Review: Saints Row 2

June 21, 2009

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About:

Released on: Xbox 360 (version reviewed), PlayStation 3, PC

Developed By: Volition

Who Also Developed: The original Saint’s Row, the Red Faction games (including the recent Red Faction: Guerilla)

Published By: THQ

Players: One local, two in online co-op and more in online multiplayer modes.

Demo Available: No

Additional Content: Two premium DLC packs continuing the story, for PS3 and 360 (not PC).  One additional free pack with extra clothing and tattoos for PS3 and 360 (not PC).

Ben’s Progress: Game completed on the normal difficulty. 13 of 50 achievements earned (non-DLC).

Note: I don’t play online much, and haven’t tried any of the online features of Saints Row 2.

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Noby Noby Boy

May 25, 2009

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About:

Released on: PlayStation 3 (PSN download only)

Developed By: Keito Takahashi of Namco Bandai

Who Also Developed: The first two Katamari games – Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari

Published By: Namco Bandai

Players: One (up to four with an update)

Demo Available: No

Additional Content: Sort of.  Game had a big update with multiplayer, and new levels unlock according to global player progress.  No proper DLC though.

Ben’s Progress: Game played extensively, solo and co-op.  All trophies earned.

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Dead Space

April 24, 2009

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About:

Released on: Xbox 360 (version reviewed), PlayStation 3, PC

Developed By: EA Redwood Shores (now Visceral Games)

Who Also Developed: The Godfather Series, the Simpsons Game

Published By: Electronic Arts

Players: One.

Demo Available: Yes (360 & PS3)

Demo a Good Example of Game: No – the game is better than the demo implies.

Additional Content: Improved armour and weapons (essentially ‘cheats’ to make the game easier) for PS3 and 360, but not PC.

Ben’s Progress: Game completed on the normal difficulty. 39 of 48 achievements earned.

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Mirror’s Edge

April 16, 2009

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About:

Released on: Xbox 360 (version reviewed), PlayStation 3, PC

Developed By: DICE

Who Also Developed: The Battlefield Series

Published By: Electronic Arts

Players: One.

Demo Available: Yes (360 & PS3)

Demo a Good Example of Game: Yes – Shows the game at its best and hints at the worst parts.

Additional Content: Additional ‘challenge’ levels for all versions, one of which is exclusive to the PS3.

Ben’s Progress: Game completed on the normal difficulty, time trials attempted. 17 of 50 achievements earned.

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Fallout 3

April 10, 2009

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About:

Released on: Xbox 360 (version reviewed), PlayStation 3, PC

Developed By: Bethesda Softworks

Who Also Developed: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, etc.

Published By: Bethesda Softworks

Players: One.

Additional Content: Additional areas/quests and raised level cap for 360 and PC, and soon for the PS3.

Ben’s Progress: Game completed on hard difficulty with bad karma, second playthrough in progress with neutral karma. 49 of 50 achievements earned in base game (non-DLC).

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Prince of Persia

April 10, 2009

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About:

Released on: PlayStation 3 (version reviewed), Xbox 360, PC

Developed By: Ubisoft Montreal

Who Also Developed: Previous Prince of Persia games, Splinter Cell, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry 2.

Published By: Ubisoft

Players: One

Demo Available: No

Additional Content: Additional area for PS3 and 360, not for PC.

Ben’s Progress: Game completed. 37 of 51 trophies earned in the base game (non-DLC).

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Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

April 10, 2009

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About:

Released on: Xbox 360 (spin-off on Nintendo DS, original game also on PC).

Developed By: Rare

Who Also Developed: Donkey King Country, GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie.

Published By: Microsoft Game Studios

Players: One mainly, but a second player can join in to assist.

Demo Available: Yes

Demo a Good Example of Game: Undetermined (demo not played).

Additional Content: Not really, though Rare do release additional Piñata Vision Cards for piñata variations.

Ben’s Progress: Game played extensively, both solo and with a second player. Reached Gardener level 119, with 22 of 50 achievements earned.

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