Thursday, 26 April 2012

The Walking Dead Episode 1 Review


Just a few days ago I didn't even know this game ever existed but after being recommended to play/review I thought I might as well give it a try as the price is very cheap for one episode. I started this game with low expectations and at the end of the game all I could say is "BRING ON EPISODE 2" in this review I will tell you why it is that good.

One of the things that I loved about this game was being able to have the choice of what to say and do for example there could be an argument between two people and you can side with who ever you want or you can tell a lie to someone to avoid a question. The awesome thing that is added to this game is that the characters actually remember what you said and did so for example if you tell a lie and then not follow up with your lie by accidentally letting something slip they will call you out on your lie and the game changes with different dialogue. When there is an argument and you side with someone they will gain your loyalty but if you want even if you are loyal to them you can stab them in the back and side with the other non loyal guy which will cause problems between your former loyal group member.

The game also gives you some hard choices to make like for example at one point of the game two people are getting attacked by zombies and you can choose who to save and who to leave to be eaten. The problem is these people who you could leave to die might have family/friends in your group who will respond differently depending on your choice it kind of reminds me of the game Heavy Rain (Great game) where you have to make hard choices but in The Walking Dead there is a twist you are on a timer so your choices have to be quick and you have no time to think so you might end up making a bad choice because of the rushing.

The graphics are similar to games like the 2008 Prince Of Persia which means the graphics are art style. Some people might not like these kind of graphics but I think they look fine and don't ruin the game for me at all. Another similarity to Heavy Rain is the gameplay where you have to click buttons to do certain actions and also button mash a certain button during action scenes that are pretty tense at times. Some problems I had with the game was the walking controls I seemed to keep walking into walls and other objects because the camera and controls were kind of weird at first but once you get used to it it should play fine. There also seemed to be a few freezing problems during talking sequences for example you could hear the guy speak but his face would be frozen from time to time it was a little annoying after a while but again it will not ruin it for you.

The first episode takes about 2 hours to complete but you should never just play this once at all there is so many other options you can take you can play the game one time and be a jerk to everyone and take sides with people who are wrong or you can be the ultimate nice guy and look after everyone and bring peace to the group while the jerk you can actually egg them on to fight! So many choices and so many decisions you can make makes this game one to not only play but play multiple times!

The Final Verdict

The Walking Dead is the first of five upcoming episodes that I am looking forward to playing which is crazy because I didn't even hear about this game until a day before it was released. The price for this is affordable for everyone so I recommend you give the 1st episode a try and when you play it and love it you should buy
the season pass to get all five episodes for a very reasonable price. I defiantly recommend this game to everyone.

+So many choices and decisions
+Characters remember certain things which effects the story
+Tense actions scenes

-Controlling and camera
-Some freezing during talking parts

9/10

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

House Of The Dead 4 Review


House Of The Dead 4 finally gets a console release after 7 long years. We got House Of The Dead 3 a few months back which was a very fun game and with the added Move support made you feel you was playing it on an arcade. Now its time for number 4 but lets see if it is still any good after 7 years.

House Of The Dead 4 adds many new features compared to the previous game like added grenades to kill a large amounts of zombies and can even be used to damage bosses health. Another new feature is interactive moments in the game like when a zombie grabs you you will have to shake the controller to get away from the zombie and it is also used for other things like boss battles and getting through obstacles like locked doors.

The graphics are in HD unlike HOTD 3 although its not the best looking HD graphics they are still good to say its a 7 year old game. There is many options to choose from at the start you can choose what chapter you would like to play (After completing the main game of course) how many lifes and credits you want (The limit is 9)  color of blood and also has an array of difficulties to choose from like very easy all the way to the unlockable very hard. Something that shocked me was that included in this was HOTD 4 Special! Which only had a limited release in arcades so this being included was an awesome decision as I never got to play it and it also adds more time into playing this game.

The main game isn't long it has 6 chapters which will take about about an hour to beat but it has many reasons to play again as there is different routes you can take during the game so you can go the opposite direction in a new playthrough you can also play on a harder difficulty which will be unlocked when you beat the game there is also 4 endings to get as well. You also unlock the HOTD Special when you beat the game which is 2 chapters and adds about an additional 20 minutes of gameplay this again has multiple endings to get. So if you want to do everything it will take about 5 to 6 hours.

There is also online rankings mode to play that will upload your score online so you can see how you compare to the rest of the players. Offline multiplayer is great and is very fun to play with a friend as it is like you are in the arcade and its just really fun so if you have a friend to play the game with you will have a blast
playing this. HOTD 4 is NOT Move required if you are wondering it can be played with a PS3 controller and a Move controller. The Move controls expand the Arcade experience and makes you feel like your in the arcades especially if you have the gun expansion for the Move. The Move controls are responsive and accurate I had no problems with it and is nothing but a plus.

The Final Verdict

House Of The Dead 4 can be summed up in one word FUN! And only costs $10/£7 (Playstation Plus: $7/£4) its not much at all for a hours of fun with friends and even
by yourself. If you love shooting zombies and playing fun games make sure you buy this.

+ Fun gameplay
+ House Of The Dead Special included
+ Multiple endings/Unlockables/Rankings/Difficulties keep you coming back for more

- Main game is short
- Graphics not the best
- Sounds/voice acting


8/10