Reviews by mevidek
Great graphics, immersing gameplay and generally fun!mevidek | Sept. 11, 2011 | Review of Driver San Francisco Deluxe Edition
Brilliant game, with astonishing graphics, a storyline that will make you want to play more and more, and so much incentive to come back over and over again to see all of the features this game to offer. You really need to get this game. Veterans of the series will enjoy the areas of nostalgia (even though now you're on the other side of the law), while more casual players will enjoy the "drift" ability, and more hardcore gamers can collect the various cars and complete all of the levels. This all adds up to make a brilliant game.
Not as good as the original, or Human Revolutionmevidek | Sept. 2, 2011 | Review of Deus Ex: Invisible War [Playfire]
This game is the sequel to the original Deus Ex, and fails to live up to its predecessor. Although not really a bad game, it still falls massively short when compared to Deus Ex, and therefore this game may let down some. With marginally improved graphics, there are virtually no other improvements. However there are things that have been taken away, so this is not a classic. Get this only if you are a die-hard Deus Ex fan.
Terrible spin-off The Sims...mevidek | Sept. 1, 2011 | Review of Virtual Families
Virtual Families is at first glance a simple Simulation Game that allows one to experience the life of various individuals, drawing heavily from The Sims Series. Unfortunately, VF does this awfully, and fails miserably. With very poor graphics, irritating camera and mouse controls and no reason to play when you have vastly superior other Sims on the market; the initiative to play this game is non-existent. I do not recommend this game, and never wish to play it again. That said, if you truly want this, then I'd question your decision but it's your money that you'll be spending.
Somebody steal SMB's Girl? STOP THEM! Great indie game!!!mevidek | Aug. 31, 2011 | Review of Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy is a linear, indie, action/platform game that gives one unlimited lives, and puts them in the bloody quest for vengeance and salvation Super Meat Boy's Girlfriend. SMB is an entertaining, well-made, platformer that raises the bar for not only Indie games, but all games in the industry. Super Meat Boy is intensely satisfying. It's gory. You're a block of meat. Raw meat. And this evil guy stole your girl. What do you do? YOU GET REVENGE!!! Super-mario style graphics may not be top-notch in the present day, but it looks darn-fine. Easy controls and an addictive story makes you keep on coming back for more. YOU NEED TO GET THIS!!!
Good, although not as expansive as one might have expected...mevidek | Aug. 31, 2011 | Review of Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland DNS
Hearts of Iron is the long-running series of Epic Strategy games that put you in the role of a world leading between 1930-45. Offering tons of depth, hours to spend, and lots of replayability the series has been a success. Hearts of Iron III was a welcomed sequel, although the level of frustration and difficulty was pure insanity, and HoI III: FtM is the expansion pack, set to give the player more content, and making the game more accessible. However in the primary objective Paradox succeeds, however in the latter, it falls short. With only a slightly lessened learning-curve, this game is still really hard. This is not for those who like action or fast-paced games, Like oh so many other Paradox games, HoI III is very difficult. For the Motherland is a good expansion for some, however not as expansive as many other DLCs on the market.
Not a simscity as it might seem, but a good transport sim!mevidek | Aug. 30, 2011 | Review of Cities in Motion dns
Cities in Motion is the highly anticipated transport tycoon simulation game, putting the player in the role of a city planner, creating a transit and transport system for the city's residents. While on one level it's a simple build a track there, place some stations and then a train, on another it's a highly detailed game that makes one think of various possibilities and plans. With impressive graphics, easy-to-use controls and a strong sense of replayability, Cities in Motion is a great game!
Brilliant.mevidek | Aug. 29, 2011 | Review of Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood tells the story of the McCall brothers, two outlaws on a mission to find some lost treasure while escape from a mad Confederate Seperatist General, and to kick ass on the way! Strong graphics but slightly clunky movements and controls make the presentation look a bit like a remastered Sergio Leone film, with the worst visual parts unaltered. Taking the playing through North America, Mexico and Central USA, the storyline is great, despite the annoying Confederate General always appearing. A climatic finale with strong characters, deep motives and memorable moments, this game is one to get!
Not a very good DLC.mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2 - Ikko Ikki Clan DLC
Sure it adds a new clan, but not much initiative to play again. Apart from some bonus items and soldiers, there's no point to get this. Not really adding anything else undermines this DLC, when many other DLCs from various games expand on the game massively. Get this if you're a collector. If not, then stay away.
Apart from a better multiplayer and graphics, not too improved.mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Napoleon: Total War
Napoleon: Total War is essentially a stand-alone expansion pack for Empire: Total War. Not expanding in many ways, this game isn't exactly revolutionary, but rather evolutionary. An improved Multiplayer and graphics may attract some, but still even though this is not the best Total War Game, fans of the series and genre should still purchase this for a try.
Another brilliant Total War Gamemevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Medieval II: Total War Gold Edition
Medieval II: Total War is the sequel to Medieval: Total War, and is better in almost every way. As other reviewers have stated, this game is amazing. Epic battles, conquests and campaigns, a really good expansion pack covering various historical periods, and generally lots of reasons to go back and forge a new empire make this another brilliant Total War game. Perhaps not the best, but by far not the worse, Medieval II: Total War is one of the largest games ever made, and one must commend Creative Assembly for making such an amazing game. GET THIS GAME!
Perhaps the best Total War game to date. Including Shogun 2.mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Empire: Total War
Vastly improved graphics than Medieval 2, more depth (even if a little unneeded), new epic, realistic and fun naval battles and more initiative to play over and over again (including a storyline of the War for Independence in USA) make Empire: Total War not only one of the greatest Total War games, not only Strategy game, but one of the Greatest games ever!
Rome: Total War - a Grand Game!mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Rome: Total War Gold Edition
Rome: Total War is undeniably one of the most influential games in not only the strategy genre, but in the entire gaming world. Set around the foundation of the Roman Republic, and ending just after the year 0AD, this game is massive. Arguably the most popular game at the time it was made, it is honestly a joy to replay now. Although not as large as many other Total War games now, Rome: Total War defined the series, and paved the way for future success. With visuals that seemed amazing at the time, Rome: Total War impresses, around 10 years on in the future. My Verdict? GET THIS GAME NOW!!!
Computer-Board game...mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of STORM: Frontline Nation
STORM: Frontline Nation isn't really a very innovative game. It plays it safe, and in many ways draws heavily from board games such as the critically and universally lauded RISK. Rather bland visuals and presentation leave a bad first impression, and the fact that it is so similar to games we've played and loved before, in a bad way, makes it boring. Really boring. I would not recommend this to anybody!
SAS Secure Tomorrowmevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of SAS Secure Tomorrow
SAS Secure Tomorrow puts you in the role of an SAS Operative fighting various terrorist organisations. Not very good graphics, an awful, flawed multiplayer, and glitchy singleplayer make this one a loser. If however, you like these types of games then I would recommend it.
Not my kind of game, but still not bad.mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
This game shows much potential in many ways, and is definitely not a bad game. Unfortunately for me I didn't really like it, although that's just personal opinion. The whole idea of Rainbow Six is about a squad of soldiers fighting terrorists, and this game expands on that. Very nice graphics, settings and quite fun gameplay makes this a good game, although I didn't like it. Would I recommend it? Yes, although I didn't really enjoy it as much as some other games, including its predecessors.
A disgusting game that like the films, sucks.mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Aliens vs Predator Pre
Aliens vs Predator is the game version to the films, a mix between the brilliant Alien series and Predator. While the films were awful (AvP, not A or P), this game is worse. Annoying gameplay mechanics that aren't really the designers' faults (aliens or predators dominate, humans get slaughtered) is the single largest error this game has, apart from being a game remake of a terrible hollywood series. My biaseness aside, the few things this game does do right include very impressive visuals, lighting, brilliant atmosphere that really puts you in the shoes of a human or a.... well the place rather than shoes of an alien or predator, and a slightly repetitive multiplayer. In conclusion, I say do not get this game unless you liked the films.
Don't judge a game by its looksmevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Sniper: Ghost Warrior PRE
Sniper: Ghost Warrior is a stealth action game that puts you in the role of a sniper, dropped into a South American country to stop a corrupt government. With amazing visuals, but terrible, frustrating gameplay, S:GW is honestly one of the biggest disappointments in the gaming industry. Although not boasting to be the next Splinter Cell or Call of Duty, it does try to be it, and fails. Miserably. Awful level design, stupid AI, and despite being realistic, a poorly made ballistic system when compared to Bad Company. This game is not worth the price, so I'd recommend buying this only if you're a hardcore sniping fan.
A hauntingly bugged game.mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of NecroVisioN: Lost Company Cap
This game is truly one of the more darker-toned games out there, with some truly chilling points. NecrovisioN: LC may keep some awake at night, and scare others. However I didn't see any initiative in getting this game once I had, so sold it after completion. No replay-ability, a lack of an interesting or immersive storyline, loads of bugs, and annoying controls (maybe just for me) add up to make this a poor, poor game.
This game will make you jump - awaymevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Hellforces
So Hellforces is a relatively new game with annoying gameplay and poor graphics. As the poster below said, it may give some nightmares. It's dark, violent, and bad. Badly made generally. Give this game a miss and try left 4 dead, dead rising 1+2 or dead island.
Not worth the price tag!mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Trapped Dead
Miss this game out. Really do. Terrible visuals, shoddy controls and gameplay, and no replay-ability - do not buy this for the hefty £18.71. That is of course, you love zombie games and feel the need to buy all of them out there. Either way, I do not advise you to waste your money and memory for such a bad game.
Bulletproof grass?mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Sniper: Art of Victory [Playfire]
The fact that the grass in this game is completely BULLETPROOF, this game isn't half bad. Asides from the shamefully poor graphics, repetitively boring and annoying gameplay, and the lack of a point in playing. Instead of Sniper: The Art of Victory, it should be Sniper: The Art of Failure in the Gaming Industry where an Awful Game Like this Should be Banned! I urge you to miss this game, and get one of the better ones out there!
An ok gamemevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Alpha Protocol
Many games provide countless hours of entertainment for a decent price, but Alpha Protocol fails on these fronts. Poor graphics with pop-in graphics, annoying controls and quite fun gameplay that just becomes a chore. Alpha Protocol is one of those games that is fun for an hour, and then bores to death. If you are a massive espionage gaming fan, or an rpg-lover, perhaps even both then you may want to check this out.
So I picked this up following a few good reviews...mevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Theatre of War 3: Korea [Playfire]
And I was left sorely disappointing. I was told by people that this game has fixed previous errors and annoyances, but I was mistaken. The slow-paced gameplay, poor graphics, uninteresting levels, and lack of variety all add up to make this a massively bad game. I mean REALLY bad game. This game, despite what people say, is bad. I mean REALLY bad. So bad that I don't recommend this to anybody. But that's just me. If you want more reviews, check the net and steam, but I still would not advise you to waste 3.5 gigs on this!
Mehmevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943 + Caen Expansion [Playfire]
I didn't like the first game, and this one is no different. Almost identical gameplay, similar graphics (marginally improved), and easier to handle than the first, Theatre of War 2 is also set in the Second World War, but this time mainly in Kursk and Caen. People who know about history will know that both of these places witnessed massive battles that shaped the future of the war, and let me give you a hint: the allies win! While you may not enjoy the slow pace of certain levels, this game is for those who enjoy more complex strategy games over more action-packed ones. So if you do, then get this!
Ok game, just not for all.mevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Theatre of War DNS
Much like Men of War, Theatre of War is a very hit-and-miss game. Promising highly detailed and realistic strategic gameplay, this game may not appeal to some, but will to others. While games such as Company of Heroes and RUSE may pick up the award for better graphics, more entertaining gameplay and generally more polish, Theatre of War is similar to a cult film. Some dislike it, but those that like it love it. Anyway, if you're interested you should get this, but if not then steer clear, for I will not try to sell you this game!
Not for everybody, but still a good for some. Mediocre to some.mevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Men of War [Playfire]
I didn't really like Men of War, but I'm sure that many others did. Set in Europe and North Africa during the Second World War, MoW is a RTS that takes you through the stories of various soldiers fighting during the period. With ok but not groundbreaking graphics, quite fun gameplay, but a quite steep learning curve MoW is bound to attract some, but not others. Personally I didn't really enjoy the game, but if you have a love for such games, then seriously get this if you really want to.
HOI3 - Reviewmevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Hearts of Iron III DNS
Hearts of Iron 3 is the third game in the long-running franchise that remains to date, to be one of the best grand strategy series to date. Hearts of Iron may not be one for all gamers as it requires time, patience, and is one of the most detailed/complex games ever.
Hearts of Iron 3 doesn't exactly look good. In fact it looks quite bad, but that doesn't really matter. Actually it doesn't matter at all, when you think about it. The game makes up for it in depth, gameplay, options, and story. You can play as almost every single country between 1933/6-45, although certain countries such as Bolivia are significantly more difficult than others such as Nazi Germany, or Communist Russia. As the game tells you in the tutorial, HOI3 does not have any objectives, or doesn't set targets. It is up to you to choose how to play out history, and do what you want. This simple premise works greatly, and is not as easy to do as one would think. HOI3 isn't a game for all. It's always down to the gamer. If you enjoy ridiculously hard games, and don't care about graphics then you should get this, if not then don't. Oh, and make sure you have a LOT of time on your hands!
Total War: Shogun 2 - Reviewmevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2
Total War: Shogun 2 brings the Total War series back to its origins, and simplifies the unnecessarily complex gameplay of Empire and Napoleon. With substantially better graphics and more fun gameplay, Total War: Shogun 2 - despite its fall-backs and annoying name (why turn it around?) - is perhaps the greatest Total War game around, including Rome Total War.
Set in Feudal Japan, TW:S2 is not as large as the other games. Despite now having a more detailed, zoomed-in, 3D map, the game is a lot shorter than its predecessors. The game puts you in the shoes of a Clan leader, attempting to become the next Shogun, and expanding his clan's power and influence. This game is very different to the earlier ones. Also much better graphics than the other games, less units, but a better naval system are all featured in this game.
You NEED to get this!
Ruse - Reviewmevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of R.U.S.E.
Excellent game. Absolutely brilliant. With a campaign lasting hours on end, impressive visuals, and fun but sometimes frustrating gameplay, R.U.S.E is definitely a hit. Whether you like Strategy or not, this game is worth at least a try. Command vast armies, and fight in some of the largest battles both real and fictional, and also lead various different countries' armies into battle. This game is about being the more cool-headed one. Deploying a massive army and attacking head on won't work. One needs to plan out their tactics, hide units, use Ruse Cards, and outwit their enemy. Ultimately a satisfying experience that will have you begging for more, and also making you feel good for being victorious, this game is a need for anybody who like gaming. Period.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - Reviewmevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Assassins Creed Brotherhood
AC:B seemed to me before I got it, a game that moved away from AC's origins, and ignored everything the first to games built up. Oh, how wrong I was. AC:B is a great game, providing better gameplay than any other AC game to date, and paves the path for future AC games, which is good. Very good.
Identical graphics to AC2, AC:B doesn't really expand on this front. However this aside, there is a ton of content to explore, including a story that is 20-50 hours long, with numerous items to collect, cloaks to purchase, Followers of Romulus' hiding spots to discover, and borgia towers to destroy. Not including the puzzles left but Subject 13 across Renaissance Italy.
Improving almost entirely, AC:B is a winner. Introducing a new Assassin recruiting system, this game is much more about personal actions than it advertises. A strong multiplayer that isn't as good as some others, a good storyline and good core gameplay, AC:B is one game you need to get!
Far Cry 2 - Reviewmevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2 is the completely unrelated sequel to the much-loved but also much-hated first game, ditching the boring story, and instead putting you in the position of a bounty hunter sent to an unstable, civil-war hotbed of a country, ridden with malaria and starvation. Veterans of the first game may be disappointed, but overall Far Cry 2 is a great game with brilliant visuals, and interesting campaign, but a rather mediocre multiplayer.
Far Cry 2 is a really good game. Very repetitive in many ways (go there, kill someone/blow something up and respawning enemy outposts), but still providing a satisfying storyline that has you fighting on two sides, while ultimately trying to kill the Jackal (based on Carlos the Jackal), the arms dealer supplying the two armies.
Good graphics, brilliant fire and lots of things to blow up and shoot at, Far Cry 2 hits the right spot, and does everything a good game should. My view: GET THIS GAME!!!
Mount & Blade: Warband - Reviewmevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | Review of Mount & Blade: Warband DNS
Mount & Blade is a long-running medieval sand-box, free-roam style game with loads of possibilities. Promising a satisfying level of depth, and gameplay, Mount & Blade: Warband expands on the already strong series, including multiplayer. No, that was a lie. Well, the latter was correct. M&B:W is an expansion, but is not satisfying. It's one of those games that you'll be looking forward to playing, but once you've played it, you've played it all.
With awful graphics, worse and not as fun gameplay than its predecessors, M&B:W is perhaps the worst game of the series. Carrying on with the usual beginning of the games where you select your kingdom, and upbringing, there isn't much in the way of story that is memorable.
The multiplayer is stale and un-inventive, the options are not as vast as before, and it feels really long to play.
Overall, Mount & Blade: Warband is a boring, poorly-made, not creative, and very, very long game. Verdict: DON'T BUY!
Tropico 3 Reviewmevidek | Aug. 17, 2011 | Review of Tropico 3: Gold Edition DNS
Tropico 3 is a city-building game that puts you in the position of El Presidente, the corrupt dictator of a Caribbean Banana Republic called Tropico. The aim of Tropico 3 is to build a thriving island paradise - or hell - and attempt to help it survive the Cold War. Tropico 3 is a very original game that seems very promising, but does it live up to the hype?
Storyline: Like most city-builders, there is not set storyline. However, in Tropico there slightly is. You play as El Presidente, whose avatar is entirely customised by you. You choose what he wears, his personality traits (both negative and positive to add a layer of realism) and how he rose to power. This gives the player the feeling that they are the leading figure behind an important historical event. Once you start playing, how the story develops is up to you - have you ever wanted to create a thriving communist state, like Cuba? Go for it! Ever wanted to rule an island that sucks up to its biggest neighbour, USA? The level of choice is unmatched by almost any other game, and every playthrough will be different. Just as how the nation was born, you will also see how it will die... Will it be invaded by a foreign country? Will a large revolution overthrow the government? Will the army start a coup? Or will Tropico live on into the 21st Century? The choice is yours.
Graphics and Presentation: Tropico 3 hosts some very very impressive graphics. Lots of times you will want to watch the sun set off in the distance, or gaze at the ocean as waves gently reach the beautifully yellow beaches. When monsoon season arrives, large thunderstorms will hit your island, and vision will be greatly decreased. Trees will sway in the wind, and turtles, snakes and birds will travel around the island. The people also look fairly realistic, unlike other city building games such as Cities XL 2011. The level of detail on street level is also very impressive, and the old 1950s cars (hinting at Cuba) give the feeling that it is believable.
The HUD isn't too obstructive either, just a small minimap in the bottom left hand corner, with some options is all that is to be seen when not selecting a building. When you want to build, examine the islands citizens or issue edicts, a small bar pops up from the bottom just be clicking the right mouse button. When looking at a certain citizen, one can look at their thoughts, house, job, factions that they support (Communists, Intellectuals, Militarists, farmers, loyalists, and many, many others). The sound design and voices are also really impressive, with lots different Spanish-sounding voices.
The atmosphere is also made more realistic by the bright, cheerful latin music played in the background. It is played on a radio station, hosted by Juanito, a DJ that constantly sucks up to El Presidente. His comedic statements are very funny, at first. After a few playthroughs, you will get more and more fed up with him. Luckily, a "shoot Juanito" edict is available from the edict menu. Unfortunately there is another DJ, Betty Boom. She is a revolutionary leader that frequently condemns anything you do, even if it greatly improves the island. She however, is not funny, and unlike Juanito, cannot be shot.
Design: Tropico 3 was developed by Haemimont Games, and published by Kalypso Media. It is obvious straight away that they put a lot of effort into making the game live up to the hype. Almost everything you could imagine from a banana republic is there, from printing money to inviting the Pope, and enforcing martial law to allowing superpowers to test nuclear weapons a couple of kilometres away from Tropico. The level of depth in this city builder is unmatched by many other games, and you will want to keep on coming back for more.
Gameplay: Tropico 3 is a very fun game to play. Ever wanted to rule on an island paradise? Well Tropico 3 goes a little further. Ever wanted to rule on an island paradise as a dictator, and attempt to survive the cold war? Tropico 3 maintains realism, and historical accuracy (Juanito often announces large events from around the world, like the Cuban Missile Crisis), and still being fun. From maintaining good relations with the west and the east, to attracting tourists and keeping different social groups and classes happy; you have total control over what happens in Tropico. While Tropico 3 is a city-builder, it could also be seen as a city-maintainer (if that even exists). The aim is to create a stable, happy and productive island dictatorship. In order to do this, you have a number of tools at your disposal. You can build houses for the people, or let them rot in shacks; you can attempt to provide food for your nation, or you can steal it all and make the UN give out aid; you can create a very good healthcare, or you can let them rely on centuries-old remedies. The choice is all yours. I could go on forever, however what you need to know is that this is a VERY good game. Although the game is very enjoyable, there are some rather annoying things. For example Juanito, the slow time progression, the lazy builders, and how easy it is to go bankrupt.
Summary :Tropico 3 is a very good game, but unfortunately let down by some small faults. Nonetheless, it provides a very enjoyable experience for those who like History, city-building or just like having fun.
Bottom Line: Tropico 3 is a great game for both veterans and newbies of the city-building genre, and if you have even the slightest interest in history, this is the game for you!
Just Cause 2mevidek | Aug. 17, 2011 | Review of Just Cause 2
Well what can I say? Just Cause 2 is exactly what the trailers suggest - an action-packed thrill ride full of mayhem, explosions, vehicles, and stunning visuals. Panau is a country ruled by the Corrupt Baby Panay, a dictator said to have killed his own father to gain power. With 4 distinctive areas (snowy mountains, large deserts, tropical jungles and small islands), filled with hundreds of settlements, fortresses, and airports, the setting is really huge. Even in a super-sonic jet it will take around an hour to travel the distance of the map!
Overall, Just Cause 2 is a great game, with annoying characters, a beautifully-designed island and a fantastical story.
In conclusion - get this game!