Reviews by TCass29
Deserves more praise than it receivesTCass29 | Sept. 8, 2013 | Review of BioShock® 2
Bioshock 2 gets a lot of flack because everybody says the story isn't as strong as the original Bioshock. I disagree. I think the twist in the original Bioshock is legendary and makes that game what it is but the story overall in Bioshock 2 is stronger. The gameplay is better in 2 but the atmosphere in the original is leagues superior. Being able to wield weapons and plasmids at the same time is great.
You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't play all three Bioshock games.
Surprisingly AwesomeTCass29 | Aug. 21, 2013 | Review of Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall
The base game was incredible. Top 10 game of all time (for me). The Knife of Dunwall uses the same mechanics, adds powers and weapons and tells the story from another perspective. It's compelling, well-written, and engaging. It's also longer than I'd expected (a few hours) and just as replayable as the main campaign which is to say very.
Beautiful and ShortTCass29 | Aug. 18, 2013 | Review of To The Moon
Video games are art, there's no doubt about it. Video games are the ultimate story-telling media because your investment in the protagonist runs much deeper than a felt connection...it's actually you. This game does an incredible job of telling the story it tells. The gameplay is simple which lets the story really shine.
It's a well-written lovely story in pretty settings.
Fantastic Story in a Great EnvironmentTCass29 | Aug. 18, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider
This was the first Tomb Raider game I'd played, and it did not disappoint. The story was engaging and interesting and the gameplay was fantastic. The action sequences and platforming sequences were brilliantly spaced apart to make for a fun and varied experience.
When you get enough scrap to upgrade your weapons, you feel like you've accomplished something and when you use your upgraded weapons, you feel pretty badass. You can upgrade your own abilities as well and they add a lot to the gameplay.
This game is awesome. One of the best of 2013.
Brilliant gameTCass29 | July 7, 2013 | Review of Bastion
Bastion by Supergiant games is absolutely amazing. The narrator is incredible, it has a surprisingly good story, and it gives you a lot of freedom as far as how you want to play the game. New Game + as well as "idols" you can invoke ramp up the difficulty for your second time through...and you'll want to play a second time through.
Character-driven BrillianceTCass29 | July 3, 2013 | Review of The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is an interesting game purely from a gameplay standpoint. It's a 3rd person adventure semi-point and click "puzzle" game...with zombies.
The focus of the game is to get to safety and foster relationships among your group of travelers. This is where the game shines. I have never felt such a connection to a video game character as I do to Clementine. A game that can evoke such raw emotion from you is a great game...and this does that.
Another Zombie game...done wellTCass29 | June 20, 2013 | Review of Dead Island
Dead Island takes place at a resort hotel on the island of Banoi. The zombie outbreak occurs and the typical happens...power goes down, people break off into small bands or tribes trying to stay alive. The once-flourishing hotel is now an abandoned house of blood.
The setting is well thought out and beautifully rendered and there are various places on the island that you must travel to (hotel, city, and jungle to name a few). The enemies are various enough to keep you interested and the combat/ gun system is well done. The story is for the most part captivating but the characters lack a flushed-out third dimension.
It's a fun game and shouldn't take terribly long to get through. If you like zombie FPS games...this is one you should check out.
Solid stealth gameTCass29 | June 8, 2013 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution
This game definitely makes you feel like a badass whether you choose to sneak through vents, bypassing all of your enemies to foil their plans or you choose to go in guns blazing with augmented abilities, making everybody feel your wrath.
That being said, the voice acting, particularly for the main character, is pretty bad. It suffers from the same problem that InFamous did in that the cutscenes happen the same way no matter what choices you make, so the voice acting has to be such that it works in all scenarios.
In addition to that, for a game that totes its stealth horn, there are no non-lethal ways to take down bosses. This is partially because the boss battles were not done by the same development company that made the rest of the game. This is being fixed, however, with the WiiU release of this game.
It's still very fun. Pretty interesting story, awesome abilities, and well thought out and executed world design.
Beautiful and ...difficult doesn't stress it enoughTCass29 | June 8, 2013 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)
This game has been heralded as one of the most difficult games of this generation of gaming. It's also beautiful, expansive, deep, and very, very complex in terms of leveling, items, and strategy.
But believe me when I tell you that this game does not hate you. Even worse, it doesn't care if you succeed or, more likely, fail. It is apathetic toward your petty mortal squabbles.
Astoundingly difficult. Very fun.TCass29 | June 8, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy is a fairly standard 2D platformer with an average story and a very cool replay mechanic which is that at the end of the level, you see ALL of your attempts go at once, seeing where and how you died.
If you enjoy 2D side-scrollers and are looking for a serious challenge...this is a game you need to check out.
Amazing game, Indie or notTCass29 | June 8, 2013 | Review of Bastion
This game is incredible for a number of reasons. The narration is impeccably well done and tells the story in a fantastic manner. The music is great and appropriate for the feel of the game. The story is interesting, deep, and heart-warming at times. The worlds all have a similar feel but vary greatly in design. In terms of story, I think it's one of the best games out there.
A GTA that requires you to wreak havocTCass29 | June 8, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 is a fun game with an UNBELIEVABLY expansive world with little-no wait caused by loading times. There are plenty of guns and vehicles to keep you occupied for quite some time.
In most games, you complete quests to unlock new quests. One of the main features in this game is that you must murder and cause general destruction AS WELL as complete quests to unlock new quests. It's very interesting and a good way for a game to encourage you to do what you were probably going to do anyway.
The quests do get a bit repetitive (go destroy this place, go murder all of our enemies here, escort this NPC to such-and-such), but it's a good action game.
Bioshock may be the greatest game of all timeTCass29 | June 7, 2013 | Review of BioShock (NA)
Ken Levine is a genius.
Bioshock features decent gameplay mechanics, a story unparalleled (perhaps met by Bioshock Infinite, another Ken Levine baby), a world that is so cohesively well put together, and just the perfect amount of creepiness to DEMAND AND MAKE SURE that you will never forget it.
The characters are all interesting, the enemies are so well designed in both how they look and how they act, and the backstory of the place is fantastic.
If you haven't played Bioshock by now I honestly don't know what you're waiting for. It's heralded by many as the finest piece of art created in the last many decades and they just may not be wrong.
It gets high scores...and is still underratedTCass29 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Psychonauts
The main gameplay mechanic in Psychonauts is very interesting and superbly executed. It's a game with clever writing, a good story, and even better level design.
The protagonist is a young boy with psychic powers who goes to a psychic summer camp to hone his abilities. When things at the camp start to go haywire, he has to enter the minds of his friends, acquaintances, and strangers to figure out what's going on.
When I first played this game, there were some major graphical issues and audio bugs (for Mac), but they've since updated the game to fix that. It works well with a controller (which I recommend...I prefer controllers for 3rd person games).
It's really fun. Every good thing you've heard about this game was probably not exaggerated. Buy this game and thank yourself later.
Immersive and amazingTCass29 | June 7, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This game is incredibly well crafted. Like Morrowind and Oblivion (TES: III and TES: IV, respectively), the worlds are expansive and beautiful with SO MANY books and people to read and talk to to learn about the history and lore of the area. In a single playthrough, this game has over 100 hours of gameplay, easily.
The quests are fun and interesting, the enemies are varied and cool-looking, and the gameplay is very well done. It's a great RPG so if you like that style of game, you'll love this.
If you're not sure if you're an RPG fan...this is a good place to start.
Very fun with high replayabilityTCass29 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Borderlands
With 4 playable characters that play VERY differently as well as New Game +, this game offers something not a lot of FPS games offer which is replayability.
This shoot-n-loot game features a fantastic art style, clever writing, hilariously imaginative guns, fun side quests, and well designed and varied areas.
It's really fun. It's more fun if you can play it with other people (which you can...the online community is surprisingly pretty active), but it's still definitely an enjoyable experience alone.
Amazing Sequel to a great gameTCass29 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 (NA)
Borderlands 2 is very fun. It's very fun because the writing is great, the gameplay is fantastic, the world and subareas are well designed and interesting, and there are SO MANY GUNS. With 6 playable characters, 3 DLC (so far), and 3 playthrough options (normal, True Vault Hunter mode, and Ultimate Vault Hunter mode), this game has absolutely RIDICULOUS replayability and hours/dollar value. I've pumped over 100 hours into this game and had a blast for all 100 of them.
The online co-op community is active so if you're not playing LAN or with somebody else, you can still likely drop into a game with strangers.
It's a fun FPS. Buy it and don't regret it later.
Great PlatformerTCass29 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Alice: Madness Returns (NA)
Alice: Madness Returns offered a much more in-depth experience than I was prepared for as far as the story goes. That being said, that story occurs mainly out of the chunks of "real" gameplay. There are sections that take place in real life and sections that take place in a fantasy world that some would say are Alice's imagination. The imagination sections are beautiful, well crafted, and themed brilliantly. The real life sections exist pretty much solely to move the game along.
It's a very fun game that should only take about 14-17 hours to beat. If you're considering buying and playing this game, I'd say go for it.
The best "Zombie" game there isTCass29 | June 7, 2013 | Review of The Walking Dead
This game is incredible. What I love about it is that it doesn't suffer from what a lot of zombie games suffer from which is massive throngs of zombies that you have to mow down to get to the next area. This game focuses MUCH more on character development and plot and uses the zombie epidemic as a means to progress through that story.
I bought this game when it came out, and I found myself anxiously awaiting each installment. I played each right when they came out and was not disappointed by any of them.
The character development in this game is almost unparalleled. I've never felt more of an emotional connection to a video game character than I did (and still do, I suppose) to one of the main characters of this game.
If you like story and character development, you have no reason not to buy this game.
The hype the game received is well-earnedTCass29 | June 7, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite (NA)
Ken Levine knows what he's doing when it comes to stories and how to tell them using the video game as a media. He proved that in Bioshock and he's backed it up in Bioshock Infinite.
This game is beautiful and thought-provoking. The story is staggeringly impressive and the mechanics are fantastic. The game is set in alternate-universe 1912 and it really comes through, ESPECIALLY in the first hour or so of the game. The staff absolutely nailed it when it came to architecture, dress, and decorum for setting the tone of the game.
Every good review you've read and every piece of praise you've heard is right on the money. This game is amazing and you should experience it.
As a side note; I enjoyed the hell out of this game so much that I bought the art book. I got it on Amazon.com for about $25, and it was well-spent. They explain ideas they didn't use and...well, it's just really cool.
Open world that ROCKSTCass29 | May 4, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas DNS
This game can take between 15-20 hours to go through the main story...but you'll want to do so much more than that.
Everything about this game ties back to the central theme of this desert post-apocalyptic world that you're trying to survive through. The soundtrack, the dialogue, the weapons, the world itself; it all creates a very whole and fleshed out feel that absorbs you into the world you're exploring.
The replay value of this game is very high because there are many different ways to play it. Without going into too much detail you can be a tank, you can be a robot's best friend, or you can basically swindle everybody into giving you what you want.
It's a great game and if you haven't given it a shot, you should...with a laser rifle.
Beautiful baby of Deus Ex: HR and BioshockTCass29 | May 4, 2013 | Review of Dishonored
This game uses a semi-realistic art style that fits this brilliant stealth or murder-everyone-who-breathes game. Dishonored has a really good story, amazing mechanics, mind-blowing level design, and great replayability value. There are tons of trophies that reward playing and killing nobody or playing and not being seen by anybody, but you'll also want to play through it a second time to see how the bits of story that change play out in the other direction. It's a great game that will hook you and never let go.