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The FarCry series is an interesting one and probably one of the most unique game series' known to the modern gaming world. The series has fantastic storylines that involve the main character going insane due to some disease or drug. The player must uncover what's going on while trying not to lose his mind.
FarCry 3 begins with the main character, Jason Brody, hanging out with his friends on Rook island. They drink, they party, they skydive, etc., and have a fantastic time of it. Jason doesn't wake up next to his semi-hammered/hung over friends, though. He wakes up in chains with no way out, no idea how he got there, and no clue where his friends are. Being captured by pirates isn't something this California kid in his twenties is used to dealing with on a daily basis, so he has a lot of growing up to do and fast.
While FarCry 3 is considered to be more or less a shooter rather than an RPG, it really has more in common with an RPG. The game is set on an island that the player can roam around however he pleases for as long as he pleases. There are main story quests and side quests to attempt if the player is in need of some extra experience or money. The side quests aren't too important and aren't as extensive as some of the side quests in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for instance, but some extra experience never hurt anyone.
Many games these days are focused solely around the development of the story line. FarCry 3, however, is not only based around the story but around the character, Jason. Jason changes a lot as the story goes forward. He goes from being an incredibly terrified young man to, with a little help from the tribes who inhabit the isalnd where the action takes place, a hardened assassin who gets high on drugs, which make for hallucinations in game. Jason, whose sole want and need was to rescue his friends and leave the island immediately, becomes distant from the very same friends, probably due to the home-made drugs he has been getting high on.
Another thing that makes the game very similar to an RPG is the need to craft. While crafting may not be as important in standard RPGs, it is incredibly vital in this game. Being on an island, all of the things the player could need can be, in fact have to be, created from whatever grows or happens to be lying around in the various locations ranging from mountains to swamp, sandy beaches to jungle. There are things from animal skins, to native plants that can be used as a source of healing for medicine or even drugs.
FarCry 3 is one of those rare, genre-bending games that engages the player and takes him into a world unlike the one he normally lives in.
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.
If you want to follow the one of the most famous Generals in American history, through Western Europe, check out History: Legends of War Patton for the Xbox 360. 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, Pattons 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 Generals prestige as he strongly commands the third Army.
The Legends of War Patton 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 opponents 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, Pattons 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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