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Posted:
2014-02-01

monk

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PlayStation 3

7.5

In true Bond movie style, this game has a plot centered on the threat of a biochemical terror attack; and as expected weapons and girls are also present in abundance. The plot of the game is very good, realistic and exciting. The transitions from one scene to another are also very smooth. Car chases, fight scenes and gun firing are all here in this game. It is truly like watching the real movie with the big difference that you are playing the role of James Bond.

In this game, you can easily determine the status of your enemies, you will know where they are and if they are getting near you. You can use weapons like pistols, machine guns, shotguns and rifles (the shotgun is favorite). This game can be played either single or multiplayer. There are several level modes that you can choose from to make the game even more exciting. Also, you can unlock all kinds of different tidbits which add to the replay value.

Regarding the game features, the graphics are good and all of the characters, scenes, figures and everything you see on your screen are properly developed. You will surely be amazed at how they made everything seem realistic. The audio is just about adequate; not good and not bad. All in all, the James Bond 007: Blood Stone game is something that fans can really look forward to playing. It is like creating the whole story of a James Bond movie. It is fun, exciting and will make you want to play over and over again. The challenges will get you going until you finally finish the story.

If you are a die-hard fan of James Bond, then this game is intended for you to try and feel the role of this famous character. This is probably one of my favorite games available on the PC and I would encourage everyone to buy it. Please do note that you will need a good graphics card to play the game though.

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Posted:
2014-02-01

monk

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

7.2

Uncharted 2 Among Thieves PS3 Review 'A Pulse-Pounding Third Person Shooter Guaranteed to Give You Action and Adventure to the Max.'

If nothing can cure your addiction to RPG, then you might as well just get introduced to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. This is far better than its sequel, Uncharted Drake's Fortune. This is no ordinary RPG. It is a game exclusive only for PlayStation3 and created by award-winning game developer Naughty Dog, whose hero is fortune hunter, Nathan Drake.

When a mysterious artifact impelled Drake to find the legendary Himalayan valley of Shambhala, he had to go back into the deceitful world of thieves and mercenary treasure-seekers and found himself meshed in a place filled with conspiracies and treachery. Drake was then involved in a life threatening expedition game against a fugitive war criminal. Will Drake be able to survive and come back home alive in one piece?

Different plots and schemes were made for players to enjoy this game. You have to solve different puzzling tasks and proving to all that this game is challenging yet enjoyable. This does not only make you satiate your addiction with RPGs but also helps you develop some smart skills on strategic planning.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has been noted as one of the best games ever made in the year 2009. Different graphic designs were developed for players to provide the thrill and excitement you expect in this kind of game. The graphics are just superbly amazing. You can see a wide range of different scene displays from jungles to the snowy mountain places of Tibet.

The game sets you on adventure twists and turns you've never experienced before. Gun fights are also brilliantly marked. A tactical gun fight is needed and a new stealth scheme has been added, which is, in fact, the most awaited new part of the game,. The views and environment change accordingly with every new twist of the plot. This new feature allows you to prioritize your goals, attacks, and defense to achieve victorious battles.

Without a doubt, this is one of the coolest games ever made! Uncharted 2 looks every bit as impressive as anyone who is into this type of game would ever want it, from the get-go. Graphic designs were meticulously done down to the slightest details of character animation; and its environment was so professionally well-crafted you hardly have anything to complain about. Even if you are still playing the tutorials, the thrill isn't diminished one bit; it still provides the same heart-jumping, blood pumping excitement you come to expect of it!

Uncharted 2 is an action packed adventure filled with stirring and exciting plots. You control Nathan as he evades incoming tank attacks, falling debris, and when trying to escape and survive in a collapsing building flooded with enemy attacks. You actually get the realistic feel of being Nathan trying to survive from the depths of hell!
There's no time for hesitation here. Just go purchase and feel the glory of this game.

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Posted:
2014-02-01

monk

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

8.0

Dark Souls is an open world action role-playing video game originally developed and published for PlayStation 3. It is a a predecessor to Demon Souls, arguably one of the most rewarding and difficult games on the PS3. Dark Souls is centered in a large and contiguous open world environment, which gives the player the ability to travel to and from areas, as well as explore various available paths. The gameplay mainly consist of dungeon crawling, and acting style weapon combat, which is very smooth and very difficult. The game does not put such a huge emphasis on the story, more on the gameplay.

Dark Souls is the interesting story of your hero attempting to save an this weird world that from what can be seen, fell a very long time ago. Huge terrifying creatures make there homes all over this dark world. A handful of straggled humans are all that is left, and your free to talk to them or to kill them, but beware they will lie to you. And the best thing of all is that the game literally kills you off between character creation and the first cut-scene.Dark Souls seems to go beyond all expectations fans had for this game.

Dark Souls offers you a small arsenal of attacks, parries, evasive maneuvers, and parries. The combat in Dark souls is a deadly dance, and when each of your attacks lands on your target, you will feel a small victory. Just be aware that poorly implemented mouse and keyboard support makes playing the game very tough, so a controller is highly recommended if playing on the PC version. Early on you learn never to let your guard down, because even the weakest of enemies can strike blows that will cripple you. You have a variety of weapons available to you by exploring the world and defeating its epic bosses. You eventually get access to a blacksmith. This blacksmith can enhance your weapons greatly, eventually adding cool effects like ice, lightning and fire to it. Upgrading your weapons is a very vital part to progressing and staying alive during your stay in Dark Souls.

Dark Souls also comes with an interesting, helpful, and sometimes unhelpful online feature. When playing online, players on the same levels as you can scrawl messages into the ground when they die, warning other players of incoming dangers. This is actually quite helpful when stuck on certain parts of dungeons. The PvP multiplayer is back from the original game Demon Souls; blue and black phantoms - other players invading your world. They can either choose to help you on your quest, or kill you and loot your souls. The game's bloodstains are another interesting addition to the online play. Touch one, and you'll see the final seconds of another player.

Altogether Dark Souls is a very well put together game, it has a rewarding combat system, and should be picked up by anyone who wants a challenge from their video games!

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Posted:
2014-02-01

monk

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

8.0

Dark Souls is an open world action role-playing video game originally developed and published for PlayStation 3. It is a a predecessor to Demon Souls, arguably one of the most rewarding and difficult games on the PS3. Dark Souls is centered in a large and contiguous open world environment, which gives the player the ability to travel to and from areas, as well as explore various available paths. The gameplay mainly consist of dungeon crawling, and acting style weapon combat, which is very smooth and very difficult. The game does not put such a huge emphasis on the story, more on the gameplay.

Dark Souls is the interesting story of your hero attempting to save an this weird world that from what can be seen, fell a very long time ago. Huge terrifying creatures make there homes all over this dark world. A handful of straggled humans are all that is left, and your free to talk to them or to kill them, but beware they will lie to you. And the best thing of all is that the game literally kills you off between character creation and the first cut-scene.Dark Soul seems to go beyond all expectations fans had for this game.

Dark Souls offers you a small arsenal of attacks, parries, evasive maneuvers, and parries. The combat in Dark souls is a deadly dance, and when each of your attacks lands on your target, you will feel a small victory. Just be aware that poorly implemented mouse and keyboard support makes playing the game very tough, so a controller is highly recommended if playing on the PC version. Early on you learn never to let your guard down, because even the weakest of enemies can strike blows that will cripple you. You have a variety of weapons available to you by exploring the world and defeating its epic bosses. You eventually get access to a blacksmith. This blacksmith can enhance your weapons greatly, eventually adding cool effects like ice, lightning and fire to it. Upgrading your weapons is a very vital part to progressing and staying alive during your stay in Dark Souls.

Dark Souls also comes with an interesting, helpful, and sometimes unhelpful online feature. When playing online, players on the same levels as you can scrawl messages into the ground when they die, warning other players of incoming dangers. This is actually quite helpful when stuck on certain parts of dungeons. The PvP multiplayer is back from the original game Demon Souls; blue and black phantoms - other players invading your world. They can either choose to help you on your quest, or kill you and loot your souls. The game's bloodstains are another interesting addition to the online play. Touch one, and you'll see the final seconds of another player.

Altogether Dark Souls is a very well put together game, it has a rewarding combat system, and should be picked up by anyone who wants a challenge from their video games!

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Posted:
2014-02-03

monk

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

8.5

Fallout New Vegas is the follow up to the extremely popular game, Fallout 3. Fallout 3 received a lot of compliments and rightfully so; the follow up, New Vegas, is a good game and was hyped up massively before its release, however a hint to seeing if a game (or anything really) is good, see if the hype is still there after. While for New Vegas it did have a lot of pre hype the hype after it was realized quickly fizzled down. Don't, however, think this means it is a bad game. The game is good, but not very different from Fallout 3.

Story:- 8.5/10
The story is interesting, with the feel of a classic story set in an irregular and uncomfortable setting. The story is; your character a courier was left for dead. You were shot in the head and left in a ditch, you happened to survive after you were found by a robot. You are now out to find who killed you, why and to get either revenge, your life back, money or power (Or all five). This leads you on a self driven ride filled with fights, interesting characters, side choosing and interesting conversations. The story is laid out well, with obvious choices that will make you a "Goody" or a "Baddie". The story is good however if you're a fan you will do the obvious thing (like me) and compare it to Fallout 3, which you will discover is much better. To people who are new to the game series I would say to buy Fallout 3.

Game Play:-9/10
The game play is still the same layout with the full movement in either third or first person, with plenty of climbable areas that create new approaches and great cover. The conversations were always a huge part of the game series and still feel the same but with more in-depth options, actions, conversation options and characters. However don't let the fact that it has a more in-depth conversation game play make you think that you can convince all enemies to become friends, and that you can convince people to give you stuff for free. Or that every person you meet can be convinced to join you, this is all wrong. I mean you have more options which can mean the person hates you, likes you or will just decide to ignore you in every way. All of this is valuable throughout the game however.

Graphics/Sound:- 7/10
To be honest a 7 is pushing it, its not a realistic environment. Some edges look jagged, flat and overall rushed. However the amount of the game that is there shows a huge amount of effort. The details on the character are good enough and show what type of person the character is, the voice work (sync and suitability to the character) is very good and works well. Its not Mass Effect level but still very good.

Extra's

Fallout creates a huge world full of unnecessary people, weapons, side-missions, places and events that make you believe you are a real world. The side missions are fun to distract your self with as you level up, the hidden buildings and people are interesting and can lead to some fun scenarios. Of course the weapons...well they're just overly fun.

Overall the game is fun, but its on par with Fallout 3, still a fun game but you have to find something to will your self going to really get into it, the multiple ways to play through situations really show that this is a game that is designed to play over and over again.

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Posted:
2014-03-30

monk

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo DS

8.0

First of all, I recently watched LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload which I loved. I thought the unique use of LEGO graphics was genius and fun to watch at the same time. So, when I came across the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game I was doubly pleased. The graphics are amazing! The style, look and feel of the game is comparable if not better than the movie. You even feel like you're part of an extended sort of choose your own adventure version of the movie when playing. I have good memories of LEGO from my childhood and Marvel Super Heroes was another favorite, so this game has combined some of my favorite things together in one, making it even more enjoyable to play.

The game takes place in a highly populated New York City and offers you the choice of a wide range of Marvel characters, both heroes and villains. Following the Marvel comics story line, the basic idea of the game is to stop Loki and the other villains from destroying the world with a super-weapon they are trying to create. You get the choice of which characters you control, and by using their different abilities like Spiderman's web action. You also get to build new constructions in the city, smash them up, solve puzzles and travel through various environments. Some of the places you will travel through are the Green Goblin's Oscorp Tower, Grand Central Station and Doctor Doom's Castle. You can also sky dive and explore the city in between missions and do so many other things. In fact, you really must explore the city in order to uncover all the secrets present within the game.

Each mission or level is quite involved and the secrets are very well hidden. Through exploring you will be able to unlock over 100 characters you can play and discover other things like hidden bricks. Every character has a unique voice and animation, making the game even more memorable. Most of the characters have multiple abilities. It's fun to figure out what character abilities are need to move past the various challenges. Personally, my favorite Marvel characters are Captain America, Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk.

A really nice feature of the game is the ability to control multiple characters by pressing a button. In order to move forward in the game, you have to use a mixture of the super-hero powers and battle the bad guys. There's plenty of humor packed in the game as well that makes it even more entertaining. During the game there are plenty of tutorials and prompts to help you play.

Overall I really think the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game is fun for all ages. Visually, it's bright, interesting and full of a narrative that offers plenty of fun jokes. Effects like cascading water, debris flying around and super hero powers are very entertaining to the viewer. It's also reasonably priced at about $25. It's also available on all major consoles, so anyone who loves video games can easily purchase it. Christmas is coming up so it's a perfect gift for all the game lovers in your life.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

monk

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

7.0

Phantasy Star Universe is a dungeon based action RPG held in a futuristic environment. Players are given the option of choosing between four races: Humans, Newman, Beast, and Cast. Each race have their own advantages. The humans are portrayed with all round skills which makes them very adaptable; the Newmans, who resemble futuristic elves are skilled in magic; Beasts are masters of close combat; whereas the android casts are excellent in the use of guns.

The gameplay is in real time and combat mostly consists of normal attacks in combination with special skills and spells. The controls are simple enough as combat commands mostly use one button. The game also allows players to upgrade not only their class skills and spells but also their weapons and even the companion partner machine. Upgrading, however, isn't very simple and direct. Often times, it is confusing. Aside from upgrades, players are also given much leeway in customizing their character's appearance, armor and clothing, even to their character's virtual living space. But, the main aspect of Phantasy Star Universe is really in its network mode where players get to interact with one another in a futuristic environment. Through game missions, players can form parties with friends or even establish new friendship with other online players.

An offline gaming option is also provided where characters can follow through the game's story which more or less follows through the online game. The player, though, is limited to play as a Human on a journey to maintain peace among the human colonized planets. The plot doesn't compare to those of other offline RPGs but it is moderately decent and portrayed through in-game narration and CGI cut scenes. Fans of the Phantasy Star series, though, would quickly point out that people will get most of the game through online play. The online game isn't free though. Players have to pay a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 USD to gain access to the online game so this would really be something to consider for those planning to play the online game.

With that monthly fee, players are provided with perks such as being able to customize their characters, equipments and virtual space according to their taste. The downside though is that the game provides very little tutorials so newbies who join will have a hard time figuring out what, where and how to proceed in the game. This shouldn't dishearten new players as they can always ask for directions and seek advice from other experienced players. This could take a while though as it would take a few hours to get started and familiarize yourself with the game system but once you get the hang of it you'll no sooner find yourself among a party of up to 6 players, hacking your way through hordes of alien monsters to finish your missions. Despite its shortcomings, players would still find themselves spending a few more minutes to garner money just to upgrade to a new weapon or sacrifice an hour of sleep just to finish a mission and level up. Phantasy Star Universe can still prove to be an addictive game.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

monk

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

6.2

The game is the first Japanese RPG game for Xbox 360, and it is already unimpressive and passive. Enchanted Arms is just as closely, almost copied from, FINAL FANTASY game. It is so sad that even the music it plays is so familiar, it gives you goose bumps. But nonetheless, this game is still worth playing.

Because the story is so predictable, but this is what role-playing game is for, isnÂ’t it? But this game can take a normal player for almost two days max. The main character, Atsuma, suffered from memory loss discovers himself having a very powerful ability that can save the world. He is a student at Enchant University where he studies enchanting. Because the humans are so powerful that they can create servants and they are called golems. So, millennium ago the golems turned against the humans and created the Golem War. Fast forward to the present, AtsumaÂ’s destiny to save the universe is revealed and a mysterious right arm that produces his power. AtsumaÂ’s quest continues battling not just golems but humans too. He battles with many other creatures and going through dungeons and the like.

The good thing about Enchanted Arms is that it has many ground battles. Because it is an RPG game, you may have as much as 4 players or characters in your party. You assign orders to these characters and you just click go and specific actions are carried out.

Once you are in the battle, your character can automatically regenerate back their health. But if your vitality point, it will be impossible to do so. So you have to reach a replenishing station. Keeping extra character is required in the game to be swapped. Having an extra character saves you time to go through vitality areas.

There are so many golems in the game. More than 100 different golems are found in Enchanted Arms. Each golem has special abilities. There are also strong golems to watch out for. You can take as much golems as possible. You can do this in ranked or unranked battle. The game is not as good with multiplayer though. But it can be interesting to do multiplayer since you can acquire skills through experimentation and apply it to single play.

The sound of Enchanted Arms is good, though the English voice part seems to give you nightmares. English voice acting is totally bad to listen to. The music is so familiar, like most RPGs. But the presentation is a so-so. The character is fair enough with its details. It isnÂ’t as bad as it seems but the graphics is not as expected of an RPG game considering it to be in Xbox 360 platform.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

monk

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

5.0

The only great thing about Vampire Rain is that it is definitely guaranteed worthwhile playing the game. Although awfulness is broadcasted throughout the start, it will surely leave you frustrated and wanting to kill more. The story campaigns the absurd tale of John Lloyd who is a member of commandos fighting a secret war against vampires taking over America. However, the game does not entirely reveal and explain why and how vampires seemingly take over a whole continent. This is probably due to the rampant cut scenes that consist of all the virtual leaden and exposition that is almost comic like.

Although the vampire plague is left hanging in Vampire RainÂ’s story mode, Artoon (the gameÂ’s developer), could have created a creepier atmosphere. Definitely, you do not need some context to transmit chills up the spines every time you are hunting vampires. The lame thing to this is that the game developer does not have to make extra effort in making the play more of a horror movie apart from giving out cut scenes such as featuring an odd-looking little girl with clots and gore and stringy hair.

Moreover, you will not get any serious variations in Vampire Rain and other typical espionage-inspired sneaker. The game play surely mirrors the Splinter Cell game and the epic clones. The gameÂ’s basic structure is very similar to the kind of creep you experience in dark alleyways, slide-down poles and wires, and other sorts of creepy attempts. Since Artoon continually creates new ideas in every gaming aspect, there is really no straightforward and pretty game design. Firstly, the Nightwalker vision cones are created with only a rough approximation of what beasts actually see. Although this seems realistic, the distance is really never beyond possibility as vampires are not really looking straight at you. One helpful rule of thumb in playing Vampire Rain is taking note that if you see them, surely they can see you which is rather fair. But the vision cones cannot really be trusted and will definitely place you in a dull trial and error play.

Secondly, Nightwalkers (the vampires in the game) seem virtually impossible to exterminate. Once they spot you, you are so dead. If think you can rely on weapons, think of other strategies to kill the Nightwalkers because the gameÂ’s weapons are worthless.

The gameÂ’s level designs even can cause you more headaches because of the relentless linear campaign missions. Everything is just so dark and shadowy that you do not know which figures go which way. This even makes the game more difficult.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

monk

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

9.0

There are lots of different gameplay styles to choose from with FIFA 2006. Players can choose to play a quick match, online, a practice session, a challenge scenario, a penalty shoot-out, and, of course, through the entire World Cup. Once youÂ’ve selected a type of game, good luck picking from the 125 available teams. If you donÂ’t pick one of the top 32, you can choose to play through the qualifying process for the area, or automatically advance the team to the top 32.

Gameplay in FIFA 2006 will find you scoring lots of goals on goalkeepers, if you can manage to get away from the defenders. Generally, the play is easy to pick up, with controls similar to previous versions, though that can be switched to the Konami Pro Evolution controller scheme. In addition, each player has their own skill moves that can be pulled off. Generally, pulling off the basic moves of passing and shooting wonÂ’t do it for you, though, youÂ’ll need to learn some of the more advanced moves that are available to you before your players will really be devastating on the field.

As you play through the game, youÂ’ll end up picking up points for completing some of the more-than 200 objectives that are available to complete. These points go towards purchasing different players, balls, and other things to enhance play, such as additional AI options. The bonuses are nice, but seem to be lacking in the thoughtfulness the designers put into them. For example, though you can buy five different kinds of balls from the store in between matches, you canÂ’t really notice the change very much on the field. Similarly, though there are historic players in the game, there arenÂ’t a lot of them. A few more with all the licenses this game has would have been nice.

Other than the World Cup tournament, there are also challenges that can be completed to earn you points. These are past matches where you have to accomplish some goal; usually performing as well as the original team did, in order to complete the challenge.

The game offers a wide array of multiplayer options, either online where you have to find opponents in lobbyÂ’s, or offline with multiple controls. Fortunately, lag wasnÂ’t a problem in the online matches, for the most part, though a little bit did affect games here and there.

Even though the online system is a little bit dated in relation to current online game methodology, it still seems to work for the most part. Other than that small issue, everything in FIFA World Cup: Germany 2006 is a standout. The attention to detail that was paid come together to make this a beautiful game.


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