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    Mar 5th, 2008 at 23:37:07     -    2006 FIFA World Cup (PS2)

    GAMEPLAY:
    I first bought 2006 FIFA during the actual World Cup in 2006 and it really added to the gameplay experience. The release of the game couldn’t have be timed better, because as I was watching the World Cup with my friends over the summer, after the real games were finished we could replay and recreate the games on the ps2. After Italy unfortunately beat France in the real World Cup, we recreated the game multiple times, turned fouls off and each time injured Marco Materazzi as much as possible for being a ass to Zinedine Zidane in the actual game. I’m still bitter about that game.

    Plain and simple game is much more fun when you play with other people. There are multiple modes of play, and you can choose to play with or against your friends. Most of the time we just play exhibition games against one another with our favorite international team and whoever wins gets bragging rights till they eventually lose. Or you can choose to play together and play through the entire world cup as your chosen team. All the way from qualifying, to the group stage, to the final 16, to the quarterfinals, through the semi finals, and then to the big show. It is a long process but you can save and come back to it at another time.

    One mode features 40 classic moments in world cup history that you can play through, either experiencing history or recreating it. This is pretty fun but you have to do it using today’s teams and players instead of the players from the actual classic moment. This kind of detracts the feeling that you’re in the past but its still pretty fun. The coolest aspect is the shootout mode. Its really exciting and takes some skill and lots of luck. As a shooter you just pick a corner and decide how hard you hit it, and as a goalie you just have to pick which direction you want to jump. The mode by itself is really fun but I really adds to the gameplay when it happens in one of the actual games. It gets really intense and allows for some exciting moments.

    DESIGN:
    One of the cool features of FIFA is the rosters and star players. Higher ranked teams will generally have a better scoring percentage and are faster than lower ranked teams. Then there are the superstars on the team marked by a little star that highlights them when you play as them. These players will have some aspect of their game that is much better than normal players. For example Christiano Ronaldo has amazing dribbling skills that allow him to hold on to the ball better, there’s Thierre Henry who has a laser fast shot, and Ronaldinho who is just all around good at everything. The star players add to more excitement in the game and can change the balance in a game.

    Another cool feature is the juking and moves you can perform with players. You can do fakes, spins, fast dribbling and more to confuse and get past your opponent. The star players will be better at this and less likely to lose the ball performing these cool moves. There is also some great replay animations of plays during the game that let you see the action from lots of directions. Its fun after you score to see a replay of it 5 times and shove it in your opponents face. The commentary in the game is also really accurate and enjoy able. Commentators Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend call the game and have some interesting things to say. I sometimes quote their catchphrases in everyday life. “clyde tyldesley and andy grant here. They’re calling this a friendly match..ill believe it when I see it.”

    2006 FIFA World Cup is a solid soccer game that has fluid gameplay, multiple difficulties and game modes and lots of teams to choose from. It’s a great game.


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    Mar 5th, 2008 at 23:36:40     -    2006 FIFA World Cup (PS2)

    SUMMARY:
    2006 FIFA World Cup is a soccer game that is exclusively based during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It features 127 International teams that you can play as and 12 of the stadiums actually used in the World Cup. Available to play at various difficulties and different game modes, FIFA is a fun and exciting soccer game.

    GAMEPLAY:
    FIFA has a very solid gameplay and the action flows really well. The player speed in easy and normal difficulty mode is sped up a little faster than realistic movement but this leads to faster and more exciting gameplay, since it doesn’t take forever to get up field. There are 3 main game play modes, semi pro being the normal difficulty and world class the harder. As the difficulty setting rises, your players movement slows down a little bit and seems as though your opponents are much faster.

    The 2 main aspects of gameplay are pretty solid. The player passes are, for the most part, very accurate easy to execute by just pointing with the control stick toward your intended target and press the pass button. The shooting is a little shaky but I suppose is somewhat realistic. You have a power meter for both passes and shooting and the more power you use the farther it goes but the accuracy will be significantly suffering. You can shoot from too far away either because if you shoot it too soft the goalie will make an easy save, and if you shoot too hard it will sail far above the net.


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    Feb 21st, 2008 at 00:15:35     -    Wii Sports (Wii)

    GAMEPLAY:
    Another cool feature of Wii Sports is being able to play as your customizable Mii’s, an avatar you can create of yourself or others using certain pre-made physical features. And although there is a limited amount of physical features you can use to create the Mii’s, they can still be pretty recognizable to the real person. After playing as our own Mii’s we created celebrity Mii’s which was a really fun way to keep the game exciting. We created a David Letterman, Michael Jackson, the entire cast of Arrested Development, and even had a boxing match with the Mii versions of Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. There are endless things you can do in Wii Sports to keep yourself and your friends entertained.

    There is also a Wii Fitness Test that according to how well you do in some randomly selected sports task; it will give you an estimate of your fitness level in the form of an age. Ages range from the 80’s, if you score terribly in all the tasks, to the teens if you do well in everything. The thing is you can only take the test every 24 hours, so you have time to practice before you do it again. I scored around a 60 my first time through because some yelling jerks kept messing me up. But the next day, after playing the whole night I scored a 32, which was considerably better. This is a cool feature that doesn’t take much time to complete and will keep people coming back to play.

    DESIGN:
    This is a really well designed game that is fun for everyone and has lots of replay value. It doesn’t need fancy graphics that are ultra realistic for it to be fun, in fact the Mii’s you play as keep the game fun and lighthearted. The Mii’s are very simplistic and don’t have any appendages, and the games backgrounds are simplistic keeping your focus on the gameplay.

    The sports themselves are very fun to play because you have to mimic their actual movements with the Wiimotes. This is sometimes harder than it seems because slight alterations in your movements can lead to disastrous results in the game. For instance in golfing a steady follow through will put the ball right down the middle but any jerking around will having you slicing it in the rough. This sensitivity of the controllers can sometimes be frustrating, especially when the games on the line and you have 2 outs, bases loaded and you completely wiff on what you are sure would have been a homerun. But other than that this game is really well made and extremely fun to play.

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    Feb 21st, 2008 at 00:14:59     -    Wii Sports (Wii)

    SUMMARY:
    Wii Sports is a multiplayer sports game that you get when you buy a Wii console. Up to 4 people can play by using the Wiimotes to mimic the actions of the 5 different sports in the game including, tennis, baseball, bowling, boxing, and golf.

    GAMEPLAY:
    My friend got a Wii for Christmas and despite all the other titles that are out for the console, Wii Sports is the one we still play the most. It’s a fun game for any age or videogame skill level. There are 5 sports in the game including tennis, baseball, bowling, boxing, and golf. My favorite is probably golf just because I dominate my friends when we play it.

    For this particular session 4 of us were playing the multiplayer mode where, each person takes a turn doing a certain task per sport, and whoever cumulative does the best wins. This is especially fun due to the fact we all have our strengths and weaknesses at the certain sports. While I’m good at Golf, I’m terrible at boxing compared to my friend, so the competition is always pretty close and exciting. Something we always do is talk a bunch of smack to each other to throw everyone off their game. Of course smack talking is applicable in pretty much all multiplayer videogames, with the Wii’s physical aspect to play a well timed shout or insult during someone’s turn in bowling can result in a hilarious gutterball.

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