Reviews by jbrown87

85

Forget the World Series

jbrown87 | May 19, 2013 | Review of Poker Night at the Inventory

This is the tournament you really want to be in. Poker night brings players in against such goofballs as Max the rabbit, strongbad, tycho, and Heavy in high stakes games where the winner has a chance to win one of their opponents' most prized possessions. In addition, winning inpoker night can also unlock said prizes in team fortress 2. One downside is that there are only four opponents to play a gainst, so once you beat them all there isnt any more go unlock. Unless you really love poker, this can lead to really refuced replay value. On the other hand, its always worth it to keep playing if for no other reason than to hear them banter back and forth.

96

Amazing sequal to an epic movie!

jbrown87 | May 19, 2013 | Review of Jurassic Park: The Game

Telltale games really did a great job on this one. They took the greatest dinosaur movie of all time and expanded on it with an awesome game. With a great story running semi-parallel with he movie's timeline and focusing on the infamous Barbasol can, players get taken on a rollercoaster ride through Jurassic Park. The best part about the game is that the voice actors actually fit in with the characters, making them more believable and even giving us someone in the story to care about. The only bad thing with this title is that they advertised the game as being able to finish the game despite characters dying, which I assumed to mean ANY character and not just certain ones. Aside from that little tidbit,the game is perfect!

66

Interesting with some flaws

jbrown87 | March 18, 2013 | Review of The Secret World (NA)

The Secret World is a former Pay-to-Play game from Funcom that recently dropped its subscription model to Buy-Once-Play-Forever. It's a very interesting game that lets the player build a character in one of three factions:Dragon,Templar, and Illuminati. All three groups have deep stories that will keep you glued to your screen as you play through them. The combat system lets you choose a focus from several weapon categories including magics, melee, and guns. Now whilethe game is fun and fairly deep,it's not without its flaws. Namely the client stability. After playing on three different computer builds the client showed a tendency to lag and crash very often while in DirectX 11 mode, and often enough in DX9 mode. The constant lags, crashes, and graphical bugs can be enough to drive players away, especially on setup. If you have the patience to see past the glitchiness of the game, though, you'll find that it is very fun, even for an MMO.

83

A (somewhat) satisfying end to the journey

jbrown87 | Feb. 2, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 3 (NA)

Ok, so the endingwasn't what everyone expected, and the expanded cut didn't do as much as they promised either, but no one can deny that ME3 is a great game. Yes, many plotholes and a few rewrites in the story/lore, but not enough to make it a terrible conclusion. The end chapter sees Shepherd and his galactic crew gathering forces to fight and defeat the ancient Reapers who are determined to destroy all advanced life in the galaxy. Along the journey, we get to see many familiar faces and even revisit some old locales from the other two games. Graphics for this installment are not much updated from ME2, though theshading is definitely an improvement from ME1. I did note one problem with the audio, though it might have just been my speakers, but at points when characters were talking the voices seemed to die down or get drowned out by music or ambience, even with music at half volume and voices at full. Gameplay is pretty solid, with no real issues on the controls. The new multiplayer mode is a great addition, letting players get together to fight off waves of enemies. And the fact that it adds to the single player campaign is a nice touch too, even if it doesn't seem to make much difference. Also, the ability to use points earned in matches to purchase "booster packs" rather that shelling out real money is a relief, especially in these days where almost all multiplayer content costs real money. Good job there, guys. Possibly the worst thing about ME3 is the fact that it is not available on Steam. So if you have ME1 and 2 for Steam and want to continue your characters, better be prepared to shell out extra bucks and hours because This one is Origin exclusive. All around though, very good game and worth the buy.

93

More story, less missions

jbrown87 | Feb. 2, 2013 | Review of Hitman: Absolution - Professional Edition (NA) Overflow-

Ok, so there are plenty of missions in Hitman Absolution, but the latest installment is moreso about the story. Rather than setting up missions like the old games, Absolution's hits are given as quests/mission objectives. Of course, you still get various ways to kill, ranging from stealth to all out massacre with a bit of creativity thrown in. Also newer to this game (unless I am mistaken as I haven't played the older ones in a few years), is the fact that the more the bodies pile up, the more security you face, and the supply of enemies seems to be unending at some points. By far my favorite addition is Contract mode, which lets players create their hits with their own objectives and submit for other assasins to carry out. The sound in this game is as great as always, though the biggest letdown being the replacing of 47's voice. Graphics are superbas well, with excellent shading and shadow effects creating and a chilling atmosphere when stalking our prey. Lastly, the controls. While there can be times when the controls seem to not want to respond, like climbing or activating, it is pretty solid. All around, this game is by far the best in the series.

98

Alan Wake will keep you awake

jbrown87 | Jan. 27, 2013 | Review of Alan Wake: Collector's Edition

Ok,so maybe not from fright, although there is a very unsettling atmosphere about the game. But there is so much suspense in the story that you won't be able to leave your computer for hours. The haunting atmosphere, gripping soundtrack, excellent voice acting and superb story make Alan Wake seem more than just a game. The episode system at the end of each chapter make it seem like you are taking the reins of a blockbuster tv show, with each chapter ending with clips from the next and beginning with recaps from the past. The graphics are very nice and smooth with no bugs anywhere, and the audio is just beautiful. Controls can take a bit to get used to, but if you've played Alone in the Dark or the old Resident Evils the system is very similar. Overall this game is near perfect. You can tell alot of work and effort went into making the best game possible.