Category Archives: Xbox360

Are You Ready For Mass Effect 3?

In just less than a months time Mass Effect 3 will be with us all to play and was one of Microsoft’s exclusives until EA made Mass Effect 2 multi-platform

Mass Effect 2 on the PlayStation 3 was the Game of the Year version and had every bit of DLC available at a discount cost AND you did not need to play the first game either as it had a comic book style mission summarising the first game with choices to make that effect you later on.

After playing through the Mass Effect 3 demo I can safely say that this game is going to be one of the best this year. Two missions are on this demo and for those people who have stuck with the series since the first game back in 2007 the demo makes you feel like you never left the game even though Mass Effect 3 has been two years in the making.

You start the demo on earth with some basic choices in which you pick some of your old team to stay alive if you did so in previous games and with a situation where the Reapers have now invaded earth and you have to get out of there and back onto the Normandy to try to save the human race. Graphically this game is stunning through all of the action and there is no slowdown. Right from the start as you are escaping, ships in the background are getting destroyed and left in awe at the quality of it all.

You get a sense of how determined Commander Shepard is in the demo so far and with the team mates aswell. With it being just a demo it remains to be seen how all the choices made from the previous game saves will affect relationships and consequences in the full game and gives us something to really look forward to.

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DiRT 3 Complete Package out soon

I have been a massive fan of the DiRT series and DiRT 3 is the most complete package of the whole series.

So it is fitting that Codemasters are releasing the complete DiRT 3 package on March the 9th with a suggested retail price of £29.99. This includes all of the DLC that was released.

Here is the list of that content

  • The Monte Carlo Rally Pack: eight breathtaking Rally stages featuring dramatic climbs, descents and hairpins of snowy mountain roads. Race through the Alps and conquer the legendary Col de Turini pass.
  • The X Games Asia Track Pack: four new routes set across two new tracks in Shibuya, the neon heart of central Tokyo, where spectacular mud-spattered Rallycross circuits weave beneath towering skyscrapers.
  • The Power and Glory Car Pack: stars five cars including the BMW M3 Rally, Lancia Delta S4, Ford Focus ST Rallycross, Scion tC and Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept, each with a range of liveries.
  • The Mud and Guts Car Pack: features five cars available for single-player, split-screen and online multiplayer events. Race the Lancia Stratos, Peugeot 205 T16 Evo 2, Citroën C4 Rallycross, Saturn Sky and Ford Mustang GT, each with a range of liveries.
  • The Colin McRae Vision Charity Pack: access the Ford Escort Mk II, a 70s rally classic with five liveries.
  • The Ken Block Special Pack: features a customised and upgraded Ford Escort Mk II, an Open Class Rally car sporting a killer Ken Block livery.
  • The Mini Gymkhana Special Pack: access the mid-engined Mini Cooper S Gymkhana, customised and tuned to become an outrageously responsive Gymkhana car.


Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2013

It is that time of the year again where EA release some great sports games and I for one am a big fan of the Tiger Woods series and last years was a great improvement over its predecessors, Tiger 11 was more of a Ryder Cup feel and last years was based around the Augusta Masters.

The only downside for me was the confusion around the season mode with the sponsorships that didn’t make sense and having to buy the DLC courses to complete a full PGA season which would have left a few people short on funds(me included)

Moving onto this years game, it expands on the Masters and has full Kinect AND PlayStation Move support which is handy and looks to be a step forward compared to last years game. There is also a huge overhaul of the swing action.

Total Swing Control Taking its most significant leap forward in swing mechanics in over a decade, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 13 revolutionizes the virtual golf swing. Golfers will take full control over their swing with all-new tempo, swing plane and shot power controls along with an adjustable shot setup, allowing players to address the ball in a number of ways creating tens of millions possible shots with just one club.

There is a new mode this year called “Legacy” and here are some details and a video:

Tiger Legacy Challenge lets you relive Tiger’s most memorable golf accomplishments as he rises from a child prodigy to a golfing legend. Revisit each era of Tiger’s career, from his Toddler Years practicing in his backyard, to his first television appearance on The Mike Douglas Show, through his epic victories at the Masters. Play through and complete each era to unlock bonus in-game content.

  • Toddler Years – The first era includes events from Tiger’s childhood in the late 70’s, which introduces players to the new swing mechanics found in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13. During these events, you will play as Tiger between the ages of 2-6.
  • Early Years – This era takes place between 1983 and 1986 between the ages of 7-10. You’ll participate in some of Tiger’s first golf tournaments including the Junior World Championship.
  • Junior Years – Takes place between 1988 and 1991 at the ages of 12-15 and showcases Tiger winning each age group of the Junior World Golf Championships. These events incorporate various audio distractions while playing, which Tiger’s father used in real life to help him train and hone his skills.
  • Amateur Years – This era focuses on Tiger at the ages of 18-20 and includes accomplishments during his Amateur golf career such as the U.S. Amateur Championships, his first trip to the Masters Tournament, and College Invitational.
  • Rookie Years – Between the ages 21 and 22,this era encompasses Tiger’s first two years on the PGA TOUR, as well as his first major win at the Masters, his first President’s Cup, signing with EA SPORTS, and hitting a hole in one at TPC Scottsdale on the famous hole 16.
  • Tiger Slam – Arguably one of Tiger’s most memorable accomplishments to date, this era focuses on his career between 2000 and 2001 at the ages of 24 and 25, when he won four majors in a row. It also includes a challenge to match Tiger’s snaking putt at the 2001 Players Championship on the 17th island green at TPC Sawgrass.
  • Pro Years – The Professional Years include accomplishments between 2002 and 2008 such as various major wins, famous shots (2005 chip-in at Masters), and winning the FedEx Cup.
  • Present Day – This era includes current events such as the 2010 Ryder Cup, 2011 Presidents Cup, and the beginning of fictional events that lead up to the ultimate goal of winning 19 majors.
  • Future – This section includes major events that are in the future such as the 2014 U.S. Open at Valhalla and the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews.
  • Record Books – The last era will end with Tiger chasing his 19th major on his way to breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record.

Like last year there is a collectors edition and will feature 5 additional courses and some pro shop items for your golfer!

Stay tuned for my review of this game at the end of March

Review: WWE All Stars

For me wrestling games have lost the impact they once had on me since the early WWE Smackdown vs Raw series and stopped buying them from 2008 as I felt that they were all the same and lacked any substantial new features.

When THQ had released WWE Legends of Wrestlemania it felt like a breath of fresh air and to play as some of the best WWE legends there are to date. Despite how easy the game was to complete they had the right idea in trying something different for a wrestling game. Now we are treated to a new wrestling game called WWE All Stars which is similar to that game and direction except adding some of the current roster to pit them against the legends of the WWE. While some people might be sceptical of another easy wrestling game with no relevance to the current WWE product I can personally say that these people are wrong.

WWE may have changed from whacking chairs over Peoples heads in almost every match, blood and flipping the bird down to a PG style show and hell even not using the “wrestling” term only to use “Entertainer” but the product is now aimed at the younger fan and as such want gamers to also have some fun when playing WWE video games. Even at 25 I have been a long time wrestling fan since the age of 8 and lived through the ups of the Attitude Era down to the stupid storylines recently, being a huge fan of Hulk Hogan back when he was a decent guy and John Cena I wouldn’t think that playing against one another would be any less fun that doing so in one of the early inceptions of Smackdown vs Raw but I am pleasantly surprised as you will see in this review.
One notable point people will notice about the game is the visuals, the wrestlers look more arcadey and have a ‘Top-Heavy’ look about them which is quite comical with what seems like inhuman strength like superman which will engross the younger gamer. When you go to hit someone in a combo move by pressing either X or square in succession often your opponent will leave the mat and be flung into the air of which you can mix in some grapple moves to make it interesting. Gone are the complicated controls of the Smackdown vs Raw series although it does take a short while to get used to them as a newbie and maybe a short introduction video showing how to use the different styles but never the less it does the job.

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