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Black & White review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 7 July 2011 12:43 (A review of Black & White)

There's a ton of interesting ideas and creativity to be found in Black and White. The problem is that there's not really much of a game to be found here. Instead it comes off more as a sandbox in which you get to play with some of Peter Molyneaux's toys. Its fun to tool around in the world here but the job of obtaining more worship quickly becomes repetitive and boring.

The one saving grace is the humorous chaos you can cause with your godlike powers. Don't like a certain villager? Just pick him up and toss him in the ocean.


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Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 7 July 2011 12:38 (A review of Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror)

The sequel to the amazing first Broken Sword game keeps up the quality is almost every regard. The characters are still memorable and the art, music and writing is still vibrant and exciting. They throw a wrench in the original gameplay by including segments in which you play as original protagonist George Stobbart's girlfriend Nico but this doesn't detract from the overall quality of the game.

The story this time is a small notch below the original and the varied, fantastical locales sometimes come off as mere window dressing meant to make you marvel at the animation but this is still a great sequel to the original.


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Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 7 July 2011 12:33 (A review of Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars )

This is a true classic of the point and click adventure genre. It is one of the few games not produced by Lucas Arts or Sierra that met the same high standards for art and story.

The main character George Stobbart is an entertaining protagonist and the Parisian world he explores is populated by wonderfully memorable locations and characters. The graphics are bright and vibrant and, because of their classic animated style, still stand up today. The story is engrossing, the writing often humorous and the puzzles, while a bit overly difficult in spots, never made me want to pull my hair out.

In short, if you are a fan of the Monkey Island, King's Quest or any of those great old-school adventures you owe it to yourself to check out at least the first two games in the Broken Sword series.


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Beyond Time review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 7 July 2011 12:26 (A review of Beyond Time)

This was a rather dreadful Myst-like adventure replete with FMV and highly detailed yet barely interactive historical environments. It felt less like a game and more like an overly boring history lesson.

The gameplay basically consisted of slowly walking through static environments and randomly clicking on objects to see if they go into the inventory or open a door or something.

With more character it could have been good - the graphics were up to Myst's standards - but it was just academic and boring.


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Betrayal In Antara review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 7 July 2011 12:20 (A review of Betrayal In Antara)

This is one of those old school RPG titles that seems like it would be difficult to enjoy today. Certain parts, like the story and writing, were quite excellent but the world exploration and combat are almost excruciatingly repetitive. This is a massive, massive game (three disks when it was originally released) so massive that it is at times daunting. More variety would have been difficult to pull off in 1997 but would have been refreshing.


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Caesar II review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 7 July 2011 12:16 (A review of Caesar II)

This games has that "one more hour" addictiveness that made other franchises like Civilization so popular. The graphics were nice and vibrant and the setting was unique enough to give this title its own little niche place in the overcrowded strategy realms.

There are some issues with seemingly tacked on army battles and information overload but it was fun to build gladiatorial arenas and aqueducts.


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Alone in the Dark review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 7 July 2011 12:12 (A review of Alone in the Dark)

This game was really tough but the atmosphere of the haunted house Edward Carnby is investigating was awesome - especially by 1992 standards. The controls are a bit floaty and the game can be devilishly difficult at times but it is the early gold standard for survival adventure games.

It also did a good job of presenting an interesting story and some interesting puzzles. They often fall into the hunt for key open door category but the game did a good job of dressing them up and really utilizing that unique atmosphere.



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BioShock review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 7 July 2011 12:06 (A review of BioShock)

This is the rare RPG shooter that gets everything right. The graphics are wonderful, the environment is memorable and the shooting includes strategic aspects that add a lot of depth and make each encounter memorable. There are also some light RPG elements here in the form of plasmids that alter your characters abilities. It's no Baldur's Gate but it does feed into my compulsive need to collect and see everything a game has to offer.

The real star here is the environment and story. The game takes place in an underwater utopian world that's essentially gone to rot. There are tons of unique enemies and individual environments and the story is effective at keeping you invested in the ultimate outcome.

Some of the Ayn Randish references would be distracting if the gameplay wasn't so bloody fantastic. Overall, this is as close to a modern masterpiece of gaming that one can find.


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Arx Fatalis review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 7 July 2011 12:00 (A review of Arx Fatalis)

This is one of the most criminally underplayed RPG's out there. The story is great, the graphics were quite amazing for 2002 and the spell/combat system is addicting.

The only major issue with this release is, of course, that it is a JoWood game. This means that you can expect a myriad of bugs - some of them game-stopping. If you can push through that stuff, however, there is some fantastic fantasy gameplay to be had here.


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The Witcher review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 6 July 2011 11:57 (A review of The Witcher)

This is an impressive fully featured classic style RPG with a unique atmosphere that actually makes you contemplate the choices you are making. This first version is a bit sanitized when compared to the European version but the developers provided a patch that improved the voice work and added more adult content.

The graphics are quite pretty - the world has tons of tiny details that are very immersing and the character models look (at least in regards to the major characters) amazing and detailed.

The big draw here, however, is the story and writing. This game is massive. The amount of spoken dialogue here is immense and all of it is written quite well. It does get a bit hard to keep track of quests, plot information and locations because the in-game menus need a bit of design overhaul. All that information is there and frequently updated as you play through the game but as your tomes of information grow its hard to find the specific glossary entry that will help you complete some of the quests.

Still, they've made an impressive, engrossing, unique RPG world here - one that is easy to get lost in for dozens of hours. Highly recommended.


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