Headline Game Reviews Are Laughably Bad

I know that it seems a bit… humorous for myself, a game reviewer, to complain about reviews. That it seems I am possibly going against my own reviews to a degree. If you check out my Call of Duty: Black Ops II review you will see that I gave it credit for what it was, an online game, but disliked it for the same reasons. I gave it credit on futuristic weapons and the like, but scathed its half-assed story and characters.

My whole point here is my major problem with Game Informer. GI, the lengthy arm of Gamestop review juggernaut that most people look at as generally laughable. My problem with Game Informer isn’t their reviews as much as it is their inconsistency. Allow me to elaborate.

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Achievements Have Ruined Gaming

One of the biggest changes of this current generations gaming is achievements (or trophy’s for PS3 users). Adding this element seemed like a great idea, it took your in game activity both online and offline, and gave you achievement points to show off to your friends. You could get them getting X amount of kills in an online death match of Call of Duty or by closing the Gates of Oblivion in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and hell, I thought this was pretty awesome. I felt like I had achieved something. Ahhhh 2007 was fun for me.

Fast forward to now. I have increasingly begun to despise the achievement system.

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Video Game Attack Reviews: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

The storied past of Metal Gear is one of conspiracy, governmental abuse and deep thought out characters as well as plots. The series itself has spawned the covert ops style of gaming that many of us have enjoyed over the years. One of the most well known characters of gaming, Solid Snake, has been a mainstay in the series since its early days on Nintendo and now the torch is being passed. Raiden has been handed it and is running in with swords swinging. As we learned from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Raiden has a new cybernetically enhanced body and is now a cyborg as has become the norm in private military companies, otherwise known as PMCs. Fast forward 4 years from the end of MGS4 and we are in a world where the Patriots no longer hold any control, where PMCs have become a viable business and where cyborgs and cybernetic enhancements are commonplace. Does Metal Gear Rising stack up next to its long line of predecessors? Does it hold up as far as action or strategy games go? Here is your review.

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Video Game Attack Reviews: The Cursed Crusade

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Medieval times have been an absolute gold mine for the gaming industry. From computer games to console games, it has yielded some strong titles. From Medieval: Total War to Dragon Age we have been graced with some awesome titles that are Medieval based. Atlus is a company that releases a good amount of both hard to find games and well developed games. The Cursed Crusade is a new take on one of the many crusades in history into Jerusalem. Does it stack up against other Medieval games? Can it hold its own? Let’s find out.

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Video Game Attack Reviews: Risen 2

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Many games take the aspect of Fable or Elder Scrolls and try to dublicate the open world, free choice style that has made both of those franchises a gold standard (minus Fable 3 and Fable Kinect). Many have tried and many have failed, but not all games are utter failures. Many give us something to enjoy or something to enhance future games… think of the game Killswitch, a 3rd person shooter that was for all intensive purposes, God awful. Without it though we wouldn’t have been given Gears of War because Killswitch gave us the cover system with blind fire… we all love blind fire. That brings us to Risen 2. A game that is following up the previous title in story, but with a new character. In this open world game you are the Hero who must defeat the Titans and save the world… or something. Here is your review of Risen 2.

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Video Game Attack Reviews: Call of Duty Black Ops 2

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Well it is finally here! Call of Duty Black Ops 2 did that thing that CoD games have done since CoD: Modern Warfare 2 where they basically crash the entire damn internet cause 800,000 players want to log on and play now. Black Ops 2 has been highly anticipated for both the multiplayer and the zombies of coarse, but a legitimate question is how is the campaign? Everyone (including myself) has criticized Activision for making a game that literally focused solely on online multiplayer, don’t get me wrong I love online, but I do want to see effort on the storyline. With rival Halo 4 out and having a more concrete storyline to work with and solid online as well, Black Ops 2 needed a bit more bang and it delivered, while leaving you more interested.

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Video Game Attack Reviews: Halo 4

Halo 4 has finally come out and after getting rave reviews (9’s and 10’s across the board) everyone is doing 2 things:

  1. How is the game play and graphics?
  2. Should I get this or Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

After playing through the entire campaign (Wow this game series actually has a storyline!) and getting acclimated to the new Promethean weapons, as well as the upgraded UNSC weapons (shotgun and DMR = SEXY) I was ready to jump into the online multiplayer. Now for this review I will do it piece by piece, just to make it easier… and honestly in case all you give a damn about is how the multiplayer is then you can just scroll to the bottom and be done with it. Halo 4 which was given to 343 Industries after Bungie separated from Microsoft and I have to say… damn 343 Industries didn’t just nail it, they obliterated it.

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Sony…My Tale of the PS3 and My Response to Their Customer Survey they Requested

I recently was having issues with my online via my Sony Playstation 3. It involved my not being able to play games online and my Netflix (I pay $8 a month) unable to work on my TV via the Playstation 3. It had been happening off and on over the past 3 months. At first I wasn’t angry, the interwebs has issues all the time. Then it became regular…it lasted instead of a day or so, days then weeks. It became a point of no return. I couldn’t do anything nor play anything. It would auto sign me out…for literally no reason.

Then after emailing them about this issue (albeit I was angry so it was a very worded message) I get the generic response of, “We’re sorry, we wish we could do more, but we can’t. If you just wait for it to fix itself everything will be ok, we promise…till next time if screws up at least.”

Well unfortunately for them, I don’t feel I should have to wait on a $400 system and $60 games.

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Quick Hits: Madden 13 Rolls Out Patch That Should Have Been There Anyway

Madden 13 has issued yet ANOTHER patch to ANOTHER Madden game. Before we talk about the patch itself let me just say that I played this Madden 13 and I hated it. It is regressed. Madden 12 ran circles around it. The players feel fake, they still want to act like “Gameflow” was a great idea which it wasn’t, because if it was they wouldn’t have made a patch TO RESTORE MY ABILITY TO CHOOSE MY OWN DAMN PLAY. I mean really what is the point of calling a play where you don’t even know what routes are being run or where your running back is running the ball? I mean yeah online you can check it, but why show your routes to your friend sitting next to you? They know how you play and will probably try to jump one of them or stuff the area your RB is about to run forth.

So anyway here are the patch updates, fixes and add ons that SHOULD have been in the original $59.99 game.

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