Reviews by TheTanko
Intense atmosphereTheTanko | Feb. 15, 2014 | Review of BioShock (NA) - not live
This game has by far the most captivating atmosphere. The game takes place in a utopia-turned-dystopia named Rapture, filled with crazies all over the place and the iconic Big Daddies. Basic premise: run around, try to find a way out, don't die. Along the way, don't curl up in a corner in cry; seriously, the intensity of the atmosphere can get overwhelming at times. The gameplay is varied and challenging, the atmosphere intense, and overall presents a very compelling story in which you must make choices you'd rather not as you witness the same choices being made by others. It's a game designed to make you think, and you will spend a lot of time away from the game thinking about all the things you see and do. It's one creepy game, but more than worth it.
Open World MadnessTheTanko | Feb. 15, 2014 | Review of Just Cause 2
If you're lamenting the absence of well-optimized GTA on PC, then look no further; JC2 is filled with tons of the open-world chaos you know and love, especially with the new JC2:MP mod which adds up to three thousand player multiplayer. So there's that. If you can ignore the cliche story and focus on the fun, open missions, then definitely pick this game up.
Epic fun, amazing graphicsTheTanko | Dec. 21, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 3 (NA)
The highly-immersive, massive maps make Battlefield 3 one gem of a game. The squads feature, while a good idea, is not very practical (unless you're hitting up the server with friends). If you can run it (which you probably can; it's a pretty well-optimized game, considering how beautiful it can be at max settings). Only two things really hurt this game: the destruction is not very open, meaning not all walls break, and those which do always break in the same fashion. And the one other thing, the server system. I like server-based systems (as opposed to a machine-based lobby) but BF's implication is shoddy. You have to pay to have a server hosted for you (with no exceptions) and you join the game via the server browser...from your web browser...What? Why on earth? It's a silly thing to have to do, but whatever; it won't keep the game from being awesome. Play on.