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Posted:
2010-12-28

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Xbox 360

7.8

This review was written by user Butchdown and added here also by Mods, the reason being, this review is already on site under Dead or Alive 4 Classics, it is basically exactly the same game only with a different cover, hence we added this review here also.

Dead or Alive 4 seems and feels quite similar to its predecessors and pretty close to Dead or Alive Ultimate in its feature set; the gameplay hasn’t changed that much compared to previous versions. Fans of the series may find themselves using some of the same techniques and specials as they did in earlier versions. However, fans can also expect cracking new techniques with a number of returning characters, and enjoy new unique layouts and tweaks to the fighting engine. Moreover, DOA 4 boasts of having a more tactical, slicker, and totally better feel than the previous versions. The game also possesses a more dynamic and engaging action which is hardly present in fighting games nowadays. Indeed, the game puts forward some variety with a wide selection of characters equipped with tons of skills.

The core force behind Dead or Alive 4 is the bout between two fighters who want to defeat each other with a mix of punches, kicks, and throws. Tag-team matches are also present where you can switch between two characters but most often, it ends up into a one-on-one fight. But the best way to jumpstart you in Dead or Alive 4 is getting into the Story Mode, which I have to tell you, is not quite the story you expect. It just features a couple of inane exchanges with other fighters, and usually ends up in a deadly hardcore battle culminating in a kind of cutscene. However, some of the cutscenes are rather amusing and when you get to move further in the mode, you’d be able to unlock new characters and obtain various costumes for the characters as well. All in all, the Story mode offers some enticements and can be relatively fun.

There are other standard modes in the game as well. The Survival Mode is quite a kick-ass mode with endless arbitrary enemies thrown your way while playing. The mode does offer motivation in the form of unlockable goals that largely depend on the number of enemies you get to defeat in a row. There is also the Time Attack Mode which offers as much fun as the Survival Mode obviously for the same reasons; and the team battle mode if you want to try fighting with a variety of character combinations. The Versus Mode is where you can set up a custom match against a friend or the computer, while in the Sparring Mode, you get to learn the different moves of the characters; although it leaves a lot to be desired on integrating well with the complexities of the DOA 4 gameplay. The Online Mode is my personal choice for the best mode and just like in Dead or Alive Ultimate; it features an assortment of different online play variants which are all centered within the concept of virtual arcade. What’s quite brilliant about this mode is that you get to fight against 16 other players in a single lobby. I tell you, my mates and I had our thumbs so sore in just a single game. But one thing’s for sure; we had a great time with the Online Mode with hardly a lag, even with overseas opponents. Well there were a few lock-ups in between fights, which was also confirmed by other players, especially when trying the Xbox guide but it was so infrequent, (like maybe once in fifty matches) we barely noticed it and didn’t really affect our game. We can indeed conclusively say that we enjoyed online Dead or Alive 4 at its best.

Dead or Alive 4 also displays impressive visuals which are best viewed on High Definition. Characters are vibrantly detailed, environments are crafted well, and animations – including new ones – are realistically depicted, with smooth and crisp textures that all tote up to one spectacular and picturesque production. The game also features a great audio, so magnificently presented throughout the game despite its similarity to previous versions. The sound effects for the punches, kicks, throws, etc. are all very spot-on and quite plausible to listen to. The game also features the impressive use of surround sound that lends a sense of authenticity to the fight scenes. And even more interesting is the excellent soundtrack that perfectly fits distinct characters and action scenes. I have to add that I personally enjoy Aerosmith in the introductory cutscene of the game.

If you’re the type that goes for a kick-ass and spot-on fighting game, Dead or Alive 4 in Xbox 360 is positively for you. You get to sink in your teeth with a variety of powerful characters, great action, and even become addicted to its Online Mode. Let’s just say, you’ll have your hands full when you start playing Dead or Alive 4, as I and most of my mates have experienced. Dead or Alive 4 is utterly the fighting game to beat, as subsequent games for the Xbox console would most likely soon find out.

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Posted:
2019-10-29

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PC Games

8.2

Rockstar games is at it again and has developed an open world third person shooting game similar to the Grand Theft Auto Franchise. L.A. Noire for the PC comes to you taking place in the year 1947 in Los Angeles California. You are in the middle of many incidents going on all throughout the city as a police detective for the Los Angeles Police Department. Since this game takes place in the late 1940s you are going to have to expect to be involved in a lot of gangster cases.

The team that actually developed L.A. Noire is Team Bondi and the game was published by Rockstar Games. For those gamers that appreciate unique gameplay and a mind blogging play the whole way through will find much interest here. Do not expect to run and gun your way through this game. L.A. Noire aims at taking gamers in a different direction. L.A. Noire is focused more on your detective skills and ability to assess situations that unfold in front of you rather than a full on assault.

One feature this game has that a lot of people enjoyed was the interrogations conducted throughout the game. As a detective you have to ask people questions, and based on their response you form an opinion on if you think they are telling the truth or not. This adds an interesting element to the game because you have to decipher how to read someone based on the situation that has unfolded, their tone of voice and their overall facial expressions while you ask them questions. This element L.A. Noire makes it very fun for those gamers who like to try and decipher questions and mysteries. Yet for those who simply like to run around and shoot things this is not your type of game.

Overall L.A. Noire is a moderately fun game. Because of the slow paced feel gamers can find themselves getting a little agitated and ready for action at times. Not that there is not a lack of action in the game, but for those who are looking for a Grand Theft Auto type of feel to the game look elsewhere. This game is fun for the gamers who do not mind spending a little extra time and effort to figure out clues provided throughout the game. The story is one of the most interesting aspects of the game and it feels as if you were in a movie when you are playing.

Anyone who wants to try a completely unique game should give L.A. Noire a try. The PC offers good quality graphics and sound while you are playing through the game. Remember that there is downloadable content expected to be periodically be released in the coming future for the game so it does have some replay value. L.A. Noire is a fun and interesting experience.

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Posted:
2019-09-09

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PC Games

8.2

Age of Empires III: Complete Collection continues with the legacy set forth by the groundbreaking real-time strategy franchise.

The game continues the timeline used by the previous Age of Empires I and II. Having already campaigned through the dawn of civilization into the Roman Empire and later through the mid-evil times and the age of kings, Age of Empires III journeys through from the age of discovery to the age of imperialism. Included is the industrial revolution, the discovery of the new world, and the mass use of firearms.

The complete PC edition also includes the games two expansion packs: The War Chiefs and The Asian Dynasty’s. The War Chiefs expansion offers the use of Aztecs, Iroquois, and Sioux and includes the addition of new resources and home city options. India, China, and Japan were included on the Asian Dynasties expansion and the ability to export resources for cash and hire foreign troops as mercenaries. Also included is the ability to eventually build a wonder.

Just as the technology evolves through these ages of civilization, Ensemble Studios brought forth a stunning new graphics and physics engines. The details are beautifully at work amongst the explosions resulting from the new cannons and new musket fire. In addition, the game has a detailed naval element, which includes some beautiful water effects and an authentic shoreline that includes crashing wave display.

Age of Empires III sets itself apart from other real time strategy games through the implementation of the home city feature. As the player advances in a particular game, they gain experience points that can be applied to benefits offered from the home city. Players can select from a deck of cards, unique to each civilization that will send amounts of resources and other benefits from the home city to the colony. Home cities begin with 15 cards and can be expanded to 20, as players gain experience the benefits improve as well.

Multiplayer uses the ES Online interface where opponents can not only search for death match and supremacy game types based on home-city attributes, but also includes clan modes, strategy tips, and other community related techniques. Multiplayer games can become long as players must advance through the various ages, but Age of Empires does allow players to begin matches at more advanced time periods.

The entire game is based off of the discovery and colonization of the new world. Age of Empires III allows you to pick Spanish, British, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, German, and the Ottoman. Another interesting feature is the use of Native American tribes as mercenaries, players can elect to trade and hire with the indigenous civilizations. As typical with the Age of Empires franchise, the civilizations are based off of the villager units who gather resources and construct buildings. In previous games the villager would make a return trip back from the mines or forests they were gathering resources from, in Age of Empires III the resources are automatically accredited to the player.

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Posted:
2020-02-05

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PC Games

7.2

Rayman Origins will be familiar to anyone who has played a 2D platformer before. Rayman and his buddies have to run and jump from left to right, rescuing creatures and gaining new powers as they progress through the game.

Rayman Origins is perhaps the most technically proficient 2D platformer in recent history, with tight and responsive controls pushing the action along nicely. Rayman Origins can be frustratingly difficult at times, but like any well-made game, you always know that you are the one at fault for your inability to progress, not the game. Like any other challenging game, you will eventually manage to surmount even the most impossible challenges through trial and error.

The environments that all this running and jumping takes place in looks absolutely incredible. Rayman Origins takes advantage of the PS3 as much as a 2D platformer possibly could, using its power to create a world that looks like a particularly beautiful Saturday morning cartoon. The game also makes use of a whimsical soundtrack that matches every level blow for blow. There are even several levels that revolve around instruments that create the games soundtrack.

In fact, the sound in general does more for Rayman Origins than any other single element. From the aforementioned music to the noises made by the adorable Electoons that you are supposed to rescue and beyond, Rayman Origins bleeds a weird sort of whimsy that it seems like only this team can manage to pull off.

Can't take all that whimsy on your own? No problem, Rayman Origins has a co-op mode that I consider to be the best way to play the game. Like a number of other co-op platformers, having up to four players in cramped areas takes the whimsy and turns it on its head, creating a chaotic vibe as people jump all over the screen, accidentally or purposefully punching each other in the face as they move across the screen. If all you want to do is play through the game, perhaps co-op isn't for you, but if you're just looking to have a ton of fun, the co-op offers a unique experience for you and 3 of your closest friends.

Thanks to all of its individual elements, Rayman Origins manages to come comes across as an AAA title, even if it was denied an AAA budget and a proper marketing campaign. Massive amounts of care that are above and beyond that of most games have gone into this title, and help to make it worth every cent, and even more importantly, worth every minute of your valuable time you spend with it.

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Posted:
2019-10-20

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Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

7.0

Dirt Showdown for PC is a further addition to the much loved Dirt series. The overall game presentation is slick, the cars are nicely detailed and there are plenty on obstacles on the tracks, but overall something is missing.

The overall detail in the tracks is fairly well done and the scenery on each level is nicely toned. Some tracks are loaded with obstacles but it seems the developers spent an awful amount of time of the scenery and not enough time creating enough tracks to race over. Before you know it you have played all the tracks and with some tracks merging with other tracks during play it really does seem very bland and repetitive.

The commentary in some of the modes of play is also quite shocking and really does not add anything meaningful to the game whatsoever. Using such words as T-BoneTastic, or T-BoneDelicious really gets irritating and I cannot fathom why they have done this.

The best mode within Dirt Showdown is the Dominator, where the tracks are divided into four sections and the best time wins, win enough of these and become the Dominator. There is also a Destruction Derby Mode but instead of being last man standing winning in this mode is based on a time limit. They really could have done so much better with this game, and leaving the racers to get on with it and waiting for the time to run out makes for a disappointing way of winning.

There are other modes of play also where you knock down different boxes positioned on the track, but after a while this gets boring too. Another example is when you have to perform a donut, and again you simply hold down one button and no controls are needed. It almost feels like they are trying to pan the game out but making a terrible job of it.

Compared to Dirt 3 this game is a real disappointment, what should have been great turned out to be a standard dirt racer, instead of being a separate game they should have make this game an add-on for Dirt 3.

Taken as a whole, Dirt Showdown could have been a good game, but it is simply not long enough, the commentary is terrible and the tracks are very bland, a real disappointment.

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Posted:
2019-10-07

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Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

8.5

Say hello to the next addition to the Zoo Tycoon series. There are a lot of improvements this time round which make this game a lot better than the previous version of this game. You will be able to build a zoo and place your animals in a variety of exhibits. The goal is to keep them happy so that they will remain happy and entertain your paying customers at the zoo. Also, you will need to micromanage your zoo and pay your employees appropriately.

The end result of keeping everyone at the zoo happy is your customers will be more apt to buy from your gift shops and also your food. This will give you more money for more extra exhibits and even animal toys. The basic gameplay is almost a mirror image of the first game with much improved graphics, though.

This game has 3 different modes in which you can play as. The 1st mode is "campaign" mode which will allow you to complete over 15 missions. They get more and more challenging as the game progresses. However, "challenge" mode lets you build unique zoos where you will have to juggle your finances and will offer challenge you with a bunch of different obstacles. The last, but not least is "sandbox" mode where you don't have to worry about your finances and can just build until your heart is content.

What is different about this game is you can actually play it in 1st person view or as staff member. I believe you can even play as a guest to, but I am not 100% sure on that. You will also see little green (good), yellow (neutral) and red (mad) faces above your animals and customers. This will show you what you need to do in order to make your animals or customers happy. For instance, if you put a tiger in an ice filled environment he/she would obviously be upset.

What I really like about this game is the improved graphics though. When you used to zoom in (Zoo Tycoon) it was almost a pixel mess. For instance, when you had to take a picture of your lion it was almost sad on how bad the graphics were. This time it looks much better and the issue with the game speed has even been fixed.

It is however a great game overall and a great game to play with the kids. My little one will had the most fun playing in the sandbox mode where they don't have to think to much about managing their finances. I have already spent numerous afternoons playing this and overall the game is top notch.

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Posted:
2020-02-03

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Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

6.5

The Pixar movie Brave opened to somewhat mixed reviews. The film, while decent, had the Pixar name to live up to and there were some that didn't feel it met the bill. So what to make of the Pixar backed game of the same name? It's a lot like its movie counterpart from which it draws inspiration. It's not half bad, but it lacks the polish that you would expect from a high end video game. The game's graphics are great and you feel like you are playing within the movie at times. The gameplay is rather basic and bland and a co op mode never really takes off like it could. Brave feels like a game made for children with certain adult elements tossed into it to keep things interesting. I guess you could say that about most Pixar movies though too.

Perhaps the biggest curveball the game tosses at you is the fact that the game presents a slightly different story than what you saw in the movie theater. All of the main characters are still there, but it's just told from a different perspective. We won't spoil it for you, but let's just say that the story is actually one of the game's high points. Perhaps a bit damning to Pixar, we actually liked it better than the plot of the main movie. It should be noted though that the game doesn't last much longer than that of a movie, you can beat the main storyline in about 4 hours. That's fine if you paid $10 to see it in the theater. It's not so fine if you just dropped $50 at the local game store.

The game does offer collectibles and other unlockables to add replay value but it's really not enough to make up for the short campaign. Perhaps this will be a better purchase for your child if you happen to find the game in the bargain bin someday.

Graphics are themed after the movie and it does at times make it easy to get lost in the animation. If you take a closer look though, you'll see that the textures don't really stand up to the best titles of this generation. Some clipping issues exist, and some textures are just muddy.

The game does offer a co op mode for a friend to play along but it's here where you can see that the game was designed with a younger audience in mind. The 2nd player has infinite lives, you'll just keep coming back from the dead. Playing Co op makes a very easy game even easier. The gameplay, co op or solo, is extremely linear, moving from one environment to the next. There's not much skill to combat, it's more of a button mashing affair than anything.

Brave is a video game designed to let your child play through an alternate version of the movie storyline. It shows Pixar charm occasionally, but it's mostly just another poor movie adaption.

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Posted:
2020-02-18

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Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

6.2

Call of Duty is a name that has found its place in the gaming world as one of the all-time most popular FPS (first person shooters). This is the third game on the Modern Warfare line, but the eighth game on the Call of Duty title as a whole. The game definitely has a more realistic approach to the first person shooting genre than some of the other competitors out there (ie., the Halo series). The weapons, vehicles, and scenery all give the player a sense of warfare that is reminiscent to that of real life combat.

There are two modes of gameplay in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, single-player campaign and multi-player. Single-player campaigns in Call of Duty are notorious for being short, albeit exciting. Modern Warfare 3 is no exception. You'll control a war hero who guides a team through a rain of bullets and explosives fired from masses of terrorists. Your team may die in the process, but most of the time it doesn't affect your primary objective: keep yourself alive. You'll use a host of different weaponry: snipers, sub-machine guns, and rocket launchers to kill off the enemies. The end result in many of the campaign missions is the player reaching the objective as the sole survivor after a series of bloody battles. The campaign as a whole is very interactive and fast paced, and usually takes about six to seven hours to complete.

The multi-player, on the other hand, is endless. Ever since online multi-player was added to the Call of Duty series, the game started selling big. Many owners of the game neglect the campaign, and bought the game for the sole reason of enjoying the multi-player experience. You'll start out on multi-player with just a few weapons with new ones becoming available as you gain experience through victories and kills. One of the huge draws to the multi-player mode is the ability for the player to customize a series of classes that he/she can choose from to engage in online battles. The class system allows you to choose weapons, gear, and perks that you'll spawn with. There are nearly endless possibilities for customization.

The killstreak system in multi-player got a total re-haul from Modern Warfare 2. Instead of the traditional "get rewards for your kills" system, Modern Warfare 3 breaks it down into three different modes: assault, support, and specialist. The assault follows the same routine as the original system and rewards you by kill count. The support mode tallies up actions and kills between lives and bestows you rewards that benefit the team as a whole, like the UAV. The specialist stands unique in that the rewards are not guns or UAV's, but the player becomes faster, stronger and bullets deal more damage.

Overall, the game is a great buy. The campaign is short, but the multi-player more than compensates for that. The player will play endless hours of online battles all the while gaining upgrades and abilities that make it feel completely satisfying and worthwhile.