Soul Calibur 2 Review

The last time I reviewed a Soul Calibur game was in 2012, just a month or so after I started this site. My reviews for Soul Calibur 4 on the PS3 (because my PS3 could still read discs back then) and the Dreamcast original were awful 400-600 word abominations that completely missed the point—as was the case with so many reviews from those days—but while my opinions and review style have evolved over time, there are certain games that I feel as strongly about as I did back then. Case in point, Soul Calibur 2. Awhile back, someone caught me yelling at the game and asked why I was so frustrated given my love of Soul Calibur, to which I instinctively replied, “I love the original, but this is the sequel and I hate this f***ing game.” The fact that I went into both Soul Calibur 2 and its basically identical HD remaster with a totally open mind and came out hating it more than ever speaks volumes about how bad the game really is, and while I’m sure a large number of nostalgia-fueled apologists would be willing to put on their love goggles and argue that I’m wrong about its quality, this is an objectively worse game than what came before and after. Read more →

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 Review

Obsidian’s Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords, more commonly referred to as simply KOTOR 2, is a game I fell in love with something like a decade ago, and yet it’s also one that I’ve put off playing for just about as long. Part of the reason I’ve left it alone for so long is the fact that I still have the jewel case with four install discs rather than having re-bought it on a digital site in a more convenient form, so I had to dig out my USB CD-DVD reader and keep the “play” disc in it whenever I started the game. Little things like that seem so archaic and annoying now despite being little more than a minor obstacle when the game first released. Still, the Star Wars hype machine has been in full force lately, so I figured it was finally time to revisit what’s considered one of the best Star Wars games ever made. Read more →

Conflict: Desert Storm Review

I remember playing through Conflict: Desert Storm (either on the Gamecube or PS2—I honestly don’t remember which anymore) with my younger brother years and years and years ago. There was something strangely fun about playing through the whole game in co-op, helping each other with what we perceived to be a brutally challenging game. Looking back on it now with several games like it under my belt, I see now that it wasn’t really a difficult game so much as it just sucked. Desert Storm is quite possibly one of the worst games I’ve ever played through, and how my brother and I ever managed to finish the game is beyond me. 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 →

Soldier of Fortune 2: Double Helix Review

Soldier of Fortune 2 is one of those games that used to be really awesome. Seriously, it was a blast to run around blowing off people’s limbs with a shotgun and knifing dead people until their body parts fell off. The problem is that it’s aged almost as badly as the original Soldier of Fortune, and that means that it’s as outdated and out of place as parachute pants. Sometimes things change and we all move on. Read more →

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Review

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, more commonly referred to as KOTOR, is one of Bioware’s more popular titles. It’s also one of their best, taking what was by then a tired old franchise reeling from the uninspired Episode 1 and Episode 2 and injecting some much-needed life into it. Suddenly, Star Wars was interesting again, and Bioware came to be known as miracle workers (before their visit to the EAmperor turned them to the dark side). Read more →

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