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Review on games on sale during Easter weekend

04-24-2011, 06:02 AM
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Review on games on sale during Easter weekend

Lots of good games on sale this weekend and I had problem making decisions on what to buy. At the end I brought a lot of games (compare to my usual spending rate) and I will try to give my rating on the games I have brought to help others.

Galaxy on Fire 2
- at 4.99 USD, as it's rep show it's a really well developed game, lots of details on customizing your ship, different design of ship suit for different tasks, visual is pleasant and the action is nice.

However as many other space trading sandbox games out there, like I have played Wrapgate, you would trade a lot at first to save money and only to pick really the best one or two weapon combos and ships and set for the rest of the game, though you can free roam after the main quest, once you have completed the main storyline and got the items you want, the game become less interesting. I would not had brought this for more than a 4.99 game and would give GOF2 a 4.5 out of 5, but it is not a must buy in my personal opinion.

Superbrothers S&S: 2.99 this is not a sale price, but it's art, game culture and the sensation on sight and sound is so well designed that it truly worth the mention. FOr me 2.99 is a good prince for an artistic adventure game like this, may be a little bit like King's Quest in the old days but with much greater art and style, to me this is a must buy, 5/5.

Deadspace at 0.99 - We all heard enough about this well polished game, I personally got scared while playing with the headphones on at night, I am not a fan of scary games but this is a must buy as it is just a very well done game it would be a great miss out for not owning it on your iphone. 5/5.

Fight Night at 0.99 - Fantastic fighting game, I like boxing but not a huge fan personally, but the game's boxing feel in terms of tactics, combo and reaction, all these element makes this a typical boxing game in a very good way.

There are complaints about there are not enough boxers to fight against, I personally did not mind too much about that however I do feel that at the end of a Legacy mode experience, there are only runners and none runners as types of oppositions, and 3 mins x 12 round often is too long for my personal attention span. But one of this would stop be picking this game and to me it's a must buy. 5/5.

MMA EA Sport
at 0.99 - Unless you are an MMA fan such as I, if you are already picking up Fight Night then I would not recommend you to get this one. It is very easy to win matches and the test of your reaction, in terms of being a fighting sport game, it's not the greatest I have experienced. My fighter has won about 40 games and had not lost 1 at the highest difficulty and I am not an expert in this. I will let this one slide though with 0.99 price tag it does not matter.

FIFA 11 at 0.99 - If you go to the appy store, one guy's review has given this a 5 stars and said, "nice game for toilet". I imagined that he would play this during his poo time, and he was right, it's not a game that you I could seriously put thought, plan or much expectation in it.

The game flow is fast, there appear to have a lot of game modes, but really, there are only 2, one off matches or you play a competition such as cup or league. There is no management, career modes in this, not to mention I think the play ratings and even their position are really quite outdated. I am a football fan and I would had let this one slide. 3/5.

NBA Jam at 0.99 - I am not a basketball fan, nor had I played this too much when this first came out on arcade back in the old days. But it is a very very fun game, the movement, animation is really satisfying, the players have different characters and abilities which you can pick to suit your style. so much better than FIFA 11, it's a good buy.

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04-24-2011, 09:06 AM
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Great reviews!

For Fight Night, you actually do have the option to reduce the number of rounds so it doesn't get too long.

I agree that FIFA 11 could do with a career mode or manager mode but it's still a great game (compared to PES 2011 or Real Soccer 2011) without those modes.

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04-24-2011, 10:43 AM
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Nice, succinct reviews. I like your idea of reviewing several games at once.

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04-24-2011, 10:57 AM
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Good job. Easy to read, and I think you are right.
04-24-2011, 11:10 AM
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Couldn't people go to Video reviews or detailed reviews if they wanted these games?

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04-24-2011, 01:15 PM
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I tried only the lite version of Galaxy on Fire 2 and personally it feels like its enough for me. It is quite fun (combat was the minor weak point for me), but once you get to a certain point (getting the ships or equipment/weapons you want, mine & trade to your hearts content, and other things), the game doesn't draw me in anymore. I remember back with Freelancer on PC, after beating the game & doing a bunch of extra stuff until I got the stuff I wanted, I was just burnt out on the game (& genre).

For me, NBA Jam lite version feels perfect for me. The length is just right for me. The game is just as fun as I remembered back then (despite being slight more difficult to control compared to having physical buttons). I don't follow basketball so having all the teams and players doesn't really impact me since I don't know them.
04-24-2011, 01:33 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by triggywiggy View Post
Couldn't people go to Video reviews or detailed reviews if they wanted these games?
They could. But sometimes review sites tend to view games too technically and forget that the most important criteria for a good game is for it to be fun. That's why I always prefer to hear from a fellow gamer than from a website.

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04-24-2011, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Romeo Longsword View Post
I imagined that he would play this during his poo time, and he was right, it's not a game that you I could seriously put thought, plan or much expectation in
Best line in any review ever! Is there where gaming is going on ios?
04-24-2011, 05:19 PM
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2x Post.

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04-24-2011, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by tops2 View Post
I tried only the lite version of Galaxy on Fire 2 and personally it feels like its enough for me. It is quite fun (combat was the minor weak point for me), but once you get to a certain point (getting the ships or equipment/weapons you want, mine & trade to your hearts content, and other things), the game doesn't draw me in anymore. I remember back with Freelancer on PC, after beating the game & doing a bunch of extra stuff until I got the stuff I wanted, I was just burnt out on the game (& genre).

For me, NBA Jam lite version feels perfect for me. The length is just right for me. The game is just as fun as I remembered back then (despite being slight more difficult to control compared to having physical buttons). I don't follow basketball so having all the teams and players doesn't really impact me since I don't know them.
I really like the decision you have made here.

For any space trader games on the iphone or in single player mode, they all ended up like what you have said. Which would just become aimless at the end, I am really surprised how expensive space trader games usually are on the market, the impression of these sandbox space trade games suggests endless hours of play, but really it isn't for points we have both mentioned above.

I think you have done great to just had tried the free version of the game and not had brought it, but it has an expansion coming out (never heard of that happened for an iphone game before) and also being a polished product I appreciate their work and management + attitude as a game company and thus they got the money from me

The problems with a lot of space trader games that does not ended up being an endless hours game, part of it is that you can't farm items like in RPGs, as you don't have "magic", nor do you have multilayer. I would like unlikely to buy any more space game in this format in the future.

I think you have done well on NBA Jam as well, but there are unique value in this game for it's humor and fun satisfaction that's worth the 0.99 from me.

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Originally Posted by triggywiggy View Post
Couldn't people go to Video reviews or detailed reviews if they wanted these games?
Yes they sure could and should, when I am shopping for games, I often seek views from both the players and a number of reviewing sites, I found it very helpful to hear a collection of opinions espically from the players. That is why you would see people asking "is this any good" from posts here and thus I would like to try to help others who are in the middle of making these sort of decisions.

The Easter weekend had many good sales and likely people would not want to miss out some of these great deals and could do with some opinions before the weekend ends, you could of course also contribute to this area instead of challenging the value of this thread.

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Best line in any review ever! Is there where gaming is going on ios?
I have employed this culture of gaming and found it rather pleasant as a result

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Last edited by Romeo Longsword; 04-24-2011 at 10:06 PM. Reason: THE DLC for GOF2 is not free