Reviews by KenpoJuJitsu3

85

An excellent game with one fairly big issue.

KenpoJuJitsu3 | Aug. 16, 2012 | Review of Darksiders II

This game is simply a joy to play. It runs well, it has a fantastic art direction, the controls are spot on and the game mechanics well done. This, just like Darksiders 1, is a combination of Zelda gameplay and God of War gameplay. However Darksiders 2 adds in an open world with an excellent fast travel system, skill trees that would be at home in an decent RPG, upgradeable weapons and a loot system reminiscent of the Diablos and Torchlights. As a game Darksiders succeeds.

So what's the issue? The PC port at launch is severely lacking in the customization department. The promised graphical configuration settings specific to PC were left out of the game and some of the remapping of controls needs work as well. There's also the issue of some of onscreen controls being wrong as well. These technical issues hold the game up from being an exemplary PC game. As it stands it is an excellent game held back by being a bare bones console port without the PC specific options many PC gamers are accustomed to having.

90

A Masterpiece, plain and simple.

KenpoJuJitsu3 | Aug. 15, 2012 | Review of Sleeping Dogs Digital Edition

This game is, so far, my top sleeper (get it) hit of the year. United Front Games doesn't exactly have a lengthy pedigree of making games in this genre or any genre. Tack on to that the fact that this game was in development longer than was initially planned and it was cancelled by it's initial publisher. This had all the signs of being a disaster.

And guess what? United Front made one of the better games of the year. This game looks great, sounds great and plays great. It borrows HEAVILY from other games but it does it well and makes those borrowed elements fresh. The story is interesting as are the characters and the voice work to sell the story is top notch.

There were fears of this game being a weak console port. Rest assured, it's not. The game runs great and has all of the options PC gamers need. Fully customizable video options, custiomizable controls, support for keyboard & mouse as well as gamepad with the ability to switch back and forth on fly (and the onscreen icons switch on the fly as well, how many games do that?!), and a built in benchmarking tool. This game is simply great.

It falls just short of receiving the highest mark I give out (95) for three reasons. 1) Some of the texture work is noticeablly inconsistent despite using the high def texture pack, 2) the framerate dips at times which shouldn't be happening on my rig (never dips below 40, but going from 80+ to 40 is noticeable) and 3) they claimed to have enhanced performance for crossfire but in my case it's been the opposite. I get better performance from single card mode.

Yes, those are nitpicks, but I have to minimize how many 95's I give out. Buy. This. Game. It's well optimized and it's a blast.

90

Worthy of the name Deus Ex.

KenpoJuJitsu3 | Aug. 14, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition

This game is simply excellent. The gameplay is spot on. The controls are spot on. The audio is great. The story and characters are interesting. The visuals are quality and consistent. The performance is excellent and it has the options PC gamers are accustomed to while also being gamepad friendly for those so inclined.

Being another game to bear the Deus Ex name (one of the best games of all time) there was a lot of pressure on this game to deliver. It delivered, and continues to deliver. I'd have scored the game higher if not for one glaring issue. Boss battles. This games has some pretty standard boss battles that are at odds with the glorious open freedom of playstyle that the rest of the game not only allows but openly encourages.

80

A unique zombie experience that shouldn't be missed.

KenpoJuJitsu3 | Aug. 14, 2012 | Review of Dead Island

Dead Island caught me by surprise. I had seen the trailers and read up on it a bit but it didn't really strike me as something I'd be dying to play (puns intended). Then my co-op gaming partner (my cousin) told me to buy a copy after he did because he wanted to play it together. We've been gaming together for nearly 30 years so what he buys (for co-op) I buy. So I bought it...reluctantly.

I. Was. So. Wrong. This game is so fun and so different from any zombie game I had ever played and have ever played to date. The game does have some technical issues with the consistency of the visuals but the gameplay and the controls are spot on and there is plenty of content to enjoy. The audio is decent as well.

This game was a surprise for me. I came in expecting to be disappointed but left feeling that it was worth far more than I paid for it.

95

The best Batman game ever made...

KenpoJuJitsu3 | Aug. 14, 2012 | Review of Batman: Arkham City

...and possibly the best comic book based game I've ever played in 26 years of gaming. Everything about this game is top notch. Visual presentation, audio presentation, cast of characters, voice talent, gameplay mechanics, controls...everything.

This game is fun, it uses the licensed material very well, there is a ton of content and there is plenty of replay value as well.

This game gets my highest recommendation for not only being a top notch game but for also exceeding my expectations. I'll be looking forward to more games from Rocksteady, they've earned a place on my short list of trusted developers.