2010 Reviews
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2010

Tron: Evolution

Tron: Evolution

Conclusion - just a typical game/movie tie-in with little real effort. A five to six hour afternoon and you'll have this game done and forgotten. I see this game has a 5.5 Metacritic score. I was hoping this might be one of those games rated lower than what it deserves, but it's actually pretty accurate.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

By 2010 standards, visually, nothing in this game will impress you. The story is silly. The length of 5 hours or less is a rip off and worse when you realise that 1/4 of the game is taken up by 3-4 boss battles that just drag on for far too long. Only the combat in TFU2 is rewarding.

The Ball

The Ball

Just a short review for The Ball, because it's a short indie game. Originally starting out as a mod using Unreal 3.0, it ended up being turned into a full commercial game. The Ball is a bit of a one-trick pony. It's just several long levels of puzzles without a lot of charm to it. It does look nice, the puzzles are creative, but it didn't grab me enough to even finish the game.

Arcania: Gothic 4

Arcania: Gothic 4

After completing in about ten hours, my thoughts are that it's just a fairly mediocre RPG. There's nothing that really stands out here, and in two years time I'll probably have forgotten everything about it. But for an RPG fan, particularly of the fantasy setting, it's fairly fun and decent looking. It's the poor mans Dragon Age, a bit more budget and mediocre it just about every area.

Medal Of Honor

Medal Of Honor

Overall, MOH falls short of Modern Warfare 2 and Bad Company 2, but not by much. It's fun, it looks good. It provides a more realistic war plot, so I'd certainly recommend it.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Overall, the fantastic visuals are your main purpose for playing Castlevania. Decent story and cutscenes and some fun, although sometimes overly-complicated combat help. What doesn't help are the bad fixed camera angles, some annoying boss fights and the keyboard lag. Oh the keyboard lag, that really has to bring my score down. But just don't play it on the PC.

Dead Rising 2

Dead Rising 2

Overall Dead Rising 2 is a game I just didn't enjoy. Very average visual design and unresponsive combat, a poor save system and long waits of nothing (or crappy escort side missions) between main missions result in a very, very overrated game. The only things it got right were the large and creative assortment of weapons and possible weapon combinations. But creative and fun are two different things - even the Star Wars light saber felt weak. IGN giving this an 8.5? I can explain that in one word - Capcom.

Front Mission Evolved

Front Mission Evolved

This is the first game I've played from Double Helix Games, and it's not a good start. Evolved feels like it was made by a developer that just isn't good enough to be making video games. If I had to pick some positives, the mechs do look cool, and the plot had promise (if it was told in someone elses hands). But otherwise not recommended.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Overall I enjoyed Amnesia. It's a budget, indie game, and you can tell that throughout. But for it's budget it's very good. Just make sure to play in the dark and enjoy this very frightening game.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

This game did have potential. They could have done something good; the cel-shaded graphics are decent, the button-mashing third-person combat and web-swinging is fun, but it comes off just feeling like a video game for under 20 year olds. This game could have been so much more if Beenox took the time to create a proper story, instead of throwing you into random boss encounters. It's a game for people that only care about gameplay - about hitting combos, about completing meaningless challenges.

Mafia II

Mafia II

Mafia II seems to have been fairly well received. 77% for the PC version. Odd, I found it a pretty damn boring game. By the time I got to chapter 3 (of 15) I was counting down the chapters, just playing for the sake of finishing it. You'll enjoy Mafia II for the storyline. Not the linear yet sandbox design. Not the hours of frigging driving. Not the bland gameplay and combat. Just the story. For me I need more than a story in my games, so I rate this a bit lower than others.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Crystal Dynamics have taken a step in another direction with the Tomb Raider franchise, adding some life into what has so far been a good nine games that are essentially the same thing - third person puzzle/adventure games. This time a fixed isometric camera view, like an arcade platform-shooter. It may be a spin-off, but it doesn't really stack up to the main series. The gameplay is dumbed down, the story is non-existant, graphics are good for what they are, but definitely can not be compared to 2008's Underworld.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior

Sniper: Ghost Warrior

Right so overall, Sniper: Ghost Warrior had me pretty entertained for 4-5 hours. Yes, it's short, but it's a short blast. I can't deny it's a fun game. Visually, it's by far CI's best release. The fact that they've removed all previous shooters from their website and advertise Sniper as their earliest action game release does suggest they know they've turned over a new leaf and finally released something that is actually worth paying for. I just hope they can maintain this level of dedication.

Transformers: War for Cybertron

Transformers: War for Cybertron

I'm a sucker for a good looking game, and WFC brings the candy, so I'm bound to like this. The combat is fun. The story it's own take instead of hopelessly trying tie into the movies and put an ADHD Shia LaBeouf into the mix. Very good! And I'm not even a Transformers fan, so no fanboyism here.

Singularity

Singularity

I really enjoy Raven's games. They still make them with an old school flavour - tight, linear layouts, interesting weapons, unique enemy and monster design. Thus, I loved Singularity. But it does fall a bit short in some areas, and it may not suit everyones style. It's a mix of Bioshock, Wolfenstein and Doom 3. With a tiny bit of Half-Life 2 puzzle-solving. Great designs, fun combat.

Alpha Protocol

Alpha Protocol

Alpha Protocol was released to pretty disappointing reviews, average 73% on PC and 64% on consoles. Despite this, it received quite a cult following. How did this happen? Because the game takes a while to get into, like many RPG's. It gets off to a fairly poor start where the cons seem to out-weigh the pros. The combat is the big weakness, but the story progression is very entertaining and in the end it becomes quite an enjoyable espionage spy game. It wasn't till about halfway through where I got to the point that I couldn't put it down.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

But it was pretty average looking, so it left me with a game full of moments where I just felt like smashing my fists down onto the keyword. I really, really resisted the urge a number of times. I'm surprised so many people found this game fun. For me it literally gave me headache. Ubisoft did a poor job of the latest Splinter Cell, now another poor job of Prince of Persia.

Lost Planet 2

Lost Planet 2

So you'd only play Lost Planet 2 for one of two reasons:

1. Like me, you play every action game released, even if it is a complete turd.
2. You love co-op over single player.

So what is good about Lost Planet 2? I guess some of the bigger enemies and bosses can be impressive. And the design, despite stupidly short levels, is often good enough for a 2010 game. That's about it.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

Conviction takes a different direction, which clearly pissed a lot of stealth players off. Metacritic developer average - 83%. On Xbox up at 86%! User score average - 48%. That's a big difference! And further evidence that Ubisoft buys it's ratings, because there is no way in hell Conviction is deserving of an 86 out of 100. It simply isn't that good. The problem is Conviction doesn't really know what it is - a stealth game or a shooter.

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 is one of the best sandbox games I've played in a while, if not ever. A fantastic looking open world. But it's for people with a lot of time on their hands. I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much without the cheats/mods I installed, either.

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening

Honestly, overall, there's not much to talk about in Awakening. It's just more of the same. You could almost consider this a very long DLC. It you enjoyed Origins, you'll enjoy Awakening. The important thing to remember when start Awakening is that this is an addon pack, not a full length sequel. While I pumped 50 hours into Origins, while in Awakening I would have easily completed it within 15 hours. That being said, most action titles come in well under 15 hours, so this is still a very respectable length.

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

I know a lot of critics come down hard on linear games, but it works well for Metro 2033. It has to be one of the most dark and chilling atmospheres I've played in a video game. If you're not playing in a completely dark room, you're not enjoying Metro 2033 the way it's intended. This is atmospheric survival-horror at it's best.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

To conclude, Modern Warfare 2 is slightly better than Bad Company 2, but only because of it's more spectacular locations - and I'm a sucker for graphics. Music and story are certainly better in BC2, which means I have another realistic shooter franchise to look forward to each year!

Aliens vs. Predator

Aliens vs. Predator

So overall AVP(3) is a game that features some great visuals, epic scenes and atmosphere saturated environments. But it's short, with only six large levels that get recycled and unbalanced gameplay. If I were to replay it, I'd skip the human campaign.

Bioshock 2

Bioshock 2

The only real problem with Bioshock 2 is that a lot of gamers might be put off by a lack of evolution. The game is basically the same as the first - not really pushing any boundaries but just improving and tweaking probably every area. I think that's why Bioshock 2 hasn't really had the same acclaim and review scores as the first game, but ultimately Bioshock 2 is the better game.

NecroVisioN: Lost Company

NecroVisioN: Lost Company

Overall, it's still not a bad game, but certainly not up to the standards of NecroVisioN. You have to overcome the garbage combat at the beginning of the game, but it's five hours of old-skool  budget bin entertainment.

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2

It's amazing what three years and a second franchise (Dragon Age: Origins) can do for a developer to polish the Mass Effect universe into an exception sequel. I was left underwhelmed with ME1, handling it only an 8/10. Inconsistent from wow to extremely bland design, awful A.I., hopeless weapons and lots of little bugs such as a glitched GUI. I'm happy to say ALL of this is fixed in the sequel!!! It's not perfect, there's always improvements to make, but not far from it. Which you'd hope for since this is easily the highest rated PC game of 2010. A 95% aggregate on MetaCritic, the next highest is Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood way back on 88%.

Dark Void

Dark Void

So overall, Dark Void feels like it should have, or could have, been so much better.
Too few weapons, pointless upgrades, only several average enemy types.
A poor attempt at jetpacking and merging flight with a shooter.
Finally graphics and environments that we've all seen before in other UE games.

Darksiders

Darksiders

I really enjoyed Darksiders for most of the game. It's long, I spent 20 hours on it, features some really inspiring artwork and as you'd expect for hack'n'slash, or at least hope, it has some frantic but fun gameplay. The characters and story are fantastic. But it does have some issues. I look forward to the Darksiders sequel, but I just hope some of the puzzles and backtracking is reduced. Without the poor final two chapters I would have given this game an easy 8.5/10.

Venetica

Venetica

Venetica is not an AAA title. The visuals are fun and okay, but they don't really compare to modern 2010 games. But the combat and gameplay had me well addicted to finishing it for a couple of days, so it must have done something right. It is certainly worth playing in my opinion. Not quite as good Gothic 4, which again is not as good as Dragon Age: Awakenings, but single player RPG's are few and far between. And by the way IGN gave this a 9.2.