Average User Score: 7.4Jun 17, 2016This is my first Total War game, so I decided to play my very first campaign as Dwarves, which are supposed to be the easiest ones, and onThis is my first Total War game, so I decided to play my very first campaign as Dwarves, which are supposed to be the easiest ones, and on easy difficulty. I've restarted 3 times now, since even with everything on easy I just get slaughtered by turn 40-50 by orcs waaaaagh. I have 7-8 cities at that point and as much army as I can upkeep, I play the battles manually and according to community guides (dwarves = have lots of ranged, never move, make formation with melee at front, ranged behind and cannons further behind, and keep some more melee on the sides and behind to intercept enemies that are trying to flank you, wait for them to come to you), and it doesn't matter, I still get slaughtered because orcs arrive with 4-5 lords with maxed armies, all moving together. They also move way faster on the campaign map than me, and the AI always moves them just out of your range when it's not ready to fight you, so it's impossible to catch them out of position. So there's nothing you can do apart from just wait to get slaughtered while the enemy heroes assassinate everyone you own with what appears to be a 90% success rate (while my own heroes have 25% and always fail and critical-fail). I have to admit that I don't understand this game and what I'm doing wrong. I've almost given up on it, and my score will reflect that. It's not the challenge that bugs me, but the fact that I feel helpless and I'm just not having fun. Sorry.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Apr 12, 2016The game is in a disastrous state for me. Running on 4790k, 16g ram, gtx980. The framerate is high, but suffers from occasional weird spikesThe game is in a disastrous state for me. Running on 4790k, 16g ram, gtx980. The framerate is high, but suffers from occasional weird spikes that really impact the gameplay. But that's nothing compared to the constant crashing. The game crashed 4 times for me in 90 minutes. I refunded because I don't trust FROM with fixing their games in a timely manner. When Dark Souls 1 was first released on PS3, the target locking was completely broken. It took them like 3 months to fix it, and it really ruined the experience. It took them so long to fix something that basic and important. Let's not even mention the weapon degradation nonsense in DS2 for PC, which they only bothered with when they had to deal with it for the PS4 version. I just don't trust them.
The game itself looks great from my limited experience, but I recommend you wait and keep an eye on patch announcements and the Steam forums before you buy it. As for the score, I can't give a game that crashes every 20 minutes anything higher than 3. Will revisit it if/when they fix the game and update the review.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.4Apr 6, 2016Performance is a trainwreck. Where both trains carry nuclear warheads. Choppy and horrible on my 4790k, gtx 980. Seems like Remedy developedPerformance is a trainwreck. Where both trains carry nuclear warheads. Choppy and horrible on my 4790k, gtx 980. Seems like Remedy developed this on workstations with the new Tesla P100, and then just uploaded it to the Windows Store. I think they skipped a step.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.1Mar 6, 2016Horrible PC version, pop-in everywhere, frequent crashes, requires W10 store, nobody online. For several days I even had trouble running it atHorrible PC version, pop-in everywhere, frequent crashes, requires W10 store, nobody online. For several days I even had trouble running it at all. I'd like to say I'm surprised, but I'm not.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.7Mar 3, 2016Before I started writing this, I saw a Reddit post about the fact that FC4 and Primal use the same world map. It's literally identical, theyBefore I started writing this, I saw a Reddit post about the fact that FC4 and Primal use the same world map. It's literally identical, they just modded it, and the games supposedly don't even take place in the same continent. I didn't notice this while playing, and that's not a damning factor on its own, but it speaks volumes about the mentality with which the devs made this game. Primal is a FC4 spinoff in an interesting setting, but with most of the features missing.
If you remember the FC4 missions where you have a tiger and you tell it to attack things, that's basically the entirety of Primal. Ubisoft do like taking parts of games that players found interesting and expanding on them, which is great. The problem is that they didn't expand on anything here. The tiger missions in FC4 lasted as long as they should without overstaying their welcome, and in no way can they support an entire game on their own. Not without adding a LOT of other gameplay. And no, that DOESN'T mean just padding and busywork, Ubisoft.
I can't recommend Primal to anyone at full price. I would only recommend this at 50% sale, and again only to people who have already played FC3 and 4, want more, AND have a high tolerance for busywork. At least Blood Dragon had its own map.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Feb 7, 2016XCOM 2 is challenging, but for the wrong reasons. Most of it comes from the randomness that exists as its core mechanic, from the level designXCOM 2 is challenging, but for the wrong reasons. Most of it comes from the randomness that exists as its core mechanic, from the level design (procedural), to hit chances, to turn limit sizes, to world map events. Whether you'll like it or not depends on what you want out of it.
Personally, I'd prefer a more tightly designed game that is harder than this (more enemies in maps +bigger maps +more "puzzle-y" encounters), but without the timers and stress and RNG everywhere. I'd rather have developer-designed maps and missions with tough encounters where you need to utilize the terrain and your equipment in the right way, rather than proceduraly generated missions with a turn limit that is barely enough for you to sprint to the objective and destroy it, and then pray as the 4 pods that you aggroed along the way rain down on you from the ceilings and wipe out your entire squad while your overwatches miss. Only to go back to the world map and see the Avatar gaining its 3rd ping in the same week due to RNG dark events.
XCOM 2 is overwhelming in a way that makes you feel helpless. Because you are. Better read some Reddit threads and restart the whole thing, doing only the absolutely most optimal things. Why do the rest of the options exist again?
You can mod out all the crazy 8 turn limits and massive random spikes in Avatar progress though. Great. What you are left with then is an extremely easy game. Guess why. Because that's what it is. An extremely easy game, made hard only through RNG rigged to screw you as a core design philosophy. The encounters themselves are easy and the maps are poorly designed, like everything procedural. There's no actual depth. There are no "damn, I'm a genious" moments as you lure an overwhelming force back to a well fortified position with half of your squad lying in the perfect ambush. The game gives you no time to think. No time to strategize. No time to have fun.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Feb 3, 2016Good game, bad port. Performance on my (fully updated) system (4790k, 16g ram, 780 ti, w10) is subpar. With high textures, FXAA, andGood game, bad port. Performance on my (fully updated) system (4790k, 16g ram, 780 ti, w10) is subpar. With high textures, FXAA, and everything else maxed, the game hovers around the high 30's FPS. Unfortunately, lowering the settings doesn't do much. Slight tweaking might get you 2 or 3 FPS higher at a massive fidelity cost, but in order to get a smooth experience, I needed to drop everything to medium or below. At this point, the game looks a bit worse than the Xbox One version, which I have played. It's not acceptable for such a system to barely be able to keep up with the Xbox One. That's nonsense.
Other than that, it's a great game, and an improvement on the previous one. Just be aware that if you don't have a 1500$+ system, you're probably going to have a bad time.
NOTE: Since the game hasn't been cracked, if you're thinking about buying it to see how it runs and then refunding if you are not happy, DON'T be fooled by how well the game runs on the initial snowy zones (like many people who make "port reports" have done). It's in the later areas that the framerate tanks to oblivion.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Jan 20, 2016**Note: I have not finished the campaign yet, it's quite lengthy, but really enjoyed the part that I played. This is more of a heads-up,**Note: I have not finished the campaign yet, it's quite lengthy, but really enjoyed the part that I played. This is more of a heads-up, rather than a full review. Cautiously take into consideration.
With the exception of Starcraft 2, pretty much all RTS games that have been released in the past decade have had lousy single player campaigns AND underdeveloped/unbalanced/poor online components. Deserts of Kharak at least has a good single player campaign. It's not HW1-tier, but I'd say it's just as good as HW2's, in term of its effectiveness.
Is it worth the asking price? The answer to that depends on who you are. If you are a big fan of the atmosphere and storytelling of the series and are mostly interested in the campaign and maybe a few online matches with a friend here and there, then DoK delivers. If you are a competitive player that doesn't really care about single player, and that's looking for a SC2 replacement (for some reason), this is not it. The depth and variety just isn't even in the same ballpark.
I belong in the first category, so I will score this highly. It gave me a good campaign, and I've been growing increasingly sick and tired of ONLY Blizzard giving a crap about that extremely important aspect of RTS games, and then reading devs saying that people are not interested in the genre anymore. No. People are just not interested in bad RTS games. DoK is half-great, half-poor. If it receives post-launch support and even an expansion later down the line, it can become actually great. Let's hope for the latter.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Nov 15, 2015I wasn't a big fan of the Wings of Liberty and HotS campaigns because they felt a bit too gimmicky to me. While I appreciate the creativityI wasn't a big fan of the Wings of Liberty and HotS campaigns because they felt a bit too gimmicky to me. While I appreciate the creativity behind their design, having one gimmick for each mission made them feel a bit restricted. In Legacy of the Void, the gimmicks take a supporting role and allow the macro and the destruction of massive enemy armies to shine, like they should. The LotV campaign feels like Brood War, but even more all-out. I absolutely loved every moment of it. The production values are of course once again through the roof. The campaign stands toe to toe for me with Frozen Throne as the best one ever designed for an RTS. Multiplayer will take a while to evaluate, but between ladder, co-op missions and the Arcade, there is an absolute ton of content here. Legacy of the Void is RTS like noone apart from Blizzard can make. Fast, bombastic and extremely polished.… Expand
Average User Score: 2.7Nov 6, 2015Performance is subpar on 4790k, 16g ram, 780 Ti on 1080p high settings (not even Extra). Spent most of my 2 hours messing with the settings,Performance is subpar on 4790k, 16g ram, 780 Ti on 1080p high settings (not even Extra). Spent most of my 2 hours messing with the settings, then refunded. Not gonna drop this to medium/low because the devs don't care to make a proper game. My PC can run all other games very well (even Arkham Knight), there is no excuse for dodgy performance in this game that looks very "meh". Mouse is also laggy, which is completely unacceptable. A message on Steam mentions some .ini tweaks to improve performance. I can't be bothered really, I have many other games to play, not gonna mess with .ini files when I paid 100 euros for this game and I have a common PC config, not some weird Xeon build or whatever. 100 euros = make it work on its own or I'm getting my money back.… Expand