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  • Summary: Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make themWasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving. It was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institutions current Art of the Computer Game exhibition.

    Wasteland was set in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world in the American Southwest. Over the course of adventures rangers would receive promotions, acquire new skills and equipment, then face new challenges with outcomes that changed depending on the strategy used to defeat them. The game featured a strong storyline which required painful decisions by players; and a storyline that allowed for maximum re-playability. Wasteland 2, with your participation and insights, will recapture all that and provide more. It'll finally be the game worthy to be a Wasteland sequel, as challenging and rewarding as the original, with all added capacity and dazzle of games today.
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  1. Positive: 53 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. 100
    The epitome of old-school that doesn't reek of decay. There are a few bumps along the road, but oh, is it a road worth taking. [Issue#246]
  2. Oct 8, 2014
    90
    It’s a fantastic game; an echo of the past that simultaneously feels (in the most part) contemporary, and a game made with such a clear love, passion and vision behind it that you can’t help but feel its 26-year gestation period actually helped.
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    85
    We could almost declare that Wasteland 2 is the real Fallout 3. Anyway, it's an incredible RPG we've got here, completely able to attract the old and the new generation of players. The former ones will enjoy something they've known and loved, the others will discover the depth of a role game handmade with passion.
  4. Sep 19, 2014
    80
    The story is pure pulp and the big picture is not that exciting, but as usual, the charm of Wasteland is in the stops along the way: location after location full of crazy characters and moral choices, and a writing team gleefully embracing the ability to do pretty much whatever they want.
  5. Oct 8, 2014
    80
    Even though the story arc is guided, playing through Wasteland 2 engenders a real sense of ownership.
  6. Sep 23, 2014
    80
    In many ways, though, Wasteland 2 represents everything about classic computer role-playing games that the modern iterations of Fallout aren't.
  7. Sep 19, 2014
    60
    Wasteland 2 is so packed with stuff to do and things to see that the game demands multiple plays, yet its story options are so intricate that replaying the plot never seems like a chore. But all of that is overshadowed by omnipresent bugs.

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  1. Negative: 52 out of 267
  1. Nov 27, 2014
    10
    The game is not flawless, but still this is massive incline and this game flags the beginning of new era for CRPGs. It was the first "big"The game is not flawless, but still this is massive incline and this game flags the beginning of new era for CRPGs. It was the first "big" kickstarted RPG and it turned out to be awesome. Great writing, a lot of C&C stuff, nice side-quests, tons of easter eggs ang a feeling of good old CRPG. Expand
  2. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    This game is amazing. Great return to form for inXile and so happy that this style of game is being made again. Mood, atmosphere and music areThis game is amazing. Great return to form for inXile and so happy that this style of game is being made again. Mood, atmosphere and music are spot on. Turn based combat at it's finest.

    Absolute must play for any isometric fan.
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  3. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    One of the best CRpg out there!
    Amazing plot, characters and combat system.
    Very dark, very funny, very mature! If you like RPG's - don't
    One of the best CRpg out there!
    Amazing plot, characters and combat system.
    Very dark, very funny, very mature!

    If you like RPG's - don't miss this classic game!

    10/10
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  4. Sep 20, 2014
    8
    This one is simple: if you are looking for a modern, cinematic RPG experience like Mass Effect or The Witcher, this is not the game you want.This one is simple: if you are looking for a modern, cinematic RPG experience like Mass Effect or The Witcher, this is not the game you want.

    What this is is pretty much Fallout 3 if it hadn't gone the "Oblivion with guns" way. If you like old RPGs like the original Fallouts or Baldur's Gate, you'll probably enjoy it.
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  5. Sep 19, 2014
    7
    Meh. This game is a big Meh. It's far from being a Fallout game, it's more like Fallout Tactics in that it's lacking a lot of the stuff thatMeh. This game is a big Meh. It's far from being a Fallout game, it's more like Fallout Tactics in that it's lacking a lot of the stuff that made Fallout great, while concentrating on the combat.
    Its production values are cheap, as well.

    The character models are atrocious and look like they came straight out of the year 2000. Also, armors don't show on your characters, as they have set look you decide at character creation and you're stuck with it the whole game.

    The story is very cliche and dull and is revealed from the first hour of the game. Once again Fallout Tactics comes to mind, as the main story is practically the same.

    It's an average game that you shouldn't miss if you're a fan of RPGs, but don't expect to see a blast from the past in the form of a new Fallout game or some mind blowing story with interesting twists, it's not that good.
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  6. Sep 21, 2014
    5
    The game is tedious. It seems like every time shaver the old classics had were removed. There is no fast travel between previously visitedThe game is tedious. It seems like every time shaver the old classics had were removed. There is no fast travel between previously visited areas (will add hours on to completion time). There is no local area map interaction, no point of interest markers, no labels, no "click to view or travel" option. Your local area map is a screenshot. Period.

    The graphics are 10 years old (I'm being generous). The character models are ugly as sin and appearance options really are not noticeable while on the map. Open the character screen you'll be greeted by your guy, with forearms that are a foot too long, legs that don't match torso scaling, and head models that remind you that inbreeding is still a thing.

    The basic mechanics are okay. The game is very hipster~ish, in that it wants to be complicated just for the sake of being complicated. Hardcore fans will like it. Kickstarters will either madly love or burn with loathing. The Average Joe? Meh.
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  7. Mar 6, 2015
    0
    This game crashes at the load screen. I bought it on Monday...it is Friday.....still can't get it to work.

    Hey Brian instead of making
    This game crashes at the load screen. I bought it on Monday...it is Friday.....still can't get it to work.

    Hey Brian instead of making arrogant youtube videos, how about making a game that works.

    I'll be playing angry birds while I wait for your support staff to respond.............
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