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Posted:
2013-02-16

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PlayStation 3

8.0

Resident Evil 6 had one of the most controversial development cycles of the series. Capcom expressed an interest in getting more casual fans to gravitate towards the series, and this acknowledgment caused an uproar among long standing fans of the series. Capcom's attempt to reach out to a wider audience does not go unnoticed, in Resident Evil 6, nor does it help make the game better. Only the strong points of the game, the ones that more often than not come from past entries into the series, pull Resident Evil 6 from out of the dregs on mediocrity and make it a game worth playing, just not one that is must play.

Instead of simply making one game that appeals to a certain niche, Capcom decided instead to combine four separate games and smash them into one game under the same engine. The result is the largest, most epic and most varied entry into the series, but it is also the most muddled. Rather than having one campaign Resident Evil 6 has four. Each campaign follows one or two different character from the Resident Evil series. The game's storylines intersect and overlap but each one can be played individually and has its own beginning, middle and end. The Tarantino-ish take on story telling is very effective and when they intersect it can be very satisfying. It is encouraging to see Capcom take this approach with Resident Evil, and it provides hope for where the series might go in the future.

The issues with Resident Evil 6 become apparent when the player realizes that some of the campaigns are simply not fun to play. Each campaign has its own feel and pace to it, Leon Kennedy's is a fantastic journey not unlike previous entries into the series, and is full of suspense and legitimate fear. On the other hand Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin's action-packed campaign seems like a generic pop and shoot game with a broken cover mechanic.

Extended fire fights and car chases are not the things fans remember when they think about the Resident Evil series, and Capcom's attempt to grab some gamers from Gears of War and Call of Duty by adding these elements did not work in Resident Evil 6's favor. Ada Wong's campaign is similar to Leon's, only with more stealth elements and it too is a great testament to the Resident Evil series. Chris Redfield's campaign meanwhile, falls somewhere in the middle of the two extremes.

Fortunately, regardless of the campaign, the graphics are top notch. With a greater emphasis on dark environments than in Resident Evil 5, the atmosphere is incredibly creepy, when it isn't being interrupted with gun fights and car chases. The controls are mostly solid, except for the cover mechanic, which is border-line broken, but most of the game can be played without it.

The good parts of Resident Evil 6 are some of the best in the series, and are a real testament to how good Capcom can do the survival horror genre.

Unfortunately the campaigns that put an over emphasis on action bring down the experience quite a bit. If those shortcomings can be overcome there is a great storyline and some terrific game play to be had here.

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Posted:
2012-10-19

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Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

8.7

Do you wonder what you will face when you play Homeworld 2? The answer is that you will get to witness a grand space opera in truly epic proportions. This is because Homeworld 2 is indeed a very impressive follow up to another hit game that focused on strategy that also managed to incorporate three dimensional combat set in deep space.

This is one thing that no game has ever come close to achieving save perhaps for Homeworld: Cataclysm, which was released as the follow up to the original game. However, Homeworld: 2 is indeed a full fledged follow up to the original game; however, it bears a lot of similarities to the game that preceded it. Think of it as a sort of remake that reintroduces the unique gameplay and retells the story of the first Homeworld game; only this time, it comes with stellar graphics and sounds that is truly remarkable.

As any true fan of the original game can look forward to, its gameplay once again involves some dramatic and intense ship versus ship battles among several kinds of fighter craft that can be found in the future. These battles will keep you at the edge of your seat and have you cheering loudly when and if you do win a battle. One thing that may prove distracting, even to more experienced players is that the battles that you will get to witness are so spectacular that you may find yourself gaping in awe instead of actually playing the game. That is just a testament to how intense and beautiful the graphics are in this game. But remember that you have to direct the battles in order to win and simply staring at the screen will not help you win any battles.

Homeworld 2 has a basic structure that is a lot if not completely like the original game's. As a matter if fact, this is a very straightforward strategy game that is played in real time wherein the mother ship is the base and also the factory wherein you will have to utilize every single supply that you can get your hands on so that you can have enough fuel for the war machine. One task that you have to do is to provide enough protection to your collectors as they go about doing their tasks; all this while you build fleets to duel with the warships that belong to your enemies.

Speaking of ships, you will notice that the ships you do have are more well balanced as compared to the ones that can be found on the original game. Ships from different classes can all be upgraded so that makes things a lot more exciting for the player.

If you were a fan of the original game then do not hesitate to give this new and improved version a try and see if it blows your mind. Those who are new to the game will certainly fall in love with the game and may even venture to try out the older version.

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Posted:
2012-10-19

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PC Games

8.1

As far as promising starts go, Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile in indeed a very promising start for its developer, the same people who founded the earlier games that were centered on building cities.

These games may seem familiar to you; they went by the names Pharaoh and Caesar. If you just happen to be someone who is a veteran of those two games it is best to keep in mind that this game is brand new start for that genre. With this game, the people who developed it made sure that they built it fresh, that is to say, they made sure that they built it from the ground up instead of just recycling older ideas that were used before in older games. The end result of their efforts is a game that shows loads of personality and a number of very interesting city building type gameplay. As charming as it is, it does get weighed down by several problems that were not present in the older games of the same type.

In this particular game, you will be tasked to play in the role of a group of pharaohs living in the old, middle and new kingdom's of Egypt which were back then, the height of its power and as well as the influence being a civilisation. Your main goal here is to raise the prestige that you have and that is by increasing the power of your cities and its size as well. This game has a big campaign that will let you take a series of challenges that increase in difficulty as well as several scenarios that will enable you to visit cities from virtually nothing. You will also be treated to several top quality tutorials which will give you all the knowledge that you need in order to play the game.

But what really makes this game stand out from other games that were released previously in its genre is that there is an emphasis on the populace of the city; which is totally different from the previous city building games wherein the citizens were reduced to mere statistics. In this game, you can actually see what your citizens are up to in their everyday lives. The end result is that each character then has needs that you will need to address; these include needs like food, and health and even religion. This adds to the beauty of the game since you will really see what is working in your city and add to that, you will also see what is not working.

You will notice that your economic backbone is the farmers that plant the crops whenever the Nile river overflows. Then as a support to the farmers, you will also have a small group of shopkeepers who manufacture goods that are to be used in the city.

This is a fun game that will also give you a lesson in economics that you can really learn from although you may not necessarily be an economist.

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Posted:
2012-10-22

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PC Games

9.0

This time Electronic Arts partners with developers Criterion Games after their epic mishap with their previous Need for Speed installment, they probably felt like a change was needed and partnering up with Criterion could be something they should have done earlier.

Criterion, known for its extreme style of open-world racing games such as the Burnout series has made its mark in the gaming industry with insane concepts of car racing. This time around with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, they ramped up the ante by taking one of the coolest city's ever to be made in the video game world and super cars that would make even the most experienced racing gamer drool. The city is named Seacrest County and what makes it cool is simple one thing; they have Lamborghini cop cars. Now, even the in your craziest dreams did you ever see a Lamborghini cop car? How about a city with that have cars racing around its perfectly woven streets? Not to mention those cars are comes from a billionaire's Christmas list.

In that list you'll find Lamborghinis, Audi R8s, Aston Martin DBSs, Porsche 911s and if those still won't tickle your fancy how about the ultimate Pagani Zonda or world's most expensive car; The Bugatti Veyron. If that didn't get racing gamers aroused then probably nothing will. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit simplifies the concept of racing games ever so easily. By thoroughly embracing the idea of racing your million-dollar super car in city streets against other million-dollar super cars or more interestingly; million-dollar cop cars.

In this game, you get into action by simply driving into a specific marker in the city, take your pick at which even you want to participate choose your side and off you go. Racing your car into the busy streets against other cars or cops depending on the racing event you have chosen. You can either play as the cop or the hard headed racer, race your rank, reputation or wanted levels as you weave through traffic, smashing on other innocent cars (Yes, million-dollar super cars too) running people off, drifting on corners and just simply acting like an insane racer felon. Funny thing is the more you really do drive like an insane felon; the more points you get, more new cars you can unlock and open new areas of Seacrest County.

One of the best aspects about this game; as much as racing physics itself, is probably the landscape and graphics that certainly feels like it's alive. That's what you would expect from Criterion Games but Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit certainly looks a thousand fold better than any other racing game out there in the market.

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Posted:
2013-02-27

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Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

5.0

Marvel Super Hero Squad for the Wii, developed by Blue Tongue Entertainment, features miniature versions of everyone's favorite Marvel super heroes, and was published by THQ. The characters featured are Iron Man, Wolverine, Storm, Captain America and the rest of the super hero squad cast, from the toy line and television show. As a result the graphics for the game are, understandably, a bit cartoon like, and the music is suited to a younger audience. This is a beat 'em up game where players use the powers from their favorite Marvel super heroes to fight off all the villains that get in the way of the saving the world.

The comic storyline of the game has been simplified so that children can understand the story from a their perspective. You get to venture into places such as Asteroid M, Asgard, The Vault, Villainville and Super Hero City. The plot develops as Doctor Doom aims to collect enough fractals to create a complete Infinity Sword, in order to become one of the most powerful villains in the universe.

The game starts in a S.H.I.E.L.D missile base where MODOK and A.I.M. appear, and take an Infinity Sword fractal to Doctor Doom. This is the beginning of the serious plot that develops which involves Doctor Doom working in coordination with some of the most powerful and menacing villains. Some of the undesirables which you must face are The Juggernaut, Magneto, Mystique, Loki and The Abomination. This makes it hard for the super hero squad to thwart Doctor Doom's evil plot to take over the world. Luckily, the Super Hero Squad, team up with your favorite friends in order to take on the evil Doctor Doom and all of his colleagues as they try to make the world their own.

The game received decent reviews and will probably be seen as an average game by experienced gamers, but is the perfect game for kids, who are its target audience. The multiplayer aspect of the game is another feature that makes it good for children as it encourages teamwork.

There is also battle mode to the game where players can choose to play their favorite Marvel characters to fight in an arena. The battle mode is a simple fighting game mode where people have life bars and use their powers to battle it out until there is only one person standing.

Note that the game has a sequel which gives this game added play value. Marvel Super Hero Squad, The Infinity Gauntlet was released in 2010 and expands on the story presented in Marvel Super Hero Squad. .

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Posted:
2013-03-06

wetwet

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

9.0

No matter what else comes out for a Nintendo, each of them is always remembered by the Mario game or games that came out for that system. For most systems this was a great thing, but the GameCube's Mario game, Super Mario Sunshine, has been dismissed by both critics and consumers as one of the worst 3D Mario games ever made. Can Super Mario Galaxy show the world that Sunshine was just a hiccup in an otherwise stellar franchise?

The short answer to this question is a resounding yes, but lets look at the reasons why. By setting Super Mario Galaxy in space, the game designers found it much easier to each world (level) from each other visually and stylistically. That said, the best thing about this clear separation between each world is that they can each have their own distinct rules. Past games have done this to some extent, but every level in Super Mario Galaxy looks one hundred percent unique and interesting.

Super Mario Galaxy also ditches the extremely gimmicky water backpack from Super Mario Sunshine in favor of a much more tradition 3D platforming style of gameplay. However, the game adds a new kind of collectible called star bits that requires you to point at them on the screen to collect them. I'm sure that Nintendo felt obligated to make use of the system's motion controls, but for games like this, they often just detract from the overall experience.

Thankfully, the sometimes odd motion controls don't take away from the gameplay as a whole. Like most 3D Mario games, Super Mario Galaxy manages to walk the line between being too easy and being too hard. I never felt like I was just breezing through the worlds, but I also never felt like I was being unjustly punished by unforgiving level design, at least for required levels. Some optional levels are certainly crazy hard, but that's the point.

Of course, Super Mario Galaxy is not without its weak spots. Practically every new suit that the game introduces handles terribly, particularly the spring suit. Like any Mario game, the story seems silly and tacked on to the point where you wonder why Nintendo even bothers to write a story for any of their games in the first place. But to be honest, these are minor nitpicks when we're talking about the best game available for the Wii right now.

Super Mario Galaxy sets an incredibly high bar for other games that come out on the Wii, and I certainly hope that they are able to match it, because if they can, the Wii will be able to truly give the Xbox 360 and the PS3 a run for their money when it comes to software. Moreover, Super Mario Galaxy picks the Mario series of 3D platformers back up after they fell so hard in Sunshine, and now I am once again looking forward to whatever Nintendo comes up with for Mario during their next time up at bat.

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Posted:
2013-06-03

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Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

9.0

The story starts with New York City being overwhelmed by an alien virus from invading aliens, known as the Ceph. In addition to the Ceph trying to conquer humanity, and kill you, is a group known as the CELL who are mercenaries for the company that built your suit, Crynet. These forces are fighting with marines, preventing them from fighting off the Ceph, though why they’re doing that isn’t ever explained. Either way, it’s just more enemies for you to kill in your supersuit.

The first, most important thing about Crysis 2, is that you get armor, called the Nanosuit, that you will be wearing all game. This armor does more than just protect your character, however. It is the key to the super powers that make this game so much different than its current competitors. You have a ton of different capabilities available to you with the Nanosuit on, and the game forces you to make use of every one of them over the course of proceeding through it.

The way it makes you use these different skills is through enormous set-pieces that you’ll come across, over and over. You’ll usually enter an area from above, allowing you to sit cloaked and strategize on the best way to defeat patrolling, emplaced, apparently-aware enemies before trying out some tactic that puts all the best items of a situation at your advantage. Being able to strategize attacks like this before you go in is something that has been missing from a lot of first-person shooters, and being able to do it here is an enormously satisfying experience, whether you actually pull it off or not.

Another feature that makes this game great is the multiplayer. What you’ll find when you step online is a leveling and reward system that pays a player for playing, much like the Call of Duty series of games. The essential difference between the two is that every player gets a Nanosuit. This allows for players to engage in the same sort of tactical battles that the single-player game offers. Playing against enemies that have the capability to cloak and power up their armor throws enormous changes into the game, and upgrading all those different skills along with your weapons will keep players coming back.

The sheer volume of gameplay elements that Crysis 2 does so well makes it a must-have for fans of first-person shooters. From a single-player game that will have you playing through again and again, to a multiplayer experience filled with more adrenaline than you can shake a stick at, to graphics that will make you buy a drool cup, Crysis 2 takes the FPS to a whole new level.

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Posted:
2013-08-11

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Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

6.5

The Pixar movie Brave opened to somewhat mixed reviews. The film, while decent, had the Pixar name to live up to and there were some that didn't feel it met the bill. So what to make of the Pixar backed game of the same name? It's a lot like its movie counterpart from which it draws inspiration. It's not half bad, but it lacks the polish that you would expect from a high end video game. The game's graphics are great and you feel like you are playing within the movie at times. The gameplay is rather basic and bland and a co op mode never really takes off like it could. Brave feels like a game made for children with certain adult elements tossed into it to keep things interesting. I guess you could say that about most Pixar movies though too.

Perhaps the biggest curveball the game tosses at you is the fact that the game presents a slightly different story than what you saw in the movie theater. All of the main characters are still there, but it's just told from a different perspective. We won't spoil it for you, but let's just say that the story is actually one of the game's high points. Perhaps a bit damning to Pixar, we actually liked it better than the plot of the main movie. It should be noted though that the game doesn't last much longer than that of a movie, you can beat the main storyline in about 4 hours. That's fine if you paid $10 to see it in the theater. It's not so fine if you just dropped $50 at the local game store.

The game does offer collectibles and other unlockables to add replay value but it's really not enough to make up for the short campaign. Perhaps this will be a better purchase for your child if you happen to find the game in the bargain bin someday.

Graphics are themed after the movie and it does at times make it easy to get lost in the animation. If you take a closer look though, you'll see that the textures don't really stand up to the best titles of this generation. Some clipping issues exist, and some textures are just muddy.

The game does offer a co op mode for a friend to play along but it's here where you can see that the game was designed with a younger audience in mind. The 2nd player has infinite lives, you'll just keep coming back from the dead. Playing Co op makes a very easy game even easier. The gameplay, co op or solo, is extremely linear, moving from one environment to the next. There's not much skill to combat, it's more of a button mashing affair than anything.

Brave is a video game designed to let your child play through an alternate version of the movie storyline. It shows Pixar charm occasionally, but it's mostly just another poor movie adaption.

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Posted:
2012-10-10

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Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

5.9

For all of you who do not yet have a clue, Spellforce Universe just happens to be one of those titles that just seemed to come out of nowhere and yet managed to offer something different to people. It was indeed a case where there was a perfect blend of RPG and also some real time strategic game play.

As it so happens, this game was very popular and in fact, was popular enough to spawn a couple of expansion packs both of which added a couple of new stories as well as play modes along with an array of new items and some new spells. This new game offers the usual game play with some extra trimmings that prove to be really delightful.

One great thing about this is that you will get all of the games mentioned above that come with the package but will cost you half of what you would normally have to pay for the lot of them. But that is all that you will get. You should not expect anything grand or anything that truly celebrates all things Spellforce. Once you open the box, you may think that it looks a bit cheap and somewhat tacky because you know, they didn't even bother to put in a manual that talks about the original game.

Spellforce and its ilk just happen to take place in a land called Eo. But instead of a theme park ride like the one you will see that stars a young Michael Jackson, this land of Eo is called home by your usual cast of fantasy creatures that existed in the middle ages. You will see dwarfs that love to do mining, you will spot some magical elves and people that love to hack things to little bits and pieces. But what sets this world apart from the usual Tolkien-like world are the Rune Warriors; these guys are all powerful and are bound with the use of magic to a certain special stone. These guys were made by the rulers of Eo to help maintain peace and tranquillity in the land by killing everyone.

However, once their duty was done, the creators of these rune warriors transferred their combined powers to just one member and as you can guess, this wasn't a very good idea and things went all awry and the world as they knew it got split into thousands of little islands. One of the creators of the rune warriors managed to make portals that bound Eo together of course and you will then take the place of the last remaining Rune Warrior. Of course, you may wonder how there could be one left when they were all supposed to have been disposed of but it's like a case of video game amnesia. But in the start of the game, you will spend most of your time trying to fix the problems of your world and also to piece it together again. It is interesting but there are some things that are just off with it.

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Posted:
2012-10-18

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Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

9.0

The story starts with New York City being overwhelmed by an alien virus from invading aliens, known as the Ceph. In addition to the Ceph trying to conquer humanity, and kill you, is a group known as the CELL who are mercenaries for the company that built your suit, Crynet. These forces are fighting with marines, preventing them from fighting off the Ceph, though why they’re doing that isn’t ever explained. Either way, it’s just more enemies for you to kill in your supersuit.

The first, most important thing about Crysis 2, is that you get armor, called the Nanosuit, that you will be wearing all game. This armor does more than just protect your character, however. It is the key to the super powers that make this game so much different than its current competitors. You have a ton of different capabilities available to you with the Nanosuit on, and the game forces you to make use of every one of them over the course of proceeding through it.

The way it makes you use these different skills is through enormous set-pieces that you’ll come across, over and over. You’ll usually enter an area from above, allowing you to sit cloaked and strategize on the best way to defeat patrolling, emplaced, apparently-aware enemies before trying out some tactic that puts all the best items of a situation at your advantage. Being able to strategize attacks like this before you go in is something that has been missing from a lot of first-person shooters, and being able to do it here is an enormously satisfying experience, whether you actually pull it off or not.

Another feature that makes this game great is the multiplayer. What you’ll find when you step online is a leveling and reward system that pays a player for playing, much like the Call of Duty series of games. The essential difference between the two is that every player gets a Nanosuit. This allows for players to engage in the same sort of tactical battles that the single-player game offers. Playing against enemies that have the capability to cloak and power up their armor throws enormous changes into the game, and upgrading all those different skills along with your weapons will keep players coming back.

The sheer volume of gameplay elements that Crysis 2 does so well makes it a must-have for fans of first-person shooters. From a single-player game that will have you playing through again and again, to a multiplayer experience filled with more adrenaline than you can shake a stick at, to graphics that will make you buy a drool cup, Crysis 2 takes the FPS to a whole new level.


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