Reviews by Ebo

83

A bigger game in both Scope and Features

Ebo | March 21, 2014 | Review of Darksiders II

Darksiders was a great game that took many by surprise. Borrowing from titles such as God of War, The Legend of Zelda, Prince of Persia or even Portal, Darksiders made for an epic 15-20 hour adventure following War's exploits (one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse) to fix the damage he brought onto the world and prove his innocence (that he was in fact called to bring forth the apocalypse).

Darksiders 2 is that game's direct sequel and it takes place after and during the events of the original, this time following Death. Combat wise it's very similar but the scope is greatly expanded this time around. Enemies drop loot (weapons, armor and more) and you can customize death's appearance with various items of clothing. While Darksiders was more Metroidvania, Darksiders 2 is full on multi-region open world.

Suffice to say, Darksiders 2 is an enormous game and while not perfect (it loses its focus quite a few times), if you enjoyed Darksiders and wanted more, this is a must buy.

70

Get back into Painkiller with a Friend on your side

Ebo | March 21, 2014 | Review of Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

It's not gonna win any Game of the Year Awards and it might even have a few technical problems (some framerate issues here and there, and other strange occurrences that I'm not even going to mention), but if you came for Painkiller, then Painkiller is what you get. Mindless shooting of hordes of enemies with a cool set of weapons, each unique in their own way (not just bullets) and for the first time in the series, CO-OP.

Yes, a friend can join on the carnage, unfortunately only a single one can. It's 2 player co-op only, so keep that in mind if you're buying this.

But really, this is more or less a remake of the original Painkiller and its expansion, so if you plan on buying Hell & Damnation, also grab a second copy for a friend. Unless you're here for the co-op, I recommend sticking to Painkiller: Black Edition, which has a lot more levels but is single player only.

I'd say you get at least 5 hours of co-op fun out of playing the 4 main chapters that the game comes with. If you haven't had enough and want more, there are loads of extra levels available as dlc.

80

Creative zombie slaughtering at its fainest

Ebo | March 16, 2014 | Review of Dead Rising 2: Off the Record

Yeah, sure, it gets only an 80 because it's more of the same, if you already played Dead Rising 2. But if this is your first Dead Rising game, then welcome to a game you are sure to enjoy as long as you follow a few instructions:

  • death is never the end in Dead Rising, but in case of death, make sure you visit the bathroom as often as possible;

  • have a hard time fighting a boss? time ran out on an important mission? DON'T PANIC, relax and just have fun smashing zombies left and right, get that PP going, level up and just restart the story anytime you want without losing your character progress (you do lose items, weapons and keys, but those are easy to get);

  • ORANGE JUICE, always have it on you, always;

  • be creative, if you find a workbench with some stuff around it, try and combine said stuff, you will be amazed at the weapons you'll come up with;

  • unless you have a hammer+axe (items you'll easy find and should combine as soon as possible), don't trade blows in a boss fight, you will lose. Try and find a strategy instead. Sometimes it's good to have a gun on you, which you will find plenty around the mall.

Ultimately in this game you make your fun and if there's a friend to join in on the madness, all the better. So yes, if anything you've read so far sounds interesting, get Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.

92

A huge, emergent open world playground at your fingertips

Ebo | March 16, 2014 | Review of Far Cry 3 Deluxe Edition

Far Cry 3 takes what worked in Far Cry 1 and 2 and strips out everything that didn't (like those stupid instantly respawning outposts from Far Cry 2).

The story is one that makes sense this time around and you can actually follow, so big thumbs up for that. But forget the story, you'll get lost in the amazing world, hunting animals, climbing towers, liberating outposts and pretty much having a lot of fun in the vastness of the two islands offered to you by the game.

Far Cry 3 is an amazing achievement, one of the best games of 2012, if not the best, a must have for any gamer.

If you're contemplating which version to get, I'd say definitely jump on the Deluxe Edition, it has some cool bonus content that's worth the little extra you have to pay.

95

The Ultimate Third Person Dungeon Rogue Crawler

Ebo | Feb. 4, 2014 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)

Where do I even start with a game like Dark Souls? How about that amazing feeling you get after finally conquering an area you've been trying to beat for the last 3 hours? The message YOU DIED becomes engraved in your retinas, but then it happens. Yes, the boss finally at your feet, VICTORY ACHIEVED. Oh yeah Ornstein and Smaugh, who's the big guy now, aye?

Jokes aside, Dark Souls is one of those games you have to play at least once, I mean at least try it, you don't have to actually finish it (although you should). Well, that is if you can get past the many issues this lousy port offers.

But install a few mods (DSfix is your friend and if you have actual friends then DSCfix is too) and you are good to go with the best version of Dark Souls out there.

Are YOU prepared to die?

80

A Great HD Port of a Good Assassin's Creed Game

Ebo | Feb. 4, 2014 | Review of Assassin's Creed Liberation HD

Other developers, take note, this is how you do a proper HD port of a game. Much better textures, improved draw distance, more NPCs around town, smoother animations, all in all a great package. On the downside it could have had a few more graphical options.

Now it's not all sunshine and rainbows, Liberation has its issues with more then a few glitches that could potentially result in the failure of missions. Thankfully there are checkpoints everywhere so you'll never lose more then 1-2 minutes of progress if say, you get stuck in a tree or Aveline decides jump in the wrong direction.

Story is interesting, although you really have to work (gather collectibles, letters) in order to fill in some of the blanks (which there are a lot).

Overall this is a fine deal, not the best Assassin's Creed to date but definitely one you need to have in your collection. Plus you don't get to play as a kick-ass female assassin in many other games.