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Posted:
2013-12-14

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Super Gamer Dude

7.5

In a world where regurgitation is the norm, seeing the Splinter Cell series rise from a humble Xbox launch title, to the console spanning giant it is today, feels heartwarming. With that frame of mind Splinter Cell Blacklist, now gracing the Wii U library, is a success. It is originality in a world that lacks it. Unfortunately for us it is also: unpolished and clunky. Fans of the series will enjoy this latest installment whereas new players approaching for the first time will feel a little wary afterwards. Let's look at the ins and outs of Splinter Cell Blacklist.

Splinter Cell is actually iconic for its main characters minimal costume: the black suit with glowing green goggles. That image alone can tell you where the bulk of gameplay is going to be spent. This is good news, as the latest installments prior to Blacklist moved away from the strategy and stealth formula. The combat in the game is based on efficiency, stealth, and strategy and every kill can bring in the euphoric feeling of finishing off a great hunt. Moving from wall to wall, cover to cover, is nerve wracking and an absolute joy. The ability to mark out kills is also very useful.

The Wii U is not quite on the level of processing that the other next gen consoles are and the results are mismashed because of this. Sam Fisher looks great and the other character models hold up well, but the textures overall are just OK. Fortunately for Splinter Cell the graphics were never going to be the calling card of the video game.

The story of the game has Sam Fisher joining up with a new group, The Fourth Echelon, taking over for the Third Echelon, in order to take out the new baddies. If you are a fan of the Tom Clancy novels then you will probably love the story a fair bit more than I did. The usual build up is all there: twists, turns, new baddies, new buddies, and the technological thrill to the whole story. Nothing to write home about, certainly not classic literature, but it is functional and will keep you moving towards the endgame.

Let's take a look at where Blacklist starts to break down. For a stealth game, and one not installed into an open world style of play, there are too many cutscenes and after the third one in a thirty minute span, the pace begins to wear down. There are also a plethora of audio glitches, including moments where the audio simply gives up and cuts out. No excuse or apology--just done.

Where Splinter Cell excels is when you lose yourself in the game. The single player offers enough story to give you hours of fun chasing down new baddies, and the available multiplayer is a thrill: armed mercenaries versus strategic spies. There's also a co-op mode as well to add a bit of replay value. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is an uneven game with moments of real joy.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

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Super Gamer Dude

7.0

In case you didn't know it, Ghostbusters was a comedy. An action comedy, to be sure, but it was definitely there to make you laugh. This Ghostbusters video game is the same way, and you'll find yourself drawn into the game through the comedy, just like the movies were able to do. Whether it's listening to one of Egon's deadpan explanations, or Venkman's not-so-subtly couched flirtatious comments, the'’ll have you laughing through the whole thing.

And that's another aspect about this game that really shines; the authentic voice-acting from the original actors. It really gives the comedic dialogue the proper taste that it needs, coming from the voices that just feel right for the part. By not skimping in this aspect, the product ion company has kept the heart of the game feeling true to the series.

The gameplay itself in Ghost Busters: The Video Game is outstanding. You have a bunch of potential attack types in your pack, each of which works differently against the ghosts you'll come up against. You'll use these different attack types to lower their health enough that you can use the grappling stream, and grab the ghost. Once you have it, you'll need to mash it up against the walls and floor some before directing it over a trap. This is where the Wii Remote really comes into play, because swinging the ghost around by your beam really feels like you're doing it, which is the ultimate in immersion. There are a couple of control issues, like changing weapons, that are difficult to manage on the fly, but generally the control system makes the game feel a whole lot more real, and incredible, than other Ghostbusters video games have in the past.

The story itself is delightful, and will have you investigating destructible environments that look beautiful all over New York. There are bosses aplenty, but the game never feels extremely difficult, since any time you are hurt, your teammates can heal you and help you back up.

One of the biggest issues with this title is the short playtime. It takes about 5 hours to beat, but once you're done, you'll be back for more. There is a split-screen coop mode where you can beat the game with a friend that is also a lot of fun. In addition, there is a scanning system that keeps track of all the ghosts you encounter in a ghost catalog, and you can replay the game to fill it up even farther.

All told, Ghost Busters is a title that is sure to be an instant classic for Ghostbusters fans.

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Posted:
2013-10-11

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Super Gamer Dude

8.7

Part of the most popular football video game franchise, Fifa 14 is loaded with the latest features that are available for some of the top video game consoles and platforms. The all new Ignite engine brings realistic graphics and computer intelligence for platforms such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Realistic ball physics simulate with precision the trajectories of the ball and movements of the players in Fifa 14 and the detailed graphics in the game also make some of football's stars instantly recognizable when you zoom in on their faces during matches.

The unique Pure Shot feature allows the practiced gamer to make some very realistic adjustments for kicking the ball at different angles, spins, speeds and other parameters. The advanced Protect the Ball feature allows players to shield the ball from opponents while running at full speed during an attack. Protect the Ball also allows players to fight for better positions when receiving the ball. Weather conditions are are also simulated well and of course these conditions influence the state of the pitch during game play making it necessary for players to make careful adjustments when running on a slippery pitch during rain or snow.

The Ignite engine also makes the computer controlled opponents much tougher than in previous Fifa games. You may easily lose a simulated game against a weak team even though you think you have a picked a strong squad, and players can enjoy a true challenge when playing against CPU opponents on the most difficult game setting. With Teammate Intelligence, on pitch players can also enjoy the support from smart CPU teammates that make great real time decisions during attacks and defense. For example, you can expect a CPU teammate to start running towards the opposition's goal as you run on a counter strike.

Featuring a Co-op mode, Fifa 14 allows players from all over the world to compete against each other online. In fact, Co-op seasons can be played to allow players weeks or even months of ongoing fun.

Featuring a total of more than 60 venues 32 of which are real ones, Fifa 14 invites players to enjoy football in some of the best stadiums all over the world ranging from Europe to the Americas. Featuring in total more than 30 licensed leagues, Fifa 14 allows you to control or play against more than 600 international teams. More than 16,000 real players are available in the database with the addition of more than 40 retired legendary football players also available for selection in various modes. The bottom line is that this game caters to any type of football playing style and may well tempt players to try out some of the most innovative features in virtual football.

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Posted:
2013-12-24

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Super Gamer Dude

7.0

Just like the previous Battlefield franchise, the player can choose to be a commander or a soldier. There are a lot of soldier units to choose from: Recon, Assault, Engineer or Support; each having its own special role in this war. Their strengths and weaknesses all complement each other so a great teamwork is vital for success.

Players discover the unique characteristics of each soldier. Their roles are important and are needed in every turn of the game. Recon consists of the Sniper, whose deathly weapon topples distant enemy units before it can even reach ally soldiers, and Special Operations, who specialize with tactics and handling explosives.

Assault team has a stock of short and medium range weapons effective with crossfire encounters. Medics on the other hand provide life saving measures for injured teammates. Engineers have an arsenal of anti-vehicle weapons, motion mines and an SMG. Support, aside from supplying teammates with ammunitions, can operate automated sentry units. Team play always augments the weakness of each team member.

Players begin with the basic kit for each army unit. By scoring points, their ranks begin to level up and eventually gets weapon and equipment upgrades. Once a player reaches a higher rank they get the option of one unlock in any class. There are two upgrades for each class and each path leads to different sets of weaponry. A Support can choose between the IPS Shield which upgrades to Advanced Ammo Hub, or V5 EMP Grenade which then upgrades to the Ganz HMG, a high powered gun.

Moving up the ranks can be achieved by joining Squads. The Squad works on an objective. Headed by a Squad Leader, each individual team members plays a role in achieving the goals set by the commander. Squad objectives may range from capturing a control point killing the enemy, or supplying team members within the battlefield.

What makes Squad playing even more engaging is that the player can chat with other team members. The Squad Leader can also assign spawn points for his teammates. Following the orders of the Leader gives players extra points or Field Upgrade which can then be used to unlock advanced weaponry.

More challenging is the role of the Commander. He directs the team towards victory by properly directing team efforts. The aerial view of the map and enemy movements allows the commander to send strategic orders to his troops. There are controls unique for the commander: Orbital Strikes, EMP, Supply Drops, Sat Track and UAV’s. Each command can be used as needed for the advantage of the team. It might sound silly but the real challenge relies with making the troops follow the orders exactly as it needs to be.

BF2142 is set on locations in Europe and Africa. Each army class has its own territorial terrain and when to use them is also challenging. There are lots of actual locations incorporated in the game like the Camp Gibraltar, the Sidi Power Station in Africa, and bleak streets of long abandoned Berlin - all contributing to the war atmosphere of the game.

Players can keep track of their scores online through the Battlefield website. Players can look into their death ratio, favorite map, accuracy, and more. There are awards for various successes available in a round and globally. Some are easy but most are time consuming. It is worth to show off to fellow BF2142 addicts.

The game graphics are excellent, characterized by the fluid animation of the troops and vehicles. The maps are varied and provide real-life terrains coupled with top class sound effects. The game conveys the battlefield atmosphere of the future. It will surely make player want for more.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

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Super Gamer Dude

6.9

The problem with this super popular game is the it constant use of motion controls and it gets tiring fast. The flat, semi-lifeless visuals and frequent frame-rate drops, and at times the camera can be problematic. But in contrast, the story is original and entertaining, the camera generally does an excellent job with the action scenes. There are more exciting chases and exciting boss battles.

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows may make it perfect to critics if not for their over-dependent with motion cameras and their boring use of visuals. Thanks to its solid, original story and many thrilling scenes that make this game an interesting one.

The entertaining introduction throws you right into the midst of an inevitable circumstance. The forces of SHIELD are fighting a losing battle and at the same time trying to invade New York. But despite all of the fights, Spider-Man tries to find MJ. In the scenes, MJ struggles with Peter for using his black suite. Flashes back to four days prior appeared, when Venom attacked Spider-Man and part of the suite that gives Venom his power attached itself to our hero, Spider-Man, giving him unfathomable, indestructible strength and power. In the end, the antagonist gets defeated and everything in New York City goes back to normal. But Spider-Man's responsibility does not end because he has more problems to deal with, like all-out gang wars. The great set-up and story of the game makes you want to continue on playing and discover how things go on till the game ends

Things get complicated when using webstrike, an attack that you use to defeat enemies. Luke Cage, another Spider-Man character and Marvel Superhero, shows Spider-Man on how to deal with those gangs and their gang wars. Webstriking is an attack that can rapidly zip up an enemy and throw him in the air is an important skill to learn. From then on, you can webstrike another opponent and chaining them taking the combo. On operating a webstrike, you shake the remote sideways, an action that could make you tired as you repeat it over during a combat. Frustrating it is when using webstrike, you can also change Spider-Man's suite from red to black or black to red in this process when you don't mean to use up and down shaking motion. It will get you on your last nerve when you mean to do one of those actions when you mean to do the other one. The sporadic actions and not-so-exact controls may limit your action, or the shaking of the control per se.

Of course, Spider-Man swings and zips, leaps, soars, and dives his way all throughout Manhattan. But these frame rate may make this all-exciting-adventure into a not-so-good one. As you go along the game you see a blunt city as Spider-Man takes a swing. But alas, the game has its exciting moments, too!

The story of the game is exciting and like in the movies, they have scenes in them during side missions. Which make the game so compelling and provokes you to continue the game. In past games, you deal with selection of characters, deal with heroes or villains depending on the choice you make. With Spider-Man, you either be moral or give in and be tempted in Peter's or Spider-Man's dark side. But during the missions, regardless of the choices, the endings still depends whether you wear the black or red suite.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

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Super Gamer Dude

7.0

The game allows player to pursue multiple story lines from the show. The Adventure mode travels through a number of the different stories, allowing players to participate in more obscure chapters like The Tree of Might. Players familiar to the series, however, will have to participate in a number of stories that have already been covered in other versions. This is something that must be completed in order to unlock all the playable characters in the game.

There are numerous characters that can be unlocked, too. Characters from both Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT are included, including a number that only made brief appearances in the show. All of the different characters have special moves, and most of them are the ones that made the character stand out in the battles from the cartoon.

The battles that your player will be involved in are a lot like the previous version. As in that game, players will be fighting an opponent with the camera behind them, battling in three dimensions. The control scheme is a little bit different than most fighting games, because of that. First, there is a button for close-in melee. There is also a button for your ranged ki attacks, and a button to allow your character to charge ki. There’s a button for dashing forward, one for dashing back, and a block button that also can teleport your character, when used correctly. You can also move up and down in the air, which is one of the most important abilities from the show. Taken together, the control scheme allows players to engage in the epic battles that have made Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT, famous.

Multiplayer is a little bit tougher to play, since both characters have to fight with the third-person camera. That means that playing against your buddy will require a split screen, not the most ideal situation.

The Dragon Ball Z world is filled with unique characters, enormously powerful hand-to-hand combat, and storylines that keep a person’s interest through all the insanity. This happened week after week as people tuned into the cartoon. With the second iteration of the new style of fighting for the series, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 continues the tradition and gameplay that kept people playing the first one for so long. It’s not a perfect game, but it has a lot to recommend it to Dragon Ball Z fans out there everywhere.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

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Super Gamer Dude

7.0

If you’ve ever played Wii Smash Brothers (and you should), then you know just what an incredible game that is. So, if you wanted to make the next generation of fighting game that has your particular characters in it, then you will probably want to take one of the best fighters out there and do what they did. Well, this game has done that, and now you can enjoy it.

While almost everything about Smash Bros. and Smash-Up are the same, there is the difference that in this game, if a turtle grabs a wall, he does a devastating special move to some poor opponent nearby. Otherwise, they’re generally identical games, differing only in the moves that the particular characters can perform in combat and by one of the methods of victory. This difference is in the existence of a power bar that, once emptied, indicates defeat. The combat buttons, however, are all the same as for Smash Bros. Also, the method of performing special moves, of smashing the analog in a certain direction when you push the special button, is still very much a part of the game.

Even with this just being a rehashing of the original with a whole new cast of characters, there’s nothing really wrong with the game itself. If you were a fan of the original Smash Brothers, or a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, then you will probably enjoy the gameplay that you will find here. There aren’t a lot of specific aspects that scream Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as you play through the game, though it does have all the main characters from the turtles series, it seems rather generically turtlesque. There are precious few references to any TV show, movie, comic, or any other source of the Turtles prior to the game, but maybe that’s to focus on the combat of the game itself.

There isn't a lot that is done wrong here, because there isn’t a lot that’s new here. The characters have all been around for thirty years now, the original game idea got released on the Nintendo 64 with Super Smash Brothers in the 1990s, and the company has been creating content for years. This is a combination of some really good stuff that is put together to make something even better than its parts. If you are looking for a good, fun, multiplayer fighter, then you can certainly do worse than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up.

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Posted:
2013-12-23

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Super Gamer Dude

6.5

Just like in real life, the player begins with choosing what sort of pet he wants, although in this case it is restricted to the more common animals. The player then assigns its colors and features. The player then trains and explores how the pet might help him. The loyalty of the pet gives some loving similar with what SIMS get interacting with other SIMS. Not only that, pets prove to be very beneficial, they keep people active and teach them responsibilities towards other animals. They can also be a money earner.

Pet training is a challenge at the same time fun-filled. Some pets can be taught different tricks such as a handshake, fetching, sitting and rolling. For fun's sake, you can even teach your pet bizarre tricks. A pet can pee and roll over it. They are nonsense but anyway they're really funny. Aside from pet training, the player can also breed unique pets. Unusual colors of fur coatings, multi-layered coats and unique markings. These traits would be handed down to their puppies and a personalized breed is all yours.

Although the pet give its owner enjoyment, it could also cause him headaches as these pets have their own free will. A player can never control his untrained pet from peeing in his, or someone else's room. These pets see the SIM world from their own viewpoint.

Lastly, the pet can serve as an end-of-day stress buster for the SIM. Animal lovers will also find caged pets like birds and gerbils. Anyway, this expansion pack is a lifelong extension. Pets do not just come and go away after the day, they stay with their owner once acquired and the player will have his pet's company whether he likes it or not. The only problem with pets is that they may be noisy when left alone or want attention, but this is a small price to pay for what they give in return.

So what are you waiting for, go grab your own pet now.

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Posted:
2013-12-23

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Super Gamer Dude

6.5

This is an expansion pack for Rollercaster Tycoon 3 and so the basics of this game are pretty well self explanatory. As the title implies this addition has a watery theme. Instructions on how to build structures and attractions are taught very simply in the in-game tutorials. A player may choose to begin making basic swimming pools then slowly improving the park by creating advanced attractions such as whale shows, laser effects, unique centerpieces and lots more. A jovial and radiant feel extends throughout the whole game.

As the player gets deeper into the game, he must install this expansion pack. This would allow building new attractions for the park. New sets of swimming pools and water rides are available all as an additional on-screen options. Not only that, the player will also have the chance to design the overall atmosphere of the water park. Unique floor tiles and path walks are available in this expansion pack. It also has realistic contents like the lifeguard chairs, diving boards, spas, sun loungers and showers.

The game will give the player control over the operations of the park: constructing new attractions, maintaining a fun filled atmosphere in the park and offering the best rides. Crowd drawing attractions like roller coaster rides, fireworks and laser shows are also important. The player can choose to install all kinds of water chutes, a real crowd drawer. Unusually sized aquariums also add to the overall look and value of the water park. In the end the player must always ponder on how to make his park more interesting for its crowd. All these tasks will really bring out the Tycoon in every player.

Finally, the whole objective of the game is to bring in money for the park. All measures to attract crowds and costumers must be employed by the player. A successful water park does not only mean having exquisite swimming pools and rides, but relies on drawing crowds into it. The lively atmosphere of the game is all at your disposal. Let out the Tycoon in you; get the Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Soaked Expansion pack now.

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Posted:
2013-12-23

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Super Gamer Dude

8.5

Age of Empires II introduces players to the empires of the past. It holds 13 civilizations and historical campaigns. The game proves to be a breakthrough in terms of gaming as it incorporates historical figures, civilizations, events and places. It also has an intense multiplayer action and lots of character units. The graphics are filled with real life scenic panoramas such as oceans and lakes, hills and mountains.

A newbie may opt to start with the campaign mode. It has an excellent in-game tutorial that will guide the player on how to lead the empire. The basics of the game are taught in an easy to grasp approach.

After the tutorial, a series of campaigns, 9 in total, are available to the player. These are based on historical information, and the events inspired by historical leaders and known locations. The campaign does not stick to the generic objectives of eradicating enemies, there are campaigns such as protecting a cathedral or carrying out an assassination plot. Furthermore, the scripted events and dialogues add color and life to the campaign.

Age of Empires II also has an attractive collection of graphics. The scenes are nostalgic and look realistic. Characters and animations are fluid and precise. Structures are elegantly detailed and perfectly suited to the ancient atmosphere of the game. There are lots of contents unique to each civilization. The buildings also transform as the age and technology progresses. Overall the graphic quality of AOE2 is stunning.

This game would not top the list if not for its high end sound effects. The combination of graphic and sound quality sets the whole tone of the game. Character voice and battle sounds are very rich and accurate. Everything in Age of Empires just looks very real and this reality runs throughout the game.

As one of the best real time strategy game Age of Empires indeed is a real must have. It captures history and excitement altogether. Napoleon and Alexander might be ashamed when he sees your battle plans.


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