Reviews by MrSpatula

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There's always a man, always a lighthouse, always a city

MrSpatula | Dec. 5, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 1

I had very high hopes for this, having loved Infinite. My expectations were only partially met.

Returning to Rapture is a nostalgic breath of fresh air, and environments are varied enough that combat doesn't feel tedious or repetitive (unlike Infinite's sometimes became).

Narrative-wise I was disappointed. What I liked so much about Infinite was its open-ended conclusion that thematically tied the Bioshock universe together. The revelation of Burial At Sea Episode One takes one of many potential strands and forces the player along it, negating the impact the main game's ending had.

Despite these flaws, this is a solid, well-crafted DLC, and I'm intrigued to see how Levine and Irrational conclude our time in Rapture.

93

Borderlands turned up to 11

MrSpatula | Dec. 3, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 takes the shoot-and-loot mechanics and zany art style that make the original so entertainingly addictive and crafts it into a more well-rounded experience. The first game's story was lacking in depth, and the only true character the game had was in its cel-shaded aesthetics, but 2 makes the experience overall more wholesome through some genuinely hilarious writing from Anthony Burch (of 'Hey Ash Whatcha Playin?' web-series fame). The environments are now more varied and colourful and the classes feel more significant, each bringing a different play-style to the table rather than just a simple re-skin. Gone is the Western vibe that gave Borderlands some of its unique charm, but there is plenty here to make you feel warm inside as you gun down psychos.

100

A remarkable achievement and a leap forward in cinematic gaming

MrSpatula | Dec. 3, 2013 | Review of Bioshock Infinite

What Infinite lacks in originality when it comes to gameplay mechanics, it more than makes up for with rich and emotionally engaging storytelling, with some of the bravest plot twists in video-game history, and a sumptuous detailed and stylised aesthetic. The game is simply stunning in every possible way and any fears you may have had about its tumultuous development process are completely unfounded. A delight.

96

Emotionally rich and rewarding

MrSpatula | Dec. 1, 2013 | Review of The Wolf Among Us

Telltale's latest episodic epic, based on Bill Willingham's 'Fables' comics, takes what worked well in the gameplay of last year's 'The Walking Dead' and combines it with a gritty fantastical noir.

The plot is engaging and the twists and turns the story takes will surprise even a dedicated Fables fan, even though this is a prequel. We are given a lot more control over Bigby's moral compass than Lee's, and you will become very attached to the character as you shape his identity and personality.

With a great cliffhanger, I can't wait to see where Telltale takes this series next.