Fallout 4 Review

Fallout 4 is a game that it took a long time for me to make up my mind about. Its opening hours are a glorified tutorial that serves to do little more than annoy long-time fans with strange changes that drive home the fact that the last bits of that old Fallout vibe—already eroded to virtual nothingness by Bethesda’s first try, Fallout 3—are now truly dead and gone. That’s not to say that it’s a bad game, though, because things eventually pick up toward the middle of the game and become entertaining; Fallout 4 includes several improvements from Bethesda’s last game, such as less empty space, weapons that don’t have to be repaired (this comes down to personal preference, but it’s worth noting that the original games didn’t have weapon degradation), and fewer invincible NPCs. However, it’s also a huge step back from the complexity of previous titles in many ways, boiling all dialogue down to a wheel of four options and dumbing down the RPG elements to the point where it’s little more than a glorified shooter. I enjoyed my time with it, all things considered, but it’s not a game I’m likely to ever revisit or look back on fondly so much as a pleasant one-time distraction. Read more →

Binary Domain Review

Ordinarily, I start reviews with general impressions, working my way into the characters and story, potential flaws, gameplay, and then graphics and music. For Binary Domain, I’m going to do something a bit different and post two videos that speak louder than words can. After each video, I’m going to explain why this game should be hated by any sane person with a shred of intelligence. Read more →

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Review

The original Max Payne is a great game, but it’s nothing next to Max Payne 2. Everything has been improved, and the story is far more personal and complex than the straightforward revenge story of the first game. Not that there’s anything wrong with revenge—I enjoy it quite a bit. Maybe too much, in fact. Anyway, like the original Max Payne, this one doesn’t always play nice with modern operating systems; I’ve got this game working on both 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista, but it simply refused to work on 64-bit Windows 7. I suspect that has more to do with the 32 or 64-bit part of the equation than the operating system, though. Read more →

Max Payne Review

Max Payne is one of the best third-person shooters out there, and while I’d personally have to say that Max Payne 2 is the better game of the two (I refuse to accept the existence of the travesty that is Max Payne 3), there’s still so much to love about the original game if you can get it working. I couldn’t get it to work in Windows 7, personally, but it works flawlessly in XP. Read more →

Red Faction: Armageddon Review

The original Red Faction is an awesome game. Red Faction 2, not so much, and I was so “meh” on the switch to third-person for subsequent games that I still haven’t played Red Faction: Guerrilla. So… my attitude going in wasn’t great, and to say that I wasn’t expecting much would be a serious understatement. Still, something about Armageddon captivated me despite its (sometimes serious) flaws, much like the first game in the series did all those years ago. Read more →

Spec Ops: The Line Review

Spec Ops: The Line is barely a game. Rather, it’s more like a documentary that sits there for several hours, screaming at you about some tragedy and how your inaction (or actions—there’s never any winning) has led to it. It’s preachy, thoroughly unpleasant to play through, and such a trippy experience that I can’t hate it. I want to, but I can’t. At the very least, however, this is the kind of game that you play through once and then uninstall, never to return to again. Read more →

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