RISEN

RISEN (2009)

When I said I’d review this game, it was because I a lot of my reviews are quite favourable, and don’t seem to review anything poorly. That’s why I chose Risen. I had played it before, slightly, so I knew it wasn’t great. But that was then. This is now. It still sucks ass. It got off to a bright start. It looked a lot better than I remembered. And it was an intriguing opening. You watch some guy with a crystal eye-patch throw magic at a giant monster. From…

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BLOOD OMEN – Legacy of Kain (1997)

blood omen legacy of kain

I had a hell of a time deciding what to do this time. My laptop, my main source of pc gaming, broke. So I had to resort to my fall-back option, the netbook I had before, a machine so good at gaming, that it can only play games as recent as 2005. So that meant I had to resort to a game from my childhood, a game that helped define me as a gamer. Blood Omen. I can’t speak highly enough of this game. It was the first game I…

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SACRED 2: FALLEN ANGEL

SACRED 2: FALLEN ANGEL

Normally I would review the first game in the series. I didn’t review Two Worlds before its sequel because it sucked. That is not necessarily the case here though. I haven’t played Sacred yet, because Sacred 2 is a prequel. Since its story takes place before the first one, a whopping 2,000 years before, I thought I’d play them in the order the story happens. When Ancaria was created, the creator put the Seraphim in charge of the world. They did this by being the only people that could use…

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CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW

CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW (2013)

This game is narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. That should be it for this review but unfortunately I have a word count to meet. [Nope, that was enough. -Editor] This game is quite the achievement. It was made by a small Spanish studio who’s previous works are Clive Barker’s supernatural shooter ‘Jericho’ and action-adventure game ‘American McGee Presents: Scrapland’. I had heard of one of those, Jericho, and wasn’t very well received by anyone. Thank god they had the support of Konami or this could’ve been a train wreck. It…

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LEGEND OF GRIMROCK

Hollywood Metal Game Review: Legend of Grimrock

Although this game is fairly recent, it feels more like a retro classic than anything else. Which is great really. It is as close as you can get to a computer version of tabletop D&D, crawling through 13 levels of dark, oppressive dungeons to earn your freedom. Its hard not to draw comparisons to D&D when playing this game. You create your party of 4 prisoners, assign attribute points, skills and classes. You have a choice of 4 races: human (the all-rounder), minotaur (fighter), lizardman (rogue) and insectoid (wizard). Your…

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AMARANTHE – The Nexus

Amaranthe - The Nexus (2013)

When I first heard of Amaranthe, I thought to myself, 3 vocalists seems a bit excessive for a normal band, doesn’t it? I mean, Avantasia and the newly formed Avalon have as many vocalists as they want, they’re special super groups. But Amaranthe is a normal band, and they’re songs rarely break 4 minutes. Surely there isn’t enough room for all three of them to get a fair shot? It all gets a bit hectic, but that’s the way I like my it. You get fast drumbeats and heavy riffs,…

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The Witcher

The Witcher

This was a rather easy game to review. It is one I’ve played many times, and thoroughly enjoyed it each and every time. It came as quite a shock to learn that this was the first game this studio released. It is a game so ambitious, deep and complex, with a story so vast, they turned to the masters, Bioware of Mass Effect and KOTOR fame, for help. The Witcher is a game with its focus on the story its telling, and the people in it. This is because it…

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ELVENKING – Era

ElVENKING (2013)

Elvenking have been a disappointment in recent years. Following three outstanding pagan/folkish power metal albums that launched their career, and are still very highly regarded in the pagan metal community, the band has languished in mediocrity. After releasing our Editor’s Pick for Album of the Year (2006) The Winter Wake, Elvenking decided to abruptly change their style to something I can’t really describe in definite metal terms. Let’s go with prog. Yea, prog, because that covers all the stuff we want to love but, more often than not, misses the…

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TWO WORLDS II

Two Worlds II (2011)

Normally, when reviewing a series, I’d start with the first game. So, Two Worlds 1 was the worst game I have ever played. There is literally nothing good to be said about it, we will forget it exists and move on. Two Worlds 2, on the other hand, isn’t actually that bad. The storyline is nothing special, but it does enough to keep you going. You and your sister, Kyra, have been the prisoners of the emperor Gandohar for years. He has your sister because she is the vessel for…

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Dark Souls

dark souls

When trying to decide what to write about for my first review, there were a number of possibilities considered. The mighty Skyrim, the metal inspired Brütal Legend, or even an indie title. Then I remembered Dark Souls. I shuddered in fear, then with exhilaration. There isn’t a game like Dark Souls in the world, not one that inspires such dread, but also the drive to overcome its many, many challenges. Dark Souls is the guy who’s in the middle of the mosh pit, knocking out all those who come near…

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