Reviews by Thalla

Devouring Stars
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Enjoyable

Very enjoyable, mind you, but sometimes kind of hard to grasp RTS game in the vein of eufloria. The menu can feel very cluttered, though, and battles might feel unfair before you get the hang of it. Striking visuals and simple, yet surprisingly fun gameplay are on the plus-side!

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Among the Sleep
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Really short

...but I probably guess, you know that. Rather than a challenging game (although there are failure states), more of an interactive story in an uncommon and interesting perspective, reminding the player of childish fears. There's not a real lot of interaction going on, but enough to pull through for two hours - the slow pace of the game made me drowzee, to be honest. Nevertheless, one of the better "walking" (or rather: crawling and stumbling) simulators out there!

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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This War of Mine - The Little Ones DLC
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Cheap

And good for one rather hard achievement (finding 10 graffitis) - and one achievement for buying the DLC in the first place. The profit is given to the warchild charity, which is nice. Other than the artwork included in the DLC, there is no alteration or addition in gameplay. You can easily pass this by if you'd rather keep a dollar.

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3 V Generation
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For fans of the series...

..this is probably already something in their libraries. If you haven't experienced HD:Neptunia yet at all, then skip this. The story, of course, is different, but the gameplay is basically the same as in parts 1 and 2. A lot of grinding and repetition, lots of hours to play if you are into that. This game is about as japanese as it gets, mind tentacles and nudity.

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Grand Theft Auto: Collection
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If you haven't heard of GTA

...Then I don't know what you've done in your life up to this point. If you've heard of GTA, you've probably made up your mind if you want to play a story-driven third person open world shooter of the highest quality possible. These games have been terribly expensive to make and have made a lot of revenue in return, and the reason is just that they're plain good. If, by some wierd coincidence you haven no idea of GTA but an interest, start here: it's a cheap way to look at the classics, before spending the big bucks on the current GTA.

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Magicka 2
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Same-same, but different

The main difference to Magicka 1 is that this game is less enjoyable, because the spells are much more balanced. A huge part of the fun that was Magicka 1, to me, was the incredibly powerful, wacky, or ridiculous spells you could create. The second installment is much more down to earth, but, at release, was just as buggy at the first one. Skip this, unless you're a hardcore Magicka-fan

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Torchlight II
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Fantastic

Apparently, it's like Diablo. Since I have never played Diablo, or genereally don't play many RPGs, this was the first aRPG I've played in my life and I was pretty happy with my rather random choice - I was coaxed by friends into this. I didn't miss anything, story was short and to the point - everything I would expect from a title with this kind of gameplay, loot was, for my tastes, quite balanced, combat very fun and all the classes felt more than different enough to justify their existence. Absolute recommendation!

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Cities: Skylines Deluxe Edition
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It's Cities Skylines, basically,

With added buildings. That's it. You get 5 more buildings, that, in regular play, are ridiculously hard to get out into the city. Seing the usually much higher price of this, it's definitely not worth the "upgrade" compared to the standard edition of CS, so I'd say, get the regular one. Sales might of course bring the price closer down - if you really feel that you must, absolutely, have the deluxe edition of this, then go for it. You don't miss out on much of the normal Cities:Skylines experience here. Also, the deluxe edition makes the "all buildings built"-achievement much harder.

As for CS in general, you should know what you're getting into: A sandbox-y city builder - a good one, at that. If this sounds cool to you, this is your game. If not, pass it by.

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: Histy's Emergency Aid Plan Pack
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Cheap and helpful

And I only bought this for the sake of "completeness". Has some really, really useful items that make the game far less grindier. The price is so low, you shouldn't think much about it. Get it, if you're in for the third installment of Hyperdimension:Neptunia.

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Fairy Fencer F
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Another jRPG

Which means, it's grindy. If this repels you, stop right here, this game isn't for you. If not, then you'll get a decent, but not extraordinary jRPG. Cute girls, likeable protagonist, decent combat-system, although a little repetitive at times (comparable to hyperdimension nep 1)
Enjoy!

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Beyond Eyes
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Short walking simulator

It's in the title. Approximately 2 to 3 hours of gameplay with ridiculously low movement speed. As they haven't fixed that yet, I can't give the game a full recommendation.
The idea in itself - a young, blind girl discovering the world and the player getting tricked by sounds and visuals, getting a visual representation of what it might feel to be blind, stumbling slowly though a neverending stream of new discoveries, fears and misimaginations is, in my book, well-executed. The price is a tad high, but worth it for a beautiful, colorful experience - although you might want to mod the game's speed a little, it gets really, really frustrating after some time, especially because you often stumble into the wrong direction.

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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The Book of Unwritten Tales Collection
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Superb Point and Click

And the collection even gives you a good deal on all of the three games that are nerd-comedy-gold. I heavily recomment these games if you generally like point and clicks and you're willing to play some longer ones - estimate about 15 hours for the two main games, the spin-off, "The Critter Chronicles" is a tad under 10 hours to complete. Hilarious characters, decent writing. It is difficult to handle though, and sometimes, more infuriating than a rather relaxing P&C should be. You've been warned...

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes
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From the same studio that brought you Deponia

...but set in an insane asylum. This should probably give off more than enough information, but in case it doesn't: It's a great, hilarious point & click game of medium-short length (5-7 hours). Decent puzzles, nothing too infuriating, memorable, likeable characters and a lot of black humour. Charming. Droggeljug up!

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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Evoland 2
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Like the first one

... but much more fleshed out, longer, deeper. You, again, start out in the stone-age of RPGs, with a 2D-8bit game, slowly upgrading your way to today's modern, 3D-experiences with their flashy combat systems and sometimes deep learning curves. They've also added more variety to the gameplay in general, so if you've liked the first one, you'll like this one, too!

by Thalla, Germany - Jan 17th 2017
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