How many three year old games look as good as Brutal Legend on the PC?
Quarter to Three
1 March 2013
Excerpt: 2009 was literally years ago in videogaming. When you play games like Crysis 3, Guild Wars 2, Tomb Raider, and Wargame: European Escalation, it feels like 2009 is to 2013 what 1995 was to 2009. But playing Brutal Legend on the PC makes 2009 feel like 2013, which is especially surprising considering how long this game languished in development limbo/publisher hell. Wasn’t this a Playstation 2 game at one point? That’s nearly two Playstations ago!
Conclusion: Despite the negative points, Brutal Legend is still fun to play. Even though each separate gameplay element leaves much to be desired, they are still engaging to play with. Multiplayer in particular forces more complex strategies in the real time strategy aspect, even though the controls are still overly simplistic. And the basic beat ‘em up gameplay still manages to be entertaining despite its lack of complexity.
Conclusion: Brütal Legend is something we don't get to see very often. It is a mix of the action and RTS genres that works well with personality and great artistic direction. There are some issues, like the campaign being a bit on the short side, and missions becoming repetitive after a while, but the story will help you over these bumps. You might not get a lot out of it if you are not a metal head, but its charm is well worth it.
Conclusion: Some games are difficult to review. There can be any number of reasons for this, but in the case of Napoleon: Total War , the reason turned out to be that it is entirely too similar to its older sibling. I wouldn't go so far as to say "You might as well play France in Empire: Total War " but when you finish the campaigns, you will probably want to go back to Empire.
Excerpt: Majesty 2 is a unique RTS where you don’t control your units. You are the king of Ardania. Well, you would be if the Demon didn’t take over. Luckily, though, you have your advisor to help you through the start of your reign over all of Ardania.
Excerpt: The original Majesty came out nine years ago with its unique take on the whole “overlord” genre. Instead of being an evil overlord such as in Dungeon Keeper , you are a king of the fantasy Kingdom of Ardania and it is your job to issue quests to noble heroes for slaying monster, destroying lairs or defending caravans from all sorts of nasty ghouls, Skeletons, Zombies and an assortment of other generic fantasy enemies.
Excerpt: Majesty 2 bills itself as a "fantasy kingdom sim", and with that oxymoronic tagline you know that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Jokes aplenty and a Monty Python-esque voiceover precede each mission, and the graphics and animations skew towards the cartoony and lighthearted end of the scale. While Majesty 2 is actually a real-time strategy game, the "sim" part of the tagline comes from the fact that you don't have direct control over your units.