Average User Score: 6.9Jan 6, 2013I don't understand all of the hate here for this game, go back and play contracts, then boot this up and I dare you to say this game isn't better. It's a solid game with a **** ton of single player campaign to play through. It's not perfect but **** - 0 scores? Come on now, don't be so quick to trash it because a new dev tried something different, give it the credit it's due. This is a solid game that has a lot of variety, and it's a ton of fun. Name one other game besides grand theft auto maybe where you can run around an entire map and kill every single person you see with a bong.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jul 16, 2012Picked this up on the cheap for $10 at target and I'm just not feeling it. I'm not a fan of the sierra 3d engine, the controls are stiff and lack any type of fluidity found in most fps games. Additionally the acting is pretty terrible in this game. I know most people are fan's of the first game but for me, as a newcomer to the series this just didn't pull me in. I doubt I'll finish it.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.9May 27, 2012After thinking about the game now that I've beaten it on normal difficulty with a level 30 monk, I have to say that the game just isnt doing it for me. Visuals aren't consistant, the actual gameplay graphics are cartoony. Sometimes there's a cutscene dialog box with an illustrated picture of the character next to it, like in a standard rpg from the 90's, then there's in game cutscenes with characters talking to each other. On top of that there are outstanding hyper-realistic cgi sequences, and then there are also these sketchy unfinished cutscene storyboard sequences as well, so basically there's 3 differnet art styles conflicting with each other and for me that just takes me out of the experience. Pick one and stick with it for the entire game. Overall the game lacks the gritty darkness and overall gore of diablo 2, and a lot of the areas from this game are rehashed form diablo 2 as well. Audio does the job and the music fits whatever act you're playing, but it doesnt respond to the action like in other games, and it doesn't really stand out even though its professionally done, it's not like you'll be humming the diablo theme song any time soon. So meh, the voice acting is strange at best, the in game chat sequences between your character and whoever it is who's following you are badly written, repeat themselves constantly and aren't very good overall.
The loot system is what most people play the game for but one of the best things about diablo 2 imo was the Horadric Cube which is missing from this game. Instead you get a artisian magic and rare weapons/armor and a jeweler for gems. The artisian will create items with random properties but a lot of the items he can make I wasn't even able to equip on my character, so I stopped using him after act ii and just used items I found on the ground instead. Also you have to play nightmare difficulty to start crafting higher grade gems, and that's really lame because the replay value just isn't there.
The story of the game is pretty lame by rpg standards. It has a few twists but you can spot some of them a mile a way and I stopped reading the cut scenes after the first act, I simply didn't care anymore, the story just doesn't cut it. Overall the game is lacking, its basically a lighter version of diablo 2, it uses a lot of same environments, characters, and monsters, with a story that isn't interesting enough to invest more than a single playthrough.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.0Jan 15, 2012The game should really be called "look but don't touch". RAGE is trying to do too many things and none of them well really, except for the graphics which are amazing, but the world you play in is dead, and not because of the story dead in that all of the maps are completely static, all of the objects are stuck to the floor, no physics or objects being scattered after an explosion or anything to move around, you can't even jump ontop of objects below your waist. The entire world is off limits so to speak. You can basically move and look at things like a simulation but there's no real reason to explore, you may find a few hidden items like playing cards for the mini game or pieces used to build stuff but they're randomly placed and it's just not fun and that goes in to the map designs as well:
The maps are basically linear and you just go around shooting everythign until you loop back around to the end. There's very little variety in terms of enemy AI and placement, with the exception of the mutants but you can easily just walk over the invisible triggers in an area to make them jump out then run back in to a doorway to murder them all in a nice row, very not fun and annoying really.
The rest of the enemies are not fun either, they take way too many bullets to kill and the mutant characters don't even leave any loot to find, they just absorb bullets and return nothing which forces you to do other things that aren't fun like racing and playing card games or delivering mail to make extra money so you can trudge through the next mission fighting the same types of things in the same way.
To put rage in perspective HL2 came out in 2004 and offered the same type of post appo. world and did it right, the world while dead was completely alive, you broke things to open boxes, you solved puzzles to get around a map, enemies were varied and fun and the game has characters and story you give a **** about. As for the weapons, they're underpowered, all of them minus wing blade are worthless. the shotgun maybe not but it's only good close range and sometimes it doesn't kill the same two enemies with the same shot. Not sure whats the problem. Nothing is really that amazing you can change your ammo types but who cares, and you can hold up to 4 guns.
The game has some RPG elements which translates to wasting your time back tracking and pressing the activate key twice to listen to an NPC babble on until you get to the mission accept screen. It's tedious, especially when dealing with vendors, each time you need to listen to the idiot vendor tell you he buys and sells items, then you need to wait for him to finish talking before you can buy said items every single time you visit a vendor. It's absolutely retarded. The game really isn't all that inspiring, I'm about 1/4 of the way through the game and I could give a flying **** whether or not I ever beat this, I may just watch the endnig on youtube and call it a day. I kinda owe it to my wife to finish this turd because she bought it for me for christmas. Oh well, nice try ID but this could have been a linear shooter and it would have been much better.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Feb 15, 2011Dead Space 2 is a great game which makes some changes for the better others for the worse but if you're a fan of survival horror then this game is for you; a must play. The game is much different than the first game in terms of pacing and exploration as it drops the exploration / explanation parts of dead space 1 in exchange for more linear action based gameplay. There are many more enemies than in the first game and more variations of mini boss monsters, many of the new enemies shoot projectiles which adds another level of challenge to the gameplay. There are new weapons that make this easier but you will find that the weapons from the first game are still the best and the new weapons are mainly a novelty. Ammo is in short supply like before, you will spend a lot of time stomping corpses for additional ammo and credits and many of the weapons and equipment upgrades require more power nodes than before but you have the option to remove all nodes and start over if you want which is great.
Be ready for some cheap deaths because the game has very little visual cues and no hud just like the first one. In addition there is no line between where a cutscene begins and ends so it's best to just assume that at some point during a cut scene you will be able to control the main character again even if 2 seconds before you could not because 2 seconds afterwards you will be dead. Aside from that you will be in for a treat as this game is rock solid in both gameplay, and even paced with action scenes generally followed by some exploration and a few places of refuge where you can restock and reload before the cycle starts again. The flaws in this game are minor and wont apply if you've never played the first game. Enemies tend to jump out of where you expect them to and after an hour or two you'll be trained to scope out a room for vents before you enter it, depending on your play style you can almost see the invisible event triggers before they happen much like the plot's "twists" which were textbook and is why I gave it a 9. As great as this game is in presentation, sound, graphics, and gameplay, the story just wasnt as complex or interesting as the first, but the rest of it makes up for that. On a side note, as these games become more mature the stories should as well, hopefully they'll figure that last part out in dead space 3 :-D… Expand
Average User Score: 4.8Nov 15, 2010COD: BlackOPs is an absolute disaster of a game. Technically speaking the game does not work. It's broken, there are numerous bugs, many of which make the game completely and totally unplayable, the game will crash unexpectedly, it lags constantly, the number of hoops you have to jump through to make this game work are so many that it's simply not worth the effort in the end. For instance: Activision suggests (from their web site) that you reduce your screen resolution to 1024x768, reduce your audio card performance to basic, turn off antivirus and turn off any non windows services using msconfig. The fact that you need to use msconfig at all is a major red flag here. No normal game player should ever use msconfig as it's a system tool that can completely crash your OS if used incorrectly. In addition to all of the steps above you need also update every single driver for each piece of hardware on your system. DirectX, VideoCard, SoundCard all to play this game.
The fact that you need to adjust any system preferences is an indicator of just how bad of a job Treyarch did in programming this game and there's no guarantee that doing so will make the game work, goes to show you just how god awful of a game this really is.
Do not buy this game, you have been warned. This is not a review so much as it is a gigantic danger sign. If you buy this game you will be disappointed. Fact.… Expand