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MORTAL KOMBAT

April 17, 2011 2 comments

4 / 5

One of the most popular and equally successful fighting game franchises of all-time returns to consoles in an in-your-face re-boot that will make the famous “Kill Bill” club scene look like “The Berenstain Bears.” Riddled with familiar characters and nostalgic levels from past MK games, Mortal Kombat presents some interesting additions to the MK world without straying too far from it’s roots. Tag matches are a stand-out feature in the game allowing for two-on-two battles versus a friend or the computer and the fighting system is smooth and easy to grasp — so easy that you’ll find yourself mastering new and complex combos with each passing match. Fatalities are as gruesome as you remember and the game locks various finishing moves and character abilities creating a necessary incentive to dominating single player.

MAFIA II

January 4, 2011 1 comment

3.5 / 5

MAFIA II is a more than satisfying follow-up and calls back nicely on some of the most unforgettable moments in past “wise-guy” movies. Colorful characters and responsive environments really bring this game to life — don’t worry — so do the guns, women and excessive drinking. The game adopts a similar story-telling method to the original in that the games events are again reflected back upon and the end result expectedly unclear. Empire City may seem like a big open-world playground but the game implements a more linear experience in MAFIA II, more centralized than your recollections of the original. With some physical similarities reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’s Tommy Vercetti, Vito Scaletta’s story is a surprisingly interesting one.

 

FAT PRINCESS

August 31, 2010 1 comment

4 / 5

Part of PSN’s summer sale, Fat Princess provides as much mayhem as it does calories. While XBOX live still proves to feature better exclusive downloadable titles (Crackdowns, Limbo, Snoopy Flying Aces) FAT PRINCESS is without question a step in the right direction for the Playstation Network. Fat Princess is a fairytale story whose premise is to rescue the captured princess and reunite her with her royal family and ever-so-cherished cake.  Online games are plentiful and require “fattening” your princess with cake to keep her from being captured. There are five modes: Rescue the Princess, Snatch and Grab, Soccer, Invasion and Team Death match, all of which just as fun and challenging as the next. The “Fat Roles” DLC pack has added three new costumes: Ninja, Pirate and the ever-present Giant adding to the games contagious versatility and charm. Disregard for rescuing and capturing the princess is often prevalent as most gamers are more content with killing eachother but only slightly takes away from the games’ overall lure.  

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE FORGOTTEN SANDS

August 22, 2010 2 comments

3.5 / 5

While the new Prince of Persia’s release may have been overshadowed by Rocktars’ release of Red Dead Redemption, it still packs a pretty big punch. Playing this game after playing through Assassin’s Creed 1 and 2 really gives you a sense of familiarity and taps into perhaps Ubisofts’ inspiration behind the Assassin’s Creed series. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands presents an unmatched array of abilities which manageably escalate in difficulty, and are honestly a hell of a lot of fun to use. Enemies and bosses in the game are on the easy side….the very easy side, and you’ll seldom find yourself in situations where using your powers are “necessary,”  but, with all Prince of Persia games, it’s not about fighting but more about incorporating newly acquired abilities into getting from place to place.

BORDERLANDS

August 12, 2010 2 comments

2 / 5

How this game was runner-up for Game of the Year in 2009 is beyond comprehension. Borderlands presents a shoddy weapons selection, uninspired/repetitive game design, and an inconsiderate health system that will leave gamers’ frustratingly repeating near insurmountable moments throughout the game. Add a near non-existent story and limited gameplay abilities and you’ve got yourself a game that critics are either foolishly misreading, or are being payed handsomely to write favorably of. Forget about the fact that 2009 was a great year for consoles; games like Assassins Creed 2 and Uncharted 2 attracted a lot of attention, as did games like Batman: Arkham Asylum, Infamous, and Dragon Age: Origins. Even without the comparison BORDERLANDS is considerably “thin.” Between feathers, glyphs, and hidden chests in Assassin’s 2, blast shards and unmatched electrical powers in Infamous, and Uncharted 2’s treasure hunting and astounding visuals, BORDERLANDS merely offers a shoot em’ up and “We’re sorry you can’t take cover type system.” Sure the competition for Game of the Year was big, but even games like Left for Dead 2, Flower, and Super Mario Bros. Wii should have easily overshadowed this game.

BOMBERMAN ULTRA

July 13, 2010 Leave a comment

4.5 / 5

The DLC release of Bomberman Ultra on the Playstation Network has fans eagerly surrendering a mere $9.99 to get in on the action. Those gamers not familiar with the game, or its preceeding releases, this is your opportunity to play one of the most fun and mayhem-filled 4 player games out there. Whether you want to practice on the computer in up to 8 player Local Play, or take your skills Online in an assortment of various competitive modes, it’s surprising Bomberman Ultra maintains its anonymity among critics. Local Play is a good way to get a handle on what Bomberman is all about if you aren’t familiar with it: kill your enemies by strategically placing, throwing, kicking and punching bombs along the map while always be mindful of the path of/to safety. Blowing up boxes and getting power ups (increase fire, speed, etc) is the road to strengthening your bomber and creating an easier path to victory. Customizing your matches is quick and easy and adds an extra level of difficulty through introducing new ways to kill or be killed.