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Posted:
2013-05-23

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Super Gamer Dude

7.7

Dirt Showdown for the PS3 is the new installment in the Dirt franchise by Codemasters. As soon as you start Dirt Showdown, the game will bombard you with pop ups asking you to go online. Even if you refuse these popups, the game will constantly hound you with more and more, until you finally give in, so its best that you do. The game will also prompt you to tweet about it, and ask for your Youtube account, all for social stat tracking. Despite this, its hard to confuse Dirt Showdown as anything but a game from the Dirt franchise, filled with smooth menu transition and crash overlay options.

In Dirt Showdown, the cars are quite nicely detailed, and the longer you drive your car in a race, the more dust and dirt it will collect. The tracks are filled with spectacles and fireworks, and each racing track is filled with destructible objects. It is a good looking game, which is what we have come to expect from Codemaster games. The Audio is decently done as well, with a decent soundtrack and some cool exhaust sounds. One thing that is incredibly frustrating is the inability to mute the extremely bad commentary they have put in the game. You can mute the music entirely, but the commentary will not go below 50% volume, so dumb! The commentators have a very limited and come up with some non existent words, they will have you cringing at some of their verbal offerings.

Dirt Showdown is a bit lighter than Dirt 4, it has shallow handling and a very simplified vehicle physics. Unfortunately the game has a very small selection of tracks, and audio that will leave you feeling uninterested and bored after only a couple of hours. Most of the actual racing tracks are equally as boring and flat as the commentary, making for some pretty dull races.

Dirt Showdown does come with a few different game modes. The gymkhana-based Joyride mode is basically a near copy of the one in Dirt 3. You start by doing tricks and picking up hidden packages in what looks to be the Battersea Compound in Dirt 3. Then you move to the Yokohama Docks area. There is also Smashhunters, in which you track down and find sequences of coloured foam bollards. This is short fun, but certainly does not last long enough to redeem the game. There is Domination, in which the track is divided into four sections, and in which each section is time ranked. If you dominate enough sectors, you win. The destruction derbies are well, not quite right. Showdown does not do too well with this arena based system, as you are put on a time limit, even though it is last man standing. This means beaten cars don’t stay wrecked and, when you get written off, all that happens is you re-spawn.It is basically a deathmatch with cars.

All in all Dirt Showdown is a reasonably good game to to keep you occupied for some little while, just don't expect anything as well polished as Dirt 3 or 4.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

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Super Gamer Dude

7.5

Unlike other games whose only purpose is to conquer all enemies, the Shadow Dragon will stimulate the player’s strategic minds in order to gather intelligence information or find ways in which to free his armies from the enemies. When the game was already available in Europe some hardcore fans of the Fire Emblem commented that the storyline was too shallow compared to other related games, but considering the fact the game is based on a 1990 Famicom, anyone can see that the latest version has made a difference.

The storyline of the game started with the main character named Prince Marth who runs away from the kingdom when he learns that his father has been killed in the battle. The Shadow Dragon follows him and later on becomes his great ally in reclaiming the kingdom. The story is perfect for the gameplay. In the new version of Famicom the grids had been upgraded with latest designs. There are 4 pre-chapters that have also been added and also the famous rock-paper-scissors triangle.

With all the lousy games from Nintendo that disappointed many of their fans, it is a good thing that the Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon game has stepped into the picture. It is one of the best that Nintendo has come up with. The game features a strict and unforgiving nature for the players. Once a player’s unit or team is defeated he will never get a chance to revive it until the combat is done. It seemed drastic and difficult but it will enable the player to think of different strategies and be wiser to keep all his units alive. The game is an indication that Nintendo can still produce top rated games if they want to.

There are significant additions to the game features. The pre-chapters of the game provide clear instructions and mechanics especially to those who are new players. There are additional units for every level which definitely make for a great fight. It also has multiple and online gaming features and allows voice chat. Online players only caters for up to 5 players which is a bit disappointing. A player can borrow units from other players and can buy special gears in online shops with the money they win in the combat.

The character animation in Shadow Dragon is quite old unlike the Square Enix. The game itself does not have new game designs or unique gameplays but it is a good example of a well refined and equally well designed game that promotes strategies. The publisher has perfectly in maintained the excitement and challenges within the game but has not forgotten to add friendly commands for the new players and fans

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Posted:
2013-05-23

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Super Gamer Dude

6.3

The player of the game represents a newly hired detective in the New York Police Department dating back to 1976. The setting has the latest version of the present New York City but the soundtrack is from the 70s. As a new detective who has not yet made a name in the industry, the player will be the assistant of the well known detective named Marcy Blake while doing errands for Captain Abbot. Just like in real life scenarios the murder ranges from clean cases of poisoning to highly distressing massacres.

The crime scenes are in different places such as dingy motels, parks and suburban houses. Just like in real police department situations Captain Abbot will be the one to explain and inform the two detectives of the current case then ask them to go to the crime scene and solve the case. They are also given a few hints and lists of witnesses and suspects. The player can view the scene in a first player perception. To those who love unraveling mysteries the game is for them.

But some things that still needs to discovered are oftentimes revealed immediately. Though as the game progresses the cases are getting more difficult but there is no improvement with the gameplays. While solving the case the player as the new detective will be presented with questions but there are given choices on what to answer even though the player is not making notes in his observations he can easily answer the questions because most of it them are really not connected to the situation. If the player mostly answered wrong there is no warning that he will be out in the service.

Being out of the game is no big deal since the player can easily go back on what level he left. But there are also times that four answer choices are not available and the player needs to pinpoint the exact answer in order not to be bullied by Marcy. In those challenging moments the game is engaging and the player will really think like a detective enhancing his ability to be sensitive in finding clues. The other disappointing feature of the game is that the player will not be allowed to do face to face examination of the suspect like most detective work does.

There are action parts of the game where the player will be involved in shootouts. The 3D designs of the settings especially in crime scenes are just plain and simple but it provides a little air of exploration. The computer generated characters had minimal expressions but their attitudes fit in the game. The sound effects are not much but some of it is realistic such as the constant ringing of telephones and typewriters in the headquarters. Each case will take an hour to solve but cannot inspire repeat playing. To some who used to puzzle solving games the Unsolved Crimes might not be for them but to those who love anything about detective games, it deserve some credits.

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Posted:
2013-05-23

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9.0

As those who have played BioShock I and II will know, and what newcomers to the series, experiencing BioShock culture for the first time by playing BioShock Infinite will soon realize, there is a wealth of lore and and an extremely complex intertwining of characters and items, even when the many cultural references that serious reviewers find in the game's characters and storyline are left out..

In essence the main thrust of the plot is fairly simple inasmuch as it deals with a strong character with problems in his past or present life, seeking to rescue fair lady and so solve his problems. The man and lady in question are Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth. Booker's past is that of a Pinkerton Detective Agency operative whose proclivity for the arts of drinking and gambling led to him parting company with his employers. His twin addictions of course are no fault of his own bit are the consequences of post traumatic stress brought on by experiences in battle and the loss of his wife in childbirth and the subsequent trials of bringing up the resulting child. And, as is usually the fate of such characters, he is now heavily in debt.

The fair maiden, Elizabeth, is a girl of around twenty who from an very early age has been a captive in the floating city of Columbia. But she is not as ordinary as Booker as she can, under certain circumstances, manipulate the Tears, which are breaks in the local spacetime continuum. She is guarded by a creature called the Songbird, a winged monster, which she once regarded as a friend but then came to hate. It is she who Booker, who the player controls, is required to rescue, and the pair are consequently hunted by the Songbird, the Founders and Zachary Comstock and more. Recovering Elizabeth and delivering her to New York will result in Booker's debts being serviced by whoever commissioned the rescue.

The action for the most part takes place in 1912, in Columbia, a sort of floating city suspended aloft by a giant dirigible, and entered by way of a sort of light tower or lighthouse. Columbia is ruled by the Founders, a patriotic, nativist party, led by the aforementioned Comstock. The opposing political grouping, the Vox Populi, are regarded as a subversive rebel grouping who support the poorer levels of society. The city boasts a unique form of transport in the form of an elevated rail or tramway which Booker uses by deploying one of his abilities in the form of a grappling device to hook up to, and travel between locations, occasionally jumping down on enemies along the way.

Other characters who play a major part in the proceedings are Robert Lutece, Rosalind Lutece and Daisy Fitzroy who is Lady Comstock's servant, a migrant brought to Columbia as prisoner and who does not share her the political views of Lady Comstock's husband, so much so that after her escape she becomes leader of the Vox Populi. There is also a fairly large cast of supporting characters who play their particularly relevant parts and who, for the most part, have pretty uninspiring and ordinary names considering the imaginative nature of the story. The Lettuce twins, Robert and Rosalind, play an important part throughout the story, popping up all over the place offering aid and advice to Booker, and although identical twins and so physically similar apart from gender, they represent dual sides of a single character.

An all important role is played by Vigors which are worn on the arm and give Booker various abilities. These Vigors come in eight varieties namely Bucking Bronco, Undertow, Possession, Shock Jockey, Devil's Kiss, Murder of Crows, Return to Sender and Charge. Each has its own properties, or rather two properties, as they each come in charged and uncharged form. For instance the Bucking Bronco in its uncharged form can levitate opponents who, while in this levitated state, are quite harmless. In its charged state it can be deployed as a stationary booby trap having a similar but more powerful levitating effect. So, in general, Vigors when charged have a more powerful effect. They do however have some things in common. They can only be upgraded twice during the game and they also rely on Salts to power them.

Salts are are a chemical which comes in blue bottles found at various locations. The bottles come in small medium and large sizes and give proportionally one quarter, one half and full charge to a Vigor, and this charge, or how much of it is left, is displayed on a bar on the player's screen. Vigors play a similar role to Plasmids in earlier BioShock titles. They can also be charged at special vending machines found around Columbia, and certain foods and drinks contain the substance and help in charging Vigors.

The enemies on which these Vigors and other weapons are used come in many forms but fall roughly into two groups, Standard and Heavy Hitters. The first group contains Police, Soldiers and Citizens which are weak enemies and the last of which are not all of the hostile variety. The Heavy Hitters are far more interesting and comprise Firemen, Zealot of the Lady, Beasts, Sirens, Boys of Silence, Motorized Patriots and Handymen. Motorized Patriots are George Washington lookalikes, clockwork robots, relentless in assault and heavily armed, and Handymen are Human in form, welded to a mechanical frame. They are very strong, very fast, and very bad tempered. It goes without saying that each has its own powers and abilities, and each needs to be tackled differently with different weapons.

Weapons also, as expected, come in all shapes and sizes. We have the Triple R Machine Gun, the Pig Volley Gun, the Barnstormer RPG, the Bird's Eye Sniper Rifle, the Broadsider Pistol, the China Broom Shotgun, the Huntsman Carbine, the Skyhook, the Peppermill Crank Gun, and the wonderfully named Paddywhacker Hand Cannon. These again have varying accuracy and destructive powers, and some have limited ammunition, some are automatic and some have to be manually loaded for each shot.

Another useful tool is the Tear in the time continuum. These Tears can be found in many places and, although all can see them, only Elizabeth can use them to advantage. Useful artifacts can be transported for use in the characters present, and past events can be altered to some degree. However, they can be unstable and therefore the results of using them, or even being near them, can be unexpected and unpredictable.

So we have a basic main plot with many many sub plots with their twists and turns in place and time. A wealth character interactions and oodles of weaponry and enemies. Throw in the graphically well presented and well designed scenario, in which you may wander around finding all sorts of goodies and information relative to the storyline, or just to explore in spare moments, and you have a game which, if anything, has too much in it to comprehend in one go. The audio is pretty good as well, but who cares, you will be far too busy to notice.

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Posted:
2013-08-26

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8.1

Painkiller Hell and Damnation, released for the Xbox 360, was meant as a remake of the original Painkiller, as well as a sequel to it. In the initial game players took on the role of Daniel Garner who had stepped up to the position of heavenly hitman. In traditional first person shooter style inherited from Doom, Quake and Serious Sam, players mowed through hordes of the damned using weapons ranging from the unique to the truly bizarre, all for the express purpose of reuniting Daniel with his wife. He was denied at the end of the first game, and that's where Painkiller Hell and Damnation picks up.

What's the Mission?

Daniel, lamenting his current position, is approached by Death. In exchange for 7,000 souls Death assures Daniel that he will be reunited with his lost love. Daniel, suspicion but between a rock and a hard place, accepts the bargain along with the Soulcatcher gun. With it Daniel goes face first, guns blazing back into Purgatory hoping against hope that this time he comes out ahead on his bargain.

When Daniel's old ally Eve shows up and tells him that Death isn't really on the level, he tries to ignore it. Daniel fights many of the same enemies, as well as many demon lords, that he's already defeated once and collects the souls as asked. When he returns though, Death tells him there's only 6,999 souls; the last soul he needs is Eve's. Daniel refuses and once again is left twisting in the wind. However, he does realize that Eve was correct, and that Daniel isn't really dead... he's been in a coma this whole time! Unfortunately now that Death has gotten back with the other three horsemen of the apocalypse, it's only a matter of time until they invade Earth. So Daniel's going to have to step up and find some allies among those who were, so recently, his enemies.

How Does it Play?

Painkiller Hell and Damnation brings a lot of what modern gaming has to offer to an old title, without sacrificing any of the blood soaked savagery and brutal style that Painkiller was steeped in. So, that said, it feels like a good merger of an old style first person shooter with the great graphics, beautiful physics and sheer responsiveness that games offer in the modern day when it comes to all out shooters.

Painkiller Hell and Damnation is a Frankensteinian throwback to when shooters gave players impossible guns to fight impossible foes. Shooting demons with cannons that fire lightning shurikens or spinning death fans that shop off heads is nothing new to the genre, but it displays a level or irreverent fun that has been lacking in many modern shooters. A great deal of fun with a solid plot that reinvigorates a popular, older title and introduces it to an entire generation of younger gamers, this game is a definite good investment. Particularly for those who've missed all of Painkiller's rip-roaring fun and body counts.

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Posted:
2013-08-26

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8.1

Painkiller Hell and Damnation, released for the PlayStation 3, was meant as a remake of the original Painkiller, as well as a sequel to it. In the initial game players took on the role of Daniel Garner who had stepped up to the position of heavenly hitman. In traditional first person shooter style inherited from Doom, Quake and Serious Sam, players mowed through hordes of the damned using weapons ranging from the unique to the truly bizarre, all for the express purpose of reuniting Daniel with his wife. He was denied at the end of the first game, and that's where Painkiller Hell and Damnation picks up.

What's the Mission?

Daniel, lamenting his current position, is approached by Death. In exchange for 7,000 souls Death assures Daniel that he will be reunited with his lost love. Daniel, suspicion but between a rock and a hard place, accepts the bargain along with the Soulcatcher gun. With it Daniel goes face first, guns blazing back into Purgatory hoping against hope that this time he comes out ahead on his bargain.

When Daniel's old ally Eve shows up and tells him that Death isn't really on the level, he tries to ignore it. Daniel fights many of the same enemies, as well as many demon lords, that he's already defeated once and collects the souls as asked. When he returns though, Death tells him there's only 6,999 souls; the last soul he needs is Eve's. Daniel refuses and once again is left twisting in the wind. However, he does realize that Eve was correct, and that Daniel isn't really dead... he's been in a coma this whole time! Unfortunately now that Death has gotten back with the other three horsemen of the apocalypse, it's only a matter of time until they invade Earth. So Daniel's going to have to step up and find some allies among those who were, so recently, his enemies.

How Does it Play?

Painkiller Hell and Damnation brings a lot of what modern gaming has to offer to an old title, without sacrificing any of the blood soaked savagery and brutal style that Painkiller was steeped in. So, that said, it feels like a good merger of an old style first person shooter with the great graphics, beautiful physics and sheer responsiveness that games offer in the modern day when it comes to all out shooters.

Painkiller Hell and Damnation is a Frankensteinian throwback to when shooters gave players impossible guns to fight impossible foes. Shooting demons with cannons that fire lightning shurikens or spinning death fans that shop off heads is nothing new to the genre, but it displays a level or irreverent fun that has been lacking in many modern shooters. A great deal of fun with a solid plot that reinvigorates a popular, older title and introduces it to an entire generation of younger gamers, this game is a definite good investment. Particularly for those who've missed all of Painkiller's rip-roaring fun and body counts.

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Posted:
2014-02-22

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Super Gamer Dude

8.5

Need for Speed: The Run is not your typical racing game. It's premise has been done many times in movies, but never in a video game racing title that I'm aware of. Similar to the Cannonball Run series of movies and TV show, Need for Speed: The Run tasks players with being the first to reach New York City from San Francisco in a fast-paced racing adventure you'll find nowhere else.

Story 7/10

Jack is strapped for cash and basically forced to enter a race across the country with $25 million dollars on the line and over 200 competitors standing in his way. That's pretty much the entire plot, which is acceptable for just about any racing game. However, with a game as heavily promoted with Michael Bay cinematic videos as this one, I guess I expected a lot more.

Graphics/Sound: 9/10

Featuring the Frostbite 2 engine, Need for Speed: The Run is a good looking racer. My favorite thing about the look of the game is by far the surrounding environment. There are some really interesting tracks with awe-inspiring views. You'll drive through the barren landscape of Death Valley and across the beautiful mountain tops of Yosemite National Park. You'll breeze past the flashing neon signs that plaster the strip in Las Vegas, and roam through the beautiful forests of Appalachia. You've never raced a track type in any other reality-based racing game that you won't encounter here. The cars are also meticulously recreated here with tremendous attention to detail. The cars don't just look great though, they sound great too. You'll truly feel like you're there for every bone-shattering collision on a crowded New York City street, and every spine-tingling tire screech as you sail around a tight corner on the streets of Chicago.

Gameplay: 8/10

This game isn't Gran Turismo 5 or Forza 4 so you won't get top of the line physics. What you will get though, is an arcade style racer that's an absolute blast to play. There are 50 events to complete which take place over 10 stages. Each event represents a certain stretch of road between the countries 2 sides. During these stretches your tasks will vary, though not as much as one might hope over the course of 50 events. You might need to pass a certain amount of opponents, fight off the mob as they attempt to destroy your ride, or pass a series of checkpoints within the allotted time. Even the lack of variety doesn't slam the brakes on the fun though. As it's the blistering sense of speed that gives you the adrenaline rush needed to see the story through to the end.

You can usually just stick to the racing in a review of this type, but that's not the case here. Black Box has added an almost unheard of element for this type of game, on-foot sequences. Yes, you heard that right. You actually get to stretch your legs and get out from behind the wheel from time to time. These sequences come in the form of quick-time events. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but it's definitely a nice change of pace and helps to break up the monotony.

Final Score 8.5/10

Need for Speed: The Run is a one of a kind racing title that will appeal to gamers in general whether they are gear heads or not. There's action, drama, suspense and even a bit of comedy. You really can't go wrong here and I highly recommend it to everyone, even if it's just for a weekend rental. Happy Gamin

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Posted:
2014-03-13

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Super Gamer Dude

8.5

Need for Speed: The Run is not your typical racing game. It's premise has been done many times in movies, but never in a video game racing title that I'm aware of. Similar to the Cannonball Run series of movies and TV show, Need for Speed: The Run tasks players with being the first to reach New York City from San Francisco in a fast-paced racing adventure you'll find nowhere else.

Story 7/10

Jack is strapped for cash and basically forced to enter a race across the country with $25 million dollars on the line and over 200 competitors standing in his way. That's pretty much the entire plot, which is acceptable for just about any racing game. However, with a game as heavily promoted with Michael Bay cinematic videos as this one, I guess I expected a lot more.

Graphics/Sound: 9/10

Featuring the Frostbite 2 engine, Need for Speed: The Run is a good looking racer. My favorite thing about the look of the game is by far the surrounding environment. There are some really interesting tracks with awe-inspiring views. You'll drive through the barren landscape of Death Valley and across the beautiful mountain tops of Yosemite National Park. You'll breeze past the flashing neon signs that plaster the strip in Las Vegas, and roam through the beautiful forests of Appalachia. You've never raced a track type in any other reality-based racing game that you won't encounter here. The cars are also meticulously recreated here with tremendous attention to detail. The cars don't just look great though, they sound great too. You'll truly feel like you're there for every bone-shattering collision on a crowded New York City street, and every spine-tingling tire screech as you sail around a tight corner on the streets of Chicago.

Gameplay: 8/10

This game isn't Gran Turismo 5 or Forza 4 so you won't get top of the line physics. What you will get though, is an arcade style racer that's an absolute blast to play. There are 50 events to complete which take place over 10 stages. Each event represents a certain stretch of road between the countries 2 sides. During these stretches your tasks will vary, though not as much as one might hope over the course of 50 events. You might need to pass a certain amount of opponents, fight off the mob as they attempt to destroy your ride, or pass a series of checkpoints within the allotted time. Even the lack of variety doesn't slam the brakes on the fun though. As it's the blistering sense of speed that gives you the adrenaline rush needed to see the story through to the end.

You can usually just stick to the racing in a review of this type, but that's not the case here. Black Box has added an almost unheard of element for this type of game, on-foot sequences. Yes, you heard that right. You actually get to stretch your legs and get out from behind the wheel from time to time. These sequences come in the form of quick-time events. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but it's definitely a nice change of pace and helps to break up the monotony.

Final Score 8.5/10

Need for Speed: The Run is a one of a kind racing title that will appeal to gamers in general whether they are gear heads or not. There's action, drama, suspense and even a bit of comedy. You really can't go wrong here and I highly recommend it to everyone, even if it's just for a weekend rental. Happy Gaming!

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Posted:
2014-03-14

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Super Gamer Dude

8.0

No one really expected that Phoenix Wright would be the success that it was for all the faults the games had. But the fans absolutely loved it and they continue to love it because it is just plain enjoyable.

You are going to play an up and coming lawyer by the name of Phoenix Wright. He wakes up as the game begins and finds out that he is left to handle cases left to him. You get to learn about the cases as well as get in touch with old characters from the previous games.

What is great is that the cases are well written and interesting and the dialogue is really well written, something not commonly found in games of this genre. Even if the character you play is a defense lawyer you get to go out to the field and find out clues and details to support the cases you handle.

The courtroom scenes are well written as well complete with testimonies of witnesses and finding ways to contradict them. There is a chance to cross examine the witnesses and you can even call out objection! if you want to. Although it would just be the DS which will hear your scream. If you do not like to scream you can just tap out the command and then support your objection with evidences. If you make a mistake the judge will penalize you so be very careful.

Now if you cannot finish the game you can just save the game you completed and then just restart. This way you can mull over your attack plans and even ponder on the case facts. So you can really just go for it and fail and then just restart until you find the right method to win the case. This is what is criticized really, that this formula is holding back the challenge of the game but then again this is a game and not reality TV.

The music selection is just fantastic as usual even if they are recycled music. The music also serves as a clue to the personality of the characters you meet in the game, friend or foe. So if the danger increases, the music will clue you in with the intensity and darkness of the atmosphere.

In short, Phoenix Wright 3 can be much of the old but leaves no unpleasant taste. In fact, it is probably the faithfulness to the formula that makes this game such a success and not the failure that other games like these end up as. Will I recommend this game most definitely. This is one for the library guys!

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Posted:
2014-03-27

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Super Gamer Dude

7.8

Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, often abbreviated to Sly 4, is a follow on to Honor Among Thieves and takes place in a world once again populated by animal with human characteristics. It continues the story of Sly Cooper the raccoon, who is the latest in a long line of Coopers, a family of professional thieves. His mission in this story is to bring together his gang to repair the Thievius Raccoonius, a book describing the history of the Coopers which has been damaged by a time traveling villain. The player gets to control Sly himself and Sly's ancestors, as well as, to a lesser degree, Murray, Carmelita Fox and Bentley and some of Sly's ancestors, and he has to put their abilities to use to carry out robberies and to discover who was responsible for tampering with the above mentioned book.

The gang travels backwards and forwards in space and time, as do their villainous opponents, to such far flung eras and locations as the American Wild West where they manage engineer the prison break out of Tennessee Kid Cooper who was framed for a bank job. While there they also meet the character Toothpick, a gunslinging armadillo, now the town sheriff, and meet the skunk, the wheeler dealing Cyrille Le Paradox.

In Japan, during its feudal era, they rescue Rioichi Cooper, a Ninja and inventor of sushi, and there they encounter the military genius, the tiger El Jele, who overthrew several small nations in the Far East and auctioned them off. In England during the middle ages they meet Sir Galleth, a Knight of the Order of Coopers and the Black Knight. their travels also take them to Ancient Arabia and as far back as the Ice Age, places and times where they encounter other members of the Cooper family tree.

After much travel and adventure, countless twists and turns, and toing and froing in time, the gang ends up in modern day Paris. While there, Sly and Le paradox, who we first met in the Wild West, and who features often throughout the plot, do battle, ending in the imprisonment of Le Paradox along with most of the other villains. By this time most of Sly's gang have returned to where they came from.

Much of the gameplay is similar to the three previous Sly titles and it is Sly who the user mostly takes control of. There are various physical obstacles to be negotiated and many of Sly's abilities form before are inherited. New to this latest installment are the costumes and equipment which can be earned as the game progresses. These include such things as suits of armor and shields, useful in Medieval England. These costumes, having been earned, can be taken back and used in levels already completed to unlock and reach secret places not visited before. There are also other treasures and disguises such as masks to collect which act as in game currency to purchase upgrades and abilities.

When the game is completed successfully the player is treated to a scene of an Egyptian temple which gives a hint of a possible sequel to Thieves in Time.


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