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Posted:
2013-12-23

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Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

7.5

The game takes place in the Shippuden story arc. The game has a large number of characters with some evil and others good. In the Adventure Mode the narrative is on the ninjas Sasuke and Naruto.Here the players will explore in a very beautiful manner such that the small and essential fights. The story is in such a way that the game is easy to learn and figuring things out is not difficult even for first timers. You will like the way the story is told at the end of the game you will pity the characters because you are too well versed with the game they cannot beat you up.

In the Adventure Mode the fights are worth waiting for. Though at times it can be tiresome reading and waiting for the some minutes for the explanations. Some of the battles that you can engage in are more than multiple phases and the characters have some special powers. The game engine does a lot of fighting on the game; it however pisses off because you do not have control over the characters. The Adventure Mode has a number of side quests, you also have the option to go back and play the games you did not play well previously. It is sad to note here that you have to find and collect tokens before accessing the battles that you have already won. And this makes it tiresome before you get to the fun part of the game. In this mode there are plenty of pretty narrative portions that you have to explore and they end up wasting time.

There is the Free Mode which is quite long and you will spend endless hours on it. However to play this mode you must unlock all the characters. The aim of this game is to fight as much as you will enjoy more if you play the game in a crowd. If you want the game to pick up, all you do is press on the buttom, the attack, one ranged, jump or even a block button. You can change your moves by using Chakra and this is basically Narutos description of Mana and you can use it to vary your basic moves. Therefore you can use Chakra to make moves like the jumps, dodging and even throw ranged weapons, when you merge the non-powered and Chakras powered attacks, the game becomes very interesting.

Chakra can do a lot of things in the Ultimate Ninja Storm. You can use them to intensify the battles, and you can use a number of characters to reduce the enemy stats, boost their characters and even directly injure their enemies. In this game the publisher has captured a feeling of cartoons and while playing the Adventure mode, you are in one of the best fun fighter games I have seen in my life.

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Posted:
2013-12-23

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Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

7.0

A combination of two well-loved geek creations, Lego and Star Wars, the game is definitely an eye catching experience. Its characters, borrowed from the Star Wars movie trilogy, are depicted as Lego pieces. The game concentrates on the on the events that took place in the Star Wars trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Using a third person view, the game is easy and direct. Its missions follow the original movie plot. The player begins with the destruction of the Death Star, training with Yoda and fighting Darth Vader. It continues towards the transfer to the New Death Star where the player successfully escapes. There are still lots of interesting missions. They range from easy to difficult. An example would be saving the Rebel base on Hoth from the AT-AT walkers and heading a troop against enemies who want to control the Imperial shield generators. All missions are straightforward, although there are a lot of obstacles before a mission is accomplished.

A player may choose to invite a friend and play in a cooperative game. In this mode one can gain access to different secured contents of the game. It is a fun-filled game minus the actual violence other action games offer; Lego characters arenÂ’t really suited for these violent scenes, anyway. Studs where treasures in the earlier versions of the game, similarly, they are still needed in this version, and these studs are useful in unlocking game contents. There are also Minikits in this version and they allow players to access game vehicles.

The whole game is backed up with a high quality cinematic sound effects and sound tracks. It gives the feel of Star Wars movie in a game. Although there are no dialogues, the game is still catchy as it leaves the player with the task of imagining what the character might be talking about. Its animation and cut scenes are expertly done. Unfortunately the limited camera controls make the game flat and nondescript, a minor setback for a true Star Wars fan.

This family friendly action game gives its player loads of fun from start to finish. Younger and older players alike who are not looking for a deep plot or frantic action will find Star Wars II challenging and exciting.

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Posted:
2013-12-23

gadget

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

7.5

The game takes place in the Shippuden story arc. The game has a large number of characters with some evil and others good. In the Adventure Mode the narrative is on the ninjas Sasuke and Naruto.Here the players will explore in a very beautiful manner such that the small and essential fights. The story is in such a way that the game is easy to learn and figuring things out is not difficult even for first timers. You will like the way the story is told at the end of the game you will pity the characters because you are too well versed with the game they cannot beat you up.

In the Adventure Mode the fights are worth waiting for. Though at times it can be tiresome reading and waiting for the some minutes for the explanations. Some of the battles that you can engage in are more than multiple phases and the characters have some special powers. The game engine does a lot of fighting on the game; it however pisses off because you do not have control over the characters. The Adventure Mode has a number of side quests, you also have the option to go back and play the games you did not play well previously. It is sad to note here that you have to find and collect tokens before accessing the battles that you have already won. And this makes it tiresome before you get to the fun part of the game. In this mode there are plenty of pretty narrative portions that you have to explore and they end up wasting time.

There is the Free Mode which is quite long and you will spend endless hours on it. However to play this mode you must unlock all the characters. The aim of this game is to fight as much as you will enjoy more if you play the game in a crowd. If you want the game to pick up, all you do is press on the buttom, the attack, one ranged, jump or even a block button. You can change your moves by using Chakra and this is basically Narutos description of Mana and you can use it to vary your basic moves. Therefore you can use Chakra to make moves like the jumps, dodging and even throw ranged weapons, when you merge the non-powered and Chakras powered attacks, the game becomes very interesting.

Chakra can do a lot of things in the Ultimate Ninja Storm. You can use them to intensify the battles, and you can use a number of characters to reduce the enemy stats, boost their characters and even directly injure their enemies. In this game the publisher has captured a feeling of cartoons and while playing the Adventure mode, you are in one of the best fun fighter games I have seen in my life.

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Posted:
2014-03-15

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Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

7.0

SimCity 4 has a straightforward idea: construct and run a city, it's just as direct as that. There are three game modes and each has its own function. In Mayor Mode the player controls the volume of civic works to be done. There is also a God Mode which permits players to form the city's terrain. The third mode, My Sim mode, allows players to bring in Sims from The Sims game. It's not a problem if a player does not have a Sim as there are custom Sims provided for them. Most of the Sims contents are located in a fold-out control panel in the lower-left corner of the window and other tools are just along its left hand side. The newest addition to SimCity game play is that of regions which are separated into several plots of land for possible city locations, allowing the players to create contrasting types of districts. These communities can propose deals and share resources with each other.

The concept, city construction and management, may sound bland but actually the simulation is very challenging. Three types of tenant occupy the city, each type having a diverse subgroup: residential, commercial and industrial. To add more, there are three economic levels: low, middle and high. Successful city management depends on the proper manipulation of these factors. It seems easy but actually it's not. Finally the game's goal is to make sufficient funds and to keep the city growing while providing sufficient social services to your Sim population.

Newbies are welcome in this game. However, they may find its manual and the tutorials a setback: neither gives information on how to play the game. It simply shows what can be done, but there are no specific instructions on the dynamics of the game. A newcomer may want to study the game all by his self and still find this game very engaging. The tutorials may be focused on veteran Sim gamers and its new features, yet it looks that it tackled only the very basics of the game.

Sim City 4 has maintained the fun-filled atmosphere omnipresent in its previous installments. Players will be once again hooked to the Sim World. And try to strike balance between gaining money, expanding the city, and providing services. All functions of the master builder are all in your control.

To close with, this game will simply let out the leader in every player. A unique characteristic only this game can give.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

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Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

5.2

F1 Race Stars for the PS3 is a Formula One spin-off game, and the first kart racer in the series, which is developed by Codemasters. It was released on November 13, 2012 in the United States, and three days later in Europe. The game is based loosely on the real life Formula One 2012 season, and features all of the drivers and teams that actually took part in competition that year. Furthermore, it adds two new teams and four additional drivers. Despite decent graphics that give the game a cutesy feel that is reminiscent of most kart racers, it seems that Codemasters should have stuck with their usual (and hugely successful) series of racing games. Gameplay is somewhat frustrating and very monotonous, giving you the sense that you're playing the same thing over and over again.

The graphics for F1 Race Stars aren't too bad. In fact, the in-game caricatures of the 24 drivers that started the 2012 Formula One season in real life are amazingly precise, and easily recognizable. The tracks and background are pretty to look at, and the cartoon like animations are right on target. Tracks are featured from around the world, offering a good array of scenery that you might would give some level of entertainment and replay value.

Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case with F1 Race Stars. For example, while most kart racer games add a drift feature to add an element of skill to an otherwise simple racing game, F1 Race Stars makes you really feel like you're overusing the brake. While this may seem a bit more realistic than sliding all over the place, realism isn't the point of a game like this. If the cartoon graphics don't give it away, a statement that the game is meant to provide "stimulation, not simulation" by the creating company, might. Cars have poor acceleration overall, which ends up making games feel frustratingly slow-paced. It doesn't help that each race is often over five minutes in length.

Something else that seriously slows game speed down is the pit-stop feature. During the game you can acquire powerups, which come in the form of boosts or bubbles. The bubbles have slightly different effects that are exactly like certain powerups from Mario Kart games; red bubbles home in on the driver in front of you, yellow bubbles fly in a straight line and bounce of obstacles, and blue bubbles sit on the track and wait for someone to hit them, causing the driver to spin out. Taking damage from powerups will slow your car down, so you have to stop in pit stop locations (there are usually a couple on each track) to get your car fixed. It's simply tiresome.

The game ends up having little replay value, either. The teams and drivers have only slightly different abilities that end up having next to no impact on the actual gameplay. The tracks, while pretty enough, start to feel like you're playing the same thing again and again. F1 Race Stars was given a 61/100 by the aggregate ratings organization Metacritic, and this relatively low rating was well deserved.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

gadget

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

6.6

The plot of Spectrobes remains dull and even predictable. Its characters are boring and if you have played the other Spectrobes series, you can expect that you will find similar twists in this game. However, the graphics have improved in this series and the spectrobes or the creatures that battle with human masters against the monster krawls have become more attractive in terms of color and presentation.

The main characters in this game are Rallen and Jeena. They are spectrobe masters and members of the Nanairo Planetary Patrol who are out to get rid of the ruthless krawl monsters. The game starts by your chosen character getting sucked to the planet Wyterra. Spectrobes develop from mere fossils to being full grown creatures. You need to incubate them and nurture them with the items you have collected to boost their health. When they are fully developed, you can assign them to be combatants or attack dummies. Child spectrobes can be assigned for unbolting doors and collecting things. You can also have them solve puzzles while you explore and battle against vicious monsters around.

The combats are action-packed and can be safely considered fun. The controllers are also motion-sensitive and can make this game enjoyable. There is also a variety of weapons that you can choose from but the battles are lame and the krawls are predictable and easy to topple. Some areas can be difficult especially with boss battles but winning against them requires more luck than skill. Leading the spectrobes in battles sometimes require you to repeat attack commands because they can be trapped or just witness the whole action while you are being attacked.

Another downside of this game is that it does not allow you to customize the skills of the spectrobes thereby stopping you from implement a strategic plan to successfully win the game plus it requires lots of leveling up with insignificant rewards. There are also mini-games along the way but they are not exciting enough to enhance the game. You can also opt to engage a friend in or out of the action but he will have limited controls to the spectrobes which can be frustrating. The movement of the camera can also be disappointing because while it constantly follows your character, it usually blocks out your game mate.

As a whole, Spectrobes: Origin has impressive graphics especially with the environments and colorful spectrobes. The entire game can be completed in 25 hours. It has soothing music that allows two players to play the game at the same time and the battles can be averagely exciting. The major downside of this game is that it failed to take Spectrobe to a higher level considering that it is already on console and no longer on a handheld set.

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Posted:
2013-05-25

gadget

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

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

gadget

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

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. ThereÂ’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 personÂ’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. ItÂ’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

gadget

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

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'Â’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:
2013-05-25

gadget

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

7.0

If youÂ’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, theyÂ’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, thereÂ’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 arenÂ’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 thatÂ’s to focus on the combat of the game itself.

There isn't a lot that is done wrong here, because there isnÂ’t a lot thatÂ’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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