Reviews by Profoundly_Mad
Fun classicsProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Bully & Manhunt Pack
Both games were pretty controversial at the time, Manhunt for gratuitous violence and Bully for it's subject matter. Funnily enough, they seem tame nowadays.
Manhunt is a stealth game as you play the unwilling star of a snuff movie, who has to follow The Director's directions to survive the night. The game is a bit dated now but the core mechanics still work fine and is worth playing through at least once.
Bully is a sandbox game set in Bullworth Academy and it's surrounding areas. In it you have to contend with the nerds, preps, greasers and jocks as well as attending school classes which unlocks new abilities or items for you to use.
Both are great games that are worth picking up.
Great concept, not so great executionProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Operation Raccoon is different from what you'd expect from a Resident Evil title. This manages to be both a good and a bad thing. The concept of working with team mates as you fight through Raccoon is good and the idea of changing the canon timeline of Resident Evil is interesting but ultimately wasted.
In single player the game is an exercise in frustration. Braindead AI, bullet sponge enemies and unresponsive controls gives a poor impression. The game does get much more fun online but sadly the online died out pretty quickly and it still doesn't really fix the bullet sponge enemies or controls.
Not really worth it.
Great first act but goes downhill from thereProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Dead Island: Game of the Year DNS
Dead Island offers an open world filled with zombies as you use your characters special abilities to craft unique weapons and hack your way through zombies. Unfortunately the controls don't feel very PC friendly and after the amazing first act, the game descends into repetition through uninteresting areas.
Still worth buying cheap however.
Great and different multiplayer gameProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Overflow
If you're bored with the endless FPS games this generation, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare offers something a bit different. The combat is very heavy and meaty, a bit difficult to learn but once you master the combat, landing hits against other players feels great with added visual feedback such as dismemberments.
The game does have some balance issues but the game is also being constantly updated so hopefully they will be ironed out over time.
Decent but kind of underwhelming considering it's the last DLCProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn DNS
Dragonborn provides a whole new area for players of Skyrim to explore with plenty of side quests. But despite that, the DLC still comes across as somewhat underwhelming. The ability to ride dragons, while awesome on paper isn't as exciting as you would think.
Worth buying but I personally expected more.
Better than most people say but still has questionable designProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 6 came out to generally poor reviews when it made a debut on the Xbox 360 and PS3. The PC version does a lot to fix the complaints levelled against the console version but there are still baffling design decisions which can hinder your enjoyment of the game.
The field of view is now adjustable, aiming feels much better on mouse and keyboard and there is even a QTE assist option now which aids you in the games numerous QTEs. But despite these improvements there are some parts of the game which just end up frustrating to the player. Despite this, the game is surprisingly long with four campaigns, online co-op and Mercenaries mode makes a return.
Worth buying but just be aware of some issues.
Really fun game but play it with a friendProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 continues the gameplay style of Resident Evil 4's more actionized setpiece driven narrative. While old school fans may not be happy about that, everything else is done very well and the story is as nonsensical and silly as Resident Evil has ever been (in a good way).
But play with a friend. The partner AI is about as dumb as a sack of bricks and can be frustrating to manage in single player.
Amazing game but questionable port qualityProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Lets get this out of the way first, the port isn't the best. It isn't particularly crash prone or anything but the internal resolution is locked to be the same as the consoles and mouse and keyboard support is very basic and a controller is the preferred way to play the game. However there are mods which fix these problems. What you get after these issues are resolved is one of the most engrossing and satisfyingly difficult games in recent years.
The game is very replayable and you'll often try out different playstyles in subsequent playthroughs as the difficulty ramps up each time you beat the game. Word of warning however, the game isn't very forgiving for newcomers. You will be punished for any mistakes you make, but the satisfaction of finally beating a difficult boss you had trouble with makes it worth it.
I never asked for this... but I'm sure glad I got itProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition
Deus Ex Human Revolution managed to defy pre-release cynicism and emerged as a worthy successor to the original Deus Ex.
The game is part RPG, part action game and part stealth game that provides many choices in how exactly you accomplish your objectives. Do you want to sneak in through the vents? Go in guns blazing? Or even take a diplomatic approach and talk your way out of situations? These are just some of the choices presented to the player.
Sadly the boss fights are probably the weakest part of the game and tend to force you into one particular playstyle to beat them. If you can overlook that however, Deus Ex Human Revolution provides hours of entertainment and is a must buy.
Fun pirate themed RPGProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Risen 2: Dark Waters
But also very, very linear. Don't expect the game to be as open world as it first seems, the story will railroad you. Combat is... decent I guess, it isn't overly amazing either way. Graphically it's competent although there are a lot of graphical glitches I've encountered.
Having said that it's an RPG with a pirate theme and that's pretty cool in my book. Buy this game with a voucher.
Better Mario Kart game than Mario KartProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | Review of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic & All Stars Racing transformed is probably the best kart racer I have ever played. The tracks are wonderfully thought out and provide plenty of variety as you switch between car, boat and plane modes, the graphics are bright, colourful and crisp as everything runs at a steady 60 frames per second, there is a lot of hidden unlockables to discover and support up to 4 player local co-op or online racing.
A fantastic game that will provide hours of entertainment.
DecentProfoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard Nexway
Dawnguard adds more quests to the game which extends the playtime of Skyrim. Not only that, there are two branching paths you can take doing those quests which lets you either become a vampire lord with added skills to the vampire tree or become a dawnguard which fights against the vampires and gives you access to crossbows.
It's decent but rather overpriced for what you get. There is a fun cameo appearance that will excite fans of Morrowind but it's only really worth picking up in a sale.
Decent enough addon but not necessaryProfoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Hearthfire (UK)
Hearthfire lets you build your own house from one of three lots, lets you find materials to build your house and adds the ability to adopt children into your family. It's fun enough albeit a bit buggy sometimes but I can't help but wonder if this DLC was made to capitalize on the user made mod scene for Skyrim. Nevertheless if you have money to spare, pick this up. I wouldn't say it's essential however.
Pretty fun!Profoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of Binary Domain
Binary Domain tends to be rather underrated. Most people just assume it's a cheap dime a dozen cover shooter and while it is a cover shooter, there is much more to the game than that. Shooting robots and dismembering them is a surprising amount of fun and you usually always have AI controlled squad companions to back you up, which builds up trust with those squad members which can affect which ending you get as well as how they respond to the player and their orders.
You can use a microphone to give your squad orders verbally but more often than not the voice detection doesn't work entirely right, leading to some humorous results.
Definitely get this game. Underrated and overlooked.
A fine collection of Lara Croft's adventures.Profoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider Collection -
Both old and new, this collection offers players the chance to experience Lara Croft's adventures from the very beginning. The early games haven't aged particularly well but are still worth checking out if only to see how the series has evolved over time. Some of the games such as Chronicles and Angel of Darkness are really lackluster but considering the other games in the collection are all high quality, you can't really complain.
If you like platforming in a 3D environment with traps and puzzle solving, get this collection.
Thrilling horror FPSProfoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of Condemned: Criminal Origins
Condemned: Criminal Origins has you investigate crime scenes and look for forensic evidence and clues, fight psychotic and somewhat creepy denizens of Metro City using a variety of melee weapons. While firearms are present they are rather uncommon which forces the player to use improvised melee as well as blocking attacks. The game is dark and moody, forcing the player to use a light source to explore the environments as enemies frequently ambush the player from darkness.
If you enjoy horror games where you don't feel completely overpowered then check out this game.
Die Hard in Hong Kong.Profoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Year of the Snake
Year of the Snake is a DLC that continues where the main game left off, albeit it isn't a direct sequel to the events of the main game.
The premise of the game is taking down a doomsday cult who have planted bombs all over Hong Kong and it is Officer Wei Shen's job to track down the cultists, apprehend them using new weapons such as a taser and tear gas gun and stop the bombs from killing civilians.
It's a fun experience but ultimately feels a bit repetitive towards the end. If you liked Sleeping Dogs and want more of the same, this is a good DLC to get.
Great gameProfoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite Post
Columbia is an absolute joy to explore despite the game being linear. The gameplay plays somewhat similarly to Bioshock 2 what with enabling you to use weapons and vigors at the same time. Graphically the game is decent but what really sets it above and beyond is the art direction which is nothing short of fantastic. Escorting Elizabeth isn't a problem at all as enemies don't go for her. If anything, she'll be escorting you as she uses her powers to give you an advantage in battle or throws you ammo or money to make you better prepared.
The story isn't something that should be spoiled but seriously, you need to experience it for yourself. It will be talked about for years to come.
A Call of Duty which tries new things, with mixed resultsProfoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Call of Duty is a series which many have complained was getting stale and samey. Black Ops II introduces new mechanics to change things up, with somewhat mixed results. Nevertheless, the game is still a Call of Duty game at it's core. It's cinematic, somewhat linear and scripted and there is lots of shooting and explosions.
Graphically the game is okay, nothing spectacular but it can show how aged the IW Engine is by now. The new single player gameplay mechanics involve picking your weapons loadout before starting a mission, picking various perks before starting a mission, choices in the game which ultimately affect which ending you get and the somewhat RTS like Strike Force missions. Most of which are welcome additions to the series but the Strike Force missions, while great in theory are somewhat lacking in execution as friendly AI is very, very stupid and are very likely to get themselves killed. As such it is a better idea to control units directly and play it as a standard shooter.
Multiplayer is more of the same as you'd expect from Call of Duty, though the class system has now been revamped. Previously players would pick a main weapon, a secondary weapon, grenades and up to three perks to define a class. This time around you are given 10 points to spend on customization slots as you see fit, making it entirely possible to forgo a secondary weapon in exchange for an extra perk.
Topping all of this off is the Zombies game mode which is returning from World at War and the first Black Ops. Now it supports up to 8 players and the game mode is more involved than just surviving, as you can travel to various areas and find items which you can use to solve mini-puzzles like turning power on. This game mode is great fun with friends and will keep you occupied for hours.
A surprisingly fun gameProfoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of Sonic Generations
Sonic Generations manages to return the blue speedster to glory after a long period of terrible to mediocre games for nearly a decade. Graphically the game is bright, colorful and expressive, with some truly breathtaking visuals as you boost around levels from Sonic's past games. Rooftop Run especially is a visual delight.
The game has two different styles of gameplay. Classic Sonic plays like the old Megadrive/Genesis games being strictly 2D and heavy emphasis on both platforming and speed, though his physics aren't quite the same as the old games. Modern Sonic plays like a more refined version of Sonic Unleashed's daytime levels, with multiple routes to take as you speed through the levels in stylish ways. You can also purchase new skills which give either Classic Sonic or Modern Sonic new perks or abilities which can make repeated playthroughs of a level somewhat different.
There are also challenges which can unlock concept art, music and various other things. Most of these challenges are fun but one or two are way too difficult than they have any right to be. The final boss, without spoiling anything is also a major letdown compared to how good the rest of the game is.
If you loved Sonic as a kid and you were lamenting the state of the franchise in the past decade, this game returns to form.
Great game with some minor problems.Profoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown dns
XCOM: Enemy Unknown had some large boots to fill, with the original game being considered as one of the best games of all time. Does this new game reach these loft heights? For the most part, yes but not without some issues.
The graphics are somewhat cartoonish but fit the game well. As for the gameplay, it is split between base management and the battlescape. In base management you respond to alien threats, research new technologies to better help you combat the alien menace, review your squad that gets sent out for battlescape missions and tackle requests from the council. The end result is highly streamlined from the original games somewhat obtuse base management but works surprisingly well and still gives you the sense of progression the original game did.
The battlescape has you send out a squad of 4 - 6 soldiers out in the field to exterminate the alien threat or capture them in a turn based format. Like the original game, rookies are prone to dying and every move you make is important and can make the difference between life and death, resulting in a fun albeit sometimes tense and frustrating experience. However, the battlescape also has some issues which bring the game down. Every time you discover an alien, they get a free turn where they scramble into a more advantageous position. Sometimes this can be really frustrating and you'll end up losing a soldier purely because of bad luck. Other times, the games percentage to hit a target doesn't seem to be entirely accurate as what looks like a guaranteed shot can miss multiple times.
Despite these hiccups, the game is a good reimagining of the original and is a good starting point for newcomers to the series to play.