Summer video game standouts


by Nick Whalen
Eagle Staff

L.A. Noire
Grade: 4.5/5 (Good)

L.A. Noire tells the story of hero Detective Cole Phelps who rises up in the ranks of the LAPD, who begins his career as a patrolman and works his way up to a vice detective.

The higher he rises in rank, the more corrupt the force gets when he comes to learn that Los Angeles is not the nicest place in the world.

The Good:

The graphics are good, the gameplay is great, and the story itself is phenomenal because of the plot twists and exciting action sequences that can leave you playing and guessing for hours.

Some of the greater aspects of the game is that you can free roam the streets of 1940s LA, have car chases and shoot at bad guys, bringing them to justice.

The Bad:

Even though it has a great story and exciting action sequences, L.A. Noire has a tendency to be slow at various moments that could bore some of the gamers who would rather play a shooter such as Call of Duty or Battlefield.

Bottom Line:

This game is a must have by far.

Infamous 2
Grade: 4.0/5 (Good)
Sucker Punch

Infamous 2 had a lot to live up to from its predecessor; for the most part, it’s done quite well. Cole, the game’s protagonist, has left Empire City and moved on to New Marais, a city that much resembles the style and setting of New Orleans. Cole and his friend Zeke have moved there to track down the powerful villain known as the Beast. Cole must become more powerful and deal with morally ambiguous tasks in order to stop the Beast.

The Good:

The game has kept the same basic powers that Cole received from the device known as the ray sphere from the first one, such as, lightning bolts, shock waves, and controlling electricity. The game has some amazing powers added such as the ionic vortex which causes an electric twister, the AMP which is an amazing melee weapon, and the kinetic volt which allows you to hurl cars and cause them to explode on impact. Cole’s constant decision for good and evil has always been my favorite part of Infamous and Sucker Punch Studios made it way better by introducing two new characters named Kuo and Nix. Nix can control fire and will follow Cole if you decide to make more evil decisions. However Kuo, who can control ice, will follow Cole if you make good decisions.

The Bad:

The only things that are bad about this game is the camera placement and some mediocre graphics compared to other games from this year. The camera is a third person view that can easily screw up when in use of the AMP weapon because of the various swings you make. However, if you don’t have a problem anything of that sort then the only thing you have to worry about is the hours of gameplay that will keep you riveted when playing Infamous 2.

Bottom Line:

Get this game.

Duke Nukem Forever
2.0/5 (Bad)
3D Realms

Fans have waited about 15 years for Duke to return, and it was a horrible outcome. Duke has to stop an alien invasion on Earth and keep them from taking our women.

The Good:

The graphics are decent enough and it is not to terribly long.

The Bad:

There is not enough gameplay for this game because every other turn on the map is a cutscene, the jokes are not that funny or not at all, and the plot is stupid enough as it is.

Bottom Line:

If you have half a brain, do not get this game.