Reviews by GuardianOfSouls

80

Worth it.

GuardianOfSouls | July 22, 2013 | Review of Sanctum 2: Season Pass

Usually, I am against these season passes. This would be the exception. It is adding on to an inexpensive game that gives you many hours simply to complete it without even adding the idea of replayability.

With the support the developers have put in this game and the way they listen to the complaints and make changes, this is a great way to support them while getting even more content.

So far there has only been one DLC released but it is a good one and has added a new character for people to try that gives more dynamics to each map that already exists, as well as new and future content.

I can't wait for the next DLC!

88

A worthy sequel.

GuardianOfSouls | July 22, 2013 | Review of Sanctum 2

When this game first came out, I was nervous about some of the directions they took. Originally, you had to manually pick up your resources after each wave, cutting into your preparation time. Thankfully, Coffee Stain has listened to the complaints and has removed that from the game and adding many things. It is also consistently being patched and having any issues resolved.

On the gameplay side it is all you would love from Sanctum with more. If you are new to the franchise, this is a FPS tower defense game with enemies that will attack you if you stand in their way. Almost every mechanic in normal tower defense games are represented, except with the twist that you are part of the action. This is a fantastic series that really inspired games like Dungeon Defenders, Orcs Must Die 2, and other hits of the genre.

Graphically, it is very light on the requirements and runs will with decent enough visuals and silky smooth gameplay. Don't expect Battlefield 3, but Mass Effect 3 is in the ball park visually.

Best of all, it has great matchmaking and it is easy to meet friends and play with existing ones!

90

Great game, but flawed.

GuardianOfSouls | July 22, 2013 | Review of FIFA 13 (NA)

This game is very much focused around Ultimate Team. A card system that allows you to earn coins to build a team of your choice. It is well maintained and fun offline and online.

However, this comes at a cost unfortunately. Several bugs that existing in FIFA 12 persist, including career save game corruption. And several of the career leagues do not have the correct FIFA rule sets. IE: MLS does not have a limit for how many foreign players you can use in FIFA 13.

The gameplay is otherwise superb and the skill games are a great way to learn how to play the game.

EA also curates the game throughout the year with challenges based on real events that happen during the season as well as tournaments (offline and online) to simulate some of the major events during the season. You can also track your favourite team and play their games of the week.

On the graphics side of things, the only major change from FIFA 12 is the restoration of proper windowed support.

You will definitely need a controller to play this game properly and once you have one, I will see you on the pitch!

85

The game that might have saved the series.

GuardianOfSouls | April 27, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider: Legend DNS

Though many people will probably point to the recent reboot as the saviour of the series, for me this was it.

After a sub-par Tomb Raider 4, 5, and 6, it looked like this franchise was out of gas and about to end. But this game really redeemed it in my eyes and in the eyes of many. Classic Tomb Raider game-play with fun new quick-time action moments and decent enough graphics at the time. The story is good but leaves you wanting more as it leads you into its sequel: Tomb Raider Underworld.

The only unfortunate thing now is you need to disable the Nvidia next-gen graphics options as they no longer work properly on most modern computers. (Some levels will work, others will crash)

Xbox 360 controller or equivalent recommended.

85

Great fun! Especially with a friend.

GuardianOfSouls | April 27, 2013 | Review of Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light

This game might not have a lot of replay value but it is a fair length and is fun up until it ends. However, if you are someone that enjoys going back and doing all the challenges there is still plenty of stuff to do after the story is over.

The graphics are good for the style of game and the game play is fun. This is best played with a friend and I have played it online and in local co-op with friends and it is a great adventure.

Simple but great fun!

I recommend that you have an Xbox 360 Controller or equivalent to play.

90

Bringing you back to early RPGs with modern gameplay.

GuardianOfSouls | April 27, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nexway

This game really brings me back to old RPGs like Betrayal At Krondor from the early 1990s where you had the freedom to move around the world and do what you want when you want. Of course, The Elder Scrolls series has been doing this since the late mid 1990s and it is good to see the tradition continue.

The gameplay itself is probably its biggest flaw. The combat is overly simple and fairly unbalanced. (Magic for example is fairly weak) Thankfully, like almost anything in this game it can be fixed with mods. I recommend using the Nexus Mod Manager and the Nexus for your mods and to only use the Steam Workshop when absolutely necessary. (Some mods do not appear on the Nexus). This will ensure maximum compatibility.

The graphics are decent but the size of the world will probably tax your computer. Again, there are mods to improve graphics and textures if desired.

Though your character may not be voice acted like Mass Effect, it doesn't take away from the experience and in some places makes it really feel like your personal character.

There is always more to do in the game and with mods you will be playing this for possibly hundreds of hours. (246 hours and counting on Steam)

100

One of the best sequels of all time.

GuardianOfSouls | April 27, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 2 (NA)

A fantastic follow up to Mass Effect. They streamlined a few mechanics a bit far but overall it improves over the base of the series very well. The story is great and the difficulty levels are the real treat.

The game is much better on Hardcore and Insanity than on other difficulties due to the change in shields, barriers, and etc that the enemies have. It really makes you use your squad intelligently.