Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (PSP Download) Review

Over a decade old and is it still great?

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped is probably one of the games I remember playing on the PlayStation 1 as a kid. I never did beat it and over the years, I lost the disc, all I can find now is the cover art. Crash Banndicoot 3: Warped came out on the PSN in 2008, one full decade after it came out on PS1, and it's still the same old game I used to play. Though 1 thing I noticed is that the game looks brighter, which is a great thing. One thing that bothered me was all the control schemes. I did slowly get used to one of the control schemes and I eventually found the kid in me was having fun again. Going from level to level, which seem shorter & easier now that I'm an older & a bit of a better gamer but the nostalgia was there which I loved. Everything is the same, from the audio to the bonus stages. I even liked how the old PS1 logo & sound came up when I started the game up. I loved Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped on Playstation 1 and I still love it on my PSP. Crash 3 is a 10 out of 10.

- Just realized, and added all my reviews up, this is my 100th video game review! -

Age of Zombies (PSP Download) Review

Zombies in time. Minus the DeLorean.

Age of Zombies is a game you can download from the PSN for 5 bucks and for 5 bucks, you get an awesome little game. 1 thing I really enjoyed about Age of Zombies was how funny it was, the story is told through what the characters are saying in text and the main guy, Barry Steakfries, feels like he is a Duke Nukem wanna be in the making, and to me, that was a good thing. The game kinda reminded me of Geometry Wars, because you move with either the d-pad or the analog stick and you shoot with the buttons, this game would have been a lot better if Sony had put in the 2nd analog stick but half the time, it was something that didn't really bother me. Now there's only 5 or 6 levels, my favourite was the 1930s. All of the worlds/levels were cool but the 1930s just got to me, and thats another thing I loved about AoZ was each time zone had its own zombies, like Egypt had mummy zombies, 1930s had gangster zombies & the screen fills up with zombies fast & with the blood and brains going everywhere, I loved this game! For 5 bucks, you really get your moneys worth here. Zombie fans looking to get a new taste of killing the undead, buy Age of Zombies when the PSN goes back up. Halfbrick Studios, please consider on making a sequel, maybe in the sequel there could be Nazi Zombies? Age of Zombies is getting an 8.5 out of 10.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (360) Review

Does this cross the finish line?

I remember playing Need for Speed 2 on the Playstation 1 back when I was a kid. Need for Speed 2 became one of my favourite racing games of all time and when I heard they were rebooting the NFS franchise, I jumped for joy when I heard Hot Pursuit would be going back to the roots of Need For Speed. Fast, exotic cars that I can never afford in exotic locations. This game brings A LOT to that. There's a hell of a lot of cars to unlock all in an open world environment. This kinda reminded me of Burnout Paradise mainly because of how beautiful the game looks. This is, to me, one of the best looking games I've seen. The graphics are the best part of the game's experience, I really have this sense of speed going down a road in the desert. The controls are simple to learn, which is always great. The online is also amazing, I spent more time playing the game online then I did offline, there was always a match found in like less then a minute. Now, I did buy the DLC for this, the 2 new game modes, the regular races but with weapons, I thought was a much needed mode before the DLC came out and the other one, with cops and racers and the cops got to catch the "Most Wanted" player, I thought was pretty cool but the thing I didn't like was not a lot of people were playing the new DLC when I got it, considering I got the DLC the day it came out. But in the end, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a GREAT addition to any racing game fan or anyone out there wanting a new racing game or people just getting into racing games. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is my personal favourite game of all time. It's a 10 out of 10.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Guitar Hero: On Tour Series (DS/DS Lite) Review

The Trilogy of Portable Rock

Guitar Hero: On Tour, the first one, came out way back in June 2008 and I remember when I bought it, I bought it day one and I was with my brother and one of my friends. Back then, I thought it was how I pictured a portable Guitar Hero game. The graphics look like Guitar Hero 3, just toned down since it's on the DS but it still looks pretty good for a DS game. Now just a heads up, if you have a DSi, DSi XL or the 3DS, you can't play these, these games are for those who have a DS or a DS lite and still play it. So continuing on the first On Tour, the soundtrack, it includes songs from Guitar Hero 3 and a few ones exclusive to the game but with the downloadable content for music games now, most of these songs are probably available for either Rock Band or Guitar Hero. But I did like how it wasn't all songs from Guitar Hero 3, all 3 games have around 25 songs. Now for controls, you put in a guitar grip into the gba slot and then you got the guitar controls, and then you get a pick stylus, which I still think is pretty cool and you strum on the touch screen. I actually played through a few songs again and I still think it's a great DS game but after playing Rock Band 3 or LEGO Rock Band which are more fun because of it's addiction. Guitar Hero: On Tour for DS is getting a 7.5 out of 10. 

Now the second one, Guitar Hero: On Tour: Decades, to me is the best one of the 3 games and it's because of its soundtrack. It soundtrack includes 5 songs from the 70s, 5 songs from the 80s, 5 songs from the 90s and 5 songs from the 2000s and then 3 bonus songs. The only thing I didn't like was maybe one or two songs from the 2000s but other then that, this was the On Tour title I had the most fun with, the graphics look a little nicer but still the same as the first one. Guitar Hero: On Tour: Decades is getting an 8.5 out of 10.

Finally, Guitar Hero: On Tour: Modern Hits was the last one to come out and I had some fun with it, the soundtrack was alright, even though the soundtrack is all 2000s, I had fun playing songs like The Metal and Half-Truism. The thing I noticed is, is that the way the career played was like Rock Band, you play a song and then after the song, you get fans & money. I thought that was a little cheap and I didn't think that was a great career, I prefer how Guitar Hero did the career for the other 2 DS games, pick a character, and then play songs at a venue, unlock 5 new songs, play that, and continue on til the end. The graphics still look like Guitar Hero 3 and by the time I was playing this, I was playing Guitar Hero 5 for the 360. So the last one, I had fun but not as much fun, and even though there's the saying "Always end on a high note", the DS rock trilogy didn't end on a high note which means Guitar Hero: On Tour: Modern Hits is getting a 6.0 out of 10.

Out of all portable music games, your best bet is to get either LEGO Rock Band or Rock Band 3 since you can play that on any DS system, but if you still play your original DS or DS lite then give one of these a shot.