Budgetgamer’s Guide to Audio – Part 1

11 August 2008 by

by Milesh Bhana

Next-gen gaming is surrounded by a cloud of buzz words, HD, Dolby Digital etc.. but what does it all mean? Well, we’ll get into that in a moment but essentially it means a more immersive gaming experience. Don’t be afraid of them and don’t rush out and buy every thing the salesmen tell you that you will need. Let’s start with the basics: Audio, sure having a fancy picture is great but a good audio setup can really enhance your gaming (and movie watching) without costing an arm and a leg.

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Condemned: Criminal Origins [360]

4 August 2008 by

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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Recycle, recycle, recycle.

28 July 2008 by

by Milesh Bhana

Often you’ll find that the bargain bin won’t always have the oldies you want. Perhaps the game won’t be re-released in the budget range. Or maybe, your local Incredible Connection hasn’t quite realized that it’s time for Halo 3 to be sold for less than R300. How about getting it second hand?

In South Africa we are very fortunate to have a thriving second hand market for console games. Perhaps you’re a little apprehensive about this. So I thought I’d write a “Second Hand 101” guide.

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Kameo:Elements of Power [360]

21 July 2008 by

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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Sony announced PS3 “Greatest Hits” at E3

17 July 2008 by

Good evening budget gamers.

Well it’s been an exciting week. MS, Nintendo and Sony have all finished their keynote addresses at E3 and I’ve pretty much run out of bandwidth watching all the new game trailers.

On that note, Sony have finally announced their budget range. Now called “Greatest Hits”. I guess they didn’t call it Platinum to avoid confusion with PS2 budget range.

So, watch this space for when these games will be hitting our shores and what price.

The initial Greatest Hits range will be

Resistance : Fall of Man
Motorstorm
Warhawk
Call of Duty 3
Fight Night Round 3
Need for Speed : Carbon
Rainbow 6 : Vegas
Assassin’s Creed
Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Not a bad selection at all. So look out for the red bordered PS3 games. Coming soon, we hope.

Call of Duty 2 [360]

17 July 2008 by

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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Welcome

17 July 2008 by

There are plenty of gaming blogs out there. Who really needs another moron debating the strengths the XBOX 360 vs the PS3 ? Or over-hyping the next title. Nothing wrong with it I guess, but there’s really no point is there.

I’m not really sure about the rest of the world, but here in South Africa, economic factors have us gamers really feeling the pinch. It’s forced many of us to be selective about our gaming purchases.

So the aim of this blog is simple. To hunt the bargain bins, do some clever trading and recommending good bargains.

Primarily I’ll be reviewing older games that are still worth looking at if you missed it. A game will be reviewed if one criteria is made; the game cost me less than R300. I think the point is to compare them to current games and tell you if the R300 will be well spent or if you’re better off saving up for the big thing.

For now, I’ll be reviewing 360 games only, but will hopefully get some contributors to review for some other platforms.

I’ll also post any budget related news, like price drops, big sales etc.

Anyway, that’s all from me. Look forward some interesting retrospective reviews.