Average User Score: 6.5Apr 6, 2014The biggest factor holding the game back was always the Auction House and now that it has been removed, this is starting to look like a Diablo game that I can play for years to come.
The expansion content is interesting, roughly 4 hours of new campaign story and countless hours of the new adventure mode in combination with a new loot system will keep you entertained for hundreds of hours. Loot progression is steady and rewards feel meaningful.
All in all, the game still has room to grow, but this expansion is a large step in the right direction. Here's hoping Blizzard continues to tweak and patch until the systems are as interesting and polished as the later patches of Diablo 2.… Expand
Average User Score: 0.5Oct 21, 2013Bad games like this come out every day, but the developers of this particular terrible experience took it a step farther. They attempted to silence a popular game reviewer (first impression-er, as he would put it) by hitting his Youtube account with a serious (unjustified) copyright infraction. And for that, this game and any future game made by this company gets a big old 0. No amount of good games can erase the evidence of tyranny.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Mar 29, 2013BioShock Infinite is an artistic masterpiece. Beautiful, suspenseful, and haunting at times; it captures a blending of history and myth to create something both wonderfully unique and familiar.
As we all come to expect from Irrational, the plot of this game is bursting with rich parallels, powerful emotional imagery and an ending (brilliantly foreshadowed throughout) that will leave you both satisfied and begging for more.
This is where the game really shines. Each set-piece alone could be a work of art, each architectural blend, each cultural costume. All of the visual splendor mixed together with a score that perfectly juxtaposes the glamor and grit of what Columbia represents.
I expected a rich story and beautiful visuals/music, what I did not expect was game-play (particularly combat) that surpassed Irrationals previous games in terms of enjoyment and dynamic action. This game takes everything that we loved from previous BioShock games and adds a whole new level of tactical planning and on the fly improvisation. Each combat area is a stage set for a brilliant play, each enemy adding new challenge, each weapon a chance to master. Never has combat been so challenging and satisfying in a BioShock game.
Overall: 10/10 Irrational proves once again that you don't have to pander to the lowest common denominator to create a true masterpiece.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Nov 20, 2012This game is not for everyone. It's incredibly frustrating at times, it's difficult, it punishes mistakes with dire consequences and it's full of players who are willing to put hours of work into making your game experience miserable. All that being said, I freaking love this game.
The game isn't difficult because it has a high learning curve or requires lightning reflexes as much as it demands patience and learning. Every enemy has his weakness, whether it be to a particular tactic or a particular weapon. Your job is to die enough to learn those weaknesses, while also learning which weapons and play-styles fit you. You see, what makes this game so much fun to play is how much it makes you perfect a playstyle you enjoy. It doesn't hold your hand or pidgeon-hole you into a class role. It gives you a vast amount of choices and lets you experiment with them until you find what you like best. The setting for the story is grand and cryptic, the visuals haunting and beautiful, the characters mysterious and memorable, and the boss fights nothing short of terrifying.
Overall, this game is a gem that will never be delved into very deeply by many players because of it's frustrating difficulty, but don't let that stop you from trying it out. After a few dozen deaths you'll find that enemies that used to stop you in your tracks become routine. It's true that half the fun of this game is watching your own progress as you master the combat.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Nov 7, 2012(Reader beware, the adoration this game has created in it's fans has caused many of them to become so distraught by an admittedly poorly executed final ending, that many fans have forgotten the brilliance of the games as a whole. In time, those who recover from their bitterness will admit to the outstanding qualities that his game series possesses.)
The most brilliant sci-fi trilogy since Starwars: Episodes IV-VI. An incredibly immersive universe, fleshed out in brilliant graphic style and superb story telling. Don't take my word for it, pick up the series and prepare to be engaged for days and days.
I can honestly say that the series as a whole will forever impact the personal and professional aspects of the gaming world for years. Critic's of video gaming who claim that games are not a true art have never seen a game like this.
The sheer volume of backstory that was developed for this series is absolutely overwhelming. The universe has been completely imagined and discovering the rich history and scientific musing is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this game. The actual story that takes place as you play the game seems as if it was pulled from an award winning novel or film. You will never forget the parallels you discover, the choices you make, and the characters that develop before your eyes.
The OST for this game is absolutely brilliant. Even the ambiance in many of the games areas only add more immersion. The few tracks by The Faunts in the game are perfectly suited for the Neo-Milkyway.
If any criticism could given for this series, it lies in some of the game-play mechanics, although many of the issues players had with the first game's game-play were effectively addressed by the developers in the second and third games. But don't be dissuaded, the story easily makes up for any lacks in initial lacks in gameplay.
Pushing the boundaries of style and beauty while remaining playable and many older or less expensive PC systems, this series leaves nothing to be desired in terms of its aesthetic value. As you move through the battlefield the effects and firepower are impressive displays, only serving to enrich your immersion.
Why is this game such a great buy? Other than all of the reasons listed above, it has re-playability. Every choice made can be made again, differently. Every ally lost has a chance to be saved. There are several classes with unique abilities to be mastered.
Overall this game series may very well be my favorite Action-RPG of all time, but don't take my word for it, pick up the series and prepare to be engaged for days and days.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.9Sep 4, 2012The luster begins to quickly fade as the game's soul seems to be as absent as it's namesake's. While a great attempt at recreating what made it's predecessors so successful, this game is bogged down ultimately by one thing, the Auction House.
What made Diablo fun, was the excitement of finding new and unique gear, and the auction house has taken that hunt away from players. The best gear is flooded into the market and players are transported far beyond what they normally would find. Then, instead of a major upgrade every few hours of play, all the player has to look forward to is a minor one, every few days.
The real money auction house has done even worse. It has made balance more important to the developers than the feeling of power that made Diablo so much fun to play. If you find a great way to slaughter the denizens of evil within the world of Diablo, you can count on the developers "fixing" it, to protect the balance of the auction house.
Perhaps it can be salvaged into something close to it's predecessors, but not likely while the auction house remains.
Let's hope that it becomes clear to the developers. Lets hope they are humble enough to listen and hear. The game has potential, but it hasn't reached it yet.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Sep 4, 2012I've played a good amount of MMORPGs, starting way back with Everquest and Ultima Online, and this is the first MMO since then to make me so excited to take it slow and enjoy the content.
Graphics/Art style: 10
Beautiful landscapes and tremendous cities make this game's environment the single greatest in any MMO to date. There is no doubt that a lot of heart and soul went into the development of this game and it shows nowhere better than in the art.
The music is well composed and doesn't intrude on your play, but it isn't anything especially heart pumping or iconic, like some of the game's competitors.
Though the combat can get repetitive, just as in any MMO, this game makes up for it with plenty of other things to do. Exploration is fun and rewarding, with many jumping puzzles and other landscape games. Crafting is rich and exciting, allowing the players to make great leaps in crafting skill with some careful planning and experimentation, rather than grinding out the same recipes until new ones become available. Mini-games are a great break from normal game-play. PvP is fantastic, fast paced at the small scale, and deep and strategic in the large scope.
With each race and class having a very unique playstyle and personal story, this game will easily give you hundreds of hours of new and fun content, at a bargain of a one time price.
Ultimately Guild Wars 2 has raised the bar on what it is to be a current generation MMO. While WoW will still retain it's loyal player base with it's tried and true style, Blizzard will have to make some groundbreaking changes to pull players away from this game. A great pickup for any fan of MMOs or RPGs… Expand