Reviews by myromance123
Pretty amazingmyromance123 | Dec. 1, 2013 | Review of Crash Time 2
Right off the bat, while Crash Time 2 doesn't have the best visuals, it still looks absolutely stunning maxed out at 1080p. More importantly, is the driving controls. Very well done, and feels natural (keyboard and also 360 controller).
One thing that does reduce the score for me, is that I have no clue what the story is about. You start off with two characters who apparently have some past agenda (it seems to be a story that's native to the developer's country of origin). Not knowing the story does not hinder gameplay, but it does remove from the immersion of the game.
Looking for a sim driving game? This is NOT it. Looking for a good, semi-arcade-ish driving game with interesting gameplay goals? This IS it!
Note to Linux users, Crash Time 2 works great with Wine and CrossOver ( I tested this in CrossOver 12.5, but it should also function in CrossOver 13). Plays beautifully in Ubuntu 13.04. All around, a must purchase simply for the fun it can provide.
You NEED to get this game!myromance123 | Aug. 24, 2013 | Review of Saints Row IV DEEP
I played Saints Row The Third two times over. Loved it. I was initially worried they wouldn't be able to be as creative with a follow up, which is Saints Row IV.
They proved me wrong! This game is amazingly good fun. Being able to create blackholes that eat everything in its vicinity is a new feeling to me.
More importantly though, is the super powers you gain in the game. Never have I felt a better implementation of super powers, where it lets you play seamlessly as a wannabe hero. Jumping buildings, and running around like a mad man is so much fun! Yet it doesn't make you feel overly powered. You are still bound by rules and stamina. It is well balanced.
Storyline wise, it's the wackiest yet most interesting thing about the game. Every movie scene that pops up, I honestly feel the need to watch it. Saints Row IV could be made a movie, and I'd watch it. You'll definitely find moments where you laugh out loud, or just simply go "Wtf!".
This game will entertain you for weeks to come! Especially with the upcoming DLCs that they possibly have planned.
On a last note though, sadly this game is not playable on Linux with CrossOver due to it's DirectX11 nature. I hope Deep Silver and Volition may offer a future Linux port or support, but for now every Linux gamer and myself will only be able to play this in Windows or on a console.
The Hero that Lego deservesmyromance123 | June 10, 2013 | Review of LEGO Batman: The Videogame
For how old Lego Batman is, it still stands as a worthwhile purchase!
It's very well thought out in terms of gameplay mechanics. After finishing any mission, you can choose to go back to the batcave and prepare yourself for the next mission or even just go back to previous map in freeplay mode.
The storyline is presented in a very interesting manner. No voices, it's all action and movements. Truly suitable for all ages, even if you're in your 20s-30s or older. For the OCD in all of us, there are loads of collectibles and unlockables (some of which really boost gameplay). The fact that you can play as any single hero/villain/goon in this game is amazing.
The biggest downside to this game is that it is a console game that was ported to the PC. This means options to handle the graphics are practically non-existent. You can choose a resolution and a graphics level (low-norm-high), and that is it. Steam achievements do not exist for Lego Batman either.
The saddest part though is that it only has Local Co-op. You cannot play this online with friends. Only playable with friends who are playing with you on the same computer. This is probably the only thing that prevents me from giving this game a 100% score!
Lastly, this game works great in Wine/CrossOver! That means if you're a Linux gamer, or Mac gamer, this fine gem will run just nicely. When this game goes on sale on GmG and you don't buy it you're missing out.
Great fun, but very straightforwardmyromance123 | June 6, 2013 | Review of DiRT Showdown
I pretty much love all the racing games that Codemasters puts out. This is because they know how to implement good racing AI, well designed tracks, and properly adjusted car controls.
Dirt Showdown has all of that, which makes it awesome! Yet, at the same time it's lacking something. When you start out the game, you can choose a racing agenda (usually start out with the Pro). From then on, it's pretty much just clicking the next race and continuing on. There isn't a great depth of car customisation, and the choices are rather limited.
Fret not though, the racing modes are well worth the purchase. Having the head-to-head one-to-one drift races making donuts is serious fun. The best racing mode has to be however, for me at least, Knock Out.
Imagine sumo wrestling. Now imagine the ring being elevated. Now imagine that the sumos are actually cars. Catch my drift? You get to bash other cars and get rewarded for it, and really fight to stay in the ring while pushing others off. This is probably the most fun amongst all the racing modes.
From the graphical aspect, the game looks stunning. From the controls side of things, it's been well set. The gameplay mechanics won't hinder your fun, but at the same time they won't fully satisfy your hunger for some serious racing.
Should you get this game? Heck yes, even more so when it goes on sale in GmG (it'd be a waste not to buy it then). Will this be your game of the year? No, it won't. It's good fun, but as others have said it is very arcade-like.
On a last note, sadly Dirt Showdown doesn't work in Wine or CrossOver yet. This means Linux and Mac users won't be able to play this for quite a while (if ever).
This is my Game of The Yearmyromance123 | June 4, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider
I was never much for adventure games, and I've been playing the Tomb Raider Lara Croft series since the 90's. This is the first Tomb Raider that I have finished and enjoyed so much, that it revived the gamer in me.
I've never experienced a prequel as good as this. If you're someone who likes to game simply for the story, this Tomb Raider has that for you. It has mysteries that need to be unraveled that actually matter to the gamer. It has really unexpected plot twists, and an ending that will leave you satisfied.
In terms of gameplay mechanics, the guys who developed this really thought things through. As you progress, you are able to level up your survival skills and even upgrade your weapons. Not one upgrade is unusable or not needed. Everything you'll find a place, a time, and a purpose for. The mechanics actually complement the storyline, and have a very good learning curve. It's not too easy, yet not too difficult.
19 hours of gameplay just on the singleplayer, and I'm left feeling satisfied and wanting a continuation. I haven't felt like this since Mass Effect 2 and Batman Arkham Asylum.
Not to mention, it runs beautifully in Wine for Linux and Mac gamers (albeit you'll miss out on the DirectX11 features and TressFX for the hair). I got this off GreenManGaming with a huge discount, and I actually feel I should have paid full price for the game. That's how good it is. This game really has something for everyone.
Absolutely wonderful game for the pricemyromance123 | May 14, 2013 | Review of Nail'd PRE
Nail'd works beautifully in Ubuntu 13.04 using Wine 1.5.30. What really impresses me is that this game focuses on the fun factor. The controls are fluid (just using my keyboard), and the animations are neat. For the price, the graphics and gameplay are unbeatable for this genre. I honestly have to give this game 100% since it's a steal for it's price! Even more so when it's on sale. You like racing games? This is a must get then.