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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:
2010-11-28

tomgreen

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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

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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

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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Posted:
2010-12-23

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

6.5

LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 is based, very loosely, on the first four books in the Harry Potter series, these being Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, and Goblet of Fire. It is neccessary to tackle them in order, not because this makes more sense of the storylines but because the game won't let you do it any other way. You are however supposed to be familiar with the baisc outlines of the Harry Potter tales; they are loosely connected.

Most of the game's advancement is through fetch quests, not too heavy combat, puzzle solving, and as you would expect in LEGO, collecting the bits known as studs. You have to guide Harry and friends through all sorts of environments facing various evrents and landing in some tricky predicaments.

Controlling the game is much better using the stylus than by the D-pad which has a very poor directing action. Touching items and people with the stylus allows for conversations and exploring items in the environment or to cast your standard attack spell. Some spells require simple problems to be solved. Also, you can, at some points in the game, play a chraracter other than Harry. Because the game is aimed at a young audience, failing a task or dyingand and such like, doesn't usually result in frustration; you can normally try again.

The graphics are good for what they are but with the occasional jerkiness, and the voice acting is good and there is not too much of it to be annoying.

The game’s lack of freedom may put some people off, but on the plus side you can always double-back to earlier stages once you’ve completed them to unlock all sorts of goodies. There's a lot going on and kids will probably not mind the fact that the story is not accurate to the original books. Hours of good entertaining fun for youngsters.

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Posted:
2010-12-24

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

6.4

Smashing stuff, literally, is what this game is all about, but I suppose the title gave that away. Of course, there is more than one way to kill a cat and the same applies to smashing things or demolition; the things in this case are buildings. To this end there are various tools at your disposal, jackhammers, swinging balls and such everyday things; there are also some more advanced devices verging on the realms of fantasy.

Your main objective is to demolish a structure, to contract, within any time limit set by the contract, and, if necessary, dispose of the rubble and waste aterwards. And, not forgeeting to avoid casualties from passers by.

The renedering of the actual demolitions well done, but hardly realistic. The vehicular demolition aids such as bulldozers and cranes do get stuck sometimes trying to traverse rubble, but isn't that the way it is in reality. When using powerful tools such as these you need to be careful as the whole edifice you are destroying may collapse sooner than anticipated thus covering you in debris.

Not the best game in the world, but its all good clean harmless fun, especially for younger boys.

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Posted:
2010-12-24

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

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:
2011-03-10

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

6.5

At first glance the game is just another zombie killing spree with nothing more than blood and gore spilling on the floor and walls as the main attraction. But Dead Rising 2 has graduated from all that and made hacking and slashing zombies for the benefit of a loved one. This is what the story of Chuck Greene revolves around: his daughter has been bitten by a zombie and the only way to keep her from turning into a fully fledged zombie herself is by giving her shots of a medicine known as Zombrex. The game capitalizes on that fact that it leads Chuck to a town that is infested with zombies to get a decent amount of the drug.

Inside the game there are a lot of things to enjoy. To mention a few, the details are well presented, for instance, when you change into a new outfit (a common thing to do in this game) you will still see that new outfit on the cut scene. Small detail but it makes the game a bit realistic in a way.

You do not really need to worry about finding a real gun or a real sword because the game features a system that allows you to combine weapons or whatever object that you can find. If you run out of ammo then throw the gun away and pick that hand gun and attach it a stake to pierce and shoot zombies at the same time, and in this manner the list of weapons is just endless.

You can finish the campaign mode together with a friend and take on more zombies and finish the task on time…which brings me to my next point.The weakness of the game. And believe me you are in for a treat. Aside from picking up Zombrex for your daughter, the game also relies on the fact that you need to also save survivors here, and that takes more than just calling them up and telling them to come over to your place. Nothing wrong about this, but the fact that the survivors themselves are pretty slow when there is a horde of zombies after you adds more fuel to the fire. But in a way this is fun, but can also be irritating in a way.

The game similar to the first one has a clock running and it requires you to go to a specific place at a specific time or else pay the price of failure. This is also the limitation of the game as you do not get to discover the game fully since you have a schedule to comply with. If you want to discover the game more then you need to play it again, which at times may get repetitive when you have been going around the same place for the 5th time.

Overall the game is a great purchase, by mixing hack and slash with a noble goal in mind Dead Rising 2 has changed the course of zombie mashing games. Every point of the game is entertaining most especially that weapon combination system. With dead rising 2, experience the whole genre of zombie mashing in a new way.

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Posted:
2011-05-07

tomgreen

Super Gamer Dude

7.0

Dragon Age 2 for the PC does not overshadow its older sibling, but it’s definitely a great RPG that emphasizes the element of choice in great vision.

Dragon Age 2 is the same old role-playing game by BioWare that goes off to continue the journey of Hawke in Thedas. The first few hours of the games are not particularly excellent, however it meticulously gets to follow the details of its predecessor, and in the long run, you’ll get the flow of the story enough for you to continue the gameplay. Here, you get to seek refuge at Kirkwall, after running off of Ferelden when the bad guys managed to control the whole kingdom. To these scenes the game opens up, and thus takes several hours to finish, before you even get to the focus of the whole game. Don’t you worry though, ‘cause as soon as you get back on track, you’ll be charmed by the astonishing and thrilling fantasy world that it opens you on.

Yes, Dragon Age 2 seems terrific at some points, however not as great as its predecessor has been. There are a few changes here and there, and there are some areas changed from the first version that didn’t actually need any alteration. However, even if the story is a bit fractured, it has its own experience that is quite enough to make a mark. I got thrilled by the whole city of Kirkwall, and BioWare did a great job of instituting this to my system, even if it took hours to be able to settle in.

In Dragon Age 2, theology as well as politics is the main focus of the story. There are also the slavery and oppression issues that seem real in the world that are actually what we also get to see in real life. For some reason, this whole new place wasn’t just a foreign place to me but rather a living place for my character to live in. The citizens need a hero, and there’s where you go in as Hawke. The moving story gets emphasized by the distinct improvement in the script and dialogue in Dragon Age 2, which is the main issue with its previous release.

The action and gameplay gets more intense than the original, you get to control party members by merely pressing a button and issue commands – a big improvement too compared to Origins. Controls were faster too, and animations were astonishing. The sounds are a bit noisy though, but you’ll soon get a hold of the noise when you realize you are in a battle and of course, needed the sound of war.

What lets down Dragon Age 2 the most is having bland and identical missions, which are merely signs of not getting into too much detail. Good thing Dragon Age 2 gets the chance to elaborate the use of the freewill and choice as to all the missions themselves, as they result differently every time. This is a vital element of gameplay, as no one would want to play something as predictable as a kid’s game, would you?

Overall, Dragon Age 2 still goes off to show what BioWare is good at – making you dwell in a world as if it’s real. And yes, for moments I have thought of Kirkwall as a world I am living in, complete with all the issues, both theological and political in nature. It might not be easy to blend in, but you soon get along with everyone completely.


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