Average User Score: 7.5Nov 6, 2014The ten year anniversary re-release of San Andreas is certainly a breath of fresh air. Thing is, the presentation issues that plague one ofThe ten year anniversary re-release of San Andreas is certainly a breath of fresh air. Thing is, the presentation issues that plague one of the greatest games ever released is disappointing. Frame rate issues, audio problems, and other gameplay issues (some crash the game) make it hard to play ten years later. Though, in the end, it's still the amazing game that came out ten years ago.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.8Nov 6, 2014Don't let the title on the front discourage you, this is the best Call of Duty since the 1st Black Ops.
This isn't like MW3 where the onlyDon't let the title on the front discourage you, this is the best Call of Duty since the 1st Black Ops.
This isn't like MW3 where the only bright side was the campaign. Advanced Warfare contains a well thought out story, with an extremely fun multiplayer setup, and it's all thanks to the new head at Sledgehammer Games, or High Moon studios for the past generation consoles. The campaign isn't very well written, though the performances are something worth noting, especially Keven Spacey's performance. The ending was also very linear, and it seemed unfinished. Though, a wide variety of missions and a nice set of characters make up for it. Multiplayer is good, too.
Even though it's a Call of Duty game, I would seriously consider picking up Advanced Warfare.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Nov 15, 2013There is a reason why the user score is so low. Many users jumped the gun on their review, and wrote it the day of release. Within its firstThere is a reason why the user score is so low. Many users jumped the gun on their review, and wrote it the day of release. Within its first week, GTA Online was glitchy, buggy, and basically impossible to even start. There were so many issues with the game, that people gave up hope on the game. They figured it wasn't worth it. Along with that, server issues led to thousands of deleted characters, having users need to start all the way from the beginning again. I waited as long as I did to write this because I knew Rockstar would fix all of the issues. Thankfully they did. Now GTA Online is a beautiful and highly enjoyable experience for you and up to 15 friends. You can do everything you can do in single player, and then some. Rockstar really listened to their fans when creating GTA Online, and it is a huge step up from the multi-player in GTA IV. Whether or not you are competing in races, deathmatches, or you are simply doing a designated job for one of the many contactable players (most from single player). You are never left feeling bored while playing GTA Online. Frankly, the only issue I have with the game is how repetitive it is. Rockstar announced that there will be over 700 missions available to play from the start, though after hours of playing, you find yourself playing the same mission over and over and over again. Objects are expensive in GTA Online, at least 30% more expensive than they were in single player. In order to purchase the items you really want, you'll have to end up repeating a lot of missions to make the money required. Making it a drag really. Overall, if you'll only buy GTA V for the online, I wouldn't say that's a bad thing. You'll get your money's worth.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Sep 26, 2013If you haven't played Grand Theft Auto V yet, I don't know what you're waiting for. Rockstar Games have always been known for making theIf you haven't played Grand Theft Auto V yet, I don't know what you're waiting for. Rockstar Games have always been known for making the absolute best third person action-adventure games of this generation. In fact, one of my favorite games of all time is Red Dead Redemption. They've always seemed to exceed the boundaries of what everybody expects their games to be like, and that's what makes them the superior developer of this generation. If you play Grand Theft Auto V, you will know exactly why I feel this way. GTA V is a prime example of Rockstar pushing things to the limit. The game world is massive, bigger than any Rockstar game that has ever been released. (Though, big fans of Just Cause 2 will probably find the world size pretty pathetic.) The world is huge, and it is filled with so many interesting things to see and do. If you thought that GTA IV was a live city, GTA V will feel like a living world. Environmentally, the visuals are absolutely astounding, and some parts of the city will leave most of you breathless. Though when it comes down to characters, if felt like some details were left out. And some characters faces appear very cartoon like. Though it doesn't really matter. Unfortunately, a huge (and beautiful) environment leaves room for error. Believe it or not, there isn't that much error at all. There are some bugs that appear occasionally, but they're not game changers. There are also some occasional texture issues. A lot of people are complaining about frame rate drops, but the only time I noticed this was while driving a submarine.
Enough about the presentation, it's time to talk about the 30+ hour story mode accompanying the game. In my opinion, the story is not as compelling or interesting as the well written story in GTA IV. Though it's compelling enough to make me want to play it more than once, which I'm already half-way through doing. The story is mostly focused around Michael De Santa, a former bank robber who has gone into a WitSec program, and is currently residing in his multi-million dollar home with his family, who is dysfunctional in every way. Michael's money is running low though, so he returns to the life of crime. For the first time in GTA history, the player can now play as more than one character. The second available character to play as is Franklin Clinton, a young gang member who constantly tries to survive in an ignorant street life with his old friend Lamar Davis. The third character is Trevor Phillips, one of Michael's old robber buddies who has gone completely insane. Interestingly enough, the three characters stories all intertwine, and this concept creates a fun campaign. The best part is that at any point (when not on a mission), the player can switch between characters. The ending on the other hand, is another story. To avoid any spoilers, the game let's you create your own ending with a tough decision that Franklin must make in the end. Some of them feel linear and short, and the others feel too good to be true.
Thankfully, the game handles way better than GTA IV. The shooting mechanics are better, the driving is more fluent, and it now features a more realistic flying system when it comes down to helicopters and planes. The cover system has also been improved, instead of a touchy cover system from GTA IV.
I'm going to relate back to what I said earlier, you have no reason to not have played GTA V. Though I wouldn't approve the game for anybody younger than 15 years old, it's a game I believe everyone should play before they move onto next-gen technology. Who needs the Xbox One when you have next-gen tech on a current-gen game? It is certainly one of the best games ever made.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Dec 19, 2012It's kind of hard to explain how much fun Max Payne 3 really is. As a huge fan of Rockstar Games' work, I went into Max Payne thinking itIt's kind of hard to explain how much fun Max Payne 3 really is. As a huge fan of Rockstar Games' work, I went into Max Payne thinking it would be awesome, and it was. Max has lived a troubled life. His family has been murdered. And he has become addicted to pain meds and alcohol. After being discharged from the NYPD because of involvement in criminal activities, Max has traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil with an old friend of his to work as a bodyguard for the rich and famous real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco. Max hopes that this will be easy work, a good "retirement plan," but things soon don't go as planned and Max is put right in the middle of another war. Max's story, to say the least, is arguably the best story of 2012. I'm not going to spoil anything about the story, but it features some of the biggest twists that take the campaign down a deep, dark, and gruesome road. The visuals in this game could not be better. Although I did witness some audio troubles during the cutscene to gameplay transitions, something that Max Payne is known for. Cutscenes are a massive part of this game too. Max Payne 3 is practically an interactive movie, where the cutscenes are the loading screens and they blend with the gameplay. This can be frustrating at times though. If you're looking to return to a mission hoping to get an achievement or a trophy, you have to watch the cutscenes entirely. The campaign is the best part of the whole experience. Let's not forget about the killer gameplay and controls. The gameplay is constantly smooth and never choppy. In Max Payne, you have special abilities like Bullet Dodge and Bullet Time. With Bullet Dodge, Max jumps into the air in slow motion, allowing him to finish off any remaining enemies with more precision, while at the same time dodging bullets that are shot. Bullet Time is similar, Max slows down time and finishes off enemies. Multiplayer is also a major plus to Max Payne. You have your standard modes like Free-for-all and Team Deathmatch, but you also have the unique modes like Payne Killer, where someone plays as Max and his partner Passos and the rest of the lobby attempts to kill them, and Gang Wars, a story-like game mode that consists of five different stages where one team triumphs over the other. Both of these modes are fun and really enjoyable. In conclusion, Max Payne is an incredible experience that sure isn't to be missed. Some audio issues and an annoying cutscene problem are this games downfall. But not by much.… Expand