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PresentationComes in your standard DVD case with a detailed manual and a single DVD disc. The game menus are easy and effective.
Story & DialogsThe story in this game is very good. Its told in real time sequences, you never leave the FPS point of view during the cutscenes which really makes the game more imersive, this game is a horror versions of Half Life 2.
Puzzle DesignNot many puzzles ni the game but the little puzzles there are are very different and non repetitive..
GraphicsJaw dropping, the sign of true next gen graphics. Lets hope we see a port to Xbox 350 or PS3.
SoundThe music and sound effects are really atmopheric, it works very well for the game. Doing a better job than Doom3 & System shock.
GameplayThe fights in this game is amazing, new and fresh. You really feel like your in this world fighting this amazing AI. All levels are very different although continue the same dark theme. AI is the best ever seen (coming from the NOLF2 team, Im not surprised.)
Lasting AppealYou can replay this game 5 times and each time you'll play every scene differently due to the amazing AI. The multiplayer is solid, also being able to bullet time in multiplayer adds a good twist to it.
Last WordA milestone in the gaming industry, a sign of a brilliant game. Lets hope the Fear team will soon work on NOLF3.
9.0/10 - Superb
F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon
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Story & DialogsThe story picks up from Quake 2, and the story is averega. Quake isen't known for its epic story. Pretty much your average alien invasion story. A downside is that you dont get to play as the character you left in Quake 2.
Puzzle DesignGetting a key to open a door, rescue a medic/soldier, kill everyone. Not much in puzzles, much goes to gameplay.
GraphicsJaw dropping, the sign of true next gen graphics. PC & Xbox 360 versions are pretty close.
SoundThe music and sound effects are really atmopheric, it works for the game. Doing a better job than Doom3.
GameplayThe movement system is the same as TR1-2, a grid base system. nothing has changed other than you can use a few new ways of transport.
Lasting AppealYou'll be playing this game for a long time, and when you finish you might want to replay it and then move on to multiplayer which is the best multiplayer ever.
Last WordA milestone in the gaming industry, a sign of a brilliant game.
9.1/10 - Superb
Command & Conquer: The First Decade
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PresentationThe essence of boxing has been captured really well by the developers, comes with a nice A3 poster, manual & a bonus DVD with interviews & fan movies.
GraphicsExcellent graphics for every era that each game came from. Top-notch FMV sequences throughout the Command & Conquer Universe.
SoundThe game's soundtrack is great and the audio effects actually really good, but if you plan to replay the games for a very long while the music could get slightly annoying.
GameplayAmazing gameplay mechanics, most games stick to the formula that works, and thats a great thing.
Lasting AppealMultiplayer will keep you coming to this game forever, the gameplay balance and essence of fun is amazing, the single player of all the games are well worth a second run through, although the FPS game Renegade will get you tired extremely quickly due to extremely stupid AI.
Last WordEach and every strategy C&C game has something to offer, Westwood has created a truly amazing saga. Now how about Command & Conquer 3? ;)
8.2/10 - Great
The Longest Journey
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PresentationThe game is available in 2 different editions, a 4 disc edition and a 2 disk edition (XP friendly). The 2 disk edition uses the latest compression technology and patches for the game. It comes with a small clear manual and the game box.
Story & DialogsAn epic story, filled with amazing characters and locations, every location in this game will wow you with its lushness, the story has a few twists but delivers some serious satisfaction.
Puzzle DesignThe puzzles are very greatly design, some very well known puzzles are used and some very new and fresh puzzles are used. Only one or two puzzles are actually a bit really hard, but otherwise the game has a fairly hard/normal puzzles, great.
GraphicsTop-notch FMV sequences throughout the game, however some in game sprites might look a bit worse than some other sprites, maybe some lazyness of the developers or just what the engine was capable of. Never the less every background is full with richness and detail.
SoundThe game's soundtrack is great and the audio effects actually really good, the soundtrack in this game is so good, you would want to buy a CD and listen to the music over and over, A* material.
GameplayA basic Point 'n' Click system is used, a lot like the early adventure games. Even though the interface style is common in adventure games, the way the GUIs don't get in your way is superb, taking something old and making it better. Running around is really easy due to a skip animation key ''Esc''.
Lasting AppealLike most adventure games, this game doesn't have multiplayer. Once you finish the game you know how the story will end, but its really worth playing this game twice through because your just going to want to hear and see this magical adventure over again.
Last WordProbably the best adventure game ever, but some of the real time sprite graphical lazyness really holds it down a bit in the graphic department, overall a great and solid adventure game that should be in every gamers' home.
9/10 - Great
Unreal Tournament 2004 (DVD version)
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PresentationComes in your standard DVD case with a detailed manual and 1 DVD disc. The game menus are easy and effective.
Story & DialogsNot much of a story, your a warrior fighting in arenas for entertainment and the glory of smashing your enemies.
GraphicsCutting edge graphics engine from Epic Games, high end PC required.
SoundSound effects are good, music is pulse pumping and makes you're adrenaline go nuts combined with the amazing gameplay.
GameplayHighly addictive gameplay, improved appon Unreal Tournament 2003's gameplay.
Lasting AppealYou'll be busy with this multiplayer for hours on end, some of the best FPS gameplay here.
Last WordA great series in the FPS genre, truly a classic.
9.3/10 - Superb
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend (Classics)
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========Gameplay -Flawless and smooth gameplay, nice physics based puzzles.========
=======Graphics -Amazing enviroments that are bursting with life. Very detailed.=======
=====Sound -Very cinematic, you'll want to listen to the music over and over again.=====
=====Value - Loads of unlockables & secrets, lots of replay value.=====
Tomb Raider Legend is highly recommended for any type of gamer, there is action, adventure, exploration, humour & puzzles. The dialog is very funny in a good way, the interactive cutscenes are really fun and great too. There are 3 different dificulties, and tons of unlockables in every level. The ending is very intense & is really good, no cliff hanger. :)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Legend
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Tomb Raider Legend is highly recommended for any type of gamer, there is action, adventure, exploration, humour & puzzles. The dialog is very funny in a good way, the interactive cutscenes are really fun and great too. There are 3 different dificulties, and tons of unlockables in every level. The ending is very intense & is really good. :)