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Average User Score: 7.6Dec 3, 2016Final Fantasy is a franchise that constantly reinvents itself with every iteration. From it's roots in basic turn-based fights with a typicalFinal Fantasy is a franchise that constantly reinvents itself with every iteration. From it's roots in basic turn-based fights with a typical story about crystals and medieval knights, to a game that is the culmination of 10 years in on and off development. This is the game that was pushed to be the franchise's epic revival, and it mostly is.
Combat: Certainly the most drastic change to the series is the brand new action combat system. Reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts you attack with different weapons you can equip, command your allies to perform special moves, you warp around the battlefield to either escape or close the distance to an enemy with a powerful strike. Button prompts for blocking pop up and often lead into a counterattack. The button prompts for warping to a point and blocking require you hold down the button rather than simply press it which the game doesn't tell you. Everything runs quite nicely and is generally pretty fun, if a bit simplistic. You are encouraged to use strategy, but it's no Dark Souls in terms of skill required, and the combos aren't complex like a straight-up action game. However the flow of combat works beautifully and is unique enough to be enjoyable for 40+ hours. Grade: B+
Graphics: Easily the game's strongest point, everything absolutely gorgeous in it's art direction, lighting, models, and textures. I'm not extremely well-versed in all the graphics lingo for games, but it's obvious that so much time went into making this game look amazing. To top it off, the scale of the world is absolutely huge and is consistent in it's level of detail. Cities are particularly gorgeous to look at as there are so many small details that add so much to atmosphere. The only tiny criticism is that while the hair is some the best looking in a game, it sometimes just looks odd due to looking just slightly not as real. It's a minor gripe, and it's actually a good problem to have. Grade: A+
Story: So here's where things get a little bit dicey, the overall concept and world of Eos is very intriguing and I wanted to know much more about the world's lore, but it feels a bit rushed and incomplete at times. I actually like Kingsglaive, but the fact that so much important information is in the movie and not included in the game was frustrating. If I had not seen all the trailers for the game and the movie I would have not known who Luna even was or what she was doing for a good long while. The story starts off light and well-paced in the beginning until it dumps you with a ton of lore and plot all at once. I was intrigued by the world that was built, but th way that the story was told didn't really work or make a lot of sense. On the brighter side we have a main cast who is so incredibly likeable in their own way, even if the lean ever so slightly too much on cliché. The banter and relationship of th four character is what really shines here, the banter and dialogue between each of them is so well done and they all seem like real friends rather than characters forced to be together. I wouldn't go far as to say they are amazing characters individually, but as a unit they make up one of the best casts in Final Fantasy. Grade: B-
Open-World: Another big change to series is the fully open world nature of the game. The beautifully detailed world is full of places to explore, side content, and treasure to find. It does all this without feeling overwhelming, you are slowly but surely eased into the entire world and are given quests that guide you to go out and have a reason to discover new areas. A big addition is the car you're given access to in order to travel around in. While those who love to drive around freely alá GTA, may be disappointed that the car is on rails, I slowly learned to love letting the car take me on it's own. Some criticize the fact that sometimes you'll be given long stretches where you just have to watch your car drive for several minutes with no input from you at all, aside from panning the camera to look at the scenery. It might be a frustration at first, but in the end it's for the best gameplay-wise and I soon learned to enjoy it. Grade: B+
Overall this is an easy recommendation for Final Fantasy fans, and newcomers who are willing to look past some minor quirks in design.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Jul 1, 2016For someone who avoids shooter like the plague most of the time, this one really has me hooked. While I wish I didn't have to figure out theFor someone who avoids shooter like the plague most of the time, this one really has me hooked. While I wish I didn't have to figure out the story and character motivations through the game's wiki, I do like all the details Blizzard has loaded this game with. Even with the game just launched Blizzard has worked hard to listen to players and make adjustments, 99% of which have been for the best. It's a great looking game that actively tries to balance itself while still making every character fun and unique.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Apr 23, 2016I'm really sorry, but I have to be honest about this game. It's not good. Simply put, the motion controls do not work. They're a nuisance atI'm really sorry, but I have to be honest about this game. It's not good. Simply put, the motion controls do not work. They're a nuisance at best, and unbelievably frustrating at worst. If the game took motion controls out altogether, I would be much more complimentary of it. There really are moments that have that awesome jaw-dropping Star Fox appeal, and the new vehicles are kinda neat ideas. The stealth sections are a little tedious, but it's a nice change up to the action. Graphically, well it could be better. Textures are really simple, very little detail in the environment, no AA, the effects are good though. The frame-rate also dips occasionally, nothing too game breaking but enough to notice.
All in all, I really wanted to love the game and in a way I still sorta like it. However the game is weighed down by it's gimmick unfortunately.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Dec 16, 2015As a technical achievement I'm so glad this game exists. The grand scale of the world in XCX is absolutely massive and full of things to do,As a technical achievement I'm so glad this game exists. The grand scale of the world in XCX is absolutely massive and full of things to do, quests, monsters, you name it. The game runs extremely smoothly and the framerate stays at a very consistent 30fps. There is a some pop-in present, but that's really the only major graphical flaw. I'm still not quite sold on the character models, I'm not sure if I just don't like the style or if it's graphical limitations put on by the scale of the world. They just look odd is all. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the games size as well. The game is massive in size and length, it will take you about 25-30 hours before you get the much hyped mech-suit in the game. It's worth it, but the lead-up to finally get it is one of the most painful things about the game. The story was interesting, but told in perhaps the stiffest way possible, with some dramatic moments under-utilized. The inventory could also be a tad bit more streamlined IMO.
Overall it's an amazing game that unfortunately won't be for everyone. It's an overwhelming game to get into, especially if you think you can fight that huge lvl 100 monster at lvl 1.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Dec 10, 2014Definitely worth buying for any Wii U owner, and anyone else who loves a party/fighting game in one package. Melee was much more a competitiveDefinitely worth buying for any Wii U owner, and anyone else who loves a party/fighting game in one package. Melee was much more a competitive fighting game, where Brawl was a chaotic smash party. Both are fun to play and engrossing, but that meant Nintendo had two vastly different fan-bases to cater to. The result is a best of both worlds. While not as glitchy and broken as Melee, the game holds up well in 1v1 online smash and is definitely more competitive friendly than Brawl. On the opposite side of the spectrum, offline party is absolutely amazing. The addition of 8-player smash works beautifully and without hiccup. Couple nitpicks though, Amiibo for this game feels just a little bit dumb. You place your amiibo in the game and it can fight with or against and level up. Problem is, that's just about it. Online seems to work most of the time, but every once in a while someone will have a horrible connection and the entire game for everyone is in slo-mo (which was actually kind-of cool....the first time.) Regardless, this is an excellent move for Nintendo, and a real treat for current and hopefully future Wii U owners.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Sep 27, 2014For a series that has had it's high highs, to it's low lows, this title is step in the right direction. I'll admit right now, I didn't reallyFor a series that has had it's high highs, to it's low lows, this title is step in the right direction. I'll admit right now, I didn't really enjoy KH2. It was way too easy (critical mode only makes it cheaper not harder) and I preferred the more tactical-action of KH1. DDD lands smack dab in the middle ground for me. Customizing your abilities and changing your loadout is a lot of fun, as well as making combat a lot of fun. It's action never lets up, and the addition of flowmotion makes exploring the much larger and more alive environments a blast. This is what I've always wanted out of Kingdom Hearts. Speaking of flowmotion, it's a little finicky at first but you'll easily master it. The "drop" system forces you to switch between Sora and Riku at different points. Occasionally it can be frustrating, but it the end it enhances how the story is told. However that's the only real positive thing about the story, to be blunt it's unnecessarily confusing and at point weird. Graphically this game is gorgeous, on-par with the PSP game, Birth By Sleep (another fantastic title mind you). If you can only play one of the side-titles in this series, pick this game up.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Sep 27, 2014As a huge MMO fan, and an even bigger Elder Scrolls fan I was super pumped for this game. However after beta I did not choose to continueAs a huge MMO fan, and an even bigger Elder Scrolls fan I was super pumped for this game. However after beta I did not choose to continue playing this game. Graphically the game is fairly good. It doesn't look as good as Skyrim, but that is to be expected. It seemed at first they were going to stylize it to look more like Oblivion, but that's not the case. Everything just looks rather generic. The voice-acting is generally inoffensive, nothing worth noting. Gameplay is probably the startlingly different aspect. It is a mix of typical Elder Scrolls combat and exploration, all with MMO restrictions. You choose a class and you can bring different skills with you into battle. Each class has three trees of skills, nothing we haven't seen. Now this would sound like it would work well with the elder scrolls mechanics, but it doesn't. Playing with friends and other people makes this game a chore more than it really should. I honestly think this game should either have been made more like Elder Scrolls, or much more like an MMO. The two just don't mix as well they should. It's honestly like playing a really cheap copy of Skyrim, it's not even a decent MMO.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Sep 1, 2014Of all the genres out there, I never thought I would be a MOBA person. Smite takes all the strategy of LoL and Dota 2 and turns up the action.Of all the genres out there, I never thought I would be a MOBA person. Smite takes all the strategy of LoL and Dota 2 and turns up the action. Yes it's still a massive tower defense strategy game at it's heart, but it's third-person action focus is more than just a gimmick. It massively changes everything about combat and makes it loads of fun, and it's then you see how brilliantly this works. That being said, if you're not all that familiar with MOBAs there is a learning curve to it, study up on all abbreviations and terms before jumping in. The lore behind each god is also extremely interesting to read, and each god looks and feels awesome while staying true to the rich lore behind them. An easy recommendation to anyone even remotely interested in MOBAs.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.1Jul 14, 2014There's not a lot to say that hasn't already been said. This is one of those rare games that I do feel deserve a 10/10. First off, while theThere's not a lot to say that hasn't already been said. This is one of those rare games that I do feel deserve a 10/10. First off, while the gameplay is extremely similar to any other recent mario kart game, the balance has been completely reworked. It's still not perfect, but hardcore gamers are bound to enjoy this almost as much as a casual one. Battle mode has been changed so that you now battle on actual tracks, it's weird, confusing at first, but eventually I warmed up to it and may play it when I'm bored of racing. As virtually every other reviewer has stated this game is absolutely gorgeous. It definitely rivals anything the other systems have out there currently, the zoom in shots especially exemplify this. Nintendo has never really been one for graphically powerful systems or games, but they definitely should be it's that good. Will this game save the Wii U? Probably not, but it sure is the kick in the pants that it needs right now.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5May 20, 2014Mario Kart Double Dash shines it's brightest in it's multiplayer modes. The two players per kart dynamic is not only inventive, but adds aMario Kart Double Dash shines it's brightest in it's multiplayer modes. The two players per kart dynamic is not only inventive, but adds a whole new layer to gameplay even when you are in single player. Ihope that Nintendo brings back this mechanic some way, somehow.... The actual gameplay is also some of the best the series has seen, the slide works very well (I don't miss the hop), and nothing about it feels awkward as was the issue with MK64. The game looks relatively simple but has aged quite nicely, and looks as cartoony as ever. The music is kind of catchy, but I would not put it up there with the best. The courses themselves are a wee bit bland at times with some tracks being extremely wide with not a lot going on compared to others. However there are many memorable tracks such as Baby Park, DK Mountain, and Waluigi Stadium. Battle mode in this game is only available in multiplayer, but is an absolute blast to play in my opinion. Overall I think this is one the strongest entries in the franchise, despite some major changes to the formula.… Expand