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Crysis 2 (PC DVD)
Crysis 2 (PC DVD)
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: 5.96

25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad..., 29 Mar 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crysis 2 (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I have completed Crysis and Crysis Warhead several times and really enjoyed these two titles. That said it goes without saying that I decided that Crysis 2 is a must have.

The up side:

My rig is a Core 2 Duo, Geforce GTX280 running Win7 Ultimate 64-bit. After 3 years it is starting to age a bit but running Crysis 2 on full HD with all the options maxed out is a pleasure. Sure C2 only supports DX9 as the development teams had to compensate for the consoles that lag behind in that respect. But it looks great considering it runs via an API that was killed off when windows XP was dropped. The benefit of this is that a larger audience can share in the Crysis 2 experience as it was intended - Great!!!

You don't need a killer rig to run the game on mediocre settings not to mention the settings being maxed out. When Crysis was released it killed your high-end pc even in Windows XP on DX9, DX10 (Vista) looked great but killed your PC even more. It would be nice to have DX10 or 11 support for C2 to improve the visuals, but make no mistake, Crysis 2 is a pretty game in its own right. Some complain that they would have wanted more graphics options but there is no real need for that considering how well C2 runs on average hardware. It would be nice to adjust the anisotropic filtering and AA settings etc. but it is certainly not a problem.
The game play is good once you get used to how the nano suit function this time around. One can apparently customize your suit now still have to check that out. The environments look good and the AI is o.k.

The downside:

The story is not a direct continuation of the original Crysis story line. At the end of Crysis we were set up for a sequel that sadly may never see the light of day and this is disappointing. At this point the only thread of continuity between Crysis and C2 is the appearance of Prophet (I still need to complete the game so I could be wrong here). This does not mean that the story in C2 is poor but what happened in between the first and second game? Going back to the Island to kick some alien butt and poof we are in NYC a couple of years later. Some argue that this "reboot" of the story line is to bring console gamers in to the Crysis universe. Poor argument, have a look at how Mass Effect 2 was handled for the PS3 to bring that franchise to PS3 gamers.

It is only a 32-bit app so no native 64-bit support(Read console port), check point saves(Read console port) and for some the simplified nano suit could detract from the experience. I personally would have preferred being able to save the game when I need to and not being limited to checkpoints and auto saves. It would also have been nice to disable the hand holding by the game when it comes to announcing objectives when using the visor and it would have been great to have had the female voice for the nano suit.

None if these "issues" are game killers or detract from the experience though. C2 is an enjoyable game, has high production values and is quite a polished product. C2 can definitely stand on its own feet so I recommend getting it. I just really hope that Crytek follows through on the story as they were originally planning on doing a trilogy, perhaps they can even fill in the massive plot hole between C1 and C2. That would be really great.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 21, 2011 10:39 AM BST

Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Offered by JosephGaming
Price: 8.49

8 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A dismal disappointment of epic proportions, 6 Dec 2010
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) (Video Game)
So far I have played and also been a great fan of all the Gran Turismo games. To be honest no 5 fails on almost every level.

The good: Replays are beautiful, a bonnet view, the number of cars and some damage on premium cars - Ferrari (do I need to say more?).

The bad: Most of the "normal" cars and seem to have been lifted directly from GT4 with some minor texture updates for full HD. The engine sounds are still very generic for all but the premium cars - in the replays as well as while driving. The tracks (although updated to HD) still have the same "lets copy and paste trees and plants to the millionth degree" feeling that started in GT1. So they just re-rendered the tracks for HD and updated the textures. Honestly, what have the developers been doing for the past 4 odd years apart from creating a massive hype? The Logitech G25 and G27 wheels are supported but the clutch support is very poorly implemented. These guys have no idea what a progressive clutch is supposed to be like. I can go on and on about the flaws in this game. If Codemasters were given the task to develop GT5 I am sure we would have been blown away by the result. If you can still get a copy of Race Driver Grid get that instead. It may not have the scope of GT5 but it is prettier and plays better too. If you want a real driving simulator, get GTR2 or GTR Evolution on the PC.

I feel cheated and it is definitely not worth the money - wait for it to come to Platinum.
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Need For Speed: Shift (PC DVD)
Need For Speed: Shift (PC DVD)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: 13.12

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good some bad, 6 Nov 2009
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Well, lets start with the good.
The graphics are amazing, the cars are great, sound is good and the Nordschleife is probaly one of the best looking versions I've come across in any game. So what may one ask is the bad.
To be honest the load times and game interface is poor(patch 1.1 helps a bit with the interface, don't hold your breath for the other issues). The physics are somewhat flawed, especially when driving slowly around a hairpin it makes the car feel like it's pivoting around its center instead of making you feel like you are actually cornering in a car.
The control implementation especially via game pad(and I have spent a LOT of time tweaking this) is a pathetic all or nothing affair. Imagine a +400HP Mazda RX7 suddenly getting full throttle in the middle of a hairpin while you barely touch the controller and you'll understand what I'm on about (dead zones and sensitivity has been adjusted to their lowest settings). BTW I do own 2 racing wheels and a good spec PC and on the Logitech G25 it still sucks. I didn't even bother with my other Logitech wheel.
I don't consider myself a hardcore sim racer, but there are some things when it comes to this title that one cannot ignore. Eyecandy does NOT a great racing game make and control must be consistent.

Get Race Driver Grid if you are still able to or the GTR2 | Evolution games by SIMBIN instead. They are not as pretty as NFS Shift, but the experience that one derives beats the "Shift" out of NFS Shift on all counts.
It's rather sad, I had a lot of hope for this one, better luck next time. Now lets see what GRID2 is like when it is released. Perhaps Code Masters will include the Nordschleife...

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