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GBU DLC Game Review for Lost in Nightmares (Resident Evil 5) (Xbox360)

Here you get to play through what was just a flashback for Chris in the main game. Being a huge Resident Evil fan, I’ve always maintained that I really liked RE5, but didn’t love it. Upon reflection though, it was a damn fine game once you got over the flaws. At 5 bux and available for the platforms that RE5 showed up on(not sure about the PC version though), this DLC is totally worth it and warrants a 9/10 from the double R.

The Good – The setting takes you back to a mansion that’s very reminiscent of the one in the first game. Except with all the modern audio/visual upgrades introduced in RE5, and man, this is still one damn fine looking game. Very impressive. You get teamed up with Jill again, giving you a welcome throwback feeling. The zombies make a brief appearance bringing some awesome jump scares. Speaking of scares, while the main game was pretty much devoid of any creepiness, this DLC brings the creepy back, and it’s good. My first time through, it took me just over an hour to complete. Once you know what to do, or if you’re an expert, it’ll probably take you a half hour.

The Bad – You can’t save your game….WTF?!?…yeah I know it’s short, but sometimes you gotta turn off the game man. If I’m taking my time and I’m a half hour in, I don’t wanna have to do it again later….which did happen to me. Whatever RE5 issues you’ve had, controls or whatever, won’t be any different here.

The Ugly
– Man, I wish all of RE5 was like this….I had a good time, it was creepy, gorgeous, and made me miss the days when you can easily find a creepy game.

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February 25, 2010 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU DLC Game Review for Lost in Nightmares (Resident Evil 5) (Xbox360)

GBU for “The Darkness” (Xbox360,PS3)

I was thinking about how I still need to play through the 360 version of Chronicles of Riddick, not enough time these days, so soon hopefully. Then it made me think of the last game I played from the developers of Riddick, Starbreeze Studios, a lil number called The Darkness. This came out almost exactly 2yrs ago, I played it on the 360.

The Good – Compelling first-person shooter/adventure in which you play a mobster on his 21st birthday who just happens to have a hit put out on him from his boss. At the same time something evil known as The Darkness awakens in you which adds an interesting twist to it’s standard first-person shooting gameplay, the ability to combine the shooting with supernatural powers such as tentacles to thrash your enemies and a group of little demons who help to do your bidding. Powers and abilities upgrade as you move along the storyline. The graphics, sound/music, story, voice acting all combine in creating an atmosphere that I can best describe as The Sopranos meets Tales from the Crypt, weird, but it’s interesting. The adventure portion has you strolling parts of New York, riding the subways, meeting with your girlfriend and family, running errands and more with an open world feel. It all helps to flesh out the characters and story, even makes you care about some characters. Some levels take place in what seems to be hell, helps to keep things fresh.

The Bad – It doesn’t take long for the open world portions to feel restrictive, since they are. Some objectives aren’t explained well, so you can keep wandering the streets and subways wondering just what the heck do you have to do. While everything visually happens in-game such as cut-scenes, your character is shown combining powers in bad ass ways to destroy his enemies, you just can’t do them yourself. You have to stick to the dark for your powers and such to regenerate, while it makes sense in the narrative, it can be frustrating gameplay-wise at times. Multiplayer portion is mediocre, the development time on that would’ve been better spent on improving flaws in the single player campaign.

The Ugly – Having your character devouring enemies hearts to improve his powers, nasty!

June 18, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , | 3 Comments

GBU for Burnout Paradise (PS3)

This game came out for the PS3 and Xbox360 in Jan. of 08, and has just been released on PC this past Feb. It’s been constantly updated with new modes and vehicles, some free, some for a price, the support from the developer has been great.

The Good – Intense arcade style racing gameplay. Graphics have a fast, silky smooth framerate. Car wrecks seem to be randomly generated and are some of the most spectacular of any game.The sense of speed is exhilarating, the satisfaction from wrecking other cars is second to none. Open world design keeps objectives fresh, almost every intersection is a race, time lap, stunt run, or wrecking competition(road rage) that can start any time you pull up to one. You can stop an objective any time just by pulling over.

The Bad – Uneven challenge in some of the modes for some people perhaps, example, I just can’t seem to get very good at the stunt runs, yet some are experts. I’m pretty good at road rage though. Huge soundtrack is hit or miss. While the challenges show up on the mini map, there’s no waypoint marker that you can set, so if you want a specific challenge, you look at the map and try to remember where it is, or keep pulling up the map, checking till you get there. Due to the open world design, a regular race can easily be lost by taking a wrong turn which can be frustrating sometimes.

The Ugly – When you play online, you can keep a camera attached to the system(xbox vision or playstation eye), the system snaps a photo when you lose a race so your opponent can see your loser face :-p

June 8, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

GBU for Wolverine (XBOX360)

Not quite finished this game yet, but pretty far, I think I can give it a fair shake though. If anything changes my opinion by the end, I’ll update this accordingly.

The Good – Fast paced action of the hack-n-slash variety that’s easy to pick up. God of War like in it’s approach to gameplay, which is a good thing. Fun moves and combos with a leveling system that gets deeper as you go along. Graphics based on Unreal Engine 3, Wolvie himself looks slick, it captures Hugh Jackman perfectly. Wolverine’s healing effect from the X-Men movies are rendered here perfectly, as Wolvie is shot, blown up, etc…you’ll see his insides and adamantium covered bones in all sorts of random ways, then he regenerates(heals) right before your eyes, it’s jaw dropping the 1st time you see it. Environments from the jungles of Africa, to the Weapon X facility, etc, are huge and nicely detailed. Way gory, but in a way that makes sense, you’re a guy with indestructible claws on your hands for weapons fer cryin out loud. Stick this one in the stress reliever category for it’s mindless fun.

The Bad – Can get pretty repetitive, there’s plenty of moves at your disposal, but you’re not really challenged to try different things…so it’s up to you as to how deep the gameplay can get. Bosses….so far, they all seem to require the same strategy which gets tedious and, well, repetitive. Graphics don’t always have a spitshine, some things up close show some ugly jaginess, framerate will dip sometimes when there’s lots of things happening onscreen, screen tearing rears it’s ugly head sometimes too.

The Ugly – Overall, I think it’s really fun, but not worth 60$…I’d buy it for 40$, like it is on PC. That’s what’s ugly to me, this licensing fee on console games that smacks us poor consumers, grrrr `_´

May 20, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , | 1 Comment