Reviews by Volzmir

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A Grindy, Uninspired Journey.

Volzmir | Dec. 22, 2013 | Review of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

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[STORY] ✮✮✮✰✰ [GAMEPLAY] ✮✮✮✰✰ [REPLAYABILITY] ✮✮✰✰✰ [GAMEPLAY HOURS] 6+ (Potentially 10+ to complete the entire story)

"Lord of the Rings: War in the North is an action RPG that takes place alongside the story of the LOTR Trilogy. You can choose from three distinct characters to play as: Farin, the dwarf champion, Eradan, the human ranger, or Andriel, the elf mage. Each of these characters has their own unique fighting style and can attack both in melee and ranged. The game features a stat and skill system not unlike the Mass Effect series where you can upgrade certain abilities to your own preferred style of combat. The story puts you in pursuit of Agandaur, dark lord servant of Sauron, whose efforts may hinder the quest of the Fellowship of the Ring. In the game, you travel from notable locales from the books such as Bree, Sam Ford, and even the troll infested Etternmoors.

The combat in this game feels very clunky and tiresome as combat abilities are restricted by both power cost and a cooldown timer. You certainly look heroic and cinematic as the animations of each sword swing and spell resemble that of the films, but the praise stops there. Alternating between 2-3 buttons, the combat feels repetitive and dull after the first few hours. Gameplay primarily consists of traveling from one zone to the next, defeating waves of enemies within a mostly linear path from objective to objective.

War in the North features multiplayer, which may make the overall experience more enjoyable to some players. However, from a solo player standpoint, this game feels very grindy and ultimately not worth the frustration/boredom to continue playing simply to progress the plot."

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Solid Arcade-like Shooter

Volzmir | Dec. 19, 2013 | Review of F.E.A.R. 3

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[STORY] ✮✮✮✰✰ [GAMEPLAY] ✮✮✮✰✰ [REPLAYABILITY] ✮✮✮✰✰ [GAMEPLAY HOURS] 8+

F.E.A.R. 3 is a hauntingly grim first person shooter where you play as Point Man fighting your way through hordes of Armacham soldiers and hellish beasts to unravel the truth of his origins. Paxton Fettel, his disembodied brother, acts as the game's narrator and gives perspective to the actions unfolding on screen.

As Point Man, you often find yourself jumping from cover to cover and in engaging in "Slow-Mo" to pick off enemies one by one. Depending on the difficulty chosen for your campaign, ammo can be very valuable and should not be wasted when you can easily melee foes. Interval 6 in particular has three mech enemies that can prove frustrating to defeat if you don't manage your ammo.

F.E.A.R. 3 features 8 intervals or chapters can be played solo or cooperatively with a friend.

This game uses an arcade-like scoring system allowing for replayability after each interval. Additionally, after completing an interval, you unlock Paxton Fettel for that level which provides players a new experience with dark psychic powers.

I recommend F.E.A.R. 3 for fans of the series and for anyone looking for a horror-light themed shooter with arcade elements.

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Fans will enjoy this latest Arkham installment!

Volzmir | Dec. 19, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

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[STORY] ✮✮✮✮✰ [GAMEPLAY] ✮✮✮✮✰ [REPLAYABILITY] ✮✮✮✮✮ [GAMEPLAY HOURS] 25+

"Batman: Arkham Origins features a large open cityscape with few changes to the core game mechanics already established by Rocksteady. Playing as Batman feels very similar as in Arkham City which makes for a easy transition into this installment. Visuals are much improved in this sequel and the voice work is noticeably top notch.

Players can expect an additonal 20+ hours of gameplay to hunt achievements and complete side quests. Both Batman's upgrades and Dark Knight Challenge progress carry over into New Game+, allowing players to complete tasks they weren't able to accomplish the first time around. New Predator and Combat challenge maps add variety to the entire experience, especially for those who enjoy the gameplay of the Arkham series. Obtaining all 3 medals in every challenge map feels rewarding and justly earned.

Overall, this game satisfies most Arkham fans, bringing together iconic villains such as Black Mask, Bane, and of course, the Joker, in one compelling story."