Excerpt: Everyone’s favourite Dhampir is back, but she’s not in the best of shape. BloodRayne: Betrayal marks the return for the nine year-old franchise in the form of a completely 2D side-scrolling platformer/hack-and-slash.
Pros: Great art style and sound
Cons: Boring and repetitive gameplay, Demands perfection with imprecise controls, Egregious platforming
Conclusion: Depending on your faithfulness to the Metroid franchise, you may have started to notice that Retro has taken the franchise down different avenues than those explored in the previous two games. This may infuriate you or make you happy, depending on where your allegiances lie.
Conclusion: Overall then, SEV doesn’t bring anything new to the table but it is a refinement of the genre. It has all the features you’d expect or want from a turn-based space strategy game and it does them all very well.
Excerpt: Space Empires V doesn't exactly revolutionize the world of 4X gaming, but it does offer a multitude of micromanagement options, if that's your thing. The space empire building title lets you explore the universe and meet strange races with one of the most extensive diplomacy systems we've ever seen,...
Pros: ups: cool looking, lots of customization
Cons: downs: too much customization, weak AI, bugs/glitches
Summary: Space Empires IV is a cult favorite among the space strategy crowd. Users have developed tweaks and mods with a fervor that rivals that of blockbuster megahits such as Oblivion, and the developer has a history of releasing numerous patches to address any issues that fans bring to its attention.
Pros: Extremely deep and complex, May be the best diplomacy module of any 4X game, Designed to be completely open to modders
Cons: A long list of bugs, artificial intelligence is weak in several areas