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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
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  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: 48 out of 233
  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. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    I like this more than Wasteland and even Falllout. Fallout is one of my favorite games ever made, and I honestly think this blows it out ofI like this more than Wasteland and even Falllout. Fallout is one of my favorite games ever made, and I honestly think this blows it out of the water. Take it from a true fan Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2014
    10
    If you like old cRPG type games like fallout 1 + 2 and Torment, then buy this game.

    It has great story, and ok/cool combat at times. Very
    If you like old cRPG type games like fallout 1 + 2 and Torment, then buy this game.

    It has great story, and ok/cool combat at times. Very nice setting and music and stuff.

    It's like playing a modern fallout in a different universe, but similar.
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  4. Dec 10, 2014
    8
    As a big fan of Fallout 1 and 2 games, I was looking forward to this title. I played the game, and I was pretty satisfied with it.

    Look,
    As a big fan of Fallout 1 and 2 games, I was looking forward to this title. I played the game, and I was pretty satisfied with it.

    Look, feel and gameplay is definitely Fallout like. However the game misses some depth of character building options Fallout 2 had.

    Knowing that, there is not much into playing multiple times. I played it to half first time, then restarted since I realised I made wrong weapon skills choices. Next time I made better team and finished the game. It was cool, nice, fun, but kinda easy this time when I had proper team.

    I played it once more on Supreme Jerk difficulty, but this time I didn't come to finish since it is all pretty much the same.

    Bad sides are:
    1) there is no "perks" from Fallout 2
    2) character "skills" are not related to character "attributes" at all
    3) you are forced to look on-line for "followers" information if you want to plan proper team setup with supplementing skills, or you can gimp your party (game-play) heavily
    4) wearing "armor" does not affect your look :/ - instead there is clothing you can change, but it doesn't change anything except actual look, which is pretty pointless in single player game - you can just sell all cloths on start to get some extra money :)

    Overall, well worth the money.
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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 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. 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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