Reviews by andymanmessiah

90

A actual expansion pack!

andymanmessiah | Nov. 27, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Within

Thank god. In a time when expansion packs are all but gone and replaced by crummy 3 hour long DLC adventures and special pre-order bonuses, out comes Firaxis with Enemy Within, a stand-alone expansion pack almost straight out of the 1990s with so much new content that it brings a tear to your eye.

If you loved Enemy Unknown, Enemy Within is simply a must-have as it easily enhances the game greatly with its many new features and missions!

90

One of the best games of all time

andymanmessiah | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Bully: Scholarship Edition

A fantastic "GTA"-style game except without guns and violence and bloodshed and cars! Jimmy Hopkins is fifteen and stuck at the strict Bullworth Academy. Help him navigate the school hierarchy, pass classes and kiss girls (or boys) in order to become the king of Bullworth Academy.

Rocking original soundtrack composed by Shawn Lee!

90

Less chore, more fun

andymanmessiah | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 2: Digital Deluxe

I hated Mass Effect 1. It was a slow, plodding third-person shooter with poorly implemented cover mechanics and a clumsy level-up system. Sidequests were largely boring and involved making drops on uninhabited planets that all look the same in your incredibly dubious space car (!) only to drive to point X and shoot person Y. The story was recycled from other BioWare games and had you go to four different areas in search for things that would eventually lead you to a fifth planet.

Enter Mass Effect 2. Refined shooting mechanics. No bull. This is a game that knows what it is. Sidequests are polished and all have their very own unique environments. Interaction with your party members have been greatly improved. Mass Effect 2 also makes a big point to let you explore the Mass Effect universe, something Mass Effect 1 completely failed other than a boring "encyclopedia" function. Also ME2 uses actual ammo instead of ME1's unlimited ammo schtick. That's another plus.

Complaints for this game from people who loved the first game is mostly of the "ME2 is not a RPG" nature. The Mass Effect games are not RPGs. They're shooters and the first game sucked.

Oh! And no goddamn elevators in this game either!

82

More linear means more focused

andymanmessiah | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Dragon Age: Origins Awakening

A great, although slightly buggy expansion to Dragon Age: Origins and IMO a lot better than the base game due to a more focused experience. Game mechanics remain the same although with some minor changes (additions, mostly) here and there. The core of Awakening is the story and the interaction with your party members and other NPCs.