Reviews by PapaLazarou

93

Great blend of old and new

PapaLazarou | March 20, 2014 | Review of Titanfall

I started out being really skeptical about this title. I wondered if it could do anything new in a market saturated by modern military shooters that I've grown so tired off. At first the gameplay looked a lot like COD to me, so I wasn't immediately interested.

But my interest surely piqued when I got to play the beta. I couldn't be more wrong in thinking that this game was a clone of another game. Titanfall is both very unique and very recognizable. Let me explain: Titanfall aims to take the best of old school and modern competitive multiplayer FPS design. It takes the fast movement and jetpacks from older games like UT, Quake and Tribes and mixes it up with loadouts and gameplay mechanics that could come out of a modern military shooter. Oh, and it also has parkour resembling Mirror's Edge and huge Titans you can take control of.

In that aspect the game is very unique. You can play as both a pilot, who is very fast and very mobile. He can wallrun and double jump to stay out of danger. And there is also a Titan you can play as. A titan is very strong, has a powerful arsenal but is less mobile. Both playstyles are very balanced, which has to be applauded.

I've already put over a dozen hours into this game and plan to play a whole lot more. This game is just pure fun and I recommend it to anyone looking to try out a competitive shooter that is different from the tried and true.

81

Underrated

PapaLazarou | March 1, 2014 | Review of THIEF

The reboot of Thief has been met with some mixed reviews by critics. Some game reviewers seem to like and others seem to hate it.

I got the game pre-ordered from GMG and I didn't want to look too much into the reviews and just try out the game myself. To see how I like it. And I do, I like it very much.

The goal is to play like a thief and steal valuables. You can do that in many ways: -There are the main story line missions where you have to collect a certain something -There are side missions where you have to steal valuables -You can just go off your path and break into houses, stealing stuff for your own desire

You have to do all this while not being seen and avoiding guards. The best way to do this is to stay out of the light.

The first person view lends itself really well to the stealth gameplay.

And did I mention that there is an insane amount of customization so you can make the game as difficult or challenging as you want ? No, I didn't, but it's there so check it out.

87

An excellent game, though not without flaws

PapaLazarou | Dec. 3, 2013 | Review of BioShock

I have to admit, I didn't like Bioshock that much when it first came out. The game does have some very cool aspects, but the gunplay in this game feels really weak. Especially compared to other FPS.

But this game shouldn't be looked at as a pure FPS. The game has a lot more aspects to it: it has an RPG like crafting system, plasmids, a hacking mini-game and the best part of the whole game: Rapture, the world it is set in. It's very interesting to go out discovering more about what went on in that place through written messages (mostly in blood) and audiotapes of the inhabitants. It's a lot of fun to explore the levels to find out more info about the place and its interesting characters, or to find more loot so you are better prepared for future encounters with enemies.

Yes, Rapture is an amazing place. But shooting is still a major part of the game, and that is where it lacks: the guns you begin with feel very weak and don't have much recoil. Only with later weapons, like the shotgun, powerful plasmids and gun upgrades do you begin to feel the power you wield.

Overall, I still really liked this game and everyone should visit Rapture and it's interesting story.

84

A great sequel to one of the best RTS of all time

PapaLazarou | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of Company of Heroes 2

When Relic announced they would focus on the Eastern Front everyone was interested. Looking back in retrospect it was a tough setting to handle, as the game has received a lot of negative user reviews on Metacritic (mostly from Russian people because of historical errors). Does the game deserve all of this negative feedback ?

I personally don't think so. I'm a big fan of the first Company of Heroes, a game regarded by many as the best RTS of all time. Mechanically the game is still amazing today so Relic did a good job of refining the mechanics in Company of Heroes 2, without changing too much. They also added some great new features like the truesight system and a great weather system that will have a big impact on how you play. Snowstorms will impact your playstyle because it means your soldiers will have to find shelter or a source of heat.

Going back to the historical critics: I've played 90% of WW2 games out there and I haven't seen one that's 100% historically correct. I would advise Relic to set their next Company of Heroes game in a setting where people can see a work of fiction for what it is. A game is meant to be fun and not 100% realistic. And Company of Heroes 2 is just that: pure fun!

93

Play the way you want to play

PapaLazarou | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of Dishonored Nexway -

Dishonored is a game from the same studio that brought us Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. The two games are set in entirely different universes but they share some things in common. Both games offer a great variety of ways you can dispose of your enemies. Dishonored can even be played as a stealth game or an action game. There are different powers, gadgets and weapons in the game that allow you to play the way you want to play.

The game will also change depending on how you played it. Besides its awesome gameplay it has an interesting story, a unique artstyle and it offers incentive to come back and replay.

This is easily the best game I played in 2012.