Reviews by Bluer

90

A challenging retro 2D platformer with a great soundtrack

Bluer | Nov. 4, 2011 | Review of VVVVVV

If you enjoy a challenge, retro graphical style and platform games then this is the game for you. You will love the charm, the character and the soundtrack is great. The difficulty is spot on and at the price this is on GMG then you'd be a fool to not try it. The environments are simple, but the 'puzzles' you will encounter will make you have to think on your feet, without getting too much (feels more comfortable than Super Meat Boy at any rate). Give this game a try and you may realise you've found a modern gem.

85

Frictional Games know how to make a horror...

Bluer | Aug. 26, 2011 | Review of Penumbra Collection

Penumbra was a breath of fresh air. I started playing these not knowing what to expect. I heard good things about the place, but the low production value made me sceptical. Shortly after the first 30 minutes of Overture I was crouching around...too scared to make a noise, barely the courage to continue. Black Plague quickly became by favourite horror game (maybe even better than Amnesia, for me) and the lack of weapons really introduced a truly helpless feeling and made the whole experience more terrifying. Don't expect anything special, graphics wise, but the atmosphere will suck you in and spit you out at the end of the ride wanting more...with breaks every 10 minutes to calm down...

85

Brilliantly frustrating platformer that keeps you learning

Bluer | Aug. 26, 2011 | Review of Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a hit, and for good reason.

Aesthetically, it is brilliant. The backgrounds are great quality and the animations are perfect. They really give you the impressive that you are bloody meat and the animations on the other characters all seem to fit. The graphics are very clean and suit the game; I can't imagine it looking right any differently. The controls are responsive and bound well; any problems you will have playing it will be of your own fault, more than likely. The levels are challenging and require a lot of learning, which keep getting harder and harder. As frustrating as it can be it is still quite a casual game to just jump into whenever to have a crack at a level or 2, but you may find you spend longer playing it than you thought as you become determined to complete a level you keep failing on.

90

The game the first should have been and more

Bluer | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition

I really, really liked the first Assassin's Creed game. A lot of people didn't, they mostly found it repetitive and lacking much content, and they were right. But I personally think of it as a proof of concept, evolving from the gameplay from Prince of Persia.

Assassin's Creed 2 introduces updated graphics, better gameplay, a better story and better content. Collectables are useful to collect and weapons and items are addictive to buy. I got absolutely obsessed with buying and improving everything I could in the game. You can buy buildings such as shops to renovate and receive income from to buy and renovate even more. Some of the weapons are great fun to use and watching your surroundings improve as you renovate feels extremely satisfying. The combat has been much improved with more weapons, more animations and feels more fluid.

Basically, this is what the first should have been, but it can still get repetitive unfortunately, which is why the score is ONLY 90. The story draws you in and spits you out at the end satisfied you'd been on this adventure.

70

Imperfect and best seen as not a sequel, but a separate game.

Bluer | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2 is a fun game. Is it anything special? not in my eyes, but if you're looking for an open world to explore, set on fire and complete missions however you please then you'll have good fun with this.

The voice acting is poor. It is rushed, some NPCs seem to mumble a bit and voices seem to be on random AI (a black person can have a white australian voice exactly the same as a white man has, for example, breaking the immersion).

The textures aren't particularly great but the beauty in the environment makes up for this. There are a variety of collectables to find which are worth collecting for a change, for example you can collect diamonds that you can find scattered around the world and are used as currency. The weapon deterioration is very nice, especially when the gun explodes in front of your eyes and you're forced to run away or pick up another gun (although the AI usually has poor quality weapons). The health system is nice. If your health is very low you have to do things like pull bullets out of your arm, then you can heal yourself more with a syringe. Your character has malaria in the game which adds another interested, but sometimes frustrating, consideration. You have to get medicine to help you get through the game and you can have a problem at random times throughout the game. The saving is done at key points, such as at a small safe house that you get more of through the game and can upgrade with ammo and syringes. The traveling is done either on foot, in a vehicle or "fast travel" on a bus at specific locations.

I could go on and on about things in this game, but I think I've said enough for you to judge whether you would like to play this. I enjoyed it, but it's definitely not a favourite of mine.