Friday, April 22, 2016

Crysis 2

Set in a 2024 that seems more like the day after tomorrow, Crysis 2 depicts New York City, under assault from all directions. A bizarre virus is devouring entire boroughs; the city is under uneasy martial law, brought about by a strained partnership between the military and private security conglomerate Crynet. Then the alien invasion begins, and things fall apart. As a marine named Alcatraz (Callsign? Codename? Rude parents? Crysis 2 never says), you arrive amidst devastation and chaos, using Crysis' trademark Nanosuit. A semi-living suit of combat armor with advanced AI.
The Nanosuit is the lens through which you view Crysis 2, and it adds a great sense of cohesiveness to the game. Once you hit the Start button, everything you see and do -- save for load screens -- occurs in first-person view. Instead of wading through weapon- and power-selection menus, you're presented with in medias res overlays and subtle visual effects, which indicate the Nanosuit's status. The Nanosuit has three modes: Stealth imparts near-invisibility; strength grants more powerful melee attacks, greatly increased movement speed, and jump height; and armor makes you something of a walking tank. Each power drains your suit's energy to varying degrees -- and Crysis 2's foundation lies in juggling these powers, finding new ways to combine them, and using them in unexpected ways.
It's great, then, that Crytek presents such a varied playground in its torn and broken New York City. Crysis 2 shines most when you push the Nanosuit to the limits of what you think it can do, and the best moments come from points where you stop and ask "did I really just pull that off?" Crysis 2 is a collection of sandboxes, some enormous in size, all laid out to provide multiple options for tackling your objectives. Your suit's AI identifies strategic points of interest if you choose, allowing you to mark tactical points or elements, like weapon caches and enemy locations. After that, it's up to you: Will you crank up your armor, tear a mounted machine gun off its hinges, and walk through the front door? Or will you sneak in to flank an enemy position, silently murdering foe after foe?

Crysis 2's enemy AI is smart, yet believable. Sure, you can set enemies up for ambushes, but carelessness often provokes massive coordinated responses that require quick thinking to deal with. Combat usually spirals out from the initial encounter randomly, and most fights unfold differently each time you play them. Thank Crysis 2's environments, which aren't just wide, but also tall -- you can always find a way up and over, a way to come crashing down. When you fight Crynet's paramilitary forces, the ability to strike from on high and disorient your opponents is empowering and predatory. During encounters with the alien Ceph, the balance shifts; your attention isn't just on where you can go, it's where your more mobile foes can cut you off and ambush you. While you're the cliched one-man army, the tools at your disposal are primed to enable clever play more than brute force. The free-wheeling weapon customization from the original Crysis has returned, which allowed you to modify weapons with scopes, silencers, undercarriage attachments and such, and it's been joined by Nanosuit upgrades. The suit upgrade menu is actually your hand - twitching each finger selects a different subset of upgrades, and only one of each subset can be active at once.
This adds to Crysis 2's replayability, since the abilities you earn and the weapon modifications you find are available in all previously completed chapters, on any difficulty level. It's a sort of new game plus situation, without explicitly naming it as such. This makes up for Crysis 2's smaller playground.

I love this game with a burning passion.

10/10

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ben and Ed Review

The video game I'm reviewing today is an Indie game by the name of Ben and Ed.


Ben and Ed is about a boy and his zombie friend. They get separated from each other and is captured by the evil Hans Showmaster. Ben is locked up in a cage, and Ed must perform in a show called Rundead in order to save ben's life.

Pros; Mass hilarity
Con; None so far.

The game overall is just simple and too the point. But I believe this game is boring if you don't like non serious games.


Summary: Ben and Ed is a 3D platformer, in which the player controls Ed the Zombie, who is forced to participate in a grotesque game show called "Rundead". He must beat all obstacles that Hans Showmaster(The main antogonist) confronts him with, to save his best friend Ben.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Paint the Town Red Review

Paint the Town is an arcade based game where you play as a man, furious with rage.

The story goes you enter a bar, and your goal is to simply cause pain and mayhem on everyone in the bar, you can use any and all resources to your disposal to complete the mission. In all honesty it is just simply a chaotic first person melee combat game set in different locations and time periods. The voxel-based enemies can be punched, bashed, kicked, stabbed and sliced completely dynamically using almost anything that isn't nailed down.


  • Pros: 
    • Very fun
    • Creative
    • Replayable
It allows creativity in style of the game as well as hours of fun

  • Cons:
    • Short
    • Difficult
    • Time consuming
Although it's fun, it's a short game, once you complete the objective, the game is over. It's very hard and it takes a while to do it right.

All in all, I give it a 8/10

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dishonored Review

Dishonored delivers as the king of Stealth Action video games as a result of the freedom it gives its players. The game appeals to veteran stealth players and those with a lust for action alike. As ex-Royal Bodyguard Corvo Attano you are given the rooftops, streets, alleys and sewers of Dunwall to roam across levels, making your way to your target, either avoiding enemies or killing them all along the way. Where this game really shines lies within the fact that your playstyle isn't pre-dictated by the game. Although the game would have you believe (what with all the weapons, gadgets and supernatural powers at your disposal) that your aim is to massacre anyone that gets in your way, you can, as I myself did, finish the game undetected, without killing a single person, including your key targets whom you may remove by other means. In the same playthrough I managed to finish the game on the highest difficulty, undetected, adopting a non-lethal approach and not buying a single power other than the default short range teleportation, 'Blink' (granted I did each of these for achievements) but the fact of the matter is you may go about the entire game in any way you desire.

The art style is unique, with the game adopting a Steampunk-esque style that plasters the map, with the dark greys and blacks harking to an era in time influenced by the industrial revolution. The game is lengthy enough to not leave you feeling cut short, but not so long as to allow your attention to wander, and each mission includes a high level of replayablility, whereby on your second time round you can explore alternate routes to your goals, or try different tactics. 

My one gripe concerning this title would be that Daud, the character whom two of the three DLCs centers around, is a more interesting character overall, be that because he has a voice (unlike Corvo) or alternate powers and gadgets. This brings me to my next point; Downloadable Content. Dishonored features three main DLCs, in two of which ('The Knife of Dunwall' and 'The Brigmore Witches') you assume the role of the aforementioned Daud, whom you will encounter in the base game's story, as he embarks on his own quest for redemption. These two story expansions are beautifully designed plot-wise and level-wise and do not feel like rushed cash-grabs on Bethesda's behalf. Playing through them allows a greater insight into the story of Dishonored and in my opinion they should not be cast aside. The third main DLC, 'The Dunwall City Trials' seems less of a necessity story-wise and brings only some arcade style game modes to Dishonored, centering around time trials, arena battles and stealth missions.

If you are considering buying this game I personally would recommend the Game of The Year Edition over the Regular Edition, as it is highly likely that it will save you money in the long run. The base game is compelling enough and features a large amount of replayability, but when you do come to wanting more, 'The Knife of Dunwall' and 'The Brigmore Witches' are more than worth your money and time. 

The game is almost always on sale along with the GoTY (Game of the Year) Edition, and if you're unsure about whether to buy this game, or you're just looking for something new to play, I can highly recommend Dishonored as being one of my favorite games to this day and the chances are if you purchase this game you won't regret it.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Counter Strike is a widely known series involving a terrorist group and a counter terrorist group. The point of the game is to eliminate the other team.

What makes this game different from other shooters, is that this game is realistic in ways of bullet damage and physics and actual logic behind the game itself.

Pros:


  • Very fun
  • Hours of entertainment
  • Replayability
You can't really get bored playing, that's the amazing thing about it, and that's why it's such a popular game.

Cons:

  • ???
That's hard to say the cons are, because the game is so balanced. It's hard to say.

5/5 stars. 

Great game!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Grand Theft Auto V Review

Grand Theft Auto V (Five) is one of my most favorite games I have ever played. The great thing about it is the open world aspect of it.

Let's get to the Pros' and Cons'

Pros:

  • Open World
  • Fast Graphics
  • Immersive feel
  • Hours of Gameplay
  • (Optional) Fun with friends
With that being said, it has some cons. I don't consider these to be cons but they aren't intended to be part of the game.

Cons:
  • Hackers. Everywhere
    • Basically every server you connect to, there will be 2 types of hackers.
      • The Douche: Deletes and explodes cars randomly, kills you repeatedly, godmode
      • The Helper: Gives you unlimited amount of money (the only bad thing, is that the developers "Rockstar" will ban you if you receive any money from a hacker)
  • Really unfavorable community
    • What I mean by this is that the community is full of people calling people racial slurs, or just being complete bigots. It's not a fun environment for long

Basically, if you are able to enjoy this game with friends in a private server, then this game is pretty much for you!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Intro to Reviews

Pretty much this blog is going to be me writing several reviews about certain videos games that I enjoy. Giving you the pro's and cons, the video graphic pro's and cons, and showing you an insight about the game itself. These games that I will be reviewing will be mostly popular games that most people have played, but that being said. I will explain why you should invest your time into these games. Most of these games will be able to squeeze 50+ hours out of your time, and that's the good thing about games. It's a way to pass time, entertainingly. Video games for me isn't the only thing I do in my free time. I'm a musician but sometimes I like to play mainstream games or sit back and do puzzle games that work my mind.
It'll be a good and humorous blog, yessum.