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Posted:
2014-04-26

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

4.7

In the single-player game, you'll be flying as one of four different pilots. You'll begin fighting off German attacks that venture above the island of Great Britain, but end up fighting with the US and New Zealand forces over Germany itself. The characters all tell their story of why they're fighting there, but the voice-acting that follows the cutscenes is absolutely dreadful, resulting in you not wanting to really be any of these terribly boring pilots.

The campaign itself jumps around some, since missions with your earliest squadron can only be played once you've progressed, and moved out of the area to some new group. You'd think that having crossed the channel and being based off the continent would prevent you from heading back to Great Britain and having to defend them, but it doesn't.

There are a number of different airplanes that can be unlocked, especially if you're willing to play at a higher difficulty.

Likely, you'll play at the higher difficulty, even without the bonus of more easily unlocking planes. That's because the AI is not very difficult at all, and will often not even notice you trying to devastate their ride. The missions, also, are only somewhat different as you go through the game, and though there are some novel takes on the essential elements, they mostly consist of your dog-fighting enemies or bombing buildings.

The game does offer a new element of the gameplay, which are Ace kills. These allow your character to zoom in on the enemy and specifically target certain portions to shoot at, such as their engines or the pilot themselves. This option is a nice added feature, but it actually makes a game that is already too easy at the most difficult difficulty level even easier.

One feature that is nice is the extensive online play. There are four different game modes, as well as four maps for your flying pleasure. Up to sixteen players can play a map at a time, though it's very difficult to find that many people playing the game at any given time. The modes are fun, especially Team Survivor, where the last person standing wins it for the team. That will have you performing selfless acts to keep your survivors alive, like diving in front of bullets.

While Heroes Over Europe does certainly provide opportunities for fun, the simplicity of destroying AI opponents, combined with the lack of real opponents to fight, leaves the player with little to do. If you're a huge WWII buff who feels like they've missed out flying the aircraft of that era, then this simulation will offer that opportunity, but beyond that it's a merely average flight sim.

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Posted:
2014-02-21

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

7.8

The first time Square Enix showed Hitman Absolution to the public, there was quite a bit of outrage. The first slice they showed was filled with action, something that Hitman fans despise, and certainly was never associated with the Hitman series in the past. Thankfully, Hitman Absolution maintains the spirit of past Hitman titles while adding enough new features to make it worthwhile.

As is normal for Hitman titles, missions consist of hunting targets through specially designed levels that offer many different options when it comes to finally killing your assigned targets. While most of the basic Hitman formula remains unchanged, there are a few key additions, not the least of which being the Instinct system. This system allows you to see guards through walls or other obstructions, as well as their assigned patrol routes.

Instinct also allows you to cheat your way past checkpoints where guards might see through your disguise. Going right along with Instinct is a full-on radar system that not only shows guard's locations, but the direction they are facing. For more veteran Hitman players, neither of these mechanics exist on the highest levels of difficulty, but for someone new to the series, they should be extremely helpful to navigate the often confusing world of Hitman.

While Instinct is certainly interesting, the most interesting new feature is the game's extremely autolog-esque leaderboard system. This system allows you to compete with your friends and people all over the world to perform the best hit in all of the games missions, which adds a massive amount of replay value to a series that used to have very little unless you were obsessive about perfection.

Though Hitman Absolution shares some of the best things about past Hitman games, it also carries on some of their greatest failings. Even the greatest hit imaginable can be broken by any number of AI problems, such as broken pathing or animations. For instance, I had just pushed a guard down one of the game's innumerable deep pits, when a nearby guard "sees" his body through the ground. The guard then proceeded to stare through the ground at the dead body, constantly reiterating the victim's need for medical assistance.

However, Absolution's greatest flaw lies in its attempt at creating a more cohesive narrative. Instead of cutting at the end of a hit and transitioning to the next one, Absolution attempts to link these missions together with lengthy sequences requiring you to Evade the Police over and over and over again. Without an objective other than to escape, these sequences quickly become tired and monotonous. However, it seems as if the developers realized this, as each level is split into very distinct sub-missions, each with an independent score, allowing for leaderboard competition without playing through the entire level again.

So, is Absolution the game Hitman fans wanted? It probably is not, but that shouldn't keep you from enjoying what is a quite good game with a few glaring but manageable flaws.

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Posted:
2014-02-22

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

7.7

Let me start off by saying this is one of the most exciting FTS shooter games I have ever played. I have been playing Halo games since the beginning of time and was overjoyed when this game was released. In fact I called in sick to work that day lol. Not to mention I would have to question your loyalty to Halo if you didn't get the Collectors Edition. This game is really the best of the series and I will show you why in this review.

First, they totally revamped the whole menu system which was much needed. Why is this so great? Well for starters you can display your friends that are playing Reach, and also you can keep track of them for good old fashion party games. Honestly, starting or entering a different gaming mode is easy as hitting a couple buttons (not to mention your friends can come with you every place you want to go).

In the campaign mode everyone knows that they storyline are truly epic and Halo Reach is by far the best. You can play by yourself or with up to four players, and this time you are the newest member/members of the Noble team. In your first challenge you are to seek out and discover a "distress signal" in a mountainous region. Like any other Halo game a full out war erupts between alien invaders. You will have to fend for yourself with a ton of FTS tactics. This is by far the best Halo game you will ever play!

I don't really want to ruin the story or anything, but it will start out a little slow, but each level will really build onto the next, you will be on the edge of your seat by the time the final level has unfolded, though. Just when you get comfortable in a rocky environment the level will change into a military outpost or even a rural farm. You will even be able to enjoy the all new vehicles (which actually handle quite well).

So as far as replayability goes, Reach wrote the book on this in my opinion. You can play multiple levels with friends online/offline and customize the attributes of the weapons, shields, and strength of gravity, of course the difficulty level, as well. Hell, you can even play in user generated matches online which are even more customizable. Don't forget about the competitive matchmaking system, which makes the online play freaken awesome. Also, the online mode comes with a new and improved voting system where you can actually play a more non-biased match.

I really could go on and on about how good this game is but you probably don't want to hear me blow my load about how great this game actually is. Top that all off with brilliant graphics and excellent sound and you have a state of the art game. Honestly is there anyone here at RAG that doesn't like this game The collectors edition comes with a nice box, stickers and awesome booklet in which the standard edition does not come with though. It is a must for any true Halo fan, buy, this game and I will beat you online. Lol

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Posted:
2014-03-18

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

Sony PSP

7.0

With the single-player mode you can play with your team to go through the qualifying campaign or you can opt to challenge the other team at the finals. You can also play on other modes like Be A Pro or Captain Your Country. The latter is pretty much alike with the former mode as introduced in FIFA 08. The games starts by creating a player, and making your way through the whole course of the qualifying rounds, not just one match. The trick is to acquire a large number of good records throughout the game to be promoted as the captain as you go to the finals. The key is that the weaker the team is, the easier you get promoted.You should be able to outplay other players aspiring for the captainship. Whether played in single player, where the other team is AI-controlled; or multi-player, the game is hot.

The football per se is the same with FIFA 08 with the advanced kick system. Additionally, there are a number of scenarios that can be played out aside from the regular matches and competitions. Previous midseason football titles are given in relation to major titles, teams playing on a full qualifying game is pointless if battling against a high-ranking team. But in this release, it is not always the case. Though weak in ranking, the opponent AI makes changes from the get-go of the competition. The more weak teams there are in number, the more difficult your path to the goal is. The crowd is more aggressive making comments that would hurt in real life.

The weather pretty much affects any outdoor game especially football. One of the features that have been enhanced in the game is the climate. The rain has noticeable effects on making the player's actions slower, and the ball slides easily on the surface. It will also greatly affect the landing of the ball as you hit it in different kinds of surfaces.

The multi-player mode will hasten the competition s you begin to challenge your friends or anyone online. This release presents a metagame that tallies the scores of various European nations on the entire tournament and hands out prices to whoever played best during the day.

Euro 2008 is indeed a breakthrough in football gaming as it perfectly mirrors the drama in a major international league. The game is not that of an improvement of FIFA 08 but the technicalities are smoother. There are many things in the game that will surprise you even if you have repeatedly read it in different reviews.

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Posted:
2014-03-18

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

7.0

With the single-player mode you can play with your team to go through the qualifying campaign or you can opt to challenge the other team at the finals. You can also play on other modes like Be A Pro or Captain Your Country. The latter is pretty much alike with the former mode as introduced in FIFA 08. The games starts by creating a player, and making your way through the whole course of the qualifying rounds, not just one match. The trick is to acquire a large number of good records throughout the game to be promoted as the captain as you go to the finals. The key is that the weaker the team is, the easier you get promoted.You should be able to outplay other players aspiring for the captainship. Whether played in single player, where the other team is AI-controlled; or multi-player, the game is hot.

The football per se is the same with FIFA 08 with the advanced kick system. Additionally, there are a number of scenarios that can be played out aside from the regular matches and competitions. Previous midseason football titles are given in relation to major titles, teams playing on a full qualifying game is pointless if battling against a high-ranking team. But in this release, it is not always the case. Though weak in ranking, the opponent AI makes changes from the get-go of the competition. The more weak teams there are in number, the more difficult your path to the goal is. The crowd is more aggressive making comments that would hurt in real life.

The weather pretty much affects any outdoor game especially football. One of the features that have been enhanced in the game is the climate. The rain has noticeable effects on making the player's actions slower, and the ball slides easily on the surface. It will also greatly affect the landing of the ball as you hit it in different kinds of surfaces.

The multi-player mode will hasten the competition s you begin to challenge your friends or anyone online. This release presents a metagame that tallies the scores of various European nations on the entire tournament and hands out prices to whoever played best during the day.

Euro 2008 is indeed a breakthrough in football gaming as it perfectly mirrors the drama in a major international league. The game is not that of an improvement of FIFA 08 but the technicalities are smoother. There are many things in the game that will surprise you even if you have repeatedly read it in different reviews.

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Posted:
2014-04-11

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

7.5

The game measures your performance by tracking whether the lyrics that you've sung are correct, but it doesn't stop there. It also allows players to record their performance. There is even a social site dedicated to players who wish to share their recorded session and participate in popularity contests. This in turn adds depth to what could have been just another run of the mill karaoke game. For every aspiring rapper out there, Def Jam Rapstar could be the next best thing to an actual stage performance minus the possible boos from the crowd.

Playing the game is pretty much straightforward. It gets you immediately to the singing part without further annoyances. You are of course presented with game modes to choose from. There's a solo mode, a two player mode where you can perform a duet, or compete with another player and top each other's score. Lastly, there is a party mode. Some players may be a bit disappointed in finding some song selections containing censored lyrics as the game has a T rating for Teens. There's no penalty though, should the player decide to fill them in while singing. If players still find the pre-included song selections inadequate, they could always visit the online store and purchase downloadable tracks to expand their song selections.

In Def Jam Rapstar, there are two scoring mechanics that gauge the player's performance: Melodic section and Rap Section. Melodic sections are shown by bars hinting the pitch of each note and the relative length of the phrase. This is quite common among Karaoke games. The Rap section shows a dot on top each syllable. A ball would then bounce on top of each dot to show the correct timing when singing the phrases. The more synchronized the player is in singing the phrase while it's hit by the bouncing ball, the better the score the player is awarded.

If a player is trying out a not-so-familiar track, it may be best to sing along with the rapper first until you get a hang of the beat. Some song selections may post difficulty for those singing solo as some lyrics during the chorus may be superimposed like the female lyrics of the song quickly following the male lyrics or vice versa. This brings players to choose which parts they sing and which they don't. But all in all, Def Jam Rapstar does a remarkable job in bringing out the fun of this under represented music genre and converting it into an awesome game experience.

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Posted:
2014-04-25

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

6.8

Like the previous games in the series, you are involved with the military and fighting with Special Forces operatives to save the world from some dire threat. In this case, the threat is from nuclear weapons, and it is up to you and your partner, down from three teammates in the previous game, to save the world from destruction. Another notable change from previous titles in the series is that this game is in first-person view, not third-person.

Playing through the game, you will be playing as either the heavy gunner Lang or the sniper, Graves. You can switch between these two characters depending upon the situation, giving you a lot of tactical capability. You can also heal your ally, and direct the AI controlling them. That will be essential in the game, since your ally provides a lot of necessary fire, and does a good job of killing the enemy as well as you. If you put your AI ally in the right spot, they can really provide the sort of fire that makes it worthwhile to have a buddy in a shooting game, but if they're in the wrong spot, it can prevent you from being able to battle effectively at all.

Properly positioning your AI buddy is something that takes away from the realism, slightly, but adds dramatically to the sense of control that you have available on the field. Add in that you can take over that buddy of yours in a heartbeat, and you end up having a lot of fun battling through the chokepoints and set-pieces in the levels.

Despite numerous chokepoints and other confrontations, there isn't a lot of uniqueness when it comes to the level design of Denied Ops. There are a few different locations such as a castle, a whaling depot, and an African city. These levels generally have few differences in the missions in them, such as go-there-and-kill-everybody missions, and blow-that-up missions. If you're not looking for a lot of variety in your destruction, it'll work just fine.

There is a lot of stuff to blow up, at least. Lots of things in the levels are destructible, giving your battles an epic feel at times. You're taking on large numbers of enemies with heavy firepower, and this game really gives you the feel of that as you fight. You'll fight the same enemies over and over, but you'll pretty well mow them down, if you do it right.

Conflict Denied Ops isn't a thinking-man's shooter, but it does provide a lot of play that doesn't do anything specifically bad. If you're willing to settle for its mediocrity, Denied Ops has some fun to be had.

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Posted:
2014-04-25

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

6.8

Like the previous games in the series, you are involved with the military and fighting with Special Forces operatives to save the world from some dire threat. In this case, the threat is from nuclear weapons, and it is up to you and your partner, down from three teammates in the previous game, to save the world from destruction. Another notable change from previous titles in the series is that this game is in first-person view, not third-person.

Playing through the game, you will be playing as either the heavy gunner Lang or the sniper, Graves. You can switch between these two characters depending upon the situation, giving you a lot of tactical capability. You can also heal your ally, and direct the AI controlling them. That will be essential in the game, since your ally provides a lot of necessary fire, and does a good job of killing the enemy as well as you. If you put your AI ally in the right spot, they can really provide the sort of fire that makes it worthwhile to have a buddy in a shooting game, but if they're in the wrong spot, it can prevent you from being able to battle effectively at all.

Properly positioning your AI buddy is something that takes away from the realism, slightly, but adds dramatically to the sense of control that you have available on the field. Add in that you can take over that buddy of yours in a heartbeat, and you end up having a lot of fun battling through the chokepoints and set-pieces in the levels.

Despite numerous chokepoints and other confrontations, there isn't a lot of uniqueness when it comes to the level design of Denied Ops. There are a few different locations such as a castle, a whaling depot, and an African city. These levels generally have few differences in the missions in them, such as go-there-and-kill-everybody missions, and blow-that-up missions. If you're not looking for a lot of variety in your destruction, it'll work just fine.

There is a lot of stuff to blow up, at least. Lots of things in the levels are destructible, giving your battles an epic feel at times. You're taking on large numbers of enemies with heavy firepower, and this game really gives you the feel of that as you fight. You'll fight the same enemies over and over, but you'll pretty well mow them down, if you do it right.

Conflict Denied Ops isn't a thinking-man's shooter, but it does provide a lot of play that doesn't do anything specifically bad. If you're willing to settle for its mediocrity, Denied Ops has some fun to be had.

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Posted:
2014-04-26

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

4.7

In the single-player game, you'll be flying as one of four different pilots. You'll begin fighting off German attacks that venture above the island of Great Britain, but end up fighting with the US and New Zealand forces over Germany itself. The characters all tell their story of why they're fighting there, but the voice-acting that follows the cutscenes is absolutely dreadful, resulting in you not wanting to really be any of these terribly boring pilots.

The campaign itself jumps around some, since missions with your earliest squadron can only be played once you've progressed, and moved out of the area to some new group. You'd think that having crossed the channel and being based off the continent would prevent you from heading back to Great Britain and having to defend them, but it doesn't.

There are a number of different airplanes that can be unlocked, especially if you're willing to play at a higher difficulty.

Likely, you'll play at the higher difficulty, even without the bonus of more easily unlocking planes. That's because the AI is not very difficult at all, and will often not even notice you trying to devastate their ride. The missions, also, are only somewhat different as you go through the game, and though there are some novel takes on the essential elements, they mostly consist of your dog-fighting enemies or bombing buildings.

The game does offer a new element of the gameplay, which are Ace kills. These allow your character to zoom in on the enemy and specifically target certain portions to shoot at, such as their engines or the pilot themselves. This option is a nice added feature, but it actually makes a game that is already too easy at the most difficult difficulty level even easier.

One feature that is nice is the extensive online play. There are four different game modes, as well as four maps for your flying pleasure. Up to sixteen players can play a map at a time, though it's very difficult to find that many people playing the game at any given time. The modes are fun, especially Team Survivor, where the last person standing wins it for the team. That will have you performing selfless acts to keep your survivors alive, like diving in front of bullets.

While Heroes Over Europe does certainly provide opportunities for fun, the simplicity of destroying AI opponents, combined with the lack of real opponents to fight, leaves the player with little to do. If you're a huge WWII buff who feels like they've missed out flying the aircraft of that era, then this simulation will offer that opportunity, but beyond that it's a merely average flight sim.

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Posted:
2014-05-09

halfwit

Super Gamer Dude

Sony PSP

7.5

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is a top selling golf video game packed with great content and includes 21 new courses as well as 50 golfers. There is a new mode called the Team Tour, the gamer can assemble his or her own team, can improve the status of the team, establish rival teams and get to compete with the others for the EA Cup, all the time trying to chase down Tiger Woods and the rest of the teams.

There are also some facelifts like the character can be customized for a more in-depth modification with regards to clothes, equipment licences and other special equipments. The challenge of the game can be played by up to three players in the online tournament mode. There s also the integration of ESPN where the gamer can get the latest news reports and breaking news.

There are also commentators in the form or voices of Gary McCord and David Feherty, however, their presence on the game is a little on the old side, but it does not really matter, if the gamer does not mind, then their presence really does not matter.

There are Mini-Games which are as challenging as ever. Gamers can challenge each other with modes like Elimination, Battle Golf and One Ball. The sound has also greatly improved in this Xbox 360 version with the inclusion of realistic crowd cheers and jeers which are usually seen in the real Tiger Woods performances on Live TV.

It is definite that the long-time fans of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games would immediately recognize that this is one of the best in the series. This not only looks better, but it is dramatically better. The sound, the gameplay, the added features and all the other add-ons are all great. Even the airplane flying overhead sounds great. This gives the game a realism never before seen in other golfing games.

Is this game recommended? The answer is yes. Is this a better game than the 06 version? Again, the answer is yes. There are no longer any of the game breakers which were annoying in the previous versions, and this one offers more flexibility to the player. The gameplay itself is very challenging and can keep the golfing aficionado on their toes.

For those who are not sure if this is a better version than the previous one, all I can say is try this out and have a grand time playing this much improved game. Only then can you decide if you really want to upgrade your golf game or not.


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