Reviews by Bertolli
The Greatest WW2 RTS to DateBertolli | July 21, 2012 | Review of Company of Heroes THQ
Even nearing 6 years of age, Company of Heroes continues to create a awe-inspiring experience as a RTS.
The graphical detail place into units and surroundings are beautiful and amazing for its age. Not to mention how bullet details and explosions rip holes into the beautiful landscape creating a atmosphere of a long drawn out battle the longer games continue. Hell even the units themselves have ragdolls!
The sound makes you feel like you are right there in the thick of a WW2 battle. Explosions, gun fire, you name it it sounds like it was taken directly from a battlefield. While the voices may sound cheesy, the voice acting brings a light-hearted feel to the battlefield as units react to your commands and the ongoing battle through their voices.
Game play is solid in both multiplayer and singleplayer modes. The singleplayer story mode is enjoyable but really has no "story" in terms of character development which sadly holds the game back. But singleplayer is only a portion of this wonderful game.
Multiplayer is where CoH shines. Games are very fast paced and yet may take upwards of an hour to finish and throughout that creating adrenaline fueled mayhem.
Alot of fun in Civ5 to be hadBertolli | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Sid Meier’s Civilization® V: Civilization & Scenario Pack - Korea
Korea is my favourite eastern civilization to play. It has a great series of unique units for combat, the scenario is tons of fun yet difficult to play and the level design is outstanding as always. This pack is worth a purchase, especially if you want more variety and would love to try an new Asia civilization brimming with talent.
Hard but alot of funBertolli | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Hearts of Iron III DNS
This isn't your ordinary strategy game and by all means not for those just entering the world of strategy games. It has a very difficult learning curve due to the large amount of management needed for domestic to play the game successfully especially in multiplayer. However the game can provide hours of hardcore entertainment once you do start understanding how to play the game well. This is quite possibly one of the best World War II simulators to date and is worth giving a try.
Finally got it right!Bertolli | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Magicka: Final Frontier DLC
Finally, a Magicka dlc worthy of its price. For the price compared to the rest of the DLC you get loads of new content. A new map for use in PvP and the challenge mode as well as a few new enemies and a new outfit! Its a great buy and adds some new variety to the game.
Nice Map but...Bertolli | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Magicka: Frozen Lake DLC
The map itself is very nice and well made. However, considering other packs for Magicka offer more for less, i.e .99 cent packs, which really offsets the map by giving less for more of an expense. Though its not a heavy hitting price its still worth noting that you can get more content for the game for less
A Good BuyBertolli | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Magicka: Wizard's Survival Kit DLC
I bought this dlc simply for the magick of meteor shower which is quite an awesome and hilarious spell. However, the equipment provided in the pack as well are quite useful. They are buffed up versions of the standard wizard kit basically and I do prefer the standard kit over the majority of the DLC kits. So a buffed up version gives me the same feel of the original but with more power to back it up
The Original alone is betterBertolli | Aug. 17, 2011 | Review of Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland DNS
For the price Hearts is just being milked, this expansion offers little new content and on top of that you need the previous DLC of Semper Fi in order to be able to use For the Motherland (Semper fi is still worth the buy). I say just purchase the original for a good Hearts of Iron experience and if you want more buy Semper Fi with it however For the Motherland is just not worth the price at the current time.
Alot of fun being "El Presidente"Bertolli | Aug. 16, 2011 | Review of Tropico 3 DNS
I have to say out of all the builder sandbox games I have played this is my favorite. The ability to control your own island nation from its government to farmland is crazy fun. The game has a campaign similar to most builder games where you have to complete certain objectives by a certain time period. Which is all fine and dandy but the game's core gameplay I believe revolves around the open ended "sandbox mode" where you can do whatever you want and not be tied down by objectives. So whether you enjoy being a glorious benefactor to your people or cruel dictator tropico is worth a buy.
Maybe a good buy for someBertolli | Aug. 16, 2011 | Review of Magicka: Party Robes DLC
The robes make no real significant difference in gameplay other then a new look (I have never noticed a difference anyway) especially if you are a loner when it comes to playing Magicka. Otherwise its just a small dent in your wallet for a new look as I know some people prefer their wizard to have a unique feel to it
Very Addictive!Bertolli | Aug. 16, 2011 | Review of Really Big Sky [Playfire]
A guilty pleasure, though the game looks fairly simple (and it is) its actually holds the potential for a insane amount of fun! The game itself has quite a sense of humor with the stereotypical English A.I and the promise of dieing alot. Its true this game truly is about dieing as there is no end to a stage. You keep shooting your way through enemies and bosses or drilling through a planet at high speeds until you die. Once you die you can either replay the stage or end the session and be taken to an upgrade screen where you spend your earned xp to make your flying metal death trap into a more durable flying metal death trap. Its alot of fun and great to play as a side game for tons of laughs I recommend it fully!
Gives a Cool look for Charity!Bertolli | Aug. 16, 2011 | Review of Magicka: Nippon DLC
Considering that proceeds are going to Japan this is a great purchase for any Magicka fan. The robe itself is fairly cool looking and has that samurai flair to it and combine it with a uber cool Katana you are a force to be reckoned with. The staff is also very useful with its resitance buff but it just adds to the whole "Eastern" theme of your outfit.
Fun But Doesn't Last LongBertolli | Aug. 16, 2011 | Review of Magicka: Marshlands DLC
If you have ever played Call of Duty Zombie mode or Gears of War's Horde Mode well this is Magicka's equivalent to those game modes. Basically your stuck in a swamp and constantly get attacked by waves on enemies with each progressive wave getting slightly harder. Its fun but sadly since there is only 1 map and the game ends at 20 rounds it can get old fairly quickly. However its still some great fun as long as you have the friends to play with.
I love the small of Napalm in MagickaBertolli | Aug. 14, 2011 | Review of Magicka: Vietnam DLC
Combine the mass destructive powers of 1-4 incompetent wizards and a Goblin army in Vietnam and you get this little tid-bit of Magicka DLC. For the price, get tons of new additions to Magicka albeit short it will still provide the same amount of hilarity you would get from any other challenge mode or map. This is one dlc I suggest you do get for magicka, after all who wouldn't want to be an all powerful wizard spraying a M60 at some evil baddies.
DecentBertolli | Aug. 13, 2011 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2 - Ikko Ikki Clan DLC
For the price tag of 4.99 its not a wallet breaker for a decent amount of content however the content isn't really "new". The new clan of the Ikko Ikki plays out the same way every other Shogun clan does. Though a new skill tree and slightly different units, the clan doesn't offer anything new or exciting.
The new units (except warrior nuns) are simply default skinned units the only difference is in certain stats.
The Historical Battle was quite fun, though again not much diversity from a normal battle though luckily this battle was the 1st or 2nd of Nagashima since the 3rd was just a slaughter of monks and civilians XD
Retainers are interesting but offer no real outstanding benfits except to monk units and the armor set is a nice little vanity item though would have been nice if it had a naginata weapon with it but its still a nice set up. This dlc is not really a big miss if you opt out and I suggest you save your buying until the new DLC campaign comes out which hopefully will be alot more interesting
Hilarious RPGBertolli | Aug. 10, 2011 | Review of Magicka
Magicka is by far one of the most successful non-AAA company titles to ever come out for the PC. Simple yet very addictive, it shines when you play with friends in co-op and end up finding unique and interesting ways to kill each other. There is also a free update for PvP which is also loads of fun when you have acquired a nice anthology of spell combinations.
The game only has one downfall and its graphics related. Sadly, Magicka only supports a ATI or NVIDIA graphics card that are fairly high end and with no ability to lower graphical settings the game tends to be very laggy/choppy on older systems.
A Nice Add-OnBertolli | Aug. 9, 2011 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2 - Sengoku Jidai Unit Pack
The Jidai DLC, although expensive, offers a very nice diversity into an already great game. Single-player cllans now are given the ability to be more unique with this addition of new units specific to each faction, all being elite and devastating when played correctly.
These elite units are all added to your avatar campaign veteran units, however you are only allowed to use 1 of each like hero units etc. Each unit opens up new strategies to be used for players and spices things up with some new units most players have not had experience with yet.
Now these units are not a "buy to win" dlc as some people tend to believe. They are powerful but like all units can easily be outmatched againsit the right opponent. So if you plan on buying this pack because you want "uber-power" then you are spending your money on the wrong thing. However, if you want a new flavor to Shogun 2 then go ahead and give this a try.
Okay GameBertolli | Aug. 6, 2011 | Review of Two Worlds II: Castle Defense [Playfire]
Even though the game in itself is fun especially when you gather a few friends to play with you the price for so little does not make the game worthwhile. It is your standard tower defense game. you use gold to make purchases for unit upgrades or more "towers" (i.e more soldiers to defend your "king" from monsters)
With each progressive wave getting harder. However, the game plays out like any other and offers no real expansion to the Two Worlds universe.
If you are a die hard fan and just want more and more Two Worlds games by all means by it. If not, I would wait until this game goes on sale or spend your money on a upcoming DLC for Two Worlds.