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Old 04-02-2010, 04:47 AM   #76
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Dragon Age: Awakening - PC

A decent expantion pack. You play as either your character from the Origins storyline or the with an automatically new level 18 character with 70 points to go crazy with. All you need is to have Origins installed for this expantion to work.

Story: You start off in an advance stage of exploration. You have a Grey Warden heritage option opened up, but it doesn't provide too much information outside of what you already know. Depending on if you have finished Origins already, which I advise because the story would get too confusing if you aren't up to date with everything. Pretty much a new enemy that ties in with the archdemon is at large and the darkspawn are evolving from this. I thought the story added some much needed structure to the game, but the worse part is that it only provides a small amount of content with a couple extra hours and some new characters.

Gameplay: Same as before, you're looking at a few new enemies and gear.

Graphics: Same, new cutscenes and dialouge are great for existing fans.

Sound: Same as DAOs.

Score: 8 out of 10

Overall: You're not getting too much content, but enough to keep fans happy until next year,
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God of War 3 - PS3

No doubt one the best games the PS3 has to offer.

Story: Pretty much the end to the Kratos storyline. You are ontop of Mount Olympus and everything is looking at it's end. If I gave the storyline away I'd give away GOW2. So I won't say too much here. Except that its good.

Gameplay: The reputation of the action genre owes a great deal to this series. Not to mention the DMC or NG series, but what Kratos can perform is pure artistic and memorable gameplay. Old gameplay is perfected and a new grappling system makes the onslaught of killing mythological creatures more and more enjoyable.

Graphics: Some of the best I've seen, which is an update from previous reviews. The amount of detail draws a lust for attention that would make those who bash the series wonder why they don't own this game. The amount of gore triples that of previous entries and even more then Ninja Gadien 2.

Sound: All the original cast and more are great. But I'm eager to say that it's good.

Score: 10 out of 10

Overall: I think it's a great game. If you own a PS3 this game is a must have and same goes with those that dont. I personally feel this game helps the PS3 in way of exclusives. This type of quality and gameplay is a gem and makes me proud to own a PS3.

Assassin's Creed 2 - PS3

I dont think I got to comment too much on this game, but I liked it a lot.

Story: Ezio is a new assassin. Trained to kill after his family is taken into custody and murdered. The entire AI system returns and a confusing conclusion to boot.

Gameplay: New additional weapons and gear. New assassinations and mission structure makes AC2 better then AC. Some side missions get boring and repitious after a while. I got confused on the actual plot multiple times.

Graphics: Great detail in Florence and beyond. Not to mention how much there is to explore.

Sound: I liked the new additions to the cast, but frankly I wish there was a skip button sometimes.

Score: A very strong 8 out of 10.

Overall: If you aren't getting any new games and liked AC, then pick this up. It's good enough to enjoy and the opening cutscene into Ezio's world is very enjoyable. But I don't exactly care for the scifi part anymore. I think this whole AI system is getting screwed around with too much. Jade Raymond helped make something this large, but yet didn't have a single thing to do with AC2. I just hope they can make an early end to this series and find a new way of introducing an assassin into video games.

Games worth mentioning but aren't reviewed:
Batman: Arkham Asylum: 10 out of 10
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: 10 out of 10

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Old 04-02-2010, 07:48 AM   #77
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I plan to play the first two for sure. AC2 I'll be ignoring.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:01 AM   #78
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Infinite Space - NDS

Story: Yuri a young man has his chance to head into space and conquer the galaxy with a group of friends. That's about as far as I got before I gave up on IS.

Gameplay: Progressive story movement mimics that of FM, but the space combat is almost as dull as the conversations within the game. I had a hard enough time finding out where my next mission was and if I could even survive the next group of enemies. I personally think it's unpolished and kind of worth missing out on. The combat felt cheap and I really couldn't stand the constant random remarks about firing weapons. They place a small mark that is your attack range, but I just didn't enjoy backing up and moving forward just to attack.

Graphics: The ships look great. The space combat isn't too great ontop of the land battles that look like they were made in 15 minutes. I did like the characters however. But the constant view of the rear of your ship gets old after a while. And towns "spaceports" all look the same. Nothing stands out as being a tad interesting.

Sound: Nothing too great. Soundtrack flies over your head the moment you can't figure out what the next mission is.

Score: 4 out of 10

Overall: I had high hopes from those who liked this title. But I really didn't have the nerves to wait till that story arc kicked in. This title could of been a whole lot better.

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F.E.A.R. 2 Project Origin – PS3

F2PO is a first person shooter, a sequel to its original. Having only played F.E.A.R. Files I can say this is so much better then anything that that distasteful expansion pack had to offer. The weapons didn’t even look like weapons-scale wise and the dull storyline mixed with the horrible level design made my stomach cringe half the time I was playing. I only recommend playing a title in the main series.

Story: Alma, the mother of the apocalypse is destroying yet another area of the city. After a large nuclear explosion the entire town in engulfed in fallout and destruction has caused all the buildings to collapse. You and your squad team are being sent in to find a way to destroy Alma and to find out who is behind Alma’s secret. Half the time you’re in one main building, be it a hospital, school, or a subway. So traveling into any type of tourist attraction or really anything a tad bit interesting is out of the question.

Gameplay: A FPS that is better then I had expected. Fast paced gunfights mixed in with a decent selection of weapons and bullet time is fun for those who still enjoy it. Not bad in that department, but where F2PO doesn’t have a huge enemy selection. The selection of enemies varies from one to two different types. The mech-battles could have been a lot better. You are mainly concentrated on finishing one section of enemies and moving to the next. Not that this isn’t fun, but you’re focused on a very linear path of destruction. I would call F2PO a linear first-person shooter any day of the week.

Graphics: Very nice visuals. Considering how many FPS I’ve played this gen versus how many I played last gen. I am ready to say that they may be showing their age. Most of the environments are very polished but with very little detail in terms of exploration. Fire effects, lighting, and gunfights all look great if not better then earlier FPS.

Sound: You can hardly tell there is a musical score in the background. So this part doesn’t score too high on the list of musical masterpieces.

Score: 8 out of 10

Overall: If you find this title cheap, like I did, then pick it up. It’s not a bad FPS-horror game, but don’t expect the best horror themed game out there. While I’m finishing Condemned 2, second time in, I actually find F2PO lacking in terms of shock value. This terrifying little girl bit might get some people stirred up, but I mainly walk through the thrill/wow parts like they were scripted just to piss me off. In conclusion, I give F2PO a $10 recommendation. Meaning if you find it for 10$ then get it. Otherwise wait and see how good F3 is. And it’s short, like 3 days short.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – NDS

Excellent gameplay and boss battles OoE is one DS game worth checking out.

Story: The game follows a female protagonist and her master who are trying to find the secret to defeating the final source of Dracula’s power. The best part of OoE is the world map. A bit more next gen then Rondo of Blood, but both are on the top of my list for experiencing Castlevania in a whole new way. Each location offers its own unique feel to the game and the characters are also very well done.

Gameplay: Classic NDS Castlevania gameplay. Weapons are equipped on a set of button slots, combining both of the same weapon unlocks Union attacks which are basically magic attacks but with more power. There is no need for the stylus, only the d-pad is used. Boss battles are tough, tougher then PoR, but not as tough as Rondo of Blood.

Graphics: Very artistic 2D graphics. I didn’t expect a huge leap from Portrait of Ruin, but OoE offers quite a bit in detail for each environment.

Sound: Nothing more then a classic symphony and a few character blurbs that a lot of the game’s quality shines through when found.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

Overall: The extra content is actually quite good. I rarely see myself holding onto a DS game for more then a couple days after I finish it, but considering with how hard it is to find Castlevania games for the DS I won’t be selling this copy anytime soon.

Shogo: Mobile Armor Division – PC

Story: Sanjuro, a soldier of a futuristic security team who are going after a terrorist named Gabriel. Basically a very classic PC FPS with mechs. There are quite a bit of objectives. So the game offers a wide selection of detail in terms of storytelling.

Gameplay: The game switches from FPS to mech simulator/FPS. You get to fight large mechs with giant guns and run through corridors with heavily guarded enemy AI. Shogo, for those who already know is an old game. But at that time, this game is pretty impressive.

Graphics: Dated 3D graphics. The character models are terrible to look at, but this is how games were and I can’t argue with history. The game is set in a neo-Tokyo setting, so heavily influenced anime-styled art like posters, character art, and level design show itself in a very stable way.

Sound: The characters sound great. The music does get a bit annoying at times. But the gun blasts do their jobs just fine.

Score: 9 out of 10

Overall: I picked this title up at GOG.com. The price is nothing to argue about outside of its era. Just remember the game is dated and might not do it for some who are used to the over the top million dollar experience that is found in this gen. But Shogo should play on most PCs, so if you’re looking for some FPS/gaming classics, this is one of them.



Super Street Fighter IV – PS3

A reason to enjoy SFIV all over again! This review is basically for those who have played SFIV already.

Story: Not too much to say about this. Seth is still the final boss and most of the cut scenes deliver an anime-style feel to each character, but not enough to keep me interested in the plot. It’s an amazing fighting game that deserves the most credit for what it has done to the genre and I do like the new themes of each character.

Gameplay: There are 10 new characters and each character now has 2 new Ultra combos. Most of them are really interesting and add a twist to all the older characters from SFIV. Somehow the entire game seems to have been given new life. But some Ultras seem ridiculously placed and some look like they were put in as fillers. The new stages, character art, and so forth. The new characters do make the game’s engine a lot more enjoyable to use. After playing this version I could never go back to the original SFIV.

Graphics: Nothing to complain about here.

Sound: Nothing to complain about. All the new characters sound great.

Score: 10 out of 10

Overall: One thing about SFIV that had me a bit concerned was playing a lot and overdoing it for myself with the original cast of characters. This solution makes the game feel fresh and new. Even though some reviews (IGN) complain about lack in detail to the story, it really is forgiving if you consider how terrible Tekken 6’s home version was. But being a player who made the jump from Street Fighter II Turbo to Super Street Fighter II Turbo in a way it almost feels the same.

IGN had in their video review this also. If you’re looking for the best fighting game out there and want quality mixed with quantity this is the game. It’s much better then its original and its only $39.99.

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Very nice reviews. Pretty much agree with all of them. Although since I'd played FEAR 1, 2 just felt like a rehash redo thing so I'd probably hand it a 6 for just not trying. Make sure you get the usb saturn pad for the ps3 since you have the new SF game. Its the best control pad for that game ever.
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Get a stick instead, they also sell the Mad Katz fight pad for PS3 which is more or less a Saturn controller.
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Looking and feeling are two different things. Saturn controller > all. Including joysticks. Way easier and faster to pull out moves.
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Very nice reviews. Pretty much agree with all of them. Although since I'd played FEAR 1, 2 just felt like a rehash redo thing so I'd probably hand it a 6 for just not trying. Make sure you get the usb saturn pad for the ps3 since you have the new SF game. Its the best control pad for that game ever.
I picked up the 1st edition TE stick when it launched with SFIV. I use a used six axis controller, which is starting to show its wear and tear. I would of never of guessed a USB controller would work on the PS3.
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Me either. I'm still surprised it does.
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Red Dead Redemption – PS3

Red Dead Redemption is one of those sandbox games you wish most sandbox games took after. From start to finish, RDR gives the player a fantastic storyline and a vast world that is full of life. However; it does give you enough of that western feel to last you a while.

Story: RDR is about a man named John Marston, a bounty hunter for the government. It seems members of a bloodthirsty gang he was once a part of are now trying to take over the US and Mexico, while the government threatens the life of John’s wife and his son for their capture. The story might seem straight out of an old western movie, but it delivers one of the most amazing endings I have seen this whole year. When you come to a halt in the story, it is basically a mission like cattle herding or breaking in horses. But these missions are not fillers, but rather a way of getting to know the characters. Most of the time I was forgetting whatever negative GTA aspects I thought were going to be in RDR.

Gameplay: The basic GTA schematics are in place, but this is a totally different game. Not even the weapons feel like GTA, but rather the missions play the same. You travel from one person’s assignment to the next. Side missions are in a more organized form with dialogue and story added to each job. It may seem like you escort a lot, but the events that unfold are well worth it and are also filled with heavy dialogue. Traveling is mainly done on horseback, but you can ride a train, take a trolley, or even travel to waypoints using RDR camping feature. Combat is fun, but aiming without using auto-aim can be a bit frustrating at first. Dead Eye allows you to slow down time while marking several different targets, which makes gunfights and duels a blast. The nudity surprised me. I wasn’t expecting a lot of explicit material. But Rockstar seems to always make those moments the best and most interesting. There are also no prostitute sequences because John’s a married man. Hunting, playing cards, enjoying a movie all bring life into RDR.

Graphics: The landscape and detail of the world is wonderful. Vegetation, rock formations, and towns aren’t lacking one bit.

Sound: I think I won’t be the only one who thinks the main character seems almost too determined, but the entire cast of characters and soundtrack are actually really good. But I highly doubt I’ll listen to the soundtrack I got with the launch version.

Score: 10 out of 10

Overall: The ending of this game gave RDR a perfect score. Not to mention how unforgettable this game will be this gen. I recommend this game to those who want a great western experience. Some aspects like traveling can be shortened by resting at a campsite, marking you’re location and traveling that way, or by skipping automatic traveling sequences in trolleys or in the main game. One way I found was by buying property in main cities that held main story missions, you can sleep out the time you wait for the mission to begin.


One Unit Whole Blood – PC

This very violent FPS from Monolith productions is quite impressive. The instant you grab a stick of TNT the entire game instantly becomes fast and fun to enjoy.

Story: You play as Caleb, a fallen chosen warrior. He’s not so much evil, but his hatred for these demons of the fade and the higher evil that took his beloved wife away from him. The story is mainly told through Caleb’s short dialogue and couple brief cinematic cut scenes. The other episodes included with the expansion are great. They provide new environments and weapons, but they are also short and have no real story to tell.

Gameplay: Classic FPS that shares the likeness of Doom and Hexen. The main objective is most always finding keys to unlock new areas while toughing it out through an onslaught of enemies along the way. You’re arsenal is a mix of weapons that include: a flare gun, TNT, a shotgun, a grenade launcher, a voodoo doll, and etc. You’re enemies somewhat vary, but in most cases wont change until the expansion episodes provided that you got it from GOG.com and it came with the expansion. I also had to mess with the control settings. Changing movement keys (which you’ll need to double click you’re selection key twice because they have “or” selected after you make any key modifications) and making sure the crosshair was turned on.

Graphics: 2D/3D environments come to life with fire and texture. And the feeling of getting away from graphic texture repetition fixes itself quite nicely. But you have to remember this is an old game, and level design wasn’t as flush as it is these days.

Sound: Great soundtrack, however every time you die or load the music starts over from scratch. Including the best and the worst from the carnival track. It somehow made the game feel more violent.

Score: 9 out of 10
Overall: Blood scored a perfect score on GOG’s rating list. Knowing that, I instantly picked it up for $5.99. In all, try it out if you want a Doom-era style shooter.

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Nier – PS3

Story: Nier is about a man, called THE FATHER (which if you have chosen not to name him this, it is his name in the instruction manual) and his daughter Yonah. Yonah is sick, with a disease that will eventually kill her. Her father is trying to find a cure while defeating this enemy called the shades. The shades are basically evil entities which have terrorized the world for some time now. Between the shades and the man behind all this, the Shadowlord, the entire game moves almost like a fairytale then an average SE action game. There are two books that exist in Nier. One book is good and the other pure evil. With the help of the good book “Grimoire Weiss” and his magical powers, you are on a quest to rid the world of the shades and to save your daughter.

Gameplay: The basic concept of combat is a list of multiple weapons (swords, spears, axes, two-handed weapons) which can be upgraded if you find the right materials. I upgraded once and never did it again. The combat is simple with a single attack and one lunge attack. Magic is very useful and fun to use. The world is set up with a familiar layout. Backtracking to areas other then desired locations was my complaint towards Nier. The puzzles are fairly easy to solve, but the amount of time you spend traveling makes them more rewarding then they really are. Your character is allowed to hunt, farm (which I didn’t see a point in planting anything), fish (rarely use), and go on side missions. The side-missions seem great at first until you start realizing how side tracked you are from the main storyline. The party system doesn’t allow you to control the other characters or equip them with new weapons (considering weapons are the only items equipped), and nothing outside of their distraction helps out in battle. Combat has its moments with pretty good boss battles, more difficult enemies, but the onslaught of smaller enemies can get very tedious and boring at times.

Graphics: The graphics are pretty good. Some locations, like the Forest of Myth, which is basically a way of playing the game by reading a story instead of fighting; which was interesting. The environment is scaled, but lacks a lot of detail. Rather then relishing in overall site seeing, your main focus is running through different types of environments.

Sound: This was my very-first Square-Enix title that has had four letter words. There is an extreme amount of cursing. The characters sound great and the soundtrack is one of Nier’s best features. Kaine (the women who wears a nightgown as clothes) curses the most, but hearing it out of nowhere made no sense.

Score: 8 out of 10

Overall: The other characters in Nier brought the game to life, so if this sounds like a title for you then check it out. I would recommend getting it for cheap. This game isn’t for everyone, maybe those who are fans of SE or just want an average action game without all the trimmings. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed the game, but I’m willing to bet the sequel might be better. Having Nier Replicant in the same world might be pretty good. The extra content was more of hassle then anything else; I honestly thought it needed more work done to it. Considering it’s the exact content from the main game, like a short director’s cut of the game.
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Heavy Rain – PS3

Story: Heavy Rain sets itself up there with any criminal television show out there. You enter the life of a man, Ethan Mars, who has had probably the worst luck of any man on earth. While the events unfold you play a cast of characters, each with their own story and view of what is going on. Basically you’re all after the Origami Killer, a serial killer who targets children. The game has its ups and downs. Basically it is up to the player to make the story unfold perfectly. I for one thought the worst ending of the game was too depressing. So I went back and played what I thought was going to change everything, and it did. I was pleased with how well the characters acted, but some of the events in the game did not seem to make any sense. Why were some guys always mad when you went to talk to them? Those sorts of things did not seem to unfold towards the end.

Gameplay: A series of in depth quick time events and controller shaking moments is what makes Heavy Rain so special. Every encounter, door opened, and picking up objects is done by a press of a simple button/direction pressing command. Of course you can move your character around and analyze your surroundings, but how much of this do you think you can take? I finished the game on “Played many games” setting and I still missed a lot of events. Not a big deal considering HR has an endless supply of them. A real pain was the camera, sometimes just progressing to the next QTE was a challenge because I could not move the character to the exact spot.

The limited amount of room with hardly any exploration was also a let down. You are on a linear path until the end. But the story and in-depth character development are what also makes Heavy Rain a surprisingly good game.

Graphics: Very good.

Sound: Very good.

Overall: 9 out of 10

If you were a fan of Indigo Prophecy, this game is worth checking out. Those who cannot stand structured button pressing and controlling pushing be warned, this might not be worth your time.
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Indigo Prophecy - PC

Aside from its successor Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy is a very good game. While the game allows the player to live the life of the AI character, in which it does a great job at doing. And although the similarities between choices are not as in depth as Heavy Rain you still get a sense of accomplishment after each scenario.

Story: Lucas Kane is a computer programmer at a Bank. Late one night he decides to stop at a local diner and grab a bite to eat. Seconds later he commits murder and does not know why or what happened. You will meet other characters that follow this sci-fi plot until it folds out. Also, Miranda and Tyler are two police officers who are on the case. I found the game more appealing with these two upbeat characters. There aren't too many big choices to make in the game, but overall it’s enjoyable.
I would of never of guessed the whole sci-fi part would of been in Indigo Prophecy. Somehow it makes finishing the game a bit harder once everything follows through. The only problems outside what I just mentioned are the lack of interest in knowing Lucas' past with his brother. These scenarios are very boring, somewhat difficult, and lack overall quality. I just did not understand how an interesting criminal case led up to an end the world type of plot. Towards the end you feel as if you're watching a Stephen King film.

Gameplay: You can move around at all the locations. No free roaming, but a mix of plot scenarios or casual locations where random controller events, dialogue options, or environmental interactions take place. Main sequences are done in a circle cursor that literary looks like an electronic game machine of Simon. Some scenarios require more difficult types of maneuvers, while others are meant to be fun and intriguing. Like answering the doorbell after you just finished taking a shower. Some camera problems, odd movement in certain locations, and some boring scenarios tend to make their appearance in the middle of the game.

Graphics: Pretty good, but dated. Considering this is a PS2 game. The overall sense of realism, dreaded comfort, and suspense fit in there nicely outside its competition. Sometimes I felt like the unpolished parts were the reason I did not play longer then I did.

Sound: Great.

Score: 8 out of 10

Overall: I enjoyed the experience. The characters had more appeal to them then Heavy Rain, though HR had more in depth character build. Indigo Prophecy is also a lot less depressing, but good. The player and character relationships are my favorite and they also set it aside from HR. Just wish they could have scratched the whole sci-fi element.

Dragon Quest IX - DS

There is so much to be said about a DS JRPG that has the same quality as a console JRPG.

Story: You play a Celestial. A guardian of earth who has been knocked down from his position in the skies by some terrible force. You will travel from place to place, fight your way through dungeons, and explore the vast world of Dragon Quest. The main story is very good. It will take turns placing totally new scenarios, new agendas, and a good batch of stuff to do on the side. There are not too many negative points to point out. This is a very good game.

Gameplay: Your characters are customizable and their classes are based on skills which you assign as you level up. Many higher level classes can be found by doing certain quest throughout the game. Combining your acquired skills does not happen until you reach level 99 in a particular class. Equipment is really great because it allows your character to look totally different and with alchemy you can spend time searching for items to create new gear. Combat is typical DQ, though there are no more random battles. Which is great in my opinion, you can chose who you want to fight and when. I also enjoy how well your characters perform in combat and how well the battle system is designed to look. You can use the stylus to move throughout the game, but I never used it. It is DQ, so expect to be leveling up everywhere you go.

Graphics: Looks amazing. There is a lot to enjoy about the atmosphere. I have played a few 3D RPGS on the DS and this has to be the largest compile of the JRPG element I have ever seen. Not too many cinematic cut scenes, but those shown are very good.

Sound: Great soundtrack.

Score: 10 out of 10

Overall: I enjoyed this game. It has its frustrating moments, but overall you get a 40+ hour experience that is filled with stuff to keep you busy. I didn’t bother with the multiplayer aspect. Though some of the side quest seemed rather boring, it did not affect my overall view of the game.
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2 games I still need to play, especially Prophecy. I've got the european version so its not censored lololol.
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