Ladies and Gentlemen, as you may or may not know, Injustice: Gods Among Us releases tomorrow, April 16th. If you’re like some of the people on the NUReviews team, you’re looking forward to the game’s release. In honor of the game’s final release, we figured it’d be neat to get some friendly match ups going on release day. Now, unfortunately, some of us won’t be getting our game until the evening, so the match ups won’t be happening until around 8 or 9pm EST. The plan is to start up a King of the Hill match and, hopefully, stream it. If you’re interested in duking it out and don’t mind some video evidence that you’re superior to the NUReviews team, then you can send a friend request on Xbox360 to either me (Sn0ochiBoochies) or Steve (HemispheresX1), stating in some way that you found us through NUReviews. If this turns out to be something fun and popular then we may do more things like this in the future, and maybe even with some prizes! If you aren’t getting the game on the Xbox 360 then we’re sorry, but we’ll try and figure out something to include you in at a later date. Remember to send those friend requests to either Sn0ochiBoochies or HemispheresX1, when it comes time for the match ups to begin we’ll send out messages to any one who sent a request and make another post here with (hopefully) the stream link/embedded. Here’s hoping we see you on the field of battle!
I’ve been meaning to do this write up for a while, mainly due to some colleagues asking why I use a “1 – 6″ rating system. I figured now would be a good time as ever to do a break down of it, especially before I do reviews for ‘Fire Emblem: Awakening’ and ‘Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’. I’ll go over what each rating is suppose to mean, one by one. Then, I’ll briefly explain my philosophy towards review ratings. Please note that I’ll primarily using video games to help describe the individual ratings. However, this rating system is universal for whatever I review, whether it’s a movie, TV show, hand soap, and so forth.
1 out of 6- Terrible
The game is absolute trash. There is absolutely no redeeming factors whatsoever. Avoid this at all costs, even if you can get the game for dirt cheap.
2 out of 6- Bad
The game fails on multiple levels, from a technical, storytelling, and originality standpoint. There is little reason to play this particular game. There may be a certain aspect that is notable, but the game ultimately fails to deliver.
3 out of 6- Average (Meh)
The game is tolerable. This rating would be seen on games that are ‘run-of-the-mill’, meaning that the game has little to no surprises. The game is underwhelming, but it can have a bit of entertainment value.
4 out of 6- Average (Good)
The game is average, yet there’s an element that makes it more enjoyable. It could be the storytelling or a certain gameplay element. There is a yearning for more, but odds are you’ll find this game enjoyable.
5 out of 6- Great
The game, as a whole, is great. Overall, the game is very enjoyable. However, there is something that holds the game back. Examples: lacking multiplayer mode, little replayability, underwhelming ending, and so on. Nevertheless, this is a game worth playing.
6 out of 6- “Uncanny!”
This game is excellent. The game excels at accomplishes what the developers wanted the audience to experience, whether a unique twist with the story telling or gameplay mechanics. This doesn’t mean the game is perfect (what game is?) However, any imperfections with the game are easily overlooked. You need to experience this game. In other words, this game is…
Now that’s out of the way, let me explain why I decided to use this system, rather than an 100/10 point system or even 5 stars. I feel that 6 is the perfect number for a rating scale. It allows me to be specific while still having enough room for other ratings. Plus, the reason that why I opted for 6 rather than 5 is that it forces objectivity on my part. If a game turns out to be average, does that mean it necessarily mean that it’s a bad game? Well, that answer is subjective, but aren’t all reviews in a way subjective? It’s why I’ll do my best to be as unbiased in my critiquing as possible. However, in the rare case that I do have a bias (such as myself refusing to like PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale purely on the premise of its existence), I’ll hand the review to another contributor to the site.
Also, I’m not enforcing this rating system for all of NUReviews’ contributors, since I believe they should review how they feel they’re comfortable with. But no doubt that we aim to provide a solid critique of media we feel that audience wants to know.
Tonight’s the big night for Sony. Odds are we’re gonna be seeing the Playstation 4 for the first time. If you want to watch the announcement live, check it out here: http://us.playstation.com/meeting2013/
Also, we’ll be doing a C’mon, Step It Up episode immediately after the event. So be out on the lookout for that episode as well.
Our man, Alex (aka FatMan) got himself a new Roxio HD capture device. That means you can expect a lot of new video content from him, like reviews and playthroughs. Currently, he’s working his way through Aliens Colonial Marines, which was just released today (Feb. 12, 2013). Alex will have a review soon after he beats it. So check out the video playlist above to see his progress, or you can head to his new YouTube channel to check out his other videos as well (and while you’re at it, I’m sure he’d appreciate you subscribing).
Part 2 of our MAGfest 11 coverage! We sincerely apologize for the video and audio problems that appear in the video. We’re in the process of upgrading our equipment.
Music Provided by
Bleepy Bloopy – Bladewalker
Bleepy Bloopy – MAXin
We’re doing our best to improve our video game controversy podcast, “C’mon, Step it Up”. But we’ll need your help. If you can spare us even just a few minutes of your time, please listen to a bit of our videos and give us some critique or suggestions for improvement. Thank you.
Episode 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlV-99KAA_I
Episode 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPeFMksmczs
Episode 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inNfEI9vqSo
Episode 4 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_wd1YWEMKs
Episode 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vzwrLGKSa0
Happy New Year, everyone! Somehow, all of us at NUReviews managed to survive 2012. Of course, I’m talking about the year, although I don’t think Squeak made it through the movie (He will be missed?). Anyways, instead of doing a top 5 or 10 list, we’re having everyone talk about their favorite game, because we’re subjective pansies like that. So here we go!
Brad’s Game of the Year: Max Anarchy (Anarcy Reigns)
Crazy gameplay and fun characters meets engaging multiplayer modes, Platinum Games hit the nail on the head with this title. While not released in the west until early 2013, this import hits my number one spot for GOTY.
Runners Up: Kid Icarus, Transformers Fall of Cybertron
Ted’s Game of the Year: Katawa Shoujo
What started off as more of a 4chan joke, became more of a testament to a community coming together to make a game. Although it’s mainly a visual novel, this game doesn’t thrive on gameplay but on the story and impact it had on players. Nothing more than a memory and still more of a joke amongst people who know about it, Katawa Shoujo may not be GOTY anyone but myself. But I would definitely consider it the most memorable game I’ve played this year.
Runner Up: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Alex’s Game of the Year: Forza Horizon
This is the ultimate racing game currently on the Xbox. The variety of vehicles, landscapes, and massive open world make this a standout. Even better is the custom painting features which can unlock the inner artist. A market place for different decal setups, as well a solid multiplayer experience and the ability to turn off ALL hud features for dat der immersion makes it the end all racing game for me. Purists and race track junkies will be disappointing by this games made up roads as well lack of fine tuning specific mods however this game is just too great to even let that be a factor for me. 10/10 would play till death or horizon 2.
Runner Up: Far Cry 3
Mass Effect 3 is my game of the year. Why? It ended the story of one of my favorite video games characters, Commander Shepherd. Seeing how this game has received a lot of hate for its ending, it was still had a good story line, good game mechanics, and an online multiplayer that works well (which all of the online DLC has been free).
Runners Up: Kid Icarus, Borderlands 2, Halo 4, Max Payne 3
Steve’s Game of the Year: Kid Icarus: Uprising
This game reminded me why I adore Masahiro Sakurai’s game philosophy: make a game that is not only great, but jam packed with content; and boy, does this game have content. The single player campaign allows for a lot of replayability. The story is enjoyable, and is filled with snarky humor and Nintendo references. The online multiplayer is very intense, whether you do free for all or teams. If you are considering getting a 3DS, be sure to pick this game up.
Runners Up: Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Katawa Shoujo