Reviews and Problems with America's Army: Rise of a Soldier
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Lumines Live! Review
11 March 2010
Conclusion: The concept of Xbox Live Arcade is to have a catalog of classic coin-ops and “casual” games that you can play for a few minutes or a few hours. Lumines Live! is a great fit for XBLA, and one that shows Microsoft’s intent to release a large variety of titles into the pipeline. Granted, it’s not for everyone, but those who are into puzzle games will find it to be a challenge and engaging—and trippy—contest.
Excerpt: America’s Army: Rise of a Soldier ’s graphics were obviously not very high on the priority list. The textures look bland from afar and more like mud from up close. The models are decently constructed, but there are tons of sharp edges and the animations have a tendency to infinitely loop. There is also no mouth movement for the dialogue, and since the developers were going for realism, it seems odd that they leave this small feature out.
Excerpt: Originally released more than three years ago as a free downloadable PC game, America's Army has seen numerous updates and overhauls. The game has been spit-shined and polished many times over, like a recruit's boot just before inspection. With the release of Rise of a Soldier on the Xbox, the game originally funded and released as a recruitment tool by the US Army has finally reached full commercial status, available in boxed form on store shelves.
Pros: RPG-like elements let you customize your soldier to your liking, Great, realistic weapon feel, Lengthy single-player campaign, Good network performance in online play
Cons: Experience you earn offline doesn't carry over to online and vice-versa, Glorification of US Army life can be a little creepy
Conclusion: When America’s Army was released onto the PC, the game was really thought of as a pretty good looking game, especially considering that it’s free. However now that the game is released a few years later and at a full price, you can unfortunately see a lot of wear on this visual engine. You can see this clearly in the environments, which are very pixilated and just a bland mess. The character models do a bit better, with more detail and a little bit of an upgrade.
Conclusion: Guilty Gear X2 breathes new life into the very genre that introduced many people to the world of gaming. While many people may cringe at the learning curve or the inability to play as an easily identifiable character such as Ryu or a Marvel comics character, the technical and game play merits present more than make up for it. GGX2 offers incredible depth in a slick, highly seasoned package.
Excerpt: Jeg må innrømme at jeg var svært skeptisk når jeg for noen år tilbake fikk høre at den amerikanske hæren skulle utvikle et dataspill som rekrutteringsverktøy. For det første synes jeg det er rent etiske problemstillinger knyttet til å lage et spill som glorifiserer den amerikanske hæren, og lokker unge menn og kvinner inn i en styrke som stort sett har stått i krig de senere år.
Summary: Für „Rise of a Soldier“ robbe ich gerne im Dreck: Im Grunde haben wir hier einen ganz klassischen Millitärshooter. Allerdings gibt die Rollenspiel-Komponente dem Ganzen mehr Tiefe, als ich es beim Durchlesen der Ankündigung erwartet hatte. Verbessere ich meine Treffsicherheit, um besser im Alleingang zu säubern, oder doch den Teamattribut, der alle Soldaten ein bisschen aufwertet? Entscheidungen wie diese spürt man auf dem Schlachtfeld.
Excerpt: C'est en 2002 que l'armée américaine, souhaitant toucher les amateurs de jeux vidéo pour améliorer son image de marque et pourquoi pas trouver de nouvelles recrues, a sorti America's Army, un jeu PC qui avait la particularité d'être entièrement gratuit. Et gratuit ne voulait pas dire de mauvaise qualité puisque le titre a connu un assez gros succès grâce à son moteur 3D efficace et à son gameplay sympathique.