Reviews by tzarinakatarina

88

Excellent multiplayer slasher

tzarinakatarina | Dec. 5, 2013 | Review of Chivalry: Complete Pack

When it comes to online slashers, the choice is not very impressive. There may be War of the Roses, Mount and Blade Warband and Chivalry - Medieval Warfare. By no means it's a simulation or attempt to represent medieval close combat in a realistic and true manner, but what it does is making it fun, and we must admit - it does its job very well. With intuitive controls and great graphics, the game captures you and moves you onto a medieval battlefield, full of warriors controlled by other players. And if the base game is not enough for you, the Deadliest Warrior expansion adds even more interesting stuff, like new maps and new kinds of warriors to play. These two products are bundled together as the Chivalry: Complete Pack, which I can wholeheartedly recommend to every online gamer!

80

Realistic map pack

tzarinakatarina | Dec. 5, 2013 | Review of Cradle of Civilization Bundle

The Cradle of Civilization bundle is a pack of four map packs for Civilization V. They cover Asia, Americas, Mesopotamia and Mediterranean, and provide more detailed and pretty accurate representations of their respective areas. These are good for players who wish to play in more realistic and historically accurate enviroments, and in scales which are more fitting for expansion of a civilization. Moreover the maps can be edited with a map builder tool, so players can adjust them to their own preference and to meet their imagined picture of what the areas should be represented like. Although these map packs are not necessary to play the game, they add many good maps which can provide long hours of enjoyable strategic gaming.

78

Playing with physics in space

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 28, 2013 | Review of Space Engineers

The Space Engineers game takes you into the space and manages to turn some mundane and potentially boring maintenance tasks into interesting and addicting gaming activities. The excellent thing about this game is how much fun playing with physics can be. The laws of physics are represented really well, so with some little imagination you can really feel as if you are deep in space. But it's not all - you don't only get to play with physics, but also to build (and destroy) things. So you want to build a spacecraft - sure, it is completely possible. Just remember there's no gravity, so engines and thrusters will work different than in our atmosphere. How? Well, try and you will see...

85

Eastern Front wargame done properly

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 28, 2013 | Review of Men of War: Red Tide

Men of War: Red Tide takes you again to the eastern front of World War Two. It will be the Russian campaign, so you will be replaying battles between Germans and Soviets for most of the time, with some additional appearances of Romanians. The game is even better than Men of War, as brutal and probably even more unforgiving. Some fighting will take place around the Black Sea, some will feature some interesting units (Black Coats!) and the whole campaign of over 20 missions is driven by great storyline that binds the battles together and turns them into an unforgettable experience. I am still trying to finish this game, and am enjoying every bit of the struggle.

83

The kind of DLC you would expect

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 28, 2013 | Review of Sanctum 2: The Pursuit DLC

The Pursuit DLC is the kind of DLC you would expect for Sanctum 2. It includes two new towers and weapons for you to use, new enemies and new perks. Is it bad or disappointing? Not at all. If you liked Sanctum 2 this is the kind of expansion you would like to see for it. If you didn't like the game, why are you even thinking about getting this DLC? It won't change the game in any radical way. It will remain the same "first person tower defense" game it used to be. Best played with friends in multiplayer mode, bu it's also pretty much fun for a single player.

75

Easiest in the series

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 11, 2013 | Review of Monument Builders - Statue of Liberty

Monument Builders is a series of games which are supposed to provide fun and education to the player. The Statue of Liberty is the third installment in the series, and it follows the same path as the previous two games. It's a resource management game, just like these city builders we all know. You need to prepare the place for construction, build materials, hire workers, and so on, in order to create the monument that is the goal of the game. This part is easier than the previous two, so it may be a good introduction to the series if you are not familiar with it. And with like 50 levels to play, you will surely prepare yourself well for the more difficult Monument Builders games.

100

True game of the year for me

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 11, 2013 | Review of Dishonoredâ„¢ Game of the Year Edition (NA)

The Game of the Year edition of Dishonored is really the game of the year for me. The game itself is great, and with the expansions and DLCs it's even better. And by purchasing it as a combined Game of the Year pack, you pay much less than if you purchased all the titles separately. So what's not to like here? The game can be considered a great heir to the tradition of stealth games like Thief or Deus Ex, and it's set in an interesting world with elements of fantasy and steampunk. You get a lot of freedom, as there are multiple ways of dealing with situations in the game. Game of the year I tell you!

72

Huzzah, huzzah

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 11, 2013 | Review of Victoria II: Interwar Cavalry Unit Pack

If you couldn't enjoy the game to the fullest because of some imperfections and inaccuracies in representation of cavalry uniforms, this is the amswer to your problems. I am not such an expert in historical uniforms that some differences would hurt me like a thorn in my eye, but I have some friends who just cannot stand it. So they will surely appreciate this pack of cavalry uniforms and models for the period between the two World Wars in Victoria II. There are twelve new models in the pack. They add proper models to cavalry units of Austria, Great Britain, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and USA, so all major forces of the period are covered.

70

Better weapons, more music

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 11, 2013 | Review of Teleglitch: Guns and Tunes DLC

I was more than surprised how much I liked Teleglitch. It's a perfect example of indie gaming at its best. Excellent and entertaining gameplay, interesting visual style and good soundtrack. Now the game gets a DLC with some new music and more! I am happy to see this DLC released so quickly, and for a very low price you can make your game of Teleglitch even more interesting! Even the five new tracks alone would be sufficient to justify the purchase, you also get eight new weapons to use in the game. And to make the game even more unpredictable, you can now randomize your starting arsenal, so every gameplay can be different.

70

Decent hack-n-slash game

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 6, 2013 | Review of Hazen

Hazen is a hack-n-slash game that reminds of the Diablo series. It suffers from some technical glitches and crashes, but it's not so bad that it could ruin your enjoyment. It may not have the epic feel of Torchlight or Diablo, it may not be as popular as Diablo, but it's not a bad game. I think it can offer hours of good fun as long as you are capable of dealing with some minor technical problems. It may not be the game of your life but still you can be lost in it for hours. You may be surprised how much time has passed since you launched the game. And then you start it again...

80

Good game with many extras

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 6, 2013 | Review of War of the Vikings: Blood Eagle Edition

You liked War of the Roses, you surely did. Otherwise you wouldn't be even checking this title. The easiest way to describe it is to call it an early medieval version of the War of the Roses game, focused on vikings. It is brutal, it is fast, it is demanding and it is fun. There's not as much heavy armor here, weapons are lighter as well. The surroundings look just right for the period, and you get to play a viking! Moreover the Blood Eagle Edition gives you access to some extras, including a digital artbook, soundtrack, a unique viking helmet for your character, more unlocked gear and one additional DLC for free. And finally there are some bonus coins to spend in the game, so you can customize your character even more. For all these goodies, the price seems more than reasonable.

72

Not as bad as some would like to think

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 6, 2013 | Review of Tony Tough

Tony Tough is a detective and the main character in a game that bears the same title. It is an adventure game which could be considered a successor of the glorious genre which the Monkey Island games were a part of, but unfortunately it is not as good as those games. Fortunately it's not very expensive either, and for its price it offers decent amusement and joy. With some good puzzles, interesting and funny storyline, and really nice sounds, it could benefit from more attention paid to the visual part of the game. Fortunately the most imoportant thing in the game seems to be the characters, and these are really interesting and memorable, especially if you are into adventure games. For a fan of the genre it is a must-have, others may consider it a decent adventure game.

70

Serious subject for a fantasy game

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 4, 2013 | Review of Fantasyche: Mike

Fantasyche: Mike will make any jRPG gamer feel at home. The Japanese style is obvious so if you like the genre and don't mind the RPG-Maker-like look you may actually have a blast. Players who prefer the Euro-American way of RPG may feel a bit railroaded here, but I think the community of jRPG gamers is large enough. The protagonist, Mike, is travelling through a fantasy land of o'Fabrica. Just like with many Japanese RPGs, emotions and storyline will be very important here, even more important than actual choices of decisions, which may seem pre-determined by the authors. The subject is pretty mature here, as the game actually deals with depression of the main character, for whom the land of o'Fabrica is an escape from this condition.

70

Insane headgear

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 1, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Psycho Party Pack (ANZ)

Although the Psycho doesn't come with the base game and needs a separate DLC to be available, it's good to add him to Borderlands 2 because he comes with a cool story and is one of the most interesting characters in the game. The psycho is... quite crazy, and it shows. This new outfit for the psycho is even crazier than the basic one. Which sane person would attach cans to his head with a special dispenser, pouring drinks directly to their mouth? Yet the psycho has such an attachment over his head. With this strange machinery on his head and a tattoo on his stomach he looks as if he was about to party hard, even if in his case partying doesn't have to mean dancing but something much more brutal.

79

Turns the commando into a real bad boy

tzarinakatarina | Oct. 1, 2013 | Review of Borderlands 2: Commando Devilish Good Looks Pack (ANZ)

The Commando is a popular favourite character in the Borderlands 2 game, with a decent choice and balance of skills the character is a versatile choice for many players. Unfortunately there haven't been too many interesting skins for this character. Most of the good ones were too obviously military for my taste until I found this one. Now the Commando can look really wicked cool! With the devilish smile and head, complete with horns, the commando is no longer just a soldier but becomes a characterful personality. Now he looks like a real bad boy or a cyberpunk ganger, definitely some kind of misbehaving guy. Who wouldn't like his own Commando to look this cool?

77

For hardcore Pac-Man veterans

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 29, 2013 | Review of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+: Championship III & Highway II Courses DLC (NA)

If you ran out of or became bored with the basic courses included in the Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ game, Championship III & Highway II Courses DLC is a great way to expand your range of courses, because you get two new courses in one pack. These courses are more demanding than the basic ones, so I would recommend moving on to them only after you're well accustomed to the game and basic courses. The new ones will require a different strategy and approach. Moreover you are also getting four new modes of playing, so the number of possible combinations grows pretty much. If you already have the All You Can Eat Add-on Pack or Edition, you have this pack already, so there's no need to purchase it again.

75

More difficult, more addictive

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 29, 2013 | Review of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+: Big Eater Course DLC (NA)

The Big Eater Course DLC adds a new course with some modifications to the basic game. Now the number of sleeping ghosts is tripled, so you will use power-ups to consume them much more frequently. But on the other hand you will also need to pay more attention to their current locations and remaining time of your power-ups. This makes the gameplay much more intense and pretty much different than in the base game. I wouldn't recommend this course to beginners, or they may feel discouraged with the increased difficulty. On the other hand, veteran gamers will surely appreciate the difficulty and potential for even higher scores than before. If you don't have the All You Can Eat Add-on Pack or Edition and are an experienced Pac-Man player, get this addon.

85

American history better detailed

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 29, 2013 | Review of Europa Universalis IV: American Dream

Europa Universalis was always a perfect example of a serious political strategy or simulation game. Much more serious and demanding than Civilization for example. Now the fourth installment in the series makes Europa Universalis even better than before. The American Dream expansion (or DLC pack if you prefer) adds some additional detail to the American part of history covered by this game. This covers the very beginnings of the United States of America, along with the American Revolutionary War. To make this part of history better represtented and interesting, the DLC adds over 50 events tailored specifically to this subject, 10 new pictures and new units related to the USA. I consider this an essential expansion, but your mileage may vary.

64

Pretty but one of many

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 21, 2013 | Review of Hyper Fighters CAP

I don't know why but the whole genre of arcade shooters is in some kind of comeback. They're so popular again that we keep receiving a new vertical-scroller or horizontal scroller or any other kind of shooter oh so often. The question is: do we need so many of them, and: is Hyper Fighters any special? I didn't find anything different and unique about this game that wouldn't be found in many other gamers from this genre. Well, maybe the graphics are nice and different than in other shooters. But is this enough to convince you to purchase this game? Well, for me it's not quite enough. But probably for a fan of the genre the game may be more interesting.

72

Not perfect but still solid

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 21, 2013 | Review of Egypt

The story of Maya, an Egyptian sorceress, is told with nice graphics, well done cutscenes and moody music. All these elements add up, and together with pretty solid storyline, they build a coherent picture of ancient Egypt. Egypt is a pretty unpopular adventure game, and I think it's a pity, because for a fan of adventure games it's a good choice. Others might prefer to spend their time and money on other games, but for an adventure gamer the game is a solid choice. It is slightly worse than its sequel, which managed to improve a few things (possibly thanks to increased budget) but the whole series can be fun and definitely a likeable trip to ancient Egypt.

79

Good but less-popular adventure game

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 21, 2013 | Review of Egypt 2: The Heliopolis Prophecy

Although Egypt II: The Heliopolis Prophecy is not among the most popular adventure game, it still can be recommended. It has a great atmosphere and good story, illustraded with pretty nice graphics. Even if they don't compare to the hand-painted beauties from Deadalus, they still look good and don't distract from the game. The game really invokes the feeling of ancient Egypt, and even comes with an encyclopaedia full of interesting facts about it. I think every fan of adventure games would enjoy it, even if the story becomes thinner toward the end (without going into any spoilers here). A special mention goes to the soundtrack which doesn't go too far and does great job building the atmosphere of Egypt of old.

69

Not very innovative

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of Hunted: The Demons Forge

Hunted: The Demons Forge is a hack-and-slash game and it doesn't even pretend it isn't. You will be playing either as a tough male warrior or an elven female archer. The first one is strong and resilent, made for hand-to-hand combat, and the other shoots fast as a machine gun with her bow. The cool thing about the game is that it allows you to switch the character during your game, so you are not bound by your initial choice. Unfortunately that's about all about how innovative it is. There have been many similar games already, some were worse and some were better. So if you are not a fan of the genre, you are fine without this game. But if you're into similar hack-and-slash games, you should add it to your collection.

72

Yet more guardians

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of Guardians of Middle Earth - The Striker Bundle

Guardians of the Middle-Earth may soon become one of the most popular MOBA (massive online battle arena) games, with its excellent use of Tolkien's Middle-Earth as its universe. Without going into too much detail about the game, it is all about two teams fighting to protect their own camps and attack the enemy's one. With a massive choice of available warriors it allows every Tolkien fan to play a game with their own characters. Some of the characters come only from expansions though, and the Striker Bundle is one of such addons. It adds new guardians to the game: Haldir, Frodo, Bilbo, Snaga, and Unglob. There are also their alternate versions, plus ten thousand gold to use in the game. Not a bad choice for a GotME gamer!

75

Famous historical train

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of Trainz Simulator: Coronation Scot cap

Coronation Scot is an addition to Trainz Simulator. The game may seem a bit odd to somebody who's not into the trains thing, but if you love trains you will appreciate the effort put into making this good and realistic simulation. This addon allows us to use new machines in our games: new locomotive engines, new carriages, new coaches - and they're all really well done and modelled. They're obviously and immediately recognizable and very correct for a person who cares about such accuracy. The expansion also adds some visual and sound effect, which make recreation of this famous train even more accurate and remarkable, so if you are fascinated with trains, chances are you already have this pack.

85

Great family game

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 18, 2013 | Review of World of Zoo

World of Zoo is much like The Sims. It is a very friendly and nice game, very suitable for children as it's not violent. The player can enter a zoo and meet different animals there. These animals can be customized, given their own personalities and made different. Much like the Sims, indeed. You also need to care for your animals and make sure their needs are provided for. You can organize exhibits and learn from the game about real animals. I think it makes the World of Zoo a perfect family game. Maybe not able to compete with top AAA games, but this is a completely different category, and if you have kids - they will love it.

84

Very fast off-road racing

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 17, 2013 | Review of Mad Riders (NA)

Mad Riders is a fast game. I would risk calling it very fast, as it requires decisions to be made in a blink of an eye, and executed just equally fast. It's an off-road racing game in which you're not driving a car but a quad. It doesn't only make you drive fast and watch the road so your vehicle doesn't trip over, but also requires some stunts and acrobatics. Without them you can consider yourself a loser in the race, because you need to earn some bonuses to have any chance of placing well in the races. If you are up for some serious challenge and fast action, this game may be a great choice. Just be prepared for failing many times before you eventually succeed.

98

Great stealth game with excellent world

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 17, 2013 | Review of Dishonored (AU)

Dishonored is often considered a modern incarnation of stealth games, like the Thief series and the Hitman series. And I must say it is rightly so. It must be one of the most interesting and best games of its time. With an interesting world, that can be either classed as industrial or maybe steampunk, in a big city of Dunwall. You are playing a role of an assassin, so stealthy approach is recommended, but the options are really many in fact. The game allows players to make decisions and find different solutions to many problems, which - coupled with a great storyline - makes it a fantastic choice for every action gamer. Play it and you will surely want to buy the DLCs as well!

69

Vintage vehicles are back

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 17, 2013 | Review of Cities in Motion 2: Back to the Past

The Back to the Past pack allows us to give an old-time look to your games, which is a great choice for people who feel the need of some vintage style or who simply miss some of the vehicles from the original Cities In Motion game. This expansion adds six new vehicles to Cities In Motion 2, but some of them are not really new as they were featured in the previous game already. So what we get is two types of buses (enviroment-friendly Comet Ambienta and reliable Evo Urban), two trams (durable TTS Tramcar and comfortable Bergstrom Light), a waterbus (economical Stingray Cityjet), and a trolley (non-demanding Ness Light Trolley). For a game about public transportation, you cannot go wrong with more vehicles.

70

Not as good as other Juarez games

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 17, 2013 | Review of Call of Juarez: The Cartel (NA)

In this game the traditional Wild West setting was exchanged for a modern one. Instead of wild west gangs, bank robbers and gunslingers, there is a Mexican drug cartel. Unfortunately the changes to the game didn't quite work, and the game didn't earn as much popularity and recognition as other games from the series. Still it's not a bad shooter, but one might easily consider it a case of wasted potential. Yet it can be fun, especially with its interesting concept of individual and joint objectives. So even though you are trying to achieve a common goal as a team, each team member can have their own personal goals, which don't necessarily have to go well with goals of the others. This can lead to interesting situations, which may be cool to play.

82

Amusement parks are great

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of Simcity Pack (NA)

The SimCity franchise has a long tradition and although the latest SimCity didn't earn as much admiration as it could have, it's still a good city building game. Now you can get it with a collection of expansions as one pack. In addition to SimCity, you are getting the Amusement Park Pack, German City Set, French City Set, and British City Set. The last three allow to build cities inspired by these particular three countries: Germany, France, Great Britain, and their own architectural particularities, including landmarks and buildings reminding of these countries. The Amusement Park Pack adds a lot more variety to the game, by adding amusement parks to the range of things you can build and tweak. With many different options here, the expansion refreshes the game and makes it new for everybody needing some new concepts for their cities and games of SimCity.

67

Expansion for the Maestro

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of Dungeonland: Grimoire

Expansion for the Maestro

In Dungeonland you can either play brave heroes travelling through the carnival-like Dungeonland, or their opponent - the Maestro who runs the Dungeonland. If dealing with intruders in your Dungeonland became boring or monotoneous, you might like to expand your game with the Dungeonland Dungeon Maestro Grimoire Pack. It adds new spells and some new achievements. The spells are very diverse: For examply you can place mana-boosting chests on the map, create a fiery circle which will keep expanding, freeze enemies, or surround a person with multiple monsters. The Grimoire Pack also adds new traits, for example one that improves durability of our structures and another one which allows us to set traps that the enemy heroes will not be able to spot. I wonder if there's any kind of similar expansion for the heroes who struggle against the Maestro...

65

All cars available without effort

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 16, 2013 | Review of GRID 2 - Car Unlock Pack

If you play GRID 2 mostly as a multiplayer game, you may have missed the chance to unlock all the cars that get unlocked in the single player mode, but you may still like to have access to these cars for your multiplayer games. Well, this is where the GRID 2 - Car Unlock Pack comes handy. Its job is to grant you access to all the cars from the base game. Although it doesn't grant access to new cars that come from additional DLCs, I think it's already a good choice if you are not interested in unlocking the cars by playing the game and climbing onto higher and higher levels.

90

Better than the first and third

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 14, 2013 | Review of Dungeon Siege II

The first Dungeon Siege was like a revelation for many gamers. It made role playing genre more accessible for action gamers and hack-and-slash more interesting for role-players. The follow-up game, Dungeon Siege II earned the same status of a worthy classic for repeating the strengths of the previous game and fixing some of its weaknesses. Unfortunately many fans of the series didn't fully appreciate the third game in the series, so the second Dungeon Siege remains the ultimate example of a Dungeon Siege game. With improved graphics and streamlined gameplay it's more modern than the first part and free of problems of Dungeon Siege III.

88

Good maps but even better new mode

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 14, 2013 | Review of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Arctic Strike Map Pack (NA)

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Arctic Strike Map Pack adds some new maps to the game, and I must say they're good. Every one of them has its own style, like a Russian city, streets, or rooftops. It adds some new weapons and increases the level cap by 10, but the coolest thing is the new multiplayer mode. Something I haven't played before in any other game. It is called stockade, for the simple fact that you don't die but are sent to a stockade instead. But when you shoot your enemy down, they go to their stockade and you are allowed to free one of your imprisoned fellows. And you win when you manage to imprison all the opponents. Try it because it's so good!

75

Interesting idea

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 14, 2013 | Review of Hexodius (NA)

Hexodius is a pretty interesting mix of genres, with dungeon crawler, shooter and hack-and-slash being the most obvious things that come to mind. I wouldn't put it on par with the best games in their respective genres, but as a blend of genres it works surprisingly well. Although it won't keep you busy for too long, the authors took care of the fact that you shouldn't get bored too fast and allowed for some customization of the game. So for shorter sessions of gaming or as a break between more demanding games, Hexodius may be the right choice. If you have a little spare money you may try it, as chances are you will enjoy at least some aspects of the game due to its interesting nature of a genre-mash-up.

80

All the expansions collected together

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Guardians of Middle Earth Mithril Edition

Guardians of Middle Earth is a new MOBA-type (multiplayer online battle arena) game set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth. Your team is put against an opposing one and tries to defend their own camp while conquering the enemy one. It sounds familiar, doesn't it? But it has never been done in Tolkien's universe, and now it was done really well! In addition to the game alone you get a whole lot of additional content with all the expansions released so far. It grants immediate access to all 36 guardians available in the game and their 36 alternate skins. So if you want to make your Guardians of Middle Earth complete, the Mithril Edition is the way to go!

83

Japanese join the fray

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura

In Skyward Collapse you play a role of the creator, who tries to keep an uneasy balance between two civilizations - Greek and Norse. Now the Nihon no Mura expansion adds another civilization to the game - the Japanese. These guys are completely different to what we've already known. Their gods are very aggressive and so is the whole civilization, which has very strong military units. They play different to Greeks and Norsemen, so they're surely going to be a challenge for the player. Additionally there's a new concept of hamlets introduced to the game. Hamlets are little villages, which serve no combat role and are non-factional. They can replace fallen towns and offer completely new strategies. For the price of this expansion it's a surprising wealth of content.

77

Good-looking casual simulator

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 13, 2013 | Review of Off-Road Drive

Although Off-Road Drive is advertised as a simulation, I wouldn't call it a hardcore one. If it's a simulation, it must be a pretty casual one, which is not a bad thing. It will put you in a race in very difficult conditions and over very rough track (if it can be called a track at all). Response of vehicles to difficult terrain is well modeled and represented, and the visual side of the game is not bad at all. In fact it was the main factor which attracted me to the game. Off-Road Drive plays very well and is enjoyable, and I don't think there are many simulator-like games about off-road racing, which would compare to this game.

80

Expands and details underwater part of the game

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Anno 2070 Deep Ocean (NA)

For an Anno 2070 player, Deep Ocean adds another civilization level - the techs can receive a new level of genius. These geniuses allow to access new gameplay elements like production chains, vehicles, items, or a monument, etc. Deep Ocean also allows to overtake enemy territory without any military forces. Then there are also underwater power stations providing geothermal power, and it can even be transferred between islands. The tsunami is a new natural threat that was introduced, just like new achievements, missions and career paths. With so much content, Anno 2070 Deep Ocean is a great addition to Anno 2070, and I am sure it will make it even more exciting for fans of the game.

87

Good blend of hack-and-slash and role playing

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Dungeon Siege

Dungeon Siege is a successful blend of hack-and-slash and role playing genres. Although focused on action and combat, it follows an interesting and well told story, which can keep role playing gamers interested in the game. But at its heart it's primarily a good action game. Your character will need to acquire and improve his skills and equipment to be able to stand againsts the threats he will face during his quest. A quest that eventually proves to be bigger than it could initially be expected. It's very likely that after finishing Dungeon Siege you will want to play the sequel, Dungeon Siege 2. Both games are still popular and appreciated by gamers even despite the years that passed since their release dates.

95

Improves an excellent game

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 12, 2013 | Review of Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

Despite the release of Supreme Commander 2, many players still claim the original game was much better. And Forged Alliance was an improvement to this already great game. It's a standalone expansion, which adds a new faction (Seraphim), and a new single player campaign involving this new alien race. There are over a hundred new units in the game, including fleet, orbital guns or counterintelligence systems. Also the gameplay was streamlined and improved - for example you can now create templates for building future bases which makes the task easier and faster. This allows to focus more on decisions and strategy than on tedious tasks, which makes the game even better and more enjoyable than the bare Supreme Commander, which still remains one of the best sci-fi strategy games available.

72

Turns your sims into movie stars

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 11, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3 Movie Stuff (NA)

The Movie Stuff pack turns our sims into Hollywood stars, or at least gives them the necessary props. The expansion adds a lot of film and Hollywood related items, styles, haircuts and clothes to the game. Now you can dress your sims as cowboys, gothic monsters, villains or vigilante heroes. Not only you can dress your sims this way, but you can also furnish their houses properly, following the movie theme of your choice. One thing to remember is that you won't be able to enjoy the expansion to the fullest unless you own the Pets expansion as well. What good is a cowboy without his trusty horse after all?

88

Sanctum 2 getting nastier

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 11, 2013 | Review of Sanctum 2: Ruins of Brightholme DLC

In Ruins Of Brightholme the world of Sanctum 2 is not so clean and bright anymore. The four new maps, which are the core of this expansion, are much darker and sinister. The Ruins of Brightholme pack also adds two new defense towers (Makeshift Cannon and Rupture Mine Tower), new enemies (Infected Explorer and Jumper), and new weapons (Circle Saw and Nailgun). There's also some other new stuff in the pack, like seven new perks (including the powerful Thor Module), and level cap lifted by five. I wonder if you are going to enjoy this new face of the Sanctum 2 world, because I did. I think the game is still one of the most interesting variations of the tower defense genre.

63

Two new camo patterns

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 11, 2013 | Review of Company of Heroes 2: Starter Camo Bundle

With so many fanatical experts of all things World War 2, this little expansion was probably unavoidable. I saw it coming because for some people historical accuracy of models and uniforms in their games is crucial. And so now they can use two new camouflage schemes - late war factory pattern for Germans and 3-color North Western front camouflage for Soviets. The German camouflage consisted of sand-colored stripes painted over red-brown factory primer. It was quick to paint and didn't require complete coverage of the vehicle with additional layers of paint. On the other hand the Soviet one was pretty complex and time consuming, so later when more vehicles were produced this pattern became too cumbersome and had to be replaced with something simpler, usually a one-color camouflage.

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Four new and impressively done cars

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 10, 2013 | Review of GRID 2 - Drift Pack

GRID 2 is visually impressive. I would call it stunning, or the prettiest racing game I played. So good that I often crashed because I was busy looking at the beautifully represented enviroment and cars. And the game is good nonetheless. But if it happens somehow that you already feel bored with the cars that are included in the game, you can expand your collection by adding four new cars: NOS Energy Nissan 370Z, Team Orange Mitsubishi Evo X, Daijiro Yoshihara 1993 Nissan 240 SX, Tyler McQuarrie Chevrolet Camaro. Just like the cars in the game itself, these new ones drive very well and each feels different. You need to try them to feel it, and if you have a steering wheel you will surely enjoy the experience.

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Better played on mobile devices

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 10, 2013 | Review of Arson and Plunder

Arson and Plunder are the names of two characters of this arcade beat'em up game, which may already be known to some users of iOS devices. And although the game is pretty entertaining, it feels better suited to these mobile devices than to PCs, to which it has been recently ported. You are playing a duo of protagonists, with option of switching the character in use. Despite (or maybe because of) like 25 missions, several difficulty levels, multiple enemies and bosses, the game felt a bit monotoneous or repetitive to me. It would be a decent pastime when playing on a mobile device while traveling, but for a PC I would prefer more diversity and interesting twists.

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The best western shooter I know

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 4, 2013 | Review of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (NA)

After a misstep that Call of Juarez - The Cartel was, some people lost their confidence when it came to the series. The latest Call of Juarez game is surely the best of them all and certainly the best western shooter I know. The authors moved away from the realistic style and chose to make the new game look like a cartoon, which is a great choice. The gunslinger mentioned in title is a bounty hunter, whose story you will be following, meeting many famous characters - including historical ones. Gunfights are more thrilling than before and visually the game reminds of the Borderlands style. With entertaining and intense gameplay, good storyline and interesting visuals, this game should be a must-have for every fan of western or shooters.

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Grab the nailgun and move!

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 2, 2013 | Review of RAGE: The Scorchers (AU)

Rage was one of the shooters that surprised me in a positive manner, and the Scorchers expansion makes it even better. It's so full of content that you could use it to show how it should be done. So you get a new faction of enemies, five new scenarios for singleplayer mode, new location, new weapon, and some new characters (Sarah being one of the more memorable ones). If you enjoyed the Rage game, you will surely like the expansion because it simply follows the footsteps of the game and adds more of similar kind. The new scenarios are not related to the main plot, so they can be played regardless of your progress in the main storyline, so grab your new nailgun and go meet the scorchers!

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Wider selection of metro trains

tzarinakatarina | Sept. 2, 2013 | Review of Cities in Motion 2: Metro Madness DLC

If you like Cities in Motion 2 and are fond of customizations and expanding the range of available vehicles, you may wish to pick this pack up. Of course you can play without it and it doesn't expand the gameplay as such, but it adds five new metro trains to your range of possible selections. Each of them has different traits, advantages and downsides - one is modern looking, another is more economical, one might reqire less maintenance work, and one may benefit from bigger carrying capacity. Of course it's never all-or-nothing, and so there are no good and bad choices. You can adjust the selections to your needs and preferred style of playing. Of course that is if you care for metro trains at all...

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Successful port from mobile version

tzarinakatarina | Aug. 30, 2013 | Review of Ace Patrol

It was pretty common to port computer games to mobile devices, which usually required some adjustments and simplifications. Now we have a completely opposite situation, that a mobile game was ported to PCs, and it was ported successfully. The best part is that while in the mobile version you had to pay for additional campaigns, the PC version has everything included for the basic price.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is a light strategy game in World War I setting. You will be leading a fighter squadron into dogfights over early 20th century battlefields, and combat is really enjoyable in this game. Controls are very intuitive and quickly begon to feel natural, and the visuals easily remind of the iOS origins of this game, but they're pretty and make gaming enjoyable. I recommend every fan of aerial combat to try this game.

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Solves problems of the original

tzarinakatarina | Aug. 29, 2013 | Review of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a refreshed version of Final Fantasy XIV, a famous Japanese RPG. After pretty cold reception of the game, a new version was prepared, and this is what A Realm Reborn is. The improvements are many, and they answer most of the critical remarks about the original. So a new graphical engine was used, combat engine is different and new player vs player modes introduced. I think if you were disappointed with the original Final Fantasy XIV but are a fan of the series, A Realm Reborn should be the solution of your problems and make the game what it was supposed to be from the very beginning.

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Unforgettable rocking

tzarinakatarina | Aug. 29, 2013 | Review of Cold Fear

As far as survival horrors go there's probably not much new to be seen in the genre. But still this game, even if not new, manages to offer something that makes it special. As you will be playing on a ship, the ship will be floating on wavy and stormy water. And, surprisingly, the ship will be rocking on waves as well and you will get to struggle against the rocking. Some objects will be swept off the deck, some may hit you or even throw you into the water if you're not cautious enough. Isn't this interesting? And believe me, it adds a lot to the game! Now try to hit somebody when everything is rocking and waving... Add to this some supernatural enemies and you have a unique survival horror that's really interesting to play.