Set in the backdrop of a martial law setting, with so many makings of a good game in place – Maximum Games manages to rush out an incomplete product for the holiday season which was perhaps just another half of a year in the oven away from a good game.
Putty Squad is a new puzzle game that attempts to mix elements from the platform genre in the way that the original title did back in the 90’s on the Amiga and Super Nintendo platforms. Unfortunately, Putty Squad on the PlayStation 4 is a disgrace to even the original retro titles which it is based on – and leaves players with the feeling of being tasked with an immense chore rather than a fun gameplay experience.
The generic approach taken with gameplay mechanics frustratingly finding a way to become more and more complex per puzzle yet still solved with very basic moves is extremely lackluster. During playing, it can be felt that this title had a huge potential for fun factor – and we hope to offer constructive criticisms throughout this review on how to improve in future releases regarding this franchise.
Putty Squad starts out feeling like a platformer similar to the most popular ones in the genre, then introduces its puzzle mechanics with a sort of teleportation experience as players use Stretch and Morph, Punch and Bounce moves to navigate. Graphically the title looks good, and that’s a saving grace for any game these days – however, the fact that players are meant to be met with the gameplay presented as somehow fun or worthwhile is frankly offensive. Audio can be described as truthfully annoying with very little to be enjoyed and mainly generic music that seems aimed at getting children’s heart levels pumping while failing miserably at the intricate and frustrating gameplay and level designs in the game.
Over 50 levels are earnestly crafted for players by System 3 and yet none of them manage to remain fun the entire way through. Many of these use repeating backgrounds and graphics / enemies, which would be acceptable if the puzzles didn’t simply reveal themselves by abruptly interrupting otherwise fluid platformer gameplay rather than fitting into the game naturally as seen in previous installments of the franchise.
Having a 900MB install is reasonable and the game engine’s performance is decent. There’s not a lot of replay value for a game that most players will barely be able to stomach in the first place, but for the developer’s merit the inclusion of Remote Play, Trophies, and 1080P HD Graphics are noteworthy for those who can still be interested after viewing the Official Brian Blessed Trailer for the game below and making their own decisions based on all of the available info.
Overall Score: 2.5 / 10
RGN Rating: Below Bronze
Developer: System 3
Publisher: Maximum Games
Available On: PS4 | PC | PS3 | 360 | Vita | 3DS
Played On: Sony PlayStation 4
Review Copy Info: A physical copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers is a flight combat simulator showcasing dogfights and missions taking place during the second World War and specifically the Pacific as players get the option to play as the Japanese Imperial Navy or the U.S. Navy. The game was originally released in the United Kingdom on multiple platforms but has recently been re-released in North America and serves as a PlayStation 3 exclusive complete with 3DTV and PlayStation Move support.
Story, Gameplay, Controls: For History buffs or just lovers of the World War II experience in video games, the context and plot-lines of Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers are probably the strong point of this game. Genuine to the WWII events that took place in the Pacific arena, you’ll participate in missions that involve scouting, dogfights, scrambling from aircraft carriers once an enemy has been identified (though landing is optional), and taking out communication systems as well as freeing prisoners of war.
There are a few different ways to control things in the game, including an arcade-style maneuvering method that is friendly to players of all genres as well as a more challenging simulation mode. You can alternatively hook up the PS Move for a motion-controlled experience. Overall, the controls are not very difficult to master no matter which method you decide to go with. Players have a fair amount of leeway before stalling out, which allows more of a focus on gunning down other planes which is what the majority of the game is. There is some extent of auto-aim throughout the game, so experienced shooters shouldn’t find Pacific Carriers terribly difficult in that sense.
Graphics / Art Direction: The graphics in this game are not bad at all, and if you’re looking for a more authentic World War II look then the Art Direction is a good fit for the experience.
Engine Performance: No glitches were experienced during our play-through of this game.
Final Verdict: Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers provides the perfect balance between realism and fun factor for the PlayStation 3. If you just want to relive a few Pacific-based World War II moments (from either side of the struggle) you’re in for a well polished experience. Unfortunately, this can become repetitive and the challenge never really increases. The game’s flow is very much a static one, causing you to feel the same way throughout the game. If it had more exciting moments and more of a variation of gameplay it could have been one of the greats. As it stands, Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers receives a respectable 7.5 out of 10 making it a Bronze Game on the RGN Rating scale.
Overall Score: 6.5/10
Developer: Games Farm
Available On: PlayStation 3
Review Copy Info- A physical copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Camera Person: Stacey
RealGamerNewz crew got together to make this video for all of the contestants who entered our recent Worms: Collection on PS3 Giveaway Sponsored by Maximum Games to let them see first-hand how we chose the winner for this particular contest. We’d like to thank Maximum Games and Team 17 for making this game (Read the Full Review HERE) and all who entered. We’ll be giving away Metro: Last Light next so STAY TUNED for details on how to enter that!
Congratulations to @MetalChris330 for winning, your PS3 copy of Worms: Collection is on the way! Video Below:
Update: Metal Chris ended up snapping a pic of himself with the game once it arrived, Congrats again buddy!
— Metal Chris (@metalchris330) June 27, 2013
Worms Collection is a compilation title released by Team 17 and Maximum Games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game systems. If you aren’t familiar with the Worms franchise it started out long before the current generation of gaming and has its history studded with nostalgic memories for those who have come across its path. Turn-based strategy and hilarious action are combined in a unique way that only the destructible environments of Worms could truly personify. Destroy the enemy before they destroy you, or just destroy the ground beneath them first. Eventually becoming an industry mainstay, Worms has won the hearts of many gamers worldwide and this collection is one that gamers of all ages and preference will enjoy.
Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon, and Worms: Ultimate are all included on the disc as well as 6 downloadable content packs. You don’t need to download or exchange any vouchers, so don’t worry if you aren’t online at the moment. These are the full games on disc.
Story- The campaign mode offers a great variety of single player missions that increase in difficulty as you go through them. The games are somewhat like a puzzle because of their nature when played through single player campaign and allow players to utilize everything they know from their past with the game or to learn from scratch. In particular, Worms: Ultimate Mayhem features more concentration on the story mode. Worms became 3D again on PSN with this title, and I’m glad they did. It gives you a nice break from the 2D tactical brutality that is Worms and Worms 2: Armageddon on PSN. Worms was heavily criticized for its jump to 3D back on the PlayStation 2 era and Ultimate Mayhem makes up for it ten-fold. Having learned a great deal from what I consider to be memorable, under-rated 3D Worms games that the media rejected in the past, Team 17 has wiped the formula clean and brought about something truly special here.
Newcomers to the franchise can start with Worms: Ultimate Mayhem for their story-driven experience and then work their way back to the more strategy and tactics based titles previous and end up in love with the same personality and charm the game delivered us all back when it first hit the un-expecting gaming world by storm. They even brought back the controversial Old Lady who walks her way across levels full of gas until she bursts causing a huge and deadly explosion.
Gameplay- Completely destructible environments in both 2D and 3D gameplay with a variety of weapons including Rocket Launchers, Grenades, Holy Hand Grenades, Homing Missiles, Explosive Flying Super Sheep, and many more will makeup the tools at your disposal in the ultimate quest for destruction. Worms serves as a great tutorial to the game if anybody out there still hasn’t played it yet while Worms: Ultimate Mayhem is probably the initial campaign experience gamers are accustomed to.
Worms 2: Armageddon is essentially a reboot of my personal favorite online multiplayer version of the game on PSN. Worms Armageddon may be remembered from the PC gaming days or its installment on the Sega Dreamcast where players started out passing the controller from one to another and the game became a cult classic in the console gaming world. This is where some of the best console Worms gamers around the world go head to head and still participate in an active community on both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live where it originally made its debut with timed exclusivity.
Replay Ability- The fun factor alone makes Worms: Collection one of those games that you can just play over and over again. Especially addictive is the multiplayer modes of all three games. There’s enough content on one disc for you to play for years alternating back and forth between the different experiences being offered. If you are after achievements / trophies, you’ll be sure to have fun with over 125 all together for you to strive for including the Platinum for Worms: Ultimate Mayhem and the Platinum for Worms 2: Armageddon
Engine Performance- Unfortunately the original Worms game did debut on PSN with a few glitches which were later patched up but the title still runs buggy and can crash. Of course this is barely noticeable and can happen in any game, however it deserves mentioning that the polish on Worms 2: Armageddon and Worms: Ultimate Destruction is incredible. While the original Worms title serves as the re-entry of Team 17 into the console gaming scene, the rest of the gameplay found in the other two titles on this disc more than make up for any shortcomings that may be found.
Final Verdict- In total we find Worms: Collection as a must-have for any gamer and with such a wide variety of gameplay this is definitely the definitive version of this console gamers’ favorite destructible environment, turn-based action game. Worms Collection gets a 9.55 out of 10.
Trailer Seen Below-
Overall Score: 9.55/10
RGN Rating: Platinum Game
Available On: PS3 / 360
Played On: PlayStation 3
Developer: Team 17 / Publisher: Maximum Games
Review Copy Info: A copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.
Camera Person: Stacey
***UPDATE*** RealGamerNewz.com Worms: Collection Giveaway Winner Announced — CLICK HERE
To all the gamers out there who can appreciate the truly classic turn-based series Worms developed by Team 17 but haven’t gotten around to picking up any of its PSN incarnations on PlayStation 3 we are proud to present the RealGamerNewz.com Worms: Collection PlayStation 3 Giveaway sponsored by Maximum Games. This is the Blu-Ray Disc (aka “Boxed Set”) which contains Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon, Worms: Ultimate Mayhem, and the 6 Bonus DLC Packs already pre-installed along with the latest patches and updates.
This is a Worms collection that can do it all, online, co-op, multiplayer “pass-the-controller” mode so you can still jam on even if you are stuck to one TV one controller, and a lot more. If this is your first time with an RGN Giveaway the steps for entry are simple and listed below, good luck to all who may enter!
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Step #2 Comment on this post with your Twitter name. That’s all! Now you’re entered to win the Worms: Collection Blu-Ray game set on PlayStation 3. Big thanks to Maximum Games for sponsoring this RealGamerNewz Giveaway Officially and be on the lookout for our Worms: Collection Review.
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