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Mass Effect 3 Review

With the end of one of gaming's most critically acclaimed trilogies, does Bioware deliver an ending the Mass Effect universe deserves or has Electronic Arts made everything they touch turn into a pile of cow pies? *Disclaimer: Reviewed on the Xbox 360*   Story: The universe is on the brink of extinction thanks to a sapient race known as "The Reapers."  All of this drama has been building up through two games and Commander Shepard is still the one running around trying to get the entire universe that the Reapers are real.  Now that the Reapers are attacking every single species in the universe, the universe has no choice but to listen to Shepard.  Despite the apparent danger, the other species were not willing to unite and take on the Reapers.  With that said, Shepard has to be peace maker and unite the species to fight the Reapers who threaten to doom the entire universe. We begin the story on Earth.  Everything se...

 
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review

Can the sequel to Final Fantasy XIII live up to the expectations?  Or is it also an overhyped game that will fall victim to its predecessor? Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix Platforms: PS3/Xbox 360 Genre: Role Playing Game Modes: Single Player Rating: T BeastNotes: Final Fantasy has solidified itself in the gaming world as one of the best RPG franchises, but, as of late, Final Fantasy has not been giving the gaming world a reason to hold on to that title.  Many fans of the game have been complaining that the series have not been true to its roots and have been weary to try new Final Fantasy games because of that.  Final Fantasy XIII has a love or hate relationship with its Final Fantasy fanbase.  Fans either love the changes or hate it.  As a fan of the game, I will admit that Final Fantasy XIII is nothing like the past games where turnbased battles took place.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed the c...


 
Video Game Reviews
 
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what is HRS
what is HRS

What is… The Hype Review Series

What is the Hype Review System? This is MediaBeast's new video review system on YouTube. What we are trying to do with this new review series is capture the excitement or disappointment that a gamer typically has with a game. We split the series into three parts: Part One: Hype Up! Part Two: The Morning After Part Three: When The Smoke Clears   Part One: Hype Up! What this episode captures is the initial hype up that we are feeling for that particular game. Before a game is released, people generally have a level of excitement towards a game. This is due to how well the game is advertised, whether it has a demo, and the general buzz for the game. When we do our Hype Up! Episodes we will: Give our Likes/Dislikes Give our"Hype Level" for the game. Give Release Date Info The Hype Level is scaled from zero out of five. Zero being someone being hyped for Elmo Counts to Three, and five being someone being hyped ...

 
PS3
 
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Uncharted 3 Review

Does the third installment to Nathan Drake's adventure deliver to his already stellar line of games?  Lets find out. Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Platforms: PS3 Genre: Action-Adventure, Platform, Third-Person Shooter Modes: Single Player, Co-Op, Multiplayer Rating: T BeastNotes: Naughty Dog has done a great job with the Uncharted series and it is amazing to look at the strides that were taken to come from the first Uncharted to the second installment.  After the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted was pretty much a finely tuned car.  If it isn't broke, then don't fix it.  This is basically Naughty Dog has done with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.  Instead of adding a bunch of new features to add some innovation to the game, Naughty Dog opted to slightly tune and tweak their car. Now, I am not saying that this is a bad thing.  Uncharted 3 is still a great game, but for thos...

 
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battlefield-31

Battlefield 3 (Console) Review

Can DICE's game put the Call of Duty franchise to rest?  Or is DICE all bark and no bite?  Find out after the jump. Developer: DICE Publisher: Electronic Arts Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 *reviewed on the PS3 Genre: First Person Shooter Modes: Single Player, Co-Op, Multiplayer Rating: M BeastNotes: Many people like to compare games because they have a couple of similarities and Modern Warfare and Battlefield are compared ruthlessly.  Which one is better?  Battlefield sucks, Modern Warfare is king!  You know, stuff like that.  However, I feel that compare these two games are unfair because they have different goals that they try to reach despite being in the same genre.  I feel that comparing Call of Duty to Battlefield is like comparing apples to oranges.  With that said, I will actually refrain from reviewing Battlefield like a Call of Duty fanboy elitest.  Instead, I will be reviewing Battlefield as its own ...

 
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Batman Arkham City Review

Developer: Rocksteady Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 *reviewed on the PS3 Genre: Action Adventure, Stealth Modes: Single Player Rating: T   [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQgF0NYzZO8[/youtube]   BeastNotes: Batman is back, and boy is he pissed! I don't blame Batman for being pissed this time around, he easily took Game of the Year in Arkham Asylum, but this year he has his work cut out for him competing against Call of Duty, Battlefield, and many others. If you enjoyed Arkham Asylum in some form or fashion than Batman: Arkham City is for you. Rocksteady has somehow took everything that made Arkham Asylum an amazing game and made it even better. The combat is still a blast to play around with, I found myself getting the combat system down pat pretty quickly and once you find out to get through a street fight in this game without getting hurt, then th...


 
 
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NBA 2K12 Review

Could this year's iteration of the NBA 2K series be the best basketball game ever?  Or were the new "improvements" detrimental to the game? With the NBA lockout possibly destroying the chances of another NBA season, 2K Sport was not deterred from making another game for those that are still looking to have an NBA experience.  Every year, 2K Sports has been improving its game and this year is no different, even with the lack of competition *cough*NBA ELITE*cough* .  Some fans of the game may not like these improvements because they preferred last year's gameplay; however, the changes that were added has made the game a much better experience in my case.  I am having an absolute blast with the game and have not been able to put it down since I got my hands on it.  If you are not happy with the NBA and its lockout, then NBA 2K12 will be more than enough to tide you over until this season -or another- starts. BeastNotes Version...

 
PC
 
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DeadIsland
DeadIsland

Dead Island Review

Who do you VooDoo? (more…)

 
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review (Second Opinion)

This is my review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. BeastNotes Version:  As stated in the previous review, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is all about choice.  This is apparent in the game.  You have many ways to complete a mission and the consequences may or may not be as rewarding as one option.  The campaign/story can be short to some people, but it is the side quests that makes the game lengthy and fun.  Also, the side quests can give substantial rewards and, most importantly, experience for you to upgrade your augmentations. The way you go about the game is all up to you.  It is your choice.  As stated before, one way will be more rewarding than the other.  In general, being stealthy will yield maximum benefits in the form of experience, but you can run and gun if you choose to do so.  Overall, the game is fun, especially if you prefer the stealth part of the game.  A.I. can be a little clunky at times and certainly predictable...

 
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

Deus Ex was once considered the best action RPG of all time. Does this prequel live up to the hype? (more…)


 
PC
 
Heroes of Newerth
Heroes of Newerth
Heroes of Newerth

Heroes of Newerth Review

*Disclaimer - This is a long review.  I can't exactly review this game in a short fashion that would give a feel of how this game plays* Background: With the MOBA genre increasing in popularity, there are a slew of games that are being released to try and get their hand in the cookie jar.  It all started with a Warcraft III custom map named Defense of the Ancients or more popularly known as DotA.  DotA is arguably the father of MOBA gaming.  However, DotA was restricted and constrained by the engine on Warcraft III.  With that said, it became a race for developers to create a game that was similar or as addictive as DotA. That is where Heroes of Newerth comes in.  Heroes of Newerth, or HoN for short, was S2 Games  attempt to recapture the essence of DotA.  In the beginning stages, HoN caused a lot of controversy with critics saying that it was an exact port to DotA without offering anything new to the table.  It also drew a ...

 
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Pokemon Black/White Review

Has the vast world of Pokemon come into a new golden age or were we delivered the same game that we usually get?  (more…)

 
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Madden 2012 Review

Does this year's installment of Madden bring anything new to the gridiron?  Let's find out. (more…)