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The wii has not been a very good console for me in terms of beat em up games, mainly due to the fact that I don't pay much attention to the line up the wii has to offer.
Recently I've managed to get hold of the the Capcom vs series on the wii and after playing the game with just the wii remote I found that the controls you had over the character were very limited, when I played the game with the nunchuck attachment it was pretty much the same.
After some digging I found this arcade joystick and quite liked the design.
I initially though that the arcade stick would be a unit that you need to plug into the wii console itself, however this is not the case, the connection the arcade stick has is the same as the nunchuck connection, just plug it into the wii remote.
The controls are very responsive even for a wii remote with around 50% charge, with this controller plugged in you get alot more control over the game and character moves.
After some abuse to this controller I must say it has stood up to the challenge, I'm not the best gamer there is and I often lose against many of my friends, we all pretty heavy handed when it comes to playing beat em ups and often really slam the buttons.
My verdict is that this is pretty much the best controller you can have if you don't like using the classic controller or the pro controller or better yet, you don't have one yet.
I must say that the wii is not my favourite console for many reasons, but chiefly due to the catalogue of games there are out there does not really suit my tastes and many of the decent games play better on the more powerful consoles on the market.
However with the wii having a pretty much established 'light gun' controller I figured the new resident evil rail shooters to be a must try. The game I got didn't come with a gun adapter so I jut played the game with the standard remote, this was more than sufficient to play the game,. however in the later stages where sharp shooting and much faster reload and trigger finger is needed you'll find that you're not firing quick enough for many of the enemies. I managed to pick up the zapper at a second hand game store and this extra piece of plastic for the remote has completely changed the game play, now you have better aim and faster fire rate.
This is thanks to the trigger being on the b button of the remote being in place of your index finger in a much more comfortable position as a gun trigger would be.
There are many copied version of the zapper but the official version does seat the remote and nun chuck very well and allows you to store the wire within itself.
I would say that any FPS game you have the needs to nun chuck to play effectively should get this type of gun otherwise you might be better off getting a third party gun adapter that only houses the remote.
I first thought of getting a 3DS when I heard that the games would be on a new format but still be backward compatible with the old DS game, too bad they decided to get rid of the GBA slot (I still have quite a few games on the old system).
Now I must say that the 3D feature is not everybody's cup of tea and most certainly will cause you to get a headache or motion sickness if you are not viewing the screen at the correct angle or tend to get motion sickness relatively easily, but you can turn this feature off if you want, but it does kinda make it pointless to get a 3D game and console if you do.
I only really picked up this console for the new Mario Kart game, and only via the advert did I know about the acccelometer that allows you to use tilt controls on the game, which was a nice surprise but the tilt controls on the 3DS does not feel as responsive as the actual hardware buttons so I guess I'm gonna be sticking to the button controls.
Packaged with the console is a stand charger/dock which allows you to set it up on a desk and have the DS at a very comfortable angle to view both screens and with the 3D effect in action.
I like the console but with very limited titles out I cannot suggest buying it yet. I would say that you should only get the console if there is a game that you REALLY like on it, for me it was mario kart.
I bought this purely to try and get my old VHS onto a DVD, but since I didn't have the cash to by a combo VHS and DVDR all in one unit I purchased this instead.
I must say that initially I was not impressed with the device, as the packaging it came in was not that of high quality. Then there was the stock software that was package with it on a CD that was also included in the package, this software was terrible and confusing to use, and did not give decent recording quality, I would advise you to do a quick google search for a third party software for your needs.
Hooking up the device and getting to to display the VHS I was playing was very simple, with the third party software I obtained I managed to get alot of old tapes onto my computer and then on a DVD relatively quickly.
I must implore anyone who uses this with windows 7 not to unplug the USB at any stage the video is being saved or streamed as this will result in your PC crashing.
Anyone who has old holiday VHS or home videos and wants to digitise them should get one of these, setup is a breeze and recording only takes as long as the video you want to record plus a few minutes for it to be saved on your PC, thou you will need a large hard drive for it to be effective.
Ok I believe I wasn't the only person who thought 'fantastic an AR game that is also an TCG (trading card game) at the same time, the developers really thought out a plan to milk us for all the money they can get from fans', that was until I tried the game with a friend, then went and bought the game the next day.
The game's rules are very simple take control over the majority of the playing field and you win, and since the playing field only consists of 9 squares as soon as you have total control over 5 you win.
Now the PlayStation 3 cam or eyetoy 3 or better known as the PlayStation eye is pretty impressive in this respect, as the need of tracking multiple cards is no small job and you can't do that with a low resolution camera.
The game gives you all the props you need to play the game, the matt, the cards (well start pack anyway) and the playstation eye, plus a special stand to mount the playstation eye so that it'll be at the right angle and distance. setting up is very easy, and even the most novice of gamers will not have trouble setting it up, the only problem would be finding space to set up if you live in a small apartment or just very messy.
The graphics is just enough for this type of game, the first couple of times when I summon a monster, the animation and music just blew me away, and kinda still makes me smile like a 5 year old.
Although I truely enjoyed the game as a game and as a TCG, I cannot help but think that the developers could have choose to make an existing TCG game into this type of game.
I've owned a PSP for over 3 years now, and only recently decided to clean the dust off it and get this game.
Now you will need the PSP camera for this game to work on your device otherwise you'll just be left with a useless UMD.
Ok the game is basically a AR (augmented reality) game, one of the first I believe on a handheld device, the concept is very simple, you have just been invited (well actually you've bought the right) to join the invizimal world and capture these creatures that can only be seen through the PSP and capture them with the traps you've been give (sound familiar?).
Installing the camera cannot be easier, just slot the connection into the top of the PSP and then tighten the screw lightly (don't tighten too much as you'll risk damaging the camera and PSP), and then you're off.
Gameplay is very simple, you capture a few creatures then compete in competitions, as you win you get EXP and level up , at certain levels your creature will evolve. Very straight forward.
The game is very linear and there isn't really many paths you can take in this game as every thing is about trapping the creatures then fighting, the main storyline isn't very enticing but fans of the old Flash Gordon TV series would like the cut scenes.
I didn't like how you can only catch certain creatures as you progress through the story making it rather impossible to catch some of the more exotic creatures, I know that alot of these type of games are fashioned this was to make you keep playing and hopefully play through to the end of the game, however the variety that you are exposed to are very limited each time you progress to the next checkpoint or chapter.
This new edittion of the the forza series has given the racing simulation genera a new king, in the pass if you wanted a realistic racing game, you had to go for the gran turismo series, however I always resented the licensing aspect of the game I bought the game to race not take a driving test.
Ok just so that you know you can use the kinect to play the game but I've not tried that out yet only really used the standard wireless controller to play the game.
The into movie is narrated by the top gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, which is a great throw in for petrol heads, unfortunately the in game narration is not (would have loved for it to have been thou).
Apart from the kinect aspect of the game the one thing this game has is a rewind function, the rewind allows you to go back a few seconds in the race and carry on from that point in time, this lets people who play the marathon races correct their mistakes instantly rather than have the need to restart the whole game (which used to really wind me up since I tend to mess up near the end of the last lap).
Some may say the game is easier than the old game due to the rewind function but I disagree the opening races are easy to veterans of this type of game, but the rewind 'cheat' is really for those who used to rage quit from a long session of racing and messing up in the last corner (i.e. me)
I must say this first people, before buying a kinect make sure you get the right version for yourself.
If you have a old xbox 360 (i.e the one without the internal wireless card and has smooth curves rather than the smaller more angular slim version) make sure you buy the version that comes with a power supply unit (PSU), as the older xbox 360 does not have the necessary port that could supply enough charge to both activate the device and communicate with it. I only say this because if you get the one with a PSU it'll cost about £5 - £10 more than the non PSU version, however if you try and get the PSU on its own you'll be looking at closer towards the £30 margin.
Ok on with the review, now to use the kinect on your device you'll need to update your xbox's firmware to the latest version (unless you have the slim unit in which case you can just plug it in) to do this you can either update your xbox 360 via the internet or better yet just put in a kinect only game disc and update via the disc (this is both safer and faster than the internet option), once you've updated the firmware you'll be invited to setup the kinect, make sure that you do not move the kinect while its doing this and make sure the location you put the kinect is secure as you do not want it falling.
The kinect can detect not only detect the motions you give but also the distance thanks to the dual cameras, this not only means that you can play at a distance from the TV (actually you need to be at least 2 feet from the sensor which makes screen glare and eye damage much less than sitting right in front of the TV), now considering most tech and gadgets that doing anything remotely close to what the kinect does is costs much more than the kinect's RRP.
Thou the kinect is a very impressive piece of kit , at the end of the day it is at the end of the day a gadget, the motion controls and voice detection (yes it has this also) impressive thou it seems does have one flaw, that is the room you need to use the device, you need to have space enough to use the device two feet from the sensor and four feet span to allow side to side movement.
Even thou I owned the kinect for some time now I've not got that many games for it, the only game I current play that could use the kinect is Fourza 4 and even then I've not yet tried the kinect controls, however for the kinect exclusive Dance central (yes I do look like a tool when I play this) it does make the game very fun, and it also open doors for more casual gamers or younger gamers.
This was my first Xbox 360, and I must say that after owning on for over 3 years now and not had any major issues with the device.
If you purchase this first hand (ie unused) you should be getting
-One black xbox 360
-one component cable
-one power supply unit
-one black wired headset
-one wireless black xbox controller
-one cat 5 ethernet cable
-one hdmi cable
-one month free xbox live gold subscription
-and all the usual documents that come with consoles
Many people have been saying things like the red ring of death and this has scared many potential buyers away, I personally have not had this problem.
The console is finished in matte black and is very easy to clean (not counting liquid spills)
Thou the device does have both HDMI via the port official HMDI port on the back or you could use the component cable to deliver HD or standard definition to your TV (depending on capabilities of the TV), this I must say is a thumbs up for Microsoft as it not only allows the device to be used with the newer HD TVs but also the older generation of TVs that possibly not have a HDMI port or support HD.
Thou the ethernet port in the back of the console is very welcomed and does mean that the device is internet ready at any time, the exclusion of a wireless network adapter integrated into the console was a bit of a downer, however considering the speed that wireless communicates at if you are a regular network game player you'd use the ethernet port for your networking and internet needs.
I admit when the original Xbox came out I hated the design of the controller, then when the Xbox 360 came out the new controller after a diet they decided that the need of wireless versions was a must go.
Now all the previous wireless controllers I've used on the previous generation's consoles requires an adapter and many used AAA batteries which was a bit of a rarity in my house, Thankfully the wireless controller of this generation uses AA batteries.
The ease of syncing up the controller to the console is ridiculous two button presses is all it takes, and after that as long as there is sufficient charge in the batteries, by just pressing the centre x button, it'll not only turn the controller on but the console that it is currently synced up to (provided the console has power to it that is)
Depending on the batteries you use typically I can get a few weeks worth of games out of them (playing casually), in terms of range I did try it out and I managed to get about 6 feet from the console with fresh batteries.
I would strongly recommend this controller to anyone (just make sure you don't go third party) since it not only helps with the clutter of wires but also give a lot more freedom.
Matt Groening once said that when the Simpsons went into a movie it'll be the end of the franchise, but the Simpsons does not seem to be stopping.
Well on with the review about the movie, the plot is simple (an without giving too much away) Homer (isn't it always) has managed to doom Springfield and is forced to move elsewhere to continue his family's life and falls back on his back up plan (yes he actually has one).
Many of the characters from the series make some form of appearance throughout the movie, thou this is basically am extra long episode of the Simpsons alot more though has been put into the plot and the animation and cell shading is smooth and very easy on the eyes. One evident technique that has been employed is the use of 3D models in co-operation with the traditional animation, this is done that is not in a too obvious manner it is still noticeable for people who knows where to look.
I would say this movie has been long awaited for, as an extra long episode it is quite well done, some of the gags in the movie are a bit old, however they still work very well and not to be shunned.
I would suggest that any Simpsons fan should pick this up or any comedy fan for that matter.
I'll just say this now, I'm a big fan of top gear and Clarkson's lines and antics are my favourite (yes I know alot of it is thanks to edits and a act but still its entertainment to me), anyone who likes his slightly old view on the world and in a way none PC (politically correct) expressions will find this book a very welcomed read.
Thou book is not strictly correct, as the 'world according to clarkson' series is not really structured, what it is, is a collection of articles that he writes for a paper put together and released together, thou not every single article is here most of the articles are given dates on their original publication so you can get a pretty good idea on the current events he may had been referring to.
You don't need to get the previous series of anything just pick up the one you can afford (or the latest volume) and start reading.
For readers who have been keeping up to his articles in the paper I would suggest to give it a miss since you will not be getting anything new in the books.
I loved reading this book and I know quite a few people who would also do so, getting one for a top gear fan can be a hit or miss, since the articles in question do not always refer to cars more on everyday annoyances, if you are a car buff then don't bother since you'll find next to nothing in car details and reviews.
I've own this phone for a bit over 4 months now, and not had any problems with it bar a few vrey small niggels.
Ok for starters the HTC sense OS has a major flaw in their wifi conneciton, if you use a hidden network SSID with WPA2 passwords then your device will not be able to connect to it, I've tried connecting to other networks either with out a hidden SSID or a a hidden network with out the WPA2 type security and was able to connect fine. This seems to be an OS problem more than a hardware issue as I also own a HTC flyer running the same OS and it experiences the same wifi problems.
The second problem seems to be the phone's ability to recognise a signal, thou I do get great reception there are some areas of the house that make my phone signal drop to nothing (cellar), and does not indicate that the phone has picked back a signal until you try and make a call in an area with signal, you'll fail the first attempt but try again and you'll be fine.
Other than the OS there is really not any problems I've experienced that could really make me wanna get rid of the phone, compared to the iphone 4 the size and functionality is quite the killer, the screen size is larger and is much better in sunlight, although the multi touch sensor on the HTC does not support as many spots are the iphone (done via a piano app to see how many keys can be pressed together), however the 3G connection and wifi pick up is considerably faster than the iphone 4 I had. (note to be fair I did make sure that both devices had a complete wipe so there were no saved connection details.)
The HTC offers much more day to day uses such as GPRS and a proper light to use as a flash light (or flash for the camera) (which comes pre installed on the HTC). There is the fantastic benefit for facebook users as your friends can have their numbers saved on your phone after the first time you go online with your phone, (I wasn't aware of this until the other day).
This game caught my eye mainly due to the fact that I'm a gundam and mecha fan, I managed to pick it up at a sale and costed me less that £10.
On the bases of it this is just another dynasty warriors game with a gundam theme pased over it, instead of the traditional three kingdoms setting or the samurai setting of the warriors orochi series .
This is the first dynasty warrior gundam titles so I was expecting some cons with the game and not too high of an expectation when playing it, however once getting into the game it really was very disappointing.
From just the gaming perspective this is one very badly designed game, the small rouster and poor controls cannot be masked by the superb graphics of the gundam models and grunts.
Controlling your character is just the same as you would expect from any dynasty warrior game, x = normal attack, y = charged/special attack, b = musou attack, a= jump. However in this game x is now melee attack and y changed to ranged attack, thou you can still string in combos using the typical x,x,x,y type system that koei has been using.
I would guess that this game would only really be desired by gundam fans but being one myself I can't really bring myself to like it, the terrible controls and slow moving units in the massive maps just frustrate me to no end.
I finally bit the bullet and got myself a copy of this game for the android instead of the iphone (well it was free) expecting just a few levels and then the game would be done, however what I didn't realise it the insane amount of levels there is on the game,
The concept is very simple, catapult birds at the pigs and kill them. mastering the game is pretty much impossible.
At work most of my colleges also have this game and we kinda compete with each other over scores not stars (thou chances are if you don't have three stars on a certain level you will not be in running for the top spot), the other week everyone with an iphone or android phone had the game and was just on the first stage trying to beat the boss's score (still not done, but we will keep trying)
Cute graphics and still music coupled with the insane physics involved makes this a must have app, even if you have to pay for it, you are getting well over 100 stages to play and thou it may get frustrating at times trying to get pass that one stage or getting the final star put the game down for a few hours and come back to it with brand new vigour.
I've had the game for quite some time now and not got tired of the game yet, however with the slow updates and new maps only really coming out over 3-4 months players who has been playing since the initial launch would find that the game no longer challenges them so much, however any new comers should really dive straight in since, you will get so much pleasure out of launching those birds at the pigs