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

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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

We’re back!

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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

Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

ESRB: E+10 for everyone ten and up

PEGI: 7+ for seven and up

          One of my favorite racing games is back with DLC. Burnout Paradise had many a DLC but this one was special. It had a ton of content only to be rivaled by the cops and robbers DLC that came a close second to this game. Criterion Games released lots of DLC for this game but most of them were just car packs. I’m fine with that and I loved the cops and robbers that came with a new game mode but I needed a new place to explore. This DLC delivers. You get many cars that you can unlock, (which is half the fun) a new area, more trophies, and more challenges!

One of the examples of the many great stunt areas.

           This game makes a complete overhaul of the main screen of the game adding new colors and adding a banner to the Paradise City logo that says “Big Surf Island”. This add-on delivered a new type of challenge called Island Tours where you race in a timed checkpoint manner throughout the island while finding out all the little ramps and jumps that make these games fun. Oh you say your favorite DLC pack for this game was the legendary car pack or the toy car pack? Well this has you covered because toy burnout versions of the Delorean time machine, the Ghost Busters car, KIT, and General Lee are all unlockable by finding all the billboards and such. The first car you get which is already available to you is the Carson Dust Storm which is a Dune Buggy and one of the most fun cars to drive in this game only to be beaten by the Carson Dust Storm Super Turbo. If you haven’t guessed it, that is the car you get for completing the burning route for the original Dust Storm. More so there are still three other cars to unlock in this DLC which are improved versions of the Annihilator and Olympus and a diamond studded P12. There are many different Places to visit. More importantly to jump off of, which seems to be the game’s main purpose other than crashing your own and other people’s cars. There are many huge jumps such as the ski jump, the construction site jump, and the jump that sends you flying through a giant doughnut. These jumps are too massive to be called “Super Jumps” instead they have been dubbed “Mega Jumps” just hearing that makes me want to play the game right now.

The perfect vacation to smash your and others priceless cars.

         There wasn’t any massive flaws or many small flaws but there are a couple I found. The first thing was it’s quick to find everything, to someone who plays this game at a normal pace will find everything in a few weeks but, if you’re a person who loves this game and tries to find everything then it only takes a few days. The majority of the achievements are easy to get so it will take you the same time to get 100% that it took to find everything.

          Overall I think Big Surf Island is a welcome addition to the Burnout series and should not be overlooked.It took me down to that Paradise City again and the grass was pretty green. It has beautiful cars and graphics. and many jumps that keep on making you jump off of them again and again and again. and with the price relatively low for such a DLC If you have the game you should get it. I recommend this to people who have this game or love Burnout and racing games.

Rating: 9/10