Reviews by Arvel

65

Not useful, but good to have it

Arvel | Sept. 21, 2013 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai - Saga Faction Pack

This faction pack add some content to the game, which is nice because the family choice in FoTS is not that large. Yet, even if this faction has different perks than the other imperial factions (better artillery, less upkeep, ect), its beginning point is very close to the beginning point of one of the other imperial faction, so the overall experience is a bit similar....

85

Very deep game

Arvel | Sept. 21, 2013 | Review of Anno 1404: Gold

This game is very deep and complete. Basically, it put you in charge of developping you own commercial nation and colonizing several islands to sustain your growth. The game mechanisms are rather simple but numerous and the campaign, albeit not very original, is a good way to discover them while having fun, but it takes a great time to master all the various tricks required to have happy citizens across the world.

The bulk of the game isn't really the campaign, but the sandbox part of the game, where you can truly build the world of your dream without any interference. There you can populate the whole map with your citizens and build a trade empire. I put an emphasis on the trade because, even if there is a combat part in Anno 1404, it is not really good and I prefer to avoid it.

So, in a nutshell, if you like to build you own cities and watch it grow, this game is for you (along with every other Anno game).

90

Amazing !

Arvel | July 7, 2013 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2

Take care, because this game will slowly eat your time without your even seeing it. It is really deep, and you have to take care of every aspect of your clan : economy, morale, army, diplomacy, if you want to ensure victory. Otherwise, you will most surely fail. The strategic part is really good and I sometimes find myself thinking about what to do next in my campaign !

The battles you play on the field are very well rendered (playing on Ultra, you can see the face of every single guy in your army, and the animations are really nicely done). Here, the AI is sometimes a bit lacking skill and if you play the battle yourself, unless you are severely outnumbered, you will most certainly win, at least in Normal difficulty. But in higher difficulties, you are in for a challenge.

Icing on the cake : this game makes full use of Steam Workshop and you have plenty of various mods to change or improve your game experiment.

83

As good as its predecessor

Arvel | July 7, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year

If you played Arkham Asylum, then this one is a must play. Not only does this game continues the storyline from AA and takes it to another dimension of the relationship between Batman and the villains from Gotham, but it also features the same game mechanics with some improvements. There are some new gagdets and I found the fighting system a bit more fluid than in AA. The challenge system has been expanded, with more than 440 riddle trophies scattered accross the city.

The free roaming in Arkham City is also very nice, with dozens of different encounters you can make in the streets which add some depth to the game. Unlike AA, you also have some room to glide and observe the city from the above ! The graphics are ok, nothing to worry about. All in all, I sank nearly 30 hours in this one, not playing the additionnal DLC and the arena/missions part, where you can hone your fighting skills against mobs of ennemis.

The only drawback I found was Catwoman's missions. True, they had some diversity to the gameplay, as the two characters must be played differently (or you are going to have a bad time), but I found them a bit unnecessary.