Average User Score: 8.4Aug 9, 2015After hitting an initial wall in the first three hours, I initially wanted to write a scathing "F@#$ You" type negative review but I stuckAfter hitting an initial wall in the first three hours, I initially wanted to write a scathing "F@#$ You" type negative review but I stuck with it....and i'm glad. It's an incredibly well balanced game and rewarding, but you have to push the brutality to the side and just roll with it. Don't let it get personal or it's going to get you down because it took me a third restart to finally nail it.
Problems: The fact that you can't cleanly save/exit when doing a night scavenge is frustrating. The fact you can't cleanly save/exit while back in your shelter is pure BS as well. And to make it worse, every time you load up the game it randomly generates a new condition in your shelter (raided, wounded, loss of bullets, theft, etc). This, oddly enough, is both a flaw and an exploit since you can exit/reload repeatedly until you get a favorable outcome.
Secondly, there were times when i was hiding from bandits and they got stuck in a twitchy pathing issue and wouldn't move. This is likely to cost you a character and needs to be fixed since every scrap counts BIGTIME. These issues (and there are a few more that i'm not going to harp on) need to be fixed, and is why it got some points removed.
Protip: Use a tablet or pen/paper to keep track of your nightly scavenging runs!! Upgrade and board up your shelter as a top priority. If it's too hard, choose to "write my own story" and you can setup a MUCH easier game for yourself.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9May 26, 2015INSTANTLY tedious! It also crashes if you try to set the video res any higher than 1920.
Here's the synopsis:
-leave compound and punchINSTANTLY tedious! It also crashes if you try to set the video res any higher than 1920.
Here's the synopsis:
-leave compound and punch (yes, punch!) aliens
-after the 4th or 5th one you need to heal
-rinse, repeat a half dozen times....now you can FINALLY buy your first weapon
-hit aliens....run back to heal.
-hit aliens...run back to heal.
-hit aliens.....run back to heal.
-by now you're getting further and further from the base, at which time you realize you have a run meter and you get tired quick. You have to STAND STILL to recover your meter! You read that correctly....you have to stand and do nothing for your run meter to recharge.
This game is pure fail. If you want a badass isometric game for free go get Path of Exile and love life again.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5May 24, 2015Very high quality game but if you're not a fan of button mashing (QTE gameplay), which I am not, you might want to look elsewhere forVery high quality game but if you're not a fan of button mashing (QTE gameplay), which I am not, you might want to look elsewhere for entertainment. The exploratory features, easter eggs, fighting elements, voice acting, character depth, etc, etc, etc, were fantastic and just the right level of difficulty.
Gameplay: There are problems here. Many times I found issues where it was hard to make an obvious leap and grab spot, for reasons unknown. Some of these were wall to wall jumps where you just couldn't connect, or she would jump in a direction you were not facing.
QTE.....there were MANY frustrating "F THIS!" moments where i just want to get back into the core features and fun of the game and I couldn't until I mashed the crap out of a button or had perfect timing. Maybe some enjoy this, and there are games where it was executed tastefully, but by and large I think this is a game mechanic that just needs to die and blow away.
Unfortunately two years later there are bugs, but only two I encountered. One was hilarious and annoying at the same time, which involved NPCs talking while you were hidden, and they would suddenly walk too close to a cliff and fall off screaming. This was good fun except they would either respawn back in their original location (i.e. behind you), or not respawn at all when you might desperately need their loot.
The final bug is literally the absolute last encounter in the game which involves QTE bullsh*t and it's a doozy. There are multiple forum complaints about this one where people had to go to extreme limits to try and resolve an issue where button mashing would not allow you to progress....resulting in playing that sequence dozens (apparently hundreds for some folks) of times. NOT OK!
Overall, it's fun and don't regret playing it but the annoying gameplay and QTE nonsense eventually made me want to just B-line my way through the game instead of immerse myself in finding all the goodies.
-death to QTE… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Dec 19, 2014Thumbs down.
It seems to be a fairly balanced game, except for loot, but there are far superior rogue-likes out there.
If you're moreThumbs down.
It seems to be a fairly balanced game, except for loot, but there are far superior rogue-likes out there.
If you're more towards roguelikes and loot drop and less towards tower defense....you're not going to like this one. Go for FTL and TOME and walk past this title.
Managing became a hassle mid way through the game when you have to zoom in and out of the sprawling map a billion times to handle all hell breaking loose. The ability to pause doesn't make this any less annoying. This ultimately killed it for me despite the near addictive "what's behind the door" type crawl.
I get the appeal for some but it's not for me.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Dec 6, 2014I never give a 10 score out but this one is deserving. After 400 hours of play and a constant urge to replay over and over again.....what'sI never give a 10 score out but this one is deserving. After 400 hours of play and a constant urge to replay over and over again.....what's not to like. There are too many reviews to waste my time adding a 5000 character review so I'll jump to what matters:
Bethesda.....please make an inventory system that doesn't suck. Make SkyUI part of your future games. Your welcome!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Dec 6, 2014I feel terrible for anyone that paid $40 for this game.
Voice acting was good, graphics are fair, there seems to be some depth and strategy,I feel terrible for anyone that paid $40 for this game.
Voice acting was good, graphics are fair, there seems to be some depth and strategy, but that's where the good stuff ends.
- very difficult to compare item upgrades
- questing interface in towns is barebones
- work vs reward doesn't balance. In other words, if you're in an encounter fighting 3 enemies and more get summoned or spawned you don't get xp (AP) payout. It's very frustrating fighting a simple and fast encounter for 25 xp payout....and then the next encounter you work your butt off in a brutal and slow fight and also get only 25xp.
- ability points are ridiculous. It's far too easy to unbalance your character and go down the wrong path skilling yourself up. This is a clunky miserable mess for tuning up your character with a billion moving parts to navigate.
- Cinematic and cut scene animations (particularly mouth movement) are hideous. While not a major detriment, it's still a low quality blemish that deserves a call out.
There are plenty of gamers that can look past these flaws and have a fun time but I'm not one of them. Good effort but falls really short.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Nov 28, 2014Let me sum this up in one word: CUMBERSOME!
After 35 hours of single and co-op play with a friend (both of us old school RPG players) weLet me sum this up in one word: CUMBERSOME!
After 35 hours of single and co-op play with a friend (both of us old school RPG players) we just couldn't take it anymore. It's a very polarizing game which explains why there are so many 0/10 and 10/10 scores on this one. Ambitious? Yes. Deep? Yes. Overwhelming amount of loot (and NOT in a good way), poor crafting, bugs, poor camera angles, UI issues in co-op mode, frequently getting lost in quest dead ends....yes.
The bottomline is this one hell of a frankenstein's monster of a game. We wanted SOOO badly to love this game and the first 15 to 20 hours we were addicted after a steep learning curve. But ultimately it's the overwhelming amount of moving parts that sum to a bogged down adventure that forces you to overthink and slog rather than enjoy.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Nov 27, 2014Bought two licenses for myself and a friend and we didn't make it more than 2 or 3 hours through before uninstalling.
Graphics are good,Bought two licenses for myself and a friend and we didn't make it more than 2 or 3 hours through before uninstalling.
Graphics are good, voice acting is good, tutorial is solid....hence the 5 score....but it loses the rest of the points because the scoring mechanic (not overall gameplay mind you) is frustrating and not fun at all for either of us.
Some folks will find the scoring mechanic a breath of fresh air along with the PROS mentioned above, but many will find a poor experience with this one. Can't recommend.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jul 21, 2014After 10 hours you'll be all done with this simulator. All the buildings you can make will be built....all the challenges you can face willAfter 10 hours you'll be all done with this simulator. All the buildings you can make will be built....all the challenges you can face will be faced. Quickly you'll punch up the speed to x10 and it just becomes a trivial rinse/repeat "groundhog day" adventure.
I ruined my first town trying to figure out how the game behaves (despite going thru full tutorial), which was to be expected. The second town I built very carefully, and apparently I more or less mastered the game because all it devolved into was a series of moving numbers up and down on tiny GUI buttons. Assign peasants to tasks, unassign them......raise building quotas....lower them. There's no end to this game that I am aware of. No upgrading of buildings. No new "era" to be born into. The game is all about creating an equilibrium and trying to maintain it while people either die of old age or from (more often than not) dying in a quarry or mine.
That's it. That's the game.....
It had addictive qualities but ultimately it's a time waster of a game. Do NOT buy this for full price ($20) wait for it to go for $5 and then it's a fair purchase.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Dec 6, 2013Dark Souls: Prepare to be Pissed at the worst PC port mankind has ever witnessed.
As if the difficulty of the game itself isn't enough toDark Souls: Prepare to be Pissed at the worst PC port mankind has ever witnessed.
As if the difficulty of the game itself isn't enough to make you consider bolo-whipping your controller through your family's skulls.....you get the fun experience of trying to make this gd thing even barely function. Lady's and Gents....this is what you call a "cash grab" where the devs saw an opportunity to jam their console game through a bit-grinder and call it a PC game, and then laugh as they rub their nipples with dollar bills.
So if you want to get this thing to run with mouse support, xbox gamepad support, and video graphics that don't look like donkey diarrhea, then be prepared to witness and experience the following:
1. Remove all....yes...ALL of your USB devices
2. Try to use your xbox controller. If that doesn't work, too bad I guess you don't have an "official MS gamepad" so you'll have to work harder.
3. Install x360ce and go through a million hoops to get it to properly behave.
4. Oh you wanted to leave your N52te gamepad plugged in? Well you'll have to unplug it, erase the x360ce config file, then disable multiple devices in your device manager, and then re-init x360ce, and then plug in your gamepad, and then pray to baby jesus it works.
5. Oh crap....now you have a framerate issue.....oh crap....the intro cinematics are glitchy...
6. Wow the graphics look like hell.....now we have to install Nexus Mod Manager and install the DSfix tool and a billion other mods.
7. Ok screw the controller...let's go to the mouse.....oh man.....moving the mouse around is super glitchy and the camera studders so much you can't play it....
8. Rage quit and then vent on Metacritic.
True story. The End.
Seriously though, the issues/events described above are littered all over multiple forums where people are having massive issues with mice, gamepads, USB devices interfering with the game, graphics issues, refresh issues, you name it. While I don't think it would be worth an actual court battle over $30, it is however worth it to post these grievances on metacritic to strike their pocketbook as much as possible. Never again will I make the mistake of buying a late-term PC port. Do NOT buy this for PC.… Expand