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Average User Score: 7.9Sep 28, 2011I jumped into Gears 3 after adoring the first and finding the second...fun but not as enjoyable. What I found was something incredible. WhileI jumped into Gears 3 after adoring the first and finding the second...fun but not as enjoyable. What I found was something incredible. While the action has remained mostly the same, everything else has improved exponentially. The characters are loads more interesting, with some nice throwbacks to character's pasts that really enforces that these people used to lead different lives. The graphics are the biggest improvement. Oh my. The Unreal Engine is constantly getting updated, but this is the best I have seen in a long time. I was surprised to see them - these are the kinds of graphics I expect from a PC game. Couple that with new environments - not just underground and urban surroundings - and you get something that looks as good as it plays. The action, like I said, has remained mostly the same, although with new weapons and enemies so unless you didn't like the previous games, I doubt you will dislike this. I strongly recommend this game. A worthwhile purchase.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Apr 19, 2011This is the first 10 score I have given, and most likely the last. I have never played a game that is so charming, clever, humourous andThis is the first 10 score I have given, and most likely the last. I have never played a game that is so charming, clever, humourous and engaging all at the same time. It's Portal, totally revamped and made into a true game, and is a shining example of Valve's quality. While the puzzles are a little harder, and there are more elements to work with as you progress like the repulsion gel, they don't take that long to figure out. It is a lot longer than the original, 4 hours in and it doesn't seem like the end is in sight. With twists in the plot, beautiful graphics, funny dialogue, and gameplay you won't forget, simply look no further. Ignore the moronic whinging by the trolls, you will thoroughly enjoy this game.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Nov 25, 2010While I would normally never begin a review with such a statement, you can tell the people giving out scores of 0 have not played this game,While I would normally never begin a review with such a statement, you can tell the people giving out scores of 0 have not played this game, or did and expected something completely different and decided to respond in a very stupid fashion, and so, I believe they should be removed. This is not another Burnout, Split Second or (God Forbid) Forza. The Real Driving Simulator is back.
Others have already stated what this game does best - Near total simulation of racing, while maintaining a huge amount of care, consideration and above all, love for cars that Gran Turismo has always been about. The beauty of how your favorite car looks parked or in race, the authenticity, the classy UI, music and presentation. It has it all. There isn't much else to say that hasn't already been said - this game is a must for racing fans. I would like to say, while picking up my copy, the Game store had a Driving Force GT set up, which I sampled. I was so impressed with how authentic it was, I bought the wheel right there and then, now I cannot imagine ever going back to using a controller for Gran Turismo. I strongly urge all those with an interest in realism and/or the games realistic value to at least try playing with this wheel.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Nov 16, 2010Being a UK player, I had the pleasure of being able to buy this game earlier than the US buyers, and now I can finally post a review. MyBeing a UK player, I had the pleasure of being able to buy this game earlier than the US buyers, and now I can finally post a review. My opinion? This Sonic game is easily as good as, if not better than Sonic Adventure. Gameplay wise, it is very similar to Sonic Unleashed, with 3D and 2D sections switching seemlessly during play. However, the level design is a hundred times better than Unleashed. Bottomless pits are far less common, and the few 'surprise' ones are preceded by a warning sign on the HUD, alerting you. This is good because the game has a very high exploration value, something no 3D Sonic has done in big detail, with multiple routes through every stage - if you tried exploring and died because it was actually a pit, players would get very aggravated. It is still played quite fast, but some sections are played slow, and are very similar to the platforming sections in Sonic 1 and 2 in terms of how you approach them. The Wisps are the game's way of mixing things up a little. This is not another Werehog or Emo with guns however, they are very fun to use. Each provides Sonic with a power, usually essential to pass a small segment of a level, but more often than not, they aren't essential at all unless you want to take other routes or collect all the hidden red rings. The levels look amazing, the graphics and art style in this game are utterly amazing - I would consider calling this a low level 360 game in terms of graphics, which is excellent on the Wii. Falling through space, with materializing spaceships below you is one example of this game's visual beauty. The soundtrack is equally as impressive, and I can't actually name a single track that is poor. That, coupled with an excellent presentation, with great gameplay coupled with replayability makes you come back for more. I know for a Sonic game, this shouldn't be an important factor, but the storyline in this is far better than the past 3D games. It is less serious, the writing is excellent for once, and the new voice actors for Sonic and Tails are more suitable than Griffith by far. You may laugh a few times at the dialogue too! The co-op levels are a lot of fun alone, and to get the 'special reward' by playing all 21 of them, they are mandatory, but they aren't that great with two people playing. This is the weakest part of the game, but if you don't hope for a good co-op experience with Sonic, this game is essential. I would recommend this game over Sonic 4 anyday, and I would recomment this game anyway. It is not only a great Sonic game, but a good game. Don't rule Sonic out yet, he still has a chance!… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Nov 7, 2010Make no mistake, this is not Supreme Commander 1+. The game has changed dramatically since the first installment, and some would argue it isMake no mistake, this is not Supreme Commander 1+. The game has changed dramatically since the first installment, and some would argue it is barely recognisable as a continuation of that series. However, it is still a worthwhile game in it's own right.
First of all, this is an RTS with a lot of units. I cannot emphasise 'a lot'. The unit cap is 500, but with your army nearly constantly fighting on the front, by the time you build enough units to reach that cap you have pretty much already won. In 4v4 the action begins nearly instantly and never stops - with hundreds of air units, ground units, naval forces and artillery all entering the fray. This is war. One thing to consider is that the most recent patches have changed the economy system to be more like the original - making some of the complaints about the economy null. As I speak, my copy is re-installing to see the difference, but I can still say this is a good game, before or after the change.
Despite the fact this is a watered down version of the original, this is still enjoyable to all but the most die-hard SupCom fans. Some other reviews have nailed the bad points to this game, so for the sake of keeping it short, I won't reiterate. My advice? If you like an RTS with a lot of action, the biggest depth being what you send at your enemy, where and when, you cannot get much better than this.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Nov 7, 2010A real gem. Although EA have spoiled C&C since they took over, they got this one right. The gameplay is both slightly new and traditional - itA real gem. Although EA have spoiled C&C since they took over, they got this one right. The gameplay is both slightly new and traditional - it is still lightning fast, but having new elements like single mines for resources and full on naval battles. Many have said this new resource method is out of place in C&C - and yes, it is different, but now you can focus on the fighting. The aforementioned naval battles are sublime - it's a wonder why so few RTS games do it. Now you can build entire bases in the water if need be which has never been done before in Red Alert. This added importance of a navy leads to having to pick your strategy well. All tanks, air or navy? Or a mix of all? The balancing between them is decent, if a little unsuited to C&C. While you still have a few 'pure' combat units, most have an ability that allow the unit to fulfil a different role, disable something, enhance allies firepower, things like that. It is interesting, and the best players always fully understand which units to use and when. Another welcome change is the new approach - this game is ridiculous. Not gritty, or serious, just ridiculous. War Bears, Dolphins, massive zepplins, and yes - lasers from a robot's eyes. It is a great amount of fun to observe. The FMV's are still cheesy and stupid, and while EA have accumulated a cast of models (no explanation needed as to why), they seem to have asked them to not act at all, it doesn't matter. The campaign is a lot of fun too, with the added choice of playing the whole game in co-op with a friend. Above all, if you want a silly, fun, fast and above all, solid RTS, this is for you.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Nov 1, 2010Fallout New Vegas is without a single doubt, a contender for the best game of 2010. Why? Because it is an absolutely astonishing game.
On theFallout New Vegas is without a single doubt, a contender for the best game of 2010. Why? Because it is an absolutely astonishing game.
On the surface, it looks very similar to Fallout 3, and you would be correct in thinking that, for the most part. However, when you begin the bigger quests, explore a bit more, and turn on 'Hardcore mode' (more on that later) you realise this is totally different. The story is very good, with a choice of 4 endings as well, you can be sure the game plays out a different way when you replay and fight for a different faction. The map seems smaller than in Fallout 3, especially because at least a quarter of the map is sealed off by cliffs. However, this doesn't matter, as each location is interesting to visit, the majority having a quest to go with it, loot, or NPC's to talk to. The action has been revamped as well, allowing V.A.T.S, and having 'true aim' - something Fallout 3 desperatly needed. The graphics are still nice, especially seeing the Strip of New Vegas lighting up the night sky. While Fallout 3 was possible of this, the environment is not just ruins and rubble, allowing for nice variety.
The aforementioned 'Hardcore mode' is a welcome, and optional addition. What it does is introduce aspects like dehydration, hunger, needing sleep, and needing proper medical attention when crippled. This doesn't make the game that much harder than what it can be already, but does make the experience richer when turned on.
A lot of reviews are damning this game purely on the bugs, glitches and problems. This game does have some bugs - but as did Fallout 3. Most of these are fixed with a reload however, and are not as big a problem as people claim. The one thing I will mention though - my computer is more than powerful enough for this game, a 2.93GHZ Quad Core, 4GB of RAM and an Nvidia 295GTX, running on a 64bit version of 7. The performance is very bad when a lot of people appear on screen, and the larger battles become difficult. I feel this is due to having a 64bit system, as my old install with far older hardware had no problems whatso-ever in Fallout 3. This is a big issue - and Obsidian need to fix this as soon as possible.
In closing, the problems in this game are completely dwarfed by what it does right - providing 30+ hours of RPG bliss, and is an absolute essential for any gamer.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Oct 30, 2010While I absolutely loved the original, the second installment fails to improve in so many ways. As other members have said, the length of theWhile I absolutely loved the original, the second installment fails to improve in so many ways. As other members have said, the length of the game is roughly half the game time of the original, and with only 4 locations you play in (with 2 being similar for the most part - indoors, metallic and dark, and one with no action and only 5 minutes of walking) the beautiful locations you saw in The Force Unleashed are gone. Cato Neimodia is, yes, a very interesting location that isn't seen in the films, but it doesn't excuse the lack of nice, natural, alien environments.
The way the game ends in both the light and dark ending seems to scream 'Wait for DLC to flesh out the lacklustre campaign'. The storyline is nowhere near as good as the original either, with information you gathered from trailers ages ago being pretty much all there is to it - Starkiller may be a clone, and he is finding out who he is. However, the graphics, sound, cinematics and voice acting are all absolutely phenomenal. Sam Witwer's performance blows his already great performance in the original right out of the water. Every actor puts in an even better performance too - it is just a shame we don't hear that much of Nathalie Cox (Juno). The graphics are even more impressive than in the original, however, as stated before, the lack of variety detracts from this a little, but the action is notably crisp, and runs at a very stable framerate too.
Overall, I would suggest if you absolutely loved the original, this is worth buying, but simply be aware it may be better to wait for the obvious DLC, a price drop, or a 'Ultimate' version.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Oct 13, 2010This is easily a personal 'Worst Sonic game of all time'. The way I can best describe it is as follows.
To begin with, Sonic is controlledThis is easily a personal 'Worst Sonic game of all time'. The way I can best describe it is as follows.
To begin with, Sonic is controlled like a cinder block covered in melting tar. He seems to accelerate as though he completely forgot how to walk, let alone run. The physics are the fundamental part of any good Sonic game. Here, you can walk on curves that he can probably touch with his hands, rolling doesn't give you any speed boost down a hill, and jumping in the air at speed just feels completely off. Second, the level design itself. The levels are adequatly designed for the most part, but then some absolute blunders make you wonder what they were thinking while making them. They all have some incredibly huge danger preceding the finishing post, more often than not stripping you of your rings to enter the special stages. That is actually a blessing, the special stages in Sonic 4 Episode 1 are the most frustrating ones in a Sonic game to date. You do not control Sonic, you control the stage itself, with extremely badly placed objects constantly throwing you into 'GOAL' blocks. Super Sonic cannot be worth this much anger.
The music is composed of what seems to be the exact same synths over and over again, and not even the melodies are memorable. On a personal note, I am a huge fan of Sonic. I have studied the original games and understand what makes them so good, so memorable today. If you are the same, or have never played a new Sonic game after Sonic 3 and Knuckles, do not waste your time with this. The things that made the originals so great is not present in this game, and SEGA are clearly using the name for profit alone. I just wish the Playstation Network allowed for refunds.… Expand