MY 2014 GOTY AWARDS

2014 was a great year for gaming and now its time for me to list my GOTY.

Prepare to be surprised on some of the games that made it and didn’t make it.

Be surprised that there will be no console of the year award cause thats a stupid award when its all about the games.

There will be no AAA or Indie game of year award as that award sounds racist game wise.

And don’t complain if your favorite game didn’t make it in as this is MY AWARDS, but feel free to ask why.

My awards include categories but the games in each category will not be numbered.

XBOX 360

Didn’t play a lot of new titles, but I will be giving awards to some old titles that I replayed and played for the 1st time this year.

Best fighting games: Persona 4 Ultimax

Best arcade shooter: Halo Spartan Assault

Best story: Walking Dead Season 2 and Wolf Among Us

Best graphics: Wolf Among Us

Games I played for the 1st time in 2014 and ROCK: Halo 2, Dust An Elysian Tale, F.E.A.R, Splatterhouse 2010, Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds, Bridge

Games I replayed and still ROCK: Gears 1, Gears 2, Gears3, Batman Begins, Ninja Gaiden 2, Blazblue Continum Shift, and Tekken Tag 2.

GOTY: Walking Dead Season 2, Wolf Among Us, Persona 4 Ultimax.

XBOX 1

Best fps game: Destiny, Halo Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary

Best arcade shooter: Super Time Force

Best story: Halo Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Tomb Raider 2013, Super Time Force, Kisima Innitchuna

Best fighter: Killer Instinst 2

Best graphics: Sunset Overdrive, Strider 2014, Destiny, Transformers Rise of The Dark Spark

Best Survival Horror: Evil Within

Best Rpg: Pier Solar, Onigiri

Best Action: Strider 2014, Tranformers Rise of the Dark Spark

Best Adventure: Kisima Innitchuna, Tomb raider 2013, Amazing Spiderman 2, Guacamelee

Best DLC: Killer Instinct 3 season 2

Games I played for the 1st time in 2014 and ROCK: Max Curse of the Brotherhood and Crimson Dragon

GOTY: Strider 2014, Pier Solar, Halo 2 Anniversary, Kisima Innitchuna, Super Time Force, Onigiri

2014 was a really good year and 2015 looks to be really good if not better.
2015 titles I’m looking forward to playing:

Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend

Resident Evil Revelations 2

Mortal Kombat X

Raiden 5

Ori and the Blind Forest

And more that haven’t been anounced yet.

So those are mine and feel free to post your awards in the comments.

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RAAM’S SHADOW REVIEW

LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY

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RAAM’S SHADOW

 

Platforms: XBOX 360(DIGITAL ONLY)

Language Support: Text = English, French, Chinese, Korean.

Audio = English and French.

Game Supports: 1-2p offline co-op and versus, 2-5 online co-op, and 2-10 online versus.

Played in English and French.

 

Story: Zeta Squad must save any survivors that are left while fighting the Locust.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is good, but you get 2 of them 1 is for Zeta Squad and the other for the Locust who will destroy everything. G00D!

Graphics: Raam’s Shadow shares the same visuals as the main campaign and it looks really good replaying it in 2014.

Audio: The French and English voices are both really good.

Gameplay:

Good: Raam’s Shadow plays like the main story, but it stars new characters. So you shoot, take cover, chainsaw Locus up the ass, throw grenades, look at interesting things, reload to gain a damage boost, place a lock-on on any foe so your friends can know who is the most dangerous on the battlefield, exchange weapons with friends and give them ammo. It includes the new weapons, enemies, and a battle suit. The AI is super helpful in battle that they can pretty much eliminate everyone if you give them a chance. And you fight 2 bosses which are bosses from the other Gears. Also you get to play General Raam and use his might to destroy the COG and he plays exactly like he did in Gears 1.

Bad: The Ai is still stupid and tend to ignore you at times when you’re dying.

Overall: Ramm’s Shadow is a great dlc to Gears 3 and its lots of fun to play, but I wish the Ai would revive you every time you’re dying. Highly recommended.

Likes: Graphics, story, voices, gameplay.

Dislikes: Ai.

Wishlist: New Gears, better Ai.

Score: 4.5/5 THE COLE TRAIN IS ON A ROLE, BABY!

Recommended for fans of: Epic, Microsoft, Gears, shooters, Vanquish, Quantum Theory, Blacktusk, Unreal, People Can Fly, Bulletstorm, Madworld, Binary Domain.

GEARS OF WAR 3 REVIEW

I’LL GET THE POPCORN

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GEARS OF WAR 3

(STORY MODE ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360

Game Supports: French, Chinese, Korean, and English text.

Audio Support: French and English.

Supports 1-2p offline co-op and versus, 2-5 online co-op, and 2-10 online versus.

Played in French and English.

 

Story: The planet is dying and its only hope is Adam Fenix who Marcus thought was dead and is going to try to find him.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is good, but it can sadden people as this ends the franchise’s story. Note Gears 3 is the sequel to Gears 2.

Graphics: Gears 3 came out in September of 2011 and playing it in 2014 it still holds up just like Gear 1 and 2 which is amazing.

Audio: The French voice acting is good and bad depending on the characters. The English voices are really good and the game still has that good score from the previous games.

Gameplay:

Good: Gears 3 is a 3rd person cover based shooter where you shoot, take cover, chainsaw Locus and Glowies up the ass, throw grenades, look at interesting things, reload to gain a damage boost, and now place a lock-on on any foe so your friends can know who is the most dangerous on the battlefield. Another new feature is the ability to exchange weapons with friends and give them ammo. The game has new weapons, enemies, and a battle suit. The AI is super helpful in battle that they can pretty much eliminate everyone if you give them a chance. And the game has 5 boss fights.

Bad: While the Ai for your teammates is good in a fight, they tend to forget about reviving you at times as if you stay far away from them and you’re on the verge of dying they will not go all the way back to revive you.

Overall: Gears 3 is the most fined tuned Gears, but the AI is both good and bad. The game is really fun like all the other Gears and this is a great finally to a great franchise. Highly recommended.

Likes: Gameplay, graphics, audio, and story.

Dislikes: Some French voices and the Ai.

Wishlist: Another Gears and a re-release on XBOX 1.

Score: 4.5/5 THE COLE TRAIN IS ON A ROLE, BABY!

Recommended for fans of: Epic, Microsoft, Gears, shooters, Vanquish, Quantum Theory, Blacktusk, Unreal, People Can Fly, Bulletstorm, Madworld, Binary Domain.

GEARS OF WAR 2 REVIEW

IT NEVER ENDS

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GEARS OF WAR 2(INCLUDES THE DELETED SCENE)

(STORY MODE ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360

Game Supports: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish, and German text.

Audio Support: English, French, Italian(Narrator only), Spanish, and German(Narrator only).

Played in English and Spanish.

Supports 1-2p offline co-op/multiplayer, 2-5p online co-op, 2-10 online multiplayer.

 

Story: The Locust are back and this time they brought new friends and are aiming to destroy all the cities that still remain. So the Gears must defend their last line of defense Jacinto or they’ll end up losing their home.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is really good for both the main story and the deleted 1. G00D!

Note Gears 2 is a Sequel to Gears 1.

Graphics: Gears 2 came out in 2008 and playing it in 2014 it still holds up very well, but there is a bit of texture loading. It has the visual style as it predecessors, but makes it less grey and a bit more brown.

Audio: The music fits in nicely and the battle cue returns. The English voice acting is really good with the characters that do return are voiced by the same actors from the previous game. The Spanish voices are really good as well except for Carmine’s voice which I don’t like, but the volume drops for some reason at times in Spanish.

Gameplay and Features:

Good:  Gears of War 2 is a 3rd-person shooter where you play Marcus and will always be accompanied by Dom and 1 or 2 more guys. Gears 2 plays like its predecessor so you have the dodge, the cover system that is smoother in 2, shooting, carrying 3 weapons and 1 grenade, the chainsaw gun returns, melee returns, you’ll get to choose some paths at times again, fight 4 bosses, explore, and use the active reload to get a damage boost again to beat the Locust over and over until they give up.

So what’s new in Gears 2? Well you can stick grenades on walls and on enemies. You can execute Locust when they are on their knees or use 1 as a Locust shield. There are new weapons and foes. And there are chainsaw duels!

Bad: ?

Overall: Gears 2 is EPIC FUN TIME! The play is so good I never got tired of killing Locust. In my honest opinion, Gears 2 is the best Gears game even though I said last year Judgment was the best 1, but Judgment is either number 2 or 3. I highly recommend this game as it is 1 of the best games on XBOX. Now maybe I should go to 3?

Likes: Gameplay, graphics, voices, music, story.

Dislikes: Volume drop, texture loading.

Wishlist: Another Gears.

Score: 5/5 EPIC!

Recommended for fans of: Gears, Epic Games, Microsoft, Unreal, Quantum Theory, shooters, People Can Fly, Bulletstorm, Madworld, Binary Domain, Vanquish.

GEARS OF WAR REVIEW

AW SHIT!

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GEARS OF WAR

(STORY MODE ONLY)

Platforms: XBOX 360/PC

Game Supports: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Chinese text.

Audio Support: English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French.

Supports 1-2p offline/online co-op, 1-2p offline multiplayer.

Played in English and German.

Story: Dom Santiago decides to free his best friend Marcus Fenix from prison to help Delta Squad fight the Locus.  Note that this takes place after Gears Judgment and Raam’s Shadow.

Good or Bad Story?: Things get really interesting down the line and a bunch of shit happens. Also this is Dom and Marcus’s story. G00D!

Graphics: Gears of War was released in November of 2006 and playing it in 2014…..the game looks……really…….good! The game has a gritty dark visual style that makes it look like a black and white movie, but down the line you’ll get to see more colors. Gears of War was made to show what was possible using the Unreal Engine 3 and it still impresses.

Audio: The music captures the feel of the post-apocalyptic world as well as it also gives you cues when a battle will start and when it ends. The English voice acting is really good with characters like Marcus being voiced by Bender from Futurama, Baird being voiced by the Hulk from MVC3 and recent Marvel shows, and Cole Train being voiced by a NFL player and even looks like him. The German voices are also really good and I found Marcus’s German voice to be a lot better than his English voice.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Gears of War is a 3rd-person shooter that supports co-op with 2 people offline and online. You play Marcus and at all times Dom will be at your side, but at times you’ll have 2 other guys accompany you both. So what can you do in Gears? Well you shoot Locus for fun, throw grenades, melee them with your guns, pick weapons and ammo, look at interesting things, switch between 3 weapons, take cover(an essential part of the game), dodge(any direction), explore to find tags, stomp Locus when their on the floor, and use your Lancer to chainsaw them in half.

Unlike most shooters you can’t just run and gun in Gears, you could if you want, but that will get you killed. In Gears you must always take cover as that is how you will last in fights. Pretty much everything can give you cover and you can move from cover to cover with a press of a button. You also can sprint straightforward and this sprint can make you go to cover. From cover you can aim your gun and shoot or you can blind fire. The game also has a Active Reload which in which if your press the reload button when the white line touches the white rectangle then you get a damage boost for a few seconds, but if you press the button on the black portion than your weapon will get jammed for a few seconds and you’ll give your opponents a perfect chance to attack you.

Since you always will have at least 1 more person with you than you can give them commands to follow you, attack, and retreat. You also have an indicator that shows you where they are at and if you are low on health they will revive you and you can do the same for them since all of you must be alive to continue. You will at times get the option to choose different paths to decide how to deal with a situation, there are 2 boss fights, and there is plenty of intense action.

Bad: Easy mode is not easy its literally normal mode, why is that? Dodging isn’t as smooth as it should be there is a bit of delay. Even though you can order your team you’ll forget that option is there and it ends up being useless. And your friends are dumb as they will at times run up to the Locus just to have you go save them and the AI will not ever attempt to revive fallen allies(except you) even if they are in front of them.

Differences: The XBOX 360 version includes a story mode, co-op both offline and online, and offline and online multiplayer where you can play either the humans or Locus.

The PC version includes everything that the 360 version has, but features new content like additional campaign levels and a new multiplayer game mode.  As well as mouse and keyboard support in addition to a gamepad.

Overall: Gears of War is a really good shooter that has intense action all over and is a great game to play with friends more so than playing with AI controlled 1s. Gears of War is 1 of my favorite IPs of the current-gen and its 1 of the best games on XBOX 360. A must have.

Likes: Graphics, story, gameplay, voices, music.

Dislikes: AI, easy mode, dodge input delay.

Wishlist: Another Gears, the levels from the PC version to be released on 360.

Score: 4.5/5 THE COLE TRAIN’S ON A ROLE BABY!

Recommended for fans of: Gears, Epic Games, People Can Fly, Bulletstorm, Madworld, shooters, Unreal tournament, Binary Domain, Quantum Theory, Vanquish.

GOTY AWARDS

2013 was a great year for gaming and now its time for me to list my GOTY.

Prepare to be surprised on some of the games that made it and didn’t make it.

Be surprised that there will be no console of the year award cause thats a stupid award when its all about the games.

My awards include categories but the games in each category will not be numbered.

XBOX 360

Best action games: DmC, Mgrr, Killer is Dead, Batman Arkham Origins.

Best fps games: Aliens cm.

Best tps games: Lost Planet 3, Tomb Raider 2013, RE Revelations, Dead Space 3, Gears Judgement.

Best fighting games: Injustice.

Best story: Bioshock infinite, DmC, Tomb Raider 2013.

Best dlcs: DmC Vergil, Aliens cm Stasis, DS3 Awakening.

Best beat-em up games: Remember Me, Max Anarchy.

Best graphics: Bioshock infinite, DmC.

Hidden gems of the year: Lost planet 3, Aliens cm, Max Anarchy.

GOTY: DmC, Lost Planet 3, Mgrr, Remember Me, Killer is Dead, RE Revelations.

XBOX 1

Best fps game: BF4.

Best beat-em up: Ryse.

Best arcade shooter: Halo Spartan Assault.

Best story: Ryse.

Best fighter: Killer Instinst 3.

Best graphics: BF4, Ryse, KI3.

GOTY: KI3.

And now overall what is the game that I had fun with the most in 2013?

Its none other than…….

Coming to your home in 2013 ONLY ON XBOX 1!

Killer Instinct 3

GEARS OF WAR JUDGEMENT REVIEW

ITS GONNA CURB STOMP THAT APPETITE!

DARKNOVAFORCE REVIEWS

GEARS OF WAR JUDGEMENT including AFTERMATH.

PLATFORMS: XBOX 360

Game supports English, Spanish, French, Polski, Chinese, and Korean text.

Audio support English, Spanish, French.

Supports 1-2p coop local and 1-4 coop online

Played in Spanish.

Note: I will only review the Story modes since I’m not in to the multiplayer of shooters.

Part 1 Judgment

Story: Judgment is a prequel that puts you in the role of Kilo Squad a team lead by Baird. It’s after Emergence day and the team is put on trial to answer for why they disobeyed orders.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is told through flash backs for each member of the team and this allows for you to get to know the characters a bit more and you get to play with each member and see them tell their side of the story. This alone makes it really interesting.  GOOD!

Graphics: It looks really good better than Gears 3 and its colorful.

Audio: The Spanish voices are really good in Judgment. Also when the characters touch fire they make a funny scream.

Game play:

Good: Gears is a 3rd person shooter that can be played with 4 people and is filled with action at every moment. The mechanics remain the same from the previous games, but it’s a lot faster than before with some changes like, you can now carry 2 pistols if you want since you can only carry 2 guns add a time now. The controls have changed a bit like the dpad is now how you use the point of interest and to look at your objectives. While playing story mode in Judgment you will be able to activate challenges that add new elements to the game and a bit more details to the story. There are still boss fights and they are really good. You will unlock things when achieving certain task. Everything feels smoother than before.

Bad: There is a minor issue and that is using the dpad for the point of interest and to look at objectives. I found it to be a awkward and perhaps should have been removed.

Overall: Overall I like the Gears series and Judgment is no exception. While there is 1 minor issues this is still a great game. Its 1 of 2013s best games, this is now my favorite Gears and best Gears I played yet. A must have game of 2013.

Likes: Graphics, game play, coop, story, switch things up a bit, challenges, voice acting, unlockables, boss fights.

Dislikes: Using the dpad for objectives and point of interest.

Wish list: Sequel, sword battle mode.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Part 2: Gears 3 Aftermath

Story: Taking place during Gears 3, separating form the rest of the crew Baird and Cole are on mission to get backup and anything else they can get their hands on to turn the war in the COGs favor.

Good or Bad Story?: Its really good to see what was happening from Baird and Coles point of view when they separated from the others. And this feels fresh from the main story of 3.

Graphics: It looks exactly like Gears 3 with the grayish color on the characters and the environments being more colorful. It still looks good, but I prefer the graphics for Judgments campaign.

Audio: The Spanish voices are really good just like in the rest of Judgment. Also the characters still make that funny scream when they touch fire.

Game play:

Good: Gears is a 3rd person shooter that can be played with 4 people and is filled with action at every moment. Everything in Aftermath is mostly the same as Judgment, except there are no boss fights and challenges that add more details to the story; however, it’s not a bad thing.

Bad: The minor issue is the same as Judgments(dpad).

Overall: Aftermath is a great addition to the Gears series and a nice unlockable. While there is 1 a minor issue this is still a great campaign to play through over and over.

Likes: Graphics, game play, coop, story, voice acting, unlockables.

Dislikes: Using the dpad for objectives and point of interest.

Wish list: Adding these type of stories to other Gears.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Both are recommended to fans of: action, shooters, Epic games, coop, bro-ops, Gears.