Reviews by f33tmonkey
More strategy goodnessf33tmonkey | July 2, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V
Civilization is a tried and trusted franchise and Civilization 5 is no different. If you enjoyed the previous titles, you'll enjoy this one, and if you've never tried a Civilization game, this is a great one to start with.
Gameplay: This is a turn based strategy game where you start off with a small city and grow to dominate the world, whether by force, by science, or by diplomacy (or religion with the add-ons). Each turn, you get to upgrade your city, move your army, and explore the world. Collect resources and build more cities, upgrade your army to conquer the world, or settle back and wheel and deal your opponents into fighting each other while you reap the benefits. Strategy is the name of the game and win by any means possible.
Graphics and sound: Sure, we don't buy these games for their graphics or sound but Civilization 5 is excellent in both. Updated graphics to see your kingdom grow with nice music that keeps you clicking on the "Next" turn button into the wee hours of the morning.
Overall, a great strategy game and a winner of an upgrade to the Civilization franchise.
Multiplayer Funf33tmonkey | June 18, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 (NA)
Borderlands 2 is a unique FPS that's easy to pick up and has lasting replayability. With 4 initial characters to choose from, and 2 more if you buy the DLC, there's quite a bit of variation in terms of how you want to play. Like staying far away and sniping? Done. Like getting up close and bashing the enemies? Done. Like having a pet/minion do your dirty work for you? Done.
Gameplay: FPS shoot and loot is what best describes this game. The story line is good, the characters unique and the dialogue keeps you entertained. You can complete the missions single player, but hopping online and going through it with a friend or a group of friends is what makes this game a clear winner. With lots of different guns, enemies and builds to go around, there's a lot of variation that'll keep you entertained. After you beat the game, replay in True Vault Hunter Mode for harder enemies, and even better loot. There's a DLC that will extend your level cap from 50 to 61 and adds an even harder mode - Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode. You will easily put in 60+ hours if you intend to be the ultimate vault hunter.
Graphics: Unique, cell-shaded, cartoony look to the game. The game spans several different levels, from frozen tundras to futuristic cities to barren wastelands. Crank up the graphics to enjoy the shinies this game has to offer.
Borderlands 2 also has nice music to keep you entertained on your way to becoming the best vault hunter there is. Overall, a great game with tons of fun that's best played with a buddy.
One of the better racing gamesf33tmonkey | May 31, 2013 | Review of GRID
I'm your average racing game fan. I've played various racing style games, from the NFS series to the GT series, and GRID feels like a nice cross between those two. Not too hardcore where the slightest skid means losing the game and not too arcadey where you can ram into cars and walls with abandon and get first place. Graphics wise, it still holds up in 2013, even with the new release of GRID 2. I'd say it's even better than some recent racing games. As for gameplay, it has your typical career mode, a training mode, and multiplayer mode. Career mode lets you manage your own racing team. The only downside is that you are limited to whatever cars they hand you - no customizing options where you can tweak your cars. Overall, great racing game. You can't go wrong adding this title to your library.