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Citizens of Earth Review

There are many games that put you in position of power, be it of a crew of vigilantes, or even the president of America. But what if you were the guy just below the top guy, the Vice President in other words. Well your in luck as Citizens of Earth give you that opportunity, yes you can be among the lines of Al Gore and… Urm… Nick Clegg? My politics isn’t the best. But your not just the Vice President of one country, your the Vice President of the World, that makes you the second most important person on Earth… Well behind his PA I guess… Then Head of Security is highly important… Your up there in the top 10 maybe 20. so is Citizen of Earth worthy of 4 more years, or is it not even worth 4 seconds of your time?
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New 3DS and 3DS designs announced

Today, Nintendo has revealed a redesign for the 3DS and 3DS XL featuring an additional directional button and trigger, along with NFC support.

Referred to simply as the “New 3DS” and “New 3DS XL”, the refreshed handheld models purport to feature an improved screen enabling the 3D effects to be viewed from more angles than before. They also boast improved CPU, a longer battery life and a nod to the SNES with a colour change to the A, B, X and Y buttons.
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F1 Race Stars Review

Ever wondered what it would be like if you take one of the most popular racing tournaments in the world, then paste it roughly over a Mario Kart template. Well you don’t have to, welcome to F1 Race Stars, Codemasters answer to Formula one if it was accidentally shrunk in the wash. Bringing bobble-headed characters designed of all the f1 drivers, crazy race tracks based around the host cities of the season, and funny animations that after the first few races can get a bit repetitive. But does this seem a bit of a cheap cash-in on Codemasters F1 licence, or is it some sweet fan-service? Looking at this game, it is a great idea on a sport that does take itself very seriously, but it’s hard not to look at it, and think that it is just another attempt for F1 to make money in a genre, mainly taken over by Mario Kart. Then again it is still fun to play, and that is what is important in a game, if you’re not having fun then it is not worth playing.

F1 Race Stars has more than just simple lap racing. Bringing other modes; Elimination races, where after a certain amount of time the driver in last place is eliminated, winner is last one racing; Refuel, like a normal race, but you having to keep collecting fuel tanks that are on track to keep your fuel meter up, too many and your car will go slower, run out of fuel your out of the race; Trophy Chase, where you collect trophies that are on the track, if you are damaged you drop trophies; Pole position, a bit like a King of the Hill style of play, but you gain points if you are in pole position (1st, 2nd or 3rd) higher up faster you gain points; Slalom, you have to drive through gates that are on the track to score points, chain coloured gates together to gain bonus points; Exhibition, where you gain points on badges you earn in race, you earn badges by many things from hitting another driver with a bubble, to managing to chain boosts, higher up you are in the race, the more points you gain; then finally their is Sector Snatch, where you have to set the fastest time between the flagged sectors on the track.There isn’t just different types of races in the game, but also 30 Championships you can race in that use the game types that were mentioned. Also you can modify races from flipping the track, to having the driver in 1st place have there controls reversed, allowing you to add up to 3 different modifiers to an event.

The graphics are beautiful to look at too, using cartoons of popular racers, from Jenson Button to the current world Champion, Sebastian Vettel. Also Codemaster has added 4 other characters to choose from, forming 2 fictitious teams, the all-Girl team of Jessica Chekker and Ruby Power, and a boy and Girl team of Kira Hoshihara and Josh Merit. Also you have a choice from 11 out of the 20 official events, from Italy as you swerve across the ancient aqueducts; to the USA as you wall-ride on the Canyon Dam. All looking beautiful and all to designed to what represents each country.

Even though this is a great game and it is a lot of fun for up to 4 players, in the end there is still better party racing games out there, including Little Big Planet Karting to the obvious Mario Kart series. But if you get a chance to play this game, even as a rent, try it because, even though it’s obviously more F1 merchandise, it’s still a good game.

6/10

Reviewed with the Playstation 3 version

Need For Speed: Most Wanted review

There’s nothing better than having a drive to relax you, certain people say. Yet if you live in the city of Fairhaven, that might not be such a good idea. Need For Speed is back, with the guys who gave us the Burnout Series creating the latest title in this long racing series. But do we have another epic racing game, or is it just Burnout Paradise with some branding thrown in?

Well the answer is yes and no, when driving around the streets of Fairhaven, you seem to have a ‘déjà vu’ moment in certain areas, but that seems to pass by when you focus less on the beauty around you and more on what you are actually doing. Now with racing games it is very difficult to make the gameplay any different, in the end the main reason people buy and play racing games is to race. But Need for Speed seems to gives us more than just racing. For example, some events have you trying to escape from the cops as fast as you can.

Also it’s not like the events are the only things to do in game, there are billboards to smash, security gates to go through and speed cameras to go by as fast as you can, but why do these things, well that’s where Autolog 2 comes in, if any of your friends have done better then you, in anything, you will be ‘recommended’ to beat them. But what’s the prize in all this, well let’s say you smash through a billboard and you top the leader board for that jump, your pretty picture will be plastered on that billboard, not only in your game, but in all your friends games until someone else beats you.

So how does it play, well it plays pretty much like Paradise, except for a few differences, like having to go to specific vehicles with the manufactures’ logo hovering above it, to get most of the cars available in game. Also you need to complete certain events to get the most out of each vehicle, this can be certain tires or nitro for the car, but then you can improve each part by doing certain tasks in that vehicle, for example, you can get a longer nitro boost if you empty your nitro bar so many times without crashing.

There are a few things that did seem a little too much, mainly the police in the game. Police pursuits can happen at any time, be it in an event or as you have a nice drive around the beautiful environment of Fairhaven, but these can get really annoying to shake off especially when you are trying to take out another car, or trying to complete a certain task in game. But then it is the easiest way to get Speed Points.

Speed Points can be earned in many ways, this can be from completing and winning certain events in single and multiplayer, pursuits like I not long said or even by doing tasks or even beating your friends high score, these are used to push you higher up the Most wanted list, the higher you are, more of the 10 most wanted show up, for you to race and then takedown.

Now to the multiplayer, for this we are given a list of challenges to do, either as a group, or against each other. This can be from something as simple as a race to something or as odd as a challenge to park on a wing of a certain disused plane. But you would think this is quite limited, well not when you can create a list of challenges for you and your friends to try. But what if none of your friends have Need of Speed: Most Wanted yet, well then there is public play, where it is the same as playing with your friends, but with other people you don’t know. Also another tool in multiplayer that looks very interesting is the friends recommended page, this gives you a list of other players from your friends’ friends list that are or have the game as well, making this game in my opinion as one of the best social games out here at this time.

8/10

So if you are looking for a game that, not only will you enjoy, but your friends and family will too. Then Need for Speed: Most Wanted is going to be one of the best for this holiday season. Even if your new to gaming or a fanatic of anything digital on 4 wheels.

FIFA 13 review

So it’s that time of the year again, when we have our annual competition between the top 2 football games in the Market today, well since I personally am not a fan of the Pro evolution series, I will be looking into the changes made in this year’s version of FIFA. Now like any sport game, it’s hard to make improvements on a game that you can easily do in the real world, yet the FIFA series seems to manage to attract in the audiences every year. Be it that you can play as your favourite team, or its easier to pick up a controller and play against someone on the other side of the world, then calling your friends over, finding that football you know is hidden somewhere in your room, then noticing it raining heavily outside. But what’s stopping people from just buying one version and sticking with it, then buying it every year like a lot of us do? Well let’s see as we look at the list of things they say has improved on this year’s version.

The first touch system does improve the game slightly, but for me I feel it’s more annoying than helpful. My main role in my Pro Club is as the Any character, if you don’t know what that is; it’s the person who controls the rest of the team, who are not being controlled by other players. Now this usually means I am controlling the defence, which I am usually good at, but now, because it makes the game ‘more realistic’; it’s harder for my defence to get rid of the ball. Now don’t get me wrong, when the first touch system works, it’s beautiful in any other part of the game, but when you are controlling a bunch of idiots who can’t kick a ball straight, that’s when it’s a problem.

Now if you have never played ultimate team before, it’s a trading card game in FIFA that started 3 years ago, that can eat through your well-earned cash quite quickly in real life. Seriously Ultimate team is one of those mode which you either love or hate, I personally hate, because I don’t see the fun in paying more money for something that I had already paid £40 for. Anyway Ultimate team has Seasons now… yep, just like pro clubs, and friendly seasons, Ultimate team has been improved letting people fight it out to get to Division 1 from Division 5. I think that’s a good thing… I guess…

Any way they are the main improvements, but one thing I really loved in the improved version of FIFA, is the Catalogue and EA coins, now your levels in EA’s Football club actually means something, letting you buy improvements for your pro online or in Career, so they can get that boost of mentality they truly need. Now thinking of it another improvement in FIFA 13 is that you make a separate virtual pro for Pro Clubs and your Career. So that means you cannot improve your Virtual Pro for Pro Clubs offline, the only way you can improve him is by playing in Pro Clubs. Also a drop in mode on pro clubs is good if you just want to improve you Virtual pro if none of your teammates are online.

Also another mention, there is a new training mode on FIFA called skill games, this is the best idea I have seen this series do so far, teaching people who are new, or not that good, to how to play the game. Working on free kicks; all the way to advance shots, this mode will teach you the ins and outs of how to play this game while having fun at the same time.

In Career on player Career, all I remember from years before in in the series, when you first signed for a club you were not immediately sold to another club or even loaned out, well when my pro for Career was made, I made him join Notts County, a team close to my heart, yet it shocked me that now you can be loaned out to other clubs. Either way there is a lot of improvements in this year’s game and though the realism is annoying at times, I agree with many when they say this is the best game in the series so far… well at least till FIFA 14 comes out next year that is.

IT’S A GREAT GAME TO PLAY WITH FRIENDS BUT WITH BLACK OPS 2, NEED FOR SPEED, RESIDENT EVIL 6, BORDERLANDS 2… IN THE END IT WILL LAST AFTER MOST OF THE AAA TITLES THAT ARE OUT THIS YEAR, BUT FOR NOW I FEEL ITS GOING TO BE CLOUDED OUT THANKS TO OTHER TOP GAMES OUT HIS QUARTER.

 

<strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>OVERALL SCORE – 8/10</span></span></span></strong>