The island has been overtaken by despots. Wielding military force, maintaining control by massacre, they oppress the people. Thankfully, a ragtag group of mercenaries, hired by a benevolent rich man, have arrived to set things right.
Three years ago, when Runic Games released the original Torchlight, the Diabloesque style of role-playing game had been in a dire need of a pick me-up. While essentially only an updated version of the original Diablo, Torchlight was a resounding success that reignited fan interest in that style of game, triggering a slew of titles built around that formula to hit the mainstream. Most of those titles though left quite a lot to be desired but the promise of Torchlight II had everyone’s hopes up but then we waited and waited and waited so more.
The definitive collection, Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy combines the PSP and XBLA versions of Half-Minute Hero. Read Don’s review of the PC version here.
This game is an iOS port, and it shows. There’s not a ton of depth here, and putting the game on the PC next to its excellent Total War brethren makes it look very small. It’s not particularly entertaining at a tactical level, and those expect a quick playing, mini-Total War experience are going to be very disappointed.
Kyle reviews Borderlands 2 to see if things have improved from the first imaginative but somewhat troubled first game.
At the end of the day, Alea Jacta Est is a game about mastering the important logistical and operational aspects of ancient warfare. It is very complex and intimidating to the beginner. But for those willing to put in the effort, they’ll experience an authentic recreation of operations in the Roman era.
Don heads back into the Battlefield with DICE’s latest expansion, Armored Kill.
Shields are down. There’s a fire in the engine room. Still, the enemy is in a bad way. In a desperate move, I power down my oxygen supply, and bring my third laser online. If I can just get off one more volley, I can take out the enemy ship. At this moment, a missile hits the weapons bay. All weapons systems are damaged. I’m helpless. There is no escape. One final rain of enemy fire, and the ship begins to break apart.
The greatest strength of From Software’s fantasy based, action-roleplaying game, Dark Souls is the sense of tension that it delivers. It is an unforgiving game on many levels but at the same time it is amazingly rewarding and winning a battle against even mid-tiers enemies can make players feel like a superstar. Until now though this experience has been relegated to console players but a year after the release of the game, From Software has brought it to the PC. But there is good news and bad news.