Reviews by videopower77
Finally, a CS game for EVERYONEvideopower77 | Nov. 29, 2013 | Review of Counter Strike: Global Offensive
If you have never played a Counter-Strike game and were wary about jumping into this one because you have heard about how difficult this game is, this entry in this long running series is the best one so far.
Casual game modes out of the box (GREAT for getting used to the game mechanics and weapons) as well as the time-tested and well-oiled hardcore competitive gameplay.
The game also has e-Sports support as well as unlockable weapon skins which you can use or SELL for ACTUAL money in your Steam Wallet.
Still a Great Shootervideopower77 | Nov. 29, 2013 | Review of Day of Defeat: Source
Although this game has been forgotten by Valve, the fast-paced gameplay of DoD:Source still holds up today. Thankfully it hasn't been forgotten by the community as there are still more than enough people to enjoy the game with.
Team-based multiplayer chaos at it's most essential elements. One of the best things about the game is it's community. I was surprised at how friendly a lot of people are playing this game considering how many volatile people are in Valve's other multiplayer games.
If you're itching for a WW2 multiplayer game that still has a decent sized community around it, look no further.
Essential Puzzle Gamingvideopower77 | Nov. 29, 2013 | Review of Portal
When the Orange Box released back in 2007, one of the most talked about titles was this little known game called Portal that Valve made. It's incredibly funny, clever, and a whole lot of fun.
It also has some of the best difficulty progression in a game I've seen. It eases you in and sure enough, you'll be solving crazy puzzles without an insane amount of struggle. It's main fault is that it is short but what a fun ride it is. Highly recommended for all gamers, even those who don't really like puzzles ( like me)
Almost 5 years later, still one of the kings of CO-OPvideopower77 | Nov. 29, 2013 | Review of Left 4 Dead 2
One of the most replayable games ever. Although the quick release of L4D2 after the success of L4D shocked many gamers, the sequel has proved it's worth ten-fold over the years. There is now a TON of content. A ridiculous amount of campaigns (all the originals have been ported over!), game modes, mods, etc.
Although this game can be fun solo, it really is a co-op experience. So get some buddies and fight the zombie apocalypse. Solo play is missing out on a LOT of fun. Also, the AI partners are amazingly inconsistent.
It's not too late to jump in on this game.
For those who MUST play a 2D platformervideopower77 | June 20, 2013 | Review of Dark Void Zero
This 8-bit demake is funnily enough, superior to it's higher-fidelity counterpart. The controls are tight, the challenge is high, and it retains that old school feel perfectly. However, it is a short little game and highly recommended only for those who want more of these sort of games. Otherwise, there isn't much to recommend about it.
A Cult Classicvideopower77 | June 20, 2013 | Review of Clive Barkers Jericho
A unique horror-action FPS with tactical elements, Jericho has received a mixed reception as it can possibly get. Bugs aside, this game would have been a perfect candidate for Co-op but sadly it is just a singleplayer experience. Although it doesn't reach the greatness that Clive Barker's Undying did back in the early 2000's, Jericho certainly has the Barker feel to it.
Great Racer but Could Have Been Bettervideopower77 | June 20, 2013 | Review of GRID 2
Grid was simply fantastic. Since then, Grid 2 has taken some big steps forward while taking several unnecessary steps backward. The graphics and damage models are incredibly detailed and the sense of speed has been preserved. However, the lack of some fun game modes from the first Grid stick out like a sore thumb. That being said, as a pure racer, there aren't many that can top this one.
Only for the hardcore fansvideopower77 | May 6, 2013 | Review of Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection
I have loved Mortal Kombat ever since I was a little kid. It is also one of the few fighters I enjoyed. When this was announced for the PC I was extremely excited but the quality of this port is poor. The game uses GFWL so it is a pain for matchmaking and uses the Unreal engine to emulate which causes the game to use a lot more memory than you would think.
The core games are still there and it is still the good fighter you know and loved but the package itself is a little sloppy.
Solid Beat-em-upvideopower77 | May 6, 2013 | Review of Sacred Citadel PRE
If you like Castle Crashers, this game plays very similar to it. However, Sacred Citadel has a much deeper combat system that can be upgraded as well as satisfying combos and attacks that you can pull off.
This is a nice spinoff which can be a nice starting point for newcomers to be introduced to the Sacred franchise. Hopefully Sacred 3 can deliver an even better experience when it comes out mostly by the end of this year.
Pick up Sacred Citadel for yourself and a couple of buddies, it's fun arcade action.
An Excellent Game for All Action-Adventure Fansvideopower77 | May 5, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider Overflow
I have never been a big fan of Tomb Raider games in the past, although I do appreciate and respect it's mark in gaming history. That being said, this game surprised the heck out of me.
Recently, Lara Croft's fame has been getting sucked in by the much more "movie-like" gameplay from Nathan Drake's Uncharted PlayStation series. This time, the new Tomb Raider reboot takes elements from that successful franchise while still staying true to the Tomb Raider spirit.
This game delivers on graphics, gameplay, and story to create one of 2013's biggest hits. Check it out, even for those non-fans like me.
A Worthy Addition to Your Collectionvideopower77 | May 5, 2013 | Review of Doom 3 BFG Edition Pre
For the few people that haven't played Doom 3, then now is the time to pick it up. The graphics have been tweaked a bit and there is now the heavily requested always on flashlight. For those who have played Doom 3, the new campaign gives reason to give this one another go around but it probably wouldn't be worth the full price.
Doom I and II are nice bonuses as well as Steam Cloud saves and achievements.
For best entertainment value, play the game in complete darkness with headphone volume up. Thank me (or curse me) later.
An Excellent Arcade Racer!videopower77 | Feb. 2, 2013 | Review of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
The game is surprisingly good! Great graphics and really fun racing. I've played (and still do) a lot of Mario Kart and this doesn't feel like a knock-off or a cash-in at all. The level design is excellent and there aren't any blue shell like powerups (that I'm aware of) in the game which makes you want to take 1st place early on and keep it instead of waiting in the middle of the pack before making your move.
There is a lot to do in the game so for $29.99, it's worth the price. If you like arcade racing games, then pick this one up then.
Mouse Control Problems Hinder the PC Versionvideopower77 | Jan. 31, 2013 | Review of Dead Space (NA) DNS
For whatever reason, Visceral Games dropped the ball on the PC port. The graphic options are limited but can run well on a weak machine. However, the biggest problem is that the mouse control in the game is slightly broken. There aren't many known fixes but the game plays fine with an Xbox 360 controller.
The game has plenty of scares and gives the player a lot of the dread from the Alien films. As a matter of fact, this is the closest to a game based on the original Alien yet.
For survival horror/action fans, the game is a must. Check it out!
Excellent 2D Moba Gamevideopower77 | Jan. 31, 2013 | Review of Awesomenauts
Awesomenauts is easy to learn, but can be challenging to master. Unlike many Moba games, all the heros are free and the only DLC are skin packs which don't affect gameplay at all.
The graphics and sound design just ooze 1980's Saturday morning cartoon nostalgia which gives this game a unique flavor you can't find anywhere else. Each Naut comes with their own theme song which sounds straight from the 80's. A lot of details like this are all over the game which put it among the best of Moba games out there. Pick it up, it's a lot of fun!
A Fun Arcade Brawler. Bring a Friend!videopower77 | Jan. 31, 2013 | Review of Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise
Fun game! Keyboard controls are actually better than expected (controller is a lot better) and you can play local co-op or multiplayer on the same keyboard with P1 using WSAD and P2 using the Arrow keys. Online play would have made this great but pick this up on sale if you like beat em ups.
The art style is similar to Street Fighter 4 and looks alright but the comic style cutscenes look awful. The game runs great and the combat is fluid.
You can change the resolution and other option settings in the Config.Exe file
Beautiful FPS that gets Tiringvideopower77 | Jan. 30, 2013 | Review of Crysis (NA) dns
Even in 2013, Crysis looks absolutely stunning even though it came out in 2007. After I picked up my jaw from the floor and played several hours of the game, it became very tiring to me.
Travel this huge distance and take out some outpost crawling with soldiers and tanks. K Done. OK NOW DEFEND THIS POSITION FOR TOO LONG OF AN AMOUNT OF TIME. K Done. Travel this huge distance and take out some outpost crawling with soldiers and tanks. K Done. Repeat and rinse this formula a lot.
The aliens do spice things up a bit but then they just become annoying bullet sponges.
However, the graphics are so beautiful, it would be a shame for anyone to miss out on it.
Not Quite What It Should Bevideopower77 | Jan. 30, 2013 | Review of Aliens vs Predator Pre
Ever since AvP came out in 1999, Rebellion's games have been sporadic in their quality. Aliens vs Predator, a return to the franchise after nearly a decade, is a solid but teases what could have been an excellent game. The single player campaigns are short (the Marine campaign is the longest) but offer a nice variety of gameplay due to how differently the Marine, Xenomorph, and Predator play. The story telling could have benefited from being more linear.
The graphics look great and take advantage of DX11 features. However, some of the levels are reused in the three campaigns which take some major points away.
The co-op gameplay with 4 marines vs CPU xenomorphs is a lot of fun however the multiplayer (the most awaited part) is highly disappointing. By the time the dedicated servers came out, the small community died out. It died out because of the terrible matchmaking, overpriced DLC (which split the already small population), and annoying one-hit kill execution moves.
Pick this one up when it's on a hefty discount.
A Good Game Bolstered by Huge Updatesvideopower77 | Jan. 30, 2013 | Review of Hard Reset
The gameplay is old-school and a lot of fun. It's like Painkiller mixed with Blade Runner. The game has greatly benefitted from big and generous patches that have added a chunk of extra content as well as updates to the engine. Hard Reset is highly recommended for those who love games that are all about the shooting and finding hidden loot in the map. Pick this one!
A Good Game in Need of Extra Polishvideopower77 | Jan. 27, 2013 | Review of Strike Suit Zero
The game looks fantastic and the combat is engaging however there are a couple of faults that prevent this game from being a classic. The mission variety is lacking and the checkpoint system can cause a lot of frustration. The game is very challenging and having to replay a challenging portion of a mission has ticked off a lot of people. The missions lack variety and imagination and are the standard escort/kill everything but it wouldn't surprise me if we see better missions via DLC.
The game is good but don't set your expectations too high and you will enjoy Strike Suit Zero.
One of the Most Infamous Sequels Evervideopower77 | Jan. 27, 2013 | Review of Deus Ex: Invisible War [Playfire]
Strictly speaking, this is a bad Deus Ex game. However, if you're looking for a decent cyberpunk game, then Invisible War can satisfy that. However, Deus Ex is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time and the fact that the sequel from the same developers turned out to be such a disappointment is pretty sad. However, Ion Storm more than made up for it with Human Revolution.
One of the Best 2D Sonic Games Has Returned!videopower77 | Jan. 26, 2013 | Review of Sonic CD
This Sonic game has always had a special place in my heart. This is most likely due to the soundtrack which is fantastic! The 2D graphics look great and the game has been updated with increased resolutions, achievements, and other stuff you'd expect in a PC port.
This game is only second to Sonic 2 in my opinion as the best Sonic game ever.
A Good Starting Point for Newcomersvideopower77 | Jan. 26, 2013 | Review of Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Even if you have never played a Dead Rising game before, you can jump into this game no problem. The mouse and keyboard controls are fairly good even though an Xbox 360 controller would be the ideal solution. Frank West is hilarious as he is now fatter, meaner, older than he was in DR1. The game has lots of crazy moments and the amount of zombies on-screen is simply staggering. It's incredible! The game isn't easy at all and is meant to be restarted over if you fail important missions. You keep your current leveled up West however.
The game is a blast!
A Worthy Remakevideopower77 | Jan. 25, 2013 | Review of Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
Although the game has less levels than the original, it is packed with much more content with DLC support, Co-Op campaign, co-op survival mode, and the essential multiplayer game modes. The game is fairly short but there is plenty of incentives to go back and improve your score so you can be atop the Steam leaderboards!
Twin Peaks: The Game?videopower77 | Jan. 25, 2013 | Review of Alan Wake: Collector's Edition
Remedy delivered another fantastic third person psychological thriller with Alan Wake. The PC port is perfect and the graphics are excellent. The game has a LOT of nods and references to the classic Lynch show, Twin Peaks, which is awesome.
Play American Nightmare afterward as it continues the story and features a more action focused gameplay. The soundtrack is also excellent. Pick this game up today!
One of the top titles of 2013 has already arrived!videopower77 | Jan. 25, 2013 | Review of DmC: Devil May Cry dns
Nevermind the nay-sayers, DmC is a perfect example of how to do a reboot of a franchise. This PC port was done perfectly. Controls can be rebinded, plenty of graphics options, HD Textures out of the box, and all the other features you expect in a port. I was honestly surprised that this game was done in the Unreal Engine and it looks fantastic. Ninja Theory went all out in their surreal and creepy level designs.
The combat is nearly perfect but I do find it strange that there isnt a way to lock on enemies as it does it on its own. Still, it doesn't hinder the gameplay at all.
If you like action games, then pick this game up ASAP.
A Good but not Great Hack and Slash RPGvideopower77 | Jan. 25, 2013 | Review of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Absolutely play this one with a buddy or two. It makes the game a lot better. Thankfully the game uses Steam for the multiplayer as opposed to GFWL. This is also the first M-Rated Lord of the Rings game so if you want to see a Ranger decapitate legions of orcs and a tough as nails dwarf drop a few f-bombs, this is the game for you!
Get Bioshockedvideopower77 | Jan. 13, 2013 | Review of BioShock DNS
My favorite game of all time. I've finished the campaign from beginning to end at least 10 times and found every single secret and achievement in the game. Bioshock will always be a masterpiece in my eyes.
If you still haven't played this game yet, you're doing yourself a great injustice. Even though it's 6-7 years old, it still holds up incredibly well today. The textures might not be as pleasant to look at six years later but the retro art deco design of Rapture as well as the ambient music will leave the player in a trance-like state.
Sadly, the game uses Games for Windows Live which does hinder the game because everyone is bound to have an issue with that thing sooner or later.
That being said, don't let that nuisance deter you from not only one of gaming's greatest moments, but storytelling as well. 10/10
Bioshock 2 Does Enough to Fit Inside Its Big Daddy's Shoesvideopower77 | Jan. 13, 2013 | Review of BioShock® 2 DNS
Bioshock 2 had big shoes to fill and while it takes a little too long to get it's groove, the game finishes Rapture's story in worthy way.
Although the story overall isn't as strong as the original, the final 2-3 hours are so brilliant and exciting, it makes the game a must-play. The combat has been improved and there is replay value such as a free DLC arcade/challenge mode and a $5 campaign that can be purchased via the Xbox.com store (which was a pain in the ass to buy). The multiplayer was underrated and it's pretty rare to find a game so don't buy the game with a multiplayer state of mind.
Even though the game won't blow you away like the first one, it's still highly recommended. Also, bonus points for using the drill as a weapon.