Game Review: Avatar: The Game

screenavatarSince E3 I was very jaded about playing this game. But someones got to review it right.

There are not a lot I can say bad about this game. The controls are terrible, voice acting gets repetitive, and replay value is completely not there. On the good side the graphics are good, game play is good, story is good.

For this game you get to step into Pandora as a new grunt for the RDA. You do a tutorial on how the RDA works then get into your avatar and do a tutorial on how they work. Then it is time to choose your side, RDA or Navi. One really nice thing about this game is that at this point the game makes two save files for you. The one you are playing on will just continue to save, the second is at the point right before you choose so you don’t have to go through everything again to go with the other side.

This game has a RPG element where you gain XP as you go and level up. You don’t get to assign points anywhere but your skills level up as you do. So it is not a hardcore RPG game but the elements are there. Also as you level your armor and weapons level up, you can go in and choose a lower set of armor or weapons if you want but the game will auto equip the higher stuff when you get it.

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The RDA is what I went with first. I would have to say if you are going to play this one go with the Navi first. The RDA campaign is a very fast paced run and gun. You really don’t have a aim (zoom in) like most games, you get your reticule and when you see a yellow diamond pop up in that reticule pull the trigger and you will hit them. The game does do the aiming for you but if you want to make it a little more precise just aim a little higher and the diamond will pop up on the head. Or if you want to just hurt them you can aim for the arms, body, or legs but this will not make them drop a weapon just will take more shots to take them out so go strait for the head if you can.

On the RDA side you get to choose from a variety of weapons so all your attacks are on a long range scale. Also on the RDA all the animals and plants in the world are destroyable and most of the plants will attack you. So getting the challenges done on the RDA is much easier.
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With the Navi you are native to the planet so the plants don’t attack you, and if you do kill them they do not give XP. Most of the animals are on your side, unless you hit them in a battle with the RDA then they will try to hurt you. The aiming system is the same for the Navi but you only have two ranged weapons to choose from, the rest are all melee weapons. There are good and bad points to this. The ranged weapons for the Navi have a longer range than the RDA and most the time won’t even see you before you get a shot off. With the melee weapons you do much more damage and can take out a RDA in one hit but you have to be in the middle of the fight and will take a lot of damage if there is a lot of RDA in the area.ars

The Navi campaign is much more slow paced, at least it was for me. I was going slow and taking shots with my bow more than just running in and doing melee at first. Once you level up you Navi you can take a lot more damage and get in to melee more.

So in the end you get a good game with a good story, two good and different stories actually, with no replay value unless you like the multiplayer. I have to say a strong go out and RENT IT, and if you like the multiplayer then BUY IT. And if you wana just pick this one up, well go ahead.

Joshua Shelton is a co-founder and Senior Editor for Bag Of Mad Bastards. He enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, and going for that next platinum trophy.

Josh's Games In Review: 2009

I played a TON of good games, some bad games, and some games that can only be categorized by my use of “Awesomeness!”

This list of games, where they fit in, and what I think of them are just that! The words that follow do not reflect the opinions of any other member of the B.O.M.B. Crew.

So where to start?

Games

The BAD!

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
  • Demon’s Souls (PS3)
  • Fight Night Round 4 (PS3)
  • G-Force (PS3)
  • The Godfather (PS3)
  • Wanted (PS3)

Batman: Arkham Asylum

This game had great looking graphics and an ok control setup, but when you have to be in wire frame mode 90% of the game, that kills the graphics and personally I couldn’t ever figure out what to do next. So when I sit around for hours trying to figure it out I get frustrated and don’t wanna play.

Demon’s Souls

This one also had great graphics, but in the matter of a game moving at a good speed it was a glacier.  Massive loading, and not having a clue where to go unless you are online and you can see what others have done mean I was very frustrated with this game fast.

Fight Night Round 4

In short I hate fighting games… That is all.

G-Force

My problem will start sounding like a broken record, when the game doesn’t tell me what to do next I get frustrated.

The Godfather

In this one my problem was actually different. You are the Don, Why am I out killing people when I should be sitting in my room collecting a check.

Wanted

Bad graphics, bad controls, bad game from a movie. Curving bullets was cool.

The GOOD!

  • .detuned (PSN)
  • [PROTOTYPE] (PS3)
  • Battlefield 1943 (PSN)
  • Brutal Legend (PS3)
  • Critter Crunch (PSN)
  • Fairytale Fights (PS3)
  • Fat Princess (PSN)
  • Ghostbusters: the Video Game (PS3)
  • inFamous (PS3)
  • Jurassic: The Hunted (PS3)
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (PS3)
  • Ninja Gaiden 2 (PS3)
  • Overlord II (PS3)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3)
  • Dead Space: Extraction (Wii)
  • Halo Wars (360)

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This little PSN title was odd but fun, and i really dig the music.

[PROTOTYPE]

This sandbox style game I really enjoyed, and I really liked that there was something to do in the world after you beat the game.

Battlefield 1943

This PSN title hit is good for a “jump in for a little bit” type game. I really didn’t like playing for a long time but still a great game.

Brutal Legend

I really enjoyed this one and would like to actually own it so I can get more play time on it.

Critter Crunch

I had no idea what this game was until I was at the B.O.M.B. Shelter and saw it on Matt’s PS3. At that point in time, I had to own it.

Fairytale Fights

This one was a ‘can’t wait for’ since we saw some stuff at E3 and PAX. Not as good as we hoped, but worth a play through.

Fat Princess

Running around spilling the blood of cartoons everywhere while finding cake to feed to your princess to make her fat so that it takes more people to kidnap her = WIN!

Ghostbusters: the Video Game

Everything about this game was done by the original crew. How can you go wrong?

inFamous

This one wasn’t as good as [PROTOTYPE], but I was happy to see a sandbox exclusive on the PS3 finally. Was worth a play through.

Jurassic: The Hunted

This was overshadowed by Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but I really enjoyed it once.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

Great game, but bad timing. It was launched at the same time as some big name games that put it in the background. I need to pull it out and play some more.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2

This sequel to the hard core make-you-wanna-never-play-a-Ninja-Gaiden-ever-again wasn’t as hard as the first one. Graphically it was up to par to what you would expect from a Ninja Gaiden game.

Overlord II

The Overlord was a great game that is sadly unknown sadly. If you are reading this, I think you should at least go rent it.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

If we had a “best game from movie” award I think this game should have got it. In fact I think that the game was better than the movie.

Dead Space: Extraction

Rails shooter that is from the Dead Space world, and totally played to the weaknesses of the Wii. If you don’t know what I mean you need to listen to Drunken Monkey Tech.

Halo Wars

The Halo world has always held me to the story that they have going. Halo Wars added a little to the story but not much.

The AWESOMENESS!

  • Assassin’s Creed II (PS3)
  • Borderlands (PS3)
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)
  • DJ Hero (PS3)
  • Flower (PSN)
  • Halo 3: ODST (360)
  • Katamari Forever (PS3)
  • LEGO Rock Band (PS3)
  • Need For Speed: Shift (PS3)
  • Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack In Time (PS3)
  • The Beatles Rock Band (PS3)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Assassin’s Creed II

This game was late in the year and was in contention for Game Of The Year. If you played the first game you need to pick this one up, it is much better than the last game.

Borderlands

GAME OF THE YEAR from us here at B.O.M.B. and that says it all!

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

In Modern Warfare 2 there was a “there is a bad level” and was all over the news. Activition is the most hated publisher in my eyes and they could have done the level a different way to get the story across. Still the game was amazing.

DJ Hero

All of us at B.O.M.B. love our rhythm games and this one is no exception. Great single player game, but not for party / big group situations.

Flower

Best PSN title that was launched this year and if you have a PS3 you should have this game.

Halo 3: ODST

Easily the best game on 360 this year. The music and voice acting alone are the best I have ever heard. If you like Firefly, Serenity, or Halo you need to check this game out.

Katamari Forever

This game is one part remake, and three parts all new. A great mix of the remake and new stuff. But this game plays to a small crowd.

LEGO Rock Band

Yet another rhythm game. Not the best out of them but still great. Since I love LEGOs and rock band this game was for me.

Need For Speed: Shift

Best racing game of the year. You can play as much arcade or as much sim as you want. Lighting and graphics are amazing.

Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack In Time

Insomniac games know what they are doing and they struck yet again with this one. Awesome platform game!

The Beatles Rock Band

If you don’t like this game, you are not human. Harmonix did an amazing job at taking you through the life of the Beatles in this game.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

In the land of Nathan Drake this game tops the last one. The voice acting is spot on and very believable. If they do an Uncharted movie, Nathan Fillion needs to play Drake.

Conventions

CES

CES was a very impromptu move in 2009 and I had no clue what I was going to see. I did come away with a good experience and will be heading back to Vegas in 2010 for CES again, this time I know what i am looking for.

E3

E3 was a blast. I had been before but just as another geek in the crowd. This year I got to go as press and got to get some great hands on with games that came out this holiday season. It was not all good though, James Cameron needs to learn that he is at a “Gaming Convention” and stop talking about his movie. And WB needs to get a new PR department. But being down in LA with the B.O.M.B. crew was awesome and I really can’t wait till E3 2010 hits.

PAX

PAX was a different world. It is more have fun than work. Hanging out with Lucas Arts and Harmonix was fun and now that I know what I am getting into, I will have more fun next time.

There you go, my take on the past year of gaming. Apparently it wasn’t to bad, there were some games I missed and I will hit them up, but if I missed them one of the other B.O.M.B. Crew will have played it and will say something about it. I am really looking forward to the next year worth of gaming and will tell you all about it in the same style again next year.

PS3 Trophy List: PixelJunk Shooter

pixeljunk-shooterThere are 13 trophies in this PSN title.  10 Bronze, 2 Silve, and 1 Gold.  None of them are hidden.

Bronze

Treasure Hunter 1
Get all the treasure from Episode 1.

Art Collector
Collect each and every special survivor to fill your gallery.

No Stone Unturned
Discover all secret areas in the game.

Coin Collector
Pick up 100 coins in one spin.

Sharp Shooter
Build a combo of 16 or over.

Cave Cleaner
Kill over 100 enemies.

Cave Cleaner Pro
Kill over 500 enemies.

Cave Cleaner Supreme
Kill over 1000 enemies.

Liquid Love
Kill over 100 enemies using fluids rather than weapons.

Don’t Touch Me
Clear a Stage without touching any walls.

Silver

Treasure Hunter 2
Get all the treasure from Episode 2.

A True Hero (Episode 1, 2, 3)
Safely rescue all normal survivors.

Gold

Treasure Hunter 3
Get all the treasure from Episode 3.

Game Review: PixelJunk Shooter

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I have been looking forward to this game since E3 when I saw the video at the Sony booth. Well yesterday it finally hit.
This PixelJunk game feels like a mix between Eden and some random shooter game.

It is not a massive time investment because the levels aren’t super long so you can work at this game a little at a time. Graphics are in PixelJunk style, not to in-depth but they work for what you are doing.
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Basic premise of the game is that something has gone wrong with a mining colony out in space and you need to go into the mine and save the workers. There are some puzzle elements but nothing that is going to make your brain hurt. There are three different areas for now that contain 5 levels each. Also there are extras in each level for getting all the treasures, workers, and unique workers.
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The controls work well and are very simple, left stick moves you, right stick aims you, L1 or L2 is the grappling hook, R1 or R2 is shoot. The only other thing you can do is spin the right stick around and it will spin your ship and pull in coins around you.

Another nice addition to this game is remote play capable, and the remote play controls for the PSP look like they will work well.

For the $9.99 price tag I think it is a definite BUY IT!

Game Review: Chronicles of Riddick – Assault on Dark Athena

Riddick Escape from Dark Athena…
For the PS3 you are getting two games for the price of one.  I was led to believe that this was an just an add-on to the first game (Escape from Butcher Bay), but it has to much in it to be considered just an add-on.It is a direct continuation of the previous game, so you may want to play through that first so that you are up to speed on the story but don’t expect to zip through it.
You will move smoothly from the first game into this one. They kept the controls the same and you begin with the eye shine you gain in the first game.
Some of the elements of this game are very cool. You are Riddick. You have been loaded on to a space ship that you have no intention of staying on and you are a complete bad ass. While the game is more brutal than the first and has more gratuitous language there are parts of the game where it is deffinately to your advantage to sneak around (rather than charging in balls to the wall blasting everything in site as I am often wont to do)and at the same time there is an awful lot of this to be going on with as well.
In the second game you find BOUNTY CARDS instead of ciggarette packs but they amount to the same thing. They unlock content, artwork and the like.
They lost me for a little while when the obviously fatal wound I inflicted on my oponant was not so fatal… but when you see her again you realize that they accually have story to match and that makes enough sence for it to be okay.
The only thing that really pissed me off about the game is that in the end chapters of the game I walk into an area and the door locks, I fight some bad guys, and the next door locks. This is not the bad part, the bad part is where it is ovious where I need to be it is really hard to figure out how to get there. No not hard once I knew what I was looking at, misleading.
I personnally am not afraid of hard, but the thing I thought at first was a “switch” seemed to me to be a hatch to access the air vents… this was not the case.
What looked to be a hatch far up on the wall with a ladder leading up to another hatch on the wall was in fact two switches that needed to be triggered at the same time to drop the ladder. Not only had I never had to trigger two at once before, but I spent a lot of time trying to find the hatch that was going to come out up there.
Shame on you guys…if you want to put a really hard logic puzzle in or make something a really complicated hand-eye co-ordination ploblem GREAT! It is however, dirty pool to lead me through the whole game giving me the skills to fight off the “BIG BOSS” and then leave me with the wrong impression of what I was accually supose to be doing.
After spending much time in this area, redoing it after killing myself to make sure I had not missed something in the previous area, I had someone else try. Low and behold they also were unable to figure this out because I was telling them that the SWITCHES were HATCHES making it impossible for them to figure out what to do either.
Yes I am a girl, but I game and I take my games seriously. I have considered it a point of pride for many years that I don’t cheat until I have seen the end of the game on honest terms. I haven’t HAD to look something up in a game guide since very shortly after I bought my PS1 and I bought that at launch…so thanks guys (dripping sarcasm) you have managed to destroy a 14 year streak.
So did I enjoy the game…Yes. Would I suggest you play the game…Yes. Would I tell you to look up the answer to this level…no.  I will tell you right now that they are switches not hatches and you have to trigger them both at the same time. Now no one else has be subjected to this defeat.
There now I feel better, feel free to enjoy this game with out the most frustrating part to hinder you.
If you are a huge fan of Riddick BUY IT if you aren’t well RENT IT and see if you like it first, I still enjoyed the rest of the game.

riddickboxFor the PS3 you are getting two games for the price of one.  I was led to believe that this was an just an add-on to the first game (Escape from Butcher Bay), but it has too much in it to be considered just an add-on.

It is a direct continuation of the previous game, so you may want to play through that first, so you are up to speed on the story. Jut don’t expect to zip through it.

You will move smoothly from the first game into this one. They kept the controls the same and you begin with the eye shine you gain in the first game.

Some of the elements of this game are very cool. You are Riddick. You have been loaded onto a space ship, which you have no intention of staying on, and you are a complete badass. While the game is more brutal than the first and has more gratuitous language, there are parts of the game where it is definitely to your advantage to sneak around rather than charging in balls to the wall blasting everything in sight as I am often wont to do.

In the second game you find BOUNTY CARDS instead of cigarette packs but they amount to the same thing. They unlock content, artwork and the like.

They lost me for a little while when the obviously fatal wound I inflicted on my opponent was not so fatal… but when you see her again you realize that they actually have story to match and that makes enough sense for it to be okay.

The only thing that really pissed me off about the game is that in the end chapters of the game I walked into an area and the door locks. I fight some bad guys, and the next door locks. This is not the bad part. The bad part is where it is obvious where I need to be, but it is really hard to figure out how to get there.

Not hard once I knew what I was looking at, but misleading.

I personally am not afraid of a difficult game, but the thing I thought at first seemed to be a hatch to access the air vents… this was not the case.

What looked to be a hatch far up on the wall, with a ladder leading up to another hatch on the wall was in fact two switches that needed to be triggered at the same time to drop the ladder. Not only had I never had to trigger two at once before, but I spent a lot of time trying to find the hatch that was going to come out up there.

They changed the play mechanics and the visual cues for items in ONE PLACE in the game, leaving me trapped until I figured out what they had intended.

Shame on you guys…if you want to put a really hard logic puzzle in or make a really complicated hand-eye co-ordination problem, GREAT! It is however, dirty pool to lead me through the whole game giving me the skills to fight off the “BIG BOSS” and then leave me with the wrong impression of what I was actually supposed to be doing.

After spending much time in this area, redoing it after killing myself to make sure I had not missed something in the previous area, I had someone else try. Low and behold they also were unable to figure this out because I was telling them that the SWITCHES were HATCHES making it impossible for them to figure out what to do either.

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Yes, I am a girl, but I game and I take my games seriously. I have considered it a point of pride for many years that I don’t cheat until I have seen the end of the game on honest terms. I haven’t HAD to look something up in a game guide since very shortly after I bought my PS1 at launch…so thanks guys (dripping sarcasm) you have managed to destroy a 14 year streak.

Did I enjoy the game? Yes.

Would I suggest you play the game? Yes.

Would I tell you to look up the answer to this level…no.  I will tell you right now that there are switches that look like hatches and you have to trigger them both at the same time. When you get stuck, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Now no one else has be subjected to this defeat.

There, now I feel better. Feel free to enjoy this game without the most frustrating part to hinder you.

If you are a huge fan of Riddick BUY IT if you aren’t, RENT IT and see if you like it first.

I still enjoyed the rest of the game.

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Trophy List: Avatar: The Game

61bt9qOEx2L._SS350_Here is the Trophy list, there are 15 hidden trophies.  Once we know what the 15 hidden are we will get them up here.

Blue Lagoon Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in Blue Lagoon.

Needle Hills Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in Needle Hills.

FEBA Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in the FEBA.

Grave’s Bog Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in Grave’s Bog.

Hanging Gardens Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in the Hanging Gardens.

Plains of Goliath Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in Plains of Goliath.

Iknimaya Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in Iknimaya.

Swotulu Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in the Swotulu.

Va’erä Ramunong Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in Va’erä Ramunong.

Kxanìa Taw Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in Kxanìa Taw.

Torukä Na’rìng Clean Sweep
Complete all Sector Challenges in Torukä Na’rìng.

Clean Sweep of Pandora
Complete every Sector Challenge in the game.

Turn the Tide
Claim 50% of all territories.

Digital Bookworm
Unlock 20 Pandorapedia articles.

Weapon of Choice
Kill 100 enemies using the dual wasps or the bow.

Jack of All Skills
Use every Rank 4 skill 20 times.

A God is Upon Us
Get 10 kills in a row without dying.

Bring On All Comers!
Complete 150 Multiplayer games.

The Enemy’s Bane
Finish a Team Deathmatch with the most kills of either team.

Flawless Victory
Win 3-0 in ‘Capture the Flag’.

Destructive Preservation
As an RDA grunt, reach the end of the timer with 3 intact missiles.

Pandora’s Protector
As a Na’vi warrior, reach the end of the timer with 3 intact crystals.

The Conqueror
Win 5 ‘Capture and Hold’ matches.

Central Focus
Win 5 ‘King of the Hill’ matches.

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