Reviews by SNAC0B_

70

A Long Awaited Return.

SNAC0B_ | Nov. 25, 2014 | Review of Medal of Honor Platinum

11 years after the first masterpiece was released on PlayStation, medal of honour has returned to the market. This being the 13th game in the series but only the first of this console generation the game has had a lot of pressure to stand up to. Whilst call of duty and battlefield dominate the market with sprawling variety and explosive set pieces, medal of honour has set itself apart by focusing on realism and so puts you in the shoes of Tier One Operatives and Special Forces in the battle for Afghanistan and the surrounding areas.

The games single player campaign in my opinion is the best of any military shooter of the past 5 years, it gives a real sense of realism and guides you through the battles and loss that soldiers experience today, and with the added fact that it is set in an ongoing warzone certainly adds to the atmosphere and immersion.

Where the game falls is through its general robustness, it is clear that this game does not have the experience or funding of its competitors and its gameplay suffers. The gunplay is not as smooth or real as it should be and the weapon recoil is almost non-existent. The graphics are also a little disappointing in places with muddy textures and badly rendered landscapes.

The games multiplayer is a good balance between call of duty and battlefield with a variety of game modes and customization, however a couple of years on from its initial release it has a very small following if any on console.

Overall if you’re after a shooter with a more accurate portrayal of modern conflicts and warfare then you should certainly take a look at medal of honours campaign however if not then there are plenty of military shooters out there that do gameplay and visuals much better.

70

Still A Good Contender

SNAC0B_ | Nov. 24, 2014 | Review of Need for Speed: Shift

Having picked this older game up for very cheap from green man gaming, under £2 I believe I didn’t really expect a huge amount of fun, but I can safely say this game is worth your money. Need for speed shift was one of the last mainstream racing games to not be set in an open world which certainly means it has a more arcade racer feel to it. The game has aged very well and its visuals and sound effects are still very good, there is a large variety of cars to choose from each sorted into its on class depending on its performance and speed, you begin the game with the cheap slow cars and after a few hours you’ll be in the big leagues racing million pound Bugatti’s. The game has a good number of different modes in its campaign, races, timetrials, tournaments, cups and some pretty unique challenge events.

There’s not really much more to say if you like racing games and have yet to play this one go ahead and buy it, it’s a good racing game for a great price.

85

Refreshing Multiplayer Fun.

SNAC0B_ | Nov. 24, 2014 | Review of Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare

Just a quick note to potential buyers this game is online only, meaning you will need an active internet connection and a PlayStation Network or Xbox live gold account. So with the out the way I shall begin.

Plants vs zombies garden warfare is a wonderful brake from the regular multiplayer shooters which dominate the market. All the bland brown and grey scenery has gone and in its place is a wonderfully colourful warzone in which players can battle for the control of the hallowed gardens. The game is played from a third person perspective and there are a good variety of different classes to play, all of which will be familiar to those that played the original Android/iOS game.

The game consists of 2 parts; firstly there is garden ops (PvE) which is a co-op based mode in which a team of 4 plants must defend a garden from increasingly difficult waves of zombies until crazy Dave rescues them. This mode is a lot of fun with a descent amount of maps and randomly generated boss waves.

The second and most substantial part of the game is garden warfare (PvP) which is the competitive multiplayer with a variety of game modes, including team deathmatch, a battlefield style rush mode in which plants defend a single zone at a time and must fall back to the next if the zombies manage to capture it and a call of duty style sabotage mode in which players must collect the bomb and plant and detonate it on the enemies patch.

Throughout the matches players will complete challenges and will level up the class that they are playing with. Players also earn coins for most actions which can be used to purchase card packs which reward players with a variety of goodies ranging from new weapons, variations of the base classes and a whole range of character customization items.

My only real compliant against the game is that the unlocks are randomly allocated through the card pack unlock system so obviously you can come up against some people who have unlocked a really cool powerful variation of one of the characters and your just stuck with the default.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a thoroughly fun game to play for children and adults, the art style and colourful gameplay make for a refreshing change to the more popular shooter. The sound effects and music are great. There is a good variety of maps and the characters and teams are very well balanced. But with all online games there is the occasional issue with lag and sound effect synchronization. But overall if you fancy playing a well-made triple A multiplayer that isn’t a military shooter that is both fun to play and watch then I would highly recommend PvZ :Garden Warfare.

90

A brilliant game, with an ok dlc.

SNAC0B_ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Review of Far Cry 3 - The Lost Expeditions

This pack contains the far cry 3 we all know and love plus the dlc known as the lost expeditions. It merely adds 2 extra missions to the base game totally in around 30-50 minutes of gameplay depending on how you play it and an extra weapon to the multiplayer side of things. In all honesty it doesn’t really add anything special to the experience to what is an already incredible game so don’t be worried about what version to get, that being said if its near enough the same price why not go for a little extra content. Be wary of buying pre-owned though as the content will most probably have been redeemed already.

75

Good fun for all ages

SNAC0B_ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Review of Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection

The Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection contains some very enjoyable classics from the good old days, the highlights for me being Streets of Rage, Alex the kid and Sonic the Hedgehog. It is difficult to critique a collection of games like this but I can surely say that for old school gamers they will find many delights within this package. And I’m sure that there will be one or two that newer gamers will love too. Overall with such a large collection of games you’re bound to like it and know being able to play such classics with the added bonus of earning trophies is great.

80

Welcome to a new kind of CoD

SNAC0B_ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Review of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

This review is solely based upon the multiplayer aspect of advanced warfare as that is the main reason why most people buy the call of duty titles.

So let’s get straight to business, the introduction of the Exo suit has revitalised a frankly quite tired series. But do not run in thinking that this is just Titanfall without the titans as it most certainly is not, at heart it is still call of duty however now you are able to boost in and out of combat situations. The Exo has made each and every map a whole new vertical playground and has increased movement speed and agility considerably, meaning that it is now possible to escape firefights and out manoeuvre your enemies instead of the previous title in with the quickest trigger finger one the day.

Advanced warfare has introduced a new loot system as well as the normal XP rank based unlocks. So occasionally you will receive supply drops that can contain several items ranging from soldier customization items to new variations of the base weapons.

The maps are all very well balanced and very varied however at the date of writing this review several of the maps are slightly broken, meaning that there are areas that players can manage to glitch into and not be attacked but are able to attack everybody else. However I am sure that the developers sledgehammer games will patch this problem at the soonest possible date. Well with that and the obvious occasional lag issues that almost every large scale multiplayer title suffers from here and there. My only other compliant is that the multiplayer menus take considerably longer to load and navigate compared to previous call of duty titles but whether this is just due to heavy server load or perhaps there is just more data to load it is not a major issue and does not retract from how fun the game is play.

So overall Advanced Warfare is the furthest leap forward for the series in a long time. Both newcomers and pre-existing fans of the series should thoroughly enjoy this well rounded title. And having owned all the titles available to the PS3 system and having been disappointed by the previous couple of instalments from the series I would personally say this is the best CoD since the original black ops release in 2010. And to sum up it is simply just a very fun game to play.

(At the current date of this review I would have given this title an 8.5 but with the map glitched areas I am rating this 8)

100

A delight to finally have on PS3.

SNAC0B_ | Aug. 30, 2014 | Review of Minecraft

Minecraft is finally been brought to the ps3 on a physical disc. I’ve been waiting for ages and I must say it was certainly worth the wait. For those of you that aren’t already familiar with the title, Minecraft is a very unique type of video game it requires you to do nothing and everything, there are no objectives, no story, no path. However there is a whole world for you to build, create and make your own adventures in. The ps3 version is un-modded, basic vanilla level Minecraft and is considerably smaller to its infinitely expanding PC counterpart. But it is still an absolute joy to play. It can be enjoyed in single player perfectly well but can become a different experience when you start a server with friends. It’s a little difficult to get across why such a simple game has become such a world-wide success, so instead I will simply say that kids and adults alike if you haven’t yet experienced Minecraft for yourself then I would fully recommend that you go out and get it for whatever platform you can. For me it was PlayStation 3.

100

A truly wonderful masterpiece.

SNAC0B_ | April 15, 2014 | Review of The Last of Us

The Last Of Us is most certainly the best game of the last generation if not one of the best games ever made.

I will keep this short and to the point as I do not wish to repeat what others have said or spoil the story in any way. The graphics, gameplay, and mechanics are all perfectly executed by naughty dog. The story is definitely the best to date told in gaming and could even rival many top notch films.

Overall if you haven't played this game yet then you should, I would even go as far to say even if you don't have a PlayStation 3 then go out and buy one if only to play the masterpiece of a game that The Last Of Us is.

90

An incredible experience.

SNAC0B_ | April 15, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition

The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion is a top notch role playing game set in a massive sprawling world filled with many, many things to do.

The story surrounds the mysterious opening of oblivion gates throughout the land and during your adventures you are tasked with discovering battling and closing these gates from inside. The actual mechanics behind these gates to another world is very good. The oblivion gates are essentially hell dungeons in which you must find your way through battle your way to the Sigil stone located somewhere within and then obtain it in order to close the gate. Each time you enter into a gate the world beyond it is randomly generated so you never quite know what you're going to face. Throughout the game you will undertake hundreds of quests, meet some amazing characters, explore a beautiful landscape and level up your character. With the added bonus of the shivering isles dlc being included with the game of the year edition, this game becomes even bigger and better.

The graphics and gameplay are a little worse for wear now that most people have played Skyrim but it has aged well and is definitely still a great game to experience. It does however come with a few bugs and glitches which is understandable considering its massive scope but can make it a little less enjoyable at times. I would also recommend looking up some FAQS on the levelling up system before diving in as it is possible through poor skill choice to essentially under level your character and therefore struggle to progress due to enemies being overpowered compared to yourself.

Overall Oblivion is a very strong role playing game with a great world and good gameplay mechanics. It is different enough from its sequel to not just feel like a dated Skyrim and therefore if you haven't played it yet then I would definitely recommend you do and at this price how could you refuse.

90

Ezio’s back and better than ever.

SNAC0B_ | April 14, 2014 | Review of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin’s Creed brother picks up exactly from where AC2 left off. It’s still the same time jumping story as ever and you continue to play as Ezio. Once again you find yourself in Rome and the surrounding territories but this time you truly feel powerful. The developers have updated and improved the combat mechanics so now rather than just block and parry you can actually take on whole groups of enemies and dispatch them quickly and efficiently by chaining kills together thanks to the new changes. As always there is plenty to do; theres secrets to find, quests to do and assassinations to carry out. The free running and movement is largely kept the same as its predecessor and there are plenty of weapons, techniques and armour to unlock. Overall if you liked Assassins Creed 1 and 2 or even if you didn’t, I would highly recommend this title as it has improved on almost all aspects of its predecessors and is a thoroughly enjoyable game to play.

70

A fun but repetitive experience.

SNAC0B_ | April 14, 2014 | Review of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

The force unleashed 2 is very similar to the first in terms of gameplay and mechanics. And it’s because of this that it seems to wear thin rather quickly. Not many changes seem to have been implemented as you find yourself once again battling through the galaxy in this slash-em up. You are able to customize and upgrade your force powers as you progress but the story seems to be lacking compared to the first which in my opinion was a much more enjoyable experience. It’s certainly a hard genre to shine in as the god of war series has dominated it for the past 10 years and unfortunately the force unleashed 2 does not come close to rivalling it in any terms, gameplay, graphics, mechanics and story are all better executed in the god of war series. Overall if you’re after a slash em-up then there are definitely better ones on the market, however if you’re a fan of the star wars universe then I’m sure you will enjoy this game for its content and aesthetics.

25

An expected disappointment.

SNAC0B_ | April 13, 2014 | Review of Aliens: Colonial Marines

I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard already but aliens colonial marines was a massive flop. After all the hype behind the title what eventually came out was just bad. Poor textures and animations, Plenty of bugs and glitches and the fact that the campaign is only 5 hours long all mean that this game is not worth your time, even if you are an aliens fan this will still disappoint. There is plenty of backtracking throughout the short campaign and the Xenomorphs have gone from being scary and menacing to just simply being cannon fodder that runs straight out into your crosshairs time and again. If you can pick up this title for £5 then by all means go ahead and give it a go but I really couldn’t recommend it for anything other than trophy hunting.

70

Good but not great.

SNAC0B_ | April 13, 2014 | Review of Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2 is a good solid FPS set in an open world with many innovative gameplay features. One of which is the fire physics, you are able to use naturally spreading fire to your advantage and flush out enemies by simply using a Molotov or flamethrower but be careful or you might just burn the entire damn area down. However the enemy AI does soil the experience somewhat, They are either ridiculously eagle eyed and are able to spot and shot you hiding in a bush a mile away or they are completely dim witted and just stand there waiting to be eliminated. The graphics are good enough and give the environments a good look and makes the jungle look adequately alive. There are people to meet, friends to make, missions to complete and plenty of diamonds to find to buy upgrades. So overall Far Cry 2 does many things well and is a good solid FPS but it just doesn’t feel all that complete and with the enemy AI being the way it is, it certainly does detract from the experience.

55

Downpour: the best of a bad bunch.

SNAC0B_ | April 13, 2014 | Review of Silent Hill: Downpour

The majority of the more recent silent hill games have been more or less a disappointment to most. So here’s the good news this is probably the best of them, however that isn't really saying much. Silent Hill Downpour is a third person survival horror game centering on small time prison inmate Murphy Pendleton after his prison transport bus crashes and he finds himself traveling through silent hill trying to make peace with his past. Throughout the game you discover more about Pendleton and his past and have a run in or two with the mysterious "bogeyman". The game has dated graphics and clunky controls. When engaged in combat you essentially have to estimate when an opponent will be open to attack in order to have chance of being able to hit them due to quite a large amount of input lag. The game however does use a rather interesting gameplay mechanic of every now and again throwing you into the alternate dimension in which you must escape quickly or die. The game also tells an interesting story that develops well through the game, there are also multiple endings to achieve depending on what you've done and how you have played. Overall Silent Hill Downpour is a rather clunky outdated survival horror which struggles to stand up to other games in the genre.

80

The apocalypse now of gaming.

SNAC0B_ | April 13, 2014 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line

Spec ops the line is a very solid third person shooter with a good variety of weapons and a decent working cover mechanic, it’s certainly not brilliant in terms of gameplay but when it comes to story it is in a league of its own. It tells the story of a three man squad battling their way in to a sandstorm ruin that is Dubai in order to find the origin of a radio signal thought to be from the man in charge of the evacuation of the once great city Lieutenant Colonel John Konrad. In order not to spoil it for you that is all I am willing to say. Overall it is slightly let down by its average gameplay mechanics but if you’re looking for a deep harrowing story with a great environment and characters then this is definitely the game for you.

85

A masterpiece riddled with bugs.

SNAC0B_ | April 13, 2014 | Review of Fallout 3: Game of the Year Essentials

Fallout 3 is an absolute masterpiece of a game. Almost certainly the biggest and most expansive game on the market to date during my playthrough of well over 100 hours I still hadn’t seen everything that the wasteland had to offer. Fallout 3 contains an ever changing story In a massive open world. Throughout your time playing you will be levelling up your character, discovering new and exciting places, taking many quests and of course getting lots and lots of precious loot. The game lacks graphical fidelity and combat but more than makes up for it with its massive world and combat is helped along with the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System or VATS for short it essentially allows you to stop combat and choose what enemy to attack and where and by simply clicking attack the game will then carry out the command. With the added bonus of this package containing all previously released dlc packs you certainly get your money’s worth. But and this is a big but, the game is plagued with bugs and framefrate issues especially the further you make you way into your adventure. The game freezes and crashes very frequently meaning that if you don’t save often you can sometimes be thrown back hours or in my case have your save file corrupted meaning that it can be very difficult to make progress. However despite the many game breaking and experience dampening bugs and issues, I can assure you if you are able to look past these rather large problems then you will have one of the best gaming experiences available. So overall I’m going to have to leave the decision up to you now knowing the problems and issues that this masterpiece is plagued with are you able to look past these, all I can say for certain is that I’d be lying if I said that my playthrough wasn’t frustrating but I would still say that I had an incredible time playing Fallout 3. If it weren't for the bugs then i would surely give 10/10

80

Welcome to dead island again!?

SNAC0B_ | April 13, 2014 | Review of Dead Island Riptide

To start off I think riptide has gotten an unfair judgement when it comes to people saying that it’s just more of the same so it should have just been a dlc, when franchises like call of duty do it year after year and get praised for it. Riptide is certainly more of the same when it comes to the combat it is essentially identical to that of the first game however they have greatly improved the usefulness of guns and there is a lot more emphasis on using them in the latter half of the game. Where riptide stands out from its predecessor is the game world and environment, it is much more lively and there is a lot more to do whether it saving random strangers from the undead surrounding them or clearing out dead zones which are essentially dungeons containing special monsters and rare loot, there is plenty to do in riptide that being said, if you weren’t a fan of the first I very much doubt that enough has changed in order for you to enjoy this one sufficiently. When it comes to the story it is much stronger than the first and plays along more like a classic zombie movie, discovering about and trying to stop an evil corporation from using the virus as a weapon etc. Overall Riptide is a great improvement in every aspect to the original and is a strong sequel although if you not ready to spend another 20+ hours hacking zombies limbs to pieces then this probably isn’t for you, but if you are ready then I recommend you dive right in.

70

An ambitious but flawed sequel.

SNAC0B_ | April 13, 2014 | Review of Killzone 3

Killzone 3 is dealt with the hard task of improving on an incredible previous game and while in many cases it hits the mark perfectly in the end it just seems to fall short. In terms of graphics it is still as beautiful as ever and is certainly what you come to expect from a killzone game. The world looks great and the game explores varying environments many of which you have never seen and would not expect to see on helghan. Gameplay wise it is very similar to killzone 2 and still has the great weighted feel to the movement and combat. Several new weapons have been added and there are now also several new enemy types to go up against. So far so good yes? But where the game falls short to its predecessor is its story. It tells the story of the political and military fallout following the death of scolar visari, helghans once great and noble leader. The characters and content of the story just seem to be lacking in comparison to number 2, and even from the get go it dawns on the player from the lack luster opening cinematic that this just isn’t going to be as great as the previous instalment. Overall Killzone 3 is still a good game but just don’t come into the experience expecting to be blown away with the story. But it does take you on a great trip throughout many varying locations of helghan and many great firefights. So if you’re a fan of the series Killzone 3 is definitely worth your time but if your new to the series I would recommend you check out killzone 2 for the best experience.

90

One of the best FPS's around!

SNAC0B_ | April 13, 2014 | Review of Killzone 2

Killzone 2 is a standout game in a rather stale genre, where most other FPS games just put you in the role of another gun ho soldier fighting terror around the globe, Killzone 2 manages to reinvigorate the genre by ditching earth and taking the battle to the enemy home world helgan. The experience is very story driven, from the epic opening scene to the surprising closing moment the game does a great job of telling the story of both sides of the battlefield and the driving forces behind them. The game boasts some very slick graphics which help immerse yourself in the very different world which helgan certainly is. The movement and controls have a great weight to them adding to the realism and the AI of the enemy soldiers is surprisingly good, whether they are being suppressed by your gun fire or they are dashing to new cover because of the handful of grenades you just threw there way they are rarely just cannon fodder. Overall this game may not be for call of duty lovers bit if your looking for a game with a great story to tell and some great graphics and gameplay to back it up then Killzone 2 is certainly for you.