Average User Score: 6.1Mar 12, 2014AeternoBlade is a mixed package, and if it's a gem in the rough, it's a fairly small one. But it does glitter in its own special way.
You might find yourself admiring the gorgeous backgrounds, and there's something that may take you back in time, something you can't quite put your finger on. Maybe it's the ambiance, maybe it's the scenery, maybe it's that it's an action platformer, but you might easily find yourself revisiting your bedroom in the 90's, smelling the smells, feeling the emotions, in small doses.
But it's not all magic. The controls are awkward, for one thing. If you expect to jump and attack at the same time like in Mega Man or Castlevania, you'll come up short...literally. Your jumping attacks cause you to freeze in midair while you deliver your barrage of sword strokes. This could be a cool concept, but lack of grace in the delivery might make your experience bittersweet.
I found myself liking Freya, even if her creators delivered her in a watered-down way. There's not a whole lot of character development here...but then again, I suppose it is an ARPG metroidvania. Still, it's incredibly refreshing to see that this story's protagonist is female. It gets an extra point for that, and it prevents the story from being truly an awkward repeat of an old model.
Try the demo before buying, for sure!… Expand
Average User Score: 2.5Nov 9, 2013You can score a game, but to be completely fair, you should score the developers and company too. You can take game design, planning, execution into consideration, but you can also take customer service and loyalty to one's fanbase as a concern. All of these things add up to make a great title.
This Realms of Arkania remake and Crafty Studios both earn a zero out of ten.
It's easier than you think to please fans of an old classic. Treat our world with the same enthusiasm we did in the old days, and don't insult us by pulling us in with pretty screenshots, only to find early 3D models from the late 1990's. You need only load up the game to see just how little these people wanted to make this game. Remember games like Rune, or the first Quake? Imagine if you could make the 3D models look *worse*. Take every character, bloat their arms out to the side. Make sure nobody changes facial expressions. If you can imagine that, you're on your way to imagining this miserable failure.
Improvements to the game have addressed some bugs while leaving the most glaring ones alone. Already nice scenery was polished in updates, leaving the horrible 3D character models in towns to whip at the air with stiff hands and the same grimaced faces. Report a bug on the forum like the fact that much of the system dialogue for the English version is still in German and be ignored.
And customer service. Sign up for the forum, helpfully post bugs that any basic QA check would find, and be ignored for your trouble, or worse, banned randomly with "anti-spam filter" as an excuse. Repeated appeals to their website administrator deliver the most profound silence. You're banned for no reason at all! Maybe they didn't like your screen name. Maybe they didn't like your nationality. You certainly didn't violate the terms of service. If you were an early purchaser and someone who waited faithfully for this game to improve, you may find yourself at the outcast end of some childish hipster clique. And you thought it was a group of RPG fans.
This remake has failed so completely that it's not even deserving of the name, and while I hate saying it, Crafty Studios deserves every ounce of their pathetic disgrace. You can only insult your fans for so long. They should find themselves a new line of work. Let game designers make video games.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Aug 12, 2013Nostalgia aside, Dragon's Crown seems little more than yet another tired attempt at male fanservice by turning women into sex objects to be exploited. While the JRPG-style visuals are impressive, it should be an insult to any who play it Atlus is telling men that a pair of G-cup breasts will automatically open their wallets. While this might be true for a lot of men, I know a few that need more than that to be impressed.… Expand
Average User Score: 1.9Aug 4, 2013COH2 is a solid RTS with terrifying and gritty battlefield ambiance. In the explosions and gunfire, you can feel the thrill and panic of positions being overrun, of the enemy turning your flank, of ordering your squads into defensive positions to stem the enemy's advance.
A lot of the negative reviews I see have to do with the main campaign and its outcome. Possibly the campaign says things people don't like or agree with, hence a negative review. I personally haven't played much of the campaign, but I've played a lot of the multiplayer, and I can vouch that the multiplayer aspect is fun and well developed.
It's an excellent RTS, though perhaps the price could be a bit lower for what you receive...… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Aug 3, 2013What an astonishingly fun game! It's simple, it's unpretentious, and it'll keep you playing...and playing...and playing. It's easily the best turn-based tactical game of the last two years for me.
I came into it knowing that the default adventure, Dead Man's Switch, was only one of countless adventures that were already in the works. Sure, it's a bit linear, but it's pure Shadowrun, and it comes with all the options. You want your own custom character portrait? There's a way to do that. You want a particular piece of cyberware? It's probably there. You like player hideouts? There's one of those.
If you don't end up liking Dead Man's Switch, remember that so many more adventures are in the works, including tons of 2nd Edition adventures already being made for the game, courtesy of a group called Shadowrun Identity.
For such a versatile blast of a game, the price tag isn't bad either.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Jul 8, 2012Syndicate gets compared to Deus Ex: Human Revolution a lot, which seems fair - both are cyberpunk thrillers set in a not-too-distant (and quite bleak) future where huge megacorporations dominate the planet. But that's where the similarities end. After playing (and not enjoying) DE:HR, I was loathe to try Syndicate...but it delivered. Immediately you're thrust into quick, dynamic combat, supported by an absolutely gorgeous cyberpunk heads-up display and interface. The combat is fast and brutal, and you soon find a plethora of weapons in your single player campaign: cheap smg's, assault rifles (both standard and homing), flame throwers, mean little snub-nosed revolvers that make your enemies' heads explode, and even the minigun! Each mission is a thrill ride in and of itself, one piggybacking on the other to make getting up from the computer more of an ordeal than it should be.
Much has been said of the game's lackluster storyline and empty protagonist, but to me, this is one of its strengths. I prefer playing as female characters, and while the game's protagonist is male, he has no spoken dialogue and gives little sense that he's a definitive person. This makes it easy for anyone to plug themselves into the shoes of the game's main character and delve into the storyline, unhindered by someone else's personality getting in the way of yours. To me, this is immersiveness far better delivered than in DE:HR, where you feel like little more than a spectator. In Syndicate, it's easier to believe you're there.
The co-op multiplayer is quick and fun too, pushing you into an integral role in a team of four. While I haven't played this feature extensively yet, I'm definitely looking forward to it. It's challenging and exciting.
The only reason I didn't give this game a 10/10 is because of its lack of customization. More characters to choose from in multiplayer - or even better, a way to customize your own, even their appearance - would add a sense of personalization to the game that it currently lacks. I hope the developers implement something like this in the future.
While Syndicate may not be the epic novel that games like the Mass Effect series have been, it's still a fun, thrill ride of a shooter with plenty of creative ways to kill your enemies. I love it, and I'd recommend it to any FPS fan, especially one that wants a game to pull off the shelf when they're in the mood for quick, brutal fun.… Expand