Reviews by Xiphora
It has some good contentXiphora | July 4, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V - Civilization and Scenario Pack - Polynesia
The Polynesia Pack provides for a good DLC. The Polynesia civilizations are really fun to play as, as expanding over land and water is very easy with this civilization. The scenario isn't really interesting, but it's the Polynesian civilization that is the selling point of this DLC.
A different style than Season 1Xiphora | July 4, 2013 | Review of The Walking Dead: 400 Days
The Walking Dead: 400 Days is a followup DLC that comes between the Walking Dead's Season 1 and Season 2. It's a single episode, but it follows five different characters, whose stories can be played in any order. The five stories are all considerably short, but they weave together to create a tightly woven episode. 400 Days has improved graphics and animations over Season 1. Although it's a short ride, 400 Days, at only 5 dollars, is a great story worth getting.
Fun but not cheapXiphora | July 2, 2013 | Review of Saints Row: The Third - Nyte Blayde Pack DLC
The Nyte Blade Pack DLC gives players some nice-looking costumes and even nicer looking vehicles. It is, however, quite expensive, so it may not be worth buying.
This DLC is uselessXiphora | July 2, 2013 | Review of Saints Row: The Third - Maximum Pleasure Pack
For $7 (or its equivalent with other countries' currency), the maximum pleasure pack is not worth it. It adds a couple of new weapons, vehicals, and costumes, but this DLC does not have enough content to compromise its hefty price tag.
Not Funtime for your walletXiphora | July 2, 2013 | Review of Saints Row: The Third - Funtime Pack DLC
The Funtime Pack DLC gives very little for $3. While the weapon, vehicle, and costume this DLC provides can be fun to play with, it will last just minutes before this DLC's content becomes uninteresting to many people.
This DLC is not worth the priceXiphora | July 2, 2013 | Review of Saints Row: The Third - Explosive Combat Pack
The Explosive Combat pack adds a single costume and a single weapon, while there are a massive amount of unique and interesting clothes and weapons to collect in the base game. This DLC is poor.
Not worth $3Xiphora | July 2, 2013 | Review of Saints Row: The Third - Bloodsucker Pack DLC
The Bloodsucker Pack asks you to pay money for virtual money, respect, and a single ability. This DLC is definitely not worth its $3 price tag.
Not worth $3Xiphora | July 1, 2013 | Review of Saints Row: The Third - Horror Pack
The Horror Pack DLC adds a couple of costumes to wear, and they are some nice costumes. But to pay $3 for this DLC is not really a smart idea. This DLC just isn't worth its price.
Tons of funXiphora | July 1, 2013 | Review of Saints Row: The Third
Like Saints Row 2 was to the original Saints Row, Saints Row: The Third is vastly different from Saints Row 2. How? It's just a lot more wacky, crazy, and ridiculous. Saints Row: The Third throws away and deep storytelling that was in the first two Saints Row games, and gives players an absolutely hilarious and silly story. The gameplay of Saints Row: The Third is a lot of fun. There are tons of ridiculous weapons, cars, and clothes to collect, and the setting of Steelport is yours to play around in. There is a lot more upgrading and rpg elements in this game than the previous Saints Rows, and that gives Saints Row: The Third a greater sense of progression. Saints Row: The Third is the funniest, most ridiculous open world sandbox game that you'll play in a long time. If you want to have pure fun, then get Saints Row: The Third.
Fun, but not really worth the priceXiphora | July 1, 2013 | Review of Saints Row The Third - Genkibowl VII
Saints Row: The Third was a very fun and hilarious experience. While the Genkibowl VII DLC is certainly more fun and comedy, but it is extremely short and lacking. Genkibowl VII has only one to two hours of content, and poor unlockables that players will only spend minutes toying with. Genkibowl VII has no story, so it's missing some of the fun and humor that Saints Row: The Third's story had. However, Genkibowl VII still has over-the-top action and scenarios. The biggest flaw to this DLC is its price. Such a short DLC is by no means worth $7. If you are absolutely craving for more Saints Row, then pick up Genkibowl VII, but all others can pass on this DLC.
Absolute crazy funXiphora | July 1, 2013 | Review of Saints Row 2
Saints Row 2 is a very good open world game. Its setting of the city of Stilwater is large and takes players hours upon hours to explore. Saints Row 2's story and side activities are also fun and put players in hilarious and crazy scenarios. On top of its over-the-top moments, Saints Row 2 has an impressive story with some very dramatic moments. Saints Row 2 has a lot to offer. It has lots of different weapons, crazy fast driving, a lot of side activities to do, a good 20 hour story, and a huge, interesting world to explore. Whether your a fan of open world or sandbox games, humor, over-the-top action, or dark storytelling like in Grand Theft Auto, you'll want to consider picking up Saints Row 2.
An awesome bundleXiphora | July 1, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 and Season Pass
Borderlands 2 is one of the funnest and funniest games released in the past few years. It boasts a great story, clever dialogue, great rpg elements, satisfying first person shooter gameplay, unique graphics, and interesting settings. Borderlands 2's season pass, which contains 4 additional DLC stories, only adds to Borderlands 2's great experience. The first three DLC's. Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, and Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, provide fun stories, additional hours of Borderlands 2 fun, and a lot of loot for your character. The fourth DLC, Tiny Tinay's Assault on Dragon's Keep, is the star of Borderlands 2's DLC, with fascinating settings, hilarious dialogue and story, and creative presentation and levels. Borderlands 2 and its Season Pass are both great buys for anyone who appreciates humor, story, role playing, and shooting in games.
Not really a survival horror gameXiphora | July 1, 2013 | Review of Resident Evil 6
If you played several Resident Evil games, it's evident that the franchise has changed greatly. Originally the definitive survival horror game franchise, the Resident Evil series has become a shooter and action-oriented game, not a slow paced horror adventure. This is especially demonstrated with Resident Evil 6. Resident Evil 6 is by no means a bad game, but it is no longer a survival horror game. I can recommend Resident Evil 6 to any fan of shooters and action games, but many old survivial horror fans may dislike the direction in which Resident Evil 6 headed in. Resident Evil 6 has a beefy single player which put players in control of multiple characters with different campaigns and different playstyles. Almost all of Resident Evil 6's gameplay is very good, and its story isn't bad either. Resident Evil 6 is a great action game, but may not be for hardcore survival horror fans or the original fans of the Resident Evil series.
Mediocre at bestXiphora | July 1, 2013 | Review of Star Trek (NA)
There's really nothing great about Star Trek. The campaign is lacking, and the graphics are old. The whole game feels like it was poorly put together. The co-op is poor, and the bugs are outrageous. Star Trek may be a great movie and tv franchise, but this game is nothing to write home about.
Great Survival Horror Game!Xiphora | July 1, 2013 | Review of Killing Floor
Killing Floor is a great game. It has its scares, difficult gameplay, nice graphics, awesome enemies, different game modes, and cool maps. To add to such a complete game, co-op is one of Killing Floor's highlights. Killing Floor is something to consider if you like horror games or shooters.
The Greatest Hitman and a Great Stealth GameXiphora | June 11, 2013 | Review of Hitman: Blood Money
Hitman: Blood Money is the best game in the Hitman series. It refines the traditional Hitman experience with better graphics, great open-ended levels, rewarding kills, and excellent stealth mechanics. Missions feauture very large maps that allow for many ways to complete objectives. You feel like Agent 47, powerful, sneaky, and clever. Hitman: Blood Money is an impressive stealth game that takes its franchise to new heights.
Great Story, Great GameXiphora | June 11, 2013 | Review of To The Moon
To The Moon is a great game. It's driving force is its compelling, emotional, and well though out story. The story really well paced, and is accompanied by an extraordinary soundtrack that throws you into the story. There isn't much outside the narrative; combat and exploration is nothing special, and neither are the graphics. But that isn't what To The Moon's about. It's the extremely well told story, that will leave many feeling very emotional. It's a four hour adventure, but it's one of the best four hours of any story.
Better than its predecessor, and an impressive game on its ownXiphora | June 11, 2013 | Review of Metro: Last Light
Metro: Last Light nails so many aspects of a game. It has gorgeous visuals with gorgeous lighting and gorgeous textures. It has very fun first person shooter gameplay, in which you can play in the way you want; you can play it stealthily, run and gun, or play tactically and plan your actions carefully. The game has a very good story and very interesting characters. This game is incredibly detailed. Metro: Last Light will blow your expectations away if you played Metro 2033, and will satisfy you even if you haven't.
Brutally BrilliantXiphora | June 11, 2013 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)
Dark Souls, the spiritual successor to 2009's Demon's Souls, is a very difficult RPG, just like Demon's Souls. The game runs very smoothly, has gorgeous lighting, has terrifying and spectacular enemies and bosses, and has a satisfying combat system. Players will die a lot in this game, but when they progress, they will be very satisfied. Playing with keyboard and mouse, Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition has wonky controls that can be at times fustrating, so I recommend using a gamepad. Other than that, players will have a very good time playing a very good game.
You're in for a rough but satisfying experienceXiphora | May 11, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy
It's undeniable that Super Meat Boy is one of the most difficult platformers on the market right now. But it's difficluty is the staple of the game. Super Meat Boy is all about trial and error, and repeating each level until you can nail i8t perfectly. Its difficulty drives a persistent player to play hours on end, and it does become very addicting once your dead set on completing some levels. You will probably rage, but completing every level is very satisfying. To know that you pushed through and persisted to the end is Super Meat Boy's greatest reward. And it VERY rewarding.
Extreme FunXiphora | May 11, 2013 | Review of Magicka
Magicka is a very well realized game. It's got hilarious dialogue, hilarious satire stories, super fun co-op and multiplayer, and a combat system that's pure joy to play with. The only thing holding Magicka back is its bugs and weird control scheme. Magicka has had multiple patches to fix bugs, and its multiplayer is now completely playable. I've experiences four or so crashes in a month, and some multiplayer timeouts, so it's safe to say that Magicka isn't perfectly polished. The control system of combining magical elements is also a bit clunky once you're mixing with eight keys, and it can sometimes be tedious if you're spamming a spell. However, the bugs and control scheme can't take away Magicka's humor and addictive combat. It's a highly encouraged buy.
UniqueXiphora | March 1, 2013 | Review of Mirror's Edge (NA)
Mirror's Edge is a game largely based on free-running, which allows for a unique gaming experience because of its gameplay as a fast-paced first person parkour game. Mirror's Edge running mechanics are very simply but hard to nail, and its combat mechanics are mostly hand to hand, with few usage of guns. Mirror's Edge is a very special game, and while some may hope for it to be an open world running adventure, still delivers solid gameplay.
Truly one of empires of the strategy genreXiphora | Feb. 28, 2013 | Review of Empire: Total War
Empire: Total War is a more recent installment to Creative Assembly's flagship strategy franchise, Total War. Empire: Total War has vastly upgraded graphics compared to earlier games in the series, and includes sea battles, which helps complete the Total War formula. Empire: Total War is an innovative strategy game that makes many improvements over its predecessors, and is a fine installment to the Total War franchise. If you enjoy turn based or real time strategy games, Empire: Total War is a game to consider buying.
Very entertaining experienceXiphora | Feb. 28, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 2 Complete Collection (NA)
Battlefield 2 doesn't do anything new to the sprawling multiplayer fps genre, but it serves the original formula of fps' very well. Battlefield 2, with all its contents in one package, makes up for ten to hundreds of hours of fun, whether on the short but sweet singleplayer or the excellent multiplayer. The Battlefield 2 Complete Edition is one of the most fun multiplayer shooters you'll find today.
An excellent gameXiphora | Feb. 28, 2013 | Review of Dead Space 2 (NA)
Dead Space 2 does the horror genre so much good. It has genuine scares and is one of the most immersive experiences that you'll find in the past couple of years. The creepy soundtrack and better graphics help add to one of the best examples of the horror genre in recent times.
Solid sequel, but underwhelms compared to its predecessorsXiphora | Feb. 28, 2013 | Review of Dead Space 3 (NA)
Yes, Dead Space 3 is a good game. There is more customization in this entry of the Dead Space series, and Dead Space 3 is a lot more action oriented than its predecessors. However, I felt like Dead Space 3 gave up a lot of the scares and tension that the first two Dead Space games proudly showcased. With such a focus on action this time around, it's easy to brush off a scare by simply spraying your weapons at the enemies. Dead Space 3 is a good game on its own, but don't expect the horror that the Dead Space franchise boasts.
Forge, a magnificent experience with some flawsXiphora | Feb. 27, 2013 | Review of Forge
Forge is an MMO fantasy game with some shooter and rpgs elements blended. It doesn't do anything new, but for the most part Forge is still an enjoyable experience. It's really addicting. Being an indie title, Forge is a marvel to play, the amount of work put into it is very noticeable with its fleshed out environments and solid gameplay. Past the environments and fun multiplayer shooter/rpg gameplay, Forge has little more to offer, and that's where other prominent MMOs outshine it. Forge doesn't bring anything new to the tables, so it may end up being any other MMO in the long run. But at the very low single payment of $20, Forge is a fabulous bargain.
An awesome finish to a beloved trilogyXiphora | Feb. 27, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 3 (NA)
Mass Effect 3 is the last chronicle of Commander Shepard's journey, and it was one awesome conclusion of the Bioware's critically acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy. Improving on the already polished shooting mechanics of Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 takes the shooter element of the Mass Effect series further by continuing to polish the shooting mechanics, while also blending in the RPG elements of the Mass Effect series. The ending may be bashed upon, and to many it was a letdown, but don't let the ending be the reason you don't buy Mass Effect 3. Everything before it will be an absolutely engaging experience, which wraps up many plots that were established in the two previous Mass Effect games. If you've been on Commander Shepard's journey so far, conclude it with Mass Effect 3, which is an enjoyable game and a worthy ending to the Mass Effect trilogy.
Awesome gameplay and graphicsXiphora | Feb. 27, 2013 | Review of Crysis 3 (NA)
The Crysis series has been known to be the pinnacle of fps graphics and innovation. The Crysis formula - a gorgeous shooter with different approaches to missions returns once again, with spectacular fashion. The graphics are incredible and once again proves itself as the benchmark of visuals. The gameplay embraces the different approaces to missions - with different physical "modes" to activate, players will often play stealthy at one point, and at another point may run down the jungle of New York, gunning down everything in sight. Crysis 3 is a pleasure to play, and will likely entertain you during its sweet ride.
An all-around epic gameXiphora | Feb. 27, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 2 (NA)
Mass Effect 2 is the my favorite game in the Mass Effect series, and for good reason. Mass Effect was already a great game, but Mass Effect 2 tweaked and changed all the bad things about the spectacular first installment of the trilogy. And what was the result of one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2010? An absolute masterpiece. Mass Effect 2 took Mass Effect's third person shooter/rpg formula and changed some of the mechanics of the first game. Hacking, elevator rides, and repetitive missions were thrown out or improved. The graphics got a very nice improvement. Mass Effect 2 created an astonishingly effective shooting focused combat system, along with making the missions non-repetitive. Mass Effect 2 also comes with a great story to tell, a signature element of Bioware's. Also, many new squad members are added, and some return and are improved. The sheer number of squad members this time around is very impressive. With so many improvements that Mass Effect 2 showcased, it's not just a worthy sequel to the already spectacular first installment of the Mass Effect trilogy, but proves to succeeds the original Mass Effect entirely. Mass Effect is a powerful adventure that will be remembered as the pinnacle of games for many years to come.
SpectacularXiphora | Feb. 20, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect (NA)
Mass Effect is possibly my favorite game series of all time. I consider it the Star Wars of games. Why? It has everything a good game has. Gorgeous presentation, enjoyable gameplay, and most of all, one of the best stories you'll find in a video game. Your choices really add up, and you'll be regretting something by the time you finish this 20-30 hour game. The film-like cinematics is perfectly executed, and the blooming settings creates a very noticeable atmosphere. Mass Effect is all about Earth as the new kid in town, and shows Commander Shepard as the representative. The amount of customization is ample enough, and your character is personal to only you. Everyone plays Mass Effect in a different way, which creates great replay values. The only drawback to Mass Effect is the bugs, which do appear frequently. But the bugs shouldn't hold back such a great gaming experience. If you haven't played the Mass Effect series, play it now. The Mass Effect series is a masterpiece, and the first Mass Effect is the gem that started it.
Will blow you awayXiphora | Feb. 20, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V
The Civilization series one of, if not the best strategy game franchises of all time. With Civilization III and Civilization IV being hailed by critics, Civilization V was hard pressed to deliver the great experience that hordes of devoted fans were waiting for. And it did deliver, in spectacular fashion. Civilization V improved the mechanics of the Civilization formula. Not counting a couple of bugs and certain mechanics that were wiped/changed for the worse, Civilization is a fantastic game that lives up to its predecessors. This game is simply a joy to play.
Really addicting game, it's going to chew time awayXiphora | Feb. 14, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2
This game is magnificent. The varied settings, gameplay, and tons of contents is really the stars in this game. The story is dry, but then again, this is a sandbox game with no intention to create a compelling story. There's just so much things to do in this game, and it's so over the top that every minute playing Just Cause 2 is enjoyable. Buy this game and do yourself a great service.
Great Idea, Mediocre GameplayXiphora | Feb. 14, 2013 | Review of Dead Island: Game of the Year (v1)
Dead Island is quite the adventure. It's really addicting, and it creates that sort of atmosphere that you would normally see in a top notch game like Bioshock. The whole game's presentation is beautiful. On top of it all, it's an open world zombie game with RPG elements. I spent hours after hours in this addicting game. However, Dead Island has plenty room for improvement, mainly gameplay. The major emphasis on melee weapons is a great idea, and Dead Island definitely pulled it off. But the whole fighting mechanics brings down the enjoyable RPG elements that leaves the game dry for me. Overall Dead Island is a great experience, but I expect more from its upcoming sequel.