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My plan for this website is to post weekly reviews for games that I have played or am playing. If I am not posting I have either ran out of games or am unable to allocate time to make a new review. I hope you can all enjoy my website as much as me.

Dishonoured – 2012

Price – €9.99

Gameplay – Great. If not for the fact that sometimes it promotes killing even though the best ending involves getting 0 kills. You can knock people out, but they can be woken up, also, without the proper equipment, it can take a while to knock someone out, seen as Corvo’s method is to choke someone. I enjoy the fact that my actions effect the world around me, but some of the effects of a single kill are a bit ridiculous and that can remove some of the immersion for me. On the topic of immersion, other than the occasional obscure action, it is very immersive with its painting-like graphics and seamless controls.

Story – The story is brilliant. Though it can feel like some portions were added just because they needed an extra hour of gameplay, ignoring that, it is fantastic. Your actions have consequences and you have to consider how you are going to play the game at the very start since there is no turning back without starting a whole new game. The main choice is to be lethal or to be non-lethal. If you kill, there will be more enemies, the game will be harder, and more rats will roam the streets. If you don’t kill, the game will be easier in the sense of, less enemies, less rats, and you will get a much better ending.

My Rating – 9/10

Final Comment – Fantastic game, just make sure you like stealth 

Bioshock Infinite – 2013

Price – €29.99

Bioshock Infinite is amazing. No! Don’t Go! That’s not the full re-. Ok then, at least someones still reading, that wasn’t the full review by the way, I just wanted to get that out of the way so I didn’t have to keep saying it. Despite it seeming the polar opposite to the other Bioshock games since it takes place in the sky city of Columbia rather than the sea dystopia of Rapture, it still retains the brilliance. Plasmids have been retained in the form of Vigors. You can still shoot people up with a wide selection of guns, and you can still have your mind blown at the brilliance of the story and gameplay. The story is reminiscent of the first Bioshock in the fact of, it blows your mind more and more as more details are revealed to you about the characters. The ending has confused some, but if you sit down and collect your thoughts you can piece it together, or you can watch a video recapping the events before doing so if it makes it easier. The story can be interpreted in different ways so don’t take someone on the internet’s interpretation of it to be the right one, try and find your own way of thinking of it. On to the gameplay. The combat is excellent in both the main game and the DLC, but we’ll talk about the DLC in another review. Anyway, like I mentioned before, you retain the idea of plasmids without the actual name. There are many new ones for you to mess around with and the classic Bioshock ones stay put such as electro bolt and insect swarm, with slight alterations of course in name and use. You still have a wide array of guns to choose from as well such as a shotgun and a machine gun. Also, duel wielding is kind of still a thing, you can have two things selected at one time, you just can’t use things at the same time, if that makes sense? You’ll know what I mean in-game. All in all, I enjoyed Bioshock Infinite immensely, and I hope you do too.

My Rating – 10/10

Final Comment – Amazingnessly Amazing

Bioshock 2 – 2010

Price – €19.99

Bioshock 2 is criticized for being a bad sequel that should be ignored in the Bioshock series, I beg to differ however. I believe it to be just a worthwhile game to play, even if it doesn’t match the brilliance of the original game. The controls can be a bit annoying to get a hand on if you had previously played the original game, but once you do, it can be fantastic to run around Rapture with a gun in one hand, and fire in the other. Yes, it does have a duel wield mechanic, and this is where I had trouble with the controls, the hands are reversed. The left mouse button affects the right hand and the right mouse button affects the left hand. Confusing, right? It sounds it but, like most games controls, it can be tackled within the first hour or two of play. This game retains the idea of the plasmids from the original and incorporates a few new ones as well. It also brings in some other new features which I personally liked and won’t spoil since the fact of some of them jumping out of nowhere is one of the things I loved because it was executed so well. These new features are here because of the huge difference that is evident the minute you start the game, you are a Big Daddy. Moving on, the story. It is ok. It is not a game I would go back to and play again for the story, despite the multiple endings it has depending on your previous actions in the game. You will have some life and death scenarios that will affect the ending, but you should really just play it as if this feature doesn’t exist.

My Rating – 7/10

Final Comment – Great game but lacking on story

Bioshock – 2007

Price – €19.99

I’m sure most people have at least heard of Bioshock in the gaming community, but I’m going to explain it anyway. Bioshock brings you into the world of Rapture, a dystopian underwater city you must fight through with the help of Atlas, a man on your radio. Bioshocks main difference with other shooters (other than it’s superb story, more on that later) is that it lets you gain abilities through genetically altering plasmids. These plasmids can range from shooting bees out of your hands, to using telekinesis to cripple your enemies with any loose debris you can find. As well as plasmids, you also have your typical guns you would find in any shooter, a shotgun, a grenade/rocket launcher and others. The story is perfect, you feel like you understand everything, that the whole game can be predicted from the very start, but Bioshock isn’t like that. It makes you think you outsmarted it, and then it shows you that you were wrong the whole time. Aside from that, the story is still superb, you empathise with the characters at every point of the way and the audio tapes found around Rapture give you useful information to help you progress, as well as some background information on the world. I hope you enjoy Rapture as much as I did.

My Rating – 10/10

Final Comment – Top-quality game, highly recommend

DOOM – 2016

Price – €59.99

Doom is absolutely insane! The fluid momentum you build up, the fast paced shooting, the impossibly powerful weapons, the EXPLOSIONS! I’ll calm down now, Doom, if you don’t know, was an old arcade game that is thought of as the mother of the modern FPS genre of gaming. This is it reborn, faster, stronger and out for blood. It lets you do brutal fatality style finishers on enemies that go below a certain health threshold, the blood splattered everywhere and the speed this is all done at makes you burst with adrenaline and badassery. Is badassery even a word? It is now, cause that’s what doom makes you feel. In terms of story, it has one, but it’s more just there as an excuse to shoot things and to give you an actual goal, I wouldn’t come to doom for it’s story, but other than that, it is hella fun.

My Rating – 10/10

Final Comment – 10/10 would shoot again. 

Fallout 4 – 2015

Price – €59.99

I finished fallout 4 only a little while before writing this and I was dumbfounded that Bethesda made a game that wasn’t ridiculously long (looking at you skyrim) if you wanted it to be. I spent a alot of my playtime doing side missions, and while we are on the topic of side missions. The side missions, don’t ”feel” like side missions, if that makes any sense. They make you feel like you are making an actual impact on the world, rather than just helping an old man find his lost chicken, and this, I love. The gameplay can be a bit hard if you venture too far south, as that is where the most dangerous enemies lie in wait, but as long as you keep that in mind, you can build your arsenal of weapons and armour and have an amazing time wandering the world, fighting raiders, listening to funny dialogue, progressing the story, and overall having a brilliant time. The weapon customization is very good and will help you but if you are good enough, it can be completely ignored. I could keep talking all day, but I will leave it at that.

My Rating – 10/10

Final Comment – Play it, like now, stop reading, get it.

Ark Survival Evolved – 2015

Price – €27.99

Ark survival evolved is one of the games I have clocked the most hours in and it was all worth it.

I played the game with a cousin of mine – and I highly recommend you play it with friends as well – and it was and still is a load of fun, though we have lost many bases to servers just going down never to be seen again, we still come back to it, because even though we have lost alot, every time we gain it back again, it brings us closer to the goal of ”winning”, I say it that way because you cannot truly win at ark, you just get better and more powerful.

If you have the patience to build your base and generally build your power, get ark, it is so rewarding to play, get your friends as well, not only does it make it easier to play, it is also a load more fun.

My Rating – 9/10, Absolutely Brilliant

Final Comment – You just need patience, and you can have sooooooo much fun with ark.

 

 

Portal 1 – 2007

Price – €9.99

Before anybody says anything, yes, I did do Portal 2 before 1, but Portal 2 is by far the superior. I just had to do it first.

Portal is definitely not as good as 2, but, it still has the core aspects of the 2nd game, well, of course it does, it’s the first one, but I’m trying to say that, it’s still the same puzzle goodness.

The comedy is really ramped up in the 2nd game so don’t be expecting to see much of that other than the occasional sarcastic comment by GLaDOS.

The story, once again, gets alot better in the 2nd game, this one is just a plain, I want to escape scenario.

It’s only high point is the puzzles, which are, and I can say from experience, alot easier if you have played the 2nd game, but they are still good quality portal puzzles.

I would only recommend for the puzzles and a bit more of a portal content if you are bored/done the 2nd one.

My Rating 6/10

Final Comment – It could improve on alot of areas (which it did for its sequel) but the ups are, once again, only the puzzles.

 

Portal 2 – 2011

Price – €19.99

Portal 2 is amazing.

There is no explanation needed, it’s Portal 2.

But seriously, Portal 2 has a spectacular story to tell filled with more surprises and head-scratchers than you can imagine.

The gameplay is unbelievable, the portals may seem confusing at first, but the introduction is slow and steady so you have plenty of puzzles to get through before it expects you to know it inside-out. Even if you are struggling a bit, the community test chambers lets you get in a bit of practice, make your own puzzle, or just add some extra hours on after completing the campaign.

On the subject of the puzzles, they can be confusing, but they introduce you to them at a steady pace again, and make it so you aren’t looking up walkthroughs for everything.

I have loved every second of my time playing portal 2, and the co-op storyline adds to that by making puzzles that your friend can easily betray and crush you on, and so adds that extra level of trust you need in a co-op scenario.

My only bad comment would be, could they have made it any longer without dragging out the plot? I’ll let you decide.

My Rating – 9/10

Final Comment – (99.9%) Perfect

Half Life 1 (Original) – 1998

Price – €9.99

I know some people may be saying  ”that’s from 1998, couldn’t be any good”
and to you I say, please leave now…… no really……. leave.
Half Life is absolutely amazing,
it lacks the graphics it doesn’t need,
it has amazing gameplay, the story is great, and the occasional jump scare from a facehugger or 2 adds that bit of tension.
HOWEVER! Sorry for shouting there, it’s infamous, xen section, is not by any standards a fun time.
The gameplay slows down, the puzzles aren’t even puzzles, and it, long story short, is a lot worse,
but I will still recommend it for it’s amazing plot, gameplay (most of the time) and puzzles.

My Rating – 8/10

Final Comment: Go on, get it, only costs a tener too : )