Reviews by Joeru
More fun than a sock full of frogsJoeru | Nov. 14, 2013 | Review of Shadowrun Returns
Shadowrun Returns is an isometric turn based tactical RPG set in the Shadowrun universe (Fancy That :P).
While I enjoyed the default campaign for this game it leaves you wanting, thankfully,this game offers a fantastic development tool and has a fairly active and dedicated community who are publishing fantastic content and if you are skilled enough this tool is very comprehensive and accessible and a lot of fun to tool around in even if you are not.
The game itself plays as you would expect, the turn based combat is satisfying and very fluid, the art style is phenomenal giving a beautiful rendition of cyberpunk and high fantasy and a fairly decent soundtrack.
The classes are interesting but the progression system is not limiting allowing you to specialize, hybridise or do whatever the hell you want. Some of the classes include the street samurai, shaman and decker (hacker) to name a few.
If you enjoyed Xcom and Neverwinter Nights then this might be the title you have been looking for blending these two genres almost seamlessly to create a very unique and rewarding experience.
More fun that a box full of ferretsJoeru | Nov. 14, 2013 | Review of The Binding of Isaac
Binding of Isaac is a roguelike action game, featuring the usual features of randomly generated levels and permadeath. This gives the game a high level of replayability.
The game is a smooth experience with fun combat and interesting puzzles. The art style is gritty and the plot is twisted to say the least.
Fans of roguelikes and action adventure games alike should get their moneys worth out of this title. Depending on your luck and skill you can sink anywhere from 10 mins to an hour or so in a play session and it is always a fun experience.
If you are looking for something unique and a little outside the mold in the roguelike genre I cannot recommend this title enough.
If you own the game and don't already I suggest picking up wrath of the lamb or if you are buying for the first time I suggest picking it up right away.
Onward into the wastesJoeru | May 11, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas DNS
Fallout NV much like its sibling Fallout 3 if an FPS/RPG in which you play the role of a delivery boy in the Navada wastes.
After being left for dead delivering a chip you find youself being nursed back to health in a nearby town.
The story continues and you are off on your way throughout the wastes helping or hindering the populace and slaying mutant creatures left and right.
The gameplay for Fallout is incredible and is much the same as Fallout 3 so if you enjoy Fallout 3 this will bring the same levels of joy.
The graphics are splendid and should last another 3 or 4 years without too much degradation.
One of the biggest highlights of this game is the music, pulled from the early years of the 1920s through to the 1960s you will find some classics which add a great deal to the ambiance of the Nevada wastelands.
The overall gameplay can be slow at times but very rewarding all of the choices you make will affect the story and how it plays it and the way in which people interact with you. This attention to detail gives this title a great deal of replayability.
Overall a fantastic game and well worth every penny, the DLC's also add a great deal to the length of the game and if you haven't played Fallout 3 it is well worth picking up the GOTY edition and if you don't mind some jaded graphics the Orignal Fallout games which can be picked up as a bundle are worth your attention.
Bigger and better than everJoeru | May 11, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 (ANZ)
If you have played Borderlands 1 you know what you are getting yourself in for.
Borderlands 2 is a FPS/RPG with a random gun generation system, the story line is simple and very much like the first you play the role of a vault hunter on Pandora searching for the elusive vault which is full of alien technology.
There are 4 classes in the base game with more available via DLC, The core story line should keep you entertained for roughly 30+ hours if all side quests are done.
This jumps up to 40+ hours with the DLC.
The graphics are a blend of 3D cell shading so the graphic style wont age to much with time due to its artistic nature.
The characters in the game are all hilarious and many of the quests equally so. Many of your old favorites return such as Dr Zed, Claptrap and the original characters from Borderlands 1 play a major role as part of the resistance against the every so amusing villain handsome jack and his diamond butt stallion.
The music fits well into the game and the ambient sounds are just as fitting.
Overall this game has a lot to offer and has a lot of replay ability. The DLC extends this further and with Tiny Tinas new DLC on the horizon it looks to be even better.
I cannot recommend this game enough and if you haven't played Borderlands 1 pick it up first particularly the GOTY edition which includes all the DLC packs.
Psssst Vault HunterJoeru | May 8, 2013 | Review of Borderlands
Borderlands is one of those games that is ticks a lot of the boxes of what is needed to be a truly great game.
Graphically the cell shaded graphics are amazing, the beauty of this style of art is that the graphics never really feel old or outdated which makes this a title that will be playable for years to come.
The story line is a mixture of dark and humorous with loveable characters and amusing foes. You play the role of a vault hunter on Pandora hunting the elusive vault fabled to contain alien treasures. You are guided along by a mysterious girl who appears randomly in your head and a quirky and mildly retarded robot called Claptrap, while the story itself isn't anything amazing the characters and your interactions with them are extremely funny and twisted.
The weapon system is a cool feature with randomly generated weapons allowing for some interesting combinations of stats and designs. You may find yourself wielding a poisonous lightning shot gun or an explosive sniper rifle. In combination with the talent trees you will find the character development a rewarding experience.
The biggest drawback with this game however is the diversity of enemies you engage. You will find yourself tired of killing the same reskinned skags and bandits again and again. If you can get past this fault this is an amazing game and well worth you time and money.
Additionally the DLC add a lot of fun new content and are worth checking out.
KickstarterJoeru | May 4, 2013 | Review of Deus Ex Human Revolution: Tactical Enhancement Pack
A handy kick starter for a new game but I wouldn't advise getting this mod until you have completed the game.
The sniper rifle is the only silenced option and is unfortunate this was not a part of the base game. The shotgun is not bad and the 10,000 credits is handy for getting this rolling early in the game.
This dlc however does not supply any new game play or story content, so if you wish to fork out some cash for a couple of cool guns and some in game currency then pick this up otherwise you might wanna spend your dosh elsewhere.
Pros: Silenced sniper rifle.
Cons: No new story content.
Evolving the genre.Joeru | April 25, 2013 | Review of Luxor Evolved
While marble shooters don't vary too much, a new mode here, new decals there. Luxor Evolved has begun to evolve the genre.
For those unfamiliar with the mechanics of marble shooters they are basically this you have a moving launcher that runs left to right on the bottom of the screen. You fire your marble at either a moving or static target to match the same colour and destroy the matching marbles.
While this is a simple concept Luxor Evolved pushes the boundaries with Pick Ups, Bonus Levels, Power Ups and Even Boss Battles!
The graphics are reminiscent of retro games from the 80s and is a refreshing change from temples and pyramids in previous titles.
The music is decent adds some ambiance to the game but nothing worth writing home about.
This game is a definite must for the casual gaming enthusiast who enjoyed titles such as Zuma or Peggle, this game has evolved the genre and there is no looking back.
Rock n RollJoeru | April 25, 2013 | Review of Brutal Legend
This game takes the absurd and then beats in the face with a guitar, this hack n slash adventure combined the comedic narrative skills of Jack Black and metal music of the rock gods themselves like Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeath, Dragonforce and so on.
The gameplay include two modes aside from the aforementioned hack n slash there is also an RTS element, which unfortunately isn't quite as fun as the hacking and the slashing.
The clean cartoonesque 3D graphic style lends well to Jack's character and everything seems to flow fairly well together.
While this game may not be perfect it is a fun game with a quirky story and really awesome music. Any metal heads out there or people who enjoy a good laugh then this game is for you.
Kid, you're gonna wanna play this.Joeru | April 25, 2013 | Review of Bastion [Playfire]
The love child of indie game developer Supergiant games and their publisher Warner Bros is a beautifully crafted masterpiece, this may seem like flattery but until you step into this beautifully hand painted world you won’t understand the magnificence portrayed by this title. Beautiful artwork aside Bastion has an engaging story which is quite enigmatic with as many twists as a trashy detective novel. A world in ruins a result of the calamity, how did it happen? Can you restore the world to its former glory? The music work is also quite impressive, whilst inconspicuous at times plays an important role, lending to the overall ambiance of the game but also working well into the game play building up and intensifying as the action progresses. The coup de grace however has to be the narration work, the narrator tells the story of “The Kid” detailing everything he does from breaking stuff, to killing monsters, to just standing still. The quality of the voice acting combined with the dynamic narration creates something truly special. Whilst each of these features are great in its own right, the way in which these elements are executed together is what makes this title a real masterpiece. As with everything in life nothing is perfect and Bastion for all its style and flair does have some faults. First and foremost would be the range of enemies, this is the same problem I have with the Borderlands series and it is the lack of variety of enemies, re-skinning a model or changing its size is not good enough and this laziness is no longer acceptable. Secondly the skill set is pretty dry, whilst there are quite a few options here, many of the skills feel useless and you will end up using the same handful of spells throughout the game. Lastly is the Bastion itself, I felt this was a great concept that worked well in many respects however the execution seemed a little lack-luster. Seemed like a lot of work for such little reward, they made the world so beautiful but the area in which you spend the most time is mediocre at best.
Rocket Ride of EmotionsJoeru | April 25, 2013 | Review of To The Moon [Playfire]
It is hard to think a game like this could elicit the emotions response that it does. The story will make you smile, laugh and cry all the while purveying a beautiful narrative. The game itself is very story driven with some RPG and Adventure elements, nothing too complex but that's not what this game is all about.
The sound track is amazing and the art style bring me back to my youth. If you enjoy a rocket ride of emotions packed into an engaging story then this title is for you.