Reviews by ivangroznyi1

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Vietnam war for serious gamers

ivangroznyi1 | Nov. 6, 2013 | Review of Men of War: Vietnam

Some people don't like the waty Men of War: Vietnam plays, but most of them are not real wargamers but more like casual gamers who were tempted by nice visuals and the popular Vietnam theme. For a veteran wargamer the game is a good depiction of the Vietnam war and the kind of action soldiers saw there. It's very much about concealment and cover, making use of the enviroment and uses a completely new arsenal which was quite different to what WW2 soldiers used. With helicopters and assault rifles it's a completely different war than World War 2. One thing doesn't change - often even one decision can turn your mission into a whooping victory or a bitter defeat. So play with much care and enjoy!

85

Good acrobatic combat with Death as your character

ivangroznyi1 | Nov. 6, 2013 | Review of Darksiders II: Limited Edition

Darksiders II must be one of the craziest ideas in gaming ever, as you get to play death itself. It seems like a great answer to the God of War series - it's all about fighting, with your character, Death, being swift, nimble and athletic. You can equip yourself with a variety of weapons and armor (even more choices are possible after purchasing some DLCs) and jump, roll and smash around for some excellent acrobatic fighting scenes. And in this limited edition you are getting an extra expansion, titled Argul's Tomb. The game alone remains interesting for long hours of gaming, and then you can get even more from additional expansions and DLCs. Some are more interesting (storyline, quests) and some offer only new equipment, but you don't need them at this point, as this limited edition is good as it is.

84

Great WW2 RTS

ivangroznyi1 | Nov. 6, 2013 | Review of Men of War: Assault Squad

Men of War was good, but Men of War: Assault Squad is probably the best game in the series. It's more interesting and less monotoneous than Vietnam, and focused more on small forces and their actions. It is very enjoyable as a multiplayer game, so if you wanted a good multiplayer RTS it is the best Men of War game for this purpose. In this game it's very important to put the right person in the right place for the right task. Just as with other Men of War games, it takes some experience and practice before you are good at it, but if you like wargaming, you will surely enjoy mastering the game and find yourself disappointed with other less demanding games after playing this one.

84

Great WW2 RTS

ivangroznyi1 | Oct. 28, 2013 | Review of Men of War: Assault Squad

Men of War was good, but Men of War: Assault Squad is probably the best game in the series. It's more interesting and less monotoneous than Vietnam, and focused more on small forces and their actions. It is very enjoyable as a multiplayer game, so if you wanted a good multiplayer RTS it is the best Men of War game for this purpose. In this game it's very important to put the right person in the right place for the right task. Just as with other Men of War games, it takes some experience and practice before you are good at it, but if you like wargaming, you will surely enjoy mastering the game and find yourself disappointed with other less demanding games after playing this one.

73

New uniforms for French units

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 29, 2013 | Review of March of the Eagles: French Unit Pack

March of the Eagles is not a game for everybody. It's not a casual gamer's game, but more of a hardcore strategist's delight. If you are really interested in the Napoleonic period, you will appreciate and enjoy this game for sure. And Napoleonic gamers usually care very much for historical correctness of the uniforms and units of their favourite era. So now the French Unit Pack allows them to achieve higher degree of realism on their tabletop battlefields, especially if they play as the French. This expansion pack adds 16 new units to the game. They are not exactly new units but more like new sprites for already existing units, but they're made especially for the French forces. For example they include French Line Infantry brigades, Brigade Tirailleurs Corse, Cuirassiers Brigades, Cavalerie Chasseurs and some others. I am not an expert in the Napoleonic era, but if I were I would be even happier with this pack.

55

Good game, unfortunately with problems

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 27, 2013 | Review of Gun Metal Cap

In theory this game should be something I would love. With huge armored machines, interesting futuristic setting and well designed levels, it should be a hit. Still something is not quite right with it. Although it's not very old, it looks very dated, as if the graphics came right out of some previous period. Still the gameplay is pretty enjoyable for a sci-fi fan, as long as you're OK with some glitches. For example what really annoyed me (but maybe others don't have this problem) is that the settings don't seem to last when I start the game again. I needed to adjust them every time I launched the game. It's not a bad game, but has still many things which could be done better.

57

Haven't you seen it all before?

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 22, 2013 | Review of Glacier 3 CAP

No, bloom effect is not enough to make a game look great. And even looking great is not always enough to make a game great. As far as these go, Glacier 3 fails. But still it's a playable game, not bad at all, but simply neither unique nor special or innovative. It simply feels like an arcade game of old with bloom added. There is more to that than racing alone: there are weapons, combat, destruction, selection of cars. But haven't we seen and played it all before? With so many other racers, we're spoilt for choice and it's hard to recommend Glacier 3 as the game that you should choose over others. If you want to get them all, you will get it anyway, but otherwise I don't think you really need it.

73

New stylish additions

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3: High End Loft Stuff (NA)

If you don't play the Sims 3 you won't care for this addition anyway, so I won't try to recommend it. If you are a Sims 3 player already, I don't need to persuade you to get this pack, as it would be like preaching to the choir. So instead, I will simply tell you that this addition is just another one in the series of the Sims 3 addons, which simply add more items to the game. New furniture, new styles, new decorations, new equipment and devices, new clothes. All of them in the trendy and fashionable loft style. This expansion is one of these that you can play without and feel like not missing out a lot, but most Sims 3 players want to have as broad choices of items available as possible, so they will probably get this pack anyway.

78

Good game made by the C&C:RA team

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of Universe at War

Universe at War may be almost 8 years old now, but who cares? Some games don't show their age, and even if their looks get rusty and wrinkled, their gameplay remains as good as before. The game was developed by real experts in their trade, the same team who created the famous Command and Conquer: Red Alert, so it can serve as a guarantee of good quality. Although it didn't become as popular as the Command and Conquer franchise, I would blame it on the marketing, not on the product. The game was good then, and it is still good now. Not as shallow and simplistic or unnecessarily complicated as many games are now.

65

Additional train

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of Trainz Simulator - Aerotrain DLC CAP

Trainz Simulator - Aerotrain DLC is ained at a particular niche. It's meant for train afficionados, because hardly anyone else will appreciate all the effort put into making the simulation as faithful and accurate as it is. The Trainz Simulator is one of the best in its genre, if not the best. It is very good at representing actual trains, tracks, and even many historical ones. This expansion adds the Aerotrain, famous engine of the past, to the game. It may be the only game offering you a chance to drive this train, or simply I haven't found any alternative to it. So if you cannot drive a real Aerotrain, maybe the virtual version will do?

70

Tuned cars

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of GRID 2 - Peak Performance Pack

There can never be too many cars in a racing game, and GRID 2 is not any different. The Peak Performance Pack adds six new cars to this excellent racing game, and all six are high-performance tuned cars. The selection includes: Dodge Charger R/T, Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special, Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS SS 1970, VW Golf R, BMW E30 M3, and BMW 1 Series MCoupe. Each of them not only looks but also drives different, so I cannot imagine that any GRID 2 player will not enjoy testing these new cars and using them in their races. Of course you can play without these cars, but is this really the point?

82

New race and many new additions

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of Might and Magic Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness (NA)

Might and Magic: Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness is a standalone expansion to Might and Magic: Heroes VI, which can run without the base game. It tells a story involving Raelag, which is split into two campaigns of four missions each. There's a new faction added to the game - Dungeon, which is commanded by dark elves. New units, buildings, weapons and heroes are not any surprise to a Might and Magic: Heroes VI veteran, but if you are interested in the world of MoM, you can learn a lot of new facts from this game, for example about the origin of the peoples inhabiting this world. All in all, I don't think this title even needs to be recommended to a MoM player!

86

Now it got epic!

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of Saints Row IV (AU)

The previous Saints Row games could be compared to an unserious version of Grand Theft Auto. You also get a sandbox-like world, missions, violence, shooting, but with a lot of room for customization and silly humour. The latest, fourth part of the Saints Row series is even more surprising. You are now the president of the United States and the story is much bigger than before, the threats are more threatening and game even more incredible than before. There are superpowers and super weapons - you want to jump over buildings - check, want to have mental powers of destruction - check, want to use sci-fi and alien weapons - check. But you will need it because there are aliens to fight off. Oops, did I just say: aliens?

80

Puzzler about trains

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 14, 2013 | Review of Trainz Trouble

Trainz Trouble is a trains game, but this time you will not be driving a train but controlling and switching tracks so every train can safely reach its destination. So it's more of a logical puzzle game with train theme than a simulation. But does it make it a bad game? Not at all. It's pretty much fun and the deeper you go into the game the more brainwork is needed to guarantee safety to the trains you are responsible for. And there are like 70 levels to solve. Fortunately the game looks very nice, so it doesn't hurt your eyes when you do your job. I think the game is also available for Android, but it plays so well on a PC that I didn't even bother to try the Android version.

81

Lots of Ghost Recon Future Soldier stuff

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 14, 2013 | Review of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Season Pass (NA)

Season Passes are almost always a good thing. They can boast a good value-to-price ratio and pack a serious lot of new content. Instead of buying all the expansions separately one can simply get a Season Pass and enjoy them all, often as soon as they are released. The Season Pass for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier is not any different. It adds new playable maps, new game modes, weapons for both sides of the conflict, new achievements. If you know you like Ghost Recon Future Soldier and would like to get all the additional content ofr the game, the Season Pass may be the choice for you. If you are not so sure, you may prefer to buy expansions separately if you find yourself liking the game enough to want more and more.

70

For The Man With A Golden Gun

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 14, 2013 | Review of Killing Floor: Gold Weapon Pack 2

A new weapon can cast some new freshness into every shooter, and a whole pack of weapons can make it like a new game for many. This pack adds something quite unusual to Killing Floor - a selection of golden weapons. They immediately reminded me of The Man With A Golden Gun movie, but they're much more than pistols - a pair of powerful Golden Eagle pistols, a golden AA12 shotgun, a gilded chainsaw and even a flamethrower. These weapons may not be everybody's thing, but they will surely find their own admirers. They look a bit "gangsta" style, so maybe GTA San Andreas fans would dig this collection more than I do?

83

Bundle of Assassin's Creed III expansions

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III: Season Pass (NA)

For an Assassin's Creed III player getting all the DLCs released for the game is surely a must. And although buying them separately is also an option, there's a way to get them in one go by purchasing the Season Pass. Not only it grants access to the collection of additional content released for the game, but also gives a chance to save some money, as the DLCs purchased as a Season Pass are cheaper than released separately. It includes five DLC packs, with the Tyranny of King Washington among them. If somehow you still didn't get the expansions separately, I recommend getting the season pass instead, as it's a much better bargain.

80

Famous dwarf characters

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Guardians of Middle Earth - The Company of Dwarves

In Guardians of Middle Earth your team of guardians fights against another team in attempt to capture the enemy base but protect your own from attacks of the opposing team. The Company of Dwarves adds some famous dwarf characters to Guardians of Middle Earth, which will surely make every fan of the Lord of the Rings happy. Not only you get to play Ori, Gloin, Kili, Nori, and Thorin Oakenshield, but you also receive their alternate versions for use in your games. Moreover you also get 10,000 Gold to spend in the game, which a Guardians of Middle-Earth player will surely appreciate and spend wisely. So if you are a fan of the short folk, this may be the best pack for you.

70

Addictive little game

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Hexodius (EU)

Though Hexodius looks like another arcade shooter, it's much more than this. It may seem shallow and simple, but beneath this appearance you get an addictive game of high customizability. I felt it successfully mixes elements typical to several genres into something like a modern dungeon crawler with fast action. Of course, it's not a game for long gaming, as you may get tired with the tension or even bored, but you will soon find yourself returning to the game for more. I's say it's pretty addictive in what it is. Don't expect it to be and look like a high-budget AAA-class production, which it is not. But for an indie game it is interesting and tempting choice for fans of shooting and action.

79

Broad choice of genres and games

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Sega Classics Pack

What a mixed bag, or what a diverse choice! The game has everything from platformers, through shooters, to strategy or RPG. Hell Yeah is a platformer. A beautiful and fun one, especially if you like the genre. Jet Set Radio is about grafitti-paintng gangs. Nights into Dreams is a colorful arcade game. Binary Domain is one of the most interesting science fiction shooters, while Viking Battle for Asgard is a mix of real-time strategy, role playing, stealth and hack-and-slash genres. Some of the games were ported from their previous console incarnations, and given a proper PC treatment. I think every gamer can find something to suit their tastes in this pack, and maybe even get to know some other genres better and get interested in them?

88

Tropical island related stuff

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Sims 3 Plus Island Paradise (NA)

Sims 3 Plus Island Paradise is a good pack, combining the base game of The Sims 3 with an interesting expansion - Island Paradise, which adds a lot of tropical island related activities and items to the game. So not only you can dress your sims as Hawaiians, beach boys or scuba divers, but you can also furnish your homes in suitable styles. But the most fun I had with new activities in the new world of Isla Paradiso, which becomes available in the expansion. For example you can go snorkeling or diving, and maybe even meet a mermaid (or a merman) if you're lucky. And the longer you explote the island, the more new options you find and unlock. So if you want to try something new in your games of The Sims 3, this expansion sounds just fine.

85

Assassin in the New World

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III (NA)

For some the decision of moving Assassin's Creed to North America was a heresy, for some it was a revelation. I think it was not a bad decision as it allowed to move off the beaten path and try some new things. In Assassin's Creed III the player controls a Native American protector of his land and folk. And in the background there is the American revolutionary war, that the player will eventually get to experience, and even get involved in as a member of the Continental Army. Even the arsenal of weapons is suited to this new setting and character, who will get to use tomahawks, bows and guns of the period. For everybody who liked Assassin's Creed, even if they might be tired with Ezio, the game is surely an entertaining choice.

78

More approachable thand Dwarf Fortress

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 11, 2013 | Review of A Game of Dwarves Pack

The Game of Dwarves was one of the games which followed popularity of the excellent indie game Dwarf Fortress. A Game of Dwarves allows you to take care of your own dwarf clan, leading it during explorations, journeys, and building and expansion of their own city (or stronghold to be more accurate). The game surely looks better than Dwarf Fortress and is more accessible to casual gamers, where Dwarf Fortress required a lot of determination to learn and appreciate its complexity. Now in this pack you also get a nice choice of DLCs, which expand the game: the Ale Pack, adding Ale Tree and Mead Barrel to your game; the Pets Pack, obviously adding pets; and finally the Star Dwarves adding strange space technology to the game. With so much content, the game is surely worth its price for every fan of the little folk.

65

Dr. Fetus in Awesomenauts

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 11, 2013 | Review of Awesomenauts - Admiral Swiggins PHD

Admiral Swiggins PHD is in fact an incarnation of Doctor Fetus. If you don't know who Doctor Fetus is, you surely haven't played Super Meat Boy, which is a huge omission in itself. Doctor Fetus is the nemesis of Meat Boy, who also appears in the Binding of Isaac. Now he came to the game of Awesomenauts, and is available for Admiral Swiggins as a new skin, which was prepared by Team Meat - the makers of Super Meat Boy. The skin represents and alternate incarnation of Admiral Swiggins, who became a physician instead of an admiral. With the fetus encased in a glass container and enhanced with mechanical limbs, the character becomes immediately available even if you didn't manage to unlock it in the game yet. So why not add it to your choice of available characters?

87

You don't pilot an undersea vessel every day!

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 11, 2013 | Review of Aquanox Pack

The Aquanox Pack includes two good games, which - even if not being brand new hits - are still very playable and remain quite unique. The subject is very unpopular as far as computer games go, because you will be piloting undersea vessels. The graphics and overall gameplay represent the underwater enviroment really well, and so does the way your vessel moves. With decent storyline, the first game - Aquanox will put your forces agains mercenaries in vicious and brutal underwater combat. You surely have flown countless aircraft and piloted spaceships many times, but I can bet there were not many opportunities of piloting a submarine fighter vessel. The second game makes the game even better and looks better. This time you have a new character to control and a new storyline to play through, so these two games can provide many hours of unique gaming.

80

Good pack of many various additions

ivangroznyi1 | Sept. 6, 2013 | Review of Brink: Agents of Change

If you are getting bored with what Brink has to offer, that may be the time you should get the Brink: Agents of Change DLC. It adds a whole lot of stuff to the game: Starting with two high-tech themed maps, through two new skins for your characters (the sad punk and the limey) to such additions as new player abilities (napalm grenade anybody?) or weapon attachments (fix bayonets and charge into close combat or activate a protective shield). With so much new stuff added it turns Brink into a completely fresh and new gaming experience. Highly recommended for every fan of intense FPS action gaming!

62

Minor but nice addition

ivangroznyi1 | Aug. 30, 2013 | Review of Cities in Motion 2: Lofty Landmarks DLC

Yes, I know that the Cities in Motion 2 game is about public transportation. I know it but also know how much more enjoyable it is to play in better detailed and less repetitive cities. This little expansion adds some extra flavour to your cities by adding four characteristic landmarks from various cities. These famous buildings tend to attract some people to the area as they're an attraction for tourist and characteristic meeting point for local people. So what you get is Big Ben with the Westminster palace, 30 St. Mary Axe, the Cologne Cathedral, and Branderburger gate. And even if their impact on gameplay is not huge, they still enhance the game. Not a must-have expansion maybe, but a nice addition.

85

Completely different survival game

ivangroznyi1 | Aug. 30, 2013 | Review of Shelter

How many times were you given a chance to play as a badger? And how many of these times you were a female badger? A badger mother? Well, in Shelter you will have a chance.

Shelter is a survival game, but this time you won't be playing a postapocalyptic wanderer or a shipwrecked traveler. You will be a little animal that has to look after her children, feed them, and protect them. In the meantime it has to avoid dangers, and well, not spoiling too much of the story, simply survive. Don't expect hyper realistic graphics here. What you get is stylized and pretty unique indie visual creation, which fortunately suits the subject and doesn't distract from game. Even though it's not a complex game, you shouldn't be disappointed if you're open-minded enough to play as a little furry animal.

84

So familiar and so very different

ivangroznyi1 | Aug. 27, 2013 | Review of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

You thought it would not happen. I did. And then it happened. The XCOM franchise moved into the cold war period. Now you get your XCOM in a 60s setting, and it's so full of character and so unique that the atmosphere sometimes dominates the game of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. The game is a great twist on the XCOM universe, as now the game is presented from third person perspective. Yes, it's not another XCOM strategy... But fortunately the person in question is interesting enough to make the game addictive and interesting. And the whole story and setting are so good that even if the gameplay was bad (which it is not), they would justify playing the game just for the sake of them. If you can immerse yourself in the XCOM universe once more, even though the game is not another XCOM strategy, you will surely have a blast!

82

Pretty but challenging

ivangroznyi1 | Aug. 27, 2013 | Review of PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate

PixelJunk Monsters is a nice tower defense game with sweet colorful graphics. But don't let it mislead you because the game can be hard. Fortunately the world in which we'll be playing is divided into areas of different difficulties, so you can first practise in the easy area before moving on to the medium one, and so on. But even in the medium part of the land the number of enemies and the speed that they will be incoming at can be pretty challenging. The game has an easy and comprehensive interface and is well designed, so learning to play it should not be difficult even to people unfamiliar with tower defense games. But it doesn't make the game boring or childish, it's easy to learn but still challenging.

67

Wildly good customizations

ivangroznyi1 | Aug. 26, 2013 | Review of Brink: Doom Psycho Combo

Yes, I like Brink, and I am surprised so many people didn't appreciate this title. It's a solid game and its DLCs are cheap and fun. For less than 2 dollars you can get a well done customization pack, which allows to modify the appearance of your character. It includes two packs: the Psycho pack and the Doom pack. The first one includes an exclusive weapon: the "Caesar" Revolver and some new attachments, "The Grin" Combat Mask and a unique "Tortured Soul" tattoo. The other pack gives you a unique "Hellspawn" body tattoo, two customized skins for the Bulpdaun SMG, an exclusive UAC Marine Body Armor t-shirt and a Lost Soul Screaming Skull t-shirt, plus a UAC beanie cap and a DOOM bandana. This allows to give your character as wild looks as the sack-headed psycho. So what's not to love here?

87

New direction for first person shooters

ivangroznyi1 | Aug. 26, 2013 | Review of Far Cry

Far Cry was the game which made me say "wow, it cannot look this good!". But it did... And although after 9 years the game looks less breathtaking than before, it is still a very good shooter. I think it opened some new direction for FPS games - it created a pretty open island to play on, quite complex and demanding gunfights and opponents who were more than just plainly suicidal robots. Far Cry 2 and 3 followed this tradition and although they play and look better than the original game which started the series, I think the first Far Cry still deserves its share of attention. If you haven't played it yet, try it - it's not expensive now, and it didn't become any less fun than it originally was.

78

Good sample of indie style

ivangroznyi1 | Aug. 22, 2013 | Review of Introversion Complete Pack

What a pack of indie goodies! Four good games from Introversion. Defcon is loosely based on the Wargames movie, in which the whole world becomes engaged in a worldwide nuclear conflict. Even the graphical style reminds of the old movie and what the wargame looked like in it. Then there is Uplink, an interesting hacking game. Nothing flashy but still a thrilling game that will not let you leae your computer for hours. And finally a nice duo of strategy games: Darwinia and Multiwinia, a variation of the RTS genre, maybe a bit on the lighter side of it. The games make you lead a nation of virtual reality inhabitants, with the first game being more focused on the single player experience, and the other - better suited for multiplayer. If you want to see how fresh ideas indie developers have, this pack is a good sample.

58

New skins

ivangroznyi1 | Aug. 22, 2013 | Review of Brink: Fallout Spec Ops Combo

Brink: Fallout Spec Ops Combo is your typical character customization DLC pack - inexpensive and not expanding the gameplay in any radical way. What it adds is two new skins for your characters, complete with their clothes, equipment and skins (impressively tattooed ones). Additionally you get some special weapon attachments, increasing your weapon's versatility. One of the possible incarnations of your character is a spec ops operator, complete with an uniform and gasmask. The other is a tattooed street thug. Don't expect the expansion to turn Brink into a completely new game, but if you want to play a different kind of character, this pack may be the right choice.

80

Surprisingly unpopular but great shooter

ivangroznyi1 | Aug. 22, 2013 | Review of Brink Complete Pack

I never quite understood why such a good shooter as Brink went so unnoticed and gained so little popularity. Maybe it was just a wrong marketing plan, or other popular titles were released in the same time. But the game is really good in what it is - a first person shooter, with enjoyable single- and multiplayer modes (both competitive and cooperative).

This pack gives us Brink, the game, and three DLCs for it: Brink: Agents of Change DLC, Brink: Doom/Psycho Combo Pack DLC, and Brink: Fallout/Specops Combo Pack DLC. Each of them offers new skins and customizations for player character and his weapons, new abilities, increased max level, and increased replayability thanks to new maps. With such a set you should be able to spend much time playing and wondering what went wrong and why didn't the game become as popular as it should be.