Reviews by alfrodo22

89

Much better than the first one

alfrodo22 | Oct. 17, 2013 | Review of Crysis 2: Maximum Edition (NA)

The first Crysis was monumental in terms of graphics. That is, if your PC could handle them and if they didn't crap out. I had tons of issues with the first one to the point where the game became unplayable. Couple that with the frustration of not knowing how to destroy tanks for a long time and I pretty much despised the first one.

Thankfully, Crysis 2 is far more stable and doesn't have so much guesswork involved. The basic game mechanics are the same, you have mission objectives and follow the mini map which advances the story. You still have the cryosuit that gives you different abilities like jumping high, cloaking, or having extra armor. Cloaking is the most useful and entertaining. I felt like it didn't work that great in the first one but in this one the A.I. is more forgiving (which also makes it a little easier). Of course, you have the flexibility to go guns-a-blazing if you want, or you can go stealthy. There are more weapons and even a new skill set that you can unlock as the campaign advances.

The enemies are fun to fight and the landscapes are quite varied. The storyline starts off pretty slow but does get better. Some of the battles are quite epic and the multiplayer has a lot to offer as well. Overall this is a great title that I feel is even better than the first.

90

Forget the single-player campaign, the multiplayer rocks!

alfrodo22 | Oct. 17, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 3 (NA)

Battlefield 3's single player campaign is forgettable. Enough said.

The multiplayer... oh where to start? There are so many things to do, so many things to learn, and so many maps and modes to try. This game has kept me entertained for well over 150 hours and counting. When you first start out it can be really frustrating if you just join a quick game that has tons of experienced users and 63 other people. Don't do this! Take it easy by joining a smaller server and getting the hang of things.

If you have played any of the other DICE titles, you will recognize the feel of the menu and the basic objectives. The bread and butter is conquest mode: Take control of points so you gain more points and can spawn there while not letting your enemy capture them. There are tons of weapons, gadgets, vehicles, upgrades, etc. to keep you interested in gaining more experience and they are rewarding and fun to try. If you don't understand a new gadget, check it out on battlelog or youtube it! I'm still learning how to use new gadgets and get more upgrades!

The graphics are superb although you will need a decent system to handle them. There are some glitches when trying to maneuver the battlefield but they generally don't ruin gameplay. Bf3 rewards teamwork so it may be frustrating if you don't keep that in mind as you go up against some well-organized teams and squads. There are four classes to choose from, some are more intriguing than others. Sniping is tricky but once you get the hang of it, it is very entertaining. The engineer is the most practical in maps with vehicles, the medic is the best for infantry maps. I'm not a fan of the support class but some people love it.

Basically, if you like first person shooters and trying out new weapons, gadgets, and vehicles (including tanks, helis, and jets), then you will love this game as long as you go into with patience and a learning attitude. If you don't have the time or energy you can actually buy weapon or vehicle upgrade packages so that your opposition doesn't have an advantage over you. But where's the fun in that?

96

One of the best FPS I have ever played

alfrodo22 | Oct. 17, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 (NA)

There are not many FPS campaigns that I like playing over again. Half-life 2 may be the only one. Besides Borderlands 2 that is. The story line is compelling and has interesting twists. The character development is subtle but fantastic. This is especially important because part of leveling up to the max requires playing the campaign several times. There are new monsters that are more difficult in each playthrough so it is not a complete repeat and truly the story and dialogue is so entertaining you will be glad you played it several times because it is easy to miss phrases or events.

The mechanics of the game are spot on, balancing challenge with reward as you continually gain experience and better gear. The graphics are superb and one of the best improvement this sequel has over the original Borderlands is the varying landscapes. From glacial caverns to dungeons to tropical islands, the scenery rarely gets old or repetitive. The quests, including sidequests, are far more interesting than the original although the rewards are sometimes disappointing.

Borderlands 2 does have a lot of RPG elements though so be prepared to configure your gear often to stay competitive with the enemies. Also, you can enable various skills for each character that gives you different styles of play for each character. For example, Zero can either be a sniper or a close-combat assassin. Both are entertaining and you can reset skill points quite easily to mix things up.

This game especially rocks when you play with friends. Besides the regular campaigns that can easily be played together via drop-in, drop-out, there are also various "raid-like" bosses that are very difficult to beat alone and practically require teamwork. This adds another dimension of challenge as you try to figure out which characters' skills to focus on to best serve you against a particular boss.

Overall this is an excellent game and one of the best cooperative games I have ever played, it is well-worth your time and money.

80

Decent hybrid FPS RPG, sequel is much better

alfrodo22 | Oct. 17, 2013 | Review of Borderlands

Borderlands is innovative because it combines the traditional first person shooter with RPG elements like tons of weapons and the ability to choose a character class and enable various skills. The game is driven by quests, both main story ones and sidequests. Some of the quests are grinding in nature, some of them are more entertaining and keep you on your toes. The sidequests are optional and many of them are a waste of time. The main story is ultimately disappointing but the action in the game is entertaining and keeps you hooked as you try to get new skills and new weapons. This game is especially fun in cooperative mode with up to 3 other players.

I think the highlight of this game, for me, was going into berserk mode with Brick, one of the characters you can choose. He can temporarily become practically invincible but can only attack with exploding fists. It seems to never get old because it is an adrenaline rush but not overpowered. The humor throughout is appreciated, in fact, the dialogue is what makes this game come alive. The graphics for the characters are great. The landscape, however, is pretty drab and monotonous. The vehicles are ok but being able to drive over and instantly kill any monster/enemy is unrealistic.

If you are unfamiliar with Borderlands and you can get it for cheap, then give it a try. If you have already played Borderlands 2 though, this game will seem archaic and boring. I'm glad I purchased it on sale and played through it because it made me appreciate its sequel even more.