Reviews by thezayel

73

Same, but nothing wrong with that

thezayel | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of NBA 2K14

Although it'd be easy to brand every year's sports games as the exact same, there has undoubtedly been a few additions and fine-tuning done to this game. While I'm not a particular fan of LeBron James, his game mode is surprisingly fun and it's difficult not to get swept up in the overall feeling of the game as you manage your merry band of globetrotters in career mode.

More of the same, but packaged well.

76

Excellent expansion

thezayel | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Within

While Enemy Within never really changes the core mechanics of the game, it brings enough new things to the table to stay fresh and reinvigorate anyone who might have grown tired of the usual tactics over the base game. The appearence of Meld and EXALT bring just the right amount of variety into game, although their effect all but disappear once you get to late-game stage. Although $30 is a little steep for it, I'd recommend this expansion to anyone who wishes to spice up a possible replay.

88

More of the good stuff

thezayel | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2

Bigger, better and more brutal than ever, Borderlands 2 offers quite a bit more than its predecessor, rather than just a facelift. Just like with the first game, you're grabbed the instant the intro goes off and Handsome Jack's bombastic entrance is sure to linger in your mind through the, admittedly a bit meh, plot. Obviously though, the shooting is where this game is at and on that level it delivers the right amount of gore, ridiculousness it needs to have you grasping for gun after gun in hopes of dealing just a bit more damage. The new classes are doubtlessly fun to play with and though there are some weaker segments, the game never does overstay its welcome.

74

Continuing the curse

thezayel | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of Alpha Protocol

Poor Obsidian just can't get a break. After the almost phenomenal, but not quite finished Knights of the Old Republic 2, Alpha Protocol joins the list of games with excellent scope and ambitions, but ultimately suffering from very obvious time constraints. The intricately designed story- and dialogue systems are hampered by an ultimately lackluster gameplay. You can clearly see this game could have been grand, but they just weren't able to put down the finishing touches.

90

Definitely an experience

thezayel | Dec. 23, 2013 | Review of To The Moon

Having missed out on the old RPG generation, I don't really have the infatuation with pixel graphics others might have, but even I have to admit that the aesthetic, rather than alienate, just pulled me in. It's moving, vibrant and the story takes all the right steps in grabbing your heart and never letting go, even long after the credits have rolled.