Love it or hate it "The Beatles Rock Band" has made its way to the gaming world. So there seems to be a lot of hype around this game, recently and this is the latest addition to "Rock Bands" latest saga of games.
So there are millions upon millions of Beatles fans out there in the gaming world, but it would be an understatement if I was to say this is a game for Beatles fans. In this review I am going to discuss exactly what you get when you play this game.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨Who Doesn't Like The Beatles?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨Unless, you have been living in a cave over the last century you have probably heard of the Beatles.
The Beatles are loved and adored by so many people. Even if you are not a die-hard Beatles fan you will more than likely find this game extremely addicting. With aside from the other Rockband games with this one is simply amazing with its bright and colorful graphics.
However, that is not the only thing is great about this game; it also has a much better story line than previous Rockband games. Even people that don't normally like video games are ranting and raving about this game. This game is jam packed with over 45 great Beatles songs that you can play. You won't find yourself getting board quickly with nearly over 130 minutes of songs to play along with.
For those of you that are new to these games it takes a certain amount of skill to master these games. So what can you do with the Beatles Rock Band? Get this, you can sing along either by yourself or you can even have 2 friends sing along with you, at the same time. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨
However, it doesn't just stop with singing along. You can even play the drums (which are my favorite) or you could play the guitar (and even the base guitar.) However, some people have complained that this (playing the guitar) isn't nearly as realistic as playing the drums or singing along. However, most enjoy it either way.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨
Don't just think that since there are 45 songs you will master them all and then get board, easily. This is not the case and you will find a ton of features that are hidden throughout the game.
So as if all this isn't enough this game even comes with an online feature where you can play against people from every spot around the globe. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨
I would have to say that this game has far exceeded our expectations. Even those big time Beatles fans are loving the game, because it is a simple game to play and has a lot of extra added features.
Fallout 3 is a game apart and distinct from all its competitors. It offers gamers an experience unlike any other game in the market right now. It’s such a great addition to the whole Fallout franchise. It’s so good that you no longer need to play the other versions to be able to take pleasure in playing this game. This game alone is enough to satisfy you without you asking for more.
It caters to both the good and the bad players in the game world. If you’re the type of player who doesn’t want to see pain and suffering, you can donate your own supplies to the beggars on the street sacrificing your own health by doing so. But if you are the more violent type, then there are a lot of cities for you to destroy. Though it caters to both, it seems to lean more on the bad side.
Violent content is very much the name of the game. You hear foul languages every now and then and the things you can do to people you meet are utterly disturbing; even the kids are not spared from the brutal killings. The game allows you to unleash the evil within you. Excessively so in some scenes, making you feel guilty at times. With this in mind, this definitely is not a game that little kids should be playing.
But all deeds, be they good or bad, have consequences and you will discover these later in the game. The choices you make as well as the things you do will, at some point in time, catch up with you. The more bad things you do, the harder it will be to continue playing because the resources become limited as people start to fear you. They either run and hide or attack you.
You might complete the game fast but it’s only when you finish that you realize how little you’ve actually played the game. The game doesn’t really require you to cover all the areas in a certain city making you miss all other stuff that are available for you to take. There are even some helpful items actually hidden in some areas, which require you to stay in one city longer than you should. Aside from that, you can simply explore the area and just marvel at the sight.
The great visuals and audio quality absolutely help in making everything seem realistic. The bad news is everything is turned off once things begin to move. People as well as animals move in a kind of stiff way, which is such a bust – and just when you’re beginning to feel that things are real. It’s as if you are zapped from a fantasy back to reality. I hope they correct this. If and when they do, this will really be the game to beat.
The game is so brilliantly put together; you tend to let its flaws pass unnoticed. You just enjoy playing it and you just let the game take you on a ride to what the future might be like. It’s so addictive you would want to play it over and over. This is definitely a great addition to your collection of games.
2010 FIFA World PS3 World CUP season is back in stunning form, EA Sports has come up with yet another soccer game which gaming fans for sure will appreciate. This year, along with 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, comes another event from FIFA, the release of a new soccer game entitled the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The new game depicts and presents some of the great soccer action seen in FIFA 10. Together with the right combination of mechanical and aesthetic innovations, it is a game that can definitely stand on its own with features of the world’s most popular sport event. It delivers excitement and exhilaration better than any other sporting games ever created.
The game runs under the same engine of FIFA 10 that offers crisp motions from the graphics to the movements. Infusing the World Cup fever to the game, it produces somewhat of everything a World Cup experience is all about. With the presence of a raucous crowd, coaches on the sideline and amazing player moves, the gameplay is magnificent. However, there are some features of the game that does not sit too well compared to its original gameplay. It shows off too much of the World Cup stadium atmosphere, which makes game sometimes a bit annoying. Beyond these minor concerns, the game has realistically captured the real-time flow of the World Cup season.
The features, design and gameplay all fall into place in depicting an awesome 2010 World Cup experience. Everything is World Cup, from the mascot to the facts presented in the loading screen and down to the game itself. There are many gameplay innovations presented in the game. A fine-tuned penalty kick system that adds more control for the user is a welcome change. Additional features also include playing the qualifying tournament with the 199 team present. You can select one team and bring your team to glory. Trying out the qualifying mode also presents a challenge for you to rewrite history.
Another altered feature in the game is that you get to play as Captain of any country of your choice. The player assumes only one player on the field, and you have the option to create one or you can use an existing player. The camera angles are definitely better than FIFA.
The modifications really improved the game, the player’s actions and reactions are better than FIFA 10, with the players making strong and smart runs. This actually makes the game more realistic. Adding to the enormous fun of the game is the noticeable improvement of typically boring commentators.
The biggest issue in this game is the game sliders, as users could not alter or change the game experience. The noticeable absence of gameplay simulations of the World Cup is also disappointing.
All in all, the game is very strong but it totally lacks the versatility that any user usually looks for in a video game. Try to use different teams in head to head battles to enjoy the added features of this game. You can also try playing online if you do not want to challenge the world on your own. At least it would break the somewhat monotonous tone.
Although Rooms The main Building is not one of the most interesting challenging puzzle games around, it still managed to rise above its mediocrity. The game presents 100 levels of puzzle games to entertain and present a challenge to any player who has bought a copy of this game. The very reason why this game has been created is the idea of having high level puzzle games that can provide enough challenge to a player who is crazy about puzzles.
The story mode of Room’s focuses on a young man who is trapped in a world that he can only escape by solving slide puzzles. The essence of the puzzles is to guide the character to slide pieces of the puzzles and unlock a doorway to another level. The game gets to the point of being boring and dull as you get repetitive experience of sliding puzzles and unlocking doorways to a new level. It’s actually too much of a no-brainer!
The creators of the game anticipated the boredom that would come with this kind of game; hence, it is inevitable that twists are presented. The creators added twists and diverse approaches to the game such as additional mechanics including teleporters and magic cupboards. However, the additions are pooled into a single stage, a more difficult stage that is very challenging. The negative part of this concept of puzzles is that some difficult puzzles are overshadowed by many easier puzzles.
The player suffers from a created plot that makes them, at some point, integrate the game to point and click stuff only. The creators of the game made an honest to goodness effort to make the player very more participative to the world of Rooms; but failed miserably. The game has its own charm; but sad to say, its dialogue and interactions were so bad that there is less recall for the players.
The DS version and Wii version both feature challenge modes that are timed but only playable once the story mode has been finished. It is very disappointing that for DS players, they can only play the game alongside their closest friend who also have a DS; and for Wii players, there is no game to be shared at all. Both versions have horrible interface.
Rooms: The Main Building is for players who really like puzzles. Some of the features are annoying such as the time limit. The later versions of the game however, have already an added feature of untimed level of puzzle solving. Patient players are quickly rewarded by working around some quirks and twists.
The game is a unique concept. It is impossible to ignore because of its level design. Just keep in mind that solving a puzzle is still rewarding, just not my cup of tea to be honest.
LEGO Battles (Nintendo DS) Review: Strategic Block Busting in Real Time
Lego sets – the authentic ones (not the ones you’ve seen on the Harry Potter movie) – are all about epic battles. Just about everyone who has an ax to grind with something or someone – space men, knights, pirates, ninja, treasure hunters – has had a LEGO set at one point or another. Here’s the good news for the avid fans: besides your imagination, you can now have (and hopefully, win) all those battles on the Nintendo DS. Although it has an undertone of “my-first-real-time-strategy” to it, the game is truly appealing and relatively impressive from a technical view point.
LEGO fans who’ve been in the know for a long time can easily distinguish some of the classic sets, such as the Space, Castle and Pirates pieces from a couple decades or so ago. LEGO Battles now makes it possible for the player to be in control of these various mini figures in a game that has a story mode of over 70 levels. The video cutscenes thankfully retain the humor charm and style that LEGO has been famous for.
Unfortunately, RTS fans who are expecting more challenging strategies aren’t so lucky, as LEGO Battles are really a piece of cake. The sad thing about LEGO franchise is it seems to just cater to kids, not realizing that everybody just loves LEGO! Still, LEGO Battles isn’t such a bad choice for neophytes in real time strategy. Although the six story modes are inclined to get repetitive, they are quite lengthy and maneuver the players smoothly into various units and buildings, showing each function as you go along. These are nice and helpful if you’ve never had any experience with an RTS in the past.
On the technical side, the touch screen controls seem to work well. At some point though, picking a single unit gets to be a little tricky, especially when a number of people and buildings appear on screen. The AI gets pretty irksome as they often get stuck somewhere when you send troops out over an extensive distance. You think you have better things to do winning a battle than babysit an AI that can’t figure out how to find its way! The workers are equally annoying as they simply just cease working and have to be prodded to continue gathering lumber.
The story modes reflect varied areas of expertise of different armies; and this is where the most fun part is; when you can actually mix and match diverse armies in the free play or multiplayer. Players get to choose their own heroes, vehicles, infantry and other paraphernalia from any of the unlocked sets, with available options that range from 5 to 25 selections.
The multiplayer is actually the highlight and best part of any RTS, and LEGO Battles, for all its shortcomings, has at least done an extremely good job at this, making the game as challenging as you opponent’s skills makes it. Be warned though, there are some snags in the caps on troop numbers and the maps aren’t that big. But all in all the mode works great, with just a very minimal slowdown and looks pretty impressive with two dozen characters fighting each other on screen, all at one time.
If the well known LEGO charm and humor are enough reasons for you to play the game, then you won’t be disappointed as there’s plenty of that in LEGO Battles. However, if you’re looking for more challenges, then this game probably would just bore you. It’s just too much of a “cakewalk”, which is such a shame as the multiplayer really is pure, solid fun and has lots of potentials. It could have been an excellent game to recommend to everyone. As it is… it’s really your take!
Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Wii) Review – It’s Still a Great Misadventure Even Without Whiplash Restrictions.
The original LEGO Star Wars game was a uniquely created game. It provided a new and fun experience. Due to the success of the original game, the creators made similar games such as Batman and Indiana Jones. Now, its latest offerings include the sequel of Indiana Jones. However, the new game is more likely the same as other Lego games and the gameplay is more or less like the other LEGO titles. The character destroys everything that can be destroyed and collect the rewards.
In this edition, the most notable addition to the gameplay is the unrestrained usage of the whiplash already. In the first Indiana Jones game, the whiplash could only be used in a restrictive manner where you had to be near the target, for one. The Wii now allows you to use the whip your target whenever and wherever you need it; which gives you a wider spot, rather than a small or restricted area. The only limitation is you can only use it on specific characters in a certain level.
This new LEGO Indiana Jones 2 title put huge focus on the movie, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Surprisingly, the creators of this new game somehow ended up integrating the past movie editions of the Indiana Jones series. This created a mess as players are thrown into confusion on what really is happening; other things that are not part of any movie edition even happen inexplicably. Also, while all other LEGO games feature buying new characters and vehicles capabilities, that aspect does not exist in this new installment.
The story line of the game does not present any surprises and that makes the whole experience boring. The addition of bonus stages even fails to save it with the dismal approach that can really bore you to tears all throughout. Some parts of the games let you fight off enemies in bunches, but they’re not even particularly created not with combat in mind; you get the feeling that its sole purpose is only to make the game longer and the experience excessive.
The essence of having a single approach that focuses on a specific movie series of a certain movie to the game is gone in this new game. The game was not created in support of the Indiana Jones movie editions; it was then a destruction of the movie editions as it is put into a one single game that makes it confusing. The creators have forgotten the former aspects of the original game in this new game by now making the character purchasable. It is done through fighting enemies and acquiring them directly in a certain stage. It has contributed to lack of inventory and upgrades to the brick collected in the game. By reason of the integration, there some parts of the game that will eventually make you lost. It is already very hard to cope up with the storyline as it involves other storylines of other Indiana Jones movies as well.
A new thing introduced in the game is the level creator where you can create pre existing levels but it will never look good as to the original made by Traveller’s Tales. At first it would be exciting to create your own challenges but it will be for naught because there is no online connectivity for the game.
If you plan on buying this new game, my advice is to buy the original Indiana Jones game. with too many loopholes in this new game, any beginner would not be satisfied and would be asking for more.
Medal of Honor (PC DVD) Review: The New Game that Looks and Sounds Familiar … but Not Quite.
Today’s modern games include the development of first person shooters. We can easily depict the picture of War. From the likes of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Call of Duty, it is very clear from these games that gamers are rooting for these kinds of games. Having the most fans base out there, one would expect a very stiff competition among different game creators. Now, EA Sports have joined the band wagon as well, in its creation of the new Medal of Honor.
This is a remake of the long-running franchise in Afghanistan portraying the long standing battle American soldiers have to fight. The game has been created in Los Angeles under the EA sports production. The multiplayer aspect of the game is under DICE, the creators of Battlefield, with the same packaging as that of Bad Company 2. Because of this, the Medal of Honor multiplayer game is quite familiar.
It has the same layout but different kind of approach as they have different titles and storylines. One of the differences is the kind of application this game has where you get killed easily by a single shot from a rifle of the enemy; the player is not meant to live long while in the field. Thus, given this feature, the player’s positioning strategy and awareness of the situation in the field must be of primary concern. This game has two maps, the larger one of which is the Helmand Valley where US soldiers have to enter the Combat Mission mode through checkpoints and are forced to defend themselves. The area is too defined and seems too small for 24 players (12 VS 12) so that each one becomes an easy target for snipers.
This game is a lot different from Battlefield’s conquest mode in that Medal of Honor is not a capture-based gameplay. The characters in the game, particularly the Americans, like it better to move forward and largely depend on their highly regarded offense. To ensure the fast-pace approach of the game; there’s a respawn feature that allow dead players to respawn fast and get back into the fight.
The presence of tanks is not at odds with the game’s true gameplay. They merely support the real approach, such as lightning reflexes and accuracy. It is advised to use the map efficiently and clear up the surroundings to have a plain view of the site and make it easy to look for snipers. Each player must know how to efficiently use boulders and trees for hiding.
The game really depicts itself as the wild presentation of combat and warfare. The scenes are so detailed, from the impact of bullets to the clouds in the atmosphere and the dust surrounding the soldiers. Grenades, bombs, RPG’s and high caliber rifles produce and perfectly depict the kind of gameplay that the game is trying to portray … War in its most destructive form.
The second city is right on the ruins of Kabul. It is a Death Match game in here, and the idea is quite simple: kill the other team before they get to kill your team. It presents entertaining actions that mirror real war.
The game offers three types of characters, the rifleman, special ops and sniper. Each type of character has its own specialties and features. For example, the rifleman starts with a basic assault rifle but can soon upgrade to much more sophisticated machine gun. The special ops start with a shotgun together with the snipers; they can easily upgrade to far more superior weapons. The game also features manning some helicopters for scorechains, which allow consecutive killing without even dying.
Medal of Honor may have plenty of elements that can make it just like any other online games; but the core gameplay and rich graphics are sufficient to make it stand out from the rest of the first shooter game crowd. Watch out for its official October 12 simultaneous release of Xbox 260, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms.
Naughty Bear (Xbox 360) Review: Excruciatingly Unbearable.
I just played Naughty bear for barely an hour and yet all the excitement is gone. I felt bored and shortchanged by the creators of the game. It is a failure for the creators and a disappointment for us. It is such a waste of time and money. The game sounds cool and looks cool but when you have set your fingertips on your console game then you will discover that there’s nothing cool about it after all. The game focuses on a single aspect and that is to be naughty, as the title goes. It really is awful, trust me! You’ll quickly catch on and realize it early on the game.
As mentioned, the storyline only revolves on being naughty; and then you get to kill some bears because they do not like you. Maybe for some this is cool, but with all the glaring flaws from the camera and the sequences; it is definitely not a game worthy of your time.
The gameplay starts briefly with instructions on what you’re supposed to do. You have to kill everything and everyone, from people to bears. As you get used to it, you are rewarded with points. These points are very important as it unlocks the next stage. Having enough trophies as well can open the next level or any locked challenge. To earn trophies or high scores you should finish the objective of the particular given mission.
The gameplay is quite alright but the presentation and execution are dreadful, to say the least. Your weapon doesn’t get locked-on with your targeted bear. You can use golf clubs, guns and knives to kill your target but that means you have to constantly chase them. The animations do get old - and very fast. You eventually get bored as stabbing bears a hundred times in the game can really wear thin; it actually feels like a thousand times!
The gameplay can wear you out and you are bound to consider it as trash. The graphics are awful and the frame rate chugs in addition to horrendous camera views. It’s one sickening ride in this game.
It’s incredulous how the game can make you struggle so to kill the enemy bears, plus the camera don’t even allow you to get a clear view to aim at something. What a lousy game!
The game offers an online multiplayer mode, which is useless and much worse than the single player mode. There’s nothing of a winner in this game. All platforms for this game are just terrible. The Xbox 360 version even has the edge of giving high scores compared to its PS3 counterpart simply because the frame rate malfunctions of PS 3 is more appalling compared to the problems encountered in Xbox 360.
It could have been a cool game; unfortunately, it isn’t. ‘Nuff said. I wouldn’t recommend buying it.
Blur (Xbox 360) Review: It Gets Really Blurry Ahead.
I am not bragging about this; but I am considered one of the best gamers around. I’m saying this to put forward my credibility when I make my statement about BLUR, the new racer that Bizarre Creations created. I have played in almost any games and Blur is just one of the most difficult I have ever encountered.
The game features brutal A.I in the single player career mode. The A.I keeps attacking you and then you get caught off guard as it fires weapons at you. The game is not all about speed as in who’s the fastest; it’s more like a modern death match racing. The one who survives the onslaught wins.
There’s a point in the game where there are at least 20 cars that are poised to race. This can make the game chaotic with all the attacks and the dirty tactics that you encounter with every turn. If you talk about racing aspects and racing speed, this is one hell of a difficult game to play. You can even catch the AIs cheating; you can easily tell by how they can just effortlessly pass you while aiming all those shots at you. You can say that in so far as AIs go, these are not programmed to be dumb like ordinary AIs. Man, they are good – and tough!
To ease up the beating, I eventually converted the game difficulty to easy. But this in turn made the game too easy and the challenge and delight of defeating a worthy opponent is nowhere to be found. The easy mode is advisable when your aim and goal is to have fans. Fans let you do some stuff that enables you to perform some quests for them and in turn you receive new objects for your car - or even a new car after a while. But if you are more concerned about getting the upper hand against your opponents in a relatively matched environment, then the easy mode is not an option for you.
The huge problem of the game is the imbalance between your abilities and those of the AIs. They are so good that you get pissed off. It would have been easy to get addicted to this game but the glaring holes in the entirety of the game are just too palpable that it can dampen your enthusiasm.
Blur also has online feature that enables you to find and receive items that boost your car’s performance. This game is all about chaos as what I have said earlier; 20 players online is just simply asking for disarray. Simply put, this is not the kind of game that you would want if you are particular about racing games features. Still, it can be quite fun to try it sometimes.
The Band Brothers is one of the games that Nintendo has newly launched. It has an awkward title but you can probably say the game title itself is part of its unique style. The game is kind of familiar with typical platform and game design as that of other music video games. But what makes it different is how Band Brothers uses Nintendo DS hardware to show the full potential of the system.
Band Brothers is originally Game Boy music game. The whole concept of the gameplay is to take control of any music instrument and be part of a band playing some music. The Nintendo DS game presents a whole lot of segments and features. The Nintendo DS hardware lets you play the music in Band Brothers with better timing and accuracy. You produce a better song and you earn high scores in return.
The game is quite dependent on the control buttons. You have to press the designated button to produce the equivalent sound. Sounds familiar? Yes, you probably deduce that this is very similar to a mini Dance Revolution. You reach a point where you master the basic controls and ready to include the more advanced ones such as the L and R buttons. Moreover, as you progress through your playing, the degree of difficulty for each musical piece is also raised.
When you play this game in a single player mode it can get boring at times. The main focus of this game is the Wireless Multiplayer mode, which can accommodate up to 8 players. Well, you can imagine just how much fun you get with 8 players vying in a music video game. Of course, the idea is to get these 8 players as part of the band; the whole bunch can play any music at any chosen degree of difficulty. You absolutely get a lot of cool fun!
The Wireless Multiplayer mode is actually meant to be played in a multiplayer Nintendo DS cartridge; although the creators are farsighted enough to also make it playable in Nintendo DS single cartridge. The downside of playing it in a single cartridge, however, is it takes longer to load the game. Still the flexibility to use single cartridge is there.
The audio quality of the game can only be described as awesome. Be warned though; the songs are more like cell phone ringtones and they are quite similar to MIDI renditions. But that’s to be expected with systems like this where the pitch is often altered.
The other interesting feature of the game is its capability to let you create your own kind of music. The game has a musical editor that you can use to manipulate and change the notes of certain music, especially the created ones. The songs and music that have been created can then be saved in a cartridge and shared with your friends in the game format.
This game truly showcases the wireless capability of the Nintendo DS hardware. Despite the heavy interface, the game indee