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Gravity Rush - PlayStation Vita
Gravity Rush - PlayStation Vita
Price: $14.99
63 used & new from $13.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking experience from start to finish., June 20, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
There isn't enough praise for this beautiful games that hasn't already been said. From the detailed world that Kat explores, to the funny and charming dialogue (told through awesome comic panels between each chapter), and the addicting gameplay, Gravity Rush is truly a "killer app" for the Vita in every sense of the word. The only cons I can say for this game are:

- The actual fighting mechanics are a little bit on the wonky side as missing a kick in the air will send you flying and disorient you a little.

- The main story line can be chewed through in a flash but more then makes up with the tons of sidequests and collectables scattered throughout the huge world.

I can honestly say I would pay $40 again for such a great game and I look forward to the next entry.(fingers crossed!)


PlayStation Vita - Wifi
PlayStation Vita - Wifi
Offered by Blizzard LLC
Price: $219.99
94 used & new from $164.99

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should you buy a Vita?, February 22, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The answer to that question is both a yes and no. To be quite honest, if you are a casual smartphone user who plays games in their iOS or Android device and aren't concerned with games, the Vita is not for you. However, if you are a smartphone user and yearn to be able to plays higher quality games with controls that makes sense on a screen that won't hurt your eyes, the PS Vita is right up your alley. So let's get into it:

The Playstation Vita itself a beautiful piece of hardware itself with:

- 5in. OLED touchscreen that puts out ridiculous resolutions.
- back touchpad like what you would use on your laptop
- two analog sticks like your PS3 or 360 controller
- and feels light but having the weight of something premium
- A front facing and rear facing camera just like an iPhone

The OLED screen is gorgeous and you will never have a problem being able to read or touch anything on your screen. Also the power button has been placed on top of the unit to prevent accidental pushes while the headphone jack is underneath to prevent pulling anything out. The analog sticks themselves, while on the small side, are just as responsive and intuitive as their larger cousins on the PS3 Dualshock. Overall the unit is sleek, sexy, and pretty darn cool to hold and look at.

However there are some cons:

- The right analog stick is a few centimeters away from the X button on the Vita. For people with smaller hand sizes this won't be a problem but as I have larger hands, I noticed my thumb will accidentally hit the stick while I press buttons. Not a big factor but slightly annoying.

- The analog sticks themselves are fine but as I said before, people with large hands will have to learn how to adapt to using them. Hey, if we can text paragraphs at the speed of sound on an iPhone, a small joystick is a piece of cake.

Onto the actual software of the Vita, from the get go, Sony walks you through every step of the way while setting up your Vita. From accessing your Playstation Network account to applying for the AT&T Data plan (if you bought the 3G/WiFi model) to even adjusting the time, it's all done in an easy way. I was very impressed. Moving onward you have "apps" such as:

- Welcome Park: A mini-game filled app that helps you learn all the features of your Vita and does it in an easy to understand manner. Even a child could understand this app.

- Near: AN app that allows you to "see" other users in a few mile radius who also have Vitas. From here you can send friend requests, rate games, and even leave gifts for other users to find. Very neat.

- Party: The biggest app you should pay attention too. It's basically Xbox Live on the Vita. You can add people to your party from different games, and talk to them (Yes I said talk!) on your Vita while doing other things. This is the killer app of Vita in my opinion.

- Netflix: Looks amazing on the OLED screen.

- Freetweet: Lets you post tweets on Twitter while playing games
etc.

I could go on and on but the interface on the Vita is very easy to navigate as all of your apps are cute bubbles you can move around just like on an iPhone. Also, you can press the Playstation button on your Vita and it will 'suspend' your current game or app (just like an iPhone) and let you "tear" the page away to delete it. Very cool.

CONCLUSION: This is where I have to draw the line. As a smartphone user who plays games on my phone, I see the value in the Vita as it provides social and gaming experiences that you truly cannot find anywhere else. The only thing a Vita doesn't do is make phone calls and even then the Vita is getting a Skype app soon to allow you to make calls. However, I know there will be people who don't need to have a Vita when their iPhone gets the job done and that is perfectly fine. However, if you want to take that next step and buy quite possibly the greatest gaming handheld ever made (Yes I can say that with a straight face), then get a Vita. It really is a gamechanger. :)
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Twisted Metal
Twisted Metal
Offered by eknight-media
Price: $15.93
139 used & new from $8.00

15 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pennywise got nothin' on Sweet Tooth!, February 14, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Twisted Metal (Video Game)
After a long hiatus, Twisted Metal roars back onto the scene and in a spectacular way. For those of you who remember shooting missiles and finding hidden power-ups in the older Twisted Metal games will have no problem getting right back into the game. For those of you who are new to the Twisted Metal Series, the game provides you an easy to understand tutorial to get you up to speed. Twisted Metal is a long standing car combat franchise in which your main objective is to destroy your opponent's vehicle through shooting it and ramming it.

As for the story, we follow the mis-adventures of Sweet Tooth, a homicidal clown, as he wrecks havoc in normal fashion. Every part of the story is action-packed and never feels dull or boring. While there aren't multiple ends to the stories like in the older TM games, the ending is more than satisfying.

Graphically, this game blew my mind. With the amount of projectiles, explosions, and vehicles whizzing by on screen, the game stays at a smooth framerate the entire time and you'll have no problems spotting other vehicles to get the jump on. I found myself jumping out of my seat during more intense moments because it's so exhilarating. With the inclusion of new vehicles including the helicopter Talon, you'll constantly be challenged by various vehicles able to smash through houses, buildings, and anything else that gets in your way.

For the sound and music, the game includes a wide diverse soundtrack ranging from hard rock with Rob Zombie to even Hip-Hop music with Ghostface Killah from Wu-Tang Clan. Plus the sounds punch you in the face with the explosions and all the sounds of different projectiles whizzing by you and the like.

For those of you not wanting to go online and and deal with the insanity that is online play, you can very well get with three of your buddies and have split-screen multiplayer so four people can play on one game! A word of warning though for adults, this game is definitely NOT FOR CHILDREN. There is gratuitous violence, language, and everything else that makes this game M for Mature. Don't let little Johnny talk you into buying this for him.

To finish up, I am more then impressed with Twisted Metal. You can really tell David Jaffe and Eat Sleep Play put a lot of love and care into this game and it really shows. Plus with the Limited Edition, they include the classic (and my favorite TM until this new one) Twisted Metal: Black for you to download for free! Why are you still reading this!? Go out and buy it!
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PlayStation 3D display
PlayStation 3D display
Offered by OrderEasyAs123
Price: $299.99
30 used & new from $149.99

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3D display at a great price., January 3, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
So after getting my hands on the Playstation 3D display all I can say is great things about it. I was at first skeptical of 3D tvs in general but after using the display to play games on my PS3 and watch 3D Blu-Ray movies, I'm definitely a believer.

From the get-go, the display was easy to use straight from the box. After literally 3 minutes of assembly including plugging my HDMI cable in, I was ready to go. The lack of a remote control was slightly disappointing but considering most people will be using this on their desks or near them, this is definitely not an issue. As soon as I turned on the PS3, I was greeted by a prompt that allowed me to set up the display with no problems and I give kudos to Sony for that. The display itself is gorgeous at 1080P. I already own a 46" LCD Bravia in my bedroom and I was literally shocked at how much sharper and clearer the display was running at 240Hz . It was like playing games such as Uncharted 3 for the first time again with how great the game looked combined with the awesome 3D.

Speaking of the 3D glasses, I was banking on them becoming a nuisance after a while but surprisingly, Sony designed them with comfort in mind and I managed to watch two 3D Blu-Ray movies back to back without my nose becoming irritated or my eyes tired. I picked up a 2nd pair of glasses as I had friends and family who wanted to try out the SimulView feature of the display. Long story short, it works phenomenally. It was really cool to look back and forth between the different glasses and see the display work as advertised.

The sound quality is great, the display itself is wonderfully designed and changing settings are easy and never cumbersome. Also, you can still use the display as a regular tv and watch regular cable on it which was a great feature as well. If you are in the market looking for a 3D tv or display but don't want to break the bank to do so, this is a great entry price product that does everything it says it does and more.


Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Playstation 3
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Playstation 3
Offered by DealTavern
Price: $25.23
337 used & new from $2.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All games dream, but not equally..., December 10, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Amazing. One word to describe an absolutely stunning game and by far the obvious standout for game of the year for 2011. I can only put but so much praise for a well-crafted, and polished game but I will quickly run through the major points of the game.

Graphics: Stunning. There is no other game on consoles that comes close to matching Uncharted 3's graphical clarity from the environment to the character models and more. Each locale that our heroes visit comes alive with a plethora of colors and sights that only serve to help immerse you into the game. From the sun-soaked streets of Columbia, to the lush, dense forests of France and beyond, you will encounter some of the most detailed and technically stunning places seen in any video game to date. With the character models, every action is beautifully captured on their faces and you can feel the emotion radiate from them. Then combine this with the fact that the game outputs in 3D? Outstanding. 5/5

Sound: Excellent. As before Nolan North, Emily Rose, and company reprise their roles as Nathan Drake, Elena Fisher, etc. to deliver what is definitely some of the best voice acting in a game this year. Every character feels real and never do they sound bored or dull but full of life. Every heart pounding moment of Uncharted 3 pops and snaps with clarity and makes you feel as if you are really there with the characters. As always, the musical score fills in from the tensest moments to the smaller, tender notes of a quiet moment shared between Nathan and Elena, the music is never gaudy and always on point. 5/5

Story: Entertaining. As always, this chapter of Uncharted is crafted by the talented and honorable Amy Hennig whose amazing writing brings the entire story to life and leaves you guessing every step of the way. The dialogue between characters is organic and flows so well that you would think all of the characters are real. Our main baddy, Katherine Marlowe (voiced by the prestigious Rosalind Ayres)does an amazing job as being a villain who uses psychological tactics to trick our heroes in order to further her own plans. The entire story plays out like a big budget Hollywood movie and with how seamlessly the cut-scenes flow with the game, it's almost like you are in the movie yourself. Great stuff. 5/5

Gameplay: Superb. The game plays flawlessly thanks to a patch released by Naughty Dog that improved the aiming in the game as well as addressed other issues brought up by players. Everything works well and you'll never feel like you are stuck in one area too long as they game will give you hints that help you out along the way. Don't be fooled though. Turn the game on Crushing mode and you will have your true gaming skills tested. Also, some new mechanics are introduced such as a meter to help throw back grenades at enemies and a new 'vertical cover' gameplay that uses the side of buildings to keep things fresh. 5/5

Overall: Overall, the game is fantastic and well worth the price you pay. After going through the delightful single player mode, you can take your skills and play against some of the best in the world in multiplayer and show the world you are every bit as daring as Nathan Drake. If you are a PS3 owner, you owe it to your yourself or that special person you give this to as a gift to play definitely one of the best games of the year.

5/5


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