Reviews by Baumshlager
A decent reboot of a legendary franchiseBaumshlager | Jan. 6, 2015 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown
As much as i wanted to hate this game the first time i played time (remembering all the good times i had with the first three UFO/XCOM games i played back in the 90s) i have to admit that the developers managed to do at least one thing right: the squad battles. They are excellent. They have been elegantly simplified to resemble the ones from another great squad TBS, Incubation. One problem, though - when you shoot rafales from your team's weapons, there is only hit and miss. There's calculations of individual bullet trajectories, in a way ,for example, that 2 bullets can hit and 3 miss, like it was done in the old XCOM games, which is really a shame. This also goes for the enemies, which are excellently designed and you can see that the inspiration for many of them was in the old games, and that is great. The strategic part of the game (the world map and base operations) was to linear for my taste, although i understand that it was done that way so that the player can progress through the plot.
This game is definitely a must for strategy gamers and make sure you get the Enemy Within DLC.
Great expansion/extension of AoDBaumshlager | Oct. 20, 2014 | Review of Darkest Hour: A Hearts Of Iron Game
If you loved Arsenal of Democracy and Hearts of Iron 2, you'll love this. More provinces and the decision system is a great improvement. The map looks just beautiful. There's already plenty of mods for this game that make it even better. My only gripe is that sometimes the conditions to execute a decision are not very clear, but i can look past that.
Not so great platformerBaumshlager | May 24, 2014 | Review of Rush Bros.
The idea of rhythm platform sounds good in theory, but this was poorly executed in practice. The changing of traps to the changing of music is, most of the time, very confusing. The controls are unresponsive. All this makes the game harder than it should be. But i guess you can pick this up on sale if you are a big fan of platformers.
Pretty decent, if not a bit overly difficultBaumshlager | May 24, 2014 | Review of Super Sanctum TD
I'm not a big fan of TD games, but this one had me hooked right away. The 'spells' and weapon towers are cool and the eradication of various enemy types is gratifying. I also loved the retro graphics. The further you progress in the game, however, the difficulty rises exponentially to the point of almost impossible even on 'normal'. Grab this one, even if you're not a fan of tower defense games.
A great game on it's own meritsBaumshlager | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition
If this was not a prequel to the original Deus Ex, it would still be an epic game. Although it is set in the "past", the technology looks more advanced,and that,with the boss levels that seem out of place, would be the only downside. You can again pick your own playstyle: be stealthy, go on a murderous rampage, or something in-between. I especially liked the pheromone analysis part where you have to talk the NPCs into doing your biding by monitoring their behavior. The story wasn't as good as the original, but it still gives you an option to choose the ending you prefer, which is great, and one mission includes the iconic Tracer Tong as a young man. Immersive sci-fi setting and a gret combination of FPS,RPG and a stealth game.Get this game, you won't be disappointed.