Saturday, 30 May 2009

Danday Reviews: Castle Crashers

Console: Xbox 360
Age Rating: 16+ (EU) M (US)
Publisher: The Behemoth
Developer: The Behemoth

Remember back the 1990's when we had awesome games like Streets of Rage or Golden Axe? Well, The Behemoth have decided to revive the genre with Castle Crashers. And only one word can express how I feel about the game; amazing.
You play as one of four characters, each with their own special powers, but there are other characters to unlock.
The controls are very fluid and responsive. It sounds like brainless button bashing, but it's like in Sonic Unleashed. There is more than meets the eye. As your character upgrades, you get more button combinations.
The game's soundtrack is really good. It reminds me of 300 for it's epicness.
The game's multiplayer is, however, very good if you have the right people, like all online games.
One downside is the price. This is too little game for 1200 points. 800 points would be a perfect price for this game.
All in all, Castle Crashers is one of The Behemoth's best games. It's fluid, funny and violent. Think a cartoony 300, and you've got it.
It's THAT good!

Score: 9.1/10

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Danday Reviews: Space Invaders Extreme

Consoles: PSP, DS, Xbox 360
Age Rating: 3+
Publisher: Square Enix

Space Invaders. One of the best games from the golden ages of the 1970’s. And in 2008, it reached its 30th anniversary. So, as expected, a new game has been released.
Space Invaders Extreme, published by Square Enix, famous for the Final Fantasy series, is a completely massive change from the old concept, but keeps the simple rules the same. You’re a ship and you have to shoot aliens. However, you have no shields.
The soundtrack is OK, but it’s better to play Space Invaders with the classic ‘duh-duh-duh-duh’ music.
The remixed version on the main menu is pretty nice though, but it’s not used on the actual stages, which is disappointing.
The gameplay is classic, yet a bit easier, despite not having any shields. Instead, there are power ups.
If you shoot 4 red aliens in a row you get a bomb;
4 blues for a laser, 4 greens for a spread shot and 4 grey’s for a shield.
There are also the ships from the original. White ones give you points, red for points to. Blue ones fire a laser, yellow ones activate a roulette game and flashing ones activate a mini-game. Shoot a certain amount of ships or aliens to get a massive power-up.
The boss battles are OK. They are pretty hard though. You’ll need about 2 lives free to defeat each.
All in all, SIE is extremely addictive, and very fun. For the price you can find it for, it’s great. And it’s just been added to the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Score: 8.7/10

Danday Reviews: Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard

Console: Xbox 360 and PS3
Age Rating: 16+
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Developer: Vicious Cycle

The past 25 years of gaming have been pretty busy. From the debut of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the crap fest that was Halo 3, it was no doubt that there will be a spoof about this era. In the way we were expecting.
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is based around Matt Hazard, a video game star from the 80’s that has since become redundant by turning the Matt Hazard series in a new direction. Now, the fictional company Marathon Megasoft have ‘hired’ Matt to star in ‘their first next gen shooter’.
Gameplay is like any other third person shooter. Left Trigger is aim; Right Trigger is shooting etc. etc.
However, something pretty cool is the ‘point-and-cover’ system. You can look at another piece of cover, press Y and you sprint to the cover. I feel though, that this has been used before, if not, well done Vicious Circle.
Also, it IS funny. Not the occasional ‘ha’, it is actually a pretty funny. The script is extraordinary, most notably, one of the mission briefs being ‘Shoot everything that moves.’
There ARE downsides, however. The controls do feel pretty slippery, but this is pretty minor.
The big one is the difficulty. The first boss battle is INFURATING.
I’m not even over exaggerating, it IS pretty hard. Not the fact that the projectiles are hard to avoid, it’s the wave of enemies are never-ending.
All in all, Eat Lead is an OK game, but as a comedy show, it’s very good. Think Little Britain. Very funny, but turn into a game and it’s not as good.

Score: 6.5/10