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Fallout new vegas is the next game in the long lived fallout series but only the second by game developers, bethesda (the guys who made oblivion and skyrim). Fallout 3 was one of my favourite games (see OJEtchells10 fallout 3 review) it wasn't only me though. It won't game of the year in 2010 and received great critical acclaim. This is essentially the same game template but in a different place with a new story.
The game begins with a cut scene of you, a wasteland courier being shot and buried after delivering a package then you go on to wake up in a doctors house and do all the usual. Choose your perks, attributes and appearance. The beginning is good but did not have as much impact as fallout 3 where you play through ages 1, 10 and 16 in vault 101. After that it's straight down to business, you wake up in a small town in the majove wasteland, the new map to replace the capital wasteland with most noticeably, Las Vegas.
The new wasteland itself is only very slightly smaller than the capital wasteland but that doesn't matter. It doesn't feel as authentic as the capital wasteland though. Sometimes it can just feel like small town after small town all copied and pasted from one place to another. Las Vegas itself is big and exiting when you first enter it but unlike the Washington in fallout 3 i spent very little of my time there because actually there isn't very much to do. After a while it all feels a little fake like a fairground.
Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty much exactly the same as fallout 3. you have your health bar and HP to control vats with the pip boy 3000 controlling maps and weapons. You still look as if your running too slowly to keep up with how fast you are actually going in 3rd person mode an do not interact too well with your environment but it still doesn't matter. This game is huge with lots of content so i guess they though that things like this were the least of their worries.
Graphics: As far as i can see the graphics have only been very slightly improved from fallout 3 which means basically although it can look good in places some of the textures look badly rendered and the it is all beginning to look a bit out dated.
Story: The story in this game is nothing special to be honest. Its all about some golden chip which was inside the package you were delivering when you got shot at the beginning of the game. There is no character that you have the same connection to like your dad in fallout 3. The side missions as always are a lot of fun and can keep you playing for many tens of hours after you have finished with the story.
In conclusion i think if i hadn't played fallout 3 and wasn't comparing every last detail to that game then i would have had a much better experience with this but it all feels like more of the same to me. Fallout 3 was an amazing game and for any game to even come close to beating it it's going to have to be good. Don't get me wrong this game is good but not that good.
I bought this camera like a lot of people to use on skype. At around £15 average price it's not going to be a top of the range camera, and it's not. But it does the job absolutly fine. It has a USB connection, VGA sensor and a 1.3mp camera capable of picking up 30 frames per second and a built in microphone. Just to warn you though it is only compatible with windows 7, vista and XP in case you do have 95 in which case what are you doing with your life?
The quality isn't poor but as i expected it's by no means good. My face can be seen clearly but if i am moving around too much the camera struggles to keep up and it will freeze, sometimes for a few seconds and once froze up all together. The sound quality is pretty awful to be honestn but not so bad that you cannot be understood. It doesn't have any installation proccess though. Its just plug in and go.
If your looking for a top of the range camera then look else where and spend more money but if, like me you just want a low budget camera that will do the job, this is for you. I have never tested any webcams of this in this price range before so i don't know what the competition is like but this cameras flaws can be ignored considering the price really.
There are three top theme parks competing for top theme park in the UK. That's Alton towers, Thorpe park and drayton manor But in my opinion Alton towers takes the trophy. It is by far the largest park of the three, the one with the most rides, the most green space and unlike Thorpe park (situated near Heathrow) it's in a nice place in the English countryside.
Upon entry to Alton you will see a lake and a the castle that got the park it's name. Its clear that the effort has not only been made to make the scariest, biggest and fastest rollercoasters (which, lets be honest is what everyone comes for) but also to create a beatiful park that even the older population like to visit. There is a large valley within the park of winding paths that descend into the woods to an oriental themed area. Because it's in a valley you can hardly hear the screams on either side of it. It's actually peaceful inside a theme park.
But anyway the rollercoasters. Everyoneones heard of Nemesis (if you havn't its one of the first and main attractions of Alton towers). Because of a limit in the local areas there is a height restriction on all rollercoasters. The only options are build low or build down. Nemesis is a rollercoaster built through a maze of tunnels dug into the ground with streams of blood runnin through them. The theme part of this park has had no conrners cut. Money has been poured into every detail of the park. Other rides include oblivion (vertical drop coaster), Air (lying down coaster) which s the comfiest rollercoaster i have ever riden and many more.
The only downsides of the park i would say is that the prices for food or indeed anything inside the park are very expensive but you can't avoid that if your going to a theme park. Also i did not find the staff particually friendly. I don't expect them to chat to me but a smile wouldn't hurt every now and again.
The Kenwood KFC W110S look a lot better than some car speakers out there and despite being named after a fast food chain they provide really good quality audio. They are 25cm (10 inch) wide and will provide you with a 700W input. I have had these speakers for nearly a year now and they are my first non standard car speakers. I listen to a lot of different music (except for classical so i can't tell you what that is like) and all types of music sound good but especially pop and hip hop.
It provides good surround sound but, in my car at least, you have to turn it up to such a level to heard in the front but that will deafen the people in the back. I dont know if this is these speakers or the shape of my car but it can be really annoying sometimes. The bass levels are satisfactory but if you like to blast your music loud sometimes you would do well to go for higher range speakers They do also tend to sound a little tinny sometimes. At around £100 now they are still excellent value for money and well worth the money for a good pair of speakers.
There's no doubt the Lenco high power ipod tower looks good. It stands about a metre off the ground but i am always wary of products like this because usually if the products looks really good, it will either be stupidly expensive or there will be something wrong with the quality of sound. At around £100 i thought i might be buying a rubbish speaker that looks really good but actually it works well for the moeny, in any case if it was made by Bose or another big name brand i bet the price would be about £150 for the same speaker. Building upwards is a technique that has been tried before in the speaker market. It saves space by making the width of the speaker smaller so you can fit it into smaller spaces.
The speaker is not difficult to set up only taking a few minutes but every time you turn the system off and on it goes back to default settings so you have to fiddle around to get it back to your method of input which can can be annoying. The speaker is plit up into two with a 25W speaker and 30W subwoofer. The sound quality is not top of the range, but this is not a top of the range speaker. It does come with an FM radio but unless you don't have a radio on one of your devices by now it's not a very good feature as it is low quality. If i was paying £200 i would be dissapointed but in terms of value for money it's really good. The speaker has a small LED display which is quite dim and the controls are a bit fidely. Also the speakers remote is made of plastic and feels a bit cheap and chunky.
Despite a few flaws this is speaker i'd say is definetly worth the money. There are better out there for more of your money but most of all it sounds good for what it's worth and will look swish in your bedroom.
Bioshock on PS3 was released about a year after its release on PC and Xbox 360 and i had heard of its great critical acclaim so of course i had to go out and buy it. And wow, its better than i expected, much better. The story is original and i would say it is the single game story that has stayed with me years after i first played it. The game is set in the city of Rapture, an underwater city that was the dream of Andrew Ryan but has fallen apart. The reason the city has descended into chaos is because of a substance called ADAM that 'little sisters' carry. Adam gives you powers and when you have powers, you can do anything. Its not quite that simple though. The little sisters are protected by big daddies, the thing you see on the cover and the rest of the population has used so much adam they have mutated into half human creatures called splicers.
The game begins with a plane crash. You land in the middle of the ocean next to a lighthouse, you swim up to it and enter into an where the lights turn on and you get your first glimpse at the art deco architecture and a huge statue of Andrew Ryan saying 'No god or kings, only man'. The scene is set for the game and you begin around 9 hours of story that you won't forget.
The game is set out in quite an old fashioned kind of way. You have one main objective and you get held up by various people along the way that you have to do missions for to continue. It is fun but can get a bit repetitive sometimes. In any case what you think is going to be the end of the game is just the beginning of another half of the game where the larger story emerges.
I could speak for a long time just about Rapture itself. It is, in my opinion, one of the best game enviroments ever created. I guess you could call it steampunk but it isn't quite, it's too different and original. Every room in rapture is a masterpiece of art deco design and there are some real shock moments along with the 40's theme which just adds a little bit of reality into this fantasy world. The characters in Rapture also are very impacting. You have your general population (blood thirsty splicers) then you have your few clever and creepy bosses, Andrew Ryan (the crazy man that built the city) and your one and only ally who's story is almost as sad as yours.
Graphics: There's no doubt the game looks gorgous. You can tell from the very start that it looks good but you really realise how good it looks when you enter Rapture. The graphics make the game hugely atmospheric. The great water effects drip down in a city that looks like its falling apart and huge windows let in a small amount of light from the surface of the ocean far above. The only thing i would say about the graphics is although they still look good they do feel a bit out dated now but thats to be expected after it's been out for a few years.
Gameplay: Essentially Bioshock is an FPS but theres so much more to it i wouldn't label it as only that. You start of at the beginning with a wrench which is easy and fun to use as it makes a clanking noise when you hit an enemy. After that you work your way up to bigger and better that are all satisfying to use. Moving around is responsive to the controls and you can also use adam to change your genes and gain powers such as the ability to shoot fire and send a torrent of angry bees out of your hand. The mix of powerful guns and fun powers makes any fight you come across a lot more fun as your forced to think tacticly such frying a load of enemies in the water with your electricity power.
Sound: The game does not have much in the way of a soundtrack but the loading screen has 40's music and various radios around the city are sometimes on adding to the mystery of the place. The best use of sound in this game is found when your wondering around the city. The metal buildings groan under stress and splicers deranged shouting echoes through the huge rooms. Again it is just adding to the atmosphere which has a huge part to play in this game.
This is a game that i certainly wont forget for a while. I will replay it every 6 months or so and for £15 now its a buy you wont regret. I have also bought Bioshock 2 and for that review will be coming shorty if you were wondering about that. But for now, this game, a classic.
The description here say that the leisure socity are an indie rock/punk band. Well they are not. Indie? yes but i feel the punk and rock part of it couldn't be further from the mark. A better way to describe them might be alternative or slightly on the classical side. The fact is it is difficult for me to find a genre for this band to go in and usually that is what makes a great band. A band that has been able to think inbetween the lines and make music that has a distinctive style, different from any other band out there.
Every track on this debut album by the band which consists of seven members is a masterpeice in it's own right. The band was formed by Nick Hemming who also writes most of the songs and is the lead singer. The song 'last of the melting snow was nominated for an Ivor Novello best song both muscially and lyrically award in 2009. I dont know exactly but the band consists of two ukulele and guitar players, a few violings, drums, flute and other, more simlpe instruments. It may sound like a bit of a strange mix but the culmination of these instruments makes an orchestra of sound that ressinate well with my ear drums at least. The music is put together in such a way that it flows nicely through the song and the album promoting a mix of emotions throughout listening to it. The album is made up of mostly cheerful songs and a few more depressing but all sound amazing in their own way and are all quite relaxing songs. The kind of songs i listen to when i want to go to sleep.
The lesiure society is a band that are on their second album and apart from recieving great critical acclaim in quite a niche market in the music industry i dont think their music is ever going 'go large' and be heard by a wider audience. But thats probably a good thing seeing as most bands that get played on the radio tend to sell out very quickly indeed. Its definatly special music, it wont appeal to everyone but give it a listen anyway, you might love it.
The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, announed in 2011 is one of the cameras from Canon's new range of PowerShot digital cameras. It has a 12.1 megapixels and a 35x optical range, plenty for all your needs usually but it you want more you will find you have to pay a high price for a better lens. The HS part f the cameras name means high sensitivity and is meant to reduce noise on images. The newer processer, the DIGIC 5 means you can shoot 1080p video at 24fps. These are the main features that set it aside from it's predecessor, the SX30 IS. Otherwise the casing is pretty much all the same. The camera also comes with some cool features including a number of filters that can be put on while using the camera.
One of the first things i tried out on the camera was the 35x optical zoom. In general the zoom will be plenty for all you needs but as i said if you want more you will find yourself paying a high price for a better lens. In any case if you want a better optical zoom it's most likely because you are a proffesional photogrpaher and probably wouldn't go for this camera in the first place. Thats not to say it's a bad camera at all but you can pay a lot more for a camera with higher specs. Another nice feature this camera has is 'zoom framing assist'. When you are zoomed in if you have lost the composition of the image you can quickly zoom out to check it again then it will automaticlly go back to the origional focal length. For the price you will pay for this camera the Nikon Coolpix P500 at around the same price has an optical range of 36x. I have never tried it but i can only assume it would not make much difference.
The build of this camera, as i mentioned, has not changed from its predecessor. It is still quite a bulky camera and weighing in at 600g it's not exactly light. As usual with Canon DSLR's it is comfortable in your hands but does not have a rubber grip unlike most of the other models around this price. The casing is all plastic and gives the camera a cheaper feel to it but overall what matters about the camera is the quality of images not the casing so it doesn't bother me too much.
The screen is also the same on this as on the previous model which means in this area it is lacking behind its rivals. Its a 2.7" screen but is begging to look a little old. It does flip and twist around though so all is not lost in the screen department. In the end though the screen is not going to affect the image quality but a brighter and bigger screen is always a good thing as you can get a better feel for if your imnages are good quality on the go.
Turning the dial to creative filters lets you view your images in a range of effects such as fish eye, minature effect, monochrome, toy camera, super vivid and a few more. All of them create good results when taking images of certain things and you can have some real fun playing around with all of them but it does all feel like a bit of a gimick.
In conclusion the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is a camera that comes packed with some pretty cool features and at an average price of about £300 it wont break the bank at the same time. Overall it wont win any medals compared to some of the DSLR's on the market today but is still value for money and definetly a good purchase if you simply enjoy your photography.
Warhawk was the first attempt at an only online, large scale gun game on the PS3, and it certainly delivers. The game can have up to 32 players in a game and if you have ever played battlefield online, the maps are the scale of that (really big). The name warhawk is the name for the plane you can see on the cover up there but although that is the title the plane is only a small part of the game.
There are 6 individual maps but each of these maps have different game modes in certain parts of the map. Game modes include team death match, free for all and capture the flag. Only three games but i found you really didn't need any more. unlike other online games where i get bored of playing it over time with this because it is an online game only every bit of it has been thought over long and hard.
The graphics are simple but still look really good in the style of the game. When i say simple i mean the graphics are an almost cartoon style. Some objects like the trees and buildings are very detailed but the Ground and water almost look blurred with colour. I don't even mean that in a bad way it fits together really nicely and adds the games own style.
The presentation again is simple but works well. The home screen pops up and a lord of the rings, type symphony begins to play. The background is an image from a plane travelling through clouds.
The gameplay is very arcade like but again not in a bad way. The view is 3rd person and the shooting is controlled by R3 to look around, R1 and a bit of help from auto aim. Punching bullets into people while jumping around the place 2 metres in the air can make intense and fun one on one battles.It takes a good few seconds to kill someone as well rather than the call of duty style spar of bullets and their dead. It makes for longer battles and every one is a challenge. You can drive a number of three veichels including a tank a 4x4 and the war hawk. They all handle well with the controls and you can even turn the sixasis on for the war hawk. I don't recommend it though unless you mean to spend lots of time practicing because it does make it near impossible.
I love this game especially because with all of the maps you can do whatever you want. Its not just a choice of gun and go kill someone. You can hang back in the base and snipe, you can jump in a warhawk and engage in ariel combat, you can grab a tank and go straight to the middle of the battle or if you want you can just go join another battle in a different part of the map. Its the choice of things you can do that keep the game so interesting. You can also play close quarters games in smaller maps that are a different game. Now you will spawn and die every minute or so but it doesn't matter cause its just a load of fun.
There is also newer downloadable content with three new maps and three new veichles which i got. Although they are good maps and kept me playing this game for a while longer they are not as good as the maps that come on the game already. Except for the one where you get a jetpack and you fight in a volcano (obviously).
One of the only flaws i would be able to find with this game is that it does not a very good ranking system which is something i like about call of duty and battlefield. Being rewarded for putting more hours into the game is always a good thing but it doesn't bother me too much. At the end of the day the actual game itself is fun enough to keep me playing for a long time so the other features shouldn't really matter.
In my opinion at least, this is one of the best if not THE best online game on PS3. Its not technically perfect but it doesn't need to be when its just pure fun and i said the same thing about saints row. Its like buying a kit car over a BMW.
I have been smoking about 4 years now and have been smoking roll ups for about 3 of those four years. If you dont know the main products on the UK tobacco market are cutters choice, golden virginia, drum and pall mall. I genrally smoke drum all the time but sometimes switch between the other main competitors just for a short break but i can safely say that drum tobacco is the best on the UK market (i mean drum blue here not drum gold).
It also has the best pouch as you can stick you rozla onto a sticky patch on the inside no you can always keepp them together. It also has velcro rather than a little bit of tape to keep it shut so tobacco cant clog up the tape and stop it from working.
Drum is the most naturally made tobacco on the market as well with all the chemicals that keep your baccy moist and easy to roll reduced. This can be seen as bad in a way in that it gets dry a lot quicker than other tobaccos and therefore more difficult to roll .Also when you get down to about 10 cigarettes left your tobacco is all the crumbly remains that has fallen to the bottom of your pouch but in my opinion this doesn't matter. It is the most expensive tobacco on the UK market also but even though i am trying to save money i'd still rather buy this. Considering i'd rather buy this over a £7.20 pack of cigarettes its not a thought to me. At the moment this is £3.70 for a 12.5g in most supermarkets for now (no doubt the price will rise again soon) so its still value for money considering you get 30 cigarettes from a 12.5g.
The taste is much better than any other tobacco product, it is much more rich and most importantly smells like BBQ sauce. I first started smoking roll ups not because i liked it but to save money and my health but now i prefer my a nice pouch of drum over my favourite pack of cigarettes. When i smoke anything other than drum i cant shake that thought that they just dont have as much taste than other tobaccos. Belive it or not i dont smoke to look cool i do it because i enjoy the taste (and am addicted of course). I have been smoking drum long enough though to recommend you use green rizla rather than blue. I prefer blue rizla in general but not with drum.
The game begins pretty much exactly where the first one left off. Nathan Hale, the main charater is pretty much the last surviving soldier left from the UK. The rest of Europe has fallen to the chrimeran invasion and you are picked up and taken to Iceland then America to fight the resistance without so much as a thankyou and a rest break. From the first scene its clear this game has moved on to bigger things. The first mission sees you in a huge battle on Iceland in which a huge chrimeran spider type thing is looming above you. The game has opted for an older style format with the usual mission objectives and a boss fight at the end. A lot has changed since the first game and not all for the better.
First of all the graphics. I mentioned in my review of resistance fall of man that the game had good graphics for the time but they now looked out dated. It's good to see they have noew been updated and the game still looks good today. I also mentioned how the game was also in very dull colours. Grey mostly and although a bit boring it did add to the feeling of depression and isolation thorughout the game not to mention giving it an older feel to the game which is what you want when it is set in the 40's. This game has ditched the Greys and gone all out on the colours. Every scene is an extravagant mix of bright colours and although some people might see this as a good thing i think they lost one of the main reasons the story in the first game had so much impact. Im all up for better looking graphics but i think they have gone over the top with colours in this one.
Another thing i liked about the first game is the maps were in localised places like Grimsby and Nottingham wheras this game seems like it has gone hollywood blockbuster style with places like New york and Sanfransico. I dont have anything against America nor am i saying that games shouldn't be set in places like that but it feels as if the developers are just trying to attract the wider audience rather than thinking about the game itself and just feels like a bit of a sell out.
Little has changed in terms of gameplay with except that Nathan now interacts with his enviroments much better and the guns have been made more powrful so they can add more enemies into a battle. All of which is a step in the right direction.
Im not sure if anyone else who played this game had this problem but when i played it through i put it on easy mode and still i found it an incredibly difficult game. I have been gaming for many years and have to say was damn good at resistance fall of man so i don't think it could have been just me. One mission especially i got stuck on for a good week and considered just packing in and giving up. Im all up for a challenge but when a game is so hard on easy that i nearly give up, something is wrong.
As far as the story goes i could describe it best as a rollercoaster ride and not in the usual sense in that it is exiting till the finish but that it is very up and down. Some missions will have you flying up to a chrimeran battle crusier and setting an explosive for a few minutes then jumping of the side of it with the huge crusier exploding behind you and toppling into another. And i'd like to say now that the cut scenes look amazing and the scene i have just described is one that has stuck with me ever since i played it. But other missions i found just plain bored me to death such as making your way through the forest and fending off attacks from invisible enemies.
The story in this game also doesn't really get interesting untill half way through the game. The story is in the first game Nathan was infected with the chrimeran virus and he needs to find the cure before he turns into one himself. Towards the end i was engrossed in the story but otherwise i found myself mid game just wasting time and killing enemies.
In conclusion i would recommend this game to anyone who hasn't already played resistance fall of man but if you have you may be dissapointed by the differece between this and the first which was a great game. The game has it's moments with huge set peices and massive boss battles (litrally hundreds of metres high) but it also has too many flaws to win my gratitude as a game worthy of my money.
This is the first new moniter i have bought for many years after having a Sandisk SD screen. Its quite a step up and it's clear the technology is much better. I use it as a screen for my desktop PC and my PS3 and works great for both these things. I have an ariel but so far havn't been able to get it to work beacuse of the bad freeview signal in my area so nothing to do with the screen. It does have an internal ariel but again i wouldnt know how well it works. It's a very easy screen to set up out of the box and took me about 5 minutes to get my PC and PS3 working.
The screen is a nice 22" and like all LG products has a good looking case that doesn't intrude too much. I have limited space under my desk but this screen fits in nicely with room to spare but it does tend to collect dust. As far as connectivity goes it has two HDMI ports, a component and composite video, one SCART port, a USB port, PC input and a headphone jack so plenty to plug in all your electronics. The screen also has dolby digital sourround X which gives the screen satisfactory sound quality but if you really care about your sound then i reccomend you invest in some speakers as no TV speakers are ever going to be better than buying seperate.
The picture quality is nice and crisp with a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and there is little glare in sunlight. It comes 1080p HD ready and it works very quickly with no lag unlike my old screen which is good for playing PS3. At around £150, average price for the screen, it is also good value for money considering the amount of inputs and other features it comes with. Definetly a purchase i don't regret.
This is one of panasonics new range of 'smart' LED TV's . And ill start with the goos stuff. First of all the the styling. The framing is simple and subtle and does take up half my living room with the casing alone like my old panasonic. As far as just using it for it's main purpose, a TV, it works great. No glare and the picture is crystal clear. I was stunned at first by the backlit LED screen, It was like the first time i had ever seen a high definition movie. The speakers unfortunately are not going to win any awards but they do the job just fine. If you want good quality sound from your TV i recommend you invest in a surround sound system. The USB hard drive is a plus, being able to record and playback programmes is always a good thing.
now down to the nitty gritty. Firstly no one told me when i bought this TV that you need windows 7 to connect up to the internet. i don't want to have to buy a TV only to find i have to spend more money on software to make it work properly. When i got windows 7 and finally connected to the internet the thought first popped into my head, how am i going to use a TV on the internet without a keyboard? the answer, you mostly don't. Panasonic have restricted you to only a few internet sites that include BBC news, iplayer and youtube which after all the hassle i had gone through to get really annoyed me. Also every time i turned the TV off, even just put it on standby, when i turned it back on it disconnects from the previous input it was on so i have to keep pressing AV to get back to free view. Not a huge problem but annoying none the less.
At around £600 i would still call this TV value for money and as a screen simply for watching television you can't do much better without paying silly prices. I do feel as if i have been a bit ripped of with the 'smart' part of the TV though as it just doesn't deliver what it says it will. None the less a buy i don't regret.
One of the first games to be released on the PS3 and the first game i bought for my console. Resistance fall of man is the story of the alien invader, the chrimera, and mans struggle to fight them off. Your charactor Nathan Hale is your typical hardened army skinhead and in the first half an hour of the game is infected with the virus that had already killed half of Europes population but for reasons you will find in the second installment of this game, he is immune.
gameplay: The first game i would complare this games gameplay to is the WW2 call of duty games. On your HUD you have your health bar but that is it so you feel more immersed in the game. Gunfights are regular but do not require much tactical thinking. You can pretty much just run between cover popping off carbine round into the chrimera for the whole game. Its simple but never got old for me at least. Because this is one of the earlier PS3 games your character does react to your controls more like an avatar than a real person. There is little interation with the enviroment but i don't think that can be blamed on poor game design, rather just that the game came out in 2007.
Graphics: When this game first came out i seem to remember being in awe of the graphics but that might just have been the exitement of playing my first ever high defenition game on a much more powerful console. The game nowadays looks very dated and dull. The fact that game is dull though i don't think is a mistake. the story is very depressing and the colours throughout the game reflect that as you travel through a grey and misty Nottingham also adding to your sense of isolation that is present throughout the game.
Story: The story line can be pretty much summed up in the title. The chrimera have wiped out all of Europes armies and are now moving on to Britan. In the start of the game there are many soldiers fighting by your side but as the invasion goes on you find yourself more and more alone. The missions are based around short term objectives and generally just trying to survive in the ruins of England some of them are a little boring but they are mostly fun and engaging. None of the character i found particually interesting, they are all quite samey army types and Nathan Hale is no exception. I think the game was trying to get some emotional response from the player when you see England falling and he is the last hope but i could not empathise with a character a skinhead character who says nothing.
Sound: where there is music it is usually the symphony playing depressed army music over emotional scenes. The sound affects though are brilliant. The rattle of the humans machine guns and the 'pew' of the chrimeras futuristic guns are the backing track whilst men on your side shout and the chrimera roar in pain as they die adding a lot of the atmosphere to a battle.
This game is by no means perfect, in fact if it had come out now i probably would have given it 3 star but for one of PS3's first games its a good effort and none the less a fun game to play through. It is missing a lot compared to modern games but what stuck with me most from the game was the greatly depressing story and enviroments making for a classic in my opinion.
Burnout paradise is the newest game is the burnout series and the first game on this generation of consoles. A lot has changed since the older games but they have kept the features that made the old burnout games great and thought long and hard about the new features to create a great new return for the series.
Instead of the chapter style missions of older games it is a free roaming game with a pretty large map named, surprise, paradise city. To progress in this game you have choice of doing either races, road rage, a game involving escaping the police (even though they're not really the police) or a burning route which is just a cool name for a timed lap but they have got rid of the famous crash mode which i loved in the old games. It has been rplaced by a mode where by you can cause your car to go into an ultr unrealistic frenzy and crash through any street for a good 10 minutes destroying everything. Its fun but its not the old mode which was possibly my favourite feature of the previous games. You have a liscence that you add points to every time you complete an event which gets upraded from C to B and so forth. You win cars throughout the game by completeing burning routes, upgrading your liscence or taking out one of a few 'special' cars that roam around paradice city. The whole set up is engaging and there's plenty to do to keep you entertained for many hours. When in free roam you can go anywhere and there are sort of mini missions such as finding huge jumps and crasshing through gates not to mention a network of secret passages to be found. When not doing missions driving around paradise city is always fun. Annoyingly though if you fail a mission there is no option to restart it you have to either drive all the way back to the start of the race or just pick another.
I got about 30 hours of play out of this game and that was without any of the downloadable content that can be added for a small price from the playstation store. The largest of which is a whole new island to discover and although i never downloaded them but without a doubt it does add to the games durability. Although i played this game for a long time it was over a long period of time as i could never play it for more than about two hours straight just doing the same thing over and over. During the time i played it though i got to know all of paradise city and driving through the same streets began to lose its appeal after a while.
Paradise city is a beatiful place. A lot of though has gone into every little detail of the map and usually looks brilliant but because you are mostly hurtling around the streets at stupid speeds you wouldn't notice some of the textures around that are below average. I guess they thought as i do though, if your only going to be whizzing past it whats the point in making it perfect?
The map has been excellenty designed. Its split about half and half with a built up city area on one side and countryside and mountains on the other. Every bit of the map is a challenge weather its dodging cars through the streets of the city or drifting round bends in the mountains. There are also pretty much huge car play areas such as a quarry and an airfield with huge jumps and tracks.
The gameplay has changed very little from the last games. The same controls have stuck and the same fast paced action that the burnout series is recognised for have stuck too. Even with your first car being one of the worst models in the game you can be charging through the streets, drifting round bends and crashing into walls keeping the adrenaline running and making split second descisions to that keep you on your feet. As far as the crashing goes it is something that burnout is very very good at as its one of the main features in the game. When you crash into a wall at high speed the camera angle changes to go close up and into slow motion. The car acts just like a normal car would as the car crumples and, depending on your speed, will flip into the air a few times before coming to a smoking halt.
In my opinion this game is a step in the right direction for the burnout series even if they have got rid of the crash mode. None the less it is a beatiful game that has its downfall in places but i can let that slide when i dont really want to be standing still for too long. Its fun, fast paced and completely over the top which is everything burnout needs be.