Reviews by Valtiel1

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A Masterpiece

Valtiel1 | Nov. 19, 2013 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2

Shogun 2 is a fantastic game. As a long time veteran of the total war franchise I have been playing them since the original shogun. The graphics of the game, provided you have a machine powerful enough to run it on high, are astounding. I do have a complaint about the engine though; Shogun 2 is largely single threaded. So even high end machines can struggle due to the game only using a fraction of their resources. The gameplay itself is divided between city building and rts, both are realistic and complex, however shogun 2 is much more accessible than past entries to the series. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants a deep and satisfying strategy game, and to fans of eastern culture.

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Overlooked

Valtiel1 | May 29, 2013 | Review of Clive Barkers Jericho

I played Jericho when it was first released and though it was an ok to good game. The shooting was slightly generic but the story and setting were interesting. After comparing it to current gen shooters however, I can appreciate Jericho for everything that it has to offer. Jericho has personality and substance where call of modern warfare does not. The cast of characters are mostly stereotypes, but at least they stand out. The enemies you fight are original and grotesque; the boss fights are good too. As befitting a game written by Clive Barker the story is original and creates dread and tension. This is a game that warrants a sequel and sadly ends in a cliffhanger, despite this however it is a game worth experiencing.

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Tomb Raider Reborn

Valtiel1 | May 25, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider overflow 3

Let me begin by saying I was never a fan of the original tomb raider franchise. I tried playing several of them however the bland combat combined with the frequently illogical puzzles always caused me to give up early on (and I am a resident evil/silent hill fan). This new iteration however is a completely different animal, gone are the obtrusive puzzles and the bland combat. The reboot does retain the platforming element of the originals, which have been greatly improved. The revamped combat feels tense and exciting, although later you have a tendency to steamroll through enemies, the storyline is the best that a tomb raider has ever offered, largely due to Laura Croft seeming more like a person than in past incarnations. This is a much darker toned game than the older ones, but as a fan of the dying genre of survival horror that only causes me to appreciate it more. The biggest disconnect is between the character and the gameplay, Laura Croft at one point is mourning over having to kill a deer and the next you the player is having her mow down a dozen humans without batting an eye. Overall I heartily recommend this, its not quite perfect but games like this are the reason that reboots exist.