Reviews by mahon

78

Play as evil bosses

mahon | Sept. 11, 2014 | Review of Might and Magic® Clash of Heroes® I am the boss DLC (NA)

While the Might and Magic Clash of Heroes may seem shallow and childish due to its graphical style, don't be mislead by the appearances! The game, while pretty easy to grasp and a kind of casual, is in fact a pretty deep strategic game. Now the I am the Boss DLC offers a little but neat twist to the game. The DLC allows you to play as the four evil bosses from the base game in a variety of modes. While it is not too much of new content, the price of this pack tends to stay pretty low, so if you like the base game, it is affordable enough to add some freshness to it.

80

Excellent playable character

mahon | Sept. 11, 2014 | Review of Borderlands 2: Psycho Pack DLC (MAC)

Get it, get it, get it! This DLC pack adds a new playable character to Borderlands 2 - Krieg the Psycho. Krieg must be one of the most interesting characters in the game, with crazy attitude and his own back story. He's melee focused and a real blast to play. The addition of yet another character with his own skill tree and style/strategy extends the replayability of the already very replayable game even more. Opposite to Borderlands 1, in Borderlands 2 you don't get all the characters in the base game, but two (Gaige and Krieg) are available in separate DLCs, and I recommend getting both as both are awesome and very different to what is available without the DLCs.

80

The roots expanded

mahon | Sept. 11, 2014 | Review of Counter Strike: Condition Zero

If you liked the original Counter-Strike, you should try Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. It adds new campaign, new modes for your skirmishes, and missions for single player gameplay. The game which initially was (and still is mostly focused on) multiplayer experience, now becomes an interesting option for single player gamers, which can be enjoyed without playing with other people. Together with Condition Zero, Counter-Strike becomes a perfect example of how a simple mod can turn into a fully-fledged separate product, which will eventually become a start of its own series of games. If you are familiar with Counter-Strike: Source or Counter-Strike: Global Operations, try the originals to see where it all started.

85

Absolutely impressive collection

mahon | Sept. 11, 2014 | Review of Half Life Complete

With Half-Life complete you are most likely getting more than you will ever need to keep you busy. It has the whole Half-Life series, with all the games, spin-offs and episodes, so you can follow the whole story and enjoy the excellent games, which became one of the most recognised franchises ever released. So what you are getting is Half-Life (with its re-edition - Half-Life: Source) and its add-ons; Half-Life: Opposing Force, and Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life 2 with its additional titles: Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Episode One, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. There's also Half-Life 2: Deathmatch - latest incarnation of the Deathmatch game, always accompanying the Half-Life games in their various editions. And finally - Team Fortress Classic - a spin-off, which eventually led to creation of Team Fortress 2, that so many people are now playing. The whole set offers hundreds (if not thousands) hours of excellent fun, which could easily cost much more than the current price suggests.

75

Two additional civilizations and lots of replayability

mahon | Sept. 11, 2014 | Review of Civ V: Babylon and Korea Bundle

I just love those small DLC packs for Civilization V. They add new civilizations with their specific units, buildings and traits, and some new missions. New civilizations are always a good thing because they add a lot of replayability to this already nearly infinitely replayable game. Each civilization tends to favour some particular style and strategy, so it is best played in its own way. This pack adds two new civilizations: Babylonians and Koreans. While I think I remember Babylonians from one of the earlier Civs, I think it's the first time Koreans were introduced to the series as a playable civilization. I recommend this pack to any Civilization V player, just like all the additional civilizations. They're cheap and definitely worth the price.

100

Such games deserve deluxe editions

mahon | Sept. 11, 2014 | Review of Far Cry 3 Deluxe Edition

Far Cry has always been one of the most discussed games, since its very first appearance, which was a breakthrough in visual side of gaming. Now the third Far Cry is not any worse than the first was in its time. It is probably the best open-world, sandbox-like shooter, with much exploration, collecting items, crafting and upgrading weapons and excellent gameplay. Add to this absolutely excellent characters and great acting and you have one of the best games ever. And for such games I like expanded versions, and deluxe editions. If you like the base game, you will love the deluxe edition, which comes with four extra packs: The Monkey Business Pack, The Lost Expeditions, The Warrior Pack, and The Predator Pack. While some of them add some extra content for multiplayer, single player gamers will surely enjoy the rest of the content which makes an excellent game even more exceptional.

73

Not a bad title in the series

mahon | June 30, 2014 | Review of Disciples III: Renaissance

While it is Disciples III: Reincarnation that finally manages to make Disciples III the game it was supposed to be from the very start, Renaissance is also an enjoyable game to play. It is similar to the Heroes of Might and Magic franchise but manages to escape being merely a clone of the original. The Disciples games managed to retain their own style and flavour, and while there are players who still consider Disciples II superior to Disciples III, the third installment of the series remains a very playable title. Of course, you can encouter some minor technical glitches or balance issues, but the game is still fun, especially to a fan of the genre. It's not an unforgettable classic, but another good game to spend some time with.

65

Immersion addon

mahon | June 24, 2014 | Review of Europa Universalis IV: Muslim Advisor Portraits

There are games which can suck you in for countless hours, and Europa Universalis series has always been of this kind. This also means you won't be buying other games for weeks, months or maybe years, so why don't you spend some spare money and make your Europa Universalis more complete and more beautiful. Of course, these Muslim advisor portraits are not necessary as far as gameplay goes. They don't add anything to the game except for adding some visual diversity and... immersion. What they really do is making the visual side of the game more diverse, more interesting and more accurate. And what is the game about if not about historical credibility and accuracy? So if you play muslims in Europa Universalis IV, you most likely won't need any other games for quite some time to come, so maybe you want your advisors to look more like their historical counterparts?

80

Serious WW2 strategy

mahon | June 24, 2014 | Review of Strategic War in Europe

While many players consider themselves hardcore strategists, what they really play is RTS games, pretty light on strategy, often more on tactical level, and sometimes relying more on fast and skilled fingers than serious and deep thinking and planning. Strategic War in Europe is much more of a serious strategy, with less flashy visuals, and no breathtaking action. It's more about planning on high, strategic level, and coordinating whole operations, invading countries and defending them. The game is set in the World War Two period, and is a real guilty pleasure of a historical gamer. Although the game offers a wide range of possible strategies, and takes many factors into account (weather on strategic level anyone?), it is not very difficult to learn. Of course you will not become a master in a few hours, but you will know how to play the game, which will allow you to practise and improve your strategic thinking skills, providing excellent gaming experience for any real fan of true strategies.

70

Music-related dictionary

mahon | June 24, 2014 | Review of Typing of the Dead: Overkill - Dancing With the Dead

Typing of the Dead - Overkill is a fun game in which you combat zombies by typing words that appear on your screen. You need to do it quickly and avoid typos. The game is much more fun than you might expect from what it sounds to be. It has several expansion packs with additional words and phrases, and Dancing with the Dead is one of these addons, which expands the dictionary with lyrics of songs. Additionally you get some titles, names of bands and artists, musical terms, names of instruments, and generally more music-related dictionary. I think it's one of the more interesting addons for the game, which can renew your interest in the game for some more time, especially if you're at least remotely interested in music.

65

Interesting music, but not everybody's thing

mahon | June 17, 2014 | Review of The Sound of the Human Tanks

The Sound of the Human Tanks is not everybody's thing. Don't expect a game here, as it is not a game. It's a large collection of music tracks, a soundtrack for War of the Human Tanks, and in fact it even requires the base game.

The whole collection is pretty impressive, as it comes with ninety tracks, spanning over like 3 hours. And the music is well, pretty special. Definitely not for everybody. It is a good thing for somebody who either likes hip-hop or Japanese music. If you're not into either of these, why are you thinking about picking this collection at all? Try the game first and judge if the style is ok for you. It is interesting for sure, and for its price it offers a lot of music. Just be warned that it's better to try it (for example in the game) before getting the whole thing.

78

Shaun the Sheep game

mahon | June 17, 2014 | Review of Home Sheep Home 2

Home Sheep Home 2 is a Shaun the Sheep game. And it shows. It shows with a specific but charming visual style, the recognizable humour, and the smile which will remain on your face throughout the game. It is just a puzzle game, but not just another puzzle game. It is funny, amusing, enjoyable, interesting, cute and pretty. Yes, just check the visuals and then plug a large screen to your PC. You will enjoy it. And the game doesn't really require any knowledge of Shaun the Sheep, it can be enjoyed even without it. The levels are well designed and even though they require some thought and brain exercise, they're not very difficult or complex. They're pretty short, so you can enjoy the game in smaller chunks. If you have a short break, why not spend it playing Home Sheep Home 2 :)

77

Old and rusty, but revolutionary

mahon | June 17, 2014 | Review of Jagged Alliance 1: Gold Edition

If by any chance you don't know Jagged Alliance, it must be because you are too young to have experienced the game when it was released. But even for somebody who got into video games later, the game can still be interesting and addictive. Of course, later Jagged Alliance games were better, much better, especially JA2 and JA2.5, but the first one is still a golden classic! This is the game which cannot be called anything but a milestone, a revolutionary classic. It offered detailed tactical military game, with a higher level campaign, characters with different traits and characteristics. A choice of weapons with enough differences to really make a difference. If it wasn't for Jagged Alliance, the gaming industry would probably miss one important branch. But fortunately Jagged Alliance was made, and even though it feels old and rusty now, it deserves its place in every gamer's collection.

87

Console classics now on PC

mahon | June 17, 2014 | Review of Final Fantasy Double Pack

Final Fantasy games are the stuff of legends already. Especially for people who played them on consoles, they pack a massive load of nostalgia. But even without it they remain some of the most memorable role playing games ever made. They're pretty good examples of the jRPG genre, so if you haven't tried them before - this is a good chance to try. This pack includes Final Fantasy VII and VIII, both of them really good games. You just have to get through the layer of pretty outdated graphics and oldish interface. The games show their age and I cannot say they aged nicely. But what makes them worth the time and attention is the story and interesting setting. I recommend that anybody who missed the Final Fantasy train takes the opportunity of having the games now on PCs and gives them a go.

80

Another short but nice addon

mahon | June 11, 2014 | Review of Borderlands 2: Headhunter 4 - Wedding Day Massacre (MAC)

The fourth Headhunter pack - Wedding Day Massacre - adds another short story to Borderlands 2. Just like other Headhunter packs, here you can expect a new mission and a new boss to fight. This time the story revolves about assuring that goliaths from two feuding families you should already know get married without any unexpected problems. A love potion can do the job, so the players need to collect ingrediends to make one. And if they do well, there are new heads for the players to customize their characters. Don't expect a big storyline addon, but if you are familiar with other Headhunter packs, you won't be disappointed. After all the price is pretty low, and what you get for it makes it a really good value DLC.

85

Back to Jagged Alliance

mahon | June 11, 2014 | Review of Jagged Alliance Flashback

The Jagged Alliance franchise has been waiting for a worthy continuation for many years. Both Back in Action and Crossfire didn't earn the appreciation that the early games of the series had. Now Flashback has all it takes to do the job well. It doesn't try to simplify things or change them only for the sake of change. It refreshes things, improves, streamlines and so it seems the Jagged Alliance will finally receive a decent continuation. Bear in mind the title is still an early access thing now, so some aspects may still be polished or tweaked (I doubt the developers will decide to act against the popular demands and ruin something). So if the price is not holding you back and you enjoyed the Jagged Alliance series with its micromanagement, detailed combat, hit locations, precise planning, multitude of weapons and skill combinations, you will feel at home here. And the map editor will allow to keep you busy with this game for long. Don't expect next-gen visuals and sound, it's all in the gameplay!

85

Overlooked little gems

mahon | June 11, 2014 | Review of Ace Patrol Bundle

The Ace Patrol games are often overlooked and ignored games. And it's a shame, because they're two little gems from the father of Civilization, Sid Meier. I suppose they originated from games for mobile devices, but the PC ports are really good and don't feel forced or rushed. Both games address the subject of aerial combat, and each of them features a different period - World War One or World War Two - Pacific theater. I suppose people consider them little indie games unworthy of their interest, but in fact these two have surprising depth and enough room for tactical decisions. The games come with enjoyable campaigns, in which you gain experience, earn promotions, etc. Both Ace Patrol games look neat and play in an intuitive way. And the bundle is so cheap that you cannot go wrong with it.

100

Perfect 100!

mahon | June 11, 2014 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown - The Complete Edition (NA)

The XCom series (also known as UFO) is considered a milestone in video games industry. Maybe not a breakthrough in itself, as it only put some elements together, but it did it in a perfect way. Since then many attempts have been made to create a worthy successor for the first two games of the series. And most of them failed, that is until XCOM: Enemy Unknown was released. Although not exactly a perfect recreation of the originals, it finally managed to do the franchise justice. The game combines some tactical fights, strategic planning and management of your organization, and this all is set in a world invaded by aliens. But I am sure I don't need to explain it to you, as most gamers are familiar with the franchise. It's enough to say that the game is as good as it gets and probably the best game of the genre currently available. While the Elite Soldier Pack and Slingshot Pack are just minor additions, the Enemy Within makes the game awesome. With addition of the new options, the game becomes a perfect 100/100 for me.

65

Good customizations, mediocre racing

mahon | May 15, 2014 | Review of Ride 'em Low

I am not sure if Ride 'Em Low can still be interesting to gamers nowadays. It looks dated and the gameplay is not good enough to justify the rusty visuals. There are so many good racers - both serious and casual - that I can hardly see any reason to play this one. There's one good thing which makes this game quite enjoyable though - the customization part, in which you can turn a car into completely your own lowrider. If customizing cars is your thing, don't hesitate to try this game. But if you only want to play an enjoyable racing game, I would recommend to search elsewhere.

85

Good RPG in RPG Maker style

mahon | May 15, 2014 | Review of Moonchild

Mooonchild seems to be just another RPG Maker game, but don't be fooled by its appearances. It's a very good game, with interesting storyline and decent gameplay. It tells a story of a mother who attempts to rescue her abducted child. With good dialogues and interesting plot twists, it's a must-play for people who want something else from their role playing games than just hacking and slashing at enemies. Of course the visual side of the game could (and probably should) be so much better, but even with the simple RPG Maker style graphics, it's at least acceptable. Probably more mature gamers will appreciate this game, and less mature ones will skip it and choose something action-packed instead.

70

Interesting RPG but not for everyone

mahon | May 15, 2014 | Review of Sylia

Sylia is a role playing game with unimpressive visuals but lots of good stuff to be revealed if you spend some time with this game. You will appreciate the interesting characters, enjoy witty dialogues, and follow the storyline which is both interesting and flavoured with some good humour. I would only be unsure about recommending the game to people used to new games with stunning graphics and memorable soundtracks. This game is pretty forgettable in this respect, but this doesn't make is a bad game. It only is not suitable for anybody. If story is more important to you than graphics, give Sylia a go.

20

Try at your own risk

mahon | May 15, 2014 | Review of Skyscraper Simulator

Playing a Skyscraper Simulator may seem tempting and intriguing, but unfortunately with this game it is not. Even though the gameplay and controls are pretty intuitive, the game is neither interesting nor even challenging. Maybe I am not its target audience, but I quite liked some of the other simulators from this series, and this one only disappointed me. It's boring, lacks any decisions that would matter, and doesn't allow you to do anything interesting at all. In my opinion it is a complete waste of the potential the game had. If one could make an interesting simulator of a bridge, why couldn't somebody else do the same with a skyscraper simulation? Well, until there is another attempt, I will stay away from this take on the subject.

67

Just another hidden object puzzler

mahon | May 15, 2014 | Review of Where Angels Cry

The first games which are brought to my mind by Where Angels Cry are Myst, 7th Guest, 11th Hour... You know, visually appealing, point-and-click games with some puzzles and some hidden object searching. It's definitely not the best game in its genre but not a bad one either. It is obvious that the authors wanted to make it an ambitious project, but somehow it fell short. Maybe it was because of limited budget, maybe lack of skill or only inspiration, but it's just another hidden object puzzler with some additional mini games and plot that connects all the elements. A decent one, but nothing more than average. If you like this genre you may get it, if you are not familiar with it - try one of the more secure choices for your entry into the genre.

80

Good old RTS game

mahon | April 24, 2014 | Review of Imperial Glory

Napoleonic period and the age of great empires must be one of the most picturesque ones in the history of warfare. Large armed masses confronting each other must be every strategist's delight. If you're even remotely interested in hisstorical strategy gaming and are not scared away with the age of this game, give it a go. It's a great example of what strategy games used to be back then when graphics was not king. Especiall now, when the price is so affordable it would be a shame to miss this little gem of real time strategy gaming. And even if you're not sure if you like historical RTS games, it's better to try on a cheaper title like this one than one of the expensive new releases, which often cannot boast as enjoyable gameplay as this one.

65

Pretty casual adventure game

mahon | April 15, 2014 | Review of Adam's Venture Episode 3: Revelations

If you want to categorize Adam's Venture games somehow, they should be called casual adventure games.

Just like in the previous games from this series, puzzles are not difficult and also not absurd (like in some other adventure games, where you have to try every crazy combination of items and solutions to come up with the right one). They also share game time with some more action oriented sequences, which makes the games more interesting to casual players than hardcore adventure gamers. It took some time for me to get used to the way these games play, but at this point, at the third game, I can call the series enjoyable.

It's not the first choice for an adventure game, but with its low price tag, it's not a bad choice.

63

Recommended only to fans of adventure games

mahon | April 15, 2014 | Review of Adam's Venture Episode 2: Solomon's Secret

In Adam's Venture Episode 2: Solomon's Secret, a sequel to The Search for the Lost Garden, we experience the same kind of gameplay as in the previous game.

We get the same kind of puzzles, the same (mediocre) kind of characters and the same quality of dialogues. It's not high praise to be sure, but it shouldn't discourage a fan of adventure games who has time for another game of this kind. There is less action gameplay in this game, this time it is more about puzzles and story. If these were a bit better, the game could be quite good, just like its visual side, which looks pretty nice to say the truth.

Fortunately the price is quite low, so you're not risking too much money, especially if you like adventure games.

70

Serious football fans stay away!

mahon | April 15, 2014 | Review of FootLOL: Epic Fail League Capsule

If football is a serious thing to you, this game is not for you. It's just about as un-serious as a football game can be. Even if the game takes place on a football pitch, you don't control a team but use whatever means you have available to turn the tide of the game to your favour. And calling it a football game would be completely wrong. You get to use aircraft, bombing runs, cannons, additional balls, and all sort of crazy measures. You are getting what kind of game to expect?

If you appreciate silly humour in games, you will love it. It's amusing and completely tongue-in-a-cheek. But if you're a serious football fanatic, stay away!

60

Mediocre adventure game, worth its low price

mahon | April 15, 2014 | Review of Adam's Venture Episode 1: The Search For The Lost Garden

Adam's Venture Episode 1: The Search For The Lost Garden is the first of three game about a "not Indiana Jones".

The original character comes to mind immediately, and it's not for the game's benefit, because Indy continues to outshine Adam all the time. The game was supposed to be a mix of action game with puzzle elements that we know from adventure games. Sounds good, doesn't it? Unfortunately the game falls short of most expectations, be it about puzzles, characters or bad dialogue. The positive thing is that it's very cheap, so if you want a cheap adventure-game-style pastime, Adam's Venture may suit your needs. Or if you are a collector of adventure games. It's not a bad game, but nothing more than mediocre.

68

Decent game, average port.

mahon | April 15, 2014 | Review of Tiny Troopers

Tiny Troopers is a real time strategy with both mobile and PC versions.

For a mobile game it's very good, surely more than decent. Judgement of the PC version is a bit more difficult because of higher expectations we tend to have when it comes to PC games. What we get in this case is just a solid port of the mobile game, with nearly no changes. Even though PC controls could allow for better tactical flexibility and control, the authors didn't make use of this potential and left it the way it was on mobile devices. It is a shame because the game in itself is pretty good - you control units, your soldieres gain experience, you are assigned to various missions, etc.

Had the potential of PC machines been used better, the game would surely be more memorable. And now it's just OK.

87

Underappreciated RPG gem

mahon | Feb. 26, 2014 | Review of Two Worlds II: Velvet Game of the Year Edition

As much as some may be put off by the "velvet edition", don't be mislead. This is simply a complete pack of a great role playing game - Two Worlds II, with its expansion Pirates of the Flying Fortress. With this pack you get the whole thing, and if you enjoyed games like Two Worlds, Gothic or Risen, you will surely love this one. Much has been improved since the first Two Worlds game, and I must admit the game looks and plays really well. Just don't expect it to be another easy and casual RPG game. It will demand some of you attention and time, but in return it will offer hours of unforgettable fun.

90

Great game with great music

mahon | Feb. 26, 2014 | Review of The Banner Saga: Deluxe

Hey, you don't know the Banner Saga yet? Where have you been for all the past months? This game is one of the hottest titles now. It's a great interpretation of the viking theme, translated into a role playing game. With great story, excellent setting and memorable cartoony graphics, it will keep you entertained for long if you are even remotely interested in vikings, early middle ages, fantasy or role playing. And now this game comes with a complete official soundtrack composed by Austin Wintory as one big deluxe pack. So if you can afford it, expect to like the game and are a fan of good soundtracks, don't wait to get the game and the soundtrack separately. The Banner Saga: Deluxe has them both and I will be surprised if you don't enjoy them.

72

Good but not classic

mahon | Feb. 26, 2014 | Review of Corsairs Gold

Corsairs is one of the games which were created in the wake of Sid Meier's Pirates! popularity. Many games tried to stand up to the original's reputation and quality and most of them fell short. It doesn't mean they all were bad games, but somehow they didn't manage to nail what made Sid Meier's game so successful. Still, if you're already bored with the Pirates! and still want more swashbuckling adventures on high seas, Corsairs Gold is a good choice for you. It is different enough to make it feel fresh and not just a direct clone of Pirates! On the other hand it's difficult to name even one thing at which this game really shines. Well, it has everything a pirates game should have, but then it's not outstanding at any of these things. It's a good game, but not one that will become an unforgettable classic.

81

Special edition of a very good game

mahon | Feb. 12, 2014 | Review of 99 Spirits - Special Edition

99 Spirits is a special thing, quite uncommon. It mixes many concepts and many genres. But it does it in an elegant and successful way. So you get some combat, some quests, interesting characters to interact with, and a good story to play through. This all is illustrated with manga-like imagery (which can be admired in the art book, which is a part of the collection) and really good soundtrack (also available as a separate thing in this Special Edition of the game). And if you love the game enough, you might even wish to check the Japanese original version of the game. Well, I was not determined enough to give it a go, but I am sure some fans may appreciate it. Anyway it proves how complete the Special Edition is.

75

Race on in two new cities

mahon | Feb. 12, 2014 | Review of Real World Racing: Amsterdam & Oakland DLC

The fun part of Real World Racing is that you will be racing (quite unsurprisingly) in real world locatons. Taken straight from aerial photos of real locations, the courses are very believable and fun to drive on. Now you can expand the game with eight new tracks in two real world locations - Amsterdam and Oakland. You can also try the new vehicles out, even if I didn't find them all that necessary to enjoy the game. If you enjoyed the game, this affordable DLC can give you some more gaming time with it, but if you prefer more simulation-like racing with cockpit view and such stuff, this thing may not be for you. So for some casual top-down racing, it can be quite some fun.

79

Point-and-click adventure done in the old way

mahon | Feb. 12, 2014 | Review of Finding Teddy

Finding Teddy is a cute point-and-click adventure game, which looks like an obvious nod to the games of late 8-bit or early 16-bit period. With uncomplicated and reasonable gameplay, clear and intuitive interface and controls and sweet and likeable characters, it's a good choice for either adventure gamers or nostalgic gamers. Or preferably those who belong to both groups. Additional thing which will surely earn their appreciation is the visual side of the game, featuring pixel art visuals, which will surely please any gamer who remembers the point-and-click games of old. Don't be mislead by the childish characters or title - the game is completely satisfactory for an older player as well, and the quests and puzzles included will probably suit their tastes better than they would please a kid.

76

Some famous quotes to slay undead

mahon | Feb. 12, 2014 | Review of Typing of the Dead: Overkill Shakespeare DLC

Just as if the very Typing of the Dead Overkill was not enough, now you can make the fun more... educational. Oh well, don't take it very seriously. I only mean this DLC expands the dictionary used in this game by words and quotes taken from famous works of William Shakespeare. So not only will the game attack you with new words but also they will be a bit uncommon, not typical for a modern user. And how much fun will it be to defeat zombies by typing phrases taken straight from the world's most famous plays? If you like Typing of the Dead, you will surely enjoy this little addon.

75

Some additional diversity for fans

mahon | Feb. 3, 2014 | Review of PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+: All You Can Eat Edition (NA)

The new PacMan is a game that divided the community into two groups - these who were happy to see it in a new incarnation and these who complained it's not the same old PacMan anymore. Of course it's not, it's a new version, adjusted to current trends and gamers, so if you didn't like it, you won't need this pack. On the contrary, if you enjoy the new PacMan, you may wish to expand it a bit with some new options and choices. The PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+: All You Can Eat Edition pack adds several new skins, new courses and some new music to the game, so if you liked the game but wanted some more diversity, this pack may be for you. If you didn't like PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+, this pack will not make you change your mind.

78

Not as bad as some say!

mahon | Feb. 3, 2014 | Review of Might & Magic® Heroes® VI - Gold Edition

Might & Magic Heroes VI - Gold Edition is a great way to get into the Heroes franchise if you are not familiar with it (well, if you are, you most likely have this game already). The game is a great mix of RPG, strategy, exploration, city building, and more. This all is packed in great graphics and sound, and expanded by two adventure packs released for the game. If you liked any other Heroes games, or maybe King's Bounty or Disciples, try this game, and you will be lost for many hours to come. It's addictive and enjoyable, even though some people tend to call it the weakest game in the series I disagree. Some technical glitches aside (they may or may not happen to you), this game is not half as bad as some say, so I'd recommend that you tried it and judged it by yourself.

70

Tell us a story, Ahrpl!

mahon | Feb. 3, 2014 | Review of Awesomenauts: Ahrpl Skin

This is just nother skin for Awesomenauts. Of course, it's a very well made skin with very good voice acting, so it looks good and sounds great. But is it necessary to play the game? Well, no. Does it change the gameplay? Not really. So who does need this thing? Oh well, if you are too lazy or too anxious to wait for the Ahrpl character to unlock, you can do so immediately with this DLC, and so you will have a great looking character for your games of Awesomenauts. It turns Derpl into a pirate-inspired Ahrpl. For some it may be just another skin for Awesomenauts, but for others it may breathe some fresh air into game and refresh their interest in it.

81

Great sandbox games

mahon | Jan. 30, 2014 | Review of Bully & GTA IV Pack

I think everybody knows the GTA games. GTA IV is the best version of Grand Theft Auto I have ever played. It has everything GTA games were known for, but it looks so much better than ever before. Now with GTA V it will soon be overshadowed, but still it's a great game filled with action, featuring interesting characters, and great adrenaline pumping sequences. Bully is quite a similar thing, a sandbox game with storyline which is only secondary to gameplay, but now the action moves to school and your character is a schoolboy. But not a sissy of any kind, a real bully, a rough boy who is going to use all the means available to achieve his goals. I must say I had a lot of fun playing this game. It's not completely serious and being a bully can be much more fun than being a gangster.

74

All the Counter-Strike related gems of old

mahon | Jan. 30, 2014 | Review of Counter Strike 1 Anthology

If I was to buy Counter-Stike, the original one, I would rather buy this pack. It includes much more than just the core Counter-Strike, because it also includes all the other Half-Life spin-offs. Remember that Counter-Strike originated as a mod for Half-Life, and so did some other games like Day of Defeat (also included). This set includes Counter-Strike, the famous multiplayer counter-terrorist shooter, Day of Defeat - its World War 2 counterpart, Deathmatch Classic - which started a series of Deathmatch games accompanying Half-Life games, Ricochet - an interesting mashup of a shooter and platformer and Counter-Strike Condition Zero, which greatly expands and enhances the original Counter Strike with new maps, modes, missions and campaign. If you're more into more modern games, search elsewhere, but if you want to get a pack of good-old-classics, this is a good deal.

96

Complete indeed

mahon | Jan. 30, 2014 | Review of Counter Strike Complete

What a pack! Counter-strike Complete is complete indeed! It includes the original Counter-strike with its Counter-Strike: Condition Zero enhancement. They look very dated and funny now, but the gameplay remains completely great. Then there is the remake on Source engine, which was titled Counter-Strike: Source. Now the game looks much better and the gameplay doesn't lose any of its charm and appeal. And finally there's my personal favourite - the latest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Looking great and playing just as fine as the series always did. With all the games in your collection you will be able to play with (and against) the whole community of Counter-Strike players, who might have not migrated to the latest game and for some reasons prefer to play the old versions.

87

As good as the game itself

mahon | Jan. 21, 2014 | Review of Total War: Rome II - Nomadic Tribes DLC

I only wish my computer could run Total War: Rome II better. As beautiful as the game is, and as enjoyable as it plays, my computer seems to be too weak for all the glory of Rome II to reveal. Fortunately these of you with better machines will be able to enjoy the game and then you will surely want some DLCs to it. This DLC pack adds the nomadic tribes mentioned in the title, along with their new units, factions, traits, objectives and buildings. They're different enough from what you get in the base game that they offer very different gameplay experience and require different strategies. For anybody interested in ancient or early medieval warfare it's a must have in my opinion. Just like all the other Rome II DLCs.

85

All the bonus content from Deluxe version

mahon | Jan. 21, 2014 | Review of Far Cry 3: Deluxe Bundle DLC Pack (NA)

If for any reason you bought only the basic version of Far Cry 3 instead of the Deluxe pack, you can upgrade your game to the Deluxe status with this Deluxe Bundle DLC Pack. And I recommend that you do it. The game is so good and so nice, that as long as your computer can run a modern game, you will surely want to play yet more of it, and that's exactly what this DLC pack allows! It includes all the extra DLCS, soundtrack and artbook, adds new missions, weapons and animals to hunt. Just what you want to make your game keep you interested for longer. If you have the Deluxe version, you already have all the extra content, so just start the game and play on!

88

Advanced shooter

mahon | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier™

Ghost Recon Future Soldier is not an arcade shooter. It's not a Call of Duty as well. It's a good and tough simulation of modern warfare. It's a shooter-simulation, not a shooter. You will need skill, training and some knowledge to master it. But in exchange you will get satisfaction, pride and feeling of accomplishment. Probably one of the most realistic and surely one of the best looking shooters released in the last years, it remains a standard to compare other games to. Great maps, difficult missions and excellent multiplayer, especially if you have good friends to enjoy the game with. Cannot recommend this game enough. Great one!

80

Snipers vs zombies revamped

mahon | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 - 4 Pack

It seems everybody is always fond of fighting Nazis. And because everybody is also happy about fighting zombies, why not combine the two? It was done pretty well in Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army, but now some time has passed since the game was released and so it's high time to play the sequel. The game is not revolutionary in any way. To me it felt much more like a revamped version of the original. So you get an improved engine, more impressive visuals and sound, new campaign, new horrors, and so on but it's still the same game in which you use your sniping skills to oppose an army of undead horrors raised by the Nazis. If you enjoy shooters and don't treat the subject of history and wars very seriously, you should enjoy this game, especially if you have a bunch of good friends to play with. And in this case this four-pack seems like a perfect way to get playing together!

75

Try the base game first

mahon | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Dungeons: Into the Dark

If you enjoyed Dungeons, you will want to get this DLC pack for sure. It adds more of what you already know from the game - new items, new maps, and even one campaign map. If you are not familiar with Dungeons, I recommend that you better try the base game first, and only get the DLC if you like the kind of game. It's not everybody's thing, but if you like dungeon adventures, like Dungeon Keeper or old dungeon crawls, you should enjoy it. For a modern gamer, used to fast action and flashy visuals the game may seem a bit boring, but in fact it only takes some getting used to. And if you find the game enjoyable, get this DLC pack, because it will extend the gaming time and replayability by many hours.

78

Not surprising but pretty solid

mahon | Jan. 20, 2014 | Review of Prince of Persia®: The Sands of Time (NA)

There haven't been many videogame series which evolved as much as the Prince of Persia games. From the early platformer (very interesting, graphically impressive and innovative for its time) to modern action games of today, the games remain popular choices and have kept entertaining players for years now. The Sands of Time is not a new game now and it shows its age, but it remains very playable and can be enjoyed as much as in the time of its release. It combines some platforming elements with combat and pretty good story, which combination results in enjoyable gameplay. The game will not surprise you with any innovative concepts now, unless you are not familiar with games of the last decade, but it's a solid bit of gaming anyway.

83

Two great expansions for the latest Heroes game

mahon | Jan. 17, 2014 | Review of Might & Magic® Heroes® VI DLC 1 + 2

If you don't have these expansions you surely are not a hardcore Heroes of Might & Magic fan, are you? But even in this case, it's a great way to fill the hole in your collection and expand one of the best games in its genre (and possibly one of the best games ever made or at least best time-eaters) with two great DLC packs. It's a nice compilation of the Pirates of the Savage Sea pack and the Danse Macabre pack - both of them expand the game with additional adventures, items, quests, bonuses, maps and locations. The sixth game in the Heroes series is surely the most advanced and visually appealing of them all, bringing the game to the current standards. If you are into strategy gaming, RPG, RTS, exploration or fantasy, you should not be disappointed. Just remember you will need the base game to make use of this pack.

73

Classic beat'em up

mahon | Jan. 17, 2014 | Review of Guilty Gear Isuka

Guilty Gear Isuka is a fighting game from the golden age of this genre. Back in the days when such games were frequently seen on arcade machines. Guilty Gear Isuka looks exactly like such arcade beat'em up game, and plays perfectly like one. Why? Well, because that's exactly what it is. This classic fighting game has just been released on Steam, and I still have the original disc with it somewhere. I wonder if it can be fun to somebody who has never played these classic arcade games and only got into video games later in the days when graphics was king, and it was all about stunning visuals and realistic sound. Give this game a try, enjoy the oldschool anime/manga style and see how the games used to be when gameplay was more important than visuals.

75

Old but fun sci-fi game

mahon | Jan. 17, 2014 | Review of Gun Metal

Although it's a new release, the game is not really new. It's a good old game, which has simply been just released on Steam.

The game is enjoyable even if it shows its age. The visuals are a bit rusty now and so is the sound. But the gameplay remains attractive for a fan of science fiction warfare, huge robots, armored combat suits, and such stuff. The game is also longer than many new releases, so for a fairly low price you are getting quite some fun and gaming time. If for any reason you haven't played Gun Metal back when it was released and are not scared away by its dated appearance, give it a try and have some good sci-fi fun!

82

Make Civilization V a new challenge

mahon | Jan. 17, 2014 | Review of Civ V: Double Scenario Packs

While playing the basic game of Civilization V is surely interesting and can keep you busy for months, there comes a time that you find yourself urging for some more challenge and variation. This pack is a good solution, as it combines two additional civilization packs and each of them comes with its own scenario. So the first civilization is Denmark, with its viking Berserkers and later Ski Infantry. They also have their own scenario, 1066: Year of Viking Destiny. The other civilization is Polynesia with their leader Kamehameha, impressive statues and powerful navy. Their own scenario is suitably named Paradise Found. With these two new civilizations and scenarios, Civilization V can become a thrilling and new experience again.

78

Makes the game more enjoyable

mahon | Jan. 17, 2014 | Review of Dark: Cult of the Dead DLC

Dark was supposed to be a modern stealth game, much like the old Thief games, a bit like Hitman or Deus Ex. But unfortunately it fell short of the expectations people had. And the funny thing is that most of us cannot nail it properly and tell why it's not as good as it could be. It simply didn't quite click. But fortunately there's still a chance that additional DLCs will improve it and bring it into line with the original expectations. Now the Dark: Cult of the Dead DLC adds pretty much new content, which will make the base game more interesting and less repetitive. There's a completely new mission, with a new kind of opponent and a new enemy boss. There are also five new challenge maps, so the replayability is greatly improved and gameplay made more diverse. I am waiting for more DLCs like this and hope they will keep expanding and enhancing this game, so we all can enjoy it to the fullest.

90

No disappointment here

mahon | Dec. 5, 2013 | Review of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag

It's fresh, it's new and we're all so excited about it. Well, is it really so fresh? Not so much. It's still the same good old Assassin's Creed but with awesome visuals and some enhancements to gameplay. Due to the importance of sea in the pirates theme we get to travel by sea more than before and sea battles are a fresh and really well done additions to the game. With cannonballs tearing the air around you and battle chaos all around, you get to use your skills in completely new situations and enviroments, which turn out to be perfectly suited for this kind of game. Adaptation of Assassin's Creed to a new period and a completely new setting breathes some fresh air into the series and suits the game better than any of us could expect!

72

The way multiplayer shooters used to be

mahon | Dec. 5, 2013 | Review of Deathmatch Classic

Now, as of late 2013, Deathmatch Classic is surely an old game. With so many multiplayer shooters available it is not an obvious choice for most gamers. I would still recommend it to people who either feel nostalgic and sentimental about the games of early 2000s or who have never had a chance to experience gaming in that period and would like to feel what games were like back then. Now Deathmatch Classic feels rusty and simple, but back then it was much fun. Still you can have some fun with this game if you have a bunch of oldshool-loving friends. But surely it's not a game for the same people who expect state-of-the-art games and next-gen visuals.

85

True classics

mahon | Dec. 5, 2013 | Review of Half Life 1 Anthology

The Half-life 1 Anthology feels like a great collection, even though I'd love to see Half-life: Source included as well. But on the other hand it's very good even without it. It includes Half-life, Half-life: Blue Shift, Team Fortress Classic, and Half-Life: Opposing Force. Four classic games for a pretty good price. Half-life is a real classic. Although not looking as good as the modern shooters, it is the game which started the who whole Half-life hype. If you haven't played it yet, go play it instead of wasting time reading this. Then there's the Blue Shift, which expands and follows the original Half-life up. Opposing Force is another add-on to the Half-life game, but it's a standalone with its own story (related to the main one though). And finally Team Fortress, which is what was later to evolve into Team Fortress 2, probably the most popular online shooter on steam now. Four must-play games in my opinion, even if only to see howsome of the currently popular franchises started.

82

If you want more advantage over others

mahon | Nov. 20, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 4 Premium (NA)

Although Battlefield 4 is still a new game, there are already many competitive players playing this game. If you want to get yourself some advantage over others, you should consider getting this Premium pack. Although it's not a standalone product but more of an update to the game, it is a good choice for those who like Battlefield enough to invest a bit more money into it. Not only it includes additional expansion packs with new maps and content, but there's additional advantage of getting all expansion packs with early access, which grants you two weeks of time to build up your advantage over other players. And it's very convenient for every player because it grants them higher priority in server queues, so you can wait less and play more.

90

Favourite space sandbox

mahon | Nov. 20, 2013 | Review of X Rebirth

What the previous "X" games did well, Rebirth does even better. And it makes the space look so beautiful and hypnotic so you can spend long hours just travelling and watching it. The X series can be considered a space sandbox game. It can be a trading game, a RPG, a space combat game - you shape your own gameplay and your own genre with the way you play it. For me it's the direct successor of the old Elite game, and with every incarnation it becomes better and better. With excellent space combat model you may be willing to focus more on combat than on trading or exploration, but there's nothing to stop you changing your direction during the game and choosing a different style. That's the perfect thing about X Rebirth - you can make it your own game.

85

Great improvement over Renaissance

mahon | Nov. 20, 2013 | Review of Disciples III: Resurrection

The Disciples series has always been a worthy alternative for Heroes of Might and Magic games, and some gamers even preferred it to the Heroes. Disciples II was a good game, which could easily outmatch Heroes, but Disciples III suffered from some technical glitches and problems with balance. Fortunately the Resurrection pack fixes many of them, rebalances some, and adds new stuff to the already interesting universe. Now you can also play a new race, the undead, and some new characters with their own storylines. If you liked Disciples II or Disciples III Renaissance, you will surely love this one. And if you are still not familiar with this series but are a HoMM fan - why don't you check one of the most interesting alternatives to the game you like so much?

72

Decent horror-themed game

mahon | Oct. 25, 2013 | Review of Lucius

Lucius is an interesting game. With very unusual theme, which every Rosemary's Baby or Children of the Corn fan would love, it seemed extremely promising. I got it and must say I liked it. It's a good game with decent graphics, good concept and not bad gameplay. If you don't know the overall idea, it's about a killer child who is seeking different ways to kill adults. Unfortunately it's not a perfect horror game. My disappointment is caused by the fact that it could easily be so much better. The story could keep you interested for longer, and the gameplay could be less repetitive. With this in mind, I think it's a good thing the game is not longer. It leaves you at the point where you're still having fun with it, and just before it gets boring or tedious. So for the several hours of decent horror-themed gaming, this is a pretty good choice.

100

Remains one of my favourites

mahon | Oct. 25, 2013 | Review of Silent Storm Gold Edition

Silent Storm, the game which could easily put the Jagged Alliance early XCOM series to shame. Well, it didn't. Why? Probably because of poor technical optimization. It never was the best optimized game and it needed pretty powerful computers for the time it was released, and now it cannot use the power of modern video cards, so even on modern computers you may experience some lags. But it's worth bearing with it! Its gameplay and story are so rewarding that the games have remained on my favourites list for years, and they still do. Yes, games, because in fact it's a pack of two games: Silent Storm with its standalone expansion Sentinels. I think it's one of the best turn-based small force strategies, with destructible enviroments, RPG-like character development, many weapons to use, diverse missions, and nazi mini-mechas. Check it out. It aged really well!

100

The best Batman game

mahon | Oct. 25, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Origins is the game we've all been waiting for. We all loved the previous Batman games, didn't we? Well, I did. They were some of the best action games and best representations of the CD universe I've seen. Now the game, which is a prequel for the previous two games, is finally available and it looks better. No, it looks awesome. It plays better, with all the experience from making the previous games used to Arkham Origins' advantage. What we get an excellent action game with incredible visuals, great sound and gameplay which literally keeps you playing on and on. Waste no more time and get this one!

100

Some of the best games in their genre

mahon | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of BioShock + BioShock 2 Pack

The double Bioshock pack includes the first two Bioshock games (Bioshock Infinite not included), and while I doubt there's anybody unfamiliar with the franchise, if there is such a person they should hold back no longer and simply try these games. They seem to be just two more shooters, but I would be surprised if you are not lost to the storytelling there. It has some of the best settings, story and characters. Gameplay aside, because it's a class in itself, the two games are just legends which shouldn't be absent in any modern gamer's collection. The underwater setting, the DNA modifications, the exciting shooting action, and great storyline, they all guarantee the money will be well spent.

80

Post-nuclear apocalypse in Tropico 4

mahon | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of Tropico 4: Apocalypse

Yeah, another small DLC for our favorite totalitarian island paradise! Just like the previous similar additions to the game, this one also adds a new building, trait, outfit and mission. All of them are nuclear conflict themed, so you will be able to build nuclear shelters, and reduce food consumption thanks to the survivalist trait. Your el presidente may now dress in a hazmat suit, which evokes the cold war and nuclear threat atmosphere even more. Finally there's a scenario putting you into a real nuclear threat, and making you have to lead your people through the difficulties of post-nuclear existence. I doubt there can be any Tropico 4 fan, who wouldn't get this pack as soon as possible.

74

Great weapon, cheap DLC

mahon | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - Light Plasma Pistol

The Light Plasma Pistol DLC for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified adds a new weapon to your arsenal. It's one of these small and cheap DLCs, which are an obvious impulse buy for every gamer who enjoys the game in question. In case of The Bureau, you need to remember that it's not a strategy game anymore but a XCOM shooter, so a good choice of weapons is important. It allows you to choose the right tools for the tasks, to match your gaming style with suitable weapons, and keeps you interested in the game longer. So why shouldn't you get the new gun for what is less than a dollar. Of course you will be able to play with it, but seeing the great model of this weapon and handing it over to your character to give him an edge over his enemies will more than justify the price.

86

Gem of old

mahon | Oct. 21, 2013 | Review of Anachronox

How good it is to see these older gems available here! Anachronox is one of the great RPG games which somehow didn't become as popular as they should have. It has everything a great RPG should have - interesting world, well written characters and a wide selection of quests to keep you busy. Even visuals and sounds are not bad, so they surely were even better at the time of the game's release. I think it uses some kind of Quake 2 engine or variation thereof, so you know what to expect. And the gameplay is much longer than many games offer now (well, except for sandbox games), and it can easily take more than 20 hours to complete the game. But if you immerse yourself in the world of Anachronox, you will surely need much more time and it will be time well spent!

75

Successful port from mobile devices

mahon | Oct. 6, 2013 | Review of Monster Truck Destruction

Monster Truck Destruction looks like a PC port of a mobile application. And well, it is not a wrong feeling because that's what it is. While there are many good car driving and racing games on PCs, it may always be good to be able to play the same game on your computer and on your mobile device. This game gives you an opportunity to do it. The number of options and vehicles available is good enough to make this game a passable rival for most PC racers. The gameplay itself may not be anything exceptional, but is enjoyable for sure. Just jump over a ramp or two with your monster truck, especially if you manage to drop onto another vehicle and tell me if you are still sceptical about the game. I am not.

78

Perfect return to the golden age of platforming

mahon | Oct. 6, 2013 | Review of Spuds Quest

Spud's Quest makes me want to scream: 16 bit days are back! I would be completely amazed if your sentiments would be any different. Do you remember Dizzy and the Prince of Yolkfolk? This game looks and plays so much like it, that if you remember the games of old and miss them, you will surely scream with happiness the minute you launch Spud's Quest. It recreates the old platformers so well that even the limitations and problems of these older games are still present here. For example limited capacity of your inventory may feel like a limitation, but hey, that's what it used to be back then. So if you miss the golden age of platformers, you cannot miss Spud's Quest!

82

Skullgirls in even more colors

mahon | Oct. 6, 2013 | Review of Skullgirls And Color Palette Bundle PRE

Sure, you can buy Skullgirls alone. It's a great beat'em up game, one of my favourites. But you can also make it even more interesting by adding some variety to the visual part of the game. No, it diesn't change the gameplay by a smallest bit, it's all about the visual side, but the difference in price is so small that it's neglectible and you can modify the appearance of every single skullgirl by applying different colour palette to her. With such a small price increase I cannot see any good reason for not buying the expanded pack instead of the basic game, especially that it includes the Skullgirls game as well. Unless you are really tight on money, I think some visual variety is always the way to go.

87

The way to go!

mahon | Oct. 4, 2013 | Review of NBA 2K14

Even if I haven't yet played enough of NBA 2K13, there's the brand new NBA 2k14. Even better and even shinier, especially if you have a powerful machine which allows you to maximize the graphical effects and admire the game. It is fast, furious and full of action! You can not only play matches, but also lead your player throughout his career in a RPG-like way. And the game also has excellent multiplayer mode, which allows you to compete with humans instead of computer's AI. It's worth mentioning that it's unavoidable that the NBA 2k13 players switch to NBA 2k14 soon, as most servers for the previous game are likely to be shut down soon. So if you want to play on online servers, NBA 2k14 is the way to go.

90

Very innovative MMORPG

mahon | Oct. 2, 2013 | Review of Legends of Aethereus

Legends of Aethereus on steam at last! That's what made me happy, as the game itself was one of the most promising RPGs of the recent period. It is a MMORPG, which means it's a massive world for role playing your adventures in it. It offers both competitive and cooperative modes of playing, so any kind of online gamer should be happy. Legends of Aethereus is action oriented, so fighting takes a prominent role in this game, but it's done in such an innovative and fresh way that the combat alone is a sufficient reason to try this game out. Combat in Legends of Aethereus is physics based, which means that massive blows can throw victims off their feet or even toss them away or in the air. All these effects are done really well and objects behave very naturally. It's something to see with your own eyes and experience in your own games! Let's just hope that large community of players grows soon enough.

83

Great WW2 tactical game

mahon | Oct. 1, 2013 | Review of Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943 + Caen Expansion

I may not be the most hardcore strategist, but I like to play some more demanding games sometimes. Theatre of War 2 falls into this category, as it has a bit steep learning curve. Of course you can play it carelessly without much practice, but it won't get you far. But if you spend some time learning the game and practising, you will be rewarded by one of the most challenging strategy games. Actually it is more of a tactical game than a strategic one, due to the scale of battles presented, but let's not go into too much detail. You will be commanding your forces on unit level but with enough detail to give it almost a RPG feel. Your troops gain experience and improve. You have a choice of various arms - infantry, armor, artillery and more. It's not a good entry into strategy gaming, but if you have some experience under your belt, you should love this game.

88

Worthy successor to Anno and Patrician games

mahon | Sept. 28, 2013 | Review of Rise of Venice

Among so many new releases, Rise of Venice seems to be a shining gem just because it doesn't disappoint, it doesn't fall short of the expectations. It is a very good business simulation or strategy game set in the medieval period. With impressive number of choices and paths to lead you from a lowly merchant to a figure of power, it can keep you busy for weeks or even months. You will build your trading empire, fight against the odds, encounter pirates, and so on. If there is any worthy successor to the Anno and Patrician series of games, it is the Rise of Venice, so if you liked any of these games, Rice of Venice should be a perfect choice for you.

70

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures added to the game

mahon | Sept. 28, 2013 | Review of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+: Pac is Back Skin DLC (NA)

What can be better than some Pac-Man? Even more Pac-Man! After the classic game was revamped and re-released as PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+, it's time to add some more meat to it, so a few DLC packs were released soon after the game itself. The Pac is Back Skin DLC offers us a choice of characters from the 'PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures' TV show. Now you can play with thesecharacters and admire visual effects taken straight from the show. So if you're a fan of PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures, you will surely not hesitate and simply get this cheap DLC pack to transfer the mood of the show into the game.

78

Feels like driving home at last

mahon | Sept. 21, 2013 | Review of Euro Truck Simulator 2: Go East DLC

Many of us must've been waiting for it way too long. Now the Euro Truck Simulator 2 allows us to drive in Eastern Europe! At last! For an Eastern European gamer it's like he's driving home, especially that driving feels different here. Scenery is much more open, there are lots of open spaces, roads and cities are modified to look more like Eastern Europe. The expansion adds 13 new cities in four extensively mapped and detailed countries, like Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary, with their own road systems. The selection of trucks that you will be able to drive or use in your transport company is suited to the Eastern European area, so the feeling of realism is not ruined with simply copying the Western game.

73

East Point, here we come!

mahon | Sept. 21, 2013 | Review of Tropico 4: The Academy

The Academy feels like many of the previous smaller DLCs for Tropico 4. They usually add a building or two, new outfit, a trait and sometimes a new mission. Academy is not any different. It covers the subject of a military academy for your country. Much like West Point, but quite unsurprisingly it's called... East Point, and trains military personnel. The new trait allows to make your el presidente a graduate of this academy, which improves his combat efficiency, and the new outfit is a nice female version of an East Point cadet in a pretty uniform. The last addition is a new mission, in which you will have to defend against a massed enemy invasion. But with the addition of all the military enhancements, the mission shouldn't be too difficult for you.

70

Top-down racer in real cities.

mahon | Sept. 21, 2013 | Review of Real World Racing Cap

What makes Real World Racing different is the world you will be racing in. The developers had an interesting idea of using real world maps, or more accurately speaking: aerial maps, and turning them into racing tracks. This works pretty well with the top-down view, but I am still not completely convinced if I can get used to thinking about such a game as of a serious racing game. It feels more like a toy-car racer, despite its physics based engine. In fact if it wasn't for the top-down view I could have felt it's more serious, with pretty good physics and well done sound, but I think I still need to get used to the way the game is.

76

Toy cars of your childhood

mahon | Sept. 19, 2013 | Review of Hot Wheels™ World’s Best Driver™

Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver is a cool game because for many of us it's going to be a trip back into our childhood. These Hot Wheels were the toys many of us played with as kids. We built racing tracks, pretended to be racing with our Hot Wheels, and crashed them. Now you don't have to use the toys anymore, you don't have to build tracks and you can still play as if you were a kid. The Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver game makes it possible - it gives you all the tools: vehicles, tracks, events. All you have to do is play and enjoy. And the game is one to enjoy, as it's not a serious racing simulator but a casual racing game with toy cars.

69

Drive vehicles of the modernism period

mahon | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of Trainz DLC PRR T1 A Fleet of Modernism CAP

Design styles also find their way into the world of trains. In the modernism period, the design trend of modernism influenced the way trains looked. And the PRR T1 A Fleet of Modernism addon pack adds some of these trains to the Trainz Simulator. With the usual correctness and accuracy, the developers represented some of historical machines, including T1 Prototype Series Locomotives 6110, 6111, and 5500-5549. There are also new cars to be pulled by these locomotives, and some visual variants of these. If you feel like driving an old historical heavy steel collossus that these beasts are, this expansion makes it possible for every Trainz Simulator player.

80

Complete wargear collection

mahon | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Wargear Bundle

I've been playing Warhammer 40.000 for years. I mean the version with real miniatures, so the Dawn of War computer games immediately caught my attention. And you know, they're really good even if incomplete. Fortunately there are some expansions which add new races and equipment to your arsenals. The Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Wargear Bundle adds a lot of wargear that you can use to equip the warriors from (as far as I noticed) every race available so far. So whether you play Imperial Guard footsloggers, valiant Space Marines, horrifying Tyranids, mysterious Eldar, or any other race, and feel you're missing some important wargear options, this expansion adds a lot of goodies to every army's arsenal.

66

The story continues...

mahon | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington - The Betrayal DLC (NA)

The Tyranny of King Washington - The Betrayal continues the story started in The Infamy, and is the second part in the trilogy of King Washington's tyranny. For those of you who are not familiar with it, I recommend starting with the first part anyway, as the story is an interesting take on American history, with the alternate story of George Washington who turns into a despotic tyrant, obsessed with power. Connor has to foil his plans, and this is where the story goes. The second part is not as exciting and thrilling as the first one though. I got the feeling that I've seen it all, although there are many additional quests and side missions. And there's a new power, allowing you to use the spirit of an eagle. Anyway, if you started playing the trilogy, you will most likely want to continue anyway.

76

Fresh Sims 3 expansion

mahon | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3: Movie Stuff (EU)

A very fresh addition to the Sims 3 collection, the Movie Stuff expands the choice of styles and items available for your sims in the game. Now you can dress them in one of many movie-related styles: a cowboy, a horror creature, a sexy lady, pin-up girl, rockabilly thug, etc. There also suitable hairstyles to go with these costumes and new items to furnish your houses with. So now you can make your home look more like a monster's lair or a cowboy's house. For all the Sims 3 addicts, it's an obvious and obligatory addition to their collections. For everybody else, the mileage may vary, so you have to decide it by yourself if you want to expand The Sims 3 any more or not.

79

Trains geek praised it

mahon | Sept. 17, 2013 | Review of Trainz Simulator: Settle & Carlisle cap

Not being a trains expert, I found it a bit difficult to give this one a respectable review, so I talked to my friend who's much more into trains and he highly praised this standalone expansion to Trainz. In his opinion the simulation was good, models are among the most excellent ones and sounds are very faithfully represented. He only complained about scenery, which could be more detailed. The gameplay was good and realistic enough for him, and with like 26 missions, there's a lot of playing to be done. For a train simulator fan it was a good game, for me it was a bit surprising that people enjoy these games so much. But hey, that's why there are so many options and games available!

68

Light strategy

mahon | Sept. 17, 2013 | Review of Pirates vs Corsairs

Pirates and corsairs is a simple wargame, played on a simple but colorful map in a turn-based sequence. Played exclusively with naval units, that can be combined and moved around the map in order to earn money, which leads to victory. Money can be gained from floating treasure chests or from capturing and connecting ports. Doesn't it sound like something else than most computer games? Maybe a board game? Yes, this is not very different than what I thought about the game. It's a nice and light wargame that plays a bit like a computer adaptation of a boardgame. Or maybe even a mobile adaptation, which sounds like a perfect plan for this game (if there isn't any yet). If you are not discourages by some glitches in the game, and like boardgaming, you are likely to enjoy this one.

83

Legend

mahon | Sept. 17, 2013 | Review of Quake III Pack (AU)

Quake III is an undisputed legend now. Period. It may look a bit aged now, and the difference between it and newer games may be easily visible, but game makers have put its engine to a good use many a time. Somehow many people I know haven't played the game for some reason, despite its huge popularity. If you belong to this group and are not easily scared by less-than-impressive graphics, maybe you have some money to spare or can get a copy of this game? It is still one of the best shooters, with well designed maps, good gameplay and no useless additions distracting from the game. Even if it doesn't impress with its looks, it deserves your attention.

95

All the Might & Magic Heroes VI stuff in one package

mahon | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of Might & Magic Heroes VI Complete Edition (NA)

I played Heroes of Might and Magic since its early incarnation. Now the latest edition is Might & Magic Heroes VI, and it really shines. It looks good and plays as great as ever before. And I mean the best parts in the series, without even mentioning the single mistake that happened once upon the time and was the fourth HoMM game. With the sixth game being so good, I can only recommend getting Might & Magic Heroes VI: Complete Edition, as it includes all the important expansions you would eventually want to buy anyway. So in addition to the game you receive two Adventure Pack DLCs and the Shades of Darkness expansion. Although the latter is a standalone game, I am sure no HoMM fan would even think of skipping it, as it's more of a standalone expansion than a separate game.

87

Multiplayer mode enhanced

mahon | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III: The Battle Hardened Pack DLC (NA) Other

For somebody who plays Assassin's Creed III in its multiplayer mode, The Battle Hardened Pack seems like a must-buy. Although it can be hardly compared to some DLCs which expand the storyline, for a multiplayer expansion it does its job very well. It adds three new playable characters and customizable items. Now your character can be different than your gaming buddies'. Furthermore, there is a choice of three new maps, which will take you to Charlestown, Fort St-Mathieu, and Saint Pierre. New achievements will keep you motivated if you felt like having achieved anything which could be done in the game already. So now, as a governor, coyote-man, or a highlander, you can play Assassin's Creed III with renewed interest and enthusiasm. And it's a good thing because the game really shines (at least until we get to play Assassin's Creed IV).

78

Best expansion for Brink

mahon | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of Brink: Agents of Change (AU)

Brink may not be everybody's game but if you like it, you might want to expand it a bit and the Agents of Change pack is surely the best of them all. It packs a lot of value for its price and is not a simple reskinning DLC. You get much more than just the two new outfits (sad punk and limey) but also two new interesting maps (Founders' Tower and Labs) and new weapon attachments (bayonets giving advantage in hand-to-hand combat and weapon shields than protect you from enemy fire to some extent). Still the coolest thing to me seemed to be the new player's abilities. So there is a tactical scanner, field regeneration unit, pyro mine, napalm grenade, and an unmanned aerial vehicle allowing to mark targets. With so much new stuff this pack should be every Brink player's first choice.

72

Another piece of the story

mahon | Sept. 14, 2013 | Review of Aliens: Colonial Marines – Stasis Interrupted

Even if Aliens: Colonial Marines tends to get criticized by gamers, I think no fan of the Aliens franchise should leave the game unplayed. And with the addition of some DLCs the story and gameplay become better than in the base game, so the game is actually pretty much playable and can be enjoyed - especially if you are into Aliens. Stasis Interrupted is a storyline-expanding DLC, that adds the story of what happened to Hicks between Aliens (the second movie) and Alien 3. It adds a new campaign for 3 characters, whose stories will interlock. Even if it's not a masterpiece in its genre, it adds another piece to the story, so if you're interested in seeing it unfold you shouldn't miss this pack.

87

Excellent looking shooter

mahon | Sept. 14, 2013 | Review of Far Cry 3 (NA)

Far Cry games have always been among the best looking shooters of their respective periods. Far Cry surprised people that a game could look this good, Far Cry 2 continued the trend and now Far Cry 3 is just as impressive as the best games of the current time. Probably comparable only to Crysis 3. It's a real shooter, with not much unnecessary stuff besides it. With decent storyline, excellent area to play on and cool characters it's not a game a fan of shooters might ignore. Moreover the island and its tropical enviroment look just so interesting and so detailed that the're almost real. Although there's not much depth to the game, no tough moral choices, the game does its job of being a good FPS game really well.

81

Released at last!

mahon | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Huntsman: The Orphanage

There are many horror games already but few of them are really scary. I've been waiting for Huntsman: The Orphanage for months, since I got a preorder copy. Now that the game was finally released for public, I must say it delivers what I expected. It is different and ominous in its way. The heavy, sinister atmosphere is omnipresent, and the stories and puzzles you will stumble upon in the game remain in the same heavy and uneasy spirit. I would say get the game while it's still fresh, before too many reports and spoilers fill the internet and ruin the surprise and spoil the fun for you. After all good horror game must involve some surprise.

72

Rapid, tense action and motorcycles!

mahon | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 3: End Game (EU)

If you wanted more dynamic gameplay for your Battlefield 3 - End War has it. If you wanted large maps - End War has it. It also has motorcycles, which allow you to move rapidly from one spot of action to another, so despite the large maps, action remains focused and as tight as before (or even more intense). There's also a new AA vehicle and a transport airplane, which allows for quick deployment in the battlefield. And as if it was not enough, we receive a new game mode - Capture the Flag, which is already well known to most multiplayer gamers, but which fits Battlefield 3 so perfectly, that it's surprising it hasn't been there before....

84

Back to the roots

mahon | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier:: Raven Strike Map Pack (NA)

Older players of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier might have missed the gameplay of old Ghost Recon series. These were difficult games, often putting the gamer's squad in challenging missions taking place in large open areas of large wilderness maps. The latest game is different as the scenery is much tighter and much more dense, so this DLC pack may be a welcome addition to those who missed those large open-area maps of original Ghost Recon games. This expansion adds three new missions for the campaigns and one new map for the Guerilla mode. Now you will visit a train station, swampland and Moscow at night, which provides much variety and interesting challenges for a Ghost Recon Future Soldier player.

72

Good game but looks like another RPG Maker creation

mahon | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Data Hacker Initiation

I am not a fan of the RPG Maker creations and style, but I am always fond of new interesting games, even if they're indie games. Data Hacker Initiation looks exactly as if it was made with RPG Maker (which most likely is the case) but it is luring us into a new series of games, which it begins. The game is set in a cyberpunk setting, with the main protagonist being a hacker, who seeks revenge. His quest will give us over 20 hours of play time, which is pretty good for current standards. And if you like it - there may be new games following this one up soon. Unfortunately I couldn't get used to the visual side, but as I said, I am not a RPG Maker fan. The story and gameplay make up for this and turn this game into something worth playing.

79

Great for multiplayer gaming

mahon | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier - Khyber Strike (NA)

Khyber Strike is an expansion focused on expanding the multiplayer experience for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier. It adds new maps, new game modes, new achievements and lifts the level cap by ten. The new mode is called Takeover, and it's a variant of Deathmatch where your team is rewarded for taking enemy's objectives with score multipliers. Now the maps seem to be the most exciting addition for me. There is a Palace, which is a large museum with open courtyard. There is Transit - soviet-style metro station. Switchback is a wide urban road with smaller twisting alleys on its sides. And finally there's a new map for Guerilla mode - Village, which quite unsurprisingly represents a quiet village ruined by war. With such addition of new maps, every multiplayer gamer will be kept busy for many hours.

77

Many new quests and rewards

mahon | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Quest Pack DLC

I am a fan of the Fallen Enhantress game. For me it's a fantasy equivalent of Civilization V, which is a praise in itself. It has a perfect mix of exploration, combat, economy, politics, magic and a rich fantay setting. With its expansions it becomes even more interesting and capable of providing many hours of fun. The quest pack adds more than just new quests, which are pretty many and diverse. They add new cults, creatures, monsters, demons, enemies and characters. On the other hand completing these quests may grant you new weaponry or armor, items or improvements. But you will often have a choice what to do - complete the quest or maybe help the potential target of your quest.

82

Solid shooter with many strengths

mahon | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Red Faction II

The Red Faction franchise covers four titles: Red Faction, Red Faction 2, Red Faction Guerilla, and Red faction Armageddon. They're all about combat on the red planet - Mars. While the first Red Faction was good for its time, Red Faction 2 brought some changes and improvements, making it a must-play for every science-fiction shooter fan. Now with improved graphics the game will be more accessible for a modern player than the first part. And it's worth playing for its new storyline, broad selection of weapons and usable items, or combat vehicles. The game deserves a praise for good AI of computer controlled enemies, and alternate endings depending on your choices in the game. And the game itself is rich in possible approaches - you can be more of an explosives expert, blowing everything up or a stealthy commando, avoiding direct confrontations whenever possible. Some of these aspects were improved in the next games of the franchise, but Red Faction 2 is still a very solid shooter.

86

More of everything Assassin's Creed III

mahon | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III: Deluxe Edition (NA) Other

Assassin's Creed III is special, and this is its special edition. Why? The game is different than its precedessors because it's not about Ezio, but it moves the action to North America, where you will be controlling a Native American assassin. And this edition is special because it already includes the Season Pass, granting you access to five expansion packs to the game. Moreover, the Deluxe edition adds four extra missions for singleplayer gamers and some additional content for collectors: official soundtrack and a PDF version of George Washington's notebook. This makes it interesting also for non-collector gamers, who simply want more gaming content for their Assassin's Creed III game.

92

THE Shadowrun game we have been waiting for!

mahon | Sept. 11, 2013 | Review of Shadowrun Returns

Shadowrun Returns may be the most awaited game of this year for role playing gamers. The setting alone is a completely surprising mix of cyberpunk, with all its technology, computers and hacking, with fantasy and its races like dwarves or trolls and magic. Now it sounds unusual, doesn't it? Surprisingly it works just fine and the world of Shadowrun is really exciting. I think we've waited too long for such a good computer version of Shadowrun, but now it's here and it's really good. As an oldschool roleplayer I must say I really enjoy the presentation and gameplay which brings the old hits like the Fallout games or Baldur's Gate series to my mind. I am still amazed how well the classic pen-and-paper RPG translated into a computer game.

81

Great map pack

mahon | Sept. 11, 2013 | Review of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Arctic Strike Map Pack

Arctic Strike Map Pack for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is more than the name would suggest. Although the main content must be the three great and diverse maps for multiplayer gaming, there are also six new guns and achievements. The expansion also lifts the level cap by 10, motivating players to play on. For a multiplayer gamer the maps may be more interesting though, as each of them has its own style and theme. For example my favorite is the Evicted map, which takes us into a soviet-style area, with all the buildings, abandoned backstreets and dirty corners. Then there's the Skyline, which makes us fight over industrial rooftops, and finally the Riot. Great maps, so if you are likely to use them - I recommend getting the pack

75

Sneak no more!

mahon | Sept. 10, 2013 | Review of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist DLC - High Power Pack

Some might think that the Splinter Cell series was all about stealth. Of course they would be wrong, as Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist allows for some solutions involving physical power or simply advantage in weapons. The High Power Pack DLC adds some new weapons to Splinter Cell Blacklist player's arsenal. With the newly added AC S12 Shotgun, GC36C Assault Rifle, MP5-10 SMG, PP-19 Black Market SMG, and USP45 Hand Gun you are given a chance to gain the upper hand in many situations when combat cannot be avoided. The best thing about the expansion is that the new weapons are usable not only in the multiplayer Spies vs Mercs mode, but also in the singleplayer one. Doesn't it sound good enough to make you want to add some new weapons to your game?

78

Several smaller DLCs combined

mahon | Sept. 10, 2013 | Review of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Season Pass

The Season Pass for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a good way to expand your game if you're a multiplayer gamer. Well, singleplayer gamers may get it as well, but they may not appreciate the expansion as much as mulptiplayer gamers could. The reason is that the DLCs included in this expansion are focused on the multiplayer mode.

So while there are some great maps included, they're made for a multiplayer experience. So is the new game mode, and a new map for co-op gaming in guerilla mode. Even the new weapons will be more useful in multiplayer games, as they may become the game-breakers which will eventually save your day. So if you want to get several DLCs for a better price and you're a multiplayer gamer, don't even hesitate and get the season pass.

65

Feels much like a boardgame

mahon | Sept. 10, 2013 | Review of Bounders and Cads

I am a boardgamer, and Bounders and Cads feels to me much like a computer version of a boardgame. But even though I know a large number of boardgames, I don't know the game it might be based on so I assume it's just a deliberate concept of the designers to give it a boardgame feel. Personally I like this approach, although I would prefer the game to be slightly more balanced. It's a turn based game, which reinforces the impression of a boardgame gameplay. In general the game is about trying to gain inheritance by trading properties and businesses, not always (or: preferably rarely) in a fair way. The more unfair your actions are the better your chances of success. You play either against your friends or as a single player, but obviously the social aspect adds fun to the experience. Replayability is improved by randomly generated elements of each game's setup, so if you are an avid boardgamer who has friends who don't mind playing games which are not perfectly balanced, give it a go.

90

Makes Tropico 3 complete

mahon | Sept. 9, 2013 | Review of Tropico 3: Absolute Power

Although it was declared to be the fifirst official expansion pack to Tropico 3, Absolute Power was the only expansion released for this game. But on the other hand it's really good, and when you add it to your game, your Tropico 3 experience will be as complete as possible. It expands the game with new edicts, traits and visual styles for your El Presidente. More landmarks and buildings are added, new faction of loyalists is introduced, and as if it was not enough, there is also a completely new campaign to play through. Tropico 3 went a completely different path than its successor, Tropico 4. While in the fourth Tropico there is a choice of many small DLCs, you only get one big expansion for Tropico 3, and I cannot imagine playing the game without it.

73

Zombie-themed RTS

mahon | Sept. 9, 2013 | Review of Survivor Squad Cap

Survivor Squad is a RTS set in a zombie infested world. You will attempt to lead a squad of survivors through levels full of zombies of many kinds - in fact if you played Left 4 Dead you should recognize most of them with ease. With a top-down view the game allows for easy overview of your squad and plans, but unfortunately in the chaos of combat it will be difficult to pull off more complex plans involving individual actions of each squad member, so most often you will be moving and controlling your squad as a whole. The game is not very easy, so any demanding player may like the game. The game was initially suffering from many bugs, but many of the earlier bugs were eliminated and the game played pretty well for me now. The game now features a multiplayer mode as well, which was not previously a part of the game and was added later. Just as you would expect, it greatly increases the game's replayability as long as you have somebody to play with.

79

Another indie gem for fans of adventure games.

mahon | Sept. 9, 2013 | Review of Oknytt (EU)

In Oknytt we'll be playing in the world of Nordic mythology. We'll encounter many references to mythologic places, creatures or items. In the best tradition of point-and-click adventure games, you will have to travel the game world and solve puzzles, this time making use of runes which are related to the four elements. The little creature you will be controlling and the whole enviroment are depicted in a consistently dark and mysterious way, with manually drawn or painted graphics, which suits the theme just perfectly. If you are a fan of adventure games you should give Oknytt a try, especially that the price is not very high for the playability the game offers. And even if you haven't been too much into adventure games but like to give your brain some puzzles to solve - this may be the game to convince you that adventure games may be interesting for you.

70

Old game made new

mahon | Sept. 3, 2013 | Review of PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ (NA) PRE

I grew up playing pacman on 8-bit computers. The game is a special pillar in the history of computer games, and what do I see? Now it returns in even prettier and modern version: PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+. But fear not! It didn't lose any of its character and charm. From the demo gaming I had a chance to enjoy, I concluded it's still the same pacman, but it looks a lot better, although the style obviously reminds of the original pacman game. And it also plays much better, even if at its core it's still the same idea now the gameplay is altered a bit and made easier. Thanks to the All You Can Eat Add-on Pack you can enjoy new skins and maps. If you wonder if PacMan can still be fun after all these years or feel nostalgic about the game, give PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ a try - it was updated with online features like score tables and medals, and it's just as much fun as it used to be.

89

Sea trading at its best

mahon | Sept. 3, 2013 | Review of Port Royale 3 Gold

Port Royale 3 must be one of the most popular trading games. This time Port Royale offers more than just trading campaign - you can also play as an adventurer or even a pirate! You will get to sail in the Caribbean in the uneasy period of the 17th century. The game offers an amazingly wide range of challenges and missions, so it's replayability is nearly unlimited, especially with the Treasure Island expansion, which comes included in this pack. You can play for any nationality which was present in the Caribbean in that period, and use many types of ships (over a dozen) which were historically used there. And what makes it even more special is a social aspect of the game, allowing you to put your highscores in online score tables and rankings, plus a great multiplayer mode - making massive sea battles possible.

69

Monkey around with a gun

mahon | Sept. 2, 2013 | Review of Gun Monkeys

Gun Monkeys is a simple game, which doesn't mean it's not fun to play. In fact it is, as long as you enjoy shooting monkeys. You will be playing an armed monkey fighting another monkey with a gun. Pretty much what the title suggests, isn't it? But you will be doing it in completely randomly generated sceneries, which are subject to the laws of physics. The game's full of platformer elements, like climbing, jumping and falling, which makes it very dynamic. Now bear in mind the game is about fighting against other players, either online or locally, but it's all it is about, so don't have any high singleplayer expectations. But if you have a good bunch of possible opponents, you may get to enjoy your monkeying around in this game.

87

Beautiful return to the world of The Dark Eye

mahon | Sept. 2, 2013 | Review of Memoria

Memoria is the long-awaited follow-up to The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav adventure game. I loved the Chains of Satinav, so Memoria was an instant must-have for me. In my opinion Daedalic are among the best creators of point-and-click adventure games now, so you may expect that I couldn't help liking their new game as well. If you played The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, you will be familiar with the world and gameplay basics, which combine for a great adventure gaming experience and joy. Then you also get another interesting storyline to play through, and - what is pretty uncommon now - beautiful hand-painted graphics. Not any of the popular digitally generated stuff, but real art. I would recommend the game even for its visual beauty alone!

68

Good but short expansion

mahon | Aug. 30, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III: The Hidden Secrets Pack (NA) Other

While waiting for Assassin's Creed IV, it's always good to play some Assassin's Creed III. And the good thing is there is a plenty of additonal content for the game. Even if you're done with the Washington tyranny campaign, there's also this Hidden Secrets Pack. It adds three missions, each taking you to an interesting location - including old Mayan ruins. Then there are some new skins and weapons (the latter must be earned with your progress throughout the pack) and new multiplayer characters. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? Well, there's one downside to this pack - it's short. The whole pack can be completed in about an hour, which is not very impressive if you expected a full-sized expansion. So it's well done, nice, interesting, full of additional stuff, but not long enough for me.

70

Why so short?

mahon | Aug. 30, 2013 | Review of Rogue Warrior

Rogue Warrior is a FPS game based on a book by Richard Marcinko, who served in American special forces. It tells a story of a SEALs unit and their mission in the Far East. It's very enjoyable and interesting but also surprisingly short. It took me much less than 2 hours to complete the game and I am not the fastest player. I heard of people being able to make it in less than an hour. Maybe the game was supposed to receive a load of DLCs and expansions, but as it is now, it's fairly short unless you want to play it in the multiplayer mode. You have to decide it by yourselves, because for a singleplayer gamer it is tense but short.

90

Great arcade beat'em up!

mahon | Aug. 28, 2013 | Review of Skullgirls

What a great beat'em up game! I participated in the beta of this game and now am playing the full version, and must say it doesn't stop to entertain me. With the graphics drawn in the classic japanese arcade games style, gameplay adjusted for the six button controls, I couldn't help the feeling of playing a real arcade machine. And you know, it was great. That's the way of the old Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat games but with modern quality graphics. Not only you can play one-on-one games but also team matches with customizable team sizes. Also your choice of attacks is fully customizable, so it's possible you will be drawn to this game for a long time.

90

Makes Tropico 3 complete

mahon | Aug. 27, 2013 | Review of Tropico 3: Absolute Power

Although it was declared to be the fifirst official expansion pack to Tropico 3, Absolute Power was the only expansion released for this game. But on the other hand it's really good, and when you add it to your game, your Tropico 3 experience will be as complete as possible. It expands the game with new edicts, traits and visual styles for your El Presidente. More landmarks and buildings are added, new faction of loyalists is introduced, and as if it was not enough, there is also a completely new campaign to play through. Tropico 3 went a completely different path than its successor, Tropico 4. While in the fourth Tropico there is a choice of many small DLCs, you only get one big expansion for Tropico 3, and I cannot imagine playing the game without it.

73

Zombie-themed RTS

mahon | Aug. 27, 2013 | Review of Survivor Squad Cap

Survivor Squad is a RTS set in a zombie infested world. You will attempt to lead a squad of survivors through levels full of zombies of many kinds - in fact if you played Left 4 Dead you should recognize most of them with ease. With a top-down view the game allows for easy overview of your squad and plans, but unfortunately in the chaos of combat it will be difficult to pull off more complex plans involving individual actions of each squad member, so most often you will be moving and controlling your squad as a whole. The game is not very easy, so any demanding player may like the game. The game was initially suffering from many bugs, but many of the earlier bugs were eliminated and the game played pretty well for me now. The game now features a multiplayer mode as well, which was not previously a part of the game and was added later. Just as you would expect, it greatly increases the game's replayability as long as you have somebody to play with.

79

Another indie gem for fans of adventure games.

mahon | Aug. 26, 2013 | Review of Oknytt (EU)

In Oknytt we'll be playing in the world of Nordic mythology. We'll encounter many references to mythologic places, creatures or items. In the best tradition of point-and-click adventure games, you will have to travel the game world and solve puzzles, this time making use of runes which are related to the four elements. The little creature you will be controlling and the whole enviroment are depicted in a consistently dark and mysterious way, with manually drawn or painted graphics, which suits the theme just perfectly. If you are a fan of adventure games you should give Oknytt a try, especially that the price is not very high for the playability the game offers. And even if you haven't been too much into adventure games but like to give your brain some puzzles to solve - this may be the game to convince you that adventure games may be interesting for you.

70

Old game made new

mahon | Aug. 26, 2013 | Review of PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ (NA) PRE

I grew up playing pacman on 8-bit computers. The game is a special pillar in the history of computer games, and what do I see? Now it returns in even prettier and modern version: PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+. But fear not! It didn't lose any of its character and charm. From the demo gaming I had a chance to enjoy, I concluded it's still the same pacman, but it looks a lot better, although the style obviously reminds of the original pacman game. And it also plays much better, even if at its core it's still the same idea now the gameplay is altered a bit and made easier. Thanks to the All You Can Eat Add-on Pack you can enjoy new skins and maps. If you wonder if PacMan can still be fun after all these years or feel nostalgic about the game, give PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ a try - it was updated with online features like score tables and medals, and it's just as much fun as it used to be.

88

Sea trading at its best

mahon | Aug. 26, 2013 | Review of Port Royale 3 Gold

Port Royale 3 must be one of the most popular trading games. This time Port Royale offers more than just trading campaign - you can also play as an adventurer or even a pirate! You will get to sail in the Caribbean in the uneasy period of the 17th century. The game offers an amazingly wide range of challenges and missions, so it's replayability is nearly unlimited, especially with the Treasure Island expansion, which comes included in this pack. You can play for any nationality which was present in the Caribbean in that period, and use many types of ships (over a dozen) which were historically used there. And what makes it even more special is a social aspect of the game, allowing you to put your highscores in online score tables and rankings, plus a great multiplayer mode - making massive sea battles possible.

90

Great arcade beat'em up!

mahon | Aug. 22, 2013 | Review of Skullgirls

What a great beat'em up game! I am participating in the beta of this game, and must say it doesn't stop to entertain me. With the graphics drawn in the classic japanese arcade games style, gameplay adjusted for the six button controls, I couldn't help the feeling of playing a real arcade machine. And you know, it was great. That's the way of the old Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat games but with modern quality graphics. Not only you can play one-on-one games but also team matches with customizable team sizes. Also your choice of attacks is fully customizable, so it's possible you will be drawn to this game for a long time. And furthermore, by getting the game now you will also get access to the beta so you will be able to enjoy Skullgirls even before the official release, which is what I recommend!

76

Following the tradition of smaller DLCs for Tropico 4

mahon | Aug. 22, 2013 | Review of Tropico 4: Propaganda

Propaganda is the latest addition to the Tropico 4 collection. While many players are waiting for the fifth part of the Tropico Series, this new DLC was added to the current incarnation of this excellent game.

Propaganda belongs to the series of smaller DLCs, which usually add a new building, a new style for your avatar, and maybe an additional mission. It's not any different this time - what you get is one new building - propaganda tower, which makes controlling your society's unrests easier, a new outfit (Soviet-style party leader with the recognizable ushanka hat), and a new trait: PR specialist, which increases your popularity and chances of being elected by brainwashing of crowds performed by your journalists). Finally you're invited to participate in a propaganda competition, which constitutes a new mission for the game. Enough content for what is very affordable price.

65

Four equipment sets

mahon | Aug. 22, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas Couriers Stash

If you preordered Fallout New Vegas you should have the contents of this DLC pack included in your game already. Otherwise you will help your character survive in the dangerous world of Fallout: New Vegas by adding the Courier's Stash pack to your game.

It includes four complete equipment packs for your character: The Caravan Pack, the Classic Pack, the Mercenary Pack and finally the Tribal Pack. My favourites are the Classic Pack (come on, it's the blue Vault 13 jumpsuit!) and Tribal Pack (most characterful and different from others). Each of this packs will alter the way you perceive your character and will encourage you to play the game in a slightly different manner, so even if not necessary for the game, they expansion is still interesting.

62

Diesel brand for your sims

mahon | Aug. 20, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3: Diesel Stuff Pack (NA)

The Sims 3 game is all about customization - creating your own little characters, giving them personalities, building and furnishing a home for them, finding them jobs, and so on. Clothing is not any less important for many players, so the game comes with a wide range of available outfits. But if you feel it's not enough, or you would like your little people to wear more recognizable clothes, the Diesel Stuff Pack comes to help! It is a pack of clothes by the popular brand - Diesel, that you surely know. In addition to clothes there are also many other items, like furniture, etc. So if you want to give your sims more real-life stuff to wear and live in, consider this pack a worthy choice.

58

New suits and weapons

mahon | Aug. 20, 2013 | Review of Dead Space 3: Tau Volantis Survival Kit (NA)

Dead Space 3: Tau Volantis Survival Kit offers a few upgrades for your character: the Marauder Suit, the Sharpshooter Suit, the Tundra Recon Suit, Aegis VII Survivalist, SMP-90 Sharpshooter and AL-9 Clearcutter “Triple Threat”. If you think these will come handy in your games, the DLC is a good choice. If you are satisfied with what you got in the base game, you can easily do without it. I think that in such games additional equipment means additional fun, so I would recommend getting this expansion if you like the game. And I would be surprised to know you didn't like Dead Space 3, as it's one of the best releases of the last few months.

70

Things getting harder...

mahon | Aug. 20, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas Dead Money (AU)

Fallout: New Vegas Dead Money is not an expansion for beginner characters. Some experience will be necessary to take yo safely through this adventure connected to the Sierra Madre casino. It's more demanding than the vanilla New Vegas game, and so it also increases the maximum level your character can achieve. Now you will have to search for ammo and other supplies, while trying to stay safe from the ghosts that inhabit the area. Moreover, you will meet a bunch of characters that you will need to team up with to get through the adventure. And it will be a rough bunch, I say. So if Fallout: New Vegas seemed to easy for you, try Dead Money!

67

New guns and more

mahon | Aug. 20, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas Gun Runners Arsenal

What would you expect from something titled Fallout: New Vegas Gun Runners Arsenal? More guns, new ammo types, customized weapons? Quite unsurprisingly, yes. Although not essential, it's still fun addition to Fallout New Vegas.

Gun Runners are weapon makers, whose products will be made available for your character in your Fallout: New Vegas journey. Now some of the weapons are not very innovative, and the only difference from their basic versions is that they can have attachable modifications. But isn't it enough to make them interesting? Many weapons are completely new though, and any gun-geek will surely enjoy them.

Getting these toys will require some effort, but there must be a price to pay for this kind of fun. And to complete the DLC there are new challenges to keep you busy. So if you're into guns, you shouldn't miss this pack.

88

Swamps full of mysteries

mahon | Aug. 20, 2013 | Review of Fallout 3: Point Lookout (AU)

Point Lookout takes us to a ferry ride through swampy area next to the town of Point Lookout. These Fallout 3 players who enjoy exploring this postapocalyptic world will surely love this expansion, as its focus is placed mostly on exploration. There may be only a few new items to find, but the people you will meet and the mysteries to solve will more than make up for this. It feels so different to other Fallout 3 DLCs that your collection will feel incomplete without this pack, and so will your Fallout 3 journey. So prepare for the ferry ride and enter the foggy swampland.

87

Welcome to Pittsburgh, PA

mahon | Aug. 20, 2013 | Review of Fallout 3: The Pitt

Some people complained about how short Fallout 3 is, and they were right - such a great game may easily feel too short. Fortunately the authors provided us with a great collection of expansions, and Fallout 3: The Pitt is one of them. This DLC pack takes us to post-nuclear version of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is a dangerous place now, full of industrial ruins and complexes, filled with suspicious characters and full of enemies. The Pitt pack expands the game's storyline and adds new quests to pursue. To counterbalance all the odds we'll be against, we are offered a choice of new weapons, including the memorable AutoAxe. See it and you will know why it's so memorable!

87

Classic part of RTS history

mahon | Aug. 20, 2013 | Review of Return to Castle Wolfenstein (AU)

If you are familiar with the Wolfenstein franchise, you surely have heard about Return to Castle Wolfenstein already. At the time of its release it was a great visual improvement, almost a revolution, for the Wolfenstein games. Now with its Quake III Arena engine it may seem a bit aged, but it still remains a great game. And it's a shame for a FPS fan to have never played this game. Even now it's worth seeing what FPS games used to look like back in the days, what was considered impressive enviroments and effects. And after playing a bit, you will find yourself surprised how enjoyable the game remains under its slightly dated skin.

98

The great return

mahon | Aug. 19, 2013 | Review of Might and Magic Heroes V

Heroes of Might and Magic are a legendary series now. With each incarnation from the first to the third it got better and better. And then the fourth parc came and soon earned its bad reputation. The changes introduced didn't suit the series' fans' tastes. Fortunately the fifth incarnation put it on the right track again.

Well, it put it on the right track and even improved! The improvements come in all areas - from music and graphics to gameplay. It's like there was no HoMM4 and the authors made an immediate (and big) jump from HoMM3 directly to HoMM5. The game is now presented in 3d graphics, which looks great - especially during battles, battles were reworked and improved, new storyline introduced. I am sure every fan o Heroes of Might and Magic already knows this title, but if they don't have it in their collections, it's very affordable now, so you may decide to get some of its expansions as well.

68

Powerful armoured sarcophagus

mahon | Aug. 19, 2013 | Review of Warhammer 40000: Space Marine - Dreadnought

Warhammer 40000: Space Marine - Dreadnought provides you with a chance of becoming entombed in the ancient armour suit called the Dreadnought. In fact dreadnought is a sarcophagus granted only to the most heroic space marines, and this DLC gives you a chance to benefit from such honour.

Of course it will not allow to alter the course of the single player campaign, but every multiplayer gamer will surely want to check how would it be to pilot such a thing. Not everybody deserves such prize, so you will have to fight for this honour with other players, and only one will be granted the dreadnought armour. Additionally you will get three maps to play on in multiplayer mode. Doesn't it sound good enough?

67

Aerial action shooter in World War II setting

mahon | Aug. 16, 2013 | Review of Air Conflicts: Secret Wars

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars is a flying game. Not a flight simulator, but more of an arcade shooter with a simulator-like graphics, or maybe an action game. Flying is not very difficult and easy to gget used to, but the focus is on fighting. And let's not pretend that you will be playing because of the story or cutscenes (which look like cartoon drawings - very nice, but clashing with the visual style of the game), you will be playing for the action sequences. Now here is where the game is really enjoyable - the action part of the game is good, and looks excellent. You will be going through almost 50 missions and flying many different planes. So if you don't need your flying to be simulator-like realistic, this game is a decent shooter in a World War II setting.

79

Expands the game and allows creation of adventures

mahon | Aug. 16, 2013 | Review of Spore: Galactic Adventures (NA)

Spore: Galactic Adventures is an expansion to Spore. And although not perfect, it is surely good enough, and for a Spore fan - very good for sure. The thing about it is that it doesn't just add more scenarios which would only repeat the same gameplay schemes from the base game. It doesn't only expand but also alters the game well. Now you will be transported on different planet surfaces to complete some missions there. And while short, there's plenty of them. Although gameplay may seem similar, the new tools that allow you to build your own adventures and possibility of progressing your captain to new levels are surely welcome additions to the game, which improve replayability very much. So if you feel like playing some more Spore and even creating some new adventures, you will surely appreciate this expansion!

89

Excellent DLC continues the story

mahon | Aug. 15, 2013 | Review of Dishonored®: The Brigmore Witches™

Dishonored is a great game which throws you into a city of Dunwall, where your adventures will be taking place. It allows much freedom of choice how aggressively or stealthily you want to play. Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches continues Daud's story, that started with The Knife of Dunwall expansion. The adventure that we will be going through is simply excellent - well paced and told. The fact you will be given a chance to play with Daud's new abilities makes it even more fun. You will be travelling through some new interesting locations, which expand the city of Dunwall. Playing this DLC allows to enjoy experiencing Dunwall to the largest degree possible so far - so much care has ben put into even little details. Meeting the city's inhabitant and learning about its background can be as much fun as following the main plot. I would only recommend to skip this DLC if you didn't like the game at all. And otherwise just go get it!

67

Aerial action shooter in World War II setting

mahon | Aug. 15, 2013 | Review of Air Conflicts: Secret Wars

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars is a flying game. Not a flight simulator, but more of an arcade shooter with a simulator-like graphics, or maybe an action game. Flying is not very difficult and easy to gget used to, but the focus is on fighting. And let's not pretend that you will be playing because of the story or cutscenes (which look like cartoon drawings - very nice, but clashing with the visual style of the game), you will be playing for the action sequences. Now here is where the game is really enjoyable - the action part of the game is good, and looks excellent. You will be going through almost 50 missions and flying many different planes. So if you don't need your flying to be simulator-like realistic, this game is a decent shooter in a World War II setting.

92

Return of the classic series, now in 3D

mahon | Aug. 15, 2013 | Review of Fallout 3 (AU)

I played both Fallout and Fallout 2 years ago, so I was immediately interested in Fallout 3. Unfortunately I was unable to play it when it was released, so I felt as I was late to the party. But finally I got it and managed to play it and, boy, I was impressed! The whole game is now presented in 3D, while the old ones were in isometric view. The change was considered heresy by many but it really immerses us much deeper in the Fallout world. And although it plays much like a FPS now, I think it's not bad as it makes you feel the dangers of Fallout 3 much deeper. With a good storyline, expanded by many DLCs (most of them are really good), the game is evey RPG-plater's must-have.

65

Good example of a Railworks 3 DLC

mahon | Aug. 14, 2013 | Review of RailWorks 3: Class 325 DLC

Railworks 3 seems like a typical train-geek's game, but it's more than this. In fact it's one of the best and most advanced train simulators. It has been expanded with multiple expansion packs, which usually add new trains, routes and scenarios. the Class 325 DLC is a perfect example of such DLC pack. For a typical player the most useful part of this addition may be the new scenarios, but for a trains fanatic the new engine and cars may be much more interesting enhancements. So I think this pack offers something to everybody who enjoyed RailWorks 3. And otherwise you wouldn't even consider buying it, would you?

87

Great mission with much freedom

mahon | Aug. 14, 2013 | Review of Sniper Elite V2 – The Landwehr Canal DLC Pack

Sniper Elite V2 – The Landwehr Canal DLC Pack is an expansion that will bring joy to every stealth gamer's heart. It adds another single player mission and some new guns to Sniper Elite V2. This time you will be operating in Berlin at night and your mission will be to eliminate three enemy generals. The good thing about this mission is how much freedom was left by the authors - the scenario is not very linear although its goals are strictly defined. The choice of a method is left up to the player and I must say there are really many approaches possible, and the classic sniper approach is obviously possible as well. I think this is the way such missions should be designed!

70

Technology at your service

mahon | Aug. 13, 2013 | Review of Stellar Impact: Science Vessel DLC

Stellar Impact was a game that immediately caught my interest as an interesting space strategy. Soon I found out it was multiplayer only, with no capability of playing with and against bots, which limited my gaming time for the game. Still I was so excited about the game that I collected all the DLCs for it.

The Stellar Impact: Science Vessel DLC adds a new type of ships to the game: science vessels. Although it is not immediately obvious, they can be very handy in battles by providing some technological support to their forces. In Stellar Impact science vessels do exactly this and they also come with a wide array of gravitation-based weapons. The DLC boosts you with four new skills and adds a new ship for a very low price, so if you want to improve your odds of winning in this game, it's a pretty good choice.

87

Two great maps related to the search for Bin Laden

mahon | Aug. 13, 2013 | Review of Medal of Honor: Warfighter - Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack (NA)

Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack is the first DLC for Medal of Honor: Warfighter and from the very beginning it hits hard! It offers two levels (maps) based on the events connected with the hunt for Osama bin Laden. These are Chitral Compound and Darra Gun Market. Both maps offer very intense gaming experience, which can be combined with 5 gaming modes for hours of gaming.

Chitral is a mountain setting with one of bin Laden's suspected hideouts, while Darra is a thriving black market full of weapon makers, alleys, backstreets and elevated passages. Both offer different gaming experience and will surely excite every fan of Medal of Honor: Warfighter. For the first DLC for this game, it was an immediate hit for me!

85

Even better than the previous DLC

mahon | Aug. 13, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Mr Torgue's Campaign of Carnage (ANZ)

Mr Torgue's Campaign of Carnage is an expansion for Borderlands 2, which can be purchased separately or as a part of the Season Pass. It is one of the bigger expansions, which expand the storyline and add new locations to the map. Now you get to travel to a new location - Badass Crater of Badassitude - and meet excellent characters with well defined personalities. Then there's everything you would expect from a perfect Borderlands 2 expansion - new enemies, new challenges, new weapons, and a lot of fighting. Yes, combat has a very important role in this expansion, which seems to be focused on it. But what would expect from a DLC featuring weapon makers as some of the main characters? Briefly speaking - the authors managed to make it even better than the previous Borderlands 2 expansion.

80

Going underwater

mahon | Aug. 13, 2013 | Review of Anno 2070 Deep Ocean

It's a good addition to an already good game. The Anno 2070 Deep Ocean expansion adds another civilization level - the techs receive a new level of genius. They allow to access new gameplay elements - a monument, production chains, vehicles, items, etc. The expansion also allow to take enemy territory without using any military forces. Then there are also underwater geothermal power stations and power can be transferred between islands. A new natural threat, tsunami, was introduced, just like new achievements, missions and career paths. So many new elements being more than just cosmetic tweaks make Anno 2070 Deep Ocean a great addition to the base game, which will surely improve gaming experience for all fans of Anno 2070.

78

Open-space mission and two guns

mahon | Aug. 13, 2013 | Review of Sniper Elite V2 – The Neudorf Outpost DLC Pack

Sniper Elite V2 – The Neudorf Outpost DLC Pack is a great DLC, mostly for singleplayer mode gamers, as it adds a completely new mission to the game. This time our character needs to blow up an important fuel dump defended by many enemies. The sniper will travel to the Harz mountains and will be operating in new, open space, unlike during urban missions.

Then there are two new weapons for the player to use. One is the famous M1 Carbine but now it comes as a sniper rifle with a large ammo clip. The other is a Webley Mk. VI revolver, which is very accurate and provides the player with high rates of fire, which makes it a great addition to a longer-range weapon. If you wanted some more diversiy in your missions and arsenal, pick this DLC up.

80

All the DLCs you need for Painkiller HD

mahon | Aug. 13, 2013 | Review of Painkiller Hell & Damnation DLC Bundle

Painkiller Hell & Damnation DLC Bundle is a collection of four expansions to the reimagined Painkiller: Medieval Horror, The Clock Strikes Meat Night, Operation Zombie Bunker and Full Metal Rocket. Two of them are more suitable for multiplayer gamers, while the other two are not so. The Clock Strikes Meat Night expands two existing levels (Asylum and Bridge) and adds a new one, a Town - with its own new enemies and pickups. Operation Zombie Bunker puts you against various types of military zombies of many nationalities. Medieval Horror (4 new maps) and Full Metal Rocket (yet 4 more) are multiplayer focused. This choice of DLCs should satisfy any fan of this brutal FPS.

94

The best incarnation of GTA

mahon | Aug. 13, 2013 | Review of Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition

Grand Theft Auto series was a revolution in the sandbox games genre, and Grand Theft Auto IV is the latest part of the series so far. It's the best part visually and one of the popular favourites as far as gameplay and storylines go. Now this pack comes with the base game and the Episodes from Liberty City expansion, which adds two complete stories to play in the same city, which seems to be a rough equivalent of New York City in the game's world.

What you get is a great sandbox game, allowing you to roam free in the city, make your decisions and follow the story or not, but it's backed up with a solid plotline (or three thanks to the expansion). Probably the best incarnation of GTA so far!

90

Great racing collection

mahon | Aug. 12, 2013 | Review of Codemasters Racing Pack

While I doubt that that there is any fan of racing games who doesn't have these games yet, I strongly recommend getting the pack if there is such a gamer. Codemasters are known for their excellent racers, and this pack is a collection of their most recognizable titles. The Codemasters Racing Pack includes: DiRT 3, Dort Showdown, FUEL and GRID. All are visually impressive and representation of included vehicles is really enjoyable and playable in all of them.

DiRT 3 offers memorable experiences of driving in difficult weather conditions or at night. FUEL is a racer set in alternative version of our present world, devastated by global warming. GRID allows you to drive many types of cars in several racing modes, all in visually excellent execution. If you love racing games, you surely know these games already, and if you are curious about the genre, this pack offers good ratio of value to its price and makes a good introduction to the genre.

70

Still unfinished 4X game

mahon | Aug. 11, 2013 | Review of Horizon

Bear in mind we're not reviewing a finished product here, but what is presented to us at the moment. Horizon is not completely done now, and the authors offered us a chance to access it even before the official release if we purchase it before the game's premiere (the game offers so called 'early access').

If you are a fan of space 4X-type games, you may like Horizon. If you're not too much into the genre, you might better try another game to convince yourself how interesting 4X games can be. While some of this game's aspects look unfinished for the obvious reason that the game is not finished yet, the overall picture we're getting here is that Horizon is going to be just another game of its genre - not a bad one and not a brilliant one, too. For a fan of the genre it may be a must to have and to play, while for others it is just one of possible choices. I wish the authors all the feedback they may get, as I always applaud these who grant early access to their games.

95

The best Pacific theater FPS in 4-pack

mahon | Aug. 11, 2013 | Review of Rising Storm 4 Pack

Rising Storm is a standalone expansion to Red Orchestra 2, or maybe rather a separate game built on its engine. It offers the most thrilling and tense representation of combat in the Pacific theater during World War II. It has all that such a game would need - flamethrower attacks, desperate night assaults and banzai charges. It's a multiplayer only game (although some fighting against bots is possible) so you can play as either side of the conflict. Of course as a multiplayer game it's best enjoyed with a group of friends, so buying this four pack is a great way to invite your friends to one of the most unforgiving World War 2 shooters and one of the best FPSes I know.

78

Good but not complete yet

mahon | Aug. 10, 2013 | Review of Company of Heroes 2: Starter Commander Bundle

Although Company of Heroes 2 is still a very fresh release, it already received an expansion. Company of Heroes 2: Starter Commander Bundle adds four tactics or tactical doctrines: Anti-Infantry Tactics and Conscripts Support Tactics for the soviet commander, and Spearhead Doctrine and Joint Operations Doctrine for the geman one. These expand the base game and add some new tactical options for the player, by adding new units and new tactical options. While it may seem like a lot, there is much more content available in other DLCs, so you may feel a bit disappointed that even with this pack your game still doesn't feel complete. This doesn't matter you will not enjoy this expansion - just remember this is not a complete expansion.

90

Legendary series in excellent release

mahon | Aug. 10, 2013 | Review of Might & Magic Heroes VI: Gold Edition

After the fourth Heroes of Might and Magic game some players declared that the series was dead, or at least it should be. Now the fifth part brought the game closer to the shiniest parts of the series, and the sixth game put it on the same level as other big-name games of its time.

The Gold edition of Heroes of Might and Magic includes the base game, two adventure packs and townscreens. The game is a great mix of RPG, adventures and small-scale strategic actions. Even if the numbers of units are larger, the game feels like a small units combat. And the mix must be pretty volatile if the game is already the sixth part of the series and remains popular aftar all these times

55

More detailed and historically correct

mahon | Aug. 10, 2013 | Review of Europa Universalis III: Revolution 2 Sprite Pack

While there are some big "gameplay" expansions for Europa Universalis, which make gameplay more detailed, there are also some lesser ones. The Europa Universalis III: Revolution 2 Sprite Pack is just one of them. It doesn't add any new depth to the gameplay or new options to the game. It only adds new sprites and animations for units that you will be seeing in your games of Europa Universalis III. They're more historically correct, so any real fanatic of historical uniforms, who could hardly stand inaccuracies in the base game, will now sigh with relief. New unit looks were given to armies of Saxony, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Bavaria, Naples, Brunswick, Sicily, Hanover, Hesse, Germany, Oldenburg, Holy Roman Empire and to some common Eastern units. If you care for proper looks of your units - get this expansion.

95

The best and most complete version

mahon | Aug. 10, 2013 | Review of Europa Universalis III Chronicles

While some expect Europa Universalis III Complete to be the most complete release of Europa Universalis III, the title is misleading. After the pack was released, two more big expansions were added. Europa Universalis III Chronicles includes the Complete edition and the two new expansions: Europa Universalis III: Divine Wind and Europa Universalis III: Heir to the Throne, or: Europa Universalis III and its all four big expansions.

I say 'big' because there is a number (2?) of smaller expansions, including only new inages and sprites for various historical periods, while the big expansions actually make the gameplay more detailed. So if you want to get a serious and deeply engaging grand strategy game, buy Europa Universalis III in its Chronicles version, as it will give you the complete gameplay experience except for some additional unit sprites.

70

Bestiary expanded

mahon | Aug. 10, 2013 | Review of Impire: Creatures of the Night DLC

Impire was a game in which you play a role of demon, who tries to regain his power and demonic form. The game reminds me of the old hits: Dungeon Keeper and Overlord. Yet despite these similarities the game didn't prove as successful as expected.

Several DLCs were released in order to improve the game and add some content to keep players interested and happy with the game. The Impire: Creatures of the Night DLC adds two new creatures to roam the demon's dungeon: vampires and medusas. If you liked the original game, you will surely appreciate more additions to its bestiary, but if the very concept of the game didn't suit your tastes, do yourself a favour and save the money.

73

Involved players will appreciate it

mahon | Aug. 9, 2013 | Review of Defiance: Digital Deluxe Upgrade

If you bought the basic edition of Defiance and only later realized you were missing out, thereis still a way to get the Digital Deluxe Edition of Defiance without buying a new complete copy. Defiance Digital Deluxe Edition Upgrade is meant for this task - it adds all the exclusive content which was included in the Digital Deluxe Edition. And it's surprisingly much stuff: Hydra - a new heavy weapon, a shield, new color for a vehicle, plus some gameplay additions like expanded inventory space, increased experience gain, faster money gaining rate and a lock box. While most of them might seem negligible for a non player, after getting involved in the game a bit more, you will notice their usefulness.

70

Not for everybody

mahon | Aug. 9, 2013 | Review of Chemical Spillage Simulation

Of all the simulators I played, the most uncommon one must be the Chemical Spillage Simulation. Of course there was the Airport Firefighter Simulator already, but the new Chemical Spillage Simulation could be considered an adjusted continuation of the firefighter game. So you have to take care of your city's security from chemical spillage. You have a vehicle depot, crew and even little robots that can be used to collect and sample the spillage. Driving around the city is not very difficult and reminds of other games from Excalibur. The game is a nice mix of a depot management and simulation game, but it's not for everybody. For many gamers the very subject may be too odd or not interesting.

79

Smart adventure game with elements of Nordic mythology

mahon | Aug. 8, 2013 | Review of Oknytt

Some people consider adventure games a dead genre, I don't agree. Now many great adventure games come not only from the big brands, but often from indie developers. And I mean not only action adventures, but also traditional point-and-click adventures, that Oknytt is one of.

Instead of digitally rendering its graphics, the authors chose to use traditional drawn/painted background artwork for their game. The whole game is accompanied by a limited palette of muted and dark colors, which are perfectly fitting! You control a small creature, and try to solve puzzles and pursue quests in the best point-and-click manner. But there's a twist that sets the game apart from many others - you can use a few weird runes, which have mysterious functions. Each of them alters the world in some way and is somehow related to one element: fire, water, earth and air. A fan of adventure games should not ignore this title.

80

5 DLCs combined

mahon | Aug. 8, 2013 | Review of Defiance: Season Pass

I am a great fan of the Season Pass kind of expansions. They usually combine several smaller DLCs into one, so you don't have to buy them separately. The same can be said about the Defiance: Season Pass, which covers the first five DLC expansions released for Defiance. You get to use new playable aliens, almost obligatory new vehicles and weapons. Of course there are new missions with new rewards, and some items. You can see that every aspect of the game gets something new from this expansion pack, so if you enjoyed the base gane and haven't got the DLCs for it yet, it's a perfect opportunity to get a bunch of them for a better price.

78

Must-have for a Final Fantasy fan

mahon | Aug. 7, 2013 | Review of FINAL FANTASY XI: Seekers of Adoulin (NA)

While Seekers of Adoulin is only an expansion to Final Fantasy XI, it is a very good one. Not only it streamlines some aspects of gameplay and makes the game more user-friendly, but it also adds a lot of new content - including new jobs, new areas for players to explore and new rewards which encourage players to keep playing. The game's theme is colonization of the continent of Ulbuka, and the story leaves some open ends to be followed up in possible next expansions. The expansion is good but not perfect - some concepts and elements seem unpolished or rushed, music could be better, etc. But yet it's still a must-have addition to every Final Fantasy XI fan's collection.

67

Great looking tattoos!

mahon | Aug. 7, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Psycho Dark Psyche Pack

The Psycho Dark Psyche Pack adds another version to the psycho character for Borderlands 2. The Psycho was introduced to the game in one of the expansions (Psycho Pack to be more precise) and quickly became one of my favourites. Now you can enhance him with some new looks: He receives a new head with a sinister-looking gasmask and a new skin for his body - covered with some kind of tribal-style tattoos. Definitely one of the best bodies available for this character, even though I prefer a head from another pack. If you often play the multiplayer mode of Borderlands 2 and are a Psycho player, you will surely have use for this pack. Otherwise you need to decide if you really need another skin for psycho.

68

Wear a sombrero and run a plantation

mahon | Aug. 7, 2013 | Review of Tropico 4: Plantador

Tropico 4: Plantador is another one in the series of small additions to the latest Tropico game. They don't introduce revolutionary changes to the game and you can easily play the game without them and not suffer the feeling of missing something important. But if, just like me, you like to keep your games complete, you should get this pack. As you might expect from this DLC, you will find several small additions inside, all linked to the main subject: plantations. So you have a new sombrero for your character, new trait which makes agricultural strategy a better option, some new buildings and decorations. There's also a new mission, focused on developing new businesses, and starting with plantations alone. Good for players who are getting bored with the base game already.

73

Good shoot'em up with a twist

mahon | Aug. 7, 2013 | Review of Valkyrius

Valkyrius is a product of Iridescent Games, known for their Chopper Storm shooter. Now you are getting yet another shoot'em-up game from them, this time it is set in space and reminds of the classic cosmic shooters. In the best tradition of arcade games, the storyline (revolving around Colonel Valterra) is just an excuse for playing the game. You will have to get through multiple levels and bosses, but there's an innovative twist (teleportation) included. Fortunately visual side of the game doesn't disappoint and playing is an enjoyable experience. Of course you can customize your ship and equip it with different weapons. This time I wouldn't care as much for the story as for the opportunity to blast some enemies into pieces!

70

Nod to adventure games of old

mahon | Aug. 7, 2013 | Review of The Journey Down: Chapter One

The Journey Down: Chapter One is a not to the classic adventures, enhancing them with modern graphics. The resulting mix is pretty good - full of humour and good puzzles, and good graphics, bringing African art to mind. I wish there were more chapters to this story, but so far it's the only one. And while the game may not be the best adventure game I've ever played, it's good enough to play it through. And it you've been a Lucas Arts adventure games fan, you will surely like this one. I still wish there was a stronger reason justifying usage of the African style, as the current link seems a bit weak, but it doesn't make the gameplay any worse.

60

Really mean pack

mahon | Aug. 6, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Psycho Madness Pack

Stay away from this one if you don't want to pay for additional skins for your characters...

...but Borderlands 2 is a game on the border of action shooter and RPG, and many RPG players like customizing their characters. The same can be said about multiplayer gamers, and multiplayer mode is where Borderlands 2 shines. So if you're a Borderlands 2 player, you are likely to want your psycho to look different from the standard version, to make him your own. And this is where this set can be handy - if you already purchased the psycho pack and enabled the character, now you can use an additional skin and a new head.

While the body alone doesn't look particularly thrilling, it is the face alone that justifies purchase of this pack. The face looks very cool, with a 'wanted' poster covering the psycho's head. It makes it obvious to see that the character is not somebody to be messed with. And that's what you want your psychos to look, isn't it?

70

Sum of all puzzles

mahon | Aug. 6, 2013 | Review of Red Johnson's Chronicles: One Against All

It was my first contact with Red Johnson's adventures and judging by the information I read about it I expected it to be a kind of 'noir' story, filled with suspicious characters, sinister backstreets and other shady stuff. And although I didn't find all that much of it in this game, I was not disappointed, because the game turned out to be an interesting criminal story, or more accurately - a bunch of (more or less) connected stories and puzzles. While some might prefer some stronger connections between them, I didn't really care as long as the investigative element kept me busy and involved in the game. And I recommend this game to everybody who enjoyed investigations in Still Life or Sherlock Holmes games.

60

Louvre throughout ages

mahon | Aug. 6, 2013 | Review of Louvre - The Messenger

The game is a nice adventure game in which you must save the world. Surprising, isn't it? This time it will take you on a trip throughout ages of the Louvre's history. You will visit the palace in several moments of its history and I must say it's pretty well done and enjoyable to play through. The problem lies in the type of puzzles we will sometimes (well, pretty often) have to solve, which effectively mean nothing more than typical pixel hunting. If you like the "find objects" kind of games, you will be happy, otherwise you may feel annoyed. But although the whole "save the world again" concept may seem to be old and boring, the whole story is really enjoyable and keeps you interested in the game, which is a fun adventure game.

67

Difficult retro puzzler

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Cubetractor

Cubetractor is a difficult retro-style puzzle game revolving around the concept of pulling crates with your robot's tractor beam. This simple concept is enough to keep you busy for hours, as there are multiple levels to complete, each with a separate mix of puzzles and enemies. The interesting thing is that the simple concept of pulling crates is enough to provide interesting challenges throughout all these levels without becoming boring. Crates merge into something new when contacted by other crates, so by controlling which crate hits which, you can influence their properties.

If the retro look doesn't scare you off, decide if you like difficult puzzles. This game will make you angry after failing yet another time, but you will keep returning to try again.

74

Stop King Washington part 2

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington - The Betrayal DLC

The Betrayal continues the story of The Tyranny of King Washington - an alternative history in which George Washington becomes a king, and a pretty mean one I can say. The whole campaign is spread across three expansions to the Assassin's Creed III game, not only adding new storyline but also new skills and quests. If you enjoyed Assassin's Creed III and are not easily offended by alternate histories involving historical characters, you may enjoy this one. My only complaint would be that the episode is not very long and many players will immediately want to purchase the third (and last) one to complete the whole story and see how it ends.

95

Very good sequel

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Max Payne II: The Fall of Max Payne

Just when many thought Max Payne was like a film, its sequel - The Fall of Max Payne - went a step further. It seems everything could be improved - graphics, animations, action scenes, ragdoll behaviour, and even facial expressions. Now it's even closer to a film noir experience and even more intense. I know that Max Payne 3 takes it yet further and makes it even more memorable, but remember the game dates back to early 2000s!

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne deserves a special place in every action gamer's collection as now we can see how many games owe something to the innovations that the Max Payne series brought to gaming.

95

Excellent story, innovative combat

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Max Payne

It's unbelievable that the game is like a dozen years old already. Despite its slightly unnatural animations and graphics far from current standards it remains one of the best told stories in PC gaming. It has everything a good story should have and everything it takes to make it a great game - characters, setting, plot, action. And we should remember how revolutionary its combat system was at the time of its release. Although now we can play the third part of this series, it's still good to look back and return to the roots - to the first Max Payne game. Even if only for the dramatic story, it's stil a game worth playing! And I think no collection will be complete without this game.

90

So 80s!

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

I don't know any other game that invokes the spirit of the 80s in such a vivid and strong way as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It is a very good sandbox game, with strong and memorable characters and good plot, but what makes it special is the setting in which we play. It's such a lively picture of the 80s, that the Miami Vice series is an obviously coming to our minds when playing it. Even though there were other GTA games released after this one, it still remains special with its great atmosphere and excellent soundtrack.

80

Tron style, Jagged Alliance gameplay

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Frozen Synapse

I was a little hesitant about this game and I think I passed various offers for it many a time. It looked so much like Tron, which is not my favorite style. Yet when I eventually got it and tried the gameplay out, oh wow, I was positively surprised! Under the layer of Tron-like graphics, Frozen Synapse is a great tactical shooter in the kind of Jagged Alliance and XCom series. You set orders for your units and then let the timer run to see if your decisions were any good. The game leaves you very much freedom and flexibility in your commanding, even though initially it seemed a bit simplistic - it was only a false impression. I quickly forgot about (or maybe got used to) the graphical style and got immersed in the very enjoyable gameplay, which convinced me that I can recommend it to all players of good old Jagged Alliance games. I would only wait for at least slightest discounts, as the full price is a bit high.

65

Nice driving game but not enough traffic

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of New York Bus The Simulation

While it might seem that bus driver's work is too common a subject to make a decent game about, it is not quite right. There are many simulations of various vehicles and machines, bus being one that you may encounter most frequently in your lives. And it doesn't mean that New York Bus The Simulation is any more boring than the others.

The driving model and representation of bus driver's work are pretty satisfactory, but I have one complaint about the game. If you've ever seen the streets of New York City, they are nowhere nearly as empty as here. Of course there are cars and pedestrians in the game and you need to watch out for them, but they're way too few for an accurate simulation. Maybe it is because of playability or the limits come from computing power of average gamer's machine, but I would like to see the streets fuller with traffic. Besides this remark the game remains a light and interesting driving game, which is more casual than the name would suggest.

90

Uber-god game with a twist

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Skyward Collapse

Skyward Collapse is a game that could be considered a 'god game', but there is one twist. Gods are among the things you place in the game's world. Yes, you are a creator, and can create (or more accurately: place) gods, minor deities, mythological creatures, monsters, etc. And the goal of the game has a twist as well - there are two factions, which are fighting against each other. Your objective is to keep them fighting as long as possible. Don't allow one faction to win, there must be some kind of balance between them, even if very fragile. The factions are humans and one faction worships Greek gods, while the other prays to Nordic ones. And let's be honest here - they don't try to help you in accomplishing your task.

Can you keep them from exterminating each other before your mission is considered successful?

79

Nordic mythology in a smart adventure game

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Oknytt (NA)

Although some people consider adventure games long dead, I must disagree. Especially now that many great adventure games come not only from the big brands, but often from indie developers. And I don't mean any action adventures, but traditional point-and-click adventures. Oknytt is one of them.

Instead of resorting to digitally rendered graphics, the authors chose to go with traditional drawn/painted background artwork for their game. The whole game is accompanied by very limited palette of muted and dark colors, which are perfectly fitting! You control a small creature, and try to solve puzzles and pursue quests in the best point-and-click manner. But there's a twist that sets the game apart from many others - you can use a few weird runes, which have mysterious functions. Each of them alters the world in some way and is somehow related to one element: fire, water, earth and air. If you are a fan of adventure games, you should not ignore this title.

73

Adds new scenario and enhances the game

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Omerta: City of Gangsters - Damsel in Distress

It is not easy to review a scenario pack without ruining the fun for the readers, who most likely haven't played it yet. That's why they are reading the review after all? So let me try to avoid spoilers...

You know Omerta, right? The game about gangsters, filled with well-defined characters and interesting quests. This expansion pack adds one scenario, which becomes available after completing two missions from the singleplayer campaign. Then there is more content introduced, which, although related to this particular scenario, expands the whole game. For example there is a new person, whole new section of the city and even a new weapon.

That is the kind of scenario expansion I like the most - not only introducing new goal to accomplish, but also some new content to the game, effectively expanding and enhancing the whole gameplay experience.

64

Good planning pays off

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Heavyweight Transport Simulator 3

Heavyweight Transport 3 avoids the problem I saw in the simulation of a New York City bus - the amount of traffic. Now you're driving on highways and long routes, so intensity of traffic is much less important here. Now you will feel the importance of good planning - you need to plan your routes and deliveries ahead, so you can make it on time with the goods you are supposed to deliver. And you will be delivering different stuff - ranging from construction elements to heavy vehicles like train engines. This all takes place in pretty neat and varied surroundings in which you are quite much free to drive freely and choose your own routes. Interesting alternative for the Euro Truck Simulator.

76

Beautiful destruction feast

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Renegade Ops Collection

This game is all about brutal and visually stunning destruction. There's not much thinking involved, but it wasn't a brain puzzle you wanted here, or was it?

You are given an armed vehicle and assigned missions,h which generally require shooting, gunning, causing explosions and havoc, and shown in a way which is a real pleasure to see. Controls are obvious even if they need some time to master, and you can even choose a charater whose skills will slightly alter the gameplay. And then there are also improvements, grouped in RPG-like skill trees, so you can pick your own style of playing and enjoy the game in your favourite way. This collection includes even more characters - both as protagonists and villains.

Most missions are not only destruction feasts, but also races against the timer, so you need to be quick and brutal. But that is why you are getting this game at all, right?

86

Surprisingly not as popular as I would expect

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | Review of Binary Domain Collection

I am not sure why this game was not ranked higher and didn't become more popular... Binary Domain has nearly all it takes to make it a perfect shooter, maybe unnecessarily enriched with some RPG-like elements, but it's a scifi or cyberpunk shooter, and I must say - a good one.

Among its many assets, it has one very strong point that makes it different than most other games: it has a way of representing trust and relations between teammates, and these really come into play in action. The more they trust you - the more you can rely on them to carry out your orders. Not many games managed to capture it so well. And the game also looks, sounds and plays well. Maybe it lacks some final polish, but that is compensated by two expansion which come with it in this Collection pack.

80

Adds new scenario and enhances the game

mahon | Aug. 4, 2013 | Review of Omerta: City of Gangsters - Damsel in Distress

It is not easy to review a scenario pack without ruining the fun for the readers, who most likely haven't played it yet. That's why they are reading the review after all? So let me try to avoid spoilers...

You know Omerta, right? The game about gangsters, filled with well-defined characters and interesting quests. This expansion pack adds one scenario, which becomes available after completing two missions from the singleplayer campaign. Then there is more content introduced, which, although related to this particular scenario, expands the whole game. For example there is a new person, whole new section of the city and even a new weapon.

That is the kind of scenario expansion I like the most - not only introducing new goal to accomplish, but also some new content to the game, effectively expanding and enhancing the whole gameplay experience.

70

MOBA on platforms

mahon | Aug. 2, 2013 | Review of Awesomenauts

For me Awesomenauts is mostly a good and entertaining platformer, but for many it's mostly a multiplayer online battle arena, so called MOBA. It allows up to three players to team up and fight against enemies. And the cool thing is that the combat can be done in split-screen mode, which allows people to sit next to each other and spend some social time together.

The game is set in a scifi universe, represented with colorful cartoonish graphics. The gameplay is very smooth and intuitive, and playing with (and against) others makes it much more interesting (and replayable) than if you were battling computer-controlled bots all the time (which is also possible). Add to this the multitude of additional skins which are available, and you have a picture of what to expect from this game.

50

Wizard skin

mahon | Aug. 2, 2013 | Review of Awesomenauts: Genji The Grey

Awesomenauts is a popular platformer game, also famous for its countless expansion packs which generally contain only new skins for players to use. This is one of such DLCs, which adds Genji the Grey - a wizard skin, which also automatically unlocks this character for gaming.

The skin is very nice, well painted and animated, generally perfectly fitting the Awesomenauts cartoonish style. This expansion will be mostly appreciated by multiplayer gamers, who want to use characters different than their friends', but after all multiplayer is a strong point of Awesomenauts, so I am sure many players play it mostly for this aspect. You can use it as a single player, but then I found it less valuable for people who don't intend to play with others.

87

Partizans, grand politics and technical improvement

mahon | Aug. 2, 2013 | Review of Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland

I recently reviewed the Semper Fi expansion, and now here's something eastern front oriented - an expansion to the Semper Fi expansion. Now we're less focused on naval and aerial combat (although there is some wolfpack-related content here too), moving closer to the ground or even underground, as many changes here address the subject of partizan units and operations. Now you can create whole underground movements and units, and assign them to combat. Moreover (and historically correctly) you can not only battle occupying forces but also ideologies who are aiming to take control over the partizans' country. That was very typical to the eastern front, where many underground organizations fought both against german occupiers and soviet 'liberators'. It also introduces option of overthrowing governments in other countries and installing your own ideology there.

Moreover there's a layer of complexity added with the concept of strategic resources which need to be grabbed and controlled in order to keep your forces operational. This is a perfect match for the underground forces concept and a good task for them. Also grand politics gained another enhancement - now countries pursue their war goals, which determine their actions and are reflected in diplomatic actions.

And last but not least, the expansion was supposed to improve usage of multicore processors. So if you have one, and most likely you do, your game should run much smoother now.

95

Whole new layer of detail

mahon | Aug. 2, 2013 | Review of Hearts of Iron III: Semper fi

While I am not a huge fan of purely cosmetic expansions, I enjoy the ones which add something new to gameplay or refresh and remake old concepts. Semper Fi is one of such expansions for Hearts of Iron III that adds a whole new layer to the game: a great new twist comes from hidden victory conditions defined by each country at the very beginning.

Now technological development can benefit from your allies' participation and offer benefits to them as well. AI-controlled commanders can have different settings depending on the type of arms they command and operations they participate in. Diplomacy gained some more details, as now you can request particular actions from your allies, but so can they.

It introduces easy way of defining and managing theatres of war. Command hierarchy is now tweaked and improved - easily managed and visible on the map, managing air superiority became easier thanks to a special map. Naval warfare, so important to the American participation in WW2, was upgraded with new options, including ships that are prides of their nations and fleets. Having such a ship confers bonuses, but loss of her is even more painful now.

Add to this a new scenario, events, and (supposedly) improved AI, and you have nearly complete picture of the expansion. I didn't notice the AI improvement as it was already challenging for me before. If you are unsure if it's worth buying, I wouldn't hesitate.

60

Mean and sinister

mahon | Aug. 2, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Psycho Domination Pack

Psycho Dark Psyche Pack adds just another skin for a Borderlands 2 character. But this time it's my favourite skin for one of my favourite characters, who unfortunately is not a part of the base game and you need the Psycho Pack expansion to play Psycho in Borderlands 2. Assuming you already have it, you need to consider if you want to get another skin for the character or not. The expansion is by no means essential or required for good gameplay experience. It is more aimed at multiplayer gamers who would like to customize their Psycho characters. And I must say it does its job in a brilliant way, even if "brilliant" doesn't seem to suit Psycho too well. The new incarnation of Psycho is dark and sinister. With gore-covered body and executioner-style hood he looks meaner than ever before. And I think it breaks away from the gasmask-wearing style, which surely adds some variety.

95

Great WW2 RTS

mahon | Aug. 1, 2013 | Review of Company of Heroes

Even now that the Company of Heroes II has been released, I think the first part remains a solid game. I think it's one of the best RTS games I know, and I mean all aspects of the game - gameplay, graphics, sound, multiplayer, campaigns, etc. Additionally it offers a great freedom of modding the game, expanding its replayability and lifetime even more.

I cannot recall a World War II real time strategy that would easily compare with it. The Theatre of War and Men of War series were much more demanding and difficult series, while Company of Heroes remains a bit more approachable to a casual gamer. And with its expansions it offers hours and hours of excellent gaming!

50

Nice additions, infrequently seen

mahon | Aug. 1, 2013 | Review of SimCity French City Set (EU)

Some people are quite partial when it comes to the new SimCity, but I think it's a decent continuation of the series, and surely it looks good. Now there are also some expansion packs which add new buildings to the game. This pack is a supplement for building French-themed cities. It adds some buildings inspired by France, including the Eiffel Tower, which is a tourist magnet for your city. This is not a revolutionary set, but a nice little flavour expansion.

The thing is that the Eiffel Tower is a pretty expensive landmark, so it won't come into the game too quickly. And even the common buildings in French style are pretty infrequently spotted, so the visual difference will not be radical. If you are a collector - you may want to get it. Otherwise you need to weigh its price against the improvements it offers.

70

Decisions, decisions, decisions

mahon | Aug. 1, 2013 | Review of Age of Fear 2: The Chaos Lord

I haven't heard about the first Age of Fear until I found Age of Fear 2: The Chaos Lord. The game is a sequel to Age of Fear: The Undead King. It is a fantasy turn-based strategy with an interesting battle system. There are four main factions in Age of Fear 2 - The Chaos Lord: humans, greenskins, undead and demons. The game includes the usual elements of the genre - travels, fights ranging from skirmishes to conquering cities, quests, etc. You will have to make tough decisions each turn, to deal with threats with the limited resources you have at your disposal.

When you're done with both campaigns, you can still continue gaming in a multiplayer or skirmish mode. Unfortunately I had tough time finding players for multiplayer.

The game made me want to find the previous part of Age of Fear and see if it's as good as the rumour has it...

61

Neat although not very innovative

mahon | July 31, 2013 | Review of Spoids

Spoids is an indie tower defense game. A very cheap one and surprisingly nicely looking for something that cheap. It looks a bit retro, but you surely noticed that it's a kind of a trend among indie game developers, many of whom believe that in the old days flashy graphics didn't distract from the real essence of games, well, because... there was no flashy graphics.

Spoids follows this trend and could easily be one of Amiga or early 16 bit PC games. There's nothing surprising in the gameplay for a tower defense veteran - waves of enemies are incoming, you place your defenses and try to survive. The thing which sets it apart from other similar games is good voice acting accompanying you throughout your missions. Along with the neat and clean graphics it's one of the things you would not expect from such an affordable game. So if you want to try a tower defense game but are unsure if you are going to like the genre, it's a chance to check it cheaply.

65

It's so cute... and then you get hit

mahon | July 31, 2013 | Review of Penguins Arena

Penguins Arena looks like a game or kids with all the cute characters and cartoonish graphics. But don't let these appearances mislead you! It's much more than this - it's a first person (or first penguin, as the authors say) shooter (snowballs all the way!) with fast-paced action, which requires quick reflexes and good planning. Moreover you get smart AI to fight against, which is a rare thing these days, and convenient controls configuration - without unnecessary complications and any weird ideas aimed at making the game seem more difficult than it actually is.

While the game is fun to play and looks so sweet, it is not without flaws. The game is a good multiplayer shooter but the rounds are pretty short, which may be unwelcome by some players, used to extended levels and serious approach to online gaming. The game offers very serious FPS experience wrapped in a candy-like sweet packaging.

76

Unserious addition for unserious series

mahon | July 31, 2013 | Review of Tropico 4: Voodoo

As far as Tropico 4 expansions go, I am a collector. They may not add too much to the game, but they expand it at their own steady pace. Each expansion adds some new buildings, new outfits, new traits and sometimes new missions to play through. Voodoo is not any different, and while it may discourage some, it may be good for others as they know what to expect.

This expansion cannot be treated completely seriously, because it addresses a bit supernatural subjects - voodoo magic, witch doctors and such. You can use the magic to survive despite poor health care or as an attraction for tourists. It's fun, tongue in a cheek - just like the whole Tropico series.

If you want to expand your Tropico 4 game with some new features, get this expansion pack. It's more than just a cosmetic DLC, as it actually changes the way the game plays.

90

Brought to current standards

mahon | July 31, 2013 | Review of Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is something that's been waited for by many, as for many gamers Mortal Kombat must be one of the best and most important fighting games ever. And I mean every subsequent title in the franchise. Now Mortal Kombat looks better than ever before and it still plays so well. You get to meet your old friends again, but now they look excellent and the gaming experience definitely benefits from the refreshed look. As a single player game it's still one of the best fighters and the characters and subject don't get boring or monotoneous, it's as much fun as it should be, and it doesn't lose its arcade feel.

I cannot comment on the multiplayer aspect though, as I still haven't had a chance to give it a good try.

60

Not turn-based anymore

mahon | July 31, 2013 | Review of Lords of the Realm III

Lords of the Realm is a series of games dating back to mid-90s, but the third game in the series doesn't have much in common with the precedessors as far as gameplay is concerned. They share the same medieval setting, but while the previous ones were turn-based strategies, the latest one is a RTS. Moreover it even comes without an active pause, which means you cannot pause the game to give orders. The game has been simplified, which may be not to everybody's liking, but on the other hand there are also some improvements. For example campaigns (maybe except for the first one) are really good and professionally prepared.

There are two layers - overall campaign with its economic aspect, conquest and gathering troops, and the battle layer. And battles are where the game is at its best - here you need to be concentraded and quick. Although you can let the AI handle the battle, you're losing some of the game's fun factor by doing this. If you don't like RTS battles, why did you get this game at all?

It's a game for RTS players who want to play in a medieval setting and not get confused by very complex rules. The game is demanding and not very easy to win, but not because of complicated rules but because of the odds you have to struggle against.

76

Aliens, predators, you know the drill...

mahon | July 31, 2013 | Review of Aliens vs Predator Collection

Aliens vs Predator Collection includes Aliens vs. Predator and two additional map packs: Swarm Map Pack and Bug Hunt Map Pack, thus offering you a complete Aliens vs Predator experience. While most people buy AvP for its multiplayer, you're getting a decent amount of single player gaming too. With 3 campaings in the base game it is more than I expected, but let's be honest here - the game shines much better as a multiplayer game, especially that the map packs enhance and expand the game in this aspect.

You surely know what to expect from the AvP franchise, so I don't need to go into details, but tell you how much fun can this game be with its alien races who are recognized as some of the most vicious predators in the whole history of science fiction genre. If you like fast-paced and intense FPS gaming, this may be your choice.

85

Enjoyable gameplay, interesting alternate history

mahon | July 31, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington: The Redemption

Third part of the "The Tyranny of King Washington" additional campaign for Assassin's Creed III is available as a separate expansion, and it's not a bad choice - if you're not interested in knowing the final act of the story that is an alternate version of history in which George Washington becomes a king and a tyrant (and I suppose it doesn't have to be everyone's thing) you may skip it.

But if you enjoyed Assassin's Creed III you will most likely get it. It offers continuation of the main plot, additional side quests, new skills and powers (power of the bear). The pace is faster than before and the game is more interesting. The ending might be better but I prefer to get satisffactory gaming experience instead of a better ending without good gameplay. I would get it even if only to get through the whole story and meet the archvillain again.

64

More visual diversity

mahon | July 30, 2013 | Review of Victoria II German Unit Pack DLC

Although Victoria II may seem to be visually boring, with just a map and some charts that you look at for most of the game, it can be made much more visually appealing with addition of some DLCs. The German Unit Pack is an example of such an expansion.

It is not essential to the game and doesn't add a thing to the gameplay, but if you want your Victoria II games to look better, consider adding some new models of units to your game. You will get more correct uniforms for your Prussians and Germans. Just bear in mind that the pack also requires the House Divided expansion, or at least that's what is being said about it and I didn't have a chance to check if it would work without the expansion, so I assumed that the House Divided is required, indeed.

100

Father of stealth games

mahon | July 30, 2013 | Review of Thief Gold

The game must be the father (or one of the fathers) of the stealth games genre. And although its appearance is very rusty now, the gameplay still shines. There were many stealth games released after this one but the first Thief remains a classic and still can be immensely enjoyable.

One of the great assets of the game is how much you need to listen to your surroundings, and I must say sounds still don't sound dated in this game. Also the freedom you are given and multiple ways you can deal with your missions can still put many newer games to shame.

The Gold version of the game improves upon the original, adds some missions and polish. If you haven't played the original - do yourself a favour and try it. Especially that now it's such a cheap gem.

66

Must have for fanatics of the period

mahon | July 30, 2013 | Review of Hearts of Iron III: Axis Minor Vehicle Pack

Hearts of Iron III is one of the most complex and accurate simulations of World War II at the grand scale. It's so complex, that it's not really aimed at casual gamers but more at hardcore strategists, who are deeply knowledgeable about this conflict. Such people often cannot bear inaccuracies in representations of various forces, uniforms or vehicles.

The Axis Minor Vehicle Pack adds nearly 30 new skins for vehicles of the period, allowing to represent forces of minor nations of the Axis more accurately. If you are either a completist or enjoy seeing correct models in correct color schemes in your games, consider getting this pack. Although it adds nothing to the gameplay, it enhances the immersion and visual representation of the period. Casual gamers can easily ignore this DLC.

66

Even closer to historical accuracy

mahon | July 30, 2013 | Review of Hearts of Iron III: British Vehicle Pack

Hearts of Iron III is a game for fans and fanatics of the World War II subject. If you wouldn't be deep into the subject, you would be playing one of the lighter strategy games instead. If you're playing Hearts of Iron III you're probably a fan and a completist. And as such, you most likely want units to be represented by correct models in this game.

This expansion pack allows you to bring British forces closer to historical correctness by adding 16 new models to the game. They're really well done and look good on the map.

If you don't care for correct models in the game, you can skip this expansion, as it adds nothing to the gameplay. But if you want a more historically correct experience, get it as the price is extremely low.

100

Civilization V made even more complete

mahon | July 30, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World

If you thought Civilization V was complete already, you will be surprised with the new Brave New World expansion. It adds so much to the game that it outshines the Gods and Kings expansion. First of all it adds nine civilizations, including Zulus (remembered from earlier parts of Civilization), Poles, Brazilians and more. Then there are two new scenarios - American Civil War and Scramble for Africa. But these seem to be less important than further improvements to gameplay from new added concepts: cultural victory, international trade routes, ideologies and increased role of diplomacy. Then there are also nwe wonders, new leaders, new buildings, new national traits.

Nothing that you wouldn't expect from a perfect Civilization V expansion. So if you want to expand your Civilization V game, you might think that Gods and Kings made it a worthy rival for Civilization IV, but Brave New World makes it the best game in the series.

95

It doesn't take a crowd to create a gem

mahon | July 29, 2013 | Review of Space Pirates And Zombies

Sometimes you don't need a huge budget and a crowd of developers to create a gem. Space Pirates and Zombies is a great example - I think it was developed by just two guys, and it doesn't really show! I think it's a pity they didn't have means to promote the game better because it deserves every bit of publicity it can get.

It's a space combat game with everything you might expect from a strategic game like this - randomly generated universe, interesting factions, ships you can upgrade (and unlock new ones), missions, trading and combat. And it all happens in visually beautiful space (do yourself a favour and check some screenshots or gameplay footage out) which makes gaming pure joy.

You will find yourself returning to the game for more and more, or at least to stare at the beautiful backgrounds of your space battles.

60

Goggles, lightbulbs and gears!

mahon | July 29, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Mechromancer Steampunk Slayer Pack

Even though I am not a fan of re-skinning DLCs, I really liked this one. First, I liked the mechromancer character a lot, and second, I always felt that steampunk suits the Borderlands setting just perfectly. The pack includes a costume and a new head for the mechromancer.

Bear in mind that mechromancer is not a part of the base game and requires an expansion, and although you don't really need it to play, you might consider it because for a surprisingly low price you're getting a really nice skin (one of my favourites) for a great character. Especially multiplayer gamers will appreciate another option of customizing their character, but if you are a fan of Borderlands, wouldn't you like to have the complete collection of expansions?

So why don't you get all the goggles, lightbulbs, gears and stuff for your mechromancer?

55

Cutting-edge haircut

mahon | July 29, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Psycho Supremacy Pack

I may be biased against cosmetic DLCs, but on the other hand the deal is very fair: They don't add too much to the game, but the price is very low, almost negligible. And moreover nobody makes you buy them. If you feel you don't need another skin for your character - you can play the game without it.

Yet for a multiplayer gamer this pack may be a perfect addition. If you play the Psycho character you may wish to make your character stand out from other psychos. And now it's pretty easy with the "sharp" haircut, new mask and new set of tattoos.

If you feel you don't need this skin for your gaming needs, leave it out. But for a completist it may be a worthy addition.

80

Focused on battles but campaigns are also very good

mahon | July 29, 2013 | Review of Medieval II: Total War

I am a huge fan of Rome Total War, but there was one thing that was missing in the ancient period, especially if you play Romans: heavy cavalry charges. Even if you assembled some armies with heavy cavalry, their charges didn't feel like the heavy hammer of a knightly charge from the medieval period.

You get lots of these in Medieval II: Total War. The game is a huge change from the first version of Medieval TW, especially as far as visuals go. Now you can see really numerous troops marching across battlefields and clashing in massed combat. And cavalry has been tweeked so now it takes some skill to be used properly, but if you can pull it off - it can turn the tide of the battle!

Then there is everything that you have already known from the previous Total War games - realtime battles with active pause, interesting campaign to bind the battles together, custom battles and historical scenarios. If you're more interested in medieval battles than grand campaigns like the ones you know from Crusader Kings, the game is perfect for you.

90

Never looked back to HoMM again

mahon | July 27, 2013 | Review of King's Bounty: The Legend

I bought it when I wanted something similar to the Heroes of Might and Magic series, and I think I found a decent alternative. Even just the number of hours spent playing this game vouches for its playability! The general concept is very similar to the HoMM series, but you don't expand your empire, don't conquer castles. You travel the land (well, many lands and islands), meet various NPCs, pursue various quests and battle countless enemies. And this all is accompanied by pleasant music and colorful nice 3D graphics.

I must say that since I found this one, I never looked back to the HoMM series. If the base game (very long, which is good for somebody who enjoyed it) is not enough, there are expansions adding new storylines and characters. Great game for a great price!

90

One of the most difficult challenges

mahon | July 27, 2013 | Review of Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty CAP

One of the most difficult games I know. Well, the whole Commandos series was difficult, or maybe only the 1st and 2nd parts, but if you're not fine with trying and re-trying different solutions and prefer obvious ways and easy winning, the game is not for you. If you want challenge - both intellectual and manual - the game will suit you well. It's a standalone expansion to the first game in the series.

The concept of the whole series is that you have a few characters, each of whom has a special skill and equipment, and you need to find the right srtrategy, the right combo, that will allow to use their strengths in order to achieve the goal of their mission. And there's no room for mistakes. You err - you die. But only to restart the mission and try another combination.

80

All about survival

mahon | July 27, 2013 | Review of Don't Starve

I didn't quite know what to expect from this game except for the fact that it is going to be a survival game, having some features of a roguelike and sandbox game. The game is not much more than that, but it does its job in a great style. The whole story reminds both of cartoons and old silent films, but with some surrealism thrown in. You get some interesting and funny characters (and get to unlock more), who wake up in an unknown land that needs to be explored. Food must be collected or maybe made from captured animals. Tools must be built, buildings constructed, and every innovation - invented. And then there's winter to survive! There's so much to do, and beware - you don't have multiple lives. Once you're dead - you're dead for good. But when you are no longer angry about your well developed character's death, you start the game again.

95

A true gem that doesn't age

mahon | July 27, 2013 | Review of Rome: Total War

Would you believe that the base game was released in 2004? And even if its visual side may look a bit rusty these days, the whole experience isn't any less entertaining than back in the days. Even though there have been many new games in the Total War series, this one still has its stable fanbase. And it's no surprise, because with its two expansions: Barbarian Invasion and Alexander it offers very good, immersive experience of ancient warfare. And the positive side is that if your computer is not a new powerful machine, you will still be able to run the game and enjoy it without lagging or framerate hiccups.

But maybe the dated graphics keep you from playing? In this case there are many mods made by the community of players, and some of them bring the graphics almost up to the standards of later Total War games - with all the detailed textures, more natural surroundings, enviromental effects, and also improved (or historically corrected) gameplay. I think that despite its age it must still be my favourite Total War game.

80

I never got enough

mahon | July 26, 2013 | Review of Zombie Driver

People are often surprised about the amount of time I devoted to this game. The concept is not very complex here - you drive around, smashing zombies and surroundings, sowing destruction and collecting upgrades to your car and momey to buy even more upgrades.

Can this game be any good? Definitely! It's one of the games that I spent most time playing. It has some storyline, but it's not the reason you play this game, is it? I play it when I feel the need for speed and destruction without excessive brain exercise. In fact you can freely relax your brain in this game, you will be using your eyes and fingers, but won't need to plan any complex strategies. But when you play a game that is all about driving into hordes of zombies, can you expect anything else?

70

Back to the 8-bit days

mahon | July 26, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy

Do you remember the old days of gaming on 8-bit machines? When graphics was simple, music was buzzing and sounded artificial, and games were very difficult? And platformers were one of the dominant genres.

Super Meat Boy brings us back to those days. It's a platformer, but not of the easy and relaxing type. It's just the opposite - very difficult, often makes you want to smask your computer in anger after yet another failure, only to find yourself return to the game shortly after.

It has everything a good platformer needs. That all but nothing more. Graphics and music bring the memories of old 8-bit days, the difficulty is just similar, and you still cannot quit. The game requires good manual coordination and relies heavily on interaction with the enviroment - various gears, saws and transmission belts. But does it surprise you when the main character is a piece of meat, leaving bloody splatters everywhere?

75

Just one more try...

mahon | July 26, 2013 | Review of The Binding of Isaac

I never thought I would like this game so much. It has everything that should make you hate this game. Simplistic visuals, childishly easy concept, offensive style and theme, very high difficulty, limited in-game descriptions of items, and even no option of saving the game.

But after a few replies I found myself hardly able to stop playing. Despite (or maybe thanks to) the difficulty, the game is a prime example of the 'just one more try' syndrome. It's not a true roguelike, but shares many concepts with this genre: no saving, if you die - you die permanently, randomly generated dungeons, random items, random enemies, development of your character.

If you're not easily offended by biblical references, poops everywhere and other disgusting things like vomiting or dripping blood - try it. You may like it just as much as I do.

80

Great RPG-lite

mahon | July 26, 2013 | Review of Costume Quest

In this lovely game you control little kids during their Halloween adventures. Not to spoil the plot, let me say there will be monsters and heroic characters involved, but all easily justified by children's imagination. They live in the neighborhood or even are our characters.

This all is complemented by nice cartoon-style graphics, making it look very innocent and enjoyable. But under this childish appearance you are getting a great light role-playing game, with quests, character development, skills, equipment, villains and combat. You can switch characters, prepare new costumes which grant you new abilities, open passages to new locations and generally go trick-or-treating. It's Halloween after all!

The whole game is full of funny dialogues and amusing interactions between characters, so it will be a great pastime for most RPG fans who don't take the genre too seriously.

85

Memorable and fun adventure game

mahon | July 26, 2013 | Review of Stacking

I had pretty low expectations regarding this game, but after playing it I was hooked. I just loved the way it is stylized to resemble a silent movie, with excellent music and film-like cutscenes. But the best thing is the whole concept of a world inhabited by stacking dolls, just like the Russian ones. Every doll has a special ability, related to its role and appearance. And the dolls actually stack, which means a smaller doll can enter into a one size larger doll, thus gaining control over it. This innovative concept allows you to assume different roles in order to use their skills and receive different reactions from other dolls you will be meeting in your quest, because other dolls react differently to different dolls you will be controlling.

This game plays on your emotions, moving from amusing to touching, and engages you into a long quest for the lost family. And if it is not enough, you're getting an additional adventure in an included expansion, which allows you to spend even more time in the land of stacking dolls.

85

Simpler but not simplistic and still very good

mahon | July 25, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Some say Civilization V is not a good game, but I cannot agree with them. While it's not as complex as Civilization IV, I would call it more "streamlined". There's less micromanaging in this game now and you can focus on your role as the overall leader of the civilization. Of course the game starts to shine even brighter with its expansions, but in my opinion the simplifications introduced in Civilization V actually improved the gaming experience unless you're a hardcore micromanager. Some tasks are now shifted to your assistants and you can concentrate on the greater plan, the big scheme of things. Unfortunately some good concepts from Civ IV are missing (religion to name at least one) but they return in the expansions, which allows you to make the learning curve a bit flatter.

94

Must have for Civ V players

mahon | July 25, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods and Kings

Some people are quite reserved when it comes to expansions to games, but this time we have one that I can hardly imagine playing Civilization V without. Gods and Kings adds so much to the game that it almost makes it a new thing. New civilizations, buildings, new rules for diplomacy, religion, naval warfare and more - so much that it can be called a revolution to Civilization V. This expansion answers most of the requests and complains thrown at Civilization V by Civilization IV fans, by restoring most of the missing features and adding more. And if you have played CivV before, get Gods and Kings and try it again, you may feel like it's a new game - the gameplay is changed and enhanced so much!

90

Almost complete

mahon | July 25, 2013 | Review of Civilization V: Gold Edition

No that the Gold Edition included the Gods and Kings expansion to Civilization V it is a shame not to buy this pack unless you already own it or don't care for strategy games at all. While the base game could be accused of being a bit simplistic after very detailed Civilization IV, now with the expansion it shines as most features which were missing since the switch from Civilization IV to V are restored and improved. There are also many new civilizations featured in the game now, some from Gods and Kings and some from the other DLCs included in the pack. Now you're getting everything except for the Brave New World expansion.

With the expanded rules for diplomacy, religion, naval warfare and more, with new civilizations, buildings and wonders, you have nearly complete collection of Civilization V products, and now it can easily compete with its honorable precedessor.

95

The most detailed incarnation of Civilization so far

mahon | July 25, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® IV Complete Cap

Even after the release of Civilization V, many players remain faithful to the previous game - Civilization IV, claiming that it's the peak version of the game. And if you're a player who wants to micromanage your empire, you won't disagree. It's the most detailed and demanding part of the series so far (although I haven't played the 5th game with its latest expansion Brave New World yet, so I cannot judge it), and with two great expansions in the pack it is enough to keep a fan of strategy detached from reality for months. In this part you oversee every aspect of your empire - from its international relations to every citizen's occupation.

And if it is not enough, you get an additional game - remake of Colonization updated to Civilization IV engine. If you think how many hours of gaming this pack can provide you with, the price is a real bargain.

And the fact that so many players prefer it to the newer Civilization V is a recommendation in itself!

80

Build an empire even on old computer!

mahon | July 25, 2013 | Review of Europa Universalis II

The second Europa Universalis was a big step foward from the previous incarnation of the game. Now it may seem a bit aged, and with easy access to Europa Universalis III and even collection versions including its expansions, you might think there's no use getting Europa Universalis II. But don't be tricked into this untrue assumption.

Europa Universalis II is simpler and thus easier to get into, and it will run well even on old computers, so if you have an old machine and would like to play one of the best grand strategy games, running anything from a little province to a huge empire on its path to word domination, Europa Universalis II may be the choice to go with. And even if your adventure with this great series started with Europa Universalis III, it may be good to check its conceptual parent to see where it came from.

70

Pretty, but who to play with?

mahon | July 25, 2013 | Review of Rooks Keep CAP

Visuals are among this game's biggest assets. It looks simply great and also plays nice, although it would be nothing new for players familiar with the genre. Still playing a visually appealing game is always a nice thing.

The problem with this game was already mentioned in lok0812's review - the game is still very new, so the community of players is very small. Finding real opponents wanting to play a game may be difficult so you may end up playing with bots. If this doesn't discourage you (and some people even prefer this style of gaming) or you want to wait for the community to grow, get the game, as it's a good representative of the arena genre.

If it's on sale - give it a try, even if you don't like fantasy combat games too much.

80

Combat system that stands out

mahon | July 25, 2013 | Review of Legends of Aethereus CAP

I am not really a MMORPG gamer, so maybe Legends of Aethereus was not really meant for me. It is another fantasy MMORPG, but a pretty good one. Will it find its place on the market with so many good and popular alternatives already present?

What makes it stand out is a decent singleplayer campaign. Not only you can play with up to 3 friends in cooperation or against other players, but you can also have good fun without other players, and it's something that some other MMORPGs don't offer. But the most interesting thing is the combat system - it's actually physics based, so things like strength actually matter. They're not abstracted but actually reflected in the game - stronger characters can throw farther but heavier objects don't travel as far as lighter ones. You can easily notice how stronger characters can throw enemies off their feet more easily and - which is very uncommon in games - suffered wounds actually make combatants weaker. Now isn't this combat system alone a reason to try this game and judge if you like it more than the traditional approach? Especially that you get a special arena in the game where you can enjoy combat with other players.

I won't be writing too much about the setting and story to avoid spoilers, but definitely can mention extensive skill trees and large freedom of customization of characters, which may be of interest to those who want to play with others.

85

If Civilization is a game, Europa Universalis is a simulation

mahon | July 25, 2013 | Review of Europa Universalis III Complete DNS

I've been following the Europa Universalis series since the first game, and now the newest one I have is Europa Universalis III. And the whole series can be shortly described by saying that if we compare it to the Civilization series, Civilization feels more like a game (an excellent one) while Europa Universalis feels more serious, like a simulation.

It's always been less flashy as far as graphical aspect goes, scale felt more unified and well chosen, and the gameplay seemed to be more serious - yet still amazingly addictive!

The third game in the series manages to improve what was already excellent. Yes, it got even better! The interface was improved (anybody notices inspiration from the Civilization series?), military aspect became more detailed (you're building up your nation's martial tradition and using it to recruit commanders, troops types are now determined by regions, etc.), government types and spying. It's more than enough to keep you busy for months, even if the new EU4 is getting released soon.

Just bear in mind that there is no focus on personalities, as in Crusader Kings. Here it's more abstract, but it suits the game just perfectly! This pack includes two expansions with two more available separately. And I only mention the bigger expansions, which expand the gameplay and add new options, not just re-skinning DLCs. So bear in mind that you're not buying a complete collection here, but only a product which was complete at the moment of its release and now the name is slightly misleading (which lowers my rating a bit).

90

Yeah, it's what a good DLC pack should be!

mahon | July 24, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 Season Pass

While Borderlands 2 is a great game in itself, it becomes even better with this pack of DLC stuff. It expands the storyline by adding new story DLCs and enhances the gameplay by increasing the maximum level, adding new skills and gear.

I would say it's a must for a Borderlands 2 fan. It's a pity the additional characters - mechromancer and psycho - were not included in this pack, but there's enough content in the base game and this Season Pack to keep you busy enough even without the 5th and 6th characters.

If I was to find a perfect DLC pack, this one must be one of the closest examples. Great value for the price!

90

Better than expected

mahon | July 24, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2

I have never played Borderlands before, so Borderlands was my first exposition to these games. And I was prepared for disappointed. There's been so much talking about the game that I was aware that the hype might have been excessive. And fortunately my worries were not justified!

The game is very bold with everything - great and very unusual graphical style, well defined characters and classes, lots of guns (and I really mean lots!), interesting storyline, and surprisingly long campaign game.

Although the game becomes even better with multiplayer mode (and it can be really brutal fun in this mode), the singleplayer campaign alone makes buying the game a good decision. Especially that if you find the game good enough, you can extend the play time with some of its DLCs (some of which add some quests and expand the storyline).

So if you want some good post apocalyptic style scifi action rpg/shooter with interesting campaign, get Borderlands 2. And if you expect to play some multiplayer games, the choice is even easier. The only doubt I have now is if I should try the first game, Borderlands. Don't want to become disappointed after experiencing the excellent Borderlands 2.

60

No multiplayer?

mahon | July 24, 2013 | Review of Talisman® Prologue Premium Edition

While I have always been a big fan of the Talisman game, having played it countless times with many gaming friends, the thing is that what makes the boardgame shine is its multiplayer, social aspect.

Now what you get here is an accurate (well, even improved and expanded) recreation of the boardgame but it doesn't include... guess what? any multiplayer mode. No multiplayer, no bots, so it's just you and the game.

Not quite what I've been looking for. Just because Talisman has always been a game that shines when played with others (actually not even meant to be played solo), the game misses its mark a bit for me.

It's accurate, it's faithful to the original, it looks and plays well, but without being able to play with others (online multiplayer would be an excellent addition) it's merely slightly over average until the expansion is released.

90

Heavy metal fun!

mahon | July 24, 2013 | Review of Brutal Legend

If you like metal music, you should already have played this game. If you don't - play it and maybe you will get to like this kind of music.

The game is very entertaining with its excellent soundtrack, great voice actors, oh well, not even actors but metal stars (some of whom are even visually recreated as in-game characters), nice graphics and fun story.

It's great to see a story about these oh-so-mean looking guys, obviously showing how much tongue in a cheek approach to themselves and their stage personalities they can have.

Moreover the game is really entertaining and fun to play, so I recommend it to everybody.

80

Ages with dignity

mahon | July 24, 2013 | Review of Uplink

Just because this game doesn't rely on flashy graphics, monumental 3d surround sound and all the state of the art decorations, it remains as good as it was in its youth. It's a hacking game, but not a simulation. It has little in common with real hacking even if it refers to some hacking concepts and makes you perform some actions related to hacking. But it's just a game, a thrilling race with time, as the latter is chasing you all the time. But after you get familiar with the game, you will be surprised how an almost blank screen with just some text and a few icons can keep you excited and unable to quit the game for much longer than you would expect.

If you would like to play a hacker, don't look any further. There are very few alternatives which can compete with this game.

65

Not just another RTS?

mahon | July 24, 2013 | Review of Darwinia

The game is playing tricks with us. It can pretend to be just another RTS, or maybe just another indie game, or maybe a simulation of a virtual world with its inhabitants and their problems? I really didn't quite know what to expect when I started it, but then it turned out to be a very addictive little RTS-lite. Visually it reminds of what people depicted virtual reality or journeys inside computers in the 80s and early 90s. Think Tron and such. Looks a bit retro with simplistic 3D graphics, but actually it adds to the feeling that your darwinians are not humans but just virtual beings or computer programs. Then you get the typical RTS stuff - you produce units, fight enemies, collect resources, complete missions. It's not a very complex game but it makes it even more interesting if you have a few minutes and would like to play some quick strategy game.

70

Haunting

mahon | July 24, 2013 | Review of Dear Esther

Now let's make it straight: it's not a typical game. More of an interactive story, experience, something to immerse in. The story is slow and haunting, it will remain in your memory for a long time, but if you want a game you'd better search experience. It's a visual and storytelling feast, but you don't do much more than wander around on an island. If the experience of beautiful graphics and great narration is enough for you - buy it. It's like a slow and poetic movie.

95

Sims Medieval for big boys

mahon | July 23, 2013 | Review of Crusader Kings II

I used to like strategy games from Paradox. They're much more serious and less 'gamey' than some other grand strategies, including the Civilization series. Now what I really liked about the first Crusader Kings game was that it was a kind of a medieval strategy sandbox. Now you got more of the same: Better, bigger, more!

The game is not the kind of eye candy that RTS or Civilization V fans are used to. It's just a large map, some info boxes and charts. Plus text. Text, text, text and some more text. But it also sets no predefined goals. Yo'u are the master of your game, you set your goals, you decide if you achieved your objective or not.

Then the game is more about the human element than other Europa Universalis style games. It's all about your dynasty, growing it, expanding it and tangling it into a web of connections and relations in the medieval world. About personalities of your characters, about their development. I often laugh that it's like Sims but for more serious players.

There's one thing I hate about this game: it takes ages to load. Of course, it doesn't need to pause to load additional content in game, but the initial loading time doesn't encourage you to a quick 'only a few minutes' gaming session, but then the game was not meant for such. It's a deep immersion game and as such takes time to savour.

Very addictive, very time consuming and very rewarding. Probably not perfect, but additional expansions make it even better!