First Impressions

Hey Binary Domain! Why Are You Making It Hard For Me To Play You?!

by on April 27, 2012 >> First ImpressionsPCPreviewsPS3Xbox

Very rarely do I think that a shooter needs to be played on a console. The control of a mouse and keyboard is always more responsive and accurate just based on it’s nature. It’s a better control scheme. Why is Binary Domain so stupid and trying to force me to play with a controller but then making it really hard for me to play with any controller I want? The game has only been out for an hour and I’ve never been so frustrated in all my life. Read on for this whiny nerd rage filled post.

Pre Launch Impressions: Star Wars The Old Republic

by on December 19, 2011 >> First ImpressionsPC

To truly review The Old Republic before launch would be impossible. With eight classes, multiple branching paths and hundreds of hours of content per class, we doubt we’ll ever experience everything that The Old Republic has to offer… and that’s why you should dive in with us. We’ve been playing The Old Republic for a little under a week now, about ten days with the Beta and prelaunch release all combined. Now with the game down for it’s pre launch upgrade, servers not re-opening until Midnight EST, I thought I’d give you my impressions of the game to this point. Read on to know why I think this is the best investment for your gaming dollar.

First Impressions: The Sims Social

by on August 19, 2011 >> First ImpressionsPC

The Sims Online was one of the more addicting MMOs on the market for a lot of people a few years ago. It’s casual play style and the ability to communicate with friends and play a pretty decent version of The Sims with them was a no brainer. But now that game has been shut down for several years and EA wants to revitalize the idea with a free to play social game built into Facebook. But is it worth your time? Read on to find out.

First Impressions: Final Fantasy Type-0 Demo

by on August 12, 2011 >> First ImpressionsPSP

Despite watching a bunch of videos of both cinematics and gameplay from the upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0, I still wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It’s a good thing that Square Enix decided to release this demo (which you can download right HERE or on the Japanese PSN) because now I know that the game is pretty damn awesome. Keep reading to find out why.

Resident Evil Revelations Demo is a joke

by on June 28, 2011 >> 3DSFirst Impressions

Like a lot of people, one of the things I was looking forward to the most with The Mercenaries 3D was the sneak peak of Resident Evil Revelations. Unfortunately this sneak peak is just that. It’s short, it’s pointless, and if it was the reason you were going to buy The Mercenaries 3D, then by all means don’t. In the demo you kill three of the exact same enemy, then the demo ends. That’s it. This is literally the most worthless demo I’ve ever seen, clocking in at roughly three minutes if you explore everything. It’s a much bigger slap in the face than the lack of reset-able saves that only tells us two things we already knew: the game looks great and the controls suck.

Luckily The Mercs 3D has equally great graphics and customizable controls (to some extent). And once again, before playing this “demo” be sure to set your expectations to below zero.

First Impressions: Sonic Generations

by on June 23, 2011 >> First ImpressionsPS3Xbox

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONIC THE HEDGEHOG! That’s right it’s been 20 years since Sonic hit the console scene and now we have a new game that brings together the old and the new versions of Sonic. Sonic Generations first demo has hit the PSN and XBL marketplaces and boy is it fun! Why? Because there’s no “modern” Sonic to be had. From what we know the game has the same levels playable two different ways. You can play as the classic side scrolling Sonic who’s a little chubby and rounder, or the new “cooler” and “hipper” sonic who’s edgier, taller and runs in 3D… Read on to know if this game is what fans want.

Our Wii U Impressions: What we love / What we hate

by on June 13, 2011 >> First ImpressionsWii U

The Wii U is an interesting beast. We’ve seen so much, but yet so little at the same time. We don’t know how much it will cost, we don’t have any solid info on games, and there’s always that Nintendo “weirdness” that comes along with every new system. Still, despite all that, the Wii U has the potential to revolutionize the console market if it does things right, which has us pretty excited for 2012. Check inside to see just how much we love and/or hate this little system with a giant controller.

Our PSVITA Impressions: What we love / What we hate

by on June 13, 2011 >> First ImpressionsPSVITA

To be honest here, it’s going to be hard to find things to hate about the VITA, but hey, it’s in the title, so we’ll certainly try. And of course, if you’ve been following the VITA’s development: PSP2 to NGP to the official VITA unveiling, you’ll know that there are a whole lot of things to love, so check inside for the best, the worst, and everything in between with our thoughts and impressions of the PSVITA.

First Impressions: Spiral Knights, Sega’s Free To Play MMO

by on April 11, 2011 >> First ImpressionsPCVideos

I’ve never been a big fan of free to play games, but here I’ve found one that I really enjoy. Sega has made a really simple top down MMO featuring cute graphics, and simple play mechanics. You start out as a customized knight who’s crashed his/her ship on an alien. It’s now up to you to find your way home by battling through dungeons of baddies with friends. The game has a Phantasy Star Online feel at first with small groups of friends going out and battling enemies but mix that with a action RPG game like old school Zelda and you’re closer to the mark.

As you progress through the game you get new goodies and gadgets and can make your character look more unique. The weapons are varied between long range and short range allowing you to play any way you like. Whether you’re there to just mingle with people, hang out and play games or jump into the adventure you’re going to have fun.

So far my interaction with the game has been good and I’m really enjoying it. The gameplay is kind of casual, so casual in fact that you could play one handed, using only the mouse with the occasional keyboard tap to switch weapons. If you’re looking for a great Free to Play MMO that will run on basically anything, even Mac and Linux, then check out Spiral Knights.

First Impressions: Full House Poker

by on March 17, 2011 >> First ImpressionsXbox

It’s no shocker that Xbox investing in the brand of 1 vs 100 was going to be a flop. By the time the online xbox exclusive game show had gone online the TV counterpart had already gone off the air, as had much of the NBC gameshow craze sparked by Deal or No Deal. What we have now is a much simpler, smarter and easily accessible community game that will feature the ideas behind large online events, but allow you to play whenever you want… that game is Full House Poker.

A simple Texas Hold’em style poker game, Full House Poker puts you in command of how you want to play. You have the choices of of single player, a ranked and non-ranked online mode, and the big events online. No matter what mode you play your character will be earning experience points based on what they’re doing. Get dealt into a new hand? Here’s 250 XP, take a player out of a game? Here’s 500. XP nets you perks including new places to play, customizable costumes your player can wear, special cards and tables and even chairs to sit in. The perks have no affect on the game, but they’re interesting and sort out the die hard players from the noobs.

The poker itself is a lot of fun, and people online have been a mix of friendly to douchey, with a shift to more friendly. Playing single player on the other hand will put you against some of the dumbest AI and randomly generated avatar characters I’ve ever seen. It’s easy to bluff your way to a win.

So far the game seems like a lot of fun if you’re a casual poker player, but the real meat will be in these big online scheduled tournaments. We’ll be posting our reactions to this Saturdays events in the full review. Right now 10 bucks or 800 points seems a little high for such a simplistic poker game, but if the events are good then it might be worth it, especially if there are real prizes on the line.

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