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Review: DeathSpank – Yes that’s a thong

by on Aug.08, 2010, under Game Reviews, Gaming

So the other day, I heard about this game.. It’s name.. DeathSpank.  What?  I say to myself, and after watching videos on it’s website, it seemed very interesting.  It reminded me a lot of Torchlight, which I am still playing, as I’ve not had time to actually finish that game.

However, this small hack and slash dungeon crawler is top notch.  The controls are wonderful and the story was good.

The game is rated TEEN, and I would agree with that.  The game mechanics are simple.  Each button and arrow on the D-PAD are assigned a weapon, potion or orb.  This makes the game incredibly easy to play on the XBOX 360 controller.  The inventory gets full quick with old armor, weapons and orbs.  The mechanics show you a green background with good things for your level, and lets you “Grind” old things to obtain money.  The game was pretty easy and when I finished the game I had 2.2 million dollars in my inventory, as well as a full bag.

There was a mechanic for “blocking” enemies too, but it seemed really forgettable, I think I only used it when the actual hints popped up on screen but not after that.. I found that using the “Justice” powers served me more than blocking.

The story was good, the hero with the powerful thong battling a king who has been corrupted by the power of his throne.  Deathspank is the dispenser of justice and hero to the downtrodden.

When the game was over, it preludes a SEQUEL which I will most likely get.. I played DeathSpank Straight through, probably a good straight 10 – 12 hour of game-play.. got almost all the achievements, but might try to go back into my saved game to get the last two.

All in all, wonderful game and a good way to waste a weekend.

Rating: 9 out of 10
Recommended: YES

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Uncharted: A Review

by on Oct.28, 2009, under Game Reviews, Gaming

It’s about that time again, time for a game review ( I know I need to review Ghostbusters yet).  This time, this review is for Uncharted: Drakes Fortune.

Uncharted

Alright, I might be a little behind, but back when Uncharted originally came out I downloaded the demo, and had major issues playing the game.  I really never liked FPS style games, and I just didn’t give this one a chance.  The visuals were awesome and I told myself if the game ever dropped in price, I was going to try it.

About a month ago, I found this game for 30$ at BestBuy, so I thought I’d finally try the game.  Let me tell you, this game has got to be one of the MUST HAVE for PS3 owners.

So I got into the game, the amazing cinematics.  The awesome graphics.  The ease of game play.  As I’m not much of a FPS gamer, I played the game very safe (and on normal) and tried to use mostly guns for the fighting.  Let me tell  you, the amount of different weapons was quite interesting.  I myself, loved the Dragon Sniper Rifle.  That was just awesomeness in a can.  There is melee combat as well, which I didn’t do much of.   The game also consists of several puzzles, but on Normal mode the game does help out with some hints.

With this game, unlike many games, I never used any sort of walkthroughs or cheats on this game.  I had lots of fun just trying to figure it out myself, with my 8 year old helping me look for ammo and treasure.

First time through, I got most (half) of the treasures, so I figure for me, that’s not too bad.  Once you finish the game, and save the world the main menu  unlocks some bonus content.  Watching the behind the scenes of how they made the game, for a techie and 3d person was just awesome.

Now I have the ability to play certain levels again (like I didn’t play them enough when I was dying the first time) and try to get more trophies and more treasures.  Now that I understand the game mechanics, some of the earlier levels might be a lot more fun.

As I’ve said before, I would highly recommend this game to every PS3 owner, even if you don’t like the FPS genre.  It mixes a lot of other things in too.. GET IT!! (it’s cheaper now too)

Score: 9.5 out of 10
Recommend: YES

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First Look: Punchout

by on May.26, 2009, under Game Reviews, Gaming

A couple of weeks ago, I received a coupon from Best Buy that allowed for a 10$ gift card when I bought the Wii Version of Punch Out.

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Glass Joe

Why not, I thought.  I liked the game when I was younger on the original NES.  I remember playing both on the home console and in the arcade.  I had fond memories of Glass Joe, King Hippo and of course Mike Tyson.

Wii has since, removed Tyson and replaced him with a character called The Disco Kid.  The game plays very well on the Wii console.  Game play seems to be the exact same as I remember.

The characters are styled very well, they kept the look.  The feel of the original game still remains.  There are 3 sections you have to play through on “Career” mode that has 4 characters to beat in each class.  Glass Joe is the first as it was before, and is very easy to beat once you get the controls down.

As with the controls, they let you choose how you want to do it.  Using both the Nunchuck and the WiiMote, using just the WiiMote and using the Nunchuck, WiiMote and Balance Board.

I tried to use the version with the Balance Board, but couldn’t get it to work to my advantage.  There were times when I turned one way on the board, but the game registered it going the other way.  I found using the standard Wii controls was the best way to go.

I also notice there was a “Head-to-Head” version of the game.  I have yet to try this version of the game and will play it before the final review.

The next day, after I first played, I found how out of shape I really am.  My whole BODY ached and stiff.  I will have to wait a couple days before going back to the game (or playing through the pain).  I believe this game will also help me get a little more fit, seeing as I do have some to shed.

Hopefully, within a month or so I’ll be back with a full review of this game.

For now, I recommend it to anyone that has a Wii and a love of the original game!

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Final Review: Portal: Still Alive

by on May.12, 2009, under Game Reviews, Gaming


GLaDOS Companion Cube

GLaDOS Companion Cube

I bought the XBLA version of Portal a few months back.  Well okay, maybe more.  I had heard a lot of  hype about the game, but couldn’t really figure out why people liked it so much.  Was it the nefarious references to cake?  Was it the cuddly companion cubes that I saw all over the Internet?

So I dropped the coin and downloaded Portal.  After learning the basics of portal I was hooked.  Granted, I’m not the best at this game, I had a couple of times I couldn’t think spatially.

There were a few times, I needed a hint from an anonymous source on the Internet.. but only in a few of the areas.. The game became extremely addictive when I did play, and I was forced to leave it from time to time.  The game had a wonderfully fun game play, but looks to have limited replay value.

The game was a lot of fun and did keep me entertained, and the final credits were the best part of the game.  GLaDOS was extremely entertaining too.

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone.  It wasn’t too hard, but it wasn’t so easy that it wasn’t enjoyable.  I think maybe in a few months I may go back and play some more.  I also will plan on doing the challenge maps to try and get some more achievements.  There are some achievements that I KNOW I won’t be able to get.. but that’s okay.. 🙂

Rating: 8 out of 10
Recommended: YES

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