Reviews by alexxkkapricorn

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Who's your Daddy? Well, better ask: "who's your Sister?"...

alexxkkapricorn | March 2, 2013 | Review of BioShock® 2

Just the thought of getting back to Rapture is enough for you to decide to play Bioshock 2.

Both the shady and depressive atmosphere, as well as the amazing shooting mechanics are back this time! Not as gloriously as in the first game of the series, but you are very likely to feel rewarded as you play the adventure.

Just like it's predecessor, Bioshock 2 is a game that is based on a very nice shooting mechanic, as you do get to use some very nice weapons, at the same time as you get to use your awesome plasmid abilities, allowing you to set your enemies on fire, shocking them and several other possibilities.

Important to say that, this time, you play as one of the fearless - and terrifying - Big Daddy! But don't get your hopes up just like that: the game is still going to present you a worthy challenge; their names: Big Sister!

Just as powerful as a Big Daddy, but extremely faster and more acrobatic, each Big Sister encounter is very likely to keep you tense, as you try to think your ways out of the fight victorious!

Summing up, the game is great. It'll give you the same drab atmosphere as the previous, with very nice gameplay and awesome controls, and, most of all, a great challenge with the new and slim-killer enemies: the Big Sisters!

85

Wide sandbox action!

alexxkkapricorn | March 2, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Digital - Ultimate Bundle

Well... let's see the facts.

On Sleeping Dogs, you do get to play as an undercover cop, trying to find your way into one of the many branches of the Chinese Triad. You do that, by accomplishing several missions and going your way up on the gang's hierarchy.

However, you are not just there to bust some heads for your evil Triad boss. You are still a cop. And therefore, you also get to do a few cop-ish missions.

Both sides are actually pretty nice to be played, as, even though the missions are not amazingly different from each other, the gameplay is set in a way that you will most likely glide on your own awesomeness throughout the game.

With very nice and responsive controls, a driving scheme that's definitely not realistic (which, believe me, is a very good thing, since you can just jump from one car to another, whilst in movement!), a fighting mechanic that reminds everyone a lot of the glorious Batman Arkham Series and the whole "cop who has to be a mean gang member" story set this game to be a great way to spend some time. And you are going to spend a lot of time, since the game is a huge sandbox!

85

Don't think of it as a game with a story; think of it as a world

alexxkkapricorn | Jan. 4, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas DNS

As Fallout New Vegas came to be, I was really excited to play it. After all, even though I'd never played Fallout 1 or 2, I just loved Fallout 3 - still one of the best games ever, in my humble opinion. However, I must say that New Vegas had a major flaw that just frustrated me a bit: its story. Not to say the game doesn't have one; it does. It's just not as good as the previous... You just wake up, after being shot in the head, and want to find out what happenned to you. Not the deep Vault-dwelling fugitive who needs to find his father to understand what went wrong. You are just a messenger who got caught on some drab scheme... Needless to say, though, is the fact that the story is kind of secundary here. The game allows you to explore a really vast world, in the typical Bethesda-like open environment. And here lies its greatness! With a much larger pack of expansions than Fallout 3, New Vegas - on it's ultimate format - lets the players explore so much, with so many customization options that it is bound to grant you several hours of awesome gameplay. It's so enticing to just play it, that you are very likely not to remember the lackluster plot. Once you get used to the whole "V.A.T.S" attack system, you'll find yourself wondering the wastelands just for the kicks of doing so. Exploring just because you can - and want to -, not because it's imperative that you do so. With control schemes, graphics and sounds just like those of Fallout 3 - yeah... there wasn't really much of an improvement here... but why fix what isn't broken (and I use the term "not broken" very loselly, considering the buggish nature of these open world games) -, this follow up to that great FPS RPG maintains the same amount of fun that the previous one had. If you enjoyed Fallout 3, you must play this one. Just remember that, if you want a good story, go read some Dickens...

60

Well... you CAN play it...

alexxkkapricorn | Jan. 2, 2013 | Review of Dungeon Siege III

Look, I didn't know anything about Dungeon Siege when this third game was about to be released. Therefore, I asked a friend of mine about it and he told me "man, that's a freakin' mess! Too many chars on screen... You can barely even tell who is trying to kill you!". Ok... I took that as a "dude, just... just don't, ok? Just don't..." Little did I know I'd be a bit more stubborn than expected. I played it! Well... I guess I did... You see, nor the gameplay or the story can actually entice you enough. It's not "boring" on the most negative tense of the word. It's just... numb. Yeah... it's numb. You take control of this guy or girl... I just really can't remember that well. And it's not bad memory. It's just because the character, the MAIN character, is just really dull... His lines are boring and too "heroic", as so to speak. He or she (you get to pick that) is just your standard white knight with the "I'm the righteous hero" syndrome. You do get to make one or two important decisions, that will, indeed, mean something to the story. But you are most likely not to remember the story! As for the gameplay itself, they did solve the whole "billion characters onscreen issue", but only because, in this game, you get to carry around just one NPC. And I must say, it is a bit nice that your decisions sometimes do change the way those NPCs see you. But that could be done better... Anyway, still regarding gameplay, it's kind of meaningless... You do get to hack your way through several places, gathering some loot. Every now and then, one good weapon does pop up, but it doesn't happen so often. You are very likely to find just a very good wepon really soon, making the whole "loot-system" rather empty. The visuals and sounds are actually pretty nice. But the voice acting is kind of atrocious, compared to some modern jewels, such as L.A.Noire, Borderlands and even Diablo 3 (if we are, indeed, speaking of loot-games). Well... you CAN play it... just don't expect to have too much fun or too many good memories of the game.

100

The greatest superhero game so far!

alexxkkapricorn | Dec. 26, 2012 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year -

After Batman: Arkham Asylum, gamers' hope on well made hero games was back, but I don't think any of us believed games could be better than that one! At most, we expected something of the same level, or maybe just a little worse; but Rocksteady did an impressive job with the follow up, Batman: Arkham City. Once again taking the role of the Dark Knight, gamers had at their hands the chance to fight crime - and supervillains such as the Joker himself - and use even more gadgets than the previous game allowed us to. Also, not only several amazing Bat-toys were given, but the new set - a whole Gotham City district, known as the Arkham City prision - even granted us with the ability to glide from building to building, feeling deeply how it is to take the role of the dark vigilante. With extremely well responsive controllers, the combat system kept itself as great as previously, but with some new tweaks, such as the use of new gadgets, like the freeze granade, which just enhanced the whole experience. Platforming is also great, due to the awesome controls. As for the story itself, Rocksteady did a great job. Enticing, the plot dives deep within the darkest places of Arkham City, allowing us to play even with characters such as Catwoman and Robin - the last one only on the Harley Quinn's DLC pack. This is a great game that neither fans of the bat or of action games can just let it pass. So, don't take any longer: go and play it!

95

THE ultimate modern stealth game

alexxkkapricorn | Dec. 25, 2012 | Review of Dishonored Nexway

It's been a long while, since I've last played such an enticing game. But ever since I first watched some Dishonored's gameplay vids, I knew I just had to try it. And, man, was it good! The game begins by tossing you on the role of Corvo, the Emperor's body guard. However, due to some evil conspiracy, you are soon thrown into a messy position: you become a fugitive, and needs to find a way to solve everything. Pretty soon, you see yourself involved not only with the regular chase the bad guy scenario, an obscure and supernatural being, The Outsider, grants Corvo powers, supernatural powers that will help him to be a stealthy spy or an atrocious killer. The game is a very wide experience, allowing the player to either choose the less agressive route to succes or perform gruesome murders on his way to victory. With very responsive controls and an intricate plot, Dishonored is, without a doubt, one of the best games ever!