Reviews by JasonAFC
The definitive FPS-RPG.JasonAFC | July 16, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2
If you like shooters but are getting bored of the mundane linear story in games like CoD then look now further than Borderlands 2. It combines great gun combat with interesting characters and environments.
The storyline isn't the appeal here, but the characters have real personality which really helps to bring you through the game. The general play style can be described as 'shoot and loot' and if you want to maximise your strength in the game your will be spending a large amount of time looting enemies and storage crates scattered in great number across the world. You also spend a good amount of time travelling around in a vehicle roaming landscape and completing quests for your allies.
Gun play in this game is so satisfying. The majority of enemies are very 'bullet spongy' but the damage counters that pop up as you're shooting making combat more fun than mundane. There are thousands upon thousands of different guns which is a positive of course but also niggled at me because obviously you can't carry them all so you are forced to choose between weapons and it can be stressful if you're not sure you're making the right choice, haha. Luckily, there vaults and storage compartments where guns can be stored and even transferred between your characters.
The graphics are unique using a 'cell-shaded' style that I wasn't really keen on but grew on me as I got into the game.
If you've played the first game and enjoyed it then this should be an instabuy for you as it improves in almost every area. If you're a new player then it's worth a go aswell as long as you are OK with an RPG style gameplay.
Grand Strategy has never been this accessible yet great to play.JasonAFC | July 14, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World
This title really rounds off the Civilisation 5 experience for me.
New additions to the game play have sucked me in even more than the last. For example, the way in which culture and tourism interact and the 'Culture wars' that subsequently take place between civilisations. Art, museums, music all make it feel like your civilisation feel more desirable and this is reflected in the gameplay mechanics. I felt these cultural victories were even more satisfying than a military conquest was.
The game is hours of fun (I've already sunk 12 hours into it in two days) Despite all it's great features and the numerous decisions it allows you to make, this game is also easy to pick up for new players, especially with all the tutorials similar to those in the last game. Varying difficulty levels and advanced settings also help you hone your strategy to perfection.
Graphics are excellent especially for a strategy game like this, the water texture is especially pleasing and realistic looking. The crashing issues some users experienced have also been solved it seems although there have been reports of a small graphical glitch (I have not noticed).
If you like Civ 5 then you shouldn't need me to tell you that you'll like this expansion and I do think it's worth the price tag.
NB: I base my ratings on a scale that encompasses a genre (in this case strategy).
Gaming doesn't get much better than this.JasonAFC | July 5, 2013 | Review of BioShock
It wasn't until 2013 that I finally committed myself to playing this game, 6 years after release, and what a fool I feel like for waiting this long.
There is no other game that is this immersive and has such a fantastic storyline. As the player you enter the underwater city of rapture, designed by objectivist Andrew Ryan, the games main protagonist. A friendly Atlas (an Irishman from the working class of rapture, leading an uprising) guides you safety via radio, helping you take out your first Splicer, the games main enemy.
Combat isn't this games strong suit but it's satisfying you can carry all the games weapons at once without having to choose which ones to leave behind and the different ammo types add some variety in strategy. The games other weapon type, plasmids, have to be picked and chosen but can be changed quite often as you go along.
It's one worth playing, let it drag you in.
Fun, refreshing gameplay and an interesting story.JasonAFC | July 5, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line
Don't be fooled by the title and title image of this game, there is much more to this game than a brainless running and gunning.
This is a third person perspective shooter and the shooting mechanics in this game are solid, it never stopped being fun to shoot and watch enemies fall with satisfying death animations. The only aspect of the shooting I can fault is the cover system. Although it works well most of the time, there are times where it is clunky and doesn't respond perfectly to where you'd like to go.
Although the gameplay is sound, it's the storyline that will drag you through this game. You and two squad-mates (who can be ordered with basics commands) are dropped into Dubai and your adventure begins. I didn't follow the story perfectly but the ambiguous nature of the morality of your actions is abundantly clear and continuously surprises you.
Give this one a try.
Tomb Raider worth playing again.JasonAFC | July 2, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider
I've played some recent Tomb Raider games and they've gone down hill since the first games. This title however is a fantastic reboot and definitely worth your money and time. The closest game it resembles is the uncharted franchise with some puzzles and hectic combat at times. I didn't like the quick time events so much but they are done OK and do bring a bit more challenge to an otherwise easy game. Graphics are top notch, some of the best you'll see in current games.
A top selling point of this game though is its storyline, full or mystery and intrigue, it's an experience worth having. For reference, I gave Bioshock Infinite a 95 and feel this game deserves an 86.