Reviews by Demilisz
For fans of actionDemilisz | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Air Conflicts: Secret Wars
Air Conflicts: Secret Wars, like it predecessor, is all about action. But, unlike first Air Conflict, where we only replay a historical operations, here is a plot. And we play as woman pilot who works as smuggler and is dragged into war. Staring in Africa, we will fly around the world taking part in dangerous missions behind enemy lines. And that means lot of dogfights with many different planes, including ones that knows the first World War.
Fans of simulators have nothing to find here, but others could get a lot of fun from this game.
Fun arcadeDemilisz | Dec. 5, 2013 | Review of Thunder Wolves
Screens say it all, but don't expect from this game even a tiny bit of simulation. This is a pure arcade with destruction, mayhem and good looking comic like cut scenes. As fresh recruit of mercenary group you help deal with terrorists around the world, mainly destroying everything you see. There are even few mission where you are just a gunner and shoot enemies down as AI control the chopper. A must have for peoples who loves game like Dessert Strike or Heli Heroes.
Good game, was great on its timeDemilisz | Dec. 3, 2013 | Review of Dungeon Siege
Dungeon Siege may not make much impression now, but on its time it was a great hack&slash with some unique features. There was no loadings, only a rich and large world to explore. And worth exploring, though game was mostly linear with not so much places to visit outside main story. What was other new, at that time, thing was lack of character class - player itselfs forge his hero, making him warrior, mage or rogue/ranger by playing how he prefers - in Dungeon Siege it was waepons that level up by simply being used (however, it was more like waepon class that levels up and not a individual item itself: no matter if you use short bow, long bow or other range waepon - you still level up the same statistic). The same goes with magic. You could make a small party of heroes and even get an donkey to carry stuff you currently doesn't use. Too bad that game at some point essentially plays itself as you can automate many things, from attacking enemies to picking up loot.
Still - a very good classic worth playing.
Surprisingly goodDemilisz | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Ace Patrol
Wasn't expecting much from this game, but it turns out to be pretty good turn base strategy. And, unlike many other ports from iOS, Ace patrol actually fits well with PC. Each pilot has a certain amount of manuvers at his disposal and it is up to player to utilize them the best way possible. And cause we deal with planes here making such simply thing like turning takes at least two turn. Dogfights are challenging and planes can be damaged with affects their performance. Pilots gains experience and learns new manuvers while planes can be upgraded with new components.
It may not be a huge game, but it is a good title on it's own. Something rrare when game comes from mobiles to PC.
Yellow gluton strikes backDemilisz | Nov. 11, 2013 | Review of PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ (NA)
More mazes, more drops, more fruits and more ghosts. Pac is back in town and he rocks. The better you play the faster game becomes and you need it to be fast if you hope of even smell top of leaderboards. There is several game modes, some of them even not being about eating drops and many mazes to complete (sadly, each maze has the same set of modes, but it's this game only flaw). 10$ for a Pac-Man game may seems like much but it is worth it.
Gem from RussiaDemilisz | Nov. 11, 2013 | Review of Silent Storm Gold Edition
Silent Storm (and it's expansion) was made by Russian developer Nival Interactive (the same that later made HoMM V). It was many years ago and yet still this is a great tactical game with only one flaw - Panzerkleins, a fictional mobile armours (something like mechs, only smaller). This thing slightly damages game. Silent Storm is like Jagged Alliance with better graphics and World War II setting and with incredible environmental destruction system - this game makes all FPS of its time cover with shame and actually is better than current ones as well. Here it is no if you can destroy something, it is how strong punch I must deliver to destroy. Ever wanted in tactical game to shoot through floor and kill the guy above? Yeah, here you can. Every tactical game fan must buy this game.
Great strategy gameDemilisz | Nov. 11, 2013 | Review of Wargame: Airland Battle
Wargame: European Escalation was very good. Airland Battle is even better - it has a more enjoyable campaign and war are now also on the sky with fighters engaged in dogfights. And this time ruling over the skies gives a huge advantage. As previously, game is constantly supported by patches and free content. All fans of previous game must buy it and the new gamers may give it a try - there is no better modern real time war game on the market now - huge maps, unit with many different statistics that really matter, very good army building system: you choose a side, NATO or Warsaw Pact, and build a deck from available units. If you want a strategy game where thinking and making right decision is more important than your APM ratio: this is for you.
For fans and new to the seriesDemilisz | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of King's Bounty: Crossworlds
Crossworlds is a true expansion, it makes Armored Princess bigger. Most thing remains the same: dragon is still here, pegasus is still here, gameplay mechanic is the same: explore, hire, fight and level up. Now if someone already finished Armored Princess he still can start a new game and find some new thing, the new side story about Orcs being the most notable. Other than that it's pretty much the same but bigger - and so the new gamers that never played Armored Princess should buy Crossworlds right away and don't bother with base game.
What Empire should have beenDemilisz | July 21, 2013 | Review of Napoleon: Total War
Napoleon is something between stand alone expansion and new installment. It is a much, much better made game than Empire. Naval battles are better, AI is better, land battles are better and campaign is better - it is clear that with this game Creative Assembly learn how to use their own engine. The only drawback is that we are fighting in Europe only while Empire allows to battle in several continents. So if you don't mind less playable factions and smaller theatre of War than in Empire: TW - buy this one.
Not that badDemilisz | July 21, 2013 | Review of Duke Nukem Forever
Duke Nukem Forever gets a lot of bad reviews. Not without reason as this game comes out many years too late. But it is still a good game that one can enjoy. You must be prepared for a low level, sexist humor and gameplay that tries to mix old school and modern gaming. Levels are linear, there is a limit of how many guns you can carry at once, but there is also a good deal of interactive objects around. You can enjoy this game, just need to catch Duke's climate. Kill aliens, save babes and chew bubble gum and don;'t try to figure out why you are doing this.
Great expansionDemilisz | July 12, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World
Brave New World is another great addition to Civilization V. While it still lacks some feature (Health!) and money still has too much impact, the rest are very good. Especially touristic and new cultural victory condition associated with it and remodeled trading - this two things alone brings many new possibilities and depth to the game. Even Great Persons get a new life thanks to Artists that can make arts (boost our nation touristic value). And there is Venetia - one of new playable civs that has one and only one city through entire game. Leading this nation to glory is a very different experience than playing others.
All Civ fans that owns Civilization V - buy it instantly.
More like spin offDemilisz | July 11, 2013 | Review of Jagged Alliance: Back in Action
Back in Action is formally a remake of Jagged alliance 2, but in real time with active pause. At the beginning, the game was a mess with a lot of bugs. Now, after several patches, it is much more enjoyable than before. While fans would never forgive this game for not being turn based, the rest of gamers may take a look as the combat system isn't bad - especially if you played Commandos series. And there is always a active pause with some nice features (like synchronizing actions of several mercenaries) for someone who prefer slower approach.
A good game overall, but mostly for non Jagged Alliance fans
The best expansionDemilisz | July 5, 2013 | Review of Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade
Dark Crusade is a very good add on for Dawn of War series. Two new races are nice, but it's not what makes this expansion great. What makes it great was a single player campaign. First time in the series player has possibility to lead all avaiable races during campaign. This time the battlefield was an entire planet Kronus. During campaign, player moves his army from sector to sector and tries to conquer it. The major flaw was that most of the sectors offers a typical skirmish battle, where we build a base from scratch, make an army and fights against opponent. That was rather repetitive and could get player bored on long run. Each sector provides a unique bonus so it was worth to take them all.
What make up for it was battles for capitol. Every time we attack a capitol sector of other race there was a unique and challenging mission awaiting. Every capitol has it's unique style, layout and special objectives that was either required to fulfill in order to win or makes the next stage of battle easier. Losing a capitol eliminates a race from game so this sectors was always heavily guarded to prevent a rush tactic.
After completing a campaign you could always try a multiplayer (there still should be some players left) or install one of many mods and enjoy a game longer. If you are a fan of great RTS games and didn;t have this title yet - don't hestitate and but it.
Crazy and FunDemilisz | July 5, 2013 | Review of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
A fast pacing, colorful kart racing with characters from Sega games. That's what this game is. Along characters from Sonic series like Sonic himself, Amy, Tail or Knuckles there are a lot of guests. Each platform (except PS3) get it's own exclusive characters with PC getting four: manager guy from Football Manager, Shogun from Shogun: Total War, Pyro, Heavy and Spy from Team Fortress (though they count as one character) and General Winter from Company of Heroes 2. There is 27 different characters so anyone should find his favorite.
This is an arcade game so there is no much to say about driving model. Drift is the most advanced and normal thing you can do this. Other than that you can flip a vehicle whyile in the mid air and this is something that gives a sshort boost to speed. Of course a game like this could not come out without pickups that helps you or stops opponents. While it is nice to take someone out with accurate snowball shot it is not so good to get hit. Especially when you are at the lead, there are only few meters until finish and there is an opponent on your tail.
There is a several game modes, with career being a main dish, and while most of them are racing, there is some variations like drift challenge (you fight against time and get a bonus seconds when drifting in special zones). So game shouldn't get boring too fast.
A title worth recommending for anyone who looks for a fast, fun and crazy racing game.
MasterpieceDemilisz | July 4, 2013 | Review of Company of Heroes: Complete Pack
Company of Heroes came out almost seven years ago - September 2006. Even after this whole time, that is like century for games industry, it is still as good as back then. Graphic on highest details is such good that when game switch from cut scenes to actuall gameplay you almost see no difference. And campaign was what it should be - fast, challenging and emotional. Starting from famous Omaha Beach landing it allows player to relive history of Able company of American's 29th Infantry Division from 116th infantry regiment and Fox company of 101st Airborne Division during liberation of France. While in campaign we only play as Americans, in skirmishes and multiplayer game allows to take command of Wermaht forces as well.
What makes CoH shine was a unique mechanics for WW2 RTS game of this scale. Only three resources that are gathered automatically but require player to take control over various sector of the map. That forces being on the offensive from the very start. There is also cover system and controversial retreat mechanic (we lost control over unit but it gets a large defense bonuses). During fight we get a special points that can be used to buy a special abilities of chosen Doctrine. Each Doctrine (three for each side) has their unique set of abilities. Playing infantry doctrine was different than using Airborne.
With first add on, Opposing fronts, comes two new forces: Brits and German Panzer Elite. Each one also gets a campaign for itself. Opposing Fronts was a very welcomed addition to the series. Unlike Tales of Valor, that didn't bring anything useful to the series. But if you think of it as a free or very cheap addition to this package then it is at least descent.
Company of Heroes community makes a lot of mods for the game, making it even better. So don't think, just buy it - there is no better WW II RTS on the market.
Best Warhammer 40k gameDemilisz | July 4, 2013 | Review of Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition
When Dawn of War comes out it was the best RTS released that year. It had everything - stunning graphic, famopus universe, great race variety and it actually require tactics rather than throwing a mass on single unit at opponent until victory. And the single player campaign, although focused solely on Space Marines, has a good plot and missions.
The game aged surprisingly well. Graphics may not be so great now, but are still very good, gameplay defends itself and single player campaign is still as good as back then. Multiplayer may be quiet dead, as community moved to Dark Crusade and Soulstorm, but still the game is worth buying even now. It is better to grab Gold edition with Winter Assault expansion included.
More chances to dieDemilisz | July 3, 2013 | Review of Sword of the Stars: The Pit - MindGames
Sword of the Stars: The Pit is an excellent roguelike game. It was having a nice Alien climate with exploring a vast, dangerous and mulitlevel location known as The Pit. There is a nice turn based combat system with melee and range weapons and of course permadeath mechanic. Three different clasess makes sure the game is for more than one run (assuming you survive to the very end on first try and it was most unlikely)
This DLC adds even more awesomeness to already wonderful game. One character with psychic powers and one Alien comes with new ways to play this game and with new tactics to conquer The Pit. And if this isn't enough there are ten more levels full of loot, traps and monsters. So there is much more to gain and even more chances to die down there. Must buy for fans of base game.
Good, but too easyDemilisz | July 2, 2013 | Review of Dishonored
Dishonored is a good game. The world is quiet interesting and plot is good too, though somehow predictable. There are two paths to choose - a stealth not killing path or kill'em all path. The game ends different because of what path you choose and there are three endings in total (one for stealth and two for kill'em all). And that is something this game should be praised for as it is one of the few that you actually must complete twice to see all endings.
Now the worse thing - this game is easy. Too easy. Even stealth patch is surprisingly easy to follow and you wouldn't spend hours on one level. Everything because of magic powers that character possess. A first power specifically, the Blink, is some sort of game breaker. And you simply can't not have it - this is the only power you just get because of plot. The other ones are optionally, so you can say it is a player fault to get them and ruin a game. But blink is mandatory and it is something like magic button. Guard is coming - blink away behind him. Or on higher ground (unfortunately, unalarmed guard never look above him). There is a mana that limits use of powers but is easily rechargeable so it is no issue at all. And killing path? Well, it is even easier.
So - a good stealth game with good graphics, plot and setting, but not so challenging. Still - I bought this game on the release day and didn't really regretted this.
Not a true god game, but still goodDemilisz | July 2, 2013 | Review of Reus
If someone is looking for a game like Populous or Black and White - go somewhere else, here you will not find one. But if you are looking for interesting strategy/puzzle game - then welcome. Reus has a fantastic concept, a nice graphics and very good gameplay. You control a four giants, each one with different abilities and control over different element. Using them you must make sure humans can settle and prosper on the planet. With time they will come more tribes to settle down and they will require more buildings you must help them to build in order to advance further. And it is a role of giants and player to give them what they need.
At the endgame a Reus become more like fast and challenging puzzle game than strategy, and it will require you to remember more and more data (like synergies between elements and resources) to successfully pass, but it is a part of its charm. Good position for people who likes challenges and play with head more than with quick fingers. As long as you remember it is not a true god game, you shouldn't be disappointed.
Wonderful game, wonderful packDemilisz | July 2, 2013 | Review of Anno 2070 Complete Edition
Anno 2070 is a great installment of the series. While going from late medieval - early renaissance periods may be controversial at first, the game doesn't lost any of its depth. On the contrary - a futuristic setting gives developers chance to add a new options like underwater exploration, expanded further with Deep Ocean add on. Player can choose between two main factions: industrial Tycoons and environmental friendly Ecos. Both factions has their campaigns avaiable. The third faction, Techs, are more like support, they aren't playable as separate faction, their help can be acquire during the game by both Tychoos and Ecos.
Like in previous game in the series, the main goal is to colonize islands. But there are two new and important factors - pollution and energy. The energy is required by all factions and are gathered from different sources. The pollution differs between factions - Tycoons usually makes it worse, but are more tolerate about it while Ecos become quickly unhappy with pollution but have ways to clear the island from it. Both factions requires different goods to grow up and there is no way to get everything from single island.
What is great with this game are multiplayer. There are regular voting to global congress and the winner gives a good bonuses for everyone. Even if you don't vote for a candidate you still get a bonus so it is more of matter what help you need right now. There are also regular events when new missions are avaiable for a set period of time. That missions are usually challenging at later stages so require a good amount of time to complete. But that's what great about Anno anyway - anyone can play it, no matter how much time per day he can sacrifice for it. People with more time to spare will get more, but nothing giving unfair advantage.
50$ may look a bit expensive, but this pack is well worth it. You get a great game for weeks to play with all expansions. A game you should play.
A good collectionDemilisz | June 30, 2013 | Review of The Stronghold Collection
The Stronghold series started very high with first game and then Crusade, but after that it was only a downfall. Stronghold 2 goes down because of shameful bugs, but they was fixed later, so is quite good these days. Crusader Extreme and Legends was a ripoffs, but as additions are acceptable.
The game is about castle buildings, managing it and defending against opponents. Sometimes it will be us who makes a siege. Graphics may not be great nowadays (even with HD patches for Stronghold and Crusade), but aren't bad either. There are some basic economic chains (wheat become flour in windmill and then flour becomes bread in bakery) but practically all things you produces are for military purpose. So don't expect anything Settlers or Anno level, Stronghold is mostly about fighting.
Good price for good collection, worth buying.
Great RTSDemilisz | June 26, 2013 | Review of Company of Heroes 2
Unless you played a first Company of Heroes, you just need to grab this one. It is currently the best looking RTS on the market and only incoming Rome 2 could beat this. And one of the few that was made outside Russia that allow you to play as Red Army. Campaign was made only for Red Army, but there is additional mode called Theatre of War - a sets of special, challenging missions where both sides are playable.
The most important flaw of this game is simple - there is not much changes from first CoH. Even campaign missions feel like the ones from first game, just with Russian soldiers rather than American and with different scenery. The most notable new feature is weather - on winter maps there is chance that snowstorm comes and every soldier that is outside building, vehicle or far away from fire source will freeze to death. Slow enough so player has a chance to save his men but fast enough so you wan't take a weather lightly. Even more, it produce a deep snow terrain that greatly decrease unit movement speed. And there is ice that can break under your tanks or be destroyed by artillery fire.
Outside that, this game has every feature a CoH has - there are three main resources (men power, ammunition ad fuel) that are slowly replacing themselves. To speed thing up you need to capture a certain position on the map and keep them under control. In campaign missions there would be goals for you to achieved in order to progress, but on multi you will usually try to secure a three key points on the map - controlling it decrease your opponent score (and the same goes other way - you lose points if opponent control key objectives). Whoever lost all his points first loose a match.
Game get a few tweaks or minor changes. A True Sights is nice and brings some new tactics on the battlefield, but it isn't something gamechanging. The same goes for Commanders - they are nothing more than customisable Doctrines known from first installment of the series.
All in all - a very good RTS, but if you polayed a Company of Heroes with mods you can skip it for now. The ones that are new to serie - buy, you wouldn't regret it.
Immortal classicDemilisz | June 25, 2013 | Review of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
This may not look like it now, but in its times this was one of the better looking game on the market. Outside that this was a very good third person perspective action-adventure game with great story, large levels and innovative mechanic that allows to travel between two realms. Each realm affects character himself and design of levels, so it was required to switch between them in order to progress through levels. And while graphics may look ugly now, the gameplay is not. It is still challenging like on the day of release and story still keeps you playing till the end. Too bad there are no subtitles during cut scenes so if someone aren't good with hearing (or doesn't know english very well) may have a problem to understand the plot.
Still, this is game worth recommendation, a truly great classic.
The best plot in TPS the genreDemilisz | June 22, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line
At the surface, this game is just another linear modern shooter. There are some secrets to find, but you wouldn't be wandering too much to find them. And shooting itself, the core of genre, are only good. But thi isn't where this game shines - the real reason anyone should play this game is plot and narration. This is the game that shows you, as best as possible, the horrors of real war. That there is no good guys and bad guys, only "we" and "them". This is game where, in single player campaign, you will shoot American soldiers before they shoot you. And the fact that you are American soldier as well doesn't matter. And narration - sometimes during cut scenes, while characters are talking to each other, in reality they are more like addressing player. Truly shaking experience.
The best basketball game out thereDemilisz | June 22, 2013 | Review of NBA 2K13
I'm not a fan of sports game and basketball in general, but this one keep me in its grasp for quiet some time. The featured MyCareer mode is the main dish - you create your own character and lead him from rookie to professional basketball player that can stand in one line with Jordan or Bryant. Starting with the fist draft and forward, this mode is very entertaining, though has some flaws (especially grades system that favors assisting rather than scoring yourself). With time you get better and can unlock additional moves for your character - this works great and you really feels that your player is getting better.
All basketball sims fans should get this game right now - there is nothing better on the market right now.
The most complexDemilisz | June 21, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® IV Complete Cap
Civilizatioin IV Complete is a pinnacle of the series. While Civ V is newer and better in some points (mostly combat system), it's still lacks some touches. Civ IV, on the other hand, suffers only in outdated combat mechanic, where you could stack a large number of units on single hex. AI does the same and so wars are about who can get bigger stack first. Everything outside that is great - you feel like rising and managing a nation, from first city to great empire. Religion, espionage, diplomacy, politics, culture, health (the biggest feature missing from Civ V as for now), wonders etc. are here.
Truly legendary game that no one can miss.
Good game on its ownDemilisz | June 20, 2013 | Review of Warlock: Master of the Arcane
At first, second and even third sight it may looks like Civilization V clone with fantasy setting. In some way it is - graphics are similiar, some of the mechanics also. Even combat system are the same. But Warlock has some twists that defends this game. The most important - this game is more about conquer than management. While Civilization focus on managing your cities and growing empire, Warlock focuses on building empire that allows to build an army capable of conquering whole map.
Unlike i Civilization series, here buildings must be placed on hex. And that means each city can have a very limited number of buildings. Because of this you must plan a role for city from the start. Because more advanced buildings requires others to be build first the decisions may be tough. Especially for military cities - the most advanced units demands a lot.
There is no technological tree - instead you research a new spells. sometimes a hero will pop out and join your cause or you find a magic artifact. As you explore the map you will meet other warlocks and clash with them or contrary - make (fragile) alliances.
all in all - a solid, enjoyable turn based strategy.
Great time eaterDemilisz | June 20, 2013 | Review of Anno 1404: Gold
Anno 1404 is great. This game makes you hook up at the very start and will keep till you finish it. There is a campaign with nice, though not original, plot, skirmish maps where you compete with AI and a lot of in game achievements to accomplish. The originnal Anno 1404 doesn't have multiplayer, but it is fixed with Venice add-on (probably the best feature this expansion brings).
Game is basically about finding and colonizing a islands scatter around the map. The trick is - to make our citizens happy and allow city to expand we need a lot of different goods and there is no island that provides everything (for example - islands has different soils and so different plants grow on them). So with time we need to find and colonize lands that allow us to gather or produced things needed the most right now.
For city and empire builder fans - this game, and series as a whole, is must have.
More puzzle game than strategyDemilisz | June 18, 2013 | Review of From Dust
While on screens it may appear like god game or some sort Populous like RTS, in reality this is a puzzle game. The main goal is make your little humans reach the totem while avoiding all sort of natural traps: quick sands, lava, deep water. You help them with your god like powers: uplifting a land to make natural brigde to cross water, remove lava from the path and so on. With time games get quicker and you need to be in several places almost at ones as the world tries too kill your little men.
For puzzle game fans worth recommendation, for god game or RTS fans - look somewhere else..
Th only Assassin's Creed I ever finishedDemilisz | June 18, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition
This game is far better than first Assassin's Creed. While combat system is more or less the same and counterattack is like a magic button to solve all problems, the game is more enjoyable. Maybe because story are better presented, or because there are secrets important to plot. Or maybe because they get rid of locations between cities so game feels less repetitive and gameplay is more smooth. This time game throw you to XV century Italy and you will visit Forli, Venice, Florence and Rome (Vatican more specifically and only at the very end).
You will kill, steal, searching for Altair's Armour and use money to restore family estate back to glory - all in the name of vengeance. Meanwhile you can take part in some races (but here the time is your only opponent) or search for treasures. Oh, and you can collect one hundred feathers scattered all over main cities, but reward for during it is the worst I ever saw in video game.
I'm not fan of this series, but the AC 2 is the only one I truly recommend.
The best football sim on PCDemilisz | June 18, 2013 | Review of FIFA 12
This game is currently the best football sim on PC. Several game modes (including be a pro, when you control only one layer and be a goalie, when you play as goalkeeper), Ultimate Team (you buy, exchange, collect and sells player cards to made a dream team). Of course the main dish is career, where you choose a club and lead it to glory: either as manager, coach or playing coach. Manager options are nice, but of course this is more about match itself, so do not expect Football Manager level here.
There is vast number of leagues, clubs and nations teams to play with, so this game will not get boring quickly. Only european tournaments like European League or Champions Legue aren't licensed, but the only drawback it helds are lack of official songs and groups being draw by game itself.
For 20 bucks get now, as this is better than FIFA 13 and with FIFA 14 and later better wait till PC gets next gen version.
Flawed, but goodDemilisz | June 17, 2013 | Review of Might & Magic Heroes VI: Complete Edition
This game made a long way from release day. While it still has it's downs, it is much better than before. Good story (probably the best in entire series, though it wasn't a hard achievement to accomplish), a several long campaigns (counting prologue and epilogue) and a loved mechanic HoMM is famous for.
This time there are six castles avaiable (though one comes with Shade of Darkness add on, but it is included in this edition): five known from previous games Stronghold (Orcs), Haven (Humans), Necropolis (Undeads), Inferno (Demons), Dungeon (Dark Elves) and a new one: Sanctuary, where mysterious Nagas live. There is less resources to gather: mercury and sulfur was removed. Completely reworked is also leveling system - much more cRPG like. No more choosing a skill from the ones game actualy randomly choose. You have a complete control over your hero development. Spells are now abilities too, no magic guilds..
Completely new is reputation system: during game you will make several major and minor choices that determines the path your hero walk: either path of tears or path of blood. The choice determines not only how plot ends but also what artifacts he can use.
The Conflux is something worth noted. With this you can import your favourite hero and powerfull Dynasty artifacts to AI skirmish or multiplayer games. It also allow you to level up faction's unique ability. You probably heard that this game has no cities view - it is the past, now they are here and are stunning, around HoMM III quality.
If you are HoMM series fun - now it is a good moment to buy this: with all DLC's and patches.
Just another RTSDemilisz | June 17, 2013 | Review of Supreme Commander 2
As RTS - this game is good. As Supreme Commander - disappointing. We get a better written and narrative plot, but at the cost of almost everything else. The maps are smaller and because of it armies are smaller as well. The graphics may be slightly better than the first one, but only slightly. If you are fan of sci-fi RTS games - may consider buying it. Total Annihilation fans should stick with first Supreme Commander and forget this one exist.
True god gameDemilisz | June 15, 2013 | Review of Skyward Collapse
This game is really unique. Under nice, but 2D graphics with almost non existent animations hides a great, challenging turn based strategy. As higher being you take care of two nations at once and must help them to survive. But at the same time you must encourage them to wage wars against each other, as the level of slaughter and destruction determines how much points you get. And you must meet a certain score to win, so it is all about causing chaos on the map and managing it. Neat, especially that no unit at the map can be directly controlled - even the ones summoned by yourself. You will spend hours playing this game, for five bucks it is almost like for free. And you can be sure developers will support this game for long time.
Great FPP aRPGDemilisz | June 14, 2013 | Review of Borderlands
If you love a lot of shooting and getting new, shiny and bigger guns - this is game for you. Add clumsy, funny little robot to mix and it is even better. And the car, yes, can't forget about a car. Pandora, The Vault and a lot of bandits to shoot dow are waiting. A must have for aRPG fans.
The best game Cyanide ever madeDemilisz | June 13, 2013 | Review of Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition
There are sports for little girls, sports for men and there is Blood Bowl. All races of Old World solve their differences on the pitch, fightring over a ball and trying to score touchdowns. It is like american football, only more brutal. Almost everything is allowed. Choose a race from 20, make your team and lead it to victory, smashing opponents to the ground. Hire wizards to cast a spell, cheerleaders to make fans love you. But beware - almost everything you do requiers a die roll and Lady Fortune won;t be always on yourr side. Blood Bowl is converted almost one to one from tabletop original.
There are several modes to be played - from campaign, through story mode, ending with the most exciting: multiplayer. You can play using classic rules (most popular and turn based) or use Blitz mode that brings several mutations. AI could be better, but even now this game is highly enjoyable.
Magic has never been so much funDemilisz | June 13, 2013 | Review of Magicka
This game is crazy from the begining to the end. While plot is a standard saave the world, the gameplay, and magic system in particular, are what makes this game shine. You has eigh elements to your disposal and combining them you conjure spells. You want a fireball? Combine earth and fire. Freezing arcane beam of death? It is there. And the game features coop that is even crazier and more fun than singleplayer. Must buy.
Graphics, but not onlyDemilisz | June 13, 2013 | Review of Trine
This game is one of the most beautifull indie game ever made. Fortunetely, grapchic isn;t everything this gasme offer. Gameplay is diverse, levels has good design. In some way it is clone of Lost Vikings, though you controll once character that can take one of three forms rather than three characters at once. Good game overall, even if a little too short.
Good spinoff to main serieDemilisz | June 11, 2013 | Review of Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Clash of Heroes is good, enjoyable, but rather short spin off to main HoMM serie (counting from HoMM V upward). It is obvious that DS was a main platform for this game, so it lacks a lot of feature. You don;t have castle to build, resources are almost non existent, maps are small and linear. The battle system is similiar ot Puzzle Qquest, only you try to arrange your own units rather than generic jewels. It is quiet fun when you play it first time, but when you finish it there is really not much to return to.
The game takes place 40 years before HoMM V, so fans has a chance to meet their favourite characters when they was much younger (though some of them , like Nicolai or Zephyr, aren't born yet - but you are able to meet their parents).
More than add on, less than sequelDemilisz | June 11, 2013 | Review of Kings Bounty Armored Princess Cap
Armored Princess is something between standalone add on and sequel to King's Bounty: The Legend. This time you play as Princess Amelia with quest to find her mentor. The most notably changes are lack of Rage Spirits (replaced by cute dragon) and possibility to evolve your horse into a Pegas. The rest are pretty much like in Legend: you explore world, recruit an army from every possible creature, fight enemies, hunt down wanted criminals (new feature, unavaiable in Legend) and level up using precious magical runes. The skill trees was slightly rearranged. For obvious reasons you can't have a wife (or husband, Amelia is princess after all and young one) here, instead you get a squire who has similiar function, just without giving you kids.
If you loved The Legend, you will love this as well.
Good game though with flawsDemilisz | June 11, 2013 | Review of Kingdoms of Amalur - Reckoning
Kingdom of amalur isn't bad and it is sad how this game and it's developers ended. To put it simply - it looks like someone wanted to make a MMO, but at one point decided to change it into singleplayer instead. There is large world, many generic quests and even more monsters to kill and grind on them. You just do this alone instead of with friends. It is generic fantasy universe with immortal elves, division in them and now bad elves are trying to conquer the world. The nice twist is a class system (three basic: mage, warrior, rogue and many subclasses for this three and their combinations. Each class and subclas has their special bonuses), here called Fates and it is probably the brightest side of this game. Outside that - you are again Chosen One, special for some reason and must save the world, so plot isn't that special (though you may be interested tofind why you are special).
Worth trying, if you don't mind a lot of slashing.
A indie gemDemilisz | June 11, 2013 | Review of Bastion
Bastion is a great, touching story with superb narration hidden under typical hack&slash. You explore the world, annihilate monster, completes challenges, finds artifacts and new waepons. And you have your own little base to build up as the game progresses. It is fun, enjoyable and you will never forget the narrator. Buy and enjoy
That's how you make remakesDemilisz | June 11, 2013 | Review of King's Bounty: The Legend
Original King's Bounty was made long time ago and is actual precedesor for famous HoMM series. At first Katauri was making "King's Bounty like" game as they was a fans, but then 1C manage to buy rights for title and they could make their dreams true. And they show the world how you make a remakes.
KB: Legends is almost everything original was and even more. The only thing lacking is hunting wanted criminals, but you get much more in return. You can get married and have kids, you have four powerful rage spirits at your disposal, the world may not be open, but is large and game won't end quickly. And you can command practically every single man, elf, dwarf or creature you met. Be it noble knight, poisonous snake, pirate, powerful vampire or demon - you can recruit it for your army. You wander around the world in real time, you take and completes quests much like in cRPG.
When you encounter an enemy game switches to turn base tactical mode, vbery similiar to HoMM III, only in 3D and with free camera. And don't forget about boss battles with giant turtle, Spider Queen or a Kraken. Truly a great game and adventure.
A very good gameDemilisz | June 11, 2013 | Review of King Arthur Collection
While Total War is still superior with it's epic battles, King Arthur aren't far behind. The game takes you to the Arthurian myths universe. It have a nice quest mechanics, where you need to make choices and live with consequences. You can choose good or evil, worship Old Gods or convert to Christianity. You make your own Round Table and send your Knights to quests that are waiting all over the world. And with your enemies you will clash on 3D battlefields where special places like churches, towers or ancient ruins can give you powerfull bonuses if you can capture and control it.
Truly great mix between turn base, RTS and cRPG.
This game doesn't know what it isDemilisz | June 11, 2013 | Review of Dungeon Siege III
Dungeon Siege series was a straight forward hack&slash from the start. Maybe too casual and easy sometimes, but enjoyable. Dungeon Siege 3 was made by Obsidian and the game doesn't know what it is. Is it hack&slash? Too many coversations that slows action down. So maybe cRPG? Nope, too many hacking and slashing. This game tried to be both at the same time and as a result isn't anything. Too bad that a good series probably dies like that.
Just buyDemilisz | June 10, 2013 | Review of Disciples II: Gold Edition
For 2$ this is just like getting it for free. Disciples 2 are probably the best part of entire series and here it comes with both official add ons. This game may look like HoMM at first, but is something completely different. There we have dark fantasy setting, where it is no matter if everyone dies but when.
Here you command a small company of units (six total counting commanding hero \himself) rather than large armies. You hero as well as his men gain experience and get new levels. For hero it means new abilities, for units it is evolving into new, stronger unit (but only if you meet requirments). And experience is probably the most valuable resource here - a high level company will crush weaker opponent every time. And there is no chests that allow to trade gold for exp - you must fight from the very start if you hope to survive. Each of five races has it's own campaign and plot and one hero can be transferred from one scenario to next and believe - you need this feature as later scenarios are quiet brutal and challenging. And don't even think about playing Gallean Return's campaigns with newbie hero - no chance of success.
Every fan of challenging turn base strategies should play this. Don't think, just buy
Good in it's own timeDemilisz | June 10, 2013 | Review of Darkstone
Originally this game comes out in 1999, when everyone was waiting for Diablo 2. So probably that's why it came and gone, throught it is good on its own. You have eight classes (four male and four female) to choose from, can play with two characters at the same time and quests, although not very complicated, are more complex than in Diablo and sometimes are funny. Outside that it is a straight forward save the world hack&slash. The nice addition is that characters must eat.
World is randomly generated every time you start a new game and quests are randomly choosen from predefinied pool so every game is quiet different from previous one. And when you beat final boss, you get a nice music video as reward.
Not great but not bad eitherDemilisz | June 9, 2013 | Review of Dark Messiah Might & Magic
First of all - this is more like fpp action adventure game with very little cRPG elements than "true" cRPG. There is plot, there are choices (two in game and three at the end), but both aren't that important. What is important are great physics and combat system. You can kick your enemy into deep abyss, you can kick them on nearby spikes. You can fry them with fireball or freeze them to death as mage. You can fight head on as warrior or lurk in the shadows and do some backstabbing as rogue.
And if you completed whole Heroes of Might and Magic V saga (so original game and boith add ons) then consider this game as large epilogue.
One of the underrated gamesDemilisz | June 9, 2013 | Review of Alpha Protocol
Alpha Protocol is one of games that was underrated by many reviewers. And it's not that they was wrong: at the start game was just full of bugs, graphics aren't that great and animations are bad. But it doesn't matter as story makes up almost for everything. Dialogue system is better than in Mass Effect, story overall are better and missions are fun. Oh, and your choices actually matters. So if you can get past technicalieties - grab and play. It is a great cRPG.
Very goodDemilisz | June 9, 2013 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)
One of the few console games that deserves it's reputation. Mostly, as legendary difficulty level of this game may be something today, in modern gaming era, but isn't really that shocking. It is just like it used to be around 2001.
Yes, you must watch yourself here. Yes, charging head on and ignoring everything will get you killed quickly. Yes - boss battles are challenging and spectacular. Leveling system is nice, world is large and full of secrets, items, armours to find. You can "visit" other player game to help him or kill him. And other players can do the same to you. Combat system is good, through I saw better (Blade of Darkness).
Game worth playing, just remember to get and apply DSFix first.
Great and funDemilisz | June 8, 2013 | Review of Civilization V: Gold Edition
While Civilisation V may lack some options and depth that Civ IV Complete had, it is still a very good game on its own. And there is much better combat mechanic that any of previous instalments has. No more pile stacking, now one hex - one unit. This changes everything when we are talking about waging wars. Another nice addition are Free cities that you can discover and then trade with them or simply conquer.
Gold edition comes with all DLC as well as God&Kings expansion. While DLC's are just nice bonus, Gods&Kings are true jewel of this compilation, brining to the game religion, espionage and even more civilisations with their exclusive units and buildings.
Also the game has full steam workshop support, so there are already hundreds of mods and maps just waiting to be played..
Averenge at bestDemilisz | June 7, 2013 | Review of R.U.S.E.
I was having my worries about R.U.S.E. from the very beginning when comes out it is made mostly for consoles. And I was right. Combat mechanic is pretty much rock-paper-scissor. A mechanic that doesn't suit World War 2 or modern combat. Yes - it is necessary at some degree to determine who wins a skirmish, but in R.U.S.E. it is exactly that: rock-paper-scissor. With tanks.
Solo campaign just is. It has a plot, but not so interesting (it is possible to guess who is the spy around half of the game). Mission are based on historical operations (like Monte Casino or D-Day) but we are more like support from the line than main player. And so on D-Day we will be fighting on Utah Beach, while during Market Garden we must ensure a save passage for tanks. It was actually one of the few good ideas in this game, with potential. Too bad mostly wasted.
And so famous ruses, that should be a jewel in this game and it's original mechanic. They aren't - while they look innovative on paper, in practice they are just like powers from Battle for Middle Earth or doctrine skills from Company of Heroes. The name differs, but the rest is the same.
Multiplayer is better, not much, but still. Yet it is practically dead now.
At the end, if you are looking for good modern combat RTS: play Wargame: EE, it is everything R.U.S.E. should be.
Good, but overratedDemilisz | June 7, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown dns
The game is good, it really is. The problem is that at the same time it gets better reviews than it really deserves. It was design to look and feel like action game more than turn base tactical game. It even have environment destruction, but sadly very limited - nothing near what Silent Storm offered. And to add a salt to injury - the collision system is broken and often allows to shoot through the wall without damaging it.
Practically - it is one trick game. The combat mechanic with two action per soldier and cover system introduced at very beginning will be there to the very end. Without any improvements or variations. You go on mission, leap from cover to cover and try to shoot down Aliens. And that's it. Nothing new is introduced later in the game and this system never evolves.
It is slightly better on strategic mode - despite having only once base it is quiet challenging and requires some thinking and making decisions. At first at last, cause the game becames easier the further you progress. But in early and mid game you should have a rough time - too bad mostly because game tends to punish you randomly and whole Panic mechanic is made to just make polayer feel bad: when you help a country (and you can choose only one at a time), you keep panic from rising in given country only. But when you ignore a request, panic rises on whole continent. With time you will send more and more satelites on the orbit to oversee a countries (and aliens NEVER attack a country that is under satellite surveilance), but early in game Aliens will always come on top.
The game also lack in term of equipment. This is no Jagged alliance and no Silent Storm - I counted around 16 waepons in total in whole game (3x sniper rifles, 3x heavy waepon, 3x shotgun waepons, 4x assault rifles and 3x pistol). You surely will not have to take your time to choose a guns for your men.
Now good things: leveling system may be simplified, but at least works and you want to have expierienced veterans over bunch of newbies. And the game lacks in replaybility: finish it ones and don' feel an urge to return. However - it will keep you playing for hours once you start it. Too bad that when you turn it off, there won't be that feeling like "I'm wasting time not playing this game".
If you look for deep and challenging tactical game: wait for Xenonauts maybe. If you want a good tactical game then you can try this - but look for mods that deals with some of the flaws.
Just amazingDemilisz | June 5, 2013 | Review of Wargame: European Escalation
Previous game of studio responsible od Wargame, R.U.S.E., didn't impress me to put it likely. I was amused when reading review after review about "innovative" ruse mechanics and great gameplay as I didn't saw any of it in actual fgame. what I saw was a dumped down game with rock-scissor-paper mechanic (that may be good for Total War and meele battle system, but not for modern combat). There was too easy and too much scripted campaign, autorepair and lack of difference between tank's rear and front armour.
Then came Wargame and it was everything that R.U.S.E. should be. Tanks have not only different arour but caliber and optics as well. There is expierience gained by units, repairing is still present but it is no automatic anymore and there is no base building. You actually choose a side (NATO or Warsaw Pact) and build your own deck from avaiable units belonging to UK, USDA, France, RFN (NATO) or NRD, ZSRR, Poland, Czechoslovbakia (Warsaw Pact). At first there is no much to chose from, but as you progress in campaign (much better than in R.U.S.E.) you gain a stars that can and should be spend to unlockl new and better units. And after you play campaign and vs AI skirmishes long enought there waits competitive multiplayer.
If you are fan of RTS modern combat game - take at any price.
Still very goodDemilisz | June 5, 2013 | Review of Heroes of Might and Magic V
I'm playing this game right now and it is amazing how little it aged. Graphics still impress, even if is a litlle too "unicorn, rainbow and candies" like. This game has had that magic of HoMM series back there and still has it. Especially with add-ons. Plot is quiet nice, even if may look a bit shallow in original game (it makes better with Hammer of Fate and Tribes of the East), but hey - it is HoMM, unlike Disciples serie, it has never been famous for multidimensional plot and shades of grey.
Great arcadeDemilisz | May 31, 2013 | Review of Sine Mora
If you loved shhot em up games from the times you was asking dad for "one more coin" - you will love Sine Mora. Graphics is beautifull, time bending mechanic works flaweleslyy and even plot is quiet interesting. And when you complete game first time there is always another diffiuculty level that alters narration. Short, hard and worth the maney.
Very good end of very good serieDemilisz | May 30, 2013 | Review of Earth 2160
Earth series was one of the best when RTS was one of the most popular genres. And it was in C&C and StarCraft era. Earth 2160 is the last iteration and it is good. Good graphic (not Total War or CoH level, but still good), enjoyable campaign and gameplay. Four factions, each with slightly diofferent design. Music could be better, the most memorable part of it is probably the only song with lyrics (played in main menu). In Earth 2150 you could design your own unit using avaiable blocks (waepon, engine, corpus etc) and this is here as well. So if you need antitank unit that moves using antigrsvitational enginer - you can make it happen.
It may be worse that today's top RTS games, but neverthles it is worth to give a try.
Pretty goodDemilisz | May 28, 2013 | Review of Age of Fear: The Undead King
This game may look quiet ugly, but under this rags hides pretty nice body. Especially somone who plays or played tabletop skirmish games like Confrontation or Hordes should take a look - Age of Fear's mechanic is close to this one. And there is a neat and simple unit level up system. For 2$ shame not to buy.
Short, but extremly funDemilisz | May 13, 2013 | Review of DLC Quest
You won't spend hours with this game. It original campaign can be completed in around thirty minutes. But this game is funny and it is hard not to laugh while talking to few NPC that are there or reading DLC descriptions. And this is so cheap that it would be a shame not to buy it.