Average User Score: 7.9Apr 20, 2013The story of Injustice sends professional comic book writers back to school, while the controls and features in the actual gameplay are theThe story of Injustice sends professional comic book writers back to school, while the controls and features in the actual gameplay are the best from Netherrealm Studios yet. Injustice is really the game DC fans have been waiting for, and instead of waiting for a new Mortal Kombat game as I usually am, I find myself yearning for a sequel to Injustice instead.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Mar 27, 2013Overall, the experience of Bioshock Infinite is a muddled one that can't seem to decide what it is. Is it a social commentary piece? It is anOverall, the experience of Bioshock Infinite is a muddled one that can't seem to decide what it is. Is it a social commentary piece? It is an action movie filled with stunning vistas? Is it a study in the morality of player choice? Is it a cosmic horror story? Is it a story of redemption and sacrifice? In the end, Bioshock Infinite is none of these things. It is, instead, the story of Ken Levine trying to recapture the surprise and innovation of the original Bioshock and falling short, delivering a strictly average game that ends with a whimper, instead of a bang.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Mar 25, 2012This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If you're a big fan of the original Mass Effect and didn't quite catch Mass Effect 2, you'll be wondering if you're playing the right game when you start Mass Effect 3. A thing that bugged me a lot right away was the fact that it auto-picks dialogue for you (the entire opening cutscene, Commander Shepard is friendly and a bit sarcastic, regardless of how you've been playing him/her during the past games), taking control out of your hands. They also did away with all of the neutral choices, forcing you to be Renegade or Paragon the entire way through. The game has some breathtaking set pieces, but they feel like distractions. The gameplay is essentially identical to Mass Effect 2 with some small improvements, such as more guns, and a streamlined power system.
The story is interesting and fun up until the last twenty minutes or so. The ending of the game felt like Bioware had been casually writing a decent story before realizing they had a deadline, and so they rushed everything into an A, B, or C ending. Quite literally, nothing you've done in the past games matters during these last few parts. As long as you have 5,000 war assets and 100% readiness, they let you pick whatever ending you want. Literally. You're presented with the Paragon choice, the Renegade choice, and then a strange, over-the-top Neutral choice, and you simply pick one and watch the 10 minute cutscene of confusion roll out.
Characters, major and minor, from the entire trilogy return. Some of them have sidequests, whereas others show up in small cameos in major missions. You may find yourself wanting to accumulate your dream team from Mass Effect 1 or 2, but the squad selection is incredibly sparse, the smallest squad in the entire series, which consists almost entirely of Mass Effect 1 squad members.
The story makes almost no sense right out of the starting gate if you didn't play the DLC in Mass Effect 2. A DLC in Mass Effect 2 involves Shepard trying to slow down The Reapers after defeating The Collectors, destroying an entire star system in the process. This lands him with his/her Specter status revoked, his ship grounded, his/her rank being stripped, and him/her in jail. If you did not play this DLC, they do not explain it to you, and actually state later in the game that someone else ended up doing this because Shepard didn't. Why are you in jail, then? No explanation is given.
Furthering the DLC issue, Bioware actually stripped endings, multiplayer characters, companions, and sidequests from the base Mass Effect 3 game, meaning you'll need to pay another ten or twenty dollars to have a legitimately 'full' game, and as such, the entire experience. This may not be a big deal to some gamers, but I felt offended by the nickel and dime aspect of it, and so I felt that it deserved mention, for any potential buyers.
The Multiplayer is arguably the best part of the game. It involves you and up to three of your friends playing on a map, fighting off 11 waves of either Reapers, Geth, or Cerberus, completing Objectives along the way, before fighting off hordes of enemies at the Landing Zone as you wait for extraction. You'll find it quickly becomes predictable and repetitive, but the Collectable Card Game style of unlocking things will keep you hooked. You level up your unique Multiplayer characters with Experience, but after every game you also get money, which you use to buy Packs of varying price and value. Each pack comes with new equipment and attachments, with chances for new characters and weapons as well. It's fun and addictive, and also plays a role for your single player experience, adding to your army and galactic readiness.
The downside of Multiplayer is that, to get the best ending, you need to play it. I am aware that Bioware claims you don't, but it is an absolute fact that you do. You start out with 50% Galactic Readiness in Single Player, and it goes down by 3% every in-game day. You need 100% to have full access to the army you gain, and the only way to raise your galactic readiness is to play multiplayer. As such, it is literally impossible to have full reign of your army, and as such, the best ending, without playing Multiplayer.
Overall, Mass Effect 3 is a disappointment. It's not a terrible game, by any means, but it makes far too many promises, and delivers on far too few. Die-hard fans of the series will enjoy it, but will look back on the days of Mass Effect 1 and wonder 'What happened to the game series I fell in love with?'… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Mar 16, 2012RAAM's Shadow is definitely worth the fifteen dollar price tag. With a new two to three hour campaign and a ton of great new multiplayerRAAM's Shadow is definitely worth the fifteen dollar price tag. With a new two to three hour campaign and a ton of great new multiplayer skins, any fan of Gears of War should buy this add-on without a second thought.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Mar 16, 2012Arkham Asylum is a near perfect game, the only flaw being low re-playability value. It has something to offer to every type of video gameArkham Asylum is a near perfect game, the only flaw being low re-playability value. It has something to offer to every type of video game player, so if you don't already own this gem, make sure to hurry out to pick it up!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Mar 16, 2012Bioshock is refreshing and original, even years past it's release. The atmosphere is creepy, but utilizes actual eerie moments than jumpBioshock is refreshing and original, even years past it's release. The atmosphere is creepy, but utilizes actual eerie moments than jump scares. The only complaint is that near the end of the game it opts to fall into samey corridor shooting, and sacrifices it's atmosphere for action, but this is a small flaw in what is otherwise a perfect game. A must-have for any shooter, puzzle, or horror fan.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Mar 16, 2012The maps are fun, if not a bit unbalanced, and the multiplayer skins are superb. The only complaint I had with it was that two of the fourThe maps are fun, if not a bit unbalanced, and the multiplayer skins are superb. The only complaint I had with it was that two of the four skins were just pre-order skins, rather than actual new and interesting additions.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Mar 16, 2012Battlefield 3 is a rather entertaining and well put-together game, but when compared to Battlefield 2, or even Bad Company 2, it feels empty,Battlefield 3 is a rather entertaining and well put-together game, but when compared to Battlefield 2, or even Bad Company 2, it feels empty, and a bit padded. The maps have, dare I say, grown TOO large. There have always been large maps and small maps, but now it seems like large maps are all that remain, and the game has a huge emphasis on vehicle warfare to the point where almost no class has any chance against vehicles. In my opinion they were well balanced in Battlefield 3 and Bad Company 2, but with the addition of even more upgrades to them, they have become the be-all end-all in combat.
The single player is bland, and feels remarkably similar to the single play of Call of Duty: Black Ops, simply brought into Modern Day. It's fine while it lasts, but it feels like the campaign overall goes nowhere, and even though the stakes are high, they never really feel that way. Really, it's just a series of walking down corridors and shooting faceless foes with whatever gun they stick you with.
The co-op is a fun distraction, but like the single player, it doesn't last. A player with a friend can probably beat them all on the hardest difficulty in a day, or maybe two, and get everything it has to offer.
Battlefield 3 is fun, but it still feels like DICE has a lot of work to do regarding balancing and features. At this point in time it seems like they're in a mad rush to compete with Call of Duty, rather than make their own, truly original and fresh game.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.3Mar 16, 2012Modern Warfare 3 is just that. The third installment in the Modern Warfare series. It brings some new things to the table, enough to keepModern Warfare 3 is just that. The third installment in the Modern Warfare series. It brings some new things to the table, enough to keep things interesting, but the game play remains by and large unchanged. If you're a fan of Call of Duty, you've probably already bought this. If not, you probably haven't, and that's really all there is to say on the matter. If you liked Modern Warfare 2, you'll enjoy this. If you didn't like Modern Warfare 2, then you won't like this.… Expand