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Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 Logo

The Good: Left 4 Dead 2, by Valve is the sequel to, shocker, Left 4 Dead. Like in all of my reviews, I am going to review the single player because that is what is most important to me.  It is very obvious that they made this game because the first game was so popular and people wanted more of the similar.  Now, that said, this is a great shooter, there are tons of weapons to choose from and the levels you go through are intense and fun, oh, and challenging, very challenging.  The best addition to this game is the extended amount of melee weapons, particularly, the chain saw.

The chainsaw that can F@#$ some zombies up

Never has it been so much fun standing at the top of a flight of stares and having zombies run at you then when you are holding a chain saw. Now, this game does add a bit of realism from the physics of the first game.  For example, when a zombie is running full speed at you, and you shoot them in the head, then slide a bit forward when falling instead of stopping dead, pun intended. Something from the first game they kept was before every campaign there is a movie poster for what you are about to do, with a cheesy Tagline.

Good Stuff.

As I said in my first review, the thing about these games that keep them really fun and feeling new are the special zombies.  Valve must have gotten that hint after the first one because there is even more specials in 2 than in 1.  Now there are the charger, jockey and spitter as well as all the ones from the first game.  The charger is crazy and will run at you and literally knock you back 100 feet and then pick you up and bash your already dead body against the pavement a few times.  Bit sadistic, but it is kinda fun to watch it all happen.

The charger that will be the cause of that rumble that means your DOOM

Another really good part to this game, there are four new characters all of which are cool, but definitely Ellis is the coolest.  He will tell stories about things that have happened to him and they are pretty funny.  Just saying, listen when the characters talk, it can be quite funny and actually makes you care, at least a little, about there personality.

The Characters: Nick, Rochelle, Coach, and Ellis

I really do have to say that this game is just as fun if not more fun than the first one to just have a good time running and gunning down the endless undead.

The Bad: The bad about this game is that is that it was made as a sequel.  This is not to say that someone who has never played the first one will not be able to play this one, but for some reason, and maybe it is just because I suck at it, this one seems far more difficult than the first one.  It is as if they needed an even harder difficulty setting than the first one offered so they just upped the difficulty on every level here.  Now, I would like to point out that this does not really take away from the fun of the game, it is just annoying when you can;t seem to get past one point for a few tries.

The Overview:  This game is very similar to the first one in many aspects except greatly improved in the physics and the variety of special infected, oh and the melee weapons, and the characters.  So, it sounds like ti has been improved in every way right? Well, many would say that is true, but I disagree because they made this game assuming you played the first game and you are already at least semi-pro at it.  It is just frustratingly hard at times.  I mean, there will times where it seems like these zombies must have worked for the special forces in the United States Marines during life because they will seem to have an onslaught of regular zombies to where you dow, followed by a charger smacking you back 100 feet than a jockey jumping on your head, and guess what? you killed them all!! Better hurry though, health is low, but your okay. Congratulations, get into the safe room.  WAIT, son of a bitch there is a tank hiding out of sight, inside the safe room ready to give you a swift punch to cranium destroying your dreams and brain matter.

Gameplay: 9/10

Graphics: 9.5/10

Typical gameplay graphics

Characters: 8/10

Controls: 9/10

Story: 7/10

(important special category)

Difficulty: 5/10

Overall: 8.7/10

Video Of the Gmaeplay in L4D2

Assassin’s Creed

Some Screenshots
Achievement Guide

Author: Christopher F. Weaver

Ubisoft stepped into a real gold mine when they came out with this highly anticipated game. Assassins Creed is an action game with some stealth-ish qualities mixed in. It focuses on Altair, an elite member of a league of assassins who, through his pride and disregard for the ways of his brotherhood, has fallen from his place as a leader, to that of an initiate.

The Assassin Altair

This works rather well for guiding the player into the controls as well as giving incentives to carry on in the game, but they did buy into the all too common habit of giving you a taste of what your character can do and then stripping you of your abilities. As aggravating as this is you will quickly be wrapped up in an in depth plot of intrigue and a beautifully immense scenery. The detail of buildings and historical events described and seen in the game really is a testament to the amount of work the people at Ubisoft have put into this game.

The amazing scenery in Assassin's Creed

The ending is kind of ruined. There is a science fiction aspect which the game attempts to intertwine into the plot, but it is left as an undertone; that is until the end. The writers seem to erupt like the Campos Novo damn with the scifi plot which would probably have been confusing had it been present in the plot for the entire game

As far as gameplay is concerned, this game has some definite pro and con factors. The free running aspect and the combat system are outstanding.

Altair Climbing a Building

Between timing attacks with deflections and taking on multiples enemies at once, battles (especially finishing moves) leave you with a sense of satisfaction that don’t normally come from games with only one attack button. Assassinations are really entertaining as well watching Altair slide his iconic hidden blade into an unwitting targets back has a certain level of bloodlust like excitement to it.

An Assassination in Progress!!

Your ability to run and climb through almost every inch of the cities you visit really makes you feel like you’ve got control of the game flow. And it gives variety to the path you take to get to your targets. The fact that there are more than one way to execute an assassination (shameless word play) really makes the game shine.

Sadly the game had more than just one weak point. The incredibly repetitive investigations missions you had to complete before every actual assassination utilized the outstanding landscape well, but became aggravating after you had killed your ninth target on behalf of another assassin in exchange for information. On a side note, these assassins you are helping out have some of the lamest excuses I’ve ever heard (i.e. I sprained my ankle!). The level of complexity on these side missions doesn’t improve at all. By the time you reach the final level the only addition to the challenge is another guard, if you’re lucky. The AI are irritating as well. You aren’t allowed to pass through the streets at more than a casual saunter without the guards charging you like an abusive husband after two beers and a losing lottery ticket. Riding a horse through anywhere but open countryside isn’t worth attempting either because by the time you are moving slow enough to keep the guards from being suspicious you might as well get off and walk.

Over all Assassins Creed is a solid game with an in depth and entertaining story. It has flaws but nothing that would ruin the game.

Gameplay: 7.0/10

Controls: 9.0/10

Story: 7.5/10

Characters: 8.5/10

Graphics: 9.0/10

Assassin;s Creed Gameplay graphics

Overall: 8.0

Hours to Complete: 20-30

Sequel: Assassin’s Creed 2

Left 4 Dead

Some Screenshots
Achievement Guide

The Good: This game is a run and gun shooter with virtually no story, and immense amounts of violence.  The characters are not developed too well, there’s  very little to go off of, but you know what? This game makes it work, and Valve has yet again made an absolutely amazing game.  In the single player campaign (which is the most important thing for me) you become 1 of 4 characters, all of which are effectively the same from a gameplay perspective.

The Characters: Bill, Zoey, Louis, and Francis

You start in a safe room with a plethora of weapons (WOOOO Shotgun!!!!),  some health, and maybe a pipe bomb or something like that.  The best part about the safe rooms are definitely the stuff written all over the walls.  I highly recommend taking the time to read all of the scribbles on the wall, they are interesting story wise, can give hints for what is ahead, and are often quite funny.

Some of the writing on the walls

After you leave the safe room there is an all out utter zombie apocalypse ready to literally eat your face off.  Big fun right? Yes, yes it is.

Face eating Zombies!!!

Once you are out there will be lots of zombies that want to play and are just normal, shoot them and they die, but there are other “special” infected. These consists of hunters, smokers, witches, boomers, and tanks.

A boomer, be careful, they explode when shot and attract the horde.

These special infected make things feel more varied and when one of the specials get a hold on you, your AI partners will be your new best friends.  That brings me onto something else, the AI is great, they don’t get in the way much, and at least a couple of times they will save your ass.  They get mad when you shoot them though, and it is to your disadvantage to shoot them….just saying, I did it, alot, and then I died…   Okay, the difficulty level for any game like this is very important and well, frankly, you set that to whatever you want.  Ease is well, very easy, and Expert…..takes an expert.  The graphics for this game are pretty, they are nothing ground breaking, but they are fun to look at more often than not.

Crazy Zombie Attack cutscene

The Bad:  The bad about this game is that it is really not varied much.  The same strategy will work for pretty much everything.  Not to mention, it is short.  For the single player mode there are only 4 campaigns with 5 levels in each.  many of these can be completed rather quickly and on the first try.  This is a nit-picking problem though because to be honest you will want to play most, if not all, levels more than once.  A bad thing about the AI is that sometimes you have a task you need to get done and it would be better if it was done quickly and they just will not come with you.  You might think it is no big deal, but if a special gets a good hold on you, you NEED a teammate to help you.

Overview:  Okay, overview for this game has pretty much already been stated.  There is very little story, little character development, not much variety, but IT DOES NOT MATTER.  This game is fun, period.  It is a run and gun with the right amount of difficulty and the right selection of weapons.   None of characters are annoying and the zombies are varied and incredibly fun to kill. Bottom line, if you want an in depth gaming experience, pass, if you want an incredibly fun and intense game, Buy it. Trust me, this is one fun End of the World.

Gameplay: 9.8

Controls: 9.0

Story: 6.5

Characters: 7.0

Graphics: 8.8

A look at regular gameplay graphics

Overall: 8.9

Sequel: Left 4 Dead 2

No More Heroes

No More Heroes Screenshots!!

A No More Heroes Logo

The Good:  BLOOD!!!  Okay, that was just kind of a starter to show what the majority of the game entails, but besides that the game revolves around an aspiring assassin named Travis Touchdown.  He is a great character (check out my top lists) with a lot more depth than you might think for a game like this.  There are secondary main characters such as Sylvia, who feminists would HATE.  Speaking of Sylvia though, a very nice touch for the game is when Sylvia calls you to tell you about a battle, you listen to it out of your wii remote, like a cell phone.  I liked it, I thought it was quite inventive and very fun.  Anyway, you start ranked number 11 in the UAA (United Assassins Association) and work your way up to number 1.  Along the way you run into boss battles that involve characters that you will never EVER forget.

A look at the Travis and some of the bosses

This makes the story never boring and makes the game a lot more fun to play.  In between these boss battles there are tasks that must be performed in order to earn money, which will be used as an entry fee into the next battle.  These tasks seem boring, like making food, or mowing lawns, but these are quite fun and occasionally quite challenging.  Also in between boss battles there are assassination missions which are incredibly fun, but that kinda goes with out saying, what with the beam katana.

A fight scene with a headless guy...and BLOOD!!!

This game does controls by button mashing and then to do power ups and finishing moves you move the wii remote to correspond to the motions shown on the screen.  This is pretty cool, but gets repetitive.  The graphics in this game are not stunning in the usual way, but they are very well done.  They work well and look good for the setting, which is a city called Santa Destroy (clever, I know). The story for this game is great by the way, great twists and homages to classic media.  Oh and Gene is important, and look for connections within the characters, they are aplenty and are interesting enough to keep you attentive.

Travis, "powering up his sword" little sex joke within the game

The Bad: The bad about this game for me lies almost completely in the monotony you tend to get into after a while.  Everything is fun, but the things that were crazy fun in the beginning get to be only kinda fun by the middle and by the end just sort of boring.  The fighting system is really just swing, swing, swing, finish move or power up, swing.  The massive amount of blood and interesting characters help, but this was a game that I was not too sad about beating.  Once I finished, I was a little glad I was done.

Overview:  This game has fantastic gameplay and even better characters and story.  That being said, there needs to be more to the game itself.  Suda 51 (the developers) have an idea with great potential, but this one is not quite there yet.  No More Heroes 2 will be amazing if they keep the good elements of this one and just add a little variety and freshness in the middle and then mix it all up.

Gameplay: 8.5/10

Controls: 8.5/10

Characters: 9/10

Story: 9.5/10

Graphics 8/10

Regular graphics in the city

(Special category) Continuing enjoyment: 6.5/10

Replay Value: 7.5/10

Overall: 8.6/10

No more Heroes 2 trailer

The sequel is out now, but here’s just a look at the E3 trailer and what it will look like.

Final Fantasy X

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The Final Fantasy X logo

The Good:  This was the first Final fantasy game I ever played and going into it I had never heard of Final Fantasy or anything about it.  The first thing that captured me after only playing for 15 minutes or so was the beautiful graphics.  It was amazing.  They just looked perfect, very clean and vivid, but not trying too hard to look like real people. Okay, more on that later.

Graphics during regular gameplay

The gameplay for this game is pretty typical Final Fantasy out side of the battle system.  There are random battles that pop up, there are bosses that vary in difficulty and strategy. This is all good, and the game does it well, but it is nothing special.  The first special thing about the gameplay was the innovativeness of the sphere guide.  This is probably the best leveling up system for any Final Fantasy game, even to this day.

A look at Lulu’s sphere grid

Now, lets talk about the story.  It is really good, it is, however it seems like SquareSoft tried a bit too hard to be deep.  It is okay though, no worries about the story line.  There is never a moment where you are thinking “well, that was unnecessary, a bit moving, but when do I get to kill more things?”.  The game’s story does get in the way of the fun.  The story is based on a pilgrimage, which is cool because its different a bit from other FF games.     There are 2 very good characters in this game and anyone who has played this game will probably agree.  They are Yuna and Auron.  Yuna is a good character because she is likable and VERY useful in this game.  The most useful character later.  Trust me, you lose her for a while and the game gets SO MUCH HARDER.  She does have a bit of an advantage…what with the monopoly on the summoning powers.  The other cool character, Auron, well, he is badass in the first 5 minutes of the game and still badass in the last 5  minutes of the game.  I want to grow up and be Auron, sweet scar included.

Top: Rikku, Kimahri, Auron…..Bottom: Wakka, Yuna, Tidus, Lulu

Okay, back to the graphics, particularly during cutscenes.  They. Are. Beautiful.  There are some cutscenes in this game that will leave your mouth agape they are so good looking.  The characters are all flawless looking in the cutscenes.  A touch more about graphics is that if you equip a new weapon to a character it actually changes during a battle scene and some of them look really cool.  While we are on the topic of the battle system, you all all 7 people (once you get them all) available for every battle.  You only have 3 actually fighting at 1 time, but you can switch between all of them and that makes the battles fun, and very intuitive.

Wat the battle system looks like

Okay, last thing and the best thing.  Once you beat Yunalesca (Bitch!! as I like to call her) you get the airship and you can go to the training center.  This is where the challenge lies, capturing all of the enemies and fighting the new creations from the trainer…..wow, just wow.

The Bad: There is some bad to this game.  First of all, the main storyline is pretty easy.  You will run into a few bumps along the way, but for the most part, if you are smart, there should be few problems.  Like I said though the real challenge lies in the training arena.  The other problem with this game is sometimes the cutscenes are WAYYY too long.  I mean they can be several minutes and there is no way to skip them.  This is especially annoying when there is a cutscene before a boss fight…and then you lose the boss fight.  You have to immediately go and watch the exact same 4 minute cutscene again. Boo you Seymour.  The only other negative I have is, there are some characters that are pretty useless in battle after a point….ahem, Kimahri and Lulu.

The Overview:  If you have never played a Final Fantasy game, or even an RPG in General then I absolutely recommend this one as your first.  It is easy to get into, easy to understand all aspects of the gameplay and the story can really suck you in if you pay attention.  The negatives of this game are more of an annoyance than a hindrance to the game.  Bottom line: play it, play it now.

Controls: 9/10

Gameplay: 9.5/10

Characters: 8/10

Graphics: 10/10

Graphics during a cutscene

Story: 8.7/10

Hours to complete: 15-20 (main story line

40+ (to beat Gold nemesis)

Overall: 9.5/10

Hλlf life 2

Some Screebshots
Achievement Guide

Front of Half life 2

The good:  Okay, I can say that I started this game not really knowing a thing about it.  This sounds crazy because this is considered to be one of the best games of all time.  Anyway, this game is fantastic.  The great game to end all games everyone said it was?!?!?!? No.  Now, that said, the shooting mechanism in this game is one of the best I have ever played.  Also, the way you toggle between guns is very smooth and solid.  I have to say that the very best thing about this game is the MASSIVE amount of variety throughout the game.  There is a variety of weapons that span all over the board.

Gravity gun from Half Life 2 holding a buzz saw blade

There is the standard pistol and shotgun of course, but there is also the gravity gun, the crossbow that fires what look like lava arrows, the pulse rifle and a ball that calls forth an army of antlions.  Now, I have to take a moment and say having an antlion army is great.  Unfortunately though, you may accidentally shotgun a few in the face, but hey, it happens.

A view of someone you will have a hate/love relationship with throughout the game

Okay, back to the review.  The enemies in this game are not very…varied, I don’t like way that sounded.  Oh well, but there not.  Theres only a few and a couple are irritating.  Like the head humpers, which are terrible, like being punched in the face repeatedly with a boxing glove made of sand paper. Now, the game does do a good job of mixing enemies though.  There was not wave after wave of the same enemy, but instead many different enemies coming at you at once.  Okay, the graphics are good, they are not spectacular, but serve their purpose.  The flashlight is very useful and looks good.  There are some epic fights throughout this game, and I mean you have a huge disadvantage in a few, and by a few, I mean ALL OF THEM.  Now, the characters are nit very in depth, the story and places are more important than the actual characters.  Normally this would be an issue, but this game actually makes it work.

The Bad:  The bad about this game was only in certain parts.  Some parts of this game were truly perfect for me.  Fun, challenging, and very well done.  There are moments when there are truly too many enemies at one time to where challenging jumps over that line to “screw this game if I die because I don’t wan’t to do this again”.  Besides that though, the biggest problem in the game, the only part of the game was truly bad in my opinion was the controls for that god forsaken air boat.  These controls, for me, were truly bad.

EVIL STRIDERS!!!!

The overview:  This game is great.  If you like shooters then this game will be great for you.  It is varied, and extremely fun.  Everything about this game is solid, which is hard for me to say because I hate saying that a game does not have any big problems and so far in my gaming career only 2 ever have.  Both made by Valve…. Anyway, play it, enjoy it.  Check out my lists to see what I think about the smaller aspects involved in this game.

Story: 8/10

Gameplay: 9.8/10

Controls: 8.5/10

Characters: 8/10

Graphics: 9/10

View of graphics during regular gameplay

Overall: 9.6/10

Hours to complete: 12-20 hours

Mirror’s Edge

Some Screenshots
Achievement Guide

The cover of Mirror's Edge

The Good:  The good about this game lies in its’ concept.  It is an open environment with very innovative game mechanics.  This is a first person shooter, adventure game with freerunning  and Parkour aspects.  SHAMELESS PLUG, check this out for more a video of some awesome parkour.  Okay anyway back to the game.  The gameplay for this game is really a first with the parkour aspects and the fact that the camera follows movements far more directly than any other game.  To view this better see this video.

The revolves around a young girl named Faith, who is a “runner” in a dystopian society (that is very clean).

A picture of Faith

A view of the VERY clean city

The runners deliver packages and the police do not like that.   The story within this game is pretty good, the problem lies elsewhere, but I will talk about that later.  The graphics are beautiful in this game, gleaming and frankly it is just fun to watch Faith do some of the moves.  The controls to do these moves are great, very easy and fun.

The Bad: The bad about this game lies in the back story and the fact that this game does not explain anything about the society you are in or why it is the way it is.  The cutscenes are not that great either.  They are animated scenes instead of the way the game looks normally.  It looks artistic and all, but not really my favorite part.  Now the controls are also lacking for me.  They work, but they are not smooth.

A view of Mirror's Edge during a cutscene

Overview: In other words, to summarize this entire review the game concept is amazing and much of it is solid, but I really think Mirror’s Edge 2 or 3 will be freaking amazing, giving the development team some time to work out the kinks and smooth over things such as storyline and character development.

Characters: 7/10

Gameplay: 8.5/10

Storyline: 7/10

Controls: 8/10

Graphics: 9/10

Gameplay Graphics

CONCEPT: 10/10

Overall: 8/10

Hours to complete: 5-7