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Posted:
2012-10-23

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

7.5

Zeus: Master of Olympus is just like any of the real-time city games in the market today and this includes the Pharaoh series. This platform usually mixes together urban management with colonial and imperial management. And even if this is just like its predecessors in Impressions’ series, this has gone through a total overhaul which makes it better and more challenging.

For those who may not have made a connection yet, Zeus: Master of Olympus is set in ancient Greece although the gameplay is not affected by it at all. As a whole, playing Zeus is like playing Pharaoh but only on the surface. The goal is to manage the city as a whole. From the agricultural sector all the way up to the security of the city, the gamer has to make sure that there is enough going on for the city’s populace to ensure a good economy and very, very low unemployment rating. Pretend to be Obama on this one and you get the gist.

As the gameplay goes on, the differences from the preceding games becomes more apparent. Somehow, Impressions managed to add in more fun into an already fun game. It all begins with building the city from the most basic foundation up. The aim is to make the city function and once that is achieved, this will put an end on the first mission. The following will put the gamer in charge but this time, instead of a builder, the role is more like a Greek superhero, think Hercules and Perseus. As the gameplay proceeds, of course the city gains in strength. Eventually, as the ruler of the city, the gamer has the chance to think of colonizing an area to increase the revenues. There will be a point where the surrounding cities and countries start realizing that there is a clear and present danger so they either invade the territory or defend theirs. The goal is to get as much territory and to make sure the city is strong and independent able to defend its walls.

As this is set in Greek mythology, all the gods are represented and their sanctuaries are a great help. The only downside to Zeus is the combat. There is a need for a lot of adjustments, maneuvering and such. The difficulties of a war is also apparent. The troops are civilians, if the army gets too large the other industries suffer for there are no workers, lowered production and the need to feed said army. If the wrong decision is made in the defense of the city, said city can get crippled economically.

Compared to other city building games, Zeus: Master of Olympus ups the levels considerably. No longer is there a mindless need to expand and build without consequence. This time the gamer has to actually think out how their actions and decisions can affect the rest of the city and the economy. This broadens the light a bit and can be disconcerting, but it is fun and challenging.

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Posted:
2013-04-13

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

7.5

Frodo Baggin's, a humble Hobbit, lives a modest life in a quiet sleepy village called the Shire in Hobbiton of Middle Earth; where no one has any adventures. That is until fate intervenes and hurdles Frodo from his ordinary life and into a quest to save the world. His task is to destroy an ancient ring that wants to be reunited with its master and maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. Should this happen, Sauron will have the power to destroy the world. Thus, the journey to Mount Doom, the place where the ring was forged millennia ago, and the only place where it can be destroyed, begins. The journey will be a dangerous one and so a Fellowship representing the races of Middle Earth is formed to guide, assist and protect Frodo on his quest for the ring's destruction in the fires of Mount Doom. It is this journey that has been brought to life by LEGO and can now be experienced by the players of the LEGO Lord of the Rings PC game.

The game follows the general storyline of the movie trilogy. The journey comes to life as players take on the form their favorite characters. The Fellowship includes the Hobbit Frodo, the Ranger Aragorn, the Dwarf Gimli, the Elf Legola's, the Wizard Gandalf, and Frodo's three loyal Hobbit friends Sam, Merry, and Pippin. Together, members of the fellowship face the Nazgul on Weatertop, negotiate the hazards of the Misty Mountains, battle the Orc's and the fearsome Balrog deep in the Mines of Moria, fight the Uruk-hai, meet the infamous Gollum, and ultimately cross the threshold of the Black Gate of Mordor.

Along the way, as players explore the world of Middle Earth, they will unlock more than 60 characters and the ability to play them all, brandish the power of the seeing-stone called Palantir or the all-seeing eye, solve riddles and puzzles, find magical items and weapons, and collect, combine, and create new items in the Blacksmith shop found in the village of Bree.

A new feature of this game is called free roam, which spans all three films and gives players the ability to travel through Middle Earth between levels. During free roam players accept side quests, adding a new dimension to the game. Reviewers state they feel as if they are actually playing through the story, not just the cut-scenes as in previous games.

Adding realism to the characters, the game incorporates dialogue from the movies. Players can also play the different storyline's of the different characters, adding new complexity and richness to the experience. With the ability to play new story lines, different characters now have their own unique abilities. For example, Gandalf has the ability to use magic. Each character in the game has one or more unique abilities, along with their own inventory of weapons or magic. The game has 18 levels, with a bonus that can be played upon completion of the game. Enjoy this fantastic new LEGO game.

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Posted:
2013-04-25

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

7.0

NBA 2K13 is the latest game that has come out from 2K Sports for the National Basketball Association and the sport of basketball. The game is based around the teams that compete in the NBA, both in the Western and Eastern Conferences. There is a full license for every single player from every team, from the stars down to the lesser known roster players. This is what attracts so many people to this game, given how popular the NBA is all around the world. Everyone knows about the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. Now you get a chance to play as them in the respective teams.

Game Modes:

Career Mode - This is the mode where you set up your own player. You can select everything about the player, down to his height or the color and shape of his eyebrows. This customization is great and can be a lot of fun. Then, you select the position the player will play and you pick his initial abilities. You select a team and then eventually work your way towards being a regular for them. As games go on and you pass all the challenges, you will increase your ability and your various skills.

Association Mode - Consider this the manager or coach mode, where you control almost every aspect of a NBA Franchise. You can pick any franchise, may it be the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics, or one of the lesser known franchises. It can be a challenge to win the title with a smaller franchise, or to uphold the best standards of the greatest teams. In association mode, there are things that you can do to adjust the roster. Trades can be made and players can be signed from free agencies or drafts. This will allow you to customize a team to the way that you play, as opposed to how they are initially.

Exhibition Mode - This is the simplest mode and it just involves a simple one off game. The half length and everything else can be adjusted.

Challenge Pro Mode - This mode involves choosing one current player from any team and then playing just as that player. There are certain challenges and teammate ratings for each game that show how you are doing. This is a very fun mode and it perfect if you want to see the game from a particular player's point of view.

The NBA 2K13 game has come to very good reviews. NBA fans and even casual fans are very happy with the way the game is played. The structure of the game is perfect, there is a great background soundtrack and the gameplay is incredible. It really does feel as if you are playing a basketball court. All of the arenas are fantastic and the presentation of each game is also great. There is a half time aspect and a "player of the game" at the end of each game. This is the game if you are a basketball fan.

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Posted:
2012-10-13

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

6.9

The game is about negative feelings and actions like pain, betrayal, and self-harm. The story revolves around an ordinary American student named Darren Michaels, a.k.a. Adrian Gordon. Michaels will discover that he is the last heir of a cursed British estate. To add up to the twist, he is actually possessed by an ancestor named Mordred who surfaces in an untimely manner to scare people who get in the way.

Mordred’s English voice is like a Darth Vadar impersonation in a comedy skit. Maybe because the game is developed in Germany and that the German version could have been better. Darren’s voice however, is better but still not far from Mordred’s comedic one.

You’ll be amazed how they make such superb background. The Gothic castles that are softly-lit bring you a mixture of horror and excitement that makes you want more. The Autumn forests are very refreshing together with the music that accompanies the panoramic view. The overall picture will give you a feeling of suspense that makes you on-guard always.

The characters are interesting. The local entrepreneur who made a tourist market in the middle of the obvious scenery of murders happening on that place is an attraction. In one stop, he’ll ask for a pose holding a knife then makes a life-size standee of you displayed at the hotel lobby.

The puzzles are very interesting too. You get your own share of complexity in several layers. The funny thing is that Black Mirror 3 is one of the games wherein you know what or where to go next but you’ll surely be crazy of how you will unlock the five obscure things you need to get there. You’ll also get a handful of locations, items, and characters that mix and matching itself is an adventure.

Black Mirror 3 is really one massive and complicated game especially with the puzzles. One thing is that even if you have all the answers or you know where your next stop is, you may still be tempted to look up on cheats and you may want to quit long before but you may regret it if you do.

The ending was worth it if you want to experience a good scare. The additional features from Black Mirror 2 were great too. One drawback perhaps is the metaphysical mini-games like one where you need to reassemble a whole human skeleton. Better make that anatomy book at hand at all times.

On second thought, Black Mirror 3 is for those who want to scare themselves. It may not be harmonious at all for some. There are good points while they possess bad points too. Some people just forget the game should give suspense and horror to the characters and not the gamers itself.

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Posted:
2012-10-15

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

8.0

The concept for this game is something that you may find straight out of a science fiction movie that is set in Mars or something like that really. You have a guy named Parker working on the red planet for some tyrannical corporation that works their guys to the bone; and suddenly, the workers just can’t take their suffering anymore and have decide to take matters in their own hands.

Parker finds himself in the midst of a battle against the cruel employers and their legion of heavily armed protectors. Throughout the game, you will be playing as Parker who is rather good looking and is a first person shooter who has a wide variety of weapons at his own disposal. This is a very enjoyable first person shooter game that will give anyone playing it a rocking good time, though that good time may not last very long as you may get about ten hours of play time from it. If you cannot get enough of it however, it does have some replay value that you may enjoy as well.

This game was quite clearly inspired by some earlier shooter game versions especially the game Half Life which was made by the same design studio. The formula for the game isn’t very different from the one they used on half life but it does seem like they refined it a tad bit. Just like with any decent shooter games out there, you will find that Red faction is a very responsive game when you use the keyboard and the mouse to play it. Being Parker, you will find that you are all in all very well protected against any attacks made by the enemy thanks to the red mining suit that you have been given. This red suit is so awesome that you can even use it to breathe underwater for an indefinite amount of time. Parker is a very fast runner and has very nice high jumps; plus, he can also tout a huge arsenal of weapons. By huge we are talking maybe about a dozen.

These weapons that he carries are pretty standard for this type of game and you can find that every other shooter game has the same type of weapons for their hero. But in red faction the weapons are very well done and you will certainly enjoy using them in defeating the tyrannical employers to be found in Mars. You will be fighting with guards who are very harsh, and by the way, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so you will have plenty of variety when it comes to the guards. Be warned though that the tougher guards have very good aim and they can also dodge any shots that you throw their way. They are also very good at running away especially during those times that they no longer have any ammunition to use against you. It might not be groundbreaking but it sure is a lot of fun to play.

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Posted:
2013-04-25

jessej

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6.5

NCAA Football 13 has been released by Tiburon, the company that has been designing this game series for a long time. This is the most popular American football game series in the world and the 2013 version carries on the tradition. The game allows you to play with almost every NCAA Division I, II, or III team in existence. The new game is all about improving what has already existed. It is not a complete overhaul because it does not need to be. There are so many different tweaks that have been made to make the game better than ever and they seem to have done the trick.

Gameplay Improvements:

- There are 20 new dropbacks that quarterbacks can engage in.
- There are 25 pass trajectory zones that exist, compared to one last year.
- There are 8 moves for quarterbacks to avoid the rush when they are in the pocket.
- In terms of receiver awareness which shows that a receiver wants the ball.
- With passing, there are new animations and the shovel pass even exists.
- The play action can be aborted after the snap and can be switched to the run if a full on press is expected.
- There are 430+ new types of catches compared to the 2012 version. You can pitch from the tackle and there are some great hot routes for different receivers.
- The defense is also improved and it is a lot easier to defend in the perfect way that you want to.

The game has some terrific aspects to it. You can take control of any team and get it through an entire season, or multiple seasons. You control every aspect of the team, including recruiting players from high schools.

The Heisman Challenge mode is something that everyone will enjoy. You can choose from a list of potential Heisman winning players and then try and win the trophy with them. This is interesting as it becomes all about one player, not the team. You want to win but you want to win with your one player doing something terrific.

Problems:

Despite being a good game, there are issues with it that some fans will not like. The presentation is very good for the most part, but there are glitches that take place all the time. The biggest issue is with the commentators. While they are insightful at times, most of the time they are talking about something completely incorrectly. Even if you spend the whole season being a running team, they will still talk about you prematch or during match as a team that predominantly passes. That is just one example.

There are also graphics flaws that exist with the crowd and sideline animations that will appear annoying to people. But ultimately, this is a game that has the best gameplay most have seen from an American football game. The rest of the stuff can be dealt with as it is so fun to watch.

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Posted:
2013-06-27

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

2.5

There's a very good reason why nobody is talking about the recent release of Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear. The game, released on January 29, 2013, simply isn't that good. By all accounts, the gameplay is maddening and ridiculous, the animations are stiff and give a last-generation feel, and the user interface is counter-intuitive and frustrating.

The Official Xbox Magazine was one of the first reviewers to get to the game, and their review seems to reflect the many player reviews of the game to be found all around the internet. Xbox Magazine complains that this 'budget' game (available for only $20) is wasted money which would be far better spent on DLC (downloadable content) for a different game, or perhaps an older shooter that you missed out on. They score it a measly 2.5/10, showing that they were distinctly unimpressed.

Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear is a lightgun 'rail' shooter, meaning you can't actually move your character as you play, except to aim in different directions. Instead, you are taken along a set path from one fighting area to the next. Occasionally areas will offer different 'screens,' which are essentially just different directions to face. The trend of late for such games has been to use a gun-type controller, but this game doesn't support anything but the original Xbox 360 controller. The entire game can be completed in less than 90 minutes of playing time, although doing so does unlock another difficulty level if you'd like to replay the same game with more frustration.

The frustration arises through the simple fact that you're always being shot. Even when ducking into cover, you are sometimes being hit from three different directions, occasionally by enemies that you can't actually shoot back at without switching to a different 'screen.' The visuals for the game are an extreme disappointment and look as if they came from the last-generation of console video games; this game would have been more appropriate visually for the original Xbox. The animations make poor use of physics and are awkward. The textures in the game are sadly unrealistic.

Despite being an arcade-type on-the-rails shooter, Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear doesn't give an arcade-y feel to the gameplay. Even for the low price, Shattered Spear simply doesn't have a whole lot of fun to offer. The user interface reverses the traditional type of control you have over your character, using the left analog stick to manipulate your targeting reticule and the right analog stick used to duck into occasional available cover. There is also no option to switch or change the default control setup.

Although there has historically been several very fun lightgun arcade-type shooters available, this simply isn't one of them. Despite the cheap price, the 90 minutes of awkward gameplay, poor graphics and counter-intuitive controls probably isn't worth the money you'd spend on the budget game. Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear disappoints on nearly every level, and it is obvious that it was created for impulse buys. Save your money.

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Posted:
2013-08-24

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

7.0

If you want to follow the one of the most famous Generals in American history, through Western Europe, check out History: Legends of War. General George Patton. Patton commanded the Seventh and then the Third Army leaving his legacy as a strategist, pulling the troops into cooperating teams, and a genius at lifting moral. He was not without this colorful and driving personality.

The game will give you the opportunity select missions of your choice. Included in this offering are Sabotage, Infiltration, Attack and Defense. Legends of War Patton will not only develop your strategy skills but also provide entertainment. Fighting from the beaches to France and on to Belgium, Patton's army fought for victory.

The game gives you a stunning setting visually authentic with the combination of console strategy gaming coupled with turn tactics and action. Legends of War Patton also give you the opportunity to play in hot-seat multiplayer missions. The General will successfully advance in campaigns and you will have the opportunity to assist the strategy with Commandos, Fighters, Bombers, Attack and Sabotage campaigns as you build up the skill points and the General's prestige as he strongly commands the third Army.

The Legends of War uses prestige points, which you use as currency within the game. You can use the currency to heal the wounded, recruiting new soldiers, aid the repair of vehicles that were damaged and other streams where you can help the success of a mission. Successful missions include victory of heroic, major, normal or minor. You as the strategist will dictate the outcome.

The veteran units become more valuable during the missions as their experience will help to improve their offensive power and pinpoint precision of their weapons. As you play the game with success, you will build experience points that will give rank to the unit as it evolves to a powerhouse. The maximum amount of points needed to acquire a star is one hundred. Those ranks will build upon your success to a silver star for four points and the highest is a gold star acquired by the gold star. Five rank stars become very valuable to the army of General Patton.

The missions played in the multiplayer mode with one taking German and the other taking American forces competing against each other. You choose the play and pass the console to your game partner. The aim is to kill all of the opponent's men.

Much of the fun is when you assume the role of General Patton leading your units through battles and disasters looking back at the history of the famous General utilizing 35 different missions. From the beaches of France fighting the road to Berlin, Patton's Army was influential in World War II history.

Using snipers, aircraft, infantry, elite forces, bombers, and the cinematics of the video game give you opportunity to develop endless strategies. History: Legends of War Patton builds your skills and thinking process. You are General George Patton whose history is embedded in the threads of American wars.

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Posted:
2013-08-24

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

7.0

If you want to follow the one of the most famous Generals in American history, through Western Europe, check out History: Legends of War. General George Patton. Patton commanded the Seventh and then the Third Army leaving his legacy as a strategist, pulling the troops into cooperating teams, and a genius at lifting moral. He was not without this colorful and driving personality.

The game will give you the opportunity select missions of your choice. Included in this offering are Sabotage, Infiltration, Attack and Defense. Legends of War Patton will not only develop your strategy skills but also provide entertainment. Fighting from the beaches to France and on to Belgium, Patton's army fought for victory.

The game gives you a stunning setting visually authentic with the combination of console strategy gaming coupled with turn tactics and action. Legends of War Patton also give you the opportunity to play in hot-seat multiplayer missions. The General will successfully advance in campaigns and you will have the opportunity to assist the strategy with Commandos, Fighters, Bombers, Attack and Sabotage campaigns as you build up the skill points and the General's prestige as he strongly commands the third Army.

The Legends of War uses prestige points, which you use as currency within the game. You can use the currency to heal the wounded, recruiting new soldiers, aid the repair of vehicles that were damaged and other streams where you can help the success of a mission. Successful missions include victory of heroic, major, normal or minor. You as the strategist will dictate the outcome.

The veteran units become more valuable during the missions as their experience will help to improve their offensive power and pinpoint precision of their weapons. As you play the game with success, you will build experience points that will give rank to the unit as it evolves to a powerhouse. The maximum amount of points needed to acquire a star is one hundred. Those ranks will build upon your success to a silver star for four points and the highest is a gold star acquired by the gold star. Five rank stars become very valuable to the army of General Patton.

The missions played in the multiplayer mode with one taking German and the other taking American forces competing against each other. You choose the play and pass the console to your game partner. The aim is to kill all of the opponent's men.

Much of the fun is when you assume the role of General Patton leading your units through battles and disasters looking back at the history of the famous General utilizing 35 different missions. From the beaches of France fighting the road to Berlin, Patton's Army was influential in World War II history.

Using snipers, aircraft, infantry, elite forces, bombers, and the cinematics of the video game give you opportunity to develop endless strategies. History: Legends of War Patton builds your skills and thinking process. You are General George Patton whose history is embedded in the threads of American wars.

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Posted:
2014-05-20

Not so hot.

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

2.5

There's a very good reason why nobody is talking about the recent release of Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear. The game, released on January 29, 2013, simply isn't that good. By all accounts, the gameplay is maddening and ridiculous, the animations are stiff and give a last-generation feel, and the user interface is counter-intuitive and frustrating.

The Official Xbox Magazine was one of the first reviewers to get to the game, and their review seems to reflect the many player reviews of the game to be found all around the internet. Xbox Magazine complains that this 'budget' game (available for only $20) is wasted money which would be far better spent on DLC (downloadable content) for a different game, or perhaps an older shooter that you missed out on. They score it a measly 2.5/10, showing that they were distinctly unimpressed.

Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear is a lightgun 'rail' shooter, meaning you can't actually move your character as you play, except to aim in different directions. Instead, you are taken along a set path from one fighting area to the next. Occasionally areas will offer different 'screens,' which are essentially just different directions to face. The trend of late for such games has been to use a gun-type controller, but this game doesn't support anything but the original Xbox 360 controller. The entire game can be completed in less than 90 minutes of playing time, although doing so does unlock another difficulty level if you'd like to replay the same game with more frustration.

The frustration arises through the simple fact that you're always being shot. Even when ducking into cover, you are sometimes being hit from three different directions, occasionally by enemies that you can't actually shoot back at without switching to a different 'screen.' The visuals for the game are an extreme disappointment and look as if they came from the last-generation of console video games; this game would have been more appropriate visually for the original Xbox. The animations make poor use of physics and are awkward. The textures in the game are sadly unrealistic.

Despite being an arcade-type on-the-rails shooter, Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear doesn't give an arcade-y feel to the gameplay. Even for the low price, Shattered Spear simply doesn't have a whole lot of fun to offer. The user interface reverses the traditional type of control you have over your character, using the left analog stick to manipulate your targeting reticule and the right analog stick used to duck into occasional available cover. There is also no option to switch or change the default control setup.

Although there has historically been several very fun lightgun arcade-type shooters available, this simply isn't one of them. Despite the cheap price, the 90 minutes of awkward gameplay, poor graphics and counter-intuitive controls probably isn't worth the money you'd spend on the budget game. Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear disappoints on nearly every level, and it is obvious that it was created for impulse buys. Save your money.


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