Reviews by RageKage14

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Itchy Tasty Typing

RageKage14 | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Typing of the Dead: Overkill

Typing of the Dead, originally a Japanese arcade game and Dreamcast release in the states, is a bizarre twist on the popular SEGA House of the Dead franchise. This latest installment is a typing take on the Wii and PS3 release House of the Dead: Overkill. While the game is not necessarily a typing tutorial, it's sure to increase keyboard awareness while providing a fun zombie killing experience.

Keyboard strokes replace bullets as your means of dispatching your undead foes. As the zombies shamble closer, words appear in front of them. Typing out the full words or sentence before they approach allows the player to kill them. It's the same experience as a lightgun game, with it's on-rails approach. Killing zombies in a row without making any typos increases a combo multiplier. Leaderboards are present to track your typing skills against the world.

As a bonus feature, the original House of the Dead: Overkill Director's Cut version is also included intact. This particular reviewer did not spend much time with that version, as a lightgun game with the mouse did not sound like an ideal experience. Some users might have fun with it, and it's nice to see it included, but it's not the main attraction.

It sounds like an unorthodox game, but as you see zombie brains explode across your screen as you type sentences like "Perfectly Spherical Uncle" and "The Unicorn Died Last Wednesday", the appeal of the game becomes apparent. A delightful and unique game experience.

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A Magical LEGO Experience

RageKage14 | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Traveller's Tales is back with more LEGO video game magic. For those unfamiliar with the plethora of LEGO titles available, the games are fairly basic puzzle action games with emphasis on collection. Compulsive completionists will have a field day collecting LEGO studs, bricks, and characters. There is a lot of meat here, with a 100% completion taking a dozen hours to complete.

There's not much challenge to the game. You run around the environment, breaking objects and assembling blocks to progress to the next section. There is no hard death penalty, only resulting in the loss of some studs. The game is perfect for kids and family play, as there is no fail state to impede your progress and frustrate younger players.

The real selling point of the games is seeing your favorite franchise brought to life with LEGO charm. It's enchanting to see your favorite Harry Potter characters in LEGO form slinging spells and enchanting bricks, with familiar scenes from the movies playing out with humorous murmers and grunts from the characters. Harry Potter and LEGO fans will get a ton of enjoyment from the game.

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The best Lego game to date

RageKage14 | Oct. 22, 2013 | Review of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

The Lego formula is perfected in Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7. These games are fun puzzle games which can be enjoyed by adults or kids alike. If you're even the slightest bit familiar with the world of Harry Potter, you will delight in seeing familiar characters and settings brought to life through the humorous whimsy of Lego. The game isn't very difficult to complete, but the real joy in the game is in the playful nature of the Lego setting. You can smash things in the environment to pieces to collect Lego studs, or assemble bricks and pieces to solve puzzles or navigate the environment. There is a lot to see and do, and completing everything will take dozens of hours. A very enjoyable experience.