Reviews by Narazumo
An Excellent Game of FootballNarazumo | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of FIFA 13 (NA) DNS
Having played my fair share of previous Fifa titles and many of the bevy of imitators and legitimate competitors(looking at you PES) for console, I would think I have a fair knowledge of what a football game should offer.
This game offers it all. While providing players with all of the major football leagues in Europe, along with some of the minor European leagues, and providing some from the Americas and Asia. You will never really find yourself unable to locate a team to represent.
The graphics are solid, not gorgeous, but they are pretty tight nonetheless, ie: many players look like their real life counterparts, good resolution will allow you to make out names on jerseys from afar and even the stadiums themselves are highly recognizable.
The gameplay has improved from previous iterations. The physics has been reworked a tad so you can avoid some of the more hilarious collisions and frustrating ones as well. The AI has improved for the most part and will better make runs, play balls into space, and generally have a favorable offensive buildup and defensive coordination. The Referees will also make better calls and more fair calls; fewer phantom red cards, and fewer penalties given away.
Online is the same as always. Plagued by latency issues I would recommend NOT playing outside of your region unless you have a great internet connection and an above average machine. The online leagues are great for playing your buddies and seeing how is truly the best fake footballer.
Overall this game is worth the modest $40 and with a discount voucher it is an even better deal at times. If you are hesitant at playing a sports title with a mouse and keyboard, the game features full support for a compatible XBOX 360 controller, though I am unsure about the support for third party hardware.
An Amazing Stande-Alone ExperienceNarazumo | Dec. 28, 2012 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai
This game is exactly what an expansion needs to be. Not only giving you more of the original goodness, but expanding it and evolving it.
A great added feature is the ability to command the weapons of artillery pieces and ships through a first person camera, maximizing their effectiveness.
Definitely a must-buy if you have the original or if you want to get your feet wet in the series.
A Good Zombie RPGNarazumo | Dec. 28, 2012 | Review of Dead Island: Game of the Year (v1)
This game does a lot of things right. It has visceral combat, a gorgeous setting, an ominous/dark atmosphere, and good survival game traits(limited items, deadly enemies, and terrible survival odds).
If you like zombie or adventure games this is one that should be in your library.
The only downside is flat characters. You never really care about any of them and the tedium of some of their quests wears on you after awhile.
A Must HaveNarazumo | Dec. 28, 2012 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2
If you are a fan of Total War games this is a must have. Forget any mistakes made with Empire Total War or Napoleon Total War, this a return to form. As one of 8 clans, or more with DLC, take feudal Japan and unite it under the your Shogunate.
The game is stunningly beautiful in both the campaign map and the battle maps, with the ability to zoom in on individual units that have great individual appearances. The combat is as tight as ever and the units are responsive and the post patching balance is spot on.
The campaign is just as fun and provides a new player and a veteran anything they could want regarding Sengoku Era Japan.