Average User Score: 5.5Sep 9, 2014Graphics = mediocre - Very consolesque and a bit disney but for all that some very nice environments so next gen console, last decades PC but a good game can make up for that right? There is far less obvious issues with the field view than terrible console ports like Dead Rising 3 which are bound to make people used to playing on PC FOV violently sick until a patch shows up. So for a cross platform title it is better than most in terms of not being unplayable.
I find it runs fine and have found no bugs but I have a pretty epic rig (Multi Titans blah blah). Epic job for a console port which are so often a bug filled mess or just outright lie in their marketing.
Game play = Mediocre. It does seem to be a reasonably large game environment when you first look at it. Then your realise, you already have a bit of DLC with it and actually what you have is a few small islands. So it is actually quite small in terms of game real estate to explore. Having said that, people are so used to being ripped off by anything cross platform in terms of the playable hours they will get out of the experience that it is fair to say, many games are far worse (The Witcher 2 etc) There is a bit of an open world feel but you quickly realise there just isn't much to do or anywhere new to do it. NPCs are extremely wooden and have a bit of quirky dialogue but in the main are very static. They do not actually DO much.
Combat = Awful. Role around on the floor a lot. My god, it is the worst thing about this game (other than being a bit on the small side) This is a combat lead game so one would have thought some innovation might have taken place since Risen 2. One thing I do like is enemies are less predictable so most of the time the same formula isn't guaranteed to work every time on the same mob type but your options as a player character are just not there. You do not feel involved at all.
I liked the intro music and I like the game enough to continue playing but more because of the links with the first game in the series which brings the odd moment of nostalgia but really it is another very light weight console friendly unit shifter. This has been made to appeal to the console RPG demographic (20-30 hours game time max) than the PC RPG gamer expecting longevity and depth.
The plot is ok. More of the same but the motivations and way the quests link in is a bit odd at times but its entertaining enough.
Levelling up and character development has the same issues as Risen 2. I actually never thought it was terrible in Risen 2 but it is limited and uninspiring for the most part.
I suspect even console gamers are getting tired of very shallow RPG games but it was not the worst console ported RPG I have seen. (TW2 goes down as one of the worst for me) At least Risen 3 doesn't have that "Press" X or Y or Z" to dodge or do something critical in a very scripted way during boss encounters etc. Points for that and the environment.
Personally I like pirate themed games (Except Assasins Creed Black Flag) but this was just way to juvenile and Disney but then I sort of expected a kids game as it was console lead. Overall, it does have some charm and it is one of the few console ports I might make it to the end of but 6 is a very fair score in my opinion.
Environment and level design has something going for it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Jun 26, 2014There are some limitations to consider before you think too deeply about WTNO. WTNO is very very linear. Do not expect much cerebral effort here. It is very predictable in terms of gameplay. However, someone loved this game. There has been effort put in here which manifests in various ways that mean that this stands above any other offering using ID's troubled tech 5 engine. It has a polish missing from many recently titles and although the Tech 5 engine is still very poor on the PC. It seems its use has been perfected to the point it can deliver an acceptable performance on the best hardware.
For the most part the game looks excellent at the ultra setting. Unfortunately it is almost unplayable at the highest texture resolutions for most people without 6 GB VRAM video card (i.e Titan). With Titan or equivalent 6gb VRAM Graphics card it runs fine though slower than one might have thought. Personally, I found the characters and the story more adult and less patronising than most offerings of recent years and the gameplay offered enough variety to keep me playing to the end.
Too linear and too reliant on cut scenes for atmosphere to be a great game yet it was a far better effort than any other mass hyped release recently. Would buy instead of Dark Souls II and Watchdogs and it would be the better choice. Would not turn down a classic for this but it has been a bit of a dry quarter for gaming recently. Not perfect but a quality product within the limitations of the engine. Overall, a step in the right direction.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Jun 26, 2014Re writing my review. Many of the bugs are now removed. Unfortunately it still uses Origin which doesn't so I cant give it a higher rating as the game is hampered by the poor delivery method. However, the game now realises the potential of the excellent game engine.
With the full range of DLC the game has a lot more variety and comes into its own.
The use of jets is still problematic and never really got well integrated into the game and hacking continues to be the greatest problem of the game.
However, a new feature addresses one of the most fundamental problems of the previous game. Hit detection and other issues often referred to as "the crap netcode". While not being a panacea this has certainly helped a lot. There is still a huge amount of hacking and sadly many servers seem to allow it. A more pro active server admin community could have helped to nip this early but generally speaking server admins seem to have been poor caretakers of BF4.
Cheats will always be one step ahead but if you can find a good server and find a way through the mess that is origin to buy the game (or simply get your codes elsewhere and redeem them). Then BF4 is now a mature title that is a must have for any fps fan. There really is nothing like the Frostbyte 2 Engine and even the new hardline doesn't use it nearly so well.
If it wasn't for the problematic Origin then this would be a 10 from me.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Jun 26, 2014Perhaps you have to be more of a hardcore race gamer to really enjoy this. I am more in the open world free roamer race category. I really got this just because it was said to be a good benchmarking tool.
Eh? Someone lead me astray there. A single Titan GPU easily runs this on ultra (not tried 4k res yet only 2560x1440) with ok frame rates (90-100). SLI profile due in a future driver release shortly apparently.
Frankly, they needn't bother, it just does not look good enough to be the benchmark, graphical test I thought it would be.
Game wise I found it pretty boring but as I said I am not a purist race gamer. I owned one of the cars featured in the game and it felt nothing like so much fun in the game itself. The early game cars seem to wallow around the corners more like a cheap family saloon than race ready vehicles.
So if like me you thought you were buying a "state of the art" race genre game to see what state of the art looks like.this isn't it. Maybe one for die hard racers than want a no frills gaming experience with the emphasis on competition and going around and around a limited number of track endlessly then this is your game.
Hard for me to rate this as it is miles from what I hoped for and I know that this sort of game is not aimed at a niche I am in. However, I would have thought it would have at least been entertaining for an hour. It wasn't, it was just repetitive. The fun of driving at high speed doesn't come through when driving around the track repetitively. On some tracks evens the scenery is limited and boring. It is just not good enough to appeal to enough people. I will persevere a little more through some modes but I suspect it will be uninstalled quite shortly. The time I spent trying to like this game was time better spent playing through something a little less lifeless.
Agree with other comments about Engine sounds. Sounded about as dull and lifeless as the game looks and plays. They seem to have spent a fair bit of time modelling the look of the vehicles with some great detail on the cars (but by no means spectacular). On the other hand, this is pretty pointless if the game is so dull you cant be arsed to get in one and drive.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jun 8, 2014Very mixed feelings about Tropico 5. It does feel like the game has tried to take a step back to go forwards and I am not really sure its come out ahead.
Firstly, the UI. Its a step back. Those things you would usually do to access a menu and make a selection are not and things are mapped strangely indeed and the way you select options feels like something from a console port instead of a PC based series. It makes little sense and would probably annoy console and PC gamers alike. (I dont think this is even available on consoles making this choice even more hard to undertstand). So the UI feels clunky.
The interaction between your island and the world in general feels more involving and dynamic than it did in past games, this is as step forward.
The reactions of your people and factions seems to be more predictable and less fussy which though many will find a "dumbing" down but I actually found quite logical.
Graphics and sound, more of the same all up to par / good. Amusing voices on the characters etc etc
I have to mention the character creation. You can appear like various forms of halfwit no matter the combinations you choose. This actually doesnt really matter but it inst very polished. We no longer have any traits either. Personally, I dont much care about that but it does add slightly to the feeling of a potential dumbing down in Tropico.
Am I glad I got it...... Erm, not really.
Its ok but it doesnt feel like a new game by any means. There is a lack of content and depth here which is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, I am enjoying it for what it is. More of the same with a few new twists and turns. I suspect the lack of depth and (unless I am wrong as I am still playing) lack of actual content will give this a relatively short life on my installed games list.
Possibly the last Tropico for me unless the next game really brings something new to the party. I dont want multiplayer, I dont want crap achievements or anything like that, just more content and options to add longevity to the experience. Right now it doesnt look like there was enough in this to justify a new release.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Jun 8, 2014Ok, it is a console port and that is obvious. It does look and play like something from a previous decade showing its xbox creditials BUT, it is still pretty enjoyable. I would have been pretty disappointed if I paid full price for it as it would not justify that in comparison with other titles but having picked it up on steam with several expansion for 18 Euros I am pretty happy with it. It is fun. There is very little depth but it is quite open and at times captures the atmosphere of the walking dead (tv series, not the game). So for 18 Euros I dont expect much and SoD delivers about what I would expect. The control system is infuriating. It doesnt support native resolutions for my monitor (designed for Tv's) and the graphics are really very basic but it jumps on the zombie bandwagon in a positive way. Reminded me a bit of parts of alan wake in fact (though not in the same league). The driving around at night parts mainly. I love the concept of building defenses to priotect myself and the other survivors and this does introduce the concept (albeit in a pretty perfunctory sort of way). Not great, but not an outright scam either as so many other console crossovers are. One massive bonus on this, the field of view which so limits console gaming doesnt seem to be a problem here. It could be due to the third person nature of the game play or intentional but no nausea inducing letter box camera on this one.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0May 4, 2014PS - To Bandai and the paid for marketeers flooding this site with reviews. You might want to pay for native English speakers first. If your going to do it then at least make a proper effort. Then again, at least your consistent with your scam of a game as this probably took about the same amount of effort to create as some of the pidgeon English reviews they have been posting here and elsewhere on the net.
The first portion of the game is a long intro in which your mean to create your character. Unfortunately being an utterly **** console port (one of the worst I have seen) it is unplayable for me as try as I might the game will not recognise the letters on my keyboard so I cant create a character. Simply gives character unrecognised errors for everything. This in itself is not so bad if I had not been ripped off, spending 50 Euros on this terrible example of just why console games will never be as good as something designed for PC specifically. The field of view and aspect ratio during play is absolutely awful making it look like your watching everything through a small slot like a postbox.
So I sent a message to Steam where I brought it. Despite UK and EU statutory law concerning sale of goods they sent me to Bandai. Bandai just do not respond at all. So not only did this game cause me to drop it, it cost a long term relationship with steam as well as they treated my with utter contempt for asking me for my money back ignoring the fact that the contractual relationship for sale of goods is between us. Passed it to the consumer protection agency and they are dealing with it. Also passed the story on to UK independence party campaigners to use if they see fit to indicate how corporations ignore EU law.
There are claims that the game is beautiful etc.. Well, while your looking through that little slot it is a bit hard to tell as your characters arse takes up quite a lot of the screen real estate and there is little room to gauge how nice it might look. The quality of the art work reminded me of the witcher 2 but the field of view here was unplayable if your not limited by playing on a console.
Perhaps some PC gamer modders will make this playable someday but it is not worth paying for as it is.
So, this game was actually so bad, and the company behind it's support so poor that it cost me a 6 year relationship with a vendor I used to like.
Sorry to digress but the outcome indicates how poor the game actually is.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Apr 12, 2014Cant really dislike this game because its free. Having said that, there are plenty of other games out there and I did not enjoy the game enough to play it so being free was neither here nor there.
Graphics are ok. Some nice ideas and the odd gimmick such as wall running etc but the lack of control and immersion made it pretty bland for me.
It feels very like a console game because of the pov you have. Think dead space one. Your positioned in third person with your own character taking up space in the foreground. It does have options to change the field of view and that works pretty well but although the game is well executed, for me it lacked depth and immersion.
It was ok. Giving it a rating which doesnt make excuses for the fact its free. If I had paid for it, I would be very unhappy but as it is. Its ok and worth a try. I suspect it will resonate more for some people than others.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.6Apr 4, 2014Finished the head start and into general release. Move on, Nothing to see here. A warcraft reskin but with some aspects of Rift, Warhamer and others thrown in. (Not the best bits though sadly).
It IS less grindy to level which is nice but frankly the quests were so dull and unmoving that this really did not matter. The Usual very safe looking characters, great graphics but dead, lifeless NPCs. Beautiful vistas, water, architecture all very detailed yet somehow it feels cartoonish still. This IN NO WAY Feels like an Elder Scrolls game whatsoever. Elder scrolls games never had the best combat mechanics in the world (and I love modding elder scrolls games) but this, is another two dimension point click and mash some buttons effort. Massively limited options in combat making it easy, balanced at present because everyone is in the same boat but my god it is dull.
This is about 10% the game I was hoping for. No one thing about it stands out. I cant even pick on something because it is absolutely terrible, it doesnt even stand out that much. . I guess one of the worst things for me is the UI in my opinion. 20 years of MMos and somehow they made a UI that people who have played this games for a generation find it frustrating and have to look things up.
Combat is probably the most poor aspect of the game. Very like wow only even more limited and less involving. (unless you like the button mashing thing).
The lack of PvP integration may not bother many people but this world feels dead and 2 dimensional so the PVE is utterly lifeless and the mobs you fight are so scripted and dull that it is either a you can beat it or you cant because your not meant to yet and what you do matters little. In fact, this is pretty characteristic of the whole game so far. Its vapid and banal.
It is very pretty for an MMO. However, not Skyrim pretty (particularly not modded or HD pack skyrim)
Still a fair few bugs but not terrible by any means and in fact better than most MMO at launch.
I predict a free to play whenver someone decides enough is enough and decides to cut their losses. This IS NOT an Elder Scrolls game it is a generic MMO unit shifter of the same type and even content as most of us have seen countless times before, personally I am sick of these releases. 5 Million people played beta, wonder how long they stay. I wont even be bothering to subscribe past the free month.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Mar 9, 2014Brilliant. Fat Shark announced a new anti cheat system. No ETA, No bans of existing hackers resulting in the game now being unplayable without hacks as all those people that purchased hacks want to make the most of it. Glad I paid for a game that is unplayable. This company made a game that should have sold itself and then somehow still screwed it up. It is a disaster. A great game made uttertly unplayable by hacking and the inactivity of the developer. Why they bothered with a beta I dont know as the exploits from beta are all still there. These days most hackers dont even bother with subtetly.
What to expect. A beautiful game with great locations and a nice feel to the weapons on offer. A great array of weapons.
Spamming the same weapon all day long. 2H sword point dragging works well (Also meant to have been fixed patches ago but still there) Being forced to go archer because you have at least a chance of hitting a hacker with it occasionally even with speed increases. Going bald because your spending your time scratching your head wondering just why the hell someone would release a game like this and allow the hackers to ruin it while doing nothing about it. One assumes this game cost money to make but it feels abandoned .
People in heavy armour with heavy weapons speed hacking so they are faster than an olympic sprinter in his underwear.
Blocks which do not block because of an exploit that allows you to avoid blocks.
Archers using the horse dismount exploit to enter the map scenery usually inaccessible and firing out with impunity.
and too many other hacks and exploits to list most of which have been there since launch.
I have persevered with this game since launch but this game is too broken to be fixed by this developer. They were lazy in testing, created another game which also doesnt work instead and is actually a terrible game even without the hacking and now they are just discussing putting in an anti cheat system which might work but no timeline.
Avoid anything from this company like the plague. One of the very few (only) companies which make EA look customer focused.
Waiting for a long long time before you can actually play the game. Until the anti cheat patch there is no point logging in as everyone that purchased hacks is trying to get value for money before the mythical anti cheat release.
On a server without hacking and exploiting (you find one perhaps once every couple of weeks) the game is a joy to play. It isnt perfect at all but it is satisfying addictive and fun with very detailed combat mechanics which mean that combat is more than just clicking furiously. Combat involves many choices and options when all things are equal. Do not expect realism but a great game with combat that feels like your level of skill and timing matters. This may or may not be possible again for the foreseeable future while they dither and blunder around wondering what to do about hacking and at present things will get worse before they get better.… Expand