Reviews by MousE0910

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Almost, but not quite

MousE0910 | Nov. 8, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

The first Arkham game that is not developed by Rocksteady and the first Arkham game that is lacking a bit. Still, it is by no means a bad game!

Gameplay-wise, there are only minimal changes from the past two games, but that's a good thing. Why change something that isn't broken? Unfortunately, the combat does show its lack of polish that Asylum and City had and is buggier, just a little bit past the comfort level. In the previous games, it was possible to catch a rhythm to the combat and fight flawlessly. The rhythm in Origins is "out of tune" and near impossible to catch.

The story, on the other hand, is top-notch, keeping things interesting the whole time, but it feels like it's over way too quickly. With its cast, the game could surely have been much longer and complex without feeling bogged down.

The playable area has been extended to a bigger part of Gotham, though half of the map is identical to Arkham City. While the new settings manages to feel somewhat fresh, or at least, not too stale, the map itself feels much more empty and busy than in Arkham City, which can be slightly jarring at times.

Overall, Arkham Origins is a great successor to the series. It's not the prequel the series deserves but it's the one it needs.

100

Old school gaming at its best

MousE0910 | Oct. 28, 2013 | Review of Max Payne

Max Payne is a classic game that, although looking dated, can still be amazing fun to play over and over again. And when you get bored with that, a myriad of mods await. The game nails the shooting mechanics down perfectly, having a very natural feel to it and the shootouts are great fun. Coupled with a gripping and mature story, we have the recipe for success. There's not really anything flawed I can find on Max Payne and if you haven't played it yet, shame on you. This is a classic that's a must-play for any self-respecting gamer.