Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Yes, I played it. 2 days ago to be exact, and to say the truth, I couldn’t get my hands off of it. My friends, this is the best superhero game of all time, the best fighting game of the year, and quite possibly the best game of the year yet. Although it’s not perfect, this game is really great with only a few noticeable flaws that keep it from being probably the best game I’ve played this year and in a long time. Lets begin our quest through Arkham.

I’m going to start off the review by telling you guysabout the storyline. You see, Joker issent to Arkham yet agin, but this time, him and his goons have decided to take over the place. Your job, as Batman, is to control and defeat Joker and ALL of his goons before Joker destroys Arkham and then Gotham in its place. The storyline is not really all that new to hardcore Batman fans. You come in, fight the Joker, and get out. But something about the storyline is this game is justso addicitve, you can’t help but get pulled in. It’s also very reminecent to past Batman comics. The Joker looks, sounds, and feels like the Joker we would all remember and love. He’s funny, yet deadly. Witty, yet gruesome. A genius, yet a menace. This Joker has it all. Batman also has a bit of an attitude in this game, but I feel that he can act abit too much like the Batman we see on all those cheesy cartoons. Although Batman has always been quite q serious fellow, he has cracked a few jokes here and there in the comics. Here…nothing. He has no emotions except for anger, and a lot of Batman fans will love that. But me…no, I really found that dissapointing. Overall, the storyline is nothing new, but it’s not at all bad. the farthest from bad actually.  And after you beat the story mode, you have plently of challenge rooms to keep you busy. At least 40 hours of gameplay I’d say.

The combat systems is actually one that takes some growing into, but once you have, it’s a fun system to control. You see, you’ve got your square button that inflicts a normal punch attack, and if you hit the square button more at one time, you inflict a combo move. Simple, right? then you have your triangle button, which can be used to do various things throughout the game, but during combat is used to counter enemy attacks. The circle button is used like the square button, andyou can also combo with triagnle to inflict a takedown move. So that covers the hand-to-hand combat portion of the game.  Then you also have the battarang, nightvision / heat vision sensor controls, and much more. The overall combat system and control scheme is very vast, too vast to get fully into. But you’ll love it.

The voice acting was quie nice to say the truth. Sometimes Batman’s voice would be saying something, and his mouth would be saying something else though. A lot the voice acting in my opinion was off-key and somewhat mediocre when compared to what the character is trying to mouth-out. And to me, that was a very large let-down. It was robably the largest disspaointment in the game. Although I love the cast of voice actors, the game wasn’t doing them justice.

Character designs varied from excellent to just plain stupid. Batman and Joker had excellent character designs. Batman looking like a muscular hero, and Joker looking like a menace to behold. The true essence to both characters. But the largest con about the character designs came when you began to see Joker’s henchmen. These guys were more ripped tan Batman, they almost even resembled Killer Croc! Their designs were also completely un-imaginative. I mean, a couple guys with shaved heads, mohawks, and masks? And all wearing basically the same exact clothes? They could have done much better in this field. But I guess the characters that actually are seen most in the game are done nicely, or the main characters.

The graphics and physics engine was phenomenal. The game runs on the Unreal Engine 3, the same engine that runs Unreal Tournament, you know, one of the best looking games that ever existed? Yes, this game looks and feels fantastic. The graphics are phenomenal. You can actually see the sweat on Batman’s face, you can actually see the paint wearing off of Joker’s face, and you can actually see single strands of hair, pebbles being kicked on the ground, and individual water droplets coming from the ceiling, or when you run through a puddle. the physics were amazing. You punch someone, their face gets messed up. You hit someone with a battarang, blood flies and stays there. You hit someone so hard they fly, their body twists and turns. I was fantastic. The only thing I didn’t like about the grahpics were that sometimes the graphics looked a bit bland and out of there, like the wall texture looked exactly like the floor. But hey, not everything is perfect..right? But something that was really nice was that Batman gets beat up and scarred as you gradually procede in the game. Which was pretty cool. The game also sounded great.

Overall, the game was an achievement. Like that many have said, the game did what The Dark Knight did in the film univesere. It was near perfect, with only few flaws. It’s a great game that any batman fan needs to pick up.

Scores:

  • Graphics: 9.5/10
  • Gameplay: 8.5/10
  • Story: 9.5/10
  • Sound / Music: 9/10
  • Voice Acting: 7.5/10
  • Realism / physics: 10/10
  • Lasting Appeal: 9/10
  • Replay Value: 9.5/10

Overall Score: 72.5/80  =  91%  (Outstanding!)

Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi

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Well, here it is, DBZ’s first outing at a 3-D enviornment game, developed by Spike and Published by Atari. Well, the game is the fourth in the Budokai series and was released in 2005. Everybody thought it would be the best DBZ game ever, or at least an amazing one. Well, it’s not bad, but definetely no “amazing”, and let me tell you why.

The game starts off with the Story Mode, where you have to go through all the hardships that the Z Fighters had to go through. I think that this is where the game really shines. The story mode is incredibly detailed, and will take you at least 6 hours to complete, far more than any other Dragonball Z game. And they also try and cover every aspect of DBZ, including movies as well.  You have the Saiyan, Frieza, Garlic Jr., Cell, and Majin Buu sagas, along with multiple movies, like Broly, Bojak, Cooler, and more.

Let’s move onto the battling system. It’s an all new battle system for DBZ, and it’s simply lovely. It provides and open world to travel around, great space for battles, and just plain enviornments that are fun as hell to destroy. The controls are very responsive, and I think that Spike did a good job with the system and the enviornments.

Now here is where the game lacks. You have a lot of characters, I beleive over 55, 57 to be exact. Now, with all these characters, you would think that tha game would be very unique, well, it’s certainly unique, but not in a good way. This game made a terrible mistake with transformation selection. In other DBZ games, you would have to charge your Ki, and then transform into an altered state, most of the time of the better (Super Saiyan, Cell Forms, etc.). Well, in this game, if you want to be a Super Saiyan, you stay a Super Saiyan for the whole game and never revert. You would think that this would be good, unless you are facing a Super Saiyan 3, in which case you would want to level up during battle. But you cannot do that, which is a trrible thing that can ruin some great fun. You have to make sure that your opponent ot whoever you are playing with choose a character that has the same power level for maximal fun.

Overall, the game is a good one, but not the best DBZ game, (I thought Budokai 3 was) that falls from few design flaws, and one major one that can sometimes ruin battles for you. I’d at least rent it if you didn’t already own it.

  • Graphics: 7/10
  • Gameplay: 8/10
  • Story: 10/10
  • Sound / Music: 5/10
  • Lasting Appeal: 5/10
  • Replay Value: 5/10

Overall:  40  /  60        =        67%   (Not The Best)

Super Mario Galaxy review

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Here’s my review for the Nintendo Wii video game, Super Mario Galaxy. Let me start off by saying that this is probably my favorite Wii game, so your going to hears a lot of pros in this review.

Here we go! First off, let’s comment on the story. The main gist of the story is like any other Mario game, Bowser kidnaps Peach and takes her to a faraway land, making Mario have to go the distance to save her. But this time, the battle is taken to the stars. Bowser and Bowser.Jr kidnap Peach and take her to a distant galaxy, and Mario must travel through many galaxies to save her. The overall story honestly never gets old, I love it.

The gameplay is quite innovative. You use the nunchuck to control Mario, and you can also shake the Wii remote to send Mario into a tornado attack, which you’ll be finding yourself doing more than often in the game. You must collect items called Star Bits, and you can use these items to launch at your opponents. You can also use your shake attack to fight them as well. You can, of course, bump attack as well. Overall, the gamplay is fun and creative, and will appeal to hardcore and casual gamers.

The graphics in this game are simply beautiful. Really, the best graphics I have ever seen on the Wii, other than Metroid Prime 3. The graphics have a detailed cartoony theme that just works so well, that it’s almost strange that those kind of graphics  can even be supported by the Wii. Overall, the graphics are just plain perfect.

The stages on the game are based off of small planets found in different galaxies, and all the different playing fields are simply amazing. They are so fun to play in, that you’ll find yourself addicted in an instant. You will seriously play this game until you have either beaten ir or at least  gotten 80% into it. The game is jus too fun for Mario fans to pass up.

Overall, the game is an absolute joy to play. You’ll find yourself glued to your Wii for hours, just playing around in these fun-filled galaxies. This game will never disappoint, and it’s just the best Wii game out there.

GRAPHICS: 9.5 / 10

GAMEPLAY: 9.5 / 10

STORY: 8 / 10

SOUND / MUSIC: 8 / 10

LASTING APPEAL: 10 / 10

REPLAY VALUE: 10 / 10

OVERALL: 9.2 / 10    –    Outstanding!