Reviews by The_Hostage

90

If you like Borderlands, you'll like Gaige

The_Hostage | Aug. 17, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Mechromancer Pack

She's a great character with oodles of character, good design, and a good set of skills. But as each player uses all their weapons the same way and I didn't really get the hang of using skills mid-battle, I didn't get the most out of Gaige. Maybe on my next playthrough.

75

It's all about the journey, not the destination

The_Hostage | Aug. 17, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 3 (EU)

Yes, the ending to the game / series is a big let down. But for me, it was always about the journey - meeting new characters, visiting new worlds, the trials and tribulations of Commander Shepherd are just as good in this game as they were back in ME1. Well, not quite as good - they feel more streamlined, easier and the overall experience feels watered down. Where it should have bounded it took baby steps, and not all of them in the right direction. The multiplayer was a fun diversion, but I hated how it was tied into the Single Player story. It didn't have strong enough writing or scenarios - this is a war, not a bunch of arena scraps. But was it fun? yes. Did it look great? yes. Am i glad I played it? yes. Just prepare to be disappointed in how far a great franchise can fall.

80

A great, entertaining adventure game.

The_Hostage | Aug. 17, 2013 | Review of The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles

As point and click adventure games go, it's a great game - wacky characters, the puzzles and story make sense, and there's just enough humour to make you smile every now and then. But you really should play The Book of Unwritten Tales first - although this is a prequel, the characters on their own don't explain enough about the world or who they are, meaning you'l miss out on a lot of the experience. Good length with no bugs or crashes - a great way to spend a weekend.

90

Great game

The_Hostage | Aug. 17, 2013 | Review of Far Cry 3

A fantastic open world shooter which has tons to do and a bit of everything - arcade-y style shoot outs, quiet exploration, hunting, driving and killing, lots of killing. Lots of attention to detail and care has been put into this world and most of it's characters, but it's by no means perfect - you feel overpowered by the end, checkpoints & fall distance damage need adjusting, and the shift between story & free world is just as jarring as the tonal shifts in the story.
Don't get bogged down by the story - just enjoy your descent into insanity.

85

Great additions to a great game

The_Hostage | April 29, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 Season Pass -

More mayhem, more guns, and more intriguing stories. Some of them take getting used to (I found Captain Scarlett a bit dull to start with, and Hammerlock's new enemies a bit unfair), but they are all of a good length, with some downright hilarious characters and events. More quests, more variety, new vehicles, new enemies, new challenges - more Borderlands of this quality is worth every penny. Plus, the Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack keeps the party going even longer.

90

A fantastic journey through Middle Earth

The_Hostage | April 29, 2013 | Review of LEGO Lord of the Rings

If you're a fan of the previous Lego games or of Lord of the Rings, you will thoroughly enjoy this adventure. Humorous with tons to do and millions of studs to collect, the varied levels, huge open world map and loyalty to the films is outstanding. Some of the design choices, such as the jumping puzzles and the obscurity of some of the collectibles stop this game being perfect, but these are minor in comparison to what they get right. Fun, time consuming, and beautiful.