Gradually Removing Scores

I’ve always done game reviews with a score, even back when suomipelit.com used to be around, so it has always been sort of hart for me to think of doing reviews without scores. Having heard the argument against scores, however, made me realize that they do more harm than good. So, I’m gradually removing scores from my reviews and the newer ones will not have any scores assigned to them. I feel like it’s the direction modern game reviews need to be taking.

The Video Page Updated

Hi! I’ve neglected the video page ever since Twitch announced they won’t be automatically saving the past broadcasts anymore. I didn’t feel like doing much for the matter at the time but now I have updated the video page to match the saved highlights (newer ones are still mostly full casts).

Enjoy!

Mirror’s Edge Review

mirrors edgeOh, Mirror’s Edge. Why do you have to be so painful? This is going to be short and sweet because quite frankly I don’t care enough to write properly about this game. Not that I do that with any game anyways.

Mirror’s Edge is an interesting idea. It’s a game where you don’t have to shoot anyone. But you can. If you want to. The idea is to run and do all sorts of cool parkour action in the way. The problem is that the action is horribly slow and boring, most of the time you have no idea where to go (even when the game has a specific button that shows you where to go), and the controls are god-awful. I like the idea. I like the graphics. The game has style. But that’s all it has. The plot made me fall asleep and… well I guess the level design was pretty inventive so we gotta give it points for that. If only there was a proper game you could play the levels through with.

Rochard Review

rochardRochard as an idea works wonderfully well. Guy with a gravity gun does some action puzzle platforming in different space stations. It’s just very mediocre, bland, predictable, and boring.  Don’t get me wrong — the controls are wonderful, graphics neat, and there are some very fun action-packed scenes that lift the energy level from its typical boringness. It’s just that a lot of the four-hour experience is filled with tedious cut scenes that drag on and don’t tell you anything interesting, puzzles that barely get you thinking, and jumping slowly from platform to platform without much of a challenge offered at any point. The last half an hour or starts to get a tad more challenging and just when you start to get into the game a little bit, it’s over. And of course you can’t even skip the end credits. It’s a mess. You want to like it, because it looks neat, but it just doesn’t offer you anything that fun to do.

List Of Games I Need To Beat

Ok, I have been cataloguing games on IsThereAnyDeal.com (great site, by the way) and have managed to form a list of games that I have played but not finished. It would appear that I own something like 600 games (not counting DLC, obviously) which means that I need to pick something to really get through. So, here’s the list. Some of them might be games that can’t really be beaten, in which case they will be removed from the list, but I really need to start finishing stuff that I’ve started. Let’s see how it pans out.

#1 A New Beginning – Final Cut: Indie Gala June
#2 Adventure Apes and The Mayan Mistery: Indie Gala Mass Effect
#3 Age of Wonders
#4 Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard’s Throne
#5 Anomaly Warzone Earth: Summer Sale Indie Bundle Day One
#6 Back to the Future: The Game: Humble Weekly Sale: Telltale Games
#7 BioShock™
#8 BIT.TRIP RUNNER: Humble Indie Bundle 6
#9 Blade of Darkness
#10 Blades of Time Limited Edition: Groupees Be Mine 8
#11 Braid: Humble Indie Bundle V
#12 Chocolate Castle: IndieGameStand: Voxatron
#13 Cities in Motion: Indie Gala Magicka
#14 Company of Heroes: THQ Complete Pack – Winter Sale 2012
#15 Conquest of the New World
#16 Cortex Command
#17 Crayon Physics Deluxe: Humble Bundle with Android 5
#18 Crusader Kings II
#19 Darksiders: THQ Complete Pack – Winter Sale 2012
#20 DEADLIGHT
#21 Dear Esther
#22 Die by the Sword + Expansion: Summer Sale 2014
#23 Dishonored: Viagame
#24 Drakensang: Groupees Be Mine 8
#25 Droplitz: The Mayhem Bundle
#26 Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
#27 Dungeon Defenders Collection: Humble Bundle with Android 5
#28 Dungeon Keeper™ 2
#29 Dungeon Siege II
#30 Dungeons & Dragons Anthology: The Master Collection
#31 Dwarfs – F2P
#32 E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy
#33 EDGE: Summer Sale Indie Bundle Day One
#34 Empire Earth Gold Edition: Summer Sale 2014
#35 Fallout 2: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game
#36 Fallout Tactics
#37 Far Cry 2
#38 From Dust
#39 Heroes of Might and Magic® III: Complete Edition
#40 Homefront: THQ Complete Pack – Winter Sale 2012
#41 Intrusion 2: Humble Indie re-Bundle 8
#42 Jagged Alliance 2
#43 Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games: Giveaway
#44 Legend of Grimrock
#45 Magicka: Indie Gala Magicka
#46 Mark of the Ninja
#47 Mass Effect 2
#48 Mirror’s Edge: Humble Origin Bundle
#49 Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection: Humble WB Games Bundle
#50 Oil Rush: Humble Indie re-Bundle 8
#51 Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
#52 Painkiller Black Edition: Indie Gala Magicka
#53 Populous™: The Beginning
#54 Red Faction 2: THQ Complete Pack – Winter Sale 2012
#55 Red Faction®: Armageddon?: THQ Complete Pack – Winter Sale 2012
#56 Rise of the Triad
#57 Rise of the Triad: Dark War
#58 Rochard: Humble Indie Bundle 6
#59 Settlers 7 Deluxe Gold Edition
#60 Settlers® 2: Gold Edition, The
#61 Shank 2: Humble Indie Bundle 7
#62 Shatter: Humble Indie Bundle 6
#63 SiN Episodes: Emergence: Giveaway
#64 SiN: Giveaway
#65 Sonic the Hedgehog: SEGA Classics
#66 Space Empires IV Deluxe: Giveaway
#67 Space Pirates and Zombies: The Quickfire Indie Bundle
#68 Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
#69 Super Meat Boy: Humble Indie Bundle V
#70 Supreme Commander Forged Alliance: THQ Complete Pack
#71 Supreme Commander: THQ Complete Pack – Winter Sale 2012
#72 System Shock™ 2
#73 The Baconing: Summer Sale Indie Bundle Day One
#74 The Basement Collection: Humble Indie Bundle 7
#75 The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
#76 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
#77 The Stronghold Collection
#78 The Walking Dead: Humble Weekly Sale: Telltale Games
#79 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
#80 Theme Hospital
#81 Thief Gold: Thief Bundle 2012
#82 Trine 2: Humble Indie Bundle 9
#83 Two Worlds II: Bundle Stars Indie Jam 2
#84 Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Humble Weekly Sale: Telltale
#85 WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
#86 XCOM: Enemy Unknown: Gift
#87 Zeus + Poseidon (Acropolis)

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Review

the elder scrolls iv oblivionThe Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is my favorite out of all of the Elder Scrolls games. It has the most wonderful atmosphere, environments, characters, and the gameplay was a huge improvement over Morrowind. That being said, there are problems. The voice acting, though better than in Skyrim, is often very plain and delivered in a sterile manner. The main quest can get very tedious at times and many of the dungeons are dull to say the least. The game crashes often and there are some bugs that potentially prevent you from finishing the main story line. The dialogue was also stripped down compared to Morrowind because all of it was voice acted in this game (which in turn I consider to be a good thing). All that aside, I always love returning to the green and lush forests of Cyrodiil. This game, in my opinion, is a classic.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review

need for speed hot pursuitNeed for Speed: Hot Pursuit was an arcade racing experience full of wonderful vistas and fast cars. It’s a fun game that doesn’t really leave you with much to say. The core gameplay is fantastic fun, the graphics are gorgeous, and the soundtrack is pumping rock and electronica goodness. That being said there are some really weird little snags that I could’ve lived without. The game loves its cut scenes. There aren’t a lot of them but they just play on and on and you can’t skip any of it. They even play advertisements for products that don’t exist! In the races the opponents drive slower if you happen to crash something and speed up when you drive well. Some of the challenges are also ridiculously strict while others let you crash time and again and still get the gold medal. I don’t understand those decisions but it doesn’t matter because the game was still one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in quite some while. It’s by no means realistic but then again you don’t need realism to have fun.