Monday, February 28, 2011

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (iTouch) Review

Liberty City on the go.

Alright, this is the last review for Grand Theft February and it's the iTouch version of Chinatown Wars, I already reviewed the DS last year. Now how does the iTouch version compare? Well, for one it looks a hell of a lot better then the DS version. It took about 20 minutes for me to get used to the controls, I had to keep telling myself this wasn't the DS version. But for the controls, it is really simple and I liked what Rockstar did, they kept it simple. It's the same story, you play as Huang Lee, you come into Liberty City with Yu Jian, a sword and you're left for the dead at the very start of the game. It's how you get greeted in Liberty City. Now to be honest I never really did finish the game, I'm still getting through the story in this version but that's because, to me, the game felt like the difficulty went up a little from the DS version. Hell, I even went back and messed around with the DS version and even though it looks alot nicer on the iTouch, I don't think you need to buy this unless you only have a iPod Touch or iPhone and you never played the DS version. If you have played the DS version, stick with that. That is the version to stick with, it's the best version and it just feels a whole lot better on the DS. That being said, it is really cool that you can kill on the go, if you haven't already on the DS, and if you haven't played it on the DS, do not miss it out on your iPod Touch or iPhone. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is getting an 8.5 out of 10.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Grand Theft Auto 4 The Complete Edition (360) Review

The Full Liberty City Experience

Grand Theft Auto 4 The Complete Edition is Grand Theft Auto 4, The Lost & Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony. All 3 games for 40 dollars. I can say it's alot cheaper then buying GTA4 & Episodes from Liberty City separate. If you're going to go buy GTA4, don't buy it alone, that's 20 dollars and then Episodes from Liberty City is 30 dollars. That's 50 bucks altogether, just cheap out and get all 3 games for 40 bucks. It's worth it, you get it all for 40 bucks here. Even though Lost & Damned and Ballad of Gay Tony isn't as incredible as Grand Theft Auto 4, but it's just that all 3 games for a low price is amazing deal and now I don't need to spend money for Microsoft points to get them downloaded to my Xbox. It's cheaper & better on disc. You all know what I think of each of the GTAs in the GTA4 trilogy, and that's why I'm giving Grand Theft Auto 4 The Complete Edition a 10 out of 10.

My next review still takes place in Liberty City and we're ending Grand Theft February with a review of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the iPod Touch. Is Liberty City still the worst place in America on the go? Is the DS version better? Find out when I review it.

Grand Theft Auto 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony (360) Review

Time to end the Liberty City trilogy with a bang.

The Ballad of Gay Tony is the 3rd and final piece of DLC for Grand Theft Auto 4. The Ballad of Gay Tony puts you into the world of Luis Lopez. Luis is Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince's personal bodyguard, and you go through the clubs & nightlife of Liberty City. Ballad is my 3rd favourite GTA, next to Vice City, because it's so flashy, all the bright colours and neon gave it a Vice City feel to it, along with the Vice City FM. Maybe it's a hint at Rockstar's next GTA. The story in this one is you're Luis, the story starts out during the bank heist mission from GTA4, and to see possibly the greatest GTA mission ever from a different angle was really cool. The only problems I had with Ballad are the dancing. I couldn't stand the dancing, the controls for the dancing got confusing and dancing became my least favourite mini-game really quick. My favourite mini-game from Ballad was the parachuting. Once again, Rockstar nailed it with the writing, and the characters. It is extremely hilarious to see Brucie, from this view. This has to be the most action-packed game I've ever played, has there ever been a game where you're on top of a subway shooting down helicopters because you're stealing the subway car? If you haven't played Ballad yet, I won't spoil much for you but all I got to say is why haven't you played this yet? The multiplayer is as strong as it was when GTA4 came out and it's still going strong, not hard at all to find a match and it's fun as hell playing online. The Ballad of Gay Tony is a great way to end the GTA4 trilogy and it's cool to see what happened to the diamonds at the end of it all. The Ballad of Gay Tony is a lot of fun to play, except for the dancing and I hated that it was an actual mission. But it's time to score it up and The Ballad of Gay Tony for the 360 is getting an 8.5 out of 10.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Grand Theft Auto 4: The Lost & Damned Review

Is it born to be wild?

GTA4 The Lost & Damned takes you out of Niko's shoes and puts you into Johnny Klebitz. Vice President of the Lost motorcycle club, and you go through his story and how he sees Liberty City. Again, like GTA4, the voice work, the characters & the writing are just incredible. All of the characters are believable & likable, well except for two, Billy & Brian and you can tell at the beginning you're going to kill them. There are more mini-games here, like instead of bowling or darts, there's arm wrestling and riding with your gang. I have to say that when you're riding with your gang, it's extremely satisfying and cool to see. I already talked about the voice work earlier, but as for the music, it really feels like you're in a bike club because when you get on a bike, the classic rock starts up and you feel like you can ride around the city for hours without a care in the world. The only problem I had with Lost & Damned is Johnny Klebitz, as great as the story & characters are, Johnny Klebitz doesn't feel like he is a GTA character, he doesn't look like the type of guy that will go out across the street and steal a car. The online is still as fun as GTA4, new modes. My favourite mode here would be chopper vs chopper. After seeing Liberty City through the eyes of a biker, it's still fun to stick around in Liberty City. Grand Theft Auto 4: The Lost & Damned is getting a 9 out of 10.

Stick around as the next review will end with a bang. I take on the nightlife of Liberty City with Grand Theft Auto 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony and score GTA4: The Complete Edition and after that we finish our trip in Liberty City with the review of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the iPod Touch. We're almost done Grand Theft February!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Grand Theft Auto 4 Review

After 4 years, it's still amazing.

Back in 2008 just about everyone said Grand Theft Auto 4 was the greatest game ever. It's been out for 4 years and it's still great. The story is 30 hours of gameplay alone, the characters are all still incredible to see & interact with, controls aren't confusing at all and easy to get and just about all of the things to do beside the story, such as getting drunk, darts, bowling. It's all fun and still fun to play. The voice over work is incredible and top notch and the soundtrack to the game is great. Even though I mainly listened to the classic rock station. My only problem with the game, the games graphics are still great but with Rockstar's new games like Red Dead Redemption & L.A. Noire coming out in a few months, you can see that GTA4s graphics are starting to show but it wasn't a big problem though. The online is still fun as hell to play, the one mode I spent the most time playing was "Cops & Robbers" which is where 1 group are the cops & the other group are the robbers, and the robbers have to get to the get-a-way vehicle. It was the most fun I've had playing online since I started playing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. The choices you have to make in the game is, to me, the best part about the story and kinda got to me. Example,you have to choose to let someone live or die and it was still great. I felt like it was 2008 all over again. Now I already talked about the choices but now the story, the story is where it matters, Grand Theft Auto's stories usually ripped off gangster movies like Vice City is Scarface and Grand Theft Auto 3 is The Godfather (or so I've heard) but GTA4's story is original and a few missions felt like I was playing a Goodfellas game, but even when the game reminded me of Goodfellas, it was still not going to deep into reminding me of the movie and stayed GTA4. The emotions I (& alot of other people who played this as well) went through with the choices the game gives you is just, incredible and it's amazing that Rockstar could top their own game series. Grand Theft Auto 4 on it's own is a 10 out of 10. After 4 years, it's still perfect.

Grand Theft Auto 4 is only the first part to the Complete Edition. My next review, we ride over to Alderney & ride bikes with Johnny K. & the Lost M.C. with Grand Theft Auto 4: The Lost & Damned.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rockstar Games Present Table Tennis Review

Rockstar Games without the drugs, swearing & stealing. How does it play?

I keep hearing this game was done for 2 different reasons. The first one, was to show off Rockstar's new graphics engine and the 2nd one is to show that Rockstar Games can do a fun family game. You your mom isn't shouting at you while you're playing GTA4. The game doesn't have much to offer, like unlockables and all that. You just get table tennis, a few characters, a few arenas, on & offline multiplayer, and the single player. The controls are simple and very easy to get in to. Now the online, it took me a good 20 minutes just to try to find someone playing the game, but when I did find another player, it was tense table tennis. Once you & the other player get the ball going, after 10 hits, a catchy techno beat comes on and it raises the tension and it gets faster & faster the more the ball goes back & forth. It is a hell of a lot of fun, believe me. The game is hard to find, but when you do find it, it's gunna be 5 dollars or less! I got my copy for 2 bucks but now you know it's 5 bucks or less. I've never seen this game for above 5 bucks, but this is a hell of a lot of fun and you can start playing table tennis on your 360 if it got boring on the Wii. Rockstar, I love ya and Table Tennis, I also love and Rockstar Games present Table Tennis on the Xbox 360 is getting a 8.0 out of 10.