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I was really excited about Deus Ex: Human Revolution, when I first heard of it. After all, I already heard the praise of the original Deus Ex. Deus Ex is constantly mentioned as one of the greatest PC games of all time. So, I right away knew I was going to buy Deus Ex: Human Revolution. My, only question was would it live up to the hype and expectations? The answer is a big yes.
Human Revolution takes place in 2027, Detroit. You are Adam Jenson, a guy who works for Sarif Industries as the lead of the security department. Sarif Industries specializes in human enhancements. Recently though, they have been attacked by terrorists and Jenson has been injured. To save him, doctors have to give him enhancements. From there, you have to search for the people responsible for the attack. Along the way you will discover several conspiracies. The story really caught my attention and captivated me.
Playing Deus Ex was loads of fun. It is an action-rpg and I love rpgs. The levels were non-linear meaning there was a ton of ways you could complete a mission. You could just blast your way through, shooting anyone in your path or you could take the stealth approach and silently move through the mission and kill people silently. The missions were really fun but the boss fights were just plain bad. The boss fights are non-linear and the only way you could beat the boss is lethally. You have a small area to move around and really can't do much. A shame because, the rest of the mission is great.
There are quite a few weapons you can get Deus Ex: Human Revolution. They range from rifles to crossbows. You can upgrade your weapons to make them better and efficient. You can also upgrade yourself with augmentations. Augmentations help a lot as they let you do more advanced stuff. My favourite augmentation was the "social enhancer". It lets you persuade people, though it's not too important. Then there was the "Typhoon Explosive System", a favourite augmentation for many people. It blasts mini explosives and kills people instantly that are within 8m. I would definitely recommend using the Typhoon as it is very helpful during boss fights.
The graphics in Human Revolution are just okay. They're not a negative but they aren't a positive either. The cities are good looking but nothing extraordinary. In addition, some characters look funny and not humanly.
While the graphics may not be the best, the atmosphere is amazing. You get to travel to different cities and they all feel great, especially Detroit. You can feel the darkness. There are many cars and buildings that give the game a futuristic vibe.
The sound for the most part in the game is great. Adam Jenson is a likeable character and is voiced nicely by Elias Toufexis. Most of the characters sound good but there might be the occasional extra that doesn't sound good at all.
Overall, Deus Ex is a very nice game. It lets you have a lot of freedom and your choices have a lot of impact on the story. There are a few sour points but that should absolutely not take away the joy of playing this game from anyone. I would recommend Human Revolution to anyone who liked the original Deus Ex and to people who like action-rpgs. Just a super, super game.
Oblivion is a rare game. I have not played many games that have made me addicted to them, quite like Oblivion. Bethesda has been known for making great RPGs, but this time they have outdone themselves. Bethesda has made a game that is extraordinary.
Before you can start with the story, you have to make your character. Your character is very customizable. There are lots of things you can do to him or her. The game takes place in the mythical land of Tamriel, in the province of Cyrodill. The main quest begins with you in a jail cell, for a crime that is unknown. The emperor's sons have been assassinated and the emperor comes to you for help in finding the lost heir to the throne. The emperor is eventually assassinated and you have to find the lost son and help him become the new emperor. The gates of Oblivion have also been opened, and now the evil that is within are now free to roam, Tamriel. It is up to you to stop them.This game is loaded with content. I mean there is a LOT of content. The main quest itself is well over 30 hours but when you combine that with the unbelievable amount of side missions it is over 200 hours. This is undoubtedly the longest game I have ever played. Oblivion doesn't have any multiplayer as it's a single player game only.
There is a lot you can do in Cyrodill. You can join guilds, such as the fighter's guild, mages guild, thieves' guild and the dark brotherhood. All those have their own unique benefits. There are many different towns that you can explore too. In those towns, you can also buy houses if you like. The quests are nice and varied but some are a bit repetitive. Something that I found quite boring and repetitive was closing down Oblivion gates. Oblivion gates are portals which let you go in to the hells of Oblivion. Oblivion is a place where demons and other evil lay. Since there are bad things in the realms of Oblivion, you want to close the portals that let the evil come to Tamriel. Closing gates took me a long time and really made a bad mark on an otherwise terrific game.
The graphics in Oblivion, are great though they might look a bit outdated compared to today's games. Back then though they were cutting-edge and people had never really seen such a beautiful game world. Oblivion is an open world game and it really stays true to the term open world. It is a massive 41 square kilometres. That means it's bigger than games like GTA 4 and is even slightly bigger than the new Skyrim. All the forests and the wilderness look great. All the towns have a lot of detail and though some might look a bit similar they are mostly unique. Since the world of Oblivion is so big, it takes a toll on the performance sometimes. When I was playing I noticed a lot of frame rate issues. The frame rate dropped at times when I was on my horse exploring the wild and when there were a lot of people on the screen. The frame rate issues only lasted for a brief time, though. The game would also freeze on rare occasions. There are also some bugs such as your character getting stuck in a place. Thankfully though, the performance issues won't really bother you a lot.
The combat in Oblivion is good but it can get a bit repetitive. All you're really doing is blocking and attacking with a shield and sword. You also can perform magic attacks and things like that. For example, you can throw fireballs and shock the enemy. As you do various things, you can level up. Leveling up will improve your abilities and attributes.
The atmosphere in Oblivion is great. All the towns feel wholesome and full of life. All the characters seem believable. Whether you're in a dungeon at night or you're at somebody's house in the morning, the atmospheres will just be plain terrific. Of course the characters really contribute to the atmosphere of the game. All the NPCs (non-playable characters) sound great. Something that I disliked a bit was that a lot of the characters were voiced by the same people. I got a bit tired of hearing the same voices again and again but don't worry too much though because the voice acting is splendid. Just to mention, as many RPGs your character isn't actually played by anyone. That means he is not voiced by anyone. The way you talk is that you have dialogue options when you're talking to someone and you choose what you want to say from choosing one of the options. The music is great and sets the mood throughout the game.
Oblivion is another masterpiece from Bethesda. Bethesda has made great games such as the Fallout series but this is undoubtedly their best. Few games can compare the thrill of playing through Oblivion. Oblivion is a single player game only that means there is no multiplayer. Oblivion proves that a great single player game will always be better than a multiplayer game. I recommend Oblivion to anyone who likes RPGs and single player games. Get this game, you won't be disappointed.
Modern Warfare 2 is one fun game. It has great multiplayer and and an awesome though short campaign.
In Modern Warfare 2 you play as several characters, trying to stop Russian terrorist Vladimir Makarov. Makarov is a bad man and does several things to make you mad. You have to stop him. You will travel to many different places in hopes of capturing him. There is one level though that is very controversial. I'm not going to go in too much detail but in that level you have to kill innocent people. Thankfully, though, if you don't want to do that, you don't have to. You can skip the mission if you want. The campaign, I loved, it had great memorable moments that I will for sure remember. From climbing up mountains, to stopping bad guys on a boat. The story though actually wasn't really good but you would expect that from first person shooters.
You have a wide array of guns to your disposal and you can also pick up guns from fallen allies and enemies. All the guns in the campaign sound great and you will be able to recognize a lot of them .
The voice acting is nice too and you might recognize some voices from other games you might have played.
The only I thing I didn't like about the campaign was that it ends too quickly. You can probably beat it in 5 hours or so. Overall though the campaign was great albeit short.
The default control layout is the same and what you would expect from a first person shooter. You shoot with the right trigger and aim with the left. You throw grenades with the right bumper and you can clicking the left thumb stick. You knife/melee someone by pressing the right thumb stick. Meleeing some one is very satisfying and you will love doing it.
The multiplayer and campaign are quite different in Modern Warfare 2. The multiplayer in call of duty is known as the best in gaming. It is quite simple but takes sometime to get good since are there so many experienced players. While it takes some time getting used to, when you are experienced and good you will love killing people online. This will also give you a chance to brag to your friends how good you are. The maps are varied, they are snow maps and maps where you play in a village, to maps where you play in an airport. The maps in Modern Warfare 2 are nice and unique. In Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer, there are different classes. Each class has it's own weapon and unique features. You can also create your own custom classes. Custom classes help you a lot as you can mix and match weapons and perks.Perks let you modify your classes and that is really helpful. Leveling up is very important in multiplayer. When you level up, you can unlock more guns and perks. I loved the multiplayer and I kept coming back to play more. I'm sure you will be hooked to it too. Something I loved doing in multiplayer was stabbing people from behind with my knife. It was really satisfying and I felt really good. Something that did bother me though was the lag and constant swearing from immature little kids.
Overall, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is very fun and exciting. The campaign has very memorable moments but it is short. The multiplayer will keep making you come back for more, despite having a few issues. If you like first person shooters, you should pick up Modern Warfare 2.
Batman Arkham Asylum was one of my favourite games of 2009. It shocked the world when it came out. It was a superhero/comic book based game that was actually good. Now, 2011, Rocksteady releases Batman: Arkham City, everyone has high expectations and Arkham City doesn't disappoint one bit.
Gotham City, the mayor has decided to move all the inmates from Arkham Island and Blackgate Facility to the middle of Gotham City now known as the super prison, Arkham City. Bruce Wayne doesn't like this and campaigns against it and for his efforts he gets thrown in Arkham City himself. You play as Batman and try to stop the criminals there from committing crimes and stop a diabolical plot, that promises to damage all of Gotham City. I really can't tell much more or I think I'll give the plot away and I don't want to do that since it's amazing and so engrossing. Batman Arkham City has one of the best stories of the year. I loved it and I'm sure you will too. This game is an absolute thrill from the awesome beginning to the shocking end. Arkham City like Arkham Asylum has its own unique story and is not based on any of the batman comics or movies/shows. It took me about 10-11 hours to beat the main story and there are a ton of side missions also that will eat up the hours.
For me the atmosphere is one of the most important things of the game. A lot of people like to think of batman as a kid's character but with the release of Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady asserted that it would be different. Arkham Asylum was dark and mature and was for an older audience. Arkham City follows suit and as its predecessor is dark and mature. In my opinion that's how batman games should be. Batman has a great atmosphere, you feel like you're in the middle of Gotham, you feel like you're in a mega prison, you feel like you're in the most dangerous part of Gotham.
Graphics and Environment:
Arkham City is 5 times the size of Arkham Asylum. In simple terms that means it's extremely big. The environment is so varied and so detailed. Arkham City is certainly a looker. All the buildings are extremely detailed and beautiful. Whoever designed this game has to be a genius, the mega prison looks exactly like you would think it would. All the characters also look great and the lip-syncing issue from Arkham Asylum has been fixed. You will explore a lot of places in Arkham City, from underground subways to the underground of the city. All those look really great. The animation is also top notch and batman performs like you imagine he would, from all the attacks to the gliding. Everything on the graphics side of this game is extremely impressive. For example, batman's own cape is extremely detailed you will see all the immense damage it has taken. Batman himself will have a lot of scars and bruises from the fights he has had and you will be very pleased how real and authentic they look. Batman Arkham City is just stunning in the graphics department.
One of the best combat systems in gaming is back in Arkham City. Arkham Asylum obviously had that really great combat system and now in Arkham City it has drastically improved. Whenever batman punches anybody you will feel the impact. It is amazing. You can finish off an opponent many ways Batman can counter almost anything an enemy does. All you press is one button but it is so satisfying when an enemy tries to attack you, but you counter it and destroy him. Combos are performed when you continuously attack someone without getting attacked yourself. Combos hurt more than normal attacks and will leave a lasting impact on the enemy. There are several different combos and more can be gained after you gain experience points and unlock them. The enemies are varied as they range from normal thugs to thugs that have guns to the thugs that have riot shields.
In Batman Arkham City, like Arkham Asylum you rely on stealth a lot. If there is a room with a bunch of thugs with guns, don't expect to take them out straight on, that's suicide, you will need to use stealth. You can take them out silently from behind by performing a silent takedown, which is a devastating move that will make your enemy go to sleep. You can also silently take an enemy down by going up on a gargoyle and then when the enemy is directly underneath you go down and bring him back to the gargoyle and leave him hanging from there. One of my favourite takedowns was the ledge takedown. It goes like this, if you are on a ledge and an enemy is on top of you, you grab him and let him hang from the ledge. You will love when your enemies scream and beg to be set free.
Of course there are the gadgets. One of the reasons I love Batman and why he is my favourite superhero is because he has no superpowers. He relies on his intelligence and his gadgets. Batman has a lot of gadgets. For your convenience I will list all the gadgets you get, those include: the batarang, remote controlled batarang, bat claw, explosive gel, cryptographic sequencer, Sonic Batarang, Reverse Batarang, Disruptor, Remote Electrical Charge, Freeze Blast, Smoke Pellet, Freeze Cluster, Line Launcher, Mine Detonator. I will discuss some of them. The batarang is very useful as it is very handy. You can take down an opponent with it; you can break alarms and fuse boxes with it. Another handy gadget is the bat claw. With the bat claw you can explore all over Arkham City. It lets you grapple to vantage points and the tops of buildings. Also, the smoke pellet was really useful. If some enemy had a gun and was shooting you, you could just throw a smoke grenade and then the enemy wouldn't be able to see you and you could turn on your detective vision and attack him. When you turn on detective vision it gives you an x-ray like vision and you can see more things and you can scan things to solve mysteries and riddles. The last thing I will talk about the gameplay is the gliding. Gliding was my favorite part of the game. Soaring through the sky and exploring the beauty of Arkham City is one of my favorite moments in gaming. I just loved it. The best part, of course, is that you feel like batman.
Arkham City doesn't have any multiplayer and it proves games don't need multiplayer to be fun and exciting.
The sound in the game is great. For example when you hit something with the batarang it will sound just like you would expect it would. When you punch someone you will hear their groan and you will hear the impact of the punch. The music is great and it really sets the mood for the game.
The characters in Arkham City are unforgettable. Everyone in the game gave it their all in terms of voice acting. They all sound great, from batman to the extras. You have to respect the cast for that. Batman voiced by Kevin Conroy is played wonderfully. He sounds amazing and delivers like you would expect him. All the villains sound great too, from the Penguin's wickedness to the Riddler's and Ra's Al Ghoul's madness. Even the extras sound great. The extras would be the inmates of Arkham City. Prior to the release of the game, Mark Hamill said that he would be playing the Joker for the last time. Upon hearing this, many of us were saddened that the voice of Joker will retire but we knew that his final performance would be his best and true enough it was. He delivers the performance of a lifetime and sounds as chilling and maddening as ever. Every line he says is superb. I think Mark Hamill should receive an award for his stunning performance. This man really gave it his all. Another character who returns from Arkham Asylum is the Riddler. The Riddler is back and has planted more than a whopping 400 riddles for you to solve. The riddler has also kidnapped hostages and you can only rescue them if you solve enough riddles. You can also play as catwoman and other downloadable characters. Catwoman has her own story and has her own unique batch of move and tricks. She also has her own unique riddles to find. Some people have disliked the fact that if you have a second hand/ used copy than you have to pay for Catwoman. Just a note, I felt that not all the characters were fully fleshed out. I felt that some of their story lines were over a bit too quickly. A pity too because they were great and interesting characters.
Batman Arkham City in my opinion is the best video game of 2011. It is a complete game. It has everything you want in a video game. It has the superb gameplay, the graphics, the atmosphere and tone, the voice acting is terrific and Mark Hamill gives the performance of his life and the story will thrill you from the fantastic beginning to the shocking end. Batman Arkham City is a fantastic feat. This is a must buy for anyone who loves batman and just video games in general. This is a rare game that deserves to be highly praised and celebrated.
Assassins Creed 2 is a superb game. It is the follow up to the 2007 game Assassins Creed. Ubisoft really made a masterpiece in Assassins Creed 2. Throughout the review I will use AC to represent Assassins Creed.
In AC2 you play as Ezio Auditore, a young man who becomes an assassin after the betrayal of his family. He tries to hunt down the people who betrayed his family. Ezio is a great character and you will love him. Throughout the story you will visit different locations in renaissance Italy. You will meet memorable characters like Leonardo Da Vinci. The story is very well written and I liked it a lot. The ending though was a bit confusing and wasn't the best.
The graphics are amazing. The graphics in AC1 were one of the best I'd ever seen and I expected AC2 graphics to be even better and of course they were. AC2 is big, I mean very big but that didn't stop Ubisoft from making all the environments jaw dropping. I honestly had my mouth open as I was playing, seeing all these beautiful environments. When you go for an assassination you will be extremely pleased by how Ezio moves. So all in all, the graphics are superb.
In AC1, I felt that the gameplay was a bit too repetitive, but in AC 2 all that has been fixed. There are a variety of weapons and they each have many unique ways to kill. The best gadget that you have is the signature hidden blades. They are terrific and you will love them. I loved how you could kill in so many ways with the hidden blades. You could go behind an enemy and kill him; you could jump from a building and so on. I also loved dual assassinations. Those are when you kill 2 enemies with one attack. Something I disliked was the parts you play as Desmond, the descendant of Ezio. His parts are quite boring but thankfully they are short.
The sound in the game is good. The voice acting is great. Ezio being the protagonist plays his part perfectly. The music is great and gives a renaissance feel. All the weapons also sound how they would in real life.
In AC2 you feel like an assassin, you feel like you are in the renaissance period. It is absolutely great. I loved it. It is one of my favourite games of all time and I'm sure you will love it.
Superhero games have the unfortunate reputation of being terrible games. People didn't think Arkham Asylum would be good but Rocksteady (the developers) assured them this would be different.
In Batman Arkham Asylum, you play as Batman. You go to Arkham Island to escort the Joker to his prison cell; little do you know that the Joker is actually luring you into a trap. Once you take him to Arkham Asylum, the Joker gets free and releases all the inmates, and its up to you to stop him. In the game you will encounter different super villains, including Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, and Posion Ivy to name a few. The story is great and the voice acting is terrific. Mark Hamill is absolutely amazing as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman is great too. I loved the story and the voice acting and when I was playing I felt that Mark Hamill should receive an award for his chilling performance.
The gameplay is great too. The new combat engine is terrific; you will feel like the Batman. You also have a wide array of gadgets including the batterang, the grapple hook and line launcher. The gadgets are great and perform like you would expect them too. It is an open world game meaning you can travel all over Arkham Island. One thing I loved was gliding and I'm sure you will like it too. Batman Arkham Island has a lot of content, including Riddler challenges. The Riddler is in Arkham Asylum and has planted riddles for you to solve. I loved solving riddles and it really added a lot more value to the game.
The graphics are superb. All the characters look great and move great too. When you punch someone, the animation that goes on is great. The environment is an eye pleaser and the outside of Arkham Asylum invites you to look at its fascinating detail. Something that I disliked was the lip-syncing in some of the conversations. The sound didn't match the lip moving. That is just a minor flaw though and you won't mind it.
Batman Arkham Asylum is a great game and one of my favourites of 2009. I am a big fan of Batman and this game was the first great batman game I played. If you're a batman fan, do yourself a favour and pick up Arkham Asylum. I would give this a final rating of 9.5/10. With Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady did what no one thought was possible and made a great batman game.
As a gamer I was very disappointed with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Its the same game as last years. I feel like I wasted my $60 on a game that I already purchased last year.
Activision gets a lot of heat from gamers complaining that their games are the same each year and it's true. The campaign was great but the multiplayer was exactly the same as Black Ops only with new maps that aren't particularly good.
The campaign is Modern Warfare 3 is great. It has a lot of adrenaline filled moments that will have you on the edge of your seat. It continues the events from Modern Warfare 2. You play as various characters. This is how the plot goes, a Russian terrorist has started World War 3 and you are trying to end the war and kill him. The campaign was great but it was only about 5-6 hours. While playing the game you will play in several different places. Those include Paris, New York and London. The Spec Ops mode is also just okay.
The multiplayer was very disappointing. It is the main reason people buy the game and it felt just like black ops. The maps were not the best and I didn't like them. The guns don't sound too good and their is a lot of lag on the PS3, which annoyed me a lot. Their are a lot of immature kids online also, that obviously are too young to play. Their constant swearing is really irritating. The hit detection is quite off. What I mean by that is when you shoot someone, the bullets don't always hit them. Another thing I disliked was that it was running on the same engine from 3 years ago. The graphics still look outdated also.
Modern Warfare 3 has a good campaign but the multiplayer is the same and not fun. If you already have Black Ops there is no use of getting this game.
The Toshiba C660 is a laptop you should get if you are looking for a reliable machine.
I got this laptop because I needed one for university and so far it hasn't disappointed but it hasn't exceeded my expectations either.
The C660 comes with the kinds of parts you'd expect in a new but nothing special notebook. Intel's HD graphics handle some things. Memory is quite low at 2GB. The hard drive has a capacity of 500gb. The display is a 15.6-inch, 1366x768-pixel 16:9 LCD.
The graphics aren't the best; you can play low range games but don't expect to play a game like Crysis on this.
Toshiba says the battery life is 5 hours, hardly the standard nowadays . The battery life is not anything special.
You get what you pay for with the C660. It's not revolutionary in processing terms and the battery is limited. But if you need a nice reliable machine, its for you. There are better laptops on the market. I would mainly suggest getting this if you are a college or university student. It's good but not great.