Average User Score: 5.8Jan 21, 2015Pros: the world is gorgeous; it puts Skyrim to shame.
Cons: combat not at all tactical, storyline is terrible (the antagonist is completelyPros: the world is gorgeous; it puts Skyrim to shame.
Cons: combat not at all tactical, storyline is terrible (the antagonist is completely forgetable), crafting system sucks, MMO-style fetch quests and resources gathering, immersion-breaking characters and mechanics, break from previous DA dark/mature fantasy style in favor of high fantasy; protagonist has the personality of a wet napkin.
It's a fun game, but with each passing date since beating it, my opinion of it drops.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Dec 10, 2013Just terrible. The main character is an idiot; the guards are omniscient to the point that stealth is impossible; controls are poor; theJust terrible. The main character is an idiot; the guards are omniscient to the point that stealth is impossible; controls are poor; the story is AWFUL; and the missions are nothing but frustrating.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Dec 10, 2013I wish I could give this game two scores.
The pirate (in-animus) part of the game is pretty great. In fact, the parts that focus on simplyI wish I could give this game two scores.
The pirate (in-animus) part of the game is pretty great. In fact, the parts that focus on simply being a scallywag and scoundrel on the high seas are phenomenal. Ultimately, the game itself gets weighed down under the weight of the assinine and trite Assassin's Creed mythos and loses steam. Even so, the fantastic attention to detail and the euphoria of piracy are enough to earn a solid 8.5.
BUT. The Abstergo (out-of-animus) portion of the game is an abomination. Every second I spent outside the animus was a moment of my life I'll never get back. I felt like Ubisoft was shoving this nonsense down my throat. If anyone at Ubisoft happens to read this, here's a message: NO ONE CARES ABOUT ASSASSINS, TEMPLARS, OR ABSTERGO. STOP MAKING ME RUN AROUND AN OFFICE BUILDING WHEN I COULD BE SWASHBUCKLING. 0/10 for this part.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.1Sep 6, 2013Really liked Rome 1. After a few hours of Rome 2 I'm about ready to quit. Almost every single mechanic is either a downgrade or a side-stepReally liked Rome 1. After a few hours of Rome 2 I'm about ready to quit. Almost every single mechanic is either a downgrade or a side-step from the original. It's just not much fun at all, and it's riddled with performance issues. Shame.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Mar 14, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm rating this as an expansion, not as a game. Starcraft 2 is a great and fun game. Heart of the Swarm added nothing positive. To the contrary, the path that Blizzard opted to follow with the campaign's story is really quite bad. The Zerg were a lot more interesting as mindless killing machines. Choosing to make them muppets was a bad call. Reinfesting Kerrigan pretty much undid the entire plot of Wings of Liberty. And this whole prophesy storyline is so played out. It's obvious to the point of nausea that the end of the trilogy will feature a Protoss+Zerg+Terran vs. Amon battle royale. You did that already, Blizzard. It was called Warcraft 3. And it was lame then too. Blizzard has some truly untalented and uncreative people doing their writing these days. First Diablo and now Starcraft have been ruined with this trite drivel. What a shame.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jan 21, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A very very enjoyable game. Great story (which unfortunately loses steam after the sudden and inglorious ending of the beautifully-acted Vaas character), fun gameplay, and crafting that doesn't take up much of your time. A beautiful, though imperfect, little sandbox that is well worth the time it takes to play through.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jan 15, 2013This game made me rethink the way that I play and enjoy videogames. --------------- TES: Skyrim was released very shortly after Dark Souls.This game made me rethink the way that I play and enjoy videogames. --------------- TES: Skyrim was released very shortly after Dark Souls. At the time, Skyrim had been heavily hyped and advertised and Dark Souls slipped right past my radar. I do recall seeing it right next to Skyrim on the Metacritic chart but dismissing it. So I played through Skyrim and enjoyed it thoroughly , thinking it was a 10. But even then I understood that Skyrim is a game where you walk around without any risk. This isn't a knock and it isn't unusual - most games these days present no actual risk, no heart-pounding moments. In Skyrim, after you slog your way through mission after mission you eventually build yourself into an unstoppable juggernaut. So whereas at the beginning of the game all you had to do was run or reload, by the end the only way you're going to die is if you hurl yourself off a cliff. At that point, it… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jan 15, 2013Originally, at release, I gave this game a 10 (for the 360). Over a year later I fired it up again... but it felt empty. I wasn't attachedOriginally, at release, I gave this game a 10 (for the 360). Over a year later I fired it up again... but it felt empty. I wasn't attached to any single part of it and wasn't compelled by any single mechanic. Once you've explored the world, you're left wondering "what else?" So I put it down. Weeks later I had the opportunity to load it up on my PC. At that point, I got into all of the wonderful mods available. It was then that I realized that this game is merely "pretty good" until you mod the everliving **** out of it. With hours worth of mod collecting and testing you can assemble a highly replayable experience... but by that time you're more concerned with mods than the game itself. This is a good game. But with the benefit of some time and perspective I'd say it's more of an 8.5 than a 10. And since Metacritic doesn't allow for half-scores, I have to round down to 8, since it is more of an 8 than a 9.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0Jun 12, 2012A decent game made worse by the fact that I can't play it when I want to.
1. Regarding the online requirement: I thought that this concernA decent game made worse by the fact that I can't play it when I want to.
1. Regarding the online requirement: I thought that this concern was hogwash at first. However, the game is often down. I have limited windows of time to play, and more-than-rarely am I unable to play my f*cking game because the servers are down. This is structured as a single-player game with an option to co-op, so this really pisses me off. Really.
2. The game itself is merely ok. First of all the story is weak and seems to become seriously rushed in the second act. Worse than the story is the dialogue which is terrible. I also don't care for the fact that your heroes have all sorts of irritating remarks and one-liners. I preferred the stoic types from the first two games. The gameplay is fun, but not the least bit revolutionary. Thematically the game is vastly inferior to its predecessors. Using the D3dark mod helps the atmosphere, but nothing about the game installs that sense of dread and creepiness that the first two games had.
All that said, there's no reason to give it a 1. I don't know why it took this long to make a game that begins rushing through the plot less than halfway through and contains a very limited number of Blizzard's signature cut scenes. Meh. Swing and a foul ball, Blizz. Not nearly as good at Starcraft 2.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Nov 15, 2011Not a perfect game, but a thoroughly engrossing and utterly enjoyable adventure. The best top-down RPG since Baldur's Gate 2. If theyNot a perfect game, but a thoroughly engrossing and utterly enjoyable adventure. The best top-down RPG since Baldur's Gate 2. If they improved on this formula, we could be looking at one of the best games of all time. But they didn't. Accordingly, the worst part about this game is how disappointing its sequel is.… Expand