Review: Skate 2

1 03 2009

A kick flippin’ review for Skate 2.

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Skate 2 begins with the character customisation screen, all the usual features apply with the ability to edit your characters facial features, body shape, clothing and accessories.

You can come back to the Character Edit screen via the Start menu to change your characters’ appearance, apparel, accessories and deck wheels and trucks. You must purchase everything before you can use it and some things need to be unlocked by completing certain single player and online challenges.

The story then begins with a video describing how your character has recently come out of jail and how the city of San Vanelona has changed since you were last here (Skate 1)

A brief tutorial section introduces you to the fundamentals of skating and introduces the new ability to get off your board and walk/run around and the ability to move some objects in the city to create your own skating spots.

After meeting with Slappy in his park and doing the first few challenges you are free to explore the city.

(Welcome to New San Vanelona)

There are a range of challenges and activities for you to complete within your single player game. Some of these are photo and video footage challenges, Death races and Thrasher Hall of Meat challenges. Completing challenges earns you money which you can spend in the Skate shop or on various betting opportunities during the game.

The photo an video challenges simply require you to perform a certain trick or line in a set area e.g. kick flip over the gap.

Death races require you to race against other skaters down hill to a designated finish line, you must follow a set path passing through checkpoints to add to your time limit.

The Thrasher Hall of Meat challenges were my personal favourite. At any time during game play you can press (LS)+(RS)+[LT]+[RT] and your character will force a bail (fall off his/her board) you can then hold your (RS) in different directions to make your skater perform different poses. Cannon ball, Judo Kick, Spread Eagle, Pencil Dive. Your (LS) then controls the spin of your skater during the bail. The higher you fall, or the longer you are in the air the harder you will slam. The object of the challenges is to fulfill certain damages to your skater e.g. break 10 bones in one bail.

(Hall of Meat description from the game developers)

Within your game you will meet a large list of professional skaters who will offer you Pro challenges which are similar to the footage challenges in which you must complete a certain trick within a certain area, some simply require you to follow the pro to a location staying within a certain distance in metres.

Owning the Spot is another returning challenge to the game in which you must perform a trick or a line of tricks to earn a set amount of points in a certain area aka spot. Once you have owned the spot you can kill it by performing tricks to earn a higher set amount of points on the same spot.

At any time during your game you can bring up the menu and enter into an Xbox live match. You can choose to join a quick match in which you join a random game either all ready in progress or about to begin. Or you can choose to join a custom match in which you can select a specific game type to play. To be honest I’m not sure what exactly all of the online activities are, as I didn’t play much online myself. I do know however you can do Death Races online. You can also do Best trick competitions in which players much battle to earn the most points in one trick or a line of tricks within a time limit.

New San Vanelona has changed and policing of the streets has become a big threat to all Skaters in forms of extra security and many areas have been “capped” (metal caps over stairs, ledges and rails rendering them un skate-able) Due to this you can use your phone, by pressing [LB] to call/hire some people to provide certain services for you.

You can hire Big Black and he will provide you with some personal security, allowing you to skate high risk areas without interruption from security guards.

Mikey will un-cap areas for you, so you can skate them freely, but if security are in the area and they “see” him do it then it may immediately become capped again.

Sammy will drain swimming pools for you, which turns them into skate-able bowls.

(Sammy’s Pool Draining Service, High Quality version available on Youtube site!)

You can also use your phone to offer throwdown challenges to pro skaters that you have met during your game. After deciding on an amount to bet you take part in a game of S.K.A.T.E. The object of the game is to set a trick for the other skater to copy, the pro always goes first, if you or the pro bail, or repeat a previously set trick then its becomes the other skaters’ turn. Failure to copy the set trick earns a letter. The loser is the first person to spell out S.K.A.T.E.

Upon completion of the main story challenges you get your congratulatory F.M.V, you are then free to continue your game, completing any un-finished challenges and earning any achievements you need.

So all in all I give Skate 2 –  9 out of 10.

Another graphically sound feature packed game with plenty of gameplay to enjoy. In my opinion the Skate games are alot better than the “Tony Hawk” Range, So if you want a real fun Skating experience I can highly recommend Skate 2!!

Thanks for reading

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

*IN GAME HINT*
Within the in-game Skate shop you can purchase a range of clothing for your Skater but there is no option to change the colour of your chosen items… Or is there…
This works for T-Shirts, Button Shirts, Hoodies, Jackets, and Sweaters. This will not work if you already purchased the Custom Tee. All I can say is when your doing this NEVER purchase the Custom Tee!

Please follow the steps they are very simple.

Step 1. Choose your T-Shirt, Button Shirt, Hoodie, Jacket, or Sweater. If you already have it purchased that is fine!

Step 2. Once you have your Top selected go back to Merchandise/Store. Now select T-Shirts, and click on Custom Tee. From there just hit Start, and it will take you into the purchasing menu.

Step 3. WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T PURCHASE THE CUSTOM TEE

Step 4. Hit edit receipt, check off remove item (Top: Custom Tee should be highlighted). Now just hit back to store and it should have your chosen top selected with the color palette. Choose the color you want and just hit start and your good to go.

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There are 56 achievements with a total of 1250 points.



On Top Of The World 20
Perform an invert on one of the highest points in the city in career mode
Skater Evolved 5
Get off your board in career mode
I Like To Move It 5
Move your first object in career mode
That’s the Way 20
Beat all of Danny Way’s film challenges
GVR Champ 20
Win the GVR Contest
Big Air Champ 50
Win the San Van-a-Slamma
Still Alive? 5
Win a Deathrace in career mode
Race Hero 20
Win all races in career mode
Where’s my TV show? 20
Beat all Rob Dyrdek challenges
SBM Cover 30
Get the cover of The Skateboard Mag
Thrasher Cover 30
Get the cover of Thrasher
Meet Slappy 5
Meet Slappy
How you like them apples? 20
Acquire all phone numbers for the pros
Anyone Else? 20
Beat all the pros at Throwdown challenges
New San Van Hero 20
Call Mikey 10 times
Perfectionist 50
Complete all paths in career mode
Pull the Plug 15
Drain every pool and fountain in career mode
Real Estate Mogul 50
Purchase all property in career mode
Spare Parts 50
All Hall Of Meat paths complete
Fully Sponsored 50
Obtain all sponsorships
Urban Legend Too 40
Own all spots in career mode
The Architect 5
Upload a created spot
The Critic 10
Rate 10 community videos and photos
Pwn some n00bs 15
Win an online ranked match
Active Skater 20
Successfully complete all online freeskate activities with your created skater
Online Legend 50
Achieve Legend Rank Online
Online Pro 25
Achieve Pro Rank Online
Amateur Skater 15
Achieve Amateur Rank Online
Graphically Extreme 5
Add a custom graphic to your skater
Dethrowned 20
Download and own a community-created spot
Skater’s Choice 20
Win the Skater’s choice award in an online ranked match
Juggling Chainsaws 20
Wipeout at high speed in career mode
Skitched Up 5
Skitch for 1000 meters or 3000 feet in career mode
Make it Big! 15
Use Big Black’s service 10 times in Career Mode
Running Man 5
Escape a chase off board in career mode
DIY 35
Spend 30 minutes moving objects in career mode
Good Samaritan 20
Knock down a security guard chasing another skater in career mode
Need for Speed 50
Maintain maximum speed for 5 seconds in career mode
Sandbag 20
Break at least 15 bones in a single wipeout in career mode
Gender Bender 5
Change your skater’s gender
Grasshopper 20
Perform one grass gap of at least 10 meters or 30 feet in career mode
Stairmaster 20
Perform one stair gap of at least 12 meters or 36 feet in career mode
Uninsurable 20
Break 100 bones in career mode
Playing Nice Together 5
Complete your first online freeskate activity with your created skater
Cooperation is key 10
Complete 50 online freeskate activities with your created skater
Film School Dropout 25
Complete all film and photo challenges at Oliver Elementary
Parking Lot Attendant 25
Complete all film and photo challenges at the Parkade
Center of Attention 25
Complete all film challenges at the Community Center
Best in Class 25
Win the Best Trick Contest at Oliver Elementary
Best Trick Valet 25
Win the Best Trick Contest at the Parkade
Community Jammer 25
Win the Jam Contest at the Community Center
A Budding Star 25
Complete all film challenges at Rob’s Fantasy Factory
Jam Fantasy 25
Win the Jam Contest at Rob’s Fantasy Factory
Secret Achievements
Taste The Mongo 20
Mongo Push 5000 times in career mode
Skylight Superstar 25
Drop into Rob’s plaza through the skylight
No Hard Hat Required 25
Touch the top of the contstruction full-pipe

(Achievement information from xbox360achievements.org)





Review: You’re In The Movies

23 02 2009

Heres a lights, camera, action review for You’re In The Movies.

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In order to play this game you will need the Xbox 360 Live Vision Camera. You can buy the game and camera together in a pack, and you can buy them separate if you already have the game or the camera!

To enjoy playing this game you will need good room lighting, so you should either open window blinds and curtains or if you are playing at night I suggest you close all curtains and have some bright lights on in the room!

A large clear space is best to play in with a plain backdrop, some clothing that contrasts with the backdrop is also good to help the camera to pick you up.

One thing I will say about the camera set up (In my game experience as it may differ between users!) the camera tends to miss parts of you off on the screen if you dont set it up correctly, im not exactly sure why it does this, but in all honesty I played in my room which wasnt a large environment and there was too much in the background for the camera to cope with. So I highly recommend playing in dark coloured clothing against a white wall! Here are the rules on this anyway.

There are 30 movies you can choose from in 5 genres…

Action, Sci-Fi, Horror, Disaster and Classic.

… Once you have chosen your  movie you must then choose how many players there are up to a maximum of 4. Each player must then take the sreenshot of themselves which acts as their in game avatar. Every session is made up of different sections in which players take it in turns to act out a certain emotion or action, and take part in mini games which all make up the final product.

youre_in_the_movies_scared(Here is an actress acting scared)

The more actors there are determines how many rounds of acting will take place, An average 4 player movie can take 20 – 30 mins to complete. This can get a bit tiresome and repetative as you tend to be doing the same things over and over again. If you are going for the 1000 gamer points you will need to complete all 30 movies in 4 player mode, so i suggest you do this from the begining save repeating all of the movies! If you do not have 4 people to play with you can act all parts in the movies yourself (Which I did for some movies) but this gets very boring after a short time!

Some mini games will require two actors to take part at a time, like the one below in which players must splash each other with mud.

youreinthemovies2plyr(It’s A Bit Messy)

Once all of the actors have finished acting their parts, you are then shown the final product in which the game puts together your recorded parts into the movie you have chosen. Here is an example of a finished movie…

Another game mode is Director mode, this game lets you become the director and create your own movies from start to finish. You choose how many and which scenes will be used, you can even add your own vocals and sound effects.

Some of the achievements require you to complete certain mini games, If like me you complete all of the movies and havent attained all of these achievments you can play any of the mini games  via the  menu, to save you going through movies again trying to find certain mini games!

So all together I give You’re In The Movies –  8 out of 10.

A great party game with lots of hilarious movies to take part in, unfortunately due to some potential graphical issues, and lack of continuous enjoyable single playability I have to mark it down slightly!

Thanks for reading

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

There are 43 achievements with a total of 1000 points.

First Audition 5
Complete an audition and begin making a movie
Make a Movie 10
Complete 1 game session
Make a Trilogy 20
Complete 3 game sessions
Make a Series 25
Complete 5 game sessions
Going Solo 10
Make a movie with only 1 player
Horror Hero 30
Complete all movies in the Horror genre
Sci-Fi Star 30
Complete all movies in the Sci-Fi genre
Action Ace 30
Complete all movies in the Action genre
Disaster Don 30
Complete all movies in the Disaster genre
Classic Cat 30
Complete all movies in the Classic genre
Cater for Most 30
Make a movie in each of the 5 genres
Obsessed 70
Complete all 30 original movies
Totally Obsessed 100
Complete all 30 original movies in 4 player mode
Budding Director 10
Create a script using director mode
Epic 15
Make a movie with 4 players
Carny 20
Complete all fairground games
Key Grip 20
Complete all studio games
Beach Bum 20
Complete all desert island games
Zen Master 20
Complete all dojo games
Country Kid 20
Complete all countryside games
City Slicker 20
Complete all city games
Team Player 35
Complete all 2 player games in 2 player mode
First Class 10
Play Flight of Fancy and ride in the plane
Run For Your Life 15
Don’t get caught in both Monkey Run and Tornado Run
Movie Editor 20
Score maximum points in Film Buff and The Reel Thing
Demolition Dynamo 20
Knock the wall down in Swing King and dig to the bottom of the screen in Demolition Day
Generator 20
Score maximum points in Backstage Bother and Dynamo!
Sound Engineer 20
Score maximum points in Sound Off and Ding Dong
Slippery Eel 15
Don’t get hit in both Knock Knock and Rodeo Rampage
Puzzle Master 20
Score maximum points in Cup and the Pea and Costume Crisis
Frantic Fun 20
Score maximum points in Shut the Valve and Treasure Trove
Spiritual Bliss 20
Score maximum points in Stone Master and Free Your Mind
Athlete 20
Score maximum points in Log Toss, Bungee Run, and Hula Hula
Triathlon 20
Score maximum points in Marathon Man, Stuntman and Piranha Panic
Bruiser 20
Beat all the bad guys in Runaway Train and Hitman
Strength Challenge 20
Knock the bell off in Strongman
Punch Bag 20
Hit the maximum punch 3 times in a row in Punch Out
Skuse Me 20
Get 3 balls in a row on Skuseball
Rocketeer 20
Destroy 20 ships in Rocket Launcher
Float Like a Butterfly 20
Complete Play Fight and Fistful of Fun without getting hit
Sting Like a Bee 20
Hit all the pads in Contender
Beat Master 20
Score maximum points in Dragon Boat and Funky Monkey
Funky Mover 20
Score maximum points in Let’s Dance and Freestyle Fever

(Achievement information from xbox360achievements.org)





Review: Fable 2

23 01 2009

A Heroic review for a brilliant Action RPG…

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Wow Is the first and main thing I have to say… WOW. Fable 2 has had me hooked and is very different from most games for me. Usually I will play a game until I haved attained the 1000 points or until I have completed it and cannot possibly earn anymore points, then I will trade it in.  Fable 2 however has kept me coming back for more. Since buying the game on 27th December 08 and completing it a week later I have completed it multiple times with a few different characters.

I didnt play Fable 1 so I dont really have anything to compare it too, but I will still offer my opinion.

After selecting a male or female character the begining of the game plays like a tutorial as you are a child living on the streets with your sister, it teaches you about movement, combat and character interaction etc. After the events of the introduction pass you find yourself now older as you have become a strong young man/woman and you can then begin your journey.

fable2child(A young male character begining his journey)

Fable 2 offers players a huge free roam environment called Albion in which to explore. (Which is 10 times bigger than Fable 1 for anyone that played it.) This environment is filled with many different regions each with its own city for you to explore. The graphics in Fable 2 are stunning, the differing environments from town to town give you a detailed impression of how life in Albion would be, from the bustling streets of Bowerstone Market Town Center to the lush greenery of Oakfield are very detailed and believable. Similar to the system featured in “Oblivion” and “Fallout 3” you can fast travel. So if you dont want to make your journeys on foot, you can select what region you want to travel to within the game menu!

fable2oakfield(Oakfield’s Beauty in all its glory!)

The concept of the game consists of working your way from region to region completeting quests that you recieve along the way. The main quest line will take you through the story of the game whereas you can accept side quests from villagers and other characters all of which you can complete in any way you want. A large part of the game makes you choose whether to complete it by being good or evil, You characters visual appearance will change dependant on your charcter’s lieniency towards good/evil, and pure/corrupt. If you are good a halo will appear above you head, whereas if you are evil, devil like horns wil appear on your character’s forehead. Also if you are pure glowing light blue streaks will appear all over your charcters body, whereas if you are corrupt, darker dull red streaks will appear.

fable2evil(A completely evil character, with full Devil horns and glowing red eyes!)

Along your travels you will encounter a variety of creatures and humans that will attack you these range from the dwarf like Hobbes (It is said Hobbes kidnap children and turn them into Hobbes themselves) to  werewolf like Balverines to huge towering Trolls. Human enemies include bandits and assasins.

fable2combat(Being surrounded by bandits doesnt worry our brave hero.)

To combat these foes, you can use Hand to Hand Combat, using weapons like Longswords, Katanas, Axes and Maces. Long Ranged weapons include, Crossbows, Rifles and Pistols. You can also use Magic Attacks such as the electric Shock, the fire Inferno, and Raise Dead which raises the souls of fallen enemies around you which come back to fight for you. The combat system is pretty basic and its really down to button bashing but the attacks are set to X (Hand to Hand),Y (Long Ranged) and B (Magic) buttons. If you die in combat, your character will recieve battle scars on their body.

fable2shock (A very “shocking” performance for those hollowmen!)

During combat you can earn experience points, you earn different points dependant on your attack, Blue strength for hand to hand attacks, Yellow skill for ranged attacks, Red will for magic attacks also Green for general experience points. These experience points appear as little orbs that drop from your enemies as you attack. When the battle is over or even during if your daring you can hold your “RT” trigger and the experience will be drawn into your character. If you die in combat you simply revive in the same spot you died you just lose any battle experience you hadn’t collected during the combat up to that point.

fable2orbs(Sorry about the quality, Here you can see the experience orbs on the ground!)

Aside from all of the quests and fighting there is a lot to do in Albion. You can try to live a normal life in that you can make people fall in live with you by impressing them enough, to a point that you can get married by offering a ring to someone that loves you, Upon marrying and selecting a marital home you can have protected or unprotected sex with your wife/husband, unprotected sex can however lead to your character contracting STD’s and you could also have a little child of your own.

fable2love(“Do not worry ladies I have time for all of you”)

Within the many towns and regions of Albion there are many properties to buy like shops, pubs, houses etc. You can earn money by renting out the houses, and from the profit your shops bring in, but dependant on your pure/corrupt lieniency you can choose to alter rent to any where between 100% above or below the oringinal prices. Obviously charging no rent is going to make you pure, whereas being greedy will make people dislike you and become corrupt.

Aside from your statistic building experience points, you can earn Renown points which basically add up to how famous/well known you are within Albion. You can earn renown by completing quests for people and earning trophies which you can show off to people via the expression wheel.

fable2trophy1(My Hero displaying one of his many Trophies.)

During your time spent in Albion you will undoubtedly encounter an endless amount of villagers, settlers and other people to converse with. To interact with people you must use the expression wheel. There are various expressions to use from Social, Fun and Flirtatious ones to Scary and even Rude ones. All of which have different effects on how people react to you e.g. Fun and Social expressions will make people like and even love you, whereas Scary or Rude expressions will make people fear or even hate you.

fable2expression1(Trying to impress “Sue the Housewife” with some flirty expressions)

If no one else within your Fable experience, you will always find one friend wherever you go. Man’s best friend itself, your dog. Always at your side your dog follows you on quests and wherever you go throughout Albion. Although it is nice to have the company while your travelling, your dog does have its uses. You can train your dog to be a stronger fighter, you can also teach him to hunt for treasure in which case he will find treasure chests and items buried in dig spots that are near you and will lead you to them.

fable2dog(Giving your faithfull friend some loving praise!)

There are two versions of the online multiplayer. First of all there is the co-operative mode in which someone can join your gameas a physical character and help you with quests and fighting etc. The other version is chosen from the in game menu. You must select to display player orbs and whether to display friends only or everyone. Then little orbs will appear which represent other players online. You can then approach the orbs and interact with them by chatting or giving them gifts etc.

fable2onlineorb(Here I am interacting with another player’s orb online via Xbox Live.)

Downloadable Content: Knothole Island = 800 microsoft points.

Knothole Island gives players an extra quest line in which you must solve Knothole’s weather problems, you can help the “Box of Secrets” shop restock by finding certain items around Albion, and their are 10 informative books detialing Knothole Island’s history for you to find within the region. By completing these tasks throughout you can earn another 3 achievements worth 100 gamerpoints.

So finally all in all I give Fable 2 – 10 out of 10.

Another highly addictive RPG game that has had me hooked! With a brilliant story and great re-playabilitly and massive explorative capability this game keeps you coming back for more! I have given it top marks because, in my opinion, this game cannot be faulted!

Thanks for reading

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

There are 53 achievements with a total of 1100 points.


The Pooch Pamperer 5
Play fetch with your dog, or see another Hero’s dog play.
The Archaeologist 5
Dig up something the dog has discovered, or see another Hero do so.
The Dog Trainer 5
Teach your dog a trick, or see another Hero’s dog learn one.
The Persuader 5
Convince a villager to give you a present, or see another Hero do so.
The Show-off 5
Impress a villager with a perfect expression, or see another Hero do so.
The Romantic 10
Take a villager on a perfect date, or tag along to one. Location and expressions are all-important.
The Spouse 10
Marry a villager, or attend the wedding of another Hero.
The Parent 10
Have a child, or be there for the birth of another Hero’s child.
The Hunter 5
Kill a sweet, innocent, fluffy bunny rabbit (remember, safety’s off!)
The Gargoyle 25
Find the gargoyles’ legendary treasure.
The Chicken Kicker 5
Kick a chicken a good distance, or see one getting kicked.
The Cliff Diver 5
Cliff dive 500 feet, or see another Hero do so.
The Workhorse 10
A Hero must achieve a high-enough chain while performing a job.
The Hero of Many Names 5
Change your Hero’s title, or see another Hero change theirs.
The Teaser 5
Make bandits respond to expressions with fear, anger, mirth, and confusion… during combat!
The Property Magnate 10
A property must be sold for twice the price it was bought for.
The Rogue 5
Steal something undetected from a building while there are people nearby, or see another Hero do so.
The Illustrated Hero 5
Tattoo every part of your Hero’s body, or see another Hero do so.
The Executioner 10
Sacrifice ten people in the Temple of Shadows, or see another Hero do so.
The Gambler 10
A Hero must win 500 gold at a pub game in one sitting, having tried each game type at least once.
The Bigamist 10
Get married a second time, whilst already married, or attend the second wedding of another Hero.
The Swinger 5
Take part in a debauched bedroom party with several participants.
The Pied Piper 10
Start a party where at least five villagers are dancing, or see another Hero do so.
The Party Animal 10
Get five villagers drunk in under three minutes, or see another Hero do so.
The Menace To Society 5
Commit an act of public indecency, or see another Hero commit one.
The Black Knight 10
Shoot the weapons from a hollow man’s hands, blow off his head and then kill him for good!
The Duellist 10
String together a full-speed chain attack, or see another Hero do so.
The Sharpshooter 10
Hit three enemies with one shot, or see another Hero do so.
The Archmage 10
A Hero must kill five human enemies with one spell.
The Ruler of Albion 100
Amass a 2.5 million gold real estate empire, or be there when another Hero does.
The Hoarder 25
Collect every silver key, or see another Hero do so.
The Goth 5
A Hero must dye their hair black, and wear a black outfit and black makeup.
The Completionist 50
Get all expressions, pet tricks and abilities, or see another Hero do so.
The Paragon 15
Reach 100% good or evil, or see another Hero do so.
The Extremist 15
Reach 100% purity or corruption, or see another Hero do so.
The Celebrity 50
Reach 50,000 renown, or see another Hero do so.
The Artisan 10
Succeed at one job to Level 5, or see another Hero do so.
The Dollcatcher 10
Collect all the Hero dolls, or see another Hero collect them.
The Muse 5
Inspire the Bard to compose songs celebrating your great deeds.
The Companions 10
Perform a perfect co-op expression.
The Double Threat 10
Get a co-op combat bonus.
The Philanthropist 10
Send a gift to an Xbox LIVE friend, or watch another Hero send one.
The Whippersnapper 25
A child Hero must collect five gold pieces.
The New Hero 50
The terror of Bower Lake must be defeated.
The Hero of Strength 100
Complete The Hero of Strength.
The Hero of Will 100
Complete The Hero of Will.
The Hero of Skill 100
Complete The Hero of Skill.
The Sacrifice 25
A Hero must choose ‘The Needs of the Many’.
The Family 25
A Hero must choose ‘The Needs of The Few’.
The Egomaniac 25
A Hero must choose ‘The Needs of the One’.
The Collector 25
Acquire all the mystery items in The Box of Secrets shop, or see another Hero do so.
The Meteorologist 50
Bring all of Knothole Island’s weather problems under control, or help another Hero to do so.
The Bibliophile 25
Find all the books detailing the history of Knothole Island, or help another Hero to do so.

(Achievement information from xbox360achievements.org)





Review: Lips

14 01 2009

A high note of a review for…

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Before I start the review I will have to say if you dont like karaoke or singing then you probably wont want this game, but then I will highly advise you to get it anyway!!

The main excuse I hear from/about people not playing this game is because they “Cant Sing?!”. The point is it doesnt matter, thats the best part of it. I cant sing to save my own life but I still rack in the high scores! The game would be boring if we were all beyonces (because of the vocal chords not the booty!)

Lips is a very simple yet very effective Karaoke game it has a simple layout with easy to navigate menus…

Sing mode. This is the bread and butter of the game the basis of this mode is simple you choose a song from the alphabetised list and you sing it Lips comes with 40 songs standard. After choosing a song you are taken to the video select screen. You can choose to sing along to the normal music video or you can choose from a list of “Party Games” to play while you sing wich are better played cooperatively….

Virtual Music Video. The character within the video reacts to your gameplay, the more you perform and the better you do the character will dance and lip-sync along with you.
Time Bomb. In this game players work together to perform well to build their star power meter and when full players can perform a gesture which then puts out the bombs fuse for a short period of time. The object of the game is to complete the song before the fuse runs out thereby exploding the bomb.
Kiss presents two lovers trying to reach each other to kiss. Players must perform well to build their star power meter as the characters run towards each other, when the meter is full the gestures for both players will appear, at which time players must activate their gesture at the exact same time making the on screen characters kiss. However if players dont match their gestures then there are some nasty consequences!
Vocal Fighters. This is the game for the competitor in all of us as it is a one-on-one competition to win the most fans. The object of the game is to perform better than your opponent to boot one another off the stage to earn points. At the end of the song who ever has the most points wins.

lipsvideochoice(Choosing which music video / party game to play.)

Once you have chosen you music video you can then choose to sing the full song or a shortened version of it.

The object of the game is to not only sing songs but perform them. You are awarded points for doing certain things within songs also dependant on how well you perform.

– Star Power – As you sing you earn star power which is indicated by a bar than runs above the on screen lyrics. Once the bar is full a character will appear displaying a specific gesture you are required to perform in order to activate your star power.

– Gestures – There are a variety of gestures for you to perform in order to activate your star power, all of which have you shaking and waving the microphone around in different positions, e.g. up in the air, around your head, up and down, under your leg.

– Stars – Once you have activated your star power using a gesture the coloured bar that runs with the lyrics changes to gold and the bars fill with sequential gold dots, these are stars, while you sing in star power activated you collect these stars which then add towards your total at the end. There is an achievement for earning 100,000 stars so you will be kept busy!

– Medals – Aside from earning stars you can earn medals. There are six medals that can be earned for each and every song you perform, these are…

– Pitch – Get accurate pitch.
– Rhythm – Match your vocal rhythm to that of the song.
– Performace – Successful use of mic gesturing during breaks in singing.
– Party – Successful use of the ‘Noise Makers’ on the Xbox 360 controller.
– Technique – Use of vical expertise i.e. vibrato
– Stability – Stay on pitch for the duration of the notes.

lipsvmv(You can see on the left, this player has just earned the Technique medal)

– Noise Makers – Although the game relies heavily on the use of the microphones, it does not make the Xbox 360 controller obselete. You can use the buttons on the controller to add your own sound effects in game to boost your score and earn medals. The noise makers are usually just symbals or clapping sounds to accompany your singing. As you use noise makers, and stay on beat with the song, a light begins to glow at the top of the screen when it is at its brightest you can shake your microphone during breaks in singing to earn star power alot quicker!

Jukebox Mode – This mode provides the music to your party, you can select from your favourite songs or select a play list and the game will play through your choices displaying the music video for that song. A brilliant feature of Jukebox mode and that of the Lips Microphones is that at any time during Jukebox mode you can simply shake your microphone to activate it and join in the song, at which time the game displays the lyrics for the current song and you can continue to sing as you do in normal Sing mode.

Get Music – This mode gives players the endless singing freedom they want and have always desired from karaoke games. Get music allows players to add their own music from external devices such as the Xbox 360 Hard Drive or from their iPod or other  MP3 player. Once a device is chosen all available tracks appear then players simply choose which songs they want and add them to Lips. A word of warning however to sing songs from an external device the said device must be plugged into the Xbox 360 Console, otherwise they become unavailable!

lipsgetmusic(The Get Music menu option, the icons floating above are all of the songs I have added)

.After adding music to Lips you are going to want to sing them. These songs however are not the same as the pre-loaded ones and are sung in Freestyle Mode. This mode displays random visualisations during singing and there are no lyrics displayed. Although singing songs you know and have added yourself is fun it does have a few downsides, since there are no registered lyrics you can find yourself struggling (Unlessof course you really know the song) Also since there are no defined lyrics there is very little to score from. Im not entirely sure how the scoring works in freestyle mode, but you do not earn medals and you earn very few stars.

My Lips – This mode is the home base for all of your Lips statistics. It is split into three columns…

– My Profile, this column displays your current star count, your total medals, your average song rank, your total songs sung and total unique songs sung, it also displays your current challenges wins.

– My Friends, this column displays all of your friends list, form which you can issue challenges to whomever you wish. Obviously only people with the Lips game themselves will be able to accept and take part in those challenges.

– Top Ten, this column shows you the top ten songs you have performed, it shows how many times you have performed each song and how many times it has been performed worldwide.

Options – This screen gives you the opportunity to edit you Lips experience to suit you. It offers you the choice to change your main menu theme, the colour of your sing bars whilst playing a song, you can turn your Microphone LED lights on or off, and you can choose whether you want sounds effects and noise makers on or off.

The only negative I would have to say is that Lips is a game that should be enjoyed in company, meaning if you play it often by yourself it can become very boring, also constantly singing the same songs gets annoying.

So finally all in all I give Lips – 9.5 out of 10.

This game is very fun indeed, With a brilliant achievement list and many singing opportunities it is fun for all the family!

Enjoy and Thanks

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

There are 40 achievements with a total of 1000 points.


Been to Get Music 5
Entered Get Music for the first time
Welcome to My Lips 5
Entered My Lips for the first time
Try Freestyle Mode Out 5
Played Freestyle mode for the first time
Fight for the first time 5
Sent a song challenge to a friend for the first time
One Hit Wonder 5
Sang 1 song in short or full
Platinum Artist 25
Sang 10 different songs
Lips Anthology 30
Sang 40 different songs
I’m Kind Of A Big Deal 40
Achieved the rank of “Infinity”
Wishing on a Star 30
Gained 5,000 total stars
I’m full of stars 40
Gained 50,000 total stars
Superstar! 40
Gained 100,000 total stars
100x Medalist 30
Awarded 100 total medals
500x Medalist 40
Awarded 500 total medals
Perfect Pitch 30
Awarded 30 Pitch medals
Time Machine 30
Awarded 30 Rhythm medals
Like A Rock 30
Awarded 30 Stability medals
Technician 30
Awarded 30 Technique medals
Ham Star 30
Awarded 30 Performance medals
Life of the Party 30
Awarded 30 Party medals
Rebirth of Cool 30
Got “Cool” 10 times in a row
What’s Cooler Than Being Cool? 30
Got “Cool” in every page
I Got You Babe 5
Participated in Co-op mode for the first time
In Synch 25
Scored 1,000,000 pts in Co-op mode (Awarded to all signed in players)
Battle Tested 10
Played VS mode 10 times in different songs
Figure 8 25
Got 8 medals total in one song (Awarded to all signed in players)
Full Medal Panic! 40
Got 12 medals total in one song (Awarded to all signed in players)
Clap Your Hands Everybody 25
Noisemakers were perfectly in sync (Awarded to all signed in players)
Gotta Have More Cowbell 30
Used the cowbell 50 times (Awarded to all signed in players)
One Small Step For Man 5
Added a song to Lips from external sources
One Giant Leap for Mankind 10
Added 20 songs to Lips from external sources
This is madness! 20
Added 300 songs to Lips from external sources
Throw Your Hands Up 5
Triggered a gesture in the Virtual Music Video
Rising Star 40
Achieved a Grand Ranking of “Lounge Act”
Big Name in Lips 40
Achieved a Grand Ranking of “Hit Maker”
Call Me Superstar 40
Achieved a Grand Ranking of “Superstar”
Defending Champion 25
Got 20 challenge wins
Let’s Get This Party Started 10
Activated Jukebox mode. Will be awarded to all players who are signed in
First Kiss 35
Participated in 2P Kiss game ranked as “Match Made in Heaven” (Except in Freestyle mode)
Nice Duds 35
Successfully stopped the bomb from exploding in Time Bomb (Except in Freestyle or Short mode)
Fan Service 35
Participated in a Vocal Fighters game with a 4 point difference (Except in Freestyle mode)

(Achievement Information from xbox360achievements.org)





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)





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)





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)