Reviews by thewileyman

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Icon
A classic, but a bit aged
by thewileyman, USA - Feb 12th 2016

It's a classic, for sure, but its age shows. If you're looking for the best Star Wars experience out there, though, this is the game to get. Immersive, intriguing, intelligent — it's got everything a gamer and Star Wars fan could ask for!

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Battlestations: Pacific Icon
Wow!
by thewileyman, USA - Feb 12th 2016

I didn't expect to like this one, but I did! Really fun game, especially for WWII buffs. The Pacific Theater is an enthralling historical setting, and this game takes full advantage of that. Definitely recommended!

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Tropico 3: Gold Edition Icon
Okay, but not quite what I'm looking for
by thewileyman, USA - Feb 12th 2016

Enjoyable, but not enough to keep me coming back. Just couldn't get into it... between this and SimCity 4, I'll choose the latter every time.

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Torchlight Icon
Love this game!
by thewileyman, USA - Feb 12th 2016

Who would've thought this game would be so much fun? It was one of the first titles I bought for my new iMac back in 2011 and I spent many enjoyable hours with it. So much loot to choose from... spent way too much time agonizing over whether to keep my heavily-upgraded gear or go with something with higher stats. If you haven't played it yet, it's definitely worth it!

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QUAKE 4 Icon
Fun
by thewileyman, USA - Feb 12th 2016

Fun game, but pretty dated. Still worthwhile if you need a tense action shooter. There is a level late in the game that repeatedly crashed at a certain point, and I had to search online for cheat codes to get past that point, but otherwise it works fine.

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The Movies: Superstar Edition Icon
Didn't care for it
by thewileyman, USA - Feb 12th 2016

Disliked the interface and had a hard time getting a feel for how the game works. Probably it's just not the type of thing I enjoy.

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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition Icon
So much fun!
by thewileyman, USA - Feb 12th 2016

I've had hours of fun with this city simulator, and have yet to get bored. Definitely keeps you coming back for more. I've experienced a couple of crashes here and there, but I haven't been able to pin down the reason, but nothing that really hurt the gaming experience. Totally worth the price (especially if you get it on sale)!

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Borderlands 2 Icon
For some reason I can't quite describe...
by thewileyman, USA - Jan 24th 2015

...my response to Borderlands 2 is pretty much "Meh."

I loved the first Borderlands. Played through it a couple of times with different classes. Had a blast. Great atmosphere, enjoyable story, crazy guns.

Starting out Borderlands 2, though, I just couldn't get involved. Perhaps it's too much of the same. I've put more than a few hours into it but just can't find the motivation to continue. Kinda disappointing, because I was really looking forward to it.

(Note: My copy was purchase through the Mac App Store — I couldn't get Steam to function on my Mac at the time.)

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Batman: Arkham Asylum Icon
Interesting but didn't grab me
by thewileyman, USA - Jan 19th 2015

For some reason this game didn't grab me. I enjoyed the atmosphere but perhaps the transition from console to computer just didn't work for me, because I never wound up finishing it. The controls threw me off a bit, as did the third-person perspective. I should really give it another go sometime.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition Icon
Fun, engaging game
by thewileyman, USA - Jan 19th 2015

I've been playing this one off and on because I don't have a whole lot of time for games. I guess I'm less than a third of the way into the story, but so far it's quite enjoyable and challenging. Good plot so far, fun game mechanics and atmosphere. Recommended.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Icon
Probably not the target audience
by thewileyman, USA - Jan 19th 2015

As a thirty-something, I'm probably not the target audience. Legos are great, and I love Star Wars, but this game just didn't do it for me.

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Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition Icon
Very good game, but lacking...
by thewileyman, USA - Apr 12th 2013

Borderlands is a very good game, and I've enjoyed it both times I've played through the main campaign. Looting and selling is fun (if a bit overwhelming — almost too many choices!).

I love the look and the atmosphere, and overall the story is pretty good. The endgame felt like it came out of left field, and there's a point at which the difficulty level jumps quite a bit (not necessarily a bad thing).

My only real frustration is that once the story starts moving toward the endgame, things go by very fast. I wished that I had a little more time to spend in some of the areas later in the game — perhaps a few more side missions and such.

But the game's a hell of a lot of fun, especially once you get some of the really powerful or unique weapons (Holy crap! It shoots rockets!), and I'd definitely recommend it if your system can handle it. I've got a 3.4 GHz i7 iMac with 16GB RAM and 2GB Radeon HD 6970M, and still have some framerate issues and higher graphics settings, so be warned.

The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned was fun and creepy and, in some places, nightmarishly tough. Didn't care for Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot — just arena combat with no story. The Secret Armory of General Knoxx is the best DLC in my opinion, if a little too silly at times. Haven't made it through Claptraps Robot Revolution yet.

I've been very much looking forward to Borderlands 2, which I just picked up through the Mac App Store to avoid having to use Steam, so pretty soon I'll be headed back to Pandora in a quest for more loot.

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