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Average User Score: 8.6Feb 22, 2017Nioh is a beautiful take on a well worn formula.
I've played nearly every soulslike game for hundreds of hours each and I must say I wasNioh is a beautiful take on a well worn formula.
I've played nearly every soulslike game for hundreds of hours each and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by Nioh. I thought it would be a hard sell because of the limited weapon selection and all the armor is Japanese lore/samurai inspired and that's not really my thing. However Nioh proved that even without a graphics style/setting that resonates with me, a game can be enjoyable just through the expression of how it is played.
Nioh is so much fun to play, the game is full of huge combo trees you can unlock for weapons, tons of guardian spirits to collect which give different bonuses. There is high, middle, and low stance for every weapon which produces a different move-set and combat style affecting how your character moves significantly. Switching stances on the fly and reacting perfectly to whatever you are fighting is incredibly satisfying, and although it is not expressly necessary, it lets you play with as much or as little complexity as you feel like.
Despite the fact that Japanese lore and samurai armor don't stand out to me at all, Nioh has managed to make it stand out through brilliant combat mechanics, high impact effects and animations and a uniquely told story. On top of it all I love the soundtrack, the first time I heard the boss music in the Warrior of the West's fight was intense.
Slicing up a horned demon into 20 pieces couldn't be more satisfying. If you have a ps4 and like action focused games you would be absolutely stupid not to pick this up.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Aug 26, 2016Timeless game restricted by advancing technology.
To truly enjoy the full extent of this game you need a pretty good CD collection, notTimeless game restricted by advancing technology.
To truly enjoy the full extent of this game you need a pretty good CD collection, not DVD's, they have to be Compact Disc format. If you know where to look this kind of thing isn't hard to find or expensive, but it's a minor inconvenience to enjoy a game with such a perfect foundation.
If monster rancher was remade with the exact same game mechanics (but with the ability to scan dvds along with blue ray and the original compact cds), and graphics that rivaled modern AAA titles, I would buy that without hesitation. As it stands now nothing has ever really captured the original monster rancher's formula since this game's release. Pokemon never had the amount of content and interesting animations monster rancher had. and Digimon has never managed to make a game series that stuck.
Even compared with games today, this game is still a blast to play.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Apr 26, 2016Dark Souls 3 is without a doubt the pinnacle of the Dark Souls series. Dark Souls 3 removes a lot of the pointless extraneous stuff from 2,Dark Souls 3 is without a doubt the pinnacle of the Dark Souls series. Dark Souls 3 removes a lot of the pointless extraneous stuff from 2, streamlines a lot of features and takes some inspiration from Bloodborne. The game feels like a combination of every game in the souls series.
Weapons arts are a new thing in Dark Souls 3, each weapon including bows and shields have a weapon skill. While the weapon movesets are more interesting because of this, it's not as in depth as bloodborne. A lot of weapons come as a dual wielded set, eliminating the need to not only find another weapon to dual wield but also not having to farm the supplies to upgrade a second weapon. Armor no longer needs to be upgraded, adaptability was removed and the stats are more like dark souls 1 again.
There is a lot of fanservice in this game, lots of references to dark souls 1, the lore still is a jumbled mess that takes more work to put together than to play the game, but I expected as much.
Honestly Dark Souls 3 doesn't feel like something new, it feels more like they took all the good stuff from their other games, and made a Dark Souls finale with it.
It's a competent and near perfect rendition of Dark Souls, and after beating the game I gotta say I'm looking forward to seeing what else comes from FromSoftware because as much as I love Dark Souls, it is definitely time to hang it up and make something new.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Mar 13, 2016Bloodborne is a nightmare that never ends.
It's very different from Dark Souls, the spiritual predecessor. In Dark Souls there's a largeBloodborne is a nightmare that never ends.
It's very different from Dark Souls, the spiritual predecessor. In Dark Souls there's a large focus on loot and character builds. In Bloodborne your success depends not quite so much on your build, but more upon your skill.
It plays like Dark Souls, basically the same formula, except it's almost more pure. What I mean by that is that the game focuses on the basics of hack n slash combat and making that have more depth. While Dark Souls 2 in particular had a ton of content and weapons and spells, weapons follow an archetype moveset and there aren't that many truly 'unique' weapons. Bloodborne is the opposite. It is a fairly short game with some of the content that is easily overlooked if you are casually playing through. In Bloodborne there are no weapons that aren't unique. There are some that are similar, but every weapon you can use has its own unique moveset that has more complexity than Dark Souls ever had.
Bloodborne has way less magic than Dark Souls and it does not work the same, the game wants you to make a build centered around a weapon and a firearm/secondary weapon. Magic is a supplementary after thought to make things more interesting, not the focus of a characters build. In a certain sense Bloodborne feels more limited in almost every way than it's predecessor at a glance, but there is a truly impressive depth to the weapons in the game which shifts the focus away from loot, and more on your skill with the weapons.
While it is difficult at first, it becomes much less unforgiving when you begin to understand the nature of the game and how everything works.
Bloodborne is a journey into madness, a dark beastly nightmare, a test of patience and skill.
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Average User Score: 8.5Feb 19, 2016So I picked this up almost entirely due to nostalgia, digimon pretty much characterizes my entire childhood and that love never really wentSo I picked this up almost entirely due to nostalgia, digimon pretty much characterizes my entire childhood and that love never really went away, despite the fact this game cost me 80 freakin dollars. (THANKS CANADA, and people wonder why I rarely buy new releases, let alone own a console) So now borrowing my friends PS4 I'm able to play one of the few digimon games that seemed like it could be really good. Surprisingly enough, it is.
The translations are generally well written, there's a few really goofy lines of dialogue that look like the localization team took quite some liberties with, but as someone who knows absolutely zero Japanese, the writing is easy to understand and the english versions of digimon attacks/lore is very faithful which surprised me because usually the attack names/lore is really inconsistent between different digimon games due to translation.
From my perspective I think my enjoyment of this game hinges entirely on two things:
1. I have an OCD like desire to unlock every single digimon's page in the field guide
2. I have an obsession with designing a team of my most favorite digimon
The story is fairly interesting, and I definitely want to see where it goes, but as it stands now I find myself thinking "just a few more battles until I can digivolve this guy", "just a few more cases until I have enough party memory to digivolve him to ultimate", "just a few more digimon for the field guide before I sleep". It's been easy for me to kill time with this game and have a lot of fun doing it. But it's because of my love for digimon.
If you like digimon in general I would call this game a must have. It could have been better, there's no english voice overs, but that is typical for a digimon game. The digimon models are top notch and as far as games in general go, I would say it's a pretty fun and challenging (I'm playing on the hard setting), you can't just breeze through the game using any type of digimon you happen to have, you generally need a decent balanced team to survive boss encounters and smart use of guarding and items to protect your disadvantaged digimon.
Definitely would have given this a 9/10 if there was effort made to have english voice overs as well, but what can ya do, I doubt digimon will ever be popular enough in NA to justify spending that kind of money.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.3Dec 11, 2015The Witcher 3, this game is a testament to how far games have come.
I actually feel sorry for any game that tries to do open world RPGThe Witcher 3, this game is a testament to how far games have come.
I actually feel sorry for any game that tries to do open world RPG after this. It's painfully obvious that CDPR has blown everyone out of the water. Here's why:
The game is open world, and has better graphics than most linear games, even DESPITE the graphics downgrade (which DID happen). The game looks and feels like a handcrafted world, the entire game world is beyond beautiful, like nothing I have ever seen before. I thought the witcher 2 was amazing, the witcher 2 was definitely great looking, but it did not have the scope that TW3 has. TW3 has a world that feels completely real and alive. That feeling of "copy pasted" areas is just not there.
The npcs. People will call out to you when you ride/walk by if they want your help, the faces in the witcher are many and varied. Even after doing nearly every quest I came across I never felt like I was talking to the same person with a different outfit. Everyone in the game already has their own thing to do, and their own agenda. Nobody is really just standing around waiting for YOU.
The story. This isn't something you want to play while barely paying attention. The time investment needed to finish this game is massive. I started my playthrough on the hardest difficulty, and it took me about 150 hours to beat the game, while skipping many contracts and a vast majority of markers on the maps. Whenever I sat down to play the game, I wanted to make sure I had no other distractions. This game takes work to beat, and it's largely due to the fact that I didn't want to miss a thing while I was playing, finding the time to commit to this game was not easy, but well worth it.
The game is not perfect. It suffers from the typical open world game issues (clipping, weird camera angles sometimes, a slightly misplaced object or two), for example I found a tree floating a few feet above the ground in the first area, however that was the ONLY example I found of that. Even with these little issues, as far as open world games go, nothing has the fidelity that I have witnessed in the Witcher 3.
The controls are a bit clunky, I felt as though the Witcher 2 was more responsive, but the Witcher 3's clunkyness appears to be the result of an attempt to make realistic movement/combat animations that flow together, not the result of bad controls. I have to say, once you get used to the pace of combat and the style of movement, I found myself enjoying the realistic style of responsiveness.
This is a story driven game, if you cannot get into the story you will probably not enjoy the game that much.
I feel like I have barely even touched the surface as to why this game is so good. I feel like I can't appropriately describe it.
I will say this though, that this is what gaming needs, a game that pushes the boundaries of what we've seen before. I can say with certainty that I have never seen a world so vast and believable, so alive and vibrant. I've never had a game make me feel so small and insignificant. Playing the witcher 3 was like having a second life for 5 months. There was so much going on in the world of the witcher 3, and I didn't even manage to see all of it.
As of right now, december of 2015, this game has no equal within the genre of open world RPG's. That is what I think.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Jun 19, 2015One of the best looking games I have ever played. Crysis tier graphics combined with gameplay that is far more engaging than the first witcherOne of the best looking games I have ever played. Crysis tier graphics combined with gameplay that is far more engaging than the first witcher game make this one of the best games I've played in recent years.
The story takes a moment to get going but once it does it never slows down. True to the first game in the series you can still bang hookers, get drunk and gamble your money away. But unlike the first game, the combat is far more complex.
In combat it is similar to dark souls in the sense that you have a light attack, strong attack, and can roll to dodge attacks. There are more difficulty levels and there is actual coordination involved instead of just knowing potions/stances to use at a certain time. On top of the swordplay there are bombs and traps you can craft and purchase, traps being sort of a niche item that I ended up not using much. All in all the combat is a lot of fun and far less tedious than the first game. The only thing about this game I didn't care for was you are unable to drink potions in the midst of combat.
A lot of old friends show up in the second game, there is a definite sense of continuity, largely because the end of the first game carries right over into the major conflict of the second. Once again Geralt carefully trying to stay on the edge of politics, yet someone is always dragging him into it.
This game takes almost everything that the Witcher had and makes it better. While some people may be turned off by the lack of a character creator, the story this game has to tell of Geralt the Witcher is far more interesting than the nameless self-insert the RPG industry is usually prone to these days.
Near perfect with lots of different ways to play and level, plus a combat arena mini game if you want to just fight waves of monsters over and over.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Jun 19, 2015A really nice game. The combat is dated and fairly easy to grasp. Despite being a sword wielding witcher, combat revolves around using theA really nice game. The combat is dated and fairly easy to grasp. Despite being a sword wielding witcher, combat revolves around using the right potions/stance for the job and clicking every once in a while at the right time. This is true for the entirety of the game. While it is not very engaging in combat, the story is VERY engaging. From courting every talkative female you come across to fistfighting drunks in every bar you enter, there is a world for you to conquer. The actions you take have a dramatic impact on the characters you come across, and you'll never quite be able to decide if someone is "good" or "evil", because nobody is a shallow stereotype in this world.
People who seem like sleazebags often turn out to be kind at heart, and others who seem like valuable allies force you to make decisions you don't want to, turning them into enemies.
When I beat the game I was compelled to look back at all the people I interacted with and how their lives turned out. Despite doing my best I couldn't avoid killing people I had once been trying to protect, and in the end I felt like a pawn in a game that I didn't understand, yet somehow I had still come out the end a hero who had done all he could to keep peace and order.
If you have the patience to deal with combat that isn't very engaging, and a lust for good storytelling, you should without a doubt play this especially if you have any interest in playing the other Witcher games.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Feb 2, 2015It's an unusual sight to see a new RTS these days. Starcraft 2 has basically been the only option in what some people call a dying genre.It's an unusual sight to see a new RTS these days. Starcraft 2 has basically been the only option in what some people call a dying genre.
Grey Goo is a completely solid RTS that plays a lot differently than Starcraft. There are no unit abilities so micromanagement is limited to positioning and targeting. Basically the game shows you a unit, tells you how it attacks and what it is good for, then you get to use it and move on to the next one. Its simplicity might turn off some people, but for someone like me who loved Tiberian Sun, this was nice to see again.
The units are fairly tame save for the epic units, each unit ties in very closely to the theme of the faction it is from, which makes a lot of the units from each faction look very similar. But they are different enough that you'll be able to tell which unit is which when you play.
The game shines in the campaign cutscenes and story which do an awesome job of investing you in the story and making you interested. The gameplay is well polished and the graphics look great. My only real gripe is that while I was playing I felt like all the maps used the same tileset. Which coincidentally Tiberian Sun suffered from the same thing. Despite entering different biomes on the campaign map, every map felt dark and dusty.
The only performance issues I came across were the in the menus of the game. The main menu took a while to load and the cinematic leading up to it was really choppy which made me worried, but after I got into a game and I got 60fps gameplay I don't know what to think about that.
So it's a good game. It's somewhat simplistic, but the concept is great and the story alone is a high selling point for me. It doesn't do anything crazy but it sticks to what makes an RTS fun. It's a good polished game.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Jan 29, 2015While the graphics and sounds are really nice. The game itself is charming and has a lot of potential, it is held back by being essentially aWhile the graphics and sounds are really nice. The game itself is charming and has a lot of potential, it is held back by being essentially a simplistic Terraria where you can visit different planets. It's been ages since a "stable" update was released so for those who can't be bothered to beta test the game for them won't see any changes for months at a time.
A big update just rolled out for the game and it's finally starting to take shape, however I would definitely not recommend until they officially claim the game is in a 'finished' state. Which may be a lot longer than any one is willing to wait. Hold on to your money for now.… Expand