Reviews by Arukardo
Stealth is deadArukardo | July 1, 2011 | Review of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
This game was in development for so many years and everyone got their hopes too high. Ubisoft aimed for game to be "more accessible", more casual and they did it!
'Conviction' turned out to be so generic and dumbed down action game. Stealth elements were strip down to simply hiding behind covers all the time. Of course, every new game is supposed to have new features, Sam Fisher's new ability "mark and execute" makes your game play itself! You just push one button, aim for enemies, lay down and enjoy auto-shooting sequence. Besides that, shooting part was done good. This game also includes a coop mode, which is a great addition because the story mode is very short and easy!
The storytelling is good despite of being very short. While playing game you can see what's on Sam Fisher's mind.
Overall, 'Conviction' is not a bad game, well it could disappoint you for not being very stealthy, but action and story keeps you up.
Not much fear in F.E.A.R.Arukardo | June 25, 2011 | Review of F.E.A.R. 3
Then F.E.A.R. came out in 2005 it was one of the best FPS game on the market. Great story and visuals. The second game was a bit dissapointing for true F.E.A.R. fans. The third games is a decent action packed first person shooter that lacks a good story. Masters of Horror did better jobs at their own work than in F.3.A.R.
The game also includes a co-op mode which might be fun after playing the whole game and a multiplayer with few new modes. PC versions is ported from consoles so aim assist may feel awkward, I recommend to turn this off. There is also a cover system, which, personally, I didn't used much, because it was unnecessary. Visuals may not be a top quality but it still looks good specially explosions in slo-mo.
F.3.A.R. failed as a true sequel to F.E.A.R. as a horror game, but it is an enjoyable FPS with decent co-op and multiplayer modes. I suggest to pick this up if you are true F.E.A.R. fan or just looking for an action packed shooter.
A decent modern-day RPGArukardo | June 2, 2011 | Review of Alpha Protocol
There is not many modern-day RPGs out in the market but despite Alpha Protocol's flaws it's still a decent game.
You play as Michael Thorton, a field agent, who is caught in a global conspiracy with secret organisations. As you progress through the game you will meet many characters. Conversations with them occur in real-time, giving you a limited time to choose your words wisely. Having good relations can help you in a various situations, provide more information, even help in missions, and bad relations with enemies grant you more guards to shoot. AP is played from third-person perspective , you can use cover system, spy gadgets and skills. Gmae is using Unreal Engine 3 which sometimes shows not fully loaded textures and animations could be better.
Having all said, if you are desperate for modern-day espionage RPG, this game is for you. After a few first levels you will be drawned into a secret spy life and you won't notice those silly animations anymore.
Free-roam game set in medieval timesArukardo | June 2, 2011 | Review of Mount & Blade: Warband DNS
In Mount & Blade: Warband your goal is simple: rule all of the Calradia. You start as a simple mercenary but later you can become faithful vassal or even the king.
Mount & Blade: Warband is a mix of action and turn-based strategy games. You travel on world map as in turn-based strategy game and fight or explore villages and cities in third-person. While there is no actual story other than rule Calradia, you can do various quest to earn gold and improve relations with other lords or cities. Quest differs from simply delivering goods to capturing enemy lords.
Graphics are not top quallity but in won't prevent you from enjoying the game. In fighting mode you can command your troops to follow, stand, charge, Every field battle usually turns into over 100 troops mosh-pit. Sieges or defences are more enjoyable as you can walk in castle courtyard. After capturing or being awarded a fief you can improve it with new building which give you various bonuses, you can start a production to earn additional gold.
The main difference from the original Mount & Blade is multiplayer. Default number is 64 players but you can find a modded servers which supports more than 100.
A large community can offer you a plenty mods from texture mods to gameplay enhancments.
If you played many strategy games and wondered what it would feel to fight in actual battle, this games is for you!
Wrecking havoc is never been so entertainingArukardo | June 1, 2011 | Review of Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 is an open world action-adventure game developed by Avalanche Studios and Eidos Interactive. Games is set on the fictional island of Panau in Southeast Asia. Rico Rodriguez returns to wreck havoc on an island which is ruled by a dictator.
Just Cause 2 is all about wrecking havoc in a tropical island. It has a decent but short story. JC2's gameplay surpass it's predecessor in every way. Handling is more friendly, every vehicle feels more manoeuvrable. With improved grapling hook you can perform various stunts. Beautiful graphics makes flying or driving through island more enjoyable.
Sadly, there is no multiplayer or other competitive modes.
To sum things up, I would recommend this game to eveyone who like free roam games and action-packed gameplay. Despite short main story it's still a great game. It provides good value for money.