Kinect Star Wars was expected to be a game worth playing judging by all the advance publicity, but it feels like it falls well short of what gamers were expecting to see. Unlike previous Star Wars games, or combat style games in general, you use the motion sensor to control your light sabre and this was supposed to add to the realism within the game, and the game was hyped up because of this very asset. The only trouble as with so many Kinect games is being able to take control of the light sabre using the movement of the user standing up in front of the screen.
As you wave your invisible sabre at the screen there numerous issues soon come to light with this addition. If the speed of movement of the arms when in various combats is too fast it results in the action performed not taking place on the screen like it should. This later results in frustration on occasions as the whole point of this notion is to be able to carry out various attacks which mimic the users movement.
You have the option during the game also to be able to play mini games, enter various vehicles, use the force, and various dueling matches. On the menu screen you have various modes of play which you can enter. These include modes such as Rancor Rampage, Main Campaigns, Duels of Fate, Pod Racing and finally the Galactic Dance off which is baffling to say the least.
During the game there are some sequences and graphics which really hit the button, then other parts of the game will simply be lower in quality, almost as if various people were working on the game but they were not working in harmony. The other issues with Kinect Star Wars are the audio sync problems. Younger Star Wars fans will no doubt put up with these issues without making this kind of judgment, however, these problems should have been ironed out before the game actually came to the use of the many avid Star Wars Fanatics who really wanted an experience worthy of a Kinect game.
Sadly Kinect Star Wars completely missed the boat, or should we say the Enterprise, what could have been and should have been an entertaining game is a disappointing one and has ended up coming to the market not living up to its huge potential given the history of this franchise.
Overall I would give this a 6 out of 10, it should have surpassed all expectations with the level of gameplay that is to be expected these days, but it fails to live up to the hype.
The story of this game is, predictably, related to the experience of the Titanic. In it, you follow the story of Lady Margaret Ashley, an upper-class citizen on the Titanic. You start the game off after a tutorial on the ship itself, with no idea of what it is that you need to do, or how to do it. Through the options available to you, you can puzzle out that there is a secret door that can be entered. Thats how the game begins, and thats the sort of gaming that will continue through the whole story.
Its not that the puzzles and problems that must be overcome are difficult. Its that theyre often brainless, and there is no logical reason for putting the items in a certain way that can be figured out beforehand. Its mostly an exercise of clicking to try any possible thing you can think of, before finally figuring out the solution. Puzzles like this are brainless, boring, and a waste of most any players time.
There are a few other puzzles that require players to use the Wii Remote to manipulate objects in some way, as well as another side game that allows the player to look for ten of a certain item on a single still-screen. Its very unusual, but these two games are the most fun to be had in the entire excursion of the final day of the U.S.S. Titanic.
Despite the fact that youre playing on that fated boat, the story fails to provide any feelings of there being a dire threat, even later on in the game after the boat has hit the iceberg. Failing to make use of this particular plot point is yet another tick on the list of items that this game does badly.
Even the parts that involve just moving as the Lady Ashley from one area to the next are done in a brainless manner. The storyline makes a big to-do about the fact that you are a lady, but then finds you smashing your way through passageways, and injuring other people on the boat just to get past. The qualities that keep it from being consistent also keep it from being enjoyable.
While its understandable that this game was generally created for a younger generation, the fact that there is no logical sequence to the solutions of the puzzles makes it not even worth playing as an educational game for a child. In pretty much every way, Hidden Mysteries: Titanic is a disaster not worth exploring.
When Medal of Honor Heroes 2 was released, my immediate reaction was, ho hum, not another one. Eat my words, this is a fun and exciting game that totally surprised me and the improvements that I had been clamoring for in the previous versions were finally corrected in this Wii version. Thanks a lot, development guys!
The story line is basically the same theme, there are briefings, combat missions to complete, the need to overcome the challenges, and it is a killing game just like the others. However, the action is really fast paced and quite challenging this is faster than the other versions. If the developers had stuck with the same control scheme as those found in the Vanguard version, this would not have been made possible. There are not many changes but they are definitely more manageable and give the player the ability to react faster and make better moves.
Generally, people who play with Wii already expect that there would have to be some motion controls when playing and most are terribly disappointing. But in the case of Medal of Honor Heroes 2 this came out great, thankfully! Now, setting up explosives is no longer a tedious affair, it is actually exciting and thrilling. The controls will also alert the player if there is any danger. No, the controls are not a hundred percent perfect, nothing is, there are still some downsides, but the improvements make all these seem negligible.
The Medal of Honor Heroes 2 arcade mode is also surprising. While most arcade games can bore me to death, Heroes arcade mode is surprisingly fun. Getting to play with about 32 other players online is also something totally new and impressive.
The game design is not all that impressive, so is the story line, but that is all negligible in the end. Looking for a game where you can immerse yourself into the kill 'em mode can sometimes be terribly boring and you know what happens next, not in this game. The first person shooting is worthy of the cost of the game.
I really dont get to see a lot of exciting games from old themes all that much and I am happy that Medal of Honor Heroes 2 turned out to be satisfying. And I really dont care about some complaints about the visual either, I dont look for perfection. One thing I do know, the imperfections of the game is surprisingly what made me look forward to playing more hours in front of this instead of the usual monotonous feel. Even after I finished playing the whole thing I just wanted to get more action again and again, now that is saying a lot for a Wii game.
There are some terrific racing games on the Xbox 360, F1 2012 being one of them. Then there is F1 Race Stars, which takes a completely different approach to the racing game genre. Instead of having just another racing game that is mostly simulation, this one is more of an arcade version of Formula 1. In fact, it has more in common with Mario Karts than with Formula One.
When you play the game for the first time, you would be forgiven for thinking you were playing Mario Kart on your Nintendo, if you had one. The only difference is that the small cars look like miniature versions of F1 cars, and you can play as any of the drivers of the 2012 Formula One World Championship.
While the environment can look and feel very silly, even childish, there is actually a lot in the game that adheres to the F1 experience. The cars do not drag like they would in an arcade game, instead they are hard to drive and they have to be driven in the same way as F1 cars. It is important to be very careful how you turn the car and how you use the brakes and accelerator.
The damage system is also fantastic, and this is what really sets the game apart. While it can be enjoyed by anyone, even if they are not F1 fans, it does stay true to the sport and those die hard fans of the real thing will not be disappointed. In fact F1 fans may enjoy it for the comical game it is supposed to be.
The drivers' heads, recognizable as real drivers from the 2012 season, are visible outside the cars and appear incredibly large in perspective, so the drivers' bodies appear jammed into the framework of the machines. The surroundings of each track are imaginatively and humorously designed, almost like a disney fantasy world.
There are plenty of different tracks and there is a lot of fun to be had. Some of the things that happen in F1, such as pit stops are here, but some of the track features are not. F1 does not have loop the loops, speed bumps or short cuts. Kinetic Energy Recovery System, KERS, and Drag Reduction Systems, DRES, from F1 motors feature as well. The game is just a lot of fun and it is very easy to get into. There are no serious championship modes or anything of that sort, it is a basic racer, although there is a multiplayer mode which can be used both for split screen and online playing. Friends can get together to have a good time.
F1 Race Stars game will never satisfy those who want the perfect F1 experience. What it does is take a sport that sometimes takes itself too seriously and employs advanced technology, and makes it fun for all.
Family Guy Back to the Multiverse for the Xbox 360 is, of course, a game based on the TV show Family Guy. Players get to play as Brian or Stewie as the pair travel to different universes trying to stop Stewie's rival from destroying their own universe. It is a mix of both a third person shooter and platform.
The player mostly has a choice of the two main characters from the show, Stewie and Brian. However, they can switch between characters at any time letting the new one take over the action where the other left off.
The storyline of this game is simple and is based on episodes from the earlier titles in the series, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Road to the Multiverse." The journey takes Stewie and Brian to an alternate universe where Stewie's half brother is still alive and aims to recruit others to kill Stewie by creating a multiverse remote control. Each universe is modeled on a certain theme. For instance, the first universe is ruled by Greeks, the second by the Amish, and so on. The game simply requires players to complete objectives to get to the end of the game.
There are an array of enemies mostly from the show such as the Giant Chicken, Evil Stewie, Long John Peter, and more. Enemies may also be regular townspeople in the different universes, but they are mostly a part of Stewie's half brother's army. The weapons each character has does depend on who the player chooses during the gameplay, and certain missions will require the player to interchange characters in order to complete certain missions. Stewie has all of what are considered the "cool" weapons like laser guns and other types of futuristic hardware, while Brian has standard weapons such as shotguns, machine guns, and hand guns. The weapons can be upgraded as the game progresses.
Family Guy Back to the Multiverse features a co op mode that allows players to play with others locally offline letting players to work together in order to kill enemies and upgrade weapons. The game will appeal to fans the TV show as well as newcomers, and as long as they like third person shooters, and the game this has a huge fun element and a comical story.
Last year Dead Island was released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. There were some folks who loved it, and others who didn't. Deep Silver and Techland released Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition, this version of the game, which features the campaign and post-launch DLC, is worth the price tag.
Dead Island is centered on the island of Banoi, which gets struck suddenly with a zombie outbreak. You get the choice to play as one of four characters that are stuck on the dead island of Banoi. Any character you pick is immune to the virus,a large majority of the quests center around other islanders asking you out to do their chores and run their errands.The story is largely a big let down not being very driven or gripping, and the characters aren't very likable. Don't pick up Dead Island in hopes of a thrilling and gripping zombie tale, you are just here to kill some zombies.
One of the mechanics in Dead Island is durability. The more you use a weapon, the more it degrades, eventually breaking and becoming severely impaired. It also has an interesting crafting system. You can create some really cool weapons by piecing other ones together, but sometimes you can find even better ones on the ground! The more often you brandish your zombie killing weapon, the more of the durability you will exhaust. You are allowed to repair your items at workbenches, because it keeps combat interesting.
A majority of the things that you'll be doing on the island are looting and killing hordes of zombies. Combat is extremely pleasant and brutal. Weapons play a very important role in surviving the Dead Island, and throughout your journey for survival you come across everything from broken useless bats to extremely sharp and powerful machetes, guns, and crowbars. You also come across different weapon mods, and by combining what seems to be unimportant, useless items you've looted with some weapons you come across, you can create something as awesome as nail ridden bats and crowbars.
All in all this game is a great game, and definitely worth picking up for the price. If you are into zombie survival games, Dead Island is the game for you.
Kingdom of Hearts holds a special place in many gamers' hearts and this remake is sure to hold a special place right next to it. This edition of the game is in fact a collection made up of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days. Disney and Square Enix teamed up to bring us all of our favorite Disney characters with our old buddies Sora, Riku and Kairi. To win you must successfully get through each Disney background and defeat all villains.
This remix follows the same storyline as the original games with upgraded graphics and controls to satisfy the gamers who have become used to the HD and responsive controls that are now becoming standard. Though the combined Disney and Final Fantasy storyline satisfied many players when the original game came out some of them aren't as pleased with it now, as many of those original players were the first ones to rush out and buy this version. The backgrounds, characters and quests have all been digitally upgraded with new weapons and abilities. These new abilities and weapons though are causing some problems for players; there are reports that some of the basic controls not coming up to present day gaming standards. Not every scene has been upgraded though, and it is quite easy to tell the difference between what is upgraded digitally and what was just added from the old game. The jumping controls seem to be a bit too slow and unresponsive for many and this may be the reason for the high difficulty on some levels. Also the camera control has many glitches and may require some stopping and starting in order to complete the quests.
As with the original, each level contains a different world and has famous Disney characters for you to fight alongside and infamous Disney villains to fight against. Whether you want to fight with Peter Pan or fly on Aladdin's magic carpet you can do it with Sora and do your best to defeat the evil villains such as Ursula and the Queen of Hearts. Each level contains multiple villains and as you progress through levels there are more and more villains and evil minions to fight and defeat. You may find yourself fighting some of the opponents you have already defeated as there is some repetition in the earlier levels.
Overall any diehard fan of the original Kingdom Hearts will spend the 50-60 hours of gameplay reminiscing as they swim, fly and fight their way to the end. Disney and Enix spent a lot of time upgrading this game for the PS3 and to bring it up to the 2013 gaming standards. For any Disney or Final Fantasy fan it combines the characters and stories to satisfy and entertain on a trip down memory lane.