Average User Score: 7.8Jun 28, 2014Can't believe how much love this game gets. Controls are phenomenally bad, even with the well-known vsync and other fixes. It's just such a chore to play with such awful controls. I played it for an hour, tried all the fixes, uninstalled. Too many good games to play rather than fight with this one.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Jun 8, 2014One of the best introduction sequences to a AAA game in the last dozen years. Sadly, the combat and graphics take a big step down from Crysis. Seriously, 2014 and blurry textures in sign text? I sort of did a WTF and then checked to make sure my settings were indeed on Ultra. It's like I stepped into a time machine back to 2007.
On the upside, you can probably run this on your laptop. That and Bejewelled 12 (twirls finger).
The characters are also feeling weak. The first game wasn't strong, merely adequate, but this one pushes the limits of generic bad guys.
The gun play is solid, and I had fun stealthing up to bad guy 1, snapping his neck with precisely the correct torsional force, and then finishing off bad guys 2 and 3 with my hand gun/melee combo. Nothing like shooting a guy in the face and then elbowing him before he hits the floor.
Level design is also showing it's age, with urban building landscapes that initially feel open but are really closed with only a few potential routes. I'm okay with this so long as it's truly scripted narrative. Crysis 2 can't seem to make up its mind what it wants to be: an open world-like game or a tightly integrated frag-fest like the latest Tomb Raider.
Whatever. It's fun enough, just don't pay full price.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Jun 2, 2014I really want to like this more. It's a nice throwback to games like Twisted Metal and Carmageddon. The humor is awesome. The upgrades are awesome. The music is awesome.
The driving is extremely mediocre. The cars need to handle a bit more arcade-like for this kind of game. They feel heavy, they don't turn, and it feels like it takes weeks to get back up to speed. Even standing on the nitro you rarely get a sense of speed.
The tracks need to be less annoying. I'm talking Nitro-ing through a straight and then of course there's a strategically placed pillar right as you enter the turn to stop you dead. This, and other "don't go fast" annoyances are far too common in this game. Who the hell wants to approach turns with caution in a game like this? I love more tactical games like Grid, but if I want that I'll go play Grid.
These annoyances really start to become glaring about 10 hours into the game when the difficulty ramps up. At some point it stops feeling like a smash-mouth racing battle and it starts necessitating too much deep thought, strategic pick-ups and conservative nitro-ing. In fact, not firing your weapons starts to feel like the better option in most cases.
This game will start out as an 8 or 9 but as the frustration creeps in you'll eventually settle at 6 or 7.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Apr 21, 2014Turns out my initial impressions of this game were wrong. It's true, it does suffer from a bit of miasma early on, but once you get going and get a feel for the controls, it's an engaging feast of action and adventure. I played it relentlessly to the end, and while the finale could have been better, this is still a very solid game.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Apr 21, 2014It's extremely rare I give a game a full 10, but this is it! Combat dynamics, story, variety, drama, this game has it all! You feel like you're in a movie. Graphics are gorgeous, voice acting is top notch, xbox 360 controller integration is perfect, and the pacing never lets up.
If you want a tightly scripted and superbly-paced action game, you need to play this. I can't think of anything better.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Mar 20, 2014You'll really want to love this game, but as much as you try, it will beat you into submission.
The problems start with a menu system that I can only describe as baffling, like they gave it to the intern and he got his degree at a trust fund art college. It's a series of unfolding triangles that give you zero sense of your overall progress. Are you improving? Moving up the rankings? Who knows. Cause if it's one thing we race game fans like it's to have absolutely zero sense of our progress.
Next you get to see their DLC advertised obnoxiously throughout the game. It's a constant reminder that while you paid full price for the game, they lazily threw in a few extra cars and other dumb stuff that took them 15 minutes to program while they licked In-n-Out grease off their chubby fingers.
But the biggest sin of Dirt 3 is the driving just isn't much fun or satisfying. Dirt 2 and Grid really nailed the driving, and at the end of the day that's all that matters. Dirt 3 is either condescendingly easy with all the driver assists turned on, or a sloppy ice rink mess when they're not. There are literally times on certain tracks when the car becomes uncontrollable for no reason, usually in the form of your breaks having no effect (but in other parts of the track it's like the calipers are stuck closed). So you end up strategically "sneaking up" on these sections of track, breaking way ahead of when you should need to, just so the game won't send you flying through the air like a rag doll.
The drifting, in particular, is terrible. No combos or flags like in Grid. If you like to do handbrake turns, look elsewhere. They put you sideways every time and control is basically non-existent until you finally come to a stop.
Bottom line: Frustrating, unsatisfying game play is enough not to recommend Dirt 3. But add on the terrible interface and DLC and you might have enough reason to think twice about Dirt 4.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Feb 17, 2014This game is becoming a cult hit. The basic elements are a solid goth vampire storyline and Deux Ex action-rpg play style. The voice acting is excellent and you'll have a lot of fun just exploring the richly detailed world. There's tons of overt and covert humor and references to gaming culture. If I had one minor criticism it's that it could use a bit more action.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Dec 12, 2013Only two hours in and I had this gnawing feeling it felt like a big DLC kind of thing. Come to metacritic and find out I'm not the only one.
So far, SR4 feels like a game with all the whacky bonus modes unlocked. The kind that are fun to screw around with for a few hours but then you get bored of being "god" and play something else.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Dec 2, 2013As a newcomer to Prince of Persia (well, I played the original back in 1989...) I really enjoyed this game and was disappointed it didn't go over with the fans very well. The action is super-fluid, just as a game like this should be, and the fighting system is deep. You can set up insane 10+ hit combos on the bad guys. A deep fighting system is a welcome relief from the "keep pushing the A button" depth of most 3D platformers. Unfortunately, the game's biggest flaw is there is really no penalty for dying. They start you RIGHT back where you died. They were trying to reboot the series and keep it accessible, but this was just a misstep. Still, on a pure gameplay level this is just an incredibly fun game.… Expand