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A gorgeous game with a nice world, but little replay value 0

Bioshock Infinite is in short a gorgeous looking game. The world of Columbia on the whole is beautiful and the sky scenes are interesting. I would even go as so far to say that the main character and Elizabeth are interesting as well. Mechanically the game is very solid. The first person shooting aspects are good and the use of the Vigors (ahem Salts) is mostly just as fun as it was through the previous games. The game also has the the signature "twist" that we are starting to see from all of t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Solid driving mechanics in a fun world, but some game elements are frustrating 0

I have to say that Driver San Francisco was quite a pleasant game. The whole game is a racing game. You never leave the car, so if that is appealing to you then read on. One of the coolest mechanics of the game is the ability to switch to any other car in the city at any time. You essentially have the ability to switch bodies. The premise around this is based upon an earlier incident that happens to your character in the game and it actually works out quite well as this incident is interwoven t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Why Am I Doing Any of This?!?! 0

Straight out, Rage is gorgeous. One of the best looking games on the Xbox hands down and to be honest I think this game is largely a tech demo for the Rage engine more than anything else. The sky backdrop has to be one of the best I have ever seen. The actual gameplay itself is rather boring and pedantic.Rage can get a lot of comparisons to Borderlands in its initial structure. That is fair to an extent and the game also suffers some of the same problems Borderlands does. Eventually all of the s...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Great First Half, Repetitive Second half 0

For everything that Far Cry 2 seems to do great, there is an opposite coin of where it seems to drag on. Moments of it seem brilliant while other parts seem down right boring and repetitive. On the whole Far Cry is a very competent open world shooter. It is flat out gorgeous looking and the shooting mechanic is fun. The weapons are for the most part OK and the novelty of many of them wears off after a few hours of use.Mechanically the game is very sound with only a little bit of the "jank" that ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Bit Two Faced: Great Improvements and Some Let Downs 0

Halo 4 is finally here and overall I think 343 Studios did a wonderful job of taking over the reigns from Bungie. The game has all of the feel of Halo (for the most part) while still having the identity of a new developer working on the game.CampaignWithout getting into spoilers let me just say that this campaign was overall pretty satisfying. The game is gorgeous and I was completely impressed with the juice 343 was able to eek out of the 360. For the campaign there really seems to be two stori...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Overall Solid, But Gets Boring 0

I have to say that I was a huge fan of the last Red Faction game. While it wasn't perfect in any sense, it was a solid open world romp that let you play with the well known Volition destruction tech.Unfortunately the newest game inthe series goes in a completely different direction. While the destruction is still there the play now finds themselves under mars, traversing caves in a fairly rout third person shooter. The weapons for the most part are uninteresting and being restricted to the under...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Impressive Tech, But Gameplay Wears Out 0

I have never been a huge fan of Rockstar games. I love open world games, but the Rockstar ones always had funky controls and pretty pedantic story lines going on with them. I decided to give LA Noire a go though since it had some really interesting things happening for it. First off it isn't really an open world game in the same sense as GTA. Second, it has some of the most impressive facial animations I have ever seen.Now the facial animation and the technology behind it are the most impressive...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Absolutely fantastic 0

I usually hate when people discuss Valve games as they seem to hold Valve on this unattainable pedestal of perfection in game design. I never thought the Half Life games were the pinnacle of game design that some people apparently infer, but i have to give credit where credit is due for Portal 2.   Portal 2 takes everything that was wonderful in the first game and adds a nice additional layer to it that adds interest without adding undue complexity. Even a new player can hop into this game at al...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Solid graphics, but the story and gameplay are frustrating 0

Picked this game up to have an nice mindless shooter and that is sort of exactly what I got. This game has some really good looking graphics, even on the Xbox. Once you get past that though everything else feels rather "ho-hum".  One of the core pieces of the gameplay is the ability to go stealth or use a sort of armor to approach scenarios. While fairly interesting at first, it grows rather tedious once the game progresses. Almost all of the level designs drop you into a large area. You develop...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

It's "Enemy Territory" with a new skin 0

Popping this game into my console recently I loaded it up to be instantly washed back to 2003 when I used to play Splash Damage's free Wolfienstein expansion called "Enemy Territory". This game almost right down to it's core is that game exactly.It is a class based FPS that is focused around objective based missions. Certain operatives are required throughout these missions to achieve certain objectives and often times there are several objectives at once that can be completed. Overall the conce...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Dripping with 90's Japanese Game Design 0

Popping this game into my console I have to say I was taken aback by what I initially found. This game has so much 1990's game design flair in it you would think that you were lost in a time warp. When you first load up the main screen you are greeted with some techno music, a robot voice saying "Vanquish" and a rolling screen with glowing text. I felt like I was loading up F-Zero or some other futuristic racer.The Japanese game design doesn't stop there though. Everything from the character des...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Beautiful Looking, But Clunky Story and Gameplay 0

I love western films and it is unfortunate that we do not get more games that are set as westerns. Red Dead Redemption is likely the best western we have seen developed to date. If you are familiar with Rock Star open world games then you are going to be right at home in this game. The saying that this is "GTA with horses" is mostly apt.Mechanically the game has some wonderful points to it that are hampered really by the characteristics of Rock Star's design. The world that the game is set in is...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Great Space Opera with Poignant Emotional Moments (Spoilers) 0

When sitting down to write a review and my thoughts about Mass Effect 3, there are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration. One has to remember that this game is the final chapter in a story that we have been following for almost five years now. Because of that there are certain game and story telling elements that I think have to executed in order to fully close out our journey. These elements of course may or may not make for the action packed story that we saw in other games,...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Great Components, but the Fighting Got in the Way for Me 0

Sigh.........This game was very highly anticipated for me. I am a huge Zelda fan and being all of the rumors that I heard about this being a Zelda clone, I came into this hoping that I would get my classic Zelda gameplay, but in a shiny new wrapper. At the outset of this game I was totally in heaven. All of the Zelda hallmarks were there and I was having a blast. The thing that was a let down for me though was not the Zelda elements, but rather the God of War/DMC style swordplay.Let me first tou...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Fun Romp That Ends Right When It Needs To 0

Bastion got a lot of hype this past year from many a games journalist. It was the nice indie, but still commercially digestible game that people like to feel good about and also like to tell others they feel good about it. There is no pretention from the developer, no secret agenda or broad push. It seemed that this was just a simple game with a good art style, a great soundtrack and a simple gameplay mechanic. Let me reiterate that though. This game had a simple gameplay mechanic. Simple. As in...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Same Game, Same Frustrations 0

This is now the third game in the Assassin's Creed series and I have stuck through these games so far mainly for the storyline. The overall arch that Ubisoft has developed here with a broad conspiracy theory spanning hundreds of years is incredibly engaging. Their ability to weave in details to actual history is nothing short of brilliant when you see it in play. This third game in the series keeps trading along with the same mechanics and gameplay that we have essentially seen for the past few ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Great World, Great Foundation. Just need to bake in the oven more 0

I popped in Metro 2033 after listening to various people talk about it for the past year. It seemed to be a fairly contentious game. Some people loved it, other people seem to hate it. The game is based upon a Russian novel in which the world has been vaporized due to nuclear war. The remaining survivors of Moscow have been living in the metro for the past twenty years, scrounging to survive in a hostile world with mutants and apparently something else.This foundation is set up incredibly well a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Onlive Review: Eye Catching Start Ultimately Runs Out of Steam 0

This game was played on the Onlive system and I will review both the performance on Onlive as well as the game.OnliveSimply put the game ran nearly flawlessly on the Onlive system. I played it through the Microconsole and had no issues. The game play was smooth, graphics looked very sharp and the lag was not noticeable. There were a few instances of game crashes, but nothing really to take note of.Game ReviewDeus Ex right out of the bat is an incredible thrill ride. I am a huge fan of the cycber...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Impressive World, But Fails in the Role-Playing Department 0

Skyrim is a truly remarkable game that demonstrates some of the best in terms of the graphical power and the versatility of this generation's game consoles. Straight up it is an incredibly beautiful game that immerses the player in an expansive world. There is an absolute myriad of things that can be done in this game and the degree of side quests is staggering. Hundreds of hours can easily be put into this game.While all of this stuff in the game is impressive, it is largely the exact same thin...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

High Octane All the Time Doesn't Create Excitement 0

Single PlayerOk, so here is the problem with Modern Warfare 3, and truth be told this isn't really that much of a problem. It is exactly the game we are expecting it to be. The mechanics are the same, the story is the same, heck even the game sequences feel scripted. The problem with this though is that we have walked this path before and when you have someone screaming in your face for five hours straight you begin to just eventually become numb to them. The impact of high intensity full on exp...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

OnLive Review: Frustrating Controls Get in the Way of A Good Game 0

Onlive ReviewOverall the game worked flawlessly on the Onlive system. Controller and keyboard controls worked well. This appears to be the PC version of he game as you can see a mouse cursor at the loading screen if you are using the Onlive console. It quickly disappears during the menu load though. Overall the controls were responsive and all of the menus systems worked fine with the controller.Game ReviewLara Croft and the Guarian of Light is in so many ways a departure from the Tomb Raider se...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Nice Change for FPS Shooter, But Doesn't Hold Long 0

Bulletstorm is a fun romp through a destroyed world with a couple of guys who apparently are still twelve years old in their language development cycle. The game takes place on a beautiful alien world after our heroes crash onto it. The game is nothing short of gorgeous to look at with its super saturated colors. You will find yourself traversing through deserts, forest,s busted buildings, electrical fields, etc. The environments are straight up fun as well as they should be with the style of ga...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Onlive Review: 2 Out of 3 Ain't Bad 0

I played this game on the Onlive system, which I presume is the PC version of the game. Technically there are no problems with the game's performance in relation to the Onlive service. Game loads incredibly fast, looks great and plays well. It is helped a lot by the PS3 version I think as controller support for the most part is very well done.   The core mechanic in this game in my opinion is platforming. While there are some mild puzzle elements, they almost entirely focus around  getting from ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Excellent Story and Mood Change for Halo 0

Having been a late comer to this and playing all of the other games in the Halo universe, I have to say that this one took me a bit by surprise. While initially intended to be an expansion for Halo 3 Bungie managed to create a wholly unique game that changes the mood, pacing and atmosphere for all of the other games in the series. It is a good thing too because the tried and true formula of charging through the world as Master Chief, while fun did grow a bit boring.   Instead of playing as a Spa...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Hum Drum Re-tread. Monotonous 0

Before going any further with this review, lets first ask ourselves whether we enjoyed the Prince of Persia games from the PS2 era. If you did then you will like this. If you did not (like me) then you will not enjoy this game.   This game is essentially a reprisal of those games in terms of format and style. Your adventure takes you through what appears to be the largest castle in  history, filled with insane mechanical contraptions that make absolutely no sense beyond the game world. Why would...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

You Never Quite Feel Like a Big Daddy 0

The best and worst thing that Bioshock 2 has going for it is that it is more of the same from the first one. On the one hand the mechanics are still solid and even improved upon in this game because you can now "dual wield" your plasmids and your weapon. Atmosphere is pretty good, but it is pretty much the exact same thing as the first game. How many times can I run through a dilapidated city though? The first time was awe inspiring, and this time it just feels a bit tired.    The biggest hype f...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Trivial Zelda-like Filled w/ Frustration 0

If I had to sum up Nier in a single thought i would say that this is a Japanese or Japanification of the Zelda mechanic. It is odd to say that when Zelda is in and of itself Japanese, but this game essentially takes the Zelda mechanic and just loads it up with classic Japanese RPG tropes. Nier on its surface is an adventure style brawler that follows the Zelda architecture of an over world connected by a multitude of dungeons. Through your game you collect abilities through the use of your magic...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Repetition has never been so fun 0

If you are longing for the days past of killing mindless hordes of enemies in your bedroom at 2:00 am then Torchlight is here to scratch your itch. This is by no means a ground breaking game, focusing primarily on the tried and true mechanics of the dungeon crawlers of yesteryear. The beauty of Torchlight is in its simplicity and focus. The game does not throw complex enemies at you and it does not try to over burden you with strategy. What it does instead is give you a bounty of loot to sort th...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Solid FPS that Loses the Humor of the First 0

Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a solid first person shooter that improves upon the first game in the series in almost every way except on the story aspect. Ironically it was the story from the first game that really drew me into it. At the end of the first game our heroes drive off into the sunset, literally with their new found treasure. This second game picks up though the our protagonists back in the army, trudging it out in the mud again for some unknown reason. At no point is it explained to ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Onlive Version: Meh, with a side of Frustration 0

I have Homefront for the Onlive service and have been playing it with my micro-console on my TV. I will approach this review from the Onlive perspective as well as from the overall gameplay perspective.OnliveThis game has been heavily promoted over the past several months for all of the consoles and it is my understanding from the press from Onlive, they have been working closely with the developer to get it to work well on the system. Performance wise the game works pretty well on the Onlive se...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Combine Half Life and Bioshock and out comes Singularity. 0

What happens when you take Modern Warfare controls and speed and throw it into the Half Life puzzle physics/scheme and tell a story with the nuance Bioshock? You get Singularity, a time bending, puzzle solving shooter that has you playing with physics, shooting time mutated enemies and running with fun customizable weaponry.    As the main character your find yourself on the island of Katorga-12 investigating a radiation explosion. You quickly find yourself thrown into a world where things have ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Good Humor and Goregous Scenes Make up for the Frustrating Camera 0

To be honest I am a little bit surprised at the apparent glowing reviews this game seems to be getting. I will admit that it certainly did not receive the attention it should have last year, but it certainly does not stand on its own as a AAA title.   The quick synopsis of the story is that you play as Monkey, a hulky, top heavy man with a vocal sense of cynicism to everything that is going on around him. He is enslaved by  a 20 something looking teenager (they do say she is a teen in the game f...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Great Nostolgia Trip With a Few Bugs 0

Every once in a while you come across a piece of media that scratches that certain itch down memory lane where despite numerous flaws it still puts a smile on your face.  Ghostbusters is certainly that game.   The game takes place sometime after the second movie in 1991 and all of the tropes that you loved from the movies are right there in the game itself. The characters, the humor, the geekry and in this case even the odd touches that really make this scream 1991 (an answering machine!!!!).  Y...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Blowing Up Buildings Never Gets Old 0

This game is fairly old at the time of this review (about two years if I am correct) so it is showing a little but of its age, but it still stands as one of the better military shooters on the Xbox 360. This game is the antithesis in many ways of the Modern Warfare approach to the FPS. While the down the rails shooting mechanic is still in place, there are many differences that set it apart. First off the game is much slower paced in terms of the progression of the levels and the overall speed. ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Fantastic Story Hampered By Frustrating Controls 0

Assassin's Creed 2  has such a polarizing a effect on me for several different reasons. The first game in the series was impressive for several reasons. It established a wonderful universe with some really interesting characters and a wonderful conspiracy theory look on some classic history. On the same token though it suffered from some significant game play problems such as repetition, wonky controls and aggressive AI. The second game in this series pretty much plods along the same path as its...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Great Online Mode Hampered By a Bad Menu 0

 The crux of this game is an arcade racer mashed with tower defense. When you give the idea some thought it actually makes perfect sense. Most tower defense games track targets on a confined path. Racing games are targets moving on a confined path. The concept is simple, brilliant and for the most part executed well in this game.   The game is setup simply as a sort of wild west racing game where all of the tracks take place in a desert. The graphics are amazingly well done for what this game is...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

2 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back 0

The qualities of the Fable III series and how it has to be reviewed largely depends upon the type of player wanting to play this game. The Fable series on the whole has always been known as a game series focused on the story elements and not so much the game elements. While Fable I and II were mostly the same game, Fable II did take the mechanics and really perfect them to a nice balance. It was at that point  the gameplay did seem to become a bit stale though and I can see how Lionhead Studios ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Biggest BS Ending Ever (Spoilers) 0

To warn everyone right away, this review will spoil the ending if only for the fact that I hated it as much as I did.   I have incredibly mixed feeling about this game. In almost every aspect I found things that I really liked and other things that made me want to smash my face against a wall.  Starting from the bigger picture and working our way down to the mechanics lets first touch base on the world. Pandora, as this game is set, appears to be some sort of foreign planet that is inhabited by ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A fun, colorful game with slightly annoying controls 0

Dewy's Adventure is a fun, colorful game that has some great potential and I really wish it could get expanded upon in a follow up. The game takes place in a bright, colorful world where you play what is essentially a water drop. Throughout the game you have control of the state of dewy, changing him from gas to liquid to a solid to solve puzzles and battle enemies throughout the game. On the whole the puzzles and boss battles make good use of this mechanic and the game itself is rather quite in...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Good Sandbox Game that Takes Place In A Sandbox 0

 Red Faction Guerilla is a very nice take on the open world sandbox game that actually takes place in a sandbox.  While it does nothing in the way of groundbreaking the genre it offers some mindless fun when destroying almost everything around.  The Mars world itself is set in a surprisingly large arena. While impressive at first you quickly find that there is almost nothing at all in the wasteland of mars. That is forgivable, but I often times found myself bored as I had to drive from one outpo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.