Average User Score: 7.0Dec 30, 2011War in the North is a great experience but a repetitive one as well, so head straight to the review.
Evaluation Method > Graphics, Gameplay, Story and Soundtrack & Effects.
Graphics: Now while the graphics are very outdated they are enough to deliver a very immersive experience. The textures a bit blurred and badly polished but the overall art style makes up for it, the presentation is just fantastic, recreating the world of Tolkien with a near perfect fidelity. Graphics Grade: 7/10
Gameplay: Very repetitive, the game is not as violent as many expected, it just contains a bit of blood but nothing really spartacus-like. The problem is that the game will focus a lot on the xp your character has in order to defeat the enemies and the the player's skill. Gameplay Grade: 5/10
Story: The Story is very well crafted because it goes parallel to the film's events and there are some mentions of those events but aren't really the focus. A good plot but not very strong overall. Story Grade: 7/10
Soundtrack & Effects: The effects are well done but not as good as they could be. The Soundtrack is great and well placed, nothing revolutionary but very good nonetheless. Soundtrack & Effects Grade: 8/10
LOTR: War in the North Final Grade: 6.75 which means 7/10.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Dec 30, 2011Alright now Sonic Generations is a game I've played recently and is very good but not as good as I or many had expected.
Evaluation > Graphics, Gameplay, Story and Soundtrack & Effects.
Graphics: The game looks great at 99% of the scenery which is awesome considering you'll hardly stay still to look at any flaws. So the art style is basically a mix between the original levels and what they should have been, many levels are better in the remake and work well with the gameplay mechanics. Graphics: 9/10
Gameplay: This title has two gameplays, the old and the new Sonic, the old Sonic's levels are all 2D as they should be and the new Sonic levels are a mix of 3D and 2D so they work well, there are some different moves from both Sonics but in the end the gameplay is very simple, what you'll need to do well with this game is good timing. There are many alternate paths through the levels which adds in replayability but they are not as extent as they should be. A good gameplay overall and light-years ahead of the previous 3D Sonic games (from 2006 and beyond). Gameplay Grade: 8/10
Story: Okay so there have been no Sonic games with a well-developed storyline that I played so, all I can say is that story is not the focus so I'll not really take a lot of points the simple a very child oriented storyline. Story Grade: 7/10
Soundtrack & Effects: This is a shining spot for the game, pretty much every main song from previous games has been remixed and added to the levels which provides a very strong feeling of nostalgia which I have to say I loved. The sound effects haven't evolved much but there really is nowhere to go from those, they are already good enough. Soundtrack & Effects Grade: 9/10
*Obs: The PC version has several version related slow-downs so I'll take half-a-point for those.
Sonic Generations Final Grade: 8.25/10 but I'll make it 7.75 because of the slow-downs on the PC version, which will mean 8/10.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Dec 30, 2011Assassin's Creed Revelations is basically more of the same, so lets head for the review it self.
Evaluation Method > Graphics,Gameplay, Story and Soundtrack & Effects.
Graphics: Nothing new here, aside from some improvement in the lightning and tone mapping but nothing significant. It's funny how the graphics of the first Assassin's Creed with DX10 are still the best among the series. Bottom line, the graphics are good but do not improve significantly from Brotherhood. Graphics Grade 7/10
Gameplay: The gameplay remains as good as it used to be, combat is very centered in the counter kill system which works good but is not perfect, in the end the hookblade was an not so important addition as the game sells it. Gameplay Grade 8.5/10
Story: I'll try not to spoil anything here by just saying: there are three storylines, one with Desmond, one with Ezio and a minor one with Altair, Altair and Ezio's stories are very well explained but Desmond's is very badly explained. Story Grade 8/10
Soundtrack & Effects: So the sound effects are extremely good in some parts but very cheap in others, basically not so well developed.The soundtrack on the other hand is great through the game even though there parts without any, basically if you liked the previous games soundtracks you'll enjoy Revelations. Soundtrack & Effects Grade 8/10
So Assassin's Creed Revelations > Final Grade: 7.87/10 which means 8/10.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Dec 29, 2011Crysis 2, in my opinion was very good but disappointing in a few parts, so lets head strait to the review utilizing my four evaluation categories: Graphics, Gameplay, Story and Soundtrack & Effects.
Graphics: Okay so Crysis 2's graphics are simply amazing, the first time I played it I was expecting something great and this is exactly what it gave me. Basically it looks like real life when you look from a distance. However many have said the graphics are worse than the first so I'll just say what I believe people viewed it. Crysis 2's graphics are better than the original's, however they are not as revolutionary as the first one; by that I mean that the graphics in the first game (launched in 2007) were only matched by other games in the end of 2010, thats three years guys... the graphics of the second one were outmatched in most parts by Battlefield 3 released this year (2011), so it's not that the graphics are worse than the first, they are surrely better, but they are not revolutionary as the first was. The Water looks great by the way. Graphics Grade: 10/10
Gameplay: Now this part is tricky....so in my opinion Crytek made a few things wrong when they changed the overall gameplay, the bad things were that the overall responsiveness of the game is worse, in crysis 1 the controls were outstanding and worked greatly, in Crysis 2 however the controls are clunky and not as responsive as they used to be. Now more specifically the new way of changing armor modes works great in some parts but terrible in others, so you basically have just two modes: Armor and Stealth, the problem is speed and strength are incorporated in the automatic suit gameplay and that means whenever you run or jump higher you'll be using suit energy, you don't have the option to change to normal mode. I have to say I liked being able to change the stealth and armor with one button, it was simple, fast and worked well; however, because I cannot choose to change any other mode Crysis 1's suit usage stands better. Gameplay Grade: 7/10
Story: Now it's hard to explain story without spoiling it, but I'll try since this and every other review I'll do is spoiler free. All I can say is that the game has a good plot but it is not that immersive because of the gameplay, essentially you'll like but won't be astonished by it, just don't expect anything huge and you'll be fine. It's important,however, to say that the connection with the first game is really badly explained, there are some direct relations but the game just doesn't feel the same story-wise. Story Grade: 8/10
Soundtrack & Effects: This is one of the spots where the game really shines...the sound effects are simply outstanding, every bullet, water interaction, enemy movement sounds very realistic...but the soundtrack is incredible, well orchestrated compositions that play a very important role in making the player feel the epicness (I don't know if that's a word) of the visuals, the soundtrack was composed by Hans Zimmer (who also composed the music for Pirates of the Caribbean and other movies). Soundtrack & Effects Grade: 10/10
The Final Grade is an average of the previous four so: (10+7+8+10)/4=8.75 which in metacritic means 9.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Dec 28, 2011So the sequel to one of the best sci-fi games arrived, and even though it came back in 2010 I felt it should be my first review for anyone interested, so lets start through my evaluation method comprised of: Graphics, Gameplay, Story and Soundtrack & Effects.
Graphics: in 2010 we had a few graphic showcases but nothing as mind blowing as 2011's Crysis 2 or Battlefield 3. However Mass Effect 2 had a very interesting way of mixing the futuristic art-style with the lightning and effects, by that i mean the game is beautiful but do not expect to be amazed by it. All I can say is it shines on where it needs to and shows extremely well how a sci-fi graphic style should be. Graphics Grade: 9.5/10
Gameplay: this is where Mass Effect 2 really differs from its predecessor, the gameplay is less focused on pointless exploration and more fluid, I believe that the removal of many RPG elements was necessary in order to make the game less level dependant. I tend to prefer a game that relies on my skills; not my level. Of course that completely changes the genre, but in my opinion Bioware has taken the great RPG elements, which were the conversations and decision making and mixed those with a very good shooting dynamic mechanism that simply works better than having to change weapons and go to inventory at every 10 minutes. Gameplay Grade: 9/10
Story: The story of Mass Effect 2 is simply fantastic, I won't spoil it here, but what i can say is that the player's decisions take a heavy impact on how the characters are developed so think well before choosing just any line of dialog. If you finished the first game than you can already have an idea of how the story plays, however the plot is more focused on character development this time around. Story Grade: 10/10
Soundtrack: I consider the soundtrack of a game to be of vital importance in order for its atmosphere to be sustained, and Mass Effect 2 has every thing a person needs to hear to become hypnotized by its contagious sci-fi fantasy. The sound effects are the very edge between realistic and fictional and the soundtrack has variable tones of intensity and tranquility. Soundtrack & Effects Grade: 10/10
The Final Grade is composed of an average of the previous four, so the...
Final Grade for Mass Effect 2: 9.625/10 which means 10/10.… Expand