Archive for the ‘Review’ Category

Need for Speed : Most Wanted [360]

13 October 2008

Review By Warren Ferguson

Give me the Need for Speed.

Need for Speed is a series of games that started as more of a simulator way back in 1994, with each iteration getting more and more towards the casual racing game fan. The games are generally about driving really fast around city streets rather then proper laid out tracks. I thought with the new one, NFS:Undercover, being released soon that I’d review an older Need for Speed title also released on the 360 to see if you can still get a bit of fun (at a decent price, of course) before the new one comes out.

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Fatal Inertia [360]

29 September 2008

Review by Milesh Bhana

I’ve always loved futuristic racing games. Invariably, they always have these funked out hovercraft-type things armed to the teeth with destructive weapons. The aim is to win the race by playing dirty. For the past decade, Wipeout has pretty much been the game to play if this is your cuppa tea (or F-Zero for the Nintendo fans).

Last year, a new game decided to take on Wipeout with a few interesting twists on this type of game. The biggest difference between exiting games like this and Fatal Inertia is that the weapons in existing game rely more on destruction while Fatal Inertia relies on using physics to throw your enemies off course.

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Lego Star Wars : The Complete Saga [360]

16 September 2008

Review by Clinton Butler

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away…

LucasArts brings us Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, a light-hearted action adventure encompassing all six episodes. The basic appeal for this game is that it lets you revisit all the memorable moments from Star Wars with cute little Lego people wielding a light-saber.

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skate [360]

9 September 2008

Review by Richard Marsh

I want you to take a moment and think of all the things you can do with R200. Maybe it’s a night out at the local watering hole. Maybe even a cheap dinner and movies for you and the significant other. Or maybe, you can spend it on the greatest skateboarding game ever made. EA’s Skate has surpassed the Tony Hawk franchise as the definitive skateboarding game. This coming from someone who:

a) Generally doesn’t like EA games (on high horse principal) and
b) Has been an avid supporter of the Tony Hawk games since Pro Skater 2.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune [PS3]

25 August 2008

Review by Luke Paruman

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, was one of the PS3’s best games of 2007. This year it got a new breath of life with a 13mb patch that allowed players to gain trophies. That’s not to say that the game did not already have a host of collectable and unlockable features from behind the scenes features, to medals & treasures that are rendered in 3D and you can view what you have collected, that alone would have required multiple re-plays and I’m glad to say it’s one of those games that I’ll happily play over and over again.

It has also been released in SA as a PS3 Platinum game, so it falls in close to our R300 budget 😉

Uncharted is, at a glance an action adventure game, it’s got lots of action and lots of adventure. Not unlike the Indiana Jones series of movies, it gels its story and action (gameplay) so well that you could actually sit and watch someone play and find it a very enjoyable experience.

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Prey [360]

18 August 2008

Review by Milesh Bhana

prey
n.

  1. An animal hunted or caught for food; quarry
  2. One that is defenseless, especially in the face of attack; a victim
  3. A game about kicking some alien ass

In Prey, you play Tommy, a Cherokee mechanic who (along with his girlfriend and grandfather) gets abducted by aliens. Apart from the first chapter, the entire game takes place on a really massive alien spaceship called “The Sphere”. It’s up to Tommy to embrace his Indian heritage in order to save his girlfriend and eventually, the world.

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Condemned: Criminal Origins [360]

4 August 2008

Review by Leavell Sampson

I had not heard of Condemned until the mini hype was made for Condemned 2. I saw it at Tradestation and decided, why the hell not? At a glance, the graphics are a little weak, but I have seen worse. The games makes up for it with the dark and involved storyline it follows.

I’ve always loved horror movies and was fooled into thinking this was a horror game, it’s an investigative thriller about a FBI agent who is framed for killing two other cops while on a hunt for a serial killer. Obviously, knowing that you are framed kinda gets you thinking that this is a carbon copy from a movie, and it does feel so. However, all the twist and turns in the plot and a well written script makes this game shine. Coming to the end your eyes open and you really get lost in your own head because it really does screw with your mind. Now I don’t want to give any spoilers for the game, but the end is really awesome, at least I think so.

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Kameo:Elements of Power [360]

21 July 2008

Review by Warren Ferguson

Kameo is one of those rare titles that after having being developed on three systems finally got released on the Xbox 360. The game is a 3rd person action title and you play the role of Kameo, a little elf princess who is granted the power of the elementals. Elementals are group of creatures that each have something to do with the elements. The catch is that you do not control them, but actually transform into them.

Graphically the game seems to take a lot from old cartoons. The world around you is lit appropriately for the environment you are in, giving it a feel as if I am actually playing a CG cartoon. The sound, though not 5.1, is still rich and ambient. The musical score is done by an orchestra and is very enjoyable, with the feel of a fantasy movie. This is a big plus in the game. The voice acting, though not brilliant, is still better then many of the bigger budget games I’ve played.

Now, on to the game itself…

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Call of Duty 2 [360]

17 July 2008

Call of Duty 2

Review by Milesh Bhana

So, World War II based First Person shooters have passed their prime, and here I am with an old copy of Call of Duty 2. Call of Duty 2 was pretty much the first shooter to grace the brand spanking new XBOX 360. It won a decent whack of Game of the Year Awards. So how does it hold up by today standards?

I must admit that I missed the boat on WWII shooters, I preferred games with a sci-fi twist, Unreal, Quake, Half-Life. So I’m starting this game with an open-mind rather than an attitude of being sick of these games.

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