Reviews by shint630

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Unadulterated Fun

shint630 | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2 (NA)

When I first saw the concept of Borderlands: an RPG shooter with one action skill, I was skeptical of how much enjoyment players could get out of a game like this. To me, it seemed like one more step in the streamlining evolution that all modern games seem to be heading towards. However, after playing through Borderlands, I was shockingly and pleasantly surprised at how rewarding and enjoyable the game was despite only having one active skill.

Borderlands 2 is in my opinion, a successful iteration of that same formula. Not only did they keep their unique sense of art direction, story telling, and character portrayals, but they seemingly improved upon it. Without risking any spoilers, I can say that Borderlands 2 felt like a much more polished game in terms of its identity, undoubtedly due to the success of the first game. The only criticism I have is toward the later stages of the game, during the second and third playthroughs. It does get slightly stale and repetitive the more you play it, but the loot keeps you coming back.

90

Unique Take on Steampunk Stealth

shint630 | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Dishonored Nexway -

Solely in terms of gameplay, this was one of the most captivating and enjoyable games I have played recently.The sheer amount of work and love that the developers put into making the gameplay as engaging and interesting as possible for gamers is for the most part unprecedented in this generation. The prime example of this is the unique combination of skills that players can combine that was painstakingly engineered by the developers.

Although the mechanics of stealth are similar to any other stealth game, the combination of this and the use of skills provides the player with various fun and satisfying methods of executing your goals. Combined with the steampunk setting, Dishonored really makes a unique gameplay experience that I highly recommend.

93

Immersive, Huge, and Lots of Fun

shint630 | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition

Personally, I consider Fallout New Vegas the best game in the franchise. For one, New Vegas stuck more to the themes and tones of Fallout 1 and Fallout 2, relative to Fallout 3. This created a more immersive and believable environment by borrowing aspects from 1 and 2 such as the vast expanses of dry desert shown in the Mojave. Although the story does not begin with an emergence from a Vault, this does not take away from the experience as a whole. In fact, the main focus of the plot line was more towards exploration of this vast universe rather than chasing a father.

There were also plenty of gameplay improvements over Fallout 3 as well. One of them being more enjoyable gun and shooting mechanics. Like the previous Fallouts, it kept the same VATS mechanic which made pausing time so satisfying.

This is not to say though that it is a perfect game. You may encounter the occasional bug on your playthroughs, though a lot of them have been fixed by the developers. However, this is fairly standard in large open world games such as this.

The DLCs that are included in this Ultimate Edition are also incredibly fun and engaging in their own respective rights. Dead Money was a refreshing change to the gameplay that added new mechanics to make your stay at the Sierra Madre more terrifying and ominous. Honest Hearts was a beautiful location to explore with the mountainous terrain and flowing waters. Old World Blues was a nice quirky edition that added the dark-humor elements that were present in previous Fallout titles. Finally, Lonesome Road was a great addition to the backstory of the Courier that really fleshed out your life as well as where you fit within this universe.

I would recommend this game to any fan of open-world, immersive games and would highly recommend it to fans of Fallouts 1 and 2.