Thursday, April 21, 2011

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Okay I admit it, I forgot how awesome it was to assassinate people.

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood continues the story from the second part. The main character, Desmond Miles is using a machine to seek his memories of his forefathers in order to beat the evil templars who are attempting to dominate mankind. Well actually you dont play as Desmond that much, which is just fine by me actually.
You follow the life of Ezio Auditore da Firenze in his quest for reacquiring the fancy Apple of Eden, which is a mysterious artifact of unspeakable powers.

The game itself is just as beautiful as you would expect, the old Rome is definitely one of the most convincing settings for a videogame I have seen in a long time. The citizens live their daily lives and they make the city actually seem like a living and breathing work of art. Truly a masterfully made setting.

The game has only a few flaws in my opinion, one of the most annoying is the targeting system which seems to be suffering from ADHD. Try shooting a guard with a crossbow and the targeting system suddently swings the aim at some innocent bystanders. "Ezio did not kill civilians" No shit.
Camera angles are somewhat annoying at some points where you actually need to do some precise jumping, but usually it is more than tolerable.

I havent tried the multiplayer yet but I cannot wait to do so, this game does not have that many flaws in the end.

This game is a work of art and I would not be surprised to see several "GOTY" awards for it.
Score: 9,5/10

Oh, the shitty DRM from the second one has been removed and the dlc is available for free.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Crysis 2 - Review

Crysis 2

I remember when I played the first Crysis, it was really the best looking game I have ever played in my entire life.
Crysis 2 simply does not feel like its previous part, the setting is in a concrete jungle instead of a magnificent southern paradise.
Graphically the game has advanced but it really shouldnt be a surprise that after so many years the developers manage to make a game that looks even better than the previous one.
 But to be honest I am worried that the console ports have forced the developers to downgrade the graphics simply that they could sell more copies to the console gamers. Which is completely fine from a business viewpoint but it just breaks my heart to see a potentially beautiful game reduced into a beautiful game for consoles, because let's face it; the consoles are running extremely old technology which simply does not allow the developers to have completely free hands to make their games with.

The game itself is quite enjoyable, the nanosuit powers have been made several times better than in the previous part. The reason for this is that many of the powers have been combined and this works really well in my opinion. The powers can be upgraded as the game progresses which gives a nice tactical variety for some encounters but I still wish there were more things that you could tweak in your suit and powers. 
Maybe thats just me though
The story is a serie of backstabbings and events that you can easily predict when you first see the characters and the environments. 
The aliens have been made into more enjoyable foes than in the first Crysis, it is actually fun to kill these squidheads!

The weapons are still quite customizeable but do you honestly need anything else than a silenced sniper rifle which is able to kill the regular enemies with one shot?
Though I have to say that C4 is really awesome for killing those big armored aliens, sneak up on them with the cloak and slap a few C4s to their back and then run away cackling like a maniac while detonating the C4 attached to the alien bastard. Good times.

All in all Crysis 2 is not the messiah of modern FPS' like its predecessor, but it still has several fun things in it which make it quite enjoyable.