Reviews by KalGoran

80

Pretty fun game with a great story

KalGoran | March 16, 2014 | Review of ENSLAVED™: Odyssey to the West™ Premium Edition (NA)

Enslaved is a game where the action takes a back seat to the story. It's got pretty fun combat and platforming, but without the enjoyable story and really good voice acting and facial capture for the two main characters (the playable character, Monkey, is performed by Andy Serkis, best known for his role as Gollum) in one of the most mysterious, interesting, and beautiful post-apocalyptic worlds I've seen in gaming.

90

Good Luck, Commander

KalGoran | Jan. 4, 2014 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (NA)

XCOM Enemy Unknown, the reboot of the classic XCOM franchise, is the multi-layered cake of strategy games, and to continue my silly cake analogy, it is absolutely delicious.

The most obvious layer is the squad command--you control squads of 4-6 soldiers in a variety of mission types against various aliens, using each classes strengths and abilities to create the most effect counter-extraterrestrial force you can. It won't be easy though--aliens outnumber, and while the races you initially face are relatively simple and weak, they grow increasingly devious and powerful with time, forcing you to react accordingly.

Because if you don't, your soldiers will die. And they aren't coming back. Even if they're only wounded, you lose them for several in game days, which may mean your best assault trooper is in the hospital with your best heavy when a terror mission strikes (you'll have to experience those for yourself). Since you can name and customize your soldiers, in addition to leveling them up, any casualties you take hurt.

Above that, is a metagame of research, development, and base building--if you don't chose where to focus your money and resources, you won't be prepared when the going gets tough, because you can't do everything. You don't have the resources, and you definitely don't have the time. Chose wisely, or you risk failure in your missions, no matter how good your field strategy.

And failure has consequences, because panic is spreading across the globe, and for every mission you fail--or every country you neglect in favor of another--will further creep towards chaos, and ultimately drop their support of XCOM. Lose too many countries, and you lose the game.

It's a wonderful balancing act that is very satisfying to get right. Especially because of how often you may get it wrong.

95

Just buy it now

KalGoran | Dec. 27, 2013 | Review of Bastion

Bastion is one of the games on my person list of standout games in recent years. With a beautiful and unique visual style, an excellent and involving story, fantastic music and the beloved narrator, it is a real gem of a title.

There are "moral choices" though I say that with a caveat--there are only two, both at the end of the game, and they aren't "moral" in the sense of right and wrong. Both possibilities in each choice can probably have equally strong arguments, they simply give you a choice on what you want to do, and they're surprisingly impactful.

The gameplay, while not necessarily unique or revolutionary, is fast paced, moderately challenging, and fun. There is a solid selection of very unique weapons that are fully upgradeable, letting you experiment and create very different play styles.

The visuals never disappoint, the music is just beautiful, and the narrator is awesome--a great voice that really brings you into the experience, and very well written. It's a great hook for an already great game. Buy this now, if it appeals to you at all, and you won't regret it.

85

Great game, better with mods

KalGoran | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas

New Vegas is set in a cool, almost Western or frontier feeling environment. It has a solid main story that is very open ended, giving you a variety of ways role play the major events, while also giving you small quests and jobs to further immerse yourself in the world. Gameplay is largely similar to Fallout 3, meaning some reliance on VATS and some awkward first person shooting, but the RPG elements give you more freedom to decide how to play.

The New Vegas Nexus has tons of great mods that will further add content and immersion, and should absolutely be visited if you pick up this great game.