Average User Score: tbdJul 3, 2014This is not a simulator!
First of all, the producers mislead you with the title: Ship Simulator, while it is clearly not! The only controls you have access to are: speed controls, steering wheel, bow thruster and a fire extinguisher. You can also tow other ships and deploy a smaller boat that you will use to rescue survivors or pull dead bodies from the water. That's it when it comes to "simulation". There is also a first person view, but you will definitely not use it as it is incredibly jerky in movement and it's really difficult to go around the ship.
The gameplay gets incredibly boring after just several minutes. Looking for survivors is a chore. You have no devices to help you - you can only spot people in the water which is extremely difficult and tiring for your eyes. Getting to the spot where you have some rescuing to do takes a lot of time and is also boring. You can only accelerate time 4x. The voiceover is quite poor and sounds artificial. On the positive side I must say that the graphics are fine: the water looks quite good and the ship is worked up to the detail.
My recommendation: avoid unless you are a big fan of sea games and it's exciting for you to look at your ship sailing without any action for hours.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.6May 28, 2014THIS IS NO GTA!
Let me start by saying that I’m writing this review on the second day after the game has been launched, so there are many issues that may be improved in the future, however my score and the review is based on the current state of game.
I was really impressed when I started playing. The first mission gave a hint of what possibilities a player has and there are lots of them when we are talking about all the interactions except driving, which I will cover later. Blackouts, raising road blocks, messing with street lights, hacking into people’s phones, robbing their bank accounts, listening to private conversations - this is something that has never been available in any other game so far on that scale. The variability of all the tasks/missions you can take up is amazing. Shooting is decent. You can sneak your way in knocking enemies out or shooting them with a silenced pistol or you can shoot your way in with carbines, shotguns, grenades and many other. You can also use a range of many useful gadgets or hack into various devices to blow them up or just to distract enemies. This is all Fun with a capital F.
Now let’s look at some drawbacks. The game is quite difficult so you will repeat a lot of sequences. It’s only a matter of time when you will get irritated because of the fact that you cannot skip cut-scenes. You can neither save your game whenever you like, since there is only auto-save option. Driving is far from comfortable. Perhaps if you have an Xbox controller (as this is the only supported controller in PC version) things are better, but using a mouse and a keyboard will probably give you a headache. I would say car handling is somewhere between GTA and Saints Row IV - not so bad, but not good enough. Car damage is totally unrealistic. Drive straight into a wall with maximum speed - not only will you survive but your headlights will still be intact. Since this is game that promotes stealth it’s kind of puzzling why it is not possible to shoot lights - the only way to turn them off is to use a blackout gadget or blow a power transformer. The story is dull like Bold and Beautiful TV series. It all revolves around revenge - a motive old and exploited from all possible angles in entertainment. There is no humor. The main character is hard to be liked. The choice of clothes he can wear consists of changing colors mainly. You cannot reject a phone call. You have to get out of a car to start a mission. The reflections in shop windows are not real and look funny. The subtitles are shown in such a way that the last word of a sentence appears in the second line while the first line is already gone, which makes it hard to read. You cannot travel by taxi. You cannot store your vehicles although you can call for any vehicle you have unlocked. The radio resets every time you leave and enter a car. Some may say these are minor drawbacks and it may be true, but there is one that must be stated. You cannot shoot from a car! You may say it’s not a big deal until you have to do a mission, where you have to stop a guy. He has a car, you have a bike. Try to stop a car with a bike with no weapons, driving on a highway where there are no traps, road blocks you can use to your advantage and at the same time 4 other cars are trying to push you out of the road and are shooting with whatever they got. That’s where I got stuck in the game. I cannot abandon the mission, I cannot load a savegame from before, so the only option for me is to try until I succeed (I have tried about 20 times already) or wait for the developers to kindly enable shooting while driving.
All in all, I strongly advice that you wait for the game to be fixed before you buy it, unless you don’t mind all the things mentioned earlier. I haven’t brought up the online issues, because I believe they will be fixed soon.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2May 28, 2014Wolfenstein has come out as a really nice surprise. Instead of creating another shooter, the creators set their eyes on the colorful story that makes the game so special. The action takes place in Poland, Germany, Britain and the Moon. Some people will like the dark story, which seems so real and is becoming even darker while the plot progresses to the end. All the characters' voiceover is perfect. Germans speak real German and Polish people speak real Polish and their English has a foreign accent. Anya, one of the protagonists, is played by Alicja Bachleda - a fine Polish actress. The protagonists are presented in such a way that a player starts to care about them. Although the main hero, B.J. Blazkowicz is tough he doesn't seem invincible. The alternative future where the game takes place is scary and worked up to the tiniest details. Transition from the 40s to 60s is shown perfectly. One of the coolest thing about the gameplay is that the player can decide to go all the way in or to sneak in, kill the officers silently and avoid enemy reinforcements. The graphics are ok and although some look ridiculous (e.g. wires on the floor which are completely flat, 2D textures) they do not affect the fun a player has.
I will sum up this review with my own opinion. I had a great deal of fun, the story sucked me in and I loved the Polish elements in the game as much as the 'realness' of this alternative reality. I didn't like the ending - it was like someone switched off the lights suddenly and told me to go to sleep. I also disliked the brutality of some scenes. This made me want to kill all the German Nazis and I didn't get my satisfaction neither while the torture scene in a Polish cellar nor by killing all the bad guys and one nasty Nazi b*tch.
Trivia: Did you know that in Germany the players will not fight the Nazis? That's right. The German version of the game does not have Nazis at all. Intriguing...… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Apr 29, 2014I'm a huge fan of RPGs, but this one is a misunderstanding. Forget about technicalities such as controls, graphics and so on. These are minor issues. The main thing is that this is 2014 and the main character is mute. Did you like brilliant dialogues in Mass Effect series or Dragon Age? Well, you won't find them here. There are no such options like choosing an answer, because the protagonist just doesn't speak at all! This is a total killjoy for me. R.I.P. Souls.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Dec 12, 2013Perhaps if I had played it back in 2009 I would have given it a better score, but it's 2013 and after playing Tomb Raider on PC with 3D Vision and Full HD, Uncharted 2 on PS3 seems just mediocre. I loved various scenery, the plot was ok, but repeatable tasks like giving someone a boost or climbing, which is not half as enjoyable as in Assassin's Creed series, make this game a bore. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been shorter and published on PC with mouse support.
All in all, I regret buying it and I will definitely skip the next part.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.1Nov 30, 2013I have no idea what EA were thinking making this game. Fixed 30 fps and no joy-pad (apart from Xbox controller) or wheel support is enough to say that the game gets disqualified for me. There are much more negatives, but these two are enough to say a big NO! There are better racing games to waste my time with.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Nov 29, 2013I played this game for a couple of weeks and I gave up at the 7th chapter. After time, it becomes so furiously annoying that I had to stop. The tasks are repetitive: climbing gets boring, destroying robots becomes a chore, especially when a lot of them attack you and you can't see anything because of a bad camera angle. Apart from that, collecting points, which are virtual currency, is so cumbersome and it is something you could expect from a game for children. The graphics are quite nice, but there's little fun to be had besides that. At one point, the protagonist gets a bike you can't even ride it it's just a cut scene. Also, at the wind mill I had a bug and I could not make Trip move the wings of it. So irritating! Last but not least, this game is too long! If it was half shorter and if it supported 3D Vision I would rate it 7. Since I felt pissed off most of the time playing it I cannot rate it more that 1. That is not the kind of entertainment I am looking for playing games.… Expand
Average User Score: 1.2Jun 26, 2013I could not play longer than 15 minutes. It is impossible to adjust graphics options and to choose controls you like. Sound is terrible totally artificial. There is zero immersion in this game. It is a waste of time to write more about it. Avoid at all costs.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.6May 29, 2013This is a type of game I've been waiting for the first racing game with astonishing 3D effects! I really don't understand some people complaining that this is not a simulator it was never supposed to be! Have you played NFS series? Grid 2 is much, much better. Why? 1. Your opponents do not teleport supernaturally if they are left behind, 2. The graphics are amazing, even though hardware requirements are not very high I can easily get 40fps @Ultra settings and full hd using Nvidia GTX560. 3. Audio surround effects are amazing 4. Gameplay is decent without any unnecessary elements like 'story' (Who needs a story in a racing game?) 5. It runs perfectly smooth I haven't encountered any errors yet. Going back to graphics point if you haven't played it in 3D you haven't grasped the full capacity and beauty of the game. Seriously, this is the best looking 3D experience you can get this year (along with Tomb Raider) just awesome! As a minus I can only mention that you can hardly customize your cars (no tuning whatsoever) and the track easily become boring, but such minor drawbacks are not important to me. Do try 3D effect you won't regret!… Expand