Average User Score: 7.4Aug 25, 2013I've only got one thing to say: to everyone who is not American, this game is insulting. It's telling you that not accepting the US as the world's police is met with death. The Engineers have respected the Geneva Conventions. They are not soldiers per se, but they are not terrorists either.
I though at first Blacklist would be a thin-veiled parody: most video games have you play as an American. The team could have tried social commentary; such as "this is what happens when you get too zealous with security". But no, they play it straight: the Engineers are the bad guys, Fischer, who is above the laws and fitted with the best tech ever invented (no way this could backfire... oh wait, what happened to Conviction in the timeline of the series?), is the good guy. There is no irony. There is no commentary. You are here for one thing only: kill the heretics who dare revolt against the US.
Really strange, considering the game was made by a Canadian team owned by a French company.
And yet, I will give Blacklist a 5. If you overlook the scenario, you will find a capable shooter. Yet, technical issues (such as gamepads not being supported correctly despite being made to play with a gamepad; or the fact that there's already a patch when the game is less than 1 week old) must be taken into account and thus, I think Blacklist deserves a bad mark, but not a 0 just because I didn't like one aspect.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.2Jul 12, 2013DARK is not inherently bad. It is, however, quite bland. The leaders on the market (MGS, SC, Hitman...) all have their own way of approaching stealth. DARK's mechanic is simply bland: stay under cover all the time and study your enemies' route. Then when you've got everything figured out, try not to mess it up.
Thing is, the AI is just too good. It doesn't feel human. Enemies are too quick to respond when sighting you, and seem to have quite a wide field of vision (I figured pretty much 180°, which is strange because supposedly you're less visible due to being a vampire).
Therefore, when even a single guard finds you out, you're pretty much dead. Most stealth games simply have your pursuers forget you and go back to their routine, not DARK. The countdown during which they'll look for you is incredibly long, and I don't think I ever had guards drop their search for me in DARK (usually they kill me or there's only one guy looking for me and I manage to kill him). It would have made sense for once to have them forget about you, what with your vampire powers....
You have some powers you can unlock but it doesn't feel like they're really helpful either they don't last long enough, or they only target one enemy and most of the time you'll have to take care of a dozen. Maybe there's a certain skill development one can take to make the game easier, but it certainly doesn't feel like there is one.
But as I said, DARK is not inherently bad. Everything else about the game can be quite enjoyable, we're going back to the roots of vampires blood drinkers and outcasts of society. The only thing that needs to be fixed is the AI.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1May 8, 2013Blood Dragon is pretty much Far Cry 3 in a different setting. You'll find the exact same mechanics and engines.
However, it's fun. It's cheesy, and it's the point. It's funny too (the tutorial gets a special mention for enraging your character). In fact, I found it better than Far Cry 3 simply because it was such a change from the usual things we see in video games. Our character in FC3 I found was too generic to be enjoyable I remember someone saying his only talent was being a professional A&F T-shirt wearer.
But in Blood Dragon... you're a goddamn Mark IV Cyborg and ain't nobody gonna with you. That's the premise. Everything in the game is meant to be a joke, from the robotic enemies delivering lines like "Ho-ly... crAP" in a monotonous voice, to cyber sharks in the water... everything is a joke, and everything is fun.
Expect the game to be quite short. The price pretty much reflects the length.
The only problem I can find is that there's a synthetic visual filter that you can't turn off. It turns on very fine horizontal bars to simulate an old TV screen. Not everyone will like it.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.4Dec 22, 2012It's pretty much established this game is bad... but why?
Well, it "just" is. It's like they intended on making a crappy game. First, throughout the whole game, your forgettable character keeps shouting idiotic insults every time something happens. And it can go on for a while. After the first few one-liners, we get it dude, you're mad at the world.
Second, the mechanics are pretty generic. The cover system for one is completely broken; when you're on the edge of your cover, in the correct position that allows you to then move out and shoot your enemies, you can still get hit!! What the hell! Then why are you in cover if you can get shot at!
The gunfights are pretty forgettable too. At points I just shot a guy in the arm once, nowhere else, and he died. Yay realism!
Third... there's no sense whatsoever. In the very opening sequence, your two mates (a huge, bodybuilding bald black dude and a huge, bodybuilding mohawk-sporting white dude, yay originality!) die... AFTER they had close to 10 seconds (I counted) to run from the guy who unpinned a grenade. But no, they just stand there and give each other a look that says "hey, any idea what's happening?".
As for the graphics, they're horrible. Sometimes it felt like the colours were going to flood out of the pixels and drown me. Even Source, the 2005 version, is better than this.
Everything about this game you'll forget as soon as you're done (which isn't very long - at launch, this was 50 bucks... for a two hours crapfest...)
All in all, don't play this. Not even if it's on sale. Bethesda should be paying YOU to play this game. Not only is it insulting towards other games, it's insulting towards those who play video games. They thought we, the players, weren't any smarter and only need a big dose of testosterone in our games to buy them.
I got the game in a Bethesda Bundle including their three/four latest games for 20 bucks, so I'm not so mad. But you can be sure I'd be asking for a refund if I had to pay more for this.
Funny thing, if you type "dicks dicks dicks and more dicks" on Steam and then hit search, it returns this game. I'm not joking. The devs deserve this.… Expand