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Archive for August 24th, 2008

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Review

Posted by Altered Confusion on August 24, 2008

Condemned 2: Bloodshot has you once again coming back to the story of an agent who has to go up against things that can’t be completely explained, and this time around you get to have a couple more gadgets to help you solve the crimes as they appear.

The graphics have you freaking out, well at least I was freaking out because I play in the dark, they cast a lasting image in the brain and are overall crisp. The levels look exactly how you would picture rundown hotels, buildings, etc around a city that is gripped in madness.

The sounds are on par with the graphics and there’s nothing like hearing sounds that could only mean trouble, but not knowing exactly where its coming from. For each different weapon, which can be almost anything in this installation, gives you a bit of a different thud when you connect with the enemies.

Overall this game is as solid as the first game, the developers say that they put a lot more emphasis on the battle system, and it shows. Sadly though I think that it turns into a weak point for me. I think they over did it, I liked how the attacking in the first were simple and that I was able to focus on the eerieness that was happening around me. This time around I get to do this in waves, as soon as some people start attacking though I have so many combos I have to remember, and as a result the amount of frustration builds and then you miss the beauty of the game. Another addition to the game is in the investigation system, as you have more gadgets you get to do more, but not only do you have to uncover stuff you now have to give your theories to the person on the other end, and it makes you feel more and more like you are in a CSI episode, and to be completely truthful I find this to be the strongest part of the game.

Without giving away too much more of the game let me say that if you can get past some frustration with the battle system you’re going to enjoy what this game is able to dish out for you. So if you like getting scared a bit and doing some investigating go pick up this game. I give it an 8.2 out of 10.

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Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree Review

Posted by Altered Confusion on August 24, 2008

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is the popular game’s entry into the Wii console. You’ll be doing learning exercises to help memory, math skills, logic, and more. The best part is that you get to do it with your Mii, the Wii Avatar you’ve created, and see your picture plastered all over all the records. This game definitely utilizes the Wii-mote, but on as a pointer system because of that its easy to see why the transition from the DS to the Wii was almost completely painless.

Now this is an educational game and as such you’re not going to see crazy graphics, what you will see is the graphics that look like they belong on the DS with maybe a couple of slight improvements.

The music, if there is any, doesn’t really stay with you. The reason why is that it would take away from your concentration as you’re trying to complete different activities.

The main part of the game is to make your brain work faster, even if it is just repetition at least your brain is doing something. You’ll be given a test, if you choose, and a chance to get graded, see what subjects you’re strongest in, and a type of profession equivalent to your score.

You can challenge your friends or do tag teams to see what group is better. There’s also the records for best scores on the practices, and you can also see a chart of your progress. I give this game a 7.5 out of 10.

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Final Fantasy Fables Chocobo’s Dungeon Review

Posted by Altered Confusion on August 24, 2008

Final Fantasy Fables Chocobo’s Dungeon is the latest in a push to create Rogue-like games. You play as Chocobo traveling through different dungeons, all of which are randomly generated with a  couple of exceptions. The move to have this game on the Wii, in my opinion, was because that’s what the contract was for. The Wii-mote’s abilities are never used. This game utilizes the classic controller accessory, and it uses it well.

The graphics for the game are exactly what you’d expect on Wii, there wasn’t anything that really put it over the top, but they stayed true to the older Final Fantasies with their character designs and the classes that were present in the game.

The music is the thing that really had me playing this game a ton. The music was either remixes of old favorites from the Final Fantasy franchise, the exact song from them, or something that was made in the same vein.

The controls as explained before were made for a controller not a Wii-mote, but as is the formula with most rogue games the game play doesn’t need anything fancy as the game is turn-based, and in a grid format.

Now at first I didn’t think I was going to like this game because I was already 12 hours in and I felt like I hadn’t accomplished anything but do excessive grinding over and over again in a specific dungeon, but soon into the 13th hour I started to see the game start really unfold. This game has you watching not only your life and your “magic” but your hunger as well, when you hit zero for food you start to lose life every step you take. The thing that I like about this game was that there was a guaranteed place in town where you could always get some food before going into the dungeon. Another thing is that the dispersal of items was seemed sometimes a bit lop-sided towards a certain type, but for the most part the items were appropriate for the time and place you were in the game. As stated before you get to play as Chocobo and you gain the ability to enter people’s minds to find fragments of their memory that will help you discover what has happen to the village that you just turned up in at the beginning of the game. You’ll also have to awaken the guardians of the elements, in this game fire, water, light, and dark,  to help you figure out how to stop the destroyer.

If you don’t mind some repetition from time to time, and want a good solid game with music that you’ll find enjoyable, then I recommend this game. I give this game an 8.9 out of 10.

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