Reviews by averagestudent

90

Superb combat, tone and story!

averagestudent | Jan. 5, 2014 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum - Classics Edition

My brother bought this game for my birthday, and I regret to say I didn't play it for almost a month afterwards as I didn't think it looked that exciting or fun to play. However, I wish I hadn't waited so long to play it as as soon as I got through the opening credits (playing throughout a scene where you escort the main antagonist through the asylum) as the visuals and 'feel' of the game were amazing. The combat is varied and simple for those who just want to play the game through, but is also rich and complex for those who want the highest combos to get the highest points. As you work your way through the game you earn extra upgrades and weapons which can all alter how combat works as enemies also become tougher with better weapons. The story is fairly good, although it is not massively imaginative and many of the boss battles are similar uncreative- often relying on you seeing the 'flaw' in the boss and exploiting it over and over again. I think these are small negatives against a game with an atmosphere as consistent and excellent as this one, a game with controls as tight and precise and this one and a game as fun to play as this one. For achievement hunters and 100%ers there are also plenty of collectables and secrets hidden around the game that require you to re-explore areas and use new gadgets to access, providing a challenge and a reason to replay the game.

80

Funny faces, fantastic fantasy and fable

averagestudent | Jan. 4, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

First off, sorry for the kind of forced 'F' alliteration in the title! You start in the game as a prisoner (a staple in all ES games) before getting free and starting your adventure. The feeling you get when you first step out into the world and realise you can do anything you want is exquisite- one of the best gaming experiences I've had, as everything is so colourful and vibrant. Without spoiling too much, the main story follows your character as you attempt to stop the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon by closing all the Oblivion Gates- hence the name 'Oblivion'. I personally have never finished the main quest line, so I cannot speak for that, but I have completed many of the side-questlines and other one-off quests that are available throughout the world, and while some of them may be less than stellar many of them have amazing stories and premises that are lacking in the fetchquests of Skyrim. Where this game falls flat is the level scaling and the ability to complete a lot of the Mage/Fighters/Thieves guild storylines without having to choose between them, or even be very proficient at that activity. The level scaling is rather broken, as you're either far too weak or far too strong, and there seems to be no in-between stage. Overall a fantastic game that I cannot recommend enough, and if you enjoy the lore and story of Skyrim you will love this game, despite the step down in graphics and character models.

85

Steep learning curve, ultimately excellent

averagestudent | Jan. 4, 2014 | Review of Crusader Kings II

This is one of my most played games (180hrs on steam) for a reason- it is the best Grand Strategy game out there. Due to its sandbox nature you have to make your own goals, which I love, and work towards them over generations of your dynasty. It is much more in-depth than other strategy games such as CIV or Total War, as it has lots of modifiers and multipliers to keep track of, meaning the AI has a lot more factors to consider and making it more realistic. It is only an 85/100 because of the incredibly steep learning curve (not itself a bad thing) and because of the lack of a coherent and understandable tutorial. Watching an 8hr 'Beginner Series' on youtube is not something I would think I should have to do in order to do anything in this game. However, once all the controls and mechanics are learnt it is an incredibly detailed and fun game, and there is an amazing sense of accomplishment that comes from starting a lowly Scottish duke and working your way up to be the leader of the known world.