Reviews by Stimpack

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From Russia, with love.

Stimpack | July 23, 2012 | Review of Metro 2033

Absolutely astounding. It's amazing how well the Russians capture the post-apocalyptic feel. Incredible voice-acting only serves to compliment the complete immersion that's delivered via stunning graphics, story, and creatures. It is nerve-racking, pulse-pounding, action-packed, and surreal. If you were ever interested in seeing the beauty and sadness of a desolate wasteland, Metro 2033 has your number.

It's in my opinion that it's the little things that take a game from good to great. Things like using ammunition as the new form of currency, the feel of a gun and the sense of urgency given to a situation, the need to scavenge for supplies, the need for air filters to breathe above ground and in hazardous situations as well as the need to check your watch to see just how much time that filter has left. The developers seek to bring you into a world of their creation, and they make no plans to hold you hand. So, welcome to the new world, and try to adapt as best you can.

65

Great game, fair port.

Stimpack | July 23, 2012 | Review of Dead Space (NA) DNS

I never experienced any issues when running Dead Space on my PC, so take everything at face value! Although I did play it with a gamepad, so I can't directly speak to its keyboard configuration. Solid frames, no input-lag, and no screen tearing on my end.

Now, down to the real stuff. Dead Space is all about capturing that eerie "monster in the closet" atmosphere. Throughout the majority of the game you're running around from area to area blasting limbs and taking names in as gruesome in nature as you can imagine. Solid controls, minimalist HUD, a variety of interesting enemies, and an engaging storyline makes this game an excellent purchase. I would personally say that the feel of the game is on par with Resident Evil 4/5, so if you've played those you'll know what you're getting into already.

I spent a good 10 hours on my first play-through, and a bit less on subsequent runs. I didn't find the game to be too difficult, with the exception of a fairly frustrating.... turret section... Also, there is a reason to replay it, due to some areas being unlocked on a new game +.

For $20, I would say this game is worth a buy if you haven't already.

95

The pinnacle of co-op gaming

Stimpack | July 23, 2012 | Review of Borderlands

Borderlands. This game was incredible. The artwork is a unique blend between digitally animated and cel-shading that leaves an impression almost as grand as the gameplay itself. In what can best be described as twitched-based FPS action meets Mad Max meets Diablo, this one lives up to the hype.

Memorable enemies, a plethora of abilities, and an insurmountable amount of guns can keeps even the hardest to please gamers satisfied. Add in a 4-player co-op feature, some beautiful voice-acting, unique characters, a great storyline, and you've got yourself a success.

This game can provide endless hours of entertainment, and is the #1 recommendation to any gamer looking to gather up a party of friends and go out for some target practice. With Borderlands 2 on the way, do yourself a favor and catch up on what you've been missing!

70

So many memories.

Stimpack | July 23, 2012 | Review of Sword of Vermilion

Sword of Vermilion was a game that holds a very special place in my heart. I was quite young when I first ventured forth into this world, but it left me with memories that would last a lifetime. It's in keeping with the old J-RPG/Phantasy Star games of its time, but with refreshing real-time combat mechanics and a satisfying sense of progression that will leave you wanting more. If you've enjoyed either Phantasy Star or games like Star Ocean, you should really check this out.

Fancy yourself a gaming aficionado? Don't let this one pass you by! It's a purchase that you're certain to not regret.

95

An instant classic

Stimpack | July 23, 2012 | Review of Mass Effect (NA) dns

Every few years a new IP will come along that shakes things up in the industry, and Mass Effect can hold its head high in that regard. Mass Effect boasts fluid combat, a beautiful thoughtfully-crafted world, and an immersive storyline.

I'm a little ashamed to admit I spent many untold hours playing through this game. It's not often that you find a game that can fill the need of the fast-paced FPS gamer, as well as the meticulous RPG fan, but Bioware has filled the need. Whether it's riding around on the surface of any one of the numerous planets found throughout the galaxy, saving the universe one headshot at a time, or running around and investigating the lore of this virtual world, I found it all here.

I found that the equipment management in Mass Effect 1 far surpassed its successors. Loot-driven gameplay and the ability to change the ammo type of your weapons added to the tactics and replayability that this game has to offer. If you're looking for a great game packed with excellent voice-acting, world design, hours of gameplay, and satisfying combat, you should pick this up.

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