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Posted:
2010-12-02

mikebenson

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7.50

A well produced game responding well to the controls and with a good playing screen interface. To play R.U.S.E you have to be precise and concentrated, you need to have a prior plan but even so you must still be prepared for anything that may come up which may require you to make quick decisions and may cause you to deviate temporarily from this plan. The game has three settings and plays differently on each. Beware, it is not easy to undo mistakes you have already made and chances are that you will have to restart when you make them. You will, however, have a helpful back-up that comes in useful at to some critical moments, but these are not available on higher difficulty missions, and beware, some secondary missions turn out to be death-traps. When the game begins you are treated to hints on how the game should be played in its later stages.

Part of the complicated story is set in a North African country at the end of the Second World War and features an American serviceman called Joe, a lower ranking officer who has his sights set upon becoming a General. Joe is guided by a charismatic British officer, but the unfortunate Joe gets tired very easily and seems more concerned about disputes within his own army than he does with the war itself.

At times you will be faced with a battlefield packed with German fighter planes, bomber aircraft and all the other usual hardware of desert warfare. Then all this disappears and you are taken back to Tunisia in 1942. The game jumps in time and you are also involved in espionage with a German agent called Prometheus, and in this world of spies and spooks nothing is what it seems to be. As the war progresses you will see Joe climb through the ranks, join new units, helping to organize the building of new bases and more besides.

The aptly named RUSE techniques will slowly start to open up. The RUSE units move slowly and when the game starts, the initial phases seem to proceed at a crawl. The battle’s speed wholly relies on your ability to foresee the next move of the enemy and counter their attacks by ambushing and strategically deploying the right units. RUSE has its own intelligence techniques that allow you to intercept and understand the enemy intelligence transmissions, which determine their own movements, and enable you to send agents behind the enemy lines to discover exactly which units are hidden there thus giving you advanced warning and increasing the speed and accuracy of your own planning.

When you get Joe to the rank of General you can create some extra equipments and munitions to make up for lost ones. The game maintains it’s relatively slow pace throughout but interest in the plot makes up for this and there are some faster moments of tension at certain points in the game such as when masses of the German Axis troops counter attack and creep slowly and inevitably towards your base as you rapidly try to organize defenses.

The visuals and graphics are of good quality and are well matched to the game. The game has both single and multiplayer games, and while not fault free, is perfectly good entertainment. Very good overall.

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Posted:
2010-12-13

mikebenson

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7.10

First of all, this game is set in space. So there will be no knights, soldiers or any character that shows you the idea of fighting and battles. The game’s main objective is to race against co-spacemen and to get over the obstacles in the race. These obstacles make the race even more exciting and challenging. Aside from space racing, you also get mini games to play with to stop you getting bored.

If you are a gamer that loves action, this game is for you. Why? It has lots of obstacles to get rid of and a lot of things to do in a level like picking up things and catching up on something. This means that a certain level is packed with actions to do and obstacles and challenges to finish. If you like being challenged a lot, and then you have to try Planet 51. There are levels that you will find faster than the others. In other words, you have to keep up with the levels of difficulties of each and every level of the game. Though the game is very simple, it is action packed because of what you will be going through for each level. This is inspired by the movie of the same title, so expect a few familiar scenes from the game. There are also other clips that came from the movie shown in the game.

The depth and plot of the game is very simple, however, the challenges add more excitement to it. The graphics are fine showing good resemblance of how it is to be in the moon. The audio is also good as you can hear realistic sounds from the game. The challenges shown in the game are not really difficult, but since there are too many to win over, you will somehow be challenged to finish them all quickly.

Planet 51 gives you a quite complete package in a game. You get exciting racing and lots of challenges that make it challenging. If you can finish the game without any difficulties, then you are a super gamer. It is fun and can be played even by kids. The scenes are refreshing as you do not see tanks or guns. If you want a game that is relaxing and just give you plain gaming fun, then you should try Planet 51.

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Posted:
2010-11-01

mikebenson

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8.10

The initial Resident evil was more concentrated in action than on survival, this is different from Resident Evil Golden Move which has concentrated more on survival. Its control scheme and camera concentrate more on the overall action on the RE5.Playstation adds an extra layer to the RE experience and there is a control scheme that is innovative and it is somehow confusing.

Picking the RE with the playstation move is quite simple, when you have made a move on the Navigation controller get into anything that RE5 brings your way. On the left stick of your Navigation Controller that is where the movement is attached. You can use Dual Shock if you do not have a Navigation Controller. Getting around on foot in this version is the same as it was in the previous version. Camera movement here is quite difficult because its movement here is quite limited.

If you want to move the camera use the T button on the Move and then you should beckon your rod around. When the reticule gets to the screen the camera stops and it ceases to rotate, this is the greatest limitation in the interaction between the RE with the Move. You will encounter Quick sequences which are attached to the Move and they add the frenzied and panic pace to the games. You will find that shooting the enemies here is more accurate. Someone who has played RE4 on Wii will understand what this means, because there is such a big difference. It is however strange that the shooting is not planned on the Move button, this is not a bad choice though you should be ready to encounter its strangeness. The buttons are randomly allocated though they work very well. You will however wish that the Capcom could have made playing the game easier by sticking to the more traditional control set up.

This is a worthy game with a lot of thrill amidst its set up in confusing manner. Resident Evil comes in a full package and it costs about 25 Euros, this is a fantastic deal and the game is worth every penny you spend on it, in addition to that the game can be played by all it is not intended for specific age.

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Posted:
2010-11-05

mikebenson

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6.00

When this game came up I thought it will have a long list of songs. But on the contrary it just had 30 songs playlist. 30 songs are not much specially for a karaoke game which is known by their song selections. In the game you will find some very famous songs from animation hits. But I was annoyed to see that my favorite films to just one song while others like Cinderella and Toy story series have got 3 and 4 respectively.

Most of people claim that they do not like animation movies as they grow old but believe it or not you all know these songs very well and when you play the game the words automatically flow out of your mind. You will also find some of the songs in this game very relaxing and very comforting.

Game is launched on two platforms at the same time. PS3 and PC versions have a bit of differences but likely both are almost same. Well despite of all its faults this game is purely an entertainment for all kids and those kids at heart. And it is far better than the previous singing games which were full of pop misc. so you can rate this game 6 out of ten.

Some of the tracks include :

Tracklist:


Film Song
101 Dalmatians Cruella De Ville
Aladdin A Whole New World
Beauty and the Beast Be Our Guest
Cars Our Town
Cinderella A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Cinderella Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
Cinderella So This is Love
Jungle Book The Bare Necessities
Jungle Book I Wan'na Be Like You
Lady and The Tramp He's A Tramp
Lion King Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Lion King Hakuna Matata
Lion King I Just Can't Wait to be King
Monsters, Inc If I Didn't Have You
Mary Poppins Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Peter Pan You Can Fly
Princess and The Frog Almost There
Princess and The Frog Dig a Little Deeper
Ratatouille Le Festin
Toy Story You've Got a Friend in Me

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Posted:
2010-12-07

mikebenson

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Before the release of Gran Turismo 5 we were led to expect one of the most realistic and comprehensive driving experiences. The actuality of Gran Turismo 5 is that it features over 1000 licensed cars from the world’s top manufacturers and more than 20 tracks with more than 70 variations, including some famous real world circuits, city courses, and various other racing environments. Featuring exciting gameplay and modes suitable for newcomers to racing, for automotive enthusiasts, and for hardened afficionados of the pro racing circuit, Gran Turismo takes the sport of racing to the next level with its depth of content and unbeatable visual effects making it difficult to distinguish the game from a live race. Adding to this realism, cars feature real-time visual damage with accurate contact deformations suposed to be accurately derived from point of impact and velocity data.

Also for the first time, Gran Turismo 5 features an extremely deep online and community feature set. Players can progress and acquire credits through a variety of modes like GT Career Mode, Championship Races, License Tests and more, or they can explore different tracks and circuit variations in Arcade Mode. Players can race online, with up to 16 of you involved, through the PlayStation Network. Does it live up to its promise. The jury's out on this. I think it does, whether or not experienced players will agree with me is yet to be seen.

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Posted:
2010-12-08

mikebenson

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6.20

This game consists of nine minigames for the solo free play mode, amongst which are the haircut game, robot extermination and ghost busting, all providing some good moments of play. Other games included are helicopter rescue, parachute panic and poppin’, plus more. The games in the free play mode can be a little repetitive but there is another option, the Survival mode. This play mode is much faster than the free play and more of a challenge since it has timed-play, and a place on the leader board. In this mode there are also mnigames that do not feature in free play. Games such as Whack-a-Mole where you have a go at squashing moles that come out of the ground, and Fruit Ninja, where you have to slice fruit with a large sword. Start the Party is a family-themed party game and up to four players can be accommodated at a time, competing for top spot on the scoreboard.

There are no hidden depths; if you wanted them you would not be looking at this title in the first place. The strong point of this game is its highly sensitive ability to track movements. Start the Party is quite a test of the potential abilities of Sony’s Move-controller. Generally I found the game pretty reasonable, the gameplay is good; and the fun factor is there, although, having said that, this game is probably best for families with children, or in the solo play mode for those under 10 years old. The sound and visual presentation is satisfactory. There are no control lags as the Move-controller’s function is flawless and smooth.

Its passable but really kid’s stuff.

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Posted:
2010-12-08

mikebenson

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7.00

The game disc consists of 30 songs, all with animated dance routines, and by copying these dances points are earned. This feel-good dance game is particularly entertaining at parties, where following the animation on screen is much more attractive after a few drinks. When you start, it is assumed that you don’t have any idea of the dance moves or even the songs, and so get the chance to familiarize yourself with the routines. This process may need to be repeated over and over again before being able to mimic the routines well enough to allow you to move further on in the game.

There are also comments that pop up especially when you are not in tune or off the beat. Singstar offers several options to choose from, either singing and dancing at the same time or doing either singly. The visuals have been improved, with timing bars and pitch controls on screen. If you go online you can also upload your performances. join clubs and download additional tracks from Singstore The song repertoire is a mix of various dance genres with contemporary hits and oldies. The graphics and presentation are as good as they need to be and the sound more so. Really just a party game but fit for purpose.

Overall the game is ok I suppose, if you like these types of Games.

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Posted:
2010-12-08

mikebenson

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7.40

The game’s longest mode is the Story Mode set in South America in the distant future. The main mission of the game is taking down rebels and destroying robots and hordes of armed enemies to reach the end of each combat area. When you move further in the story, the level of difficulty will, as usual, increase. There are also, in addition, two more play modes namely, Arcade Mode and Sentr Mode.

The Arcade Mode has a cooperative feature, whether online or not, you could play this mode together with a friend. Each level still has its destructive side, with superb arsenals for use in boss fights. Unlike Arcade Mode, the Sentry Mode has different approach. It is basically a challenging play mode, preventing prisoners from escaping the jail.

The main game, Razing Storm, is satisfactory and comes with a number of new technical aspects. The environment and combat fights are still remarkable. The navigation is smooth and sleek. The sound effects are still good and the voice assigned to the protagonist is well-done and convincing. Because it contains three games, it has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment.

Each game also has a different game approach to the story, the weapons, the setting, and the type of enemies to be defeated. The story mode is fairly good though the cooperative play is much more entertaining as its better to play with a partner than playing alone. The controls for this game are slightly difficult but, with practice, you can get used to it; the game plays better with the use of Playstation Move which makes for a smooth shooting experience.

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Posted:
2010-12-09

mikebenson

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7.30

The Shoot takes players through five more or less classic movie types; a western, a sci-fi film, a zombie shooter, a mobster movie, and an underwater adventure. Each level has four stages and is filled with a wide variety of targets for you to fill with bullets. As is normal for the genre, players are rewarded for their accuracy, combos, and the number of baddies they can see off.

The Shoot is a relatively family-friendly affair, no risky stuff. The targets you shoot at are literally that, wooden cut out targets which cannot die and along with the sets themselves can be rebuilt and used for another shoot. There are two ways to lose a take -- taking too much damage from enemies or making the director angry. While the former is pretty self-explanatory, the latter could use a little explanation. As you progress through each level you will hear the voice of the film's director, who shouts words of encouragement or otherwise depending on your performance. The voice is accompanied by a graphical representation in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, which features a fat director with a circular gauge. With combos and precision, the director will be appeased and the gauge will fill, but missed combo opportunities and fewer kills will cause the director's satisfaction level to drop. If it reaches zero, you lose a take; after five lost takes, you have to start again.


The levels are fairly straightforward but varied enough to maintain interset. The environments also have a lot of destructive facets and there are plenty of hidden items that trigger explosions and other events that either clear an area of enemies or enable a score multiplier. Attempting to gain high scores in the singleplayer mode can be fun, but the two-player multiplayer mode spices things up a bit with a little friendly competition.

The Shoot's Career mode is the best way to gain up Trophies, as many bronze and silver trophies can be obtained through level progression or by shooting a certainj numbert of enemies or items. A handful of Trophies are also awarded in the game's two other modes, Score Attack and Challenges, which are shorter challenge-based modes.

In this game interesting use is made of the Move controller pushing its capabilities to the limit as a light gun, and the Move's built-in inertial sensors are used to bring tilt and motion gesture controls into the play. For instance, if an enemy throws a stick of dynamite in your direction, you have to lean left or right to avoid it. Similarly, players must perform a full 360 turn, swing the controller around their heads, or point it up or down to initiate certain power-ups like bullet-time, a shockwave blast, or rapid fire.

So yes, the Move works fairly well, though the game did seem to have trouble detecting certain movements if you are seated, and, lke all other Move games, performance is affected by how carefully you calibrate the controller and will determine how accurate the aiming reticule is on the screen, and if you take a temporary halt for more than a couple of minutes, recalibration may be required. Otherwise, however, there seemed to be very little lag between the controller and screen.

Despite its many good points, there are some problems. The load time is very long and the graphics are a little rough round the edges, and frame rate drops are common when certain events are triggered. The soundtrack works well enough, but eventually becomes tiresome. It is also short with only three modes and five levels with four stages each. Completing a level can be done in 30 minutes or less, and unless you're playing competitively with another player, there is little reason to revisit a level.

But again, the biggest problem with The Shoot is its lack of depth, and the gameplay mechanics cannot disguise the fact that the game is shallow. However, the good points outweigh the bad points and the game is certainly playable and just long enough to play without becoming tiresome.

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Posted:
2013-06-14

mikebenson

Super Gamer Dude

8.10

NHL 10 is a good sports simulation and a very nice sequel to NHL 09. It's better in the multiplayer’s and gives you a very perfect feeling of grinding along the ice as you whiz round. Players are made more proper and strong and give you a better fighting chance but the game GMS and Coaches are not very well developed. So the game will do satisfactory for those who have not played Ice hockey before, and for those who love ice hockey it will be a new blast.

Well making a best hockey game was a very big challenge for the EA I would imagine, the NHL 09 was a huge success and competing with that must of been a challenge within itself. But, the developers of NHL 10 have done some improvements in maintaining the standards and some how improving them too. You have some extra features in the game like be a GM which will offer you a little different approach to the game.

First-person fighting feature is the new innovative idea of the developers and using it you can set a camera so close to your opponent that when you hit him you can even count his teeth that are broken. This feature is really fun and it gives you a chance of beating up players as you play along which works for many young folks me included.

The multiplayer system is almost the same as it was last year with just one new feature and that is, to play with six players one to one in live action. Online gaming mode has been enhanced and it’s really has improved from the last year. Graphics are little better than the last year and they have got more clarity and focus in them this time round. The interface is lot more user friendly as well.

Well, the conclusion is that if you have NHL 09 then you do not need to buy this game, but if you have not played NHL before then you must try this one as it will give you an enjoyable experience, or better yet get NHL 11.


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