Thursday, August 5, 2010

List of Video Game Reviews and Previews.

Welcome to my crowded review round-up.

First a note: I score reviews based on price rather than a numerical score. I do this not just to differentiate myself from other reviewers but because I feel it simply is a better measurement. Prey as an example was a pretty horrible $60 title. At $3.99 a Gamestop it is well worth picking up. Many games that were to short or simply to flawed to be a decent full priced title simply become a fun experience at a lower price point. Not worth a dollar games on the other hand are not just not worth the money but more importantly are not worth your time.

I often include qualifiers such as if you made it past the first level on the demo or if you are a Mega Man fan in my actual reviews, so please feel free to click on said reviews for clarification.


A final note some people have written in to ask what is an Indie Game. Go to Game Marketplace on Xbox Live scroll up till you see indie games and you will find over a thousand games priced between $1 and $5 waiting for your love. 90% of them are awful mind you so please note my reviews carefully.

Previews are games I plan to buy and have not yet played fully. The preview score is the price at which I would purchase said game.

Happy gaming.


REVIEWS:

After Burner Climax: Live Arcade: Score Score $3


Blacklight: Tango Down: Live Arcade: Score $3


Crackdown: Xbox360 Disc: Score $25

Death by Cube:Live Arcade: Score Not even a dollar


Helico Hero:Indie Game: Score not even a dollar.


Impact of Towers: Indie game: Score $1.50


Japanorama: Indie Game: Score Not even a Dollar

Just Cause 2: XBOX 360 Disc: Score $80


Leximo: Indie Games: Score $1


Mega Man 10: Live Arcade: Score Not even a dollar

MetaElectric Guitar: Indie Game: Not even a dollar


MyBand: Indie game: Score Not even a dollar.

N3II: Ninety-Nine Nights: Xbox360 Games: Not even a dollar


Scrap Metal:Arcade Game: Score $3

South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!:Arcade Game: Not even a dollar


Stack of Bricks: Indie Game: Score $1




PREVIEWS:


Aphelion: Indie Games: Score $10

Crackdown 2: Xbox360 Disc: Score $10

Deathsmile: Xbox360 Disc: Score $5

Duke Nukem Manhattan Project:Live Arcade: Score $7.50


Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge: Live Arcade:Score $7.50


Naughty Bear: Arcade Game: Score $5


Radiangames Crossfire: Indie games: Score $10

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Videogame Roundup 8/4/2010... Collector's Edition

Well the big news this week is Starcraft 2. It looks good and I expect Korea will shut down for August. For those that have more money than sense, (Your faithful blogger definitively fits in this category as well) there is a collector's edition which is currently available second hand on Amazon for a low $126 dollars.

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Who would spend such coin on a collector's edition? Well it is very nice as can be seen on this video from The Escapist, where guest star Wolverine mangles one. (Even I cringed as he manhandled the comic book that comes with it... it is a strange feeling when your inner geek shows itself.)

Not all collectors editions are so dear of course. For example Bioshock 2 came out with a massive collectors edition. (Seriously its the size of the Beatles Rock Band box) and by the sheer number of dust covered copies still available at various stores I have visited (Best Buy, Gamespot, Fredrick's of Hollywood) they haven't exactly been flying off shelves. In fact Amazon has it for $69 dollars new which obviously is only $10 more than the game cost by itself at launch. I have a feeling that many brick and mortar stores have reduced Bioshock 2's collector edition even more than Amazon, just so they can free up some shelf space for a large screen television or crotchless panties display.

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On the Xbox360 launch front we have a new Xbox360 that has 4GB of internal memory and no hard drive. Yay?... Alas there are no actual new games to speak of (Gamestop has the sexy stratagy RPG Record of Agarest War as a launch title this week but everyone else seemed to have gotten that one back in April.)

On the XBOX Live Arcade, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is this weeks launch title and well they all can't be winners can they? I will have a proper review of Castlevania: Harmony of Despair later on but initial reports are it's Castlevania dumbed down for co-op. Since all co-op is evil and doubly so on the Xbox Arcade, (I'm looking your way South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!) I have the feeling my review will not be a positive one.

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On the Deal of the week front Forza 3 cars and tracks went on sale and yours truly snatched them all up despite the fact I have more time under the hood on indie games such as Armor Valley than Forza 3 and my current car collection in Forza 3 could be best described by the number 5.

Needless to say, I've been meaning to get back to that game.

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What I have been playing is Dragon Age. I am currently sporting 42 hours which puts it at the front of my Raptr chart (which has been keeping track of my gaming since May). That is an amazing number for what has been about eight days. Not just is it more time than I spent with Red Dead Redemption and Just Cause 2 (both completed mind you) it is actually more time than I spent at work or with loved ones over the last week.

Speaking of loved ones my girlfriend popped in on me at two in the morning last night while I was playing said game. I turned off Dragon Age (mainly so I wouldn't have to hear "do you find a French accent sexy" and "Should I dress more like Morrigan?"). Not to mention the fact I feel a little dirty playing a fugly dark elf mage seducing various wenches and witches. (At least when I have an audience. This is what has always bothered me about Fable 2's co-op. While one player is having sex with his wife what exactly is the other player supposed to be doing?)


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So I quickly popped in Assassin's Creed 2 which I picked up for $20 at the Gamestop Sale and had not had a chance to actually play yet. I figured I would show off some Italian Renaissance fashions (My girl loves the costume dramas). Alas I only seemed to play some expository warehouse level ( all the while listening to my girlfriend ramble on about French Lieutenant's Woman of all things). What is strange is I managed to get two achievements (Arrivederci Abstergo and The Birth of an Assassin) simply by walking down a hallway into a car trunk and participating in a couple of quick time events... and honestly achievements that cheap also make me feel a little dirty.

Well the doldrums of summer seem as good a time as any to catch up on some indie games. In addition I might actual reach the Landsmeet in Dragon Age. Assuming I can stop creating new characters and just finish with the one I started with.



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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

N3II: Ninety-Nine Nights Review.

N3II: Ninety-Nine Nights:Xbox360 Game:Developer:Q Entertainment, Feelplus: Publisher:Konami

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N3II: Ninety-Nine Nights is a Dynasty Warriors spin-off. Dynasty Warriors has developed a very poor reputation over the last few years. Notice I didn't use any modifiers in that last sentence such as undeserved or unfair. Truth is Dynasty Warriors has a well deserved poor reputation. N3II does nothing to improve that.

How bad is N3II? Try Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 bad. First of all, there is your primary "foe" the mooks. I put foe in quotes because these faceless clone warriors don't actually attack you per se. They basically stand around waiting for you to spam the x and y buttons and cleave them in half. There are literally thousands of them waiting patiently for you to walk up and kill them. This is not so much a strategic medieval battle, as it is a grass cutting simulator.

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The whole thing reminds me of a quote from a gaming magazine (for you young-ins out there, magazines are like blogs but on paper) reviewing the quite fun Army Men: RTS for the Playstation 2. Commenting on the serious lack of aggro shown by your opponents the Tan Army, he noted that it felt as if the Green Army had found itself in combat against UN Peacekeepers. In N3II I felt as if I had stumbled upon a sluggish group of Terracotta warriors.

Normally this would be the time I would discuss the plot. N3II however doesn't seem to have one... seriously.

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Now the reviews for Ninety Nine problems and gameplay are all of them were pretty vicious. While a Metacritic score of 47 is pretty damning in and of itself, the fact that none of the usual suspects were willing to stick there head out and actually recommend this game is even more so.

N3II has some good points. The graphics are nice and some of the character designs are well done. (Yes that is code speak for fan service.) Unfortunately that is about it.

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It is possible to make a good Dynasty Warriors game. Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires
wasn't that bad after all, but the spin-offs... oh god the spin-offs. No story, lacking power-ups and checkpoints, confusing and yet monotonous controls, ridiculously monotonous gameplay, cheap bosses and it's thirty hours long.

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Did I play the full game? No. So who knows, maybe the game turns into a Bioware RPG or a Gears of War tactical shooter halfway through... but somehow I doubt this.

Score. Not worth your time let alone your money less than a dollar. (If you are a die hard Dynasty Warriors fan I would still wait till this hit the $10 bargain bin.



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