I recently finished a couple of games|
Dishonored: I liked the atmosphere and world and character design a lot. It also accomplished the easiest access to stealth games I've ever seen because it speeds up the usually slow stealth genre with its teleportation ability. I personally am not that big a fan of complete freedom of choice in video games so I found that the 0 fatality / 100% violence playthroughs were both pretty monotonous and I know there are alternatives but I would have preferred to get some forced (action) scenes every once in a while like in the prologue. However that's just my personal preference and nothing I'd hold against the game because I knew about it beforehand.
The thing I hold against Dishonored is obviously that weak storyline with a twist I saw coming like 2 hours into the game or at least I considered the possibility of it to happen. So the arc of suspense was really a bummer in this game. Once the twist happened I had really some problems to motivate myself to play on because of my disappointment.
Tomb Raider:Initially my expectations for the game were low but went a little higher with the first positive reviews. I am no old fan of the franchise so I played the game without any bias as to how a Tomb Raider game should be like. I think the developers did an excellent job at relaunching the franchise with a perfect balance of breathtakingly fast action sequences on the one hand and silent, creepy tomb raiding, discovering of the Island and puzzle solving on the other hand. The graphics look great, the voice acting and soundtrack are very good and Lara is very authentic.I don't share the criticism towards the story because it is a survival and character building storyline which I knew when I bought the game. The story is very good for what it is in my view and it has this authentic Tomb Raider vibe to it.
Well there are some minor flukes like a few overly cheesy moments, too few and easy puzzles and the occasional repetitiveness of revisiting places because you found the necessary gear to enter the area later in the game but fast traveling makes even that bearable. In general I had so much fun accompanying Lara on her archaeological baptism of fire that I'm willing to overlook these minor flaws. To say that I'm very eager to see more of the newborn Lara Croft in the future is an understatement.
For me this game is a 9/10 and the biggest surprise of the ongoing year because it sets such a wonderful foundation for many more Tomb Raider games to come.
Hitman: Absolution: I played the "new" Hitman game without having much experience with the franchise. Hitman 2 seemed too hardcore for me with those gigantic levels and literally everybody was out to get your head when you made a mistake. I really couldn't remember much about the storyline when I started.
Nevertheless I really think that the story is thin and stands on shaky feet when you experience it for the first time. More importantly for what the story is, it is not very enthralling either. The missions are partially very well designed but even the first part of the heavily advertised Nun-Assassins-Mission was pretty underwhelming. In general the concept of the game lies in the addiction to get as many points as possible. If you discard that, there is not much left but solid but regular cover system 3rd person shooter. Even when you play within the rules of the game there are certain aspects that annoyed me a lot. For example when you put on another guy's clothes the game assumes that every chef in the entire world will know that I'm in fact not a real chef but an imposter. So yeah that cost me a lot of nerves, too. In my view the game is for one saved by the brilliant voice-acting of the cowboy villain and for some of the really brilliant ways to assassinate your targets. However when I electrocuted the third guy in a similar way it got old pretty fast. Towards the final 3-4 missions I had to force myself not to just shoot everybody because most guys that stepped into the way of my Absolution where much too generic / lacking in character to raise my interest.
I think it's a good game for what it is but it's not a game for everyone even with the smaller levels and easier access. I'd say a 7/10 but I couldn't argue with somebody giving it an 8/10 because they're more into the scenario so keep that in mind.
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