Reviews by ecaudill

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Better than Diablo

ecaudill | Oct. 2, 2013 | Review of Dungeon Siege

From a pure single player perspective, I actually enjoyed Dungeon Siege more than Diablo. Dungeon Siege has more depth, the story is better, and I even liked the character development more.

Dungeon Siege is basically an action game with a deep underlying RPG element. You hack your way through hordes of enemies to advance the story, all the while leveling up your character and getting better loot. Nothing ground-breaking here for sure, but Dungeon Siege does a great job of keeping you interested and coming back for more.

In my opinion, the original was far better than it's sequels. If you're a fan of action RPG's, this should be a no-brainer.

62

Could have been something special

ecaudill | Oct. 1, 2013 | Review of Brutal Legend

I love metal. I love Jack Black. I love open worlds. I should love this game right??

Not quite. This game had so much potential. In fact, the first couple of hours of the game were awesome. I played the demo at least a half dozen times before the game came out. However, when the game started opening up and you were free to explore... I quickly got bored. And that's saying something for me. I could spend hours driving around in GTA or Saints Row listening to crap music and doing absolutely nothing productive. But even the amazing soundtrack in Brutal Legends couldn't keep me interested and I drove around the lifeless landscape. There's just not that much to do besides progress the story. Then you start getting into odd RTS-like battles. The concept is cool, but the execution is poor.

As much as I enjoy open worlds, I kinda feel like if they had kept to the linear progression from the first part of the game, it could have been so much better. Heck, even Ozzy couldn't keep me coming back for more. OZZY!

60

Mediocre Port of a Mediocre Game

ecaudill | Oct. 1, 2013 | Review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition

3D Castlevania games have always been a mixed bag for me; ranging from "completely unplayable" to "not the worst game I've ever played". Lord of Shadows rates near the top of that list, but that's not exactly saying much.

The first couple of stages in the game really got me hooked. I even bought the game on the strength of the demo alone. There was so much potential there. Voice acting by Patrick Stewart and Robert Carlyle? Yes please! But somewhere around the 6-8 hour mark, I just completely lost interest. I forced myself to play another 5 or 6 hours, hoping for improvements, but I just couldn't continue.

The graphic are decent. Nothing spectacular, but nothing I would complain about either. The controls are ok for the most part, but can be a bit of a hindrance. The camera can be annoying at times. Enemies are for the most part bland, repetitive, and uninteresting.

And that's just it... everything about this game is mediocre. I wish it was the redeemer for 3D Castlevania, but it's not. Even when it's on sale, I have a hard time recommending this game to anyone.

88

Very Fun! Grab Some Friends!

ecaudill | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Magicka: Collection

I love Magicka. But almost exclusively for the multiplayer experience. As a single player game, I feel it lacks the depth that I enjoy in such games. For example, there is no proper inventory system... a fact that the game itself pokes fun at. No leveling or true character advancement. All things that I would care about if I were playing it alone. However, grab 3 friends and these become moot. You won't care about inventory, leveling, or even the story for that matter. It's just one big fun romp with lots of dying... mostly coming from errant spells from your buddies. And that's where this game shines.

The spell combos are incredibly deep and innovative. You and your friends, trying out new spell combinations, many of which will lead to your (and their) death.

"Need a heal? Woops, I accidentally put water in with that. Watch out for that lightning!" dead

"Are those healing bombs?" gets blown off the screen "I guess not..."

So much fun to be had. Grabs some friends and get playing!

92

Better and Better with Each Expansion Pack

ecaudill | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Civilization Pack

I've been playing Civilization games since the very first one. So very addictive! "Just.. One.. More...Turn!" When Civilization 5 was released, I bought it immediately. I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The game was good, don't get me wrong, but it just didn't grab me like the previous games. That all changed when Gods and Kings came out. With the addition of religion, spies, and new leaders, it felt like the game finally had the depth I was used to in Civilization games.

Then came Brave New World. Culture has been revamped and is a bit more like Civilization 4. Social policies are vastly improved. Trade routes and caravans are a fun new way of not only making gold, but spreading your religion as well.

Civilization 5 has finally become almost as engaging and addictive as the previous games. Buying this as a bundle is a necessity in my opinion, and well worth it!

83

Games that still hold up well after a decade

ecaudill | Sept. 9, 2013 | Review of Legacy of Kain Pack

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver was an awesome game. I spent many late nights playing it on the Sega Dreamcast because I was having that much fun. The sequel, while not as good as the first, is still definitely worth a play as well.

A bit of what to expect: These are action-adventure games, and blend exploration, puzzles, and action. It's not a hack and slash game, which is a good thing. Think of Zelda, but with Link coming back from the dead with a much cooler look and a better sword (Did I just compare Raziel to Link? You have to admit Raziel's sword is better than the master sword).

The graphics are definitely a bit dated, as these games are over a decade old. If you're the type of gamer who has to have the shiniest new graphics-card-pushing game, you need to look elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a fun bundle of action adventure games, you need to consider these.