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Posted:
2012-10-15

jessej

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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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7.6

Far Cry 2 was a brilliant and entertaining game but suffered from many problems with player's complaining about flaws such as vehicles moving too slowly, hit-detection issues, and sluggish controls etc. But that was four years ago and Ubisoft have now released FarCry 3 which suffers from far fewer problems. Vehicles speeds are much faster and the vehicles seldom suffer break down. Hit detection is greatly improved and the controls are now more responsive and fluid.

Way off the beaten track, far far from civilization is an island group, the Rook Islands, visited by a group of curious tourists expecting to find an uninhabited paradise isle. The group is captured and caught up in a bloody struggle between crazed warlords and tribes of natives indigenous to the islands. You escape and form an alliance with the natives and lead them in a bid to defeat the warlords and rescue your fellow travelers.

The multiplayer gameplay is no more than average at its very best. It has shades of the Call Of Duty multiplayer game mode about it, but is not as good. It has been said that Ubisoft's made a mistake in using P2P servers rather than dedicated ones.

In Co-Op mode there are six scenarios to play through and as many as four players can take part. When you first start out you must make do with only a few loadouts but as you play progress through the game and the levels you receive more weapons which you are then able to customize. This game mode is pretty linear which leads to a lack of any interesting choices.

The graphics is are the department in which FarCry 3 excels. The visuals are quite stunning and the lighting effects are amazing. The island scenery is gorgeous and convincing. The sound is good, guns and weapons sound very realistic and the incidental soundtrack is very enjoyable. A few of the tracks are a bit samish but most are OK.

There are a few drawbacks and some the design quirks can be very frustrating. The HUD lacks configuration and vehicles have been removed from multiplayer mode. Freezing seems to be a problem while using the map editor, so make sure to save when you can or you could lose it all. Ubisoft's change from dedicated servers to P2P servers has made multiplayer a very frustrating experience. There are patches which go some way to fixing a few of the bugs.

If you have the Insane Edition you get a funny looking Vaas bobble head, a survival guide, a survival pouch, and some pretty good DLC.

Overall, Far Cry 3 is a very entertaining open-world game that has been described as Skyrim with guns. A huge map editor means lots of multiplayer fun.

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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

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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:
2014-06-14

Better than 2k12.

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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