Reviews by reid1745

83

Not as good at the first, but makes up for it with style

reid1745 | April 29, 2013 | Review of The Darkness II dns

As other reviewers have pointed out, the original The Darkness is a much better, longer experience that is less linear and has you struggle more. The Darkness 2, while not quite living up to that, is still quit the thrill ride in every sense of the word. It is short, quick, fun, but ultimately loses its charm after going through it twice. The game looks amazing, and while some might not agree with the art design I think it meshes nicely with the grisly beheadings.

The multiplayer, however, feels completely tacked on an just a way to pad the game length. I wish they had taken the dev time of the multiplayer and added another single player mode

67

Beautiful visuals, but has some pretty big flaws

reid1745 | April 29, 2013 | Review of The Last Remnant Overflow

The union system, while confusing, is a really fun and unique take on JRPG combat. It sometimes feels like you are not in control, but once you realize most things come down to mana cost, it makes more sense. This game is visually stunning, even today. The chracter design is pretty good for a JRPG, and the maps all look different enough to be fresh and exciting.

This game has a serious flaw though in its basic gameplay design. Grinding hurts you. All the enemies scale with you, so you can literally grind to the point that the game is unwinnable. This goes against the weapon system, where to get better weapons for your party members you need (sometimes rare) monster drops. So you can choose between accepting what drops you get and having mediocre weapons, making the game harder, or between grinding and making the game harder as it autoscales up to you. If this was taken out the game would be one of my favorite JRPGs of the last decade