Average User Score: 7.5Nov 24, 2011On one hand, this is a good game. If you enjoyed the previous Tropico games, chances are that you'lll enjoy this one as well. It has all ofOn one hand, this is a good game. If you enjoyed the previous Tropico games, chances are that you'lll enjoy this one as well. It has all of the same selling points as its' predecessors, and quite the better graphics. When that's been said and done.. it's pretty much old material in a new wrapping. Nothing groundbreaking, but enjoyable if you're into the Tropico series.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.6Nov 24, 2011It has dinosaurs... and that's pretty much the good news. Asides from a few decent quicktime events, all there really is to this game is aIt has dinosaurs... and that's pretty much the good news. Asides from a few decent quicktime events, all there really is to this game is a boring story, even more boring "puzzles" and having tried it, I found it depressing that Telltale actually got their hands on an otherwise decent franchise.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Nov 24, 2011Batman: Arkham City is sweet on the eyes, and even sweeter on anyone who has the most basic grasp on the DC universe. It's bigger in terms ofBatman: Arkham City is sweet on the eyes, and even sweeter on anyone who has the most basic grasp on the DC universe. It's bigger in terms of sheer size, content and entertainment value than its' predecessor - and if you'd believe it: even darker and grittier than Arkham Asylum. Amidst turf wars, a race against time on Batman's personal level and the many challenges found within the game, there's a constant sense of urgency. As it should be. While a great game, it sometimes feel as if some of the many challenge modes and smaller challenges are discreetly put aside, in favor of the main story. Add to that, that while there's a bundle of alternate characters and costumes, only a select few are available in more than a few modes of gameplay... It came off as lazy. 9/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Nov 24, 2011Skyrim is, by far, the best game in the Elder Scrolls series so far. Of course this should be expected, what with the current state of gameSkyrim is, by far, the best game in the Elder Scrolls series so far. Of course this should be expected, what with the current state of game engines, graphics and innovation, literally expanding rapidly on what is possible to realize in a game - and doing so in a convincing fashion.
Having said that, I doubt that anyone could ever stand on a monutain in Skyrim, and not have their breath taken away by the impressive vista. The misty slopes, the ever expanding horizon - and the knowledge, that one can literally go and visit any location in sight. The graphics, especially on the PC's highest setting, are nothing short of stunningly beautiful.
In terms of gameplay, Skyrim has definately seen some improvements since its' predecessor; Oblivion. The universal acclaimed UI improvements have not been exaggerated, and as I'm sure any Oblivion veteran will instantly agree with, the leveling / perk menu is by far one of the biggest improvements in Skyrim. It's simple, easily understood to even the most inexperienced of gamers. The fact that the menu itself is also an animated version of all three "major" star constellations in the game, doesn't hurt either.
While Skyrim definately has a high replay value, assuming that one ever manages to complete every quest and faction accessible, there are some issues that would deter one from doing so. While one could argue that these are all minor issues, they add up into a sense of frustration.
The facial animations are stiff, and somewhat bereft of life. While this might be blamed on the fact that I recently played LA Noire, this seems to be a consistent issue in the Elder Scrolls series. The bugs and glitches. I've seen people do a semi-Kitty Pride trick with doors and walls. While not a major issue in terms of progression, it does remove a lot from the sense of immersion. And speaking of that...
The AI. While the AI on NPC's has been upgraded somewhat since Oblivion, there are still moments of complete and utter.. annoyance. This has, in my case, included companions running against a pillar (and getting stuck there), dragons using the same, rather plain tactic in terms of fighting and -worst of all- important people tied to quests, willingly walking off from cliffs, walls and even the rare mountain.
All in all, the above issues come down to nitpicking. Like I said however, they do add up, and in the end the player is repeatedly reminded of the fact that it's a game, rather than an immersive experience. And the less is said about the state of PS3 owners, the better... In the end, Skyrim makes for a great experience. Its' breathtaking world, the dozens and dozens of intriguing storylines and the reasonably smooth gameplay, all in all makes for a gaming experience that will make you forget about the real world in a heartbeat. Get ready to kiss your friends, jobs and everyday life goodbye - it'll happen if you buy this game.
9/10 - the bugs, glitches and somewhat simple AI being the only things that keep this game from perfection.… Expand