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Oozi: Earth Adventure Episode 1

Overall Feeling: 

Oozi is a very classic 2D platformer, and outside of the first two levels which are rather boring, it can be a very enjoyable game to pick up.

The Pros: 

+Cute, and bright colors help bring the earlier levels to life

+Sounds are rather satisfying

+Great as a pick up and play title

The Cons: 

-After the first few levels it fails to go anywhere new

-Scenery gets repetitive early on

-Nothing unique to make you seek out this 2D platformer

-Soundtrack does not fit the later levels at all Rating : 

As an indie game developer it's tough breaking in to any genre of game; let alone one that is arguably the most beloved and perfected genre to date: the 2D platformer. That's not to say that this title, Oozi Earth Adventure Ep. 1, does anything wrong. In fact it achieves everything it went for rather well, and it is in no way broken. However, in this day and age if you fail to strive for anything new, or take risks, your title will fall short and be swallowed up by the hundreds of other similar titles; such is the case here.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

One of great Resident Evil titles that still stands out after 10 years; with or without that HD shine.

The Pros: 

+ Great Resident Evil nostalgic gaming

The Cons: 

-Clunky controls.

-HD makeover doesn't really improve the graphics. Rating : 

Back in 2000, Capcom released Resident Evil Code: Veronica for the Sega Dreamcast. After seeing two more ports one for the Sony's PlayStation 2 in 2001 and the other for Nintendo's Gamecube in 2003, which of course was when the "X" was added to original title, Resident Evil Code: Veronica X once again rises from the grave to scare up PS3 and Xbox 360 owners this time in High Definition.

Resident Evil 4 HD [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

A re-release of one of the most successful Resident Evil game in its franchise, Resident Evil 4 HD is a worthy download complete with a HD makeover and some new achievements/trophies to unlock.

The Pros: 

+ New HD Shine

+ Achievements & Trophies Added

The Cons: 

- Some control issues Rating : 

It has been six years since the initial release of Capcom's Resident Evil 4 for the Nintendo GameCube, and eventual port to PlayStation 2. Now Capcom is providing the option once again to either replay the experience all over again or take part in the adventure for the very first time.

RAGE [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The unique character design, impressive world that has been created and stunning use of idTech5 along with their 'megatextures' do little more than provide a breath-taking mask to otherwise bland shooter. At the end of the day RAGE feels little more than a re-skinned version of DOOM made by a group of people that were inspired by Mad Max and Borderlands.

The Pros: 

+Unique story telling

+Graphically impressive

+Awesome character design

+Unique weapons

+Solid co-op experience

+Ammo types drastically influence battle

The Cons: 

-Mediocre Feeling FPS

-Buggy, especially without install

-Doesn't have a real 'wow' factor beyond its look

-Repeative mission structure

-'Open world' is just a juncture between repeating zones Rating : 

RAGE is something that I've been personally waiting for on bated breath. When it was originally announced back at QuakeCon 2007, it was the 'mega textures' and 'idTech5' showcase that started to blow everyone away. Beyond that though, the game was looking like it was going to take everything that Borderlands had already done, and ramped it up with all kinds of improvements to the style and specifically the graphics of the game.

BloodRayne: Betrayal [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Betrayal feels like a positive move forward for the BloodRayne series overall, but the game itself doesn't go far enough to buck with the game's middling past. The art and concept are brilliant, but the actual feel of the game and combat system do leave something to be desired.

The Pros: 

+Side-scrolling is a great new direction for the series.

+The art is unique, and eye-catching.

+Shorter/Downloadable title seems a better place for BloodRayne.

The Cons: 

-Ridiculous scoring system.

-Lack of tutorials/guidance.

-Very mediocre revamp of an already middling game-series. Rating : 

A couple of weeks back saw the return of Bloodrayne. The good news is that it is a far departure from the previous games and movies (if you were a fan of either, I'm sorry for you). The bad news though is that it doesn't bring anything all that compelling on interesting to the table.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Deus Ex: Human Revolution comes as close to deliverying on its campaign promises as any game has ever dared before. The story line is an epic web of conspiracies and lies interwoven with a question of humanity and what it means to each player. By the end of the game you'll have created your own individual Adam Jensen whose final choice may surprise even you. 

The Pros: 

+Brilliant sci-fi noir-esque story.

+Interesting and relatable characters.

+Plenty of replay value.

+Deep and expansive world with plenty to do and see.

+An almost unpressidented level of 'play how you want'.

The Cons: 

-The game does heavily favor stealth, if that's now how you play/wanted to play you can miss out on some of the side-quests/rewards of the game. Rating : 

Just over two years ago now I was lead into a private booth on the floor of E3 to catch my first glimpse of Human Revolution. The demo that I saw then would set an impossibly high bar that no game could ever match. The demo show cased gorgeous cinematics, stealth-oriented gameplay, ridiculous take-downs in the form (in single, double, and five-at-a-time varieties) combined with dialog from the development team; which wound up selling me with one quote: "You can play through the entire game without killing anyone."

Dead Island [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The game is expansive. So much so that it is impossible to discuss everything that went into the game outside of publishing a full novel to detail it. There is plenty to do and see, and all of it is beautiful and interesting. The only draw backs the game has are mechanical, and they aren't enough to detract from the over-all spendor of the title. 

The Pros: 

+Massive game with almost unparalleled scope

+Addictive game-play

+Four player co-op through the entirity of the story

+Expansive skill-tree system to build the zombie-slayer of your dreams

+Ridiculous amounts of weapons/mods/upgrades

The Cons: 

+Wonky shooting system

+Unintuitive combat 

+Fluctuating difficulty level Rating : 

I'll be honest; I went into Dead Island with very low expectations. From the very minimal amount of information I had collected about the game (glancing looks at screenshots, news articles and a couple of videos) I figured it was going to be a straight-up rip-off of Left 4 Dead. Fortunately the guys over at Deep Silver had a whole lot more up their sleeve than that. Unfortunately, Left 4 Dead is going to be far from the last comparison that I make in this review.

Street Fighter III: Third Strike, Online Editon [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

With Capcom not just porting over Third Strike, still held to be one of the best fighting games of all time, but smashing our expectations with new content and option settings, Online Edition becomes easily one of the greatest incarnation of the Street Fighter franchise. This is the perfect Street Fighter game from top to bottom.

The Pros: 

+Slick online play

+Tons of adjustments available to make sure it plays how you remember

+YouTube uploading

+Hundreds of Challenges/Unlockables

+Multiple viewing options (HD/Widescreen, Classic, Crisp, and 'Cabinet' with/out scan lines)

The Cons: 

-There is literally nothing bad to be said about this game, it is hard and you will need to work at it, but it is crazy worth it Rating : 

It has easily one of the biggest cult-followings of any game ever. It ruled the tournament scene for well over a decade, and is to this day held to many top-tier fighting game players as the ultimate version of Street Fighter. Tackling a project like that, bringing something that well loved and respected into the modern age, attempting please the old school and new fans alike is no small task. Personally I would have been losing my mind in that first meeting.

Torchlight [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Torchlight is an almost perfect port of the original PC version that will consume a mass quantity of time, hacking and slashing your way through a bottomless pit of dungeons.

The Pros: 

+Easy pick up and play control scheme

+Hours of endless dungeon exploring and looting galore

+Beautiful bright color dungeons filled with deadly menagerie of creatures

The Cons: 

-Big battles can lead to an occasional slow gameplay on screen

-Omission of co-op play

-Ho-hum story Rating : 

When Torchlight was released back in 2009, the game wasn't exactly breaking new ground within the hack-and-slash RPG genre but it made up for it big time with its simplistic, addictive and fun formula. This is an RPG in its simplest and purest form with lots of loot to obtain and leveling of your character, while slaying a vast array of dungeon dwellers.

Beyond Good & Evil HD [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Beyond Good & Evil is one oft those often talked about/oft praised titles that not enough people have gone back to confirm it was worthy of. An Xbox Live HD re-do of the title provides a perfect opportunity to both revisit a classic game, and introduce those that weren't lucky enough to have a chance at it the first time around.

The Pros: 

+Gorgeous artwork/styling

+Solid story from begin to end

+Easy/fun gameplay and combat

+Interesting and unique characters

+Proof that some games can hold to the test of time

The Cons: 

-Minor glitches in the game that haven't been resolved Rating : 

Back in 2003 Beyond Good & Evil stepped out of the shadows and blew away critics with its original story line, compelling characters, varied gameplay and catering to collection fanatics. For a long while now many in the industry have been singing its praises, myself included, and yet the sales figures never really backed up what we all knew to be true: Beyond Good & Evil was an original in its own rights, and a fantastic piece of video game history. As with any iconic classic though, there’s always the question if it can hold the test of time.

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