Reviews by Patofilio
A cult classicPatofilio | Nov. 16, 2013 | Review of Mirror's Edge (NA)
Mirrors Edge is a game that is different from anything we have seen before, a first person shooter game based around Parkour and while it may sound strange DICE found a way to make it work.
Story: The story for Mirror's Edge is pretty good since it revolves around the changes in government within an intriguing city. The characters you meet are interesting, but don't expect anything ground breaking.
Gameplay: This is where the game truly shines and it is in its parkour inspired movement. Your best weapon are your feet, climbing walls, sliding under pipes and jumping from hide buildings is insanely fun and incredibly easy to do, but also difficult to master, the first person look fits perfectly, making you truly feel like a runner. Gun play however is not as good, but fortunately you will rarely find yourself in need of a gun, most of the game can be easily beaten by running from your enemies rather than confronting them directly.
Overal Mirror's Edge is a pretty good game, with some interesting mechanics that are not for everyone but are definitely worth trying. A true cult classic and an underdog in the genre Mirror's Edge is the game you'll want to play at least once.
The fall of a good guy and the rise of an anti-heroPatofilio | Nov. 16, 2013 | Review of Max Payne
Max Payne is an interesting game, in it you play as a detective by the same name whose family was murdered by group of drug addicts, sending the interesting character of Max into deep depression, making him quit his position as a detective and joining the DEA. The problems start when a new drug by the name of Valkary starts popping around and Max is stuck in the middle of an ordeal of gangsters, drug lords and corrupt corporations.
Story: Max Payne features a very well written storyline with an amazing protagonist. Players getting into the shoes of the washed out cop will instantly identify themselves with him, understanding his pain and also his apathy. The story is narrated beautifully in comic sequences between each chapter, mixed with an episodic style of narration which is strange at first but it becomes intriguing as the game goes one. Other than Max the other interesting character is Mona, a mysterious woman who seems to always end up bumping into Max, what secrets she holds and what you are to find is definitely one of the best parts of the game, with some pretty intense moments and good plot twists.
Gameplay: This is a the classic third person shooter, Max has a wide arsenal of weapons at his disposal and each of them is pretty fun to use. Max can also enter bullet time mode, slowing time around and setting up the stage for some wicked flips and action movie style take downs. The game is also pretty difficult, so don't expect to be running straight into a bullet storm all the time. Enemies are truly deadly and administrating your pain killers is vital to your survival.
In conclusion this is an incredible classic game, a must lay for any gamer out there that is looking for some action. With an amazing story and bloody fun gameplay Max Payne is a classic that must played.
Incredible AdventurePatofilio | Nov. 15, 2013 | Review of Dragon Age 2 & Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Bundle (NA)
Spltting this review into two parts one for DA:O and the other for DA2.
Dragon Age Origins:
This game is amazing, a classic RPG developed by none other than Bioware.
Gameplay: DAO is an RPG that plays out almost in a tactical way, combat requires thought and planning, especially at higher difficulties, making it a challenging experience but with worthy rewards. Fans of Bioware can relate to other titles from the company such as Knight Of The Old Republic as the clear starting point for combat. Difficult to grasp but still fun, the game is action packed. Character customization is plentiful, letting you select even your race and your background, along with havering different beginning scenes and missions depending on who you choose to be. There's plenty of loot to find and dungeons to explore, enough to keep you hooked for several hours without even having to touch the main quest. Probably one of the best parts of the game are the companions, each one is different with several traits that depend on their personalities and backgrounds, but everyone is useful in its unique ways, making trying out the game with several combinations a fun challenge.
Story: The game really shines on this, from side quest to the main quest, every story in this world is entertaining. The characters are well written and you can develop bonds with each of them, further unlocking their potential and secrets. Learning about the whole lore of the world is also a very fun task, as it is clear that the writers went to great lengths to keep everything covered. From religious struggles, to corrupt politics, DAO has every kind of story you would imagine in a medieval world.
My only complaint would have to be in the dungeon design, with some dungeons even being exactly like the others.
But overall DAO is an amazing game, with an intriguing story and difficult but entertaining combat. A must for RPG fans.
DAO gets a 98/100.
Dragon Age 2:
The sequel is very similar to the original game, however there were a lot of several changes, whether they were for good or worse.
Gameplay: Combat is similar to the original, except this time it is less tactical oriented, slightly less difficult but you will still need to plan out your movements with care before charging into battle. The other aspects remain seemingly unchanged.
Story: It might not be as good as in the first one but that doesn't mean it's bad. DA2 focuses only on a singular predetermined story of man (or woman) seeking to protect his family from the Darkspawn as they take control of their world. There are less chances for communication but everything still plays in a similar way, the characters you meet are memorable and you have interesting companions, but don't expect anything as epic as in the first game.
The repetitive dungeons still apply to the sequel.
Overall the game is good, but not as good as the one that came before, in reality DA2 feels more like a spin off than a sequel, but its brutal combat and still rather engaging storyline makes it a must play for DAO fans.
Dragon Age 2 gets an 85/100
Classic Gameplay, Amazing World, Dwindling StoryPatofilio | Nov. 15, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III (NA)
ACIII continues the story of Desmond's assassin ancestors, this time taking is back to the time of the American independence, a very different place than the other games.
First of gameplay, it's still AC, combat has been improved, it is much more fluid now, however sometimes it can be confusing and there are still times in which you will end up hitting a guy you don't really want to hit. Parkour has been greatly improved, definitely much more fluid and easier, being able to finally climb trees is a plus and a fun way to navigate the amazing landscape. Hunting and sailing are also fun activities, but the game doesn't really delve too deep in them.
Now the story, this is the difficult part, because it starts out pretty good, the prologue is probably one of the longest I have ever seen, introducing us to amazing new characters, even the first few parts of Connor's story are pretty good, but then it all starts going down, with tha game becoming nothing more than just a common quest for revenge, with Connor showing no emotions or signs of any learning at all. A drastic way to compare it would be to do so with Anakin Skywalker in the prequel Star Wars films. The setting had a lot potential, with great characters to choose from, but in the end the story really begins to go down. There are couple of redeeming moments in the end, but nothing as good as the first few hour.
Regardless AC3 is a pretty good game, definitely a must for AC fans, exploring the world around you is definitely the best part about it all, and although the story does seem to dwindle after the half mark it is still good, just don't expect anything mind blowing.
Amazing Story, Repetitive GameplayPatofilio | Nov. 15, 2013 | Review of Alan Wake
Alan Wake is an amazing game, very well written and with a great ambience and characters, however that doesn't mean it's perfect.
First of gameplay, the basic combat mechanic for fighting is very interesting at first, basically you need to use a flashlight to drain the enemy's "shields" until you are able to take him down with a gun, but over the course of the game it grows a bit stale and repetitive, with little to no change at all. Trying the different weapons and traps whoever is pretty fun, you'll spend a lot of time trying to find creative ways to take down your enemies, although sometimes it is better to run. Ammo is scarce, which is nice for a thriller game and the way the story develops in game is pretty interesting (like finding the pages).
Now for story, this is where the game truly shines. It's incredible, worthy of a book even. Wake's story place nicely as a psychological action thriller that is well paced and keeps you engaged, the game also features some pretty interesting plot twists, making even the chapters in between battles pretty thrilling. The dialogue and characters are very well written, I can even recall several quotes now.
If you are a fan of Stephen King esque novels than this is the game for you, sometimes it may grow repetitive but that can be easily forgiving by the engaging story and amazing atmosphere.
Alan Wake is a game that proves to be more than what it seems, truly defining that "It is not a lake, it's an ocean".
An excellent and intriguing stealth gamePatofilio | Oct. 25, 2013 | Review of Dishonored™ Game of the Year Edition (NA)
Dishonored is a very well done game, basically you act out as an assassin (or not) in a quest to clean your name. Without getting too much into the story all you need to know is that it's a pretty good story, the characters you meet are interesting and the whole world around you is brimming with history and lore waiting to be discovered by those who like exploring.
One of the key features of this game is the ability to play it in two ways, the stealth way or the aggressive way, this choice not only affects the way you control your character but also changes the environment depending on what you had done in previous missions. The stealth mechanic is very well done and combat is not bad either. Think something like Bioshock.
Overall this game is must play for stealth fans and rig enthusiasts. While rather short Dishonored is a well worthy experience that definitely deserves a second play trough.
Fun, but get ready to die over and over again.Patofilio | Oct. 25, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy is a pretty fun indie game, the mechanics are very simple to learn but hard to master. The game is pretty addicting but at the same time punishing, some of the levels can be incredibly hard to finish and often times they almost feel impossible, but still the game keeps you hooked on until you finally manage to finish that one level and then scream in satisfaction that you finally did it!