Reviews by analytalica3
A HOME RUNanalytalica3 | Nov. 17, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Within (NA)
XCOM: ENEMY WITHIN is an amazing expansion to an already amazing game.
Remember the first time you played Enemy Unknown? How you slowly progressed through the tech tree, discovering laser and then plasma weapons, while the enemies got harder and harder? Well Enemy Within brings that incredible feeling back. The inclusion of Meld as well as the newly designed levels drastically change up the gameplay from that of EU. Augmented soldiers are a joy to use, especially the rocket fist. Balance changes, a new enemy faction, and all sorts of new little details and features make Enemy Within feel like a brand new game.
But beware: Even with all the new toys, it's much harder than before. Thin Men will oneshot you in full cover and multiple Mechtoids can show up on the same level.
GOOD LUCK COMMANDER
Boringfield 3: Close Quartersanalytalica3 | Sept. 26, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 3: Close Quarters (NA)
Smaller than usual, the four maps contained in the Close Quarters expansion are all about, well, close quarters. This expansion is DICE's response to the popularity of 64 player Operation Metro, which is a boring grenade-and-rocket fest. Sadly, Close Quarters is more or less the same random madness only with more corridors to walk through. With no reason to use long range weapons, I found myself using only shotguns and high-DPS weapons to win engagements. With barely any damage falloff, you will die extremely quickly, effectively turning BF3 into yet another Call of Duty clone. The new weapons and assignments are a good addition to the existing selection, though they are strangely balanced. With the SPAS-12, there is little reason to use the vanilla game's 870 MCS, and the LSAT is a slower shooting M249. If you're not planning on getting BF3 Premium and only want one or two expansion packs, buy something other than Close Quarters. It's just not how Battlefield should be.
Great with minor flawsanalytalica3 | Sept. 24, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 3 (NA)
Battlefield 3 is the spiritual successor to Battlefield 2, taking elements of the Bad Company series and putting them on a larger scale. I was never a huge fan of Battlefield Bad Company 2's low damage model. The guns always felt weak as it took an entire magazine to take someone down at range. Battlefield 3's gun balance and time to kill is perfect: your bullets feel lethal and you nearly always get a chance to take cover under fire. The vehicles are a little less perfect, with small loopholes in game balance that let ace pilots stay up entire rounds and dominate the entire game. Tanks feel weak and can be destroyed in a matter of seconds, as each shell fired has a tiny radius vs. infantry and the secondary machine gun fires slow and barely does any damage. Helicopters have unlimited flares and can fly away faster than you can fire another rocket at them. However, even with those slight shortcomings, Battlefield 3 is a great game that continues to keep me occupied for hours on end, whether I'm going solo on the ground or flying a thousand meters up in the air. If you like first person shooters, don't miss out on this one.
Battlefield 3, Expandedanalytalica3 | Sept. 24, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 3 Premium Service (NA)
BF3 Premium brings a lot to the table for the base game BF3. Every expansion pack, from Karkand to Endgame, is unique on its own and provides something for everyone to enjoy. Close Quarters is all about, well, close quarters engagements, whereas Armored Kill is the opposite with it's ginormous maps. With each expansion, the map design is never a let down and always comes with the same level of quality and detail that all the BF3 vanilla maps contain. At a price of $30 (which is $20 less than the launch price), or the cost of two expansion packs, BF3 Premium is a steal if you enjoy the base game and want to get a hold of at least two or more DLCs. It also comes with extra goodies like dog tags and exclusive double XP weekends, which are always nice.