Reviews by saojoao

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Casual fun

saojoao | Nov. 26, 2013 | Review of Monstafish

Monstafish is a collection of several little mini games, all involving funny mutated fish. Each of them feels like they would be great for mobile devices, as you can easily imagine how much fun would it be to control them by rotating, twisting and tilting the devices. Still they're much fun, even if very simple, on PC with keyboard and mouse. For example you have to catch a fish on a hook. Or you need to clear screen of mutated monstafish, with several variations of this theme. The games are simple and entertaining, especially to casual gamers. I wouldn't recommend them to hardcore gamers, but they're a fun way to spend a few minutes playing a game that is not very demanding.

85

New classes and more

saojoao | Nov. 20, 2013 | Review of Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior

If Chivalry: Medieval Warfare was a good MMO melee game, the Deadliest Warrior expansion makes it even better and more brutal! For me it was most important that it adds new classes that are fully playable: Samurai, Spartan, Viking, Knight, Ninja and Pirate. Every one of them has its own play style and character. They will suit every player's style and preferences, refreshing your interest in the game and making it new for you. As if it was not enough, you get a choice of new enviroments to play in and a new game mode. The interface also got some additional polish, but it's all minor stuff for me, as I mostly care for the new classes to play.

77

Good value-to-price ratio

saojoao | Oct. 25, 2013 | Review of Battlefield Heroes: Royal Army Medium Starter Pack (NA)

Although the description says Battlefield Heroes is a super popular game, whenever I tell my friends about it, they are surprised. Most of them never heard of this game, which is a pity, because it really is a good and active online shooter. It is funny, with cartoonish visual style and very relaxing gameplay. Getting a starter pack for a chosen force makes entering the game much easier and less stressful. This medium-sized starter is aimed at Royal Army players and adds 14000 Funds and a special XP boost for 14 days. Additionally you get some nice visual enhancements in form of a legionnaire outfit and a special exclusive grenade launcher. This pack contains more value than its price would suggest, so if you don't want to go for the large starter, this one should be a decent choice.

85

Good survival game

saojoao | Oct. 25, 2013 | Review of How to Survive

How to Survive may be one of the most awaited games of this month. It is a survival game, with elements of crafting, which makes it a good alternative to Don't Starve or Terraria. What makes it stand out is the visual side of the game, which is presented in third-person 3d view, and the fact you are actually offered a survival guide which leads you through the game and teaches you about the available options. The other survival games often don't offer such help, so you need to learn it all the hard way by yourself. In How to Survive you can play with a choice of characters and on different islands, which gives you very much replayability for this game. I haven't tried many of the choices yet, so I cannot tell about them all, but the ones I've seen are really good and interesting.

90

Great economic strategy

saojoao | Oct. 25, 2013 | Review of Anno 2070 (NA) other

The Anno franchise took us into different places and periods, but it has always been one of the best and most interesting economic strategies. Anno 2070 takes us into the future, where we'll be building our empire and managing (sometimes even micro-managing) it. The economic model presented in this game is great, and it develops what we know from the previous Anno games. The game must be one of the best recently released economic empire-building games. And if you manage to get the full pack, with all the expansions and DLCs, don't hesitate and get it, as they're more than just cosmetic changes. They expand or improve the game, which is very good already.

70

"Soccer" they say

saojoao | Oct. 22, 2013 | Review of Lords of Football USA DLC

I am not too much into football games, but I found Lords of Football pretty enjoyable. Maybe it was thanks to the regional DLCs, which allowed to expand and customize your game, and to modify the experience depending on which region your games are taking place. The USA DLC pack for Lords of Football adds exactly this kind of enhancements - some architectural and ubanistic modifications to make you feel that your games are happening in the United States of America. It makes buildings and cities look more like they do in America. It also adds the National League of the USA, so if you want to play the USA National League, it is completely possible now. And although I am playing mostly in different regions, I will certainly spends some time playing the USA as well.

72

Good action packed game with much freedom

saojoao | Oct. 22, 2013 | Review of Urban Chaos

Although Urban Chaos is not a new game, it still offers good amount of fun and entertainment if you look farther than on its slightly dated visuals. If you do, you will notice a good action-packed game, which will put you on a quest to defeat a gang of Wildcats. In the meantime you will have to get dirty in hand-to-hand combat many times, and deal with challenges, which will require some effort but are not agonizingly difficult. They will not make you toss your computer around in anger, but will keep you interested in the game. In the meantime you will be roaming the streets of Union City, both on foot and in vehicles, which you will need to retrieve. For a game of its age it is very open and allows the player much freedom of action.

79

Gameplay of today, visuals of the past

saojoao | Oct. 22, 2013 | Review of Finding Teddy Cap

What looks like just another platformer is in fact a great oldschool point-and-click adventure game with nice pixel graphics. None of this computer generated rendered 3d art, but painstakingly drawn-by-hand pixel art. If you remember adventure games from the 8 bit or 16 bit times, you know what to expect. Surprisingly, the aesthetics of pixel-art adventure games translated very well to a new game, and was even improved to current standards, taking it above such fine examples of pixel art as Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery. There's little rush, little tension, but a decent storyline and cute characters. You will be teaming up with some of them, and in return they will make solving puzzles easier. What looks like a children's game is actually a very good point-and-click adventure.

76

Six new vehicles

saojoao | Oct. 8, 2013 | Review of Cities in Motion 2: Olden Times DLC

If you enjoyed Cities in Motion and still wanted some more, there are always new vehicles to breathe some new life into the game. The Olden Times expansion pack adds some new means of transportation, which makes the game a new experience even for players who grew bored with it already. There are two new buses (Maurice Futura and Stern-Berger Midi), three new trams City T13, Railcad Volatio, and ZiA-11E) and even a ferry (Donay Caravel) for you to choose and use. With such a diverse choice of new vehicles you can be sure to spend some new enjoyable time playing the game anew. And I am sure you will not regret buying this DLC.

80

As good as strategy games used to be

saojoao | Oct. 7, 2013 | Review of Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 & Centauro Expansion

Short version: Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 is a good strategy game, even if a bit tough. Even better with the Centauro Expansion.

Longer version: The Theatre of War series is not suited for casual gamers who want to play a light and easy strategy game. It's not as demanding as the Hearts of Iron series as well. It's a great and visually attractive game, which can be a challenge even for veteran strategists. I would call it a successor of the strategy games of the 16 bit period, which demanded much attention and dedication from gamers but offered huge satisfaction from brain-boiling intellectual exercise. If you remember this kind of games and would like to play something similar to this kind of games, but don't want to return to the visuals and sound of the previous epoch, you should check the Theatre of War series. Most likely you will not look back.

80

Best played with friends

saojoao | Sept. 29, 2013 | Review of Legends of Aethereus: 4 Pack

Legends of Aethereus may be the biggest unexpected surprise hit of this season for RPG gamers, especially for those who play MMORPG games. It offers interesting world to play in and great combat mechanics, but the greatest fun can be had when you play it with real people, and it's best if they're your friends. So if you want to optimize your gaming experience, why don't you just get some friends to play with you? The game allows you to cooperate or to compete against your friends. And the four-pack makes such friendly gaming even easier, so I highly recommend finding a group of friends to play with, buying the four pack and immersing yourselves in the world of Legends of Aethereus.

90

That's how it should be done

saojoao | Sept. 29, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas (AU)

Fallout New Vegas is the latest game of the Fallout franchise. Although some people cannot appreciate its mood and atmosphere, considering it too different than original Fallout games, I think something completely opposite. To me it's much better than the Fallout 3 game, so if there is a worthy sequel to the original two games, it is Fallout New Vegas. Don't be surprised so find the game presented in a FPS-like style instead of the isometric view we're used to, but this makes the immersion even deeper and your relation with the character even stronger. I think the game is what the makers of the first two games would make if they were to create Fallout now.

65

For all the gunzerkers out there

saojoao | Sept. 29, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Gunzerker Greasy Grunt Pack (ANZ)

There are many small DLCs for Borderlands 2, and the Gunzerker Greasy Grunt Pack is one of them. Such DLCs usually only offer some additional skins or costumes, with let you make your character stand out, make them more special and your own. They don't add too much (or nothing at all) to the gameplay at its core, but they improve gaming - especially for online players. Now with the Gunzerker Greasy Grunt Pack you can turn your gunzeker into something which makes you think about a powerful mechanic from the South. If you want your characters to look as much as everybody else and you play a gunzerker, this pack may be your best pick.

87

Relive the winter offensive

saojoao | Sept. 27, 2013 | Review of Company of Heroes 2: Case Blue DLC

Fall Blau or Case Blue was the code name of German offensive on oil-rich Caucasus area. This expansion for Company of Heroes 2 adds a selection of scenarios based on battles of this offensive. Some of them are co-operative, like the Voronezh battle, some are intended for solo play, like the 'Tiger Ace' scenario taking place near Volga, and another one from the Stalingrad area - 'Destroy a Convoy'. Then there are two AI battles as well, expanding the replayability of this expansion. I think for a WW2 strategy gamer this expansion is a must-have, especially if they're interested in the Eastern theatre, but I doubt it could be any different now after playing the excellent Company of Heroes 2 game.

75

Total diversity of items

saojoao | Sept. 25, 2013 | Review of Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Loot Pack DLC

Fallen Enchantress was a good game, which was improved even more by the next version - Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes. Any further improvements and additions are introduced in form of DLC packs, and the Loot Pack is the third of them. It adds many new items, which can be found and assigned to your characters in this game. The items added are really many and very different. There are weapons, rings, armor, and consumables which disappear after they're used up. And I must say the variety of new items is really impressed. For example there is a staff which can summon a naja to battle, a bow which entangles its target in a web, a sword which always causes critical hits, dragon teeth for summonning skeletons, or armor which can even nullify all damage received by the wearer. To make it a bit spicier, there are also some really funny items like bunny slippers or a giant lollipop. That's some diversity, isn't it?

80

New ships, more options

saojoao | Sept. 25, 2013 | Review of Leviathan Warships: Commonwealth Unit Pack

Leviathan: Warships is the kind of game which always can benefit from additional units, as they make the game more interesting and replayable. This DLC pack offers exactly this - more units for the Commonwealth forces. Namely, there are three new ship designs added to your fleet: Bluebell, which is great for defense due to its limited speed and increased weapon load. Katakus, a versatile and quite fast catamaran, which will be able to fill many gaps in your forces. And finally a Heavy Scout, which is more resilent than a standard Scout and with more options of weaponry, which allows to consider it one step heavier and more dangerous than the Scouts we're used to. I believe these new options will refresh your interest in the game, especially if you're a Commonwealth player.

90

Great special edition!

saojoao | Sept. 25, 2013 | Review of ARMA III: Limited Deluxe Edition

Arma has always been one of the finest military simulations or battlefield simulators. It's not a simple shooter but a pretty realistic and demanding game. With its third installment - Arma III, a special Limited Deluxe Edition was released. It includes not only the game itself but also a collection of interesting additions that a hardcore Arma player will love. Adding a soundtrack to such deluxe editions became customary already, but here's more than that: digital version of maps of the theaters of operation for this game, which will not only look great but also allow you to immerse deeper in the game and make your plans on these maps. Then there is a detailed Tactical Guide - a collection of hints, tips and advice for the best tactics. And finaly, if you missed the original Arma: Cold War Assault, you will get it here as a bonus. So I think it's one of the best special editions I've seen, and it's for a very good game!

66

Gold and experience boost

saojoao | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Guardians of Middle Earth - Smaugs Treasure

What more can a Guardians of the Middle-earth player ask for than an experience boosting item? This allows for faster progress and development of your characters, giving you an upper hand in combat against your enemies. And combat is what the Guardians of the Middle-earth game is about. You can get such an item from the Smaug's Treasure expansion. Moreover you also get a bonus of 80,000 Gold to use in the game. Such advantage over your enemies is something to make many players envious, and will save you long hours of grinding and improving your characters. For a serious Guardians of the Middle-earth player it's a must-have. For somebody else it's good but not crucial

69

New styles, rides and items

saojoao | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff (NA)

If you thought your sims didn't get the luxury they deserved, The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff adds it on every possible aspect of the game. So there are luxurious clothes, together with new styles and haircuts, new cars - of course they're luxurious, new items and new furnishings. Everything a luxury-loving rich sim would love to get. But some things follow quite different paths in this expansion. You don't need to play a rich person. You can make your sim a rockabilly-period macho, or a pin-up candy girl. It's all up to you and the Fast Lane expansion gives you all the tools you need for the job.