Reviews by Obsessor
A worthy gameObsessor | May 28, 2015 | Review of Murdered Soul Suspect - PC
Murdered: Soul Suspect is different. An action-adventure game. It's a detective game with supernatural elements, reminding me a bit of Fahrenheit(a.k.a. Indigo Prophecy), Post Mortem, and its successor Still Life. It looks very good, although cutscenes are just videos, and you can see it. Controls are fairly intuitive, gameplay itself enjoyable. Story - very captivating. I won't spoil anything. After you die it just gets better! On a sale it's a steal. Very good game for supernatural lovers.
Like GTA but not.Obsessor | May 28, 2015 | Review of Mafia II Overflow - PC
Even though there is a big city you can roam free in Mafia 2, this is not, and should not be, GTA. It is a linear, story rich game. It takes about 15 hours to finish. But it is one of the best games ever. Not in the genre. Mafia 2 sits there on the perch among other games everyone, no matter who you are, or where you're from, talk about. The plot is amazing. What's even more amazing, is how it was developed and presented in the game. Game's world change in between chapters. You begin the game in early 40's. There are clothes, cars, music in the radio - all from that period. After few chapters, it's 50's. Everything changes... There are different cars. People dress differently, there is new music on the radio. The illusion is complete. You are immersed in a true, changing world. You can drive around, steal cars and add them to your garage. Buy yourself new clothes. And experience a great story of a man who had nothing to lose, but everything to gain. But did he fulfill his dream? Play the game and see for yourself.
Cameras, ready, action!Obsessor | May 28, 2015 | Review of Kane Lynch Dead Men - PC
Kane and Lynch feels like you were in a middle of an action movie. It's intense, fast paced, offers suprisingly good plot. It's not for everyone though. Some things characters(especially Lynch)do are gruesome, to say the least. The game is fairly short, but it doesn't matter, as it's so fast ad tiring, you won't last long enough to complete it in one go. Graphics are ok, by today's standards. Voice acting is one of the kind, superb, although characters swear a lot. It doesn't sound exaggerated though! Adds realism to them, and makes Kane and Lynch believable characters. To sum it all up, Kane and Lynch: Dead Men is a great, fast paced third person shooter. Offers very good plot for such a game too!
Last in the title was a premonitionObsessor | May 27, 2015 | Review of Tomb Raider IV The Last Revelation - PC
After Tomb Raider IV... I don't want to remember what was after that game. Series changed for worse, and the first good game that came afterwards was Legend. But, this is about TR4. The Last revelation is even better than TR3. Has better story, graphics are improved. And of course, completely new set of puzzles to solve, and mind-boggling enemies to defeat. Tomb Raider IV is by far my favourite game in the series, and I recommend it to anyone.
1996Obsessor | May 27, 2015 | Review of Tomb Raider I - PC
I barely started my gaming "career" by then. Tomb Raider was one of the first games I ever played. Back then it was brilliant. Beautiful. And hard. Lot's of puzzles, difficult enemies to beat. Jumps you had to perform perfectly, or watch Lara plunge into a chasm or ravine, and die. By now this game is a curiosity, and shoud be treated as such. A memoir, a bauble in one's collection. That's what it is for me now. I still have it, fortunately on a CD. It's a fine addition to one's collection.
Different approach at Tomb Raiding.Obsessor | May 27, 2015 | Review of Lara Croft And The Guardian of Light - PC
Guadian of Light is an isometric 3D shooter, loaded with enemies, and puzzles. Puzzles are the thing that will stop you in your tracks. Enemies are fairly easy to take on. As many people mention - Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is very fun in coop. But if you don't have anyone to play with, it is still pretty good. There are unlocks and character improvements, a.k.a. leveling up. Combat is easy to master. Platforming elements can be tricky if you don't have a controller. Playing with mouse+keyboard combo is 100% doable, but sometimes you'll want that fine touch that a controller would give in such a game.
Good, but not good enough.Obsessor | May 27, 2015 | Review of Dragon Age 2 EU - PC
If there was no Dragon Age: Origins, I would have settled on and probably praised DA2. But it has 2 in the title. It's a sequel. And we expect sequels to exceed it's forebears in everything. Dragon Age 2 actually feels like a step back. For example story - I just ran through the game, wasn't captivated by the plot at any point. It was just "talk, talk, talk, fight, talk talk, talk, fight, fight, fight." I didn't stop to listen or appreciate the story. Mostly skipped dialogues when possible. And the game is small. Terribly cramped, and confined in one city. I didn't like it one bit. On a good side - main character got voice actor, and isn't a wooden log anymore. Graphics has also improved much since DA:O, and music is on par. I was disappointed with the game, but only looking through a prism of DA:O. If you distance yourself and treat DA2 as a separate game, it's very good, and pretty long RPG.
An actual RPGObsessor | May 27, 2015 | Review of Dragon Age Origins EU - PC
Unlike those "lite" RPG you meet nowdays. Dragon Age: Origins offers complete RPG experience. Story, character development, and itemization are deep. That's what RPG fan needs. Game also looks great, voice acting is superb, and music accompanying your adventure perfect. I remember beginning new game few times, just to experience all possible BEGINNINGS. Depending on race, birth and class you have an unique prologue to the story, and what's more, during your adventures you'll have some special encounters with "friends of old," depending on how and where you begun your journey.
Expansion, not a DLCObsessor | May 27, 2015 | Review of Dragon Age Origins Awakening EU - PC
Awakening lets you continue the story of your Grey Warden, or bring in a new one from Orlais. In first case, you get to meet and interact with well known characters from base game. And of course, you'll meet them in situations you left them in. Alistair? He'll be your king, and in case you played a female protagonist, also your husband. But enough of that. Pure facts. Awakening offers you about 15-20 hours of play. Another interesting story to live through, and many challening battles to win.
Buy this oneObsessor | May 27, 2015 | Review of Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition - PC
It has all DLC possible, so it offers best value for your money. Other than that, check my reviews of the base game and Awakening expansion if you want. I'll just say here, that Dragon Age: Origins, is a very good RPG, with actual depth when it comes to characted development, itemization, and plot. All three aspects important to seasoned RPG player are here. We don't need anything else.
There can be only oneObsessor | May 27, 2015 | Review of Magicka - PC
Magicka bought me with its unique spellcasting. Story is ok, nothing much, but! The way it is presented, as a comedy, with characters speaking a mixture of Swedish and English. With some gibberish. And Vlad who is NOT a vampire. There are also many references to popculture, for example my review title? For those who don't know - it's from Highlander. In Magicka you can meet Conner MacLeod, decapitate him, and get his sword. Oh, and Magicka is probably experienced best in coop. Haven't played it with anyone, even though I own the game for almost 2 years now.
Fun arcade flight gameObsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of Dogfight 1942 Complete Pack - PC
And probably the best choice if you consider buying it. Because for a price not much over the base game you'll get all DLC. These give you your money's worth in playtime. Overal, Dogfight 1942 is very arcade like game, has nice graphics, sound, decent voice acting. And is bug free. You can't want more of such a game.
Even better than GalCivObsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of Galactic Civilizations II Ultimate Edition (1) - PC
It's basically what you got in the first GalCiv. However it adds some very nice features to the game. First of all - 3D graphics and real combat(instead of simulated combat in the original GalCiv). Also, you can build your fleets to your liking. I mean - design how every ship will look like. Very enjoyable thing, I spent many hours doing that. There are many parts from which to chose. With some skill and time, you can make your ships resemble Tie Fighters. Apart from all these cosmetics? It's still very enjoyable, professionaly made 4X game.
4X at it's best.Obsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of Galactic Civilisations I Ultimate Edition - PC
I've played other 4X games, like Master of Orion, and such. But only GalCiv got me going. And going... Played it for months. It was so enjoyable, because it's easy to learn. You don't have to spend weeks learning how to operate the game, as it's often the case in the 4X genre(for the unaware it means eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate). It may be old, but it's a brillaint game.
Lacking polish but still amazingObsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of Of Orcs and Men - PC
There are two major drawbacks to this game. Camera, and combat(feels a bit chaotic at the beginning). Otherwise, this game is very enjoyable, story rich experience. It's unique because you take on the role of an orc(later on you're joined by a goblin, and move with him through the rest of the game), who's set to kill the emperor of humans. Men are shown as mindless killers, set on conquering, and killing any opposition. Arkail(the orc)and Styx(goblin), are two very interesting characters. Their voice actors are good, and it's a pleasure to listen to the two. In general voice acting is good, but some characters have their ups and downs too. In terms of graphics, the game can be really beautiful. I mean - when you look only at the duo of protagonists. Their models are very detailed. Music in Of Orcs and Men is great too. Overal - 70/100 - not a very high rating, but considering some problems it can't be higher. However I can't recommend that game enough for a fan of story rich RPG games.
A must haveObsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of How to Survive Kovacs Way - PC
If you don't already have Storm Warning edition - get that DLC asap. It changes the game in many ways, making it much more enjoyable. Just read the description - it's not pure advertising mumbo-jumbo. It's facts. How to Survive gains new levels of enjoyment with Kovac's Way installed.
PyroObsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of How To Survive Hello My Name Is Nina - PC
Another cheap DLC that is totally worth it if you like How to Survive, and didn't get Storm Warning edition. You get a brand new character with a brand new weapon to craft - flamethrower. Flamethrower is amazing, and Nina is the only character I played the game solo from the beginning to the end. Burn baby, burn!
Cheap and worth it.Obsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of How To Survive Heat Wave DLC x 3 Pack - PC
Fire is a very potent ally in How to Survive. This DLC provides more ways to utilize your hot friend... Wait, that wasn't supposed to sound like that. Never mind. It's cheap, if you don't already own Storm Warning edition of the game that contains this and other DLCs - get it.
Perfect for coop.Obsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of How to Survive - PC
Title of the game - How to Survive - says it all. You're stranded on an island(which soon turns out to be many islands, between which you can and will travel). There are hordes of zombies about. You have absolutely nothing to defend yourself. And here's where the game shows it's greatness. Sure, combat is cool. You can shoot, thow, club, slice, even burn and mow through zombies with a chainsaw. BUT! You need to craft all of these first. There are many crafting recipes, and they aren't limited to weapons. You craft armour, healing stuff, food, drinks, explosives, fishing rods... Crafting recipes have to be found or unlocked through character's perk system. Some characters have access to unique crafting recipes. As I said in the title - game shows its potential in coop play. But mind - there is friendly fire. You can't go on about swinging your hatchet, or throwing molotovs anywhere. Oh, and nights. You better find a shelter with fire or any light for a night. Night's are deadly in this game. TL;DR - zombie survival action RPG best suited for coop play. Oh, and crafting. You have to craft everything.
It's a book!Obsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of Joe Devers Lone Wolf - PC
Yep, this game is an actual book. You read the story, make choices based on the skills that you chose when beinning the journey. And combat is resloved in a very detailed 3D real time-turn based way(meaning there is a time limit for your turn, so you have to think fast). As I already said, there are choices to be made, so the game has some replayability value. As for other technicalities and gameplay features. There are weapons, both melee and ranged. You have Kai powers(buffs, healing, telekinesis), and Sommerswerd with devastating attacks that cost a lot of Kai energy(spells also use it). You can upgrade your equipment, buy and find new one. Every part of your equipment has durability, so you need to watch it and repair your stuff. Did I mention it's a book? So... You spend most of the time reading, making some choices, traveling across the map. All the time you listen to very atmospheric music. There are unlockable galleries(with artworks and 3D models), as well as some trivia(or I should say a lot of)describing Lone Wolf's world, creatures, characters, religion, etc, etc. Joe Dever's Lone Wolf is a very refreshing experience, and for those who know the original, paper(yes, there is such a thing as paper books folks!)Lone Wolf books, it can be a sentimental journey into Dever's creations.
That was unexpected...Obsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition - PC
I picked this game for full price, whole 20 pounds. And honestly? Well worth it. Never played base Sleeping Dogs. Definitive edition is supposed to improve something, and of course, has all the DLC ever released for SD. Currently I'm 25 hours into the game, haven't finished main story yet(and there are two DLC stories available in main menu still). Completed many races, cop jobs, triad challenges, odd jobs, etc, etc. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition looks very good, music and voice acting are great. Lip sync is terrible, to the point of being nonexistent, however. Combat feels a bit like in Batman games. But it's of course much more brutal. Player can use various melee weapons(knives, cleavers, tire irons). There are also firearms, but the main "dish" of the game is still unarmed combat. You can unlock new combos and moves. About unlocks - they're aplenty in the game. We have three different levels to progress. Face - giving you access to some character upgrades, like being able to call a car to your location, as well as allowing to purchase different clothes and cars. Triad level gives access to melee combat(unarmed and with weapons)and some general upgrades as well. Cop levels allow you to be better with guns, and even to pull weapons from police cars' trunks. There are many side missions to complete, so if you dive into it, you can expect many hours of enjoyment. Well worth the price.
Last of the "true" Tomb RaiderObsessor | May 26, 2015 | Review of Tomb Raider Underworld Steam - PC
Title pretty much sums it all up. Released in 2008, Underworld is the last TR game that is true to the series' roots. Lots of exploration, puzzles, combat typical to Tomb Raider series. Climbing, jumping, game is filled with platforming elemets. Apart from being so old school, it has very good graphics, for it's time of course. There are also numerous improvements to the well know(and a bit stale)gameplay, of which you can read in the game's description. I picked this game up here on GMG, because I needed to have it on Steam, as a double. It is, by far, one of the best titles in the TR franchise. And I'm with TR series since late 90's, so I know my Tomb Raider games.
No rest for the Boss...Obsessor | May 17, 2015 | Review of Omerta City of Gangsters - PC
Omerta, game from Kalypso. Kalypso means Tropico. And Omerta is a mix of Tropico and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It takes management, earning money, setting up production and distribution, from Tropico series. And when you send your henchmen to do some dirty work, combat is very similar to XCOM series - turn based, with cover system. It is a bit simplified, but still enjoyable. Graphics in Omerta is fairly good. You can see night and day cycle, weather effects, pretty detailed surroundings. Cars on the streets, people walking about. Animations in combat is appropriate. Could be a bit better. I like how enemies who were near obstacles slump to the ground, sliding, propped against the wall/car/crate. Voce acting - another good job, voices are the quality of those you can hear in Tropico. And the music... First time launching Omerta, I spent five minutes in main menu, just listening to the swing track playing there. Whole soundtrack is amazing, and well worth listening to on its own. To sum up - Omerta is a pretty light economic RTS with turn based combat. If you like Mafia/30's and 40's era, Prohibition, jazz and swing music, add 20 to my rating.
Baddest of them allObsessor | May 17, 2015 | Review of Bad Rats - PC
Bad Rats is... A bad game. So bad, that it has become a kind of a legend. Everyone should own it. And I totally mean it. Everyone. All right. Lets get down to real review. Idea behind this game is simple - physics based puzzle. You blow up cats, slice them, and otherwise mutilate them. Fun. Only the game has tons of bugs, physics is unpredictable. And it's actually hard to make it launch on something newer than a 90's PC. All things considered, I recommend to have that game, I really do. Just not for base price. Get it on a massive discount. It has Steam trading cards, and as I mentioned in the intro, it is some kind of a legend already. Game you need to own if you want to be well thought of in the Steam community. -1000/100, like Skyrim, but not. The score is my age at the time of writing the review, because I couldn't force myself to give it 1.
Perfect for some short funObsessor | May 15, 2015 | Review of Dwarfs - PC
What I love about this game: Narrator, a real dwarf, with proper accent, and proper dwarven jokes. Gameplay is great too, although I had to get used to ordering my dwarves by the means of placing arrows on the ground. In Dwarfs!? you command diggers and warriors. Diggers dig to the riches, warriors defend diggers from goblins, and occasional shaman(these are powerful goblins able to summon reinforcements). There are other dangers, like lava and bottomless pits. Your dwarves act like lemmings, and will always walk straight into the boiling lava. Fortunately you can wall off dangerous caves with impenetrable walls, or divert lava flow by blowing a hole with dynamite. As the title of review states - this game is good for short plays, after a time I get tired, but always return for another try. You can play a campaign, and some other modes.
More diverse mechanicsObsessor | May 15, 2015 | Review of Chivalry Deadliest Warrior - PC
Deadliest Warrior adds many new classes, and what follows - new mechanics to the gameplay of Chivalry. Apart from well known(and hated)bows and crossbows, we get flintlock pistols - thing that kills anything with one shot. There are new classes with new combinations of weapons. Downsides? No Team Objective mode. I love team objective, and was disappointed. Free For All is well... Imagine all those Pirates running around with pistols? And ninjas? Yeah... Not good. Ballance suffers in this expansion, and I honestly prefer good old Chivalry that this. Not saying it is bad though. I had whole lot of fun for some time, but ultimately went back to original Chivalry.
Zombies, zombies everywhereObsessor | May 15, 2015 | Review of Dead Rising 3 - PC
Dead Rising 3 is the first and only game in the series I've played. And I liked it. First thing that struck me was the size of the game. more than 25GB of download. It was quickly justified by the quality of graphics. If your rig is powerful enough it looks as good as on those screenshots. Gameplay... Well... Zombies? Kill them. A fun feature is the ability to craft weapons from almost anything you find. Combat itself is entertaining and satisfying. Occasional boss fights are what makes it even better. Because, lets face it - killing hordes of zombies will get boring at some point. No matter what. About boring. Story and missions... These aren't terrible, but get boring. Side missions are just "go there, come back, go there again..." Like it was made only for the players to get stuck in the game for a longer period. However, DR3 isn't bad when playing solo, but I would recommend to try it with a friend. You might have much more fun.
Too retro to handle?Obsessor | May 15, 2015 | Review of Canyon Caper (1) - PC
Not at all if you came here with a thought of playing something that will bring back memories of old games. Canyon Capers is not a bad game as some here said. It's just stylised after those NES/SNES 2D platformers. It is a simple game meant to provide distraction from real life, and shoud be treated as such. For a lover of retro/oldschool games it's a good choice.
Tiny but funObsessor | May 15, 2015 | Review of Cargo Commander - PC
In Cargo Commander you pull in containers with mysterious, randomly generated contents. Then you enter those containers, gather whatever you can find, while killing any enemies, and get out before the container is shattered by a wormhole. Cargo Commander is a good game, perfect for a short play. Controls are intuitive, graphics fairly detailed, for such a small title. It's not much, but CC isn't a disappointment either.
Best of the BestObsessor | May 14, 2015 | Review of Batman Game of the Year Pack - PC
And for a relatively cheap price. Pack features two of the best(so far)Batman titles. If for some reason you don't own those, haven't played, slept through all the hype... It's here for the price of one game. I've praised both games included in this pack enough in the reviews I've written for them. So here is just a short recap. Great stories, amazing combat, and replayability value. Beautiful graphics, music, and very professional voice acting(Mark Hamill as Joker will give you shivers).
Bugman: Arkham OriginsObsessor | May 14, 2015 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins - PC
Compared to two previous Batman titles, Arkham City, and Arkham Asylum, Origins lacks polish. It is still good old(or rather new)Batman, but it has bugs in places where previous installments had none. Being accustomed to very high quality of its predecessors, Arkham Origins was some of a let down for me. Apart from the bugs that will become apparent when you play, Arkham Origins has much shorter story than previous games. You will be able to complete it in about 5 to 6 hours. Considering size of the world you can roam free... It's puzzling at best. Now to good things. I already mentioned one - size of Gotham City we are given to roam. At least twice the size of the area known from Arkham City. Graphics seem improved since the last game too. Voice acting is again superb(I didn't like Batman's voice in Arkham Asylum, he improved a lot in my opinion). And of course music! Music is superb. Combat, gadgets, moving around the city, Riddler puzzles, and so on... Again beautiful. Great new feature - Transportation to various districts of the city by Batwing. Arkham Origins is ceraintly a game worth playing. Title that stands out among other AAA games. But I give it rather low rating, because of the bugs and very short story. In comparison to previous Batman games... It is a step back(at least in these two aspects).
BaaObsessor | May 13, 2015 | Review of Goat Simulator - PC
I ran into some people barbecuing, headbutted them all. Headbutted the grill. Got on fire, ran into a fireworks and got launched sky high. Found a jetpack, wrecked some cars, made a sacrifice, and got crowned Queen of all Goats. When I first read a similar review... Just snorted, and thought this game is worthless. Oh how mistaken I was. It's mindless fun for anyone wanting to rest after a stressful day. Physics are ok, but as in every game with extensive use of physics, stuff gets bugged. That makes it even funnier.
Strongbug 3 GoldObsessor | May 13, 2015 | Review of Stronghold 3 - PC
However I still give it positive rating. Stronghold 3 actually looks pretty good, has some nice music, and voice acting isn't painful to listen to. Gameplay however... I got into economic campaign first. That was a good move, as it doesn't have too much combat. Because combat can be frustrating. Your units can be very passive, getting slaughtered by the enemy. Moreover, when you order a group of units to attack something, they focus on 1 target. In case of archers, you get a salvo at a single target! Whole salvo wasted at one enemy, then few seconds of waiting(rest of the enemies get to your walls)before archers let out another salvo. It shouldn't be like that. Combat feels bad. What's even worse, is the fact that units can get stuck in random places like ruins, buildings, gates... And you won't be able to move a stuck unit until the end of the mission. You can dismiss a solder, revert him to a peasant, but that solves nothing. That peasant will still stand stuck where he is. I still like Free Build, and play with it a lot, when I need to calm my nerves. I just enjoy building castles.
Better choice than the standard editionObsessor | May 13, 2015 | Review of Toren Deluxe Edition - PC
For my Toren review check the base game store page. This is just the review of Deluxe Edition. Why is this a better choice than the standard edition? Because here you get the soundtrack included, in mp3 format, to listen at your leisure. The soundtrack is decent, featuring ambient tracks, great to listen to on a long trip by train, or car. I recommend buying either soundtrack upgrade, or if you don't have Toren yet, this edition. It doesn't cost much more than base game after all.
MagicObsessor | May 12, 2015 | Review of Toren - PC
Prepurchased this game the moment I layed my eyes on it. Wasn't disappointed. It has flaws. It's a bit bugged. But bear in mind, that it's a day first review, so I hope this will be addressed by the developers and no longer the issue for future buyers. Toren is a great experience. One of those games you would play when in need of a spiritual adventure. From what I've already played it is rather short, but beautiful. There is some action, but it's rather slow, not your typical action game. Puzzles aren't very hard, so you'll certainly won't get frustrated. I give Toren 85/100, because of those bugs I mentioned. Otherwise it's a very good game. And a side note - it doesn't really require gamepad to play. You can play with mouse/keyboard all right. It's just easier and more intuitive with a controler.
Disciples 3: DisappointmentObsessor | May 11, 2015 | Review of Disciples III Renaissance Steam - PC
I don't like to write negative reviews. Someone has to do it nonetheless. I had high hopes after Disciples 2. Probably why I was so disappointed when finally given the chance to try Disciples 3 for the first time. Many bugs, terrible voice acting, long and boring missions, clunky animations. I recoiled from the game after an hour, and couldn't keep playing. Even though I love Disciples franchise, and I'm writing this review from a position of die hard fan since the original Disciples circa de 2001(I know the game was first released in 1999, it came to my country in 2001). This one is just bad... I give it 50/100, because of how fond I am of the series as a whole. I own this game on Steam, played some... But it's still bad. And I'm heartbroken...
S-F zombies? Check!Obsessor | May 11, 2015 | Review of Dead Space 2 EU - PC
Dead Space 2 was the first in the franchise I had the luck to play. Mutated zombie-monsters, science fiction settings, horror themes... I loved it. I was going around, crafting stuff, trying to survive and escape... The game has high quality graphics and audio. Music is very suggestive, and works on players mind. Voice acting might not be worth an Oscar, but isn't breaking the immersion. Story is very good too. And mind what I wrote - DS2 is the first game in the series I played. Not knowing the story from original DS I enjoyed DS2 thoroughly! Dead Space is certainly worth a playthrough. Science fiction setting for a survival horror works magic. I doubt anyone playing will be disappointed.
Interesting gameObsessor | May 11, 2015 | Review of Enclave - PC
Enclave has nice combat system. Features upgrades to your character. And you can chose to play the story from two sides - as a goodie, or a baddie. Being bad means the game will be harder. Each side of the conflict gives you chance to play different characters. Apart from the good things, well... You'll get lost a lot, or at least I did. For some reason I couldn't find my way through levels. The map is pretty bad. Graphics is outdated, sound... well, sounds. It's all right. Voice acting doesn't make my ears bleed, so won't say bad things about it. Controls are ok, if you bear in mind that the game dates back to 2003.
This happens when your mother kicks youObsessor | May 9, 2015 | Review of The Binding of Isaac - PC
It's a little silly roguelite. Focuses on agility of the player. There are no levels here, you gain no experience points. Just run around randomly generated levels, trying to kill mobs with your trears, occasionally using boosts. It's fun, it has replayability. I can recommend this game to anyone.
Better or worse than Dead Island?Obsessor | May 9, 2015 | Review of Dead Island Riptide Complete Edition 2015 - PC
In some aspects Riptide excels. It refined what was broken in previous games, addressed some bugs, has upgraded graphics. Riptide also adds new character, zombies, weapons, vehicles. It is very fun to play, has long story(not very well made, but it's there!), multitude of upgrades for weapons. And it is super fun in coop play. I played both DI and Riptide with a friend, just two of us, and we had a blast. Playing solo isn't bad either. It becomes real survival then, you'll need to look over your shoulder constantly. Defending forts is also enjoyable and fresh feature in Dead Island. For a fan of DI franchise I recommend Riptide wholeheartedly. If you haven't played original Dead Island, Riptide may also be a good start, as it has more features than the original.
Strange game...Obsessor | May 9, 2015 | Review of Escape Dead Island - PC
While Dead Island franchise was and is, pretty good, this game... It has it's moments. It can be fun, it looks good, controls are proper, it feels like it was, at least, partly, made by professionals. Where it lacks then... Well, it has some bugs, at least had when I last played it, namely textures were prone to go black... What else? You have just three attacks... Gameplay is very linear, don't expect to roam the island free. And voice acting... I must honestly say it is terrible... Could be just plain text on the screen, I wouldn't mind. But there are pros: Story, a bit of mystery to it - very likable. Stealth mechanics, I love some sneaking in games, and Escape Dead Island gave me that opportunity. Also weapon upgrades, and graphics, if you enjoy cell shading. Well, I can't recommend this game with clear conscience. I'm sorry. Some people would probably find it good. I find it good at times, it has it's moments. But I can't give it more than 60/100 points, and that's only because I like Dead Island franchise.
Old MacDonald had a farm...Obsessor | May 9, 2015 | Review of The Culling Of The Cows - PC
Infested with zombie cows. Basic gameplay looks like that. You control the farmer on the left side on the screen, zombie cows come from the left, in various states of decomposition, different speeds, and with different skills. You can utilize some boosters, upgrades(like machineguns mounted in the barn). The goal is to stop cows from reaching the barn, and not letting your farmer become cow feed. You can enjoy this game for some time, but you'll quickly get bored if you try to play it for a long period. Best take it in small "gulps."
World from a perspective of a tiny matryoshka, true story.Obsessor | May 9, 2015 | Review of Stacking - PC
When I first launched this game I was amazed. Matryoshkas! Moving, talking, eating each other... And the world of very early XXth century. And the game's cutscenes looking like a silent film. Gameplay itself gets quite repetitive however. You have an ability to jump into bigger dolls, one size at a time, and control them. Most of the dolls have special abilities, which you need to utilize to meet the objective set for you in given level. Even with somewhat repetitive gameplay, I can't recommend this game enough. Adults and youths can enjoy it equally.
Old men tell sad talesObsessor | May 9, 2015 | Review of Costume Quest - PC
Well, I might not be very old, yet, hopefully... But this isn't really a game for adults, right? Wrong. It has lot's of humour even adult will appreciate. Turn based combat might not have much depth(2 skills to use + stamp passive perks), but it's still enjoyable. And it is very appropriate for younger audience. You can give Costume Quest for your/your neighbour kid to play, and it won't make him/her bloodthirsty murderer. He/she might develop a taste for sweets and revenge though.
Solid TPSObsessor | May 9, 2015 | Review of The Bureau XCOM Declassified - PC
Yep, that's one good, professionally crafted third person shooter here. Fans of XCOM series will probably enjoy it more than an average player. But that might not be the case, as "they" prefer turn based combat. Here you get very fast paced action, many weapons to use, lots of upgrades. You can give orders(takes a moment to understand the system and begin using it efficiently - here XCOM players will probably excel), use cover, flank, and blast aliens. Story is there, non-intrusive, doesn't bother you much. Graphics are enjoyable, music plays on the edge of hearing, and voices don't make your eyes bleed. All things considered - good game, worth playing no matter if you're a die hard XCOM fan, or a typical player longing for a third person shooter.
Mixed feelingsObsessor | May 9, 2015 | Review of Avencast Rise of the Mage Steam - PC
Avencast is an action RPG with much potential, as it's often the case. But potential alone doesn't guarantee success. A major feature you can like is the combo system, that breaks that well known endless left clicking present in any action RPG. There are melee spells, ranged, area of effect, some buffs. Nothing really spectacular. Gameplay is as it should be, meaning many enemies, lots of action, places to be, exploration is fun. Yet the game lacks. Controls are not what I expected them to be, felt clumsy. I experienced issues with graphics glitches and game lag, which, for a game that old, can be accounted only to bad optimisation. It can be a good game to pass time, but don't expect much, and you might not be disappointed, and actually like the game.
David Lynch strikes backObsessor | May 9, 2015 | Review of Alan Wake - PC
From the beginning I saw this game as interactive Twin Peaks. With added survival horror elements. It might not be just like Twin Peaks I've watched years ago, but this brooding feeling looming behind you. The feeling that there is some great evil at work in the world. Evil you are almost powerless to battle. There isn't much in terms of horror for me though. But I can play games like Outlast at night and with headphones, so I'm not your best horror rating person. What annoyed me were boss battles. Thankfully those are not often. Except of that you get an amazing game, which is a must play for any fan of supernatural in movies/literature/games.
50 hours in, and countingObsessor | May 8, 2015 | Review of Just Cause 2 - PC
Exactly 53 hours, to be precise. This game is huge. I mean the world. It takes hours to drive a car, or a bike around the Panau, and you still won't visit every place. So people who love to free roam in a living and breathing world will feel like in heaven. Completionists will find many things to do, as there are almost three hundred settlements(from villages through cities to military bases)where you need to find collectibles and wreak havoc to get 100% completion. Apart from that, many and more collectibles, another several hundred items to find on this huge huge map. I personally have no hope of getting the game to 100%. Maybe 50, if I'm persistent enough. Story in the game is what you would expect from a B class action movie. Fight against impossible odds, lots of explosions, destroying tanks with a pistol... So to sum it up. Game looks beautiful, has a monstrously big world, bristling with life. And it's so fun just to cause chaos...
My eyesObsessor | May 8, 2015 | Review of Really Big Sky - PC
Spent less than two hours playing this little game. Not because it's bad, it's rather because I'm no longer interested in this genre. So I'll try to be objective about it, and give a fair rating. Really Big Sky is one of these games, you want to play either when you're bored or want some fast paced action to turn your mind away from everydays troubles. It is very colorful, screen is flashing, there are explosions, good sound effects and agreeable music. It has also several game modes, some easy like the Endless mode where you can't die and just go on and on. If you're feeling nostalgic, and look for a twin analogue shooter, look no further. It's here, cheap, and created with attention to details.
I cried while playingObsessor | May 7, 2015 | Review of Call of Cthulhu Dark Corners of the Earth - PC
For various reasons, which I will mention in this review. First of all, this game captures Lovecraft's writings in an amazingly accurate way. You actually feel like you were inside one of his stories, in this case it's Shadow over Innsmouth. Whoever read it must remember the frantic escape from Gilman Hotel. It's in this very game, recreated so well I was scared witless while trying to escape. Secondly... Well, I wept, because there are so many bugs... At some points the game is simply unbeatable. You can't complete it. There are some workarounds, mainly cheats, that help you overcome the difficulties. It's all very sad, because this game is a masterpiece, yet the developer abandoned it, never trying to fix the bugs. I cannot understand it. And so I cry every time I want to play this amazing game. Still I will give it a positive rating, because any Lovecraftian should play it, no matter the cost. And there's usually one's sanity at stake.
A small upgradeObsessor | May 7, 2015 | Review of Kings Bounty Warriors of the North Valhalla Upgrade - PC
I got Warriors of the North already with this upgrade. If someone doesn't have it... Well, the price is very low, and you get just a single set of armour you get automatically at some points at the story(one piece every new island you visit, starting with a chest armour right after you begin new game). Also there is this nice 5195 x 5194 pixels artwork and some wallpapers, for all most popular screen size(and for one not so popular - 3840х1080). 100/100 because it's very cheap and offers you nice things ingame and out of game.
Double winObsessor | May 7, 2015 | Review of Kings Bounty Crossworlds GOTY - PC
Own both games, purchased separate. Paid much more than GOTY edition costs now. Still wasn't disappointed. King's Bounty hails straight from 1990. It is for me a predecessor and inspiration for HoMM series. And after many years of playing HoMM I find King's Bounty much more enjoyable than 3DO games. GOTY edition has enough content to give you about a hundred of hours of fun. It might not be as complicated as HoMM, but in its simplicity I find its strengths. After just a simple tutorial, which is part of the first moments you spend in game, you'll know what's what, and why. It can be recommended especially for those who want to begin their adventure in turn based strategy games. But even a veteran like myself can find it entertaining. One of the biggest pros of this game is that you, and monsters, move around world map in real time. It always pained me in turn based strategies, that whole game was played in turns, with character being able to move only certain number of hexes/steps while exploring. I give the game 85/100 because of slightly outdated graphics that not everyone might like today. I find it agreeable, but I never played games like that for their looks. So it's 85 because this is one of the best turn turn based strategy games out there, offering many hours of enjoyable gameplay for veterans and people who want to play this genre for the first time.
The BestObsessor | May 6, 2015 | Review of Star Wars Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast MAC - PC
In Jedi Knight franchise. I outright give the game 100/100. Even tried to push the slider farther, but it won't let me. The Force isn't strong enough with me, I suppose. Jedi Outcast has the best plot among all of the Jedi Knight titles, and is on par with Jedi Academy when it comes to technical aspects. It works well even today. You fight with a lightsaber, use Force powers in some iconic settings known to everyone from Star Wars movies. Kyle Katarn is a kind of non-hero character you'll instantly like. He doesn't have delusions of grandeur, he didn't ask for what he's in. But he does what needs to be done. And often comments it in witty, and humorous way. Oh, and remember - never trust a bartender with bad grammar.
As a meatbag would say: 'I have a bad feeling about this.'Obsessor | May 6, 2015 | Review of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic MAC - PC
And my bad feelings promptly became reality. By the time I played KOTOR for the first time(around 2006), I failed two important exams. I just couldn't help myself, but experience this game to the end, uninterrupted by meaningless "real life" events. It is Star Wars unlike what you can see on the big screen, painted beautifully by Geore Lucas, and upcoming Jar Jar Abrams Binks. At first I was sceptical. No Skywalkers, no Vaders... No Boba Fett... My worries dissolved when I watched the intro, and set my foot on Taris after a brief, but very good, tutorial-prologue. Timeline of The Old Republic quickly became my favourite setting for Star Wars universe. That was caused by the greatness of the story, detalis put into creation of believable characters filling the game's world. It was a pleasure to read and listen to dialogues. Exploring each planet ever was a necessity, like "I have to go through this to reach the end of my quest... bah..." That was never the case. I have recently replayed KOTOR once again. It took me over 30 hours, and I must admit - I've skipped several quests on the way. Once again I was reliving this amazing story, and was disappointed when it ended, so suddenly KOTOR might not look up to any standards, but that's not the issue. It is enjoyable, it is playable on new PCs,I had no issues running it on Windows 8. "For now, please excuse me, master. I wish to meditate upon the face of my former meatbag master as he was electrocuted. I find it most soothing."
Saber jockeyObsessor | May 5, 2015 | Review of Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy MAC - PC
Jedi Academy lets you play as a Jedi Padawan, Jaden Korr, who already has constructed his/her lightsaber ahead of the rest of the students. You meet famous personas from other Jedi Knight games, Luke Skywalker and Kyle Katarn. You're introduced to some ancient mysteries of the Sith too. Even get a trip to Korriban. On the way you advance your skills, and get promoted by Luke Skywalker. With promotion comes knowledge of new lightsaber combat style, and a chance to construct new lightsaber. You can fight old-school like, with one saber, wield two lightsabers, or even a double bladed lighstaber, like the one Darth Maul fought with. I think in 2015 it's out of place to discuss the game's graphics. Music and voice acting are good though. And, what's more important, the game has Star Wars magic to it.You'll get immersed quickly. There are also two endings to this game, something even today's AAA titles won't give us(vide Bioshock (In)finite).
Be vewy, vewy, quiet. I'm hunting the wabbit...Obsessor | May 5, 2015 | Review of Dont Starve - PC
When I finally killed the rabbit, I found a cocoon, smashed it. Got swarmed and killed by spiders. Thus ended my glorious adventure. Started again right away though. In Don't Starve you are put in a world without any items, help, guidelines. Go around, gather twigs, grass, flint... flower petals, berries. Try to survive. Craft some basic equipment, but be wary, as it degrades, and you'll need to have enough materials to craft a new one soon.. Fire is your friend.
Is the Force strong with this one?Obsessor | May 5, 2015 | Review of Star Wars The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition MAC - PC
Yes and no. Yes because of the scope of this game. Some battles are truly epic in their scale. Worthy of being put in Star Wars movies. Cutscenes, which are aplenty in The Force Unleashed, are high quality, and capture Star Wars atmosphere completely. Where the game lacks is controls, character getting stuck in obstacles, outright stupid AI of the enemies, too many QTE, enemies able to stunlock your character until you die or somehow free yourself while mashing buttons at random. You can unlock new powers, even find lightsaber crystals. The game looks and sounds like Star Wars thing should. Unfortunately the cons I mentioned above drag the final score down. A lot. If you like Star Wars, as I do, you will be frustrated at times playing it. But you'll love it nonetheless.
PasschendaeleObsessor | May 5, 2015 | Review of Verdun - PC
I hear whistle blowing, mortar shells falling everywhere. Screams, gunfire. Time to rush from the safety of my trench in one more attempt at pushing back the enemy. I die, respawn, and repeat. Sometime's I'm a commanding officer. Can call in mortar fire or order mustard gas deployed. Heavy machineguns mow through our ranks, while snipers try to spot the machinegunners. The game is very different from your typical multiplayer shooter experience. In Verdun you need to keep your head down, or you'll get killed with a stray bullet. Enemies are often just specks on the horizon, while you try to shoot them, and more often than not, get killed yourself. It can be very frustrating in your first few hours of play. There is no crosshair, bullets are affected by ballistics, and just one rifle round is enough to eliminate you. There are many types of weapons available. Revolvers, pistols, rifles, heavy machineguns that need to be put on the ground to shoot. Grenades, shovels, and even clubs. And bayonets of course. Verdun is powered by Unity engine, and looks very agreeable. Sound effects are also high quality, and the music playing in menus is one from the beginning of the XXth century. The game fails in one major aspect. No DLC, no microtransactions, no weapon skins. If it was AAA game, it would be laughed upon and forgotten. Thankfully it's an indie title, and much better than most AAA I saw in last few years. Verdun developers aren't greedy. They don't release first day DLC. Buy the game and just play. You get everything there is for your money. No fine print. One more reason to support the developer. I have purchased this game last year, while it still was in Early Access, was struggling with many bugs. But we saw it through, the game has changed a lot, and is now the one and only World War I online shooter worth anyone's attention.
The cake...Obsessor | May 2, 2015 | Review of Portal - PC
...is a lie. By now, probably every gamer knows these words. Portal is short, fun. and somewhat challenging. It's a 3D FPP puzzle/platformer with a crazy story, and even crazier arch enemy. I've finished the game in less than 3 hours. There are challenge maps and hard mode though, so if you find the game too easy, you can try those, and it's bound to give you some challenge. Portal is a very good game, one of those "must play" ones.
Slaughter cows with High Explosive shellsObsessor | May 2, 2015 | Review of Men of War Assault Squad Steam - PC
Assault Squad is a great RTS with deep tactical possibilities, many units and interesting system of reinforcements. You capture strategic points and are granted reinforcement points for which you can purchase units, ranging from infantry, through tanks, mortars and various self propelled guns, to air strikes. Game features also a single player skirmish. However every mission is exactly the same in concept. You start with just one team of infantry, and have to eliminate enemy forces, while capturing strategic points(which grants you access to more advanced units you can spawn). I've played Assault Squad in multiplayer, and it's there that the game shines. Playing agains a live opponent you can unleash, and expect, many witty tactical moves. Using mortars to cover your infantry's approach. Setting up heavy machineguns in forests to ambush your enemy. Laying down mines and building trenches. It is a real battlefield. And a cherry on top of the cake? At any time, with just a press of a single button, you can take DIRECT control of any unit on the battlefield. From a single trooper to a tank. Drive, aim, reload, repair, refuel and rearm. Every unit is fully autonomous, carries ammo(and fuel if it's a vehicle). You can even loot enemy soldiers to grab grenades/ammo, or even use enemy's own weapons against them(for example by killing a crew manning... a tank! and then repairing said tank). Blitzkrieg!
Spanish magicObsessor | May 2, 2015 | Review of Nihilumbra Steam - PC
This game proves once again, that Spanish developers know how to make magical, enchanting, and attention grabbing games. Nihilumbra has everything you need. It looks artsy, the music is simply amazing, and gameplay intuitive. It is pretty short, I've finished it in just 3 hours. However it offers Void mode when you beat the game, has Steam achievements, and unlockable gallery of concept arts. 10/10.
We're all mad here...Obsessor | Nov. 6, 2014 | Review of Alice Madness Returns Origin - PC
When you strip the crazy setting you get a decent 3D platformer. It features nice combat system, many secrets and hidden collectibles. When you add the mad story, insane Alice Lidell, characters looking like inhabitants of some creepy fantasy asylum... The game gets even better. There are few cons however. Major of those being the presence of many and more invisible walls across the levels. Some places that Alice would, and should be able to go through are blocked by invisible barriers. Also, jumping on a kind of mushrooms that launch Alice into the air is a bit frustrating, as you can't control her up to the moment when she starts falling. It's either perfect timing or falling into some pit and dying. The checkpoint system however is so good, with checkpoints aplenty, that you usually get to repear that one fatal jump only. The music and voice acting is, in my opinion, very good. Same for graphics, even though some textures could be in higher resolution. That's especially visible in close ups. 90/100 and a trip to Wonderland.
Fun FactObsessor | Oct. 21, 2014 | Review of Warhammer 40000 Dawn of War II Retribution Word Bearers Skin Pack - PC
Word Bearers - one of the founding legions of space marines that betrayed the Emperor. Remember Eliphas from Chaos Rising and Retribution? Yep, he's one of them. Plus - that's a beautiful skin pack.
Very good remakeObsessor | Oct. 21, 2014 | Review of Tomb Raider Anniversary Steam - PC
What the title says - the game is remade in a very good way. It retains that oldschool feel of the original, while at the same time it is playable and enjoyable in 2014. If you want to know why this series is called Tomb Raider, and not "Stranded on an island" - play this remake, you won't regret it.
To hell and back again, tale of love lost.Obsessor | Oct. 21, 2014 | Review of Painkiller Hell Damnation - PC
Yeah, but ultimately who cares right? This game is packed with crazy looking enemies, and weapons ready to bring pain to those monsters. That's what matters in Painkiller. Intense action. Game that's best experienced in small doses, lest it may cause severe brain damage, trauma, mental disorders and urge to cuddle fluffy kittens. Great game to work out the stresses of everyday life.
Nostalgia ambushed me again.Obsessor | Oct. 21, 2014 | Review of Gothic II Gold - PC
Along with a pack of wolves, on the road to the Monastery. Beasts ate the sheep I've been taking there as an entry fee. I won't become a mage for a while... Gothic 2 is one of those games, which you start playing, and it ultimately ends up playing you. You get so immersed in the world and its affairs, you can't stop. For a 2003 game, the world is pretty big, and with Night of the Raven expansion, it's even bigger. And brings up a pirate class and themes for everyone to enjoy(you don't have to abandon your class to become a pirate, it's a side-job) Game is still fairly playable, offers many hours of joy, and a very believable, immersive world to explore. 90/100 and and Orc invasion force.
My sight is augmented.Obsessor | Oct. 7, 2014 | Review of Deus Ex Game of the Year Edition Steam - PC
First I saw a guy in a winter coat strolling through nighttime New York in sunglasses... I thought "Really? Those people(the developers)are mad..." Then my jaw dropped at the level of the story. Political intrigues, questions about where human race is going. The story is deep, and I recommend playing the game for it. Don't sneer at graphics or terrible main menu music. Just play it and you'll be amazed by Deus Ex's depth. A must play classic.
Not bad. But not good either.Obsessor | Oct. 7, 2014 | Review of Deus Ex Invisible War Steam - PC
In terms of advantages - the story to be sure. Biomods are made in a nice way. Also weapon upgrades are done in a proper way. Apart from that? It's a bad console port. Graphics was outdated even for it's time of release. Textures are in low resolution. Inventory is designed to be navigated with a pad. For a mouse+keyboard user, accustomed to PC style gaming it might be inconvenient. On top of it - ridiculous bugs. I consider myself a fan of first Deus Ex(and Human Revolution). Playing Invisible War was a tiresome endeavour. The only thing that kept me going, and that make the majority of my rating, was the story.
Human Revolution as it should beObsessor | Oct. 7, 2014 | Review of Deus Ex Deus Ex Human Revolution Directors Cut - PC
Exactly - the game feels now as it should from the very beginning. There is one major improvement I consider a pivotal point for playing Director's Cut instead of the initial release of this game. Finally you don't have to fight every boss in a typical shooter manner - which forced you to build your character, chose implants and stuff to be able to survive open engagement. Now you can find a stealth approach which utilizes your hacking and stealth skills. At last it is valid to make a character that fully relies on his hacking skills and not another Terminator. Another great thing - merged Missing Link DLC. And merged flawlessly and seamlessly, as ones who played base release of Deus Ex Human Revolution, know that you had to play Missing Link at a certain point in the story, or it became invalid and outright nonsensical to play. As for graphics - the devs removed golden filter from the screen. Some people did't like it. I did, so it feels a bit awkward to me. As for other stuff - weapons are somewhat smaller and their placement in Jensen's hands is different. All things considered, apart from my minor rant, I consider this game the proper Deus Ex. And it will be a great experience for fans and new players who want to know Deus Ex alike. 90/100 and vision augmentation implant!
This!Obsessor | Oct. 1, 2014 | Review of Poker Night 2 - PC
Yes, I grabbed this game when it was on sale for less than a pound. When not on sale it costs less than 4 pounds. And still totally worth it. I turned it on for a minute, just to play a hand or two. Got stuck for an hour. Losing 140,000$ in the process, and listening to some witty and funny commentaries. If you want to play single player poker(Texas Hold'em or Omaha), this is the thing for you. Even though people buy this game mostly for the free Team Fortress 2 and Borderlands items, you know what? I don't play TF2, I don't have Borderlands. And I still like to play Poker Night. Because it's simply fun.
More Majesty!Obsessor | Oct. 1, 2014 | Review of Majesty 2 Collection - PC
For someone who played the first installment, here's a quick summary: There are more buildings, units and fun than in the first Majesty. Plus you have 3 expansions. If you liked Majesty, you'll like Majesty 2. For those who don't know what this game's about: You can't control units directly. All you can do is place buildings, hire heroes, and flag markers for heroes. These can be called "quests." Those range from exploring a patch of land, through protecting a building, to killing monsters. I say quests because as with every quest, there is a reward. In gold. Your gold. You pay the heroes to do stuff. So it's basically that you are on the other end of every RPG, as a quest giver. Ever wanted to try that? Now is your chance. Be wary that the game may be hard. It is, however, very satisfying. And given you have three expansions and a mission editor, you will spend a lot of time with it. 80/100 and a rat infestation for your town.
A different approach to RTSObsessor | Sept. 29, 2014 | Review of Majesty Gold - PC
Long story short - you're a ruler of a kingdom full of monsters. But you don't build armies, in fact you can't control any unit! All you can do is issure orders to build structures, hire heroes and set "quests" with gold as rewards(your hard earned gold!). Then hero or two take up the mission, kill the monster, and you pay them. Very innovative. The game may be old, and ther is Majesty 2. Still, I recommend it, even if to just add it to your collection. A quality game.
Garrett got a makeoverObsessor | Sept. 29, 2014 | Review of Thief Deadly Shadows Steam - PC
And it's still very good. Some people argue that the "open city" is very small, and cut to pieces with so many loading screens. Still this is the first time when you don't have mission - cutscene - briefing - mission - cutscene, model. You go out there and find the missions yourself. You can go into some houses, shops, inns, storehouses and rob them. You can pickpocket people on the streets, then pawn the stolen goods and buy yourself some equipment. What bothers me about Deadly Shadows(but only in a moderate way)is the third person perspective option. You don't have to use it of course. That's why I don't consider it a big con. But TPP option breaks the immersion somehow. At least for me, after playing Thief and Thief 2 for such a long time. Apart from that it is still Thief, and at some points even better than both previous games! I can't recommend enough playing some of the missions - like the ones taking part in a burned orphanage and in a pirate's mansion. Those missions, have especially amazing atmosphere which was built by the use of professional voice acting and insane ambient music. As with previous instalments of the series, modding scene is strong with this one. You can find mods that I personally label essential, because they enhance the gameplay so much that they make the game perfect.
Garrett once againObsessor | Sept. 29, 2014 | Review of Thief II The Metal Age - PC
First of all - Thief 2 is much better than its predecessor. What makes me say that? Well, remember Thief 1? Many zombies, burricks, wraiths, caverns and ruins. In Thief 2 you can forget about all this. All missions are set in the city of Dayport. (Well not all, but I'm not spoiling the fun.) There are close to none supernatural enemies. You face mostly humans with addition of some steam propelled "robots" and sentries. And that's why it's so good. Pure thieving experience set in steampunk world with amazing story, great voice acting. Incredible ambient music too. As with The 1st Thief, you can easily find mods that will make the game look more than passable for today's gamer.
It's Garrett!Obsessor | Sept. 29, 2014 | Review of Thief Gold - PC
Thief - it all began 16 years ago. First person stealth game. After playing the first mission I was overwhelmed with the genius of developers. Later on, when I got to explore caves, ancient temples, ruins full of monsters and undead I was less happy. I wanted "pure" thieving experience. Without the need of dodging burricks and zombies. Still the game has amazing story and gameplay. That made me stick to it till the end. Gold version features few more missions - set in "normal" environment. The gameplay itself, well... As I stated - it's a stealth game. You have to avoid enemies at all costs, taking them down only when necessary and disposing of all evidence, unless you want to bring a dozen of searchers upon your head. Killing is loud and messy. Your victims will cry out and leave pools of blood that alert their comrades. The blackjack is your best friend if you need to take someone out. Stun a person and remove the unconscious fellow to a secluded place. When you face monsters like zombies or burricks it pays to just stay undetected. Undead can be destroyed only with holy water. Burricks can be killed, but they are very tough and better left alone. Thief is an old game to be sure, but it works very well on modern rigs. What's more - there are fan made HD mods that make the looks of the game quite enjoyable. So, all things considered, this is a must have for any game collector - history, and still enjoyable history! at your disposal.
More Dawn of War 2Obsessor | Sept. 27, 2014 | Review of Warhammer 40K Dawn of War II CR SEGA - PC
New campaing with a feature to import your save game from the original DoW2 campaign. Level 30 cap (increased from lvl 20 in the original). New heroes to join your team. New skills for every hero. Many new items, unseen in the original. And finally more good old Dawn of War 2 gameplay with very interesting story. Multiplayer is also worth a try, especially now that it has been sorted out and basically reactivated by Steam. So the game is totally worth your while.
Very satisfying gameObsessor | Sept. 27, 2014 | Review of Warhammer 40000 Space Marine Collection - PC
I always wanted to play a Space Marine. Not like in RTS games, or tabletop original, but actually impersonating single Space Marine. Here it is. With all the DLC possible. Space Marine lets you really feel like one of those nearly unstoppable killing machines. Take controls for instance. While moving around you actually feel that your character is encased in a massive, heavyweight armour. As for combat - you have various weapons at your disposal. At first it's just bolter pistol and a knife, later on you get a proper chainsword, bolter rifles, grenade launchers, laser rifles. Even a damn two handed warhammer and a jetpack. Combat in this game is one thing you will thoroughly enjoy. More so, because developers implemented a feature of unlocking new moves and passive abilities making your combat experience more versatile. Graphically the game looks all right for its time of release. I had a minor problem with sound however. It kept glitching, characters were sometimes speaking in a high pitched voice. Fortunately after fumbling with sound drivers I was able to eliminate this annoyance. As for multiplayer, I managed to play few matches. It is basically an arena with countless waves of Orks. A team of four players try to fend off the attackers for as long as possible. You rack up kills, get experience points and unlock new gear for the class that you're currently playing. There are standard ranged marines, melee fighters, and heavy gunners wielding powerful heavy bolters that require a time to set up, and slow the character down a lot, but deal massive damage. To sum up - a solid game that will make you feel like a Space Marine.
Like Skyrim, but with guns.Obsessor | Sept. 23, 2014 | Review of Far Cry 3 - PC
Well, I've spent one hundred hours on this game so far. It should be quite a recommendation already. If not please read on. It won't be long. Storyline is very intense, with few nice plot twists and crazy situations. Graphics, voice acting and music are top level performances. As for multiplayer, I enjoyed coop very much, because you can level up your character, unlock new weapons and many upgrades for them, including camouflage patterns. The single player experience is also very entertaining, as the game belongs to so popular free roam genre. And of course it has many things to offer - liberating tens of outposts, unlocking unique weapons, finding boar/spider/shark figurines, almost a hundred of them in total, hidden in crazy places. You can drive, fly, swim, hunt. It's like the title says - Skyrim with guns. Much shorter as it's not a RPG with hundreds of sidequests. But still very satisfying game that's worth playing.
Good old Civ.Obsessor | Sept. 18, 2014 | Review of Sid Meiers Civilization III Complete - PC
That's that. Classic strategy gem. Yes - gem. Iv'e owned this game almost since it was released in 2001. I won't lie saying that I've spent several hundred hours with this game. But nowdays it's just a curiosity. Cheap legend to add to your Steam library if you're a collector or a fan of the Civ series. Nonetheless - a gem, as, in my humble opinion, Civ III is one of the best games in the series.
Detective story!Obsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of LA Noire Steam - PC
I love detective novels set in the early XXth century. They have certain charm to them. The peoples clothes, the music, overall atmosphere. I love it. If you are like me, don't hesitate for a moment, you will weep while impersonating Cole Phelps in his career as a detective in Los Angeles of late 1940's. The amazing facial animations are there for a reason too - you have to watch the people you talk to very closely, and listen to what they say, and in what manner they say it. Only if you're a keen observer, a true detective, you can uncover the truth. And even then you can be fooled sometimes. That's the game's magic. Overall impression - shut up and take my money. I got the game on sale, was pretty fortunate in that, but now that I played it - I would buy it again for full price. It's that good. 100/100 and a night in a jazz club.
Well...Obsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of Shaun White Skateboarding - PC
At first it seemed like a nice game, especially given the backstory - you're a skater in a world where all the fun and games are forbidden. People can't laugh or play as it is a crime aganst the status quo. Neat. But the game itself... Let's put it straight - SW Skateboarding is NOT outright bad. But I have some minor issues with the controls. Which in a sports/action game is the most important part. So I didn't enjoy the game in full, as sometimes my character wouldn't do what I "told" him to do. Maybe that has something to do with me using the keyboard to play, as my last pad got... um... well, destoryed. On the good side - I liked the looks of the game. The black-and-white city before you "liberate" it. And the blossoming of colours when you free people from under the "spell" of "not-being-allowed-to-feel-joy" All things considered - Shaun White Skatebording is not a game I can recommend with a clear conscience, but a skateboarding fan would probably find it amusing and worthwile.
Not a big fan of RTSObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of RUSE - PC
But RUSE won my attention nonetheless! First of all, because it's not a hard game to learn. You get the hang of things pretty fast. Everything is clearly explained in the first few missions. Each one introduce new elements and give you a time to familiarize with it. The titular "ruses" are the key to victory. You can fool your enemy about the size of your force, about the movements, etc. I also loved the graphics in the game. You can zoom far out, so that the units are displayed as tokens, little plastic soldiers we played with as kids. Or you can zoom so close as to see every single soldier, watch him fire his rifle... and die if you're a bad commander. I really enjoyed playing RUSE, and that coming from a person who's not into RTS... I think it means the game is really worth a try.
Repetitive but funObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of From Dust - PC
At least for some time. The idea behind this game got me instantly. Last thing similar I can remember playing was Black & White. So if you know that one, you get the general idea behind From Dust - you play a god. You can control the elements, moving the ground, draining water, play with fire and all this stuff. The goal is to move your worshippers from one place to another. Pretty simple.
Decent shooterObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of Call of Juarez The Cartel - PC
As the title states. You get a good first person shooter, pretty decent graphics, nice music and believable characters. The game also has some measure of replayability, as you can chose three different characters to impersonate. Each time you get a bit different story, as every person has his/her own life and problems to deal with. All things considered - good shooter to waste some time with on a boring day.
Spooky shooterObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of FEAR Overflow 1 - PC
Yep! As much as I dislike classic shooters - those with medkits and ammo lying around, FEAR got through to me. I was really hooked into the story. The scares aren't that scary in my opinion. There are few "jumpscares" that can take you unaware and raise your blood preasure a bit. Overall game impression - very good. Decent graphics(for its time of release), great sounds and music. Good story. All that topped with good FPS experience. A worthwile game. And it comes with two expansions, both of which are pretty long, so you get a lot of play time from this one.
Quite funObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of Warhammer 40000 Storm of Vengeance - PC
I played this game on my tablet. My machine isn't brand new or powerful, but the game worked very nice. As fro the game itself - it's not something amazing to be honest. A tower defense game with some nice mechanics, meaning skills and such. What makes it worthwile are two things. First, for me personally, it was the length. Storm of Vengeance has quite a number of missions, and if you enjoy tower defense games, that will do you in. Secondly - the Warhammer 40k setting. I likfe WH40k, have some games set in this universe. If you like the place where "there is only war," you should have a blast with this game here. The graphics may not be much at first glance, but it's rather neat and rich with details The music and sounds are also likeable. I haven't had the opportunity to try multiplayer, so I can't speak about it. But my overall rating of this game places it in the top of my tower defense game's list. I recommend it without a second thought.
You are weak, you must feedObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver - PC
Raziel, Kain, Nosgoth. If those doesn't tell you anything... Get this game ASAP! If you already know this soul sucking vampire, the more you should get acquainted with this title. This here is more than decent 3D platformer/beat 'em up. Quite like Tomb Raider, but with vampires, and gloomy dark fantasy settings. With some sick monsters lurking about. I must mention the awesome music which is so good, always going in tune with what you see on the screen. On the cons side - badly working camera. If you play with a keyboard like me, be prepared to hit 0 on the keypad, next to the arrows, to right the cam. But that's the only con of this game I can think of. Once again - amazing title.
Seriously StrangeObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of Kane and Lynch 2 Dog Days - PC
I mean like... What the hell I just saw? Some things you see on the screen are just hilarious, other disturbing. I loved the story, the struggle of those two guys. It was something to behold. Alas... The game is terribly short and linear. But the story guys - totally worth seeing. It's like an action movie. Things are intense out there. No stopping, no rest. That's why I give this game such a high rating.
Best of the BestObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of Hitman Blood Money Steam - PC
The title sums it up. This is, officially, the best Hitman game ever created. Why? The freedom lads. You have many and more ways to complete every assassination. Every time you get a new job, you're dropped into a huge level, where it;s your wits vs the enemies. From indiscriminate slaughter to being an invisible hand that nudges and pushes unsuspecting victims into "accidental deaths." And that mind blowing ending... 100/100 isn't enough.
Mixed feelingsObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of Hitman Contracts - PC
Yes. That's in short my review of the third Hitman game. Here we get something totally different. The gameplay is more or less the same, but the story... Felt like the developers were content with what they got so far. Not keen on inventing more at the moment. So we get to replay some missions from previous games. Sure there are new moves, new ways to eliminate your targets. It's just I expected something brand new, not flashbacks. Don't get me wrong though. I loved the game and I recommend you add it to your collection.
A ClassicObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of Hitman Codename 47 Steam - PC
This is one of those game that were like a pebble which started an avalanche. And now we have five instalments of the series with new one in making. You should do yourself a favor and grab this one. Run it at least once and see for yourself where this legend originated. You won't be disappointed. The game still works and looks surprisingly well. What's more you can run it at insane resolutions. That's an example of a game well made. Well, what are you waiting for. Know the origins of the Bald Assassin. And if you already know just get it to add to your collection. I did.
Solid and fun shooterObsessor | Sept. 3, 2014 | Review of Alien Rage - PC
Alien Rage features good graphics and fun, old-school shooting experience. Lots of enemies, many weapons, score counter. It's a very good game to play after work, just to let off some steam. Any shooter fan will like this game.
Better or wose than first Bioshock?Obsessor | Aug. 24, 2014 | Review of BioShock 2 Steam - PC
People are divided among lovers and haters of Bioshock 2. I say it's just... different from its predecessor. It improves on what was good in the first game, buffs up the graphics a bit(Little Sisters aren't looking like some horror movie creeps anymore). You can argue if the story is as good as it was in Bioshock 1. I can't really decide if I liked the first or the second game best. Both appeal to me in some ways. I enjoyed being a hunted survivor of plane crash from Bioshock as much as impersonating a Big Daddy in the second game. And having a fixed goal from the beginning - saving Elanor was a nice touch compared to "I don't know where I am or what I'm doing" atmosphere from the first game. You just have to answer this question for yourself. But be sure, you won't be disappointed playing Bioshock 2.
How much Bioshock is there in Bioshock?Obsessor | Aug. 24, 2014 | Review of Bioshock Infinite Post Overflow - PC
Not enough to my liking. Oh, I enjoyed the game. Played it to the hilt, loved wandering around with Elizabeth. Liked the plot to the point that I finished the game in two big "bites." Three hours of play on first day, seven on the second. Well, ten hours doesn't seem like much, but it's a standard these days. We have to deal with it. Columbia looks nothing like Rapture of course. Thus there is close to none horror theme in Infinite. There are some attempts at scares, but... thes are scarce. And poor. Well, all things considered it's a FPS you should play. It got too much hype and it set the expectations too high. So please don't expect some magic happening while you play. You may be awed with the vistas, confused with some plot twists, or the ending for that matter. Oh, just try the game. Confusion, awe, that I can pretty much guarantee. Disappointment? Not at all. But still I think that previous games were better. Especially first Bioshock. That's maybe because you have actually some measure of control over the possible endings of Bioshock and Bioshock 2. Whereas in Infinite all the "decisions" mean nothing in the long run. But if this game's on a sale, like when I write this review - don't hesitate(I didn't)and buy it.
Good DLCObsessor | Aug. 24, 2014 | Review of BioShock 2 Minervas Den - PC
This is one good DLC to a great game. Alas, in my experience it had one flaw. Crashes. While original game did not crash even once, Minerva's Den did quite a few times. But apart from that I can't say a bad thing about this DLC. New hero(Subject Sigma), new weapons - laser cannon is great. New plasmids. And of course a nice, but fairly short, story. These make a solid addition to Bioshock 2.
Epic FPS experienceObsessor | Aug. 24, 2014 | Review of BioShock BioShock 2 Pack - PC
Two of the best FPS out there. They have some RPG elements to spice up the gameplay. You can juggle plasmids and tonics to play the games your way. Weapons can be upgraded to, but beware, as the uprgades have a finite number, and NOT all weapons can be upgraded. So chose wisely. Stories behind those games are trully amazing. And you can actually chose, to some extent of course, how the games will end! They have multiple endings, so you can play both games few times to get them all. As I stated in the beginning - Bioshock + Bioshock 2 are excellent FPS games. Also, they are worthy successors, or heirs if you will, of System Shock 2. If you enjoyed said game, you will not be dissappointed in Bioshock.
System Shock 2 RebornObsessor | Aug. 24, 2014 | Review of BioShock Overflow 1 - PC
Bioshock doesn't have the RPG depth of System Shock 2, but it well deserves being called SS2 spiritual heir. From the atmosphere of loneliness through discovering the story by means of audio tapes, to hacking minigame which is almost a copy of SS2 one. If you're an older gamer, who remembers(and likes)System Shock, you'll be pleased with Bishock. If you're not... Well, it's your chance to know the father of Bioshock Infinite. A father who, in my opinion, surpasses his child.
Good for one playthrough.Obsessor | Aug. 21, 2014 | Review of Mafia II Overflow - PC
And the title pretty much sums things up. The game has great story, very nice music - that's one of the reasons I'm giving it such a high score. But it's linear. If you played it once... Nothing will be different on the second go. Not even a minor change. You have to do things exactly as they were designed to be done. I was expecting a bit more "GTA like" gameplay. With likeness to GTA IV and some choices you had. This made me play the game second and third time. In Mafia 2... Well... Still I think the game's very, very good. Especially if you like, as I do, the 40's and 50's atmosphere, with it's styles in music and clothing.
Amazing storyObsessor | Aug. 17, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham City Game of the Year Overflow 1 - PC
I don't know, neither do I care, if anyone agrees, but the story in Arkham City is amazing. I'm not giving any spoilers, just saying - be ready for some nasty twists in the plot. The only con here is that the main story is awfully short - finished it in 7 hours, but I also roamed the city for about an hour, so following the story only will be about 6 hours of play. Too short. However there is the open world, hundreds of Riddler challenges, and some accessible only by Batman or Catwoman, so you have to switch characters! There are many side-quests too. Also, as in Arkham Asylum, we get challenges on a kind of arenas where we pit our skills against many enemies. Finally - in GOTY edition - there is additional short campaign where you impersonate Robin and Batman. If that's not enough, there is New Game Plus feature - harder than normal game, but you keep all the upgrades from your previous play-through. All things considered - this game's worth playing. I only wish the main story would be longer.
New LaraObsessor | Aug. 17, 2014 | Review of Tomb Raider GOTY - PC
Not only Lara. Whole game is nothing like the Tomb Radier games we're used to. And that's not bad, because what we get here is an intense single player experience. There are some inconsistencies. Like for example - At the beginning of the game Lara cringes from killing a deer, to feed herself. Twenty minutes later she kills her first man and is all sobs. Sixty seconds after that she's a killing machine, shooting and strangling everyone in her path. But if you get over it, like I did, Tomb Raider is an amazing action game. Everything's crumbling around you, explosions wreak havoc on the environment. Goons are shooting at you. One misstep and you're dead(fortunately checkpoints are numerous, so you will not have to repeat huge chunks of the game). And death... Some animations are more than suggestive. Outright sadistic. Either it's the enemies dying, or unfortunate Lara suffering a fatal accident(at one point you swim in a rushing river and if you're not fast enough Lara will end up with a metal bar, sticking through her skull). As many people say - GOTY's not worth the price. I bought it because it was on sale, half the price of normal edition. The DLCs aren't anything special. But the single player campaign. It's worth every penny.
Eerie atmosphereObsessor | Aug. 13, 2014 | Review of Fallout New Vegas Dead Money - PC
Yup, this one's strange. Not like "what the heck is this thing?" but rather "wow..." In my opinion one of the best, if not the best, DLC released for FNV. The Casino looks amazing, new enemies are creepy, and the characters you meet in the famous casino are amazing. What else, well, few new weapons and armors, another level cap increase, and of course new perks. All things considered - very good DLC, definitely not a rip off.
A little boost.Obsessor | Aug. 13, 2014 | Review of Fallout New Vegas Couriers Stash - PC
Just like the title says. You get few items which give you better start into your adventure. Plus you get a Vault 13 hip flask, which comes in handy as your character can drink from it, and never dehydrate. Neat. And the price's adequate to what you get.
Spooky at times.Obsessor | Aug. 13, 2014 | Review of Blinding Dark - PC
Considering it's an indie title, and a game under 10£, it is suprisingly good. A solid horror mixed with first peron shooter. What it's lacking is serious AI of your enemies, some glitches, minor lags. What it has is nice atmosphere, scary ambient, nice mix of weapons and spells. Before purchasing I would advise checking out the demo version available from the developer's website.
Look, it's Batman!Obsessor | Aug. 12, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham City Game of the Year Overflow 1 - PC
After Arkham Asylum I was speechless. As a kid I used to collect all kinds of comic books. Batman, Superman. Later on I dropped those in favour of Spawn and some other, more "mature" heroes. Well... After first hour in this game, just like it was the case with Arkham Asylum, I just sat there, head bobbing, and said "Damn..." This game's amazing. It has it's ups and downs, as every game. Nothing's perfect. Never. You're either blind or too infatuated to see the flaws. But, not being a big fan of Batman, I simply loved the game. The characters, the city of Gotham. As I'm writing this, the game's on sale. GOTY edition. All DLC. Don't hesitate. Get it now.
Under Jolly Roger!Obsessor | Aug. 12, 2014 | Review of Assassins Creed IV Black Flag UPLAY - PC
I love pirate settings. Maybe not like in Pirates of Carribean, but more dirty, more real. And as AC 4 goes, I'm not disappointed. Again we get a beautiful game, full of historical referrences, which I love. With pure action, free roam, guaranteed to steal many, many hours of one's time. There are so many possibilities of activities at first you may be dumbfounded as what to do. Explore, sail your ship, upgrade it, look for treasures, fight naval battles. And if you're wondering if this is a real AC game, so different. Well, it is different. You're in fact a pirate. But don't worry. It is still good old Assassin's Creed. With great plot and lots of action. Surely not a disappointment.
Ezzio Auditore at his best.Obsessor | Aug. 12, 2014 | Review of Assassins Creed Brotherhood Deluxe - PC
After amazing Assassin's Creed 2 we get the Brotherhood. Changing charming Venice for Rome. I personally didn't like it at first. Too much countryside locations, not enough roaming through city. But after a time I came to love Brotherhood. It expands AC potential. You get to lead a whole guild. Hiring new assassins, sending them on missions that fill the guild's coffers. The graphics and music are like in AC 2, just a bit more refined when it comes to graphics. And what's more important, again you are thrown headfirst into amazingly detailed world set in our world's history with characters who actually lived there and then. That's one of the reasons I love AC series. Historical referrences. To sum up - more AC 2, more Ezzio, more possibilities(managing assassin's guild!). A worthy successor of AC 2.
Hashashin...Obsessor | Aug. 12, 2014 | Review of Assassins Creed UPLAY - PC
The word originates with far east, the Order of Hashashin, highly skilled killes, employing their skills in order to manipulate the world. They were experts at political plays, through blackmail or assassination. And here is a game where you are a part of this organization. But wait, there's more. Even though this is purely fictional story it is rooted in actual historic setting. The middle ages Jerusalem. The game is a free roam. You get an assignment, your target, the person you have to... dispose of. And carry out that assignment with attention to details. First you gather intel, plan your moves, check for best escape routes, learn about your target's habits. And finally strkie. With surgical precision, taking out your target and disappearing. Or slaughtering indiscriminately. The cons of the game are few, but nonetheless annoying. First of all, the preparation before every assassination looks exactly the same. You complete the same steps every time. Very repetitive and in after few assignments plainly boring. Secondly, a mild con... Game's world is pretty small for me. I hoped for a bigger place to roam. Nevertheless this game is a must have, must play! Not perfect, with a graphics that's now outdated. No matter. It's still great. If you haven't yet, please get to know the "father" of Ezzio, Connor and Edward Kenway, the famous Altair.
Simply beautifulObsessor | Aug. 12, 2014 | Review of Assassins Creed 2 Deluxe Edition - PC
This game will win you, no matter who you are or what you do. To have a chance of roaming Venice... To witness first hand the beauty of architecture. And to immerse yourself in this amazingly detailed world. The plot and characters themselves are very good too. You get to meet young Leonardo da Vinci! This is what I like in Assassin's Creed games - you are entering a "real" world. Of course the story is purely fictional. But embedded in factual events. Creators of AC were brilliant in their use of the best asset there is in creating works of art - our history. The graphics may not be state of the art, but I commend it for being very detailed. Architecture, those arches and domes will make you purr like a kitten. Music is also very good, it's style and tempo heats up your blood during battles, and provides a chilling atmosphere when you roam the world . Get this game guys, it comes from the original Assassin's Creed, refines it, and is much much better than the first part.
Not a action RPG, not a Hack'n'Slash. Nope.Obsessor | Aug. 10, 2014 | Review of Sacred 3 - PC
Lets get one thing straight. This is not a Sacred 3 as you'd expect it. An action RPG like the previous ones. It's more like some spin-off of the series. Here you chose one hero and run around slaughtering enemies. Graphics and music look and sound very nice, As it should, when you consider the game weights 25GB and needs quite a gaming rig to run smoothly. As for the gameplay... It's surprisingly fun. When you set aside the grudges of disappointed Sacred fans, you get a very good action game. Maybe not worth the money it costs now, but on a promotion, certainly worth it.
Odin!Obsessor | Aug. 7, 2014 | Review of Vikings Roses Unleash the War Pack - PC
Well, I've been giddy with anticipation for War of the Vikings. This here is a nice pack, with some goodies. Games itself though... War of the Vikings. It's a step forward from War of the Roses. Combat and overall "feeling" of the game is better. You have more customization options for your warrior. As in the first game there are perks for your character, upgrades for weapons, horse monuted combat, and so on. Weapons and armor are looking neat, I'm no specialist, but they do look like real ones from the epoch might. Graphics also very nice, though this is a secondary thing for me in such games. What's most important is that it plays without lag. And here you have to have a good gaming rig to run this game smoothly. War of the Roses. Well, what to say about it. An older brother of the aforementioned game. Almost everything said about Vikings applies to this game. Perks, many historically accurate weapons, customization, and so on. You can upgrade your statistics, use perks, fight on horseback, etc. All in all, if you want decent fighting game set in medieval, with many customization options and complex builds, those games may be your thing. If you'd like pure action you might consider Chivalry.
That's it folks!Obsessor | Aug. 7, 2014 | Review of Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition - PC
I already reviewed Fallout 3, this here is just me adding few words on this release. Here you get all the DLC, which make the game a complete experience. You can level up to 30(20 in the initial release), and can get many new weapons, perks, armors, and what's more important - whole lot of new missions to play. A good reason for getting this version is that all the DLC are more expensive than the base game, or this here GOTY release. So if you're considering buying Fallout 3 - get the GOTY.
Ratonhnhaké:ton a.k.a. ConnorObsessor | Aug. 7, 2014 | Review of Assassins Creed III Deluxe Edition EMEA - PC
I like the new protagonist of Assassin's Creed 3 very much. As much as I liked Ezzio Auditore in the second installment of the series. It is very enjoyable to roam the wilderness(although it's a bit spoiled by some nuances here and there). But the heart of the game are fights in the city. AC3 improves the combat, adds firearms, many new weapons(fighting with tomahawk is both - satisfying to do and watch). Again I was immersed deeply in the story. Mostly thanks to it being "hinged" on real historical events. That's why I like Assassin's Creed series so much. Game looks amazing, at least that's my impression. Music's properly emotional. And finally in this pack you get a lot of content which makes it a complete, whole, experience. Considering the game was released in 2012 it could be a bit cheaper. But in case of some sale, don't hesitate to get it.
Too short.Obsessor | Aug. 7, 2014 | Review of Far Cry 3 Deluxe Bundle DLC Pack - PC
These missions here are very funny. Stuff with Hurk as well as crawling through abandoned Japanes underground facilities. Alas, both those are short lived experiences. It takes very little time to complete the Lost Expeditions, with Monkey Business it's bit better, as the missions are very intense, especially the last ones. Other bonuses are a nice touch. I like the soundtrack much.
A worthy finale?Obsessor | Aug. 7, 2014 | Review of Mass Effect 3 EU - PC
I've played first Mass Effect soon after its release. After finishing it I was hungry for more. Mass Effect 2 came and went. Still haven't satiated my hunger. And Mass Effect 3 left me with a feeling of disappointment. I was disappointed that it's already over, the end to one of my favorite series. Oh, the game has its flaws. Nonetheless is worth playing. Especially if you liked previous ME games. What you get here is a fine story wrapped up in very good graphics and amazing music. A worthy finale indeed.
Back to the future.Obsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of Diakatana - PC
This is a strange game. I remember it was announced by Ion Storm as something new, never seen before. Well, in my humble opinion, they didn't live up to those expectations. Story revolves around Daikatana - ancient and powerful sword. The game is set in four time periods. Futuristic Japan, ancient Greece, middle ages - Norway and "present times" - San Francisco. Each period features its own weapons and enemies. We jump through time, fighting demons and "normal" enemies in order to recharge Daikatana and jump to another period of Earth's history to repeat the process. Same thing. Four times. Graphics is well... It's a game from 2000, so what do you expect it to be? But even back then it was bad, as there were few games which had better engines. Daikatana features Quake II engine, and at the time of its release it had to rival, and inevitably lose, to Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament. This game is no more than curiosity. I have it in my Steam library, and I played it years ago on a DRM free copy. Like I said - a curiosity, nothing more. If you're a collector though, you might consder getting it. With a label: "A game on which Romero tripped himself and bruised his knees."
Breathtaking experience.Obsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of Omikron The Nomad Soul - PC
This game is amazing. It is an adventure game, with lots of exploration, dialogues and finding solutions to problems you usually face in adventure games. But when you play it you notice few differences. First of all there is no main character. You are an entity that can posess virtually anyone. And this is required to advance through the game. Apart from adventure mode there are two more. A beat 'em up, with many combos and upgrades, with tournaments where you can earn cash and other rewards. And a FPS, with various weapons. What else... The world of Omikron actually lives. You can explore it like in GTA. Go here, there, visit shops, go to a concert of David Bowie! Buy music in a store and listen to it in your apartment. And all this in a game released in 1999. Nice, isn't it? The plot is about saving the world, pretty cliche, right? But you get so deeply immersed in this beautiful, detailed world. I picked this game up about ten years ago and played through it few times so far. It's an amazing, breathtaking experience. It's a shame that game such as this was forgotten. Alas, as it is often the case - the world wasn't ready for it in 1999. Combining an adventure with FPS and beat 'em up, set in a detailed science fiction world of Omikron and featuring great music by David Bowie. A real gem for a collector.
Funny game.Obsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of Space Rangers HD A War Apart - PC
There are tons of things to do here. You can fight in the ongoing war against unstoppable machines(theme similar to Borg collective from Star Trek). You can be a pirate or a trader. Or you can combine all of those for maximized effect. This game is a mix of open space exploration and combat, with well developed trading element. The galaxy is live, there is something going on all the time. Many jobs and missions to complete, sometimes popping out of nowhere. And there is a part of the game where you descend on a planet to complete a ground mission in full 3D. Purely RTS gameplay, where you have to destroy enemy base with mechs that you can construct from scratch combining many parts available - torsos, heads, legs or tracks, many different weapons. There are also text, yes - text! - based missions. You are faced with tasks like participating in culinary contest, or trying to get something done in a place where beaurocracy is taken to whole new level of nastiness. Feels like some old, old adventure game. Yes, all this in one game. Very satisfying experience.
More Shank!Obsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of Shank 2 Steam - PC
I was very happy to see the continuation of Shank's adventures. Here you get more of beautiful. hand drawn, comic book style graphics, good music and sfx, satisfying action. It's bigger and better than first Shank, as it should be with any sequel. That's why it's worth getting. Shank learned some new moves, got additional weapons, and is again set to fight crimelords in order to save his friends. Shank 2 features coop play on an arena - you have to defend three crucial points against enemies who try to plant bombs there. You can play this on one screen if you have additional controller(pad), or online with random people. Game supports Steam play so it's very easy, no logging in, no looking for servers, just click'n'play.
Playable comic book.Obsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of Shank - PC
That's how I see this game. Very stylish hand drawn characters and backgrounds, lots of action. Cliche plot, but who cares, right? It's a beat 'em up. You play for an hour or so, and get up very satisfied. As I already said, I like the looks of this game very much. Same for music and audio in general. Professionaly made, with cool main theme. This game's worth a try, I own both parts, and I'm proud of it.
For the Emperor, up and personal.Obsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of Warhammer 40000 Space Marine SEGA - PC
I liked playing this game after completing Dawn of War 1 and 2. Always dreamed to actually play as one of those powerful warriors of the Emperor. Dream come true? Not quite. The game is repetitive and silly at times. Graphics look all right, music does not interfere too much, it's there at the edge of your consciousness. Gameplay itself - as I mentioned - repetitive. You clear room after room of enemies, dumb enemies. There are some upgrades and boosters to make the game less boring, and it succeeds to some extent. I managed to play the game through to the end once. And I don't think I'll be back for more. One time's enough. I have tried some online play. It's a simple coop on an arena-like map where you fend off wave upon wave of enemies. But hey, it's an universe where there is only war, so what else can you expect, right? Good game for one playthrough.
Best Star WolvesObsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of Star Wolves 3 Civil War steam - PC
It's simply the first game, and second one, multipiled. There are more fighters to chose from(now the game has five tiers of ships, compared to three in the first installment of the series). What's also a big step ahead is the fact that you get new motherships as you progress through the story. In midgame you get a mothership that can take out whole wings of fighters on its own. That is an awesome progress from the first game, where your mothership was very vulnerable and you had to run away from any fighting, except maybe the weakest enemies, like pirates. As I said in the beginning - Star Wolves is bigger and better than its predecessors. If you haven't played previous games you won't miss much. Just a few characters from first game appearing in Star Wolves 3. Also plot refers to some previous occurrences. To sum up - this one's the is the best what Star Wolves have to offer. As an off note - there was a standalone expansion planned for SW3, but it was never released. A shame if you ask me.
What the...Obsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of Star Wolves - PC
That was my first impression after installing Star Wolves. I grabbed it in a market for a buck or two and forgot about it for a time. When i finally found time to play the game I couldn't stop! Doesn't mean it's so good. Oh no. It has some flaws. First one which comes to my mind is infantile plot and bad voice acting. What else... Graphics, It's not awful, but not very good either. And music is a bit annoying. However, the game itself is suprisingly addictive. You fly around with your mothership, which you can upgrade by installing new modules - weapons and systems like shields, engines, radar and antimissile systems. Your mothership is also your base. It serves as a carrier for up to six fighters. But to launch these fighters you have to have pilots to man them. Pilots, meaning the characters, you can recruit when you play through the story, You simply meet new people to join your crew. But it's not a given that they will join you. Or stay with you forever. It depends on how you talk with them and what you do when you meet them. They may become your friends or fly away. It's that simple. When you start a new game you decide what specialization your pilot will posess. There are three - piloting, gunnery and systems operator(meaning your character is better than others at handling antimissile/radar/repair systems thus becoming a very valuable wingman). This choice determins how a character's developement skill tree will look like. There are no "levels" however. In Star Wolves you simply gain skill points for defeating enemies and spend those points on desired skills. It's exactly the same with the characters that join you. Each one has his or her specialization from among the three I mentioned above. There are many fighters to chose from, grouped in three tiers. Each tier has three distinct classes of fighters. Light ones, being able to mount light guns. They usually posess some pylons to mount rockets. Heavy fighters can mount big guns - gatlings, lasers, plasma cannons. All those packing a punch. Heavy fighters have more hitpoins and better shields than other crafts but lack in mobility. And finally there are missile fighters, having up to four pylons to mount missiles/unguided or guided rockets and using few light weapons to fend off attackers. As is the case with mothership, fighers are fully customizable - you mount desired weapons and systems on them(again the choice is shield upgrades, radars, antimissile, repair systems). To get new fighters you have to find a shop(meaning a space station)and simply buy them. So you have to earn cash. That is done by completing story missions and sidequests. Additionaly you can just buy goods in one star system and sell it elsewhere. Or hunt pirates for bounty. This game has great potential, and if you weren't discouraged by my long review and cons I described at the beginning, you should give it a try.
You can drive tanks here.Obsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of Men of War Assault Squad Steam - PC
That's one of the features that got me in this game. You can actually drive and shoot with tanks. And not only tanks. Jeeps, APCs, mortars, heavy machine guns. You can take direct control over anything here. Men of War has other features that make it great - for one it's unforgiving. If you try attacking only with armored forces, you'll get obliterated. You need to combine infantry and armor, provide covering fire with heavy machine guns and mortars to advance without losing 3/4 of your troops. What else? You can destroy things! Bunkers on your way? No problem! Load high explosive shells on your tanks, or use such for your mortars. Problem solved. That's another great feature - Every unit has its inventory which, of course, runs out over time. You have to resupply. And consider what ammo to use against what is thrown at you. No use shooting infantry squads with armor piercing rounds. This game's demanding and punishing. It will take time to learn and master, but in the end will provide much satisfaction. Fights arent waged on great scale, you focus on few units and have to use them skillfuly to complete assigned tasts. When you learn what you're doing it's possible to win a battle without losing more than few infantrymen. And with a bit of luck and lots of tactical skill you'll win without losses.
More Fallout in Fallout!Obsessor | Aug. 5, 2014 | Review of Fallout New Vegas Bethesda - PC
This is the game. Fallout 3 was good, Fallout New Vegas beats it with a baseball bat and leaves in the desert to die. It feels more like Fallout 2. In Fallout New Vegas we're experiencing another amazing opening. While in FO3 our charactere was born, in FNV it dies at the beginning. Quite a twist. And after that it only gets better. There are factions vying for control over Mojave, with you in the middle. And again, after a linear Fallout 3, you get to decide who will win, and who will die. You will plot, cheat, steal and kill your way through Mojave desert full of bandits, Legionnaires, New California Republic troops and simple people(and mutants, and ghouls). To any end you desire. And the grande finale... Oh boy, ain't that a kick in the head...
I want out...Obsessor | Aug. 5, 2014 | Review of BlackBay Asylum - PC
A good game, considering how it was made by one person. That's a rather risky enterprise given the genre of this game. Adventure games have a lot of text. And it has to be consistent, easy to read. This game has it all. I like the idea of switching between first person and third person view. I like the game's story, completely mad. And I like how much work the guy who made it must have put into it. There are ten chapters which will take about six hours to complete. Which again isn't bad for an indie game. Puzzles are quite challenging, but not strenuous. Humour in the game is a big contrast to the otherwise gloomy atmosphere. That provides overall feeling of madness, And that's a quite enjoyable experience.
Third time's the charm!Obsessor | Aug. 5, 2014 | Review of WRC 3 - PC
So... Take WRC 2, fix the most annoying things, ad some polish(alas not enough... again). Looks like guys from Milestone are finally getting the hang of this racing games business. Cars handle nicely, graphics are ok(still not awesome, but this series wasn't known of having graphics above the "ok" level), music... well, I never notice it, I'm too busy trying(and failing)to stay on the track. I don't know why people sneer at career. I liked it in WRC 2, like it in third part. To sum up, WRC series is doing fine. It's not a great AAA game to get all the hype and love of teenagers weeping "mommy pls." But it's certainly fun to play it
Much better than it's predecessorObsessor | Aug. 5, 2014 | Review of WRC 2 - PC
Yep, it's whole lot better than the first WRC made by Milestone. I will dispense with the obvious, like upgraded graphics and stuff. Just jumping to the conclusion. WRC 2 has more cars, more races, and finally career mode is quite fun to play. You won't get bored half way through just to forget about the game and remember the time you spent playing it with disgust. Many new tracks and better car handling system ensure that. Still, game lacks that "polish," which would make it stand out. It comes and goes without much hype, and it falls to people like us to show it some appreciation. I don't usually play racing games. I find them quite boring in fact. With WRC 2 i wasn't bored at all. Even if it's not a great game like for instance DiRT, it's really worth a try. Coming from a person who sneers at racing games it means something.
Yet another rally game.Obsessor | Aug. 5, 2014 | Review of WRC FIA World Rally Championship - PC
Realism of driving is pretty good. I can't say if it's comparable to other rally games out there, because WRC is the only one I've played. But the cars feel "proper" if you know what I mean. Heavy and powerful, or light and underpowered. Depends on the car. Difficulty settings provide wide range of help to those who don't want realistic driving but just driving. And having fun. Cars look pretty considering the year of the game's release. Destruction models are on the other hand poor. Music is there, somewhere. Not bothering you much, meaning you can focus on driving. All in all the game is in the middle of my scale of "fun provided." There are lots of cars and categories to drive in. Career is pretty long(and at some points plainly dull). There is some degree of customization for cars. As well as few uprgades you can make. There are two more installments of this series, and you would be better off playing WRC 2 or 3. Those are much better, just like the developer was learning how to make the game as it should be.
I'm the Batman!Obsessor | Aug. 5, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Overflow 1 - PC
Well, I never was a big fan of "Bats," as Joker and his crew of madmen call Batman over and over again. I prefer differend comic heroes. But this game is just awesome. It looks and plays like a charm. I liked almost everything about it. Two things don't feel right to me. Primo - voice acting. It is awesome when you listen to Joker, Poison Ivy, Croc, Harley Quinn and other villains. Batman sonds a little "stiff." Same can be said about most of the Arkham Asylum guards and doctors. Well, thankfully it's Joker and his "flying circus" you're listening to most of the time. Secundo - The Riddler Challenges. I mean, I don't consider myself a very bright person. I'm not trying to boast. But those riddles and trophies. It took me few hours to get them all. When I finished the story, got all the upgrades, all Bat-tools, I just ran around through the maps gathering everything. Not really thinking about it, just running. Too easy, too obvious hiding places. Combat. This is the part of Batman that you can write poems about. I'll be quick about it. Just like the Batman is when fighting foes. Combat is extremely fast and seamless. Batman literally flows from one move to the other, Transitions from attacks to blocks and counters are done with great skill. Watching Batman fight is pure pleasure. There are tens of challenges playable outside the main story, and unlockable via finding Riddler trophies, so you can test yourself against waves of opponents. Finally few words about graphics and music. Look to the screens up there. Are those looking good? I don't think so. Live game looks a hundred times better than that. Every place is detailed, lots of clutter makes the world "dirty" and "real." Textures are very sharp. And music. Music is as it always was in Batman movies - plays perfectly with the action you see on screen. This game may be short, with tiny(in comparison to other (not-so)open world games)world. But you'll enjoy it. Having the challenges and Riddles + Trophies to find will ensure you'll stick to it a bit longer. Storyline is unbelievably fun to witness, and you might want to replay it twice. Or thrice. Because it's so good. I wanted to give the game 100/100 rating. Bur because of the "slips" in voice acting and those too easy Riddler challenges I'll give it "just" 90/100
Best pack.Obsessor | Aug. 4, 2014 | Review of Fallout Classics Collection - PC
Here you get two of the best cRPG's ever made. I won't go into detalis. Check my reviews on them if you like. Just a quick summary. Fallout and Fallout 2 provide you with immersive world set after a nuclear holocaust. Everything went bananas. People are trying to rebuild civilization. Those game have depth, mature plots where your decisions really determine how the games end. There is turn based combat, lots of laughs, great music by Mark Morgan. Don't worry that those games are from 1997 and 1998. Steam versions work on newest systems. I have DRM free ones bought 15 years ago and they still work on my Windows 8. So no worries. Fallout Tactics however... Well, here is a different story. Again I'm not going to go into much details. There should be my review on it. Just a summation. It is NOT a cRPG. It's a tactical game, focusing on combat, where you lead a squad of soldiers belonging to one of the iconic organizations in Fallout universe - Brotherhood of Steel. In Fallout Tactics you fight. With guns and knifes, and spears, and claws. With everything you have. Twenty missions packed with tactical decisions and pure fun. A good game, having all the combat and character developement from original Fallout. It just spices them up a bit, so they're even better. Oh, and for those of you who want real tactical approach - real time combat. All in all - this pack is golden.
TL;DRObsessor | Aug. 4, 2014 | Review of Fallout - PC
Yeah, guys up there wrote such long reviews. I don't mean it's bad. But let me give you a short description. Fallout is the spiritual heir to Wasteland, first attempt at a post nuclear role playing game. It has depth, it has style, tons of humour, yet very mature story. Your decisions have real impact on the ending of the game, and I mean it. Nowdays the only decision you get is choosing with which gun you'll shoot the boss. Or you chose one of two women to pat you on the back in the ending scene. Fallout is a game everyone should get to know. You may not love it, but thanks to it you have your Fallout 3 and New Vegas today. And Fallout is by many standards still better than those two I mentioned. Think about it.
Not a cRPG!Obsessor | Aug. 4, 2014 | Review of Fallout Tactics - PC
Yes it's not a cRPG. It's a real time tactical or turn based(depends on how you want it)game in the Fallout universe. It focuses on combat, adding new features to the original Fallout turn based fights. I'm not talking about us being able to chose from turn based or real time modes. In Tactics you can order your characters to crouch or hit the ground. That improves their accuracy, makes them harder to hit. And provides with new tactical approach to resolving combat. You can send your characters on rooftops with sniper rifles. Well... I might go on like that. If you ever tried Jagged Alliance, you get what I mean. If not - try. I've spent many hours playing this game. And being a hardcore Fallout series fan I must say this: I enjoyed every minute of it. Just remember, it's NOT Fallout, it's Fallout Tactics. Deal with it.
Brainz...Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Dead Island Riptide Complete Edition - PC
It's bigger, better and badder version of old Dead Island. You get new features, new character to play(yay! still I like the old ones best). New types of zombies and new skills are what gets me. I've spent a lot of time on original Dead Island. Playing it solo as well as with my friend. And we had a blast. And here you get more of the same(which for some will prove a bore), but with some improvements and additions. For those who haven't played first Dead Island - jump straight into Riptide. If you have the original game you might consider waiting for some deal to buy it, for lower price and for the time being stick to original. Still, very solid zombie beater for whole family!
Gothic?Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Risen 2014 - PC
Yes! Risen is Gothic revived. The hero may be not as good as in Gothic series, the world a bit small to my liking. But the atmosphere, the dark epic world you're thrown into... It's totally worth it. As in aforementioned Gothic you are to chose a path for your character. Fight with melee weapons or be a mage. Each style is rewarding and satisfying.. Up there is stated "countless side quests." Well, maybe not countless. But there are a lot. You will definitely have your hands full while exploring. Don't expect boredom from this game. Graphic's still surpisingly good. Sharp textures, lots of clutter making the world believable and, in a sense, "real." Music is awesome, because, lets face it - it's Kai Rosenkranz. Great composer, I loved his music in Gothic, and now in Risen it's even better. Get it already!
Gothic Reloaded.Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Risen Franchise Pack - PC
That's what those games are in truth. These are the real Gothic back from the dead. Alive and kicking. Risen. As I said - it's like Gothic. At first you're a weakling, completing easy jobs for NPCs here and there. You grow stronger, buy new items. The games feels and plays like those real Gothic games - 1 & 2. Not third Gothic. And that's one of the pros for the game. Risen 2 - Be a pirate! Yarr! You get to rob, dig up treasures and play more Gothic... I mean Risen. This game takes what was best in Risen and upgrades it. It's bigger, better, badder. In this pack you also get all the DLC that were released for Risen 2. Clothes and stuff... That's not what we want, right? But you also get some new quests and terrains to visit, new items to aquire. That's better. Don't hesitate - this pack is golden.
Better than GTA?Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Saints Row 2 2014 - PC
It's hard to tell. Depends on ones taste. But if you desire full customization, from your character face and musculature, through clothes to pimping your cars(and tuning them too!). If you want fun game, action packed environment, freedom to go where you please and do what you want, having your own houses, etc. - stop reading now and get the game! Graphics may be a bit off by today's standards. For me it's still very nice, flashy and colorful enough not to turn away with disgust. Music that's playing in the radio - proper in style with this crazy game. Characters are professionaly made and voiced. Plot has some nice twists, keeps you on edge wanting to see more. I enjoyed this game, if you like things like GTA, you will too. And about my question, is it better than GTA? Can't really decide. Play and see for yourself.
Great game!Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Saints Row The Third The Full Package 2014 - PC
Saints Row - struggling against GTA series. There are some features of SR that beat GTA. At least for me. First of all - you get to create a character the way you want. Man or woman. Thin, thick, you chose all the features yourself. No predesigned hero to deal with. You create the perfect gangster yourself. That is what I like very much in Saints Row. Lots of clothes too, cars that you can pimp and tune. And a silly gameplay that will make you laugh. But besides laughs there are many things to do. Invest in shops and stuff to earn cash, complete various challenges. If you played GTA or previous Saints Row you get the idea what's the game about. Graphics is still cool, if you enjoy flashy stuff. Music is nice too. Character voices are professional. On the technical side the game is a go. And here you get all the goodies, not just the basic game. You get every thing that was released. Real deal.
Solid piece of turn-based strategy.Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Kings Bounty Platinum Edition (1) - PC
Yes sir! This game beats HoMM in my personal rating. It has great music, fancy graphics(now not so much fancy, but I still enjoy watching those silly monsters on the battlefield, it has certain allure...), lots of good old turn-based combat(that's what we're here for, right?) This pack gives you, in my humble opinion, the best games of the King's Bounty series. You get many new opponents, lots of artifacts and items to boost your character and your army. And you can have a pet dragon. Who helps in combat. Neat. What you also get are two nice campaigns in Crossworlds. My favorite is the Arena, when you fight... well... on an arena. Pit your skills against deadly beasts. I enjoyed it thoroughly. King's Bounty: Platinum Edition is a combination of games that will get the attention of a turn-based strategy gamer for a long time.
Oh boy, a bag full of goodness!Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Fallout Classics Collection - PC
That's right. This pack is a must have for every cRPG fan. You get two games which are ones of the best cRPGs ever made. By gamers for gamers. We all miss Interplay. Plus Fallout: Tactics. A bit about it later on. So, You get Fallout and Fallout 2. Post nuclear games at their best. Look their reviews by me if you want more details. Just few quick facts here. Open worlds, lots of quests, very interesting and mature settings and characters. You get to actually chose what to do with given problem and the game responds accordingly. Meaning you have dozen of endings in each game. You can play as a villain or boy scout. Your pick. Fallout: Tactics is a different game. Here you're in the military. In the Brotherhood of Steel. You have your orders, missions, promotions, quartermasters and stuff. It's a tactical cRPG or a turn based one if you like to play in a manner of Fallout or FO2. Here you lead squad of six soldiers. You equip them like in Fallout, they level up just like in those games. There are twenty missions to play through plus a map like in Fallout and FO2 where you can roam free, finding random and special encounters. All in all, it's a pack containing two legendary games and a third that will surely be a great addition for gamers hungry for more Fallout style combat. Stop reading now and get it. You won't be disappointed. Trust me.
Good, but...Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Disciples III Resurrection Steam - PC
It doesn't feel like Disciples or Disciples 2 which were, for me, way better than any HoMM games. I could never stomach HoMM or that kind of turn based strategy games. Disciples made me like those. But if I played Disciples 3 as my first game of the series, I would recoil badly. Still, when you, like me, give it a go, well, it turns out not to be totally bad.It retains some good old Disciples features while adding, reballancing or outright changing stuff. Game graphics is ok, nothing astonishing. Units are quite detailed, but move stiffly(not only the undead ones). Voice acting, meaning the narrator is terrible. Just that. Sounds like the man reading briefings tried to put some pathos into his voice. And failed. Utterly. If you're a fan of Disciples series as I am, or you're hungry for turn based game set in dark fantasy world, with undead playing the main role - go for it. Otherwise move along.
Oh well...Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Dungeon Siege III - PC
This game is not like previous Dungeon Siege installments. It is passable, for sure, yet if you are a fan of DS series it may feel wrong for you. Game's story is interesting, thats a big pro for this game. There aren't many hack'n'slash with good story. Gameplay itself feels ok. You get two man team, some skills, lots of items to make your character tougher. I haven't tried playing coop so can't say about it, but when you play alone the game is quite fun. Major drawback can be the poor choice as to character classes. There are just three. Graphics aren't really great. Just fine. Music is as it should be, emotional enough. Same for sounds. Voice acting wasn't really for my liking. So, if you are a fan of Dungeon Siege series you might not like this one. If you're not, well, go ahead and try. It's a decent hack'n'slash
Wow, faeries!Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Faery Legends of Avalon - PC
This game is a kind of softcore cRPG with turn based combat, simple story and linear gameplay. It may be a good game for younger players. Still I enjoyed playing it for few hours because of funny combat and simple yet nice character development. Graphics in Faery is just ok. Nothing breattaking. I'd say elegent simplicity. That's it. With sounds, especially voice acting, it's not the case. Voices are a bit disappointing. Music is there, and you don't pay it much heed, which is good, meaning it's not interfering with the game, rather flowing around and through it. If you like faeries try it. If not, well, what are you doing reading this anyway?
A different FalloutObsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Fallout 3 - PC
There are many voices accusing Fallout 3 of not being a "real" Fallout. I think they haven't played this game.It certainly is Fallout, but a bit different. Being 3D, and mostly first person(although there is third person view available at any time). Turn based combat is, well... Nothing like in Fallout or FO2. You're better off playing this game as a shooter. Fallout 3 is one immersive experience to be sure. I don't remember ever playing a game where you are actually born, play as an toddler, then a kid, teenager and finally adult. All of those occur very fast, in matter of minutes. Still, it leaves you quite astonished. Game itself, when you finish the "prologue," leave Vault 101, presents you with typical Fallout-style gameplay. Go out there and do what you will. Unfortunately it is spoiled by some scripted actions and immortal NPC's. I regret there is no free roam after finishing the story. Well, given one of the endings it's logical. Still... Fallout 3 is fun to play and certainly worth of the name despite what some people say.
Mister Scratch is back.Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of Alan Wakes American Nightmare - PC
I enjoyed playing another Alan Wake title, even if it's not a survival horror anymore. More like a third person shooter, but retaining all the mechanics from the original. Which is good. Again you face the Taken, but this time your antagonist is noone else but Mr. Scratch, Alan's "evil twin". I really enjoyed watching him on television, discovering what new madness he would conjure. Even though American Nightmare is not a survival horror, it has very interesting main character(s). As it is more of an action game you get more guns, and ammo never runs out. You can unlock additional weapons by gathering pages(thing we did in first Alan Wake). There is also Arcade mode which will make you stick to the game longer, trying to get higher scores in survival type missions. Bear in mind - it's not a stricte survival horror, but another Alan Wake game with good characters, interesting plot and witty monologues of Mr. Scratch. Everything feels a bit like Twin Peaks. Try it!
What's this rather queer looking contraption?Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | Review of ArcaniA Gold Edition - PC
Well, this game's a mystery for me. A bit like Gothic, but just a bit. It's an action game with some RPG elements, with open world, some side quests, not really interesting story(it introduces some characters from previous Gothic games). Combat in the game feels like in Gothic 3. But game itself has no real comparison to Gothic series. It's too shallow. What saves it is the open, not so big but certainly beautiful, world. It's a game that tries living off the Gothic popularity. And it does it wrong. You still may like it. I played it to the hilt. If you're hungry for some action packed game with RPG elements and open world you may try it.
For the Emperor!Obsessor | July 31, 2014 | Review of Warhammer 40000 Dawn of War II Master Collection - PC
Here you get three games: Dawn of War II and two Expansions. Lets have a quick summary on the content and why is it so good(or bad) First of all - Dawn of War II + Chaos Rising. Those games are not real RTS. More like a tactical/RPG with RTS flavor. You lead a few squads of Space Marines into fight. They level up, you get to raise their skills and equip new items that you find during fights or as a rewards for completing missions The story goes about Space Marines struggling against Tyrranid menace in Dawn of War II. In Chaos Rising you get to import your team from original game, with all the items, the level you got, and this time you fight against Chaos forces. There is higher level cap - 30(in the original game it's 20)as well as new characters, items and enemies. Now the Retribution puts everything differently. It reverts to more RTS gameplay. You get to build bases, gather resources(but no mining, just taking over points on the map)and recruit units - from infantry to some heavy ordnance like tanks. You still have hero units like in original Dawn of War II, but those are a bit weaker now, forcing you to use a lot of cannon fodder. Heroes now play a support part, like for instance in Warcraft 3. Still they level up, you gear them up, just like in the original game. In Dawn of War II and Chaos Rising you lead Space Maines, as I said in the beginning. From thee Blood Ravens Chapter. In Retribution you can lead them again, but with some different hero units. Or you can play the campaign as Tyrranids, Eldar, Orkz, Imperial Army or Chaos Space Marines. Alas, the campaign is always the same. Graphic still good. Not awesome, but quite detalied, even when you zoom the battlefied as close as it's possible. Sounds and music is, in my opinion, great. Lots of shouting, screaming, shooting and explosions with very good music playing in the background. A bit about multiplayer. Dawn of War II used GameSpy, but when it went down multiplayer became nonexistent. Until Steam started making some moves torward reviving online play. It is now in beta. You can read about it on their forum. Even without multiplayer(or with just Steam beta as it is now), the three campaigns you get here are sure to bring you whole lot of fun out of this game. It did for me, even though I'm not a great Warhammer 40k fan.
From Tobias Rieper to Ben Frankiln. A long journey.Obsessor | July 30, 2014 | Review of Hitman Absolution NA - PC
In first Hitman, Codename 47, Agent 47 signs in a hotel as Tobias Rieper. Fourteen years have passed, we've been to many places with the bald assassin. And I for one want to go even further. Don't listen to people saying this part of adventures of the jolly assassin are bad. Catching cold in middle ages was bad. This game isn't bad. Just try it, plunge into the story and it will suck you in, I guarantee you will forget about ramblings of hardcore fans. It's the story of betrayal and revenge that matters in Absolution. It's "Ben Franklin" in Hawaii themed dressing-gown strangling fake nuns. It may sound hilarious. It is, when it can be. And isn't when it shouldn't. Graphically the game shines(or maybe it's Agent's head...). In terms of sounds and music it's very, very good. Absolution is linear. There is one path through a level that is "best." That I can't argue, even if I wanted to. You won't have much freedom. But on the other hand there are hundreds of challenges to complete. Finding a way to do that is proving to be quite fun indeed. My conclusion - if you liked any of the previous Hitman games, you will enjoy Absolution. And if you haven't played as the bald assassin before, well... This game is sure to be a good start.
Here, have some high octane cookies.Obsessor | July 30, 2014 | Review of FUEL - PC
FUEL is big. When I first started the game I didn't realise that there are nineteen zones. I thought the zone you start in is the extent of it. Why? Because it's so big! You get nineteen zones, some really big, some small, with variety of terrain - asphalt roads, gravel, dirt. You can go offroad. You can go anywhere you like, given you can find an approach and have enough horse power you can climb mountains. But that's not the only thing you can do in this game. Career mode presents you with many races on different terrain utilizing various vehicles - from bikes through muscle cars to trucks. Each race has three difficulty settings. What else? Challenges. Every zone has exactly ten challenges which are best described as certain missions - sometimes it's like a race with opponents in Career mode, while other challenges pit you against time. Or a helicopter. Vehicles. There are 75 playable vehicles divided into seven types: bikes, buggies, ATV's, Muscle Cars, Trucks, SUV's and Specials. As you progress through the game you unlock new vehicles in the shop, where you can purchase them with fuel. There are also vehicles obtainable only by finding and chasing down Mavericks in Free Ride mode. Races themselves are pure action. You have to stay alert all the time. Be prepared for everything and look for shortcuts. Graphic in FUEL is still nice. Music is intense. Only thing I didn't enjoy too much were the sounds of engines. Oh, and some icing on the cake - in FUEL you can unlock many paints for your vehicles, as well as clothes for the driver. Those plus many cars, free open world is sure to get you playing for a long time. To sum up - if you like open world, lots of unlocks and offroad driving in your racing games - grab FUEL, you won't regret it.
Solside City NewsObsessor | July 30, 2014 | Review of Krater (1) - PC
Krater... Idea behind this game was brilliant. Execution... A bit less so. Still it is a game worth knowing if you enjoy hack'n'slash games. What makes it unique among other titles of this genre is that Krater is squad based. You control not one but three characters at once. You can have a healer, damage dealer and a tank, someone who can withstand a beating and keep enemies' focus on himself. The game looks pretty, that's the word - pretty. Towns and cities are colorful and teeming with life. Character design in very neat. I must say few good words about the music and sounds in general, as they're in league with graphics. So, the game sounds good so far, right? Yeah, it sounds good but in the end can be a bit disappointing. Having three characters to control limits you to having just six skills at your disposal(plus three more as gadgets, independent of the class). There are four classes, which makes sixteen skills available in total(not counting gadget skills). Yes, sixteen. Because each class has its mutated counterpart with a bit different set of skills. You will not get bored fast, but at some point it will come. You can try different builds, experiment with making your tank a healer(it is possible with an appropriate use of implants and boosters)and so on, and so forth. This will add some fun to your game. So to sum up: Krater is a decent game, not brilliant, not outstanding. Decent. It is way above the average in my personal list of hack'n'slash games. If you have spare time try it. You may like it.
Eddie knows...Obsessor | July 30, 2014 | Review of Anachronox - PC
What comes to my mind is that this game has no competition in its kind. Western cRPG with jRPG-style combat. Anachronox is an unique experience. Many fine characters, lots of humor(because, seriously, why every cRPG has to be so heroic...). Oh yes, you will laugh a lot with this game. And it provides both - purely nonsensical situations, as well as intelligent allusions and references. What's more - it does not prevent you from immersing yourself in the world, the stories and struggles of the heroes. If you're looking for something different you won't regret getting this game.
War never changes...Obsessor | July 29, 2014 | Review of Fallout 2 - PC
This game is one of the best cRPG's out there, along with its predecessor - Fallout. If you ever played games like Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment or Arcanum this game is for you. If the titles above don't mean much to you, still you should try this game. Even if you haven't played the first Fallout. Why should you play Fallout 2? Interesting plot, many finely written dialogues, hundreds of places to visit, lots of detailed characters. To go into more details - you can play as you wish. the game is one of the first true sandbox cRPG's. Just create your character and go exploring! Become the ultimate villain who will be shot on sight in most of the settlements. Or play as a saint. You may also disregard everything and stay neutral. And each time you start a new game, make brand new character, you will encounter something you haven't seen before. It's the game's replayability. Each time you play and make different decisions, you may(or may not)experience something new. One word for someone who plunges into the game for the first time: experiment! Don't be afraid of trying an unorthodox approach. You may be rewarded in a most unusual way. Fallout 2 rewards explorers in many ways. You can find unique items, or gain a follower. Graphics and music might be old. Still there is this attention to details which draws the eye. A lone rubber, some cans, grass, posters on the wall. The world feels dirty. And alive... ...and it's only your decisions that determine if YOU stay alive. Because this wasteland is a harsh, unforgiving place where remnants of human race wage war against everything else and themselves. And war... war never changes.
All hail the Overlord.Obsessor | July 29, 2014 | Review of Codemasters Bundle - PC
I own three of the games from this bundle. Both parts of the Overlord and Damnation. The latter is an average third person shooter with interesting setting, a steampunk wild west. The former... Overlord series is simply amazing. It looks great, it plays great and is packed with tons of humorous situations and dialogues. Hapless minions, imposing Overlord and his Mistress, or even many Mistressess. As for other games. Well... Operation Flashpoint is a well known series, even by me. I've played Dragon Rising and enjoyed it. Solid shooter that is bound to steal few hours of your time. Sadly I can't say anything about other games in this bundle, but trust me: this is a deal.