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    Dec 10th, 2012 at 21:37:53     -    Tom Clancy's EndWar (PS3)

    The game that I have chosen to write about this week is an addition to the Tom Clancy series of games and is called EndWar. EndWar is a real-time strategy game, where the user uses a headset to issue commands to your units by speaking your wishes to your squads. The basic core of the game is revolved around the three factions of the future, the United States of America, Russia, and Europe and their battle to conquer the world. All of the factions create the same kinds of troops and attack vehicles with each being particularly strong against a different troop or vehicle and also weak against another kind of troop or vehicle. It is the players job to command their force to victory by taking strategic places in the world and defending places as they conquer the other two factions.
    Your headset has an enormous impact on the experience and is the basis of the gameplay of the game. To order your units about, you issue a series of preset commands by holding a trigger and speaking your directive into the microphone. This runs the gamut from attacking enemy squads ("Unit two, attack hostile four") and bringing in reinforcements when they are available ("Deploy gunships") to centering your view on a particular group ("Unit three, camera") and ordering special attacks ("Air strike, hostile six"). There are limited possibilities, so don't expect to plan out multiple waypoints or set up tank patrols. Nor can you rely completely on the microphone--at least, not if you intend to be competitive. Actions like garrisoning infantry into a building or ordering your units to unleash special attacks require some button presses, so there is a bit of light micromanagement in this regard. Additionally, if you don't have a microphone or just don't want to use one, you can use just the controller, though given the uniqueness of the voice commands, that isn't ideal.
    Overall EndWar is a great game and a cool experience to be able to use your headset fluently in a game and I would recommend this game.

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    Dec 10th, 2012 at 21:14:25     -    The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth II (360)

    The game that I have chosen to write about this week is the sequel to the popular video game based off of the fantasy book and movie series, The Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II is a large scale real-time strategy game filled with creatures and characters from the popular series.
    The campaign mode of the game allows you to rewrite the history of the War of the Ring as either the forces of good or the forces of evil. The game does this by combining an overarching turn-based campaign that's stitched together with real-time strategy missions, allowing you to decide where to take the fight to next. This way, you can control the armies of good or evil as you march across the world of Middle-earth, conquering province after province along the way.
    The gameplay of the game revolves around skirmishes, or individual battles. Matches can have a number of opponents ranging from two to four. The choices of who to play with are between numerous different factions, the Dwarves, Elves, Humans, Orcs, Uruk-Hai, or Goblins. Each faction has the basic range and melee platoons of troops but after that every faction differs in the kinds of troops one can deploy. Some can deploy enormous troops like trolls and giants which are large and very powerful but only come in singles and therefor can be outnumbered. Other sets of troops contain more soldiers in a platoon than others but the soldiers are also weaker and therefore do not have any major advantage. The game also implements hero characters which are single units which are much more powerful than the average troop and have special powers such as super powerful attacks and leadership experience to boost the troops on the field.
    Overall Battle for Middle-Earth II is a great real time strategy with a lot of different factors to make each battle unique and different without one force being overwhelmingly more powerful than another. I would highly recommend this game.

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    Dec 10th, 2012 at 16:33:22     -    Zoids Assault (360)

    The game that I have chosen to write about is called Zoids: Assault and is a title for the XBOX 360 system. It is a turn based, RPG style based off of the popular animated tv show called Zoids. The story that kicks off the action is actually pretty engaging, but presented through a series of still anime artwork and text screens. There's a voiceover that carries on for entirely too long and by the time you're actually on the battlefield you'll likely have forgotten everything about the story line anyway. The most dedicated strategists are more concerned with battle tactics than with looks, and Zoids Assault does at least offer the basics. You command the same squad of five Zoids for the entirety, maneuvering about the battle grid one turn at a time, gunning down enemy bots while accomplishing mission objectives. These objectives are the usual suspects: take out radar dishes within a dozen turns, eliminate all enemy forces, and so on. Yet with only 14 missions and few reasons to return once you've finished, Zoids gives players only a brief time of enjoyment before having to repeat missions.
    As for gameplay the game's calling card is its support mechanic. Assuming you have Zoids in attack range, a single turn can prompt support fire from up to three additional units. You can also volley return fire when on the defensive in much the same way, so unit placement is the single greatest factor in every battle. The other major factor of gameplay in the game is outfitting your Zoids is also a strategic factor, of course, since each weapon determines how far the unit can move during a turn, how much damage the attack does, and so on. You also earn points to spend on equipping various special moves, and grab data discs that you enhance weapons and armor, or simply paint your bots different colors.
    Overall Zoids is a decent strategy RPG, if you’re looking for a game to challenge your mind this may or may not be the game for you.

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    Dec 5th, 2012 at 17:01:00     -    Skyrim (360)

    The game that I have chosen to review for this week is the most recent release to the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim. Skyrim is a hugely successful successor to the also successful Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. The plot behind Skyrim is rather simple: Dragons are coming back to Tamriel and they’re very angry, having been ousted from power aeons ago. The province of Skyrim is engaged in a brutal civil war between separatist and imperialist factions, so nobody’s really treating these giant lizards as a serious threat. You, however, are about to discover your latent powers as the ‘Dragonborn’, meaning that the defence of the realm is entirely down to you. As far as forging your own story within this colossal open-world RPG goes, the rest is laid out in a series of action/consequence decisions, from the moment you complete the intro and step out into the wilderness of Skyrim. As you traverse through the world of Skyrim and encounter various enemies your character will gain stronger in his or her abilities based on how much you use them For every skill you use, be it lock-picking, destruction magic, heavy armour, blacksmithing, or whatever else, there is an attached skill tree with several or more perks. These perks grant you special abilities or unlock new options within that particular skill, but the clever part is that you can’t simply learn any perk you like straight away. These perks allow your character to become stronger and add extra abilities to attacks depending on the style of attack. Besides killing vicious animals and evil vampires along with whatever else decides to attack you there’s more to Skyrim than just the killing as you can also marry, buy houses and horses, and even open a shop. So whether it is for the killing and cool cut scenes and beheading of enemies or the adventurous aspect of the game Skyrim is one of the best games and I would recommend it to anyone.

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