Average User Score: 7.8May 9, 2015I am absolutely blown away by GTAV. This is seriously the worst GTA game I've ever played. I waited some 18 months for a PC release for thisI am absolutely blown away by GTAV. This is seriously the worst GTA game I've ever played. I waited some 18 months for a PC release for this piece of garbage? They shouldn't call it Grand Theft Auto. They should call it Grand PURCHASE Auto.
If you want to read about the positives to GTAV please see one of the cheerleading gaming "journalism" reviews of it that completely ignore its flaws. Here I'm going to point out those flaws.
1) GTAV expects you to purchase everything with in-game money. Don't have enough in-game money? Rockstar will be happy to sell you some for real money! You seriously cannot just go up to a good or government vehicle and steal it in a game called Grand Theft Auto. Rockstar will not allow you to store it in your garage. You must purchase it. Yes, you must purchase cars in a game called Grand Theft Auto in which focuses on criminal activity. Have the developers ever even played a GTA game before? Hell, you have to purchase tanks too. You cannot simply steal one. That used to be a huge accomplishment in previous titles. It's impossible here.
2) The online portion is progression-gated. When you start out the city is a literal ghost town and you're expected to do the same races OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. Then the game gradually unlocks new events. You'll need to repeat them each a hundred times in order to accumulate the RP necessary to rank up. As you rank up things start spawning in the city that should have been there from the beginning and actually appear commonly in the single player mode. Go to the airport in online mode and note the complete and total absence of planes at the AIRPORT. You have to rank up just to make a handful of them appear. Ranking will take years if you're someone with a job. It's clearly designed specifically for the no-lifers or children who need to be treated like donkeys chasing carrots on a stick.
3) Excessive realism comes at the cost of fun. Did you know you have to buy car insurance in this game in multiplayer? Planes don't come with parachutes. Want to steal something from the military base in single player -- not going to happen! Have fun shopping for real estate to buy or spending hundreds of thousands of in-game dollars on businesses that pay you only 1% of what you spent on them maybe once a real life week.
4) Rockstar is very mod-unfriendly. They will ban you from the game you purchased without refund even if you're trying to privately have fun with your friends. They make zero attempt to distinguish between people screwing around amongst themselves and those maliciously ruining the experience for others. Can't spend a couple hundred thousand or a couple million in fair cheat-detection, Rockstar? Spent your billions already? This is beyond sad. The community is continuing to try and fix the mess that is GTAV to actually make it fun again, yet Rockstar has been trying to thwart them with every update.
5) GTA has been obsoleted by other entrants in the open world genre. Who needs a hyper-realistic, un-fun when we can choose from so many other options? I really thought that Vice City and San Andreas were awesomely fun games. It seems GTA has gone downhill and let Saints Row and Just Cause supersede them.
I'm honestly really disappointed in this entry in the franchise. Yes, the heists are nice both in single player and multiplayer. Yes the graphics are good. No, the game is not fun. No, the game puts realism in front of having fun. No, the game is not for people who have other things to do than play it every waking moment. GTAV had so much potential. Save yourself money and don't buy this 18 month-late game.
This is my last GTA game. There are far better choices out there now.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Feb 19, 2013The Good This game attempts to combine the monsters of Pokemon, epic world and scope of Final Fantasy, gameplay of Secret of Mana, and storyThe Good This game attempts to combine the monsters of Pokemon, epic world and scope of Final Fantasy, gameplay of Secret of Mana, and story of a movie like Spirited Away. It does a great job of wrapping these things up and creating a beautiful and eye-catching package. Sometimes making a good game isn't about pushing polygons or competitiveness. I really enjoyed the characters, environments, and story development in this game. It's nice to play a modern JRPG. The inclusion of anime scenes and voice talent also added to the experience. Overall, a great game worthy of investing time into. There are so many characters and creatures to discover and environments to roam around in. We need more games like this one! I had to borrow a PS3 to play this title and do not regret it.
The Bad Jack of all trades, master of none applies here. I found the familiar/monster designs to be rather lacking. It seems they took the good designs and played a DLC shell game with them across regions and retailers. The DLC creatures are much stronger than the ones in the normal game resulting in a major difficulty spike when you try to leave the first continent. This game could have really benefited from more appealing creatures to catch. Furthermore, the actual mechanics where you impress and tame creatures are unbelievably tedious. Metamorphosis resetting creature levels back to 1 is also very annoying. The combat seems to revolve around running away, restoring MP because it drains so quickly, and bumbling through switching to and from characters to keep the AI from failing to defend against attacks. Really tedious much of the time. The game also could have benefited from more voice acting rather than switching between anime, in-game animation, and wall of text mode. PS3-exclusivity also hurts this title by limiting its audience. They really should put together a Kickstarter campaign to get this game released on Steam for the PC.
Final Word If you're a fan of Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana, Breath of Fire, Chrono Trigger, or other JRPGs then you should definitely pick up Ni No Kuni. The wall of text dialogue, tedious battles, and frustrating AI may (but not necessarily!) deter everyone else.… Expand