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Average User Score: 6.4Nov 12, 2015If you've played Halo 5 or MGS or Dyinglight ..... or whatever .... and wondered in their graphical awesomeness on the xBone compared to theirIf you've played Halo 5 or MGS or Dyinglight ..... or whatever .... and wondered in their graphical awesomeness on the xBone compared to their 360 predecessors then prepare to take a giant step backwards with Fallout 4.
You play Fallout 4 and graphically you generally feel you could be playing Fallout 3. The controls and combat feel clunky. Inventory is messy - and the crafting tutorial is non existent so when you need to (or quests ask you to) make stuff prepare to be seriously frustrated. 6 hours into the game and I still can't workout how to deconstruct 'junk' into component resources. Frustrating, frustrating, frustrating.
The first cave you explore in Fallout 4 will make Skyrims first cave feel like a gigantic underworld wonderland in comparison. The Fallout 4 maps feel small and cluttered - walk 30 seconds in any direction and you're in another town/village.
fallout ain't a 10 and it aint a 0. Maybe a 5 or 6. But its still 'Fallout' and theres not much out there (maybe Dragon Age 3 or MGS5 in a 3rd person way) offering any serious competition in the openworld 1st person RPG genre.
The hype mill says the xBone will offer PC style Fallout mods, but given how the xBone struggles with Fallout 4s limited graphics already I'll believe that when I see it. In the meantime I'll keep my fingers crossed for a megapatch to address all the obvious and serious concerns people have been raising.
Average User Score: 6.5Oct 28, 2015Its graphically very pretty, but the maps feel close and confined not open and epic. The audio is good and the voice acting is good, but theIts graphically very pretty, but the maps feel close and confined not open and epic. The audio is good and the voice acting is good, but the characters spout a lot of gungho militaryish jargon one liners. The game plays fast and smooth.
Unfortunately for me, I play games for the stories and characters not the AV bling or multiplayer bragging rights and, several missions in, I'm yet to be hooked by HALO 5.
I'm playing on for 'the Chief''s sake because we go back a long way and I want him to look good to inspire his squad. Locke, well he just feels like just another generic supersoldier and I don't really care how many times the aliens shoot him down and he squeals for his bros to save him.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Aug 31, 2015Played Dishonoured through (twice) on the PS3 and it remains one of may all time favourite games, so I was unsure about buying the 'BonePlayed Dishonoured through (twice) on the PS3 and it remains one of may all time favourite games, so I was unsure about buying the 'Bone 'ultimate' version - but I saw the digital version for £15 on the x'Bone store and I had a few games to trade so I did.
Graphically it looks a bit sharper and feels a bit smoother than it did on the PS3 - but the cell shaded slightly cartoonish graphics limit the improvement.
I don't regret buying it, but I am getting sick of being sold 'remastered' versions of games I've already bought and played. even if they are 'the classics'. Its almost enough to make me go back to being a PC gamer to get the 'remastered' version from day one.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Aug 31, 2015Played all of the GoW series on the 360 so I was unsure about buying the 'Bone 'ultimate' version, but I had a few games to trade so I did.Played all of the GoW series on the 360 so I was unsure about buying the 'Bone 'ultimate' version, but I had a few games to trade so I did.
Graphically it looks a bit nicer and feels a bit smoother than it did on the 360. I don't regret buying it, but I am getting sick of being sold 'remastered' versions of games I've already bought and played.
Still, I had to laugh at the articles saying that people who bought GoW remastered would be able to play GoW original versions when backward compatibility pops out on the 'Bone. Even if they will be able to, why would they want to?… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Aug 31, 2015More of the same, so if you liked it before you'll like it again.
Excellent tutorials for newcomers. All the old figures seem reusable forMore of the same, so if you liked it before you'll like it again.
Excellent tutorials for newcomers. All the old figures seem reusable for players of previous versions - and if you have the old portal you can reuse it too (though the price of software + clonewar figure set seems as much as the price of the full starter set with software+portal+clonewar).
BUT the xBone version seems no different to the 360 version. I've played both versions for several hours and the 'Bone version is just as graphically juddery as the 360 version. Quite an amazing achievement really. Same on the toybox builder - those sliders that tell you how 'full' your building site is go up just as fast on the 'Bone as the 360, so no 'Bone mega builds, at least not yet.
Still an excellent game.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Aug 22, 2015Should be a good little game.
Reasonably priced (if you get it on sale for £5 or so). Graphics are functional, bordering on attractive.Should be a good little game.
Reasonably priced (if you get it on sale for £5 or so). Graphics are functional, bordering on attractive. Weather effects and terrain features like trees can make it difficult to see whats happening, but weather graphics can be turned off. Interface is pretty standard for these types of games.
BUT it some really bizarre things happen ingame for no obvious reason. Last game I played I had fields full of crops, paddocks full of animals, more hunters, fishermen and gatherers than you could shake a stick at - and all my population starved to death ............?… Expand
Average User Score: 5.2Aug 22, 2015Very good game. As 'free' as free games get, its quite hard to find fault with.
I've played the first three 'campaigns' in the story modeVery good game. As 'free' as free games get, its quite hard to find fault with.
I've played the first three 'campaigns' in the story mode so far and its everything you'd hope it would be. The tutorial is comprehensive and easily understood, the interface is smooth and logical. The AI opponents are capable.
The only thing I don't like so far is that countdown timer that requires you to hit a pause button to do 'interrupt' stuff - rather than prompting you to continue if you have nothing to do - this is supposed to be thinking game, not a reaction timer, after all… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Jul 16, 2015Its very good.
I found it spookier than DS 2 & 3. I also found it harder. Perhaps because I was a bit out of practice, having not playedIts very good.
I found it spookier than DS 2 & 3.
I also found it harder. Perhaps because I was a bit out of practice, having not played a DS game for a while. But also because the enemies seem to attack in 'hordes' far more often than in previous DS games.
Enjoyed revisiting locations from the previous game and seeing how they'd changed.
Good story add-on, stays true to the 'look & feel' of the previous games - and provides a fitting epilogue to DS3.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jul 16, 2015Graphics - graphical quality is disappointing more like XB360 Morrowind (or Amalur) than Skyrim. And after seeing the quality of the XB1Graphics - graphical quality is disappointing more like XB360 Morrowind (or Amalur) than Skyrim. And after seeing the quality of the XB1 graphics in 'Destiny', ESO being an MMO is no excuse. But at least you get a choice of 1st person and 3rd person view of the cartoony mid-distance popup terrain. NPC animations (like locations) quickly become repetitive.
Dialogue is average. The occasional quality dialogue just shows how poor the majority is. Voice acting the same, it ranges from good to poor, but mostly poor. Come on, this is an AAA title! Paying some of the voice actors on the free Skyrim mods may have provided better quality.
Gameplay. The MMO elements elements are really intrusive. You do a quest, and on your trek to the boss the enemies just keep respawning, behind you, next to you, in from of you (if you got them with a bow). Don't bother sneaking, your 1st shot from the shadows at long range and the bad guys are after you like bees to a honey pot. And when you battle the boss in the end room there is usually a horde of uninvited 'other player' guests in there with you. It looks and feels more like 'super mario brawl' than epic fantasy - especially when the boss whacks you and you fly 100' across the room. After you beat the boss get out fast because they'll respawn for the next group of heroes and whack you from behind.
And please put in an 'other player voicechat/nametags off' option. One that you tick and it actually stays OFF instead of turning itself on again. I don't want to see the silly names or hear the babble.
Worst is the pay-to-play 'incentives'. I'm level 10, I've accrued about 1.5K coins by doing every quest I find and how much is a horse? 10K for the base model. But then a steel sword will cost almost 800. Seriously? No, I've just paid £50 for the game. I'm not paying more £ to buy 'in game currency' for a damn horse.
And what's with the cooking? I'm searching for treasure and everywhere in crates and bags I'm finding cranberry and honey and ginseng and recipes to cook food over a campfire. What is this 'Cooking Mamma 5'?
But back to the boss I've just battled. The treasure is ..... 7 coins. Great. So I trek back to the quest patron and the reward is ........ 37 coins and a magic staff. A magic staff for an armour plated warrior. Thanks for that.
The immersion is flowing away like the boss's blood.
But its Elder Scrolls and Its Tamriel and I'll give it a 5 and keep playing for the exploring, the lore and the fluff and the fond memories of Skyrim. Otherwise, it would be a 2.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Jun 3, 2015Not a bad as you'd expect after experiencing Witcher 2, but not as good as you'd hope given that its over a year since Elder Scrolls OnlineNot a bad as you'd expect after experiencing Witcher 2, but not as good as you'd hope given that its over a year since Elder Scrolls Online was released.
Witcher 3 is OK - but once Elder Scrolls Online (after a year of bug fixes and polishing) hits the consoles next week I suspect Witcher 3 won't look quite so rosy.… Expand