Reviews by fuzeblu
Enjoyable Game with a few flaws.fuzeblu | Aug. 8, 2014 | Review of Assassin's Creed™ Director's Cut Edition (NA)
Assassin's Creed, as the first in the franchise, throws players into the soft soled shoes of an assassin during the Third Crusade. The visuals and scope of the world's cities are beautiful and only topped by the later games' iterations. Parkour and free running in this game is it's main and most fun feature, swinging from rooftops and plummeting down upon unsuspecting foes. The combat is pretty standard. You can upgrade your skills and abilities linearly and learn to take on more challenging enemies. Stealth and remaining undetected player a large role, with interesting hiding spots around the map. The story is done relatively well, though not the most satisfactory, does have a few surprising twists and turns. Overall, Assassin's Creed is an nice start to a fantastic franchise, and I suggest giving this one a shot.
Excellent RTSfuzeblu | Aug. 8, 2014 | Review of Anno 2070 Complete Edition (NA) other
Anno 2070 is a fun and depth filled RTS which does a fantastic job bringing us into a futuristic society with excellent graphics and gameplay. The game has an excellent level of actual strategy involved with political-economic interactions and is relatively unobtrusive to get into. The UI and handling are clean and responsive. Overall, Anno is an excellent RTS and I suggest giving it a go!
Excellent Underrated Gamefuzeblu | Aug. 7, 2014 | Review of Beyond Good and Evil (NA)
Beyond Good and Evil was one of the precursor games that tried to mix stealth, platform, puzzle, and action into a enjoyable player experience. You play as Jade, a photographer who gets thrown into a conflict with strange and dangerous beings who threaten her world. The style of the game is fun yet can be dark at times. The content is a wonderful mash of avoiding threats, cool puzzle elements and good old fashioned beating enemies to a pulp. The game world is bright and unique with interesting side characters, a strong protagonist and a mysterious antagonist. The story is engaging until the end, which begs for sequel. Overall, this game deserves a lot more attention, and I highly suggest taking the leap on this fantastic adventure.
A Dark, Haunting, and Unforgettable Gamefuzeblu | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of BioShock (NA)
Bioshock is one of the few games that blends excellent story telling, haunting ambiance, RPG, and shooter elements into a mold players can sink their teeth into. The world, set beneath the sea in a dystopian city called Rapture, sets the stage into eeriness immediately. The NPCs are grotesque and mad, perfect compliments to a city torn to shreds. Player plasmid abilities are fantastic. Who doesn't want to send a swarm of bees at an enemy's face? The music and artwork are big draws to this game. The early 1900's setting and sound lends a sense of surrealism and brings the player deeper into the world of Rapture. The game does suffer a bit from awkward combat. You can only use either a plasmid or weapon at a time, which makes switching styles less smooth. The enemies can get tedious with lack of variety, and sometimes the "quests" double back unnecessarily. However, Bioshock is by far one of the best games in the genre, and if you haven't played it yet, would you kindly go and do so?
A solid sequel with minor improvementsfuzeblu | Aug. 6, 2014 | Review of BioShock® 2
Bioshock 2 brings us back to the world of Rapture not as a man, but as a Big Daddy, a very refreshing change of pace. If you are familiar with the original Bioshock, there is little difference between the two, but there are improvements in combat with effectively using both hands and some story telling elements that alter choices more often. I find the driving ambiance and arch in 2 to be less engrossing, but it is still very on par with what makes Bioshock special. Overall, this game is a great continuation of the story in Rapture. I would suggest picking it up!
Stealthy Gameplay is back!fuzeblu | July 29, 2014 | Review of Dishonored
And with a vengeance! Dishonored does a fantastic job at allowing the player to be a murderous, rampaging sociopath, a silent, invisible tactician or something in-between. The player is given a range of abilities and skills that benefit certain play-styles, and per rpg standard you can increase your prowess in each one. One thing the games does well is that your choices matter. NPCs and inevitably the ending will be catered to how you act and fulfill your missions. I do have to point out that the story feels short and could have been longer, but it is not too much of a hindrance. Overall, Dishonored brings some things lost to the genre back, and I highly suggest playing it.
Dark. Fun. Immersive.fuzeblu | July 29, 2014 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
Deus Ex creates a complex and unique futuristic world with a fantastic story arch. Not being familiar with the franchise, I dove in with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised and happy with the game. The story RPG elements are fun, the world gritty and engaging, and the mix of stealth and action gameplay gives great variety. Overall the game was a smooth ride. I definitely suggest giving it a go.
Sequel that's better than the originalfuzeblu | July 29, 2014 | Review of Borderlands 2 (MAC)
Borderlands 2 takes what's good from Borderlands 1 and shaves off much of the monotony that plagued the first one. They added a very interesting story arch with a fantastic buildup, characters that you love to hate and hate to lose, more enemy variety and difficulty, various world locations with great art and design, and tons. Tons. TONS. Of awesome weapons. This is by far one of the better or best FPS RPGs of this generation. It's unique to itself. The humor, style, and world immerse you and unleash the bullet-crazy-loot-addict that you truly are. Buy it. Play it. Enjoy every minute of it.
Solid Game with some flawsfuzeblu | July 29, 2014 | Review of Borderlands
Borderlands tries to take the FPS-RPG genre in a slightly different direction. It's strengths are a unique art style and dark humor and witty characters. The looter in everyone will rejoice at the amount of weapons that can be acquired and the shooter will love gunning everything down with them. The game does struggle with repetitive quests and lackluster enemy variety as well less charter customization than desired. The main storyline does have flaws that fall short of what it could have been as well. Overall, I suggest getting this game for a nice ride, and definitely take the jump for the sequel.
An Unparalled Sci-Fi Epicfuzeblu | July 22, 2014 | Review of Mass Effect Trilogy (NA)
From the creator's of acclaimed RPGs comes a gripping, immersive saga staged around Commander Shepard and crew as they journey through a galaxy drenched in mystery and suspense. The story is top notch with great voice acting and consequential player choices. Party members each have unique personalities which adapt to the player's alignment and interactions. The universe and environments are wonderfully built throughout the entire trilogy. The combat can be feel standard in some instances, and combat customization changes some between ME1 and ME2, but the ability to customize your loadout effectively is still present and the gunfights are still enjoyable. When nearing the end of Mass Effect 3, I highly suggest downloading Bioware's free Extended Cut DLC before finishing. It clears up most confusion and any frustrations the player might have. Overall, a fantastic game. You will not regret playing it!
Entertaining and Funfuzeblu | July 10, 2014 | Review of WildStar (NA)
Wildstar is a nice breath of familiar, yet fresh air in the genre of themepark mmorpgs, The stylized world is fun and engaging, and the animations and models smooth and polished. Quests aren't atypical, but many can be skipped if you so choose without much repercussion. Some are quite hilarious given the game's focus on humor. The level up announcer is amazing, by the way. The PvP is fun with the action/skill shot based combat system, and the dungeons and adventures challenging and rewarding. The Path and unique Crafting systems adds another layer of variety for players to level up and explore the world of Nexus. Overall, Wildstar did not reinvent the wheel. Instead, it made one out of pure adamantium and kick-butt-ery. A great game for those wanting a traditional mmorpg experience with new twists and turns and fantastic humor. You can pay the monthly fee with in game effort and gold, similar to PLEX, so that's something to think about if you don't mind the initial retail purchase. Go and explore Nexus, cupcake.
Unique and Memorablefuzeblu | July 10, 2014 | Review of BioShock Infinite (NA)
I was unsure when I first started this game if I would enjoy it. Coming from the original Bioshock, I knew it would take some convincing from this new, bright, high-flying world. And by some, I mean the first ten minutes. The style and conceptualization of this game blew me away. The world was vibrant yet strange, and you feel an odd, satisfactory sense of displacement and urgency that truly builds on the player's situation. As the story progresses you start to develop emotional ties to the people and characters, and the drama unfolds into a grand epic with a very interesting ending. The combat is standard Bioshock material, though I do feel it lacks in enemy variety and purpose. There is also a lack of problem solving and puzzles ( there are no hacking puzzles in this one, sorry guys). Player choice is also rather irrelevant, thought he story itself somewhat makes up for it. Overall, Bioshock Infinite is a fantastic addition to the series with some bumps here and there, and I fully recommend journeying at least once through this world.
Not terrible. Not fantastic.fuzeblu | July 10, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls® Online
The Elder Scrolls Online struggles with an identity crisis. It wants to stay true to the original titles, and the player can see that with familiar landscapes, involved lore and story, and soft action combat. Yet it also is first and foremost an mmorpg and caters more heavily to those features. The voice acting is great. One of the best voiced acted mmorpgs out there. The world and lore are relatively interesting, with lore books and a detailed zones. The AvA PvP is really fun if you enjoy large scale battles.
And here the attempt to blend both worlds, the massive and the single, doesn't work as well as the developers planned. Lack of true exploration with loading screens and leveled zones. Granted, the zones are decently sized, but there is little incentive to go rampaging across the countryside because there will always be one of two things: An obvious quest item or NPC marked clearly on your minimap, or a chest, which, I will say, is occasionally fun to open. No real Player to NPC interaction, i.e stealing or reputation status. Phased "instances" which adjust to your quests, but make other players or party members not on that quest invisible. The combat is halfway decent, it has soft targeting and pseudo action abilities. It's fun if you want to try something a little different. Overall, the game isn't bad, and I wouldn't disapprove picking it up when it's on sale to get a free one month and try it out for yourself. Or, you could wait until more planned features are added (dark brotherhood, thieves guild) if you want to get more bang for your buck.