Reviews by Sparan0n

98

Nearly Flawless

Sparan0n | May 17, 2014 | Review of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist - Deluxe Edition (NA)

Splinter Cell Blacklist is an extremely well done game. Though certain plot elements could have been better, missions are diverse and the game is great.

The plot is the worst part of the game- it is very dry, and has next to no character development. Some missions do not flow with the campaign either.

Mechanically the game is quite strong. On higher difficulties stealth is very tough but entirely possible, and always seems a better alternative then gunfights. Most missions have a strong map with many ways to tackle the objective. Side missions are often built in such a way that you are forced not to raise an alarm, and this causes players to learn the mechanics.

Multiplayer is by far the best part of the game. This is far different than a conventional first person shooter, as multiplayer modes focus primarily on stealth when going for an objective, and intimidation when attempting to defend it.

Art and sound is very well done, as important sounds stand out and it is wholly possible to discern an enemy location based simply on the sounds of voice and footsteps. Graphics are crisp and the overall theme is very aesthetically pleasing.

97

Top- Tier Strategy Game

Sparan0n | May 15, 2014 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Civilization V is one of, and possibly the absolute best game in it's genre.

The game mechanics are absolutely fantastic- the intricacy of the 'research' portion of the game, which essentially unlocks everything, allows for an infinite number of different playstyles moulded to both the player and situation. A player can tackle any match in a different way from the last, be it using science, military domination, culture or even religion.

The game also has a complex economy system, with buildings and units effecting the income per-turn. Certain buildings increase income, while others have a hefty cost.

Steam Workshop support allows players to select from an extremely large number of modifications, scenarios and map packs to customize their game further. Multiplayer mod support is missing, though it does not make a large impact on overall value.

This game is well worth the cost, by far one of the best games yet to be produced. In over a year since release it has lost absolutely no value.

94

Fantastic

Sparan0n | May 15, 2014 | Review of Dishonored

Overall, Dishonored is a spectacular game. High points include mechanics, especially stealth and sword combat, while low points include primarily plot points.

Plot is one of the weaker parts of the game- there are very few 'big impact' choices to be made, with the rest of the game utilizing a morality system titled 'Chaos' that seems to be little more then the number of enemies you kill. One of the DLC packs, The Knife of Dunwall, greatly improves the plot through backstory.

Mechanics are the strongest point of the game, and they really shine. Sword combat is enjoyable, and tactical enough to keep you on your toes. Powers provide unique ways to go about ever situation, though most are biased heavily towards either stealth or loud combat. The stealth system in Dishonored is by far it's highest point. The combination of weapons and powers provide players with many ways to go about in each mission- this is especially noticeable in later playthroughs. Most levels have intricate systems of vertical transport that are primarily used for stealth, and collectible items are often found there as well.

Sound and art is done well, though it could be better. Ambient sounds are ever-present and noticable, though never too much. The graphic style looks somewhat dulled down, but fits with the theme of the game.

Overall Dishonored is an extremely good game, and I wholly recommend it.