Reviews by gregpolk
One of the best games I've ever played.gregpolk | Nov. 25, 2011 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (NA)
When I played oblivion, as much as I loved it there were many elements where I felt it had improved over morrowind as well as elements where it had not. With skyrim I have no such feeling. It's better in every way. Combat is amazing. The levelling system is much better. The environments are some of the most detailed and beautiful in any game ever. Add to that the modding community which is already in force making mods before the construction kit has been released and you're in for one of the greatest and best value games you will ever play. GMG is selling cheaper than almost any other source, even comprable in pricing to some of the 'grey' sources. Buy it, buy it now. Don't hold back hoping for a steam sale.
Very clever and interesting.gregpolk | Aug. 25, 2011 | Review of From Dust
I'll start by putting to rest the main concern about this game, the mouse controls. They're bad. Quite bad. Controlling the game can be frustrating at times. That said they are not unplayable. If you turn off mouse scrolling in the options I found it made the game much more pleasant. After about 15 minutes I pretty much didn't notice the silly control problems.
So what is from dust? It's populous, lemmings and a dash of black and white all mashed into one, sort of. It has that lemmings style where you have to guide some clueless creatures to a giant skull passage at the end of the level. This is accomplished by using some black and white like god powers to build up some simple populous looking villages. It's a very interesting experience and if you're the type that thinks that sounds intriguing give it a go. It's cute, it's clever, and it features without a doubt the greatest fluid physics I have ever seen in a game. I think the experience is worth it just for the physics.
I scored it a bit higher than I originally intended because of the discount price the game is selling for. It's a $15 game people, not a full priced blockbuster. Because of this I can forgive the controls and lack of graphics customisation. I think I read somewhere that ubi were going to patch out the always online DRM at some point. Can't recall the source but I'm sure you can confirm this if the DRM is putting you off.
Spot on.gregpolk | Aug. 25, 2011 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution
I should start this review by admitting that I LIKED INVISIBLE WAR. Everyone rips on it for being crap compared to the first, which is true, but it on its own it was still a fantastic game just with a few awful design decisions.
Any way, Human Revolution captures all of the magic that Invisible War failed to. It is without a doubt the greatest return of a classic IP I've ever encountered. It Has all the complexity and intelligence of the original Deus Ex but with game design that makes it accessible to your average ADHD COD gamer. It is easily one of the best games I've played in recent years. My only significant criticism is that while it has a beautiful art design, some fantastic character design, amazing level design, the graphics do let this down somewhat. Adam looks amazing in every detail but many of the NPCs use repeated models that look quite bland. Texture resolution as is expected in most multiplatform games leaves a bit to be desired. Please note my score though, this in no way detracts from the glory of the game. It also gives a target for potential modding with higher res textures and models in the future, similar to the love that the community gave to the original 2 games. Lets hope the game will support this.
If you're a fan of the original Deus Ex this is a no brainer. If you desire an experience with a little more substance than your standard shooter, this is a no brainer. Even if you're a frothing at the mouth COD fanatic who just wants to shoot everyone I see you having a wonderful time with this game.
Now, who's looking forward to getting augments of their own? Would go nice with the trenchcoat they're selling :)