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Bioshock Review

August 31, 2009

Bioshock Logo

Developer: 2K Boston/2K Australia, 2K Marin (PS3)
Publisher: 2K Games
Platform: Xbox 360 (Version Played), PC, PlayStation 3
Genre: First Person Shooter
Players: 1
Release Date: 24th August 2007 (PAL) – X360, PC
17th August 2008 (PAL) – PS3

A lot of FPS’ tend to follow very similar formulas. Grey worlds, space marines, generic characters/story/weapons and very similar shooting mechanics. Not all FPS’ fall under this though and Bioshock definitely doesn’t. What makes Bioshock so different is the amazingly crafted world, the fantastic art style, the characters and plenty more. From start to finish Bioshock is nothing short of incredible.

Even when it comes to combat Bioshock manages to mix it up a little bit. As well as your vast array of weapons, plasmids also play an important part in combat. Plasmids are alterations to your genetic code which allow you pull off some crazy stuff. Each plasmid will allow doing different things such as shoot electricity, shoot fireballs, use telekinesis and more. Just like the weapons though, you can’t rely on them for the full game. The best thing to do is to mix and max with your plasmids and weapons. Experimenting will allow you to figure out the best ways to kill people and be very fun doing so. You can only have a certain amount of plasmids equipped at one time (Depends on how far you’ve upgraded) so you need to make sure you using the right ones for your current task. You also need to have sufficient EVE to use your plasmids but that’s not much of a problem as you will normally have enough.

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God of War Collection Announced

August 31, 2009

god-of-war

You may remember that Sony had a survey which let people choose what they wanted in a God of War III collectors edition. Among the options was a T-shirt, a figure, the soundtrack and more but the thing most people where after was God of War and God of War II on blu-ray with the game. Luckily for us Sony has listened.

They didn’t bundle the first two games in with God of War III though, instead they are releasing the God of War Collection this holiday season for the PS3. This is better as people get their hands on them sooner. It won’t be direct ports though. They now be in 720p, run at 60 FPS, have remastered anti-aliased graphics and even trophy support.

This sound like great news to me and even though I have my original copies, I can see myself buying this. The game currently has an MSRP of $39.99.

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It’s been quiet today

August 30, 2009

Nothing much has happened in the gaming world today and I don’t have any reviews or anything to post either. Just wanted to let you all know. Though I should have a review up tomorrow. The feature will still be up for Saturday and I might try and get another preview written. You can tell me what you want me to preview or write a feature on using the comments below or posting on Twitter.

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First Ballad of Gay Tony Screenshots

August 29, 2009

Here are the first screenshots of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto IV DLC, The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Looks just as good as Grand Theft Auto IV to be honest. There hasn’t been many details but expect this to be pretty awesome. The Ballad of Gay Tony will be arriving exclusively on the Xbox 360 on the 29th October.

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Bionic Commando Rearmed Review

August 29, 2009

 Bionic Commando Rearmed logo

Developer: GRIN
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PlayStation 3 (PSN), Xbox 360 (XBLA) (Version Played), PC
Genre: Side-scrolling shooter/Platformer
Players: 1 – 4
Release Date: 13th August 2008 – X360
13th August 2008 – PC
15th August 2008 – PS3
Price: £7.99/800 MS Points

If you’ve played the original Bionic Commando you’ll know what to expect here as Bionic Commando Rearmed is a remake of the original but with flashier graphics and a few new features. That’s not a bad thing though. Whether you’re a newcomer to the game or a fan of the original this is a game that should not be missed.

The basic gameplay of Rearmed is a side-scrolling shooter. However there is a big focus on platforming which works by using the bionic arm. You can climb up ledges, swing from places and reach higher up places using your trusty arm. It all flows together really well and is a joy to play. You can aim your arm above you, to either side of you and diagonally which allows you to reach pretty much every where you need.  

There are plenty of weapons that you will get to use throughout the course of the game. The standard gun is the pistol which works well for the start of the game but as it progresses you will need a get a lot more. Shotgun, bazooka, ricochet gun, plasma rifle and some more. Each gun has its own different purpose and feels very different from the others. However guns aren’t the only way to defeat people. Having a big mechanical arm that couldn’t hurt anyone wouldn’t be fun now, would it? You can pick up barrels and throw them at people and later in the game you can do a bit more. You are able to grab people with the arm and throw them at other people! How awesome is that!? As well as your arm and guns, eventually you get iron boots which allow you to swing and kick people. Grenades are handy too.

Bionic Commando Rearmed

One of my favourite things about Rearmed is the satisfaction you receive. Most of the game is pretty hard and puts up a good challenge. The bosses are especially guilty of this with some of them being very difficult. This just makes the game better though. The sense of achievement you get for beating some of the harder bosses is worth buying the game for itself. All of the bosses are really well done and fun to fight. Even though some of them may be similar to the ones from earlier in the game, each fight is still great.

The music is another part of the game that is definitely worth mentioning. The soundtrack is the exact same as the original but revamped techno versions of the music. It is really good and both fans and newcomers will appreciate it. It fits in with the whole retro/cheesy 80’s feeling it‘s going for.

One of the best parts of the game is actually a new feature: multiplayer. The multiplayer is only local but that doesn’t stop it from being great. Up to four players can battle against each other and if you have three other people willing to do it then make sure you do. There are plenty of modes and it is very frantic. My favourite mode is Last Man Standing which gives everyone lives and whoever is alive at the end wins but there are some other good ones too. There is one mode where you can’t do any damage but can only push people with guns and you lose a life if you touch the ground which is pretty frantic and fun. It’s a shame that you can’t do it online though. It’s pretty good In each mode pick-ups will fall every so often allowing you to get better weapons, heal and get power ups if you’re quick enough.  There is also co-op which is fantastic. It goes through the main game and can make the game a little easier if you’re struggling.

There is plenty of replay value too. Like I said the multiplayer is great but there also higher difficulties that add an even greater challenge. You will want to play through it again and it’s definitely worth your money.

Bionic Commando: Rearmed is easily one of the best download titles available. Fans of the original game will be provided with an amazing game that fits their nostalgia requirements whilst newcomers will be provided be a completely new experience that will blow them away.

+ Great boss fights
+ Bionic arm works really well
+ Great multiplayer

– No online multiplayer

9/10

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Fable 2 Game of the Year Edition Announced

August 28, 2009

 Fable 2 GOTY

Fable 2 was one of the biggest games of last year and there will be a Game of the Year Edition for the people who haven’t got around to playing it. The GOTY edition will come will both sets of DLC so far which is Knothole Island and See the Future. No other details have been released yet except for that it will have an RRP of £40 in the UK.

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First Chinatown Wars PSP Screenshots

August 27, 2009

Here you go:

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