Reviews by pash1k

90

Great expansion

pash1k | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings

I love this expansion pack for Civilization V. Religion and espionage are very welcome additions that give you variety and additional strategies.

Religion gives bonuses specific bonuses to your civ, but also another set of bonuses to anybody that follows this religion. This is a nice balancing act of wanting to get something nice for yourself, but also trying to keep from doing anything too nice for your neighbors. Religions will also give you bonuses when it comes to diplomacy.

Espionage lets you see the other cities, and might even let you steal a technology from another civ. You also have a chance to uncover plots against you or against other civs, which gives you leverage. It's nothing huge, but it rounds out the political gameplay nicely.

This is a welcome addition to Civ V, and I highly recommend you pick this up.

82

Great 3D puzzler

pash1k | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Quantum Conundrum: Season Pass

This is a fun little game from one of the members of the Portal team. The game is unique in that you change the physical properties of the world around you (make things heavier or lighter) and use that to solve problems and advance through the mansion of your relative. Later puzzles can be real headscratchers that will leave you immensely satisfied once you've solved them. Recommend this for anybody who enjoys 3D puzzles.

75

Fun RTS

pash1k | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of Supreme Commander 2

I'm a pretty big fan of the original Supreme Commander, so I'm not the biggest fan of this sequel. The game is really scaled down, so it doesn't feel as grand or as epic as Forged Alliance. However, the single player campaign is well worth a playthrough. Get this when it's on sale if you're interested in an RTS that's different from StarCraft.

80

Realm Reborn review

pash1k | Oct. 30, 2013 | Review of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn (NA)

FFXIV: ARR is the classic PvE MMO. The journey to level 50 is a pleasant one, for the first class, with lots of varied things to do. There are quests, hunting log, the main story, the duties, the dungeons, and the company bounties. However, the endgame is extremely grindy - you'll be running the same dungeon over and over again (4 or 8 man). There's not a whole lot of variety in the game after you hit level 50, or even if you want to go back and level your class.

The combat is based on global cooldowns, so there's little reason to use all of the spells/skills you're given. Spam your damage dealing spell, and every once in a while throw out a crowd control. It's simple.

The crafting classes are their own proper classes with skills, experience, and levels. There's an element of planning and decision making that goes into each piece of armor or jewelry that you craft. To me, this was a high point, usually crafting is pretty mindless.

Overall, the game was worth it to me to play through once, but the endgame content, at this point, is very lacking. PvP will be introduced at some point, but global cooldowns and the way that the server registers movement means that it will never be very competitive.