Review – Need for Speed: Undercover

30 12 2008

A high speed review for the next game in a brilliant series…

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As per usual begining to the NFS series you start out as a new racer in town, but this time with a twist “The hunter becomes the hunted” makes no sense?! I will explain! You are a cop and you are Undercover! There are various street gangs tearing up the streets of Tri-City Bay and it is your job to put an end to it, whilst taking part in it at the same time! Very fun.

Tri-City Bay, the new free roaming environment, is made up of over 100 miles of open free roaming road. Within Tri-City Bay you’ll find smaller areas such as Palm Harbor, Port Crecent, Gold Coast Mountains, and Sunset Hills.


(Tri-City Bay Trailer)

Within the game there are a vaiety of race modes for you to take part in. There are the usual Circuit and Sprint races, checkpoint races make a comeback but this time we have a new race mode highway battles in which racers battle to win through traffic filled highways. We also have a great online race mode called Cops ‘n’ Robbers, this mode splits racers into two teams Cops & robbers. The robbers have to race around the small track and pick up the bags of money and race them back to the safe point, and the cops have to stop them by blocking their path or staying right next to them while a red bar fills at the bottom of the screen. This time however drifting is not an included race mode within the game. However, as im sure a lot of people have tryed to do on past NFS titles, you can drift around the city simply by handbraking around corners or over / understeering your car, which actually initiates a drift you can attain points for, rather than imitation drifting attainable on previous titles!

nfsuc-race(Nissan Skyline GT-R vs. Porsche 911)

The cops are back in Undercover and bring similar opporunties to that of ” NFS Most Wanted” we have Cost to State races in which drivers must cause a set amount of damage to the city, by destroying things, and then evade the cops. Cop Takedown requires racers to disable a set amount of cop cars then evade, there are also simple evade events where you must simply evade capture.

nfsuc-cop-chase(Highspeed pursuit with a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution)

There are 55 very attractive picture perfect cars for you to drive on NFS Undercover these include…..

2006 Aston Martin DB9
2008 Audi R8
2006 Audi RS 4
2009 Audi S5
2007 Audi TT 3.2 quattro
2003 BMW M3 (E46)
2008 BMW M3 (E92)
2008 BMW M6 (E63)
2006 BMW Z4 M Coupe
2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4
2006 Cadillac CTS-V
1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396
2008 Chevrolet Camaro Concept
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C2)
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6)
1971 Dodge Challenger
2006 Dodge Challenger Concept
1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440
2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee
2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 (w/’08 hood)
1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
2006 Ford Focus ST
2006 Ford GT
2006 Ford Mustang GT
2006 Koenigsegg CCX
2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
2006 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
2008 Lexus IS-F
2006 Lotus Elise
1995 Mazda RX-7
2006 Mazda RX-8
2006 Mazdaspeed 3
1994 McLaren F1
2008 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG
2004 Mercedes SL 65 AMG (R230)
2007 Mercedes SLR McLaren 722 Edition
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
1989 Nissan 240SX (S13)
2009 Nissan 370Z (Z34)
2007 Nissan GT-R (R35)
2000 Nissan Silvia (S15)
1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec (R34)
2006 Pagani Zonda F
1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi 440
1965 Pontiac GTO
2006 Pontiac Solstice GXP
2008 Porsche 911 GT2 (997)
2006 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)
2006 Porsche 911 Turbo (997)
2005 Porsche Carrera GT
2007 Porsche Cayman S
2008 Renault Megane Coupe
1967 Shelby GT500
2008 Shelby GT500KR
1998 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo (Mk4)
2006 Volkswagen Golf R32 (Mk V)
2008 Volkswagen Scirocco

(Some cars are available via collectors edition and/or DLC)

In a negative point towards the cars, I would say that pretty much all of them handle the same only differing with speed and performance after upgrade. My favourite car however has to be the Bugatti Veyron! Very fast! As you can see in this guys video…

The tuning / modifcation system is back in Undercover as usual you can upgrade your cars performance by purchasing the tiered upgrade packs. You can then adjust the tuning settings for you car to adapt better with your driving style! The visual modification system brings back the body kit, wheels & paint, but doesnt have a tremendous selection that aside its not really needed as this title isn’t based heavily on the look of the cars, obviously the driving is most important!

So finnally all in all I give Need for Speed: Undercover – 8.5 out of 10.

I have heard people compare this game as a mix between Most Wanted and Carbon, this game is yet another decent racing game in the Need for Speed series, Its not to everyones taste and does have a few minor flaws but it is still a very fun driving game! Im looking forward to the next one!

Thanks for reading!

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

There are 50 achievements with a total of 1000 points.


Community Member 15
Create or use an existing account to sign into EA Nation
Active Community Member 20
Participated in any Community Day. Visit NeedforSpeed.com for more info.
Freeze! Hold it right there! 25
Take a Photo and upload it to NeedforSpeed.com
Learner’s Permit 5
Acquire your first car in Career Mode
Apprentice Mechanic 5
Customize a car in Career mode.
Meet Zack 10
Face off against Zack in ‘Rush Hour’
Meet Carmen 10
Face off against Carmen in ‘The Game’
Meet Hector 10
Face off against Hector in ‘Versus’
Meet Nickel 10
Face off against Nickel in ‘Road Rage’
Meet Rose 10
Face off against Rose in ‘Rollercoaster’
Zack Trap 25
Complete the Zack sequence in ‘The Trap’ mission.
Bowling with Hector 25
Complete the Hector sequence in the mission ‘Kingpin’
To Protect and Serve 25
Complete the Carmen sequence in the mission ‘Rematch’
Nickel and Dimes 25
Complete the Nickel sequence in mission ‘Payback’
2 Birds, 1 Stone 25
Complete the mission ‘Double Trouble’
Gold Coast to Ocean 15
Dominate the Gold Coast to Ocean event
East Fasulo Bridge 15
Dominate the East Fasulo Bridge event
Pine Creek & Douglas 15
Dominate the Pine Creek & Douglas event
South Canyon Hwy 15
Dominate the South Canyon Hwy event
East I-5 15
Dominate the East I-5 event
Bay Drive & Harbor 15
Dominate the Bay Drive & Harbor event
Tri-City Run 15
Dominate the Tri-City Run event
North River Expressway 15
Dominate the North River Expressway event
Lose the Eye in the Sky 25
Escape from a helicopter in a successfully completed pursuit. (Must be Career level 8 or greater)
Path of Destruction 10
Disable 10 Police Cars in a Pursuit and successfully evade in Career
Get out of the way! 5
Avoid 5 Road Blocks in a Pursuit and successfully evade in Career
Aficionado 10
Purchase or win any 5 cars for your garage.
Keys to the City 5
Unlock Port Crescent in Career
Branching out 10
Unlock Sunset Hills in Career
Window Shopper 20
Discovered all 3 Pro Shops in Career
Nothing Stock 20
Discovered all 3 Tuning Shops in Career
Retired 40
Finish the Career Story
Hired Goons 20
Takeout all the ‘Goons’ in Career
5 Finger Discount 20
Complete all Hot Car Missions
Chase or be Chased 20
Win all the Highway Battles in Career
Own the Road 25
Dominate 25 events in Career
Completionist 100
Complete all events in Career.
Unstoppable Force 10
Avoid 50 Road Blocks in Career
Wasting Tax Dollars 20
Get $100,000 Cost to State in a single pursuit and evade
Spiked Punch 10
Avoid a spike strip in a Pursuit and successfully evade in Career
Love thy Tires 15
Avoid 12 Spike Strips total in Career pursuits
Lose the Fuzz 10
Successfully complete 5 Pursuits
Most Wanted 100
Successfully complete 50 Pursuits
Scrapheap 25
Disable 100 Police vehicles.
Crossing the Line 10
Win a Ranked Multiplayer Cops and Robbers event
First! 10
Won a Multiplayer Ranked Game
First of Many 15
Win a Ranked Multiplayer event against 7 human players
Among the Best 25
Won 25 Ranked Multiplayer events
Notorious 50
Finish 119 Multiplayer Races in any position
Cat and Mouse Virus 5
Infected with the Cops and Robbers virus by another player in a Cops and Robbers event.

(Achievement information from xbox360achievements.org)

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Review – Call of Duty: World at War

27 12 2008

A blast from the past with a WWII review for…

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(Apologies for the late posting!)

After the modern day events that took place in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, in Call of Duty 5 we are thrown back in time once more to the Second world war. The campaign features two stories to follow in which you play as two different soldiers, one features the U.S. Marines fighting the Japanese Army in the Pacific in which you play as Private Miller, and the other follows the Soviet Army’s advance on Berlin where you play as Private Dimitri Petrenko. You also briefly play as a third character in the campaign. This is Petty Officer Locke, a weapons operator on a PBY Catalina, who is playable only in the mission “Black Cats.”

Personally I have always played Call of Duty games on Veteran difficulty straight away to get the achievement points, so naturally as its always new gameplay there is alot of room for frustration. As the game informs you when you begin the career “You will not survive!” This couldnt be more true as I think I spent more time dead than alive! That aside the campaign story lines are easy to follow yet very gripping at the same time. Every time the character change would come I kept saying “Oh no I want to see what happens next” Which made me carry on playing… Until I was finished!

A new weapon added to the listed that definately deserves a mention has to be the flame thrower. This devastating ranged weapon will litterally toast anything in its path by just a touch of the flame!

cod5flames(Sprayin’ Flames ‘n’ Takin’ Names!)

To be honest I dont tend to play Call of Duty games much online so I feel I cant really give a true review on it. From what I had seen however it was as always very enjoyable. There is the standard online system in which match making takes place etc. Then there are two other modes. Campaign Co-Op and Campaign Competetive. In Co-Op you simply play through campaign levels with up to 3 other players. In competetive yoou still play through campaign levels with up to 3 other players but the objective is to finish the level with the most points i.e most kills, most objectives complete etc. These modes I briefly played to earn the achievements. It was funny to see the difference between Co-Op when everyone is working as a team to competetive where everyone wants to get everything finished first so its a mad rush!

All in all I give Call of Duty: World at War – 9 out of 10.

C.o.D 5 follows well in the ever growing list of games in its series. It covers a great storyline and the online play lives up to expectations! Bring on Modern Warfare 2!

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

There are 46 achievements with a total of 1000 points.
(2 are worth 0 so do not count towards the 1000.)



Carlson’s Raiders 10
Complete ‘Semper Fi’ on any difficulty. (Solo only)
Stormed Peleliu 15
Establish a beachhead on the island of Peleliu on any difficulty. (Solo only)
The Last Stand 20
Survive the land and air conflict surrounding Okinawa on any difficulty. (Solo only)
Stabbed in the Heart 20
Complete all missions on the Eastern Front on any difficulty setting. (Solo only)
Get Your Hands Dirty 30
Complete ‘Semper Fi’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Saved Private Ryan 10
Save the soldier before he burns to death. (Solo or co-op)
Bloody Peleliu 30
Complete ‘Little Resistance’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Weapon of Mass Destruction 15
Radio in a naval bombardment that kills at least 4 Japanese soldiers. (Solo or co-op)
The Sword Is Broken 30
Complete ‘Hard Landing’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
No Safe Place 15
Burn an enemy out of a tree with the flamethrower in ‘Hard Landing’ (Solo or co-op)
Architect 30
Complete ‘Vendetta’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
The Professional 15
Shoot all of Amsel’s henchmen, including their attack dog, without reloading. (Solo only)
Gunslinger 15
Assassinate General Amsel with a pistol shot. (Solo only)
The Hammer Strikes 30
Complete ‘Their Land, Their Blood’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Scorched Earth 30
Complete ‘Burn`em Out’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Firestarter 15
Complete a mission using only the flamethrower. Melee, grenades & explosives are OK. (Solo or co-op)
Fearless 30
Complete ‘Relentless’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Hell on Wheels 30
Complete ‘Blood and Iron’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Iron Fist 15
Destroy all towers and bunkers in ‘Blood and Iron’. (Solo or co-op)
No Return 30
Complete ‘Ring of Steel’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Ruthless 15
Kill 15 enemies while mounted on a tank in ‘Ring of Steel’. (Solo or co-op)
When It Rains, It Pours 30
Complete ‘Eviction’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Shot in the Dark 10
Kill 10 enemies while the lights are out in the subway in ‘Eviction’. (Solo or co-op)
One Bad Gato 30
Complete ‘Black Cats’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
The Sum of All Zeros 15
Down 45 Japanese Zeros in ‘Black Cats’. (Solo only)
Lights Out! 10
In ‘Black Cats’, blast out all of the spot lights in the Japanese cargo convoy. (Solo only)
Blowtorch & Corkscrew 30
Complete ‘Blowtorch & Corkscrew’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Setting of the Sun 30
Complete ‘Breaking Point’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Mortar-dom 10
Kill 8 Japanese with thrown mortars in ‘Breaking Point’. (Solo or co-op)
Guardian Angel 10
In the final battle for Okinawa, save Sergeant Roebuck. (Solo or co-op)
For the Motherland 30
Complete ‘Heart of the Reich’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Bearing the Burden 30
Complete ‘Downfall’ on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Rough Economy 15
Kill 3 enemies with a single bullet. (Solo or co-op)
Close Shave 10
Survive a Banzai attack. (Solo only)
Snake in the Grass 15
Take out a Japanese soldier while he is lying in wait in the grass. (Solo or co-op)
Grave Robber 15
Collect all Death Cards in the game. (Solo only)
Kamikaze 15
Complete any level on Regular difficulty or higher using only melee and grenades. (Solo only)
Throw a Six and a Half 15
On Hardened or Veteran difficulty, complete a level without dying. (Solo only)
Purple Heart 5
When staring into the face of adversity, show courage and persevere.
War Hero 40
Complete the game on any difficulty. (Solo only)
Hardened War Hero 100
Complete the game on Hardened or Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
Get Your Left Foot Wet 30
Complete a match in Campaign Co-Op mode over Xbox LIVE. (Online co-op only)
Get Your Right Foot Wet 30
Complete a match in Competitive Co-Op mode over Xbox LIVE. (Online co-op only)
Blue Ribbon 25
Complete a 4-player Competitive Co-Op match in 1st place over Xbox LIVE. (Online co-op only)
Secret Achievements
It’s All about Prestige 0
You achieved the first level of Prestige. Only 9 more to go.
Secret Achievement 0
Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement.

(No Information came with this list)

But this achievement is for reaching Prestige level 10.

(Achievement information from xbox360achievements.org)





Upcoming Content: 3

23 12 2008

Hi all, Just to let you know.

The Next Lot of Upcoming Content Will Be…

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Post Date – Sat, 27/12/08 Review – Call of Duty: World at War
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Post Date – Tue, 30/12/08Review – Need for Speed: Undercover
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See You Then!

Peace & Love

-Pigeon





Review – Guitar Hero: World Tour

20 12 2008

Rockin’ out a new review, this time for Guitar Hero: World Tour.

When you purchase your band in a box edition the first thing you will notice is the size of the box. Its bigger! Why do I hear you ask?! The reason is that Guitar Hero: World Tour has expanded its horizons and now incorporates, a Drum kit and a Microphone.

Following in the footsteps of “Rockband” Guitar Hero: World Tour’s new full four member band playability has been a great success for the instrumental game industry!

The guitar, comes complete with extended strum bar and extended whammy bar both for ease of play. The guitar also now incorporates the Slide bar, which is a touch sensitive strip used for tricky fret tapping solos, this strip can also be tapped to strum rather than using the strum bar, but all of this is explained properly in the in-game tutorials!

The drum kit comes with 3 large round pads for the Green, Red and Blue notes, two symbal pads for the Yellow and Orange notes and a bass pedal for your foot. I have heard there is a force sensor in the pads meaning the harder or lighter you hit them they make a different sound in game, I havent really tested this out though incase I broke the pads! (There have been complaints about broken symbals so be carefull not to hit them to hard!)

You then get a microphone, it is a simple USB plug and play microphone with the GH logo on it, I dont see it having any special use except for its normal singing value!

Im not sure if the pack always comes with a bass guitar, but if you pre-ordered it from GAME you got a free bass guitar. This was however the Guitar from “Guitar hero 2” I think they were trying to get rid of stock to be honest!

ghwt4play(All four instruments in play! Lead Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar & Microphone [At the top])

There are some nice new game modes within the game, but I will start with the Story mode!

After creating your character (Male or Female, both unlock secret achievements so get creating!) and choosing your instrument you are greeted with a cutscene detailing the “Life and Times” of your characters’ chosen instrument. In game the gigs are split up and listed in advertisement format “Guitarist Wanted” etc. You then play through song by song, difficulty by difficulty earning a maximum of 5 stars per song dependant on your performance. The object of the game is to watch the “Highway” for notes falling towards you on the screen. (Similar to that of a dance mat if you have played one) You must then press the correct colour coded matching button on your fret board to that of the note on the screen and press the strum bar jus as you would whilst playing a real guitar.

Heres a video of someone playing “Paramore – Misery Business” on expert on Guitar!

There are tutorials to play through which I  recommend you doing first!

(Some of the gigs in career mode you will have to pay for, but are not required for the complete career achievements, if you dont want to play them!)

There is the online multiplayer mode in which you play against other instrumentalists / bands in battles, or in faceoffs where you have to better your opponents scores etc.

And a quickplay mode in which you just freely play songs solo or in your band of up to four players!

A new feature to the Guitar Hero series is the song creator. You can make your own songs by playing any instrument then upload it onto the Guitar Hero servers for other players to download and play! You can also download other peoples songs! It is a bit hard to get used to and I recommend you do the tutorials! But once you get the hang of it you will be rockin’ out masterpieces all over the place!!

ghwtsongcreator1(A song in mid creation!)

When it comes to music every body likes different things, and even myself I always say I will listen to anything once, but after completing career with every instrument I found myself getting tired and some times frustrated with the same songs coming up all of the time. There is a very select few songs that I actually like and enjoy playing. Compared to previous Guitar Hero games where most of the set list is good this one failed rather disappointingly for me as I dont like and had never heard of most of the set list! As I said however each to their own so many people may like the songs!

So finally all in all I give Guitar Hero: World Tour – 8 out of 10.

This game is a lot of fun, I have played everyone in the series so far! The addition of new instruments has made the series even better! but due to its semi-disappointing soundtrack, and because there is alot of “4 member band” achievements, I have to mark it down slightly. (I know its a band game, im just pointing out the fact that due to this alot of the achievements are unavailable to people like me who dont have 4 people to play with!)

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

There are 50 achievements with a total of 1000 points.


Learning the Ropes 5
Complete a tutorial
One Time Solo Artist 5
Completed a song (Solo)
Stix 5
Perform as a Drummer (Band or Solo)
Yodeler 5
Perform as a Vocalist (Band or Solo)
Pick and Axe 5
Perform as a Guitarist (Band or Solo)
Feeding the Beast 5
Upload a song to GHTunes
Download Junkie 5
Download a few songs from GHTunes
A Pair Beats A Pair 5
Complete an Xbox LIVE 2 v 2 Pro Face-Off match (win or lose)
Survival of the Fittest 5
Complete an Xbox LIVE Battle Mode match win or lose
Mine is Bigger Than Yours 5
Complete an Xbox LIVE Band v Band match (win or lose)
First of Many 10
Complete a gig (Band or Solo)
One Man Band 10
Perform as every instrument at least once (Vocals, Lead, Bass & Drums)
Should We Stick Together? 10
Complete a song in a band (4 player band)
50 Note Posse 15
All band members get a 50 note streak at the same time (4 player band)
Easy There 25
Complete a Career on easy (Band or Solo)
Solo Artist 25
Complete a solo career (any difficulty)
Band on a Mission 25
Complete the majority of the gigs (Band or Solo)
Bling, Bling 30
Earn $1,000,000 in lifetime earnings
Top of the Charts 30
Complete a band career (any difficulty)
Medium Musician 30
Complete a Career on medium (Band or Solo)
Solid Gold Rockstars 30
100% a song as a band (4 player band)
Platinum Rockstars 50
100% a song as a band, hard or expert only (4 player band)
Hardcore 60
Complete a Career on hard (Band or Solo)
Hall of Famer 100
Complete a Career on expert (Band or Solo)
Jack of All Trades 150
Complete all instrument careers – any difficulty (Band or Solo)
Secret Achievements
Stamp Of Approval 5
You created your own band logo
One Of A Kind Axe 5
You created your own custom guitar
Warrior Of Rock 5
You created a male band member
Custom Beats 5
You created your own custom drums
Rock Maiden 5
You created a female band member
Inked 5
You created a custom tattoo
Leading Lady 10
You rocked out as Hayley Williams
The Experience 10
You rocked out as Jimi Hendrix
The Dark Prince 10
You rocked out as Ozzy Osbourne
Pumpkin Smasher 10
You rocked out as Billy Corgan
Bad to the Bone 10
You rocked out as the Skeleton
Wylde Man 10
You rocked out as Zack Wylde
Motorcity Madman 10
You rocked out as Ted Nugent
Don’t Blink 10
You rocked out as Travis Barker
Shiny Metal Thingy 10
You rocked out as the Rockubot
Guitarist’s Coattails 10
Get the highest score in the band as the lead or bass guitar (4 player band)
Vocalist’s Coattails 10
You got the highest score in a band as the vocalist
1.21 Jigowatts?!?! 15
All band members activated star power at the same time
Super Group Unite 15
You earned an 8x multiplier with the rest of the band at the same time
Axe Museum 20
You unlocked all of the guitars
Get Your Boogie On 30
You scored 222,222 or higher on the song Satch Boogie as the Lead guitarist
Muse to My Ears 30
You scored 222,222 or higher on the song Assassin as a Drummer
Mike Checka’ 30
You scored 123,450 or higher on the song Beat It as a Vocalist
Heavy Metall… 35
You scored 444,444 or more on the song Trapped Under Ice
TOOL of Destruction 35
You scored 444,444 or more on the song Schism

(Achievement Information from xbox360achievements.org)





MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

17 12 2008

…..From I Pigeon I

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and get all the great gaming goodies you want ;-D

chrimbogreetings(Yes that is me before you ask I had to dress up in this for work lol!!)

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Have a brilliant New Year aswell!!

I will write up a few more reviews in time for new year then after those it will be a brand new start for everyone!!

I will then see you all with some new content in January 09.

Keep your eyes peeled for Upcoming Content: 3 (Posted Tuesday 23rd December!)

Until then im heading for the PUB!!! (Im only Human afterall! :-P)

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon





Review – A Kingdom for Keflings (Arcade)

17 12 2008

A “Giant” small Review for A Kingdom for Keflings!

“Aww aren’t they cute!” I hear you say as your giant character stomps around the Kingdom, although they may be small these Keflings will do ALOT for you in this addictive arcade game!

The full version of this game will cost you 800 microsoft points and is available for purchase / download from the Xbox Live Marketplace!

As you start a new Kingdom you must choose your “Giant” character. There are a list of preset giants you can select from, or you can use your NXE (New Xbox Experience) Avatar as your character!

The objective of your game is aid the Keflings in gathering resources and creating buildings to expand your Kingdom to eventually create a Castle to house a King or Queen. You do this by collecting resources and constructing buildings. To collect the required resources you must assign jobs to your Keflings followers, the main resource gathering roles you can assign include Lumberjacks, Rock Miners, Crystal Gatherers and Sheep Shearers. Then you will have to give more permanent jobs to other Keflings which you will need to assign as you create certain buildings.

You start off with a few Keflings, a Basic Workshop and your Town Square, from there you must expand by creating pieces of buildings which can then be put together to create their respective final product. To view which pieces are required for each building you can check your blueprints screen (By pressing ‘RB’) and from there you simply gather enough resources to build each piece.

(A busy Giant carrying out his Lumberjack duties)

The heart in the above picture is what is known as “Love”, you need alot of this to continue with your mission to build a Castle, as these little Keflings need places to stay! Due to this you need to create homes for them, and no home is complete without some Love. After you have created all of the required pieces to build a house you can then finish it off by putting a Love heart into it which will provide you with two more Keflings to work with! Love can be found around the landscape randomly after collecting certain resources, or by completing quests.

When you build your Town Hall you will need to assign one of you Keflings as a Mayor, once you do the Mayor will start to offer you quests, which are indicated with a glowing exclamation mark over their head. Upon completion of your quests you are rewarded with more Love or Items that benefit your gameplay, such as running shoes to make you run faster or better belts which increase the load of resource you can carry at one time.

The time scale throughout the gameplay passes very fast, in real time because you lose track of time while playing due to your new addiction, and in game time because there are frequent seasonal changes in weather. One minute it will be bright and sunny and a few minutes later the leaves will be falling, then followed by snow for winter and the cycle continues!

(Snow covered tree tops and pathways during a Kefling Winter time.)

There are a wide range of buildings you can create, which are listed on your blueprints screen in a hierarchy format, meaning some buildings require you make others before they become available, each with its own special bonus for you and your Keflings. These bonuses include increased resource collection rates and quicker movement etc. There is even an artists building which you can use to paint your buildings different colours.

There is also an online game mode in which you must do the same thing as single player, except this time other Xbox Live Users can join in! This did make the gameplay alot more fun mainly because you have people to talk to but also because you can get things done quicker as your other “Giant” gamers join in.

(A happy group of players dancing with their Kefling followers.)

If you are aiming for the full 200 Gamer Points for this game then you will have to do some online exploring for yourself! One achievement “World Traveler” requires you to “Play in an online game where 20 different player banners appear” Player banners can be created via the Town Workshop and display your gamer picture on a flag. The easiest way to get this is to search for a game where the host is “King” and is therefore more likely to have met more people and aquired their banners!

The game will keep you occupied for hours while you build, rebuild and expand your Kingdom. There are however a few downfalls to it. I found the gameplay could become boring at times, that it can be fairly repetitive in that all you have to do is build things and collect resources. Also I found that once you have completed your Kingdom (You have built your castle) there is not alot left to do except for building anything you havent yet built.

So finnally all in all I give A Kingdom for Keflings – 8.5 out of 10.

This game is very enjoyable! It is a nice simple twist on more elaborate building/kingdom construction games like Sim City etc. Except for its minor downfalls hence my slight degrade in score!

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

Tips & Hints!

When it comes to building your Town Hall, Keep & Castle, rather than spending out lots of resources bulding all three you can simply upgrade the previous building. You will notice as you pull up the blue print for the chosen upgrade when you unlock it, you will notice that some of the required pieces are dimmed out. This indicates that you have already built them (On the already existing building!) You then simply build the remaining lit pieces to complete the new building!

Secret Achievement: Vanity

In order to achieve these 20 points, you must “Build a glorious statue of oneself”
(You Cant Build Your Avatar!)
To do this you simply build a “Sculptor” building and build 4 busts of any 1 character. Then place them all in a square and a colossus will form, unlocking the achievement 😀

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There are 12 achievements with a total of 200 points.
 

If I Had a Hammer 5
Build a lumbermill (Single Player)
Siegfried (or Roy) 5
Train a Kefling (Single Player)
Frank Lloyd 25
Unlock 25 blueprints (Single Player)
Big Bully 15
Became the big bully of the village (Single Player)
Haberdasher 20
Encounter every possible Kefling hat (Single Player)
Like Rabbits 15
Reach a total Kefling population of 30 (Single Player)
Think Big 10
Build a building made of more than 8 pieces (Single Player)
Master Builder 25
Build a cathedral (Single Player)
King 40
Finish a complete castle with three connected parts (Single Player)
Friend 10
Collect 10 unique player banners from other giants during Xbox LIVE play
World Traveler 10
Play in an online game where 20 different player banners appear
Vanity 20
Built a glorious statue of oneself (Single Player)

(Achievement Information from xbox360achievements.org)





Upcoming Content: 2

13 12 2008

Hi all, Just to let you know.

The Next Lot of Upcoming Content Will Be…

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Post Date – Wed, 17/12/08 Review – A Kingdom for Keflings (Arcade)
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Post Date – Sat, 20/12/08Review – Guitar Hero: World Tour
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See You Then!

Peace & Love

-Pigeon