Tag Archives: PC

Review: Batman: Arkham City

In 2009, London developer Rocksteady Studios took the gaming world by storm with the surprisingly good Batman: Arkham Asylum. It was perhaps the first good Batman game ever, and certainly one of the few superhero video game adaptations worth playing. The bar was raised for the eventual sequel, and once again Rocksteady has managed to impress. Batman: Arkham City is better than its predecessor in nearly every way. […]

Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an admirable prequel to Ion Storm’s critically-acclaimed Deus Ex. It’s been eleven years since the original, and eight since the last entry, the uneven Invisible War. Of course, Ion Storm has come and gone, and Warren Spector now makes games for Disney. But even though Human Revolution was crafted by Eidos Montreal, it retains the spirit of shooters of a bygone era. Though it’s not a complete and utter success, there’s more than enough here to make it a title to recommend. […]

Review: Dungeons of Dredmor

Dungeons of Dredmor is a “roguelike” turn-based dungeon crawler from indie developer Gaslamp Games. It features interesting character development and no frills monster crushing/loot collecting, while maintaining a light sense of humor. There are some uneven qualities to the game, such as the repetition as you progress further and further in the dungeon, but there’s enough value to meet the $5 asking price. While it won’t blow anyone away, it should provide some fun on a lazy afternoon. […]

Review: From Dust

I certainly give credit to Ubisoft Montpellier for making the risky From Dust. A major publisher releasing a God game doesn’t happen very often, and it’s not the typical game you’d expect to see on Xbox Live Arcade. At its core, it definitely is an interesting concept, and it also features some impressive graphical simulations. Unfortunately, the concept and cool graphics can only carry it so far; the game starts out slow, then becomes boring, and ultimately, feels very repetitive. So while there absolutely is some merit to From Dust, the concept seems wasted, leaving you with a game that’s difficult to recommend. […]

Review: Bastion

Indie developer Supergiant Games makes a huge splash with Bastion, their debut release. This Xbox Live Arcade action RPG features amazing art, extremely polished combat mechanics, and killer ambiance. It also has something I’ve never really seen done before: a dynamic narrator. While I initially was skeptical of the idea of narration, like almost everything else in Bastion it exceeds expectations. Put it all together and you end up with a game that ranks near the top of the list of best XBLA titles, period. […]

Review: Puzzle Agent 2

The Puzzle Agent series is Telltale Game’s response to Level 5’s highly popular Professor Layton games. With Puzzle Agent 2, Telltale has generally improved on their formula, though there are a few aspects of the game that feel a little stale. Overall, though, they’ve crafted an enjoyable puzzle game, but it’s not going to make a convert out of someone who doesn’t like puzzle games in the first place. […]

Review: Duke Nukem Forever

With its notoriously long development time, my expectations for Duke Nukem Forever weren’t very high to begin with. But now I regret that I may have given 3D Realms (and Gearbox) too much credit. Duke Nukem Forever is simply atrocious. It is filled with uninspired levels, plagued by technical issues, and worst of all, spends large stretches of the game on mind-numbing platforming and vehicle sequences. Top it off with humor that tries too hard and fails spectacularly, and the only award this game will contend for is “worst FPS of the decade.” […]

Review: The Witcher 2

With The Witcher 2, Polish developer CD Projekt Red was able to accomplish what few modern RPG developers can: provide meaningful and difficult decisions throughout the course of the game. Because of this, The Witcher 2 is one of the most satisfying role-playing experiences of the last several years. […]