Category: Gaming


Need For Speed – Most Wanted

The version 2 for Most Wanted came out with a hell out of expectations considering the legacy of the legendary NFSMW. Sadly it did not perform that well but it had its share of success. The single player mode in this version has pretty much the same flow as the last version. 10 most wanted cars, collect speed points(alias for bounty) to unlock a chance for racing the most wanted. Cars are easily available for jacking, you dont need to buy upgrades but you unlock them. Again we miss Mia !!

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Driving is fun but nothing matches the latest NFS Hot Pursuit in that department. The sheer driving pleasure that NFSHP delivered is not matched by any other game in the market even today.

Anyhow the game is fun for the first time, but you wont play it a second time. Overall a 6.5 of 10.

Modern Warfare 3

The third instance of Modern Warfare is finally here !! With Makarov still at large Price and Soap of the disavowed Task Force 141, Frost of The Delta Force, SAS(UK) and Sabre of GIGN(France) work together to get to him before he launches a nuclear warfare on Russian enemy countries and torn the world apart as we know it.

You take back the North American continent and make your way into Europe to capture and stop Makarov. Yuri is an addition who hates Makarov as much as everyone else. He joins Price and Soap in their hunt.

The game has 3 phases in Campaign mode and around 12 missions. It has the thrill and gameplay surpassing the earlier versions and better graphics. Must play !!

Pros : Call of Duty so great story and gameplay, Ultra modern weaponry, more instances for controlling air strikes

Cons : Campaign is too short, you can finish it in 2 days at normal difficulty level.

Hope they make us play Overlord next time 😀

Empire Earth

Live through the ages, conquer kingdoms and build up your empire. Empire Earth by Sierra is one way to do just that. It spans through the dark ages in Greece to the ultra modern world with the Russians. The campaigns depict popular events in civilizations like Greek, English, German and Russian. The game is highly immersible and gives complete control of your empire to its king(yes, its you !!). Every campaign has specialized units belonging to a particular civilization giving you insight about them.

Pros : Great campaign based on actual historic events, units are well defined and have great variety and gameplay control is good.

Cons : Behaviour of some units is strange

Warcraft

If you have not heard of Warcraft then you probably are living in a cave on Mars for the last decade. This game…uh cult game created by Blizzard Entertainment was released on 2001 and has been a leader since in its genre. The game is based upon The Great War between the Orcs and Humans that took place a long long time ago. WarCraft one and two looked a lot like DOS based snake games but had a flavor of its own. Warcraft III – Reign of Chaos was something that put the franchise on a record smashing spree. It reached out to millions and won their favour in no time making it one of the best RPG games ever. The expansion Frozen Throne was also welcomed by all and  became a hit. The multiplayer version of Warcraft aka DOTA(Defense Of The Ancients) also created waves(actually more than waves) and is comparable to multiplayer games like Counter Strike, UT etc in terms of playerbase and acceptance. However in terms of online gaming Warcraft can beat others hands down. It has the largest MMORPG community till now and still growing. The expansion packs are awaited by many and have a tendency to become a hit instantly.

The game places you in the magical and mysterious world of Azeorath. It has single player campaigns for different races viz Humans, Orcs, Night Elfs etc and it add races in the later versions like Blood Elfs, Goblins etc. You get to play all of these and experience the idiosyncrasy, units, Heroic powers etc of each one of them. Once you finish the Single player campaign you will be well versed with the game craving for more. Thats where multiplayer steps in. Blizzard has created a virtual world on the Internet where thousands of gamers create their avatars and set out on adventures and quests. It is the first ever massive multiplayer game allowing all the players to co exist in Azeorath. Enough said !

Pros :

Great unit variations across races, good storyline, awesome gameplay and control.

Cons :

Could imporve the graphics a little more.

Halo

Here comes the catalyst that triggered the next-gen FPS revolution in the gaming industry. Halo known to be one of the best FPS titles ever brought about the revolution in today’s gameplay for First Person Shooters. It proved how different aspects of a game like story and HUD could affect its ingame experience. The series is created by Bungie and published by Microsoft Studios. Four versions of the game Halo:Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo:Reach have been released so far. Halo:Wars was also released which is a RTS based game. Halo4 is underdevelopment as of now. The game revolves around humans(of course) represented by the protagonist of the series Master Chief John-117, a cybernetically enhanced soldier, Covenants, descendents of the ForeRunners, and the filthiest of all Flood. Halo btw refers to large heavenly structures in the shapes of rings build by the ForeRunners to combat the Flood. We play to save humanity and stop Flood from spreading.

GamePlay:

Weapons are limited, classified on a broad basis. Its either an Automatic, Shotgun, Sniper rifle or Bazooka. We get to keep a sidearm useful at times thanks to its zoom functionality. Grenades are either our human frag grenades or Covenant Plasma(they stick !). You can pick up Needlers, Plasma rifles from the deceased covenents. We are allowed to operate gun turrents(unlimited ammo, oh yeah !). The best part is the variety in vehicles. You get to drive a Warthog as rashly as you like(zero damage :D), crush everyone in a Scorpio tank, drive the Covenent bikes or fly away with their banshees. All in all its great lot of options to interest you.

Pros:

Great story

Awesome graphics and gameplay

you want more ??

Cons:

No team/unit to control or work with.

cant of anything else, I love this game!!

Black Ops

Enough of doing things legally, sometimes you have to cross the line for the greater good.

The next version of Call of Duty has gone different that its usual self and delved deeper into the covert operations undertaken by the Pentagon and CIA after WWII during the cold war. The story starts in an interrogating room with Alex Mason trying to understand meaning of a series of numbers he is hearing in his head. The interrogators are making him remember about his missions in various parts of the world. You get to play Mason and Captain Hudson in the story. The missions are really exiting like  killing Fidel Castro to bringing down the Vietnamese during the US-Vietnam war. Then obviously we kill the Russians to obtain a chemical weapon developed by the Nazi called Nova 6. The final objective is to stop “sleeper agents”(same as the movie Salt, i see a connection :P) from releasing Nova 6 against the US.

The weapons are 1960s based and the game is brutal filled with blood and gore if you like it. You get to fly a helicopter, drive a boat and even escape a prison on a 1950 motercycle. The gameplay is awesome and the graphics are lifelike. The storyline once again is the heart and soul of the game. Final verdict : If they dont like like you, they will kill you. Beware its got zombies as well :D:D.

Modern Warfare is back !

The IInd version of modern warfare returns with a bang. This edition kept the spirits high as always for the followers and fans of the call of duty franchise. The engrossing feature of the series is still present that takes you inside the story and lets you live that era again with your in-game avatars.

You play as Ramirez(Rangers) and Roach(Task Force 141). Task Force is the unit that takes covert missions including extraction, assassination and other off the record missions led by General Shephard. The game revolves around a Russian militant Makarov whose actions instigate a war between the United States and Russia. As the game moves on it comes into light that General Shephard was also involved and was actually the main villain. We also get to play Captain McTavish who is the last survivor and who reveals the true character of General Shephard. All in all the game is great as was expected, the weapons arsenal is truly high-tech(loved the heartbeat scanner 😉 ) and it has this great storyline to boast upon. The climax of the game is apt, makes you savor the glory of hard earned victory !! A great job by Activision and Infinity Ward.

Starcraft – a forgotten epic.

Blizzard entertainment best known for their creation of Warcraft series over the years released a game called StarCraft in March 1998. It was totally opposite to Warcraft and was based on scenarios from the 26th century. The game was one of those real time military strategy comparable to the command and conquer series(Red Alert/Tiberiun Sun). This one had three main species and the player had to play each one to complete the game similar to Warcraft. The species were Terrens(humans), Zerg(insectoid) and highly advanced Protoss(psionic bastards). All fighting for a distant part of the Milky way galaxy. Its sequel Starcraft II -Broodwars was released recently.

Pros:
Not much complex as Tiberiun Sun in terms of weapons and structures
Great music and storyline
Relocation of buildings possible(if you play Terrans)
Mac version also available

Cons:
Only one level of upgrade for humans 😦
No indication for idle SCVs or similar units
No ships

Overall:
Try it once for sure if you are a strategy game genre fan.
If you like it and think its fairly easy, try going against someone from S Korea !!