Average User Score: 8.1Mar 17, 2011StarCraft II is easily the biggest gaming disappointment ever. After 12 years, one of the best games of all time still has no worthy successor. The graphics are pretty, yes, but it plays almost exactly like the original StarCraft. The story was meh at best, and Blizzard/Activion's decision to do an episodic thing is both disappointing, and reminiscent of Valve's Episode 3/Half Life 3 mess. The new league system is also terribly bad - mediocre players who want to learn and improve get stuck in the lower leagues, losing to the rushing tactic of the week, and rarely does some shining new star rise to the top ranks to compete with the pros. Rregardless of what Blizzard/Activision say, StarCraft should not be a spectator sport, and how they can honestly claim that people should enjoy sitting and watching other people play video games is utterly beyond me. It could be worse, sure. But like so many sequels before it (most made in a fraction of the time, I might add) it simply can't compare to the original.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Mar 17, 2011This is what gamers should get for a $15 DLC. All new maps, all new weapons, all new vehicles. The best thing about Vietnam is that it does actually play differently than the main game. Firefights are much more focused and intense, and the change of scenery is incredibly well done. Considering how weak Bad Company 2's story was, the Vietnam expansion is almost an entirely new game. The only downside here is the relatively small number of maps - although Vietnam, like its parent Bad Company 2, has large enough maps to keep it feeling fresh and exciting.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Mar 17, 2011Bulletstorm is difficult to judge. On one hand, the overpowered, foulmouthed, muscular heroes are reminiscent of Duke Nukem or Serious Sam (which is a good thing.) It's nice, after the stale Call Of Duty clone black hole games are falling into, to have something that feels like a throwback while still using beautiful graphics and fun, innovative gameplay.
The skillshot system is very fun, although the player tends to lapse into the same few kills over and over. The weapons are not hugely diverse, but there are still enough of them to bring several different tactics to the table. The environments are gorgeous, and the enemies and gore are plentiful.
Arguably the worst thing about Bulletstorm is that it is a console port - and it feels like one. The control scheme is very minimal and uses some rather odd configurations (like using space rather than enter in the menus) but you get used to it. Interestingly enough it borrows (or perhaps loaned) a few different moves from the upcoming Crysis 2, such as kicking and sliding, but I actually prefer the way Bulletstorm does it. The other big complaint is the cutscenes- there is a lot of pre-scripted action where you lose control, as well as key events that actually freeze the game until you do what you're told in an attempt to avoid that cutscene feeling and force interaction.
I don't personally consider Bulletstorm to be worth a full $60, but the game is still very, very fun, despite its flaws.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Mar 17, 2011For what it offers, Shattered Horizon is actually quite good. The controls (though in need of a little tweaking) are relatively well thought out and flow nicely with the 360 degree environment. While it does take a bit of a learning curve, it's pretty easy to get the hang of as long as you aren't lagging graphically. It does take a pretty heavy toll on slightly older cards, but still runs beautifully at maximum settings with newer variants. The small number of maps does make it feel a bit like a demo, but it's got enough substance there to warrant spending 5 or 10 bucks to get it on sale (It's been featured several times in Steam's Christmas and summer sales).
Overall it isn't as complex or full-featured as Battlefield or Team Fortress, but it's still quite nicely done and should bring decent players a lot of casual fun.… Expand