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Posted:
2013-04-14

payola

Newbie

7.50

Total War: Shogun 2 is the latest installment in what has been a very successful strategy/war game series by The Creative Assembly. Set in feudal Japan during Sengoku Jidai, the game has you take control of one of eight factions (more are available through downloadable content) to fight for the Shogunate, the rule of Japan.

The game has received excellent reviews by most publications since it was released in March of 2011, scoring a 90 on the aggregate critic organization Metacritic. The two standalone expansions, "Rise of the Samurai" and "Fall of the Samurai" respectively, also received good reviews.

Shogun 2 concentrates on combining two popular strategy gameplay types TBS (turn-based strategy) and RTS (real time strategy). The game revolves around the campaign map, where you make economic, diplomatic and military decisions to guide your clan to victory. "Agents" are featured; ninjas can be deployed to assassinate enemy generals or agents and to sabotage enemy buildings and armies, missionaries or monks can inspire a populace or army and also convert enemies and metsuke can be recruited to administrate a province or apprehend enemy agents. Armies and navies have "movement points" that determine how far they can move in a turn, making logistical strategy important.

The campaign map is made up of Japan and is divided into provinces. Each province contains several buildings. The capital's castle, building slots in the capital, farms and roads are available for upgrade in all provinces. Some provinces also have a port or other resource such as a monastery, ninja village or gold mine.

Battles are conducted in real time, requiring good tactics to emerge victorious. There are three types of fighting: land battles, siege battles and naval battles. Land battles are conducted by up to four armies per side (allies or reinforcement armies of your own) and are limited to 20 units per faction on the field at a time. The terrain varies widely from dense forests to open fields. The terrain also mirrors the campaign map; if you see a river by your army avatar on the campaign map, you'll see a river on the battlefield.

Siege battles happen when an army attacks a garrisoned city, whether it's garrisoned by an army or units that are automatically garrisoned based on buildings in the city. If you were attacked, you're manning the walls. You're on the attacking side if you initiated the battle. On the defensive side, all you have to do to win is defeat the attackers or last for a predetermined amount of time (ff the length of battles is limited and time runs out, the defender in a battle automatically wins). The attacker must capture the central point or defeat the occupying army.

Warships are used to protect shipping routes, trade nodes and ports, or to attack those of your opponents'. In combat you can board the enemy ships or shoot at them (arrows unless you have developed the right technology for guns, which requires trading with Europe) in order to win.

A single Shogun 2 campaign can take a lot of hours to complete, so this isn't a game for someone that is only casually interested. If you like an excellent strategical experience complemented by a good physics engine and beautiful graphics, this game ticks all the boxes.

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Posted:
2013-04-23

payola

Newbie

8.00

The Walking Dead has been widely described as a 'point and click adventure role playing video game' using a third person perspective in which the gameplay focuses on the story rather than puzzles it contains. The game draws heavily from the comic book and TV series of the same name whose writer, Robert Kirkman, played an advisory role in the making of the game. Although the story takes place in locations from the comic series many of the characters in the game are new to the Walking Dead series.

The action starts in the state of Georgia in North America soon after a zombie invasion and its catastrophic outcome and is played out through the eyes of Lee Everett whose part the player assumes. The Zombies or 'Walkers' as they are dubbed due to the slowness of their gait are thought to 'infect' the survivors of the invasion by biting them but it comes to light later that they become zombies themselves irrespective of the manner of their death.

Lee Everett, the principal character in the story was once a university Professor who was convicted for the murder of a senator who became a little too friendly with his wife. There are many other characters in the tale with various backgrounds who interact with each other in somewhat complex ways.

As well as Everett, the main cast consists of:-

Clementine a girl eight years of age to whom Everett becomes a sort of father substitute.

Kenny, Katjaa his Belgian wife and Kenny junior ( nicknamed Duck )form a family form Florida. Kenny is a fisherman and his wife a vet.

Lilley who is or was stationed at an US airbase and who comes along with a bunch of survivors including Larry her father and Carley a newspaper reporter who are both aware of Everett's murky past.

There are many others too numerous to name here but who come from all walks of life and who form a rather unlikely bunch. Many are introduced as the story moves on through the five consecutive episodes into which the overall narrative is split.

Although the interaction between this motley crew of characters can become quite complex, although a little contrived, the main story is as follows:-

We start as Everett, form now on referred to as Lee, is being transported to prison and the vehicle he and his escorts are in flattens an unwary pedestrian and leaves the road leaving the vehicle's passengers unconscious. Lee regains his senses some hours later only to find that the officer escorting him is now a Zombie and Lee thinks it is expedient to kill him.

Taking refuge in a nearby house and discovers Clementine hiding in a tree house and on discovering that her parents were not with her he offers to take her under his wing and to help search for them. They travel on to a neighboring farm where the meet the aforementioned Kenny and his family. They travel on as a group and meet up with other survivors and hole up in a drugstore owned, unknown to the rest of the group, by one of Lee's family. After accidentally setting of the store's alarm so drawing attention to themselves they make a run to a motel intending to use it for a defensive position.

All is well and they are safe from Walkers but unfortunately being human they need to eat and are fast running out of food. They are then approached by a family called called St.Johns who own, of all things, a dairy. But it is soon discovered that the St.John's diet is not limited to milk products as they have dabbled in a little cannibalism. The group must flee once more when Walkers and bandits, who are in cahoots with the St.Johns

This more or less sets the tone for the rest of the action and there are too many events and complications to describe in a short review. But the group and others with which they meet move from crisis to crisis fighting off Zombie attacks and losing some of their number along the way. The closing shot does show Clementine and two figures in the distance, are they her parents, wait and see.

The game has the usual character and object interactions with many choices to be made which affect the other game characters' reaction to the main character Lee. Major decisions need to be made at the start of the five episodes into which the overall tale is broken down and although these decisions affect the episodic outcomes they can each be completed irrespective of the choices made. On the whole it is fair to say that the complex interactions are more in number than in most games of this genre. Beware that some of the decisions are time limited and so quick thinking is needed.

There is a useful save function and a facility to rewind as it were to an earlier stage and reverse previously made choices. There is also an optional 'choice notification' feature which can be switched on indicating how choices made in play affect the relationship of the characters to the main mover Lee.

Graphics and audio are, needless to say of the excellent quality expected of a game which has undergone such long development.

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Posted:
2013-04-14

payola

Newbie

7.50

FIFA Soccer 13 for PlayStation is the latest installment in Electronic Arts ever popular and longest running franchise video soccer game. Like the previous editions, FIFA 13 is engaging, fun and can be played solo, multi-player or online. It's main differences from FIFA 12 are the following.

The 500 official teams and selection of more than 15,000 players have been updated.

First Touch allows the players to trap the ball better with their feet.

The addition of the EA Sports Football Club where players can earn swag through points for their players.

Attacking Intelligence give players the information to analyze plays and react accordingly.

Complete Dribbling which allows you to have complete control of the ball and gives you 360 degree turning power.

Tactical Free Kicks gives you the ability to use your best players for free and wild kicks.


There are also new ways to pass and something called FIFA 13 Fundamentals which makes the playing experience appear more authentic. For example, referees will make better calls and goalkeepers will be able to defend better.


FIFA 13 works well with the PlayStation game system. The handheld controls lend themselves very well to the fast moving action of FIFA 13. EA also offers an online game manual on their website which will walk you through how to play and give you some needed helpful hints. There are also several fan websites with additional hints and discussion forums. Fear not, any question you may have concerning play will be, or has already been, answered.

How long game play can last is your choice. As you get more and more into it and if you follow soccer closely, assembling your team may take longer as than the actual game itself. (So if you like a managerial role, this is also the game for you). Once you start earning virtual points, you can outfit your players as well. Add in EA Sports Match Day, which gives you the latest soccer news about your players in terms of injuries, suspensions and trades, your players will be up to the minute in terms of playability.

The drawbacks of FIFA 13 are two in number. The major problem is that sometimes the game freezes when loading. This can be fixed simply by restarting. The only other drawback is that the differences between this game and FIFA 12 are not mostly small. However, just with the graphics you can see a huge difference and it certainly gives it a more realistic feel to gameplay.

The list price of of FIFA 13 for PlayStation is $59.99. It can however, be found for under $50 online. You can get it even cheaper than that if you buy a slightly used copy. While there are not vast differences between FIFA 13 and FIFA 12, there are enough though listed above to make the trade up worthwhile. FIFA 13 is a fantastic and interactive game for you or the soccer lover in your life.

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Posted:
2013-06-05

payola

Newbie

8.00

The world's most famous fictional archeologist is back with a vengeance this time the survival and exploration action game comes with a new multiplayer mode. The perspective is that of a third person and also has an element of platforming.

The heroine or lead and the character which the player controls is, naturally, Lara Croft, but in this story she is younger than of late as this is something of an origin of version. Here she is a recently graduated archeology student whose studies have led her to seek the lost Kingdom of Yamatai. Through her contact with a family called Nishimura, who claim to be descendants of the ancient inhabitants of the lost kingdom, Lara raises money for an expedition to locate it. Lara's best friend and companion is Samantha Nishimura a representative of the ancient family. Others who accompany her are Dr.James Whitman, Conrad Wroth, Joselyn Reyes, Angus Grimaldi, Jonah Maiava, and Alex.

Whitman is a famous archaeologist who has a rough time lately dealing with divorce and bankruptcy. Roth is an ex Royal Marine who now has turned his survival and fighting skills towards adventure. Grimaldi is a typical blunt Glaswegian who calls spade a spade and a sarcophagus a coffin. Reyes is a female mechanic and a single mother and somewhat skeptical by nature. Maiava is the opposite and quite happy to believe in things not of this world and whose imposing physique belies his placid nature. Last but not least is the nerdy looking Alex who of course is an electronics wizz.

So there we have a good selection of personalities who together should be able to take on almost any challenge that the island of Yamatai and whatever or whoever inhabits it can put their way. And so they set sail on the good ship Endurance to explore Yamatai. But against all advice they make detour into the Dragon's Triangle near Japan and disaster strikes in the form of a violent storm. The main party survives and reaches land on an isolated island where Lara becomes divorced fro the rest of her party and is captured and imprisoned by a cave man who makes her an unwilling guest in the cave he knows as home.

Then things get complicated and to describe it would take as long as the game takes to play. There is an awful lot of content but certainly not a lot of awful content. Let me just say there are many twists and turns, trials and tribulations in which each character plays much the part you would expect them to and some which you would not. Bit if you are not yourself a cave dweller you will get the general idea from other games you may have played.

There are the compulsory arrays of weapons and skills and upgrades but these are just incidental to the game but are, as in all games, form the main source of the action, some original and some not. Lara herself is well endowed, and well armed, and fortunately does not wear too much clothing that might interfere with her weapons skills.

As expected the music is in itself a work of art and really needs some sort of quality audio system to do it justice and the graphics and animations, while never quite reaching the cinematic perfection of a film, also live up to expectations.

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Posted:
2014-03-25

payola

Newbie

8.00

The world's most famous fictional archeologist is back with a vengeance this time the survival and exploration action game comes with a new multiplayer mode. The perspective is that of a third person and also has an element of platforming.

The heroine or lead and the character which the player controls is, naturally, Lara Croft, but in this story she is younger than of late as this is something of an origin of version. Here she is a recently graduated archeology student whose studies have led her to seek the lost Kingdom of Yamatai. Through her contact with a family called Nishimura, who claim to be descendants of the ancient inhabitants of the lost kingdom, Lara raises money for an expedition to locate it. Lara's best friend and companion is Samantha Nishimura a representative of the ancient family. Others who accompany her are Dr.James Whitman, Conrad Wroth, Joselyn Reyes, Angus Grimaldi, Jonah Maiava, and Alex.

Whitman is a famous archaeologist who has a rough time lately dealing with divorce and bankruptcy. Roth is an ex Royal Marine who now has turned his survival and fighting skills towards adventure. Grimaldi is a typical blunt Glaswegian who calls spade a spade and a sarcophagus a coffin. Reyes is a female mechanic and a single mother and somewhat skeptical by nature. Maiava is the opposite and quite happy to believe in things not of this world and whose imposing physique belies his placid nature. Last but not least is the nerdy looking Alex who of course is an electronics wizz.

So there we have a good selection of personalities who together should be able to take on almost any challenge that the island of Yamatai and whatever or whoever inhabits it can put their way. And so they set sail on the good ship Endurance to explore Yamatai. But against all advice they make detour into the Dragon's Triangle near Japan and disaster strikes in the form of a violent storm. The main party survives and reaches land on an isolated island where Lara becomes divorced fro the rest of her party and is captured and imprisoned by a cave man who makes her an unwilling guest in the cave he knows as home.

Then things get complicated and to describe it would take as long as the game takes to play. There is an awful lot of content but certainly not a lot of awful content. Let me just say there are many twists and turns, trials and tribulations in which each character plays much the part you would expect them to and some which you would not. Bit if you are not yourself a cave dweller you will get the general idea from other games you may have played.

There are the compulsory arrays of weapons and skills and upgrades but these are just incidental to the game but are, as in all games, form the main source of the action, some original and some not. Lara herself is well endowed, and well armed, and fortunately does not wear too much clothing that might interfere with her weapons skills.

As expected the music is in itself a work of art and really needs some sort of quality audio system to do it justice and the graphics and animations, while never quite reaching the cinematic perfection of a film, also live up to expectations.

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Posted:
2014-03-25

payola

Newbie

8.00

The world's most famous fictional archeologist is back with a vengeance this time the survival and exploration action game comes with a new multiplayer mode. The perspective is that of a third person and also has an element of platforming.

The heroine or lead and the character which the player controls is, naturally, Lara Croft, but in this story she is younger than of late as this is something of an origin of version. Here she is a recently graduated archeology student whose studies have led her to seek the lost Kingdom of Yamatai. Through her contact with a family called Nishimura, who claim to be descendants of the ancient inhabitants of the lost kingdom, Lara raises money for an expedition to locate it. Lara's best friend and companion is Samantha Nishimura a representative of the ancient family. Others who accompany her are Dr.James Whitman, Conrad Wroth, Joselyn Reyes, Angus Grimaldi, Jonah Maiava, and Alex.

Whitman is a famous archaeologist who has a rough time lately dealing with divorce and bankruptcy. Roth is an ex Royal Marine who now has turned his survival and fighting skills towards adventure. Grimaldi is a typical blunt Glaswegian who calls spade a spade and a sarcophagus a coffin. Reyes is a female mechanic and a single mother and somewhat skeptical by nature. Maiava is the opposite and quite happy to believe in things not of this world and whose imposing physique belies his placid nature. Last but not least is the nerdy looking Alex who of course is an electronics wizz.

So there we have a good selection of personalities who together should be able to take on almost any challenge that the island of Yamatai and whatever or whoever inhabits it can put their way. And so they set sail on the good ship Endurance to explore Yamatai. But against all advice they make detour into the Dragon's Triangle near Japan and disaster strikes in the form of a violent storm. The main party survives and reaches land on an isolated island where Lara becomes divorced fro the rest of her party and is captured and imprisoned by a cave man who makes her an unwilling guest in the cave he knows as home.

Then things get complicated and to describe it would take as long as the game takes to play. There is an awful lot of content but certainly not a lot of awful content. Let me just say there are many twists and turns, trials and tribulations in which each character plays much the part you would expect them to and some which you would not. Bit if you are not yourself a cave dweller you will get the general idea from other games you may have played.

There are the compulsory arrays of weapons and skills and upgrades but these are just incidental to the game but are, as in all games, form the main source of the action, some original and some not. Lara herself is well endowed, and well armed, and fortunately does not wear too much clothing that might interfere with her weapons skills.

As expected the music is in itself a work of art and really needs some sort of quality audio system to do it justice and the graphics and animations, while never quite reaching the cinematic perfection of a film, also live up to expectations.

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Posted:
2014-03-29

payola

Newbie

8.10

The Walking Dead has been widely described as a 'point and click adventure role playing video game' using a third person perspective in which the gameplay focuses on the story rather than puzzles it contains. The game draws heavily from the comic book and TV series of the same name whose writer, Robert Kirkman, played an advisory role in the making of the game. Although the story takes place in locations from the comic series many of the characters in the game are new to the Walking Dead series.

The action starts in the state of Georgia in North America soon after a zombie invasion and its catastrophic outcome and is played out through the eyes of Lee Everett whose part the player assumes. The Zombies or 'Walkers' as they are dubbed due to the slowness of their gait are thought to 'infect' the survivors of the invasion by biting them but it comes to light later that they become zombies themselves irrespective of the manner of their death.

Lee Everett, the principal character in the story was once a university Professor who was convicted for the murder of a senator who became a little too friendly with his wife. There are many other characters in the tale with various backgrounds who interact with each other in somewhat complex ways.

As well as Everett, the main cast consists of:-

Clementine a girl eight years of age to whom Everett becomes a sort of father substitute.

Kenny, Katjaa his Belgian wife and Kenny junior ( nicknamed Duck )form a family form Florida. Kenny is a fisherman and his wife a vet.

Lilley who is or was stationed at an US airbase and who comes along with a bunch of survivors including Larry her father and Carley a newspaper reporter who are both aware of Everett's murky past.

There are many others too numerous to name here but who come from all walks of life and who form a rather unlikely bunch. Many are introduced as the story moves on through the five consecutive episodes into which the overall narrative is split.

Although the interaction between this motley crew of characters can become quite complex, although a little contrived, the main story is as follows:-

We start as Everett, form now on referred to as Lee, is being transported to prison and the vehicle he and his escorts are in flattens an unwary pedestrian and leaves the road leaving the vehicle's passengers unconscious. Lee regains his senses some hours later only to find that the officer escorting him is now a Zombie and Lee thinks it is expedient to kill him.

Taking refuge in a nearby house and discovers Clementine hiding in a tree house and on discovering that her parents were not with her he offers to take her under his wing and to help search for them. They travel on to a neighboring farm where the meet the aforementioned Kenny and his family. They travel on as a group and meet up with other survivors and hole up in a drugstore owned, unknown to the rest of the group, by one of Lee's family. After accidentally setting of the store's alarm so drawing attention to themselves they make a run to a motel intending to use it for a defensive position.

All is well and they are safe from Walkers but unfortunately being human they need to eat and are fast running out of food. They are then approached by a family called called St.Johns who own, of all things, a dairy. But it is soon discovered that the St.John's diet is not limited to milk products as they have dabbled in a little cannibalism. The group must flee once more when Walkers and bandits, who are in cahoots with the St.Johns

This more or less sets the tone for the rest of the action and there are too many events and complications to describe in a short review. But the group and others with which they meet move from crisis to crisis fighting off Zombie attacks and losing some of their number along the way. The closing shot does show Clementine and two figures in the distance, are they her parents, wait and see.

The game has the usual character and object interactions with many choices to be made which affect the other game characters' reaction to the main character Lee. Major decisions need to be made at the start of the five episodes into which the overall tale is broken down and although these decisions affect the episodic outcomes they can each be completed irrespective of the choices made. On the whole it is fair to say that the complex interactions are more in number than in most games of this genre. Beware that some of the decisions are time limited and so quick thinking is needed.

There is a useful save function and a facility to rewind as it were to an earlier stage and reverse previously made choices. There is also an optional 'choice notification' feature which can be switched on indicating how choices made in play affect the relationship of the characters to the main mover Lee.

Graphics and audio are, needless to say of the excellent quality expected of a game which has undergone such long development.

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Posted:
2013-06-05

payola

Newbie

8.00

The Walking Dead has been widely described as a 'point and click adventure role playing video game' using a third person perspective in which the gameplay focuses on the story rather than puzzles it contains. The game draws heavily from the comic book and TV series of the same name whose writer, Robert Kirkman, played an advisory role in the making of the game. Although the story takes place in locations from the comic series many of the characters in the game are new to the Walking Dead series.

The action starts in the state of Georgia in North America soon after a zombie invasion and its catastrophic outcome and is played out through the eyes of Lee Everett whose part the player assumes. The Zombies or 'Walkers' as they are dubbed due to the slowness of their gait are thought to 'infect' the survivors of the invasion by biting them but it comes to light later that they become zombies themselves irrespective of the manner of their death.

Lee Everett, the principal character in the story was once a university Professor who was convicted for the murder of a senator who became a little too friendly with his wife. There are many other characters in the tale with various backgrounds who interact with each other in somewhat complex ways.

As well as Everett, the main cast consists of:-

Clementine a girl eight years of age to whom Everett becomes a sort of father substitute.

Kenny, Katjaa his Belgian wife and Kenny junior ( nicknamed Duck )form a family form Florida. Kenny is a fisherman and his wife a vet.

Lilley who is or was stationed at an US airbase and who comes along with a bunch of survivors including Larry her father and Carley a newspaper reporter who are both aware of Everett's murky past.

There are many others too numerous to name here but who come from all walks of life and who form a rather unlikely bunch. Many are introduced as the story moves on through the five consecutive episodes into which the overall narrative is split.

Although the interaction between this motley crew of characters can become quite complex, although a little contrived, the main story is as follows:-

We start as Everett, form now on referred to as Lee, is being transported to prison and the vehicle he and his escorts are in flattens an unwary pedestrian and leaves the road leaving the vehicle's passengers unconscious. Lee regains his senses some hours later only to find that the officer escorting him is now a Zombie and Lee thinks it is expedient to kill him.

Taking refuge in a nearby house and discovers Clementine hiding in a tree house and on discovering that her parents were not with her he offers to take her under his wing and to help search for them. They travel on to a neighboring farm where the meet the aforementioned Kenny and his family. They travel on as a group and meet up with other survivors and hole up in a drugstore owned, unknown to the rest of the group, by one of Lee's family. After accidentally setting of the store's alarm so drawing attention to themselves they make a run to a motel intending to use it for a defensive position.

All is well and they are safe from Walkers but unfortunately being human they need to eat and are fast running out of food. They are then approached by a family called called St.Johns who own, of all things, a dairy. But it is soon discovered that the St.John's diet is not limited to milk products as they have dabbled in a little cannibalism. The group must flee once more when Walkers and bandits, who are in cahoots with the St.Johns

This more or less sets the tone for the rest of the action and there are too many events and complications to describe in a short review. But the group and others with which they meet move from crisis to crisis fighting off Zombie attacks and losing some of their number along the way. The closing shot does show Clementine and two figures in the distance, are they her parents, wait and see.

The game has the usual character and object interactions with many choices to be made which affect the other game characters' reaction to the main character Lee. Major decisions need to be made at the start of the five episodes into which the overall tale is broken down and although these decisions affect the episodic outcomes they can each be completed irrespective of the choices made. On the whole it is fair to say that the complex interactions are more in number than in most games of this genre. Beware that some of the decisions are time limited and so quick thinking is needed.

There is a useful save function and a facility to rewind as it were to an earlier stage and reverse previously made choices. There is also an optional 'choice notification' feature which can be switched on indicating how choices made in play affect the relationship of the characters to the main mover Lee.

Graphics and audio are, needless to say of the excellent quality expected of a game which has undergone such long development.

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Posted:
2013-08-23

payola

Newbie

8.00

The world's most famous fictional archeologist is back with a vengeance this time the survival and exploration action game comes with a new multiplayer mode. The perspective is that of a third person and also has an element of platforming.

The heroine or lead and the character which the player controls is, naturally, Lara Croft, but in this story she is younger than of late as this is something of an origin of version. Here she is a recently graduated archeology student whose studies have led her to seek the lost Kingdom of Yamatai. Through her contact with a family called Nishimura, who claim to be descendants of the ancient inhabitants of the lost kingdom, Lara raises money for an expedition to locate it. Lara's best friend and companion is Samantha Nishimura a representative of the ancient family. Others who accompany her are Dr.James Whitman, Conrad Wroth, Joselyn Reyes, Angus Grimaldi, Jonah Maiava, and Alex.

Whitman is a famous archaeologist who has a rough time lately dealing with divorce and bankruptcy. Roth is an ex Royal Marine who now has turned his survival and fighting skills towards adventure. Grimaldi is a typical blunt Glaswegian who calls spade a spade and a sarcophagus a coffin. Reyes is a female mechanic and a single mother and somewhat skeptical by nature. Maiava is the opposite and quite happy to believe in things not of this world and whose imposing physique belies his placid nature. Last but not least is the nerdy looking Alex who of course is an electronics wizz.

So there we have a good selection of personalities who together should be able to take on almost any challenge that the island of Yamatai and whatever or whoever inhabits it can put their way. And so they set sail on the good ship Endurance to explore Yamatai. But against all advice they make detour into the Dragon's Triangle near Japan and disaster strikes in the form of a violent storm. The main party survives and reaches land on an isolated island where Lara becomes divorced fro the rest of her party and is captured and imprisoned by a cave man who makes her an unwilling guest in the cave he knows as home.

Then things get complicated and to describe it would take as long as the game takes to play. There is an awful lot of content but certainly not a lot of awful content. Let me just say there are many twists and turns, trials and tribulations in which each character plays much the part you would expect them to and some which you would not. Bit if you are not yourself a cave dweller you will get the general idea from other games you may have played.

There are the compulsory arrays of weapons and skills and upgrades but these are just incidental to the game but are, as in all games, form the main source of the action, some original and some not. Lara herself is well endowed, and well armed, and fortunately does not wear too much clothing that might interfere with her weapons skills.

As expected the music is in itself a work of art and really needs some sort of quality audio system to do it justice and the graphics and animations, while never quite reaching the cinematic perfection of a film, also live up to expectations.

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Posted:
2013-08-23

payola

Newbie

8.00

The world's most famous fictional archeologist is back with a vengeance this time the survival and exploration action game comes with a new multiplayer mode. The perspective is that of a third person and also has an element of platforming.

The heroine or lead and the character which the player controls is, naturally, Lara Croft, but in this story she is younger than of late as this is something of an origin of version. Here she is a recently graduated archeology student whose studies have led her to seek the lost Kingdom of Yamatai. Through her contact with a family called Nishimura, who claim to be descendants of the ancient inhabitants of the lost kingdom, Lara raises money for an expedition to locate it. Lara's best friend and companion is Samantha Nishimura a representative of the ancient family. Others who accompany her are Dr.James Whitman, Conrad Wroth, Joselyn Reyes, Angus Grimaldi, Jonah Maiava, and Alex.

Whitman is a famous archaeologist who has a rough time lately dealing with divorce and bankruptcy. Roth is an ex Royal Marine who now has turned his survival and fighting skills towards adventure. Grimaldi is a typical blunt Glaswegian who calls spade a spade and a sarcophagus a coffin. Reyes is a female mechanic and a single mother and somewhat skeptical by nature. Maiava is the opposite and quite happy to believe in things not of this world and whose imposing physique belies his placid nature. Last but not least is the nerdy looking Alex who of course is an electronics wizz.

So there we have a good selection of personalities who together should be able to take on almost any challenge that the island of Yamatai and whatever or whoever inhabits it can put their way. And so they set sail on the good ship Endurance to explore Yamatai. But against all advice they make detour into the Dragon's Triangle near Japan and disaster strikes in the form of a violent storm. The main party survives and reaches land on an isolated island where Lara becomes divorced fro the rest of her party and is captured and imprisoned by a cave man who makes her an unwilling guest in the cave he knows as home.

Then things get complicated and to describe it would take as long as the game takes to play. There is an awful lot of content but certainly not a lot of awful content. Let me just say there are many twists and turns, trials and tribulations in which each character plays much the part you would expect them to and some which you would not. Bit if you are not yourself a cave dweller you will get the general idea from other games you may have played.

There are the compulsory arrays of weapons and skills and upgrades but these are just incidental to the game but are, as in all games, form the main source of the action, some original and some not. Lara herself is well endowed, and well armed, and fortunately does not wear too much clothing that might interfere with her weapons skills.

As expected the music is in itself a work of art and really needs some sort of quality audio system to do it justice and the graphics and animations, while never quite reaching the cinematic perfection of a film, also live up to expectations.


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