Average User Score: 6.2Mar 12, 2014ZERO problems connecting to a game. I picked up my pre-order at midnight and proceeded to play non-stop until about 6 in the morning and again the next day. Only server issue I had was at the completion of the last mission of my first campaign, the server disconnected during the ending cinema. All my stats counted, but I didn't get the achievement. No other problems since at all. I live in Oklahoma, so perhaps this is a regional thing. I've also experienced no issues with anything else related to Xbox Live. I'm surprised, I even had problems connecting during the Call of Duty free Weekend most of the time.
Next, the game. You know enough about it. I love it. The game is so smooth, you'd never notice any of these so-called framerate issues that likely plague the unoptimized PC version. I played on both Xbox One and PC during beta and can attest to the fact that at least with my 7970, during online matches Titanfall was unplayable with v-sync on and to much screen tearing, more than X1, to the point I couldn't stand it. Besides, a game like this is meant for a controller and I couldn't see myself using a kb+m for this.
Lastly, only thing keeping it from a 10 are the commercials. The problem? They are great. The Titan intros and the my buddy commercials. You'd almost think this game's story mode would have loads of humor in it like Portal mixed with Call of Duty/Gears of War. The story is less understandable than all of the CoDs up to Ghosts, which is hard to do. If I play this for 30 or 40 hours it would have been worth the money. I'll wait to see what the season pass has in store. As long as it's not 5 maps total, I'll get it. Maybe they should make another campaign with the season pass with a better story and drop those maps into the classic rotation.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Dec 27, 2013Often, you have to get me to argue to say something passionate, but since it's a rare thing I write reviews at all, you should know it left an impression on me. Of course it's short, it's DLC, but it has really good padding with the constant freeing of slaves in various different ways. It never got old to me. It's a first in a video game and something I really enjoyed. Adewale is a more fitting hero than Edward Kenway, not that Kenway is unlikable, but I would have rathered the game focus on him and slavery altogether as he has better motivations than Kenway. This short DLC has had more emotional resonance than the 50% of the main game I have finished so far and I hope Ubisoft doesn't let this them go.
If Ubisoft had focused on the first mate of the pirate Edward Kenway and him becoming an Assassin's instead of Kenway. I believe the overall narrative to Black Flag could have been stronger despite how much I actually like the game.
If they made AC V or another chapter of AC IV about slavery, it could have been Django, but less in your face with a little more comedy and a little bit more emotional depth that would give you the feeling of the Color Purple. A protagonist a little bit more like Ezio, but more depth. He could have had an emotional hook like a wife or family he needs to find like Spartacus. Slavery is perfect for that kind of depth, but they need to be in it, not above it. Shrink the scope of the game, not try to make the world so large. Just make it a part of the south with a few plantations and towns. Maybe fast travel to faraway places, unless it's a long path that the escape slave takes to freedom or to another town/plantation. That and a crouch button are what I'd wish for AC V.… Expand
Average User Score: 1.9Nov 17, 2013Best Call of Duty campaign yet. Visually stunning. This may sound silly, but I think Call of Duty played on what people thought of previous campaigns this time and truly amplified it. It rivals the campaign of Bulletstorm and the Gears of War games and the animation is as smooth and the game is more beautiful than Rage. If it's not my favorite shooter campaign in the past few years it's close. It's cross-gen, so I guess it is in contention for my shooter of the gen.
People will analyze this story to death, but as an action movie style plot it's great. Snow, underwater, repelling down skyscrapers, even tanks and helicopters. It has everything and does it all well. To bad some of it feels like it could have been more like the dog especially. Makes me wonder if they'll compete with Battlefield 4 with vehicle combat in future multiplayer DLC.
While I can't say this looks flat out better than BF4, I can say it looks great. It rivals it's beauty through style, and it runs smoother than BF4 even if BF4 when tweaked properly (no MSAA, low postAA at 1440p) still looks really smooth on my 7970. My SSD made them even smoother. No complaints graphically and until the very end I was impressed. Of course there will be a sequel and I might be in line to snatch up the rest of the possible trilogy.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0May 25, 2013This game is nothing like the original Resident Evil games. For the first few chapters (the chapters last about 20 minutes at a time) the game has a little bit of backtracking on an empty ship, then it turns into pretty hardcore action straight onto the end. It feels like a pint-sized version of Resident Evil 5. There is some backtracking included, but only after clearing out rooms filled with ooze. At that point, the ship is so uninteresting the backtracking just wastes time since there are zero interesting puzzles, just finding keys.
There are times this feels like a kiddie game despite the overly sexual Jessica and a tiny bit of cursing because of silly anime style side characters and the weak gore factor. There is blood spurting and splashing, but you can't even get decapitated and the enemies melt into puddles of ooze. To be expected being original made for a kid's handheld console.
After finishing the game, I have to say this is the weakest ending to a Resident Evil game ever. Good thing it wasn't a part of the main series.
Emotions usually run high at game launches and people only want to listen to what they want to hear, but I'll say this game isn't worth full sticker price. It plays like a slightly enhanced mobile game and not the HD remake you would be expecting. There are some genuinely thrilling moments (this is an action game, not scary like survival horror), but overall I'm a bit disappointed.… Expand