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Posted:
2013-05-29

kandoo

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7.9

Taking a much loved literary series and movie franchise and turning it into a successful video game can be a tricky proposition, but Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 for the Nintendo Wii manages to accomplish the task with relative ease. The title is a one or two player co-op adventure that allows the players to explore the world of the famous boy wizard that was revealed through the first four books and movies.

Gameplay is centered on exploring the Hogwarts castle and grounds because that area serves as the launching point for each level of the game. The castle and grounds are huge, but the game takes full advantage of whatever horsepower the Wii can conjure up because the graphics and sound are top notch and could have come right out of the films themselves.

The control scheme is pretty simple, at first because of the usual combination of Wii remote controller and Nunchuk dictate movement, jumping, spell casting, and all other player moves. The game uses a submenu, easily controlled by the Nunchuk, to select individual spells collected through playing. The spell casting menu is a bit difficult to control at first, but fortunately becomes second nature after spending some time on the game.

The biggest asset of Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is the familiar and famous characters that players get to control. Exploring the world of Harry Potter as Harry or Ron is one thing, but walking around as Dumbledore or an evil wizard is something altogether different. In typical Lego game fashion, players start out with limited character options but can unlock other characters by redeeming studs and discovering new faces around the Hogwarts grounds.

Those unlockable features are what makes the addictive gameplay of the game. Players need to find owl posts and collect as many studs as possible to get bonus abilities, like invulnerability, that make the game easier and a bit more fun to play. The co-op nature of the game requires players to work together to solve certain puzzles, which only enhances the need for certain special abilities or characters to be unlocked and playable. Luckily, this only adds to the fun of the game.

One issue in particular that changes things up for players is the split screen that occurs when players are far apart. At first the split screen can be a bit frustrating because the play area gets shrunk by nearly half for both players; however, after a few sessions, this issue becomes invaluable because both players can explore areas of the level or the castle without having to be in close proximity to each other.

All things considered, Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is a fun game that doubles as a platformer and a puzzle game. This combination has served several Lego titles well, and it does complete justice to this particular game. Players will spend hours combing through the world of Harry Potter and facing down the challenges the famous character encountered, which makes for some familiar and entertaining days and nights.

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2013-12-05

kandoo

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7.5

Watch Dogs is an open world action/adventure action game from the same makers as the successful Sleeping Dogs, Ubisoft Montreal, and published by Ubisoft.

Players take the part of an Irish vigilante character named Aiden Pierce living in a stylized version of Chicago. Aiden has the knowledge and expertise to regularly hack into the government's CtOS, otherwise known as the City's Central Operating System, a system that runs every technical aspect of the entire city. His knowledge gives Aiden the power to hack everything from bank accounts, public and private records and smartphones to traffic lights and street cameras. Aiden must use this technical know how and everything else he can in a mission to assassinate a media mogul named Joseph DeMarco, who has been acquitted of charges of a murder which he in fact committed.

Watch Dogs allows players access to an open world where they can free roam around many areas. They can use the central operating system to cause traffic jams or even major car collisions or other disruption as a distraction from his real mission. Players can make useful being able to hack into the system to avoid being located by the authorities. The city is literally under the player's control at any given time during the game.

Watch Dogs offers more than just computer hacking and hijacking technology, even though that is the main point of the game. Players can enjoy taking care of business in the city their own way. Players have access to many different weapons, super fast cars, and powerful computers.

In the online multiplayer mode, game players also have the challenge of finding hidden characters that they didn't realize were in the game, which works by one player secretly taking the place of another player or steal another's identity, without the second player realizing. Things can get a little complicated. When online, players will be able to hack into other player's information and use that to their advantage. They can go around the game committing crimes and causing problems without drawing attention to their own character.

With such a novel technological emphasis and amazing game play, players may be left wondering if the game is lacking anywhere else. The answer to that question is no, Ubisoft has worked hard to make sure all of the graphics are of amazing quality. They have continually pushed back the release date so they can make sure Watch Dogs is completely ready with no issues before it was publicly released. It is released for most systems including the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the Wii U.

Watch Dogs has beautiful, stunning views along with great story lines. After playing Sleeping Dogs and comparing it to this game, I found it every bit as good and I can say with confidence that Watch Dogs will be a new best selling game.

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2013-12-17

kandoo

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8.0

Featuring player characters who are either plumbers or strange mushroom people, and journeying through lands that turn you into a flying squirrel simply by touching acorns, it will surprise absolutely no one to learn a Mario game is peculiar. Even Mario DLC is strange.

That's what New Super Luigi U is. Though you can buy the game in a retail package, like most DLC, it was designed to be downloaded and played as a companion to the main game. New Luigi U contains nearly the same multi-player setup, graphics, sounds, and game mechanics from its brother title, New Super Mario Bros. U. Although there's an unlockable that will take players a step closer to Mario, you can't actually play as the more famous brother. As a piece that fits into a whole, it is prudent to keep in mind that the levels are shorter, and while multiplayer is available, elements like the Challenge Mode are not.

While some levels are modifications of earlier ones into significantly altered forms, others are entirely brand new. What they all share is a 100 second time limit and a tall, lanky, green, skittish, mustachioed coward who sweats out "Whew! I did it!" when you make it through. Like Mario U, this is an adventure through 80 or so levels of 2D platforming. Unlike Mario U, Nintendo's designers seem to have been cackling like mad scientists while making it.

Whether you will enjoy it has little to do with how much you enjoy flipping and flopping through bizarrely fantastic physical landscapes that play out like Rube Goldberg machines filtered through the minds of Roald Dahl, Salvador Dali and Hello Kitty, which is a "typical" Mario experience. It has more to do with whether you're the type of player who can enjoy mastering extremely precise demands on your trigger finger. These demands play out like being asked to thread a hyper, wobbling needle through a hole that's doing the limbo while drunk. If you don't like trying again when you don't succeed the first few times, Luigi U may be a little intense and cause anger issues.

(And if you just find it too unbelievably cruel, there is a secret that allows you to play as usually multi-player-only character Nabbit. This guy is a strange thief who appeared in the original as an enemy. He can't be hit by enemies or collect power-ups, which is like entering an invincibility mode of sorts.)

This is not to say the levels are poorly designed. Each stage is devoted to the idea of the younger brother's wonky momentum. A bevy of surprises and laughs are waiting for those who appreciate that Nintendo is top of the class for making these types of games. However, considering how much more the levels bear repetition, it would have been nice if there was an easier way to repeat them without going through multiple, irritating steps.

Just like Luigi himself, this game is New Super Mario Bros. U's lesser-known, more unique, loopier brother.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

kandoo

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8.0

The fact that the developers at Traveller's Tales have waited so long to transform the Lord of the Rings trilogy into a LEGO game is at first surprising. But since 2005 and the release of LEGO Star Wars, Traveller's Tales has tweaked and expanded their simple formula of taking well loved movie franchises and reinterpreting them into simple LEGO puzzle/action games into an epic art. Seven years ago The Lord of the Rings franchise would have been reduced to ten playable levels per movie. The best part though of LEGO Lord of the Rings is the gorgeous and faithful open world. Traveller's Tale's base formula would have grown tiresome fast if they had simply leaned on the Lord of the Rings films' appeal to sell games, but their devotion to the source material, and utilization of simple yet effective gameplay mechanics, makes LEGO: Lord of the Rings a solid entry for LEGO and Lord of the Rings devotees alike.

The look of this game is as inventive and amusing as any other LEGO reimagining, continuing the tradition from LEGO STar Wars III, The Clone Wars, however, Traveller's Tale include vistas and elements which appear closer to diaramas than LEGO sets. The variety is good and allows the visuals to really capture from the movies what LEGO blocks cannot.

Gameplay in the LEGO games has always broken down to simple puzzles and light boss battles, mixed together in a very straightforward way. Where previous LEGO games have differed though, is that instead of offering a level by level recreation of the feature films, the world of the films is recreated for the player to explore. This is an invitation to nostalgia. Many players will find more pleasure in exploring the detailed world of Middle Earth for every last collectible than playing the game's vanilla story missions. Not that there is anything wrong with the story missions specifically. They are well worth playing in order to enjoy the always amusing cutscenes. The developers have always had a loving sense of humor toward these beloved characters and franchises. The humor in this game is no different. The majority of the enjoyment in the story missions also comes from replay. LEGO games might be the most jam packed full of collectibles and hidden extras of any franchise ever. After finishing a level for the first time, the real fun begins. Freeplay mode allows players to go through any level with any character they want. This unlocks a whole new layer of puzzles and hidden goodies to uncover. Every unlockable character has unique abilities which are worth experimenting with.

LEGO Lord of the Rings is not the most faithful recreation of the Lord of the Rings universe, but it is certainly the best. Other attempts to adapt Lord of the Rings into a video game have failed mostly because they all got away from what makes an adaptation great. There is a secret Traveller's Tale knows and should stamp on the back of every license developer's eyelids, take what is there, and have fun with it.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

kandoo

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7.8

For over 20 years Punch-Out! has been a source of exciting gameplay and intense action. The brawls are weirdly fun but it is just as addicting as the first version. There are around thirteen fighters who challenge the player into exhilarating and exciting fights. Other than the unbalanced board, this is still a source of good fun.

The goal is to become the Punch-Out! champion and once that is reached, there is a fight to defend the title several times. Don’t think that simply because you will meet the fighters you defeated again that you can get over them with the usual moves though. They learned what your moves were and know how to evade them. This adds more challenge to the gameplay and you may need to calm down a bit to learn new moves and use them wisely so you can defeat your challengers. You need to find the weaknesses of the challengers and until you do you can’t defeat them, so prepare to get defeated!

In the Punch-Out! Wii version there is a two-player mode. Don’t expect too much out of it though; it is quite ridiculous, but weirdly fun. Here you cannot avoid the punches, you just have to keep on hitting and take advantage of any opening if you can. It is not a really deep game, but is antes up the challenge and fun a lot. Prepare to clean up the mess you create while in playing this mode, any sodas can get tipped over in the excitement of the game.

Punch-Out! may be a familiar game, but replaying it is not monotonous at all. This Wii version is a fantastic upgrade to an old and familiar game. The intensity of the fights are more than expected and just as rewarding when you get to win the challenges. You need to be constantly on your toes with this version with all the learning the challengers do along the way. You cannot just stick to one move all the time; remember they learn so you need to learn as well. This is probably why it is more intense because there really is a need to step back and observe how to get over the challengers and win.

If you are looking for fun, excitement and a lot of challenges, then the Punch-Out! Wii is the game for you. The balance board may be difficult and disappointing and the motion controls exhausting, but that just adds to the charm of the game. If you want entertainment value you get it with this game with no problem. Playing it again and again is not monotonous either because of all the learning involved.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

kandoo

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6.2

Call of Duty is a name that has found its place in the gaming world as one of the all-time most popular FPS (first person shooters). This is the third game on the Modern Warfare line, but the eighth game on the Call of Duty title as a whole. The game definitely has a more realistic approach to the first person shooting genre than some of the other competitors out there (ie., the Halo series). The weapons, vehicles, and scenery all give the player a sense of warfare that is reminiscent to that of real life combat.

Now for the Gameplay.

There are two modes of gameplay in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, single-player campaign and multi-player. Single-player campaigns in Call of Duty are notorious for being short, albeit exciting. Modern Warfare 3 is no exception. You'll control a war hero who guides a team through a rain of bullets and explosives fired from masses of terrorists. Your team may die in the process, but most of the time it doesn't effect your primary objective: keep yourself alive. You'll use a host of different weaponry: snipers, sub-machine guns, and rocket launchers to kill off the enemies. The end result in many of the campaign missions is the player reaching the objective as the sole survivor after a series of bloody battles. The campaign as a whole is very interactive and fast paced, and usually takes about six to seven hours to complete.

The multi-player, on the other hand, is endless. Ever since online multi-player was added to the Call of Duty series, the game started selling big. Many owners of the game neglect the campaign, and bought the game for the sole reason of enjoying the multi-player experience. You'll start out on multi-player with just a few weapons with new ones becoming available as you gain experience through victories and kills. One of the huge draws to the multi-player mode is the ability for the player to customize a series of classes that he/she can choose from to engage in online battles. The class system allows you to choose weapons, gear, and perks that you'll spawn with. There are nearly endless possibilities for customization.

The killstreak system in multi-player got a total re-haul from Modern Warfare 2. Instead of the traditional "get rewards for your kills" system, Modern Warfare 3 breaks it down into three different modes: assault, support, and specialist. The assault follows the same routine as the original system and rewards you by kill count. The support mode tallies up actions and kills between lives and bestows you rewards that benefit the team as a whole, like the UAV. The specialist stands unique in that the rewards are not guns or UAV's, but the player becomes faster, stronger and bullets deal more damage.

Overall, the game is a great buy. The campaign is short, but the multi-player more than compensates for that. The player will play endless hours of online battles all the while gaining upgrades and abilities that make it feel completely satisfying and worthwhile.

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Posted:
2013-12-08

kandoo

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7.5

Watch Dogs is an open world action/adventure action game from the same makers as the successful Sleeping Dogs, Ubisoft Montreal, and published by Ubisoft.

Players take the part of an Irish vigilante character named Aiden Pierce living in a stylized version of Chicago. Aiden has the knowledge and expertise to regularly hack into the government's CtOS, otherwise known as the City's Central Operating System, a system that runs every technical aspect of the entire city. His knowledge gives Aiden the power to hack everything from bank accounts, public and private records and smartphones to traffic lights and street cameras. Aiden must use this technical know how and everything else he can in a mission to assassinate a media mogul named Joseph DeMarco, who has been acquitted of charges of a murder which he in fact committed.

Watch Dogs allows players access to an open world where they can free roam around many areas. They can use the central operating system to cause traffic jams or even major car collisions or other disruption as a distraction from his real mission. Players can make useful being able to hack into the system to avoid being located by the authorities. The city is literally under the player's control at any given time during the game.

Watch Dogs offers more than just computer hacking and hijacking technology, even though that is the main point of the game. Players can enjoy taking care of business in the city their own way. Players have access to many different weapons, super fast cars, and powerful computers.

In the online multiplayer mode, game players also have the challenge of finding hidden characters that they didn't realize were in the game, which works by one player secretly taking the place of another player or steal another's identity, without the second player realizing. Things can get a little complicated. When online, players will be able to hack into other player's information and use that to their advantage. They can go around the game committing crimes and causing problems without drawing attention to their own character.

With such a novel technological emphasis and amazing game play, players may be left wondering if the game is lacking anywhere else. The answer to that question is no, Ubisoft has worked hard to make sure all of the graphics are of amazing quality. They have continually pushed back the release date so they can make sure Watch Dogs is completely ready with no issues before it was publicly released. It is released for most systems including the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the Wii U.

Watch Dogs has beautiful, stunning views along with great story lines. After playing Sleeping Dogs and comparing it to this game, I found it every bit as good and I can say with confidence that Watch Dogs will be a new best selling game.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

kandoo

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7.0

To be completely honest, I'm surprised to even see a copy of Sleeping Dogs sitting on my desk. Initially a True Crime game, it was cancelled and then eventually revived into its current incarnation. In other words, suffice it to say expectations were rather low when I first booted up this game. Despite my initial hesitance though, Sleeping Dogs is a rather good open world crime game in a market that is no longer flooded with them.

There's not really anything inherently wrong with Sleeping Dogs other than the fact that it stays very close to the mould created by the open world games that have preceded it. As is usual for these games, the core game play consists of driving around in a car that may or not belong to you, shooting some guys and doing some missions that contribute to a larger story that sticks to the same tired cliches that crime game and movies have been sticking to for countless years. Sleeping Dogs in particular follows the "Undercover cop questions his allegiances" plot just about as closely is possible, and while there are a few interesting characters involved, they can't rescue a terribly generic plot.

That being said, Sleeping Dogs is not without its unique elements. The melee combat system of the game, an afterthought in most third person action games, is the most interesting feature to be found in Sleeping Dogs. The system borrows its core elements from Batman: Arkham Asylum, allowing for blocks, counters, and disarms, along with a difficulty that slowly ramps up as you get further into the game.

In addition, while the story does tend to follow overused story beats, it takes place in a Yakuza infested Hong Kong, a far cry from the extremely generic American city found in your standard GTA type game. Even small touches brought about by this setting such as having to drive on the left side of the road instead of the right make the game unique and interesting.

On the other side of the coin, the excellent melee combat seems to have come at the cost of the gunplay. The moment you pick up a gun in Sleeping Dogs, you can almost feel the game taking a turn for the worst. Aiming never feels consistent, particularly when getting out of cover. The shooting isn't particularly terrible, but after spending several hours with the melee, it simply does not seem up to par with the rest of the game.

Realistically, you probably are not going to be playing much Sleeping Dogs after you complete the story once, and that sentiment echoes my feelings on the game as a whole. Sleeping Dogs is that kind of game that really is not exceptional in any way, but remains an extremely fun ride the entire time that you play it. In the case of Sleeping Dogs, the game has some extremely enjoyable core mechanics and a few great characters that rise to the surface amidst a sea of blandness.

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Posted:
2013-12-08

kandoo

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7.5

Watch Dogs is an open world action/adventure action game from the same makers as the successful Sleeping Dogs, Ubisoft Montreal, and published by Ubisoft.

Players take the part of an Irish vigilante character named Aiden Pierce living in a stylized version of Chicago. Aiden has the knowledge and expertise to regularly hack into the government's CtOS, otherwise known as the City's Central Operating System, a system that runs every technical aspect of the entire city. His knowledge gives Aiden the power to hack everything from bank accounts, public and private records and smartphones to traffic lights and street cameras. Aiden must use this technical know how and everything else he can in a mission to assassinate a media mogul named Joseph DeMarco, who has been acquitted of charges of a murder which he in fact committed.

Watch Dogs allows players access to an open world where they can free roam around many areas. They can use the central operating system to cause traffic jams or even major car collisions or other disruption as a distraction from his real mission. Players can make useful being able to hack into the system to avoid being located by the authorities. The city is literally under the player's control at any given time during the game.

Watch Dogs offers more than just computer hacking and hijacking technology, even though that is the main point of the game. Players can enjoy taking care of business in the city their own way. Players have access to many different weapons, super fast cars, and powerful computers.

In the online multiplayer mode, game players also have the challenge of finding hidden characters that they didn't realize were in the game, which works by one player secretly taking the place of another player or steal another's identity, without the second player realizing. Things can get a little complicated. When online, players will be able to hack into other player's information and use that to their advantage. They can go around the game committing crimes and causing problems without drawing attention to their own character.

With such a novel technological emphasis and amazing game play, players may be left wondering if the game is lacking anywhere else. The answer to that question is no, Ubisoft has worked hard to make sure all of the graphics are of amazing quality. They have continually pushed back the release date so they can make sure Watch Dogs is completely ready with no issues before it was publicly released. It is released for most systems including the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the Wii U.

Watch Dogs has beautiful, stunning views along with great story lines. After playing Sleeping Dogs and comparing it to this game, I found it every bit as good and I can say with confidence that Watch Dogs will be a new best selling game.

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Posted:
2014-03-14

kandoo

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9.0

When New Super Mario Brothers first came out on the DS in 2006, it was the first new side scrolling 2D platformer in the Mario series since Super Mario World 2 came out in 1995. The game was a massive success on the DS, and more importantly than that, it was a fantastic game that brought back a rush of nostalgia for anyone who grew up with the NES and Super NES Mario platformers. Thanks to that success, Nintendo is now releasing New Super Mario Brothers on the Wii, but can lightning strike twice?

New Super Mario Brothers Wii continues the same style that was used in the DS version of the game, and by extension every Super Mario 2D platformer ever made. You'll spend a ton of time running from left to right, grabbing different colors and sizes of coins, and jumping on top of the heads of a lot of goombas.

For the Super Mario connoisseurs out there, if I had to pick a game that this new title feels the most like, its definitely Super Mario Brothers 3, which is considered by many people to be the best 2D Mario game ever created.

Not everything about New Super Mario Brothers Wii is familiar, though. The game adds a number of new power-ups, like the ice flower that serves as the exact opposite of the fire flower and the propeller suit that allows you to fly with just a shake of the remote.

Speaking of remote-shaking, the game thankfully does not make any sort of extensive use of the Wii remote in its controls. You hold the remote sideways, using the d-pad with the 1 and 2 button to control Mario. While certain moves will require shaking or moving the remote side to side, the game does not require the sort of wild movements that many Wii games tend to overuse.

The most intriguing part of New Super Mario Brothers Wii has nothing to do with the single player at all. With this new game, Nintendo has introduced 4-player co-operative multiplayer. This multiplayer brings 4 characters into the single player levels and has them all trying to reach the end of the level. This might sound hectic and out of control, and you would be right. While that level of insanity might seem annoying at first, it is a ton of fun to jump around on top of your friends while fighting to get as many points as you can.

With New Super Mario Brothers Wii, Nintendo has managed to take what seemed like a one-off remake on the DS and transform it into a full fledged franchise. They have basically brought 2D Mario games back from the dead and created a world in which 3D and 2D Mario games can coexist once more. In fact, if Nintendo keeps up this trend, I look forward to new 2D Mario iterations far more than I look forward to the inevitable future 3D iterations of Mario games yet to come.


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