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Army Corps of Hell - PlayStation Vita
Army Corps of Hell - PlayStation Vita
Price: $17.99
50 used & new from $11.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing spectacular, but overall a decent game., February 28, 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
First off, by no means is this game a full price purchase, twenty dollars or less is a perfect price point for it.

As I said in the title, this game isn't a must play by any means, but it's also not an avoid like the plague title either. It's fun and entertaining, but also pretty simple and extremely repetitive.

This game is better to be played in short intervals, not long continuous streaks, because it does get old fast. Truthfully this game would be perfect for cellphones, it just seems like it would be a better fit.

The controls are simple and for the most part pretty fluid, nothing too complicated there. The graphics are OK, nothing that's going to blow you away.

One of the biggest selling points, at least for me, was the soundtrack. If you enjoy heavy music then you'll be right at home in hell.

Michael
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 31, 2012 3:11 PM PDT


Shadows of the Damned - Xbox 360
Shadows of the Damned - Xbox 360
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $19.54
61 used & new from $5.28

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for something different to play, then this is it., August 12, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Shadows of the Damned is a very unique game. It's kind of crass, so you must have a good and sick sense of humor when playing it to really enjoy it to the fullest. If you're one of those tight butt PC people who blush when someone tells a dirty joke, then you may want to avoid it. It's kind of like playing Resident Evil while tripping on acid. It's a lot of fun and worth at least taking it for a test drive.


Shadows of the Damned - Playstation 3
Shadows of the Damned - Playstation 3
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $21.80
56 used & new from $10.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for something different to play, then this is it., August 12, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Shadows of the Damned is a very unique game. It's kind of crass, so you must have a good and sick sense of humor when playing it to really enjoy it to the fullest. If you're one of those tight butt PC people who blush when someone tells a dirty joke, then you may want to avoid it. It's kind of like playing Resident Evil while tripping on acid. It's a lot of fun and worth at least taking it for a test drive.


Duke Nukem Forever - Playstation 3
Duke Nukem Forever - Playstation 3
Price: $8.87
189 used & new from $0.01

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent addition the the Duke Nukem family., June 15, 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I would give this game three and a half stars, but since I can't I figured I would be generous and go with four. It's not a must play game by any means, but it's also not fit to be a beer coaster either. It's an enjoyable experience, but honestly you're feelings towards the franchise as a whole would will be the deciding factor as to if you should pick it up now, or wait.

This game has been in development for over ten years, so for someone to say with a straight face that this game feels dated, really needs to put things in prospective. Anyone with any common sense wouldn't expect this to be a FPS of this generation, it just goes without saying, at least I would assume.

If you are a Duke Nukem fan and/or just a fan of the 90's style FPS all together, than you'll most likely enjoy this game. The game isn't without it's faults, but for what it is, it's not too bad. It's very tongue and cheek and by no means does it try to hide that fact, if anything it smashes it in your face like a clown with a cream pie.

Would I recommend this game to someone who exclusively plays games like Call of Duty and Halo, probably not, but for someone with a diversified palate in gaming this may just satisfy.

In today's day and age the old school gets no respect, however as the latest Mortal Kombat showed, there's nothing wrong with going back to a different time for the sake of nostalgia. I'm not saying every genre should jump on the old school band wagon, or even that they need to, but in my opinion there's nothing wrong with attending a class every now and then.

Now on to the game itself, which by the way I've only played the single player campaign so that is all I'm reviewing.

First issue, which honestly really isn't that much of an issue for me personally, but other's may not agree, is the graphics. Again, they are dated but considering when this game was started I would have to say it was pretty much expected that this wouldn't compare to Crysis 2. Truthfully it's not the graphics that make the game anyway, sure it makes for a prettier package, but over all as we all know it's the gift inside that makes the present something special.

Second would be the story, the backdrop and pretty much all the dialog are of a very immature nature. Someone looking for a deep story and well developed characters may want to move along, there's nothing here to see. However f you're not one of those "butts so tight they squeak" kind of people and you're able to let your inner child out to play then you'll be fine. It's light hearted and meant to be played with a smile on your face.

Finally, this by no means is a run and gun kind of game, there is a lot of down time and the story does move along at a slow pace, especially in the beginning. So if you're an action junkie, who wants all the explosions and bullets flying all over the place nonstop, then again this is not for you.

Bottom line, if you're a fan of the series take the risk, the game is a lot of fun. If you have no idea who Duke Nukem is, then you may want to wait until the price drops.
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Duke Nukem Forever - Xbox 360
Duke Nukem Forever - Xbox 360
Offered by Galactics
Price: $10.65
259 used & new from $0.01

6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent addition to the Duke Nukem Family., June 15, 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I would give this game three and a half stars, but since I can't I figured I would be generous and go with four. It's not a must play game by any means, but it's also not fit to be a beer coaster either. It's an enjoyable experience, but honestly you're feelings towards the franchise as a whole would will be the deciding factor as to if you should pick it up now, or wait.

This game has been in development for over ten years, so for someone to say with a straight face that this game feels dated, really needs to put things in prospective. Anyone with any common sense wouldn't expect this to be a FPS of this generation, it just goes without saying, at least I would assume.
If you are a Duke Nukem fan and/or just a fan of the 90's style FPS all together, than you'll most likely enjoy this game. The game isn't without it's faults, but for what it is, it's not too bad. It's very tongue and cheek and by no means does it try to hide that fact, if anything it smashes it in your face like a clown with a cream pie.

Would I recommend this game to someone who exclusively plays games like Call of Duty and Halo, probably not, but for someone with a diversified palate in gaming this may just satisfy.

In today's day and age the old school gets no respect, however as the latest Mortal Kombat showed, there's nothing wrong with going back to a different time for the sake of nostalgia. I'm not saying every genre should jump on the old school band wagon, or even that they need to, but in my opinion there's nothing wrong with attending a class every now and then.

Now on to the game itself, which by the way I've only played the single player campaign so that is all I'm reviewing.

First issue, which honestly really isn't that much of an issue for me personally, but other's may not agree, is the graphics. They are dated but considering when this game was started I would have to say it was pretty much expected that this wouldn't compare to Crysis 2. Truthfully it's not the graphics that make the game anyway, sure it makes for a prettier package, but over all as we all know it's the gift inside that makes the present something special.

Second would be the story, the backdrop and pretty much all the dialog are of a very immature nature. Someone looking for a deep story and well developed characters may want to move along, there's nothing here to see. However f you're not one of those "butts so tight they squeak" kind of people and you're able to let your inner child out to play then you'll be fine. It's light hearted and meant to be played with a smile on your face.

Finally, this by no means is a run and gun kind of game, there is a lot of down time and the story does move along at a slow pace, especially in the beginning. So if you're an action junkie, who wants all the explosions and bullets flying all over the place nonstop, then again this is not for you.

Bottom line, if you're a fan of the series take the risk, the game is a lot of fun. If you have no idea who Duke Nukem is, then you may want to wait until the price drops.


Yakuza 4 - Playstation 3
Yakuza 4 - Playstation 3
Offered by the_gamevault
Price: $63.99
41 used & new from $17.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's a lot to see and do here, so please sit back and enjoy the sights., May 17, 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
First off, this game is not for everyone, it is an acquired taste for sure. The game is along the lines of Heavy Rain and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, it plays more like playing an interactive movie more so than your typical video game.

There are a lot of cinematic cut scenes, which you can skip if you choose to, but I'm not sure why you would want to because then you would miss a good percentage of the story. The visuals are stunning, probably one of the better looking games I've seen in a while.

The game is a Japanese port, so all the spoken dialog is in Japanese with English subtitles. Just like with the cut scenes you can skip through the text (which there is an abundance of) if you wanted to, but again I'm not sure why you would, if you were even the slightest bit interested in the story.

I'm only a couple hours in and I'm just barely scratching the surface, there's a ton to do in this game, needless to say if this is your cup of tea you won't be bored. There's bowling, darts, pool and even butt kicking, a little something for everyone.

So in a nutshell, if you're a FPS faithful or not really a fan of the aforementioned titles, then you may want to pass this game by. However, if you like to try new things and enjoy playing RPG style games then give this game a try, you may be pleasantly surprised.


Bulletstorm - Playstation 3
Bulletstorm - Playstation 3
Offered by King Beardo
Price: $12.71
135 used & new from $0.69

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only time when seeing the "red ring of death" isn't a bad thing!, February 24, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Bulletstorm is a light hearted first person shooter, with a lot of over the top violence and explosive action. Basically this is what video games should be, a lot of fun and an enjoyable escape from reality. I also must add, there is a lot of cursing, however after you get into the game it really just becomes background noise and you really don't notice it much. The violence aspect is over the top, but in a very animated sense, kind of like a grownups version of Looney Tunes.

Surprisingly, the story isn't that bad. I'm not sure if it's because I wasn't really expecting much because of the type of game it is or if it was actually a good story on its own merits, but either way the bottom line is it was pretty good. There was just as much action as there was character development, you actually felt as if you were fighting for something and someone at the same time.

The AI is as dumb as a box of rocks, not really much of a challenge. This game really wasn't meant to blow you away with incredible AI, they were meant to be used as target practice and nothing more. When you hear them speak, this is made pretty evident; you're not dealing with Einstein here, more like Frankenstein.

The environments are beautifully rendered, lots of detail and variety. The character models are a little stiff but not bad, let's just say you won't be mistaking them for real people.

Believe it or not, with all that is happening on the screen during a typical gun fight, the aiming system is pretty accurate. Most of the time, you are able to pull off the desired skill shots with little to no hassle at all. The game's controls are tight, not too difficult to learn nor too complicated during the long run, ultimately pretty fluid and user friendly.

The online aspect of this game is different than most, you won't find your typical team deathmatch here. I will tell you though; the multiplayer portion is a lot more fun with friends than it is with random people. You will be entertained, but I don't know if you'll spend Call of Duty hours playing online here in the Bulletstorm world.

If I could compare this game to anything else currently on the market, it would be a mash up of MadWorld, Gears of War and Borderlands, and if you ask me borrowing elements from those titles isn't a bad thing at all. If you're looking for a good time, nothing too serious, pick this game up, you won't be disappointed.

By the way, in case you were wondering, the title is an inside joke for Xbox 360 players.

Michael


Bulletstorm - Xbox 360
Bulletstorm - Xbox 360
Offered by King Beardo
Price: $16.96
143 used & new from $2.88

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only time when seeing the "red ring of death" isn't a bad thing!, February 24, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Bulletstorm is a light hearted first person shooter, with a lot of over the top violence and lots of action. Basically this is what video games should be, a lot of fun and an enjoyable escape from reality. I also must add, there is a lot of cursing, however after you get into the game it really just becomes background noise and you really don't notice it much. The violence aspect is over the top, but in a very animated sense, kind of like a grownups version of Looney Tunes.

Surprisingly, the story isn't that bad. I'm not sure if it's because I wasn't really expecting much because of the type of game it is or if it was actually a good story on its own merits, but either way the bottom line is it was pretty good. There was just as much action as there was character development, you actually felt as if you were fighting for something and someone at the same time.

The AI is as dumb as a box of rocks, not really much of a challenge. This game really wasn't meant to blow you away with incredible AI, they were meant to be used as target practice and nothing more. When you hear them speak, this is made pretty evident; you're not dealing with Einstein here, more like Frankenstein.

The environments are beautifully rendered, lots of detail and variety. The character models are a little stiff but not bad, let's just say you won't be mistaking them for real people.

Believe it or not, with all that is happening on the screen during a typical gun fight, the aiming system is pretty accurate. Most of the time, you are able to pull off the desired skill shots with little to no hassle at all. The game's controls are tight, not too difficult to learn nor too complicated during the long run, ultimately pretty fluid and user friendly.

The online aspect of this game is different than most, you won't find your typical team deathmatch here. I will tell you though; the multiplayer portion is a lot more fun with friends than it is with random people. You will be entertained, but I don't know if you'll spend Call of Duty hours playing online here in the Bulletstorm world.

If I could compare this game to anything else currently on the market, it would be a mash up of MadWorld, Gears of War and Borderlands, and if you ask me borrowing elements from those titles isn't a bad thing at all. If you're looking for a good time, nothing too serious, pick this game up, you won't be disappointed.

By the way, in case you were wondering, the title is an inside joke for Xbox 360 players.

Michael


Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2
Offered by Isomergames
Price: $16.78
139 used & new from $3.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game...........just play the original first!, January 26, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dead Space 2 (Video Game)
The original Dead Space was a great game and in my opinion really helped put the survival-horror genre on the map. If you haven't already played it I would highly recommend you do, for two reasons. The first of course being like I stated above and second, if you plan on playing the sequel playing the first would make that experience so much better. However, not having played the first isn't necessarily a deal breaker; there is an option to watch a short video clip that sums things up from what happened the first time around.

Dead Space 2 hits the ground running, from the moment you have control of Isaac you're fighting to survive and of course jumping from fright. This game starts off right where the first left off in regard to the story, plot wise three years after the first ended to be exact. The story is interesting and adds to the Dead Space timeline seamlessly. The story draws you in, keeps you engaged and then scares the poop out of you.

The controls pretty much mirror the first, with a few added modifications. This is another area where playing the first would be beneficial, because there's not really much of a tutorial, there's a few prompts giving direction as you progress through the game. Also the in game features like the workbench, store, save stations and weapons are all introduced to you as with the assumption you're already familiar with them.

Graphically the game is gorgeous, the environments, the creatures and the settings are all beautiful. My only complaint with the graphics would be the human characters; some of them look like last gen.

Where Dead Space shines the most, is in the special effects and music area. This is what set the tune (pardon the pun) for the first and yet again they succeeded in doing the same for the sequel.

This time around they have added multiplayer to the mix, which is a unique experience to say the least but not the reason to buy this game. It's a nice addition but honestly I don't know if it would pull me away from the many other online games I'm currently playing.

Over all great game, however just as the title reads, play the original first.

Michael
PSN-Xbox Live gamer tag MikeJMele


Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2
Offered by Budget Video Games Inc.
Price: $12.74
219 used & new from $2.48

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game...........just play the original first!, January 26, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dead Space 2 (Video Game)
The original Dead Space was a great game and in my opinion really helped put the survival-horror genre on the map. If you haven't already played it I would highly recommend you do, for two reasons. The first of course being like I stated above and second, if you plan on playing the sequel playing the first would make that experience so much better. However, not having played the first isn't necessarily a deal breaker; there is an option to watch a short video clip that sums things up from what happened the first time around.

Dead Space 2 hits the ground running, from the moment you have control of Isaac you're fighting to survive and of course jumping from fright. This game starts off right where the first left off in regard to the story, plot wise three years after the first ended to be exact. The story is interesting and adds to the Dead Space timeline seamlessly. The story draws you in, keeps you engaged and then scares the poop out of you.

The controls pretty much mirror the first, with a few added modifications. This is another area where playing the first would be beneficial, because there's not really much of a tutorial, there's a few prompts giving direction as you progress through the game. Also the in game features like the workbench, store, save stations and weapons are all introduced to you as with the assumption you're already familiar with them.

Graphically the game is gorgeous, the environments, the creatures and the settings are all beautiful. My only complaint with the graphics would be the human characters; some of them look like last gen.

Where Dead Space shines the most, is in the special effects and music area. This is what set the tune (pardon the pun) for the first and yet again they succeeded in doing the same for the sequel.

This time around they have added multiplayer to the mix, which is a unique experience to say the least but not the reason to buy this game. It's a nice addition but honestly I don't know if it would pull me away from the many other online games I'm currently playing.

Over all great game, however just as the title reads, play the original first.

Michael
PSN-Xbox Live gamer tag MikeJMele


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