Reviews by BurroCaralho

96

My favorite game of 2012 by far

BurroCaralho | March 29, 2013 | Review of Far Cry 3

Hands down my favorite game of last year, the graphics are absolutely orgasmic (i never knew i could just stare at sunlight shining through a steel grate for so long), i was playing it on ultra and i've never seen a better game. The acting is excellent, the main protagonist Vaas though, excellent would be an understatement. He's perfectly cast, modeled and voiced. He is by far the best protagonist i've ever seen in a game or any movie, he's insane and unpredictable and that's what makes him terrifying. Despite him being terrifying though, i looked forward to every encounter with him in the story because i knew it'd be gold. Speaking of the story, it's equally as excellent. You go to a paradise island with your friends and after a bad turn, you wake up with Vaas' face in yours as a scared travel boy and grow into a flame throwing, sniping, Rambo warrior to save the day as the game progresses. I cannot recommend this game enough, even as someone who isn't a fan of FPS, this is a massive exception thanks to the story and characters. This is the exact kind of game that i got my gaming rig for and i'm so glad that i did. The only reason this doesn't get a full 100 is the crafting system, it often doesn't make sense in a logical way but despite that, it still gives you incentive to go off and explore the great looking map to find the things that you need.

93

Easily one of my top 3 games of 2012

BurroCaralho | March 29, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown dns

Having never played the original XCOM, this game didn't really register on my radar until i saw some game play footage and found it interesting. I bought it on a punt and 90 hours later i'm still enjoying it as much as when i started. The story goes that there's an alien invasion and you have to defend earth in turn based combat missions. You start with rookies who have standard 'human' guns but you're in a constant race to upgrade your guns, armor, accessories to help you with an ever increasing threat from new and more powerful aliens. This game is challenging, you're nearly always short of money so you really have to pick and choose what you really need to do and buy rather than just doing whatever you want. You have to constantly research and engineer new equipment and facilities to keep you on pace with your foes and you'd better make sure you get enough satellites up around the world to scan for aliens or the world will panic and leave your 'Council'. If too many leave you lose the game and my fourth play through is the first time i've managed to have no countries pull out, it isn't easy at all but so rewarding for the tactically minded. It has a great ironman mode if you choose it which means that you can't save 20 times a mission and go back if you make a mistake, you have to deal with the repercussions of all your actions.Multiplayer is excellent too, play against friends or random people, it really adds a new challenge when your opponent isn't CPU AI. It has it's bugs too, sometimes you shoot through walls or a shot that seemingly connects, doesn't, or you're left surprised that one of your squad can't see a target even though you're sure he has line of sight. These are really minor issues though and don;t impact on gameplay at all for me, the excellent tactical play far outweighs them.

35

Quite awful

BurroCaralho | March 29, 2013 | Review of The Good Life

This looked like a quaint little sim game so i picked it up in a sale here. You start as someone who inherits a boating company in paradise, you move there to start your business and get away from your boring day job. From the get go, the look of the game, the textures, the navigation, the customer interactions, the controls, the business workings and the customers faces, oh god the customers faces, all just drain every drop of enthusiasm you had for the game out of you. 'Stunning 3D Tropical Environment' is not how i would describe this. If it was made on a Commodore 64 then i'd be blown away, but for a late 2012 game, they're awful. I have a high end gaming rig and even for me the textures, water, characters and boats look so far off the mark. It feels like this is a game that someone had a great idea for (it is, in my opinion), got enthusiastic about, then the budget got slashed just before they started production and they ended up with this abomination. In fairness, i couldn't handle it anymore after two hours so if you last to the end it may be amazing, i just don't think anyone has the patience or desire to play this game for that long. Out of the 35 i'm giving this, 30 is for the original concept of the game, 5 is for the amount of laughs the customers faces gave me. Zero is for playability.

80

Really not as bad as people say

BurroCaralho | March 29, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Slingshot Content Pack

XCOM is easily in my top 3 of 2012 and when this DLC was released it got pretty panned. I finally bought it in a sale here on GMG and i have to say i don't know what the fuss is about. I think it adds a great deal of variety early on in the game. You get three missions on three new, excellent, large maps and considering that they happen early in the game and have some advanced aliens, they are very challenging and very rewarding. The only thing i don't like about it is that you can't customize the soldier you get from it in any way, not really sure why not. Despite this, well worth the money i spent on it and this is exactly what i expected from a DLC, i don't know what other people expected from an XCOM DLC.

90

A Fantastic Turn Based Game

BurroCaralho | March 29, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Having never played any Civilization game before this one I had no idea what to expect, only that previous versions were very popular. This is no exception apparently, I'm 60 hours in and i could play 60 more. You start off with nothing but settlers and a group of warriors, from there you have to found a city and build resources, knowledge, military and more cities in a race against the other players (either human in multiplayer or CPU in singleplayer) to build your empire. The CPU AI is pretty good, a crackpot leader who was my friend when i had a large military suddenly tried bullying me when i tried playing without one. However one downside of the AI is the trading system, they'll offer you deals that are completely one sided towards them and if you try to offer an even deal, they'll always reject it. That's literally the only downside i've met in my hours of playing though. There are also several ways to win and several different characters to play as which gives this fantastic replay value. You can win as Ghandhi beating everyone in a space race, as Queen Elizabeth building your military and ruling the world with an iron fist, or getting a diplomatic victory with North Korea. Definite buy.