Reviews by Pr1mus

70

More(but not as good) of the same.

Pr1mus | May 9, 2014 | Review of Dark Souls II (NA)

Dark Souls II is exactly what anyone would expect. More Dark Souls. It plays similarly, looks the same and progression is fairly standard for a Souls game.

It is also a lesser game. A lot of the environments are uninspired, the world is not as interconnected as Lordran was in the first game. It feels flat, stale and a bit boring by comparison.

Lots of boss encounter also heavily recycle designs and mechanics from the first game, more so than was the case going from Demon's Souls to Dark Souls. It all feels a bit lazy.

It is not a bad game per se, it is more Dark Souls. Competently made and if you want more Dark Souls this is it. There is still nothing else quite like it.

The PC port is very solid this time. Of course the bar was as low as it gets when considering the sorry state the first game shipped it on PC but they weren't lying when they said PC was a priority this time. Most of the graphical options you expect in a PC game are there. It's stable and runs great even on older machines. My PC is 4 years old and my GTX 460 falls just a bit short of the recommended hardware and i can still run the game at max settings and maintain a silky smooth 60 FPS.

90

Complex but accessible.

Pr1mus | May 9, 2014 | Review of Europa Universalis IV

First time playing a Grand Strategy game and the task can look daunting at first. There is a lot to take in. Tons of info to parse and systems to understand. Fortunately the game offers a good series of tutorial that teaches you just enough to get you on your way and the game can also be paused at all time. You can take all the time you want to analyse the situation and make the right moves. You can make the game as hard or as easy and relaxing as you want. Pick a nation and set your own goal. Maybe conquer the new world as Sweden or prevent the downfall of the Byzantine empire at the hand of the Ottomans.

The game also looks stunning with a very striking design. I was not expecting the visuals entirely based around maps to be this good.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes strategy and wants something different from the more traditional 4X games such as Civilization.

80

Solid Racer

Pr1mus | Jan. 3, 2014 | Review of GRID

Grid is a solid, focused racing game that straddles the line between simulation depth and arcade fun.

6 years after it's release the game still looks good and will run extremely well on any decent gaming PC which is key for a good experience in a racing game.

A good variety of events, cars and customization is available.

The game is definitely more linear than a Gran Turismo but it also does away will all the boring and slow beginner events these types of games normally put you through when first starting.

Of course it does not hold a candle to its successor Grid 2 visually but i find the driving model vastly superior and the progression more interesting and less restrictive. Absolutely worth it for the price.

90

Must have

Pr1mus | July 9, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World (NA)

Brave New World complements Civilization V and Gods & Kings by greatly expanding the economic and diplomatic side of things with the addition of trade routes and the world congress and completely revamps the Cultural Victory.

A Cultural Victory now actually feels like one. Instead of maintaining a small, isolated empire and trying your best to avoid attention to yourself it now forces you to explore, expand and share your culture with others to influence theirs. This is what the Cultural Victory should have been from the start.

Trade routes allow you to make money of course, but also spread your culture and religion to other civilizations and even supplement your own cities. In the past building a city in a strategic but unfortunately isolated location with few resources was difficult at best. Your city wouldn't grow and be easy to capture. Now you can send food to cities you own that need it, helping them grow quickly.

The World Congress and the resolutions you can adopt continue what the Espionage system of Gods & Kings did in making diplomacy more dynamic and interesting.

More civilizations, more units, more diplomatic and cultural options. Do not miss this expansion if you have any interest in Civilization V.

90

One More Turn

Pr1mus | June 12, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Easily one of the most addictive franchise of all time, Civilization is more accessible than ever. Civilization V is streamlined in all the right way to make it simpler and more convenient without taking away the complexity where it really matters. This game is a thing of beauty.

The only real and significant shortcoming is an AI that is utterly incapable of actually playing the game. But in a way this is a problem that has always plagued the series and is nothing that increasing the difficulty level can't fix, even if it does so by resorting to bonuses and handicaps.

Civilization V is easily the most approachable entry in the franchise, the most appealing visually and is infinitely moddable using the Steam Workshop.

80

Fantastic Package

Pr1mus | June 10, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 3: Premium Edition (NA)

Battlefield 3 Premium Edition comes with the base game and all 5 DLC expansions. Combined together these DLCs more than double the amount of multiplayer content. Not only that but each DLCs also have their own theme for some unique map designs and modes that you wouldn't find in the original game.

All this adds up to a great multiplayer experience. It may not be revolutionary, we are talking about another modern military shooter after all, but the larger maps and vehicular combat still makes the Battlefield multiplayer distinctive enough from other shooters out there.

The single player campaign however is entirely forgettable. Short, boring, frustrating in spots and quite buggy. It seems that Dice chose to focus its attention exclusively on the multiplayer for its patches leaving the single player in the same sorry state it was at launch. It is worth nothing that before BF3 and the Bad Company games the Battlefield games didn't even have a proper single player mode to begin with and thus most people are coming to it for the multiplayer alone.

If this is the case for you then don't be afraid to jump in. If you are interested only in the single player campaign however i would advised against buying this game.

90

The Perfect Complement to Dirt 2

Pr1mus | June 10, 2013 | Review of DiRT 3

Dirt 3 is not so much a game that tries to replace Dirt 2 but rather a game that complements it.

You lose modes like Raid, Gate Crasher and team events from Dirt 2 while gaining modes such has Head to Head, Drifting events and Gymkhana events.

Most of the new environments in which you'll race also feel appropriately different from those found in Dirt 2 especially with the addition of snow tracks.

This is a game for those that liked Dirt 2 and want more of that great gameplay. driving model and visuals.

90

The Perfect Balance between Simulation depth and Arcade Fun

Pr1mus | June 8, 2013 | Review of DiRT 2

Dirt 2 strikes a great balance between the demands of a highly realistic simulation and more arcadey racing games.

The driving model has enough substance to it to reward skill on the higher difficulties available and is forgiving enough to make off-road racing a lot more accessible than it would otherwise be. With the ability to rewind time to correct race ending mistakes the player is always in the action and frustrations are kept in check.

Great variety of cars, tracks, environments and game modes (there is a lot more to it than just classic point-to-point rally races) will keep you occupied for a long time. Also do not get fooled by the game's age. It may be 4 years old now but it remains a beautiful game that runs very well on any half-way decent gaming PC built in the last 4-5 years.

90

The Most Accessible Devil May Cry Yet

Pr1mus | June 8, 2013 | Review of DmC: Devil May Cry dns

DmC: Devil May Cry serves as a reboot for the long running franchise and the perfect way for newcomers to jump in.

DmC is a gorgeous game that runs beautifully at the highest settings even on a relatively modest gaming PC and with a toned down difficulty and simpler yet extremely satisfying combat system it has never been easier to really appreciate a Devil May Cry game.

You can expect to spend 8 to 10 hours on your first playthrough of the game and additional playthroughs will be necessary to unlock everything the game has to offer. Add to this remixed enemy composition on the higher difficulty levels as well as the addition of the Bloody Palace that was released for free and you have a game that is not lacking in content and will keep you occupied for a while.

80

Rises From the Dead to Surprising Heights

Pr1mus | June 8, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Limited Edition

You wouldn't imagine a game once known as True Crime: Hong Kong before being canned by Activision and later picked up by Square Enix to be anything special, let alone actually any good.

Yet here we have one of the better open world game released in the last few years that despite its troubled development has no problem living up to the inevitable comparisons to the likes of Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row.

While the game lacks the scope of a GTA or the sheer variety of gameplay offered in a Saints Row game its strengths lie in the remarkable melee combat system inspired by Batman: Arkham Asylum, outstanding visuals on the PC and excellent voice acting.

It is neither the longest nor the most varied open world experience on the market but what is there is solid on all front and entertaining all the way to the end.

90

Accessibility and depth all-in-one

Pr1mus | June 7, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (NA) -

Coming from one of the greats of turn based strategy games development, Firaxis, XCOM: Enemy Unknown offers a fantastic experience to newcomers and veterans alike.

The game eases the process of building your base, developing new weaponry for your troops and directing them on the battlefield like few games in this genre does while providing an unforgiving challenge for more experienced players on the harder difficulties.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the perfect way to start your career in turn based strategy games and complex enough to keep you occupied long after you've mastered the basics.