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Top 10 most underrated games this generation

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

There have been literally thousands of videogames released since Microsoft kick-started this generation of consoles back in 2005.

And all of the middling and major titles released over the past seven years have each been put through the same brutal acid-test of critic reviews, user scores and aggregated numbers.

Some videogames, however, have had a tougher time than others – falling out of favour for whatever reason despite showing promise. So below we are celebrating the unpolished gems of this world. The rough diamonds that, for whatever reason, haven’t had the big break they deserved.

A quick clarification before we begin: when people talk about ‘underrated games’, they tend to start rattling off games such as Bayonetta or Vanquish. Those games aren’t underrated. They sold like they were N-Gage exclusives, granted, but they’re not underrated. Pretty much everyone who has played them agrees they’re great.

The benchmark is simple. We are hand-picking the best games that scored less than a 75 per cent average on Metacritic. Each one is likely lurking in a pre-owned bin somewhere, and hopefully with our advice you’ll be more tempted to give them all a deserved home and some much-deserved TV time.

Prototype 2

Click to view larger image PS3, Xbox 360, PCMetacritc score: 74

Sample critique: “The action requires little real skill to control and although gaining new powers is a strong impetuous for continuing it’s all extremely shallow and inconsequential” – Metro GameCentral – 6/10

Why it’s secretly a bit good: It’s the epic open-world superhero game that the likes of Spidey and Superman have promised in the past, but never quite delivered.

‘Shallow and inconsequential’ is a pretty good summary of Prototype 2’s action, but since when did a GTA clone have to be a Franz flippin’ Kafka novel? While the New York Zero setting is a little contrived, gliding from skyscraper to skyscraper like a murderous sugar glider is a top laugh.

Ridge Racer 6

Click to view larger image Xbox 360Metacritic score: 74

Sample critique: “Mediocre at best. If you’re trying to find a simple racer to appease someone who is confused with such daunting tasks as, say, reciting the alphabet, then Ridge Racer 6 might be what you’re looking for” – Game Over Online – 6/10

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Why it’s secretly a bit good: Namco only have themselves to blame for Ridge Racer 6’s lacklustre reviews. Like a Mini on a frozen Winter morning, it takes an absolute age to get going.

Power through the sluggish opening quarter however and your reward is a pulsating twitch racer that challenges you to steer a car sideways through the eye of a needle at screen-blistering speeds. For an additional thrill, try reciting the alphabet while you do so.

Pandora’s Tower

Click to view larger image WiiMetacritic score: 74

Sample critique: “Pandora’s Tower doesn’t offer anything appealing or unique, and is not a Wii title that will find a home with many gamers” – Gameplanet – 5/10

Why it’s secretly a bit good: It’s no surprise that Pandora’s Tower got overlooked – a Nintendo console is always going to be a tough place for a Zelda clone to make a living.

But Pandora’s Tower carved a niche for itself by adding a speedrunning twist to the ponderous Zelda format. Pandora’s dungeons might not be as fiendishly inventive as Eiji Aonuma’s twining inventions, but the stress of a constantly ticking clock makes it easy to muff up even the simplest of puzzles.

Space Giraffe

Click to view larger image Xbox 360, PCMetacritic score: 68

Sample critique: “Maybe if the gameplay were more endearing to the casual gamer, or if the visuals didn’t make half of the people who play the game foam at the mouth…just maybe Space Giraffe would have been as cool as its designers had hoped” – IGN, 47%

Why it’s secretly a bit good: Famously eccentric designer Jeff Minter out-weirded even himself when he decided to take a pile of Tempest grids and overlay them with a disorientating light synthesiser effect. “It’s almost impossible to tell what’s going on” bemoaned reviews at the time. A perfectly valid criticism, but it’s worth noting that this was exactly Minter’s intention.

To survive Space Giraffe’s visual onslaught, you have to play it by ear – using the subtle audio cues to ‘feel’ your way around the grid. If it clicks, you’ve got yourself one of the most unique and nuanced shooters around. If it doesn’t, you’ve just got a garish mess. An iffy tutorial section didn’t help sway the floating voters.

At 400MP, it’s worth a punt to see which side of the divide you fall on.

Earth Defence Force 2017

Click to view larger image Xbox 360Metacritic score: 69

Sample critique: “Earth Defence Force 2017 is the action game equivalent of potato chips: no nutritional value, but tasty nonetheless” – Hardcore Gamer Magazine – 45%

Why it’s secretly quite good: EDF 2017 is ugly and jerky, true, but it’s absolute bucketloads of fun too. Someone once described it to us as ‘Robotron in 3D’, and that nails it on the head for us.

We mean, it throws you into a fully-destructible city, with a whopping great cannon and an infinite amount of giant ants/robots/spiders to test it out on. What’s not to like? The lack of online multiplayer maybe, but come on. Don’t be like that.

Excite Truck

Click to view larger image Nintendo WiiMetacritic score: 72

Sample critique: “It might show off how well racers on the Wii will work when developers finally do it properly (yes, Ubisoft, we’re looking at you) but even so, there’s just not enough here to warrant the premium price” – Games TM – 6/10

Why it’s secretly quite good: Excite Truck was a victim of inflated expectations. For the first few years of the Wii’s existence, people expected motion control to provide a wonderful new dimension to games; the kind of next level experience that Nintendo had always promised. Ultimately, the controller’s limitations meant that the revolution was not going to happen (though Nintendo, which had sold more than 95 million of the machines, would beg to differ).

The Wii’s best games are often the early ones that kept things simple. Games such as Excite Truck, which is one of those breed of racers where the trick is to correct your positioning in mid-air so you don’t lose momentum when you land.

We’re spoiled for choice with these at the moment (MotoHeroz, Trials et al), but Excite Truck is the best 3D example of the sub-genre, and its wild handling is a perfect match for the Wiimote’s jittery nature. Terrible name, mind.

Binary Domain

Click to view larger image PS3, PC, Xbox 360Metacritic score: 72

Sample Critique: “It’s the best kind of 7/10. The gunplay is raucous, but never revolutionary. The relationships make you laugh, if not cry. Binary Domain is unpolished in all the right places” – Official PlayStation Magazine – 7/10

Why it’s secretly quite good: There’s one thing Binary Domain gets very, very right, and it’s not the box art. It’s the mechs. Most specifically, the satisfying way they fall apart at the seams (rivets?) when you shoot at them.

Mechs must have a good union, because games rarely manage to get this simple thing right. It’s okay for us humans to bleed rivers, but mechs tend to be allowed to die quietly and with dignity. Binary Domain addresses this imbalance with glorious, metal-crunching fury. Death to our mechanical oppressors!

Deadly Premonition

PS3, Xbox 360Metacritic score: 68%

Sample critique: “Awful in nearly every way. The Twin Peaks meets Resident Evil with a dash of Grand Theft Auto formula sounds pretty great, but it was well beyond the capabilities of this development team. Terrible controls. Terrible pacing. Terrible sound effects. Terrible visuals.” – IGN – 20%

Why it’s secretly quite good: Deadly Premonition holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Critically Polarizing Survival Horror Game”, which in itself holds the record for “Most Peculiarly Specific World Record Category”. Little wonder really as it’s really quite bizarre.

Deadly Premonition is a game that defies easy classification. The closest we can come to describing it is as a budget Resident Evil with a penchant for mischief. Brutal acts of violence are accompanied by terrible one-liners. Outlandishly freakish scenes are juxtaposed by mundane segments where you trim your beard or swig coffee. It’s a surreal piece of interactive story-telling and you’ll either love it or hate it for that.

Alpha Protocol

Click to view larger image PS3, Xbox 360, PCMetacritic score: 72

Sample critique: “Alpha Protocol’s astounding intricacies are tarnished by bugs, clumsy gameplay mechanics, and rough production values” – Gamespot – 6/10

Why it’s secretly quite good: You have to dig deep to get the most from Alpha Protocol, but it’s worth the blood and tears.

Your digging will have to cut through a crust of ugly presentation and a mantle of shoddy AI. Then you’ve got to drill through the near-impenetrable outer core that is the main character’s crouching animation, which makes him look like he’s filled his pants.

Dig past all of that, and you get to sip from Alpha Protocol’s delicious gooey liquid centre; a stealth-action RPG which gives you a mind-boggling number of ways to develop your character’s skill set and approach each mission.

SSX Blur

Click to view larger image WiiMetacritic score: 74

Sample critique: “It all boils down to the controls. When you have the capability to utilize the innovative controls of the Wii, be sure to use them to the fullest extent” – Cheat Code Central – 52%

Why it’s secretly quite good: Does this sound familiar? It’s Excite Truck syndrome all over again. With the benefit of hindsight, we can see SSX Blur for what it actually is: a cracking little snowboarding game that works well within the Wiimote’s limited capabilities. Carving into the snow with the nunchuk feels great. We’ve even grown fond of the cartoon aesthetic. Time heals all wounds, right?

R4i 3DS e R4 3DS per Nintendo 3DS

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Come volevasi dimostrare. Cosa? Che sono di nuovo qui a parlare di come modificare il Nintendo 3DS, di dove trovare flashcard R4 e R4i, e di come aggiornarle per Nintendo 3DS. E ho una bella notizia, e una brutta. Da dove comincio?

Prima la bella: vi ricordate che qualche tempo fa si parlava di come fosse impossibile usare le flashcard sul Nintendo 3DS? Le voci che giravano, anche con una certa insistenza, indicavano una funzione di protezione della nuova console di Nintendo in grado di bloccare l’esecuzione dei giochi copiati. Si è vociferato anche di un blocco delle console stesse. Come dire che io mi copio un mio gioco, per aver un backup di sicurezza, ma poi la scheda con la copia di sicurezza non la posso usare, altrimenti il Nintendo 3DS non si accende più.

Oramai è qualche settimana che il Nintendo 3DS gira per il mondo, e non abbiamo ancora notizia di nessun blocco della console per questo motivo. In altre parole, possiamo utilizzare le flashcard R4 e R4i per utilizzare i giochi del Nintendo DS e DSi sul Nintendo 3DS.

E questa era la bella notizia. E la brutta? La brutta è che non esiste ancora un modo sicuro di copiare i giochi del 3DS. Ovvero, possiamo anche provare a farne delle copie alla vecchia maniera, ma non vengono letti dalla nuova console. Forse, ma è solo un mio azzardo, c’è qualcosa che interferisce nella gestione dello schermo 3D. Ma non ne sono sicuro: le novità di questa console sono talmente tante che non è esattamente la cosa più semplice del mondo trovare un modo per avere una crack per i suoi giochi.

Ma, quindi, a che ci serve sapere che possiamo utilizzare giochi copiati, se poi il Nintendo 3DS non riesce a farli girare? Bé, serve per giocare con quelli del Nintendo DS e del Nintendo DSi. Le copie dei nostri giochi delle console vecchie sono riconosciute dal firmware della nuova console, e possiamo continuare a giocarci. Ovviamente, essendo giochi sviluppati per la tecnologia del 2D non possiamo pensare di sfruttare il 3D, ma questo già si sapeva.

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Oltre a queste due notizie ce n’è un’altra: sono in vendita le prime flashcard studiate e realizzate appositamente per il Nintendo 3DS. Flashcard che, come ho appena detto, permettono di utilizzare tutti i giochi 2D del Nintendo DS e DSi sul Nintendo 3DS. E come si chiamano? R4 3DS e R4i 3DS, ovviamente. In Italia non sono ancora arrivate ma potete acquistare uno dei due modelli che seguono. Si tratta delle stesse identiche cartucce che però devono essere aggiornate con una semplice procedura.

Potete acquistare le cartucce in tutta sicurezza da questo negozio online:

Per l’aggiornamento potete consultare la nostra guida su come aggiornare le flashcard R4 e R4i per poterle utilizzare con il Nintendo 3DS. Queste cartucce possono essere utilizzate in maniera indifferente sia sul 3DS che con il DSi e DS: una scheda SD per console. Schede SD che possono arrivare fino a 32 GB di memoria, ed essere utilizzate anche per salvare musica, foto e video in 3D.

C’è un’unica avvertenze da fare, per poter utilizzare in sicurezza le flashcard R4 3DS e R4i 3DS: il firmware della nostra console deve essere, al momento, la versione V1.1.0-1E. Invece, chi vuole usare le schede con il Nintedo DSi ha bisogno del firmware 1.4.1.

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Nintendo R4 3DS Flash Card: A Backup Master

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

The Nintendo 3DS gave light to many a player’s gloomy game life. It became one of the most sought after game consoles ever made in just a few weeks. The DS gave the user a plethora of games easily available on the market. Aside from unlimited games, it also gave people a new usable collectible item that has different functions with respect to the manufacturer – the Flash cart. In addition to the already wide range of flash carts available in the market, the SuperCard Team announced in the middle of June 2011 its latest product – the R4i 3DS compatible SuperCard DSTwo. Compared to the other flash carts available in the market today, this stands out because of a truly unique feature that you can’t find anywhere else. To find out what that is, read on.

The R4i SDHC 3DS – SuperCard DSTwo has the same Game User interface as many regular R4 3DS flash kits People who are new to using the flash kit will have no trouble getting the hang of it. It is user-friendly and easy to operate. The MicroSD/SDHC memory card can store up to 32GB of information, which is more than enough to store all your favorite games as well as other files that can be viewed as an e-book. The R4 3DS SuperCard DSTwo supports a number of formats, which are as follows: JPEG, BMP, JPG, TIF, TXT, PNG, GIF, and PDF. It also features a 5-Scale backlight adjustment. If you are still not impressed, do not go about rejecting this product just yet. It has a lot more to offer!

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Before we go to the specifics, let’s start by deciphering its name. R4 3DS SuperCard DSTwo denotes EXPANSION FOR NDS, NDSL, NDSi, NDSill, NDSiXL. So what’s its significance? This flash kit was built to compete with the DSTwo and iPlayer. (Keep in mind that the best strategy to win is to copy your opponents’ strengths and exceed it.) The R4 3DS SuperCard DSTwo allows you to play media directly without the need for conversion. It is the only flash kit in the world that also gives you the chance to play all of your favorite games, be it a GBA or an NDS ROM.  It’s now the only card in the world to support NDS games as well as GBA games. You may also play all of your favorite movies. The R4 3DS SuperCard DSTwo supports RMVB, AVI, MOV, DIVX, MPEG, FLV, 3GP, ASF and WMV. Your playable music files can also be of diverse formats. This is because the kit has a built in music player that plays P3,WMA,OGG,AAC,APE and FLAC music files. All of your files are supported and can be stored in its 32GB memory. It is truly entertainment in a box!

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