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uDraw Tablet for Xbox 360 and Games Review

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By Eddy The uDraw tablet has been out for a while for the Wii and now is finally available for the Xbox 360 and the playstation 3.  The uDraw Tablet allows you to use your artistic skill on your TV screen using a simple tablet and stylus format along with the requisite buttons needed to navigate through the console.  The uDraw for the Xbox and PS3 have additional sensitivity allowing for the ability to touch the tablet with your fingers to pinch and stretch images as well as rotate the view.  This is especially good for younger children who want to draw but do not have the control to use the stylus. Also included in the game was uDraw Studio:Instant Artist.  This is less a game and more of a art program which allows for the user to start using the uDraw to create images.  A cool feature of Instant Artist is the tutorials which go over a number of design concepts, basically teaching you how to draw and design.  Everything you need is at the main drawing screen doing away with … [Read more...]

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Video Game Review

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By Eddy Parents pull out those wallets.  If you have an Xbox 360 Kinect and little children you no doubt have a similar issue that I encounter often.  There aren’t very many games that are worth playing with your children on the Kinect.  Don’t get me wrong, good games for the Kinect do exist, it is just that they are far and few between.  The ultimate result is that the Xbox ends up being an expensive dust collector.  This is especially true with games targeted to children Rock’s age (3 years), whose short attention span and lack of coordination make it difficult for games on the system to be fun over a long period of time. Thankfully, games like Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster are being released.  Check out the video. The Once Upon a Monster has a couple of things going for it: First, it puts you and your child in the place of some of the more famous characters in Sesame Street, such as Elmo and Cookie Monster.  Second, the actions and movement are specifically … [Read more...]

Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do XBOX 360 video game review

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By Divina and Eddy A few weeks ago Big Bro, my youngest sister, Baby Bro and I attended an event in the city to review the latest XBOX 360 Kinect family game.  We loved it! We got a chance to meet Barker and hang out with some friends.  Below is Eddy’s full review on the game. - Divina What is the worst thing about Carnivals?  Is it the Carnie folk?  The stomach churning combination of smells like vomit and fried dough or is it the crowds of kids and family all over the place.  Well if these things or any other thing that I didn’t mention bother you then Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do for the Xbox 360 and Kinect is for you.  2K Play has put together 20 of your favorite Carnival games in one package including a couple of interesting new ones, without the worry of one of the Carnie folk stealing your child. Add on top of that, that 2K Play actually want you to win the games that you are playing so you don’t have to worry about the usually rigging of the games that … [Read more...]

Rango: The XBOX 360 Video Game Review

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By Eddy Based on its namesake movie that is currently in Theaters, Rango brings the crazy and hilarious town of Dirt and its characters right to your door step.  As the chameleon Rango, sheriff of the town Dirt, players must shoot and jump their way through various ridiculous tall tales being recounted by Rango as he uncovers the mysteries and plots surrounding the town.  The great thing about the game is that it goes beyond the bounds of the movie and explores new environments and areas not seen in the movie. Mainly a platforming game, Rango must climb and fight his way out of various situations, from old style Wild West shootouts, to battles with aliens or being sucked into a video game Tron-style.  Breaking things up are various levels where Rango is either riding Roadrunners or traveling via bat to get around.  Other unique additions is the golden bullet sequences which puts you in control of one of Rango’s bullets as you guide them to their target, this may sound easy, but I … [Read more...]

EA Swing into Spring Event

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By Eddy Every year the EA Swing into Spring has at least a couple of title that I was really interested in checking out.  This year, was the exception…this year I wanted to see all of them.  Unfortunately, with this embarrassment of riches, I was forced to miss a couple of trains home and I didn’t even get a chance to see everything I wanted to see.  It’s crazy, but this current lineup for EA is ridiculously packed with something for everyone.  Here is a bit of what I saw: Alice: Madness Returns- Got to love the return of Alice in Wonderland.  This game is miles apart from the book or even the movies you have seen.  I am not sure why in the last couple of years people have tried to turn Alice into a Goth princess.  This game takes it to the extreme though.  Mentally scarred and hallucinating, not to mention trips to a mental asylum, Alice returns to Wonderland and finds it a VERY different place.  Visually, the game is takes it into Tim Burton territory and then amps the … [Read more...]

SEGA: Captain America and Thor Video Games

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By Eddy NY Comic Con has come and gone, and we are left to pick up all the pieces.   Yet I am pretty sure that the true effect of the "Con" won't be felt until closer to the holidays when all the video games, movies and books that were showcased finally hit the market. I am hoping to shed a bit of light on some of the many things that I had the chance to preview at the Javitz center. One of the more exclusive views I got was of the Captain America and Thor video games scheduled to arrive from SEGA .  First with Thor, while the game isn't totally finished certain lucky individuals were invited to view an exclusive screening of video from the game hosted by one of the game creators.  While there wasn't much of actual game footage we did get a number of small clips as well view concept art for the game.  From what I saw and heard the whole concept of the game was to let the player really feel as if they were the God of Thunder...yes I know we hear this with basically … [Read more...]

Attack of The Movie 3D Video Game Review

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By Eddy Designed as the first 3D shooter for the Wii Console, Majesco Entertainment's Attack of the Movie 3D brings you into the very common movie scenarios (alien invasion, Robot uprising , underwater monster, zombie attack), you as the hero of the game must shoot them all. As most rail shooters go, this is one of the most family friendly (considering the other ones I have seen are horror related and definitely not for kids).  By not being too cute or being too violent the games straddle the line well between being a game for kids and adults. Stocked with four of the blue and red style 3d glasses it allows for everyone to join in on the fun.  Also, there are varying paths in each seen so you may not end up going to same way each time you play the game, which adds to the replay value. Attack of the Movie 3D does not reinvent the wheel in terms of game play.  All the usual power ups are there including various gun option and the ubiquitous life power ups. Ammo is not unlimited … [Read more...]

Namco Bandai at Comic Con

By Eddy Yeah, I know it's been almost a month since Comic Con ended, but we saved the best for last. Our Final installment of our Comic Con experience brings us to one of our favorite video game developers, Namco Bandai. This year, they certainly had a great line up available for us to try out. Dragonball  Z: Raging Blast 2 The first being one of my favorite shows from college, Dragon Ball Z.  D can attest that my friends and I wasted many hours watching these shows from Japan.  DBZ has also carved itself a nice little niche in the video game world.  Their latest offering is Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast 2 . Including 90 different playable character you can literally be any and every character from the series, which means classic battles can be recreated at will.  On top of that, with new updated graphics on the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well as a smooth battle system that is definitely an improvement over the last game. At Comic Con, I got the opportunity to talk with one of … [Read more...]

EA’s Swing into Spring Event

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Editors Note:  James is our newest contributor and as you will see he is big into video games. He brings us a veteran gamers' perspective to the site and we are looking forward to hearing more from him. By James On my way into Grand Central for  EA 's Wing into Spring Event in the Hudson Terrace on the west side, I said to myself "I can't believe I'm taking off work to check out the a bunch of video games!" (my wife said the same thing but with a slightly different connotation). Being an Atari raised household in the early eighties I've graduated from Mike Tyson's Punch Out, Contra, and 007 to my most recent addiction, Bad Company 2 which was being showcased in 3D. The Terrace was divided into 7 or 8 sections with an EA SME (subject matter expert) on each game. My first stop was the new Medal of Honor . Let me tell you that this game looks sick. … [Read more...]

Blog: Namco Bandai Blogger Party II

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By Eddy A week ago, Divina, her sisters and I took the train to NYC because we were fortunate to be invited to the Namco Bandai Bloggers party.  Below are my thoughts on a couple of the game we previewed: We Cheer 2 The follow up to the popular initial offering for the Wii, We Cheer 2 steps things up adding new songs (many of them I was actually able to recognize, solving one of the problems that I had with the first We Cheer.  Most of the songs for the original  were for the tween set. How is a 26 year old aspiring male cheerleader supposed to rock with his pom-poms out if he doesn't recognize the song?).  Don't worry tweeners there are plenty of songs from Miley, Demi and Selena etc. if you don't recognize these first names then you are way too old. We Cheer 2 allows you to customize your cheerleader as well as adding different difficulty levels like exercise mode.  To tell you the truth, in my experience with this game all the levels are exercise mode.  You swing and … [Read more...]