Reviews by ash_arani


Fun, Amazing, and More Fun!!

ash_arani | May 21, 2015 | Review of Grand Theft Auto V ROW Post - PC

This is Grand Theft Auto! Enough said!! Well, I can talk about this game for a long time. GTA 5 is just a great advancement in the franchise. Honestly, I was drawn into the storyline deeply and I related to the characters on many levels. The graphics are great and the gameplay is amazing. And hijacking cars is still fun to do. Once you start in the world of GTA, it is very hard to be pulled out. You will find yourself coming back for one more mission, one more shootout, or even one more car! Highly recommended!!


Unbelievably Stunning!

ash_arani | May 21, 2015 | Review of The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt - PC

What a game! It is not even a game!!! It is a world; an absolutely stunning world. The developers have crafted one of the most detailed, beautiful, and captivating worlds in games today. The gameplay has been revamped compared to The Witcher 2. The storyline is even strong and challenging. It also helps in the fusion between the player and Geralt. As the game progresses, one can see themselves in the decisions being made, because after all, it is their decisions and not a predetermined storyline. All that aside, the music is another piece of stunning beauty. It just complements the mood, the fights, and the story. The only concern with this game is that to fully enjoy the graphics, a powerful graphics card is required. Personally, that tells me that this game is made with perfection in mind and not just a port from first-gen consoles. Kudos to the developers. Simply put, this is a game worth experiencing. Highly recommended!


Captivating All Around

ash_arani | Sept. 15, 2014 | Review of Total War Shogun 2 - PC

I have been out of the 'strategy games' loop for so long. I grew up playing RTS (franchises like C&C). After seeing many glowing reviews of Total War: Shogun 2, I thought it might be time to invest in strategy again. And what an experience this is. The Total War franchise excels at bringing the best of RTS and Turn-Based Strategy. It is one thing to be planning out economic and development plans. It becomes a completely different experience once you go into battle and the real-time element kicks in. Also, given the niche (Japanese history) it revolves around, it is well executed. I am no expert on the accuracy of the facts, but I am enjoying it nevertheless. Given I am a newcomer to this type of games, it took me almost 8 hours to go through all the tutorials. Those were an experience of their own. The game features a good variety of units and I am particularly happy with wars both on land and in sea. Overall, I really like both the depth and breadth of this game. It manages to cover most bases when it comes to strategy. Highly recommended!



ash_arani | Aug. 16, 2014 | Review of The Witcher II Assassins of Kings - PC

Wow wow wow wow!!!!!!! This game is just unbelievable. It is one thing to have a game with multiple endings, but it is completely different to do so rather seamlessly. The way decisions are made and the way the story is affected by it is rather impressive. It feels as the only way it could have progressed. Also, because of these many branches, one can play the game over and over again. The attention to details is amazing. I loved the combat system. The interactions among humans, elves, monsters, and witchers, and witches makes up a very beautiful fantasy world with many dimensions to it. Simply put, just get into the sequel. Play the first game to make sure the story is comprehensible (at least read what happens in the first game). Highly recommended!


From Land to Sea

ash_arani | Aug. 16, 2014 | Review of Assassins Creed IV Black Flag UPLAY - PC

This was my official introduction to Assassin's Creed and what an intro that was. From land to sea, from stealth to all around fights, this game has it all. A great storyline that crosses over between 'today' and the 'past'. The character development is rather interesting for a game. It was more of unexpected yet very happy to see it. I personally loved the combat system (which I know some criticize as very easy). The visuals and the animation are rather impressive. Highly recommended and I am officially hooked on the franchise.


My Franchise Intro... And WOW!

ash_arani | Aug. 16, 2014 | Review of Far Cry 3 - PC

This was my introduction to the Far Cry franchise and I was very impressed. The graphics, the weapons, the missions, the vehicles, the world, this game has it all. The storyline is not the most amazing or the deepest, but it has many memorable moments. Once I started, I could not stop. I just wanted to continue and continue. Very quickly you get immersed into the game. I highly recommend this game. :)


Fun and still fun!

ash_arani | Aug. 16, 2014 | Review of Counter Strike Global Offensive - PC

I love the Counter Strike franchise and I have grown up playing it around 12 years ago. Global Offensive keeps the same style with improved graphics. I initially thought that it would take away from the game. But I was wrong. The game is still amazing (and addictive). And it is super competitive. Great fun. Highly recommended!


Great all around!

ash_arani | Aug. 16, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Overflow 1 - PC

Wow, this game has it all. Suspense, action, comedy, and good ol' beating. The gameplay is exceptional. I particularly enjoyed the combat system. They kept a nice variety between full charge at the enemies and stealth operation. The gadgets are very cool. The bosses make up a great variety. It is a game that makes you think at times (especially with Riddler's riddles). I enjoyed the game a lot. I am officially hooked on the Batman franchise (better late than never) :)