Reviews by Ryukrieger
Valiant Hearts - A Rare GemRyukrieger | June 29, 2014 | Review of Valiant Hearts - The Great War
When you think "World War games", you think "BOOM! HEADSHOT" or "One man army shoot an army". But Valiant Hearts is a very... very... different game from those. The characters aren't super humans, they can't do everything by themselves, when the playable characters are together, they would help each other. When they're alone, you have to solve puzzles, help other people, etc... I've nearly finished the game, but the amount of "combat" there was in the game... not much at all, most of the time you'll be spending helping people, enjoying the story, yes, war is painful, war is bad, the characters themselves are suffering trying to live through war. The story is stunning, the puzzles are creative, the art style is... unique, the music is flawless. This isn't an AAA game, but it's definitely one of the best game I've played this season. If you enjoy narratives in game and puzzles, you will enjoy this game. 96 because it's only my opinion and anyone can have another. And remember, it's just a personal recommendation!
A bad port for an Incredible gameRyukrieger | June 10, 2014 | Review of Watch_Dogs
Well, before I get into the actual review, I have to say one thing, the PC port is a poorly optimized mess (as of the time of review), you will not be able to max this game out completely no matter what system you have, an i7 with GTX 770 won't max it, reviewers with Titans can't max it, so I doubt you can, but if you can... darn, you're armed.
Actual review: Gameplay: I love it, love it to dead, imagine GTA with hacking and changing the city as you play (don't worry, damages done will be recovered like in any other games), I also like the vast amount of things you can do beside the main missions, I've been playing since release date and still haven't finished Act II of the game since all the side-stuffs are so addicting I keep forgetting about the main missions. I also like the "Alternate reality" mini games called "Digital Trip", in short, this open world game is more than just an open world game, you interact with the city and see all its citizens' profile, choosing who to steal from, what to hack, what to do... Yes, I love the directions they went with this game, and I hope they can improve it. Certainly the AIs can be improved, along with stealth and parkour system.
Music: Nothing spectacular but the music is really good. Graphics: Certainly reduced from the original gameplay, too bad it has to be compatible with the PS3 and Xbox360. What I like best is how the UI works, it's... interesting, I must say, it's not just a 'flat' UI flapped on the screen, but more like it's actually there.
Alls in all, ignoring the terrible port job, I'd give this game a 97, but due to the terrible port, it's a 91 from me. (So keep that in mind when they actually fix the port). Because no game is perfect, and this is only my personal opinion, but you can play this game!.... if not, wait until a few more patches come out, it might be better then, although I'm playing quite stably, I can't say the same for everyone.
Trials? Check. Errors? Also another check! Fun? Oh hell yes!Ryukrieger | April 30, 2014 | Review of Trials Fusion
Trails Fusion, do you remember the last Trials game? Where you ride a bike, leaning forward and backward, then crash and burn? Well, this is another game of that! Same old, quite yes, same fun, probably yes!
Trials Fusion does what it does best, place you on a bike, then let you taste hell as you laugh "How is that possible? How did I crash?", then after multiple tries, you finally get your medal without any faults, you feel proud of yourself. Gameplay wise, the same old I mentioned above, leaning back and forth, there's also performing tricks later on in the game, there's also crashing and exploding. But what's the best part of Trials games? Co-op! Come on! Finish the "main" mode then get your friends together and crash together! This game is quite simple yet it is a fun-fest when you play with you friends! Graphics are impressive and fun-looking! Not that they look weird, they're nice to look at, the dynamic background also is a lot of help, the level designs are brilliant and fun!
Well, 79 for me, it's an old concept, but it works just so well, for this price it's not too expensive, and it's fun, most fun with friends, also player-made maps might be coming in waves soon, so if you enjoy swinging around on a bike but still want to stay safe (trust me, sometimes you won't believe the "character" would survive), this game may just be for you!
But remember, this is just a personal recommendation!
Satisfying, Hard, but a bit more till a great PC port!Ryukrieger | April 30, 2014 | Review of Dark Souls II (NA)
Dark Souls II? Hard? Check. Punishing? Check. Want you to die? Check. Prepared you for dying? No! You'll suffer!
Dark Souls II is a satisfying sequel to Dark Souls (and Demon's Souls), it's hard, it's punishing, and oh it requires some observations and skills, I'm going to be frank, you'll die, a lot, within the first 10 minutes (not counting the cutscene), you'll probably die already. And how does it feel when you customize your character for an hour then you die and turn into a green zombie anyway? Well, good luck! Gameplay wise, still quite the same old. You'll still die, yes.
Story wise, mysterious as always, yet it is interesting, indeed.
Graphics, it may not be impressive for the games you've been looking at, but it still looks better than Dark Souls, and still looks good in my opinion.
Atmosphere is quite.... nice, I must say, quite fitting, too. For Dark Souls II, there's not much to say, it's quite the same yet it is not, if you like Dark Souls, you'll like the sequel, nothing more! If you consider yourself patience, observant and like punishing game, it's for you. One warning, sometimes the game can be dull and boring as there's nothing much going on most of the time beside you going around, killing and getting killed.
This one gets a 75 from me, I enjoyed the game somewhat, but it is just not my type of game, I like hard games, but I also like them to be a bit more engaging instead of going around (almost) aimlessly, but that also has its charm, you won't know where to go at first, but... you just have to go there, if you don't know where to go, whichever way you take will get you there.
That's why a 75! It has its charms! But remember, this is just a personal opinion! A personal review!
As a game? Not much. As a whole? Ah.... I cried (in a good way)Ryukrieger | April 16, 2014 | Review of To The Moon Cap
To The Moon, as a game is not much, it's just a point-and-click adventure. But the most amazing parts about this game doesn't come from the gameplay, if you ask me "Would it be worth it to play this game?", I would ask that if you had a heart, you would. Let's break it down. Gameplay: The usual point-and-click. I'm giving no spoilers, but the game is similar to an RPG, but instead of moving around with keys, you use your mouse and lead the characters as they navigate, the other section includes "Find the important thing in the area" which requires you to move around and find those important items that would progress the story (but not as boring as the "Here's a picture, click on the items in the picture!" but you will have to navigate around like an actual top-down RPG game!) Story and Music: Fantastic, if games could be rated on story and music alone, I'll give this a 100! The story brings tears to my eyes and the music keeps coming back to my ears (They're in my playlist). You play this, you will never forget it! Graphics: Ah, the nice 2D Top-Down RPG, styled and fun, of course it would never get old!
In short, the game may not be much of a game, but its music and story are both fantastic, the moment you finish the game, you will feel kind of empty inside (but also feel some happiness for the characters), the emotion of this game is powerful, if you have heart for humanity, I think you will love this game!
A 95 from me! Despite the gameplay is not much, everything else made up for the lack of it! I'm not going to lie, the story and music of game is... well... I can't tearing up... sorry.... I'll just... end here.
But anyway, this is just a (personal) game recommendation!
Frustrating? Yes. Too much fun? YES!Ryukrieger | April 16, 2014 | Review of Eryi's Action Cap
Short ver: This game is for people with patience, who wants to think logically combined with some reflexes, timing and of course, some sense of humour! But that's not all, thinking logically also means thinking outside of the box. In this game you WILL die a lot, get stuck on some parts for quite a bit, but the feelings of completion is flawless, so if you think you're patience enough, get this game!
Long version: Do you like brain-taxing, logical thinking game? If yes, get this game. Do you like funny and unexpected surprises? If yes, get this game. Do you like boss fights that are unique? If yes..... maybe consider the two points above first. Similar to so-called "Cat Mario", this game takes "trolling" the player to skyscraper, but each stage is unique to their own, making all deaths seemingly funny but... er... you'll die a lot. I died a total of 789 times through the game (finished it), What will make the game appealing? First, it makes you think every stage, think outside the box, that is. Second, not only it lets you unleash your brainiac power, but it will also make you make use of your reflex, coordinations and timing. Third.... make sure you don't wreck your computer or keyboard, you may rage with this game.
So what are you waiting for? If you have the patience and mind and hands to play this game! Then go for it! It's not easy, but it's not hard, either! It's just.... brain-hurting sometimes! (Not just because of the puzzles, but also the pain of dying!)
This game gets an 81 from me with the above reasons, but I know not everyone would agree with me! But anyway, this is just a (personal) game recommendation!
One of the best Co-op Shooter!Ryukrieger | April 16, 2014 | Review of Borderlands 2 (ANZ)
You like playing fun shooter with ridiculously fun weapons? This is your game! And better, it has co-op mode up to four players! One of the best of its kind! The gameplay is normal shooter with more at its root with various weapons and elements, along with a big big open-world (also killing funny enemies and take their guns! Or find "gun" treasures!)! The story is a ridiculous one with a fun villain! The music is good, but I didn't find anything spectacular. The graphics is stylized so one thing for sure, the graphics won't get old anytime soon like other games!
In short, this game is great fun, it didn't have anything that would be called outstanding, but the big big world and the amount of fun you can have in this game is... well.... a lot! This game gets an 81 from me, because while doing nothing spectacular beside the open-world, the fun factor is the main factor! And no doubt you'll have lots of fun.... especially with friends!
The Rise of Batman!Ryukrieger | April 15, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year
This game surely deserves all the praises it got, because when I started up and played the game, it was so fun that I have played it over and over quite a few times!
From the beginning in Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady expanded their world into a massive prison city "Arkham City", with an (of course) bigger map, a bigger story, more (side) stories, more (and cooler, harder) Easter Eggs, more combat and stealth moves!
Everything was an improvement but let's dissect it. The Gameplay: Batman's combat moves got expanded by a great deal, there were more moves (and enemy types) that make you feel like a master martial artist Batman is, taking down one enemy after another with up to 100x combos, dozens of thugs! (Depends) There are also more Stealth Takedowns, with varieties that you'll feel excited to use on each enemy one by one.
The Story: Well, fantastic for me, all the characters were conveyed extremely well by (again) super voice-acting, all the twists were fun, but... no spoilers for you!
The Music; Out of all the games, this one has the best music overall, in my opinion! Especially the main theme music, the music feels epic and powerful! Even more than the first game!
The Graphics: Playing both the first and this game back-to-back, you can see the difference, I don't pay much attention to graphics than the game itself, so I can only say that the graphics did improve!
The game got a 96 from me, because not everyone will have the same opinion, and also, the side-missions are best done along the story, because if everything is done after, one or two side-missions would feel poorly-paced.
But anyway, this is just a (personal) recommendation!
Where the (game) legend beganRyukrieger | April 15, 2014 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year
When the game first came out, it was one of the best games of its time, the beginning of one of the (personally) best game franchise!
In Batman Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady took everybody by surprise, why? Because... comparing to other AAA games, the game had less marketing from the beginning. And judging from the previous Batman (and superhero) games, most people wasn't expecting anything ground-breaking. And when the game was released, the game was amazing, the combat style that was so rare before now implemented flawlessly by Rockstead, the super fun stealth combat that makes you feel like the invisible predator. The gameplay was extremely refreshing comparing to a lot of other games of the time.
On the story, it was fascinating, not only the twists, but about all the elements in the game, from the normal main story to the "Easter Eggs" telling the lore of Batman's other enemies. Combining with the fantastic voice-acting, for example Kevin Conroy's Batman and Mark Hamil's Joker (Oh, personally, I love the Joker's voice, Mr. Hamil is as good as always as the Joker)
Then the music, the score was composed so perfectly that if you take the music away from the game after playing it with the music, you'll feel like you just lost half of the game itself, because the music was so powerful!
Wondering about graphics? I don't pay too much attention to graphic comparing to other departments, but I have to say, when it was released, it was one of the best-looking (not in realistic way, but stylish way) games! Even making good use of Physx (though not necessary, they're just for the looks)
This game gets an 89 from me, for as ground-breaking as it is and how much fun I have from it, it was fairly limited as it was the first game, and of course, people may have different opinion from me.
But anyway, this is just a recommendation!
Not the most innovative, but the biggest!Ryukrieger | April 14, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins
It may not be the most innovative game in the franchise, but it certainly is the biggest. For a studio that didn't build the game from scratch, they made a fantastic addition to Arkham City (as a prequel), The storyline and music are still fantastic, the feelings of a young Batman can also be felt in certain moments! The combat and stealth are still smooth and fluid and still is one of the greatest style.
The game fell short when it first came out with quite a lot of bugs reported. but now the game is completely playable, some people are still reporting bugs here and there, but personally, I have not encountered any bug in my later playthrough, if you want something to hold my words for, I have completed the "I Am The Night" mode, the mode where you can't die, smoothly, if that is the case, that means I have not encountered any game-breaking of annoying bugs, and I have not noticed them, either!
91 for being fantastic but not the most innovative (it is not a bad thing, so it doesn't reduce many points from me), and I also know not everyone would have the same opinion as I did. In short, the game carried on the spirit of Arkham City and made it bigger! But anyway, this is just a personal recommendation!
The most ground-breaking superhero game to date!Ryukrieger | April 14, 2014 | Review of Batman Game of the Year Pack
Batman fan? Yes? No? Still get it anyway! Unless you only have the ability to button smash, then you should get it! The story is fantastically told by the skilled writers and delivered so perfectly by the top-notch voice actors. The gameplay is marvelous, the combat is one of the best styles an action game could get, simple, but requires to have proper timing and observation.The stealth segments, however, are my favorite, the feeling of preying on the thugs that think they are in control, picking them off one by one with multiple different takedowns, satisfying! The atmosphere and environment fit perfectly with Batman and other characters, with each of the major characters having their own "feel" in their area. The music will be one of the best game music you'll ever listen to.
In short, a completely satisfying experience with both game, start from Arkham Asylum, where the legendary franchise is born, to Arkham City, where it blew everyone's minds (Origins is not included in this pack, it's good, but I'm not giving a review here)
If you truly likes a high-quality third-person action game with a good mix of combat and stealth, if you like a fantastic storyline, this game is for you! 99 because I personally like the game and all its design, not 100 because I know not everyone has the same taste as I am. But anyway, this is just a recommendation!
Make a calculationRyukrieger | April 14, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins: Season Pass
The thing you'd be looking at buying the DLC would be the story DLC, which is rumored to be around 10$ (as of the time of posting). Unless you want all the costumes + challenge maps, there is little point to get this (personally, I like the challenge maps, not so much the costumes)
In short, this is worth buying if you like every single thing you would get, because unless they announce more story DLCs that will be included in the Season Pass, I would only consider to buy it or not after the DLC comes out, but most likely not at full price.
But as of the time of posting this, the season pass is on sale for 4.99$, which is a good bargain, I originally intended to wait for the story DLC to come out then get that only, but if it's on sale for less than 10$, might as well grab it and consider others as bonus.