Reviews by blackrose

75

While somewhat flawed, totally worth it.

blackrose | Nov. 4, 2013 | Review of Lucius

Like what the previous commenter said, this theme is sort of like Rosemary's Baby. It's also got a little bit of the omen thrown in for good measure. The best part is, there aren't many games where you intentionally play as the villain, while in this one, you do. You have numerous choices on how to play, you can be subtle, or you can eventually say "forget subtlety" and go on a murderous rampage. The ways to kill are staggering, and, trust me when I say this, not for the faint of heart. A great game that earns a 7.5 out of 10 or, here, 75/100.

90

An under-rated console port

blackrose | Nov. 4, 2013 | Review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition

One of the biggest concerns I've heard is that this game is a bad port, or it having poor graphics. There are accusations of it being copied from a particular series, when the genre has become a stable in general. Any accusations and poor ratings on this front are purely for ignorant reasons. And now I'll head to the main part of my review.

The narration is mediocre, and while it does match the setting, it gives away important plot points before they even happen. The voice acting is good, but not great, easily earning around an 8 out of 10. The combat system fluid, and you learn to watch your enemies, find out their tells, and from there, act accordingly. The ability to where it's not just random adds a level of strategy to the game. The biggest boss battles are magnificent, movements of giants and golems are fluid.

Now for the kinds of weapon upgrades. You can grapple, ride larger monsters, and it's all needed to progress. If you don't want to miss upgrades, here's a hint. Go to previous areas. In short, the game has a ton of re-playability with all the content it has to offer. This game gets a 9/10 from me.

92

A game that is pure fun, only half heartedly serious.

blackrose | March 28, 2013 | Review of Saints Row: The Third dns

While people rag on this game in comparison to Saints Row 2, it's pure fun. Saints row 2 was all about building back up. In Saints Row the Third, you've had everything stolen from you. So what do you do? You make things a living hell for all who stand in your way. In the game you can destroy gang operations, take part in Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax (which I must say is a fun way of legal murder in the game), among other activities. There are even secret mini-games you get to play if you're the passenger in multi-player. so just loosen up, and have fun. Remember, this game was not made to be serious. It was made to be completely wacky. And in that, I give it the rating I feel it deserves.

93

How do I describe it without sounding completely insane?

blackrose | March 28, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2

I could tell a joke about the name. But it's obviously been done before, so we'll put that behind us. Just Cause 2 is definitely one of those guilty pleasure games where you enjoy conspiracies and blowing stuff up. In fact, the whole point of the game is to destroy the infrastructure, take down facilities, and create instability. Rico is a fun character to play as, but I can't help but wonder where he stores all his parachutes, especially considering he can just grapple into the ground when in range and not have a scratch on him. The game breaks physics in so many ways, but that's the fun of it. This game is not made to be played seriously. It's meant to be enjoyed and to have some utter explosive fun. Wanna grapple a government solder from a rooftop to your chopper and dangle him? You can do that. Wanna send him into the sky with a gas canister (the tubular kind)? You can do it as well. Like I stated, the physics engine is completely broken and it's fun to abuse it. The game is also easy to mod, so enjoy.

73

It's got action and a fear aspect down, nothing else.

blackrose | March 28, 2013 | Review of Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil has always been among my favorite franchises. Survival and horror go hand in hand in the series. Resident Evil 5 follows the events of Resident Evil 4, and the Las Plagas parasite has entered the bio-weapons black market. Resident Evil 4 was a good game with a good way to handle your inventory. Resident Evil 5 is a step backwards. You can't do that anymore. Now instead of being able to re-arrange your inventory, you're restricted to 9 inventory slots per character. It also doesn't have the same feel of urgency as its predecessors. None-the-less, withstanding its flaws (and yes, there are many), I played through it. It's still crafted well. There are still moments where you are surprised, but others that seem like a cop-out. Even still, I enjoyed this game. Best played in multi-player, by far.

88

A fantastic game, with a few drawbacks.

blackrose | March 26, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nexway

I pre-ordered the game on steam and played it upon release. It blew me away. Beautiful, well crafted, and a lot of fun. But slowly, I started to realize there were some interesting bugs. floating mammoths, being rocketed upwards by giants, and even problems with some quests. To this day, you still have to put effort into getting past bugs, even with the modding tools. Never-the-less it is still a good game. The main storyline is a tad short, but that makes room for all the side quests. I made a character that was a Nightingale, Dark Brotherhood Listener, Companion, as well as other things. The very fact you can make any kind of character you want is a staple in any Elder Scrolls game. The only reduction from a 100 score from me is the bugs. Blatant and difficult to fix at times. But they can be funny as well. If you can stand working around bugs, then this is DEFINITELY a game worth checking out.