Max Payne 3 Review - Don't play in the favela when your girlfriend is watching.
Written by lans
Platform: Playstation 3
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Max Payne 3 is a gritty third person shooter that has been in the making for over 9 years. Max Payne is a New York City retired police detective who finally retired after years of being embroiled in a world of corruption, turmoil and brutality. Looking to move on with his life Max Payne 3 decides to try out living a new life as a body guard in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the rich and powerful Branco family.
Max Payne is beyond hard boiled, he’s burnt. After the critical success of Max Payne 2 and it’s Bullet time technique will max payne 3 be able to still provide the edginess it’s known for in story and combat?
Well the good news is the max payne 3 story is gripping,riveting and entirely believable as the attention to detail completely engages you, game characters look like real 3d people. Not caricatures or 3D versions of 2D sprites. The story is told through the dejected and thoroughly depressed eyes of max payne, who’s plight in life makes it extremely hard to stay ambivalent about the story. I found myself taking sympathy and wanting to help Max Payne fulfil his revenge. Max Payne’s dry humour and satire will keep you entertained throughout the 12 hour romp which is much more varied and interesting than the previous games. I especially like the fact that the game is a lot brighter and more colourful than previous games. Was getting a little weary of the New York setting.
Despite the many changes in the gaming industry over the years, max payne 3 core gameplay has not changed much, it still uses pain killers and slow motion capture and you still have to shoot hundreds and hundreds of psychos that get more and more violent. So let’s just say Max Payne 3 is Max Payne 2 polished to perfection. This is not a bad thing by any means. I played Max Payne 3 in 1 sitting, which is something I rarely do. And in that time I was completely engrossed by the game.
IStunt 2 HD is the best snowboarding game for the Ipad
Written by lans
The other day I came across another perfect time waster ios game for the iPad, infact I reckon this is the best snowboarding game for the ipad currently. It's basically involves you snowboarding through the snow course with a lot of obstacles thrown in your way. Istunt 2 HD utilizes the tilt controls of the iPad to help navigate your snowboard character across treacherous landscapes, perform cool tricks like tail grabs and a nose grabs by pressing the two icons on your iPad screen or tilting your ipad to control your snowboard characters orientation. The aim of this game is to survive the snow course without wiping out whilst collecting stars on the map, The game features powerups that add interesting elements to the game like being able invert gravity which results in some tense upside down snowboarding.
It's one of those games that you just play to pass time for hours and hours. I'm happy to say the game istunt2hd is perfect for soaking up hours of boredom. You see I'm the type of person who takes their iPad basically everywhere and there is nothing i hate more than waiting but when i play istunt2HD time literally flies by.The game has loads of levels which are very imaginatively designed and a variety of characters and snowboards to add to the longevity of the game. The music and sound effects are good and help keep you entertained and are not overly annoying. Gameplay wise this game is solid albeit a bit difficult. You have to be prepared to attempt multiple times to clear each level as the game has random difficulty spikes which will catch you off guard and sometimes take the fun out of the game. As the game gets harder and you snowboard on the more advanced tracks I found the controls are a bit unwieldy and result in you looking like a mad man frantically trying to orientate your snowboard character to avoid wiping out. This game is one of the better free games on the Appstore and I thoroughly recommend anyone who is a fan of snowboarding games to try this out.
IStunt 2 HD for the Ipad 2 is developed by the mobile division of miniclip.com
Tekken Hybrid is a collection of a full feature CGI 3D Film Tekken Blood Vengeance; a Demo called Tekken Tag Tournament 2 prologue and the PS2 HD remake Tekken Tag Tournament HD. As a long time Tekken fan, I have been looking forward to playing Tekken Tag 2 demo and getting to grips with the new tag mechanics.
In order to play the Tekken games on your disc, you first have to install it onto your ps3, The games took approximately 1 GIG of space for the Tekken Tag 2 demo and 1.4 GIGS of space for the Tekken Tag HD game. Note that even though you have installed the game onto your ps3, you still need the disc in your system to play the games.
Ok so is this mixed bag of tricks worth it? The short answer is NO, you’re better off waiting for the real deal to come a few months later than spending money on something you probably will only play once.
The Movie that comes with the package is entertaining, and graphically rich, in fact, it’s the best Tekken movie I’ve ever seen; The Graphics, music and 3D effects are top class but unfortunately this is still not enough to make me love this movie. The fight scenes while epic are few and far between and you only get to see a handful of the cast. The Story revolves around Alisa and Xiaoyu and gets boring fast. There is some fan service, but nothing really memorable other than that. I must stress to you that the movie is actually very good for Tekken standards, but for me it was instantly forgettable, after watching it I had no desire to ever watch it again. I mean how you can have a Tekken movie without LAW or PAUL I mean come on!
The 3D in the movie is exceptional and I strongly suggest you watch it in 3d; however the same can’t be said for the 3d effects in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which are frankly quite horrible. The game’s frame rate stutters and the resolution of the characters is very low in 3D mode.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2’s prologue’s game play is tight and immediately addictive, the stand out features for me, is the music, facial animations, quicker animations of the characters and the new tag combos, like tag assault or tag throws. The graphics look a bit jaggy though, hopefully they can make the game look a bit better than it does.
The playable character selection is woeful with only Alisa, Xiaoyu, Devil Jin, and Kazuya. If you have trouble connecting with demons and little girls I feel your pain. Another downer is the complete lack of online multiplayer in tekken hybrid. There is trophy support however which should keep some incentive to keep playing game.
Character animations and music in this game pull all the right heart strings.
Tekken Tag Tournament HD is the full game and while it has undergone a nice HD remake, the game still looks dated. Many veterans will be missing all the new moves in the later games, and for me, I think I’ve played more than enough Tekken tag tournament, even a HD remake won’t restore by passion for the game for more than a day. The lack of online multiplayer also kills any replayablility it might of had.
Tekken Hybrid will be awesome for 1 day, after that day I’m pretty sure it will quickly be forgotten or sold.
Despite the HD overhaul, Tekken tag tournament has not aged well.
Fable 3 is possibly the worst good game on the market today. Its a good game because its got history, ie Fable 1 and 2, the problem is, its like England, it used to be all knights and valor and conquest, and an Empire, but now its just a bunch of fat, layabouts and skin heads who just go around rioting about things. Fable has not been treated well by the years, it went from a shining star, which was a tonne of fun, and funny to boot, to a kind of degraded version of its former self that forces you to go about talking to people to get them to like you so that you can get them to start a revolt.
So, its a bit like you're the leader of the rioting skinheads, who happens to be Prince Harry. This makes you a ginger thus detracting from the quality of the game even further. You play this game and you can just tell, this game is not finished yet. They got half-way there and then they just stopped making it.
The intro screen to hard reset starts with some insanely good smoke effects on the logo of the developer, flying wild hog, then skips over to a picture of the protagonist, whose face is a before playing hard reset then an after playing hard-reset. Its a picture of him with a working eye, and then without one, which is about to happen to you,except he only had 1 eye in the first place, so you're going to be a lot worse off in the loss/gains department.
You're going to need 2 of those blue glowing things after playing this
the game is a Serious Sam style shooter based in a Deus Ex 3 looking world. Its a future dystopia, that's the same as every other future dystopia (Microsoft Word says I need to spell that 'dystrophy') except that its + the matrix. you are basically charged with saving the matrix, while being charged BY stupidly designed killing machines that come at you in droves, allowing you to mow them down to be rewarded with a rinse and repeat in a rather unchanging environment.
Well, I've just bought myself a brand new shiny copy of Deus Ex Human Revolution. I was pleasantly surprised by turning up at the shop where I pre-ordered it, to find that they felt that giving me a whole bunch of free stuff was in order. I could have sworn that I had ordered the average-joe edition, but upon turning up at the store, I was given a spiffy, but empty, metal game case, as well as a VERY pretty box including a bonus disk, 3 extra, make-the-game-unfair-in-my-favor weapons and a cool little art book that I'm probably never going to look at again. I was hoping from some of those futuristic Deus Ex shades, but I did not even ask for this other stuff so I'll shut up about it and just install the game.
Got home, installed the game, and all of a sudden a wild steam appears, it uses level 9 frustration! It's super effective! It also promptly decided to award me with a 500mb TF2 download, that instantly took priority over my Deus Ex, cause like, I totally bought Deus Ex because I wanted a TF2 Hat. After fighting with steam and having to tell it that cloud-based saved games were a waste of everyone's time because I own my own hard drive, I finally got into the game.
Now as you may well know DotA , the home made Warcraft 3 map based on a Starcraft map, is the most duct-taped, cable-tied home-mode bodge job to date. Yet, even though it is basically made out of tied together pieces of other games, it still remains one of the best games ever to grace the face of online competition.
Now for those of you who don't know what DotA is, and I am sure that this is a very limited number, DotA is basically a game where you pit 2 competing armies against each other to destroy bases that are not controlled by you in an effort to overthrow a kind of headquarters, it involves non-player controlled waves of enemies that move towards the enemy base. These are evenly matched and it is up to each team's opposing players to help either kill the enemies troops for money or to help your own troops overwhelm the opposing defenses. Each team has 5 players, each of which is one of a large selection of very unique characters, each either having their primary attribute as strength, agility or intelligence, with strength heroes being damage sponges, intelligence heroes being fragile, but having spells to disrupt the enemy, and agility heroes having a great deal of armor, but little health, this being made up for by higher attack speed.(Agility are sort of all purpose swiss army knives)
Portal, the darling of the interwebs touted as the best thing since sliced chocolate chip cookies, just got a nice brand new shiny, high budget sister.It seems that valve after the success of the first portal decided that their bacon and cheese sammitch of win was a good starting point, but that it needed 500g more butter (there is a Gabe Newell joke in their somewhere) and that one single sammtich was not cutting it, so they added another, in the flavor of atlas and peabody.
The game is not bad, its just that unlike most computer games where sequels are usually a little better than the originial, portal's unique style has been slightly damaged, like gabe newell's, chair, bed and heart valves by the extra butter.
In portal 1 you played for 2 hours of sheer WOW! In portal 2 you play for about 5 hours of WOW! of which 3 are WOW! I'm really bored. Looking for a small patch of white paint on a wall 200 meters away is NOT fun. The individual puzzles themselves are not the flaw in the game. The huge cinematics in the game that, granted push the envelope on destructable environments and immersiveness, don't really add anything to the game. The game was as good as it needed to be. I know its hard to follow up on what the world considered perfection, but if you know you are going to fail, don't waste your time trying. The simple fact of the matter is, this game was made to capitalize on portal 1's success. Leaving portal 1 as the only portal game would have been a much better approach to the series than this was. Don't get me wrong, if this was the first portal, no game would have ever topped it. Its production quality is second to none, its puzzles are smart, its story is pretty damned good for what it is, its just not as good as portal 1. But it anyway. Its only worse than near-perfect, which makes it above 90% of all other games. The amount of manpower they put into making this game is what is wrong with it. Its like they took portal and stapled cutscenes to it. We did not like portal for the story, we liked it for it. I'm not a fan of ricky gervais, and the photocopy of him they have playing the bad guy did not win me over much. I liked everyone else in the game though, but its the one pothole on the highway to infinity that stands you on the side of the road with no tires. The fact that the game seems to have taken the entire production team of 300 to make kinda ruins it. You don't spend your time being a portal ninja, the puzzling is now too focused and you can't really make up for a small misplacement of a portal by being really quick with your mouse. In fact portals have been made to snap to surfaces instead of sticking where you shoot them. This means that there is only 1 solution to each puzzle and no amount of l337 halflife skills or strafe jumping will allow you to succeed. Its just not as portal as portal was. Its more restricted than portal 1 and its just not as good. Its still good. The good thing about this game that makes up for all the fluff they added to make you buy a second game is the multiplayer. The extra person and the need for additional portals does add more to the game. Apart from the lack of replayability and the release of additional multiplayer maps this does make the game quite a lot longer than the first one, even though this does not make up for the whopping price tag, its nice to know that valve is not ripping you off completely. Given how much I paid for the orange box, as I bought it bit by bit, paying full price each time, I'd recommend you just wait it out until valve gives it out as a freebie to attract you to that cash leech that is steam.