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Posted:
2013-06-12

sturgeon

Lowly Worm

PlayStation 3

6.0

Dureth is the Dark Kingdom packed with sorcery, swords and magic. It is ruled by Halaskar, the king you serve while you are one of the members of the elite military squad, Dragon’s Shade. Your military squad has been stationed outside the kingdom and words reached you that the kingdom is laden with treachery and corruption which compelled you to return to your kingdom where you saw vile and corruption. Your king is possessed with evil forces and you need to find the source of these forces to destroy it and restore order to your kingdom. There are some interesting characters along the way and butchering all over. Although these massacres are presented mechanically, they still add darkness to the entire gaming environment.

The game starts by allowing you to choose your character among the three heroes; the warrior, the scout and the mage. All of them have their own weaknesses and strengths and their own sets of power which they can access four at a time. The game features the usual caves, dungeons, ancient tombs and abandoned villages and has to combat with predictable antagonists such as zombies, demons and golems. Although there are some treasure chests to hunt along the way, all in all, the game is predictable and rather traditional.

The game does not provide weapons that you can choose from so from the start of the game right to the end, you will be using the same basic weapon and the same forms of attack. Along the way you will get gems and magic spells to improve your strength and power but they do not make the game exciting or even more challenging. Dark Kingdom can take up to 12 hours to complete but using the same basic combat can make you feel bored. The only thing that somehow adds excitement to this game is the ability of a second player to join in and leave the game at will or play the game online where up to four players can play through the game. When you play the game online, you’d have to play a different character which means that online and offline games are not in any way connected and any stage you reach online cannot be credited offline.

As a whole, the graphics of Untold Legends Dark Kingdom can be impressive but you cannot ignore its limited and stiff movements and the surroundings are narrow. There are also lull moments in the game although its background music is something to reckon. If you want to be impressed, forget about this PlayStation 3 game because it just might disappoint you.

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Posted:
2013-06-13

sturgeon

Lowly Worm

PlayStation 3

6.3

Like anyone who is new in the scene, you’ll start as someone fresh and ready to prove him to the world. As you go along, you will definitely make your own name and mark as a successful stunt driver. Your first assignment is in the movie Aftershock. There you will deal with dangerous tilted volcano adventure. If you perform well, your next job will be the country action Whoopin’ and a Hollerin’ II; then Strike Force Omega directed by action star, Karl Steel; Overdrive; Never Kill Me Agai; and the Night Avenger. The parodies are done amazingly. You’ll get to work with different kinds of people including strict, stickler, or even mere quibble personalities that will add color to the game.

In each film, you should be able to perform six stunts. The actions takes place on a real-like setting coupled with bombs set to explode as you perform the stunts, escaping collapsing buildings, avoiding dangers, or going through obstacles. Large yellow icons indicate your stunts that will appear on the screen. If you have been playing these kinds of games, then expect to perform jumps, bump and chase in to cars, make a quick drift on a sharp corner, or even crash the car and manage to get out alive.

The screen is very live and full of movement. This can be somehow frustrating as it will be very difficult to see where you are to go next and what to do. This could be one of the most important drawbacks. Once you miss a stunt, you’ll receive a strike. Once you get five strikes, you have to reshoot the scene. Another are the conditions that would make you restart the whole scene is falling into water or hot lava or simply placing far behind in a chase sequence. Unless the trial and error thing doesn’t bug you at all, then it’ll be very fine. There are levels that will require memorization for you to perfect. But this is all part of the adventure. Moreover, there are some critical scenes that will make you tilt your body as you tilt the analogue stick. Scores and ratings are star-based and from the number of stars you get, you will ascend to another movie project.

The game also offers multiplayer mode that involves two different race types: Blacklot battle and Blacklot race. The former includes performing as many stunts as you can with a determined set of lapses while the latter practically involves a race where you get nitro bursts when you do stunts. More than two players online can be very chaotic.

The sound quality is fair enough. You’ll hear your stunt coordinator shout often as you go along the whole course.

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Posted:
2013-06-13

sturgeon

Lowly Worm

Nintendo Wii

8.2

Let's Tap provides a good tutorial in helping you familiarize the unique method of controlling. It has taken much advantage in the incredibly sensitive Wii controls that can detect the slightest vibrations so getting a response isn't quite hard. To think that the Wii remote was never intended to be used in such a way, it's astonishing to find that it effectively works. Generally, you interact with the game menus by tapping once or twice.

The game provides five different game modes: Tap Runner, Rhythm Tap, Silent Block, Bubble Voyager and Visualizer mode. Tap Runner is a racing type of game where you encounter a series of obstacles. Essentially, you'll just be tapping your way to the finish line. You move forward with a light tap and you jump and avoid obstacles by tapping with more force. In this mode, you can play in 16 different courses with increasing difficulty as you finish one after another. It also has a multiplayer mode where you can play with 3 other friends or AI opponents. Completing each race is very much achievable without exerting much effort but it does take some time to obtain gold medal rewards.

In Rhythm Tap, you basically try to tap in time to the beat running across the screen as music is played. You are able to unlock 16 tunes ranging from instrumental, to Jpop and dance music. It's quite simple and easy, but itÂ’s not much satisfying for long term gaming. There isn't much of a hooking factor here since the tunes are easily forgettable and the game just lacks depth.

The third game mode is Silent Block which is a puzzle type of game where there is a tower of composed of circular discs and you remove one of them without causing the tower to fall over. Extreme sensitivity needs to be applied here as making strong or fast taps would destabilize the tower. The beginning stages only contain few combinations of colored discs but as you get through to each level, more colors are added to increase difficulty. This mode also has a multiplayer mode which is way more fun compared to playing alone. Hearing your opponents tap their way to stabilize their own towers gives you a frantic sense of competitiveness.

The fourth, Bubble Voyager is mostly a shooter based game that's in a 2D environment. Your character would mostly move around fighting through angry squids, lasers and other obstacles. As usual, you tap your way to move for upward and forwards and fire missiles. This is much more of a survival type of game where you try to outlast enemies and get a high score. The environment isn't visually stimulating and there isn't much depth to it. Eventually, it gets dull the longer you play. There is also a multiplayer mode to this one and you get to battle against other players in a 2D arena and try to eliminate one another by firing missiles.

The last would be Visualizer which isn't really much of a game as there is no scoring; itÂ’s more like a free style drawing mode where different patterns come up on screen depending on your tapping. ItÂ’s quite fun and visually entertaining, a good one to play if you like to kill some time.

Overall, Let's Tap really lets you tap into a unique way of playing with your Wii. Whether you're alone or playing with friends, you'll be sure to get pure fun and entertainment from this. This is truly a breath of fresh air to the conventional wave-lift-throw motion based games out in the market.