Video Games

Batman: Arkham City Tip Guide

Need a little help with Batman: AC? Well look no further!

This tip guide will help out with the final Catwoman mission/achievement.

Final Catwoman Mission/Achievement Tip: The final achievement is called “Family Jewels”, but you don’t receive it after beating Two-Face. After the fight with Two-Face, switch back to playing as Catwoman (because after the fight you automatically revert to Batman) and your goal will be to venture around the city beating up thugs who have your stolen goods (a somewhat secret objective of which the game doesn’t tell you post-fight). The easiest way to do this is using Catwoman’s detective mode. There will be a total of sixteen thugs with pieces of your stuff, but loads more will be there to give them backup. So carefully traverse rooftops, pummeling snipers and gunners then go down to the ground and use silent takedowns, so as not to alert more thugs than necessary. Following those steps, you should be good to go! The “Family Jewels” achievement and fourty gamerpoints are yours!

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Review of Vanquish for Xbox 360

Vanquish: An ignored and overlooked video game that deserved a lot more credit than it ever got. In fact, this game is so good I’m considering it to be one of the best games I’ve ever played. Wondering why? Well, keep on reading!

Story: I’m someone who loves a good conspiracy theory, so this game had the story for me. Vanquish is set in the future when Russia and the United States are battling it out for world supremacy, and the U.S.A has developed a solar-energy harvesting space colony to aid them in their goal. Well, Russia inevitably takes it over and it’s your job as Sam Giddeon, American space marine and member of DARPA, to go take control of the colony once again. There are a lot of plot twists in-game, but I won’t spoil them here.

Sound: All the music in Vanquish has this weird sort of techno vibe to it, but it fits because the game is all centered around technology. The voice-acting for the game isn’t exactly bad, but everyone sounds like they have some serious form of lung cancer. Sound: 7.5/10

Presentation: This game looks sensational, visually. The suit your character wears has so many individual moving gadgets and gizmos going that it’s worthy of its own award. But there’s also the amazing camera that almost never loses track of you no matter how fast you’re moving (which in this case is pretty freakin’ fast) and there’s very little lag during the game no matter how many explosions are on-screen. Presentation: 10/10

Gameplay: The gameplay starts as your basic run-n-gun third person shooter, but the game spices it up by throwing in objects that can be used as cover, an epic rocket booster that can propel you halfway across the map, and the ability to slow time. All of these make for extremely exhilarating action that is so intense and gripping it’s almost impossible to want to put down your controller. There are some moments in the game where you’re practically oozing excitement, like when you slow-motion rocket into an enemy, do an up close melee attack on him, back-flip off of him, start shooting him (still in slow-mo) as you are landing, whilst watching the whole scene unfold in just a matter of seconds. I only experienced two downright annoying moments in the entire game and they were seconds apart from each other so aside from those two flawed moments this game delivers the some of the most revolutionary and sensational gameplay I’ve ever experienced. I want to give Vanquish a 15/10 but I’d be cheating then, so it’ll just have to stand for the perfect 1-0. Gameplay: 10/10

Multiplayer: N/A

Length: This game is relatively short, lasting only about five and a half hours, but there are a few things thrown in to keep you playing after your first runthrough. There’s one hundred-some hidden statues to find, online leaderboards, and most importantly Xbox Achievements which are unlocked through beating the game in a variety of different manners, most of which each require a complete playthrough of the game. Although if you’re not in to that stuff this game is going to quickly get dusty on your shelf. Length: 6/10

Overall: Vanquish gets an 8.4/10! Even with it’s short campaign time, I can honestly say it’s one of the most visually stunning and entertaining games I’ve ever played.

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Review of Captain America: Super Soldier for Xbox 360

Is Captain America: Super Soldier just another movie tie-in game, or does it bring something fun and above average to the table? Read on to find out!

Sound: Even though the actor from the movie, Chris Evans, voices his in-game counterpart, that’s just not enough to save this title from a weak musical scores and generally mediocre (with some exceptions) voice-acting. Sound: 5.5/10

Presentation: When it comes to visuals, this game has a fair amount of ups and downs. The ups are that the action sequences are well choreographed and the scenary represents World War II-era architecture impressively, but the downs are that character models move stiffly, camera angles are sometimes a problem and the overall graphic quality of the game could be more polished. Presentation: 6.5/10

Gameplay: Captain America excels when it comes to combat. You start with a simplistic control scheme and combat system, but the game spices up when you throw Captain’s shield into the mix, adding a fun and unique element into the gameplay. The platforming sections are a bit of a letdown, though, with everything consisting of tapping one button in a QTE (quick-time event) format. Aside from those two things, there are also the occasional puzzles which are fun at first, but eventually grow stale. In the end though, the combat is fun enough that you’ll want to keep on playing to the very end. Also, one additional little thing I noticed while playing is that unlike most movie tie-ins, this game sports gigantic non-linear maps and loads of collectables , which really shows the developer’s effort and pleasantly surprised me. Gameplay: 9.5/10

Multiplayer: N/A

Length: On my first playthrough, I beat this game in just under four hours. So this is definitely not a long game by any standards. Length: 3.5/10

Overall: Captain America gets 6.3 golden stars out of 10. Although it isn’t the most polished game, and it can be completed in a very small amount of time, I still recommend renting it just for the amazing gameplay.

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Review of Peggle for Xbox Live Arcade

This’ll be my review of Peggle, a nifty little arcade game I picked up. Enjoy the review!

Sound: The music is good, but there isn’t much of it. Sound: 5/10

Presentation: A good-looking game that met my standards for Xbox 360 graphics quality. Presentation: 7.5/10

Gameplay: The gameplay for Peggle is super addictive and surprisingly simple, with the goal being to just shoot balls at orange pegs. But with loads of different maps and multiple characters who each have their own special powers, the classic peg-busting formula never gets old. Gameplay: 8/10

Multiplayer: Super fun multiplayer whether you’re online or offline, my only gripe being that it takes a millennium to find a match online (but when you do the wait is worth it). Multiplayer: 7.5/10

Length: For an arcade game, Peggle offers loads of playability with lots of characters, maps and multiplayer activities to choose from. Length: 8.5/10

Overall: This game gets a 7.3/10! A fun game to add to your collection if you have a few extra Xbox live points lying around.