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[DIARY] Just some thoughts about playing Heavy Rain..

So, just finished Heavy Rain tonight. I just wanted to share my thoughts and feelings about the game and how it is like when you’re actually playing it and watching every scene.

The fact that the game was released 2011 if I’m not mistaken, I kind of regret playing it just now thinking that it’s not just an awesome game, but a game that separates PlayStation 3 to the Xbox 360 and PC which is more on FPS-centric gaming monsters than a system that releases random games for random people. Definitely a title that showed the potentials of the PS3 and the later PS Move.

Back to the game, Heavy Rain was a what they call an “Interactive Drama”, yes that what they call it, a genre that is right not so familiar. The game is like you’re watching a movie, a thriller-type of movie and you have your options on what wilk happen next. The plot is centered on a so-called Origami killer who kidnaps children and there’s no given clue at the start of the game. What’s so sure is there are 4 main characters within the game, 1 of them might be the killer, or maybe not. You play the 4 characters togetyer with the supporting characters and make choices by pressing button combinations or motion commands, decide the path to take, all of it will help the game decide who’ll be the origami killer.

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I just couldn’t forget the game right now, it’s 11:03PM here in Manila already and I’ve got to go to work in the office tomorrow morning. The game just made me feel mixed emtions. It’s thrilling, partly disturbing specially the first few scenes when Ethan lost Jason and weird things happen. It’s too emotional as a game, I could tell by the music used by the game and it’s piano part is still playing in my head. It’s too dramatic and might make you cry at times. Well it did made me.

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My cousin was there last night watching me play the game and I believe she was also into the game. I could say that this game could be a definition of an Adult game, not an R18 game, though. But a game that’s only for the adults cause it’s just too dramatic, you know. Well we could say it’s partly R18 due to some morbid scenes and nudity. It’s a game that you play not for fun, but for serious entertainment. You see, most adult games are for fun. Somewhat like the Hunger Games movie, entertaining cause it has a message to give Hope. Very special thanks to Quantic Dreams for this game.

Looks like it’s too long now, but I have more than 5 endings left to beat this game. Scott Shelby was the Origami Killer on my first playthrough and that’s a spoiler for you kekeke. I have to forget about playing GTA 5 for now. And there’s Beyond: Two Souls on my next list. Oh well, ’til the next weekend!! 😉

|> Katy Perry – Roar

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2011 | Need For Speed: The Run

Developer: EA Black Box, Firebrand Games (Wii/3DS)
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Sega (Japan)
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii, 3DS, Mobile
Genre(s): Street Racing
Mode: Single-Player; Multi-Player
First Released: November 15, 2011
Played on: Microsoft Windows

2010 is done with Need For Speed Hot Pursuit and for 2011, we have EA’s street racing game Need For Speed The Run. In The Run, you play as a guy named Jack and you are a made-man, chased by some rich people for having so much debt, and there goes a racing competition that will take place from San Francisco until you reach the outskirts of New York city. Having heard of the competition, Jack decided to get in and settle all of his debts once and for all as his last resort, racing 1st. In the game, aside from driving, you will meet story sequences that will make you press something in your machine in accordance to what is shown on the screen. It is a Need For Speed Hot Pursuit game added with a story.

I finished the game just last week, and the number one thing I have noticed so far is that, the game is short, specially the Story mode. You race from San Francisco to New York from being the 200th placer and once you reach 1st, then you’re simply done. But anyway, before I tell you the real conclusion, let’s take a look at the graphics first. Below are some screenshots of the game while I’m playing Story mode, using none other than our favorite recording utility, Fraps.

Here is a screenshot of a Porsche 918 RSR in an ongoing Race:

If you have noticed, the car detail is quite impressive, a little better than how the cars in Hot Pursuit was presented. Lighting is quite nice too, making the terrain and the environment look much more captivating, also better than Hot Pursuit. If you have read my Hot Pursuit review, I told there that the game flawlessly works well, except the heavy loading times and the framedropping encounters during cinematic cuts. Well The Run loads faster but unfortunately, framedropping is still present and believe it or not, much more disappointing. There is also a large complaint by most hardcore gamers about the game.

The Run is heavily capped to render up to 30 frames-per-second only, so if you have Fraps installed and running, you’ll see “30” on your screen most of the time, plus the framedropping issue, even if you have the fastest GPU out there. Well, if there is a fix, then that could do but it sounds impossible for a release. Here is a video of a race with Mila and her sister (opponents in the game):

Anyway, going back to the graphics, there are so many cinematic cuts in the game. One is the presentation of the stages, let’s say San Francisco, wherein the game shows how the stages will look like, just like the picture below:

It looks good at first as it is just an image, but sadly, the real thing is that, when you are actually playing and watching the cinematic cut, you’ll experience a lot of framedrops, resulting for you to get annoyed and skip the scene (if you could, but there’s no way!). In fact, the scene is made in low resolution, lower than your native resolution, and I believe, lower than 1280×720 (coz’ that’s the resolution I’m using while recording with Fraps).

Next, other scenes like the ones below,

looks much better, with almost no framedrops and the likes. Good thing coz’ that’s a real rendering of your GPU, not a video being played in the game or something like that. Actually there are a few scenes like this in the game, so cherish every moment you’ll see heavy effects like this, ok?

Back to the cinematics, I am so sorry I haven’t had any Jack-moment videos. But why? Well, simply because those scenes are really made up of crappy rendering, heavy framedrops and… well, annoying storyline, so leave it just like that if you don’t wanna see a disappointment. Sigh, they even used Frostbite 2.0 for rendering the physics of the scenes, but looks like EA Black Box forgot about the quality of the PC port (good for you console gamers).

Sounds. I turned off the music and played my own playlist in Windows Media Player coz’ I thought EA messed up with the EA Trax since the release of Need For Speed Carbon, loaded with crappy music. Sound effects are satisfying. However, if you were watching the cinematics, because of the framedrops, you’ll end up with the word “disappointing”.

Other than Multiplayer, you can still play the game in solo in Challenge Series, which is also present in most recent Need For Speed games. There, you’ll race to complete lots of objectives and earn rewards or earn experiences so you can level up your profile.

All in all, the game is good, if you’re into a street racing game like me. Played the game first on my 2-year old custom Core i7 Rig equipped with a “still kicking former beast” ATI Radeon HD 4850, with very good performance (videos were taken using this machine), and then transferred all my savegames and finished story mode using my new 17.3-incher Core i5 and GT540m-equipped ASUS K73SV multimedia notebook (works flawless too!) the night when my girlfriend also finished the game called “Life Quest”. The contradicts are the 30fps limit, the heavy framedrops and very short Story mode, however, I still enjoyed playing the game for an estimated 3 days. It might sound like another disappointment to EA Black Box (after failing to attract audiences in 2009’s Need For Speed Undercover), but it’s a good attempt to try combining a racing game and an action game into one. Good game! Crappy features…

Again, here’s another video of the game, with Porsche 918 RSR and Shadows Fall playing in the background:

|> Shadows Fall – Redemption

2010 | Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Developer: Criterion Games, EA Digital Illusions CE, Exient Entertainment (Wii)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii
Genre(s): Street Racing
Mode: Single-Player; Multi-Player
First Released: November 16, 2010
Played on: Microsoft Windows

This is Electronic Arts’ street racing rendition of the Need For Speed series for the year 2010, just before the Christmas Eve. Also, this is the 4th game by Criterion Games (who were famous for making the Burnout series which I really liked). Need For Speed games developed after Most Wanted, from 2006 to 2008, including Carbon, ProStreet and Undercover, were all huge disappointments, atleast for me. After the fresh success of Shift back in 2009, EA decided to bring back the street racing and action together in a Need For Speed title, and because the Burnout series’ became famous for the “bumping and busting cars” element, EA put Criterion games to develop the new game instead of EA Blackbox. So what they did is bring a police story aside from the usual street racers chased by cops. This means that we play both as a cop and a street racer, and chase each faction to gain level and unlock new cars, missions, race locations and most importantly, race weapons.

It’s true. This Need For Speed game will let you drive the famous REVENTON car by Lamborgini. As you can see, the REVENTON looked exactly as what we can see it in real life (if you can really see it in real life). Great details and lighting effects. Aside from cars from Lamborghini, there are also real and concept cars by Porshe, Pagani, Dodge, Chevrolet (including the 2010 Camaro used for Bumblebee in the movie Transformers), and many more. But these are just cars. Let’s take a look at the graphics during a race.

Up there is a screenshot of the game during a Gauntlet race, wherein you are solely chased by cops. What I’ve noticed during gameplay is that, the game can render graphics as fast as how we enjoy a race. I cannot see any major bug in the game. AI is great because: your enemy racers are good enough to beat you at times, that makes you throw your controller or smash your keyboard down; your enemy cops can make you annoy most of the time. In short, enemy AI is well produced. I have no complaints on it. My GPU is ATI RADEON HD4850 with 512MB memory, and I can play the game at the very maximum settings at a screen resolution of 1360×768. I had no lag or framerate drop issues, and I believe I can still play this game in maximum settings with 1920×1080 screen resolution.

Next thing I noticed are a few bugs that, well, not really frustrating but just can make you laugh at times. There was a time when I was playing a Duel race and then my enemy racer crashed his car and stuck in an edge and after that, it does not move again. Weird but funny.

The game, as I’ve said before, made me play as both a Street Racer and a Cop, both with different profile management, both with some different exclusive cars as well as weapons to use. Weapons you can use during the game are: EMP – makes you fire the opponent in front of you; Spike Strip – if you’ve played Most Wanted, you know this already; Jammer – a Street Racer exclusive that can distract the race, turn off your opponents’ gps and weapons for a short period of time; Helicopter – exclusive to cops, can help you chase cars and deploy spike strips; and Turbo.

The console version (PS3, Xbox 360) have the ability to use custom music/playlist saved from the system’s hard drive, but the PC version lacks that feature. In anyway, that is not a problem for PC users as we can always turn off the in-game music and turn on our favorite media players, just make sure to reserve more RAM.

Also, the game includes Autolog system which basically is the menu of the game, features Online capabilities, specially if you have Facebook, it can send information in your wall feeds regarding your recent race, etc. Good idea? of course.

Because of these almost-flawless features of Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, I will, without a doubt, buy myself the PS3 version, just for trophies. Too bad there’s no 2-player split screen, oh well there’s online multiplayer anyway.

Below is a race footage I just recorded with Fraps earlier. It is a Gauntlet match and I have Slapshock’s Carino Brutal and In Flames’ Reflect the Storm playing in the background. Take a look:

Final Score: 9.5
Final Commet: “Action, Racing, Adrenaline Rush. All combined.”

|> Oasis – Some Might Say

2010 | James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Developer(s): Bizarre Creations (PS3, Xbox 360); n-Space (Nintendo DS); High Moon Studios (Microsoft Windows)
Publisher(s): Activision, Square Enix (Japan)
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
First Released: November 2, 2010 (NA)
Genre(s): Action-adventure, Third-person shooter
Mode(s): Single-player, multiplayer
Played On: Microsoft Windows

Here we go for another game that should already be reviewed a few months ago. I was busy so I’m sorry. Anyway, this is the latest game for the James Bond saga, and it’s out for a long time now. It’s great to see that people are still making the series alive, through games and box-office films. My dad and I were fans of the series. Finally, here’s the most recent offering of the series to attract both fans and the younger generation.

Basically, James Bond games are purely action-packed games with intense storyline, all revolving in the game’s protagonist, James Bond. The main features include the car-chasing gameplay in some great scenes of the game, plus the appearance of Pop singer, Joss Stone.

If we talk about gameplay, Blood Stone uses a third-person shooting mechanism together with hand-to-hand combat which is a bit similar to earlier video game titles like Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Grand Theft Auto, etc. Although Blood Stone is not an open-world and is a linear game, you can still feel the influence of sandbox-style games such as Grand Theft Auto, Assassin’ Creed, throughout the game. Oh, and I told you it’s a linear game so please do not go anywhere in some points of the game, coz’ that’ll not work.

In anyway, I still love the car-chasing gameplay. It’s like they brought some Need For Speed elements. The good thing is that they’ve done well. I had fun playing them. They’re not too hard, and not even too easy. Although the car-chase was just for a few times, atleast it gave me much excitement and a shifting from the shooting genre of the game.

There are a number of weapons that can be used in the game, well just the same number as what Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune have. But the thing is, aside from these weaponry, you have vast amount of explosives during the game. Lots of explosive barrels are there, through out every scene, which is what makes it unrealistice-but-fun.

Graphics, you say? Well, as for me, I would like to praise it. I never thought that this James Bond game is almost as beautiful as Mafia II or the likes, atleast for the PC. It’s not the best out there, in fact, it’s ugly if you think about Physics and AI. There are some points in the game wherein your enemies are starting to move in a weird position. Now here’s what I’m talking about. Below is a screenshot of the AI and Physics problem. See the gun in there? It’s actually an enemy who got stuck by… I don’t know.

Well, that’s it. Eyecandy is there so just ignore the Physics and enjoy the beauty around.

Now when we talk about the story, one thing comes in mind. It’s a James Bond game. So I’m sure you now have an idea. We have James Bond and that grandma doing some mission in Athens after a celebration party. There, she meets the girl, Joss Stone. Started to know each other and eventually joined forces to do the rest of the missions while traveling around the world. That’s all. I don’t want to make spoilers tonight… and thank me for that. 🙂

By the way, I remember, here are some videos I took the time I played the game in my PC back some months ago:

As a conclusion, this game rocks. For about… 10-15 hours, you’ll feel excitement as the action-packed hero of the game, James Bond, take over your gaming life. 8.5

|> Good Charlotte – In This World (Murder)

2010 | Call of Duty Black Ops

Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Genre(s): First-person Shooting
Mode: Single-Player; Multi-Player
First Released: November 9, 2010
Played on: Microsoft Windows

I have been playing this game for quite a while now, finished the single-player campaign mode, tried the Zombies mode, drink a cup of milk and sleep like a baby. Finally, I have decided to make a review about this game, including my thoughts about it.

The last FPS game we talked about was EA’s 2010 reincarnation of Medal of Honor. So far, it’s a great game. Unlike some folks who says that it’s just a crappy fps game, as for me, it’s the opposite. Because of that, I’m gonna make a contrast between MoH and the new Call of Duty game, Black Ops.

Everyone knows how famous Call of Duty is, as a FPS game. As famous as Medal of Honor? no. As famous as Resistance? no. As famous as KillZone? maybe. As famous as Battlefield? maybe. So now you learned that Call of Duty is a top-tier FPS game series. And because of that, fps gamers put on a lot of high expectations in the latest game. After that epic-ness both Modern Warfare 2 and Bad Company 2 offered for the last 2 years, I’m sure this is another all-kill release.

What I value the most in playing fps games are its content. Graphics? not really. My system is already a 2-year old high-end X58 nehalem equipped with Intel Core i7 CPU, 6gigs of RAM and an HD 4850. As you can see, my GPU has been quite an old card now, and because of that, I do not expect superior performance even if I’m just using DirectX 9. However, as I play the game, what I’m not expecting is what I’m seeing right now. Awesome graphics. Configuration? All in highest settings, except my resolution. My monitor can only handle resolution up to 1366×768. Full HD or just HD, just so leave it to that. Objects and textures are just made fine. Treyarch did well.

How about Gameplay? maybe. I do care atleast a little in terms of gameplay. As you can see, FPS games in PC mostly do have the same controls, and other gameplay options. Black Ops remained to what we call “standard”, but what’s more interesting is the addition of gamepads. Whether it’s just a cheap CD-R King gamepad, a high-end Logitech gamepad, or your console’s DualShock 3 / XBOX 360 controller, it’ll work fine. Good idea? for some reason, it is.

Now how about story? of course. The quality of the game remains inside its story, and without it, it’ll just be pure heartless game. Black Ops is another Call of Duty game based on our history. Believe it or not, Kennedy is in here. You play Mason, an aggressive fictional soldier who has been captured and experimented by the Soviet Union. Set in the Cold War era in Vietnam, the game follows the torture made to Mason and the biochemical weapon, Nova 6. Not that I’m slow or what, but I find the story un-interesting. Maybe because it is set in an era I’m not interested to, unlike games in modern setting. Also, I do not find any satisfaction in the game’s story because there are lesser twists on. For example, in the beginning, you will already have the idea that Mason have a mind-problem, and because of that, the word “excitement” and “thrill” is not a good thing to describe it. Lastly, unlike games I have played before, this game lacks the dramatic aspects. People play games because they want to witness the scenes on it and express a variety of expression and emotion. As it lacks drama, I can describe this game as just “pure aggressive shooting game”. I’m so sorry for criticizing the game, I’m just saying what I thought about it. In anyway, I would like to praise the game for those cool rides. As you play the game, Mason and other major characters of the game can’t just walk and shoot enemies. We have Choppers, Airfighters, Jeeps, all present and playable in the game. Cool, isn’t it?

Once you finish the story, you unlock this game called Zombies. If you’re a CoD fan, I’m sure you have seen this before, in World at War. Not much interesting, though. Basically, this mini-game let’s you kill Zombies, protect yourself, earn points and submit it online to the scoreboard and compare with other players. And you can play Kennedy here!

Before I forget, here are some more YouTube gameplay videos of the game withe same settings mentioned above. Sorry for having occasional lags. Explanation: I’m using Fraps to capture it and by the time I start recording, I was actually downloading some “we don’t need to mention” stuff plus, I only have 1 harddisk installed so it came out like this. Poor stressed harddisk.

Final Score: 8.5/10. I love every single part of the game, except the story of this crazy Mason. Still, Treyarch did an awesome job. Now time to wait for Modern Warfare 3!

|> Children of Bodom – If You Want Peace… Prepare For War

2010 | Mafia II – Joe’s Adventures

So you’ve finished Vito’s story and Jimmy’s Vendetta in Mafia II, but you’re still craving for more. I’m sure you are since you’re reading this now. The next DLC for Mafia II is already out, are you in doubt in spending your $9.99 for it? Of course you do. And now I’m here to convince you from here to there.

Joe’s Adventures is Joe Barbaro’s (Vito’s very bestfriend) own game. And since it is, expect a lot of action-packed moments from this fat guy. The game is set during the time Vito is still in the army after they have both failed in an operation:let’s-rob-the-bank!, and the second time Vito was sent to prison. Although this is a DLC game, compared to Jimmy’s Vendetta (which lacks story, cutscenes and is played in an arcade-style gameplay), Joe’s Adventures filled up the holes from the previous DLC. It has a lot of cutscenes, storyline is understandably amazing. Unfortunately, it is still played in an arcade-style gameplay, however, with a lot of improvements. A thing that made Jimmy’s Vendetta a disappointment is its repetitive missions. Joe’s Adventures, on the other hand, removed that thing off, thus the DLC file is a lot bigger than the previous (1.3GB compared to 300MB).

Just like the previous DLC, this one is packed with new features such as new cars, new locations, new clothes just for Joe.

And new Playboy magazine covers to collect!

I have finished this content just 2 days ago. I swear, it is as impressive as the main game. If you are good enough in playing games like this, you would be able to finish it in just 8 hours. But that is not as easy as you are thinking right now. There are some chapters that are harder than what you think. Try it yourself!

Lastly, here’s a video I caught while playing it:

Watch it directly in YouTube

|> After School – Bang!

2010 | Metro 2033

Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: THQ
Platform: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Genre(s): First-person Shooting; Survival Horror
Mode: Single-Player
First Released: March 16, 2010 (NA)
Played on: Microsoft Windows

If you are bored enough in playing standard FPS games such as the Call of Duty and Battlefield games, and misses a lot of the gory and shocking scenes from Resident Evil, this game is for you. No, it’s not as bad as Left For Dead 2. It is, however, will challenge both your shooting skills and your fright powers. Metro 2033 is both an FPS and a survival horror game. Set in the year of 2033, you play the character named Artyom, and you are in the post-apocalyptic era of Russia, particularly in The Metro, within Moscow. You are one out of less than a thousand more survivors, eating, sleeping, living inside the inner of the subway, just to stay away of those what they call “The Dark Ones”. These monsters are very scary, yet vogue. They are, however shaped like animals but with long sharp claws. There is a monster that looks a lot like the licker in Resident Evil series, and the lurker in the Silent Hill series, but this time it looks more realistic (without the tongue). I have heard that this game is quite similar to the games of S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and yes it is, it is proven by the game developers and that they consider it as an influence upon making this game. It is based on a novel also published around Russia, which is also referenced in a scene in the game, during Artyom’s secret departure using a cart, shown here:

Here’s the Intro video of the game:

A thing that caught my attention to play this game, aside from being exclusive to XboX 360 and PC (which means I won’t be able to play this on my PS3), is that it has demanding but awesome Graphics and Physics. Yes, it will push your GPU almost up to the limit, especially if you only have Radeon 3xxx or GeForce 9xxx. It is able to render graphics from Direct3D 9, 10 and even 11. What’s more good is that, whatever you choose among those 3 Direct 3D technology, the game will still look very nice (in my opinion), but still depends to your taste though. As for me, I only have a Radeon HD4850, enough to render high quality frames of the game. Thanks to it, I can play the game in DirectX 10 mode safely, all in high settings. But do not forget, use Direct3D Overrider to force Vsync and to completely say goodbye to screen-tearings and frame drops. In my case, I decently got 50~60fps in DirectX 10 mode with all the options set to high. It is also recommended to have atleast a dual-core processor, specifically Intel Core 2 Duo processors, however, to meet extreme performance, it is better to have quad-core processors.

Although it is graphically impressive, I can’t just let this game win my heart easily. I found some flaws during my gameplay. One thing is the animation. Of course, the animation is good but here’s something that bothered me for a while.

This monster above is actually dead. I killed it using a knife and as far as I know, it is supposed to be lying on the floor and not standing like that in a weird position. You get what I mean? In any way, that is the only major flaw of the game for me.

Here’s the whole gameplay video of Chapter 7 (Tower):

I have finished the game a month ago (late post). It is decently long, but what takes it long is because there are a lot of time wherein you’ll just wander around a community to look for bullets, and since bullets play very important role in the game, you’ll have to find it. There’s no currency or any paper-like you can use to buy ammo, instead, you’ll have to keep on looting used and old bullets (with different classes) to exchange for new and usable ones, body armor/suits.

Here’s the Ending cutscene of the game:

Final Score: 10/10 – as an FPS game, multiplayer is not really necessary. Everything is almost right, vast variety amount of firepower, realistic gameplay and environment. As a survival horror game, it performed well, but needs to show more. Although it is a very demanding game, which will let you upgrade your PC components off the air, it satisfies what you paid for, your visual and imaginative desires. Good storyline! Now let’s wait for the sequel Metro 2034!

|> Slapshock – Adios

2009 | SAW

If you’re a Silent Hill fan, I assume you do know about what is happening in Konami’s HQ right now. Silent Hill: Homecoming was a bit of disappointment in 2008, and while the next Silent Hill is still in the works, Konami decided to make another horror game franchise, SAW, yes the one you see in the big screen near you ever year.

Developer: Zombie Studios
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Genre(s): Third-person Action; Survival Horror
Mode: Single-Player
First Released: October 6, 2009 (NA)
Played on: Microsoft Windows

This game is said to be the “spiritual” successor to Konami’s Silent Hill series. I’m a fan of Silent Hill, played almost all the games, even the mobiles ones, and I thought I should give this one a try. Honestly speaking, I do not expect any psychological horror elements in this game, instead the suspense horror, as it is more of killings, death, traps, games, puzzles, etc. I saw most of the series’ movies, but I’m not a fan, I just enjoy watching those gory scenes with my family.

For me, this game’s great because it incorporates the survival horror genre with a lot of puzzle elements and a bit of psychological horror. This is good, atleast you’re really gonna work on your brain while getting paranoid and trying to fix those puzzles. Some early puzzles aren’t that very challenging but the last few parts will be very memorable. Puzzles in the game are connecting pipes while you are being poisoned by gas, thus, reducing your health. There’s a also a puzzle wherein you’re gonna connect electric currents. A new kind of puzzle is also present everytime you’re saving some people. I can’t say anymore, just try playing it yourself and try solving every puzzles, they’re worth it.

The game isn’t very linear, there are also choices but still it’s really few. One thing would be the last part wherein you’re gonna choose between “freedom” and “truth”. It’s not that interesting, though. Gameplay controls aren’t very accurate, you use mouse to drag, point and click to solve puzzles, which is very annoying. Graphically, the game is not gonna be appealing to those who want very realistic ones. Animations in the game aren’t perfect but for my standards, it’s a pass. There is a thing I became disappointed at in terms of graphics. The game is not very polished, and once you start the game for the very first time, you will notice a lot of screen tearing, and that there’s no option to turn on v-sync. But there is a way to turn it on manually and try to push the game’s highest settings, that is by modifying the game’s config file located in your HDD. There is an option to turn v-sync there and some more tweaks, but I suggest trying out Direct3D Overrider for ease. As for sound effects, there are a lot of times the game’s main menu theme song being played when you’re in-game, but still it is not a big deal to me. The story of the game is a bit puzzling, just like how the movies performed. Actually, until now, I still don’t get the main story itself. I just understand that they are in jigsaw’s territory because they’ve done something that is injustice in the real world. In any way, I managed to finish the game just some weeks ago, using Iheartpancreas of gamefaqsSAW the videogame walkthrough. I decided to use a walkthrough not because I wanted to, but I just want to finish the game as quick as I can, as easy as I can, coz’ I heard you can get lost in the game if you’re not really thinking about your main objectives, and that it’s been a year already since this game was released. I already have a copy since its release date and played once (2009), but never finished it, until now, and I kinda regret thinking that this game isn’t great. It is, though. I had fun playing Detective Tapp and managed to solve all of those puzzles. Great game.

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Here are quick videos of the two possible ending in the game:


Watch it directly in YouTube


Watch it directly in YouTube

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Final score: 8.5/10 and I’m trying to consider it and SAW II: Flesh and Blood for ps3…

|> GWAR – Gor Gor

2010 | Medal of Honor

Developer: Danger Close; EA Digital Illusions CE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Genre(s): First_person Shooter
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player
First Released: October 12, 2010 (NA)
Played on: Microsoft Windows
Ok first off, I want you to know that this review is just a collection of my thoughts, my opinion, comparison to other FPS games, and what I feel about it. Medal of Honor is the 2010 reboot of the videogame series of the same name. Honestly, I haven’t played any Medal of Honor game before, so it’s good to say it’s my first time to play this reboot. Also, I’m not really a fan of FPS games, I just love gaming and I think FPS games are fun to play if I’m getting bored or what. Before playing this game, I have played some FPS games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Both games are fine. However, we cannot say they’re in par, and we cannot say that there’s a top one. To give it a challenge, we have Medal of Honor.

The story of the game is set in Afganistan, just after the 9/11 attacks in 2002. You will control soldiers in different forces. Primarily, you control Rabbit, a DEVGRU operator, while alternating roles to the Delta Force sniper Deuce, to Dante Adams to AH-64 Apache gunner Captain Brad “Hawk” Hawkins. Of course, since it is set in the Middle East, most of your hostiles are the people there. In my opinion, I think MOH have the longest story mode of all the FPS games upon its release. Also, there is a sad part in the ending, which is I believe, the signature of Medal of Honor games. When you play games, and then you’re done, you’ll actually start to get fond of the supporting characters, like Dusty (the one who’s always with Deuce), just like in BFBC2. As you play, the game progresses the characters in moving from destination to another, as seen in most games. In addition to that, you’ll also have control to some WOMD, and that thing makes it cool. Another thing, the opening gimick tried so hard, and I think I can go with the flow.

The game does not offer an extensive time to learn the mechanics of the game, unlike in MW2, assuming that the player already know how FPS games work. On the other hand, you can actually take a glimpse of the controls from the menu. I did have a problem in terms of controls, specially when using Anti-Tank gunner. The controls were not present in the menu and during gameplay, so I end up guessing which is which. The part where you play as an Apache gunner is really fun to play, but I hope the developers made it more harder, like the player can control the movement of the aircraft itself. There is another notable bug in the game: objectives/mechanics does not run fine when you’re on foot. There are times you will notice that the game run out of objectives, and you will end up stucked, waiting for a few minutes. In terms of shooting, the game features a vast variety of weapons, and I think the game offered the same quality in shooting just like the other games.

The soundtrack seems a bit off. I’m slightly frustrated on how low the sound is. How boring. In anyway, the game still managed to give you high-quality sound effects, not a serious matter though.

This is what people are looking for nowadays. Graphics. I’m quite impressed with it and I think the developers did well to make a simple, not boastful game. System requirements are fair enough, you don’t need to have those monster rigs out there just to play it. In fact, I can see how careful and at the same time, humble, the game and the developer are. But still, I notice some bug in it. Dropping of frame rate is occasional, however, I saw Dusty move in a very “weird” position, too bad I forgot to take a screenshot of it. Environment seems fine and realistic.

Before reading out my final thoughts of the game, check out this YouTube video I made, consisting the game’s prologue:

Or watch it directly in YouTube here. Remember to consider hitting the “Favorite” button.

The Final Judgement:

Graphics: 8.5/10 – If you’re a simple gamer, MOH offers good and quality graphics, but if not, then I’m sure you notice the glitches.
Sound: 9/10 – It’s just too low, that I have to maximize the volume of my speaker.
Gameplay: 9.5/10 – Very fun to play. It’s not just an FPS game, but a full-packed action game.
Story: 10/10 – Longest story among all the current FPS game the time of its release. Realistic and controversial storyline.
Overall: 9.25

My Final Thoughts:

MOH managed to acquire my attention. Full-packed, you can play not just a soldier on foot, but as a warfighter, a soldier riding an ATV, controlling those funny Anti-Tank weapons, yet, the game still have a few notable glitches. I understand why EA released this game, its just that FPS games are very in-demand nowadays, and that they used this game to coincide with the next Call of Duty release. However, MOH still became the low-ly one, just behind the MW2 and behind BFBC2, making it the last while it is the latest among the three. Still, for me, it’s a good game, and I’m trying to consider buying the PS3 version of the game. I just don’t understand why IGN gave it a score of 6.0. It’s just too cruel to give that and I think the game deserves more points, like 7.5? IDK, atleast I gave it 9.25, and that’s just my opinion, period.

|> Metallica – Metal Militia

2007 | Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

If you’re looking for games that will see what and how powerful your PlayStation 3 is, try this game out. It’s a game from Naughty Dog, yes the guys behind the super popular platformer games like Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. You might see this game as a platformer game but aside from that, it combines Action-Adventure and Third-person shooting elements into one epic game.

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 3
Genre(s): Action-adventure, Third-person shooter, Platformer
Mode: Single-Player
First Released: November 20, 2007 (NA)
Native Resolution: 720P

I played this game very late. I mean, it’s been 3 years already. 2007 was the time this game released and 2010 was the time I played it (my brother actually). The gameplay is a bit similar to Naughty Dog’s earlier games like Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter, however, among these platformer games, Uncharted stayed away from the fictious animals jumping from platform to platform and instead, applied the platformer genre to a more realistic game with a combination of third-person shooting formula. Honestly, I haven’t played Jak and Daxter in console. As for Crash Bandicoot, it’s just one out of many games I’m always looking for, sadly, there’s no more sequels after Naughty Dog handed the franchise to various video game developers.

In Uncharted, basically, you control the protagonist of the game named Nathan “Nate” Drake, for his search for the lost treasure of El Dorado, which was hinted by his great grandfather Sir Francis Drake. You are accompanied by your friend Sully (Victor Sullivan) as well as Elena Fisher (a journalist). As the game progress, you should be able to pass various obstacles such as jumping into platforms, swim from lands, use ropes and wall-climbing. Aside from that, you will have to defeat hundreds of pirates on your way to finding the treasure, that is, by using various weapons/guns that can be found in the area. Also, you can try using melee attacks and execute combo attacks which is really a requirement so you can achieve some in-game trophies.

Graphics, on the other hand, is extremely admirable. You can compare the graphics of this game to 2009’s Just Cause 2. They both have some similarity and the fact that Uncharted is a 2-years-ago game than Just Cause 2, it’s easy to say that the game really is pretty impressive. Almost all the objects in the environment of the game are moving. Trees, the lake, almost all of it. Another impressive thing is the lighting effects, which you can easily tell that the graphics is super realistic.

Naughty Dog just did the right thing to coincide the greatness of the story and gameplay with the addition of its treasure-hunting-themed sound effects. It’s like you’re playing Tomb Raider or watching National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Anyhow, I’m still impressed, that the sound effects didn’t get in the way to the games epic-ness.

Here is something I could show of to you. Just made this video yesterday and uploaded in my YouTube account just a few moments ago:


This video features some story and gameplay scenes from the game, acquired from GameTrailers.com and background music from In Flames’ 2008 A Sense of Purpose release entitled “The Chosen Pessimist”. You can try watching this video directly from Youtube.

The Final Judgment:

Packaging: 10/10 – I love how the cover looks like and best of all, it has an image on the back of the title sleeve. Mine is Region 1, released for North America, same cover as the image above.
Graphics: 9.5/10 – The graphics seems so updated, even if you play it just now. Too bad it is only in 720P. I also noticed that the game loads pretty slow on start-up. Still, a very impressive title for a 2007 PS3-exclusive release.
Sound: 10/10 – I don’t know what to say. It just suits for the game.
Gameplay: 9.5/10 – The game utilized almost the best controls. A bit hard for a shooting game, but if you are used to Analog controls in console game, you’ll probably be one who could kill 10 pirates in just a sec. The game also have a high replay value, although you have to update your game with the latest patch to activate in-game trophies.
Story: 9/10 – The story, so far, is a bit common with the likes of Tomb Raider and the movie National Treasure. Still, the game managed to separate itself by adding some funny scenes.
Overall: 9.6

|> In Flames – The Chosen Pessimist