Reviews by ShapEile

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A review does not do this game justice!

ShapEile | Jan. 2, 2014 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line was a huge surprise to me. At first glance it looks like a typical modern military shooter. When you first play it, the shooting is average at best and the characters seem cliché. However, you must stick with it as it is one of the most satisfying games in years. The story is what makes the game phenomenal. Inspired by movies like Apocalypse Now, the story develops characters in such a real way that highlights their mental state during a time of great stress and crisis. It also makes you question what a game should be. It is linear yet it isn't. You have choices but they may seem one way when you make them and then they are completely different later in the game. The graphics are great and the physics in the sand are fun to use, if not ground breaking. It does have it's flaws though. Of course, if you can't stick with the game for the whole 10 hours of gameplay then it will be enjoyable and is really something you have to play through entirely. The gameplay is simplistic and enemies can feel bullet spongy however not to the extent of Borderlands. The multiplayer is a waste of time and is just flat out bad. Don't bother with it.

Play the game and then play it again because you will notice things the second time round. Just don't play the multiplayer... just don't.

90

One of my favourites but flawed

ShapEile | Oct. 25, 2013 | Review of Mafia II Complete Pack steam

Mafia 2 for me is a nostalgic game. I got it the same year it came out back in 2010 and I loved it. The story, the writing, the characters, the missions are all fantastic. The setting is also one of my favourites. The 40s/50s time period has always been a classic and is beautifully recreated here. However, the story and writing are the stand outs. Vito and Joe are a great pairing and the way their characters evolve from low level thugs to made men is very well done. The ending will leave you wanting more but ends in such a classic mobster movie way that really fits the tone it was trying to set.

There are also some stand out missions. The assault on a tower by posing as window cleaners was my personal favorites but pretty much most of them are well produced.

If I have any gripes about the game it is that you will get more out of it graphically with an Nvidia GPU as you can take full advantage of the Nvidia physx engine that they use.

Also, the game doesn't have much outside the mine story so you wont be left with anything to do after you finish the main missions.

The DLCs are a little dull and just boil down to challenges really with a strand of storyline flowing through them and don't really seem much like the main game other than using some of the characters like Joe. However, they are worth the small increase in price so it is up to you weather you pick them up too.

Overall though, Mafia 2 is a complete must buy. The DLC's are miss-able but, they can add a little more to the world and the characters so are worth the slightly more expensive price. Buy it now and love it forever!

95

So Addictive

ShapEile | July 7, 2013 | Review of Crusader Kings II

I have sunk 55 hours into this game in the past two months and I can safely say you will play it for hours on end. The game can be complex to some and even for myself the amount of options and menus was a little overwhelming and I have played a lot of strategy games but, you will want to learn the mechanics and play it because it is truly unique. Controlling your dynasty's survival is your main goal and you will conquer, bribe, cheat, assassinate and entertain other countries, Dukes, Counts and you will love it all. Playing as the Duke of Northumberland and York was the most fun I have had in months. The tutorial is rubbish but youtube can help you if you are new. Also, the GoT mod is also worth looking at. Great game even with the portrait bug that has remained ever since launch and the inconvenience of a discard all button for your 35 separate messages.

98

One of the Best this Generation

ShapEile | July 7, 2013 | Review of BioShock

Bioshock is a classic and needs to be played. The setting is so well done and the atmosphere is incredible. Rapture is a beauty to behold as a crumbling Utopia and the villain Andrew Ryan is fantastic and him and Atlas play a role in a massive twist that has gone done in gaming history as one of the best plot twists in gaming. Bioshock may not have the best gameplay but it by far has the best story, setting and even the graphics hold up well today as it looks better than games that come out now. Bioshock was ahead of it's time and one of my favourite games ever.

90

Amazing, but has problems

ShapEile | July 7, 2013 | Review of Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite first off is one of the best stories in a game for a while. The writing is great...most of the time but, overall the story and characters are fantastic. There are however some announces in the story such as how some of the characters you meet are not given enough time to truly get to know like you do with Elizabeth and even Comstock is a mystery but that could have been deliberate due to the ending, which is fantastic. The gameplay is less impressive as this time in Bioshock Infinite, you can only carry two weapons at a time. This was not the case in Bioshock 1, which limited you to one weapon for each class but that is not the worse part of the shooting. The vigors have no real context and just seem to be there because plasmids were popular and I hardly used some of them; Return to Sender and Crows seem to be my personal favourites but the rest are useless once you get nearer the end. Also, the default keyboard and mouse layout is clunky. I recommend mapping the iron sights to the standard right click and the vigors to an easily accessible key like alt. Also, some levels feel more like shooting galleries which is disappointing due to how well the levels start as you don't enter combat until at least 45 minutes into the game. The heavy hitters were also not what they were made out to be as ones such as the Boys of silence are too underused and act poorly while the Handymen are just bullet sponges. I know it seems like I am complaining about a lot but I truly love this game and anyone who loves a good story should play; not to mention it is drop dead gorgeous and has one of the best openings ever. Buy now