The Good, The Bad, and The Janky
HIGH Fresh, cheeky dialogue and interesting companions make for an entertaining romp across the high seas
LOW Unavoidable naval combat missions with huge difficulty spikes and no checkpoints
WTF The boss fight vs. an enormous cave spider who spits eggs out of her giant, unnecessarily realistic spider vagina
The Seas are Choppy, but There's Gold to be Found
HIGH The dialogue is frequently brilliant.
LOW Starting a new game because there's no re-spec option.
WTF "Women love a bit of monkey petting."
Tonight, we talk games. Lots of games. Sleeping Dogs, Risen 2, Darksiders 2, Papo & Yo, Spec Ops, Way of the Samurai 4 and so many more! We're back and in full force, ladies and gentleman! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard "Children must be taught to draw from birth" Naik, special guest Jeffrey Matulef and Dylan Collins.
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For my next big review, I've been working on Risen 2: Dark Waters (Xbox 360). I was a big fan of the first Risen, and I was always disappointed that the game never got the credit I felt it was due. It was rough, to be sure, and I can understand why a certain section of people wouldn't give it the time of day. That said, there was a lot of great stuff happening in that game once you got past appearances, and people who I would've expected to dig into it never did.
A few weeks ago, it seemed like there wasn't a single thing to play. Now, it seems like there's too much to handle!
…Right Near the Top, It has
HIGH Realizing just how massive and detailed the game is.
LOW The choppy framerate battles inside the volcano.
WTF Gnomes packing one-hit-kill explosives.