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Average User Score: 5.5Nov 15, 2015Summary: Not a fallout game by any stretch. If you can live with that, then it's a fine game. However, if you're looking for a game thatSummary: Not a fallout game by any stretch. If you can live with that, then it's a fine game. However, if you're looking for a game that will hit the levels of FO3, you're not going to see it. If you were hoping of something as good as FO:NV not a chance. You're better off spending the $10 to buy both, and install the Tales of Two Wastelands mod, which combines both places into the FO:NV engine. That will let you enjoy a lengthy game, with better game play, story, and graphics options.
Other people have covered everything else in more detail, so there's no point in making this larger.
Story/VO: There is no real story here. It's an abysmal piece of writing that would have had your grade 9 English teacher tell you to rewrite it. If you were expecting an option where your choices changed the outcome or gave you variable choices, it's not going to happen. Since your PC is now voiced, many actions also have a very wooden feeling to them.
Controls/UI: Terrible, no other way to put it. Your dialog choices are determined by your cursor keys, the pipboy system is a mess. Perk tree is beyond simplistic, and in some cases doesn't clearly state what it does.
Graphics/Textures are...washed out, no other way to put it. It looks like someone took the texture palette, smeared in some brown and yellow, photocopied it, re-imported into PS then made it into a 128x128 sized texture block.
Game play elements/Dialog: There are no skills, which are replaced by a perk system. The perk system itself is a complete joke of any previous FO game. Dialog doesn't exist, it's a story on rails. Karma? No karma for you, that's too difficult for people to grasp apparently.
Crafting: Probably the only redeeming part of the game. Takes the best options of previous games, adds them altogether and lets you do whatever you want with those 300 pencils you've been carrying around.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Jul 31, 2014Well I'd give it a 9-9.5/10 but metacritic doesn't let you do that. So what to say? Game time played from start to finish gave me 87 hours,Well I'd give it a 9-9.5/10 but metacritic doesn't let you do that. So what to say? Game time played from start to finish gave me 87 hours, and I missed at least 6 quests that I could have completed.
How does the game feel? Pretty good, it has excellent combat and spell combinations. You can use the environment to control your enemies movements. You can pick them off by funneling them down a tunnel with the environment. Bait them into traps of your own making as well. It has plenty of dialog, not as much as say Planescape Torment, but still enough for a good novel. The overall story is excellent, though at times jarring. You can easily get lost if you decide to go off and do side quests, and then come back to the main story. There's plenty of places to explore, and the game lacks some of the more annoying aspect of modern gaming. "Social justice," "conveying a message of intent," "pressing the moral ideas of someone else." It lacks all of that, and gives you a simple, and good story.
You have mod support. Probably the greatest thing with modern gaming allowing you to expand the original game, beyond the scope of the original. Make it more difficult, make it easier it's all there for you.
So what's wrong? Well, I found load times even off a SSD to be sluggish at times. Patches have fixed this. "Friendly fire" against companions, and then them breaking dialog in very rare cases, though this has 99% of the time been fixed since patch 1.08. Issues with the main character in slot 1, defaulting to slot 2, was an issue for a bit, but seems to have been fixed as well.
Overall, it's worth the money, I just wished I'd backed it like Pillars of Eternity, and Planescape: Tides of Numenera.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.2Sep 4, 2013The game is good, does it have it's problems? You bet. The AI is at the current state where Shogun2 was just after release. Which isThe game is good, does it have it's problems? You bet. The AI is at the current state where Shogun2 was just after release. Which is somewhere between good and mediocre. There are optimization issues, especially with shadows, and water reflections. Baring that, I'm easily able to get an avg 35-36fps.
What most people who say "but zomg ultra rig" are forgetting is that most games in the FPS genre are good at non-animated semi-static flat meshes. Where as in RTS's, such as shogun 2, rome 2, and so on ever individual character is it's own mesh. That's four times as much rendering being done. And in a lot of cases, the "zomg ultra rig" is your Dell special. With a FX-6350 and a 560Ti, I have modest frames with little to no lag issues that others are reporting. With that, one of the biggest suckers on FPS is the "use all available memory" toggle, that most people are flipping on and not understanding. Using that toggle with push everything it can, and it will also attempt to push other programs from active memory to the disk in order to free up even more memory. So, if you're not using a SSD, again you're going to see serious issues.
Really if I had one complaint, it would be the turn phase and the number of factions. It really reminds me of medieval 2, lots of factions doing lots of things, and people don't like the long turns. Once the factions begin to thin out, not so much of an issue.
And for anyone who wants to see my forest benchmark, feel free to look up on Steamcommunity.com/id/mashiki… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Aug 22, 2013Yep, people are going to be hosed off at the game not being "saints row 2" or even saints row. If you liked the DLC(trouble with clones) inYep, people are going to be hosed off at the game not being "saints row 2" or even saints row. If you liked the DLC(trouble with clones) in SR3, you'll enjoy this. Having finished the game in ~17hrs, not counting challenges. It's fun, it's enjoyable, it's over the top and most people who are looking for something realistic will absolutely hate it.
Want to enjoy something that's over the top in terms of fun and enjoyment? You'll enjoy this.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Jul 23, 2013It's a good game, rather short unfortunately. Fans of the books will enjoy it. The only downside is the consolization which results in aIt's a good game, rather short unfortunately. Fans of the books will enjoy it. The only downside is the consolization which results in a very hand-holding experience. Though stealth lovers will enjoy trudging along knocking everyone out, people who want to go in guns blazing will do the same. Some people will hate the liner layout of the game as well. But if you can get the game for a good deal, say under $30 it's worth it.
Sadly there are a few technical issues, especially for nvidia users. The current WHQL drivers(320.49) cause hardlocks of the game requiring a reboot, otherwise you're left with a looping driver crash/restart problem.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Jun 23, 2013Good pinball game, though it does feel "sticky" with some of the physics at times. Balls will snap to some surfaces especially on the olderGood pinball game, though it does feel "sticky" with some of the physics at times. Balls will snap to some surfaces especially on the older tables. They recently added a free table(sorcerers lair) to anyone who plays.
The options of buy a table, or buy a collection of tables are decent enough especially if you enjoy pinball games. Doesn't quite scratch my pinball desires, but it does it well enough that I've paid for the classic pack. As usual, your mileage may vary. But there are demo modes for all tables, so you do get a fair taste of what you're buying.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Jul 27, 2012So, did you play the first Deus Ex? If so you'll probably enjoy this one. It takes many of the original elements of the first, and appliesSo, did you play the first Deus Ex? If so you'll probably enjoy this one. It takes many of the original elements of the first, and applies them successfully to the second game. We'll pretend that DX:IW never happened. If you're looking for straight out gun battles, this game probably isn't for you, if you like games where you need to think your way through some parts it will be. There are some rough spots, there are some problems even nearly a year later. But overall the 5th play through that I've done, it's a solid game worthy of being in the Deus Ex namesake.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Nov 18, 2011Seems that Bethesda has learned from the past especially with Oblivion and Morrowind. The game itself takes good points from both, removesSeems that Bethesda has learned from the past especially with Oblivion and Morrowind. The game itself takes good points from both, removes the rather broken leveling system from Oblivion, and fixes the story. Adding the scale and scope from morrowind, and leaving you to do your own thing. Before I had started the main quest, I'd already picked up 10 other main quests and had nearly 30 misc quests in my log simply from meeting and exploring. Graphics on it's own, are breathtaking. The combat system has been changed, some may like it, others may hate it. That doesn't mean there aren't flaws. Some textures are low res, blood, overlays for snow, there's a few problems with FXAA, quest failures because it can't find voice files(rare), but can be fixed by extracting the BSA. The AI is smarter than in previous games, but will still do silly things. Like keep a ward up for a long period if you charge a spell. There are some curious bugs, like CTD's if you're using a higher sound output than 24bit@41k, and some people report TDR problems with nvidia cards. On ultra high, performance wise on a 965x4 w/evga 560, is very good. Lots of light sources can cause it to choke, so can shadows. Though the difference between high and ultra shadows is minimal. The UI is very consolish, hopefully some folks like DaRN will fix that soon. If I could give partial points I would. The game is more of an 8.2-8.75 than a 9.
As it stands now I have nearly 60 hours in gameplay, and am still enjoying it.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Jun 15, 2011People will say that this is a taste of 'old school' gaming. It's not. Others will say that this is a step away from the consolized CoD typePeople will say that this is a taste of 'old school' gaming. It's not. Others will say that this is a step away from the consolized CoD type games it's not. What the game is and isn't are two very different things. DN/DN3D was the call of the over the top action hero, lugging around every weapon and then some, with over the top comments. DNF is a game that started out as that, and ended up with regening health, 2 weapons, and QTE's. With a liberal rolling of things that would make the old Duke cry kittens. No secrets(check), poor level design(check), consolized design(check). If it had been released 6 or 7 years ago, it would have been good. As it stands now, it's a bargin bin game.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4May 17, 2011Breath taking graphics with the new DX11 patch, enjoyable game play if you're into tactical RTS style games. There are some issues such asBreath taking graphics with the new DX11 patch, enjoyable game play if you're into tactical RTS style games. There are some issues such as the archery heavy computer opponents, including a few outstanding bugs that have existed since the Rome franchise. Some may find the lack of things such as merchants, and the need for diplomats disappointing. I do miss my merchants, I don't miss the old diplomat system. The mod system has also changed, if you were befuddled before about where and how to install them, the ability for modders to use the .pack system alleviates this.… Expand