Reviews by gecko92

93

A fitting end to a fantastic story

gecko92 | April 20, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 3 (EU)

Mass Effect 3 is the end of a trilogy of games that tell the story of Commander Shepard. Shepard can be a man, a woman, a hero or a renegade, the choice is up to you. The most important aspect of the game is choice: in some moments you are asked to make important choices that influence the course of events around you, making you feel much more involved in the game and care about the story and the characters. This is why so many people were angry about the ending: it doesn't leave much choice. Despite that, I liked the ending nontheless and felt sad when it was all over, and that happens rarely to me. The game is an action 3rd person shooter with (very) light RPG elements (The previous chapters had a more prominent RPG part), so it can be enjoyed by anyone who likes cover shooters. You can choose at the beginning to let the game automatically make decisions for you, making the game much more linear, but I strongly discourage you from doing that. The best part of the game (and the whole trilogy) is it's interactive story, and if you don't care about that there's no point in playing Mass Effect 1, 2 or 3.

85

Excellent game for Harry Potter fans

gecko92 | April 20, 2013 | Review of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Overflow

I've tried some previous LEGO games like Star Wars or Indiana Jones, but I didn't like them. Now I know that it was because I'm not into Star Wars nor Indiana Jones. On the other hand, I am a massive HP fan, I grew up reading the books and watching the movies. One day I decided to try LEGO HP out of curiosity, and I loved it! There's anything you could want from a HP game, like spells, unlockable characters (many of which are taken from the books), a living hub world (Hogwarts) where you can find your favourite students and professors walking by, and a faithful adaptation of the movies, with lots of funny gags and sketches! There's also everything you could expect from a LEGO games: TONS and TONS of collectibles that can make you keep playing for countless hours. If you're a HP fan you will love this game, it's problably the best HP game ever made (along with LEGO HP Years 5-7) and it's a fun way to experience once more the story of Harry Potter. If you're not into HP nor LEGOs, you probably won't like this game very much.

93

An excellent blend of stealth and action!

gecko92 | July 24, 2012 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum

This is one of the few superhero games that don't suck, it's not just good, it's fantastic. Hiding from enemies, taking them out one by one using various bat-gadgets is a lot of fun. You can also defeat criminals in fast-paced brawls and solve challenging but rewarding riddles. Everything is controlled perfectly thanks to the fluid and responsive control system, although a 360 gamepad is strongly recommended. The graphics are excellent for a 2009 game and immersive. You don't need to be a Batman fan to enjoy the story: everything is well-explained and there is a sort of encyclopaedia that contains info about all the characters you meet. This is a must-buy for any Batman fan. For everyone else, Batman: Arkham Asylum is still an awesome stealth action game.

87

A great stealth action game and the best of the series!

gecko92 | July 24, 2012 | Review of Hitman: Blood Money Capsule

Hitman Blood Money is not a shooter full of action, guns and explosions. In fact, in order to achieve better grades, you should avoid shooting and making noise and you should kill your targets without leaving any trace of your actions. There are lots of different ways to complete your mission and the choice is always up to you. You could make it look like an accident (and get the best grades) or just put a bullet in your target's head (and get the worst grades). You can use many disguises to enter restricted areas, you can poison food, snipe people, push them over a balcony, plant mines, etc... This game is great because of this: it gives you the freedom to complete the mission the way you want, but it's a great challenge to kill without leaving traces, and you'll want to play the game again to perfect your scores. Totally recommended to stealth fans and everyone else.

90

Finally Zelda can be played on PC!

gecko92 | July 17, 2012 | Review of Darksiders

This game is heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda games, which is not a bad thing. Its combat is inspired by games like God of War and Devil May Cry, which is not a bad thing at all. The result is a great game with an identity of its own. The story, albeit linear, takes place in an immersive and well-characterized universe. The graphics are very nice and comic-like. The gameplay is a lot like Zelda, with dungeons, bosses (to take out in clever ways), gadgets and horseriding. Combat doesn't rely too much on button-mashing thanks to lots of different combos and abilities that make fighting more engaging. There also is some basic but enjoyable platforming. Completing the game will take about 10-12 hours and there is a New Game+ option to replay it with all the gear and abilities from the beginning. Like all hack'n'slash games, it's better to play it with a gamepad. In conclusion, Darksiders is a great Zelda clone with an identity of its own. You should consider buying this if you like action and hack'n'slash games (and Zelda games, of course).

70

A poor port of a good game

gecko92 | July 13, 2012 | Review of Dark Sector

The game itself is very good and features engaging battles and an interesting story. The graphics are dated but not that bad, and the 360 controller is supported.

The main problem of the game is that it's a poor port: the support for widescreen resolutions is broken (16:9 or 16:10 resolutions cut the image vertically and makes the FOV look strange), so if you want to play it properly you better use 4:3 resolutions. Another problem I had with the game is that it resets the settings every time i start the game.

If you can look past these problems, you will enjoy this third-person shooter.

95

Choose how you want to play this fantastic action-rpg

gecko92 | July 13, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex HR is a game that gives the player the opportunity to choose how to play it. One can choose to play it like a stealth game, avoiding combat and using non-lethal and silent weapons, others can choose to play it like a shooter, killing everyone in sight with powerful and noisy guns. The augmentation system can be used to further customize the gaming experience by choosing upgrades more suited to your playing style.

The story is quite thrilling and makes you think about moral and ethical problems. The graphics are clean and nice (although a little dated) and the gameplay is smooth and engrossing.

The only downsides of the game are boss battles: these are the only moments when you can't choose what to do. You're forced to fight the enemy and there's no way to avoid killing them or skipping the fight altogether. If you choose to play the stealthy way, boss fights might be harder than the rest of the game, but not impossible.

Overall, the game is still great and everyone who likes stealth or action games should try it.