Star Wars Battlefront II

September 28, 2007

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This is my latest addition to my game list, a FPS/TPS, Star Wars Battlefornt 2. I don’t have its prequel but from wad I heard its mostly familiar but with some addition and enhancement. it was release in november 2005 so it is kind of an old game. But age is merely a number.

For those of you who are familiar with quake, this is like the star wars version. Basically in this game player becomes a trooper or droid of a faction, 4 in total(republic(clones), empire(evil clones), rebels(human and wookie) and separatist(droids)). then you have the different game types fpr multiplyer or you can go through the campaign as part of the 501st legion.

players are the separated into 6 types of character, a basic trooper(general use), a heavy trooper(anti vehicle), a snipe(anti infantry), an engineer(repairs – sabotage vehicle), a commander(morale boost) and lastly factions special units. not to forget when a player kills a target amonunt of enemy one can also opt to use the hero charater, which include jedis and bounty hunters. there are alos pilots for space battles.
Graphics, hmmmmmmmmm. To be honest, it is kind of like playing Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. most of it looks kind of flat, but all in all its ok especially on certain map like Coruscant in the jedi temple, where u battle within the hallways.

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Gameplay is quite easy to master. those of you who are familiar with counter strike will not find this a trouble. piloting, a land or otherwise, vehicle is simple. there are two type of vehicle single pilot or multi one. in single pilot you drive and control weapon at the same time, such vehicle are mostly the smaller ones with the exception of the AT-AT which i think is only available on hoth. in the multi people vehicle player may choose to either be the pilot or a gunner. for the space battle player even get to board the enemies capital ship to destroy it from the inside. you get to pilot fighter craft, bombers, transports(which can carry extra troops, u can choose to pilot it or be a turret) and other ships.

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I guess the availability makes the game more interesting along with the ability to control jedis such as kenobi, yoda and even the emperor himself. in summary Star Wars Battlefront II has everything to satisfy a fan. In this game players will get to experience the battlefield and rewrite how the battle goes. full scale battles include the battle of hoth and geonosis. you even get to fight on the death star or on board the Tantive IV.

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though there are still much improving needed overall its a good game and a must play for starwars fans. its quite similar to battlefield 2142 as well but not as graphically developed and in battle front you can take part in a full scale battle like you see the movies.

My Review ~

Graphics 2/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Attractiveness 4/5
Will i play for long – longer than C&C3
Recommendation ~
1) If are a star wars fan
2) looking for new environments
3) if you cant support battlefield 2142

Cost me – SGD 56.00

for more info visit its official site –
http://www.lucasarts.com/games/swbattlefrontii/indexFlash.html#Home

 

 


Age of Empires III

June 18, 2007

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My all time favorite, an RTS. The first title in the series released in 1997 Age OF Empires I which brings us to the stone age to Age Of Kings during the middle ages till the edge of the gunpowder age. Not to forget Age of Mythology, a detour to mystical age of the old gods. However we are talking about AOE3 now.

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Graphics are definitely grand, as u can see above. The first time i saw the cover I was just wowed. Effects are greatly improved from Age Of Mythology, now people will fly after they get hit by a cannon ball. every game you play buildings will always be razed, here buildings will never be destroyed the same way twice. Pieces of buildings will crumble, window pane will fly, houses will burn and trees will topple after being hit by cannons.

Technology has advanced to the gunpowder age and rifles and cannon reigns. Despite the range combats and battles there are still calvary forces (I no longer use them in this age unlike previous ages where the are the power), melee infantry units exist among some factions mostly to counter calvary and to quickly kill enemy range infantry if you manage to get close enough first. Another thing to note is that every unit have a melee weapon, whether a bayonet or a scimitar. I guest the main focus of AOE3 is their artillery, which range from an organ gun(around 6 guns tied together) to the Great Bombard the largest artillery in AOE3. Below, my favorite unit the janissary.

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Another highlight of AOE3 is their water effects and their naval units which left breathless. Naval battles are always so interesting to see in AOE3 ships now fire as in real life from its side like those from POC. ships are huge and intense, the sails are simply beautiful. Ship reflections are another thing marvel at as well.

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The economy for AOE3 is rather simple and those not differ much from AOE1 except that you no longer need to use stone. gold still can be obtain from mines with an additional way of getting gold that is to do whaling. another way to help with your economy is also by forming alliance with natives, which may boost your military as well as they do not use population.

There is so many to say about the game and not to forget its expansion which I will review next time. There are two expansion, The Warchief( be the natives) and Asian Dynasties(see the eastern empires) . All I can say is experience it yourself. Number 1 in my list of games.

My Review ~
Graphics 5/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Attractiveness 4/5
Will i play for long – till AOE4
Recommendation ~
1) If u love its predecessors
2) love cannons and rifles
3) love RTS

Cost me – SGD 54.90

for more info visit AOE3 official site ->
http://www.ageofempires3.com/

 


Command and Conquer Tiberium Wars

June 15, 2007

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Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars, or more commonly known as CnC3 boast captivating graphics even in their lowest setting. CnC3 is a rts game for all genre lovers, it provides jam packed action, explosions and an overdose of fun.

As with its predecessors CnC3 revolves around a substance known as tiberium. In CnC3 tiberium has evolve from an organic matter to a crystal like form. tiberium is the only resource available in CnC3, and if u play brutal i suggest u get obsessed with it to harvest enough for supporting a force capable of eliminating ur enemy.

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CnC3 slightly upgrades the technological advancement of ur two lovable faction, GDI and NOD while still being recognizable at a glance who is who. CnC3 introduce to us a new race of alien species called Scrin, their land units and their basic defenses may not wow u they make it up with their superior air support, a basic fighter, a destroyer type ship, a carrier and the ultimate mother ship(which works best against a brutal NOD), all Scrin ship except the mother ship battles best in an ion storm.

As for the campaign, i have not complete it but i guess it is interesting.

Another thing to note is that like its predecessors this game focus more on action and battles as such the economic structure is simple, the only building u focus on is defences, no population limit. LEARN TO LOVE TIBERIUM, Those who have more have half the victory.

This game is definitely in my Top 3 of game list second to Battle for Middle Earth II third to Age Of Empiers III. putting CnC3 at number 3

My Review ~
Graphics 5/5
Addictiveness 3/5
Attractiveness 4/5
Will i play for long – very long
Recommendation ~
1) If u love CnC b4 u will love it again.
2) If u like explosion and all out action
3) If u are an alien fanatic

Cost me – SGD 54.90

for more info visit CnC3 official site -> http://www.commandandconquer.com/