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Posted:
2013-12-22

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PS Vita

7.0

Virtua Tennis 4 is the third sequel to the tennis game franchise known as Virtua Tennis. this latest video game title was published and developed by Sega on a multitude of consoles.

I have to be glad that tennis video games do not come out year after year. Nothing against tennis games, but with the release of Virtua Tennis 4, I must admit that I am glad I don’t have to make a review on tennis games every single year. I mean, yeah, Virtua Tennis 4 is good, but it’s just the same as the previous one, so nothing much to look forward to.

Between Top Spin and Virtua Tennis, I would have to say that it is the first of the two that has stuck true to the old formula. Top Spin was too traditional for a tennis sim game. Virtua Tennis 4 is wackier, more challenging and does not focus too much on boring statistics and other attributes. It is a bonus for everyone that this is a great game to play with.

The controls are really the key to the better gameplay. They are tight, the animation visuals are great and the difficulty progression is challenging. The opposing players are individually unique and they all involve different strategies to defeat. There is no generalized opponent here. The gamer actually has to study their opponent, read up on their stats and figure out a way to defeat them. What works for one opponent will NOT work with the next. I have to admit, I found myself standing, jumping and cursing the neighborhood down if the opponent got the better of me. So yeah, I must say it is a fun, fun, challenging and frustrating game rolled into one. I must say I quite enjoyed myself.

Now, why am I griping? Well, the game feels too familiar and you know what over-familiarity means. To make a long story short, Virtua 4 is just like Virtua 3 down to the players and the mechanics of the game. Now, I am not saying that Virtua 3 needed to be improved on, it didn’t and it does not, but I expected something new when I saw the number 4. There are fresh new features which I cannot deny exist, but they don’t do much for the game or make it any more exciting.

To summarize, Virtua Tennis 4 is a great game to play but if you only have the previous game, stick with it. If you don’t have the previous games, go with it. It is a solid arcade game and players will definitely get the excitement they want and they can even go online and play.

Presentation-wise, it is harder to navigate but that ups the challenge so it’s no big deal the graphics are excellent and the characters actually look good and gorgeous in some cases. The sound is limited, just like the real tennis world. The gameplay, well, you know how I reacted when playing it. For lasting appeal, I would have to say fair. The online mode is pretty basic and the career mode is very, very short. But on the whole I say go for it.

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Posted:
2014-01-15

pamh

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

6.5

Sometimes when a video game makes the transition from one type of entertainment to a home console the results are outstanding, but Toy Story Mania! for the Nintendo Wii just does not deliver on the experience made popular by the theme park attraction. Basically, one to four players compete in various shooting gallery type events, and the highest score wins.

The shooting gallery mechanic is something that is often explored by games for the Wii, and this one incorporates Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the Toy Story gang by using ring toss, eggs, and even the old suction cup gun to dial into the kid factor in all of us. However, if you have been to Disney World in Orlando and ridden the Toy Story ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you will be a touch disappointed with the results of this game.

While the graphics are great and the sound effects are interesting, the jerky motion of the Wii controller makes it difficult to find a knack for hitting your target. Largely, a game of tossing rings is difficult anyway, but the game seems to lack the polish of a finely tuned first person perspective. Of course, mastering a game is not a prerequisite for finding it playable, the thing is there is just not too much here for long-term enjoyment. Sure its fun for a little bit, but every title has a shelf life. Unfortunately, after a few rounds between the family and friends, the action gets old quickly.

Toy Story Mania! for the Nintendo Wii makes good on its claim to deliver a shooting gallery experience. Still, this title has a certain amount of appeal for players just looking to enjoy the famous characters and throw a few eggs at some targets. However, anyone not in that particular target market will find little more under the surface of this particular game because it is exactly what it promises to be.

Toy Story Mania! also comes with some three-dimensional effects that do not necessarily translate well from the Wii console. The Wii has never been noted for having performance enabled hardware, and while the manufacturers should be given some credit for trying something new, it just does not work that well with or without those paper glasses.

The multiplayer modes add a bit of excitement and competition, but everyone tends to be jockeying for the same position in co-op mode, which makes playing the game feel a bit crowded. The friendly competition again gets old replay after replay as well, which does not help the title out enough to justify a purchase.

In the end, Toy Story Mania! makes good as a shooting gallery game played once a month, but anyone thinking they will relive the family vacation through the Wii is mistaken. The game tries, but ultimately the Wii just does not have the horsepower to deliver a top notch performance for what producers were aiming for. Unfortunately, this is one toy that will find itself on the shelf more often than in the console.

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Posted:
2013-05-22

pamh

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

6.3

Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing is a game that was released for the Wii in 2010. The game is similar in fashion to the more popular Mario Kart Wii. In Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing, players are allowed to choose from popular Sega characters including Sonic, Chu Chu Rocket, Ryo Hazuki from the Shenmue series, Alex Kidd, Amigo from the Samba de Amigo series, Jet Set Radio's Beat character, AiAi the monkey from Super Monkey Ball, Dr. Eggman, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Shadow the Hedgehog and many others.

Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing has many features and modes that are available in either single player or multiplayer. While similar in design to Mario Kart, Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing is able to present a totally unique gameplay experience featuring the most famous Sega characters. The vehicles in the game vary and are dependent on who the player is choosing. Although players will also come across hidden vehicles at times from completing events or other challenges.

The controls for driving the vehicles are user friendly allowing the person to race through the levels without losing control over their kart or other race vehicle. There are many items in the game race courses that the player may collect and use. These items may be used by the racer to stun or throw other opponents off course similar in fashion to Mario Kart. Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing places items such as boxing gloves or rockets to be launched at an opponent. Other items might include Sonic's Sneakers which enable the racer a temporary boost on the course.

Like any racing game, playing Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing in multiplayer mode is where the most excitement is to be had. There are many game modes that the players can choose from to race or battle it out in different types of arenas. When playing multiplayer, the screen is split so that each player may see their on screen actions clearly. The Battle Mode is on the more popular multiplayer modes and lets players battle it out by using the items on the race course.

When the player is driving, they'll not only be able to perform basic driving techniques but they can perform power slides which will give them a boost of power around a corner. Power slides can be useful when the racer is trying to get past another racer on the course or whipping around a tight corner. When on the course, the racer can look for hidden shortcut tracks that will put them ahead and save time off their finishing track time.

While items on the race course offer a racer an edge on their opponent, each character also has their own unique special move they can perform. An example is Sonic has the option of charging up and boosting through the course whereas the other characters have their own unique moves relative to their character theme. The graphics, texture details, vehicle animations and level-specific tracks all tie into making this game a Sega racing game that is a fun game to play whenever.

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Posted:
2013-12-14

pamh

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Wii U

7.0

Just Dance is a franchise that insists players do not take themselves seriously. Anytime that a video game demands that its player be uncomfortable you are either going to have a great time, or just a revealing one. Fortunately, Just Dance 2014 offers a fun and contagious experience that can become the life of the party.

While Just Dance 2014 is not the most accomplished dancing game on the market, that would be Dance Central, it is probably one of the best party games out there. The game offers 47 great tracks, many of them current pop hits, including some classics from ABBA, Bob Marley and even Daft Punk. These tracks, instead of the generic ones that the initial Just Dance games came preloaded with, can get any people into the dancing mood.

The heart of the game comes when people are dancing, of course, and it has never been easier. Rather than relying on motion capture Just Dance 2014 works off of a mirror like system. Players line up in front of a system and stand across from a real dance, motion capped and recorded previously, and try to mimic their moves. The routines are easy, fun, and even a bit creative. Being a party game expect have the most fun while dancing with other people. Certain songs lend themselves to multiple person routines and the choreographing can get hectic and hilarious. There are many different versions of the songs available, offering alternate choreographed routines, but they are hidden behind an unlocking mechanism. The more you dance the more you will unlock and the more fun you will end up having.

Other modes make a return: players can go online and participate on the World Dancefloor or go into the Just Sweat mode. The World Dancefloor is a mode that is shared with everyone else in the world and dancers can join in with anybody that they see there. It's a good way to change up the pace.

If there are any major flaws with the Just Dance 2014 release it would have to be in the strictness of the scoring. The game rewards enthusiasm and energy over technique and it's hard to really correlate the two to become better at the game. Though, if you are playing Just Dance to try and get high scores then you are probably at the wrong kind of party.

Just Dance 2014 offers what everybody wants out of a party game. It is harmless, loud, energetic, fun, and lacking the pressure that is associated with going out to clubs. Busting the game out will do for dance parties what Rock Band did for musician parties. People will be lining up to try out the new ridiculous routines and the choreographed moves are a great way to open up and get comfortable with your friends. At the end of the day Just Dance 2014 is a complete package in what all it offers: fun.

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Posted:
2013-12-17

pamh

Super Gamer Dude

Wii U

5.0

I'll make it simple: if you are a Just Dance fanatic, this game won't explode in your face. Unfortunately, that's about the nicest thing I can say about Just Dance Kids 2014.

If you want a Just Dance experience that subtracts the potential evils of pop music so you can be absolutely sure it won't turn your kids into mini Miley Cyruses, then get Just Dance Disney Party. It is on the Wii, which means you can play it on your Wii U. You need Wii remotes and a sensor bar to play anyway.

If you want a new Just Dance game, get Just Dance 4. It has more features, far better design, more songs and includes a lot of songs kids would actually want to dance to.

Just Dance may be a successful rhythm game series where players follow onscreen avatars by moving their Wii remotes in time to the popular tunes of the day, but behind this humble premise lies respect for the player. If you're the type of person who really enjoys dancing alone or with your friends in front of your TV to pop music, it is true that Ubisoft do put a lot of effort into trying to please you.

However, this is only applicable to games like Just Dance 4. That game has shadowy, colorful avatars who allow players to project their personalities into the game. It has dance choreography that may prompt an embarrassed smile when you realize what you have to do to win, but ultimately are really well thought-out, and designed to hit a sweet spot between step complexity and fun. It has a broad selection of tunes that will appeal to a wide variety of pop music fans.

Just Dance Kids 2014 on the other hand contains unconvincing smiley digitized tweens who were probably focus-tested to produce the hippest attitudes you can get for a way cool gnarly game like this. Cowabunga dude, kids are radical, am I right? I feel sorry for the children who appear in this failure of a game, who were probably lured into Ubisoft's van by the promise of candy.

Compare the One Direction choreography in this game to Just Dance 4; it's like night and day. Kids are not morons. They can handle regular Just Dance move routines, not these totally simple and boring moves that nobody outside your 100-year-old grandpa would have a problem replicating.

Kids do not usually wake up and say, "I want to dance to Pat Benetar's 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' today. Oh no, Mary Had a Little Lamb, I've been itching to dance to that! Oh wait, no, I love Kenny Loggins, let's do that one!" Kids want to dance to Justin Bieber, or songs like "Call Me Maybe" or "Umbrella," which are in Just Dance 4, a game that does not get a sixth of its songs by plopping in entries from other titles.

Don't be mean to your kids, get them what they really want.

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Posted:
2014-11-04

pamh

Super Gamer Dude

PS4

6.9

'Driveclub' on the PlayStation 4 is a 2014 racing video game developed by Evolution Studios and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

As of the writing of this review, 'Driveclub' is half a game. It's most likely not worth your money. However, if you're reading this significantly after the period of its release, it's likely now a full game and probably worth your money. How does that work out?

'Driveclub', as I write this is experiencing severe issues that remove almost all online features for a great majority of players. They range from errors not letting players access the features at all to an inability to handle online traffic, so that one has to spam the desired online option over and over until they finally get through. Some features, like an intriguing idea that allows you to do spontaneous mini-challenges based on other player's feats during a race to earn experience, just don't work in the game's present state. Some players have reported less severe problems, but there is such an outcry about server and online issues that the head of the studios Sony owns had to offer a public apology.

If you're looking for a racing game that you can play with friends online, or even experience the varied interaction of online strangers to enhance it, right now this game is not it; it may well be in the future, however. Its developer Evolution Studios claims they are working around the clock to fix the issues. 'Driveclub' was originally supposed to launch alongside a free version for Sony's PlayStation Plus membership. Since you need that to play most online games on the platform anyway, if you're looking for an online community in 'Driveclub', then it would be wise to wait until that delayed free version of the game finally makes it out. Then you can try it out for yourself and test whether the online options work. Additionally, like Sony's Gran Turismo series, the game's developer, Evolution Studios have published a timeline of additional features they are going to add to the game, such as weather like rain and snow, or photo and replay modes (much of this is likely to be free). Considering you will have a much better game as a result if you do wait and will be likely to be able to try it for free, there's really not much incentive to buy the game now.

However, once the game does work, it comes with a wholehearted recommendation. 'Driveclub' is a successful fusion between sim racers, with their precise, demanding control, and arcade racers with their breathtaking sense of speed and simple challenges. If you yearn for the days of "Blue Skies" racers like Sega Rally, Ridge Racer and Daytona USA, but would like a lot more tracks and cars, then 'Driveclub' is right up your alley. Yes, it does demand somewhat more realistic handling than those other games, but you won't be bogged down with lots of car modding and customization. What customization is there is limited to cosmetics or options like automatic/manual transmission.

The tracks are meticulously designed, and the sense of thrill while barreling through their breathtaking vistas is so acute that the invitation for just one more go is always a tempting one. There are about 30 completely original tracks, more if you count variations and reversals. 'Driveclub' rewards you with experience for expert driving like drafting behind other cars, and it dings you for those "oops" moments like bumping into other cars. Leveling up with this experience gives you juicier paint options, more cars and things of that like. Thus, there's no need to grind to become good at the game, but you are constantly rewarded for skill and have an impetus to get better. Car handling has that great feel of power and speed that communicates the unbridled freedom to wreak around the world in your exotic muscle car of choice.

'Driveclub' on the PlayStation 4 is not an especially expansive game. Right now, many people can't actually join or create the six-person Driveclubs, and race smoothly with their members. The twelve person multi-player racers are a mess as well, and so are challenges you can be sent or send to other players. Nevertheless, it is an impeccably designed racer that has the drive, but not the club, to be appropriately called 'Driveclub'.

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Posted:
2017-08-05

pamh

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Xbox 360

8.5

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 for the Xbox 360 game allows the player to battle their way through the last section of the most exciting, amusing and easy going fantasy story of the entire decade. This game follows the adventures of the boy wizard and is based on what are arguably the most violent stories of the series. To respond to this new level of action and aggression the game designers have branched out from the earlier episodes and turned this latest installment into a third-person narrative, turning it into what is to all intents and purposes a classic first person shooter. While the simplicity of this design may disappoint some users that have grown to like the increasing complexity of the series, this reviewer finds the change refreshing. The game moves along at a quick pace and can be completed in anything between 10 to 12 hours of play.

The game allows you to play as one of many characters, including Hermione, Ginny, Ron, Neville, Seamus, Molly Weasley, Professor McGonagall or Harry himself. The ultimate goal is to avert the destruction of Hogwarts School and ultimately to destroy Voldemort. The enemies you meet are the toughest yet, but luckily the player is offered the most powerful tools at the disposal of a learned and experienced wizard. The action is kicked up a big notch in this version and the exciting story moves along at fair old lick. You will have to use the skills of magic that you have learned in order to challenge and destroy Snatchers and Death Eaters, along with many weird and wonderful giants. The entire game takes place within the boundaries of the second part of the adventure in the Deathly Hallows.

One of the must stunning aspects of the game is the action environments. The graphic portrayal for the monsters and other characters are excellent and their movements are believable. The backdrops and screen shots are truly astounding and each screen offers a visual treat for players.

The game offers some unique challenges with a third person shooter presentation. Each spell is represented by a different weapon and each weapon needs some time to recharge before it can be used again. This allows budding wizards and warlocks to think carefully about switching weapons during long battles. This aspect of the game is the most challenging and interesting and also the most frustrating to the novice player. The largest complaint we have with this game is the length, which is simply too short to contain and do justice to all the potential action and stories that could have been put into this otherwise outstanding game.

It is perhaps unfortunate that the material for the books and films is so good that no game could possibly live up them, but this one has takes a very good shot at it and in many aspects comes very close.

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Posted:
2014-03-03

pamh

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

8.0

To describe Injustice Gods Among Us as an all action fighting game would be an understatement. The level of violence and the manner of delivering it is so over the top it verges on slapstick and is all the better for it. The cast of characters in the game read like a whos who of DC Comic heros with Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor, Green Arrow, Luchador Bane, The Flash, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Catwoman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Solomon Grundy, Cyborg, The Joker and Harley Quinn all playing their part which usually means fighting every other member of the cast using their own special immensely exaggerated abilities.

The action takes place in various on earth and above earth locations and moving between them is usually achieved by battering your way through walls and other obstacles or, better still, punching or throwing another character through them.

Scattered around these locations or battlefields are various objects which give extra powers to each character and the quality and quantity of these added powers depend on the character finding the power enhancing object.

In amongst this fighting chaos there is some sort of story. After Lois Lane, carrying Superman's unborn child, is blown up in nothing less than a nuclear explosion, Superman takes it upon himself to build a new and more just world. However, Batman, who is the on screen persona of the player, has other ideas and forms alliances with some of the other characters to frustrate Superman's plans. So not too strong on plot but moving from one outrageously epic battle to the next provides sufficient fun for the story to be pretty much irrelevant.

The cartoon like graphics are purpose built and suit that purpose well. The characters appear much as you have seen them before from other games or comics, but if you have not seen them before they are probably well enough conceived for the viewer to guess their names from a list of those available. The voice acting and incidental sounds are not very realistic, but given the characters and the nature of the action perhaps realistic is an inappropriate term to use and the cover all 'well suited' may be better.

Although the game does not take itself too seriously it is certainly seriously good fun.

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Posted:
2014-03-23

pamh

Super Gamer Dude

PS4

8.0

'Infamous Second Son' on the PlayStation 4 is an open world, action-adventure video game published by Sony Computer Entertainment and developed by Sucker Punch.

As one of the biggest PlayStation 4 exclusives for the past few years, many people have been looking forward to the release of 'Infamous Second Son' as the true launch of the PS4, much like the release of Titanfall marked a second launch for the Xbox One. Thankfully, Infamous lives up to most of the expectations for it masterfully, marking the beginning of what will hopefully be a fantastic run of games for PS4 owners.

Story wise, 'Infamous Second Son' takes place a number of years after Cole's use of the Ray Field Inhibitor at the end of Infamous 2. Not all the Conduits were killed after the event, and you play as Delsin, who has very recently had his Conduit gene activated. As you play through the game, you unlock the ability to manipulate more elements such as smoke and neon (that's right, neon) along with new abilities.

For people who have played an Infamous game before, this path will seem rather well-trodden, and to be sure, 'Infamous Second Son' uses a lot of the tropes that the previous Infamous games have made well-established. Not only did the progression make it in, but so did the binary morality choices between pure angelic good and pure satanic evil.

Indeed, these polarizing morality choices also continue to make absolutely no difference to the story as a whole, making you feel like you are simply making the choices towards whatever cool ability that you want next and what alignment that it goes along with. An interesting change in Second Son is a minute-to-minute morality system. As you kill or disable more and more enemies and bystanders, you build a combo based on one of the moralities, allowing you to use a special ability. This makes the combat feel more like a morality issue, and far more important than any story choice.

When it comes to the graphics, Infamous Second Son is one of the best looking games on the PS4. The game's version of Seattle, while not exactly accurate to the real life city, is absolutely beautiful, and character models along with their facial animations are by far the most detailed I have ever seen. This game shows what a game from this generation of consoles should look like, not only does it look great, but it makes use of a wide array of colors in a way very similar to the beautiful world of Killzone Shadow Fall. Unlike Shadow Fall, Second Son also has fantastic gameplay, though it is very similar to past games. Your initial powers may not seem all that similar to those that Cole had, but play long enough and the experience begins to feel very similar.

Sadly, Second Son falls into the exact same trap that Infamous 2 did when it comes to its combat encounters. As you progress in the game and become more powerful, the existing enemies simply don't present a challenge any more, and instead of creating fun new environments and enemies, Sucker Punch has decided to simply throw more enemies into the fray. This lack of variety manages to make the rather exciting combat mechanics in Infamous begin to feel boring. Even as you get more and more powerful, the constant scaling of enemies means you feel no change.

All in all though, 'Infamous Second Son' is absolutely the game that PlayStation 4 owners have been waiting for. If you own a PlayStation 4, dust it off and grab a copy of this game. It may have flaws, but at its core it is still the best game available on the system.

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Posted:
2014-03-29

pamh

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

8.1

In the second installment of the Mass Effect series for the PC, players were shocked early in story when Commander Shepard was killed. Granted, Shepard was immediately resurrected and the mission to find and destroy the Collectors continued unobstructed, but in that single moment of death, players learned that the Mass Effect series was playing for keeps and that any character even the protagonist was in danger of not seeing the complete story play out. In Mass Effect 3 for the PC, a masterpiece of gaming, players once again assume the role of Commander Shepard and once again, there is no guarantee that he (or she) or any of the series' character will survive until the end.

With Commander Shepard successfully thwarting the Collectors and enduring his uneasy alliance with Cerebus in Mass Effect 2, in Mass Effect 3 for the PC his attention now turns to the world-devouring Reapers, gargantuan technological insects bent on the destruction of the majority of the universe. No longer is Commander Shepard stitching together an elite assault team as he did in previous installments of the game; in Mass Effect 3 for the PC, Shepard's task is to convince a variety of civilizations at war with one another to set aside their millennia-old grudges to form an alliance. It is through an almost endless series of incomparable set pieces, wonderfully written dialogue, and perfectly-executed action sequences that Commander Shepard accomplishes this or not, depending on the choices of players and determines the fate of the universe.

While the fate of the universe is occasionally determined within the action portion of Mass Effect 3 for the PC, it is through the series' standard dialogue wheel that most choices take place. These choices are endless. The lives of main characters, the continued existence of planets, and the destiny of life across the universe are impacted by the choices made by Commander Shepard. Never have the choices in the series been so morally ambiguous and unlike the first two parts of the series, the choices made in Mass Effect 3 for the PC are final.

Even when these choices are final and the last credits for Commander Shepard's adventure roll, players still will have countless hours of fun on Mass Effect 3 for the PC. The addition of a multiplayer mode to Mass Effect 3 for the PC is excellent. Similar to other multiplayer shooter games, players are given a variety of objectives, ranging from capture-the-flag to outlasting the enemy. Notable, however, in Mass Effect for the PC is that players are given the opportunity to play as any race or class within the Mass Effect universe. Additionally, the multiplayer component of Mass Effect 3 for the PC enables players to level up their characters and classes, which gives them access to improved armor, weapons, and skills. An added bonus to multiplayer is its impact on the single player campaign. By successfully competing in multiplayer for Mass Effect 3 for the PC, players earn additional allies for the final confrontation with the Reapers.

Mass Effect 3 for the PC is an excellent game. It successfully wraps up Commander Shepard's epic journey while solidifying the Mass Effect series for the PC as one of the great adventures of modern gaming.


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