Reviews by acard87

90

The best basketball game available

acard87 | Nov. 25, 2012 | Review of NBA 2K13 dns

NBA 2k13 simply takes everything its predecessors had and adds more. The graphics are amazing, with players that look like they're real and an incredible attention to the details. The controls are excellent, easy enough to allow the player to get to know the basics really quickly, but with a lot of advanced combos that will let more experienced players to really control the game, with an infinity of different moves and shots. There are many game modes that span from single match to NBA champioship, but personally what I like most in this game is the single player career, in which you create your own player and you control only him, following his growth and becoming a NBA legend and giving him a trademark style by assigning him signature skills: for the care of every detail during and after the match, with press conferences and fans reactions to the game, it almost feels like you really are an NBA player. NBA 2k13 is recommended to anyone: if you like NBA, you'll loveit, and if you're not a fan of basketball there's a chance you'll become one playing this game.

95

One of the best games ever made

acard87 | Oct. 21, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition DNS

It's hard to say if this game is more a role playing game or a first person shooter. Deus Ex is a game unique in its kind, that mixed perfectly elements taken from both: you shoot enemies in first person visual, but you also have to improve your skills as you go on through the game, and the skills you decide to improve alter your character's style of play, always leading to new playing experiences with every playthrough.

The game is set in the future, in a cyberpunk world with a very dark atmosphere in which you will find yourself involved in a world-scale conspiracy and you'll have to investigate and fight for your survival. The story is a main point of strength of this game, with an umpredictable story that has a couple of plot turns that depend only on the way you played the game until that point.

The game is technically outdated now, but its graphics remain pleasant and the control system, even if it may be hard to master at first, quickly becomes natural. Three different endings and different possible character developments guarantee the game some replayability factor, but the single playthrough is pretty long and challenging too.

90

A hidden masterpiece

acard87 | Oct. 21, 2012 | Review of Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good & Evil is one of those games that get overlooked by the public for no particular reason, despite their superb quality.

You play as the reporter Jade, on the planet Hillys, oppressed by the alien race Domz, that constantly bombards the planet and abducts its inhabitants, as she gets involved with the Iris Network, a rebel association who suspects that Hyllis government is controlled by the domz themselves.

Even though it is a classic action game, BG&E's gameplay is varied and never boring, including stealth missions and sections in wich you'll have to take photographs as proof of what's going on on Hyllis.

BG&E is a short game and not a particularly difficult one to complete, but it surely is a little gem that is hard to forget and will guarantee fun from the first to the last scene.

86

The real drug for football fans

acard87 | Oct. 21, 2012 | Review of Football Manager 2012

I have played many different editions of Football Manager over the years, and I have to say this is the best yet. The concept of the game is the same as always: you take the part of a manager for a football club (either of your choosing or assigned by the game) and you have to control every aspect of the club, from the lineup of your team to the contracts to the selection of staff assignments, to reach the goals your board sets and to win as much titles as you can.

During matches, you can choose to follow the written description of the actions, with detailed statistics of the match, or you can watch its representation in 3d (no Fifa graphics here, though); in both cases, you'll have to be quick to react to the match and edit the team strategy to bring home the victory.

The strength of FM is, as every year, the depth of its database, that includes an incredible amount of players and staff from every league of over 20 nations, and that is able to predict who will become the next top player. This is a must have game for every football fan who wants to try to be a manager, and who dreams of seeing his team winning the Champions League.

96

A must play

acard87 | Oct. 21, 2012 | Review of BioShock DNS

Bioshock is hands down one of the best games I've played in the last years, if not the best. It is a first person shooter with some elements mutuated from role playing games, such as the abilities to be improved as the game progresses, and from survival horrors, with dark settings.

The action takes place in the city of Rapture, a former utopian city built under the ocean by a visionary and turned into a dystopian nightmare over the years: you play as a man whose plane crashes in the middle of the sea, finds the entrance to Rapture and then has to find a way to escape from the city and from its horrors. As the game progresses the player can use not only ordinary weapons like pistols and shotguns, but also mutant powers like shooting fire or electricity from his hands, inheritance of the mad sience that brought Rapture from being a dream city to a nightmare.

The storyline is extremely beautiful and deep, touching subjects like philosophy and morality and presenting various plot turns without being predictable. I recommend this enriching experience to everyone, and I advice you to play Bioshock without rushing through it, discovering the secrets of Rapture and unfolding its story even beyond the main plot.

90

A good way to start

acard87 | Oct. 21, 2012 | Review of Sid Meier's CivilizationĀ® V - Game of the Year Edition

In my personal experience, Civ V is an amazing game, it impressed me on every level: it is graphically beautiful, it offers a well structured and realistic simulation of the rise of an empire, and it is really addictive in the whole process.

The game gives you the possibility to start a new nation, choosing from a list of civilizations that can be expanded through the dlcs: in the beginning it will consist of only a city with the land around it, with rudimental technologies, but as you progress with your game you will have the possibility to expand, exploring the world around you, building new cities and scientifically and culturally advance.

What I like about this game is that the history of your empire can change dramatically based on your style of play and your interactions with other civilizations: you can be the belligerant guy who declares war to everyone and annexes conquered ities, or you can try to bring peace to the world with trades and diplomatic treaties, you can spend your wealth on scientifical improvements, giving you all the best technologies, or you can focus on culture and building impressive monuments, and so on.

A plus, in my pinion, is that while being a complex game, it's not unaccessible by new users: after completing the tutorials and a game on the easiest diffiulty, anyone can get the hang of it.

80

Good game, great experience

acard87 | Oct. 21, 2012 | Review of Mafia II dns

Mafia II is the sequel of Mafia: City of lost Heaven, and it takes all of its ingredients: it mixes an intriguing story with an immersive city to explore and an excellent driving simulation.

The game covers the adventures of Vito and Joe, two guys who start their "career" as mafia gangsters under the protection of the city's padrinos, with a couple of well studied unexpected turns. To unfold the story you'll have to explore and drive through the street of Empire Bay, a well represented city that feels almost alive for its realism.

The game is a classic third person shooter and it is actually easy, many parts of the story consisting in just driving from one place to another (but you'll never get tired of driving through the city, it's a really bueautiful simulation), but the game lasted more than I expected (almost 20 hours on the first playthrough, but trying to experiene the game at best and with no haste).

The thing I really liked was the effort of the developers to correctly recreate the atmosphere of a USA's '40s-'50s city: everything from clothing, music, city architecture and cars feels right and this results in total immersion in the game for the player.

If you loved Mafia 1 or if you are a fan of crime movies, then seriously consider purchasing this game, you'll love it.