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Posted:
2013-10-08

colonel

Newbie

PlayStation 3

7.3

While the latest season of F1 might be a bit boring to watch in the real world even for fans of the sport with Vettel winning every single race, as with any sport there is escape to be had in the video game version. F1 2013 is certainly the best version of Codemasters' licensed series yet, but has it been changed enough from last years edition?

The F1 game series has always been a bit intimidating, requiring a deep understanding of the sport's intricacies, even on the easiest level. Thankfully, last year's F1 2012 saw the introduction of a huge number of new features that made the game easier for newcomers, and this year's F1 game continues along those lines.

What really sets this year's F1 game apart from all the others is the introduction of modes that require far less of a time commitment. While most modes from last year return, the "Champion" mode has morphed into what are now being referred to as scenarios. These scenarios help new and even somewhat experienced players get better at the sport of F1 by pushing them through a number of scenarios, some of them mirroring real life events, while others are made up challenges. Players may find themselves having to try and make it past the finish line with a broken gearbox or trying to pull ahead of the unbeatable Vettel on a rainy day.

Perhaps the current state of F1 racing isn't particularly interesting, and it's hard to argue that with this year in particular. To help out those who are becoming a little bored with the current state of the sport, Codemasters has added a sort of historical mode, where players get the opportunity to race in historical F1 cars, but for a historical mode it has one major problem in s much that the entire roster is picked bit by bit from completely different F1 eras, and there are only 10 drivers in total, meaning that drivers that could have never gone up against each other in real life are suddenly lined up on the grid shoulder to shoulder.

When it comes to the actual gameplay, this latest version of F1 does not seem to have changed a whole lot on the surface but, if you look a little bit closer, it's easy to see that not only are the rival racers smarter, but the management mechanics are far more realistic, making tire management meaningful for the first time in quite a while. At the same time, cars are far more varied due to the way that they have been configured making player choice far more important than ever before.

To be certain, F1 2013 has not changed all that much since last year, and really only the most die-hard fans will care about the changes made in it. If you're new to the series, or not even a fan of F1, this latest iteration is easier to get into than ever before, but if you're a veteran, you need to be sure that the additions are really going to make a difference for you.

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Posted:
2013-02-18

colonel

Newbie

PC Games

8.8

Borderlands 2 is a game that is sure to have you playing for hours. This phenomenal game has massive re-playability opportunity because it is such a diverse game. If you love a good shooter game, then this game is sure to impress you, and there is even an RPG element to this game for those interested in the RPG aspect.

Character Classes

You have four different character classes to choose from. This includes the commando who can build gun turrets, the siren who can use phases to alter the battle field, Zero a stealthy assassin with a sword and Gunzerker a guy who uses dual wield for a period of time in order to make up for his lack of height.

In addition to the character classes, you can customize your class further using the talent tree. Its predecessor did not really allow for much customization, but Borderlands 2 allows for maximum capability in this field.

Game Has Infinite Guns!

Borderlands 2 allows for a lot of different guns. It could almost be true that you have infinite guns like the company said. For example, you have all the basic guns like a shotgun, smg and sniper rifle, but you can also find guns like an smg firing shotgun rounds and any number of infinite variations to that. The loot is randomly generated, so you never know what type of gun will pop up. You could say that this game is going to give you the best <i>Bang</i> for your buck.

Quests

In Borderlands 2, you play as a treasure hunter who is trying to stop Jack a man who is trying to destroy the entire world. The quests are never boring, and you could keep yourself entertained for a long time playing quests, or you could just run around killing everything in sight. Another great thing about this game is that the environment is varied and never gets boring.

About Multiplayer

If you get tired of playing by yourself, then you can go multiplayer and play with up to three other players. The one thing that people have found irritating with multiplayer is that in multiplayer, the loot is distributed evenly, so you want to play with people you know to ensure no one gets ripped off.

Lack Of Character Customization

To be fair, Borderlands 2 did make an effort to improve upon the amount of character customization. Despite that effort, it was not enough and there still was not enough customization options. Nonetheless, this is a relatively minor complaint considering that most games do not even allow you to customize your own characters.

Borderlands 2 is a game that will give you hours of entertainment. Gearbox Software went and stepped it up more than a few notches when they made this game. They made a good game and then made a masterpiece following that game. What makes this such a great game is the endless amount of possibilities available to the gamer.

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Posted:
2013-02-21

colonel

Newbie

PlayStation 3

9.0

Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection for the PS3 is a collection of 40 retro classic video games from the 90s. Some highlights are the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Vectorman, Comix Zone and Phantasy Star. Previously the only way to get these games was on Ebay, but buying one at a time was an expensive proposition. On the PS3, you can choose to play these games in their original pixelated state or upgrade the screen to the high definition alternative. You can also arrange the titles alphabetically, by genre or by your ratings of the games.

Pros

40 of your favorite retro games on one disk, who can beat that?
As you win more, trophies are unlocked (trophy hunters take note!).
Wide range of titles so there will be something for everyone.

Cons

No online multi play which means no leaderboard so you can't see how you stack up against other players.
Some of the games included are not so great.
Doesn't look great in HD.

In terms of the cons, it's true you can't keep track of your score with other players around the world, but you're really playing to re-experience the games you loved as a kid and to introduce your own child to your previous lower tech deprived childhood. As much as we thought the games looked amazing in the 1990s, now they look what they are, old school. So even if you try and upgrade them into HD, they're still going to look like the dinosaurs they are. In terms of the game selection, it's true some of the games aren't great (I mean did you even actually play Alex Kidd or Altered Beast when you were well, a kid?), but that said, it has the games you want to play like Sonic, so who really cares if some of them stink?

The trophies are really what the old school gamers want. They come in three levels; Platinuminary, Get Rich (Bronze), Don't Die (Bronze)and the list goes on. Some of them you earn by simply opening chests, and you only win Platunuminary when you collect all 34 trophies.

This title has been rated E 12 plus. It has some mild violence. However, it's easy enough to figure out so you can probably teach a child as young as 8 to play. If you need help, however, there are plenty of cheat codes and hints online.

The retail cost of SEGA Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection PS3 is $23.99. You can get a used one for around $19. It's probably the best value around. I mean where else can you get 40 of your favorite games for such a price? And the games are just as much fun as the first time around. In fact, they might even be better especially if you can rope your offspring to take part in your blast from the past. They might roll their eyes a bit when they see how low tech these games are, but once they start playing, all bets are off.

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Posted:
2012-10-12

colonel

Newbie

Xbox 360

6.0

Bullet Witch is portrayed with ruby lips and raven-colored hair and with sparks that fly from her fingertips. But this witch is definitely not the wicked type. As a matter of fact, she is quite lifeless and so is well suited to the game which is also a bit limp and lifeless.

Bullet Witch is a third-person shooter game developed by Cavia and published by Atari. What makes it even more disappointing is the wasted potential of a game which could with a little more attention be made to live up to its marketing description. Although there are a couple of spells that live up to expectations and are awesome to witness, these magic moments are in a minority.

Bullet Witch takes place in 2013, a post-war era, with the world plagued by disease and natural disasters. To top it off, the inter-dimensional portal of the supernatural is opened unleashing hordes of demons. The character you play is the witch Alicia, who is not really human and not really a demon, sort of half and half. But she does have superhuman magical powers that she uses to fight demons and save humankind. Playing as this character, the task you are set is to eliminate the aforementioned demonic hordes progressing through several locations from the city to suburbs to forests and back again. There is not much diversity in these stages, each stage is linear and has strategically installed barriers to keep you on the straight and narrow. The combat also appears dull, simply because you will repeatedly face and battle identical idiotic demons.

The battling and shooting is all done by Alicia using her impractical gun rod, which is a huge hunk of metal as tall as she is. The function of the gun rod is of four kinds none of which are useful. Moreover, the combat is also spoiled by terrible AI use. The enemy artificial intelligence is really bad and occasionally worse than bad. There is an upside in the fact that most of opponents controlled by the AI can be safely ignored. Unfortunately your own allies under the same AI control also behave pretty stupidly

The fighting is also supplemented by magic spells that come in nine forms. However, barely four of these so called magic spells are worth using. Casting spells even requires you to go through a cycle of awkward motions by multiple pressing buttons. For instance, casting a lightning spell requires pressing the left or right bumper three times and then pressing button A, finding the target and pressing the right trigger. This is definitely a big hassle.

It really is a shame because the puzzles are not bad and the graphics, especially the cutscenes are extremely good of their type, as is the voice acting. Even the story is reasonable. Taking the poor combat and weapons out of the equation, what little that is left is reasonable, but unfortunately a couple of good things, a few reasonable things and some poor things do not add up to even a half decent game.

To be fair the game actually looks good, has some potentially good ideas and with some tuning up of the design and controls could be a reasonable offering.

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Posted:
2013-10-08

colonel

Newbie

PC Games

7.3

While the latest season of F1 might be a bit boring to watch in the real world even for fans of the sport with Vettel winning every single race, as with any sport there is escape to be had in the video game version. F1 2013 is certainly the best version of Codemasters' licensed series yet, but has it been changed enough from last years edition?

The F1 game series has always been a bit intimidating, requiring a deep understanding of the sport's intricacies, even on the easiest level. Thankfully, last year's F1 2012 saw the introduction of a huge number of new features that made the game easier for newcomers, and this year's F1 game continues along those lines.

What really sets this year's F1 game apart from all the others is the introduction of modes that require far less of a time commitment. While most modes from last year return, the "Champion" mode has morphed into what are now being referred to as scenarios. These scenarios help new and even somewhat experienced players get better at the sport of F1 by pushing them through a number of scenarios, some of them mirroring real life events, while others are made up challenges. Players may find themselves having to try and make it past the finish line with a broken gearbox or trying to pull ahead of the unbeatable Vettel on a rainy day.

Perhaps the current state of F1 racing isn't particularly interesting, and it's hard to argue that with this year in particular. To help out those who are becoming a little bored with the current state of the sport, Codemasters has added a sort of historical mode, where players get the opportunity to race in historical F1 cars, but for a historical mode it has one major problem in s much that the entire roster is picked bit by bit from completely different F1 eras, and there are only 10 drivers in total, meaning that drivers that could have never gone up against each other in real life are suddenly lined up on the grid shoulder to shoulder.

When it comes to the actual gameplay, this latest version of F1 does not seem to have changed a whole lot on the surface but, if you look a little bit closer, it's easy to see that not only are the rival racers smarter, but the management mechanics are far more realistic, making tire management meaningful for the first time in quite a while. At the same time, cars are far more varied due to the way that they have been configured making player choice far more important than ever before.

To be certain, F1 2013 has not changed all that much since last year, and really only the most die-hard fans will care about the changes made in it. If you're new to the series, or not even a fan of F1, this latest iteration is easier to get into than ever before, but if you're a veteran, you need to be sure that the additions are really going to make a difference for you.

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Posted:
2013-10-08

colonel

Newbie

Xbox 360

7.3

While the latest season of F1 might be a bit boring to watch in the real world even for fans of the sport with Vettel winning every single race, as with any sport there is escape to be had in the video game version. F1 2013 is certainly the best version of Codemasters' licensed series yet, but has it been changed enough from last years edition?

The F1 game series has always been a bit intimidating, requiring a deep understanding of the sport's intricacies, even on the easiest level. Thankfully, last year's F1 2012 saw the introduction of a huge number of new features that made the game easier for newcomers, and this year's F1 game continues along those lines.

What really sets this year's F1 game apart from all the others is the introduction of modes that require far less of a time commitment. While most modes from last year return, the "Champion" mode has morphed into what are now being referred to as scenarios. These scenarios help new and even somewhat experienced players get better at the sport of F1 by pushing them through a number of scenarios, some of them mirroring real life events, while others are made up challenges. Players may find themselves having to try and make it past the finish line with a broken gearbox or trying to pull ahead of the unbeatable Vettel on a rainy day.

Perhaps the current state of F1 racing isn't particularly interesting, and it's hard to argue that with this year in particular. To help out those who are becoming a little bored with the current state of the sport, Codemasters has added a sort of historical mode, where players get the opportunity to race in historical F1 cars, but for a historical mode it has one major problem in s much that the entire roster is picked bit by bit from completely different F1 eras, and there are only 10 drivers in total, meaning that drivers that could have never gone up against each other in real life are suddenly lined up on the grid shoulder to shoulder.

When it comes to the actual gameplay, this latest version of F1 does not seem to have changed a whole lot on the surface but, if you look a little bit closer, it's easy to see that not only are the rival racers smarter, but the management mechanics are far more realistic, making tire management meaningful for the first time in quite a while. At the same time, cars are far more varied due to the way that they have been configured making player choice far more important than ever before.

To be certain, F1 2013 has not changed all that much since last year, and really only the most die-hard fans will care about the changes made in it. If you're new to the series, or not even a fan of F1, this latest iteration is easier to get into than ever before, but if you're a veteran, you need to be sure that the additions are really going to make a difference for you.