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Micro-review round-up

November 2, 2009

Well, it took a year to build up enough demos to fill a round up. Some of these are brilliant and deserve a full review, but lets save ourselves some time: PLAY THE DEMIGOD DEMO.

Demigod
PLUS Compulsive, strategic, unique (unless you’ve played Defence of the Ancients) tower defence/RPG hybrid.
MINUS The AI can’t stand up to a someone who knows the game, and the multiplayer is very quiet.

Torchlight
PLUS Absolutely huge demo that includes random maps and weapons. Diablo fans will latch on to this and never let go.
MINUS The click-and-hold combat could be more engaging

Men of War
PLUS A lot like Company of Heroes.
MINUS Why aren’t you playing Company of Heroes?

Trine
PLUS Inventive and characterful physics platformer, perfectly mixing puzzles and combat. Local co-op if you have a pad.
MINUS The summoner can only summon boxes.

ArmA 2
PLUS Definitive military simulation. Helicopters!
MINUS If being a soldier was fun Disneyland would feature camoflaged snipers.

Batman – Arkham Asylum
PLUS Good punching, good grappling, and the best swirly cloak physics in any consumer videogame.
MINUS The enemies are easier to outthink and outmanoeuvre than a goldfish in a bowl of glue.

Plants Vs Zombies
PLUS Lightweight and frantic tower defence.
MINUS Locked to 60 minutes, you won’t get past the tutorial.

RACE On
PLUS Being like all the other sim racers is a good thing for a sim racer.
MINUS There are only two cars and one of them corners like someone got engine grease on the tires.

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
PLUS Unique plunging-past-floating-skyscrapers gameplay and pleasantly mad presentation.
MINUS As short as the life expectancy of someone trying it for real.

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Micro-review round-up

November 8, 2008

Two lines each for some demos I’ve played yet didn’t review for various reasons, like being too lazy to think of a whole paragraph of things to say about them.

Micro Machines V4
PLUS Look at the tiny cars!
MINUS The most impressive graphics glitches in a racing game since my GPU overheated in Need for Speed. The rest of the demo doesn’t live up to them.

Devil May Cry 4
PLUS Includes one level of hack-and-slash followed by a boss encounter with a time limit in a neat system to encourage replays. Looks great…
MINUS …but feels pretty retro, and has some control problems with a non-360 gamepad. I couldn’t beat the boss so can’t really review it. Maybe it gives you ice cream if you win?

Darkstar One
PLUS Quite a lot going on in the demo.
MINUS The space fighter combat just lacks that TIE Fighter tension.

Laser Dolphin
PLUS I don’t remember any.
MINUS I don’t remember any. Does this make it a perfect 5/10? Or just very bland for a game about a rampaging interplanetary dolphin.

Defcon: Everybody Dies
PLUS A must-try for the apocalyptic atmosphere. Is it good or bad that humanity can enjoy the strategic challenge of annihilating itself?
MINUS Luckily we can dodge that question because the demo is unbalanced and made too simple by restricting battles to 1-on-1.

Trials 2
PLUS Excellent, compulsive physics-based 2D motorcycle platformer. Rock hard and a bit short of levels but don’t let that put you off.
MINUS Your avatar passes out if his helmet so much as brushes the terrain and you’ll wish you could just get off the bike and walk.

Far Cry
PLUS Classic jungle sandbox FPS with tons of replay value from different weapons and tactics.
MINUS Realistic jungle warfare sometimes means getting realistically murdered by some guy who wandered up behind you.

Llamatron 2112
PLUS Awesome Robotron psychadelia.
MINUS It’s from 1992. If you’re familiar with Geometry Wars the controls will make you cry. Or that might be the epilepsy kicking in.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
PLUS Combines Bejewelled and JRPGs, two things I can’t stand, into pure addiction.
MINUS Might have given the Peggle designers some very dangerous ideas.