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Spider-Man: Friend Or Foe
This game is great., but for one reason only.
Visuals - OKGameplay - RepetitiveDifficulty - Easy
What made this game for me is the co-op. I've been gaming since the days of the atari (nearly 30 years...wow). I have a 6 year old son just getting into gaming and he likes to play co-op games with me. The problem is, local co-op games that are easy for children to play are thin on the ground - even the lego games will penalise you with loss of studs when the inevitable death comes along. In this game, it doesn't matter how many times your partner dies. As long as one of you keeps it together, you'll progress and get those achievements!
So, for the single fact this game is great for a parent and child to do a bit of bonding, without the frustration of you expecting your 6 year old to suddenly turn into an uber gamer, I give it 4 stars.
If you don't fall into the category described, you won't like the game. Unless you play for points. In which case this is an easy 1000 points.
Left 4 Dead (Left For Dead)
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I think this game came onto my radar around about February. The appeal? Valve. These guys don't seem capable of making a bad game.
This game is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best game of 2008. 4v4 Multiplayer with friends is hillarious. I thought this would come a poor second the Gears 2, but Left 4 Dead is sublime. Recommended.
Half-Life 2: The Orange Box
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Nearly finished Half Life 2. Considering how old it is, it outshines a lot of newer games for gameplay. However, at the current £16 sale price, this represents tremendous value for money just for Portal.
A solid thumbs up from me.
Bully: Scholarship Edition
I'm stunned at the odd review here saying 'omg th1s is borin'. I can only assume shooting people in Halo 3/COD 4/Gears of War has meant their attention span has been rotted to the point that anything taking more than 3 minutes is too much of a challenge.
This game is great. I bought it last month and 100%'ed it yesterday. It's funny, challenging, frustrating at times (due to my slow hands!) and well structured. I bought GTA IV and whilst I was stunned at the beauty and size of the game, it's so big, it's too much to handle if you're a casual gamer with other responsibilities taking time away from playing (wife, kids, etc.).
Bully is manageable in size. Not small, just not as vast as GTA. Highly recommended. I'm a little sad I have nothing else to do on it!
Dancing Stage Universe (includes Dance Mat)
Before I start, I should point out I'm a man in his mid-thirties who really should know better. However, rythmn games have always appealed so I pre-ordered this game a long time ago thinking it would be guitar hero with feet. Sadly I was wrong!
The main plus point is the game will burn calories (and can tell you how many calories you've burned). Any game that helps with fitness is a plus point in my book. The dancemat is robust and responsive - a lot better than I'd anticipated. The basic premise of stepping on arrows to music is a lot more fun than I could ever describe.
The first major flaw is a complete lack of instructions for all the game modes. There's also a lot of direct-from-japanese language in the game that doesn't make sense.
The seizure inducing backgrounds are way too much. At times it also makes it difficult to read the upcoming steps. This can make certain game modes highly frustrating (such as hitting 100 steps without error).
All in all I'd give this a 6/10. Good but not great. If you've never bought a rythmn game, I'd start with guitar hero. This is a pleasant deviation, but not much else.
Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
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Unquestionably the game of the year.
I played Halo 3, enjoyed it for a while and then moved on. This game will be a regular feature in my online gaming time for months to come.
Single player is fantastic. Immersive, good storyline and visually stunning.
This is an absolute must buy game.
Scene It? The Movie Trivia Game (includes 4 Scene It? Big Button Wireless Pads)
For £40 including the controllers, this is a value for money game. Achievements are quite easy (if you're into that kind of thing) and the fact the game memorises which questions its already asked to avoid repetition is a great feature.
The only downside to the game is the cut sequences between questions which at first are OK to look at, but can be a bit annoying after a while. The one feature they should have included is the option to click past the waffle.
All in all a good game to play and one all the family will enjoy. A pleasant change from monopoly on christmas day, perhaps!
Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock (3) (with Wireless Guitar Controller)
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Loved GH2 and still play it now. I imported GH3 because I couldn't wait for the 23rd (It was released on the 28/10 in the states).
The game is different, but still fantastic. I'd say on balance it's easier and that seems to be a fairly consistent statement from people that have played both games. Don't let that put you off though. GH3 is a fantastic game - the online play (although presently a little glitchy) is worth it alone.
If you've never played a GH game and are worried about spending out a lot of money for one game, don't be. You'll be playing this for months to come. Also, don't be suprised if your non gaming friends go out and buy a 360 just to play this themselves. It's happened a few times at my house!
Finally, don't like the music? You'll be suprised how much this game will open your ears up to music you never thought you'd listen to. Also, you play them so often, you really get to like them!