Reviews by bnamsrom

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An amazing Experience

bnamsrom | Dec. 24, 2013 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)

I first bought Dark Souls on my Xbox 360 and loved it. I was nervous because of how difficult I had heard it was, but I came to enjoy the game for that reason and more. The difficulty is extremely high, but this can be overcome with practice, and this keeps the player from mindlessly farming for souls (experience/currency) because most enemies will always be able to dispatch of you quickly if you make a wrong move. A WORD OF WARNING: the PC version of this game can be just as enjoyable as the console version, but this is only after the right mods are applied. The developers rushed this game on to PC and it is terrible without any of the fixes. These mods can be found on the forums on Steam and probably many other places simply because they are essential. Once those are implemented the game works like a charm. This game is full to bursting with originality; from the seamless world that is masterfully intertwined to the smart use of the player community through the use of summoning and notes that players can leave for each other. Dark Souls needs to be played by RPG fans who are looking for a challenge.

95

A Game Worthy of the Bioshock Name

bnamsrom | Nov. 25, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite (NA)

Bioshock 2 was a great game. It receives too much flack for not being as good as the first one. what people need to remember is that much of what made the first Bioshock amazing was the atmosphere and the isolation that came with exploring the aquatic city of Rapture for the first time. By the time the second installment came around, players were already familiar with rapture, and even improved combat and new game mechanics weren't enough for many to make up for the familiar territory. Bioshock Infinite takes the player about as far as humanly possible from rapture with the floating city of Columbia. The protagonist gets a name and a voice this time around with Booker DeWitt, who has been sent to the city on a job that, if completed, will wipe away his debt. Saying much more will be saying too much, but just know that this story delivers and left me in awe. while many games seem to use story as way to support gameplay mechanics, Infinite's story can stand on its own and, like the first Bioshock, sets the bar for storytelling in video games. Gameplay in Infinite does not take the backseat by any means. Combat is larger in scale and the addition of the skyline mechanism makes enemy encounters more mobile and amazing to look at than ever. Bioshock Infinite needs to be played by fans of the series and those who enjoy a fantastic gaming experience.

85

A Punishing and Rewarding Experience

bnamsrom | Nov. 22, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a platformer but not in the sense that Mario or Sonic are. While the the player is still tasked to get from point A to point B, the levels are short and can be completed within around 15 seconds if done correctly, but much more time than that will be spent on each one due to the intense difficulty of the game. Players control a boy made of meat (hence the name) and will be tasked with jumping off of walls, running from flying saw blades and leaping over pits of deadly spikes in order to save their girlfriend who happens to be made of bandages. But more than anything else, players will be dying over and over again. That is what makes the game so great though; the amount of difficulty makes it that much sweeter when you finally get your timing just right, evade every danger, and make it to the princess...er...bandage...girl.

100

A Game That Will Define a Generation

bnamsrom | Nov. 19, 2013 | Review of BioShock (NA)

As Irrational games often does, Bioshock couples great gameplay with equally great storytelling. I bought Bioshock the day it was released, really going out on a limb in terms of whether or not this game would actually deliver. I am glad I took my chances. That was a few years back now, and I have seldom played any game since that has come near the experience of the original Bioshock. Combining roleplaying and shooting mechanics with a rich, dystopian atmosphere filled with interesting characters, one would surely be missing out on a true piece of video game history if he or she ignored this one.