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Resident Evil 5


I wasn’t looking forward to play this game but I had a chance to play it and there wasn’t anything better around so I did. I have to admit that I haven’t seen any of the movies or played any of the games. I do intend to watch the movies but I had no intention to play the games.

I played most of the coop campaign with a friend and I the game looks really nice. The graphics look really smooth and the lighting in the game is really awesome. You really notice the light pouring over the characters in some of the landscapes. As you can expect from a Japanese developer, parts of the game are really over the top but I’m not saying that’s bad. Some of the melee attacks are really cool but I didn’t like the over the top one liners in the cut scenes. In my opinion when you have an over dramatic cut scene it does the opposite of making the situation dramatic, it makes it seem silly.

The one thing a game needs is good controls and this game doesn’t have it. I struggled turning around corners, it felt like I was lower than the lowest sensitivity and to my knowledge I couldn’t change it. I like the idea of picking things up around the map to aid you in your game but when I fighting off a horde of infected to change a weapon I had to go into my inventory and find a weapon that had ammo, in terms of seconds it doesn’t take long but when you compare that time to pressing ‘Y’ to change your weapon, it’s a huge difference.

I liked that the game was centred around team work with Sheva and some of the missions were cool, in that you couldn’t do it unless you were cooperating with your partner. One thing I expected to be cool was that there was no hip fire sights or reticle but a laser from your gun. That idea was really cool but when I played it seemed really hard for me to hit specific places on a body e.g. the head. I played this on coop so it was even harder when my portion of the screen was smaller. I mentioned ammo previously, throughout the whole time I played this game I was 80% of the time out of ammo. If you ask me, that’s ridiculous. You’re not playing the game to its full potential if you’re only using the horrific knife melee attack. The knife attack is probably the worst thing I’ve seen in a game for a while. When knifing you pull out your knife but you can’t move. Not only do you have no bullets for your guns but when you pull out your knife you stab enemies you have to stay in a stationary position and let the enemies come to you.

Now this is just my personal opinion and I don’t want it to affect this review, I’m not a huge fan of boss fights unless it’s something like Sonic fighting against Doctor Eggman, something fun like that. In a serious game I’m not a huge fan, it feels like the pace of the game has been intentionally slowed down so the bosses in the game feel more powerful when a good action game should consistently be fasts paced.

I know this review has been extremely negative but it’s just my take on the game. I’m probably not the best person to write about the series, that’s why I haven’t talked about the story too much. I haven’t watched any of the movies or played any past games so I don’t feel like I should comment on them. I’ll finish this off on a positive note, the enemies look amazing in this, the flying monsters and the creatures that come out of the infected look insane. That’s all I have to say.

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Portal 2


I have to admit, I wasn’t the greatest at the first Portal, it took me a little longer than some people, not like 5 hours longer or anything but it was a different story regarding Portal 2. I finished Portal 2 a couple of days ago and have been meaning to write about it. I finished it over 2 days. The first day I was so excited I played it for like 8 hours straight. The next day I polished it off in 2 hours. Gameplay wise it was approximately 10 hours or so and what a 10 hours it was!

It’s amazing how much content you can squeeze out of the Source engine and it still looks up to date with current games. It doesn’t look as amazing as games like Crysis 2 or anything but no one plays Portal 2 for the graphics, you play it for the gameplay and I think this is a perfect game to explain how I am trying to look at games currently and in the future. A lot of review sites review games based on gameplay, graphics, sound and longevity but I want to add another factor that people don’t seem to take into account when rating a game, how fun it is. All the other factors are still hugely important but I think the fun factor trumps them all and that’ll play an important part in this review and others to come.

Portal 2 takes place years after the first Portal. Aperture Laboratories are overgrown with nature and you have just come out of stasis. GLaDOS is dead. As you progress through the game the laboratories are slowly rebuilt. Portal 2 is even more funny than the last one in my opinion. With the addition of Wheatley, voiced by Stephen Merchant and Cave Johnson, (every line he has is hilarious) voiced by J. K. Simmons there are more hilarious quotes than the last. And of course GLaDOS, voiced by Ellen McLain, comes back in the sequel who is equally funny if not more.

Now into the meat of the game, the puzzles. In the first one there wasn’t too many puzzles. I believe there were 19 test chambers and more puzzles when you escaped. In Portal 2 I think there are 41 test chambers, that sounds way too much but I think there are 22 in the first section then 19 later on and that isn’t including puzzles when you escape… I think. Don’t hold me to those numbers. Basically there is a crap load more puzzles to solve in Portal 2. I don’t know what it was, maybe because I had played the first one and knew what I was getting into or Portal 2 was easier but I zoomed through the singleplayer. I got stuck on 2 or 3 puzzles but I solved them in the end. Most importantly I didn’t use a walkthrough! In Portal, if you get stuck all you got to do is keep on moving around the test chamber until you see the puzzle in a different way. I did that (and stayed calm and didn’t throw my controller across the room) and I ended up solving puzzles I got stuck on and it feels pretty good when you’re stuck on a puzzle for 45 minutes then suddenly you get a brainwave and you solve it!

I know I can’t complain because Portal 2 is a lot longer than the first and it could be because I played it a lot on the first day but I really wish there were more puzzles to solve! I hope Portal 2 is supported with a crap load of DLC. And I haven’t had a chance to play coop yet, hopefully that will take up a lot of my time.

There isn’t much else to Portal other than voice and gameplay. It’s a really fun game. The puzzles aren’t too difficult that you get frustrated and you never feel as if it’s the games fault. I was really pleased with the ending of it too but I won’t ruin anything. If you haven’t played it, go play it. It’s a different game to others and it’s a lot of fun even if you aren’t shooting at people.


Crysis 2


Finally I have my hands on this game! I instantly fell in love with this game. It was a something different! After years of playing COD and after a few weeks playing around with Halo: Reach I needed something different and Crysis 2 is a breath of fresh air.

The campaign is great. The story line is complimented with amazing graphics. Light pours over scenery like water over rocks in a waterfall. The music is amazing, getting Hans Zimmer in on the job was a good choice. The campaign plays a little like a Call of Duty campaign but more complex because of the nanosuit capabilities. Campaigns and singleplayer modes in video games are becoming less and less important as players are more interested in multiplayer and pwning noobs but the singleplayer is a must in this game, even if you don’t care about the plot you must play it just to see how amazing the world looks. In some parts of the singleplayer it can be a little ‘stop and go’. A lot of the times you are required to sneak around cloaked and with the restrictions of the nanosuit it requires you to stop for a second to recharge. I don’t think this is a bad thing because it adds to the suspense in some parts of the game, will you be caught or can you make it to the elevator?

The singleplayer may look amazing but I think people are more interested in the multiplayer. It’s nothing like anyone has seen before and I  must say, I’m hooked. The multiplayer is so good, for me, it may have surpassed the best multiplayer I’ve ever played. Sure you can count on Call of Duty to make a decent, reliable multiplayer that will last but what have they done different since they started making Call of Duty games, they haven’t taken a risk. Halo can make a decent multiplayer too, with loads of different game types but none have created a game like this. It’s a challenge to get good scores in this game, it’s not one of those games where you party up with ten people and chat and play, you have to be concentrated or you will fail. It’s not like Homefront which is a noob friendly game. The multiplayer has introduced some great things that could be used in others, dog tags. The dog tags are a great way to eradicate camping. You must walk over their dead body and pick up their dog tag (callsign in Call of Duty) to start your killstreak or dog tag streak. I call it that but I don’t think it’s the official term.

You won’t see ridiculous K/D in this game. The tops of the leader board are scores usually something like, 20 – 4. A lot of people say that beginners will have trouble starting out but I’ve got to say, I’ve had a lot of early success with this game. I don’t think it’s because I’m amazing at games but because over the past couple of months when I was drooling over this game, I watched countless videos on YouTube about Crysis 2. Tips, how to’s, commentaries etc. When I was watching those videos it was clear that the key to success in this game is how you use your nanosuit. A lot of people say, “I rush a lot in Call of Duty so I use armour the most,” this person will not be very successful in this game because he isn’t using his nanosuit to it’s full potential. To be good at this game you must use all aspects of your nanosuit well. I’ll be posting a tips article on Crysis 2 multiplayer.


If I had a penny every time I played Minecraft…


You may have already heard about Minecraft, if you haven’t then stop reading and go download it. Whenever you think this game is about to get boring a new update comes out or you discover something new. For the retards who haven’t stopped reading I’ll explain Minecraft. You are dropped in a world with nothing but the clothes on your back and you guessed it, you have to mine. This may be true but it’s a little bit more complex than that. During the day you

Player looking at his world.

must build (especially on your first night or things can get hairy) and gather resources. During the night you can either fight, sleep mine whilst  the zombies, creepers, (exploding penis’) skeletons and spiders lurk in the darkness.

The game doesn’t have cutting edge graphics like other games out there but to be honest, I wouldn’t want it any other way. The world is built out of cubes, including yourself. It makes the game so simple yet it holds infinite possibilities. The way you create things is easy and it makes you wonder why no other game has done it before. To create objects like weapons, tools and furniture you make the shape of the object in a workbench using the cubes that you have collected. Incredibly simple and without a guide of some sort it’ll take you a while before you discover everything in the game as there is no tutorial.

New updates for the game are released frequently with new objects and new monsters so the game won’t get old quickly. My friends and I have been playing this game for a while now and we are still as into it as we were when we mined our first bit of iron ore. If I had a penny every time I played Minecraft I would have started up my own gaming magazine already.

This game is amazing. Enough said.


I’m having a Crysis


I just realised, Crysis 2 is coming out! I haven’t played the first one but I’ve heard so many great things about it, especially the graphics. I read the storyline today and I’ve got to say it sounds great. I love the idea of the nanosuits and how they are based on a real life idea, obviously exaggerated but it just makes you think that one day the military will be running around in epically awesome suits that make you look badass. I know that the storyline continues into the next game so I thought I might as well catch up if I’m going to buy it for the XBOX 360. You may be thinking, why don’t I just play the game? Well my computer isn’t amazing, I used to have a great graphics card but it was borrowed and I later received it broken, along with the other three graphics cards that have been circulating in this household. If I could play it I wouldn’t be writing this right now.

The first Crysis didn’t do amazingly well like Call of Duty does but it sold beyond the developers expectations, it was then recommended that it would sell crap loads more if it was multi platform. Good thing Crysis 2 is multi platform or I wouldn’t give a crap about it. I’ve tried to get into PC gaming and I played a lot more PC games back when I had a Playstation and a Playstation 2 but my consoles advanced but sadly my PC didn’t. I do play World of Warcraft, well I played my free month but I intend to carry on this summer.

All in all Crysis looks like it’ll be an amazing game, unlike movies, game sequels are usually better. I’ve seen some of the online gameplay and it looks pretty fun. I hope to play this game in the future and maybe get a review up.