Reviews by Cyrosis
A fairly average experience.Cyrosis | Feb. 15, 2012 | Review of Sniper: Ghost Warrior PRE
Sniper: Ghost Warrior is a budget first person shooter using the Chrome game engine. The engine is put to pretty good use, with mostly good draw distances, and thick jungle foliage. At times, the shadow map resolution in the distance can be low resolution and distracting, but otherwise the graphics are pretty solid.
The gameplay is a mix mostly between stealth, and sniping. The stealth plays out by either avoiding hostiles completely, or taking them out silently mostly with either a knife (which can be thrown) or silenced pistol. Of course you don't always have to play stealthy, but it's often encouraged.
The sniping, which is obviously the selling point of the game, is entertaining enough in itself. The way the gun sways and ballistics work makes shooting fairly satisfying; perhaps not enough to base an entire game on however.
The AI and general design of the levels is what keeps the sniping from being all that entertaining. You will often find yourself simply shooting enemies moving about in the open, in fairly convenient, ready to be picked off areas. If the AI used cover, and the levels had some more creativity to make the sniping more challenging, it could be much funner.
Fun game, even without the co-op.Cyrosis | Jan. 3, 2012 | Review of Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light
Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light is a fun new look at the Tomb Raider franchise. The puzzles, and exploring ancient and interesting locations is still abundant, but the new perspective, and more arcade flavor really gives it a fresh feel. I haven't played the heavily featured co-op, but the single player campaign is still very enjoyable, and the puzzles still interesting.
I've always had love/hate feelings towards many previous Tomb Raider games, because of awkward camera angles and annoying combat moments. Luckily, this new isometric view fixes many of the camera issues, and the combat feels more properly integrated into the arcade style of gameplay.
I can certainly recommend Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light, a refreshing experience, and a good value for the money.
Solid gameplay premise, but some problems in execution.Cyrosis | Jan. 3, 2012 | Review of Men of War [Playfire]
I went into Men of War fairly excited that I would find a game for the detail-minded individual, after hearing this was a truly strategic game, where the similar Company of Heroes was more action oriented. It is true that Men of War is more strategic, and realistic, and I like these qualities about it. Using cover and setting up flanking positions is very required, you can't simply overrun the enemy. Where I ran into problems were the squads seemed to have minds of there own at every situation I was trying to give very specific orders; I found them instead attempting what they thought best (attacking while hold fire is on, or charging over cover, moving from prone to standing), this almost always ended with them ruining a great surprise attack that I had been setting up the last few minutes, and forcing me to load a save game. On the other hand, once the bullets started flying and I actually wanted them to attack, the AI seemed much less willing, seemingly not able to peek from cover anymore to return fire.
It's possible these AI problems have been resolved in one of the many expansions/sequels in the series, and it would really be a great game if it wasn't for these issues. As it stand however, I can't give it high marks.
Old school shooter, with some forgivable problems.Cyrosis | Jan. 3, 2012 | Review of NecroVisioN: Lost Company Cap
Necrovision Lost Company may be a simple game, but it's the kind of throwback shooter that you can't find any more. Fans of Doom and other 90's shooters should feel right at home with Necrovision, as it primarily uses mechanics from that age of PC gaming. They have updated some things however, like adding a melee system, iron sights, partial health regeneration, and a combo system that encourages you to get creative while slaying your enemies. Of course the nonstop action, and secrets to find in the levels are brought back from the old school influence.
Overall, it may not have the high polish of a larger studio's game, but it's something I can easily look past, since shooters like this are extremely rare these days. I recommend it to anyone that misses the old school shooter.