Archive for November 2011
This is a fighting game out of the usual and when I say that, do I mean like Tekken, Street fighter and those games. So going straight out in a match did not go so well, I can tell you that much. So as I said, it’s not like the others, this is a game that have nine different fighting styles taken from real life. The fighting styles are Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Boxing, Wrestling, Muay Thai, MMA, Savate and Jiu-Jitsu. For a person who doesn’t know how the different styles work, this can be a tough starter, but when you’ve chosen your style, there will be an explanation for that style and what its strength is. This is why it’s important to read the loading texts that show up. The texts aren’t only a hint of how you’re supposed to fight with the chosen style, but it also have the history and the creation of the style as well. As each style has their own strength and weakness, it would be smart to learn about all of them and choose the style that will suit you, so you can become great with that one.
In the Supremacy Stories, you have 11 different fighters with their own fighting style; of course since there are only nine styles, there are two of certain styles. Each fighter have its own story and they’re not so long but entertaining anyway, and the fact that they’re speaking the language they would use depending on which country they come from, gives this game an acoustic feeling.
As you progress through the levels, you unlock new clothing to your fighter. This will be changed to the last one automatically in the story mode, but you can also choose what to wear in the tournament and the survival ladder. Unfortunately there aren’t any store where you can purchase new gear, which I think would have been a smart feature where you had more options regarding the customization of your character/fighter. Anyway, this doesn’t ruin the game, it’s just a small thing I wanted to mention.
There is an easy way to follow your progression and what you unlock next, and that’s in the “Fighter Progression”.
There are also another mode named “Femmes Fatale” where you have the option of choosing between two women, and you have to fight against the one you don’t choose. The fight between them is not personal, but for the fame as every other fighter seeks.
The graphics are extremely well made and not to mention the great details under the matches and after them. I’m of course talking about the blood that will drip on the floor as you get more into the fight, and the look of the fighters when the matches are done. Bruises and bloody faces and bodies are just one of the neat graphics, not to mention that you can actually break your opponent’s leg or arm so it actually turning/dangling the wrong way, and that is a pretty cool way to finish of your opponent by breaking him/her.
There is no reason for you to have a push the button marathon as the movement of the fighters seems natural, and that means that it won’t react to your crazy pushing anyway.
There is one thing that I actually have to complain about and that is the music they’ve added to this game, it’s just annoying and tiresome and makes you go off the wall.
Conclusion: This may not fit everyone, but I’m sure those who are into martial arts will find this very entertaining and fun.
Rating: 8/10: One of the more interesting fighting games I’ve come across in a long while.
You continue the story as Frank West and his nose of getting into trouble by lurking around and investigate things he shouldn’t investigate. Starting off with some zombie “wrestling” with a little twist gives you a hint of the brutality of the game and of course, the fun of it, and you know what? I love it. I also like the way you save the game, as you have to go to the bathroom and relieve yourself. What’s cool about this is that if you use the wall toilets you actually hear Frank unzip and making the ahh noise, if you choose the stall, you just get sent to the saving menu.
To easier know where you should go, they’ve added a Guide Arrow that points you in the shortest way to your destination. As you get more things to do can you always change the guide arrow from one task to another. If you choose to set a waypoint for yourself, the Guide Arrow will automatically follow that instead of the last task you chose. You can create weapons as soon as you get the key to the maintenance rooms around Fortune City. You don’t need combo cards to make the weapons, but without them will the weapons shatter faster and you can’t use heavy attack with them. Combo cards can be obtained by either collecting them from posters and so on, you get it by leveling up and by helping/rescuing survivors around in the city. There are some new and neat weapons you can make in DR2:OTR, for instance the electric wheelchair, and not only electric but you can also add machine guns to it after you have created the electrical version. I have to be honest and say that I almost laughed myself to death when I found out that I could throw these LP disks on the zombies and got the ‘Shaun of the dead’ feeling (‘Not that one, it’s the first record I bought with Liz’).
Also, you have vehicles around the city as well and they can be used to transport survivors, or you can just have fun and killing zombies by driving over them. Some can be bought, but most of the vehicles around are just misplaced somehow, and the motor cross bike can be modified with weapons and colors.
It’s a very interactive game and almost everything can be used in one way or another. There is another feature I like and that’s the puking. If you eat bad food or drink too much alcohol, you make Frank walk around and vomit, and this can be fun, especially if you got the zombies to slip in it. Oh yeah I almost forgot. If you take a erotic picture, there will be played a little porn sound, and if you take an outtake picture, you hear people laugh, and both features are kind of fun.
Along the way, you meet some interesting people and among them is a psychopath now and then. I probably don’t have to say that these psychos will try to kill you so you will have to deal with them as well as the zombies. You will also come across survivors that won’t follow you back to the safe house unless you do something for them or give them money. This ones can be kind of annoying if you don’t have what they want in the first place and you got little time. I have to give Capcom kudos for the ending of the game, it’s as if they’ve gone back in time to get the inspiration for a boss and how you’re supposed to deal with it. Personally I think that was a great idea and not to mention a smart move when you come to think of all the other games where you just going straight forward and there are no changing in the game what so ever.
There are also one other game mode named “Sandbox”. In this mode, you don’t have any time pressure on you except from the challenges that are time based. Besides that, it’s just the same game, so you have the options to make your own weapons. I would say that this would be the mode for those who just want to run around and do the killing.
Conclusion: This is a great zombie game and I just love it. I would say that this would probably be a game for most people who love brutality and decapitating games.
Rating: 9/10 Best zombie game I’ve played.
This game is one of the most interesting sports games I’ve played in years, not that I’ve played many sports games. But hey, it’s a good and entertaining game full of strategy and fun. This season’s version contains new and improved game modes such as NBA’s Greatest Player where you can choose between the 15 greatest players in NBA’s history and play the games from back in the days. How cool is that, where you can play as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and so on. My Player has been improved where you can hear your name being called up on the draft night, play the whole new rookie showcase and negotiate contracts while raking in all-new endorsement deals. I’m not sure whether it’s a new feature or not since this is my first NBA2K, but I really liked how the start was made. I’m referring to the start of My Player mode, where you play a rookie showcase match and then you’ll have a draft interview where you get questions to answer with four options for each question. Then as I mentioned earlier, you have the draft night where you have to watch the entire video until you get chosen. During a game, you will get notified if your player gets a new goal for the match. Also, after each match there will be a post press conference where you’ll be asked about your performance. Every decision you make (including your press conference answers) in My Player affects your standing around the league, so be careful with everything you do so you don’t get on the others bad side. I think these features actually make your player more alive and feel like you’re in real control of what’s happening. There is one new feature I’m not totally comfortable with though, and that is the new right stick shooting controlorts games aren’, I guess it’s just a matter of preferences and what you’re used to. Association and season play are very similar and a newbie would probably not notice it in the beginning, the differences are that in association you have to possibility manage more things that are new and create a dynasty. 2K Games have added new game modes to this game as well as they’ve kept the old modes, and these new features are as followed:
- NBA’s greatest
- The Association online
- NBA: Creating a legend
- Training camp
There are also other features that are new to the game and that is:
- 2K Shoes, where you can choose and modify your shoes for your player/team
- HP Media Zone, where you can view and share media. Use the 2K Beats to choose which music that you want to be played or not. 2K Reelmaker is the place where you can create your own replay reels and so on. And don’t forget the arena music manager where you can choose what music that is played at which arena and for certain events.
- My 2K is also new and this is an account like EA have where you can connect your progress and so on with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You can also create your own My2K Player, but I’m not sure what this is for since you will have to create a whole new player when you start My Player mode.
- You can also connect to the NBA2K.com where you can view your standings and stats from your association, manage your roster, make trades and participate in live fantasy drafts directly from the web and more.
Conclusion: It’s a game full of surprises and strategy. I haven’t tested the online part as I couldn’t find any games, but it’s a cool new feature where you can measure your skills against other in live matches. Personally I love the My Player mode rather than the other ones, but that’s just my opinion and the game it self are well made and really cool and will give you hours of great fun. The music they’ve chosen is great and suitable for this type of game, and most of the songs are rather catchy. NBA2K12 might not be for everyone, but if your interested in basketball, even the slightest bit, this would be a game you could enjoy.
Rating: 9/10 for the entertainment value of the game.
Id software has every reason to call themselves “kings of game development” after the release of Rage. I mean, this is the game that sets the bar on development of storylines with great content and devotion, instead of some flat line straight forward storyline where you just go from start to finish without being impressed in any way. The game structure is a hybrid between RPG and FPS and this is what you would get if you tried to combine Quake/Doom and Fallout to one game. You will notice it best late in the game when you’re taking down the authority.
So you’re awakening 106 years after the asteroid impact to meet a whole new world filled with bandit clans, mutants and settlements that try to rebuild or destroy the little that remains of the world. As soon as you leave the Ark will you notice the hostile environments that you’re up against, it’s only fortunate that you get rescued by a certain Dan.
As the world has become more hostile, people have also made weapons and gadgets that are adapted for the situation. My favorite weapons / gadgets are the wing stick and the sentry bot. In my opinion, I think that the wing sticks is a little well overpowered as it can kill everything with usually one shot. The sentry bot is a turret with moving legs, it also uses the legs as claws to tear up the enemies. Both the sentry turret and the bot can be used as strategically helpers kind of like a small squad. The only negative thing I have to say about them is that they don’t hold for very long as they get easily damaged.
I do like the way id have made the AIs with “intelligence”, that means, the way they interact with your movements, evading your grenades, running around in circles when they’re hit with the explosive bolts and so on. The graphics are just stunning and it gives the game a smooth ride, not to mention the dynamic in the game. I’m of course referring to the smooth and natural movements of the enemies, even when they die they don’t just fall straight down. If they’re jumping at you and get killed, the body just continues in the air if the hit isn’t too hard.
The way to move around in the wasteland is by a vehicle and these vehicles can be upgraded at the store near the race track entrance, but to be able to get these upgrades do you have to get racing certificates. There are two ways to get this and that’s by either signing up for races, or you can help Sally at Wellspring or Brick at Subway Town. The easiest way to get this certificates fast is to race for them, but this is not a must for those who don’t want to.
The features of the game are pretty neat and some are just for fun, for instance the “Easter eggs”. This is actually hidden doors to Wolfenstein, Quake and Doom, each with its own collectibles that you will get a decent sum for if you sell it. Another little fun feature is the field goal achievement. To get this, you have to use the ATV and ram into the obstacle in front of the goal post look a likes, so you’re flying through. There are a total of three of them and they’re pretty easy to miss if you don’t know where they are. Just be aware of the bandits around the wasteland while you’re doing this as they’re after everything that moves in the wasteland. Even if you have killed hundreds of bandits, there are always more where they came from.
The only bad thing I actually can think of at the moment is the error while changing the disks. It’s a bit annoying to get the message “Upgrade Not Found” and the game dashboards automatically. Of course, just start the game again without changing the disk back and you will get to where you were headed in the first place. Oh, and there’s almost no different feeling about the game between Easy and Nightmare. The only difference I noticed was that you died faster at the Nightmare difficulty. Besides that, the enemies die just as fast as on Easy.
Conclusion: Besides the last parts, it’s a great game and it’s the game every gamer should have in his/hers bookshelf. The ending comes a little sudden, but it’s an opening to at least one sequel if not an entire franchise and some dlcs.
Rating: 9/10 It’s been one of the best shooter experience for me, but it felt a little to short for me.
Rage, it’s human’s last stand after the asteroid impact on earth and it’s your job to make it a better place.
So there have been some IT problems again so that’s why The Xboxer have been quiet for the last month, and we’re sorry for that inconvenience. But now we’re back with treats such as reviews of Dead Rising 2: Off the records, Rage, NBA2k12, Supremacy MMA, The Cursed Crusade , Sonic Generations and more, pluss some news from the rest of the world of gaming.