Reviews by DocNuka
Incredibly Turn-Based StrategyDocNuka | July 13, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier’s Civilization® V
I'd like to start off by saying Civ V is an incredible game. On its own, it is not as good as Civ 4, but still incredible. There is just so much content, and it is all part of an incredible strategy game that is accessible by everyone. It is a good first step for people who are interested in playing strategy games.There are complaints it has been dumbed down, but this does make it more accessible, so there is a good and a bad side. The graphics are good for a strategy game, and it all contributes into drawing you into one of the best games in the last 5 years.
Dapper as EverythingDocNuka | July 13, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Gunzerker Dapper Gent Pack
This is the closest you can get to looking like Uncle Sam in Borderlands 2. There's not really much else to say about the skin, other than it looks fairly good and is rather unique. If you like looking like a gun-toting top-hatted patriot, this skin will make you a very happy man/woman.
Solid WW2 GameDocNuka | July 7, 2013 | Review of Velvet Assassin
Velvet Assassin is a decent game for anyone who likes WW2-Era games or the stealth genre. The combat is two sided, however. The stealth combat is enjoyable and rewarding, but the non-stealth gameplay doesn't control well at all. Fortunately, the game portrays a WW2-Era historical setting rather well, but this is rather lessened with the fact that the enemies have brains the size of walnuts. If you really like stealth, I'd suggest getting this, but otherwise this most likely isn't the game for you.
Creepiness Wears OffDocNuka | July 7, 2013 | Review of Lucius [Playfire]
The game is a puzzle-horror game, and unlike a lot of horror games you are all-powerful basically. The initial creepiness factor of being an innocent six-year old who has the power of Satan wears off, and it becomes an average puzzle game after the novelty wears off. The graphics are okay and the game is fairly good even after the horror wears off. Overall, if the game is on sale you should buy it if you are a horror or puzzle game fan.
Medieval Fun for AllDocNuka | July 7, 2013 | Review of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Chivalry Medieval Warfare is an immensely enjoyable title, with deep gameplay and multiple game types to increase diversity. The graphics are okay, but the gameplay more than makes up for it.With servers up to 64 players, a good time can be had by all, in awe-inspiring medieval fashion.
Awesome with FriendsDocNuka | July 7, 2013 | Review of Killing Floor
This game is an incredibly fun zombie survival experience which is incredibly enjoyable to play with friends, and even by yourself. The multiplayer will keep you hooked for the long haul, and it rivals Left 4 Dead in term of zombie shooting fun. It's cheaper, too, so if you get a chance to get it you definitely should if you want fun zombie multiplayer.
Wonderfully Macabre!DocNuka | July 5, 2013 | Review of Alice: Madness Returns (NA)
Man, I love this game. Criminally underrated by many, this is one of my favorite platformers ever. Forget Super Mario Galaxy, Alice Madness Returns improves on its predecessor in almost every single way. There’s better platforming, better graphics (obviously), and a better story. You start off as Alice after the events of the first game, and you must go back into Wonderland. The combat is immensely improved from the first, and the cutscenes are very good-looking, using parchment-and-ink storyboards to tell story segments, which look great. The platforming is much better now, as I can actually find it bearable to go through platforming segments now. So much in this game has improved, and I can hardly go into detail about how much better it is over the first game. American McGee’s Alice was a mediocre game, but Madness Returns is a great game you should definitely play if you get the chance.
Masochists, Rejoice!DocNuka | July 5, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy
We’ve found your game. This game, based off a popular newgrounds game is one of the hardest I’ve played in recent memory. You play as a cube of raw meat who is trying to get back to his girlfriend, and you must get past various obstacles, such as spikes, salt, and sawblades. If you are a gamer who is used to spawn points every five seconds and regenerating health, this is not your game. The gameplay is fun and addicting, but it is very, VERY, hard. However, the controls are easy to master and once you get the hang of it you won’t be able to stop playing. Overall, SMB is a very fun arcade-style game which is definitely worth a look if you like pure unadulterated brutal fun.
Good Ol' MafiaDocNuka | July 5, 2013 | Review of Mafia II
I’d never played Mafia before, so when the second game came out I wasn’t really paying attention to it. However, I saw some gameplay and I bought it when it was on sale. To start of with, the graphics are great, and the voice acting is top-notch, and it really immerses you into this historical fiction world 2k Czech have created. The gameplay is rather bland, however, as it basically uses the typical third-person mechanics, and it has taken on the chest-high wall cover system that is used by almost every third-person shooter these days. I do wish they innovated a bit in the gameplay department. The story is great, and it is a realistic tale of crime. However, it’s story is almost exactly the same as GTAIV’s story. I also do wish there was more sandbox action, and free-roaming multiplayer would be awesome if it was in. As it stands, Mafia 2 is still a good game which you should definitely pick up if you have the chance.
Classic Fantasy RPG!DocNuka | July 3, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nexway
Skyrim, the 5th installment of the venerable Elder Scrolls series s yet another great fantasy RPG. Although innovation is not this game's strong suit, as only Dragon Shouts are a new concept the game has, it is still a great experience nonetheless. The graphics are great, and the particle effects look top-notch. Skyrim is a massive game, and if you do most of the side-quests you can easily get 100+ hours in one playthrough. This isn't even mentioning the mods, which can double the amount of content in the game. All in all, TES5: Skyrim is a great game that lacks innovation, but is still immensely enjoyable.
Emotional PowerhouseDocNuka | July 3, 2013 | Review of The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead has one of the best stories in a game. Ever. The story Telltale has crafted is emotional, and in every episode the story is impressive. There is no humorous bits, just nonstop bleak zombie fiction which manages to immerse and invest the player deeply in the story. This makes character deaths all the more heartbreaking, and the story all the better. There are multiple choices to make in each episode, and unlike many games they actually matter, instead of just saying "You're bad." or "You did the good thing." Almost all of the choices you make aren't black-and-white decisions, every choice has equal merits and is equally plausible. However, there are some graphical hiccups even on the PC, and some of the textures can look a bit off. However, unless you are an extreme graphic-phile, this is a must-get game for anyone wanting an incredible story. You don't even have to have watched the TV show, as I hadn't, and I still found it incredible.
Good UpgradeDocNuka | June 26, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite: Columbia's Finest
For only 5 bucks, this is a pretty damn good deal. The multiple lock picks help a ton when dealing with safes that require multiple lockpicks. The weapons they chose to get new upgrades are awesome, as the China Broom looks awesome and one-hit kills many enemies at close range. The sniper rifle is even more deadly, as it excels at picking off enemies. Extra! Extra! is one of the most useful, giving you silver eagles whenever you pick up a voxophone, a steady source of revenue. If you have a spare five bucks, this is a great buy for Bioshock Infinite lovers.
Best Superhero Game EverDocNuka | June 26, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year
This game is amazing on so many levels. The combat is incredibly fluid, and while being not too hard also makes you really feel like Batman. The stealth is great, but I do wish they would vary it up some more from being in a room with gargoyles and gunmen. In this game you also get to play as Catwoman, who has her own and unique fighting style, which differs from the Bat's own. While the gameplay is incredible, the real star of the show is the new nonlinear progression through the game aka. sandbox. While Arkham Asylum constricted you to a set path, Arkham City lets you roam free as the Batman, doing side-missions and collecting even more lovely Riddler trophies. Mark Hamill is a great Joker in his final performance as the clown prince of crime, and the supporting villain cast is even better than the first, with a wonderfully indulgent Mad Hatter side mission. Fortunately, the boss battles have been improved from the first game, and are very respectable tests of skill. The graphics are excellent as always, and there are a wide array of challenge maps to keep you tied over, with characters Robin and Nightwing making appearances as playable heroes in the aforementioned challenges.
Disappointing, but FunDocNuka | June 26, 2013 | Review of BioShock® 2
I'm going to start of this review by saying Bioshock 2's story is infinitely disappointing. It is a huge step down from the creepy atmosphere of the first, as you are now a Big Daddy and this isn't your first look at Rapture either. However, the gameplay is improved from the last game, with two hands available for combat, one with plasmids, the other with guns/your drill. I feel as if this type of combat is more fluid, as you can easily blast and bolt enemies more quickly, and combos are much easier to perform. Speaking of which, the drill is a new addition to the game which feels right at home, fitting in seamlessly with plasmid combos, and having some upgrades of its own, like freezing enemies at random. Overall, Bioshock 2 is a flawed game which has an inferior story, but does make leaps and bounds over the gameplay of the first. If you enjoyed Bioshock, pick this up.
Near PerfectionDocNuka | June 26, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite (NA)
That's right, I said it. Bioshock Infinite is just as good, possibly better than Bioshock. It takes what was great about the first game and transferred it from the Atlantean depths of Rapture to the soaring heights of Colombia. Right away you notice strong religious themes, as well as jingoism and discrimination, which take the place of the pervading themes of libertarian-ism from the first game. These overtones strengthen an already great story, and the twist at the end of the game literally made my jaw drop. As good as the story is, the gameplay is incredible, with a few flaws. Bioshock Infinite's combat system is very similar to Bioshock's, which is in no way a bad thing. Salts replace EVE, special pieces of clothing replace gene tonics, and vigors replace plasmids. However, I wish they innovated with the powers, as Devil's Kiss is basically a knockoff of the fire plasmid in the first two games. All the other vigors have counterparts that do the same thing (or close to it) in the previous games, yet this is a minor flaw. Other than the innovation issues, I really loved Bioshock Infinite through-and-through. However, the campaign is only 8 hours unless you find every collectible and treasure. Fortunately, 1999 Mode is available for an extra challenge, easily doubling your game length. All-in-all, Bioshock Infinite is an incredible game held back from perfection by only a few flaws, and is a great purchase.
Great Fun, Tons of PlayingDocNuka | June 26, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas DNS
When it comes to FPS Fallout games, New Vegas is truly a great game. There is just so much to do, so many sidequests to undertake, and so many guns to admire, it's hard not to enjoy this game purely with those values. However, beyond that is a gameplay system vastly improved over Fallout 3's slightly clunky and less-than-intuitive controls. Iron sights have been added, which actually makes it possible to kill people without VATS, and the gun variety has been given a much-needed boost from Fallout 3. Overall the gameplay is fantastic, but the graphics and facial animations are distinctively sub-par to many games out there. IF you're looking for a good RPG and don't care too much about graphics, here's your game.
A Masterpiece on many LevelsDocNuka | June 26, 2013 | Review of BioShock (NA) - not live
I love this game. Everything from the deep political/economic overtones to the fast and addictive gunplay which combines good ol' fashioned lead spitting with genetic mutations that allow you to shoot fire, electricity, bees, and much more from your palms. The world Ken Levine creates, the underwater dystopic Ayn Rand-esque society is one of the best I've ever seen in a video game. Though some of the FPS mechanics aren't perfect, Bioshock takes a great story, great gameplay, great characters, and mixes them all up to create one of the best games of this gen, and one of the best I've ever played.
Horror in the TunnelsDocNuka | June 26, 2013 | Review of Metro 2033 PRE
Let me start off this review by saying that in the area of atmospheric tension, Metro 2033 is one of the best games I've played. The spooky lighting and range of terrifying monsters you know are on your tale makes this game one of the most sphincter-clenching experiences on the PC right now. However, as amazing as the visual effects are, there are still issues with shooting mechanics and AI, but not enough to draw you out of the bleak post-apocalyptic world Dmitry Glukhovsky created, later adapted by 4A Games. Overall, this game is good with the potential to be amazing, but held back by small mistakes.