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// Review: You’ll love getting addicted to ‘Peggle 2’//

Developed by PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts, Peggle 2 is a puzzle video game that rivals the addictive, entertaining gameplay of other puzzle games like Tetris and Candy Crush. A timed exclusive for the Xbox console, Peggle 2 is all about clearing the pegs on the screen to reach the next level.

In Peggle 2, gamers shoot balls from the top of the screen to clear colored pegs from a board. The player has a limited number of balls to use while they clear the board. Also found on the board are one of the five Masters, who will lend a special power to your balls if you hit the green peg. As gamers clear out the board, a rendition of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” blasts through the speakers as fireworks erupt across the screen and the Master dances along, giving the gamer pure satisfaction.

The game’s physics along with the layout of the pegs make for a very entertaining and addictive gameplay. The game is very strategic but can become very random as well while the ball bounces around. PopCap Games have added a multitude of challenges, trick shots and high scores for gamers to master which only add to the replay value of Peggle 2.

The game is highly accessible; a child could figure it out. Although the game is simple to pick up, it also can be very challenging and deep to give hardcore gamers the challenge they crave. Colorful backdrops and background music add to the already slick gameplay and round out this game into something special.

With hilarious animations and music, Peggle 2 has gripping mechanics to make for the perfect puzzle video game. Adding delightful music, visuals and sound effects with tons of extra content to play through, PopCap Games has developed a totally riveting game that will be an instant classic of fun for your living room.

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// Review: ‘Strike Suit Zero’ a break from the norm//

If space flight combat is your thing, then independent game studio Born Ready Games has the video game for you: Strike Suit Zero. A single-player game where you take the role of a fighter pilot for the United Nations of Earth (U.N.E.), gamers can get their fill of dogfighting and Gundam/mech fighting.

In the year 2299, the player assumes the role of a pilot named Adams who has to help defend Earth’s fleet against the attacking Colonial forces. Using a unique ship called a Strike Suit, players can do traditional space dogfighting or, at the press of a button, transform the ship into a mech (human-controlled robot).

Gamers will be given a variety of missions like defending a friendly ship, attacking the enemy or a combination of the two. The combat is fun and gets very interesting when you are outnumbered by the enemy, but the power of the Strike Suit gives you an upper hand when the numbers aren’t in your favor.

The story is somewhat exciting but players will not form any alliance with non-playable characters or even the main character, as the story is delivered in small cut scenes between each mission. Action is ever present and there is no letdown in the battle or threat to Earth. The game’s visuals and soundtrack are top-notch and compliment the game well. I found the controls easy to master but the targeting system was a bit simplistic, allowing you to cycle between enemies or targets at the click of a button.

However, the game falls short on a few things. I would have liked the story to be deeper and give me a stronger tie to the characters and main protagonist. Also, the missions get kind of repetitive after a few hours of playtime.

Although simple and repetitive, this rapid space simulator can give a welcomed change of pace from a gaming era filled with first-person shooters. Transforming into a huge mech in game to destroy multiple enemies will give players a huge feeling of satisfaction. Strike Suit Zero delivers a fun experience that blends simulation and arcade game play into an enjoyable space flight combat.

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// 'EA Access' subscription good for gamer's wallet//

With gaming going to new regions with the information technology era, Electronic Arts has announced its EA Access subscription service for the Xbox One. It’s exclusive to Microsoft’s console alone, as Sony has gone on the record saying that they do not view it as a good deal for PlayStation 4 owners. EA Access has found its way onto some gamers’ Xbox Ones in the form of a beta, and this gamer was lucky enough to be invited.

Like Netflix, EA Access is a subscription service but for games from the Electronic Arts library. Coming in at two price points, players can select to pay $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year. Once players are subscribed, they will have access to EA’s Vault of games and can play for as long as they want with no extra charge.

Paying $59 for each video game can get expensive throughout the year, especially since most of the games aren’t even played the following year. “EA Access” is a way to alleviate some of that pain in the expenses, and hopefully gamers can expect a grand selection of games within EA’s Vault.

At the moment, EA’s Vault includes “FIFA 14,” “Madden NFL 25,” “Peggle 2” and “Battlefield 4.” The games are downloaded and not streamed. Players are not required to have an Xbox Gold membership to join EA Access, but in order to connect to multiplayer gameplay on the Xbox One platform you will need a subscription.

On top of the games in the Vault, subscribers will receive a 10-percent discount on all EA digital games and content. As an added bonus, gamers will also get to download new EA games five days ahead of everyone else.

Although it is only in beta on Xbox One right now, EA Access is scheduled to release sometime this month.

The subscription service has a lot of potential if the Vault includes the right EA games. Only time will tell if we are on the brink of the future of gaming and other digital purchases.

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// Review: Excellent beta release for hybrid ‘Destiny’//

Probably one of the biggest titles to be released this year, “Destiny” had gamers glued to their consoles during its beta release. Developer Bungie and publisher Activision are no strangers to huge, successful video games and “Destiny” looks to be just that. The beta will officially be released on September 9 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

“Destiny” is a game set seven hundred years into the future of a post-apocalyptic world. After a period of peace, exploration and technological advancement known as the Golden Age, mankind was almost totally wiped out by an evil force. The player assumes the role of one of the last defenders of the human race: a Guardian of the City.

Guardians are divided into three different races: Humans, Awoken and Exo. Players also have to choose a class to go alongside their race. The Titan class favors heavy weapons and strong melee attacks. Hunters are a reconnaissance-based class meant to be similar to bounty hunters. The final class, Warlocks, is a wizard-based class similar to Jedi which possesses special powers combined with weapons. Each player is accompanied by a robot A.I., voiced by Peter Dinklage, called a Ghost.

“Destiny,” like many games now, is a hybrid of several genres and can’t be limited to just one. The game has first-person shooter affinities as well as RPG (roleplaying game) and MMO (massively multiplayer online) elements. Players will find themselves in a world with other online players with whom they can team up at the click of a button. Players can, of course, form teams with their friends or even do things solo. They can also engage in PVP (player versus player) and battle it out with one another.

Unlike other betas, “Destiny” is polished and full of deep story and stunning cinematics. The beta includes six single-player maps and each one can be tackled by 1 – 3 players. Missions vary from minutes to up to an hour of playtime. There are also three PVP maps where gamers can battle in six versus six players. However, players will be limited to a level cap of 8 in the beta.

Since it’s still in beta, it’s difficult to give a rating to “Destiny.” However, even in its current development, “Destiny” stands above and beyond many final-version games on the market today.

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// Review: Old game, new tricks: ‘Super Mario Bros. U’//

Reminiscent of “Super Mario World” on the SNES, Nintendo has released the “New Super Mario Bros. U” on the WiiU console. Challenging levels, lots of secrets and all-new controls have turned the old-school 2D video game experience into an entertaining experience on a next-gen level.

If not for my girlfriend wanting to play “New Super Mario Bros. U,” I would have missed out on an enjoyable video game. Although it’s a 2D side scrolling game, “New Super Mario Bros. U” introduces a huge map that splits the world up into zones rather than a linear set of levels.

        

As always, Bowser and his family of Koopalings kidnap Princess Peach, leaving Mario, Luigi and two Toads to rescue her. The objective of each stage is to reach the goal flag at the end of each level while avoiding enemies and hazards and collecting coins and items.

The level of difficulty gradually increases the closer you get to the final boss level. Up to five players can participate simultaneously: four as players with the Wii remotes and the fifth with the Wii GamePad, which allows the player to interact with the environment to help or hinder the other players.

        

The graphics, music and sound are spot-on and totally fitting, as with all Mario games. Power-up items return and some new ones are introduced, such as the flying squirrel suit. To add to the entertainment and replay value, Nintendo has added tons of secrets and game modes for players to enjoy. I really couldn’t find any negatives with the game and that’s probably because of the many years Nintendo has spent crafting the “Super Mario Bros.” world.

Although “New Super Mario Bros. U” doesn’t take many risks with new concepts and design, this 2D game can compete with any new title released today. With exceptional level designs and a superb difficulty curve, “New Super Mario Bros. U” is a must-play for all gamers. The classic Mario elements make for a superior gaming experience amongst a vacant video gaming quarter before the holiday rush.

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