Reviews by Inuyashe

90

A clunky port... an amazing experience

Inuyashe | Dec. 7, 2012 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)

Dark Souls is quite a beast, especially on the PC. Graphical deficiencies, finger-breaking keyboard controls (seriously, play this one with a controller), limited FPS. Not the best PC port, by any stretch of the imagination. A decent one.

And yet, it is simply amazing to play. It keeps you on your toes constantly. It forces you to analyze enemy compositions, forces you to find a path through the hordes. Grinding is possible, but is not as helpful as you might hope. You will die. When you wrestle with the controls, at the start, getting used to your hero's realistic clunkiness. And then a spear pierces your heart. And you revive. And so do all the enemies. You will die. Every mistake can and most probably will be punished. So you will work to improve yourself. You shall learn the patterns, you shall master counters and ripostes. You will die. Your foes shall often be gargantuan, in size, power. Most often both. And yet you will persevere. You will cleanse the land of darkness, or doom it further. You will slowly, piece by piece, discover the lore of the world around you.

You will die. By spear, by claw, by lightning, fire, tooth, bolt, bomb, rock, trap, mimic, digestion.

You will die. And if you can accept that... you will love it.

85

A love letter to any Sonic fan

Inuyashe | Dec. 7, 2012 | Review of Sonic Generations

Sonic Team have finally put their marbles back together. No more strange, stretchy werewolves, horribly glitchy gameplay, insufferable loading times. This is Sonic.

In fact, it is two Sonics. The game and its levels is split into two parts. Stages where you play as classic Sonic, the round, loveable hedgehog from days long past, where you navigate precarious, maze-like levels in two dimensions. In other stages, you play as new-age Sonic, with his emphasis on speed above all, where you rush forward, dodging, breaking and smashing your way, while still retaining some platforming goodness. Both parts work surprisingly well. Classic Sonic is as good as ever, while Sonic Team managed to work out a few of the kinks in modern Sonic's playstyle from Sonic Unleashed.

Speaking of stages, it's all there. From good old Green Hill Zone, to the likes of Crisis City, complete with faithful remixes of their tunes and sounds. Nostalgia never looked or sounded better.

So, if you still call yourself a fan of Sonic, or even if you don't. This game is for anyone seeking that tactical platforming, with a bit of a rush on the side. It may be abit short, but Sonic's always been about perfecting your routes and such. So go ahead. Grab a ring and run.

75

Enjoyable, if a bit repetitive.

Inuyashe | Dec. 7, 2012 | Review of Hard Reset

Hard Reset is a game you should play in short bursts, I think. It provides a satisfying shooter with a nice range of different 'weapons' (the different types of attack are just upgrades for your two base weapons) in a beautifully crafted cyberpunk setting.

Where you shoot robots. Again, and again, and again. In the early stages, it's even the same robots with the same tactics over and over. Don't get me wrong, the combat is fun and challenging, but it gets a bit dull after a while.

Also, the story, while attempting to be interesting, is a bit confusing, maybe even nonsensical.

Still, I'd say Hard Reset is a hidden gem of a game, if played in short bursts, maybe to went your frustrations after an encounter with a non-functional copy machine.