Reviews by T'hain Esh Kelch

Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition
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Amazing game!

What a blast I had - That was an amazing game, and really huge too. At first I was "Wow, this city is big, and I can explore it all???", and then when they added another smaller town "Woot! Can't get bigger than this!". And it couldn't. Except for those 4 more cities, 1 of them even larger than the first one, that was added! And they each had their own distinctive style, which I really enjoyed.

It looked great, even despite its age, and the gameplay was a blast. The overall story line, which ran across the entire series was a bit weird, and you really needed to know what happened in the first game, which I didn't. But the stand a lone story line was really good IMO, and very immersive. I could have done without the series storyline, except maybe for the finale - That was well done, and really made me want to play the next games to see how the story evolves.

The gameplay was as mentioned *really* good, and I had so much fun running around on buildings and stalking guards, and then assassinate them, or chasing thieves in the city. I was really skeptical of the franchise when I started the game, but it just kept getting better and better. So much to explore, so many secrets to find! The history side of the game is also really good, so those that like that, is in for a treat.

It ran really great on my 2011 iMac, so no complaints there. Minor drops in FPS when the camera was panning over the cities with a gazillion buildings in view, but that was also all. Very satisfied there. Motion capture and lip movements were spot on, so that also helped dragging you into the game and feel the characters.

Of course, there were also negative sides to the game:
• The game is an obvious console-first port. That made the controls really confusing, and even after throwing 35 hours into the game, I still was clicking at random in the cut scene sequences where I had to click a certain button. That's just awful. And the menus were definitely NOT made for a mouse, even though you have to control your character with the mouse. So stupid.
• Encountered a few minor bugs where enemies would stay 'tagged' on your character even though you escaped to the other end of the city, and a few places where my character wouldn't move onto a spot where he should be able to go. Fortunately these occasions where *very* few, especially considering the size of the game, so it was really a minor thing that didn't annoy me at all.
• Ubisoft has a launcher that popped up when you launched the game. No Ubisoft, I don't care about promotions, and when I click my game icon, I don't want a launcher with another "PLAY" button. Just launch the freaking game.
• Fighting could be quite tedious, especially in larger groups, and I really hope they improve on that in future games. Stalking and assassinating was by far the best part, and I sometimes went really far to get around groups (Maybe that was intended?). But you have a medium sword-thingy, and a big sword, yet they felt quite useless compared to your sneaky knife, so I almost never used them.
• Some of the overall story line puzzles were so cryptic that they didn't make sense and you had to look up the answer online.

Yet, 5/5, and highly recommended - Best game I've played since Borderlands 2.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Feb 12th 2015
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12 Labours of Hercules III: Girl Power
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Another good but forgettable game

As with the previous two installations, the graphics are very colorfull and likeable, and the maps quite varied. Music is the same, and repetitive but also likeable.

If you've played the first two, then you've also played this one. But if you liked the first two, then you'll also enjoy this one.

Cons: Still a few bugs, although not nearly as many as the second game. -I would have liked to see a few more novel game mechanics. I can only recall one new in this game. -The story is awful. They must have had a 6 year old come up with it. But then again, you don't play this game for the story, but still. (Although it made no sense at all). -This game had a bit too many of the 'speciel' levels where the map isn't layed out in a natural way. I don't find them as interesting.

Pros: Still a 'just one more level!' game. -The finally removed the awfull 'boss levels' targeted at 6 year olds and instead introduced harder versions of the regular levels.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Feb 2nd 2015
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12 Labours of Hercules II: The Cretan Bull
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Great game

It is one of those 'Just one more level...' games. Hard to put down!

Graphics are nice, music is catchy, and gameplay is superb. There's plenty of room for both beginners and experts of time management games. Plenty of levels, that are quite varied. Well worth the cost in my opinion!

If I have to point out any negative things, it would be that I've encountered a few bugs with the game, though nothing major (A single graphical bug, and a single bug where an 'item' that has been qeued is not being picked up), and that the 'boss levels' are extremely uninteresting. I had hoped they had come up with something more interesting than those in the first game, but alas. They seem to be targeted at 8 year old, while I would assume the expert levels are for people that have way more experience with this type of game.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Jan 9th 2015
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7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat
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Weird game

I assume I just dont 'get it', so take that into account.

But I found it dull, very badly explained, dull to look at. And the gameplay was boring.

Essentially it is a strategy board game. You follow a family through several generations, and have to plan a few turns ahead to consider your next moves. I found it quite shallow, and plain.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Jan 9th 2015
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Solar Flux
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Well done, but not really interesting

Soothing soundtrack, very nice visuals, but I do find the gameplay too simplistic and not very rewarding. I lost interest quite quickly, even though there are a lot of levels, since the game progresses so slowly.

It may be interesting for some people, but just not for me. Maybe it would be better suited for 5 minute plays on an iPad.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Aug 30th 2014
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12 Labours of Hercules
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Pretty good

A pretty standard time management game. Not too easy, not too hard.

Graphics are fine, if a little too cartoonish for me, but looking good. Controls are easy, and I have yet to find any bugs. Soundtrack is catchy, at least I wasnt bored after playing the first 20 levels.. :)

Recommended if you like time management games.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Aug 23rd 2014
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LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
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Good for children

Not so much for adults. Very basic platformer, with a strong Star Wars vibe of course. I think you need to know the movies to get the most out of this game, and you need to be a child in order to enjoy the gameplay.

I found it very bland and not very exciting. I think some character voices would have helped quite a bit.

I also found the beginning of the game quite confusing. Apparently you had to find the entrance to the first Episode, although no explanations were given.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Jan 10th 2014
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Crow
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Pretty, but blant gameplay

It looks really good, with a very nice mood setting.

Unfortunately, the gameplay is quite lacking. You fly around as you like, trying to find diamons, which isn't that interesting, and once in a while you get to fight a boss. Fighting a boss means fly a set path, try to dodge a few obstacles (Most of which are very hard to determine where they will hit you), and then once in a while attack a boss by drawing a line on the screen.

I think you have to be less than 10 years old (literally) in order to enjoy this game very much. Too simple for at least.

If gameplay was more interesting, then it would probably be a much better game.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Dec 14th 2013
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Monument Builders: Notre Dame
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Below average

I really enjoy resource management games, but this one really falls short of the mark for me personally. I would assume that casual gamers that don't play them often, would like this more than I did.

Pros:
• You learn facts about the Notre Dame! Requires reading though.

Cons:
• Graphics are not very enticing, with a lack of details and too popping colors.
• Very easy (See above, as I might not be the primary target here).
• Doesn't seem very play tested. You tend to end up doing the 'real management'/gaming in the first half of each level, and then just sit and click the same 4 buildings in the second half of the game to collect the number of resources needed to win. This is my biggest flaw with this game, as it really removes all the fun.
• Some things are not well explained.
• Very creepy 'game host'.
• You can end up in situations where you cant finish the map, without restarting the level. While this as such is fine, as it is a strategy game, this should not be able to happen within the first 30 seconds of starting a map, since you are playing on time and should be able to get an overview before having to restart the level.

I would probably target this game for young gamers aged 6-12 (Im not quite young anymore, but I like my gaming anyway!). They would probably also rate it a tad higher than I did.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Dec 6th 2013
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Check vs Mate
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Quite good

No matter if you want flashy fighting units, normal chess pieces or a flat overview, this game has it. Several different modes and backgrounds to play on, to give you something to come back to, or give you a break from a 'normal' game of chess. In general a very solid chess game.

The only things I really miss, is actually a quick way to switch the game to windowed mode from full screen, and a quick function on the main menu for jumping into a simple chess game (Instead of having to click through several menus). And some less flashy animated units, as the current one are a bit too gimmicky for my taste (I'd prefer something akin to the old Battle Chess, as another reviewer also mentions.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Dec 6th 2013
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DOOM 3
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Yet another excellent ID shooter

Well, since it is Doom, I don't think I have to explain the plot (Oh well, here it is: Kill demons, save the world).

Graphics are good, gameplay is top notch if you like shooters. Quite a few scary moments, so make sure to play it with the lights turned off and after having put the sun to sleep. Not recommended for people with bad hearts.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Dec 5th 2013
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QUAKE 4
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Good shooter

I enjoyed this one. Graphics are good, play time is excellent. Didn't give so much for the plot, but at least it worked.

Had some interesting enemies I have to say, and the shooting part is of course top notch.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Dec 5th 2013
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Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition
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Excellent

I really enjoyed this one, as the graphics are unique and beautiful, and the gamplay is excellent. The humor is a bit over the top quite often, but I could live with it. Does become a tad repetetive sometimes, but still worth a fifth star in my opinion.

The setting is really whats the best about this game.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Dec 5th 2013
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BioShock
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Absolutely awesome

As far as setting the mood for a game, it doesn't become better than this! I can only highly recommend this game. The story was awesome, setting perfect, diversity excellent, and the only one thing I didn't totally fancy (Only 4/5 stars) is the shooting part, as it did felt a bit weird. I guess I prefer ID Software style shooters.

But who cares when everything else is perfect. Buy it. Now!

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Dec 5th 2013
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The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut
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So much promise ruined by bugs

I'm playing this game on a 2011 iMac, with all settings maxed out. Runs really well, from a graphically point of view, and the game looks great.

The setting is excellent, and very promising so far. Gameplay is a bit hard to get into, as you get a lot of information and the game plays a bit differently than your aveage RPG.

Unfortunately, the game is extremely filled with bugs. 25% of the time I have conversations with characters, I am greeted with a black screen and subtitles. The game crashes every 15-20 minutes, which is the big killer. And sometimes after it has crashed, I can't start the game again, before I've restarted the computer (Why that is even possible, I have no idea!). Shadows tend to flicker all over the place when you get near things.

So sad.. But I wouldn't recommed anyone buying it, until they fix these things, which is probably never given the age of the game.

Edited review: The game has now been updated, and the crashings has been fixed.

So I've changed my review to 5 stars, as it really is an amazingly good game! Highly recommended if you like dark RPGs.

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Jul 31st 2013
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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
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Excellent game.

Recommended of you like shooters. Hard at first, then it gets easier as your learn the game. Then it get bloody hard, even if you are experienced. ;) I enjoyed it a lot! Nice story also, and gameplay was excellent.

I also highly recommend the multiplayer part - I had to delete it because I spend so much time on it!

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Dec 15th 2012
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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Excellent game!

I thoroughly enjoyed this classic. Gameplay is amazing, and the story great... And a major plot twist at the end which knocked my socks off.. ;)

Only had one minor problem with the game - My characters often became stuch after a combat, but a quick Google suggested to turn of the V-Sync option in Graphic Preferences, and that fixed the problem!

by T'hain Esh Kelch, Denmark - Jun 3rd 2012
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