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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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Posted:
2014-05-19

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

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

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

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:
2010-12-20

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

7.5

Fifi and the Flowertots is aimed at children as the games help increase their skills and mental capabilities. There are 15 mini games to play like wordsearch, sudoku, spot the difference, jigsaw and many others. Each game has three levels of difficulty. All of the games are highly educational. The different characters in this game are child friendly and help the learning along.

Many of the games are based on memory and reactions, although, parents still need to choose the most appropriate game for their children, suiting tem to their ages. Once a game is finished, your kids can have a gold, silver or bronze medal as a reward and to encourage them to try again for more. Parental input of course is very important as well. The controls and the menu are all made easy and uncomplicated as they need to be, and the screen is full of colors and objects to explore. The music and audio are also very kid-friendly and can catch the attention of children.

All in all, Fifi and the Flowertops are parents’ best friends for their kids and if not actually involved they would not notice that they are there, totally engrossed and having a good time while doing something useful.

Kids can enjoy while learning in this game and the more they enjoy the more they are likely to learn. At the price its worth buying it for its learning potential or for just a few hours peace and quiet.

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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:
2011-02-04

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

1.0

Judging by the name of this game I was kind of skeptical when I first picked it up. However, "Whodunit" mystery games are quite common and they are well known for their hidden object games with usually a pretty decent storyline. So this game Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer is based on actual events that really did take place.

You play as Jennifer Lourdes who is an FBI agent. In this game you catch onto Ira Einhorn, who is kind of a wacko, in fact a hippie that has turned into a killer. Mr. Einhorn jumped bail after slaughtering his ex, Holly Maddux. This is a murder that actually did take place in 1977 and was actually quite famous in its time as many news stations covered the scene. Because of Einhorn's last name that is why he is labelled as the "Unicorn Killer."

So you might be wondering how this story plays out. Well, it reminds me of the TV show America's Most Wanted, which shows in a graphical how Mrs. Maddux was killed. Kind of leaves you scratching your head and wondering, because it is really a true story.

So in the game you are going to be uncovering clues to find out where the hell Einhorn actually resides and will be searching Einhorn's apartment in order to seek out clues on where he could have possibly gone. This game rushes you which is not very pleasant. There is 10 minutes to find everything, and you even get dubbed 45 seconds if you click on too many random things but you can play in rookie mode which isn't timed at all. Just not fun, because on most solving games I have played half the fun is drinking a couple of cold ones and trying to figure out something. This game doesn't allow you to do that unless in easy mode!

One thing that really pissed me off about this game is it does not autosave if you quit, which means you are going to have to redo everything. Very frustrating. But, what is more disappointing is the fact that you can only carry one object at a time. The inventory system is really screwed up! Then you have to go through your inventory and click again to use it. Just seems kind of odd to me and very redundant. There are also some misspellings in the game which kind of makes it feel as if they rushed the game but at least they spell "Real Crimes" correctly.

All and all, it is a very short game (about 2 hours long) and doesn't really hold your attention. In fact, I played it for a little while and once beating it just got a sense of, "ok, that sucked.". I sold the game on eBay for a small price and did get satisfaction from that, though. I would rate this game 1 out of 10. It sucks! Do not buy it because you will be very disappointed with this game!

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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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