Reviews by Rzepak01

39

A cheap Dead Space

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of Afterfall: Insanity DNS

This game has had a very troubled development. In the begining the Polish developer behind Afterfall wanted the game to be the next Fallout. What we got is Dead Space if the devs had less money and talent. Afterfall is a survival horror except its devoid of an atmosphere or even effective jump scares. The story starts of well but it very quickly falls apart because of inconsistent and to be blunt amatuerish writing. The characters are flat, the dialog varies from weak to laughable. The game is a very linear walk through claustrophobic repetetive environments and combat with enemies. Enemies that not only come in very few types but are stupider than a brick. One of the main features was supposed to be the melee system, but its awkard and simply shooting the enemy is always the better option. A nice idea with bad impletmentation is FearLock. FearLock is supposed to build tension and atmosphere making the character panic when the lights go out and something jumps out to attack. In moments such as this aiming is made harder and melee strength is increased, The problem with this is that its still to easy to simply shoot the enemy. One of the few good things that can be said about the game is that its not too long and it doesnt look to bad.

80

A missed opportunity

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of Nexuiz

Nexuiz is a missed opportunity. It should have taken what made the old mod great and improved upon it. As it stands it is a shadow of its former self. The tiny maps and 4v4 matches are pretty disapointing. That being said the game is good for what it is. The graphics are amazing, the weapons diverse, the mutators very fun. The gameplay is smooth and fast like other twitch shooters. The modes are standard but theres nothing wrong with that. The population is big enough to always find someone to play with. The problem is that the matchmaking system is terrible. It can take ages to fill the required slots to start a game. This is something that will most likely be improved as time goes on so its not a major drawback in the long run.

99

One of the best Adventure games ever.

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of Syberia

Its amazing how a great game can stand the test of time. Sure Syberia may not look good by todays standards, but in all these years it has lost none of its charm and Sokal style. Syberia is the defenition of an adventure game, what sets it apart from other games in the genre is the wonderful main character, the world created by Sokal, the beautiful and hauting music and the story, oh the story. This is without a doubt one of the best tales in gaming. This is a game that all should experiance so its good that the puzzles in the game arent too difficult and are for the most part pretty sensible, none of that take a coconut and a broom and make it into a pie to feed the dog, that guards the bone thats actually a key and so on.

95

An amazing sequel

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of Batman: Arkham City

Arkham City takes what was great about the first game and improves it. So the graphics are better, the story is better, the controls and Batmans abilities are better, the DLC is better. If you played the first game you know what to expect. Whats great is that this sequel feels very much like the continuation of Asylum. Batman starts out with many of the abilities that you got in the first game, which is rare as far as Im concerned.There havent been any majors changes made to the game, but thats fine because there was very little wrong with Asylum. To me this is the superior game mainly because the story is much better and there are more characters that we all know and love from the comic books.

71

Decent

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of Greed: Black Border

Greed is the same genre as Alien Swarm and Alien Shooter, which works against it. Its a decent game with everything you would expect from the genre and nothing more. The story is there but it might as well be absent, its weak and is not what drives the player. The sinlge player is simple and not too long. There is multiplayer, but good luck finding someone to play with. While the killing is fun the environments are really repetetive and bland, which is a shame because the game looks pretty good. There really isnt much to say. Its a very predicatble game. Run around closed environments utilising the various weapons to dispatch various enemies in a pretty uninspired manner. There are three classes to choose from and both the characters and weapons can be upgraded, which works well, but in the end does very little to keep the player invested. The game is decent, nothing more, if you passed Alien Swarm and Shadowgrounds and want more aliens to kill, then by all means buy Greed but dont expect too much.

90

The best Warhammer game

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of Warhammer 40000: Space Marine (THQ)

This is the best Warhammer game for those who arent fans of RTS games. Its a very straightforward action game, where you control you Spacemarine to victory through hordes of Orcs and other enemies. The campaign is fairly long, by todays standards and has a very good, well written story. You dont have to know anything about the Warhammer universe to enjoy it, which is a very good thing. The action takes place up close or from a distance. There is a heavy focus on melee combat, which is simple but very fun, but there are also many guns. From the standard bolter to the more interesting weapons everything feels very good. All weapons have an oomph that keeps the killing fun throughtout the whole campaign. After completeting the campaign there is still the very good multiplayer mode that includes both coop and deathmatch type modes. There is some DLC that is also well worth having. The population is fairly large so finding a game isnt hard. The online matches dont use dedicated servers so lag, while not frequent, is there. Graphically the game looks pretty amazing. The character models are great and the environments pretty varied. The best thing is the customisation available in the mutliplayer. You can pick and choose abilities and weapons as well as make cosmetic changes to your armors. This is a game that is a great value no matter whats the price. Buy it and you wont regret it.

81

FPS/RTS with a great community.

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of Nuclear Dawn

ND is a game for those who loved the squad based gameplay of the oft forgotten Battlefield 2142. Lone wolves need not apply. Victory in this game comes when people work with their squads and a capable commander leads them. The game may seem complicated but its easy to get into. The infantry which comes in a few flavors, 4 to be exact each with their own weapons. The commander is a player that does not take an active part in the battles. Instead he watches from an overhead view issuing orders, researching new weapon kits and building turrets, med stations among other stuctures to aid his soldiers. Graphically the game looks fine, but its nothing special. It uses the Source Engine so it runs perfectly on most machines. The netcode is good so lag is pretty rare. The population of the game isnt too big but its dedicated and helpful. This is a great game that is getting regular updates by the very involved developers.

76

Fun, frantic high flying racer.

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of SkyDrift

This game is one of the more fun racer Ive played this year. The graphics are great, the sense of speed wonderful and tracks long and exciting. I dont really remember that many plane racing games so from the outset its a bit unique. The planes in the game fall into a few categories with ones that can take more punishment and more speedy ones. They control fairly well although it might take a while to get used to flying in some of the narrow areas of the maps. I suggest playing with a game pad because the kb/m controls make the game harder than it has to be. There are few race types in the game but the most fun is also the main feature. A race where you can scrap other planes using numerous power ups strewn around the tracks. There are both defensive and offensive power ups making for a very fun time. The worst thing about the game is that the online population is low. Its possible to find a game and have some fun against other players, but Id suggest getting some of your mates to get the game also.

86

An interesting and very odd experiance.

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of Zeno Clash

This is an indie gem that I think too many people overlooked because of the rather mixed reviews it got upon release. I wont talk about the story since I dont want to spoil it. All I will say is thats unlike anything youve seen before. The game oozes wierd. The characters, environments, weapons and the story create an amazingly unique game. This Source Engine game looks and runs great with the art direction taking center stage. The melee combat is fun and satysfying. There arent alot of weapons in the game, but I did not find this much of a fault. The game is a bit short but its worthwhile. The worst thing about it is the terrible voice acting, then again Ive heard some claim that it just added to the bizzare atmosphere. For those who complete the story mode there is also a nice arena mode, which kept me playing for quite a while. I recommend this to anyone who would like to have a unique experiance and does not mind a short playtime.

90

Wild and crazy ride.

Rzepak01 | May 17, 2012 | Review of Saints Row: The Third dns

Saints Row 3 is the crazy cousin of the GTA series. Where as GTA decided to go the serious story driven route, Saints Row is a crazy sandbox with a decent campaign thrown in. The story isnt too long, but its fairly well written and interesting. The characters are fun and likeable and the tone if firmly tongue in cheek. This time the port is excellent. The game looks and plays great. The coop is also very smooth and the way to go if you want to get the most out of the game. Between the story missions you can take on various activities like protection missions where you fly a chopper, pick up missions where you need to get prostitutes to their destinations. The standout for me where the activities in which the goal was to do as much damage to the character by throwing him under cars. Its stupid fun. The addition of allowing the player to take over parts of the city by doing the activities and buying stores goes a long way to extend the playtime. Another good thing about SW3 is that the DLC that has so far been made available is all very solid. Its hard for me to find faults in this game so buy it right now!

65

Avarage on all fronts.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of F.E.A.R. 3

The third game in the FEAR series is also in my mind the weakest. The story while interesting did not keep me as enthralled as the previous titles. The game has lost almost all of its atmosphere and tension found in the first two games. Sure, Alma is still here and some setpieces are very memorable but in the end the game feels like your average shooter Graphically the games engine is really showing its age, but the sound design at least stays on par with the previous games. A nice addition to the game is a coop option and the two different characters the player can choose. Pointman uses standard weapons as well as his ability to slow down time, while his brother uses hit telekinetic abilities. These differing playstales are very good because they add a little inscentive to pass the game twice. Especially since this is a very short game clocking in at around 4 hours. Its saving grace though is its stellar gunplay. This has always been an important part of the FEAR games. The weapons all feel and sound great. The enemy AI is also top notch making for some great firefights. The mutliplayer component is very good but suffers from lack of players. The mode "F*ing Run" is probably the most fun element of the whole game. Think Left4Dead with a wall of death chasing you through the levels.

93

The best Tomb Raider in years.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light

To me this is whithout a doubt one of the best titles in a series that has had its share of hits and misses. Leaving behind the standard third person platforming formula, as well as the iconic Tomb Raider title The Guardian of Light is a breath of fresh air. This is a puzzle platformer with a fixed camera that shows Lara from further away the we are acustomed to. The game can be played either alone or with a buddy in online coop. When playing alone Lara will have her grapling hook along with the spear that the Mayan warrior carries around when controlled by another player in coop. Totecs shield remains a coop exclusive. I would suggest playing the game with a friend, but its still great fun offline. The game spans 14 levels, which is about 7 hours of platforming and puzzle solving goodness. Not only that but because the games levels are different for single and coop GoL becomes one of the best deals when it comes to downloadable titles. The game controls a bit like a twin stick shooter, which is the reason I would suggest playing with a pad. GoL is not only one of the longer downloadables it also looks absolutely stellar. The environments are very detailed and atmospheric, the animations are very fluid and the enemy design is interesting. In the end this is a game for any fan of Tomb Raider, as well as anyone looking for solid action and well designed puzzles.

85

The best in the Lego series.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of LEGO Batman: The Videogame DNS

Lego Batman is in my opinion the best part of the franchise. Maybe its because I a fan of the comic books or maybe because its not based on any movie. The games formula seen in previous games remains mostly unchanged. Using a mutlitude of characters the player traverses the 30 levels, platforming, fighting, collecting studs, unlocking characters and occasionally building something to progress further. Graphically it is as expected. On the audio side the inclusion of the original Batman score does wonders. The story is insubstantial like always but the way it is told is once again great fun. What sets this game apart from the rest of the franchise is that its broken up into two parts. Batman and other heros get 15 levels and Joker along with other villains get 15. The gameplay remains the same for both sides, but playing on the bad side for once is very appealing. This is a game that both adults and kids will enjoy so its well worth getting.

86

A great point and click with a style of its own.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of The Next Big Thing PRE

The Next Big Thing is the newest game from Pendulo Studios, the creators of the Runaway series and one of my favourite point and click developers. If you played their previous games you know what to expect. A point and click adventure with plenty of humor, insane characters, great cell shaded graphics and difficulty that tests your noggin without frustrating you into turning the game off. As a big fan of the creators games to me this was an amazing experiance, but I do have to say that it was a bit short. Heres hoping this is a start of another trilogy.

79

A true classic.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

This is a game that I remember playing almost religiously. Like many games of the time it is a side scrolling platformer with an element of combat. The games hero hops about from left to right cutting enemies down with his sword. Fans of the Wonderboy series will of course notice that this game differs from the first and most famous game. It is true that this game is different with the hero using a sword for most of the game instead of the famous hammer and the setting going from the tropical island to a more fantasy one. What remains the same is the vitality meter that keeps the player moving. As you move through the levels you have to make sure to pick up fruit along the way to fuel the meter at the top of the screen. If it runs out its game over. The standard platforming gameplay is broken up by levels where Leo astride a pink dragon flies around shooting enemies in true shmup fashion. The graphics are great and so is the music, although I did not find it as memorable as in the first game.

92

A shooter powered by music.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Beat Hazard

Beat Hazard is a music powered twin stick shooter with seizure inducing strobe like effects galore. This little title takes your music and uses it to generate enemy waves, which you take out with your stanard weapons, missles, shields, ultra beam and a screen clearing bomb. Not everything is available from the start. Missles, shields and bombs are pick ups, while the ultra beam is unlocked using one of the many perks. Perks are unlocked as you level up and bought with money picked up during the songs. During a song you also have to pick up multipliers, power and volume pickups that help you with destroying the waves of enemies. There are a few enemy types from the standard ships that hang around and make nuisence of themselves to larger ships that shoot homing missles. There are also quite a few boss types to make the game a bit more difficult. You can play Beat Hazard one song at a time or choose to play the survival mode which plays whole albums. With the cheap Ultra add on the Boss Rush mode opens up. Its like survival mode but with an endless wave of bosses instead of standard enemies. The graphics I believe are a love it or hate it. To some the screen may seem to busy and the chonstant flashing annoying so its a good thing that the game allows you to adjust the graphics intensity. This is a gem for any fan of music and time wasters.

88

One of the most unique games ever.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Magicka

Magicka is a truly amazing game. Its a hilarious and very difficult fantasy romp unlike anything you have played before. The story, which I will not spoil is full of jokes and referances to pop culture and other games. The characters speak in a quirky giberish language that sounds a bit like Swedish with some English thrown in. The game spans 13 levels, which you can tackle either solo or with three other players. How long it takes the player to complete it is really up to the said player. This game is hard due to its steep learning curve. The main feature of the game is its magic system which uses 8 elements to create different spells. So for example fire and water makes steam, the combinations are limitless. How well you do depends only on how nimble your fingers are and how quickly you think on your feet. At the time of release the game was quite buggy, but I am happy to say that at this point I have encounterd very few problems even while online. That is good news because this is one of those games that is immensly more fun with other people in no small part due to the fact the there is friendly fire in coop. Since release the game has been expanded through the Vietnam expansion and has also recived a very fun PvP mode. Really this is a game that I would recommend to everyone.

72

A nice diverse FPS.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Aliens vs Predator Pre

First of all it must be said that this new AvP is simply not as good as the two classic games. That is not to say its bad. In fact its a very solid and pretty unique shooter, albeit a short one. The game is broken into three parts since it has the three races always present in the franchise. Each campaign is about the same lenght, which results in a game that is roughly 7 or 8 hours. As per usual the Human campaign is the most tense and atmospheric one, because weapns while deadly cant match up to the Predators gadgets and the Aliens mobility. Playing as the marine feels like it should. The game sound and feel nice. There may not be too many weapons to choose from but whats there is very good. Playing as the Predator forces the player to use all the gadgets at his disposal, especially the cloaking device. The hunter also has deadly claws, missles and the infamous disc weapon to kill anything and everything be it cyborgs, marines or aliens. The last race, the Alien, is all about mobility. You move really fast on any surface. The Xenomorph attacks with its claws, tail and punce ability. In the begining the speed and constant change of direction may be a bit jarring, but its easy to get used to. Graphically the game looks amazing with both the environments and character models looking stellar. The animations of the aliens as they crawl towards you on walls, floors and ceilings is amazing. The biggest downside of this title is its multiplayer. What should have been a great experiance is marred by lag and whats seems to be like a complete imbalance of the races.

79

Simple top down fun.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 12, 2011 | Review of Alien Breed: Impact

The game is the first new game in the very old Alien Breed series. Its a simple shooter like Alien Shooter or Shadowgrounds. The same style of play and the same isometric perspective. What sets it apart is its episodic nature (there are three episodes) and the great graphics. The game is made on the current Unreal engine so it looks and runs great. The game has a story mode told through objects found in the game, communications between the main characters and very nice comic style panels in between the levels. The story takes place in the future on a ship that comes under attack from hostile aliens. The aliens come in different varieties from tiny ones that can be dispatched with a melee attack to more dangerous foes that are to be taken out from far away. The weapons are fun to use. Along with the normal weapons there are also items the player can use like armor, med kits, different kinds of grenades. Overall the combat in the game is very fun and will be the reason you get to the end. The levels are pretty big, which unfortunately means there is quite a bit of back tracking. Though this is explained by the objectives in the game that usually include turning something on and off to progress. Impact has a two player mode that makes the game alot more fun although it takes away from the atmosphere. Its not impossible to find a partner for the coop but the game is not exactly popular.

85

A great sequel.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 12, 2011 | Review of Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood

The first game in what is now the Call of Juarez trilogy was often overlooked or bashed for its weak gameplay when the player was forced to use the young indian boy instead of the grizzled religious nut. This was the first games biggest problems and its gone in the sequel. Both characters in Bound in Blood is fun to play. Ray is the tank for short and mid range shootouts, while Thomas is a sniper. The story is a great one that will be the reason you push forward through this 5 hour western romp. It may not be original, but its told very well and introduces some interesting characters. If the game were a movie it would fit perfectly into the western genre. The arsenal at your disposal is typical of the setting. All the weapons from your standard pistol to dynamite feels good. The sounds make the weapons feel powerful so the gunplay in CoJ is top notch. Graphically I believe it is one of the better looking shooters out there. The player models are very nicely done, the settings are detailed and convincing. The music in the game completes the package making this an authentic western experiance. The highlight for me was the dueling system, which makes use of the mouse to mimick the action of pulling a gun out of its holster and quickly taking out your oponent. These are very nicely done and tense moments. The game has a decent mutliplayer mode with just about anything you would expect, but its not very popular.

59

Crude, lengthy and behind the times.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 11, 2011 | Review of Duke Nukem Forever

After becoming the poster boy for vaporware, Duke is back. Was the wait worth it? Did the ridiculous development time result in a game on par with Duke 3D? In short, no. Duke Nukem Forever is lengthy, crude and outdated on the day it was released. The hero we all love is back with one liners galore, but thats simply not enough to make a game great. There are parts of the game that feel old as soon as you see them, overall the game feels somewhat uneven, which is understanable but nonetheless a bit jarring. One thing that can be said about the games levels is that they are varied. Shooting, driving and turret sections keep the game moving at a pretty fast pace. The classic Duke weapons feel and sound pretty good, but the same cant be said about the alien weapons that you pick up later on. Theyre simply boring and sound weak. The driving is passable but in the long run it can get pretty boring, its certainly not as bad as the driving required in Borderlands but its no Halo. The turret sections are incredibly boring. They are without a doubt the worst part of the game, worse than the out of place puzzle sections, which are simple and seem wrong in a Duke game.

 The story is the standard alien invasion so its not worth getting into. The multiplayer is in one word terrible. In the time of Modern Warfare and Team Fortress 2 the Duke mp it feels lazy and featureless.
 In the end if you were waiting for this game for all those years the game is playable, but extremely forgetable. The RC car section is pretty fun though.

97

One of the most satisfying experiances in gaming.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 11, 2011 | Review of Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a must for any fan of old school platforming and Megaman levels of frustration. This indie game is massive. Hundreds of levels, frustratingly hard boss fights, achivements, a wonderfull retro style and music. The story may not be deep, but its humorous. This is the defenition of a love it or hate it game. If you can handle the steep learning curve and the trial and error gameplay this will be an experiance you wont soon forget. As the difficulty ramps up mastering a level will feel like a true achievement a feeling that most games out there cant even come close to emulating. Pure old school perfection.

75

Maybe the best sniper game around.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 11, 2011 | Review of Sniper: Ghost Warrior PRE

Sniper: Ghost Warrior is a polish developers first foray into the world of high budget games. In Poland the company is known for its budget titles. As a Pole I am happy to say that Sniper is a great first attempt to conquer the world. The game is not without flaws but its pretty unique because of its focus on sniping instead of simple running and gunning. The sniping mechanics are not the most realistic, but they are no so simple as to take away the satisfaction of a well placed shot, which is punctuated by a slow mo of the bullets flight.

The story is forgetable. The game is the standard length for todays shooter. Graphically the game looks great. The weapons are very nicely modeld, the jungle looks very good, but unfortunately the games linear nature prevents you from exploring the lush environment like in Crysis for example. At first the linearity feel pretty confing but in the end it does not take away from the fun of sniping. The biggest problem with this game is probably the below avarage AI of the enemies. Saying that they are not the brightest bunch would be an understatment.

Besides the single player campaign the game also has a multiplayer component, though it was never as popular as it should have been. The focus on snipers and well designed maps made for some very tense gameplay.

74

Great little time waster.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 11, 2011 | Review of Zombie Driver

Zombie Driver is another game in the recent trend of indie games. The game is very simple, but very fun and addictive. In short the game is about mowing down zombies using vechicles of which there are a few in the game. Each car can be upgraded to make it for example tougher or faster. There is a story mode, but really it is not the main focus of the game. It does give you an objective though, besides zombie slaughter. The goal of a mission is to rescue unmotorized civilians. Each car has a different capacity which is another factor besides speed and toughness that the player needs to take into account when starting a mission. There are a few types of zombie starting with dogs to huge ones that severly damage your car when hit. For such occasion there are powers up that show up on the map like miniguns or rockets that attach to the cars. The graphics are really good, especially considering the low price tag of the game. A word of caution to potential buyers though. There have been tales of the game giving players motion sickness, but the devs have since then patched in different camera options to help with that. So happy vechicular zombieslaugther.

75

A good and often overlooked tps game.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 11, 2011 | Review of Dark Sector

One could say that this is your standard third person action game fare and while that is true, the game is still worthwhile especially because of its main feature, the glaive. The glaive is a boomerang like weapon that is used for both combat and puzzles. Its a deadly both in melee combat and when using it to chop off heads from far away. It can be upgraded over the course of the game to give it abilities. One of the more satysfying ones is a homing attack where the players controls the glaive as it mows down multiple enemies before returning to the character. The glaive can take on the powers of various elements to make it even deadlier and for solving the environmental puzzles. Generally its all about imbuing the weapon with the right element (fire, ice, electricity) to overcome an obstacle that is blocking further progress. The games story is nothing special, which is good because its presentation is also a bit lackluster. The graphics are very good though and so is the sound design. A very nice touch is an almost nonexistant HUD. The games length is around 5 or 6 hours so the standard for modern action games.

95

Wonderful but short.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 11, 2011 | Review of Trine

Trine is an amazing indie puzzle platformer. The game is all about tight platforming and pyschics based puzzles. The player traverses the levels using three characters to which you can switch at will. Each character (thief, magician, knight) controls differently and has abilities that come in useful in certain moments. The thief is the best at platforming because she is nimble and uses a grapling hook to swing around the levels. She also makes use of a bow so she is the choice for dispaching enemies from afar. The magician is weak so he is pretty useless in combat, but he is the most important one when it comes to the puzzles since his ability is o conjure up items such as boxes to weigh something down or planks to move across difficult terrain. The knight is obviously the thoughest. He carries either a sword and a shield or a two handed hammer. He is rather slow, but his main focus is on combat, which is pretty satysfying although simple. Graphically the game is still one of the best looking downloadable titles out there. The music in the game is amazing and fits perfectly with the almost fairy tale like fantasy setting. The controls are tight, the performance is flawless. The only bad thing about the game is its length. Its only about 3 hours long but still this is a game that I would recommend to everyone.

75

Lackluster sequel, decent game.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 11, 2011 | Review of Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

The first game recieved mixed reviews, but I remember it quite fondly. It starred a great pair of unique main characters and the story the game told was pretty interesting. The titular characters return in this sequel but the interesting story is unfourtunately absent. That is not to say its bad, its just not as good and judging by the games short length the developers knew that. The game itself is a typical shooter with a nice array of weapons, a pretty good shooting mechanics. The shooting feels good thanks in part to the destructible environments. Firefights are dynamic but the enemy AI is pretty poor. Graphically the game is not stellar but it sets itself apart from other third person shooters with its novel take on the behind the back camera. In this game the camera feels like an actual camera that is following you around as you shoot up Hong Kong. Distortions both on the visual and audio sound, censoring of nudity with pixelation it all adds up to a pretty unique looking game. That being said I have found that this style seems to be a love it or hate it sort of thing. Overall the game is decent, nothing more nothing less. Its a capable, though short shooter with a great multiplayer, that to my dismay has not gained much popularity.

82

One of the best Lego games.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 10, 2011 | Review of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 DNS

Lego Harry Potter is at the same time one of the best Lego games as well as one of the best Harry Potter games out there. With the shoddy quality of the movie based games this is the best choice for the Harry Potter fans. The graphics style is still charming and fits very well into the magical world of Harry Potter. The game does not stray from the formular set by previous Lego games so expect alot of platforming, tight but simple combat, numerous playable characters and loads of collecting. The story of Harrys first four years at Hogwarts has been presented pretty well, but it will make things easier on the player if he already knows the story since the Lego games place humor first and accuracy to the source material second. While it may not be a faithful adaptation, since it was never supposed to be, it is a great and rather lengthy family game. A game for both children and adults and for the low price its well worth it.

85

A great alternative with a bright future.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 10, 2011 | Review of Rift - Digital Collector's Edition

Rift is a fairly new mmo. It follows the trend that has plagued the genre for the last few years, but at the same time it is by far the best mmo to come out in recent times. It takes the route that WoW once took and borrows elements from various mmos and refines them. There is little inovation here, but sometimes thats not a bad thing. The main draw of this game are of course the titular Rifts, portal that open up and release hordes of enemies from a given plane for groups of players to destroy. Its by far the best and most succesful attempt to get players to group up and do something together. When a Rift opens up players from around the zone almost naturally gravitate towards it and the game automatically puts them into large raid groups thus giving the players fun group gameplay without the usual hussle. Graphically the game is one of the best looking mmos while at the same time being very scalable allowing even older PCs to handle the game. Though it must be said that during events where raids of players duke it out with giant bosses while fending off invasions of elite mobs, there is bound to be some lag and slowdown. The good thing is that the developers put out patches at an amazing pace and do a great job of learning from there past mistakes. Almost every month since the games release there has been a large conent patch along with an event, and each was better than the previous. The game also has your typical PvP battlegrounds, but they are made more interesting by the other feature of the game, its multiple souls and skill trees system. Without going into much detail its enough to say that in Rift you can have some amazing class combinations since each character can choose from three souls and an additional PvP soul to craft the toon they always wanted. Overall I believe the game to be a great success although like I said it does not innovate. The PvP is standard fair as is the crafting system. The dungeons are great fun and of course the best way to get the best gear. A nice feature is mounts at pretty low levels. The world is pretty big, the zones are distinct without feeling disjointed, the fast travel system what youd expect. A great start for a new dev that has quickly become one of my favorites because of their bug fixes, conent patches and understading of what the mmo gamer wants.

90

So simple, so addictive.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 10, 2011 | Review of VVVVVV

From its odd title to the unique 8bit aesthetic VVVVVV is an indie gem not to be missed. It is a puzzle platformer that does away with the overused jump mechanic instead allowing the player to use gravity and quick reflexes to traverse levels that can span many screen vertically and horizontally. Dont be surprised when you take a step of a ledge and the gravity starts pulling you through a mutlitude of screens. The game is all about wit and reflexes. The game contains 8 lengthy levels filled with harrowing drops, spiked floors and ceiliengs, moving platforms and trampolines. The games mechanics are easy to get the hang of but that does not change the fact that this game will be difficult, but the numerous checkpoints in all the right places will keep you from shutting the game down in frustration. The game has that certain just more more try charm often missing in todays games. With its chiptune music and recent 2.0 patch the game is a total package, with numerous new levels from indie gamings greatest devs, like Notch of Minecraft and an easy to use level editor. A must have for any indie and puzzle game fan.