Reviews by jkstokes22
PES 2014, Best Football.... on the fieldjkstokes22 | Jan. 18, 2014 | Review of Pro Evolution Soccer 2014
Once you get past the retro interface and the unlicensced sometimes bland playstation 1 era esque music, there lies a deep and rewarding football game waiting to be played. PES 2014 offers the best experience on the field, and this coming from someone who enjoys Fifa quite a bit. Where the two differ is in the fact that while playing Pes I feel like I am playing a soccer match, each math. Some times its a shoot out, 3 and 4 goal games per side. Some times it is a possession battle and as soon as a goal is scored that team must go on the defensive to ensure it's lead is sustained. And other times it's a slow paced game that hits a spurt of goals and slows back down to end 2-1. This is the biggest difference from Fifa, where too often the game falls into a shootout and becomes less about soccer and more about lofts down the field, holding turbo, doing trick stick moves, and shooting. Too many goals kills the anticipation of actually being in range to score a goal.
Where PES can learn from Fifa is in the menus, the music, and the depth of career and myplayer type modes. These seem basic, and while they get the job done, one is right to expect much more in this day and age of sports games.
EA has bought out most of the teams and leagues rights so Pes features a bland set of teams with fake players. Though teams like Man U, Barcelona, and Real Madrid are present, not much else is. Pes also has the rights to the UEFA league, so that is a plus.
This is where PesEdit comes into play... I played over half a season using the default bland base rosters. I put in 25 hours using that base. I just recently added pesedit with a fresh new and most importantly real roster of teams, leagues and players, and this game looks beautiful. It now arguably features better kits, stadiums, and balls than Fifa.
While the interface may throw you off, as will the bland base roster, this game offers a lot and most importantly offers it on the field, where most of your time will be spent.
Great Game, Needs a Sequel Alreadyjkstokes22 | Nov. 17, 2013 | Review of Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death
Very fun game. The combat is like that found in the God of War franchise and the platforming aspects add a nice mix and change of pace to the overall gameplay. This is a very fun game, especially when you consider how much it costs. (It's often on sale, Thanks Greenman.) This games story line is a little ehh but the commentary from the mask as you play is entertaining and funny, plus the visuals in the environment are crisp and the backdrops are colorful. I definitely recommend this clas.
My Rating is based off of how it compares to games in its budget range...
best basketball game yet.jkstokes22 | Oct. 18, 2013 | Review of NBA 2K14 (NA)
Amazing game. Been buying basketball games since courtside 98 on the n64. I've felt like 2k has had some good games lately in the series, but they finally nailed it here. Much more challenging (in a good way). Best/most fair AI I've ever gone against in a game. Keeps the solo game modes much more fun and extends the playability. The dribbling in this game is the best that the series has seen as well. Absolutely worth the upgrade for 2k13.