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Community Review Roundup: Warhead, Vesperia, Pure

We can't review every game that comes out. That's where you come in! Here's the Giant Bomb community consensus on a few recent releases.

There's a lot going on down here in the Giant Bomb dungeon these days, and while game reviews are a major part of our editorial output here, they're just one of the many things we're working on as the site matures and we add new features. With the avalanche of fourth quarter game releases on the horizon, there's going to be a ponderous number of titles for you to sift through Real Soon Now. How will you figure out where to spend your cash?

For starters, we'll be reviewing a lot of those games. But hey, we're just a bunch of guys who like video games, which I'm pretty sure is exactly what you are, too. (Well, guys and girls.) So your opinions matter just as much as ours do. Time for you to express them! From time to time, we'll be putting the spotlight on the best user reviews of new and old games in this here blog. To start, I culled a few of the community's reviews of the biggest games to come out in the last few weeks. Note that we'll still be covering--and in some cases even reviewing--some of the games listed here, but in the meantime, here's what you're saying about the games everyone's playing right now.

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Crysis Warhead

- jvpde thinks this sequel is a bit on the short side, but that's okay at a value price.

The action is better than ever and with new graphic engine tinkering, it performs like a dream...You still need a halfway decent computer to run Warhead however. The graphics are as good, if not better than Crysis’. Environments look amazing and some of the alien’s attacks are unbelievable. The story is alright. There are a couple of pivotal cut-scenes that may peek your interest but the overall package isn’t that engaging. At the end of the day, I had a terrific time with Warhead, despite the fact that it’s only around a 6 hour campaign...For $30, you’ll have a hard time finding this much fun.


Infinite Undiscovery

- CuChulain likes the visuals in this action-RPG from the tri-Ace, but thinks the button-mashy combat needs more depth.

This game is really good to look at, the in-game CG is outstanding but that is about all that can be said about this game...The fighting is good for the first hour then you realize it is just another hack and slash. On normal difficulty, the highest you can choose to begin with, it is almost impossible to lose. If any characters' health gets too low the other characters just throw some item. There is no watching health to make sure your team won't die, you just attack.

Tales of Vesperia

- bshirk says Xbox 360 owners looking for a good Japanese RPG ought to consider this one.

If you have yet to play a Tales game, this is a good one to start with. The story falls a little short of the previous two games, but there is a great cast of characters, and the artwork is beautiful. The natural environments aren't quite as detailed as Eternal Sonata, but they still are a sight to behold. Tales of Vesperia is a long, action-packed adventure that fans of a variety of genres might enjoy. If you are willing to take a chance, and look past JRPG stereotypes, you will find a deep adventure that you can enjoy alone, or with three other friends. This is the best RPG on the Xbox 360 since Lost Odyssey.

Mario Super Sluggers

- Hailinel thinks this Wii baseball sequel is only an incremental upgrade over the GameCube version.

Mario Super Sluggers isn't without its faults, but it is an improvement over Superstar Baseball. The core baseball gameplay is especially improved upon with the use of the Wii motion controls, but otherwise, what improvements that exist are minor. The game is fun and certainly worth a rental at the very least, but due to the lack of character variety and new game modes, fans of the original may not see a whole lot to get excited about.

Pure

- Vinchenzo says Pure plays to fans of over-the-top, trick-based racing games.

Gameplay can be condensed into a comparison of Burnout and SSX. Pure has a great sense of speed (similar to Burnout) with a wide variety of tricks and opportunities to pull them off (e.g. SSX Tricky, Amped 3, and so on). The controls are easy to latch onto but are diverse...This game looks amazing with bright and natural landscapes. The characters also look fantastic, displaying some nice animations. All of the sounds are top-notch overall. It's a very polished game in every way.

Pixeljunk Eden
...Flowers?

- zig likes this PSN game's artistic statement but wasn't sold on the gameplay mechanics.

The art design of this game is exquisite, and the gameplay is unique. I appreciate what I think they were trying to do here. I enjoyed the first two or three gardens, once I got the hang of the gameplay mechanics, they were easy enough to be almost relaxing. But as the difficulty ramped up, all I was left with was frustration and a headache. In the interest of full disclosure, I never made it to gardens 9 and 10. If I can just put on my armchair-game-designer hat for a minute, I think perhaps without the constant pressure of time, I would've enjoyed the game more.  It really jumps out at me as a totally artificial constraint in a game like this. Like they somehow felt it would be too simplistic and easy without the time factor. Simplicity was the main appeal of the game to me, from the art design to the gameplay mechanics.


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Posted by Kholdstare

Something funny about these reviews. The scores of these reviews and in their other reviews never go below 3. Is this the Giant Bomb version of scores always being either a safe 7 or 8? hmm.

Posted by Hexogen

@Kholdstare: Or maybe the games just aren't bad. :P

Posted by Kholdstare

Read the Infinite Undiscovery review and tell me how positive it sounds when compared to the score. A 3 for something thats button mashing and boring with it's only redeeming quality being the in game graphics seems a little out of place. I've also heard mixed reviews for quite a few of the games being reviewed (including IronMan, Too Human, and Mercs 2) yet most are just 3 stars.

This isn't the kind of thing anyone can prove because it comes down to personal opinion, but it's something more people should be aware about when talking or writing about a game.

What I see when I read some of these reviews are safe scores that won't cause any controversy.  If you see different thats fine too. :)

Posted by Shabran

This is awesome

really

At least people can be recognised for what they like to do finally!!!!

Thanks Giant Bomb
Posted by Dethfish

Wow, this is really awesome. Most gaming sites could care less about their users yet you guys actually make an entire article dedicated to your users reviews. That deserves a round of applause I think. *everyone needs to clap*

I think this is officially the best gaming site on the web now.

Posted by sdauz

man whoever came up with the structural design for Giantbomb is a damn genius, come on no-one wants to read a 6 page review

Posted by Aekon

Honestly, this "article" is a little embarrassing. I also feel bad for the people saying this is a great "feature".

Don't be fooled. GiantBomb is simply overstretched. I get that they are just getting started, but using user reviews instead of actually reviewing these games is a little... cheap.

I'd really like to see some more critical users commenting on this site, instead of the regular yes-men you see going "Great X!" after feature "X" has been posted.

I have already donned my flame retardant suit, so give it your best.
Posted by MKHavoc

Wow,  this is a really good idea.

Posted by zig

@Aekon
Maybe you should stick with IGN, that seems more your speed.  User generated content is a huge part of this site.

Posted by Metamorphic

@Aekon

you are such a douche.

This feature is awesome. If you don't like it go somewhere else, you arrogant punk.

Posted by LordAndrew

We all know they can't review everything. And they're not officially endorsing these reviews or anything. They're just trying to bring some attention to noteworthy user reviews.

Posted by Dethfish

They are only 4 guys so they can't really review everything, so the games they can't review or maybe are not even the right people to review a game (like a sports game or a J-RPG), they show you the best user reviews on the site. I don't see how that is being cheap, it actually seems honest.

Posted by DAZEDIRONMAN
jvpde thinks this sequel is a bit on the short side, but that's okay at a value price. its actually not a sequel its not crysis 2 its warhead the stand alone expansion