Reviews by ScousaJ
Words can not describe how good this game is!ScousaJ | June 4, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nexway
Seriously the only game I have ever played that truly deserves a perfect score, but due to the occasional bug (that all games have) I can't give it one.
Skyrim is an open-world role-playing game and is the fifth instalment in the Elder Scrolls series. Also my personal favourite in terms of gameplay, graphics, story and replayability. The voice acting is the best out of the five main games and the faces of people finally look less blocky than Oblivion. The setting is much more realistic, dark and grimy than the overly bright setting of Oblivion (but that was still a good setting for the game).
The main story is my personal favourite but the side missions are where your hundreds of hours are spent. The thieves guild is better this time (in my opinion) although becoming the 'head' is slightly longer and a little tedius it is still enjoyable. The mage's guild no longer exists and is instead the College of Winterhold but it is basically the same thing. Companions is the new fighters guild but the Dark Brotherhood remains - still my favourite sub quest line. The quest line for the DB is arguably weaker but is still extremely enjoyable. I'm still upset there wasn't a quest like Whodunit? in Oblivion (easily the greatest quest in any Bethesda game)
Overall, whilst some of the sub faction questlines may not be as solid as previous series to some, the overall feel and satisfaction I gained from Skyrim is one that no other game has yet to match... Not even Far Cry 3!
Worth it for the crossbow alone!ScousaJ | June 4, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard Steam
Seriously, Skyrim is one of the greatest games I have ever played. EVER. And this DLC just expands upon the greatest release in 2011. Dawnguard brings in two new factions, Dawnguard and the Vampires and regardless of which you side with, the story is just as enjoyable and immersive as you've come to expect from Bethesda games.
The Dawnguard are just the heroes of this expansion and as such fulfil a rather stock role as vampire hunters. Similarly, the Vampires are the dark, evil villains that hide out in a 'spooky' mansion on a secluded hill. The rather un-original idea here is a little cliché and slightly overdone.
However, the vampire form presented in this expansion is cool and the powers are quite useful. But I found the novelty wore off quickly and I felt weaker when in Vampire mode.
The new items felt insignificant amongst the many mods I have downloaded but my favourite item is obviously the crossbow! Despite the long reloading times, the crossbow is my favourite ranged weapon purely because of how awesome it looks, sounds and feels.
However, for £13.99 I would give this a miss (I'd give most DLC a miss for £13.99 (unless it was the level of The Shivering Isles DLC)) and wait until it goes on sale either here or on the close approaching Steam Summer Sale. I picked this up for around £5 last winter and do not regret my purchase!
Great gameScousaJ | June 3, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs
Easily one of the best games I played last year(and start of this year). Whilst the story is rather short if you only play the story missions, the gameplay is one of the best I've seen in a game. The lack of guns in this games (they are there, just not as readily available as GTA or SR) did, at first, annoy me. However, the combat system was so great that I never really found the need for a gun - although driving a motorbike whilst shooting the tyres of other vehicles had a strange charm. This is not the type of game you're going to sink too many hours into compared to other sandbox games such as Skyrim, Saints Row and GTA. However, the mechanics and a change of scenery (nice to be outside the US in a real city) really do make up for it.
Despite this, the predictability of the story line and the speed in which it can be finished may have worked against what is otherwise a great game. Missed and under appreciated when it was released. This game is a gem and one well worth buying.