Reviews by Quillan

80

So 80s...

Quillan | Dec. 27, 2013 | Review of Defcon: Everybody Dies

This little, neat strategy game has the real "80s" charme, like a sort-of Wargame film game.

The path to total annihilation is quite fast, with the global crisys quickly escalade from DEFCON 5 to 1, from normal relations to full scale nuclear war and retaliation.

Obtain the win isn't simple, the AI is quite smart (and also you can play against other human adversaries to extend the fun), things to deploy and use aren't many, but are enough to ammass millions of casualties to achieve the final win over the enemy.

Graphic is quite "simple" but gives back the Cold-war like atmosfere, sound is functional. Final notice: it has also Linux version.

96

The King is back

Quillan | Dec. 27, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's CivilizationĀ® V

Civilization is a cornerstone of tactal, turn based, strategy games. This last iteration brings back some of old "feel" , returning to some more immediate mechanics and streamlining some aspects (like Religion, Government form etc) that was too demanding and too slow in the IV chapter.

The AI isn't yet smart enough to dodge any complain, but for sure is better respect many other single-player title. The multiplayer option is a plus, thus isn't so easy to finish a match in such mode due to plenty of time needed to complete the full match.

Other feature include a very good graphics (with scalable zoom from an over-fly view like a Sat-point of view to city level when you can see units and special buildings of your countryside), optimal sound background, very comfortable UI (many game developers should learn from Fireaxis title on how make a good user interface!).

85

Fun , Fun, Fun.

Quillan | Dec. 27, 2013 | Review of Left 4 Dead 2

Very funny FPS shooter, expecially played with 2-3 friends at once in co-op mode. Smashing zombies wasn't ever so fun!

In single mode the gaming experience can be more dull and repetitive, but also you can find many "thrilling" points where you will literally jump on your seat!

In co-op is a must-have title that can give you many hours of gruesome fun.

90

One of the best RPG around... but not so good as Morrowind

Quillan | Dec. 27, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nexway

Skyrim is a typical Elders' Scroll title: big, bold, overcrowded by locations and things to explore and quest to complete. It can takes literally hundreds of hours to explore all, even forever if you start to enjoy one of his most shiny feature, the Steam Workshop Mods support. The main plot is very intriguing, the "main" sideline (war between Empire and would-be-Indipendent Northmen) too, some of the side quests instead are somewhat below the par, but you can find anyway some hundreds tasteful.

Respect the past, however, expecially in confrontation with the real Bethesda's masterpiece Morrowind, all the experience is somewhat simplified, more directed to casual and newcomer respect seasoned Rpg-gamers. Inventory, menus and dialogues are more "console-style" respect the past, many aspects are more "easier" to master respect the old UI, also the character progression/skill paths are less demanding in choosing wisely respect your character style intended to achieve.

Overall is a must-to-be-played by every RPGs lovers - for more casual gamers it can be overwhelming and maybe they can be somewhat lost facing too many things and possibilities open to their characters...

60

Weird GTA-style game in South America sauce

Quillan | Dec. 27, 2013 | Review of Just Cause

I dislike a bit this game, I found it a bit too weird for my taste and a sort of betrayal of my expectations. At first it seems a sort of GTA-style game with different setup (a Central/South American's Banana Republic), with lot of things to explore, try and overcome... but at the end, it lacks something that can push you to complete the game itself. It becomes a bit boring and repetitive, too many times you have your eyebrows up and down seeing some very too-much-incredible and unrealistic situations depicted in game. It has also strong point, like the graphics (very good when it was released), in-game control (especially for vehicles), some part of the story are really amusing... but in the end, I won't play it again (instead , for example, I restarted more than once GTA III/SA... just to say).

70

Fun & Decent game

Quillan | Nov. 5, 2013 | Review of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Probably not the "best" of his genre (action adventure) but with a solid horror background that mitigate some little cons here and there.

The strong point, of course, is its Lovecraftian's background : starting as a police-like mistery, you will be drawn in a horror more and more gruesome and scaring.

The weak part is indeed the "FPS" mechanics, it is quite ankward (I hate how the camera show some ongoing situations) and a bit dull in some animations... but it's not the main goal of such title.

Overall is a good buy (expecially in budget range) and can give you some entertainment in a unusual style respect a normal FPS or a traditional point-and-click adventure.

70

Big, bold business simulation... maybe not so fun.

Quillan | Nov. 5, 2013 | Review of Capitalism 2

This is a typical well made, well polished and full fledged business simulator - you can find here all the important things you can expect to find in such title. To be honest, here you will find even too much - you will be soon under a fire of numbers, statistics and graphs!

Learning curve is very steep, tutorial miss a bit some in-deep analyze of some game mechanics - things you can anyway learn playing the game, but in hard, frustrating way.

When you start to master it, however, you can be enthralled by a very detailed simulation of quite-real markets, raging from gambling in stocks to developing a full line of "all-wants-it" products.

It is a good buy if you are an hardcore sim-gamer, otherwise I wouldn't recommend it, you can be drive away from it due to his complexity.