Average User Score: 7.9Jan 6, 2015It's good!
Fighting Uruks feels immensely satisfying and it can be quite addictive. The biggest addition comes in the Nemesis system, whichIt's good!
Fighting Uruks feels immensely satisfying and it can be quite addictive. The biggest addition comes in the Nemesis system, which generates an Uruk heirarchy for you to screw with. I had one uruk whom I had been constantly chasing across merry Mordor due to his innate capacity for retreating. By the hundredth retreat he had garnered so much power that he was now an unstoppable machine. But in the end he fell at the hand of my blade and to see his cowardly reign come crashing down after we had such a rich and lengthy rivalry was actually kinda sad - I'll never forget you, Feldush the Poet.
There's obviously some crap points to the game. The story doesn't deviate from your run-of-the mill grimdark fantasy and the characters are so stilted that you would think they were crafted from actual pine-wood. There's also not much variety in it's gameplay because while the combat is a sadists wet dream, the mechanics barely deviate from killing uruks. So if that aspect of this game doesn't interest you, then not much else will.
When I got bored of Middle Earth, I was initially disappointed and intending to give it a 7 because I guess I had expected to pull more out of it. That was until I checked my game time. Unbeknownst to me I had spent fifty hours (not in one sitting, of course) slashing uruk throats and branding future war-kings. Fifty goddamn hours! How time flies in Mordor. The fact that fifty hours passed me by without a second thought is enough to recommend a purchase - especially if you're a fan of Arkham or Assassins Creed.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Dec 30, 2014The amount of hours I've clocked in on this game (60+) might give one the wrong impression that I was addicted or in love with Dragon Age:The amount of hours I've clocked in on this game (60+) might give one the wrong impression that I was addicted or in love with Dragon Age: Inquisition. The truth is that I was only persistent to get my money out of it. And even though I did get my moneys worth, the bottom line is that I wasn't having fun.
I didn't enjoy traversing the impressive landscapes and completing the bucket-load of quests and I never felt as though there was an interesting or morally dichotomous twist to 80% of the side-quests. The combat didn't resonate with me and I found that it lacked the same sense of accomplishment that I found with Origins. It was a slog, but nonetheless a very impressive slog that others may enjoy.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Dec 30, 2014Awesome stuff! Especially when you have people playing with you. 8 player smash is chaotic fun and there is good incentive to keep playing asAwesome stuff! Especially when you have people playing with you. 8 player smash is chaotic fun and there is good incentive to keep playing as the amount of unlockables are immense.
But the biggest issues for me come in two forms:
1. The series hasn't made much of a step since Melee. At this point expect famililarity.
2. Online needs serious improvement as there are still a heap of people with connectivity issues, including me. Haven't had a game yet. What gives?… Expand
Average User Score: 5.5Dec 30, 2014It was fun to grind and grind and grind and grind for a couple months. But the incentive for continuing is fairly empty since loot isIt was fun to grind and grind and grind and grind for a couple months. But the incentive for continuing is fairly empty since loot is randomised to an unfair degree, and the story isn't there.
The combat is great and the crucible accentuates that fact with fun PvP arenas that kept me returning, and gave reason to the collection of cool looking armour. But that's about it, since the incentive for powerful loot is gone due to the fact that most gear stats won't transfer to PvP.
On a lighter note, me and my friend played through the game together and it was great. If you plan on Slogging through the game then make sure you have a buddy to tag along. My experience wouldn't have been as great as it was without him. I've also heard that Raids are a rush to play, but I wouldn't know since I never bothered.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Sep 5, 2014Larger map size and enhanced graphics seem to be the only incentive for making the jump from 360 to One. Supposedly, more will come to theLarger map size and enhanced graphics seem to be the only incentive for making the jump from 360 to One. Supposedly, more will come to the next gen titles, like the addition of servers, so perhaps it's a fee worth paying. Furthermore, for those who do not own a console iteration, definitely go with either the Xbox One or PS4 edition. It's a leg up from last gen's underwhelming console ports.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Jul 4, 2014The Singleplayer is entertaining and the production value is high. However a lot of the side-missions lack incentive for completing and serveThe Singleplayer is entertaining and the production value is high. However a lot of the side-missions lack incentive for completing and serve only as minor distractions. Though to the games defense they are all well made and fun. This also applies to the story-missions, which are all entertaining and add twists to what some consider a monotonous formula of "drive here and either shoot, collect or chase something."
GTA online is great. Lot's of modes and missions to play, some are incredibly fun. One that I enjoyed tasked two teams of four with collecting a package and returning it to their home base. The result was an explosive game of tug-of-war. There's a lot to say about GTA-online, but really all you need to know is that it's fun and the range of customisation is impressive.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9May 3, 2014Mass Effect 2 isn't the Empires Strikes Back of the trilogy (That movie actually featured a story). What you have here is a sequel with aMass Effect 2 isn't the Empires Strikes Back of the trilogy (That movie actually featured a story). What you have here is a sequel with a refined combat system and a plethora of strong characters (some of the best in Video-games). All depth in gameplay has been woefully simplified -- which is fine because the original was teetering on the line of action game and RPG -- but I find that it hurts the game more than it helps it. Refining is one thing, but completely scrapping content hurts the overall product. Play it for characters and combat alone… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6May 3, 2014If you like video games and South Park then The Stick of Truth is an easy reccomendation and a worthwhile purchase. It's essentially aIf you like video games and South Park then The Stick of Truth is an easy reccomendation and a worthwhile purchase. It's essentially a lite-RPG which plays like an extremely long episode of South Park. Though as a game there isn't a lot that is great about it. It's an average RPG with a very good South Park paint job. This is the South Park game you've been waiting for, but not the surprise of the year.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7May 3, 2014An improvement from Mass Effect 2 in many ways. However I can't help shake the feeling that many of the plot-points should have been over andAn improvement from Mass Effect 2 in many ways. However I can't help shake the feeling that many of the plot-points should have been over and done with by this point; the result is a story which is inherently better than Mass Effect 2, yet feels bloated having little room to breathe. Regardless this is as epic as games can get and -- despite an ending which could have been handled a little better -- it really isn't too difficult to see why this trilogy defined a gaming generation.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Mar 23, 2014The Witcher 2 is a very strong RPG with so-so aspects.
The combat ranges from decent to mediocre with nice looking animations and a strongThe Witcher 2 is a very strong RPG with so-so aspects.
The combat ranges from decent to mediocre with nice looking animations and a strong variety of enemies. However the animations can be too extravagant making the "quick attack" not as quick thanks to the stylish sword spinning, so instead of planting attacks immediately on an enemy, you're waiting for the animation to finish. The lack of strafe and back peddling hurt the combat too, making movement feel sloppy.
Enemy AI is bad, their attacks barely differ from run at you and swing, and if you stray just a little too far from your opponents they will give up. I tested this on all difficulties and found no difference.
The difficulty is another issue, I have no issue with brutal difficulty but the load times which occur at game over make it unbearable to die. For this reason I found myself on easy half the time to avoid these load screens altogether. It doesn't help that there's no achievements for higher difficulties either, so if you merely want that challenging aspect of weak vitality then go for it, but I recommend steering clear.
The story is pretty good, the characters are interesting and the general arch is intriguing. More often than not you will find yourself confused at what is happening in the mish-mash of politics, luckily the journal is fantastic. The journal simplifies every aspect of the story to a couple of paragraphs, making it easier to get the lore down-pat. What's also great is how the story will drastically change depending on what decisions you make, upping the replay-ability.
The graphics are the strongest aspect of the game. Frame-rate rarely drops on the 360 version and the environments are entirely hand crafted with detailed textures. That may sound like a very general description, but in action the game is absolutely beautiful. The soundtrack isn't very memorable and the loop is short for most tracks, so you may find yourself getting tired of the repetition.
Despite the issues, I had a great time with the game. If you're a fan of fantasy then you must look into The Witcher 2.… Expand