Reviews by 9insane9

75

An improvement over the first in every way

9insane9 | April 14, 2014 | Review of Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition

This game takes what was in the first and adds so much to it. Several locations, varied mission types, frustration and joy all in one. The setting for this game, reneissance Italy, lends itself extremely well to the game. It's the perfect time and place for an epic story. And this game brings it. I mean, really, it has got to be one of the most engaging stories I've played through in a video game. The mechanics are fun too for the most part, albeit they could have made the controls a little better on the PC version. There really is no need to hold several keys down at once to perform an action. But that in itself is a small mishap and is quite easy to get used to. But what really grinds my gears (and many other people's, for that matter) are the fixed camera angles in the assassin tombs. During those, the direction in which the character is headed depends on the camera angle rather than the usual (direction of the character). Plus, the game does not run terribly well. Even though I'm running this on a notebook with a GT650M, it should run constantly at 60 frames per second. I mean, several years have passed, right? It should run better. All of this is a result of bad porting. However, even though the game suffers from being a bad port, it is still a really good game because the story and setting make up for it. The game ( unlike the next games in the series, which have been filled with micromanaging tasks) remains very casual, which makes the game more enjoyable in my opinion.

TL;DR: If you can withstand the negative effects of a bad port and like a good story and casual gameplay (and an awesome setting), this game is for you.

98

A pleasant batsurprise

9insane9 | April 14, 2014 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year

I don't think there's a single bad thing about the game. I mean, the graphics look great (especially for the time of release), it runs buttersmooth with max settings and plays really, really well. Plenty of graphics options as well, which is always a nice thing. With PhysX on, this game truly looks remarkable. The gameplay is rock solid. The fighting system works better than in any game I've played before, albeit I haven't played all that many of them. One thing that bothered me about the combat system was that the knives are glued to the thugs' hands so that when they fall, they will not drop their knives. But that adds difficulty to the game and that's actually a good thing in my opinion. The plot is just the run-of-the-mill comic story, but that is to be expected and it works really well in conjuction with the incredibly immersive world. This game definitely has replay value as well, I am currently on my second playthrough, this time on hard difficulty. All the more fun. Overall, a really solid game and an excellent introduction to the quadrilogy. If you're not a fan of Batman, this game will turn you into one. I should know, it made one out of me!

95

A timeless classic

9insane9 | April 10, 2014 | Review of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

In my eyes, this is the best GTA.

It's an incredibly well-made game with an authentic feeling 80s atmosphere. There's a lot of attention to detail, especially for a game of it's time. There's so many references to things from the 80s: the TV shows, brands, music. Music is probably one of the best parts of this game, I mean, the radio stations are truly amazing and I do mean each and every one of them.

What initially surprised me (on the first playthrough) was how engaging the story was. I was blown away, truly! This is probably why the game has as much replay value as it does. After having recently finished the game for the 6th time, I can say that I'm definitely going to come back to it again. All in all, great game. If you haven't for some reason picked it up yet, I highly recommend it.

This game is a blast.

90

Awesome!

9insane9 | April 10, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®

Oh man, this game. This game was my introduction to single player RPGs. Despite its bugs it remains one of the best open world RPGs ever made, in my opinion. There's just so much content and more is created every day by the community! That makes the game absolutely timeless. Having sunk almost 200 hours into the game and not even gotten to the DLCs yet, I can say: I want more! It's a very immersive experience. What makes it particularly awesome is the modding community I mentioned earlier. Graphically, it's very easy to mod the game to perfection enhancing the immersiveness even further. Because the environment looks so great, it's awesome to explore the vast world of Skyrim.

The only things I feel could've been done better are the inventory and fighting systems. The inventory feels a bit clunky and all over the place and the fighting can get a little dull sometimes, comparing to other games of this sort. But, as I said, this game remains one of the greatest despite its flaws. Definitely worth picking up!