Daniel Acaba

Reviews By Daniel Acaba

Shadowrun Returns Review (PC)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

What's important here is how the game plays and how well it executes the setting and on those merits alone Shadowrun Returns succeeds. Content may be light straight out of the proverbial box but that can be mitigated thanks to the community. It might not be the prettiest dame at the ball but it certainly works hard to keep your attention long enough for you to get your money’s worth and that’s more than a lot of big name game developers can honestly say about their game. Read More.

Beyond: Two Souls Review (PS3)

By Daniel Acaba () - 2.0 out of 10

This thing is just embarrassing. When you’ve got a game that lacks any sort of tension or drama but is supposed to be a dramatic adventure, what’s left? Nothing, that’s what. All we have here is some good voice acting and the usual graphics that accompany any PS3 exclusive title and literally nothing to recommend to anyone looking for more than just sit there and not be entertained. If you’re desperate to experience the “plot” then just watch a Let’s Play – it’ll be exactly like playing the game yourself without having to waste money on the disc. Read More.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Review (Wii-U)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.5 out of 10

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Wind Waker HD is the single best HD remake on the market right now and it’s probably one of the only ones that deserves to market itself as anything other than a cheap port. Even if the developers managed to get this done in a rather short time (supposedly six months) this has more effort put into it than is put into most games on the market nowadays. Read More.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 Review (PS3)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.0 out of 10

Even for someone who isn’t a huge fan of sports games (or soccer games in particular) PES 2014 is still a great game. What you have here is a quality gaming experience with high production values and damn good gameplay design. When the worst thing you can say about a game is that it sometimes feels a bit slow paced, which is clearly what the developers were intending, that’s a damn sight better than most games can hope for. Read More.

Flashback Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 5.5 out of 10

While the lowered difficulty will make the game much more accessible to modern gamers there is almost nothing else to actively recommend about Flashback. It looks good sure but the rest of the experience is hollow and feels more in line with a Michael Bay film than the original. Strip out almost everything that made the original so awesome and what do you get? Read More.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Review (3DS)

By Daniel Acaba () - 7.0 out of 10

Regardless of how good the presentation may be or how tight the non-boss related content may be there's just not enough to recommend here. Shin Megami Tensei 4 should have been a shoe-in for must have RPG for any 3DS owner. However there really just isn’t enough here to make this an easy recommendation for any but the most diehard fans of the series. There’s just too much that the game does wrong to supplant Fire Emblem: Awakening for that title which is a tremendous shame. Read More.

Space Hulk Review (PC)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

Space Hulk could really do for either having a price drop or having a scenario editor released. If there is anything to be said about this game is that there’s a lot of potential here. From the fun that can be had with a friend, or even random stranger online, to the possibilities that could come from a community of fan submitted scenarios Space Hulk could grow immensely. In that potential I see greatness and what we’ve got right now to tide us over is none too shabby either. Read More.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 6.5 out of 10

The best way to sum up Blacklist is “good idea.” Almost everything that the development team has done seems like a good idea on paper but the actual execution of it leaves a lot to be desired. As you experience each aspect of the game you’ll find that element after element just cries out to be used in a less crappy fashion. I’m not sure if these elements were the game developer’s intention or if some things were forced on them by meddling higher-ups but the result is the same – a damn good game ruined by a series of bad design decisions. Read More.

Neverwinter Review (PC)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

Let’s be blunt – Neverwinter wants your MMO subscribers and isn’t playing around with trying to steal them. This game has come out of the corner swinging with plenty of content, no subscription fees and a top quality gaming experience. Read More.

Terraria Console Edition Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 5.5 out of 10

Honestly the only reason to buy Terraria on the console is if you don’t have the PC version and are interested in the console exclusive boss and equipment. But if you want to actually enjoy the game then just play it on the computer and spare yourself some grief. Read More.

Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall Review (PC)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

This is a damn good piece of DLC but it can be a bit of a hard sell. Not only is it a bit on the short side, clocking in at only about two or three hours, but the story is clearly only a portion of the whole. Since we know that the third, and final, piece of DLC is also story related Daud’s story will almost certainly be resolved there. So it almost boils down to it being like an episodic game in the form of DLC. Whether that makes this all justifiable is up to the individual gamer. Read More.

Saints Row IV Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

If it wasn’t for the glitches and the bland activities I would heartily say that Saint’s Row 4 is one of the best open world experiences on the market. Sadly these two issues really drag the game down to the point that it’s just a good game. While that’s more than can be said for a lot of recent releases I was waiting for it’s still a bit disappointing to see a game stumble and fall when it was so close to being one of the best. Read More.

Metro: Last Light Review (PC)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.0 out of 10

Metro: Last Light is a damn good game but it squanders what it has going on for it. While it might technically speaking be a more solid gaming experience than its predecessor it seems to suffer in the game design department which is a shame. That said this is still an amazing game that anyone who enjoys shooters and / or horror titles should give a try. Read More.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 7.5 out of 10

All in all this is a pretty solid package if you can simply get past the Dragon Rushes and the quirks of re-released PS2 titles. There is some frustration to be found but honestly it’s one of the better HD collections that’s been throw at the consoles this generation. These are both solid titles that each bring something to the table so it doesn’t feel like you’re simply playing the same game twice. Read More.