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Just Cause Review

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The successful balance between exciting innovation and comfortable familiarity is a delicate one. It's true that large doses of creativity can sometimes lead an otherwise solid project wildly awry, but on the other hand, there's little value in rehashing ideas and not going far enough. In the case of Just Cause, the developers have innovated with one shining addition, but otherwise let the scales weigh heavily with well-trodden material.

Just Cause

Game Description: In Just Cause, you take on the role of the flamboyant Rico Rodriguez—a specialist in regime change. The island of San Esperito is suspected of stockpiling WMDs and it's your job to negate the threat to world peace. This little tropical paradise is about to implode as various factions vie for power. Play the island's factions off against one another; incite a rebellion among the masses; or build alliances with rebel forces and drug cartels. Explore over 250,000 acres of mountains, jungles, beaches, cities, and villages. The island can be explored by land, sea, and air—at your disposal is one of the most varied and exciting array of vehicles ever seen in a video game. Wealth of missions side-missions, bonus missions, and many more—plenty of action throughout the islands Your support team, Sheldon and Kane, provide you with reconnaissance info, extraction and vehicle drops.

Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams – Review

The beauty of Tak 2 is almost sublime—it manages to strike the perfect balance between being accessible to children yet entertaining for adults. Kids will love the characters and the silly humor (as will adults—the writing cleverly mixes in some jokes that work for multiple age groups) while grown-up gamers will appreciate the title's varied and challenging gameplay. This is, quite honestly, one of those games that people of all ages will enjoy.

Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Cartoon Violence

Tak and the Power of JuJu – Second Opinion

The first thing that struck me about Tak was the striking similarities to Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. The sprawling jungle filled worlds and collection-based gameplay were quite obviously Jak inspired, and the picturesque environments even improved upon The Precursor Legacy on some levels. But the game quickly crosses the line from homage to blatant rip-off; even little things like the pause menu screen and Tak's exclamations upon completing an objective seem taken directly from Jak.

Tak and the Power of JuJu

Game Description: Tak and the Power of JuJu is a 3D platform game featuring an original cast of characters. An evil sorcerer named Tlaloc is threatening the tranquility of Tak's tribal village, so the young shaman apprentice takes it upon himself to put an end to the problem once and for all.

Tak and the Power of JuJu – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Cartoon Violence

Tak and the Power of JuJu – Review

A sense of humor goes a long way, and Tak and the Power of JuJu is a pretty funny game. Of course, it is a Nickelodeon property so it brings with it the same kind of quirky, off-kilter humor as other Nick 'toons like Rocko's Modern Life and SpongeBob SquarePants. A big difference here though is that Tak doesn't have his own cartoon show (at least not yet). Anyway, it's a good thing that Tak is funny. The actual gameplay left me crying at times, and I really needed a good laugh or two.

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