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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: 50 out of 254
  1. 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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  2. Nov 1, 2014
    10
    making me hopeful about computer games again. been a long time since i played a good turn based rpg with fun story and characters and a longmaking me hopeful about computer games again. been a long time since i played a good turn based rpg with fun story and characters and a long play time. even more of a joy for fallout 1&2 fans. Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2014
    10
    Великолепная игра в декорациях постапа, оторваться от которой я смогу только под утро ибо понял, что надо идти спасть :-) Одним слово, бравоВеликолепная игра в декорациях постапа, оторваться от которой я смогу только под утро ибо понял, что надо идти спасть :-) Одним слово, браво товарищи разработчики. Expand
  4. Feb 25, 2015
    8
    Much better than it was back in September 2014.
    I had pre-ordered and was very disappointed when the game hit Steam. I played for several
    Much better than it was back in September 2014.
    I had pre-ordered and was very disappointed when the game hit Steam. I played for several hours and uninstalled.
    I have just reinstalled (02/20/2015) to give it another chance. The game is now great. Much better "view management". Difficulty level seems to be lower, which suits me better. I have now played "Highpool" and "Agrocenter" with pleasure (I had stopped the agrocenter mission right in the middle when I played the first time).
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  5. 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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  6. Sep 22, 2014
    5
    A rather nice game, plagued by a ton of small bad game design decisions. Together those decisions make the game a chore to play, you feelA rather nice game, plagued by a ton of small bad game design decisions. Together those decisions make the game a chore to play, you feel rather limited in your possibilities... and we're talking about an RPG here! Some examples:

    You can't go stealth... it's a shame, but ok I can live with that.

    Underground locations are quite confusing, piled up with stuff and you can't really understand what's happening down there: the AG center is such a mess you'll have a hard time looking for your own party members amidst all that junk.

    Mobs drop random stuff without logic: a guy shots you with a grenade launcher, you kill him and... you find a shotgun on him.

    Graphics are good for a low budget game, but then you'll find that such graphics are not optimized: sometimes I play with a gaming laptop that runs Assassin's Creed IV at the highest details at a solid 60fps, but I have to play Wasteland 2 with low details.

    But there are more issues at hand.

    I was a backer, but I'm also highly disappointed with the result.
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  7. Dec 6, 2014
    0
    Fallout from today perspective look outdated but in year as it was created that was maximum as they could possibly do. So Wasteland 2 inFallout from today perspective look outdated but in year as it was created that was maximum as they could possibly do. So Wasteland 2 in maximum today should be 10x better from Fallouts 1&2 where is not even equal to its quality. What increase in progression is ONLY requirements. Every year games require more and more. Imagine that Fallout 1 was about 0,5 Gb and run on toaster, while new games are super heavy and completely empty shells. With 20 Gb you should get 10 x Fallout game size and quality. Am expect from today games to look like Fallout with worldmap big as entire Earth with 10K locations to explore 100 skills to learn and 10000 perks etc. I don't care about gfx what really matter is quality of content. Today games are bigger and bigger shells the same empty inside. Expand

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