Reviews by Kiwislash
The game is good, but...Kiwislash | Aug. 14, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider
I tried this game after hearing good reviews from several friends. Having never played any tomb raider game before, I was surprised at how decent it seemed.
Things I liked about the game were: - Nice graphics. - Nice cinematics - Fun weapons. - Good game-play.
Flaws with the game - Poor character development. Only one character made any impact on me, and that was solely because he annoyed me. - Story was fairly weak. - Puzzles were very simplistic. - Game was quite short. - Multiplayer was fun, but seems to have a lack of players. Was often difficult to find a game, and when you did, teams were usually terribly imbalanced.
Overall, it was still a surprisingly good game.
Favorite Dawn of War gameKiwislash | July 4, 2013 | Review of Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade
Dark crusade boasts an impressive seven awesome races, and yet each maintains their own sense of uniqueness.
The two new races this game introduces are great. First, you have the Necrons, a race of genocidal war machines bent on destroying all life. Their units tend to be extremely slow but powerful, and if you're lucky, sometimes they even revive upon their death.
The Tau, on the other hand, have reasonably weak, but long ranged units. As such they rely heavily upon tactics, and have units with the appropriate tools (such as stealth suits, or jetpacks) that promote such an approach.
The other races are fun as well, but to use them in multiplayer, you must own the previous games that they were introduced in. As such, I also recommend the original Dawn of War, and Dawn of War: Winter Assault to complement this game.
Favorite Rpg everKiwislash | July 4, 2013 | Review of FINAL FANTASY VII
This game is awesome. Great characters, and a good plot with a variety of nice music that really helps set the atmosphere.
Though, the customization and choices are my favorite part. - The decisions on which characters to use at any given time, can be as simple as a matter of preference, or more tactical (e.g. these limit breaks will be most useful here). -Item choice. Do you go for items with the highest stats, or with linked materia slots, or lower stats but nice bonuses (e.g. absorb fire, or triple materia growth). -The possibilities with materia are awesome. Any character can be any role. You can go pure melee, pure magic (with a range of spells, or just a single spell with a ton of bonuses), a summoner, or just combine a little of everything.
The only possible negative thing I can say about this game is that the graphics are rather old, but you expect that much when you buy such an old game. It's easy to overlook this, due to everything else that is just right about this game.
Enjoyable but...Kiwislash | July 3, 2013 | Review of Dead Island Riptide
I enjoyed the game, but to be honest, it doesn't really add that much that the first game was lacking.
The four original characters still exist (and can be imported from your dead island saves) and one new character has been added. A fist weapon specialist. It was the first character I tried for this game, since I was curious. It's quite a different feel relying on close range weapons (I usually prefer mid-range) but it was interesting.
There were only two new types of zombies added, and the plot is much the same. They did add a few areas where you could get swarmed that were quite fun.
As I said, I enjoyed the game, but that's because it's much the same as the first game which I also enjoyed. Others may or may not appreciate how little was changed.
More Mafia funKiwislash | July 3, 2013 | Review of Mafia II
Mafia 2 is a great game, though a little bit short. There's a reasonable variety of weapons that are fun to play with. My personal favorite was one of the pistols, solely due it's accuracy (made head shots a lot easier), but every so often, I'd let loose with the shotguns, or machine guns. There's just something satisfying about using a machine gun while wearing a classy suit.
The music is era-specific (and while most of it wasn't really to my taste, it did add to the atmosphere), as are the cars. The cars were great. Some of them have terrible handling, but that just adds an element of challenge to the game. It's also quite fun seeing just how fast you can try to get them going, though it often leads to a fatal car crash...
Great gameKiwislash | July 3, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 (ANZ)
If you liked the first game, then chances are you'll like this just as much.
Comes with four characters, with an additional two available for purchase. The original four are somewhat reminiscent of the first game, though there are some interesting differences. For example, the siren's new 'phaselock' ability that is great for crowd control, or the assassin's melee spec. The two purchasable characters are nice additions if you have the spare money to spend.
The game's plot was decent, especially for a FPS game, and there are plenty of side-quests as well, some of which have very nice rewards. Though for the most part, loot is where you'll get most of the gear that you need. Luckily for you, there's a ton of it.