Thursday, 30 April 2009

Danday Reviews: Halo 3

Console: Xbox 360
Age Rating: 16+
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Bungie

Halo, since it’s inception in 2001, has become a world known video game series, with the main character, Master Chief, being the golden nugget of the pack. But does Halo 3, the 2007 release bring the best Halo experience yet?
The simple answer, is no. First of all is the story. Yes, it’s a good campaign, but is amazingly short. You could complete it in about 5 hours with friends, yet still complete it in about 7 hours on your own.
Secondly, is the Forge mode. Yes, it is nice for people to create their own custom maps, but all of the maps are still cluttered with un-removable objects. And even if you spend 1600 Microsoft Points on the two map packs and Heroic for free, only two of the maps are just empty spaces.
Thirdly, and finally, is the online. It’s all well and good by the sounds of things. 16 player multiplayer, 8 player ‘Forge’ mode and 4 player co-op, but there is one downside, the GOD awful connection and players.
I mean, 96% of the time, you will be either matched up with a screaming Halo “noob” (a noob is a brand new player to the game with no knowing of the map/game), someone that is clearly under the age of 11, or someone with too much skill, the no doubt masturbated all of the case 95 times before (that’ll be one sticky Xbox)
All in all, Halo 3 is a bad game. Not the chavy bad, the bad bad. It’s short storyline, pointless Forge mode and annoying multiplayer all adds up to an experience that will end with the quote that your going to say to the Gamestation counter guy/girl, “Please can I trade in this game?”

Score: 4/10

Danday Reviews: Mega Man 9

Consoles: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
Age Rating: 7+
Publisher: Capcom

Mega Man has been a long running series. Since the first video game in 1988 on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Mega Man has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon. The latest video game, the ninth instalment in the classic Mega Man series, sees Mega Man in another battle against the evil Dr Wily (why hasn’t Mega Man killed him already?! Then again, why hasn’t Mario killed Bowser or Sonic killed Robotnik yet?) But this time, the story takes a brand new twist, when Dr Light is seen as the bad guy when all of his robots go arid on him.
The gameplay is following suit in the other eight Mega Man games, 2D sidescrolling shooter. But unlike Mega Man 7 and 8, 9 is going back to the classic 8-bit roots. The music is extraordinary, and is a definite must for any gamer’s iTunes.
The game can probably be completed in about 2 hours, but with a wide range of challenges to complete, and downloadable content, people might leave Mega Man on their console for longer than that.
All in all, Mega Man 9 is an amazing game, and shows developers that going back to a game’s roots is the new thing to do. Too bad Bungie aren’t doing that with Halo. Heart-breaking.

Score 9/10

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Danday Reviews: OutRun Online Arcade

Price: 800 Microsoft points
Consoles: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Age: 3+
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Sumo Digital

OutRun has been with us for over 20 years now, and we've had 3 years (or so) without another OutRun game. With OutRun being my third favourite game series (below Mega Man and Sonic), as you could tell, I was excited about this game.
First good thing is the price. 800 Microsoft points.
I was expecting at least 1200 points.
Secondly, the looks. Yes, it looks like an Xbox game, but really, it looks beautiful still.
Thirdly, is the gameplay. It's good old basic arcade driving.
You don't have to go around bash the crap out of other cars (Wheelman anyone?), nor customize your car in such a crzy way so it goes 345mph (Need for Speed). It's just you, your girlfriend and a drifiting Ferrari that can go nearly 200 mph.
And the multiplayer is great. Sure, it's not the BEST, but what do you expect from an £8 game?
All in all, OROA is an outstanding game and a definate buy if you have a spare 800 points.
Those looking for complicated customisation or mindless bashing of cars, this is not your game. But for people that JUST want to drive, this is your game.
A masterpiece.

Score: 10/10