….you bought all 5 of the Fallout 3 DLC expansions. On October 1st, Microsoft will be sending out a token to those cats who showed Fallout 3 that extra love, or let it make you it’s ho (like me!). On it’s own the theme is 240 Microsoft points on the Xbox Live Marketplace, which translates to 3 bux real ends I think….I dunno, I like the themes and all, but dang M$, that is steep.
What’s this? Two reviews back to back? Gots to make up for last week peeps, and while downloadable games are usually the ‘bite size’ type, this one is as long as any retail game, longer if you decide to dig deeper. I’m talkin Shadow Complex, another title off the Xbox Live Arcade, it’s goes for 1200 points AKA 15 dollaz….and I’m just gonna put it on front street here, this game sucked up most of my weekend, so a 9.5/10 for me as I had an incredible time with it.
The Good – More ol skool channeling happening, in the spirit of a Metroid/Castlevania. It’s a side scrolling action platformer(also with up and down scrolling)…in a nutshell, lots of shooting, lots of jumping, lots of searching for goodies. The graphics take on Unreal Engine 3 to do it’s dirty work, so we got silky smooth animation and a nice 3D sheen goin on. Good voice acting, some may recognize the star’s voice as the guy from Uncharted and the latest Prince of Persia, the dude just comes off as a likable hero. The gameplay is easy to pick up and is tight and responsive, as long as your timing is on point, your guy will pull off everything you want him to. Shooting is a ton of fun, headshots make your enemies fly back in a satisfying way that doesn’t get old. Going in to some rooms, you have options on how to handle situations, such as sneaking in and dropping explosives, or just guns/grenades blazing, this adds tons of depth to the battle system. The real hook for me here is how the game doles out upgrades and abilities, it’s simply addicting and fun. You start the game as a camper with a flashlight and by the end you are one bad-ass soldier with a super gun, grenades, missles, a hook, armor, etc. It’s a long game and well worth the money, I finished the campaign in about 7hrs, and decided to go back and find all the hidden upgrades for like another 5 hrs, I found it to be that fun.
The Bad – I think it’s pretty obvious that I love this game, so there’s not much I feel I can put here….but, since not every gamer is the same…Some may not like having to go to rooms multiple times to get things that were out of reach before. A ton of spots will be locked or just a too far jump away, it’s not till you start upgrading that you can go back and grab all the good stuff. Some items are a little too hidden, some crawl spaces suffer from that as well. Being a downloadable game, texture map quality of the graphics isn’t the best when the camera zooms in for cut-scenes.
The Ugly – How addicted to this game I got….seriously, when I finished the campaign, I said what the heck, let’s go back and try to get some more stuff…every time I found an upgrade, I just HAD to find one more.
Here’s a title off the Xbox Live Arcade, I think it’s a lot of fun and well worth the Microsoft space bucks(800 points AKA 10 bux). On the Richie Raw scale I’m gonna go with an 8/10.
The Good – Here’s a title that channels the ol skool, as in it’s a side-scrolling platform game. You play as a science experiment gone wrong, your body is a constant burning cinder as you try to get through huge laboratory style levels. As Splosion Man, you have to jump and try to solve your way around platform puzzles, kinda like some of the old Sonic The Hedgehog levels, except it’s not jumping, you “splode” to send your character boosting from one spot to the next. There’s about 50 levels or so that will keep you busy, for the most part the levels are quick, lasting no more than a few minutes. Some are even thrilling in that you get thrown around at insane speeds wondering how the heck did you make it from point A to point B, others are just brain teasers, some are very timing based, all keep you on your toes. So yeah, some solid hand-eye cordination is gonna be a must. Nice, sharp, colorful graphics. The music is quirky and reminiscent of the old Looney Tunes shows, the game’s got humor in that style as well, sometimes making me laugh out loud. Once you get on a roll of beating levels, it feels quite satisfying.
The Bad – The difficulty level….for one, it’s uneven. It goes from a fun challenge, to unfair, pull your hair out type of hard, back to fun challenge again. Maybe my hand-eye coordination isn’t tight enough, but sometimes I feel the timing of some jumps don’t exactly match to when I press the button, it’s very frustrating at times.
The Ugly – If you die alot of times in a level, the game offers you the “Way Of The Coward” option, which instantly skips you to the next level…ugly? When you start that next level, your character is wearing a tutu.
Good: Nazi Zombies level. Fight off the invasion from inside a bunker or a mansion house or one of four other locations. OH MY GOOD BABY LORD JESUS. As you can tell this game was indeed MADE FOR ME. This is quite possibly the most perfect game upgrade ever. It doesn’t cost a thing to get the first one but the next three are each gonna cost ya pointage. So what though, ZOMBIES! Seriously can anything be better than simplicity of killing zombies and not having to worry about traversing an entire level. You simply have to defend a set position from approaching zombies through as many waves as possible. It’s brilliant because its simple and fun. As you kill zombies and fix barriers to keep the nasty undead out you get cash that you can spend to upgrade weapons, buy more ammo, or unlock more areas to exploration.
Bad: Nothing…seriously. The game itself is already on my top ten all time must haves, now it has moved to my top 10 must have never going to trade in games.
Ugly: I haven’t played any of the online multiplayer maps because I cannot break away from the zombie levels. I mean seriously so bad I almost didn’t go to work this morning. Also I don’t believe Ive showered in a few days. Hmm maybe thats why nobody at work will talk to me.
Seriously. LurkerBelow and AtomicZombie fueled by Mountaindew and BBQ sammiches cannot be stopped by Zombies. NOTHING CAN STOP US! Except maybe a severe lack of really good BBQ joints in Philadelphia.
Road trip to Texas?
Rockstar Games announced today that we’ll see the latest GTA IV dlc on Xbox360, “The Ballad of Gay Tony”, dropping on October 29th. We’ll also be getting “The Lost and the Damned” bundled with “The Ballad of Gay Tony” on disc without the need to have the GTA IV disc to play. They’re calling it “Grand Theft Auto:Episodes From Liberty City”. According to Joystiq, the download will be coming in at 1600 microsoft points, or 20$ to us humans, and $39.99 for the disc compilation. The GTA freak in me is getting hyped…
We’ve mentioned this on the last podcast….I didn’t know if it was out or not, but here’s the real skinny. On May 12th, Xbox Live brings us “See The Future” for Fable 2, at 7 bux(or 560 MS points) we get new quests, items, and some new doggies…..now I just gotta get back into the game and experience the goodness Fable 2 delivers 😉