Reviews by BillyMays14
Fantastic Game, Great Stealth ImplementationBillyMays14 | Oct. 10, 2012 | Review of Dishonored (NA)
Dishonored is a fantastically open game in terms of gameplay choices. You can go the stabby stabby route or completely ghost a level or somewhere in between. The tools given to you facilitate either method and the world reacts to your actions. I have been waiting a long time for a great first-person stealth game and this (along with Deus Ex Human Revolution) have been the only major recent releases to get stealth so right.
There is not enough variety to the tools you get for stealth but if you are a stealth junkie, buy this game.
Great MMO With No Subscription FeesBillyMays14 | Oct. 5, 2012 | Review of Guild Wars 2: Digital Edition (NA) -
Guild Wars II has great graphics, engaging combat and gameplay, and no monthly subscription fees. Classes and combat are diverse, quests are mostly interesting, and ArenaNet pushes constant updates. The microtransaction store is easily ignored.
This is a perfect MMO for those just getting into them or those who are tired of the bigger ones (WOW, Old Republic, etc)
Incredible Game, Especially With ModsBillyMays14 | Oct. 4, 2012 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (NA)
Skyrim is a completely massive game with a ridiculous amount of content out of the box. While the melee combat is still basically a clickfest when it comes to melee, the magic system and dual wielding add a lot more variety. However, the biggest selling point (for me) is that the PC version is fully modable with both the Skyrim Nexus and Steam Workshop. You can change skins or change the fundamental mechanics of the game, whatever you want.
Unless you absolutely need the (fantastic) statistical depth of Morrowind, you should buy this game immediately, especially now that most of the bugs have been squashed.
Scary at first, not that great of a game overallBillyMays14 | Oct. 3, 2012 | Review of Anna
Anna is an interesting game put out at a solid price. It's billed as a horror game where you solve puzzles to progress rather than fighting back. The puzzles are ok, some offer a good level of challenge but I found that most were too easy. The biggest turn-off was that you can't die. While that's great for some games, I found it took away from the horror elements of this game. Get it if you absolutely have to play horror games, otherwise skip it.
Unique Multiplayer Game- Not for EveryoneBillyMays14 | Oct. 3, 2012 | Review of War of the Roses: Kingmaker
War of the Roses is a unique 64 player online medieval combat game. It is mostly melee and it's gameplay is closest mirrored by the Mount & Blade series. It's a chaotic game with difficult to grasp controls and a steep learning curve. However, if you can get past that you will find a deep and unique multiplayer game that has the potential to last for a very long time.
So Much PotentialBillyMays14 | Sept. 30, 2012 | Review of Alpha Protocol
This game's brilliance is covered under layers of unintuitive control and gameplay systems.Graphics are ok and it plays like a spy version of mass effect 1. Unfortunately, the controls are not very responsive and systems like stealth are completely broken.
If you can get through that, you will find a game that actually gives you plenty of well-crafted and meaningful choices that actually dramatically impact the story of your game. If you can look through the poor exterior, you will find a solid and exceptional game underneath.
Ok Single Player, Great (But Dead) MultiplayerBillyMays14 | Sept. 30, 2012 | Review of Aliens vs Predator
The single player campaigns in this game are pretty average despite being set in an extremely unique universe that is bursting with potential. An average shooter campaign with a couple wrinkles thrown in.
The multiplayer was totally worth it when it was active as they crafted a fantastic and interesting multiplayer game where you could play either an Alien, Predator, or Human with all the classes being relatively balanced. Unfortunately, the multiplayer is pretty much dead now.
If you're looking for a completely average game with a great licence pick this game up but don't expect to be impressed unless you somehow find a populated multiplayer game.
Love Shooting Things a Lot? Buy This Game!BillyMays14 | Sept. 26, 2012 | Review of Painkiller Black Edition DNS
Painkiller Black edition is all about shooting things in the face. The game's structure is uncomplicated. You are locked in an arena with a bunch of monsters and must kill them all to proceed. However, they come at you in huge waves and you have some super satisfying methods of evisceration (my favorite is the stake gun). This is the best Painkiller game made, the expansions were pretty terrible. Definitely get this if you love fast paced non-stop shooting but stay away if you like to play things at a more methodical pace.
A Polarizing GameBillyMays14 | Sept. 26, 2012 | Review of Dear Esther DNS
Dear Esther is-quite frankly- what gamer's usually think of when hearing the phrase "art game". By that I mean it can come off as pretentious and places it's atmosphere and message above gameplay. The presentation is excellent but if you are looking for a "game", it isn't there. It is more like an a story narrated to you where the only way to continue is to progress down the linear path laid out in front of you. Some people may enjoy it, I did not. If you look for unique games that blur the lines between mediums, this might be up your alley. However, if you want your games to have a little more "game" to them, I would avoid this.
Great Art Style, Dissapointing GameplayBillyMays14 | Sept. 26, 2012 | Review of Alice: Madness Returns (NA) dns
Alice: Madness Returns is a game based on the fantastic premise of a warped Wonderland. It's art style is striking and unique and is sure to please most people who lay their eyes on it. However, the gameplay- which is a mixture of combat and platforming- does not match up to the standard. The combat becomes repetitive and the platforming feels floaty and "off". Controls on PC also do not feel very well optimized, recommend a gamepad if possible. You will love the fantastic presentation of this game but be wary of the grating gameplay.
Better destruction but not better valueBillyMays14 | Sept. 26, 2012 | Review of Battlefield Bad Company 2: Ultimate Edition (NA)
Battlefield Bad Company 2 was the best modern military multiplayer shooter until its big brother Battlefield 3 came out. This game boasts fantastic multiplayer with large scale battles. Great class structure and balance and the destruction in this game is amazing. Each building can be completely destroyed and levels are a smoking crater at the end.
Unfortunately, this is now being compared to Battlefield 3 now that that's out and while this has a far better destruction model, it just isn't worth buying at $30 when the majority of the population has moved on to Battlefield 3. The game still deserves a great score but just be aware that this is last year's model and is just not as popular anymore.
Bigger and BetterBillyMays14 | Sept. 26, 2012 | Review of Borderlands 2 (NA) DNS
This game is a great example of the iterative process used for sequels that help polish a pretty good game into a pretty great game. Addresses several issues from the first game ranging from environment variation to story. The story-by Anthony Burch of HAWP- is much improved. My favorite addition is the short dialogue exchanges from Claptrap but overall this one of the funnier games out this year.
I have a couple small issues. Gore was turned down (no dismemberment or heads exploding) though there is lots of blood, which removes some of the satisfaction from sniper shots or shotgun blasts. Also, some parts are tuned too much for co-op which forces some grinding if you're going solo. A great game overall, do not miss out.