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Posted:
2012-10-13

jessej

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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:
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

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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:
2013-08-24

jessej

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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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