Reviews by khanbm

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A Beautiful, different game

khanbm | July 14, 2012 | Review of L.A. Noire Capsule

The first thing which struck me when I started playing this game was the beautifully recreated 1940s Los Angeles atmosphere. It makes it feel like you actually are living in that time. Tiny details such as letters, telegrams and cars are all authentic and recreated perfectly.

What made this game so much fun for me is that it is different. It has a similarity to GTA IV but rather than simply mucking about like a criminal, you are put in the policeman's shoes. You have to investigate homicides, abandoned cars and other street crimes which take place while you are driving. It is something unlike any other game I have played before. I found the puzzle solving enjoyable with an awesome story and believable characters. What makes the characters even better is the realistic facial expressions. You can see tiny details such as eyebrow movement, different emotions etc. and on top of this, the facial expressions actually play a role in helping you to identify whether a witness is lying or not.

Although the game is really fun, there are a few problems. A lot of the missions turn out to have the same basic formula. Although the story is different it always starts with you investigating a crime, finding witnesses and interviewing them and then chasing down the suspect. Despite the repetitiveness, Is still really enjoyed the game.

If you're looking for something different to your normal first-person shooters and open world games you should seriously consider this game.

88

Addictive Game But Not Perfect

khanbm | July 13, 2012 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

This was the first game I bought of the civilization series after playing a demo version. I found it to be lots of fun and incredibly addictive. The first thing which caught my eye were the graphics. The game is beautiful. On top of this, there are so many choices of civilizations, buildings maps, scenarios etc. Its enough to keep you busy for ages.

The game is not perfect however. City-States seem fairly useless and its easy to win just by giving them money. On top of this the AI is really impulsive. The diplomacy side of the game is frustrating. Every time I try to win diplomatically, I get the AI denouncing me tot he other civilizations or just declaring war on me for no reason. Trading resources is also impossible since the AI will never accept anything less than all of your luxury goods and gold. These aspects make the game frustrating sometimes. Hopefully diplomacy is fixed in the latest expansion pack, Gods and Kings.

Overall, I still enjoyed the game and still play it more than any other game I own. I highly recommend you get it, especially if its on sale.