Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Mobile Phone) Review

Get chased by the cops on the go.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit has to be one of my favourite games of all time (the console review for NFS: HP will come up soon) and when I saw that the mobile version was on sale for 5 bucks, since it's a 7 dollar game, I thought, ok, it's a port, this is going to be meh or it is going to be bad. It is neither, it is really good. The graphics look really good and after playing Asphalt 4 for my phone, Need for Speed looks a LOT better. There are no car sounds, there's only the one theme that plays over & over. For controls, if you're playing as a racer, then there's a left & right button to steer and then if you're a cop, there's the left & right, a road block button & a spike button.  Now I had only one problem with the controls, you have to touch above the button. Not on the button, just above it. There's no multiplayer, no online. It's just a one player, when you're at school or at work and you need your Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit fix. The menus look like it popped right out of the console version and that's a good thing. But once you beat the game, if you're like me, you're only going to come back to it once in a while. With that, it's a good port but I just wish the game had a little more replayability. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for mobile phone is getting a 7.0 out of 10.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Super Meat Boy (Xbox Live Arcade) Review

Oh, there's a lot of meat to go around.

Super Meat Boy is possibly one of THE hardest games I have ever played. I've played alot of portable & console games but Super Meat Boy takes the cake for being the most challenging game ever. But I didn't stay mad at it because of it's INCREDIBLE music and great graphics. Now, one of the best parts I loved about Super Meat Boy was all the homages to classic games, like one warp zone was done like you were playing SMB on a original Game Boy. I loved all the classic game nods & homages but I think the best part, and I already said it was INCREDIBLE. The music is great! The Lil Slugger Theme is great! It's my favourite theme out of the rest of the game's music. "teh internets" levels feel like they are impossible though, I only got past 2 or 3 of them. With the unlockables, I unlocked 3 or 4 characters and all of them feel different and that's a good thing.
The controls are easy to learn, it's just A to jump and you move left & right. It's that easy. But it's all the needles or salt (which kinda looks like a certain drug) or the flying ... I don't know what they're called but they are flying heads and they kept killing me. Over. and over. and over. again.
You can clearly see this game has alot of love & care in it and it's the game's charm that made me come back to beat a few more levels before giving up again. Super Meat Boy, I still haven't beaten you but one day, I will and I will NEVER even begin to try to get the 100% achievement. That's just crazy. Super Meat Boy, to me you're an 8.5 out of 10. Great game!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rock Band Unplugged (PSP) Review

I love rock and roll to go

Rock Band Unplugged is the first of the three portable Rock Band games. LEGO rock band on DS was 2nd and Rock Band 3 for DS was the last one. Now Rock Band Unplugged feels more like the Rock Band game I want to take on the go, what with the 40 song setlist it has, downloadable songs, the soundtrack is great, even though it does feel like a "Best of Rock Band 2 & RB DLC". The soundtrack includes songs like Pinball Wizard, More Than A Feeling, Livin' On A Prayer, Miss Murder. One of the problems I had with the soundtrack was I didn't like a song here & there and if they were using songs from Rock Band 2, why not use songs from the first Rock Band? I wouldn't mind playing some of those songs on the go. Even though this game has no new or exclusive songs, I didn't really mind it. I thought of it more as Rock Band 2 minus 80-something songs from Rock Band 2. One thing I love about Rock Band Unplugged and still do is how great this game looks. 
Even though it's toned down from the consoles, on the PSP, it still looks really good and the gameplay of having all 4 instruments. I loved it. I also loved that if one instrument was failing, the audio for just that instrument will start to fade. The game does have DLC, which makes it MORE like Rock Band then the DS Rock Band titles  but there's no multiplayer, which is one thing the Rock Band franchise is known for, but I did really enjoy that there was no multiplayer cause when I play music games, I usually play by myself and one thing I will not buy from the store is Know Your Enemy by Green Day. Why that song? Why not 21 Guns? Also Harmonix, please get back to getting more songs for Rock Band Unplugged, it's a great game, I'll buy DLC for it, I already got 5 songs off the store for it and I'm most likely going to get more when the time comes. I would like to see more songs for the store, let Rock Band live long on the PSP. Rock Band Unplugged is a 20 dollar game, it's worth EVERY penny. Rock Band Unplugged is getting a 9.0 out of 10.