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Average User Score: 6.2Oct 8, 2014Graphics: Just as everyone has said, the game looks gorgeous. Car models, roads, bridges, and lighting effects are beautifully rendered. It'sGraphics: Just as everyone has said, the game looks gorgeous. Car models, roads, bridges, and lighting effects are beautifully rendered. It's intense racing at dusk and all of a sudden racing at night.
Controls: This is where people will argue a bit about. It's aracade like. The drifting and driving mechanics are forgiving, if you like racing sims this won't be your cup of tea. If you like casual racing like Need for Speed Shift then this might be up your alley.
Sound: vehicles sound great and depending on whether your in the drivers perspective or not the sound changes. Tires screech wonderfully when drifting. However the music, which is pretty good (being a mix of techno and rock), is OFF as a default setting. Why?!
Gameplay: The tours, single events and challenges are fun and addictive. Winning stars unlocks cars, it's almost like a FPS progression system (or maybe I just don't play enough racing games. However, one of the most intriguing things about Driveclub is the clubs and the social aspect. Unfortunately for the past two days ONLINE FEATURES HAVE BEEN OFF, meaning I haven't been able to enjoy the game as developers have been touting about for so long.
Conclusion: great game for gamers looking to drop in and out of races. Racing through Norway, India, Chile, and other places is great fun. But cars feel limited at 50, and the possibility of more cars only through PAID DLC rubs me the wrong way. It's a beautiful racing game, but NOT A RACE SIM, that sounds great and has a "social" identity. But I can NOT forgive the servers being down and a huge aspect of the game not being accessible. I would have scored it an 8 depending on multiplayer but can't until I try it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Aug 4, 2013This is the first review I write, it's more of an impression. I purchased the Wii U knowing that Nintendo has never let me down and thoughThis is the first review I write, it's more of an impression. I purchased the Wii U knowing that Nintendo has never let me down and though there is a game drought it wouldn't last long. I have known about the Pikmin franchise for a while but never actually played either 1 or 2, however I would not let the 3rd pass me by. The game is beautiful, by now the web is probably filled with imagines of in game photos of fellow gamers and their mini adventures, but you have to see it for yourself. The colors are vibrant, fun, and inviting, far from the doom-and-gloom of more "serious" titles, the character design very cute and unique. Visually the game is stunning but the sound is also superb.
As you begin to amass your army of pikmin the pitter-patter of moving beings can be heard along with distant sound of a flowing streams, the happy background music also helps to fill in mood. Gameplay, it's a mix of strategy and action. I really did not expect how involved I would be micromanaging the assorted colors of pikmin: Red which are good fighters and fire resistant, Rock which can break glass and crystal, Yellow which dig faster and are shock resistant, blue which are water resistant, and Pink which can fly. I felt like both sheperd and general, protecting my flock from harm but also leading them to victory when battles insued.
The gamepad is a great controller, but the guidance or ability to select where to send my pikmin feels a bit unrefined when compared to the polish of the whole game, don't get me wrong the touch screen is brilliant but the thumb sticks just don't work as well as I would like. The story seems like a subtle hint of conservationalism, the inhabitants of Koppai are runningout of resources and have looked to the stars to save themselves. They aren't looking to terraform, but to mine the planet of its resources by bringing back seeds and delicious fruit.
Like I stated earlier this isn't a total review but more of an impression (because I haven't finished the game yet), but I'm enjoying what I've played. I hope that this is the game that ushers in a wave of Nintendo gems, the one that at least briefly quiets the nay-sayers that seems so eager to dismiss Nintendo in favor of Sony and Microsoft. Only time will tell, but until then I'll happily be spending my time with Alph, Brittany, Charlie, and a whole lotta Pikmin!… Expand