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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:
2013-12-23

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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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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:
2013-10-11

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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:
2013-12-23

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Super Gamer Dude

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:
2013-12-24

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Super Gamer Dude

7.0

Campaign missions are set in the World War II Europe in the year 1944. Allied forces finds themselves on the beaches of France, from there they must eliminate Nazi forces that hold control over Germany, France and most of Europe. Carrying on the gameplay of the earlier versions of the game, the player is placed on the role of different soldiers. They will eventually join forces with America, Britain, Canada and Poland. Campaign missions and storylines are unique to each country. However, players may find the game plots not that too engaging.

As part of a diverse allied force, the player will have to deal with the different characteristics of friendly units: there's a soldier with a strong distaste for the French, an overbearing sergeant, and a young radio operator who has been labeled a coward. This plot gives the sense of attachment to every game character.

A brief training mission opens the game where the player learns the controls, how to move around, how to use weapons and toss grenades. Learning to fly proves to be a challenge as the each attempt leads to annoying deaths. The analog stick on the Wii Nunchuk controls movement, aim with the use of Wii Remote while the reticle may affect gamers aiming capabilities. For precision aiming press and hold A, it will raise the gun to eye level and use the weapon's sight. Its basic mechanics work fine and are easy to learn.

To add up with the game’s entertainment, there are missions that put the player on the driver seat of an army vehicle with the main objective of following the checkpoints and avoiding enemy fire while rescuing hostages or escaping. The controls take a little time to get used to, as with any other game. Once done with the tutorial mission the player gets in a truck and is fielded into battle. After a rough ride the jeep gets blasted and the player ends up on a cemetery wall where he is welcomed with an exciting firefight. Continuous bombardment of bullets and grenades from all angles are fired towards him.

Bombs blows up all around, leaving soldiers to rush for whatever cover they can stumble on. It’s sort of a massacre for the allied comrades, their bodies are strewn about the battlefield. The player must continue to move or else he ends up like one of his fallen comrades. There are some missions which the player might find unexciting. However, the sound quality of the game continues to set a tone of thrill.

There are occasional glitches in the game, but they cannot spoil the fun that the game stirs. Call of Duty 3 for Wii, overall, is a great addition to the A-class first person shooting games in the market. It offers challenge and excitement a true gamer looks for.

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Posted:
2013-12-24

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Super Gamer Dude

7.5

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:
2014-03-15

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Super Gamer Dude

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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