Daddy’s Corner

Hey, it’s me! I’m back again and ready to tell you about a game I recently checked out. (Just to explain to new readers, this is Samantha’s husband, doing some reviews for the guys out there, or for things your husbands or older kids may like.)
Today I will be reviewing Darksiders for the Playstation 3.

The cover of Darksiders has a rather menacing individual riding a huge horse and looking quite frightening, Not a game to play with the kids this time. Sorry.

Upon first playing this game it is quite evident the creators have ‘borrowed’ concepts from other games. It has game play much like “God of War”, puzzles and dungeons of the “Zelda” flavor, even some new concepts- Portal gauntlets, “Bionic Commando”, grappling arm of “Bionic Commando”. It can be argued that all games are based on other games’ concepts so we will forgive this borrowing. Why you ask? Well, because the developers took all these great concepts put them in a blender with some kicking art direction by Joe Madureira. What came out was a wonderful game that was a pleasure to play. It keeps game play fresh and exciting while not confusing the player.

The action is memorable, as is the lead character, especially his voice and attitude. He is a horseman of the apocalypse and that is how it feels to control him. Large, powerful, and punishing. Even while fighting impossibly huge demons!
Combat is interesting and if you aren’t careful, you can be taken out by the weakest of characters. Combo’s play a large role as do blocking and swapping out weapons based on setting and enemy being fought. I personally loved fighting the knights on horseback while on horseback myself. Great fun indeed.

positives —

-lots of familiar concepts

-art direction is cool

-it was nice to play a main character who was actually a good guy, even though he is “War”

-puzzles were difficult enough to make me scratch my head but not enough to make me put the controller down 🙂

negatives —

-I got lost… a lot…. I can only play in half hour one hour max increments per day, often times 3 days a week. When I would come back to the game I would spend about a half hour trying to figure out where I am supposed to go and how to progress past stuff I have already done. A little arrow or a blue dot on the radar would have been nice.

-some battles were tough, very tough. You have to pay attention and be very smart about your fights. Vary attacks/ combos/ special moves or the smallest of enemies will smite you, lol.

-unoriginal game play. lots of re-hashed concepts, done well but still re-hashed.

Overall 4/5 stars losing one star for being unoriginal and the getting lost
factor.

I would pick this up for any gamer. Chances are they never played it, and will enjoy it. PLUS its pretty cheap right now too.
😉

(Disclosure- this is not a paid review, sponsored post, and no compensation was received in any kind. I published a version of this post to Blogcritics recently.)

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Daddy’s Corner- PlayStation Move!

Hey and welcome to Daddy’s Corner!
Today I am going to review the Playstation move. I recently received a party pack from house party. Thank you very much. In this pack there were 2 move controllers a Playstation eye and 2 games eyepet and start the party. I love most my Playstation 3 and have to say it has impressed me at every turn. So I was hoping for something incredible with move. When I received the package int he mail the kids went nuts, I have been talking about the Eyepet for a while showing them videos and advertisements. They had been talking about it almost non stop to kids and school and anyone else in the general area. Upon opening the controllers I found they fit my hand quite well. In shape it is similar to a newly designed water bottle with an ice cream scoop on the top. In weight it had some density to it but not much more then a tv remote, not heavy at all but fells well built. Set up was easy and pretty self explanatory, set up the camera on top/underneath the tv, we chose underneath. Then pair the controllers with your console (plug a usb cable into the controller then into the front of the console. Easy breezy. The main reason I am so excited for the move is the eyepet so i popped that in first while the kids weren’t around so I could find out how cool this little guy really is. The game is an interactive digital pet who you can play with, feed, bath teach tricks and nurture. In my house he is called a monkey but he looks like a cross between a monkey, a dog and a gnome. You can use the controller to act as various items for use with your eyepet including a treat dispenser, a shower head, and hope for him to jump through and a trampoline. The little guy also responds to your hand gestures. IF you wave your hand above where his head is he will jump up trying to reach you. You can pet him to sleep and lots of other fun things. All of which work well. Even for little hands. The only draw back is the little guy gets confused with alot of hands on the screen at once, but if everyone waits their turn all is well. (good luck with that).
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