Reviews by oginer
Awful deadzone makes it unplayable on a joypadoginer | Feb. 11, 2013 | Review of SSV8NC Superstar V8 Next Challenge
It's a shame because the game is nice. It has decent graphics, decent physics, and the AI is quite neat. It's a nice sim, but it has a very big deadzone making it unplayable (at least with a joypad, the problem may not be there with a wheel).
Note that, despite the store saying the game is only in English, it's actually multi5 (English, German, French, Italian and Spanish).
Great puzzle gameoginer | Jan. 14, 2013 | Review of Hamilton's Great Adventure DNS
This game is fantastic. It looks great and it plays great. There's a good difficulty curve, something very important in puzzle games. The presentation is very good and polished, you can see the developers put a great effort in this game.
The mechanics are quite simple and straightforward, but the variety of levels is outstanding, with a high amount of levels. As you progress more and more level mechanics appear, like tiles that collapse the 1st or 2nd time you cross then, tiles that make you jump, water that pulls you and many more.
All in all, one of the best puzzle games I've played.
Very good sequeloginer | Dec. 28, 2012 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year
If Arkham Asylum was an awesome game, this one is even better. The combat got some improvements, the city is quite bigger than what the asylum island was, and much more detailed. The game is also less linear. If you liked the first one you'll love this.
The only drawback is that you need a really powerful card to run it in DX11 mode, although the difference with DX9 is not that big, it has some nice graphic additions.
Highly recommended, a very good example of how a sequel must be done.
Can get repetitive.oginer | Dec. 23, 2012 | Review of Devil May Cry 4
This game is quite a good hack 'n slash game, with a fluent and solid battle system, nice graphics, very good level design and good music. But it can get repetitive, smashing buttons again and again. There's some puzzles, but they're generally quite easy, and not many of them.
Although it's possible to play with keyboard and mouse. a joypad is much better and highly recommended.
Nice experience, long game, good visuals, a good purchase. The PC port is OK.
Very addictiveoginer | Dec. 23, 2012 | Review of A Game of Dwarves
I found myself playing for hours the first day I got it, unable to stop. I haven't experienced that in a game in a lot of time.
The idea is very interesting, it reminds me of Dwarf Fortress, although more simplified. You basically have to mine and build stuff to progress through each level (each level can take several hours to complete).
Dwarves AI is sometimes not the best, but it's tolerable, nothing game breaking, and enemies can cheat by teleporting, those would be the 2 worst things of the game.
Overall a very fun game, highly recommended.
Nice mix of puzzle and RPGoginer | Dec. 11, 2012 | Review of Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes
This game is very enjoyable and addictive. The battle system is just great, the base of it is a 3-in-a-row type of puzzle but when you combine get 3 units in a row, they don't disappear, instead they start an attack against the opponent or form a barrier to protect yourself. There are also special units, that are bigger and do more powerful attacks. All in all a very interesting idea.
It may look confusing at the beginning, I highly recommend to play the tutorial.
Then the world map is similar to other games of this kind, like Puzzle Quest, where you basically move your character between fixed points through the map (looks kind of like a board game).
Very different than the first oneoginer | Dec. 11, 2012 | Review of Crysis 2: Maximum Edition (EU)
Crysis 2 is a pretty solid FPS. The graphics looks great, very good sound effects, and the gameplay is just right: movement is good, gun shooting feels very good. But it doesn't really distant itself much from other FPS, and if you compare it to the first one or Warhead, it's just not as good in every aspect: the graphics are not as impressive, the gameplay is more average, with very linear maps, and the story is just average.
All in all a fun game, just don't expect too much from it.
Good RPG, but far from its predecetoroginer | Dec. 11, 2012 | Review of Dragon Age 2
Dragon Age 2 is an ok RPG, with average character customization, but that's not much more. The game is very linear, some maps are nothing more than small corridors, and the combat has turned into a more action game, without the strategy involved in the first game.
The story is nice, keeps you interested in the game, specially if you've played the first one (I'd highly recommend doing so before starting playing this one).
So overall it's good value, it's entertaining, but nothing more. It's far from the gem that Dragon Age: Origins was.
Fun gameoginer | Dec. 11, 2012 | Review of Dead Island: Game of the Year (v1)
This game is quite fun to play, but I highly recommend to play with some friends, since co-op is when the game shines. Playing solo is ok, but it can get repetitive after a few hours into the game. There's a lot of exploration involved, but too much enemy respawn times makes exploration a bit tedious.
Awesome open world FPSoginer | Dec. 7, 2012 | Review of Far Cry 3
This game is just great, from start to finish. The graphics are outstanding, the atmosphere, the size of the island, a real masterpiece. There's tons of things to do on this game, from sidequests to hunting and crafting. The main storyline is interesting and has a very film feel.
There's a good amount of weapons, with good diversity, and the shooting feels very well. There's a stealth element in the game, so you can attack enemies from behind while they don't see you, this allows for a good amount of strategy.
It's a must have for anyone who calls himself a gamer.
Could have been betteroginer | Dec. 7, 2012 | Review of The Ball
The premise behind the game is quite simple and original. You basically have some kind of gravitational weapon and you can control a big metal ball with it by attracting it or pushing it. It begins quite well as a good puzzle game but it gets old and frustrating very fast. The levels are quite boring and get very repetitive, and having to move the wall with your weapon all the time makes it frustrating.
Certainly not a game for everyone, but give it a shot since it's an interesting idea.
Great sandbox space shooteroginer | Dec. 7, 2012 | Review of Space Pirates And Zombies
You start with a small spaceship with weak weapons and have to advance through the galaxy, getting better equipment and blueprints for better and bigger spaceships. It's a very rewarding game, and you'll spend hours and hours in it. It's not an easy game, either. You have to be cautious about where you go next and piloting your ship skilfully. As you advance you'll also be able to have a squad of ships you own, so you won't pilot alone.
Graphically it's looks pretty good, with some well done graphic effects and particle systems.
One of the bests indie games without any doubt. Highly recommended.
Unexpectelly great gameoginer | Dec. 4, 2012 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year
When I tried this game I wasn't expecting much, to be honest. I tough it would be an average superhero game, but oh how wrong I was. It's one of my all time favourites games. The story is engaging, the graphics still hold up today, superb voice acting, and great game play. Special mention to the combat system, one of the best third person combat systems ever. It's fast, very good looking, and very responsive. Batman is able to do tons of different movements, based on relative position between you and the enemy, and also making use of the environment.
There's also a good amount of thing to do besides the main story: from collectibles to riddles, some of them quite hard.
Very recommended game.
Great old school shooter.oginer | Dec. 4, 2012 | Review of Hard Reset
This game makes you feel like you're playing an FPS from the late 90's but with today's graphics. Gameplay is very direct: just shot stuff. The controls feel very good, without mouse acceleration, and very responsive. There's loads of weapon upgrades to buy, although weapons always feel quite underpowered since enemies take a lot of shots to kill.
It has some extras, like achievements and secrets that'll make you replay the game several times.
Overall a good value game. Very recommended.
Refreshing FPSoginer | Nov. 21, 2012 | Review of Dishonored Nexway
While the FPS genre is kind of over-saturated, from time to time a game like Dishonored appears, making you want to play it even if you're fed up of FPS games.
The art style is outstanding. It's like everything has been oil painted, although nothing special technically, which means it will run on slower computers.
The gameplay kind of reminds Deus EX in the sense that there are different ways to accomplish your mission. You can either go killing everything or the stealth way. You generally want the last, since killing has a side effect (I won't tell to not spoil it).
So a great game overall, which will bring you hours of gameplay.
An adventure gemoginer | Nov. 21, 2012 | Review of The Book of Unwritten Tales - Standard Edition
One of the bests point-and-click adventure games of the lasts years. The story is interesting and keeps you wanting more, visually it's gorgeous, with very good voice acting and outstanding music. The humour is great too, reminding me of the good old days of Lucas Arts games. In this case the game makes fun specially of RPG games.
The only downside is that the game is too easy. If you're an experienced player of these kind of games you'll finish it without much effort, and even for a non-experienced player it's quite easy. It has some nice puzzles, though, even if they're not hard.
Overall an excellent game. It'll keep you entertained for hours.
Nice transport simulatoroginer | Nov. 15, 2012 | Review of Cities in Motion: Collection
This game reminds me in some way to Transport Tycoon, with the big difference that instead of a big map with towns and factories here you have a single big city. You have all standard transports you can find in a city: bus, underground, tram... The game is quite easy to work with, with a good tutorial explaining everything and an easy to use UI.
If you liked Transport Tycoon, Locomotion and similar games you'll enjoy this one, although it's on a different scale.
Stressful gameoginer | Nov. 13, 2012 | Review of Drip Drip
The game concept is interesting, but it gets boring pretty fast. And it end up being so much things happening on the screen it's really stressful. It's an ok game for those minutes of boredom, but there are certainly better alternatives.
The presentation is quite good, overall the game is very polished, but it lacks music, which would have eased up the repetitiveness of the sound effects.
Fun game, very weird plotoginer | Nov. 13, 2012 | Review of Driver San Francisco Deluxe Edition
This game probably has one of the weirdest plots in a racing/driving game, which is kind of cool, since you're used to boring generic plots in these kind of games. It keeps you interested in the game.
The driving is quite good, albeit very arcade of course. Different cars and vehicles generally feel different from each other. You basically can drive any vehicle you see on the game, from motorcycles to trucks, buses, police cars... There's a good amount of missions, with a lot of extra things to do and collect, so you'll get entertained for a good amount of time.
Very recommended game, I certainly was quite pleased since I was expecting a mediocre game.
Very fun online rece gameoginer | Nov. 13, 2012 | Review of Trackmania United Forever
This game is lots of fun, specially with some friends. Be warned, though, that the races are just time trial mode, which some people may not like. So the objective of each race is to get the best time. What makes this game very fun are the tracks, which usually involve weird turns, loops, jumps and the like. The physics engine is very good, so all this feels very well.
The game comes with an excellent track editor, which means you and anyone can create tracks. You won't get bored just because of this: you can connect to a server and play a lot of player created tracks that you've never played. The community is very big, so there are tons of tracks.
Graphically it's still quite good for its age, and it doesn't require a very powerful computer.
A must have, very recommended to play with some friends, otherwise it may become boring.
Original simple gameoginer | Nov. 13, 2012 | Review of Waveform
The game mechanics are very simple and straightforward, but it becomes a very challenging game, with enough small additions to these mechanics as you progress the game to keep you interesting. After you complete each planet you get access to an infinite random mode of that planet, with leaderboards, so the longevity of the game greatly increases. Getting 100% completion is also extremely hard and challenging.
Graphically it's nothing special but it's very polished and nice to the eyes. The music can get a bit repetitive and boring, though.
Overall a very good casual game.
Excellent train simulatoroginer | Nov. 10, 2012 | Review of Train Simulator 2013
If you like trains, this game is awesome. Beware that this game is hard, even the easier scenarios require concentration and good skill. Graphically is beautiful, with very detailed scenarios, and very well done trains.
The only thing it still needs some improvement is the control with the mouse, since it's hard to fine-tune the levers.
Original and interesting at first...oginer | Nov. 10, 2012 | Review of Spore
... but it gets boring pretty fast. The main problem of the game is that it tried to span several game modes across different stages, but each of these stages ended up too simplified. So the gameplay lacks depth.
From a creative point of view it's a very interesting game, specially if you get Galactic Adventures. Just going on creating your creature is awesome. And altter one you can also design vehicles and building. This is certainly the best part of the game since the editor is very easy to use but powerful at the same time.
Not really a Sim City gameoginer | Nov. 10, 2012 | Review of SimCity Societies
Very disappointing game. It's more similar to Cityville than to any other Sim City game. So if you like Sim City (or Cities XL for the matter) don't get this. If you just one a casual game to have some fun the this one's not bad, but don't expect anything special about it.
Still unmatchedoginer | Nov. 10, 2012 | Review of SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition DNS
While there're some city builders with better graphics, no one matches the complexity and playability Sim City 4. The game is outstanding and you'll find yourself sitting in front of the computer for hours.
The mechanics haven't changed much from previous games, but it has some substantial improvements and additions.
Dissapointingoginer | Nov. 10, 2012 | Review of Hacker Evolution
I wouldn't call this a hacking simulation. It just looks like one, at first sigh at least, until you find out the minigames involved in hacking, which are just generic minigames that don't have anything to do with hacking.
So if you like minigames with dome interesting setting and plot about hackers, get it, but if you expect a hacking simulator like uplink (or even the first Hacker Evolution game) the this is not the game you're looking for.
Impressive city builderoginer | Nov. 10, 2012 | Review of Cities XL 2011
This game is quite impressive from the build point of view, specially if you come from the Sim City games where everything is tile based. This game isn't and allows you to build roads and buildings in any direction or possition you want, without limiting you to a grid. Graphically is also outstanding, very good looking and with a lot of details.
When it comes to the simulation part it's more limited. In this aspect Sim City games are more complex and interesting.
Awesome gameoginer | Nov. 9, 2012 | Review of Anno 1404: Gold
This game is just amazing. If you like city build games, don't think twice about it. The game play is very deep, it has very good graphics, and you'll play it for months. A must for any Anno fan.
The worst thing is probably the military, but that's been the weak spot on all Anno games. Where it really shines is in building all the stuff to produce the goods needed by your citizens, which usually involves some complex production chains (in latter stages of the game, even having to move your materials between islands, because one island produces something that another island needs to produce something else). Of course al island trading can be set up automatically creating trading routes so you don't have to manually move your materials between islands.
Fun and addictive shooteroginer | Nov. 9, 2012 | Review of Bulletstorm
Really fun game, with nice visuals and decent length. The best of the game is probably the amount of different ways you have to kill enemies, and not only that, a score system based on that. So you basically get more points (which you can latter spend on upgrades) the more "original you're when killing enemies (variety is the key here, since you get extra points the first time you kill an enemy in a certain way, and get less if you repeat it).
Levels are quite big, and different, although they're also very linear with very little room for exploration. Bosses are generally very impressive, that require a certain tactic to beat, although they're not very difficult to figure out.
One of my favourites indie gamesoginer | Nov. 9, 2012 | Review of Beat Hazard
I purchased this game about 2 years ago and I still play occasionally. It's a very fun and challenging game. Gameplay varies according to the music (you can use your own music) although the volume is what matters more since that controls when your ship can shot and the amount of enemies that appear (this means that a song with high volume variation or with pauses can be very difficult to play since you get a lot of enemies when the music is intense, but the moment it stops you can barely shot).
Bear in mind, though, you'll really want the Ultra DLC, as it adds a lot to the game: new enemies and bosses, new perks, new game modes...
Great RPG/RTS gameoginer | Nov. 8, 2012 | Review of Spellforce 2: Gold Edition DNS
This game is unique since it mixes classic RPG gameplay with base building RTS. So basically the game is an RPG, with your party,quests, and everything a western RPG has. But then there are some times when you get a full army and the possibility to build a base to full fill some mission. The RTS elements are not very deep, but ok and keep the game fresh.
The story is interesting too, with good voice acting and script. There are ton of side quests and even minigames. The game is very long.
Return of a classicoginer | Nov. 7, 2012 | Review of King's Bounty: The Legend
If you enjoy Heroes of Might and Magic games you'll enjoy this game without any doubt. Keep in mind it's a single player only game, though. Overal it plays like HoMM with the big difference that moving through the world map is not turn based.
You'll see the combat is similar to the classic HoMM games (1-4), with an hex-based map (which I find better than the square based maps of HoMM 5 and 6). The game is hard, very hard. This is probably its main problem, since it feels quite unbalanced. You'll find yourself travelling back and forth looking for the next enemy you should kill, without much clue if you can beat a certain troop or not. So there's going to be a lot of trial and error there, since the designed path you should follow is not linear. This can get very frustrating.
Graphics are ok, although a bit generic. It feels quite generic.
Nice game overall, but there are better alternatives nowadays.
Awesome and long action RPGoginer | Nov. 7, 2012 | Review of Kingdoms of Amalur - Reckoning
I really enjoyed playing this game. The controls feel very responsible, the combat is awesome, fast placed and looks and feels very good. Graphics are not outstanding but the art direction is very good, special mention to character design. And long, this game is very long, specially if you do all side quests. There tons of maps, all of them quite large, although there's a lack of variety in them.
The story is just your average fantasy tale. It has some nice touches, though, and there are some decisions you can make that change the outcome.
The biggest problem with the game is that it gets way too easy because the drop system is somewhat broken. You sometimes get a piece of equipment that's just way too overpowered for the level you are.
Very enjoyable game overall, which will give you tens if not hundreds of hours.
A good moddern day Red Alertoginer | Nov. 6, 2012 | Review of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Being a fan of the series I was a bit sceptical about this one. It turned out to be quite good. Except from some differences, it plays quite similar to the classic ones, with all its base building and real actors cinematics.
But C&C games have always been serious games, although set in a paralel universe, and this game lacks that "seriousness". That's palpable just from the title screen. I think that's a shame.
Gameplay-wise, the biggest difference is probably that this one is targeted at coo-op. All missions are 2 player coop, but you can play it with a bot. The big problem is that this bot is not very good and can make a few missions extremely hard if not played with a human.
Good game, but very different from GW1oginer | Nov. 6, 2012 | Review of Guild Wars 2: Digital Edition
Being an old GW1 player, I feel this game lacks the depth of the original. It certainly has been made to cater a bigger audience. So if you come from GW1 (and liked it) you'll probably miss the skill system and all its complexities in build building.
The other downside is that combat is confusing, you specially notice this in PvP, where you can't really see what skills enemy players are using.
The structured PvP is very lacking (specially when compared to GW1 PvP at launch), with only 4 maps (only 3 of them used in tournaments) and 2 game modes (random 8v8 and automated tournaments).
But if you forget about those, you have a very polished game, with tons of details put into it. The best without any doubt is the exploration. Tyria is inmense, with lots of nice places to discover (and no quest/NPC makes you go there, you discover them by just exploring the maps for yourself).
Good, but it feels there's something missingoginer | Nov. 6, 2012 | Review of End of Nations: Founders Edition
First off, the game is very polished, it's impressive it's a F2P game. Graphics, unit movement, feel of the combat, everything is very well done.
Gameplay-wise, I really miss base building. The only buildings in the game are turrets. You have a fixed number of units for the game, which you select before starting it. The resources you gather are used to rebuild destroyed units.
The most interesting aspect of the game is probably the big amount of players that some maps have (although there are also the more classic 2vs2 or 4vs4 maps), although there area always just 2 teams.
So the premise of the game is very good, the developers certainly put a lot of effort to it, but somewhat the game feels a bit repetitive and can become boring after some time.
Good shiftoginer | Nov. 6, 2012 | Review of Anno 2070
When I first read about this game I was kind of sceptical about it, being used to the classic Anno games. But after playing it I really enjoyed it in every aspect. The new setting feels good and fresh while at the same time maintaining the essence of the previous games.
Graphically it's stunning for this kind of game, and the music is very nice and relaxing.
One of the best games of this generationoginer | Nov. 4, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition
Very good game with interesting gameplay and good storyline. It doesn't give you the amount of freedom that the first one of the series, but it comes close enough. There are always several paths to your goal, some obvious, some quite hidden, you can choose direct confrontation, or stealth. And here comes the biggest flaws of the game: if you play stealth you still are forced to beat the bosses (unlike in the original Desu Ex) and you'll most probably lack weapons if you didn't know this beforehand. And the bosses are quite hard.