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.

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F.E.A.R. REVIEW

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F.E.A.R

(SINGLE PLAYER ONLY)

 

Platforms: PC/XBOX 360/PS3

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

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

Supports 1p offline.

Played in Spanish.

 

Story: Find and eliminate Fettel.

Good or Bad Story?: The game’s story is 1 that I never cared about as it never pulled me in as the gameplay steals the spotlight. Even when you interact with other characters, I didn’t care about what they have to say since I just wanted to get into the action. DON’T GIVE A DAMN!

Graphics: F.E.A.R came out on the 360 in 2006 and playing it in 2014 it still looks really good, but there are some parts that looks like they are running on the original XBOX.

Audio: The Spanish voices are really good and the sound effects used for the weapons and for creepy moments sound really good. Note that Pointman doesn’t have voice.

Gameplay

Good: F.E.A.R is a survival horror action fps where you play Pointman a character with no voice and no face, but you can see the rest of his body. Like every shooter you jump, crouch, melee, shoot, throw grenades, and pick up weapons, but in this game you have to pick up armor and health packs to survive in battle like classic shooters. You can go through the whole game without picking up armor, but doing so allows you to take more damage when if you pick up armor you take less damage. You can use your health packs whenever you want with a press of a button and you can carry 3 weapons. The cool thing though is you feel like a badass and that is cause Pointman is the only person that has the power of slow-mo. You can use it at anytime and it helps you out in tough situations.

I have to praise AI for the clone troopers since they will use cover, run away from you and try to punch/kick you in the face. They also can hear your footsteps and see if you have your flashlight on. You fight clone troopers, ninjas, and mechs. Besides story mode you have instant action mode which is self explanatory. The game has creepy moments when your pulled in to another world that causes Pointman to feel fear.

Bad: Flashlight running out of power can get annoying even though it recharges quick. At some parts of the game when wanting to replace my weapons I could not interact with the weapons laying around and you have the ability to lean off walls, but it only works at certain positions when close to a wall, when you can lean in the open it makes no sense.

Differences:

The PC version contains, story mode, instant action, and multiplayer with mouse/keyboard and gamepad support.

The 360 version contains all the stuff from the PC version, but the visuals are a bit downgraded and it contains 1 extra mission.

The PS3 version has all of the 360 stuff, but is visually downgraded and doesn’t run well compared to the other versions.

Overall: F.E.A.R is a really good game that perfectly blends action and survival horror. It looks, sounds, and plays good. I hope to see another game in the series on the new consoles or at least a remastered version. Highly recommend this.

Likes: Graphics, gameplay, and audio.

Dislikes: Leaning is not perfect, interacting is kind of broken, annoying flashlight.

Wishlist: New entry in the series.

Score: 4.5/5 REALLY G00D!

Recommended for fans of: The Ring, F.E.A.R, Monolith, Time Warner, shooters, survival horror, action.

BATMAN BEGINS REVIEW

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BATMAN BEGINS

 

Platforms: GC/XBOX/PS2

Game Supports: English text only.

Audio Support: English only.

Supports 1p.

 

Story: Bruce Wayne’s mom and dad get shot and eventually causes him to became a hero when he grows up to make sure no one else suffers what he had suffered.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is directly taken from the movie so if you have seen the movie than the plot will be familiar, but it doesn’t happen in the same place or occur the same way. Its good though and Bruce Wayne narrates the whole story. G00D!

Graphics: Batman Begins came out in 2005 and game looked really good back then, now playing it in 2014 the visuals still hold up well except a certain few parts don’t render well in HD. And a cool thing is there are actual clips from the movie in the game to represent cutscenes.

Audio: The music is really good and capture the feel of the Batman universe. The voice acting is really good with the actors from the film reprising their roles from to the movie in the game.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Batman Begins is 3rd person action-stealth game where you play Batman of course and at times Bruce Wayne. As both men you’ll fight criminals who want to harm Gotham for their own reasons and you’ll do this by punching and kicking them in balls. You can double jump and glide(only as Batman), block, dodge, and counter in combat, but you also will be acquiring gadgets and these can be used in battle to help you get the jump on your foes since fear is the most powerful weapon Batman has. You have some freedom in the game as you can go hand to hand, sneak up on foes, and you can try to scare the criminals to build up your reputation to make them less likely to fight you.

The game also has interrogations where you punch the guy in the stomach to tell you what you want to know and once he tells that then you can continue to punch him or chokeslam him on the ground. There is some platforming, unlockables like costumes, a side camera that shows you other things that are happening, a movie browser, level select, and 3 boss fights. And there is 1 more thing you can drive the Batmobile to crash criminal cars or shoot missiles at them. Also note that both Batman and all the villains have a health bar.

Bad: When entering battle mode which occurs when an lock-on appears on an enemy the camera zooms in to just highlight Batman and 1 enemy and this can cause problems as if there are more than 1 enemy than you pretty much won’t see them unless you move around or turn off the lock on. There are only 2 Batmobile levels, there are some frame rate issues, the gadgets that you acquire can only be used when game says so, and did the developers ever watch the movie? No? Cause in the movie Batman is bulletproof and in the game he is not it makes no sense.

Overall: Batman Begins is a really good game based on movie that I like. Is it perfect? No, as it has issues. Is it the best Batman game? No, to me that goes to Origins. While I do like the Arkham games(City not much) and they are highly praised, but Batman Begins which is first Batman game I played years ago on Gamecube and now on XBOX happens to be a Batman game that I really like a lot and have played a lot as well. And to me is the most fun Batman game I have played and its favorite. This is the only Batman game based on the Dark Knight Movie Trilogy and if you liked the film, then you’ll very likely like this game. Highly recommended.

Note this game works on XBOX 360.

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

Dislikes: Not having total freedom of using the gadgets, only 2 Batmobile levels, not bulletproof, zoom in on battle mode, frame rate issues.

Wishlist: HD rerelease so I can get achievements, Batmobile game.

Score: 4.5/5 I AM THE NIGHT, I AM BATMAN!

Recommended for fans of: Batman, Time Warner, Superheroes, action, stealth, Splinter Cell, Burnout, Thief, Eurocom, EA.

BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS REVIEW

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BATMAN ARKHAM BEGINNING(ORIGINS)

(STORY MODE ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/PS3/PC/WII U

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

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

Supports 1p offline story mode and 3-8p online multiplayer.

Played in Italian.

 

Story: It’s been 2 years since Bruce Wayne became Batman and he has been stopping crime left and right, up and down. Cause of this the criminal overlords have been in panic mode so a criminal that goes by the name Black Mask presses the “Super Panic Button” and puts a bounty on Bats on Christmas eve and 8 assassins are now after the Bat. Can Batman defeat all 8 assassins and get his hands on Black Mask or will he die before he opens his presents?

Good or Bad Story?: The story is really good. It is on the same caliber as the 1st Arkham game, it feels like you’re watching the story of the 90s Batman cartoon and it’s that good. G00D!

Graphics: Origins got a graphical upgrade over its predecessors not in a graphical style, but it has more textures and it looks sharper. It looks good and a cool about the game is the more you get further in the game the more you will see the damages on Batman’s suit. However, there is a bit of screen tearing, but it is barely noticeable.

Audio: The Italian voice acting is really good and the Batman and other characters from the previous games are voiced by the same actors from the previous games. The music is really well done and it has the feel of the live action movies and it works for the game.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Origins is a action-adventure stealth game that is set in an open world Gotham City. You can explore the city at will(and get to use the Bat jet)  and in the city you can solve puzzles, fight crime, do sub-missions, story missions,  and just look around if you choose to do that. You can use the map to find anything and the good thing is you can mark a spot on the map and the bat signal will guide you.  As Batman you can handle any situation in 1 of 2 ways:

1. Use stealth and spread fear to all that oppose you.

2. Start punching foes 1 by 1 until they can’t get up.

So choose wisely.

For both styles you can use your gadgets(many are unlocked in the beginning) , use detective mode to see all the threats, and use your mobility. Detective mode allows you to not only see foes, but it also is used to solve crime scenes and when using it to solve crimes you get to see how it happened. Bat’s mobility is really good he can walk, run, slide, glide, and crouch(also tbag). The combat is really good you can attack, counter(you can counter more than 1 attack), and stun your foes. If you can build up your combo you will be able to use takedowns. Your combat skills, stealth skills, and weapons are all upgradeable. You can zoom in on far away objects, unlock bio’s, do challenges/play challenge mode, and unlock costumes.  The highlight of the game is the boss fights, each 1 is design for Batman to use his knowledge to defeat them meaning he has to use certain skills to even touch them.

Bad: ?

Questionable: 1. The game is called Arkham Origins, but the game’s story is not an origin story of Arkham Asylum and not even the origin of Batman. So why call it origins?

2. Why is the city full of criminals only? Where are the citizens?

3. Why are some of the assassins in sub-missions and not in the main story missions like the others?

Differences between versions:

The 360/PS3/PC versions include story mode, challenge maps, and online multiplayer. These versions will also include dlc.

The Wii U version includes story mode and challenge maps. However, it does not have online multiplayer since WB chose to screw Wii U owners and they may not get dlc and if the Wii U version does get dlc it will likely be a released really late.

If you own multiple consoles I recommend getting the 360/PS3/PC versions if you want the whole package. If all you want is 1p content than the Wii U version is the 1 to get, but you will have to pay the same price as the PC version for the Wii U version so your pretty much getting ripped off.

Overall: Origins feels familiar since it goes by the same basis as the previous games and that is good, but it doesn’t do anything new and to some they might not give it a try as the want something new. But even though it doesn’t do something new it is still a great experience to have. I consider this the best Batman game to date, it tops Asylum and it is a whole lot better than City.

For the next Batman game I would like it if it was set in a different Batman universe since the Arkham universe already feels done. It’s time for something new like a Batman Beyond game that is a sequel to the show or maybe a Batman game set in a not so popular Batman universe?

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

Dislikes: Screen tearing.

Wishlist: New Batman game in a different universe.

Score: 5/5 IM BATMAN!

Recommended for fans of: Batman, DC, Justice League, Superheroes, Time Warner, Remember Me, Spiderman.

INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US REVIEW

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INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US

PLATFORMS: XBOX360/PS3/PS4/WIIU/PC/VITA

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

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

Played in Portuguese.

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

Story: What would happen if the world’s greatest heroes become its greatest enemies?

Good or Bad Story?: The story is very similar to a certain episode of Justice League and feels like it is a lost episode of the TV show. While fighting games don’t tend to focus on stories this does have a lot of focus on its story and it answers everything like: Why can Batman survive Superman’s Super? GOOD!

Graphics: The game looks like an Xbox 1 game even thought its looks good I would have liked if the game had a different visual style.

Audio: The Portuguese voice acting is very good which includes actors from the Justice League TV show and movies. The game has music for each stage you fight in, but it’s not noticeable which is not good. Would have liked if they include the last dub for the game which is the Japanese dub.

Game play:

Good: The game is a 2.5D fighter where you can punch, kick, throw, jump, crouch, combo, use special moves, wake up, push block, block, ex moves, supers, combo break, and use the environment. You can select any character you like from the roster including Bruce Willis, Chyna, Kane, The Smoker, Robin Hood, and others. Injustice includes a great tutorial that can get you adjusted to the game’s mechanics. The game’s combo system is that of MK9’s where pressing certain buttons give you a combo and so is the super for each character by pressing the triggers. Each character has a certain ability like changing fighting styles or using a gadget. The environments play a huge role in combat as you can toss objects to your opponent or toss them to the objects in the background and if you can get your opponent to the corner and hit them with a back heavy attack then you will activate the stage transition, this will send your opponent to another stage while causing damage. Another great thing is the ability to use a combo breaker called wager, this will only work once you lose 1 life and if you use it then you and your opponent can bet meter to either gain health, do damage, or clash, but the 1 who uses the most meter will win. Injustice also has a good selection of modes for offline play which include arcade(many options included), local versus, training, story, tutorial, and Stars lab(mini-games and challenges). Also there is online play which includes versus(rank and player match), lobbies, king of the hill, and survivor. And you have the option to use either MK motion inputs or SF inputs and you can unlock costumes, art work, challenges, endings, and music.

Bad: Cancelling normals to specials has very strict timing so you have to be quick or it won’t work. Another thing is the motions for special moves performed during combos, when you do a combo and input the motion for a special move the game will give you the wrong move cause it will think the button that was pressed before is the same button for the special move like doing this l,l,m,v,>,h will become this l,l,m,v,>m. Injustice is 6 button fighter that uses light, medium, heavy, character trait, meter, and stance buttons; however, the stance button is useless and should have not been included.  And for online the net code is not great as it has input delays, there is also no option to rematch online, you can’t see your opponent’s connection bar(unless you play survivor), you can’t decide not to fight certain players, no search options, and if your opponent rage quits then it counts as a lose for you and if you try to exit the character select screen online then it counts as a lost to you.

Overall: Injustice ended up being a fighter that I like. It also has the best story in a fighting game and plenty of offline options to choose along with online and will have dlc characters 1 of them being the Undertaker, but the net code needs improvements along with other things. This is a must have fighting game for 2013.

Likes: Graphics, game play, voices, single player content, online content, unlocks, tutorial, story.

Dislikes: Precise timing for normals to specials, music, net code, stance button, no rematch for online, penalty for the non-rage quitter, can’t decide to not fight certain players, no search options.

Wish list: Japanese dub, better net code, search options, better music, no stance button, penalty for rage quitters, decide who you can fight.

Score: 4/5 GOOD!

Recommended for fans of: Fighters, DC, Nether realm, super heroes, Time Warner.