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Posted:
2013-06-26

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

6.4

Spore Creatures! Here it is. What are the good things about it? For one, there is an ultra cute adventure through multiple planets. There are also various quest objectives which can keep things from getting fusty as well as its notable robustness. On the other hand, the not-so-good things about the Spore Creatures include its property to become frustrating at game play elements at times. There are also different camera quirks and control as well as having to force certain creature designs that can even minimize the playerÂ’s creativity.

While Spore Creatures is not the very far-reaching hike through evolution that you may expect. However, this is not a reason to completely discount this cute title. It will be a charming adventure to go across multiple planets plus the feature of a pared down creature creation tool version that has helped the PC launch be a great success. While the Spore Creatures has annoying quirks in it, it is still an effective diversion for those who search for something more appealing, if not bigger than the usual computer game.

You will be prepping for your galactic journey and should be set in motion when Little Oogie, your creature companion, is kidnapped by aliens for some reasons. In turn, you will then build up evolutionary improvements and apply these to yourself with the goal of rescuing a little bugger. As you go through your journey, you will be in contact with different continents and planets, as well as acquiring spaceship parts. Alternatively, you will start befriending and alienating the nests of other creatures throughout your exploration of the universe environ.

The avatar that you will use in order to develop the avatar can be limited. However, this will let you altogether snap a lot of interesting limbs and other parts. Your creature is also a 2D array of pieces and parts instead of the full 3D model. Although within these, you can always rotate and resize the different appendages. Just be warned that this could result to some messy odd-looking tails and eyes that totter through the landscape.

Along run, your missions will mostly be fun but though there may be a lot game play elements that are sprinkled to keep the interest up. Pick items and throw them using a stylus flick so that at different points, you will throw the rocks at weather machines in order to break them. You can also throw food at hungry creatures. These gaming activities can be pretty amusing although not every mission is executed equally. Moreover, if you have an irritating quest, you will most likely end up with having a mini-game.

You will also occasionally need or want to make friends with other creatures. This is a facet that will require utilization of two game-play elements. Now for you to cuddle other creatures, you have to send out friendly calls that would prompt a couple of smileys just above the head of your prospect buddy. The Spore Creatures will work perfectly fine for those who want escalating challenges and thrills.

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Posted:
2013-10-11

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

8.5

Now Grand Theft Auto V is here I expect many gamers are asking if they should go out and get it. Well, lets cover some of the main point and let the gamer decide if this would be a good game to spend their money on. Having taken over five years to create, this is the best version of Grand Theft Auto V that you will ever play. The game offers a detailed and highly complex world that leaves you feeling like you live inside it.

Lets Meet The Three Stooges!

There are three main characters in this game and to make it more interesting you will be able to play as any of these three, something that has never been done before with a Grand Theft Auto game. The first character is called Michael and he is a rich, but now retired conman. However, his family hates him. The second character goes by the name of Franklin and he is the stereotypical gang banger from Los Angeles. The third and probably most interesting character is a psycho named Trevor. This is the guy that Rockstar created so that they could have a crazy guy outlet. Trevor runs around in his underwear murdering chaotically, and although some people might find him to be annoying at first, once you have played a few missions with him he starts to grow on you. He also offers some of the most memorable and interesting missions.

What Is Different About This Game?

There are a few things about this game that make it different from the previous installments. One of these is the handling of vehicles which is much better than before and does not give the feeling that your wheels are made of butter. Another thing is that this game allows you to operate from multiple approaches, so there is more than one way to solve a mission. You can go in guns a blazing, or you can adopt a more intense and stealthy approach. By the way, Grand Theft Auto V has finally incorporated checkpoints into their game with the result that there is no more having to repeat the long and tedious aspects of missions, a repetition that used to leave players frustrated and annoyed.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

No, not the type that you eat! We're talking issues with the game here. Overall, there were only a few minor bugs that came up while playing. Grand Theft Auto V is surprisingly well designed, and it pushes the limits of what the PS3 and the Xbox 360 can reasonably accomplish. We need more games that push the boundaries like this. The graphics are breathtaking and the gameplay is marvelous. Overall, with Grand Theft Auto V, you will be able to clock up around 35 hours of gameplay with the basic storyline. However, there is a whole world that has been left virtually unexplored. Realistically, you could put a lot more time into this game just running and gunning.

Grand Theft Auto V is the type of revolutionary game that pushes the limits of what is possible on the consoles. So gamers need look no further if they are looking for endless amounts of fun and action as there is so much that you can do while playing.

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Posted:
2013-06-26

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

7.4

James Bond games have been a solid video-game franchise for a long time now, any fans of the first person shooters featuring mister Bond know what to expect by now, which is what Quantum of Solace delivers, A suave gentlemen with a license to kill and some great gun work. Quantum of Solace, in many ways repackages what other 007 games have already delivered, and in many ways it makes reopening it totally worth it.

It features Daniel Craig image as Bond, and his voice over is spot on. He does a great job of delivering the Bond feel through his voice. The PS3 graphics give the game a good stylistic look to match that nice suit. The game is well developed and cared for, and in all ways is a very solid first person shooter for Bond fans and FPS fans to enjoy.

Quantum of Solace, despite it's name, actually combines the plots of the movie, Quantum of Solace with Casino Royale. The title was originally intended to be sold as the game for Casino Royale, but didn't release in time for the Casino Royale movie. This is good news for the gamer, as more content, spread across the two movies and what should have been two games, is available in a single game. Quantum of Solace does however gloss over some of the finer features of both movies to fit the two more neatly together.

The Quantum of Solace game uses the same engine as Call of Duty 4, if that is any testament to the games play-ability. The game play is great by the FPS standard and great by the standard of video games in the Bond franchise. That combined with great level diversity over the two movies makes for fun game play. However, like every other Bond games the story line is hardly enough to keep anyone less than a die hard fan coming back for another play through.

The multi-player, much like Call of Duty 4, is solid fun. Its great to play against friends and online, but it too tries out. You'll eventually get tired of hearing Bond speak, and the game will become boring as that fresh Bond feel wears off. This is where the game really falters; it is perhaps too much like other shooters and doesn't do to much more than adding the Bond guns and the Bond style to the shooting experience, so when that all wears down you're left with any old shooter.

The Quantum of Solace Collector's edition offers several new features, a metal case, and an extras Blu-Ray disc that contains the behind the scenes video of the making of the movie Quantum of Solace, and the work that went into the video game title. For any die hard Bond fan out there this game is a must have. The dedicated gamer might consider picking it up to experience the world of Mr. Bond, and like putting a new skin over their FPS until they grow bored and set it down, they are likely to never pick it up again.

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Hop (DS) - 16 reviews

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Posted:
2013-06-26

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

6.3

The story for Hop has to do with the Easter Bunny. Apparently, it’s all the rage these days to be the Big Hopper, and so a baby chicken named Carlos decides that he is going to take over the post. That’s pretty convenient, considering that the current Easter Bunny is about to retire and name his son, E.B., as the new Easter Bunny, but he doesn’t want the job. So, E.B. decides to leave on his own to follow his dream of being a professional drummer and all Carlos has to do is make sure he doesn’t come back.

Shortly along his trek, E.B. meets Fred, a bunny who wants to be the Easter Bunny too. E.B. and Fred hit it off, and journey together, with Fred learning what it takes to be the Easter Bunny, and E.B. doing what it takes to make it as a drummer. You play the game as Fred, doing your own thing and helping out your buddy.

Once in the game, your goal is to shoot your candy guns at things, and collect jelly beans. Your primary weapon, a gumball blaster, has unlimited ammo, which is a good thing because there are a bunch of enemies that’ll be heading your way. There are also three other weapons, the Marshmallower which shoots out a bunch of marshmallows, the Chocolate Squirt Gun which converts enemies into chocolate, and the Cotton Candy Gun which snares them in mounds of cotton candy for a short time. These weapons all have ammo that you need to find throughout each level, which actually shows up pretty often, and they also all are needed to help you continue through the game, as each can destroy a certain type of barrier.

There are 4 different stages in Hop, each consisting of ten levels. The levels are a combination of standard move and shoot levels, and mini-game levels like bowling with chicks, or drumming. Once you’ve unlocked a level, you can go back to it later, but there isn’t a feature that allows you to just play the mini-games, even the ones you’ve completed.

When it comes to the controls for shooting, they’re a little bit difficult to get used to. You actually rub the stylus on the touch screen when you want to shoot. This was awkward, considering you use the D-pad controls or the face buttons to move your character. It wasn’t impossible to overcome, just a little strange to get used to, but it is easy to pick up. Considering the age that this game is geared at, the system probably works just fine.

And that’s something that must be considered. Hop is a kid’s game, with production values that are geared for that. As such, it was not extremely difficult to pick up, but does require figuring out how to get to the next area by blowing through obstacles with a new weapon. It’s probably not a game for real little children, but kids in the 7-11 range might have some fun with it.

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Posted:
2013-06-26

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

7.6

There is a 3DS version out now and Flo takes a risk by taking on a run-down diner and make it work better and serve better food. The customers have to be served fast so they can move out fast as well. The cook has to make sure there is just enough food to keep the diners happy. They can complain a lot if their service is not on time.

At the start the pace is slow especially if there are not a lot of food served, but once the pace increases, the food better and serves more people, there are more diners coming in. there is a need now to make improvements on the premises to make sure that all who come in will have a place to sit and dine.

You also have to make sure that the food cooking does not go bad either so you need to pace yourself and learn to time how long before the food has to be transferred from the stove and onto the buffet table. As more and more come in, you need to move faster as well. If you need to hire more servers, just do it or they cuss you out.

Although the game is not really all that challenging somehow it comes out as very challenging. Some may say that the whole thing can become repetitive but it is not. You really need to make sure that you time your cooking right, if the food cooking takes too long and there is no longer a space to cook a fast order you lose your diners. So you have to Dash for It!

The only thing I will complain about is the price, it is just too much especially as you can play the shorter and simpler version for free on the social networks. But otherwise, I really have no complaints, I like the game and I like to plan out the menus as well, so I guess that really helps keep my interest up.

Presentation wise, the simple handheld is easy to use and the controls easy to handle. Don't expect much from the graphics, they are very simple and I like the feel of it. The sound, well it can be annoying because it is just the same thing playing over and over again and sometimes I can hear my mind playing out the tune when I am in the shower annoying but funny. Lasting appeal, oh definitely, I cant get enough of it and it is really curious for this is so simple. And maybe that is really the key to its success; it is so simple that it is hard to put down for it is just plain fun.

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Posted:
2013-08-18

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

7.1

If you are considering adding The Sims 3 Pets Limited Edition for the PC to your already existing The Sims 3 collection then you are probably wondering what makes The Sims 3 Pets a worthy addition.

The good news is that The Sims 3 Pets brings a good amount of features to The Sims 3 and enhances game play in a positive way. Here is a review of some of those features and will help you to determine if The Sims 3 Pets is a the right expansion pack for you.

Pets.

As the name implies, animals are the newest addition to your Sim family. In addition to a normal cat and dog, other pets available include birds, horses, lizards and even butterflies. The interaction that your Sim can have with an animal varies depending on the type of pet. For example, birds have more social options than a snake does.

New Traits and Lifetime Wishes.

New animal-related lifetime wishes have also been added to the game. Goals like The Cat Herder (befriend 15 cats), The Zoologist (collect pets in the wild) and The Fairy Tale Finder (adopt a unicorn) all add a different path that you can take during game play. While some are more challenging than others, it is something that is sure to keep you engaged for a long time.

Just like in real life, your Sim can have traits that make them more of a cat person or a dog person. They can also be a general animal lover or an equestrian. Equestrian Sims' are more inclined to have better relationships with horses more than other Sims. The animals themselves come with their own personality traits as well. Things like Destructive, Clueless, Lazy and Friendly affect the cats, dogs and horses because they are the most social of all the animals.

Non-pet related features.

Sure, The Sims 3 Pets is about the animals but that's not all it brings to the table! Here are some other features that are also available to your Sims:

1. Outfits

As is standard to most expansion packs, a variety of new outfits is included.

2. Plastic Surgery

Unlike any other Sims 3 game, The Sims 3 Pets add the option of letting your Sim get plastic surgery at the hospital. Beware though; all plastic surgery does not always have the desired results. On the other hand, your Sim may choose to opt out of getting plastic surgery all together.

3. Towns and Lots.

The Sims 3 Pets comes with a new town for your Sims to reside in called Appaloosa Plains. New community lots include a pet store, dog park and equestrian center.

In addition to all of the things we have listed, The Sims 3 Pets Limited Edition also comes with additional furniture and commands. Most of these things are animal-related so if animals are not something that you would want your Sims interacting with then this game may not be for you. However, most people will be sure to enjoy all of the new features in The Sims 3 Pets Limited Edition.

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Posted:
2013-12-28

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

8.5

Sleeping Dogs for the PC was originally going to be called True Crime Hong Kong but later the publishing rights were obtained after Activision abandoned this title and the game was renamed Sleeping Dogs. Those of you who have played other titles such as GTA, or the Saints Row series, will feel at ease with this new title, mainly as a lot of elements have been adopted from that type of game.

The game is free roaming which allows the player to explore in much more detail than other games which tend to have a set model in which you run from room to room. In this game you free roam as you would in the other titles mentioned above. The attention to detail in this game has really been elevated, close ups and characters which you fight and engage with seem very realistic unlike previous games which portray a similar style of play.

As you enter this vast open world of Sleeping Dogs you have the option of walking on foot, obtaining a car, jumping on a motorcycle, or perhaps obtaining a boat. The missions undertaken are also vast and unique. The story itself revolves around Triads as you go undercover to infiltrate Triad gangs and you will have to do various missions for the Triads in order to obtain what is known as Triad XP, which is basically the equivalent of trust after each mission is completed. Or perhaps you may take a different role and go for Police XP.

The characters are many and varied, and each has unique traits, and the locations which you visit are just as varied and interesting. The combat controls are pretty simple and straightforward and the game is very easy to pick up. All in all this type of game is highly addictive due to the nature of the subject and anything to do with underworld gangs such as the Mafia or the Triads is always going to be appealing as it tends to be something which is unpleasant but is out of our everyday experience. The same way as Modern Warfare is appealing even though it approaches the subject of war.

There are some missions which do get boring but this is to be expected when adding many missions to a game, and unlike Saints Row the Third the makers did not adopt the lets go crazy approach with unrealistic elements, which I think is a bonus.

So this is moving towards being in a league with GTA and the early Saints Row before the craziness started, and this makes for an authentic, brutal, free roaming action game, which has very few flaws and makes for a great gaming experience. I would give Sleeping Dogs a rating of around 8.5 as I feel it makes a great addition to the popular titles which have also been mentioned in this review.

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Posted:
2014-01-08

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

7.2

I have played a number of Grand Theft Auto games before and for the most part was never really that impressed with them. I have always preferred to play the console version over the handheld version since it all began. Don't get me wrong GTA has always been known to have a great storyline I was for the most part happy with this game. I am not stating that it doesn't have its number of problems, but in this review I shall briefly go through this game.

You simply play as Tony Cipriani who works for Salvator Leone. So now that you have returned the Leone family is going to take on a lot, from every angle. They are a crime family, and guess what you are their right hand man so you will be doing your fare share of crimes and such. YES! It does have a number of previous characters, but you really don't need to know who they are to make the game work for you. There weren't any what I felt noticeable characters, which we have grown to love over the years, such as Steve Scott the porno director, or that crazy hippy from San Andres.

If you just stick to the script and play the missions you will find that you will get about 15 solid hours of gameplay in the game. But, like most gamers you want to check out what else the game has to offer. In fact, the main game will only show a completion of forty percent of the game. There are all new pizza delivery, taxi services, ambulance, and of course my favorite vigilante missions. Along, with that there are one hundred packages to find throughout the city. I also noticed a wide variety of cars and bikes for you to take and run from the police.

For the most part the missions are one track. For instance, you will just steal a car and drive it to a certain point. You can't completely destroy the car either, or you will fail the mission. I also, found a number of missions where you have to take out fellow gang members, as well. Not saying that they are bad by any means, but it doesn't seem like they mix it up enough. You might find yourself falling into the same routine.

It almost looks and feels like you are playing Vice City on PS2 and there are tons of guns to choose from. For instance, when you start out you will face enemies with pistols and knives. As you progress through the game you will found that you will be fighting harder and harder characters with shotgun, and machine guns. There are ton of weapons to choose from but you can only carry one of each kind of weapon at once. You can change your outfits to, or should I say your entire outfit at once; like in SA.

The game does seem to be a bit easier than it was in previous versions. For instance, when you are being chased by cops they are not nearly as aggressive as they have been in the past. I like a challenge! In fact, they almost seem to have their territories where you can kind of predict who is going to be pursuing you. Maybe, it has something to do with the system it is on. Also, you will notice sometimes when you jump out of a car into another one that it will pause for a second or order to load the cars track.

The multiplayer mode is pretty fun. You can play a wide number of ways with friends online. It is kind of fun to play when you get tired of roaming the city and stealing cars and killing gang members. There are a couple ways to play online; death match, capture the flag, and king of the hill.

The music is a little on the crappy side. There are number of boy bands from the 90's. It doesn't really have the same feel as it did with Vice City (80's Music) or SA (rap music.). Maybe you like boy bands though. It does have a way to play your own music, but to be honest with you I haven't figured out how to do it yet. The voice overs are very nice and it does have a great storyline, no doubt.

I think this game is great though. It does have its flaws but you will get a lot of gameplay out of it. Not as good as some of the other previous releases that are on the console game, but beggars can't be choosy. It is a little bit easier than previous games, but I actually feel as if I am playing Vice City on the PS2 again, with a new storylines of course. I would recommend this game to any GTA fans!

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Posted:
2014-02-05

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

8.5

The general idea of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen is as follows: you take on the form of a humanoid, fully functional. You walk, jump, and climb, and did I mention you get to whip out to your enemies hyper guns? You can drive yourself around the city and in various other locales. At first steering yourself is a bit awkward, then when you start to fly you realize it is a much more bigger problem. Transforming in between these forms is the biggest trick of all, and the hardest one to master. It takes a while to get used to the games's controls, but once you get there, Revenge of the Fallen is really entertaining.

There are 2 campaign modes in the game one Autobot and one Decepticon. Each of the 2 modes are different and unique to enough for a worthwhile play, twice over. The characters are nicely detailed and very shiny. The two main transformers, Megatron and Optimus Prime sounds great, but everything and everybody else are difficult to understand due to poor voice matching or over robotic effects. Thank goodness Revenge of the Fallen has loose ties with the movie; little human exposure is needed, therefore reducing the painful noise.

There are 3 different Transformer modes: robot, weapon, and vehicle. In robot mode, you are in your humanoid form and you can jump, climb buildings, and attack. Holding the left trigger turns you into a weapon which allows you to strafe and blast opponents with your primary and secondary weapons. The right trigger transforms you into a vehicle, either a flying one, or a driving one, depending on your character of course. Either way, handling is a bit tricky until you get the hang of things.

The online multiplayer offers a distinct new challenge, and it is best played when you have mastered the controls. Each Transformer has a unique primary weapon, secondary weapon, and special attack. Teams can strategize to make use of the special attacks of their characters to defeat their opponents. Chat is available from the game lobby but team chat is enabled only when battle has begun. This game is awesome and I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a good action game.

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Posted:
2014-02-07

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

6.5

When talking about FIFA, all you normally think about is soccer played in big stadiums. This game is all about the sport of soccer, but in places other than official grounds, and in a style unique to the streets and parking lots. But to add a new ingredient to it, they have added extra styles to play the game. With FIFA Street 3, soccer is not just about scoring goals. This isn't just the same soccer game, though.

The soccer action of this game is fast-paced and fun, and not really for beginners; you should have your skills ready when you decide to play it. It has a single player mode and multi-player mode. For the single player, movements and game plan are limited. There are different new locations that you will be playing in. The fun part of the game is that you get to play real famous names from the soccer world. The street locations are made up of such places as beachside, parking lots, playgrounds, rooftop and an oil rig, seven in all. The skills needed in these new locations are not the orthodox ones and vary with from place to place.

I do like how each stage is vastly different. However, some of the moves are kind of unreliable. The ball actually seems to have a mind of its own and your players will sometimes just fall down for no reason at all. There are, unfortunately, no points for performing tricks which is a strange omission.

When it comes to the movements of the players, there really is nothing new to it. You still get those familiar moves that are used in soccer The winner is determined by the goals scored in a game just like a regular soccer game goes. The way you score and how many goals you make is what is important in this game, obviously. This is when a game plan will be needed. You can use this much in the multi-player mode. You can play the street challenge mode and of course, the multi-player competition. You can play with eight players online and compete with or against each other. If you play online, you may also join a world competition where you compete with national teams of different countries.

The graphics are better compared to other soccer games. I like the cartoon style characters. The audio and sounds also appeared clear and crisp. The presentation is very good making the game even more interesting and prevented it from becoming too conventional. And the changes done to the locations have given more challenge to the gamers. Now, they do not just have to play in their usual soccer field. Skills will vary as they play on different locations.

I would have to say this game is just alright, but nothing great. There are a lot of missed opportunities and new plays that could have been dreamed up for soccer in the world outside of stadiums. I would rate it 6.5 out of 10


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