Reviews by pyjamasbox

90

A beautiful horror-thriller game

pyjamasbox | Feb. 10, 2014 | Review of Alan Wake

Alan Wake is a beautiful game with horror/thriller style gameplay. The visuals are crisp and detailed with some of the best lighting i've ever seen in a video game, and the game runs well on even modest machines. You play as Alan, an author with writers block who vacates to a small town with his wife to help ease his mind. Unfortunately for Alan, horrors await. You'll spend the duration of the campaign (~10-12 hours) looking for your wife and fleshing out the mysteries of the dark little down you've stranded yourself in.

85

A great game that feels just a bit too familiar.

pyjamasbox | Feb. 10, 2014 | Review of BioShock Infinite (NA)

You ever really enjoy a movie, but not so much the second time around? Bioshock infinite does a lot to emulate that feeling. While the game itself is well polished, there's a lot here that will feel recycled to anybody whose ever played a bioshock game before.

From a visual standpoint, the game looks great; the art style in infinite is beautifully colorful and unique. The game runs smooth on generally mid-tier machines, and animations/sound design are top notch.

Gameplay is where Infinite falls short. While the game doesn't play poorly, it feels a lot like they took the original bioshock systems and just remade them. It works well enough, but it doesn't feel new or refreshing like it did the first time around, and there's a lot of combat in this game; so you really feel tired of the gunplay by the time the game ends and it's clear that the gameplay is just filler to space out the games excellent story.

Overall the game is very good, though a bit drawn out. The story does a lot to develop the characters in a short period of time, and you'll find yourself racking your brain trying to figure out the twists and turns. I highly recommend this experience to everybody, especially fans of the bioshock series.

100

A classic game that still holds up.

pyjamasbox | Feb. 10, 2014 | Review of BioShock (NA)

Apart of one of the greatest recent years in gaming (2007), Bioshock is a killer horror-esque classic set in an underwater city in the early 1900's. While it's a bit aged at this point, the 2007 classic still holds up well enough from a visual and atmospheric standpoint. You can expect perfectly executed puzzle, exploration, and intense first person action oriented gameplay that is complemented by an incredible twisty-turny style story. If you've never experienced BioShock before, i suggest you do so immediately.

70

A decent game, a poor XCOM.

pyjamasbox | Feb. 9, 2014 | Review of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (NA)

XCOM declassified is a game that went through a long, troubled development, and it's shows. While the game is far from bad, it doesn't have what it takes live up the XCOM name. If you're coming into this game expecting a chess-like action game much like XCOM: Enemy Unknown, you'll be sorely disappointed. Instead, you'll be greeted with a tactical third person shooter with sci-fi elements and not much else.

The story is utterly forgettable, but the presentation isn't half bad. The game looks decent, but not good enough to warrant the performance issues that haunt the game on even a decent gaming rig. The gameplay is nothing special, but works efficiently enough for what's going on. Don't expect to run and gun your way through this game, you'll be using special abilities and strong tactics just to get through even basic encounters.

All in all, the game does a lot of things, but none of them are done particularly well. The game sets out to achieve almost nothing spectacular, and does exactly that..nothing spectacular. I think the biggest issue with this game is that it's simply not more like XCOM.