Reviews by Arthmael77

65

Not engaging

Arthmael77 | Dec. 3, 2013 | Review of RAGE

I remember seeing numerous adverts for this game on TV, so I assumed that with such an aggressive promotion, that it was actually a solid game.

I still haven't completed it, and I don't think I ever will. I think the market is too flooded with shooters. It isn't a simple task to put together a fantastic story for what is essentially an offline game.

It had more of an MMO feel to me, in that the characters seemed fairly generic to me, and not fleshed out very well.

It is a visually pleasing game, and I fear they focused too much on that instead of what is more important.

More and more of the newer games being released have much more solid stories, which leads me to believe that the industry is starting to remember what made games so great when we were younger.

I put in about half a dozen hours, and perhaps that isn't fair enough to give a full review, but on the same token the game lost me before that, and I struggled to stick it out a little longer, hoping I would find something I felt redeemed the game enough to keep me interested.

If you enjoy shooters in general the gameplay mechanics were nothing spectacular, but I didn't feel they lost a step either, so if you enjoy killing stuff, I would suggest only buying it when it is on a big sale, like it currently is. :)

96

Fun and engaging

Arthmael77 | Dec. 1, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite (NA)

After enjoying the previous titles in the series, I had high hopes for this one.

The feel was very different, but all for the best.

The gameplay was quite fun with the new addition of the travelling/weapon. I had far too much fun using my melee attacks and finishing them off with the track mechanism.

One thing I felt that has stuck with all 3 games is the atmosphere. Much like a musician has a unique sound, this game carries their unique feel from each title without a hitch.

I found the story to be stronger with Infinite, which was a pleasant surprise. It seems like most games are focusing more on providing a solid story to accompany the gameplay, and it makes me happy to be around in this era of gaming!

85

Great value

Arthmael77 | Dec. 1, 2013 | Review of Day of Defeat

A close friend got me started playing this around 8 years ago. It was the most fun I'd ever had playing an FPS.

What makes this mod shine, is that is primarily very close quarters. You don't have to run 100 miles to find someone.

I also appreciated how it didn't take 20 shots to kill you. For a game to have something that close to realism versus what is out there in every other shooter, I found they were ahead of their time.

Even at the non-discounted price, this game is worth the price of admission.

88

Unique MMO

Arthmael77 | July 5, 2013 | Review of Eve Online 30 Day Starter Pack - Asteroid Miner

I've played many MMO's over the years, and this one has always stood out to me.

The one drawback for many people, is that there is a steep learning curve. Many gamers may scoff at that, but it is true for the vast majority. There is a lot going on in this MASSIVE universe.

The lack of a kill based leveling system has its perks and detractors. The fact that you can "level" while logged off is a huge pull. You can queue up to 24 hours of skills, if I recall correctly.
The biggest detractor for me has always been - Someone who starts even a day ahead of you, will always be ahead, if they stay on top of their skill training.
Just like someone who has started a week, month, or year ahead, it is quite daunting to think on. Also, in this ever-growing world of Free-to-play games, you have to deliver something incredible to entice people to pay you a monthly fee to play.

The variety of ships and missions and stuff you can do in game make it a worthy purchase. It is one of those MMO's that don't require you to play everyday, although it would only help your cause.

It is one of the very few MMOs that have held my interest as more than just a passing fancy, and for me, that's saying something.

98

Choose your own adventure!

Arthmael77 | July 5, 2013 | Review of The Walking Dead

This game reminds me of the title's namesake. I remember LOVING these books as a kid. It made me feel like I had control over the story.

Due to this nature, it creates the ability to play the game over and over, which isn't typical for most games these days, especially story based ones. I'm already on my third play-through, and I'm loving finding little things I didn't see before.

The voice acting is great, and most of the characters are interesting.

The only draw back for me at times, is you don't have true full control. Some activities you are forced to participate in, even if you're dead set against it. Especially with multiple play-throughs, I try and really push things in one direction, but to no avail.

There are minor issues like the talking being out of sync, but it is rare and doesn't take me out of it too much. I remember noticing the same stuff with cartoons I watched as a child, so I just take it in stride.

Overall, it is one of the most enjoyable video game experiences I've had in a long time, and I am so looking forward to Season 2, and the newly released episode.

95

Addictive gameplay, amazing story.

Arthmael77 | July 2, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Limited Edition

I can't remember where or how I heard about this game, but it was well after it had been released. The GTA style games are typically a little too boring and repetitive for me, but United Front did an amazing job at retooling this genre.

I know most people love gun-play(as do I), but I relished taking the fight to everyone with my martial arts attacks, when viable.

Not only was the action great, the story was very immersive. I found myself playing through the story almost too fast, because I just couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next, or what I would have to do next.

I started playing it a second time to try and complete every single objective. And like with a lot of things, we all tend to miss something the first go around.

The only part I didn't find too appealing, was the drug busts. I completed them all in my first play-through, but I never fully completed them until near the end. When you play the game, you'll understand.

And you should most definitely play this game. If GTA or Saints Row gets you going, this game will do that, and more.