Reviews by rahnborshko

85

Put the Wicked to Rest

rahnborshko | April 19, 2014 | Review of Borderlands

Borderlands offers FPS fans an opportunity to experience Diablo, Torchlight, and Path of Exile type mechanics in a satisfying manner.

Four classes make up the personnel and each boasts their own set of three skill trees. With each level up, your character can put their desired skill within any skill tree creating unique characteristics. Each class works well together and solo.

Much like Diablo and Torchlight, loot is randomized and will drop frequently from numerous chests and enemies. The random loot drops allow for grinding to find that special gun, shield, skill enhancement, etc.

The actual first-person shooting is done well. The shooting is fluid and responsive making for excellent entertainment. The enemies do have their variations, but don't expect a wide range of enemy types. Satisfaction comes when enemies are blown to bits and loot rains from their mangled corpses.

Playing solo has its highlights, but for the best experience, coop is a must as long as your team has a good connection.

Some things that can damper the experience are purposeless story, and eventual bland grinding. If you want a game with an excellent story, Borderlands isn't it. If your not the grinding type, then this game may be frustrating.

All in all, the game is fun and offers a different FPS experience than your typical Halo or Call of Duty. If you are a fan of Diablo or Torchlight, give it a try.

90

Say Hello to My Knifed Boxing Glove, Zombie

rahnborshko | Oct. 18, 2013 | Review of Dead Rising 2

The original Dead Rising was a fun game in its own right. It contained challenging gameplay, that at times proved to be more challenging than they were really worth, and it had cool zombie crushing mechanics. The sequel is, so far, the best in the series because it ramps up the mechanics of the original and includes some of its own goodies that increase the fun one could have when beating down the undead. The story is better with a main character that is more enjoyable than Frank West was in the original. The inclusion of the workstation is a great improvement allowing you forge items you find around the strip to make better zombie smashing weapons. Other goodies are great coop play, multiplayer arena matches, three save slots instead of one. Overall this is a good game and those who liked the first game will have even more fun with this one.

100

Excuse me, Sir, your brains are showing.

rahnborshko | Oct. 14, 2013 | Review of The Walking Dead

Point-and-Click adventures have had a difficult time finding a modern audience over the past decade. However, the folks at Telltale games have created something special that have put Point-and-Click adventures on the map again. The Walking Dead boasts an amazing story that is tailored by your decisions. The amount of endings is staggering. What makes the game work is its mature theme that doesn't hold back any punches. You may have heard it before how games try to hit your emotions yet they never fully deliver on that end. This game, however, fulfills that goal on multiple levels (As a side note, I have never felt a strong character bond to any video game character until I played this game...its that good). There are, however, some technical issues. Between scene transitions, there are slight frame hiccups. (I had this problem but others may not) After you complete one of the five episodes you may notice when you start the next one, your game doesn't continue with the choices you made in the previous episode. There is a way around this if it does happen to you, but it can get annoying. Other than these technical difficulties, the game is solid and should be on your radar.

95

Jet Surfing and 10,000 Ft Parachute Landing--Oh My

rahnborshko | Oct. 2, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2

A giant tropical island playground of immense possibilities is what's in store for the adventurous player who delves into this game. Here is an example of what can happen while playing. Jet surfing up high in the sky, base jumping off jet plummeting at record speeds towards the ocean below, pull parachute milliseconds before contact with ground, float for a while, see helicopter passing by, grapple to helicopter and hijack it, go to military base and cause havoc with twin missile launchers and rail gun, bail damaged helicopter, C4 car, drive car in the middle of a group of bad guys, ditch car, wait for right moment, blow up C4 and loads of enemies. This is just a taste of what one can do in this open world game. There are loads of things to do from racing, item collecting, and full on destruction. This is a game for those who just want to have fun.

100

Johnny! I Can't Feel My Legs!

rahnborshko | Oct. 1, 2013 | Review of Company of Heroes

If you ever wanted an in depth WWII commander experience outside of the classic Axis and Allies board game, then this is the game for you. The main game follows the American campaign beginning with Omaha Beach. Relic has developed an interesting twist on how RTS games are traditionally played by focusing more on cover tactics, unit placements, and unit abilities. The resource gathering works more like a Battlefield game were you take over checkpoints with specific resource strengths that automatically add to your resource pool; this works well to keep you more engaged on the fighting than on building up your resources. It is a challenging game that requires the player to be attentive to their surroundings and available units. The game also boasts an engaging and thriving multilayer experience that is still going strong today.

98

In Space, No One Can See You Bleed

rahnborshko | Oct. 1, 2013 | Review of Dead Space (NA)

Dead Space is everything an Alien, Aliens, The Thing, Resident Evil 4 fan would ever want. The terrors of being secluded in space on a derelict ship full of nasty deformed humans whose only purpose is to rip you apart in many delectable ways are fully fleshed out in this fresh survival horror game. Everything is top notch from the sound, level design, setting, gameplay, and story. As Resident Evil 4 was fun to pick up and play over and over again, Dead Space will leave you wanting to come back to the horrors of the USG Ishimura over and over again.

84

Beware the Dark

rahnborshko | Sept. 30, 2013 | Review of Alan Wake

Remedy has a history for making cinematic games. Their first foray into gaming was with the shooter classic Max Payne. With Alan Wake, they have brought an interesting story with great production value shrouded in a horror theme. Alan Wake has a fun fighting mechanic that requires skill and concentration. The only things holding it back are poor facial animations and slight repetitive gameplay. However, for a Twin Peaks like gaming experience with fun fighting and puzzle solving, it is a good game to check out.

100

Rocksteady and Warner Brothers have done it again.

rahnborshko | Sept. 27, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year

Its bigger and better than Arkham Asylum in almost every way, and that is saying a lot. Arkham Asylum proved that superhero games could be amazing and fun, and Arkham City continues that legacy with an even bolder and better Batman game. The combat and predator systems have been overhauled to perfection in a bigger game world full of amazing art and characters. The story is rich with Batman lore and will satisfy the most vibrant fan. For a good time that will last longer than an Galapagos Tortoise, buy this game.

95

Superhero Games just got its Masterpiece

rahnborshko | Sept. 27, 2013 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year

When it comes to games, superheroes have had a difficult time appeasing fans and being good games in general. Rocksteady and Warner Brothers Games have released a game that proves that superhero games can be good, great, even masterpieces. Arkham Asylum lives up to the hype with its superbly done combat and predator systems. If you ever wanted a full Batman experience that is both fun and engaging, then this is a game for you.