MAX ANARCHY REVIEW

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MAX ANARCHY

(STORY MODE ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/PS3

Language Support: Text = Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, and English.

Audio = Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, and English.

Game Supports: 1p offline, 2-16p online

Played in Black side – Japanese, Spanish, and English.

White side – Italian and French.

 

Story: Jack Cayman and Leo with his comrades are after Max for their own reasons.

Good or Bad Story: The story tries to make you care about it, but the end it just tells you your about to fight. Also you play through 2 campaigns 1 where you play Jack and the other where you play Leo. NOT IMPORTANT!

Graphics: Max Anarchy looks okay, but the cut-scenes look better. The game’s engine is starting to show its age and it makes the game look like an XBOX game when ironically this engine also powers Bayonetta, Madworld, Vanquish, and Metal Gear Rising which all look really good compared to this game.

Audio: The Japanese, Spanish, and English voices on the Black side(Jack) are really good even the Italian and French voices in the White side(Leo). The music is really good too, its mostly if not Hip Pop and each character has their own theme and so do some of the fights, however; 1 fight had a theme that didn’t suit it. Note that you can change the text and audio in-game.

Gameplay

Good: Max Anarchy is a 3d beat-em up that has 2 stories to playthrough and once beaten can be replayed with different characters. In combat you can use light, heavy(can also be charged), grab, 360 attack(sacrifice health), dodge, block, lock-on, dash(can attack while doing this), items(can carry 2), taunt(angers foes), modifier attacks, rage mode, and executions to take down bosses and grunts. You will go through different locations and there all open for you to explore at your will when you arrive there. Exploring has its benefits as you will find people to fight, power-ups, and missions both free and main. To open up new missions you must earn points and that is done by beating up people that you see in the streets and completing missions. And this game has unlockable stuff like new character for the multiplayer and the story mode as well as a movie browser.

Bad: There is 1 boss fight that is shared between both stories and this fight just sucks. And for some reason on the level select for the white side I could not replay the last chapter even though I beat the game.

Overall: Max Anarchy is a really good beat-em and it’s also a nice addition to a genre that is not seen often now. While it’s fun there isn’t much reason to replay it after beating it the 1st time and no it doesn’t get boring, but it doesn’t offer a reason to replay it. The game was advertise like a fighting game, but it isn’t 1, however; it had the potential to be 1 if it was a 2.5d or 3d 1 like Tekken. I hope Platinum Games see potential that this game has and turn it into a series that can try to revolutionize beat-em ups and somehow make it work a lot like a fighting game, but make sure to make the game look better 1st.

Likes: Music, voices, gameplay, Story.

Dislikes: 1 boss fight, can’t replay the last White side chapter.

Wishlist: Sequel.

Score: 4.5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Madworld, Platinum, Powerstone, beat-em ups, fighters, Capcom, Final Fight, Bear Knuckle.

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SPLATTERHOUSE 2010 REVIEW

JENNIFER!

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SPLATTERHOUSE 2010

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/PS3

Language Support – Text = English, Spanish, and French.

Audio = English only.

Game Supports: 1p.

 

Story: Dr. West takes Rick’s girlfriend Jen and now it’s up to him to get her back and the only way to do so is to wear a talking mask that will turn its user in to Jason from Friday the 13th.

Good or Bad Story: The story is good, but it’s just there to motivate you to kick ass. G00D!

Graphics: Splatterhouse 2010 came out in 2010 and playing it in 2014 it still looks really good even the pre-rendered cutscenes look good.

Audio: The music is Splatter-ish and the voice acting is really good with Josh Keyton doing a good job as Rick. I wish the game had other voiceover options. Also if you lose at times the mask will insult you calling you noob and other stuff.

Gameplay

Good: Splatterhouse 2010 is a 3d beat-em up and at times a 2.5d beat-em up where you can use your fist and weapons to pummel your foes until they give up. Rick can also use his sprint, jumping, grab, and berserker mode in a fight, with berserker mode you recover your health, deal more damage, and can use your meter to use more of your modifier moves. Rick can also upgrade his moves and stats, he also can use finishers on his foes and these are gory. The game has okay platforming, but these just don’t fit the game, there are boss fight in each level, you will find pictures of Jen on the floor in each level, there is a survival mode, and you can unlock the first 3 Splatterhouse games.

Bad: The loading screens for losing take too long to load the game. The camera is bad as it always moves around when Rick moves. The sprint barely moves you more than 6 feet. Level 9 sucks cause of the enemies you face there and sometimes the QTE counter button icons don’t respond to your inputs.

Overall: Splatterhouse 2010 is a really good beat-em up that is really gory and its name pretty much defines what the levels will be about. I wish the loading was faster like it is when going to the main menu and I feel as the game doesn’t require camera controls since the camera sucks the game could be fine without 1. And the nice addition of the old games being include is really good. Now I don’t think the game sold well, but I hope Namco Bandai make a sequel to this game and improve it.

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

Dislikes: Camera, loading, sprint, QTE counter, and level 9.

Wishlist: Improve all the things I dislike in a potential sequel, and more voiceover options.

Score: 4.5/5 GIVE ME A HELL YEAH!

Recommended for fans of: Splatterhouse, Namco Bandai, Madworld, Final Fight, Bare Knuckle, beat-em ups.

F.3.A.R REVIEW

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F.3.A.R

(STORY MODE ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/PC/PS3

Language Support: Text = English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, German, French, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Korean.

Audio = English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, German, and French.

Game Support: 1p offline, 2p online co-op, and 6p online multiplayer.

Played in Italian.

 

Story: Alma is pregnant and now her sons Pointman and Fettel must find her to give her a “Proper” baby shower.

Good or Bad Story: The story is interesting as you will find out more about Alma past as well as that of her sons. Everything else that is occurring like the destruction that Alma is causing cause of her being pregnant won’t matter. G00D!

Graphics: The game looks okay, but I don’t like the color scheme that the devs went with which is brown and that color makes some of the levels look boring and not fun to play. There are enemies that look lame except the bosses and some of the soldiers you face later on. Also some parts are too dark to even see. The engine the game runs on is showing its age as some textures on the guns are low res and ironically F.E.A.R 1 looks better than number 3. Oh and for some reason there are pre-rendered graphics in cut-scenes which make no sense when the previous games didn’t have that.

Audio: The Italian voices are really good, but for some reason during the pre-rendered cut-scenes Fettel speaks English when he narrates those scenes when it should be the actor who voices him in Italian and every other language narrating it.

Gameplay:

Good: In F.3.A.R you play Pointman once again if you play offline, but if you play the story through co-op then P1 will play Pointman and P2 will play Fettle. As Pointman you shoot stuff, slowdown time, take cover Time Crisis style, send guys to heaven, and slide kick foes while Fettel can posses foes, use his powers to kill foes, and give his brother a shield. Unlike the first game Pointman will not require health pack to heal him, instead he has recoverable health. You fight soldiers and Alma’s demon buddies, but you will have boss fights in each level and the Ai is really good as they can hear you and see your flashlight. And in some levels Pointman can use a mech to destroy everything with ease.

Bad: I don’t like how the controls are mapped and all the alternate control schemes suck as if I like a button being on another button another function is going to be mapped to a button that I don’t want it to be on, they should’ve added the ability to customize the controls. The game can get hard at times on easy mode which makes no sense and this mostly happens on boss fights. And you can’t choose who you want to play as in the Story mode if you offline.

Overall: F.3.A.R is a good game, but it has parts that suck like some of the levels, control schemes, and whatnot. The game is a 1st-person action horror game, but like the 1st game its really an action game. Unlike the 1st game you’re not inside a building, instead you get to walk around town in daylight which is nice. And note that you gain points in this game and those point will determine whose ending you’ll get of the 2 playable characters. And to end this number 3 is a good game that at times makes me not want to play, but it’s good to stick around to get to use the mech.

Likes: Gameplay, story, and audio.

Dislikes: Graphics, control scheme, difficulty, some level, no option to choose who you want to play as offline.

Wishlist: Better graphics, custom controls, adjust difficulty, new game.

Score: 3.5/5 G00D GAME WITH PARTZ THAT SUCK!

Recommended for fans of: F.E.A.R, Monolith, Day 1 Studios, Time Warner, shooters, survival horror, action.

NINJA GAIDEN 2 REVIEW

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NINJA GAIDEN 2

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/PS3/VITA

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

Audio Support: English and Japanese.

Supports: 1p

Played in Japanese and English.

 

Story: The bad guys hire the Spider clan to steal the demon Statue from the Dragon clan, so they can revive an evil fiend.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is good and it’s there to make you keep playing so you can fight that person you see in the next cutscene. G00D!

Graphics: Ninja Gaiden 2 came out on the 360 in 2008 and the first/last time I played was in 2011 and it looked really good, now playing it for the 3rd time in 2014 it still looks good. The environments and the characters all look good.

Audio: The music is really good. The Japanese voice acting is superb and the English voices are really good with Josh Keyton voicing Ryu replacing the actor from the previous game. Also you can change the text and voices in game, but I still wish for more dubs.

Gameplay

Good: In NG2 you once again play Ryu Hayabusa on his quest to stop the revival on an evil fiend. You will once again hack and slash other ninja and fiends, but it’s not going to be easy as the game will punish and make you ragequit at every moment and you will very likely throw your controller at the window in rage. Ryu is equipped with a sword and shuriken, but he will gain new weapons, ninpo(ninja magic), and items(can be found or bought). With your main weapons you have light and heavy attacks as well as a ultimate technique and now a new technique called obliteration which will instantly kill any lower class foe when they lose a limb, but be warned that even if you cut a limb your foes can still fight you even if they lose their head and this makes the ai really good. You have projectile weapons that you can mash the button to do a quick attack or for some you can charge it to unleash more damage. Ryu also has his ninja mobility from the previous game like his wall run, wall jumps, water run, and they have improved. Interact is now its own button and 1st person view is now mapped to a shoulder button.

You can also upgrade main weapons, ninpo, and Ryu’s stats which are all essential to this game. Essence make a return and they function the same, so remember red is for ninpo, yellow is your money, and blue gives you health, and they are obtained the same way. The game also has shops so you can buy stuff and save stations that heal you once, so know when to save and when not to. Also there are challenge missions in each level, but take cautious when doing these as if you lose in the challenges you will have to restart from your last save. Of course you have boss fights that will test you to your limit(as in if you can handle the rage) and they are awesome. The combat fells more fined toned and the camera is no longer in inverted settings. And 1 more thing try to take less damage as now when you take damage part of your health becomes red and the red portion of your health bar stops you from recovering that portion until you use and item, so start mastering that block and dodge.

Bad: The camera once again is bad as it can make things hard to see in a fight. The game has a auto-lock on and that will screw you up a lot especially in boss fights. And the game has no checkpoints except for saving at a save station and losing in a official boss fight.

Overall: Ninja Gaiden 2 plays very well, but it suffers from mostly the same issues that plague the previous game. The issues the game has seems to be on purpose and that is stupid. Its 1 thing having the game give you a challenge, but having issues from the previous game remain unfixed is just plain wrong and cause of this you will lose for all the wrong reasons. But this game is still fun and its 1 of the best action games of all times and it’s the best Ninja Gaiden game I have played yet. Highly recommended.

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

Dislikes: Camera, auto-lock on, no checkpoints.

Wishlist: All the issues being fixed in a future installment and more dubs.

Score: 4.5/5 GET HYPE, SON!

Recommended for fans of: Action, Ninja Gaiden, DMC, MGRR, Ninja Blade, Tecmo Koei, Team Ninja, Platinum Games, Capcom, Ninjas.

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TITANFALL

Platforms: XBOX 1/PC/XBOX 360

Game Supports: English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, and French audio & text. (XBOX 1 VERSION)

TOMB RAIDER 2013

Platforms: XBOX 1/PS4/XBOX 360/PS3/PC

Game Supports: English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Arabic, and Dutch text.

Audio Support: English, Spanish, Italian, German, French,Polish, Russian, and Arabic. (XBOX 1 VERSION)

CASTLEVANIA LORDS OF SHADOW MIRRORS OF FATE REVIEW

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CASTLEVANIA LOS MIRRORS OF FATE HD

Platforms: 3DS/PS3/XBOX 360/PC

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

Audio Support English only.

Supports 1p.

Story: Simon Belmont is seeking revenge for the death of his parents. Alucard wants to stop Dracula. And Trevor Belmont is seeking revenge for the death of his mother.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is not bad except the order their told is not in order. Like Trevor comes first, but is last 1 that is told, Simon’s story comes so many years later, and Alucard takes place at same time as Simon’s and Alucard’s story has the same cutscenes as Simon’s except a few. G00D!

Graphics: The graphics on the 360 version look good since it’s a high-res version of 3DS original, but it could have used a bit more polish. The cutscenes for the most part are pre-rendered and they look better and are cell-shaded. And for some reason there is some freezing in the cutscenes.

Audio: The music is not bad and the voice acting is really good, but I wish there were other dubs cause since this game was made in Spain, why didn’t Konami allow a Spanish dub at least?

Gameplay and Features:

Good:  Mirrors of Fate goes back to the roots of Castlevania, so this is a 2.5D action adventure game. In this game the main focus is exploring and fighting so you can backtrack at anytime you want, but you will at times have to backtrack. You play 4 characters which are Gabriel Belmont the hero from LOS1 and you play only in the 1st level, after him you play Simon Belmont, then Alucard, and then Trevor Belmont. All 4 have combos(using light and heavy attacks), a map, a parry, executions(enemy must be glowing white) and the same mobility, but that is where it ends as when you start playing with Simon and the other 2 you’ll be leveling up, acquire magic(each have 2), doing platforming, solve puzzles(Alucard and Trevor only), acquire sub-weapons, using heal/magic fountains to replenish, and fight bosses(3 each).

The game has a level select, a boss rush mode, 4 difficulties that can alter your experience, and movie browser.

Bad: You have a air dash and a dodge, but they are mostly useless for example if you have 1 enemy behind you and another in front of you, then your dodge will not allow you to avoid attacks unless they are far, you can use your air dash, but it doesn’t make you go very far. So pretty much its crap, all the characters play the same so there is no variety except the magic/sub-weapons/some upgrades, and 1 last thing is there are no items available for you to use in combat so if you fight a boss you have to make sure that your health is full.

Overall: Castlevania LOS Mirrors of Fate is a good game, but it also disappointed me besides the dodge/dash it starts fun, but when I played Alucard the fun stopped with him, but became fun again with Trevor. The thing is all 4 characters play exactly the same except the magic, sub-weapons, and anything else certain characters might acquire. Story pretty much tells you why they all play the same, but it doesn’t make it that great since when having more than 1 playable character the multiple characters in a action game shouldn’t feel the same, they should have their own styles of fighting. Another thing to add is the game feels like parts of a bigger game that it could have been, so what I’m saying it feels like half a game. But even with that the main reason to play this game is for the story and boss fights especially the final battle that Trevor has its awesome. Now I just hope that LOS2 ends being a lot more fun.

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

Dislikes: Dodge, dash, no items.

Wishlist: Items, better dodge and dash, more dubs.

Score: 4/5 LIVE!

Recommended for fans of: Castlevania, Konami, Mercurysteam,  God of War, Dante’s Inferno, action, adventure, vampires, whips, Hellsing, Van Hellsing.