I still remember the first time I laid my eyes upon on the beauty of Rapture. I recall hopping into a bathysphere not being prepared for the amazing journey I was about to endure, I remember being greeted by the soothing voice of Atlus, I remember the hair on my back of my neck standing up as the splicer outside of my bathysphere scraping his hooks against the glass. I remember wanting more Read more →
The Saboteur is a free roaming action-adventure game brought to you by Pandemic (RIP) set in Paris during the 1940’s. You play as Sean Devlin, an Irish race car driver/mechanic who is out for revenge to take out Kurt Dierker, the man who killed his best friend. Read more →
Every year the winter Olympics come along there is always a game to follow. This year we get Vancouver 2010, developed by Eurocom and published by Sega. When I first started Vancouver 2010 I expected to create the ultimate character and head straight for the gold in all events. Unfortunately though there was no character customization, so I figured all right, I’ll just jump into an event and begin my world domination. Playing each event is fairly simple you can watch a simple short tutorial that will get you pointed in the right direction, or you can just hit the start button and check out the button mapping.
The first event I tried was Alpine Skiing – Men’s Downhill, the skiing in Vancouver 2010 works nicely, you feel like you’re really flying down the hill at top speeds, as I got to the bottom I thought, “Hey, not bad for my first time” unfortunately, the computer didn’t agree. Come to find out I was in last place! So I did what I always do, restarted and tried again, and again, and again. The best I was ever able to obtain was 2nd place, not even coming anywhere close to first. This ended up being the case for almost all of the events I tried, even my favorite, the ski jump. There are no options to change the difficulty so unless you’re a master at Vancouver 2010 you’ll be replaying events over and over.
One thing I found odd was the lack of Hockey and quite a few other events, there are a total of 14 events in Vancouver 2010, no snowboarding halfpipe events, no hockey and no Biathlon to name a few I missed. Another thing I didn’t like was no commentator, there was no one telling you how much you sucked or how well you were doing, which I felt, took away from the Olympic atmosphere in the game. The graphics are nice and the events that are included in the game do play well, but again I didn’t really feel like I was playing in the Olympics. Vancouver 2010 will appeal to all ages, from young to old. It brings a casual feel with it as some events require no more than mashing buttons or only having to press a few to get through it.
Along with the Olympic mode there’s also a challenge mode, this is one mode I was actually able to come out on top, since you are only trying to reach a certain instead of competing against the computer. This was nice as I was able to get rid of my frustration and boost my self confidence back up. Online worked out rather well, I was easily able to dominate my opponents as I’d retried so many of the events earlier trying to chase the gold. The leaderboards help add to the replay value, but not quite enough to keep me coming back for more.
Overall Vancouver 2010 is a fun game and the skiing is some of the best I’ve played, but as far is an Olympic feeling, it just doesn’t quite deliver. If you’re looking for something to give you your winter fix then Vancouver 2010 is the game for you. If you’re expecting an epic Olympic experience, then you’ll be disappointed. Had they added more events or even a commentator instead of the strange pop music, they probably could have had an Olympic masterpiece.
Vancouver 2010 was provided for review by the publisher.
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360,PC; Rated E
Release: January 12, 2010
Oh, how I love killing zombies, I especially love killing them even more with my friends on Xbox LIVE. Once again, Valve brings us back into cities filled with zombies and four new survivors left to battle their way to safety. In Left 4 Dead 2 you play as either Coach, Ellis, Nick or Rochelle, this time struggling to survive in Savannah, Georgia trying to make your way to New Orleans in 5 different campaigns.
Unlike the first Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 provides an actually storyline instead of just playing through different campaigns, once again each character has different dialogues giving a little bit of history about themselves (Ellis provided the best and most entertaining stories in my opinion). Along with the new characters in Left 4 Dead 2 there are also new infected to battle, the new common infected are a Hazmat suited common who is immune to fire and a riot gear wearing infected, who is almost completely immune to bullets from the front, the real treat though is the new special infected. You have the Tank, Smoker, Boomer, Hunter and the Witch who were in the first game and the new additions to the second game, the Charger, Spitter and the annoying as hell, Jockey. There’s nothing more degrading then getting your face ridden by a Jockey right into some spitter vile.
Since there are new infected to fight off they have also given you new weapons to defend yourself with, some of my favorites are the addition of melee weapons, I’ve never really enjoyed melee weapons in FPS but I sure do love bashing some brains in with a baseball bat in Left 4 Dead 2. Along with the melee weapons your now have access to some new throwable weapons like boomer vile and molotov cocktails. In addition to the new weapons you’re also given a defibrillator kit which allows you to now bring downed survivors back to life.
Left 4 dead 2 brings back the 3 original game modes, Campaign, Versus and Survival, along with a new Scavenge mode, in Scavenge mode is a 4 vs 4 player mode infected vs survivors, where the survivors are tasked with gathering gas cans to scattered throughout the area to maintain fuel in the generators, as an infected your goal, obviously, is to stop the survivors from gathering these gas cans.
One of the most frustrating things for me was the hardest difficulty, it was as if the AI Director hated everyone and everything on the hardest difficulty and made it almost impossible to pass. No matter how may times I attempted to make it through a campaign on hard difficulty my teammates and I were never able to make it through. This is only a minor complaint though since I don’t mind playing the game on the lower difficulty. If you don’t find the hardest difficulty challenging enough though go ahead and switch on realism. With Realism on you are no longer able to see your teammates silhouettes and is they happen to die the only way they can be revived is by defibrillator. Only damage that really affects the infected with realism on is headshots, body or limb shots no longer help out as much as they used to. This was implemented to give the players a chance to work together more closely as a team, but if you’re like me and would rather enjoy the game than become infuriatingly frustrated at it then leave the realism to the pros.
Overall Left 4 Dead 2 is an excellent sequel to the first and well worthy of being called one (boycotters be damned). New game modes, characters, weapons, and infected make Left 4 Dead 2 an excellent game and well worthy of a purchase. Knowing Valve and their history for supporting their games Left 4 Dead series will last for quite some time. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on the game, I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.
Left 4 Dead 2 was provided for review by the publisher.
Platform: Xbox 360, PC; Rated M
Developer: Valve Corporation
Publisher: Valve Corporation
Release: November 17, 2009
Diner Dash is an action strategy game, published by Hudson and created by Playfirst, that puts you in the shoes of Flo, Ex stockbroker turned restaurant owner. The object of Diner Dash is to run your restaurant and earn a certain amount of money each day to meet your goal, in order to run your restaurant you have to do all the front end duties of any normal restaurant and try to keep your impatient customers happy, You have to sit your customers, take their orders turn in their orders, bring them their food, take their money and clean the tables. Sounds like a lot of work right? Well, it really is, but in a good fun way.
Diner Dash consists of 2 different game types in single player, career mode where you have to meet a daily goal in 4 different restaurants and endless mode where the game only ends when you lose enough customers to take away all 5 stars.
Career mode is fun and extremely challenging, keeping your customers and meeting your goal means sitting your customers strategically, each of your customers are different colors. After you sit them and they finish eating you can sit a new group of people. If you match the colors that sat in the seat before you get a bonus that counts towards your overall goal. The more people of the same color you sit in the same seat the higher your bonus multiplier becomes. This is extremely important and helpful in the later, extremely difficult rounds.
Endless mode lets you go on as long as you can, throwing tougher customers at you but also allowing you to purchase upgrades like extra tables, faster shoes for lo to walk in, faster ovens and even a drink station to help you please your customers more efficiently.
Diner Dash also includes a couple of multiplayer modes to add to the fun, You can go head to head in tip wars and time wars, play co-op endless mode or play Team Dash online or locally. Team Dash puts 8 players into 4 groups of 2 to compete in endless mode, time wars or tip wars. Only issue I found was without friends to play online, I really couldn’t find any games to get into.
Overall Diner Dash is a great game and very addicting, I found myself spending hours at a time playing through it trying to complete career mode and even playing endless mode. Anyone can easily pick up Diner Dash and start playing it with little issues. If you’re looking for a game the entire family can enjoy and in the mood for some friendly competition, you definitely need to get Diner Dash, for a $10 price tag, you will easily get more than your moneys worth.
Diner Dash was provided for review by the publisher.
Platform: PSN, Xbox LIVE, WiiWare; Rated E
Publisher: Hudson Soft
Release: November 25, 2009