Reviews

October 20, 2011

Batman: Arkham City Review

In 2009, devel­op­er Rock­steady released some­thing that was unimag­in­able, a Bat­man game of our dreams. Arkham Asy­lum was not only the best Bat­man game ever made, it was also the best licensed game to date; depend­ing on who you talk to. AA would have been a feat for any devel­op­er let alone a rel­a­tive­ly unknown dev with only one game under their belt. Despite being the Bat­man game we deserved, it wasn’t the one we need­ed right now. AA had its share of flaws but the deep sto­ry, unmatched melee mechan­ics, and superb voice act­ing and artis­tic design took the game to new heights. Could the Dark Knight rise again and top­ple the vil­lainy in Gotham? Could Rock­steady fol­low up what could have been the shin­ing star in the devel­op­ers cat­a­log? YES, YES and more YES! I will get thisRead more…

October 17, 2011

Dead Island

This title has had tons of pub­lic­i­ty and hype built via the inter­net and with a lot of hype comes a lot of high expec­ta­tions. Dead Island failed in no way to deliv­er. Dead Island brings all the fun of destroy­ing zom­bie hordes with the abil­i­ty to cre­ate and mod­i­fy your own arse­nal of weapons and skills. In this review I will be going over the pro, the cons, and the down­right awe­some­ness of this release. Let’s start with the bad. Graph­i­cal­ly speak­ing, the ter­rain is some­what spec­tac­u­lar, I know that seems like a good, but where the ter­rain looks good oth­er aspects lack. Pri­mar­i­ly the zom­bies them­selves and the vehi­cles are a bit sim­ple. For a game this far into the graph­i­cal­ly amaz­ing gen­er­a­tion that we game, this point can­not be over­looked. I believe that the devel­op­ers had beenRead more…

October 14, 2011

X Superbox Set Giveaway

Thanks to the kind folks over at Egosoft we have 5 copies of the X Col­lec­tors set to give away.  To win this game you must have Steam.  The win­ners of the con­test will be giv­en a key that they can acti­vate on Steam.  This con­test will go from 10/14/2011  until 10/28/2011.  This gives you two weeks to win your­self a copy of all of Egosofts “The X Super­box con­tains the full cat­a­log of EGOSOFT PC games; from the first X‑series game, X- Beyond the Fron­tier, which chron­i­cles the adven­tures of Kyle Bren­nan in the X Uni­verse to the very lat­est ver­sion of X3: Ter­ran Con­flict, for which a new set of mis­sions, enti­tled ‘Bal­ance of Pow­er’ has been spe­cial­ly devel­oped. All of the titles includ­ed in the X Super­box have been spe­cial­ly updat­ed to ensure com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with Microsoft Win­dows XP (SP2),Read more…

October 13, 2011

Forza Motorsports 4 — First Impressions

Forza Motor­sports is an Xbox exclu­sive title and that may push some peo­ple away, but per­son­al­ly, I believe that con­sole is where dri­ving sims belong. I have been a HUGE Forza Motor­sports fan for many years and went and bought an xbox 360 and a copy of the fresh­ly released Forza Motor­sports 4 (rel date 10-11-2011). I will be explain­ing a first impres­sions view of the game and some of it’s recent updates. The first thing out of the box that jumps out is the discs are almost iden­ti­cal to the pre­vi­ous release of FM3. I had to check the box again to make sure that I had­n’t bought the wrong title. Wor­ry not weary trav­el­ers it is indeed FM4. Upon load­ing the game for the first time the open­ing video dis­plays its most notice­able new fea­ture, Auto­vista. In theRead more…

October 10, 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

It’s final­ly here, eleven years lat­er, Deus Ex: Human Rev­o­lu­tion has come and ye shall not be dis­ap­point­ed.  In an age where reboots of reboots of reboots are com­mon I must say that I was skep­ti­cal and with the recent fail­ure which was Duke Nukem I was more than a lit­tle con­cerned with this game being a com­plete flop.  I’m very hap­py to say that this was not the case.  Deus Ex: Human Rev­o­lu­tion is a great game but it does have a cou­ple of things that hold it back from being per­fect one.  There aren’t many things that Deus Ex: HR does wrong but if I were to pick the biggest one I would say it would have to be the fact that it feels like it forces you to play the game in a cer­tain way.   For exam­ple,Read more…

October 7, 2011

RAGE

  AVAILABLE FOR: PC, PLAYSTATION 3 and XBOX 360 RAGE is an action FPS with some RPG ele­ments, devel­oped by id, that thrusts you into a post apoc­a­lyp­tic world that has been rav­aged and destroyed by a giant mete­or. You take on the role of an ARK sur­vivor, one of a select group of peo­ple cho­sen to guide human­i­ty and rebuild soci­ety after its destruc­tion by a plan­et killing meteor.The only prob­lem is a mil­i­tary com­man­der sab­o­taged  the project caus­ing ARKs of his choos­ing with his peo­ple to open before any oth­er ARK in an attempt to rebuild as he sees fit and become mankinds supreme dic­ta­tor, as a result you awake from your sta­sis pod over 100 years after the impact. Soci­ety is divid­ed between ban­dit out­laws with a thirst for blood, mer­ce­nary groups, small cities/towns that have cre­at­ed a base ofRead more…

October 6, 2011

Opinions on Dominion

The mass play­er­ship of Riot Games’ “League of Leg­ends” is final­ly begin­ning to work out strate­gies for the new Domin­ion game­type. How­ev­er, the intro­duc­tion of a con­sis­tent “meta” has revealed glar­ing issues with game bal­ance. Cer­tain char­ac­ters are almost use­less, cer­tain char­ac­ters are way too strong, and the game­type dis­cour­ages a lot of the team­work that the char­ac­ters’ abil­i­ties and strengths are designed around. Over­all, it shows promise, but there are a lot of adjust­ments to be made to Domin­ion before it real­ly takes off.

October 4, 2011

Hellgate — The Revival Of A Lost Treasure

What can be said about this amaz­ing game that has not been said in a mil­lion oth­er ways? This game is the best bit of true RPG left in what used to be a great com­pa­ny named Bliz­zard. Flag­ship Stu­dios, a small­er group for­mer­ly known as Bliz­zard North, cre­at­ed this title under their own new­ly cre­at­ed name short­ly after their major pro­duc­tion known to most by the name Dia­blo 2.

September 23, 2011

Dawn of War II Retribution Review

I’ve been on a roll of play­ing Warham­mer games late­ly and Ret­ri­bu­tion has­n’t made it eas­i­er to stop doing so and if any­thing it’s made it hard­er.  I recent­ly pur­chased the THQ pack which con­tained all of the Warham­mer titles *Space Marine exclud­ed*.  I must admit I love the Warham­mer uni­verse.  I had nev­er touched it before I picked up the THQ pack nor had I played any of the table­top games or even heard of it for that mat­ter.  I find myself get­ting more and more immersed as time goes on and now I’m even pur­chas­ing the books and read­ing them non-stop. One might expect that after so many releas­es that the con­tent might get dry or the uni­verse bor­ing.  I’m proud to say that this is not the case with Ret­ri­bu­tion and in addi­tion to bring­ing a good sto­ry to theRead more…

September 11, 2011

Warhammer 40K Space Marine: Review

  Space Marine, you are Cap­tain Titus com­man­der of the chap­ter Ultra­marines. Called to the Forge World Gra­ia, you and your Bat­­tle-Broth­­ers must stop the Ork Horde inva­sion before they loot the Man­u­fac­to­ri­um which hold the giant mech Titians that are too valu­able to let fall into War­boss Grim­skulls Ork hands. But, there is an under­ly­ing men­ace hid­den on this world wait­ing to reveal itself and bring “Chaos” to the realm of man!   Warham­mer 40k Space Marines is a hybrid hack-n-slash, third per­son shoot­er. Vague­ly resem­bling the Gears of War series in that it is a third per­son shoot­er, that’s where the sim­i­lar­i­ties end. Space Marines blends melee and shoot­ing mechan­ics rather well being able to switch from gun to blade almost seam­less­ly allow­ing you to change tac­tics on the fly depend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion. Being a Space MarineRead more…

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