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Posted:
2010-04-17

homer

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Xbox 360

8.8

Racing games have been quite popular in the gaming world for the past few years. Fans and gamers want to immerse themselves in the very exciting and thrilling game of racing tournaments. Sony’s Gran Turismo may still be the leading game when it comes to the racing genre; but Microsoft has given Gran Turismo its formidable counterpart: the Forza Motorsport 3 on XBOX 360, which was released on the last quarter of last year. Forza Motorsport 3 has delivered to its fans the genuine fun and excitement that only an extreme racing game truly possess.

Developed by Turn 10, Forza Motorsport 3 has adopted a new philosophy: Make it accessible. Fans will get to experience and enjoy the hardcore simulation racing title. The traditional career mode is relatively simple to start but is quite challenging and immensely fun to finish. Players also get to auto-tune their cars or lunge into a great set of tuning choices. Simply put, Forza Motorsport is indeed one of the best made racing games ever.

Forza Motorsport 3 is unlike other racing games where cars of better quality are locked on the outset of the game. All the 400 vehicles in Forza Motorsport 3 are already available from the get-go. You need to earn credits to buy and use some of these cars, though; and they are expensive, mind you. But if you’re able to whip up a million credits, you can race throughout using the Bugatti Veyron. Forza Motorsport 3 is certainly not just an ordinary racing game. You don’t start with the crappy cars. You can start directly with the cool ones. Forza Motorsport 3 is also equipped with a very interesting tire-physics. Players get to understand how their cars react to every turn or move. When the driving assists are off, players can even enjoy the feel of driving different cars. It’s a totally awesome experience of how one car is totally different from the others.

For those who are wondering how you can possibly properly drive a car in a racing game without the racing wheel and with the assists off; well, here’s the astounding news. The developer, Turn 10 Studios, has finally mastered the subtleties of the controller; the result of which is, you have better responsiveness and you can just drive forever with only the controller and have no reason to complain at all.
Another great thing with Forza 3 is that even Novice drivers are encouraged to put off the assists and take off the training wheels.

The interesting versatile rewind function makes everything possible and allows players to instantly skip backwards in five-second intervals. If you’re not satisfied with how you drive; just use rewind. If you crashed into a wall; make use of rewind. And get this – there are no penalties for using this function. You can rewind as many times as you want – there’s just no limit to it! Of course, you can get to the habit of using it as a crutch and that’s not fun at all; but it sure gives you the motivation to push up the difficulty to a higher level, giving you more reasons to appreciate your car even better.

The spectacular visuals of the game are another aspect for great appreciation in this game. Dazzling car models are greatly detailed with unique interiors for every car. Full damage modeling will also be felt by the players. You will see dents, cars flipping in the air, and the paint even scraped off when you hit or bump into something. In other words, it is so authentic you’d think you’re driving the car in real – down to the minutest details of accidents!

Equally impressive is the audio feature. The roar of an engine has never sounded better – plus, you won’t believe how every car can sound so differently from each other; it’s like being able to differentiate a Mustang from a Porsche by merely listening to its engine sound.

Forza Motorsport is the consummate experience in racing games. Sure, there’s still room to grow. The visuals can do with a little bit more improvements and the career mode might sag at times; but Microsoft and Turn 10 have absolutely made it tougher for Gran Turismo. Now they would have to come up with an even more superior racer in Gran Turismo 5. They’re going to need the best luck they can get to top Forza 3; after all it is THE racing game of this generation.

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Posted:
2010-04-17

homer

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Xbox 360

8.3

Videogame developers whose leaning is into sports find it hard to make a game that will outshine the previous versions of a certain sport. There are still successful sequels like NHL 09 and NBA 10 that really outshined their predecessors. And now, EA Canada has successfully made a FIFA title that is really better than notable prior efforts. FIFA 10 features improved artificial intelligence, ball physics, and even graphics. Indeed, FIFA 10 has retained its traditional tone but still managed to greatly improved and outperform its forerunner.

Though FIFA 10 lacks the expected giant-leap forwards in game developing which include graphics that are really fantastic, the game still delivers the kick that catapults it to the roster of high ranking sports genre of videogames.

There is the Virtual Pro mode that should be implemented in all EA Sports game in the following years. The beginning is somewhat similar to the “Be a Pro” Mode, which can still be found in the game. You are able to create your own player, mold the attributes of your character to suit your play style, and even design the look of character that might resemble your own. You also have the leeway to use Gameface to upload a photo virtually get yourself into the game. Though not really perfect, it just works fine, compared to other previous iteration that is noticeable in Fight Night Round 4.

After you create your own football star, it’s time to start the game. Starting the game truly enunciates the difference between the Virtual Pro and the “Be a Pro”. In Be a Pro, your role is just a fledgling baller. While in Virtual Pro, you can play in any mode of the game. You can let your character practice with the new practice arena, you can also let you character be in the Play Now mode, you can also play in the Manager Mode, or you can even go online and play in the Pro Club Championship alongside with other Virtual Pros. All these modes are essential in developing your character; which is usually done with an accompanying laundry list of tasks to do, ranging from short-term tasks to tasks that will lead you to your career.

Virtual Pro proves to be a slightly more reachable approach to the career modes of past FIFAS, hardcore soccer fans might as well have a great time with the practice arena. You can fight with other squads here and you can have free kicks by creating your own custom set pieces. These custom set pieces are similar to that of NHL’s create-a-play feature. Soccer fans will totally love this feature and those who just play the game will enjoy great pleasure as well.

FIFA 10 also has great commentators that will surely regale you with great commentaries. With Andy Gray and Clive Tisley as the commentators in the game, you certainly be followed. And you will even be provided with insights through commentaries from the two.

Indeed, with the features that equip FIFA 10, it is undoubtedly the ultimate soccer experience in the XBOX 360 console. With modes that will truly define your addiction to soccer, fans will never be disappointed. If you are among the many that eagerly await the release FIFA 10, you are most assured that it’s worth the wait and it’s an absolute fact that you will never be disappointed.

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Posted:
2010-04-17

homer

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Xbox 360

8.1

A lot of fans and gamers often await the release of sequels to their favorite games in the XBOX 360 game console. One of the most recent among these releases is Just Cause 2 and fans and gamers alike have been enjoying a great new adventure, set out by the game.

Continuing in the open-world sub-genre, Avalanche software, the makers of the game, gives gamers more explosions and guns a-blazing all throughout the game. There are bits of problems with the game, but because it is totally stunt-filled, this has got to be one of the best open-world genre games that has ever been created. Gamers will experience great action all throughout with plenty of new enemies for players to face along the way and tackle in a lot of interesting ways. For the action-driven player, Just Cause 2 has just the right amount of action you need.

When you opt to play Just Cause 2, you’ll get a grip of the character of Rico Rodriguez, a field agent who works for a very popular American agency, simply called The Agency. Rico’s mission brought him to the island of Panau in Southeast Asia as his friend and great mentor, Tom Sheldon, went missing. It was unclear what happened to Sheldon, so Rico sets out to find out where he has gone or whether he’s probably dead. In his search for Sheldon, Rico had to create as much chaos as he could to overthrow the dictator ruling the Island of Panau. Rico did this with the help of three criminals whom he had assisted in the past with missions that caused him untold chaos but also earned him money along the way.

The game’s plot is not the entire focus of the game but it’s definitely doing its job in leading players to all sorts of chaotic missions and areas. Despite the cool game plot, there are downsides that accompany it. For one, the cut-scenes aren’t even parallel to the in-game action, especially those that have faction missions. You will surely get tired and bored of the repetitive animation all throughout.

Although you may view the game as just a standard open-world shooter, there are a few interesting game play mechanics that make it special. One of the interesting features is Rico’s grappling hook, which players can use anytime. Rico can zip around walls using this hook and he can also pull objects towards him using the hook; plus he can tether two objects with the very same hook.

Rico’s stunt parachute also makes for another attention-grabbing game play, as players can open it in mid-grapple or when free-falling. With the parachute at hand, Rico can explore freely and without fear. Or if you’re the guy who wants to have it all, the hook and parachute can do a mean combo, enabling Rico to deploy the parachute and pull himself around with the hook, simultaneously. These two special game plays make Just Cause 2 really a blast fun game to play.

The game’s versatility in its game approach is one of its best selling points; but other than that, it’s the extremely well-created, mind boggling action sets you can only see in top-rated movies that make Just Cause 2 even more attractive and awesome.

But Just Cause 2 isn’t just instant action and all fun. You definitely have to learn the controls first or you’ll be in for a huge frustration, especially when going through the checkpoints during the mission. Players will experience their character dying often in the game; which means starting over is inevitable. though there certain checkpoints in the longer missions. Just Cause 2 lacks polishing in some areas, as well. Audio glitches pop out throughout the game and there are also scenes where the characters do not get to finish their lines. The overall presentation is really not that refined and even the voice acting is poor. But overall, Just Cause 2 is a fun and exciting game to play in the XBOX 360 console.

Fans and gamers alike will surely enjoy this game despite some downsides. This is one game with action sets that linger, long after you’re done playing.

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Posted:
2010-04-19

homer

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Xbox 360

7.9

Call of Duty has been a prominent first-person shooter throughout the years. The gripping action and heart-racing missions have proven to be addictive amongst players. Now with Modern Warfare 2, all the factors have been improved and will surely make fans and gamers begging for more in the end.

Modern Warfare 2 continues the legacy of the Call of Duty saga but this version is the least traditional among the other Call of Duty games. The main game package is divided into three pillars of gameplay. Fans who like single-player games will still have their main campaign, gamers who like to cooperate with other players either through a local or online connection will have the new Special Operations mode, and last is the multiplayer which got even better. Each mode is 100 % standalone that it does not have any connection with the other modes, so you actually get to have three different experiences in one game.

Gamers should definitely try the single-player campaign mode first, which is absolutely back and more intense than past campaign modes. Fans will truly appreciate the improvement in the mode as they are thrown into the bustling streets of Rio de Janeiro, the very cold mountains of Kazakhstan, the very dusty roads of Afghanistan and a whole lot more destinations. Modern Warfare also offers stunning visuals that are steps over Call of Duty 4 and World at War. There is an emphasis on intricate terrains in the environment, interesting weather effects, and a whole lot that adds improvement to the chaos and action of the entire game. A great audio also accompanies the stunning visuals with effects from returning weapons and a very captivating score by Hans Zimmer that will truly complement some game scenes. With the dazzling visuals and a captivating audio, you would feel like you are watching an action film when playing the game.

The campaign mode has its issues, though. For newbies, it’s quite short. But despite its shortness, Modern Warfare 2 is definitely more chaotic; brought by better visual effects, upgraded production values, and very tough scenario designs. Realism is even more exemplified in Modern Warfare 2 with better visuals, which is more pronounced when it comes to bloody scenes. There surely were effects in previous versions that showed blood with the screen getting red. But this time, blood splatter can truly be noticed as more real-looking on your screen throughout the game. Though others find this as a distraction, it’s still quite amazingly awesome.

Modern Warfare 2 is also the debut of the Special Operations or Spec Ops mode. This mode is actually an arcade-inspired challenge mode. The mode can be played with a single player for the most part, but is actually intended to be around two people’s team play. The Spec Ops mode is divided into 5 tiers that have missions where there are three possible stars to gain based on the level of difficulty in each of the 23 missions in the game. Fans and gamers will truly be surprised with this mode because of its entertainment value and is actually longer than the single player campaign mode.

The multiplayer in Modern Warfare 2 got even better, as well. Being the front bearer in the Call of Duty saga, Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer visuals and effects indeed got a good boost. You are guaranteed to be in for an engaging experience with the multiplayer mode enhancements.

Overall, Modern Warfare 2 really proves to be one of the best first-person shooter games out in the market. But there’s a catch for those who prefer to play the single-player campaign mode. It is really short and it only forms part of the entire Modern Warfare experience. If you opt to immerse on all three modes, then you will definitely have one hell of an experience and action with Modern Warfare 2.

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Posted:
2010-05-06

homer

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PlayStation 3

9.0

Last year the release of FIFA 09 was a major hit. Today, FIFA 10 is rocking the world by its excellence. The realease of the newly improved FIFA 10 is now astounding football gamers worldwide with their newly added features that is taking it to a new level.

FIFA 10 now features the full 360 degree dribbling that is a far cry from the other versions that are limited to only sixteen directions. This new feature allows for dribbles in a lot of directions that make the game more realistic than ever.

Another brilliant inclusion in this new video game is the Virtual Pro, taking personalization to a higher level. Previous versions set you up on a career as a football player. Virtual Pro transcends it by giving the created player your own face through uploaded photos which will become your look-alike in a virtual way. Virtual Pro offers you the opportunity to make a player based on your preference when it comes to the style of playing you want to have. Your look-alike football player will be accessible in the group of the team you like the most in all options. This will allow your player to develop their statistics by just participating in an exhibition game. Many opportunities for achievements and developments can be made through Virtual Pro where some of it would most likely take a lot of time and effort to achieve but is still worth trying because it can actually increase a footballers abilities. You can start from practicing at the arena or on to playing matches online.

Another attachment, although not that fully developed, is the possibility of modeling your own set pieces. You can make and design your own free kicks and corner routines and try it by using the Arena. You can decide on how you want your line of defense to work and apply advancements on your crosses and goalkeepers who should probably watch out because they can be awarded with red cards.

These are the new inclusions that FIFA 10 offers but other than that, the rest still remains the same while some have been improved like the leagues which have been made better in physics, controls and in multiplayer options both on and offline. Teammates and opponents are now playing better together, and there is more focus on the ball, which is important in a game, all made possible by improvements on artificial intelligence. Graphics and special effects like cheering audiences and weather effects like rain and snow is also more developed. Another thing to be noted is the extension of the manager mode with a remake on its experience point system and improvements on staff, inteface and the chance to change kit numbers.

At first, it will be hard to adjust to these new features because of the drastic changes that lead to their great developments but everything is so worth it because FIFA 10 has brought up football gaming into a higher level of experience which everybody will truly enjoy.

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Posted:
2010-05-06

homer

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PlayStation 3

9.1

Call of Duty has been a prominent first-person shooter throughout the years. The gripping action and heart-racing missions have proven to be addictive amongst players. Now with Modern Warfare 2, all the factors have been improved and will surely make fans and gamers begging for more in the end.

Modern Warfare 2 continues the legacy of the Call of Duty saga but this version is the least traditional among the other Call of Duty games. The main game package is divided into three pillars of gameplay. Fans who like single-player games will still have their main campaign, gamers who like to cooperate with other players either through a local or online connection will have the new Special Operations mode, and last is the multiplayer which got even better. Each mode is 100 % standalone that it does not have any connection with the other modes, so you actually get to have three different experiences in one game.

Gamers should definitely try the single-player campaign mode first, which is absolutely back and more intense than past campaign modes. Fans will truly appreciate the improvement in the mode as they are thrown into the bustling streets of Rio de Janeiro, the very cold mountains of Kazakhstan, the very dusty roads of Afghanistan and a whole lot more destinations. Modern Warfare also offers stunning visuals that are steps over Call of Duty 4 and World at War. There is an emphasis on intricate terrains in the environment, interesting weather effects, and a whole lot that adds improvement to the chaos and action of the entire game. A great audio also accompanies the stunning visuals with effects from returning weapons and a very captivating score by Hans Zimmer that will truly complement some game scenes. With the dazzling visuals and a captivating audio, you would feel like you are watching an action film when playing the game.

The campaign mode has its issues, though. For newbies, it’s quite short. But despite its shortness, Modern Warfare 2 is definitely more chaotic; brought by better visual effects, upgraded production values, and very tough scenario designs. Realism is even more exemplified in Modern Warfare 2 with better visuals, which is more pronounced when it comes to bloody scenes. There surely were effects in previous versions that showed blood with the screen getting red. But this time, blood splatter can truly be noticed as more real-looking on your screen throughout the game. Though others find this as a distraction, it’s still quite amazingly awesome.

Modern Warfare 2 is also the debut of the Special Operations or Spec Ops mode. This mode is actually an arcade-inspired challenge mode. The mode can be played with a single player for the most part, but is actually intended to be around two people’s team play. The Spec Ops mode is divided into 5 tiers that have missions where there are three possible stars to gain based on the level of difficulty in each of the 23 missions in the game. Fans and gamers will truly be surprised with this mode because of its entertainment value and is actually longer than the single player campaign mode.

The multiplayer in Modern Warfare 2 got even better, as well. Being the front bearer in the Call of Duty saga, Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer visuals and effects indeed got a good boost. You are guaranteed to be in for an engaging experience with the multiplayer mode enhancements.

Overall, Modern Warfare 2 really proves to be one of the best first-person shooter games out in the market. But there’s a catch for those who prefer to play the single-player campaign mode. It is really short and it only forms part of the entire Modern Warfare experience. If you opt to immerse on all three modes, then you will definitely have one hell of an experience and action with Modern Warfare 2.

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Posted:
2010-04-19

homer

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

7.6

If you have been shocked by the action-packed, underwater experience brought by BioShock, then prepare yourself for even more astonishments with its sequel BioShock 2. The first BioShock stunned gamers with its great first person shooter. With BioShock 2 already released, fans will take in more kick in the teeth with improved features in this sequel.

Set in an underwater city named Rapture, which interestingly has amazingly built skyscrapers, BioShock 2 continues the underwater adventure started in the original version. BioShock 2 also maintained the very powerful gameplay mechanics, graphics and audio presentation of its predecessor. It is no surprise that this sequel is now making its way to the top choice in the gaming world.

You can easily identify several slight differences from its predecessor. The gameplay is separated into single-player story mode and multiplayer competitive modes, so this sure is a big game to play. The main gameplay still remains intact, though. It still has the same combination of weapons and special powers called plasmids to help you throughout your battle with freaky enemies on an adventure that will lead you within the deep recesses of Rapture, divulging horrid secrets along the way. How the gameplay progresses also remains intact. You still undergo stages where you perform certain tasks. BioShock 2 can be quite familiar especially to the fans of its predecessors but they are sure to experience a few changes that have been added.

The game is set 10 years after the end of BioShock; and you’re going to miss the main character, Jack, because he’s not a part of its sequel anymore. In BioShock 2, your character is a Big Daddy who is a prototype of the giant deep sea divers from its predecessor. In here, you are looking for a certain Little Sister in Rapture which is overtaken by the Big Sister, who has been kidnapping children from coastal cities around the world. The plot of this game is even more emotional and will truly put you into moral crossroads being a Big Daddy. Big Daddies, for those who are not familiar with the fiction of BigShock, are protectors of the little sisters. Big Daddies were sort of not important in the previous installment, but this time, the character is even more exemplified being the main character of the game. In BioShock, there are certainly more battles for Big Daddy and a lot of encounters with the Big Sister, which makes the game more challenging. Indeed, this sequel to BioShock has improved much of its gameplay that it incorporates interesting features that makes the game fun to play.

Player movements have a more natural quality to it as Bioshock’s controls respond to the touch remarkably well and with the appropriate speeds for aiming and turning. The Xbox 360 version is equipped with a light auto-aim feature that helps with thumb-stick’s inaccuracy, in comparison to a mouse. But there’s no reason to get upset; you still get to demonstrate your prowess, as the fight do require certain levels of skills. Another interesting thing about this version is it allows you to modify your play style; but switching powers weapons in the middle of a combat can get distracting at some points because you need to put the game on “Pause” to access the selection menu.

The graphics of BioShock 2 may not be as impressive as that of its predecessor, but an exquisite art style reigns throughout the city of Rapture making it one of the most interesting cities in the video gaming world. The audio of BioShock 2 is also created well, adding up to the entire mood and feel of the game. Generally, the gameplay has been tweaked and refined so well that it has totally made the action sequence and excitement throughout the game much more enhanced. It’s a brilliant example of how you can combine all elements of game design and succeed to the wildest degree beyond your imagination.

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Posted:
2010-04-19

homer

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

8.3

God of War III on the PlayStation 3 brings epic battles to life with graphics and an elaborate plot that put Kratos at the center of carnage and destruction. Fans and gamers who are very much into mythology will find God of War III as interesting as the famous mythologies in the world. Now with the last installment in the saga which is made exclusively for the PlayStation 3 game console, this action-packed single-player game will surely put players and fans alike on the edge of their seats.

God of War III is still true to its series roots, exemplifying the four different pillars of gameplay, namely: brutal combats, complex puzzles, continuous exploration of awe-inspiring worlds and a compelling story. Whether you're already a long-time fan of the game or if you've just started in your God of War adventure, this installment will surely not disappoint you.

The main point in the God of War III is that it is the epic conclusion to the Greek mythological trio. This installment completes the story of Kratos, which was the original title for the PlayStation 2 version. Players are able to use new deadly weapons that aid them in their adventure throughout the game. Weapons like the Cestus, some powerful metal gauntlets that have great strength, and other instruments that prove to be brutal, pave the way for new techniques. Another interesting thing in God of War III is that you can also manipulate the menacing creatures of Greek mythology against their will, to help you cross openings, inflict a blind rage amongst your enemies, help you reveal puzzles and secrets, and actually become tools of complete annihilation. God of War III also possesses interesting features that make fans and gamers crave for more.

God of War III opens from where God of War II ended with Kratos taking his quest for vengeance to the very stronghold of Zeus. Kratos journey in God of War III is by far the most far-flung and epic to date. With just a few hours of playing the game, you can already feel the rush; Titans and interesting bosses are on your nerves. The feeling of a grand finale is even fortified with the return of recurring characters that are sure to delight gamers.

The game starts with a bang with previous scenes being replayed as a 'refresher' to the players. The refresher is really knotted well, filled with interesting scenes of sexual deviancy that actually pays up to becoming a good melodrama. Players who are still newbies to the game might as well grab the re-mastered God of War and God of War II after seeing the scenes from the refreshers. It has certainly drawn more fans to this exciting game.

The presentation of God of War III has been polished in most of its aspects. The graphics are superior to its predecessor, with scenes of gorgeous combat and cinematic camera tricks that are totally remarkable. Better audio and sound effects also complement the other aspects of the game splendidly with the presence of a good musical score and interesting effects matching the scenes. The gameplay remains fantastic with the combat leaving gamers breathless and really yearning for more. God of War III is definitely an outstanding finale to the much-loved game that will certainly be remembered for a very long time in the video gaming world.

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Posted:
2010-04-19

homer

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

8.2

Heavy rain is a psychological thriller that takes video gaming to a new level. Here’s a game that would rock your gaming world; for its aim is to give us something we haven’t tried before. Heavy rain is a video game based on a story of a man named Ethan Mars who witnessed his son’s death in the hands of the Origami Killer, whose name was derived from his killer signature of leaving origami on the bodies of his victims.

Heavy Rain is patterned with a QTE or quick-time-events that allows for a combination of storytelling and game playing. Situations come with prompts that should be pressed in time to move on with the game. In Heavy Rain, whatever happens and whatever the player decides to do, being able to press that prompt button or not, would lead to different situations according to the decisions made. Every path you choose has its own consequence that leads to how the story would continue. Making the right choices could lead you to the bad guy while making the wrong ones would let the killer escape. No matter what you do, everything goes on. Simply put, Heavy Rain and how the game ends is greatly influenced by the player. They have a large hand in how the game unravels which makes it different from other videogames.

Although it has a slow start, this game, is quite unpredictable. It definitely requires your utmost concentration because events could just happen anytime, anywhere and when you are caught off-guard; there definitely is a consequence to deal with. It is a thriller in all sense of the word, which keeps you at the edge of your seat. Everything is so dependent on how you react that you really need to be on your toes.
What makes Hard Rain unique is that the whole videogame rotates around the story. While playing, the story is the center of attention that should never be taken for granted. What you do during the game, and how you react in every situation has everything to do with the story. Your decisions fuel the story.

This actually contributes to one of its major drawbacks. Exposing and establishing the characters at the opening chapters, for example, are truly quite vital to what happens later, as you would later on discover, but the pacing is excruciatingly lethargic, you can fall asleep for two hours. But as mentioned earlier, when you get to the meat of the game, it can pick up quickly and pull you in.

The game can get quite confusing at some points, especially when options and prompts become unclear, blemished or blotted as they are prone to be, mainly to portray the character as being worn out, tired or tensed. Prompt buttons are tricky at times; they tend to give this funny vibration when you hold them down, if you’re supposed to tap lightly. It’s no big deal, really; but it can mess you up in few instances.
Overall, Heavy Rain is a one of a kind interactive drama videogame that creates an atmosphere of mystery and thrill as the psychological drama unfolds every step of the way. With its high-end technology that shouts out brilliance in its graphics and animation, this videogame is sure to give you an unforgettable, most enjoyable experience in gaming.

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Posted:
2010-04-25

homer

Super Gamer Dude

Sony PSP

6.6

Sony Computer has never failed to give us great gaming entertainment and now they give us Invizimals which brings fighting into an augmented reality by using your own Play Station Portable, along with a mini camera that recognizes a special card that serves as a trapping device for your little creatures.

Invizimals is very similar to the Pokemon series where you catch creatures for your collection; you train them and use them for fights. Through the mini camera, you look for these creatures and trap them with the special card. Fighting comes in the battle mode where you can try your skills against computer generated creatures or fight with your friends’ collection sitting next to you or online.

The game has charming visuals with tutorial videos but that doesn’t make the game easy. In fact, it is more complicated than you think because of the need to focus your camera during gameplay, which makes capturing and fighting harder. To be able to capture creatures, you have to move your camera around to stay behind a creature’s back and capture them. In order for your creature to be within view, your camera must have a clear vantage point of the special trapping card each time. Sometimes, while you are trying to go after your creature, you lose sight of this card; thus, the creature disappears.

As for fights, they use a real-time mechanic system instead of the turn-based one that was traditionally employed. They also make use of three attack moves, a block and a stamina gauge that should be monitored during game time. Invizimals also feature mini games cropping-up; but you don’t have to worry since they are really easy to accomplish.

This is indeed a breakthrough in video gaming because of the incorporation of the real world when capturing your own creatures and going on to an adventure with the use of the mini camera. Another great thing about this game is its slowly-voiced tutorials where instructions are given by an adoring cast of characters with videos to help you understand the game better.

Although the technology behind Invizimals fall short of expectation; and can’t quite deliver on its aspiration, it functions adequately enough to prevent it from failing dismally. There’s an obvious lack of real profundity in the critter combat and the mission structures are too restricted for sufficient satisfaction. There’s a real tendency for this game to become a passing fancy rather than a mainstay despite its undisputedly charming concept and implementation; which the younger players may find alluring for a while.

It can be treated as some kind of a cool novel creature-collection gimmick but the reality is it really won’t take long before the novelty wears off. Still, the chance to play in the image of your room and the minimal thrill of discovering the creatures hiding around is too good to pass and hold some level of challenge, if only momentarily.


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