Average User Score: 1.6Jun 23, 2015This game is proof that consumer protection laws desperately need to be updated. It is a scam. There is no other way to say it. TheyThis game is proof that consumer protection laws desperately need to be updated. It is a scam. There is no other way to say it. They developed a game to run on a platform and did nothing to make it appropriate to another but sold it anyway. Self regulation is a myth and this proves it. We need tough legislation, particularly updated to deal with online sellers of trash/scam software like this.
Do you need an example of why you game on a PC instead of a console? This is it. This thing is an abomination. It is utterly pathetic. I can only thank god I didn't buy it any my half wit brother in law did. Ironically, trying to demonstrate that there are console games which are not terrible! I did warn him this would be a console abomination but oh my, they really outdid any other game I can think of. So, thanks for giving me endless ammunition and proving my point and finally shutting my brother in law up. (I might actually convert him to PC finally if he can actually manage to type in a password to login).
Firstly, its locked at a very pathetic 30 fps to try an give some equivalency between a piece of budget crap and something made since the Roman empire collapsed. Secondly somehow, to my amazement, it cant even manage that on a rig with 2 water cooled Titan X's on it running at 1550mhz and above. I am not joking! It really cant. A priceless moment given the scenario. Even baby bro in law isn't that dumb that he hasn't seen the difference in most games. But not this.
Don't even start me on the field of view. Normally I start with this but in this case, the fundamental game is not a product fit for launch nor purchase. Demand a refund!
Seriously, its mindboggling. This company could probably develop a program for running basic calculus(Other wise known as a calculator) and have it fail to run on the same machine).
I cant remember a scam of this scale since the Ponzi Scheme and colonial marines.
Buy it just after your frontal lobotomy. It has no redeeming qualities.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jun 10, 2015Updating my review following the release of the latest 1.1 patch. This is more like it. Many of the issues which should not have been thereUpdating my review following the release of the latest 1.1 patch. This is more like it. Many of the issues which should not have been there have gone. Lots of nice new content added and it really is a true successor to Dungeon Keeper. Great job and a must have game.
Performance issues addressed. The game runs much faster and loads in a quarter of the time it used to.
Multiplayer is now properly implemented.
There are a lot of new maps for skirmish modes.
Possession of minions is now very much more fun.
General defence rebalancing worked out well.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2May 19, 2015More open, ok graphics though not what I was hoping for. Spend less time looking at Geralts back than in TW2 but still this pathetic consoleMore open, ok graphics though not what I was hoping for. Spend less time looking at Geralts back than in TW2 but still this pathetic console field of view and no field of view slider in 2015!! Damn consoles holding everyone back a decade and turning a lot of people off gaming in general.
PC gamers run current hardware that can cope with a decent field of view in whatever resolution they run at. I don't expect to be limited by developers too lazy or cheap to rework textures to provide a decent field of view. You cant even move the camera back a bit.
The environment is well done, yet somehow, that just makes it more annoying that your playing at such as bad field of view. Doubt I will finish it, way too annoying and I have a PC precisely because gaming in the ridiculous field of view forced on consoles is really distracting. What a waste.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.3Apr 15, 2015Tedious & Repetetive would be a simple summary.
You can really get a good feel for it in about an hour and the gameplay is so bland theTedious & Repetetive would be a simple summary.
You can really get a good feel for it in about an hour and the gameplay is so bland the experience should stop there.
It is ill thought out with zero depth and no delivery upon a promising idea. The weapon choices are dull. There is very little difference round to round and there is very little balancing.
The AI on the un played human characters is pretty good (There I found a positive somehow)
However, generally it is terrible. Boring weapons, boring situations a boring execution of a thoroughly tedious game with very little content and myriad ways to try to rip you off for more cash adding financial abuse to the insult of having purchased this vapourware in the first place.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Apr 9, 2015What one might call " a gilded Turd".
Looks very nice, has high production values etc but it is extremely generic, and it has no real usp.What one might call " a gilded Turd".
Looks very nice, has high production values etc but it is extremely generic, and it has no real usp. It is very similar to other similar games but its been done a million times before and better. This is mainly because it is linear to the point that after a short while I didnt see the point in my being there as it obviously wanted to be playing a certain way. The strategic choices are very limited. Basically its boring, very generic. No bugs, no issues, performance is fine, its just dull and lifeless.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Jan 21, 2015I really want to like this but frankly its impossible. The Graphics on PC are really really good. The voice acting is fine. Even the field ofI really want to like this but frankly its impossible. The Graphics on PC are really really good. The voice acting is fine. Even the field of view is better than some cross platform games.
However, sadly, its still cross platform. It has been designed by people that do not truly love what they do. This much is obvious. It ticks boxes, it doesn't play like a classic.
Simply put, it is very boring. Games like Skyrim which can be modded get away with being imperfect simply by being open. This has Origin behind it so it already starts life with a massive negative against it but then you actually find it is everything you fear a game delivered by EA might be. Bland, lacking immersion and lightweight in every way.
Very obviously, EA has hired a lot of people to spam sites with positives and allegedly only given critics a copy early if they agreed to a positive or no review.
Its crap. Really. Bland, empty, characterless crap. Now this is why people don't buy games for their Xbox, now they are probably making PC gamers feel like giving up too.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Dec 28, 2014Another Crapcom effort.
They are writing games for games arcades with a game play style that it is 20 years out of date. If you loveAnother Crapcom effort.
They are writing games for games arcades with a game play style that it is 20 years out of date. If you love Resident Evil, you probably still wont like this. If you saw RE5, just pass this by as the game play is about the same.
A lot of press, E, Press this button or that button in line with screen prompts in place of actual game play so they have made the mistake of quite a few other bad games that found their way to console. Did someone tell these devs that console gamers are so lacking in wit that they need to even be told which button to press when instead of actually playing the game?
It has the awful limited field of view that marks a poorly made console port no one bothered to port properly.
It is extremely linear
It lacks an actual game experience behind the "press this key" "press that key". It is a little bit like a 3D version of the very old game Dragons Lair. There is basically no game to play here.
Truly terrible and an example of everything that has created a rift between PC gaming and consoles. indeed it was crap like this which drove many of us to the PC in the first place.
Even mega cheap on steam, this was not worth paying for. Even the act of downloading this game would have been too much investment for the actual game experience provided.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Oct 24, 2014Really like many things about this game. It IS the true successor of many RTS games. However, it has one fundamental problems and thisReally like many things about this game. It IS the true successor of many RTS games. However, it has one fundamental problems and this manifests in pretty much a one strategy solution in most starter situations which detracts from the whole experience. Xerg Xerg Xerg. If your on a planet with one or two others at the start. Build bot factores and xerg. If the opposition do not, the fastest xerg wins. This is disappointing for me as I hoped for a broader tool kit. The problem is that defence is pretty mute at the moment until later in the tech development so early on. You can simply xerg to win which often makes you think your literally playing the same game you already played before, but with some new sprites.
The multi planet element is great, the range of weapons is nice yet, all of this is not balanced well. Offensive and defensive has not been balanced at all for the early game and the whole Xerg thing should have been avoided to make it a lot more fun to play, particularly in multiplayer as I don't like following the same formula for a win. I would prefer a bit more variety. There are exceptions depending on the setup but the basic issues with defence being nominal is a problem even now (October 2014)… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Oct 4, 2014It has been a bad year for console ports. With games like DR3 & Dark Souls II suddenly reversing earlier builds and actually removingIt has been a bad year for console ports. With games like DR3 & Dark Souls II suddenly reversing earlier builds and actually removing features on launch day deceiving PC gamers one could not blame us for being cynical. Against this backdrop one would have to try hard not to shine even with minimal effort.
I have a love/hate relationship with this game. First I am a massive Tolkien fan. (thought I better disclose that as it colours my review of this game) I also like open world games.
SOM is very open and free roaming. Not a huge environment but there is a lot you can do and the atmosphere does go a long way towards meeting expectations.
The story is very good and the characters compelling with none of the odd choices of accent or corny lines which often ruin the atmosphere in console centric light weight RPGs. Great voice acting and dramatic music completes the package.
The combat is not particularly immersive favouring a flashy looking cinematic style which is essentially a click fest which is equally usable by anyone from 5-50. Character development gives you flashy finishing moves and skills and this does exactly what it is mean to do, give the illusion of depth. It is fun, but don't expect any real immersive combat here in console land. Having said that, it is the most fun combat I have experienced from one of these console clones. Far better than similar styles of game such as the Arkham series etc.
Graphics have been upgraded with some PC specific enhancements and these are welcome but not by any means state of the art. One feels like someone was ticking a box on an excel spread sheet.... AAAdded Tick. Ambient Occulssion Tick. Not how well it was done or to what depth.
It is very poorly optimised with no SLI support. Owners of even relatively powerful GPU are likely to be left wondering at their 30 or less frame rate. The frame rate issues can make it seem as though the controls are glitching as the performance is highly irregular.
I have played on 2 machines. One has 2 Superclocked Titans and the other 2 x Superclocked 980s. I bench these machines and often sit at the top of Benching tables for quite a while each time. It still runs poorly on either. Of course, SLI has to be disabled as it ultimately does nothing. ]
The gameplay itself is absolutely excellent and while there are a few bugs, they are rare (such as getting stuck in some scenery) and not often.
In fact, this could have been one of the best games this year for the PC in my opinion.
So why isn't it? Well, setting aside the terrible optimisation for a moment as hopefully, NVidia and AMD will rectify this in driver released, like most console ports they missed the critical measure of why people often refer to something as a "terrible port".
It has the awful console limited field of view. Something like 65 degrees and squashed so it is like watching the action in someones house, by peering through the mailbox. Compare this with games designed for the PC like Battlefield 4 and most others which available field of view up to 120 Degrees. These limitations are caused by limitations in the capability of console hardware and the fact that there is only much you can show on old TVs. So called "Next Gen" consoles were actually out of date the day they were released catering only to 720p and occasionally 1080. Simply offering a FOV slider means repackaging all the textures with the upgraded perspective and quality needed to support monitor resolutions.
Personally, I game at between 2560x1440 and 4k resolutions so this just looks ridiculous. It also creates nausea and disorientation in a percentage of the population (between 10 -20% depending on who you believe) which is why we game on PCs (among just wanting the best experience possible).
So the field of view made it much harder to enjoy the game. Much of the game is about stealth and awareness of your surroundings, pretty hard when you can only see as if you have blinkers on. Console folks probably don't mind this as they do not know any different but moving from more natural field of view ranges to this are crippling. No wonder so many people that purchased new consoles ended up using them as media centres etc and not gaming on them.
A (10) fantastic game killed off for lack of a proper port to allow for an appropriate field of view.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Oct 4, 2014Terrible field of view which has not been upgraded from the console made it unplayable for me. I game on a PC because I cannot stand to playTerrible field of view which has not been upgraded from the console made it unplayable for me. I game on a PC because I cannot stand to play any game with a perspective that feels like I am trying to watch the action through a slot designed to post mail through.
Clearly a lot of effort went into this but they failed to deal with the most important issue rendering all the effort ultimately pointless. I don't buy games on a PC to be experience games with limitations imposed by console hardware.
Apart from that I found the combat very dull indeed. I know these games are all very much reskins of the same thing when it comes to combat but this compares very badly even with similar games such as Shadows of Mordor which has far more immersive combat despite essentially being a similar console trype RPG lite formula.
Extremely poor and a good example of why PCs are currently coming back into vogue. Got this for 5 Euros in a Steam sale or I wouldn't have bothered and it wasn't even worth that.
Very cinematic and probably more aimed at real batman fans. Some good voice over work, character development and the usual upgrades on console graphics but still a poor port as it was ultimately unplayable for me.… Expand