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This is a new innovative way to play football on a console. It's the best to date!

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Innovative"

Summary

I haven't played the previous version of PES on Wii, so for me this is a totally new way to play football on a console. When I first played this wonderful game, I was surprised that it could be so great. I kept on repeating the words "This is fantastic".
And it was a fantastic gameplay. I had to complete the training sessions and play free training to master the techniques. But the real way to learn the game was to play matches. I started at beginner level, but fastly I improved and switched the difficulty to Regular.
Football today is really complicated and so. It requires you to think tactically every time you shall break the opponent defence, or stop the opponents attackers. This game it brings you further to real football.

There are three methods to play the game; the Playmaker Style, the Traditional style and the Co-op Style. I use the Playmaker style. The way it's played is like you draw a lot of arrows, making the players run and pass. You shoot and clear by shaking the nunchuck. It might sound and look difficult, but when you learn it, it's actually pretty simple.
On penalties you can now perform a Penenka (Zidane in the WM finale). It's a nice little detail, I like. :)

I began on the game mode Champions Road, which isn't in the other PES 2009 versions. It's about starting a team and improving the players. You gain new supporters and earn price money for the tournaments you play in. With the money you earn, you can use them on facilities at the clubhouse. There are side missions like "make 10 shots in a match". You will also earn some money by completing them.

If you runs tired (or complete) in the Champions Road, we got the good old master league as we know it. It's got some lovely improvements for a good manager. Now the players have got a barometer that shows whether they like being in the club or not. And it plays a part when you negotiate. You can also now put transfers on hold.

Apart that it has also got the new Champions League mode and the well known Cup and League.

When I played this Champions Road on regular, I began to discover some mistakes in the game. Champions Road is good, and I don't find anything wrong with it, but I miss some things in the gameplay (the playmaker style).
- It's hard to dribble. You don't have many options. There is a way to dribble, but when you do it, it just chooses a feint. You can't choose which feint by yourself. If you want to do the flip flap or the roulette, you can't choose it yourself.
- You can't make a distinction whether you will make a high or low pass. It chooses it by itself. (you can do it, if you choose the manual pass style)
- I miss a lobby in the network part. It takes a long time to find an opponent when you play online. It just searches for a long time, when you choose to play a free match.

All things considered I rate it 9,5. Without those mistakes I would have given it 10. This way of playing football on a console is very enjoyable. I'm so addicted of playing PES I play it everyday. It's like in the old days with the PES 5 and 6. It's a good feeling. I'm going to spend more 100 hours on this game. And I strongly recommend it for football fans and football game fans.




An improvement on the great PES 2008 - The best soccer game out there that will truly keep you addicted.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Best in series"

Summary

I've had this game for a while now, and while I've added a number of other games to my library - half the time I'm still playing this game.

If you've played PES 2008 - this game is mostly the same. The main addition is the Master League mode which was for some reason lacking in 2008. The Champions Road is still there, but playing manager in Master league - negotiating transfers, a lot of match analysis is also available to you, players improving, getting older..retiring... all of what was missing in 2008 is here in this game.

The gameplay is just as great - the main addition being that although you can swing the nunchuk to shoot, you can also point to aim your shot, so you can put the ball where you want to. The accuracy of where the ball actually goes depends on the player, how fast you're going, and if you're balanced or not.

PES did manage to get some licensing with the Champions League - and so for the teams featured in that league, you will have all the actual kits, and accurate team/player names. All the edit functions are still there if you want to change the other team names, or players.

In all, this game is very similar to last year - but the Master League addition makes all the difference, and will keep you coming back for more. If you're a fan of soccer games and haven't tried PES 2008 or 2009 - this is a must have!






Best zombie action and co-op fun on the iPhone.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

While at first glance, Alive 4-ever may look like a slightly enhanced free Internet game, it is has enough added features that justify the purchase. Anything from earning experience to buying weapons keeps you wanting to come back. It has it's fair share of flaws, but they don't keep it from being an absolute blast.

The premise is quite familiar. Zombies have taken over much of the civilized world and you must do what you can in order to survive. The storyline (what little there is) is nearly identical to Resident Evil, as are many of the enemies. The game is played from a top down view and attacks can come from any direction. There are four playable characters to choose from; each with their own unique starting weapon and stat boosts. Your character moves in any direction using the left onscreen joystick while the right one controls the direction they shoot. The levels aren't particularly large, but not much area is needed to enjoy the action. In the beginning, the game may seem a bit too easy because the only thing attacking you are the typical slow, bumbling zombies. After a few levels, though, plenty of new enemy types are thrown in to keep you on your toes. Anything from zombie dogs to fat exploding undead and many more. As the game gets more difficult, there are advantages thrown in for the player to work toward. Secondary objective, such as rescuing survivors, collecting items, or even getting caught in a certain number of exploding zombie attacks will unlock equipment to wear that provides various stat increases. Each level also rewards experience that can be put towards these stats as well. Money is also earned in order to purchase new weapons. There are thirty levels and if one is too difficult, you can replay any past levels in order to earn more money or experience.

The graphics are fairly impressive, but admittedly, I have a soft spot for the two dimensional hand-painted look over three dimensional graphics. Everything shows a great attention to detail. Even though the enemy types repeat, they die in different ways. The gore is just enough to be satisfying without being over the top. Firing your gun not only shows of a satisfying muzzle flash, but also lights up your character realistically. Even the menus are well designed and look good while also being easy to navigate.

The best aspect of the game is, hands down, the four player Bluetooth co-op. Up to four people can play the game simultaneously and work together on any of the game's thirty levels. More zombies are added to keep the game challenging, and the increased number of enemies makes each mission even more intense. As long as you are within a few feet of your friend's phone or iPod, the connection is flawless and never noticeably lags. Playing by yourself is fun, but adding others in made it one of my favorite experiences on the iPhone yet.

The game isn't without it's faults, though. Moving to the bottom left or right of a level will make your character walk behind your thumbs and become impossible to see. The same goes for trees that are scatter around some of the levels. If your character is under one, not only can you not see yourself, but you also cannot see any attacking nearby enemies. Sometimes an objective item is under a tree and it can be hard to know where to stand to pick it up. Occasionally, a survivor will be injured and you must carry them to safety. In co-op mode, this is awesome, because one player must provide cover while the other carries the survivor. In solo mode, this is frustrating since you cannot attack while carrying them and there are rarely less than five enemies on screen at once. Most of the time, you are better off to let them die and hope the next survivor to appear isn't injured. The touch area for many of the buttons seem to be a bit to picky on some of the smaller options. Pressing the 'pause' or 'objectives' buttons usually take a couple tries to get the to respond. There are also a few typos her and there that hurt the otherwise professional feel of the game. For example, the equipment menu is labeled as 'Equipments'. None of these are major and hopefully most can be fixed in future promised updates. (Edit: most were fixed in recent update and another is on the way)

Alive 4-ever is easily one of the best shooters I've played on the iPhone for the price, currently $2.99. The game is just a blast to play and one of the very few that offers Bluetooth multiplay. Hopefully other companies will take note of this and add this feature to their future games.




If you want the zombie apocalypse on your iPod, look no further<br />

6.5

Fair
Difficulty:
Very Hard
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Solid"

Summary

Left 4 Dead, I mean Alive 4 Ever (sorry about the terrible joke) is pretty much just what you would expect except for the odd control system. The one thing that surprised me was how addicting it was even with the weird controls. The graphics are great, you can see all the squish that flies out of the enemies after you shoot them, and everything else is pretty detailed. Other than controls I had two issues with the game, only 30 levels sounds like its a good chunk, but a level will take you about 7 minutes max, unless you don't do the objective and just shoot zombies until your brain falls out, and then it can turn out to be brutally difficult, but after you beat it, its all the more rewarding.

Pros.
- Addicting
- Nice graphics
- Good weapon selection
- Nice level up system

Cons.
- Brutally difficult
- Uneven weapon selection
- Weird controls
- Maps can get very repetitive
- Fairly Short

Now with the pros and cons, it does make it seem like the cons outweigh the pros, but that isn't true, this is a solid game that anyone who likes a heavy dose of zombie apocalypse needs for their iPhone. Just get used to the controls and you're good.




A Must buy A fun and easy play game with great game play and for reasonable price

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Instant classic"

Summary

Gameplay- The game is set in missions there are 30 in total which you have to try and complete. They all range from killing so many zombies, saving surviors and Killing bosses. The game involves you controlling a character and shooting zombies and other creatures to complete your mission. The controls are pretty simple on one side is a touch pad to move and the other for the direction you want to fire. The game has a number of weapons which can be bought with money obtained from doing missions. There are shtguns, assult riffles, sniper riffles and a Grenade launcher to choose from. There are 4 character each speciallising in one of the weapons.

Characters can also level up from doing missions, this unlocks points which can be spent on upgrading your skills, like ammo capacity and health. Each mission has a special objective if you manage to complete this you will win an item which are equipable to your character, these boost stats and make your chacacters stronger.

Graphics and sound- Well tthe graphics are not bad at all, they are quite good, but grim and dull. The game is in a birds eye view so you don't get to see a mass amount of detail but there's nothing to cpmplain about. Thesound effects for the weapons are reasonable with the sound effects for the zombies, the Music is mainly just ambient sound so don't expect a good soundtrack and doesn't support in-game music.

Summary- Over all its a great game alot of fun with lots of replayable levels, A must buy.

+ Great game play
+ Easy to play

- No music support
9.0

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