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Dishonored Greatest Hits - Playstation 3
Dishonored Greatest Hits - Playstation 3
Offered by games_for_sale
Price: $7.23
282 used & new from $1.76

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love letter to Thief and Deus Ex fans, October 10, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
First of all, some things need to be cleared up about this game.

- It is NOT an rpg.
- It is NOT developed by Bethesda.
- It is NOT an open world game. The levels are pretty large though.

Now with that out of the way, on to the review!

If you're a fan of the Thief and Deus Ex series, this is the game for you.

It also has elements that will remind you of Bioshock such as how you use your powers, the art style, recording devices, using blue potions to refill your power meter, eating different types of food you find to refill your health, and setting off traps.

The graphics look kinda washed out and there's some textures missing. The walls in buildings look like smooth, grey blocks. If the textures were there, they'd be bumpy.

There's 9 missions and each level is a pretty large area so there is much to explore and many secrets to find. Missions can be played in several ways such as going in ready to kill (though you can be killed easily if you're not careful), playing slow and stealthy to sneak up on enemies, finding alternate ways to get to your target, etc.

You have several powers you can get, however, you can't get them all in one playthrough. You have to find runes in each level to upgrade the power you want and there's a limited number of those so be careful with what powers you pick because you're stuck with them.

As for the powers, these are: summon rats to attack enemies, slow down time, jump higher, teleport, gain a deadly blow attack, see through walls, possess and control animals, have a skill that turns slain enemies into dust to remove evidence if you kill them via stealth, blast enemies with wind, and an ability to increase your health. Upgrading powers adds extra benefits.

Your targets, rune locations, and bone charms (items that have effects added to them) are randomized each time you play.

I won't spoil the story but it was pretty good and the game has a large cast of celebrity voices.

I highly recommend this game. To do all the side quests and find everything, it takes an average of 21 hours and you can add to that if you want to replay it certain ways and go for both endings, otherwise it's about a 9-12 hour game if you play it once and go through the main story.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 13, 2012 6:35 PM PDT


Dishonored
Dishonored
Offered by Pinnacle Toys
Price: $12.88
238 used & new from $0.99

34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love letter to Thief and Deus Ex fans., October 10, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dishonored (Video Game)
First of all, some things need to be cleared up about this game.

- It is NOT an rpg.
- It is NOT developed by Bethesda.
- It is NOT an open world game. The levels are pretty large though.

Now with that out of the way, on to the review!

If you're a fan of the Thief and Deus Ex series, this is the game for you.

It also has elements that will remind you of Bioshock such as how you use your powers, the art style, recording devices, using blue potions to refill your power meter, eating different types of food you find to refill your health, and setting off traps.

The graphics look kinda washed out and there's some textures missing. The walls in buildings look like smooth, grey blocks. If the textures were there, they'd be bumpy.

There's 9 missions and each level is a pretty large area so there is much to explore and many secrets to find. Missions can be played in several ways such as going in ready to kill (though you can be killed easily if you're not careful), playing slow and stealthy to sneak up on enemies, finding alternate ways to get to your target, etc.

You have several powers you can get, however, you can't get them all in one playthrough. You have to find runes in each level to upgrade the power you want and there's a limited number of those so be careful with what powers you pick because you're stuck with them.

As for the powers, these are: summon rats to attack enemies, slow down time, jump higher, teleport, gain a deadly blow attack, see through walls, possess and control animals, have a skill that turns slain enemies into dust to remove evidence if you kill them via stealth, blast enemies with wind, and an ability to increase your health. Upgrading powers adds extra benefits.

Your targets, rune locations, and bone charms (items that have effects added to them) are randomized each time you play.

I won't spoil the story but it was pretty good and the game has a large cast of celebrity voices.

I highly recommend this game. To do all the side quests and find everything, it takes an average of 21 hours and you can add to that if you want to replay it certain ways and go for both endings, otherwise it's about a 9-12 hour game if you play it once and go through the main story.
Comment Comments (7) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 3, 2013 5:42 AM PST


Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 6
Offered by Outlet Promotions
Price: $11.99
239 used & new from $0.01

141 of 162 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very mixed, October 2, 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Resident Evil 6 (Video Game)
There's too many glowing/bad reviews from people that only played the demo and reviews that...aren't even reviews but just a paragraph of praise or hate.

I'll try my best to help out any potential buyers.

It would take all the room on the page to go into detail about all the gameplay changes but basically, if you've ever played Gears of War, the gameplay is very similar to it.

Pros:

- You can change your characters handedness on the fly. Don't like having to play as Helena on the right side of the screen? Just press RS and she'll switch to the left side.

- Dark atmosphere. Even though it isn't scary they at least tried.

- Smooth controls.

- Inventory is better to accommodate the action. You just use Up/Down on the d-pad to switch weapons and Left/Right to switch items. You have little restrictions now except you can't swap items with your partner.

- The skill system is nice. You can pick up skill points that drop from enemies and customize your character however you'd like upon meeting the requirements for the skills to unlock. There's skills that increase gun power, reload speed, melee power, recoil, accuracy, skills to not have to rely on your partner, increased ammo pickups, etc.

Cons:

- Melee feels overpowered. Why waste tons of ammo on a zombie when you can just beat them up?

- Zombies are back... but now they're faster, carry weapons like bottles and guns, and they're only in Leon's campaign. The majority of the enemies are J'avo, which are like soldiers that are half dead, smarter, and carry guns. The rest are your typical BOW monsters.

- A lot of Quick Time Events and even some cheap deaths.

- Turning off Waypoints turns off your HUD. This may be patched.

- You can only restore one block of health at a time per pill. Any herbs you find have to be mixed to make more pills. It can be annoying in a heated fight.

- Scripted events and lots of setpieces. You can no longer shoot zombies laying or sitting still like in the older games. You have to wait for an event to happen before you can harm them.

Pro/Con

- There's 4 campaigns and 4 hours worth of cutscenes. Each campaign is around 5 hours long.

Chris' campaign is very action heavy and is like a constant warzone (Well he IS in the military now...), Jake's has just as much action, and Leon's campaign tries to be more atmospheric but it doesn't take long for the action to ramp up.

The 4th campaign is unlockable after finishing those 3. I won't spoil it for anyone reading.

Some people may like that this game is a lot longer than previous ones. I personally felt it dragged on because the gameplay is much faster paced and there was a lot of QTEs.

- Too much action. Think of all the enemies in mercenaries mode in RE 5 + enemies shooting at you and you have this. Some people like it, some don't.

Final:

Honestly, I think this is what Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City should have been.

I love the classic Resident Evils more but still enjoyed RE 4, 5, and 3ds exclusive Revelations. This latest one is just too much of a change for me. It feels like it tries to appeal to everyone but doesn't quite accomplish it.
Comment Comments (16) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 12, 2014 5:00 PM PDT


Resident Evil 6 - Playstation 3
Resident Evil 6 - Playstation 3
Price: $14.99
200 used & new from $4.90

216 of 236 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very mixed, October 2, 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
There's too many glowing/bad reviews from people that only played the demo and reviews that...aren't even reviews but just a paragraph of praise or hate.

I'll try my best to help out any potential buyers.

It would take all the room on the page to go into detail about all the gameplay changes but basically, if you've ever played Gears of War, the gameplay is very similar to it.

Pros:

- You can change your characters handedness on the fly. Don't like having to play as Helena on the right side of the screen? Just press R3 and she'll switch to the left side.

- Dark atmosphere. Even though it isn't scary they at least tried.

- Smooth controls.

- Inventory is better to accommodate the action. You just use Up/Down on the d-pad to switch weapons and Left/Right to switch items. You have little restrictions now except you can't swap items with your partner.

- The skill system is nice. You can pick up skill points that drop from enemies and customize your character however you'd like upon meeting the requirements for the skills to unlock. There's skills that increase gun power, reload speed, melee power, recoil, accuracy, skills to not have to rely on your partner, increased ammo pickups, etc.

Cons:

- Melee feels overpowered. Why waste tons of ammo on a zombie when you can just beat them up?

- Zombies are back... but now they're faster, carry weapons like bottles and guns, and they're only in Leon's campaign. The majority of the enemies are J'avo, which are like soldiers that are half dead, smarter, and carry guns. The rest are your typical BOW monsters.

- A lot of Quick Time Events and even some cheap deaths.

- Turning off Waypoints turns off your HUD. This may be patched.

- You can only restore one block of health at a time per pill. Any herbs you find have to be mixed to make more pills. It can be annoying in a heated fight.

- Scripted events and lots of setpieces. You can no longer shoot zombies laying or sitting still like in the older games. You have to wait for an event to happen before you can harm them.

Pro/Con

- There's 4 campaigns and 4 hours worth of cutscenes. Each campaign is around 5 hours long.

Chris' campaign is very action heavy and is like a constant warzone (Well he IS in the military now...), Jake's has just as much action, and Leon's campaign tries to be more atmospheric but it doesn't take long for the action to ramp up.

The 4th campaign is unlockable after finishing those 3. I won't spoil it for anyone reading.

Some people may like that this game is a lot longer than previous ones. I personally felt it dragged on because the gameplay is much faster paced and there was a lot of QTEs.

- Too much action. Think of all the enemies in mercenaries mode in RE 5 + enemies shooting at you and you have this. Some people like it, some don't.

Final:

Honestly, I think this is what Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City should have been.

I love the classic Resident Evils more but still enjoyed RE 4, 5, and 3ds exclusive Revelations. This latest one is just too much of a change for me. It feels like it tries to appeal to everyone but doesn't quite accomplish it.
Comment Comments (12) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 11, 2015 12:14 AM PDT


The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings Enhanced Edition
The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings Enhanced Edition
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $34.00
64 used & new from $7.01

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great rpg. Very well written but can be hard to follow., September 26, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I had heard many good things about The Witcher games but had never tried one until now.

The voice acting is great and the story is amazing. It's kinda hard to follow since there's so many names that get brought up, and lucky for us that a small guide book is included in the package.

There's so many choices you can make that affect what happens later on in the story, so you have multiple play throughs to look forward to.

The controls take some getting used, I was accidentally hitting the wrong button sometimes.

The graphics are very good and I'm surprised they were able to port this game to the 360. There's a lot of foliage and shadows in the game and you can tell they had to cut back some.

I'm only docking it a star because of the difficulty balance and that the map can be confusing. If you play the game on easy, you can beat it by just wailing on enemies. If you play it on normal, it's a lot tougher than it should be. You have to constantly roll, dodge, and wittle away at enemies health.

If it was that crazy on normal difficulty, I don't think I'd have a chance on the hardest one.

In closing: Get this game if you love rpgs and yearn for a good story.


Dead or Alive 5
Dead or Alive 5
Offered by Wyatts Games
Price: $4.27
86 used & new from $4.25

9 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is pretty barebones for a DoA game., September 26, 2012
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dead or Alive 5 (Video Game)
I like the DoA games and was looking forward to this one, but they really screwed it up. Here's the problems:

- Short story mode that also serves as a basic tutorial. If you've ever played Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the 3ds, it's the same thing.

Most of the fights happen for the dumbest reasons and just serve as filler.

- No character endings in arcade mode. It's been turned into a "Get the highest score" mode and there's not even a boss at the end.

Dead or Alive 5 is a 4.9 gig disc, there's no reason why they couldn't put endings in it. I didn't think Team Ninja would mess this up so bad and it really hurts replay value.

- Lack of content. There's 3 characters from the Virtua Fighter series to unlock via Story Mode. Other than that, there's some costumes for each character that you unlock by beating the various modes with a character and on different difficulties. Most costumes can be gotten by playing the easier settings except for Lei Fangs.

- It requires an Online Pass to play online. With a fighter so lacking in content, you think they'd let this slide.

Now, onto the positives:

- The fighting is fluid and mostly unchanged except for new moves like Cliffhangers and Power blows. They allow you to interact with the things in the environment to harm your opponent. For example, you can toss them against an exploding barrel or cause a rooftop to collapse.

- The added dirt and sweat effects are a nice touch.

Sadly, this just isn't enough to justify $60. You could do everything in a rental period.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 26, 2013 11:58 AM PST


Dead or Alive 5
Dead or Alive 5
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $18.99
121 used & new from $4.19

16 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is pretty barebones for a DoA game., September 26, 2012
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dead or Alive 5 (Video Game)
I like the DoA games and was looking forward to this one, but they really screwed it up. Here's the problems:

- Short story mode that also serves as a basic tutorial. If you've ever played Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the 3ds, it's the same thing.

Most of the fights happen for the dumbest reasons and just serve as filler.

- No character endings in arcade mode. It's been turned into a "Get the highest score" mode and there's not even a boss at the end.

Dead or Alive 5 is a 4.9 gig disc, there's no reason why they couldn't put endings in it. I didn't think Team Ninja would mess this up so bad and it really hurts replay value.

- Lack of content. There's 3 characters from the Virtua Fighter series to unlock via Story Mode. Other than that, there's some costumes for each character that you unlock by beating the various modes with a character and on different difficulties. Most costumes can be gotten by playing the easier settings except for Lei Fangs.

- It requires an Online Pass to play online. With a fighter so lacking in content, you think they'd let this slide.

Now, onto the positives:

- The fighting is fluid and mostly unchanged except for new moves like Cliffhangers and Power blows. They allow you to interact with the things in the environment to harm your opponent. For example, you can toss them against an exploding barrel or cause a rooftop to collapse.

- The added dirt and sweat effects are a nice touch.

Sadly, this just isn't enough to justify $60. You could do everything in a rental period.
Comment Comments (9) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 1, 2013 5:39 PM PST


Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3
Offered by C&E DIRECT
Price: $18.59
250 used & new from $1.89

5 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the last 10 minutes hamper an awesome game, May 28, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mass Effect 3 (Video Game)
I've noticed a lot of the low star reviews for this game are very unfair. Yes I agree the last 10 minutes of the game (the last maybe 1%) threw everyone for a loop but the other 99% of the game is great.

Anyone who has played Mass Effect 1 or 2 won't be disappointed and will be in for a fun ride.


Devil May Care (James Bond - Extended Series Book 36)
Devil May Care (James Bond - Extended Series Book 36)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good, May 26, 2012
I enjoy a good Bond book from time to time but this just didn't have the spirit. Every time I thought I was going to get swept up in something, it just left me sitting there while things moved on in front of me.


Agent James McDougal in the Chilean Jungle (Blue Scorpion Book 1)
Agent James McDougal in the Chilean Jungle (Blue Scorpion Book 1)
Price: $0.99

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this a joke?, May 26, 2012
While browsing Amazon for free books, I came upon this. I said to myself "Hey, free is free so I'll check it out."

EDIT: It's now $2.99 so I got lucky on a promotional period.

As I read, I started to feel as if the author was trying to insult my intelligence. Yes the writing is that bad.

It's wooden and stiff and it doesn't flow together. Everything is so matter-of-fact that it was a big chore just to try to finish reading it. No suspense. No awe. Just flat sentence after flat sentence.

There's very little character development too. The agent has the personality of a potted plant. Blue Scorpion is sexy for the pure sake of it and that's it. These are our tough as nails heroes?!

The bad guy is just a guy sitting around in a jungle with a nuke. But he somehow is able to evade the people chasing him.

James Bond this is not.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 28, 2012 1:58 PM PDT


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