Reviews by Bas92
Terrible sequelBas92 | Oct. 26, 2011 | Review of Dragon Age 2 (EU)
Dragon Age 2 is a terrible sequel in my opinion. While it's set in the same universe as Dragon Age, they basically removed everything that made Dragon Age Origins so great. You can no longer choose between three different races. You're forced to play as a boring human character now. The seperate origin stories are also gone. Bioware also took a different approach for the art style, Dragon Age 2 has cartoony visuals. It doesn't look that bad but I prefer DA:O's more realistic visuals. The worst change however is the combat system. Dragon Age Origins (on the PC) had a top-down view and fun, tactical battles where you constantly had to pause the game and issue orders. Dragon Age 2 however is pure hack&slash with "awesome" killing moves. While it certainly looks cool, they really dumbed down the combat system. So we have one race, no origins, a crappy combat system, a totally different art style... and finally this game is much, much shorter than DA:O. One playthrough in DA:O could easily take 100 hours while in DA2 it takes only 20 hours to complete the game. The fact that this game was created in 1 year proves that this game was rushed. Hell, Bioware even admitted it. Some people might enjoy this game but if you liked DA:O, stay away from this garbage. WIth Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 2 Bioware is shifting to action games instead of RPG's but I really hope that they're not forgetting their core RPG fans.
One of the best RPG's I've ever playedBas92 | Oct. 26, 2011 | Review of Dragon Age: Origins Digital Deluxe Version
Dragon Age Origins is by far one of the best RPG's I've ever played. Sadly it's also Bioware's last true RPG, Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age 2 can hardly be called RPG's. This game is awesome though. I bought it on release, played it for almost 300 hours and then put it down. And now I reinstalled it and I'm eager to start a new playthrough. This game has very interesting characters, an awesome story, lots of places to explore, fun combat (especially on Nightmare difficulty) and lots of skills and items. If you enjoy tactical combat from a top-down view (like Baldur's Gate), then you'll love this game. The dialogues are also written well and one playthrough alone can take 60-120 hours, depending on the amount of sidequests you complete. Some of the DLC is also pretty good (I recommend The Stone Prisoner, Return to Ostagar and Warden's Keep). And if you're really up for a challenge, then you can solo this game in nightmare mode (so don't get any party members, let your character fight all by himself) which is very difficult but also very rewarding. All in all, this is a must have for any RPG/LotR/Baldur'sGate fan!
A big disappointmentBas92 | Aug. 22, 2011 | Review of Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition
To me, this game was a big disappointment. The DRM (you have to be online all the time) didn't even bother me. I can definitely see why a lot of people like this game. The graphics are good, there are plenty of things to do, the cities are well-designed and it's fun being an assassin. But to me this game was ruined by the gameplay. This game is just way too easy and boring. You only need two buttons to win every battle in this game: the block and the counter button. Just hold the block button, press the counter button when an enemy is attacking you and you win. This always works. There are more options during combat, like poisoned blades, bombs and your hidden blades. But they hardly make the combat any more challenging. Plus, why would you use them if you can also use the much more effective block&counter? The balance seems lost here. So the combat system is extremely easy and (in my opinion) boring. Then there's the freerunning. Just like in Assassin's Creed 1, you can climb onto any building and run over the rooftops. It's fun at first to explore the city but it's again way too easy. You only need to hold down one button and Ezio will perform his acrobatic tricks for you. There's no timing or skill involved at all. I'm getting a bit sick of Ubisoft's "one-button-to-rule-them-all" policy. I feel like I'm watching a movie instead of playing a game. Finally, the actual missions aren't that exciting either. All missions are simple "go from A to B and kill X" missions or even worse, they let you run around as some kind of errand boy. I was hoping for some spectacular assassinations that actually require planning, but you won't find anything like that in this game. My rating for this game is quite low but keep in mind that you might just really enjoy this game. If you're not looking for a challenge and like the idea of being an assassin, this might just be the perfect game for you.
Most underrated game ever?Bas92 | Aug. 13, 2011 | Review of Alpha Protocol
Alpha Protocol is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated games ever. While it's not perfect, it's definitely one of the best action-RPG's I've ever played.
Let's start with the cons. The gameplay, especially the combat, could use a lot of fine-tuning. The controls, animations, getting in and out of cover... it all needs a bit more polish. The hacking minigame can also be incredibly difficult with a keyboard and a mouse set-up, I'd definitely recommend a gamepad for this game. It's not impossible without a gamepad but it takes some practice.
Now to the pros! The setting is absolutely great. I haven't seen a spy RPG before and this game does a good job at making you feel like a secret agent. The storyline and characters are also very well done. But the part where this game really shines are the choices that you have to make. Alpha Protocol takes these decisions to the next level. Unlike Mass Effect, your choices actually have a very big impact on the story. There are some really tough choices to be made and sometimes I just had to quit playing and think about what I would do next. The dialogues are timed, so you don't have a lot of time to think about your answer. I would love to see this in every RPG from now because it really puts some more pressure on you. You can't just relax and reload if you made the wrong choice. You won't even notice some of the effects of your choices until you've almost finished your playthrough.
So to conclude: get this game if you're a fan of spy themes and action RPG's. If you're still not convinced, go watch a YouTube video about Steven Heck. He's the #1 reason why this game is better than Mass Effect 2.
Great game (new to the series)Bas92 | Aug. 13, 2011 | Review of Sid Meier’s Civilization® V
Civilization V is my first Civ game (not counting a few hours put into Civilization Revolution). This game really is a gem! The visuals look stunning, the music is pretty good, every character speaks in his/her own language, there are many leaders to choose from and the gameplay is highly addictive. No game is ever the same because of the amount of maps, leaders and winning conditions. There's a big difference between a domination and a tech victory! Multiplayer gives this game even more replay value and you can even save in multiplayer! If you're looking for a good turn-based strategy game, then you should definitely buy Civilization V!