Reviews by celdiruen

85

Finish him!

celdiruen | July 29, 2013 | Review of Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

Mortal Kombat is finally back on PC! This is a solid title, the graphics have been updated, the roster is right, and the gameplay is great. It flows very differently from other fighting games such as UMVC3, SSF4AE, Tekken, etc.If you ever played Mortal Kombat years ago and have fond memories of it, you should check this out. There are some small issues with multiplayer, but the game is still new and they'll hopefully be fixed.

95

This game is amazing

celdiruen | July 26, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year

In this title, they've gone in a slightly different direction. Instead of moving around the Asylum like in the previous game, here you have more of an open sandbox covering the whole city. The combat is as great as ever, as are the characters and voice acting. They've really put in a lot of famous Batman enemies for you to fight in this one, and it's great. You also get a decent segment as Catwoman. For fans of the superhero, or those who just like the beat-em-up style of the previous game, this is a must.

90

Great fun

celdiruen | July 26, 2013 | Review of Magicka

Magicka is a hoot to play by yourself, and even better with friends. Alone, it might not be as fantastic as some say. You combine elements to form various types of spells, with there being many of them. There is a loose story tying everything together, and funny voice acting that's a mix of gibberish and Scandinavian languages. The fun is in multiplayer, though. There, you'll be blowing up baddies, working with your friends, and then one of you will explode because someone aimed in the wrong place or pressed the wrong element in their spell. It's amazing because you can blow each other up while fighting your enemies, both accidentally and purposefully. It will cause lots of laughs!

95

Fantastic sandbox game

celdiruen | July 26, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 is insane in the best ways possible. If you've enjoyed messing around in open world areas in games such as GTA or Saint's Row, you should be playing this. There is a loose story tying everything together, but that's not important. What's important is that you can fly around and parachute out of a jet, grapple your way forward along the ground like a drunk Spiderman, and blow everything up. This is an open world sandbox dream.

90

Amazing

celdiruen | July 26, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Civ 5 is an amazing game. If you're a fan of strategy games such as this one, you owe it to yourself to play it. The base game itself is good, but not without its flaws. Stacking, from Civ 4, is now gone. Each unit takes up a hex on the map and you cannot have more than one in the same spot. This introduces a whole new dynamic to combat. For the ultimate experience, this should be played with the newest expansions, Gods and Kings and Brave New World. The first improves upon and introduces religion systems, while the second greatly improves trade. Buy it, play it, cry from joy.

85

Good continuation of the series

celdiruen | July 26, 2013 | Review of Hitman: Absolution

The newest Hitman game is not exactly like the others. In it, you don't get to travel to locales all over the world, and you don't get to pick your gear right before your mission. However, it has a more personal story, improved visuals, and still has the same varied and interesting missions with multiple ways to carry them out. They've added a new instinct feature that allows you to see through walls and where people are walking, and it is useful to stop guards from seeing through your disguise. Overall, it is a love/hate kind of game. Fans of earlier titles may not like the direction it has gone, but those new to the series may enjoy it.

90

Great reboot

celdiruen | July 26, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider

This is a different, albeit still good reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. However, fans of the series and the gameplay it offered in the past may not enjoy it as much as those new to the series. There is a much lessened focus on puzzles compared to other games, with the focus now being combat. It is still possible to explore, and there are tombs throughout the game. However, there aren't that many. Regardless of this fact, the game holds up well. The plot is interesting, the combat feels tight, the visuals are great. Give it a shot!

90

Amazing

celdiruen | Feb. 23, 2013 | Review of Trine

Trine is gorgeous. There's no other way to put it. The visuals are stunning! You traverse different landscapes, trying to figure out an age-old mystery. You can switch between 3 characters - the knight, the thief, and the wizard. Each has unique abilities and can be used to progress at different parts of the game. Trine has solid platforming, but is not too difficult. It's fairly linear, but still a very rewarding experience.

85

Great sequel

celdiruen | Feb. 23, 2013 | Review of BioShock® 2

Bioshock 2 is a worthy sequel to the original. While the story elements may be a bit weaker, the game is still great. I'd say that it has better combat overall than the first game. This time, you get to be a Big Daddy, and interact with both new and old characters. The atmosphere pulls you in just as much as in the first game! This time, they've added a multiplayer mode. It is a bit dead at this point, but you can find some games, if you're interested in checking it out. If you liked the first Bioshock, you owe it to yourself to play this.

90

Fantastic

celdiruen | Feb. 23, 2013 | Review of BioShock (RoW)

Bioshock is a fantastic game. The atmosphere is superb. The world of Rapture is richly detailed and extremely immersive, and the story interesting. The combat is quick, with a combination of regular shooting and spells, with a decent variety of each. You'll be pulled into the world of Rapture as you explore and progress along the story, and you won't be able to put the game away.

85

Great game

celdiruen | Feb. 23, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

This is a great game. If you're a fan of strategy games, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. While it does deviate from the formula set out by previous Civ games, it's still good in its own right.There are no more stacks of doom, with lots of powerful units all together in one tile. You have to manage your cities, your units and tiles, etc. There are city-states whose favour you can win over, or choose to crush instead. There are a wide variety of civilizations to play as, and many paths to victory. Give it a spin!

50

Stay away

celdiruen | Feb. 15, 2013 | Review of Aliens: Colonial Marines

Some people may enjoy this game. If you're thinking of just giving it a shot for the hell of it, I won't advise you not to - just don't buy it full price. The AI is fairly bad, but at least the sound assets are good (used from the movies). However, the campaign is fairly short and uninspiring. On top of this, the demo showed to the press was completely different and much better than the final version of the game. It was a bait-and-switch, because the game looks significantly worse, is simplified, and just plain crappy in comparison to what the demo was like. Don't buy this based on principle. Wait for it to get cheap if you're really tempted.

80

Prepare for pain

celdiruen | Feb. 2, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy

You will die. A lot. And you'll hate it. You'll punch your table, flip your keyboard, and yell out in rage. And then you'll turn back to the monitor and keep playing. The game is notoriously difficult, but extremely rewarding when you get a level done well. If you're a masochist, give it a go.

85

A solid game

celdiruen | Feb. 2, 2013 | Review of Guild Wars 2: Digital Edition (NA) -

If you're looking for a continuation of Guild Wars, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a WoW-clone, you'll be disappointed as well. Guild Wars 2 is... different. It has no traditional questing mechanics, instead using dynamic events and heart events which activate when you're in a specific area. It has interesting races and classes, and good class customizability. The game itself looks beautiful, and runs fairly well. There's both structured and world PVP, as well as dungeons.

There are some flaws, however. The game allows you to unlock all of your various weapon skills very early on. Often, this is something you look forward to as you level. People might lose the drive to keep going onto level 80. Furthermore, end game is lacklustre, as there isn't gear progression on the same scale as other games. However, ArenaNet have been changing this, with the addition of new dungeons and higher level gear.

Overall, even if the endgame doesn't hook you, the game has very enjoyable zones, classes, and PVP.

90

Amazing game

celdiruen | Feb. 2, 2013 | Review of Magicka

Magicka is a gem. If you can get at least one other friend to play this with you, you're bound to have a good time. You'll be fighting goblins when suddenly, you'll explode. Your friend will swear it wasn't them, but deep down, you know it was. You conjure up a lightning bolt, and smite them from the heavens. Hilarity ensues.

In all seriousness, there are lots of spell combinations to experiment with, and memorizing them isn't necessary for success. You can mess around and try to find new spells while playing. There's lots of synergy between many types of spells, as well. The story itself is very light-hearted and tongue in cheek, and the game has some hilarious voice acting. Pick it up and give it a go!

80

Fun game

celdiruen | Feb. 2, 2013 | Review of Awesomenauts

Awesomenauts is another take on the MOBA genre, and it pulls it off fairly well. The game is fun to play, especially with friends. It isn't as hard to pick up and play as titles such as Dota 2, which means you'll have an easier time getting into it right from the start. It has a nice aesthetic, and is an interesting 2D take on MOBA games.

85

A game worthy of your time

celdiruen | Feb. 2, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 does a lot of things right. It is a sandbox in the best possible way; it allows you to go off the beaten path, and just mess around with all of the toys it gives you. Want to drive a tank? You can. Want to pilot a jet? You can. Want to grapple around, shooting baddies like a maniac? This game has you covered. The story is nothing special, but it was never supposed to be award-winning. The game shines when you don't take it too seriously. The graphics are great, the area you can explore is very large, and there's a big variety of things you can do. As well, there is a mod that introduces multiplayer to the game, with hundreds of people. Just Cause 2 is definitely worth checking out.

85

Good MMO

celdiruen | Dec. 9, 2012 | Review of Guild Wars 2: Digital Edition (NA) -

GW2 is an interesting MMO. I can promise you that if you enjoy MMOs and like what you see when you read up about the game, you'll get your money's worth. With no subscription fee, you don't feel compelled to play it non-stop every month. However, the game will pull you in, at least for a time. It has a fully featured world, PvP, and large scale battles. There's a personal story you can do on your own or with friends. There are dynamic events that happen throughout the world, making it feel at least a little bit more alive than the average MMO universe. The game has a beautiful aesthetic, as well. I wouldn't call the game revolutionary, but it is solid. If you were ever interested in it, or if any of this piques your interest, give it a shot.

90

Amazing puzzle platformer

celdiruen | Nov. 26, 2012 | Review of Trine

This is my favourite puzzle platformer of the past few years, hands down. The game has a beautiful aesthetic and is graphically stunning. There are 3 distinct classes you can switch between on the fly, each with their own abilities allowing you to tackle different challenges. The story isn't extremely complicated, but it does its job by setting the stage and providing the premise for the game. Gameplay is fairly fun, with multiple levels, different types of enemies and locales, etc. If you're a fan of platformers, definitely pick this up. You can find it on sale for 75% off quite often - cannot recommend it enough!

95

Amazing game

celdiruen | Nov. 24, 2012 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2

Shogun 2 is everything that is good about a Total War game, done right. It is historically accurate in the units, areas, shogunates, etc. It has fantastic graphics. It has incorporated some new twists on the Total War formula, and is a great sequel to Shogun. The premise is that you are attempting to take over Japan and become its next Shogun. To be honest, the game doesn't have major, glaring flaws. If you like Total War games, strategy games, or this historical period, you should definintely pick this up.

90

A fantastic FPS/Third person hybrid

celdiruen | Oct. 13, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Let me preface this review by stating that I have not played the original Deus Ex games, so I will not be comparing this game to them, but rather how well it stands on its own.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a fantastic entry in the story-driven FPS/RPG field. The graphics are astounding, and everything is held together by the golden-tinged colour scheme. Gameplay is engrossing and smooth, proving you many options with which to tackle every encounter. You can move around stealthily, knocking out foes or shooting them with sleeping darts, or you can go in guns blazing, using all manner of weapons to take on the enemy. There are multiple paths of entry for most, if not all locations. Don't feel like using the front door? Find a vent, a ladder, or a window to climb through! To top it all off, the story is fantastic. It will keep you wanting to know what happens next, every step of the way. Not only that, but there are many side quests to tackle, which can either flesh out various parts of the story, or give you a break from the action. Overall, the game is a very solid experience. Its one major drawback are the boss battles; here, your choices are limited and you must actually kill the bosses. However, seeing as how few and far between they are, this gripe doesn't blemish this fantastic game.