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The Sims 3
The Sims 3
Offered by Shopville Canada
Prix : CDN$ 34.99
17 used & new from CDN$ 18.49

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Will keep you busy for a while but then meh., May 14 2010
Amusant:3.0 étoiles sur 5 
Ce commentaire est de: The Sims 3 (DVD-ROM)
I've been a big fan of the two previous games so I just had to buy it. If I hadn't got it through eBay at a significantly cheaper price I would've regretted my decision a lot.

The Sims 3 would be great for someone who's never tried TS1 or TS2. A lot of the stuff is regurgitated. Little bits of details have changed but basically they're the same stuff. At first I thought it was fun to (kinda) manage my sims at work with little modes like "business as usual" or "power working" or something like that but after a while it gets very linear. As usual, I don't have anything to do when all my sims are working.

I found their new CAS to be a complete fail. It reminds me a lot of the Elder Scrolls IV character creation mode. For those who play TESIV without face mods... yes, that's pretty much what we have here. And as far as I know EA is charging people for something they gave out for free for TS2: the bodyshop. But I guess after a lot of users started to charge other users for the so-called "premium" donation items, EA finally caught on and decided to get some of their profits.

But I should say some parts of TS3 have greatly improved upon its predecessors' shortcomings. You will get less loading screens (which is entailed by lagging if your graphic card is sub-par) and beautiful landscapes. Also you can customize virtually every item in the game with various patterns. On top of that the sims have more natural eye & body movements. I would've appreciated it more if creating decent looking sims wasn't so hard. Grids are more finely separated and you are no longer required to type in cheat codes to put things diagonally but I've found that sims still need much space to move around smoothly so you more or less end up putting things in the same way you did in TS2.

Get this game if you have a good computer and have never played any of the Sims games. The fans may be disappointed.

Sim City Societies (vf) - Windows
Sim City Societies (vf) - Windows
2 used & new from CDN$ 14.95

1 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 An okay purchase, Feb. 5 2009
Amusant:3.0 étoiles sur 5 
I had a great expectation for this game after seeing awesome screenshots and, against reviewers' suggestion not to buy, I decided to get it although Amazon charged me so much more than what it should be. And it turns out I should've been more prudent.

The origial Sim City games have been a bit too convoluted for my taste so I thought this could be a compromise point between them and the Sims. That's more or less an accurate description of Sim City Societies. You don't have to care about where things should go but you DO have to care about building influence points. Certain builidngs, like a city hall, provide authority which you can spend to get a police station. But just having these points don't exactly make things happen in your city. You can collect medals from accumulating high points but that's about it. You can also be awarded for having a big population, lot of money, etc.

You can mixmatch buildings but the background music reflects the style that is predominant. (For instance if you're more on the cyberpunk side, you'll hear techno-inspired music.) There are trophies you can get with managing a particular type of city. You can collect more than one with a single city.

The scenarios are okay and have different degrees of difficulty. Free play comes with options so you can have unlimited money or disregard having to have points to build structures. The natural surrounding of your city can be adjusted as well; you can add a large body of water, change terrain types and smooth out the hills, for example.

The biggest problem with Sim City Societies is that it doesn't really offer you a lot of reply values. It may entertain you for a few weeks but after that you'll get pretty much everything there is to it.

Nintendo Wii Nunchuk Controller
Nintendo Wii Nunchuk Controller
Offered by Waltham Picks
Prix : CDN$ 39.99
9 used & new from CDN$ 12.99

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Look into it before you buy a game, Feb. 4 2009
Amusant:4.0 étoiles sur 5 
I had to get this for the Umbrella Chronicles but I found myself using it for Wii sports more often. (Need it for boxing.)

Without a nunchuck your future choices of games will be quite limited but it doesn't mean you can't play anything without it. Check if the game you want to buy requires it before the purchase. Unless you have a specific game in mind, there's no need to buy it "just in case."

My only complaint so far about the nunchuck is that sometimes its recognition works very poorly. I got one from Amazon and I had to raise my arm up in the air to punch straight when boxing. It may be worth to buy it from somewhere convenient for you to return it should it function badly.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles - Wii
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles - Wii
Offered by EntertainmentForLess
Prix : CDN$ 26.40
17 used & new from CDN$ 9.99

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Actually not that bad..., Feb. 4 2009
Amusant:4.0 étoiles sur 5 
I've seen many reviews that found this game substandard for something out of the resident evil franchise but I thought it was worth the money.

The learning curve isn't that steep but it definitely takes some time getting used to the control. Personally I kept on confusing the button for weapons switching and the one for a knife. Except for the final Wesker mission ammos are plenty so you'll rarely be in desperate need of them. Especially if you're playing with someone else, you can be as trigger-happy as you want.

The weapons consist of the usual variety, including a handgun with infinite ammo, shotguns (both the regular and Richard's) and machine guns. As you go along you can unlock more superior guns like a rocket launcher. It's good for final boss fights; it is way less time consuming and will contribute to getting a good result in the end.

There are a few criteria in which you're examined, such as critical shots and total enemy kills. Since you can destroy almost anything in the game environment, the result takes that into account also and rewards a high count of objects destroyed. The grades range from S to C. (I haven't stumbled upon anything lower than C.) The better result you get, more stars you accumulate to improve your weapons' firepower, capacity, etc. (RE4-style.)
The difficulty within the game varies according to chapters but also you can switch the overall difficulty yourself.

Although the game gives you a brief summary of each game in the series, if you know the story you'll have a lot more fun because of the familiar surroundings and characters (with the same quality of lines and voice acting, which are totally lame). The game also encourages to collect documents which explain all the little (or big) mysteries behind the Umbrella corp.

It's not the regular genre you'll find RE in but it's nice for a change and even non-RE fans can enjoy it. The story still has some loopholes and has new, even more obscure characters but they are excusable for the overall quality of the game.

Resident Evil: Degeneration Bilingual
Resident Evil: Degeneration Bilingual
DVD ~ Makoto Kamiya
Prix : CDN$ 9.99
19 used & new from CDN$ 1.92

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Great for some but..., Jan. 17 2009
I am a big fan of the original games and personally thought the live-action ones were very poorly done. RE: Degeneration is much better than those but for those with high expectations it will fall short.

In terms of CGI the movie is good to look at. It reminds me of the cut scenes in the games, which is a good thing. The characters, despite being based on Claire and Leon, look very different from the original. According to the inteviews with the producers they tried to make the movie accommodating for non-gamers too, but I wouldn't imagine someone who haven't played Resident Evil to be satisfied after watching this.

Fans will probably enjoy the movie with two of the most popular characters in the RE franchise making a comeback. The movie overall has a sleek design, quite comparable to FF: Advent Children. It also has some hilarious special features which are actually worth watching. But if Resident Evil is a relatively new concept to you or if you don't enjoy watching zombie movies without gore (yes, bizarre) this might not be something you'd want to spend your money on.

Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark
Offered by EntertainmentForLess
Prix : CDN$ 6.89
10 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 "Will work for better control", July 13 2008
Amusant:4.0 étoiles sur 5 
Ce commentaire est de: Alone in the Dark (Video Game)
Alone in the Dark has a lot of nice, unique ideas which are overwhelmed by a second-rate storyline and a frustrating control system.

Graphics are not spectacular but are still very impressive. The game requires a solid graphic card and those who hope to get around with a so-so model will have to suffer through a series of clumsy motions and mishabs. The one that worked out for me was XFX GeForce 8800 GT Alpha Dog edition. I also tried the game with Radeon X1600 but it was quite slow.

Alone in the Dark lets you do a variety of actions with items. For instane, you can use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire or to smack someone in the head. You'll also come across conventional weapons like a handgun and an axe. One of the cool things I liked was throwing a bottle of inflammable liquid and shooting it mid-air. Since fire is the only tool that can kill off a demon for good, this trick comes in handy, especially when enemies are in groups. You can also pick up a handkerchief, combine it with vodka to make a molotov cocktail. Other things you can use include adhesive tapes, batteries for the flashlight, and so on.

My favorite in this game is the inventory system. Carnby is allowed to have only what he can carry in his jacket, which is unusually believable for a video game. And the jacket has different compartments in which only certain items will fit. For instance, you cannot put a vodka bottle where the flashlight should be. This is also where you can use your healing items, namely a spray. You can choose which wound to tend to (although I'd imagine you'd want to get to all eventually.) If a cut is deep, it will use up the spray a lot more.

But when you get over few interesting things you'll probably find yourself being frustrated every ten seconds or so because of the god-awful control. I'm not sure how it works out for console versions but for PC the buttons don't coordinate Carnby's movements that well. Also the inventory system, which looked so nice at first, gets quite infuriating when you're battling several demons at once and need to get things fast. And I don't think the game stops momentarily when you spend a few seconds selecting the right item. If an enemy attacks you, you're knocked out of the inventory screen.
Driving a car is also a real pain. Personally I've failed to complete that particular mission. The scene, along with good music, looks very movie-like but the car goes as though Carnby were pulling a DUI. The game does offer a few save-points so you don't have to start all over again but it will test your patience.

The storyline doesn't make the game any better, either. I've played the very first, DOS Alone in the Dark and realize that this should somehow relate to occult but the central park conspiracy theory involving a psychotic religious group seems quite silly. The game also tries to explain how Carnby looks the way he is although he should be more than 100 years old. (FYI: James Mccaffrey, who provided the voice of Max Payne, voices Carnby and worked out quite nicely.)

Overall I don't really REGRET buying this game; I just regret how much I had to pay for it. If you can get it for around $20 and have a really good graphic card and a large space in the hard drive, I'd say you'll get about your money's worth. It's not as bad as what some reviewers have said but not that great either.

Oh, and the game comes with a code which allows a player to install one copy to two computers only. If you install the game and format the computer (like I've stupidly done) you'll only get to use it for one. However if you've simply uninstalled it and forgotten to revoke the code, the website provides you with a program that does the job.

The Sims 2 Open for Business Expansion Pack
The Sims 2 Open for Business Expansion Pack
20 used & new from CDN$ 1.14

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than expected, June 19 2007
Amusant:4.0 étoiles sur 5 
Although I'm a self-proclaimed sims-mania, I wasn't going to buy this one. I thought it was one of those unnecessary packs that would just burden your computer. But it turned out to be pretty great! OFB gives you a wide variety of business opportunity and you can sell things that no one has tried to before. You get more items, of course, along with new build tools. And you can install an elevator in your lot now! There are so many new things in OFB that I can't list them all here.

One of the drawbacks of this game is that you pretty much have to get Night Life. It doesn't require you to, but you can't open restaurants or car dealerships without NL. And it is a bit overwhelming to manage business without using cheat codes or hacked items. But I guess that really contributes to the game's realistic settings; trying to please customers while getting the workers to be efficient and amiable.
Like all other games, OFB also has some major bugs. You should download patch files after you install the game. Otherwise you will get stuck in a community lot without any sim to play.

For me, OFB really spiced things up. It was boring after figuring everything out. Opening a business really gives you (and your sims) loads of work to do.

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