Average User Score: 7.9Apr 26, 2013Incredible. Solid gameplay with strong replay value, entertaining visual aesthetic, and amazing co-op support.
I'll admit, although the visuals are gorgeous, they take about a half hour to get used to--it might be that long before you really learn what a Minecraft-ian world looks like from the top-down. But they are so strong and vibrant, and the primary color/monochrome scheme for vision works beautifully.
The gameplay is obviously the best part--it is so fluid and dynamic. You never feel like you're doing busywork just to get to exciting set pieces. Every second of every level is part of your ever-evolving dramatic heist.
And the co-op! Made my day when I booted up the game and discovered this game supports 4-PLAYER SAME-SCREEN ON THE PC. I didn't know games did that anymore! I cannot stress how amazing that is.
So yeah, I just knocked off a point for the initially befuddling graphics, and for the complete lack of a tutorial. But overall, this is instantly one of my top games for the year so far.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Apr 14, 2013Wow. Wow. Wow. WOW. WOW. Just...wow.
You have to understand what you're in for--this is an interactive movie, not a game. But it is the most emotionally compelling story I have ever experienced. Hands down. I haven't cried in six years and this game changed that. I have never exploded in anger at a fictional person. This game changed that. I have never bitten my tongue in shock. This game changed that.
Instantly one of the greatest games I have ever played.… Expand
Average User Score: 2.1Mar 7, 2013I bought the game because, even though I got screwed by Diablo 3, I figured I'd give EA one chance.
So far, they have blown it--the game is unplayable. It gets two stars because the time I have been able to play it, it has been very fun. I will adjust my score if I can get one week without problems, but in the meantime, the low score will serve as a message to EA that they NEED to get their act together. This is unacceptable and bordering on fraud.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Dec 7, 2012A pretty good RPG. The story, music, and graphics are all top-notch--I had goosebumps for literally minutes after the ending. Decisions have real consequences that aren't always apparent, making this much more like a real story than any other RPG out there. The gameplay, however, is a bit clunky. Combat is weightless and hollow, and while the creature design is amazing, few enemies come down to anything other than "slash-dodge-slash-dodge". Moreover, the minigames are shallow and truly quite pointless. So while the game is definitely worth a buy, just go in treating it more like a gorgeous, interactive novel than a normal video game.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Sep 18, 2012A bit of unpolished physics, strange animations, and such keep this from being a perfect ten. But everything else?
Guns: Awesome. Gameplay: Exciting. Writing: Hysterical. Replayability: Basically infinite with the character-spanning Badass Token system.
This game is everything I'd hoped for.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jul 8, 2012I wanted to like this game--indeed, I bought because of the user praise and was hoping for a nice GalCiv2 successor. Sadly, while the game is clearly polished, it desperately lacks some form of visual feedback for the player. Since planets are virtually never visible, battles are terse and lifeless, and improvements and technologies never manifest as anything other than one more pastel icon that disappears from the completely unorganized list. Compare to Civilization 5: that game is simpler than Endless Space in many ways, but is more rewarding to play. Every improvement, unit, and many technologies has an immediate, obvious, and visual impact on the gameplay, giving the player a sense of progress. Endless Space has none of that, and thus feels more like playing a spreadsheet.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.9May 19, 2012The game is fun, I'll say that. The graphics are rather muddy, more from poor lighting choices than anything else, but the gameplay is relentlessly fun and challenging. The connection issues are severe, I admit, but given Blizzard's status as an enormous company with a lot of resources, we can assume those will go away. So if you're really looking at this game to play in the long-term, and not just to rage at for a week, the graphics are going to be the biggest turn-off.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Jan 21, 2012I should probably start by saying that I don't actually have a subscription. I'm just speaking from tail-end-of-beta experience. I enjoyed the game, I really did. And then I completed the Sith Warrior storyline and realized that what had kept me going was the amazing story.
The stories and roleplaying and characters in this game are stunning. The tragic fact, however, is that you'd have to roll 8 different alts to experience all 8 stories, or 16 if you want to see the different sides of those stories, not to mention the infinite permutations by going back and forth. Anyways, I say this game is fun and I'm happy for people who enjoy it, I really am, but there's a reason I didn't subscribe--it doesn't function enough as an MMO to make up for the rather "blah" end-game material. I end by reiterating a lot of other people's wishes--this game should have been singleplayer. Bioware could have made the "Dragon Age" of Star Wars RPGs and it would have been legendary, and they went for an MMO instead. At least they'll make enough money from it to fund better games in the future.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Jan 21, 2012Disclaimer: I actually think this game deserves a 9--I'm not just giving it one to counteract the obvious "revenge-reviewing" by fanboys. Anyways, the game loses 1 point off the score for having one of the worst singleplayer campaigns I've ever seen in a game. It's pretty, yes, but so is the multiplayer. Fortunately, it's okay that the campaign is bland and monotonous because BF3 is all about the multiplayer.
With a game like this, it's easier to describe what's wrong--anything I don't mention you can assume is awesome. So with the multiplayer...your biggest problem might just be the sheer intimidation factor. There is so much to do and so much pressure from your teammates to pitch in that you might wish for the clean individualism of Call of Duty. But fear not--this is your game. Experiment. Try different classes. Try different vehicles. Jump in that chopper and crash into the mountainside because it will look really cool when you do it. Buy this game.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Nov 15, 2011Ignore the Dark Souls fanboys who didn't actually buy Skyrim before writing a negative review. This game is superb, and possibly the best example of how an enormous amount of good content can outweigh a few flaws (a smattering of minor bugs that will likely be fixed within the month). It's hard to single out any one aspect of the game for praise--instead, it is the individual experiences that make it so memorable:
Stalking the shadows with a hand-crafted bow, planting arrows in the backs of vampires.
Charging ferociously across the tundra into an epic battle with a city whom you had secretly worked to undermine for days.
Climbing the tallest mountain in the land, with nothing but long expanses of silence and the shimmering northern lights to mark your passage.
This is certainly the Game of the Year, if not the game of the decade.… Expand