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Dead Space 3 (Xbox 360)
Dead Space 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: 9.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Space 3 is highly enjoyable, with some minor issues., 26 Mar 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Dead Space 3 is a fun action/horror/adventure game, one you'll love if you're a fan of ps1 era horror games. It hasn't really been addressed by reviewers but the fact remains it's a throwback to old fashioned gaming: It isn't a short procession of corridor shootouts that follow the same formula of "gunfight/checkpoint/gunfight". Similar to titles such as Dino Crisis or Resident Evil 1,2 and 3, it mixes the gameplay up with various elements such as puzzles, mini games, zero gravity, flying and weapon crafting. It's not repetitive in spite of its length(I completed hard difficulty in a little over 26 hours, including side missions). The formula can be summarized as follows: Isaac advances towards various goals using his engineering skills to repair machines/ships using salvage/keys, on his quest he fights numerous and deadly Necromorphs. But this isn't an alien extermination game, although the action is sustained and highly enjoyable(providing you craft adequate weapons).

Minor issues? Save system is troublesome, and completely absent in the side missions. This means you can't quit your game during a side mission due to the fact you'll be forced back to a save point that occurred prior to the mission. And concerning the side missions, their difficulty is often far in excess of that of the main quest. Be warned. Another issue is the impossiblity to complete the game 100% if you don't play it at least once in Co-Op, some side missions are accessible only in cooperative play.

In spite of those problems, the game delivers. Especially if you're a fan of the Dead Space universe, the story succeeds in maintaining suspense and keeps you interested until the very end.

5 stars.

Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Talbot Media
Price: 9.99

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Science Fiction drama - if played correctly., 19 April 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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There are several key aspects to consider when commencing this game & I hope to provide the best advice to anyone about to embark on the Mass Effect journey (whether you're beginning with 3, or importing a character through 1,2 & 3):
- first of all make sure you play this game on insanity difficulty, it's absolutely essential for the full experience. This highest difficulty will allow you to "feel" the hopelessness & despair of the task Shepard faces, when you endure wave after wave of Cerberus & Reaper forces you'll appreciate everything the game offers (this is vital to maximize the enjoyment).
- make decisions according to your own principles, don't simply hit the reply corresponding to whether you believe your Shepard is "Paragon" or "Renegade". They do not equate to "good" or "evil", they're simply conciliatory or ruthless. Both are required in various situations, so ignore the basic premise of good vs evil. Choose what you would say or believe in.
- listen carefully to every conversation with you squad mates (preferably remember those you had in 1 & 2) & read the codex.

That last point brings me to the much discussed ending, without spoilers I can affirm the ending makes absolute sense if you've understood the Mass Effect world correctly & listened to the different back stories & history of all the main protagonists. The Mass Effect world was never black & white(in this case "good" organics vs "evil" Reapers), it's a morally grey story with many ambiguous situations(This makes some decisions extremely difficult).

Mass Effect 3 is an absolutely fantastic game, with wonderfully visceral gunfights & action. Add to that all the charismatic supporting roles (Garrus Vakarian steals the show), the excellent script, level design & the beautiful score by Clint Mansell, Mass Effect 3 surpassed my expectations in every way.

5 stars.
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Tomb Raider Underworld (Xbox 360)
Tomb Raider Underworld (Xbox 360)

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good graphics, pathetic gameplay/camera, 21 Nov 2008
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
So OK then, Crystal Dynamics has made an effort to reduce the linearity of Underworld as opposed to Legend and Anniversary.
The helper buttons and combat reticles can be switched off, a very welcome addition for the hard core tomb raider fans. The areas to explore are also far larger than CD's previous installments.

But there are huge problems, the gameplay is absolutely catastrophic. Lara is totally unrealistic, she does not interact properly with the environment. It feels like she is sliding across the decor.
The combat is even worse, the game is definitely unplayable in parts.

To name some serious problems in Underworld:
- Mexico, the motorbike ride is pathetic, unworthy of a next-gen video game.
- The sinking ship is another poor level, the graphics are bad in this part, and it definitely feels like a rushed sequence.
- 10 hours to finish the game, not worth the money.
- Boring secrets, a bad checkpoint system, and terrible artificial intelligence also hinders the fun.

It leaves a sour taste, the whole product is packaged in a way to deceive the original Tomb Raider fans into believing it is a return to the classics, whilst also attempting to attract a larger market.

3 stars for the design of some levels, the temples in Thailand are absolutely stunning, very impressive artwork.
And another reaction to the bug + glitches complaints, most games have technical flaws to a certain level.
Underworld might have some bugs, but they don't spoil the overall experience, the game's more serious problems are all listed above.
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