Reviews by griff92
Old-school Fast paced Arena Combatgriff92 | June 3, 2013 | Review of Nexuiz
Nexiuz is an old-school fast arena combat game with similar styles to classic games such as Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament. The game is powered by Crytek's CryENGINE 3 which gives the game a nice visual style, especially on the higher settings. There are 10 maps available by default, but you can download more from the Steam Workshop. If you want to make you're own maps, Nexuiz comes with its own map editor and a few tutorials if you're not sure how to use it. However, there are only 3 gameplay modes available which are Deathmath, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.
The game features an excellent soundtrack and plenty of in-game mutators, however, if you want to make a custom bot match, you can't change the mutator set options or difficulty setting. If you want to change the difficulty setting or mutator set options, you'll have to start a quick bot match.
The biggest problem with Nexuiz is that the online community is more or less dead because you can't connect to the servers most likely due to THQ going bankrupt, which means that you'll have to play with bots. The AI for the bots (even on the higher difficult settings) aren't exactly smart. They are a challenge on the higher difficuly settings, but most of the time they end up running into walls, falling off ledges and blowing themselves up. This doesn't really ruin the game, but you may end up winning a lot of matches.
Overall, Nexuiz is a fun game with plenty of maps thanks to the Steam community along with outstanding visuals and an excellent soundtrack to boot. However, you'll be stuck with bots with average AI because the community is practically dead. Maybe this will change one day, who knows? However, you may want to consider buying Quake 3 Arena or any of the Unreal Tournament series or even download Nexuiz Classic.
A must have for retro fansgriff92 | Aug. 28, 2012 | Review of VVVVVV
VVVVVV is an old school platformer that'll get you hooked the moment you start playing. The game itself has an 8-bit style to it with a superb and catchy retro soundtrack, responsive controls and a hard difficult setting.
VVVVVV is different to other platformers. Instead of jumping, you have to invert gravity which means you have to be careful while you're in some of the more difficult areas. You'll die over and over again but you'll be relieved once you reach the next checkpoint.
Overall, VVVVVV is a fun retro platformer that deserves your attention.
Good, but unfinishedgriff92 | May 2, 2012 | Review of Postal III
Postal 3 is one of those that critics hate, but fans enjoy. Instead of being an FPS, Postal 3 is now a TPS which did put off a lot of fans, but it doesn't really make that much of a difference. The story continues where Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend left off and depending on your choices throughout Postal 3, you'll get one of the multiple endings. The gameplay in Postal 3 is enjoyable, but sadly there isn't as much freedom as there is in Postal 2. In fact, there is a free-roam option, but you have to complete the story first. There are a lot of weapons in the game including the boomerang machete (although it's not as powerful as it was in Postal 2), petrol can, taser and more. Instead of using the Unreal engine, Postal 3 uses the Source Engine, however, it's an old version of the engine (Version 15, which is used with the current version of Half-Life 2), so it's missing some of the latest features and improvements. One of the main reasons why critics have been giving low scores for Postal 3 is because it's not a fully stable game. There are quite a lot of bugs and glitches that ruin the experience including crashes, loads of missing sounds, AI problems, occasional controls issues, etc.
Overall, Postal 3 is a fun game, but it's clearly unfinished.
A zombie game that's too good to missgriff92 | Sept. 12, 2011 | Review of Dead Island
WIth a rough Steam launch in the US (mainly the mistake or releasing the Xbox 360 Dev version), Dead Island received a patch within the same week, just before the UK and European release.
If you're a fan of zombie games and large open worlds with plenty of things to do, then Dead Island's a great choice. Not only does the game offer over 20 hours of gameplay, but you can finish the main story at your own pace.
The gameplay in Dead Island has its similarities to other games such as Borderlands with its RPG elements such as leveling up and weapon differences (How powerful it is, how long it's going to last, etc) and Dead Rising with its weapon customization and of course zombies.
Dead Island offers 4 player online co-op which is great if you want to bash some zombies with your friends, but there are still a few issues when playing online which include random drop outs, friends not appearing in your in-game friends list and problems connecting to peoples games. The good thing about the co-op is that people can randomly enter your game which can help a lot sometimes, but at this time of reviewing the game, you can't disable your mic in any of the menus.
As you progress through the game, more enemy types are revealed and you get to use more weapons which includes firearms. As your character levels up, so do the zombies which can make missions more challenging. When you approach someone who wants to give a mission, they'll of course explain why they want you to do the task and then you'll be shown the difficulty of the mission, how much XP you'll get for completing the task and what reward you'll get. There are side missions which include fetching certain items, saving someones life, clearing zombies from an area, etc.
While the game's fun, there are some things that don't seem right. For example, some of the voice acting is bad which of course includes terrible Australian accents from some of the voice actors. If you look at any of the characters faces in the game, you'll see that they barely show any expressions at all. There are also a few bugs which include keyboard locks, a certain cut scene where the skybox is completely missing (which could be a problem with some graphics cards because I'm not the only one having this problem), physics errors and the in-game map seems to go all over the place sometimes.
In conclusion, Dead Island is a fun game especially with friends and with the upcoming DLC, the game will last even longer. With this said, hopefully some of the bugs and online issues will be fixed soon.