Reviews by Engin33r
A worthy sequelEngin33r | Oct. 6, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex Human Revolution manages to perfectly capture the feel and essense of the world the original created. And while it is not without flaws, especially in the character building (by the end of the game, you can have every upgrade possible), its ability to provide exactly the kind of gameplay the player wants, pure shooter or extreme stealth or anything in-between, is incredible and unmatched in any other modern game. Well worth playing, and replaying!
At Last!Engin33r | Oct. 5, 2012 | Review of Sonic CD
It was way past time for one of the best, and most obscure Sonic games to become available to a new, and much wider, audience. With a slew of innovations, and huge, complex but brilliantly designed levels, Sonic fans should make playing this game priority number one! Every fan of platforming should put this game on their short list too. One minor complaint: It's a bit tough to get maximum speed for a substantial amount of time unless you really get to know the layout of a level well. But there is a solution to that; Get to know the layout of each level really well, it's fun and rewarding!
Unexpectedly goodEngin33r | Oct. 5, 2012 | Review of Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light
I was deeply sceptical about this isometric entry in the Lara Croft games, but I was proven wrong. Everything that is good about the best entries in the regular 3D series is present and accounted for. Great underground caves and structures to explore, overgrown, exotic and sometimes rightfully extinct enemies to defeat, great navigational challenges to overcome, deviously hidden treasures to uncover and last but not least, Lara herself and her posh accent. It even has a very well implemented multiplayer mode, something that none of the Tomb Raider games ever did. Highly recommended.
Halt, deviant!Engin33r | Oct. 5, 2012 | Review of Atlantis Evolution
This feels like two separate and distinct games, one fairly good, the other frustrating and unrewarding, inexplicably tied together. And it is perhaps more unfortunate that it is the worst part of the experience that the player encounters first. The timed maze that you are hunted in, in search of you have no idea what, is one of the worst in the history of adventure games, and many have given up, too frustrated to even check a walkthrough. This is a pity, since the rest of the game that comes after that hell is a far more serene, traditional adventure, full of interesting things to see, intriguing people to meet and an ancient secret to uncover. The maze is one of the very very few instances that I recommend using a walkthrough to just be done with it, the rest of the game is worth it, and deserving of a better grade than the one I have to give it due to the poorly executed first part.
Veni, Vidi, ViciEngin33r | Oct. 5, 2012 | Review of VVVVVV
This is a very good, engaging and challenging platformer built around a simple idea. The only thing you can do is move left and right, and flip from floor to ceiling. Add an alien world full of deadly spikes, that you, as Captain Viridian, must fully explore to save your lost crew, and tight controls to help you navigate with pixel-perfect precision, and it is a recipe for success. Everyone with enough patience should be able to resque the crew, but some of the optional challenges are only meant for the truly elite and dedicated players. Two thumbs up!
Charming, but shortEngin33r | Oct. 5, 2012 | Review of The Next Big Thing PRE
Pendulo Studios has a long and proud tradition of creating 3rd person point and click adventures, though they became better known with the Runaway series. Their production values are sky-high, the best in the genre right now, and The Next BIG Thing is no exception. The graphics are simply gorgeous, and the voice acting amazing. The story is quirky to say the least, nearly as quirky as the female lead herself, but that is far from a bad thing. Only cons are the definitely short length of the game, and the fairly easy puzzles, with a single, frustrating exception. I do not mind hard puzzles, but recreating the music from Liz's childhood was a confusing and simply no fun. Overall, an adventure all fans of the genre should try!
SMB can eat away your life in 10-second bitesEngin33r | Oct. 5, 2012 | Review of Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy is an amazing platforming challenge, that every fan of the genre should try, but very, very few will ever master. The difficulty is very steep after the first couple of Worlds, and that's just the normal version of the maps. The Dark version of the maps that unlock as you play are for the very few and the very proud. Still, with hundreds of official maps, and plenty of community created ones easily accessible in-game, Super Meat Boy can keep every player occupied for a very long time, even if they decide to not even bother with the more insane challenge levels.
Good game, poor sequel.Engin33r | Oct. 5, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Invisible War [Playfire]
Deus Ex Invisible War is an entertaining game that suffers in comparison to the great game it is a sequel to. It has good atmosphere, but important design elements like multiple ways to solve problems have been simplified. Still, it is worth a playthrough for anyone that relished the first Deus Ex' world, and didn't just admire its innovative gameplay.