Reviews by mike12724

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Rockets, Fists, and Aliens, oh my!

mike12724 | Sept. 2, 2013 | Review of Crysis 2: Maximum Edition (NA)

Story: The story is interesting enough. This game is built around kicking ass and taking names, so the story isn't an A-rank melodrama, but it does set an interesting backdrop to the action. Nothing to complain about here. 7/10 Visuals: The game is gorgeous. Watch a YouTube video. 'nuff said. But seriously, explosions look cool, the aliens look great, foliage is nice, even the smoke from the aforementioned explosions looks fantastic. Other than some blocky textures (bushes, I'm looking at you), it's perfect. 9/10 Gameplay: Here's where the game shines. The guns are fairly standard until lategame: assault rifles, LMGs, rocket launchers, etc litter the environment. Where the game stands out, is in the use of the suit. Balls-to-the-wall, or never-saw-you-coming, or anything in between. The suit caters to your playstyle (which I'm pretty sure I accidentally stole from the game description, but it's an apt description). I had a lot of fun mixing and matching abilities to take out all of the enemies. 9/10 Overall: Very fun game to play. Almost no complaints. Don't play for the story, play for the BOOOM!

80

Great Game, but beware sharp curves

mike12724 | Sept. 2, 2013 | Review of Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box (NA)

Having never played a racing game before, I didn't know what to expect. What I got was a lot of fun, marred by some weird difficulty curves.

Gameplay was great for the first 8-10 hours. Completing all the different events kept the game fresh and interesting, and chasing down free-roaming cars to destroy and collect them was nerve-wreckingly awesome. Also, the cars got progressively sexier as I went along, which was cool. It always kept me on my toes, as I wondered which car I would unlock next.

However, after getting an A-rank license, the events got MUCH harder, for no particular reason. More traffic and more agressive AI made the game significantly harder without any warning. Before, where I could complete an event without crashing once, I crashed 2-3 times at least. But perhaps this is just a lack of skill on my part, rather than the game's difficulty curve.

All-in-all, it's a fun game to pick up and play, but may leave you frustrated after a few hours. The nice thing is, you can always put it down, and pick it right back up the next day.