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Review: Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumble Bees

Telltale Games has released a number of highly entertaining point-and-click titles such as the Sam & Max series, Bones, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People and CSI: Hard Evidence. Their next adventure is a grand one, as they tackle the pop culture smash, Wallace & Gromit. Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures is set to be a four part, episodic series that will take you right into the mischievous doings of the absent minded, cheese loving inventor, Wallace, and his intelligent witty pet and life saver, Gromit. This grand adventure begins on March 24th, 2009 on PC and Xbox Live, and will continue in May, June and July of the same year. The whole series includes characters new and old to the Wallace & Gromit legacy with a brand new story, mishaps and conflicts. Your job is to assist the duo in locating solutions to their problems.

The series starts out with Episode One: Fright of the Bumble Bees. We begin in the main duo’s home on West Wallaby Street in the early morning, with Wallace requesting Gromit to assist him in getting out of bed and making some breakfast. The opening of this game is a rather entertaining and quick puzzle to assist you, the player, in getting atoned to the controls and keystrokes needed to work through the adventure. The controls flow rather well, with the occasional character moving toward a direction you would not like it to, but not to any extent of ruining the value of the title.

From the introduction portion of the game, you jump right into an intriguing story of Wallace finding himself running behind on paying some bills. On top of this, a local store owner is extremely upset with Wallace because his cheese sniffing invention destroyed his shop. With the shop owner being made aware that Wallace is getting into the honey business, he requests that Wallace supply him with 50 gallons of honey before the day is over. Desperate to resolve the issue, Wallace, resorts to whatever quick solution he can whip together, without any thought of consequence.

The story develops extremely well and will keep you drawn in with each scene not being too long; yet still working your brain well enough to remain a challenging puzzler. There is plenty of spoken dialogue, which is key to this title, as is most point-and-click titles. If any spoken dialogue is present that is not part of moving the story forward, it is there for a reason: To give you clues. There are a handful of items that are interactive but are not accessible, but I believe these items and areas will play a significant roll in the remaining three episodes.

The environment and characters are very well rendered. The detail and grand use of color flow smoothly to make an eye appealing presentation. From the interior of the house, to the exterior to show West Wallaby Street, the sites add to the entire experience. There is always something to interact with in every screen to assist you in hitting your game completing goal.

The voice acting, audio effects and music score are top notch. Unfortunately, Peter Sallis does not reprise his role as the voice of Wallace, but, the backup voice fits as a near perfect replacement. The rest of the voice acting cast do a fantastic job at making the remaining characters show their personality and role in the story. The music score throughout the title keeps an upbeat, happy go lucky feel, yet not overpowering where you feel you’d have to turn it down from annoyance. It is a well balanced soundtrack that sets the mood in each scene to perfection.

Complete with its well rounded story, solid audio editing, stunning visuals, and even the slight cliff hanger ending, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumble Bees has left me wanting more. This title should fair well with old and new fans alike.

/Gamer score for Fright of the Bumble Bees: a respective and earned 9 / 10

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumble Bees is available today for download on the PC and Xbox Live Arcade.

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Extremely Positive Reviews So Far For GTA: Chinatown Wars

The reviews are finally out for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and so far, they are excellent. As now, every major site has yet to give the game below an A/90%. The biggest praises of the game, seems to be the size of the city and how they fit the entire town of Liberty City into a small DS cartridge. The critics also agree the art-style worked perfectly, especially with the DS’s limitations.

1UP: A – “Altogether, Chinatown Wars is what I expected — it takes an understandable few steps back from GTA4, but also takes a couple forward (a touch screen can do that). It’s a well-honed “core” GTA on the handheld, not merely a one-to-one clone of its console parents.

GamePro
: 5/5 – “This is Grand Theft Auto the way you love it: all of the innovation, charm and thrills from its past installations neatly tied together in a creative package worthy of any DS owner.

CVG: 9.2 - “92% of the time Chinatown Wars is a brilliant, inventive top-down GTA experience, which is why it comes most highly recommended to any over-18 (but probably under 65) DS owner.

IGN (UK): 9.2 – “Working in perfect harmony with the DS’s unique capabilities, it’s no less than a fully featured GTA – a standalone entry that not only holds its own amongst its esteemed company but acts as a celebration of all that has come before it.

IGN (USA): 9.5 – “GTA: Chinatown Wars is easily one of the best Nintendo DS games on the platform.

Eurogamer: 10 – “On balance though, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a triumph, not just in terms of bringing a difficult game to a new platform intact, but because it actually improves it in the process, and demonstrates a mastery of DS form and function.

What are all these reviews saying? That’s an easy question. Basically, if you are over the age of 18 and own a DS — you better be getting this game, because it looks like a masterpiece.

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Nintendo: 7 DS Titles Have Sold 10 Million Units Each

This kid is a pimp with the ladies!

If you are wondering how much money the DS made for Nintendo, you might want to continue reading. According to the Japanese company, the DS has over 7 games that sold more than 10 million units. These games are: New Super Mario Bros. Brain Age, Mario Kart DS, Brain Age 2, Nintendogs, Animal Crossing: Wild World and Pokemon.

Now get this, 83 titles for the handheld has sold over a million units, at least. If we just add the 10 million sellers, and gave each game the average price of $30 — that would equal to about $2,100,000,000 (added zeros for effect). If we do the same calculations for the 76 titles that sold 1 million copies each (minus the 7, 10 million games), that would be about $2,280,000,000. That is almost $5 billion total. Yes, the machine really does print money! Of course, this is all an approximation of how much money Nintendo has made off of these titles.

It also should be noted, Nintendo announced that they have already shipped over 100 million DSs worldwide. Not bad Nintendo. Not bad at all!

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Review: Dead Space

Let me start off by saying that Dead Space is not a scary game. It tries, but doesn’t quite deliver the scares of the “horror” game its advertised to be. BUT… that does not mean that the game sucks

In Dead Space, you control Isaac Clarke, an engineer who’s team is sent to locate and repair a ship named the USG Ishimura in a rather distant future. The USG Ishimura is one of many ships that “cracks” other planets in the universe to suck its resources and return them to a dying Earth to be consumed. Isaac and his crew quickly find that the ship has been taken over by some alien life form and get stranded with no choice but to make the ship operational themselves, and regain communications as an only hope for survival.

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IGN Gives Resistance 2 a 9.5/10

The first review for Resistance 2 is out and IGN had the honor to be the first to do it — six days before it’s released. And guess what? They loved it — which some of you should already know because of the beta. The official score was incredible 9.5/10. They believe the sequel outshine the original game,  “Resistance 2 is one of those games that manages to expand on its predecessor in every way.” IGN wrote, “The single player is epic in scope and in story, which is practically worth the price of admission by itself,” the site added.

As much as I thought the multiplayer is fun, I really want to play the single player  mode because when I saw the HUGE monster battle at E3 — I officially fell in love with the game.

Head over to IGN to read the full review.

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Compilation of Wii Music Reviews and it’s Very Mixed

Wii Music is one day until it’s released and since when it was announced at the pathetic Nintendo press briefing at E3, it hadn’t generated the buzz Nintendo hoped for. If you have visited /gamer the past few month, you’ll know I’m not the biggest fan of the concept. I believe it’s more of a toy as opposed to an actual game and therefore I’ve been very vocal about my dislike for it. But I won’t get into that.

But today, we bring you the reviews of what other people/sites think and so far it’s mixed. A few thought it was great, well many others thought it was well…not so good.

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360 Review: Rock Band 2

Rock Band has been rocking the gaming community for only 10 months now, and the sequel has already been dropped upon us. Rock Band 2 is, for the most part, more of the same from its predecessor, with a few minor tweaks. It is going to be hard to review this title without referring to first installment, so lets just cut down to the chase.

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Zero Punctuation Reviews Lego Indiana Jones

Zero Punctuation reviews Lego Indiana Jones. As usual, it’s not nearly like any other review.

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