Excerpt: Ten years is a long time. Wait, I think I've started a review this way already. Anyways, Namco Bandai's Tales series has now been in North America for ten years, and with this auspicious landmark, the popular franchise has made its way to the new generation of consoles with Tales of Vesperia .
Excerpt: Before the advent of the N64, Namco's Team Wolf squeezed out Tales of Phantasia for the Super Famicom in 1995. Since then, the Tales series has evolved to become a relatively noticeable Namco series, particularly after the success of Tales of Symphonia for the GameCube.
Excerpt: Buying and playing a Tales game is similar to inviting an old friend to dinner: you know exactly how the night will go down. Some may criticize the series for this, while others no doubt find this fact comforting.
Excerpt: Released back in 2009, Borderlands was the first original title from Gearbox Software, but has now spawned a sizable franchise that shows no sign of stopping. Certain elements have apparently been improved and tweaked in more recent installments, but the original game is no slouch in terms of...
Excerpt: Walking into Borderlands, I was unsure what to expect from the game. From its onset, it had been plagued with comparisons to Fallout 3 or Diablo (including from yours truly), leading to the distinct possibility …
Excerpt: Borderlands was rather hastily compared to everything from Fallout 3 to Diablo 2 in the months before its release, but the recent slew of trailers featuring foul-mouthed robots and psychotic bandits, along with the colourful and controversial cover art, suggested a wicked sense of humour more akin...
Pros: Fun and addictive, Very entertaining co-op, Fantastic weapons
Cons: AI almost non-existent, Lack of variety, Buggy
Conclusion: If you can get past all the problems that plague the PC version, you'll discover an extremely fun and addicting FPS that sprinkles in some RPG elements, and a "bazillion" guns, to create a unique experience unlike anything else.
Conclusion: If the Underdome had "merely" been a Horde mode, that may have been fine, but it's a lot more besides. It's a glimpse into the internal machinery of Pandora, a rare chance to understand where you've been, and where you want to go next.
Borderlands: The Secret Armoury of General Knoxx review
30 December 2009
Excerpt: It's a case of third time's a charm for this DLC. Simply put, it's a must-buy for any Borderlands fan.
Pros: Increased level cap. Awesome new loot to find and use. New vehicles which are fun to ride in with friends. Plenty of new enemies to fight. Decent narrative for the missions. More of that great Borderlands sense of humour. A lot of side missions and content, easily their biggest DLC yet.
Cons: The environments don't add anything that new. Might be a bit too "more of the same" for some people. Difficulty scaling is a bit off. No fast travel system forces a lot of backtracking.