Reviews by commanderhavoc

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A nasty descent into the madness of men

commanderhavoc | Oct. 17, 2014 | Review of The Evil Within™ and Season Pass

The Evil Within share a lot of similarities with one of Shinji Mikami's earlier works, that being Resident Evil 4. However it has a much more gritty and downright nasty look to it that the Resident Evil games didn't have, especially since it delves into the madness of men with the untold horrors that plague them. But it does also have a form of currency system in the form of Green Gel that you find in bottles or in puddles that the enemies sometime drop behind, its used to upgrade Sebastian's abilities as well as the various weapons that can be found throughout the game On my first playthrough, I didn't get scared that much but I did however feel quite uneasy with the design of some of the places you'll go through, especially near the end of the game. Also, this isn't an easy game either even if you play on the easiest setting, ammo will be quite scarce and sometimes it is best just to try and sneak around the monsters, or stealth kill them if you're feeling brave enough to do it. All in all, this is a rather nice action horror title from the man who gave us Resident Evil that will provide plenty of challenge for anyone who buy it, just don't buy it if you're squeamish of mental probing or other more barbaric mental healthcare methods.

90

Intense flight arcade action at its best

commanderhavoc | July 22, 2014 | Review of Ace Combat Assault Horizon Enhanced Edition

I never have had the chance to play any of the previous entries in the Ace Combat series, but I had an absolute blast playing Assault Horizon. There are A LOT of planes that you get to fly as well as the Apache attack helicopter, a bomber, the almighty AC-130U gunship and you even get to be a door gunner in a few parts of the game's single player campaign. And yes, for all the swedes out there, the JAS-39C Gripen is in here too as one of the multirole fighters you can pick for some missions as well as multiplayer, the plane's computer even has a swedish voice that will say things like "Högre! Högre!" when you fly too close to the ground and others. There's nothing more satisfying then engaging in a dogfight with a really tough fighter ace and then bring him down with a well placed missile and watch him fly out of his jet and then past you. The first time I played through this game on my PS3, I could actually hear all the blood rushing through my ears, it caused quite the adrenaline rush needless to say. If you're the type of gamer who likes to play flight games, but is not too fond of all those advanced or hard flight games, then this is something you shouldn't pass up, especially since Namco Bandai not too long ago switched over from Games for Windows Live to Steamworks.

92

Welcome to the urban jungle

commanderhavoc | July 16, 2014 | Review of Crysis 3

Once again we are back in New York, except it has been sealed inside a dome by the CryNet Enforcement & Local Logistics (C.E.L.L) and much of it has been taken over by nature thanks to the remaining Ceph units inside the dome. Following the events of the previous game, C.E.L.L has recovered from their major losses and now has gotten hold of the very technology that the Ceph uses and now holds a monopoly on unlimited energy. However they charge some quite high prices for this unlimited energy and anyone who can't pay are sent to these labor camps to work their "debt" off. You play as Prophet who has returned, in a rather strange manner too if you've seen the ending for Crysis 2, and now must hook up with a resistance movement inside the NYC Liberty Dome to help in the fight against C.E.L.L. He meets at the very start an old squadmate called Psycho, those who played the first game as well as its standalone expansion pack Warhead might remember this slightly violent british fellow, who urges him to help them in the struggle and he agrees to it. However, Prophet senses that something isn't right inside the dome and he feels that it might be related to the Ceph, especially the commander of these aliens called the Alpha Ceph. Like in the previous entries in the series, you are given free reign to decide how you approach an objective by either sneaking or going in guns blazing. You've got plenty of options when it comes to weapons, especially in the silent department in the form of a form of bow called the Predator Bow that allows for silent takedowns along with multiple arrow types for variety. If you loved the first several games in the series and also loves to sneak around very much like the Predator from the Predator movies, then you can't pass this one up. Just make sure your computer is powerful enough to run it as it has some high demands.

94

A Russian game gem

commanderhavoc | April 24, 2014 | Review of Silent Storm Gold Edition

Silent Storm is basically what you would get if you set XCOM during WWII without aliens and instead replaced them with sci-fi robotic suits and such. The game lets you play as either an agent of the Allied Forces or of the Axis, you can, after selecting what side you wish to play on, either select a premade character or make your own character with what country he or she is from as well as what speciality they have in the army, like a medic, engineer and so on and so forth, each speciality offer a different set of skills for the character that can turn the tide of a battle in your favor. There's also a slight RPG element to the game with that each and every character, not just your own, can level up and have different skills, like being able to get familiar more quickly with weapons but at the cost of losing that skill level when they switch over to a different type of weapon and many others. The game was also quite advanced for its time with the fact that the enviroment is quite destructible, most walls can be destroyed by explosives and thus nowhere is really safe for either you or the enemy. If you wanted to try something that is a little more different when it comes to WWII and turn-based strategy, then you should give Silent Storm Gold Edition a look.

92

A very haunting spin off of the Dark Fall games

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of The Lost Crown Cap

Remember Nigel Danvers from the first Dark Fall game? Well now he's the protagonist of his very own game where he is looking for an ancient treasure hidden in the english countryside. The game is done in mostly black and white, save for certain parts of the enviroments that are in color and this gives it a surreal feeling to it. Another thing to note is that Nigel is a ghost hunter and therefore will have access to equipment that ghost hunters normally have, like EMF detectors, dictaphones to capture electric voice phenomenon or EVP for short, camcorders and many others that will help Nigel in his mission to uncover the Lost Crown and also help spirits that haven't been able to pass on because of something that happened while they were alive. If you love games that are set in the English countryside and also made in England as well, then you simply must check this wonderful adventure gem out.

91

Professor Layton if it had been like Twin Peaks

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Puzzle Agent

Have you ever wondered what the Professor Layton games would be like if they were done like the old TV show Twin Peaks? Well Puzzle Agent answers that question for you. You play as Nelson Tethers who works with the U.S. Department of Puzzle Research and thus has based his entire career around solving mysterious puzzles that the goverment every now and then gets. This time, he gets a rather unusual mission when he is sent to the remote town of Scoggins when the White House begins getting mysterious puzzles from the Scoggins Eraser Co. factory after they send letters as to why there haven't been any new shipments of erasers as of lately. When Nelson arrives in the small town, he quickly discovers that it is full of rather odd characters that all seem to love puzzles and always have some for Nelson to solve. If you've played the Professor Layton games, you will feel right at home here as some of them can remind you of those classic Nintendo DS games. This is a must have for those who simply love to solve tricky puzzles while also meeting strange and interesting characters along the way.

87

A very crazy parody on England

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Hector: Badge of Carnage

Welcome to Clappers Wreake, the absolute worst town ever in Britain where crime rate is always high and most of the people living there are a bunch of nutcases. You play as Detective Inspector Hector who is a fat, violent, very vulgar and quite rude all the time that gets called to the scene of a hostage situation where he is given a list of tasks by the hostage taker that has to be done before the day is over, or else something really REALLY bad will happen to the town. There's plenty of rude humor abound in the game and while it might not be for everyone, you will get a chuckle every now and then out of it. If you love Telltale's adventure games and wants something that is quite vulgar in adventure games, then you might wanna give this one a try.

90

Lovecraftian horror at its best

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

If you're one of those gamers who had a chance to play the first Alone in the Dark game, Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice, but wanted something that was even more frightening then those, then this is the game for you. You play as private investigator Jack Walters who is given the job of finding a young man by the name of Brian Burnham who worked as a clerk for the First National Grocery chain and was to establish a store in the xenophobic town of Innsmouth, but he then disappeared and Jack has to find him and find out what is going on in the town and why the towns people are so hostile towards any outsider coming into town. But what really sells the game is the Sanity system, if Jack sees too many horrific things, he will start hearing voices and maybe even commit suicide if it becomes too much for his mind to handle and believe me, there are A LOT of abominations in this game that you MUST NOT look at or else you will suffer a fate not unlike those of the protagonists in H.P. Lovecraft's stories. Ammo will be very limited and sometimes it is actually better to hide from the freaks that are after you, but don't even think about fighting with your fists as you can't do that, besides who would want to punch a slimy fish mutant anyway, and that adds even more tension, especially in the early parts of the game when you don't even have a simple knife to defend yourself. You also have to watch out for any injuries you might get, if you don't treat them, you will die quickly and you might not be able to run properly unless you treat the broken leg in time. And there are plenty of heartpounding moments that will make you just stop playing it for an hour or so as these moments will get very VERY intense indeed. I highly recommend this title if you've also played Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem on the Nintendo Gamecube as they share similar elements when it comes to the Sanity system.

95

A proper Fallout sequel

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas

If you're among those who though that Fallout 3 didn't really live to the franchise, then you won't be disappointed with New Vegas. You play as a courier that has the worst luck ever as you are ambushed by a mysterious man in a checkered suit who steals a strange casino chip you were supposed to deliever before he puts a bullet in your head, yet you manage to survive thanks to a strange security bot with a western accent that brought you to a local doctor who patched you up as best he could. Now you must find out who this man that ambushed you is and what is so important about that chip while at the same time helping others who are in plight, or just be a complete and total douchebag towards everyone. There are a lot of classic Fallout weapons in this game, including the awesome Power Fist that can turn a foe into mince meat if you land a critical hit. There are also some pretty good story DLCs that add to the game, the Old World Blues is considered the best of them all with its silly characters and weapons you can get. Also, there's plenty of interesting mods for the game made by the community and some might even add completely new areas that they've made. This is a must own for fans of Fallout or if you're the type of gamer who loves post apocalyptic games in general.

90

Excellent and freaky horror adventure game

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Anna Extended Edition

This game has got a great sense of atmosphere both in the enviroments and the soundtrack. The dark water mill is really creepy, especially when you hear what sounds like a woman crying and banging all around you. And then there's of course the question as to why is the protagonist there, why was he drawn to this place and who is this mysterious Anna? Also, if you love the soundtrack, you will be happy to know that it is included in this Extended Edition as MP3 files in the Steam folder for the game, so you can listen to the atmospheric music while on the bus or out in the woods. This is a must have for those who enjoy spooky games like Barrow Hill, Dark Fall and similar titles.

93

Not exactly horror, but really REALLY good action

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of F.E.A.R

I was personally never scared that much by F.E.A.R., but I did absolutely love the action and combat in it. The weapons are extremely fun to use, especially the Penetrator that can actually pin the enemies to the wall much like the stake gun from Painkiller. And of course, the slo-mo ability is extremely fun too and it adds even more cinematic action to the whole thing. All in all, this is a great action FPS that feels a bit like a John Woo action movie with its slo-mo action moments and such.

90

The sea is your worst enemy

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Cold Fear

The unforgiving Arctic stormy seas are your worst enemy here if you're not careful while fighting the horrific monsters that lurk in the holds of the Russian whaler ship. But of course, Tom Hansen being a Coast Guard veteran means that he isn't unarmed as he has at first a pistol, but then gets his hands on a shotgun, flamethrower and many others that will help him in his fight for survival and the truth of what has happened on that whaler and its connections to an eerie and seemingly abandoned Russian oil rig. This is a must have for those who want a survival horror setting of a different kind and enjoys a good challenge or two.

83

Not as bad as people say

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Duke Nukem Forever

Sure, DNF was in development hell for over 10 years, but it is still a fun shooter at its core and does provide some of that infamous Duke Nukem humor that we've grown up with. The world is once more in danger from an alien invasion and it is up to the Duke himself to stop these alien scumbags from kidnapping all the chicks and dominate the world. And of course, Duke will have plenty of weapons to fight this threat and even at some points get shrunk to a very small size like in Duke Nukem 3D. There's also a single player DLC for the game that takes place directly after the ending of the main game and features the return of an old enemy of Duke. Too many gamers had too high expectations for the game and that is why it has been so hated by many, I personally had a lot of fun with it.

91

One of those rare cases of a superior sequel

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year

Usually when it comes to sequels, they don't always hold even a small candle up to the original, but Arkham City is one of those rare exceptions to this and oh boy did Rocksteady do an outstanding job here. The game starts off with that Bruce Wayne has been captured by the supervillain called Hugo Strange that has figured out his secret identity as Batman and intends to kill him off in the new Arkham, which is situated in an old and abandoned part of Gotham City. Now Bruce must once again don the cape and suit and find out what it is that Hugo Strange is planning with Arkham City while also facing several old foes like the Penguin, the Joker, Two Face and many others that are out for Batman's blood. You also get to play as Catwoman at certain parts and just like Batman, she's incredibly smooth in her fighting style and can quite easily take out a large group of thugs if played correctly like Batman. Also, like in Arkham Asylum, there are plenty of side missions to be done and The Riddler is back also with a lot more involvement then he had in the previous game and be warned, he doesn't play fair most of the time. There are also upgrades to be unlocked for both Batman and Catwoman, some of which are required to get any further at certain parts of the game. Also, this is a very dark game, so don't expect it to be a silly Batman or anything like that as there will be moments that will make you wanna cry. This is a must buy for those who loved the first game and also, there's no Games for Windows Live in this anymore, it was also removed from Arkham Asylum as well.

91

A fun Indiana Jones-style FPS

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | Review of Deadfall Adventures

This is without a doubt one of the most fun Indiana Jones-style FPS you can find out there. You step into the boots of James Lee Quatermain, grandson of the famed Allan Quatermain, who is hired by a covert branch of the US goverment to help special agent Jennifer Goodwin, who also happens to be a former colleague of his, prevent the Nazis as well as the USSR from getting their hands on an artifact from the lost city of Atlantis, one that may according to legend hold the power to raise the dead and the idea of any of these countries holding such a great and terrifying power is too horrible to even begin to comprhend. Allan and Jennifer will be travelling from Egypt to the Artic wastelands and to forgotten Mayan ruins deep in the jungles of Guatemala where not only the fascist and communists will be waiting for them, but also supernatural guardians who lay slumbering and perhaps should have stayed that way. When you start a new game, you can select what difficulty you want on the action and puzzles, if you're the type of gamer who isn't terribly good at shooting but are really good at solving puzzles, then you can have the action on easy and puzzles on hard if you want. Also, you will get a flashlight in the game that will allow you to do more damage against the undead foes that await you, since they've spent so much time in the darkness it is only logical that they're very sensitive to the bright light of the flashlight. Oh and one more thing, the game was made by the same developer who made the outstanding Painkiller: Hell and Damnation. Are you ready for some action that reminds you of the Indiana Jones movies? Then you simply must buy this game

92

An amazing nostalgia trip for anyone who remembers the cartoon

commanderhavoc | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of DuckTales: Remastered

When I was young, I had the chance to see the really REALLY awesome cartoon when it was on TV here in Sweden and I absolutely loved it, along with that addictive theme song, it will never leave! And this remake of the classic NES game does a really great job at capturing the spirit of the cartoon as it feels like an old and lost episode that was never aired, they even managed to get several of the original voice actors to join in and reprise their parts as in the cartoon. They even added in cutscenes for the game and while many complain about them, they still are great and some even provide explanations as to what is going on, like how Scrooge, Fenton and Gyro Gearloose are able to breath on the moon and such. And of course, the theme of the cartoon is included in the game in the credits and don't be surprised if you suddenly find yourself wanting to sing along to it as it is that catchy.

83

A great game flawed by a very lackluster ending

commanderhavoc | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 3 (EU)

ME3 was to be the final game in the Shepard trilogy and we were promised that every choice we had made in the previous two would matter, but alas we were not given the ending that we had hoped for. But aside from the very poor and lackluster ending, it still is a great game with some really memorable characters and moments, you even get to see the characters that survived the Suicide Mission in ME2 during certain missions. It also features a rather fun co-op horde mode where you and 3 other players must fight against Cerberus, Reaper, Geth and Collectors (the Collectors are added in the free multiplayer DLC Retaliation) over several increasingly tough waves until they are given the green light to be extracted from the battlefield. A really cool thing is that you can play as not only humans but also Asari, Turians, Salarians, Drells, Geths, Quarians, Krogan, Batarian, Volus, former Cerberus operatives and even Collectors that are no longer under the control of the Reapers but now fight to preserve the memory of the race they once were. Completing these co-op missions allow you to improve Shepard's chances against the Reapers in the final battle along with what armies he or she are able to muster during the single player campaign. It is generally a very fun multiplayer mode that will make you come back for more and it feels really good when you and your friends manage to complete a mission on the hardest setting. ME3 is a really good game that could have ended a lot better then it did, but it is still worth a playthrough for the characters AND addictive multiplayer co-op mode.

91

Classic online FPS at its best

commanderhavoc | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Counter Strike

Its hard to believe that Counter Strike had the humble beginnings of being just a simple mod for Half-Life that then got so popular that it became a stand-alone game. If you're looking for rank progression, weapon unlocking and such, then you will be very disappointed as this is a game about being skillful with the weapons you pick at the start of each round. During the rounds, you earn money that you then use ingame to buy new weapons, armor and such from the buy zone area, which is located near where you and your team are spawned. The maps generally have the objective of that a group of terrorists are trying to plant a bomb at a location while the counter terrorists try to stop them. Counter terrorists can win by either killing all the terrorists or disarming the bomb they managed to plant while the terrorists can win by killing all counter terrorists or keep them away from the bomb long enough for it to explode and thus win the round. People still play this game to this day and even have added in mods to the game like zombie survival and such, which only add to the variety. This is a must have for those who are tired of the rank progressions and such that is very VERY common with online shooters these days and just long for something that makes you use what skills you have in FPS instead of the absolute best equipment and such.

95

Atmospheric classic

commanderhavoc | Dec. 2, 2013 | Review of Half-Life 2

Half Life 2 is one of those types of first person shooters that have a great atmosphere. And one place in the game unsettled a lot of players the first time they played the game and that place is Ravenholm. That place is an eerie ghost town where Headcrab zombies roam the streets and there are devious traps set to kill anything or anyone unlucky enough to get caught in them. And of course this is also the game that gave us the outstanding Gravity Gun which brought a whole new level to games when it came to physics puzzles as well as combat, yes you can pick up barrels and such to throw at any unlucky enemy infront of you. Also, you might wanna check out the two expansion packs for the game as they progress the story of the game further.

90

War is hell....

commanderhavoc | Nov. 20, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line

If you're thinking this game is another action game where America is the run of the mill hero, then you will be quite surprised. You do play as a Delta Force recon soldier by the name of Walker who is sent into Dubai alongside with two fellow Delta Force soldiers, Adams and Lugo, to investigate the sudden disapperance of Colonel John Konrad and his "Damned 33rd" after they volunteered to stay behind and help people who got stuck in the city after what is considered the worst series of dust storms in recorded history hit Dubai, the rich and elite downplayed the whole thing and left in secret while leaving Emiratis and foreign migrant workers stranded in this living hell. However, Adams and the others soon discover the John may have gone rogue and that he is doing horrible things to the remaining civilian survivors of the storm. And don't expect any happy moments in this game either as it will show you the true horrors of war and what it does to man as well as what man can do to their fellow men just to stay alive You might even find yourself looking down at your hands as you play the game and come to a rather horrible decision you have to make and just wonder if it is really the right thing to do... The game has a multiplayer mode, but it was shoehorned in there by 2K Games while Yager wanted to make this a single player only experience. If you're looking for a game that actually shows you how horrific war can be and how cruel man can be, then this is something really worth taking a look at, just give the multiplayer a pass.

92

The beginning of a true survivor

commanderhavoc | Nov. 20, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider

Have you ever wondered how Lara Croft came to be the tough survivor that she is in the older Tomb Raider games? Then your answers are given here in this absolutely FANTASTIC reboot for the series. Lara along with a few friends and colleagues are stranded on a mythical island located in the Dragon's Triangle, which is considered to be Asia's very own Bermuda Triangle, where they must fight against other ruthless survivors as well as some rather unexplainable foes that lurk in the dark asian jungles along with secrets that give a glimpse into the island's dark past. If you've played games like Uncharted, then you won't have much trouble getting used to the controls, however don't expect Lara to be as agile as she is in the older titles due to her youth and inexperience. One important mechanic in the game is fire itself, it is used to solve several puzzles and can also be used as a weapon with the bow that Lara eventually makes, the bow can also be used to silently take down foes as well as any wild animals that live on the island. Scavanging is also very important here as you have to gather parts from boxes and chests as well as any animal you manage to kill and these parts are then used to upgrade Lara's weapons, like a makeshift silencer for the pistol as one example. Lara will also earn experience points as she takes out foes, hunts, finds hidden treasure troves and solves whatever devious puzzle she encounter, as she levels up, she can pick a skill in one of several catagories that will allow her to have an easier time surviving on this mysterious island. There is also a multiplayer mode, but it feels rather shoehorned in and doesn't really fit in with the rest of the game, but it might still be worth a peek if you're interested.

91

Extremely well made sequel

commanderhavoc | Nov. 19, 2013 | Review of Poker Night 2

If you loved the first game, then you'll absolutely love this one as it has more colorful characters in the form of Ash from Evil Dead, Brock from the Venture Bros, Claptrap from Borderlands and Sam takes Max's place this time around. And even GLaDOS from the Portal games acts as the dealer for the game and as usual has plenty of sarcastic comments to come with during the rounds. You can also during the rounds complete a set of challenges that gives you special currency that you can use to change the table, chips and such to another complete design, like something out of the Borderlands games for example.

90

You are WAR

commanderhavoc | Nov. 15, 2013 | Review of Darksiders

Its not often we get a game where you play as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and then we all of a sudden got one. You play as War, who has been accused of starting the apocalypse much earlier then it was supposed to, but War was certain that he had heard the call and yet none of the other Horsemen showed up and now his powers have been taken away. He is however given a chance at redeeming himself by finding those who tricked him and bring swift and brutal justice onto them, all while being watched over by a shadowy entity, voiced by none other then Mark Hamil, who is to make sure that War does what he is supposed to do or else he will be severely punished. The combat in the game involves a lot of combos and while some of them are tricky to pull off, especially in the PC version due to the controls, it still feels really good when you manage to do one of them and wreak completely havoc on some of the demonic foes that await you on the ruined Earth.

90

Outrageously fun wizard co-op game

commanderhavoc | Nov. 15, 2013 | Review of Magicka

If you're the type of gamer who prefers to play co-op games with friends or family and also enjoy games that absolutely don't take themselves seriously at all, then you will love Magicka. The game makes fun of all the clichés that you find in almost every single fantasy game out there and the characters speak a really REALLY silly version of the swedish language, which will lead to A LOT of laughter. But the most fun part is that you have several magical elements at your disposal that you can combine to create some of the most devastating spells ever unleashed on your foes, and friends as well since friendly fire is ALWAYS ON when you play co-op and that will lead to even more laughter as you accidently send one of your pals flying off a cliff or make him explode with one of the slightly more volatile spells that you can use. Magicka will provide hours upon hours of comedic entertainment when you and your friends play it, so this is a must buy if you're tired of all the more serious games out there and just want something that makes you almost bust your guts from laughing so much.

92

Most challenging indie platformer ever

commanderhavoc | Nov. 15, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy

This is one of those types of games that will leave you frustrated over that you can't get past this one level, but then you feel this almost overwhelming sense of achievement when you finally manage to beat it. The art style is also really good, especially with the fact that Meat Boy leaves a trail of blood on the ground when he runs and the backgrounds are really well made too. This is also another one of those games that are best played with a gamepad rather then then keyboard as the controls can be quite tricky when played with the arrow keys on the keyboard. The devs behind Super Meat Boy also later made the disturbing rogue-like game The Binding of Isaac and that game also is really hard, like an old NES game that is meant to test your gaming skills.

91

Extremely fun vehicular action co-op

commanderhavoc | Nov. 14, 2013 | Review of Renegade Ops

From the creators of the still extremely fun to play Just Cause 2, we get an outstanding tribute to the old days of over the top action games in the form of Renegade Ops. A madman known only as Inferno is threatening to several of the world's major cities if his demands aren't met and its up to a rogue general to gather up a small band of renegades to fight Inferno and stop him dead in his tracks before more civilians are killed. Each of the Renegades have their own unique set of special abilities and weapons that can provide an edge in the battles, the PC version of the game comes with the Half Life games' protagonist Gordon Freeman as an exclusive, he is actually driving the buggy from Half Life 2 and has the special ability to summon Antlions that attack Inferno's unlucky forces. There's also a slight RPG system involved where you can spend points on certain abilities, like faster weapon cooldown, having a special weapon already at the start of a mission and so on, however you can't equip all of them at once and thus you must plan accordingly as to what you might use. The game is best played with a Xbox-360 Gamepad and also with friends, either one friend in a split screen local co-op or online co-op with up to three friends joining you in the battle against Inferno.

91

Disturbing and hard as nails rogue-like

commanderhavoc | Nov. 14, 2013 | Review of The Binding of Isaac

Well its not often we get games like The Binding of Isaac where you actually feel a bit sick whenever you see the horrific abominations that Isaac is facing in the basement and beyond. And this is NOT the type of game where you have multiple lives either, if you lose all your health and die, you will have to start all over from scratch and in an entirely newly rendered world. Oh yes, this game will keep you on your toes, even if you find some really good items that enhance Isaac's health, attack, defence and such, the monsters are extremely relentless and some might even play a dirty trick or two on you And as stated before, it is a very disturbing game, so if you have a weak stomach or are faint at heart, then you might wanna pass this one up as the imagery, enviroment and enemies get more and more disturbing as you descend deeper and deeper.

91

Fun zombie survival game

commanderhavoc | Nov. 13, 2013 | Review of How to Survive

This game takes the fun melee combat of Dead Island and mixes it in with some true Macgyver-style crafting and scavanging while surviving as the only survivor of a shipwreck on an island crawling with not just the undead, but also other survivors and wild life. You will have to take good care of your hunger, thirst and energy as unlike Dead Island and similar games, you actually have to make sure you stay well fed and hydrated while also sleeping for a few hours every now and then, otherwise you will end up with little to no energy while fighting the zombies and that means less damage is dealt. Also, there are slightly more horrific zombies that only come out at night, but these are thankfully very sensitive to light so if you have a torch or flashlight, you will be able to keep them as far away from you as possible. Of course, you are able to craft your very own weapons and armor from the stuff you can find around the islands and these makeshift items will provide a much needed edge in your struggle to survive and maybe even escape these crazy islands. The game is also best played with the Xbox-360 gamepad for Windows as it uses a control system not unlike games like Renegade Ops and such, as in that you move with the left stick and aim with the right stick.

94

An emotional adventure through a zombie apocalypse

commanderhavoc | Nov. 11, 2013 | Review of The Walking Dead

If you're familiar with both the comics and the TV show, then you pretty much know what to expect from this episodic game series. The story and characters are some of the most well written I've ever seen in a computer game and the actors do an outstanding job in their performances and the music also adds up to the atmosphere with some sad tunes that gives you that sense of that things may never ever go back to normal. Its not exactly a point and click adventure game, even though there are some minor puzzles and dangers here and there, it is about the choices you have to make during a zombie apocalypse and how far you are willing to go in order to survive. And anything you say and do will affect what happens in future episodes and also what characters will live or die throughout the game, believe me, you will be forced to make some pretty tough and emotional choices that will make you cry your eyes out.

90

Goes back to what made the series great

commanderhavoc | Oct. 31, 2013 | Review of Resident Evil: Revelations

Now we finally get a Resident Evil game where the emphasis is on surviving while saving ammo for your more powerful weapons for much tougher monsters later. Set on the cruise ship Zenobia that had gone missing sometime ago, you play as Jill Valentine who along with her BSAA partner Parker Luciani must investigate the disapperance of Jill's old partner and friend Chris Redfield. However, Parker and Jill soon discover that the boat is anything but a ghost ship as horrific monsters slither out of the vents and attempt to kill them and that it may be related to a mysterious terrorist group long thought dead. It has its fair share of cheesy moments, but it is done in that old Resident Evil style and you will feel generally very uneasy as you wander the dark halls of the Queen Zenobia as a big storm rages outside with lightning flaring every now and then along with the unsettling noises the monsters make. And this PC port of the once Nintendo 3DS exclusive is done extremely well, Capcom did not do a lazy job here at all and wanted to give PC gamers the best they could offer on a home computer, while also not using Games for Windows Live and just the Steamworks. It isn't the longest game either, but all the things you can unlock by completing the game under certain conditions makes you wanna play it once more along with the really fun Raid Mode that can be played with a friend online. This is without a doubt a true Resident Evil game and is infact also what RE6 should have been from the start.

88

Rather fun despite the departure

commanderhavoc | Oct. 31, 2013 | Review of Resident Evil 5

While this entry in the series may not feature any walking undead at all, it still is a fun action survival game where you can play online with a friend and fight against the Majin and other more horrific monsters that await you in the deepest and darkest parts of Africa. You can also buy weapons and items in this one as well as upgrade weapons to do more damage, hold more ammo and such, but alas there's not mysterious merchant waiting at certain intervals like in Resident Evil 4 and that is something that RE5 could have had instead of just a simple shop screen inbetween chapters. There are also quite a few quicktime events here and there in the game, but thankfully not filled to the brim as Resident Evil 6 was. Another thing is that the AI of Sheva while playing single player is not the best in the world, she wastes ammo quite a lot and can be slow to come to your rescue incase you get caught by a freak, so it is best played with a friend online. Another interesting thing is that the game also provides you the backstory to how Umbrella started making all those horrific viruses as well as biological weapons, but I am not gonna spoil anything here at all. Other then these issues, it is still a fairly solid entry in the series and it is among the two last good canon Resident Evil games before it went absolute nuts with RE6.

90

An excellent mobster story

commanderhavoc | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Mafia II

Out of all the gangster games I've ever played, this one has to be the best when it comes to well written characters and an engaging story about trust, family and betrayal. 2K Czech did an outstanding job at capturing the spirit of the 50's in the US, back when people still believed in the elusive American Dream. And the main character Vito Scarletta and his longtime best friend Joe are great protagonists, especially Joe as he sometimes gets himself in rather silly situations that Vito has to bail him out of and even when he sometimes nearly end up killing both himself and Vito, they still stick together as the best of friends. Of course, the music is also important for the game and they also did an outstanding job here at choosing some great songs for the radio stations to play as you cruise through the city, including John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" and many others.

91

Old school, yet at the same time modern

commanderhavoc | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Rise of the Triad

This remake of the classic DOS FPS Rise of the Triad not only stays true to the original, but also adds many more jokes as well as making the boss battles even more challenging and interesting. And of course, all those wacky weapons and powerups that you could find in the original are here as well, including the God Mode powerup. Also, this is much MUCH more fast paced then most first person shooters you find today and so it can get quite hectic as you battle the evil Triad as one of five unique characters that have their own sets of strengths and weaknesses that make it even more interesting.

90

Ridiculous zombie killing at its finest

commanderhavoc | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Typing of the Dead: Overkill

I have played the original version of this game on the Nintendo Wii and I had an absolute blast with it. And now we get a really good PC port of the game that not only gives us the Typing of the Dead version, but also the PS3 version incase you're not good at typing words quickly enough to kill the mutants and bosses. And of course, if you're even remotely familiar with the original version of the game, then you properly know that it plays out like one of those really cheesy 80's grindhouse movies with a narrator and at times, silly antagonists and dialogue between Agent G and detective Washington. If you're tired of all those zombie killing games and just want something that indulges itself in cheesy humor and such, then this is for you.

93

More insanity and guns then ever

commanderhavoc | Oct. 26, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2

If you thought that the first Borderlands game had a lot of insane guns, then you've not seen what the sequel offers. Now the weapons have their own distinctive looks and attributes that are associated with the corporation that made it. The Tediore weapons for example are reloaded by simply tossing the empty gun away and a fully loaded new one will spawn in your hands. Then there's also Torgue, Dahl, Hyperion, Jakob, Maliwan, Valdof and Bandit. Each of these corporations offer guns that can behave in more ways then you're used to. And of course this game also has a drop in-drop out co-op system that can be played either online or through a local area network with up to three other players. Each of the character classes that you can play as offer unique approaches to how you handle a firefight, the Commando for example can deploy a sentry turret that can be upgraded via the skill tree to have an extra gun mounted on it, fire a nuke when its deployed, stick to any flat surface like a wall and many others. There are also two DLC character classes called Mechromancer and Psycho, yes you actually get to play as a Psycho for once in this game if you choose to buy the Psycho DLC. And speaking of DLCs, there are some really good DLCs that give you more adventures to go out on, like a pirate treasure hunt and many others. This is an absolute must have for those who are fans of the original game and wants even more gun madness with their friends to share.

94

Absolutely amazing

commanderhavoc | Oct. 26, 2013 | Review of Dishonored Nexway -

This is without a doubt one of the most amazing stealth games to be ever released since Hitman: Blood Money. You play as Corvo Attano who used to be the bodyguard of the Empress of Dunwall Jessamine Kaldwin and her daughter Emily until a group of assassins killed Jessamine and kidnapped Emily while pinning the blame on Corvo, who is promptly thrown in jail and is to be executed for the murder. But you're saved by a group of loyalists who want to find Emily and put her on the throne while also deposing the Royal Regent Hiram Burrows who conspired to have the Empress killed. But before that, you must find Emily while also taking out his lackeys along the way, but how you do it is up to you. You can actually opt to not kill your targets and simply neutralize them, which can be done by first exploring the areas and find something that can help you in taking them out in a non-lethal fashion. The world of Dunwall is one of both beauty and despair, the streets are ravaged by hordes of rats that carry a horrific plague and the guards show absolutely no mercy towards those who get infected. Along your way through Dunwall, you will also get access to supernatural powers that a mysterious being known only as the Outsider gives you, one allows you to teleport and another lets you see your enemies through walls, once you upgrade it that is along with many other interesting powers. The first time I played through the game, I went for the non-lethal path and it felt generally much more rewarding then simply killing your targets and anyone who stood in your way.

91

An outstanding sequel to a great game

commanderhavoc | Oct. 26, 2013 | Review of Payday 2

The first Payday game was a great one, but it felt like it was missing a lot of things that could have made it even more interesting. But now we get Payday 2 where they've improved on the many things that were good in the previous game. You now have a safehouse that you can visit and where you can do some target practice, try out several interesting methods of getting through locked doors and even check out how much money you've gotten over the course of the many heists you will be doing in a bank vault. And if you fancy, you can even attempt to complete a heist completely in stealth without letting anyone know that you were there in the first place, these are much harder to pull off but gives you an even more rewarding experience. There's also a RPG system in place where you can spend points in several different skillsets that can for example make it easier to carry the bags that contain the loot, intimidate police officers into giving up and many others. You can also customize all the weapons you buy from the marketplace with various decals and attachments and this also goes for the masks. If you loved the first game, then you simply must have this one and play it with a few friends.

88

A really solid game, despite its troubled history

commanderhavoc | Oct. 26, 2013 | Review of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

This game was originally going to be a first person tactical shooter where you would be doing investigations while also fighting the aliens in the 60's, but the outcry from gamers, critics and the XCOM creator himself was so bad that the game went underground and it went through several changes until it became the third person tactical shooter we have now. It is a surpisingly solid game that doesn't hold back on testing you, even on the easiest setting. You must act quickly in the middle of battles by issuing orders to your agents to take cover and perhaps provide cover fire or deploy a turret. There are also several interesting powers that can turn the tide of an otherwise hopeless battle in your favor, like a shockwave that will knock the human-sized enemies off their feet and a telekinesis-style power that lifts smaller enemies up in the air and leaves them even more vulnerable to your attacks. And it is rather interesting to see the origins of the XCOM project unfold before your eyes as you play through the game as well.

90

An intense and enjoyable turn-based strategy game

commanderhavoc | Oct. 26, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown

This remake of the classic X-COM game is without a shadow of a doubt one of the absolute best to be ever released on PC, PS3 and Xbox-360. The aliens you will be facing during the many battles you partake in will test your tactical skills, especially when facing the dreadful Chrysalid that can turn civilians and your XCOM troops into zombies before they burst open as a new Chrysalid comes out, this is something that scared the living daylights out of those who played the original DOS version back in the 90's. But the game does suffer from a few problems. The most glaring one is the fact that you only have one Skyranger to transport your troops around the world, which doesn't make any sense when the XCOM project is supposed to be protecting the world and can only send a single team to one country while letting the other ones suffer from the alien attacks. In the original game, you could have several Skyrangers if you had more then one landingpad in your base. Also, you only get to have one base throughout the entire game and it never ever gets attacked by the aliens, as with the original game, your base could be found by the aliens and be attacked by them and you also could have more then one base throughout the world, thus allowing you to respond more quickly to alien attacks. Other then those annoying issues, this is an excellent title that tactical gamers will enjoy.

89

Surpisingly fun budget game

commanderhavoc | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death

This game has a lot of cheesy moments as well as a villain who absolutely revels in being evil and not giving a toss about his workers or anything other then profit. And that is what makes this game such a surpisingly fun to play beat 'em up along with a satisfying combat system that will leave your enemies flying all over the place as you fight through hordes of mercs and other foes that stand in your way. Oh and Steve Blum, famed anime, video game and cartoon voice actor, is doing the voice of the Death Mask, he once again does an outstanding job here. If you're looking for something that has the cheesiness of an 80's or 90's action movie along with a combat system not unlike Devil May Cry and such, then you should check this one out.

94

One of the best 2D shooters ever released for DOS

commanderhavoc | Sept. 28, 2013 | Review of Raptor: Call of the Shadows

I played the shareware version of this game quite a lot when I was younger. It was some of the most fun I ever had in a 2D shooter like this one, there are plenty of interesting weapons and gadgets that can provide you the edge you need for each of the sectors you will be flying through. And the sound effects along with the music are outstanding, especially the music that plays when you're in the hanger that has this sort of war feeling to it, too bad they didn't put in any extra animations for the hanger screen like people walking around and talking to each other, cargo loaders taking missiles and guns to other planes and such, that would have added even more to the atmosphere. If you're a gamer who loves the old 2D shooters of the 90's and 80's, then this is the game for you with its intense action and addictive gameplay.

90

Exciting mixture of third person action and strategy

commanderhavoc | Sept. 28, 2013 | Review of Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves

This is one of those little undiscovered indie game gems that does an outstanding job at mixing two different genres together. Taking place in the middle of the 19th century, you play as one of two lumberjack brothers, Jacques "Jacky" and Joseph "Josy" O'Carrol, whose sister, Joséphine, fallen victim to a very nasty case of fever while running away from the town of Wolvesvale with Joseph following an attempt from the village priest to seduce her, which she rejected. This lead to a brief struggle which lead to parts of the church burning down and the priest blames Joséphine for it all, calling her a witch, which the superstitious people of Wolvesvale believes and it is only thanks to Joseph's intervention that they escape the village and up to Jacques' cabin, where the two brothers aren't so happy to see each other. But soon, they're attacked by wolves that aren't acting as normal and Joséphine begins having premonitions of the attacks on the cabin, which is something that she inherited from her Innu mother Mani-Uapikuan. And what's worse is that there is a great evil lurking in the shadows that has its eyes dead set on taking Joséphine and it will stop at nothing to get her. At the start of each day, after the tutorials, you have the option to place down traps and bonfires that will help you during the night sieges, which will get progressively tougher and tougher as more supernatural beasts enter the fray. You can place an infinite number of traps however, it takes time to place these traps and you have to carefully consider where you should place the traps with the help of Joséphine's premonitions that show what path each wave of enemies will be taking, some traps also cost money which you earn by killing the wolves and other beasts that attack during the night There is also the important factor of fear, the wolves can become very afraid of you when you unleash a shout in the game or stand near a bonfire, the more scared they are of you, the more time you have to prepare either your rifle if you've already used a bullet or charge in with the axe you have at hand. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes these types of mixtures as well as engaging storylines and memorable characters.