Reviews by DanoJS

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Tries too hard to be realistic

DanoJS | July 8, 2013 | Review of Need for Speed: Shift Classics

At the lower level cars the game is a pleasure to play but as soon as you begin using the faster cars and adding upgrades the driving experience is far too twitchy and sensitive. When turning a corner your car will either drive as it should or just slide off the track entirely, even when slowing at corners. As the career progressed I began to lose interest.

However, the graphics are nice and the sounds of the cars are brilliant. Plug a set of headphones in to the TV and you will be amazed at the realism. The blur effect when reaching higher speed was nice at first but eventually just became distracting.

81

Lots of fun

DanoJS | July 8, 2013 | Review of Plants vs Zombies Game of the Year Edition

Plants vs Zombies is a classic Popcap game. There are so many approaches to each level that it just doesn't get boring. The number of different plants to unlock also really helps with this. The high score based mini games are also fun. The levels increase in difficulty to the extent that the garden is overrun with zombies and chaos.

In short, if you are looking for a simple yet fun game then you won't be disappointed.

88

Portal made better

DanoJS | July 8, 2013 | Review of Portal 2

I really loved the first Portal and this game is even better. Fantastic graphics, more testing and great characters. It is a lot of fun and gives you a huge sense of achievement when you first complete it.

The story is gripping and you find yourself wanting to play through the many twists and turns again, despite the fact it is a puzzle based game. Community maps also give the game a lot of replay value and these integrate with the game easily.

Wheatley is a great character with many funny lines throughout the game. The voice acting overall is impressive along with the music which compliments the levels very well.

Overall this is a highly recommended game and one you should definitely try out.

86

Fantastic gameplay

DanoJS | July 2, 2013 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum - Platinum

The story will keep you interested and the voice acting is fantastic. The fighting gameplay is where the game really shines. Throwing punches at inmates is very fluid and the animations are perfect. The combos work really well and it feels very realistic. After you have finished the game there are a host of time trial missions where you can attempt to beat friends' scores to reach the top of the leaderboard. Villians, such as the Joker and Poison Ivy are portrayed very well. Batman's gadgets are very fun to use and add a tactical aspect to the game, such as the grapnel gun which allows you to stalk enemies from atop gargoyles before making your attack. You need to carefully plan out your assault beforehand otherwise you are going to find the game very difficult. The boss battles are fun but many are based around the same tactics (wait, punch, wait, punch, wait, punch, win).

If you are a fan of superhero games then this is a must have!

70

Nice addition to the series

DanoJS | July 2, 2013 | Review of Call of Duty: Black Ops II

The multiplayer is fast paced and smooth. The guns and game modes are diverse and fun. If you have played any CoD before then you will feel at home. It feels a lot more balanced than recent Call of Dutys. There aren't any game-breaking additions which is a massive plus. Players can find their own playstyle and work as a team to take down the enemy.

Zombies is fun as ever. They continue to add new concepts which spice up the gameplay and keep it fun. The DLC zombies maps are the best, especially mob of the dead.

Treyarch clearly tried to make the campaign more story-driven than the recent Call of Dutys in the series but I found it a little boring after a while. The cutscenes seem too long and eventually I found myself just wanting to get in to the action.

If you're a fan of the multiplayer and zombies then I would definitely recommend this game.

93

Just amazing

DanoJS | July 2, 2013 | Review of Bioshock Infinite

This game had a lot to live up to and it certainly delivered. The graphics are excellent and unless you have a high end PC you won't be able to run it smoothly on max settings. The gameplay is very immersive and the game just feels like it belongs in the series, despite the change from sea to sky. When I finished the game I immediately wanted to start playing again.

The story is great and gets quite complex as it progresses. The characters are also very impressive. Elizabeth is one of my favourite game-companions of all time and the voice acting in the game is generally very good. Elizabeth's facial expressions change whilst the story progresses. For example, if you do something she dislikes you will catch her sending you the odd glare and even when you are standing around waiting she seems to occupy herself in the surroundings.

There are some in-game choices to be made but they barely alter the story, not nearly as much as in the original Bioshock games. The game introduces Vigors to the series. While there are not as many to choose from as the plasmids in previous Bioshocks they still work very well and feel fresh in the series. This game has done away with carryable health packs which helps add to the I'm-about-to-die-help-me feel.

Overall this is a fantastic game and I can't wait for the coming DLC!

86

So much fun

DanoJS | July 2, 2013 | Review of Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box (EU)

I have spent many hours in this game. The city looks great and the environments that you can destroy your car in are incredibly diverse. There's just so much to do. I was also very impressed with Criterion's support for the game. They added bikes, new cars, a day and night cycle and also dynamic weather! The Big Surf Island DLC didn't make it to the PC version which was a little disappointing but there is still plenty to do. Online is also a lot of fun with a variety of events from simple races to demolition mayhem. It may be an old game now but it is still a lot of fun. This is definitely my favourite Burnout game to date and I really hope future games follow suit!