Reviews by luxcaeruleus

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The Battle of Dragonborns

luxcaeruleus | July 27, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® - Dragonborn™

The last addition to Skyrim. Dragonborn introduces new features to the game. It's story revolves around Miraak, the first ever Dragonborn.which is trying to take over the land. There would be new spells, loots, thuums, and a whole new land to explore. The greatest thing about this DLC is Dragon Riding. That's right, you could ride dragons that you encounter while exploring. Burn them down with your pet Dragons fire breath and see how fun it is. I highly recommend to have this DLC.

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The Dragonborn Returns

luxcaeruleus | July 27, 2014 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the fifth installment to the Elder Scrolls franchise. As the name say, the setting of this game is at Skyrim, the snowy part of Tamriel. You're the dragonbron and your fate is to defeat the evil dragon Alduin and stop him from eating the world. This is an epic fantasy RPG game the could make addicted quite easily. The game is open-world, where, you get to play however you want. You could customize your character the way you want it, whether you focus on magic, or on physical, or on both, you'll find it highly enjoyable. Gameplay is great. It features a quest based system much like those in MMOs which affect the world as you take them. You could join in various guilds and cults that you like. You could even become a werewolf or vampire! The story too is great. Who doesn't love Dragons? And one of the greatest feature this game has is mod support. With it, players could shape the world to their liking. They've created vast mods for the game to add additional content to the already massive game. All in all, this game is a must if you're like me that love to play games the way we like it.

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The second portal

luxcaeruleus | July 27, 2014 | Review of Portal 2

Portal 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed game Portal by Valve. Like it's predecessor, Portal 2 is a puzzle first person game. It takes place a couple of years after the events of Portal. You wake up in a rather destroyed version of Aperture. As you progress through the game, you'll uncover Aperture's story and GLaDoS's past. It's still a great puzzle game. Only now, there are additional challenges Plus, there's a coop mode where you play as P-body or Atlas. Team work is the key to beating the game in coop. There's also a new feature called "Perpetual Testing Initiative" Where you can create maps to play on. With that, Portal 2 now has the possibility of infinite puzzles . From simple puzzles to mind blowing ones. Truly, this game is a masterpiece. I'd recommend it to be played.

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Thinking with portals

luxcaeruleus | July 27, 2014 | Review of Portal

Portal is a Puzzle First Person game. In it, you play as a test subject named Chell and you must navigate through Aperture Science's Test labs using a portal gun. It's a really fun puzzle game since you could pop up from one place to another. The mechanic is simple, you just point your gun on a wall, then shoot. Then shoot another portal to connect them both. The gameplay is simple and fun too. You need to finish a series of tests conducted by the company's overseer AI, GLaDoS. The story is surprisingly good and funny. It has it's funny moments since GLaDoS interacts with you throughout the game. It's also aligned with the universe of half-life 2 (Aperture is Black Mesa's rival company). If you love puzzle games with a great atmosphere, then I highly recommend this game!

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Just One More Round.

luxcaeruleus | July 26, 2014 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

"Just One More Round" that's what you'll kee saying once you get hooked to this amazing game. Civilization V is the fifth installment for the Civilization series. It's a turn based strategy game where you choose from different leaders and lead your country to glory.Upon starting a game, you get to choose a leader, each leader has different special passives and units. There's no OP leader and the key to success is thinking. You start off from the ancient era through the future era. You reach each era by unlocking a technology associated to that specific era. The game also retains it's technology tree system. You start from the basics and unlock additional technologies in the tree. It's crucial to know which technologies to learn first. It also introduces the hexagon grid which eliminates the 8-direction movements of units. Also, units can't be stacked with each other so unit placement is important. Usually, world domination is the easiest way to win the game, but you could always try other more peaceful ways like cultural or scientific victories. All in all, Civilization V is a great game to play. You could get easily hooked to it. I'd recommend everyone to try it out.

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The Sequel

luxcaeruleus | July 26, 2014 | Review of Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel to the popular zombie FPS game Left 4 Dead. It's main core remains true to it's roots that it's gameplay is practically the same but not to the point that it's more of an expansion than a whole different game.. The sequel adds different features to the game which really improved it like melee weapons and different infecteds.

*Story: Left 4 Dead 2 let's you play 1 of 4 new survivors of the apocalypse. They have to same objectives as the first group had, be saved. Everything is pretty much the same, as in the story. It's still linear and still an objective type of game. But what can you expect from an FPS right?

*Gameplay: The gameplay and feel too is basically the same. It's still an FPS zombie game. What they added are tons of different weapon aside from the usual ones. I'd say one of the things that they added that made the game enjoyable are the melee weapons. From a frying pan to a chainsaw, you could hack and slash your way through the zombie apocalypse. They also added the bile bomb: A bottle of bile from the boomer that when you throw at zombies, other zombies attack those that got hit by the splash. They also added 2 types of ammos, namely incendiary and explosive ammo. There's also a defibrillator that could revive your fallen team mates.

*Graphics: The graphics too didn't improve that much. It still feels a bit like left 4 dead but it's not that bad.

*Sound: The background is just incredible. You really feel that you're playing a true FPS zombie game.

*Zombies: Aside from your usual special infecteds from Left 4 Dead, they added 3 new infecteds: The Charger, Jockey and spitter. The charger, as the name says, charges at players and drags them until he stops. He then grabs them and bashes them down. It's really hard to be caught by one since it's fast when it's charging. The jockey is a small infected that have small feet and arms. They usually go to players and jump at their heads, if you get caught, they can drive you to dangerous places. So you better kill it before it gets hold of you. The spitter is your infected that doesn't brushes it's teeth. It spits acid where you're standing at and deals damage while you're standing at it.

Overall, Left 4 Dead 2 is a great game. There are additional maps that continues the story. There's even a campaign where the cast of the first game meets the cast of this game. I won't get into details as it would contain spoilers. Do I recommend for you to play this game? Definitely. It's a masterpiece in it's own right. If you loved the first game, you'd love this game too.

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A Memorable Zombie FPS Game.

luxcaeruleus | July 21, 2014 | Review of Left 4 Dead

A game that's fun to play over and over again. That's what Left 4 Dead is, a game that you will never get tired of playing. There are multiple reasons to love this game.

*Story: There's no real story to it. It's about 4 survivors trying to escape the zeds. Maps are linear. It's a story of adventure, where from point A, you need to go to point B. What I liked about it is that they have different posters while the game is loading, it's as if they're in a movie.

*Gameplay: Gameplay is good. It's your typical FPS game. You choose a weapon at the starting point and exchange it with weapons you find along the way. You have your Primary weapon, Secondary weapon, your grenades and your med kit. The amount of weapons to choose from isn't that much though and ammo isn't an issue. Your main melee attack is shoving off the zombies that comes close to you. Multiplayer is good too. teamwork is the key to success. You could finish the map with just by yourself, no AI, but it's really hard. There's also an option to play as a special infected against other players.

*Graphics: Graphics is disn't. Nothing grand. If you loved Half-Life 2's graphics, then I'm sure you'll like Left 4 Dead's graphics too.

*Sound: The sound of the game is great. You occasionally hear zombies growl and special infected's cries. And the background music is good whenever there's an event going on.

*Performance: The game has low required specs so most computers could play this with a decent fps.

*Zombies: Of course there are zombies. But that's not the highlight. What's different in Left 4 Dead are it's special infected namely, Hunter, Smoker, Boomer, Witch, Tank. Each of this special infected has different skills that could really screw you over if you don't take them seriously. Hunters are the dudes wearing hoods and prowling over the place. They are silent while crawling but release a high pitched screech whenever they pounce. If a hunter gets you, it'll hop above you (think of a UFC take down and you're down one that was taken down) and scratch you til you're in the red. The only way to stop them from clawing you to death is for your teammates to kill him. Smokers are your smoking dudes before they got infected. They cough occasionally because of the smoke they emit. Their special skill is have a long tongue. And I mean long. They can shoot it from afar, usually from building tops, and pull you in. Your teammates need to kill him to save you. Boomers are the fatty ones. They emit a blobbing sound to let you know that one is near. Their specialty is puking infected vomit at you, triggering a horde to target you and you alone. They also explode when killed so you better kill him from afar. Witches are bitches.They're the crying ladies of the game. They sit and cry in the dark, waiting for it's victim. Be cautious when you encounter one. If you look at her directly, you'll anger her, putting her in a frenzy where she'll attack the one that triggered her. She only needs one hit to put you to the ground, She's fast and resilient so it's sometimes better to avoid her rather than kill her. And lastly, the Tank. It's not called tank for nothing. It's the huge, masculine man thing that rampages around the place. Whenever there's a tank event, a background music would play. They have a huge amount of health and can throw you away with just one swing. They could grab rocks from the ground or nearby cars to throw to you. There's absolutely no way of avoiding this monstrosity and the best way to take it down is team work.

*PC Advantage: There's an advantage to the PC version from the Console Version which is, Mods. Left 4 Dead supports player created mods. It could be new textures, new maps, new enemies, new weapons, and even whole new campaigns. So after you've finished the main campaign, you could download a new one to freshen things up.

All in all, Left 4 Dead is a great game. It surely has marked it's place on the gaming industry. I would highly recommend it to anyone that's thinking of buying the game