Reviews by Alleycat

Call of Duty 2
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The original game at it's best

It's hard not to sympathize with the allies pushing back the Nazis from the snowy banks of Stalingrad, the sandy deserts of Tunisia and the green towns of Normandy. Call of Duty has it's full scope here, whether you're fighting under Stalin, the brits or the US troops on D-day. The new mechanics introduced by the series like proning and shooting from cover really matter here as much as setting a rhythm to progress with your team. Try to go at it on your own and you'll most likely die before you blink. But advance in a strategic way helping the others progress through the german challenges and you'll go through WWII victorious. The world seems more open here than in the game's successors (Modern Warfare and Black Ops) as you can choose the order in which you gain the strategic points of a map and the missions are long. My only regret is that the long last Berlin fight is not present here! And the ending is a little abrupt (SPOILER: Would have been nice to pay through the last rescue mission you get to see on the ending cinematic)

by Alleycat, France - Feb 11th 2014
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The Walking Dead: 400 Days
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Ruined by the saved game glitch

After managing to go through the original by manually fixing the saved game glitch after every chapter I just couldn't take it with the DLC. It just doesn't make sense that such a well done game with massive success doesn't get the basics right. I guess I won't know what happens if my choices are different on the next season because my saved games are somewhere in limbo. The 2 stories I went through were okay but nothing as emotionally engaging as the first one, I wonder if the glitch will be solved for the sequel at least? Telltales can sure tell stories, but what a bunch of jokers as programmers!

by Alleycat, France - Jan 10th 2014
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Call of Duty: Black Ops
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Darker soldiers

A darker cooler narrative brings you to the undercover 60s (fantasized?) operations. From Cuba to Russia you're in the middle of the cold war and you'll get to meet JFK and one of the voice actors is Gary Oldman. The game's still very short (you'll finish it in one playthrough if you have the time even on the harder levels) but it packs a punch. The endless zombie mode and it's annoying monetary system are a minus though, it isn't any fun unless you hack it!

by Alleycat, France - Jan 6th 2014
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QUAKE 4
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Quake updated

A nice re-imagining of the original, despite it's weird green and purple colors. You won't feel the anguish you felt in the originals because you are now with a team la 'Call of Duty'. But becoming half an alien-robot by the middle of the game (it's not a spoiler-it's on the tag) spices things up a bit. Not many people on the multiplayer side, Quake live has all of them. There is some decent vehicular action too but if you're not a fan of the series you're probably not missing much considering all the others FPS out there. It's the same engine from Doom 3 but the action is on steroids, and delivers some classic carnage once in a while!

by Alleycat, France - Jan 6th 2014
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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy
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CLASSIC AMERICANA

I was reticent at first because I was under the impression that GTA was just mindless carnage. But the action is so well paced and versatile and the stories are so well written and provocative, delivering each time a portrait of a jaded America that you gotta luv the series! Also the radio talk shows and soundtracks are just works of art on their own!

by Alleycat, France - Jan 6th 2014
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection Content Pack
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Already dead

The perks of Rezurrection are too few, only the moon level is really cool. It should be one and only pack with Annihilation and Escalation so at least we could get the full zombie package with Romero and all for a decent prize.

by Alleycat, France - Jan 6th 2014
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Rage: Campaign Edition
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EPIC but too short!

RAGE has many moments of greatness with wonderfull set pieces but never fully delivers as the realistic post-apocaliptic Sci-fi shooter like Borderlands does. This edition desperately needs the Scorchers DLC to keep playing after the disappointing ending and a better sequel!

by Alleycat, France - Dec 19th 2013
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Prince of Persia
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Beautiful but repetitive

Although the comic book look and feel of the game manage to create a cool world to discover there is no real progression in the gameplay, ultimately it feels more like an app and a watered down, kids version of the original game. Even so, without the impeding danger and violence of the franchise, fighting along side the female character instead of alone will give you a few hours of fun.

by Alleycat, France - Dec 19th 2013
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Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition
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A truly marvelous historical recreation!

Being able to roam through Florence and Venice as a bad ass athletic thief is an awesome experience. You will go out in the street wishing you could climb buildings and jump around ledges to cross the city. The assassin's knife and other gadgets that Leonardo Da Vinci himself gives to you always keep the quest fresh. And the series script is very well written. No wonder they are making a film!

by Alleycat, France - Dec 19th 2013
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The Darkness II
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A dark adaptation

Even without knowing the comic book you can tell they made the best to adapt it in a video game. The characters and dialogue are top notch, the main motivation of the anti-hero perfectly portrayed. You will be tearing apart mobsters with brutal pleasure and need for revenge. With beautifully created fatalities, fighting with a dark power has never been more fun, and having to avoid the light to use it makes it truly challenging at times. The times when you control your litttle demon provide a nice change of pace, and Faith no more's Mike Patton voice talent always brings an ironic twist to things. The multiplayer is truly hectic and the different powers from each character will make you feel like one of the teenage mutant ninja turtles, only cooler. The game is not long but just enough to deliver the story nicely and the multiplayer packs extra hours of fun. Let the darkness rule!

by Alleycat, France - Dec 19th 2013
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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
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Arcade War

An action packed journey into contemporary military operations. The single player campaign is versatile and well paced but short (You'll be done in a weekend). The mecanics are simple and closest to an arcade military shooter. The series might be overated in terms of FPS, but it's contributed to making the genre an online multiplayer sport (most players are so good you'll be dead before you even blink).

by Alleycat, France - Oct 22nd 2013
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