Reviews by Tripleforce
A Fun, Flawed, Action-Packed Piece of Fan FictionTripleforce | Feb. 4, 2014 | Review of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
War in the North has a few issues here and there, User Interface, a few bugs with graphics and AI, and a couple design decisions gone awry, but for the most part it's a solid game. Fun action combat, good art direction, animation, sound, loot and character progression and unlockable difficulty modes similar to an ARPG like Diablo make War in the North a satisfying experience overall, even with the issues it has. If you enjoyed Peter Jackson's movies based on Tolkien's books, you'll appreciate the look and feel, which is heavily inspired by Jackson's films. It's a darker, grittier take on the Lord of the Rings with decent story telling, light questing, and RPG influenced dialogue choices. Even if the story is no where near being canon, and die-hard fans of Tolkien's works would probably dismiss War in the North's tale as a silly what-if yarn about a few unknown heroes with too much magic and violence, it's still a pretty enjoyable game worth playing.
A Great Start To A Great FranchiseTripleforce | Feb. 4, 2014 | Review of Assassin's Creed™ Director's Cut Edition (NA)
Wow. Was not ready for the mind-blowing, conspiracy loaded ending. A bit on the abrupt side, but the final moments of the game left me shaken and completely creeped out, but totally looking forward to more from the franchise. While the game's biggest issue is repetitive gameplay, the story, combat and movement mechanics, sound, and graphical style kept me coming back again and again, anxious to see the battle between Assassins and Templars to the very end. Assassin's Creed is a sci-fi conspiracy theorist's fantasy with an interesting injection of historical fiction and definitely worth checking out.
Borderlands: It's Like ChristmasTripleforce | July 7, 2013 | Review of Borderlands
Can't recommend this enough, because it's that good. Take all of the loot-tastic, color-coded, stat-increasing item dropping and quest completing fun from Diablo and other action RPGs and mix it with satisfying First Person Shooter gameplay, stylized graphics, and an awesome atmosphere and you get one of the best FPS Action RPGs ever. Add some friends and go at it multiplayer style for the best possible experience. Get it. Beat it. Then get part 2.
Join The DarksideTripleforce | July 7, 2013 | Review of Darksiders
Darksiders borrows some great ideas from some great games across different genres and combines them all with an interesting tale based on the stories of heaven and hell and the end of days. Great sound, animation, and an art style and graphical eye candy designed by Joe Madureira means there's some audio-visual meat on the gameplay bones. Borrowing bits and pieces from God of War, Devil May Cry, and heavily influenced by my favorite game series, The Legend of Zelda, Darksiders succeeds at being a melting pot of gaming goodness. There's even a little nod to Portal as well. It's awesome.
A Lot Of SoulTripleforce | July 7, 2013 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)
Dark Souls is a rare and beautiful gem of a game. It isn't perfect, but there really isn't anything like it (outside of Demon's Souls of course) and it offers a challenging and even frustrating experience at times, but this difficulty is matched by the rewarding feeling the game cultivates through masterful use of "old school" game concepts blended with current gen gameplay, combat, look and feel. If you can get past the intimidating reputation the game has, its few glaring imperfections, the imbalanced and forced PVP if playing online, the terrible Games For Windows Live service and the poor PC porting issues (look up the excellent DSfix mod for help in this department), then Dark Souls will provide you with a tense and atmospheric action RPG experience that is simply unmatched in gaming these days. It's great.
Bastion Is BeautifulTripleforce | July 4, 2013 | Review of Bastion Cap
One of the best games I've played in... ever really. Already one of my favorites of all time. Great narrative style with gameplay that feels as good as anything in recent current gen games, but also the same bright, shiny, and wonderful nostalgia found in the best of the games of my childhood, especially those I enjoyed during the Super Nintendo 16-bit era. Really fun and really beautiful.