Reviews by ipowers9000

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An instant Classic

ipowers9000 | March 31, 2014 | Review of Portal

I first played this game without any knowledge of the story, characters, or other details of the Half-Life universe. The way the story carefully unfolded itself through the lovingly crafted puzzles was an awesome thing to experience: it's clear that each test chamber was designed to confuse you just enough so that you feel like a genius when you solve it. I've played many puzzle games, some frustrating and others rewarding, but Portal pushes all of the the right buttons (no pun intended) and delivers an excellent cohesion of atmosphere and puzzle solving. Definitely give it a play if you like well-crafted puzzles!

93

An excellent sequel to an excellent game

ipowers9000 | March 31, 2014 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year

Somehow Batman: Arkham City manages to expand and grow in meaningful ways the Batman universe that Rocksteady created in its first Batman game. The combat is even tighter, the world is big and open, and the new cape gliding abilities help you feel even more like the dark knight as you sail over the city. A real tribute to the quality of the game is that it encourages and entices you to find and complete every challenge it has to offer: with each trophy you discover, you find character models, concept art, and other cool works from the game. Concerning the story, the voice acting and performances by each character is spot on, and really sells the grittier realization of the batman universe. In short, this is an excellent Batman game, and just an excellent action game in general. If you have not played it yet, do yourself a favor and give it a try!

92

One of the best realizations of the batman universe to date

ipowers9000 | March 27, 2014 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year

This game takes a very unique spin on the batman universe that I think really appreciates the complexity and darkness of the characters while still retaining some of the lighter aspects of the franchise. It's not quite as dark as Christopher Nolan's trilogy, but has a great serious tone to it that fleshes out the characters (especially the villains). Rocksteady has to be commended for the lovingly crafted artwork: everything from the textures to the interesting audio tapes has a great deal of polish and personality. Looking back on this particular title, the gameplay feels a little bit less refined now that there are more Arkham games, but the combat and world design still make this game hold up well even when compared to its newer siblings. You really will feel like you are Batman when you play this game. This is one of my personal favourite games I've ever played, and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great action game with great characters, regardless of whether or not you are already a Batman fan.

95

One of my favourite games of all time.

ipowers9000 | March 25, 2014 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)

This game is amazingly challenging, but equally rewarding. After beating the game normally, I put it on the shelf for a while and came back to it a couple months after. Now I have a little over a hundred hours logged with four different characters, and have been working my way through new game plus. Once the game hooks you it really doesn't let go. The combat is the most solid I've ever felt in a game, very weighty and timing-based. If you like action RPGs you can't miss this game!