Reviews by whvice

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3rd time's the charm

whvice | May 11, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn DNS

A definite must for any Skyrim player.

If you're a die-hard fan of the Elder Scrolls series (or if you especially love Morrowind, Oblivion & vanilla Skyrim) then you'd wish Bethesda had released this DLC for Skyrim sooner instead of the lackluster Dawnguard & Hearthfire DLCs.

Where Skyrim is ridden with shallowness and brevity of its quests, Dragonborn offers much more than any fans of the series can hope for in the entry. Dragonborn brings back all the epic feeling of the previous entries with its amazing content - satisfying quest, dungeon & exploration rewards, unique interiors, challenging quests and a whole bunch of lore (yippey!).

Fans of Bloodmoon will be surprised and left in awe on how much Solstheim and the people of Dunmer from nearby Vvardenfel has changed since their previous visit. Some old areas are revisited with brand new layout & invigorating feel that makes the journey in and around the island that much more epic on its own. Whereas Bloodmoon's Solstheim's snowy landscape may turn out a little repetitive and a tad lifeless for some players, Dragonborn changes this perception completely and leaves you yearn for more adventure in this brand new DLC. Leave no stone unturned this time!

Wished vanilla Skyrim had all these cool amazing features from the start!

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Refreshing addition to the zombie genre, but ultimately flawed

whvice | May 11, 2013 | Review of Dead Island: Game of the Year DNS

Amazing release trailer, impressive previews & equally fun gameplay overall. A sweet RPG-addition to the bustling zombie-slaying genre.

The view might be amazing for starters, and getting your first tool & zombie-slaying experience is a satisfying experience for those fans of the apocalypse. Exploring the breath-taking island is intriguing in itself, killing zombies for loot & stronger, unique items yields hours of fun.

However, some time down the road & a couple of missions later the gameplay does get a little repetitive and boring. Killing zombies soon turn out more like a chore and rarely satisfy your thirst for zombie blood due to the effort spent. Item UI for the PC is a tad bit annoying, especially when it comes to accessing inventory and switching weapons. Enemies that respawn almost instantly after you've left an area eliminates the satisfaction of "clearing" an area and hence, saving the day (for that one neighbourhood at least) but no - minutes later you're faced with the same foes, and the cycle repeats.

That said, co-op is definitely more suited for this game as they fun of killing swarms of zombies with friends may alleviate the repetitive/tiring chore of mindless looting/progressing further into the storyline. If you're a fan of real scares or true horror (ala Dead Space series) - this game is not for you. Think Left 4 Dead, but with a much slower pace, "heavier" feel, and relatively less overall sense of achivement & fun.