Reviews by virulent0o
Average squad TBSvirulent0o | Sept. 28, 2015 | Review of Jagged Alliance Online Reloaded - PC
I must commend the developers for saving a sinking game from its F2P model. However, not enough was done to make it great. The single player campaign is essentially a bunch of contracts thrown together, exactly like the original game. The tutorial teased us with a hint of story, but afterwards, contracts are just there to get money and loot for the multiplayer part of the game. At the time of this review, the multiplayer match-making needs some work. It's a coin toss. You might end up with someone if your rank, against some unlucky new guy or some veteran player. Luckily or unluckily depending on how you look at it, the game play mechanics are new player friendly. Anyone can pick it up and play it. There's no learning curve if you have played any sort of turn-based strategy game. This will also leave fans of the genre disappointed. All the basics are there, cover, player stance, ammunition management, but there is no depth. Nevertheless, JA:OR is an okay squad TBS. It's got all the fundamentals, but not enough depth to keep players glued to their seat.
Great DLCvirulent0o | Sept. 14, 2015 | Review of Mount Blade Warband Viking Conquest - PC
A great add-on to M&B: Warband. Was pleasantly surprised by the story's choice and consequences. A lot focus more has been placed on foot and naval combat, where tactics and movement of troops make a difference. Not Total war level, but close. There is still no greater feeling than leading your outnumbered troops against a tyrannical warlord to victory - something like a scene from Brave heart! The only irk about this DLC is the lack of weapon and mount variety. The authors sacrificed a lot of content. There's a big lack of troop variety.
Enjoyable, but not much improvementvirulent0o | Oct. 20, 2014 | Review of Ultra Street Fighter IV - PC
For fans of the original SF4, you will feel right at home with the Ultra edition. Which is also the drawback, not much has changed. For newcomers, SF4 ultra edition is a 2D fighting game that brings back the excitement/nostalgia of gaming at the arcade. Lots of joystick (or analogue sticks) wriggling and timing that combo correctly to make that epic comeback. NOTE: not button mashing friendly. The game is most fun when you challenge another person. Unfortunately, the online play tends to be rather inconsistent (as of the time of this review). The redeeming factor is that it makes for a great past time when your friends come over with its local play option.
Really is a must playvirulent0o | Aug. 20, 2014 | Review of Deus Ex Deus Ex Human Revolution Directors Cut - PC
I picked Deus Ex up during the "top 50 must play" sale to see if was deserving of its spot on the list. At first I wasn't really moved by the voice actor for Adam Jensen - he sounded like batman with a cold. But after the first mission, I was hooked! Deus ex provides a good mix between a shooter and RPG. The player can blast either through enemies with guns, hands and augments OR take on a stealthy espionage approach. The beauty of it is that each approach yields different results. Main story is somewhat expected, but what excels are the side quests. These are not the mindless "fetch" quests, each side quest introduces the player to some NPC that actually has a story and motive. Some of them even helps/deters the main story. Without taking up more writing space. I have to say that it really deserves its spot in the top 50 must play list.
Atmospheric shootervirulent0o | April 14, 2014 | Review of The Darkness II Overflow - PC
The Darkness 2 is an good FPS with a story based on a decent comic series. The biggest stand-out is the atmosphere. Dark environments with the ability to rip limbs from your foes makes for a pretty brutal scene. Aside from the atmosphere and the demonic arms, the gun-play feels like the run-of-the-mill FPS game. Not saying this is bad. It's actually pretty solid, but straight forward. This game provides an enjoyable "noir" atmosphere as you follow the story of Jacky Estacado.
Worth checking outvirulent0o | March 17, 2014 | Review of The Last Remnant Overflow 1 - PC
The last remnant is a good JRPG experience. It offers pretty graphics (still very pretty in 2014 standard) and story line akin to the likes of final fantasy. Switch the voice to Japanese and it's like watching a 3D animated version of your favorite anime. Well, with game play. The comabt may look simple, but there's actually quite a bit of complexity to it. Instead of focusing on stats for individual characters, it makes you focus on the synergy of groups. Lots of experimenting makes group management interesting (not just equipping the best weapon/armour to your characters). The stand-out feature for me are the boss fights. Imagine dark souls boss fights in turn based fashion.. now throw in the addition that your character may freak out due to low morale. This really provides the sense that you worked hard for the victory. Bottom line, worth checking out for all the JRPG fans on PC.
Cleaned up and improvedvirulent0o | Oct. 5, 2013 | Review of NBA 2K14 - PC
The first noticeable thing in 2k14 is the sleek menu. It's less less clustered and only shows the options when you flick the Right stick. Quick menus get added to the main screen as you start a mode. A small, but sweet improvement over 2k13. The addition of collision physics makes a rather big impact (excuse the pun) on gameplay. You can really feel the difference when dribbling or posting up a player. The ball is no longer "glued" to a player. A minor irk that's still present is the inability to skip dialogues during myPlayer mode. The above mentioned improvements with the goodness of the previous NBA2k series, 2k14 is a solid experience for any basketball fan out there. Or in the case of any one being a LBJ fan, there's a LBJ career mode added too.
A solid gamevirulent0o | Sept. 30, 2013 | Review of The Bureau XCOM Declassified - PC
Although The Bureau takes on the XCOM name, it does not play like any of the previous titles. It blends 3rd person cover shooting with squad management. The result feels very much like a more tactical version of Mass Effect. If micromanagement is not your thing, you might shy away from this title. For those opting to stay, you will find that managing your squad in the heat of the battle is rather enjoyable. There is a lot of negativity towards this game due to it not following the XCOM ways nor does it excel in being a pure shooter. My advice, don't let the critic's score put you off, The Bureau is a solid game.
A must have collectionvirulent0o | Aug. 19, 2013 | Review of XCom Collection - PC
This collection will take you on an awesome journey through the XCOM universe. The journey is tough, real tough, every decision you make on the battlefield could determine the fate of your squad. Read: perma-death and mission failure. Decisions and consequences, the XCOM series thrives on this formula which makes winning any battle is very rewarding. Bottom-line: A must have for any TBS fans.
Make Hong Kong your playgroundvirulent0o | July 29, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs Pack - PC
Sleeping dogs is an amazing game. The features listed is put together seamlessly, creating a fun and enjoyable sandbox adventure. The fighting is crazy fun, often involving moves that you would see Jackie Chan pull off during his prime. The pack, featuring the base game and all its DLCs, is probably the best bang for buck you will find in an action adventure pack.
Over the top fun!virulent0o | June 7, 2013 | Review of Saints Row The Third - PC
I have no idea how they got the publishing board to agree to some of the ideas in game, but I'm glad they did!! There is a lot of whacky and over the top moments that makes you frown while you lol. The main campaign is rather short. Luckily, the season pass adds a few more hours to the craziness. Steelport provides a great sandboxed world for you to (adult)toy around with.
Strategy for the agesvirulent0o | June 7, 2013 | Review of Civilisation V GOLD (1) - PC
I can honestly say Sid Meier have concreted it's title, as leader of turn-based strategy games, with the Civilization 5. Civ 5 not only lives up to its expectations, but sets the standard for future Turn-based strategies. The gold edition nicely packages all the previous DLCs into one mega saving deal. The one-more-turn system lures you into the game like the beautiful voice of a singing siren. Next thing you know, you've spent 6 hours on it. A very addicting game., with intuitive interface and controls.