Average User Score: 8.3Nov 4, 2016Not even close to a 90, there are many glaring problems with the gameplay, graphics, writing and setting, but this one is okay.. for a consoleNot even close to a 90, there are many glaring problems with the gameplay, graphics, writing and setting, but this one is okay.. for a console game. Certainly not the sequel the 2000's series deserves.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Nov 4, 2016It is ok. The gameplay won't blow your socks off, the writing is a little.. internety. But it was pretty good for five dollars. I'm okay withIt is ok. The gameplay won't blow your socks off, the writing is a little.. internety. But it was pretty good for five dollars. I'm okay with this. This is fine.… Expand
Average User Score: 2.9Nov 4, 2016Pay to win trash, sectioned multiplayer on the PC(???!!!), bribe to buy this tripe with a remastered title. Are you eff-ing kidding me? ThisPay to win trash, sectioned multiplayer on the PC(???!!!), bribe to buy this tripe with a remastered title. Are you eff-ing kidding me? This to me sounds like a death knell, but you people keep buying it each year!… Expand
Average User Score: 5.3Oct 30, 2016I already wrote a review of Skyrim.
Basically it went something like.. this TES barely let's you effect the world in any meaningful butI already wrote a review of Skyrim.
Basically it went something like.. this TES barely let's you effect the world in any meaningful but especially personal way, nothing about your character matters (besides annoying quips from guards), and the dungeons were mostly an improvement over Oblivion's five or ten layouts per theme, but enemy variation was pitiful and themselves all pretty dull (lol dragons and zombies).
Aside from some legitimate complaints about bad writing, enormously nonsensical quests and bland setting choices, I also complained that the mod community hadn't quite stepped up to Oblivion/Fallout 3/New Vegas level of quality. I gave it a "5" for being half of a game in my honest opinion (not yet somewhat salvageable with mods, a familiar tune).
All these still stand. So this gets a fat effing zero for the possibility that garbage releases like this may cost me actual money.
Oh I guess I would also add after having now played good games like Dark Souls and **** the combat system is very, very bad, magic is boring and usually weak when you use it, the setting is stock fantasy and I never completed this game because the quests were only getting worse.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.3Sep 25, 2016This is an abortion. I'll write a better review later, but this is unacceptable. Will Wright is a goddamn moron for thinking it is fine toThis is an abortion. I'll write a better review later, but this is unacceptable. Will Wright is a goddamn moron for thinking it is fine to releasing a game this unfinished, bad and buggy (now in 2016, ffs). Now, ignoring the creature creator, imagine five different types of games. Now imagine they were released on mobile by someone who liked all the worst parts of those games. Now imagine those five garbage games were ported to PC badly, then died and were Frankenstein's monstered together.
This is Spore. It lives up to the name because it is worse than a mold.
A goddamn moron, but well, he voted for Bush.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Aug 26, 2016Truth be told, this game actually gets a 3 from me, but I give it a 1 because Bethesda deserves that. Now, there's a lot of prettiness here,Truth be told, this game actually gets a 3 from me, but I give it a 1 because Bethesda deserves that. Now, there's a lot of prettiness here, some excellent art design at points, and also modelling. Stuff just looks good!
Now, does a lot of it make sense? Well, no. The Commonwealth looks closer to a particularly bad Earthquake than it does a living world 210 years after global nuclear apocalypse and also need I mention, TWO HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS. Brick and wood houses are still standing, bottles are still upright, skeletons are still boning it up and clothed, .. there's a lot of little problems like this.
It seems, again, Bethesda's design really was thinking a world 5 or maybe 10 after the bomb, but wanted to have a time frame including the events of the first two Fallouts when designing Fallout 3. So this is a holdover
The gameplay isn't really good. I do admit, I had some fun early on walking through the world conserving power armor energy, praying my next encounter would yield a fusion core. Popping out to snipe targets and stealth around, running back to the frame when I got caught. This worked, this was fun for a while.
But then it just got too easy. By the time I had met the Brotherhood proper, I had 37 fusion cores, combat had gotten laughably easy despite me leveling non combat, social and settlement traits and having a charisma/int build.
I couldn't find a single enemy worth cheesing or even cheating over and I know all the console commands. And I was still 21 levels from the goddamn jet pack. Oh and the writing was making it clear it wasn't going to get better on a storytelling or characterization front.
I cannot believe how bad the main character is and how dumb and hysterical. Your lines are terrible. the dialog wheel choices are worse than Mass Effect, often don't matter or make no sense, and they rarely lead to different outcomes. This becomes extremely blatant if you get a "full dialog choice" mod and you can actually see what you'll say. Or more often they just railroad you into their outcome after a snide remark.
I am tired of ranting so I am just going to say I cannot believe this is in the same family tree as Fallout 1 and 2. I am aghast. They were roleplaying games in the original sense. You could design a character, your character, and you had so many more ways to be it.
Now what do we have? This is pretty much the same plot line as Fallout 3, only this time the guy with the beard and white lab coat is technically your son, but they still call him father. Man I don't even know the ethos and doctrine of the Institute, and I just did their questline.. aye yai yai.
I know and understand the Master's points and maneuvers. I get Gizmo's philosophy even if i disagree with it. I understand the FO1 Brohood and sympathize with them, even if they are wrong. Even the Vault City and the Enclave from FO2 make sense, although they are evil.
I wish I could get a refund, I wish I could summon back the world where Kirkbride and others did Bethesda's writing or better yet revive the real Black Isle Studios, people who knew how to make a goddamn game and did make the best of them.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4May 5, 2016I haven't played this recent enough to really evoke what I was feeling then, but I will say I enjoyed it overall.
It just got a littleI haven't played this recent enough to really evoke what I was feeling then, but I will say I enjoyed it overall.
It just got a little tiresome. I couldn't force myself to complete it. The story wasn't particularly good and my actions weren't having much of an effect. Too much console feel, ultimately linear, graphics were dated even for 2012, other things that don't come to me now, but a lot of the powers are kind of useless.. stuff like that.
What I did like was it felt like Deus Ex (2000) meets Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. In a way, what I could have hoped for a spiritual sequel to their gameplay.
So to end what is a rant, I did enjoy this game. It let me play like Thief, or a no-kill/sleep dart run of Deus Ex and reminded me of VTMBL. But it suffers from many problems.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Apr 10, 2016Having now beat the game, I can say this is really just a pale imitation of the first. Aping it with no skill or understanding.
I don'tHaving now beat the game, I can say this is really just a pale imitation of the first. Aping it with no skill or understanding.
I don't want to particularly go into my reasons, so I will say that the Matthewmatosis
"Dark Souls 2 Critique" youtube video really sums it up and coalesces my thoughts and raw feelings into something more tangible. Long, but worth the watch, even if you like the game.
(mild optional boss spoilers)
Some areas I must mention, that really stood out to me (well or stunk) were the -gauntlets- to the boss fights Ancient Dragon and Smelter Demon 2: This time he's Blue. Oh and Frigid Outskirts.. ugh.
(mild optional boss spoilers)
Anyway, there are some good ideas in this sequel, pretty areas, but a whole lot of bad, terrible ideas and retreads from the last game. A shame because I find the quality never quite dips to the rush job that the lord souls were in the first game, mostly, but is overall just weak.
I did enjoy the game, I found some areas to be of good quality and I did like some of it.. just really, really hated the bad parts and poor design decisions w/r/t game systems.
I couldn't recommend it to anyone.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.1Apr 8, 2016What the **** is this? Didn't they learn? These are all the stupidest decision I've ever seen from a developer.
Forced online, incompleteWhat the **** is this? Didn't they learn? These are all the stupidest decision I've ever seen from a developer.
Forced online, incomplete game, missing features, need I go on?
Am I taking crazy pills here? Good.. god.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.8Apr 8, 2016All I can say is, 'baffling'. I can't believe this was released in 2016, after so many debacles involving terrible developer decisions andAll I can say is, 'baffling'. I can't believe this was released in 2016, after so many debacles involving terrible developer decisions and idiotic publisher ultimatums. I can't believe this is making the same mistakes and I can't believe this was released so unfinished. I just don't get it.… Expand