Reviews by Valkade Cavel

Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars
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Unabashedly Fun!

As I calmly sip my tea, I look back on the memories I had as a young lad, blasting bad muthas in the face, leading hundreds of riflemen to victory and/or death. The river crossings, the cavalry charges, the blood... all it good jest, Mr. Welsley!

Seriously though, buy the game.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Oct 21st 2016
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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim
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Good, but frankly... boring.

Maybe it's just me. Admittedly, my expectations for this game were way, WAAAYY too high for what it is. Indie games are not always the best games, nor should they expect that much of themselves. For a guy expecting a game like Zelda: Windwaker, of course I would be disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the game is good, but... it can do a very bad job of holding your attention.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Oct 21st 2016
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Total War: ROME II: Emperor Edition
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Good for an audience...

If you're looking for a pure, somewhat complicated tactics game, then I'd say you've found your gem. For me personally, I found the game to have far too many little nooks and cranies, making the game more of a mathematical chore than a fun experience. Once again, if you want a PURE TACTICS, MANAGEMENT, AND CALCULATIVE GAME, this is for you. If not, keep looking.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Sep 30th 2016
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Coast Guard
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Not polished and unfinished looking.

This game looked alright at first, but AWFUL voice acting paired with glitchy visuals, off-mood music, and a boring, forced story, I cannot recomment it to anyone in good concious.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Sep 30th 2016
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The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human
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A fun, unique indie game!

Indie games are very special to my heart. I have fond memories of browsing itch.io and gamejolt, playing tons of great indie games, and to see yet another hidden gem like this is very refreshing. A great indie game always brings a new element to the gaming world, catching it's audience by suprise, and this game did exactly that. Even the price is perfect.

The gameplay and controls are both fluid and satisfying, the sense of atmosphere is extremely well done. The setting and backgrounds are stunning, setting mood in a superb way. The bosses have a very Shadow of the Colossus vibe to them, giving you this daunting, but heroic feeling few games have done.

Idependent developers have been catching the gaming world by suprise of years now, and The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human is no exception. Please support this game.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Jun 12th 2016
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The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries
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Good- for a time. Now it's just disappointing.

I LOVED the first walking dead series. To this day it's one of the best "your choices matter games I've ever seen." so I was really excited for michonne. I wasn't expecting this game to live up to the walking dead's standard, but I wasn't expecting to be so disappointed, either. I feel like telltale wasn't really trying with the game, espesially at the end. Things just... happened, and that's the way they ended. It was extremely lackluster. If you must see for yourself, but it in a sale. This game is NOT worth the base price.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Jun 6th 2016
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SUPERHOT
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Innovative, but a little vain.

This WOULD be five stars but the story (not spoiling anything) is EXTREMELY pretencious. Gameplaywise, however it is fatastic. I would sugest it. Good price, fair performance, and groundbreaking mechanics. Valkade says buy it!

by Valkade Cavel, USA - May 24th 2016
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The Orange Box
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Fantastic Classics for Fantastic worth!

Valve is a gaming icon for their ground-breaking, mind-blowing games. 20 Dollars for 5 of Valve's greatest titles borders on theft. 10 Dollars for an amazing game like half life 2 alone would be a dream, but I got Half Life 2, both episodes, Lost Coast, AND portal for 20! Portal 2 on MacGameStore is 20 dollars by itself. Buy this bundle. You have no idea what you're missing!

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Apr 5th 2016
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This War of Mine
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Good in it's own way, but BAD first impressions.

This War of Mine is far better suited to Mobile Gaming. For a Macintosh, the gameplay is extremely lacking. Calvino Noir had this problem. Great atmosphere, real tension, and the WORST controls. A to go left, D to go right, E or W or S to interact, mouse to choose, and so on. It isn't that hard to adapt a Mobile game to keyboard controls. I would highly sugest buying the mobile version, but don't get it for Mac.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Apr 5th 2016
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The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna
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As good as the base game

The Talos Principle employs an original concept, good graphics, and a fantastic story, with level design second to none. If you liked the base game, then you WILL like this. My only complaint: somewhat expensive, wait for a sale.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Apr 5th 2016
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Paws - A Shelter 2 Game
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Adorable fun

I am a big fan of shelter 2 and I have great respect for the dev team the made it. Please support Might and Delight, they have a fantastic game on their hands! The money is worth it!

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 31st 2016
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The Talos Principle
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Innovative Mechanics and an amazing plot line!

I am quickly falling in love. This game has original puzzles, an amazingly insightful story, and level design that is second to none! But this game. The lore, beauty, and puzzles will blow you away!

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 31st 2016
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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
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Grossly BAD performance

This game LAGS. Serious LAG. Yes, I do not meet minimum requirements for graphics, but game like hitman: absolution have run fairly well on my computer, whereas this game, with the same grphics capability, does not. Wait for a debug, or don't buy. I got it on sale, so I don't feel wronged, but 20 dollars for a game with poor performance is NOT WORTH IT.

Update: Upon lowering the graphics settings to the VERY LOWEST, the game does run at a tolerable rate, and it is extremely fun to play. Performance still stutters now and then. The game itself is VERY good, but the poor performance at higher settings still loose the extra two stars for me.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 31st 2016
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Shelter 2: Mountains
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A gorgeous expansion

A visually stunning add-on to a fantastic game! You won't have regrets! Shelter 2 already shows emotion and beauty in a small little game about the circle of life, and the Mountains only emphasize one of the best indie games I've ever seen. A little expensive, so I would buy on sale, but other then that, enjoy.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 31st 2016
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The Wolf Among Us
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A splash of color, and an air of mystery

Telltale makes great games, that's the long and short of it. This game is easily one of their best, right up with The Walking Dead Season 1 and Tales From the Borderlands. The flashy colorized art style, along with the flash of mystery has given me amazing first impressions. The lore is a little dark, with prostitution, ect. Other than that, I say buy, the story is fantastic!

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 31st 2016
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Californium
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Unique, but...

I am loving the art style in this game. The exposition is a bit corny and agenda-based, but I would still consider it a good buy. Be warned, though: the game lags on my 13-inch Macbook Air, DESPITE meeting minimal requirements. This seems to happen far too often with indie games, and it is kind of annoying, since Bioshock infinite, a visually demanding AAA game, runs better than Californium, an indie game.

In short, interesting mechanics and an interesting story. If you must see for yourself, I recomend waiting for a sale.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 22nd 2016
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Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders
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Not really a masterpeice...

I am a HUGE fan of Agatha Christie's books and I was more than excited when I heard this game was out. I was expecting a mix of Grim Fandango and Blues and Bullets: mystery, humor, the occational thrilling action sequence, with a good twist at the end. Unfortunately, bad first impressions, paired with stiff controls and bad voice acting just turned me off. The story, I will say, is good, but not enough to compensate.

If you have to see for yourself, wait for a sale. This game isn't bed, but not worth the thirty dollars.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 21st 2016
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Shelter 2
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A wonderful journey!

I, Personally, love this game. Might and Delight fully delivered, evolving the sequel of Shelter into one of the best playable visual experiences I have ever seen. Shelter 1 was about the circle of life, and how you have very little control in that circle. Shelter 2 is very free, but with your freedom comes consiquences. My first play through was so emotional. Like every game, I thought I could cheat the system and just mess around, and I didn't get away with it.

In short, play this game, or at least give it a chance. I can almost ensure you will have no regrets!

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 20th 2016
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realMyst: Masterpiece Edition
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Not much to say...

Maybe it's my computer, but this game LAGS. It's perfect is almost everything else. Visuals are a real plus, but the lag just makes the game not fun to play.

When a debugging update make Myst run better, play it, it's amazing. For now, don't get it, not worth it.

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 20th 2016
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Tales from the Borderlands
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Halarious, Fun, and Emotional

Where do I start? Telltale has been notorious for revolutionizing gaming with choice and consequence. All their games are GOOD, but few could be considered EXCELLENT. This game is EXCELLENT. Perfect combinations of emotion and humor, superb characters, the perfect package. Even if you haven't played Borderlands games, or even hate the games, you will probably have a wonderful time with this!

Best intros to a game I've ever seen. Worth the money! I say play it, it won't disappoint!

by Valkade Cavel, USA - Mar 20th 2016
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