Reviews by geist_der_sonne
An underrated masterpiecegeist_der_sonne | Sept. 19, 2014 | Review of Mafia II
First of all this is NOT Grand Theft Auto. There's a big city to explore and you can drive (and steal) cars, but there isn't much to do. The game is the plot. Mafia 2 is like a new gangster movie. And it's very good. The plot follows the story of a young italo-american guy who has to earn a living after his experience in the world war II. Vito, this is his name, starts from the bottom and with the help of his friend Joe... oh you'll find out! The graphic is good, but the soundtrack is absolutely AWESOME. You can find some of the best songs of the 40s and 50s which create a wonderful atmosphere. Mafia 2 is very worth sequel to the masterpiece Mafia and even if it is pretty much linear, it has a good story to tell. And most important, you'll have fun.
The Best Mass Effect gamegeist_der_sonne | Aug. 14, 2014 | Review of Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 is the final chapter of a wonderful trilogy. There were lots of argument on the internets because of the ending of this game, but trust me, the ending isn't as bad as most people say. The problem is that when an epic saga like this one comes to an end, you'd want it to be perfect and fully satisfying. When a great game like this one ends, you will miss it! The game overall is very well developed, the story is great, the choices are there and you'll probably feel sorry for some of your decisions in the game because it's so engaging! If you loved Mass Effect 2, you'll love this one too. The gameplay is very similar, with some tiny improvements that you'll love. The game is more linear than Mass Effect 2, because in the previous game you had to collect your squad, while in this game you have to fight the final battles. On the other hand the story is far more developed here than in Mass Effect 2. The graphic is the same of ME2 and it is still great. If you played and liked ME1 and ME2 you NEED to play this game. Most of your choices in the previous game will count in this one and you'll see the end of the story. If you didn't you should pick up Mass Effect 1 first, then the second and eventually this one because they all are great games and you want to live the story from the beginning.
A great stealth gamegeist_der_sonne | July 29, 2014 | Review of Dishonored
Stealth games have a new king! While Dishonored gives you the ability to choose your approach (stealth or shooter) it is moving in the shadows that will give you the most satisfaction. You'll play as Corvo (italian word for "crow"), an assassin with amazing magical powers that give him the ability to jump very quickly between two spots, slow or stop time, control animals and people, see through walls and objects etc... The missions are set in large levels where the player is free to explore and look for loot, runes (useful to level up powers) and amulets (which give little bonuses). It's always possible to kill the target of the mission or to choose a non-lethal way. This will lead to different ending of the story, based on the level of "chaos" generated during the game. Overall this is a very pleasant experience and you should really check this game out if you like stealth game!
A little overrated, but still goodgeist_der_sonne | May 29, 2014 | Review of Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition
Dragon Age Origins beginning is majestic and probably the best part of the game. When you choose your character you also choose a specific "origin" which is a different beginning of the story, specific for your race and background! There are several origins available and they are very well structured quests. Probably you'll want to try them all before choosing the character you'll actually use. From here to the end the game gets a little worse. Still entertaining, but not as good as you can expect if you played masterpieces such as Baldur's Gate or Planescape: Torment. The storyline is very simple and trivial. Quite epic, but nothing new. The greater evil is coming and you are the chosen one who will stop it. That's it. NPCs are a little disappointing and no one is very memorable. This should be one of the best part of an RPG and DA:O falls short. Some quests are very cool (the mages quest is absolutely AWESOME) some are very boring (the endless tunnels of the dwarves...), some are average. I can say DA:O is a good game, probably a very good game in an absolute scale, but it disappoints in some important aspects that prevent it to be a true masterpiece.
A great RPGgeist_der_sonne | May 19, 2014 | Review of The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
The Witcher 1 was probably one the best RPG ever made and CD Project had to meet the expectations of millions of fans for the sequel. They already did a great job with Aurora Engine in TW1, but TW2 graphics are truly amazing (you'll need a decent gpu!). Locations are big and detailed and even if TW2 is shorter than the first game of the series, it has two different storylines depending on your choices, so you have to play it twice to see everything. It's almost 2 games in 1! In TW2 choices do matter! The combat system is more action-oriented now and is optimized for a console controller, but the game has been developed primarly on pc. The plot is very intricate and a little hard to understand sometimes, but definitely well-written and deep. Dialogs and characters are great as always and the game overall is epic and very entertaining. In my opinion TW1 is still the best witcher game, but TW2 is a close second and deserves all the honors.
An old school classicgeist_der_sonne | May 19, 2014 | Review of Red Faction
Red Faction is quite simple in his mechanics: no superpowers, no superweapon, no rpg elements... it's just an old school fps with nice settings, nice levels and a cool engine that lets you destroy walls. However, in its simpicity it is a very entertaining and fast-paced game. The game is linear, but levels are very big and well structured. The first part of the game isn't very challanging, but as the game progresses it becomes harder and harder, so you'll have to sweat for the final victory! Even if the graphics look old and low-detailed for today standards (Red Faction was released in 2001) they are still enjoyable and the rythm of the action won't give you time to complain about appearance! This is a true classic: it's not perfect, but it's a lot of fun and probably the best game of the series.
A piece of artgeist_der_sonne | May 17, 2014 | Review of Type Rider
This game is a masterpiece! When you read the description and see that it is a game about typography, you think "oh that must be so boring!". You're wrong! It's amazing how the developers have been able to make this game so entertaining and BEAUTIFUL. Yes, this game's design is totally amazing! You can launch the game and stare the screen. It's already enough value for its price! If we add that it is a nice side-scrolling platform, where you have to collect all the letters of a font, starting from ancient fonts to modern ones, you understand how good this work is! And you also learn something while playing! It also support Linux and it is very lightweight, so you have no excuses not to try this game!