Average User Score: 6.1Aug 20, 2014Unless you are an obsessed golfing enthusiast, please wait until this game is selling for £10 or less. It looks awful and runs just as bad (my 4770K @ 4.4Ghz / 780Ti rig can't yield a solid 60fps) and is very sparse in all areas. Imagine the worse console port you've ever seen and multiply that further still.
It's basically a cheap, online game. Meet up with mates and knock a ball about kind of thing. It should have never been more than a £10 game, even on first release.
Those that want decent presentation: stick with EA Sports TW stuff.
Those that want a proper golf game: stick with Links.
Those like me that want both modern presentation and decent golf: Hope that EA's upcoming golf game hits the mark........although it probably won't.
Thank you and good day.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Feb 21, 2014A 10/10 score is virtually impossible really, but Trine 2 on the PS4 is so good that a 9 is simply not enough!
Without writing a huge review, here are the simple facts:
Beautiful graphics - if you have a good 3D TV then Trine 2 on PS4 is the best 3D experience to date. I've had the fancy 3D Vision on my PC and Just Cause 2 and Metro 2033 really impressed me. Trine 2 in 3D on PS4 surpasses it. Truly amazing.
Sublime game play - switching between characters is easy and fluid. Each have their own unique abilities to get you through the picturesque levels. Nice little puzzle elements, simple enough combat, just fun.
The audio isn't great, but I'm not going to remove points because of it. It's nicely adequate.
The price makes Trine 2 a bargain. I'd happily pay £30. In fact, I've enjoyed it far more than games that have cost me £50.
Average User Score: 7.3Feb 21, 2014I'm not au fait with the original Strider - it's likely I played it during my Spectrum days, but if I did, it obviously didn't leave a lasting impression. So I'll base this review on a first timer......
It's relatively cheap and it looks like it. Boring colour palette and bland visuals which wouldn't push the PS3, let alone the PS4. It's difficult, which I don't mind, but almost just for the sake of it. The original is renowned for it's harsh difficulty, so maybe it's simply a case of doing it again, but sometimes the difficulty just seems unnecessary. Possibly a ploy to lengthen the game?
I'm not bothered either way, because I couldn't be bothered to complete such a boring looking, repetitive, button mashing arcade game. I'd much rather play a remake of Target Renegade or Double Dragon.
Considering the masterpiece, i.e.Trine 2 (one of best games currently available on PS4, especially in 3D), is similar money, then Strider is way overpriced. Unless you're a hardcore Strider fan wanting to play for the sake of nostalgia.
Average at best.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Nov 23, 2013I think most gamers who visit Metacritic have learnt to ignore the typical fools who give ridiculously low scores due to inadequate hardware or pirate versions of the game that either don't work properly or are simply not up to date.
For those that want the typically honest, straight-up review from myself, pull up chair for a simple one.
Combine the "I fancy messing around for a while" freedom of GTA with the beauty and crafting of Far Cry 3 and the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean oh, and add the usual Assassin's Creed and you've got Black Flag.
Up until this point, Assassin's Creed has pretty much been the same old thing; which is not a problem for those of you who, like me, enjoy the games. But, to be honest, after a hour or two of ACIII I'd had enough, the enjoyment I had from the first two games was completely gone. Ubisift must of detected this stale feedback of ACIII and obviously decided to really mix things up, and wow, what a result!
So, you've got your usual Assassin's Creed gameplay, you know, running around towns, killing guards, blah blah blah, and then you've got what is, quite literally, the best depiction of naval adventure and battle that's ever graced a computer. Once you've completed the introductory bits (usual AC sort of stuff) you basically get your own warship and crew and then you choose to do whatever it is you want to do, be it following the game or not.
Sailing, treasure hunting, swimming, diving, harpooning, bar brawls...........and on, and on.....
Assassin's Creed Black Flag simply puts the fun back into AC, fun that left the series after ACII.
Oh, and if you've got a decent rig (GTX 670+) then you're in for a visual masterpiece. The towns look better, the shadows are better, the animation is better, the details are better and the water? Well, it's spectacular, combined with very good time of day lighting and outstanding weather effects. Audio is also extremely good. The PC version (which already far surpasses what the PS4/XBox One can achieve) is also receiving a Physx patch for even more effects.
With an firstname.lastname@example.orgGhz, GTX 680 and 12GB RAM, I'm running it completely maxed (apart from High Env quality and Low God rays) at 2560x1440 and it runs at a smooth frame rate; granted, not 60fps solid, but a very acceptable and more than playable 40-45fps.
Just make sure to disable VSync in game and run D3DOverrider, forcing VSync and TB.
I don't often give 10/10 for anything in life, but when there's nothing else quite like Black Flag available, it is truly epic.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Oct 20, 2013Before I say anything, let's just get the ridiculously overblown discussion of big women out of the way. Yes, large breasts, but put it into perspective, by acknowledging that everything is larger than life in Dragon's Crown, and the "big deal" is swiftly quashed. Gamers who dwell on the issue any more than that, need to grow up and stop trying to appease the PC (politically correct) crowd. A group that continues to grow as more people who have nothing better to do and almost want to be offended just so they can have a moan at something and/or someone jump on the wagon of gloom.
OK, back to business. Dragon's Crown on Vita. Well, for me (and I own/have played pretty much every Vita title) it's the best game the handheld currently has to offer. The visuals, audio and gameplay are all top notch. The balance of side scrolling beat 'em up action and RPG implementation is perfect. The characters all have their unique appeal and most importantly, this game is FUN.
If you have fond memories of Renegade on the Spectrum, Double Dragon and/or Final Fight on Coin-Op and even later, well made side scrolling fighters, then Dragon's Crown will really do it for you. Even younger gamers, who have no idea what Double Dragon is, will love the simple depth and pick-up-and-play quality. It's pretty much the ultimate culmination of years of RPG side scrolling action all rolled into one superb package.
I've heard quite a lot of talk surrounding performance on the Vita. I've not seen any drop in frame rate (and I'm a stickler for smooth gameplay) although I only play through the game on my own or with one AI companion. So yes, off or online with three other companions is no doubt the reason behind slowdown. Like I say, I play mostly alone and besides, I think four characters together on the Vita screen would be too much going on anyway. I play with one or two and that's how I like it. Silky smooth.
The good thing about the Vita version (if you're pondering the Vita or PS3 version due to NO cross-buy) is the excellent touch screen feature. Yes, a game that actually makes good use of what is usually considered a gimmick. In Dragon's Crown, it's perfectly intuitive to touch the screen here and there to send your rogue off to open treasure chests and doors whilst you thrash the enemy. On the PS3, you have to use the right stick and, although not a bad thing, it feels clumsy compared to the quick and easy Vita version. As well as that, the Vita touch controls work well in most areas of the game. Also, in my opinion, the style of Dragon's Crown suits the handheld more than the big screen. Pick it up, put it down, pick it up, put it down.
Although, saying that, Dragon's Crown is the only Vita game I've played that draws me in so much I've spent hours playing in one sitting. To want to sit and play at home when I've got a PS3 and gaming PC and spend hours at a time playing a handheld game is very high praise indeed.
I don't like to give 10/10 for anything, because nothing is perfect, but considering the Vita library and the simple fact that Dragon's Crown is hard to put down, a top score is justified.
Outstanding handheld gaming.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Sep 6, 2013Before I say anything, keep in mind, this is a low price game with many full price features. So, with that in mind, I feel I can be a bit generous with my verdict of Outlast.
What I consider to be of a full price nature are the graphics (only FSAA currently missing from the limited options, surely the PS4 will be getting some AA, right?), which are very good, not amazing, but great use of lighting and perfectly smooth. The sound is also very good, excellent subtleties that don't infringe on the intended mood of the game, although the soundtrack can become slightly cliche at times. Controls are tight, movement effects (crouch, run, look behind, etc) all done ell and, more importantly, not overdone. Again, considering the price, Outlast can and does look and sound better than many full price titles.
The budget elements only really come down to lacklustre character models some could have looked a lot better and the fact that Red Barrels add a nice touch with showing a close-up of the hand when leaning against walls, etc, but decided to leave it looking rather substandard. Small niggles that wouldn't have taken much time to resolve but would have meant that all of Outlast looked nice, not just most of it.
Scary? I'm not so sure, not in a Amnesia way, more like a F.E.A.R. way really; which ultimately makes it more of a shocker than an outright horror. Amnesia is the master of pretence, whereas Outlast just throws it at you. It has it's moments but it's not as clever as Amnesia.
Film grain? Not my thing, but it's there.
Overall, good, but considering the price tag, I'm going to say very good.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.5Jul 1, 2012THE SUMMER SURPRISE? Yes, you may be thinking 9/10 is being silly, but if you score this game in it's own category then it starts to look about right. Anyone reading this old enough to remember the likes of California Games and the great Athlete Kings on the, less than great, Sega Saturn, will know that these kind of games, when made properly, can be amazing. Let me just say; Sega have made London 2012 properly. The visuals on the PC are very good, although I was slightly miffed that my native resolution (2560x1440) is not supported, Sega limiting the output to a now common 1920x1080. But with in-game settings at max, all extra control panel settings pushed up, and using NV Inspector to apply SGSSAA, London 2012 looks sharp and colourful, perfect for a sports title. The motion capture work is a bit of a mixed bag, but generally it's very good, some is excellent. Sound is good, albeit with repetitive commentary, but the same can be said about AAA sports titles. The controls are simple and intuitive with a 360/Windows controller, I've not tried with keyboard and I don't intend to. Steam (as well as other sellers) make it clear that the game is optimised for a 360 pad. Enthusiast PC gamers (i.e. not those who play the odd game on their laptop) who play a range of games (especially arcade/TPS/racing titles) and don't have a 360 pad need to buy one or stop whining. 'KnowTheTruth' spouts off with the usual, "IT'S A PORT", post, but let's be sensible here: How many games on PC are developed solely for the PC, or even have it's own base code? A handful. Business is business, that's life. Yes, I agree, Sega is lazy, it could have easily allowed for key rebinding and maybe it will in a patch, but London 2012 is far, far better with an analogue controller, most of the events benefit hugely from using analogue sticks, making the whole game more fun and more intuitive. The simple fact is, London 2012 was made for a controller and should be played with one. If some PC gamers can't live with the truth that the keyboard and mouse isn't the be all and end all, then tough. Scoring a game '0' just because you can't rebind keys on a control device already unsuitable for this particular game, and/or don't own/use the optimal control method is foolish. Anyway, on with the game....The single player events and Olympic campaign are a good way of honing your button timing skills but, as with any sporting pastime played alone, it becomes old. The saving grace is online. Playing random events against other players from around the world is great fun, and the sense of both personal and national pride is great. There's a National Pride Leaderboard running which lets you see how your country is doing, I like to think my efforts have helped GBR reach 2nd place, behind the formidable Germans. The online department is simple but effective. Currently there are enough players (especially German and French) to make up decent competition, but it would be even better if/when more join in. Seriously, take a break from the CoD/MoH/BF games and enjoy some really fun online competition. Gamesplanet are selling this game for £20.99 until the 16th July. Grab a bargain and help your country reach 1st place!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jun 3, 2012MY VIEW FOR THOSE WHO ARE TIRED OF ANGER AND SPAMMING POSTS AND USELESS GAME REVIEW SITES.
Yes, I'm one of the many (mainly Steam purchasers it seems) who have had trouble launching the game. But I'm not going to waste time slagging Steam/Rockstar off for this problem, even though it wasted much of my time sorting out. I'm currently playing Max Payne 3 with a modified .exe, but hey, I'm playing Max Payne 3!
Firstly, as is usually the first request of any PC gaming enthusiast, what are the graphics like? Well, put simply, they are consistently outstanding. I'm fortunate enough to be playing the game @ 2560x1440 with maxed out settings and it runs buttery smooth. Rockstar has finally done itself proud by giving us, the PC gamer, a extremely well optimised game. If you have the hardware then you're in for a treat, Max Payne 3 may not grab the number one spot for outright visual splendour (although it is worthy of nomination) but it does win an award that almost every game - even PC exclusive titles - can't get close to; it contains a high level of texture work that PC gamers expect. Crysis may still be deemed as great looking but many of it's textures are awful up close, the same can best said for many of the so-called visual PC behemoths. Max Payne 3 manages to look excellent not just most of the time, but all of the time. Coming from Rockstar, who are renowned for detail rather than cutting edge graphics, this is an amazing achievement. Whether the PC version was built from the ground up; shares parts with the console versions; or is largely a port, doesn't matter. Apart from one thing (which I'll comment on in a minute) Max Payne 3 for the PC looks like a bona fide PC game, through and through. Rockstar may not have included the myriad graphics settings that dazzle most in Serious Same BFE, but the choice of DX9-DX11 settings allow for good scaling. At it's highest settings Max Payne 3 looks to switch on every cutting edge feature, placing the PC version leagues ahead of the console offering. Again, credit to Rockstar for this hugely evident visual increase. I played both Max Payne and Max Payne 2 and enjoyed them immensely using the faithful mouse and keyboard controls. But honestly, Max Payne 3 plays better on a gamepad. With a XBox 360 controller the game is simply better. I'm a veteran gamer, the M&K is what I consider myself a master of, but this game doesn't seem to work well with it. As soon as I plugged my gamepad in, it all came together, and the one thing that may stand out as a console trespasser to most is actually welcomed by me. The weapon select dial that sends hordes of PC gamers into a frenzied mutiny is perfect for the job in Max Payne 3. Seriously, if you feel yourself playing this game and all the while something is niggling away inside your head, get a gamepad and plug it in. The Marmite love and hate relationship with the cut scenes is understandable. Initially I wasn't too keen on the , what seemed to be, intrusion of Rockstar's story book, but after a while they started to fit the game well. For those that are still complaining that Rockstar haven't replicated the previous games should take a chill pill and enjoy what it has created. In true Rockstar fashion what we have here is a story well told, a story that you want to continue, one that makes it hard for you to hit the quit button. Yes it's ridiculous, yes it's brash, but it's something that many games have lost over recent times. IT'S FUN! Running through baddies whilst picking them them off is amazing fun. Rockstar have somehow managed to make the real time gunfights as fun, if not more so, than any bullet time event. The action is powerful, brutal and bloody, you'll often feel so invigorated after even a short exchange of bullets that you'll watch yet another cut scene with bated breath, the story driving you toward the next exciting instalment. The audio is very nice. Rockstar has a great eye for detail (just look at the amount of detail in GTAIV) and it knows how to do sound, too. Everything just works, it fits. The music, the effects, the voice work, all of it is superb. The accompanying tunes are so good you don't even notice them. That may sound odd, but it's very important that any in-game music does not become centre stage. Be part of a game, help towards making the experience epic, but don't overdo it. Rockstar has done well here. Unfortunately, as with it's previous titles, Rockstar have gone slightly overkill with the language. Yes, I understand this kind of thing in the real world would involve lots of unsavoury characters who have a plethora of naughty words in their vocabulary, but is there a real need for the large amount of bad language that Rockstar put in it's games? I'm not so sure.
So, is Max Payne 3 any good? Yep. Worth the full price? Yep. Multi-player any good? Probably definitely, don't know, haven't tried it yet. Just get it, it's Max!… Expand