Reviews by jep1138

80

An excellent tactical title

jep1138 | Sept. 26, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Having never played or heard much about the classic XCOM games, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this modernised version. As it turns out, the game proved very enjoyable. The strategy, tactical combat, and role-playing elements complement each other nicely.

The biggest problem with the game is the fact that it is riddled with bugs. Even this long after its release the developers still haven't ironed out all the problems. Besides that, I would advise you not to play this game if you find games based around random number generation to be infuriating, as the entire combat system in Enemy Unknown operates this way.

Overall, this is a very good game, into which one can easily sink a lot of time. If it wasn't for the bugs, I would have given it a 9/10.

90

A brilliant experience

jep1138 | Sept. 9, 2013 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Human Revolution is one of the best games I have ever played. The world in which the story takes place is amazing. There is an abundance of reading material in the game for those who enjoy lore, and the maps which you get to explore are so big that you may well find yourself getting lost in some of the city areas. The story itself is incredible. The cultural battle between those who support human augmentation and those who wish to ban it is very compelling, and the character of Adam Jensen is very well realised.

My only complaints would be the boss-battles, which feel very staged and geared towards those who chose a 'Schwarzenegger' character build, the pre-rendered cutscenes which look far worse than the rest of the game, and the ending which I felt was a bit lacklustre.

Despite these issues, the game is still one of my favourite titles of all time and I would heartily recommend it.

85

Fantastic Dynasty Simulator

jep1138 | Sept. 9, 2013 | Review of Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings II is the first grand strategy game I've ever really gotten into. The tutorials do a good job of explaining the basics, (which is more than I can say for some other Paradox titles), though the game still requires some level of autodidacticism. Once the learning is out of the way, the actual meat of the game is brilliantly enjoyable. It can get rather complex, managing the intricate hierarchies and familial relations of medieval Europe, but it is precisely this complexity, combined with the personal aspect of the game (as you are playing a character rather than a nation) that make it so much fun.

80

Brilliant Atmosphere

jep1138 | Aug. 29, 2013 | Review of BioShock

Bioshock is one of my favourite games of all time. It has flaws to be sure; it's arguably too easy, there is no inventory system, the morality system is very simplistic etc. However, these imperfections are soon forgotten once the game's atmosphere begins to sink in. This is the reason I cherish it so. The city of Rapture feels wonderfully dark, oppressive and dystopian. The art deco visual design, and the Randian philosophy espoused by Andrew Ryan go together very well and give the game a mature flavour. It is only disappointing that this maturity was not mirrored in the mechanics which were rather dumbed down compared to the de facto precursor System Shock 2.