Thursday, October 27, 2011
Dance Central 2 has also remodeled their “Break It Down” mode, allowing the players to focus on specific moves in a particular routine that’s giving them a hard time as well as record how you’re performing each move. This feature will allow you visually see how precise your movements are in comparison to the dancer. It also goes to show the improvement that the developers went into making sure that players don’t half step these moves now the sensor is very sensitive to the way your body is moving. That means if they want you to get low, you have to get low.
Finally a campaign mode has been added to the game allowing players to get familiar with the different crews in the game. Each crew has a set list of songs that are unique to them. For example, Flash4wrd, a sassy hip hop crew consisting of alumni Taye and newcomer Li’l T, focus more of the sexy and seductive dance style such as Rihanna’s Rude Boy or Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff. The campaign is simple, and can be expanded on, but it’s still pretty fun.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Platform(s): Playstation 3, Microsoft Windows, X-Box 360, Wii-U
Developer(s): Rocksteady Studios
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Genre(s): Action-AdventureRight off the bat (pun intended), you get a majority of Batman's gadgets that were aquired in Arkham Asylum minus the Ultra Batclaw and Sonic Batarang. The game's open world gives it more depth than the confines of its predecessor. It truly depicts Batman's worst fear--a city where anarchy runs rampant; where values and sanctity are cast to the wind. It's one man against seemingly overwhelming odds. At the start of the game, the Dark Knight learns that Catwoman has been captured by Harvey Two-Face. He suspects there is some hidden agenda Dr. Strange has and that Catwoman might have useful information. After sneaking into an old courthouse, Batman finds Catwoman and Two-Face. Fighting Harvey's men, I immediately noticed that the freeflow combat has been tweaked. Batman glides smoothly from foe to foe, taking them out with a variety of moves. I discovered that I can take out two badguys at once in the midst of combat. I like how Batman immediately has a strong set of moves right away.
The only cons in this game are the ones you get to beat up. There is nothing bad to say about this.
Epic. A beautiful dark symphony that will enthral all who listen. Rocksteady has not only struck lightning twice, they pulled it from the sky and tamed it to create this beast of a game. Arkham City is truly a masterpiece. The acting is phenominal. Kevin Conroy is awesome giving Batman his gritty voice and Mark Hamill is just electric portraying the best Joker ever. The action is intense and the boss battles are amazing. I love how each new villan is introduced as well as old ones. The inclusion of Catwoman as a playable character is a plus and just adds to the craziness of the action. The characters are beautifully detailed and the city is just majestic. While buying this game, the retailer told me that Arkham City makes the previous title look like toilet water. I can now go back to him and tell him that he was wrong. Arkham City makes the asylum look like a baby's crib. Rocksteady has brought one of the most beloved comic heroes into the spotlight of gaming. Batman: Arkham City is a game that should not be missed and a strong contender for "Game of the Year."
Final Score: Batman: Arkham City's rating is 5 out of 5. My only regret is that I can't go higher.
See you on the next level,
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Platform(s): X-Box 360
Genre: 3rd Person Shooter
Rating: M for MatureIt seems that 3 is the magic number for video game series nowadays. From God of War to Resistance: Fall of Man and even Skate, 3 games seem to be the ideal life span for a series…although Halo doesn’t count if you consider ODST and Reach. This time, X-Box’s golden child Gears of War is back with its third installment, ending the saga once and for all. But does the final chapter of Gears make the epic impact that Epic Games aimed for, or fizzles out into a mass of hype?
The game takes place 2 years after the COG was forced to destroy the Jacinto plateau, the last major city on their planet, in Gears of War 2. Their world ravaged by a new enemy, the Lambent, the remaining teams of COG are left to survive, some on land and others by sea. However, after receiving a message from his father via Chairman Prescott, Marcus Fenix and Team Delta go back out to search for the missing scientist…who possibly has the answers for destroying the Lambent once and for all.
Geez…how do I begin this? For starters, my personal pro would be the enemies in the game. There are two types of enemies: the Locust, which are/have been the staple enemies in the game (but far from common) and the Lambent, creatures in the game that have been mutated by Imulsion. The pro about this is that they are far from simple to kill, especially the Lambent. When you kill one, move away b/c they are bound to explode. That, plus some will mutate after taking a lot of damage, taking the fight to another level.
|A clip of Horde mode, where you fight off|
wave after wave of Locust.
But the biggest improvement in Horde mode is that they added boss battles at every 10th round. Meaning after you fight the entire wave off, you have to battle a boss. And if you played any of the Gears games, you’ll know that the boss is far from easy…or small. And with the addition of Mutations in the game – similar to the Skulls in Halo ODST/Reach – it adds a deeper challenge to the game than just shooting enemies to survive.
A new mode to the Gears series (and another pro) is Beast mode, which is the complete opposite to Horde. In Beast mode, you’re playing as the Locust whose goal is to destroy all the humans in the area. The money that you gain from this mode is used to spawn better Locust. So if you play your cards right, you could appear as a Kantus on one round…or a Beserker.
Finally, my last pro would be the weapons in the game. A lot of the weaponry has been improved since the second installment of Gears. And with the addition of newer weapons (the One-Shot, Incendiary Grenades, Cleaver and more) and more savage versions of older weapons (Retro Lancer, Sawed-Off, and Digger), combat gets a bit more nuts.
|Members of COG.|
If you’ve been waiting for Gears of War 3 anxiously, from the moment you first heard the announcement, then you’re guaranteed to get your money’s worth in this final installment. With the new modes, the 4-player campaign co-op, and gritty, brutal gameplay that the series is known for, you won’t put it down. If you’re buying this game and haven’t played the other two, you will still enjoy this game. Even though the campaign may be a bit short, there are plenty of modes that will keep your hands on the controller for a long time!!!
FINAL SCORE: 4 out of 5