Reviews by fortunateandy
A Very Simple Gamefortunateandy | Oct. 5, 2014 | Review of Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™
The game is quite simply simple. It's a very straightforward game with two small sandbox maps. Compared to Assassin's Creed and Grand Theft Auto, Shadow of Mordor is quite small. The game throws you headlong into the first sandbox with little restrictions. My problem with the game is the lacking character development, the more important skills unlocked late game, and the story being short. Sometimes the side quests feel more compelling. The gameplay is very simple in itself with only three weapons total. You're not a super warrior in the sense you can take on an army quickly. Killing an army here is painstakingly long but the game does have many cinematic executions true to the Lord of the Ring series (decapitations mainly). It's not as complex or varied like an Assassin's Creed game but you do enough to make it similar. If you think Assassin's Creed is repetitive then Shadow of Mordor will definitely feel repetitive quickly. But the game was fun while it lasted and it was quite fitting with the lore. I would suggest you buy this game at a cheaper price though and play the game if you're bored.
A Great and Difficult Gamefortunateandy | Feb. 6, 2014 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (NA)
It has been a long time since I played a tactical game like XCOM and the game was great. The tension between and in mission is quite exhilarating if you like to emotionally invest in your troops. There is some quirkiness to the game that could annoy you to no end but for the most part the game is quite free of bugs (on my occasion). I do admit most of the missions become a bit stale as there aren't that many maps but you can buy the expansions to somewhat alleviate that, but only if they're at a cheaper price than they are now.
A Good But Short Additionfortunateandy | Feb. 6, 2014 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Within (NA)
The expansion is great and burdensome at the same time. Play on easy mode and you can almost be a juggernaut with the new stuff from the expansion. On hard mode or Ironman mode you will have an extremely difficult, and fun, and frustrating time trying to beat the game while keeping every country from leaving you. The new types of units and missions are a great addition to the gameplay and story, respectively. But pace yourself as if you finish the expansion's missions before dealing with the secret base then you might find the expansion to be a bit lackluster as the expansion' missions has no prerequisite for you to finish certain main story missions before you can do another expansion mission. I wouldn't recommend buying this expansion unless it's under $15.00
A Decent Game For Those That Love A Good Storyfortunateandy | Feb. 6, 2014 | Review of BioShock Infinite (NA)
Though I am an avid fan of the Bioshock series, for some reason I found Bioshock Infinite to be a bit lacking as I followed the game's development closely and watched Ken Levine scrap ideas and replace them with new ones. You can see the amount of choices lessen as you play along and certain things (not wanting to spoil anything) have lesser impact. But the game is great in gameplay and narrative which makes up for the developers difficulty in making the game. Despite the controversies regarding the themes of the game, it's part of the story that gives you a punch in the face which makes it more heartfelt if you're into the story. The game is kind of like fighting Confederates in Union colors or hypocrites with smiles on their faces. If you're into the story of a game this is a game you want to get despite a somewhat confusing storyline as the game goes on. I wouldn't really recommend buying the Burial At Sea DLCs just yet until they're a bit cheaper or if the main game is cheaper.
A Decent Gamefortunateandy | Aug. 18, 2013 | Review of Dishonored
Dishonored is like a blend between Half Life 2, Thief, and Deus Ex Human Revolution. It's quite innovative with a good background story. The DLCs are semi-short but adds a nice extension to the story, but the DLCs are not exactly congruent with the main plot line, but nevertheless adds a fair amount of gameplay to the entire game. I had fun with the various ways to execute a mission and the pacing, but the game does feel a bit short in length. One could say your options are limited and the path to a mission might be too linear. This game has potential and anyone who liked the Thief series and Deus Ex Human Revolution has the most chance of liking this game.
A Worthy Enough Sequelfortunateandy | Aug. 14, 2013 | Review of Company of Heroes 2
I enjoy playing this game and it alleviates my boredom whenever my internet connection is not crappy. Some initial bugs in the beginning which are persistent but are ignorable. The gameplay is exactly the same with the first Company of Heroes with very minor changes that are beneficiary and/or a minor annoyance at the same time. This lets me play the game smoothly with the same mindset as the first Company of Heroes while the new features aren't hard to learn.
While I still enjoy playing the multiplayer from time to time, I find the game to be also lacking as a major sequel. Company of Heroes 2 feels more like an expansion than a true sequel. The campaign is fairly short with obvious large gaps between missions that could easily have been filled with more mission and story. Besides the Soviets being a new faction, the Germans have very few new units. Even then both sides have few variety in types of units, especially in the vehicle section. It would have been great if all the factions from Company of Heroes and its expansions had been part of the game.
The multiplayer is best played with friends where communication and coordination is paramount. Also it might be more fun with banter than awkward silences where only one person greets and the rest ignore it. All in all, this is probably a game best to get cheap first at a expansion pricing, with friends.