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Posted:
2013-02-12

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PC Games

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 thatÂ’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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2013-10-04

purdey

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Xbox 360

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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2013-02-24

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3

7.4

Sony's version of Wii Sports, Sports Champions, was on a short list of Playstation Move launch titles. As a launch vehicle for the Playstation Move system, Sports Champions does more right than it does wrong.

Gameplay: 8/10

You have the option to play six different sports in Sports Champions. ThereÂ’s archery, volleyball, disc golf, bocce, gladiator duel and table tennis. Each with its own Champions Cup where you climb a ladder of ten opponents with three difficulty levels. Depending on which sport you choose you can also play versus or co-op multiplayer.

Although the way you play each sport is similar, they're not so similar that it gets repetitive. All six sports are simple enough for even a Playstation Move novice to play, but to master any of them takes skill and patience. Table tennis and volleyball are likely to be favorites for most players though. They're intuitive, realistic and just as much fun as the real thing. You'll get a great workout too. One of the major things that surprised me was how accurately the Move system tracked your movement and motions. It's almost flawless and you'll never feel like you've been cheated.

A couple of the sports, gladiator duel and archery, even allow you to use both controllers. In gladiator duel one controller is used for your shield and the other for your sword. Archery allows one controller to be used to hold the bow and the other to pull the arrow back. Although you can play either sport with just one move controller, using two just makes it seem so much more authentic.

One thing that could have been improved was the characters models. They're all very stereotypical for the sport they represent and inexplicably don't speak. I would have expected some trash talking or something to give the matches a little more atmosphere. I will admit though that I usually didn't have time to notice what my character looked like as I was too busy concentrating on victory.

Graphics 8.5/10

The best thing about the graphics are the beautiful environments where the sports take place. ThereÂ’s really good variety on display too as you'll find yourself playing on the beach, in a run down coliseum, in majestic forests and more. Some of the character models could use a little work though as they look blocky and out of proportion.

Sound: 7/10

Easily the worst aspect of Sports Champions is all the grunting and panting coming from the on screen characters as they lunge and swing and so forth. Someone in another room who couldn't see the television may begin to wonder about what you're watching or doing. The actual sound effects are fine though with nothing really of interest to point out.

Final Score: 8/10

Sports Champions is a great game to showcase just what the Playstation Move can do. Your movements and motions are accurately tracked and the game is a blast to play. The main thing I would like see in a future version is a larger collection of events. Six sports are fine for a debut but imagine the fun to be had if there were 20 events instead. Either way, Sony has a game with massive potential for success on its hands and I for one can't wait to see what's next for the Sports Champions series. Happy Gaming!

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Posted:
2012-10-12

purdey

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Nintendo DS

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.

DS 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:
2013-02-19

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Sol Exodus is an attempt to revitalize a struggling genre: the action space shooter. It retains all the classic elements. Players are space fighter pilots defending a ragtag fleet of carriers fighting for the survival of mankind. While the game stays true to its genre origins, it does little to revive the genre or take any risks as far as improving gameplay or mechanics.

The influence of popular TV shows, such as Battlestar Galactica, are evident in Sol Exodus. The game is relatively short, offering less than five hours of content for the average player. There is very little replay appeal. While the fighter ship is customizable to small extent, there is only one basic type of ship, so the game doesn't even offer the ability to replay missions with a different class or style.

Visually, the game is up to par, but it does suffer from some glitches, including clipping into objects, which can result in a program crash. On the positive side of this, the developers are working with the community to develop patches for any bugs found. With most games in this genre published over ten years ago, a graphics update is a nice change, but Sol Exodus doesn't offer players enough to keep them interested for long.

Sol Exodus is a game that appears rushed on several levels. While players may sympathize that an indie developer doesn't have a colossal budget to work with, Sol Exodus simply doesn't compete in the present market. The incredibly low amount of content, coupled with a thin story, poor character presentation and poor publication in languages other than English, where voice acting is in the correct language but text is still English, hold back Sol's appeal. The game does, however, carry a bargain price tag of around ten bucks, so for desperate fans of the genre it won't be much of an investment. Unfortunately, it is certainly a case of you get what you pay for.

The collector's edition of the game comes with a few minor bonuses. These include an art book, a physical copy of the game, a printed manual and an additional game mode. The game was clearly intended to be a digital item, and the printed materials slapped together to make the collector's edition are mediocre at best. The additional game mode offers only a little bite more of additional content in already emaciated game.

Despite its many shortcomings, Sol Exodus does offer a rare title. There simply aren't many games published in the space action shooter genre, so anything that comes out may be worthwhile for those interested. It would be great if Sol was the title that would revive the genre, or prove to the wealthier developers that it is something to look at again. This is not likely to be the case, unfortunately.

Taken together, Sol Exodus has solid gameplay, but is so strictly reminiscent of past games it leaves modern gamers hungry for something creative. This coupled with low content and a lack of finishing polish make Sol something that could have been a great revival and just isn't going to be.

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Posted:
2013-02-22

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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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Posted:
2013-08-03

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

Sony PSP

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:
2014-03-18

purdey

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PC Games

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 game'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:
2012-10-12

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo DS

7.0

Sudoku is a numbers game found in most newspapers around the world, there are even Sudoku books sold for the more fanatical players. So it is no surprise that Nintendo developers saw the DS potential and created Sudoku Master for DS. The question is if it is enough to keep the gamers playing on the small screen.

For those who have not yet heard of the Japanese numbers game, this has been around for some time. The game involves numbers 1 through 9 where a series of boxes are placed together. The horizontal and vertical arrangement of the boxes creates a puzzle where some are filled with numbers. The objective is to complete the numbers in each box without repetition. So it is basically like a crossword puzzle but instead of letters there are numbers which have to fit in each particular box. It is not as simple as it sounds although it can be quite confusing reading about it the first time.

There are three levels of difficulty with more than 400 puzzles to play and each is times so the player can rate their own performance. The gamer can save their progress and they can also ask for hints which can clue them in that the numbers they enter do not clash. This is the one feature which is very important for the new players.

There is no two screen option for Sudoku Master and it would not be logical to do so for it would be difficult to keep track of the numbers in the different boxes that have to be filled in. The player also has the option to put in the numbers manually by writing on the touch screen. However, there is also the option to tap onto the box which the player wants filled in which makes it easier to do compared to the D pad.

To make a long story short, those are fans of the newspaper version of Sudoku would love this Nintendo DS version, for one thing the players can save their money. This is a game which targets the deep thinkers and thankfully Nintendo has succeeded well. This is a highly addictive game which not only the old will enjoy but the younger players who wish to have a more cognitive type of game.

Is this recommended for all? The answer is a definitive Yes especially for those who want to play a game that gives an intellectual satisfaction. For the young or the old, this is an easy game which can increasingly become difficult as the player progresses. The best thing about the game is its friendliness to the beginner Sudoku player. It is forgiving and teaches instead of penalizing. The learning curve of new players would definitely increase in this game.

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Posted:
2012-10-13

purdey

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo DS

6.8

The story for Hop has to do with the Easter Bunny. Apparently, itÂ’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. ThatÂ’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 doesnÂ’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 doesnÂ’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 thatÂ’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 youÂ’ve unlocked a level, you can go back to it later, but there isnÂ’t a feature that allows you to just play the mini-games, even the ones youÂ’ve completed.

When it comes to the controls for shooting, theyÂ’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 wasnÂ’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 thatÂ’s something that must be considered. Hop is a kidÂ’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. ItÂ’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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