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Posted:
2014-10-09

tomgreen

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7.0

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.

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2010-11-27

tomgreen

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6.9

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.

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Posted:
2011-03-13

tomgreen

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7.5

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.

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Posted:
2010-12-16

tomgreen

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7.5

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

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Posted:
2010-12-16

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

8.0

Wisps, tiny aliens, feature in this game, and by capturing and saving them Sonic gets new powers. These powers give him the ability to transform different weapons and transports (e.g. rocket). The players can also transform and explore the Sonic World in various forms, and by means of these transformations, players can repeat playing each Zone trying to open up other new scenarios.

The zones have interesting and varied features such as theme parks with roller coasters, mountains, Japanese buildings etc. The boss attacks need some patience, skill and timing to ward of or win, with smart use of Zone's specific Wisp helping you to avoid and block these attacks. Aside from the main mission, there are also side challenges and special missions by way of distraction.

Sonic multiplayer is much more interesting and is basically involves two players competing against each other to reach higher levels the fastest. It's not too difficult, and can be played both over wifi or locally. Between all the boss battles and Wisp-gathering, there are also many dialogues taking place between Sonic and his sidekick, Big the Cat. These dialogues act as a prelude to a mission and can be essential for obtaining useful information. There is also a map which shows connections from each zone to other zones. It's an important guide to knowing and keeping track of where you are and where you are heading.

The most appealing part of the game, as with all Sonics, is its unfaltering pace. There are no long breaks and every zone gives a continuous unbroken gameplay, and the 3D boss finale is a surreal and visually stunning experience. Packed with replayable stages, missions and a multiplayer feature, this game can be played time and time again without loss of interest or boredom.

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Posted:
2010-12-24

tomgreen

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7.0

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.

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Posted:
2010-12-30

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

8.0

The Disney Fairies: Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue keeps to the movie story and the encounter between Tinkerbell and Lizzy, a little girl who believes that fairies do exist and are truly magical. Players of the game find themselves in a fairy camp to meet Tinkerbell and all the other fairies. The Minister of Summer then summons you in the Common Area and then gives you a task to perform. The task is for you to grow a summer garden that should be appropriate to the enormous tea party at the end of the season. You are given an array of blossoming flowers to choose your preferences from and plant in your garden.

The game begins with the creation of your own fairy with four fairies to pick from - Tinker, Light, Water, or Animal. You have to remember that each of these fairy types has its own skills as well as a selection of outfits. After choosing the kind of fairy you want, you are then given the chance to personalize your choice. After that, you are ushered to the different flying areas, namely: the work area, common area, camp pantry, and Kitchen Nook. Prior to that, Tinkerbell presents you to her most highly-regarded fairy friends upon entering Fairy Camp. You may meet some delightful and lively characters such as Fawn, Rosetta, and Terence. All of Tinkerbell’s friends do certain interesting tasks throughout the game.

As you enter Fairy Ring, you are taught how to use the controls. Simply tap a spot to move using the DS stylus and then your fairy follows the path you just tapped. When you tap continuously or slide through a path, your fairy flies swiftly. Next tap is on the bubbles above their heads, which indicates that you want to interact with the other fairies; the act of tapping enables you to talk to each other in no time. The top screen of the DS is the area in which a grid of locations is shown; the bottom screen on the other hand is your play area. The game’s magic simply rests on getting rewarded with clothes and the chance to change outfits.

Gardening, which is the main job in this game, is quite easy. You simply choose a planting area, select from among the many plants the ones you want to plant, and then take care of these plants the best way you can to let them grow properly. Several small maintenance icons are located on your right hand side which you may use every time you nurture your plants. Gamers also get the chance to cook in this game so you better prepare those cooking skills you have.

I especially find the mini-games fascinating; they provide oodles of fun as well. There are approximately 30 different mini-games and as I discover when playing, I have to say all of them are really equally entertaining, not to mention, challenging.

Overall, the Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue is fun game where all sorts of exciting activities that allow young gamers – especially girls – to enjoy and delight in working through the amazing levels throughout the game. The graphics and audio of the game are just so spot-on that it definitely gives the players the magical experience of their life. The title is a brilliant touch that most certainly and fittingly appeals to a younger group; and with the blossoming of a beautiful storyline, players absolutely feel a sense of belonging and a part of the fairyland experience.

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Posted:
2012-10-03

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

7.5

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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Posted:
2013-06-13

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

7.5

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 cheesy 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 thing going on for it which makes up for the overused game play which 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. That said, 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 between a number of fire fights. The game will open 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 but are indeed human but with some 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 been on the rise 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 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, that 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 at least telling you 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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Posted:
2013-06-23

tomgreen

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While this is a fairly simple game with a distinct lack of complicated missions and challenges, it will still appeal to many younger people. The adventure starts when you wander into a scenario that has lots dinosaurs wandering around. The goal is to collect all the dinosaur eggs to be able continue, but of course you need to fight to get them. When starting a fight, just head to your chosen opponent and once both of you are in the battle arena, the fight begins.

It is a turn-based system where the players can pick a move, then trace the outline of the other’s dinosaur and the one that traces better will earn a boost. Do it repeatedly until one of the dinos is defeated. Each of the dinos will have an equal number of attack and defensive moves depending on the category it falls under.

In tracing around an opponent’s outline, the outcome all depends upon on how easy or difficult your move is. For easy moves, you’ll just have to trace a small part but for more difficult moves the more you need trace around. The gravity of an attack’s damage corresponds to how well you trace. During the battle, there numbers are shown which represent the value of your HP and so the same for your opponents dinosaur. Your health will regenerate over time. There are several types of dinosaur in the game. At one point you may do battle over an attack-type dinosaur which can easily be defeated. Defense-types are more difficult since they are more skilled in warding off attacks.

The time it takes for a victory also needs to be taken into account. There are also situations where you need to dig up fossils in the course of which activity you may find surprise enemies underground. Inanimate object are also present as adversaries, taking forms such as such as tractors, huge trucks, wrecking balls, buses, even a phone box, and surprisingly, a school. Overall, Dinosaurs: Combat of Giants isn’t ideal if you want a fast-paced engrossing experience. The content is simple but then, its still fun for some, perhaps younger, even pre-teen kids.

This is the only game where you can battle against a phone box or a school making it a more appealing to kids who might well enjoy this game the most. But for avid fans of serious front end state of the art gaming it’s a definite no no no.


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