Reviews by Novaova

80

Clever deconstruction of the military shooter genre

Novaova | May 24, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line dns

Spec Ops: The Line appears at first glance to be yet another in an endless series of tan and grey urban modern military shooters. In fact, the entirety of the game is a message from the developers to the players: the horrible things that take place in these games are all your fault. If you would put down the controller and stop playing, the simulated atrocities and war crimes will stop happening.

The game sends the player into post-catastrophe Dubai on what starts out as a noble rescue mission. Things promptly go off the rails, and the player finds him/herself spiraling ever downward into madness.

The gunplay, controls, and action are all the sort of thing modern shooter fans are used to. The selling point of Spec Ops: The Line is the story, and the meta-message.

Replay value is very low, as this is intended to be a story one experiences one time. The second time through, it's already been spoiled.

Overall this is worth purchasing on a discount. This may not be the best shooter, but it is one of the most important.

90

Terrific turn-based strategy that pulls no punches

Novaova | May 24, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (NA) -

XCom: Enemy Unknown pulls no punches. The AI is unrelenting and brutal. Any time you find yourself in a situation where you are praying the AI will not do a particular action because it will wreck you, the AI will absolutely do that. And then while you are reeling, the AI will continue to batter you with everything it has. This is brilliant. XCom: Enemy Unknown is for the strategy gamer who can handle pressure, can deal with losses, and wants to test their mettle when their back is against the wall. That said, the maps are a bit samey, and after a few playthroughs, one wishes for a bit more variety. You'll play the hell out of it for hours and hours and hours, but once you've reached the peak, there's not much to bring you back for more.