Reviews by Johnnsen
A great online RPG with tons of contentsJohnnsen | Aug. 24, 2011 | Review of Guild Wars Trilogy
Now Guild Wars is a classic in the MMO space. It has been going on since 2005. The major difference to other MMOs is it that it does need subscription fees. You pay for the game once, and play online for free. The game features a lot of quests, many varied environments and of course different classes.The core professions being Monk, Necromancer, Elementalist, Warrior and Mesmer. The expansion pack Guild Wars: Factions introduces 2 more classes, namely Ritualist and Assassin. The game also features MMO must-haves like guilds, PVP, player trading and season specific events. If you are interested in a quality MMO for a low price, this is the way to go. It will also prepare you for the upcoming Guild Wars 2, and lets you unlock bonus items and pets in Guild Wars 2 by completing challenges.
Disappointing if you expect a proper Gothic gameJohnnsen | Aug. 24, 2011 | Review of ArcaniA: Gothic 4
The graphics are really nice, I give it that. But sadly the aspects that made Gothic great have been scaled down: Open world and discovery. The levels are narrow and restricted, not a vast open world to travel like in the others. There is not much deciding going on, the choices are limited and it feels pretty linear. I recommend you check out Two Worlds 2 here on Greenmangaming instead. It delivers the actual Gothic feeling better than this game.
Solid, but doesn't reach its potentialJohnnsen | Aug. 24, 2011 | Review of Worms Reloaded
This game is what you would expect. A modern worms, that still feels classic. The online mode is a little barebones and could have been executed way better, especially at launch. It works alright though. There is great fun to be had when you play with other people, especially when you are 3 or 4 players. The graphics are nice and feature new effects, and the mac version is a welcome addition. If you love Worms, this is a good game, even if its a little flawed.
Fantastic, great mod community that extends the gameJohnnsen | Aug. 24, 2011 | Review of Mount & Blade: Warband DNS
Mount and Blade: Warband is an excellent upgrade to its predecessor, and features an engaging campaign that will easily occupy you for 20 or 30+ hours on one playthrough, depending on what you choose to do. The replay potential is huge, and its basically open ended. It features huge battles in vast, open landscapes like deserts, fields, valleys and forests. The huge amount of mods out there extend the game a lot. Especially multiplayer gains from the mods, as there are brilliant multiplayer additions out there. My favorite being C-RPG, featuring an persistent experience where you level up your character and buy new gear from gold gained from playing online and winning battles on servers with 100+ players. Another great one is Vikingr. A game easy to recommend for people who like medieval settings and warfare.
A fantastic followup to one of the greatest RPGs of all timeJohnnsen | Aug. 23, 2011 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution
This game nails it all. Graphics, atmosphere, detail, gameplay. The voice acting is mostly great, and the attention to detail is astonishing. It offers just as much, if not more, choice as the original game. The freedom that is given to you when deciding how to do things is incredible and will make for a lot of replay value. Go stealth and kill everyone silently. Go stealth and kill NOBODY! Go guns blazing and make it an action game. Or do a mixture of styles to go your own way. The augmentations you can unlock along the way will help you forge the path you want to take, as they are specifically useful for different playstyles. The eastereggs deserve a mention as well, you should keep your eyes peeled for fun things to discover, for references to games and movies, as well as internet culture. So far, this is my game of the year, and if are interested, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Great graphics, great music and engaging co-opJohnnsen | Aug. 23, 2011 | Review of Trine
Another great co-op game that you shouldn't pass up for the price. The graphics and music do a great job in creating the fairy-tale like atmosphere, and the dialogue features quite some humor. If you play through this with a friend you will need to work together to solve the riddles and physics puzzles, and to defeat the enemies that in your way. Its also a great setup for some hilarious situations when you try to help out your friend and go wrong. It also lets you switch character classes on the fly which is a very welcome addition, because every character class is uniquely useful.
Best played co-opJohnnsen | Aug. 23, 2011 | Review of Borderlands
Now after a few patches after a messy launch, that was troubled with terrible console UI, completely messed up surround sound and, for some people, motion sickness inducing Field Of View that you couldn't change, whats left is a fun game. The core game is fun, the weapon mechanics interesting and the co-op works well, although it uses gamespy which is a little inconvenient. The environments are fairly varied, but it all feels a bit empty and sterile, with the only things around being enemies, the only moving stuff in the levels are windmills in the distant, and the questgivers and NPCs not moving around in towns. Those are nitpicks though, and it still is a great action RPG in shooter form. If you want some fun, especially with friends, you should pick this up. It also has some DLC expansions that give you more to do. The second part will come out in 2012.
The ultimate epilepsy testJohnnsen | Aug. 23, 2011 | Review of Beat Hazard
Beat Hazard was already good. Now with the update that accompanied the Ultra DLC it is even better. A more distinct look, better contrast, more effects, more enemies and boss types. A recent update brought support for Last.fm scrobbling, and the cheap Ultra DLC adds online multiplayer to the local multiplayer the basegame offers. It works with controllers as well, and automatically switches to Xbox 360 button graphics when you hook up a wired or wireless 360 controller. Local co-op or head to head on the songs you like is loads of fun, and if you like music driven games and space shooters, or just music and fun games, you should give this game a go, especially for this price.
A fun game hides behind bugs and unpolished gameplayJohnnsen | Aug. 20, 2011 | Review of NecroVisioN: Lost Company Cap
Now, this game is a lot like Painkiller. The biggest problem are the bugs, and also some crude level design that leaves you lost at points. If you can look past this, you will have a nice, brainless shoot-everything-that-moves game which reminds you of the classic painkiller experience. It has some fun finishing moves, and the atmosphere is good at parts. For the price its worth a try. If you want the classic experience, go for Painkiller (The standard one) instead.
This is what Gothic 4 should have been.Johnnsen | Aug. 20, 2011 | Review of Two Worlds II
Amazing magic system that lets you combine spell modifiers and spell cards to create your own magic spells. A big, open world with lots of quests and lots of loot. It improved upon the first game tremendously. Its not to be compared really. You can travel by foot, horse, boat and teleport. If you haven't checked it out yet and are a fan of Euro RPGs like Gothic or Risen, you need to have this in your collection.
The voice acting is a bit spotty, but the fun quests make more than up for it. I hope Two Worlds 3 which is rumored to hit in 2012 will expand on this in a meaningful fashion.
Friendly fire? Yes please!Johnnsen | Aug. 20, 2011 | Review of Magicka
Magicka is a special game. The magic (k) system it features is unique, and lets you weave your own spells by combining different elements. Combine fire and rock and a projectile element, and throw lava rocks. Combine an Area-of-effect element with water and frost, and create an ice blast. But be careful, as "friendly-fire" is permanently on, which means your spells will affect your comrades. Accidentally (or on purpose) hitting your friends adds a lot to the fun.
This game is best enjoyed in co-op, either offline on the same PC, or online with friends or strangers. There is the whole campaign for you to be enjoyed in co-op, and and also PVP and challenge maps.
Excellent Open World MayhemJohnnsen | Aug. 20, 2011 | Review of Just Cause 2
Lets get the bad out of the way: The voice acting is pretty terrible, and the controls can feel a bit floaty. That's about it.
Now for the good: The world is HUGE while not being boring, and the graphics are beautiful. It's one of those games were you can spend hours just driving/flying around, causing havoc, experimenting with the world and have fun. The driving physics are MUCH improved from the first game, and taking the vehicles offroad is loads of fun. There are cars, planes, helicopters, boats, motorcycles, quads, military jets for you to take for a spin. Another highlight is: Everything you can see, you can visit. See that huge mountain on the horizon? Go and climb it. Then request a helicopter to drop a sports car on the top of the mountain, and ride it off the cliff. Before you hit the ground you jump out and glide to safety with your parachute.
Best open world game in a while, and loads of fun with tremendous value for money.