Reviews by Ghost101
Good, but needs work.Ghost101 | Sept. 5, 2013 | Review of Total War: Rome II
As someone who started playing at the first Medieval Total War, I've been a fan of the series for a long time. RTW2 mostly plays pretty well, but as of launch performance isn't very good, and there are some strange design choices. For instance, armies cannot exist without a general now. Armies are also able to embark on their own to travel across oceans with little to no penalty. The combat is still solid, though Rome feels a bit overpowered right now; even with Hastati and other basic units I haven't met the force that can stop them yet.
The diplmomatic AI feels a bit better, with it still being tricky to negotiate with, but not constantly backstabbing or going against you for no reason. I've been impressed to see smaller countries actually offer to be a client state once they notice my military moving around.
Overall I'd say RTW2 is a solid entry in the series. It still needs a lot of work, but I've yet to play a Total War game that had a perfect, non-buggy release. Empire definitely had a rockier release, and I predict good things for this game as time goes on.
Surprisingly funGhost101 | March 19, 2013 | Review of Sword of the Stars: The Pit
While I'm not a hardcore roguelike player I've played a few of the easier to get into ones like DoomRL, StoneSoup, Dungeons of Dredmor, SOTS The Pit is pretty good. The graphic tileset is very clean and easy to read and the HUD and inventory system is uncluttered. Another bonus is the sci-fi setting, as it's not one that you usually see in roguelikes.
Combat is fairly straightforward, with the ability to split your burst fire weapons' shots between enemies, as well as numerous grenades and other gadgets to bolster your arsenal.
A downside I've had is trying to figure out the controls at times, but it may be a problem on my part. Some quick tips: Control + X rests until healed, and holding control while hitting the movement keys turns your character in place to look around.