Reviews by Elstumpo

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Elstumpo | Nov. 29, 2013 | Review of Left 4 Dead

Unless you're nostalgic about this game (in which case you won't be needing to read reviews) you should be looking into Left 4 Dead 2. Left 4 Dead 2 not only contains all the content from this game but also expands upon it nicely, including all the new weapons and special infected within the levels within this game.

Unless you seriously dislike the new additions within Left 4 Dead 2, such as the roughly two extra weapons for each tier and the extra three special infected (which are playable in versus), skip over to Left 4 Dead 2. You will also find less players within this older version.

If you're still considering buying this game, it holds up well enough on its own, although get it on sale as the 20USD you'll be spending on this game won't compare at all to the 20USD you'll be spending on it's completely superior sequel. With that being said however, Left 4 Dead still isn't a bad game.

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Intense Rage Inducing Fun

Elstumpo | Nov. 29, 2013 | Review of Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 has proven itself to be an intense sequel to an intense game, while perhaps coming out a bit too soon after the first game, expands on the original game nicely.

Firstly due to the constant (and free) updates and patches the game has received over the years, all the maps from Left 4 Dead 1 has been ported over to the sequel, giving little to no reasons for any new player to purchase the first game. While containing all the old maps, they have been made to work with all the new weapons and special infected that the sequel has introduced, meaning that older players will see new life within the old content.

The voice acting is amazing, save for some small technical details, which does not get tiring even after hundreds of hours of gameplay. The aesthetics are simply amazing, giving an uneasy feeling whether you're exploring a run-down plantation in the evening or rushing through a swamp during a midnight sprint.

However it's worth noting, you will have a lot more fun with friends than you will strangers. It's worth getting atleast one friend to play campaign with you to save the stress of dealing with immature children and people with anger issues.This applies to both versus and campaign, especially on the harder difficulties.

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Bigger and Better

Elstumpo | Nov. 29, 2013 | Review of Portal 2

Fans of the original Portal should buy this game with no questions asked, Valve has done an amazing job on expanding the universe portal exists within and done well filling it with unique, deep and interesting characters.

Both the singleplayer and multiplayer puzzles are bigger and more intricate with a whole plethora of tools to use beyond the standard weighted cubes and buttons, such as the propulsion and repulsion gel.

The voice acting is nothing short of amazing, Valve going as far as to hire Stephen Merchant to do the voice of Wheatley who, if you are aware of who Stephen Merchant is, is nothing short of hilarious. All of the major characters introduced within the sequel are integral to the story and have plenty of depth to them which unravels as you play the game.

This game is completely worth the asking price of 20USD but as it is a couple of years old is frequently on sale. Would highly recommend to new and old gamers alike.

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Unique But Short

Elstumpo | Nov. 26, 2013 | Review of Contrast

Contrast is a highly ambitious game which just falls short of being amazing. The gameplay is unique and interesting given that the game allows you traverse between the real realm and the shadow realm which greatly changes how the player would interact within the world compared to a game which is just in the third dimension or just in the second dimension. While the puzzles are integrated nicely within the world you are placed in, the game is rather short taking me just under four hours to complete the entire game.

The aesthetics and charm of this game brings back the feeling of a platformer back from the Playstation One era, however the game often has issues explaining the story and world to the player which is mainly due to the game being so short. However if the player is keen on collectable hunting, collecting as many as possible can give some very interesting and subtle insight onto details the story does not wish to make obvious.

The voice acting feels stiff sometimes and often repeats itself, more often than not having the child explain to you where to go despite you already knowing where you have to go. However the voice actors in themselves are believable and well done, each reflecting the character nicely.

Despite being a short game, 15USD is not a steep asking price for what this game offers if you are looking into a unique platformer. That being said, I would recommend waiting until a sale since 15USD can buy games with a lot more gameplay.