Reviews by nele25

95

Best Total War game yet.

nele25 | Oct. 18, 2011 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2

After playing all of the Total War games, I could easily crown this the reigning champion.

Its easy to admire the wonderful graphics and solid UI, but where it shines is in its subtle aspects (Historical accuracy, the way agents and armies/towns synergies, etc).

There is a completeness to the gameplay that is hard to capture and present to an audience. Overall, Shogun is best at what it does. So do yourself a favor and get this one.

65

Nothing new for the MMO genre.

nele25 | Oct. 18, 2011 | Review of Rift

Pretty alright game, but does nothing new for the genre. This would probably be a great game for those new to MMORPG's, but for veterans (and those who already played WoW) it brings nothing new.

What it does do is take some good elements from other MMO's and incorporated them. Takes UI and Control from WoW.

Rifts are similar to Warhammer online public quests. The multiple class/soul trees are in Guild Wars. It still needs to be seen how the devs will support the game content and patch wise. As that is what makes or breaks the MMO game, but so far it looks promising.

So, if you are new to MMO or didn't play WOW, try this one out (there is 7 day trail). Otherwise, wait for Guild Wars 2 or Terra Online.

90

A breath of fresh air in CRPG genre.

nele25 | Oct. 18, 2011 | Review of The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition

An excellent game, and one of the best RPG experiences I've played since PS:Torment.

Great graphics, with good story to hold you in. If you were deeply disappointed with DA2, you won't be disappointed by this.

Combat does have a bit of a learning curve. You won't get away with simple hacking and slashing, as such more tactical approach and thinking ahead is needed.

A living world where your choices do make differences. You can import your saves from the first Witcher game, which would affect how NPC react to you (and who are alive).

Highly recommended game to any CRPG fans, CD Project knows how to treat their PC gaming fans right and deliver splendid gaming experience. I wish there were more games like this.

60

A missed opportunity

nele25 | Oct. 18, 2011 | Review of Dead Island

I was pretty disappointed with this game to be honest. I was rather exited when it came out, but it fell so short of what I expected.

There are a lot of major bugs in the game and even more weird choices on side of developers. The gameplay gets somewhat stale quite fast, going from open world to incredibly restrictive areas. Not to mention, for a PC game it has VERY console like interface. You cant hotkey your weapons, but must use 'quick inventory' dial pad style, to change said weapons. As well as clunky menu scrolling and navigation. As well as numerous CO OP bugs.

The main redeeming factors are the variety in weapons available and the satisfaction of melee combat. If you enjoyed the style of game-play Borderlands had you'll probably enjoy this a lot more than I did.

83

A worthy sequel

nele25 | Sept. 6, 2011 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

A fan of the old Deus Ex may ask if Deus Ex: Human Revolution holds up to it's predecessor's fame? And the most brief answer is, Yes! Why? Let's explore.

When one thinks of Deus Ex game, one thinks of none-linear solutions to the current objective, of multiply style's of game-play and weapons/tools to accompany. And DE:HR has them all. Each objective can be completed as you wish. Gun everyone down with your combat rifle? Snipe your enemies from afar? Sneak up and knock them out? Or bypass them entirely? Hack turrets to use against them? All that is possible and more. To help you through your choice of play-style are numerous augmentations that you can upgrade. Unlike in the previous games, there are no skills, nor do you have to go out of your way to find specific augments. They all have been combined into neatly trimmed augment system that you 'buy' with praxis points (which you earn by getting experience or buy/find them in the world) Yes, there are less of augment's now than before. But I personally feel that most of what was left out, wasn't needed in the first place (swimming?). The most important part, of course is exploration, and this game rewards you for it! You can hack into people's computers to read numerous emails. Telling your more about the characters and events that you would have otherwise missed by simply rushing through. As well as looking through every nook and cranny for various items/credits. You can spend hours doing this!

Story wise I would not like to spoil, as it worth experiencing it for your self.

This game isn't without it's flaws. As some aspects are more rewarded than others. Example: Non-lethal approach to any situation (non-lethal take-down) is worth more experience, than simply shooting someone in the head. Or even been completely silent gives you bonus exp. This unfortunately encourages sneaky play-through, as any other way is suboptimal for development of your character. Another thing that is kinda irksome is the battery. As takedowns use up battery power, forcing you to eat/drink after a while, leading to frustrating situation where you find yourself in the middle of a enemies without energy.

Still. Even with it's few flaws the game delivers Deus Ex gaming experience that fans of the genre have been waiting for years. Prepare to spend hours with this game!