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GBU Game Review for Mafia II (PC)

Also on Xbox360 and PS3. I played it on PC cuz I’ve got a pretty sweet rig and the graphics on this bad boy look way better than the console versions. I give it a 7/10. A high 7 though, I wanna give it an 8, but the flaws are just a touch too heavy.

The Good – If you dig your games with a heavy Godfather/Goodfellas flavor, here you have it. A fully realized, nicely detailed world set in a 40s-50s New York like city. You play as Vito, a guy just out of the war and ready to work his way up in the mob world since “the working man is a sucker”. The gameplay is very much like a GTA, 3rd person everything, on foot, driving, that sort of thing. You take on missions of that type of variety as well…..drive so-n-so here and there, go kill this guy, go rob this place, and so on. It’s not the most original, but the gameplay overall is just fun enough to make you wanna finish the storyline.

The storyline is the star of this show, and the way it’s told as well. Heavy cut scenes before and after every mission, it’s all interesting stuff. It’s almost like an interactive movie, the dialog and voice acting are all up to snuff. If you like the way the Sopranos characters talk, you’ll be at home here. Presentation and whatnot are all top notch, radio stations in the cars play music of the time, all good stuff, and the game’s orchestral score kept me in the feel of things. Some missions have a bit of branching, meaning you can go about completing stuff in different ways.

The Bad – Sadly, there’s plenty of that here….first off, this may not be a bad thing to some people, but the game is painfully linear. Here you have a huge open world, highly detailed and all that good stuff….but….you really only have your missions to worry about. You wake up, go here, do that, go back home to finish the chapter then wake up to do it all over again. No real side activities, no doing things out of order, etc. While the shooting action can be fun, sometimes there’s just way too much of it, and you better take cover, because if you don’t, you will die….ALOT. That’s not fun. Way too much driving…..I love my driving in games, and I get it when it comes to open world games, but c’mon. When there’s really nothing to do between point A and B, driving sections should be short. Oh yeah, checkpoints, during big shootouts, blow.

The Ugly – Aww man, the ending. It is pretty unfulfilling….you would think with the cinematic quality of everything, the end would be epic. Instead of going out with a bang, it’s more of a fart :-\

GBU Game Review for Mafia II (PC)

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU Game Review for Mafia II (PC)

New Xbox 360 Buyers Guide

So you just got a new xbox 360 and you’re not staring at the wall wondering what in the world to purchase. Maybe the 59.99 new game price tag is scaring you, maybe you don’t want to pay MORE on top of the new system you just bought, maybe you have to run or you are ok with spending money for what’s considered to be the best games. Well here’s a little guide towards purchasing games for the new xbox 360 owner. I’m going to post this with the thought that my partner in crime will add something in the comments! 🙂

Away we go.

1. Gears of War Exclusive to XboxFirst person shooter, Mature Language. This is the game that really kicked off the xbox 360 craze in my book. This game is to the 360 what Halo was to the original Xbox. I read a stat that nearly all of the new consoles in the year this game out were bought with a copy of Gears of War. It’s a Third person with a switch to First person shooter set in a post apocolyptic world. You kill aliens while cursing, yelling and taking a heck of a lot of cover. The graphics are gorgeous. It’s also a moderate length game. Only the most extreme gamers will finish this in one setting though. You’re looking at 12 or so hours. The best part is that there is a good amount of replay value due to the harder settings. See Also Halo 3, Gears of War 2, Rainbow 6 Vegas, and Call of Duty.Price 19.99 used.

2. Lego Star WarsNot Exclusive to any system – RPG-light action. Family oriented. This is a wonderful game for the non shooter/blood types. Maybe you want to jump from your nintendo days into something a little more. This game is a two button game solving puzzles and jumping over spaces on your own or with a teammate. Sound familiar? The story is easy to digest and very light humor that will leave you giggling in parts. You can easily put in 80-100 hours. About 8x the normal game.You can also subsiute Lego Star Wars with Indiana jones, batman, or the new Lego Harry Potter (no release date). The Lego Star Wars one is considered to be the best of the 3 due to the following of a well known story. Price 17.99

3. Grand Theft Auto 4 – Non-exclusive to any system – Heavy Violence,Graphic Language,Sexual Content. If you loved any gta game before this, this game will drive you wild with excitement. I think our kid is still giggling over this game and it’s been a year since release. There is a MASSIVE world to run around in. You’ll do any number of jobs within the city. The radio stations are as varied as they are epic in it’s quality. The cutscenes are no joke. The violence is over the top so this is not geared towards the faint of heart. Price 39.99

4. Fallout 3 Core gameplay not exclusive to any system but DLC is exclusive for a time. Heavy Violence. We constantly talk up this game on the podcast. So much so we devoted an entire one to it. It’s extremely easy to pick up for the uninitiated gamer though it make take a hour or two to get “into” the game. It starts off slow but when it picks up, it’s an EXPLOSION. There is enormous amounts of game-play in either 3rd person or 1st person and you’re not exclusivly set to either setting. There are multiple updates for the game that cost 10$ more that add more content into the game. You can specialize your character to have abilities and weapons that make you unique in your own way. I’ve talked to multiple people on how they play the game and everyone says something different. See also : Obvilion (fantasy version) and Mass Effect. Price 54.99

5. Fable 2Exclusive to xbox360 – Mature theme’s, Action-adventure. This is a “role playing game” of sorts. To me this game is a almost 100. With the only exception being lack of clothing you are given. It’s THAT close to being perfect for me. The game-play can be challenging at times but 90% of your game-play is playing part of a wonder full fantasy story line. You are given vast expanses of land, though not as large as other games, to explore. You’re given a dog that does commands like fetch a ball or play dead….And you’re given a dog. Which is so awesome it’s worth mentioning twice. Casting spells is easy, maybe too easy, you just press and hold a button but still fun. You can make your spells stronger through leveling up screens and nearly every choice you make has a outcome on your story. It’s WoW without the addiction. There is DLC for this game but not to the extent of Fallout 3. Price 39.99 used

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Grand Theft Auto:Chinatown Wars for PSP, this fall

Rockstar Games just announced that their DS iteration on the GTA franchise, Chinatown Wars will be coming to the PSP this fall. It’ll be available on disc(UMD) as well as being downloadable from the Playstation Network. While the title seemed to be exclusive to the DS, sales apparently didn’t fare too well(hardcore games on a Nintendo system? Not too lucky), so I can only guess they wanna recoup some of the development cost. The title should be receiving graphical updates, maybe even looking as good as the PS2 games did. The last 2 GTA games on the PSP pretty much ran on the same engine and looked great, save for lower res textures and such. I played some of GTA:CW, and it’s pretty damn good if you’re a GTA fan, I’m excited to see it coming to PSP, but I’m gonna miss the cool touch screen stuff.

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Grand Theft Auto:Chinatown Wars for PSP, this fall