Reviews by thejoakim

87

Solid game

thejoakim | Sept. 3, 2013 | Review of Total War: Rome II

The maps are amazingly lush and realistic unlike previous installations of the Total War series. I'm really enjoying the region building making you not have to click on every city that you control every round; although this sometimes makes me build in the wrong cities it makes for much faster turns on the campaign map. There are some bugs which I'm sure will be hammered out over time such as wardogs not being able to disembark from boats during battle. Some people have said it's poorly optimized. I don't really agree with this. Running everything on max on my HD7970 i5 3570k rig. I'm not really a fan of the rain splashing effect on the screen but this is just a design choice. Some things could do with mouse over explanations like zeal and authority. Other than that it's pretty straight forward if you have played Total War before. I have to say the diplomacy aspect is much more sensible this time around and actually worth investing some time in. The brutal Total War grind is still there and that's all I'm really there for. Overall so far it seems like a solid effort.

93

Amazing: Original and hardcore

thejoakim | Aug. 28, 2013 | Review of Don't Starve

This is a game where you die it's over. Unless of course you have some voodoo hoodoo thing in place to save you. It is pretty challenging but not so much that it's daunting. You will learn from mistakes. You will get better. You will become a real survivalist. The only thing that this game reminds me of are some survival mods for WC3 like Winter Island and maybe Troll Tribes. But this is way better.

Find a good location! Make a firepit! Build a settlement and outposts! Tech up! Fight the creatures of the world! Make friends! Don't starve!

80

Scary

thejoakim | Aug. 28, 2013 | Review of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

This game is scary as hell and you have to move fast and be smart. The npcs are super creepy weirdos.

90

Better than Shogun 2

thejoakim | Aug. 28, 2013 | Review of Medieval II: Total War Collection

My honest opinion is that this game is better than Shogun 2 and even Rome. Sure the campaign map ai acts like a douche like in every Total War game. The Kingdoms expansion included in this is very good renewing the game making it seem new. I think I've played through this 3-4 times whereas I played Shogun 2 one and a two half times. I recommend this game. 4/5 vodka bottles

81

It's good... for a while.

thejoakim | Aug. 28, 2013 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2

The battles and castle defences are great fun and you steamroll the enemy hoorah! And then you play it on the hardest setting. Which kind of ruins the whole deal because the ai will stack armies on the armies on the armies whereas you can only have one army. So you might rout/wipe out 2 ai armies and when they send in the 3rd (same battle) you just cannot win due to morale and fatigue issues. This would be the time to sub in your other full army sitting right next to you but no. The only one allowed to reinforce like this is the ai. Gamebreaking. Another thing that is unforgivable is the grand strategy map ai. They make ridiculous demands when in weak positions and do not even accept the most generous of terms unless of course they came up with them. Furthermore, the ai will betray you in a heartbeat no matter if you have been allies for a very long time and have close ties.They will betray you even when hopelessly outnumbered and isolated. They hate you so much that they'd rather die and disappear from history than coexist. The illogical ai and generic maps makes the replay value of this game low. 91 for battles, 71 for ai. Average 81.