Reviews by Zirun


Solid dwarven action with great variety

Zirun | Aug. 4, 2012 | Review of Dwarfs!?

First, the bad: This game has crashed on me once. Its graphics aren't as amazing as Crysis 2. The story isn't as good as a classic like Chrono Tigger.

But that's not what we're playing Dwarfs!? for! This is a great mix of action and strategy. It combines the excavation and discovery elements of games like Dig-Dug and Motherload with the oftentimes frenetic action that's normally only found in the RTS genre, and does it in a great manner.

The challenge of micromanaging these little dwarves is immense, and can at times be nearly impossible (especially in the mode that features an endless stream of dwarves for you to watch over as long as possible, or at the end of a long game when you have dwarves in every corner of the earth), but that's part of the fun. Trying to keep your dwarves alive, secure objectives, kill enemies, and expand your bases, all while trying to do as little as possible, may not sound like the most fun in the world, but when an hour disappears from your life watching the little guys live and die, it's hard to not enjoy it.

There's also a great amount of variety in the game's simple mechanics. Despite there only being 2 hazards and a small handful of enemies, the random nature of the levels and several modes add a lot of gameplay and replay value.


Better than The Legend, but still flawed

Zirun | July 30, 2012 | Review of Kings Bounty Armored Princess [Playfire]

This game is undoubtedly better than the previous, King's Bounty: The Legend. The aforementioned game was a solid one in its own right; it lacked some features and had some issues, but it was a generally fun experience in the vein of Heroes of Might and Magic.

Now we come to King's Bounty: Armored Princess. An all new story, though it is easy to forget given how long it can take to get from one story element to the next. New features, better graphics, new items, new spells. All good, right?

Not quite. My main problem with Armored Princess is the problems that were present in The Legend that weren't even improved upon in this game. Things like a constant time-wasting journey between where the enemies are and where you get your troops from. It adds nothing to the game (compared to a Heroes of Might and Magic game, where troop replenishing is a part of the overall strategy one uses to win the game), and yet there are no rally points for troop hiring or anything of the sort; you have to remember and go to each place where your 5-7 troop types are found whenever you want more of them. These and other things (like the sometimes atrocious pathing) can really hurt the experience.

Ultimately, King's Bounty: Armored Princess is a good game. Just be warned, though, that you will spend a lot of time backtracking and trying to click on the right places to make your character more. It could be a deal-breaker for some that it has these problems, but for those who can live with those and other issues like them, Armored Princess is a great Heroes of Might and Magic-like RPG.


Great, but lacking in RPG elements

Zirun | July 24, 2012 | Review of Mass Effect 2 (NA) dns

Mass Effect 2 is a great game, which is to be expected from Bioware. The story is top notch as usual, the characters and their interactions are wonderful, and the settings are dazzling.

All together, it makes a great story- and character-based shooter. But it's not so much an RPG in the traditional sense, for it's severely lacking in customization options (only a handful of weapons and abilities per class) and what's there doesn't let one differentiate their Shepard from others. Sure, you could be somewhat better with sniper rifles, but there aren't any "Hey, I can do this and YOU CAN'T!" things like class-based special abilities or pinnacle feats that only the best in a certain weapon or combat type can use.

That's not to say that ME2 is bad in any way; it simply caters to a somewhat different audience that other Bioware (or ME) offerings. I'd almost call it "FPS player's first RPG" if it didn't have such a deep story. It's very much worth playing for any RPG player who doesn't mind traditional RPG gameplay elements taking a backseat.