Reviews by Knurek

95

Amazing open world title

Knurek | March 13, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Limited Edition

Wei Shen is a man on the mission. He is tasked with infiltrating one of Hong Kong's major Triads, and it is paramount for him to do so as soon as poss... Ooh, lookie, a karaoke bar. Ooh, and some back-alley thugs to beat up on. And some illegal racers to compete against. Or how about playing some poker instead? The point is, the game is amazing. There are tons of things to do in it, both story related and side missions, and pretty much all of them are fun. The fight system is nothing short of amazing, driving is better than in many 'proper' racing games, and shoot-outs (no matter how infrequent) evoke all those great John Woo Hong-Kong movies. Game looks and sounds great as well, minor technological issues aside (alt-tabbing out of the game loses VSync for me). Highly recommended to just about anyone.

70

I get the feeling I'm not on the same page as the developers

Knurek | March 11, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition

Yes, Assassin's Creed 2 is a massive improvement compared to the first game. Yes, the amount of detail put into cities depicted in the game is breathtaking. And yes, Jesper Kyd's score is amazing.

But still, I get the feeling I'm not really playing the game the way it was intended. I had way more fun with tower climbing, treasure hunting, side missions, and the whole 'renovating your base' aspects of the game than with the main story line.

I can't say that the game was great... It just, I don't know, left me wanting for more. You see, I find it rather weird for a game called Assassin's Creed, to have the actual assassinations just not that much fun.

Oh well, can't have the game being perfect, right? It still needs to have room for growth for the sequel. Still, it was fun while it lasted. Just don't go in expecting a good assassin's simulator - you might be a bit disappointed.

85

Solid improvement over AC2

Knurek | March 9, 2013 | Review of Assassins Creed Brotherhood

I must say, Assassin's Creed 2 surprised me a bit by how, well, good it was. Brotherhood, being direct story sequel to that game, takes the general framework and adds a lot of polish.

No more blindly searching for collectibles - you can buy maps for just about everything you can find if you want to.

The battle system got some much needed improvements, most important of which is the ability to call a squad of CPU controlled assassins. Which removes a lot of tedium from the game, and quite frankly, never gets old.

Missions are more varied, with some setpieces being honestly brilliant, and there's quite a lot of side stuff to do as well.

Yes, the story is still borderline stupid, economy in the game is beyond broken (you max out your gold around 2/3rds of the game), Desmond sections are still not that fun (and there's a lot more of them this time) and the last two or three missions are simply not fun but the whole thing is (almost) constantly a pleasure to play.

If you played AC2 and liked it, get this one as well. You won't be disappointed.

95

Great deconstruction of the military shooter genre

Knurek | March 8, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line dns

Also, a good game on its own.

Yes, the story can be said to be based on Apocalypse Now. But then, Apocalypse Now was based on Heart of Darkness. Nobody had any qualms about that, had they?

The game's story really gives you food for thought, when all is said and done. But fair warning, do try to come to the game unspoiled. It's not a new game, so spoilers are freely available everywhere, and the game loses a lot when you know what will happen to the characters.

Also, for an Unreal Engine 3 game, it looks simply marvelous. The art direction is wonderful, sand is given almost all the colors of the rainbow in the game. Great music too, totally fitting the game's tone on all notes (pun intended).

It's not the longest game out there, I have managed to beat the main campaign on Normal difficulty in about 6-7 hours. Honestly, though, I had fun constantly during that time, which I think is much fairer deal than 30 hours of filler many other shooter games tend to add.

Overall, two thumbs up. Highly recommended to everyone looking for something more sophisticated than the newest Call of Duty.

90

Cover-based shooting ain't so bad

Knurek | March 7, 2013 | Review of Binary Domain

Had a blast with this one, totally worth the price of admission.

The shooting is nicely realized, weapons feel quite good while going off, and shooting off parts of the robots never gets old. Graphics were very nice, very nice visual design overall. Framerate was almost rock solid, some slowdowns during the second chapter boss fight.

It certainly is quite story heavy, so take note if you have any problems with such games. Story itself is quite nice with that 90's anime OAV feel.