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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

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

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

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (MW3)

7.5/10
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii
ESRB Rating: Mature – Violence, Drug Reference, Blood & Gore, Strong Language

PEGI Rating: 18 – Violence, Bad Language

Written By: HappyFunRun
An Author at Mildly Confused Gamer


At long last, the Modern Warfare series comes to a close, or does it? This Blockbuster AAA title is what put Call of Duty on the map for the very first time back in 2007,  and made it the Goliath it is today. There now back 4 years later with a HUGE title, but does it live up to the hype?

In recent news, some Russians blew up the Eiffel Tower.

The story picks up nearly 5 hours after the events of Modern Warfare 2, (No spoilers) Price and Nikolai are stuck trying to save Soap from sudden death. World War 3 Has officially begun, and the Russian invasion has moved from DC to New York. You think this is a pretty cool setting to stay in, but it doesn’t keep you there long. In fact, just like Treyarch’s last Call of Duty Game “Black Ops”, the story takes you to many different diverse environments, which is great. The story can be slow, and a lot of times doesn’t make sense, which causes you to go back and study a couple of missions, along with the game not doing a very good job on explaining certain events: Like a certain Chemical Attack that seemed to be just randomly thrown into the game. The Campaign is very short, (Shorter than all the other call of duty games) and can be completed in 3-4 Hours. If you can get past these little things, the story is tragic, and really grips you on how bad this war really is. The game features a lot of Modern Warfare 1 & 2 References, so it would do you some good to go back and play those first. As always, this game features 4 difficulties: Recruit, Regular, Hardened, & Veteran. Recruit, just lets you slide through life, and treats you like a juggernaut, which if your a beginner (Which is what this difficulty is meant for) is a good thing. Regular isn’t too hard either. But the jump from Regular to Hardened is pretty big. I think a pretty experienced shooter player should be playing here. Veteran is just Absurd. Instead of making the game actually more challenging, it only makes it so you can get hit at almost any time. You can be behind a building and sometimes get hit, if you are in a firefight, it doesn’t matter if the enemy actually shot and hit you, you’ll get hit either way. Playing on this difficulty leaves you figuring out the computer, rather than actually outsmarting your enemy. The Campaign features a Great Soundtrack, and might even leave you in tears at the ending.

Dang rocket n00b!

Moving away from AI opponents, Call of Duty is back with its famous Multiplayer. But if you were looking for another revolutionary BIG jump like Call of Duty 3 – 4: Modern Warfare, you wont find it here. In fact, almost every thing is the same, just with all new maps, weapons, a few new mechanics, and new killstreaks. The Killstreaks are probably the most notable change, now called Pointstreaks, allowing team players to be rewarded as well. Using the Strike Package feature, players can choose there play style. You can even choose different point streaks for each class. The Three Strike Packages are Assault, Support, and Specialist. Assault is the classic set of Call of Duty Killstreaks, and are earned the exact same way: Kills. Support is exactly what the name implies, if you are a team player, you will get rewarded for capturing points, and flags, etc. The killstreaks here are also more support oriented as well.  Specialist allows lone wolf players to be rewarded. Killstreaks are rewarded just like Assault, but instead of like a chopper or something, you get bonus perks. So 2 kills gives a perk, 4 kills gives another, 6 kills gives yet another, and 8 kills will reward you with all the perks in the game. Weapons are now more fully featured, and now have their own perks slot. Maps are much better made, and are more diverse. But Multiplayer is mostly the same, and you wont find anything new here. You wont get the same enjoyment you may have before. Combat is bland, and hard to get into, and game modes are fairly the same.
Spec Ops is back and better, now featuring Matchmaking, not requiring you to find a friend to play. Singleplayer missions now are more featured then last time, and the stars system actually rewards you further than bragging rights. Now there is a new game mode called, Survival. This definitely arose from the high demand of Zombies, let alone a Horde mode at all. This features a money system where you purchase guns and equipment from a Black Market type store. Waves progressively get harder, and bring on more enemies like Choppers, and Juggernauts. Its pretty interesting. The down sides are, its not nearly as featured as far as weapons go as multiplayer, and AI kinda Sucks.
Overall, its a pretty dissapointing game. But it still holds on most things, and can hold your attention for a little while. Story is short, multiplayer is bland, and Spec ops is awesome, aside from a few bugs. If your a Major COD fan, I recommend to pick it up, but if your fairly new, I would go for a previous entry in the series.
PROS
-Great Graphics
-Decent Story
-Decent Game Playability
-Spec Ops
CONS

-Short Game
-Bland Multiplayer
-Unclear Story
-Weird Concepts

Little BIG Planet

Platform: PS3

ESRB: E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence

PEGI: 7 for seven and up – non realistic violence toward fantasy characters, pictures and sounds likely to be scary to young children, and you can play online with one or more people.

         Little Big Planet is the first game in a large group of “Play Create Share” games then was followed with games like Mod Nation Racers. This is the first game of the two Little Big Planet series and it is well put together for Media Molecule’s first “big” game, and it sure was a hit! The game set you in control of Sackboy whom you can customize with clothing you can unlock in the story levels. You could dress up as a soldier, or a ninja, or even a turkey headed birthday cake with sunglasses and mittens. Yup, that much customization. So Sackboy is a living sown sack with feelings. you can quite literally change his expressions with a push of a button. So he lives in Craft World a collection of planets that pop up into existence from hopes and dreams that float up into the air.

Just hangin' with my peeps in LBP.

          The story mode is quite fun and travels from area to area and person to person you are trying to help. All the while you are trying to stop the evil Collector who is kidnapping people and items from the story and eventually you have to save them. You start the story in the Gardens where the King and Queen teach you the basics in this world all the while you see things that aren’t right. Such as you see fleeting glimpses of the collector or things get sucked into the sky. When you start the game you have no idea who the heck is doing this until later in the game. Once you are done with his levels you get sent to the Savanna to do levels there and go on through the worlds. During the levels you can find prize bubbles which can hold stickers, materials and decorations, and costume pieces. You use Stickers to place in levels and to decorate your levels. You use materials and decorations for making your own levels in create mode. (More on that later.) Finally if you didn’t figure it out already, you use costume pieces to customize your Sackboy. Also in the story levels you might find a key. The keys unlock little side fun levels like races and stuff. One of the coolest things of the story mode is that the levels in the story are made with things that you use in creative mode. So you could basically you could create one of the story levels!

          Creative mode is really the shining jewel in this game and the game’s centered around it. You watch some tutorials so you know how to use the tools and materials. If you watch all of them you unlock many things to use during creative. In this mode you can build nearly anything. You could build a giant castle level. Maybe a high-speed racing level. Even a huge military training level. This is where you use materials, stickers, and decorations the most. You use them to make the things that you want to make. If you want to make that castle, you should have the cobblestone material and such.

Ah, the joy of making puffy rainbow trees.

          Online mode is really great. You can post your newly made levels into the community to be rated, hearted, and tagged. Even more so you can play other people’s levels, so you basically never run out of levels because there is usually a new level posted every ten seconds. You can check out your friend’s levels and heart other creators so you can get to their world quickly to check their levels and such. You can even play with up to four players over an online connection with almost any level you want! Also to make things easier for you the developers created the cool wall, which shows the top played and top hearted levels so you can try some good levels that way.

           Sadly this game is not without it’s flaws. One of the big ones is that there is quite the limitation to gadgets that you can make compared to LBP2. Furthermore some of the community’s levels are worse than par. I know that it’s a family game and most of the people that create levels are six year olds and people don’t get that, but some of the levels they didn’t even try on. The main example of that is a level that starts you at the ending checkpoint with nothing else in it. The story is pretty good and fun but it is kind of predictable and you couldn’t really fall in love with the characters, Except for your turkey headed, birthday cake Sackboy of course!

           Overall this game is a good cheap game that is good with families because the four player split-screen and the co-op elements. If you had enough to buy this or the second you should get the second because the story is better and there is more you can do on it. If you already have the second one I would recommend this to you. I would also recommend this to any one that wants a good family game and has a low budget.

rating: 8.7/10