Reviews by Dancer087
A tacky hat on an otherwise brilliant outfit.Dancer087 | Nov. 26, 2013 | Review of Dragon Age 2
There's something a little bit ominous going on when a game series goes from 'Origins' to 'Awakening' and then to simply '2'. You don't have to explore much further before it's apparent that something has been compromised along the way.
Don't get me wrong, the game is competent enough to be fun and engaging. It's major flaw however is It's streamlining of most of the primary mechanics - such as combat and dialogue. So, instead of having a plethora of responses and topics to discuss you're given a Mass Effect-esque pie of saying something which is either, good, bad or blah. The placement of these morale alignments are always in the same place so you don't even need to pay attention to what you're saying in order to achieve the desired response.
The Combat has been overhauled from 'tactical and challenging' to simply, 'sexy looking'. While the combat system of the previous games in the series were reminiscent of games such as Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic, the new system is much more similar to Dynasty Warriors. In the same way with the dialogue, you no longer really need to pay much attention to what you're doing in order to do well.
Had this game been released under a different name and a different story, it would have done very well. And so I can only really recommend this to anyone who has never played any previous Dragon Age title. If you're a fan of the the first instalments and are looking to carry on the epic adventure, I'm afraid you've been doomed.
Worth a lookDancer087 | Nov. 26, 2013 | Review of Shadowrun Returns
I had never played the original Shadowrun game (I did play the cross-platform FPS but, let's not go on about that) So I started playing Shadowrun Returns with little to no prior knowledge of its universe.
I was immediately drawn into the game because of its strong visual style. The neon-lit gutters and the combination of high-technology and poverty creates a very interesting universe that's certainly worth exploring, even just to see how pretty it all looks. The actual 3d characters themselves are a bit ropey looking but, you can equip multiple clothing types which changes your appearance. (Which is a big must for me, nothing urks me quite like upgrading to different equipment/armour and it having no visual difference on your character)
Combat is varied enough and incorporates a classic turn-based cover strategy style but, it's only really made interesting by the variates in the classes and their abilities.
All-in all it definitely has a lot going for it and it's certainly worth your time but to have it truly get its hooks in you, you have to give it your attention. There's pretty much 0 voice-overs but, if you spend the time to read everything and take it all in, you're almost definitely going to have a blast.
Instant ClassicDancer087 | Nov. 10, 2013 | Review of Evil Genius
Evil Genius is the epitome of a brilliant game that never quite received the recognition it deserved. If you're a fan of the Dungeon Keeper series and you're a fan of camp 70's spy fiction, you will love this.
It can be rough around the edges at times and the AI can sometimes be frustrating (with your minions setting off your own traps) but the pros greatly outway the cons. You can just feel the passion and care put into this game, It's one of my favourites and I think it always will be.