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Posted:
2013-05-25

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7.00

The Jak and Daxter Collection on the PS3 brings some new and interesting developments to the game series'plot-line. A story-line that used to be about a happy-go-lucky kid on misadventures with his playful furry friend, has gradually taken on a much darker, more serious tone. With new industrialized environments and copious amounts of gun-play, it is hardly comparable to previous games. While some people would see this as a negative thing, many people believe that this darker spin gives the game added complexity and more room to show-off the cartoon-like, yet remarkably crisp graphics that have been associated with these games throughout the years.

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy.

Out of the the three games, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is the one that most obviously stays true to the original games. With the classic linear quest lines and stunningly beautiful landscapes, it presents the player with the same playful yet challenging experience one would expect from the previous Jak and Daxter games. Although it is very similar to the original games, it still has new and stimulating game-play that makes it stand out from them. Playing this game is somewhat akin to a modern-day remake of the first Jak and Daxter game.

Jak 2: Renegade.

In a somewhat drastic shift, Jak 2 Renegade ushers in the more modern era of the Jak and Daxter games. The colorful forest landscapes become an industrial metropolis. Our protangonist experience a similar change, our cheery boy has grown into a bearded, gun-slinging hero. While Jak and Daxter still maintain their playful banter through-out the games, it seems as though the playful nature of the game has to certain degree been lost. The game-play experience also changes to include new features such as vehicles, racing, and a surprising amount of variation compared to previous games. The game's new found diversity comes at the cost of making it significantly more difficult, but just as much fun to play.

Jak 3.

Jak 3 strikes a new balance between new and old by incorporating the new dark theme of the series with barren wasteland dessert maps, and by easing up on Jak's gruff attitude by making him slightly more lighthearted. It also adds more to the game-play than Jak 1 and 2 did by making it a fast paced game not solely for the sake of difficultly, but to include more content. While the game still doesn't completely stray from it's roots, it does introduce a new manner of getting ammo that finalizes the new darker aspects of the game, killing innocent civilians. While this is a part of many games, it represents a final close to the cheerful tone that used to define Jak and Daxter.

While the trilogy may not be classic Jak and Daxter, they do bring a new promise of evolution to a series which has a lot of potential. Even with the changes, the games remain just as entertaining, if not more so.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

chops

Super Gamer Dude

7.50

The Tomb Raider Trilogy for Playstation 3 is a remastered compilation of one of the most popular and recognizable video gaming franchises of all time.

With over 8 million copies in print, the spunky athletic and seemingly tireless heroine, Lara Croft and her escapades is once again available for Playstation 3, but this time in high definition on Blu-Ray disc. The Tomb Raider Trilogy includes the original Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Underworld.

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Tomb Raider Legend delves into Lara's mysterious past. After a plane crash Lara and her mother are left to fend for themselves in the Himalayas. While stranded, her mother vanishes in front of her eyes, leaving Lara on quest for survival. She searches through her past, in tombs, some of history's most revered objects and dangerous members of her past appear. Sexy and fearless,Lara must solve challenging puzzles, explore dangerous strange locales all in the bid to survive.

Tomb Raider Anniversary set in New Mexico during the last year of World War II, a nuclear blast from the US Government's secret Manhattan Project explodes and lets loose a strange animal which flies away (it turns out to be Lara's nemesis Atlantean Ruler Jacqueline Natla). 50 years later our plucky sexy heroine, Lara Croft reads her father's diary and decides she must search for the mythical lost city of Atlantis which means she must confront the Atlantean Ruler, Jacqueline Natla.

Tomb Raider Underworld. This picks up where Legend ended. Haunted by her mother's disappearance, Lara Croft's search takes her on an even darker journey this time through into the mythical Norse underworld of Helheim.

What's new with Tomb Raider Trilogy for Playstation?

The remastered trilogy features:-

New network trophies.

30 minutes of bonus videos.

Lara Croft avatar outfit.

Viking Thrall Avatar.

PS Theme Pack.

"Beneath the Surface" Underworld Dev Diaries.

Pros

Excellent HD graphics, consistent and engaging story line to follow through all three games.

Cons

There is a game ending glitch at the end which was also in the 2008 version and never fixed. And sometimes, the camera work can appear jerky. The story since it is so familiar can seem tiresome and dated.

Tomb Raider Trilogy for Playstation 3 is retailed at $29.99. You can buy the trilogy for under $20.00 and a used copy can be had for even less money. It lends itself nicely to the Playstation 3 handheld controls. What's great about having a linear trilogy, is that you can track Lara's story as it progresses. So you get into the story when it starts. In terms of learning how to play, there are plenty of forums on line where you can get hints, cheats and walkthrough. The game is not hard to learn and is engaging from beginning to end. It is available in single player or coop format. It's rated 16 for Teen. It has some mild violence, but no crude language.

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Posted:
2014-02-23

chops

Super Gamer Dude

7.50

They've come and now they've gone, and what a sporting spectacle the 2012 London Olympics proved to be. So now is the time to take a look at a game that lets you and your friends get a piece of the Olympic action, albeit not the real thing. This game allows interactive participation in almost all of the better known events and some less well known across the whole spectrum of events, either online or off. There are online leaderboards so you can compare your records, performances and statistics with others. You can also keep track of medal tallies. If you have the necessary four controllers there is a facility for up to four players to compete offline and eight players online.

There are thirty disciplines to choose from, which is probably more than any other comparable sports game, and As you would expect, each separate event has it's own control functions requiring different gaming skills making for a wide variety of things to learn even apart from the rules of the sports themselves. As in the real sporting arena certain players will become more adept at some sports than at others.

The following is a list of games in no particular order of preference but obviously sports naturally fall into certain groupings.

Track and field
100m (men only)
110m hurdles (men only)
200m (men only)
400m
Discus (men only)
High jump
Javelin (men only)
Long jump (men only)
Shot (men only)
Triple jump (men only)

Aquatics
3m springboard diving
3m synchronised springboard diving[N 2][N 1]
10m platform diving
10m synchronised platform diving[N 2][N 1]
Swimming 50m freestyle
Swimming 100m backstroke
Swimming 100m breaststroke
Swimming 100m butterfly
Swimming 100m freestyle

Miscellaneous
Beach volleyball (women only)[N 2]
Canoe slalom K1 Kayak (men only)
Cycling Keirin (men only)[N 2]
Rowing Single sculls (men only)
Table tennis (men only)
Weightlifting over 105kg (men only)

Archery
Individual
Team

Gymnastics
Trampoline (men only)
Vault

Shooting
25 metre rapid fire pistol (men only)
Skeet shooting

The game is well worth buying and is great played on or offline but does need an element of competition. Some of the individual games are alone well worth the price of the full game. But how on earth did sports like Beach Volleyball and Synchronized Diving ever become Olympic sports, you might just as well include darts. But if they are indeed recognized as Olympic disciplines the game developers were justified in including them.

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Posted:
2014-02-03

chops

Super Gamer Dude

7.50

They've come and now they've gone, and what a sporting spectacle the 2012 London Olympics proved to be. So now is the time to take a look at a game that lets you and your friends get a piece of the Olympic action, albeit not the real thing. This game allows interactive participation in almost all of the better known events and some less well known across the whole spectrum of events, either online or off. There are online leaderboards so you can compare your records, performances and statistics with others. You can also keep track of medal tallies. If you have the necessary four controllers there is a facility for up to four players to compete offline and eight players online.

There are thirty disciplines to choose from, which is probably more than any other comparable sports game, and As you would expect, each separate event has it's own control functions requiring different gaming skills making for a wide variety of things to learn even apart from the rules of the sports themselves. As in the real sporting arena certain players will become more adept at some sports than at others.

The following is a list of games in no particular order of preference but obviously sports naturally fall into certain groupings.

Track and field
100m (men only)
110m hurdles (men only)
200m (men only)
400m
Discus (men only)
High jump
Javelin (men only)
Long jump (men only)
Shot (men only)
Triple jump (men only)

Aquatics
3m springboard diving
3m synchronised springboard diving[N 2][N 1]
10m platform diving
10m synchronised platform diving[N 2][N 1]
Swimming 50m freestyle
Swimming 100m backstroke
Swimming 100m breaststroke
Swimming 100m butterfly
Swimming 100m freestyle

Miscellaneous
Beach volleyball (women only)[N 2]
Canoe slalom K1 Kayak (men only)
Cycling Keirin (men only)[N 2]
Rowing Single sculls (men only)
Table tennis (men only)
Weightlifting over 105kg (men only)

Archery
Individual
Team

Gymnastics
Trampoline (men only)
Vault

Shooting
25 metre rapid fire pistol (men only)
Skeet shooting

The game is well worth buying and is great played on or offline but does need an element of competition. Some of the individual games are alone well worth the price of the full game. But how on earth did sports like Beach Volleyball and Synchronized Diving ever become Olympic sports, you might just as well include darts. But if they are indeed recognized as Olympic disciplines the game developers were justified in including them.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

chops

Super Gamer Dude

6.80

Overall, very little about the game stands out as particularly good or particularly bad. Blades of Time has excellent and immersing graphics and level design. Some of the worlds are such a visual and creative feast that they can be considered nothing short of brilliant. This beautiful attention to world building is offset by the game's overly complex and poorly presented story. Most players will reach the end of the game caring little about the consequences or meaning of their victory. Only very detail oriented players will have a hope of keeping track of the confounding array of factions and characters.

Players will encounter a wide variety of enemy types that will keep the challenge of combat fresh from the beginning battles to the finale. This freshness is partially defeated by the simplistic and often unreliable combat controls. With only two attack buttons, the game risks becoming an exercise in mad button-mashing, rather than the beautiful tactical experience it could be. While some games artfully blend gun weapon with melee weapon choices, Blades of Time is not one of them. The opposing weapons only add to the clunky feeling of combat. Unresponsive controls are more than just a passing nuisance in Blades of Time. They are often guilty of causing frustrating defeats or unintended hikes in difficulty during larger battles.

One mechanic that is unique in Blades of Time is also its namesake, and one of its shining achievements. Players may choose to rewind time at any point in combat. While the concept of time manipulation is nothing new, Blades of Time adds a new flavor to the mechanic. When players reverse time, a duplicate will remain and act out the actions they originally made. The player will then be able to attack with an entirely new set of moves and essentially double up their attack power or compliment their original set of attacks. Enemies also regenerate their health when time is reversed, so players are best to carefully plan their use of the ability, or they risk dragging battle's out far longer than need be. Boss enemies are tough enough that using the time reverse may be necessary to defeat them, so it doesn't seem so much like an overpowered or game-breaking mechanic. There are, however, many non-boss instances where you can take advantage of the mechanic to make the game trivial in difficulty. This makes the ability another example of how Blades of Time falls short of making a balanced or seamless experience.

Taken together, Blades of Time is a visually beautiful and imaginative game with some unique mechanics at work. These advantages, however, don't really make up for the lack of an understandable story or the frustrating control issues. The Blades of Time world may be worth stepping into, but players should be prepared for some seriously frustrating encounters that will mar their overall enjoyment.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

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Super Gamer Dude

7.30

Hip-hop music and rap has been part of the music culture since the early 70Â’s. a few years ago, EA and Def Jam, the hip hop record label, got together to create fighting games with a theme based on, what else, hip hop music. At the time of its creation it made a lot of sense but instead of the wrestling game put on the ring, it was transported onto the street. Added into the mix were a bunch of well known rappers to add in to the success of the game. Although now it is seen that rap and wrestling are not a good mix, it still made great fun and was a success.

All the big names in rap are included in the game: Mike Jones, Young Jeezy, Lil Jon, Ludacris and many others. A few non-rappers are also included like Anthony Anderson as an evil record executive character called Troy Dollar, and then there is Ken Liles, Def Jam-Warner Music Group executive, who plays a cameo role of a hip-hop record mogul.

The story mode of Def Jam Icon is the best part of the game where the player can create a label with a character who starts out as a nobody in the music business. Then the story moves on to defend a hot shot record executive called Carver, then a quick rise to be an A and R man where the player gets to beat up a lot of people in order to get signed up into the label. The gamer can interact with their characters via email which are then read aloud by the characters.

As soon as the artist created is signed up, there is income which will then be used to release budgets for songs composed which would then be used as an investment to earn more profits. Throw in the usual hazards of being a professional like paying the bills, paternity tests from indiscretions, as well as other characters who decide to drop out of a tour so they can do other stuff. Of course there is always the option of not paying for any of the bills but that won’t keep the artists happy or stay in the label. The more money is earned the more problems are created, and this includes attracting more women who swarm in scenting money.

The game goes on and on like this and it is fun but the fighting is where Def Jam: Icon breaks down a bit. This game is unlike the previous games where wrestling was the way to keep the action going. Here it is methodical fighting and it takes a skilled gamer to fool the opponent with the different types of attacks. The key to keep the song of the player going is to keep the opponent down so before the fight, the gamer has to choose the song to be played.

Overall, this is a 3d fighting game which is not so satisfactory in terms of fighting but the all around fun is unique and keeps the game going.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

chops

Super Gamer Dude

6.10

Family Guy Back To The Multiverse for the PS3 follows two of America's favorite adult cartoon characters, Brian and Stewie, as they return to the Multiverse featured in the fan favorite episode season Eight, 'Road to the Multiverse'. The video game features all the shows favorites such as Peter, Lois, Quagmire, and yes even Meg. The game follows from the shows famous sense of crude humor, and implements many of the same stylistic choices as the television show, most notably, the nonsensical flash backs that Family Guy is famous for.

As with most titles styled after a hit show or movie, approach with caution. The sad truth of most titles released after T.V. shows and movies is that they are often underdeveloped in many ways, while their are exceptions to this rule, this is unfortunately not one. Like many games of this sort it is developed quickly with less time and energy focused into game development. Most game companies, and Activision is no exception, rely on the name to essentially market itself. Quality seems to take a back set to the fact that it is Family Guy, and Activision knows that, that means it will sell regardless of quality.

What this game lacks is care and effort that make a good game. The controls are clunky and even frustrating to deal with at times, and the interface is totally underwhelming. All put together the game feels sloppy and totally unrefined from what most gamers set the bar at. The question is however, "what were you really expecting?", this game is marketed toward Family Guy fans, not video game players. Video game fans will find this game poorly made at best, and unplayable at worst.

Family Guy fans can however, rejoice. If your primary interest in the game is the fact that it is Family Guy, it does Family Guy justice. Everything you know and love about the cartoon is present here. Nothing should put off a true Family Guy die hard from playing, and enjoying this game, that is, unless they are also an avid video game player. The game has all the same quips and potty humor you expect, and if you're a fan you can expect to laugh and have some fun watching the cutscenes.

Credit to the game designers for taking a somewhat unique approach the the gaming style, but all points detracted for it's execution. Family Guy Back To The Multiverse is a first person shooter, and with the popularity of the first person shooter it almost seems common sense to make this game as such to attract a wider range of players. Unfortunately the issue of controls, aiming, and maneuverability will leave a first person shooter fan longing for so much more. The game is also fairly short, again targeting the fan, and casual gamer, it has little content and much of it is repetitive and fails to be engaging. With a few hours of dedicated play story mode can be conquered leaving only split screen two player mode there after, that's right, a first person shooter with no online play.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

chops

Super Gamer Dude

7.50

Playing Fight Night Round 3 on PS3 totally made a difference from pushing old and ordinary buttons. Easy maneuvering of the sticks and it made the player totally out of control as if they are also in the real boxing ring. The game also featured the impact punches which are a variation of full blown hit. Using this technique can easily decrease the enemy's energy and can totally knock him off. Another punch style is the stun punch which enables the player to watch his reflection in the enemy's eyes. There is a little slowness in conducting impact punches but it is still good because it makes the game somewhat realistic.

Punching is not the only way to use the control. There are also defensive moves such as blocking punches or leaning on the opponent to recharge some energy. The good thing about the PNR3 also is that it is not all about boxing in the ring. It also makes the player responsible for his health status as a boxer. The player can train first before the fight. There are 3 kinds of training in the game depending on what stats that the player wants to boost.

There are also mini games to try on before the major fights. The key in the game is to let a little time for the enemy to heal because punching profusely will make your opponent's face swollen so that he can't counter attack anymore, or he can also bleed intensely and the referee will stop the match.

There are several modes to play in the game, the play now mode, career mode, the classic ESPN mode, online mode and the Get in the Ring which is the new first person mode. There are famous boxing champions that are included in the characters such as Manny Pacquiao and Evander Holyfield.

The FNR 3 is published by the EA Sports. They have not changed much of the game but it still becomes a major hit. The game is really enjoyable regardless that it is the only boxing series in video games. But because of good controls and realistic characters as well as the good boxing mode selections and the latest get in the ring mode which allow first person player in the game. There are some issues in heavy advertisement in the game setting which sometimes becomes too heavy for the eyes to bear. But the audio or the sound effects are good. This video game for PS3 is be a good buy and worth the time.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

chops

Super Gamer Dude

9.00

Mass Effect 3 is the latest in the award winning game that involves various intergalactic battles and some dramatic game play. The one thing about this game is that you really should have played Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2. Without having played those games, you will seem a little lost in this one. While it is still a great game to play, you will not have the same level of investment in the characters and the story line. What really sets this game apart from others is how dramatic the story line is and how much goes on.

The key to the enjoyment of Mass Effect 3 is that each choice you make as the main character can effect the outcome of the game. It is not just about going through a set of circumstances that are pre-set and then finishing the game. You will be able to control what goes on and there are so many varied outcomes. The game's basis is all about fighting the enemy that are looking to destroy the planet.

Your character, Shepard, is trying to ensure that earth is not destroyed. He must convince the Alliance that they need to protect earth from this enemy. The problem is that not too many people are interested. And the people he needs to help him convince the Alliance are all over the planets, so he must get them first. This involves plenty of challenges, different types of enemies, and some dangerous sequences.

The combat in this game is excellent, both with fists and with the various types of weapons that exist in the game. While it is a challenge, it is definitely not an impossible game to master. The difficult level can be set based on what you prefer. It can go from being a walk in the park to a true battle of wits and skill.

The game succeeds because it combines the balance of a role playing game with that of a shooter. Most role playing games have bad action graphics and most action games have bad story lines. This game has the best of both worlds and that is what makes it such genius.

There are six different playing styles you can choose from and the characters will always level up in terms of their weapons and capability as you do better and progress in the game. Not to worry, because the level of enemies also gets more difficult.

The game definitely takes a long time to get through and it is very demanding. It is one of those games that you need to be on your game for all the time. There are some who complain there is too much random talk and video that was unnecessary, but that is for everyone to decide on their own.

The graphics are phenomenal, the game play is tremendous, and it is a very addictive story. Mass Effect 3 has all the ingredients of a perfect game and that is exactly what has been delivered.

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Posted:
2013-12-28

chops

Super Gamer Dude

8.70

FIFA Soccer 13 is the latest in a long line of soccer/football games from EA Sports. These games have been produced since the mid 1990s, FIFA 13 is no different and there have been changes to the game play and the aesthetics that everyone will enjoy. Let us take a look at the basic game play modes:

Exhibition Game.

In this, you simply select the games you want to play as and go for a one time match. This can be against the computer or against other people using multiple controllers. The exhibition games have an added element, where players' form is adjusted based on real life performance. If a player is doing well, his rating will be higher and vice versa.

Career Mode.

This mode can be engaged in a number of ways. There is the manager mode, where you control the team and can play in all the games. Then there is the player mode, where you are just one player and the rest of the team is CPU controlled.

Pro Mode.

In this game mode you create your own player and work your way through the football world. Your tasks are given to you and when you complete them you will increase your ability each time. The goal is to become a star for the best teams and to play for your country, but it requires patience and plenty of seasons.

Online Seasons Mode.

This is one of the most popular modes and it involves online game play. You start in Division 10 and must win a certain number of games every "season" in order to progress up the divisions. The goal is to win all the divisions and to get up to division 1. Then you can win the "League title" (which means winning division 1). You can also see how you are ranked compared to all the other players who play online.

FIFA Ultimate Team Mode.

Another hugely popular mode, Ultimate team is played either online or offline. The key to this is that you start off with a certain set of players, mostly bronze players, and you must build up your team. Each time you win a game or competition you get coins and those can be used to trade for players, contracts, staff, and much more. Packs with players and other items can also be bought through the FIFA store.

Gameplay changes.

There have been some changes to the game play for FIFA 13. The most notable one is the first touch element. In the past, first touch was automatic and players took a perfect touch no matter from where or how the pass was played. Now, the weight of the pass, the quality of the player, and the way you take the touch will determine first touch. It leads to more lost possessions and an added need for concentration. It also differentiates the best players from those with lesser quality.

FIFA Soccer 13 is a wonderful game for soccer/football fanatics and casual fans alike.


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