Xbox 360

February 3, 2012

Review: Crysis for the Xbox 360

    Adapt.Engage.Survive Get More: GameTrailers.com, Cry­sis — Con­sole Launch Trail­er, PC Games, PlaySta­tion 3, Xbox 360 Video source: Game Trail­ers Sto­ry: Ten­sions between the U.S. and North Korea have reached crit­i­cal mass as they square off on a small island locat­ed in the South Chi­na Sea. Why? A team of U.S. arche­ol­o­gists have unearthed an arti­fact of unknown ori­gin that may pre-date the exis­tence on humans on earth! North Korea moves in and takes con­trol of the dig so the U.S. dis­patch­es an elite Spe­cial Forces Unit out­fit­ted with the lat­est in Nanosuit Tech­nol­o­gy to assess the sit­u­a­tion and try to res­cue the trapped archae­ol­o­gists. The ensu­ing bat­tles trig­ger the arti­fact to come to life releas­ing a new ene­my bent on all our destruc­tion!     Back in Octo­ber EA and Cry­tek re-released the mod­i­fied and enhanced ver­sion of theRead more…

January 8, 2012

Gears of War 3: Raam’s Shadow review

Gears of War 3 had a great cam­paign, thor­ough­ly var­ied, yet at some points it felt dis­joint­ed and head­ed due south east into the land were Bul­let­storm and Halo 3 meet. Epic games came with a rem­e­dy for the cam­paign blues in the form of Raam’s Shad­ow, the sec­ond piece of DLC to hit the ear­ly Sep­tem­ber release. Raam’s Shad­ow for­gets the imul­sion bread locust, the “infec­tion” bologna, Queen Mira’s rage induc­ing rants (for the most part), and gets back to what made the first two games great; urban destruc­tion and human on locust com­bat. It may clock in at just two hours, but the two hours I had with Raam’s Shad­ow almost made me for­get that Gears 3 had a cam­paign, it’s that good. Raam’s Shad­ow is a pre­quel of sorts; it takes place in Ili­ma city just asRead more…

November 28, 2011

Need for Speed: The Run Review

Its Novem­ber again, and we all know what that means for rac­ing fans; anoth­er Need for Speed. This year we got some­thing just a bit dif­fer­ent. Last year, Cri­te­ri­on gave us a superb game in Need for Speed: Hot Pur­suit. A sim­ple rac­er full of speed and cop chas­es that hit you pri­mal rac­ing instincts while mak­ing you smile every time you hit the tur­bo but­ton. EA Black Box final­ly gets to take the NFS reins again after the hor­rid NFS Under­cov­er. Could EA Black Box redeem itself with The Run or will we get some­thing more mis­er­able and bro­ken than Under­cov­er? The answer is yes, but not an enthu­si­as­tic yes. Need for Speed: The Run is an unusu­al exper­i­ment. Mix one third action movie, one third rac­er, and one third action game, bake, and what you have is some­thingRead more…

November 13, 2011

Sonic Generations

It’s offi­cial. After years of fum­bling around with strange top­ics and awk­ward, seem­ing­ly untest­ed game­play, Sega has pulled out a tru­ly excel­lent Son­ic the Hedge­hog game. Although short, it’s a sweet ride that hope­ful­ly will get the Spin-Dash ball rolling again. The game fol­lows an incred­i­bly sim­ple sto­ry­line. Son­ic’s friends are in the process of throw­ing him a birth­day par­ty when a giant mon­stros­i­ty (which I shall hence­forth refer to as the Fly­ing Pur­ple Peo­ple Eater) appears out of nowhere and cre­ates a vor­tex which sucks in all of Son­ic’s friends. Son­ic chas­es them into what appears to be a giant white lim­bo. Even­tu­al­ly, he and the res­cued Tails note that the areas and ene­mies are sus­pi­cious­ly famil­iar. Upon stum­bling on ver­sions of them­selves from the past, they dis­cov­er that they’re trav­el­ing through time. It sounds kind of sil­ly, butRead more…

October 22, 2011

Homefront

Home­front is a THQ brain­child that uti­lizes the Unre­al Engine and shows what beau­ti­ful art and per­for­mance on low­er end machines can do. I fell in love with this game being my first play-through I took my time and lis­tened to every­thing I could, read every arti­cle I could find and all. The cam­paign for Home­front is by far one of the tru­ly epic. Although excru­ci­at­ing­ly short it is absolute­ly mind blow­ing. The video in this arti­cle is the open­ing cut scene for the game, watch it to get an idea of where you are start­ing your mis­sion. This game is bru­tal. If you get sick eas­i­ly, don’t play this as some of it is a bit grotesque for patri­ots or vets. Though the sto­ry makes for a good game it is a bit hard to not imag­ine it asRead more…

October 21, 2011

Gunnar Optiks: Yellow-Tinted Gaming Glasses

While I typ­i­cal­ly tend to ignore most of the ads on the side of my Face­book page, I occa­sion­al­ly find one that inter­ests me. That’s how I found out about my now-favorite game store, and it’s also how I first heard about Gun­nar Optiks. Gun­nar Optiks pro­duces glass­es that reduce eye strain and enhance con­trast on screens, and are mar­ket­ed towards both fre­quent com­put­er users who suf­fer from var­i­ous eye­strain relat­ed symp­toms, and towards the pro­fes­sion­al gam­ing com­mu­ni­ty. Two of the gam­ing mod­els in the Gun­nar prod­uct line­up are endorsed by MLG, and a few more bear the SteelSeries name. When I first heard about these, I won­dered about them for only a few min­utes before I moved on. They bear a pret­ty hefty price tag for some­thing that may or may not actu­al­ly help you at all. How­ev­er, aRead more…

October 20, 2011

Batman: Arkham City Review

In 2009, devel­op­er Rock­steady released some­thing that was unimag­in­able, a Bat­man game of our dreams. Arkham Asy­lum was not only the best Bat­man game ever made, it was also the best licensed game to date; depend­ing on who you talk to. AA would have been a feat for any devel­op­er let alone a rel­a­tive­ly unknown dev with only one game under their belt. Despite being the Bat­man game we deserved, it wasn’t the one we need­ed right now. AA had its share of flaws but the deep sto­ry, unmatched melee mechan­ics, and superb voice act­ing and artis­tic design took the game to new heights. Could the Dark Knight rise again and top­ple the vil­lainy in Gotham? Could Rock­steady fol­low up what could have been the shin­ing star in the devel­op­ers cat­a­log? YES, YES and more YES! I will get thisRead more…

October 17, 2011

Dead Island

This title has had tons of pub­lic­i­ty and hype built via the inter­net and with a lot of hype comes a lot of high expec­ta­tions. Dead Island failed in no way to deliv­er. Dead Island brings all the fun of destroy­ing zom­bie hordes with the abil­i­ty to cre­ate and mod­i­fy your own arse­nal of weapons and skills. In this review I will be going over the pro, the cons, and the down­right awe­some­ness of this release. Let’s start with the bad. Graph­i­cal­ly speak­ing, the ter­rain is some­what spec­tac­u­lar, I know that seems like a good, but where the ter­rain looks good oth­er aspects lack. Pri­mar­i­ly the zom­bies them­selves and the vehi­cles are a bit sim­ple. For a game this far into the graph­i­cal­ly amaz­ing gen­er­a­tion that we game, this point can­not be over­looked. I believe that the devel­op­ers had beenRead more…

October 13, 2011

Forza Motorsports 4 — First Impressions

Forza Motor­sports is an Xbox exclu­sive title and that may push some peo­ple away, but per­son­al­ly, I believe that con­sole is where dri­ving sims belong. I have been a HUGE Forza Motor­sports fan for many years and went and bought an xbox 360 and a copy of the fresh­ly released Forza Motor­sports 4 (rel date 10-11-2011). I will be explain­ing a first impres­sions view of the game and some of it’s recent updates. The first thing out of the box that jumps out is the discs are almost iden­ti­cal to the pre­vi­ous release of FM3. I had to check the box again to make sure that I had­n’t bought the wrong title. Wor­ry not weary trav­el­ers it is indeed FM4. Upon load­ing the game for the first time the open­ing video dis­plays its most notice­able new fea­ture, Auto­vista. In theRead more…

October 10, 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

It’s final­ly here, eleven years lat­er, Deus Ex: Human Rev­o­lu­tion has come and ye shall not be dis­ap­point­ed.  In an age where reboots of reboots of reboots are com­mon I must say that I was skep­ti­cal and with the recent fail­ure which was Duke Nukem I was more than a lit­tle con­cerned with this game being a com­plete flop.  I’m very hap­py to say that this was not the case.  Deus Ex: Human Rev­o­lu­tion is a great game but it does have a cou­ple of things that hold it back from being per­fect one.  There aren’t many things that Deus Ex: HR does wrong but if I were to pick the biggest one I would say it would have to be the fact that it feels like it forces you to play the game in a cer­tain way.   For exam­ple,Read more…

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