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Saints Row 3 – Xbox 360

Saints Row 3 is an absolute corker of a game and exceptionally good fun to play; especially with someone who appreciates the vast amount of crazy humour within the game.  Cue Mr Takis A.K.A. ‘Ghostly Yakuza’.

I was lucky enough to win the Saints Row 3 game in an Amazon.com Black Friday deal this week, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford it until the price came down a bit!   I got my game yesterday, and spent a good hour on it last night driving around the carefully created world so lovingly created by the developers.

You can tell that Saints Row 3 was a labour of love for the people who designed it, it runs so much more fluidly than Grand Theft Auto 4 (which gives me motion sickness) and is a pleasure to just ride around in their fantastic city playworld; stealing cars and shooting random people within the neighbourhood from out the window of a moving vehicle.

The campaign throws you in at the deep end with a really funny parody of the ‘Dead Presidents’ bank heist in one of my favourite films; ‘Point Break’.  The oversized mask/heads really made me laugh and that eventually lead to the design of my own character.

Angelo’s Dad is an absolute legend, so I decided to base my character on him, hopefully I did him justice, although I had to settle for a ‘zombie’ voice rather than the heavy Greek tones; the voice somehow fit with the tinted shade glasses and 5 O’clock shadow and we were on our way.

Angelo decided to play with one of his bitches, and promptly played with his character naked (humorously censored I might add!) throughout the game.

NOTHING can quite prepare you for the ‘Whores’ (Hoard) Mode’ which saw me beating hookers up with a giant floppy lightsaber style implement which was actually a massive pink dildo whilst dressed in a dog outfit!

The whole game is just very polished and is fucking nuts, and I can see many an hour being spent doing quests and just sodding about.

Hopefully the videos below convey the enjoyment of the game.

VIDEO 1 – Antikrish and Ghostly Yakuza ride again!

VIDEO 2 – Antikrish and Ghostly Yakuza versus the system!


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Battlefield 3 – Xbox 360

Battlefield 3 on the xbox 360 is a fantastic game and a clear improvement on the funky features added in Battlefield Bad Company 2; the latter was probably my personal game of the year when it came out in March 2010.

I was really excited to get BF3 having played the multiplayer Beta at London’s Eurogamer Expo in September, Angelo and I also played the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Special Ops game mode at the same time and my mind was made up at that point to not buy MW3 because it’s just MW2 with new skins and a bit more story! 

MW3 is clearly a stunning game and is presented with all the pomp and polish you would expect of a game so heralded by immense hype; I would have been even more impressed had it been a stand alone game; but it does not really do anything for me because I’ve seen it all before, time after time.  Milking the franchise.  Call of Duty peaked with COD 4, no question about that.

The Battlefield series just keeps getting better and better, of course it still has many of the quirks and glitches that I have seen on previous games within the series, but this is a bit more forgivable in that the overal product is very polished AND you get the impression that EA really enjoy making these games due to the way in which they are so much fun!

As Angelo will testify, there are few things more gratifying than sneaking up on a fully occupied tank and blowing it up with a pack of C4 explosives; well, for me the stand out moment is base jumping off of a military installation and parachuting down to assault the next objective on the Damavand Peak map.  Absolutely amazing!  If there was ever a James Bond moment in a FPS game, this is it!

MW3 multiplayer runs at a very impressive rate and if that’s your bag, fair enough.  Personally, I love the thrill of going into a battle knowing that only a team effort can achieve the objective.  My favourite role is that of medic, healing and reviving team members before pushing on to overwhelm the opposing team!

I have only seen a little of the single player game when Kai played it last night, I really appreciated the anonymity of the players rather than the MW3 circus with Billy Murray et al! 

If anything, I love the BF3 game because it reminds me so much of Rainbow Six Vegas and how much that game blew me away; you could be forgiven for thinking that BF3 is almost a cross between RB6 and GRAW 2 in some places, certainly borrowing ideas from both games and throwing lots of perks and options into the mix!

My problem with MW3 has always been the community that surrounds it, BF3 takes the ego away from the equation because you do not have to endure the pointless lobby banter and all the crap that goes with it.  It’s much more fun seeking someone out in a game who has become your rival; purely because of the fact that they killed you in the last round! 

Especially when you cut their throats and steal their dog tags; I’m certain that MI5 will present this thread as findings in a future court case!  “Subject K Krishnan has an unhealthy love of cutting throats and stealing dog tags!!!”. 

I jest. 

Afterburner Climax – Xbox 360

OK, so I sniggered profusely at the ‘Climax’ bit; didn’t everyone outside of Japan?

You’d think the silly fuckers would employ better translators and consultants by now?!?

Afterburner Climax is worth every single one of the 800 points required to purchase it off of Xbox lives marketplace; what a blast from the past (snigger).

I fondly remember when I first played the Afterburner II coin-op as a kid; it would still commandeer my coins even now in the presence of all the new games out there; the Climax game is a fantastic evolution of the original and a good game in it’s own right.

Visually the game is stunning, bright, fast and fluid; you can opt for the new soundtrack or the classic original too. I really like how the Climax weapon and combo setup work. Excellent!!!

There’s a wealth of options which will no doubt keep me very busy trying to get the perfect round.

Buy it!!!!

Alpha Protocol – Xbox 360

Gamespot gave ‘Alpha Protocol’ 6 out of 10; personally I can’t agree with that at all, I’d even go as far as giving it 8.5 out of 10.

SEGA has published a really intuitive game, its like an RPG but with some stealthy action thrown in to the mix; the presentation immediately struck a chord with me and I enjoyed the international spy story which your character is involved in.

You can customise your character from the beginning, skill profiles and upgradable attributes are a really nice touch and make for a more arcade feel.

The rpg element allows you to manipulate and infiltrate situations through dialogue choices; kinda reminded me of the ‘Lone Wolf’ adventre books I had as a kid. “Turn page 20 if you want to stab someone in the face!!!!”.

The levels are designed well; and the afore mentioned skill attribute system really changes the dynamic of how you complete a mission depending on what your chap can do.

I’d heartily recommend this game; it was a good distraction on a dreary Bank Holiday Monday and I will keep playing it!

Aren’t Gamespot reviews shite?

Pure Football – Xbox 360

I really enjoyed playing ‘Pure Football’ so I thought I’d throw up a quick thread about it.

It’s a 5-a-side game, quite similar to the ‘FIFA Street’ games but with less emphasis on all the poncy skills and more focus on playability. The campaign is enjoyable, and the gameplay is very smooth and stylish.

It’s made by Ubisoft which is a little unexpected, but at £24.99 this game is a bargain; especially if you fancy something a little different to FIFA and Pro-Evolution!

Xbox 360 ban wave

And so we come to it, Microsoft has been carrying out out it’s annual ‘ban wave’ over the last couple of weeks; designed to target the modified console community (or pirates to those in the media) just before the biggest game of the year comes out; oh yes, and Christmas. Pfffftttt.

As per usual, you get the mass media hype saying how pirating is damaging the gaming industry; personally I’d say the damage was done years ago by Sony and it’s aggressive surge into the market but there you are. Alas, I can appreciate how pirating games is naughty, but I can also understand why it brings out a rebellious streak in some who people prefer not to pay £50 a game each time.

What will this mean to those who have had their consoles banned from playing on xbox live? Well, after talking to my friends who have been caught had their legs slapped, I’m of the impression that most will go out and buy a new machine, keep it legit and buy only the very best games to play online; the new Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 2 game for example.

Most would probably keep the modded xbox for playing copied games offline and still save a significant amount of money in the long run by doing this. Not a big deal really when you look at it like that is it?

So what have Microsoft gained by doing this? Was it ever about piracy? I don’t really believe it was personally. Who will suffer? US games developers probably because there’s sod all development left in the UK now.

20 million people apparently play xbox live, an estimated 900,000 of those are banned for using modded boxes. If you take the average price of a console as £150.00 then that means that’s £135,000,000 in the coffers IF most go out and buy another machine. £135 million quid!

No, I personally think that this is more about Christmas sales figures, the Nintendo Wii and Slim PS3 have all been flying off the shelves lately, so Microsoft has to get their console sales figures up. What better way to do it than through a ban wave and look to be addressing a piracy issue at the same time? What would be more damaging for the Xbox, 1/20th of it’s online users having modified boxes, or slipping down in the console ranks?

What will I do? Lets just say I intend on writing quite a few ‘early’ game reviews on Antikrish should I have the time 🙂

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrr Jim lad!