Games

A Must-Own – But Not Perfection, October 10, 2020

Halo 3 was, in a way, doomed before it was released. No matter how well it did, people are going to judge its “wow factor” against how amazing the original Halo felt to play back when it first came out.

Now that we are used to the weapons, races, environments and plotline, nothing is as cool as it was that first time. It’s the same issue that plagues any series, be it Dune, the Matrix, Star Wars, etc.

Halo 3 does get a boost in that it is released for the 360, so you get an automatic upgrade in abilities there. We’re playing on a high end HD TV, and yes, it looks really nice.

The backgrounds look like a painting in motion, with swirling clouds and dancing dust storms. From the light glinting off the metal surfaces to the detailed shadows in the rocks, it can be really gorgeous.

Is every detail as beautiful as every detail in, say Gears of War? Maybe not. Different developers focus on different items. There are always trade-offs for speed and visual appeal reasons. For a Halo world, I think they did a good job.

The sound and dialogue are really great. I like the background music, and I find much of the dialogue hilarious. There are some conversations that have me laughing out loud. This is a good game to play with your surround sound stereo system hooked up, and of course the subwoofers.

I hated the ending of Halo 2. I dislike it when a story finishes with a “and now wait a few years to find out what happened.”

They can at least have you feel like you achieved something, and ended a chapter. For that reason alone it’s good to have Halo 3 here to wrap everything up.

Unfortunately, with all the time they spent in development, this third outing is a bit predictable. I really enjoyed the multi character play in Halo 2. I thought that was a great touch. They completely removed it for Halo 3, setting you back into a Master Chief only mode. To be honest, I really thought we’d get THREE races this time around, and get to play as the Flood too. Why reduce ourselves to just one?

Also, while there are a lot of “missions”, some of them are maybe 5 minutes long. That’s a bit on the short side. I realize you can go back and replay on harder and harder levels to challenge yourself – but they could have put more depth into the basic story line.

Now, all of those things being said, the key to any game in modern times is its multiplayer ability. No matter what single player game you play, it’s pretty much a limited time game. Multiplayer is completely unlimited – and you’re not stuck with the formulas built into the AI brains. Halo 3 is definitely the best multiplayer experience of the three games – the most balanced, the most fun, the best graphics. You could literally play this for years and not get bored of it.

So to summarize – if you don’t have XBox Live, you could rent this game for a week, get through it and have a lot of fun. You’ll be able to see how the story ends, get your Halo fix in and be happy. But if you do have XBox Live, you’ll want to own this. Between replaying the base game on harder levels to improve your skills, and playing multi-player in a variety of maps and set-ups, you’ll be happy for a long, long while.

There are many games we write a walkthrough for that we have to push ourselves to get through, but when we did our walkthrough for Halo 3, we really did have fun 🙂 So that’s always a good sign!

Pirates of the Caribbean – The Legend of Jack Sparrow

Description

What’s not to love about Captain Jack Sparrow? Play as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann as you hack and slash your way through fully interactive environments, including burning buildings, wrecked ships, and misty moonlit caves. One minute you are fighting hordes of enemies, and the next you’re evading capture by the Royal Navy.
Features:

Join Captain Jack Sparrow as he recounts his most thrilling adventures: Did he really sack Nassau Port without firing a shot or ride away from a deserted isle on the backs of sea turtles? Now you’ll find out, firsthand!

Co-op multiplayer: take on the challenge with a friend and play side-by-side as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, or Elizabeth Swann.
Secret treasures: Hidden passages, special coins, and other secrets await! Discover gold and treasure to purchase upgrades for advanced moves and special abilities.

Unlockable weapons and combos: throughout your adventure you’ll be rewarded with new swords that allow more advanced combos to defeat a wide range of deadly foes.


Description
Pirates of the Caribbean: Legend of Jack Sparrow lets you join the famous pirate captain, as he recounts his most thrilling adventures. Did he really sack Nassau Port without firing a shot or ride away from a deserted isle on the backs of sea turtles?

Now you’ll find out first-hand! Co-op multiplayer action as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner & Elizabeth Swann play side-by-side Features the voice of Johnny Depp.

Features

Final Fantasy III DS “The Gulgan thus prophesied: This earthquake is only the beginning. The great tremors that swallowed the crystals, the light of our world, only to spawn monsters from the depths of the scarred land, are nothing but harbingers of what is yet to come. Something is coming..fathomless, ominous, and full of sorrow.. But

Description
The only Final Fantasy that was never localized in the United States, Final Fantasy III has been reborn, incorporating the latest in portable gaming technology. Using the features of the Nintendo DS to their fullest, Final Fantasy III features graphics that have been reworked and remodelled in 3D, while maintaining the mythical Final Fantasy look and feel. This is the fans’ chance to complete the circle. The legend of Final Fantasy III is reborn.

A must-have for the hardcore Final Fantasy Fan, January 24, 2007
Reviewer: Helen J. Casper (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

= Fun = Overall


I’ve played this game in English and in the original Japanese (even though I don’t speak or understand Japanese). I absolutely love it. It has the feel of an old-school Final Fantasy game but with amazing graphics that would impress anyone.

I will admit that I had more fun playing it in Japanese than in English because I didn’t understand most of what was going on and every new item, weapon, spell, etc. was an adventure as I tried to figure out what it did. =)

If you are a “new” Final Fantasy fan, you may be a bit put-off by the amount of time you need to spend to really make your characters amazing.

You may also be a bit frustrated with the segmented and predictable plot. Modern Final Fantasy fans (who started playing the games at or after 7) are just too used to the complex and multi-layered plotlines of the modern games.

However, those of us who have been dedicated since the Nintendo console games will love the timeless crystal story, the linear plot, and the job system that makes the game wholly customizable. If you were a fan of Final Fantasy 5, you will definitely love this game. The jobs are different and the gameplay is a bit more simplistic, but you’ll see a lot of the things you loved about 5 in this game- with better graphics and the ability to travel diagonally.

If you’re a casual RPG player, you also may not appreciate Final Fantasy 3 as much as a die-hard enthusiast of the series. While the graphics are cute, the game doesn’t have the finesse of most modern RPGs.

There are lots of hidden treasures, random encounters galore, and a noticeable lack of many side-quests that modern RPG players enjoy. However, this is a great remake of a classic RPG and those who can appreciate that will enjoy it immensely.

One of the fun, minor aspects of this game is Mognet. In each town, you can talk to a Moogle who will connect you to the Nintendo Wi-Fi network.

From there, you can write little messages to other friends who have the game. Part of this fun of this game, for me at least, has been finding and making friends with other FF3 players. As a side note, we had no problems setting it up with our existing home wireless network.

I simply configured the settings on my DS lite and can access it no matter where in the house I’m playing. The little notes from other players really add another level of enjoyment.

To put it bluntly, you simply cannot pass on this game if you are a true, hardcore Final Fantasy fan.

It’s a canon, mainline game and very well done. In my opinion, it is even worth getting a DS just for this game.