Wednesday, December 30, 2009
A space-shoot-hash as to Space Siege, the game is very standard, shoot everything in sight, collect loots, trading and upgrade your amour/weapon, shoot some more to progress. Visual is pretty decent, but the control feel awkward at time, shoot and move are the same left mouse click, they should look at the way Alien Shooter 2 configure. WASD for the movement, while the left mouse is for firing. The camera shift and pan while you move your WASD key. There are moment in the game while you want to shoot the enemy but end up walking toward the enemy, as you left click on the area and issue a move command rather than attack. Dodging is not very effective as it the same as Space Siege, you hardly can dodge any income hit.
Well If you can get pass the movement glitches, then you might enjoy the game as it progress. But I will give Shadowgrounds Survivor a thumb up to this title.
This started off as a solid game, very unique story line, you are a present doctor/dentist that are drag into a mid-world by a 13 yrs old teen-girl, who also a mage that helps you on the quest and fall in love with you along the way(with a 13 yr old girl??). the story slowly develop while you destiny seems to clear, you either become a Dragon Slayer or the Dragon itself that destroy the Mid-world, the choice is your. Top-notch visual presentation, different choice of weapons, it a combine of both fantasy and present world, you get your usual sword, axe, bow and arrow, but also revolver, machine gun & chain saw. Combat is the same as Dragon Age Origins, pause and issue command to your party to launch spell/attack, combat can get very intense as you are always 1 or 3 levels lower than you enemies. "Grinding" is possible by sleeping/rest at a "Bad" area, wake up and you are surrounded by baddies. But the game is very un-polish with technical flaw, character get stuck in wood, rock etc, enemies freeze in the path while attacking you, and certain items are unclear on their usage, it crushed the game with no reason. It look to be a alternative to Dragon Age Origins, but it not. Although the navigation/camera work it much better than DAO, but it just dose not save the day with those technical bugs/errors. Wait for a patch before purchase it.
Another RPG with a Dragon theme, it very similar to Divinity 2, but it all happen on a island. It not fair to compare this game to Dragon Age but to The Witcher, as it a solo hero act rather than party/team base quest. There are no cutting-edge visual technology here. Risen's world offers no visual surprises, combat are not directly in your control and you feel very awkward and frustrating at time. To suck in 70 or more hours to a game like this is just not worth it, I give up after 4 hrs of "message boy" errand/quest!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
This release launch almost in the same time as Bioware Dragon Age Origins, which I think is a wrong marketing move or they are trying to cash in the Christmas rush. The story line is pretty standard, save the world and ride as a Dragon. But there is too much technical glitches that justify a purchase. I do not know about the Xbox version, but the PC version require a high-end machine just to perform a so-so out-dated graphic. As compare to Dragon Age Origins, the Bioware engine is definitely much refine and better than D2. D2 need to get it engine tweaked and optimize to perform better in a low-end machine. With the same PC spec. I am able to run Dragon Age Origins with no lag, but D2 simply just refuse to perform even at a low setting. Play it if you have spare time, if not stick with Dragon Age Origins.