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Call of Duty: World At War is a good example of money cow milking at work. Following the success of Call of Duty 4, the people behind Call of Duty must have thought “Let’s go back to World War II, except we’ll just port over this new system that people like!”, then proceed to churn out copies of World at War. The result is something that is barely redeemable as a game.
The Saboteur is an excellent game. That said, it seemed like someone might have snuck into the game studio before mass production and sabotaged the project before it was released. The otherwise excellent ideas and aesthetic styles clash with an overly simplistic gameplay system and a plethora of glitches.
Game: Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Wii)
Posted: December 14, 2009 (02:49 PM)
When Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles came out, there were several glaring omissions from the level selection. What happened to Resident Evil 2? Or Code Veronica? It was pretty obvious that Capcom left them out on purpose. Perhaps they thought RE2 and RE3 were too similar in location to both feature on the same game? A more cynical view is that they probably saved RE2, their most popular game, and Code Veronica, the least popular game, for a separate release in order to milk the series for mor...
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is much like the feared movie adaptation of a popular video game. Although there is a real Silent Hill movie in existence, the movie is probably much closer to the canon story of the video game series than this “reimagining”. Like a movie adaptation, Shattered Memories takes the basic concept of the first Silent Hill game; Harry Mason searching for his lost daughter after a car crash, and morphs it into a much shorter, watered down experience. All the principle ch...
Ever wanted to explore an ancient civilization? Make a living as a treasure hunter living on the edge? Jump from truck to truck while fighting for your life? Save the world? Uncharted 2 is the game for you.
While Zombie Apocalypse is never particularly enjoyable, one thing I can say is that if you do play it you should do so with company. The presence of other zombie hunters alleviates some of the game's mediocrity, plus everything gets easier. Alone, it can literally become impossible to deal with every zombie. When others join in the cause, however, things change. Provided you have some semi-competent partners (and I don't really see why that wouldn't be the case), most of the game becomes laugha...
Innovation doesn’t have to be good, right? That was what I first thought when I played Resident Evil 4. I was one of those few people who didn’t like the way that the game took the Resident Evil (Or Biohazard, if you prefer) series. Despite this attitude, I must admit that I enjoyed Resident Evil 4, perhaps not as a Resident Evil game, but as a shooter. When Resident Evil 5 was announced, I was one of those people who prayed, unrealistically, that it would return the series back to the old schoo...
Ninja Gaiden? Ninja Raiden? Forget those, this is an entire game about a town of ninjas. Ninjatown takes two things they most probably hadn’t ever expected to see together: cute animated ninjas based on a plush toy line, and the classic idea of a tower defense scenario. If you’re expecting to boot up the game and find bad dialogue and easy levels however, you’d better scoot on back down to your local game store and turn in this game for Resident Evil. Do not let Ninjatown’s cute, pastel flooded ...
Game: SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation (PlayStation 3)
Posted: November 16, 2008 (08:53 PM)
SOCOM: Confrontation changes that dynamic and suffers for it. The way things work now, a single player from the opposing team might choose a light machine gun, run into a squad of tactical players and very likely win the day. Gone are the days of carefully planned movements and teamwork, replaced by generic run-and-gun gameplay commonly found in less creative or realistic games such as Halo and Half-Life. Certainly the game can be every ounce the tactical shooter experience ...
Point and click adventures have arguably been in a declines in recent years of gaming. Another gem that certainly hasn’t been explored enough in games would be the film noir style of story telling. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 is a game that brings both aspects together, in a game that makes full use of the DS’ touch screen capabilities. For those who have ever heard the classic Eagle’s song “Hotel California”, you’ll find many interesting parallels between the song and this game.
In light of the innovations made by competing survival horror franchises such as Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark, it wasn’t surprising that the latest Silent Hill game would be pretty different from the rest of the games in the series. With that said, many fans are quick to dismiss The Room as a “true” Silent Hill sequel. Although the next game, Origins did much better, as it played more like a classic Silent Hill game, though with more action oriented and “3D” controls. Homecoming was the n...
Alone in the Dark is considered to be one of the pioneers of the survival horror games by fans of the genre. With the first game, and namesake of the series being released in 1992, Alone in the Dark set the standards for future horror survival games such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Although many feel that Alone in the Dark has since become overshadowed by the aforementioned titles, it is worth noting the series still continues to exist to this day, with the current Alone in the Dark game b...
Capcom has a long history of recycling games they've previously made. A prime example of this is their Street Fighter and Megaman series. Resident Evil(or Biohazard)is no exception. Several of the games in the series have been remade or released. The Umbrella Chronicles, despite containing content from many previous Resident Evil games, The Umbrella Chronicles isn't simply just another release. The game is basically a "reimaging" of the entire Resident Evil story, remade to be played on the Wii ...
Game: LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (Xbox 360)
Posted: August 14, 2008 (02:15 PM)
With the success of the Lego Star Wars series, LucasArts decided to release a Lego game based on another famous George Lucas movie franchise, Lego Indiana Jones. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures was the result of that idea. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is based on the three original Indiana Jones movies released in the 1980s. Like the films, Lego Indiana Jones follows the adventures of the title hero, Dr. Henry Jones Jr, an archaeologist and a teacher of history, as wel...
Game: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PlayStation 3)
Posted: August 14, 2008 (02:14 PM)
After years of waiting, it's finally here. The sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3. The final chapter in the Solid Snake story. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, has finally arrived. How does the final chapter in the story stack up to the rest of the series, and by itself?
So, this is it. The much anticipated Grand Theft Auto IV. After years of playing of the original game system built for Grand Theft Auto III, and exploring Liberty City twice, Vice City twice, and the state of San Andreas, GTA is back again, this time with a brand new system on new generation consoles. Grand Theft Auto IV has been in development for quite a long time, and it's finally ready to rock.
In 1998, writer Tom Clancy released his novel Rainbow Six, the story of a counter terrorist organization. The organization’s roster was comprised of personnel from several NATO organizations with its home in Hereford, England, alongside the British SAS (Special Air Service). Rainbow was put together in order to respond to terrorist threats around the world quickly and quietly. Teams were made of the very best of the military from around the world. Vegas 2 can only be described as the “crayon” ve...
Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (Miscellaneous)
Posted: December 21, 2007 (11:40 PM)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl has to be one of the more unique first person shooters to be released on the market. The game combines the ideas of a traditional first person shooter, with a horror survival aspect, as well as some RPG roots. After a long period of waiting, will gamers be pleased to finally be able to explore "The Zone"?
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. A story about a flawed mercenary and a medicated psychopath. The title says it all: Kane and Lynch are dead men. The game comes from the creators of the Hitman franchise and Freedom Fighters. The game obviously comes from good stock, and the story appeared to be quite promising. So, how does the game hold up?
In 1992, director John Woo released the cult action film Hard Boiled, forever to be known for it's stylish gunplay and a body count that set records in film history. Now, 15 years later, Chow Yun Fat and John Woo reunite to continue the story of Inspector Tequila, and to dispense their own brand of justice, with John Woo's unique sense of style.