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All reviews - Games (7)

Long Live the Queen review

Posted : 3 years ago on 7 July 2014 08:44 (A review of Long Live the Queen)

This visual novel is rather good for its genre. I'm not usually into Anime or Manga, whether it is in the form of a game, a comic, or a cartoon - let face it, there's not really much difference between the three.

Long live the Queen does provide a lot of entertainment, however, even if there is little in the way of graphic effects. The plot is moved forward by dialogue alone, reusing the same 4 or 5 background pictures, with varying Anime characters, depending on whom you are currently talking to (much like any other game of its genre).

There is a pretty good dress-up component in the game, if you like that sort of thing, but the game is mostly about picking which classes the young princess should take, to best prepare her for her future. Every once in awhile, the pricess is tested in different subjects, and some of these tests can prove fatal, if the needed skill is too low.

It is surprisingly difficult to survive for more than a few weeks, and don't expect to complete the game in the first playthrough (or the next ten). In fact, it seems that you must pick the exact right class to train at the right times, with little or no margin of error, to successfully reach your coronation...


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Saints Row: The Third review

Posted : 3 years ago on 5 July 2014 06:29 (A review of Saints Row: The Third)

Saints Row the Third has got to be the single most bizarre game I have ever played. Its like GTA on acid. And I like it.

The player takes the role of "The Boss", with customizable appearance, voice, and gender - though this serves no real purpose, since noone acknowledges any unique traits in The Boss. Still, picking out the right hair and outfit is a game in itself (as far as I'm concerned, anyway), and Saints Row has plenty more to offer, in terms of storyline, gameplay, music, and general wierdness.

The open world offers the player the opportunity to explore all of Steelport, and to play the game at ones own pace. It is impossible to get a Game Over; if you die, you are revived at the nearest hospital, if you fail a mission, you will just have to do it over.

Saints Row the Third is worth playing several times, and offers plenty of stuff to explore beyond the main plot; like completing certain challenges, and unlocking special outfits and items.

Theres tons of humour (some of it funny, some of it lame), and crazy, do-not-try-at-home stunts, as well as an appearance of Burt Reynolds.


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Hellgate: London review

Posted : 3 years ago on 5 July 2014 06:08 (A review of Hellgate: London)

Hellgate: London is an amazing game with the old concept of demons taking over the world. It seems almost like a wierd merge of a number of popular games of its time... Almost as if its developers had taken the very best of the best games, and blended it together in the hopes of a great outcome.

Hellgate: London is definitely worth playing, even if the "quests" and dialogue leaves something to be desired. Its your typical run-of-the-mill action 'rpg', with hack'n'slash components.

To really call it an rpg is a bit of a misnomer, however: the player can alter their appearance before starting a playthrough, and can add points to their various stats (similar to Diablo II), beyond that, one must rely on special gear to increase ones stats, and choose from a number of abilities in what looks suspiciously like a "talent tree": but that is the extent of the 'rpg' part of the game.

The player is offered no choices in how to deal with other people, or the demons, beyond blowing them to tiny little demon bits.

All that said, Hellgate: London is worth playing, both for its music and graphics, and I can definitely recommend playing it, if you find yourself in the mood for mindless violence.

Truth be told, however, I believe the game peaks in its opening cinematic sequence...


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Dreamfall: The Longest Journey review

Posted : 3 years ago on 5 July 2014 05:54 (A review of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey)

This rather sentimental continuation of The Longest Journey is among the better adventure games I know of. There is plenty of stuff to see and do, as you can interact with most things in the world.

It does take awhile to get used to the gameplay, however, as it isn't irrelevant whether you touch, look, smell, or talk to an object. Some of the puzzles you have to work out, require a specific sequence of actions, or the proper combination of items, which can be frustrating, when you've spent hours trying to figure out how to move on from where you are.

There is some amazing graphics, and its definitely worth spending a bit of time taking in the scene and ambience, and you can get some rather humorous results out of looking, touching, smelling, or talking to anything or anyone you meet.

The only thing I didn't really like about Dreamfall, was how the player is forced to alternate between characters. The main character is undoubtedly Zoƫ Castillo, but for large parts of the game, you have to play as April Ryan or what's-his-name, the holy warrior.

Playing as April Ryan isn't too bad, as her experiences are key to the plot; and the fact that she was the main character of the original The Longest Journey. But the warrior, whose name I can never remember, is boring, bland, and clumsily animated, and frankly I prefer to play through the parts of the game where you control him, with my eyes closed...


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Alice: Madness Returns review

Posted : 3 years ago on 5 July 2014 05:37 (A review of Alice: Madness Returns)

A truly wonderfully macabre game, that I have played over several times. Alice: Madness Returns puts a gothic spin on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland.

The game mostly takes place in Alice's fantasy-world, only switching back to reality every once in awhile.

Gameplay and graphics aside, Alice: Madness Returns is worth buying for the awesome music themes alone, or the amazing outfits Alice can wear.

The gameplay is similar to old-school platform games (jumping from one surface to another), only in 3D. It does require some dexterity to get through, and prepare to be frustrated, as you plunge into the abyss over and over...


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Star Wars: The Old Republic review

Posted : 3 years ago on 5 July 2014 05:21 (A review of Star Wars: The Old Republic)

Despite my intense hatred of all things MMO, SWTOR (Star Wars: The Old Republic) is actually quite good. It offers a detailed and well-crafted storyline (at least as far as I've gotten), even though some missions can feel rather repetitive after a certain point.

Theres plenty of opportunity to try different things, species, classes, weapons, etc. And thankfully a monthly subscribtion is NOT required to play.

However, to get access to some of the cooler things in the game, you gotta pay, which is, of course, rediculous - ending up costing you as much as any other MMO out there. It is optional, however, since you don't really need to unlock the Twi'lek species or wear the best armor to get through the various missions.

In conclusion: SWTOR is not as big a con as other (I shan't name names) MMO games out there, but it is an MMO never the less, so one shouldn't be expecting to be dazzled by the graphics or storyline.


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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines review

Posted : 4 years, 5 months ago on 29 January 2013 12:01 (A review of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines)

This is without doubt the best game I have ever played, and most likely the best I will ever play. It has everything: action, rpg, puzzles, blood & gore, intrigue, and even a bit of romance.

Sure it's without question the most bugged game ever developed, but the brilliance of the storyline, the believability of the concept, and the skill of (most) the voice actors more than make up for it.

Also, its one of the few games with unique dialogue based on your gender; you can play this game over and over.

A shame that while the game gets top ratings, the marketing of it sucked big time; had the company spent a few more months perfecting the game, and then made sure that people actually knew it existed, they could've made a fortune...


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