Reviews by GudomligaSven

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The Elder Scrolls returns!

GudomligaSven | Nov. 17, 2011 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (EU)

The Elder Scrolls-series is know for their wide open world, their deep RPG customisation and their unique leveling system. Being the fifth in this huge RPG series Bethesda is not showing any signs of stopping.

The new game takes place a couple of hundred years after Oblivion (known in Skyrim as the Oblivion Crisis) in the northern part of Tamriel, Skyrim. Skyrim is populated by the viking-like people "Nords" and the so-called invaders "Imperials". Although there are numerous races populating Skyrim, these are the two leading races.

The game opens up with the player being transported to Helgen after being captured in an ambushed, mistaken as one of the rebels known as "Stormcloaks". Just the opening sequence shows the authenticity of Skyrims wildlife. When you arrive, you get to create your own character. There are nearly limitless options and races to chose from, with their own distinct looks and advantages.

After the tutorial is over, you are let into a world of limitless options, where you can go werever you chose, do whatever you want, and be whoever you can be.

The game runs on an updated engine the previous Elder Scrolls were based on and the newer Fallout-series. Being upgraded, you still recognise a couple of faults the old engine had, mainly the animations. But despite that, the engine looks gorgeus, especially when you find yourself in a huge ice cavern with the sun seeping through the cracks in the celing.

That said, Skyrim is huge. And amazing. If you are a true RPG fan, you can't miss this game. Prepare to travel to Skyrim, and prepare to stay there for a long time.

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FEAR? I think not

GudomligaSven | Sept. 4, 2011 | Review of F.E.A.R. 3

When you hear a game with the title FEAR, you would think it a horror game. This is true in the first and possibly the second (it had its moments) but not in the third installment.

FEAR puts you in the shoes of Point Man, the "hero" of the first and second FEAR. It's a paranormal tale with lots of enemies and some horror, even though it has been dumbed down to non-existant in FEAR 3.

Instead of being the horror shooter it once was, with excellent graphics, controls and story, it has turned into a more dumbed down and washed out generic shooter.

Although FEAR 3 isn't just your ordinary shooter, it does have some twists. The different gamemodes that you can play online against or with your friends are somewhat entertaining. FEAR's version of Nazi Zombies from Call of Duty might convice some to buy this game, seeing as it would work great as a cheaper and independent game.

Overall this dumbed down experience probably won't appeal to FEAR fans, but might pull in some new ones looking for just another run-of-the-mill shooter.

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Brutal Fun

GudomligaSven | Sept. 2, 2011 | Review of Super Meat Boy

Remember the old times where games were actually hard? Super Meat Boy hopes to take you back to that age, and boy, do it suceed. You control the little meat chunk with the same name as the gam, on his quest to save his girlfriend, Bandage Girl (what an odd couple) from Dr. Fetus. This leads you through different worlds, such as a ordinary forest to a pretty insane "hospital". It's also worth noting that each of these world has a harder "dark" version of each level aswell. Super Meat Boy is hard. Really hard. The first world had me chewing through my own arm before I was ready to move on, mostly because of the harsh boss fights, that could have been done better. This game is really fun, and is worth the money by far, especially if you like a challange and/or old school platformers.

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Mayhem in a box

GudomligaSven | Aug. 26, 2011 | Review of Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 is the follow up to the mildly (and I use that term loosely) repetative Just Cause. Just Cause 2 virtually improves on everything that made the first one good, the destruction. The majority of the game can be broken down to driving a car really fast into a base, parachute out of the car in high speed, land on top of the base, and start shooting everything in sight. Then you proceed with destroying the base with your arsenal. And the game continues like that for the most part, breaking up between the destruction with more destruction, as part of missions given out by the different faction leaders across the land. Just Cause 2 is pretty, fast, intense, fun, explosive and awesome. There is no reason not to get this game, except if you are a pacifist or hate explosions.

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Repetative Fun!

GudomligaSven | Aug. 26, 2011 | Review of Painkiller Black Edition DNS

Painkiller could be best described as repetative fun. Usually those words do not mix very well, but in this game, it does. The game stars Daniel as a so called "heaven's hitman" and the game centers around Daniel jumping around in purgatory, killing demons. The game borrows heavily from the Serious Sam formula; running and gunning, with loads of enemies everywhere. When this game was originally released the graphics were quite impressive, forcing you to upgrade if you wanted the full experience. Although not as demanding today, the graphics still packs quite a punch, with sharp textures and nice effects. Painkiller spans different "worlds" as you could call them, each ending with a HUGE boss fight. Each world has about five levels, each varying from the other, although some are direct continuation of the previous level. The levels are usually based on different eras such as the medieval times, world war one and modern times, complete with their own enemies based on the era. Each map has a secondary objective, that is more of a challenge rather than an objective. It usually involves collection a set ammount of coins, or not taking damage. These are usually pretty hard but will reward you with a silver or gold card. These cards can later be slottet in the world selection screen, using the gold you have collected. These cards offers you bonuses and can drastically alter the games difficulty. The first time I played this game the thing that caught my attention was the excellent physics engine. In each boss fight there are hundreds of objects flying around everywhere, hoping to crush you. This game would not be complete without the ridiculous weapons loadout, featuring weapons as a shuriken thrower that can electrify your enemies, or a personal favourite, the stake gun, which nails your enemies to the walls in a brutal manner. This game has excellent graphics, excellent physics and fun gameplay, although some players will risk getting bored after the first world, seeing as the game does not offer more than "run and gun".