Reviews by frostysal

80

Well, well well.

frostysal | Nov. 19, 2011 | Review of Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition

You've likely heard about the launch of SoTS2 being a disaster. You've likely heard about it being a textbook case of how not to launch a game.

Honestly, you likely heard right. Released almost a month ago now, the launch of SoTS 2 was awful. However, this does not reflect the reality of this game, which is full of wonderful ideas and excellent gameplay. The graphics are fantastic, the space battles full of shiny beams and flaming missiles, and the races are all distinct and full of personality. The changes from SoTS1 are excellent, with a overall increased depth of strategy and tactics.

This is not to mention the -amazing- post-release support. Though considering the state of the game at launch this is to be expected, thrice weekly patches since launch have really made an improvement in making the game what it should be.

I'm going to be giving this game an 80 for now. This is the compromise between what I expect the game to be in two months time (90) and what it is now (70).

80

Suprisingly good

frostysal | Sept. 9, 2011 | Review of Dead Island

Like many others, I was wary of Dead Island after hearing the initial release reports. I heard it was buggy, generally not good, etc. I took the risk, and I bought it. I do not regret it one bit. Sure, there's the occasional bug but it does not mar the experience of general zombie slaughter. This is the zombie game I've always wanted.

It plays like a mix of an MMO (Questing wise), Borderlands (the general action-RPG feel, which is very strong in DI) and Dead Rising (for zombies and weapon mods). The combination is tight gameplay, with plenty of strategy in dispatching one's foes. Breaking arms and legs is a joy (Sociopathic sentence!), and the gore system is just generally impressive. Graphically, the game is a mixed bag. The island looks great, and animations are top notch, and there is a strong sense of an apocalyptic atmosphere. However, there is a feeling of consolitis-textures, with fairly low-fi textures scattered around. This isn't a big issue, but it is sometimes a tad jarring. Sound-wise the game is top notch, with genuinely creepy atmospherics. The PC's dialogue can be a tad grating, however. I must add one exception here. The accents. What the hell. I'm Australian, and I've never heard the Australian accent both used so frequently and so awfully in a game. Don't get me wrong - it's hilarious - but so bad it tends to jar with the serious setting. ME WEAPON'S BUGGERED.

It's minor though, and the experience is well worth it. If you like zombies, get this game.