Reviews by drakso

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One of the better Painkiller games

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | Review of Painkiller: Black Edition

Painkiller is a very awesome shooter. It is just a mindless shooting, but a very fun experience. The game has lots of variants that the company had the nerve and guts to call separate games. From all of the games the original painkiller and the black edition are the worth while games. In the game you mostly shoot very well designed and slightly creepy creatures with a number of weapons. The weapon design I think is the high point of this game. You not only shoot with the weapon, but feel awesome while doing it. The maps are divided by sections and you must clear a section before continuing to the next. There are also very old school boss fights, in the meaning that you can't just win by shooting in it. There is a certain way of killing every boss and you must figure out how. Overall a very gory shooter with very awesome weapons. Recommend as a stress releaver or just if you feel like shooting mindlessly.

56

A reasonable Action TD game

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | Review of Sanctum

Sanctum is an Action Tower defense game, meaning: you must defend a point on the map from enemies by building towers, upgrading them and shoot at the enemies with various weapons along the way. At first glance the game looks complex enough and it shows promise. But in reality, when you play it for a while, the game gets very repetitive and you get bored. The weapons are not that interesting and the upgrades to the towers are very arbitrary. The graphics are simple and the soundtrack and overall sounds are mediocre. The most fun that you will get out of this game is if you play it with a friend. It is a great buy for half price tho.

73

A dictatorship sim

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | Review of Tropico 3

Ever wondered what it would be like if you were a dictator in your own country on an island? Well now you can, with this crazy yet awesome game. The game is a strategy simulation game and it does its job very well. You choose a dictator with a couple of traits ( good and bad ) and you start in an island. The goals of the missions can vary but you can also play sandbox. There is a lot of micro management in this game, from the economy and paychecks of citizens to a person by person bribes and murders. You can advance in the game with building your economy, relations with the USA or SSSR or bank on tourism. The choice is yours. After all you are the "El Presedente". The graphics and the animations are reasonable. The sound is adequate and the music is very very good. Also the silly character that airs on the radio will make your every game more funny and weird.

92

A great strategy empire sim

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | Review of Rome: Total War

From the total war franchise, this is by far the best example of a well done game. For those that never heard of this game, its a turned based strategy game with real time strategy battles. It is set in the time when the roman empire is at rise. You play as one of the 3 main roman houses that all create the roman empire. ( later in the game you can unlock more factions to play with ) The graphics and the animation quality is okay. The main point in this game is the micro management of your empire. That includes faction ruler, heirs, armies, commanders, cities, diplomacy and much more. There is a lot of detail in the game play and that is what makes it so engaging and awesome. I will recommend this game to anyone that loves strategy games.

65

A beautiful* game

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | Review of Might and Magic Heroes V

Heroes of Might And magic is a long standing and one of the best turned based strategy games. For all the fans of the heroes franchise, this might be a great leap forward or a huge disappointment. This is by far the most beautiful Heroes game that I ever played. The models and designs are stunning and the animation and effects are amazing. Every unit in the game is filled with details and carefully "crafted". With that said, there is also a bad side to this game. If you play it with more than 2 opponents, it is nearly unplayable. The time between your turns is very long and it is totally ruining the experience. If you have nerves of steel or just play against 1 or 2 players, than it is pretty much okay. The campaign is fine and there are no long turns during most of it. Overall a great game, if you can overlook the crazy long time between turns on some sessions.

86

The title of the game says it all

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | Review of Evil Genius

Evil Genius. A strategy game that simulates just that. You pick an evil genius out of the 3 available witch all have different traits and heroes that fight by their side and you start a game on an island with a huge volcanic mountain in the middle. Your goal is to build a secret base in the mountain, gather armies and minions and eventually rule the world. Even tho its an old game, the cartoony graphic style makes the graphics and animation still very good. There is a lot of funny moments in the game and the minions are certainly not the smartest bunch and that's what makes the experience even funnier. There are also agents from governments around the world that will try to uncover your plan, so you must take care of them by setting traps, training soldiers or simply making your base as hidden as possible. The game is one of my best strategy experience, and I recommend it to anyone that wants to play strategy games and also wants to have a few laughs in the process.

80

A turn based strategy that will blow your mind

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown

One of the better titles of the X-COM franchise. It is a hell of a fun turned based strategy and it is not afraid to show it. I must say that the game was released in a terrible state and a lot of bugs are not fixed to this date. Now that that is out of the way, the other sides of this game are amazing. The graphics and animation are flawless, and the sound quality is really good as well. The single player campaign is awesome, with many soldiers to level up, gear up, make a base and upgrade it. For me, to experience the true game, you MUST play in ironman mode. The mode basically makes that when a soldier dies, it really is dead and you can't play with it any more. That makes you care for the soldiers more and it adds a lot of tension to battles. If you overlook the bugs that this game has, it is one of the best turned based strategies that came recently.

70

A game worthy to stand in the Action RPG history

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | Review of Titan Quest

As most of you know, Action RPG games are a thing these days, and for a good reason. It is a great combo, for both RPG players and for casual players that want to deep in to the RPG waters. This game is a great start for that. It is an old title but its damn good at what it is. The game has a mythical world theme and it looks like it was inspired by Greek mythology at most parts. The graphics and animation quality are great for an old title like this. The quests are mostly interesting tho it can get a bit repetitive at times. There are a lot of items and gear, but most of them are pretty similar to one another. Also, the classes are a bit off balance and you would find your self in a better position with one class than the other. But those are minor flaws, overall the game plays well and I recommend it for anyone that wants to dip in the action RPG games.

93

The "big bang" in the elder scrolls franchise

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of The Year Edition

This is basically the game that threw the Elder Scrolls franchise up on the gaming charts. The vast land called Morrowind with its many creatures, cities, landscapes and factions made the game a masterpiece for its time. The world tells fantastic stories and even tho the textures and models are not up to snuff in this current generation of games, the ideas and designs of the creatures and cities are very well done. The many talents, spells and gear just make the game more engaging. One thing that no other Elder Scrolls game has is the combination of spells and making your own. For those of you that really want to experience this game but are turned off by the graphics, there is a mod for HD textures and better animations, so look that up. This game is one of the games that made me love the RPG genre and I really recommend to anyone that loves that kind of games. The only thing that gets a bit boring is the GUI and the lack of voice acting, meaning: you have to read all the quests, and the texts are usually not that short.

77

Prepare to be amazed

drakso | Dec. 20, 2013 | Review of Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition

BloodBowl is a turn based fantasy football simulator PC game based on a board game. With that said the game rolls dice for almost any action you take, and the dice determine the success or failure to the tasks you do. The dice roll automatically, but there is a dice log so players can see who rolled what dice and what was the outcome. The gameplay is very tactical and really requires some effort to play. There are many races with different skills and stats and you can also level up your football team, train your players and manage your team. The different and the most interesting part is that you don't have to play by the rules to win. The more punchy teams, that have strong guys could kill or injure their enemies in order to have an advantage. Other teams are more agile and can outrun big guys and play the ball. The game has lots of modes and online tournaments. The only bad thing about this game is that it is very bad at telling you how to play it. The tutorial doesn't teach you anything and it is really hard to figure things out by your self. The game is really good to play but before you start I advise you to check some videos on the net first on the basic rules of the game.

91

Mark in RPG history

drakso | Dec. 20, 2013 | Review of Dungeon Siege II

The RPG scene has been growing for quite some time now, but only great games make the genre really rise. Dungeon Siege 2 is one of those games. It is a somewhat old school RPG and it does things right. The exploration, the various loot and gear and the constant town visiting are one of the many things that RPG fans are hoping to find in an RPG game. The story is very good written and the characters are well designed. Along your character you can also recruit party members to aid you in your journey trough out the game. The towns that you will encounter usually serve as a hub for meeting, getting supplies and saving. The game is a bit old and the graphics are not expected to be very good, but despite that I would strongly recommend it to any RPG fan out there

78

Laugh your way trough a great game

drakso | Dec. 20, 2013 | Review of Deponia

Deponia is one of the rare point and click adventure games that really makes you feel good and engaged. It has an AMAZING art style and the game doesn't drag on more than it needs to. The soundtrack is great and the voice acting is flawless. The main point in this game is the story and the characters. The story is an unbelievable tale and the main character ( its hard to say if its a protagonist ) is really well designed and funny. Trough out the game there are lots of funny moments and good humor. There are puzzles here and there that are not really that hard, but there is an option for hints so you won't get stuck. I recommend it to anyone that wants to cool off from hardcore game and wants to relax in a simple yet funny and engaging game.

88

Merciless platformer

drakso | Dec. 20, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a 2D platformer. But it in the sea of platformers it is one of the rare games that actually DOES THINGS RIGHT. The game is very well crafted for what it is. The level design is phenomenal and the platforming feels really good and fast paced. The game is super difficult, but if you are looking for an easy laid back experience you are probably not a fan of platformer games anyways. There are a huge variety of levels and different unlockable characters that each bring a new twist to the platforming. The art style is original and very well made. If you love platforming games you won't regret playing this game.

62

A good game by it self

drakso | Dec. 20, 2013 | Review of Dungeon Siege III

The dungeon siege games are RPG games in a fantasy setting. But unlike the first two, dungeon siege 3 tries to advance the game on a whole new level. Some of you, that never enjoyed the older games would see it as a good thing, but the fans of the old games are not really happy with the changes. The game has decent combat system - Far better than the previous games, but it lacks the variety of items, gear and cities. Also the exploring in this game seems to be more linear than before. It is also a lot shorter than you might expect from a Dungeon Siege game. On the other side, the graphics and effects are really good and the soundtrack and overall sound are not bad. It is a very good game, but not representative of the brand.

98

A worthy sequel

drakso | Dec. 18, 2013 | Review of Portal 2

I view Portal 2 as the mastered portal game. The whole experience. For those who don't know or have been living under a rock for a while, Portal games are puzzle games made with only one mechanic in mind - Making portals. With the portals you solve puzzles and advance in the story of the game. Portal 2 is really the worthy sequel that everyone hoped for. The graphics and sound are amazing. The story is longer, and the game is overall more difficult. The part that makes this game shine is the co-op. This is one of the best co-op experiences you could find. There is a continued story with the co-op play and also a bonus story and set of pages. There are also a lot of user created maps to play on and a tool to create your own.

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A whole new meaning to puzzles

drakso | Dec. 18, 2013 | Review of Portal

I would recommend this game to any person that play video games and likes to try something new. The game is... sort of a puzzle game with a very unique mechanic. As you imagine it has something to do with portals. Portals are the main mechanic in the game and with them you must try and solve various puzzles. Physics also apply to the portal jumping so you must think outside of the box on some puzzles. The controls are very easy and simple and the game is very well optimized. The graphics are reasonable and the sounds are very well done. The story that the game follows is great and it will shock you at some points. If you don't already own this, buy it. You wont regret it.

88

DnD sort of Experience

drakso | Dec. 18, 2013 | Review of Knights of Pen & Paper: +1 Edition

A small treat for all the DnD fans out there, and for all the common folks out there, its a simulation of an RPG board game basically. You roll dice for pretty much everything, access to everything can be found at the dungeon master and there are even 5 seats witch your characters are sitting in trough out the game. The art style and music are very well suited for the game. You might want to give it a chance because once you get a handle of it you are gonna spend a lot of time enjoying your self. The game also has many gaming references and a nice sense of humor. For that price its really an awesome experience.

86

The modern day rogue like leader

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of The Binding of Isaac

A rogue like game with a very twisted sense of humor. Like all rogue like game, the game is very unforgiving and pretty hard to play. You go trough the floors of the main character's basement, fight creatures along the way and survive until the last floor. New floors are generated every time you lose and you start a new game, and that is what makes this game very addictive. There are also a lot of items witch you collect trough out the game and unlock by completing achievements. I recommend getting the DLC. It is dirt cheap, and it is a great addition to the game. It brings a new character to play, lot of new items, new floors and challenges.

70

Outstanding Co-Op experience

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of Magicka

If you are looking for a great co-op experience, than this is the game you should be looking in to. It is an action sort of game, where you and your friends command a bunch of wizards. There are 8 elements witch you can combine and every combination is representing a different spell. The game has a very funny story filled with a lot of gaming references. There is also an Arena mode and challenge maps witch you can buy as a dlc packs. A great addition to the game is the ability to kill your friends while you are playing co-op ( by mistake or intentionally ). I must mention that there are some optimization issues on some graphics cards and you might experience a very low FPS rates.

90

Elder scrolls is keep getting better

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nexway

The Elder Scrolls franchise left a huge mark on the RPG gaming scene, and it is continuing to do so by the fifth installment Skyrim. For those 2 people that are wondering what an Elder Scrolls game is, it is one of the best open world RPG game in a fantasy setting. The game is filled with side quests, many main story lines, lots of places to explore and many items and gear to collect. The fighting in the game is a bit simple and weird, and you might run across a bug or two. But overall the game is awesome and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in RPG games.

80

Bioshock in a new coating

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of Bioshock Infinite

Again we step in the mystery filled world of a Bioshock game, but this time in a whole new place - The flying city of Columbia. For those that are not familiar with the bioshock series - they are an fps games renown for the great art style, story and worlds. As its predecessors, Infinite delivers an amazing world, an astonishing story and for the first time in the franchise - A talking protagonist. The shooting mechanics and game play overall is seeing some advancements. The guns feel better and there is a great synergy with the enhancements, but it might be worth noting that unlike the other Bioshock game, here you have only 2 slots for weapons witch I find to be a flaw. This game got very praised for what it is, and I would agree that is a great game, it does not deserve the 10/10 it is getting. The enemies are very boring and take a lot ammo to kill and the world overall feels cold and silent. It is still a very good game to play and I recommend it to anyone that really likes story driven games.

82

A worthy successor

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of BioShock® 2

A second game in the Bioshock franchise, and a good one at that. For a player that doesn't know what Bioshock is, its a FPS game, renowned not for the usual weapons or shoot - mechanics but by the story and the experience. As a worthy successor of the original Bioshock, you can expect to find a great story telling and an amazing look at another perspective on the mysterious city called Rapture. This time you won't be playing the same silent protagonist, but take another roll, as a special big daddy. The gun play is still the same, but the addition of the drill is a warm surprise. The enhancements are also more or less the same. As oppose to the original, Bioshock 2 is a far longer game and is a bit hard at times. It is still not a hard game but its somewhat harder than the first.

80

A world that tells a story

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of BioShock

This is the original Bioshock. An fps game with a silent protagonist. But don't turn your head just because you are not really keen on shooters. The shooting mechanics are not really the strong point in this game. The best thing about it is: The story and the world. This game is renown for just that. The great writing, the voice actors and the world. The world that you face tells a story of its own. Even tho its not an open world game, the surroundings, the recordings you find and the weird encounters are telling the story about a fallen city. A great idea that took a wrong turn. Besides the story the weapons are mediocre, but you could find some enhancements that are really innovative. Also, the game is really easy. There are resources lying everywhere and the enemies are not that tough, so if you are looking for a real challenge you won't find it here.

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One of the best Turned - Based strategies

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

A treat for all of you that want to play turned - based strategy games. It is a game with great graphics, soundtrack and game mechanics. In the game, you pick a famous ruler, and try to become the best civilization on the map, by massing armies, expanding borders, building cities and making allies and foes. There is no exact time setting, because the civilizations advance from the stone age to the future ages, but it could be altered in the advance settings of a game. It is a very easy to learn game, and there are advisors that help you along the way. The only thing that I find annoying is the AI, witch are for the most part very stupid and irrational. Overall, this game is one of the best of its kind.

74

A great strategy game with some exceptional mechanics

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of Majesty 2 Collection

Majesty 2 the "fantasy castle sim" is just that. A castle sim with a very good designed fantasy setting. The game has adequate graphics and an amazing art style. The soundtrack is also very good. But that is not the highlight of the game. The game is unique because of a game play mechanic. Usually in strategy games or sims you command your units or give orders trough something. In this game, the main units that you use to explore, fight and defend have a mind of their own. In order to stimulate them, and make them do what you - The king wants, you have to put bounties. If the bounty has a high enough price, more characters or heroes will be interested in the task. With the money they get they buy items and gear from your shops, creating an economy in the castle. The only down side is the fact that you can't change the difficulty of the game, and in many instances the game can get very frustrating and hard.

85

Awesome turn based strategy

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of Warlock: Master of the Arcane

Have you ever wondered what would it be like to play civilization in a fantasy setting? Well this is the closest you would get. Warlock: Master of the Arcane is a turned based strategy game made by paradox. If you are familiar with paradox games you would run across the usual paradox characters but if you are not, its a great place to experience the magical creatures of Ardania. The game has acceptable graphics and a very good art style. The time between turns is not too long and the movement and fighting plays very good. I would like to mention that the game does not have a story so you can only play on skirmish maps. Overall the game is very good and I would recommend it to any gamer that likes turn based strategy games.

90

The greatest post-apocalyptic RPG game

drakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas

If you are in to open world RPG games and really like the post-apocalyptic setting this game is a MUST BUY. The game does its job very well. The world is huge, the numerous characters that you will meet trough out the game are awesome and full of life and there is a huge variety of weapons, gear and items. The story is amazing filled with lots of decisions, side quests, quest lines and different encounters. Because of the huge world and many possibilities you will run across a bug or two, but the major bugs that the game had were patched a long time ago. DLC wise I would suggest picking them all up because all the dlc are very fun and a good addition to the story, but if you are feeling picky I suggest picking up the Old World Blues DLC.