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Posted:
2013-05-25

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Super Gamer Dude

7.00

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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2013-12-24

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Super Gamer Dude

7.00

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

5.20

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

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Super Gamer Dude

6.60

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:
2013-10-11

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Super Gamer Dude

8.70

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:
2013-10-11

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Super Gamer Dude

8.70

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:
2013-12-14

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Super Gamer Dude

7.50

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:
2013-12-24

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Super Gamer Dude

7.50

Lots of new tracks, cars, modes and features are loaded in the game which were called on to meet the high expectations of gamers. The game has also improved the previous driving models, an excellent add-on to the already fascinating game. Forza 2 puts together the best model cars from 50 of the best known companies, with plenty of after sales parts and upgrades and realistic race tracks such as Nürburgring, Sebring, and Mugello. Players can choose from high-end cars like Mini Cooper, Saleens, McLarens, and Ferrari. The race wouldn’t be complete without the racers who are top class racers from across the globe. Most of the race tracks can be played with the different game modes: Arcade, Career, Multiplayer, Time Trials, and Free Run modes. Although, experienced gamers might find some tracks dull.

The wide array of cars is well chosen. Each car has its own unique grip on the tracks so players will sense the difference with each of his cars. Every car has its own distinctive feel and no two cars are similar, each having its own stats and parts. Car collision is even more intense as the graphic jives with the audio perfectly. Once a player gets hold of a car it performs just as a real life race car does.

With time players will discover that the cars fall under a lettered classification system and a performance index in numerical value. Constant upgrades and parts installation boost the car’s performance. It’s important that the individual stats are maintained at its maximum capacity every time.

Players race with other racers on the weekly tournaments by going through the elimination race. Online players can choose to compete with other players and post their records on the board; each race can hold a number of racers depending on the tournament size. Playing online will get players hooked even more as they can sell cars and set biddings for their cars. While racing be wary of unexpected car damages and collision as it affects the car’s performance greatly. You can even capture pictures and send them online. Excitement and fun pervade the entire time a player holds the stirring wheel.

Forza’s graphics may not score well but its in-game menus, courses, and overall production are outstanding. The overall performance is excellent with no lag or loading errors. It also has a well thought of intro movie that teases anyone who watches them. The graphic features are coupled with respectable sound effects. Car engines, collisions and voice talents, all sound realistic. In general Forza Motorsports 2 for Xbox is one of the few driving games in the market worth playing.

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Posted:
2013-12-24

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Super Gamer Dude

7.50

All set in a gritty graphic look, the game showcases lots of slaughter, horrible deaths, and decapitations. Occasional blurring on gruesome scenes reduces the intense violence of the game. But this does not in any way reduce the games adult leaning, the game still contains heaps of sex and adult language going on. The player takes on the role of Dr. Danny Lamb an inmate at Dixmor Insane Asylum. He successfully escapes from the place and doesn’t remember much, save for some flashbacks. Leo Kasper, his companion, will help him find himself and discover his part in The Project.

The game still holds the very character of stealth gameplay, the dread of getting caught. And similar with the earlier version, the player still runs for his life all throughout the game. The game is covered with an interesting story properly emphasized with grimy and soggy visuals. There are a lot of scenes set on filthy locations like a rowdy gas station, stinking sex dens, and an overcrowded warehouse; places that can make players sick. The scratchy feel of the graphics gives a sense of watching an old VHS tape. Spooky sound effects heighten the hopeless atmosphere of the game.

Effective use of silence and its simple environmental sounds, create a moment of fear. Voice talents are simple yet they convey the general theme of fear throughout the game. Player takes control over Danny from a third-person perspective as he attempts to avoid the alert eyes of enemies and tries to pin them all. Most players do this by hiding behind dark corners and throwing brick over the enemies. Once the foe is lured towards Danny he can accomplish the well-known violent Manhunt 2’s visceral action. Executions depend upon how long an execution button is pressed and what weapon Danny used. But a player aims at killing the foes with style; the level-three execution proves to be the bloodiest of all.

Players get the pleasure of choosing between the few firearms of Manhunt 2. Depending on the weapon the player choose an execution can be gratifying enough like beating enemies with a chainsaw or simply decapitating them, both are messy though. The game is very challenging as the hero is not accustomed with the use of weapons. This results to a loose control over them.

For game addicts Manhunt 2 will prove to be a challenge especially on the insane levels. Most of the game designs are tricky and may cause frustration for the player. But anyway this game is not designed for everyone’s consumption. Those who are lucky enough to enjoy this kind of game can choose to go over the 15 hour game period.

Finally, Manhunt 2 is a perfect game for PSP. The scenes and graphics are perfectly rendered on its screen. Even character movements are more flawless than on other consoles. Manhunt 2 has just shown that some games are meant to be played on specific consoles.

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Posted:
2013-12-24

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Super Gamer Dude

8.00

A combination of the earliest boxing games on the market, Ready 2 Rumble and Fight Night, Facebreaker has mixed in special punches on the Wii controls: a combination of A+Waggle releases high and low jabs, the tilt system gives regular jabs, and turn the flick of the nunchuck or Wii-mote to blow a power punch towards the enemy. Controls are easy to grasp as Nunchuk commands the left hand while Wii-mote acts as the right.

While on the match the player gives handful of blows without regards to stamina, the opponent however blocks the punches with the use of Z button. A successful block tends to allow an overwhelming counter attack that brings them out of the ring for a while. Aside from punishing the opponent with flurry of punches, the player aims at getting to over his opponent with different forceful blows. The quality of the blow depends on the power level acquired. Load the power gauge and deliver heavy punch as it will surely take the hell out of the opponent, an automatic knock-out.

The challenge of the game lies on its smart counter system, players need to be doubly strategic to land a power punch against his enemy or dock safely away. It’s amazing that a newbie can try holding the control and still manage combination blows. It’s really cool watching each round as there are a lot to do while on the ring.

Although the player can hit on any button without being penalized, balance and control on Wii is tough. Never mind sending loads of blows as stamina is not an issue in the game, a player can even send flurries of power punches all throughout without worrying about fatigue, by the way power punches can’t be blocked.

Players can be merciless once they get to grips with the controls. There are unique characters where strategies must be mastered to counter heavy blows. Molotov for example rushes backward before releasing a super-punch, this would definitely hurt the player as jabbing or docking is not as effective. Nevertheless, the game’s entertainment and challenge is impressive.

To end with, the game is pretty remarkable. It may not deliver the best graphic quality as there are slight glitches along the game, but overall it suitably captures the feel of the boxing ring. It’s fairly backed up with an entertaining sound effect and soundtrack. On a scores an 8 on a scale of ten, another party game for all gamers to enjoy.


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