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The original Plants vs. Zombies won over the mobile, PC, and console crowds with its easy to understand design and general charm. It offered a surprising amount of depth in its strategy gameplay and found crossover success with gamers and non-gamers alike. Thirty million players and a sequel later, PopCap has changed up the formula, opting for a first-person shooter game that retains the same kooky charms and successfully apes many multiplayer FPS tropes to carve its own flowery niche.
Like many of its more hardcore genre brethren, Garden Warfare offers a variety of Zombie and Plant classes to approach. From the ridiculous Football Zombie All-Star to the healing wonder that is the Sunflower, players are given options how to approach their residential (or graveyard) garden mayhem. The balance appears, at least so far, to be right near perfect and there seems to be a fair amount of room for experimentation within each class.
Further complementing this variety is a crazy amount of unlockables that do everything from cosmetically alter your player's appearance to giving actual stat modifiers and upgrades. These are varied and usually humorous alterations, and if the player so desires, be purchased earlier (with an in-game currency) if one doesn't want to wait. However, one frustration found in the unlock system is that the player doesn't necessarily control what skill or perhaps which character they'll be unlocking. The skills are random as are the character arrivals and the word 'customizable' does not apply to Garden Warfare like it does to many FPS these days. This is a puzzling but not crippling omission, although it definitely stands to alienate those looking for more customizability.
Thankfully, the core gameplay here stands out as being both tight and well-realized. Controls are simple and approachable, and the diverse player skills all pack their own charms and applications. There's a nice pace to the action too, as the smaller maps accommodate the 12-player count well, making battles quickly heated and always contested. Rarely did a match feel one-sided or empty, and there was always a sense of a battle approaching or the promise of action as soon as you spawned in every environment.
Rounding out the package are great aesthetic qualities and the well-rounded presentational charms. The game doesn't take itself seriously, inherently carving a niche for itself amongst the denizens of self-serious FPS games around. The colors are bright, the music is cheery, and the characters are humorous to the point that you never forget you're witnessing a battle between plants and zombies. This helps the game find a cathartic tone beside the foliage massacre and undead re-deading, and it really defines the title differently than just about any other FPS on the market.
One final point to mention here is that the game does feel a bit scant, even at its $40 point. There aren't quite enough maps or modes to really justify the price, and when you compare feature sets, Garden Warfare fairs modestly to most $15 downloadable shooters. Add in the fact that micro-transactions are suggested frequently and seem more essential than supplemental - the game can feel a little disenfranchising for the more economical gamer.
Still overall, Garden Warfare offers a unique FPS type of battle and setting, and one that plays as tight as it looks (with charm to spare). Gamers looking for a change of pace from the dystopia and blood-stained violence would do well to give this one a look. Those that are a bit more price-conscious may wait for a drop, but for its arcade-y thrills and immediate action, Garden Warfare seems planted to bloom into immediate success.
The basic idea of this game is to pick a song to dance to, take a grip of that Wii Remote and follow the dance moves on the screen as closely as you can. The Wii remote will track your movements and you’ll earn points based on your performance. Each move earns rating comments ranging from bad through to OK and good,right up to perfect. When the song ends, your total score will be racked up and your friends can then try to beat you. Various songs are included in this game which is suitable for a wide variety of players.
There are songs for teenage kids like Toxic, When I Grow Up, Girlfriend, for young adults such as Take Me Out, A-Punk, Move your Feet, and for older folks such as Viva Las Vegas, I Fell Good, Hot Stuff, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. Although, there are familiar dance moves that you will have already come across from the previous releases, there are also new dances with new moves and new cool clothes and costumes; tunes such as Walk like an Egyptian and Sympathy for the Devil. Several play modes are available in this game.
Just Sweat Mode, which is not too energetic, for single players which is a set of six songs just for a work-out session and equipped with its calorie counter. There is a Quick Play mode which can be performed by a group of four dancing together. The Battle Mode allows a maximum of eight persons to complete in minigames. Classic, Duet, Simon Says, Medley, and Race also feature mingames.
Thankfully, Just Dance 2 is an obvious improvement from the past games. The basic presentation is still the same but the score system is better reflects the quality of the dancing and is more accurate and organized. The virtual dancers are all two dimensional, painted with neon colors to give them a disco feel, but if you are someone who loves to dance or work out, this does not matter. Overall, the presentation of this game is entertaining with some strange but excellent choreography and various original soundtracks.
Guild Wars really made its mark on the online MMORPG scene by placing giving players a breathtaking gameplay with no monthly fees attached to it. The endless hours of questing and levelling up with other players made the game a joy for most players. Along with the many instalments of guild wars that have already been released in the past, the mechanics of the game is still the same. You still control one character and groom it until it becomes strong enough. There are various ways to do this, you can do quests or even party up with people to get you there. There are also skills that you have to pick to make your character a formidable one.
If you are still starting out with the game, you can have a helping hand from the computer and it offers a few henchmen to your aid; a really helpful feature if you ask me, since you do not want to keep on dying every few minutes.
The new instalment features a new location to go to known as Canthas. The place is pretty much on the Asian theme as opposed to Tyria where the theme is stranded in the medieval times. Not to mention that there are new classes of characters that you may want to try. The Assassin is quick to move and hits effectively, the Ritualists on the other hand summons spirits to their aid. With two more added classes, battles can be more diverse than ever.
Similar to most MMORPGs out there, the main feature is really on the PVP which is handled by GW really well. If you just want to hop in a PVP battle, you can always enter small matches that team you up with a group and match you with another group. But if you want to go big time in terms of PVP you may take note that killing is not the only path to winning; you must achieve specific objectives before you win the match.
The word “Faction” is not placed on the title for nothing. The new instalment features various guilds fighting over their turf. The more they win the more places do they get to conquer and the more resources that they get to enjoy. The aim is not really to eliminate the opposite guild, but winning is all about gaining territory.
The game has breathtaking graphics and music. What more can you ask for an MMORPG game?
Well the game is not perfect. Take note of these small details. Whenever you are doing quests, the details of where to go and what to get are placed in small texts which can be easily missed. Doing the campaign can benefit the player in small ways which can make the whole portion forgettable.
Being a newbie in all this war is a bad idea. You do not really get to be a part of all the action until you spend time in making your character stronger to qualify yourself to join the strongest guilds out there.
Although it is not required, having the previous titles installed still means that you get to enjoy more places to go and a more complex game to play. This means if you want to fully experience guild wars, you need to purchase the previous titles which can be pricey. Nonetheless the game is a wonderful experience for MMORPG lovers out there that are looking for great PVP experience as well as stunning graphics.
In ten lessons your teacher, Leonardo, gives step by step instructions on how to paint different pictures and while following his demonstrations you will also learn how to use the various tools and techniques the game offers. Your first attempted masterpiece is an apple, and you learn how to use the pencil tools for outlining and shading, as well as learning how light and shadows are linked. A little later you are shown how to draw an apple tree with fruit in a field with flowers and then an ocean scene. Each lesson is very easy to follow, and by the time you've finished all ten lessons you'll be ready to go solo.
That's where Free Paint comes into the equation, and it will probably turn out to be your favorite mode. Here you have a free hand with a blank canvas to draw or paint whatever you please. If nothing springs to mind you can use one of the large assemblage of photographic images included that you can put on the top screen while you draw on the bottom. If you have a DSi you can also take your own photos.
The only minor quibble I have with Art Academy is that, while the DSiWare versions allow you to copy your finished paintings to your photo album and then put them on an SD card, there's obviously no option to do so in this game since the DS and DS Lite don't have a photo album or SD card slot. But what do you expect if you don,t have the requisite hardware, its not the game's fault. You are still able to store plenty of images in the game's own gallery section.
If you do have a DSi or a DSi XL I strongly recommend you get one or both of the downloadable Art Academy games on DSiWare because they're cheaper and you're able to store your images on an SD card. If you don't have a DSi though and you're a budding artist this is the best art software available on the system and is still well worth investigation. Anyway its less messy than paint and if you are not happy with your results you haven't wasted any materials. It really is easier than pen, paint, canvas and paper and in this day and age people, especially youngsters are more at home and more likely to use this sort of technology than traditional artists' equipment. Well worth investing in if only for fun rather than art.
Band Hero is just one of the many music games created at this present time. But, boy was I glad I picked it up! There are still a lot of games that give a lot of focus on music. In this game, you can actually play in a band as lead guitar, rhythm/bass, drums, or lead singer. You can play as much as 65 songs. So, if you are a music or band enthusiast, you will surely enjoy playing this game on your DS. You can also compete with other instrument players whether online or against the computer. You can also create your own songs or music. I do this all the time! With this game, you are able to play any type of music that you want.
For every song that you will play, you also get a bonus challenge which can give you extra stars. You can also jam with your friends and create beautiful music together. You can even make your own music video. If music is fun for you, this game will surely be a hit for you as well. One good thing about Band Hero is that you can play a career mode. So you get to choose the venues that you can play in. you can also choose the tracks to play.
So you get more freedom with Band Hero as compared to other music games around. This game is more user-friendly and would like to make the players feel satisfied after playing the game. You can change the settings, delete songs and add songs that you wish. So, the songs that your band will play are all up to you.
Band Hero shows better graphics and of course audio. The movements and actions of the figures and characters are good. And the sounds are realistic enough to make you feel like you are actually playing in a real band. Among the music games that exist, Band Hero is one of the best games to play if you want pure enjoyment.
In conclusion, Band Hero is very impressive as compared to other games of its kind. It is one game that a player will truly enjoy and appreciate. It is unique as it focuses on your abilities to play songs like you are a true rock star. There are a few of this kind today and Band Hero is one of the best. It gives you more things to do which makes it challenging to play. I would highly recommend this game to everyone!
This game plays surprisingly well on Wii, but not being full of simulations many racing fans may be turned off. The game comes complete with real events, big name drivers and a realistic sports racing structure. When the cars are on track they have an arcade style slant to their handling, not making the game is any easier. You require skill to put in good laps while driving when the key racing assists are turned off. But for sure Formula 1 2009 is much easier to handle than the previous game F1 that played on Play Station in 2007.
The major thing in this game is the Career mode where you are required to climb the ranks as you race in all the featured events. The Career mode is complicated enough to be satisfying. It has a full three stage qualifying competition, which can be skipped if all you want is to start serious racing right away. The rules, regulations and the punishments follow those of real racing.
The Will simulation gives a great feeling of racing cars, whereby they are fast, dangerous and will put you on the edge of your seat with your eyes alert as you try to win.. You will be using the Wii remote which will be held in front of you, and will be using an in-car view. You will be taken to a virtual world, only being spoilt by the controls and the plastic peripherals, especially for those who have raced and used analog stick controls.
It is sad to note that F1 2009 does not have a multiplayer; it only has a two-player split screen mode that will let you compete against a friend. You can play through the game with a friend, either in rival team or in the same team. The challenge mode is the greatest; it should make up for all the drawbacks in the game. Here you will be trying to get the best racing as you drive through wet roads, drive through gates, and do overtake challenges as well; this is the greatest source of fun in the whole game. You will however be disappointed by the presentation of this game. The graphics of the game and the menus lack glamour because it has a rough appearance. The greatest problem with the visuals is the jaggy in-game appearance, the low quality of the textures and the low frame rate.
As a Wii and with the consistent action and moving around it makes the game awesome and you are left wondering why there can’t be better visuals to match. Above all Formula 1 2009 is a fun game and one of the better racers on Wii
Smashing stuff, literally, is what this game is all about, but I suppose the title gave that away. Of course, there is more than one way to kill a cat and the same applies to smashing things or demolition; the things in this case are buildings. To this end there are various tools at your disposal, jackhammers, swinging balls and such everyday things; there are also some more advanced devices verging on the realms of fantasy.
Your main objective is to demolish a structure, to contract, within any time limit set by the contract, and, if necessary, dispose of the rubble and waste aterwards. And, not forgeeting to avoid casualties from passers by.
The renedering of the actual demolitions well done, but hardly realistic. The vehicular demolition aids such as bulldozers and cranes do get stuck sometimes trying to traverse rubble, but isn't that the way it is in reality. When using powerful tools such as these you need to be careful as the whole edifice you are destroying may collapse sooner than anticipated thus covering you in debris.
Not the best game in the world, but its all good clean harmless fun, especially for younger boys.
Rise of flight is a study of the early years of combat aviation; flying machines that in this and and age look almost unbelievably fragile and almost home made as flying machines. Flying them in this game is relatively easy unlike in real life but it gets extremely hard in gameplay when flying them to their limits with someone trying hard to put holes in bits of you and the flying machine from all angles; but you would do the same to them. It is highly exhilarating and a great, if difficult, challenge. Of course it must be remembered that the many aircraft pilot aces who were killed in action were the lucky ones, those who were shot down and survived suffered terrible burn injuries and awful dis-figurations.
Design detail is impressive with the aircraft very much real looking with equally convincing and distinctive sounds. Multiplayer is at the heart of this simulation and all scenarios are team based but the single player is a bit bare, lacking variety of air combat or freedom of flight plans.
Somewhat lacking, but for the extreme flying alone an enjoyable, exciting and challenging experience, overall the game is not bad.
Dragon Age 2 for the PC does not overshadow its older sibling, but it’s definitely a great RPG that emphasizes the element of choice in great vision.
Dragon Age 2 is the same old role-playing game by BioWare that goes off to continue the journey of Hawke in Thedas. The first few hours of the games are not particularly excellent, however it meticulously gets to follow the details of its predecessor, and in the long run, you’ll get the flow of the story enough for you to continue the gameplay. Here, you get to seek refuge at Kirkwall, after running off of Ferelden when the bad guys managed to control the whole kingdom. To these scenes the game opens up, and thus takes several hours to finish, before you even get to the focus of the whole game. Don’t you worry though, ‘cause as soon as you get back on track, you’ll be charmed by the astonishing and thrilling fantasy world that it opens you on.
Yes, Dragon Age 2 seems terrific at some points, however not as great as its predecessor has been. There are a few changes here and there, and there are some areas changed from the first version that didn’t actually need any alteration. However, even if the story is a bit fractured, it has its own experience that is quite enough to make a mark. I got thrilled by the whole city of Kirkwall, and BioWare did a great job of instituting this to my system, even if it took hours to be able to settle in.
In Dragon Age 2, theology as well as politics is the main focus of the story. There are also the slavery and oppression issues that seem real in the world that are actually what we also get to see in real life. For some reason, this whole new place wasn’t just a foreign place to me but rather a living place for my character to live in. The citizens need a hero, and there’s where you go in as Hawke. The moving story gets emphasized by the distinct improvement in the script and dialogue in Dragon Age 2, which is the main issue with its previous release.
The action and gameplay gets more intense than the original, you get to control party members by merely pressing a button and issue commands – a big improvement too compared to Origins. Controls were faster too, and animations were astonishing. The sounds are a bit noisy though, but you’ll soon get a hold of the noise when you realize you are in a battle and of course, needed the sound of war.
What lets down Dragon Age 2 the most is having bland and identical missions, which are merely signs of not getting into too much detail. Good thing Dragon Age 2 gets the chance to elaborate the use of the freewill and choice as to all the missions themselves, as they result differently every time. This is a vital element of gameplay, as no one would want to play something as predictable as a kid’s game, would you?
Overall, Dragon Age 2 still goes off to show what BioWare is good at – making you dwell in a world as if it’s real. And yes, for moments I have thought of Kirkwall as a world I am living in, complete with all the issues, both theological and political in nature. It might not be easy to blend in, but you soon get along with everyone completely.
Blacksite Area 51 is synonymous with the name Area 51 and has been used in so many alien-filled story lines that range from lighter gun shooter arcade type games to some very cheesy first person shooter games with really corny story lines. But you may be happy to know that Blacksite Area 51 continues the theme but in a more serious manner that doesn't necessarily make for a better game. You will notice that the game a has a strong graphical presentation going for it which makes up for the overused game play but it is then overshadowed by a lot of glitches.
The game will put you in the role of Aeran Pierce who is the leader of Echo Squad, a part you will be playing with the same set of squad mates throughout the game, and you will also notice that the back stories will be full of chatter in between a number of fire fights. The game will start in the recent past that includes Pierce and his squad deep in the heart of battle in Iraq, where you will be looking for weapons of mass destruction, but instead you will chance upon some enemies that don't look quite human. It turns out that they are indeed human but with some disfiguring disease. After that, you will meet swarms of creatures that will explode like landmines whenever you shoot at them. Then, after a short stint in Iraq, which is really where they set the stage for the rest of the game, you move on to Nevada where you will be told that a certain militia has emerged and has seized control of Rachael.
In case you are wondering this is the town situated near Groom Lake and also Area 51 itself, and includes the surrounding areas as well. While it may be shown that it is the Americans who have done this as a show of protest against the government, and while that may be partly true, it is not entirely true. Once you get deeper into the story and the investigation, you will get to find out what is really going on; though you may find that the game doesn't really do a very good job of telling the story or where the aliens came from.
The games tries its best to include some aspects that will make it seem edgier than it really is; it is a valiant effort but it really does fall short of making this the kind of game that will stand the test of time and game critics worldwide. But for all its efforts and shortcomings, this game could make for some fun times if you care to play it. It might not be the best and it may have some shortcomings, but you may still have fun with it.
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