STRIDER 2014 REVIEW

STRIDER HIRYU, READY FOR BATTLE

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STRIDER 2014

 

Platforms: XBOX 1/XBOX 360/PS4/PS3/PC DIGITAL ONLY GAME

Game Supports: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German text.(XBOX 1 & 360)

Audio Support: English(Main characters only) and Russian(Lower class minions only).

Supports 1p.

 

Story: Strider’s mission is to stop all the bad guys.

Good or Bad Story: The story is not the game’s main focus, it’s just there to tell you “You see that guy? You’re going to kick his ass next.”. And you won’t give a single damn about it. DON’T GIVE A DAMN!

Graphics: Strider 2014 on XBOX 1 looks really good and it’s a port of the 360 version so it’s not a huge graphical upgrade, so it’s just brighter. It runs at 1080p and a glorious 60fps at all times and all of this is thanks to the Hex engine the same engine that powers KI3. Strider has his MVC look, but with some adjustments like his scarf is now a laser scarf and the game’s level design is similar to Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, but adjusted to make the game’s world look like a game.

Audio: The music while there isn’t a big variety is really good and gives of a nostalgic feeling like this nananananananeeneeneenee. The game does have voice acting and it’s both good and bad depending on the characters and luckily Strider is not voice by his UMVC3 English actor who made him sound bad in that game, instead he has a new actor who gives him a Japanese accent to let you know he is Japanese and he sounds good.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Strider 2014 stays true to its roots as the game is a 2.5D action adventure game with the originals being 2D. You play as Strider Hiryu who is 1 of the Striders a groups of badassess who look and fight like ninjas. You start as a badass and are equipped with light attacks, launcher(can also be done by holding up and pressing the light attack button), ninja mobility(jumping, a slide attack, hanging from walls), a mini and full map, and good looks. You also have a rage mode that can be used to deal more damage and gain a bit more reach with your sword attack, but be warned if you get hit you can lose it.

Along the way you will became a super badass by obtaining options which are based off his moves from the MVC series, as well as finding status upgrades, and obtaining more plasma to make you an ultra badass. All of these upgrades are important as you’ll need to explore the levels a lot and some doors can’t be open unless you have the proper upgrade as well as some enemies can only be/are weaker with the proper upgrade and you will want to explore as you can be rewarded with unlockable stuff like costumes and art. The game also has camera controls which is meant for aiming your knives though you can do that with the LS, there is some platforming, you’ll also notice throughout the game there are some green orbs and these can be used to heal you, and the game has a save station. Also it has boss fight with some of the bosses returning from the previous games and it has 3 game modes a becon mode which is a speed run mode, story mode, and survival.

Bad: There is nothing I found to be bad in this game, but I wish I could use the dpad to move Strider as I’m not a fan of using analog sticks for 2D/2.5D games, but I got used to it.

Differences: The game plays the same on all platforms and it also looks pretty much the same with the XBOX 1 and PS4 versions running at 1080p 60fps as well as PC and the 360 and PS3 version likely running at a lower resolution. If you have only a 360 and/or PS3 on 360 you get just Strider 2014, but if you get it on PS3 you get Strider 2014 and Strider 1/2. So pretty much the PS3 version gives you a better value, but if you also have 360 get on it as well. If you only have a XBOX 1 and/or PS4 there isn’t any difference so get it on both. If you have a current and next-gen console get it first on the next-gen then on current-gen. But if you have at least 2 of the platforms the game’s on then get it on both.

Questionable: Where are the other Striders? Their mentioned in the game, but their nowhere to be seen. Are they on vacation? If so why make Hiryu do everything? He needs a break too, couldn’t they at least order him some Little Caesar’s?

Overall: Strider 2014 is so fun for every enemy killed you get a sense of enjoyment and hype cause your empowered, instead of being a weakling. You get the sense that Double Helix made this game to be fun at every turn. The game feels and controls good. There is always something to do in this game like going back to a area that you already visited to find any hidden secrets and slicing and dicing everyone who gets in your way. This is 1 of the first wave of games for early 2014 and Strider 2014 delivers. Strider 2014 is 1 of the best games of 2014 and should not be missed by anyone. Double Helix has made another favorite game of mine along with KI3. So get this game now you won’t regret it and its $15. So now I’m going to play again and re-enjoy the hype that is Strider 2014.

Likes: Gameplay, graphics, music, voices.

Dislikes: voices.

Wishlist: Sequel.

Score: 5/5 ULTRA BADASS!

Recommended for fans of: Capcom, Double Helix, Strider, Fighters, 2D, 2.5D, ninjas, Ninja Gaiden, Bionic Commando, Moon Diver, TMNT, action, adventure.

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VAMPIRE HUNTER REVIEW

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VAMPIRE HUNTER (DARKSTALKERS THE NIGHT WARRIORS)

Part of VAMPIRE RESSURECTION

Platforms: Xbox 360/PS3/PS1/SATURN

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

Audio Japanese only.

Supports 1-2 local versus and 8 in online lobbies.

STORY: This game has no story except endings for each character when playing arcade mode. This is how fighters were back then and it’s not important to have a story, because it’s all about fighting.

Graphics: The graphics in this game are not bad, but there are other rereleased fighters that look better like MVCO. The good thing is there are options to change the graphics through filters which can make the game look crisp, sharp, pixilated, or have scan lines which will give it the arcade cabinet look. The screen can be changed as well to either fill the entire screen or see the arcade cabinet itself. Characters have wacky hit animations similar to Tom and Jerry.

Audio: The voice acting is good. Each character has a theme that really suits them and their stage. The music is like jazz.

Game play:

Good: Vampire Hunter is a fast-paced fighter that is similar to Street Fighter and the VS Capcom series in game play, but the cast of characters are from monster and fairytale movies. There are normal, special, es(ex), and super moves, but the motions in this game are a mix of Street fighter and Tekken. You have links, chains, cross-ups, and guard reversals at your disposal. Online play is available and how smooth your experience is depends on both player’s pings, and all your online fights and local fights can be saved as replays that can be uploaded to YouTube. And you can unlock endings, art, and the original opening movie by earning vault points which you gain by playing the game.

Bad: Some of the special and super moves have awkward motions that may not work well at times.

Overall: This is a really fun game to play either with friends or by yourself. And has really cool characters that you can play with. The only problem is the awkward motions for some of the special and super moves.

Likes: Graphics, music, game play, online, replays, wackiness, unlocks.

Dislikes: Awkward motions for some of the moves.

Wish list: Make the awkward motions better.

Score: 4.5/5 REALLY GOOD.

Recommended for fans of: Vampire (Darkstalkers), Street Fighter, Guilty Gear, Blazblue, VS Capcom fighters, monsters, fairytales, Capcom, fighters, wackiness, Tom and Jerry.

AVENGER REVIEW

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Avenger

Platforms: Xbox 360/PS3

Game supports English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, and German text.

Supports 1-2p coop local and online

Story: Shao Khan look-a-like has taken some women hostage and it’s up to you to kick/punch your way to save the girls and get rid of the bad guy for good.

Good or Bad Story?: Its really basic but it’s not important at all to these kind of games(beat-em ups) and that’s not a bad thing since you won’t play for the story. NOT IMPORTANT!

Graphics: The graphics are 8-bit since this game came out in the 80’s, but it still looks good today. However the graphics can be adjusted to make the game look closer to what arcade games looked like on a arcade cabinet in the past like adding scan lines or changing the size of the screen. There is even an option to change the wallpaper in the background with some that are unlocked by doing things in the game.

Audio: The music is not bad and fits the game well. It seems to be jazz music.

Game play:

Good:  This game is challenging(difficulty can be changed) and is viewed from a bird’s eye view and this allows for a smoother way to control the character’s movements for a kind-of pre-3d experience. You can punch and kick your foes along with using a special move that will lower your health, but helps you stay clear of too many enemies coming at you. Along the way you can destroy some blue trashcans that will hold power-ups that can aid you in battle. There are secret areas hidden in the game and a boss fight at the end of each level and additional modes.

Bad: While I found things I like there are things I don’t like. The punches that the character does are not really great using on bosses and are only good on minions; however, this makes you want to use the kick button for the majority since it does a better job at beating every enemy you fight. Another thing the character can get stuck in some fights like the 2nd boss fight, where I tried to attack the boss and eventually the character stayed attach to the boss and allowed him to beat me up since the character can’t do anything at that moment. And once you lose all your lives that come with 1 credit against a boss and decide to continue the boss fight the game will make you start not at the fight with the boss but around half-way the level or so before the boss fight. I would have liked if the game would have allowed me to respawn at the boss fight and not having to fight my way again to reach the boss at the end of a level.

Overall: I really enjoyed this different style of a beat-em up and what it offers, but would have wished that something’s like the respawning system was better.

Likes: Combat, graphics, music, power-ups, and more modes.

Dislikes: Punches are not that great, being stuck to an enemy, checkpoints.

Wish list: Better checkpoints, sequel, make punches better.

Score: 4.5/5 REALLY GOOD!

Recommended for fans of: Beat-em ups, fighting games, old school gamers, coop, broops,  capcom.