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Blur Review

Shift into gear with a remarkable racing game! If you think your vision is impaired, wait till you play Blur!

Developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Activision comes a feature packed racing game with a difference.

So what’s the Big Deal?
Blur incorporates real-world cars and locations, with arcade style handling and intense vehicle combat, which is well implemented in this racing title with a difference.

Although the story-line is not so different from the rest of the titles out there, the game-play is well worth experiencing.

Massive attacks and power-ups await the gamer in this fast and exhilarating title, power-ups range from Mines, Shock attacks, Defensive Shields and Nitro speed boosts, which can be collected throughout the race and used all at once, creating some devastating combos to knock the opposition to the curb.

The Racing impact!
While not all the focus should go into the power-ups, Blur does focus on racing which is the most important part of the game. Get ready to face some tough AI in the story-mode which will test your skills on track. Blur is fast and when I say fast, I mean get ready to have an extra set of wet wipes handy to scrape the perspiration off your face as your reflexes will be tested!

Drifting is a nice addition to the game, but will take some getting used to as you sample each unique photo-realistic vehicle that this title has to offer. With some practice you will be flying past the opposition with style, elegance while dropping land mines to further hinder your rivals.

Bizarre Creations’ community-based interface enables gamers to acquire a network of allies, fans and those all important rivals, throwing in a unique personal racing experience that gamers will find truly fresh when it comes to racing games of this genre.

Can I play with my friends?
Blur features a 4 player split screen racing experience, as well as a 20 player online experience which consists of either, competitive or team based racing.

Blur is a game you will want to play online with a host of unlockables which can be acquired while dominating the online community. The online experience is addictive, so don’t think you will be letting go of that control anytime soon, as you will be looking to dominate the opposition over and over again!

Musically in tune?
Blur hosts a selection of artists which set the mood for this fast paced title, these artist include, The Emmy award winning Jacknife Lee, The Crystal method, Coldcut, The Qemists and The Herbalisers.

If these artists are not entirely to your taste, the option to turn off the music is located in the options menu, although they do intensify the racing experience of Blur.

The checkered Flag!
Blur is a great racing game, which is a blast to play.

The intense game-play is complimented by great visuals, especially when blowing away any rivals on course that take you on.

The AI is highly challenging and well worth taking on, although any frustration can be dealt with by dropping the difficulty level.

The online gaming is superb especially in the team-based racing modes, although, going up against 19 other opponents in competitive online racing, can be slightly frustrating at first but once you get the hang of it you will be dominating in no time.

The music has an impact in Blur it brings excitement to the intense racing world around you.

Bizarre Creations’ have definitely hit the sweet spot in this intense title.

Predominantly reviewed on PlayStation 3.

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Wipeout 2048 Review

Welcome to the world of anti-gravity racing, welcome to the world of Wipeout 2048! Wipeout 2048 puts you in the driver’s seat of an anti-gravity vehicle in a racing league that is set in a distant future. While we all remember the days of Wipeout back in 2005, when it was first released on the PlayStation 1, we tend to wonder if the game has actually evolved since then, especially with the 2012 release of Wipeout 2048 on the PlayStation Vita.

Wipeout 2048 is still at its core the Wipeout we have experienced in the past, it’s packed with high-speed racing, tight corners, air brakes and additional power-ups that will hinder any opposition vehicle on the track. Speed-boost-pads have also made a return in order to increase the intensity of the gameplay itself, which really adds to the challenge of the Wipeout universe.

The single player experience of Wipeout 2048 is spanned across 3 seasons of the AG League, which ultimately moves you through each speed class featured throughout the title. The only issue with Wipeout 2048 is the fact that it lacks a variety of courses; however the 10 courses on offer do mix things up a bit with a variety of interesting challenges ranging from zone races, time trials and combat challenges.

Wipeout 2048 also incorporates a variety of multiplayer options, which will allow you to challenge PS Vita players as well as PlayStation 3 players. This is done via the Cross-Play feature, which adds an additional incentive to experience this futuristic racing title.

When it comes to graphics, Wipeout 2048 features beautifully designed courses, stunning anti-gravity vehicles and some really great lighting effects. I especially enjoyed this titles opening sequence, as it is visual marvel and really shows what the PS Vita’s captivating screen can pull off. Unfortunately, even though Wipeout 2048 is a visually stunning title the gameplay is not as smooth as expected and tends to drop in frame rate if too many vehicles start assaulting one another at the same time.

The sound featured throughout Wipeout 2048 is very upbeat and vibrant, which really adds to the pace of each race. This is a great addition to the title and adds to the experience of the futuristic feel of the title.

Conclusion
Overall, Wipeout 2048 has evolved into a genuinely great title; however, the gameplay is not as smooth as expected, and it tends to drop in frame rate if too many vehicles start assaulting one another at the same time. Additionally, Wipeout 2048 lacks variety as it only features 10 tracks throughout 3 seasons. The sound featured throughout Wipeout 2048 has a very futuristic vibe to it, which really is a perfect fit for this title.

If you are interested in getting back into the Wipeout experience then this title will fulfil your needs; however, your needs will only be filled for a momentary duration, unless more tracks and gameplay options are added via DLC.

The Breakdown:
Gameplay: 7/10
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 8.5/10
Online: 7/10
Lasting appeal: 6/10

Predominantly reviewed on PlayStation Vita.

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Army Corps of Hell Review

Developed by Entersphere and published by Square Enix, Army Corps of Hell brings dark humour, vicious combat and a rather interesting storyline to the PlayStation Vita.

Players assume the role of the King of Hell, and additionally control an army of goblins in order to reclaim the title as the King of the underworld. Facing off against demons and massive bosses, you travel through various levels to take back a throne that is rightfully yours.

When it comes to gameplay, Army Corps of Hell reminds of me of Overlord in a sense, which means that your army of goblins are sent out to a targeted enemy in order to rip it to pieces while the King of Hell idles in the background. Goblins come in three different classes ranging from Soldiers, Spearmen and Magi. Soldiers tend to get up close and personal and generate massive amounts of damage to enemies, while Spearmen attack from distance and Magi eliminate magically protected enemies.

Army Corps of Hell has quite a few items and weapons that are scattered throughout each level. Additionally, it also features a really great Alchemy system, which comes in handy when upgrading your goblins weapons and the creation of new items in order to assist you as you take back the throne of Hell.

The graphics featured in Army Corps of Hell are not entirely the best I have experienced on the Vita; however, some of the levels do look rather vibrant and feature some really phenomenal lighting effects.

Army Corps of Hell features a really intense heavy metal soundtrack, which really sets the mood perfectly. This indeed is a major highlight of this title; however, the actual in-game sound effects tend to lack the same enthusiasm as the heavy metal soundtrack.

Conclusion:
While Army Corps of Hell utilises the power of the Playstation Vita quite well, it tends to be slightly repetitive when it comes to gameplay. This can be seen in the repetitive level design and duplicated enemies that you face off against. Army Corps of Hell is truly an interesting concept; however, it is a title that has missed the mark due to average gameplay and its repetitive nature.

The Breakdown:
Gameplay: 6.5/10
Storyline: 8/10
Graphics: 6.10
Sound: 8/10
Lasting Appeal: 6/10

Predominantly reviewed on PlayStation Vita.

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Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

Welcome to the world of Uncharted… on the PlayStation Vita! Now for those of you wondering how you go from a rather large television screen to the smaller, more compact screen of the Vita, it’s actually rather easy. However, is Uncharted: Golden Abyss any good? Let’s find out!!!

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is set before the events that occurred in the original uncharted title. This time around Nathan Drake is tasked to try to uncover the mystery behind the 400-year old massacre of a Spanish expedition. During this venture, Nathan is caught in the middle of a rivalry between Jason Dante, an old friend, and Marisa Chase, whose origins I will not disclose as it would be classified as a spoiler.

When it comes to the storyline of Uncharted: Golden Abyss, fans of the series will soon notice that it is an originally designed, classic and in-depth addition to the world of Uncharted. This will truly surprise those who have ventured into the world of the PlayStation Vita, as some may have been expecting a rather dumbed down version of the original titles.

Nathan Drake’s Journal makes a return, which is filled with the collectibles you find throughout the adventure. These collectables come in the form of photos you will need to take, charcoal rubbings you need to rub and other interesting collectibles. The mere fact that you have to use the rear touchpad and the touch screen display in order to clean off items, piece together maps and complete charcoal rubbings is a major incentive to try out this title. While using the mentioned options is a bonus, there is also the simple to use controls that can be used in order to do all this; however, I would recommend using the Vita’s above-mentioned features in order to get the job done.

Mixing up the gameplay a bit is also the addition of onscreen swiping actions, which will involve swiping your finger across the screen in order to counter attacks, cut hedges to reveal secret areas and complete additional actions. This mixes things up quite a bit; however it does take a little time to get used to this feature.

Uncharted Golden Abyss is a visually stunning title when it comes to graphics. This can be seen in the luscious green grass and the truly stunning lighting effects. I wouldn’t say that it looks as good as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves or Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception but it certainly is on par with the first Uncharted title.

When it comes to sound, Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a clear winner, especially if you use a headset or earphones. The voice acting is superb as always, and the music featured throughout the title is nothing less than top notch.

Conclusion:
Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a perfect example of what the PlayStation Vita can do. Players will thoroughly enjoy the captivating storyline, beautiful graphics and amazing sound; however as much as I did enjoy this title, I did come across a few problem areas. On occasions Nathan Drake tends to get stuck in certain areas, which is generally fixed by a quick reboot of the title.

Additionally, there are certain switches that involve Nathan and Marisa to work together in order to open a door… this tends to be phenomenal task as Marisa tends to do her own thing on occasions, which can be rectified once again via rebooting the title. While these glitches are present within Uncharted: Golden Abyss, they are not entirely game breaking; however, it is slightly annoying having to keep restarting from the same checkpoint due to them.

The Breakdown:
Storyline: 9/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Graphics: 8.5/10
Sound: 9/10
Lasting Appeal: 8.5/10

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Red Dead Redemption Review

Ever wanted to be a cowboy? Or even play as one in a video game? Maybe an outlaw robbing banks and jumping on moving trains. Possibly being the sharpshooting hero, eliminating all opponents who decide to challenge you. The setting of the Wild West has been a somewhat neglected one, as not many games have been set during this era. Red Dead Redemption is finally here and the West is going to seem wilder than ever.

You play as John Marston, a former outlaw looking to turn over a new leaf, after the gang he rode with left him for dead. John starts a new life but the government then forces him to track down his old gang and either capture or kill all of them. You might be thinking right now, “How do they force him to do this?” Well, the government has some collateral which will not be mentioned as that just spoils it for those who haven’t played the game. The characters you will end up meeting really drive the story along, although John Marston’s character seems somewhat inclined to help anyone and everyone he meets despite the fact that he has his own problems to deal with. Other than that, the story is great. You will also be able to meet strangers across the vast land that might be in need of some assistance.

Rockstar Games have become the kings of the open world genre after creating the Grand Theft Auto Series (commonly known as GTA). Red Dead Redemption is no exception. Anyone who has played a Grand Theft Auto game will notice that the presentation is very similar in this game. Examples of this are the blips on the mini-map and the conversations between characters on route to their destination. But this is more than just GTA of the Wild West. There is so much to do and so much to see. You can hunt animals and sell their fur, meat and skin in the stores located in towns. People will challenge you to quick draw gun duels where you can teach them a lesson for being too cocky. Bounties will be offered for wanted criminals and you can choose whether to kill them or hand them over to the authorities. You will also be able to lasso and break wild horses so that they may become your trusty steed. Different outfits can also be found that have abilities to assist you with certain situations. Those are only a few of the things you can do. One of the greatest features about Red Dead Redemption is the fact that random people that come up to you and ask for assistance with small tasks. Be it retrieving someone’s stolen horse or saving a woman from being kidnapped.

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The presentation of the game is excellent. Rockstar has really captured the essence of the Wild West. The graphics are some of the best seen and the art style is very nicely done. The characters look great and the horses in motion look very lifelike. However, a few graphical bugs are present but when looking at the entire game, it’s a very small problem.

The audio in the game is just as great as the graphics (Never hurts, right?). The soundtrack has the classic Western music you would expect to hear in a film of the same genre. The voice acting is also top notch and brings the characters to life.

Conclusion:
Overall, Red Dead Redemption really is an excellent game. You have the story but so many other factors to keep you occupied for quite a long time. It offers you so much! A lot of work has gone into the development process. Red Dead Redemption was definitely worth the wait, the story is awesome and so are the characters. Plus it’s just so much fun to play. Red Dead Redemption is a definite must have in any gamer’s collection.

Predominantly reviewed on Xbox 360.

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Heavy Rain Review

A Different approach to the world of gaming! Developed by Quantic Dream and most definitely a PlayStation 3 exclusive, we wonder how this new style of game-play will affect our Sofa, our wrists and our cheese-puff loving Fingers. But before we get into that, let’s get straight to the Voice Talent.

With no voice we have no game, with no game, the only Heavy Rain Gamers will experience is accumulated thunder showers… Gamers need not purchase an umbrella as Heavy Rain will set the mood. The Voices are in my head? No they are on your screen! Quantic Dream used the voice talents of: Sam Douglas as Scott Shelby, who has featured in a variety of films, which include: Alien Autopsy, Agent Cody Banks 2, Snatch, and the upcoming release Tribe.

Leon Ockenden as Norman Jayden, featuring on a variety of television programs which include: Heartbeat, Heroes and Villains, Tripping Over and Hustle.

Judy Beecher as Madison Paige, in the English Version, her stacked up film career includes: Only in Paris, Simone, Perfect Pitch, Bloodline and the upcoming release Cameraman.

Pascal Langdale as Ethan Mars Featuring on a variety of movies and television programs Pascals arsenal of movies and programs include: My Family, Spooks, The Bill and J’auraid Voule etre un danseur.

With a phenomenal voice cast heavy rain delivers. But where are the Cheese-Puffs? Wait you will experience something far more tasty when digging into heavy Rain, now for those of you who want game-play let’s take a gander into the immerse world of Heavy Rain.

Six-Axis, which is what, will completely appeal to any Gamer out there.
With the usual use of the Six-Axis Controller, gamers feel more involved in the game-play; Quantic Dream has taken this to the next Level! With Gamers being prompted to move the Six-Axis controller in various motions and including vast amounts of Quick-time Events, Gamers are thrown into the world of heavy Rain, While throwing their control about like an individual that is allergic to bee’s, which proves quite entertaining, as the interactive level of game-play is something we have never witnessed before. While missing certain Quick time movements is not a train smash, the game does not end, if a certain character is wasted the story progresses to the next available character.

Tori Amos? Will not be making an appearance in Heavy Rain! Although the massive Story line is one that is emotional, riveting, gripping and pulls a few surprises on the Gamer, and no! Not pulling his pants down in front of a room full of people but by twisting and turning.

The Story revolves around the 4 Characters and the Infamous “Origami Killer” The game opens with Ethan Mars, spending his time with his family. He later loses sight of one of his Kids, at a busy shopping Centre. His Son is found lingering on the busy street, Ethan tries to save him from an oncoming car, which is probably driven by a (cheese-puff munching machine) tragically his son is killed, while Ethan is injured, which puts him into a coma for 6 months. Two years after the accident, Ethan has depression, he has blackouts that last for several hours on end, His wife has left him, and his remaining Son is distant and detached from him, Ethan also has a fear of crowds to add to his problems, while at a park Ethan has another blackout, and wakes to find his Son missing. This event is eventually tied to the “Origami Killer”.

Conclusion:
An abrupt Ending? Yes for those gamers interested in finding out what happens next, Grab yourself a Copy of Heavy Rain to experience a truly masterful release and PS3 Exclusive from Quantic Dream.

Slick Stylish Emotional and something you not going to put down! Your wrists, fingers and brain will thank you for purchasing this epic title. Look out For the Latest DLC’s from the PlayStation Network.

Predominantly reviewed on PlayStation 3.

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Blur Review

Shift into gear with a remarkable racing game! If you think your vision is impaired, wait till you play Blur!

Developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Activision comes a feature packed racing game with a difference.

So what’s the Big Deal?
Blur incorporates real-world cars and locations, with arcade style handling and intense vehicle combat, which is well implemented in this racing title with a difference.

Although the story-line is not so different from the rest of the titles out there, the game-play is well worth experiencing.

Massive attacks and power-ups await the gamer in this fast and exhilarating title, power-ups range from Mines, Shock attacks, Defensive Shields and Nitro speed boosts, which can be collected throughout the race and used all at once, creating some devastating combos to knock the opposition to the curb.

The Racing impact!
While not all the focus should go into the power-ups, Blur does focus on racing which is the most important part of the game. Get ready to face some tough AI in the story-mode which will test your skills on track. Blur is fast and when I say fast, I mean get ready to have an extra set of wet wipes handy to scrape the perspiration off your face as your reflexes will be tested!

Drifting is a nice addition to the game, but will take some getting used to as you sample each unique photo-realistic vehicle that this title has to offer. With some practice you will be flying past the opposition with style, elegance while dropping land mines to further hinder your rivals.

Bizarre Creations’ community-based interface enables gamers to acquire a network of allies, fans and those all important rivals, throwing in a unique personal racing experience that gamers will find truly fresh when it comes to racing games of this genre.

Can I play with my friends?
Blur features a 4 player split screen racing experience, as well as a 20 player online experience which consists of either, competitive or team based racing.

Blur is a game you will want to play online with a host of unlockables which can be acquired while dominating the online community. The online experience is addictive, so don’t think you will be letting go of that control anytime soon, as you will be looking to dominate the opposition over and over again!

Musically in tune?
Blur hosts a selection of artists which set the mood for this fast paced title, these artist include, The Emmy award winning Jacknife Lee, The Crystal method, Coldcut, The Qemists and The Herbalisers.

If these artists are not entirely to your taste, the option to turn off the music is located in the options menu, although they do intensify the racing experience of Blur.

The checkered Flag!
Blur is a great racing game, which is a blast to play.

The intense game-play is complimented by great visuals, especially when blowing away any rivals on course that take you on.

The AI is highly challenging and well worth taking on, although any frustration can be dealt with by dropping the difficulty level.

The online gaming is superb especially in the team-based racing modes, although, going up against 19 other opponents in competitive online racing, can be slightly frustrating at first but once you get the hang of it you will be dominating in no time.

The music has an impact in Blur it brings excitement to the intense racing world around you.

Bizarre Creations’ have definitely hit the sweet spot in this intense title.

Predominantly reviewed on PlayStation 3.

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Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

Welcome to the world of Uncharted… on the PlayStation Vita! Now for those of you wondering how you go from a rather large television screen to the smaller, more compact screen of the Vita, it’s actually rather easy. However, is Uncharted: Golden Abyss any good? Let’s find out!!!

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is set before the events that occurred in the original uncharted title. This time around Nathan Drake is tasked to try to uncover the mystery behind the 400-year old massacre of a Spanish expedition. During this venture, Nathan is caught in the middle of a rivalry between Jason Dante, an old friend, and Marisa Chase, whose origins I will not disclose as it would be classified as a spoiler.

When it comes to the storyline of Uncharted: Golden Abyss, fans of the series will soon notice that it is an originally designed, classic and in-depth addition to the world of Uncharted. This will truly surprise those who have ventured into the world of the PlayStation Vita, as some may have been expecting a rather dumbed down version of the original titles.

Nathan Drake’s Journal makes a return, which is filled with the collectibles you find throughout the adventure. These collectables come in the form of photos you will need to take, charcoal rubbings you need to rub and other interesting collectibles. The mere fact that you have to use the rear touchpad and the touch screen display in order to clean off items, piece together maps and complete charcoal rubbings is a major incentive to try out this title. While using the mentioned options is a bonus, there is also the simple to use controls that can be used in order to do all this; however, I would recommend using the Vita’s above-mentioned features in order to get the job done.

Mixing up the gameplay a bit is also the addition of onscreen swiping actions, which will involve swiping your finger across the screen in order to counter attacks, cut hedges to reveal secret areas and complete additional actions. This mixes things up quite a bit; however it does take a little time to get used to this feature.

Uncharted Golden Abyss is a visually stunning title when it comes to graphics. This can be seen in the luscious green grass and the truly stunning lighting effects. I wouldn’t say that it looks as good as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves or Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception but it certainly is on par with the first Uncharted title.

When it comes to sound, Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a clear winner, especially if you use a headset or earphones. The voice acting is superb as always, and the music featured throughout the title is nothing less than top notch.

Conclusion:
Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a perfect example of what the PlayStation Vita can do. Players will thoroughly enjoy the captivating storyline, beautiful graphics and amazing sound; however as much as I did enjoy this title, I did come across a few problem areas. On occasions Nathan Drake tends to get stuck in certain areas, which is generally fixed by a quick reboot of the title.

Additionally, there are certain switches that involve Nathan and Marisa to work together in order to open a door… this tends to be phenomenal task as Marisa tends to do her own thing on occasions, which can be rectified once again via rebooting the title. While these glitches are present within Uncharted: Golden Abyss, they are not entirely game breaking; however, it is slightly annoying having to keep restarting from the same checkpoint due to them.

The Breakdown:
Storyline: 9/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Graphics: 8.5/10
Sound: 9/10
Lasting Appeal: 8.5/10

Predominantly reviewed on PlayStation Vita.

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LittleBigPlanet 2 Review

Cute sack people, a cheerful soundtrack, a brilliant art style and challenging levels to play through were what made this game an instant hit. It also featured a Create Mode where players could create their own levels to play in and share with the rest of the LBP community. Over 3.5 million levels have been created by players. Designers, Media Molecule and publishers, Sony Computer Entertainment have released a direct sequel aptly titled, LittleBigPlanet 2. It seems that the creative genius behind the first game carries over into the sequel.

The story of the game is pretty simple: the inhabitants of LittleBigPlanet are sucked up into an inter-dimensional vacuum cleaner after it appears in the sky. Unfortunately, Sackboy suffers the same fate and ends up in a place called Craftworld. Here, he gets rescued from “The Negativitron” by a group called “The Alliance” and its leader, Larry Da Vinci. The Alliance is dedicated to fighting and defeating the evil Negativitron before it ultimately destroys Craftworld.

LittleBigPlanet 2, just like its predecessor, is a 2.5-D platform game at heart in which you make your way from Point A to Point B. You dodge obstacles, jump on enemies, pull levers and swing across gaps to get to your destination. You collect bubbles in levels to earn points. Sound familiar? Well, there’s more. LBP2 tends to mix things up in the levels a bit more than in the first game. In one level, you may be running throughout the level and in the next, you might be riding on the back of a bee, firing honey. You may even find yourself going vertical on the back of a caterpillar. There are also new gadgets and devices that will make completing a level just a little more fun. Firstly, there are jump pads that launch you high into the air to reach ledges and other possible secrets. Secondly, the “Creatinator” is a hat which Sackboy will wear that can be adjusted to fire any object that the player chooses. Thirdly, the “Grabinator” will give Sackboy the ability to grab and throw any object that is able to be grabbed (Did that make any sense?). The levels have really become more interesting than in the first game; making them unpredictable and ultimately more fun.

Replayability will not be a problem for this game, not at all! You might be able to beat the story mode in a short period of time if you play continuously, but you can bet that you will come back for more. There are high scores to beat, outfits to find, hidden stickers to find and challenges to unlock. The game also offers personal pins for different challenges so you have something to show for your effort and maybe just brag about how awesome you are. Also, just like the first LittleBigPlanet; LBP2 has multiplayer. You can play cooperatively with up to 3 other players so that means 4 players in total within a game. Also, what’s really great is that LBP is very easy to pick up and play so it’s suitable for all ages. The beauty of the multiplayer is that it can be played locally or online. For challenging other players, you can play games like basketball, pool and air hockey, which are unlocked through the Story Mode. I only had one real problem with the multiplayer. If playing a co-op game locally and one player decides to run ahead of everyone else, the camera will zoom out to try and keep track of all the players. This makes distinguishing your Sack person very hard. Also, the players left behind might be killed off and will only be able to rejoin at the next checkpoint.

Fans of the first game will know that it has a Create Mode where you are able to craft your own levels out of scratch. It was praised for its addition but not for it’s execution in certain areas as some people felt that it became too complicated. From what I’ve experienced, the Create Mode has been simplified for easier level creation. It also has so many more options for the player to choose from such as creating a racing level, one that incorporates shooting and you are also able to add cutscenes to your created level. However, things can become a little tricky when trying to use certain elements such as making projectiles actually register as projectiles. It can be fixed by digging into the Create Mode’s settings but it couldn’t really help with the complicated features. Not necessarily a big issue as it didn’t take that much away from the experience.

Not much can really be said about the graphics except that the game’s engine has shown some improvement in terms of lighting; it just looks better. The visuals are truly superb and show off some of the PS3’s potential. The level design is typical LBP style; very cute and colourful.

The audio in the game is great! Ranging from sound effects, to voice-overs of gibberish, to the soundtrack; everything is very well done. If you’ve played the first LBP, you’ll know what to expect from the soundtrack. It’s made up of cheery songs but not the kind that will drive you crazy. It’s the kind that is very catchy and will have you humming along while you play. You can also use the sound effects and tracks in your own created levels. Another great feature is that you will be able to record your own samples if you want your levels to be narrated. This can be done by using a headset or the Playstation Eye microphone. Fans of the first game will be pleased to know that Stephen Fry has returned as the narrator.

As I mentioned before, more than 3.5 million levels were created after the release of the first game. Well, I have some good news for you; LBP2 has backwards compatibility, enabling the player to enjoy all those levels plus all the new additions. Also, uploading your own created level is a breeze. Playing other people’s creations is simple but unfortunately, the load times can be quite long.

Conclusion:
In conclusion, LittleBigPlanet 2 is an excellent game. The developers took a formula that worked and mixed it up a little to improve on that formula. You just won’t know what to expect while playing through a level. It could be a racing segment or even a segment that involves shooting. I was not able to test the PlayStation Move with this title but hopefully in the near future. Great for all ages, LBP2 is great for playing with friends or family.

Predominantly reviewed on PlayStation 3.

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Gioteck: EX-05 Wireless Headset Review

The Gioteck: EX-05 Military Style wireless headset is a wireless audio headset that is compatible with Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 as well as PC/Mac desktops. This means that you will only really need to purchase one headset to use across any platform that you may own. This makes life a little easier and less cluttered as owning too many headsets can often become a problem; however, is the EX-05 the perfect headset for the each platform out there?

When it comes to design, the EX-05 Wireless headset features a lightweight headband that incorporates a very attractive military styled webbed canvas. The webbed canvas allows your head to breathe and allows for a far better fit that conventional headsets. Additionally the EX-05 can be adjusted to a multitude of head shapes, which will allow just about anyone to experience the superior comfort of this headset. The EX-05 also features a really comfortable set of speakers, which offer up a great sense of comfort during those long, gruelling gameplay sessions.

Another great addition to the Gioteck EX-05 wireless headset is its flexible microphone, which will allow you to communicate with your team on your platform of choice. While most headsets do feature a microphone unit, the EX-05’s microphone tends to be a lot more durable than most of the microphones I have come across in the past. Additionally, my team mates had no issues hearing me during various online gaming sessions while using the headset.

I have always had a tendency to push headsets to the limit during my review process; however, the EX-05 seemed to keep up quite well during the rigorous testing session. I was quite surprised that the surround speaker system had not blown even though I had put the EX-05 through many hours of high volume gaming, music and movies. Furthermore the EX-05 pushes crystal clear quality sound and bass, which allows you to really immerse yourself in whatever media you may be listening to. The EX-05 also allows you to adjust the volume of both the in game sound effects and gameplay, as well as the voice chat.

When it comes to charging the Gioteck: EX-05 wireless headset, you can simply plug in the headsets USB power cable and away you go. This allows for ease of use and less clutter when comes to wiring.

Conclusion:
At the end of the day the Gioteck: EX-05 wireless headset is a great gaming headset to incorporate within your gaming lifestyle. It is comfortable, durable and offers up superior quality sound when it comes to listening to any media platform. Furthermore, the EX-05 is one headset that can truly take a serious beating when it comes to pushing it to its limits.

The Breakdown:
Sound: 10/10
Style and design: 9/10
Comfort: 9/10
Durability: 9.5/10