Excerpt: L.A. Noire challenges many of the preconceptions associated with modern gaming. What it does to separate itself from the usual action, adventure, and open-world trends, as well as the standards of acting and “maturity” in video games, can leave a player questioning whether those things were ever...
Pros: Interrogation mechanics provide unique intellectual challenge, Facial animations and motion capture are new gaming benchmarks, Some of the best voice work this year
Cons: Texture pop-in occurs frequently, Gameplay can become monotonous, Has some strange glitches
Excerpt: In the build up to MAG I was dubious as to the reason for the games existence. Was the point just to push the boundaries of the hardware and network with the creation of a really elaborate “tech demo” or was there more to MAG than that.
Solid Controls and Great Presentation Make for a Thrilling Race Experience
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: Why do birds fly? Because they do. Why do ATV riders scream through the sky at blazing speeds popping tricks? Don't ask dumb questions
Graphics: Some slight pop-up is the only price to pay for a fast experience and lush and varied environments
Sound: The game's use of sounds and silence to...
Excerpt: If SSX and ATV Offroad Fury fell in love, got married, and had a child, their offspring would be Disney Interactive and Black Rock Studio's PURE . This off-road, all-terrain vehicle racer mixes high-speed racing with over-the-top stunts.
Excerpt: Any game entering into a crowded market needs something to set itself apart from the rest of the pack, just to make sure it has a unique element to differentiate itself from the dozens of other entries in its chosen genre.
Summary: When it comes to polished presentation and over-the-top ATV racing thrills, it doesn't get much better than Pure. Absolutely ridiculous jumps are combined with an intuitive trick system that makes every successful landing extremely satisfying.
Excerpt: Summary [8.0 out of 10] Pure is a polished, accessible, technically savvy, beautiful offroad racing game that fans of the genre should pickup without hesitation and folks that enjoy racing should absolutely check out.
Conclusion: I’ll take all the Need for Speeds and Full Autos they roll my way (if they ever wake up and start building them around motorcycle culture), but I miss my finessed, arcade-style racing franchises something fierce.