Reviews by chairmank

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For those that have too much money.

chairmank | Oct. 13, 2011 | Review of Deus Ex Human Revolution: Tactical Enhancement Pack

Total Enhancement Pack gives you a hefty boost and some cool weapons very early on. (Although they don't perform any special functions and are the exact same compared to guns you can obtain yourself later)

A major point against this DLC is that the game itself has no "new game +" feature, meaning once you beat the game you will probably feel cheated out of $2

However, If you want extra cosmetic items very early on in the game and some quick credits then please be my guest.

88

Old, but deep.

chairmank | Aug. 1, 2011 | Review of Seven Kingdoms II

On the surface, Seven Kingdoms II looks like a dated RTS of years past. But once you look past the graphics what you will find is surprisingly deep. Where modern RTS's tend to emphasize resource and army building to overwhelm your enemies. Seven Kingdoms II offers other paths such as espionage, trade, and diplomacy which are just as rewarding. The historical aspect of the game is also surprisingly correct and offers fun and interesting scenarios in a real world context. If you're a strategy fan you can't go wrong!

83

Worth the price!

chairmank | Aug. 1, 2011 | Review of Alien Breed 2: Assault

Alien Breed 2 is a top down shooter utilizing the unreal 3 engine. The environments look great and really push a broken down ghost ship type of atmosphere on you. However, the main character suffers the same gripes I have with most modern unreal engine games in that they all have this beefy armor with unneeded lights everywhere which makes them look ready for a futuristic fro-lock on the grid iron (american football to you chaps) that didn't pay their lighting bill. Even though I don't have a soft spot for pig skin or bald space marines, Alien Breed 2 delivers a solid game that rewards survival and scavenging rather than mindless run and gun gameplay. The game contains both a singleplayer and an online co-op mode. The campaign is told nicely through the use of dynamic comic book panels with full voice acting, however the story didn't leave me on the edge of my seat. If movies this season don't pique your interests, why not spend $10 on a solid experience?

79

Quirky and Fun.

chairmank | Aug. 1, 2011 | Review of Worms Reloaded

Worms Reloaded is the latest entry in Team17's Worms franchise, finally going back to its 2D roots. The game contains both a singleplayer and multiplayer modes, but the AI can either be incredibly godly or incredibly stupid and not much left in between. The voices for the worms, can get a bit annoying. But additions such as the dynamic fire that reacts to the wind, is a nice touch.

Multiplayer tends to slow down due to the connection wait times every turn, and ranked matches are limited to 1v1's. But there are other modes that allow for 4 player mayhem online.

Interestingly, worms reloaded offers players the chance to create their own maps through the use of image files. However there was no in game system to distributing these maps to everyone which I felt was taking a step back.

Veterans of the original style worms will feel right at home, although the omission of some weapons may leave some fans yearning (RIP Mad Cows ]; ). But the more limited weapon selection makes for a fairly balanced experience. As a final note, if you have Worms 2 Armageddon on XBOX360 this game is basically the same thing. If not, jump in and blow up!