Average User Score: 5.5Dec 14, 2014I'm basing my review only by the demo (which is the first 3 chapters). I can hardly find any enjoyment from playing it because of how crappyI'm basing my review only by the demo (which is the first 3 chapters). I can hardly find any enjoyment from playing it because of how crappy it runs. I get an average framerate of 25-35 on lowest settings (yes, that includes 640x480) on Nvidia GTX 660 Ti. The DOF is hideous and has no option to disable it. You expect me to pay $60 for this?! Heh heh... no. I got way more enjoyment out of Outlast, Amnesia: TDD and RE4 Ultimate HD; three more visually-pleasing and well-optimized games for a cheaper price! As far as I can tell, The Evil Within doesn't suffer from controls and doesn't lack decent horror elements. It suffers mainly from optimization and graphic options. My wife has the game on PS4. I watched her play and I couldn't help but notice the horrid fps lag also. Every time she loses, I just say "blame the framerate" LOL. I see the game's potential, but its problems are a bit much for me to endure. 6/10 rating because I'm nice.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Dec 14, 2014Excellent FPS for a portable. Graphics rival those on PS3. Aiming down sights can use the Vita's motion sensor which is new in FPS. TheExcellent FPS for a portable. Graphics rival those on PS3. Aiming down sights can use the Vita's motion sensor which is new in FPS. The frame-rate is good most of the time, no screen-tearing whatsoever. The single player campaign is recommended before going to multiplayer. The money you earn in single player carries over to online. I think this is a good way to make straight-to-online players go through the campaign first, despite how boring the story may be. This game will drain your battery quickly. Bring the charger if you leave the house. When given the choice, I wouldn't play it over CS:GO on a powerful PC, but for what it is, it's simply amazing. Best handheld game to date.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Dec 14, 2014An unforgettable experience. I usually forget how great it is until I start playing it again.
Though, it has a few issues that screamAn unforgettable experience. I usually forget how great it is until I start playing it again.
Though, it has a few issues that scream "console port!!!". Fortunately, most of them can be fixed via hacks.
Here's a couple main issues with their fixes:
1) Mouse aim is wonky as Heaven - fixed via a mouse fix .bat file posted by Steam user "gudnaimsartaekn"
2) No FOV slider - fixed via an app called Flawless Widescreen
Other than that, it's just minor stuff that doesn't affect the core experience. Sometimes when there's a lot going on, a sound clip may get forgotten to play. The physics for objects and ragdolls have a lowish framerate. Overall, the game performs very well on low-med hardware, even with forced power-hungry anti-aliasing.
I rate it 9/10 WITH the fixes. Without... 7.5/10. Worth playing no matter what.
Now with technical stuff out of the way, I must say the story, characters, setting, immersion, art style and gameplay are all excellent! The hacking puzzles are a little overdone (sequel is way better), but if you've got a mouse, you'll have the upper hand over a gamepad every time and won't get as annoyed when hacking.
Conclusion: If you don't mind some troubleshooting to get the best experience, GREAT! Then PC is for you. If you hate doing things on your own, go the peasant route; play the console, enjoy the jaggies, cinematic framerate and massive amounts of aim assist. Hahaha. Kidding about the peasant part. I like consoles to some degree. My wife beat Bioshock on PS3 five times in Standard Definition (Oh, the agony!), so I tuned everything up for her on my PC... 75fps (v-synced), 95 FOV, 4x SGSSAA, precise mouse aim, etc. I won't forget her reaction :P
One thing I wish would work in Bioshock is Nvidia's HBAO+ (ambient occlusion). When it works, it looks fantastic! But sadly it flickers when viewing certain angles, sooo can't have that. Oh well.
Anyway, great game. Play it if you haven't.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Dec 7, 2014Not as scary as I had hoped, but everything else surpassed my expectations! Aside from the occasional glitch or hiccup, Outlast is a horrorNot as scary as I had hoped, but everything else surpassed my expectations! Aside from the occasional glitch or hiccup, Outlast is a horror masterpiece. It sets the gore bar higher than any other game I've seen. Graphics are sweet and optimization is great. It would've been nicer to have an easy option to disable the film grain effect that is present at all times. I use a mod that disables it and I must say it looks much nicer without the effect. It's sad to see that some people think its potential is wasted. I enjoyed it a lot, as well as Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Slender: The Arrival. The reason I said it wasn't as scary is because hiding from the crazies is too easy. They never thoroughly check lockers or under beds. I feel like there should've been a more challenging hiding system that affects the outcome. Anyone remember the hiding system in Manhunt 2 on Wii? Outlast should've adopted something similar, perhaps like keeping the mouse in line with something while some crazy a-hole is looking directly at you in pitch black areas. It never hurts to build on the stealth. Oh well. Great game either way.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.5Dec 7, 2014Should have stayed only on DS, where its style and gameplay feel more welcome. The enhanced graphics are a nice touch that bring the PCShould have stayed only on DS, where its style and gameplay feel more welcome. The enhanced graphics are a nice touch that bring the PC version up to low-budget, indie standards. I applaud its use of 1:1 mouse aim. I know some huge-budget games that do NOT get this right! This game is fun if you like simple progression and retro style gameplay. I haven't gotten far, but based on what I've seen, there's no story to encourage you to progress. You progress to see what happens next, which is usually more of the same weird stuff, but some different stuff. There's nothing even half as scary as some of the best indie horrors. Now, onto technical issues... Vsync does not play well. There is tearing regardless of setting, and if you force it thru the gpu driver, there is stuttering when walking. So in order to play it, I must endure screen-tearing in a single player game... yay. Every time I launch the game, it defaults to windowed mode, even tho I have it set to fullscreen in options (alt+enter fixes it). On the bright side, to make the atmosphere a tad bit more pleasing, enable HBAO+ in Nvidia Inspector with this compatibility flag "0x00000003" and also enable FXAA. $10 seems like the right price for its value.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Oct 5, 2014The reason to why Manhunt 2 is rated AO, I really don't effin know. Back when I wasn't even an adult, playing it on PSP without any of theThe reason to why Manhunt 2 is rated AO, I really don't effin know. Back when I wasn't even an adult, playing it on PSP without any of the blurs/filters (raw executions), it never came across to me as something only adults were allowed to play. By its release in 2007, there were already plenty of games with superior graphics, gore and physics, yet they were rated M. This didn't affect my experience or enjoyment with the game. I found the story interesting and the executions amusing. The stealth is well-done. The A.I. can be pretty dumb at times, though. I love the game, but there are a couple of things I liked that are in the PSP version, but are missing in the PC version... The ability to throw a heavy punch is gone and the neat cel-shaded look when hiding in the shadows is gone. On the upside, the PC version can get a nice visual boost, with the use of Nvidia Inspector, by having HBAO+ and SGSSAA enabled. This helps Manhunt 2 look a bit more modern... sorta kinda.
Note: Manhunt 2 does not play well with Nvidia's ShadowPlay; the best game recorder yet. It must be kept off.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Aug 30, 2014PROS: Over-the-top action, hack and slash gameplay, clean graphics, almost always 60 fps, epic boss fights, epic music during boss fights,PROS: Over-the-top action, hack and slash gameplay, clean graphics, almost always 60 fps, epic boss fights, epic music during boss fights, interesting cutting mechanic in 'blade mode', cool story, plenty of cutscenes, fine 360 controller support and MSAA support.
CONS: Frame-rate limit drops by 1 fps every hour or so, until a full restart (e.g. 3 hours of play = 57 fps limit). Game ignores my chosen refresh rate (60hz) and instead uses my highest (75hz), resulting in consistent jitters (fixed via 3rd party app that forces 60hz). Mouse pointer comes in during random cutscenes. Crashed once (hardly worth mentioning). Crappy keyboard + mouse support (not really a con for me). No support above 1080p (also not my con. I use 720p).
Conclusion: It's a lot of fun and not a terrible port, optimized for the most part. I think I paid $15... no regrets. I don't get why anyone would need over 1080p. It's not like the textures will look any better on 1440p, 4K or whatever. The graphics aren't ground-breaking, and still wouldn't be if you managed to take a time-machine to 4 years ago and showed it to everyone in 2010, but that's totally okay.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Aug 13, 2014Intense gameplay. Cool! Lots of zombies. Nice! Same mechanics as SE:V2. Great! It just has one big flaw: IT RUNS LIKE CRAP! It gets unplayableIntense gameplay. Cool! Lots of zombies. Nice! Same mechanics as SE:V2. Great! It just has one big flaw: IT RUNS LIKE CRAP! It gets unplayable during moments when it need it to perform. Due to this, I can't really blame myself when I lose. When a game does this, it's no longer a game imo. Whatever. 5/10 for the illusion that it's fun.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Aug 13, 2014Great story. Detailed characters. Outstanding voice acting. Beautiful graphics even on DX9. Don't bother with DX11 as it will lag you toGreat story. Detailed characters. Outstanding voice acting. Beautiful graphics even on DX9. Don't bother with DX11 as it will lag you to death, not worth the minor graphic improvements. The game will lag/hiccup anyway when gliding around the city, so try your best to ignore it cause the rest of the game is GREAT. Smooth fighting and counter-attack animations. PhysX is a nice luxury for capable PCs. The only reason I'm not giving it a solid 10 is because of the random hiccups. I recommend it over any console version… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Aug 13, 2014My favorite Resident Evil now in full HD and runs at 60fps! I loved it on GameCube and I love it even more on PC! Despite its minor issues andMy favorite Resident Evil now in full HD and runs at 60fps! I loved it on GameCube and I love it even more on PC! Despite its minor issues and lack of Wii-like mouse support that some had expected it to have, it's well worth the price. Some of the textures have been redone and look as good as L4D2's textures at best, so not modern standard HD at all, but nonetheless, better than previous ports. While aiming with the mouse is inferior to the Wii version, it's superior to the analog stick (depending on how much practice you put into it). Sniping heads is a breeze and the merchant's shooting ranges is laughably easy, though it's a lot more convenient to just plug in a 360 gamepad and be on your way.
Most of the cut-scenes are in real-time, but some are low quality videos. If your PC is weak and struggles to run older games like HL2 or Portal, I don't recommend you play this, because its speed is actually tied to the frames-per-second, meaning if you use the game's locked 60fps setting and you're running 30fps, the game will run at half speed. Luckily it doesn't take a NASA computer to get 60fps. So... good port, runs great on mid hardware, looks the best, epic nostalgia, worth the 20 bucks, could use a patch for the minor issues though.
EDIT: Mouse aiming has been patched to be responsive like other shooters. I actually prefer this over the Wii aiming. Nice! Mouse acceleration is on by default, but you can disable it via a config file.… Expand