Reviews by Smindy

80

Takes a while to get into

Smindy | Aug. 26, 2013 | Review of Reus

After playing through the tutorials, I feel like I understand how to play the game and yet I still feel like I'm missing stuff. Still, it's an easy game to pick up and if you don't like how your planet is turning out, you can always just start over again and not lose too much time. Reus is good enough at what it is to be worth a playthrough, though I'm not entirely sure how much time I'd actually spend on it.

90

A typical Civilization game

Smindy | Aug. 19, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's CivilizationĀ® V

If you played Civilization IV, you know exactly what to expect from this game. It looks good, plays good, and manages to keep you playing "for just one more turn" for hours at a time. It's a game you can pick up, play for a week, put back down, come back months later and still know what you're doing. I highly recommend, especially if you can find a deal that includes DLC with it.

85

Lots of fun with friends

Smindy | Aug. 19, 2013 | Review of Payday 2

After finally buying this game because all of my friends were telling me to, I sat down and managed to play for eight hours on my day off of work. A couple of things stood out to me:

  1. The AI of your teammates is pretty bad, though sometimes having actual teammates can be even worse
  2. You'd think it'd get old doing the same jobs over and over again, but at this point it isn't. With the random aspects of each job you take, they manage to feel pretty fresh all the time.
  3. There is a lot more they can do with the game, and I'm quite interested to see what they're going to do with your offshore account money in the upcoming free DLC

Even though they had to cut a small part of the game out before release, this doesn't feel like an unfinished game. I've only seen one bug and a couple exploits (such as pulling giant bags of guns/drugs/whatever through walls of trucks/warehouses), and they don't really detract at all from the overall feel of the game.

I haven't really paid any attention to the story (and I never played the first one. Not sure if that matters at all) but the jobs each have their own mini-story about them. Not sure if this ties into something bigger or not.

It's fun, especially if you have a lot of people to play with. If you're stuck playing with the AI teammates or random strangers on the internet, it might not be as great.

85

Simply fun

Smindy | Aug. 17, 2013 | Review of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed

This game feels very solid for an arcade racer. Lots of characters to play as and upgrade, and all of the levels are well designed. Both single and multiplayer are worth playing, especially if you have other friends that you can trash talk while you're playing.

90

Fantastic Story

Smindy | Aug. 17, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite (NA)

The story is definitely fantastic. The world is beautifully designed and the music is wonderful. The gameplay is a bit lacking at times (I rarely used vigors because I never really felt the need to), but everything else about this game is good enough to overlook that. One of the best games of the year and a must play.

80

Too cheap to not buy

Smindy | Aug. 17, 2013 | Review of Command and Conquer Ultimate Edition (NA)

Having grown up with C&C games, this pack was just what I needed to rekindle my childhood. Some of the older ones didn't age the greatest, but for this price and the amount of games you get with it, it's a definite buy.