Reviews by Lingwisyer

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Time Swindler

Lingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | Review of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

MW2 is a game that I'd recommend to almost any FPS player. Among PC shooters the MW trilogy has got to have the most interesting story out there. The story is immersive with crisp dialogue and controls are responsive. The sound palette is solid with weapons having a nice punch, except for nades which are sadly disappointing. The graphics are decent but are nothing to be amazed about. In terms of graphical options there are very few.

MW2 also handed us 69 brilliant coop missions ranging from a reverse of CoD4s "Ghille in the Mist" to supporting our buddy on the ground in an AC130. The missions were sharp and challenging enough to hook you in. Using a voice com while playing makes it that much more exciting.

For multiplayer, the game uses peer to peer hosting which often results in complaints over latency which in turn can ruin a game. With your general FPS you'd be looking at pings of <100, often <75. Here you'd be lucky if you find a host were everyone is <150 ping. Still, multiplayer plays smoothly and is addictive. There's a great variety of maps ranging from the radio active wastelands of Chernobyl to the ramshack mess of the Favelas, and even to some familiar maps from CoD4. There is also a create a class system that allows you to mixing up a large variety of weapons and perks letting you play how you want to play. With the release of MW3 finding a good game is substantially harder, more so if you prefer playing game modes other than the standard team deathmatch.

The main downside to this game is that it feels like a console port given the host system and the lack of graphics options. Given the number of ways to complete the campaign and the spec ops missions and the multitude of achievements to unlock, there is plenty of replayability in this game even without the multiplayer.

65

Assassins Creed 2.75

Lingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | Review of Assassins Creed Revelations

If you haven't already spent hundreds of hours in the previous games but are still up to date with the story then you could find the new features in this game sufficient. As this reviews title says, Assassins Creed Revelations is yet another "Expansion" to AC2. Gameplay wise the game has barely changed from AC:B. Revelations introduces the use of bombs and an improved version of the hidden blade, the hook blade. The bombs add a little bit of variety to the game with the player being able to distract, kill or impair enemies with a small variety of effects from smoke screen to blood splatter, poison to explosive. The hook blade adds even less to the game than the bombs. It's main use is in free running. It can be used to vault enemies, glide along zip lines and extend your reach ever so slightly. Vaulting is rarely done unless you want to risk running into crowds that you can't effectively vault over and the reach change is barely noticeable. The zip lines are nice but they're few and inbetween. The spring boards scattered around AC2 were much more satisfying. The colour palette is dull and the is music dreary. After the first few hours I only continued playing for the story which is interesting to an extent.

91

Assassins Creed 2.5

Lingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | Review of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Deluxe Edition

Assassins Creed Brotherhood is less a sequel than a really big expansion. This game trades story for combat with less compelling story compaired to AC2 compensated by extremely fluid combat. The killstreak mechanic makes you feel ever so much more deadly with the ability to chain together kills instead of it feeling almost like a new fight. A change from the previous games is that the whole game takes place in a single city, that being Rome. That being said the city is varied with is Royalty class zone, Banking sector, Middle class and almost country like areas which all look stunning. Familiar monuments can also be found scattered throughout the city.

98

Best of the Series

Lingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | Review of Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition

I'd have to say that AC2 is the best AC game so far. It's got a compelling story, polished combat system with a decent array of weapons, well detailed cities of Renaissance Italy and a beautiful musical score. Whether your playing for the free running, the story or the freedom to cause what ever trouble you so wish to create, this game will entertain you for days.

70

Potential

Lingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | Review of Assassins Creed

This game has much potential. The story is great and the free running fluid (generally) but the combat is repetitive and some of the tasks boring (investigations). This game really shines with how it looks, the atmosphere in the cities and the fluidity of the movement through these cities. The music the flows around you as you almost seem to glide from building to building is amazing. I'd recommend that you play Assassins Creed 2 and only play this if you really want the background.

90

Shooter come RPG

Lingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | Review of Borderlands

Diablo meets UT! Well... the looting from Diablo meets the weapon mechanics from UT. This game is about the loot, not so much about the story. The colour palate isn't great but the art style together with the dialogue of both the enemies and the friendly npcs can be quite humorous. The ability to drop in, drop out of someones game and keep anything that you find (as long as a checkpoint is reached) is great and I think more games that have singleplayer coop need to have it this way.

The DLCs, not including Moxxis Underdome, are well worth the money spent opening up vast new areas with multitudes of new quests and a bazillion more new guns, which is insane as there were already a bazillion guns to begin with, though the names aren't that creative. If you're going to get the DLCs I suggest that you dl the "DLC Fast Travel Hub" which can be found on the Gearbox forums as it saves a lot of time getting from A to B.

80

Interesting Mix

Lingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | Review of Sanctum

I jumped at this game soon after it came out on steam. I've enjoyed many different TD games and I'm a fan on FPS games so seeing a fusion of the two I thought, why not. One thing I love about this game is the fact that you get to build your own maze, but you are soon knocked on the head by the fact that there are two creep types at can fly straight over it... though the variety of towers available at your disposal is adequate to over come this still dilemma. The weapons that are available to you mix up the gameplay a bit as you could see yourself as a moveable, variable tower so you've got to question yourself about which weapon you should use and which creeps should you target. Overall, the game works and for it's price, it's great.

This game is best played coop for a couple of hours every now and again as it can get a bit repetitive.

90

Great RPG

Lingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

From an average security specialist to a cutting edge cyborg, this game will draw you in with it's ethics bending story, crisp sounds and multitude of possibilities. Though the graphics aren't the best, the locations still look great and there are few animation bugs.The skills are relatively balanced, which is a nice change from many other rpgs (this is probably due to the fact that all but one of the skills aren't actually offensive skills), though the weapons aren't quite as balanced (stats + pack space requirement). The AI is average and the boss fights are a tad bit arm bending in the sense that they favour gun play. It would have been nice to see more people in the varied locations but this isn't too noticeable if you restrain your wondering.

My one problem with this game, though small, is that you can't kill anyone in the tutorial in order obtain the Pacifist achievement (didn't realise that the tutorial was included under this achievement)...