Reviews by Kezzz

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So Glad This Made Its Way To PC

Kezzz | Nov. 13, 2013 | Review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition

I'm not sure what all the fuss is about with this game being visually poor. Sure PC gamers knew that this was a console port so I beg to differ why they expect the game to look better apart from the resolution to their console counterpart. The game itself runs very well on PC and now putting that aside, the story and chapter narratives from Sir Patrick Stewart come hand in hand. A great blend like fine bourbon, it really captures the quest of Gabriel and his struggles through the campaign. The combat does feel a bit static at times but what is to complain about? This game was released a while ago and games nowadays have had engine upgrades, better animations and visuals. It had been a while since I last picked up my PS3 version and played the game and it felt good to receive the same experience not better or worse on my PC. A must buy for those who enjoyed the game on console and this particular installment of Castlevania. I know some players had an "on the fence" opinion about them.

90

Great Comeback For Sam Fisher!

Kezzz | Nov. 13, 2013 | Review of Tom Clancys Splinter Cell Blacklist

I was a bit skeptical about this release after seeing it being demoed at E3. It felt like it looked and played a little too much like Conviction which was frankly nothing to do with what Splinter Cell was. However Ubisoft proved me wrong and they could have possibly listened to the Splinter Cell fans this time round. It has that modern, casual conviction feel mixed with the good old Sam Fisher Splinter Cell Chaos Theory gameplay. Some of the levels are brilliantly designed and the story mode alone is massive. Graphically it is very stunning, just the opening scene got my eyes wanting more. Stealth is definitely back to its roots with this franchise and none of this hero rubbish that we saw in the last installment. The characters have some "heat" between each other (Grim/Fisher) but they work well together during the campaign. I do like how characters have specific unlocks that can help upgrade weapons, their plane, medical/armor and much more. One big gripe that isn't specifically about the game is the fact that it uses Uplay. I hate that client and just wish it was for Steam. So much DRM and hassle. But don't let that stop you from buying the game.

85

Same Great Superhero, Just Didn't Live Up To The Hype...

Kezzz | Nov. 13, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

As many others have said, it would have been difficult to overcome the benchmark that Arkham City set for Batman. I still play the game now because Rocksteady nailed the combat, story and visuals. Arkham Origins on the other hand delivers the same Batman will all love. The combat and visuals are top notch but whoever wrote the story left the plot as a whole feeling a little subdued and I suspect that (I know I will) many will forget the main story. The whole emphasis on several assassins coming to kill Batman was tame as the story mainly revolved around Bane and The Joker. A lot of the "other" assassins appear as separate side quests which could have been epic in the main plot should they have been included. Characters such as Deathstroke and the abysmal Electrocutioner fight were too short and I expected more in terms of boss battles given what we saw in City with Solomun Grundy, Clayface etc. However reviewing those points, the positives that WB games have managed to achieve is how well the game runs on PC. I do remember how poorly at launch Arkham City ran and Origins does a very good job at creating Gotham with a steady framerate especially when visual extras such as PhysX is running. My only gripe with the open world is that it felt empty. There were no other NPCs to interact with other than the thugs/police that were scattered across the map. A disappointment really when civilians running in panic or the odd populated area would have been nice to see in a rather quiet Gotham. All in all a great game to add to the Arkham franchise. Just did not live to the hype to surpass the better, Arkham City.