Reviews by nibblemonkey
Good Stealth Gamenibblemonkey | July 23, 2012 | Review of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
One of the main points of this game is that in most parts of the game you have a choice as to how you want to handle a situation in the game which is mainly if you use Stealth to get through or if you run in and try to kill all the enemies before they kill you. This is also added to as in some areas parts of the environment can be shot down to either create a distraction or to knock out enemies, an early example of this is there is a large light hanging on a roof of a building, if you shoot at the wire holding it up it falls down and knocks out 2 enemies that are underneath making it easier for you to get through but at the same time this alerts the enemies to your presence so can be a downside too. Overall this game is very good and while it changes the Splinter Cell style of game a bit it is still a fun game to play.
Really Nice Gamernibblemonkey | July 23, 2012 | Review of Darksiders
Darksiders is an Action Adventure game where you play as War, who is one of 4 legendary horsemen, who is trying to regain his power and defeat the destroyer. This game overall feels very much like The Legend of Zelda, which is a good thing, as the dungeons challenge you with various puzzles as well as new items as you journey through. This creates a fun experience, this is helped by the controls that are easy to learn and aren't complicated. One small downside is that the game doesn't give you much of a range of graphics options, you can really only set the resolution, but this isn't a big problem as it doesn't stop you from enjoying the game as it is only a small downside. Overall this is a very enjoyable Action Adventure game that is fun to play as well as having an interesting story.
Shoot Many Robots Reviewnibblemonkey | June 24, 2012 | Review of Shoot Many Robots
Shoot Many Robots is a side scrolling shooter where you have to defeat robots and then move on through the level, the game features 4 player co-op meaning you can play with your friends (Which makes the game more fun to play) but without this the game is fun and enjoyable. The games controls are simple to understand with the standard controls (W,A,S,D) to move and shooting is done my aiming with the mouse and them clicking to fire. The game also features a level of character customisation too by using bolts collected as you play you can buy new clothes and weapons for your character, the clothes that you can buy modify stats of your character meaning that you can customise the gameplay to how you want to play the game.
Crysis 2 Reviewnibblemonkey | June 24, 2012 | Review of Crysis 2: Maximum Edition (EU)
This is the squeal to the first Crysis game and continues on the story of the fight between the alien race (Ceph) and a human organisation (Cell) who are trying to stop you, you play as Alcatraz who is a soldier who is put into a nano suit by Prophet (Who is a significant character from Crysis 1) but the story isn't too important to this game (Although it does have an interesting ending). This game is set apart from other FPS games by the extra functions the Nano Suit allows, you can either switch between normal mode, Stealth Mode (Which makes you invisible to enemies) and Armour mode (Which gives you more protection against bullets while making you a bit slower). These abilities rely on your suit energy level which goes down by using the modes (As well as sprinting) but it regenerates slowly by itself so all you need to do is stop for a moment and it will recharge. The game also has suit and weapon upgrades that can be applied/removed any time while you play the game so you can customise your stuff so that it suits how you want to play. This version of the game comes with both map packs that were released giving an extra 9 maps for the multiplayer mode of the game while the multiplayer of this game wasn't the best it was still fun meaning the extra maps will add more play time to the game. Overall this game continues what made the first game great by giving more of it and improving elements of it.
Interesting Mix of Genresnibblemonkey | June 24, 2012 | Review of Sanctum
Sanctum is an interested mix of Tower Defence and First Person Shooter, the whole game takes place from a first person perspective and you put down towers to defeat the enemies before they get to the goal and when you start you can directly fight the enemies in case your defences aren't enough to stop them. All of the game controls well making each thing easy to do and the rounds are well made so that you won't get bored of playing. Overall this is an unusual mix of two genres but it works well making a good game
Quantum Conundrumnibblemonkey | June 24, 2012 | Review of Quantum Conundrum: Season Pass
Quantum Conundrum is a puzzle game where you have to shift between 4 different dimensions to solve various puzzles (With a little bit of platforming too) from a first person perspective. The game has simple controls the are easier to understand, the four dimensions you can swap between are swapped through using Q,E,1 and 3 and as these are put right next to the buttons to move (W,A,S,D) this is easy to learn to do. The puzzles in the game start of simple (Such as having to make everything lighter and then go back once you have placed a safe on a button) but end up more challenging (Such as having to throw something and then slow down time so that you can ride it over a gap) where some platforming elements come into play. One of the main annoying elements of this game are in the graphics settings as the in game menus only allow you to change the resolution, for anything else you have to go digging through files until you find the config file so that you can change the settings. This was mainly a problem for me as my system couldn't cope with the default settings so I had to manually change them. This version comes with the two DLC (That haven't been released yet) so that you can get more from the game Apart from the graphics settings issue this is a really good puzzle game with interesting puzzles that will keep you entertained for a while.
Reviewnibblemonkey | June 24, 2012 | Review of The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff
This DLC adds various Ikea themed items to the game such as new beds and tables that can be used to decorate your Sims house and doesn't add anything apart from that. I don't really think the Stuff Pack is worth buying as they just don't add much to the game as well as that a lot of these things are available in player made mods for the game. Generally if you are really into Sims games and want to own everything then you should buy it but if your more of a casual player of the game then it isn't really worth buying.
Unusual Concept but Fun to Playnibblemonkey | May 21, 2012 | Review of Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes is a spin off of the Might and Magic series and is a really interesting game, at first it looks confusing and will only make sense straight away if you go through the tutorial (Which I skipped so I didn't get what I was doing) but once you work out how the various units work it is an enjoyable game that requires you to keep thinking about what you're going to do in your next turn. Overall the game is presented really nice way; the graphics are nice and colourful, the story is fairly interesting (Not the best but still interesting) and the game does a good job at splitting up the game (By giving your variations of the game do do such as a puzzle version where you have to complete a game in a set amount of moves with the units given). This is a good game with multiple features to keep you playing.
One of the Best Old Games That Existsnibblemonkey | May 17, 2012 | Review of Rayman 2
Rayman 2 is probably the best game of the entire Rayman Series and there is very little in it that can be flawed; the story is good, the controls work, the worlds and unique and is fun to play. The main dissapointment with this version of the game, while not a deal breaking one, is that it lacks the voice acting that is in some of the versions of the game, like the PS1 version, which is noticeable but doesn't stop this from being a good game. Digital Download is also the best place to get this game as the disc versions of the game aren't compatible with 64-bit OSes due to the DRM on the disc but the download version available here doesn't have these problems making it a good way to get a hold of a really good game
Mass Effect 2 Reviewnibblemonkey | May 17, 2012 | Review of Mass Effect 2: Digital Deluxe
Mass Effect 2 is the Sequel to Mess Effect as is better than it by making improvements in very area if the game. One of the main differences is that the weapons in the game now use ammo rather than have a cooldown like they did in Mass Effect 1, at first this seems like a bad thing but as you play through the game you get used to it it will be better than Cooldown as it makes more sense. A lot of the customisation has been removed from the game but this is also a good thing as Mass Effect 1 had the problem of there being too much to change but everything is a lot simpler in Mass Effect 2. Overall Mass Effect 2 gives more of what made the original such a good game while changing small bits to make it better than the original.
Kingdoms of Amalur Reviewnibblemonkey | May 17, 2012 | Review of Kingdoms of Amalur - Reckoning
Kingdoms of Amalur is an RPG game made by 38 Studios which sees you play as a character who has been brought back to the dead. The unique thing in Kingdoms of Amalur is Fateshifting, as you defeat enemies you fate meter slowly gets filled and when it is full you can activate Reckoner mode. If this mode your attacks deal a lot more damage and allow you to finish them off with a special finishing move. The controls for the game are nicely suited for the PC with the mouse used for attacking and moving the camera, WASD to move and your magic abilities are swapped through using the numbers which overall these controls work well and make the game easy to play. The story in the game though seems a bit un-noticeable though as for most of the game I wasn't really too sure what was happening in the story although the quest objectives are clearly marked out so this isn't much of a problem. Overall though the game is defiantly worth playing as while the story is a big weak it is still there and you can pay attention to it still as well as the rest of the game being well done and fun to play, the game will last a long time as there is a huge amount of quests scattered through the world.
An Amazing Sequel to Arkham Asylumnibblemonkey | May 17, 2012 | Review of Batman: Arkham City
Arkham City improves on every part of Arkham Asylum and considering that everything in Arkham Asylum was amazing it means that it there is nothing to fault about this game. The controls are good, the gameplay is good, the sound is good and the story within in the game is good and leaves hints about where the series is going. One of my favorite things in this game, that couldn't be done in Arkham Asylum, is that up can continuously grapple boost onto a building and glide off of it, after you learn how to do this you can string them together and glide across the whole of Arkham City without touching the ground.
Good Way to get into the Seriesnibblemonkey | May 16, 2012 | Review of The Sims 2: Double Deluxe
The Sims 2 Double Deluxe contains the base game, the Nightlife Expansion Pack and the The Celebration Stuff Pack which makes a nice bundle to have to get started with the Sims 2 and a good introduction to the series. The expansion pack included is one of the most popular ones that exist and has plenty of content to keep you entertained. The Sims 2 game itself is a life sim game where you create a sim and get to control their life, you go through the process of looking after your sim from birth til death. All of this is done through a tidy user interface that works well and is easy to understand, the general gameplay mechanics of the game are also easy to understand. The game tells you how to play and at the same time leaves you with a lot of stuff to work out for yourself so it keeps you busy for a long time. Overall this is a one of the best ways to enter the sims series and you'll have a lot of content to play with and I recommend that you get this if you want to try The Sims
The start of one of the best series that has been madenibblemonkey | May 16, 2012 | Review of Mass Effect
Mass Effect is the start of the Mass Effect Trilogy and starts off the series in a great way, while there are a few bad points the whole experience of the game makes up for it. I'll start with the bad points, the main issues I had with this game was with getting the game to start without crashing after a few minutes of gameplay which was caused by a mixture on the game having problems recognizing 4GB of RAM and issues with my Graphics Driver. After I had fixed these problems though the game was a very enjoyable experience, the controls are very nice to use (As well as modified for the PC version of the game) and the story of the game is easy to follow and enjoyable. One of the unique things to the Mass Effect series, and other games made by Bioware, is the Morality system that is part of the entire story. At certain points of the game you're given of option of say a good (Paragon) or bad (Renegade) response to a conversation, these decisions could have an effect at that moment or may change the events of later on in the game or some decisions will have an effect in Mass Effect 2 or 3 (As your save can be imported). This really does make the game stand from others as no other game offers this type of system. The game combat is also fluid as you switch from conversations and battle simply and smoothly, the menus are also fluid to navigate and it is easy to get where you want to in the menu. Overall Mass Effect is one of the best games that has been ever made and is a good way to get into the series if you have never played any of the series
A nice expansion to the Sims 2 Expiereiencenibblemonkey | May 16, 2012 | Review of The Sims 2: Bon Voyage
The Bon Voyage expansion adds various new things to the Sims 2 game, the main thing that I brought this for was the new Sim type that is available through this which was Big Foot (He's a special Sim that can be part of a household but can't have a family). As well as this there are various new areas that are made available (Such as the Beach). The main thing that becomes available is the option to send Sims on holiday which is an interesting feature but doesn't tend to add much to the experience as a whole. Overall this is a good expansion for the game but it isn't the best of the expansions that are available, if you're into collecting the Sims games though this is worth buying as there is enough new features to make the purchase worthwhile.
Amazing Storytelling and Unique Gameplaynibblemonkey | May 14, 2012 | Review of Alan Wake: Collector's Edition
There are two main things that make this game different to many other games, the main one being the heavy story that is told throughout the whole game through narration by Alan, the main character that you play as, and through Manuscript pages (Found around the chapters) that give extra detail to events that happen in the game. Together these elements create a heavy sense of mystery and keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen next. The gameplay is also a unique part of the game, to battle off the enemies you fist have to shine your torch at them to burn away the darkness that protects them and then you have to shoot them until they are defeated. You can also gain items, such as flares and flashbangs, that make taking on big groups on enemies a lot easier as well as being a way to escape situations where you may become trapped in a corner. The extra collectors edition features make this edition worth buying then the standard edition. One of the main things that will become available is Developer Commentary during the game, when it is time for one of these a small box appears in one of the corners and shows a video of one of the developers talking about something that has just happened in the game. The sound track is also good and contains all the created music for the game and all the only music that is missing is the licensed songs which I didn't expect to see anyway. The Alan Wake Files book also adds more information around the events in the game which can't be found in the main game. Overall this is a worthwhile purchase and the extras from the Collector's edition are worth the extra money.
A difficult but amazing gamenibblemonkey | May 14, 2012 | Review of Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy may be one of the hardest games that I have ever played, the first few levels introduce you to the game and don't take that much skill to complete but the later levels will have constantly restarting as you continuously die (Normally at one specific bit of the level) and not notice how many times you did fail at the level until it shows you all your attempts at once after you finish. There is also little bits of story in the game, there isn't much story to the game as it isn't the focus of the game but what is there is amusing and well animated. Overall Super Meat Boy is an tough Platformer game that is difficult but you will always want to keep trying over and over until you manage to finish the level.