Reviews by jkyle

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Great platformer

jkyle | Dec. 1, 2013 | Review of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

The original Giana Sisters game was an Amiga game that was pulled from shelves as it was a blatant Super Mario Bros. ripoff. This game distances itself from that seminal title, and in doing so leaves me feeling that it isn't part of the Giana Sisters universe, instead trading on the value of the name alone to retro minded gamers.

Well, the good news is that it is a decent game in its own right. I almost wish that they had not used the Giana Sisters name as I am disappointed that it is not closer to a Mario style platformer.

94

Best Lego title yet

jkyle | Nov. 21, 2013 | Review of LEGO Marvel Superheroes (NA)

This really is the best and most refined Lego title yet. This is the first game to lure my kids away from Lego City Undercover on the Wii U. An enormous roster of heroes and villains are there for you to unlock, and even after a few weeks of constant play, my boys and I aren't even halfway through the list. The game mechanics work as they always do, but the graphics are the shiniest yet, and the usual level of humor will bring a smile to Marvel and Lego Games fans alike. I have played all the Lego titles and usually buy them with the excuse that my young kids will play them - then I "try them out" and end up playing them until I beat them myself. My only gripe is the new tendancy that started a few games ago to allow the split screen to get confusing when playing with two players. On Lego Batman, both players shared a screen. Now there is a dynamic split effect, but that is a criticism of all the recent Lego games as opposed to this one in particular. These games are lower priced, especially on PC, making them great value for fans and parents of kids who love these games. And honestly, who doesn't like Lego?!

89

Better than the reviews let on...

jkyle | Nov. 21, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

It should be noted up front that the third title in the "Arkham" series that finally got the Dark Knight right is not developed by Rocksteady. Passing coding duties over to WB Montreal hasn't hurt the gameplay one iota, although some breakage of the third wall, so to speak, was inevitable.

The reviews of this game are terribly off base. While it does have some problems, mostly in story and believability of the game world, I have to admit that I didn't actually notice until I read metacritic. Upon launch what I found was another unbelievably solid game set in a playable universe with all the usual Bat-villains to pound. This time up the story is a prequel, set in a World of corrupt cops who have yet to fully reckon with the Bat. Everything happens on one Winter night where the World's best assassins have been contracted by Black Mask to kill Batman.

This is where the critics savage the game. While this worthwhile plot contrivance does seek to bring reason to why all these villains would be in one location in one single evening, it does expose the problems with the game design. Gotham is seemingly unpopulated, explained by warnings urging citizens to stay indoors. Previously we had the Asylum and the ridiculous (admittedly) Arkham City to construct "fake walls" as a boundary to the game. None exist here leaving us with the feeling that Gotham is populated entirely by thugs and supervillains.

This had to be pointed out to me because I was too busy playing another solid action title with one of my favorite superheroes, complete with amazing gadgets and the best fighting system in third person action game history. If you ignore the faults in the story (like the fact that most thugs think the Bat is a myth despite him flying around in a Batwing and taking out various gang bosses) you are left with an amazing action title that is worth its place in the Arkham trilogy. Ignore the haters. This game is amazing as usual, and if you liked the previous titles then this should be a no-brainer.

94

Justified!

jkyle | Nov. 14, 2013 | Review of Injustice: Gods Among Us - Ultimate Edition (NA)

I have to admit, I am a huge fan of fighting games and as the PC is my platform of choice, I am over the moon about the recent influx of fighting games. Up until now fighters were relegated to consoles, but with Steam Big Picture and controller support, developers are catering to the expanding needs of serious PC gamers.

After enjoying Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter X Tekken on PC, I waited patiently for Injustice to arrive. Rather than just receive a shallow port of the base game, Netherrealm Studios have delivered an ultimate edition that collects all the console DLC into one great value package. Care has been taken with the port so that it feels like a genuine PC release with high resolution graphics that put the Xbox 360 version to shame. Clocking in at a whopping 20.2GB, this is a fully featured release with high resolution textures and upscaled models.

The game itself is faultless. If you are a fan of fighting games in general, then this is the title for you. I loved Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe, but craved more superhero characters to toy with. With the addition of other beloved DC characters such as Deathstroke and Green Arrow, this game hits all of the fanboi buttons, and is an essential addition to your collection, especially for fans of fighting games and comics/superheroes alike. As a fan of both, I was in nerd heaven with this particular game.

Amazing graphics, perfect controls, and flawless animations round out an amazing package. I can't recommend the game enough and feel that developers who keep the PC in mind should be rewarded to show that the PC isn't just for World of Warcraft and Civ - although I play those too!

While some characters may feel a tad overpowered, you will still find yourself picking from your favorite character roster in the comics and learning every move available for them. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Injustice. We really want to keep the momentum that the PC has picked up to continue.