Sunnee HeeraI graduated from Bradford University in 2006 training in Animation and special effects. I have a massive love for animation and especially in games. I currently train with AnimationMentor, the Animators from Pixar and Disney. I also train as a martial artist, Tang so do, Tai chi and Capoeria, which is probably why most of my interest in films and games are usually action and fighting related. I really enjoy Manga movies (such as Fist of the North Star) and action movies such as Equilibrium, Matrix Trilogy, Blade, Night Watch, Drive, Hitman, Troy and Underworld. I'm also a big fan of psychological films such as Memento and Irreversible too. I have been playing games since I was little, first ever games console was a Super Nintendo with Street Fighter 2. Since then I have been completely loyal to Nintendo and have owned every Nintendo console, including the rare Nintendo watch, to date. My main interests are action games such as Smash Bros, Tekken and Mario Kart, however I do also like games which lean more towards good storylines such as Metal Gear Solid.
Here are all the Zath articles written by Sunnee Heera...
June 28, 2011
Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a remake of the original game which was released on the N64 in 1998. Many consider the N64 version to be one of the best games of all time. This game was the first in the Zelda series to be a 3D polygon world and it was also the first game that introduced the left trigger targeting system, which has since been used by everything from third person actions games to role playing games.
So What’s Different?
One of the major differences is the actual graphics themselves. The Nintendo 3DS version isn’t just a simple port of the N64, but more of a repainting. The game’s visuals have been completely revamped by Japanese developer Grezzo, but the game has kept the same gameplay engine. Grezzo’s intention was to try and make the game look like the original concept art rather than to make it look like Zelda Twilight Princess.Continue reading »
January 25, 2011
Robox is a WiiWare action platform game developed by Dreambox Games. Dreambox Games are a new Spanish development company and Robox is its debut game.
The game offers retro style shooting with the best visuals the WiiWare has to offer. The game has a variety of different environments to explore and will take an average gamer a long time to complete this game.Continue reading »
January 23, 2011
Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo Wii is a reimagining of the Goldeneye movie and the N64 game, which many people considered to be the best shooter game of all time. This version of the game was developed by Eurocom, who originally created the fantastic Dead Space Extraction game for the Wii, and published by Activision.
Being one of the most loved shooter game of all time, Eurocom had a huge job to please all the fans who had played the N64 version, however, at the same time modernize the shooting elements of the game which we all expect in this generation. They have done this by reimaging Goldeneye and rewriting the whole script to today’s Bond, played by Daniel Craig, with less emphasis on gadgets, cheesy lines and more on physical action like Daniels Craig’s Bond movies.Continue reading »
January 22, 2011
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is a third person action game developed by Grass Hopper Manufacture and directed by Suda51. You play as an assassin named Travis Touchdown whose goal has always been to be the best assassin. However, Travis is now motivated by revenge.
If you have played the first No More Heroes and Killer 7, you will probably think that the way Suda51 has directed this game is a little strange. However, on some level it makes the game more unique and enjoyable.
No More Heroes 2 Desperate Struggle picks up three years after the original No More Heroes. Travis Touchdown had simply vanished and left the number one rank behind him. He is now a retired hero.Continue reading »
October 4, 2010
Metroid Other M was developed by Team Ninja and Project M from Nintendo. The game was released on September 2nd in Europe. This game was Nintendo’s attempt to create a far deeper, story driven experience for a gamer.
The game was first shown off in 2009 with emphasis on the fact that Team Ninja and Nintendo were working together on this project – shown by using a multiplication sign between the two company names in the trailer. The 2009 trailer showed off the types of fancy movements that Team Ninja is famous for and a battle scene where Samus is surrounded by a squad.
I personally wasn’t happy about this as I always loved the Metroid games for their feeling of isolation and exploration. At the time I felt the game was nothing more than Ninja Gaiden game with a Samus character and I was convinced Nintendo had ruined one of their best franchises. Only after playing the game did I soon realise that this was still a Metroid game.Continue reading »
August 14, 2010
Toribash is a very wacky physics fighting game, created by Nabi Studios. The game was created from the ground up for the WiiWare downloadable gaming platform and was released on 9th July 2010. There is a version for the PC, which is a free download and was a ‘Best Game Idea’ finalist at the 2006 Swedish Game Awards. The Toribash WiiWare version cost 1000 points, while the PC version has remained free and has a huge fan base.
If you have played the PC version, you probably won’t see many differences in game play. The objective of the game is to beat your opponent using moves that are all completely physics based. You take turns by moving the joints you select on your fighter and ending your turn. With this game being based around ragdoll physics, the fights are always different and the variety of moves are endless. For instance, if you wanted to perform a jump, you would have to relax all the bones in the body, allow the fighter to fall, than using the fighters hips and legs, push against the floor with some force.Continue reading »
August 8, 2010
Last year I reviewed Street fighter 4. Arguably one of my favourite fighting games of the year. I played the game so much, my thumbs would actually hurt. Capcom in typical fashion haven’t made a sequel, but more of an update in the form of Super Street Fighter 4 with more characters, more moves and extra modes.
Without me saying the same comments to last years review, I will simply say, the graphics are the same, the animations are the same, the play style and sound effects are all the same (all of which are still a big step up from the old Street Fighter 2 online game). But that said, they have changed the commentator as last year’s Street Fighter 4 had a very cheesy sounding guy!
The major differences are the fact that every character now has two ultra combos. You can select which one you would like to use before you battle. This is really interesting as it can change the way you play your character altogether.Continue reading »
July 26, 2010
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is, to simply put it, the best game the Nintendo Wii has to offer. The game is a sequel to the successful Super Mario Galaxy, taking all the best bits about the game and simply adding more. The game was released in North America on May 23, 2010 and in Europe on June 11, 2010.
A spoiler alert, Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser and it’s Mario job to save her, again! If Nintendo just happened to be reading this, why can’t she defend herself with the fighting moves you have given her in the Super Smash Bros series? Super Mario Galaxy 2 doesn’t offer the typical cut-scenes to explain this which seems to be the trend in this generation of gaming, but as soon as you play the game, cut-scenes and story just don’t matter.
Without playing Super Mario Galaxy 2, gamers could easily look at this game and see the same graphics engine, spherical gravity levels and think it simply a money grabbing sequel that Nintendo played ‘safe’ with. If you’re assuming you know what this game will be like, you’ll be falling into the trap of thinking this is just another Mario game. Let me assure you that this game is by far the best platform game ever! Nintendo went out to make a Galaxy sequel as they felt that there was so much more potential in the first one.Continue reading »
June 28, 2010
In the past few years Nintendo has had conferences that were not very memorable, particularly at E3 2009 for instance. Nintendo went down the route to please the casual gamer with games like Wii Music. The only problem with this was that casual gamers had probably never heard of E3.
This year, however, Nintendo has decided to go down the hardcore route and has announced games that are more for the traditional gamer. I was particularly pleased, because Nintendo itself is producing franchises that all gamers originally loved about its system.Continue reading »
June 10, 2010
Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies is the sequel to the cult classic Sin and punishment for the Nintendo 64. The game was developed by Treasure who are best known for their classic hardcore action games such as Ikaruga and Gunstar Heros.
The original Sin and Punishment was only released in Japan but was finally brought over to the UK and US through the Wii virtual console. The success of the virtual console version led the sequel to be released in the UK and US this year. This game follows the story of Isa Jo, the son of Saki from the first game, and his friend Kachi.Continue reading »
June 1, 2010
Monster Hunter Tri is the third instalment to the Monster Hunter series after last year’s Monster Hunter Freedom Unite PSP game. The game was developed by Capcom and it seems as though they are keeping the trend going that 2010 is the Wii ‘Hardcore Gaming’ year. This game, Monster Hunter 3 was released in Japan back in August 2009 and was later released in America and Europe without an online subscription fee.
Capcom originally planned Monster Hunter Tri to be a Playstation 3 title, but unfortunately like many PS3 titles, lost its exclusivity to another console, and of all of them, to the Nintendo Wii. Capcom have added Wii Speak to the European and American Version and have completely got rid of the Wii friend code system, making this one of the most accessible online games for the Wii.Continue reading »
April 23, 2010
When I first contemplated buying my Nintendo Wii, I was excited about the new set of controls and the fact that I could use the Wiimote as a sword, so when I first saw the trailer for the first Red Steel I was completely sold on the Nintendo Wii.
Unfortunately, the first game wasn’t as good as you would have expected it to be. The pointer was jumping all over the place; the sword fighting was very basic and got to a point where I just didn’t want to swing the Wiimote anymore. Everything I was excited about before I played the first game was a let down. I did, however, play the game to the very end as it was something that was completely new and, at the time, was one of the first games I had played on the Wii. Had I reviewed the game at the time, I would have given it a two out of five. Although it wasn’t completely awful, it was still quite a big let down.
The new game, Red Steel 2, has completely departed from the original storyline, but has kept the same theme of a first person shooter with a sword. You play as an unnamed hero in an east meets west world. It is really interesting to see how the developers have mixed elements of the wild west with futuristic elements under a Kung Fu movie themed world.Continue reading »
March 31, 2010
The Silent Hill games have been among the few survival horror games that have kept continuing. Konami carries on the franchise with Silent Hill: Shattered Memories which is the seventh instalment and also the first time in the series to appear on a Nintendo console.
If you have played the very first Silent Hill, you will find that you are more familiar with the story for Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. This seventh instalment is not so much a remake, but more of a re-imagined version that plays differently from the rest of the series.
The story begins like the first game where you play as Harry Mason. Harry wakes up from a car accident only to find his daughter, Cheryl, missing in a mysterious and creepy town called Silent Hill. The game’s story is told through a series of interactive cut scenes with a psychiatrist who asks you to do certain tasks, which then lead back into the game again. However, depending on the choice you make on certain tasks, your gaming experience will change. No two players have the same experiences playing this game as the game shapes itself towards your personality.Continue reading »
February 16, 2010
In April 2009 I did a review of Street Fighter 4. I managed to get my hands on Capcom’s latest fighter, Tatsunoko vs Capcom and I can already say its Street fighter 4 but faster, crazier and very Japanese. If you’re familiar with the VS series, you should feel right at home with Tatsunoko vs Capcom. The game was developed by Eighting and was originally realised exclusively in Japan. Due to high demands it was released a year later in the west with extra modes and more recognisable western characters like Frank West from Dead Rising.
If you have never played a VS game before, here is a quick summary. It plays like a regular Street fighter game but everything is put on turbo. The combos reach double digits regularly, the speed is much faster, and it’s all about being as aggressive as you can rather than staying at the other end of the screen firing fireballs at your opponent.Continue reading »
February 9, 2010
Being a big fan of Anime and Japanese art I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Muramasa: The Demon Blade. The game was released in Japan on April 2009 and was finally released in the UK in late 2009. Muramasa on the Nintendo Wii is an action role playing game developed by Vanillaware. The game-play allows the use of the Wii remote, the classic controller and the Gamecube controller. There are two difficulty levels that you can switch to at any time and the choice of two characters with their own story.
The game is set in ancient Japan during the mystical Genroku era and is ruled by a skilled shogun called Tsuanuoshi Tokogawa. The shogun’s thirst for power leads to a conflict over the cursed demon blades that bring tragedy and madness across the land.Continue reading »
January 30, 2010
Thirteen years ago Capcom revolutionised the survival horror series with one of the scariest games ever made called Resident Evil. Resident Evil 5 is the seventh instalment to the survival horror series. The game stars the original character from the first game, Chris Redfield, and a new character, Sheva Alomar. Resident Evil 5 is a reinvention of Resident Evil 4 with extra abilities and a cooperative mode allowing you to play the game with a friend.
The objective of the game is to stop a deal involving biological weapons going down in Africa. The storyline closes out Chris Redfield’s history and explains what has happened to him since the mansion incident in Resident Evil 1. This is specifically designed for people that have been playing the previous Resident Evil’s as the story keeps going back to the past events.Continue reading »
January 20, 2010
There has been a Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Racer, Lego Soccer Mania and a Lego Rock Band. It seems like the Lego characters are making there way into every game genre. There latest game, Lego Universe is to be released later this year, is a Lego online game, specifically a massively mutiplayer online (MMO) game developed by NetDevil. The game is a highly ambitious title aimed towards kids. I wonder why they just didn’t go ahead and make a Lego World of Warcraft?
The objective of the game is to join together with other players across the world and help the Lego Universe battle a dark force known as the Maelstrom. The Maelstrom has come to rid the world of imagination and it’s the player’s job to stop that from happening.Continue reading »
April 22, 2009
Killzone 2 is a tactical, first person shooter carrying straight on from the first game. The story line is simple. After defending the planet against the evil Helghan, the ISA (the good guys) launches an assault back on their own planet which is where the whole game is based.
Back in 2005 a trailer was shown at E3 which blew everyone away. It was a trailer for Killzone 2 that showed possibly the best graphics in gaming history. The game trailer looked like something from full length CG movie being played in real time. Killzone 2 was one of the most hyped games on the PS3 before the console was even released. Unfortunately it was later revealed that all of the footage of PS3 games at E3 2005 was ‘running off video’, which was done to PS3 spec.Continue reading »
April 11, 2009
It has been over 20 years since the very first Street Fighter game and Capcom have added another edition to the successful series with Street Fighter 4. The Street Fighter series is arguably one of the most respected fighting series of all time and Street Fighter 4 is most definitely the best one.
The first noticeable thing with Street Fighter 4 is the character roster. Unlike Street Fighter Third Strike where Capcom discarded just about every character, Street Fighter 4 offers all twelve of the original world warrior characters that started the series.Continue reading »
March 22, 2009
On July 15th 2005, Suda 51 developed a stylish, bizarre game on the Nintendo Gamecube called Killer 7 which was clearly aimed towards a more mature audience. Suda 51 have kept the exact same theme with their latest game ‘No More Heroes’ on the Nintendo Wii.
No More Heroes is a hack and slash adventure game that takes all the best bits out of Killer 7, and makes it into a whole new bigger and better game. The game has loads of blood, explicit language and very strange plot lines throughout. For example when you train your character at the gym, the gym owner always tries to get you to get naked before a workout!Continue reading »