Reviews by Serio

97

Absolutely Amazing

Serio | Nov. 29, 2013 | Review of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag - Deluxe Edition

This is quite possibly one of the best games in the Assassin's Creed franchise, and certainly the best in recent years.

Like others, I lost faith in the series after Assassin's Creed 3 and had pretty much told myself I wouldn't buy another game until I saw the reviews. But then I saw the gameplay and the preliminary reviews of the game. And the previews were all right.

Edward Kenway, the protagonist, is an interesting fellow. He is, practically, just a pirate in assassin's clothing. For the first long while, he does what he does not for the sake of the creed, but for the sake of money and the "big one". A treasure so big he can retire and not work for another day in his life.

Unlike previous protagonists, Edward is an extremely independent, no-nonsense character. He serves no one but himself and his crew. There's even a quote early in the game, in which the Jackdaw(Edward's ship) is likened to a country and Edward its just ruler.

The supporting characters are interesting as well. You've got ruthless pirates, barbaric templars, and the law itself trying to wipe the former out. Indeed, it seems the entire assassin story takes a sidetrack while the main story focuses on the incursion of templars into the pirate territory.

Honestly, this is one of the few games I'll gladly recommend paying full price for. It ain't perfect, but it's very close to.

90

A Beautiful Sequel

Serio | Aug. 13, 2013 | Review of Europa Universalis IV

I didn't truly think they could do it, but Paradox Development Studio has surpassed expectations again. With this new installment to the Europa Universalis franchise, you can once more step into the breach and take control of any country of your choice, starting in 1444 and ending with the French Revolution.

That, in itself, is nothing new. What is new is the sheer amount of changes to the interface and the underlying gameplay mechanics. Gone are spies. Gone are magistrates. Gone are spies. In their place, a new generation of diplomats have appeared. These new elements will travel around the world at your command and influence the nations in a realistic manner that doesn't just involve you pushing a button and instantly becoming friends.

Betrayal. Guile. Intrigue. It's all there. Nations can be rivals or arch enemies. Coalitions will be formed, nations will rise and fall at the whim of a single ruler. You will no longer be helplessly beaten down by a lesser nation simple because your military isn't good enough. The new government system ensures that.

Overall, this is a sequel that not only expands on the elements of the original, but thoroughly overhauls them and adds a whole slew of new things.

75

A brilliant mixture of modern and old gameplay elements

Serio | Dec. 9, 2012 | Review of Dishonored Nexway

At first, I was skeptical about Dishonored. I thought it looked and sounded too much like your average casual shoot-them-up. Until I watched the gameplay videos, that is. Then I was sold. This game is a brillliant merger between the classical Thief games, with some Assassin's Creed thrown in and some magical elements to spice things up.

This is made all the more sweet by the visual style, which is a sort of semi-serious Victorian era steampunk environment, with textures reminding one of an oil painting. Unfortunately, the game is short. Very short. This is why I pull off 15 points. Fortunately, this may be correct in the future through DLC. Nevertheless, a must buy for any fans of stealth games.