Reviews by adiron

91

Hard. So hard.

adiron | May 26, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy

Jumping, sliding, running and all those platformer stereotypes. Think you've seen them all? So you think that since Mario you can beat just about any platformer without so much as batting a smug eyelash? Let's see how well you perform here.

Super Meat Boy excels where many other games underperform: in presenting a solid challenge to the toughest of gamers. It does this not by seeming cruel and unfair, but by demanding a well choreographed run of every level. This comes very naturally in fact, with its wonderfully fluid controls which are dead simple.

This is not a game you finish in an afternoon. This is something to savor over a period of time, alternating between nursing your broken ego, finishing a level, celebrating, and then crying in a corner over how terrible of a player you are.

I would recommend you give this game to kids aged eleven or so. I bought this game as a Christmas present for my little brother and watching him go through these cycles of frustration and bliss has been remarkably amusing.

66

Good, but not a masterpiece.

adiron | May 26, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Limited Edition

It's tempting to compare the fighting to Arkham City, and the driving to GTA and so on, but that would be positively cruel to said games, in that, Sleeping Dogs is... "good", but not really on their level. It is fun. It is entertaining. But it is far from a masterpiece.

Hong Kong is beautifully modeled in the game, and the scenery is wonderfully done. I don't know how close it is to the real thing, never having been there, but to me as an outsider it feels authentic enough.

All this wonderful level design does not make up for the shortcomings of the story, which is cheesy and somehwat melodramatic in parts, while engaging in others, it was over before I could attach myself to any character in particular.

Note that the controls are definitely not mouse/keyboard optimized to the point of annoyance. If you want to play this game, do yourself a favor and use a controller. I bet it's possible to play without one, but this is a somewhat mediocre PC port and you it can be annoying.

Beating people up gets repetitive real fast. You can generally use the same old moves over and over and finish the game that way. Not so great.

Get it if you're looking for a "disposable game" to kill a few hours.

90

Absolutely addictive

adiron | May 26, 2013 | Review of Crusader Kings II

An absolutely wonderful game in every respect. Like other paradox games, it offers immense depth and a sometimes strange learning curve - but don't be put off by this, as it is always rewarding.

The interface has been vastly improved compared to EU3, and not only does it look better, it is more usable.

CKII's "personal touch", i.e. dealing with one dynasty rather than an entire "state" gives micromanagement an entirely new twist, as diplomacy gets personal.

I recommend this to anyone who has even the slightest interest in the genre.