Reviews by elliah

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One of the classics

elliah | Jan. 26, 2014 | Review of BioShock

Although the first-person-shooter is not one of my favourite genres, Bioshock is one of those games which is the exception to the rule. The most compelling thing about the game, to me, is it's story. Narrative often takes a back seat to game-play in quite a large number of video games. Granted there are video games out there with excellent writing, but right now, these are exceptions rather than the norm. And we celebrate these exceptions by heaping praise on such games. Bioshock is one such game. Aside from the exceptional writing, the gameplay is smooth and intuitive. For a non-FPS person like me, I appreciate the responsive controls and how well-balanced the enemy AI is. The aesthetics of the game is very well done. The art style really suits the dystopian theme of the game, the 1950s feel is spot-on. The soundtrack is excellent and further enhances the whole feel of the game. Bioshock is a definite must-play.

90

If you are a GTA fan, this game is for you

elliah | Jan. 25, 2014 | Review of Sleeping Dogs Digital Edition

This is one game which I played till 2am every night for a week (even though I had to work the next morning) just to finish the game, all the while thinking, just one more mission. The thing about Sleeping Dog's missions is they do not feel repetitive, so you don't get tired of the missions quickly. The game mechanics are polished, and the hand to hand combat system is responsive and effective. I also appreciate the fact they got voice actors who actually speak fluent Cantonese, which adds to the authenticity of the game. Some movies or TV shows don't even bother (or probably are unable to) to do this and we end up with some broken Mandarin or Cantonese phrases which really spoils the scene. The story is pretty well-written, and there are some parallels to the famous Hong Kong under-cover cop movies like Infernal Affairs or On The Edge. This game is definitely worth your time.