Archive for the ‘Impressions’ Category

Score: 9.5/10

Platform: PS3

Developer: Media Molecule

LittleBigPlanet 2 is a sequel to LittleBigPlanet which originally released in 2008. LittleBigPlanet was a game which came under the “Platformer” category, but LittleBigPlanet only loosely fits that description. It’s a game which belongs to no particular genre. LittleBigPlanet 2 ( & 1 ) were developed by England-based developer Media Molecule and was released on January 18, 2010 exclusively for the PS3 in North America.

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Score: 9.5/10
Platform: PS3
Developer: Polyphony Digital

Gran Turismo 5 is one of the few games which needs no introduction. The game was hyped to an insane extent, and after a long wait of 6 years, it finally released on November 24, 2010. The fact that the game did release is not the most enjoyable part, it’s the thrill you get driving the world’s top-hyper-realistically looking cars at breathtaking speeds, all the while enjoying the beautiful vistasΒ zooming past you.

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Developer: Treyarch

Platform: PC/Xbox 360/PS3

Score: 7/10

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the successor to Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2; developed by Treyarch. Being a sequel to a highly acclaimed game, developers Treyarch would obviously have been under a lot of pressure to not only deliver a thrilling experience like the one we all enjoyed in the last game, but to outdo it. In some areas, Black Ops does out-perform Modern Warfare 2. That isn’t to say that the game doesn’t fail in some key elemental areas, which it does.

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EA, after quite a few failures with the previous games in the NFS franchise, has handed over the reins to Burnout developer Criterion. And so we have Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, a reboot in the NFS series.

There is a single race in the demo – Darkhorse – where in you play as the cop. With only two cars to choose, and a small arsenal of weapons such as Spike strips and Roadblocks (each of which can be used thrice) you will have to take down 5 racers. After every use, they require a few seconds to recharge. The controls are tight. The graphics are gorgeous and the races are adrenaline filled… for the most part. In case you have someone on your friends list who also has the demo, a bonus race gets unlocked – Roadsters Reborn. In Roadsters Reborn, you play as a racer, evading the cops.

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Developer: Danger Close / DICE

Platform: PC / Xbox 360 / PS3

Score: 7/10

Medal of Honor is Danger Close’s latest offering, published by EA (Electronic Arts). The game borrows positives from the two otherbigger franchises – Call of Duty and Battlefield. The game takes place in urban settings and relatively small environs (like Modern Warfare 2) and has a toned down procedural destruction system (thanks to the immensely powerful Frostbite engine, by DICE).

Medal of Honor initially set out to differentiate itself from the previously mentioned shooters, and carve out a niche for itself in the overly – saturated FPS segment, and it has. Just as in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, you play as 4 different soldiers in all – Rabbit, Adams, Deuce and Hawk.

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Let me get this straight: the new Medal Of Honor Multiplayer BETA (PC) impressed me. I liked it. But let me also get this off my chest- the game is as good as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but nowhere close to Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Yeah, I just said that.

Let me justify my opinion: There are two modes- Sector Control and Combat Mission. In “Sector Control”, you spawn and go control flags which are represented by flags (essentially a Capture The Flag mode). That’s mainly how you rack up points, apart from killing enemies. Capturing flags (or as I just said, controlling sectors) is more like what it is in Modern Warfare 2 than like what it is in Bad Company 2- its really quick, and it takes less than 10 seconds. That’s actually good considering you don’t like getting bullets pumped into you!

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