Reviews by punjamin

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Lego games are fantastic!

punjamin | July 7, 2013 | Review of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

First off, this will be a little bias but I will try to be fair. Truth be told: I love Traveler's Tales and the Lego franchise! I own all of their games and they keep getting better and better!

Their have been many complaints about this being a horrible port to PC game. Well, that's not entirely true. Granted this game seems like it would be perfect to see on PS, XBOX, or Wii. I found no problem that I couldn't fix in this PC port!

That being said, here are two major problems: 1. For whatever reason, the sound was a major problem. I am running 64 bit Windows 8. When I ran this game it would immediately crash. I did a little research (i.e. google and steam community forums) and found that the issue wasn't with the OS, it was with the sound quality. I had my settings way too high for this game. It needed to be lowered, well this becomes an issue because if you are running HD Audio on all your games, you have to tweak a setting just to launch this game. Not that much of a big deal, but I can see it becoming a problem with some people.

  1. I am using an XBOX 360 controller (I hate XBOX as a side note, but the controller works well with my Microsoft PC that I had to adapt). Every time I launch the game (same issue with Harry Potter: 5-7 upon initial launch) I have to go under controller options, and select device. With my controller I have to unplug from the USB, plug back in, then press the start button before it will be read. Believe me this game is easier to play with a controller.

All those issues addressed, this game is fantastic. It's great for kids and for adults who are kids at heart. This game was done before Tt/Lego started added actual voice overs to their games so there is just the monotonous grunting/laughing, that was indicative of this company/genre. It is a loveable game that follows along with the movies. Typical Lego game, blow up things, collect studs, unlock characters, solve puzzles, and learn abilities/spells. They have added bonus levels which end in achieving a gold brick. All in all this is a fantastic addition to anyone's Lego collection (or Harry Potter collection for that matter).

One thing I would of done differently: add achievements! I love games with achievements, whether it be Steam, Origin, GWLV, or any such type. not much of a grip. Plus you can't beat the price!

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Great MMORPG

punjamin | July 7, 2013 | Review of Guild Wars 2: Heroic Edition (NA)

Okay, so I've played World of Warcraft, Rift, and The Secret World. I've delved into Free2Play MMORPGs as well. However, this game gives you such a break from all those other games!

It is unique in a way that you can develop your own story. Do you want to be a Noble wielding magic or melee? Do you want to be some loner rogue on a mission for vengeance or looking for money? Well you can have a hand at all of those!

If you are used to MMORPGs then the control set up will be very familiar. Learning the map may prove somewhat of a challenge, but that is a plus in my book. More land = more adventure.

I'm not big on PVP, so I will not get too much into this topic. However, suffice it to say that this game is built with that in mind: player vs player, guild vs guild, and even world vs world! There are achievements galore, many of the servers are half full or bursting at the seams (the latter creates a queue for you to travel between maps, very dull).

Now there is no subscription fee unlike WoW. It is similar to The Secret World (not in graphics) but in that you have to purchase in game currency for special perks (i.e. clothing sets, companions, or special potions). They usually have a reasonable price if you are looking to customize your character. However, this is completely optional and is not a requirement to progress.

All in all, it is a fantastic game. I do see this game fading away in the future, not too soon I hope, but something bigger and better will come along and steal it's thunder. In the mean time, since it is at a reduced price I suggest you buy it before it becomes impossible to find a suitable partner to co-op with.