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Average User Score: 3.3Nov 25, 2013Originally, I was going to write a lengthy review, but the best I can do without rambling is to give you 2 bullet-points and then summarize.Originally, I was going to write a lengthy review, but the best I can do without rambling is to give you 2 bullet-points and then summarize.
1. Controls are too limited to make any sense. They seem to be designed for a console experience, but the game requires much more than what the control settings suggest, and besides, this is a PC exclusive. Why is this even a problem?
2. The UI is non-existent. None of the monitors have any necessary UI. How are you supposed to have a detailed space game without a comprehensive and intuitive UI? Well, Egosoft don't seem to know the answer either.
So to summarize those 2 bullet-points: design.
I'm guessing they wanted to make the game a bit friendlier to newcomers, which is a novel concept.
In fact, I hate how un-friendly space games usually are, so this could have been my favorite of the whole genre.
Of course, they f***ed up.
So yeah, It's a VERY confused game. BIG disappointment.
But I still have faith. I think they can retaliate with a massive patch. Or at the very least, with mods.
Thankfully, there are several indie projects going on that might do a better job.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Oct 31, 2013Totally worth the price, which is pretty low to begin with.
It's pretty much just like the original with some minor improvements and you'llTotally worth the price, which is pretty low to begin with.
It's pretty much just like the original with some minor improvements and you'll obviously be playing through the Overkill story. Not much else to say really.
You get the minigames, there's a leaderboard, and there's an upcoming Multiplayer patch. Oh, and probably the most surprising one, you get the complete original Overkill! I was pretty stunned that it was included, although you'll only be able to play it with your mouse or gamepad.
Another interesting addition seems to be custom dictionaries, although can't say much about that yet.
If you like the original and you can accept the new direction that Overkill took (which I love), then get this game. Not disappointing at all.
Beware! There's one con: the video options are PAINFULLY limited. there's only a couple resolutions to choose from at the moment and then you have anti-aliasing on/off. That's it. It does run smooth as butter however, and the resolutions weren't too far off from what I usually run, so it's pretty minor in my case.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Oct 2, 2013This is the GTA that I've been waiting for. Complete freedom, Multiple likable characters, Customization... Just everything that fans askedThis is the GTA that I've been waiting for. Complete freedom, Multiple likable characters, Customization... Just everything that fans asked for! Huge improvement over GTA 4, which felt more like a Tech demo compared to this.
Seriously, this is the perfect GTA. If you don't like this... well, then GTA just isn't your thing.
It's a fantastic game and I can't wait to see what more this can offer.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Sep 15, 2013EDIT: Now that patch 1.1 is out, the game is perfectly playable (although I can't speak for everyone). Make sure to remove your previous .INIEDIT: Now that patch 1.1 is out, the game is perfectly playable (although I can't speak for everyone). Make sure to remove your previous .INI file in "...(backslash)Documents(backslash)my games(backslash)Rise Of The Triad" and restart your PC.
Unfortunately, the launch has been a bit rocky with various technical issues (for example, I can't change the graphical settings, music volume is very low and steam integration doesn't work, which means no achievements). So I won't lie and say my experience has been perfectly flawless.
What is under all the temporary problems is a damn good game that fulfills its goals almost perfectly. This is as good as old-school fps remakes get, really.
You might think that Serious Sam is THE old-school experience to date, but it does not properly feature the level design, gameplay, Enemy AI and etc. that lovers of the old school FPS's are so familiar with. Rise of the Triad does. (I'm not saying Serious Sam sucks, It is indeed awesome)
This game hasn't even begun to show its promises yet, with level editors and future updates on the horizon.
The little multiplayer that I have played is really fun, but as of now, I can't say too much about it. It is pretty much what you'd expect. If you're looking for a great multiplayer twitch shooter, look no further.
So in conclusion, It's a great old-school shooter with a fresh coat of painting including satisfying gameplay both in multiplayer and singleplayer that is very worthy for its low price tag. Go get it! (Even if only to hear and see the Apogee logo again)… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Sep 13, 2013It does exactly what it's supposed to do!
It's an homage to the difficult hardcore platformers of the 90's. If you aren't familiar withIt does exactly what it's supposed to do!
It's an homage to the difficult hardcore platformers of the 90's.
If you aren't familiar with any snes or nes platformer, then you might as well give up before starting the game.
The controls are reminiscent of the old Castlevania games.
There's really not much else to say other than that it's well designed in an old-school kind of way.
There are no instructions in the game other than an intro level that's a lot like Megaman X's intro level, so you're forced to learn all the mechanics while playing. This is not a bad thing at all and it just strengthens the old-school feel.
So, to sum up gameplay: It's perfect.
I wish the music was a little more energetic, though. I know what it's inspired by, but at times I feel it just doesn't fit what's going on in-game.
The graphics are great, but seem a little muddy. Hopefully, they could add some kind of filter option to turn of that muddiness and keep the sprites pixelated.
If you plan to buy this game; beware its insane difficulty. It honestly hurts my face.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Aug 18, 2013It is a lot like Gauntlet, as some others mention here. Seriously, If you hate Gauntlet, you might as well not play this. Personally, I don'tIt is a lot like Gauntlet, as some others mention here. Seriously, If you hate Gauntlet, you might as well not play this. Personally, I don't love Gauntlet, I just think it's alright. But this I really like!
Hammerwatch plays pretty much exactly like the old Gauntlet games with some improvements to the formula and great additions like upgrade stores scattered about, online and offline 4 player co-op, the challenges and crutches system and really nice looking, tweakable old-school graphics.
I love that it has a level editor because it really increases the value a lot once all the level editor enthusiasts and pros gets their hand on it.
To sum things up: It is a great co-op arcade hack & slash game. I absolutely fully recommend this if you've played any of the Gauntlet games. If you haven't, I still recommend it because it's only 8 dollars on the Humble store.
Ps. To the people saying that this isn't hack & slash: remember, Gauntlet was one of the first (if not THE first) to innovate the genre. This is true hack & slash.… Expand