Reviews by Zchinque

71

Wonderful setting, but too repetitive.

Zchinque | April 13, 2011 | Review of Assassins Creed

Assassin's Creed at it's best is a mixture of beautifully fluent free-running and swift, silent assassinations. At it's worst, it is a repetitive chore of uninteresting sword fights where all you do is hold the block button, and wait for an opportunity to counter attack.

The biggest problem with the game is that the worst parts are the most prominent when you go through the missions to advance the story, while the free running is usually better if you just run around and stab random guards for kicks.

If you can stand the repetitive parts of the game, you are in for a treat, as the game shows some real potential. However, it does not fulfill that potential, and for many players the glimmers of greatness will fail to overcome the rather average parts.

92

A must-have for any football fan!

Zchinque | April 7, 2011 | Review of Football Manager 2011

Football Manager 2011 is the best game in the series so far. It's that simple, really.

The game is deeper and bigger than ever. There are new expanded options in training and interacting with your players. Agents will pester you in an effort to get you to sign their players. The set-piece creator makes it easy for you to design your own set-piece instructions. There's not much radically new here, but there have been made tons and tons of minor improvements. Players of previous Football Manager games will feel right at home.

This years edition seems to be quite a bit easier than the last few installments, which can be good or bad, depending on your viewpoint. It does however make the game more friendly to newcomers than it's been in several years. As the assistant manager is also more helpful than ever, Football Manager 2011 is the perfect opportunity to take the reins of your favourite club.

I have only two, very minor, gripes with the game. First, the interaction with the media is still pretty boring after your first couple of press conferences. You still get typically the same 20 questions, and still have the same five uninteresting answers. Second, the 3D match engine still looks very stiff, and the game doesn't flow in the same way a real football match does. These are however very minor gripes, and should not keep you from picking up this great game!

60

Not as good as it's predecessors

Zchinque | April 5, 2011 | Review of Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon DNS

Me and George have been through many adventures together - we've escaped from hired killers in Syria, crashed a movieshoot, and saver the world on at least a couple of occasions. Now, after the third game, we've pushed crates. We've pushed crates in Scotland, Paris, and the Congo. Okay, there are some puzzles that aren't about crates, but they too are mostly uninteresting and by the book.

The graphics were good then, and still hold up okay today. However, the controls are pretty horrible. Since you can't control the camera and you control your characters with the arrow keys, it can at times be very hard to move them where you want without running into every wall you come across.

The story is good - most of the time. But the dialogue was at times painful - ham-fisted jokes often delivered with no sense of timing.

I am very fond of the two first games in the Broken Sword franchise, but the third game fails to live up to their quality. It might have taken the adventure genre into the third dimension, but it also took the quality a big step backwards.