Average User Score: 8.0Jul 16, 2014Like most ACE Team games, this is hard to describe. Perhaps It should be called Chilean culture 101.
The first thing you notice is that the art style is brilliant. Kind of gothic late 1800's with a unique Chilean twist. It feels less alien than ACE Team's other game, Zeno Clash, but it has lost none of it's uniqueness.
The gameplay is almost like Metroidvania meets Spelunky. Although the controls don't feel as tight as they should, the combat system is pretty sweet. Add unlockable characters, weapon pick ups and RPG style levelling, and you got yourself a pretty entertaining game!
ACE Team has the unique ability of combining art with actual gameplay, and if you're sick of generic military shooters, this game is like a breath of fresh air.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jul 2, 2014Growing up in the 80's, this is exactly how I thought games would be in the future.
This is Double Dragon but done very, very tongue in cheek. It plays heavily on 80's nostalgia, but it doesn't rely on it to deliver a fun, side scrolling brawler.
It also adds modern elements to the original formula like the ability to pick up skills and enhance stances, each with a pseudo 80's soundtrack to company it!
You don't need to be an 80's kid to enjoy this, but it helps! A great way to scratch that itch for yesteryear awesomeness.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jun 28, 2014First impressions where not good. This game is done on the id Tech 5 engine, same as RAGE, so it suffers from some horrible, horrible low res textures up close. Amazingly, lowering the texture settings not only increases performance, but it doesn't decrease visual fidelity as far as I could see. Perhaps the highest settings are meant for 4K displays.
Once you get past that, the art direction is impeccable. The Nazis look menacing, the weapons, vehicles and even space suits look the business. The buildings and the equipment has that brutal design that Hitler was so fascinated with intertwined with 60's flavour.
Another thing worthy of note, is the characterisation and story settings. It feels mature and well thought out. Sure, the alternative history thing has been done to death, but as you walk through different areas and hear conversations and look newspaper articles, you get a real sense of what a horrible world the Nazis have created.
In one particular scene, you have a close encounter with a Nazi official where she toys with you for her own amusement. It is a masterful moment of suspense that drives home the power Nazis have over the population. Masterful.
Gameplay is great, and that's saying a lot in this day and age of FPS saturated game market. You get to shoots Nazis on the moon. THE MOON! Brilliant.
The weapons are satisfying and some of them, like the laser torch, quite novel.
The enemies feel like they are capable fighters and even try to flank you. Not overly tough, but a challenge regardless.
Overall, a terrific game that is a must for FPS fans.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Jun 27, 2014Fun arcade driving game!
Now repeat that about 5 to 6 times.
The GRID series has always been a fun, although slightly strange, beast. They are neither arcade or full fledge sims. They are hybrids, and a lot of people seem unable to get their heads around that.
I guess this is what makes this game so fun and satisfying. You don't get a mindless driving game but at the same time, you get a very forgiving ride compared to a sim. It's challenging but you won't need months to master a single car.
The game controls great with a Xbox controller and Codemasters have done a good job of optimising this for PC with nice textures, lighting and good control over the visual settings.
This is more of GRID, and if you liked the previous instalments, you will probably like this one too.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.6Jun 21, 2014Broken. Ubisoft releases another very broken game on PC. Surprise.
Framerate issues abound, crashes while the game loads and stutter. Dear lord, the stutter.
Once you get past that, you'll find a very, very average sandbox game with the novelty mechanic of 'hacking'.
The main character is as bland as they come. He's the usual brooding, violent and morally empty anti-hero with the personality of a turnip that Ubisoft love creating. The hacking is laughable, simply press 'X' and you're a l33t h4ck3r. And don't get me started on the driving, it's like trying to control a watermelon while juggling fine china and having rats nibbling at your genitals while going at 100 km/h.
That and the stutter makes it impossible.
No. The game is a technical mess, the story and motivation of the main character are childish and considering it was released by Ubisoft, you know it will never get fixed.
Avoid like the bubonic plague.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jun 21, 2014A game that puts you in a Hong Kong crime/action movie. There is so much done right in this game. Not only does it look gorgeous, it creates a truly fascinating city with memorable characters.
Everyone goes with the GTA clone approach of all open world games, but this game has a unique feeling.
The fighting and driving are a joy and the story is compelling. A real winner in my books!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Jun 21, 2014Dark Souls 2 is one of those sequels that while it improves on aspects of the original, it loses some of the magic in the process.
The art direction seems less inspired than DS1. The monsters and bosses don't stick in your mind and the NPC's are, for the most part, fairly forgettable.
DS2 does have a couple of notable bosses like the Demon of Song but for the most part they are just a variation of a knight in armour.
The levels also fail to inspire. There are too many caves/castle settings, and for me at least, did not inspire a sense of wonder like DS1 did, and there seems to be a lot of repetition in themes from DS1 to DS2.
Perhaps the biggest failing is the combat. It's not as fun as it used to be. Hit detection is a bit iffy and parrying is just unusable. No longer will you be parrying for laughs like in DS1.
Boss fights are a mix bag of super-easy and borderline cheap. Don't expect unforgettable battles like the Capra Demon or Smough and Ornstein. A lot of them, specially humanoids, can be killed by sticking close to them, rolling on attacks and attacking while they recover from the attack. And then there is the Smelter Demon that hurts you with fire damage if you get close to attack him, then one shots you with his fire sword.
I am a bit disappointed with this sequel, but DS1 was such a masterpiece and it left so much unspoken and up to interpretation that this game had little chance of duplicating the magic.
The difficulty still there but this time it doesn't feel as balanced as it used to be. It's not there as an obstacle to master and overcome. Now it feels like it's there because that's what was expected of it. It feels synthetic and forced.
I am being harsh. In itself, it is a very good game, just don't expect DS1 again.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Mar 15, 2014Okay, let's start by saying this game is short. Probably about 30-45 minutes long.
But it's an entertaining 1/2 hour as you hack and slash demon with your katana wielding Japanese school girl.
The whole game is set in an arena type environment and you're attacked by waves of demons culminating in a boss battle. I'm surprised at what they managed to do with a 250 MB download.
The characters (specially the protagonist) are very well modelled and although the backgrounds are nothing to write home about, serve their purpose well.
The controls are tight and there are there's plenty of room for tactical fighting with the surprisingly deep fighting mechanics. It's kind of like Devil May Cry but with panty shots.
The main shortcoming of this game is the level design. there are two basic stages repeated once with different colour. I guess it doesn't matter on a game this short but some variety would've been nice.
As a budget title (I bought it for 9$ on Steam) this is a good, good game that although short, it provides plenty of entertainment and even some replay value.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Jan 11, 2014$30 for a game that was released as a PS3 AAA title? Gimme!
Yes, finally a Metal Gear title makes it to PC again.
Okay, so the game reeks of console port, from the rather ugly textures to the simplified level design, but what you're really paying for is the combat. Fun!
The plot is pretty immature and the voice acting is not the best, but there is something so charming about these type of Japanese games that they can get away with it.
Oh, and unlike other games, when you hack and slash, this game really means it! You literally cut your enemies to pieces! In fact, is an integral part of combat. A novel and entertaining game mechanic.
If this game was $60-$70, I would have scored this a 7 or 8, as it is at $30, it is an absolute bargain!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Jan 5, 2014Here's a game that sinned that most fatal of sins. It frustrated and bored me.
To be fair, it's not all that bad. The combat is okay, Nothing like Devil May Cry, but Okay.
The main problem is that the whole game reeks of console. You run around till you trigger an event, then you go through some quicklime events. If you fail, you start again running around till you trigger an even again... ugh!
By the end, it all feels like a chore. I go to work and get paid for chores, I don't want that in my game.… Expand