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Gaming Update: Dead Rising 2 | Assassin’s Creed II Games | My Reviews 18 SEP 2013

I game few and far between these days, with the greatest slice of my gaming time being made up of online FIFA 13 battles with Ryan. That said, here’s a quick round up of my thoughts on the games that I have played over the last couple of months – funnily enough, all coming my way courtesy of the current Microsoft Games with Gold initiative…

Dead Rising 2 (2010)

Five years after the events of Dead Rising, former motocross champion Chuck Greene is in the casino town of Fortune City, Nevada, to take part in Terror Is Reality, a controversial sports entertainment game show where contestants kill zombies for money and fame. Chuck needs the prize money to buy Zombrex (a daily medication that suppresses the zombification process) for his daughter Katey, who was bitten by her zombified mother during a previous outbreak in Las Vegas.

However as you might have guessed, caged zombies seldomly stay caged for long, meaning that pretty soon Chuck is running amok to clear his name, save people’s lives and keep Katey from turning into a zombie!

Dead Rising 2 is a 3rd person action game from Capcom that features some fantastically detailed shopping complex environments to move around in and beat up horde upon horde of shuffling zombies (interspersed with the odd crazy and psychopath) with whatever tool or fixture you can find lying about. (Seriously, just about anything can be used as a weapon, and best of all, you can combine multiple items into bigger badder zombie killing devices, some of which get pretty inventive in the process!). All of this open world beat-down action then gets wrapped up in a pretty enjoyable character-driven mystery story and complemented with a great soundtrack, voice acting and cutscenes, the end result being a pretty polished and neat zombie game.

That said, I don’t really enjoy zombie stories, meaning that I didn’t really enjoy this outing, and consequently haven’t bothered finishing it.

However, if you ARE a fan of zombies and their like, then without a doubt you’ll get a proper kick out of it – so worth it if you’re in that boat then.

(Oh, and in terms of gameplay overall, my only real gripe, apart from the plenty of load screens you encounter, is the fact that the strict time limits put on missions and the main storyline stops you from fully exploring the wonderfully built environment and properly exploring the various ways of mowing down zombies like you should have been able to!)

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Rising_2

Assassin’s Creed II (2009)

After being forced to relive the genetic memories of ancestral assassin Altair ibn-La’Ahad through a machine known as the “Animus”, Desmond Miles is freed from his imprisonment by Abstergo Industries employee Lucy Stillman and together they make a daring escape.

Now in a safe place and in possession of Abstergo data and an upgraded Animus 2.0, Desmon agrees to re-enter the Aimus and relive the genetic memories of ancestral nobleman Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who lived during the Renaissance period of the late 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy. An assassin born from the murder of his family, Ezio, and thus Desmond, are now on a hunt to solve the mystery surrounding the age old Knights Templar movement.

If you are a fan of historical pieces then you are going to love Assassin’s Creed and its incredibly detailed conspiracy-driven story line. If you are not, then you are still going to love Assassin’s Creed and its incredibly detailed conspiracy-driven story line.

Seriously, this game is that good.

An absorbing story told via the polished and well executed platform of a 3rd person stealth-action open world game which sees you scaling walls, running along rooftops and causing all kinds of bloody chaos, before slinking back into the shadows or blending in with a cloud to avoid capture. A massive world, beautifully rendered environments, fluid movement mechanics, loads of cutscenes, and some decent enemy AI, all work in conjunction with a great setting, beautiful musical score and enjoyable voice acting to result in a game that is really worth your time to play.

In other words, I REALLY enjoyed this one from Ubisoft.

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin%27s_creed_ii

Review: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones Games | My Reviews 13 AUG 2007

Prince of Persia   The Two ThronesI’ve been an avid follower of the Prince of Persia franchise since Ubisoft revived the legend with its ground breaking Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time back in 2003. This was followed up by the blood-thirsty Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and now Ubisoft finally brings the Sands of Time trilogy to a close with the absolutely stellar Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones.

If you arent familiar with any of the preceding two Prince of Persia titles, then you basically need to know that the game is a 3rd person action/adventure title that involves a lot of acrobatic jumping, navigation/environment puzzles, trap circumvention, a solid combat system and a whole lot of very cool time related powers.

The story of the Sands of Time trilogy began with the prince’s army attacking and conquering the capital of the Indian empire. In the midst of the battle, however, an evil vizier caused the release of the sands of time, wreaking havoc over the city and the surrounding countryside. The prince and an Indian princess named Farah battled together to defeat the vizier, bottle up the sands, and restore the world to a normal state. The story continued in Warrior Within, where an embittered Prince set sail for the Island of Time, seeking sanctuary from an unstoppable time creature called the Dahaka who pursued him endlessly because of his part in unleashing the sands of time. There, the Prince battled not only the Dahaka but also Kaileena, the Empress of Time.

The Two Thrones begins with the Prince returning to Babylon from the Island of Time with the mortal Kaileena as his new lover (this part of the plot may be confusing to those who didn’t see the alternate ending of Warrior Within). As they pull in to the harbor at Babylon, the duo finds the city under siege. Their ship is wrecked by the invaders, and Kaileena is captured by the enemies. You quickly find that the vizier is back and responsible for the uprising. He murders Kaileena and unleashes the sands of time upon Babylon, and the Prince must battle to regain his kingdom and avenge Kaileena’s death.

Apart from the sheer joy derived from controlling the monkey-like prince (with the usual tight controls youve come to expect from the franchise), probably the most outstanding feature from this set of games has always been the ability to rewind time, allowing you to correct any mistakes you make. The game literally records your progress while you play, and should you invoke the rewind time option, your playback is rewound and you are left at a point in the past (whenever you decide to stop rewinding). – All the usual powers and moves have been retained, but one or two new jumping aids have been introduced which do go a far way in increasing the variety of environmental puzzles on offer.

The most profound change in this game has to be the introduction of the princes twin – identity, the Dark Prince. A different weapon and slightly different move set makes for an enjoyable switch from the Prince and adds a new level to a tried and tested game platform.

The game also introduces a speed kill system which allows you to practice sneaking up on enemies, initiating a speed skill sequence in which you need to time a button press in order to take them out. This adds a welcome element of stealth to a game, but you will be pleased to know that you don’t have to use it unless you actually like skulking around.

As per usual the environments are breathtakingly gorgeous. Expansive, detailed environments keep the eye busy and the variety is wide enough to ensure you never get bored. The character models are all beautifully rendered and the animations are generally quite fluid and well done. However, I must make mention that the PS2 suffers horribly from slow down, particularly in the sections where you play as the Dark Prince. It would seem the rendering of his whip is just a little too much for this old hardware to bear.

I just wish they’d replace the stupid animations employed when breaking objects – it has always looked kind of out of place to me.

Sound wise it seems as if all the old voice actors have been retained, making for perfect continuity. The sound effects are rich and vibrant as always and the strong musical score fits the era and location just perfectly.

The campaign should take you around 10 to 15 hours to complete, but don’t be surprised if you race through it easily enough – the difficulty level seems to have been lowered slightly, especially for the jumping puzzles in my opinion. That could of course just be because I am fairly familiar with the franchise already, so I am slightly biased. The story maintains the same epic feel as the previous two instalments and marries the first two titles seamlessly into the third. The humour and action that Prince of Persia is known for has been maintained and to be honest, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable title.

Do yourself a favour and pick up all three, it is most definitely money well spent. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is a worthy finish to this wonderfully enthralling trilogy.
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