Reviews by theamazingshala

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If You Like The Number 3...

theamazingshala | Sept. 8, 2012 | Review of Trine

You will love trine. You play one of 3 characters each with their own special abilities, strengths and weaknesses. While being a platformer, Trine isn't just limited running and jumping towards the exit. In this 2d/3d world magic is used and in game physics to solve puzzles and defeat monsters and enemies.

The world of Trine is exiting, and vibrant. A breath of fresh air to the average platformer. The need to switch between all three different types of characters is a fun and exciting aspect as well for this glowing game. You never feel trapped in a 2d world with all the lively elements at play with this game.

Good things come in 3's.

60

Not Having a Good Time?

theamazingshala | Sept. 8, 2012 | Review of Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

Kane and Lynch 2 takes place sometime after the first game. Both Kane and lynch are on the run again and this time in Asia. This time around the game tries to through an almost voyeur/snuff feel to the story, with random security camera action shots and censor bars.

The atmosphere is there for the game, but the game play is severely lacking and unforgiving at times. Fighting the same type of enemies as well gets repetitive to the point where you don't want to push on further. It tries to be a 90's/80's action movie but lacks a lot of the charm and interest. Tack on guns that don't really feel like they give you any power and your left with a bland tasting gritty action again.

At least the menu is quite nice.

80

Open To the Max

theamazingshala | Sept. 8, 2012 | Review of Just Cause 2

While most open world games allow you roam free, Just Cause 2 takes the whole open world feel and opens up the sky. Great expansive vistas and over the top explosions, the world is the ultimate sandbox.

While not the best when it comes to story, Just Cause 2 makes up for in the freedom to run, jump, sky dive, fly, and drive and cause maximum chaos. The most air you can get in a sandbox game.

The game itself is quite optimized and with no load times, you'll have a hard time staying in one place for to long. Zip line to a mountain and soon you're miles away from your objective exploring the different scenery.

90

War Made Fun

theamazingshala | Sept. 7, 2012 | Review of Company of Heroes THQ

Company of Heroes is the type of game you so often wish other RTS games could be. It has atmosphere, depth and a still stunning look about it. Instead of focusing on resource gathering, your main focus is pushing forward and capturing supply, and fuel lines. Doing whatever you can to halt the enemy advancing.

With only two factions to play, you would think the nature of the game play would get stale but the environment every time allows for new and creative play through. Destroying certain structure, blowing up bridges. The chaos and destruction is what sets it apart from so many other RTS games.

80

A Good Throw Back

theamazingshala | Sept. 7, 2012 | Review of Warhammer 40000: Space Marine (THQ)

Space Marine, looks and feels like a throwback action shooter. Complete with a hardcore over the top action star feel. Set in the Warhammer 40k universe, you are a Space Marine sent down to a planet to clean up an ever growing threat. You are the hero, you are the biggest weapon to the enemy.

Linear, brutal, and sometimes funny, this games provides a breath of fresh air to the Warhammer series. Battles at times will get repetitive and the healing system feels strange at first, but after a while it becomes second nature. A decidedly solid action game with a surprisingly fresh fun atmosphere

85

Great 40k Addition

theamazingshala | Sept. 7, 2012 | Review of Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II: Retribution THQ

Warhammer is back, but now with a new faction, and missions for each class. The classic Company of Heroes cover system and tactics is still in tact. Instead of just spamming hundreds and hundreds of units on screen like a typical RTS, in Retribution you command squads. Each squad has strengths and weaknesses and plays out like a chaotic game of rock paper scissors.

Another great aspect of Retribution is the improved on Last Stand game mode. In Last Stand you control a single faction hero with two other players and fight off increasingly difficult waves of enemies until reaching the final way. The multiplayer/CO-OP modes are perhaps the best aspect of this series and feature new maps.

A great addition and fun to play with others. No Games for Windows Live.

85

A New Journey

theamazingshala | Sept. 7, 2012 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (NA)

Adventuring is never done, especially for the the Elder Scrolls series. This epic sets itself drastically apart from the look and feel of previous iterations of Elder Scrolls games, vying for a more Nordic feel. Dragons, undead, and mysterious cults all looking for a little of your attention.

The new land to discover follows a path much like Obsidian's Fallout New Vegas. Follow the trail and there will always be something to see, some cave to explore, some quest to access. Should you feel like venturing off and get lost, the world allows you to gather your bearings and right yourself back on your path. Unlike the previous Elder Scroll's games, there is a slight feeling of confinement that comes along with this more detailed game world. Often you will feel more grounded.

Graphically the game is a step up from the previous Elder Scroll games. A more lush vibrant, mountainous world. When turned all the way up the game world really comes alive. There are however still glaring low resolution textures and clipping issues.

The interface to the game is not as smooth as one would think it should be, and largely feels like it's made for a controller. The look and feel has been made stream lined and made minimalistic compared to past games.

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For when you feel a little grounded.

theamazingshala | Aug. 20, 2011 | Review of Just Cause 2

GTA got you down? Not enough explosions? Not enough chaos? Just Cause 2 is the game to get for anyone needing a break from the often grounded free roam games. The sky truly is the limit to this great game. Story might not be its forte, but what it lacks in story it makes up in altitude, stunts and and all around willingness to let you do what you want. Just stand on top of one of the tallest mountains in the game world and take in the scenery; you'll know your in a totally different type of open world.

85

If at first you don't succeed...

theamazingshala | Aug. 19, 2011 | Review of Magicka

Try again with friends. This game is truly meant to be played and experienced with friends. Four wizards enter a level and after a minute only one wizard is guaranteed to be left standing. Part of the joys and frustrations come from diving in head first learning the multiple spells combos, and releasing them without ever knowing how they work or when to use them. Pick up a friend or two to play this game, you might not ever complete the game but you'll have some of the best times in a game fighting to survive against the onslaught that are your buddies.