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Old 08-22-2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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Quick and Dirty Reviews

I've been playing a shitload of games lately, mostly because I finally have time to play alot of games on my PC. I don't want to do full reviews of them so here's the quick and dirty.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (with censorship fix) - Played 15 hours - 5/10 - Con will flip, but this game just isn't that entertaining. I could grade them on a curve since this is CDProjeckt's first game, but why should I? The game features too much backtracking with load screens between outdoors and indoors, wooden animation, and very boring dialogue. The plot seemed interesting, but everything else was just boring. It was fun to have sex with the women, get their cards, but most of the time, they just revert to their old AI dialogue. If that was the case, they should have let me fuck ALL the women. Then I'd give it 6/10 because there would actually be something interesting to do instead of collecting poached items from monsters.

Bioshock - Completed (Good Ending) - 6/10 - If I stopped half way though the game, I would have given Bioshock a 8/10, but the last third of the game is really really boring. We get the big 'Would you kindly' unveiling and then the story goes downhill. Here's a good rule about pacing, when you pull a huge plot twist out, you better be ready to wrap it up while we are feeling whatever emotions we are supposed to feel from the plot twist. I still had 5 more levels (out of 18) to do! I really lost interest in the game near the end and by then, it felt like a chore. I liked the atmosphere (and it really does raise the argument about graphics - what good is technological advances if you don't have an artist to use them? With all these graphical advances in the past two years, most games still can't hold a torch to Bioshock's look). I didn't like the splicing (I preffered to have guns to dish out pain). And I wish there were more enemies than just the splicers, turrets, and cameras.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Completed - 7/10 - This game was launched and I kinda forgot. That usually means it's a piece of licensed shit and had little to no gameplay. But I was wrong. The script it solid, the voice acting is solid, and the gameplay is solid (fun, but unoriginal). I bet my vote is kinda skewed since I'm a huge Ghostbusters fan (I initially gave it an 8/10 but knocked it down a point) but I loved the game. It had comedy, frights (the library scene is pretty scarry) and would make for a good third film. The ghosbustin' gameplay (which consists of using your PKE ala Metroid Prime to find Ghosts and then trapping them in your beam and then beating the ever-loving shit out of them by slamming them against the walls and then trapping them when they are weak...is pretty simplistic, but well done. Soon you can get enough money to skip the whole beating phase and just skip to slamming them straight into the trap like a pro. Which is nice when you are faced with a shitload of ghosts.

Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition - Completed - 9/10 - What's there to review? It's Monkey Island with voice acting and shiny new graphics. Don't like the shiny? Then press a button and it instantly reverts (smoothly, I might add) to the old graphics. It impressed my elitist PC room mate who swears that all new games are out to rape his pets.

Now I'm going to see how much Oblivion I can fit in until Sept. 15 (Batman day!)
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:53 PM   #2
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Great thread idea, Ghostbusters...better than Bioshock....hmmm, that's opinions for ya.
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:01 AM   #3
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The idea of the thread is just you doing reviews or can anyone contribute their quick and dirty reviews?
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Anyone, really.
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:06 AM   #5
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:07 AM   #6
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Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers xbox live- If you always wanted to enter Magic the Gathering, this game will be perfect it does a good job at explaining the basic of the game, it won't cost you a lot of money as it has premade decks for each main color, next to that you have a few 2 color decks, and two 3 color decks. You start with a basic red an d white deck via the campaign mode as you progress you unlock more decks, you can unlock for the 1 color decks about 17 cards, 2 and 3 color decks have about 15 IIRC. You can easily unlock your favorite color deck once you've unlocked it via costume duel boost your life and starting hand numbers and give less to the AI.

The online part is very good, too bad about the community though lots of rage quitters there but this happens to pretty much any online game. However after the first update when someone quits he gets a lost and you get a win. So that's nice. Online you have 2,3,4 player modes you can also have 2 headed games 2vs2 however this one works a bit different as your partner must be on your x360 and on a profile with his own unlocked deck(s) he/she cannot share what you have unlocked on your profile. Makes communication better but limit a lot of the 2vs2 as most people play solo via Xbox Live.

What most maybe all fan of the game finds a bit odd so far is you cannot customize your deck in the good way, like take a few cards off (you can only take the cards you've unlocked out) this is a bit nasty as sometimes you just have too many mana cards which can work against you sometimes. So in other words on this part the game is very limited and with a card based game customization is a HUGE aspect of the game. However it's obvious why they did it this way, the game must stay simple for new comers, and also this way they have much more control on the decks when it comes to which deck is overpower and which one is weak.

Overall the decks are quit powerful but even so some decks are a bit weak, like the red deck, it can be good sometimes but you simply have to have the luck to get a good chain of cards, currently the elf deck is very powerful once it get a good chance to put some cards up there, most cards syncs together in a very good way. Black and blue can be very dirty, white still has good life gaining and defense cards, while green is raw power. The 3 color decks are very interesting in their own way.

TLDR version: It's a great game to get in or back in Magic the Gathering, online can be fun if you fight against the cool peeps, lack a bit of customization and it safes you a lot of money compared with the real game.

(Don't mind if I don't put scores in my quick and dirty reviews, I just find scores pointless)
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:29 AM   #7
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quick? that was 4 paragraphs!
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:41 AM   #8
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Yeah I failed. :< Hence I put the too long didn't read version at the end.

Just so much to say about the game.
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