Reviews by bull21

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The best of LEGOverse

bull21 | July 2, 2014 | Review of LEGO Lord of the Rings

Although I was initially skeptical about LEGO Lord of The Rings being as good as many say it is; I ended up being quite pleasantly surprised at the end. One of the greatest strengths of this game is the humor as well as its amazing soundtrack and great VA (which were probably borrowed from the movie). Gameplay is quite good although it certainly would be great if you had +1 for co-op. That being said, the important thing to stress is that the existence of co-op does not hinder solo play of the game. The game itself could best be defined as a platformer and with numerous puzzles, fights and a whole lotta jumping, LEGO LoTR does not diverse much from other LEGO games. One thing to note is that the game itself not only feels and looks but also runs great (older computers should have no problems running the game whatsoever). As far as negatives go, one of the biggest problems for many gamers was a somewhat problematic camera but, considering the fact that one can control camera (rotate it in all directions) it should not be thought of as a too big of a problem. As far as controls go, the game offers options for key rebinding and as such removes any possible problems with keyboard (no mouse) playthrough.

75

The Good, the Bad and the not-so-ugly

bull21 | June 9, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

Batman Arkham Origins is a good game. Far from being flawless, it has it's fair share of cons but it is still a solid game. One of the biggest problems is the fact that it feels like Arkham City v2 with more gadgets and better enemies. That being said, the biggest problem with the game is serious lack of any innovation in regards to gameplay. Still, playing the game is quite fun. Freeflow is amazing and various gadgets only add diversity into gameplay style. Graphics-wise, the game looks great. Soundtrack is amazing as well as voice acting. Good optimization makes it playable even on older computers. All in all, B:AO is a good game. Though it doesn't offer too much in the terms of novelties, it is still a fun and enjoyable play.

75

Batman: Arkham City 2

bull21 | June 8, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

While Batman Arkham Origins is a good game, it is still unfortunately far from Arkham Asylum level of goodness. The biggest and, probably, only problem with the game is that it offers little as far as gameplay innovations go. While many will find that to be a problem, most important parts of gameplay mechanics are still functioning well - including Freeflow, which really shines in Origins. Furthermore, with the addition of various new gimmicks (although there aren't that many new gadgets), Origins gains more in strength and is a quite entertaining experience. Regarding other, more technical related stuff - I'd say that while Origins certainly won't be hailed as something ground breaking, it still offers plenty in terms of pretty good graphics, great soundtrack and AMAZING voice acting. Mark Hamill might be gone, but that does not necessarily mean that the Joker is! Batman's VA is beautifully done and so is that of many other characters.

Is B:AO worth your time and money? Yes. As I've already mentioned, the game itself does not bring a lot of new things to the table but it is good enough to last for at least one play-through with (possibly) as much as 20+ hours of playing. Next to a great SP it also offers a pretty good (and interesting) MP that one should at least try.

90

Prepare to die, many, many times!

bull21 | May 11, 2014 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)

Dark Souls is one of the best (if not the best) RPGs that ever made. Even though PC users do get their fair share of problems* with the game even before they set their foot in Lordan, the game itself never really disappoints. One must keep in his mind that Dark Souls was ported to PC after petition so all the things (such as controls that are not well adjusted for PC users or not-so-good graphics) that one might find problematic and unsatisfying with other games, Dark Souls gets away with. After all it was one of the rare game developers (Rockstar, I'm looking at you!) that actually listened to the community. While there are some problems with the game, the most important thing - gameplay - proves that nothing really can get in a way of the great game. Dark Souls' gameplay is riveting, demanding the player to be on a constant alert as it throws player (in a move that is quite unusuall) into the world where one equals (also one frequently finds himself to be inferior) to his enemy and in such way, Dark Souls proves to be one of the most entertaining and rewarding games and in my opinion, is well worth the 20$! *(optimizing and "fixing" it might prove challenging to some)