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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game I've Ever Played.., November 4, 2009
I'll keep this short, as most people have probably already played this, but when this game released in 1996 there was literally NOTHING like it. no fully 3d adventure with the calibur of Ocarina of Time existed in those days. the sheer quality of this game was unheardof in 1996. the graphics were smiply beautiful for their time, and the gameplay was near perfection.

You start the game as a young Kokiri boy living in the forest village with your friends and the old, wise Tree of Life. when darkness strikes your small corner of the world its up to you to delve into the tree and find out whats truly hurting and potentially killing him. after solving the situation in your home a much broader world of discovery and adventure opens up to you, and its up to you to save Hyrule.

after completing 3 childhood dungeons and playing the song of time in the temple of time, you find yourself frozen in a time warp for 7 years, waking up at age 18 (i believe) waking up in adulthood you make your way across 5 more dungeons before conquering the final fortress, and facing one desperate final stand from the evil thats been behind all the trouble from the start.

Truly epic in every way, considering the year it was released. Ocarina of Time is still the greatest game ever created in my opinion.


Dragon Age: Origins - Xbox 360
Dragon Age: Origins - Xbox 360
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bioware has another fantastic franchise under its belt, November 3, 2009
Dragon Age: Origins feels like a mix of the creation and customization in Neverwinter Nights mixed with the dungeon Crawling of Diablo II and the branching conversations/story of Mass Effect. Its the best RPG of 2009, and one of the best games overall for the entire year.

in the beginning you have 6 starter characters to choose from: the Dwarf Commoner, the Dwarf Noble, the Human Noble, the Human Mage, and two different classes of elves, one has adapted to the ways of man, and the other stays close to their ancient tradions, including hatred for mankind.

character creation/customization is probably some of the deepest ive seen from Bioware, much more detailed and diverse than the creation engine in Mass Effect. you choose your race and class, followed by appearance, which includes hair, facial features, ect.

once you begin the game their are 6 separate openings, depending on which race and class you chose, each lasting approximately 6 hours, before fully opening up the world branching off to the main storyline, which is 40+ hours total. when you consider the possibilities of the different characters and the outcome of the story depending on who you choose and how you play, this game could keep you busy for months on end. it truly is an outstanding role playing game.

gameplay, battle in particular, plays out like a traditional PC (could be compared to Diablo II or most MMO's) RPG with a little more finesse and polish. click on your targeted enemy with "A" and your character will continue standard attacks untill its fallen, throwing in specials/spells as you see fit with the other face buttons. rushing into some conflicts will result in death. strategy is key in the more challenging battles.

graphically theres really nothing to complain about, but theres nothing to write home about either. its a relatively good looking game with tons of enticing lands to explore.

Concept: 10/10

Story: 10/10

Gameplay: 9.5/10

Sound: 9/10

Graphics: 9/10

Overall: 9.5
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Borderlands - Xbox 360
Borderlands - Xbox 360
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper Hit Of The Year, October 29, 2009
where to start.. Gearbox has delivered on nearly every front possible with Borderlands. gameplay is extremely polished, a blast to play with controls similar to Call of Duty and near perfect hit detection for bullets/melee.

comparisons to Fallout 3 are inevitable given the RPG/FPS fusion in a post apocalyptic setting, but both excel in their own areas. where fallout delivers a deep RPG experience in a massive, fully explorable wasteland with some questionable gunplay - Borderlands is more shooter focused, with 4 player co op and more polish on the FPS gamplay with mild character progression/exploration. not to mention hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of guns for your arsenal. everything from damage level/rate of fire/recoil/clip size/reload speed to elemental add-ons including fire/explosive/acid/electricity/ect varies between guns. youre almost constantly finding new gear thanks to the revolutionary random content generation system based on your level.

when starting a new game you must choose 1 of 4 characters. a fast, stealthy female character - the extremely accurate sniper (deadly at long range) - the well rounded soldier character - and the tank, a beast in almost any combat situation. each character has their own advantages in battle, and a unique special attack. specials vary between a shielded turret, invisibility, an attack hawk, and berserk mode. the unique feeling of each character adds tons of replay value to an already lengthy game.

the campaign plays out similar to an open world rpg, tavelling from place to place, picking up new quests and loot along the way.

the cell shading graphics offer a unique flare not often seen in games, especially shooters. it may not have the detail of a game like Gears of War, but its got its own unigue style that looks great considering the size of the game and th amount of content.

vehicle controls are very similar to those of halo 3, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your taste.

dont get me wrong, i still hold Fallout as the best game of 2008, but if you liked the ideas behind Fallout 3 and were pushed away by the questionable gunplay or the depth of RPG character progression, Borderlands may just be the game for you. its a more accessable, more polished rethinking of the RPG/FPS fusion.


Trick 'r Treat (2009)
Trick 'r Treat (2009)
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Horror Film in Years, October 29, 2009
This review is from: Trick 'r Treat (2009) (DVD)
in recent years the film industry, especially the horror genre, has been flooded with remakes and weak PG-13 horror imitations. sad but true. and finally in 2009 we get a horror film 6 years in the making (due to publisher issues/technicalities) and what a fun ride it is, more than worth the wait. its the most satisfying horror movie ive seen in years. pacing is great because there are multiple story lines so theres no time for things to get too slow. everything from a murderous principal to zombies, a vampire, and other creatures of the night i wont mention here as it would spoil the surprises, are present in this horror fan's dream come true. follow the stories of this small town that may dwell a little too much on all hallows eve for its own good. sometimes you'll laugh, sometimes you'll feel suspense, and you might even cringe a little on this wild journey through some of halloweens most memorable tales. rent if youre not sure, but this will become an annual halloween classic for most horror fans.

Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360
Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360
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64 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a glorified expansion pack, but a no brainer for halo fans, September 22, 2009
ok so i picked up the game at last night's midnight release and ive had enough time to check out all the new features pretty extensively including completing the short (5-6 hour) but excellent campaign, and i can say that while in my opinion the campaign shouldve released as a $30 download (ie Shivering Isles for Oblivion) the game is the same hyper active fun youve come to expect from halo.

so the next big question, "how does it feel to not be in Chief's boots for the first time?" it feels pretty great, it puts a whole new twist in the Halo franchise because for the first time even a grunt can do some damage against you in the higher difficulties, Brute's tower over you like youre a child, the feeling of being completely outgunned and yet somehow able to beat all the odds is a great feeling, the firefights in the campaign often have an intensity never met in the original Halo 3.

Firefight is a total blast especially with the full team of four, the premise? in this gameplay mode you must annihilate wave after wave of enemies until you finally cant survive the onslaught. drop ships provide enemy reinforcements so there are no breaks between rounds. similar to Horde Mode from GoW2.

controls feel exactly like classic halo with the exception of night vision in the campaign due to 90% of it taking place at night. i liked how everything has a glowing outline in night vision, making everything vivid, easy to navigate, and targets easy to spot in the dark.

so for $60 what are you really getting? whats the full package?

- a fantastic, albiet short, semi-open-world 4 player co op campaign
- every single multiplayer map, DLC inluded, on one disc
- 3 new maps not included on halo 3
- inluding the highly anticipated remake of Mothership
- Firefight (see above for info)

if you own a 360 and dont have Halo 3 already, or if youre just hungry for some fresh Halo action, this is the way to go; although, i can see how some would have issues with the price and general content of the package included. it basically is a glorified expansion pack, i honestly wouldve liked a few more new multiplayer maps for the money, but its as fun as halo ever was with a new type of campaign that feels so fresh, unique, and inviting you just have to see it. the fact that the graphics engine seems to have received a nice overhaul doesnt hurt either. the new content looks fantastic.

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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you liked the first game youll love this one, September 16, 2009
(edit: upon finishing both campaigns i realize that this falls short of the original in some key areas. the fact that the roster has been cut down is unforgivable considering they've done next to nothing to improve the engine over the last 3 years, your abilities lists have been basically cut in half compared to the original, and one alternate costume for each character when the original had 4 for each, this game falls short of the plateau set by the original.)

in a year that has arguably been the greatest year for comic book games we've ever seen, considering we got X-Men Origins: Wolverine, basically the best god of war knockoff we've ever played, and just a few weeks ago we got Batman: Arkham Asylum - a contender for game of the year in some circles. now we get Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, a sequel that takes everything that was great about the first game and gives you more of what you loved with action rpg dungeon crawling goodness. conversations have been vastly improved, with branching conversations and choices similar to Mass Effect.

the story is a majory improvement over the original, this time everything is based around the comic run called Civil War, in this storyline the United States and the super hero community are in turmoil over the new "registration act" forcing all mutants and other heros to register themselves. the leader of the "pro-registration" side of the conflict is Iron Man, and his enemy leading the "anti-registration" side is none other than Captain America. making for not only a more interesting story than the original game, but one of the more enticing stories in comic history, pitting hero against hero in a battle of morals.

the game controls very similar to the original, (A) is your light attack with (B) for the heavy attack, (x) for grabs and throws, and (Y) for jumping/flying, hold inn RT and press the corresponding face button to activate special powers, and hold LT and press the corresponding face button to activate Fusion powers, which is where things get even more interesting. every single character has different fusion powers than can interact with any other character in the game. say youre using iron man and you have wolverine on your team, why not blast his claws with that lazer beam to cause 6 separate beams, clearing a room of enemies almost instantly. theres tons of options as far as fusion powers go, but thats just one example.

the roster has become slightly smaller than the original game, theres about 22 this time around, while there was about 30 last time, but the characters feel more unique and evenly balanced this time around, and im sure we'll get at least 8 more characters through download content.

graphics are well done considering the length of the game and the amount of content and interactivity with the environment(you can lift/destroy nearly everything), for an Action/RPG with so many playable characters and so much replay value, it looks great.

sound quality is great, and i love the attention to detail. if youre using juggernaut with a good surround sound system, each footstep will shake the walls, and every slash of logans claws can be heard perfectly, ect. voice acting is also fantastic in most cases, if im not mistaken they got the voice actors from Hulk vs Wolverine to do the voices Dead Pool and Wolverine in-game. nearly every other character sounds spot on as well.

replay value is through the roof with this game, not only are there tons of playable characters with alternate costumes and other unlockables, but when you throw in 2 campaigns, one for Pro-Registration and one for Anti-registration, there are branching objectives and side quests depending on your alignment and whether youre normally aggressive, diplomatic, or defensive when conversing with other characters, you have what is probably the best deal in games so far this year.


Wolfenstein - Xbox 360
Wolfenstein - Xbox 360
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a solid, entertaining fps, September 8, 2009
theres really nothing to complain about here, with graphics are on par with most xbox 360 games, a control scheme straight out of Call of Duty, a dark and enticing story-line, an open hub world between missions with optional side quests, and relatively deep customization of all weapons and powers.

which brings me to my next point, the powers. you learn new abilities as you progress through the game, abilities like "Mire" which slow down time, and "the veil" which changes your view of the world to a more purgatory-like relm, where new paths can be revealed and previously unseen threats can be dealt with. other, more interesting powers come later, but i wont spoil and surprises.

the story centers around the Nazi/occult relationship which has some element of fact to it, though historically not so over the top. you start the game fighting general run-of-the-mill nazis and progressively things get more and more supernatural, fighting heavily armored creations with weapons resempling the proton charge weapons in Ghostbusters, and once you get your hands on these weapons you can instantly vaporize normal human enemies.

weapons range from the standard MP40 to the KAR98 and grenades to the previously mentioned lazor blasting beast of a gun an other out of this world weaponry, all of which, again, can be upgraded in many diverse ways. even the grenades can be upgraded and customized. the campaign clocks in at 10-15 hours with some enjoyable multiplayer options.

multiplayer is fully functional and amusing, although, like the rest of the game, it doesnt really bring anything new to the table. play standard deathmatch and team deathmatch with other various match types.

while it wont be winning any game of the year awards, its a fun, entertaining supernatural shoot em up that will keep you busy for a while, great for a 5 day rental.


Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360
Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Comic Game Ever Made, August 25, 2009
i havent gotten far enough to give too many details on the story, outside of the fact that joker has planned a trap for batman, and not only is he going to have to face his toughest villains (Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Bane, ect) and bring them to justice, he'll be fighting for his own life as he has been locked in Arkham Asylum with all the inmates thanks to the Joker, who is now in total control of Arkham.

controls handle perfectly, this is by far the best Batman game ever made, you truly feel like batman, from the gadgets and fighting style to the detective aspect of the game, this game hits every note perfectly, for the first time ever in a game you are the batman.

graphics are fantastic, every little detail throughout arkham is rendered perfectly, everything from the smallest details in a room to the character models are crisp and well done.

the game is set in a semi-open world style, similar to Bioshock's levels. every area of Arkham Asylum, inside and out, can be explored eventually.

voice acting is spot on, with the original voice actors of Batman and the Joker from Batman: The Animated Series.

basically its the best game overall we've seen so far this year, and it will most likely go down as the best Batman game of all time.

Red Faction Guerrilla - Xbox 360
Red Faction Guerrilla - Xbox 360
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the destruction is unparalleled., June 10, 2009
take an open world thrid person shooter set on mars with the most advanced destruction engine to date, throw in some highly addictive multiplayer, and you have yourself the best shooter so far this year(as of June 2009).

forget everything you thought new about in-game environmental destruction. the first time you play Red Faction:Guerilla you will see the new age of destruction. see buildings break apart piece by piece as you tear down the walls of oppression.

in the time since the last red faction, mars has become victim to another tyrannical organization, called the EDF. you came to mars looking for peace and quiet, trying to settle down with a regular mining job. then a tragety comes about that causes you to stand up against the EDF and rain down all kind of destruction, they never bargained for.

controls handle great on the Saints Row 2 engine, whether your switching weapons, fighting, tearing down a building, driving a truck or mech (oh yeah.. theres mechs!!) they also added a cover system similar to GTA IV. theres very little to complain about in this game.

the story of one man fighting for not only his own freedom, but the freedom of an entire planet is inspiring to say the least. it truly is an evil government, and they simply cant be left to continue.

as you take the role of a terrorizing freedom fighter (think Gordon Freeman) you have a nice variety of missions to complete, from specific target buildings that need to be destroyed, to defending worker caps/invading EDF camps, various story missions, timed vehicle deliveries (ew), chase/tailing missions, ect.

overall its a great game. its got the most ambitious/advanced destruction engine to date with a good story, smooth controls, and a wealth of areas and weaponry to unlock.

gameplay 9.5/10

graphics 8.5/10 (considering the interactivity)

controls 9.25/10

sound 7.75/10

story 8.75/10

*destrucion 10/10

overall 9.25/10

replay value = high

PROTOTYPE - Xbox 360
PROTOTYPE - Xbox 360
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Price: $45.52
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars --best super hero style game on xbox 360--, June 10, 2009
This review is from: PROTOTYPE - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
if you enjoy games like Incredible Hulk:Ultimate Destruction or Spiderman 1-3, you will most likely have a total blast with Prototype, as the controls could be compared to a fusion of the two (including the open world city), although overall its a unique super powered experience. the list of powers is too long to have here in its entirety, but heres a tast: shape shifting (overall & individual body parts) super speed, 100ft jumps, running up walls, gliding, super strength, ect. you can also commandeer enemy military vehicles like tanks and helicopters.

graphically speaking, its not bad at all given all the action on screen at once and the huge variety of powers at your finger tips. there is a nice variety between buildings and characters on the street. although soldiers pretty much all look the same, depending on their class.

all kills/activities give yout experience points toward upgrading your character how you see fit, whether its upgrading his health bar, running sleed, jump height, or learning an entirely new power.

theres a decent variety of missions, ranging from chases, to protection missions, stealth operations, to general extermination, ect.

controls are responsive and smooth, once you get accustomed to your larger than life character. very few games arm you with such raw power and destructive capabilities built into your character.

basically you are the prototype to an experiment 40 years in the making, you wake up with no knowledge of who or what you are, only the need to find out, and the tools required to do so.

the story is filled with intrique. who are you really? how did this happen to you? is there any humanity left inside Alex Mercer? who did this to you? and what in the &%*$ kind of twisted things are you going to do to them?.. enjoy.

graphics 8.25/10

gameplay 9.5/10

controls 9/10

sound 8/10

story 8.75/10

overall - 9/10

replay value = moderately high
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