Joe Danger Special Edition

January 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Joe Danger is here! After serving his time alone on just the Playstation Network, Hello Games have finally brought the fun and crazy title to the Xbox Live Arcade stuffed with extras!

Joe Danger originally found home on the Playstation Network, after the production of Joe Danger’s sequel ‘Joe Danger: The Movie’. Hello Games have decided to present us with the original Joe Danger Special Edition, but what does the SE tag mean? And, who the hell is Joe bloody Danger?

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Gears of War 3 Horde Command Centre DLC

December 8, 2011 at 3:43 am | Posted in Articles, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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So, the beginning of November has brought us the beginning of downloadable content for franchise giant Gears of War 3. With the second batch of downloadable content already announced and on its way, lets take a look at DLC pack one. The Horde Command Centre.

The main focus of this map, being called the Horde Command Centre is non surprisingly, a Command centre available in horde mode. A new form of defensive upgrade, the command centre allows you to call in some aid in the shape of sniper fire to hammer of dawns to clear out those pesky waves. Other upgrades have also appeared on the horde scene with a new decoy which turns your defence into an Onyx guard bot, a new auto turret which will have better use against Berserkers and the Silverback upgrade which lets you fire rockets. These new upgrades are great to use. When you actually get to use them. Unfortunately, your going to have to put in a lot of work to get these, as standard, you’ll need to have maxed out the decoy, turret and silverback in order for you to be able to access the new upgrades, and if you want to get your hands on that command centre, you’ll need to have spent a whole $360,000 on turrets after you’ve purchased the content, meaning anything earned before the downloadable content, isn’t going towards that ultimate defence upgrade. Sigh, it’s a tough job, but we have to get there at some point.

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Fruit Ninja Kinect

December 8, 2011 at 3:40 am | Posted in Articles, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Does anyone remember the EyeToy? Made for the Playstation 2 around the mid-life of its generation cycle, the Eyetoy brought some new life to the gaming scene. It wasn’t that well received, only really had about 2-3 games out for the basic webcam peripheral and with a strange Apple-like style they all had the word EYE in front of them but nevertheless it wasn’t half bad. But it seems to have returned…

Now back to the present and Fruit Ninja Kinect brings us not only the first arcade Kinect title but the first kinect title to bring back some of the fun previously brought to us via that original PS2 camera. Welcome to Week 4 of the Summer Of Arcade.

Left 4 Dead 2 ‘The Passing’ DLC

May 20, 2010 at 2:16 am | Posted in Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | Leave a comment
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The Passing, the first piece of Downloadable Content for Left 4 Dead 2 is finally here, with promises of that of an interesting meeting between our beloved L4D1 cast with that of the new, how expectations come high.

As well as that, the guys over at Valve made an incredibly big deal over what the content included for our fearless foursome, so lets go over each one by one shall we?

Perfect Dark

April 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | Leave a comment
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Ask most gamers over the age of 16 or so the defining question ‘What’s your favorite classic game?’ And the usual reply is ‘GoldenEye!’ for the Nintendo 64. A little while after GoldenEye, and Rare took things even higher with their totally new IP, Perfect Dark. Based around a female spy this time but sprinkled with some creativity and ingenuity that has put Perfect Dark at the top of where most First Person Shooters inspiration comes from today.

After a massive battle over the rights of GoldenEye, Perfect Dark managed to see the light of the Xbox Live Arcade to bring joy to the old fans, and remind everyone else of how good this game actually was, and still is.

The story is set three years after Perfect Dark Zero. Joanna has taken up working with Carrington as an Agent and is one of the highest ranked spies working under Carrington Institute. Joanna is sent on a simple mission to extract a scientist known as Dr Caroll from that of a rival defense contractor, Datadyne only to learn things run much deeper than anyone could have thought.

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What really makes the games story stand out most is how large and diverse the levels are. Some missions are split into sub chapters, each with their own missions to achieve. The game follows GoldenEye in the sense that with knocking up the difficulty comes more objectives to complete in your mission. This style of adding to the difficulty is a great way of opening up the level even more. With unlocking certain doors you may have just walked on by in an easier difficulty, or even giving you access to an entirely new area and new weapons.

Things you do in some levels can affect the next; a good example is of a 3 part Mission later in the game. The first part being at an airport. If you put your weapons in a briefcase and onto a conveyor belt, your entire load out you had on you will then be available when you sneak onto Air Force One, in the following mission. From that, in the Aircrafts cargo bay, you’ll find a Hover bike. Lower this before the end of the level and in the following level, you’ll have a Hover Bike to use, which is handy being one of the larger and open ended levels in the game! Its things like that, which can be done on easier difficulties even if its not required by your objectives that really adds such a depth to how you play through the missions, keeps them interesting each time.

Very much following the style of GoldenEye (quite rightly being its successor) the game has a simple and very easy to pick up feel about it, especially for a First Person Shooter. The game has a subtle auto aim which will become quite helpful when in sticky situations along with your impressive weapon load outs.

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Now, there’s a weapon for everybody in the game, from pistols to throwing knifes, to alien laser guns to deadly accurate assault rifles, the sheer amount of weapons is only overshadowed by the fact you have a secondary fire with each. Meaning there really is the perfect weapon for you with fire modes which you can use for your playing style. Secondary fires in Perfect Dark however doesn’t mean ‘burst fire or single shot’ secondary fires mean depending on your weapon you could melee, turn your assault rifle into a turret, a threat detector for turrets/mines and more. Each weapon has its own individual and sometimes unique fire, which can be switched between at the tap of a bumper. Taking your time with each weapon, learning how it works and what its secondary fires are really pays off and taking that time is easy with a multiplayer I personally still feel is one of the best accommodating Multiplayers in any video game.

The reason I stand by that statement is due to the sheer amount of options you have within it. Technically, the game has tons of options to fiddle around with, so it’s definitely worth having a gander at not only just the menu’s on both the game itself and the multiplayer so you can really make it YOUR game and suit how you like to play.

To give you a good idea of how customizable and creative you can get with creating multiplayer matches I’d say the only game that’s ever done just as well is Halo or Timesplitters 2. The only thing PD trumps it on is the bots.

Something I sorely missed after moving onto newer games and consoles were bots. Only really ever brought back in games like Timesplitters, bots gave you not only a chance to hone your skills, but just something challenging to play against whether on your own or with friends.

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The bots can also be given distinctive personalities to really mix things up. The set-ups are quite basic to begin with, but by playing the Challenges (either alone or with 3 other mates) you can unlock plenty of more bot personalities and the ability to have more in a level. Maximum of 8 bots, add yourself and 3 other friends in the mix. And you’re in for some big fun. Just don’t forget the explosives!

With general HD re-vamps the game is a lot sharper, this however shows in the lighting. The game had quite strong lighting (all lights can be shot out mind) and now with the HD bloom to it, the lights feel even brighter, which is good…if you like headaches.

The HD revamp also comes with cleaner looking character models, including bodies and faces, including a few faces you may see making other games, Peter Moleyneux and co?

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The games main-story will have plenty to run through as Perfect Darks ‘Perfect Agent’ difficulty is notoriously hard. Not only that, but there’s plenty to just keep you coming back to it. Along with fully co-op playable campaign and a very rare game type Counter-Operative in which your mates will have to stop you from finishing the level!

There are also the little hidden things including weapons that could be described as the Golden Gun, but that’s all I’m saying about that. There’s also new to the arcade version some secret crowns to earn in each level. These are specific requirements in which you must usually get hold of a hidden weapon in the level and use it. They are pretty challenging, so you’ll have to do a bit of searching on the internet to find out what to do!

On top of that there’s the endless fun that is the multiplayer and challenges to complete. If that’s not enough, there’s a shooting range and cheats to find and unlock by finishing levels in record times and just having a little wonder around Carrington Institute in your down time.

Perfect Dark also likes rewarding its players, with a record 20 achievements (still only adding to 200 gamerscore) there are also gamer pictures, a theme and avatar clothes to earn whilst playing!

Perfect Dark is back and finally getting some well deserved Xbox Live attention. With enough GoldenEye weapons and some multiplayer levels to keep even the GE>PD fans happy. Its one of the best, defining and groundbreaking First Person Shooters. Perfect Dark hits the arcade and gives some of the current shooters a run for its money. Speaking of, value for money on this game is an incredible steal at just 800 Microsoft Points, why haven’t you got this game yet? And why aren’t Rare getting on and making a true sequel?!

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Sam & Max Beyond Space And Time (Season 2) Review

November 3, 2009 at 3:50 am | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Sam and Max return for another season of 5 new episodes of madness for you to solve!

Keeping in line with Season 1, the game follows the ‘don’t fix what aint broke’ concept of things and continues with the same puzzling point an click adventure game that made the first season a hit.

There’s 5 more episodes for you to get your troublesome crime fighting duo back into the swing off things filled with classic Sam and Max humour to keep the fans going or even those on the same level of humour entertained. Those used to the series can expect plenty of familiar faces and even those more familiar with Season one will recognise plenty of ‘friends’ to encounter.

Much like the first, puzzling game play will be broken up with an occasional mini game of sorts, including driving down the streets looking for the new ‘Torture Me Elmer’ to run over.

Unfortunately, the game is more of the same. Which in some ways is great. Others not.

For some the game play will become rather monotonous fast and will shortly become bored with having to talk to all the characters and click around on all the objects in places for clues. I found playing I with a friend a lot more easier as I found them playing it got me more involved when it came to just helping out, and as I wasn’t the key player, I could zone in and zone out when needed. However, this isn’t really how the games intended to be played.
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Majority of arcade games are used for killing time, or classics. Usually, played when bored, waiting or to allow a download to continue without you being bored out of your skull. Either way, there very jump in jump out orientated. Sam and Max is far from it, its big and definitely will keep you going, but to which extent is really up to the gamer and your tastes, at points, I’d happily just watch an episode or two rather than sit through 5 episodes of long, repetitive and tiresome gaming, still only one for the big fans of Sam and Max.

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Left 4 Dead DLC Crash Course Review

October 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | Leave a comment
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The quintet’s luck isnt getting any better…

With Left 4 Dead 2’s launch looming, thousands of angry L4Dians unhappy with the amount of content which was promised for the beloved zombie predecessor, here is our first new campaign for Left 4 Dead.

Now let’s not get too excited about this. Whilst the new campaign Crash Course, does fill in the gap between campaigns No Mercy and Death Toll, it’s not the full experience you may be expecting (paying) for.

Crash Course begins with your Helicopter from No Mercy in flames, new plan. Time to find your way across the bridge and to safety. Now, you would be expecting a fair amount of ‘chapters’ before you reach the epic finale. So when you find your first safehouse is your ONLY safehouse, you might be a little shocked.

Sadly, the new campaign is only two chapters long. Whilst being definitely longer it will take you less than 40 minutes in a full group on a harder difficulty. And whilst it lacks in the point of how long it is, it definitely doesn’t mean it’s a cakewalk.

Because the sections are longer, it gives you a fair chance to bump into more than just a couple of special infected, with a fair larger amount of your Smokers, Boomers and Hunters, you’ll also come across (if your unlucky) two Witches and a couple of tanks before you find solitude at the end of the mission.

The new level also features new voice overs to keep the fun side of their conversations fresh, keep an ear out for a certain comment about Steam!

The pack also comes with said campaign available in Versus and Survival modes and because its Premium content, you’ll also get a healthy amount of achievements to accompany your travels in the new level, which is a fair bit to keep you going till L4D2.

It’s a nice piece of DLC that to be perfectly honest, L4D fans could have done with a little bit sooner, whether there’s more on the way is yet to be seen, but for the price tag of 540 MS points it might justify itself as avoidable for those that aren’t as bigger fans and can wait for the second installment.

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