Reviews by BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7
Breath TakingBLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | June 25, 2014 | Review of Dear Esther
A lot of the criticism and confusion of Dear Esther is brought about because it is not exactly a game. There are no enemies, no objectives, no inventory, nothing we've come to except in video games. It is where art, storytelling and games intersect, to create a masterpiece.
You simply walk throughout the beautiful landscape while the narration directs you where to go. There are many memorable scenes and set pieces in Dear Esther that will stick with you. Dear Esther is not exactly a game, and that's a good thing. It proves video games can be a valid medium for artistic expression, and weaves a captivating story to along with it.
A Fantastic Homage to Two Legendary FranchisesBLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | June 25, 2014 | Review of Aliens vs Predator
Aliens vs Predator is an underrated gem the highlights the best parts of the Alien and Predator franchises and blends them into a First Person combat game. Aliens vs Predator delivers major fan service and a great experience in campaign and multiplayer.
If you are fans of either franchise you will recognize all the sounds, movement and quirks of each class. Aliens hiss and click, move at break neck speeds, in contrast to predators which feel strong, can jump to far locations and posses many of the gadgets seen in the films. The last class is the marines, which perhaps captures the feeling the best. Playing as a marine in multiplayer you feel vulnerable and worried to confront enemies alone, so sticking with squad-mates is a must.
Finding squad-mates may be this game's only problem. It is very difficult to find a full room, the game has largely been abandoned online, That said the single-player campaigns (one for each class) are decently interesting and provide different experiences through the eyes of the 3 classes. Aliens Vs Predator is a great game, and even better online if you can find enough players.
What you've come to expect from Tim Schafer & Double FineBLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | June 25, 2014 | Review of Costume Quest
Costume Quest had that distinct vibe that only comes from a Tim Schafer & Double Fine catalog. Costume quest boasts simple but interesting visuals that compliment the game's tongue-in-cheek humor. Costume Quest is sure to keep you entertained for a few hours if you are looking for a non-serious turn-based strategy game.
As a turn-based game, Costume Quest is FAR from deep. You have access to a few abilities for the members in your party, however for the most part strategy does not extend much past attack attack, heal, attack ect. This is not necessarily a bad thing, Costume Quest is not intended to be a rigorous RPG with multiple layers of strategy, but simply a fun, if not repetitive combat system to match it's overall tone.
What to take away from Costume Quest is that its a fun,lighthearted adventure game that will give you a good laugh. Costume Quest is certainly worth the price to pick up and should entertain just about anyone,
An intelligent and captivating thrill rideBLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | June 25, 2014 | Review of Alan Wake
Alan Wake is a rare example of a game that I would recommend to everyone. No matter what game genre your forte may be, Alan Wake is scripted with such quality and attention to detail that I truly believe anyone could enjoy this master piece.
Alan Wake plays out in fashion similar to a T.V. show, segments of the game are separated by "episodes" linked by a narration. Its a creative and fresh way to dictate progress and levels within the game. This keeps the pacing crisp for the player, you never feel stuck in one area for too long, you always progressing through the story.
Perhaps the best and most important asset of Alan Wake is the story line. From the opening sequence until the end credits I was captivated and motivated to keep playing. This is reinforced by interesting cliff hangers at the end of the episodes that keep you guessing and interested. Alan Wake in a phenomenal game and should be a apart of your library, give it a chance and you'll see why it is so highly praised.
Blurring the line between video game and artBLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | Nov. 11, 2013 | Review of Papo & Yo
Papo & Yo is a game which joins the likes of 'Journey' and 'Shadow of the Colossus' in a push to have video games recognized as a form of art. The puzzle gameplay can sometimes be buggy, and it is not all that challenging, but is different and original enough to keep your attention.
The key point of the game comes in its story of a boy abused by his father, and finding his way to cope with his problems. Papo & Yo finds creative and impacting ways of showing the Boy's relationship with his father and struggles he must deal with.
This is worth the play through (Only around 3-4 hours long) and will leave you with a feeling that resonates. Papo & Yo is truly a great step in proving video games can be an valid outlet for art.
The right way to reboot a seriesBLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | Nov. 4, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider
Series reboots don't always stay true to the feel and nature that made the original successful. This new iteration of Tomb Raider does provide the grit, high stakes action and platforming that has come to be expected from the TR series.
In many ways, it also improves upon its predecessors. The graphics are breath taking, and truly can put your graphics card to the test. Sound and production are also top notch. More than aesthetics, Tomb Raider nails character development. You really begin to care for(or hate) the characters you are introduced to, they are all interesting in their own way.
This is for sure worth a pick up, and one of the best action platform games to come out in this generation..
Worth picking up for FPS fansBLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | Nov. 4, 2013 | Review of Syndicate - US & Canada
I wouldn't say that Syndicate has a story that is ground breaking, but the single-player experience is good and interesting enough to justify a play through. The stylish action and fluid movement make you feel like you had been thrown into a pseudo 'Matrix' world of sorts. Environments vary and look pretty decent with the large amount of bloom effects.
Where this game really shines is co-op. Utilizing hacks and team work is VITAL to success in this mode. This becomes even more true if you are unable to play with 4 players. Most of my time spent playing co-op was with only one other person, 2 player co-op leaves close to no room for error if you wish to last more than 2 minutes.
Over all this is worth picking up and playing if you are interested in a vary stylized futuristic FPS.
Repetitive, but in the best wayBLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | Nov. 4, 2013 | Review of Devil May Cry 4
A lot of the criticism towards this game stems from its repetitive nature. While this is true, and you will find yourself fighting the same bosses over and over, traversing the same environments back and forth, DMC4 always finds a new wrinkle to throw in the fold to keep it interesting.
A big emphasis in this game is doing things at stylish as possible, so fighting the same enemies also gives you a chance to perfect your fighting style and rack up some big points.
Lastly, with two different characters to play as, each with a variety of moves, you never really feel like you are walking in circles, not when there are so many demons to destroy in devilish fashion (Pun intended).