Average User Score: 5.8Dec 5, 2014A friend and I bought this game for the PC, and after playing it for 2 hours she decided it was trash and returned it. I decided to play itA friend and I bought this game for the PC, and after playing it for 2 hours she decided it was trash and returned it. I decided to play it all the way through because I was a huge DA1 fan and I heard from multiple sources that this was a return to that style.
It is not at all.
I wont even complain about the combat and how clunky it is, or how they just give you a cookie cutter group to start the game with (lazy story design everywhere).
But the RPG aspects of the game let me down so hard, they throw you into a crusader as this inqusition basically out of no where and have you running garbage peasant missions with little to no control over the choices you make. Its like a bad World of Warcraft questing system now where I go collect trash and drop banners everywhere to spread my crappy inquisition around. The dialogue with your characters is basically relegated off to the back end and you really only get to chat with people in haven. The camp fire chit chat and any sort of personal connection you could have made are completely dead and you really don't have the chance to grow on any of these characters because you just hate them so much. The game feels tedious and you'll find your self bored of doing nothing but running around looking for trash on the ground rather than anything epic or interesting. You'll get to level 10 before you even dream of meeting another person and you'll be in the same crappy mountain hinterlands the entire time unless you really try and find other things to do.
This game was a huge let down and I wish i had returned it 2 hours after i bought it as well. Bio Ware is dead, and EA proves that anything it touches is garbage.
Can we all agree that Origin is also the worst thing ever?… Expand
Average User Score: 3.9May 29, 2012Well I have to applaud Blizzard in all reality. From a business stand point it would seem like you're on the perfect track to make theWell I have to applaud Blizzard in all reality. From a business stand point it would seem like you're on the perfect track to make the shareholders at Activision very pleased.
You've taken a game with so much hype built around it, a game with a rabid and wildly large fan base, a game vaulting off of the massive success of the previous generation - and you've turned it into your sacrificial lamb.
I understand that WoW is dying. The cash cow that you have been able to depend on to fill your coffers is finally drying up. It had a great run. MoP is not likely to defibrillate the failing heart of what was once the WoW empire, and you know this. Starcraft 2, while an amazing game, cannot replace this cash cow - then again it wasn't meant to. How could it? Your business foresight is very attuned. Because of this you carefully planned your next chess move: Diablo 3.
What better way to birth another golden goose than to bank an entire game off of the most addictive part of what Diablo 2 was: the item grind. Pure brilliance. And so, from the ground up, you formed this game to be solely about item exchange - this would be the titan built to replace WoW's subscription based bankroll in the form of micro transactions.
Except one thing: you're boring.
On May 15th 2012, after nearly a decade of anticipation, we were given Diablo 3! Except, it's not quite Diablo 3. It's a slimmed down, cut up version of the Diablo 3 everyone was taught to expect. Except, it wasn't given to us, we still had to pay you full price for it: $60.
My how the mighty hath fallen. Why is it not Diablo 3, you say? Well let's see. Anyone remember all those teaser videos spoon fed to the community over the past 3 years? Videos slowly leaking to us glimpses of the content we could expect to experience? I do.
From nearly FOUR years ago:
@2:10 "These current weapons just won't do!":
I guess scrapping this idea all together was more developmentally cost effective.
@6:30 "Let's see what a real fight looks like."
Indeed, lets. I'm still waiting, actually. Is it just me or does that environment look entirely more engaging than the atmosphere we've purchased at release?
@2:00 Did he say randomized, dungeons, quests and encounters?
If their idea of newly generated fights, quests and environments is a continuous cycle of the same things from a pre-conceived list, he's spot on!
So where's the beef? - some might say. The beef is that this is not Diablo 3, this is an imposter. A hologram. An artificial replacement. A lame duck substitute for what hype built it up to be. A cut up and slimmed down version of what should have been. In essence: a slaughtered, sacrificial lamb.
That leaves myself and thousands of others saying indeed, where is the beef? Blizzard's answer: there is no cow level. But hey, we got rainbows and unicorns!
Is anyone still in complete denial about how truly boring this game is or have people started to shake off the honey moon dust?
You eliminated enchanting, PvP, pet companions and other things from the release version so that you could market it as part of a later expansion for more money. (This is a trend in gaming that several developers have been following; withhold content you've been advertising for the past two years and charge a premium for it at a later date. I shouldn't have expected Activision-Blizzard to be any different, shame on me.
You didn't include a single player mode because you can't make money off of people if they aren't using the AH in a multiplayer format. Less work for you in the development stages, and forces people to engage in the micro-economy that your bankroll is based on. Again, brilliance. Which leads me to my final point
There is so LITTLE dynamic to this game I cannot believe it took this many years to create it. In fact, I don't. So why the long wait? I'll tell you: economic law. Years to iron out the legal details for a global launch of RMAH.
It doesn't take an overly intelligent mind to figure WHY they would want to use a RMAH and get a cut of (a lot of) the transactions. That's fine. Here's the problem: you built the entire game around a pure gear grind, and then force that gear grind to revolve around the AH, specifically the RMAH. There is literally no other dynamic. When you build a game from a purely business stand point, you're not building a great game - and a great game this is not.
In conclusion, gamers, do you really want to spend your time on yet another slave-like gear grind? If so, eat your heart out. You'll find no better place to do it! If not, there are a plethora of other games out there much more deserving of your $60, I promise… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Aug 17, 2011For an Indie game i purchased on a whim that i expected to be childish junk, this game totally blew me away. As a linear RPG with anFor an Indie game i purchased on a whim that i expected to be childish junk, this game totally blew me away. As a linear RPG with an interesting twist through its narration it was surprisingly fun, and challenging. The game offers tons of ways to customize your play through experience from choosing weapons, customizing the weapons in different ways, upgrading them and your town. Choosing special abilities and perks for your characters and offering a TON of different ways to make each level you enter different through bonus's and challenges you unlock in the game. Super fun, super classy, this is a game you wont regret buying.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Nov 17, 2010I can not being to stress how TERRIBLE this was. It was the biggest let down i have EVER purchased. I LOVED the other DLC's and the original,I can not being to stress how TERRIBLE this was. It was the biggest let down i have EVER purchased. I LOVED the other DLC's and the original, i was max level and had a group of 4 friends and we loved this game. We dove into this super excited. And finished it completely in 4 hours.
NO SCOOTER - right off the bat, don't even get your hopes up for having any laughs-
NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT - no new characters, the only person that is new is "Blake" who literally is monotone and says nothing interesting, even his intro screen is just his name, not even a funny comment.
BOSS FIGHTS ARE A JOKE - seriously, we raped this stuff, it was pathetic. I have never felt more betrayed and let down with any other game (well command and conquer 4 was pretty bad too...)… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Nov 10, 2010Quick look at the review:
Conclusion: Wish i had not purchased this, it certainly shouldn't cost $60 and it was a big let down Pro: StoryQuick look at the review:
Conclusion: Wish i had not purchased this, it certainly shouldn't cost $60 and it was a big let down
Pro: Story line was engaging
Cons: A quick summary if you dont want to read below:
Graphics are the same but run worse (ya i don't get it either, go figure)
Shorter than the first, took me 4 hours 20 minutes to beat on Hardened collecting all but 2 pieces of intel.
Multiplayer is buggy and laggy, constant kicks, crashes, disconnects make it close to unplayable.
for $60 you get a poorly made expansion that will let you down.
Now I'll explain it a bit more for those who want to know my reasoning
The graphics of the game are the same as the first, It looks the same, nothing new, if anything i almost feel like they pushed the bar even less. Really no moments that are visually stunning. Given that somehow they've managed to make it run less efficiently. During my setup for single player graphics i experienced instense lag, my screen would flash yellow and i had to lower the settings down on AA AASA. At this point the game still had moments of extreme choppiness though i could play with the settings further because of the poorly done menu. Every mutliplayer game i've joined has people lagging out or crashing because of graphical issues. I run a Nvidia 480GTX, Quad-core Intel, 8GB of ram and I STILL get lag in this game (yes i have the latest drivers). The game play is the roughly the same as the first but it feels less fluid, the AI does nothing but get in the way the entire time, you basically feel like your just running through a movie and only you down know the script. You end up having to kill everything you see as your AI squad members really dont do anything except follow their scripts. In this game they've simply reused what they had and spent even less time on making it feel "epic" and even less time on the menu system of the game which at this point its so PC unfriendly that it makes me want to cry.
The list of complaints tends to drag on but over all the fact that this was a $59.99 for an even shorter game than the first, using the same engine, same everything is really just criminal. I regret spending my $60 for something that should have been in the $30 price range as an expansion.
To the Critic's that have reviewed this. Did you even play Modern Warfare 2? How can people even suggest that this "tops" that? You had to crawl through a trench under heavy machine gun fire in front of the WHITE HOUSE in the first one, nuclear war, defending the homeland they managed to hit every button to get people to connect with their game. The story of this game is a giant flash back, that has nothing to do with us, and lets just say the ending was a joke.… Expand