Reviews by Thalla

Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit Icon
A little expensive, but of better value than the other big expansions
by Thalla, Germany - Oct 31st 2017

The traffic optimization and the new additions in this DLC are really worth the while of the player, or in some cases good enough to reignite the interest in the game after tossing it aside. If you haven't gotten any expansion for C:S yet, I recommend you start with this one, as I feel it has the best value over the others, as most of the additions here are either essential, or very fun to use.

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1954 Alcatraz Icon
Skippable
by Thalla, Germany - Oct 31st 2017

It's a daedalic title, which should be enough to know for most people. In itself, it's an ok game, with good voice acting, nice visuals and the usual complexity a deadalic game features. However, I feel that with all of the other great PAC games daedalic and other publishers have in their portfolio, you might just give this a pass and dedicate your time and effort to some better, funnier, more engaging alternatives than this one.

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Cognition Game of the Year Edition Icon
Great idea, technically bad
by Thalla, Germany - Oct 31st 2017

The art style works, the story is engaging and the audio is at least up to par. The artsy part of the game is actually quite good and enjoyable, but on a technical level, the game feels horrible. Very slow, sluggish controls and interface. While adventure games usually are not the fastest, this one really got my skin crawling with its slow feel. I'd pass up on this because your patience will really be put to the test!

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realMyst: Masterpiece Edition Icon
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by Thalla, Germany - Oct 31st 2017

As it stands, it is a clever puzzle game. But now, in the year 2017, this game has no place anymore. Set aside the technical issues on some PCs and the inability of some users to cope with them, from the visuals, to the interface it just does feel like a game from another time - which, of course, it is. Given the competition and the availability of far more than 100 other PAC games, I'd give this a pass.

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The Night of the Rabbit Icon
Solid Daedalic Experience as always
by Thalla, Germany - Feb 16th 2017

...But a little too long for it's own good - expect around 12 hours or more, depending on your experience with P&C games. What bothered me most is that some sections really didn't seem necessary, thus "only" three stars.
Voice acting, art style and puzzles are up to par with other Daedalic games, although friends of humorous P&C games might want to skip this, as this is a little more serious than say "Enda and Harvey" or "Deponia"

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Aragami Icon
Good stealth experience, sometimes too easy
by Thalla, Germany - Feb 16th 2017

As a stealth-veteran, this looked intriguing to me. I was awaiting this game eagerly when it released and I was not disappointed by it.
This does not mean the game doesn't have problems. Some sections are ridiculously easy, while sometimes there is a noticeable difficulty spike. Some checkpoints are very close too each other, while others are infuriatingly far away. The game also resets your difficulty settings upon quitting and restarting. The biggest fault however, is that the shadow-cover system sometimes just does not work. While you are clearly in the shadows visibly, the game does not act accordingly.

Solid, shorter (approx 5 hours for 1 playthrough including collectibles and medals, 8 hrs for 100%) stealth experience that is worth picking up for fans. For people new to the stealth genre, you might want to skip this.

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Deponia Icon
There's a reason Daedalic games has won multiple awards
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

And Deponia is an absolute classic of the P&C genre. Witty, smart puzzles, not too long and an interesting character. If you haven't yet played it - or especially if you're looking for a good entry-level-game to get to know P&C, this is your game. Even better, as it really, really often is discounted heavily or bundled.

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Cities: Skylines After Dark Icon
A little expensive
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

... but else, fine. 4 new achievements to unlock (one is uncredibly grindy) and the addition of specialized zones, which, more often than not, do not contribute that much to the gameplay imo. As the title says, it's fairly overpriced, but it's been discounted down to $5 regularly. If you can get it for this price, it's worth a shot or a more complete Ci:S experience

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Devouring Stars Icon
Enjoyable
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

Very enjoyable, mind you, but sometimes kind of hard to grasp RTS game in the vein of eufloria. The menu can feel very cluttered, though, and battles might feel unfair before you get the hang of it. Striking visuals and simple, yet surprisingly fun gameplay are on the plus-side!

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Among the Sleep Icon
Really short
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

...but I probably guess, you know that. Rather than a challenging game (although there are failure states), more of an interactive story in an uncommon and interesting perspective, reminding the player of childish fears. There's not a real lot of interaction going on, but enough to pull through for two hours - the slow pace of the game made me drowzee, to be honest. Nevertheless, one of the better "walking" (or rather: crawling and stumbling) simulators out there!

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This War of Mine - The Little Ones DLC Icon
Cheap
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

And good for one rather hard achievement (finding 10 graffitis) - and one achievement for buying the DLC in the first place. The profit is given to the warchild charity, which is nice. Other than the artwork included in the DLC, there is no alteration or addition in gameplay. You can easily pass this by if you'd rather keep a dollar.

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Magicka 2 Icon
Same-same, but different
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

The main difference to Magicka 1 is that this game is less enjoyable, because the spells are much more balanced. A huge part of the fun that was Magicka 1, to me, was the incredibly powerful, wacky, or ridiculous spells you could create. The second installment is much more down to earth, but, at release, was just as buggy at the first one. Skip this, unless you're a hardcore Magicka-fan

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Torchlight II Icon
Fantastic
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

Apparently, it's like Diablo. Since I have never played Diablo, or genereally don't play many RPGs, this was the first aRPG I've played in my life and I was pretty happy with my rather random choice - I was coaxed by friends into this. I didn't miss anything, story was short and to the point - everything I would expect from a title with this kind of gameplay, loot was, for my tastes, quite balanced, combat very fun and all the classes felt more than different enough to justify their existence. Absolute recommendation!

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Cities: Skylines Deluxe Edition Icon
It's Cities Skylines, basically,
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

With added buildings. That's it. You get 5 more buildings, that, in regular play, are ridiculously hard to get out into the city. Seing the usually much higher price of this, it's definitely not worth the "upgrade" compared to the standard edition of CS, so I'd say, get the regular one. Sales might of course bring the price closer down - if you really feel that you must, absolutely, have the deluxe edition of this, then go for it. You don't miss out on much of the normal Cities:Skylines experience here. Also, the deluxe edition makes the "all buildings built"-achievement much harder.

As for CS in general, you should know what you're getting into: A sandbox-y city builder - a good one, at that. If this sounds cool to you, this is your game. If not, pass it by.

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Beyond Eyes Icon
Short walking simulator
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

It's in the title. Approximately 2 to 3 hours of gameplay with ridiculously low movement speed. As they haven't fixed that yet, I can't give the game a full recommendation.
The idea in itself - a young, blind girl discovering the world and the player getting tricked by sounds and visuals, getting a visual representation of what it might feel to be blind, stumbling slowly though a neverending stream of new discoveries, fears and misimaginations is, in my book, well-executed. The price is a tad high, but worth it for a beautiful, colorful experience - although you might want to mod the game's speed a little, it gets really, really frustrating after some time, especially because you often stumble into the wrong direction.

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The Book of Unwritten Tales Collection Icon
Superb Point and Click
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

And the collection even gives you a good deal on all of the three games that are nerd-comedy-gold. I heavily recomment these games if you generally like point and clicks and you're willing to play some longer ones - estimate about 15 hours for the two main games, the spin-off, "The Critter Chronicles" is a tad under 10 hours to complete. Hilarious characters, decent writing. It is difficult to handle though, and sometimes, more infuriating than a rather relaxing P&C should be. You've been warned...

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Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes Icon
From the same studio that brought you Deponia
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

...but set in an insane asylum. This should probably give off more than enough information, but in case it doesn't: It's a great, hilarious point & click game of medium-short length (5-7 hours). Decent puzzles, nothing too infuriating, memorable, likeable characters and a lot of black humour. Charming. Droggeljug up!

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Evoland 2 Icon
Like the first one
by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017

... but much more fleshed out, longer, deeper. You, again, start out in the stone-age of RPGs, with a 2D-8bit game, slowly upgrading your way to today's modern, 3D-experiences with their flashy combat systems and sometimes deep learning curves. They've also added more variety to the gameplay in general, so if you've liked the first one, you'll like this one, too!

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