Reviews by japanac522

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Out of sight, out of mind

japanac522 | May 25, 2013 | Review of Thief: Deadly Shadows

Deadly Shadows is a great addition to the excellent Thief series, and with a great story, interesting characters, outstanding level design and unique and impressive visuals, this game has a lot to offer to the fans of stealth games. After many adventures in the dark and mysterious City, master thief Garret faces his most dangerous foe, an old legend that instills fear into the hearts of men and children while it terrorizes the city and which Garret has to stop, whether he wants it or not. The revolutionary stealth mechanic is the biggest star of the game, where players are rewarded for remaining unnoticed and being patient. The city and its levels are varied and breathtaking, offering enough challenge, details and great pacing which will keep the players focused and nervous as they approach the next unsuspecting guard who is watching over the shiny goods. The peak of the game's mechanical and emotional voyage lies in Shalebridge Cradle, a level that scared and fascinated anyone who played this game. Deadly Shadows is a different kind of Thief game because it wasn't created by an original game studio, but gaming legend Warren Spector and his team have made a beautiful and mesmerizing work of art that will keep your heart pounding as you steal the darkest secrets of the City, and make a bit of a coin as well.

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Playgrounds for old Bats don't get any better than this

japanac522 | May 19, 2013 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year -

It's true what these fine folks are telling you: Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY is a great game. The game tells a story about the eternal conflict between a caped crusader and the embodiment of chaos, the Joker. And inside this bloody chess match, the old sanitarium Arkam Asylum is a chess board and the poor souls trapped in here are figures ready to be sacrificed or saved in order to achieve victory. Batman AA GOTY plays like a 3rd person action adventure/platform with a game progression borrowed and excellently implemented from Metroidvania style of games. Batman will use all manner of gadgets to dispatch enemies, solve puzzles and open passages to new areas. He is also a master of cracking skulls, which game brilliantly and effortlessly shows with a fluid combat system that looks like a ballet dance when you start stacking combos. The game also looks wonderful, with beautiful architectural set pieces where our hero will slide, glide and fight his enemies, thus making the entire sanitarium feel like a living character in a story. The music and sound effects are top notch with outstanding voice acting and memorable dialogues. The only minus that I can think of is the Game for Windows Live monstrosity that will actively try to impede and stop you from enjoying the game. And let's not forget the ridiculous "limited number of installations" DRM. In conclusion, get this game now and be mesmerized by its story, the characters, great game mechanics and the wicked sense of humor: "Come on boys! He is just one man! One man dressed like a lunatic and armed to the teeth. BWAHAHA... Go get him!"