Reviews by Wootus

70

Great Town Builder

Wootus | Jan. 31, 2013 | Review of Tropico 3 DNS

This game can be quite an enjoyable town-building simulator. It doesn't differ that much from previous Tropico games, whether that is good or bad is up to you and how much you enjoyed those games. There are of course some neat additions to the formula, and the graphics are quite good and still hold up to this day.

After you've completed a few missions the game starts to get repetitive though, as there's limited buildings and edicts to actually use and once you've seen them all there's little reason to go back and do it again. There's also not really many different ways of approaching your little island paradise, so you find yourself building the same things in the same order once you figure out the best way to make your residents happy and make yourself money too.

Definitely worth a play though, especially if you can get it on sale. And might just scratch that itch for SimCity fans.

70

Great Graphics, Pretty Mediocre Game

Wootus | Dec. 10, 2012 | Review of Metro 2033

This game is a graphical powerhouse. It looks amazing in almost all aspects. The atmosphere is great, very dark and depressing. Very suitable for the setting and really sucks you in.

The story is good but a little bland at times compared to something set in a similar environment like Fallout 3. The gameplay is very linear, you go from A to B basically from one settlement to another through metro tunnels and sewers. Sometimes you go above ground.

The enemies are genuinely scary thanks to the lack of ammo or powerful weapons, but that doesn't save the combat from becoming stale pretty fast. There are some sections where you are required to sneak but those are pretty boring.

It's a good game, not a great one. It's great for testing how powerful your rig is.

80

Excellent Game

Wootus | Dec. 10, 2012 | Review of Battlestations Pacific

This is a unique blend of RTS with Airplane/Warship combat simulator. Although it does neither perfectly, together it is a great WWII pacific theater strategy game that gives some sense of what it was like to be commanding the battles back then. The maps are huge and the missions surprisingly varied considering it's mostly just ocean and small islands.

It's a vast improvement over the previous game; Battlestations Midway but if you didn't like that game you won't find anything different here, it's basically the same game but better. Better graphics, better presentation and the addition of a few new units and gameplay elements.

I like this game a lot, and had great fun playing it, but I'm also a pretty big WWII buff so that definitely had a large part to do with my enjoyment. Those who maybe aren't so into that part of history might find the game lacking.

85

Great Open World City Game.

Wootus | Dec. 9, 2012 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Limited Edition

Think of a mix of Batman Arkham Asylum's Combat With GTA's vast open world and throw in some of Hong Kong cinema's drama, and you have Sleeping Dogs. Living in Hong Kong myself, I can say that the developers have really done their homework. The city feels alive and accurate, with lots of attention to detail. Exploring the city in game feels very much like the real thing here (besides all the triad violence of course.)

The gameplay is a great mix of shooting, martial arts and driving and it never felt like one outweighed the other too much. Although, I personally was hoping for more pistol shootouts like in the demo, and could have done with less "follow that car" quests.

The story is good, but is nothing outstanding. There are a couple of "saw that coming" twists that are groan worthy. The voice-acting on the other hand, is brilliantly done and very believable.

There's lots to do besides the main quest: fight clubs, murder investigations, collectables that increase your move list, and street races. You can even go on dates with some of the female characters, but only one or two times before they apparently disappear completely, which is strange considering you keep in pretty regular contact with almost all the other characters throughout.

The graphics on PC are excellent and there's a great deal of options to tweak to get that perfect performance-to-framerate ratio.

If you enjoy open world action games or just action games in general, you won't be disappointed with this purchase.

75

Not As Much "Max Payne" As A Max Payne Game Should Be.

Wootus | Dec. 8, 2012 | Review of Max Payne 3 DNS

First of all: this game has cutscenes. Many, many cutscenes. The first hour or two are probably made up of about only 20 minutes of actual gameplay. I didn't time it but that's what it felt like. They seem to ease up as the game goes on but they remain consistently frequent throughout.

When the game actually lets you play it though, it's a great action shooter. Bullet time is awesome to behold and the gunplay feels and looks brutal. The addition of a cover mechanic is somewhat disappointing however, as I found I spent way more time hiding behind objects than vaulting over tables and sliding on the floor using bullet dodge. Simply because I'd die doing that. A shame really as that's kind've what Max Payne was all about before, but of course they HAD to add cover cause it's what's expected in games these days. It almost feels as if bullet dodging has been made into a gimmick rather than the method of survival it was in the previous Max Paynes. This IS a different game however, and so as it stands it's still great fun.

One major gripe I had was that the last couple of levels are pretty ridiculous in terms of the amount of enemies there are and how much damage they can take. It can get frustrating at times as it feels like the game is cheating instead of genuinely giving you a challenge through clever level design or AI.

The story is probably the best thing about this game. Everything about it is well done. The writing, the voice acting, the animation; all brilliant. The locations that the story takes you to are also great. Varied and beautifully rendered. Gone are the comic-style panels of the previous games though, which is unfortunate for long time fans such as myself but I suppose if they were included they might have appeared "cheap" by today's standards.

After all is said and done, this is a good game that you will enjoy playing if you liked Max Payne and Max Payne 2, but there are probably better games out right now that you should spend your money on before this one. The campaign took me only 8 hours to complete, and that's with taking my time to look around for the collectibles. There's really no reason to go back and play it through a second time. If you can get it on sale; go for it. Otherwise I'm not sure there's enough on offer here to make it worth paying full price for.