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Left 4 Dead 2

Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

ESRB: M for Mature – Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language

PEGI: 18 for eighteen and up – Extreme Violence

          Ah, the sequel to VALVe’s massive zombie killing game (since it’s number “2” it still holds up the fact that valve can’t count to three) Left 4 Dead 2 is a different type of zombie game from the likes of Resident Evil, and follows down the road of games like Dead Rising. So instead of constant suspense for the two enemies in the level that you have to face with a pea shooter with one bullet, you are present with a nearly constant onslaught of weak zombies from all sides that you face with your M16 with explosive rounds. Yup, pretty different.

They can’t touch Ellis’ Boomstick!

The Campaign has Five small missions that have 5 parts that all link together. Despite that you can still go into the menu and choose the missions all out of order. You have two ways to play it- join a lobby with people as partners or, play singleplayer with bots as your teammates. Besides those, there are three other main game modes. Survival- where you get together with three other people and try to survive as long as you can, sometimes throwing four or more special infected at you. Versus- where 8 players try to play the campaign but, four of them are infected and spawn as random special zombies to kill all the survivors before they reach the end. And Scavenge-  it works a lot like Versus but, instead of running through the level, the survivors try and collect gas cans to start a car so they can escape. Most of the game modes also have a realism mode, where you can’t see your teammates behind walls, ect.

This game is very centered around multiplayer and working together. Almost all of the game modes will put you in with a group. Either get in the mindset now or learn later but, this is not the game to run away by yourself. Special Infected will attack you and most of them, like the hunter, jockey, and charger, can pin you down and you can do nothing about it. So make sure you hang around your teammates so they can shoot those pesky Jockeys off of you!

They’re fire-proof?!

This game is amazing, but I do have some complaints. One is that you can not aim down the sights of a gun unless it has a scope on it, which follows the example of their previous game, counter strike. The other one is that  the campaign is short. It does come with all of the campaigns from the original game but, If you already finished them you don’t have much to do.

This is a great game that is at a great price. Even with those flaws, It is one of the best zombie games I have played. I would recommend it to any Valve fan, anyone who likes non stop action, or anyone who likes zombie games.

PROS

  • Great acting
  • Constant action
  • Good Multiplayer

CONS

  • No aim down sight
  • Short Campaign

Sound —————- 9.5/ 10 Amazing Music and the voices really complete the effect.

Graphics ————- 8.7/ 10 Better than most Source games but not as good as Portal 2 or Team Fortress 2

Playability ———– 9.3/ 10 Very easy to pick up and understand, but can still give you a challenge

Plot——————- 8.8/ 10  Unique and Cool, mostly focusing on character development

Replay Value ——– 9.5/ 10 Many different game modes to come back to after you finish the campaign

OVERALL ———– 9.1/10

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Review: Portal 2

Posted: July 5, 2012 in Review
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Portal 2

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

ESRB: E+10 for Everyone ten and up – Fantasy Violence, Mild Language

PEGI: 12 for twelve and up – Non realistic looking violence towards human characters – Mild bad language
This game allows the player to interact with other players ONLINE

          People always say good things come to those who wait, and VALVe always tests the patience of many gamers with their sequel release times. I think more gamers should have more trust in them. They’re just making it the best they can, obvious with this game. (If that’s true, Half Life 3 better be the best game ever.) So after a wait, Portal is back and making you think with portals once again. The game still tests your mind and wits even with all the new features, Including more characters then just Chell and GLaDOS.

Someone forgot to pay the bills…

The story mode has been improve a lot. For one It is much longer in length and two It explains a lot of things you were wondering since Portal hit Steam. There are new characters such as Wheatley, Cave Johnson, and the lovable Space Core. This story has a much more in depth feel than the last one, and not just because it’s longer. You start as Chell (again) and wake up in a stasis room that looks like a cheap motel room that has fallen apart. Well, everything has fallen apart and in some of the worst disrepair ever since you killed the caretaker GLaDOS. Also It has a very atmospheric soundtrack that just about enhances the experience two fold. If you combine that with the amazing voice acting you have a great game even if you lose your computer screen. Also the graphics help with the story a lot. There is actual texture to items in the game, where as in the first game it seemed like they just got the object and put a gloss paint coat on it. This campaign brings more variety to the series because you’re not just in test chambers, you’re also under ground in past layers of Aperture Science where you learn the complicated life of Cave Johnson the CEO and founder of Aperture, and running around behind the scenes in the turret factory wrecking things.

How the crap am I supposed to follow you now, Wheatley?

Multiplayer is amazing, it seems to add 20 completely new tests to the venue. Why are they different? You may ask, well it requires two people. That’s right, CO-OP, in which the tests get progressively harder as you play with a friend online, or split screen, or with a random player.Can you guess what revolutionary idea VALVe added to this game? That’s right, MOAR HATZ! No joke, in CO-OP you control one of two different robots which you can customize with hats and other things that you find and unlock. Also you can compete with your friends in all of the story levels to see who can do it the fastest, or do it with the least amount of portals.

Lasers, fun for the whole family!

I just want to say some things about the map editor they added this past May. (only available on Steam, sorry!) This map editor is very robust and easy to get the hang of, but you can make very impressive test chambers. In Portal 2’s Steam workshop you can download all kinds of amazing maps to play and you can even post yours to get thousands of downloads! It isn’t the stuff the developers used to make the maps in game, but who really wants to spend 10 hours to put one little detail? Yeah that’s what I thought.

I don’t really have any major complaints about this game that you should hear about (I really don’t care about it not having voice chat, it has plenty of other forms of communication ), the graphics are amazing, sound is great, and the story is lengthy and great. Overall this is one of my favorite games of all time and I recommend this to anyone who loves VALVe, Portal, puzzles, or who even has Steam.

PROS

  • Great Story
  • Great Multiplayer
  • Intuitive design

CONS

  • No voice chat

Sound———- 9.7 The music’s great and the voice acting is amazing

Graphics——- 9 Much better than the first game’s

Playability—– 9 Easy to pick up, hard to master

Plot————- 9.2 Amazing story line

Replay Value– 9 Many things to come back to

Overall 9.2/10

Call of Duty Black Ops

Rating: 9.0 / 10

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, NDS (Spin off)

ESRB: Intense Violence, Strong Language, Blood and Gore

PEGI: Extreme violence – Violence towards defenceless people – Strong language

Written By: HappyFunRun
An Author at Mildly Confused Gamer
        Well, you can disagree, but it seems to me that Treyarch is always the one who innovates the Call of Duty Franchise. If your a CoD fan, you’d be an idiot not to own this title, and if your a shooter fan who just likes to sit down, play some matches and hang out with friends, and then walk away until the next time you play it (Which is usually within a few hours or the next day) than this is definitely the game for you.
        The game really drives the Call of Duty series forward in a sense that it gives a more Mature grip on the franchise, and gives a more serious feel, one that MW3 a year later definitely did not.
Campaign
        The Campaign is by far the best in the franchise, but also a very mature and gritty one as well. If you want the usual “The hero always win” Stuff, than walk away. It starts you out in a torture chair, you play as Alex Mason, a delusional and just plain insane man, that doesn’t remember his past. You play through the campaign in this interrogation sequence, and having flashbacks (or the missions themselves) each one putting together a piece of the story. The story is very sad and like I said mature, and gritty. The storyline is top notch, and will leave you very satisfied.
        As usual with the CoD series, it delivers this awesome Cinematic experience, like a playable movie. This game is one to feature a lot of vehicles and toys to play with, but remember, these are linear based, so you cant just free roam like BF. The campaign is exciting and keeps you on your toes, brining you to a lot of different locations, to keep everything fresh.

I don’t remember the Indians having Explosive Bows…

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Multiplayer

Like I said, Treyarch is one to innovate. They did a lot here, to keep it exciting. The biggest notable change is the way that you level up and get your gear. The new system is a currency system, that you earn per kill, headshot, etc. This is a fun fresh feel to the classic addicting multiplayer CoD has to offer. You still have to level up to get your weapons, and then buy them, but everything else is unlocked from the start, and its your choice how how lay the dough: On Camos, Perks, Reticle, Reticle Colors, Lens Colors, Putting your name and emblem on your gun, it’s your choice. The only problem with this, is it feels a lot more easy to get a lot of stuff than in past CoD’s. Luckily, there are 5 more Prestiges this time around.

The Currency system brings on the room for a lot more interesting features. The notable one here, is Wager Matches. These are free for all based matches where you gamble in your money, and the winner gets the dough. These matches are ones where you start out with a pistol, and with every kill you get a better gun, or in another mode, everyone has a pistol, and only 1 bullet to anywhere will kill a person, with every kill you get another bullet, and you have 3 lives, the last man standing wins.

I mentioned emblems earlier, in this game, you can create your own emblem, which is just outright cool, the problem though is that people create some pretty nasty emblems, and its just outright gross.

Private matches are a blast, you can customize your match to the inner parts, change peoples health, set your own classes, change how fast people move, its just awesome. Another private match game, is Combat Training, an AI based multiplayer, where you can practice your skills before jumping online with all the critics and whiny kids.

Overall, you will have a ton of fun with this multiplayer mode, there is a lot to be had here.

I don’t think the Cubans are happy were having a firefight in their streets…

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Zombies!

You may remember the “Thank You for Playing” Level from WaW, that you got when you completed the Campaign, called Nazi Zombies, that became an instant success, and ended up becoming the focal point of the game, with more maps being released. Well, they have brought that back in Blops with it being one of the official modes. Its back and its fun.

The game is simple, survive. You fend off against endless waves of Zombies, you have points that you earn per kill, and you spend them on opening more sections of the map, guns, perks, etc. How long can you survive?

It comes with 2 zombie maps, and 1 bonus funny one, and 4 available through DLC. (not counting the originals also available through DLC). The two maps are Kino Der Toten, thats just as fun and uses the same concepts as the last WaW zombie map Der Reise, and there is Five, the funny zombie map, where you blast their heads off playing as famous people, like Kennedy, Robert Macnamara, Nixon, and Castro. These maps are way fun and can be played with up to 4 players on line, and 2 split screen Co-op.

Yes… Even Zombies have to go through Security First…

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Review

Overall, this is the best CoD to date, and I think Blops 2 will total surpass this one in everything, especially in innovation. This game delivers a lot, and if your a multiplayer buff who loves fast furious multiplayer, or just loves to hang with friends and game, definitely pick this one up.

Pros:

-Great Campaign and Plot

-Very Accessible

-Great and innovative Multiplayer

-Zombies, Zombies Zombies

Cons:

-Easier than usual Multiplayer

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Sound: 8.5    Great Sound

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Graphics: 7.7     Could be better, lighting needs to be upgraded

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Playability: 9.5     Very, very accessible

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Gameplay: 8.7     Mixes it up, fresh, fun, cinematic, fast

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Plot: 9.7     Amazing plot, one of the best I’ve Seen

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Replay Value: 9.0    Awesome replay value, keep you coming back.

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OVERALL: 9.0/10

Review: Far Cry 2

Posted: June 27, 2012 in Review
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Far Cry 2

Rating: 8.0/10 — Fun

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

ESRB: M for Blood, Violence, Strong Language, Sexual Themes

PEGI: 16+ for Realistic Looking Violence, Strong Language

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        Well its not always that you find a game that is this different and unique. Far Cry 2 delivers a lush and invigorating experience, that lasts 25-30 Hours Long, but don’t expect to be coming back that much, atleast for the Campaign anyways.

Campaign

        The Campaign starts you out as a Character that you choose at the beginning of the game. This means that the other AI’s in the game will not be calling you by name, which definitely deprives the story’s emotional aspect in some ways. You are a secret Covert Op from another country, sent to Africa to stop these Gang Fights, caused by a very bad dude who is arming both sides. Sounds like a pretty good story right? Well the game delivers it in a very bland and stale way, where you come to a point of not caring about a single story aspect, and just playing the way it should be, a sandbox game.

        You start off in a truck riding into this African village, the car is ambushed and you run for shelter. You wake up with Malaria, a common African or tropical disease caused by Mosquitos. You are too weak to get up, because “The Jakal” (the bad man) is standing over you, talking crap to your face. He leaves you there in the middle of a firefight, waiting for the malaria to claim your life. Now, the only reason I remember the Name “The Jakal” is because its on every Loading screen.

        The game has a lot of very interesting mechanics, you’ll fall on a wood floor and have to pull splinters out of your fingers, you’ll get shot and have to use tweezers to rip bullets out of your arm. Its very gruesome at times, and can be very unforgiving. You’ll have to play nice with the local towns people to be able to acquire malaria medicine. You’ll have moments where you’ll have to decide to kill or not to kill a person. It’s very interesting, and hits home at times. The game also features a dynamic weather system, and Night / Day cycle. The weapons you use will also degrade over time, and Jam, causing you not to trust the guns you may find on the ground, and making you want to force over a little bit more dough at the black Market just to make sure that nothing goes wrong on an infiltration. The currency system works in a way that you have to scavenge for Diamonds on the ground, or earn them on missions. Another cool thing to note is that it features a great fire system, where if you shoot at brush, or throw a molotov into a forest, it will start to burn, and spread into a wildfire.

Mmmm… Fire… I like Fire….

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Multiplayer

        The multiplayer aspect of the game is just bland. Its cool that you can ride around in the vehicles and all, but the maps are always so massive that its constantly hide and seek. So you having a good time all depends on if you get a well made map. There is no leveling system, it’s just an interesting little system that you’ll enjoy for a few matches. Each round, everyone has the same gun, and every kill, you earn a Diamond, you can then spend those diamonds on cooler more deadly weapons. This is cool and all, but the problem is again the maps! So why are the maps such a big deal… Well… there is a Map Editor. And this is a great thing, but the problem is, when you create a map, you can host a match on your map, which is awesome, but the game doesn’t support and Dedicated Servers with the official Ubisoft Maps! So if you want to play a good multiplayer match, on a balanced multiplayer map, you can’t, your always going to end up with some poorly done map made by some junky in his moms basement.

Man… Don’t explosions in the desert look so much more Freaking AWESOME!

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Map Editor

        Now, the map editor is like I said the Nuisance of multiplayer, but I don’t think your going to miss it much. In fact, the map editor is the reason you should pick this game up in the first place. Its a blast, and a really good tool. Now don’t think your ever going to take these maps to multiplayer, but they are so fun by themselves.

        Now please, I beg you to watch this video made by the guys at IGN. It will better explain the map editor more than I could ever do. Just copy and paste the link into your URL bar above.

http://www.ign.com/videos/2008/08/18/far-cry-2-xbox-360-feature-commentary-the-map-editor

        The disappointment of this tool, is the fact that the game is based around Africa, so if you are looking to build a big modern military base, your out of luck. Or you could just put together a bunch of little tiny medians, trees, and bamboo to form a big skyscraper.  You can go to the community of uploaded maps, and download something for you to mess around with in the editor. I can just search for a race track, it will bring up a whole slew of options, choose one, download, open it in the map editor, drop in to play, and drive that race track. Theres always fun to be had, here.

Review

        The game delivers a very interesting experince, and its fun to play. Don’t expect to get through the entire 30 hour campaign, but expect to be sitting on the map editor for generations and generations to come.

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PROS:

-Interesting Mechanics

-Realistic Physics (Day/Night, Weather, Fire,  etc)

– Map. Editor.

-Long Lasting Gameplay

CONS:

-Multiplayer map situation

-Story

-AI

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Sound: 8.0    Average Sound Display

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Graphics: 8.8    Great!

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Playability: 8.5    Not something that noobs can pick up, but easier than GRFS

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Gameplay: 9.0    Very new and different mechanics, very fun.

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Plot: 7.5    Good plot, badly displayed.

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Replay Value: 6.0    As with most extremely long games, I dont think its something you’ll play twice. 🙂

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OVERALL: 8.0 / 10

Ghost Recon Future Soldier
Rating: 8.8/10
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
ESRB: M for Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language (Really theres not that much…)
PEGI: Multiple, motiveless killing – Violence towards defenseless people – Violence – Strong language

Written By: HappyFunRun
An Author at Mildly Confused Gamer

          Whoa! Finally we have a shooter with true respect! Get away from the CoD Crap and go to a Lush Paradise of AWESOME! This is a shooter thats got its head held high.

          The game is not a sequel to anything yet it does follow through with the Ghost Recon Timeline, but don’t be worried you don’t even need to look at the older games to be able to understand this one.

         

In the future, all ninjas have assault rifles.

         
          The story starts off with an unnamed ghost squad sniping off a Terrorist Convoy and repelling down towards the convoy to investigate. They come upon a truck, only to find its carrying a beeping bomb, the entire team is wiped out by this bomb, leaving the US Military remaining with only 1 more Ghost Squad. Let me just set the record strait, this game has one of the most Weak story lines ever, they don’t explain whats at stake, and you don’t interact with your squad mates further than cutscenes. But its good to know that the game makes up for it with one of the most fun game plays you won’t find anywhere else. This is at core a Tom Clancy game, because it focuses much on Military. This elite ghost squad is equipped with the most advanced arsenal ever created by man. The game is set in the near future (it doesn’t say, but i’d suspect its like 2019 or something).

          The way the campaign works, is you have a cutscene of the squad, usually having no relevance to the mission, then you are put in the debriefing menu, where you are of course debriefed, given mission context, and set up your load out. The Load outs system in this game (Named Gunsmith) Is the most advanced, and Customizable Loadouts system in the whole world. You can Customize your gun down to the inner parts, giving you an exploded view of the gun, and giving you the opportunity to switch out Muzzle, Gas System, Optics, Stock, Barrel, and so much more, along with over 50 Paint Schemes. This is guns galore! Then you get to choose your Two equipment, like sensor grenades, flash grenades, etc!!! And the mission chooses your other stuff like what vision modes you have, if you have a Quadrotor Drone, etc. 

           Like I said, the game has a pretty weak story, but it very much makes up for it with its amazing Gameplay, you can play the entire Campaign with up to 4 Players Online. As you progress through the missions you Unlock More Equipment, Weapons, and Attachments, but A LOT of the stuff will not be unlocked just by going Half Aced and Completing the Campaign, A lot of the fancy stuff like Incendiary Ammo, or Armor Piercing Bullets will have to be earned by completing challenges within each mission. Challenges like completing an Objective within a certain amount of time, or going over board on an objective. This encourages a lot of replay ability. 

           The weak story DOES encourage a lot of Gameplay Mechanics though, you can preform sync shots with your squad, taking down up to four enemies within a second, you can place a focus fire order, to tell your squads who’s the more important guy to drop. The game is very centered around Stealth, and Coordinating the Takedowns is just a Blast. The Cover system is spot on, fast, and fluid. The shooting feels just right, and its also worth noting the Squad AI is amazing, so you may actually rethink bringing your real buddies for the ride.

          Moving away from Campaign, Multiplayer is Amazing, while it doesn’t feature Local Play, it Features an Extensive Custom Match system. Matchmaking is Fast, and you don’t have to worry about getting into a match with a bunch of idiot players. Thats because the people who play this game, play it the way its supposed to be, you also usually get the absence of whiny 10 year olds. I once in a match was trying to capture a point, and four of my Team Mates threw smoke grenades, and surrounded me to make a Body Shield. One of the guys was picked off by a sniper, the 3 remaining shielders picked him off, and moved in closer to form a better shield with one less guy. You would never see this in Cod.

         

Helicopters coming in!

          There are 10 maps, with more coming in July VIA DLC. There are Three Classes: Scout, Engineer, and Rifleman. Scout features the Optical Camouflage where you can turn transparent, he wields SMG’s and Snipers. The Engineer features all the high tech, drones, field computers, you name it, he wields PDR’s and Shotguns. The Rifleman supports extra body armor, he wields Assault Rifles and LMG’s, along with your standard frags and stuff. Game modes are very original, conflict is Objective based TDM, you have to control a random objective (Protect EMP, control Intel sensor, defend Resupply point, ETC) and if you win an objective it will actually give you a bonus. (Like actually EMPing the other team.) The Game features 4 modes that sport the same type of awesomeness. In multiplayer you actually feel the need to help your team win, its very Team Oriented, and its something you’ll enjoy. And if you played the BETA like me, you’ll be happy to know its just as awesome.

          Lastly, theres guriella mode (Hope thats spelled right!) which is a wave based survival mode that is very similar to Gears of Wars Horde Mode. You fight of waves of enemies, starting with a stealth wave, where you have to stealthily capture a point, then hold that point for 9 more waves. On the Tenth wave, there is some sort of a boss, then on wave 11, you move to a new point to capture, and hold for 9 more waves, then stealth, and so on. There are 50 waves total, that sounds like not a lot, but its really a lot, average wave that people get is like 17, and thats after like an hour of play time. Currently there are 4 maps, with an extra one coming with the signature edition, another obtainable from Uplay, and more coming through DLC later. This mode is way fun, and supports split screen, Xbox live, and split screen Xbox Live. 

          Wow! Long Review, but there is a lot to cover. This game packs a powerful punch, and gives you a huge bang for the 60 dollars you usually pay for a game. Its replay ability is massive, and it features 3 amazing modes. It continues to push the boundaries for what people think is a shooter. I think it will break a lot of the bad Call of Duty Habbits. Have fun taking out the Bodarks, just watch out for the booms.
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PROS:
-Great Gameplay
-Balanced & Fluid Multiplayer
-Cool Gadgets
-Gurriella Mode
-More!
CONS:
-Weak Story
-Some low Moments
-Some Repetitiveness
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Sound: 9.5    Sound is spot on, using Brand Spanking new DTS technology.
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Graphics: 7.5    Meh, their decent.
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Playability: 7.8    Takes a lot of Skill, and strategy, a breath of fresh air for the shooter genre, but not very accessible.
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Gameplay: 9    Great Gameplay, very fun.
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Plot: 7.5    Very weak.
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Replay Value: 8.5    The game offers a lot of challenges with great incentive to complete.
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OVERALL 8.8/10

Review: Portal

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Review
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Portal

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

ESRB: T for Teen – Blood, Mild Violence

PEGI: 12+ for everyone twelve and up – Non realistic looking violence towards human characters

          Portal is the main game if you want challenging puzzles and a pretty decent story. This game is made by the innovative fellows at VALVe, the same people that made Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Team Fortress 2. This game was nominated for many awards for most original story and won most of them. This is a game that can let you escape the normal gritty military shooters and challenge you brain, not how fast you can twitch.

That big red button gets me every time…

          WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

          The story is the whole thing. Even though it is short, it has many exciting turn-points, and they aren’t exciting because there are just big explosions. No, there is actual drama with an actual plot. So you begin the game as Chell, a lone test subject in the Aperture science facility that an insane AI named GLaDOS has taken over. GLaDOS has you trapped doing tests with your physics defying portal gun that progressively get harder. As you complete a final test, the deranged AI promises you freedom and cake, then whoops! she tries to kill you (big surprise) by putting you on a moving platform that goes right into a fire. Of course you use your handy-dandy portal gun to escape the sticky situation. After you get out of the test chambers you work your way up to the AI through the inner workings of the facility. When you finally get up to where she is you knock off and burn each of her intelligence cores. once you do that everything gets blown up and you get blasted to the surface, unconscious. While the game is ending you drearily open your eyes to see the parking lot of the facility, and that you are slowly getting pulled back… The ending I thought was genius, same with the rest of the story. The story is only 3 hours long if your quick but it’s seems like 10.

There isn’t a multiplayer, but there is 6 advanced levels and 6 challenge levels, which are the last 6 hardest tests. The advanced versions are the same hard test, but they’re even harder because tools have been taken away and more obstacles placed. The challenge levels are the same tests from the story but you are challenged to do it in the least amount of time possible, or steps possible, or portals possible.

If Isaac Newton saw this, he would have a heart attack.

This game has several large flaws that smack you in the face while playing this game. One is that the story is really short, even with all the plot twists. And the other big thing that bugs me is that there is no multiplayer! So the only thing that you can do that’s new after the story is the challenge levels, which are fun, but they are nearly the same maps you did in the story, not entirely new experiences.

Overall Portal is an innovative, great game, and for ten dollars on steam (2.50 when it’s on sale) it just dethroned Battlefield 1943 for the best bargain. It is a great puzzle game that actually has a captivating story. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great puzzle games, they just don’t have amazing stories. Even with the flaws, I will never regret buying this game.

PROS

  • Inovative
  • Good story8
  • Challenging puzzles

CONS

  • Short story
  • No Multiplayer

 

Sound ———– 9     The sound is great with amazing actors

Graphics——— 7.5  They’re not bad, but not good either

Playability——– 9.5 Controls are easy to use and easy to learn

Plot————— 9.3 Very original but lack explanation

Replay Value—- 8  Some additional levels but not much

OVERALL: 8.6/10

Review: WipEout HD

Posted: April 4, 2012 in Review
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WipEout HD

Platforms: PS3

ESRB: E+10 for everyone ten and up – fantasy violence

PEGI: 3+ for everyone three and up – allows to interact with other people online

          WipEout  is Sony’s main racing series besides Gran Turismo and I can see why they put so much weight on this series! It is beautiful to look at and great to play. This game is set in the next hundred years where you are a hovercar racer and you try to win as many races as you can. You race around in giant floating tracks where there are twists, turns, split paths, and even upside down sections thanks to magnetized areas of the track that keep you suspended in air. There are many teams to chose from and many different tracks.

Warp speed activated!

          This game has a ton of gameplay modes to chose from such as: Single Race where you race against seven others on a single track; Tournament where you do more than one track with eight other people and when you finish in a position it gives you points and at the end the person with the most points win; Time Trial where you are alone on the track and you have to finish in a set amount of time; Speed Lap where you get seven laps to do an exceptional time; and finally Zone in this fresh mode you race around the track with the gas stuck on and after a set amount of time the round increases along with the speed. In the end you have to get to the highest round you can get to. There are many creative teams with their own style, colors, and more importantly own stats. In most of the modes and on all of the tracks there are blue arrows which give you a speed boost and red X’s which give you a random power-up. The power-ups can range from proximity mines to heat seeking missiles and even shields to protect you from other racer’s pesky machine guns. The track settings differ from high in the clouds to inside a sprawling mall. There is many different events to do in single player and when you win a race with a certain team’s vehicle you get loyalty points. With enough points for one team you can unlock paint schemes and HUD configurations. Also included in this game is a split-screen mode where you can do most of the game modes with a friend on the same screen.

        The multiplayer is really fun but, nothing is really unique about it. It is just like most racing games where you just join a server with other people and play on a certain game mode. There is that really fun aspect that you just don’t get with the in-game AI, the unpredictability of human players. AI can sometimes fall into predictable patterns for some games. With human players usually they aren’t predictable as much as the AI can be. So each time you play a match you get a little bit of a different experience each time.

I bet he's wondering how that panda got to be so big...

         Some of the flaws that this game has are that the multiplayer is bland and isn’t unique. After a hour or so of playing you usually get bored. Finally I think there should have been more unlockables and they should have been quicker to unlock because it usually took around 25-30 wins to unlock the first thing if you use only one team so the points stockpile.

         Overall I think WipEout HD is a fun game and can entertain you when you have nothing to do. Also it has one of the best background music tracks to a racing game ever unlike some really bland and unrecognizable music in some games. (we’re looking at you Gran Turismo 5) It has beautiful graphics, track design, and vehicle design really putting you in the race. I would recommend this game who really like racing games or have played the series before and liked it.

         PROS

  • Great soundtrack
  • Amazing design and graphics
  • Fun game modes

         CONS

  • Bland multiplayer
  • Can make you bored quickly

rating 8.9/10