The next installment of the widely popular Bioshock series swaps the deep, dark underwater setting of Rapture for the much more colorful and cloud-level heights of the city of Columbia. However, is Columbia truly a heavenly place and will bringing them the girl result in the debt being wiped away?
Developed by 4A Games and published by Deep Silver, Metro: Last Light is based off the popular novel Metro 2033 authored by Dmitry Glukhovsky. Last Light throws you into the setting of a post-apocalypse wasteland and the underground subway system of Moscow. Where mutated creatures roam the surface and the very humans you live with might be your most feared enemy or your greatest ally.
War. Gritty, brutal and deadly. Simulated, it proves to be one of the most popular genres of games available on the market. None stand out more however, than the Battlefield series. In particular, none other game stands out more than Battlefield 1943. This download only title in the Battlefield series is one worth remembering. Created by EA Digital Illusions CE, this 2009 multiplayer only gem still stands strong today. Read on to see all out review warfare put up against this game.
Gameplay in Battlefield 1943 is all about vehicles. Although 1943 offers heated ground engagements, the real prize here is the in-depth vehicle controls. Set in World War 2’s pacific campaign, you play as one of 3 classes; Foot Soldier (Armed with a marksman rifle and rifle grenades), Engineer (Armed with a Sub Machine gun and Rocket Launcher, as well as a repair tool to fix vehicles) and Sniper (Armed with Sniper Rifle and remote TNT charges). You’ll be fighting for either the US Marine Corps or the Imperial Japanese Navy. Either way, you’ll be sure to have a ball. The vehicle set in 1943 is varied greatly; you’ll be fighting by Plane (Comparable to the Jets in Battlefield 3, albeit simpler controls), by Boat, by Jeep or by Tank. Each vehicle can have upwards of 2 people riding shotgun, or manning the artillery. If that’s not enough to satisfy your hunger, then take a step into the Bombing Shelter. Once inside, you can control a trio of bombers, and carpet bomb any where you feel necessary to smithereens.
Which brings us to the next topic; Frostbite 1.5. This game engine fuels Battlefield 1943 to make any of the 3 maps 90% destructible. This allows you to destroy an enemy’s cover with a simply grenade, while also allowing you to remove key points on a map; a bridge for example to slow enemy tanks. This leaves the map at the end of the game looking like virtually a battlefield. Included in 1943 are 3 maps, all built for the game mode Conquest. Conquest involves players attempting to capture key locations on the map, and if 3 or more are controlled by a single team than the other team begins to lose points. If the locations are controlled for long enough the other team loses. Th maximum for each team is 12 people, leaving you a whopping total of 24 players per match. The 3 maps included in the game are as follows: Wake Island, a horse shoe shaped island returning from previous Battlefield games, Iwo Jima, a long strip of building covered flat terrain that will leave the water surrounding it as red as the afternoon sky lighting the map, and Guadalcanal, a hilly, bushy map with sky’s so blue the enemy will be staring at them as soon as you put them down. As an added bonus, a fourth map, Coral Sea is available with an exclusive game mode; Air Superiority. Two teams fight with Planes alone. Control the air space long enough to win the game. In all, Battlefield 1943 features a fully loaded Battlefield experience for veteran players, and a fun-filled, action packed, tactical experience for newer players.
Battlefield 1943 wouldn’t be the game it is without its graphics. For a downloadable title, 1943 features such high-resolution detail that it bewilders even experienced gamers. Under the hood of gameplay, Battlefield 1943 features high detail models, textures and effects to counter a console disc. What makes 1943 stand out is its adaptive lighting. When a building is destroyed, sunlight will filter through the cracks, through the holes, and stop when smoke blocks the way. With burning trees, smoky ruins and high-caliber explosions, 1943 is a graphical treat to the eyes. The graphics don’t stop on land; 1943 features some of the most beautiful water in any game. Ever. The water is so detailed that you’ll want to stay in all day. Literally. Overall, the graphics are above and beyond for a downloadable title, even one at less than a gigabyte size (862 Mega bytes total).
1943 isn’t just chunky with it’s immersible gameplay and blow away graphics. The sound effects in this game will make even dying a delightful treat tot he ears. DICE and EA have worked hard re-creating every sound from the World War 2 period. Want to go kamikaze in a plane? Get greeted by the classic sound that instilled fear into soldiers everywhere. Want to listen t the radio in your jeep? No problem. Even the explosions have high detail sounds to them, making the immersion felt in this game even more. The soundtrack however is another thing. Although catchy and interesting to begin with, it quickly becomes annoying listening to it between matches. To top things off, veteran Battlefield players will find it is just a remix of Battlefield 2142’s soundtrack. This leaves the music lacking in comparison to the rest of the game, however it is by no means bad. It simply does not meet the standard set by everything else in the game.
Overall, Battlefield 1943 is a game you want to get excited for. Whether it be your taste for destruction your flare for graphics or you just want to drive a virtual boat freely, Battlefield 1943 is everything you need and more. Get it now on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace for 12000 Microsoft Points, or for $14.99 US on the PSN store.
Asphalt 7 Heat on Windows Phone – Mini Review
Put the pedal to the metal!
There have been only a few driving games released on the Windows Phone and the latest to arrive is Asphalt 7 Heat from Gameloft. Being a phone game you might not expect too much from this but you would be wrong. This game comes fully featured and has great graphics to boot.
Monster Island on Windows Phone – Mini Review
It appears that monsters have invaded your island and it seems the best way to get rid of them is using your “mini-monster bombs”. There are 5 different types of bombs you will unlock through playing the game that change the mechanics of what you can do using them. From straight forward explode as you hit ones to sticky rocks that let you stick other bombs to them to get into hard to reach places.
Have you ever felt the need to destroy wave after wave of shapes? Just want to get even with that High School Geometry problem? This is your chance to do just that. Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 (Bizarre Games, 2010) is an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive, which pits the player in an all out war against varying shapes with varying difficulty. Read on to see why you should e playing this game.
Gameplay in Geometry Wars 2 is a familiar one on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace; Twin Stick Shooter. You control a small V shaped ship with infinite ammo as you battle your way through six different game modes. Throughout all six game modes (Deadline; 3 minutes to rack up points with infinite lives. Pacifism; Fly through gates which explode a small area to survive. No guns. King; Fly into zones which will appear on the screen to use weaponry, but be careful; these zones don’t last forever. Waves; fight wave after wave of oncoming enemies. One life and all the points you can handle. Evolved; classic game type. Fight forever if you wish, but you only have 3 lives and 3 bombs (More lives and bombs at 100,000, 1,000,000 and 10,000,000). Sequence; similar to Waves, however you fight through set rounds. Die 3 times and your out) you’ll be collecting small green crystals which fly off the dead shapes known as “geoms”. When collected these add to the score multiplier to get you even more points. But your not just going to rely on your guns; in most game modes you will be given bombs, which when activated wipe the screen. You won’t get points but all the geoms are there to collect. Retro Evolved 2 also features 4 player local multiplayer. Battle against each other to get the most points to come out on top! Overall you will find the gameplay in Geometry Wars fun, fast and furious, which will be sure to have you sticking around for more.
The Graphics in Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 are nothing short from incredible You won’t find detail like this in another Arcade game. Every shape is clear, crisp and colorful Add that with the space background as well as the sparks that fly off your behind as well as the shapes (When they explode) will leave you scratching your head why the game doesn’t slow down. The amount of animation effects seen in this game is astounding. This does make if however a little hard to play when you reach the higher scores, as the amount of enemies appearing on screen and exploding can cover the map with a haze of sparks. This won’t ruin the gameplay; but it will leave you yelling at how you couldn’t see that one shape. In the end, the graphics seen here will impress, but may have been over done during development.
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 features on the most incredible sound tracks in any arcade game available on the market. IT features a spacy, upbeat tune when in the menu, however every game mode has an individual track. You will hear sounds ranging from the fast and happy (See Here) to slow and relaxed (See Here). This really helps identify the modes as well, adding for an extra level of immersion. However, on the other side of the sound spectrum, we reach the game sounds themselves. These aren’t anything special, and rather feel hollow when destroying shapes. You won’t be blown over by them, but the music well makes up for it.
With gameplay this astounding, Graphics this clear and music that is literally out of this world, Geometry Wars Retro Evolved is a great game for anyone with an Xbox. The replay value is enormous and coupled with 4 player multiplayer makes this game a literal “geom” in it’s own right. Get it now for 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace.
“SquidGrip provides a low-profile, firm and padded surface for your hands – without disrupting the natural feel of your controller. Developed using moisture-wicking technology, no other product alleviates sweaty hands and improves overall grip and comfort like SquidGrip™
Whether you’re a hard-core gamer seeking a competitive edge through superior grip and comfort, or simply looking for something that truly works at combating sweaty hands – SquidGrip delivers!”
This week IVG staff had the opportunity to review the very popular controller gaming grips from SquidGrip. When we received our set the first things you come across is the neat, light and very informational packaging which comes with all the things you need to upgrade your controller. Now as a general person that is always excited at getting something new I couldn’t wait to get them stuck on and then I remembered they have to be stuck on. Continue Reading
Remember spending hours in a dark arcade surrounded by cans of soda as you mindlessly ate yellow dots? Yeah, neither do I. I do remember controlling Pac-man to eat dots however. And now you can relive that experience on your Xbox console.
There’s not much to say in terms of improvements over the original Pac-man. You’ll still have the same retro pixel look and feel of the game, albeit some slight improvements in resolution. The team at Namco tried and succeeded to give as much as the classic to your console as possible without making it too “modernized”. The end result is a great classic looking game that won’t blow you away, but will warm your nostalgic side.
Gameplay in Pac-man is quite simple. You control a yellow circle with a mouth, eating dots around a maze. Eat all the dots to finish the level and proceed. To hamper your efforts are 4 ghosts (Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde) who, if they touch you, kill you. On the maze here are 4 power dots which will render the ghosts vulnerable, allowing you to eat them for extra points. The game gets increasingly harder, with the ghosts going faster, not all ghosts becoming vulnerable when a pellet is eaten and so on. Fruit, such as cherries and strawberries, are also available to be eaten for more points. In the end this simple yet addicting game play will have you investing hour after hour as you try to eat your hi score over and over again.
In the end, Pac-man is a solid title that will have you wanting more. Get it now for 400 MSP on Xbox or 4.99 on PS3 and start eating.
*Note: My computer has more severe damaged then first predicted. New reviews may take until Saturday. This is posted off a friends laptop.
While many games are available on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace, they usually are small party games with mediocre gameplay and graphics that are fun for about a week. However, cited as one of the greatest Arcade titles released to date, we’ll see if Trials Evolution created by RedLynx (A Subsidiary of Ubisoft) has what it takes to get through the trials of a game review.
The Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace is notorious for games with less-than-great graphics. While this had been the case throughout the years, Trials Evolution takes leaps and bounds and manages to serve up an array of beautiful, HD 3D environments. With an entire country (Appropriately named Crash Country) to unleash your imagination in, it’s a shock that a downloadable title is able to support this kind of detail. From the pieces of destroyable wood to the individual blades of tall grass, you will be more than impressed. With 2 new DLC Worlds (Priced 400MSP each) you’ll be given an Island filled with bays and Lagoons, as well as multiple city locations, and a Desert like landscape teeming with possibilities. Add that with full customization of both the rider and the bike, and you’ll be telling your friends you must have hit you head because the game just looks too good. Continue Reading
What else can be added to the twin stick shooter genre? With such great titles out there such as Geometry Wars and Fusion: Genesis, it can be pretty well said nothing new can spice it up and make it sell. This is where Microbot proves this idea wrong. Microbot takes you for a twin stick joyride through the human body, fighting viruses, bacteria, and previous models of the Microbot that have gone rogue. Developed by Naked Sky Entertainment and published by EA, Microbot attempts to create a fun and enjoyable game which will leave your jaw dropping. Continue Reading