Reviews by Chrillen

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Crude fun

Chrillen | Aug. 9, 2013 | Review of POSTAL 2 Complete

Postal 2 is a difficult game to rate. The basic game mechanics aren't particularly well-executed, and throughout the game there is a distinct feeling that it lacks polish. It's not a particularly good first-person shooter, or a particular good open-world game, and never reaches the feeling of mayhem that other, likewise controversial games such as the GTA-series, pull off. If the games were to be judged by these factors alone, it's score would be somewhere near the bottom.

Still, there is a strange appeal to Postal 2, that leaves you with a want to see just how far the madness goes, and the game doesn't disappoint in that regard. The crude gameplay mechanics and lack of story almost seems intentional, as if it were brushed aside in development in favor of the plethora of opportunities the game gives you, to do as you please. The crude humor, in all its obscurity and unsophisticated-ness, really hits the spot in most situations, and you won't go bored. There are also plenty of weapons to choose in your quest to rid the city of protesters, Al-Qaeda, rednecks, and the police, among others. The weapons in your arsenal range from standard FPS-guns, to the obscene, such as gasoline to pour over your enemies before you set them on fire.

The expansion, Apocalypse Weekend, ditches the open-world levels, but still offers some amusing gameplay and crazier situations with new enemies, although it is not as good as the base game. But it doesn't matter. Postal 2 doesn't care, and neither should you.

90

Re-introducing the madness to GTA.

Chrillen | Aug. 9, 2013 | Review of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Continuing their tradition of making great titles, Rockstar Games' two additions to the already phenomenal GTAIV are no exceptions, and even improve upon the core experience in several aspects.

This is particularly true for Ballad of Gay Tony, which brings back the crazier and more light-hearted humor of the previous GTA titles, especially that of San Andreas. It is a breath of fresh air from the gritty, down-beat atmosphere of GTAIV, and by extension, The Lost and Damned. That's not to say that TL&D isn't a worthwhile experience in itself, as it offers a captivating storyline, slightly more-so than BoGT, and the way that the three games fit together and take place along-side each other, is exceptionally pulled off.

Both additions also offer new weapons and vehicles, along with new characters and plenty of missions to further delve into the world of Grand Theft Auto 4. Both BoGT and TL&D are standalone expansions, meaning that the original game is not a requirement to play them.

Which you should. Right now.