Reviews by darkhorse441

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Incredible Open World

darkhorse441 | Sept. 27, 2014 | Review of LEGO Lord of the Rings

Ever since Lego Star Wars III, the franchise has had some form of open world, which has evolved and culminated in this game. True to Peter Jackson's trilogy and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Lego Lord of the Rings comes highly recommended for fans of the saga. Its strength lies in its open-world, which incorporates many RPG elements and is reminiscent of Skyrim. (Anyone get the in-game arrow to the knee reference?). Middle Earth is faithfully recreated and allows for fetch-quests and minigames. While the levels are a bit lackluster and sometimes buggy, the game itself is saved by its incredible open-world gameplay. A must for all Tolkien fans!

93

The Definitive Lego Game

darkhorse441 | Sept. 27, 2014 | Review of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Lego Batman was the best selling game of the franchise and gave a new twist on Lego Video Games. Now, as The Dark Knight was to Batman Begins, Lego Batman 2 improves on nearly every aspect of the original. It adds an open-world, expands on the story, has voice acting, and increases the size of levels. The result is a funny game that evokes all the nostalgia of the older Lego games while creating a fresh new style of gameplay. If there is one game that truly shines in the legacy of the original Lego Star Wars, it is Lego Batman 2. While it is sometimes buggy and has a small character selection compared to other games, it uses the toyline to its fullest and incorporates the best elements of both Lego and DC to create a fun experience for gamers of all ages.

90

The Best in the Series

darkhorse441 | Sept. 27, 2014 | Review of RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Platinum (MAC)

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 takes a fresh two look at the franchise. While there was little difference between the two previous games, Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 adds a new 3D game engine, greater camera freedom, more rides, better park control, and the ABILITY TO RIDE YOUR ROLLER COASTERS! This feature alone makes the game highly recommended, compounded with the fact that the Platinum editions allows you to create pools, water rides, and zoos. Granted the game has its flaws, and the graphics seem a little outdated by today's standards, but it is a great simulation game to add to your collection in anticipation of the next installment.

92

Wow...

darkhorse441 | Sept. 20, 2014 | Review of Portal

What can be said about Portal that hasn't been said a thousand times; the gameplay is probably the most innovative of the generation, the story is engaging and witty, and the graphics are top-notch (for a 2007 game) and still hold up today. The only real compaint is the very short nature of the game; an average player could finish it in three hours, though I guarantee it will be some of the best moments you've ever spent gaming. Journey through one of the greatest and most original of Valve games, and get ready to play a game that defined this generation of gaming.

90

A Refreshing Change

darkhorse441 | Sept. 20, 2014 | Review of The LEGO Movie Videogame

The Lego Movie Videogame follows the same structure and design as previous video games. However, it offers a refreshing new design and a different feel. The realism of previous games has been replaced by all-LEGO decors and animation truer to actual Lego Minifigs) Blending with cutscenes from the movie, it expands on certain scenes and creates an open-world recreation of the blockbuster motion picture. It may be shorter than recent LEGO games, which is a bit of a letdown, but also helps to re-live the nostalgia of the older, shorter games. With its massive character selection, changeable pants, and witty dialogue, this game is a great addition to fans of the movie and LEGO fans everywhere.

90

Classic Lego Fun

darkhorse441 | June 14, 2014 | Review of LEGO Batman: The Videogame

Many will agree that some of the newer lego games (Lego Marvel, Lego Batman 2, Lego LotR...) are a lot better than the originals, and who could argue? But nothing really beats the nostalgic feel of the original games, when they talked in gibberish, when the game engine had a certain feel that made it feel like being a child again. This game offers all that nostalgic feel as well as one of the greatest superheroes (#2 according to IGN!) of all time: Batman. The characters, the story, the suits, and the powers are all fun to watch for both new fans of the Lego series and old. My one major complaint is the incredibly small selection of characters. Actually, it is the smallest of any Lego game. Still, it offers several great hours of gameplay, and is well worth the money.

89

Awesome

darkhorse441 | June 14, 2014 | Review of LEGO Marvel Superheroes

This Lego game definitely does what no other has done. It has great characters, good humor, an amazing selection of minifigs, new big-figs, a great open world, and so much more. My only concern is that sometimes the story gets a little bogged down by having so many characters and I sometimes lose track. Also a bit disappointing is the DLC that costs, in my opinion, more that the characters it unlocks are worth. But other than that, this game will be definitely worth your money and it takes a long (but great) time to finish.