Reviews by arksun

90

Good old fashioned fun

arksun | Oct. 31, 2013 | Review of Typing of the Dead: Overkill

The original Typing of the Dead was a mod of sorts of the original House of the Dead 2 game, and garnered something of a cult following due to its zany premise coupled with the B movie aesthetic of HotD2.

Sega have decided to give gamers a dose of the same zany action but with a slick coat of new paint.

Boiled down to its most basic elements, this is a typing tutor with a HotD skin. Each zombie has a word underneath it which must be typed out in order to kill it. Obviously things get hectic as you have a wall of advancing zombies with five to six letter words under each that must be typed out with sufficient speed and accuracy.

As mundane as it sounds, the aesthetic of the game (a wholly generic grindhouse picture) more than makes up for the premise, dropping f-bombs like crazy amidst flat dialogue delivery coupled with over the top boss fights. It really needs to be experienced to be appreciated.

And to sweeten the deal, this includes the original House of the Dead Overkill, which means you can use your mouse/pad/light gun to play out the same game.

Highly recommended, especially if you have a sibling or friend to join in the fun.

85

Don't fix what isn't broken

arksun | Oct. 26, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham City was considered an incremental upgrade to Arkham Asylum in every way. The same cannot be said about Arkham Origins,

However, this is more because of how Arkham City had made perfected all the elements of an enjoyable, story driven Batman game as it was. Arkham Origins feels more like Arkham City 2.5 than a full out new game. The gadgets are either entirely the same, or an old gadget with a new splash of paint on. Sidequests have the same overall structure and even feel very similar to the quests of Arkham City in the manner they have been constructed.

In terms of new content, the detective portions have been fully fleshed out and been made to feel like proper forensic hide-and-seek games, looking for new clues as you piece together what happened at each crime scene. Some of the villains barely get any screen time, whereas other (albeit more familiar) villains get entire monologues to belt out.

Ultimately, if you enjoyed Arkham City and couldn't get enough of it, this game will more than satisfy your appetite for a new-yet-familiar game in the same vein. For newcomers, this is also a very meaty game with plenty of content to keep you coming back for more.

91

Amazing bundle

arksun | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line & The Darkness 2 Pack

While good games on their own merits, bundling both games together for a discounted price is a stroke of genius. Both games cater to different audiences and provide an amazing counterplay both in terms of gameplay as well as aesthetics.

The Darkness is based off the popular Top Cow comic series about a supernatural force of evil inhabiting the body of a mob boss. Sadly, the first game was never released for the PC, but the sequel has a handly 'last time on the Darkness' cinematic that is completely worth watching. The gameplay is solid, with entertaining mechanics and enjoyable gun battles complementing the cel shaded style.

Spec Ops, on the other hand, eschews fantasy and instead opts to tell a gritty and realistic story about three men on a rescue mission in Dubai. The gameplay, a generic third person shooter with cover mechanics, is passable but what really shines is the story. The dialogue, the choices, all of it is completely believable and leaves the player questioning their decisions the entire time. And make no mistake, each decision HAS consequences.

It should be said though, that the multiplayer portion of each game is a little sparse, seeing how long the games have been out and the appeal of each has dried up. So if you're a multiplayer fan, I wouldn't really recommend either game. But as a single player fan, I would recommend both games without hesitation.

90

A dose of retro goodness

arksun | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ (NA)

Who hasn't heard of or played Pac-Man? The game which immortalized an entire decade of arcade gaming needs no introduction.

And this game slaps on a new coat of paint with some fun high scoring goals to keep egging you on to play again and again and AGAIN.

The best part is that the entire experience, whether its just a Time Attack session or a marathon run, is trance inducing with the combination of zany visuals and hypnotic music. Really, you can't go wrong with this game seeing how you know exactly what you're getting into.

And in a day and age where everything is about graphics or epic storylines, sometimes all you really need is good clean fun from a bygone era.

92

Amazing racer

arksun | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed

This is the game the first Sonic Racing should have been.

Not only does it have solid racing mechanics (drifting, weapons, balanced stats across all racers), it also provides for solid replay value. And best of all, the better you get, the more you unlock.

Obviously, that will become a problem for you if you don't spend quite a bit of time to learn the intricacies of each racer, the tracks and the weapons system but the real joy comes from how it all blends together; before you know it, you'll be seamlessly doing triple drifts while launching weapons behind you and dodging track hazards all at the same time.

I can't recommend this game enough, especially because of the stark lack of good racing games on the PC that DON'T fall into the simulation racing category.