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Review: Burnout Paradise

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Review
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ESRB: E+10 for every one 10 and up – Violence, Language

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

          Burnout Paradise is Criterion’s 5th main game in the Burnout series and what a game it is! It is an open world racing game that sets you in the large coastal town of Paradise City. You drive around doing events like races and the classic road rage. What’s neat about this game is you try to win every way possible. That mostly includes destroying the opponent’s car delaying them before they respawn. every so often when you complete a set number of missions a car enters Paradise City during free roam. Your goal is to destroy or “takedown” the car to add it to your garage. Also every now and then you rank up a licence. When you do that you get a new car and all the stats on your previously done events are reset to let you work toward your new licence

          The online is pretty fun also. You choose a group to join and you either do events with them or you just drive around doing stunts and trying to takedown each other. It ends up really fun if 5 people are trying to take you down on top of a parking garage. Sometimes you can show off the places you got to with a jump that you weren’t supposed to be able to go to. Like in the singleplayer there is many things to keep you entertained.

          There is many things to do in Paradise city to keep you playing for a hour or two, but after a while I thought all the events where kind of repetitive after two hours. (Espescialy if you got your Burnout Lisence.) So I recommend playing the singleplayer no longer than 2 hours or else it will get repetitive. If it does why not try multiplayer for a while? I thought this was an amazing racing game and will apeal to any racing game fans.

Rating: 9/10

Poll 2

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Poll
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ESRB: T for teen – blood, language, suggestive themes, violence

Platforms: PS3

          Uncharted 2 is Naughty Dog’s highly rated 3rd person shooter that took the spot of the highest rated PS3 exclusive game. The great thing about this game is the story. It’s something that I can come back to and still be entertained. The main character is Nathan Drake, a fortune hunter who gets himself into all sorts of trouble. The story starts out with Nathan hanging from a train that’s hanging from a cliff plus he has a bullet stuck in his side. (Yes that is what the cover is.) You have to climb up the train before it falls. Then he goes through playable flashbacks taking him back before that event happened until you catch up to present time all the while you are fighting Russian terrorists. (Why is it always Russians?)

          The online is simple yet fun. There are plethora of game modes and maps that you can choose from. The game modes are The Lab, Team Deathmatch, Elimination, Plunder, Objectives, and Ranked. All the maps are based on story levels. You start a match on ether the villain’s side or the heroes’ side. On each team you can change your multiplayer skin. during the game you start out with an AK-47, but can find all sorts of weapons on the map. You earn money and experience when you get kills and earn medals.

          Overall I think Uncharted 2 has one of the best stories I’ve ever seen. and a decent multiplayer too. I think they could have done better on the online though. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes 3rd person shooters and can tolerate some swearing. (Though there is a slider in the options that can turn the dialog down.)

Rating: 9.8/10

ESRB: T for teen – Violence

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii

          Star Wars the Force Unleashed 2 is Lucas Art’s sequel to the original Force Unleashed. I recommend that you buy the first game before you get this one because without the first one the story doesn’t make much sense. (I should know because I did it!) I think that this game’s story is very compelling and deep. It is where you control Starkiller, Darth Vader’s apprentice. He finds out that he is actually a clone of the original Starkiller from the first game. He Teams up With an old jedi named General Kota from the first game. In the first game while you’re still in the Empire you are sent to kill him, but you just blind him with your lightsaber. So you go to different worlds fighting the Empire until you get to fight Darth Vader in the final boss fight. At the end of the fight you have two choices you can kill him, (Dark side choice.) or you can turn him in to the rebels. (Light side choice.)

          Over all I think that the story mode is extremely good, but the only reason I found to replay the story is to get missed trophies. Since it’s missing an online mode (Though it does have leaderboards.) I think it is missing something. to make up for it they added little side missions that you can earn a rank on depending on how fast you completed it. Over all I recommend it to Star Wars fans.

rating: 8.5/10

Quote 2

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Quote
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“Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!

~~~Toad, Super Mario Bros.

Poll 1

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Poll
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     LITTLE BIG PLANET 2

ESRB: E for everyone, comic mischief and mild cartoon violence

Platforms: PS3

          Little BIG Planet 2 is Media Molecule’s sequel to the largely acclaimed Little BIG Planet. Little BIG Planet 2 (or LBP2 as it’s commonly abbreviated) is an entertaining PS3 exclusive platformer that expands on Little BIG Planet’s idea of Play, Create, and Share. It allows you to create a level or whole games and then post it online in a massive online community.

The game lets you command a little sack person who you can customize with skins and clothing that you unlock in the story levels. if you happen to have Little BIG Planet, you can import clothing, stickers, and materials that you unlocked in that game to this game. The story is about worlds made up of imagination and dreams, it is going to be destroyed by an evil vacuum called the Negitivitron. So you go jumping world to world doing platformer style levels where you can unlock materials for create mode, stickers, and costumes. In the end you destroy the evil vacuum and save all of  craft world.

The create mode is pretty unique. you can make levels with items and materials that you unlock from the story mode. Then you can publish that level in an online community to be reviewed and liked. You can also play other levels made by other creators.

Overall I think Little BIG Planet 2 is a great game and is highly recommended to children for the fun in making levels. I think that the Story mode is pretty good especially, but the creating and online aspect is where this game shines.

Rating: 9.8/10