The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back and re shelled and to be honest I believe the concept of remaking this game was a good idea. Just like R-type , Street Fighter HD and PAC MAN, All great games and remastered to bring new interest to the new generation. Saying that. Well that’s the only good thing I can say about this game. This game is missing a lot of things, like fun and quality entertainment. The game is almost exactly the same but in 3D. Ubisoft literally re made it. This is where the problems starts. The game doesn’t really feature anything new, no new moves, no alternative special moves, nothing new whatsoever. Its just your old left to right scrolling beat up game. That was fine like 15 years ago. But gamers have evolved and now expect something different and more innovating. If your even thinking of buying this game for a challenge more than entertainment you probably won’t find it. Some of the bosses can be easily beaten by continuously jump kicking. As for Graphics, they are simple and solid, the level design looks plain and nothing really catches the eye. Some of the enormous boss models show the true colors of the poor textures. Sound: The new BGM remix and the voice over work were not appealing at all and it does not really give the game a tune. The Final Verdict: If your not a fan, hardcore fan nor ever played this game as a kid then just forget this game ever existed. Repetitive game play , slide show intros and cut-scenes and unpopular online makes this game a waste of time.
Excite Bike… Oh I mean Trials HD is the third installment of the game. Previously on PC with the same name, Trials on the Xbox brings a whole new way to play. Trials is a 2D motorcycle scroller that focuses its core gaming on wild stunts and near impossible tracks as the game processes. The physics of the game are very responsive with the games environments and objects. If you think the game’s tracks aren’t that challenging, and I doubt you will, there is level editor. The Level editor has enough ramps , crates , walls, barrels and other objects one would need to create their own chaotic levels. On top of that you can share them online. Level editing, challenging courses, medal hunting, sharing levels,online replay share, good graphics and unlocking various items gives Trials HD a lot of replay value. Maybe if there was some multi player mode it would have given this game a perfect score.
When Marvel vs. Capcom 2 came out it was the pinnacle of fighting games; it had 200 plus hit combos, crazy air acrobatics, and a roster of characters that span both the Capcom and Marvel universes. So does a game that is almost a decade old still have a place in the next generation consoles? Hell yeah. But the re-release comes with a few minor annoyances.
When Capcom announced that the game was being re-released as a PSN and XBLA game, a cloud of uncertainty arose. Like any other fan of the Capcom crossover series I was a bit scared that they were going to butcher or otherwise cripple such a great game. I’m glad to say that this was not the case and Capcom released a faithful recreation of the arcade classic. This re-release does live up to its “arcade” title because unlike the console version, released a few years back, there is nothing to unlock. Which in my opinion takes away from its charm but lets you get straight to the action. The game itself runs just as silky smooth as the arcade and console counterparts and even comes with enhanced HD graphics to kind of hide the age of the game. However, the Xbox 360 version does have small frame rate hiccups every now and then but it’s nothing that will majorly distract you from the game.
The multiplayer is where this game really shines. There are three modes in multiplayer, local, ranked and player matches. Local matches are self explanatory, it’s you and your buddy going at it till fingers start bleeding from all the button mashing. Player matches are matches where players can set game time, damage levels or other little tweaks to the game itself. Once you find a player match you are taken into the game lobby and placed into a queue. Once the queue is filled you enter what is called “spectator mode.” In this mode you watch the two people in front of you play; I think this is a pretty nice addition that adds to the fun factor. Ranked matches are, well, ranked matches. Unlike player matches, you have no control of time limit or damage settings; also there is no “spectator mode,” so you won’t have any idea how your opponent plays the game. The ranked games come complete with a leader board to see how well your skills rank among other Xbox live players or against your friends.
Earlier I mentioned that the Xbox version of this game had small frame rate issues, unfortunately playing this game over Xbox live makes this minor issue quite visible. There were times when I was in the character select screen and the screen froze for half a second, it wasn’t that bad in the middle of the actual game but it was still noticeable.
All in all this a great remake of the arcade version. If you were into the Capcom crossover series, you owe it to yourself to check this game out. If you weren’t into and were curious to see what the big rave was about this game, then you also owe it to yourself to check it out. Again the fact that everything is already unlocked for you does take away from the game’s replay value, but the included online multiplayer more than makes up for it
The good: All the characters are back and ready to pick up and play. The game play was not tweaked or altered in any way making it pretty easy to pick up if you were familiar with this series. The enhanced HD graphics look pretty nice on a newer gaming rig.
The bad: The fact that there is nothing to unlock kind of takes away from its replay value, there is no way to change the character order during the “versus” screen of the game.
by: Gerardo Gamez
Splosion Man is a cool ,crazy, wacky fun puzzle 2D plat former.Quick description of the game’s story; Splostion Man is the outcome of a scientific experiment gone wrong and with its explosive powers try’s to escape from the laboratory where it was created. This game is all about having a blast. The core game play consists of running , jumping and exploding yourself to pass the many traps and obstacles the scientist left behind for you.You can only explode 3 times in a roll and after that you must wait for a brief recharge to continue exploding by holding on walls and landing back on the ground. Some of the most challenging levels make you think twice about how you are going to use your explosive powers. The multiplayer co-op is a whole new game, it has its own levels and brings the element of team work to a whole new degree. The multiplayer consists of 2-4 players local and online. Splosion is hours of fun online and its a great party game.For some reason this game takes me back to those good old Sonic games. I feel that if they would have the chances to publish a Sonic game, it would be fun and complex. Twisted Pixels needs to give some pointers to the Sonic Developers.
And of course we saved the best for last. Shadow Complex. The 2D side scroller with some 3D aspect that’s been taking our gaming time for hours. Well, where can I start? For one thing, im a cheap bastard and for 15 bucks this game rocks. I’ve been playing it on the hardest difficulty and it’s been very challenging. Other than fighting with foot soldiers and big robots, exploring for items is essential in this game. Most items that you find consists of power ups and some hidden gems. The Gameplay is a compilation of three things, 2d Shooter, Exploring new areas and items and boss battles. All these elements make this a challenging game and give it a substantial amount of replay value. The only downside of the gameplay is that sometimes the aiming system seems weird and innacurate and if you’re playing on the most difficult setting it can get very annoying. The Graphics are pretty good for an XBLA game. The background visual are good eye candy, great atmosphere effects (Water Fall, water effects, lighting, etc), great level design. The cuts scenes use in-game graphics and with a few tweaks on the texture this game could easily pass as a full Xbox 360 game. All the sound effects of the game are good and easily amplify the intensity of the action. This game surpasses its expectations as an XBLA game and offers more than it’s worth.
XBL Gamertag:Comandante Chivo
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