Team Fortress 2 Game Review

Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is one of the many free games on Steam and one of the few that will actually run well on my laptop. It was because of this, and the fact that some of my friends had recommended it, that I got the game with nothing but a few megabytes on my laptop’s hard-drive to lose.

TF2 is first and foremost and massively multiplayer game. In fact, playing sing;e-player isn’t an option. Even if you do get onto a server with just yourself, the game will just keep restarting until someone else joins. One of the things I worry about most when playing purely multiplayer games, is that I might be the only one playing them and won’t be able to find a server with anybody else. So far, however, this has never occurred. There is always a multitude of servers running, and even if you join a server with just you and one other person, within a couple of minutes there will be many more who have joined.

There are nine different characters (all with different weapons) that you can play as. The Heavy, Soldier, Pyro, Scout, Spy, Engineer, Medic, Sniper and Demoman. Here’s a quick run-down on each of the character. Heavy; a defensive player that’s very slow but with TF2very high health and a primary weapon that boasts and extremely high fire-rate. Soldier; an offensive player that’s fairly slow and has a relatively high health. The primary weapon is a rocket launcher. Pyro (what I play most as); an offensive player that’s fast but with a average health whose primary weapon is a flame-thrower  Scout; an extremely fast offensive player with average health whose weapons are a scattergun and pistol. Spy; a fast, supporting player with average health who can disguise himself as the opposite team. Engineer; a fast, defensive player with average health who can build sentries, teleporters and dispensers. Medic; a faster, supporting player with slightly higher than average health who can heal other players and has regenerating health. Sniper; a fast, supportive player with average health, the sniper boasts a sniper rifle that can kill in one shot. Finally, demoman; a defensive player with a high health and slighlty slower speed whose weapon is a grenade launcher.

Ok, so all of that probably makes the game sound fairly complicated, and fair enough, I wouldn’t just start off switching between all of the different players. Pick one (probably Heavy or Soldier) and then start from there. Then, it’s actually not very complicated at all. Only three weapon slots with weapons that can be swapped with the one’s you’ve picked up during your games.

Then it comes to the gamemodes. There are two main types; multiplayer and co-op. Multiplayer is the most popular, and is basically revolving around two different teams (all of whom are actual players) trying to win the game that has been set. There are many games  in multiplayer mode insluding; capture the flag, control point, king of the hill, payload and special delivery. Then there’s the co-op mode called Mann vs Machine where players fight off waves of AI robots.

As far as gameplay goes, I really like it. It’s very difficult to get bored playing it because there are so many different modes to play in. The controls are easy and the arenas are surprisingly detailed. The only downside of the gameplay is, that when I first start playing the game (while I was getting used to it) I was really bad and this made me not want to play. But after about an hour I felt like i was actually making a contribution to my team and started enjoying it more. It might have just been because I’m not that much of a gamer that it took me a while to get used to it.

While actually getting the game is free, to get some extra features (like trading with other players and to buy some items in the shop) you have to pay money. However, unlike other games with this format, purchasing items doesn’t give the player a massive advantage (if any). You’re able to play the game perfectly well even if no money is spent.

The music is pretty cool. It’s composed by Mike Morasky and performed by the Valve Musical Orchestra. Unlike other games, however, music doesn’t play while the game is on. It’s only for the introductions, trailers and the menu. It works like this, though, because there are so many players playing, a lot of weaponry and occasionally people speaking. I highly recommend  watching the “Meet the…” videos before playing the game just for entertainment value. The TF2 theme is here:

Music: 3.5/5

Graphics: 4/5

Controls: 4.5/5

Rating; 4/5 stars

Little Inferno Game Review

I saw a “let’s play” of this game on YouTube and thought it looked pretty good, so I decided to get it. For $10 it was well worth it. The trailer for Little Inferno is below:

Little Inferno starts out looking like a game for a little bit of mindless fun. Buy toys, burn them in your Little Inferno Fireplace, make money from said burnt toys and buy more toys. Each toy reacts differently when burned, which is a part of the enterntainment. Plus, burning stuff is fun! Warning; do not play with fire IRL.

But behind the cheerful enjoyment of burning stuff, there is something more sinister occurring. Throughout the game you receive letters from the Weather Man, Miss Nancy and mostly, from Sugar Plumps. These letters, as well as containing useful information on LittleInfernoCominghow to play the game and just for general entertainment, also contain subtle clues to the darkness that is actually occuring. For example, there is something more dangerous than fire… But this leads to an ending is that it is very anti-climatic. There’s a constant building of tension, but it falls flat, with lots of unanswered questions and unexplained clues. The ending is a huge disappointment, and really brought down the rating of the game.

Another issue with the game is the very short amount of gameplay. In about three to four hours, you could have the game completed and in just a little longer that could include having found all of the combos as well. It is a cheap game so you wouldn’t expect it to be as long as some others, but I would have liked it if it were longer.

One of the things that I do really like about this game is that there are no points, no countdowns, no levels, no timers. There’s no rushing around or anything. In fact, the only way to measure how you are going in the game is to get the cryptic, puzzle, combo achievements and to buy to catalogues. That’s it. As far as specifications go, it doesn’t need much to run well. My laptop is pretty annoying, as it can play Team Fortress 2 flawlessly but can’t run Minecraft without glitching like mad. Because of this, I’m usually pretty worried about how a game will run on it, but Little Inferno runs perfectly.

Little InfernoIt’s also unusual to other games because you use your mouse for everything, literally. This makes the controls really easy, but I’d recommend that you use an actual mouse to play it rather than a laptop track-pad.

Different people play the game differently and for different reasons. For example, I was mainly focussing on trying to get as many combos and I could, whereas my friend was just taking pleasure out of burning stuff and seeing how each object reacts when being
burnt.

As far as the animation goes, it’s really cute. It’s not trying to be realistic or anything. It’s just adorable! It reminds me a bit of Tim Burton’s animation style.

The music (by Kyle Gabler) is generally very subtle, but it works very well to set the mood. Most of the time it gives the game a cheery and warm feel, but at times it very successfully gives the game a cold, creepy, and at times, sad mood.

Game Console: PC and Wii U

Music: 4/5

Graphics: 4.5/5

Gameplay: 4/5

Controls: 5/5

Rating; 3.5/5 stars

Minecraft Game Review

I started playing Minecraft in beta 1.4 because some very persistent friends of mine kind-of, sort-of forced me to. I first played a free version and then I was given the full version by said friends because they were sick of me not being able to play on servers with them. Now, I’m obsessed with the game so I thought I should do a review on it. This post will not contain spoiler because Minecraft doesn’t really have spoilers… except for The End. Oops.

In short Minecraft is the best sand-box style game ever. What you basically do in the game is what the name states; you mine and craft. But there is a lot more to the game than this. It’s sort of a puzzle game when you’re trying to figure out how to make objects on your 3×3 crafting table. It’s a kind of adventure game too, because you have to protect yourself from monsters such as zombies, creepers and skeletons. You can also explore the randomly generated world in which you’ve spawned and find your way to other mysterious worlds such as the Nether and The End. Mining takes a LOT of time but finding diamond for the first time is so worth it (a piece of advice, the first time you find diamond you must use an iron pickaxe to mine it or it will disappear). Minecraft also has a massive creativity element. Once you’ve got a best armour, weapons, tools and items you can get, you can build anything . When you die in the game, you drop everything that you were carrying and respawn at either your spawn point or the last place you slept.

Because Minecraft has only one rule; you can only sleep at night. Other than that, you can do absolutely anything. In creative mode, you can even fly and access any type of block you want. To make the game more challenging, you can play hardcore mode. In this version, the game is set to hard, you usually spawn in a very difficult location and if you die, that’s it. The whole map is deleted.

If you get sick of playing by yourself you can play in multiplayer modes on a server that you have created or someone else’s server. These servers can range from the Minecraft classic (the original version of Minecraft) servers on minecraft.net, PVP (player-versus-player) servers or building, no-grief servers.

Unlike other games, Minecraft is pretty awesome in that you can only buy it online (no wasted money on a middle-man) and it’s updated continuously for free! Now, I’m not talking about small updates like bug fixes. I’m talking about big changes like the addition of pistons or new mobs or weather or new games modes. It’s the game that keeps on giving.

The only downfalls of the game are the extensive amount of time needed to get anything done (like most games) and the fact that if you’re not that creative, you won’t have much to do once you’ve completed the game.

The music is very different from any other game music I’d experienced. It’s entirely classical which starts and ends at random times when playing. It is written by Daniel Rosenfeld also known as C418. It gives a nice ambience to the game when you’re busy mining or building.

Game console: Primary PC but it’s just been released on Xbox 360. Also in the App store but it’s a very early version.

Music: 4.5/5 (I just can’t picture any other music that would work with the game, now)

Graphics: 1/5 (they really are terrible but you can download mods to make them look better)

Gameplay: 4.5/5

Controls: 4/5 (confusing at first, but otherwise good)

Rating; 4/5 stars