October 12, 2011

Areas of concern: Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2 is a 2011 Survival Horror game and sequel to the acclaimed original Dead Space. 

Areas of Concern:


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Several scenes of brutal and graphic violence occur:

General Gameplay: 

--The enemies in this game are mutated human beings with deformed limbs, abnormal growths, skinless faces with missing jaws, and lots of torn skin. You have to shoot off the limbs of enemies to progress; a lot of blood stains the environment and sprays out, their limbs fall off and bloody stumps are seen.  

--You walk through environments with lots of blood, fleshy growths in the environment caused by deformed limbs, and decomposing bodies with enemies feasting on them and mutating them with talons growing out of their backs with blood spraying. 

--One of the enemies is a man tied to a wall by mutated intestines, who launches explosive growths whilst screaming horribly. 

Storyline Violence: 

--The game opens up with a monster stabbing a guy through the head, who mutates graphically onscreen. His skin falls off and talons grow out of his back, with a lot of blood in the process.

--In one scene near the beginning, a man commits suicide by slitting his own throat, with blood spraying out.

--In one scene a man stabs a woman in the eye with a needle. The scene cuts away just before it happens, but it is still gruesome. A man gets stabbed in the side of the head, with blood leaking out. 

--One scene takes place in a space city, which the infection just spread to. People getting dragged off by enemy creatures can be seen and screams can be heard throughout the city. A baby is also heard crying behind a door you can't go into.

--In one scene, a man tied to an operating table yells for help when a necromorph appears, who then attacks him and decapitates him by stabbing him with his talon, blood spraying out.

--Some of the enemy creatures appear to be mutated children and babies. Though they don't fully look human anymore, this is still disturbing. One of the aforementioned are babies that can explode. 

In one scene (viewed through a window) a woman cuddles one of these babies, giggling, which then explodes, splattering the entire window with blood.

--There are some scenes of people getting attacked, sliced apart with blood spraying and screams of pain being heard and limbs falling off, a man is shown with half of his face burnt with his teeth and eyeball visible, and a few other milder acts of violence.

Player Deaths:

--Isaac's (The player character.) death scenes are arguably the most gruesome moments in the game.

They involve Isaac getting arms and legs torn, cut or blown off, being decapitated, getting stabbed in the eye and all round just not having a nice day during the deaths. And there's screams of pain. A lot. 

--In one scene, Isaac operates a machine injecting a needle in his eye, which is gruesome in itself, but the happens when the player fails to lower the needle slow enough, the needle crashes into Isaac's eye (Who is screaming.) with a lot of blood spraying out in close-up.

This is what the Necromorphs look like.

Anybody who is sensitive to violence should stay far away from this game. Even if you aren't, the violence is pushed so far, only for shock value, that the game drifts into being tasteless. Besides, there are other issues as well:


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--Some of the necromorphs appear to be naked, though due to their mutation nothing is shown besides their bare buttocks. 

Aside from that, nothing.


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Words like F**K and S**T are used a frequently, by the player character as well.  Words like B**CH and CR*P can be heard as well. 

Jesus' name used in vain though, which is unnecessary no matter how you look at it.

The Unitology symbol.

Spritual Content:

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--The plot involves a cult known as "Unitologists" who want the player to help them build a Marker, (The cause of the infestation) because they believe it will reunify them after death in Heaven. 

Isaac also goes to their temple or church or whatever they call it. Throughout the church are candles and audio transmission praising their leader. ("Praise be to Altman") For more on the unitologists, click here:

It should be noted that none of the Unitologists rituals or prayers are seen through the game and nothing spiritual takes place. The game is Sci-Fi so whatever happens is in those boundaries. 

However, the candles and mantras are very dodgy already, God says that: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." which contributes to the final BANNED rating. As said in the link above, the Unitologists aim is to "Converge" which is similar to the New Age movement.

A Unitology promo.
Scary Stuff:

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The whole game is meant to scare you so much, that you are driven to the point of running to your garage and clawing Mr. Snuggles out of a box so that he can protect you at night from the evil monsters.

Okay, maybe not that much, but the game features a lot of scares.

--Many dark environments are shown, hallucinations occur with monsters suddenly jumping out, a very depressing atmosphere, and tense boss fights makes this one of the scariest games you'll (hopefully not) ever play. 

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking: None.

Thoughts & Impressions:

Story: The game takes place a while after the first game. 

Isaac wakes up in a mental institution and starts having hallucinations of his dead girlfriend from the first game, Nicole. Afterwards he is rescued only to discover that there is another outbreak of Necromorphs, mutated dead human beings which can only be stopped by blowing their limbs off, caused by a new Marker. 

(Stated in the first game to be made by an alien race.) What follows is a ton of bad stuff happening and one long day for Isaac. 

There are two separate storylines going on in the game. 

One is the main one, the Necromorph outbreak. And the other is Isaac's descent into insanity. The storyline of the outbreak is okay. But after a while you get pretty sick and tired of people bossing Isaac around telling him what to do and stabbing him in the back. 

However, Isaac's story of battling his inner demons is interesting and in the end the whole outbreak storyline makes way to give his story center stage. However, the games mind numbing gore, as well as the Unitologist cult detract from the story, specifically some violence just put in because they could.

Isaac fighting Stalkers, plus in the background, a Slasher.


Graphics: The visuals are very dark and creepy. The enviroment detail, lighting and gunfire are all presented in stunning detail. Although sick, The blood and gore effects are done really well, with good dismemberment detection as well dynamic blood spatter. 

Audio: Filled with creepy music and sound effects, like the roars of Necromorphs and the sounds of empty hallways, great sound effects work are everywhere. Voice acting is good too, making everything more believable. All of this amounts to creepy and dark atmosphere, which makes even more nightmare inducing.


Dead Space 2 is rated BANNED for Extremely Gory Violence, a Very Scary Atmosphere, and Strong Spiritual References which adds to the final rating.

October 11, 2011

Battlefield 2 Review

NOTE! A short note about Battlefield 1942 and 2142 is at the end of this review.

Battlefield 2 is a 2005 First Person Shooter game by DICE and a follow up Battlefield 1942, a very popular online shooter.

Areas of concern:

Violence: It being a FPS (First Person Shooter) there is, well, SHOOTING! However the shooting is bloodless and no dismemberment takes place. All what happens is a cloud of dust appears when a dude is shot. Players can come to a demise in a variety of ways, although none of them are gory. A player can get killed by a knife, but it is bloodless and the player does not stab into the guy, it looks more like he punched him.

Players can also get killed in explosions, although once again, the result is not gory. What happens is the guy is sent flying and lands with all limbs perfectly attached afterwards! (Although dead.) Players can get run over, bloodless, and sent flying, bloodless again, by vehicles. Players can also die from falling a height, once again bloodless, when he reaches the ground he will land feet first and just fall over.

Language: Not a huge issue in the game itself, except for a case of a squad leader saying, "d*mn it, sorry" Though the game having a chat feature for multiplayer means somebody WILL be swearing online, no words are blocked.

Sex/Nudity: None, though the aforementioned chat feature might mean bad news!

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking: None.

Spiritual/Occult: Some soldiers backpack features the "Peace" symbol on it. 5-Point stars are seen on medallions and ranks, though considering this is a military game, this is probably unavoidable.

A squad in action. Left to right: Medic, Support, Spec ops and Anti-Tank.

Review of Game:  

Gameplay: The game usually revolves around making the enemy team lose lives, referred to as "Tickets" This done by killing, (In the ways mentioned above.) or capturing the enemy Control Points, which if you more than the opposing team, they will gradually lose tickets. This is done by standing at the Control Point flag and if there are no enemies around, the Control Point will at a rate, depending on how many people of the same team are at the point, be captured.

Another victory condition is, if the map allows it, you can capture all CPs (Control Points.) This results in an instant victory for the capturing team. If player dies, depending if there are tickets left over, they will respawn on CPs or Squadmates. This is the main game mode and is referred to as "Conquest".

Another aspect of the game is Squads and Commanders. Squads are joined, or created, by players, which allows for more planning and strategy. Squads are given orders by a Commander, who usually is the highest ranking player on the server. Commanders can order Squads to attack, defend, and capture select CPs. However, Squad leaders can sometimes refuse orders.

This is if they are unable to or they just don't want to follow orders, Which can get very frustrating. Aside, this makes for a more interesting and strategic multiplayer experience.

Play styles:

In order to win, a player must understand the different play styles.
Players can choose from a variety of play styles or, "Classes" The classes are:  

  • Heavy group: Assualt: A general fighting and capturing class.
  • Support: A class with a machine gun and ammo packs for self or team consumption.
  • Anti-Tank: A class for taking out, ahem, Tanks and heavy vehicles.
  • Light group: Spec ops: A strategic class with C4 (Remote detonated explosive.)
  • Sniper: A stealth class with a claymores (A proximity detonated Mine) and a long range gun, yep, A SNIPER!  
  • Engineer: A class that repairs building and vehicles and deploys and disables Mines.
  • Medic: A class that heals players and revives dead ones with shock paddles, which you can also use to do the reverse on enemies.

Players can also choose from a variety of vehicles, all balanced quite well for entertaining and unpredictable gameplay. From helicopters to buggys to tanks, the game allows you to select what you like. But, if you want a more traditional FPS experience, You can toggle off Vehicles, and only fight using cover and reflexes, offering a greater challenge.

Game Flaws:

Not everything is sunshine and roses though. The game has a gamemode called "Cooperative" which, along with some human players, allows to fight against, and with, computer controlled players or "Bots" This is fun, however, the bots act like complete morons at times which, especially if they are on your own team, can get VERY annoying. For example, If a bot is given an order to go capture a point, he will sometimes spawn on the CP WHICH IS COMPLETELY ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE MAP and walk around dying a lot which could've been prevented had they just chosen a closer CP. They will also do stuff like throw grenades into a wall which will land at the feet of their very oblivious selves, shoot a teammate standing in front of an enemy and sometimes just walk around DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Still, the rest of the gameplay makes you overlook its flaws, making for a very fun and memorable time.


Audio: Not a lot of voice acting, but what there is can be ok, although it gets annoying after a while. For example: A teammate screaming "MEDICMEDICMEDICMEDIC!" can really get on your nerves.
Otherwise, audio quality is VERY good. Explosions make you jump, gun sounds are awesome, and vehicles range from the thunder of tanks, to the sonic boom of jets and the low growl of buggies.
There is not a lot of music though, which is disappointing.

Graphics: The graphics are good even today, although the ragdoll physics are primitive. For those of you who don't know what that is, here's an article:

Otherwise: character models are unique to teams and their animations are really good. Building details are great, as is the water and sky. The carnage looks spectacular, delivering the flashes of gunfire to the explosions of vehicles in stunning detail, though the new games make it look dated. Still, it holds up well for its time.

Story: The US decides to attack the Arabs and the Chinese for some reason. (Yes, it doesn't have much of a story.)


A very solid game, with good graphics and entertaining gameplay. Artificial Intelligence leaves a lot to be desired. In the end, it is a great game and also quite clean for an FPS.
Not suitable for children.
Capturing a Control Point in Batlefield 2
Note: About Battlefield 1942 and 2142, it contains the same content except for 1942's past setting and 2142s future setting. If this game is fine for you, then 1942 and 2142 will be as well.

October 04, 2011

Iz my game blog!

Hi thar. I'm Kyle, or "KallieTheLensFlareHater" And this, is my GAMING BLOG!
What to expect: Game reviews with content warnings, concern areas for games I HAVEN'T played and thoughts and impressions on current gaming trends and upcoming video games. Questions are allowed but try to keep discussions friendly. This also a Christian site so, be careful what you say around here. The way you act is the way people will see Christians. Anyways, thanks for stopping by!

Kyle "KallieTheLensFlareHater" Van Rensburg

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