Reviews by cheesecakematt
Firestartercheesecakematt | July 15, 2013 | Review of Dishonored
The game kicks off with an escape section that teaches the player the basic game mechanics, furthering this the game manages slowly increase the players skill through the slow unlocking and specialization of skills. The first half of the game is perfection; a vibrant and interesting game world engaging the player and core mechanics that work show off this new IP's potential.
Unfortunately the second half of the game, for me at least, was not up t the same standard as the first half. This is mostly due to a new enemy type being introduced that results in the players' character feeling a bit lost and restricted. The level design is also more bland making it a more forgettable part of the experience, in fact on my second playthrough I gave up after the better half as I did not want to put myself through the good, but not great other parts of the game.
The game picks up again towards the end of the game allowing the player to have a good lasting impression from the game, with large open levels with multiple entry/exit points and huge potential for multiple waysto kill (or not kill) the target.
In conclusion I feel this game is very good, polished to near perfection but only let out by an average middle section to the game, as to longevity the game can be played from multiple modes of play, even allowing the player to be a pacifist. The one thing I would have like was a 'contract' mode seen in Hitman: Absolution (Overall a worse game) which would allow players to craft missions out of the brilliant levels to add a potentially infinite length to the game
Very good game, not sure it lives up to expectationscheesecakematt | June 24, 2013 | Review of Bioshock Infinite
Infinite finally came out and after completing the first time I was sure it was the best game of 2013 and maybe the best shooter (apart from hl2) I have ever played. Then looking back and playing two more times I started to see the small flaws that I now see as to make the game a less thrilling experience; the linearity of the game, sure it is trying to tell a story, but Bioshock 1 achieved this whilst allowing a bit of exploration. Another problem is the undesirable weapons that are uninventive but satisfying and finally the game is pretty much a one-trick pony, once completed once I did not gain much enjoyment out of a further play through, in conclusion then, this game is amazing, and may well be the best shooter of 2013, but it is not perfect and maylose its appeal after the first run.