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Average User Score: 6.4May 12, 2015This is a bad, ugly, broken and sometimes borderline unplayable port. I really wanted to like this since I'm a racing game fan that isThis is a bad, ugly, broken and sometimes borderline unplayable port. I really wanted to like this since I'm a racing game fan that is starving for even decent games to play on the 360. This has a lot of potential but just squanders all of it. Here are the actual issues that this port of The Crew has :
- The framerate drops constantly to unplayable levels of 15-20 at most. This makes the performance so choppy, cornering through the races or skill events becomes uncontrollable
- The game doesn't look like a standard 360 racng game, everything looks like a really ugly polygon, and even the traffic can pop in out of nowhere in front of you. As an example a "round" Nissan logo on the cars is actually a star with ten points since the game cannot create a "circle"
- The bugs are *everywhere*. The game freezes approximately once every 2-3 hours and often it hits a hickup area that causes it to freeze three times in 15 minutes, including the time it takes to restart the console. This issue especially makes this game practically unplayable.
- The missions lack variety and creativity. On top of this, there is an especially infuriating mission type that involves trying to catch your target car and ram into it, until it's life bar goes down. Problem is the controls are so bad, they just can't hack the precision needed to actually *accomplish* this.
- The controls feel weird. It's hard to explain, but it feels like there's a wooden plank in between the controller and your car, and the car is about three inches above the ground so the controls are at the same really floaty and incredibly stiff and imprecise. It makes most of the skills challenges hard in all the wrong ways, since the car just doesn't respond to your commands.
- It cannot be played offline, and there is nothing you can do if as*holes in xbox live choose to ruin your day by ramming into you. You can't even report them because the game doesn't register them as gamertags you've "met".
Instead of creating a needlessly huge empty world, the designer's should have focused on the actual car control and ironing out the millions and millions of game-braking bugs this travesty has. I even ran into a glitch in the story where it would freeze always at the exact same moment over and over again, preventing me from progressing. Broken game that cannot be completed, due to a game-braking bug. No points. I want a refund.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.6May 6, 2015The price for this game is outrageous. This is content-wise an xbla game of 10 dollars at most. Also the port job didn't take into account theThe price for this game is outrageous. This is content-wise an xbla game of 10 dollars at most. Also the port job didn't take into account the fact that controlling this with a 360 controller is much much different than using touch controls or a mouse. This means that there are levels that are practically impossible to 3-star, because the laser blaster bird *can not be used* quickly after slingshoting it, rendering precision shooting impossible. It doesn't help that this is likely the hardest angry birds game ever made. If you want to 3-star this game all the way, prepare wail birds upon birds upon birds for hours for *every_single_level* and watching walkthrough videos hoping against hope that you luck out like the guide player does. The game would have been improved greatly by removing any and all score-based and star-based achievements and replacing them with something that is actually fun and challenging to get instead of bullsh*t and infuriatingly impossible. This game will take you years and years to 3-star complete and you will not have a single second of fun while doing it. I beat Angry Birds Trilogy on 360 all the way 3-staring everything with merely just slight aggravation from time to time. This? This just goes overboard with the difficulty and really terrible level design that relies completely upon luck over 60% of the time. Especially the Death Star world is something that will make you stop buying anything Angry Birds related ever again.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Mar 18, 2015This is really big missed opportunity. Ubisoft had a lot of potential for a good game here, but the execution just drops the ball in everyThis is really big missed opportunity. Ubisoft had a lot of potential for a good game here, but the execution just drops the ball in every way. In every mission type they have an idea... and then they forget that going through the missions is supposed to be fun. This game also has no idea whether it wants to have a stealth or an action focus so it ends up lacking in both and making especially the action parts.... I wouldn't say impossibly hard, since they can be done with blind luck something like 25% of the time... but they are thoroughly obnoxious as all hell in ways they didn't need to be. Let's list of a couple of examples. First off you're often tasked with taking out a car. So you get into a car, chase the target down and..... you can change the traffic lights near him in hopes that he has an epileptic seizure when he sees red. You can't shoot from your car. If you get out to shoot, the target will escape and the mission will fail. So what you're left with is spending the next 35 minutes ramming into the enemy car hoping against hope that you will somehow succeed. Eventually you will, but did you have fun? No you didn't. It get's better. Often you are tasked to do this against convoys. In these missions you can intercept them and shoot them with say... a grenade launcher, and it's doable, if quite generic. But then the game tasks to take one or more people from the convoy *alive*. And now you're thinking "okay, so I equip my tranquilizer darts or something like that right?" Wrong. In order to take someone alive is to run into his di*k and hit him. While the rest of the convoy guns you down and kills you. If you stop to kill the rest of the convoy first, the targets will without fail escape. So you your only hope is to kamikaze the targets like an idiot and eventually succeed in your like nineteenth try after which you get to escape against impossibly fast pursuers and you've spent days on this mission. And it sure as all hell isn't fun. The game is filled with missions like this, that practically require you to have Saint's Row IV style superpowers like flight to get these slog missions done.... but you don't. The developers made Aiden Pierce an incapable protagonist who does not have the skills nor the equipment or health to take on these armed enemies. Also points deducted for the impossible drinking minigame that has a trophy tied to it. I was really hopeful for this game even after the graphics controversy, but damn.... there is just nothing fun about this generic sandbox game.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Mar 8, 2015This game sucks. Wow how hard this sucks. Why? The difficulty is out of control. After going through the tutorials, playing through the firstThis game sucks. Wow how hard this sucks. Why? The difficulty is out of control. After going through the tutorials, playing through the first peak out of 9 and after painstakingly watching multiple "how to do tricks and score huge points" videos..... this game is impossible bullsh*t. The next peak, Siberia, tasks the player to score 1,4 million points in a trick event to even unlock any other events. So apparently the designers thought it would be funny to lock 95% of the content out of the game for players that arent in the top 30 of the world at playing this game. After multiple "how to" videos and such, I am doing what I am instructed ti do, pulling of insane amounts of tricks, stringing them together to an unbroken insane combo..... and the game just pulls some bullsh*t score out of a hat that goes somewhere between 200,000 and 600,000. So.... what, is this a practical joke by EA? Make a game that becomes it impossible to progress in the career mode after something like four events? That is something else. And that makes this technically not even a game. It makes this a piece of garbage that should be burned.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Mar 8, 2015DO NOT BUY THIS! This game had so much potential to be a unique game with an interesting story. But unfortunately Atlus decided to betrayDO NOT BUY THIS! This game had so much potential to be a unique game with an interesting story. But unfortunately Atlus decided to betray gamers and put impossible puzzle challenges not only into the game but as the main element of the game. So good luck trying to enjoy a unique story when all of your gaming time will be spent yelling and screaming at unsolvable bullsh*t puzzles. Therefore this game has no redeeming qualities left as the puzzles mire everything into an unfun and infuriating piece of garbage. There is a "very easy" mode.... thing is it is a cheat that I learned only after googling about the insane difficulty in this game. And even then it won't help you. The only difference is that you very often find power ups that make you climb three blocks instead of one. Problem is that the later levels are designed specifically in a way that this will not help you in any way, making the puzzle levels just as impossible as they were before and the only way to go forward is to watch walkthrough videos second by second and copying the moves painstakingly. How about no. How about fu*king no. Fu*k you Atlus. Fu*k you.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Feb 7, 2015Not only do the graphics suck big time on the 360.... every other NFS title before this has looked lightyears more advanced and appealing toNot only do the graphics suck big time on the 360.... every other NFS title before this has looked lightyears more advanced and appealing to the eye on the 360.... but this game is just plain terrible. This is "baffling design choices" - the game. Many game sites have reviewed this game positively but tey are very simply lying. The idiocy here can really be summed up in a couple of sentences. First of : There is no pause button. That's right. EA has innovated by making the astoundingly terrible design decision of not being able to pause the game. That sh*t was supposed have been ripped out of dev's heads back in the NES era. also the game tries to force you to play multiplayer instead of single player. You can fiddle around in the options to make this idiocy not happen, but there is still no pause. The only way to make the game not fu*k you in the a*s while you want to do something else is drive to the nearest hideout, which will for all intents and purposes "pause" the game. This will take easily a couple of minutes every time. A couple of minutes to "pause" the game. Really. That is what they did here. And if you're being pursuited by hard level cops that will never ever fall behind you and by helicopters that will see you at all times? Going to a hideout does not work then so you can never *ever* get the game to pause. You have to let them bust you or try to escape for the next 5-10 minutes unsuccessfully. In the words of the AVGN "What if you gotta take a sh*t? Well tough sh*t if you gotta take a sh*t". And what you're doing then is driving around, being constantly spotted by the psychic cops and being pursuited until they catch you. Unless you drive back to your hideout after every single pursuit, it gets impossible to escape these real fast. And that also get tedious real quickly. Also the cops know that even when you're not being pursuited, they will start pursuits for no reason before you get to your hideout and they actually also will deliberately ram your stationary car on the side of the road to *start* a pursuit. What in the actual fu*k. I've actually liked every single NFS title all the wau from NFS II in the 90's. This. This is a joke in gamers' faces. THis is like *wow* type of bad. Please, please do not buy this game and waste your money. Fu*k this game. Fu*k it to hell.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Feb 4, 2015This game is something else. Points for originality, but god damnit.... this is bad. Like relentlessly bad right down to the core. In thisThis game is something else. Points for originality, but god damnit.... this is bad. Like relentlessly bad right down to the core. In this game you are an ineffective melee fighter/acrobat with terrible combat controls and imprecise and unreliable jumping controls. You are followed constantly by a large ogre-like creature with the IQ of a lifeless rock. The Ai is coded intentionally terribly makin the ogre (Majin) fall over nothing with an audible "ouch!" slowing you down at every turn. And guess what? This idiot creature is your only means of actual combat. He has some powerful attacks, but the AI has been crippled so badly that he can never ever hit with his basic or magic attacks. This results in fight after fight of frustration and tediousness when you try to get this giant moron to hit something. The game knows how terrible the combat is and has achievements/trophies for performing ten of each "elemental finishers" which basically require you to combo multiple enemies into stun mode using a very limited amount of magic.... that never ever hits. Resulting in achievements that are actually impossible to get as they are coded. This is one of the worst games I've played in my entire life. Fu*k. This. Game.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Dec 27, 2014This is utter trash. The game has some interesting aesthetic design going for it and the story itself is somewhat interesting, but the game isThis is utter trash. The game has some interesting aesthetic design going for it and the story itself is somewhat interesting, but the game is designed as a 2D / 3D platformer/puzzle solving game. And the jumping mechanics, physics engine and controls in general just can't hack what the game throws at you. For the entire runtime of the game you will be bangin your head against the wall with every single jumping puzzle, since the game keeps bugging out and dropping you into endless pits against it's own rules. The jumping also has no concept of momentum, it seems that both gravity and the continuity of motion sort of come and go based on pure chance. You have a dash mechanic that will cause you to fall to your doom without fail, since even when you actually reach the platform you were supposed to go to, the game decides to throw you down by the means of glitching. The controls are the worst controls of any game this side of Sonic 2006. Jumping very simply again does_not_work. And running and camera control is so wildly sensitive that you will end up just darting everywhere even if you are just thinking of moving the thumbsticks. Every puzzle is a lesson in frustration and they will eventually make you ragequit this game and go outside for a walk and hope that this idea of a game would have been made by some other dev team. There is no fun to be found here. Avoid at all costs.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.2Aug 7, 2014Do not buy this game. It is a sorry excuse for a sequel that has bare bones features compared to the previous installments, is riddled withDo not buy this game. It is a sorry excuse for a sequel that has bare bones features compared to the previous installments, is riddled with almost mandatory microtransactions if you actually want to build a deck that has any strategical chance against the campaign opponents and the cheating/sabotaging AI is back worse than ever.
Let's go through this point by point. The sealed format is gone, Two headed Giant is gone and the puzzle challenges are gone. Instead there is *only* the campaign mode where you fight duels against decks that have massively superior cards than you, that you can never have unless you buy the "premium booster packs" on top of... you know... *buying the game with your hard earned money*. The AI has the magical ability of without fault always drawing the exact card it needs to win, while you get shafted by either only land or no land cards at all. I have beaten both 2013 and 2014 campaigns and the revenge campaign of 2013 so cheating is nothing new for the AI in this series but man... the AI not only cheats like a motherfu*ker but uses game-breakingly strong cards that you can never, ever gain. So going through the game becomes an exercise in "let's hit the restart button until we give up in disgust". This on the easiest difficulty. Even the "help AI" has been sabotaged against you and it constantly tells you to make moves that are simply suicidal and *always without fail* automatically tries to choose the absolute worst way to use your mana. Even if you have the patience to grind through the "explore realm" levels to get all the possible cards you can, you still eventually run into a planeswalker there as well, who will without fail decimate you by cheating and prevent you from gaining even the weak pointless cards you could get from exploring the realms. Ajani, for example trumps your progress in one of these "explore" nodes and is absolutely impossible to beat, unless the game shows mercy and decides to eventually sometime in the year 2989 give you a duel that is actually possible to win. Ajani has a deck that, if drawn perfectly, is unbeatable by any combination of cards you can muster up. And as we have already established, the AI almost always chooses to draw a perfect card for every situation and beat you. The same thing happens with most other opponents, especially planeswalkers like Jace and Liliana. So that is the game designer's idea of "fun". Impossible cheating AI duels that transform the game from a game of Magic into a game of "hit the restart button 960 000 times and smash your head against the wall and then *maybe* you can progress to the next opponent and repeat the process".
This game is nothing more than a stripped down sham to try and force people to pay free-to-play microtransactions by causing aggravation and frustration. Do not waste your money on this crap. It's not even a game, it is a joke. The designer's clearly wanted to show a middle finger to every Magic player in the world, new or old, and try to prove that they can get the cash they want by putting out any insulting bullsh*t they want.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.3Jul 26, 2014First things first : Do not buy this game. It is an absolute pay-truckloads-of-cash-to-play (a.k.a. free-to-play) scam, a massive downgradeFirst things first : Do not buy this game. It is an absolute pay-truckloads-of-cash-to-play (a.k.a. free-to-play) scam, a massive downgrade from Duels 2014 and the opponent AI has been **** to the point of hilarious unbeatable challenge.
Okay with that out of the way, let's concentrate on the issues a bit more. First off, unless you want to grind hundreds of hours for absolute crap cards, you need to take a loan from your local bank to afford the premium boosters and deck unlocks that cost enough to make you lose your house. The features have been stripped from Duels 2014 with shocking viciousness and anti-consumer philosophies in mind. No Two-headed giant, no challenge puzzles, even the battle board has been erased of all color and vividness and has been replaced by a depressing bland grey table of terrible design.
As a Duels 2013 veteran I am used to the fact that sometimes the campaign opponents cheat so much it causes unneeded frustration (such as Duels 2013 Revenge Campaign Grenko, you who have played that, know what I'm talking about), but that issue was more or less resolved in Duels 2014. Now get this : Even before the actual campaign the "Final Chapter of the Tutorial" cheats so hard it is ridiculous. In a game such as this the challenge very simply is and always has been for descent players this : Is the match winnable or not, without any middle ground, since a good player what is the best move in each situation. And this statement tells everything you need to know about the cheating unbeatable AI in this game : I played flawlessly experimenting with different colored decks and the final *TUTORIAL* level just spawned mathematically unbeatable matches one after another and it absolutely destroyed me *fourteen times in a row* before finally giving a winnable scenario. That is not just bad design, the coders actively hate MtG players and wanted to sabotage their own game. Wow. Just wow. It is insane how terrible this piece of garbage is. A massive money grabbing scam woven into a frustration automaton made out of crap and bullsh*t. It doesn't even count as being a game. Do. Not. Buy. This.… Expand