Reviews by DiZ

80

Great sequel to one of the best games of the last decade.

DiZ | Nov. 3, 2011 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The year is 2011. It is a time of simplified games and corridor shooters. It is also a time when Eidos Montreal released a prequel to a classic RPG lauded for its freedom of choice in every sense, from story to the very basic core of the gameplay. Did they succeed where the original developer failed with their sequel? The answer is, for the most part, yes.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution follows the same formula of the original game, that is to say, the adventures of a man with augmented abilities, giving the player the choice to move around with stealth, gunning everyone down or using the environment to find new paths while also appealing to new audiences. This streamlining, while causing some big issues like a huge surplus of augmention points towards the later half of the game or some of the augmentations not being all that useful, manages to be quite user-friendly without losing too much depth, with not many fundamental design principles lost in translation. This game may not reach the highs of Deus Ex, but it's still well worth playing.

75

Civilization for beginners

DiZ | Nov. 3, 2011 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V - Game of the Year Edition

This new installment in the infamously addictive Civilization series manages to retain the core mechanics and that great feeling of "just one more turn...", but it is also a step back from Civ IV, especially when taking Beyond The Sword into account. The importance of diplomacy was toned down by hiding information and the game is more oriented towards war, which sees a great improvement from earlier titles thanks to the limit of units per hexagon. Nonetheless, there are still plenty of options and depth to choose from, and the developers have released several patches that have improved the balance of the game, so it's worth picking up, even if it's also worth it for newcomers to also play the rest of the series at some point.