Reviews by RedPhenx2000
Continuing To Build On Success!RedPhenx2000 | Nov. 17, 2013 | Review of Tropico 4: Collectors Bundle
Each iteration of Tropico gets better and better, with more features and more fun packed in. The base game of Tropico 4 provides hours of enjoyment and several scenarios to keep you entertained.
Tropico 4, once again, has you lead a small island nation, while trying to curry favor with your larger neighbors while still maintaining your own course. The game adds on several new features and graphical upgrades from 3.
The collectors bundle adds a must-have DLC and some simple building upgrades and uniform upgrades.
Modern Times is must own, and updates the game with many new features, including (what else?) but the ability to continue your island into the current era. The other DLC (plus the DLC that isn't included in this bundle) isn't really necessary, especially since the scenarios and DLC aren't integrated into the campaign. However, for the same price as base game, you might as well get all of the additional costumes for El Presidente, that help set this game apart from other city-builders out there.
Best Keeps getting better.RedPhenx2000 | Nov. 6, 2013 | Review of Europa Universalis III Collection
If you love EU3, this is the version to get since it's for steam plus includes many of the DLC. Divine Wind and Heir to the Throne really complete the game (plus fix many bugs and niggling issues). Also, the many sprite packs and general graphical DLCs help round out the game and add more realism.
Don't go into this game expecting an easy time. It's very detailed and realistic. Paradox has made the game less deterministic compared to EU2, while still keeping the general feel of the game historically accurate (as in your country can do something, not that it specifically did something in actual history). If you play the tutorial and spend time with this game, you'll find a surprisingly rich game wrapped in a pretty interface.
Good, but no GTARedPhenx2000 | Nov. 6, 2013 | Review of Mafia II
Mafia 2 is a period sandbox game taking place in the 1940s, against a backdrop of Mafia family dealings. If you go in expecting wild driving, etc like GTA or Saints Row, you will be disappointed.
However, knowing that it is not case, you will easily get 15-20 hours out of the game. The car handling is supposedly similar to 1930s-40s era cars, the voice acting is good, and the missions are fun. The only downside is the linearity of the game.
Outstanding 1st, still good sequelRedPhenx2000 | Nov. 6, 2013 | Review of Dragon Age 2 & Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Bundle (NA)
This review will cover both DA:O and DA2.
Dragon Age: Origins, is BioWare's best RPG in my opinion. Similar combat to Star Wars: KOTR. The story is also engaging, if a little cliche, involving evil coming and you, the hero having to stop it, as well as stop scheming 'allies'.
Where the game shines is the conversation system. An improvement of previous BW games, plus the friendship system determines which of your allies stay or go. Also, your choices actually have consequences since you sometimes have to choose between 1 or more allies getting their way or leaving, without being able to get them back later. The game has re-playability for the origin stories plus the fact you can choose different outcomes and get different allies on other play throughs.
DA2 is not as good of a Dragon Age game, in my opinion. Had it been released under another name, it would not get all of the hate it gets, but the fact is the lack of all of the same areas, no origin stories, and more arcade-like combat serve to highlight differences between it and the first one.
However, this pack is the best value since it's one of the few places you can get DA2 outside of EA's own store or on Origin.
Good, but lacking polishRedPhenx2000 | Nov. 6, 2013 | Review of Europa Universalis: Rome Gold
Rome Gold is a good game. No game breaking bugs, but lacking polish of later Paradox grand strategy games. Roman Era is my favorite time, and I'm glad I can play those years through this game. However, you'll have more fun and take advantage of Paradox's continuing improvements by playing later games such as EU3, or Crusader Kings 2.
Overall, if you are in love with late BC early AD time period in Europe, you can't go wrong with this game.