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This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World for Mac [Online Game Code]
Pros: I don't know how it happened, but this expansion makes Civ V enjoyable
adds a lot of new features and complexity that Civ V was sorely missing.
completely revises culture including drastically changed requirements for a culture victory (its no longer insultingly easy) and tweaked social policy trees.
Diplomatic victory has also been changed drastically as well. Victory is no longer randomly determined by dopey AI controlled city states late in the game, instead you now must ally with city states in order to gain votes used in the world congress.
product is a steam code. the 'for mac' has no bearing on what platform the DLC is for.
Cons: if you're familiar with Civ V's criticism as the game being intentionally released unfinished and selling off what should have been core features later on as DLC, that's exactly what BNW is...
Other Thoughts: Bought Civ V on sale a long time ago. Like anyone else who is a fan of the Civ series, I hated it immensely. Vanilla Civ V is so dumbed down and emaciated content wise compared to previous entries in the series, that its like a bad joke.
Likewise, G&K was a feeble addition to an already embarrassing game. The addition of religion and espionage were so rudimentary, minor, and basic that it hardly felt like it truly added anything meaningful.
Brave New World somehow changes everything and makes Civ V a brand new game. Its left me with the feeling that this expansion includes everything that Civ V was originally supposed to have. Basic things like trade. A more common sense approach to culture with tourism and works of art. A diplomatic UN victory that isn't based on random AI anymore. Lots of things including the seemingly bugged AI behaviors. In BNW, the AI controlled civs tend to have personalities they stick with. Before its like they had schizophrenia.
BNW adds a serious level of depth that really wasn't there before. It actually requires some thinking ahead and strategizing now if you play normal difficulty. Prior, it was easy to just click on whatever and you'd still wind up on top quickly running out of buildings to build because there were so few of them to make. Now its easy to run out of turns without hitting all the scientific advances for a space victory.
Personally, with BNW I love Civ V now. Its definitely worth checking out. Having put in several hundred hours after getting BNW, I know for certain it fixes a lot of the problems Civ V started with. It might not top Civ IV as far as best in the series go, but at least BNW makes the game a lot more fun to play.
Pros: both sticks work
ez no hassle installation
heat spreaders look nice
Cons: outdated RAM is expensive!
Other Thoughts: bought for a friend to stick in his junky old PC running on Vista and 2 gb of cheapo off-branded RAM. Its running on 32 bit Vista so only 3.2 gigs are available. Unfortunately the extra memory didn't address the problem I was hoping to fix, but on the upside the PC can run more programs now!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Shin Megami Tensei IV Nintendo 3DS Game ATLUS
Pros: You don't instantly game over if the MC dies in battle. Also, if you do die, you'll respawn roughly where you died at the cost of in-game money or 3DS coins so no cheap and unfair lost progress. You can also SAVE and LOAD anywhere! Easily the best improvements this sequel makes.
If you like your RPGs difficult, you can't get much harder than SMT.
If you DON'T like your RPGs difficult, there's an added difficulty select you can access once you die twice.
Keeping up with the trend of an ever expanding roster of monsters, SMT IV contains around a bajillion demons to collect
The story is really good. The writers attempted to incorporate themes like you would expect out of a book you'd read in English class. Then there's the actual story progression which is intriguing and mysterious. Its great stuff if you're into that sort of thing.
graphics are kind of good and bad. The playfield you walk around on is in 3d and looks really good. But everything else is in 2d. Most of the 2d stuff even looks good, except the battles where the sprites move so they're not static images. Unfortunately the sprite moment is mostly lazy stretching and bending animations.
the music is really good!
Briefly features Cam Clarke's voice!
Cons: as with other jRPGs, game can get kind of boring and repetitive.
It can also pull frustrating stuff like kill you and your team off before you can fight back.
SMTIV makes lousy use of the 3d feature. BUT WHO CARES?! Seriously, its mostly 2d sprites popping out on a 3d plane. Boring.
the premiums that come with the 1st edition version are kind of lame. Specifically the book. I guess its supposed to be an art book and walkthrough, but it has less than 10 pages of actual art and the walkthrough only covers a fraction of the game.
Other Thoughts: I haven't completed the game yet, but I've gotten as far as the included guide book ends and I'm enjoying it so much that, hey, 5 egg rating.
Be advised this isn't a game for everyone.
I've played a bunch of other games in this franchise (Digital Devil Saga, Devil Survivor, Persona 1-4), but the only other SMT game I've played was Nocturne. That was a game that did its best to make me hate it with the cheapest most unfair garbage it could muster. SMT IV is waaaaay more forgiving. People have compared SMT IV to Dark Souls. Sure it will jerk you around every now and then, but its not even close to being that bad.