Reviews by toasteddude

80

Addicting strategy

toasteddude | Aug. 21, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's CivilizationĀ® V

Civilization V is a massive strategy game. It sucks you in right from the start, though if you are new, you probably won't have much of a clue what you are doing. There is a lot of depth and a lot to learn, but it's worth it in the long run. There is a lot of fun to be had in building your empire. The worst thing about this game is the AI. It isn't all that smart and higher difficulties artificially challenge you by giving the AI additional bonuses rather than better management. The other major issue is the focus on "winning" the game rather than just existing as a civilization. I can't help but wish the AI could just play like a leader trying to run an empire rather than another player in a board game. Also note that if you plan on having large games with many AI opponents, the game will slow down as it drags on and you many need to wait almost 2 minutes between turns. Considering that you can easily find yourself waiting for constructions to finish and not doing much else for a set of turns in a row, it can be a big issue.

Despite the flaws, you'll likely get way more than your money's worth with Civilization V.

60

An overrated RPG that could have been much more

toasteddude | Aug. 21, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition

Oblivion is a promising if not slightly disappointing RPG. It offers a colourful and varied fantasy world to explore. There are plenty of entertaining quests to enjoy, particularly the Shivering Isles quest line and side quests. The main quest line is dreadful in story and gameplay. The combat is not engaging and does not fit many play styles. Melee combat builds are by far the most viable, with spells filling a support role, not a main role. The combat itself is not very fun and just feels stiff. You can hack and slash at enemies with the largest of weapons and they just shrug off the blows until they die. Some technical issues persist as well, stiff animations and crashes.

Certainly worth it when on sale if you want to experience one of the most influential RPG games for yourself, but you are much better off playing it's sequel, Skyrim, at this point.

70

A flawed gem

toasteddude | Aug. 21, 2013 | Review of Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is is a bit of a mixed bag. It has a wide open world to explore and a lot of stories to tell. There is a lot of fun to be had exploring the wasteland, battling various creatures and bandits. There is a wide variety of weapons and perks to customize your character to your play style. The VATS targeting system stands out as an entertaining feature, allowing you to target and cripple specific parts of enemies.

Unfortunately, Fallout 3 suffers from a number of issues. The real time combat is not spectacular. It offers very little feedback and it just feels like your peppering enemies with pebbles. The game is an RPG, not a shooter, but still, fighting with VATS on cooldown just isn't very pleasant. While the side quests do offer some good stories and gameplay, the main quest is just a nonsensical collection of ideas with very little substance. There are a number of technical issues as well which hurt the game: poor visuals (can be fixed by mods), poor animation, constant crashes and microstutter.

If you are willing to put up with the lack of a good main story, mediocre combat and the technical issues, there really is a nice adventure hiding underneath.

85

A fine RPG with extensive community support

toasteddude | Aug. 21, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nexway

A great RPG with a large tundra themed world to explore. Plenty of content to keep you occupied, even in the base game. The main attraction is the large number of ruins and dungeons to explore. There is a main quest but it isn't all that fun. The side quests are much better, particularly the Dark Brotherhood quest line. There isn't much depth to lore and story overall, the Dark Brotherhood being the exception. The combat is much improved since Oblivion (where engaging combat was sorely lacking) and a number of different character builds are viable (melee, mage, ranger, etc.) The visuals are fair without mods (but amazing with the right mods). but the game as a whole is much more stable from a technical standpoint compared to some of Bethesda's other games. Be sure to check out the large number of mods which improve the game greatly in almost every regard (visuals, content, bug fixes.)

90

Sandbox at it's best

toasteddude | Aug. 21, 2013 | Review of Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 provides a huge open world filled with things for you to destroy. While there is a story campaign, the missions aren't all that great and it is fairly short (though the dialogue and story are are great in a cheesy action movie parody kind of way.) JC2 is at it's best when you are out exploring the beautiful island. You can spend hours just driving around touring the island. Of course there is a lot of stuff to destroy and the explosions are pure satisfaction. The grappling hook allows for all manner of creative stunts and attacks. The weapon selection is a bit scarce though (more weapons are available through DLC). Very nice visuals that still hold up in 2013.

90

All Out Warfare

toasteddude | Aug. 18, 2013 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2

An awesome strategy game that allows you to field thousands of units at once and watch each soldier battle. Recommended for anyone looking for a tactical real time strategy game. Minus points only because it needs a strong PC to play smoothly, particularly your CPU. Still, nothing beats defending a citadel against a massive force.