Average User Score: 6.2Aug 7, 2014As a brief summary, Fez is an amazingly unique game, with great mechanics, cryptic environments, and a slightly surreal atmosphere. As a game,As a brief summary, Fez is an amazingly unique game, with great mechanics, cryptic environments, and a slightly surreal atmosphere. As a game, it plays amazingly well. There is a perfect blend of puzzle and platformer, not so much that either necessarily favours itself over the other.With games like Fez, I know that the future of indie games is certainly bright.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Aug 1, 2014This game is a decent game, but it seems it's not for everyone. I found that it has some deeper philosophical connotations, some kind ofThis game is a decent game, but it seems it's not for everyone. I found that it has some deeper philosophical connotations, some kind of hidden meaning, but what it is precisely is not specified, nor is it strictly easy to work out.
It is incredibly short; you may be able to get through the main "story" within about an hour, perhaps a little longer. The game also has extra collectibles in the form of green flowers, which are hidden within different levels.
The game is a short journey throughout a bizarre and twisted world, making use of the motion within the Dualshock 4 controller. It can feel a bit sluggish at times, but overall, it is pretty sleek and once you get used to it, it feels perfect. There is no narrative, there isn't even strictly any instructions. The only hint you really get is a little visual message at the beginning about how to use the controller correctly, but that's about it. This lack of communication makes for a rather cryptic voyage of trial and error, trying to fully understand what it is precisely you hope to achieve. However, the main game is pretty self explanatory, and you shouldn't get too lost trying to work it all out.
The reason I have deducted two points is for these two reasons; one, the game is about £6.49, which I feel is a little excessive for a game that happens to be so short. Two, the game can be repetitive, and you'll end up playing the same level numerous times trying to find the little secrets, which can be a pain.
The reason I have given it a positive score, however, is that it feels fresh, different, new, and can be incredibly therapeutic. I don't know of many games that make me feel relaxed, and that never make me feel frustrated.
so, in closing, if you want a game that is easy to get into, that feels relaxing and different, then this game may be just for you. However, don't expect a complicated interface, a whole load of objectives, and a lot of different options. This game is the bare minimum, but it works.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Jun 5, 2014This game is by no means perfect, but also not necessarily a bad game, either. It would be a lie if I said I didn't enjoy this game, even aThis game is by no means perfect, but also not necessarily a bad game, either. It would be a lie if I said I didn't enjoy this game, even a little bit, because I got a lot of enjoyment out of it. Being a major Burnout fan, along with being an avid fan of NFS games, I thought that a NFS with similar mechanics to Burnout would be ideal. Of course, this game isn't really NFS at all, more like a weird spin off game. None of the mechanics or themes are similar to the older games of the franchise, and I can safely stand by those that believe this is a dirtying of the Most Wanted name.
However, if we disregard the fact that they labelled this with such an absurd title, then we can finally enjoy what the game REALLY is. If Criterion set up their own franchise with an entirely different name, then I believe this game would not have crashed as hard as it did. I can't simply remove points because of a namesake; that's just ridiculous. Nobody was forced to buy this, and nobody was forced to akin this game to the original Most Wanted. People chose to do this because of the title, but simple research shows that this game is NOTHING like the original Most Wanted. So why complain? It was a cheap shot, but anyone with common sense would look beyond it. The game itself is fun; multiple vehicles with varying handling, each with their own set events to complete to unlock new performance modules. Every action is simple and intuitive via easydrive, though the world map is a little confusing, with no labeling of roads or districts, and is not even set in a satellite view to clearly display what lies where. This can get very confusing rather quickly for first time players, but overlooking this, it's not such a major problem.
The pursuits aren't strictly riveting, and once you get used to them, they are simply too easy. After a while it gets a little tedious, and is really just a distraction.
The races can be interesting, and they're is a host of several different event types; the basic sprint and circuit races, along with ambush events in which you must evade the police in as short a time as possible, and an event type where you must retain an optimal speed to keep your average speed as high as possible to achieve the gold medals. This variation is very welcome, and each event proves to be an interesting challenge.
I'll admit that the game isn't a masterpiece, but it's nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be. If I had the choice, I would rate it 6.5/10. However, since I can't, I'll give it a six just to appease those that feel a little cheated with this installment.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jun 3, 2014Fuel is a fantastic racing game, unique at it's core and fun for hours on end. It boats a huge map area, many different collectibles and sideFuel is a fantastic racing game, unique at it's core and fun for hours on end. It boats a huge map area, many different collectibles and side activities, along with several areas that you will unlock piece by piece as you progress through your racing career. Sometimes, it's fun to just travel around and take a look at the world around you, and other times you may head to a race for a bit of a challenge. There's not much to say, so I'll sum it up as clearly as possible;
Unique, interesting, large, fun, varied and beautiful.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jun 3, 2014Mirrors Edge was a unique experience for all the way back to its' time. Free running was mostly unheard of, and this game was purely that.Mirrors Edge was a unique experience for all the way back to its' time. Free running was mostly unheard of, and this game was purely that. This is what gripped me about the game; I loved the fluent, intuitive movement, and the flow of the game was so incredibly smooth and flawless that you couldn't really go wrong. After playing the demo, I can't say my opinion changed. In fact, the game seemed even more worthwhile than before. Having finally got the game, I found it to be a new experience, with an interesting story set in a subtly dystopian alternate reality, where the general public disregarded free speech and went about their lives without questioning anything. This is something else Mirror's Edge does well; rather than an in-your-face, dark and dreary setting, the city looks clean and rather pleasant, but is underlined by darker goings on. The tale unravels as you make your way through, running, fighting and shooting your way along rooftops, through office buildings and underground.
The game isn't perfect, though; simply free running the entire way, there isn't really much variation, no extra mechanics that games nowadays would make use of to break up the monotony. The story is inspired, and in some ways unpredictable, but feels a little unimaginative.
I can't say the game isn't good though, and anyone that has yet to play it is greatly missing out on a genre defining classic.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.0Jun 3, 2014Doom 3 BFG edition is not strictly a great game, but it at least reaches a level of decency, in my eyes. The game is not merely Doom 3, butDoom 3 BFG edition is not strictly a great game, but it at least reaches a level of decency, in my eyes. The game is not merely Doom 3, but also includes the original and Doom 2, which are great games on their own. Doom 3 is not necessarily fantastic, but it's a fun corridor shooter that I recalled playing several years ago on the original Xbox. Wanting to relive the relative nostalgia, I bought this to see if it was as good as I remembered it being. I hate to say that it wasn't as great as I remember, but still rather fun and intriguing. The story is a little cliche and predictable, but the setup itself is interesting and, at some times, slightly disturbing (which is a good thing, considering this is effectively meant to be a horror game). Some enemy designs are a little uninspired; generic, humanoid demons and possessed people will be the earliest encounters you face. However, later on in the game, there are more interesting monsters; floating demon faces, that are horrifying on their own, and cyborg hellhounds will appear later on.
Ultimately, it's not fantastic, but for the amount of content (multiple expansion packs and three doom games), you can't really go wrong anyway.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Jun 3, 2014There isn't much to say about Goat Simulator. You play as a goat, perform random actions, and rack up points. This all happens within a tinyThere isn't much to say about Goat Simulator. You play as a goat, perform random actions, and rack up points. This all happens within a tiny map area, which I found slightly disappointing. You can laugh at the game for maybe half an hour or so, but after that it just feels like a bit of a bore. I'll admit, I do regret buying this game, but on a positive note, it's a time waster. If you need a game to fill the void between now and the next big game, then this may be suitable for passing those hours away while you wait. It's not all bad; it can be quite funny, it's ridiculous, and it's an entertaining sandbox. However, don't expect to be playing it for more than two hours at a time, and I'd say maybe five hours overall to finish everything up and mess around a bit.
Overall, Goat Simulator is not a game that stands on its' own merits.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2May 30, 2014This game seems to be getting mixed reviews at the moment, and I can hardly understand why. In most of the reviews, people complain about theThis game seems to be getting mixed reviews at the moment, and I can hardly understand why. In most of the reviews, people complain about the graphics and the car handling, along with comparing it to GTAV, which is absurd. Firstly, the game is so incredibly dense, and full of varied missions, challenges, collectibles, stores and other little extra distractions that can keep you away from the main campaign for hours on end. I personally found the way each car handles incredibly varied, and love the way that every vehicle can feel very different to another. It takes getting used to, and this is what I believe people complain about; vehicles can be difficult to drive at first, but you get the hang of it. You can't accelerate to a great velocity and not expect to run off the road when the steering gives out. I've got a feeling the people that complain about the driving have had too much hand holding in terms of ABS and vehicles that handle like they're made of cardboard, rather than metal. I'm sorry, but I found the handling incredibly intuitive, and those that found it difficult probably spent five minutes on the game, and then gave up. It's the only explanation I can come up with. Watch Dogs does not spoon feed you; work things out for yourself, get a feel for the vehicles, and plan out tactics for each mission and challenge, and you'll do well, and no, it won't be easy.
This is not, by all means, a hardcore game, but it offers challenges that few, if any, can match. There are many distractions, like I mentioned earlier, and you will continue to find new things to do many hours after you feel you've seen it all. The map may not be huge, but it is dense.
There are over seventy vehicles overall, ranging from pickups to motorbikes to performance vehicles, each with it's own stats. New vehicles, music and crafting components can be hacked from civilians, along with discovering them for yourself around the city.
The online hacking feature is seamless, allowing you to break into somebody else's game and steal their data, increasing your notoriety, which in turn upgrades various skills such as damage done to vehicles, nitro in online races, etc. Notoriety can decrease if you are caught, or if you yourself are successfully hacked by another player, effectively making your skills fluctuate, by activating and deactivating as it increases and decreases past the threshold.
Overall, Watch Dogs is well on it's way to becoming GOTY, and it wouldn't surprise me if it did. The game is dense, varied, fun, original, intriguing, and most of all, it keeps you going for hours. I feel I may still be playing it a week from now, and it still wouldn't have begun to grind on me. Ignore the naysayers, and judge the game for yourself; there are a lot of reviews out there since the embargo lifted. If you are still speculative, borrow it from a friend or rent it out, but I assure you that you will not be disappointed. To me, it's a flawless game, and the negative reviews (especially the zeroes) still perplex me.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Mar 22, 2014The main downfall with Fable 2 is, in my opinion, the fact that it is a victim of it's own success. Fable: The Lost Chapters was stunning, butThe main downfall with Fable 2 is, in my opinion, the fact that it is a victim of it's own success. Fable: The Lost Chapters was stunning, but Fable 2 was far less impressive. However, it was, by any stretch of the mind, a worthwhile game for the franchise.
The story, I personally found, was slightly deeper and more innovative than the original, with three heroes who must come together to defeat the current ruler of Albion. The game takes place in what appears to be around the 1700's. The regions are far more expansive than it's predecessor, and there is a lot more to collect and do, but the combat is not so great. Every time you get knocked down, you simply get up again like it was nothing, and lose any experience you dropped. This removes any specific challenge within the game, and makes it almost insulting to fans of the previous game. There are still legendary weapons, lots of property to buy, lots of dig spots, gambling, and a new feature to the series; jobs. You will earn money by activating the job at one of the work points, and then playing a minigame, which can get slightly repetitive after a while, but is good to make a little extra on the top. Property can still be purchased, and on occasion, is mandatory for specific quests and items.
There isn't much more to say about this game. Just think Fable with less challenge, more collectibles, bigger regions, new characters, new story, new experience system, and you have Fable 2. Not perfect, but not terrible.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Mar 22, 2014(Minor spoilers, but nothing too major)
Fable is an old and arguably dated game to be playing currently, but even the old graphics, details(Minor spoilers, but nothing too major)
Fable is an old and arguably dated game to be playing currently, but even the old graphics, details and sound effects aren't enough to prevent me from playing what I consider may well be the best RPG of all time.
It seems clear that the most prominent feature of the game is it's morality system; good or evil. Every time you perform a good or evil act, your morality will change. This could span from simply damaging someones property to harming or murdering an innocent. I feel Fable may be what defined morality systems from this point forward, and it's integrity and structure works fantastically. Being an old game, it's not quite as deep as you may feel it should be, but it certainly does it's job well.
The story itself is pretty decent; your hometown get's raided by bandits, and you are forced to retreat to the Heroes Guild, where you train and hone your skills to become strong enough to seek revenge on those that attacked your family. The story unravels from there, as you travel to different regions (small as they are), and purchase different items, clothing and weapons to aid in your quest. The game is also full of side quests and extra challenges, along with extra "legendary" weapons, which you will find around about the final quarter of the game. There are demon doors, (cryptic challenges that add a little extra depth to the game), an expansive treasure hunt, various competitions, collectibles, and a wide experience system, full of different skills and spells for you to improve and learn.
The game, overall, covers quite a lot of time (about 10ish hours for the story, excluding the extra collectibles, side missions and contests), and has you making different decisions along the way to shape your destiny.
Villagers and other friendly NPC's will react to your current appearance and nature, whether you look attractive and kindhearted, or hideous and dark. Interaction with NPC's via expressions allows you to potentially marry, to apologise, or to simply antagonise those around you.
Overall, it is a very solid game, and some negative features (graphics, small areas, lots of loading screens, weird lip syncing, etc.) must be forgiven in place of it being so old and unique (at least, at the time). This is a must for those that can get over all these negative features, and is what I may well consider one of the best games of all time.… Expand