Reviews by TabulateNewt8
Why is it good? Just Cause!TabulateNewt8 | Oct. 27, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2
Don't come to Just Cause 2 expecting the next Walking Dead or Bioshock Infinite. There is no grand political discussion on the merits or problems of violent rebellion against a tyrannical dictator. The game has no twists and turns that'll make you think deeply about the meaning of your life. What it does have is attacking a dictators elite ninjas in his underground dojo, blowing up oil rigs and riding nuclear missiles. This game is as close to a complete sandbox experience as you can get. The map is absurdly huge, measuring 40 square kilometres. This varies from sea to jungle to large cities to military bases to deserts to small towns to airports. You can get sports cars, fighter jets, gunboats, motorbikes, jumbo jets and even an ice cream truck. The grapple gives you a huge range of options including attaching to a propane tank to act as an impromptu jetpack. If you were looking for a game to mess around in and just have fun with, you could go a lot worse than Just Cause 2.
Glitchy but GoodTabulateNewt8 | Oct. 27, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins
When it was announced that WB Games Montreal would be taking over the Arkham franchise from series veterans Rocksteady there was an outcry from fans. They were worried that the new developer would ruin the franchise. Thankfully I can report that they haven't. The same incredible freeflow combat system from the other two games is here, as are the predator stealth sections. The grappling and gliding throughout the city introduced in Arkham City has returned. This time the map is massive, with the whole of Arkham City as the top island and a brand new island linked by a bridge at the bottom of the map. There is a new Batwing fast travel system for getting around quickly. The boss fights are inspired and fun. Essentially, if you liked Asylum or City then you'll like Arkham Origins.
However the game has many glitches that could detract from your enjoyment of the game. Multiple times when I got to an objective marker and a cutscene was triggered the screen went black and refused to do anything. I had to close the game and reopen it to make it work. Once this made me have to redo a very difficult boss fight. This definitely wasn't enough to ruin the game but it certainly irritated me many times.
In conclusion Arkham Origins is not as polished as it's predecessors but if you can get over it's flaws there is a huge amount of fun to be had here.
A worthy successor to AsylumTabulateNewt8 | Oct. 10, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year
Arkham City certainly had a huge task matching up to the brilliance of its predecessor Arkham Asylum. I'm happy to report that it absolutely does! The stealth and combat is almost unchanged from the original game which is great. Both are awesome and neither feel like they have been neglected in favour of the other. The open world adds the opportunity to add side missions which expand the game time and add lots of different types of gameplay to the game. However the overall narrative of the game does suffer slightly due to a lack of direction. However overall Arkham City is a fantastic game and I highly recommend you play!
Just Beautiful.TabulateNewt8 | Oct. 10, 2013 | Review of Dishonored
Combine the rooftop free running of Assassins Creed with the multiple paths and dynamic gameplay of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Add in an amazing steampunk world similar to a dark Bioshock Infinite, an art style similar to The Walking Dead and a sprinkling of supernatural powers and you have Dishonored. All these elements combine beautifully into a fantastic game that can truly be played any way you want. You could run down the middle of the street, using your pistol and sword to slaughter anything in your way. Alternatively you could use the streetlights and rooftops to sneak your way past, choking out any sentries unlucky enough to have pulled roof duty tonight. The freedom to explore this beautifully designed world makes playing Dishonored a pure joy. You owe it to yourself to play this game.
In a word: Awesome!!TabulateNewt8 | Oct. 10, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V
What can I say about Civ 5? It's incredibly addictive for one. I didn't really believe the 'One More Turn' slogan they adopted for the game but after playing it I can say that it's accurate! The urge to just play one more turn to see your civilisation get one more city or get your next research or construction project is almost unresistable. Seeing your civilisation grow from your first fledgling city to a global empire is incredibly rewarding and gives me a huge sense of pride seeing my cities flourishing under my rule. The game has immense amounts of content through all the time periods in the game and it's an awesome feeling discovering a new unit or research you missed last time you played. There's a huge amount of replayability here as well with randomly generated maps for you to explore and conquer as you want. In conclusion Civilisation 5 is an awesome game and it's thoroughly recommended for anyone whether you're in to strategy games or not.
XCommendationTabulateNewt8 | Oct. 10, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Xcom: Enemy Unknown is, simply put, the best turn based tactical strategy game I've ever played. It's a game where both the combat missions and base management feel fleshed out and useful. It's clear Firaxis spent huge amounts of time on both the games main elements. Certainly, neither one feels underdeveloped in favour of the other.
The UI is clear and easy to use in both missions and base management, giving aspiring commanders all the information they need to properly analyse the situation at hand, whatever the circumstances. The game also has huge replayability with both ironman mode to disable reloading saves and 'second wave' options which change the gameplay dramatically for the commander looking for a bit more challenge in his experience. Not that the game isn't hard enough without them! You shouldn't have to many problems during your easy or normal playthroughs but the hardest difficulty (Impossible) is nearly impossible! Anyone who completes the game at on impossible deserves a medal for persevering!
A word of warning though. This game has a steep learning curve as new aliens are introduced. If this is your first time I highly recommend enabling the tutorial as it explains how all the games systems work very well. Also, unless you're playing on easy and/or are experienced with Xcom, it's highly likely you'll lose men through out your playthrough. It's incredibly frustrating watching your top rank soldier being killed by a lucky shot so if you're not a patient person, you may want to think twice.
Overall though, Xcom: Enemy Unknown is a fantastic game and comes highly recommended, for newbies and series veterans alike.