Reviews by Crazyhowie

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Short and Sweet Parody

Crazyhowie | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of DLC Quest

DLC Quest is a parody game about the concept of DLC in games. It's short, sweet and as long as you know what you're going into, you should a few laughs out of it. It takes the concept of DLC to extremes with the notion that you have to buy animations, sounds, and the ability to go left. While of course you only spend in-game coins to unlock the DLC, it's a playful mechanic that really makes you question the value of DLC you may have purchased in the past. Growing up in the golden age of early PC gaming, you realize how much we took for granted the sheer amount of free content and patches that a game would receive months, even years after release. The gameplay itself is nothing special, as it's a fairly bare-bones platformer... but before it gets too repetitive, it'll end and hopefully you will come out of it with a chuckle or two. The second campaign did start to wear out its welcome a bit near the end for me, as it required just a bit more skill-based platforming and what felt like a little more backtracking, but I still enjoyed it for what it was. A short, sweet, cheap parody game. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Spell Slinging Co-op Fun

Crazyhowie | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of Magicka

Magicka has one of the most unique spell systems you will ever play with. In what seems like an unnecessarily complex and convoluted system, given enough time and practice, turns out to be a deep and rewarding system. It encourages experimentation, and makes you feel like a truly powerful spell slinging wizard... at least on those times when you don't explode yourself or your friends.

Speaking of friends, they're practically a necessity. In order to get the most enjoyment out of the game, you'll need some buddies around to offer revives, heals, and support as things get pretty hectic further into the game. These so-called friends of yours aren't always helpful though, as crossing the streams can have unintended consequences that result in plenty of accidental (some purposeful?) deaths. With that said, honestly, It's the most fun you'll have killing your friends by exploding, burning, shocking, freezing, and launching them off the map.

The game has fantastic co-op and a versus mode. It's not without it's quirks and bugs, but it's a solid, good time.

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Gateway TD

Crazyhowie | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of Plants vs Zombies Game of the Year Edition (NA)

Simply amazing... That's all there is to it. Even if you're not a fan of Tower Defense games, this may be the one that'll finally covert you. It's a gateway addiction into the world of the tower defense genre that brings a whole lot to the table. One of the big turn offs for most people, when it comes to tower defense, is the passive gameplay mechanics and a lack of interaction. Build towers, watch enemies get attacked by towers, rinse/repeat.

PvZ introduces more interaction by the way of collecting sun (ie resources) to be able to build place more plants (towers). Later levels introduce enemies that will keep you on your toes and make you adjust your plant placement strategies accordingly. Sure, as a whole, you'll still be watching the game play itself in some regards, but you'll feel a lot more involved, challenged, and have a whole lot of fun playing. PvZ is deep, complex, and oozing with humorous charm. Highly recommended!

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Just one more turn...

Crazyhowie | Aug. 27, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's CivilizationĀ® V

A little review I wrote back in February on Steam.

Just one more turn... A fresh coat of paint for the Civilization series. Elimination of unit stacking and the change to hex tiles offer a refreshing twist on the combat aspect of the game. I highly recommend picking up the Gods and Kings expansion as it fills in the holes that I felt were missing feature wise in this base version. Overall though, this game is as addictive as ever.

On the multiplayer side of thing, it's a mixed bag. Turns are simultaneous, although combat is essentially real-time, so it can feel broken and cheap at times. That said, there is still plenty of fun to be had with friends, and being able to save and load a multiplayer game is an excellent feature.