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Need for Speed Most Wanted - Playstation 3
Need for Speed Most Wanted - Playstation 3
Price: $18.90
187 used & new from $8.95

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Need for Speed: Burnout, November 29, 2012
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I really wanted to enjoy this game - I thought that, since its' predecessor (and supposed inspiration) was so much fun, that this can in no way be a disappointment. Let me start off by saying that this is not NFS, this is not Most Wanted's sequel - this is just Burnout with no story and licensed cars.

There is no semblance of a plot to be had here; the basis of the whole game is to find random cars scattered about the whole map, evade cops and compete in races - doing the latter two nets you points, which contribute to your most wanted score; once you get to a certain point, you race a most wanted car then, "shut it down", or in other words, crash it to obtain the car, after which, you just rinse and repeat until you're number 1. That's it. You do get an intro scene for each race (that you can skip), so that is kind of a plus - but I can't understand why Criterion didn't add some type of plot - it doesn't need to be complicated, just something to add motivation to the game.

One thing that you can't skip however are the crash scenes. The horrible crash scenes. Every single time you crash your car, either from scraping a concrete fence or by going through a police blockade, you will be treated to a 5 second un-skippable replay of your crash. This is only compounded by the sluggish handling in the game - it takes around 3 seconds from the time you use your analog stick, to the time it actually takes for the car to turn! It feels like i'm driving a brick with melted butter for wheels.

The use of car modifications does make the handling more manageable and the crash scenes less frequent, but these design choices are still rather infuriating - and only furthering my frustration with the game is it's horrible "rubber-banding" Slender-man style AI; no matter how far you are ahead of your opponent, he will catch up and outrun you, and if you crash (especially in the beginning of the game), then you're almost guaranteed to lose. With that said, there are some good things about this game.

Namely the aforementioned car mods, and the graphics. The frame-rate is incredibly smooth, the lighting is great and there is absolutely no pop in. I think that's partly due to how empty Fair-haven feels: there are no pedestrians and barely any civilian cars - in fact, I would say that one out every 10 or so cars is highway patrol! There is also a greatly diminished sense of speed, you could be driving 120mph (193km) and feel like it's 40ish - some type of motion blur could help that, but really, that's only a minor gripe.

The soundtrack is pretty good; it has a good mix of rock, grunge, break-beat, dub-step and Drum and Bass. It is a little on the short side though, and it would be cooler if I could pick my own stations, a la GTA and Sleeping Dogs. I would link to a couple songs, but amazon doesn't allow it, so Google it...


I found this game rather disappointing, the handling, crash scenes, lack of story and empty environment are all serious issues (which can of course be solved with an inevitable sequel), but the graphics, car mods and police chases are all definite pluses.

Graphics: 9.7 - Other than a few less then stellar textures (stop the car and look at the canyons), the graphics are gorgeous.

Sound: 9 - Great soundtrack, but a little on the short side.

Presentation: 5 - No story whatsoever, but it does have a slick look.

Game-play: 5 - The car handling needs to be improved, and the crash scenes are inexcusable.

Replay Value: 6 - Multiplayer, and collectibles extend the game somewhat, but it's still on the short side.

Side note - I actually wrote a better and more cohesive review, but my computer crashed and I lost it! Then I proceeded to get writer's block, so ya; fun stuff...

Sleeping Dogs - Playstation 3
Sleeping Dogs - Playstation 3
Price: $14.94
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Dogs Review, November 27, 2012
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For the people who don't like to read, I can summarize my review by saying that Sleeping Dogs is an incredibly fun game with a gripping story, Arkham City style combat, NFS style driving and GTA style open world-ness (but better) - if you haven't bought it yet, then you should go do so NOW!

Sleeping Dog's story revolves around Wei Shen, who is an undercover Hong Kong cop trying to infiltrate the fictional Sun-on-Yee - I'm not going to go further into detail in regards to the plot, but suffice to say that it's a story that pays tribute to the classic Hong Kong flicks of yore, and has plenty of, "what a twist!", moments... This virtual Hong Kong feels bustling and alive - there's street vendors and whole bazaars, all of which you can interact with as well as a plethora of side missions and cool Easter eggs. I feel as though I should mention that as I looked at some of the stores near one of my apartments, they were literally cardboard cutouts, so while this is still one of the most interactive sandboxes out there, if United Front was given more time, they could have made the city even more alive.

Even the side missions are, for the most part, awesome - the racing is expectedly great given that a lot of these guys used to work for Black Box - you can bet on cock-fights (get your mind out of the gutter), be IN fights and clear out gangs (though that does get repetitive). All of which fuels an upgrade system that has three branches; triad, cop and super awesome ninja moves stuff. That's not even mentioning the glorious amount of costumes!

I also love the fact that they actually speak Chinese half the time (there's subtitles), and it further lends to the game's authenticity. The actors do an amazing job at portraying the characters as well.

I have seen other reviews complaining about the graphics - I really don't understand that - to me, the graphics looked great, the animations where smooth as butter, the draw distance was good (little to no pop in), and the frame-rate was consistent. I think that this game is on par graphically to Red Dead Redemption, and certainly looks better than games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Saints Row 3. Maybe reviewers only care about particle effects and lighting...

Also, I have to mention that the soundtrack is sublime; Ninja Tune and Warp Radio actually features some real dub-step and break-beat (not the Skrillex style stuff) - here's a link to one of the songs -

Overall, this game is a true underrated gem, it should be experienced by anyone who owns a gaming system or PC - I have not had this much fun with a game in a long time! Stop reading stuff on Amazon and go buy this game now, you won't regret it!
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Batman: Arkham City for Playstation 3
Batman: Arkham City for Playstation 3
Offered by SSC Direct
Price: $21.15
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heeellooooo Bats!, October 27, 2011
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This game is awesome. There. Go buy it now! In all seriousness though, this game exceeded my absolute wildest expectations. The story is amazing, from its' gut clenching opening to its' shocking ending, the game play is fun and makes you feel just like Batman, the graphics are just as good as Uncharted, and the musical score is masterful. I'm not going to spoil anything, but lets just say that the Joker is by far the scariest (and coolest) clown ever...

The game play has 3 basic mechanics - stealth killing, brawling, and using gadgets. Being stealthy isn't easy, but immensely rewarding and makes you feel powerful, but not invincible. If you just go into a room with six fully armed baddies, then chances are that you will die. That forces you to become creative; for example (minor combat spoilers), you go up to a vantage point and disable the guards' guns, then pick off the guy directly below you and quickly grapple to another vantage point, afterwards you take out the sonic batarang and distract the guards while rigging weak walls with explosives - when they come near it the walls collapse and most of the guards perish, the remaining guard then rushes in to check out what happened and you silently dispatch him - mission complete. That's just one example, and the boss fights are way cooler (won't get into it because I don't want to spoil it)!

I cannot believe that Rocksteady is using Unreal engine 3 for this game. The graphics are just too good! The fluidity of all of bats (and Catwoman's (meow moves is amazing, and the artistic direction is perfect. The graphics just add to the feeling that you really are batman and that's not even mentioning the musical score - it is awesome!

I recommend this game to anyone with even the slightest knowledge of Batman. I know I sound like i'm infatuated with this game, but it really is that good! Go buy this game! Why So Serious?

Game Play: 10 - Awesome and varied
Graphics: 10 - Gorgeous
Music: 10 - A beautiful score
Longevity: 10 - With the Riddler challenges and side quests; you'll be busy for a long time
Optional Stuff:
3D: 8 - the depth is believable but it's just too dark
Catwoman: 10 - super fun but should have been included without the code

Sony BRAVIA KDL40HX800 40-Inch 1080p 240  Hz 3D-Ready LED HDTV, Black
Sony BRAVIA KDL40HX800 40-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D-Ready LED HDTV, Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony KDL40HX800 review, February 13, 2011
I used to have an old 32 in. Vizio, and about a year ago decided to upgrade. I wanted a tv with 3d, and also a tv that was relatively small. I decide on buying the Sony KDL40HX800, and all I can say is that this tv is awesome. I have tried Monsters vs. Aliens, Deep Sea, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Gran Turismo 5, Motorstorm, Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD, Black ops, and the Killzone 3 demo in 3d, and every single one is comparable to watching something 3D in a theater!!! It just that good. The picture quality is amazing! The only faults that I could find were that the tv was glossy, and that the xmb was a little slow. All in all, I think that anyone who needs a new tv should buy this - especially since you can easily find it for under a 1000 dollars now.

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