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Chatterbox Review: WWE Wrestlefest for ipad, iphone, and ipod touch.

Hey there! It’s your friendly neighborhood Chatterbox here with a review of THQ’s WWE Wrestlefest app for ipad, iphone, and ipod touch!

To provide a little backstory on this, I used to play WWF Wrestlefest back in the early 90’s on the arcade consoles. It was one of the greatest arcade games I had ever played. Granted, I was probably 6 or 7 at the time, but still. In the original it was complete chaos in the ring. You had stars such as Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, Sgt. Slaughter, Road Warriors (LOD), and “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase. Each character had their own specific signature moves and there was a singles Royal Rumble match or Saturday Night’s Main Event Tag Team Tournament (The only way to play against the Road Warriors in the final showdown).

WWE Slamfest offers pretty much the same style concept as the original version did back in the 90s. This time though, they’ve added a Gauntlet Match and Road to Wrestlemania modes where you work your way up through the various titles within the WWE. The cast of characters is pretty deep as well. It gives you 8 characters to start out with (Randy Orton, John Cena, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Macho Man, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts) and you are able to purchase an additional pack of characters (CM Punk, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Sheamus, and Big Bossman along with the classic Survivor Series ring).

The gameplay is just as I had anticipated it to be which was fun and a great addition to my travel games. I find it is much easier to navigate on the ipad rather than the ipod touch due to the fact that it’s bigger… but that was minor.

***Potential Game Spoiler***

I was a tad disappointed with the Road to Wrestlemania mode only in that it felt anti-climatic to get to the WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania only to walk out to the ring with the generic “house-show” looking backdrop (No special Wrestlemania Entrance) to do battle with… Jake “The Snake” Roberts. A pretty decent-sized facepalm for me on this one. I had in the back of my head it would be a special encounter with an opponent that I hadn’t beaten 4 times throughout the RTWM challenge. Throwing in a big bout with Andre the Giant, Big Show, Chris Jericho, or even The Ultimate Warrior would have made it a 10 of 10 for me. I love surprises! Even after you win the main event at Wrestlemania, it simply plays the credits. No fireworks, no special title winning image, no glimpse of the belt on your character, nothing! So in that, I was a little disappointed but still had fun playing. I did like that they make you actually compete in and WIN the Royal Rumble match to advance to the next event. It made perfect sense to me.

 

Are you serious, bro? Also on twitter, @WWEGames posted a photo to Zack Ryder’s attention showcasing a future game add-on of his very own playable character which only makes since, seeing how he is one of the more popular faces on today’s programming. Since they will be doing more add-ons to this, I would love to see Andre the Giant, Big Show, Chris Jericho, Ultimate Warrior, Road Warriors, Kane, and maybe another classic like Dusty Rhodes, Yokozuna, or even Goldust (what can I say, I love the gimmick characters). I know that for $.99 to download the packs of wrestlers, I’ll be sure to keep my roster up to date with the latest releases and I hope that there are many.

I’m also hoping that THQ reads this and updates the Road To Wrestlemania game mode where you have a special “Boss Match” against an opponent that maybe you have to pin or submit to unlock in the game (Andre, Big Show, Mark Henry, or Yokozuna). I’m not sure how things like that work in the app development world, but it’s just a thought.

All in all, this has been the absolute BEST app game I have downloaded to date! I give it 9 out of 10! Keep up the good work THQ!

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Chatterbox Review: RAAM’s Shadow Gears of War 3 Add-on.

Oh it feels good to be back. This week, I just downloaded the Gears of war 3 add-on: RAAM’s Shadow… a prequel to the original Gears of War story.

First and foremost, this edition of DLC adds new characters to the mix in your multiplayer dealings. Not only will you get Kim and Tai remixes, but you’ll also get all new Michael Barrick and Alecia Valero for the COG side. For the Locusts, you will now be able to play as General RAAM remixed and the all new Elite Theron. Weapon skins added will be Chocolate, which is basically brown swirled. Also if you’re playing this Holiday season, be sure to check out the Mint and Candy Cane weapon skins. It’s sure to make your season bright!

As for the campaign prequel…

Wise-cracking Michael Barrick plays the role Marcus plays in the story. Instead of the COG, you’re fighting for the Zeta Squad. You start out in a Gears 1-like setting where things aren’t so destroyed, but the Locust are pressing the action, by flanking and more large villains. We also get a little history on Jace Stratton which I thought was kind of cool. For me, there were 3 “big fight” scenarios that we’re built with my favorite being the collision between Zeta and the Elite Theron. What a cool and unique character to deal with. The battle with RAAM was very lackluster for me. I played it on Hardcore and it took no time to complete once I figured out the pattern of things.

Speaking of RAAM…

For the first time, you get to control RAAM through a couple of scenes of the campaign. The initial run was very cool. He has his very own “Beast Mode” mechanism that unleashes the Kryll that evaporates the enemy with just a point of his finger. For fun, I call this, ‘The Cheese Touch’ (Diary of a Wimpy Kid anyone?)! There are a couple more levels of destroying walls, enabling the seeders to fill the sky with ink so the locust can unleash the Kryll so it kind of starts to feel a little routine and boring to an extent. As a tip, I would say to utilize RAAM’s sword charge to get you where you are going faster. RAAM walks slowly otherwise.

All in all, I thought it was pretty solid for DLC. It added an hour or so of extra gameplay, new multiplayer characters, and weapon skins. I didn’t care for Barrick’s wise cracking as I only like for Baird to make the jokes in the Gears franchise. I also can’t get over the fact that he resembles a white Kimbo Slice. That’s just funny! I was a little disappointed that Skorge was not featured in this one as well. For as tough as he was built up to be in Gears 2 (Marcus mentioned that Skorge made RAAM look like a whimp, or something to that effect), his battle scenes were very lame. I’m hoping a future DLC features him and a fitting battle that doesn’t include ride-ons.All in all, this DLC is worth it. It was fun for 90% of the time and you get some cool characters to use.

RAAM is still one of the baddest villains in any video game, period! He looks very intimidating and his initial battle in Gears 1 made the game for me! Great stuff!

Until next time…

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)

Chatterbox Review: App In The Box’s High Tide!

No, this is not an app game about smoking weed. This is simply a game that involves some sweet sea vehicles and wicked jumps.

Hello again! Chatterbox here with a brand new App game review. App In The Box was so kind to send over a brand new game they have developed: High Tides! In this game, it’s simply a race against the storm. You have to use a slingshot motion with the vehicles to propel and de-propel (if that’s even a word) in order to maximize the landing and speed. You have fuel that helps you get in the air, but it seems to run out rather quickly. I will say that my personal favorite vehicle to cruise in is the Jet Boat. It’s just cool!

I must say that the first few times I played this, I was a little confused/frustrated. I would highly suggest reading the directions closely… it makes a world of difference! This game is well the $0.99 price tag. It’s challenging enough to keep you interested in playing and it’s fun.

In closing, I’m telling you to buy it. It’s a great game, from a great group of developers. Be sure to check out their website by clicking here ! Also, be sure to follow them on twitter @appinthebox. These guys need some more followers. That pretty much sums it up for this edition. Until next time…

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)

Deviantart.com Gears of War Wallpaper contest result.

Welcome back to The Chatterbox Blog. Today I will be going over the deviantart.com Gears of War 3 wallpaper contest.

It’s best to just come out and say it, I didn’t even place in the top 100. I have to admit, I’m slightly baffled by the selections that made it into the top 100. I thought mine turned out to be pretty great, but alot of the drawn or painted submissions that made it were just kind of “so so”. The criteria for judging is listed below.

100 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff.

From the Semi-Finalists, the final three winners will be selected by a member(s) of Epic Game’s creative team!

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:
Visual Impact and Clarity
Success in Communicating the Subject Matter of the Challenge
Ability to be Adapted for use as a Wallpaper
Technical Skill

Now the goal was to capture the “Soul-Shattering” spirit of the Gears of Wars series, while also advertising Gears of War 3. Here are some of the entries that left me scratching my head…

 

Obviously mine is the first one with no comments underneath, but it’s a decent comparison. On the other hand, there were some killer entries. I alsways enjoy the artwork when it involves a Brumak or Corpser!  😀

In closing, I had a good time doing the artwork for the contest and it got me to take another interest in the graphic design field. I just think the judging was a little screwy. With a potential $10,000 payday on the line, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little wronged if the judging criteria wasn’t followed to a T. I’m happy to have the itch to be artistic again, but this contest was somewhat of a joke. I knew I should have sketched a pic of Marcus, Dom, and the Locust gang in Speedos at a pool party! 😀 If you read, please leave a comment whether you agree with me or feel I’m being a sore loser (that could actually be the case).

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)

Why so serious?!?

Welcome back to The Chatterbox Blog. Today, I discuss why I dislike 80% of the gamer population.

First off, I play video games so I guess that makes me a “gamer”. For me, the more violent the better. This is not a reflection of my real life disposition, but I feel that video games are an escape from reality so why not? If you could chainsaw your buddy in half and still have him there to talk about it, you’d do it right? Right? RIGHT?

I have a problem with the majority of the gamer population because they are a different breed of scumbag. You’ll have everything from people modifying their controllers for an advantage or quitting the game early just because they are on the losing end of things. The worst is the people who will actually try to contact you regarding in game play, which is why we’re here today.

Last night, I was playing a few rounds of Gears of War 3 Multiplayer online in a mode called “Team Deathmatch”. The object of the game is that your team collectively starts with 15 “respawns” before 1 final spawn and then you or the opposing team loses the round. The rounds are played as best of 3 or first to 2. In this instance my teamate got “downed” which basically means he was killed, but not quite dead (lol). Before he was “downed”, he “downed” one of the opposing team’s players. I ran over to him, finished off the guy who he had “downed” and picked him up and ended up winning the round. Yippee! Hooray! Right? The next round, we ended up losing so it was tied up 1 to 1 and then we played through the final round and won the match. The end. As the next match loads I get a message from Mr. Duddie1984 and it sounds a little like this…

“You’re such a b****, taking my kill before you come over there to try to revive my a**. Go f*** yourself you f*****.

Classy, right? Usually I go about my merry way, but I decided to entertain him for a few, so I sent a reply.

Please quit crying. You were unable to get the job done, so Daddy had to step in and hold your hand. Actually, they give out “post game awards” for having the most kills “stolen” (it’s called an assist) and judging by your gamerscore, you need all the help you can get. I understand that, but crying will get you nowhere, buddy. Remember, it’s JUST a game.

So now this guy sends back 2 voicemessages.

Whatever f*****, you obviously need my kills if you’re stealing them and I’m not crying. Stop being a b**** and get your own kills.

Oh and why would you not even get me back up but instead run over and steal my kill? It’s because you’re a p**** a** f** b****. Go f*** yourself.

Again, very classy. I love the speak of gamers when they’re getting mad so why not egg him on some more. I got one more in me before going to bed.

Ok so I’m not a doctor, but I think that 2nd message sounded like crying. I’m almost positive the 3rd one was crying. To be honest Duddie, I didn’t get you up because you would have stolen my kill (lol). I really don’t need much help playing Gears of War 3, but I’ve noticed you’re only in Act 1 of the campaign. Maybe you should go back to playing it since you’re clearly not ready to play online with adults. Your language tells the story there. Now if you don’t mind, its past my bed time. I have a long, busy day of being awesome ahead of me. You should probably rest up as well. Crying takes alot out of somebody. Goodnight! Remember that it’s just a game.

In closing, I try to be a courteous “gamer”, but sometimes people test my patience and then I need to let them have it. If you’re ever online with me, please be courteous back and we’ll be okay!

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)