Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thirty Flights of Loving Review

Thirty Flights of Loving Review

Thirty Flights of Loving isn't really a game at all, it's more like an interactive tale, that shows you a story and doesn't really let you play it. Which for this game is a good thing ... I guess?

This is hands down the shortest story driven game I've ever played.

 It literally took me 14 min to explore and see pretty much everything, and i mean everything the game had to show me. I found a few small dumb things as well, little gems if you will. 

This noire action story is short enough that in the time it takes me to say what this games about, you probably could have beat it for yourself so I'm just going to say that "If you're looking for a surprisingly immersive story in only 13 to 15 minutes Thirty Flights of Loving might be worth your $5, but considering that there's a ton of other $5 and below (Amazing) indie games, saying this one's for every one is definitely a stretch." 

Even though I really did enjoy this game, I'm gunna have to give it a 6 out of 10. 

While the story's good, it's not really a game and it'll take you 15 min at the most to beat, unless of course you leave it on to use the restroom or something like that. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Payday The Heist, Wolfpack DLC Review

Payday The Heist, Wolfpack DLC Review

Prepare to root for the bad guys again in the Wolf Pack DLC for Payday The Heist.

I love the concept for Payday. You play as Dallas, Wolf, Chains or Hoxton who are the bad guys, and commit some sort of robbery or break out, where your either killing cops or thugs.

Payday is one of those guilty pleasure kind's of games, and the Wolf Pack DLC add's two additional levels and some new guns into the mix, so you can do evil terrible things.

I think the most notable of the new guns would have to be the Sentry gun there's also a AK Rifle, Grenade Launcher, and a Stryk Pistol which is more like a Uzi. 

In the mission Counterfeit, the team gets into the "victims" house as some pool repair guys. 

This person has a counterfeiting operation in his basement, 

and a large safe full of lute you have to steal and make your exit with. 

In Undercover your team kidnaps a IRS agent who is making a dirty deal. 

You use his information to hack a system that steals the team all the money, from that dirty deal.

It's quite fun, and quite intense.

Payday isn't exactly a pretty looking game, but that doesn't mean it's not a fun game. 

It's also the kind of game where if all the players have a microphone makes it a lot funner, and a lot easier to explain what you're doing and when you need help.

I can't tell you how many times I went down and yelled out for help to have someone come just a few moments later to save me. Also there's something about saving your fellow teammate that's very satisfying.

If you haven't played Payday yet every mission has you waiting for something at some point or another, and usually that something or another gets jammed or stopped and it's your job to fix it. This is just part of the game mechanic to make you go off and explore a little and defend the area. 

To keep this game fresh, objectives aren't always where they used to be the previous times that you played the game, making it so you have to plan out scenarios differently each time you play.

Considering you can buy the full game for $20 which has 6 different levels, the additional $10 for only 2 more missions isn't quite as worth it.

Payday The Heist, Wolfpack DLC
Gets a 7 out of 10

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Real Racing 2 Review

Real Racing 2 Review

If you like racing that's not fake, Real Racing 2 might be right on your race track.

I need to be honest right now. I'm not reviewing the iPhone or iPad version of this game, but I'm going to have to assume that they are basically the same, seeing as how there's cross-platform play. I tried playing this game with all 4 different controllers and I definitely think the PC version of this game has the upper hand, and I'll explain.

Using my iPhone just didn't feel right, almost like there was a bit of delay, which in a racing game you cant have, and at one point in the middle of a race it just disconnected, forcing me to end the race.

Using the directional keys sounds like it would work fine, but using the keys makes your car jerk in the direction suddenly, which in this game makes your car just a bit slower, and once again in a racing game you just can't have that. The trackpad is the next best thing. It gives you the option to hold while turning and cornering without quickly jerking the car left or right. But using the trackpad just feels weird to me. And finally the way that feels like cheating, is to use a game consoles controller like an Xbox or PlayStation. You get all of the precision with none of the delay, also it's far easier to make tight turns.

There are five different types of races. Time trials, head-to-head, elimination, single races, and circuit races.

During a time trial race there's no one else on the track but you and all you have to do is get to the finish line within a predetermined amount of time.

Head-to-head, put you against one other racer, who you simply must beat.

Elimination, put you against a few other racers, and after it each lap the driver in last place gets eliminated, until there is only one car left.

A single race is just that. One race against 15 other cars.

The circuit race puts you against the same 15 drivers in a series of different racetracks, with each position per  race giving you a different score, after all the races are finished the racer with the highest score wins. 

Also as a little extra if you want to play with others there's online multiplayer. But they need to change the online multiplayer's name to the 1995 McLaren F1 - GTR race. Look at this! Almost everyone I'm racing has this damn car!

They need to make it so simaler engines race together, otherwise the McLaren's gunna win every time cos his car can go more then 300 Miles Per Hour. Until then I'm simply not going to play multiplayer. Now with all that aside, this wouldn't be a racing game without cars and while this game doesn't have a huge selection of cars it's got a decent selection of cars. 9 Different makes and around 27 different cars all together 

When upgrading your cars you need to make sure that you don't go above the limit for your race that you're going to compete in. Having a car that's too souped-up will make it so you wont qualify to race. Also this is one of those games where they make it incredibly difficult at first but then as you race on, it becomes easier and easier, with car upgrades.

This game looks both good and bad all the same time. The cars are all very shiny and pretty and the tracks themselves are very well put together but the spectators and the far-off details don't look very good. In general it looks nice though.

I'm not much of a racing fanatic but overall this game is okay.
Real Racing 2 gets a

7 out of 10

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Fight Lights Out Review

The Fight: Lights Out Review

Punching it's way to your television set is The Fight: Lights Out.

Prepare to have sore arms for the next couple days. The first street fighting simulator for the PlayStation Move really is a great workout. 

I have to admit it's kind of nice that this game keeps track of all the calories that you burn, for all you work out enthusiast.While this game claims to be a streetfighting simulator it's really more of a boxing simulator, cos there is no use of your feet.

While during most fights it's incredibly accurate, other times your fighter just goes a little ... Off. 

During replay you look like you don't know how to throw a punch for your life, but this is partially because you can't use your feet to move which would be the most logical way you would do something like that, but because of the game mechanics you have to use the buttons. Also throwing combinations at your opponent almost never seems to work efficiently.

You have a stamina bar that goes down as you throw punches. Is it just me or should my stamina in this game be what my stamina is in real life!? Its not as though I don't get tired. This system forces you to block when probably wouldn't in a real life.

The motion tracking in this game is incredibly hit or miss. Sometimes it works great and it's able to connect my punches when it should and sometimes it just doesn't work at all. 

Before each fight you have the option to bet on yourself, and because of this motion control problem, it makes me not want to bet on myself and then have to pay to have myself healed afterwards as well.

Danny Trejo Is the face of The Fight and boy it's an ugly face but that's why I love him. I guess when he's not showing up in a Robert Rodriguez film, he's coaching and talking trash to would-be fighters. Trejo starts you off on your quest to be the top underground fighter, by teaching you the basics. Also along your journey he gives you helpful advice.

The concept for this game seems great but every fight feels the same nothing feels special. Yeah you get your occasional dirty moves but it's not enough to let the game feel fresh. Also if you're not a fan of the washed out look, everything just starts looking black and white after a while. And it's style could get irritating after a little while. Your character is customizable too but almost everything you can equip you have to unlock. Also you can upgrade your fighters stats but they really don't feel like they do anything to your character for the overall gameplay.

One of the other huge downsides of The Fight is that it's required you have two Move controllers. For some I can see this being somewhat of a annoying, small, investment just to play one game, although it's not like you can't use two controllers on other Move titles.

Although I had a decently fun time with this game, it's very forgettable.
The Fight: Lights Out gets a

6 out of 10