Average User Score: 8.6Apr 11, 2015Anyone who wastes their time dying over and over again, carefully kiting around, crawling around slowly through a very confined gameworld withAnyone who wastes their time dying over and over again, carefully kiting around, crawling around slowly through a very confined gameworld with clunky combat and idiotic AI, deserves their fate. There's no way anyone with any sort of a life has time for this kind of nonsense, unless your only hobby is playing a game like this, in which case your life is sad.
I've read about how this is for old school gamers. Not true. Most posters that rave about this 'series' are much younger than I am. This game is good at wasting time, and only time wasters can truly appreciate it (or perhaps those that are paid to play games).
Now I realize there are different ideas of what constitutes wasting time. I mean it in the closest to pure sense of the word you will find. You can literally play this game for hours with nothing to show for it.
The game does build or at least require discipline. The discipline to play a very specific way, even if you don't want to, even if it's not fun. Some people might call that work... like me.
The user and critic scores for this garbage are the most outrageous since GTA4 got 10s. I used to proudly associate myself with gamers, but with DOTAs, FPS teabaggers, iPad/facebook gamers, and now these souls games, I (a true old school gamer) am just completely alienated.
This review will be a drop in an ocean of masochism, but I have to post it anyways. This game is garbage in almost every way, with perhaps decent graphics.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Feb 24, 2015Only tards rate this below a 9. Wow. The game is amazing graphically, gameplay-wise, the story is great, and it's got more to do then theOnly tards rate this below a 9. Wow. The game is amazing graphically, gameplay-wise, the story is great, and it's got more to do then the next 10 games below it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Nov 20, 2014If Final Fantasy 7 was one for the kids, FF8 was by contrast a story for the adults. The use of different time periods all convergingIf Final Fantasy 7 was one for the kids, FF8 was by contrast a story for the adults. The use of different time periods all converging together was something that cinema is still trying to replicate today, 15 years later. Just look at Interstellar. The concepts, themes, dialogue, and character design are all much superior in FF8 than in any other game in the series from 1 all the way until 12 where it was slightly outdone in certain areas.
Perhaps inferior in certain munchkin gameplay areas, and an absence of overpowering combos, it was really only 7 and 12, and perhaps 9 that allowed sheer craziness in terms of power. I will however still concede that there are moments in several other franchise entries that are simply more fun to play through than in 8.
The graphics at the time were light years ahead of where 7 was, and it featured a much more immersive world experience. Now the first playstation's 3D graphics look rather bad without extreme AA and other post-effects, but at the time it was amazing. And it's cutscenes were better than any other media form at the time could replicate. I could watch the intro over and over again and not get tired.
The music of Final Fantasy 8 is the best in the series. There's no room for argument here, it simply is. Admittedly it falls short in energized boss music, but the rest of it is top notch.
At the time of it's release, the genre was defined by 7. It's demographic was "all those who loved 7". So when that audience was exposed to something so different as 8 was, it was jarring and somewhat wasted on those gamers. It wasn't 7, so it wasn't as good. Most of those gamers never played 6, and most of them would never see any FF as good as 7. And at the time, the trend was the Japanese personalities, cliches, art style, dialogue, convoluted plot, etc. It's understandable that people would like 8 less. It simply wasn't trendy enough. But looking back as older adults, it's clear that it is a better game in many ways. It's graphics, story, characters, all hold up better with it's age than many other games in the series.
Let's just talk story for a moment. Japanese games are notorious for making no sense and then having you fight in outer space at the end against a monster that has several phases, each crazier than the last. If you love that sort of stuff, great. But for the rest of us, a story that made sense, yet was still deep and full of intrigue, is and was a breath of fresh air. Outside of time-compression hanky panky near the end (which is still mild compared to weirdness in FF10 and FF7), it all makes sense without just being plain weird. Let's face it, even after crisis core, (which parts of it contradict things in ff7), 7's story in regards to cloud still don't really add up. And in 10, he's just a dream? What?
Right now, there's forum posts full of people arguing back and forth about what actually happened in various FF games. Not so much with 8, and that is an accomplishment in the series.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.8Nov 12, 2014Comparing this installment to Black Flag is a death sentence. Black Flag was a deep, dramatic, and well-executed work of art. From the navalComparing this installment to Black Flag is a death sentence. Black Flag was a deep, dramatic, and well-executed work of art. From the naval combat, to the mature story, to the combat, to the RPG skill elements. All of that is either missing or downgraded in Unity. That includes the combat, which keeps it's clunky feel without giving you the reward of countering. Instead it quickly becomes a tiresome frustrating exercise when encountering tougher enemies. The game forces you to spend hard earned points on perks that don't actually do that much or were staples of previous games.
There's a new emphasis on multiplayer, which has gone horribly for me so far. One point was placed inside a mission that I had half-completed, and once in, it became clear we'd never finish it, partly due to the absurd combat mechanics. When I exited, I had to start the mission from an earlier point, which I expected would happen.
I don't think the dev team understands their core audience as well as they thought. By the same token, I may be one of the few that saw Black Flag as the pinnacle of this genre. I plan to play Rogue if it comes to next-gen, and I hope that the next round of AC gets rid of dorky little sidequests and annoying combat, and fulfills it's potential instead of becoming an open-world cliche (just look at Batman, Mordor, previous AC games, some aspects way overdone).… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Oct 30, 2014How can this game have such a low meta and user score? It's ridiculous. Had they included EITHER the massive gameplay elements present inHow can this game have such a low meta and user score? It's ridiculous. Had they included EITHER the massive gameplay elements present in the piracy mode, or the standard AC ground missions and assassination elements, it would easily be a relative 9 compared to scores given to other much more shallow games.
But instead you get both, more or less 2 games in one. Tons of content, and that's to say nothing of what I thought was very beautiful graphics, and scenery presented. I got the game as a gift, and it's still easily the best game I've played on the PS4, with D3 coming a close second. You'll notice that D3, and other highly rated games on the PS4 are ports. Insult to injury when you consider the achievement AC4 is, to be one of the first games on a new platform, to do it so well, and to be ORIGINAL.
The story is also incredible. People don't like the animus bits. I guess I do. They kept me intrigued. But that's not the story I'm referring to. This is a game about principles, dreams, and loss. It's not a happy ending everything-is-great type story, and perhaps somewhere in there is the reason why people don't appreciate it fully. It's emotionally powerful, and heavy. It's part of a growing movement of better storytelling in gaming, but hasn't really gotten the credit for it.… Expand