Reviews by ctp94wakko
Hey, Need for Speed, but with issues!ctp94wakko | Nov. 24, 2013 | Review of Need for Speed Rivals (NA)
Need for Speed Rivals is a great racing game when it comes down to the racing mechanics, the realism, the art direction and the raw sound of the engines, but that doesn't make it a perfect game. The biggest issue with Need for Speed Rivals is that the tutorials are everywhere and the game treats the player like he/she has never raced before. If that is not enough, how about the loading screens and the cinematics that never stop. Before you even get to race, first you have to wait for mintues on end while the cinematics, which you cannot skip, play out. To restate my previous claims, the art style, the sound, and the driving mechanics are near perfect and a pleasure to experience once you get to racing, but the problem(s) occur even before you get to the better parts of the game.
Something New & Something Amazing!ctp94wakko | Nov. 18, 2013 | Review of Contrast
What a breath of fresh air to see an indie game come out that offers a great change of pace. The music direction and art style are sure to take you away and the voice acting is as good as any. While Contrast, a psychological third person puzzle oriented game may not be for everyone this game is sure to please all indie lovers and gamers who enjoy a breath of fresh air every now and then. Indeed, Contrast may seem like it drags on and becomes a long drawn out puzzler to some, but do not let that get in the way if you are looking for something different and something original AND amazing! It's worth a try.
A World of its Own!ctp94wakko | Aug. 12, 2013 | Review of The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
CD Project Red knows how to do one thing right, and that's how to make an unforgettable gaming experience from start to finish. The Witcher 2 is stunningly beautiful, from dense forests to dwarven cities of stone. The Witcher 2's combat system is as smooth as a hot knife cutting through butter. The voice acting is brilliant and the character animations match their expressions perfectly. The game play is rather easy so a higher difficulty setting is recommended if players want to feel the challenge while playing. In the end, The Witcher 2 is a masterpiece that gets many things right and almost nothing wrong. This sequel is a must buy as it does everything The Witcher did, but way better!
Not for everyone, but what a great Indie !ctp94wakko | July 29, 2013 | Review of Teleglitch: Die More Edition
Teleglitch: Die More Edition is a wonderful, yet challenging game that keeps the player coming back for more. If you're looking for next generation graphics, leave now. However, if you enjoy games that are suspenseful while playing and yet oh so joyful when you succeed at a task or clearing the level of enemies, Teleglitch is for you. While the sound, or lack thereof isn't the main focus of the game, and neither are the graphics, it is the simple and intriguing game play that brings the player back time and again. Teleglitch is the type of game for those who aren't afraid to die and instead see it as a challenge to overcome. Though not a perfect game, Teleglitch: Die More Edition is a game that is unquestionably worth a try. Also, the new content expands upon the greatness that this game already has to offer.
Bet on Who?ctp94wakko | July 4, 2013 | Review of Bet On Soldier
Bet on Soldier may deter gamers by its outdated graphics, but don't leave just yet! Bet on Soldier (B.O.S) takes gamers back to a time where graphics weren't everything and fun gameplay was all that mattered. Gamers who have played older shooters such as Wolfenstein 3D and Doom will feel right at home. While the graphics are outdated, they compliment the play style that Bet on Soldier aims for. The sounds of the game match the graphics ,which again, work for what the game has to offer. But what about the biggest part of Bet on Soldier, the shooting? The gameplay/shooting mechanics are a blast from the past and players will rejoice in the simple mechanics of point and shoot with the objective of killing anything that moves. For what it is, Bet on Soldier is an average game that reminds players that not all shooters have to be intense and complex. Definitely worth a try, just don't expect a shooter like the modern military shooters of today.
Expecting Much?ctp94wakko | July 4, 2013 | Review of Ride to Hell: Retribution
Ride to Hell: Retribution is an action game where you play as a rugged motorcyclist who seeks retribution. However, the combat animations are copied and pasted from one enemy to the other, especially the kill animations when riding motorcycles. The voice acting is below average and does not seem to compliment the characters in any way. Graphically speaking, Ride to Hell: Retribution is an average looking game. It's not great, but it's better than games from five years back. It is hard to recommend such a game to anyone, even biker fans, with all that is lacking in this game. Ride to Hell: Retribution feels like a slapdash game and plays like it was quickly put together and because of that I cannot give this game a solid recommendation. The music is not bad though!
Loved the first? You'll love this!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | Review of BioShock® 2
Everything that Bioshock had, but better! Bioshock 2 takes place prior to Bioshock and is a different story all on its own. Oh, and did I forget to mention that you play as a Big Daddy! The introduction of various new enemies, Big Sisters and the ability to use your mechanical drill as a weapon enable Bioshock 2 to add variety from its predecessor, while holding onto the best aspects of the original. Still taking place in the underwater city of Rapture, Bioshock 2 displays various lociations that the original did not, and while playing as a Big Daddy the experience is a breath of fresh air and in no way makes the player feel like they are playing Bioshock 1.5, but a completely different game as everything you see and do, you have never seen or done before. The graphics have been upgraded from the original and the story is a beautiful masterpiece. Bioshock 2 is a must buy for any fan of the original or any newcomer(s) who wanted to become immersed in an underwater city filled with mysterious, secrets and wonders to behold!
You owe it to yourself to BUY THIS GAME!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | Review of BioShock (NA)
BUY IT! This game is one of the most atmospheric games I have ever played, and that's a good thing since the games spotlight is the focused on the atmosphere throughout the game. A first-person shooter set in an underwater city opens up a world of trouble and discovery for the gamer as he/she traverses this mysterious underwater world. While the shooting may be the weakest part of this beautiful game, the combat system is supported by the introduction of plasmids in which you can electrocute an enemy or send them flying into the air. The graphics are great and work well with the creepy undertone of the setting. Every sound in the game will make you cringe or look around every corner before you venture to ensure that you're not at the receiving end of a splicer. Big Daddies are a great use as mini-bosses throughout and it is up to the player whether or not the reward of facing such a fiend is greater than the risk. Buy this game if you love shooters! Buy this game if you love the story aspect of a game! Buy this game if you want to play a game with great immersion and discover a world that lived all on its own under the water!
A welcome introduction!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | Review of Bulletstorm
A game that looks great, plays great, lacks immersion, but is a heck of a lot of fun to play! Bulletstorm is a first person shooter that brings an arcade like feel with it as the player disposes of his foes in creative ways and the more combos that are pulled off, the higher you score. The scoring system is simply put in place to test the players creativeness in his kills and to see how many combos can be executed to gain an even higher score. The combat mechanics work great as the numerous weapons are introduced with their basic and alternate firing modes to dispose of your enemies in diverse and exciting ways. The shooting explains itself as you aim at the bad guy(s) and fire away, and when the enemies close in on you a nice kick to the chest helps push them back and can lead to some interesting death traps with cactuses . The story seems like it's pulled from the eighties, which is nothing to complain about, just don't expect a story of the century to unfold before you. Bulletstorm looks great, sounds great, even if the corny jokes do get a little old, but it is defiantly worth a try if you just want to shoot some baddies and have fun while doing it. Check it out!
Similar, yet different!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | Review of Crysis 2: Maximum Edition (NA)
Not on an island? No problem! Crysis 2 is just as awesome as the first, but with a nice change of scenery. Taking place in New York, the protagonist still has the amazing nano-suit with all of its capabilities and is introduced into a totally new and different playground to stretch his muscles and target practice in. The shooting is still satisfying as ever and when combined with the nano-suit, a world (city) of possibilities opens up to the player. While graphically the game may look the same, mountains are replaced with buildings, rocks are replaced with cars and rubble as the aliens infest the once peaceful city. The story of Crysis 2 is more focused than the first, and as a result may also seem more linear. Crysis 2 is much like its predecessor, but with a nice and refreshing change in scenery. This game is certainly worth a buy for any fan of the original or to first-person shooter fans who seek a change of pace!
A science fiction shooter DONE RIGHT!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | Review of Crysis Maximum Edition (NA)
YOUR PC WILL CRY! Crysis is a breath of fresh air to the first-person shooter genre with its nano-suit capabilities that increase your speed and strength as well as to go invisible for a short duration when you want to be covert in taking down the enemy. The destruction in this game is phenomenal, everything but the mountains will crumble as you blow them apart with explosives, a vehicle or your mighty fists of justice. While the story is linear, how you go about acheiving the goal is completely up to you, and that is where Crysis shines most. Do you want to perfom a full frontal assault on the enemy, or sneak into the base and eliminate them one by one, or perhaps snipe them from afar, or drive your vehicle into the base, shoot the gas can and blow up everything in the surrounding area? The choice is yours! Taking place on an island really allows the player to feel like he/she is playing the role of Nomad as he swims with the fishes only to sneak up to a patrol boat and take it by surprise, or analyze the situation from afar and plan out your strategy only to see it become botched in the process as you make a last ditch effort to save yourself when you're low on ammo and the enemy has you surrounded. The nano-suit is a nice change of pace when compared to other first-person shooters out on the market and because of what Crysis has to offer it is a MUST BUY!
Portal Meets Science Fiction!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | Review of Magrunner: Dark Pulse
Magrunner is a puzzle game, but do not fret, there's a story behind this puzzle game that wil test your mind more than the puzzles. The puzzles within Magrunner focus on polarity between objects and at the players will you can change the effect (polarity) of certain objects to help you get from point A to point B. This game will most certainly test your brain and your patience as this is not a trivial puzzle game. Players may be stumped for minutes or hours when figuring out how to traverse the path ahead of them only to find out that they have been going about it all wrong. Along with the puzzles, the other big thing that sticks out with Magrunner is its story. I won't spoil anything about the story, but it is one of the most "out there" stories that you really have to pay attention to or you will just get lost and be confused about your mission or purpose in the game. Magrunner scores high in its puzzle difficulty, but low with the awkward story and lack of character depth to pull the players in. Magrunner is a must try, if only for the puzzle solving gamers out there.
An RPG within an RPG!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | Review of Knights of Pen & Paper: +1 Edition
Well this is awkward, but oh so GOOD! When was the last time you got to play and RPG whose characters within that RPG are themselves playing an RPG. A strange concept, but executed beautifully. Knights of Pen & Paper takes you on a journey that reminds you of the good old gaming days. The combat system is that of any old school RPG turn based game, but that's a good thing. The beauty in this game comes from the variety in customization. The ability to customize what your characters level up in is great. The ability to decorate your hub (home base) with furniture that actually enhances your characters is a well thought idea, and simply having the option to play as a nerd, the pizza guy, a wolf-like creature or even an alien is superb. You can have up to five characters to play with and when given enough coin you can even choose who your quest giver is. Who wouldn't love to have Master Splinter as their mentor?! The art style is simple, but effective, and for what this game is and brings to the player, I cannot argue with the asking price for it is a small, but very bright gem that shines more than others. Definitely a worth try, hopefully a buy!
Batman thinks you should buy this game!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year
A fitting sequel to Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City carries on from Batman's last adventure, but now Bruce must restore order within an open city, and this is not a task easily done. Much is the same from Arkham Asylum, the graphics are better if just a bit, the combat is still satisfying as ever and now you get to play as CATWOMAN! Catwoman and Batman's story intertwines as they attempt to save the city in their own way. Catwoman's play style is very different from Batman's as she is far more flexible and uses her whip to get from building to building rather than glide as Batman does. The city is the biggest attention getter as Batman Arkham City now has more of an open world concept. While it is not completely open world, it is defiantly larger than Arkham Asylum and with a more open world concept Batman can drop in on conversations from above, take part in side missions and solve mysteries on the side. More villains are revealed as Batman journeys across the city to thwart a diabolical plan that is too great to mention. Batman Arkham City carries over a lot of the basic concepts from Arkham Asylum, but is nothing wrong with that as Batman can now test all his skills and gadgets on a whole city of villains and thugs.
FUN MOBA? RIGHT HERE!ctp94wakko | June 10, 2013 | Review of Awesomenauts
A lot of Moba's are so alike, but Awesomenauts is just SO MUCH FUN! Each character has more personality than other Moba's have in their entire game. Game play is very easy to learn and once you start, it's very difficult to stop. Game play mechanics focus around the WASD keys and the left/right/middle mouse buttons. Graphics are in a cartoon 2D manner that makes Awesomenauts as fun to play as it is competitive. With easy to learn game play mechanics, friendly and amusing graphics, Awesomenauts as a package is one of the most fun Moba's out there to date! A must try!
An Undiscovered Gemctp94wakko | June 10, 2013 | Review of Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves
A strategy game for the science fiction gamers out there. Strategy and WEREWOLVES clash in this Canadian strategy game with so much character that it oozes at its pores. While the graphics are certainly the weakest aspect of Sang-Froid, they are not subpar to say the least. Game play requires a top down strategy during the day and executing that strategy at night in a third-person melee way. The mechanics are great for what they are. You play as a lumberjack, and because of that melee is nothing like God of War. The combat is simple, but reasonable for what it is. The story really draws you into Canada during the 1800's which I did not expect. Sang-Froid is a hidden gem that executes everything perfectly for what it is. While the production quality is not that of AAA games, Sang-Froid makes up for quality with originality and is a must buy, or at least a must try!