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Review: Homefront

Posted: January 26, 2012 in Review
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ESRB: M for Mature – Blood, Violence, Strong Language

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

          Homefront is made by the guys at THQ. It is a first person shooter set in the near future. The controls are almost identical to Call of Duty but there are some differences. It also lets you drive vehicles, but the way you do it is different from Battlefield. Homefront is one of those games that borrows things from other games in its genre and then makes it into a unique experience.

          The singleplayer campaign is a disappointment. The story is excellent but, The campaign only takes about 3-6 hours to complete! That’s pretty short and you’re only going to get 6 hours out of it if you scrounge the maps looking for the hidden intel. The story’s characters are the kind you can easily fall in love with or hate with all your mind and heart. Alas I think it shows a little too much violence. The story is saddening and gruesome but it is a fun little thing if you ignore the parts that bug you.

          This is one of those games where they obviously spent more time making the multiplayer than the campaign. The muliplayer can entertain you for hours. You earn battle points so you can spawn in vehicles or buy special weapons. Also, if you get so many kills in one life you become a marked target and someone is assigned a contract for bonus battle points to kill you. If you keep on getting kill streaks your threat rating goes up and more people get assigned to kill you. Regrettably the multiplayer is also very short. It only took me about a week of playing to get to the highest rank and unlock all the weapons!

          Overall I think the game has a way too short story but with characters you can love. The multiplayer is fun but it doesn’t take much to rank all the way up. This was a good game but I would only recommend it if you were bored and found an amazing deal on Amazon or something.

Rating: 6.9/10

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Review: Super Mario 3D Land

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Review
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ESRB: E for everyone – Mild Cartoon Violence

Platforms: 3DS

          Super Mario 3D Land is like all of the great Mario games but, with a twist. Imagine, Mario 64 combined with any of the classic Mario games, there you have this game! It plays like most Mario games but, you can go frontward and backward. You go and get mushrooms and smash Goombas like any other Mario title. It sure is addicting!

          The story line is basically the same as all the other Mario games. Princess Peach gets kidnapped by Bowser, you have to save her by going through various worlds, defeating Bowser’s minions, and eventually rescuing the princess. This time if you beat the main story you unlock bonus 8 worlds where you have to save Luigi. The multiplayer is basically sharing best times on levels over street pass.

          Overall I think this game is one of the best that the 3DS has to offer. It has great game play and a compelling story. Also it has great hidden items and extra levels to keep you coming back after you beat the story. Really, the only problem I have with this game is that they could have easily put in a multiplayer vs mode or something but, it is a wonderful game nothing less.

Review: 9.5/10

ESRB: M for mature-blood, strong language, violence

Platforms: PC, PS3 Xbox 360

          Battlefield Bad Company 2 continues on from the first bad company. It was made by Dice and EA the same people who have brought you most of the Battlefield games. You can drive vehicles like jeeps and helicopters. Also, you can destroy and collapse buildings to kill enemies inside with the power of Frostbite, the game’s engine.

          In the singleplayer campaign mode you play as Preston Marlowe; a member in the group known as “Bad Company” a group of three others. The story has you saving the world from Russians that have captured a Japanese WWII weapon of mass destruction and are planing to take over America. You travel across the world trying to stop the Russian leader Arkady Kirilenko. I believe the campaign has a generic story but with characters you know and love. I think the story is like most average fps (first person shooter) games with extremely funny humor and arguments (unlike CoD) but, it has swearing that isn’t really necessary (like CoD).

          The multiplayer is really the gem in this game. It has several game modes such as rush: where there is the attacking team and the defending team. The attacking team’s job is to destroy the other team’s M-COMs. As you destroy them, sectioned off areas of the map become available to you and new M-COMs are set up in that area. The defending team (obviously) defends the M-COMs from the attackers. Every time the attackers destroy  the set of M-COMs the defending team’s spawn point gets set back to the new area. you win as an attacker by destroying all the M-COMs. To win as a defender you have to kill enough attackers until they run out of respawn tickets.

          Overall I think Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a good game with realism and humor. The campaign is par but, the multiplayer is where this game shines. It made me keep on coming back to play and rank up. The main problem I have with this game is that they made it a little too realistic. The character’s language sounds just as colorful as an average marine!

Rating: 9/10