Reviews by derekthedj


Give it a try, Skyrim fans!

derekthedj | Nov. 12, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® - Dawnguard™

Of all of the available DLC packs available for Skyrim, this one tends to catch the most heat for reasons I don't understand. Anyone who pays attention to the description knows it's about vampires battling vampire hunters (The Dawnguard) but there is much more than this included. You also get a great new weapon (crossbows) along with special powers if you join the vampire side. Also, new dragons, locations, and followers.

While trying as hard as I can to not spoil the rest, there is another completely different story available to you along with a new land to explore. Along the way you will learn about the origins of one of the races in Skyrim. Plus there's a completely separate boss battle a nice surprise at the end. All of this is on top of the already existing battle between the vampires and the vampire hunters. If you're thinking I'm talking about the Soul Cairn, that's not it...


Type these zombies into oblivion!

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

With the style of a 1970's grindhouse picture, typing of the dead blasts zombies with bullets, explosives, a funk soundtrack, and lots of cursing. Type each words correctly to kill a zombie, and do your best to take out zombies in the correct order. The tab key picks up buffs and perks that allow for breathing room or extra damage.

In case you were wondering, the original shooter on rails is also included and is controlled with a mouse or gamepad. Steam achievements are available for both games. Also included are a few minigames such as survival mode, civilian rescue and a carnival style target shoot. Finally, there is a hardcore mode for the daring.

I'm a sucker for the few typing games out there and for what it does, it does it well.


You'll die a lot, but laugh a lot too

derekthedj | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

Make no mistake, this game is extremely challenging to play. Unless you set up a private server with some friends you'll die over and over to the experienced veterans. Still, it's hilarious to watch as you limbs get lopped off and even your head rolls down the hill due to your misplaced blows.

Up for the challenge? Then grab a copy, choose your weapon and jump into the fray. With enough concentration and practice you might be able to taunt your enemies (yes, you can do this) as you block their swings and strike the killing blow.

Just watch out for "friendly fire" willya? There's nothing more discouraging than being killed by your own teammates.


I asked for this...

derekthedj | Sept. 28, 2013 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition

I rarely preorder games but this was a day-one purchase. You learn quickly that this isn't the type of game where you can take care of business by going in with the guns blazing. Instead it forces you to think your way through each level and each objective can be completed in a number of ways. You gain skills as you progress through the game and each has their strength and weaknesses.

Minus a little bit due to the boss fights that seem, well, out of place compared to the rest of the game. If it weren't for the boss fights, it would be possible to complete the game without killing anyone.

For those deciding between the regular and augmented edition, this version comes with a nice looking .pdf of the fantastic concept art that inspired the design along with a making-of video that filmed their progress through each stage of the development of this game by Eidos Montreal. Finally, it includes the wonderful game soundtrack by Michael McCann.

This game taught me to enjoy stealth games. I recommend it.