Reviews by onewinged90
The Best of the Trilogyonewinged90 | July 18, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 2 (NA)
I've played all of the three games in the series, loved every single of it. And I think that from the first to second game, it was a huge step up in terms of gameplay, story and character progression. Although there are no more Mako exploration like in the first game, but it is good enough to fare on it's own. Story takes on a huge emphasis in this second game, where progression from the previous game will be imported with bonus stats for your Sheperd.
Fun with friends!onewinged90 | July 5, 2013 | Review of Worms Revolution
It is a mixture of old Worms game that we know and love, with the latest graphics and updated mechanics of the game. It is a very good price for the game too as it has with 32 campaign levels and 20 puzzle levels, with four settings available to the players. The introduction of classes to the worms is really a good addition, something like a FPS but it's worms!
An okay gameonewinged90 | July 5, 2013 | Review of Fallen Enchantress
The game somewhat resembles the Might and Magic Heroes franchise. Turn-based gameplay is very good and the building of empire will keep you coming back for more. But the AI is too punishing at the beginning of the game, so it might put you off. And the graphics of the game looked dated although it was released in 2012.
Make the early part of the game easieronewinged90 | July 5, 2013 | Review of BioShock Infinite: Columbia's Finest
I pre-ordered the game before it was released and received all the benefits this DLC could offer. The extra cash and lockpick helped a bunch, the unique gear could assist you with tough fights. Is it worth paying the extra buck to have the edge early in the game, well it's all up to you. Get it on sale instead.
Needs controller to play perfectlyonewinged90 | June 21, 2013 | Review of Devil May Cry 4
The port on this game isn't half bad, but do not expect the controls to be exactly as the reboot DMC Devil May Cry. I feel that the story of this fourth installment is really good compared to the previous 3 games, enhanced graphics too.
Not sure if you should get thisonewinged90 | June 18, 2013 | Review of Governor of Poker 2 - Premium Edition [Playfire]
The graphics for this game are cartoonish and the gameplay is mainly focused on poker, maybe if you like poker games you should get this.
Mindless fun!onewinged90 | June 17, 2013 | Review of Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package dns
This is a game so much like Grand Theft Auto, except that it's very ridiculous in a good way. The full package offers every DLCs released to this date, which is a bargain. If you are looking for a game that does not take itself seriously, this is a game for you.
Worth your moneyonewinged90 | June 17, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition dns
Dawnguard and Dragonborn are probably the best DLCs released by Bethesda, although Hearthfire is somewhat unnecessary. Prepare to invest dozens of hours into this spetacular game, as mods are widely available for the user to further customise their own legendary adventure.
Should have been in the police caseonewinged90 | June 15, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Year of the Snake
This DLC is short mind you, but further extended if you aim to complete and earn every achievement this add-on has to offer. This particular DLC could have been in the police case of the base game, which will add more depth into the police cases. The new weapons of tear gas gun and night stick is a welcome addition. But then somewhere in the middle the missions could get repetitive especially the side missions as well as certain parts of the main mission which feels awfully similar.
The final conclusion of the trilogyonewinged90 | June 13, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect 3 (NA)
This may be the best Bioware game of Mass Effect to date, but it is hampered by the somewhat lukewarm writing of the ending given the hype the has build up since the first game. I approve of this game nonetheless.
Your choices matter mostonewinged90 | June 13, 2013 | Review of Mass Effect (NA)
When you first jumped into the game, the story and lore might confuse you at first so make sure to read your journal to gain more information about particular subject. Sci-fi fans will be thrilled to add this game to their collection, fantastic story combined with replayability makes this game a must buy. This is a shooter, but it is by no means a short one. 16 hours for the campaign and it will double if you opt for 100% completion. As great as the game can get, there are few flaws with the game. The combat system feels stiff and the character animation looked robotic.
Could be betteronewinged90 | June 11, 2013 | Review of Strike Suit Zero
If you played the Macross/Robotech games before and you loved it, this is definitely the game for you as it borrows elements from the Macross universe hence the transforming jet-to-robot warfighter. The game's storyline could be better as characters communicate via radio with portrait on the HUD and no cutscenes at all. The combat is highly enjoyable and the graphics are very good.
Loads of content in low price!onewinged90 | June 11, 2013 | Review of Reus
This is a must-get for you if you are a strategy fan. The 2D graphics are very nice to look at even after you zoomed in and out, the graphics have very fluid movement too. After the tutorial the game lets you to further explore the mechanics by yourself, which is a good thing as the game does not hand-hold you all the time. I hope that in the future the developers would add more contents, or further refine it in the sequel as this game holds so much potential.
Does not live up to it's predecessorsonewinged90 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Dead Space 3 (NA)
After the success of Dead Space 1 and 2, fans have been waiting for the third installment from Viseral. The weapon crafting system is very much welcomed, as players could craft whatever weapon of their choice in primary and secondary fires. I got a mixed feeling about the one type of ammo for all weapons, yes it could free up inventory spaces but somehow it cheapens the experience. The game can be too easy on normal mode, so I recommend playing it on hard if you played the first two games before. It is not too linear compared to it's predecessor as explorations and side quests can be made outside of the main story. Co-operative play of this game is a mixed bag too, while playing as Carver can develop a whole new perspective but having two players at once are quite over-powered. Get it on sale.
Great Sequelonewinged90 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Dead Space 2 (EU)
Isaac Clarke has made his return to the sequel Dead Space 2 and this time he has a voice now. The game introduces us to some of the new necromorphs, like the stalker which uses cover to it's advantage and puker which shoots acids that could slow Isaac down. There are some issues with the game, while the gameplay mechanic and combat system is improved from it's predecessor, the horroe element and gameplay length is somewhat shorter than the original. Despite the flaws, the game has replay value up to Hardcore mode where the game is so punishing and yet rewards you the secret weapon for completing it. The lack of Severed DLC in the PC port is disappointing, but this is a good game nonetheless.
Should have been in the main gameonewinged90 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Dead Space 3: Awakened (NA)
Sadly, the DLC does not justify it's high price point for only 2 hours worth of gameplay length. This is what Dead Space 3 should have been in the first place, and it should be in the base game not DLC. The base game ended with a cliffhanger and this DLC adds more cliffhanger to the game, which reminds us on how game publishers cut off parts of the game and sell it in DLC form. If you love Dead Space like I do, get the DLC but $10 is very expensive for only 2-hour campaign, get it on sale instead.
Be the grandmaster today!onewinged90 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Total War Grandmaster Collection
This bundle contains highly acclaimed Total War games released until today. So be prepared to spend hundreds of hours to play them all. The price point may be too high for some as it contain so many games in one package, if there is a sale I highly recommend to get it. But then even with the base price itself you are saving a lot.
Forgetful experienceonewinged90 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Remember Me Pre-Purchase
The game of Remember Me is gorgeous, the city of Neo-Paris is begging for exploration but sadly the game does not allow you to do so. The camera angles are badly placed in certain parts of the game, which will irritate you. The combat system are not too bad, but the simplified version of chaining combos on hordes of enemies can become tedious, counter-attacking is not present in the game as you need to dodge out of the way before the blow lands on you. The key highlight of the game - memory remixes, only 4 of those present throughout the game. It does not allow you to control protagonist directly, instead it is just a mini-game of trial and error. Get the game on sale.
One of the best strategy gameonewinged90 | June 7, 2013 | Review of Civilization V: Gold Edition
Be prepared to invest tens of hours in your first playthrough, because it is that addicting! The graphics are very good from lowest setting to ultra setting. The game's AI can pose several problem at first, but it has since improved in patches. The gold edition includes all of the previously released DLCs at lower price, which is a very good deal for those who are looking for great strategy game.
Best Battlefield 3 Experienceonewinged90 | June 6, 2013 | Review of Battlefield 3: Premium Edition (NA)
The premium includes ALL the expansions of Battlefield 3 with much lower price. There are a lot of maps and game mode available to the game where you will invest hundreds of hours into it. Play with four classes available with tonnes of weapins to choose! As a warning this game uses EA's Origin client, but so far it is a pleasant experience. Recommended.
Better than RE6onewinged90 | June 2, 2013 | Review of Resident Evil: Revelations
The raid mode is so much fun. Episodic adventure combined with suspense, with a little of backtracking. It is priced higher than Resident Evil 6, but this title is so much better than the broken RE6. Recommended.
Episodic adventureonewinged90 | May 28, 2013 | Review of The Walking Dead
This is a game with zombie but beware, it does not contain any guns as it is not a shooter game and instead it is a great adventure game with deep storyline.
At first the game was released separately, in episodes form and it could take more than a month for it to be released but it's finally here in full package of season 1.
Every decision you made in the game matters, from making dialogue choices to saving a particular character in danger. And save are carried on to the next episode. You can make different decisions on multiple playthroughs thus increasing the replay-ability.
This is a rare gem that won game of the year award in 2012, and a game you must get if you're burnt out by the overwhelming numbers of shooter games recently.
Very gory, in a good way.onewinged90 | May 28, 2013 | Review of The Darkness II dns
The original Darkness game never reached the PC platform, and that is a bummer. Picked up the Darkness II a little while ago, not disappointed by it but somehow I wished the developers could offer the player more.
It has some RPG elements where you level up and acquire skill points after killing enemies in the most gory way possible. The cel-shaded graphics are necessary for such gory game, and it looks pretty good.
The multiplayer is well done as it adds more backstory to the single player campaign and again, I wished it is more than just that.
The game is good but it suffers from short gameplay length, around 6-7 hours and it is even shorter than the predecessor which is around 9-10 hours. Controlling the demon arm while shooting the baddies are satisfying. Get it on sale.
A surprise!onewinged90 | May 27, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line dns
I have to say, Spec Ops The Line is a surprise of the year. When playing a shooter game, expect some generic shooter-style storyline but Spec Ops The Line differs from what Modern Warfare franchise has given us.
The level design is very well made, where glass containing sand will break when you shoot at them, drowning your enemies. Sandstorm will limit your visions and flickering lights can add to the tension as well.
Graphically it looks awesome, but do not expect it to run well at low to mid graphics card. Multiplayer of the game is completely generic, best to omit it and focus on single player campaign instead.
For a 6-hour story, maybe it's best for you to wait for a sale instead.
Walking: The Gameonewinged90 | May 27, 2013 | Review of Dear Esther
The focus of Dear Esther is focused primarily on it's narrative and storyline. Although it is a first-person style of game, bear in mind that this game does not contain any guns, so no shooting. Narration can be heard when you reach a certain destination of the island, and some haunting moments can be experienced. I really hope that this game would be more lengthy, because it was over before I knew it. This is not exactly a game, think of it as a movie instead, a good movie that is. Recommended.
Say goodbye to your social lifeonewinged90 | May 27, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nexway
One thing I can say to this spectacular game: Addictive.
Coming back from class and the only game I played at that time was undoubtedly Skyrim. Spent more than 100 hours into it and there is always something to do in Skyrim. The storyline, quests and environment of it is just breathtaking.
Why you should get the PC version you say? Because PC is everything. There are countless of mods you can use in the Skyrim nexus site, and you can find everything over there from graphics enhancement to just cosmetic makeover of your armor. If you have a beastly computer to play it, the graphical fidelity of the game does not disappoint.
Being an open-world game, bugs are present in the game. Some bugs are minor to quest-breaking bugs, so prepare to save a lot of times. Get it on either full price or sale for the base game, although the price of the DLCs released may be a bit steep, you might want to get the DLCs on sale instead.
A worthy sequel, though it could be betteronewinged90 | May 24, 2013 | Review of Metro: Last Light
The story of Metro: Last Light picks right off after the ending of it's predecessor Metro 2033. Although Last Light does not follow the novel written by Dmitry Glukhovsky like 2033 do (the novel sequel is 2034), but the developers work in conjunction with the author to produce this remarkable game.
As good as the game may get, I have a few complaints sadly. We thought that the enemy AI would receive a buff after the 2033's major flaw, unfortunately it does not change much.
Stealth has an emphasis here, especially if you're playing in Ranger Mode. But somehow the stealth mechanics of the game is somewhat on and off, enemies do not see you when you are right in front of them in the dark. And here you think after Dishonored came out the year before, developers would fine tune the stealth mechanics of the game.
The game does not use the save import format like in the Mass Effect trilogy, where the ending will affect the outcome of the second game and so on. So even if you got a different ending in 2033, Last Light starts off with the "canon" ending where the Dark Ones were annihilated by the missile launch. Different ending from the original could make Last Light even better to play.
Female characters of the game is highly sexualised, where they are viewed as only sex objects to the dominant men of the metro which feel quite juvenile and sexist at first glance.
Unless you pre-ordered the game, Last Light's ranger mode costs a whopping $5 where the difficulty should have been inside the game in the first place. This is a bad move by the developers. The field-of-view of the game is a bit tight for some people and may cause nausea, but you can now adjust it in the latest patch.
Aside from the minor setbacks of Last Light, this is a very good game which expands the Metro world. Recommended, or you can wait for sale.
So punishing yet satisfyingonewinged90 | May 4, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown dns
Let me start of with this one word: Awesome. That word is what defines XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The game has been regarded as the worthy reboot of the XCOM franchise, I have never played the older XCOM games but seeing the veterans who played the classic game before and giving this game a thumbs up, I know the game would be great.
Gone are the days where shooter games are a norm in the gaming community, and this game changes that. This game brought back the meaning of turn-based tactical shooter where no mindless shooting is involved. Every move you make has it's consequences, and it will determine the life and death of your squad.
The complaints I have about the game are sometimes the game will experience graphical glitches, where your soldier will shoot through walls and making a 90 degree aim. There is a rare bug that will cause an infinite "alien activity" turn where the game will stuck on alien's move, verify the game's cache when this happens.
And the ending of the game is somewhat lukewarm, I'm glad that I've beaten the game but the ending turned out to be "just like that?" kind of end. But still it is a great game do not get me wrong.
On sale or not, the game is worth your money to purchase on. Get this game and you will not be disappointed.
The first of it's kind!onewinged90 | April 29, 2013 | Review of L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition
Never once a game has achieved this particular feat and in 2011, Team Bondi developed the game using the MotionScan technology capturing not only the faces of the actor, but their facial expression has fully been rendered in graphics form as well as their voice-acting.
Numerous character facial expressions are the highlight of this game, where players can only progress through interrogations and questionings. Players must decide what to do according to the character's actions and expressions whether they are lying or not.
The actor Aaron Staton has indeed delivered a superb performance as the protagonist Cole Phelps. Note that the game also stars a number of actors from the AMC series Mad Men, including Aaton Staton himself.
As good as the game may be, but the PC port of the game is not perfect. The game framerates are capped at 30fps and you may suffer from random crash-to-desktop instances. And other users have complained that they could not play the game after purchasing it at all. Google for solutions if you ever encountered such problems.
One complaint I have on this game is that the game does not have any manual save, only checkpoints. So if you screw up somewhere along in the middle of a case, be prepared to play through some long sections before you reach the desired point.
All in all, this is an awesome game. Great storytelling and top the advancement of facial technology in gaming industry. Topped with all the additional content DLC in one game, this game is worth your every penny.
Welcome to Liberty City!onewinged90 | April 19, 2013 | Review of Grand Theft Auto IV
First off, I'll begin by stating that this is not a good port from the console versions. PC controls are clunky and if got a controller, you might as well as fully utilize that controller of yours. Another thing is the PC version may not fully optimized, so the game might suffer some bad framerate on certain PC.
But bad port does not mean it's a bad game, it's a pretty awesome game! There are a lot of mods available for the PC version which indeed makes it superior to the console counterparts. For example the ICEnhancer mod could make GTA IV as if it is graphically developed for next-gen platforms.
There are so much stuffs to do in Liberty City. The city itself is massive, separated by several islands. Prepare to invest dozens of hours into this great game.
The story is just perfect for an open-world sandbox game. Michael Hollick who voiced Nico Bellic, his performance is top notch. Not to mention the great voice work delivered by the side characters as well, this proves that the game is very high in production value.
For a mere $20 for a critically acclaimed title worldwide, this is a steal. Oh yeah, don't forget to purchase Episodes from Liberty City which includes both The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony DLC as well. Rockstar Games continues to grace us with this awesome Grand Theft Auto title to date.
It's not the same fear you once knewonewinged90 | April 17, 2013 | Review of F.E.A.R. 3
Day 1 Studios took over the franchise from Monolith Productions, thus presented us the third main game of the franchise, FEAR 3.
The protagonist of the original FEAR, Point Man as well as the "ghost" Paxton Fettel, the antagonist makes a return. When there're two main characters, the game introduces co-op campaign for the first time in the franchise. Don't have any friends? You can play the game for the second time with Paxton Fettel unlocked as the playable character.
Fettel is a rather unique character, where you do not have any guns to begin with and you need to possess one enemy soldier in order to wield weapon within a limited time. If you are killed while possessing someone, the body will disintegrate and Fettel is out in his spirit form once again, giving you two lives in total before dying for real.
The storyline and narrative is further expanded in this third game, which is a good thing and it retained the gameplay from the first and second game. But the atmosphere is nothing compared to its predecessors.
The downside of the game is that it does not have the same horror and scare element compared to it's predecessors, it feels too much like Call of Duty with slo-mo now. Liked the mech battle in Project Origin? Fear not (see what I did there), you get so much more game time obliterating enemies in that overpowered suit.
Would I recommend the game to everyone? Well, it's a mixed bag this time. Hardcore fans might find the horror experience cheapened and too much of action involved. $20 may be too much for a 5-hour single player campaign, might want to get it on sale otherwise.
Decent sequelonewinged90 | April 13, 2013 | Review of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
After the absence of nearly four years, Monolith returned to grace us with the highly acclaimed sequel to F.E.A.R.
The silent protagonist psyche makes a return, but only this time we were presented with a different character. Out of the trilogy, I have to say Project Origin my favourite. Graphically, it is a huge step up compared to the original's rather bland environment colour.
Most of the core mechanics of the game were retained, such as slo-mo and martial arts attacks. The gunplay are more enhanced now, where you could aim down iron sights and creating cover by pushing objects. The use of mechs during firefight are well received, although fans of the original may criticise it being too overpowered.
Alma is all grown up now, which makes the game's atmosphere even horrific and creepy. As Alma now could directly interact with the protagonist, signifying her interest towards the new hero.
New enemies such as the Abomination will keep you on your toes as they are fast and brutal despite not wielding any weapons. Specters ambushing you in dark places are a welcomed addition to the paranormal atmosphere.
If you loved the original FEAR, why not give this a try? Worth getting.
A shooter gemonewinged90 | April 13, 2013 | Review of F.E.A.R -
Yes the game is 8 years old now, yes some may complain about the graphics of the game being too dated or bland. But until now no games could beat the action paranormal horror of this game. The textures may be old in today's standards, but I can't deny that the lighting, which is the highlight of the game really brings out the superb atmosphere of this game. While the game is mainly focused on the usage of slow-mo ability, you will tend to find yourself using it too much while in combat, which may take away the experience of a first person shooter game. The game's AI is great, enemies will try to surround and flank you strategically.
Back in the day there were no emphasis on re-generative health, like most modern shooters do so health kits are your best friend. Martial art kicks are cool compared to the "standardised" knife takedowns which normal shooters have.There is an option to upgrade your slow-mo's maximum capacity, so make sure you explore every where.
The stages of the game tend to alternate between shoot and kill stage and horror stage. Shoot and kill is where mainly the action is all about, you kill soldiers that get in your way. Horror stage is, well, where you are scared sh*tless and scream like a girl.
Want to know who Alma is, the little girl who constantly haunts you? Play the game to find out.
A diamond in roughonewinged90 | April 11, 2013 | Review of Metro 2033 PRE
Based on the novel of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033 is a survival horror first-person shooter presented to you by 4A Games.
The protagonist Artyom does not really talk in game, but he speaks during loading screens, in between chapters describing how he feels when entering the new area. Metro 2033 truly emphasizes the atmosphere and the surroundings. It gives off the chill and creepy feeling when traversing the claustrophobic metro tunnels. Pay attention to your surroundings as trip wires, empty cans and broken glass might alert enemies to your presence if you want to go all stealthy.
The stealth mechanics of the game are somewhat problematic, it's not really perfect as enemies will clearly see where you are despite in dark places. More often than not you will find yourself going Rambo when your cover is broken, and not obtaining certain achievements in the process.
The A.I. of the human enemies are flawed, certain times the human enemies just do not know what to do, whether they wanna blow your head up or take cover. Mutants are more fun to fight, as they just charge on you in groups or lurking in a hole somewhere waiting to ambush.
Another complaint I have on the game is the sudden spike in difficulty towards the end level. Without spoiling anything, you will get what I mean when you reach that particular level. The game's currency of trading runs off the military grade bullets, which has a more shine effect to it on screen. It is fairly easy to long press the reload button and accidentally reloaded "cash" onto the gun and quickly burn through your life savings on one encounter.
Despite the flaws above, it is a good game to be enjoyed. Hoping the game will be further improved in the sequel - Metro: Last Light. Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
Professional Edition, is it worth it?onewinged90 | April 10, 2013 | Review of Hitman: Absolution - Professional Edition
Got this awesome title from GMG in a sale a while back, and decided to review it based on what I think about the game. It has been six years since the release of Hitman: Blood Money, IO Interactive has finally presented us with Absolution. How will this fare against the highly acclaimed predecessors?
First off, Hitman veterans might want to play the professional (hard, expert, purist) difficulty right out of the box, as you might not like the Instinct (or guidance) system as it tarnishes the Hitman franchise. Well, the game got to appeal to both old and new players right?
Graphically the game is gorgeous, even on my mid-range laptop. Glacier 2 engine has done a fine job, even on crowd-heavy areas the engine does not falter and it runs smoothly. The HUD has undergone a overhaul if compared to Blood Money, much nicer to look at. The CGI cutscenes are awesome to watch.
The sound design of the game, the dramatic score is been a very strong focus by the developers from the very beginning. It really played a huge role in the atmosphere and some stages really does stand out in terms of music.
Every stages are highly replayable if you're after achievements and collections. Enemies can be dispatched in a variety of ways; killing them without anyone noticing and make it look like an accident? Done. Third person shooter-style guns blazing killing everyone in sight? Done.
What's the point of writing this review if I do not mention the bonuses bundled in the Professional Edition? One-hour making of video is a great addition to the collection, if you want to know how Absolution was developed into the game we know today. A must get if you're after behind-the-scenes of games. Although I prefer the physical artbook, digital artbook is not too shabby though. It's a PDF file with numerous high resolution artwork by the developers.
The Agency Gun Pack DLC features three weapons with customisable slots. Sadly you could not use these in the Absolution campaign, but in Contracts mode having these weapons early on may give you the edge while playing.
A note of reminder, this IS a Hitman game. So exercise patience while playing and no rush, only then you could claim the ultimate score. You may spend most of the time restarting from checkpoints because of screwing up too often.
All in all, if you're willing to pay an extra $10 for the bonus content, go for it. Although I highly recommend getting this on sale.
Retro Fun!onewinged90 | April 9, 2013 | Review of Who's That Flying
The protagonist that you're playing, Earth is the guardian of, well, planet Earth.
Basically your hero is invulnerable, he could not die even the enemy touches him (he'll just rip them apart) but any enemy attacks that landed on him will make him either stunned or slowed. Any enemy that you fail to eliminate which got pass you, will have impact on the city's life. City's life reaches zero and its game over. You can hear the crowd "YAY" when you manage to defend the city, and "AW" if you ever let past a single enemy.
Game's difficulty is slowly build up across the stages, which adds the old school challenge where you must be quick on your wits and reflexes to repel attacks. Ah, old school shoot 'em up that we know and love when we were young.
Do not be fooled by its cartoonish graphics, the game looks awesome even in a simplistic way. Animations are fluid and there is no graphical hiccups along the way. Although I hope that the normal enemies could have a bigger variety than having bigger versions of it.
Once the Infinite mode is unlocked (equivalent to survival mode), you need to survive as long as you can to achieve the highest score. Whatever you learned in the campaign shall put to test in infinite mode, which is hella challenging.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone that loves shoot 'em up games, with $6 price tag (and even lower on sales) this is worthy addition to your collection.
A little bit behind the original, but it is still a great gameonewinged90 | April 9, 2013 | Review of BioShock® 2
Developed by different developer with a mix of some staff of the original. But does it live up to the expectations of the first? As for me I thoroughly enjoyed myself playing the game.
- Playing as a Big Daddy, how badass can it be?
- Rapture is much more of an eye candy now. Improved graphics, and 10 years after the events of Bioshock, it is so familiar and different at the same time.
- Improved gameplay compared to the original. Mouse targeting works well enough now, but still not perfect as a true shooter.
- No more plasmid toggle (in the original you need to right-click then left-click to use plasmid) where you can now use plasmids and weapons at the same time.
- Enhanced plasmids. Different level of plasmids have significant upgrades and how they deal damage. For example the level 2 of Electro Bolt enables chain lighting, and level 3 creates continuous electrical arc.
- Bye-bye pipe hacking. Bioshock 2 replaced the original's style of hacking with needle hacking, a much welcomed change and do not feel as tedious as it is before. Beware: The game does not pause when you are hacking.
- More variety of enemy splicers and big daddies. Oh did I mention you gotta fight Big Sister as well?
- Voice acting is superb as always, Fenella Woolgar as Sofia Lamb really took over the personality of Andrew Ryan and Atlas from the first game.
Multiple ending makes a comeback, which makes the game highly replayable.
Story does not have the same twist as it had in the original.
- Shorter gameplay length compared to the original. Even if you take your time in the game, you complete it sooner than expected.
- The Games for Windows Live is very bad, I'm sure those of you are aware of that.
On one note, Bioshock 2 does come with a DLC - Minerva's Den. Where player assumes the role of Subject Sigma, another big daddy. With only $5 and around 4-5 hours worth of gameplay, it is a must get. The only problem is that the DLC is only purchasable at Xbox.com website and not available anywhere else including GMG, which is a bummer actually. If you're willing to go through the atrocious GFWL, I really recommend you to get that add-on and it will be worth your money.
Shooter of the Decadeonewinged90 | April 8, 2013 | Review of BioShock
"I am Andrew Ryan, and I am here to ask you a question. Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? 'No,' says the man in Washington, 'it belongs to the poor.' 'No,' says the man in the Vatican, 'it belongs to God.' 'No,' says the man in Moscow, 'it belongs to everyone.' I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose...Rapture." - Andrew Ryan
That was the authoritative and yet welcoming speech presented to you when you first arrive at Rapture, an underwater city beneath the ocean. I played the game for the first time a few years ago, it was awesome. I played the game again before writing this review, it is still awesome.
Awesome points of the game: +The atmosphere of Rapture itself. It's dark and gritty truly adds the overall experience when playing the game. + A pinch of horror element is a welcomed addition. + Excellent storytelling, albeit the main protagonist does not speak anymore after prologue. + Plasmids, an equivalent to spells/magics are very fun to use. Saw an enemy? Set them ablaze with Incinerate and watch them jump into a puddle of water, then electrocute them. + Different ammo types to deal with different types of enemies. For example the anti-personnel rounds for splicers and armor-piercing rounds for the big daddies. + Big Daddies are challenging. In order to get to the Little Sister, you must first defeat the Big Daddy who accompanies her. The sense of intimidation and challenge really adds to the gameplay experience. + Audio diaries provide a more in depth storytelling, some hiding from plain sight so make sure you search every nook and cranny. Voice work of the game is phenomenal. + The power of making decisions that will affect the game's ending, thus making the game highly replayable.
Most notable downside of the game: - Mouse controls are not ported well. Even after patch v1.5, this is still not fixed by the developers. But pcgamingwiki.com could provide you with instructions on how to "fix" the problem. - Puzzle solving i.e. water pipe connector puzzle, can be very tedious as every hacking of machines/safes/security require the same puzzle solving. - Repeated animation when saving/harvesting the little sisters, can be tiresome to watch, but hell...more ADAM! - The PC port does not have any achievements in it, which is a let down for me.
Irrational Games truly delivers in this game, Bioshock stands tall in every aspect. Get this game since it is $20 price now, you would have your money well spent.