Average User Score: 8.5Jun 10, 2014Why 0? Two words: mouse acceleration. I hate the thing and this game has to the worst. Quick flick across my pad barely makes my cursor move while slowly moving my mouse the same distance makes Alice do several 360ies.
Now before I will continue - I spent significant time trying to find solution for this. I browsed forums, changed values in several config files to no avail. In the end running with Alice seems more like sailing a tanker even for the most basic of things like going around the corner. In some situations the movement caused borderline nausea.
Now several reviewers bash controls but say you can get used to it. You know what? I don't want to get used to it. I played hundreds of games over the years and never felt a need for mouse acceleration. Other people say Alice is best played with controller where the acceleration seems more natural. What the hell? If I wanted to play with controller I would play console version for Christ sakes!
So that is it. I believe all the people that the game and content is great. Unfortunately I simply cannot enjoy it because of decision by developers to slam their idea of how to play PC games down my throat. Only for me it literally makes me vomit. So be cautious before making the purchase. You have been warned.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Jan 27, 2014This game is a perfect example for me never to trust any high-rating game with only a few people weighting in. I saw a RTS/RPG hybrid game and immediately told myself how much fun I hade with Warhammer Dawn of War 2. So I quickly checked metacritic to see good reviews so I quickly checked score and bought it wihtout playing first two games. And what a disappointment. I will go through it step by step:
1) Graphics 4: Actual in-game graphics is only mediocre and I think Warcraft 3 looked much better. But I am not that kind of guy who judges the game solely based on how it looks. I was able to play hardcore indie games like Avernum: Escape from the Pit so I can appreciate a good game even with 90ties graphics.
2) UI and Controls:4 And this is the part when I started to wonder how is it possible that this game is its 3rd instalment. User interface is confusing and tutorial is worthless being pure video based. It took me ages just to find a skill tree for my character.
Additionally using skills in this game is incredibly confusing, you cannot use character portraits to help with targeting of some spells (like heal), cooldowns are incredibly quick for you to manage even 2 characters with 4+ skills and targeting enemies who are surrounded by multitude of friendly units always dying and moving is a chore. Many times you find yourself losing the control of the fight and getting frustrated because you failed to land a skill 3rd time in a row with your units dying as a result. So horrible.
3) Game design: 4. I played the game until I got the Lighthouse quest but I decided to do all sidequests and clearing the map first. Then when I was supposed to start building my base I was stormed always stormed by enemy units (I counted 30+ units in two quick succesive waves against my 10) in first two minutes and lost horribly.
This was a time when I gave up and looked at some Let's Plays on youtube only too see that some people had the same issue only with much smaller enemy army. I checked my difficulty settings: Normal.
I tried to play around - I tried to move my units forward to fight with enemy before they all gather, didnt work. Then I trained myself to speed building and managed to build 3 turrets before the first wave of enemies arrived to no avail. This is the point where I gave up. I probably messed the game by doing sidequest or visiting some part of map first or something. I do not care to lower the difficulty settings to Easy and I sure as hell don't want to restart the game to check if doing quests in different order makes a difference.
Final verdict: 4. This is a game with bad graphics, horrible interface and at least for me resulted in a sudden difficulty spike that I was not able to overcome even on Normal. This game was incredibly overpriced for what it has to offer (19 EUR or something like that). Maybe if it costs EUR 2.99 then it may be something for some niche hardcore fan otherwise I advice you to pass on it or go play Warcraft 3 again. The single player campaign has more to offer then this.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Jan 14, 2014Bough this game for $2 on steam sale despite not stellar reviews. And I found them to be wildly exagerated. The game has an interesting and unique setting and is a good mix of story, FPS and RPG element. If I should compare it to anything out there it would be more action packed scifi Morrowind
And this I think is the basic mistake reviewers make. E.Y.E is not FPS, it is and RPG at the core. Now I do not get anyone who says that the controls and RPG aspects are confusing. Again the best comparison would be Morrowind or Oblivion: who did not make a mistake with character creation there? Who understood the magic system there or how spells are created for the fist time? But don't worry things are much easier in E.Y.E. There are 1 page long guides that explain the most important stuff about character creation along with useful tips for controls and possible play styles.
Now there may be some "bad" stuff:
1) English localization is not very good. Personally I do not mind. I just pretend it is roughly translated by japanese sounding language that is native to settings. But for some people this may be shostopper so you were warned
2) Enemies spawn constantly. It is similar to how some action games are created lately, that enemies have designated spawn point once you are near to it. If you run away the spawn point may switch. If you fight some large creature spawning may be temporarily suspended. Anyways the point is that if you like cleaning the whole level before ending a mission you will be disapointed. In my experience this system sometimes tends to put you into a difficult spot that would otherwise be boring stomp over AI.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Oct 13, 2013After seeing this game several times on Steam and passing it I finally decided to give it a try thanks to user reviews here on Metacritic. And I was not prepared for what was coming.
This game is a pure blast! I've put 40 hours so far into the game only playing tutorials and my first playthrough as Ireland and what a ride it was. I am nowhere near the end, but I can say that this game is amazing! As a fan of grand strategy games who played them since the very first Civilization and through all Total War games I have to say that EU IV one is the best one so far. They just got it right. Diplomacy, research, warfare, trade, rebellions, religion, colonization it is all very well balanced mix that not fits together incredibly well from the gameplay point of view but also from the historical perspective. Even though the game is a sandbox it is so well balanced that you see many historical events occurring even if they are not really scripted like Rise & Fall mod for Civilization IV.
Additionally there are so many aspects of the game that I did not even approached in my first playthrough where I focused on exploring new world that promise a lot of replay value a thing very scarce these days. Do you wish to play as part of Holy Roman Empire and unite it under one umbrella to become a dominant power as Germany? Check. Or do you wish to be spearheading counter-reformation that is threatening the stability of Europe? Or do you want to play as one of the less advanced civilizations and wage a fight for your very existence? Check and check. There are endless opportunities and all of them real and well thought off.
On the top of all of it I did not encounter a single bug or any other issue. The gameplay is smooth and in spite of so many people criticizing the user interface I find it very useful the end game management of dozens of provinces which was always a chore to do with other games is breeze in this game. It lets the game keep holding you from the beginning to the end so that you do not want to go to sleep because you just want to win this battle or set up the trade in that node.
For me this is the game of the year and it is something that many people may have expected Rome Total War. That it was Paradox interactive, a company that I admire for other great titles such as Mount&Blade, who achieved this is surprising but also refreshing. That I support such a good gaming company by purchasing this superb game is just an icing on the already incredibly tasty cake.Do not wait and if you ever liked any of the grand strategy title go and buy EU IV. It is a must have for any even remote grand strategy fan because this is how such a game should look like.… Expand