Reviews by lushteinas
The best Batman game by a long shot.lushteinas | Jan. 18, 2013 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year -
I didn't expect much out of Arkham Asylum. It looked like your average action game, but this time involving the caped crusader. And boy was I wrong. It's a perfect mix of stealth and action, with rhythm based combat with the addition of a lot of Batman's gadgets. The story keeps you interested the whole game through and you will meet a lot of the classic Batman villains along the way. The atmosphere is perfect too. My only major gripes with the game are the repetetive nature of the fighting, while the rhythm based punches and dodges are fun, they get old on the second half of the game, and nothing really spices that up. The other gripe are bosses. Most of them are just large brutes who do the classical charge and you know how it goes - you dodge, they smash into a wall, you beat'em up, rinse and repeat. Other than that, this game is really worth your time and money especially if you're a fan of Batman.
Probably one of the best games of all time, a true classic.lushteinas | Jan. 18, 2013 | Review of Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition DNS
Deus Ex is a first person RPG that mixes stealth, RPG and shooter elements into one. You play as JC Denton, a nano-augmented agent of UNATCO. The gameplay and story complement each other really well, with open levels to explore and find your way through, which always offer a multitude of ways to accomplish your objective, for example sneaking your way through or going in guns blazing. Or maybe you'll unlock the sewers and crawl through there while hacking the security systems? The story is rather intriguing and intelligently written. This game causes a healthy paranoia, the feeling that you missed something, somewhere. There are tons of weapons for you to find and use and the non-linear gameplay will give you quite a few playthroughs. A must play to anyone and everyone.
Dissapointing return of "The King"lushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of Duke Nukem Forever
Most of you have heard the story of DNF's development hell. Stuck there for almost 15 years Duke finally came out... And most of us in the end wish he rather died with dignity. Over all those long years the game picked up the worst of it's genres diseases. The two weapon system, regenerative health, "action bubble" type of levels. Instead of having just the right amount of corny and campy and sometimes even immature humour, DNF goes just over the top with it. There is always a limit, and this game just trampled it. The shooting mechanics are nothing to write about, because the guns don't feel satisfying except maybe for the classic shotgun. Avoid this if you want a shooter, an action game or if you want Duke. Sadly, after this reception Duke might not come back for another game. And that is probably for the best.
Railroaded singleplayer, mindless fun multiplayer.lushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
MW2 is a game trying to capitalize on it's prequels success. It has more shock moments than CoD4, a bigger scope and a wider selection of tools to get rid the world of your opponents. Yet IW failed to realise, that the shock moments repeated more than a few times lose the shock value, and the linear campaign gets cheap around the middle. The story falls apart right there and it all just feels like riding a train into the land of pointlessness. The multiplayer tried to do an upgrade since CoD4, and sadly -it failed. Weapon balance is as miserable as it ever was and the smaller maps encourage run-n-gun type of gameplay with bulletspam winning over team tactics. And while it has these problems it might still be a fun experience for some people, but it is just another plain, average shooter.
A perfect showcase of the cancers in the modern shooterslushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of Medal of Honor Warfighter
MoH Warfighter is your average tacti-cool pseudorealistic linear QTE filled mess of a game with more dust and bloom than is allowed. The singleplayer campaign is a linear, terrible corridor with absolutely no challenge OR gameplay in it. Like in every modern FPS you have to stand in the exact spot the developers want you in to trigger the script, and sometimes the game even plays out for you if you can't do that quickly enough. The multiplayer is a mess with only average shooting mechanics and maps. 40, because it is still playable even though quite dissappointing. Better avoid it. Might be an OK purchase for the laughs.
An unforgiving revitalization of a TBS classic.lushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown dns
XCOM is a remake of a classic turn based tactical game mixed with real time strategy (management) elements. The Earth is being invaded by aliens and the governments of the world decide their best bet is an elite organization dedicated to fighting the extraterrestial insertion. XCOM is a game that will give you back that one more turn syndrome at 2 am. It's unforgiving, your soldiers can die very easily after just one slip-up, just like in the classic. Sadly, the squad size has been reduced only to a maximum of 6 members and the research tree isn't as interesting as in the X-Com of old, it's a great starting point to newer players. The gameplay was streamlined quite a bit to suit a wider audience and lack of randomised maps will drop the games value after a few playthroughs, but the game is worth a buy if you're even remotely interested in this turn based tactical gem of a game.
A dissapointing sandbox with great destruction mechanics.lushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of Red Faction Guerilla
Red Faction Guerilla comes from a series of games famous for their enviroment destruction mechanics. Guerilla takes the sand box approach to things. The setting is colonial Mars. You play as one of the rebels that fight the EDF for... I guess freedom? Really the story failed to capture my interest, the missions all were your run of the mill shoot'em, blow up that building, do that or that. And while it is fun to mess around in the sandbox the same thing repeated over and over in the missions and in time between them gets old very quickly. While you might have a few laughs with your buddies at great building destruction mechanics, you can easily get bored by lack of any other interesting features. The shooting mostly lacks the ummph, and while there are some interesting weapons you have to go through quite some tedious mission gameplay to unlock them and wreck havoc. But those are only my two-cents. If you're a fan of destruction sandboxes - try it out. If you're looking for a shooter/GTA style game - avoid.
A run of the mill cash-in on an old name.lushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of Syndicate
Most of you won't remember the old Syndicate. I have to admit - hardly do I. I do get a strange feeling of nostalgia thinking about it, and this game fails to capture any of that feeling. Syndicate is an average looking, run of the mill grey and bloom gimmicky first person shooter set in a grim cyberpunk world run by evil corporations. Interested yet? Neither am I. The only thing to spice up the average shooting are a few hacking gimmicks which can destroy your opponents with a touch of the button. But you're already doing that with your guns. The story is boring and generic, you can see all the plot twists coming since the first twenty minutes of the game. I'd avoid it if possible, tho some players might find it to their liking.
A benchmark turned into a surprisingly good FPS.lushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of Crysis
Face it. The reason you're reading this page means that you've decided to try Crysis as a benchmark after hearing how it still squeezes the maximum out of your average gaming rig even at this time. Even 5 years after its release, Crysis is still the best looking FPS on the market, and maybe one of the best looking games, with only other contender being the Witcher 2. It looks good, but what about the gameplay then? Crysis is a mix between the old and new school of realism and overpowered super-soldier manslaughter. The suit powers are fun to combo into awesome killing sprees, the 4 difficulty modes are suited to the average players needs of challenge, you just have to choose wisely. The story - B-movie military camp, well executed one at that. Crysis is still a fun game, and being a PC exclusive it has some of the more indepth features it's sequel lacks. A must try for any FPS fan and a PC gamer.
An interesting experimentlushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of Borderlands
Borderlands fuses Mad Max with sci fi and an RPG with heavy shooter elements. And not the other way around. The aesthetic is pleasing to the eye, but for an RPG - it's lacking in story department or character progression (skills). The shooting is average and sometimes even great with better guns, but the main problem is the game gets really repetetive and enemies later on tend to get bullet-spongy. The bigger ones might take a few clips to take out later in the game. Ofcourse, the game is more fun with friends, but I think it should stand on it's own as a singleplayer experience, because anything is more fun with friends and it's not a criteria. Grab if you like fun, mindless and a bit repetetive shooting, it might just be your thing. And if you have a friend to grab this with you - you shouldn't be dissappointed. Singleplayers - be wary.
Great ideas, average implementationlushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | Review of Need For Speed: ProStreet
Need For Speed Pro Street marked a turn to seriousness of the long established Need For Speed franchise. After the average Carbon, this game promised us a "realistic" arcade, with a damage model and a more realistic handling model. Sadly, it did not deliver. Especially later in the game cars handle very jittery, drag races, especially wheelies are nearly broken. Racedays feel like a chore if you manage to screw up a race and don't have just enough score to continue. The car list is nice, but the customisation is quite shoddy. There are easily some overpowered cars in each class. Really, this game suffered from EA thinking they can release the game that quick. What it needed was more polish.. and you might squeeze out some hours of fun, but it doesn't have that simulation feel in an arcade like GRiD, it's average at best and doesn't understand what it wants to be. Buy if you really want it, avoid if you're indicesive.
Atmosphericallushteinas | Jan. 15, 2013 | Review of BioShock DNS
It's hard to describe BioShock. It's a shooter with some RPG elements thrown in for good measure. It's a spiritual successor to System Shock. It's an atmospheric experience, filled with crazed characters and a broken utopia. BioShock is set in an undersea city of Rapture, a fallen utopia, ruined by peoples greed to be perfect. Exploring the city you can find audiologs left by people that tell you the events that lead the city to what it is now. The gameplay is solid, except maybe too easy, and that's when the game loses a bit of it's survival-horror shine. There is really no horror when you know you can take out anything that comes at you, and near the end of the game, even on hard difficulty setting you will become nearly godlike. It still is a great experience and any fan of atmospherical shooters should try it out.
Relentless, unforgiving, addictivelushteinas | Jan. 15, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy is one of those rare cases when a game just blows over all of you expectations, or lack of them and gives hours upon hours of pure fun. Couple that fun with all the frustration this tough-as-nails platformer is going to cause you and you've got a recipe for a great game. The gameplay is quick. Really quick. The controls - tight. The art style - imaginitive. And even though you will die a lot, it's not as much as hindrance, as a learning tool. You instantly respawn at the beggining of the level and get to go at it again, finally nailing that timing perfectly and executing every move as precisely as humanely possible. For fans of platformers this game is something to look at. For others - they might be put off by the frustrating difficulty.
A wake up call to shooters of todaylushteinas | Jan. 7, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line dns
When first playing Spec Ops, I didn't have any hopes for it. Any hype. And that's probably one of the main reasons it smacked me in the head so much and so hard. Without spoiling anything I can say - it has one of the best delivered stories of the year. And it delivered what was unexpected. It's a shooter that makes you question what you do. Why do you shoot. Are you having fun? The gameplay is an average run and gun shooter, but experiencing the story makes it worth your while. A definite buy for any third person shooter fan.
A great sequel to a great RPGlushteinas | Jan. 7, 2013 | Review of The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
The Witcher 2, a sequel to one of the best RPGs of the last decade, which in itself is a sequel to a great book series about Geralt of Rivia, is a dark fantasy action RPG. It also is one of the best looking PC games ever released. The story and writing is one of the strongest in the genre. The atmosphere - well made. The gameplay is fast paced and the game is quite hard if you choose your difficulty correctly. Every small detail just shows how much did developers loved recreating the world of Sapkowski's books. As a fan of RPGs and great literature there is no way to not recommend this game.