Remaking Our Oddjob Memories

13 12 2011

From the ground up!

Out this month, comes Goldeneye Reloaded. Now for those of you to have been old enough to enjoy the N64, you remember the fun of when first person shooters joined the console world. You remember fondly shooting your friends into the wee hours of the morning, chasing bots for hours, living all the action of the movie.

Well now you can relive all this moments through the new face of Bond: Daniel Craig.

Anyone seen Pierce?

With an all new engine, real time lighting, and completely redone maps, Reloaded explodes on to the console scene. I really enjoyed the demo, the AI seems smarter, and the physics work perfectly from what I got to experience.

"I'll get the one on the left"

You start off with a partner, infiltrating the iconic bridge area. I found the stealth to be just slightly over-powered in areas as I was able to easily take down enemies who were nearly shoulder to shoulder as long as I remained undetected. However, stealth aside, I enjoyed an action pack ride on a Russian Army vehicle, shooting into other vehicles, and even blowing up a fuel tanker which exploded quite nicely.

Clearly very hidden

Right now you can find this title on sale at your local Target for $39, so get out there and get your Bond on! I don’t see a reason you wouldn’t want to relive the best times of gaming history. Besides, I think duty may have called enough this year. HAR HAR. Although one last thought: I wonder what Pierce Brosnen thinks about being erased from the Bond timeline?



Demo Reel for December Week 1

4 12 2011

This week we got a few titles up for grabs:

 I genuinely enjoyed this title. Reminiscent of old Nintendo platformers, Rayman lets you control 1 of 4 characters and sets you loose in a beautifully crafted 2D world. Your mission is to rescue what appears to be tiny circular fairy people who burst into song at any given moment. The art is incredibly detailed, the controls are spot on and over all it just seems fun. This game would make a great stocking stuffer for the gamer in your life, young or old.

With the Lego series, it’s generally hit and miss. Star Wars was awesome, but it seems each entry afterwords kind of falls short of the mark. In Lego Harry Potter I found myself dealing with puzzles involving  different spells  which were labeled by color, when what you really need is a nice light opacity name plate for each spell when you switch, but I assume bigger HP fans than  I will be able to see what spell they are selecting just by the image displayed. Over all I was not satisfied by this entry but, the sycophants will probably enjoy it.  I recommend this only for the hardcore fans.

 Now what’s neat about Sonic is that every iteration has gotten increasingly worse. This game attempts to take back everything bad that happened since the release of Sonic Adventure. Now while the levels are crafted very well, the action is almost too fast. I run 1080p and I can see everything presented but it all kind of blurs into a rush that wasn’t present for Sonic 1-Sonic and Knuckles.  Now discounting the fact I can’t properly see anything that is going on,  the models are well done, and the rehashed levels are nearly direct clones of the original style. I do have a major complaint in the controls though. When playing as future Sonic, I found myself having to constantly rotate the thumb stick or Sonic would start slowing down or heading the wrong way up the ramp I had just traversed. Again this is going to be one of those titles I could only tell you to purchase if you are a life long fan of the franchise.

Poor, poor Voltron. This XBLA and PSN title simply does not do the property justice. Everything about this game screams lackluster. It is simply a top down thumb stick controlled shooter. If you played any games in the 80’s you played this one with different pictures. I can not honestly recommend this game to anyone. Its 1200 microsoft points you would be better spending on the upcoming Skyrim DLC. Trust me just wait on something better.

 Which brings me to the winner of this week’s demo reel: Red Faction Armageddon. I completely fell in love with this game from the get go. No hokey controls and great visuals. PLUS this entry puts a completely new spin on the RF property: Third person! I was given unique puzzles involving my weapons such as the magnet gun which requires me to launch a magnet onto an object then fire an opposing magnet onto a different surface pulling the two magnets together like a romantic comedy. Also new is the ability to rebuild any of the completely destructible level parts ie: reconstructing a damaged bridge allowing me to cross or sealing the hole in the wall my grenade just made preventing the alien horde chasing me from keeping up! Download the demo today and you will fall in love with this one too!

Srs out!