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.
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.
A classic reborn, ten years to the date 343 Industries released Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. 2011 was a big year for the Xbox; it signified the ten year anniversary for the release of the console itself and the release date of the game that could arguably be what made the Xbox what it is today.
Simply and honestly put, the original Halo did not age well in terms of graphics at all. The re-mastered HD graphics are certainly needed in order for this game to keep its beauty. However, with these new graphics I noticed that at points the frame rate drops rather low and the game lags badly. Most of the times I noticed this though, there was a lot of scenery present; otherwise this did not happen. If you’re like me though and love a bit of nostalgia you have the ability to press the back button on the controller and go into what they call “Classic mode”. Which as it sounds like, gives you the original graphics for Halo as they were back in 2001. The transition between “Anniversary” and “Classic” modes is smooth in itself, with it only taking about two to three seconds to go between each mode. Just make sure you’re not in combat when switching back and forth; otherwise the Covenant will kill you.
“Get up, they’re coming!” A voice commands you to do so from somewhere and as you awaken from your little nap, you find yourself in the sewers. Fear 3, published by Warner Brothers Games and developed by Day 1 Studios, puts you in the role of returning character Point Man; and now mother is expecting.
There are not many changes in terms of core game mechanics compared to the previous games in the series. What changes were made, much like any new game in a series, they are mainly refinements to that which are already in place. The degree of difficulty is a tad bit unfair I feel. Even the jump from easy to normal doesn’t feel right. You can be running around the level and have little troubles on normal, then hit an area that seems ridiculously hard to get past while being on the same level of difficulty. The new cover system is very Continue Reading
Sniper Elite V2 is the modern day remake of the innovative Xbox Original, Sniper Elite with updated graphics and various tweaks to gameplay. Set during the ending days of World War II, you play as Karl Fairburne, who grew up in Germany and his family left the country long before the war broke out. You are sent back to Berlin during the war in order to stop the scientists behind the creation of the V2 rockets. Continue Reading
Saturdays in Fall signify the start of the college football season with its many traditions and rivalries between schools, but football season cannot be around all year long sadly. The most recent installment in the NCAA Football series from EA has made some minor and major changes to the franchise.
A very difficult task in games, especially those that are sports games, is getting the likeness of the players for the team. Compared to previous NCAA Football titles, I feel that 12 has taken care of that problem. The players may not resemble their real life counterparts perfectly, but you can tell there are certain similarities between virtual player and real life player if you pay close enough attention. Continue Reading