Reviews by cpbeura

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Nostalgia!

cpbeura | Oct. 4, 2013 | Review of Thief Pack

I remember playing Thief: Deadly Shadows a lot when I was a kid. I have to confess that I haven't played the original game and its sequel. Thief was the series that started my infatuation with stealth games and I will always consider this series as a technical achievement. Coming to the game, you star as Garrett, a master thief who steals from the rich and keeps the loot for himself. Game play is mostly centered around staying hidden in the shadows and not alerting enemies. If the enemies find you, it will be a quick and painful death. The game also has some supernatural elements which I will not delve into. The graphics in the game were spectacular when it was released and they still manage to hold up well in 2013 if you pardon the texture quality. Overall, I would say that this is a sweet deal and worth grabbing for the third game alone. This pack is a solid 9 out of 10.

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GTA: Hong Kong or something else?

cpbeura | Sept. 28, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Limited Edition

It is hard to believe that Activision had cancelled this game halfway through production ( It was named True Crime: Hong Kong at that time). Thank goodness for us gamers that Square-Enix picked it up. This game is a blast to play through. The city of Hong Kong is realized with meticulous attention to detail. The story is your typical undercover cop story but is well presented. The voice acting is good and the dialogues are a mix of English and Cantonese which adds to the authenticity. What stands out the most are the fighting mechanics. The Arkham series would be proud! The car handling is arcade-style so the driving doesn't feel like a chore. Mission structures are varied and hence repetition is avoided. Now, comparisons with GTA are unavoidable as both are open world sandbox games. Needless to say, such comparisons are unjustified as both games have a different twist on the same formula and both achieve what they set out to do. This game is a solid 8.5/10.