplish these objectives.

The game brings player into mind-boggling covert missions and takes him into the different sections of the jail as he searches for the equipment needed to accomplish his objectives. He may have some sort of liberty inside, but he should not lose sight of the path which needs to be followed to complete his task. There are very easy minigames where the player can perform body exercises like punching and weightlifting. These games, however, give little reward for the player. The player can also engage on fist fights or have his body tattooed at the parlor, but at the end he must continue with his main mission.

The game theme may sound boring by now, but there is more for the player. There are a lot of challenging stealth missions along the way, but although challenging these missions may seem a little unrealistic and perhaps pointless and unrelated to the overall mission. The AI controlled guards and deliverymen are unpredictable. At times they will capture the player even finding him in a hidden spot, while at other times they will not even notice him pass by. The deliveryman, on the other hand, does things in an easy to grasp pattern.

The view is fixed and is from a second person perspective – the camera fixed at the back of Paxton and showing a limited view of the surrounding. This does not make the game look like a stealth game. Once Paxton is spotted by a guard or the camera, the game will start again at a spawn point. Overall, the game may seem pretty reasonable for gamers seeking this sort of action game.

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Posted:
2010-11-30

deanowen

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Xbox 360

7.4

This first person shooter is a game the highest quality with a lot of superior thrills and unexpected moments. Its multiplayer mode is well designed, and it gives you something to aim for online, and the audio and visual content is well above the average. However, the shortness of the campaign is unusual for a first person shooter. Modern Warfare has a story that looks better than the previous versions of Call of Duty. The game easily be finished in less than six hours, but you can decide to raise the difficulty of the game, giving yourself a bigger challenge and making the enemies more deadly, but I found that this somehow distracts from the enjoyment of the game.

The game’s great quality more than makes up for its lack of single-player mode. The story in this game is told from multiple perspectives. You can play as US Marine and British SAS operatives. This campaign takes you from a rainy night at the sea, on a boat that is in the process of sinking, to a missile store. It is up to you to save millions of people from the imminent nuclear delivered death. You will encounter many tricky situations in this world filled with war, but when your enemies are beaten, to your surprise, the world is left untouched and peace is restored. The action all through this game is straightforward, at the bottom of the screen there is a compass that shows the direction of your objective, but take note, moving from one point to another is not as easy as running in a straight line.

You will conduct huge assaults through Middle Eastern countries and you will be moving from house to house as you take out a never ending stream of enemy troops along the way. Here you will also get a chance to raid various enemy hideouts, looking for enemy leaders, using subterfuges such as making yourself look like one of the enemy. In the series you will also be expected to undertake bush warfare where you will be forced to crawl through the bush terrain, hiding as the enemy troops and their tanks roll past you. This is a breathtaking and nerve racking experience.

In this game up to eighteen players can get online and get into a match in 16 different locations. Many of the levels are taken from portions in the single-player as they offer unfriendly areas and cramped spaces where grenades and shotguns are the order of the day. The game has six modes which to choose from. Besides firing weapons and tossing grenades you earn yourself points for skilled tactical play. When you shoot three opponents without killing them, you are able to involve a UAV drone, with its upgraded radar it makes the enemy positions show up on your screen map for a limited time to assisy your attack. Regardless of the mode you are in there will always be something for you to work towards. The game is also available in Play Station 3 and PC and these versions are eported to play quite well, also with easy multiplayer setups.

If you are the sort of person who appreciates a first person shooter multiplayer, then Call of Duty 4: Modern Player is an above average game of its type and is recommended for you.

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Posted:
2010-11-30

deanowen

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Xbox 360

6.1

This game is set in a fictional Tri-City Bay area, in a world that consists of over 80 miles of highways and roads, and you, as a policeman, who loves fast cars, are sent on an undercover mission to track an illegal street racing gang. Your aim is to infiltrate the operation and, by such tactics as stopping the sale of stolen vehicles, bring down the gang and its leaders.

Maggie Q who is a Hollywood actress plays the part of your handler Chase. She will be appearing in a number of live actions throughout the story. There is a problem with the poor frame rate which means that the game does not run smoothly and most of the time plods along at an unacceptably slow speed. This takes away from the gameplay and as the visuals are not very good the high speed racing is quite tricky. At time it is so bad that the game literally stops for some seconds and then continues still at the same low speed. These technical problems are so distracting that they cannot be ignored.

The fact that the visuals are fairly bad is a real shame and you wonder why this was ever released in this poor state. Some of the driving stunts are creative despite the not so good visual presentation, and have a stylish look about them, and you will need to take part in the police chase and the damage runs so as to prove that you can be trusted to do the job.

When you finish the race you are shown the next event and you are able to access it with a press on the d-pad. When you get tired of driving from one point to another to take part in these other events, you will appreciate the EA approach that has been streamlined. This is seen as holding but you will find yourself pushed along moving from one event to the other with little down time throughout the story. When you complete the events you earn representation which goes towards your overall ranking. Being set in Tri-City, where there are citizens going about their normal business, you will be racing on closed off roads close to pedestrian areas when not racing on set circuit laps, so care is needed.

Besides the single-payer modes there is a multiplayer mode which can be played by up to eight players. This could have been a fun game if it had not been for the technical flaws, but it is hard to recommend a game that at times is verging on the unplayable. If ever the problems are solved I would be happy to give it another try, but until then its going back on the shelf.


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