HOME ARCADE ACTION !

HOME ARCADE ACTION! From Pac-Man and Paperboy to Root Beer Tapper and Robotron, classic arcade games are making a huge comeback on consoles from the Wii to the Xbox 360. If you’re a true fan of those old school “bleeps” and “blips,” though, you may want to forgo the downloads in favor of a tabletop arcade. Here’s the lowdown on bringing the arcade home.

1. Most of these gaming cabinets come loaded with multiple classic quarter-munchers. The Cool Hunter’s Arcade Table ($2,800), for example, packs in nearly 50 favorites including Galaga, Space Invaders and Pac-Man, while the Donkey Kong Cocktail Table ($2,995) includes the damsel-saving classic as well as Donkey Kong Junior .

2. From the sound of Mario’s barrel-crushing mallet to the unmistakable look of DK’s chest-pounding animation, Donkey Kong, as well as all these arcade staples, offers an authentic audio and visual presentation. The only thing missing from the ’80s arcade experience is the cigarette smoke and smell of pizza.

3. Most of these collectible tables will run you more than a PS3, 360 and Wii combined. However, some come fully equipped with working coin slots, allowing you to tax your friends for the fun. Better yet, open it up to the local neighborhood brats and net yourself a small fortune—Chuck E. Cheese’s been doing it for years.

4. Joysticks and buttons are just like you remember—minus any mystery stickiness. And with two control panels, you can go head-to-head with friends and family. You don’t even need to worry about switching seats or craning your neck to get your game on—the screen flips to each player’s perspective between turns.

5. Beyond providing addictive gaming and the appealing nostalgia factor, these units double as classy, durable pieces of furniture. Additionally, decorative color schemes or classic arcade decals allow you to customize to your personal preferences. Now, the next time your wife or girlfriend suggests some furniture shopping, you’ll be prepared.

Gran Turismo review 2

Game Play 10/10

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This game is for one or two players. It has two modes Arcade and Simulation. Arcade is pretty much like any other racing game you may have experience, you pick one of the available cars and you and a friend go head to head to see who is better. Or you can go against the and try to unlock the bonus tracks. Then you have simulation, the mode that made this game as popular as it was. The simulation mode is where you had to try and pass 3 different driving test B, A, and International A. Each one had 7 smaller pre test and 1 Final Exam. This test considered by most were extremely difficult and this is probably the worst thing on the game. Game play : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrJe2XokCBk

They made this part too realistic and unless you were Michael Andretti you were not getting through this part. You raced for Credits; credits were like money. You used the credits to buy bigger faster and better cars from all the top dealers. Like Nissan, Dodge, Mazda, and others. You could also buy used cars in the start of the game. These were enough to get you through the B-Class races. You could tune any car in the game keep that in mind. I would say it was worthless to tune cars that were considered C cars, because they usually didn’t run correctly. The games difficulty on Arcade was adjustable. On simulation it was difficult. There is a save feature using 7 blocks of memory.

Overall 10 out of 10

This is still a fabulous game. I had more fun and put more hours into this than any other racing game. Even though the Gran Turismo 2 is a bit better than this you still could of have fun. This game is suitable for single players and if

you friend over. The fun of this game will not wear thin after you buy it and play it for a week. You could always hop back into this one and play it over and over. The replay value is pretty high, considering the facts that I think

that this game ahs no ending. The fun factor is very high too, and this is a great party game. If you don’t have much money and your looking for a good challenge and something that will keep you busy look no further than Gran Turismo.

Gran Turismo review

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Gran Turismo despite the fact that it has a sequel is still probably one of the greatest console racing games of all time. I truly think so with over a one hundred cars you can customize your self, this game surpasses expectations of what the Playstation could do when it got released. My first impression of this was Wow ! This game is so realistic. Not only were the graphics beyond superb and the quality was high this game presented a lot of challenge, so those who think racing games are usually a bore they will not get bored with this one any time soon.

The music however during certain stages could have used some work, but that’s only on a couple of songs for the most part though this music was great. The only real problem with this game that I find is the difficulty. The simulation mode and License Test are unforgiving you will play hours and hours trying to pass one exam and never make it. You have to be a perfect driver to do so. Other than that this game is excellent and one I would definitely adds to my collection.

Graphics 10/10

Do graphics get any better than this ? Some would say yes but at the time there wasn’t. Every car looked exactly like its real life counterpart and it moved just like it. The opening FMV of the replay of the cars looks excellent, and every thing looks just as good as that in the game. The car reactions and the way it moves if you seen the real life cars they look and respond just like it here. The backgrounds in the game were gorgeous some of the stages like Trial Mountain , and Clubman Stage Five looked very good. The mountains were big and luminous and a tiny detail in the background added to the feeling you were really driving like trees over hanging above you, and branches in the road. You also had realistic looking racing tracks to drive on, complete with bleachers and seats for the fans to look on. The crashes in the game weren’t realistic like you didn’t see big spinouts, and cars being set on fire. For the most pat you would just see it spin out of control and fly in the air, never flipping or anything. This is the only graphical aspect that could have been improved in my opinion. For the most part though the graphics were outstanding.

Sound 9. 9/10

Some of the game music just didn’t sound right. It’s really on my personal opinion because the music was not to my own personal taste. The music was loud and came off crystal clear from your TV speakers. There weren’t any voices in this game what so ever I think that is because they put so much into making the cars and making them sound and look realistic. The crash all for the most part had a different engine rev each time you picked a different one by a different maker.

Or if you tuned the engine and turbo up it would sound real powerful. Even the tire screeches as you wee coming out of turns and bends sounding pretty realistic and there is nothing like the tires hitting asphalt and dusting your opponents. This is a game I would definitely leave the sound track off to considering the fact that it is so much better without it and it makes it seem more realistic and racing like. In reality the sounds did a lot to make this a more realistic racing game and it gave you a more overall racing experience.

chronicle of Tekken 3

Tekken 3 is the third version of Tekken and it’s much more improved! With lots of modes to play with and lots of secret characters to obtain, this game will surely be totally fun !

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Graphics – 9

The graphics has changed to a totally cool style and it’s nice! The graphics are detailed and are high-resolution too! Despite all the good things, I prefer it to be in totally 3D though…

Musics – 9

The musics are pleasant to listen and somehow, it seems to ‘take over’ the previous version background musics.

Gameplay – 9

Totally neat ! There are lots of modes you can play and completing the normal battle a few times can make you access some of the modes! Also, one of these battle modes has the

‘key’ to the secret character! With more characters to play with, this game will be really fun ! Each character has their own special moves and attacks and allows you to play on your

own free time! Beware though, each time you win a character, the game will go tougher and tougher.

Replayability – 8

What with more modes and characters to play, this game will add lots of ‘replayability value’ for you.

Overall – 9 out of 10

Definitely one of the best fighting games. This game must not be missed !

Grand Theft Autobot – end

The goal from the very beginning was to ensure that we made a game that is both for movie fans and existing Transformers fans, and that has been a challenge, says Suarez. There are expectations on this game because it played a big part of an entire generation’s upbringing. We’ve been doing everything we can to make sure that this game meets those expectations.

auto2As such, the Activision team drew heavily on everyone involved in the movie to help with the creation of the game, including director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Speilberg. Both Michael and Steven have seen and provided guidance on the game, Suarez says. We’ve met with Michael numerous times and have been working with his production teams to ensure the assets and materials we have are current and that our team knows where he’s going with specific parts of the film

Meeting with Spielberg is one thing. But for a real Transformers fan, having the voice of Optimus Prime in the recording booth is the real deal. Recording with Peter Cullen was a blast, Suarez says. It was like, Wow ! That’s Optimus Prime !  I still remember walking into the sound studio the day we recorded him and when he opened his mouth and spoke the first line as Optimus, everyone in the room was blown away. And unlike the movie, which cast Hugo Agent Smith

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Weaving as Megatron, original voice actor Frank Welker will be portraying the lead Decepticon in the game.

With all this old-school flavor, one can�t help but think�will there be any G1 content in the game? Luckily, Activision does not disappoint. �There will be G1 characters and repaints in the game that we�ve integrated with the support of Hasbro,� Suarez says. �We�ve been very conscious to include characters, locations and even subtle acknowledgements to the die-hard fans anywhere we can. There are a lot of special surprises that we think the established fans will enjoy, including some rare and never-been-seen-before treasures from the Hasbro archives

Grand Theft Autobot

I would have waited an eternity for this.

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Sure, Megatron said that about murdering Optimus Prime, but the quote also applies to Trans-fans and a decent Transformers video game. But eternity, it seems, has arrived sooner than expected.

As if living in an age where a big-budget Transformers movie exists isn’t enough of a fanboy’s fantasy come true, this week marks the release of Activision’s Transformers: The Game. And according to Activision’s Executive Producer Daniel Suarez, the game (which hits for next-gen systems) is the definitive Cybertronian simulator.

Want to hit the road as Optimus ? Fly the unfriendly skies as Starscream ? It’s all possible.

While the game is not open in the vein of Grand Theft Auto, it does feature destructible environments with two distinct storylines, Suarez says. There are two distinct factions in Transformers, the Autobots and the Decepticons, and if you look at the fan base out there, they’re split down the middle. So we had to give players the option to play both sides ! Now take the fact that you have Optimus Prime and Starscream running, driving and flying in city environments it’s the bull in the china shop concept.

Big giant robots will cause intended and collateral damage, so we had to make everything from a 5-story building to a mailbox destructible. Plus, you’ll get to wreck up outer space on two bonus, unlockable Cybertron levels in a limited edition release of the game for Xbox 360.

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For Suarez, the most important part of creating a Transformers game was making sure the robots’well, transform. For me personally, [my favorite aspect of the game] involved seeing gameplay that really made use of how the robots changed form, where both vehicle and robot modes are equally used. And in order for you to succeed, you have to use both to complete the mission. That means that all the playable characters which include Bumblebee, Megatron, Ironhide and more can transform on the fly, at any time.

Soul Calibur

This game is pretty much Tekken with good graphics, well lets start off, when I heard the praise this game has swept in, I knew I must rent it, the graphics are just incredible, the character design’s are cool too, the backrounds are nice and bright, but the thing I didn’t get was they put in a you-know-who character from Tekken in…. ?…..

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I was quite surprised, the sounds and music, are also very nice, but I was fairly dissapointed in it too, this is an ordinairy fighter with some graphics, but do not get me wrong, well anyways on to the gameplay, your have a multiple choice of fighter’s at first (Tekken) and when you beat the game you unlock secret characters (Tekken) The boss is really cheap (Tekken) and you can pull off 6 hit combo’s by rapidly pushing X (Virtua Fighter) ——equals= Good (not incredible) Fighter.

Graphics 100/100–hehehe, I’m cheatin’ on this one a little bit…

Sound/Music 8/10–the charatcers voices are some what ok, and the music, is very nice and worth heard for…

Controll 7/10– Somewhat odd, and very easy to pull off…

Difficulty 6/10– I can beat these games on HARD in about 15 minutes

Overall 7 out of 10 — A cheap combo and fighting system covered up by graphics…. ordinairy fighter.