Average User Score: 7.9Feb 9, 2016Tomb Raider 2013 was one of my favourite games in recent years. So I was looking toward this with great anticipation. If they had just doneTomb Raider 2013 was one of my favourite games in recent years. So I was looking toward this with great anticipation. If they had just done more of the same, I would've been happy.
Oh boy, not only did they delivered all that was great about TR2013, but they have also expanded and reworked so much of the game that it feels like proper progression of the gameplay.
The crafting system has been expanded and the tombs now feel like proper puzzles (although nowhere near as hard as the original in 1996). The graphics have been reworked and Laura looks AMAZING.
Unfortunately there are some optimisation issues. The Anisotropic filtering takes a lot of horsepower (yeah, it's like 1999 all over again!) and the shadows are a blocky mess and they have a massive impact on performance. Regardless, it looks beautiful.
If anything, I felt that ROTTR could use a bit more content, but that's more to do with the fact that I just want to keep playing this forever rather than a lack of content.
Recommended with rainbows and fireworks.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Dec 4, 2015It appears this game had some issues at launch, but oh boy is it a good game now!
Once you get over the intimidation of the steep learningIt appears this game had some issues at launch, but oh boy is it a good game now!
Once you get over the intimidation of the steep learning curve, you'll discover a rich and immersive game that will eat away your hours. There's no plot as such other than taking on missions to increase your status, but it's the gameplay that sucks you in.
Don't be scared by the complexity, it's not as hard as it looks. Once you understand the mechanics of the game, you'll be hooked!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Oct 3, 2015Despite the worst Australian accents in gaming and the baffling use of American English, this game does good justice to the iconic AustralianDespite the worst Australian accents in gaming and the baffling use of American English, this game does good justice to the iconic Australian films. Way more fun than critics would have you believe and certainly a lot of bang for your buck.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Aug 20, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Do you like those dumb and frantic FPS games of the late 90's?
Well, they don't come much dumber and frantic than Hard Reset.
First of all, the game looks technically great! I can't say I'm crazy about the art direction, but it does look shiny and technically competent.
The story is... um... I have no idea. Something about AI and robots or something. The plot is paper thin and it's just there as an excuse for stuff to go boom.
The level design is OK if a little contrived. It's all very linear with the odd secret room or had to reach area sprinkled around the map.
Thankfully, the shooting justifies the price of admission. Frantic, crazy shooting with plenty of weapons and lots of enemy hordes to mow down.
If you liked Painkiller or Serious Sam, you'll probably enjoy this brainless but very fun roller-coaster ride of destruction.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.3May 22, 2015First of all, yes, this game doesn't look as good as the 2013 trailer. I didn't think it was possible with current hardware. This sparked aFirst of all, yes, this game doesn't look as good as the 2013 trailer. I didn't think it was possible with current hardware. This sparked a "Downgrade" controversy that has 13 year olds claiming this game looks like a cartoony console port.
Let me get this out of the way. Despite the "downgraded" visuals, this is the most visually stunning open world game I have seen so far. I am constantly stopping my horse and telling myself "Geez, this looks amazing!".
What's really incredible is how well it looks and performs with modest hardware. My i5 3570k+R9 280 handles the game just fine at 1080p with every thing set to Ultra except for shadows and foliage distance (set to High). Had this game been developed by Ubisoft, you would've needed a Quad SLI/Crossfire set up to run it at 720P with only half the draw distance.
There has also been claims of the game crashing. I started playing with patch 1.03 and have not had a single technical issue the 18hrs I've played so far. Can you say the same about any other AAA title out there? CDProjectRed needs to be commended for delivering such a solid title, specially when you consider the scope of the game.
Gameplay-wise, this is truly an evolution of previous Witcher games. The stories and environments are familiar but in a much grander scale. Complex political machinations are delivered in a simple enough way that even a simpleton like myself can understand, yet do not sacrifice any of the entertainment value.
The combat is much better than previous titles. Don't expect tight controls like Dark Souls, but it is fun and satisfying enough to stop it like feeling like a chore.
I could go on forever talking about this game and how good it is. I really could! But let me just say it has been years since I bought a game that has made me stop my life just so I could play. The Witcher 3 has exceeded my expectations in every way.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jan 2, 2015Beautiful graphics, excellent animation, challenging gameplay (hard as hell), amazing music and fluid controls (with an Xbox controller atBeautiful graphics, excellent animation, challenging gameplay (hard as hell), amazing music and fluid controls (with an Xbox controller at least).
This is of much higher calibre than most other 2D games found on Steam. A real gem of a game.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Dec 31, 2014Great visuals, audio, art and character design and, above all, brilliant gameplay.
It's frantic shooting 90's style but uses modern hardwareGreat visuals, audio, art and character design and, above all, brilliant gameplay.
It's frantic shooting 90's style but uses modern hardware to switch the game mode from horizontal to vertical to 3D seamlessly as you plough your way through legions of enemy mecha and space ships.
My only criticism is that the game feels too short, but considering how much fun it is, you'll be sure to replay it again and again.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Dec 28, 2014Good concept, good graphics, very competent technical execution. The problem is that it's so BORING!
This should be called a backwardsGood concept, good graphics, very competent technical execution. The problem is that it's so BORING!
This should be called a backwards walking simulator. You just spend your whole time walking backwards, waiting for your spell to power up.
It feels that this game was so close to being something awesome but they padded the hell out of the game to artificially make it longer and it ultimately becomes repetitive and very, very predictable.
I do hope they make a sequel as I'm sure they would have learned from their mistakes.
A game that you can see had a lot of promise but missed the mark by a looooooong shot.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.5Nov 14, 2014Whoo hoo! Another COD game, because god knows we don't get enough of these, do we?
If you've played a COD game before then you've played themWhoo hoo! Another COD game, because god knows we don't get enough of these, do we?
If you've played a COD game before then you've played them all. This is no exception except that now you some high tech toys that the game lets you play with when it feel generous. They almost feel like quick time events. Press "F" to use AMAZING TECHNOLOGY. You can't just start climbing walls or punching through walls whenever you want. Oh no, that's reserved for special occasions, like when the you need to escape a tricky situation or simply break the monotony of shooting people or drones.
Now everyone repeat after me, THEY ARE GOING TO INVADE AMERICA!. At least we know that Activision is committed to recycling because they keep reusing the same plot line over and over...
Perhaps their fan base is made up entirely of American survivalists. I don't know.
One thing that amuses me about these games is that you shoot, stab and kill everyone in the usual emotionless manner because it's ALL ABOUT REVENGE, YAAAAARRRR! But the second that a "good guy" dies, it gets all emotional and sentimental. It's all ridiculous and childish. By now I'm truly over this thumping 'Murican propaganda machine.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Oct 10, 2014Not long ago, I fired up Sleeping Dogs and noticed that it started to look dated.The game itself is extremely fun, brilliant and utterlyNot long ago, I fired up Sleeping Dogs and noticed that it started to look dated.The game itself is extremely fun, brilliant and utterly engaging, but the graphics, although still good, could have used a refresh.
Lo and behold, the Definitive Edition arrives.
The changes at first are subtle and you wonder if there are any change at all, but place them side by side, with movement, and you'll see the work that went into this.
Improvements that I've noticed:
* Better character models. Both Player's and NPCs. Improved texturing and physics, so you get things like jewellery and hair moving.
*Better lighting and atmospheric effects. Nice fog effects which looks great when raining. You also get steam coming from kitchens, pipes and food bowls.
*More world animations.Awnings flap in the wind, lights blink and neon signs now flash like actual neon signs and animated advertisements have been added.
*Increased crowd density and now the markets actually looks like markets with lots and lots of items on display and people shopping.
If you loved the original game as much as I did and have it on Steam, the upgrade is fairly cheap at
$15. Whether there is value in that is hard to say, but I'm glad I bought it.… Expand