Reviews by MechaYakuza
One LOTR game to rule them allMechaYakuza | Oct. 2, 2014 | Review of Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™
Before the reviews started spilling out for this game I was cautiously optimistic. LOTR tie-in games aren't usually of the highest standard. But after I started seeing perfect 10s and 100s online for it I knew it must be something special. And it really is. The comparison to the Assassin's Creed series and the Arkham series are valid. It has similar 'free-flow' combat that is extremely parry and counter oriented like those games. It has third-person parkour and platforming. It has look-out towers to capture to expand the map and show new quests and objects. And it even has an 'assassin/ detective' vision mode to show hidden items and expose enemies. So with all these similarities it could be easy to write this off as a derivative, licensed, cash-in. Except for one thing: It may actually be better than the two series it borrows so much from. It perfects almost every idea it borrows while bringing surprisingly polished new ideas to the open-world table. The coolest and most touted being the 'Nemesis' system where Mordor's randomly generated captains evolve and level-up based on your decisions, victories, and failures. Triple A production values and beautifully optimized for PC. Very highly recomended.
Starbreeze did it better, but still enjoyableMechaYakuza | Feb. 4, 2014 | Review of The Darkness II
Following up Starbreeze's dark, funny, emotional cult hit we have a dark, vulgar, cel-shaded arcadey shooter. While it is very fun it lacks the emotional punches and ultra realistic characters and environments that really made the original come alive. While the original was extreme at times, it felt true to the source material and had moments that really affected me emotionally. In The Darkness 2 it feels very immature at times and just vulgar for the sake of being shocking. It is like a slasher flick to the originals Scorsese film. If you just want to enjoy the super-fun demon tentacle mechanics it can be really fun at times. But it is a far cry from the original.
Ninja Theory delivers yet again!!MechaYakuza | Feb. 4, 2014 | Review of DmC: Devil May Cry
Developer Ninja Theory has a special place in my heart after the two amazing story driven action games they made with master mo-cap actor Andy Serkis, Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Journey to the West. I had played each Devil May Cry title but they had never really wowed me the way they had others during the PS2 era. So going into this as a Ninja Theory fan and not a Devil May Cry fan definitely gave me different expectations than some players. I wanted an amazing story with amazing mo-caped cutscenes, and I wanted fun combat and platforming. They delivered in spades in all areas. While I can't say if DmC lives up to the legacy of Dantes earlier adventures, I can say that I personally found this latest outing to be far more enjoyable than the last four games. No frustrating puzzles, the world didn't feel strangely empty and the story was far more compelling. Just a really fun (and darkly funny) cinematic action game.
The fruition of the ideas in Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe!MechaYakuza | Feb. 4, 2014 | Review of Injustice: Gods Among Us - Ultimate Edition (NA)
Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe was a cool idea but it was missing something. Maybe it was the bright primary color pallet from Mortal Kombat that oddly felt strange mixed with the DC characters. Or maybe it was the really bad story that forced these two worlds together. Or the lack of any real character progression. But with Injustice, NetherRelm follows up the amazing MK reboot and jumps feet first into a true DC fighter that I feel rivals Marvel VS Capcom for the super hero fighting crown. The story, the RPG-light level system, the art direction, the amount of unlockables, and the insane Super moves that look like an old-school Final Fantasy summon cinema, make this a must play for any fighting game fan.
Twin Peaks The GameMechaYakuza | Nov. 26, 2013 | Review of Alan Wake
If you have an unhealthy love of David Lynch's Twin Peaks TV show from the early 90's like I do, please stop reading this and buy Alan Wake already!!!! Where Deadly Premonition was like a low budget take on Twin Peaks, Alan Wake is a big budget summer block-buster re-make! For the uninitiated this a cross between an H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King horror story taking place in the forests of the north-west. Told in episodic nature with "previously on Alan Wake" and end credits every couple hours (similar to the tragic Alone In The Dark reboot). Its not all horror, its not all action, its not easy, and its not cookie-cutter (which apparently got this game many enemies) but it is ALL atmosphere and ALL story. If that sounds cool to you, please join me and it legions of die hard fans in one the most amazingly realized video game worlds.
The best Lego game yet!MechaYakuza | Nov. 26, 2013 | Review of LEGO Marvel Superheroes (NA)
I have played each and every Lego game with my son since the first Lego Star Wars. And this is hands down the best one yet! The graphics are finally starting to look more modern and less "slightly-better-than-PS2". And the diversity of characters to choose from goes beyond their looks but actually lets you fly anywhere as Iron Man, or destroy everything in your path as Hulk, or go completely invisible to sneak behind enemies as Black Widow. And I think not having a specific movie plot to stay with has really let TT Games go crazy with the story and really delve deep into the Marvel Comics universe. If you have found any entertainment in the earlier Lego games, or have never tried them because they look to childish, do yourself a favor and give this one a try.