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Review: Battlefield Heroes (Free, Paid Upgrades), EA

Posted by Appgamr on July 16, 2009

Get and customize your own square-jawed Royal British Hero!

Get and customize your own square-jawed Royal British Hero!

Battlefield Heroes: I like it.  If you have ever watched the History Channel or Saving Private Ryan, marveled at the Band of Brothers and what The Greatest Generation fought through, you should play Battlefield Heroes, EA’s first big free massively multiplayer online game, set in a fun, animated Normandy countryside.

Compared with Sony’s Free Realms, the wildly successful free game that is best described as a cartoonish, girlish World of Warcraft, Battlefield Heroes is a manly, artistically marvelous interactive World War II European fighting fantasy appropriate for all ages.

It took *one hour* for me to sign up, download browser plug-ins, and tolerate a few minor login issues.  However, once I logged in, I was completely immersed and drawn into this vivid, cartoonish world with a sophisticated, British sense of humor and graphics.  Battlefield Heroes is NOT a World of Warcraft copycat.  It is the first mainstream immersive game that does not depend on anime, monsters, and recycled ideas.

It’s an elegant and entertaining interactive world of Royal British and Nazi flavored fighters and villians, with military hardware and transport including guns, jeeps, tanks, airplanes.  Minor quibble: the keyboard controls are not intuitive for novices.  If Battlefield Heroes can make keyboard controls more obvious to use, for steering jeeps and tanks, for fighting, for healing wounds, the game will be even more fun.

Ease of Install: D

Keyboard Controls: C

Fun and Potential: A

Cost (Free): A

Entertainment Value: A-

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Coming Soon: Dead Space Extraction ($60), Wii, Visceral, EA

Posted by Appgamr on July 1, 2009

Scared guy hiding behind terrified lady.

Scared guy hiding behind terrified lady.

When I got Dead Space on the PC a few months back, I was told to play with the lights on, during the day.

Well, I didn’t think it was *that* scary.  It’s a dark, life-threatening jaunt into a haunted spaceship filled with vicious tentacled monsters reminiscent of the alien menaces in Alien and Aliens movies.

Dead Space is at the vanguard of a genre known as survival-horror.  Dead Space developers watched a lot of horror movies and studied corpses killed in traffic accidents to tell the story.

Experience this new genre inspired by horror movies.

It’s coming out on the Wii in September 2009.

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Review: Bionic Surfer (Free), Robert Casperson, iPhone

Posted by Appgamr on June 26, 2009

Bionic Surfer is cold without his shirt on in the forest fighting aliens.

Bionic Surfer is cold without his shirt on in the forest fighting aliens.

Infatuated with Faith in EA’s Mirror’s Edge?  Raised on Super Mario Brothers?  Want a character who resembles Keanu Reeves, running, jumping, and climbing with inexplicably well-defined six-pack abs?  You need to check out Bionic Surfer on the iPhone.  It’s FREE on the iPhone/iPod Touch, a nice example of Robert Casperson’s imagination, execution, and sense of humor.

As with Mirror’s Edge, you control a character who is on a spy mission that requires you to run and jump.  Bionic Surfer is an amiable hero who runs and jumps over exploding barrels, levers, and bounce plates.  He also shoots aliens with laser guns and flame torches.  Occasionally, he climbs trees in this 2D action adventure.

Since Bionic Surfer is nowhere near water and instead fights aliens in wooded parks, it’s not clear why he needs to run around topless and with such great abs.  You would have to ask Robert Casperson the developer why his hero wears board shorts a la Baywatch instead of Army camouflage or James Bond spy clothing.  It’s kind of like dressing Faith in a red bikini instead of sleek Banana Republic spy apparel.

A surprisingly well-crafted, good-looking running and jumping adventure game with a bionic surfer who fights aliens.

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Opinion: Natal makes video games even easier in two years

Posted by Appgamr on June 22, 2009

Natal's "no controllers" is an exciting, intuitive livingroom future

Natal's "no controllers" is an exciting, intuitive livingroom future

The Wii is great, the hottest holiday gift three years running and is the defacto family and women’s console.

However, though Nintendo and other publishers released some nice games, the controllers are expensive and prone to accidentally flying out of your palms and smashing your TVs.  Also, the Wii’s processing capabilities are so last generation.  When you buy the Wii, you’re buying circa 2000 technology at 2009 prices, when you can be buying 2009 XBox 360 or the PS3.

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