May 31, 2013

Internet Outage.....

If you noticed the suspicious lack of an article, let me explain: I did NOT forget. I would have had the article up, except for one "minor" problem....

The internet died. 

Kyle's Internet
RIP 2012-2013.

Thankfully it's second name turned out to be Lazarus, and it came back to

So I profusely apologise for this annoyance. I'll get to reviewing and writing the article this weekend. Thankfully I have some off-time from work, so....there's that.

In any case, once again, very sorry for this fuzz up. I'll get you the article next week!*

*If the internet doesn't die again....

May 29, 2013

Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos FULL REVIEW

Hello everybody!

Apologies if this review is slightly short, but there was a internet outage yesterday and blah blah blah. So I had to do this last minute.

But in any case, I hope you guys enjoy!


Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos was a critically acclaimed space simulator video game released in 2001 for the PC.

In this review, I'll give you an insight into how good this game is, quality wise. I'll try my best to be objective, but this is my favourite game of all time, so.....


Featuring notably realistic space flight, and cool weapons which actually seem authentic, this game is strangely believable.

You start off as a mere command section (The front part of a larger spacecraft) with very little armour and weaponry for defense.

As the game progresses, you get better spaceships. (Well, only 4 ships....), and more allies and trading routes. Oh, and let's just say that when you finally get the ability to jump across star systems, which is built up to from the beginning of the game, you are in for a treat.

All of the systems look very beautiful the Second Act of the game is the some of the most fun I've had in all of gaming. The missions are very good and this is where the plot of the game really shines.

It's not up to the level of sci-fi classics, but it sure makes you care and you want to come back for more.

There's just one big problem with the entire game: I can't help but feel that the game is a bit......empty. Sure, you can explore a lot, and it's very relaxing to do so, but it could have done with a lot more activities and the like.

This is especially apparent in the last act of the game. My guess is that the developers ran out of time and couldn't fill their game with more content.

But whatever the case, I-War 2 stays consistently solid in the gameplay department.


Surprisingly compelling: I-War 2 starts off with Felix Johnston and his son Cal busy asteroid or something.

Cal greets his dad and goes home for his birthday present, only to find out that it's the last gift he'll ever receive from his father.

Chasing after him, he arrives in time to see his father murdered by the dictatorial Caleb Maas, space tycoon

Shaken to the core, Cal sets out to avenge his father's death. With the help of Clay, an artificially reanimated Independence War veteran, and several other crew mates you'll meet during the course of the game, Cal takes huge steps towards making his goal a reality.

First entering the realm of space piracy, Cal and his team make big bucks as scavengers and thieves.

But unbeknownst to Cal and his team, they were about to become involved in an intergalactic war. One that threatens to push the universe to the Edge of Chaos....

Now that I got the synopsis down, I'll tell you that it's pretty cool. There's a bit of a twist towards the that some people may find out of place, but it's decently foreshadowed, so I didn't mind it.

In fact, it was pretty cool. Although, I have to say, this game could have had a better ending. It all felt rushed, which fits in with my theory that the development was, ahem, rushed, so that it could be released.

But as I said, this game is easily worth the little bit of money you put into it. And the bit of story it has manages to stay solid and consistent.

Oh, and there's a nice in-game Encyclopedia they wrote for the game. Which is really nice and does a good job of filling in the backstory.

Whoever wrote the Encyclopedia should get a pat on the back. 

No wait, a freakin' award for that matter. 

Still not good enough....

How about, a whole lot more people buying this game because of how good it is? 

That's more like it....


Holds up surprisingly well. Sure, it has blocky graphics and outdated character models by today's standards, but man! This game was top of the range back in the day.

And even now, it's art style is strong enough to outweigh it's graphical flaws.

The voice acting is decent, but not very memorable. With the exception of Clay, maybe. Otherwise, the actors do a commendable job, nothing really spectacular to be honest.

But there's one standout thing about the game, and that is the music! Excellent stuff, nice, reflective, and it really suits the combat, space travel, base management, etc!

I used two exclamation marks in the previous paragraph. That's how you know I'm serious.

Quality Verdict: Good (B)

I-War 2 is a joy to play, most of the time, and it's a really nice game to just relax with. Recommended for any serious gamer or somebody just looking for some good entertainment.


And there you go! This is a very short review thanks to the little amount of time I had to write it. (about an hour) But I hope that this gives you enough info to check out this forgotten gem and give it a spit-shine.

Until next time, Kyle out!

May 27, 2013

GOOD NEWS....and bad news, BUT GOOD NEWS!

Alright, alright! Negativity first.....

Due to having a lack of material, there won't be a review this week.

.....At least not in the "Areas of Concern" sense.....

I'll be redoing a review for my favourite game of all time, Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos, and try to make my writing as professional and sleek as possible. I want it to be a great review.

I'm also toying with the idea of redoing some of my older (awful) reviews, so please let me know what you think. Maybe give them a good spit shine, replay the games, do the review over, update it with the current format, etc...

But alas, lemme know. 

Also this week, I'll have to get another symbols post up. I've been delaying it, I know and I apologise. It's just a lot of typing work, but that's no excuse. I'll have it up on Friday.

In the meantime, check out my YouTube channel for some video game playthroughs to keep you amused. I try to upload them on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday cycle, but occasionally there are a few setbacks and delays.

Rest assured, videos are uploaded and fresh content is always coming in.

I also have some great ideas for posts on the blog and videos on my channel, but those will all be revealed in due time.

Okay folks, I'll see you Wednesday and Friday. Have a good week, God bless!

May 24, 2013

Want to Review?

Stemming from my desire to make this blog a sprawling community filled with Christian gamers, I decided to make this blog open for business!

My aim is to have a GUEST REVIEW every week, possibly making two review posts a week.

That is, if you guys join in.

Anybody familiar with Guide2Games will know that you can submit a review for approval, which will shortly be posted after said review is, ahem, approved.

I'm taking a similar approach, by giving you the basic template of a review, and some rules:

Number 1: You must be a Believer in Jesus, and nothing polytheistic at that too. You must confess him as the one true and only saviour, that he was of a virgin birth, led a sinless life, and died a literal death on the cross and had a literal resurrection.

Number 2: You are allowed to review the game in your own style and way of speaking, but stick to the format given below. Also, try to use wisdom when judging a game. Before just jumping in, make sure to study symbols, consider a game's content carefully, and most importantly, to PRAY.

Number 3: Contact me for help. That's what I'm here for, hehe. 

Number 4: This is what the bullet points mean:

--Green is for Mild or Inoffensive Content.

--Blue is for Moderate Content.

--Orange is for Intense/Briefly Graphic Content.

--Red is for Very Graphic/Very Intense Content.

PS: As for reviewing games based off of walkthroughs, try your best to actually buy the game and play it before reviewing it. For me, I unfortunately don't have the money to buy much games, and therefore have to use walkthroughs.

But for Guest Reviewers, I would much appreciate it if they could give a FULL REVIEW.

Number 5: You will receive a letter rejecting or approving your reviews after I have read them.

Reasons for rejection:

-Insufficient Information: The review doesn't list the content in a factual, accurate way. Try to play through the game, and list the content as it comes up. And remember to be detailed with your descriptions!

-Inaccurate/Fraudulent: I'm aware that some people will try and troll my blog by posting false Guest Reviews, so I will do my best to do research on my side as well. Trolls ain't welcome!

-Improper Grammar: Plz us propar spellllign cuz its annyin wen u cant understend a wurd ppl r sayin...

English, people, English!

-Poor Judgement: That may sound harsh, but it's very important that you base your judgements off of the Word of God, and accurately assess whether or not it's appropriate for a Believer in Jesus to play a select game....

-Duplicate/Better Review: In the case that people send me two or more reviews of the same game, I will choose the best one. But please don't take it personally! I appreciate the effort.

-Other: Please note that I reserve the right to approve or reject review for any reason, or no reason at all. This is my blog, and I can choose what to do with it. I will try my best to post a reason, though, so please, chill.

Alright, so what you waiting for? Get cracking!

Here's the template. Copy it over to WordPad, and start writing. When you are done, send it to me at:

Good luck!




Basic Plot:

Release Date:






Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy


Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy


Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy


Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy 

Spiritual Content: 

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy


Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Areas of Concern:

General Violence:

Storyline Violence:



Spiritual Content:

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco Usage:

Gross Stuff/Gore:

Scary Stuff:


Positive Content:


Review of Game:




May 22, 2013

Max Payne 3 Areas of Concern

Pain to the Max!

WARNING: This review features Mature Subject Matter.



One of Max's many swigs.....

Max Payne is back for some more purple prose and painkiller pills! This time, he heads to San Paulo, Brazil, acting as a bodyguard for major corporation.

When the boss's trophy wife is kidnapped, Max Payne has to rescue her, setting into motion events which he never wanted to experience ever again in his life. Like, ever.

Oh, and by the way, he's an alcoholic. #SeriousStuff.

So, is this game filled up to the MAX with objectionable content, or is this review just going to be a PAIN?

Find out next, on KGR!

Areas of Concern:


Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

General Violence:

--Enemies can be shot: Blood sprays, staining the environment, splashing on their clothes, and at certain stages, we see the bullets traveling in slow-motion and impacting their bodies with graphic bullet wounds and blood spraying out in detail. You can also keep on shooting, with multiple bullet wounds and sprays of blood. Afterwards, a few of the enemies lie and clutch their wounds, groaning in pain.

You can also pistol whip enemies and shoot them at close range.

-You can shoot cars/explosive barrels, which explode, sending enemies flying and screams are heard. They can also be set on fire, and they flail around whilst screaming.

--We see a lot of environments stained with blood, and with blood-stained corpses lying around. In one sequence, we see a bunch of dead bodies with bloody bullet holes and blood everywhere as the camera focuses on the dead people.

-We see an operating theatre, with blood decorating the environment. 

Storyline Violence:

--We see a man injured by an explosion, with his body bloody and charred, his face half burnt away, the ragged flesh briefly seen, and he is missing one arm, the bloody stump being shown and blood on the environment around him. He struggles around for an extended period of time.

We later see a man shooting a grenade, and the aforementioned maiming taking place; his arm is seen flying off, but this is bloodless. Afterwards, we see him struggle around again, and then eventually collapse dead.

--A man is shot in the shoulder, and he falls over and clutches it. We see blood staining his arm and shirt. 

--A man interrogates a bleeding man, with cries of pain being heard.

--A man suicide bombs an apartment: We only see the explosion. Afterwards, we see a few bloody and charred corpses, with intestines and burnt faces being shown.

--A man with bloody burn marks all over his body cries out and shoots at your character. 

--A man with a dismembered leg crawls on the ground, groaning in pain. A man drags him out afterwards, and he lies on the ground and groans some more. 

--There are several sequences where innocent people are gunned down, with blood spurting.

--A man is lit on fire; he screams horribly for a few seconds, and we see his charred corpse afterwards. 

--Max hits a man in the throat with a machete, blood spraying out and he gurgles as he dies.

--A man blows up several vehicles with a grenade launcher, lots of explosions and wreckage being shown.

--A man stomps on another man's leg, and we briefly see a bloody piece of bone sticking out as he screams. 

--There are several sequences where explosions go off, destroying the environment, obliterating vehicles, and knocking people back. 


Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--We see VERY brief shots of sexual activity in a brothel/strip club, one with a man having sex with a woman but he is obscured by two onlookers, and another where a prostitute sits on top of a man. We then see a few women wearing nothing but g-strings and pasties dancing around poles, with the camera lingering a few times.

-A man later mentions that this place has the cheapest "P***y" in the world.  

"I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me." Psalms 101:3
--We see suggestive pictures of women in their underwear a few times during the game, decorating bars and on signs in the streets.

"But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matthew 5:28
--A man says they should go see what's outside. Another man replies: "Well it's not going to be a warm cup of milk and a blowjob."

-A man says that he wouldn't know right from wrong "If one was poor and the other one was b***ing my sister."

-A man says he's been working as hard as "a w**re during Fleet week."


Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Very Frequent Strong Language: Uses of C**t, F**k, S**t, W**re, P**sy, C**k, D**k, Pr**k, D**che, A*s, B**ls, B**ch, B**t**d, H**l, D**n, and F***ot.

Racial Slurs: N***er, and S**c.

--God and Jesus' names are used in vain.

Spiritual Content:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy
--A man says: "I'm not taking anything from this guy God hasn't already!"

--A man sarcastically says that a stadium is a city's biggest place of worship.  

--A joking mention of the "Hari Krishnas". 

--List of Symbols:

-Pentagram. (Satanic Symbol.)

-Black and White Checkerboard floor. (Freemason Symbolism.)

-Cross. (Symbol of death.)

-Lightning bolt. (Lucifer falling from Heaven.) 


Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--A man swallows painkillers and drowns it down with whiskey. The man in question, Max Payne, is shown to be an alcoholic. There are quite a few scenes which show him drinking and stumbling around, obviously drunk.

-Max also uses painkillers as a means of restoring his "health". (Taking away damage caused by combat.)

--A few scenes with people smoking.

--A man is mentioned to be a "coke head", a man says that people try to forget about the lower class by using lines of "blow", and we see some drugs lying on a table. We later hear that some people are using drugs at a party.

Gross Stuff/Gore:

--A man vomits off-screen. 


Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Pretty bad, to be honest, but not Abysmal due to the fact that Max somewhat tries to do the right thing and save people. On the flipside, he is shown to be vengeful and full of hatred. You can also shoot innocent non-storyline related characters without consequence, but the game never forces you to kill them.

Thoughts & Impressions:

Max Payne......what a story.

I mean that in a good way. The Max Payne series is known for it's noir-esque storytelling and very "flamboyant" monologue by the titular main character.

In this instalment, it's story doesn't quite match up to the standards of Max Payne 2, but it sure manages to keep you guessing.

And Max Payne is one of the best written characters in gaming. Normally a monologue would violate the sacred "Show, don't tell" rule, but here it makes him even more complex, with the internal speech not always matching up with his external actions.

It's a great example of people thinking one thing and acting another way.

The story delivers one gut punch after the other, and it's simple but ambiguous ending satisfies the character progression and the overall story. spite of my praise.......what about the content?


While the morality is problematic, to say the least, it's only the scene in the brothel which really pushes it. Okay, and the language. That I will admit, is pushing it.

The cutscene in question is skippable, so that should make it okay?

Well, no.....the scene in question is actually plot centric, with the suggestive elements being focused on real reason, actually.

I know I gave Mass Effect 3 a Strong Caution (Mature Gamers Only), but the sexual scenes were optional. Here, it's part of the main story and you may miss a character introduction if you skip over it.

You won't be clueless, but you will be scratching your head quite a bit trying to figure out why Max is going after this guy, why he's suddenly shooting people right after the cutscene finishes.....and who that guy in the car is.....

Look, this game is made for mature audiences and I'm sure mature Christians can skip over the cutscene and still enjoy the game.

But that's just the thing....will you skip over it? Do you want to take a risk? You sure you can resist temptation? You really sure? Can you not watch it?

Red pill or blue pill?

Okay, I jest. I'm making it sound like resisting a hamburger or relapsing on alcohol or something.

However, my point stands. Can Christians play this game? Rather not....

Verdict: (N)

Not Recommended

For a Scene featuring Strong Sexual Material. And Very Strong Language, of course....


Say my name.....

I realise that some people may be more extreme with this game and push for a "BAN, BAN, BAN!", but to be honest, other than the taking of Jesus' name in vain and the brothel scene, this game wasn't really that offensive to me for some reason.

I'm not really affected by violence that much, although I HAVE my limits. It's just that this game doesn't really go to extreme standards, like The Walking Dead TV show or Dead Space 2. (I don't recommend either for that exact reason.)

But in any case, I'll see you guys Friday with whatever article I manage to cook up then.

Until next time! 

Writer Bio:

Kyle van Rensburg is the Editor-in-Chief of Kyle's Christian Video Game Reviews. (KGR) He likes cookies.