Reviews by mw3321

75

It's a bit of a ruse itself.

mw3321 | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of R.U.S.E.

This review focuses on the single player campaign. RUSE is a fairly straightforward RTS. There's base building, resource gathering, and unit upgrading. What's supposed to make the game stand out are the various ruses you can employ. However, they simply boil down to special abilities that you can activate during a battle. Examples include speeding up units, revealing enemy units, deployment of decoy units or buildings, and so on. They succeed in making the game more varied but ultimately feel a bit forced and not relevant enough to actually name the game after them. In fact, most of the campaign missions can be completed without ever using any of the ruses. This also illustrates how dreadfully simple and easy the missions are. Only at about 3/4 in, the game starts to pick up and present some challenges. This is when RUSE actually shows its potential. The decent counter system ensures all units are useful, the resource system forces map control and punishes turtling, and quick adaption and tactics become more important. The mission design is fairly varied, but really nothing beyond your typical RTS stereotypes. Nobody cares about the story in RTS, so I'm not even going into that. Not that there'd be anything to write about. Considering there aren't many new RTS games coming out anymore, RUSE is a very decent deal. Just play it on hard to spice things up a bit.

85

The pinnacle of the series

mw3321 | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition

AC2 discards everything tedious, boring and annoying about the first game and instead improves massively upon the good things. Assassinations, upgrades, and gorgeous cities everywhere - it's just wonderful. This is the first game in ages I got 100 % in while actually enjoying it. The story's also engaging, even though it's your typical conspiracy drivel and the moral ambiguity of the first AC is largely gone (really the only part that I missed). To conclude: play it. You won't regret it for a single second if you like yourself some of that assassin business.