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GTA San Andreas - A brief guide.
In short - Cars, Guns, Faster Cars, Rocket Launchers.
This game is brilliant!
I love the easy going story line. It isn't demanding nor brain washing. It's simple and easy to follow. It gives reason for the characters actions in the missions to come. Some are easy and fun going; others are challenging.
GTA SA has plentiful side mission, though oo many to list on here.
There is the typical find and collect all 100 items, like in vice city. Only in this instance its Oyster shells and Horse Shoes. These are scattered around the map for you to stumble across. Collecting them unlocks rewards like weapons or jet pack spawn points.
The driving school is great fun too! There are several challenges upon where your driving skills are tested. Drive accurately through cones, on two wheels or hand brake it into a parking space. Some of these are incredibly difficult to achieve the gold medal. But like the Oyster shells/ Horse shoes. Collecting all gold gains you reward. These are in the form of concept cars.
In the harbour side, there's a 'car boosting board' with a list of wanted cars to ship. Find these cars, load them onto the boat and reap the cash.
GTA offers a wide range of weapons, all of which are available from certain shops or found during missions. You casually smile as you Waltz around with a RPG in hand. The police just walk on by. But if you punch someone...all hell breaks lose.
These wacky rules make the GTA SA that much better. A none serious game with serious hours to be played. The map size is huge! To drive from one side to the other, I would hazard a guess to take up to 15 minutes by Sports Bike.
The landscape changes throughout the map from Forrest, mountains, urban town areas, big cities, and open desert.
GTA is famous for its title, now better known as a brand (GTA) which is an acronym sometimes forgotten (due to many mission not actually involving cars other than to reach mission starting points) that GTA stands for Grand Theft Auto. Talking of which, leads us on to cars in the game. Drive'em, steal'em, crash'em, jump'em, roll'em, drift'em, shoot'em, shoot out of'em, sink'em, tune'em, race'em, sell'em ....or just park them.... if that suits?
Driving characteristics in GTA are superb. Many games go from one extreme to the other I.e. too Arcady with basic steering and limited throttle control. (on or off). Others go for the serious simulation where by the slightest tap of the kerb, brush of another car or splash of a puddle and the car becomes a write-off. However GTA SA has it spot on!
Every car handles differently. The Coaches steer from behind the over hang of where the driver sits (as you'd expect)... the Semi's steer like ocean liners (as you'd expect)...and the garbage trucks float like ocean liners (as you'd expect- For a brief time anyway).
Sporty cars can be drifted with a well timed application of the hand brake. Motorbikes can pull wheelies, and the Monster trucks ...pretttty much do all of the above. It isn't just all 'Cars' either. There are trains and planes to high jack; golf cadies, boats and awesome Military vehicles to acquire.
Plotted around the map are tuning garages. With these, you can modify your car. Though it is only fair to say that the game was never designed to be a street racing game and so the modifications are basic. However, I will say the different design of fender/bumpers, body kits and wheels are quite funky and you can get some cool looking muscle cars from it. Nos and hydraulic suspension are also possible. ( take note however ) If you crash your lovely new street passion wagon to destruction. You lose it. It really is a one of a kind car in the game.
There are many jumps to drive off at high speed which gain you stunt bonus points and if you jump them all you gain achievements.
In the Desert you have an opportunity to own your own private runway. In the Forrest, your own truck company. Or take part in a timed crosser track.
You can even enter betting shops but win or lose, that's up to you!
The variants of law enforcement are similar to that of Vice City where 2 stars involve two police cars, maybe 3 on crazy afternoons, or the extreme 5 stars with the entire Military army after your cheese sandwich.
GTA San Andreas has so much to offer. Even now when its 7 years old, it's an excellent game.
Lego games have been around for while now and every time, they never disappoint.
The Star wars addition is no exception.
I love the way they stick to a very accurate but subtle story line, including the off comedy too.
The HD graphics look ...well HD.
The combat system is fun and simple. You can hack and slack with your light sabres, shoot with the blaster rifles, or use force powers.
The co-op player (jump in jump out) arrangement is effective and works. You are limited with the maximum distance available between co-op players, but this isn't a bad thing. It never becomes a nuisance. The game draws you to helping each other as each character has their own special ability. You can't always continue until a player has achieved a certain trigger in the game.
I have to admit, some of the challenges are quite difficult. On the odd occasion I've even been stumped with what to do next. This all adds to the game play and the sense of achievement. (Even though it's designed for like 3 years old!)
They incorporate their own Lego creations into the game nicely. You always have to build objects like ladders, gate, bridges, barrels, land cruisers, space ships, and even the odd animal to ride but this blend of film and real life technicalities of what is basically just a toy. Make a superb game to play.
All in all an excellent game to have a go at. Fun and stylish, ...it's Lego.
Fast, frantic, fatal.
Blur is not your average racing game. It delivers a punch of smart perks. It's a revenging racing and anti racer racing game. (tongue tide?)
You start off with a few basic models of car to choose from, slowly making your way up to the bigger more furious production road cars. Obviously gaining experience and scores as you go.
The main feature of this racing game is the (tron) like perks. As you race, you have the option to drive over perks and weapons which will assist you in your victory. Some perks are defensive shields and other are pure...lock on to nearest object and fire, rocket goes forward and there goes second place..
It is without a doubt a fun game to play. Not one for the more serious of racing enthusiasts but for a light hearted few games with mate. Blur is perfect!
It has been out a while now and so can't be all that expensive. I'd recommend giving it a try.
Assassin Creed Revelations -
Introduction - Assassins Creed Revelations is set in Turkey. You are now an old man. You are trapped in the Aminus with no way of escape. What will you do?
The setting for ACR is just as good as the rest. The beautiful buildings, the waterline harbours, the well modelled sunsets and the moving clouds. All, of which gives a very nice backdrop to a superb game.
The gameplay is similar the previous with side quests, main story missions and the ability to renovate shops to obtain yourself a healthy income. (I even managed to gather myself over 1 Million Akçe at one point in the game)
The story line is relatively basic; I would say only really there to show off its renderings. But never the less it flows smoothly.
There are some new features to the game:
Hook blade, bomb creation, advanced eagle vision and defending safe houses.
The Hookblade is very useful as it allows the player to climb buildings faster. You can also reach out to ledges that would normally be too far to reach when jumping. You can even tackle enemy soldiers by flinging them down to the ground (always a nice touch if you're in a mission where not to kill anyone)
All this and you still have the ability to use the Hookblade as a standard hidden blade. (very cool)
The bomb creation is an effective feature. While playing the game you obtain different compounds of which to compose your desired grenade. The types available for a first time feature to the game are quite surprising. The size of explosion, type shrapnel and fuse are changeable. (Even the choice of proximity bombs are available)
Advanced Eagle vision basically allows you to not only pick out enemies but see their sentry routes. This allows great use of proximity bombs.
Defending safe houses. - An attack and defence type mini game where you place barricades and assassins of your choice to take out attacking waves of enemy. There is a certain amount of strategy to these short games and fun while they last.
There are many fun factor aspects too. Buying parachutes; climbing to the highest building and jumping off. If you time your jumps you can carry out air assassinations.
I love the combat system. You certainly have to be more assertive this time but there's nothing more satisfying that a ten man take down combo. The weapon selection is slightly complicated to start with but you soon get round it.
All round well composed with good touches to an already brilliant game.
Without a doubt the best F1 game to date.
Previous versions coming out in 2001, 2007 on the Playstations were good but never great. They were always racing games and the only difference to them from any other, were the style car.
But now..Codemasters are on the scene, an F1 game has never felt so close to true life. (I myself never driving an f1 car...however, you can get a good like for like understanding of what it must be like)
When the game was being designed, they used actual f1 test drivers to assist with the feel and handling of the car. The 2010 version was close but this time, they've cracked it.
The graphics are superb, and the modelling of the cars looks just like the real thing. The dynamic rain (however annoying it might be, making your race that little bit harder) looks second to none, from light spray to huge reflective puddles. The online multiplayer can be fun and light hearted. Or if you want that simulation feel. You can turn all settings to realistic and may the best man/woman win.
Tyre degradation somewhat less critical in the game, as no matter what set up or how easy I go on the tyres. Making them last a few laps longer than your rivals is generally not worth the time wasted. I believe the tyre degradation is done purely on laps distance and off race track timings. I will say though if you stay away from the rumble strips. You will notice the difference.
The single player is just as good as the online. But there's nothing better than playing a full season in coop with a mate (who soon become enemies towards the final few races)
All in all a superb racing game and f1 simulation.
About - Fight Night Champions first punched our shops in 2011. It's very similar to all other fight night games but this one has a slight twist at the start.
- Introduction- If I told you the introduction to the game. It would spoil it now wouldn't it....
Game play- The game play is graphically superb. The characters look very good indeed and the beads of sweat glisten in the stadiums light.
Fight Night Champions has a better control interface, than that of the pervious Fight nights. Being, that it's possible to change the controls in the options menu to allow the gamer to use the buttons rather than the sticks. This has the benefit of a more accurately timed punch. Which as we all know, can win or lose a round.
The strength, stamina, and health bars again differ to what I believe is a much clearer view. The last thing you want when fighting, is to struggling to see what your fighter has left.
There are plenty of boxing arenas to choose from. Not always the most glamorous of arenas as you'll find out.
The story line to Champions is basic but interesting all the same. It gives reason to why you're fighting and to what it means.
All in all, it is a boxing game. Good to play and overall enjoyable. If you're tempted. Buy it.
Likes- Storyline, graphics and short loading times
Dislikes- Some fights can be repetitive.
Cool features- Button control rather than sticks.
Hope this helps!
About - Colin McRae Dirt was first introduced in 2008. With its counterpart No2 stage launching in late 2009.
These were very successful games physically and graphically. But, then came the time for change.
Yours truly, DIRT 3. It crashed, .....and someone said.... 'I like it'
- Introduction- Dirt 3 now has the Gymkhana which requires a diverse and quite demanding style of driving. You basically have to drive round obstacles as fast as possible to obtain as many points as you can.
Game play- The game play is superb. The graphics look incredible, the damage and controllable slow-mo is tasteful. And the sense of achievement in cleanly completing a stage is outright top notch splendid. The sense of speed is also quite rewarding.
There are over 50 cars to choose from, the very modern to the very old with my person favourite the classic mini. Owning one myself it handles exactly as I'd imagine it would do above 70 mph.
Multiplayer hasn't changed all that much but then what else could they possibly do on a staged event race?
Now....to the Gymkhana. This is no doubt the main interest to Dirt 3. We've seen the stunt games and the shooting racing games, but when it comes to driving skill. This tests it.
You do have the option for an assisted driving experience which in short corrects your mistakes and slight misjudgements somewhat making it considerably easier to get 360s round barrels and lampposts etc. It also keeps the car on ...or off the straight and narrow.
If you opt for the complete driving experience prepare for frustration and anger until you completely master the feel of the cars. ( note - each car feels different due to drive arrangement, weight and ground surface)
I had a lot of fun racing certain tracks on the Gymkhana against a mate. Taking turns upon beating each other's time. The great part of it being, there is no set route. You take whichever hurdle in whichever order you wish.
My advice, if you like racing games that requires skill. This would be it.
Likes- Graphics and the driving feel.
Dislikes- Loading times.
Cool features- The Gymkhana.
Hope this helps!
About - Red Faction games first mined their way into our shops in 2001. The technology behind the game was unheard of.
You could use weapons or machinery to tunnel through rock faces until one becomes bored. This was a very unique feature but rather aimless.
Introduction- The new Red faction Armageddon is slightly different to this. You could initially say there is less destruction. But as you make your way through the doors you soon realise this is not the case.
Game play- All buildings, staircases, walkways, towers, doors, bridges and any other man made structures can and most probably... will be blown-up, knocked down or particulatedly disintegrated by the use of a Singularity cannon. (Always cool) ...and then rebuilt if so wished.
This is done by a nifty little arm band that uses Nano technology to rebuild anything that once stood, and does so in a very cool looking way indeed.
The story line is basic and simply there to give you a reason to move on to the next section to blow more stuff up. The graphics are there but the textures not always, but when taking into account the processing destruction involved. You can't really quiver. Overall it's a good looking game.
The multiplayer side of things is a basic 'wave & defend' style but allows the ability for players to earn better power ups. It certainly is good for a few hours playing with mates. One shoots, the other frantically rebuilds the structure you both hide in. (just be careful not to RPG your own hide out's main support structure...it's not cool)
There is a considerable collection of weapons to choose from: hammers, rocket launchers, machine guns, singularity cannons and rifles. Nearly all of which have a primary and secondary firing button.
Each weapon has a particular use. If you see the enemies' standing on their lovely secure platform which is just off your line of fire...don't threat. Erode the platform from below to watch them fall perfectly at your feet. (tip - then get out the hammer ;)
Likes- Weapons and effectiveness
Dislikes- Not a huge range of Aliens
Cool features- The destruction left behind after a fire fight
Hope this helps!
Saints Row the Thir3 Xbox 360.
Saints Row first came out in 2006, with the 2nd edition soon following. Now it's back for a 3rd time and better!
The game starts you off straight into the heart of a mission. The control interface isn't difficult to master and the shooting is very much like that of the well known GTA. At the end of the mission (not telling you the outcome so not to spoil the start of the game) you are introduced to the start of the story. You create and customise your characters to incredible detail. From changing the pitch or creating a zombie voice, to how big or small you want his man hood or her assets.
The game does hand out considerable comedy which I love, and gives that serious but light hearted approach to missions. The game steadily becomes harder as you progress. Not only because the number of enemies, but the type and equipment they have too. (lazer tanks are always scary to bump into)
If you buy the special edition version with the 'find professor Genki' you not only unlock his car which fires people, but also his outfit and mad style costume head.
There is also the chance to find the professor himself. If you do spot him randomly walking the street: chase him and take him down to receive a financially substantial reward.
The side mission and gang take down areas are fun to do.
The driving characteristics of the game are strange at first due limited throttle control but as soon as you start driving round. You simply have too much fun to notice.
The car upgrades are not as you'd expect. You can change the look of the vehicles for sure, but the main importance to me was the strength of the car. You can upgrade to bullet proof tyres and have the framework strengthened for ramming purposes. You can even get spikes to pop out your rims to loose those pesky police.
The cribs you unlock/buy during the game can be upgraded also. These hold your weapons, cars and even your personal attack helicopter if you so wish. Driving a small car into the elevator and driving it off the top, only to bail out with a cat bag parachute, then marking a target to try land on before hitting the ground is....... certainly a fun way to spend the rainy nights.
The Weapons: ...awesome to upgrade. Pistols can set people on fire and fling them up into the air with its power....or you could call in and airstrike to take on a brute. All entirely your choice.
The online multiplayer: It's great. It has a very smooth jump in jump out play to it, and even better, what you earn, buy or kill online stays on your single player profile too. So it certainly isn't a wasted effort like some online mulitplayers.
The graphics are good, and there's loads of colour. The weapons are effective and the driving is fun! As for the costumes.....well see for yourself ;)
When it comes to gameplay and game style, the Mafia II game has it all.
From the subtle changing weather effects to the ultra cool looking gangster suits. The striking sunsets, to the simple option of being able to turn on the taps in an apartment (completely pointless, but amazing detail!)
The game starts you off in a wwII situation which by luck has it introduces to the controls. There certainly isn't any...well if you want starting to this game. It's more of a.... you will fight now approach to Mafia II, and for that. I loved it.
The story is good, the game play is good. The Driving physics In the old style cars with no ABS nor traction control on (at the start of the game- icey roads) is certainly fun. Each bullet counts against car body work. Tyres deflate and headlights go out when shot. Car door can help you cover behind - of which there is a good duck and cover system to this game. The weapons seem realistic and the sound is clear. Side missions are fun and quite often challenging.
The police A.I are reasonable, but quite often if you decide to rob a shop. They won't come running in, but more wait outside. Not necessarily a bad thing if armed with an MG42. ...oh yes.
As the story progresses and times move on. So do the cars are scenery. There are many other little aspects to it I like. You can even steal cars and have them crushed for money. (Don't do it too often or the cops will be on to you).
With the added download content this game goes on.
All in all a superb game that did not get the attention it rightly deserved!
A must have for all who like the free roaming mission type games.
First of all Skyrim is an RPG, a huge one.
Secondly, I hate RPGs. BUT
I absolutely love Skyrim! It has me completely hooked with is hugely expansive world, gameplay, and value for money.
For the money you pay and the game time you get out of it. Its fantastic. You don't have to be on it for hours to progress through the game nor complete many levels before check pointing. You can save whenever you like and do the large or small 'missions' as you please.
Some missions you choose will seem hard due to the power/ magic/ weapon skill you have at the current time. However, level up and come back to fight those walking skeletons again to have them quaking in their....tombs.
The levelling up system is clever using stars as a skill type. Each level completed acts a currency system to spend on which skill you decide to be most beneficial to your game. You'll also come across stones that can assist you in levelling up quicker. Skyrim is a long game but you always feel as if you are progressing. The more experience the better the game play the better the experience and so on.
There are many types of enemy's and some you don't always know are bad until you provoke them. Not forgetting the huge dragons which when killed unlock another type of skill known as a 'shout'. These shouts have all types of advantages depending on the enemy at hand.
The play is smooth and the consumables list just goes on. Even being able to create your own armour is pretty cool. Every single thing has a knock on effect or benefit. All depends on how wise you are in using them.
Skyrim is known for its glitches. I have to be honest. I've very rarely seen any on the xbox 360. The ps3 has considerably more however since the update.
All in all. A fantastic game. End of.
This game is not such a recent game anymore. However, I did decide to play it and seeing no one had written a review on here as yet I thought id best send my view.
I have to admit. I wasnt overally impressed with this game. Graphically the game is fun because of the cartoon none serious style. But. The game play and story is rather weak. As are the guns with their limited feeling of use and bad aiming system. I can see what they are trying to achieve but havnt quite pulled it off.
i bought it as it was rated an RPG. Though its more open world first person shooter. The back and forth missions are easy and seem dull. The upgrades only change the money in the bank rather than effectiveness of the weapons. Though I will say the grenades are good.
The best way to discribe this game would be to imagine Red faction Gorrila for landscaping mixed with fallout. Both of which were considerably better than this game.
I dont want to destroy this game for anyone reading this who might be interested. As everyone is different. I would just recommend you try before you buy if possible or get a cheap second hand version :)
Hope this helps.
Sniper elite 2 has certainly come on since sniper elite 1.
The game play is very similar to the first with the added benefit of better graphics and sound, but with an added 'cool...I LIKE THAT!!!' touch.
They have added a very unique camera style. Like all slow mo bullet time games, the camera generally follows the bullet spinning until it reaches its target. However, in Sniper Elite 2, there's a cool twist.
The bullet goes into slow mo, and upon hitting its target the camera goes into an X-ray mode. You see the round penetrating its unlucky target, crunching the bones and splicing the lungs/muscles as its goes, only to fly out the other side tossing through the air due to the impact of the target. A bonus shot being that it is entirely possible to hit multiple targets in one shot providing the second target stands near behind.
Other good features of the game:
Having to shoot at time intervals when loud noises occur to cover the sound of the shot.
Laying mines next to corpses to booby trap bodies.
Laying trip wires and throwing rocks to lure the enemy into walking into them.
The online multiplayer system is something to improve on. It's a starting base for Sniper Elite 3 but don't hold hopes for this version being great online.
If you buy the promotional version you can redemption codes to downloading the hitter addition.
Overall, a good game and fun to play with some mates showing of your skills. My tip. TURN THE SOUND UP. makes the shot all that much better.
Hope this little review helps.
Enjoy the game!
My Xperiance with my Xperia Mini Pro X10.
The Xperia Mini Pro 10 is the smaller version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia; though large enough to use comfortably. With its clever slide out keyboard which has been used (if anything like my phone) constantly day in day out for the last year. The slide is just as strong as it was from new and the button arrangement in the QWERTY style keyboard is large enough for easy use. The main menu with the very slick touch sensitive screen (which can also be used to text) is easy and simple to navigate. Its a fast processing phone with great memory, (Sonys are always good for their storage space) I have taken over 200 photos and no sign of slowing up yet.
The built in camera is only a 5 megapixel, but the quality isn't bad at all. It even has a sports and twilight mode.
The phone uses the Android applications. It has preinstalled 'Google maps' and timescape. Its easy connectivity to home Wifi is also refreshing unlike some other phones I've used.
Overall, a well built, smart little phone with smooth characteristics.
Hope this little review helps.