Reviews by GearHead
More linear than the first twoGearHead | Dec. 27, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite (NA)
Bioshock Infinite's story is more intriguing than the stories than the first two. It is complicated and exciting (especially towards the end); however, if you go into the game expecting the gameplay to be like Bioshock 1 & 2, you will be disappointed. The first thing you will notice is that Infinite is extremely linear. There are about five side quests in the game that essentially require you to proceed further into each level for an item, and then backtrack to use it. The second change you will encounter is the lack of passive buffs. The developers have done away with the system of buying tonic slots and equipping unique passive tonics and instead added a system of gear. With this system, the player can equip up to four pieces of gear in head, chest, pant, and boot slots. There are fewer buffs to choose from than passive tonics in the first two games, and those with a "chance" to occur do so at a very high rate (such as a gear that electrifies enemies at a rate of 70%). Thirdly, of the many weapons in the game, the player is only able to carry two at a time. Finally, weapons can still be modified and there are about four mods per weapon, but these no longer change the appearance of the weapon and only make it more powerful. While this may be disappointing for fans of the first two games and may take the first few hours of gameplay to get used to, these mechanics, as well as the fascinating story and beautiful graphics come together to make Bioshock Infinite one of the best games of the year.
Simply the bestGearHead | Dec. 27, 2013 | Review of Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
While Deus Ex may be dated as far as graphics, the gameplay and writing surpasses that of most modern FPS/RPG hybrids. The game is initially complicated, but don't let this deter you from playing as you'll soon find yourself caught up in one of the most complicated and interesting stories in existence. Many games with such great stories are known to be short, but that is not the case with Deus Ex. Once I was done with the story I found that I had played for a solid 38 hours, with every second being exciting and memorable, and the fun doesn't end there. Every playthrough is unique, as you are not only given a number of decisions that strongly impact story, but also the ability to kill any character you encounter, which further tailors the story to how you play. When you hear people say that you can navigate the game in any way your heart desires, they mean it. You control what weapons you use (both melee and ranged), have access to a variety of skills, and augmentations (which are comparable to passive tonics in Bioshock 1 & 2). By the end of the game your character will be entirely customized to your play style which makes the game all the more enjoyable. Deus Ex is one of my all-time favorites because of it's incredible gameplay and it's fascinating story. It is very worth its full price, and if you encounter it on sale, you simply must buy it so you can experience one of the absolute best games in existence.