Review: Where’s My Water

It’s kind of fitting to review an iOS game tonight on the eve of the day that the Man responsible for bring mobile to the masses passes on from this world. We will miss you Steve Jobs, Thank you for all you brought to technology.

Where’s My Water features Disney’s original Game character, Swampy the Alligator.

Disney adventures into the sewers with this highly addictive and gameplay offering up all the rewards that gamers look for, a fun yet challenging progression of levels, Achievements for progression and speed, hidden/locked levels and a fun character for players to assist.

Players are faced with progressive difficulties as they move water from a fixed location, or pipe, into Swampy’s bathtub while manipulating the water flow to collect rubber duckies while building pathways through the soil while avoiding objects like exploding bombs, poison and swamp ooze while digging around for hidden collectibles. Beware the Poison kills the duckies preventing you from getting full points in the round.

Providing all around fun with Swampy and his duckies in the bath for the low price of 99c you can’t go wrong, especially if your tired of flying birds and silly pigs.

Pros:

  • Fun, easy to pick up and appropriate for all ages

Cons:

  • Nothing really wrong

Feed Your Console gives Where’s My Water 9 out of 10.

Ubisoft Announces Self Defense Training Camp

Ubisoft recently announced Self Defense Training Camp for the Kinect, a game that is designed to assist players that are looking to shape up and learn a few new kickboxing and martial arts moves.

Self-Defense Training Camp incorporates cardio, strength and reflex training, and meditation exercises intended to help players learn how to remain calm and composed in stressful situations and make reflexive decisions when put in dangerous situations.

What do you think? Is this something that you’ll use?

Warner Brothers Fall Preview

On September 28th, James and I headed over to Spice Route to get a pre-view of the Warner Brothers fall line up. Let me tell you WB puts on a good event – with a Gibbon from the Bowmanville Zoo, Tai Massage, Superhero panted models, Video game demos and more movies than you can save to your 2TB hard drive.

Super Girl

During the nights events the big hits for us included: Batman Archam City, DC Universe: Batman Year One, Doctor Who (Multiple releases including Series Series 6), Mortal Kombat Legacy, Harry Potter (Years 1 through 7), Neverwhere and Torchwood.

A Harry Potter display was also present at the event showcasing items like the Sorting hat, a Quidditch broom and the wands of many the most popular characters (photo’s below) including; Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, and Lord Vuldamort.

The news of the night started with an introduction to WB’s Digital Locker – Ultra Violet – a service that will allow users to access a digital copy of any movie that they have purchased via the cloud as soon as they have purchased the content. Imagine leaving the store with your Blu-ray in hand and starting to stream your video directly to your phone or tablet just minutes later. Then we were treated to a number of trailers and video spots for Warner’s most popular Television series and movies coming to stores everywhere this fall.

Other Notable release coming this fall:

  • Charlie and the Chocolate factory: 40th Anniversary edition. Including booklets, production notes and photos. This comes with everything short of your own Oompa Loompa.
  • Smallville – Full Series on Blu-ray, over 192 hours of content, includes 5 hours of never before seen footage including a Superboy pilot from 1961, an Aquaman pilot and a replica Print version of the Daily Planet.
  • Final Destination 5 – Add this to the the ever increasingly inappropriately named franchise list .
  • Doctor Who series including: Colony in Space, The Complete David Tennant Years, The Talons of Weng-Chiang Special Edition, The Complete Sixth Series
  • Last but not least The Hang Over 2, not only the theme of the night but likely the experience of many of the attendees the next day as well.

Review – Catherine

Catherine was a game I knew virtually nothing about but the web seemed to be buzzing with news about the upcoming puzzle title. When I had the opportunity, I decided to grab it to see what all the fuss was about.

Catherine is an M-rated horror/romance/puzzle/adventure video game from Atlus USA, released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and was developed by the same team that created Persona 3 and Persona 4(Neither of which have I played). The game follows Vincent, a young professional who is in a long term and committed relationship with a very pretty girl named Katherine. One night while sitting at the bar feeling confused and conflicted about life, he meets a pretty young girl named Catherine whom Vincent cheats on his girlfriend with. His infidelity ultimately results in feelings of guilt, and questions of commitment, relationships, infidelity, maturity and love, while intertwining the horror unexplained deaths of young men who are suspected to have been unfaithful.

The real meat and potatoes of the game in when Vincent goes to sleep where he’s thrust into a strange world inhabited by sheep while he himself is sporting a particularly dapper set of Sheep horns himself. During his nightmares, Vincent must climb to the top of a tower composed of blocks where he pushes and pulls blocks in an effort to escape the nightmare within a certain time limit as the tower is collapsing from below.

When Vincent completes a nightmare stage, he’s finds himself in a strange foyer with other sheep who are all talking and discussing techniques or just feeling like all hope is lost. As Vincent, you can interact with these sheep and even have some conversations and then a poll question with them all of which are logged and will ultimately help to decide which of the 8 endings the gamer will get. Each level has multiple stages with each level culminating in a boss battle where the boss is a huge Monster that’s climbs the tower trying to kill Vincent – Most of the time, I found the bosses to be far too quick on the draw and difficult to outpace.

The game doesn’t just confine Vincent to his dreams though. Each day the gamer will take Vincent through certain aspects of his day where we interacts with his girlfriend Katherine, his friends, Patrons at the bar and the strange new Katherine whom he cheated on his girlfriend with through conversations and text messages. His interaction with his surroundings/friends also have a bearing on the final outcome of the game.

I have to admit that despite the frustratingly annoyances I felt a times with this game(I hate feeling rushed), it was pretty enjoyable experience. The story is odd which is exactly what you’d expect to see from an Anime movie but the gameplay is pretty fluid even if it seemed impossible at times. If you like puzzle games, this is a good pick for you.

Feed Your Console gives Catherine a surprising 7.5 out of 10

Pros:

  • Quirky story
  • Anime Art Style
  • Entertaining interactions with other sheep

Cons:

  • The boss battles can be more than a little frustrating – They move too quick

Review – NHL 12

There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are turning color, The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking forward to their next golf season already and us Canadians are gearing up for our Turkey Weekend this week – that can only mean one thing…Hockey Season is upon us (it also starts this week). That also means that it’s time for me to get my annual Birthday present to myself.

For the last 4 years, The NHL series from EA Sports has been something I buy and play religiously and it just

keeps getting better. Unlike Madden which really only seems to get minor graphical enhancements and menu changes, the NHL series gets subtle but effective gameplay changes to better recreate the experience of watching an NHL game. Some of the tweaks they’ve added include:

      – The ability to run/hit the goalie
      – The Goalies can fight now – which is easily one of the greatest things ever (just Youtube goalie fights)
      – a hit doesn’t always have the same result; there’s a level of real life physics involved here now based on weight, speed, hitting ability and the hittees awareness.
      – Be A Pro mode can see you play through a junior career right up to becoming drafted and joining the ranks of the NHL
      – New features have been added to the GM Mode
      – for the first time ever you can play through an NHL Legend’s career using Ray Bourque, Chris Chelios, Steve Yzerman, Patrick Roy, Jeremy Roenick, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux, Börje Salming and Wayne Gretzky
      – Some minor presentation tweaks

I won’t go into too much detail on the gameplay as it’s straightforward however, I will say that there are still 3 locations on the ice that can result in a goal more often then not will either annoy people or make them happy because they like higher scores in their games. Despite some of the presentation tweaks, it’s still much of the same old boring stuff – The Commentary really hasn’t changed at all as I’m still hearing things that were said 2 years ago (time for some new commentators) and try as they might with some tweaks, in between whistles is boring and could use a major overhaul. I’d like to see a TV style presentation with more stats, info about players and acknowledgement when a player nears a milestone or record.

All in all, NHL 12 is still the best sports game around – If you love hockey, this is a must buy.

Feed Your Console gives NHL 12 an 8.5 out of 10

Pros:

  • New hitting physics adds a new dimension to gameplay
  • Running the goalie can be very satisfying
  • Goalie fights are always a welcome addition
  • Using one of the legends is a great way to live out your childhood hero’s career (STEVIE Y!!!!)
  • Online league is lots of fun with friends.

Cons:

  • Commentary and presentation is old and dated.
  • Time to overhaul the entire system

Review – Deus Ex: Human Revolution

I’m back folks. It’s been a hella long summer with far too much going on and even less time to play games. Sorry it’s been so quiet around these parts lately but that silence is going to end in a hurry.

It’s now been 11 years since the Deus Ex first franchise launched and 4yrs since the last title none of which, have I played for various reason. This game was completely off my radar until about a year ago when new details began to emerge and I immediately took notice. The videos looked sharp and the premise sounded like it could be really fun. Needless to say, I needed to play this game. I picked up the title on a beautiful August day and raced home to play it only to find that I was needed elsewhere. I’ve only just recently had the chance to play this game which is why this is coming out so much later than the game’s initial launch.

I purposely avoided reading reviews but paid close attention to the game’s MetaScore and was more than a little excited learn that Deus Ex was garnering some very strong praise. I wish I didn’t know what everyone was ranking the title. I’m actually feeling rather let down by the game.

Deus Ex Human Revolution is an action RPG made by Eidos Montreal that puts the player in the shoes of Adam Jensen, a security chief for the wealthy and powerful corporation, Sarif Industries. After an attack on Sarif HQ, Jensen confronts a powerful mercenary with various augmentations and is savagely beaten and shot in the head. Adam survives the attack thanks in part to Sarif who spends a great deal of money on augmentations to Adams body. Remarkably, Adam is back on his feet just 6 months after the events of the Prologue and is thrust into a story of corporate conspiracy and espionage.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution uses multiple facets of gameplay that include Hacking, Exploration, Combat and Stealth. All of which have their strong and weak points. The hacking aspect of the game is actually quite fun and depending on your hacking ability can really handcuff progression. If you allow yourself to be traced when hacking a system, it will trigger an alarm to the security forces causing you to flee or fight. I tried both and found that fleeing to a safe location and fighting from there was always the best way but it can be extremely time consuming.

While progressing through the game, the player earns XP – once enough points are gained, the user can then level up a variety of augmentations that cater to the above mentions “Pillars of gameplay” to accommodate each players specific style of play.

The graphics look nice but slightly dated when compared to other titles and some of the locales are sharp but the level layouts were confusing and the HUD Map system didn’t help matters.It’s nothing more than a Letter and number designation with the distance displayed beneath (ie: Main mission = M1,2,3 etc Secondary = S1,2 3, etc). I often found myself wandering around trying to follow the HUD only to end up in a dead end and needing to turn all the way around.

Overall I found Deus Ex: Human Revolution to be a decent game but it’s anything but a great title. It’s hard to find anything that stood out as a great feature of Human Revolution. Something felt unfulfilled for me with this game and I can’t quite put my finger on it – but it helped to bridge the gap between the slow period of the summer to the balls to the walls fall release schedule that’s sure to have my bank account crying for mercy. I’d strongly recommend it as a rental only.

Feed Your Console gives Deus Ex:Human Revolution a 6.5 out of 10

Pros:

  • A good distraction when nothing else is available

Cons:

  • run and gun game is less than run and gun