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Posted:
2010-12-16

ryan1980

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7.5

Kinect Sports is totally different from other games currently on the market. This game not only captures the upper body’s movements but the whole body which is necessary for the player who often needs to use complex moves. In some scenes, these movements are a slightly abstracted. For example, the player need not run 100M for the track and field events. However, the player needs to run in place and jump when needed. In bowling where the player doesn’t actually hold a real ball, the game makes almost accurate guesses of the player’s shot.

The game also has events that the player needs to move around the play area. Kinect Sports has this unique feature almost not present with most games. The game does not merely require the players to raise arms and expect things to be done. The game requires players to estimate their position and actual movements. They need to move and hit around all throughout. It’ll surely make players sweat. Within the first 45 minutes of playing, players will be having covered all the playing area. Indeed, this is a very active game. The game is so precise that slight changes with technique and style of kicks in soccer results in different outcomes. It is also evident with table tennis where the player can use different paddle techniques. Kinect Sports is also physically satisfying with all the movements and actions the player has to make. Aside from that it also offers an engaging progressive level of difficulty. The higher the level the better the CPU players are. In table tennis, for instance, the shots get more difficult to catch in the difficult levels and the rivals seem to be more experienced. All these make the fun department of the working.

Unlike other sports-based Kinect game, Kinect Sports’ controls are easily accessible. It’s good for a wide variety of players. Playing it in a multiplayer mode will even be better. The rich variety of sports within the game keeps players busy most of the time. Kinect Sports has six events Bowling, Boxing, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Soccer and Track and Field which is actually in a compilation of mini-games like discus throw, javelin throw, and long jump. Aside from these mini-games there are other mini-games under those major events.

Kinect Sports could have been awesome save for the annoying lags in the game especially with multiplayer mode. While some games work perfectly on a multiplayer mode, the others appear to have some glitches. One game that works perfectly for two players is volleyball. All said, the accessibility offered by Kinect Sports makes it a perfect game for all kinds of players. The whole game is also perfectly rendered in terms of graphic quality aside from the snappy audio background. Kinect Sports is a great game for all sports lovers.

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Posted:
2010-10-08

ryan1980

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6.8

There is nothing innovative about this game, as the campaign mode is very open ended and in a typical fashion, lacking of background color. However, the multiplayer mode is exciting and addictive enough to overcome the limitations of the solo mode.

There are 8 modes in the multiplayer grounds: the usual modes and then there are Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Conquest and Capture The Flag; with up to 64 players in warrior, archer, and knight classes slashing and punching each other in lag – free battles. Each of the characters can be customized with weaponry and armory that can be purchased with the games’ currency, dinar, and upgraded during battles with the money earned for killings. Set in typical medieval times, matches happen in castles, small Nordic towns, snowy hamlets and riversides. Each of these locations was dressed up to be attractive that is generally an improvement from the original game.

Most of the battles here are melee, skirmishing facing each other with every sword swing, axe hurling, pikes, and other medieval weapons by clicking the mouse in the direction you want to launch your attack. To swing overhand and down, oush forward as you click. To swing towards the right, push to the right. This control scheme allows you greatly customize and experiment on your moves as the game has great physics and detailed battlefields.

Due to the click based attacks, you will never feel you are in control of the game, but not because they are hard to master but rather they are an acquired taste. The game adds a sense of desperation and realism that is not found in most games. If you're used to the simple click attacks found in most other action games, you'll struggle at first. Early matches are frustrating as you might wind up shifting the camera all over the place as you move the mouse back and forth to make attacks. There is no rating system for players or servers, either, so you inevitably get tossed to the wolves and find yourself slaughtered by more skilled opponents in the beginning. I would highly recommend this game for the multiplayer mode and avoid playing the single player action.

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Posted:
2010-12-06

ryan1980

Super Gamer Dude

7.6

Farming Simulator 2011 is set in a free-roaming open world farming environment. There are simple missions to begin with that allow you to grasp the basics of the game. There is also a new feature allowing you to farm online with other players. But by far the best features that has been added into Farming Simulator 2011 are the cows, and, as a farmer they are very useful to you. How did you ever manage without them? You buy cows, feed them on grass and otherwise worthless farming cereal leftovers and they produce manure that can be used as a crop fertilizer, and their milk is collected from your tanks everyday by the dairy. Junk in, useful stuff out.

Unfortunately in terms of livestock cows are it, but they are a good start to a new type of farming introduced to the series, and hopefully more varieties of livestock in the near future. As an aside, the cows are well modelled as cow modelling goes. The cows are a new feature to the series and so is the online play. You can either join existing games, or create your own, with a maximum of 10 players. The idea actually works really well and allows you to run a farm with your friends in a realistic enough world. There is also the facility to use voice or text chat.

The large and varied amount of machinery available in the game can be frightening to the newcomer, and the tutorials, or missions as they are called in Farming Simulator 2011, do not cover every piece of machinery. It's not really necessary, but if you don't know your tractor from your muck spreader you may create a sink..

You still rely on the sowing and harvesting the usual cereal crops for your main income and the career mode functions in the same manner as before, so whether you wish to simply grow crops with basic equipment or make as much money as possible in order to upgrade your machinery is up to you. Or maybe you just want to be a cow farmer. Whatever you decide there is nothing stopping you going ever onwards.

The best improvement on Farming Simulator 2011 is your locale. This new location in which you reside not only has more places of interest, but everything feels much more realistic, unlike the rather soulless island of Farming Simulator Gold. The village and coastline is buzzing, with boats and cars darting around. You even get to meet people in the village itself. Better still, the much loved bottle hunt is back, allowing you to scavenge around the island for bottles to recycle; the more bottles you recycle, the better your reputation and the more money you get back from selling things.

Your most valuable item in Farming Simulator is not your Tractor, but your PDA, not only will your PDA inform you of the week’s weather, but it will keep you up-to-date with the prices of crops, the amount of resources you have in storage and your location on the world map.

There are only around 5 keys you need to use throughout the game making the experience user-friendly. Farming Simulator 2011 also supports the Xbox 360 controllers if you prefer not to use your keyboard. However like most simulators your friend is the cruise control, which you will find yourself using on many occasions to ensure that you are not trying to plough your fields so fast that it is having no effect. The handy 'hire worker' also returns to ensure that if you've got some spare money you needn't worry about the dirty work involved in tending your land.

What I found most unusual is that, for a simulation game, the graphics are actually better than they need to be. Some people who have played the game say that the only trouble with getting into the flow is learning about all the different varieties of machinery. To me this is a great part of the game's attraction. Many a mistake can be made through buying a very useful attachment for your tractor but not knowing how to attach it, there is nothing to explain it.

If you played Farming Simulator 2009 then you’ll be completely in your element with 2011 and if you haven't you'll still get to love it. Like all good simulation games it offers pretty much unlimited scope.

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Posted:
2010-12-06

ryan1980

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Surprise, surprise, the basic formula for Quiz TV is exactly the same as previous Buzz games, there's not much you can change, after all a quiz is a quiz. The show is hosted by Buzz, voice supplied by Jason Donovan, and includes around 5,000 questions. The buzzers have received an upgrade and the game comes with four of the new wireless controllers which work incredibly well. The wireless remotes require two AA batteries each, but you can use the original PlayStation 2 buzzers with the new game if you prefer. As a bonus, the new wireless buzzers also work with all of the old games.

There are three main modes: a solo mode against the clock, a local multiplayer mode you can play with up to seven friends, and an online mode where you play against players on line. Unfortunately only one person per console can play the game online at any given time. The questions are divided into five categories: The Music Channel, The Movies and TV Channel, The Knowledge Channel, The Sports Channel, and The Lifestyle Channel. You can choose a particular category, or choose Channel Hopper to get an assortment of questions from all of the channels. Quiz TV also includes MyBuzz, a channel based on user-generated questions.

If you go over to you can create quizzes using your PlayStation Network ID. You're able to set the privacy options on your quizzes so that everyone may play them, or limit them so that only you or your PS3 friends can see them.

Quiz TV supports downloadable content, and a number of question packs are already available on the PlayStation Network.

Buzz is exactly what you would expect from a game show format, bright, clean, and lighthearted. While not the best, the visuals are adequate and better than the PlayStation 2 versions. Technically, Quiz TV holds a steady frame rate even with eight contestants on the screen at one time.

The contestants themselves are well drawn and incorporate some of the same stereotypes from previous Buzz games. Some of the choices include a cheerleader, a mime, a rocker, an Elvis impersonator, a superhero, and even a Japanese schoolgirl. The sound effects, background music, and dialogue are all accurate, being corny, cheesy, and repetitive at times, just like the real thing. The lines
delivered by the host are more polished this time around, and he comes across almost as smooth, smarmy, and schmaltzy as any real-life daytime TV host.

Trivia freaks may still find Buzz! Quiz TV a doddle, but it serves up an interesting array of questions for a especially for a boozy party crowd. At its core it's just a quiz show. Will non quiz lovers love it, that's the sixty four thousand dollar question.

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Posted:
2010-12-11

ryan1980

Super Gamer Dude

7.8

So you think cricket is boring, well think again, this game shows it in its modern format designed for greater media viewing potential. International Cricket Captain 2010 is a team management simulator for the game of cricket. It is an improvement on the already high standards of earlier versions being more detailed, accurate and complex.

Cricket, historically was an English invention and has a reputation for being slow moving; this used to be true, but this new version reflects recent improvements to the format of the real game and you will find it both faster and more exciting as you play in the most realistic English domestic season yet as well as taking your favourite national side to be top of the test championship. You can also try your hand in the most competitive domestic circuit in the world in the brand new Australian domestic competition.

Much improved controls and player interaction sharpen up the simulation giving you more freedom in your battle to take your side to the top. Many aspects of the captain's role are present, from developing your young players to signing already established overseas players. The fast paced world of 20-over cricket will probably be most appealing with its faster action and limited over format with a new match engine to accommodate this. Batting and fielding, whether using defensive or attacking tactics, are under your complete control, as they need to be; cricket is one of the most tactical sports around.

Reflecting the recent rule changes of the real game, You can now play two overseas stars in the expansive 20 over tournament as well as a reserve player if your main overseas player is unavailable for selection. Playing the new Australian domestic game is a challenge in itself, as you would expect in an Australian context it does not hang about. The quality of the cricket is exceptional and the management side of things brings out the organizer in you.

Team and squad selection is helped by a large, accurate statistics database, including such information as career strike rates for batsmen, averages for batsmen and bowlers, and these data tables can be sorted by a range of new filters.

The game contains many other features and game formats making it very versatile, and while primarily of interest to cricket fans who have a grasp of the complex tactical nature of the game in all its guises, it is still a great game for novices and will do much to dispell the image of cricket as a boring old English, Sunday afternoon plod.

Run out and buy it, you'll be bowled over and knocked for six, never again stumped for entertainment.

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Posted:
2010-12-12

ryan1980

Super Gamer Dude

6.8

Be warned, in Dance Central it’s your body that does the business and a very busy business it is: dancing about with the game tracking your various body parts as you try out choreographed routines.

Thirty two songs feature on the disc, most of which I've never heard before, not being a dancing person and also firmly stuck in an earlier era. But that's my problem, you will probably be more familiar with them.

There are three main modes; the single-player Perform It, the multi-player Dance Battle, and the training section Break it Down. There is little structure to the game, but then it's not that sort of game. All the songs start off unlocked in Easy mode, but there are still varied venues to be visited and costumes to be chosen throughout the game.

The presentation from start to finish is excellent; it is well drawn and fluently animated and with a certain style of graphics that may remind you of another popular and sucessful music series. The avatars available aren’t customisable, but the characters are amusingly dressed and full of cliches.

In the course of every song a series of cue cards scrolls up the side of the screen with diagrams showing the next expected move; get the move right and the symbol under the dancer fills to exploding point and then explodes in a flash of blue light; but get it wrong and the offending bits of you that have failed to mimic exactly the on screen action are highlighted in red on the dancer’s body; impressive.

The cue cards aren’t always that clear though, and so practice is needed before attempting some of the dances. And without warning the game may suddenly break away from these cards and set off an improvised session in which the player can do all sorts of personalized moves that are captured on camera and animated on screen.It’s tacky, cheesy but great fun if you don't take your dancing too seriously.

The multiplayer-only Dance Battles follows the same pattern as the single-player mode but with players taking it in turn to perform half a song and two improvisations. It really is a shame that there is no option giving two players the chance of dancing at the same time.

The Break It Down mode is more of a training session designed to get the player flexed up and to practice some of the set piece moves.

If you take dancing seriously or just want a party game there is plenty for you here. While both the single-player and multi-player modes lack structure and are thin on options, the game overall plays well and at the very least gives a good workout. Don't forget you need the Kinect accessory to play this; it is not included in the package.

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Posted:
2010-12-29

ryan1980

Super Gamer Dude

7.0

Dungeon Keeper 2 still contains the almost creepy but looks silly visual design of the original Dungeon Keeper but the refinements are superb, and probably the best you’ll see so far. Although the generic dark ambience of labyrinths may sometimes become boring and too despondent, Dungeon Keeper 2 has pulled off this notion and has excellently depicted a claustrophobic view of the underworld, thanks to properly drawn lighting and shadow effects that makes the sense of the labyrinths almost real.

The components inside the dungeons are meticulously detailed, such that the paper-strewn libraries and the glistening gold loots are very much distinguishable. Also noteworthy are the creepy graveyards and intricate gallows that scatter along the dungeon. What’s more, players can get up-close by zooming through these components.

It is highly evident that Bullfrog has given the graphics much attention. It really does look pretty damn good. It has improved from the previous franchise and is now looking far greater. While the visual quality is shown to be improved, audio has also been upgraded and was made even more fantastic than the earlier Dungeon Keeper. Vampires sound too devious while they pass while each room has a unique eerie sounds. Ambient noises which blend effortlessly with the graphics can be heard along the way. The perfect blend of great graphics and superb audio make this franchise of Dungeon really impressive.

The gameplay may seem to be its downfall. It appears that, as all aspects where given much attention, the gameplay has remained almost a recopy of the original game. The player simply needs to drop on the enemies as they pass against each other, hoping that he ends up stronger. Even then, the fight scenes still seem hectic and full. It happens in an instant that you will just have to wait for the dust to settle and hope something remains of you.

The game offers players a variety of modes. In one mode, you can endlessly create dungeons without worrying of enemy attacks but you can also set the enemies to attack you for added challenge. The game has a lot of secrets which you can brave to unlock, actually this will power up your creatures. There is a campaign mode which is quite long filled with variety of missions. In between missions, there are funny movie fillers which you will find very catchy. A skirmish mode can also be accessed if players want to try other enemies on a higher level (this is the best!).

In all, Dungeon Keeper 2 is something unique in itself. Its easy interface offers players a witty and fun filled experience. Although it has not introduced a whole new list of creepy creatures or added new features, the graphic and audio quality turns it into another of the top class game ever. The developers have made a great job in upgrading the technical side of the game making it a real must have. This game gets a 7/10 from me.

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Posted:
2011-02-04

ryan1980

Super Gamer Dude

7.5

First let me tell you what this game is not. You are not going to walk around and just shoot demons and zombies. You are not going to get an award winning storyline with excellent voice overs. Actually, in the beginning you might not even find this game to be great. However, before getting through about a quarter of the game the action picks up and Necrovision is actually a pretty good first person shooter.

This is not like any other FPS you have ever played and it's setting takes place in WWI. Don't try to make sense of the storyline or plot because it is twisted with horrible dialog. There are all kinds of dead soldiers’ bodies laying lifeless on the battleground. Your character Simon Bukner, starts getting into the action as undead corpses and ghosts try to zap you, and zombies try to attack you.

So as mentioned above, the first couple hours of gameplay are kind of let down as you spend most of your time in the WWI setting going from battlefield to battlefield (which is plagued by smoke). Basically you are going to be blasting enemies, but you will notice a lot of glitches, such as body parts going through the walls, or getting stuck on piles of corpses. Along with running around looking for a way to complete the mission (which can be a task in its self). One mission which is very hard is trying to find two sticks of dynamite while a ogre is trying to rip you a new asshole.

As far as weapons go this is where this game is at its best. You can have all kinds of guns such as pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers and rifles. But, what is even better is dual-wielded weapons which you can use in a million different ways. Knock them down with your sword and then blow their head off with your shotgun. Along with that you can string together a number of totally badass combos. Hell you can even kick the dead when they are on the ground.

As mentioned above, about 1/4 of the game through you get the shadow hand which is a glove with all kinds of powerful attacks. Some of these attacks are even magical, as well as melee attacks. This makes the game a so much more fun and honestly until you get it Necovision it kind of sucks.

Necrovision is a very hard game and you will find that you need to constantly shoot enemies in the head in order to not get overwhelmed by them. At one time you even fight a huge metal scorpion and fly around on a dragon breathing flames down on your enemies.

The bad news is that this game takes forever to load and has below par character designs. Some of the demons do look good, but others I just don't feel they put much effort into. If you can get over the horrible storyline, voiceovers, and first couple chapters this game is actually fun and I would rate it around 7.5 out of 10.

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Posted:
2014-02-22

ryan1980

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7.0

Bumble the talking flying lemur is the player's virtual buddy, who will guide him through Lemuria the animals' island. Bumble brings the player to the Bonding Circle where he picks a cat to take care of. The player will have a limited choice from the Big Cat family. He can choose between a lion, tiger, cheetah panther, and leopard. After a short time of bonding with the cat, the player is set for the real game. He needs to give his pet a name. The game has an open ended plot which may begin as a narrative on the pirate's treasure and the mysteries of the island. Kinectimal's structure is pretty interesting although Bumble can be annoying at times. After the story, the game is free for the player to roam. The player can wash, play catch, throw Frisbees, and drive RC cars and others. As with other Kinect games the player uses his body to control the actions of the game.

The player can toss balls to be fetched by his pet or teach the cat with tricks. Every toy ha a mini-game experience with its own objectives. For example, if the player wants Frisbee a short challenge must be finished first, in Frisbee the player will have to hit some targets or throw a disc at a marked distance. What's interesting with the game is that everything the player does with the pet has a corresponding experience points and money. It is important to collect money as this are useful in buying additional toys and furniture for the player's virtual; home. On the other hand experience points are needed to unlock game contents. The Discovery Bar available in each are tracks the players experience progress. Mini-games get opened when the bar is full. These mini-games will be the new areas to be explored and played.

The game's structure works perfectly for progression. It would be easy to unlock mini-games and playing it even for a short session will unlock lots of areas. The cat also brings up toys to play with; the player picks whichever he likes. Although there are some issues with regards to the controls of the game, it hasn't reduced the game's ability to provide fun. There are lots of fun things to do within the game like driving an RC car. Since this is an open game, the player need not finish all challenges to get to the next toy. They can simply ignore a toy and choose another. This makes the game more entertaining. The player won't waste their time on levels they feel not playing. The game's friendly and open gameplay makes it a perfect pick for youngsters and for families.

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Posted:
2014-02-22

ryan1980

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8.5

Question. Where do you start to describe a game as complex as this one with its many subplots and follow on plots from previous titles? Answer. You don't; time is too short to do so in anything but vague outline. The rise and fall of the city of Rome is the main story followed by Brotherhood. The game begins with the politically powerful and scheming Borgias, related to the pope of the time, having designs on expanding their influence in Rome and spreading it to other cities. Your job is to defend against this, but at first you fail in doing so, setting the scene for the game proper.

Then follows a set of varied scenarios ranging from multi combats to assassinations and sword-to-sword dueling. Enemies in this game are now more aggressive than in the previous titles, requiring you to be more prepared to launch preemptive strikes. The game is not very different to any of the earlier titles and retains its focus on Ezio, the hero of the series, for the most part. The puzzles play a much smaller part and consequently there are fewer of them. It also adopts one of the most interesting multiplayer concepts around. Each six-player, 10-minute session has you in dual roles as an assassin and an assassin's target. Successful assassinations earn points; how many points depends on your method. It's a game of hide and seek, implemented to perfection.

There are a couple of bugs but these are not deal breakers, and regardless of any shortcomings, Brotherhood's success comes from taking what made Assassin's Creed 2 work and making it a less disjointed story and more cinematic in its look and feel. The makers' real aim seems to have been perfecting what is already good. There is not too much new here, but there are great improvements to what was there before. This is a superior game over its predecessors and very well worth investing in.

Overall The Brotherhood is one of the best in the series pertaining the current 5 releases which has span all consoles, the cinematic graphics and overall presentations makes this game one of the best ever made, a stunning stylish killing spree, how can you not like?


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