Reviews by papazdo
A fantastic re-imagining of a Classic Sega Game.papazdo | Sept. 5, 2013 | Review of Castle of Illusion
It's short, cute and absolutely magically.
I was a huge fan of this game, when i was much younger and was probably one of the best games on the Sega Genesis. The original levels are all remade. The new levels contain a lot of the same structure from the original classic game, though with a new modern twist.The game now has a voiced narrator, which is woven into the game quite well and does not distract.
The soundtrack is brilliant on every original track. The classic soundtrack is also included into the options for you to play through the game in.
The physics of Mickey feel quite good and is quite easy to maneuver around the levels. (able to adjust direction in mid air quite easily) Precision platforming is important and the controls and handling are solid to make it all fun. The game can be replayed as you can try collect a range of items in each level.
The game took about 3-4 hours to complete. Though can probably done quicker if you really try to speed through it. The game is quite beautiful so I took a lot of time exploring more levels and enjoying each environment.
Most of the game is easy, though does progressively get harder towards the end. The final boss can be quite difficult for some, though it is a satisfying challenge to complete.
Though the PC port could have been much better. On Day 1, the game is currently running at a locked 30fps (or lower, some users are experiencing trouble even reaching this for various strange reasons) 60fps is usually the standard of PC, though this is playable at 30fps. There is no steam icon or tile icon for this game yet, and the download is only 1GB. So somebody at Sega is not doing their job. (the game also runs under DirectX9) And i really doubt this game needs 4GB ram... Hopefully patches are soon to follow, though I've seen indies release much smoother than this and PC support does not seem like it is there yet.
When the game works. It's fantastic. Reviews have been hard comparing this to the recently release Rayman Legends. Though this game doesn't try to do what Rayman does. This game is there to provide a retelling of the original classic Sega game, and it's a very good one at that. 100% worth playing if you enjoyed the classic, and 100% worth it during a sale for newcomers or even the platform genre.
80/100 It's a great game, but don't expect a masterpiece, it doesn't try to do anything new or grand. It's a nice short experience and what it does it does very well.
Masterful Story Hidden in Standard Shooter Mechanics.papazdo | Aug. 9, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line (ANZ)
This game is absolutely incredible. It is a lot of fun to play, the weapons and gameplay all feel familiar if you are used to cover based shooters. The story and level progression are very linear although this is where the game's story really tricks you. The gameplay does not stand out, but it all holds together very well in all aspects.
The marketing and presentation of Spec Ops make you feel like you are expecting a normal standard generic shooter. You begin the game and of cause start attacking the enemy. Although this is one of the first games that I've ever played, that make you really question what you are doing and whether killing the enemy is justified. Saying much more may really spoil the experience, but completing the story is well worth the journey.
The game should only take around 5-6 hours to complete, though it can be replayed. As the story is so good it is well worth repeating to delve deeper.
The game works very well and should run well across most systems with a decent graphics card. The game also looks gorgeous running at high settings. Not because of any high textured details, but because of the excellent art direction and level design. It can be quite breathtaking at times at how pretty this game can get.
Players that enjoy story in video games should defiantly be picking this one up.