As most of you are probably aware late winter early spring is a barren wasteland for new video game releases.
Ok let me rephrase that it's a barren wasteland for anything good. But I'm a gamer, and a gamer needs to game. So when there's no good games out to play it's time to play the rest of the crap. The games that you first hear about and go oh boy, that can't be good. Nine times out of ten you'd be right, but every once in a while you get one of these bottom rung games that are actually half way enjoyable.
I play the games that you don't want to...and show you some that you might just want to take a look at.
Now keep in mind, that I rent 99% of the game I play. So these are based on rentals only. I can't recommend buying most of these games...ever.
And this is going on not only fun factor, but getting achievements as well. I know I can't be the only scorewhore on the board
For the achievement seekers look for the buckets review. Numbered 1 - 10.
1 - being that you could get these achievements if someone removed your brain and replaced it with a mister potato head.
10 - being that even god almighty using his magic popsicle stick powers would snap his controller trying for some of these monsters.
Earth Defense Force 2017 -
Fun, fun game. The first few times through. With 53 missions the game isn't short by any stretch of the imagination. You're looking at a good 5-6 hours to get through it on the easy setting, and of course the time gets longer as you go through it again on normal, hard, hardest, and finally inferno. There are only 6 achieves in the game and five of them are for going through and beating the game on each difficulty. So you're looking at a good 60 hours + to get the full 1000 points. And as I said it's a fun game IF you like the old japanese giant monster flicks, and getting to destroy pretty much everything in your path with rockets and what have you. It does however start to get old around the third time through, which is when it starts to get frustrating as the monsters get damn tough to take out. When the giant black ants(the weakest of the enemies in the game are taking 3-5 rockets just to kill...and there is groups of 30-50 swarming at you at once...yeah it will make you want to snap your controller in half. But again good fun if you're looking for something to blow the shit out of but if you're looking to get 1000 points out of this game, you're going to have to really dig in and be with it for the long haul.
There is co-op which makes the game even more of a blast to play through. HOWEVER it's split screen/same console only. No live co-op. So if you have an extra controller and a friend handy, it makes the destruction even that more fun.
This game gets a score of 7 buckets out of 10.
You will replay levels again and again to get the weapons and health you need just to survive in hardest and inferno. I've been playing this game off an on for a month and so far have only squeeked 300 points from its alien teet. Hardest is just what it says. I have over 3000 in life points and I've only managed to clear about 7 of the 53 levels.
With the release of the new downloadable content packs:
1 which is free, and 1 which will run you 800 points and adds another 350 points for a total of 1250.
This downloadable pack adds so many damn new modes that it is well worth the 800pts. I mean there's some arcade titles running for that price, and you won't get half as much enjoyment out of them as you will from this.
For those not in the know, Crackdown has you choosing an upgradable agent to clean up a crime ridden city. Imagine if you were a super cop trying to clean up a Grand theft auto style city. Now to power up your cop you have to kill gang members. Punch them to get stronger, run over them to improve your driving skills, shoot them, etc etc.
Damn fun game while it lasts. Because unfortunatly once you take down all the crime lords in the city, and max out your agent...you're pretty much done.
Until now that is.
The new downloadable conent includes a boss battle mode. Where you get to face each of the bosses without the pesky trouble of bouncing around the city to find them. There's a 100 points if you can take them all out on psychotic difficulty. Took me about 5 hours to do, and you don't have to do it all in one sitting.
Then there's the rocket tag, keys to the city(which basically disables achievements but gives you a super agent(double the max stats) and the ability to spawn pretty much anything you want from cars, weapons, the time of day, to even making you unkillable. There's also co-op collection races, checkpoint races, and your standard street races. A huge amount of things to do adds hours to the lifespan of the game, and you can waste hours upon hours blowing the living crap out of your co-op partner.
This game is a definite purchase. Forget the fact that the Halo 3 beta is unlockable with the disc. This game is worth a purchase on it's own merits.
This game gets 8 buckets out of 10.
There are some easy achievements, but there also some you are really going to have to work at. Finding all the hidden(300), and agility(500) orbs is a very daunting task. The street races can be very difficult, getting the rampage achievement will take patience, and while fully powering up your agent isn't difficult, it does take some doing.
I've managed to snag about 830 of the points so far.
Shrek the 3rd:
If you liked the old Final Fight/Streets of Rage style of games you'll really like Shrek the 3rd.
For about 2 hours.
It's a very linear, throwback to the old side scrolling brawlers. Complete with meat that pops out of barrels and light posts when you smash them to replenish your health.
However about the 2 hour mark (which is about half way through the 20 stages in the game, you'll start to wish for the end. You'll start to wish Shrek would shut up. You'll start to wish a cart would smash Puss N Boots into street pizza.
The achievements for the most part are easy to get. The stages are all pretty much 'on rails' you can't go anywhere except your designated path, and a chunk of the 'missions' has you collecting things like mugs, trophies, etc. Which all of these are contained in the breakable barrels, or pop up when you defeat enemies. So just break everything you see, and beat up every bad guy(they don't respawn), and you'll have all of these by games end. There is one achievement for getting through the levels without having a die. I only had to go back and replay 3 of the levels as wonky cameras had made me fall to my death because I couldn't judge exactly where to jump.
There are two achievements I didn't get. Go through the game on easy and go through the game on hard.
I barely squeeked through it the first time through(without slitting my wrists with a rusty moose). No way in hell was I doing it two more times.
I spent about 6 - 7 hours getting 890 points.
This game gets 5 buckets.
Not for the fact that the achievements are hard to get. It's just that about halfway through you'll NEED to stop playing for fear of death by monotony.
Guitar Hero 2:
If you don't know what GH2 is, then stop reading this and go buy the game. Now. Or the gods of gaming will turn their backs on you forever.
A rhythmic timed music game, and probably one of funnest games released this year for the 360.
Getting the full 1000 points out of this game is going to be nigh impossible, and you're going to have to be one of the gaming elite to pull of this herculean task.
This game gets a rating of 10 buckets.
Aside from that this game is one of the top 5 360 titles, and you're doing yourself a disservice by not owning this game.
And if you buy the game, for the love of all that's electronic and beepy get the guitar that goes along with it.
Otherwise, what's the point?
More to come.