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Posted:
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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2014-05-19

tomgreen

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7.0

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for the Xbox One is an insane strategy game that contains all the things we enjoy and love about video games, this zombie ridden title was developed by the PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts on all consoles including the next generation. The Xbox One release was released on February 27, 2014.

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, can 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 'customisable' 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, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for the Xbox One 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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Posted:
2010-11-03

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

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

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:
2010-12-30

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

6.2

Clearly, the developers of the game have taken the many factors that the Professor Layton series has in its entirety as reference when they created Dr. Who’s character. Having been able to successfully apply the format to other DS Titles, Evacuation Earth does the same in this game. And of course the Layton style does creep in often especially when you investigate an object that is paired with some puzzles that you must complete, which may include lock picking, restoring certain objects back to their original state, or just simply a block-sliding puzzle.

There is a difference though, between the real Layton puzzles and the puzzles found in this game. The real Layton puzzles are quite complicated and are aimed at teens and young adults. But as the game suggests a certain age bracket (which is 3 years and above), the puzzles don’t fascinate anyone at the older end of the age bracket. The principal reason that made the Professor successful is that his Brain Twisters are just cool and complicated and definitely twist the brains of fans and viewers alike. Though there’s a slight variation, some of the puzzles retain the jigsaw puzzle style; and coupled with a higher level of difficulty, some of them just seem irrelevant.

As for the words from The Doctor’s mouth, you can find a fairly good amount in Evacuation Earth. Matt Smith and Karen Gillian, both voice actors in the series reiterate their roles in Evacuation Earth to give a similar feel in the game and the series. This becomes one of the many great things that the game can actually brag about. Despite the apparent voice acting problems in many DS games, both the Evacuation Earth series and the games have identical inflections and tone, which absolutely make fans of the series feel at home when playing the game. Doctor Who doesn’t just sound good but the characters in the game also maintain the same attractiveness and appeal that they have in the TV series.

Being an adventure game, Evacuation Earth just feels right with the combination bright colors across the numerous still images that you encounter throughout the game. The overall design is functional but not really that awe-inspiring. Generally, you may still feel a little disappointed with the new tie-in of the famous TV series, but in comparison to other adventure games in DS, the game is pretty much the DS consoles’ finest yet. What is noticeably lacking is some more difficulty and variety in the puzzles and tasks of the game. Young fans might find something interesting in these games but the older Who fans may feel a tad disappointed. There’s still a long way to go before a true Doctor Who tie-in becomes truly successful in developing a game that ultimately feels like the TV series.

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Posted:
2011-01-26

tomgreen

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8.0

The game Mount and Blade is a breather from all the extreme violence and fighting of the more stressful games that you normally see or play. This game takes you to a land of many kingdoms and encourages you to make one of them your own. You are going to have to use a lot of thinking and strategy in this game, as you will need to act as someone who intends to be the successor of the whole kingdom. So this means that you have to make your land successful and rich so as to be made king.

You start as a mercenary where you need to fight and raise an army, earn lands and pick sides on which kingdom you wish to fight for; that is you will be fighting on the side of the kingdom that you wish to be yours. You have to make sure that you protect it by fighting well and at the same time leveling up so that you will become a step closer to being a king. The game is lengthy which means you will have longer time to enjoy it.

This game has good graphics which look realistic and the audio and presentation are also good. The story and plot are also very good; more focused on defence than attack.

I found Mount and Blade to be something new, fresh and relaxing. It is not as intense as other fighting games. It is also exciting, fun and challenging. You will surely have a good time defending your kingdom to become the king. This game will test your skills and strategy making decisions. It will definitely make you want to play more just to meet your main objective, to be the king of the kingdom you are protecting.
I would recommend this game to anyone at as it is truly great!

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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

Super Gamer Dude

8.0

Resident Evil 6 is a third-person shooter which is aimed at players who enjoy a horror type scenario, and is the latest installment in the Resident Evil series. In this new release you take on the roles of various characters within the game, some of these include, Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy, and Jake Muller, three of the seven characters at your disposal. During the game you must confront the forces behind a massive bio-terrorist attack and take on hordes of Zombies and the latest arrival of the J'avo, as you fight to stop the outbreak in this ultimate horror experience.

The game offers up to three scenarios with connected storylines which are unique and have their own style which is something I have not seen before in the Resident Evil games. There is also the option of allowing online players to join you during the missions. Unlike previous Resident Evil titles they have introduced health tablets where you can restore health with a simple click of a button.

Various weapons can be obtained throughout the game, and changing weapons can be done with relative ease, some of these weapons include, Knives, Bear Commander, Wing Shooter, Elephant Killer and Rocket Launchers. However some of these weapons can only be attained and used during certain missions. For instance the Rocket Launcher can be used on select missions and is only available in certain parts of the game.

A little about the J’avo, members of this new race are harder to kill than the old style Zombies which you see in the previous Resident Evil. The J’avo are much smarter, they plan and interact with one another in order to carry out an attack, they also have the ability to heal themselves.

This game is certainly on a par with other Resident Evil titles that have preceded it, bone chilling effects, heart racing scenes, those who like this type of game will find much enjoyment here with the added bonus being the use of multiple stories and characters and their interactions which makes this one of the best i've played in this series.

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Posted:
2013-12-27

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

9.0

In spring around 6 years ago, game developer SimBin and the publisher 109tacle Studios made it a point to drag the world of PC racing back to people's attention with the very warmly received GTR: FIAT which was a GT race game. During a certain point in time whence the virtual competition for vehicles was moving in a very bad place, GTR was a very welcome escape for those people who had a love for transmission fluid and those who wanted to pilot real cars in real tracks against real opponents. And after that, the very same people have brought out GTR: Legends and once more made people very happy indeed.

What is fantastic about this game is that instead of going with the flow and putting a driver behind the wheel of a car, which is most usually of a cutting edge design, the cars that are featured in this game are those that were made some 40 or 30 years ago. No ultra smooth Ferrari's here; and what you will find instead are tricked out cars like some Minis and Cortinas to some badass Shelbys. You can find some really slick looking and moving Porsche's and a great variety of metal beasts that were made for racing and are sure to get your blood pumping as you roar along the path.

Unlike with the GPL, which was admittedly too difficult to play for a lot of players, this game gives you a lot of grit and a very believable experience. When you play at the most basic of the game levels, you won't ever have to sweat the small stuff which is nice if you are just up for a good time and do not want to do too much thinking as of the moment. Once you play the other levels, you are sure to be on the edge of your seat but for reasons that are entirely good and not because you cannot figure out how to play the game. This is what makes it different from GPL. Players of that game will surely welcome this one with a resounding cheer. In this game, you will be forced to treat your car as if it was one that you owned in real life so that it keeps running in tiptop condition. Anything less than some tender loving care and your racing career is over!

Another thing that you will learn from this game is that you have to learn how to drive properly and it is not acceptable to just crash and bump into things, it will force you to reconcile the fact that you have to drive properly or you will not win a race ever. Talk about a game with a very good message. But of course, once you have played it several times and you are familiar with the racing circuit, you will find that you will start to win more races and that is why you should play this superb game every chance that you get.


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