Reviews by cptmorgan85

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A Welcome Surprise

cptmorgan85 | Oct. 27, 2014 | Review of Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™

Going in to my first playthrough, I was not expecting much. Sometimes when a franchise tries to go in to a new medium, it will most like do more harm than good. Luckily, I this was not the case. Shadow of Mordor is an excellent blend of both the familiar and the new. The main polot, albeit short, tells a very tight knig story that will certainly appease any fan of middle earth. The stealth and combat mechanics is a combination of Assassins Creed and Batman. Monolith blends the two exceptionally well, and it does not feel watered down or a poor port. Rather, the next logical step these mechanics should go. THE definining feature of this game, however, is the Nemesis System. This ensures that every persons playthrough is unique, and everyone will have there own story to tell. It's a system will no doubtedly be emulated by other developers.

The cons. I will say that the last two boss fights (of the three) are pretty dissapointing. That, and the main story itself isn;t anything new (and almost forgetable). Typically, this would be any other games downfall, however the nemesis mechanic ensure that you will have your'e own "boss fights" with your own rich stories to tell.

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This what Civ V was meant to be

cptmorgan85 | July 23, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World (NA)

Brave New World takes what was great about the base game, and improves on it. Having been away from the game for a while, I once again found hours melting away as I got lost playing around with my new civilizations.

For me, the improved culture and added tourism has finally made a culture victory worth striving for. The new archaeology and and great works are welcome additions to this.

With the new World Congress, world diplomacy is a serious factor to the end game content. The AI can still be a little funny, but there is a marked improvement.

Brave New World is a must have for Civ V. I would only reccomend holding off on it if you are new to the Civ franchise, and have not played the base game to get your feet wet. But if youre afraid to dive right in, you certainly won't regret it.