PC Aficionado's Reviews
The gameplay mechanics and overall design of 911 Operator both made it a hugely enjoyable experience for me. Initially, I shrugged off this game as being one of those janky simulator games that you really need to be an enthusiast to fully appreciate. I was completely wrong. I’ve spent a good twelve hours on this game over the course of this week and loved every moment of it. The game is well worth the $14.99 price tag, even for those who don’t usually like the simulator genre.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands is sadly for me a huge disappointment for me because of what it truly could have been. I think the game would have fared much better had they made it multiplayer-only, but then it might run the risk of turning into a scenario like Evolve and end up being closed 18 months after release. It would still have made the gameplay as a whole much more enjoyable. Maybe if they didn’t match you with people much further in the game than you are, I would have opened up my game to multiplayer more, but I don’t like being pulled from pillar to post when following a linear story.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is an incredibly fun ride, especially for those who have never played the game. The additions justify a full release of the game after six years, adding a good amount of value for fans of the game. However, if you’re not a fan of the original, you’re probably not going to find anything here to draw you in. While issues like GFWL have been cut to allow the game to run on modern systems, the heart of the game is still there – clunky exposition and all. For fans of the game or for those who have never played it, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition should be a no brainer even at full price. However, if you didn’t like the 2011 release, you won’t find much here.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is a surprising effort from CI Games. If there’s anything to take away, it’s a damn good time. The solid mechanics, the world, and crafting abilities really show the experience of CI Games, marking a pinnacle in the series. However, technical mishaps hold this game back from being truly great. Long loading times and occasional cheese dialogue keep in a realm just below AAA status.
Prey was as immersive and in depth as I was expecting. It’s a real action adventure that will challenge anyone playing. With some interesting game mechanics and a well thought out story line to keep the player engrossed right until the end. High production values in the technical department combined with the excellently optimized PC port makes Prey one of 2017’s Game of the Year contenders. It doesn’t have the replayability that Bethesda games are known for, but not all games need to be 100 hour time sinks. Prey is a wonderfully crafted single player experience that any action/adventure fans should be checking out even at full price.
The Surge is an impressive title from Deck 13 and Focus Home Interactive. The context provided by the story, solid visuals, and gameplay advancements are exciting for how this new kind of ARPG will progress into the future. However, slight mishaps in the graphical department with a lack of separation and an occasional lack of mystery hold The Surge back from being truly excellent.
For the price of a Starbucks coffee, you are getting an interesting story which may tug on your heart strings, the nostalgia hit is strong from the aesthetic of the MSN window, and multiple endings make replayability a factor too. I would still suggest you try out the first game before purchasing the sequel, just to see if you like the format, and if you do, then you’ll be set up for nicely for the second game.
Has Been Heroes has a unique game play mechanic, but fell short on explaining it properly for new players to the game. I really would have enjoyed the game much more had the system been explained properly. It would have saved me a couple of hours just fumbling around the game’s UI and online resources, and actually just had me enjoy the game from the start. With bland environments, but a rather pleasant aesthetic, Has Been Heroes is an above average game that will keep your attention for a few hours. Even though it has plenty of heroes for you to unlock, I’m not sure I could keep playing for longer than ten hours as I think the repetitive nature would be to much to handle. I would say wait for a sale on this one, as $19.99 might be a little too steep for my liking.
Snake Pass is a beautiful 3D puzzle platformer, and whilst it does have it’s flaws in the control and camera system, it’s still a pleasant experience even for a platforming vet. Each level will sufficiently challenge anyone, and with an increasing difficulty curve level on level, even the most seasoned platformer will find the game challenging. Priced at $19.99 on Steam, it may be worth waiting for the sale season to start simply down to the lack of replayability and short initial playthrough length.
Tokyo 42 was a hugely enjoyable title. Whilst it may not be the longest game in the world, it did grip from beginning to end. The fast paced action orientated gameplay puts Tokyo 42 near the top of the pile in the twin-stick shooter genre. The lackluster story and sound department are the only things preventing it from being one of the best indie games to come out this year.
This is a behemoth of a game franchise and should be experienced by anyone who follows football in any manner. I started playing the game with only a fleeting interest in football, and now it is one of the most important aspects of my life. Football Manager is not only a game, it is a factor in so many people’s lives whether it be good or bad reasons. The bad mainly being the game has been cited in 35 divorce cases… I can wholeheartedly recommend Football Manager 2017 at full price for any football fan out there.
10 Second Ninja X is an improved version over the original game in every way. You won’t really miss much skipping the first game, $10.99 for a game of this quality and amount of content is easily a fair price to pay. It definitely will only appeal to a certain audience so I would advise people try out the demo before you make the plunge in purchasing the full game.
AereA missed the mark. This game was simply not enjoyable and after this review I do not see myself going back to play more. I made sure to play all 4 characters in an effort to see if it got better, however I was let down. Movement, Combat, and level progression are not interesting in the least. Boss fights feel like choirs rather than fun encounters. To wrap it all up the look and feel of the game is boring and drab, lacking the uniqueness to have it stand out amongst the other Action RPG’s on the market. If you are interesting in an Action RPG to buy your time, look somewhere else; AereA is not that game.
At this point in time I can’t really recommend The Long Journey Home. The game’s control system is fundamentally broken and I think it would take too much work from the developers to patch this in. I personally think it would be a worthwhile investment as it would seriously make the game much more playable and enjoyable. My other main gripe is the repetitive gameplay, unless you like grindy type games, then The Long Journey is probably an easy one to skip. Especially for the very high price point.
It’s clear why this game won so many awards in 2014 and 2015. A huge story that any fantasy fans will get a massive kick out of, combined with a sprawling game world with tons of quests and activities to keep you busy for hours – not to mention my favorite mechanic, the combat system, and feels like a dream to play. Even in 2017, when open world RPG games are in abundance, Dragon Age Inquisition cements its rightful place as a real classic genre-defining RPG.
If you picked up Dishonored 2 when it first released but put it down due to the technical performance of it, then now would be a great time to get stuck back in. The game now runs perfectly fine on most systems and the much improved gameplay over the first game should be experienced.