Reviews by Sciazs
Aldorlea sticks true to formSciazs | May 8, 2014 | Review of Sylia - PC
There's a certain charm and allure about Aldorlea games that makes you keep coming back for more. Whether its their well crafted story plots, the engaging (and sometimes funny) characters in "SNES" style graphics, either way fans of the golden age of RPG will be sure to be delighted with Sylia. Aldorlea do best to keep hitting you in the nostalgia feels and are sure to never disappoint. Don't be fooled by the aesthetics of the game, there is a lot of content for a game like this to keep you smiling all the way through for days :)
Take me back to a simpler timeSciazs | May 8, 2014 | Review of Moonchild (1) - PC
Aldorlea Games are the devs that keep the roots intact when it comes to the RPG. Their games are reminiscent of the late 80's / early 90's era where the RPG dominated the market and Moonchild is one of the (many) forgotten lovechild from these times. The story is the cliche'd tale of a kidnapped royalty but then again when broken down to its simplest form, almost all RPG storylines are cliche'd. As true to their nature, Moonchild does a great job in story telling and the vibrant colours of the 64-bit style visuals does wonders to draw you in, even in this day and age. For the niche'd fans of Aldorlea, this is one of the must-plays from their collection and should this ever go on sale, do not hesitate to pick it up. Even at full price, the story alone is worth it for fans of ye ol' RPG.
Xzibit wouldn't approveSciazs | May 8, 2014 | Review of Ride em Low - PC
Pimp yo ride. Low riders, cadillacs, a mini.. Maybe not the last one but the game only features 12 "classic american" cars which isn't a lot but the fun in the game lies with the modifications of these cars. For the price-tag, you can presume its only appropriate but at the same time.I could be biased as I'm in no way the biggest fan of racing game but I would save that cash for a different title for GMG's other sales. For you racer fans who love to pimp yo ride, this will be worth the discounted price to go with any vouchers available for it!
Lets get on a feels trip...Sciazs | May 8, 2014 | Review of Age of Mythology Extended Edition (4) - PC
... To one of the best nostalgia RTS games. Great successor to the Age of Empires franchise with great units involving greek mythology. Wreck havoc with Minotaurs, cyclops, you name it! Steam 2014 release has increased the visuals to look less dated. Though the textures look like a mere upscaling of graphics from the 90s, this is still nevertheless a great RTS to please all fans of the genre. A definite must play.
Get Rekt'd over, and over...Sciazs | May 1, 2014 | Review of Dark Souls II Post - PC
And over again. Dark souls 2 stays in true form to its predecessor. A sequel worthy to the original Dark Souls. The PC form delayed a whole month to its console release is worth the wait with the modding community already hard at work to bring greater immersion, graphics mods and other hilarious additions (see Gaben Shield). 10/10 would die 10/10 times and would come back 10/10.
Don't Expect MuchSciazs | Jan. 22, 2014 | Review of Driving Simulator 2013 - PC
A driving simulator game. There's not much else to say, it pretty much speaks for itself. It's not very exciting when you have games like Grid / Forza / Gran Turismo which are essentially the mothers of all driving sims. Doesn't quite provide you with the same experience as Euro-Truck simulator or several train simulator games and for the full price of a AAA game - save your money elsewhere.
Not Quite Hearthstone But Good EnoughSciazs | Jan. 22, 2014 | Review of Talisman Digital Edition - PC
As per the title, if you're in the same position as I am, eagerly and anxiously waiting for your Hearthstone beta key, then this game is the one for you to tide things over. The game has some great gameplay and none any cards feels overpowered in anyway. This game brings a total nostalgia feel reminiscent of my days playing Magic the Gathering, though not as in-depth but equally satisfying and fun nonetheless. The price may be a bit of a stretch for some but for fans of the genre, this is definitely a great catch.
Four More Maps To Wreck Havoc!Sciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Battlefield 4 China Rising - PC
I have this DLC unlocked through the Premium Package and I can absolutely attest to the epicness of this DLC. Four additional map packs to take your team of 32 to wreck absolute havoc in and have the true batttlefield experience. The downside to this DLC is that there is no "levolution" which was the core enticing feature of Battlefield 4 maps. This DLC is free for anyone who pre-ordered the base game but for those wanting to pick it up, I would either recommend getting the Premium pack outright or wait another few weeks (or 2 months) for this DLC to show its true value. There isn't much to the DLC at this point apart from what is mentioned above in the product page so the price tag isn't quite worth it (yet).
Taking It Back, Old SchoolSciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of The Chaos Engine - PC
The Chaos Engine brings back the reminiscent days of the very early PC gaming era in the early 90's. The game incorporates more freedom of movement and aiming in its shooter form in comparison to Metal Slug whilst also keeping to the "2 Player" co-op mode type shooter that was so frequent back in those times. This game however is not for the weak willed as the difficulty is incredibly punishing even to the seasoned veteran which adds to the splendour of wanting to explore every nook and cranny of the levels for that one bit of upgrade or just that little bit of cash to upgrade your character to give you a better fighting chance. For those of you wanting a nostalgia fix, this will definitely fill you, and then some.
When It Wasn't So Ridiculous, But Still Pretty Ridiculous.Sciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Saints Row 2 - Xbox 360
This sequel has just been heralded as a GTA copy back in the day and hadn't quite cemented what it is to us now. The game then wasn't quite as ridiculously, ludicrously and insanely written game that it is now but you could see the fruit bearing then. Or rotten depending on your lack of appreciation for satirical humour. The game has since progressed in huge milestones but nonetheless I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan to the franchise as much so as someone recommending GTA VC / SA / 3 to anyone who loves the GTA series. There isn't really much to say about this game other than it is what gaming is meant to be - absolutely fun to play.
Awesome Comic AdventureSciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Kaptain Brawe A Brawe New World - PC
For those of you who cannot stand games without voice acting, then I would suggest for you to turn away now. This game has absolutely 0 voice acting. For those of you who enjoy a comic read through within a game then I would urge for you to look past this game's flaws and push through this well-written narrative. One thing is for certain (and immediately noticeable) is that the game is beautifully drawn with dynamically colourful cartoon visuals. Despite its lack of voice acting, the aesthetics alone already immerse you within a game on a different level compared to most games. The script is incredibly well written with its thoughtful and very humorous script. It's like reading a very funny and intuitive comic. But nonetheless, this is a great adventure puzzle indie game that is a treat to all fans of the genre. If you can look past the lack of voice acting, you will learn to immerse yourself in this challenging and beautiful comic adventure.
A New Formula to the JRPGSciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of 99 Spirits Steam - PC
99 Spirits puts a new twist into the JRPG scene with its gameplay and puzzle-style combat system. 99 Spirits was originally a Japanese exclusive indie title and we now have had the pleasure of this game being localised and made available via Steam. The game's narrative is based on actual Japanese fable and the story is revolved around fighting evil spirits from decimating human society as these spirits can inhabit mundane everyday objects. The story is incredibly well written and this is only enhanced by its addicting and fun gameplay. You choose between an attacking or a defensive strategy and reacting to the enemy attacks in real time with counter attacks. The combat system is amazingly intuitive as its based on players' rhythm and timing. As reminiscent of the glory days of the JRPG genre, the music is absolutely outstanding and I would recommend picking up the deluxe instead as the soundtrack is that worth it. This game is a perfect example of how a risk can be perfectly rewarded in a very old genre and the game is definitely worth it even at base price.
A Turn Based Strategy Meets Story. Lots of Story.Sciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of War of the Human Tanks Steam - PC
"Episodic TV drama style story with openings and endings changing by battle's progress" There is a LOT of story to get through. If you're like me who loves reading in between the action, this is a great thing for you but if you're someone who just wants to pick up a mouse and keyboard (or a controller) and get right into the game, then turn away now. The first real battle of this game is getting through the opening dialogue and the subsequent chatter to get to your first battle. War of the Human Tanks acts more like a Japanese Visual Novel with its artstyle comic feel. While all this talk of story, don't get me wrong, the gameplay (or combat system rather) is very solid incorporating a great mix of turn based strategy and action. The aesthetics and music are all within the Anime/Manga genre so this may not appeal to all, but for fans of the genre and the strategy game, this game is a great find. This is by all means, a VERY subjective 85.
A Great Side ScrollerSciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Deadly 30 Steam - PC
A great world war 2 (alternate reality) side scroller survival game that is somewhat reminiscent of Metal Slug with the aiming controls of Dead Nation. For a game of this premise, the environments and the artwork are superbly done (relatively of course) and one I would not expect from a game like this and for the price of it. The game also includes a small element of "tower defense", if you could call it that, where you would essentially defend your base point from incoming waves of enemies. You earn currency from venturing outside the base and this can be used to make more guns - 12 in total - and a lovely little "crafting" element involved where you would find blueprints and "craft" the associated weapon with it. All in all, a great retro side scroller survival game and recommended even at base price for some mindless fun.
Hilariously Bad, So Bad that its Good. Or is it?Sciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Recovery Search and Rescue Simulation - PC
Ahhh Simulation games. You are like a massive car boot sale. You can plough through so much junk and amongst all of them, you will find a few gems if you're lucky. Recovery Search and Rescue Simulation is that one find you get in a car boot sale where you're not so sure about anything. At all. The game is exactly as titled (as with all other simulation games) where you play as a new recruit as part of a Search, Rescue and Recovery team to locate valuable objects and/or missing persons. The game's aesthetics are one of worst I've ever seen in a game for the past 5 years and the dialogue is so bad at times that you just have to laugh and think that its somewhat intentional. Look past all of that and you still get a dull and mundane game. Not quite your Euro-truck simulator.
Great Brutal FunSciazs | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Speedball 2 HD - PC
The premise for the game is simple which sets you two straightforward objectives: Beat the team (literally) to the ground or score enough goals to win the game. This game caters to both the mean hearted and the peacekeeper in terms of winning the game. Knocking out any of the opposing team can score you just as many points as scoring a goal itself so no judgements there if you choose to take everyone out. "Don't hate the player, hate the game". This is overall an incredibly satisfying game to win via knockouts though just as rewarding if you choose to win through a more peaceful means. My only gripe (and a big one at that) is that a game like this would work wonders with some multiplayer action against other players rather than just the AI.
Great Sub SimSciazs | Jan. 10, 2014 | Review of Silent Hunter 4 Wolves of the Pacific - PC
SIlent Hunter III set the bar for its successors in the years to come and the bar was set pretty high. SIlent Hunter IV: Wolves of the Pacific does not fail to deliver such expectations. Wolves of the Pacific is a fantastic submarine simulator that employs a seemingly natural balance of holding the hands of a rookie whilst still conforming to the needs and competencies of the veterans. The attention for detail yet again is worthy of a Silent Hunter title with stunning visuals and insane realism. If you cannot appreciate the challenge and the gameplay then you will at the very least, learn to appreciate the amount of incredible work that has gone into designing this beautiful game. A perfect game for escapism into the vast depths of the oceans. Highly recommended to both fans of the franchise and new players alike.
Worth the Wait!Sciazs | Jan. 10, 2014 | Review of Silent Hunter III - PC
This third instalment of Silent Hunter was definitely worth the months of waiting. The story mode campaign is absolutely brilliant with the AI proving to be a worthy challenge worth beating which sets expectations for Silent Hunter IV to be quite high. In this day and age, this game still remains to be one of the best submarine simulator to date with the focus and detail of the interiors of the ships you command to be fantastic with an eye for detail. The game has a decent pool of variety for several campaign modes as well as multiplayer game types to keep gamers glued to this game for hours on end. My only gripe with this is the creepy creaking you hear inside the ship!
A Worthy DLCSciazs | Jan. 10, 2014 | Review of Assassins Creed IV Black Flag Freedom Cry - PC
I normally do not go into DLC's that much as on a general basis, they are just a money sink for the consumers however how do you add MORE content to a game that can already sink 50 hours of your time barely trying? Freedom cry puts you in the shoes of Adewale, a freed slave who turns to the creed of the Assassin fighting for his freedom, similarly to Kenway, with his own crew of pirates. Freedom Cry applies a few changes to the core game mechanic of progression. Your upgrades and mission unlocks are now correlated to the number of slaves Adéwalé has liberated. The gameplay is nothing new to the base game however the struggles and hardship of this 3 hour campaign is well worth the price tag currently on GMG. A very very recommended purchase for anyone who loved Black Flag.
Move Away FIFASciazs | Jan. 10, 2014 | Review of Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 - PlayStation 3
I have been an avid PRO-EVO fan since the glory days of PES in 2008. The controls are ever so responsive and the fan base crowd cheering could also be mistaken for an actual crowd. The gameplay feels more fluid and dynamic than FIFA though its only downfall (as it has been for the past decade) is the lack of licensing for its players names and club names. If you could see past this, you have the greatest ever football (not soccer!) game.
One Man Show...Sciazs | Jan. 10, 2014 | Review of Gemini Rue - PC
And what a show this truly is. One man developed this steady and adventurous point and click extravaganza. The graphics are intentionally retro reminiscent of the 80's era, drawn in large pixels and while the game play is nothing revolutionary, the art style along with its story telling brings a sense of pace and urgency that is truly enamouring to the gamer. A detective story done perfectly well by one man. Truly an amazing feat.
A Great Indie AdventureSciazs | Jan. 9, 2014 | Review of Primordia - PC
There's very little premise to set the baseline of a story for a protagonist having no memory. It is a tale that has been done over and over to the point of cliche however Primordia does well to avert itself from the dying breed of distasteful and bland storytelling. This game employs (the ever growing) point and click with left clicking actioning your avatar to interact and right click to examine. Simple yet sufficient. The art style is a reminiscent 16 bit direction that effectively references earlier LucasArts games in this genre. Primordia is a wonderful, witty and loaded with human personality which is only let down by its short narrative just as when you're emotionally ready to fully explore what the world has to offer in all of its beautiful creations. A solid form of story telling and one I would recommend to others who place this above complex gameplay.
Another Zombie Game? I think not!Sciazs | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of Metal Dead - PC
Metal dead starts off with the protagonist Malcolm and best friend for life, Ronnie who stumbles upon zombies in a beat up car. Oscar winning narrative here. But hey its a zombie game, we're not here for that. The game is what it is for what you pay for. Its a mindless fun game with inventory based puzzles. Some are genuinely clever whilst some are absolutely trivial. The artwork is suggestive that the game would be funny - its hilarious at times and to be quite frank, actually well-written for the majority part of the game. My only issue with this game was that I wish it had lasted longer as by the time you truly get to appreciate the game for what it is - its over.
A Great 2D Adventure GameSciazs | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of Jack Orlando Directors Cut - PC
You play Jack Orlando a detective at the centre of a murder investigation who also happens to be the main suspect of this homicide case. You have battle through your wits, through the puzzles and adventures to solve the case before they indict you! The hand-drawn art work and the attention to detail is nothing short of absolutely amazing. Its a perfectly painted canvas which is only complemented by its solid plot, gripping story telling and endearing characters to keep you on your toes. My only gripe with this is the semi-par voice acting though I doubt the studio had the budget to fund decent voice actors. Overall, its an OK game if you're looking for a good murder mystery game.
Great Adventure GameSciazs | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of Abyss The Wraiths of Eden Digital Collectors Edition - PC
You play a young woman who has lost her boyfriend in a recent scuba diving expedition and goes on this underwater adventure to save him. Little does she know, she goes to unexpectedly discover a lost underwater city called Eden. Now I know what you're thinking. Stop right there and throw the idea of Rapture outside your brain. This is not a Bioshock copy. Eden may seem familiar as the setting is familiar. But Eden in its own right is its own city and with that is very much as enthralling and beautiful as any setting in this familiar premise. The gameplay is definitely nothing like Bioshock as this is more of a puzzle / point and click game. Regardless, the setting and narrative of the game will be slightly reminiscent of our previous adventures in Rapture. Despite this, I prefer a more hands on immersion rather than point and click but this doesn't take away from the beauty the game has to offer.
Absolutely MAD Puzzle + Platformer!Sciazs | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of Mousecraft - PC
What do you get when you fuse two of the most famous puzzler games in history? Take Tetris and Lemmings, breed them and you get this insane puzzle platformer glory child that is Mousecraft. This is an absolute must for any puzzle and/or platformer aficionado. Imagine Tetris but on a horizontal scale. You take blocks and Tetris style them along the stage to create a safe path for yourself to complete the stage. The puzzles that the game gives you are creatively challenging and enamouring and does not fail to keep you entertained for hours on end. If that's not enough, you can even create your own level on the map editor. Be a puzzle master and challenge your friends to tackle your puzzles and at the same time they could reciprocate this sentiment. Great value for one of the most fun puzzle games I have played in a decade.
Decent though un-refreshingSciazs | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of Aura 2 Sacred Rings - PC
You play Umang, the protagonist from the first installment is again the main hero of this story. He calls upon the assistance of a clan called The Keepers to help him in his journey to kill the bad guys. The usual narrative, don't hold you breath. For the price (even without sale), you will get to punch in the hours as the game is incredibly long-standing. For the puzzle-enthusiasts, this game will appease to you and the non-enthusiasts alike as the puzzles in the game are both a challenge and endearing at the same time. Its very easy to get lost in them whilst genuinely being fun. Character interaction is superb where for a budget game, you feel quite enthralled with the characters you meet which only adds on to the epic scale of environments for you to explore. Not quite on the scale of Skyrim but matches it in terms of scale to game price. The only downside to it is that the narrartive and gameplay doesn't bring anything refreshing to the table but the positives (especially the price) is more than enough to make up for the downsides. Recommended buy.
Arguably the Best of the SeriesSciazs | Dec. 3, 2013 | Review of Assassins Creed IV Black Flag - Playstation 4
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is possibly the best game out of the long Ubisoft series of the franchise. Even more so on the next gen of PS4. The visuals are absolutely stunning with the recent patch upgrading the graphical prowess to 900p (was 720p due to cross platform limitations of the Xbox One). The landscape is expansive and can you can easily punch in hours exploring the vast number of islands, forests or simply sailing across the seas with your crew and your awesome ship. The gameplay is reminiscent of the previous instalments with everything that was good about it, improved with new features added. Fans of the series and newcomers alike will both be enthralled by what Ubisoft has done with an already great game. The voice acting is incredible and the whole atmosphere it captures does everything it can to be as immersive as possible. While not exactly what most would consider "next-gen", this is definitely a title worth getting for the PS4.
A True Next Gen TitleSciazs | Dec. 3, 2013 | Review of Killzone Shadow Fall - PlayStation 4
Forget the critics, at the end of the day, they are there to provide you their opinion based on their experiences with gaming. Killzone Shadowfall is a worthy launch PS4 title and possibly the only one that fully utilises the 1080p visual prowess of the Sony machine. The game is absolutely beautiful, especially when you have anything over 40" sitting in your living room as you get a greater sense of visual utopia. The gameplay is solid as any of the major AAA FPS games released. The game is stable and sits at a comfortable 60fps on single player and varies from 40-60 fps on multiplayer. Controller responses feel great and an interesting use of the touch pad controls where you get to use it to control your buddy drone. The dialogue for the single player is well done and the story interesting and enamouring enough to keep you playing through to the end. Haven't decided which launch game to get for the PS4? Look no further. Your answer is here.
An Apt TitleSciazs | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Real Warfare 1242 - PC
Real Warefare 1242. Very apt indeed. A refreshing and dynamic RTS brought forward into a somewhat saturated and declining genre. Real warfare takes place in the aforementioned year of its title in typical RTS fashion. The game lacks the variety and sheer number of different types of units you get in comparison to most RTS's at launch. But what this game lacks in variety it makes up for in unit balancing. No single unit feels overly powerful like you do in some of the other major RTS's. The lack of variety compels you to formulate a balanced mix of different units and not just the Build X amount of Y units and ZERG IT THROUGH. The downsides are that even though its an RTS, the visuals feel very dated amongst its peers of games released in 2010. Responses feel a little sluggish and requires more attention. However overall a great game if you're a fan of RTS and willing to step away from the big boys like the TW series / Starcraft / Civilisation etc. Good game for its price, though a hell of a bargain on sale.
Surprisingly Fun Arcade Zombie Shooter!Sciazs | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Undead Legions - PC
Yet another zombie game you say? This game encompasses all of the positive aspects of Dead Nation without the darkness and negativity. This is a more light-hearted version of the popular PSN game and would live to hold itself well amongst the hundreds of other generic zombie shooters. The weapons are an absolutely blast to go around rampaging the waves of zombies that come by with a great emphasis on its vivid and stylistic visuals. The audio is executed to a fine polish and fits well to emphasise your endeavours in the game. For the price (not even on sale), this is an absolute great bargain for a mindless zombie kill session. They say you get what you pay for however this is one of those exceptions!
A Homeworld RPG - Good or Bad?Sciazs | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Star Wolves - PC
I bought this game on a sale with 0 expectations at all and I was pleasantly surprised. Some would say its a different IP remake of homeworld which isn't a criticism at all. That game was great. The game's graphics are great (don't let the screenshots fool you) and the dev team transformed this game from a Homeworld RTS to a Homeworld RPG. Awesome. The game encompasses (the now standard) "ethics" aspect with the player given the choice between good and evil (or neutral). The musical score is reminiscent of the 90's gaming era which could be either good or bad depending on how you translate that for yourself. The downside to this game are the clumsily felt controls at times which affects your mood sometimes but once you're used to it, the game has much more to offer.
Pretty GoodSciazs | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Iron Soul - PC
Imagine a slightly less budgeted Mass Effect protagonist who has a robotic armor. This is Iron Soul. The gameplay encompasses the standardised 3rd person shooter with platform puzzle elements will appeal to fans who are familiar with the genre. This game is a slight breath of fresh air from the standard AAA titles though at the same time it lacks in areas that we have been spoilt in. For instance the battle system / aiming feels sluggish. The game is not as responsive as I would like it to be and like most shooter games (besides ME) the story is the generic "we are in a war" scenario. I would recommend this still to anyone who wants to move aside from the norm and looking to play a fun and dynamic shooter for hours on end.
Mysterious and EnamouringSciazs | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Dream Chamber - PC
This is a humorous and stylish point and click game. You play an investigator who solves puzzles when he's asleep and is completely reliant on dream mechanics. The game is incredibly mysterious from the start. The puzzles are enticing and somewhat difficult depending on the level and rewards you with a sense of accomplishment akin to Catherine. The game is set in the 1930's America and gives you a slight idea of what it would have been like during those times despite being a small platformer game. The game has countless hours of replayability due to the humorous writing style and funny antics of the protagonist.
This is how you remakeSciazs | Nov. 13, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider - PlayStation 3
"Tomb raider remake 2013" You could almost feel the collective shudders all across the gaming community with previous let downs such as Duke Nukem, Castlevania and the like. But oh god how we all had to eat our words. This game is nothing short of spectacular, a visual behemoth with fine details across the full island and a new visually (and characteristically) improved Lara Croft. I own both games on PC and PS3 and needless to say, playing it on a big screen with a controller in hand does its wonders nostalgic of the original tomb raider games on the PS1. Even if you've never played the originals I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Great game, awesome graphics, intriguing story line (including the controversial "rape" scene) and entertaining combat system to keep you glued to the screen from start to finish.
Best FIFA to date?Sciazs | Nov. 13, 2013 | Review of FIFA 14 - PlayStation 3
I have been following the FIFA franchise since 2005 and needless to say, this is to date, the best FIFA so far. Players AI are responsive without feeling too robotic. Crowd cheers are timed perfectly and does not feel like they are just a bunch of pixels. Commentators feel like real life commentators rather than just the atypical voiceovers when you're playing. All of the above come together seamlessly to make the best Football (NOT SOCCER) game by far. PS3 controls are particularly smooth and reactive and whilst easy to play it is definitely difficult to master. If you're a huge football fan then this should have already been in your library since day one. Recommended for sure.
Nothing Short of AmazingSciazs | Nov. 12, 2013 | Review of Bioshock Infinite (1) - PlayStation 3
Absolutely, indefinitely, positively brilliant. Take the most imaginative, wonderfully designed game that has raised the bar for world design and improve on it. This is Infinite. No one had ever dreamed Irrational to be able to best what was then already regarded as an absolutely masterpiece (original bioshock). This and its predecessors are absolute musts for all gamers. Bioshock infinite comes at you more beautiful, more endearing, more gripping than ever before. Weapons and plasmid skills are bigger and fantastically satisfying. The only ever shooter game to make you care about your escort. The only ever shooter game to actually make you like your escort. Bioshock Infinite pushes the boundaries of story telling and creativity in world design and no one has done it better than Irrational as of yet. The art style is well deserved for its Golden Joystick accolade and the music, reminiscent of the greatest gift America has ever given to the world - the Jazz era.
Gritty MasterpieceSciazs | Nov. 12, 2013 | Review of Max Payne 3 - PlayStation 3
What can we say apart from Rockstar is the studio that lays the golden games? For a game that was released in 2012, this is still one of the few games on the PS3 that holds its own in graphical prowess to this day and age. This is one of the darker of the franchise with an evolved combat system that is to keep you entertained from start to finish. The story does not fail to keep your faces glued to the screen, I had played this initially to "see what the big deal was" but holy damn, the storyline has been nothing short of a cult classic. The game deserves nothing but the highest praise though it is sometimes lacking in voice acting but never ground breakingly bad. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great balance of sustained entertaining combat system and an immersive and endearing storyline that makes you care more for the characters.
CoD KillerSciazs | Nov. 12, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 4 - PlayStation 3
Leading up to the launch of this game has been filled with huge hype. Its great to see that the hype has lived up the expectation of gamers across the board, especially myself. I have been a CoD gamer up until Modern Warfare 3 and wanted a change of pace (even though I did buy CoD Ghosts). The "levolution" is absolutely fantastic, MASSIVE destructible structures in every map. The graphics are great for the PS3 in this day and age though it pales in comparison to its PC counterpart. This is a very teamwork heavy game so for the CoD gamers coming into this fresh, this is NOT about who has the best KDR, its playing with your team, achieving objectives and pulling all kinds of crazy destruction across the whole map. You have choices of different war vehicles i.e. jets, helicopters, tanks, jet skis etc. to destroy your enemy. You can jump off helicopters / buildings to parachute down. This is an epic game of an epic scale. Its a shame that the PS3 is currently limited to 32 player maps but bring on the PS4 upgrade (£10 only)! The online mode is not without a few bugs and patchy network issues but this is a game still within its launch window and has all the baseline for it to become the next number 1 console FPS.
Acitivision Does MP Justice AgainSciazs | Nov. 12, 2013 | Review of Call of Duty Ghosts - PlayStation 3
As far as details go, the PS3 is showing its age however the quality is still passable for a game of this day and age. Given the PC requirements, this is an outstanding performance on the PS3 with no issues with FPS at all (LAN cable fiber connection of over 60mbps). Lets start with Single Player: This again isn't the core of any CoD game post Modern Warfare 1 however it still holds it own. It is gripping and interesting enough to keep the gamer playing to the end. Trivially easy for the most part and challenging in some. Now for the Multiplayer. This is the bread and butter of every CoD game and needless to say, it has been done justice by Infinity Ward yet again. The perks are awesome without feeling too overpowered. Great game play, fast-paced and just a treat to game in after a hard day's work. Highly recommended on the PS3 as there seems to be a lot less issues in comparison to its PC counterpart.