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Posted:
2013-06-21

omanic

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

7.8

Bioshock Ultimate Rapture Edition includes both, the original Bioshock game and Bioshock 2. Beyond that, it also includes both sets of downloaded add-on content. For those of you with a desire that runs deeper than playing the game, there is something even more special. "The Museum of Orphaned Concepts" is an opportunity to take a closer look inside the creation of your favourite horror first-person shooter. This is the very beginning of Bioshock, a glimpse into early development. Here you will see some of the original concepts that did not make it into the final product.

The days of gaming for the single purpose of having fun are becoming quite limited. In modern times, we want a little more out of our games. Sure it is still fun, at the core of every gamer's soul lies the word fun. However, surrounding that core we also have the need to scare the socks off ourselves from time to time. While shooting the biggest guns and taking out the strangest, most mind melting creatures. This, my friends, is the heart of Bioshock. Such a strange world lies within the Bioshock universe. Only those who have played the game know exactly what I mean, if you have not experienced this then luckily for you the Bioshock Ultimate Rapture Edition was packaged just for you!

Since this is a duel packaged game, let us go ahead and breakdown the gist of each. Bioshock was released August of 2007, by 2K games, a sci-fi first-person shooter that takes place in 1960. The game pulls off an eerie old-time vibe, yet also manages to apply a futuristic theme. You are located at the bottom of the ocean in a city known as Rapture. The game follows an extremely deep story line, you will hear all about it within the audio transmissions you come across as you play. Paying close attention you should be able to put most of it together. Rapture seems like a dream society, but eventually you discover the ugliness that is plagued within.

Genetic monstrosities also roam the undersea city because of a powerful gene-altering tool known as ADAM. This leads you to plasmid powers, which when possessed you will gain special abilities including shooting lighting from your hands! However, use your plasmids with care, as overuse of plasmids can lead to instability and mental addiction. Collecting and combining plasmid energies ADAM and EVE is crucial, as is the way you customize your character. Doing this gives you different abilities like shooting fire, ice, and more. Bioshock has a mysterious vibe riddled within and can only truly be met through first-hand experience.

In Bioshock 2, you are welcomed back to the bizarre world of Rapture. The setting is ten years after the events of the first title. The heart of this game is based on the same successful components from the first. You have the same style of gameplay, combinations of powers and weapons; add that to a secret filled world with a continued mind blowing story. All the elements are there. Familiar enemies will challenge you yet again, from Splicers to Big Daddies, who have evolved and make your quest quite challenging.

Bioshock Ultimate Rapture delivers just as much as the first and still remains creative, creepy, and intriguing. In turn, it leaves you wanting more as you progress throughout the game. The Bioshock series is a rare game that is able to combine an extremely creative story with the action packed thrill that gamers love.

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Posted:
2013-06-21

omanic

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Xbox 360

8.1

The days of gaming for the single purpose of having fun are becoming quite limited. In modern times, we want a little more out of our games. Sure it is still fun, at the core of every gamer's soul lies the word fun. However, surrounding that core we also have the need to scare the socks off ourselves from time to time. While shooting the biggest guns and taking out the strangest, most mind melting creatures. This, my friends, is the heart of Bioshock. Such a strange world lies within the Bioshock universe. Only those who have played the game know exactly what I mean, if you have not experienced this then luckily for you the Bioshock Ultimate Rapture Edition was packaged just for you!

The Bioshock Ultimate Rapture Edition includes both, the original Bioshock game and Bioshock 2. Beyond that, it also includes both sets of downloaded add-on content. For those of you with a desire that runs deeper than playing the game, there is something even more special. "The Museum of Orphaned Concepts" is an opportunity to take a closer look inside the creation of your favorite horror first-person shooter. This is the very beginning of Bioshock, a glimpse into early development. Here you will see some of the original concepts that did not make it into the final product.

Since this is a duel packaged game, let us go ahead and breakdown the gist of each. Bioshock was released August of 2007, by 2K games, a sci-fi first-person shooter that takes place in 1960. The game pulls off an eerie old-time vibe, yet also manages to apply a futuristic theme. You are located at the bottom of the ocean in a city known as Rapture. The game follows an extremely deep story line, you will hear all about it within the audio transmissions you come across as you play. Paying close attention you should be able to put most of it together. Rapture seems like a dream society, but eventually you discover the ugliness that is plagued within. Genetic monstrosities roam the undersea city because of a powerful gene-altering tool known as ADAM. This leads you to plasmid powers, which when possessed you will gain special abilities including shooting lighting from your hands! However, use your plasmids with care, as overuse of plasmids can lead to instability and mental addiction. Collecting and combining plasmid energies ADAM and EVE is crucial, as is the way you customize your character. Doing this gives you different abilities like shooting fire, ice, and more. Bioshock has a mysterious vibe riddled within and can only truly be met through first-hand experience.

In Bioshock 2, you are welcomed back to the bizarre world of Rapture. The setting is ten years after the events of the first title. The heart of this game is based on the same successful components from the first. You have the same style of gameplay, combinations of powers and weapons; add that to a secret filled world with a continued mind blowing story. All the elements are there. Familiar enemies will challenge you yet again, from Splicers to Big Daddies, who have evolved and make your quest quite challenging. Bioshock 2 delivers just as much as the first and still remains creative, creepy, and intriguing. In turn, it leaves you wanting more as you progress throughout the game. The Bioshock series is a rare game that is able to combine an extremely creative story with the action packed thrill that gamers love.

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Posted:
2013-06-21

omanic

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PS4

8.4

Battlefield 4 on the PlayStation 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts, this is the actual sequel to Battlefield 3 as the story continues.

The Battlefield series is about to add Battlefield 4 to its collection and, from what is so far known, it takes the war game genre to another level of sophistication. There are single player and multiplayer capabilities, with the multiplayer allowing up to 64 participants and this will almost certainly prove to be the most popular of the two. Game modes include Playground, Obliteration, Elimination, Commander and Spectator. Little is known about the first three, or whether there are more to be added to the list, but Commander mode makes a welcome return from when it was last seen in Battlefield 2142 and Spectator mode is new to the series and gives a new perspective to the play.

The Commander mode is really an overview in which one of the multiplayer participants takes on the role of Commander, and with his overall display of the battle scene, and view of the positions and numbers of men and vehicles, the Commander can direct the course of the overall action. Of course the Commander cannot actually take a physical part in the action which he is directing. Spectator mode allows a player to view the action from the position of another specified player, and in this mode the various combatants are color coded to differentiate squad members, team members and enemies.

There are three playable factions, USA China [Peoples Liberation Army], and Russia with the previous troop classes retained, these being Assault, Engineer, Support and Recon. Much of the content from previous titles is retained but there are of course many refinements and improvements both in weaponry, vehicles and gameplay. The game also uses the tried and tested Frostbite 3 engine.

Battlefield 4 has a bewildering array of weaponry among which are 5 assault rifles, 2 carbines, 3 marksman rifles, 3 sniper rifles, 8 personal defensive arms and, if your aim is not too good, 5 shotguns. These come with various optical and laser aiming and pointing devices as well as bayonets, knives and variations of ammunition. There are, in addition, 7 explosive devices including mines and grenades.

The vehicles also appear in a wide variety of forms. There are light armored fighting vehicles with their various mounted armaments, infantry transporters and heavy, main battle tanks. Then we have aircraft, both fixed wing and and helicopters, and marine assault craft. Many of these vehicles have specialized upgrades available for them.

Other elements which have been bought into Battlefield 4 is the mix of emotion, the game creators DICE decided this time round they would incorporate emotion to pull at the heart strings of the gamers, whether this will actually work is untested until the beta release is launched later this year. An example of this is teamwork, Dice stated that they want people to engage more with the on screen characters, making the gamer actually care about what happens to their team-mates whilst playing the extensive campaign missions along the dynamic landscapes in a war type environment.

If the advanced publicity, which is based on trailers and gameplay at exhibitions is to be believed, this game will be a great addition to the Battlefield stable which is currently thriving in all areas. It remains to be seen if rumors of female combatants being included are true.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

omanic

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

7.0

The Sims 3 Pets is one of the better Sims packages if you are looking to exercise your humorous streak. All the usual pets are available here for you to design to suit your purpose, be it for good or tongue in cheek evil. Sims 3 Pets has the addition of horses to the collection for you to tame and train and eventually ride. The same for dogs and cats and all the rest of the menagerie. But surely that's no fun.

As well as choosing from various breeds of animal in varying shapes and sizes, you can add accessories to make them look as cool or as stupid as you wish. They can be given their own unique character traits and therein lies the fun. Let your budgie attack your cat and you cat attack you dog, and let all three of them gang up on your horse. Or perhaps not, the game after all has some limitations and is perhaps aimed more at children who have a more rosy view of how pets should behave and would rather have cuddly bunny than a wererabbit.

Apart from the character building and accessorizing of your pets you can, in the build mode, make homes for your animals and equip them with furnishings and amenities to suit your pet's real or imagined needs.

Think what you can do with lizards, snakes or tortoises, probably not much. Or perhaps you have more imagination than I have. There isn't much point taking a reptile to the amusement park in your purpose built animal friendly facilities.

On the down side the use of your imagination is a little restricted as you only have a limited number of character traits to use in designing your pet, but all in all there are enough combinations and activities to keep you amused. But don't get too carried away and neglect you real well trained, well groomed, well behaved darling pets.

They say you eventually get to be like your pet but I haven't bitten the postman or crapped on the lawn yet.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

omanic

Super Gamer Dude

PS Vita

7.0

F1 2011 is the latest in the line of quality Formula 1 games for the PS Vita. The game was produced by a UK based company, Sumo Digital, and it is certainly a worthwhile game both for casual fans and for die hard F1 fans.

The game is definitely better than most people predicted it would be, particularly as the 3DS version of this game was disappointing. The PS Vita screen is perfect for this game and it definitely takes advantage of the large screen size. With all the game modes and the way the car handles, it is almost a complete F1 experience.

Game Modes:

Grand Prix - This features practice runs, qualifying options, as well as the option to just run the race. Lap settings can be adjusted as well as difficulty. There is the possibility to play with any of the drivers from the 2011 Formula One World Championship.

Three Season Career Mode - This is perfect for those who want a more challenging and lengthy experience. You start off as your own driver and you have three seasons to get to the very top of Formula 1. When you perform well, contracts are offered and you can jump to higher teams.

Multiplayer - A maximum of four players can use the multiplayer feature when they connect through a network.

Car Handling- The car handling of this game is terrific. Everything about F1 is there to behold. Even details such as KERS and DRS are available, something most did not anticipate from this game.

The AI is also much improved from other versions of F1 games on mini gaming devices. While it is certainly not as intelligent as in the XBOX, PC or PS3 versions, it is very respectable. On hard settings, the AI will be a good challenge and it is not an easy task to win races. Playing on the career mode will be a true test of skill, as a person starts off with one of the slower F1 cars.

Challenge Mode - Various challenges can be done against current F1 drivers. This means that there is a challenge for each of the most famous F1 champions. Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, and Jenson Button are all featured in these F1 challenges. The challenges include a specific situation and a task that must be completed. This can be done in various difficulty levels. It certainly makes for a good time to try and get all of the challenges done.

The major difference between the PS Vita version to regular console versions is the trickiness of the handling. While all the features of F1 handling are there, it is definitely much easier to handle the car on the PS Vita. There are less details involved in car handling and corners are a lot easier to navigate at higher speed.

It is definitely not a simulation game, so those who are looking for that will be disappointed. The purpose of F1 2011 is to give PS Vita users a chance to play a game associated with their favorite sport.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

omanic

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

8.6

It seems that hidden object games have gained popularity recent times. Confusingly, people are having fun with trying to find little things in the screen, solving a part of the story while they are on it. However, the repetitive and boring gameplay is probably going to get under your skin and you will find yourself unsatisfied with playing the game sooner rather than later. This had led developers to integrate some other aspects in hidden objects games, such as a little story, adventures, mini-games and puzzles. And it seems like it has worked out for these games, as they have kept their community stable and growing in number.

One certain hidden object game pairs adventure and puzzles ever so perfectly that it has set itself to be the most sought after game in this genre. It sets the gameplay around Wilkie CollinÂ’s successful novel The Lady in White. You probably already have guessed that the game adds a bit of horror into the story from the title alone. Yes, it definitely does have a story revolved around a mysterious white lady who is leading you into the mysteries of a Victorian mansion. As much as the game stays true to the story of the novel, it has its own unique addition to the story; twist and turn in the storyline that could certainly keep fans on their heels to solve the next puzzle.

The graphics in the game is amazingly detailed. The intro movie alone will give you a good idea of what youÂ’ll be getting yourself into when it comes to gameplay and it will showcase the amazing graphics that this game offers for the graphical gamer. There is an interesting life-like feel around the locations and objects of the game, with just the right kick in the story at a certain moment that would keep gamers interested. The spook in the graphics and sounds is just enough for gamers to get interested by the story rather than to scare them away.

Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White also offers amazing gameplay improvements from other hidden object games. The little things that you wish were present in other games are present in Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White. Things like informing you when a room is cleared or when you have no object left to discover there can save you a lot of time looking over the room and ending up empty handed. Also, the support for casual mode of gameplay is just right for gamers to have fun, while being able to solve puzzles themselves as much as they are given hints; contrary to other games where asking for hints is as easy as a simple click.

The game will surely keep you interested by the mere simple placement of the hidden objects to the individual stories of each character. The game is certainly a must have for hidden object game fans. It will prove to give you the same interest and rush, from start to finish without having to be bored and exhausted by the length of the game.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

omanic

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

9.0

The worst thing that can happen to any game like FIFA 11 is if the controls stick. Any gamer who expects a lot from exciting play games can easily get frustrated if they want to make a move and the controls limits their response time. FIFA 11 has great control responsiveness that can lead to girlish giggles from male gamers. No offense.

The responsiveness of the controls is the key to the success of FIFA 11. It gives the gamer the chance to do what they want to do in a split-second decision. This is not possible with other PC games and even many game console games.

Of course, there is a downside; I have never met a game which can be considered flawless and perfect. That would simply be expecting too much that it would be considered unreal. But the downside is not even enough to stop the fun and laughter in playing and this is how it should be. There is never enough frustration which could lead me to give up; it is that great a game!

There are some missing innovations which are found in the gaming console versions like simulation of new personalities, and the actual game is not as well connected to the real life teams and their famous players.

What really makes FIFA 11 for PC unique is that the ball actually acts as it should, as a ball. This is not the same case with many games developed and in the market today. There are a lot that I have played with and ended up not finishing because the ball simply did not behave as it should. This is what makes this particular version stick to my brain, it is simply a lot of fun to play and I can get innovative in how I make the ball behave and it does what I want it to do hence the giggling.

FIFA 11 is smooth, very reactive and the best football PC game version in the market today. Although there are some frustrations here and there, they are not enough to detract the gamer from enjoying and kicking the ball.

There are demos available to play with for free online, so if you are seeking a great football PC game, try it out before you decide to buy it. This is a great game to add to the library and should be given five stars of appreciation. Non-sticking controls are the best features and the developers clearly spent a lot of time in the process of making sure that what is a common frustration gets corrected. I hope that other game developers do what the developers of this game did; then maybe not. For then, FIFA 11 for PC would not be the unique game that it is.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

omanic

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

9.0

It may have taken five years of waiting, but Neverwinter Nights for PC is finally here and it does not disappoint. This is not only a brilliantly developed game, it is developed to make sure that nothing else will top it.

There are a lot of gamers out there who like to mix fantasy with stealth and this is the game for them. So even if the gamer is not a Dungeons and Dragons aficionado, this will definitely encourage him to search and learn all there is to it. Neverwinter Nights is set in the world of Dungeons, and newbie to the world or not, the developers made is sure to make it easy to slip in and get into the action.

The plot is relatively simple, going into the world of D&D, getting into character with the monster or being of choice, and fight the bad guys. It is the non-stop action and grueling action sequences which really up the game for me. Of course, the newbie may have to learn how to use strategies and know which spell to use that would be most effective. There can be a lot of mistakes here, but that just adds on to the action and fun. It is intriguing, energizing, and can develop an into an obsession for the gamer even if they are not OCs.

Now, despite all the good that this game offers, it is not spared the downsides. There are times when the game does drag a bit. Get a little tedious. Get a little humdrum. But then again, so is playing the board game. That is the idea behind D&D, the character has to grow, has to learn the skill, has to earn the experience points and has to throw the right numbers. The traditional game has been successfully translated into PC gaming and that is what counts.

As a whole, Neverwinter Nights may not be a perfect game, but then again, if a game were perfect then it would not work as well and it would not be as fun. I like the imperfections, it is true to form of the D&D experience. The game is meant to have the characters develop as they should, slowly, surely and effectively. This is the only way for the characters to remain standing while the rest fall and die.

Somehow, the five years it took to develop this game truly paid off. Salutes to the developers who are obviously players themselves, otherwise it would be obvious if they were not. The characters were lovingly drawn and animated and that is what counts. The fact that this is adventure to the ultimate is just a bonus.

Those who are looking for perfection would not see it in this game but those who are D&D fans and have griped about the inefficiencies of other games of its platform and caliber, then they are in for a treat. This is definitely worth the money and the time invested playing the game. It is not only a welcome addition to the collection, it is a definite must have.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

omanic

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

7.0

The Sims 3 Pets is one of the better Sims packages if you are looking to exercise your humorous streak. All the usual pets are available here for you to design to suit your purpose, be it for good or tongue in cheek evil. Sims 3 Pets has the addition of horses to the collection for you to tame and train and eventually ride. The same for dogs and cats and all the rest of the menagerie. But surely that's no fun.

As well as choosing from various breeds of animal in varying shapes and sizes, you can add accessories to make them look as cool or as stupid as you wish. They can be given their own unique character traits and therein lies the fun. Let your budgie attack your cat and you cat attack you dog, and let all three of them gang up on your horse. Or perhaps not, the game after all has some limitations and is perhaps aimed more at children who have a more rosy view of how pets should behave and would rather have cuddly bunny than a wererabbit.

Apart from the character building and accessorizing of your pets you can, in the build mode, make homes for your animals and equip them with furnishings and amenities to suit your pet's real or imagined needs.

Think what you can do with lizards, snakes or tortoises, probably not much. Or perhaps you have more imagination than I have. There isn't much point taking a reptile to the amusement park in your purpose built animal friendly facilities.

On the down side the use of your imagination is a little restricted as you only have a limited number of character traits to use in designing your pet, but all in all there are enough combinations and activities to keep you amused. But don't get too carried away and neglect you real well trained, well groomed, well behaved darling pets.

They say you eventually get to be like your pet but I haven't bitten the postman or crapped on the lawn yet.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

omanic

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

7.0

The Sims 3 Pets is one of the better Sims packages if you are looking to exercise your humorous streak. All the usual pets are available here for you to design to suit your purpose, be it for good or tongue in cheek evil. Sims 3 Pets has the addition of horses to the collection for you to tame and train and eventually ride. The same for dogs and cats and all the rest of the menagerie. But surely that's no fun.

As well as choosing from various breeds of animal in varying shapes and sizes, you can add accessories to make them look as cool or as stupid as you wish. They can be given their own unique character traits and therein lies the fun. Let your budgie attack your cat and you cat attack you dog, and let all three of them gang up on your horse. Or perhaps not, the game after all has some limitations and is perhaps aimed more at children who have a more rosy view of how pets should behave and would rather have cuddly bunny than a wererabbit.

Apart from the character building and accessorizing of your pets you can, in the build mode, make homes for your animals and equip them with furnishings and amenities to suit your pet's real or imagined needs.

Think what you can do with lizards, snakes or tortoises, probably not much. Or perhaps you have more imagination than I have. There isn't much point taking a reptile to the amusement park in your purpose built animal friendly facilities.

On the down side the use of your imagination is a little restricted as you only have a limited number of character traits to use in designing your pet, but all in all there are enough combinations and activities to keep you amused. But don't get too carried away and neglect you real well trained, well groomed, well behaved darling pets.

They say you eventually get to be like your pet but I haven't bitten the postman or crapped on the lawn yet.


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