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Posted:
2013-12-23

jessej

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PC Games

7.5

Zeus: Master of Olympus is just like any of the real-time city games in the market today and this includes the Pharaoh series. This platform usually mixes together urban management with colonial and imperial management. And even if this is just like its predecessors in Impressions’ series, this has gone through a total overhaul which makes it better and more challenging.

For those who may not have made a connection yet, Zeus: Master of Olympus is set in ancient Greece although the gameplay is not affected by it at all. As a whole, playing Zeus is like playing Pharaoh but only on the surface. The goal is to manage the city as a whole. From the agricultural sector all the way up to the security of the city, the gamer has to make sure that there is enough going on for the city’s populace to ensure a good economy and very, very low unemployment rating. Pretend to be Obama on this one and you get the gist.

As the gameplay goes on, the differences from the preceding games becomes more apparent. Somehow, Impressions managed to add in more fun into an already fun game. It all begins with building the city from the most basic foundation up. The aim is to make the city function and once that is achieved, this will put an end on the first mission. The following will put the gamer in charge but this time, instead of a builder, the role is more like a Greek superhero, think Hercules and Perseus. As the gameplay proceeds, of course the city gains in strength. Eventually, as the ruler of the city, the gamer has the chance to think of colonizing an area to increase the revenues. There will be a point where the surrounding cities and countries start realizing that there is a clear and present danger so they either invade the territory or defend theirs. The goal is to get as much territory and to make sure the city is strong and independent able to defend its walls.

As this is set in Greek mythology, all the gods are represented and their sanctuaries are a great help. The only downside to Zeus is the combat. There is a need for a lot of adjustments, manoeuvring and such. The difficulties of a war are also apparent. The troops are civilians, if the army gets too large the other industries suffer for there are no workers, lowered production and the need to feed said army. If the wrong decision is made in the defence of the city, said city can get crippled economically.

Compared to other city building games, Zeus: Master of Olympus ups the levels considerably. No longer is there a mindless need to expand and build without consequence. This time the gamer has to actually think out how their actions and decisions can affect the rest of the city and the economy. This broadens the light a bit and can be disconcerting, but it is fun and challenging.

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Posted:
2013-12-28

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

7.5

Frodo Baggin's, a humble Hobbit, lives a modest life in a quiet sleepy village called the Shire in Hobbiton of Middle Earth; where no one has any adventures. That is until fate intervenes and hurdles Frodo from his ordinary life and into a quest to save the world. His task is to destroy an ancient ring that wants to be reunited with its master and maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. Should this happen, Sauron will have the power to destroy the world. Thus, the journey to Mount Doom, the place where the ring was forged millennia ago, and the only place where it can be destroyed, begins. The journey will be a dangerous one and so a Fellowship representing the races of Middle Earth is formed to guide, assist and protect Frodo on his quest for the ring's destruction in the fires of Mount Doom. It is this journey that has been brought to life by LEGO and can now be experienced by the players of the LEGO Lord of the Rings PC game.

The game follows the general storyline of the movie trilogy. The journey comes to life as players take on the form their favorite characters. The Fellowship includes the Hobbit Frodo, the Ranger Aragorn, the Dwarf Gimli, the Elf Legola's, the Wizard Gandalf, and Frodo's three loyal Hobbit friends Sam, Merry, and Pippin. Together, members of the fellowship face the Nazgul on Weatertop, negotiate the hazards of the Misty Mountains, battle the Orc's and the fearsome Balrog deep in the Mines of Moria, fight the Uruk-hai, meet the infamous Gollum, and ultimately cross the threshold of the Black Gate of Mordor.

Along the way, as players explore the world of Middle Earth, they will unlock more than 60 characters and the ability to play them all, brandish the power of the seeing-stone called Palantir or the all-seeing eye, solve riddles and puzzles, find magical items and weapons, and collect, combine, and create new items in the Blacksmith shop found in the village of Bree.

A new feature of this game is called free roam, which spans all three films and gives players the ability to travel through Middle Earth between levels. During free roam players accept side quests, adding a new dimension to the game. Reviewers state they feel as if they are actually playing through the story, not just the cut-scenes as in previous games.

Adding realism to the characters, the game incorporates dialogue from the movies. Players can also play the different storyline's of the different characters, adding new complexity and richness to the experience. With the ability to play new story lines, different characters now have their own unique abilities. For example, Gandalf has the ability to use magic. Each character in the game has one or more unique abilities, along with their own inventory of weapons or magic. The game has 18 levels, with a bonus that can be played upon completion of the game. Enjoy this fantastic new LEGO game.

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Posted:
2013-12-29

jessej

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Xbox 360

8.1

The FarCry series is an interesting one and probably one of the most unique game series' known to the modern gaming world. The series has fantastic storylines that involve the main character going insane due to some disease or drug. The player must uncover what's going on while trying not to lose his mind.

FarCry 3 begins with the main character, Jason Brody, hanging out with his friends on Rook island. They drink, they party, they skydive, etc., and have a fantastic time of it. Jason doesn't wake up next to his semi-hammered/hung over friends, though. He wakes up in chains with no way out, no idea how he got there, and no clue where his friends are. Being captured by pirates isn't something this California kid in his twenties is used to dealing with on a daily basis, so he has a lot of growing up to do and fast.

While FarCry 3 is considered to be more or less a shooter rather than an RPG, it really has more in common with an RPG. The game is set on an island that the player can roam around however he pleases for as long as he pleases. There are main story quests and side quests to attempt if the player is in need of some extra experience or money. The side quests aren't too important and aren't as extensive as some of the side quests in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for instance, but some extra experience never hurt anyone.

Many games these days are focused solely around the development of the story line. FarCry 3, however, is not only based around the story but around the character, Jason. Jason changes a lot as the story goes forward. He goes from being an incredibly terrified young man to, with a little help from the tribes who inhabit the isalnd where the action takes place, a hardened assassin who gets high on drugs, which make for hallucinations in game. Jason, whose sole want and need was to rescue his friends and leave the island immediately, becomes distant from the very same friends, probably due to the home-made drugs he has been getting high on.

Another thing that makes the game very similar to an RPG is the need to craft. While crafting may not be as important in standard RPGs, it is incredibly vital in this game. Being on an island, all of the things the player could need can be, in fact have to be, created from whatever grows or happens to be lying around in the various locations ranging from mountains to swamp, sandy beaches to jungle. There are things from animal skins, to native plants that can be used as a source of healing for medicine or even drugs.

FarCry 3 is one of those rare, genre-bending games that engages the player and takes him into a world unlike the one he normally lives in.

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Posted:
2013-06-09

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

8.0

The concept for this game is something that you may find straight out of a science fiction movie that is set in Mars or something like that really. You have a guy named Parker working on the red planet for some tyrannical corporation that works their guys to the bone; and suddenly, the workers just can’t take their suffering anymore and have decide to take matters in their own hands.

Parker finds himself in the midst of a battle against the cruel employers and their legion of heavily armed protectors. Throughout the game, you will be playing as Parker who is rather good looking and is a first-person shooter who has a wide variety of weapons at his own disposal. This is a very enjoyable first-person shooter game that will give anyone playing it a rocking good time, though that good time may not last very long as you may get about ten hours of play time from it. If you cannot get enough of it however, it does have some replay value that you may enjoy as well.

This game was quite clearly inspired by some earlier shooter game versions especially the game Half Life which was made by the same design studio. The formula for the game isn’t very different from the one they used on Half-Life, but it does seem like they refined it a tad bit. Just like with any decent shooter games out there, you will find that Red faction is a very responsive game when you use the keyboard and the mouse to play it. Being Parker, you will find that you are all in all very well protected against any attacks made by the enemy thanks to the red mining suit that you have been given. This red suit is so awesome that you can even use it to breathe underwater for an indefinite amount of time. Parker is a very fast runner and has very nice high jumps; plus, he can also tout a huge arsenal of weapons. By huge we are talking maybe about a dozen.

These weapons that he carries are pretty standard for this type of game and you can find that every other shooter game has the same type of weapons for their hero. But in red faction the weapons are very well done and you will certainly enjoy using them in defeating the tyrannical employers to be found in Mars. You will be fighting with guards who are very harsh, and by the way, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so you will have plenty of variety when it comes to the guards. Be warned though that the tougher guards have very good aim and they can also dodge any shots that you throw their way. They are also very good at running away especially during those times that they no longer have any ammunition to use against you. It might not be ground-breaking but it sure is a lot of fun to play.

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Posted:
2013-06-11

jessej

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PC Games

6.7

The game is about negative feelings and actions like pain, betrayal, and self-harm. The story revolves around an ordinary American student named Darren Michaels, a.k.a. Adrian Gordon. Michaels will discover that he is the last heir of a cursed British estate. To add up to the twist, he is actually possessed by an ancestor named Mordred who surfaces in an untimely manner to scare people who get in the way.

Mordred’s English voice is like a Darth Vadar impersonation in a comedy skit. Maybe because the game is developed in Germany and that the German version could have been better. Darren’s voice however, is better but still not far from Mordred’s comedic one.

You’ll be amazed how they make such superb background. The Gothic castles that are softly-lit bring you a mixture of horror and excitement that makes you want more. The Autumn forests are very refreshing together with the music that accompanies the panoramic view. The overall picture will give you a feeling of suspense that makes you on-guard always.

The characters are interesting. The local entrepreneur who made a tourist market in the middle of the obvious scenery of murders happening on that place is an attraction. In one stop, he’ll ask for a pose holding a knife then makes a life-size standee of you displayed at the hotel lobby.

The puzzles are very interesting too. You get your own share of complexity in several layers. The funny thing is that Black Mirror 3 is one of the games wherein you know what or where to go next but you’ll surely be crazy of how you will unlock the five obscure things you need to get there. You’ll also get a handful of locations, items, and characters that mix and matching itself is an adventure.

Black Mirror 3 is really one massive and complicated game especially with the puzzles. One thing is that even if you have all the answers or you know where your next stop is, you may still be tempted to look up on cheats and you may want to quit long before but you may regret it if you do.

The ending was worth it if you want to experience a good scare. The additional features from Black Mirror 2 were great too. One drawback perhaps is the metaphysical mini-games like one where you need to reassemble a whole human skeleton. Better make that anatomy book at hand at all times.

On second thought, Black Mirror 3 is for those who want to scare themselves. It may not be harmonious at all for some. There are good points while they possess bad points too. Some people just forget the game should give suspense and horror to the characters and not the gamers itself.

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Posted:
2013-06-27

jessej

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PlayStation 3

2.5

There's a very good reason why nobody is talking about the recent release of Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear. The game, released on January 29, 2013, simply isn't that good. By all accounts, the gameplay is maddening and ridiculous, the animations are stiff and give a last-generation feel, and the user interface is counter-intuitive and frustrating.

The Official Xbox Magazine was one of the first reviewers to get to the game, and their review seems to reflect the many player reviews of the game to be found all around the internet. Xbox Magazine complains that this 'budget' game (available for only $20) is wasted money which would be far better spent on DLC (downloadable content) for a different game, or perhaps an older shooter that you missed out on. They score it a measly 2.5/10, showing that they were distinctly unimpressed.

Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear is a lightgun 'rail' shooter, meaning you can't actually move your character as you play, except to aim in different directions. Instead, you are taken along a set path from one fighting area to the next. Occasionally areas will offer different 'screens,' which are essentially just different directions to face. The trend of late for such games has been to use a gun-type controller, but this game doesn't support anything but the original Xbox 360 controller. The entire game can be completed in less than 90 minutes of playing time, although doing so does unlock another difficulty level if you'd like to replay the same game with more frustration.

The frustration arises through the simple fact that you're always being shot. Even when ducking into cover, you are sometimes being hit from three different directions, occasionally by enemies that you can't actually shoot back at without switching to a different 'screen.' The visuals for the game are an extreme disappointment and look as if they came from the last-generation of console video games; this game would have been more appropriate visually for the original Xbox. The animations make poor use of physics and are awkward. The textures in the game are sadly unrealistic.

Despite being an arcade-type on-the-rails shooter, Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear doesn't give an arcade-y feel to the gameplay. Even for the low price, Shattered Spear simply doesn't have a whole lot of fun to offer. The user interface reverses the traditional type of control you have over your character, using the left analog stick to manipulate your targeting reticule and the right analog stick used to duck into occasional available cover. There is also no option to switch or change the default control setup.

Although there has historically been several very fun lightgun arcade-type shooters available, this simply isn't one of them. Despite the cheap price, the 90 minutes of awkward gameplay, poor graphics and counter-intuitive controls probably isn't worth the money you'd spend on the budget game. Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear disappoints on nearly every level, and it is obvious that it was created for impulse buys. Save your money.

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Posted:
2013-06-27

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360

2.5

There's a very good reason why nobody is talking about the recent release of Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear. The game, released on January 29, 2013, simply isn't that good. By all accounts, the gameplay is maddening and ridiculous, the animations are stiff and give a last-generation feel, and the user interface is counter-intuitive and frustrating.

The Official Xbox Magazine was one of the first reviewers to get to the game, and their review seems to reflect the many player reviews of the game to be found all around the internet. Xbox Magazine complains that this 'budget' game (available for only $20) is wasted money which would be far better spent on DLC (downloadable content) for a different game, or perhaps an older shooter that you missed out on. They score it a measly 2.5/10, showing that they were distinctly unimpressed.

Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear is a lightgun 'rail' shooter, meaning you can't actually move your character as you play, except to aim in different directions. Instead, you are taken along a set path from one fighting area to the next. Occasionally areas will offer different 'screens,' which are essentially just different directions to face. The trend of late for such games has been to use a gun-type controller, but this game doesn't support anything but the original Xbox 360 controller. The entire game can be completed in less than 90 minutes of playing time, although doing so does unlock another difficulty level if you'd like to replay the same game with more frustration.

The frustration arises through the simple fact that you're always being shot. Even when ducking into cover, you are sometimes being hit from three different directions, occasionally by enemies that you can't actually shoot back at without switching to a different 'screen.' The visuals for the game are an extreme disappointment and look as if they came from the last-generation of console video games; this game would have been more appropriate visually for the original Xbox. The animations make poor use of physics and are awkward. The textures in the game are sadly unrealistic.

Despite being an arcade-type on-the-rails shooter, Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear doesn't give an arcade-y feel to the gameplay. Even for the low price, Shattered Spear simply doesn't have a whole lot of fun to offer. The user interface reverses the traditional type of control you have over your character, using the left analog stick to manipulate your targeting reticule and the right analog stick used to duck into occasional available cover. There is also no option to switch or change the default control setup.

Although there has historically been several very fun lightgun arcade-type shooters available, this simply isn't one of them. Despite the cheap price, the 90 minutes of awkward gameplay, poor graphics and counter-intuitive controls probably isn't worth the money you'd spend on the budget game. Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear disappoints on nearly every level, and it is obvious that it was created for impulse buys. Save your money.

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Posted:
2013-08-19

jessej

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Xbox 360

7.0

If you want to follow the one of the most famous Generals in American history, through Western Europe, check out History: Legends of War. General George Patton. Patton commanded the Seventh and then the Third Army leaving his legacy as a strategist, pulling the troops into cooperating teams, and a genius at lifting moral. He was not without this colorful and driving personality.

The game will give you the opportunity select missions of your choice. Included in this offering are Sabotage, Infiltration, Attack and Defense. Legends of War Patton will not only develop your strategy skills but also provide entertainment. Fighting from the beaches to France and on to Belgium, Patton's army fought for victory.

The game gives you a stunning setting visually authentic with the combination of console strategy gaming coupled with turn tactics and action. Legends of War Patton also give you the opportunity to play in hot-seat multiplayer missions. The General will successfully advance in campaigns and you will have the opportunity to assist the strategy with Commandos, Fighters, Bombers, Attack and Sabotage campaigns as you build up the skill points and the General's prestige as he strongly commands the third Army.

The Legends of War uses prestige points, which you use as currency within the game. You can use the currency to heal the wounded, recruiting new soldiers, aid the repair of vehicles that were damaged and other streams where you can help the success of a mission. Successful missions include victory of heroic, major, normal or minor. You as the strategist will dictate the outcome.

The veteran units become more valuable during the missions as their experience will help to improve their offensive power and pinpoint precision of their weapons. As you play the game with success, you will build experience points that will give rank to the unit as it evolves to a powerhouse. The maximum amount of points needed to acquire a star is one hundred. Those ranks will build upon your success to a silver star for four points and the highest is a gold star acquired by the gold star. Five rank stars become very valuable to the army of General Patton.

The missions played in the multiplayer mode with one taking German and the other taking American forces competing against each other. You choose the play and pass the console to your game partner. The aim is to kill all of the opponent's men.

Much of the fun is when you assume the role of General Patton leading your units through battles and disasters looking back at the history of the famous General utilizing 35 different missions. From the beaches of France fighting the road to Berlin, Patton's Army was influential in World War II history.

Using snipers, aircraft, infantry, elite forces, bombers, and the cinematics of the video game give you opportunity to develop endless strategies. History: Legends of War Patton builds your skills and thinking process. You are General George Patton whose history is embedded in the threads of American wars.

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Posted:
2013-12-29

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii

7.5

After the massive success of the first Skylanders game, Activision clearly had to release a sequel, and now we finally have that sequel in Skylanders Giants. There are two different ways you can buy this sequel, depending on whether or not you bought the first game. For people who have never purchased a Skylanders game before, Activision offers a starter kit once again, but they are also offering what they call the Skylanders Giants Booster Pack. This version of the game ditches the portal and the normal sized characters that come with the starter pack, and only comes with a copy of the game and one of the new figure types, "Giants".

The biggest new feature of Skylanders Giants is rather appropriately the Giants that have been added to the game. And... well, they're bigger than normal Skylanders, both in terms of the real life toys as well as and in the game itself. In true Skylanders fashion, owning a giant of some sort or another is essential to being able to finish the game, and owning more than one will make it much, much easier to beat the game.

In addition to the Giants, Activision has also introduced the second series of normal sized Skylanders characters as well as re-issues of the first line of characters. They are simply calling this set "Series 2", and each of the new Skylanders start at level 1, even if they are a re-issue of a Skylander that you already owned.

While all the additions to the figures themselves are certainly welcome, it seems like the team that worked on this came was far too heavily invested in that part and not nearly enough invested in the game itself. For starters, the new hub world is far too limited when compared to the hub from the old game, and the new board game you play there named "Skystones" feels tacked on and practically worthless. In fact, if I had to sum up what Skylanders Giants is, its practically the exact same game with a few new characters to play with.

Skylanders also keeps some of the most exploitative and disappointing practices of the first game, such as the soul gems that give you abilities for Skylanders you do not actually own, then play an advertisement for that character. The new series two re-issues have one or two new skills, and those new skills are never available to get for the series 1 characters.

At the end of the day, if you or your kid was super into the first Skylanders, this game is a great follow-up to that, but if Activision does not start changing up the formula sooner rather than later, the gameplay will grow stale, not unlike Activision has already made happen with several of their franchises in the past. Nevertheless, the great feeling you get when you use the portal hasn't quite gone away yet, and you should enjoy Giants for what it is, not what it could become.

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Posted:
2013-08-24

jessej

Super Gamer Dude

PC Games

7.0

If you want to follow the one of the most famous Generals in American history, through Western Europe, check out History: Legends of War. General George Patton. Patton commanded the Seventh and then the Third Army leaving his legacy as a strategist, pulling the troops into cooperating teams, and a genius at lifting moral. He was not without this colorful and driving personality.

The game will give you the opportunity select missions of your choice. Included in this offering are Sabotage, Infiltration, Attack and Defense. Legends of War Patton will not only develop your strategy skills but also provide entertainment. Fighting from the beaches to France and on to Belgium, Patton's army fought for victory.

The game gives you a stunning setting visually authentic with the combination of console strategy gaming coupled with turn tactics and action. Legends of War Patton also give you the opportunity to play in hot-seat multiplayer missions. The General will successfully advance in campaigns and you will have the opportunity to assist the strategy with Commandos, Fighters, Bombers, Attack and Sabotage campaigns as you build up the skill points and the General's prestige as he strongly commands the third Army.

The Legends of War uses prestige points, which you use as currency within the game. You can use the currency to heal the wounded, recruiting new soldiers, aid the repair of vehicles that were damaged and other streams where you can help the success of a mission. Successful missions include victory of heroic, major, normal or minor. You as the strategist will dictate the outcome.

The veteran units become more valuable during the missions as their experience will help to improve their offensive power and pinpoint precision of their weapons. As you play the game with success, you will build experience points that will give rank to the unit as it evolves to a powerhouse. The maximum amount of points needed to acquire a star is one hundred. Those ranks will build upon your success to a silver star for four points and the highest is a gold star acquired by the gold star. Five rank stars become very valuable to the army of General Patton.

The missions played in the multiplayer mode with one taking German and the other taking American forces competing against each other. You choose the play and pass the console to your game partner. The aim is to kill all of the opponent's men.

Much of the fun is when you assume the role of General Patton leading your units through battles and disasters looking back at the history of the famous General utilizing 35 different missions. From the beaches of France fighting the road to Berlin, Patton's Army was influential in World War II history.

Using snipers, aircraft, infantry, elite forces, bombers, and the cinematics of the video game give you opportunity to develop endless strategies. History: Legends of War Patton builds your skills and thinking process. You are General George Patton whose history is embedded in the threads of American wars.


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