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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PlayStation Vita)
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As a complete and absolute NOOB with fighting games, i was a bit worried I would buy this and end up disliking it like most other fighting games I have tried over the years.
But I had always wanted to play Super Smash Bro's, but was put off by the fact it is on Wii.
Now PS3 has its own version and it is a lot of fun and very accessible for noobs and experts a like. A lot of online reviews have made out that the control mechanism is overly complicated, but I fail to see why? I have had no issues playing both offline and online with this game and the controls are very tight, easy to use accurate.
- The visuals are amazing on both Vita and PS3.- The locations you fight in are a live, beautiful, well animated, varied, layered and full of PS3 throw-backs.- As mentioned above, the controls seem easy to me - unsure of why expert reviewers have said otherwise?- The man story can be completed for each character in little under 15 minutes each making replay very nice.- The difficulty levels seem spot on to me with easy being easy and hardest given a challenge, but nothing mind-numbing.- The selection of characters is very impressive with each one playing very differently and feeling different.- You can customise your characters skin, intro and outro videos and sound effects.- You can customise your profile.- There is a tone to unlock in regards to skins, icons and backgrounds, etc etc.- Your characters all level up which give a nice sense of progression.- The online gaming was stable and fun (although the vita version takes longer to get started).
- YOU GET THE PS3 AND VITA version for the price of ONE!!- Your character progress on the PS3 is translated to your VITA also... (required internet connection), so you can move between both and progress will continue.
- I found one bug on the Vita version where the Vita will go into sleep mode when trying to load an offline or online game because the Vita doesn't seem to recognize the game is still active. It doesn't ruin anything, but you have to press the power button to wake it up and get back into the game.
- Some characters are NOT very useful. I love using Kratos, but personally found Nathan Drake to be completely useless when aiming his gun or using his super level 1.
The only difference I have found between the PS3 and Vita are the graphics slightly and the menu system layout. The layout on the Vita does all the same things, but is is blueish where as the PS3 is greenish. I personally prefer the layout of the Vita menu system better.
This is the first time I have continued to play a fighting game and not become bored after finishing the story mode. A very impressive, easy to pick up and play, and get into game.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
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Skylanders: Giants - Booster Pack
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Before reading any further, if you are trying to decide between the "starter pack" or the "booster pack" take one major thing in consideration!
** The new Portal of Power which comes with the Skylanders Giant's start pack is a USB CONNECTED and DOES NOT require batteries at all - making it a massive reason to upgrade!!! **
I absolutely loved the first game and only stopped playing for ONE simple reason - the batteries kept running out and they have finally fixed this ONE negative aspect of the game.
So even if you already own a portal of power from the first game, it is actually good value for money to buy the new starter pack again for Giants because 1) You get 3 new characters 2) You get a portal of power which is USB powered and 3) its actually the same price as the booster pack anyway on Amazon at least.
Why they didn't do this in the first place is beyond me?
Anyway the game itself...
The game works and feels almost exactly like the last one except the odd change and mostly improvements.If you loved the first one like I did, you will love this one even more.
- The story is slightly shorter but its still lengthy story campaign.- A new max level of 15 with old and new characters.- More abilities to unlock for old characters.- The ability to play on easy, normal, hard or even harder setting if you choose.- Slightly crisper and nicer graphics.- The in-game movies have been improved a lot visually, but still the lip-syncing is a completely off.- They have removed the shaking of the stick to open boxes and now its just bashing the 'A' button instead.- Now Kaos is a lot less annoying a character to listen to on screen!- The new Giants are beautifully made, just like the previous toys.- The Giants have eyes and certain parts which light up when on the portal.- The new POP actually lights up at the bottom now and again it is now USB connected!!
You also have a whole new set of season 2 characters which have orange bases and new stances (but are basically the same existing characters standing differently).
They have also added a whole bunch of new features which just improve on the game as a whole.
- You can now spend your ingame gold on stuff..... imagine that!!- You can buy hats, challenges and other items so all that gold saved up from the previous game can be used now.
Skylanders is one a game which is easy to mock and insult because it comes off as an attempt to make money out of kids and parents and yes it is! But it can't be ignored that Skylanders is actually a very well designed, built and thought-out product.
It works and its great and now that the POP is USB powered there really is nothing I can honestly say is negative about the game.... except if your a parent with kids... I feel sorry for you.
Skylanders: Giants - Starter Pack
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Game Of Thrones: Season 1 Box Set (5 Discs)
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If you haven't read the books, then you must. They contain a lot more story which can actually help flesh out situations and characters. The TV show can be a bit confusing if you dont know the books as a result.
But HBO has done an astounding job putting this onto TV.
This is the best book adaptation I've ever watched, as it runs so close to the book.
The picture and sound quality on the Blue ray are amazing, and that goes without saying. You get lots of extras.
But I would recommend buying this now (24-06-12) before HBO stops selling the current prints, and re-edits the entire box set and the final episode due to the George Bush situation (google that).
Get it now, before HBO butchers the final episode!
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure - Starter Pack
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Ok im not a child, but I still love this game.
Granted the graphics are nothing amazing. Infact they are kind of dated, but the gameplay is spot on. Its a great game to just pick up, play and get an hour or two of fun out of it.The story line leaves a lot to be desired, but its enough to drive the game forward.
The main side being the toy and portal mechanism...
...it works! Its so simple and yet it makes the game so much more fun. You can almost instantly change a different character into the game, level up, collect gold and swap over again.
All the characters have a different feel to them, a different look, element, fighting style and so on. They all level to 10 (pretty clickly) and have a pretty large number of abilities and upgrades to buy.
But you have to accept that if you buy this... you WILL end up buying more toys. If you want to play this game 100% you will need at least one toy of each element to unlock all areas in each chaptor.
It will be expensive... but you have to accept that if you wish to play this game. Its stupidly addictive how the game makes you want to buy more.
You have to give them credit for creating such a simple and yet effective marketting scheme.
Be warned... this is a great and simple game.... which will make you want to buy more. Dont buy it if you are worried about that side. But otherwise its a great game.
Dead Space / Dead Space 2: Aftermath Double Pack (2 Discs)
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Its hard to recommend this to anyone who isn't a fan of the Deadspace games (extraction, one and two) like myself because the stories in each film can only really be appreciated if you know the games.
The stories in each are simple enough and tell interesting and well written stories about how the marker was found, and what happens to after Deadspace1.
(Note the picture is miss-leading. The case isn't a card-board box containing two slip-cases. The item actually comes in one slip-case which holds two discs inside. I was a bit suprised and pleased to find it wasn't as shown)
This one is a bit hard to place within continuity, because I assume it occurs at the same time as DeadSpace: Extraction (the on rails shooting game). But its hard to understand how the events of Extraction could fit around the events of Downfall because you would have expected the two stories to interact.
But this may be because Downfall was released before Extraction, and they didn't take it into account too well, but im unsure.
But in terms of story, it basically tells how the marker was found and finds it way onto the first ship in orbit and the events which lead up to the entire ship being over-run.
It does a great job of showing scenes and characters which we are introduced to in DeadSpace1 and fleshes their characters out more and helps explain why the ship was there and how it got into the state it in.
The animation is top notch and looks great in high definition.
Personally, I found the story in Aftermath to be a lot better then Downfall, but unfortunately found the 3D animaton style used inbetween the different stories to be BAD.
They could have quite easily done the entire film in the same animation style, as hand drawn and it would have worked a lot better. The 3D animation is quite honestly shocking.
But in contrast... the hand drawn animation is beautiful for the most part.
The story here tells about what happens after DeadSpace1 ends, and how Issac ends up on the space station in DeadSpace2. I found the story to be much better here and alot more original.
If there is one issue with both these films, is that they don't do anything different. In essence, all the Deadspace games and these two films are based around the same thing.
A colony, ship or space station becomes infected somehow and people then have to survive. That works, but after 3 games and 2 films doing the same thing... it can grind.
But it works.
Watch these films, inbetween playing the games and you will get a lot more from it.
To watch them as stand alone films... without the games... you may find it harder to connect.
Pokemon: Black Version
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This is the first Pokemon game i've ever played and now I see what all the hype was about. Its obviously a game aimed at children, and there isn't anything that deep going on... but its stupidly addictive.
To the previous reviewer who said:
"absolute newcomers will spend days learning the in's and out's."
That isn't true at all from my experience. I found that as a newcomer I was able to pick the game up and understand the mechanics easily, within minutes. The game does a good job of easing you in and to be honest... there isnt much to learn.
Unless you are competing online, and playing against real people, there isn't anything complicated, confusing or difficult to learn as part of the offline storymode.
You can basically just pick 6 pokemon which seem cool, powerful and fun to use... level them up high enough and win most of the gym battles and collect/defeat wild pokemon easily.
I've managed to get all 8 badges without using any special items (except the experience related ones) or even teaching them any unique abilities from my bag.
Most pokemon seem very easy to catch, as long as you knock their health down and use a strong pokeball. I havent even had to sleep most of them.
The storyline is pretty good, if not a bit long winded at times, and feels quite mature for a childrens game. The graphics arent going to blow you away, but this is a DS game, but their nice and cute and show whats going on nicely.
But this doesnt mean this is always an easy game.... there are times, even when fighting wild pokemon or gym leaders when you will get a tough fight or they get frustrating in some fashion.
But if your pokemon is high enough, and you have heals and revives you can defeat most anything easily.
This game is basically about having a massive world map, where you constantly fight wild pokemon, trainers, gym leaders or someone or something else. Thats it! Thats all it amounts up to, but its weirdly addictive.
The only slightly complicated side comes when knowing what all the items do in your bag that you collect, or knowing what ability to train a pokemon with. But unless you are doing online fights... you dont really have to worry about that too much.
Trading is also easy. Just find a creature you can't get in the alternative version, and offer it for trade for something you want or can't find... and someone will give it to you.
Over all... a good, time consuming game.
Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds
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I've played other recent fighing games before, but was put off by the sheer hardness of pulling of any kind of attack.
Then I heard MVC3 had a simple mode and was finally relieved. After having played through the Arcade mode several times, and having tried some online play (which im rubbish at), I can say the simple mode is a breath of fresh air.
I'm not a massive fighting game person, but i've always wanted one I could get into easily and pretty much everyone I know is playing this.
MVC3 offers that. Admittadly I havent tried it in normal yet, but I know that will take more training and practice, but tbh... simple mode does me.
The Arcard (storymode) isnt much of a story mind. Its just 6 tounds and then you fight the end boss, who on easy is easy to take down.
There are lots of unlock using PP (Player points) which are easy to earn from fights, such as different endings for the characters who lay the fnal blow on Galactus, character models, bios, etc etc.
I also found the existing character selection pretty good. Id never played MVC2 so I dont see any issues there. The only gripe i'm annoyed with is that (right now) it seems its around -3.99 EACH to download ONE new DLC character. Thats a rip off tbh.
Graphics wise... it looks awesome. It not amazing and the character animations arent astounding, but it does look very nice. The areas you fight in arent that varied, but there are enough to break up the choice.
The Online, from what I can tell, is stop on and easy to get into.
You also have a character card where it shows all your wins, looses, displays an icon and badge (which you cna change a you unlock moe) etc etc.
All round, a nice package and easy to play.
Nintendo 3DS Console - Cosmos Black
This is from the perspective of someone who has never owned a DS before and always wanted one. I held out because I wanted to wait for a version with better visuals and now we have one.
Generally speaking the machine is great... the build feels sturdy, the controls all feels great with the thumb-sticks in the right place and the buttons all in perfect loctions. Everything is easy to use and access. It loads up very quickly from power on and powers down fast.
The user interface works great, with everything nicely layed out and its all easy to opperate and use. The system runs nice and fast too, no bad delays in repsonse times and anything like that.
The touch screen works greet and the pen slots into the back to hold it when not being used. It all looks, feels and functions great.
I've only played Pokemon Black on it so far, so havent seen the best of the visuals, but looking at online photos you can see what it can do.
Now the 3D... the main selling point... basically... it works!!!
Its like looking at a moving, persistant, full colour, hologram. And the viewing angle isnt as small or bad as people say it is. You don't have to have it at an uncomfortable angle and you do have room to wiggle your head to an extent. You also dont get the ghosting that you do in the cinema using glasses, as its a different technology.
But if you dont want 3D you can easily turn it off with the switch, and even without the 3D turned on, this is still an impressive handheld device.
The only small issue is obviously the battery life, which isnt massive.
But unless you plan to travel for long distances or use this outside the house for long periods of time... it should be ok. For using in the house, its great. You have an easy to use docking station to charge it up too. Chances are though, that 3rd party companies will release better batteries to replace the existing one anyway.
You also get a 2GB memory card with the unit... which is impressive. That isnt something most companies provide!