Friday, August 7, 2009

Classic: No More Heroes

First off I want to explain why I didn't post the other day. It was because all this week I've been having to go to SAT prep courses and also do some work around the house. The last review was hard to get down into my blog before my schedule swelled me up once again. Now I can start writing again. So I'm bringing you a classic as I call out. A few years ago Suda51 also known as Goichi Suda, a well-known game developer made a game which is known as "No More Heroes".

Now Suda51 has brought some of the most visual and oddest stories really. He brought killer7 a point-and-click shooter which starred a hitman with multiple personalities and an interesting DS game called "Flower, Sun, Rain: Unending Paradise". So with NMH for the Wii, it was interesting to see what he created now. Before the Wii was known for only producing family-oriented and somewhat kiddy games. A Mature rated game for the Wii was rare. Suda51 pushed the envelope on that as he brought NMH. Not only do NMH contains mass amount of gore and violence, it pushed ahrder with many sexual references and a usually thought of morally wrong character as some would say. You played Travis, an otaku who won a beam katana online. With this katana he sets out to prove himself and become rank 1# of an assassin organization. The gameplay is easy, sandbox city, get money by doing oddjobs consisting of minigames and fighting. Get enough money to pay for your chance to defeat the next assassin. Kill the assasin rinse and repeat. But teh formula worked. NMH was addictingly fun. Players could finish all their enemies with a finsihing moves that could range from decapitating them to cutting them in half vertically. As well as a crazy amount of bosses he had to face.

The game used the Wii-mechanics to some of the best seen abilities for that time. It showed how hardcore the Wii could be.
I wasn't the only one to believe that as Suda51 is developing a sequel to NMH known as "NMH: Desperate Struggle" following him to take revenge over the death of a minor character from the last game. If you have a Wii and haven't played NMH pick up a copy or rent it today.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Review: Wolverine Origins Uncaged Edition

Alright so we know the Wolverine movie was not up to par to all our expectations. Like a Micheal Bay movie that plot fell through trying to save itself with awesome actions scenes. As we all know that failed as well. Now we have Wolverine Origins: Uncaged Editions. Now as we all know games made to release with movies never do well. As we all now the abundance of Disney Pixar Games. Does Wolverine finally break the mold. The answer is yes, it breaks the mold and then destroys a few helicopters.

WO is a fun game, it's bloody, and gory. Something you would never expect out of a game, Wolverine is better than ever. You can excuete your opponents in so many ways that you've never imagined. If you've enjoyed games such as God of War or Devil May Cry prepare to have a nice game to play. Now unlike many movie games, WO doesn't follow the movie's story exclusivley. It has it's own story to tell which makes playing this game an entire new experience for you if you've seen the movie. So how does a badass character such as Wolverine get killed. Well the system is like this, the more damage you take the more your vital organs and skeleton is exposed. Destroying the skeleton kills you. However you regenerate over time. It's a cool experience to see his entire body recover itself real time as bullets rip into his flesh exposing his organs. Since Wolverine is an animal, he needs animal senses which he has. You can use your heightened senses to make your range of hearing enemies spotting useful things and etc. Fighting is simplified to your basic swing attacks with your claws. Heavy attacks which involves stabs and implaing your enemy and of course the usual grabs. The more you fight the more "rage" you build up. Getting this meter filled results in a blood bath of fun for you and Wolverine.

You can also use the lunge move. Which is a move that allows you to close the large gap between you and an enemy by jumping at them and stabbing them tot he ground. Allowing you to use their body as a soft bloody cusion.

Now WO isn't all great times. There are a few misses with this game. It's pretty easy to beat. The difficulty is somewhat challenging at times but you should blaze through this pretty easily and quickly. Also it get's repititive sometimes. New area, group of enemies, kill said enemies. Rinse and repeat with a few bosses, mini-bosses and action sequences thrown in. But all in all WO is bearable, which can't be said for alot of movie games. For all it's small faults it's a fun game. Not to complex, but just enough to make it a fun romp with Wolverine. I enjoy what Raven did here and how they did it. I hope this can set the bar for movie games now. So it isn't an immediate buy, but if your looking to rent a good game to relax into WO might just be your cup of tea. Hopefully we'll be able to see a new X-Men Legends game soon enough.