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Posted:
2010-07-31

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Xbox 360

8.1

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.

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Posted:
2010-04-30

gerbil

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PC Games

8.7

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.

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Posted:
2010-05-01

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If you have been hooked for some time to the ever amazing adventure experience from playing the Age of Empires III, then the new expansion pack of the game will absolutely fill you with utmost excitement. The new expansion pack which don the title Asian Dynasties, adds three new Asian Civilizations, packed with new units and buildings and a campaign that rests on five missions. The new expansion still maintains the amazing unit balance and stunning presentation that the game has been known for. There’s a catch, though. The new Asian Civilizations might be exciting, but it seems to be lacking in drama and variation that fans may have hoped to see in the game.

Asian Dynasties seems to move away from the fictional approach of the campaigns prior to the release of this expansion. Asian Dynasties adapts a more historical approach. Still, the fictional characters found in the campaigns provided the designers a leeway to recount a very unique story within a solid historical background. The Japanese campaign incorporates historical events such as Tokugawa’s efforts in uniting Japan. Given that, you will then be able to witness a mutiny in the Chinese navy as the Treasure Fleet travels from India towards the New World. Finally, the Indian campaign players are given the responsibility of handling a British office, which is in the limelight and will later decide whether to aid India in their independence or not.

Asian Dynasties boasts of charms in the likes of finding and securing beached treasure ships; or elephants gone on a stampede throughout the enemy towns. In general, the missions require players to seize and handle trading posts, ruin town centers of the enemies, and keep your own structures from the attacks of the enemies. Throughout the game, the best missions come moving back and forth between objectives giving players the right to choose on how they tackle each different scenario.

The apparent disappointment though is that there are only a handful of scenarios instead of the wide range that the players probably anticipated. More often than not, an option regarding the path you take towards the enemy base is a choice between “right” and “wrong”. A lot of the missions actually give the players some decision-making in determining the order on how they tackle secondary objectives but in almost all campaigns, this installment feels a little bit more linear than they had been in previous versions.

And for those who are big fans of sea battles, it is sad to note this is another disappointing area, as there is a definite lack of emphasis in the sea battles in the expansion. The Chinese Treasure Fleet and the British East India Company are being featured in the game but even that seems to be a letdown considering the fact that generating war in the seas is not emphasized here.

But can still expect cool units within the Asian armies like the samurai, firework rockets, and howdahs. The developer, Big Huge Games, positively captures the taste of combat very nicely with a very extensive range of colorful units that give out enough significant advantages to encourage the players to have a versatile army.

Indeed, Asian Dynasties is a great addition to the Age of Empires franchise. Besides the features already mentioned, it is packed with exciting combats, and even hints of history that will make fans of the franchise investigate more. Though this may not be as exhilarating as Age of Empires III or as historically grounded as Age of Empires II, it definitely is a great game that keeps in great action.

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Posted:
2010-05-01

gerbil

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PC Games

8.8

One game comes along and leaves a mark in the gaming world. The game that has so far achieved that kind impact is the World of Warcraft. It has changed the way multiplayer should be played. Every person from every walk of life can relate to this game and enjoy it in the process. The developers have made this game so entertaining that to date; it still remains to be at the top of its game.

With the rise of numerous multiplayer online games, World of Warcraft doesn’t look like it’s ready to give up its spot; and instead, continues to challenge these other games to a point where sometimes it just makes even more obvious the inferiority of other games.

World of Warcraft is one game that thrives on the success of similar themed games. They put their own spin on it eventually making it their own and most often than not, make it even better than the ones they based it from. WoW has everything you look for in a game. You get to fight different creatures, go on various missions, get the thrill of gaining experience to learn more skills, not to mention get to play with a huge number of other players. You are likely to try and expand your experience to have power over the rest of the pack leaving you playing for hours and hours. The more you play this game, the more you definitely get addicted to it.

The game is easily thought of “user-friendly” despite its being a complex game. Ironic isn’t it? But the game was drafted really well, making the players get the hang of things relatively fast. There aren’t any tutorials that show you how the game should be played. Rather, you have to figure this out for yourself and use whatever knowledge you get from playing again and again to your advantage. You also get good 3D graphics that allows you to play without too much interruption. Games are loaded really fast, taking away the whole boring waits that are present in other games. With all of these, you get a game that makes you just sit, play and care about nothing else but the game.

Aside from it being played in multiplayer, WoW also has a lot of quests that allow you a whole new different way of playing the game. The huge number of quests available is more than enough to keep a player busy. However, you can’t set out on just about any quest you want. You have to earn your way into being able to play it. This isn’t half as bad, though; at least it prepares you for the different types of quests rather than just unleash you on a mission you have no inkling how to finish.

The whole experience of playing this game is just so amazingly fantastic in almost every aspect. So before deciding to play this game, be sure that you have a lot of spare time since it will undoubtedly take a long period of time before you would want to stop playing.

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Posted:
2010-05-01

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The boom of Blizzard’s Warcraft and Starcraft has started a genre of games that people are addicted to for the past ten years. Other developers have also ventured on their own real-time strategy games; and now Ensemble Studios presents us with their new Age of Empires III that is operational on Mac software.

The game is mainly a one-player campaign where you are tasked from mission to mission. It has twenty-four missions including the Black dynasty, beginning with Morgan Black. This mode goes on through three generations- Morgan’s journey, his grandson, John, who fights with the Native Americans; and Amelia, John’s granddaughter who builds a railroad empire.

The game can also be played with its multiplayer option that allows for up to eight gamers playing simultaneously or against the computer itself. This game offers different maps for a more interesting fight amongst enemies. There is also the possibility of a multiplayer option using the Internet connection; although this is only available among Mac users through GameRanger, their personal game-finding service.

Age of Empires III online has two kinds of gameplay: Supremacy, where each player begins with nothing and winning is done by conquering other players’ empires; and DeathMatch, where players are equipped with resources. This game is best for players who love quick fights.

Now for the huge hitch. There is no PC-to-Mac gameplay and that blocks out a large number of players from playing against each other. This has not even been mentioned anywhere in the game; neither in its accessories and packaging, which can cause quite a bit of an uproar to gamers who are commonly caught surprised by this undisclosed fact.

One of the advancements done in Age III that is not present in its predecessors is the idea of the Home City ,which is a European port-of-call where you can go for restocking and asking for more resources. You can even make your own trading posts where you can earn more resources. Sometimes during exploration, you stumble upon treasures but there are times when you just have to fight for it.

Real-time strategy games can get really complicated but Age III is equipped with a printed Quick Reference Guide that assists you throughout the game. There is also a printed manual made available for more keys and information.

As for visuals, Age of Empires III is the best in the series with its brilliant effects and realistic sceneries. It is also 3-dimensiona,l which allows for you to zoom in or out of the field for more views, allowing you to monitor everything that is happening around you; making you aware of the situation or focus on an area that needs your attention. The thing with this advancement though, is it requires bigger system specifications for it to work better and more efficiently, like having the latest graphics hardware, for one.

If you have the latest Mac graphics hardware with the perfect system to go with it, then Age of Empires III is a totally fun game to play. It is equipped with so much options and variety in gameplay that will definitely keep you playing for hours.

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2014-03-12

gerbil

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PlayStation 3

7.9

It had to happen at eventually, the Beatles have made it onto a video game. It has been said that if you don't like the Beatles you don't like music. 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 alone. Who doesn't like The Beatles? Unless you have been living in a cave for the last half century you have probably heard of them and would probably recognize them as they were at the height of their fame, and will certainly know more than one of their songs or a cover version of them. They are generally accepted as the most influential group of their generation, some would say of all time.

However, the music is not the only thing that is great about this game, it also has a much better story line than previous Rockband games. This game is jam packed with over 45 great Beatles songs that you can play ensuring that you won't find yourself getting bored when you have over two hours worth of songs to play along with. Apart from the wonderful song choice there are some equally well produced graphics but the subject matter is more important than the quality especially with regards to some of the early footage.

You can follow the progress in an interactive journey following the band form their beginnings in Liverpool's Cavern to their appearances at major concert venues and follow them to America where they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. The legendary Apple recording studio where they created some of their masterpieces also features and material from their music and conversations there is also included.

You can sing along either by yourself or you can even have 2 friends singing along with you. However, it doesn't just stop with singing as you can even play the drums, guitar and bass guitar.

Don't just think that since there are only a certain number of songs that you will soon be able to master them all and then get bored through repetition. The songs themselves are rich in vocal and instrumental content and something new can be found almost every time you listen. Together with the songs there are also other features to keep you occupied including the facility to get online and play or sing and play along with others.

The developers were on a winner as soon as the game was conceived because whatever your taste in popular music the Beatles have either written a song to suit that taste or influenced almost everyone in the field of modern music from hard rock to ballads.

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A Hard Day's Night And Your Bird Can Sing
Back in the U.S.S.R. Birthday Beatles 04
Boys Please Please Me Can't Buy Me Love
Come Together Day Tripper
Dear Prudence Dig a Pony
Do You Want to Know a Secret Don't Let Me Down
Drive My Car Eight Days a Week
Get Back Getting Better
Good Morning Good Morning Hello, Goodbye
Helter Skelter Here Comes the Sun
Hey Bulldog I Am the Walrus
I Feel Fine I Me Mine
I Saw Her Standing There I Wanna Be Your Man
I Want to Hold Your Hand I Want You (She's So Heavy)
If I Needed Someone I'm Looking Through You
I've Got a Feeling Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Octopus's Garden Paperback Writer
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band /With a Little Help from My Friends-67
Revolution Something
Taxman The End
Ticket to Ride Twist and Shout
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows
Yellow Submarine

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Posted:
2010-05-26

gerbil

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Nintendo DS

8.0

WarioWari is a series where Nintendo allowed its designers to go all out. The root of this is the long leash that Nintendo gives its designers to exercise their creativity. Where else can you find a game where you pluck out boogers or even a personÂÂ’s eye? WarioWare D.I.Y or Do It Yourself is the most open ended game there is. The experience the game brings is like no other. There are different aspects to D.I.Y. including sketching, a little programming and music, which can be played by anyone and everyone.

This game is actually the counterpart of Mario Paint way back. WarioWare also has the mouse-carried creative instruments that the predecessor Mario Paint had. Here, you can create game sprites, make your own background, as well as compose some tunes to serve as accompaniment in the game. It truly is versatile and allows you to tailor cut the game that you want. With the use of the game's many options and tools, you can use the strengths that you have to make a game that suits you.

The custom games in WarioWare are fast. It may only take about five to ten seconds to finish one. Fifty percent of the time, you only need to figure out what you have to do basing on the clues given to you. For instance, tapping on the keys when the game instructs you to “Start the Car”! Another example is obtaining coins, where you tap on bricks (just like Mario) to attain such.

Keep in mind that the games you can create in D.I.Y. are limited to tap based ones. There is no drag object option from side to side, nor can you make games that use the D-pad of the controller.

However, this restriction can be the strength of the game. Every microgame in the game is built in the D.I.Y., which means that you can create games as good as the built in ones. You can challenge yourself to be at par with the builders of the game, given the restrictions of the D.I.Y. Here, you have the opportunity to see firsthand how the designers of the game actually did it.

There is a detailed tutorial that you must take before you can use the game creator. The game forces you to take it before you can create games. This part of the game may be boring, but believe me, there is a mountain of difference in the skill you attain when you take the tutorial compared to jumping straight in the create mode.

The game allows you to work on your forte and helps you fill up your waterloo. If you like painting, you can make the background yourself, or create the game itself by programming. And if you do not like programming or creating music, you can always import it from any microgame. The combination is there. Then, you can post the game you have created online and compare it with what others has come up with. Well, you never know, some may be interested enough in your game to purchase it.

The downside though is the game does not allow you to record your voice as sound effects, and it does not support the DSi camera. It would have been neat to upload photos as back ground. Of course, you would end up exerting more effort to create a more realistic background.

Creativity is the core of the game. Even if the inputs are only basic and limited, the satisfaction you receive from creating something is still worth it.

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Posted:
2010-05-28

gerbil

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Nintendo Wii

8.2

The Mario franchise has been in the market for a long time now. We have seen different genres where Mario was in but what seems to be common to each is the core gameplay. Each Mario might be unique in itself but you cannot take away the fact that each one also has similarity to the rest, one way or another. What simply vary as time goes by are the graphics and mechanics of the game.

Can you imagine how primitive the other Mario games appear when placed side by side to Galaxy? Super Mario Galaxy raises the bar relatively high enough that its concept alone put other games to shame. When you play the game, you instantly notice how well the game was designed. It somehow even brings both nerds and game fanatics together since it makes use of a lot of physics to bring the game to life.

Each level in the game is worth playing and nothing seems to be considered as an “add-on level” just to make the game longer. There is so much variety in the game that you never get bored playing it, considering the fact that you have to accomplish quite a number of tasks before you can proceed to the next level. The standards might have increased in a sense that you have to collect more stars this time around but it’s never a problem when you play the game.

Do you remember the first time you ever got your first Nintendo game? Well, Galaxy gives you that same ol’ feel. Because of the countless things you can do with Mario, you begin to be very protective of him and simply keep him to yourself. Well, that definitely doesn’t pose much of a problem since the game is very weak in terms of multiplayer. The second player is very limited in the things he could do and even look kind of dumb at times.

The graphics and sound of this game are also topnotch. They even combine so well that it makes the whole gaming experience really unforgettable. It can even be said that the graphics in this game is one of the best in its era and can compete with games ahead of its time. You are immersed in a different world … a world that seems to be very real because of the details in it.

But like everything else, there is no such thing as a perfect game. Every game has a glitch here and there. Super Mario Galaxy might have imperfections but it doesn’t hurt the game in any way. These are just minor things and are forgivable. In fact, the defects can be cured by constantly playing the game since the more you play the game the easier it becomes to use the controls.

It is safe to say that Super Mario Galaxy is the best game ever made by Nintendo and one of the best games of its time. When you play this game, expect to be blown away with the whole gaming experience.

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Posted:
2010-05-28

gerbil

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PC Games

8.6

The Total War designed by Creative Assembly is among the most playable strategy games on the list of PC games. The question is can the game actually meet the hype it receives? My take is - save for some few rough areas, the game is pretty much a success. The experience of playing the game is really engaging and the strategies you can use are really diverse. The elements of old school Total War is still present; and there are some surprises in store as well.

The game combines the turn based strategy game and the force of a historical strategic game. Gamers can switch roles between a nation leader and a battle general. In the former, you may decide tax rates, pay for constructions and negotiate with alliances and enemies. And with the latter, you maneuver the army, give orders to the cavalry and order sieges! This all happens in the setting of Europe, North America and India in the 18th century.

The transition to the new game is easy if you have played one of the franchises before. The game offers tools and tutorials on the new add-ons in the game. There’s the new Road to Independence mode in the game. This is a new campaign that features limited, scripted goals that lead you in the game and teach you how to go about it. This ranges from mobilizing a raid party to waging a full-blown war to enemies. There is also the naval aspect of the game, which transfers your land units from one island to another. Then off you go to America where you are introduced to more details of the empire governance. You are going to love this mode because of its excellent stories and cut scenes.

Then there is the old school Grand Campaign. This is not as emotional as the Road to Independence, but it has a much wider scope and offers freedom in the aspects of the games. This mode gives you all the control in all aspects, whether the military, technology, structures, alliances, or taxes imposed.

Each nation has characteristics that are unique to it. The starting situations are diverset There are different requirements and goals that are parallel to the nation that serves as the condition for victory. For example, England is strong in the navy, so you focus on this strength. Even if the land armies are weak, if you can protect the shores, you can eliminate the threat of invasion in the lands. This can also be used to bombard the shores of enemy country to take the offensive. Conversely, Australia’s situation is the opposite. The Ottoman invasion is threatening in the same area. Hence, land armies are really essential, and alliances need to be formed to attain such massive land armies.

The game is a beautiful interweaving of two great strategies, the battle and the nation running. The setting is great and the presentation of history is enriching. Each country has its strengths and weaknesses. There is balance in the game. No country can dominate all other countries.

The only down side is the small roughness in the battles such as the naval battle. But this is really negligible when you look at the whole game. This is a game that every strategy gamer must have.

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Posted:
2010-06-01

gerbil

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PlayStation 3

8.6

If you were to ask: Which fighting game should gamers buy? Chances are, you’d get a common answer: it’s Super Street Fighter IV. The iconic game from Capcom is back! And you bet, it’s a whole new improved Street Fighter. And get this - the online suite has also been recreated.

The mechanics and the battle system are familiar to everyone as they are basically the same as the last Street Fighter. The old Super Combo Gauge is still there. This is where you unleash your EX moves and specials. And the Revenge Gauge is a counter that permits you to pull off ultras upon enemies. The 25-member fighters are still there. Hence, the issue here is whether or not the so-called expansion of Super Street Fighter IV is worth it.

Now the game roots its strength from a combination of complication and convenience. The game appeals to the beginners because anybody can handle the controller and make decent moves. The Focus Attack feature is there to assist everyone. That spells convenience. This expansion is not a revolution of the original, but it is still the best fighting game around. Along with this, the challenge of game complication still exists. The moment you know the basics and the special moves of the characters, you can go to the next level and learn combos and go to EX Focus cancels. The characters have basically the same inputs; thus, the challenge is on how you time these skills in a fight. Character acquaintance should not be forgotten; knowing the skills of your opponent gives you the edge of anticipating what comes next. The expansion pack has added 10 characters which are completely new to the game. This again present a venue to play around and learn about them.

The game has now a total of 35 characters, so you won’t have any difficulty finding someone that suits the fighting style you like most. All the characters are available even at the start of the game. No more vexatious arcade campaigns to unlock characters. But should you still want to go to the arcade mode, you can still find some neat cinematic.

You can also find another improvement in the online mode. The problem of having only Ranked and Player matches as the available options is now a thing of the past. The point system in the game is also enhanced by implementing the more straightforward two-point system. Players can now gain points for victories in online contests and lose them if they are defeated. In addition, Battle Points are also awarded to those who attain a certain rating with a character. So you can now experiment with other characters because the points you gather when playing with each is unaffected by the result of the others. The only blow you receive is the overall points. There are now two aspects to look into with each player, the overall score and the best fighter score.

Still more on the online mode; the game is now supplemented with the team battle that is played on 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4. The players take turns to fight each of the opponents in the opposite team. Endless Battle mode is also present; which actually feels more like an endless arcade mode.

But the game is not perfect. Super Street Fighter IV did not include the Championship mode. As Capcom always hosts tournaments, the Championship mode would have been a good practice or training ground for players. This necessitates downloading the game if you want to join competitions, which are quite inconvenient, to say the least.

Given all that was mentioned, Super Street Fighter IV is highly recommended for both hardcore fans and newbies alike.


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