Reviews by dgaml

85

Looked forward to playing it every single time

dgaml | Jan. 6, 2014 | Review of I AM ALIVE

Once in a long while, there comes a game that makes me excited to think about playing it while locked away at school or work. It gave me something to look forward to, and when I finished it, it game me something to reminisce about. I Am Alive is one of those games.

The title thrives on an engrossing storyline, atmosphere and innovative gameplay that, like many greats, doesn't lie in a single genre, but instead hops from one to the other, gathering a few select elements from each genre to deliver a whole new experience.

I give the graphics a 7/10, with a few glitches and rendering issues here and there. Sound and music are a solid 8-9. But gameplay takes it home with a perfect 10 and easily transcends any visual or audio weaknesses.

If you are looking for a mix of role-play, adventure, thriller, action and a bit of intellectual strategy, this is the game for you.

100

Still the best in 2014

dgaml | Jan. 6, 2014 | Review of Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition

Deus Ex is more than just a game; it is an experience, a cult following and a revolutionary leader in the realm of immersive gameplay. I stumbled upon Deus Ex in an old PC Gamer magazine and from the moment I landed in tutorial level, my senses were flooded with awe, and my brain kept whispering "this is awesome". During my 18th run through of the game, nothing has changed.

Deus Ex allows you to play as if it were the life of JC Denton you were controlling, as he struggles against the opposition using his training, wits and judgement to aid him in the quest for... well... whatever you decide. The gameplay is beautifully crafted, and allows you to take control, immerse yourself and completely forget that you are using a mouse and keyboard to control polygons on a screen. From controls, to shortcuts, to graphical overlay, the developers have made it easy to see through the eyes of JC Denton, thus enhancing the experience that you are actually in the game, living the life of JC, running from your enemies, making his decisions and dealing with his regrets.

Graphics are dated even during its day, and I will admit that voice acting can be a bit cheesy at times, and sound effects are occasionally cartoonish. But these simple elements, did not stop me and many others from giving this game a perfect 100 out of 100.

The musical score deserves a whole new paragraph. Alexander Brandon, Dan Gardopée, Michiel van den Bos and Reeves Gabrels have created multiple masterpieces within the game. I have never before (and even today) truly appreciated how much power music has to complement the ambiance of a game. But Deus Ex has managed to make something that most other games consider a napkin into one of the table's centerpieces.

OVERALL: You see me rambling about something when I really love it or hate it... Deus Ex is in the former category. Purchase this game, lock yourself in your room with adequate sustenance and play, play, play!

85

A game that lives up to its title

dgaml | Jan. 5, 2014 | Review of F.E.A.R

FEAR delivers well-timed shock scare tactics combined with chilling atmosphere to render me scared to the edge of their seats at the start, and jumping back when horror strikes.

The fear of the unknown is the backbone of this game as I was constantly checking around corners, crouching and walking slowly to prepare myself for what was coming at me.

Graphics are excellent but music and sound effects are were FEAR shines. In combination with a puzzling and almost Stephen-King-ish vibe that made me tread the game's world with trepidation.

Gameplay is stellar as the game goes from 0 to 100 in a split-second, but the developers have adapted the gameplay to suit the rapid change in pace, especially with the "slow-mo" feature and the ability to rapidly change weapons. This change in pace is a large part of the game's appeal as I found myself taking cover a lot of the time but was suddenly thrust in to a situation facing 7 soldiers all at once.

This game is on my all-time favourites, although I dare not play it again... don't think my heart could do that again...

80

Immersive and fun puzzles with a strong storyline

dgaml | Jan. 5, 2014 | Review of Nancy Drew - Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake

The developers have managed to deliver an engrossing storyline wrapped with layers of fun and interesting puzzles. While the game is not the longest or the hardest, it is definitely worth the $1.74. Graphics are dated (as to be expected in this era of adventure gaming) but it does not detract from the overall experience of "adventure". Sounds and music are atmospheric and thoroughly engage your senses to deliver the immersive game-play.

Overall, a great game that should certainly be on the "must-buy" list.