Hitman: Blood Money Review – Smile

Hitman: Blood Money Review

Hitman: Blood Money, the fourth installment of Eidos’ assassin series, builds upon the franchise with more of its gripping signature stealth-action gameplay and sexy bald-headed hero: Agent 47. All 13 of the game’s missions are well crafted and challenging, and the gameplay is simply remarkable. In it, 47 is up to his missions as he throttles numerous innocents simply because he wants to steal their clothes in order to infiltrate off-limits areas and eliminate targets. Hitman: Blood Money, like the series it comes from, is a game that allows you to be as ruthlessly violent as you want; if you want to take things subtle and slow, you’re going to be able to, but if you just want to kill everything that moves, you can do that too.

If:

I want an assassination adventure

…to feel like a bad protagonist

…the best atmosphere in any Hitman title

BUY IT

If:

I want

more intelligent AI than the appearance of intelligent AI

RENT IT

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Saturday, March 25th, 2006
3:17 PM



Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones Review – Farewell Prince.

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones Review

The Prince of Persia returns to his kingdom to find ransacked by war, and rotting in the recrudescent pits of the loss to the power of the throne and the desperate need for peace and rightful order. The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time trilogy exuded a level of beautiful art each and every time, despite the Prince’s more dark tone in Warrior Within. The series’ control scheme set the basis for games where the protagonist is reminiscent to the Prince and dangerously acrobatic at the same time. The Two Thrones has the same great make up that the other two games flawlessly pulled off. Once again, Ubisoft has decided to deviate away from a storytelling basis, and it is kind of sad. Nevertheless you find the series plunging you into wall running, jumping, diving and vaulting around beautifully puzzling and vivacious environments that makes us thankful that even if the Prince came half evil, he came back anyways –for us– and the people of Persia too.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Thursday, December 1st, 2005
3:33 PM



Tom Clancy’s: Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Review

Tom Clancy's: Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Review

The third iteration of the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell stealth action franchise, Chaos Theory, features the continuing adventures of Sam Fisher: a top secret agent who’s sent in to accomplish the US government’s dirty work when political situations go sour. It is also got a brand-new two-player cooperative mode, in addition to an enhanced spies-versus-mercenaries competitive multiplayer mode introduced in the Pandora Tomorrow.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Thursday, March 24th, 2005
12:11 PM



Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Review

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Review

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was amazing. I think we said: ‘genius.’ The game was an action adventure offering in the truest sense of the term, featuring beautifully detailed levels, environmental puzzles, and, of course, the acrobatic Prince of Persia himself. It was an amazingly faithful modernization of a beloved classic. With the newest iteration in the series, Warrior Within, developer Ubisoft Montreal appears to have made a now darker tone which falls somewhat flat compared to the storybook atmosphere in The Sands of Time.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
8:20 AM



Halo 2 Review – Happily Bland

Halo 2 Review

There is not much we can say about Halo 2. In general, you all read our review about Halo 1 and many of you agreed regarding the bad decision to not have cooperative multiplayer campaign. Halo 2 is sadly not what Halo: Combat Evolved was. It comes packed with a rather short campaign and a disappointing storyline that’s just extremely annoying. It still manages to get the multiplayer demands from feedback for people completely wrong, but is still an exceptional shooter that frequently delivers thrilling moments.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Monday, November 1st, 2004
6:28 AM



Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude Review – College Love

Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude Review

The Leisure Suit Larry series is back ever since being dormant since the ‘90s. This is due to the humor that has been upstaged increasingly by foul media and some that simply never wanted to give this great series a chance. Vivendi Universal Games and developer High Voltage have created Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, a complete reinnovation of the gameplay and content that bid farewell to the innuendo and entendre-based gags replaced by amazing humor that rivals comedies in terms of shock value. Sadly as a result, a laborious amount of shallow minigames that account for frustrating gameplay and design as a result pool this new title. As long as you can look past it all, Magna Cum Laude is an intensely satisfying game about the sexual innuendo’s of Larry Loveage that anyone will come to love.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Friday, October 1st, 2004
2:12 PM



Silent Hill 4: The Room Review – The Chains That Bind

Silent Hill 4: The Room Review

Silent Hill has never been so real. As a town where pure evil permeates the air and the soil and eventually consumes the people, it is been the terrifying and brilliant idea by Konami. Each of the previous titles in the Silent Hill series of horror games has taken place in the town or some inertia of fear. Silent Hill 4: The Room breaks a strong trend because it takes place in the neighboring city of South Ashfield and centers mainly on an apartment building and the poor man who lives in it. He definitely pays too much rent to be having these typical maintenance troubles. Silent Hill 4 pairs third-person and new first-person gameplay with an emphasis on combat and item organization, breaking a tenet on simple overlays. The Room permeates an atmosphere of a disturbing, and dark soul that is a real treat for everyone who loves it, myself included.

If:

I want the best Silent Hill game yet

…to feel what it would be like to be trapped

…intense and gritty environment

….beautiful character and enemy models

BUY IT

If:

I want less scare…

RENT IT

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
6:54 PM



Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow Review

Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow Review

Pandora Tomorrow is the second game to the highly adored Splinter Cell. A guerrilla leader threatens the free world with a biological contagion, and it is up to Fisher to track him down. The action soon begins.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004
6:21 PM



Red Dead Revolver Review

Red Dead Revolver Review

Rockstar’s Red Dead Revolver, takes inspiration from classic Westerns such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and The Wild. There’s some great atmosphere in this new shooter, and, for fans of the genre, it’s great to see a Western game with some care put into it. Unfortunately, much of the game lacks focus, and the experience suffers for it.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, April 28th, 2004
5:49 PM



Hitman: Contracts Review

Hitman: Contracts Review

Danish developer IO Interactive had created a memorable character with the original Hitman but it wasn’t until the sequel we saw the true excellence this game was hiding. Given that Hitman 2 was such a huge improvement on the original, it’s extremely disappointing that Hitman: Contracts is just basically the same game. It’s so close to being a copy, replete with everything that was good and everything that wasn’t so good about the 2002 game–only it’s now 2004, and overlooked flaws in 2002 are now more easily seen and less forgiving by players. Nevertheless, Hitman: Contracts still features some tense and exciting stealth action gameplay, as well as a good sense of style and some interesting, open-ended missions.

If:

I want a new Hitman action title

…better espionage gameplay

BUY IT

If:

I want

a solid resolution

RENT IT

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, April 14th, 2004
8:39 AM



Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Review

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Review

Can a game be ground-breaking, revolutionary, and unbelievably enticing at once? The answer: without a doubt. Prince of Persia:  Sands of Time has captured my heart.

If:

I want a storybook adventure

…incredible time controlling concept

…want to play a Persian Prince

BUY IT

If:

I want

improved AI

RENT IT

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
3:22 PM