MMORPG Info Logo Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption, No More Heroes 2, God of War 3

When looking at new games to make sure you get value for money, it can be useful to get an outside opinion but not everyone has the same taste. A group of reviews balanced against each other can be much more useful for making a decision than a single review without context from the reviewer. As a result, we’ve been running a series of reviews for games for the Xbox, Wii and PS3 to help you better know the pros and cons of the new releases.

Wukung has already rated a number of games this year, including Darksiders, Bayonetta, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Mass Effect 2, Dante’s Inferno, BioShock 2, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, Heavy Rain and Yakuza 3, Bad Company 2, Half Minute Hero, BlazBlue, Red Steel 2 as well as Disgaea 2, FFXIII, Just Cause 2, Splinter Cell Conviction, Nier, Super Street Fighter IV and Iron Man 2! Here is his latest set of reviews, exclusively available on MMORPG-Info.


3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)

Retro action adventure in the style of the classic 2D Zelda games, with a fun twist on the 2D graphics. While 3D Dot Game Heroes does borrow heavily from the original Zelda, the gameplay brings just enough of its own ideas to feel functional as both a homage and its own unique entity. Its retro gameplay is less sophisticated and accessible than even early Zelda games in some ways. I had a lingering feeling I would have enjoyed actually revisiting Zelda: Link to the Past more but this loving homage still has its moments and the character editor adds a fair bit of entertainment value.

Alan Wake (Xbox 360)

Horror/thriller action adventure. Decent story telling with strong graphics and presentation carry the game. The action is respectable if shallow, with most the danger coming from several minor control quirks compounding. Aside from some difficulty spikes towards the end Alan Wake does very little wrong but never quite reaches greatness.

Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360 tested, PS3)

Red Dead Redemption is an all-round well-made game. The shooting is responsive and is solid enough to support a decent competitive multiplayer. As usual with a big game there are few rough edges and annoyances but these are minor issues. Solid gameplay, a wealth of well made content, great Western atmosphere, impressive graphics and surprisingly strong multilayer make Red Dead Redemption a great package.

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (Wii)

Over the top action game. Having played the original is not required but probably helps. The original had decent core game bogged down with some major frustrations. Desperate Struggle deals with most of these problems but it adds a couple of lesser frustrations.

While it lacks the depth or sharp controls of Bayonetta, No More Heroes gets a bit more up close and personal. Gameplay tweaks such as removing the need to grind to progress the story, 8-Bit minigames and classic controller support makes Desperate Struggle a solid improvement on an already decent game. On the down side Desperate Struggle’s bosses are much less memorable. Excellent if occasionally incoherent.

Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands (Xbox 360 tested, PS3, PC)

Instead of continuing on from the 2008 reboot of the series, Forgotten Sands returns to the Sands of Time series and was released conveniently close to the film adaptation. After the innovations of the previous Prince of Persia, Forgotten Sands feels like a disappointing backwards step. The combat is dull and the platforming action while still fun, feels overly familiar. However good production values help the game a great deal. Forgotten Sands is a decent if slightly underwhelming game.

God of War 3 (PS3)

God of War 3 gets a shocking amount wrong, including unskippable cutscenes, a very uneven difficulty curve, some very unhelpful camera angles. But what it does well it does really well, awesome environments, great combat, excellent pacing. The pure joy that is wielding the Nemean Cestus weapon more or less was enough for me to forgive its more frustrating aspects.

June has probably been the slowest month for games this year so far but still been pretty packed including Super Mario Galaxy 2, Transformers: War for Cybertron, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Demons Souls. It seems as though the summer lull will finally kick in in July with Crackdown 2 and Starcraft 2 looking like the only high profile releases currently scheduled.

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