Average User Score: 8.8May 26, 2015Really wantdd to give this a higher score but the witcher 2 set the bar so damn high that, despite all the bells and whistles, the witcher 3Really wantdd to give this a higher score but the witcher 2 set the bar so damn high that, despite all the bells and whistles, the witcher 3 falls short of my expectations.
Its gorgeous and gargantuan, granted, but its also somewhat bland and blasé. The feeling of adventure and, in fact, endeavor that the last iteration invoked is somehow missing. The witcher 2 grabbed you by the scruff of the neck from the get go and shoved you into the action right away and you had such a hard time catching your breath that when you did find those few moments of reprieve, they felt well earned and rewarding. None of that holds true for the witcher 3 and the over all experience is more cumbersome than captivating.
A huge part of what undermines the experience is the horribly ported inventory management system. It is clearly designed for a mouse and keyboard interface and no effort has been made to mold it for a user friendly console experience. Its so cluttered and ill organized that i dread getting new loot because of the time i will have to waste in locating it and assessing it. Add to that the maddeningly small font eveywhere in the game and its easy to see that the console version was not a priority for the developers. This is super disappointing considering what a marvelous job had been done with the witcher 2 port. It was easily the best RPG on the x360 and I had hoped history would repeat itself but no such luck! Luckily, these issues can be easily patched and once they are i might revisit this review because i want to love this game and i know that under the skin this is a great game but as it stands rights now, its a 6/10 game with an added point for the free dlc being offered by CD PROJECT RED and the carry over love for the witcher 2. Fixing the superficial stuff could raise it to an 8 to 8.5 game but its never going to be as ground breaking, breath taking and unforgettable as the witcher 2.… Expand
Average User Score: 2.5Nov 13, 2013The SP campaign is truly the worst ever. Not only is it more of the same, its actually the laziest effort to date. Frankly, i never mindedThe SP campaign is truly the worst ever. Not only is it more of the same, its actually the laziest effort to date. Frankly, i never minded more of the same, in fact it was the familiarity with COD that had kept me a loyal fan through the years. But this time, it was just too meaningless. I immediately switched back to MW3 after finishing the campaign in Ghosts just to compare the two and ended up playing the whole MW3 campaign and it was by no means the best of the bunch. But with Ghosts they've really let the ball drop and it feels almost offensive.
Thankfully, the MP bit is pretty good. Not the best ever, a little too complex with maps way to big for the number of players but its less laggy than ever before and that too on a crappy 4mbps third world connection. Black Ops MP remains my favorite, but thanks to the reduced lag i'm performing way better without knowing every bit and cranny of the map like the back of my hand than i have ever before. Unfortunately that's the only plus and its not enough to redeem this pathetic effort. My score for COD: Ghosts:
Ill still buy the next one, and the one after that, I just hope Activision will pay greater heed to the disdain they have caused amongst their fans and deliver a better product next year.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.7Nov 14, 2012Preamble be damned, here are the facts as i see them for BO2:Preamble be damned, here are the facts as i see them for BO2: Single Player
Gameplay = 8/10.
As solid as any COD game before but nothing revolutionary. Thats not necessarily a bad thing but its not a great thing either. Pacing = 8/10. As good, if not better than MW1 which remains the benchmark for all COD games. Would have easily been better if not for the RTS tinged strike force missions that feels too tacked on and are more a chore than a joy to play. Story = 9/10.
By Story i mean every storytelling aspect of the campaign, such as character development, plot, twists and turns etc, and this is primarily where BO2 surpasses every other iteration of COD so far. This game possess a good story that has been told really well and anyone missing a good SP experience is sure to enjoy it. Graphics: 9/10. Simply spectacular on my 360 on a 42" Panasonic LCD. Looks better and runs smoother than almost every other shooter i've played on the 360. Sound Design: 7/10. Some guns sound fantastic, other not so much. Black, from the original xbox remains the benchmark of what guns in a game ought to sound like and COD doesn't quite hit that high note but its still just as serviceable as any other COD game. The music is actually not up to par with other COD games but since most of the time its drowned out by gunfire anyway, doesn't really make much of a difference. Dialogues are a mixed bag of sorts but mostly decent. So over all, its far superior to MW3 and as far as the SP part goes, better than every other COD game ever. Haven't played MP yet so i will refrain from making any assumptions about it but judging from how much better Treayarch's last attempt was than IW's latest, I'm willing to bet BO2 will blow MW3 out of the water. Bottom line is that whether you love it or hate it, if you like shooters you are going to buy it. And no matter how much you hate Activision you will still enjoy this COD game from time to time. Fortunately, the enjoying bit is far more frequent than it has been for a while and the disappointment bit is not even in the same continent as it was with MW3. So yeah all in all, it may not be a revolution as most critics are hyping it up to be but its better than MW3 and perhaps even as much fun as MW1, and to be honest, that's more than i expected. It's worth the price tag and the time you will spend playing it so stop acting like this video game was somehow supposed to make your life worth living and posting needlessly negative scores for it, just treat the damn game like a game and go play it.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Aug 25, 2012So yes, it doesn't do anything technically groundbreaking and isn't nearly as pretty and vibrant as GTA the holy grail of OWGs, but whatSo yes, it doesn't do anything technically groundbreaking and isn't nearly as pretty and vibrant as GTA the holy grail of OWGs, but what Sleeping Dogs has in spades is character. Wei Shen is easily the most well crafted protagonist ever seen in an OWG. Where Saints Row and GTA give you flat, one dimensional character to play with, Sleeping Dogs ups the Ante by giving you someone who has nuance. And that nuance doesn't end wit Wei, its all over the game. The story is almost RPG good, some of the major NPCs are really well fleshed out. And though it would have been even nicer if the romance option had been given more attention, perhaps even a significant portion of the plot, the fact that they did try their hand at the whole dating business bodes well for the inevitable sequel.
Its a flawed game, that much is clear, there's a lot to do but it gets repetitive, you can action hijack an armored van just so many times before it becomes boring, but to its credits, sleeping dogs does not make any of the boring stuff mandatory. Its only filler for achievement hunters. That stuff hat moves the story along is emotionally engaging and satisfying at every turn, without fail. And this is the best thing about this game, its a vehicle to tell a story as opposed to Saintsrow in which the story is used as an afterthought to facilitate mass scale destruction. Even GTA IV, which is exceptional in every department did not tell a tale as well as it supplemented the making of mayhem. I have very high hopes for GTA V, but out of the blue, United Front has thrown down the gauntlet and done it with class, poise and authority. Saintsrow really needs to watch out.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Apr 1, 2012So I had been following all the hype around this game prior to its release and had bought into it all because, and I'm certain even theSo I had been following all the hype around this game prior to its release and had bought into it all because, and I'm certain even the disappointed will agree, this was by far the most engaging video game ever made. Even ME 3 was an amazing experience, the whole quarian vs geth storyline and the conclusion of it was easily the most powerful sub plot in a game i've ever experienced. The ending though... what a grumble inducing affair it was! It was clearly rushed... even if this had been a single game that ending would not have sufficed. Bur for a trilogy, its down right criminal to end with a five minute cut scene. There had to have been a fully playable epilogue chapter. Shepard's death in itself wasn't the disappointment it was more the callousness with which this legend we had been building for years was abandoned is what broke all the hearts. Shepard dying is a fitting option for sure, adding invaluably to the replayability of the whole series. But bioware seriously needed to take a leaf from the RDR book wherein the protag dies in the penultimate chapter allowing for closure for the ones left behind. Ofcourse for those players who managed to make the decision throughout the series to keep Shepard alive in the end would be awarded with shepard as the Protag of the final/epilogue chapter as well. Alas, Bioware has dropped the ball on that opportunity and even if they come out with a DLC fixing this problem it will not hold the same value or meaning.
Having said that, the game itself is remarkable and kudos to Bioware for undertaking this mystifying journey and bringing us along for the ride. In all honesty the plotline of the ME series has never been as strong as the subplots and relationships and feeling of camaraderie that the game was able to bring to players and as far as those attributes are concerned, let me just say that even though i sided with the geth initially, the very next day, after a sleepless night haunted by visions of Tali's heartbreaking death, i simply had to go back and kill the geth of instead. And its not just Tali... Garruss, and Liara... Mordin and Wrex... Ashley and Miranda and joker and Kelly and even EDI... these were more than just team mates, they were real friends who my shepard cared about and who cared about him. No one has ever been able to do that before, it is a feeling exclusive to the ME series and a feeling that i will crave to feel again until someone take the ME formula and improves on it to deliver a the masterpiece this game was until they botched up the climax. All in all, it was one hell of an experience and it would have been all that much better had Bioware given the time and effort to the ending that this game deserved. Even so i'm grateful for the effort they did put in. Now they need to work on a new ME series, one set in the aftermath of this one. They need to do it soon and they need to do it right.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Nov 22, 2011I've already given my s cents worth about Skyrim but the naysayers are really getting on my nerves! The xtreme fanboys too, but that's aI've already given my s cents worth about Skyrim but the naysayers are really getting on my nerves! The xtreme fanboys too, but that's a different. Admittedly the game is flawed, in my opinion its not worth of 10 because it is flawed but just because its not a 10 doesn't mean its not kick ass. The numerical score is primarily a quantified analysis of all the technical parts of a product and yes skyrim has flaws but where it excels beyond anything else is in the intangible, unquantifiable realm of fun! Where else do you get so much freedom, so many surprises, so much satisfaction from a melee battle, so much pride in crafting a killer legendary elven sword with 40 points of fire damage and faster health regen to boot? Man, you guys who are dismissing this game for its minor flaws like the poor UI and the myriad of non-game-breaking glitches are just wasting too much time complaining and not enough to immersing in the game world. Those with crash issues have my sympathies but I for one haven't had the game crash even once in the 60 odd hours of play already clocked in. I agree that while pat bethesda's back for delivering on the promises as well as they have we should still be reminding them of where they should have done better but we cannot ignore the fact that there is nothing, nothing at all out there, no not even dark souls, that can match Skyrim for the sheer exhilaration and enjoyment it provides. I finished demon Souls and loved it, i played dark souls for two hours have haven't been back to it since i got my ass handed to me by a bunch of skeletons for the 300th time a month ago. I fail to see the point of making a game so difficult that instead of learning to beat it you are taught to abandon it all together because end of the day its a silly game, a virtual world, a non-existent foe. You play games to relax, to unwind, not to becoming enraged to the point that Dark Souls drive you to. I'm sure its a brilliant game and if i had the free time on my hands a much smaller share of real-life problems that every adult has i might still be plodding along through it one death at a time, but i have skyrim instead that makes it difficult enough for me to kill a dragon so that it is extremely satisfying to finally kill it on the 5th try but doesn't make those initial failure so painful that i lose all desires to hedge my visual stakes in the games world. To all those who enjoy dark souls or whatever, good luck to ya and kudos but don't give skyrim retardedly low scores just because you prefer other games. Any one with a modicum of fairness would give skyrim a higher than average (6+) score because if nothing else the effort put in must be appreciated. Everyone failing to that is being unfair and unjust and should be completely disregarded by anyone actually reading these reviews to decide whether the game is worth buying.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.1Nov 12, 2011The fundamental mistake all the haters are making here is by assuming that MW3 was ever meant to be anything other than what it is. It is aThe fundamental mistake all the haters are making here is by assuming that MW3 was ever meant to be anything other than what it is. It is a successor to the MW story line, gameplay expereince and everything else that was an integral part of the original MW that took everyone by surprise and knocked their socks off. The next game they make, having concluded this trilogy, will be the different, brand spankin' new experience that everyone seems to be craving. But for what it is meant to be, MW3 is bloody brilliant! And It is the familiarity that makes it so, you know what you are getting into, you are already good at it, and with all the new players coming over to the game you will have plenty of noobs to pick on in multiplayer and plenty of veterans to give you a tough time. You can complain all you want, and technically BF3 my even be the better game, but as far as instantly accessible, raucous, addictive, long lasting and uncomplicated joy goes, MW3 and in fact the entire MW series wins hands down. What makes it worth the 60 bucks entry fee is the fact that one year later you will still be playing it, prestiging the hell out of your avatar and getting your adrenaline rush as and when you need it. Add to that an epic story executed like a summer block buster that actually makes you give a damn about the character you are supposed to be even if its so short that it serves primarily as a training camp for your MP exploits is a recipe for success that Activision well know how to whip together. I got the hardened edition and all connectivity issues aside, and despite the fact that theres a boat load of great titles coming out alongside MW3, i know i got my money's worth because this will be the only game i will still be playing next november when another COD game comes out. No offense to anyone, this really is a matter of personal preference but instead of dissing the game try to see it as what it was meant to be.… Expand