[ACHIEVEMENTS] Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters

30 07 2011

Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters [36 achievements/1000 gamerscore]

(Achievements Could Contain Spoilers)

Easy Rider 15
Complete Campaign mode on Easy Difficulty or higher (Single-player or Co-Op).

Be My Wingman 15
Destroy an enemy aircraft that has a lock on a team mate in Co-Op Campaign mode.

Throwback 15
Complete a mission using only cannons in Campaign mode (Single-player or Co-Op).

Bombardier 15
Destroy a target with a bomb dropped from higher than 1000m (Single-player or Co-Op).

Bite Marks 15
Destroy an enemy in any match in Multiplayer mode.

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Rock Band DLC – Week Of August 2nd, 2011

30 07 2011

Here is your weekly DLC list for Rock Band.  Ah the Beastie Boys.  While I’m not an avid fan, they do have some decent songs.  Look for these songs on Xbox Live Marketplace August 2nd, 2011.

Single Tracks – 160 MSP
 X =80 MSP – Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade

  • Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”
  • Beastie Boys – “No Sleep till Brooklyn”
  • Heart – “Barracuda” X
  • James Brown – “Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2” X
  • Rufus (ft. Chaka Khan) – “Tell Me Something Good ”

[REVIEW] Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet

30 07 2011

Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet is a 1-2 player co-op game (4 players can play the mini-game challenges portion of this game) that is developed by Griptonite Games and is published by THQ and has an E-10+ Rating from the ESRB. This game has some similarities to the LEGO game franchise, but is not entirely the same as the LEGO games.

The story starts out being Thor’s birthday and some of his fellow heroes are off to buy him a present at the store. After realizing they had a mix up and received the wrong package they turn around just in time to see the villians taking off with their package. This begins your adventure and throughout you will battle a number of different enemies and villians. Those being: The Skrulls, Abomination, & even the Planet Eater himself; plus many more.

You also have a number of different allies to choose from throughout your journey. Each has a special “class” that allows you to do different things. Iron Man is a tech class and he can control robotic type things. The Hulk can smash through hidden walls with his strength. Thor, elemental class, can open “rifts” to get to unreachable areas. As for combat, it’s very basic. You have your main attack button, jump button, and your Heroic attack button. So if you’re entering this game looking for some kind of advanced combo system, please don’t…you will be disappointed.

The A.I. can be frustrating at times if while you are trying to complete environment puzzles. You may be trying to leave one character on a button so that the other character will go up a platform to the next level, but then your A.I. companion wanders off and drops the lift back down preventing you to get to your destination. I would suggest playing with two players because of this, but playing single player also has it’s advantages as well. In single player you are able to swap between characters if one of them gets knocked out. This allows you to go heal your other character, which is not possible in two player. In two player, you have to hope that your buddy doesn’t get knocked out trying to heal you.

There is also places within each level that, once you beat that level, you will have to go back and replay to get all of the collectibles a la LEGO style. Once you go back to free play mode on a level you are able to choose any character that you have unlocked. You will have to use a varitey on each level to be able to obtain all of the collectibles. There are also different types of levels throughout the game. There are free fall sections which have you trying to miss debris while trying to get the collectibles. Another one requires you to jump on a laser gun and protect your base from enemy attack. There is even a Donkey Kong style level that you have to jump barrels to reach the top of the level.

Throughout the game you will also unlock special “feats’ for each character. Each character normally has 3 feats, such as defeat 50 enemies with a special attack or collect a certain kind of infinity gem. Once you complete these feats you can unlock a bonus costume or even a new challenge in the mini-games section. There are various types of challenges as well. There is a survival mode where you have to last for so long, a shooting mini-game, and others as well. I did not find hardly any of them to be too challenging alone, but if you get stuck find a couple of friends that will help you out because they can be completed with four players (especially the one where you are trying to shoot the bombs before they are thrown at you).

The achievements side of this is what you should expect from this kind of game. There are collectibles, completing all the various feats for each character, difficulty, and storyline achievements. There are a few that require you to actually try for, but overall this is an easy game to complete all the achievements.

So, if you like the LEGO-style games you will probably enjoy this game. I liked it for what it’s worth. It is meant to be a kids game, but it’s not as bad as some of the other kids’ games out there. The storyline isn’t anything spectacular, but again…it’s a kids game and it’s funny at moments. It is entertaining though. If you’re looking for something to play with your kids or something for your kids to play this is a pretty decent game to get (also if you’re just trying to raise your gamerscore).

Story: 4.5/10
Gameplay: 5.5/10
Sound: 6/10
Graphics: 5.5/10
Achievements: 5/10

Final Rating: 5.3/10


29 07 2011

Dead Island [58 achievements/1000 gamerscore]

(Achievements Could Contain Spoilers)

Rootin’ Tootin’ Lootin’ (30)
Loot 5 Exceptional Weapons.

Tis but a flesh wound! (10)
Sever 100 limbs.

There and back again (30)
Explore the entire island.

Catch! (10)
Kill an Infected with a grenade blast.

Road Trip (10)
Drive a total distance of 10 kilometers.

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28 07 2011

Bodycount [41 achievements/1000 gamerscore)

(Achievements Could Contain Spoilers)

Planes and flames (50)
OSB Airstrike upgraded

Distance warfare (20)
Achieved Sniper Distance Kill

Bullet Repellent (50)
OSB Adrenaline upgraded

Finger on the pulse (50)
OSB Pulse Wave upgraded

Lighting their fire (50)
OSB Explosive bullets upgraded

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ESPN On Xbox Live Getting A Makeover

28 07 2011

ESPN & Microsoft teamed up last year to bring you one of the coolest features, in my opinion, to Xbox Live members.  Streaming live sports events over Xbox Live. 

So, in the interest of all the fans of ESPN on XBL, Microsoft and ESPN are giving this feature an overhaul.  Here are the features you can expect when the update is released August 25.

My Sports – ESPN on Xbox LIVE now allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as “My Sports,” so you can jump directly into the games and content you care most about. ESPN on Xbox LIVE will automatically provide you with a personalized daily feed of news and highlights based on “My Sports,” catching you up on only the teams and sports you care most about.

Mini Guide – The Mini Guide gives you a preview and quick access to all the sports content you care about right at the bottom of the screen. Saturday is all about college football, and now the best fans don’t have to miss anything. Is another game tied up late in the fourth? Instantly switch to that game. Halftime? Play the earlier highlights.

Split Screen– Because true sports fans want to watch more than one game at a time, ESPN on Xbox LIVE is adding Split Screen, allowing you to watch two events at once. Watch live events on both screens or a live event on one while you catch up on news and highlights on the other. You can even control both screens independently, pausing and rewinding each separately so you never miss a second of the action.
Voice Control with Kinect™ – Focus on your team instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through the Content Guide, skip to the next highlight, or play, pause, and rewind that big play…all with the sound of your voice and the magic of Kinect ™.

Scoreboard – ESPN on Xbox LIVE is also adding a live college football scoreboard that you can jump to any time. You can even use Split Screen to watch the big game on one side of your screen while the live scoreboard occupies the other, keeping you up on all the action from around college football.

Reminders– Too many big games to keep track of in your head? Not to worry – ESPN on Xbox LIVE now lets you tag games and set reminders so you never miss a moment.
Live Alerts– With new live alerts, ESPN on Xbox LIVE will keep you posted on score changes from around college football, even if you’re not keeping a close eye on the scoreboard.

ESPN BottomLine – The addition of the ESPN BottomLine to ESPN on Xbox LIVE keeps you in the know with breaking news and score updates from around the world of sports.

[IMPRESSIONS] It’s a Red Dawn for Red Faction

28 07 2011

Three years after it’s resurrection, Red Faction has been put under by THQ. CEO Brian Farrell citied the gaming industry’s hit-driven mantra of late as reason’s for letting the much-beloved franchise fade away. Red Faction, a orignal Playstation hit, seemed on its way back into gamer’s hearts and mind with the new title, strategy game, and even a feature-length film on the SyFy network.

 Maybe it was Red Faction’s departure from first person that held it back, after all that’s how it began and that’s how we remembered it. Let’s be honest though, the main selling point of Red Faction was destructible environments, even on the PS2 that was what made the game revolutionary. Destructible environments are fun, but lose their appeal after a while.

Cinematic cut scene’s in Halo, Gears, and Call of Duty are the new standard for games. Most games have become more than simple stories anymore, they have become epic tales of humanity’s struggle for survival. Perhaps the Red Faction story was just too far behind the times to keep the customers interested.