Duke Nukem Forever Review

Duke Nukem Forever is a poorly executed game. It leans for toward the bad side though to be completely honest. Some of the dialogue is just plain funny, but the voice actors are awful. The graphics are bland mostly, but do show signs of polish. The controls are one of the better parts to the game. The story is boring, as the single player campaign doesn’t have much to offer. The multiplayer component is good, but it’s only one good thing out of many bad things. I do not recommend Duke Nukem Forever. It’s a wannabe. It wishes it was as cool as it’s old family members, but it’s not, by a long shot.

Pros:

-Multiplayer

-Controls

Cons:
-Graphics are below average
-Occasionally bad frame rate
-Story is bland
-Dialogue is laughable at times
-Gameplay is simple and bare bones

Systems: PS3, 360

2 out of 5

Catherine Review

System: PS3/360

ESRB: Mature

Catherine is simply fascinating. The story line is top-notch and acts as an interesting study on relationships. It will really hit home for most male players as they progress through the shockingly realistic story. You can play arcade games, talk to the people who come in and out of the bar, chat with the strange bartender named “Boss”, use the restroom, drink different types of drinks and even text people on your cell phone. The cut-scenes  are well-done and give the game character and depth. They’re full anime and are very dramatic and entertaining, you will definitely be left wishing there was a Catherine anime show when it’s all said and done.

The pacing is very well done in Catherine. Most time is spent climbing block puzzles, but there are also other game play elements such as being able to hang out at the local bar called “The Stray Sheep” with friends. The game play itself is fantastic. The block puzzles are truly entertaining and extremely thought provoking and difficult, even on the easiest difficulty. You will learn block climbing techniques from the other sheep you encounter in the strange “world” in Vincent’s dreams. You will never grow tired of playing Catherine. Each puzzle is different, always changing from level to level. Some blocks may have spikes, some may crumble and others may be springboards to reach higher blocks. It’s a blast to play through these levels, but beware, some can be very difficult and players may become frustrated, but it’s all worth it in the end.

The music in Catherine is beautiful. A soundtrack even comes with new copies of the game. It’s all high quality instrumentals with violins, pianos and more. The music really sets the tone for each stage in the game, giving it a sense of individuality. The voice acting is all well-done, from the most insignificant characters such as bar-goers to Vincent and Catherine.

Overall, Catherine is a rousing success. It cements it’s name in gaming history for being a truly unique, one of a kind experience. All gamers should pick it up, regardless of genre preference. Catherine boasts a fantastic story, great pacing, top-notch voice acting, spectacular game play and solid replay value. The main downfall of the game is that it is linear and one dimensional. However, it’s still worth every penny of it’s $59.99 price. Give it a purchase, you will not be disappointed. Catherine is a diamond in a pool of substandard, mediocre shooters flooding the shelves of retail stores.

4 out of 5

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Resident Evil 4 HD Review

System: PSN, Xbox Live

ESRB: Mature

Resident Evil 4 HD really disappointed me. I have played and beaten both the Gamecube and PS2 versions of the game, and both were breathtaking, but of course that was in 2005 and 2006. Nonetheless, I can safely say those versions, as well as the Wii version, are all better than this version, hands down. It costs a shockingly high $19.99 ($9.99 for Plus members) and the game feels like nothing but a quick cash-in for Capcom. I recently sat down and played the Gamecube version again, and I’m loving it. The atmosphere is tense and heart pounding, the controls are tight and responsive, and it just feels right.

In 2005, no game looked and played better than Resident Evil 4, and that’s a fact, it changed the survival horror genre forever. After playing this “HD” version, I’m angry, wishing I wouldn’t have wasted money on it, wishing I could get the money back, because I feel used. Let me put it to you straight, the graphics have only been “upscaled”, so it hasn’t been totally overhauled, and it just looks bland, plus the lighting is way off, and that fog effect is almost gone completely, it lost all of it’s horror-like features. It may looks nice at first, but as you get into it, you will easily see it’s flaws. As far as the sound goes, putting it bluntly, it’s bland. It sounds muffled and like it was ported over from a last-gen game (it was). They didn’t take the time to improve it, so it just sounds like a recycled mess. However, this is not to say the awesome music and great sound effects are still here, because they are. The controls are below average as well. This was the deal breaker for me. I put the game down because I couldn’t handle it any more. Leon’s movements are much worse than they were before. Often times as you’re running, you’ll stop numerous times, mainly because the controls didn’t get any extra attention when porting over. There are two control schemes, and neither feels right. If it was me, I would have “L1″ as aim and “X” as shoot. Very big disappointment there. The story is the same, the characters are the same, it’s still Resident Evil 4, minus some of the the good gameplay and horror we knew from the original port. All in all, Resident Evil 4 HD is only decent, compared to the original. You can buy a used Gamecube and a used copy of RE4 for cheaper, and get a better experience out of it. If you haven’t played Resident Evil 4 before, shame on you, go buy the Gamecube, PS2 or Wii version and skip this iteration.

Pros:

Still Resident Evil 4

Story line & Characters

Great Boss Fights

Cons:
HD graphics aren’t full “HD”
Great controls have been replaced with sluggish, average ones
Audio is aged and just sounds bad
3 out of 5