Reviews by BronYrAurStomp
One of the better super hero gamesBronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed playing this title, especially as the quality of superhero games in the market is distinctly below average.
Not only drawing very successfully on the batman universe the game delivers a genuinely interesting story line set within the claustrophobic halls of Arkham Asylum.
The Asylum houses the villains of Gotham City, though they are not present when you enter due to a take over by the Joker. However evidence of their presence remains and you're fed trickles of information about their background and behaviour. For example you'll encounter Mr Freeze's holding tank and Poison Ivy's sealed chamber. It is a fantastic way of immersing you in the Batman lore without having a tedious long list of characters or boss battles. You will want to discover more about them and their relationship to Batman which is possible due to audio logs or character appropriate relics.
The combat system is satisfying though your essentially made invulnerable if you time blocks and counters correctly. However the mechanics are above average, particularly in the superhero game genre.
The main story is supplemented by a swathe of collectibles, audio logs, doctor reports and even a set of tablets that hide the Asylum's mysterious secret. Additionally the voice acting is above average for these types of games, particularly Mark Hamill's performance as the Joker.
This is a must have game for any Batman fan, or even superhero fans in general.
Pure Sandbox MadnessBronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2
Although the campaign story is ok, the most fun you'll find in this game comes from the freedom to run around blowing stuff up and causing chaos for the government, all within a gorgeous tropical landscape full of jungles, mountains, cities and beaches.
Its all a playground in Just Cause 2 - land, sea and air.
Essentially a Focused Stand-alone ExpansionBronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of Napoleon: Total War
Napoleon Total War is basically Empire Total War focused down into a European theatre. Many of the games crippling bugs have been removed, the AI is a lot more intelligent and battles are more intense and longer lasting.
You can either play a large conquest style campaign mode as or against Napoleon on mainland Europe, or play as various factions in smaller and more focused arenas such as Napoleons invasion of Spain.
Although enjoyable these game modes lack the sort of scale Total War players will recognise, particularly following the mammoth game Empire Total War. As such it did not keep me entertained anywhere near as long as Empire. If your a fan of the historical context however, this is a must buy, as true to form Creatively Assembly have provided a blend of historical accuracy and entertainment.
One of the better Total War gamesBronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of Medieval II: Total War
As a huge fan of the Total War series I was pleased with the way this game played. Rather than a direct sequel to Medieval Total War, it is better to see this game as a development of Rome Total War.
Battles are extremely fun in this game, particularly siege battles which have been improved significantly from Rome. The nature of the games setting allows for a vast array of troop types from various regions and battles are satisfyingly brutal, appropriate to its historical framework.
Importantly this Total War game does not suffer from an end game sequence which is present in Total War: Shogun 2. You can use diplomacy and even bribe the Pope to prevent factions from ganging up on you during your conquests, avoiding a You vs the World situation.
City management is fun yet rather simple and not its strongest feature.
This game had a difficult task to follow Rome Total War yet it does this well.
Stylish and Surprisingly AddictiveBronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of Frozen Synapse
I've found Frozen Synapse to be extremely rewarding and frustrating at the same time. It is one of the games that when you get your tactics right you will fist pump the air in joy. It's a game designed to be played slowly and thoughtfully. Each stage requires perfect planning, especially when played against a human opponent. It can be extremely unforgiving and at times down right unfair, but it has a nice style and addictive game types.
Best played with a friend on coop - Expect a thrashing if you play multi-player
The Least Popular of the SeriesBronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of Empire: Total War
Empire Total War is possibly the largest game in the series in terms of map scale (Including games since). When playing the game you can't help but feel Creative Assembly over-stretched themselves. Most of the bugs the game launched with have been patched out, yet many still remain. Land battles remain entertaining as always, especially now with gun powder however siege battles are a dull affair sadly. Naval battles are extremely boring and you will quickly decide to start auto resolving those, which is a shame. Being able to battle in a variety of continents is the games greatest strength.
An extremely rewarding RTS.....at least at the beginingBronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V
Civilization 5 is an extremely fun and surprisingly addictive turn-based RTS game that uses a tile system to represent expansion. The most interesting periods of the game can be found at the beginning, where you fight off rivals and negotiate with allies to expand your territories and acquire resources. The further you advance through technologies and discover new ages the less interesting it becomes. There becomes little reason to negotiate or use diplomacy and if your not careful you can wipe out most of the enemies or allies in the game, rendering the end periods extremely boring.