Reviews by vivaramjetjr

75

A decent RPG-FPS hybrid

vivaramjetjr | Oct. 8, 2012 | Review of Borderlands

Borderlands is a decent game: fun, but with serious failings. It offers very little variety. It advertises an extremely large number of guns, but most of them are nearly identical. Most of the environments look the same. All four classes practically feel the same. There are few enemy types, and every encounter is just as dull as the last. The enemy AI is also unintelligent; every enemy in the area rushes at you the second you pull a trigger, making stealth or sniping impossible. Randomization puts the balance completely out of whack. If you find bad guns, the game is impossible. If you find a good gun, you can take bosses out in a couple of hits and breeze through everything. There is a new game plus feature, but by the time I was finished with my first playthrough, I had no desire to try again. On the other hand, the shooting is not bad at all and there is a fairly strong tactical layer. The game has a unique sense of humor and the art style is quite pretty to look at. Playing with friends makes any battle a chaotic, messy pile of fun. Borderlands is simple fun, despite its flaws.

92

One of my favorites.

vivaramjetjr | Oct. 8, 2012 | Review of VVVVVV

VVVVVV is a short game, clocking in at 4 hours for me, but it’s quality, rather than quantity, that justifies the game’s cost. The game’s central mechanic is gravity flipping, a very nice twist on the classic platformer formula. It is challenging but rarely frustrating; there are only a couple levels that feel unfair. Navigating space using your map is reminiscent of the Legend of Zelda; regrettably, the game isn’t large enough to capture Zelda’s sense of exploration. The game introduces new gameplay elements slowly and plays with them to their fullest extent. As the gameplay complexity increases, so does the graphical complexity. The visuals are diverse while maintaining a consistent aesthetic. They are quite charming and remind me of Atari games. The soundtrack is catchy and upbeat. It leaves you with a lingering sense of happiness. Overall, VVVVVV is undoubtedly worth buying if you enjoy platformers.