Reviews by Norriven

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The Start of a Franchise that Recreates Super Hero Gaming

Norriven | May 15, 2013 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year -

Batman's bone-breaking combos are fluid and combat is challenging. Control configuration is convenient but slightly easier to use on console controllers. The gadgets found progressively throughout the game give a good learning curve. Predator mode shows the terror Batman's prey feel as they are picked off one by one. Excellent voice acting brings the characters to life. The island changes as the villains take control. Arkham Asylum's story feels like it is right out of the comic book and fits nicely. Riddler trophies and puzzles are entertaining to discover. Challenge mode is a nice addition along with the models and biographies of each character. Boss fights vary with mechanics, though some are simple and repetitive. PhysX bug on PC can cause BmGame executable to crash.

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The RPG You're Looking For

Norriven | May 15, 2013 | Review of The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition

Breathtaking graphics and a solid storyline make this one of the greatest RPGs of all time! Wonderful list of interesting characters that ranges from sexy sorceresses to powerful and mysterious assassins. A new leveling talent tree spices up the path you will take in developing a skilled witcher. Skilled voice acting that has passed from the first installment keeps you feeling familiar with the world's inhabitants. Sounds including environment, combat, and music make the game feel alive. Cinematics show the vast work and detail that has been put into building a universe. Large scale boss encounters give you a sample of the true strength that a witcher wields. Combat requires skill and intuition, along with a little patience. Difficulty is a bit unfair during the beginning chapters, but evens out gradually as you advance.