RAAM’S SHADOW REVIEW

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RAAM’S SHADOW

 

Platforms: XBOX 360(DIGITAL ONLY)

Language Support: Text = English, French, Chinese, Korean.

Audio = English and French.

Game Supports: 1-2p offline co-op and versus, 2-5 online co-op, and 2-10 online versus.

Played in English and French.

 

Story: Zeta Squad must save any survivors that are left while fighting the Locust.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is good, but you get 2 of them 1 is for Zeta Squad and the other for the Locust who will destroy everything. G00D!

Graphics: Raam’s Shadow shares the same visuals as the main campaign and it looks really good replaying it in 2014.

Audio: The French and English voices are both really good.

Gameplay:

Good: Raam’s Shadow plays like the main story, but it stars new characters. So you shoot, take cover, chainsaw Locus up the ass, throw grenades, look at interesting things, reload to gain a damage boost, place a lock-on on any foe so your friends can know who is the most dangerous on the battlefield, exchange weapons with friends and give them ammo. It includes the 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 you fight 2 bosses which are bosses from the other Gears. Also you get to play General Raam and use his might to destroy the COG and he plays exactly like he did in Gears 1.

Bad: The Ai is still stupid and tend to ignore you at times when you’re dying.

Overall: Ramm’s Shadow is a great dlc to Gears 3 and its lots of fun to play, but I wish the Ai would revive you every time you’re dying. Highly recommended.

Likes: Graphics, story, voices, gameplay.

Dislikes: Ai.

Wishlist: New Gears, better Ai.

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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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.

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.

F.E.A.R. REVIEW

FEAR ME!

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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.

GEARS OF WAR 2 REVIEW

IT NEVER ENDS

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GEARS OF WAR 2(INCLUDES THE DELETED SCENE)

(STORY MODE ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360

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

Audio Support: English, French, Italian(Narrator only), Spanish, and German(Narrator only).

Played in English and Spanish.

Supports 1-2p offline co-op/multiplayer, 2-5p online co-op, 2-10 online multiplayer.

 

Story: The Locust are back and this time they brought new friends and are aiming to destroy all the cities that still remain. So the Gears must defend their last line of defense Jacinto or they’ll end up losing their home.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is really good for both the main story and the deleted 1. G00D!

Note Gears 2 is a Sequel to Gears 1.

Graphics: Gears 2 came out in 2008 and playing it in 2014 it still holds up very well, but there is a bit of texture loading. It has the visual style as it predecessors, but makes it less grey and a bit more brown.

Audio: The music fits in nicely and the battle cue returns. The English voice acting is really good with the characters that do return are voiced by the same actors from the previous game. The Spanish voices are really good as well except for Carmine’s voice which I don’t like, but the volume drops for some reason at times in Spanish.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: ¬†Gears of War 2 is a 3rd-person shooter where you play Marcus and will always be accompanied by Dom and 1 or 2 more guys. Gears 2 plays like its predecessor so you have the dodge, the cover system that is smoother in 2, shooting, carrying 3 weapons and 1 grenade, the chainsaw gun returns, melee returns, you’ll get to choose some paths at times again, fight 4 bosses, explore, and use the active reload to get a damage boost again to beat the Locust over and over until they give up.

So what’s new in Gears 2? Well you can stick grenades on walls and on enemies. You can execute Locust when they are on their knees or use 1 as a Locust shield. There are new weapons and foes. And there are chainsaw duels!

Bad: ?

Overall: Gears 2 is EPIC FUN TIME! The play is so good I never got tired of killing Locust. In my honest opinion, Gears 2 is the best Gears game even though I said last year Judgment was the best 1, but Judgment is either number 2 or 3. I highly recommend this game as it is 1 of the best games on XBOX. Now maybe I should go to 3?

Likes: Gameplay, graphics, voices, music, story.

Dislikes: Volume drop, texture loading.

Wishlist: Another Gears.

Score: 5/5 EPIC!

Recommended for fans of: Gears, Epic Games, Microsoft, Unreal, Quantum Theory, shooters, People Can Fly, Bulletstorm, Madworld, Binary Domain, Vanquish.

CORON DE JUMP REVIEW

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CORON DE JUMP

 

Platforms: XBOX 360

Game Supports: Japanese text only.

Supports 1p only.

 

Story: A young elf girl and her elf grandma are riding their bird to go somewhere when all of a sudden an angry bird comes from nowhere and attacks them. They get separated and the young girl must reunite with her grandma and bird.

Good or Bad Story: The story which is shown by slideshows is not bad there is no text that tells you anything, but the images give you the insider of what’s happening. G00D!

Graphics: The game is in 2d. The art style is really good, it looks like a Christmas cartoon that became a game.

Audio: The music is cheerful like your having a good time.

Game play and Features:

Good: Coron De Jump is a plat former where you will have to jump a lot to get to the end of a stage. You can move when standing and crouching. You can glide using your umbrella when jumping. In each stage there will be nuts that you can collect to gain extra lives and there will be balloons that will give you extra nuts(for some reason the girl likes nuts). The game also has bonus stages and 1 boss. Finally in Coron De Jump in each regular stage there will be enemies, however; you can’t hit them as the girl is not a fighter and the left side of the screen will start moving on all regular stages fast so you have to avoid touching the characters on the screen and the moving screen or you will lose a life. And the game has unlock able cut scenes.

Bad: ?

Overall: Coron de Jump is a fun plat former that is short( takes less than 30 min to beat), but seems to be short on purpose. Looking at it the game it is meant for those who don’t have a lot time to play games, so this game is meant for those people and for $1 it’s worth it. Highly recommended.

Likes: Music, graphics, game play, story, cut scenes.

Dislikes: ?

Wish list: Sequel or dlc, coop.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Plat formers, cartoons, Mario, Nintendo, mobile games.