Average User Score: 5.4Nov 10, 2015The main problem with this game is the engine because it reached its limits. Its a game that should be made back in 2010/2011.For todayThe main problem with this game is the engine because it reached its limits. Its a game that should be made back in 2010/2011.For today standards its completely dated and looks out of place and time. After some 15 years of marketing on same old gamebryo Bethesda should update to contemporary level, its not like they don't have the resources to do so. Animations are terrible, VA is really embarrassing (if you are story driven RPG gamer you will laugh at how bad it is). The textures are low quality (that could be fixed by mods or developer HD pack). The map looks small and uninteresting (ugly art style). The models are so simple that everything looks plastic, like toys.
I don't understand why would they go for VA and more "cinematic feel" when it was always their weakest point-now it stood up even more how bad it is in overall experience.
RPG elements are stripped and dumbed down- you only have perks, there is no Ron Perlman doing VA intro. Too much American patriotism bs in regard to the story.
There are some positive things- the char creation is better and you can create descent face, there is a "base" of more common names to pick that are voice acted by the world, this game is probably the least buggy out of Bethesda games on release, it functions without game breaking bugs. The combat is a little bit of improvement, the UI is flashed out and inventory is a little bit better. But that's it.
The game itself looks more like an overhaul of the previous, like Fallout 3.5 with better combat, stripped role play and with voice acting. In general its a worse game than Fallout 3. And because they are so similar there is no reason to buy this. You can easily recreate the story of FO4 in FO3 and have a better experience. The conclusion is- world has moved on. The contemporary mainstream standards of open world gameplay set by this company are now a norm which has been exceeded by most other companies. Its not a terrible game but average and story wise boring.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Oct 25, 2015Its like a big chunk of more and the same of W3 experience. So, if you loved the game you will love this one also.The story is ok and shinesIts like a big chunk of more and the same of W3 experience. So, if you loved the game you will love this one also.The story is ok and shines at times but has its flaws, because its a retelling of Faust and it fails to make the main character around who the story unfolds sympathetic as the Bloody Baron (which was the target).
The environments are beautiful, the boss fights are better than in main game it has its parts of fan service and self parody.Some missed opportunities for much better content (Heist) and a returning character that is just there for no good reason. In relation to the main game its a bit disconnected, it would be better of as a stand alone adventure because there is no real motivation for Geralt to go on with the plot. The main antagonist is great and menacing in a fresh not over the top way. All in all it gives around 15h if you do everything and don't skip dialogue and cut scenes (and there's a lot, its even more movie oriented) and by mu opinion its worth your money and time.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.1Jun 23, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If i could i would give this game 11
There is nothing revolutionary in it but everything great already seen in other titles has been cracked up to 11.At its core its an excellent story driven RPG, the best ever created up until this point.
There are many minor bugs and glitches but in larger picture they are irrelevant annoyances.
Everything is already said by other reviewers so I will concentrate on one thing I have a problem with and its not mentioned. Its the way end is determined (what variables are used) and the way they made the so called "bad" ending. My opinion is that they delayed the game not for graphics downgrade or for smoothness but to change and water down the "bad" ending because they were probably afraid of people not coping with heartbreaking end after 150h+ long experience. As a result we are left with the "bad" ending which in my opinion is not sad but stupid, not terrible but just meh and kind of off. Other endings don't have this problem so its minor as other cons and not enough to give it a lesser score. The problem with end determination variables is that they are so abstract and completely reliable on context (which you don't know) that game doesn't give you any feedback of relevance not only that you are choosing for the end but that you are choosing at all. I consider myself experienced rpg gamer and i was totally blown and left in surprise when i looked what determent my end score, but again maybe its jus my personal feel and it should be like it is.
This game was made with love and has a soul so like many others im left empty with a little sadness that its all over but as game and books say-something ends, something begins and we can only hope there will be something more, hopefully for Ciri in future titles.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0Mar 14, 2015I m a single player gamer. Don't care for co op or other related build&trading stuff so to me this is a great H&S as it is NOW (don't know howI m a single player gamer. Don't care for co op or other related build&trading stuff so to me this is a great H&S as it is NOW (don't know how it was in 2012. only recently bought the game and expansion)
I have played first 2 games when they came out. Liked the first for what it was, never give into the hype of second, it was ok H&S even if a little bit too long. (probably because grind is not my thing).
As a single player experience, Diablo 3 is an improvement as much as I can see it- the voice acting smoothens the story progression, its fun. The art style and dedication to details in this regard is top notch. The music is ok. Overall atmosphere is almost there as previous games.
Of course there are some cons: limited leveling options, auto level stats, graphic is dated even for 2012.,real zoom and 360 camera rotation should be norm by now for this kind of isometric clickfeast.
Overall im having fun I like the atmosphere and for people critiquing that its linear, please....the first 2 were go-kill-end quest. Now at least there is a little bit of dialogue to make it more interesting.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Jan 3, 2015Best RPG of 2014 and one of the best in last 10 years.
As an old Larian Studios fan I knew what to expect and got it and then some. They areBest RPG of 2014 and one of the best in last 10 years.
As an old Larian Studios fan I knew what to expect and got it and then some. They are one of few remaining studios in gaming where you know that your playing their game from the start-the menus, the music, the sounds when you level up, the color scheme of abilities description, the humor, the art direction its all recognizable as a stamp of approval in one of a kind atmosphere.
The combat mechanics is the jewel of the game. Its a gameplay driven RPG so don't expect multiple endings, detailed char interaction and a reward at the end beside a credit for finishing the game. Playing it is regarded as its own reward.
The music is beautiful ( but comparing to other Divinity titles its weak, too few new melodies ) the visuals are quality high fantasy, the voice acting is funny and great as usual.
Game has flaws- story is ok and fits well with all other elements in a nice over the top way bit is kind of pale and generic, nothing special. Some puzzles are confusing at least for me. As you go there seems to be too few unique bosses after the first map. The game starts really hard and by the end it becomes really easy even on highest difficulty. End game boss is forgettable.
I would give it 8.5
If you like this game you should definitely try other older ones from Divinity setting.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Jan 3, 2015This is one of the best story driven RPGs ever made.
Its not without flaws - the second chapter is really confusing and slow paced but allThis is one of the best story driven RPGs ever made.
Its not without flaws - the second chapter is really confusing and slow paced but all in all not much bad to be said about the game.
Its fantasy setting for grownups, dark could world like real medieval Europe not some cookie cut child version of it like in most western fantasy genre settings.
It is difficult to dig in at first because its completely different from standard in terms of leveling so you just have to go through couple of hours to get how things work and by then you should bee hooked.
Combat system is kind of limited but works well enough to get the action going.Its a strange game because at core its an action RPG but a REAL action RPG not an action/arcade game marketed as such.Because of this it could be a turn off to some, having an action RPG with limited combat focusing completely on story.
And the story is great, really top writing with a twist at the end you could not guess because of the structure of narrative.
Some people may not like it because its not stat based-there is really not much options regarding weapons and armor, but I think it works more than well its just different game NOT loot oriented. But when you do eventually through story progression and limited crafting options find new weapons they DO make a difference.
Potion making is the main thing regarding gear improvement.
Visually it looks great for 8 years old game, art direction is 100% and with perfect music scores gives incredible atmospheric feel.
At the end because of combat and some other minor cons i give it a 9, its not perfect but almost.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Nov 19, 2014This is not an RPG its a single player MMO.
Its Kingdoms of Amalur with a party ( Mass Effect style because tactics is off the window) and aThis is not an RPG its a single player MMO.
Its Kingdoms of Amalur with a party ( Mass Effect style because tactics is off the window) and a romance option.
There is not much more to be said. Actually there is plenty but its all irrelevant-bad writing,controls,textures,glitches,optimization..etc. None of it matters because this is not a story driven RPG like its predecessors. DA2 was BAD story driven RPG but it was stil a story driven RPG, this is not it.
Only way you can like this and be DAO fan is if you really, really like MMOs… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Mar 16, 2012This is not a game it's a hoax.And I mean it in the most blunt and direct way.It doesn't matter whether the game is good or bad,it'sThis is not a game it's a hoax.And I mean it in the most blunt and direct way.It doesn't matter whether the game is good or bad,it's completely irrelevant.The game is purposely DESIGNED to be flawed in the end.The head writer and game director should be charged of felony because this is criminal punishment thing.Really.They sell a product as it is funcional when a matter of fact is that it is not and can only be used ONCE.They are lying to the consumers.And I must repeat that this is not some vague"artistic"take on the game quality,it really isn't .You can see that the game is purposely made the way it is by the fact that ONLY last 5 min. of it are made in a way that completely makes pointless all you ever done in the game and previously 2 games.No wrighter can do this on accident.Its impossible.This is just a crook covering his tracks.BECAUSE if RPG at the very end has completely opened resolution witch is denied of all internal,external or any kind of logic patterns,the only purpose of that kind of consolation of story narrative is to PURPOSELY DESTROY everything that has build up to it.And when someone is selling you this its time to call the cops.DO not buy this game,DO not watch this game,report it.I'm absolutely disgusted calling myself a writer knowing that out there is someone called Mac Walters who DELIBERATELY denied RPG of its replayability,making people on forums such as BWN docile and depressive only so that EA can shorten lifespan of game to a cach-go for multiplayer and further consummation(which is not cheap) of more of the same broken one-time to use pile of crap.… Expand