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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.

punch-out-glass-joe

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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Things on my Mind 2/2/09

by on Feb.02, 2009, under Flood 2008, Flood Recovery, General News

Hello again world.. It’s another week, a whole new month of 2009.

Ground Hog DayToday is, of course, groundhog day.  Poor phil saw his shadow which means we have 6 more weeks of winter.  I got to thinking, doesn’t he USUALLY see his shadow, I can’t remember a time where he hasn’t.  But I must due my duty and watch the movie today.. 🙂 Get that out of my system.

As well, this weekend I got to play some more WOW.. I have a couple of toons up to 20, which means I get to leave the starter areas for .. well greener pastures.. however, most of the time you get quests that “point” you in a direction.. with my Draeni Paladin, however, I really didn’t have anywhere to go, I moved over to the wetlands to do some questing there.. We’ll see how that goes

The Floors

The Floors

Floors & Walls

Floors & Walls

More work happened on the house this week, we had people in the last few days (sans Sunday) that was doing the mudding and did some sanding.  They should be getting close to doing the final texturing.. We have also bought all the paint and gotten all the wood for the floors that we need.  There was 53 boxes of flooring, which totalled just a little over a ton of wood flooring.. We tried not to stack it all in one place.   We are getting close.. Once the walls are up we can go full bore on the paint and floors.. I believe they can happen at the same time as long as we are careful.  The kitchen cabinets are getting ordered sometime this week, and as soon as we the floors in the kitchen, we will get our appliances put in there.. things are wrapping up hopefully.  I’m hoping that once we get the walls ready for work, we can just plow forward as we won’t really be waiting on skilled labour.  The floors however, we do have to have someone in to do those.

Well that’s all for this week.. come back next week for more ramblings and more complaining, and we’ll see how much got done on the house..

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First Look: Bioshock (PS3)

by on Jan.20, 2009, under Game Reviews, Gaming

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

I’ve had BioShock for a while, tonight I decided to crack it open and try it out.

These are my first impressions I had with the game.  The game reminded me a lot of a cross between a Horror Movie and a ride at Disney World.  There were times were I found it extremely hard to see things as the game is set in a underground city with electrical problems 🙂

The back-story is quite interesting and lends itself well to the game.  As I don’t usually play FPS type of game the controls were a little wonky to me, but you eventually got used to ’em.  I was able to get through about an hour of play and the first puzzle.  The first puzzle wasn’t overly hard, I did fail it a couple of times while I tried to “get it”, however only took me like 3 times to finish it.  I assume it’s going to be harder as we go along.

The whisper and yells that are in the background are a little disconcerting, which lends itself to the game very well.  The graphics are good, and the game play seems to work well.  I did find that the camera seemed limiting, I was always bumping up against walls and getting stuck in corners, but this is probably my inexperience with FPS games.

So far, I’d give this one a 4/5 rating.. I hope to play this one some more.. I know it will frustrate me, but I believe it will be worth it.

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