Reviews by Teix

65

Servicable stealth game, bad Hitman game

Teix | Jan. 7, 2013 | Review of Hitman: Absolution PRE

Did you enjoy the previous Hitman games and want more? Then you might want to skip Absolution.

This game plays like Splinter Cell with disguises. Unfortunately, the disguise system is made almost useless by the fact that enemies can detect you even if you are incredibly far away from them, leaving stealth as your only option.

The level design, while not necessarily bad, is linear and does not reward exploration. This is made worse by the fact that the game puts the items required for a good assassination near the exact place where to execute such assassination. How convenient!

The story seems like it has some potential, but that is all squandered away by the end of the game.

That said, it's nowhere near a bad game. It looks fantastic, and some missions are very fun to play through. It's just... not a very good Hitman game.

70

Incredibly fun with friends

Teix | Jan. 7, 2013 | Review of Magicka

Magicka is a top-down action-rpg set in a whimsical fantasy world, where you play as a powerful mage embarking on an epic quest. The main feature of this game is the magic system. It seamlessly allows you to combine and use different elements together and use them on the fly, aggressively or defensively. Unfortunately, as soon as you find the most powerful combinations, there's not much reason to use anything else, since you can just spam them indefinitely (mana does not exist).

The single-player is certainly serviceable, but the co-op really makes this game shine. Grab a few friends and watch as the game turns into complete chaos.

The technical side of things is a bit shaky, as the game is not very well optimized, and bugs/crashes appear to be frequent. The online co-op can also be ruined by the horrible netcode, so be ready to get disconnected often.

80

The physics engine makes this game.

Teix | Jan. 7, 2013 | Review of Red Faction Guerilla

Geo-Mod 2.0.

This incredible game engine is what makes RFG so much fun to play. Forget gunplay, plot, writing, characters, soundtrack, graphics! All those things are superfluous when you're using your sledgehammer to break apart a building, entering houses through the walls while driving a truck, and smashing everything in your path with a giant mech.

Everything in RFG can be completely destroyed. The game knows that is exactly what you want to do, and is happy to oblige, providing fun side missions and guns that make great use of the game engine's power. Unfortunately, the "Mars Police" can be a big annoyance, taking away some of the fun and they keep trying to kill you.

75

Good game, but has glaring flaws

Teix | Jan. 7, 2013 | Review of Devil May Cry 4 dns

I have mixed feelings about DMC4.

On one hand... It's the best looking DMC game, with great looking levels and fantastic cutscenes. The combat system that made the franchise famous is still there, and expanded upon with the introduction of a new character, Nero, who possesses some cool moves. The boss fights are fun and well though out.

On the other hand... It's an incredibly repetitive game. You will be running around the same environments several times, and fighting the same bosses over and over again. The puzzles can be incredibly boring and annoying to complete, ruining the pace of the game.

Overall, it's a good game and worth getting, whether you played previous DMC games or not. The PC port is well done (as opposed to the DMC3 port), but PLEASE play with a controller.