Reviews by Min0rThreat
Mediocre game with some potentialMin0rThreat | Sept. 2, 2011 | Review of Far Cry 2
Ill start off saying, this is a very average game, its by no means bad, but its just missing something that would make it stand out. First of all, this is not a sequel in any sense as the title would suggest. There is little in common with the original Far Cry.
The game has an open world, quite a large one too. The only problem is that its missing variety. You see one merc outpost, you've seen them all. And unlike Far Cry 1, there are no monsters, you will always be fighting humans, all of which will act the same. That is one of its flaws, the AI. The AI has the strange ability of pinpointing your position as soon as you make any noise. But to compensate, their aim is terrible. But this makes any stealth rather useless. On the other hand, in the heat of battle, the game can get quite intense, bullets flying all over the place, and its "trademark" realistic fire. Flames will scorch the massive dry grass fields along with anything in its way. This can make for some beautiful scenes, if you're into burning wastelands that is.
This brings me to the graphics, for the most part, they are very well done and all objects and weapons look (and shoot) like they have been dropped in dirt. This is very fitting in the African wasteland map. The story is almost non existent and uninteresting involving of, go there shoot everyone, take something then drive back. Which is basically what you do while free roaming. However, the game has yet another flaw, your character has malaria and you have to regularly take medicine, which gets very tedious and serves no purpose but to irritate you. On the other hand, you can get AI partners that follow you, or even better, once you die (in first person) a few seconds later, your screen starts to gain colour again as you see your partner dragging you out of battle while being shot at. Very intense stuff really. But overall, this is a very mediocre game, if you want some more first person sandbox game, you wont be disappointed with this, nor will you be amazed. Its a decent purchase, just don't expect much.
Simple game, but totally worth itMin0rThreat | Sept. 2, 2011 | Review of VVVVVV
VVVVVV is a simple 2D 8-bit styled platformer. The only difference compared to most traditional sidescrollers is, you don't have the ability to jump. You have to use alternative methods, the same way Spencer used his bionic arm, you change gravity. Its very simple and intuitive. The challenge is just right, you wont breeze through it, and you wont get stuck too often. That is, if you don't try to collect everything. For me, this wasn't that great of a game, especially because fans hyped it up very much. But let me tell you, I would pay the small 2.97 Euros simply for the music. This game has possibly one of my favourite soundtracks in a very long time. I probably would not recommend this game if it was not for the soundtrack, if your into old school platformers with 8-bit era musical greatness. I would greatly recommend it. If neither of those interest you, look further.
Old School Frustrating FunMin0rThreat | Sept. 2, 2011 | Review of Super Meat Boy
Are you tired of next-gen autosave-instant-health-regen games, this will take you back. A straight up simple platformer. Alright, scratch the simple, this game will frustrate you time after time and yet, you'll always come back for more. The controls are solid and simple, the levels however, start off very simple, and quickly, death will be very very common. What makes this so great is that, its not hard because of controls, you'll never die thinking "that was unfair", there's only you and your reflexes that can take the blame. This is what keeps bringing you back. Its always one simple mistake you made, you wont do it the next time. And then half an hour later, you completed the level. Despite the successful run only being 10 seconds long. The art style is nice and simple, your meat-like character (hence the name super meat boy) drips of blood when you move with the appropriate sound effects. This is definitely not a game for everyone, but if your up for some old school challenge, give it a shot. Its not really my thing, but even so I cant say this is a bad game. If you are still uncertain, you can check out the flash game entitled "Meat Boy" for a taste of what to expect.
Do you like music? You will like this gameMin0rThreat | Sept. 1, 2011 | Review of Beat Hazard
Im a big fan of music, I listen to music almost all the time. This game let me experience my music in ways I have never before. Its a simple top top asteroids-like shooter, but the levels are generated through your music. The beat and tempo will affect the speed and number of enemies and how powerful your shots are. Not to mention the flashing lights. It also scrobbles to last.fm if your into that (I know I am). From experience, I would say that most songs work very well, minus slow songs and vocal heavy songs. But, some nice DnB beats or an upbeat ska song, you'll have a great musical experiance. Did I mention its got a levelling system and perks?
Great BETAMin0rThreat | Sept. 1, 2011 | Review of Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad - Digital Deluxe Edition
This is based off the BETA, but from what I can tell, its worth the hype its been getting. Its yet another WW2 shooter, but this time, taking a realistic approach. Running in the open will leave you in pieces. Its all about strategy, moving together. Its great fun, although I must say it has a steep learning curve, don't get discouraged if you only get 2 kills in your first 3 games. The game is hard. But when you get your first kill, you will really feel like you accomplished something, the guns have a strong sense of power behind them, and the unfortunate people getting hit by the bullets have an appropriate reaction. Its an intresting experience as your soldier gets shot in the neck and you are left defenceless screaming in agony before you finally stumble and die. Its really something to experience. The attention to detail and realism is phenomenal. Its also got single player and ranking up with weapon (and attachment) unlocks but these are not present in the BETA. But I can say that that even without those features, I would still recommend this game. Quite possibly 2011 best Multiplayer shooter
Clever little gameMin0rThreat | Sept. 1, 2011 | Review of From Dust
I came in expecting a 3D God lemming style game, and that's pretty much what it is. Its simple, fun yet challenging. You have a tribe of little men, and you must lead them to the end of the level by manipulating elements. The graphics are very well done and the design is solid, but what caught my eye the most was the impressive physics. I found myself losing missions because I was messing around with the physics for too long. Thankfully, at the end you unlock a sandbox mode. If you, like me, are a big fan of physics manipulation, I would say, definitely pick this up, its great big fun, despite it being simple. If you like lemming style games, its worth trying out, the AI is a little picky at times and there is not that much challenge. Only complaint is Ubisofts infamous DRM which caused my game to lag every so often. But they're releasing a patch for that in the near future. Its not pakced with content, but for the 15 euro price tag, its got well enough to keep me captivated for hours :)
BrilliantMin0rThreat | Sept. 1, 2011 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Ill say it straight out, I only played the first hour of the first Deus Ex. That being said, I did not really know what to expect. What I got was what seems to be a nice blend of Fallout 3, Splinter Cell and Metal Gear Solid. It has standard FPS controls with a simple cover system, which is very similar to the one present in Splinter Cell: Conviction, it feels seamless. I found the graphic style to be very pleasing with a minimalistic feel, and yet very detailed. While there are better graphics around, the gameplay is what really shines. Do you want to go out guns blazing, you can. Do you want to take out all your enemies silently, or even ignore them all, thats also possible. The game rewards you for either one you chose. I find however, that the game tries to persuade you in using stealth, as it gives you much more opportunities, and id like to mention, hacking will level you up faster than anything.
The "social" system, so to speak, is rather intuitive too, similar to Mass Effect 2, you have several options in what you say, each ending differently. Once again, any approach to this is rewarding. It also has nice details such as the characters saying something if you take too long to decide. My only complaint would be that the boss battles arent fun, but there are only a few and they dont last long. Overall, I must say, this is a must buy for any FPS or RPG fans. GOTY material