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    Feb 7th, 2008 at 22:01:30     -    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (PS2)

    Entry #2

    GAMEPLAY

    One thing I’ve noticed during my second session of playing the game is that the gameworld is spread out. There are different places or levels that you have to go to and they are all spread out from one another. For instance, to get to another place you have to use a boat. I like the fact that to be able to use the boat you have to finish a specific task first. I like the fact that you have to achieve specific objectives and tasks to be able to progress through the game. I slightly like a puzzle trying to determine what to do first or next so that you can progress through the game.

    I also like the fact that when you go to different places in the game, there are new things to see such as new enemies and the setting is changed. For instance, there is a place in the game called “Misty Island” and this place has a spooky quality to it because it’s foggy and you see bones everywhere. The game does a good job of setting the atmosphere because it helps me get emotionally invested in the game, in other words, I am well inside the “magic circle” when playing this game. For instance, when I’m On “Misty Island,” I can’t help but feel a little bit cautious because of the setting. I haven’t played this game in so long that I get to notice things about the game that I took for granted playing it the first time.

    DESIGN

    I really like the graphics of this game. It has a cartoonish quality to it. It is not like other action/adventure games where they try to be realistic. All the characters have cartoonish qualities like they have large ears or large eyes. One of the characters, Samos, has one big eye and one small eye and he has a tree trunk on his head. Jak’s sidekick, Daxter, is a furry little animal. He wasn’t like that at first but he got turned into a furry little animal. I also like the mechanics of the game. Jak’s movements are very fluid. The controls of the game are also easy and simple. One button does a specific thing like X is jump and if you press X twice, Jak does a double jump.

    I really like some of the concepts of the game like Jak can use what the game calls “Blue Eco” so that he can be quicker and stronger. The blue eco also helps Jak do certain things and also unlock certain things. With the “blue eco,” he can launch himself into the air when he steps on these launch pads. Also with the blue eco, he can lure game tokens to him such as the “precursor orbs.” When Jak has absorbed blue eco, the orbs would come to him. One thing I also like about the game is the atmosphere. The developers of the game did a good job at setting the atmosphere. For instance, in this gameworld, the sun sets and rises frequently and when the sun is set and it becomes dark, you see fireflies flying around. Also when Jak is near water, you can hear waves crashing or when he is near a waterfall, who can hear it. In my opinion, the design of this game is very well done.



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    Feb 7th, 2008 at 00:06:57     -    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (PS2)

    Entry #1

    SUMMARY

    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is a 1 player action/adventure role playing game for the Playstation 2 game console. In this game, the main character, Jak along with his sidekick named Daxter, he has to achieve certain objectives or tasks so that he can receive game tokens called “power cells.” The main objective of this game is to collect all of the “power cells” available from each level to be able to progress forward through the game.

    GAMEPLAY

    This video game is very fun to play. This game is from the same creators of the Crash Bandicoot series which is another video game I enjoy playing. One of the things that make this game fun to play is the certain objectives or tasks that you have to do. Some of the objectives are pretty easy and simple to do while other objectives are slightly more challenging. Another thing that makes this game fun to play is that it is an adventure game. In this game, you get to explore the gameworld. Within the gameworld, there are various enemies that you have to get rid of by using special moves the Jak has such as a punch move, a spinning move or a jump move.

    Another aspect of this video game that makes me enjoy playing it is the cartoonish quality of it. The gameworld environment as well as all of the characters of the video game looks like they come straight from a cartoon. Although I say that this game is fun to play there are some things that make it slightly annoying. While playing the game, Jak’s sidekick, Daxter, makes funny comments and helpful hints or suggestions to what to do next in the game. Daxter is somewhat the comic relief of the video game however he does get annoying at times. We never get to hear Jak talk but we always get to hear Daxter. Despite that fact, I think the game is still fun and entertaining to play.


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    Jan 25th, 2008 at 02:39:25     -    Super Smash Brothers (N64)

    Entry #2

    GAMEPLAY

    During my second session of playing Super Smash Brothers, I played the game against the computer. When playing with the computer, you can pick the level of difficulty of the computer. I picked the highest level which is level 9. Even though it is the highest level, I feel that the computer is so easy to beat. The AI or artificial intelligence of the computer characters is not that intelligent for this video game. I find that when playing with someone else instead of playing with the computer is much more challenging and fun to play. I feel like when I play with the computer it is predictable what the computer will do but when playing with someone else, it is unpredictable.

    Playing against the computer and playing against a real person are two different video game playing experiences. When playing against someone else, you get to interact with somebody else. During my first session of playing the game, there was a lot of trash talking going on. However, when you play alone and against the computer, you don’t have any one physically to interact with. You can however interact with the TV or talk to yourself which I do sometimes.

    DESIGN

    As I’ve mentioned before, I really love that the video game characters in Super Smash Brothers come from different Nintendo video games. I like that each character has a certain fighting style and also superpowers that they can use against their opponents. I like the graphics of this video game. The graphics are actually pretty good given the time when it was made. I like how all the fighting arenas are each based on a specific character in the game. One negative thing I would say about the fighting arenas is that the characters are confined in a small space. There are however some fighting arenas that allow you to roam around in a much larger space but some are too small and there isn’t much room to move around in.

    I do like the controls for this game. I find that the controls are really simple. I like that the controls are the same for each character. They have the same control for each character but what each character does is different. There are games out there where there are different controls and buttons that are only specific to that one character. I like how each character has certain moves or powers. This is what makes this a unique and different from any other fighting video game I’ve played. The fact the each characters have certain powers and moves as well as being able to use all sorts of weapons against your opponent is what makes Super Smash Brothers so much fun to play.

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    Jan 24th, 2008 at 21:44:26     -    Super Smash Brothers (N64)

    Entry #1

    SUMMARY

    Super Smash Brothers is a 1-4 player fighting video game for the Nintendo 64 game console. In this game, you can fight as, with, or against different characters from different Nintendo video games characters which includes Mario, Luigi, Pikachu, Star Fox, and more. There is a Versus mode where you can either fight one on one with somebody else or the computer or fight as a team of two or more. There is also a 1 player mode where you can fight all sorts of characters including a Giant Hand. There are unlockables that can be unlocked when the player achieves certain objectives such as hidden characters and fighting arenas. The objective of this game is to unlock them all and also try your best to be the last one standing.

    GAMEPLAY

    I love playing this video game. It is a very fun game to play. It is unlike any other fighting video game I’ve played. I love that all the characters come from different Nintendo video games. One of my favorite characters I like playing as is Pikachu. Pikachu is fast and agile and has some powerful moves. I love how all of the characters have certain fighting styles and also certain powers that they can use against their opponents. I also like the fact that the players can also use all kinds of weapons such as a beam sword or a bat or a pokeball and other weapons against their opponents. Although, there are certain weapons that I dislike such as the fan or the bumper and sometimes the bomb when another player has it but when I have one, I like it.

    I play with one of my housemates and he beats me most of the time. Sometimes I get really frustrated when playing the game because he wins most of the time. There are times where I do beat him and I get really excited since I rarely win. I believe it is only because he has more experience with the game than I have. I was only first introduced to this game last year. Prior to last year, I never played the game before. Last year, one of my housemates brought his Nintendo 64 and we played Super Smash Brothers all the time. Although, most of the time I don’t win, I still love to play the game because it is really fun.

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