Reviews by icedmetal57
A Great Game, That's Not For Everyoneicedmetal57 | March 24, 2014 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)
Many people will be turned off by this game's difficulty, atmosphere, or story-telling approach. Personally, I love all of it. While this game has been continually described as difficult, I personally would describe it as more challenging, than difficult. It's a game that's slower paced than your typical third-person action game, but it's a much more tense experience. The combat in this game is simple, but weighty, where every attack counts, there's no button mashing or combos its very precise and impactful. Every attack counts. The game can certainly be mastered through practice, and many people have, an example being SL1 playthroughs, which are playthroughs where the player beats the whole game without leveling their character, a challenging, yet possible feat.
The game has a lot of ways to customize your character with dozens of weapons and armor types to the different types of spells and magic. If you wanted to, you could play the game entirely in PVE, or you can focus entirely on PVP. That being said, there are 9 player covenants that focus on different aspects on the game, a few of them focus on co-op gameplay, while a few focus on different aspects of PVP. The multi-player is both part of the single-player game, yet still separate, in a weird way. When you want to fight another player, you invade their world and fight in their game's world in whatever level they are in at the time, which could be beneficial to either side, an example being Sen's Fortress, a level full of deadly traps.
That being said, since this game is From Software's first attempt at a PC port, it is a fairly poor port, fortunately there's some great fixes out there to make the game playable, DSFix being one of the major ones, though I'd recommend using a controller, like a wired Xbox 360 controller. There's also issues with the multi-player aspect with Games For Windows Live being the problem. You'll often times have trouble invading or summoning other players for PVP and co-op, if your persistent, you'll eventually get through and be able to enjoy them, though there may be some lag as this game uses Peer-to-Peer networking.
Overall a great game, that I highly recommend giving a try if you are in anyway interested. Don't worry, it's completely normal if you quit after playing for a short while. What typically happens is people will start playing the game, then get frustrated and quit, then days, weeks or even months later they'll come back to it, and it'll click and they'll fall in love with the game. Trust me, it's a common experience for those new to Dark Souls. Just remember, dying isn't the worst thing ever, you'll get used to it, improve, and then it won't occur as often because you've gotten much better at surviving. Just take your time and be patient.
A Fun Mix of Tactics and RTSicedmetal57 | March 24, 2014 | Review of Men of War
Men of War is very similar to Company of Heroes in many aspects, yet different enough to stand out. One thing that makes it different is the fact that you can control units individually, managing their inventories as well. In a typical RTS you don't have to worry about a unit's ammo, in this game you do. It plays very much like a tactics game, but still with the RTS feel to it. For example you can order some units to guard an area, take direct control of one unit, having them run over to an abandoned tank, hop in and then drive that around to flank the enemy. There's a lot of that sort of interesting, dynamic feel to it. In some ways, this game seems like an ARMA game, but in RTS form, and it's great.
If you enjoyed ARMA and/or Company of Heroes, this game is certainly up your ally. Definitely worth a try.
Great RPG, but with Some Flawsicedmetal57 | March 24, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®
After having played ~400 hours of the game I have come to the conclusion that the game is great. It certainly has its flaws, but it's still a solid game. For those looking for a somewhat action-y Role-playing experience, you'll find it here, there are numerous ways to customize and create a character to your liking. One thing that really extends the game for myself has been character builds that the community has created. Character builds are great because they allow you to create a character that is focused on certain aspects of the game while giving your character a bit of depth. I personally don't find the game interesting if you just play a single character that does everything, aside from that being unrealistic, it gets boring after a while. Try some variety and play a sneaky mage, or a strong warrior, that focuses on dragon shouts to disable your opponents. There's plenty to get out of the vanilla experience and can be expanded upon greatly with the DLC and even more so with mods. This game as well as the previous games in The Elder Scrolls series has had a great modding community that has extended their lifespans greatly. There are literally thousands of mods for all sorts of players. I recommend playing the game in a vanilla state first prior to checking out the mods, except for maybe the bug fixing or graphic enhancing ones.
That being said, if you're looking for top-notch story-telling with incredible quest-lines, you may feel a bit disappointed. While the experience with combat has certainly improved with each new Elder Scrolls game, the quests and stories feel a bit empty and are nowhere near as good as the ones in Oblivion or Morrowind.
If your more of fan of RPGs with more focus on the action than the stories, you'll like Skyrim, if you care mostly about the story, you may be disappointed. Overall it's a great game that's worth checking out. Fortunately, since there's a great modding community, chances are there's some great mods that can improve upon any aspect of the game.