Reviews by afonsobsousa

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GTA: Hong Kong

afonsobsousa | Feb. 17, 2014 | Review of Sleeping Dogs Digital Edition

If you're into open-world games (GTA, Saints Row, etc.) you surely won't be disappointed with Sleeping Dogs.

Pros: + The story is surprisingly good. You play an undercover cop and have to make your way up the triads to basically get their trust and destroy them from the inside. + The main missions are really fun and varied. So are the cop side-missions. + The city is very lively and atmospheric. It's really fun to just drive around. Even further atmospheric are the Cantonese-English voice acting and the Hong-Kong radio stations. + The graphics are gorgeous. Make sure you get the free HD texture pack DLC on Steam. + The combat is really good and is one of the game's most proeminent features. It's similar to the Batman Arkham games, with less gadgets and more environmental kills. Gunplay is present but has a lesser function in the game.

Cons: - The driving is a bit weird, too "arcadey" for my taste. You can however do "action sequences" where you jump from your car to any other car in front of you, allowing you to take it over, which I thought was pretty unique. Couldn't bother with non-essential racing missions. - The radios repeat the same songs too often. Could have had a few more songs in there. But they respect and contribute to the atmosphere of the game so it's alright. - The game itself is a cakewalk. I died very few times. Would have liked a bit more of a challenge.

Game time: about 24 hours.

PS: Get the Nightmare, Zodiac Tournament and Year of the Snake DLCs.

70

A very fun and surprisingly rich experience.

afonsobsousa | Feb. 1, 2014 | Review of Papo & Yo

Papo & Yo is a bit too easy for puzzle fanatics out there, but what it lacks in difficulty it makes up for it in story. Without trying to spoil anything, you are Quico, living in a beautiful, dream-like world with a monster, Papo, who you love very much and keep trying to save. The ending is emotionally touching, but it felt a little bit too obvious, though.

The sound and graphics are lively and dreamy, so despite being simple they fit perfectly in the game world.

There are a couple of annoying glitches though - I got stuck twice between a bridge and a wall and couldn't move and so had to play the whole level 3 times as a result.

Average playtime: about 3 and a half hours.

15

Disappointing it's not included in the main game.

afonsobsousa | Jan. 5, 2014 | Review of Sonic Adventure™ 2: Battle Mode

It's disappointing that a port of a 2001 game has to have separate features sold as DLC. It's OK for what it is - a reasonably fun local two-player battle mode with many new characters that were cut from the single-player mode - but since it was in the Gamecube version, you'd think they'd at least add online multiplayer to make it a worthy purchase in 2012.