Average User Score: 8.2May 17, 2015I reviewed this game on PS3 and gave it a 9/10. This is a review solely focussed on the online aspect as the story mode is largely the same,I reviewed this game on PS3 and gave it a 9/10. This is a review solely focussed on the online aspect as the story mode is largely the same, save for the first person view which I only used while driving.
I have spent hours, days, even weeks playing this game online. It is incredible fun. Using a virtual version of yourself to run riot around LS is an incredible feeling, and being able to team up with your friends is even better. The only let down, and not a fault of the game but rather the users of the game, is the ability to play heists. You can connect to a game, watch the cut scene and somebody will drop out, subsequently ending the mission. This doesn't alter how much I have enjoyed the game though at all.
I was skeptical about the online mode at first when playing on PS3, but the PS4 copes with it much better, as well as allowing twice the people in one session. Playing tennis or golf with an online friend is a great laugh, and even cruising in a friend's car is somewhat relaxing.
Technical stuff now. Graphics have been given a drastic overhaul, though it's only evident when you go back to PS3 after playing the PS4 version. Draw distances are better, weather effects are greatly improved and the cars and environments look hugely improved. The crack on Trevor's phone is a small detail I particularly like. Car interiors are not so pleasing on the eye, but it doesn't really detract from the overall experience of the game. At the moment, it is the game to end all games.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9May 17, 2015A somewhat arcade style racing game, with uninspired track design and not enough cars out of the box. With free and paid for DLC, the carA somewhat arcade style racing game, with uninspired track design and not enough cars out of the box. With free and paid for DLC, the car count has climbed to a reasonable level, but it's clear there was a plan to milk Driveclub from the start.
To be fair, the game has got progressively better since its troublesome launch, and a few tracks have been added too (though as of yet not integrated into the rather short Tour mode). The promise of realism is largely broken – cars all feel the same to drive, and have ratings bars to replace actual critical stats such as acceleration, power and top speed. The online aspect was nowhere near as "social" as I'd hoped, and most challenges sent by friends were left unanswered as there was no real incentive to complete them.
However, Driveclub does look amazing. Both the cars and the surroundings are gorgeous, and can be captured brilliantly with the game's photo mode. It's a shame the game wasn't as good as I'd hoped, because it looks like no other game I've seen. It's also a shame there are no licences tracks, as the developers would have done a fantastic job recreating them.
However, the most disappointing thing of all is the lack of variation in cars. No Japanese models at all, no American cars until a few updates ago. The good thing is you can pick this game up for virtually nothing now, so it's worth a gamble. It gets a seven as it has improved remarkably since launch, but it's no GT or Forza.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1May 17, 2015Extremely enjoyable game let down by a very short main story mode. I came across the odd bug, like falling through the floor of a level, orExtremely enjoyable game let down by a very short main story mode. I came across the odd bug, like falling through the floor of a level, or flying to no man's land as the bird after missing one of the tubes by mistake. However I didn't come across the so-called game breaking bugs that plagued the game's launch. It's fair to say these glitches have been fixed for the most part.
The gameplay is typical LBP, with precise jumping required alongside a half-intelligent brain to work out where to go. The usual modes are back, and side missions such as creating a vehicle to jump further than 2,000 metres are fun. The story mode characters are all voice acted now (sack people aside, who are still mute – this adds to their "cute" charm though) and the levels and characters look fantastic.
Ultimately a slightly longer story would make this a great game, as it stands it is still good though.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7May 17, 2015EA have definitely taken their foot off the gas for this season's game. Not much different from FIFA 14, except pace and strength being reliedEA have definitely taken their foot off the gas for this season's game. Not much different from FIFA 14, except pace and strength being relied upon even more. The full Premier League license is a nice touch, but it doesn't help rejuvenate a boring career mode. Ultimate Team was no different from FIFA 14 until EA added price ranges to each player, effectively claiming the market back from coin traders and using it as an even bigger cash cow. The mode needs a massive overhaul, it's a tired formula now.
The menus are nice to look at bit sloppy to operate. The gameplay is the same as FIFA 14 with a few new animations. Commentary is good but ultimately doesn't affect the way the game is played. Legendary setting is far too easy. The list of complaints is endless to be honest, quite simply FIFA hasn't evolved much at all.
On the plus side, most teams and leagues are licensed, and the graphics are a bit sharper than those in its competitor PES 2015, though the colours are too vivid and can cause headaches. The presentation is first class and EA should be commended for their effort in this area, but ultimately gameplay is king and this is EA's worst football release in years.
Pros and cons:
+ Licensed teams, leagues and stadia
+ Commentary is generally spot on
– Laborious and repetitive gameplay that relies far too much on pace and power
– Poor career mode that even a full Premier League license can't save
– Ultimate Team is old hat now, and EA focus on it far too much.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1May 17, 2015A return to form for PES at long last. This game is very close to a real-life football experience. The passing is precise, AI is intelligentA return to form for PES at long last. This game is very close to a real-life football experience. The passing is precise, AI is intelligent for the most part and no two games are the same. The basic kit editor stops this game from being perfect – with this standard of game and a kit editor that allows custom images, next season's game should be outstanding.
Pros and cons:
+ Ultra realistic feel to the game
+ Lots of game modes
+ Very good AI
– Some unlicensed teams, the English leagues for example
– Kit editor not up to scratch… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7May 17, 2015First things first: this is not a game for casual driving game fans. This is an advanced simulator and you will only get the most out of theFirst things first: this is not a game for casual driving game fans. This is an advanced simulator and you will only get the most out of the game if you are prepared to learn how to play it. There is nothing quite like it on a console, you have to look at PC software such as Assetto Corsa and iRacing to find this game's core market.
The game can be frustrating to start with if you use a pad. It took me the best part of nine days to find the right deadzone and sensitivity settings, which I achieved after hours of free practice on numerous tracks using numerous cars. Project CARS is so rewarding once the right configuration is in place though.
The only thing stopping this from getting a ten is the lack of vehicle content. This will most likely be sorted with a plethora of future DLC, but for now the game loses a mark for this. With 150-200 cars and specifically more road cars, this is a GT and Forza killer.
Pros and cons:
+ Steep but rewarding learning curve that leads to a fantastic driving experience
+ Brilliant weather effects
+ Loads of tracks
+ Immersive career mode
– Not enough cars
– Some of the on-screen info is a bit small… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Feb 11, 2014What a game. The plot is captivating, the gameplay is perfect.
GTA V was massively hyped, and it's definitely lived up to everyone'sWhat a game. The plot is captivating, the gameplay is perfect.
GTA V was massively hyped, and it's definitely lived up to everyone's expectation. From the first mission to the end, I couldn't fault the execution of both the storyline and the game itself. Switching between the three characters is flawless. The shooting mechanics are vastly improved from GTA IV. The graphics are beautiful. Los Santos is massive. You will not get bored playing this game. For a game this ambitious there are very few glitches, which is amazing considering the seven year old hardware it is running on.
The only reason I haven't scored this game a perfect ten is because of the online mode. The missions are great, but they become quite repetitive after a while. With many online experiences, it is ruined by the poor servers. The online experience is better now than it was at launch, but it is still difficult to connect to a server a lot of the time.
However, the offline mode is full of things to do. Main story missions, side missions, tennis, darts, golf, flying lessons, street races - quite simply, the game is packed with great activities. Making Trevor Phillips look as much of a hobo as possible is quite fun too!
You can get this game at a good price now so if you haven't played it yet, what are you waiting for? I can't wait for a potential PS4 version - it'll look ace.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Feb 11, 2014FIFA 14 on the PS4 is absolutely mind blowing. Graphically it is a huge step up from the PS3 version, and it feels completely different (in aFIFA 14 on the PS4 is absolutely mind blowing. Graphically it is a huge step up from the PS3 version, and it feels completely different (in a good way) to play.
The new default camera angle really adds to the presentation, and it is still easy to play your natural game. The replays look phenomenal, and the Living Worlds presentation generally looks great, bar the flat looking cars on the roads around the stadium. The crowd really adds to the atmosphere of the game, putting you on edge when defending but giving you a confidence boost when on the attack. The new animations look sweet.
As usual, Seasons and Ultimate Team are the two strongest modes. The career mode has been improved too as teams controlled by the AI actually have different styles now. Teams lower down the league are easier to beat whereas teams challenging for the title will put up more of a challenge. If you play on World Class or Legendary difficulty, you will love the career mode and will get the most out of it. Pleasingly, the trophies on FIFA 14 are relatively easy to obtain, and I would bet this is probably the easiest game to obtain the prestigious platinum trophy on the PS4 at the moment.
Pro Clubs has been improved as well, with drop-in matches being limited to 5v5. This means people generally get to play in the position they want to play, and you don't get strikers at right back ruining the game for everybody by not playing properly. However, you can still have eleven human players when you create a club. Just make sure you find defenders that actually want to play in defence.
The game is near enough perfect, and is easily the best game on PS4 at the time of writing. Both online and offline modes are fun, the commentary is as great as ever, and the game engine is as smooth as anything. If you're thinking about buying this game, do it. A must have for any PS4 owner with even a small interest in football.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Feb 11, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Gran Turismo 6 is a great driving simulator. However, it isn't a great game. Depending on what you want to get out of the game, you'll either really enjoy it or get really bored. Personally I love doing time trials, so I've managed to get a lot out of GT6, but I really didn't enjoy the career mode. The races are too easy, even with a car significantly below the performance point limit for each race. Rolling starts in all but kart races really spoil the competitive aspect of the game as AI opponents are significantly worse than yourself (unless you're a terrible driver!).
The handling characteristics are unlike any other racing game I've played. The realism is definitely there, and the way the cars lean into corners and shift their weight during acceleration looks and feels great. In the cockpit view it feels like you're really driving the real life version of the in-game car. It's such a shame then that there are still about 700-800 'standard' cars still in the game - cars that I have no intention of driving as it detracts from the overall experience. A lot of these 'standard' cars are duplicate cars - for each 'standard' MX-5 there is also a Eunos and Miata variant, these are essentially the same cars duplicated three times. This also happens with the Vauxhall Corsa Comfort as the Opel version is exactly the same. The point I'm making is I'd rather see just the premium cars in the game. The space taken up by the 800 standard cars could have given way for an extra fifty premium models.
The Seasonal Events are generally better than in GT5, and are more like Rivals mode in Forza Motorsport. However, there are two or three events that require a 15th Anniversary car, which means everybody with the regular edition of the game cannot participate in these events. This annoyed me, as I like to complete every event just for personal gratification. The online lobby is a huge improvement, kudos to Polyphony for making GT6 enjoyable to play over the interweb.
By far and away the most disappointing aspect of this game though is the fact it didn't come out on PS4. This game could have fulfilled its potential by being released on the right console. As it goes, loading times are too long and some tracks look PS2-esque. On the PS4 and with no ported-from-PS2 car models, the game could have been a genuine contender to Forza Motorsport 5, and it would almost certainly have resulted in better sales figures.
As a game then, GT6 is bang average. Only the amazing driving physics and the competitive nature of the Seasonal Events make this same somewhat decent.… Expand