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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Demo Review

Bioware released the Mass Effect 3 demo on 2-14-12. The demo was only composed of the single player at this time. The multiplayer was supposed to release on 2-17-12 but fortunately was available a day early. There was only two playable levels for the single player and two stages for the multiplayer. The Kinect features were very interesting and unique. As far as demos go this was more than adequate.

The main menu is set up as top to bottom Single-Player, Multiplayer, Kinect Tuner, and Extras. Selecting single-player gives you 3 options: Action, Role Playing, Story. The Action experience plays like Uncharted in essence. A lot of the choice is taken away such as leveling and conversation. Story mode is an in between of Role Playing and Action. Role Playing is the deepest experience with the most control. It allows you to customize your character and choose dialog choices. I enjoyed all three experiences but being a control freak and hardcore RPG player I preferred the Role Playing experience the most.

The first half of the demo is what I'm going to call Arrival. It is exactly as it sounds, the arrival of the Reapers. It was such intense, emotional, heart-wrenching, gut-punching awesomeness that I almost cried. The second part of the demo takes place further into the story. This was very different from the first part as you have a crew to work with, use, and control. It was fun to use new different powers, abilities, and weapons.
Multiplayer is actually really fleshed out and just as deep as any other game with a strong multiplayer following such as Gears of War and Call of Duty. First you pick a class and character. The coolest part of this is that you can be other species. The only drawback is that only certain species are certain classes just as in the single-player story. You can host your own public or private match. There's also challenge mode with 3 levels of difficulty being Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The only unfortunate thing is that there is only two maps. Also you can only have three powers total and two different weapons in multiplayer.
The Kinect features were integrated in a fairly good way for the most part. Some commands are more useful than others such as switching weapons and using certain powers. Using Kinect for the dialogue feels funny at first but felt more immersive for me as time went on. Certain actions like picking up items and opening doors feel cooler but are essentially slower.

The graphics were not as impressive as I thought it would be but then again it is just the demo. The running looks different and odd. This may be to due to an added jump feature. The cover system seems to flow almost as well as Gears of War. They also added the look feature that Gears has been using for years.

Overall the Mass Effect 3 demo was a great preview of what's to come and more. Both segments of the single-player were perfect examples of what this franchise has in store and do best. I believe that with different experiences offered different gamers will enjoy Mass Effect 3 each in their own way. All new features were enjoyable for the most part. The Kinect was integrated in a unique, useful way. The multiplayer was very addictive and I can't wait to see more. Not only will I say that this is a MUST DOWNLOAD but if it cost money I would also say it's a BUY.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Comic Book Men" Premiere Review

2/12/12 AMC 1HR Reality, Series Premiere
"Junk" Walt challenges the staff to a flea market sales competition.

If you've ever heard of or seen any of those reality pawn shows that's what this is with a little mix of Kevin Smiths podcast. The setting is Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash which Kevin Smith is the owner of. The cast is comprised of Executive Producer of the show, Kevin Smith, Walt, manager of Secret Stash, Michael, Ming, and Bryan the resident d-bag of the show.

Walt Flanagan plays the role of leader in this rag-tag group of friends/colleagues. Michael Zapcic is a long time employee of Secret Stash that appears quiet but useful to the team. Bryan Johnson is the worthless does-nothing nobody thats just a jerk. On the other hand Ming is the resident asian that seems to be everybody's bitch. Being that Kevin Smith is the only known name here it's unfortunate that he's also the only one worth watching the show for if at all. In fact you only see and hear from him in between scenes during the video podcasting segments. Overall this show is a PASS but I'll go ahead and give one more chance.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mario Kart 7

Many games exist in the video game world that do not make sense. This includes the popular Mario Kart series since its debut on the SNES. Mario Kart is more of a casual racing game. Most gamers have picked up at least one version of the game. Every console version seems to add unique features. Mario Kart 7 is no exception to the series. This game will excite the retro and modern gamers alike.

Like most retro gamers I am a huge fan of Super Mario Bros 3. This game brings back some of the items that were introduced in that game. The famous Tanooki (Raccoon) Suit is back. The suit works as a weapon and a great defense against red and green shells. The other great item introduced in the one is the fire flower. The allows the player to shoot fireballs for a short time. The fireballs are great getting ahead in the races. The new items feel right at place with the game. The Tanooki suit is wonderful for the battle mode.

The skill level for this game can either be pro or beginner. The items help even out the playing field. Just like any other Mario Kart game when the player get into first all the items happen to hit player and no one else. This is a typical Mario Kart thing in all the games.

The vehicles are mostly the same from the Wii version. The biggest change in this game is that the karts have a fan for underwater and a parasail for the air. Many of the older levels have short cuts with parasail access. This helps keep the old levels fresh. The levels are great and are always throw backs to previous Mario games. My favorite level Luigi's Mansion is back.

Just like the DS version multiplayer is included in the game. The multiplayer can either be with 1 or multiple cartridges and up to 7 other 3DS's. This game series continues to be a great franchise from Nintendo.

Verdict BUY

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