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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 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    94
    Wasteland 2 is the Fallout 3 we always deserved to have and never got. It proves in an emphatic way that the heart and spirit of a true RPG is not in shiny graphics, jazzy explosions and continuous DLCs, but in its content.
  2. Sep 25, 2014
    90
    Wasteland 2 doesn't tell its grander story as thrillingly as its smaller ones, but Fargo's team hasn't forgotten a thing about designing RPGs. inXile delivers an utterly expansive, cozy and wonderfully deep apocalyptic adventure you kind of want to thank them for.
  3. I give this game 8.5/10 for being one of details and for so frequently surprising me. Were I a little older and had I played the original, I would likely give this title an 11/10, quit my job, and go LARPing in the desert for as long as the cities remain standing, or until I realize that I’ve taken every modern comfort for granted; whichever would happen to come first.
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    Wasteland 2 has everything a deep role-playing game should: a large open world, multiple decision paths, and a satisfying mix of serious themes and dark comedy. It can be a long journey, and one where the end is nowhere in sight, but it's an experience that's easy to get lost in.
  5. Oct 8, 2014
    80
    Even though the story arc is guided, playing through Wasteland 2 engenders a real sense of ownership.
  6. Sep 24, 2014
    80
    Wasteland 2 demonstrates that classic role-playing is recovering. A game that will entertain us for hours -despite its poor technical aspect- and can be played again many times.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 202
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    After much time without proper cRPGs, veterans from inXile has brought us a classical cRPG. Financed by backers, we have a game which is truly made for fans of the genre. We have a rich character creation system which offers us many possible builds. (After showing my friend the creation screen I heard an awe and surprise in his voice ). The number of skills is big, bigger than in any recent AAA title. Fiddling with it brings quite a satisfaction. Combat is turn based and offers enough challenge, certainly more than any recent big title. Game world is vast and interesting, but first few maps feel too much linear. But after that we have some nice ,non linear places to visit. Writing is good in that intelligent , not quite mature but for adults sense:) We have some fun scenarios like a dialogue with one leader of a bandit's group called Red Scorpion Militia, who says that they prefer to be called RSM because their surveys told them this name gives them better reputation among denizens of Wasteland, thus they use it for PR purposes :) Wasteland 2 features more than half a million words and it feels. We have soundtrack of Fallout, and Planescape Torment veteran Mark Morgan, whose tracks are like always amazing and really bring a good atmosphere to the game. After completing first part of the game, which takes place in Arizona, players move to California which offers different experience. It helps to make the game feel fresh to the end, especially that the second part is better than the the first. We have many nice instances of choices and consequences and many different solutions to quests. Player can do whatever he wants if he has enough strength for that. Wanna kill somebody? Go ahead, nobody is immortal, but face the resistance! Graphics are ok, especially awesome handmade portraits. (if one is cynical enough he can say it is the best looking cRPG to date, depends what we consider an cRPG :P ). I think most cRPG players will have fun with Wasteland 2. Maybe it's not a game which is excellent at some front, but it manages to have every aspect of role playing game at least good, often very good. Which is rare as most of it's genre tend to be a flawed gems, extraordinary strong in one or few departments, weak in others.Wasteland offer good around experience. Although not as great as Fallout it's a great game on it's own, certainly will be remembered by future cRPGs players as the game which resurrected the genre and brought about an incline. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2014
    10
    Amazing game, a true successor to Fallout 1&2 and of course Wasteland!
    They simply nailed it. If you are a fan of turn-based RPGs in a
    post-apocalyptic setting then you're in for quite the treat!
    Nice open world, great atmosphere, interesting story line, intense battles, lots of items/weapons/LOOT...everything's there.
    It's not the prettiest game around, but who cares? If you want flashy graphics there are a lot of options out there.
    If on the other hand you want a real RP experience, Wasteland 2 must be your choice!
    Good luck Rangers!
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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
    miss this classic game!

    10/10
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  4. Sep 28, 2014
    9
    Graphics aren't pretty, combat could be deeper and there's a few bugs. That's the bad out of the way. The combat is actually fun in my opinion, the only thing it lacks from Fallout 1/2 is aimed shots, but it makes up for this with the cover system and ambushing. The writing is great, and the voice acting is usually decent (there's some dodgy examples). The story starts off a bit slow but by half way is really quite engaging. There's some very memorable characters, and your followers often have interesting things to say about the environment and your decisions.

    Yeah, the game is a bit divisive - I think some people expected Xcom, and others Fallout 1/2, all games with much higher budgets than this. Even Divinity: Original Sin had a budget of around 10-12 million USD (the Kickstarter was for a product to show investors) unlike Wasteland 2's 6 million (including Early Access sales). But a lot of love went into the game.

    The skill system is a bit much at first, and some skills could probably be rolled together to streamline, but it's cool having a bunch of different specialists in your team. The attributes could also probably have more of an effect on your skills, but the current system allows for more open roleplaying (e.g. a guy with no charisma still being a kiss ass, it's possible).

    Overall, it's a great CRPG in the vein of WL1 and the original Fallouts. It probably still needs a bit of work patch-wise, and some design decisions may not appeal to everyone, but I think if you're into the older CRPGs you're in for a great time.
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  5. Sep 29, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Overall Premise: Return to the apocalypse ala Fallout, but closer to the original Wasteland mixed with modern elements than anything else.

    Graphics and Sound: The environments are truly impressive even if the overall graphics aren’t by any standards today. The sound work is superb to say the least.

    Playability and Entertainment: The gameplay is heavily tactics-based and enjoyable nonetheless. There’s definitely strategy involved but the adventure isn’t an impossible one. The story and journey as a whole is definitely ingrained with wit and darkness in equal portions here and there.

    Replay Value: High

    Overall Score: 8.25/10.0
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  6. Sep 21, 2014
    5
    What can I saw, the myth the legand is here..finally a good turn based combat game! Guns, swords, high explosives, locks, combats, exploration...

    So where do I start first of all, I think whomever designed this game needs to sit down in front of Jagged Alliance (1 or 2), or many of the other GOOD turn based strategy combat games for a solid week or 2. It is appallingly apparent they did not. Mistake that were made 20 years ago, are coming back to haunt this genre once again and it is infuriating.

    Destructible cover, in a cover based game, CHECK
    Unable to aim at the destructible cover, UNCHECK, and cancelled the previous thing they did good
    Cover mechanics, as like they went into a grade school and got the kids there to help them design it, simplistic and as a result terrible, no bonuses for stand near cover or inbetween cover, only if you are actively ducking behind the cover, no 25% for partial, and as far as I could tell no better than 50%, or worse than 50%. As mentioned before I had a piece of cover get shot and destroyed (a wood box), and that was neat but unable to actually aim at the box (with a 70% chance to hit, and instead forced to aim at a 20% behind the box is insulting).
    No lying down, to shoot/aim/cover, especially say what you might want to do from a rooftop.

    Loading ammo in my secondary weapon?! Who would want to do that that's dangerous just leaving weapons loaded!! Seriously, this belongs in a beta bug category, weapons in primary slot are auto loaded (so they thought of it), weapons equipped secondary aren't loaded. How was this not spotted and fixed the first day of the Alpha?!?

    They make other spotted design choices that although I don't agree with 100% myself I won't fault them for, healing while time passes moving overland, or the ability to camp and heal some, was removed/never put in. Ok fine, only way to heal is to buy all the shops in the game out of healing equipment, guess it forces you to spend all your hard earned money.

    The apparent lack of if one of your main 4 dies, to go back and recruit a new main character, play the rest of the game with more NPC's I suppose, or just quicksave more often.. (sigh). No-one find a game fun that you have to quicksave before every combat, because then you don't live with bad luck or bad choices, because once your forced to reload once, then you start to use it twice and 3 times, and next thing you know it's a crutch/habit you're using all the time and it makes the game boring and silly.

    Overall the game appears to have some story in it, and what not that is enjoyable, the meat and potatoes of the game the turn based fighting however, just devolves into a quicksaved slugfest where you don't give a **** because if someone dies, you reload and get luckier next time.

    Overall score 5/5, maybe worth getting on sale.
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  7. Oct 16, 2014
    0
    this is my first time on this type of game I prevously played every fallout but lets be honest fallout 3 and NV are legand comparied with the older fallouts so i was gettingready for a morden veriion of that type of game with awesome missions side quests train your players all have different perks well i was wrong non of this is in the game its basiclly like the first fallouts well it sucks
    sucks
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    instant forgettable players boring gameplay its like final fantasty but with AWFUL graphics and no story i played 2 hours and just got bored and deleted game worst game of 2014? no but its in top 10
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