Reviews by Shaheed_Jamal
The ultimate refinement of the Hitman series!Shaheed_Jamal | April 16, 2014 | Review of Hitman: Blood Money
If you want to know how it feels like to be a professional killer roaming the streets of America, this is the game for you. Join 47 as he travels across America as he takes on a rival organization that has been assassinating members of his agency!
The graphics are great as they run a smooth 60 FPS on the PC. I'm not a fan of the new art style, but it gets the job done. The art design is fantastic as it makes you feel like you've been in the locations set in the game in real life as well.
Sound : 5 I did not like the sound in this game. It felt dull and muted when compared to the masterful sound design of Hitman: Contracts.
Gameplay: 10 This is the best-playing game in the series. You can use distraction techniques like throwing coins to distract enemies and poison drinks to incapacitate or kill your targets.
Lifespan: 10 The game can be played for hundreds of hours with a dozen ways to complete each mission.
This is the game that made me fall in love with the series!Shaheed_Jamal | April 16, 2014 | Review of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Hitman 2 is about the closest we will ever get to a proper cinematic experience for the franchise. Everything from the setting to the premise oozes character and purpose. It's also the game that brought attention from the mainstream critics who loved its authentic take on the professional killing business.
The art style is impressive, as you feel immersed in the many places you visit throughout the course of the game. From the cities of St. Petersburg, to the mountains of Japan, there's never a dull moment to be had. The graphics are ok for its time, with no aliasing to be seen in sight. the characters in the game all look convincing enough for a ps2 era game.
The sound in this game is amazing, with Jesper Kyd putting out a phenomenal soundtrack that brings to life the various locations of the game. There are a whole range of sounds that convey suspense and action which puts the player on edge as he walks the line between being hidden and being exposed to his enemies. All in all, a commendable effort.
The gameplay is good as there is no latency issue to be had with the game. The fibre-wire mechanic has been botched as it is almost impossible to stealth-kill someone with it.
There's a hundred ways to finish each mission. This is the ultimate hitman simulator and you will feel like an accomplished hitman after mastering the levels in this game!
A flawed game with a premise that could've beem great.Shaheed_Jamal | Jan. 28, 2014 | Review of Inversion (NA)
I see glimpses of a great game here. But with the inclusion of a laughable story and a dull AI component, the game is destined for the bargain bin.
The graphics are okay for the most part, but it's obvious that it could have been better. The art design feels atrocious, despite the colour palette that should suggest otherwise. The Ui looks terrible and it feels badly ported on the PC. 7/10
Sound: The sound is the worst part of the game. The voice acting is wonky and the story is laughable. It's clearly a Gears of war clone minus the passable story,
It play like a GoW game. It also has a gravity mechanic which makes things interesting.
Lifespan: You will not want to play this game again, once you've finished it. It just doesn't hold up.
A better kart racer than Mario Kart!Shaheed_Jamal | Jan. 28, 2014 | Review of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed 4 Pack
Trust me when is say that this game is as good as Crash Team Racing!
The game looks top-notch, as far as Kart racers. This is especially true on the PC, where ambient occlusion and real-time reflections make it look a class apart from its console counterparts. The water effects are all fairly realistic and the anti-aliasing is used to marvellous effect, creating crisp images that are pleasing to the eye.
Sound: The soundtrack is about as old-school as it can get. This game sounds like it was ripped straight from the 90's with the classic sega tunes you would expect from a SEGA game.
The gameplay seals the deal here. It's easy and intuitive, even when you're playing on the keyboard. The drift mechanics work like they should and is very essential in a kart racing game.
Lifespan: The game has a LOT of modes and getting the best unlocks are going to take a while as well as a lot of skill. The online component ensures that there's never a dull moment to be had.
A flawed successor...but still a great game.Shaheed_Jamal | Jan. 21, 2014 | Review of Counter Strike: Condition Zero
Many were hoping that this game would be the proper sequel to the first CS game. It came up short, but what it lacks in quality, it makes up for in quantity. And there is a lot of quantity in this game.
The game looks marginally better than the original, with the sprites having been updated to look more realistic.
Sound: The sound is also more marginally better than the original with better uncompressed sounds.
The gameplay is almost identical to the original. WHICH IS A VERY GOOD THING!
The game has online matches, and offline campaign and a story based deleted scenes which isn't too bad at all.
The Grand-daddy of them all!Shaheed_Jamal | Jan. 21, 2014 | Review of Counter Strike
Who would've thought the brain-child of two enthusiast modders would give birth to one of most enduring franchises in all of gaming today. Nobody did. Which is why it astounds me that to this day, this game is in the top 10 most played games on Steam today, despite being out for almost 14 years. This is a testament to the timeless appeal of the game. Something that extends beyond the pretty pixels that dictate sales today, and into what gamers desire the most in a FPS. That, my friend, is SKILL.
The game was released in 1999, so the game has aged quite a bit. However, with the updates released by valve over the years, the game looks exceptionally well in an HD resolution. The game was a stunner for it's time and it still looks good today.
The sound is ok for the most part. but it doesn't compare to most shooters today.
Gameplay: This is why people play CS. It's the gameplay and it' perfect blend of skill and luck that causes it to be played gamer around the globe. Nothing feels more satisfying than fragging noobs and verterans alike. 10/10
The game is the most played online FPS game on earth. Enough said.
There's no path of redemption here. Only the way of the mafia.Shaheed_Jamal | Dec. 26, 2013 | Review of Mafia II
Mafia 2 is a strange little beast. On the one hand, it truly is a labour of love. The world of Mafia is painstakingly realistic in it's depiction of New York in the late 40's and the 1950's. You truly feel like you've found yourself transported to a different time in America. Everything from the music to the vehicles feel authentic to the time-period. It truly is a testament to the developer's attention to detail.
On the other hand, the lack of things to do in this world is absolutely jarring. For a world so realistic, not having things to do in it is absolutely weird, especially in the age of GTA and it's many clones.
The game definitely looks aged and reflects the 5 years it took to make the game. The characters have stiff faces when they talk and it takes away from the immersion. The world outside is a sight to behold and it feels authentic to the world that existed in the 40's and 50's.
Sound: The sound is the best part of the game. The music that plays in the radio is what i remember most from the game and the original score is a delight.
the gun-play and driving is top notch.
The game despite having a wonderful story does not have much else to offer once the campaing ends.