Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sonic Unleashed for the Wii Review

When we see a new Super Mario game, we welcome it with open arms. On the other hand, when we see a new Sonic game, we keep a good ten feet away from it. That is how I felt about Sonic Unleashed for the Wii. It starts out in space. Dr. Eggman has a fully armed fleet of ships ready to rule the world. Sadly, this dream doesn’t last long as Sonic lands on his command ship, and has basically stopped Eggman’s plans to rule the world. Or so he thought. Later in the opening cinematic, Sonic is trapped in one of Eggsman’s machines, and is used as an energy source for a laser shooting down at the earth, releasing a monstrous being known as Dark Gaia. During the whole thing, Sonic is turned into a more monstrous form and is then teleported back to earth with the chaos emeralds. It is now up to Sonic to find out what’s happening, and save the earth.

Basically, the game is split into three different game play mechanics. The first part is the running day stages, which are by far the best thing about Sonic Unleashed. The second part is a new game play mechanic known as the night stages where you play as the Werehog and it plays like a platforming beat’ ‘em up. The third part is of the rpg element where you talk to people about information and such. Now, everyone knows Sonic is known for his fast-paced running levels, and this game portrays them well, and I’m really glad that Sega did that. The werehog stages are set up like levels you would see in God of War or Devil May Cry. All you do is beat up enemies during parts of the stages and solve some very easy puzzles to go through doors and get across the level. Now these are okay, but they’re not my favorite levels in the game.

The graphics are pretty amazing for the Wii and for the other consoles. They’re not blocky and just awful like the last Sonic game for the Wii. The graphics in this game however are more attached to the last Sonic game for the PS3 and Xbox360. They’re smooth, well colored, and just pleasant to look at. Now the cinematic parts in the game are wonderful to look at because of how well done the graphics are. The controls are pretty darn good. It’s an actual Sonic game you can really play, unlike most of his recent games.

Okay, now it’s time to put on your running shoes and run to the bad parts of the game. Let’s talk about the werehog stages first. The stages where you play as a werehog are drawn out and are a total turn-off since it seems like they take forever to finish. The music for the werehog stages is pretty good for a jazz number but it’s the only battle music you hear, and it’s not different in every continent like in Kingdom Hearts. The enemies in the werehog stages are actually like the Heartless in Kingdom hearts, which kind of makes Sega non-original. The puzzles you have to solve are pretty moronic since there’s nothing special about them since you have seen them before. This whole gimmick of becoming a werehog is just awful. To be honest Sonic fans want to see the whole game filled with running stages and to fight Eggman at the end of the each of them, but Sega is trying to become like Mario and put Sonic with different gimmicks, which turn out to be stupid. This whole game seem to be ripping off different ideas like the whole werehog thing reminds me of the way Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess is based around. Another issue I have with this game is the camera control. You cannot control the camera to your liking, which bothers me since I could have saved myself a couple of lives if I could have seen when I could jump and etc. The voice acting is horrendous! The voice acting could be a lot better, or they shouldn’t have had voice actors in the first place.

All and all, it’s an okay game. It’s more of a rental then a “oh, my god, I need to buy!” game. I just can’t recommend buying this game since only a third of the game play is of an actual Sonic game. Lets hope the next Sonic game will be the end of the dumb gimmicks.

This game gets a score of 6.3 out of 10

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mr. Mosquito for the PS2 Review

One day while I was looking at Game Fly and eating a bowl of cereal, I decided to take a break and look up a cool top 10 video list, and I watched one video called Top 10 Gluttonous Characters and saw a very unusual game called Mister Mosquito. So, I decided to put it on my list, and I got it a couple days later.

The story and the plot of the game is that you play as a very cool and robotic- looking character called Mister Mosquito. Your job through the game is to suck the blood of the Yamada family household to store for the winter. So basically, you’re a small flying bear that eats blood to store for the long winter days. Just in case no one understood that sentence, I was being sarcastic. The role of each level is to both hit one or two points on the victim’s body and suck their blood without getting hit.

There are multiple ways to reveal where you are supposed to stick your needle in and consume the blood. One example is turning on the radio or turning off the light. One successful way to get the daughter for the first time is to make her phone ring so when she picks it up, you can hit the target on her other hand. For every good offensive move, there is always a challenging defensive move the family has against you. First of all, you do not want to get spotted, or else you will have to fight certain family members. They will also have multiple repellents, and stuff to keep you at bay, and poison. The family itself is rather odd, but it is fun to watch what they do.

So now, it’s time to fly in and suck out the bad parts of the game. The controls can be a little tough to get used to since they aren’t like Super Mario or God of War simple controls. I mean they are simple since you don’t need to pull off crazy combos like in Virtua Fighter and such, but the controls are scattered across the controller. The poisons that are around some characters in the later levels can get very tedious and annoying since they can take away your health very quickly if you don’t move fast enough. The voice acting could be a lot better, since it sounds like they are being a little on the racist side, no offense.

All and all, it’s a pretty unusual game like Decap Attack and Wario Land. I would recommend renting this game to see what you think of it. Currently, I’m in the making of a Top 10 Unusual Game list and this is one of them, so expect to see this one on the list. Remember, eat right and stay healthy. Just don’t eat or suck blood….

This game gets a 7.5 out of 10.

Hellboy: The Science of Evil for the PS3 Review

Hellboy is maybe one of my most favorite comic book heroes next to the Question and Batman. I was always worried that when the Hellboy movies came out that they would make a horrible adaptation of the film into a game. Luckily Konami came in and decided to make a totally original Hellboy game called Hellboy: The Science of Evil. The plot isn’t that straight forward. It is more in order of the comic book style like The Chained Coffin and others or The Troll Witch and others where it’s split up into a couple different stories. Though, to sum it up, Hellboy has to save the world and stop Herman Von Klempt.

The game play style goes by a third person action adventure game where you travel across Romania, Japan, a dessert, and Eastern Europe. You get to play as Hellboy of course, but in multiplayer mode, you can play as Abe and Liz. You also get to use Hellboy’s gun, and use multiple different ammunition. My favorite ammo is the crystal bullet where one shot kills zombie Nazis. There is minimal puzzle solving but nothing different than you would see in games like God of War or Devil May Cry. There are also times where you can pull off special deaths “Hellboy-style”.

The best part of the game is that Ron Perlman is the voice actor for Hellboy, and the humor is intact within the whole game, which makes it more enjoyable. It also stays with the weird world of Mike Mingola, where parts of his stories are based on real folklore. The graphics are a mix between last and next gen graphics, meaning I don’t have an opinion on the graphics. This game also gets credit for it actually not being a movie-related game. The story is original and fun to watch. I just can’t stress enough how I love Hellboy. It is just such an original series, and no one can copy it even if they tried. The game itself plays out like a movie or as a comic book, which gives it a calm, non-tense feeling.

Sadly even though I love this game and the series it is based on, there are a couple of complaints that I must point out. The first thing I’ll start off with is that the game is too short. If you sat down for a day or so, you could beat it in that amount of time or in at least two days. There isn’t enough variety in enemies and it gets boring after a while. Some enemies are a little guard-happy, and it makes it hard to beat them faster, especially if you’re fighting the silverback gorilla enemies. Finding ammo is really tough since specific ammo can only be found in certain areas, and it’s unusual that enemies don’t go down with one hit since the bullets are like 5 times as big as normal bullets.

All in all, it’s a pretty good game. I would recommend renting it for a weekend or so. There’s no reason to buy it but if you’re a Hellboy fan and like GOOD comic book games I would recommend getting this one.

This game gets a 7.8 out of 10.