Date Joined: 12/08/13
Pros: I've only gotten around to playing Valley of the Yetis, but it was new, fun content. Perhaps a little anticlimactic and unexpected at times but it was worth it.
Cons: In my opinion, thirty dollars is a bit much for it. I picked it up for about 10 on sale and that is worth it. There isn't that much content still but what you pay for it on sale is worth it.
Pros: L.A. Noire is a pretty good game really. The story is quite good and interesting to follow, especially once you start piecing together the puzzle(s). The map is big and very detailed. One of the things I enjoyed was just driving around and exploring. There is a decent amount of activities to be had, from the main story cases to taking on street crimes (little one to five minute crimes where you have to take down criminals or solve a quick mystery) and finding hidden cars. The facial recognition technology is absolutely amazing. You can practically pick out the smallest detail on the character's face as they speak and interact with you. It's too bad that this wasn't a "next-gen" game; that would be very cool to see and make the game slightly easier. This game has the Rockstar touch-of-awesome-realism that I have seen in so many other of their games. From the weapons to the cars and the attire, it's all practically spot on. The voice acting is also (mostly) well done. There are a few characters who's talent (if you call it that) behind the mic makes me cringe a little when I encounter them. But these are few and far between.
Cons: The gameplay feels a little hollow. There is often only one button to push to get your character to do a long line of action. For example, running up stairs or taking down a criminal in a fist fight (although I understand the stairs part, trying to hit the exact tight corners while running up after someone would be a nightmare). The driving, while fun, gets to be pretty boring and monotonous. There is a make your partner drive option, which after about six hours in, I started using all the time. The storyline(s) can be a little difficult to follow also. There is three different storylines going on while you are playing. If you count the different desk/department cases then there is seven (if I remember correctly). The stories change a little as you move from desk to desk. It's basically multiple smaller stories happening as you take on the cases which have your main focus. Part of the story that gets tied in towards the end is shown through newspapers which you have to find while you work a case. If you miss some (like I did my first time through), then there's a few holes that can leave you scratching your head.
Overall Review: I never had any launch/run issues. My desktop has Win7 HP with an FX-6300 and an MSI GTX 760 4GB. I also had a GTX 650 before I upgraded to the 760. I have also ran this game on my laptop a little bit. And I mean a little bit. I think I just launched it then went into a free roam session for a few minutes. Anyways, it's running 8.1 with an i7-4710Q and GT 840M (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231974&cm_re=asus_840m_i7-_-34-231-974-_-Product). Overall, L.A. Noire is a pretty good game, not perfect but still good. If you can pick it up for $10 or so, it's well worth it.
Pros: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a fun, interesting game. It's the same as Far Cry 3, but with a futuristic twist. This game offers a range of enemies, all of them distinctly different than their real life inspirations. Ubisoft Montreal took a humorous, sarcastic approach to the majority of the game, giving Blood Dragon an even more lighthearted feel.
Cons: The storyline is just decent, (the real fun is roaming around the map, eliminating enemies and finding collectibles) and the actual game length is very short.
Overall Review: This game is still very fun. It gives you more Far Cry to play (and I love the series) and there's absolutely no problem with that. Well, at least until Ubisoft over does it with producing a game a year.