Reviews by Helicuor

90

An Excellent Game

Helicuor | Dec. 14, 2013 | Review of PixelJunk™: Shooter

In a nutshell, this game is about exploring a cave in a spaceship, rescuing miners, killing monsters, and taking gems. What makes this game special are its brilliant fluid mechanics. Lava, water, dirt, Ice, etc. You can combine water and lava to make dirt, ice freezes water, lava melts dirt, etc. The interplay of these various fluids and substances are what make this game really shine.

75

Excellent Premise

Helicuor | Dec. 13, 2013 | Review of Shelter

This game looked like it was going to be incredible. A game where you play as a badger, guiding her cubs to safety? Having to choose between which of your cubs to feed? A brilliant art style? It looked so promising. And true, the game delivers in many ways. The art style is brilliant; the faded world feels immersive; the flora and fuana are excellently stylized, and the game's excellent sound design draws you in. Unfortunately, the gameplay falls a little flat. Waiting and waiting for predators to leave so you can pass got stale quick. The feeding mechanic is rather pointless, as there is never a scarcity of food that it makes you choose between your cubs. Overall still a fairly good game, but it could have been so much better.

95

Possibly the best platformer ever.

Helicuor | Dec. 13, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is an amazing game. On the surface, it is merely a simple 2D platformer. It doesn't have exceptional graphics, or a masterful plot, or nuanced characters. What it has is one of the best platformer gameplays in existence. Every aspect of the game feel tight and controlled; every jump you make is your responsibility. The timing is tight, the jumps tricky, the gameplay smooth. Overall a brilliantly designed and executed game.

85

Total Chaos

Helicuor | Dec. 13, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2

First, I just want to say that this game is fun. If you are looking for sophisticated themes or elegantly crafted plotlines or nuanced characters, get out. This game is in now way sophisticated or elegant or nuanced.

What this game is is fun.

Explosions, guns, and b-movie accents. In this game you can grapple a person to a plane as it takes off. You can cling to a propane take as it flies hundreds of feet into the air. You can take a car and spend hours exploring the massive sandbox. This game exists to be fun, and in that it succeeds.

PS There is mod that adds multiplayer to what is normally a single player game. The sheer level of chaos is staggering. Give it a try if you get this.

95

A Worthy Succesor

Helicuor | Dec. 12, 2013 | Review of Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition

I absolutely loved Fallout and Fallout 2, and when I heard about Fallout 3, I was very skeptical. Fallout as a a FPS? Bah. It just didn't seem right; so, I held out on this game for a few years. Eventually though, my curiosity got the best of me; the GOTY edition was on sale, and I bought it.

I loved it. The whole game really blew me away. The combination RPG/ FPS combat system, the game's bleak atmosphere, the huge area to explore. I really love it. That moment where you first step out of the vault and see the buildings in the distance and realize that that's not a skybox, that those are actual buildings and locations in the distance... amazing. The game did a great job of continuing the Fallout style and sense of humor. Some features disappointed me; the dialogue options felt a little more limited than earlier games, for example, but those are mere quibbles. This game is amazing.