Tamaster
The Mad Reviewer
 
 
I will complete them all, review them all.
All those I deem worthy.
Someone has to do it - competently, ethically, impartially.
I am that someone.
General Information
Index of Contents
1. General Info
2. Review Community Roles
3. Review Archive Info
4. Frequently Asked Questions
5. Hardware Specifications

Disclaimer:
I am not actively collaborating on a management level with any other organization concerning games / reviews except those listed in Section 2. of this info box. If someone claims otherwise, consider that as false information.


1. General Info
Reviewing since 2011, Gaming since 1999.

Playing games to full completion and then reviewing each is my hobby, passion and obsession all rolled into one package. Why? Not for money, fame, prestige - just because I like to. Life is too short to spend it doing things we don't enjoy. Simple as that!

READ THIS BEFORE ADDING ME AS FRIEND:
A. If you add me, I will message you and ask why you did so. Failure to reply within 48 hours will result in removal.

B. I will generally NOT accept people with:

• VAC Ban,
• Game Ban,
• Trade Ban,
• Fully private profiles,
• Level 0,
• Profile not fully set up.

C. Repeatedly commenting on my material or messaging me with stuff such as: "please rate my screenshot!" "please like my guide!" or copy-paste messages like "have a wonderful weekend!" "have a good Christmas!", ASCII Art, Emoticons and similar, might result in removal and block, if it gets annoying enough.

2. Steam Review Community Roles:
Management / Administration:
• Manager of the Steam Reviewers' Guild
• Admin at Imperial Reviews

Writing reviews for:
IndieGems
Turn Based Tactics (TBT)
Imperial Reviews

3. My Review Archive
Find all my reviews in a single convenient place, categorized by genre.

4. Frequently Asked Questions
Q: "Is writing reviews your job? Do you get paid for them?"
A: No it's not. I get free review keys sometimes, but nothing else. I don't get paid for my reviews.

Q: "Why aren't you writing for some professional review website?"
A: The game reviews industry has largely become politicized, biased, incompetent and corrupt. I will not join that madness under any circumstance.

Q: "Can you suggest me some new games to buy?"
A: Sure. Add me.

Q: "What components do you have in your PC?"
A: See section 5.

Q: "Can you give me your opinion about a Review I made?"
A: Sure. Add me.

Q: "Can you trade-"
A: I don't trade. Not interested.

5. Hardware Specifications
• AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
• ADATA 32GB RAM DDR4 3200mhz
• MSI RTX 2080Ti 11GB
• 1TB Samsung 970 PRO SSD
• 1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD
• Corsair 850W Power Unit

Accessories / Peripherals
• Main Monitor: Asus PG278QR 1440p
• 2nd Monitor: Asus VS228NE 1080p
• Headset: Logitech G633 Stereo (Cabled)
• Mouse: Logitech Proteus Spectrum (Cabled)
• Keyboard: Corsair K55 (Cabled)
• Mousepad: Roccat Raivo
Franchise Reviews Index (In alphabetical order)
Bioshock Series [Completed]
Bioshock 1 Remastered : Reviewed ✓
Bioshock 2 Remastered : Reviewed ✓
Bioshock Infinite : Reviewed ✓

Crysis Series [Completed]
Crysis Remastered : Reviewed ✓
Crysis 2 Maximum Edition : Reviewed ✓
Crysis 3 : Reviewed ✓

Dead Space Series [Completed]
Dead Space : Reviewed ✓
Dead Space 2 : Reviewed ✓
Dead Space 3 : Reviewed ✓
Dead Space 1 Remake : Planned (If it comes to Steam)

Modern Deus Ex Series [Completed]
Deus Ex: Human Revolution : Reviewed ✓
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided : Reviewed ✓

Divinity Series [Completed]
Divine Divinity : Reviewed ✓
Beyond Divinity : Reviewed ✓
Divinity II: Eco Draconis : Reviewed ✓
Divinity Original Sin : Reviewed ✓
Divinity Original Sin 2 : Reviewed ✓

Dark Souls Series [Planned]
Dark Souls Remastered : Planned
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin : Planned
Dark Souls 3 : Planned

Modern Fallout Series [Ongoing]
Fallout 3 : Reviewed ✓
Fallout New Vegas : Reviewed ✓
Fallout 4 : Ongoing

Kane & Lynch Series [Completed]
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men : Reviewed ✓
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days : Reviewed ✓

Orcs Must Die! Series [Completed]
Orcs Must Die! : Reviewed ✓
Orcs Must Die! 2 : Reviewed ✓
Orcs Must Die! 3 : Reviewed ✓

Mafia "Definitive" Series [Completed]
Mafia 1 Definitive Edition : Reviewed ✓
Mafia 2 Definitive Edition : Reviewed ✓
Mafia 3 Definitive Edition : Reviewed ✓

Metro Series [Completed]
Metro 2033 : Reviewed ✓
Metro Last Light : Reviewed ✓
Metro Exodus : Reviewed ✓

Middle-Earth Series [Completed]
Shadow of Mordor : Reviewed ✓
Shadow of War : Reviewed ✓

NieR Series [Ongoing]
NieR Automata : Reviewed ✓
NieR Replicant : Planned

Pillars of Eternity Series [Ongoing]
Pillars of Eternity : Planned
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire : Reviewed ✓

RAGE Series [Completed]
RAGE : Reviewed ✓
RAGE 2 : Reviewed ✓

Red Faction Series [Ongoing]
Red Faction : Planned
Red Faction 2 : Planned
Red Faction Guerrilla : Reviewed ✓
Red Faction Armageddon : Reviewed ✓

Modern Resident Evil Series [Ongoing]
Resident Evil 2 Remake : Reviewed ✓
Resident Evil 3 Remake : Reviewed ✓
Resident Evil 4 HD Remaster : Reviewed ✓
Resident Evil 5 : Planned
Resident Evil 6 : Planned
Resident Evil 7 : Reviewed ✓
Resident Evil 8 : Reviewed ✓

Space Pirates & Zombies Series [Completed]
Space Pirates & Zombies : Reviewed ✓
Space Pirates & Zombies 2 : Reviewed ✓

STALKER Series [Ongoing]
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl : Reviewed ✓
STALKER: Clear Sky : Reviewed ✓
STALKER: Call Of Pripyat : Reviewed ✓
STALKER 2: Heart Of Chernobyl : Planned (Releases in April 2022)

Starpoint GeminI Series [Completed]
Starpoint Gemini 1 : Reviewed ✓ (Included in Starpoint Gemini 2)
Starpoint Gemini 2 : Reviewed ✓
Starpoint Gemini Warlords : Reviewed ✓
Starpoint Gemini 3 : Reviewed ✓

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (KOTOR) Series [Completed]
KOTOR 1 : Reviewed ✓
KOTOR 2 : Reviewed ✓

The Evil Within Series [Completed]
The Evil Within : Reviewed ✓
The Evil Within 2 : Reviewed ✓

The Surge Series [Completed]
The Surge : Reviewed ✓
The Surge 2 : Reviewed ✓

The Uncertain Series [Completed]
The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day : Reviewed ✓
The Uncertain: Light At The End : Reviewed ✓

Warhammer Vermintide Series [Completed]
Vermintide 1 : Reviewed ✓
Vermintide 2 : Reviewed ✓

Wasteland Series [Ongoing]
Wasteland 1 Remastered : Planned
Wasteland 2 : Reviewed ✓
Wasteland 3 : Reviewed ✓

Modern Wolfenstein Series [Completed]
Wolfenstein: The New Order : Reviewed ✓
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood : Reviewed ✓
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus : Reviewed ✓
Wolfenstein: Youngblood : Reviewed ✓
Favorite Group
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The Premise
This review contains no spoilers.
Biomutant is a third-person Action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic future Earth, where mankind has gone extinct due to a massive ecological catastrophe. Sentient life however continues to exist, thanks to a new species of mutated animals that now populates the land. As one of them, the protagonist has to choose his own path across the world, destined to change the balance of things forever.

Quick Sum-Up
🟩 The Pros
🟥 The Cons
1. Exceptional visuals, paired with top-notch art direction.

2. Enjoyable crafting / gear modding systems.

3. Good build diversity possibilities, to accommodate various playstyles.
1. Underwhelming, clichéd story encompassed by forgettable characters.

2. Enormous amounts of recycled, bloated content.

3. Several issues with the combat system.

4. Progression pacing is unbalanced, compared to the world's size.

5. Very limited quest choices in most cases: weak role-play component.

🟨 Bugs & Other Issues
🔧 PC Specs
- Noticeable performance degradation in some areas.

- A few quest and character stat-related bugs can happen.
- Ryzen 3900X
- RTX 2080Ti
- 32GB RAM
- NvME SSD
- 1440p Display

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2499469064

In-Depth Analysis
Pros
1.
Visually, this game is extraordinary, and not only because of the cutting-edge technologies used. The art direction itself manages to depict an original post-apocalyptic setting that is colorful and vibrant, instead of faded-out and depressing. Rich in detail and nuances for the attentive observer, the vast world is consistent in design and offers solid location variety.

2.
Disassembling, reinforcing and mix-matching gear parts is fun and interesting throughout the game. The overall not-so-great diversity of arms types is compensated decently by the possible combinations, which eventually enable creating the perfect weapon roster for any playstyle.

3.
Each starting class has several unique passive perks that can define a build. Some of them are more tank-oriented, others best suited for raw DPS. The combination of attributes, passive perks and gear opens up to a good number of play-styles, such as fragile but powerful Psi "mages", agile sharpshooters or durable melee fighters.

Cons
1.
The overly-used "bad guy killed my family so now I become a warrior" trope is used yet again, to lead a forgettable story that desperately wants to emphasize player choice without succeeding, with a contour of anonymous, bland characters as cast. The choice of ALWAYS using the same third-person narrator for everything, demolishes any flair characters may have had.

2.
Initially, questing and exploring while battling various abominations and fellow (bio)mutants is interesting enough - after some hours however bosses, dungeons, puzzles and quest types start to be always the same, just re-skinned or outright copy-pasted. A wonderful world... filled with utterly repetitive, boring tasks over and over again.

3.
The lack of proper enemy-lock on, in favor of a weird "auto-lock" system that in many cases ends up making players attack the wrong enemy, is very frustrating. Unlimited ammo paired with plentiful stamina, mean ANY fight can be won by spamming ranged weapons while dodging in a circle - YES, really! Hitboxes and collisions are floaty, while the general feel of "eurojank" permeates most fights.

4.
At around 20 hours in, top-tier gear, weapons and equipment will generally be acquired. Unfortunately, the entirety of the world takes quite a lot more than that to be cleared. This translates into players already having unlocked most abilities and the best gear relatively early, having nothing to look forward to anymore in terms of progression - still huge amounts of filler and quests to clear.

5.
Except for the main quest itself, most side-missions have very little to no choice at all in most cases. For example, an evil character cannot choose to kill a secondary character to steal something he needs from him - he will still have to do a "helping quest" just in the same way as if he actually offered to help. On top of that, there can be major inconsistencies between the lore and what actually happens in some situations.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2500452962

Gameplay Breakdown

Exploration
Is performed on foot, on mounts when available and also by using several vehicles in specific biomes (such as a jet-ski to traverse watery areas). Fast-travel is available between discovered and "tagged" banners outside of combat, although not while in enclosed spaces. The world is vast, and has many optional areas, secret loot containers and places to discover. Attentively scouting every ruin in search of containers is recommended, to acquire vital consumables and better loot.

Combat
Plays out in a fast-paced manner, either in melee or using ranged abilities such as various gun types, psi skills or organic mutations, which all need "Ki Energy" (Stamina) to be activated. Melee on the other hand, doesn't consume stamina whatsoever. Depending on character attributes such as strength, intelligence and so on, the damage dealt with a specific offensive means can greatly improve - passive class-specific perks can also greatly help with this, in turn "forcing" specific classes to a certain combat style.

Perfect dodges, parries and combos are all present, however none of these mechanics has ulterior depth onto itself, with simplistic combinations and underwhelming risk-reward on most counters. Status effects can be inflicted with elemental weapons or abilities, however their effects are barely noticeable, while the weakness / resistance systems are just an afterthought, never really used in any meaningful way.

Character Management
Is done in a standard inventory menu where one can choose the protagonist's gear loadout. Equipment has a color-coded rarity system, where found loot quality is mainly influenced by the luck statistic, fundamental to get good gear. The mutations panel allows spending three different "currencies" to unlock Wung-Fu combos, mutation-related abilities and perks, other than increase passive elemental resistances. Leveling up and finding specific containers awards such point types. Each level awards 1 (+10) attribute point to spend in one of the six main statistic, and a passive perk point.

Crafting
Is performed in a dedicated menu that allows dismantling, scrapping and creating new weapons. Any melee or ranged arm can be upgraded or changed in type to best suit one's current build and style. The same can't be done with armor, which only can be upgraded with "Addons" but never created from scratch. Eventually the "meta" is taking the best pieces from all the greatest weapons one has, to create the ultimate tool of destruction.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2503038946

The Judgment: Mediocre
Complete Ratings List here
It took me around 27 hours to complete Biomutant's main story on Hard, along with a large amount of side-quests and world exploration. To clear everything however, it would take an additional 5-8 hours. Considering the AAA-tier price tag of 60€ but only mediocre overall quality, I do not recommend buying at this time.

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Tamaster Oct 7 @ 10:17am 
@Hibana

No problem
Hibana Oct 7 @ 9:49am 
Thank you for all very detail reviews. Especially those classic RPG games.
Tamaster Oct 3 @ 8:25am 
Thanks @blaze!
blaze Oct 3 @ 8:24am 
excellent reviews! wow, great!
JM™ Oct 3 @ 1:30am 
Thank you! :ABZU_Ammonite:
T-800_skyNET Oct 2 @ 6:10pm 
Thanks for the add!