Reviews by actionjohnson

79

A good sequel to an incredible game.

actionjohnson | Feb. 22, 2013 | Review of BioShock® 2

Bioshock 2 is the continuation of it's predecessors story though is for the most part disconnected. A new force has taken leadership in the now totally destroyed Rapture, with different laws and principles. The gameplay is largely the same, with a few key differences. It puts you in control of a prototype big daddy, smaller and faster than the others, but still capable of dealing some serious damage. As a big daddy, protecting the little sisters is a major part of the game, you will shoot many splicers while the little sister works defenselessly for you. There is still the moral choice to help the little sisters or harm them however, as well as new moral choices. The problem with these though is it's sometimes unclear as to which is the good choice and which is the bad one, there were a couple times when the game labeled me as evil when I was doing what I thought was right. This would be okay if the game didn't tally you on a black and white morality system. Overall Bioshock 2 is a good game, and is a lot of fun, though it never lives up to the feeling of the first.

95

A gorgeous, entrancing, terrifying shooter.

actionjohnson | Feb. 22, 2013 | Review of BioShock (RoW)

Bioshock is a rare breed. It's one of very few games that will entrance you so deeply into it's world that leaving it for so much as grabbing water is difficult transition. Bioshock crash lands you into this mysterious underwater civilization called Rapture. This is really all you should know before going into it, because the less you know going into it, the more you will get out of the mystery of it all. In basic, it is one of the most immersive, incredible worlds in modern fiction. The combat mechanics are a lot of fun, mixing shooting with magic called Plasmids. It allows for constant diversity and endless ways to go about any situation, and it's all hugely satisfying. Bioshock is a classic, one of the greatest games of it's generation, and is something that should be experienced by everyone.

76

Sometimes incredible, othertimes long and tedious.

actionjohnson | Feb. 14, 2013 | Review of Max Payne 3: Complete Pack

Max Payne 3 is a good game, which is weird to say because half the game includes some of the best action you can find. It's the other half that weighs the game down, it's never bad per se, but when you got from diving through a dub step laden night club as shooting from helicopters to walking through streets shooting for an hour it can be a very uneven experience. The shooting mechanics are a bit odd too, the game makes any gun feel powerful, even popping a guy in the head with one bullet from an automatic will kill him, as it should. However everywhere else on the body gets really confusing as to what will kill someone or what will let them just keep getting back up. As far as I can tell body shots do medium amounts of damage, they'll survive more than they realistically should often times but it still works, but anything below the torso is totally ineffectual. I encountered a guy who I had knocked to the ground, only the lower half of his body was out of cover so I kept shooting him there, I used almost my entire clip of ammo before I just ran up and shot him in the head to kill him. The bullet time segments in the game are completely awesome though, this is the first game I've encountered that puts an actual bullet wound wherever on the head you shoot. It's visceral and it's awesome. Like I said, Max Payne 3 is a good game, it's just weirdly uneven at times with both it's shooting and it's experience.

82

An epic expansion to one of the best RPG's of the decade.

actionjohnson | Feb. 14, 2013 | Review of Dragon Age: Origins Awakening (NA)

Dragon Age Awakening takes place after the events of Origins and continues your characters story where it was left off. Because of the conclusive nature of the original game, starting in the expansion to find everything you fixed fallen apart again is a little bit disheartening but it's easy to let go. Awakening features an almost entirely new cast of characters, and while some of them might not be as interesting as fan favorites such as Morrigan or Zevran, but they still make for good inclusions to keep the game feeling fresh. The storyline isn't as well told as Origins, nor does it have the same level of gravity, but it's still miles beyond it's competitors. It's a story that is easy to get lost in and the choices it forces you to make feel heavy as ever. Though there are missteps with the story and characters, Awakening is a great addition to Dragon Age and will excite any fan of the game return to Ferelden one more time.

70

An old school beat-em-up style zombie survival game.

actionjohnson | Feb. 11, 2013 | Review of Dead Pixels

Dead Pixels is a combination of several different styles of game, it's a shooter crossed with beat-em-up controls and spiced up with hordes of zombies. There are multiple game modes ranging from an adventure type mode to a survive as long as possible one. The main mode of the game has your character trying to make it along the zombie filled roads to reach a safe haven. Along the way you will fend off zombies, collect increasingly powerful weapons, upgrade your character, and attempt to survive as the concentration of zombies steadily grows. The gameplay is a lot of fun, it creates a nice sense of tension as you stock up on supplies and straggle hopelessly trying to find a shop to fill up your empty gun with ammo. At the cheap price of three dollars it's well worth a purchase.

80

A subtle expansion that highlights immersion.

actionjohnson | Feb. 6, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3: Seasons (NA)

Sims 3 Seasons isn't so much an expansion to Sims 3 as it is a makeover to the feel and mood of the game. While it does not add any drastic changes to the Sims 3 formula, no new careers or cities, what it does is compliment everything Sims 3 already did making it much more immersive and fun. As said in it's title, seasons are added, this can mean summer heat waves, rain, or snow storms. All of these present new and unique opportunities for your sims to engage in. For example, on a snowy day you will see your sims eyes light up as they look out the window and see the first flakes of snow fall, and then can have all kinds of fun outside playing in it. Sims 3 Seasons won't shake the sims world, but it does make it much more enchanting and fun.

90

Creating the life you never knew you wanted.

actionjohnson | Feb. 5, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3 (NA)

The Sims 3 culminates the lessons learned from the previous games and creates an experience so charming and fun that you'll likely suffer damage to your real social life as you build one in game. You begin the game just as with the other games in the series, create a character or family, build a home to live in, and start living their life. However it's the vast amount of things to do and how easy it is to do them that truly makes it great. With a full town to explore just by leaving your front door there is all kinds of things to do, find a career, run around spouting your conspiracy theories at people, or stay indoors and support your characters crippling agoraphobia. However, the game is only as fun as you make it, if you don't find interest in living a fake life then The Sims 3 is probably not for you. But if you do enjoy that possibility and have all kinds of ideas of crazy things to do, then you will most likely find it really easy to get lost in the game for days.

75

An epic if somewhat tedious adventure.

actionjohnson | Feb. 5, 2013 | Review of Dragon Age 2 (NA)

Dragon Age 2 is a very fun action RPG. I say "action" because while the first Dragon Age was a more traditional dungeons and dragons style RPG, this game is much more fast paced and revolving around button mashing. That's not to say it can't be played more traditionally, it just holds more focus towards the fast paced play style. Luckily the combat is fun and engaging, and the game has a really simple quest structure which lets you constantly be going through missions without having to so much as enter your quest log. It does feel dumbed down for this reason at times, and I often forgot what I was doing or why, but it fit the game nicely. However, this does begin to become a grind after about 10 hours or so and the game is quite lengthy. But the story is interesting and so are the characters. It's fun, it just gets tiresome after a point.