Reviews by emwearz
An underated single player experience.emwearz | Oct. 21, 2011 | Review of Medal of Honor - PC
While first person shooters today are known for there heavy emphasis on Online Multiplayer, and Medal of Honor does have a solid online experience, the thing that is overtly overlooked about this game is the single player experience. Much like the original games in the series Medal of Honor has a stellar storyline that has brilliant and believable voice actors to bring the characters to life. With a really solid engine and gameplay mechanics, this game is worth picking up for the single player alone.
Its all in the narration.emwearz | Oct. 19, 2011 | Review of Bastion - PC
While Bastion's gameplay and basic mechanics are simple enough, you wonder a beautifully crafted world while using your hammer and other weapons to destroy enemies that get in your way on your quest. Sound's pretty average doesnt it, well it is, but what sets the game apart is the amazing narration by Logan Cunningham, who comments on everything you do in the game, even if your stray from the main storyline and wonder off to destroy some rocks he will comment something along the lines of "and off the kid went to take his frustration out on a pile of rock", there is narration for just about every situation. While the gameplay and story as solid, the narration and story telling is what you will remember most from Bastion.
Feeling a little aged.emwearz | Oct. 10, 2011 | Review of Grand Theft Auto III - PC
While you may think III, Vice City and San Andreas are all similar games, and you would be right, they all play fairly similarly and share a engine meaning the graphic styling of all three games is pretty much the same. However GTAIII falls far behind in terms of its story telling. The main character is silent through out the entire, and while past games have shown this is not needed for a in depth story, GTAIII feels very stale and storyless compared to the later 2 games in the series. In short when it came out it was amazing to play GTA in 3D, however it set the groundwork for two much better games that play far better today.
Great Sequel.emwearz | Oct. 10, 2011 | Review of Max Payne II - PC
While the first set the way, the sequel bettered it in almost every way! Great bullet time action scenes where you fly the door? The sequel betters it, now you can stay lying on the floor after you land while panning around 360 shooting in bullet time, it doesn't sound like much of a advancement, but it makes a big difference, one that once you are use to, becomes hard to play the first as it does not have it. The deep narration style of story telling is back, and this time with a deeper story with far are twists and angles you would not see coming. The game was great on the consoles, but controls second to none on the PC. With number 3 on the way, you owe it to yourself to pick this gem up!
One neat package.emwearz | Oct. 8, 2011 | Review of Borderlands Game of the Year Edition - PC
The GOTY edition adds over 20 hours of gameplay, with three new story based campaigns, from a zombie invasion to a robot revolution there is heaps of new content, weapons, an increased level cap. When you have finished the three story based DLC's you can always head the Underdome in a survival style arena gameplay, that molds to your level to always give you a challenge.
Old School HARD!emwearz | Sept. 27, 2011 | Review of Shinobi III Return of the Ninja Master - PC
Much like the earlier games in the series, this game is well polished, sports great graphics and bang on perfect controls. Three things that every game wish's they had. When I was younger I never found this game overtly hard, fast forward over a decade and this game is hard as nails, but for the right reasons. It is not cheap or due to the controls, if you mess up, it is all on your, just like any classic game should be. Well worth the small asking price to get your ninja on, and the skill required to finish the game will keep you playing for a long time.
Second times a charm.emwearz | Sept. 21, 2011 | Review of Assassins Creed 2 Deluxe Edition - PC
While the first game built a solid foundation, many people found it very repetitive in nature with a character that was hard to enjoy. The sequel fixes both of these issues, the characters and a revenged based plot instantly get the player hooked into Ezio's world. We start to really care about the character and believe the world he is living in. As for the gameplay it may at first seem like more of the same, but the engine has been greatly refined. It is so much smoother to fight and jump from building to building. In every way AC2 passes the original.
Power Up!!emwearz | Sept. 20, 2011 | Review of Altered Beast - PC
So the basic concept is simple enough. Go from the left to the right of the screen while collecting orbs so you can "POWER UP!", eventually becoming a different Beast on every stage, in all ops of rescuing Zeus's daughter. Sounds pretty good right? Well it was when it was release as a launch titles for the Sega Megadrive, but today it feels very dated and stiff, the three button control scheme feels dated of most. Very button masher-ish and it becomes overtly hard towards the end. Don't let your memories of this game be ruined, let them stay as just that, happy memories.
Dirt Simulatoremwearz | Sept. 20, 2011 | Review of From Dust - PC
The main objective of From Dust, is spawn people can get them to different points. How do you do that you ask? Why by moving balls of dirt around. Sounds fun doesn't it. In reality the play mechanics, while fairly fun and inventive to start off with, does get very old very fast, even though the game is short, it feels very long and repetitive. I am not sure even why I played this game, I am sure it may appeal to others, but it did not to me.
Not a Left 4 Dead Clone. Tower Defense, Zombie Edition.emwearz | Sept. 20, 2011 | Review of Killing Floor - PC
Leading up to the release of Killing Floor, there was quite a lot of people slamming the game for being a Left 4 Dead rip off, this could not be further from the truth. Sure both games feature Zombies, but what game doesn't lately? Killing Floor at its heart is a Tower Defense game, in which you (and your Co-Op friends) will have to hold back wave after wave of Zombies and freaks while, using strategy such as welding doors closed and choosing which class to play as, while spending money to upgrade your weapons, stay alive long enough to play the boss of that level. Killing Floor is not only a fun shooter, but also a great Tower Defense game. How long can you survive?
Great by yourself or with up to 3 friends.emwearz | Sept. 20, 2011 | Review of Borderlands - PC
Open world games are a dime a dozen now, it seems to be the latest fad in the gaming world. I think one of the first games outside of a strict RPG to pull the formula off correct is Borderlands. It sports 4 different character classes which control so differently, you can easily find yourself playing through the game more than once. While the games co-op features may be its biggest draw card, this is one you can easily enjoy on your own. Another amazing thing about Borderlands is the fact 3 of its 4 DLC's are like completely new games, adding hours and hours of new places to visit as well as weapons and new types of enemies. With a great story, heaps of interesting side quests, hundreds upon hundreds of weapons, unique locations all wrapped up in a beautiful cell shaded style graphics. The game is really worth owning.
Finally, they do DLC right again!emwearz | Sept. 18, 2011 | Review of Magicka Gamer Bundle - PC
Magicka has become pretty well known for its lackluster and rather useless DLC. Level's that no one really wants to play, skins and items that make almost no change to the game itself. They got it right with Vietnam, but everything since then has been lackluster, until now. The Gamer Bundle is just that, a nice nod to gaming fans of past in which you get to dress your little wizard up in some snazzy Maniac Mansion, Half Life and epic inspired wardrobes, including new weapons, which are actually useful and change the feel of the game quite a bit. Well worth the $2 just for the Maniac Mansion Tentacle suite alone.
Easy to skip.emwearz | July 1, 2011 | Review of Magicka Marshlands DLC - PC
All it really is, another map to play in challenge mode, which itself is boring. It is pretty much a survival mode in which you have to stay alive for as long as possible, but this map adds close to nothing to the Magicka experience other than a change of scenery.
Its a sick world out thereemwearz | June 28, 2011 | Review of Borderlands - PC
Borderlands takes the best aspects from different genres and puts them all together in a game with a beautiful art style. When you start out you may think it is just a basic shooter, but once you start exploring its massive open ended world with its unique characters and personality's to help or hurt you along the way. The game packs the biggest range of weapons and items to deck your character out that I have ever seen in a game, while some guns may work amazingly on some enemies, they barely scratch others, you really need strategy to make it through the game. And just when you have finished the game and think its all over, they offer a second play through at a much harder difficulty level, not to mention the DLC which breaths so much new life into an all ready amazing game. Best played online with your buddies!
Slow it down and enjoy yourselfemwearz | June 28, 2011 | Review of Sonic the Hedgehog - PC
I was a Nintendo kid growing up, when Sonic came out I thought something might change, but it didn't, and it was not because the game was bad, it was because I played it wrong. There is a massive problem with the way people view this classic, they think its all about speed, which the game does have, but should not rely on, if you take your time and and slowly play the game I think you will find a very well polished platformer with a great challenge. You don't just have to hold down the right on your controller.
Simple concept, amazing execution!emwearz | June 27, 2011 | Review of World of Goo - PC
While the game starts of very simple, with the basic concept of getting as many goo as you can to a pipe while constructing stable structures that will not fall over with the goo, before you know it the game has stepped up and what was a simple idea now has added types of goo, balloons that make your goo float, control over time and the list goes on. Easy to pick up and play, and overtly hard to master is the name of the game here.
Jumping into 3D, Decent effort.emwearz | June 22, 2011 | Review of Broken Sword 3 The Sleeping Dragon - PC
While the first two Broken Sword games are close the perfect, and there directors cut editions taking them over that line, Broken Sword 3, while still having the same great logic based puzzles, great voice acting and amazing cast of characters only falls short in the game play mechanics, while it is well polished and works, the lack of point & click takes away from this adventure in that basic tasks feel like they take longer and require more effort than a simple mouse movement and click. Still a great adventure game that any fan should play, but is easily beaten by the first game in the series and its sequel.
Useless DLC Again.emwearz | June 21, 2011 | Review of Magicka DLC Watchtower - PC
This is more useless DLC that doesnt really add anything new to the game outside of another quick map to play your friends in. Nothing like the new expeirence Vietnam came with, this can be easily skipped.
Same idea, but twice as much.emwearz | June 21, 2011 | Review of Magicka Reservoir Robe - PC
Similar to the other ropes DLC, this only brings a new skin and a new gun you wont use too often at all. It costs $2 while the other only cost $1, the entire lot of new DLC is pretty average and doesn't add much to the game.
Just another piece of fairly usless DLCemwearz | June 21, 2011 | Review of Magicka Final Frontier DLC - PC
The only thing really worth picking this DLC up for is the new versus map. The ropes as we have seen in the past dont add very much to the gameplay and the challenge mode itself is very repetitive and gets old very fast. This piece of DLC is also pretty expensive considering how little you will get out of it, outside of the PvP map.
Useless DLC more than anything.emwearz | June 21, 2011 | Review of Magicka Frozen Lake DLC - PC
This is one of the less fun DLC's, sure its a new map for PvP, however thats all it is, the 'frozen water' hazard is nothing really new and play similar to the lava. Not worth its cheap price unless you are really after a new map to play your friends against.
Hail to the King Baby! (Oh yea I said it!)emwearz | June 9, 2011 | Review of Duke Nukem Forever - PC
Duke is back! From the first level, which recreates the final boss fight in Duke Nukem 3D, you know you are in for some classic Duke action. The one liners are there, and in full force, you will constantly find yourself laughing at what comes out of Dukes mouth. The interactivity with world items that was in Duke Nukem 3D is all there, and you get rewarded this time around, every time you interact with new object you raise your maximum ego, which is Duke health. The engine itself is very smooth and enjoyable, the shooting is broken up with torrents, driving mini RC cars when shrunk and much more. Even if you have never played Duke Nukem 3D, I highly suggest this fun shooter, and if you have, you cant help but think, its finally time to kick ass and chew bubble gum!
Sucker for punishmentemwearz | June 3, 2011 | Review of Super Meat Boy - PC
This game will tear your soul straight from your body. At its core it is a simple platformer, with very simple game play mechanics, but what surfaces after you past the early levels is a game that requires complete and utter pattern recognition and perfect timing that would make even the longest serving video game veterans stutter and fall down crying in frustration. With a whole basket of Easter eggs, including playable characters from many other games in the Indie scene, SMB is not for everyone, but for those people it is, it is perfection.
Play before you Pay!emwearz | June 3, 2011 | Review of Rift Free Trial - PC
While I am by no means a fan of the MMORPG genre, I was tossing up really hard about if I should shell over the money and start playing Rift, luckily a free trial means it cost me nothing. While the game was not for me, I am really happy finding that out did not cost me anything. Give it a go and see if it is for you, it wont even cost you a penny.
Bang for Buck!emwearz | June 3, 2011 | Review of Rift 60 Day Time Card - PC
At there current cheap price you can no go wrong with these time cards, if you love Rift, this is the perfect time to stock up on some game cards and make sure you can play for months to come! While it is the same bang for buck as buying the one month cards, at least this way you don't have to worry about topping your account up as often.
Bang for Buck!emwearz | June 3, 2011 | Review of Rift 30 Day Time Card - PC
At there current cheap price you can no go wrong with these time cards, if you love Rift, this is the perfect time to stock up on some game cards and make sure you can play for months to come!
Much more full outing.emwearz | June 2, 2011 | Review of Magicka Vietnam DLC - PC
While the Wizard's Survival Kit DLC was great to have some new items and a spell for your little Wizard, Vietnam takes it a big step further, not only do you get some new Vietnam War inspired outfits, guns and the ability to through grenades you also get a Vietnam Campaign which is a large mission with different objectives. You rely much more on the large amount of weapons you will pick up off enemy than you will from your Magick, speaking of which there is also a great new spell, Napalm! While that is all ready worth the small asking price, there is also a survival map, so if your a sucker for punishment, get some mates together. It does what any good DLC should and breaths some new life into a game.
Wax On!emwearz | June 2, 2011 | Review of Magicka Nippon DLC - PC
This is similar to the first piece of DLC for Magicka, Wizards Survival Kit, it adds some new items you can pick in a load out. While it might not be as great as the Vietnam DLC was, it is only 99c, you get some new items in game and it helps a great cause.