F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin – Game Review

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin game review
Mac game review
MacHouse game rating: 9.0/10

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (hereafter, F.E.A.R. 2) is a horror & action game released by Warner Bros. Interactive for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. It was released in February 10th. It’s a first-person action game. So you will never get to see the face of the character you are playing.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin game review
Screenshot 01 – Scene from Half-Life 2, Source: MacHouse
  F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin game review
Screenshot 02 – Scene from Half-Life 2 Episode 1, Source: MacHouse
  F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin game review
Screenshot 03 – Scene from Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Source: MacHouse

What kind of game is F.E.A.R. 2? In several aspects, this game is quite similar to Valve Software‘s Half-Life 2. If you have played and enjoyed any of the Half-Life 2 games, chances are that you will probably enjoy this game, too. Right, the stories are totally different. In Half-Life 2, Gordon Freeman‘s movement is sometimes stopped by a sniper with a red laser beam. Screenshot 04 shows a similar scene from F.E.A.R. 2 where the player must kill a sniper to move on. In Half-Life 2, Gordon Freeman is sometimes asked to shoot down enemy’s flying carrier with a rocket launcher, right? Screenshot 05 shows a scene from F.E.A.R. 2 where the player must destroy an armor robot with a rocket launcher. Furthermore, Screenshot 06 shows a scene of a ruined street from F.E.A.R. 2, which resembles Half-Life 2’s ruined City 17.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin game review
Screenshot 04 – Source:
MacHouse
  F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin game review
Screenshot 05 – Source:
MacHouse
  F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin game review
Screenshot 06 – Source:
MacHouse

Even the way they use music in F.E.A.R. 2 is similar to Half-Life 2. When a series of exciting actions are expected, the game suddenly starts running music loud. And it will continue until you finish the whole mission. That’s how all Half-Life 2 games are designed, too, right?   Continue reading

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box – Game Review

BurnOut Paradise: The Ultimate Box Mac Boot Camp
Mac game review
MacHouse game rating: 8.5/10

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box is a new car racing game published by Electronic Arts for PC. The game was released in February 5. It’s not a totally new game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users because Electronic Arts published Burnout Paradise for these video game consoles on January 22, 2008.

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box consists of three expansion games on top of Burnout Paradise (Paradise Cars). Burnout Paradise Bikes is a motorcycle version of Paradise Cars. According to Criterion Games, the game developer, Burnout Paradise Bikes comes with ’38 new against-the-clock race events.’ Apart from the multiplayer game of Burnout Paradise, Burnout Paradise Party lets you compete with as many as 7 players. And Burnout Paradise Cagney adds three more challenges including Road Rage, Stunt Run, Marked Man on top of Race plus new cars and other features.

Burnout Paradise isn’t exactly a typical car racing game. Typical ones let you buy parts after entering and winning a competition, right? You won’t buy parts or vehicles in this game. You will drive like crazy all the time. But this game isn’t crazy enough to make you run over pedestrians.

BurnOut Paradise: The Ultimate Box Mac Boot Camp
Screenshot 01 – Source:
MacHouse

For those who haven’t played Burnout Paradise, I can tell you that this is the most complicated car racing game that I have ever played. And let me tell you why I think so. While playing the game, press the escape key, and you will see Driver Detail. The ultimate goal of this game is to reach 100% completion. Screenshot 01 shows that my completion percentage is 29%. In order to reach 100% completion, you will have to do a lot of different tasks including winning challenges, ruling roads, smashing fences, breaking billboards and more.   Continue reading

Left 4 Dead – Game Review, Playing Left 4 Dead with Mac Boot Camp

Left 4 Dead Mac Boot Camp
Mac game review
MacHouse game rating: 8.5/10

Left 4 Dead is an interesting action/horror game published by Electronic Arts. Electronic Arts released the game in North America in November 18. Left 4 Dead was developed by Valve Corporation, the game developer of the hit game series Half-Life.

It’s a game where you fight zombies. If you watch the introductory cinematic video of the game, you will find out that something must have happened two weeks before. Some sort of an infection has transformed people into zombies. It sounds like this game is inspired by 2002 horror movie 28 Days Later…. If you play the single-player game, you will control one of the four characters (Bill, Francis, Louis and Zoey). You can choose any of them, and other characters will assist you.

Left 4 Dead review Mac Boot Camp
Screenshot 01 – Source: MacHouse
  Left 4 Dead Mac review Boot Camp
Screenshot 02 – Source: MacHouse

By the way, there aren’t many PC/Mac games involving zombies, are there? The only game that I can remember is Stubbs the Zombie. Austin/Texas-based company Aspyr Media released the game for both Mac and PC on November 21, 2005. Left 4 Dead is totally different from Stubbs the Zombie, though. As I remember, the guy you control in Stubbs the Zombie can heal himself at any time by eating people’s brains. In Left 4 Dead, you use a first aid pack, which isn’t always available. And the crucial difference is that you play the zombie in Stubbs the Zombie and fight ordinary people.  Continue reading

Dead Space – Game Review, Playing Dead Space with Mac Boot Camp

Playing Dead Space on Mac Boot Camp Mac
Mac game review
MacHouse game rating: 10/10

Dead Space is a third-person action/horror game developed by EA Redwood Shores. Electronic Arts released the game on October 20, 2008. We have made and released more than 10 game play videos for this game. Unless it’s a good game, we wouldn’t make so many game play videos. Anyway, let’s find out how this game works.

First of all, let us tell you how the story of Dead Space evolves briefly. The character that you play in this game is Isaac Clarke. He is onboard the USG Kellion. Other people onboard the USG Kellion are Zach Hammond (the chief security officer), Kendra Daniels (computer specialist) and two more crew members. Their mission is to locate USG Ishimura and to find out the cause of communications blackout.

Dead Space review Boot Camp
Screenshot 01 – Source: MacHouse
  Dead Space review Boot Camp
Screenshot 02 – Source: MacHouse
  Dead Space review Boot Camp
Screenshot 03 – Source: MacHouse

The USG Ishimura is a mining vessel, which has gone missing in the Aegis System. Daniels and mission leader Hammond will gradually find out that ship’s captain Benjamin Mathius was working on an illegal operation in a prohibited system. The deaths of the crew members onboard the Ishimura and the illegal operation have something to do with the MakerContinue reading