Sunday, November 30, 2008

2 BANISHED levels by Nevenz

Review for:
BANISHED by Nevenz

What a fantastic level (only 2 hearts).. This level is absolutely brilliant. It's very easy but it's an incredible visual experience through extremely gorgeous scenery. I loved ..almost.. every bit of it.
You travel through a demon realm.. and basically have to get to the end of the level. You will die very rarely, it feels nearly impossible as there is nothing really threatening anywhere in the level.
There is one issue with this level though... Since it's the author's first published work it can easily be forgiven.
But.. There are several jetpacks in the stage. The first is pretty problematic because you can actually often fly completely out of bounds... you can view the outer walls of the stage and even skip the biggest area of the entire stage this way. He basically just needs to make the range shorter to fix this flaw.
But hey, I still highly recommend this level since it's the most gorgeous looking user created LBP level I've ever seen in any of my threads.
It's almost on par with Azure Palace in terms of visual art direction.
Oh one thing I forgot to mention is how the author did something amazingly smart. You should all take note of this.
You know how in LBP you can't create water? But you know how water is meant to slow you down right?
Well, this guy is a genius because he came up with a brilliant way to simulate a water experience.
Basically once you hit the water he slows the game down by using a lot of decorations and lighting effects. Then once you're out of the water the game speeds up again. What's amazing is how constant the speed is during the water sequence, this must've taken ages to do.

Level Design: 7
Replay Value: 3
Aesthetics: 8
Fun Factor: 6
Originality: 7
Difficulty: 2
Length: 7

Overall Score: 8.5 (not an average)

Review for: BANISHED (ep.1 prologue) by Nevenz

Wow, I was actually excited when I loaded this level up because of the experience I had with the first BANISHED level (a week ago or so).
So..... was I disappointed because I had high expectations? Read on.
Just so you understand story wise... In the first BANISHED level (which occurs after this) you are in a demon realm. A strange abstract place.
In this level we get to find out how our little character got there.
You start off on a spaceship which is your main hub in this level. You fly through the universe and from time to time you'll need to fix a few things so your spaceship can travel onwards.
Anyway.. most of this will be in my video of this level.
This level has some cool surprises and a pretty chilling storyline which matches well with the story and feel of the other BANISHED level.
Visually it's an amazing experience. The author has a real feel for setting the atmosphere and tone well. It lacks a little in the gameplay department but this really doesn't matter.. You won't even notice.
Go play this right now.. or play the original BANISHED first.. and then this. You won't regret it.

Level Design: 9
Replay Value: 3
Aesthetics: 9
Fun Factor: 6
Originality: 8
Difficulty: 3
Length: 6

Overall Score: 8.8 (not an average)

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