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Medal Of Honor: Heroes 2 (Wii)
Medal Of Honor: Heroes 2 (Wii)
Price: £17.89

50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Online Multiplayer For The Wii!, 2 Nov. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
While away in Canada, I heard about this games day. So I went along and found myself sampling the Medal of Honor; Heroes 2 game. While playing the single player provided solid gameplay and a satisfying campaign, I was blew away by the online multiplayer. Before i go in depth about all the multiplayer etc, I'll give a brief overview of the game.
1) First up is the graphics. Yes, we all know the Wii isn't the most graphically advanced console. But that's because it's target audience is different and the Wii is aimed for casual gamers and the family experience. The graphics are pretty good on this game. The players models and good, smooth animations and realistic environments. The urban environments look a lot better in my opinion but the whole game is polished and have solid graphics.
2) Next up, the sound. the sound on this game is good with some very realistic effects but the soundtrack i.e. the music behind the shooting and 'nading isn't as good as that featured in Call of Duty 3 but still I can't mark a game down on it's sound unless it's truly awful.
3) Now the gameplay. The controls for this game are a lot better and you can play in two control formations. There are some really nice intuitive controls. For example, Tilting the remote left and right will let you peer around a corner. Little details like these make this game incredibly satisfying and shooting a runnning target in the head is very fun and feels rewarding.
4) This next section will have to be a prediction on how long the game will last. As with most online shooters, they are appealing for a long time and with a single player campaign to turn to, there is a guaranteed long life of this game. After playing the multiplayer for under an hour, I can say I was totally hooked and I cannot wait till this game arrives November the 30th. The multiplayer consists of 3 modes. Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. there are 6 maps varying from small to very large extensive maps. Each game can host upto 32 players which can be havoc on the smaller maps. I can see myself playing on this multiplayer for hundred's of hours honing my skills. :)

Overall, this is a Wii game with great online multiplayer, very fun, very intuitive control scheme which feel natural and rewarding. The multiplayer is enough for me to pre-order this game. All in all, a fine game.
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War Rock (PC CD)
War Rock (PC CD)

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why War Rock Rocks., 22 Mar. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: War Rock (PC CD) (Video Game)
War Rock is an open beta game where you can download the free game and play against other players from across the globe. The game is very fun and there are a wide range or weapons, vehicles and maps available. You level up through gaining experience by killing, dying and capturing flags. The higher your level, the more armour you have and the more weapons become available. Although, the levels take a long time to accomplish. There are 3 types of game play in this game: Close Quarter Combat, Urban Ops and Battle Group. CQC hosts a range of maps which are played in rounds. To win a round, your team must kill all the other team or you must successful plant an explosive charge. These games are fast paced and they are played on small maps. Urban Ops offers loads of fun as you fight on teams of upto 12 a side. These maps offer the mode deathmatch which is just first team to kill a certain number of the opposing team. Battle Group offers huge, expansive maps with upto 16 players a side a all of the vehicles, including Tanks, Helicopters, Jets and Boats.

War Rock is very hard at first as it takes a while to get the standard the other players have. At times, it might be frustrating but altogether it is a fun experience. War Rock runs on all performance computers. As long as you have an internet connection and 256 RAM, you can play. The game performs better on low graphics, but if your system is good, you can enjoy the brilliant high level graphics and effects.

Do not buy this game yet. Download the game off of the official War Rock website to see if you like it. If you do like it then, this game includes maps of the levels etc etc. You also get a free month of gold premium which gives you extra priorites and you can host a game on all maps. Non premium players can play on all the maps but they can only host about 60% of the maps. Non premium players can't also access some weapons. Premium packages start at around £3 a month for bronze, £6 a month for silver and £8 a month for gold. To see the features you get with each look on the War Rock website and all the details are on there.

1) Download this game.

2) Make an account on the War Rock website.

3) Enjoy the game.

4) If you enjoy it a lot, buy this package.

5) If you enjoy it more, buy premium.

Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
Offered by games.empire
Price: £11.15

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Huge Review., 11 Mar. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I'm not going to spend thousands of words explaining why you should by this game. The new combat system is fun and fluid and doesn't seem disjointed. Sqaure Enix changed the game for the better to make a fun, real time feel without all the random encounters with enemies. This is generally a lot better because you can avoid enemies rather than having to flee constantly. The new gambit system allows you to program your characters to prioritise what they do. This saves a lot of time having to heal and buff your characters. Aoens are now called Espers and there it's fun walking around with a titanic monster fighting everything for you. The graphics are stunning, the music score is atmospheric and the game is massive, everything you'd expect from a FF game. Don't be put off by these old fashioned players who can't accept change in the series.

Call of Duty 3 (Wii)
Call of Duty 3 (Wii)
Offered by zoverstocks
Price: £24.09

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plain Fun., 28 Feb. 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Call of Duty 3 (Wii) (Video Game)
Call of Duty 3 was always going to be a hit or miss on the next gen interactive Wii console. It might not look half as good as the PS3 or Xbox360 versions but what it offers is a more enjoyable, more accomplished game. If you were hoping to play online or have a multiplayer match with your mates than this game really isn't for you.

The game follows several characters including an American soldier called Nichols and several other armies likle the British, and Polish. You follow all of these but not one at a time. One mission you might be playing as the Americans and the next you might be playing as the Polish.

The story line of the game is about after D-Day and the allies attempt to re-capture France, forcing the Nazis into the Falaise gap. You'll sabotage, destroy and do everything you'd expect in a WW2 shooter.

The graphics aren't ground breaking or impressive. There are a few nasty textures about but if you're not shallow enough to not buy a game because of it's visual prowess, you won't mind.

The sound is pretty atmospheric but the music where a blood thirsty Nazi is pushing a gun against you gets annyoing, especially when you can't do it.

But the best bit about this game how you play it. you actually feel as if you're improving as a soldier becoming a skilled marksmen. Punching the Wii remote towards the screen will do a melee attack. B is to shoot and holding A will look down the barrel of your weapon, for more precise shooting. You get to plant charges which takes 3 different movements with the Nunchuk controller. At first you will need to turn down the sensitivity as it takes a while to train a steady, accurate hand. You get to drive a car, row a boat all using the Wii's unique interactive gameplay. It really is great.

This game is pretty big and you can knock up a good 15 hours on the campaign. The game, sadly has little to no extras. But what you get is a fantastic package of what the Wii can really do.

Daxter (PSP)
Daxter (PSP)

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Good., 14 Dec. 2006
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Daxter (PSP) (Video Game)
Daxter is a game set in Haven City, between the end of Jak 1 and beginning of Jak 2. You play as an Ottsel, called Daxter, who is part of a Pest/Bug Control Company. You are assigned to different missions, each in a different area of Haven City where you get to ride your Hoverbike. This is a nice touch as you get to explore Haven City and get familiar with the game. There are several mini-games which are unlocked by collecting precursor orbs. These games are fun but mostly the same, but nonetheless, they provide a change in gameplay. The mini-games are in the style of films etc and my personal favourites are the Matrix level and Braveheart level. Completing mini-games by getting high scores, improves Daxter's health. There is also a very nice Bug Combat mode where you play as different bugs in a rock, paper, scissors type game. In this mode you take it in turns to select your move, Defend, Melee or Range. Your success largely depends on luck but you can improve your bugs stats by collecting vials in the missions. Once you've trained your bug, you can even face your mates, using the PSP's wireless.

Daxter provides the player with fresh and sharp graphics. The visual and auditory aspects of the game are top notch, the voices are great and there is nothing to fault. The gameplay is fun but most of all playable. It's easy to pick up but it still provides a challenge. This game is pretty substabtial and the main story will knock up a good 10-20 hours depending on how good you are. There is bug combat and mini-games but why didn't this game get the full 5 stars? The game loses appeal quite quickly because the gameplay in the main story hasn't got much variety. The combat isn't engaging enough to make you want to keep on playing constantly. Saying that, the game feels fresh if you haven't played it in a few weeks.

In all, this game is top notch on all fronts and there are several nice features that will help you stack up the hours. If you're a platformer fan, this is probably the best on PSP.

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Offered by MEDIALAND
Price: £71.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing, 7 Mar. 2006
Advance Wars 2 sounded like a good game so i bought it off amazon. I got it and was instantly chucked into a deep hole of addiction and compulsion. First off the friendly, no blood, cartoony graphics welcome you the advance wars world and the visual effects are simple but they do the job perfectly. Each C.O. (commanding officer) has their own soundtrack which is different to listening to the same old same old. The gun sounds and explosions are pretty sweet and there is even more music choice when you get a Super C.O. power of a normal C.O. power. Right now the best part of the game; the addictive gameplay. At first advance wars may seem steppy and quite difficult but once you have fought about 5 campaign battles you'll be soon on your way to a war tacticioner. This game is absolutely amazing and is an essential for the GBA. There is a long and progressively difficult campaign modes where you can follow a story and get shop points. There's war room which let's you verse other C.O.'s on different maps to sharpen up your skills. You can also create your own map and put it to the test and vs.mode. in the shop you can purchase additional maps, characters and other cool stuff. Once you get advance wars you won't need any of your other GBA games. It is 100000000% awesome! buy it now!

SSX On Tour (PSP)
SSX On Tour (PSP)

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SSX AWESOME!, 21 Feb. 2006
This review is from: SSX On Tour (PSP) (Video Game)
SSX is a superb series of games that include snowboarding events such as board races and trick attacks. This latest installment of the series for the PSP is 200% awesome. The graphics are superb in everyway. The boarders look real and the graphic effects are truly amazing. The EA games trax soundtrack for this game is about 90% rock and is amazing. It features wicked songs from "Bloc Party" and "We Are Scientists". The sound effects are sweet aswell. SSX is completely and utterly addictive. The gameplay is pure fun and it doesn't get frustrating. This game is a real sporting experience for the PSP and lasts for ages. money well spent!

Lumines (PSP)
Lumines (PSP)
Offered by John Seth Smith
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain-Fryingly Addictive, 16 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Lumines (PSP) (Video Game)
Lumines is a super cool puzzle game which has a variety of difficulties. The concept of lumines: you play on a grid and a 2x2 block of 4 squares (each square can be one of 2 colours, which cahnge on each level) fall in the centre of the screen. It is your job to move and rotate these blocks so you get a minimum 2x2 block of the same colour. These blocks will be cleared when the timeline moves past them. Sound Hard? It isn't. This game isn't visually staggering but the graphics do the job just fine. Extra points are rewared if you can land the blocks on the beat and this is where Lumines really shines. As the game gets harder, you'll most probably focus on getting the screen clear. There is a challenge mode where you unlock skins (levels) which can be played individually in single skin mode. There is a puzzle mode where you have to make certain shapes out of the blocks and versus mode where you can play against the computer. The more blocks you can bust the more territory you get and the less the computer gets. It's a slight change to the gameplay. You can also unlock profile characters which will be displayed when you go on the Wi-Fi, Infrastucture or Ad-Hoc. Playing against your other friends is great and it gives Lumines a new dimension. The auditory aspects of the game are good, but the techno can get agitating. Lumines is huge and the challenge mode can take tens of hours to conquer it alone.

Lumines provides a unique experience. If you are just playing it for 5 minutes or for 5 hours, it doesn't matter, it's just as fun. The challenge mode will defeat even the most experienced gamers but you'll keep on playing. If there's one reason not to buy it, it would have to be if you don't like puzzle games. But. nonetheless, there is nothing better than finding an addictive game that will get you and your mates hooked for months.

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