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Average User Score: 7.1Oct 23, 2016It's better than vanilla Civ 5 but nowhere near as good as Civ 5 with all the expansions. The main problem it suffers from is lack ofIt's better than vanilla Civ 5 but nowhere near as good as Civ 5 with all the expansions. The main problem it suffers from is lack of innovation. Not a lot of things have changed since the previous title. Combat is the same, trade routes work the same, so does religion, enemy AI is just as stupid, etc.
There are some areas where the game did some modifications though, the most noticeable being the Districts. This makes you "specialize" your cities as you can no longer build all types of buildings in the city and have to think very well what you build considering the amount of tiles you have available. The social policy system has been changed as well, for the worse in my opinion, as now you gain some social cards when researching a social policy and you can select the bonus of a number of these cards depending on what goverment you have. Again, like in Civ 5 there is no downside to any form of goverment and some of the combinations you make don't even make sense(for example you can drag the Rationalism Card to a Theocracy and you don't get any penalty).
One thing that I liked is that you can boost your research of Tech and Social by making certain actions in the game. For example, building a number of Quaries can boost your Research towards Mansory, reducing the time you need to reserach this tech, or defeating barbarians can boost you research of Bronze Working and so on. This is the best addition in my opinion as you are no longer need to put a lot of effort in creating Science and Culture, especially if you like to play Military.
I would rate this higher if it wasn't however for the horrible presentation of the game. I think everyone is already familiar with the horrible iPad graphics. Look, nobody expected this to have GTA 5 graphics and you can talk all you want about muh unique art style but there is no excuse for a 60 dollar game in 2016 to look like a Fremium iPad game, especially when it looks worse than its predecessor. The sound isn't any better either. The Main Menu theme is fine and the choice of Sean Bean as the narrator is excelent, but the music in the main game sucks. Previous Civ games had classical music to listen to as you built your empire. This game has the type of generic crap that you usually hear in Facebook games.
My 2 cents? Wait for the price to drop or at least for some mods to show up.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Jun 16, 2016Really dissapointing conclusion to Geralt's story. Apparently, CD Project was so impressed by the reception the Blood Baron quest receivedReally dissapointing conclusion to Geralt's story. Apparently, CD Project was so impressed by the reception the Blood Baron quest received that decided to make both of their expansion, into simillar soap operas about love, betrayal and family disputes. But where the story of the previous expansion, Hearts of Stone, had interesting characters and a horror movie feeling to it, the story of Blood and Wine does not have any of that. Maybe fans of the books will enjoy it more since most of the characters where from the books ll and they drop reffrerences to them in every cutscene, but I could't bring myself to give a fraction of a crap about any of these characters or the story. It's nice that CD Project decided to finish some of Sapkowski's plots from the books but it would have been nicer if they brought back some of the characters us game fans enjoyed like Saskia or Iorveth.
Fortunatelly, the game adds enough content to make up for the **** writing. The land of Toussaint is pretty large and is probably the best looking location from the Witcher 3. There are some nice side quests as well like one where you get to speak to your horse or one where you need to return the testicles of a statue. It's too bad most of them still rely on the Witcher Senses mechanic instead of giving the player subtle clues as how to solve them, but hey, it's 2016, you can't expect an RPG developer to put a lot of thought in their quests, right?
On the gameplay side, there is a lot more content, like more weapons and armor(of which most look just as the ones from the main game), as well as some new witcher gear, including GrandMaster level equipment. The most important addition is the Mutations skill tree which offers some new powerful abillities at a great cost in skill points and mutagens. I didn't find this too interesting however since most of these abilities offer passive bonuses just like the ones from the base game, but then again I didn't insvest in a lot of them since I inished the main story(which is a lot shorter than the 20 hours that the developers promised) and I wasn't too interested to keep playing after.
Overall, for an expansion that was so hyped and so praised by fanboys, this was very dissapointing. Not terrible, but not good either. If CD project decides to make another Witcher game I hope that they abndon this daytime soap opera writting and return to their more intriguing stories.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Aug 22, 2014I am a little dissapointed that this game is not exactly a return to the roots as they've promised, but overall is a mixture of some of theI am a little dissapointed that this game is not exactly a return to the roots as they've promised, but overall is a mixture of some of the best elements from both Risen 1 and Risen 2, making it the best in the series. If the tutorial makes the game seem as another pirate adventure, once you are done with it the game opens up and offers a lot of diversity in enviorments and locations, from the tropical beaches of the pirates to the more medieval fantasy land of the demon hunters. As for the combat, all I can say is that it works. It's not great but it feels more fluid and responsive than in previous PB games. The "game journalists" that called Skyrim "game of the year and all years" have really no right to complain about combat in another RPG. If anything, the combat in Risen 3 feels very easy even on the hardest difficulty, especially if you have a companion with you. The reintroduction of magic also offers more variety in the ways you choose to engage your enemies. Overall I found Risen 3 to be a solid RPG. It's not as good as the first 2 Gothics but I found it a lot more enjoyable than other AAA releases in the last few years.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Jun 1, 2014I can't belive this, but they made a worse game than Reinassance. How is that even possible?The only reason I bough this game is because theyI can't belive this, but they made a worse game than Reinassance. How is that even possible?The only reason I bough this game is because they promised it would return to the combat system of the first two games. But the only major "improvement" they made was to make the combat map smaller. But the worst part is that now a unit needs to gain 3 levels instead of one in order to be upgraded to a stronger unit. So that means even more griding, even more time spent in the horrible combat system. And don't even think about switching to auto-combat because in the rare case the stupid AI actually wins a fight most of your units will be left either dead of gravely injured. Now I know there was a lot of griding in the first two games as well, but there the combat was fast-paced and fun; here it's just a chore. The only good thing I can say about this is that it doesn't have major bugs compared to Renassance and Resurrection, or at least none I could notice during the 60 minutes I suffered playing this shamefull installment in a once great series.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Oct 20, 2013Dragon Commander was quite a nice surprise. It's great to see a game taking such risks in an industry as homogeneous as the video game one.Dragon Commander was quite a nice surprise. It's great to see a game taking such risks in an industry as homogeneous as the video game one. This game combines elements of RTS, RPG, TBS and Arcade Shooter; none of which exceptional on their own, but when put together they form something special. By far the best part is the board of your capital ship,the Raven. This is what Blizzard tried to do with the Hyperyon in Starcraft 2 and failed miserably at. In Dragon Commander you can interact with people that feel like real characters and not sentient cliches; you can take political and military decisions that can affect your empire as well as research new technologies and dragon powers. The writing, while not breaking any grounds in originality, is still clever and is reinforced by superb voice acting. Another part of the game is the strategy Map. This is similar to games like Battle for Middle Earth or Rise of Nations where you move troops on the Map, build structures in each province and play cards. Unfortunately the part that was supposed to be the meat of the game, the RTS element, is the one most lacking. It's not terrible but it feels too MOBA-ish and the fact that the graphics look like that of games released a decade ago doesn't help. The only element that spices things up is the fact that you can become a dragon and enter the battle directly; this is when the game turns in a fun arcade shooter. It's best not to ignore the dragon upgrades and abilities as the dragon can turn the tide of any battle. All in all, Dragon Commander is one of the most innovating and original games to come in a long time. It has plenty of flaws, but it's a breath of fresh air in an industry full of GTA and Call of Halo clones.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Mar 31, 2013So, is this it? After almost three years of waiting this is the long-awaited Heart of the Swarm? Wings of Liberty may not have been anSo, is this it? After almost three years of waiting this is the long-awaited Heart of the Swarm? Wings of Liberty may not have been an exceptional game, but at least for Blizzard was a return to it's roots after 6 years of milking Wow but this Expansion fails to improve the game the same way Broodwar did for the original Starcraft or The Frozen Throne did for Warcraft 3, instead adding more of the same. Some of the new units are neat but the Multiplayer feels pretty much the same, rewarding speed over strategy and skill. But if you are like me, more interested in the Campaign than the MP, I wouldn't get too excited for the "epic" story of HotS since it makes the cheesy plot of Wings of Liberty look like it was written by Dostoyevsky. Kerrigan is just not as interesting as she was in Broodwar. There she was a master manipulator as well as a tragic character; here she feels like an spoiled teenage girl who happens to command the Zerg Swarm. Some of the Campaign missions are cool since not all revolve around destroying all enemies on the map, but you won't spend more than 7 hours in the Single Player. Heart of the Swarm may look like a masterpiece compared to Blizzard's last pile of garbage known as Diablo 3 but it is hardly the major improvement of Starcraft II that we've been waiting for.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0May 16, 2012Not even the most drooling blizztards can defend this one. Not only is the game dumbed down from its predecessors, removing all kind ofNot even the most drooling blizztards can defend this one. Not only is the game dumbed down from its predecessors, removing all kind of character building and strategy from the game, not only do the graphics look like something from 2007, not only did they abandoned the dark tone of D1 and D2 and instead added flashy anime attacks and WoW characters but the game is basically unplayable. DRM doesn't stop pirates, at best it delays them. The only ones really affected by DRM are the actual buyers who need to wait hours, even days to play their game. Unfortunately, Blizzard had us in their pockets. They took advantage of our nostalgia and presented us with tedious, badly-written and just plain silly game. Hell, the game isn't even made by Blizzard North, the company that made the first two. You're better off playind Diablo 2 for the twentieth time than this.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.6May 7, 2012With all it's flaws, Risen 2 is still the best Pyrahna Bytes game since Gothic 2. It's so refreshing to play a fantasy RPG that doesn'tWith all it's flaws, Risen 2 is still the best Pyrahna Bytes game since Gothic 2. It's so refreshing to play a fantasy RPG that doesn't involve orcs, dragons and armors with shoulder plates the size of truck tires. The main flaw of the game is the combat system, but it's nowhere near as bad as Gothic 3. Once you put some glory points and gold in your abilities the game gets a lot better. This is a PB game afterall, anyone who expects to kill 5 enemies with one flashy attack is better off playing Kingdoms of Amalur. The graphics are okay; character models look pretty bad and the animations are terrible, but the enviorments are beautiful and it's a great pleasure to explore, unlike Skyrim where everything is gray and brown. People are really unfair to this game, it may not be great( even compared to newer titles like The Witcher 2), but so far it's the best game I played this year..… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Mar 8, 2012Even though Skyrim is by no means terrible, it is by far the worst Elder Scrolls game. If Bethesda continues to dumb down this series it willEven though Skyrim is by no means terrible, it is by far the worst Elder Scrolls game. If Bethesda continues to dumb down this series it will soon turn into GTA with swords and magic. The attribute system has been removed, now when you level up you spend one point in either health, magicka or stamina, there are no more classes and this greatly affects replayability, the enchanting has been dumbed down and the spellmaking has been completely removed. The story and the quests are not that good either. I don't know how you make a story more generic than that of Oblivion, but apparently Bethesda did it. There is nothing more cliche in fantasy games than dragons and Skyrim made them the main focus of the story. That's a shame, because the side plot about the civil war had a lot more potential for an interesting narrative. The UI for the PC is very bad and there are also some bugs( even though not as many as there were in Oblivion).There have been some nice additions, like the ability to wear a weapon in one hand and a spell in the other, the smithing skill is also pretty cool, but these things are not enough to compensate for everything that has been removed.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.6Mar 7, 2012This game is just okay. It's not going to blow your mind , it's not going to revolutionize gaming; it's just a decent third person shooterThis game is just okay. It's not going to blow your mind , it's not going to revolutionize gaming; it's just a decent third person shooter with RPG elements that concludes a very overrated series. I don't understand how people who were drooling over Mass Effect 2 a while ago are giving this game so many negative scores. It's almost the same game, in fact I think Mass Effect 3 is a little better than its predecessor. More customization options have been added in the game, there is a main story this time, you are not just doing boring tasks for your team members and the amount of time you spend scanning planets has been reduced. Compared to other games released this year, Mass Effect 3 is not bad, but as a story driven action RPG it doesn't hold a candle to games like The Witcher 2 and Deus Ex:Human Revolutions.… Expand