FIFA Soccer 13 Review

FIFA Soccer 13

FIFA Soccer 13

FIFA 13

The latest footballing instalment of the FIFA series, FIFA Soccer 13, has arrived once again. Can it be really a year ago since the last offering? Well, the answer is definitely yes and where did that year go. Oh, yes, most of it was spent playing FIFA 12.

What is there to look forward to in this year’s release?

 

There is better attacking intelligence, first touch control, complete dribbling, tactical free kicks, a new player impact engine and a new Skills Game. Plus there is PlayStation Move and Kinect compatibility.

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First Touch Control Mechanic

This affects the way players take hold of the ball on contact. Depending on whom the player is and what situation you find yourself in will contribute to how well you control the ball. This can make things a little unexpected but still playable.

Attacking Intelligence

Players will try and stay on side and pull defenders out of position and generally give you more attacking options. You can even send players on dummy runs to try and fool the opposition.

Complete Dribbling

FIFA Soccer

FIFA Soccer

Players have precise dribbling skills and tighter control of the ball. This now allows you to be more creative when attacking and gives you more ability to dodge tackles and shield the ball from defenders.

Tactical Free Kicks

You can have several players over the ball in free kick situations. You can perform dummies and there are also more passing options. Defenders can be added or removed from a wall and you can also send a player to charge down the free kick.

Player Impact Engine

This gives an advantage to the defenders helping them use their strength to win the ball. This feeling of physicality is helped by other players not controlling the ball as well and gives you more of a chance to take away the ball from the attacker.

This time out if you have a PlayStation Move controller or a Kinect sensor then these can be utilised in the game.

Kinect

Kinect does not go for motion control but allows you to use your voice to call substitutions or to arrange tactics. You even have to be careful of using offensive language or you will get punished by the referee. This addition to the Xbox game works well and is a good extra feature.

PlayStation Move

The PlayStation Move allows for motion control with the navigation controller while passes and shots are performed on the face buttons of the Move controller. The move controller also directs a cursor on the screen and this will affect the direction and power of your shooting and passing.

This controlling type system may seem okay but in reality it is not very instinctive and precise.

fifa 13 gameplay

Fifa 13 Gameplay

There is the new inclusion of Skill Games which help you learn how to play and can be fun at the same time. Football Club makes a return which gives you topical challenges throughout the season. There is a new service called Match Day where you have the ability to set the stats of the teams and players in relation to the current season.

FIFA Soccer 13 Verdict

Minor enhancements have made a great game even greater and FIFA Soccer 13 offers more fluidity in play and generally more excitement than FIFA 12. It’s a shame that when a game offers these minor enhancements that you have to pay full price for the current years offering. It would be nice to see that if you had the previous year’s game that you could just download the new one for half the price.

FIFA 13 does not look too different to last year’s offering but is still the best looking soccer game around, and most importantly, the best soccer game to date.

Dishonored Preview

Dishonored Preview

Dishonored Preview

Dishonored preview

Dishonored is a new video game by developer Arkane studios and will be released on the 9th October 2012. This will be available for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

This is an adventure game in the first-person mould with healthy dose of stealth and action.

 

 

Dishonored is set in Dunwall which is a steampunk city that is full of corruption. This is more of a thinking man’s first-person shooter and the style of the game can be likened to BioShock.

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You play Corvo Atano, an assassin after revenge. Corvo has been framed for the killing of the City’s Empress whom he was once employed to protect.

In the game you can choose whether to take the stealth approach or go for the all out action. This then allows you to tackle situations in different ways. This means there is no exact way of having to play the game and enables you to play it your way and experiment.

Dishonored Game

Dishonored

There are lots of weapons to choose from including knives, swords and even a crossbow. Guns do make an appearance but are much more old fashioned than say BioShock and fit in with the style of the world setting.

You also get to use special powers which include teleporting, time control, being able to possess people and animals (yes, animals), and more.

 

The game also gets a few well known stars for the voice acting. The actors lending their voices to Dishonored are the likes of Michael Marsden, Brad Dourif, Susan Sarandon and Carrie Fisher.

The ability to mix and match a large variety of skills to accomplish your goals makes this a very unique proposition. It also looks to offer great combat, intelligence and depth, plus has the potential of a lot of replay value.

This is definitely a game to look out for.

 

Max Payne 3 Review

Max Payne 3 Review

Max Payne 3 Game

Max Payne 3 Game

Max Payne 3 is the third game in the Max Payne series (I think the 3 gave that one away). This is a third person shooter developed by Rockstar Game Studios. This gaming series is well known for it’s iconic bullet time gameplay and the third installment carries on in that vein.

The game is released on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and is available in a standard edition or a special edition.

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Max Payne is back nearly 10 years since the last release of Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne in 2003. Max, who is now older and looks like he has put on a few pounds, is working as a bodyguard in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a wealthy family. It is not long before things obviously take a turn for the worst and then the killing spree starts.

Max Payne 3 Review

Max Payne 3 Game

This is a violent game and the body count soon racks up. You get some great environments for shoot outs including a Police Station, which reminds you of a similar scene in the first Terminator film. Talking of films this game is very cinematic. From the story to the graceful bullet time, this game does engage and deliver on the entertainment.

 

 

As a shooter, the game definitely delivers but there is not much new on offer from the previous games. It does feel like a Max Payne game but there is not a lot new, game play wise, and can become a little repetitive. Apart from a bullet cam there does not appear to be any new moves or upgrades that you can get.

The game does manage though to utilise bullet time in Multiplayer. The basic premise is to have anyone in the line of your sight and anybody in your enemies sight line to be thrown into the slow motion mode, when it is engaged. Anyone else outside this will be left unaffected. This does work quite well and the best of the on-line modes is the Gang Wars one.

Max Payne 3 Review Conclusion

Maz Payne 3 action

Max Payne 3

There is no denying the fun that can be had from playing this game, the way you can majestically go about your slow motion killings, watching your bullets fly through the air and then see them pass through your enemies, can give you great satisfaction. There may not be anything too original here but what Max Payne 3 does offer is a sublime shooting game.

Ghost Recon Future Soldier Review

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Review

Ghost Recon Future Soldier

Ghost Recon Future Soldier

The latest game, in the Ghost Recon series, still keeps true to its origins of stealth combat and tactics. Moving on from Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter; this fast paced but tactical game has a lot to offer.

Future Soldier is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The price for these varies so check the video games deals page.

 

In the game you take control of Sergeant Kozak and his highly trained 3 man elite team. There are 14 missions set in various locations around the world and you can play them as a single player or a co-op mode with friends.

This is a thinking man’s Call of Duty and has to be played differently than the current crop of running and shooting games available. In this game you have to think about your targets and what consequences it will have, if you want to survive. Sometimes it may be better not to kill and use stealth to get to your main objective.

Future Soldier

Future Soldier

To aid you in your battle you get a lot of cool gadgets. These include advanced weaponry, drones, airstrikes and a mechanised robot called the Warhound. There is also your optical camouflage suit to help you sneak about. The suit keeps you virtually invisible when you are in the crouch position and this is where you truly become a Ghost.

 

 

There is of course Multiplayer with four game modes on offer. The stand out multiplayer game is Decoy. This is where there are three targets and only one of the three is the real target. Nobody knows which the real target is and which the decoy target is. This can lead to fun and exciting games.

There is also Kinect compatibility for the Xbox 360 version. You can get to use the Kinect Sensor with the Gunsmith mode. This is where you get to customize weapons, change attachments and components. This mode gives you a chance to put your own stamp on a weapon of your choice. You can then test the weapon in the firing range. This is a nice addition but is nothing you can not already do with a controller.

The visuals can sometimes be a real treat but other times can look like there is not enough detail and just looks like it’s lacking a little polish. The plot and dialogue are not always the best and some purists might say the game has gone more towards the big shooters of today, instead of being more like a soldier simulator.

GRFS

GRFS

 

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier offers a good balance of thought and gunplay. It offers tense battles and stealthy action at a good pace, and is a nice change from the majority of the modern day shooters.

 

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2

The Call of Duty Black Ops 2 release date is the 13th November 2012. You can order Black Ops 2 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

This much awaited sequel to the original Black Ops game, released in 2010, will this time be set in the near future.

black ops 2

black ops 2

The year is 2025 and there is a new generation of warfare that joins weapons and new technology together. Expect heavily armed drones and other mechanised enemy opposition to fight against as well as the usual human foes.

There should be lots of great set piece sequences and the game action will be a mixture of on foot and vehicle controlling sections. There will be of course the Multi-player side of COD Black Ops 2 to look forward to and the return of the Zombies sub game.

The Original Call of Duty Black Ops Game Versions

With the release of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 then you should be able to pick up the first Black Ops cheap.  There are three versions of the original to game to buy. Other than the standard version there is a Hardened Edition and a Prestige Edition.

The Hardened Edition includes a limited edition collector’s medal and display case, a special edition SteelBook case, 4 extra playable co-op maps and a Black Ops avatar outfit.

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