Reviews by Vidiz
A must have if you love Borderlands 2Vidiz | Sept. 22, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 Season Pass
The original Borderlands had some of the best DLC and set the bar high for it's sequels DLC. Sadly the first three DLC packs for Borderlands 2 were fairly lacklustre, but Dragons Keep is one of the most enjoyable DLC expansions you'll ever played. It's silly, fun, and has some visually stunning areas and a great soundtrack.
Along with the DLC expansion it also comes with the Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack. If you want to continue playing the characters you played throughout the story, the UVHP is an essential upgrade to BL2. It comes with a level cap increase and new level of difficulty, which is genuinely challenging. If you're a Borderlands 2 fan, there is really no reason as to why you shouldn't own this.
A vast but shallow experienceVidiz | Sept. 22, 2013 | Review of FUEL
The main selling point of FUEL is it's game world, a truly huge place that is two or three hours from corner to corner. However while it has several distinct regions such as salt flats, desert, a huge canyon and more, within the regions there is a significant lack of variety with lots of repeated textures and models, and generally only one memorable landmark per region.
Traversing these zones is not much fun either. The arcade physics aren't the worst you will ever come across but vehicles lack weight and for the most part they all feel and handle very similar. Also whether you're free roaming or racing you'll spend virtually your entire time in FUEL holding down the accelerator, you rarely need to brake and cause the game world is so vast your hands and fingers will likely ache from holding down the buttons or triggers for so long.
So what about the racing? Well, FUEL has a severe case of rubber banding. What this means is that the AI will always catch up to you during the race, even if that means the AI accelerating to impossible speeds. This makes racing frustrating, and your skill means very little. The races which involve the extreme weather conditions are fun, but there are only a handful of them in the game and you do not see tornadoes or sandstorms in free roam.
FUEL was a game with potential but in the end it fell short in almost all areas, there are community made patches will improve the game but overall it's a fairly shallow experience with it's only memorable feature being it's vast world, which can be fun to blast around in now and then.
Great combat, but very little contentVidiz | Aug. 26, 2013 | Review of Defiance
Defiance is an interesting game. It's an MMO with many of the traditional MMO perks, but it also has a combat system that holds up against most third person shooters. The shooting feels solid, and the skills you have available add a fun element to the combat. The Ark Falls are one of the highlights of the game. They're events that spawn randomly in the world and provide a chaotic experience as you and dozens of other players take down waves of enemies and in major Ark Falls, a boss at the end.
However, the rest of the game is lacking. The PvP is nothing special and you'd find better elsewhere. The loot system has problems too, it is confusing to new players and you can go a long time without finding the type of weapon that suits you. While they are fun the first few times, the co-op missions available are grindy and not very difficult and they suffer from poor AI. The AI is a traditional MMO AI which works well in MMO's like Rift and Guild Wars, it does not work well in a third person shooter. They're unintelligent and just not fun. Lastly, the UI is just all round poor and not very pleasant to use on a keyboard and mouse.
Overall there is some fun to be had from the game and if you have some friends you will have more fun than you would alone but there is simply not enough content to keep you playing past the twenty or thirty hour mark.
Improving with every update, still has potential to be greatVidiz | Aug. 26, 2013 | Review of SimCity
Building your city is a very visual experience. From the little details of seeing garbage pile up when you have a trash problem, buildings abandoned or burned to the ground because of fires or their owners unable to find work. To the big details of watching apartment blocks rise from the ground as more sims move in and eventually huge skyscrapers rise up as your city starts to boom.
You can have a very rewarding and satisfying time with SimCity if you explore the deeper mechanics such as building an empire from selling oils, metals and electronics, making your city a gambling hotspot or making a beautiful city full of tourist attractions.
However the city size does become an issue after a while. Building your city is in my opinion the greatest part of the game, but that comes to a grinding halt once you use up all the space. It's for this reason why it becomes difficult to really get into the game as once you use up that space all there is left to do is min/max your city or start a new one. It's for this reason why SimCity falls short. It is very nearly a great game, and if the map sizes were to be increased with an update down the line it would certainly be a great game. For now, it is still a fun and satisfying experience but one that you will struggle to sink hundreds of hours into.
Contender for multiplayer game of the yearVidiz | Nov. 27, 2012 | Review of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare PRE
I'm not going to pretend this game is perfect, because it's not. Bugs, lag problems, a buggy server browser, this game has them all. However the game has some good developers and these problems look they are all going to be fixed.
Even still, the pros far, far out weigh the cons in Chivalry. The game play is seriously fun and addicting. It can be a little frustrating at times but that goes away as soon as you respawn, you just want to get back into the action straight away again. There is a huge amount of skill needed in this game, but you don't need to be a god at the game to have a blast. The combat is hugely satisfying when you manage to come out victorious in a fight. Generally I prefer team battles, however the 1v1 battles in Chivalry are very fun as well. Trading blows, blocking shots and then finally delivering the killing blow to the guys skull is an immensely satisfying experience.
There isn't a huge amount of game modes or maps, however the developers have spoke about their plans for free DLC in the future. The low amount of maps and modes isn't such a problem for Chivalry though, it's all about the brilliant gameplay. The weapon selection is huge and allows you to really play how you like to play. Archers, two handers, mauls, maces, axes, swords, etc. Chivalry has them all.
If you have to pick up one game in the up coming Winter sales, make this it. You won't regret it.
The most complete Football Manager game yetVidiz | Nov. 13, 2012 | Review of Football Manager 2013 Steam
FM 2013 improves and refines a lot of the features that were in past games. Training has now been changed from the slider based schedules to a more team based training making it less time consuming and easier to understand. New staff roles make choosing what you do and don't want to handle personally a lot easier, with your staff now able to handle loaning out your youngsters and handling your clubs scouting and more. Along with a brand new modernised UI the standard game is better than ever.
The addition of Classic Mode is a nice addition for the people who want the football manager sim experience but without the work that you need to put into the standard saves. With it's own classic UI it's a nice addition to the game. Along with the challenge mode and the versus mode, which allows you to create you own cups and leagues for you and your friends there's no shortage of things to do in FM2013.
The biggest improvement, at least for me, has to be them moving the online over to Steam matchmaking. Online is now a breeze to set up and lag is no longer a problem like it was in previous games. Overall, it's the best and most complete game in the series yet, if you're holding off I can't recommend FM 2013 enough.
Decent co-op experienceVidiz | Oct. 25, 2012 | Review of Greed: Black Border
For what GREED offers it's fairly fun, though I highly recommend playing it in online co-op. The game doesn't have a large amount of depth by any means, and this becomes more noticeable when playing solo. The graphics aren't a highlight but that doesn't mean the game is ugly, the art style is nice and clear which is what it's important. The main problem is as others have noted, the lack of WASD support. It slows down the combat a lot more than it would have if the game had WASD support. Overall though, the game is fun enough to warrant a playthrough with friends, but it doesn't have any lasting appeal.
Strangely addicting..Vidiz | July 27, 2012 | Review of Beyond Divinity
A classic dungeon crawler, and while it may not be much to look at by today's standards the visuals are still nice to look at and the overall art style of the game is well done. The sounds and music in the game are one of the highlights too. The combat is okay but can be a little tedious at times during long dungeons. The story is where the game shines though with some surprisingly good humour along the way. Beyond Divinity could fall into the love it or hate it category for today's gamers but anyone looking for a classic RPG this game would be a solid choice.
One of the best time sinks you can buyVidiz | June 21, 2012 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V
The scale of the game can be quite daunting to new players, but it really only takes one game to get the core mechanics nailed down. There's a huge amount of depth in the game and a wide variety in how you can play it. The hex-based tiles are a great addition and overall the graphics are nice to look at, and the UI is nice and easy to use. Civilisation V is a must for any strategy fan, and if you're new to the genre Civ V is a great starting point. For the price you can get the game for now you'll struggle to find better value for money anywhere else.