Average User Score: 7.6Nov 23, 2013Assassin's Creed IV is the best in the series yet. Gorgeous graphics, nice controls, fun multiplayer... this is by far the most enjoyable gameAssassin's Creed IV is the best in the series yet. Gorgeous graphics, nice controls, fun multiplayer... this is by far the most enjoyable game I have played in a long time. Edward Kenway is such a likeable character and you will really enjoy this. The gamepad shows the map and you can do Off-TV Play on it as well. Perfect and a must-buy.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Mar 28, 2013The game is called Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact and it is only available on the Sony Playstation Portable. In this game you play asThe game is called Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact and it is only available on the Sony Playstation Portable. In this game you play as the main characters of the anime series Naruto Shippuden and fulfil mission objectives. Typical objectives including beating up crowds of enemy ninjas, rescuing sidekicks and defeating bosses.
The story begins with Naruto returning to his village after three years of harsh training. He meets up with Sakura and Kakashi and the story progresses throughout the entire series up to the current episodes. You can play as all of the main characters of the series (Naruto, Sasuke, Shikamaru, Kakashi, Gai, Gaara, Bee, etc) and you can also play as the villains (Orochimaru, Kakuzu, Hidan, Sasori, Deidara, etc). Each character has a variety of special abilities called Jutsus. Most are designed to target several people at once. The missions are quite exciting and keep you on the edge of your seat with the dialogue.
The game covers the entire Shippuden storyline which is great if you want to relive classic moments of the series. The voice acting is great in the story mode segment and you can swap between the English Dub and Japanese voices at any time. The sound effects are good and the characters are portrayed well. The music fits the theme of the show and nothing seems out of place. It captures the spirit of the show very well. Even little moments like hearing Hidan arguing with Kakuzu make this game stand out from the crowd of other Naruto games.
There is a lot to see and do as you can level up your characters and purchase new ninja cards. The ninja cards allow you to construct decks which make your character stronger. Some of these are upgradable and some are rarer than others.
There are also extra side missions you can play which give you an interesting twist on the familiar story. There are challenges and co-operative missions for when you’d like to team up with a friend or cpu. The boss fights can sometimes get very interesting, such as when you have to defeat a form of Kakuzu that keeps changing and adopting a different strategy. The boss battles and Quick-Time-Events are very entertaining and keep you on the edge of your seat.
The fact that the story is entirely voiced is a great benefit as it enables you to truly experience Naruto Shippuden properly.
Overall this is a great game, particularly for fans of the original series and I recommend it if you are a hardcore fan. As a final swansong to the PSP, it really does fulfil it’s job.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Mar 28, 2013The game is called SWAT 4 and is available only on the PC.
In this game, you lead a team of five SWAT members and you must undertake someThe game is called SWAT 4 and is available only on the PC.
In this game, you lead a team of five SWAT members and you must undertake some complex missions such as stopping a bank raid or arresting a dangerous suspect. In this game, rather than go in ‘guns ablazing’, it pays to take the more stealthy approach. You are expected to give the suspects fair warning by yelling for compliance before you are allowed to take any lethal action. In general, it’s best to throw smokebombs or flashbangs in order to get them to surrender faster. You can also use the taser or pepperspray but this requires some practice.
Going into this game thinking it’s like Call of Duty is just going to end up with you getting a lot of penalty points or worse, running out of ammo and becoming a liability to your team. Ultimately this game is about teamwork, fairplay and tactics. You play the leader of your unit. There are also two other teams comprised of two squad members. You can assign each team a different task so while one team is stacking up against a door, the other one is preparing C4 to breach the other door. You can also order them to handcuff enemies or stick by you. The AI isn’t perfect but often does a good job. They’ll often ask you to move out of the way which can be annoying if you like to keep them close (which is a good idea generally).
The sound effects in this game are spot on. Every gunshot, door opening or explosion feels and sounds realistic. The voice acting is really good. The civilians sound scared and confused and the criminals sound determined and angry. The SWAT team sound cool and calculated and always sound as if they really are SWAT members. The squad leader who briefs you on your mission does an impeccable job of making you feel as if you really are eavesdropping on an important mission briefing. Online play is an interesting diversion that has it’s moments. Your characters are very frail though, so moving slowly and surprising the enemy is paramount.
Overall SWAT 4 is a very fun game that has a unique approach on making FPS games more intelligent and bringing a more tactical approach to dealing with pesky criminals.… Expand
Average User Score: 1.1Mar 28, 2013The DS versions of the franchise share boxart and basic premise with the console versions of Call of Duty, however the DS series also includesThe DS versions of the franchise share boxart and basic premise with the console versions of Call of Duty, however the DS series also includes it’s own narrative which is parallel to the console story. The story details a fictional war which happens between Russian forces and the rest of the world. You globetrot across various locations of the world and try to kill the enemy forces, before they kill you. Story mode is exciting and the voice-over work help you get immersed in the story. The music comes in just when the action starts heating up which is very nice.
Like in the Black Ops DS game, this game features some of the same functionality as the console versions. Attachments are equipment-specific items such as scopes and grenade launchers which add extra functionality to your weapon. You will unlock these in Multiplayer mode (which are listed as separately from the main weapon). There is also a perk system whereby you can equip two separate perks to two different slots. One example is Martyrdom which makes your character drop a live grenade on death, or Sleight of Hand, which increases your reload time. While Black Ops also had a perk system, in this game, there are two perk tiers which are mutually exclusive. Therefore there are limitations in which perks you can equip at any one time.
Online Multiplayer is frantic and fun, whether you fight strangers or friends. You can have six player matches of a variety of different modes. Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch are typical modes in which you either kill other players or work as a team against the enemy. In Sabotage, one team has to defend a target while the other team tries to destroy it. This involves planting a bomb on the specific point and making sure it detonates. The teams then swap over. There are also three game modes which have been transferred over from the console versions. These are: Gun Game (You start with a pistol and get a different weapon for each kill you make, while getting knifed will drop you down a level), Sharpshooter (Each player has a randomised weapon every 45 seconds which is shared with all the other players) and One in the Chamber (Which is a survival mode where each person only has one bullet (which is an instant kill), and a knife Killing an enemy gets you an extra bullet).
New to this DS game is the “Macro” and “Loadout” functionality. “Macro” are settings you can customise before a game so that you can definite custom game settings easily in advance without fiddling with menus in the middle of a hectic session. Loadouts are the same, but for player equipment. So you could have a “Sniper” setup and a “Shotgunner” setup as two different Loadouts which you could rapidly change.
As you rack up kills in Multiplayer mode, you unlock new titles, weapons and perks. These help bring a lot of replayability to the game and keep it fresh and fun. There are extra challenges to complete such as “Win a Multiplayer match using only a knife” or “Achieve a 15 kill streak”. There are also challenges for story mode levels such as “Kill 5 enemies using throwing knives”.
As a Call of Duty fan, I could easily see myself playing this game for a while. It has a lot of functionality and really does push the DS hardware as far as it can go. While not a perfect game, it is a great example of fantastic First-Person Shooter gameplay on a portable console and a good benchmark for the next generation of portable FPS games.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Mar 28, 2013Rock Band 3 is the best rhythm game on the Wii for several reasons. Firstly, it has a Downloadable Content songlist which grows weekly. As ofRock Band 3 is the best rhythm game on the Wii for several reasons. Firstly, it has a Downloadable Content songlist which grows weekly. As of 2012 there are thousands of songs, they’ve included bands such as Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Coldplay, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many many more. Another reason for this game being good is that after the long wait since Rock Band 2, Harmonix has been busy tinkering with the game and adding new features to many of the game’s essentials.
The biggest difference between Rock Band 3 and Rock Band 2 (or the Guitar Hero games) are the ‘pro’ instruments. These instruments include a more complex guitar controller, extra cymbal pads for drums and a 25 octave keyboard. Pro instruments are more complex than their standard counterparts, even on the easiest difficulty. They are however a great stepping stone for those who want to learn instruments for real. The keyboard controller has a pretty unique ‘pro’ mode which requires you to play some of the 25 keys which contains two full octaves (white and black notes included). The note charts for ‘pro’ keys is confusing at first, but the colour coded elements help to keep playing the keyboard possible. Chords and fast fingerwork are required at the higher difficulty levels. In addition, the keyboard controller can also be used to player Guitar and Bass notes in any song.
The 83 songs on the Rock Band 3 disc are good for the most part and encompass every genre. There will be a few songs you might not enjoy playing but there will also be a few songs which you will most likely play many times and possibly find a new band that you like. Of course when you take DLC into account, you have an entire library of songs to enjoy and purchase at your own leisure (200 Wii points per song, the price varies for ‘track packs’, which are bundles of songs at a discounted price). The only problems unique to the Wii version are temporary freezes, missing bands during songs or issues dropping out to the main menu. However these issues are very minor and usually resolved quickly. Multiplayer is a fantastic aspect of the game. With several friends you start to develop a sort of camaraderie like a real life band would. You’ll discuss songs you’d like to play and take turns with the various instruments, even helping friends with local or online challenges. You can organise and create set-lists of songs which can be played at any time, these can be shared with other online users. The online community is diverse and Harmonix are constantly seeking user song suggestions, some of which lead directly to new DLC.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Mar 28, 2013Mass Effect 3 takes all of the plot pieces in the previous two games and delivers on a massive scale. The first thing you see is Shepard beingMass Effect 3 takes all of the plot pieces in the previous two games and delivers on a massive scale. The first thing you see is Shepard being put on trial for the events between the previous games. Just as the council get going on their debate, the Reapers launch an assault on the Earth, destroying a large portion of it. Shepard literally has to fight his way off the Earth, getting through some Reaper forces and just trying not to get hit by gigantic lasers and all the explosions which are occuring everywhere.
Once you leave Earth, you have to try to get the support of the alien races to prepare against the Reapers. Unfortunately, the Reapers have already started attacking Palaven, the Turian homeworld and Tuchanka, the Krogan homeworld. You have to get the Krogans on your side for the Turians to help. Later on you’ll be attempting to gain the support of the Salarians, Asari and Quarians.
There really is a feeling of tension and excitement that the other games didn’t have. For once, the enemy is a large opposing force and the whole galaxy is feeling it’s effects. The war is happening on three fronts. There are the main attack force of the Reapers, which utilise other alien races in their army, such as the Turian-style Marauders and the Asari-style Banshees. Then there are the Cerberus troopers, which are being led by the Illusive Man and are attacking colonies for an unknown reason. On a lesser front you also have the heretic Geth, which are attempting to keep the Perseus Veil under control.
In most single-player missions you’ll be darting in and out of cover, attempting to pick off enemy forces. The overall intelligence of the enemies in this game has improved dramatically. Different units protect themselves in different ways. For instance, the Nemesis uses a sniper rifle to deal large amounts of damage, while the Phantom attempts to defeat targets instantly with it’s sword. When put together this is a deadly combination. There are also enemies that utilise smoke grenades, shields, turrets and more. Fighting is hectic and tense, using squadmates powers is recommended.
You have a total of six squadmates in the main storymode and an additional squadmate exclusive in the extra Downloadable Content mission. While there are overall less squadmates than Mass Effect 2, the relationships between them and the character are more pronounced. Between missions characters will move around the ship, get into discussions and think about certain things. In the Citadel, each squad member goes to a different place, where they can talk with the player.
Commander Shepard is the player character (which can be Male or Female), who is tasked with making lots of choices. Some of the choices are very difficult and will require the player to think forward. The choices made in Mass Effect 1 and 2 will dramatically affect the story. Such as how you dealt with the Rachni Queen or if you saved Maelon’s data on the genophage cure. You have a total of six classes, each with different unique skills and strategies which apply to it.
For each additional form of support gained in single-player, you will gain another War Asset, with a numerical value. These values effect the strength of the forces attacking the Reapers, determining the overall success of the final attack.
Mass Effect 3 is a fantastic game and a definitive Sci-Fi experience. Fans of the series will not be disappointed.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Mar 28, 2013While not a direct tie-in to the “Gladiator” film by Ridley Scott, there are a few similarities. For starters, there are mentions of MarcusWhile not a direct tie-in to the “Gladiator” film by Ridley Scott, there are a few similarities. For starters, there are mentions of Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. There are is also the main plotline which is a slave rising up in the ranks to be a powerful gladiator. You start with an absolutely gigantic amount of debt, which is deducted from the winnings from tournaments. As well as this, you get to keep some credits for medical purposes, buying weapons and armour and improving weapons.
You start by creating a character. In comparison, it bears resemblance to Monster Hunter and Gods Eater Burst in that you choose a male or female character, hairstyle, athetic build, skin tone and more. There is no voice acting so your character’s name is mentioned frequently. The phrases and terms used match the historical references to real-life gladiators and roman soldiers. The plot is a typical rags-to-riches story and isn’t particularly imaginative, but does give the player some context to work towards.
The range of weapons is good, with staffs, swords, daggers, axes, knuckledusters and more. With shields you have small circular ones, large rectangle shaped ones made from a variety of different materials. You also have helmets, arm braces, leg braces and the clothes you wear under your armour. You earn a couple of weapons from each battle, and can use these to increase your arsenal of weaponry.
As you progress through the game, you level up a variety of different skills. One which needs to be improved is the skill governing weight, as this is what you need to carry the more heavy and better defensing equipment. You can also increase the amount of health you have and the stamina your character has. Stamina effects how many swings of your weapon you can make before you need to recover.
Graphically it is on par with some of the PSP’s best games. The armour looks realistic, the character faces look good and the animations are fluid enough for it to be believable. The music and sounds are good and reflect the era well. Battles take place in small circular arenas in a sandy environment. Typically there are fence posts or metallic grates on the side of the arena which prevents people from leaving. Battles themselves consist of either 1v1 fights, battle royale survival matches or team based battles. Most of the enemies are fellow Gladiators, but there are some animals as well (presumably for special battles).
There is blood in this game (as weapons come in contact with flesh rather than armour), but it is not exceptionally violent. There is no dismemberment and it can be assumed that most gladiators survive to fight another day. The language in this game is suited to that particular era and so does not contain any modern colloquialisms or swear words.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Mar 28, 2013As a Naruto fan, I have had the opportunity to play a variety of games on various games consoles. Particularly on the Gameboy Advance, DS andAs a Naruto fan, I have had the opportunity to play a variety of games on various games consoles. Particularly on the Gameboy Advance, DS and Wii.
Naruto Clash of Ninja started as being direct translations of the Naruto Gekitou Ninja Taisen games. They were generally released two years after their counterparts, in order to match the speed of the dubbed anime episodes. However when GNT4 was released, the Nintendo Gamecube was being phased out in favour of the Nintendo Wii. Due to this, GNT3 and 4 were not released to American/European markets, instead being packaged as Clash of Ninja Revolution on the Wii. Rather than being translations of the original games, these games were adapted and reworked to work on the Wii software, using GNTEX as a framework for the game mechanics.
Starting from GNTEX2, there has been shared development of certain characters, during which characters in the American games were added to the Japanese games and vice versa. CON Revolution 3 was an expansion of GNTEX3, which contained the most number of characters to date, including Sasuke, Hidan and Kakuzu. The biggest leap in terms of story between Revolution 3 and Revolution 2 was that it was now based on the Shippuden storyline (taking place around three years after the original Naruto storyline). This meant adding new Jutsus (special attacks) and character costumes and movesets.
CON Revolution 3 works well in several ways. Story mode covers the Kazekage Rescue arc, which deals with when the Akatsuki kidnap Gaara at the start of Shippuden. While it ends there, it also contains characters from the later arcs as characters available for purchase in the shop.
CON Revolution 3’s gameplay is solid and enjoyable. This game is comparable to Tekken and Soul Calibur, but is generally a lot easier to learn. Having said that, there is a level of complexity to this game which has led to several game tournaments being organised. Advanced features such as combo cancels and teleporting add depth to the game, giving expert players the chance to perfect their fighting style and learn characters.
Players are encouraged to try multiple characters, in particular with the mission modes which give the user a large amount of game money (called Ryo) and are necessary to unlock particular characters.
Characters are unlocked in ‘sets’, so when all members of set 1 are purchased, the next set will be unlocked and so on. Some characters cost more than others. There are also stages to be purchased along with extra modes.
Classic fighting game modes such as Score Attack, Time Attack and Survival are in full force here, with the ability to play these in the Two-Man Tag Mode. This allows the player to pick two characters to fight against another two characters. You can perform Tag Team Special attacks, some of which are unique to those characters.
Many options are available to the player such as choosing the number of rounds, difficulty of the computer players and more. In four player battles, the player can assign people to different teams and apply handicaps for a more tailored game experience. There is also an online option for those who want remote opponents.
Overall, Naruto Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is the best Naruto game on the Wii, and one of the best fighting games available on the console. Unlocking characters is fun and versus mode has a lot to offer in the long-term.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Mar 28, 2013On the Nintendo DS, there are several turn-based strategy games, but few offer as much complexity and randomness as Civilization Revolution.On the Nintendo DS, there are several turn-based strategy games, but few offer as much complexity and randomness as Civilization Revolution. In Civilization, you play as a nation and then must expand your territory and explore new lands. Along the way you make alliances and treaties with the other nations you encounter.
One fantastic reason why this game is so much fun is that each game is randomised so you never know which nations you’ll encounter. This keeps the excitement going as you have no idea what kinds of opponents you will face. The maps are also random, with some being a giant continent but other maps being several small islands.
While each nation starts out equal in terms of basic resources, different nations have access to different bonuses. For example, as the Romans you get half price roads and as the Zulu nation you get stronger warrior units at the start.
All of these bonuses are fairly small but there are other bonuses later on which change the game in more substantial ways. There are also different choices of religion for the nation, for example with Democracy you cannot start a war but your nation gets a food and science bonus.
When you’ve uncovered all the map and you research more technology, the AI becomes more aggressive and will sometimes attempt to start wars with you. At this point in the game things get pretty complex and intense with cities getting captured left and right, as well as constant negotiations for peace or the AI demanding knowledge to call a cease fire. These constant talks are an annoyance and they cannot be turned off. It’s a shame such a great system has no way of stopping the AI from bombarding you with blackmail attempts.
Regardless, it’s an enjoyable game with tons of units, a lot of strategy and many different ways to win.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Mar 28, 201324: The Game is available on the Playstation 2. It is based on the hit US TV show called 24. The premise of the game is that over a period of24: The Game is available on the Playstation 2. It is based on the hit US TV show called 24. The premise of the game is that over a period of 24 hours, the federal agent Jack Bauer is attempting to stop a criminal gang and save many lives. You take part in several different missions which are divided into hours. The main characters work for CTU, which is the Counter-Terrorist Unit of the government. You have Jack Bauer, a Federal Agent with a knack for getting things done and making people talk. You have Tony Almeida, head of CTU and someone who tries the best to organise the task force. There’s Michelle Dessler, another CTU operative who is an expert with computers and technology. There are also several side characters such as Kim Bauer (Jack’s Daughter) and an agent called Chase.
You have undercover agents, assassinations, double-crossing, political backstabbing and much more. Just like the show, you’re in for a real thrill ride as you have no idea who is friend and who is foe. Mission objectives will sometimes change and warp depending on what happens throughout the mission. Surprises are aplenty and enemies come out of every possible place.
The action sequences take place in a building or an area, in which the character must attack enemy suspects and complete objectives. There are some special sequences involving vents, boss battles and stealth. You have a variety of weapons available including pistols, machine guns, shotguns, tasers and more. The driving segments require the player to get to a certain area on the map, sometimes while being chased by the police.
Hacking on the other hand, requires the user to complete problem-solving tasks by matching coloured cubes, travelling through cyberspace and entering the correct code. There are also Interrogation scenes where the player character must use dialogue which matches the suspect’s emotional state at the time. After each level you’re awarded a percentage, if you get higher than 90% you get a bonus item available in the bonus section.
While the game is linear, it is fun and exciting. There are a few surprises and multiple choices to keep players engaged. If you’re a fan of the spy genre or of the 24 series, you will most probably enjoy this. It’s not quite like James Bond, or tactical games like Rainbow Six, but there was a decent amount of effort put into this game. It’s also cheap so it’s a win-win situation!… Expand