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.

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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.

BIOHAZARD 5 LOST IN NIGHTMARE REVIEW

JIIIIILLLL!

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RACIST EVIL 5 LOST IN NIGHTMARE(RESIDENT EVIL/BIOHAZARD)

Platforms: Xbox 360/PS3

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

Audio Support English only

Supports 1-2 coop offline and online.

Story: Chris and Jill are sent to Oswald Spencer’s Mansion to capture Wesker.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is really good as you get to find out what happened after Revelations and before RE5’s main story.

Graphics: LIN’s graphics are the same as RE5, but there is a lot more darkness to the game which gives it the horror feel. Both the characters and the environments look amazing with a lot of detail.

Audio: The voice acting is really good, but I would have liked if the characters could speak more languages. And the music really suits the game’s mood.

Game play:

Good: RE5LIN is a 3rd person survival-horror shooter where you shoot, knife, punch/kick,  share items, and solve puzzles. The inventory contains 9 slots for both Chris and Jill(you can play either 1, but you must beat the game once to play Jill next time) where you can exchange items or give an item to your partner, but also if you place items on the top, bottom, left, and right of the center slot then you can use the d-pad to equip the item rather than having to open the inventory. The puzzles are simple(the majority of the game is puzzle solving) and the shooting/knife/melee mechanics work like RE4. You can change the controls to either the classic controls which reminiscence RE4’s controls and the shooter controls which feels like other 3rd person and FPS games. The enemy variety in LIN is not the same as the main game since you only fight 1 type of mid-bosses and there is only 1 final boss(depending on the difficulty you may or may not fight a lot of enemies). LIN can be played with coop(Ai partner is good), but you can play by yourself and it also has the option to make the game go back to its roots which will give the game fixed camera angles and tank controls. Note LIN is similar to Assignment Ada as you can’t save so you will have to beat it in 1playthrough.

Bad: ?

Overall: LIN is a great addition to RE5 as it feels fresh and gives you something different from the main game. The game itself is a throwback to RE1 as the setting looks very familiar to RE1’s mansion and the game play is reminiscence of that. LIN is 1 of the best dlcs available. It’s a must have dlc.

Likes: Story, Graphics, voices, music, game play, coop, horror, boss fights, and puzzles.

Dislikes: ?

Wish list: More audio options.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: RE, horror, survival, puzzles, Capcom, coop, shooters, bro-ops.

CAVE THE BEST REVIEW

OINK!

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MUCHI MUCHI PORK

Part of CAVE THE BEST

Platforms: Xbox 360

Game Supports: Bilingual (some English and Japanese text)

Audio Support: Japanese only.

Supports 1-2 players offline

Story: Each character has their own opening and ending, but no real story is in the game and that’s not a bad thing as the type of game it is it doesn’t matter.

Graphics: The game looks like a SNES game and it looks good. You can change the wallpaper to another that is available, but the games menu could have had a better background.

Audio: The music is not bad and you can change the music for each stage from the original to the 360 version.

Game play:

Good: Muchi Muchi Pork is a 2d arcade shooter where you destroy everything that comes at you and save the pigs to gain more points. You have a normal beam which can be upgraded by getting power-ups and you have a bomb that is a giant robot that drills the enemies. You can play with 1 of 3 characters and each 1 is different. And you go through 5 levels where at the end you fight a boss and save replays.

Bad: The only thing I found to be bad is the background on the main menu.

Overall: Muchi is a really good game that offers 3 characters to play with and really good music to help you blast all of your enemies while trying to save those poor pigs.

Likes: Game play, music, robot, wallpapers, replays, and graphics.

Dislikes: Background for the main menu.

Wish list: Sequel.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Pigs, robots, shooters, coop, bro-ops, Cave, arcades.

THE POWER OF PINK

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PINK SWEETS

Part of CAVE THE BEST

Game Supports: Bilingual (some English and Japanese text)

Audio Support: Japanese only.

Supports 1-2 players offline

Story: Each character is trying to save their mom, but must defeat all of the bad guys first just to do that.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is pretty much non-present except after a character clears a stage and at the ending. It’s not a bad thing as these types of games don’t really on them. NOT IMPORTANT!

Graphics: The game looks like a SNES game and it looks good. You can change the wallpaper to another that is available.

Audio: The music is not bad and you can change the music for each stage from the original to the 360 version.

Game play:

Good: Pink Sweets is a 2d shooter where you blast all your enemies through 7 levels and 4 playable characters (with their own weapons). You can power-up your weapon by getting power-ups that will give you support drones that can attack in any direction. When not firing you create a shield that is bomb that can absorb enemy bullets also you can change the speed of your character at anytime. And you can save replays.

Bad: ?

Overall: Pink Sweets is a really fun shooter and is my favorite game in Cave the best. This is a must have collection that will give you plenty of hours fun.

Likes: Graphics, game play, music, replay, and wallpapers.

Dislikes: ?

Wish list: Sequel.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Shooters, arcade, Cave, coop, bro-ops.

VAMPIRE HUNTER REVIEW

WE ARE DARKSTALKERS

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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.

BIOHAZARD 4 Review

WE’LL STAY AND WATCH THE CAR. DON’T…….WANT TO GET ANY PARKING TICKETS.

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RACIST EVIL 4 HD(BIOHAZARD 4, RESIDENT EVIL 4)

PLATFORMS: WII/GC/PC/PS2/PS3/XBOX 360

Game Supports: English text only.

Audio Support: Bilingual(some English and some Spanish).

Supports 1 player only.

Story:(Main story) Leon is sent to a village in Spain to rescue Ashley from her kidnappers, but he must survive first if Ashley has any hope to get back home. (Separate Ways) Ada is sent to Spain and must retrieve the sample from the same group who captured Ashley, but she has to survive first just to get it and maybe help Leon with a kiss.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is really good as it makes you want to find out what will happen next. While you can get story from cut scenes there are files available that will give you more insight on some characters. GOOD!

Graphics: RE4 came out in early 2005 on the GC and was the best looking game on that console eventually it got ported to other consoles and still looked good, but does it look good compared to other game released on the current consoles? The answer is yes. RE4 is still 1 of the best looking game I ever played and is still 1 of the best looking games to this date even with new games from the series. However there is 1 short cut scene that is not rendered well in the HD versions.

Audio: The voice acting is really good. Some characters speak English and some Spanish while that is good I would have liked more dubs and a full English and Spanish dub. Music is well done with some made for the action parts and some made for the horror parts. There is a bit of music that doesn’t sync well in 2 cut scenes in the HD versions.

Game play:

Good: RE4 is a 3rd person shooter that includes action, survival, and horror. Aiming is done over the shoulder and you can shoot(or knife) any part of the body of your enemies with some you have to hit in a certain area just to do damage. You must protect Ashley when playing as Leon as if she dies or gets taken by the bad guys then you lose. Throughout the game you can find items in boxes or in the open field to aid you in combat, sell, or heal you. There are QTE in cut scenes and fights where you must press buttons to avoid damage and to continue some cut scenes. Throughout the game you will come across a merchant who will sell you weapons and upgrades as well as allowing you to sell items to him, but if you shoot him then he will not appear in that area again.  The game also has puzzles which are simple, scares, boss fights, a movie browser for both stories, and unlock able modes that will give you more play time along with costumes. And the last thing you can change the controls to 1 of 2 types.

Bad: A minor that can also be a big issue(depends) is you can’t transfer items and upgrades acquired from normal and transfer them to professional mode and vice-versa.

Differences between Leon and Ada:

Leon can upgrade all of his weapons except 4, use different costumes, must protect Ashley, and can get more weapons.

Ada takes more damage, can upgrade only the weapons she buys from the merchant except 1, has no alternate costumes for her story, no one to protect, and has a hook line.

Differences between RE4 on different platforms:

The GC version has only Leon’s Story, unlock able modes, and costumes.

The PS2 version has all of the GC content plus 16:9 widescreen, Ada Story mode, new weapon, new costume, and movie browser.

The PC version has all of the PS2 content, plus better visuals and mouse and keyboard support.

The Wii version has all of the PS2 content plus a trailer for RE Umbrella Chronicles, enhances the game with the use of the Wiimote which includes better aiming, swing the Wiimote to do a quick knife swipe,  and progressive scan mode.

The 360 and PS3 version have all of the PS2 content plus leader boards, 2 control schemes, and achievements/trophies.

Overall: Of all the games I have played RE4 is the only game I have played so many times that I have memorized how to beat the game’s story modes. While the first time it was scary it eventually became un-scary do to playing it a lot, but does not being scared make it less fun? No it can be scary if it wants, but the most important part is having fun. RE4 was the evolution to the RE series and is still 1 of my favorite and best games. This is a must have game.

Likes: Graphics, voices, game play, QTE, unlocks, Story, scares, boss fights, upgrades, puzzles.

Dislikes(minor): Can’t transfer upgrades and items to a different difficulty.

Wish list: Bringing the merchant back in to future RE games.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Action, survival, horror, RE, Capcom, shooters, QTE.