Bookworm Adventures 2


Bookworm Adventures 2 is a sequel of PopCap’s 2007 game that was added RPG elements and presents itself to be an adorable and fun to play game. Bookworm was originally an experience of exercising the abilities to find words among a jumble of letter files. Adding ‘Adventures’ next to the title turns the game into an easy story with foes to fight against at the same time experiencing points to be scored. PopCap has a tradition in creating games that are easy to access to offering a long lasting experience that it is still maintain in this sequel of Bookworm.
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The difference between Bookworm and its sequel, Bookworm Adventures, lies in the fact that you was supposed in the former version to connect adjacent tiles to come up with a word, whereas in Adventures you can use any tile whether or not it touches one of your other selected pieces. As a player you are carried through easy stages of battles and even if you are close to death you still can survive being allowed to a health potion. The length of the game however balances the simplicity of the gameplay.

bookworm-adventures-2Some features belonging to Bookmark Adventures 2 are common to those presented by PopCap in a recent release: Plants vs. Zombies. Each level you reach enables you to unlock new items, but you are entitled to a restricted number of item slots good to be used in battle, the best thing for you left is to select the right tools for the job. The story of the game is separated in three books, each chapter consisting of ten chapters that casts a lot of foes toward you till you end up being the chapter boss.

The hero of the game is Lex, a bookworm whose ‘job’ is to encourage you while you spell big words during the battle. Depending on the length a complexity of the word, the dimension of the damage to be faced is measured. The dictionary provided by the game has abbreviations and censures the vulgar words; while experiencing different tile combinations you can learn also new words. Bookmark adventures 2 presents itself as a game full of innocent humor translated in a silly note with characters displayed in a shape of paper doll manner that looks somehow poor but remaining still exciting. The experience is slow but gradually enhancing the rhythm by throwing more and more items and guys always tougher than the previous, but this graduation is not necessary hastily presented, but a leisurely pace. The IGN scored the game 9 in regard to the presentation, 7.5 for graphics, 8.5 for sound, 8.0 for the gameplay and 8.5 for Lasting Appeal, the overall scoring reaching 8.3 meaning an impressive game to play.

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The Grid and Capcom Renewal of the Bionic Hero is Seen as a Solid Return


The “Bionic Commando” has been first introduced to the action games’ fans more than 20 years ago as a release of Capcom Comp. With the 2009 release, gamers can get back into the action playing the same old character Nathan “Rad” Spencer who now has to face situations that are not in his favor, considering that he drew the animosity of the people that in this series are bionically enhanced and sent him to prison for some previous improbable camaraderie. In the prison, waiting for his death sentence, he is found devoid of all his technology; but this situation doesn’t last too long thanks to a group of terrorists (Bio-Reign) who detonates a weapon, at the same time blowing up a large number of population in Ascension City. This situation set the tone for the following action where we find Spencer as a commanding officer in charge to discover what lies behind the terrorist attack.
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The gameplay moves mostly around the bionic arm but Spencer is not ready to get back in track so quickly considering that he has been away for so long from his gear, and it will take some time before really plunging into the action. As motions enabled to the character are the several swinging and vertical leaping performed with a help of an arm cable extension and a grappling reticule that turns blue each time you need to connect to a surface. These leaps however must be carefully performed since there is the possibility that you can fall into irradiated areas that will take points from your game scoring. Another ability for Spencer character is punching with his arm to knock objects and throw them toward different targets. You will find the feature that hangs your enemies in the air, thus allowing you to shoot them while they are helpless. But next to these capabilities Spencer is equipped with his old faithful pistol and moving through the action he can also gain other weapons and grenades and a helping hand from Super Joe, his attendance in fighting actions.

bionic-commandoThe purpose of your actions is not necessary to accomplish all the tasks in order to finish the title, but to play the tasks from beginning to end. During these tasks a lot of challenges are displayed, together with a series of bonus provisions, such as additional armors, or increased size of the grenades or weapons to be carried. The linearity of the game doesn’t allow you to go back and finish some tasks that might otherwise give you access to hidden things to be collected.

The game is playable also in multiplayer version with Detahmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag modes, and the multitude of details spread around the game field renders the Bionic Commando an impressive aspect. The Grid and Capcom renewal of the Bionic hero is seen as a solid return and scores the game at 7.5 points (out of 10 being the best) on IGN rating meaning a good overall.

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Borderlands


In October 20, Gearbox will release “Borderlands” in North America, a both RPG and a shooter game, that appears to be counted among the games that were head titles on the 2009 list of new releases. “Borderlands” is planned to be an RPG and a shooter, but actually it is perceived more as a shooter. In this game the player has to make use of his quick reflexes skills in order to tag the foes in their weakest points; the foes present themselves in a shape of humanoids and monstrous creatures; for these last ones, the player has to pin in their mouth or in different vulnerable spots behind their armor. Being not skillful with targeting the player’s life will not last too long.
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So you play as a shooter, but all this time you are in the hands of statistics that will affect your weapon’s accuracy, or it can bring a lot of damage to your playing. Choosing a specific type of weapon, you are able to become more familiar with its use, in this way boosting the rating of your class’ shotgun that leads to improved accuracy of your shots. Your skills are also classified, the game scoring you one point for every skill that belongs to five character levels. The class nominated for soldiers was tested and the result lead to a division of the soldier’s skills in medic, infantry and support branches.

borderlandsIn your unfolding of skills your character is allotted aids, such as scorpio turret, in order to fire at the foes next to you in the battle. It depends on you how you decide to allocate the points, and according to this you will get weaponry upgrades such as guided missile upgrade or, for the one who reaches the of the medic tree will have health improvements upgrades. Your weapons (pistols, combat rifles, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, energy weapons as well) are endowed with special effects such as fire rounds or acid blasts or electrical discharges. To guard yourself against death you have a spring of health from where you can take ‘supply’ and a shield that can be upgraded and will be recharged after damage is done. In case you find yourself in a close-to-death state, you are given the option to crawl and aim to kill some enemies nearby, thus you would be able to get back on your feet.

The game offers also a tutorial not before entering the option of picking up a class and a name for after that to be guided by a talkative tiny robot that will teach you the basics of motions and shooting. At the beginning to make the things easier for you, you are simply facing the killings and collecting variety with few possibilities of gaining access to machines’ vendors, allowing you the option to purchase grenades, weapons and even health packages. After this guide tour, you are cast into the game with different levels of combats and different types of enemies, but no further details are to be displayed; this part is left to the players to discover in the October release of “Borderlands”.

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