Reviews by Azrael360
A Hidden Diamond In The RoughAzrael360 | Nov. 5, 2015 | Review of Rain Blood Chronicles Mirage - PC
This game is one of those hidden gems that not many know, but once you found, they can be highly addictive and fun to play. It's a 2-D sidescroller, hack-and-slash, action game. Some like to refer to this game as a "Devil May Cry in 2-D", and to be honest, they're not totally wrong. It's really fast, with detailed animations and designs, easy to play but hard to master. Made by Chinese developers, "RainBlood Chronicles: Mirage" is set in the old China from some hundred years ago, with fantasy elements and Chinese folklore. You have the chance to play with one of two available main characters, although you can switch between the two during the game in real time, but the experience gained by one of them is not shared with the other, and this experience is needed to unlock or level up abilities for each character, so you have to choose wisely. Both characters have different skills and techniques, so it can be a little bit confusing switching between the two during the game since the gameplay can be really fast most of the times. Although you would expect that a game like this would allow you to play the main campaign in co-op with a friend, but this isn't possible. Only after beating the main game a few new modes will be unlocked, and one of those allow you to play with a local friend against enemies and bosses just like the Bloody Palace mode found in some Devil May Cry games. The art is really nicely done, also the sound. Although the soundtrack can be a little repetitive. The controls are good and acceptable, but it's most likely you will need to properly set up the control, especially if you plan to use a gamepad in this game, since the default controls are not the best for these type of games and they're hard to use Unfortunately, the developers left the game project too early. So far is known that they had some issues by the end, left the game and scratched the idea of the planned sequel, so by the end of the game this can be presented very rushed and doesn't resolve everything from the main story. They also left some problems unfixed, most noticeable, the problem of the Steam achievements not unlocking. Before they left, they made a patch to fix this problem and the publisher posted about it in the official Steam discussions forum of the game, but it has to be applied manually over the main installation (is not automatically patched during or after the download/install). If the Steam achievements are important to you, it is highly recommended to apply this patch after the installation and before playing the game for the first time to properly unlock the achievements and in order. More information about this patch and download link can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/240660/discussions/0/630802344764209150/ Despite some problems, the game is really fun to play. If you're a fan of stylish games like Devil May Cry and some other action games in 2-D, this is a good game to have in your library, a hidden gem.
The Adventure ContinuesAzrael360 | Nov. 5, 2015 | Review of Millennium 3 Cry Wolf - PC
Millennium, one of the most known series of games developed with RPG Maker, mostly because these games are solid Japanese-inspired RPGs made with care. The third chapter, just as the others in the 5-part series, has a great story and it's still fun to play (just like any other game in the series). This time, Marine had to travel to new areas with her friends, and the story starts exactly where the second chapter ended. As expected from this Aldorlea title, the story is really interesting and well told and the characters are really well done, perfect for these kind of games. This chapter, as in previous titles, is also long, especially if you want to search for those very hidden secrets (weapons, items and extra background stories). If you have played one of these games in the series, you know what I'm talking about. If you enjoyed the past titles then don't miss this one, or the rest of the series. It's a really well made RPG Maker title. The art is lovely, and a little more detailed than in the previous two games. Highly recommended, although you should play the previous two games to fully understand its story and fully enjoy it.
It's Great, But Also DisappointingAzrael360 | Nov. 5, 2015 | Review of Wolfenstein The New Order POST - PC
Set in an alternate universe where the Nazi Germany won the World War II, this game tries to be profound, mature and intense, a new page in the Wolfenstein franchise, but fails to be great in anything it offers. You take control of William "B.J." Blazkowicz, the protagonist of most Wolfenstein games in the series who after some events at the end of the war wakes up in a world dominated by the Nazis. Him and other rebels will try to take this new order down, or at least, hit them hard... It's basically a very basic and predictable story, with some insane and evil characters (the Nazis), and valiant, but disposable heroes. Although the game offers the player to take decisions over certain characters and situations, these won't affect too much the main story or reward/punish the player at all, and they're mostly there to add some variation into the game. The game, as expected from the id Tech 5 engine, looks really nice and detailed from afar, but once you get closer you will notice that the details are actually drawn on the textures and not modeled, and these look kind of blurry, just exactly what happened with the game RAGE that used the same engine. If you had the chance to play that game, you know what to expect: Everything looks great when you're still, but once you move, it's not that great. The use of these bloated "megatextures" will make the game installation really big. The visual effects used and the amount of memory needed to run everything properly will also hit hard the performance in average/modest computers, so be prepared. One tip: The game practically looks the same in Medium-High vs Ultra settings, there are not notable differences in quality, except in performance so you can tweak some settings down a little bit and the game will look the same. This FPS is played as expected. Good KB+M controls and also full gamepad support. The gameplay, in the other hand, it's not that great. You can dual-wield some weapons but the game is very linear, sometimes easy and sometimes boring, the level maps are small and you're forced to play in one way or another, you don't have total control over how you want to play the game, if you try differently you will most likely killed. Sometimes you are forced to blast and run through the opponents because they keep coming from nowhere, and in others, to play as stealthy as possible. You're not allowed to keep your weapons between levels so you'll always start with a basic pistol and/or knife, and forced to look for better weapons, which some of them are always hidden somewhere in the level (again, just a way to force you to look for these). All these problems affect the fun you get playing this game, and most likely once you finish it, you won't want to play it again. It has almost zero "replayability", unless you're curious of what would happen if you decide differently in some moments in the game or if you missed a collectible and want to replay a level to look for these, but with the ending this game had, you may not want to touch it again... it's really disappointing. It seems the developers didn't take notes from what happened with the ending of RAGE. At least that game was really fun to play and longer, this one, it is not. Good aspects of the game to mention are: The animations are excellent, and the A.I. in the enemies are good. Sometimes you will have to think properly how to kill some of them because they know how to hide and shoot. Also, the sound is great too. If you have good speakers, the better you will enjoy it. So far, the game is an average, kind of overrated, First Person Shooter with the Wolfenstein logo stamped over it. Try not to pay full price for it: It's too expensive for what it really offers.
Zombie Soldiers!Azrael360 | Nov. 5, 2015 | Review of Painkiller Hell Damnation Operation Zombie Bunker DLC - PC
Offering a military theme, the DLC #3: Operation "Zombie Bunker" is better suited for players who play and like the campaign. It offers a good amount of new content for its price. Includes expanded levels and a new big level: The Bunker, with new enemies that include zombie soldiers from the World War II, very similar to what was seen in NecroVision... but better, as expected from this Painkiller game. It also includes a few new weapons. You can find the new levels in the Campaign menu, in the DLC Levels section. It's a good DLC for a great game, with all the known over-the-top action from the series. A really good deal, don't miss it.
Scary Good Choice For The CampaignAzrael360 | Nov. 5, 2015 | Review of Painkiller Hell Damnation The Clock Strikes Meat Night DLC - PC
The DLC #2: The Clock Strikes Meat Night, is a good choice for players who prefer to play alone because is mostly focused on single player. For a good price, it adds one new level (a town) and expands two previously included levels in the game: the asylum and the bridge. It also adds the option to dual-wield a few weapons, a couple of new enemies, and some minor but good new items. Their designs are great and scary, and the action is top notch. You can find the new levels in the Campaign menu, in the DLC Levels section. It's a good DLC for a great game, with all the known over-the-top action from the series. A really good deal, don't miss it.
More Of The Same, Kind Of...Azrael360 | Oct. 30, 2015 | Review of Wolfenstein The Old Blood - PC
This standalone expansion it's kind of a prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. It takes place in 1946, years before of what happened in The New Order and the protagonist is again the good old B.J. Blazkowicz. Although this time, even if the game plays exactly as the first game in this new reboot series, it's closer to the original games: More Sci-Fi/Horror, more over-the-top action, less serious. But it's also really short (and cheaper). It's fun, and looks good. If you played The New Order and really liked it, then you must buy this game because you will also enjoy it. If you didn't, then don't get it, because it doesn't offer anything marginally different that the previous title. Everything that made the first game good is here: The visuals, the control, the dual-wielding and the hidden secrets; but also and the bads too: The linearity in the levels, the simple enemies, the forced gameplay and the lack of freedom. New in this game: Enemies -including zombies- and a few new weapons. Again, only if you really liked the first game, then don't doubt and buy this standalone expansion. Avoid it if you didn't.
Nice and Spooky HOGAzrael360 | July 30, 2015 | Review of Sea Legends Phantasmal Light Collectors Edition - PC
Sea Legends: Phantasmal Light is an old, but good Hidden Object Game. Its story is simple, but very interesting. A young couple is victim of a strange wreck in the sea and they ended up in a very grim island. The man appears to be kidnapped so it's up to the girl to look for him to save the day. But the island has some strange and dark secrets, so it won't be that easy for her... As a Hidden Object Game, Sea Legends: Phantasmal Light is quite nice, graphically it looks better than the screenshots, but the screen has a locked resolution of 1024x768 (it can't be changed) and aspect ratio of 4:3, so in fullscreen mode it may look stretched in some widescreen displays or setups not properly configured. It also has V-Sync enabled by default, but it can't be changed (that's good, because in games like this one you don't need over 1000 or 2000 FPS that will only make your video card to overheat, like in other HOGs). The art is quite nice and not boring, made by hand, even though the resolution is small, everything looks good. The options are simple, it has a custom cursor by default but it's too big and slow or clunky for the game. It's better to change it to the normal cursor instead. It's faster with a good response, smaller, and precise. The sound is acceptable for a game like this, music is nice and relaxing. The puzzles are good too, and not too hard. The game also has a hint system, and as in other HOGs, it must be filled over time to be used again. Also, the game has the option to skip the puzzles and keeps track of your current objectives. What I did't like too much about the game is the lack of a map to fast travel between the screens, because there is some considerable amount of backtracking in this game just to advance to the next zones. The game is the Collector's Edition, so that means that includes all the goodies, and the final chapter to complete the story. If you're a fan of Hidden Object Games, especially for old HOGs, this one is good enough to be in your collection.
It Was Kind Of Fun... For A Short TimeAzrael360 | May 26, 2015 | Review of Goat Simulator - PC
Because of all the fuzz and hype about this game, I decided to buy it and try it. I thought it was going to be fun playing as a goat in a sandbox game, but I couldn't be more wrong. The idea is still great, but this "game" is just a mess of glitches and bugs that lacks in content and quality control. I know the developers decided to leave the bugs "because this adds to the fun", but to be honest, I call this pure and simple "lazyness". It's not fun when you constantly get stuck behind walls or under the floor easily, when your goat lacks any type of animation for the most simple actions, when you accidentally leave the map and can't get back, or where there isn't any type of I.A. for the NPCs in these dead maps. The control of the goat is really bad, especially in the air, the camera is horrible, and to be honest, this is mostly an unfinished amateurish game. You control a goat where at the beginning you must select what type of perks (a.k.a. mutators) want to use in your game and only 3 maps to choose. Most mutators are useless, but the more you play the more you can unlock to use later. The maps are rather small, especially "Goatville" and "Goat City Bay", and both are very similar. The third map is "Goat MMO Simulator" and is a little bigger, but rather boring map. Don't be confused by the name, is a map for single player that makes fun of the MMO games in a fantasy world, but nothing special. There isn't much to do in this maps, except to walk, run, hit people or other objects, find secret items, lick everything and do nothing else. Due to the most bugs and glitches this game has, some things may happen, some of them may be fun but most of the time you will get stuck in something and will be using the "respawn" button to restart the game. Is not a fun game in a good way, and is weak even to kill time. After an hour there's a high possibility you won't be playing this ever again, because everything you can do in it you will do it in the first 15 minutes. If you're really curious, use YouTube to watch some gameplay videos, but if you really want to play it, then buy it during a sale, and even then is not worth your money and really expensive for what you get.
All-Time ClassicsAzrael360 | May 26, 2015 | Review of Half Life Complete - PC
This pack includes many legendary games from the past, and probably you already know them because these are very old games. Although old, here are many gems worth playing, although many of these haven't aged very well. I love them and many of these I've already played them long ago in different platforms. Now on PC many of these are still being updated from time to time, which is nice. Although many fans still think these are the best games ever created, I'm not blind because of the nostalgia and prefer to be honest and realistic about my reviews. Here you can find the best collection of Half-Life games for the best price and if you don't have them, you should consider this pack instead of buying them individually. My favorites are the games for single player because they have one of the best stories I've found as a gamer in many games: Quite interesting, clever with many surprises, and with unforgettable characters. Now technically these games are old, and although some of them still look good for their age (the Half-Life 2 games, for example), they're noticeable old and play as such. You can find some interesting mods to customize and improve the visuals, but you can't wipe the feeling that you're playing games from early 2000's because of their looks, response, options and scripted actions. If you're okay with that, please go ahead and get these if possible, especially for the games with the Half-Life main campaign. They're still great to play and to enjoy for their stories even today.
A Time Saver DLCAzrael360 | May 26, 2015 | Review of THIEF Ghost Booster Pack - PC
This DLC is not bad at all, with the lockpicking level increase (up lo Level 3) it makes the lockpicking job much easier and saves time, a very important factor for this game. The rest of the items (40 Water Arrows + 20 Rope Arrows + 750 Gold) can be considered bonuses. Yes, you can get these in-game, but having these from the start is always good. Get this DLC during a sale if you're not sure, but it's worth the purchase either way.
Only For Casual ShootersAzrael360 | April 24, 2015 | Review of Moorhuhn Crazy Chicken (1) - PC
I didn't know this was a famous old game from years ago, so I'm not feeling the nostalgia of playing it again. All I can say is that all what you see in the screenshots and trailer is what you get, nothing else. The game is an easy shooter played with your mouse where you need to shoot birds and other things that you think will do something. Depending where you shot some things may happen, the idea is to get the most points under 1:30 minutes before your game ends. Repeat for more. It's a very basic game where you can only shoot to win, with cool graphics and cartoon characters. After a while it gets very repetitive so it's only enjoyable in short amounts of time. Recommended when you don't want anything else to play and not much free time.
Zombies, zombies everywhere!Azrael360 | April 16, 2015 | Review of Dead Island Franchise Pack 2015 - PC
Dead Island has become one of my favorites series to play, and my favorite about zombies. Although I'm not a fan of the zombie-horror theme, I can truly enjoy it here because of all the things you can do to survive in these beautiful islands. This pack offers the first two games and all their DLCs, plus, it's very likely that you'll also get 4 Steam Gifts for Dead Island: Epidemic (the MOBA game now freely available in the Steam Store). Both games, Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide, have basically the same gameplay system. They're both Action-Survival-RPGs set in an open island divided by big areas to explore. You can play with 3 more friends, or you can do it totally alone as a single player if you prefer (you can set that in the options menu). Graphically, the games look gorgeous, and both share the same graphics engine, but also the same issues in the options. For example, V-Sync doesn't work all the time, sometimes it does and others only when it was disabled in the options... if that makes sense. I require to use V-Sync, so to fix this I disabled the V-Sync in the options and open the D3DOverrider utility before launching the DI games, that way I have fully working V-Sync. Both games also lack anti-aliasing and texture filtering options, but you can enable those from your videocard control panel, or from your favorite application. Also, both games also have support for gamepads (I played them with wired and wireless Xbox 360 controllers). Now, how are the games? They are really fun to play! I prefer to play alone, and if you're like me and prefer to explore big areas, these games won't disappoint. As you progress through the different missions and story, you will get access to new and different areas, like new beaches, urban and military areas, you can go on foot, or use one of the many vehicles available in the islands. And as RPGs, you level up after gaining XP points from almost everything you do. Different abilities are separated using trees that go from physical attributes, actions you can do, or improvements using items and weapons. In the beginning you have to choose between 4 different characters, each one expert in something, depending how you like to play is the character you should choose. In lower levels you will find only weak enemies, but once you start to level up, harder and new enemies will start to show in your game. Also special weapons. You can build many different types of weapons to use. The better ones have blueprints you need to find so you can build them, and obviously, with better quality items required much better is the final weapon. You will also need money to build, repair or get weapons, ammunition and other items. The first game is the GOTY Edition, and that includes the "Ripper" Blueprint DLC, one of my favorites weapons in the games. After some time, you will need to repair or change your weapons because these will start to get damaged after some use, and more damaged weapons means less affective damage against your enemies, but you can also keep many weapons in your inventory to use, and many more can be found around if you look carefully. Both are fantastic games, really recommended if you like to explore big areas and fight your way to your destinations. Although similar, Riptide is a little smaller than the first game, but it has totally new and different areas than the first game to explore, and also new enemies and weapons.
The Best Bundle For Its PriceAzrael360 | Nov. 25, 2014 | Review of Painkiller Hell Damnation DLC Bundle 2 - PC
This is the bundle for the game that offers more for its price and includes the last 3 DLCs for the game. Separately, the total price is much higher. Mainly focused on single player, the bundle offers a good amount of variety and good quality for the main game: DLC #5: Heaven’s Above This one is very different, you play 5 levels from the game but with a different perspective, instead of the first person view, the camera is over you in isometric perspective, exactly like Alien Breed or Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light, if you know what I mean. It offers a fresh air never seen before in the series, and its very fun. DLC #6: Demonic Vacation At The Blood Sea Adds 3 new levels, including a big map with an impressive old monastery, some docks near the ocean and another with some old ruins. Also new enemies based on those new levels (mostly humans), and... a cannon. Yes, Serious Sam style! DLC #7: City Critters Unfortunately, the last DLC for the game, but it's a bye-bye with a big bang: 3 big new levels with an urban theme, including a prison, a city, and the classic Pentagon. Also new enemies (mostly demons) and a new map for multiplayer. The designs, graphics and sound still are great as in the main game. A nice new content to add for a good (but little short) game. By the way, the new levels are in the Campaign menu in the DLC Levels section.
The Best GunAzrael360 | Nov. 2, 2014 | Review of The Bureau XCOM Declassified Light Plasma Pistol - PC
This gun is really good, once you get it you won't want to use anything else. It looks exactly like the laser gun, except that this one shoots faster and is much more powerful. It will be available to you when you're told that you will gather alien technology after every mission, so the earliest you can get this gun will be after the mission "The Doctor". Be careful though, it shoots really fast so try to save its ammo for tougher enemies. Highly recommended, and it's so cheap and so helpful that you should get it if you enjoy the game. Maybe during a sale if you're not sure, but either way, you should get it when you buy the main game.
Director's Cut: Just Another EditionAzrael360 | Nov. 2, 2014 | Review of Deus Ex Deus Ex Human Revolution Directors Cut - PC
"Deus Ex: Human Revolution" was a real surprise for me, the game starts a little slow but then a major event happens and all hell breaks loose. The story is amazing, the missions are also part of this main story, and the way you can play the game is up to you according to your way and "mood". And depending of that, people will react to you or you will see some differences on each missions. The graphics are also very nice and the music is amazing, it nails the atmosphere of the game. The maps are very big, but not "open world", but as how you like to play you will find some secret areas or many ways to avoid direct contact with your enemies. The game is also very long, for completionists it should take at least 50 hours. For me, the game (excluding "The Missing Link" expansion) lasted 57 hours, and "The Missing Link" alone lasted 9 hours. The game also has gamepad support. Now, this "Director's Cut" edition has some minor differences with the original base game: Includes all the DLCs (mostly new items and a bonus rescue mission) and "The Missing Link" expansion, all fused in the new edition as if they were part of the game. But this version also includes modified "boss levels" for people who like to play stealthy and want to avoid direct contact at all cost, although in the original those were never actually hard, because the bosses weren't difficult in the first place. The graphics also received a minor tweaking, some few textures were replaced by some others with more detail and some of the effects (the most notorious: the "gold" effect) has been minimized. The rest is practically the same. This edition also includes some bonus material, like the making-of videos and trailers, but it's missing others found in the previous "Augmented Edition", like the special (and amazing) game soundtrack and the motion comic. This edition also has some bugs and glitches that were fixed in the original edition but some some reason, they are here again, which is a shame. Comparing this edition with the original, I honestly have to say, the original was much better, especially comparing it with the "Ultimate Edition", which I also have and love much more. That edition included the "Augmented Edition" plus all the DLCs and "The Missing Link" expansion, was more stable with already fixed bugs long ago, and looked better. If I were reviewing that edition it would have received a 95/100 from me. This new edition instead is getting an 85 from me. It almost impossible now, but if you have the chance, buy the "Ultimate Edition" instead, but this version is still a very enjoyable experience and a highly recommended game to buy if you still don't have it yet.
Bullet HeavenAzrael360 | Sept. 28, 2014 | Review of Crimzon Clover World Ignition - PC
One of the best shoot'em ups I've played in a long time, this game has it all: stunning graphics, colorful effects, nice sound and music, non-stop epic action, great gameplay and a great control (I'm playing it with an Xbox 360 controller). This is not another doujin "bullet hell" game, a great amount of care and love this game has received making it one of the best in years to come. It's really fun to play with its different challenging modes and options. With constant 60 FPS and kind-of-retro designs, it's like playing Raiden III or Raiden IV on steroids. Although some designs are a little pixelated, it doesn't matter too much. As for the technical specs, the game offers a maximum "game" resolution of 1280x768, which you can set as windowed or fullscreen. If you select a "display" resolution with the same value, it will cover the screen completely in fullscreen, but if you select a higher value, the difference will be just black borders around the "game" resolution. The best sampling option is bilinear scaling. You can also change vertical or horizontal stretch ratio manually and the rotation from normal (horizontal) to vertical. There's no anti-aliasing in-game. As for the gameplay, it's incredible fun. The game has different modes for novice and hardcore players. The attacks from enemies and especially from you are very powerful and colorful. The enemy bullets move fast in different patterns, and depending of your preferences you have different ships to select that go from faster but with weaker attacks, to slower but with more powerful attacks. You also have the classic shots and bombs to nuke everything on screen, and a third attack that target enemies while you keep pressing the proper button until you release it to unleash the missiles. If you're fan of these types of games, this is a serious candidate to keep very high in your wishlist. But don't wait too long, because it's worth it.
Bloody Action RemadeAzrael360 | Sept. 26, 2014 | Review of Painkiller Hell Damnation - PC
It's a remake of the first game in the series, but shorter, because not all the levels were included. But it looks so great and the action is so frantic, that you can pass over that and just enjoy it. Good control and options, gamepad support, excellent effects and music, and very bloody. Highly recommended for the single player campaign to the fans of the series. The multiplayer as always, is just a bonus.
A Very Light And Fun PlatformerAzrael360 | Sept. 26, 2014 | Review of Castle of Illusion - PC
Visually, it's beautiful, and really nice to play. It's not hard so everyone can play it. Although it's a little short and casual, and once you're done with it, it's done. No replay value. Unless you were a fan of the original and really enjoyed it. One thing though, not long ago the game was fixed up to 30 FPS, but that was fixed in the latest update so now can go past that limit, which is a good thing for these type of games. Highly recommended for the kids (or the kids at heart).
Underrated Good GameAzrael360 | Sept. 26, 2014 | Review of The Bureau XCOM Declassified - PC
This was really a nice surprise. I usually don't like games with tactical options, but this game I really enjoyed. It's a third person shooter closer to Gears Of War mixed with Spec Ops: The Line and Inversion. The actions over your buddies are not hard to learn, and the action is excellent. Also the graphics, sound and control (I use a Xbox 360 controller). The game uses the Unreal Engine and you can notice sometimes, with its commonly texture pops up found in other games, but nothing game breaking. Still, everything is highly detailed, with great effects that will put your video card to the test, because everything looks really good and the action is fast. The game is set in the 50's, and everything looks that way and very well done. One thing I didn't like was that the game only autosaves, so if you did something and want to save, you can't, except to wait for a autosave to happen. In the base between missions usually happen after getting a new mission or customizing your team. But even with its small flaws, the game is highly entertaining. If you're interested in the X-Com series (as I was) and want to start from somewhere but also play third person shooters and not only strategy games, this is choronogically the first game in the series and explains the origins, so it's a good start.
One Of The Best Games Ever Created. A Masterpiece.Azrael360 | Sept. 26, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim bethesda - PC
Best game I've played on the Xbox 360 with over 470 hours, and the PC version is much better in quality, and thanks to the modding community a ton of new content can be added to the base game that will keep you busy until you get the highly recommended DLCs. Just the base game offers you at least 300 hours of gameplay. Seriously, you shouldn't miss this RPG if you have the chance. And once you do, I highly recommend you to install the Unofficial Skyrim Patch, which fixes a ton of script errors, giving you a game almost 100% free of mission glitches and bugs. As for the game itself, this is an RPG where you can play in first or third person view, the way you like and to be anyone you want. In Skyrim you're free to explore and do whatever you want. The snowy land of Skyrim is rich in flora and fauna, mysterious creatures and interesting people and places. You're a Dragonborn, the first after hundred of years, and the only one who can stop the dragons and save the land. How you do it, it's up to you...
A Realistic Turn For The SeriesAzrael360 | Sept. 26, 2014 | Review of Tomb Raider overflow 4 - PC
This new reboot in the series puts an innocent and naive Lara in some dramatic and brutal situations where she struggles to survive. There's no more the sexy and beautiful Lara that does the impossible and without a scratch, this Lara suffers, has pain and limitations, and cries. To me, this realistic turn made me connect more with her than before, you really witness her giving the best she can to survive. + What I like from the game: • Great story. • Excellent voice acting. • The level maps are big, sometimes you won't know where to go or see (without using the Survival Instincts, a "power" where you can see where to go or highlights items). • Rich and fully detailed enviroments. • Intrincated levels (Shanty Town, for example). • A good amount of exploration. Players who like to explore and take their time will be at home here. • Graphically and the sound effects and music are great. - What I don't like from the game: • No manual save. The game autosaves every time you pick an item or go to a campfire. It also does a second save when you stop playing and go to the main menu. This is usually the save you will be loading the most, because is the last save created, but from time to time you will have to backtrack to where you were before. • Shaky Camera + Head Bobbing, extremely. Usually I don't suffer with this, but in this game the amount of those "realistic" effects goes beyond my limit and made me suffer with motion sickness after an hour many times. I wish the developers could have added an option to disable them, but they never did. It's like an invisible cameraman follows Lara everywhere, and when there's a lot of action going on it gets worse. • The multiplayer: I think it was pointless and a bad idea to add that in a game like this, but the developers did it anyway. And it seems many thought like me because the multiplayer was dead almost since the launch day (BTW, don't buy DLC items for this game because they're useless and you will never use them). • Adaptive movements: There's no manual running nor ducking, Lara will do what she wants. If you go behind some rocks or wall she may hide behind those but you can't do that for her, or run when you want. She will decide when to do it. You can only guide her and do the rest. There's also a good amount of QTEs (which can annoy many players) and also the ways Lara can die are really gruesome. After all what she has to suffer in this game, and later what she does and becomes, you never see her as a female Indiana Jones, and instead, she gets closer to be a female Rambo. Still, a great game to recommend for players who enjoy adventure, explore and action equally.
Bloody Action RemadeAzrael360 | Sept. 24, 2014 | Review of Painkiller Hell Damnation - PC
It's a remake of the first game in the series, but shorter, because not all the levels were included. But it looks so great and the action is so frantic, that you can pass over that and just enjoy it. Good control and options, gamepad support, excellent effects and music, and very bloody. Highly recommended for the single player campaign to the fans of the series. The multiplayer as always, is just a bonus.
Underrated Good GameAzrael360 | Sept. 24, 2014 | Review of The Bureau XCOM Declassified - PC
This was really a nice surprise. I usually don't like games with tactical options, but this game I really enjoyed. It's a third person shooter closer to Gears Of War mixed with Spec Ops: The Line and Inversion. The actions over your buddies are not hard to learn, and the action is excellent. Also the graphics, sound and control (I use a Xbox 360 controller). The game uses the Unreal Engine and you can notice sometimes, with its commonly texture pops up found in other games, but nothing game breaking. Still, everything is highly detailed, with great effects that will put your video card to the test, because everything looks really good and the action is fast. The game is set in the 50's, and everything looks that way and very well done. One thing I didn't like was that the game only autosaves, so if you did something and want to save, you can't, except to wait for a autosave to happen. In the base between missions usually happen after getting a new mission or customizing your team. But even with its small flaws, the game is highly entertaining. If you're interested in the X-Com series (as I was) and want to start from somewhere but also play third person shooters and not only strategy games, this is chronologically the first game in the series and explains the origins, so it's a good start.
A True GemAzrael360 | Sept. 24, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion Game of the Year Edition - PC
This was the first game I played from the Elder Scrolls series and loved it, immediately. It was for the Xbox 360, and I fell in love with this incredible big game, such environments, culture, stories and world, it has it all. My last save in the console version has a time of 375 hours played. Comparing it to Skryim, this RPG is a little more complex than Skyrim, you have more options for your character and skills, but probably you won't use them all. Just recently I picked up again to play it on PC, but you can tell its age. But thanks to the modding community, you can convert it into a beautiful game, with new content and fixes. Go to Nexus and see for yourself. To start, I highly recommend the Unofficial Oblivion, Shivering Isles and Official Mods Patches for this GOTY Edition. If you have never played this game but enjoyed Skyrim, you have to give it a try. And later if you enjoyed this one, don't forget to play the game Morrowind too!
Back To MetroAzrael360 | Aug. 2, 2014 | Review of Metro Last Light Complete Edition 2014 - PC
The sequel to Metro 2033, the game adaptation of the novel with the same name, Last Light continues the story of Artyom, the main character of the first game, after the events of the most common ending in that game (not going to reveal the details, to not spoil that). And just like in the first game, he willl meet new and interesting characters, and new foes. As for the technical aspects, Last Light is just like Metro 2033, it looks really great but requires a powerful computer to watch it in full glory. I don't know if this was a port just like the first game, but it shares the same weakness as that game: The optimization in this version is not good, so the performance and especially, the frames per second, are constantly hit. Either way, this time you have more options to change to get the performance you want. If you still have problems, don't forget to disable "Advanced PhysX", oddly placed under the Game Options instead of the Video Options. As for the gameplay, if you played the first game, this is exactly like that but with some adjustments, making the game even greater. The action is fast, the environments incredible detailed, the control is good, and now is easier to change items, like weapons and equipment. There are now new enemies, and some parts are really scary. The weapon customization is also better this time. If you played the first game and enjoyed it, you can't skip this game.
Crazy Fun FPS/RPG/SCI-FI GameAzrael360 | July 30, 2014 | Review of Borderlands Game of the Year Edition Overflow - PC
This game is incredible fun. From the start you can tell you're playing something really different, even though some aspects may remember other games like Fallout or RAGE, this one doesn't take everything seriously and goes directly to the action. With colorful graphics, good designs in cel-shading, unforgettable characters and fast gameplay, your adventure in Pandora will be epic, with friends or alone. Although the story is simple, it's the gameplay and its characters that make Borderlands really special. It's an FPS mixed with RPG elements. In the start you'll have to chose from 4 different protagonists, each one with their own special abilities and differences. And with this character you'll have to play the entire -big- campaign. You will level up, unlock new abilities and specials. You will have to travel -a lot- in Pandora, find new locations and missions, and for that, you will get rewards as loot to upgrade your equipment. The Game Of The Year Edition includes all 4 DLCs, and from July 29 2014, that annoying DRM known as SecuROM included in some DLCs has been removed, forever! So if you like open worlds to travel, fast action, loot, and Sci-Fi with comedy, this game is totally recommended.
Only For Fans Who Played ItAzrael360 | July 22, 2014 | Review of Jet Set Radio - PC
To be honest, it was more entertaining back then when it was originally released, because you knew that with the limitations of the hardware of that time, this was an acceptable game. Now, it's a slow clunky mess filled with nostalgia and weird humor. I guess is still fun for the gamers that played the game back then, but for the rest of us, it is not. It's slow, the animations are very basic, the controls are bad and visually it's kind of ugly with saturated colors and annoying music, but still, some nostalgic fans still love it. The PC version feels like an emulated game instead of a remake or improved version. Not recommended if you didn't play the original, or you'll be disappointed.
You Should Remember ThisAzrael360 | July 22, 2014 | Review of Remember Me NA Post - PC
It's been a while since I played a special and unique game like this one. If you want a reference, the combat is kind of similar to Batman: Arkham Asylum's with platform style found in the Assassin's Creed games, and everything wrapped up with a Ghost In the Shell aura. You play as Nilin, a girl with no memories with the power to manipulate the memories of others. The story is amazing, I was hooked up from the beginning until the end, and the game is not short, in "Normal" difficulty I needed 15 hours to complete it. Technically, is beautiful. The art is fantastic and the action fast. It uses the Unreal Engine, but it's well implemented. You will never see the usual problem with this engine about the textures not loading fast enough found in some other games using the Unreal Engine. Although, you may find some stuttering is some areas because the game loads while you play (you'll never see a loading screen), but this almost never happens and if it does, it's almost unnoticeable. Also, it's true that the game is linear, but the designs are so fantastic and diverse, that you will never find a "recycled" area. Everything is designed differently, with details worthy to stop and watch. You will be also doing that anyway if you want to find secrets, to unlock bonuses, increase your health, etc... The combat seems complex and difficult to "implement", but it's really easy. With a combination of attacks to form a combo, you attack your enemies with these combos starting with an (X) or (Y) -if you're using an Xbox 360 controller-. You have a max of 4 combos and as you progress in the game, you will unlock more attacks to form different combos with special effects, like increasing your damage, recover your health, and more. It sounds complex, but it isn't. It's really easy and fun to use and edit. With a great story, excellent voice acting, great animations (they did an excellent job with the motion capture), this is a game worthy of a purchase and to play it. By the way, if you don't like the grain effect in the screen, there's a mod called "No Grain" that removes it completely. You can find it at NexusMods.
Epic Battles Showdown!Azrael360 | July 13, 2014 | Review of Injustice Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition NA - PC
First, I don't consider myself a "hardcore" fan of fighting games, just casual. I used to be, especially for series like Marvel vs. Capcom, The King Of Fighters, and others SNK games in the past, but never really enjoyed popular series like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter. And since this game was played almost exactly like a Mortal Kombat game, I wasn't sure if I should get it, but my love for the DC Universe made me buy it during a sale, and oh boy, I'm glad I did. This game is epic!, that's the word. Epic. The battles are a real show, the story is great, the control is good, and technically in graphics and sound is great. The game runs with locked 60 FPS, so if you don't have a powerful PC, most likely you won't be able to run the game at full speed, and maybe you will have to reduce the resolution of your monitor. The battles are fast, and as expected, they are very similar to the battles in Mortal Kombat, except for the gore. But having the chance to play as one of a selected group of the most powerful characters from the DC Universe, it's a blast. Really fun. Even The Joker is here... The moves and specials are really true to the nature of the characters, the locations are also well designed, big and interactive. You can use them to your advantage, by picking up or activating something to use against the other fighter. As for the control, it's really good, easy to learn, and precise, except if you have a gamepad like an Xbox 360 controller. This gamepad wasn't designed for fighting games, so I recommend a proper fighting controller. If you can't, then you have to play very carefully to make the movements as best as you can. They are easier with the D-pad. Do yourself a favor and try to get this game. If you're not sure like I was, then during a sale. It's worth it.
An Unforgettable Epilogue to BioShock InfiniteAzrael360 | July 1, 2014 | Review of BioShock Infinite Season Pass MAC - PC
The Season Pass is well worth your money. With this, you will get: - Early Bird Special Pack: An exclusive DLC only found in the Season Pass that adds to the main game a few extra gears, a couple of damage upgrades for the pistol and the machine gun, golden skins for the weapons, and 5 infusion bottles for you to use. If you ask me, that's a lot of help for a game that's not hard, but any help is always welcomed. In case you don't want this kind of help in your game, you can always have the option to not download this pack through the DLC tab in the Steam client (right click over the game —> Properties —> DLC), and unselect "BioShock Infinite - Season Pass". - Clash In The Clouds: A set of maps with challenges in them. There's no story, just waves after waves of enemies to beat. - Burial At Sea, Episode 1: The epilogue to BioShock Infinite. It's a little short (around 2 hours), but you will be visiting Rapture this time before the events of the first BioShock, and you know what that means... - Burial At Sea, Episode 2: The conclusion of Episode 1, and also in some indirect way, the prologue to the first BioShock. This DLC is a little longer than the last, and playing as Elizabeth, you will witness how really the main events in BioShock started, and it is highly recommended to play that game first before playing this DLC to fully understand it and to not spoil its story. Also, this one is a little sad, so be prepared. - a few items for Team Fortress 2. For the price and the contents, it's a good deal, especially if you're a fan of the series and BioShock Infinite.
More Levels For You!Azrael360 | June 27, 2014 | Review of Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 MAC - PC
Just as expected, this DLC allows you to level up your character up to 11 levels more. And as a bonus, you will also get a new map to test your skills, and a couple on fancy gears. That's it. The DLC alone without the previous Upgrade Pack will allow to reach Level 61, but if you had it, you can reach Level 72. Also, this DLC is not included in the Season Pass or the GOTY Edition of the game, so if you have already reached the max level for your character, this DLC is really recommended to get.
The Arkham Origins Season PassAzrael360 | June 17, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass - PC
First, please consider the skins as bonuses. Buying the season pass just for them isn't worth it. After all, they only add a cosmetic variety in the game and not new powers, skills or features. And, there are many skin mods you can find for free, and many of them equally in quality or better made by very talented people. But if you check the list of DLCs this season pass has, you will see the "Initiation DLC", which is a good collection of nice challenge maps with added story, and the best of all, the "Cold, Cold Heart DLC" (previously named "Narrative DLC"), which is a new story involving Mr. Freeze, nonetheless. The new added campaign is played in the same city with just some new things here and there. But if you liked Arkham Origins, you will like this too. If you plan to get one or both story DLCs and nothing else, you can wait for a sale and buy them separately. But you can still save something with the season pass and you get the skins as a bonus. That's pretty much it. Some of them are nice, tough.
"Batman: Arkham Origins", A Good Game For FansAzrael360 | June 17, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins - PC
While previous games in the Arkham series can be recommended to anyone because of their quality, stories and gameplay, this one I would recommend for people who really enjoyed "Batman: Arkham City". Why?, because it's very similar to that game and it doesn't improve or try anything really different. Although it's still a great game to play for any Batman fan, after playing Arkham City this game feels more limited and repetitive. Some glitches and bugs have been patched, but not entirely, but playing with a younger Bruce in this prequel story in the series will keep you interested until the end. After all, it's Batman we're talking about!
2 Titles of 2 Psychos in 1 PackAzrael360 | June 11, 2014 | Review of Kane and Lynch Pack - PC
This pack contains two legendary titles developed by Io Interactive, the same creators of the great Hitman series. This time, we don't have games known for their stealth mechanics, instead, these games are pure and violent shooters in third person perspective. And be warned, these can be very violent and shocking. The protagonists are not the usual nice and valiant heroes, but just almost psychopaths anti-heroes, if that's possible. The stories are also violent, but very interesting. Either you love the games or not, there's nothing in between. The first game is much older, and you can tell. The graphics are average at best, but the game is really fun to play. The second if more polished and also gruesome. You play it if it's filmed by someone following the action with a very shaky camera, with mosaic censorship in extreme violent situations, like somebody been shot in the head or when there's nudity in the game. It's supposed to be this way, like a filmed documentary in real-time. Overall, this is a very good pack to get if you still don't have these titles. You save money in two good games. One tip for you, in Kane & Lynch 2, if you're suffering from motion sickness or just don't like the shaking of the camera, you can disable that effect in the options for the controls and enable "Steady Camera".
A Rewarding ExperienceAzrael360 | May 6, 2014 | Review of Aliens vs Predator Steam - PC
First, if you are a fan or just enjoy the Predators or Aliens series, you can't go wrong with this game. Here you will experience 3 different campaigns, and each one from a different perspective: A human Marine against Xenomorphs using the firepower of arms; as a Xenomorph using speed, stealth and close combat to kill; and as a Predator using mainly stealth. The campaigns are short (3 to 4 hours long each one), but since they are 3 of them plus once finished you get the whole picture of the story, you should have a lot of fun playing differently each time for a not-so-short game in the end. As for the technical qualities, the game looks really nice and very vivid. Although, the animations are a little stiff. The effects are great, especially when playing as a Predator. The sound is excellent and very true to the movies. The game also supports a gamepad (an Xbox 360 controller), even though it doesn't say anywhere. I think anyone should have fun with this game, because there's something for anyone here... Good game.
Incredible Game!Azrael360 | May 6, 2014 | Review of Bioshock Infinite Post Overflow - PC
You're a lonesome detective who received a case to find a girl named Elizabeth in the City of Columbia, as the only way to pay some debts. That's how this incredible story starts, with a common start for an uncommon game. This single-player game offers a really great experience: it's long, original and has great action. It also has a good story, great characters, a good amount of powers and items to customize your character. The game is very detailed, the graphics and the effects are really good. It's feels nice just to stop and see the environment, the small details, or hear your surroundings. You can tell the hard work that the developers did in this game. If you already have played a Bioshock game before, you know what you will expect here: a very original campaign, except this time, it will be up there in the clouds instead of underwater. If you're looking for something different and deep to play alone, this is an excellent option to consider. Highly recommended.
A Good RebootAzrael360 | April 30, 2014 | Review of Return to Castle Wolfenstein - PC
Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a reboot from 2001 of the entire series with elements of the both games from the 90's. It retells in more details the story of the failed mission of the Office of Secret Actions to infiltrate the Castle Wolfenstein, and how Blazkowicz, one of the captured agents, has to escape from the castle while still carrying his mission of investigating the activities of the SS Paranormal Division. While id Software has almost nothing to do with it, the game has become a classic in its genre. Even though by today's standards is quite old, still has that unique Wolfenstein personality. It doesn't look good, but the silly action and the nazi paranormal theme make this game worthy to add to any collection, especially for any Wolfenstein fan and those looking for something classic.
The Direct Sequel To Quake IIAzrael360 | April 30, 2014 | Review of Quake IV - PC
Quake IV is an old-school, somewhat linear and easy, story-driven First Person Shooter, and the sequel to Quake II and not Quake III, which was an arena matchmaking mess without story. Quake IV starts where Quake II ended, and fans of the series won't have any problem to continue the main story from here. Technically, it looks average at best. Using the same engine from Doom 3, it looks really similar to that game. The textures are hit-and-miss, some look really well for their time, others look just bad. The sound and effects are great. As for the gameplay, is quite linear, with long corridors with enemies to defeat. And the enemy A.I. is not too well either, but it does the job. But it still entertains and probably by the end, you will wish for more, as many others wish right now. For fans of the series, it should be a must-have, even with its flaws.
Excellent Add-On For The GameAzrael360 | April 30, 2014 | Review of Aliens Colonial Marines Stasis Interrupted - PC
This DLC is a prequel to the main game, and in at least 4 hours, you will experience some great moments and events that the main game didn't explain, especially, what really happened to Hicks. The DLC fits in the main game really well, the story is clever and brings some excellent moments to play: fast action, fast xenomorphs and some tough bosses. And ends exactly where the main game starts. If you really enjoyed Colonial Marines, you can't pass on this DLC. It won't disappoint you. Very recommended.
Skyrim: A True MasterpieceAzrael360 | April 30, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Legendary Edition Bethesda - PC
This is probably the best game I've ever played. I already had it on Xbox 360 with over 470 hours played, and then on Steam with over 600 hours, and still doesn't tire me. This is a classic single-player western RPG with the Elder Scrolls style and rich lore, where the player was multiple choices and quests to complete in an open world for hundred of hours of entertainment, in first or third person view. You can play however you like, be good or bad, warrior, mage or a mix of everything. You decide how to play and are free to do whatever you want. The main game is about the resurrection of the dragons and a civil war in Skyrim (the northern region in Nirn), among many others important quests. The expansion Dawnguard is about stopping or joining the Vampire Lords who want to cover the sun and rule the land. Hearthfire is a simple DLC that lets you buy up to three lands, design and build a homestead in each one, and also, let you adopt up to four children. The expansion Dragonborn is the biggest of the three DLCs, which adds the island of Solstheim in the north, between Skyrim and Morrowind, and it's about the return of the first dragonborn, the evil Miraak. You can't go wrong with this game. Just with the main game you will get at least 300 hours of play, plus 100 hours with the DLCs. And thanks to the modding community, you can add many quality mods to the PC version to custom your adventure, and also, the famous Unofficial Skyrim Patches that fix hundred of script errors and bugs left unpatched by Bethesda. Highly recommended.
Skyrim: A True MasterpieceAzrael360 | April 23, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Legendary Edition Bethesda - PC
This is probably the best game I've ever played. I already had it on Xbox 360 with over 470 hours played, and then on Steam with over 600 hours. And still doesn't tire me. Back to the game, this is a classic single-player western RPG with the Elder Scrolls style and rich lore, where the player was multiple choices and quests to complete for hundred of hours of entertainment, in first or third person view. You can play however you like, be good or bad, warrior, mage or a mix of everything. You decide how to play and are free to do whatever you want. The main game is about the resurrection of the dragons and a civil war in Skyrim (the northern region in Nirn), among many others quests. The expansion Dawnguard is about stopping or joining the Vampire Lords who want to cover the sun and rule the land. Hearthfire is a simple DLC that lets you buy up to three lands, design and build a homestead in each one, and also, let you adopt up to four children in the game. The expansion Dragonborn is the biggest of the three DLCs, which adds the big island of Solstheim in the north between Skyrim and Morrowind, and it's about the return of the first dragonborn, the evil Miraak. You can't go wrong with this game. Just with the main game you will get at least 300 hours of play, plus 100 hours with the DLCs. And thanks to the modding community, you can add many quality mods to the PC version to custom your adventure. Highly recommended.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Not a game from id SoftwareAzrael360 | April 23, 2014 | Review of Return to Castle Wolfenstein - PC
This game was good back in the early 2000's. Today, not so much. But still it's a long and worthy Wolfenstein game, even though id Software had almost nothing to do with it. Serving as a reboot in the Wolfenstein series, here is explained with more details the purpose of the Office of Secret Actions and the role of Blazkowicz, the main protagonist, who must escape from the castle after some events in the beginning of the game. It is still an entertaining game, although don't expect too much from it.
Old School Sci-Fi ShooterAzrael360 | April 23, 2014 | Review of Quake IV - PC
Quake IV is a story-driven game that starts were Quake II ended, not like the random matches mess that Quake III presented in its time. Using the same engine as Doom 3, this game offers good action in linear maps, very similar to Doom 3, with more aliens and less demons... Comparing this game to today's standards, it's an old game with mediocre to regular textures, with simple enemy A.I. and a generic story, but it's still a Quake game, and should get fun with it if you're not too demanding.
A worthy entry in the Castlevania seriesAzrael360 | March 27, 2014 | Review of Castlevania Lord of Shadows Mirrors of Fate - PC
Originally, Mirror Of Fate was a game developed for the Nintendo 3DS by MercurySteam as a direct sequel to the events seen in Lords Of Shadow (a reboot for the Castlevania series), and later released with improved graphics in HD on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, and now on the PC platform. For this game, the levels designed in 3-D are played in a 2-D perspective (a "2.5-D" game), very much like the classic old titles in the series, especially using the standard set by the game Symphony Of The Night but with the combat style seen in Lords Of Shadow, and as expected for the PC version, this version in HD looks really good with gorgeous details and with soft and fluent animations, although sometimes you can still notice the handheld origins in the textures, and the cinematics have a cel-shading style. The sound is also good and the soundtrack is like always in the series, great. Although sometimes there's no music or a very subtle melody when the situation is calmed. But when there's action involved, the music shines with it. The control is also good and the game supports a gamepad. With an Xbox 360 controller, the control is very accurate. You will be in the Dracula Castle during the entire game, with very long levels with beautiful backgrounds and plenty of checkpoints in between. And as always, you will have the chance to return to a previous point and use a different ability to reach some items or new places with more secrets to find. Set around 25 years later after Lords Of Shadow, we play with 4 different characters in different periods of time: Gabriel Belmont, his son Trevor, his grandson and Trevor's son Simon, and Alucard. The story can be a little hard to follow for some people, because it's set during different periods, and only after completing these acts we can understand the whole story completely. We can also witness the origin of Alucard and the events that happened before the -already released- sequel Lords Of Shadow 2, where this character has a very important part in its story. If you are a fan of the Castlevania series from a long time, you shouldn't miss this game. It's practically the Castlevania you ever wanted to play since Symphony Of The Night. And if you don't, but enjoyed Lords Of Shadow, this is a worthy game in the series as part of the new cannon established by Lords Of Shadow and using the old gameplay. Although the game is a little easy compared with the classic titles, is not a short experience and you'll need around 10-12 hours just to complete the main campaign, and much more if you'll also plan to look for the secrets in the castle. It's one of the best Castlevania games I have ever played, and I've played almost all of them since the Nintendo NES era. Totally recommended. MercurySteam did a great job, again.
The Classic Flashback ModernizedAzrael360 | March 25, 2014 | Review of Flashback NCSA - PC
Note: For this review, I won't compare the original Flashback with this new version, and it will be based purely in the experience offered from this re-imagined game. After reading some reviews, I wasn't expecting something great but, I'm very happy that it's much better than expected. The game uses the Unreal engine and it looks good, and the sound is also good. The story is not original, but it keeps you interested in it. And the control is also good, and using a gamepad (Xbox 360 controller), the control is very accurate and not bad as I had previously read, probably because of the patches (or maybe not). It has that 2-D perspective of those old games like the original Flashback or the earliest Prince Of Persia games from the 90s. The basic controls include: Jumping with (A), aiming and shooting with the right stick and [RT] respectively. You can also look around with the right stick, so you always can see and look for safe places to land or jump below you, or for hidden items. There's also a map that helps you if you don't know where to go. Obviously later in the game you can do more. If you look back to back with the original game, this version is like an upgrade of the old game using the current modern systems if it was made today and not in the 90s. Although, just like the original, it is a little short (around 5-6 hours). The difficulty is not really high, and probably you will prefer to play it on Normal or above. As a free Uplay Reward (for 0 Uplay points), the game also includes the original Flashback (1993 Edition). Recommended for fans of 2-D action platformers looking for something old, but modern at the same time.
Don't be fooled by this little girlAzrael360 | Feb. 8, 2014 | Review of Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Pack Overflow - PC
Gaige The Mechromancer, the 5th new playable character, is a great add-on for Borderlands 2. With this dangerous girl with bad attitude, you will have the chance to try three new skill trees: "Little Big Trouble", which focuses in elemental damage and effects, like burning electrocution, especially effective against shielded enemies; "Ordered Chaos" (a.k.a. Anarchy), which focuses in increasing the damage done by your weapons, incredible effective to any enemy, but the higher the damage level, the accuracy will be affected as well although negatively. And the third skill is "Best Friends Forever", which focuses in her robot friend: Deathtrap, an extremely useful robot who can fight for Gaige with some helpful abilities. The three new skills can be a little challenging to handle and manage for newcomers, so this is most recommendable for fans looking for some new way to play. Although, it's still recommendable for any fan of Borderlands 2. The important thing is to get the balance that works for you. A very enjoyable DLC.
Mafia II DLC Pack: A better dealAzrael360 | Feb. 6, 2014 | Review of Mafia II DLC Pack - PC
The DLCs for Mafia II are better to get in a pack like this with a lower price. Buying them separately is not recommended, since they do not add much content to the main game by themselves and it would be expensive. In this pack, starting from the lowest value delivered by its DLCs, you will find some nice clothes that you can use from the beginning of the game, with an unique designs that you won't find in the base game, like the military suits or the more "modern" Vegas style suits, but these are just cosmetics and not really useful. Then there are the cars. These also are unique and not found in the game, like the Hot Rods. And just like the clothes, you will have access to them once you get access to your garage for the first time from the start, which by the way is extremely useful, especially with the fastest cars, like the great cars found in the Renegade DLC. But new content to play is always more preferable, and this can be found in the Jimmy's Vendetta DLC and Joe's Adventure DLC. Jimmy's Vendetta offers a more "arcade" approach to Mafia II following the story of Jimmy, the mercenary from The Betrayal Of Jimmy DLC, with missions through the city against time and earning points, doing some generic missions, like killing someone or transporting something in the fastest way possible. Jimmy is not a likeable character and some missions can be really frustrating, so once you finish that DLC you will probably not play Jimmy's Vendetta again. But the star of the pack is Joe's Adventure, the DLC starring the best friend of Vito: Joe. Offering a similar approach like its predecessor, Joe's Adventure is filled with missions around the city and some of them has also a timer, but Joe is Joe, and you will have fun playing as him. Although, both story DLCs share similar aspects and gameplay, including the classic sandbox gameplay of reaching a point to activate a mission, the main difference between them is while Jimmy's Vendetta is not connected at all with the main story of Mafia II, Joe's Adventure is, and it's set during an special time in the main game and after an important event in Vito's life in the late 40's and early 50's, starting with a great mission that fills a gap in the story of Mafia II. If you really enjoyed Mafia II, you should consider this pack. It will be worth it, for the right price.
Good selection of new planesAzrael360 | Nov. 11, 2013 | Review of Skydrift Extreme Fighters Premium DLC - PC
So you want more new planes and with better stats to play from the beginning? Well then, this is for you. For a low price, you can have these three nice planes to play anytime you want, even from the beginning if you can't wait to unlock the others. What these planes really offer, besides the great looking designs and more variety in planes, is a chance to pilot 3 extra planes with better stats overall, but they're not that different from the planes you will find later in the game, except from one stat that it's maxed out: - Vanguard: Max armor. - Sparrow X1: Max speed. - Triwing Vintage: Max boost power. But don't think that they will guarantee an easy victory, your abilities are still needed to win with these planes. But still, if you really liked SkyDrift, you should think in getting this DLC. Adding these 3 new extra planes to the base 8 planes is not bad at all. If you're not sure, you can always wait for a sale.
Intense racing action... in the skies!Azrael360 | Nov. 11, 2013 | Review of SkyDrift - PC
SkyDrift, a game developed by Digital Reality, it's a racing game where you pilot an airplane and face intense combats against your opponents while racing against them. There's no place here for the faint of heart: the races are fast, the combat frenetic and the routes full of obstacles. What makes SkyDrift great, is the fun you'll get while playing it and its amazing moments where you'll be screaming "oh my god!" or "holy...!". With tight controls, you will be able to do some great stunts easily in these planes, especially with a gamepad. Like any other "Kart" game, you will able to get items (weapons or bonuses) during the races to use against your opponents or for yourself, but also, you can convert these items in extra boost for more boost speed. The more you win or get to a podium position, more planes or skins are unlocked for you. The closest game I could think to SkyDrift, is the flying segments of "Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed", but SkyDrift in 10x more intense, faster and open. The graphics are very similar to that game too, everything is very colorful, nice and well designed, but not everything can be good, right? Exactly as "Bang Bang Racing", another game made by the same developers, you may find some graphical glitches or corruption from time to time that can be a little annoying, but luckily they are really fast, so they're not game breaking. Others negative points are: not being able to change the game language from the in-game options, so it'll always starts in the same language as the one set in the operating system (the only way to start the game in another language is to change this in the control panel); and if you play with a gamepad, the controls on screen will show always keys, not gamepad buttons, even in the tutorial. So if you want to know what the buttons do, you will have to see the control scheme in the options. But everything else is so good, that you will forgive those issues and just enjoy SkyDrift.
Mafia II: The Real Mafia ExperienceAzrael360 | Oct. 18, 2013 | Review of Mafia II Overflow - PC
Mafia II is a fantastic sandbox-action-driving game. With an excellent story, superb graphics, sound and music, great gameplay and ambiance, it is highly recommended for anyone looking for a more mature sandbox game. The level of details that this game has, is sometimes unbelievable. From simple things like pedestrians, houses and cars, up to bigger things, like buildings, streets and roads; and that includes even the smaller of things, like a cup of coffee or a newspaper. And don't forget the "playboys"... You'll get easily, at least 15 hours out from it, and probably more. I have this game on Xbox 360 and now on PC, and always get at least 25 hours going for everything this game have, and that's just playing the base game without the DLC. And never get tired of it, that's how I really enjoy and love Mafia II. As for the game itself, the story is amazing and the characters believable. Starting in the '40s and followed by the '50s, you will see that everything will change according to the years: cars, clothes, even the aspect and the climate of the city. The driving is also good, and every type of cars drives differently. Also the action is good and feels right, you can aim properly and also protect yourself behind something, and still be in control of your character to do what you want. And with a great selection of weapons at your disposal, you can always try different types of weapons according to your preferences. With a big and beautiful city to explore, good cars to drive, and missions to unlock, you can't go wrong with Mafia II. Again, highly recommended.
The Island of SolitudeAzrael360 | June 3, 2013 | Review of Dear Esther Steam - PC
This game is simply beautiful, but maybe saying "game" is too much. Is more like an "interactive experience". You are a man who’s alone in this solitary island with practically no life to be seen, with the exception of some birds around and maybe some fishes. While you walk your path travelling through this abandoned place, you’ll be hearing what the protagonist has to tell. And that’s the only way to know about the background story of this man and this place. Graphically, this game is astonishing and the sound incredible realistic, with the sound of the ocean in the distant and the wind blowing. And that’s not all, at some point you’ll have to travel through some caverns with water running through the walls with the echo of the drops… That’s why I prefer to call it experience than a game, because here there aren’t puzzles to solve, or “bad guys” to kill. You just walk, observe, look around taking your time, hear the man and continue. There are many details to look at that are related to the background story, and if you look really closely, maybe you can find something else… Finally, the soundtrack is exceptional and beautifully performed. I recommend listen it in a dedicated sound system to really enjoy it, if you have the soundtrack (sold separately). What could be criticized, is the slow pace of the walking without been able to run or walk faster, but strangely, the game already had that function implemented and can be easily added to the configuration files of the game to be able to use them. The game can be completed in 2 hours, with the possibility to see something different if it is replayed. Maybe is not recommended for everyone, but for the gamers patience enough that are looking for something to explore, without a doubt they will enjoy it the most.
A simple little racing game, and fun... for a whileAzrael360 | May 11, 2013 | Review of Bang Bang Racing - PC
Bang Bang Racing is much better than it seems, but not by much. It is a simple racing game, with nice and colorful graphics and tight controls. I played it with an Xbox 360 controller, and the game is fully compatible with it. At first is very easy, with simple tracks and not too challenging, but don’t be mislead, these cars looks cute but their aggressive AI won’t let you win easily. In fact, once you reach the races with the fastest cars, prepare yourself to curse, because you will be crashed a lot by these pilots, especially in the very tight curves at high speeds, making almost impossible to get in the better positions if you make a few mistakes during the race. Graphically, the game looks clean. Although sometimes you’ll see some quick glitches, like white polygons appearing on screen while taking a turn, but these are very, very fast, like a flash effect and doesn’t affect the gameplay or the driving. Also, there are zero graphics options to set and only two resolutions to choose: 1024x768 (for 4:3 aspect monitors) and 1366x768 (for 16:9 aspect monitors). Sound, and especially the music are very generic, so don’t expect something fancy here. Interesting though, the music tracks are in MP3 format, and can be easily replaced. Overall, is a nice little racing game that surely will bring you a few hours of joy, but once you finish with it, there’s not much else to do.