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Posted:
2013-06-23

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo DS

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 otherÂ’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 opponentÂ’s outline, the outcome all depends upon on how easy or difficult your move is. For easy moves, youÂ’ll just have to trace a small part but for more difficult moves the more you need trace around. The gravity of an attackÂ’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 isnÂ’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 itÂ’s a definite no no no.

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Posted:
2010-11-03

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

7.5

Since Wii has been making a huge success over the gaming world, Nintendo had decided to blend some of their masterpieces with them. With that collaboration, they came up with another masterpiece – Mario Power Tennis. This game features a very nice Play control design and visuals that are very much in detail – from the Mushroom Kingdoms’ characters to the tennis play.

The addition of motion control to the classic game of Mario was pretty much ingenious and rare. With this game, people will still have fun – young or old because of its comic visuals and the exercise brought about by the Wii Controller. This game requires precision, timing and a bit of force just like the real game, so every time you win a match, you would feel like you can make it through the big leagues.

As mentioned earlier, due to the advancements to this game brought about by the Wii controller, you can easily maneuver your shots or services. The system quickly responds to all your commands and actions during gameplay. It’s got a much enhanced visual effect that makes the tennis environment very vibrant and clear. Also, a ball trail can also be viewed every time you toss a ball for a serve – this gives you the opportunity to view the way you serve the ball and make necessary adjustments for a perfect serve.

Ever since Nintendo joined forces with Camelot Software Planning, Mario Tennis has been earning great reviews over the gaming world. Its pretty much an excellent multiplayer game. In fact, it is branded as one of the best tennis videogames at present. The game still remains addictive, fun-filled and it also a good number of game modes to ensure that boredom will not come in mind when playing the game. Overall it entertained me enough.

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Posted:
2010-11-03

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

8.8

“Freedom of play” – this is what this year’s release boasts about. This is evident in the game when you do commands like passing - which was made crisper, also; all the players are pretty much responsive to your commands. Ideally, these things are very difficult to make so it would really feel so nice if you can make a perfect play or kick.

You can feel all the satisfaction just from kicking the ball around with your characters feet to making simple passes. In addition, the AI’s are also more enhanced with their defense system and will certainly do everything they can to steal your ball. It’s a bit hard but it’s definitely worth the challenge.

In Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, the positioning of your players as well as the timing for every pass and kick is very crucial in every game on the Wii. This is because your opponents have a very advanced intuition and always on the defense in every step that you do. One slight mistake from you may cause your team to be defeated.

This year’s release is pretty much all about the future of soccer video games. It’s got an enhanced animation and very crisp and quick-reacting controls that makes your virtual playing feel real. Also, if you ever get a wrong move or think that you may have committed an error in executing a kick, you can refer to the slow-motion replay so you can study that mistake. Through this, you will be able to improve your performance and device new tactics or styles during gameplay.

What’s even better with this game is that there are no fixed endings. Every character, team, situation, and a whole lot more aspects contribute to the ending of the game- in short, the outcomes are limitless. It’s pretty much all about fun and excitement since predictions cannot be made. This game is for those who are up for a challenge.

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Posted:
2010-11-12

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

4.7

Your rock band is composed of lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and front man. Each designation has its own remote and Nunchuk to have a perfect blending of sounds. The bass guitar is responsible for guitar movements. Front man is assigned to perform a dance moves because remote is for instruments alone and you cannot sing on it. The players must do some movements like clapping, waving and punching all through out the music song because if not so, you will be disconnected in the game.

Ultimate band has three songs for each round. You must perform well and collect awards to proceed to the next level. You used a Wii remote as musical instrument for the game. For example in guitar, strum the remote to produce music. Usually you cannot commit music tone errors during some games when using the wii stick, the game sometimes doesn't hits the musical notes . What's hard on it is when C and Z button is added in the game level. It is more complicated compared to others.

Each band’s music performance has equivalent scores. So, you must be alert while doing your moves because it is scored. When you are seems out of control of hitting the notes, move the remote in any direction. Maintaining the movement of remote can induce multiplication of scores and one way to open grandstand level for more points. It is a strategy to gain numbers of scores but then doing it is not assurance of completing the level, sometimes there is a replay of level if you are not able to acquire the score requirement.

Ultimate band game is composed of cover albums of two music artists and contains almost forty songs. It has three categories: Jam, Battle and Practice to unlock the mystery songs. The songs are usually old, classic and hit bands songs like Weezer and The Killers. Ideally, you can change front man’s gender for cool and funky remixes. For example, you can experiment Avril Lavigne’s way of singing. You can change the tone of her hit song “Complicated” into classical played song or even Maroon Five men’s band; you can change them into a high-toned voice girl group. Each background song contains sounds of chimes, claps and rings for better music blends.

The overall setting of Ultimate band was really good, The band characters are can be customize from head to toes. You can buy cool stuffs like hair styles and funky outfits for your band team. The features, graphics and lead characters are animated fully. You will surely love the different rock band battle venues. From a skate parks to rock dome stage, you can rock n’ roll on the game as fret boards and meters appears on the screen game.

I think the overall flaws with the game are the controls and being limited to 40 songs, can get a bit repetitive and with the dodgy controls, i think in all honesty they have spoiled a game which could of done much better. For that there is no excuse, hence the low rating.

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Posted:
2010-11-27

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

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:
2010-11-27

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo DS

7.9

Using the popular TV characters, the objective of the game is to construct a fabulous roller coaster, which you achieve by playing the ever present minigames and explorations; they are everywhere. Many of the adventures follow the normal formula; Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher go to explore a town and collect items and parts with which to assemble their roller coaster, and meet various challenges along the way. But that is what this sort of game is all about and it certainly doesn’t make these games any less enjoyable because of it. You can use Ferb for some of the more mundane tasks, like building barriers and other structures, to help you achieve your goal. Some of the minigames use screen touching techniques for things such as hammering in a nails or tracing lines.

The character Candace is also present to try to frustrate the boy’s actions and generally interfere and be a nuisance. The game has a busted bar display and any activity such as fooling around, or anything that may distract from your purpose will increase the reading on the busted meter, and if it is filled, you’ll just have to play more minigames to gather other bits in a puzzle, while being chased by Candace, but you have an invisibility potion at your disposal to keep you out of her sight. After gathering the parts, Minigames also need to be completed in the actual construction of the roller coaster, and when you have finally completed building what may turn out to be an ingenious contraption, you get to take a ride on it if you dare.But even at this stage of the game there are more surprises and bonuses and time challenges.

There are also vehicle upgrades that you can get to unlock that can adapt your vehicle and even make it suitable for space travel. Phineas and Ferb also has an online feature. By connecting to DGamer, you can have your own avatar and unlock many items, from avatar costumes to sunglasses. The artistic graphics are incredible and the music effects are well fitted to the game, adding to the overall enjoyment of gameplay.

It is well organized, the first challenge being spare part hunting, then its second stage is the assembling these discovered parts, and, after all the hard work, you get to ride on your own fantastical creation. Content-wise the game is very simple yet still providing entertainment and the DGamer feature is definitely a plus since you can chat to other gamers and get them involved. It is certainly worth considering as an addition to your wish list.

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Posted:
2010-11-28

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo DS

7.8

Certainly not the easiest game in the handheld format, making it the best I have played on Nintendo DS to date. The underlying Sims idea is still the same as its PC counterparts,the Sims attempt to fulfill their needs and by doing so achieve Sim happiness. The point-and-click system using the stylus makes filling the game’s day planner easier, but in planning for the Sim’s house the Build and Buy play mode doesn’t have much inventory like the other versions, but this is not a major problem.

Players can use the efficiency of the game’s touch screen for painting walls, drawing, and dragging and dropping items with ease. You can also make up your own story should you so wish. When you pick your Sims’ character and Lifetime wish, you set out a plan to follow to achieve this wish. Your character can also go on explorations to the town, be in, and fall out of, love, visit their neighbors; whatever you wish. The new feature for this version is its Karma. It is earned by completing particular set goals in the game, which earn as a reward Karma points that can then be used in different ways such as spending on items for added luck or throwing a fire spell at a neighbor. There are other means of collecting Karma points which require searching out, and others that need to be unlocked.

Looking for Karma adds a twist to the overall enjoyment of the game. Another added feature is the ability to personalize your Sims’ facial character by using the stylus. You can widen the forehead; change the nose, sharpen the chin and a lot more, producing some quite grotesque looking features. It is a great addition although in the DS version there is more pixilation so rendering the facial customization a little less effective. This really is a shame as this feature is great fun by itself. Generally speaking the music and sound effects are catchy and the ever present mumbling and chattering crowd noises are still there, which is good as they would certainly be missed.

The gameplay is great and the addition of Karma points gives scope for added imagination. While it isn’t that graphically-rich, the inclusion Build and Buy mode is a welcome feature, but the most enjoyable new feature and of great amusement value in itself,is the Create-a-Sim facial function.

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Posted:
2010-11-28

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo DS

7.3

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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Posted:
2010-12-07

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo DS

7.4

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.

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Posted:
2010-12-13

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo DS

7.0

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!


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