NINJA GAIDEN 2 REVIEW

SHE WAS LOOKING FOR YOU

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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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CASTLEVANIA LORDS OF SHADOW MIRRORS OF FATE REVIEW

RUN SIMON!

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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.

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.

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.

LOST PLANET 3 REVIEW

DON’T EAT ICE CREAM!

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LOST PLANET 3

(SINGLE PLAYER ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/ PC/PS3

Game Supports: Japanese, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, & Portuguese text.

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

Supports 1offline, 1-10p online multiplayer.

Played in Spanish.

 

Story: Jim Peyton(he is in fact Jesus, but he cut his hair after he left Family Guy and decided that he need to leave Earth so he contact Capcom to star in the next Lost Planet) is a contractor who is working for Nevec on EDN3 to get payed and feed his family, but while doing his job he is going to discover the secrets that EDN3 holds.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is meh, but the ending is good and it maybe a cliffhanger to what is to come. The story is not the most important thing to game as something else is. BAD!

Note that Lost Planet 3 is the prequel to whole series.

Graphics: Lost Planet 3’s graphics are good, but some parts look better than the others. For 1 the environments and the akrid all look really good with the environments looking better in 3 than the previous games. And 2nd the humans have some good designs like the main character and his jacket while others looks weak or plain which makes the game look better than the 1st game, but not better looking than 2nd game. And there is minor loading textures and references to Lost Planet 1 and 2.

Audio: There isn’t a lot of music in the game, but the ones you hear at times are of action and horror film themes. You have music in your mech that Jesus’s wife installed and you can play your music inside the mech if you don’t like the music that is already there. And the Spanish voice acting is really good.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Lost Planet 3 is an action adventure game like the previous Lost Planets; however, 3 is kind of open world and it is also a horror game. At its core this is still Lost Planet, but there are new additions that were not in the previous games and these are welcome addition. You play from a 3rd person view and you’ll shoot, throw grenades, throw punches, sprint(this time you can sprint infinitely without getting tired), change weapons, use the ancher(only on certain surfaces) , zoom in on your targets( holding the aim button puts the camera over the shoulder while pressing the melee button when holding a sniper rifle enters you in first person), use a mech, and fight bosses(on the size scale of LP1 and their weak spot is still the orange part of the body).

The new additions that are in Lost Planet 3 are a dodge and cover system(you can dodge in any direction and cover only works when you’re in battle, but this is not a cover based shooter), you have a main and sub-missions and with a press of a button you can check your job listings as well as other things like messages and what you have collected. Since it is also a horror game it will try to scare you at times, while I didn’t find the game scary it is; however, creepy in some parts and it does a good job at that department. Unlike the previous games where you only could carry 2 weapons in 3 you carry a main weapon and a sub weapon, but you will always have your 3rd weapon the infinite ammo pistol at all times(hold the change weapon button to use the pistol).

You have your very own mech known as a Rig that can make some fights easier since it can block, grab, and drill enemies up the ass, but when fighting bosses you will have to have patience and know when to attack and counter like in Punch-out. And unlike the previous mechs if its health drops to 0 it won’t self destruct it will instead repair itself, what a nice feature. And the best part is 3 has a shop that allows you to upgrade the Rig and upgrade Jesus’s armory with thermal energy, another thing to note is that you can change what weapons your carrying at anytime as long as your mech is near you or a computer with a image of a gun is nearby. The load screens have hints in them, you can walk around your base and hear conversations, and the game has a movie browser just in case you miss a cutscene.

Bad: The frame rate always drops from 30 to 20, but it doesn’t hinder the experience. There are a few times where the game will load the level while you’re moving, but this only takes 2 seconds so it’s not a major hinder to the game.

Questionable: In 3 thermal energy is the currency while in the previous games it was your health and in 3 your jacket always keeps you warm since it has thermal energy built in, so why in LP1 does your health always decrease every time you walk in the snow. Also the Rig can self repair, so why can’t any of the mechs in LP1 & 2 do self repair?

Overall: Lost Planet 3 is a really good action adventure horror that improves the series with the better controls scheme in the series and adding new mechanics and things like a upgrade system to both the mech and human. While the frame rate does drop it never hinders the experience. The story is not great, but you probably won’t care since the gameplay is where it’s at and that is the most important part of the game. This is a very underrated game, but it is really good and this is my favorite LP game. A must have.

Likes: Graphics, music, voices, gameplay.

Dislikes: Story, some human designs.

Wishlist: Sequel, Better graphics than 2, costumes for both you and the mech.

Score: 5/5 DAMN ITS COLD!

Recommended for fans of: Lost Planet, Capcom, Aliens, Gundam, Robots, Snow, Spark Unlimited.

BLEED REVIEW

JEEZ ITS BURNING UP IN HERE. ON THE UPSIDE IM BURNING LOTS                                                        OF CALORIES

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BLEED

Platforms: XBOX 360/PC

Game Supports: English text only.

Supports: 1-2p offline.

Story: Its 20XX and people have forgotten about the heroes that once saved the world. Cause of this there has been no new heroes inducted into the Hall of Heroes. Now a young girl named Wryn wants to be the next hero so she has decided to defeat the previous heroes so she can become the best hero ever.

Good or Bad Story: The game only mention the story before the main menu, pressing a button to learn of the heroes, and near/at the ending. The stages themselves tell the story of the heroes even though you don’t see text during any stage. And 1 more thing Wryn is self-aware that she is in a game as if she dies she will tell you things on the game over screen like “Don’t worry it’s just a game I will be back in a sec”. G00D!

Graphics: Bleed looks like a SNES game and it looks good. The 16-bit visuals suit the game and everything is nicely detailed.

Audio: The music is top-notch and it gives of a nostalgic feel.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Bleed is a 2d side-scrolling shooter that uses 1 of the most odd controls ever. It is a twin stick shooter meaning you will use the LS stick to move and the RS stick to shoot in any direction. Using the RS stick to shoot is awkward at first, but the more you play the more you will get used to it. The game also includes a jump and dash mechanic mapped to the RT, again its awkward and eventually you will get used to it over time.

You can also switch weapons, but can only carry 2 at a time; however, the games inventory is on the pause menu so you can always switch the weapons your carrying at anytime. And the best mechanic that the game includes is slow-mo as long as you have meter you can use it and it recharges overtime. The game also has a store where you buy weapons and upgrades, as well as a level select, coop(both players share health and slow-mo), additional character(must be unlocked) and additional modes like story, arcade, and challenge. The games highlight is the good level design and boss fights.

Bad: There is nothing wrong with the game except I would have liked the option to change controls as there will be players that will not like the controls and would like to have the controls set up to something that their accustomed too.

Overall: Bleed is a really fun old school type of game that now offer coop(originally it was single player only) the controls are awkwardly mapped on the controller, but the more you play eventually you will get accustomed to the controls. A must have.

Likes: Graphics, story, gameplay, and music.

Dislikes: no control options.

Wishlist: Control options, Sequel.

Score: 5/5 SELF-AWARE GAME OVER SCREENS!

Recommended for fans of: Bootdisk Revolution, Megaman, Arcades, 2d, action, coop, Metal Slug.

DEADPOOL REVIEW

DUDE FUCK MATH

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THE MERC WITH THE MOUTH THE GAME(DEADPOOL)

Platforms: Xbox 360/PC/PS3

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

Audio Support English only.

Supports 1p only.

Story: Deadpool wants a game based on himself so he hires High moon to make the game, but the CEO refuses until Deadpool blows up a portion of the studio. After that happens the CEO of High moon calls Deadpool to tell him that they will send the script for the game and as soon as he gets it Deadpool grabs a crayon and starts changing the script to his liking and the adventure begins.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is good as you see it from Deadpool’s view, but the story has another story within the story and it starts going crazy as soon as the game begins. It doesn’t take itself serious and that’s because you play a character that is self aware. GOOD!

Graphics: The game looks good, but I would have liked if the developers went with a more cell-shaded look.

Audio: The music is well done, but the voice acting is really good as Nolan North once again voices Deadpool and he narrates the game all the way and will also say some really funny things.

Game play:

Good: Deadpool is a 3rd person hack and slash action shooter where you can slash, shoot, and teleport/counter your way through the game. The shooting works in 2 ways press the fire button to shoot and then you can move the camera to select who you want to shoot in the balls. The second way is to press the aim button and it will lock-on to a nearby enemy and after that you can start shooting. Deadpool can even run backwards and still be shooting his enemies without even looking, but your guns do not have infinite ammo so you if you run out then kill your enemies or look around to find more ammo. Also you can switch the camera sides to the left or right. The game also has combos for both air and grounded attacks that can be chained by using light and heavy attacks also you can add a gun shot in to the combo. You can also teleport to safety when in danger and you can counter incoming attacks(not all) when prompt and can do combos after. When taking damage and you want to recover health then you must hide somewhere or take cover and eventually Deadpool will start recovering health. The game also includes exploration, plat forming, puzzles, minigames, parodies, boss fights, stealth, X-men cameos, and upgrades.

Bad: The 3rd person shooter camera doesn’t suit this game as you will have to constantly move the camera when slashing since the camera doesn’t rotate when the character moves. And on the last part of level 5 and going through the last 2 levels the game gets boring as all of the excitement that was in the beginning goes away.

Overall: Deadpool the game is funny, weird, and a fun game for the most part except near the ending. This game is definitely worth playing for the comedy and action. But I would like to see the camera change.

Likes: Graphics, voices, game play, story, and music.

Dislikes: camera and the levels near the ending.

Wish list: Different graphic style, better camera, improve levels.

Score: 4.5/5 BEST GAME EVER(SAYS DEADPOOL)

Recommended for fans of: Deadpool, comedy, action, beat em ups, shooters, Marvel, parodies, Disney, Activision, and High moon.