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Average User Score: 8.5Dec 1, 2014As someone who thoroughly enjoyed and completed the original Deus Ex back in 2000, this one was definitely a must. I had bought the firstAs someone who thoroughly enjoyed and completed the original Deus Ex back in 2000, this one was definitely a must. I had bought the first release of Deus Ex: HR (DEHR) and the DLC, but didn't have the time to play it. When they released the Director's Cut which contained the DLC, improvements and fixes, I upgraded and am finally playing this.
It's an absolutely superb game. It's one of those rare occasions, where they did the original game justice, didn't dumb it down, but rather improved on the gameplay and graphics given the 13 years or so in between. The story is intriguing, and it is definitely one of those games that will suck you in and will keep things interesting. For instance, I absolutely do not mind revisiting a location, or combing every inch just to not miss a particular gadget, credit chip or other goodies. There are also a ton of different paths and even if the game tells you this, I will reiterate it again at this point: Think out of the box! The most direct path rarely works best. Not because you can't use it, but because it is usually the most difficult way.
An all-out assault will only do one thing: Antagonize entire factions and make you literally hide at every turn. It is far more fun to use the stealth approach and leave a location without so much as having raised any suspicion. You will also get the opportunity to augment your character with all kinds of bio-synthetic technology. Word of advice: Improving the hacking and cloaking abilities will make your life a lot easier throughout the game!
DEHR perfectly combines RPG and FPS elements, requires you to think while solving certain (security) puzzles, and there are choices to make that can affect the outcome of a situation and/or the potential reward. And, again, do look around. If you cannot get past a hack, somewhere there will be a PDA containing the code.
A brief note also on performance issues; I had them, too. It's not so much a frame rate drop, than a stutter, as if your computer is trying to load more data. Since there are no texture pop-ins, it's not a performance issue as such though. There are guides with a number of registry fixes which seem to have worked for some people, but not for me. My solution was to run the game at my monitor's native resolution. I found by chance that the game was auto set to 1920x1080 which is fine, except my screen's native resolution is 2048x1152. Once set to that, even on all settings maxed out, no more stuttering.
So, in conclusion, even if you do not know the original Deus Ex (I would strongly recommend you play it just for the sake of having played one of the best games of all time, despite the somewhat dated looks), this game is worth it. You are given a mission, how you approach it, is your call. If you want to go in with weapons blazing (providing your have the ammo for it), do so, if you want to go stealth, do that. Combine both approaches, sure. Trust me, it's going to be a great and memorable journey.
For me, personally, it sits right up there with the likes of Mass Effect and Splinter Cell. Truly epic.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Oct 16, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The atmosphere, the movie authenticity, and overall presentation are just incredible. As far as the timeline of the Alien universe is concerned, the game takes place between the first and second Alien movies.
Just the start of the game already sends chills down your spine. Not because of an awesome intro video, or some gory scene, no. It's minimalistic.It's just Ellen Ripley, narrating her last log entry that you will hear at the end of the first Alien movie, "Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."
This is it for the intro and you're immediately thrown into the midst of th game. You are Amanda Ripley, Ellen Ripley's daughter, you work for Weyland-Yutani Corp. as well, and your eventual mission is to retrieve the data recorder that contains what you believe to be all that is left of your mother. The data recorder is at Sevastopol station, and you will be headed there.
Obviously things don't go as planned. and you not only have to face down an Alien warrior, but also deal with hostile factions aboard the station that are not happy to see you by any means of the imagination. To begin with, you have nothing. No tools, no items, no materials, and most importantly, nothing to defend yourself with. While you can liken the overall atmosphere, the intense dread and setting to games like "Dead Space", this is far worse, because you literally are vulnerable. No armor, no weapons, and one or two shots from anyone WILL kill you.
Although I haven't really gotten that far yet, I can already tell you that the atmosphere and sounds do have you constantly on edge. This is not a game you want to play when you feel like relaxing.
Performance wise Creative Assembly have done a marvelous job. My rig is definitely not the latest in terms of gaming hardware, and on my QuadCore Q9400 @ 2.66 GHz, 8 GB RAM and GeForce GTX 650 1 GB I could play at 1080p with Ultra settings and still get 30-40 fps. I set the resolution down one notch and a couple of settings are back to "High" instead, and now I'm between 50-60 fps. Perfect. I'm not seeing huge differences in graphics quality with those settings changed and high fps is more important to me in this kind of game. I am definitely impressed with the optimizations and scalability. One of the best examples of great performance optimizations to date!
So, to cut a long story short: If you like the Alien franchise, sci-fi and can handle being on edge for every minute you play this game, then this is for you. I am by no means a survival horror fan, but this a classic. It's part of a franchise that defined science-fiction and molded it into what it is today. It's a testament to pop-culture and it's simply fantastic.
And to all those complaing too much "backtracking", "stealth", and not enough guns; it's not an FPS game. It's survival horror. The game exactly makes you behave the way you would if you were trying to avoid contact with a hostile force while having to get somewhere undetected. Slow and careful! What truly makes this outstanding is that for once fear is not the ONLY enemy. . .… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Sep 9, 2014I only have one word: Masterpiece! There is no other way to describe this game.
Especially, and I can't stress this enough, if you haveI only have one word: Masterpiece! There is no other way to describe this game.
Especially, and I can't stress this enough, if you have been continuing from Mass Effect 1. If you haven't, you're missing out. Granted, there is the Genesis DLC which apparently lets you make all the important decisions from ME1, but you're still not going to get the full experience. You might get the knowledge of the storyline, but not the ambience. The essence of what makes Mass Effect what it is, the beginning of it all, is lost.
ME1 is by far not as detailed and "massive" as the second installment (also referring to the places you can visit, and mission diversity), but it's still a lot of fun and the amount of "aha" effects and experience of encountering all your former squad members again in ME2, after a few years have passed and things have changed, are one of the greatest experiences in computer gaming today.
Bioware also did a great job at carrying over your ME1 character's appearance. There are not many games where your character becomes that important. In the game itself, and to the gamer. You care about the reputation and notoriety you achieve. That hasn't really ever happened to me before in a game. Not on this level.
The atmosphere overall is excellent, the combat satisfying, since it turns out differently depending on which squad members you take along for the mission, there is a lot more emphasis on resources since they are required for researching new abilities, but it's a fun way to achieve this, and you can quickly do some resource grinding between missions. No longwinded MACO surveys that yield a few resources that really didn't seem to have much of any effect other than credits.
The new Normandy is much bigger, it has 4 separate decks and it's a nice motivation that parts of the ship unlock, the further you progress through the storyline. It's worth seeing. You're not going to get to drive the MACO as far as I've seen, but a DLC offers a hover vehicle which you can control in a set of missions.
The voice acting and animations are top notch, and especially Miranda's character was also modelled after the actress who lent her voice (Yvonne Strahovski). This was done so well, that I recognized the actress in the CG character. Great job Bioware! There are also a number of other, well known actors involved, all of them reprising their roles from ME1 (incl. Lance Henriksen & Seth Green), which provides great continuity. Names include Carrie-Anne Moss (Matrix), Adam Baldwin (Chuck, Firefly, X-Files etc.), Michael Dorn, Armin Shimerman, Dwight Schultz (all in Star Trek among others), Claudia Black (Stargate, Farscape) and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, Wall Street) -- [movies/shows quoted from memory, I realize all of these guys have done much more]!
If you ever watched a great science-fiction action-adventure movie and wished you could be part of it, this is your chance. In Mass Effect you can be. Stop reading, and go protect the galaxy! Do it now!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Sep 9, 2014Mass Effect was, and still is, groundbreaking for its time of release. It truly is an epic science-fiction story which will provide you withMass Effect was, and still is, groundbreaking for its time of release. It truly is an epic science-fiction story which will provide you with many "aha-effects" if you are familiar with the popular science-fiction TV shows and movies.
Playing this game I am often reminded of Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Starship Troopers, Farscape and even Stargate to a certain extent, because the gateway-like conduit/relays are reminiscent of Stargates, or perhaps the jump gates from Babylon 5. The universe of the game is diverse, it is a story about co-existence, but also problems between humanity and alien races who have tried to establish a status quo on a huge, city-like space station called the Citadel.
You start out with a character creation screen - and I do recommend you play the female Shepard, because the voice acting is so much better, and it simply is visually more appealing - and craft your own character just the way you like it. From here on out you're making decisions, forging relationships, decide whether you want to use diplomacy or force, and based on your chosen path the methods by which you achieve the mission goals (and the difficulty with which the game unfolds) the outcome might be different. You should also choose wisely who of your squad members you take on a mission, because sometimes having a higher tech ability might be more useful than combat strength. The customization option in terms of armor, weapon loadout and add-ons are also mindboggling. Make sure you keep your squad in good shape!
I can honestly say that I've never before felt this connection to a virtual group of people in a single player experience, nor has it ever been that hard in a game to make a choice between who lives, who dies, who gets hurt by your choice, and who will become a close friend. The excellent voice acting (Lance Henricksen and Dwight Schultz to name only a couple of famous actors) does much to create immersion. The side quests in this first installment are a little repetitive, granted, but the story arch makes up for it, never mind the epic end-battle which truly happens on a cinematic scale and quality.
If you like sci-fi, RPGs and action-adventure games that give you a lot of freedom given a linear story line (and take one or the other cliche), this is for you. And given the fact that you can continue using your character throughout the sequels, do start with this first episode of the trilogy. You will feel far more connected and familiar playing with a Shepard having already over 40 hours under their belt when embarking on the next journey.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.8Aug 2, 2014First of all let me say that I cannnot for the life of me understand why people are flaming this game so much. Maybe the expectations were tooFirst of all let me say that I cannnot for the life of me understand why people are flaming this game so much. Maybe the expectations were too high, or people are just expecting something that is not really their genre, but I honestly don't understand it.
I also have no performance issues whatsoever, and I am playing on a QuadCore Q9400 @ 2.66 GHz, 8 GB RAM and a GeForce GTX 650 1 GB. Sure, not at the highest resolution and on medium to low settings, but that still makes the game look better than GTA IV. Frame rate is consistent and ultimately that is all that matters. I guess I'm also from a generation that played games before terms like "anti aliasing", "shaders" and "HD" were even terms used, so my expectation might be different. Each and every single GTA game was a benchmark for its time, and I'm sure GTA V will be doing the same upon release for the PC. So why should Watch_Dogs be different?
As far as the game is concerned, I find it absoutely addictive, similar to the GTA games. To me it feels like a combination out of GTA, Batman Arkham City, Assassin's Creed and Max Payne. You can argue about the cliches, but that is part of most computer games. I find it ridiculous that most reviews appear to be based on day one performance of a game. When has there ever been a game that was bug free on day one? How many games have required patching in the past and are now absolute classics with an excellent replay value?
I expected a GTA style game from Watch_Dogs, with some added, different features and for once not a mob, or gang background. A game that is fun and lets you play the way you like, when you like, and that is precisely what I got. If they had made the "hacking" any more complicated, the game would not have been accessible to the "normal user", to someone who doesn't necessarily need an understanding of how networks, computers and mobile devices work together. It all works well, and I have probably a good 25 to 30 hours under my belt so far, without even so much as having completed ACT 1, let alone the DLC content that's available. If a game is that much fun, that I can spend hours playing it without actually doing any of the campaign missions, that means it's entertaining and a good game to me.
I find the missions fun, the combat satisfying and interesting, the city feels alive and even the driving makes for a fun diversion. Sure, there could have been a bit more damage to the cars and I would have liked an option to repair and/or customize cars, but then maybe that would be overkill. I'm glad Ubisoft combined elements from their other games and to me personally it's definitely a nice addition to my game collection.
I think people need to stop being so ridiculously whiny about releases, and the developer can't be blamed for not meeting people's expectations. I watched the demo videos of Watch_Dogs months ago and knew then I would love this game. So far there was nothing shown in the early gameplay videos, that the game does not allow you to do. Watch_Dogs delivers what it said it would, no more, but definitely not less. If you don't like the game, that's one thing, but it does not deserve the 0-5 score marks it has been getting. Definitely not.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Dec 1, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I thought that the GTA games were the pinnacle in free-roam sandbox fun. I was wrong (thus far). Just Cause 2 (JC2) definitely sets a new standard for random sandbox fun. Just roaming around, cause chaos as part of the game's requirement, while literally traveling on foot, in the water, in the air, and in any vehicle possible, is simply ridiculously fun. The truly amazing feeling in the beginning of the game is, that while you are standing on a huge building, looking in the distance, you can actually say to yourself, "I can get there. This is not just a background." And it's true. Whatever you can see in the world of JC2, you can reach. Hi-jack a plane, a helicopter, a car, anything. If you drive, fly or go by boat, eventually you arrive at the way point you set for yourself. And it's fun. All the while you can earn money from chaos, buy upgrades, or just fool around. The only other game I've ever played where I can spend hours having fun while doing nothing, was in a GTA game. And this is a ton more fun. If you like GTA, get this. It really is awesome!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Dec 1, 2013This is without a doubt one of the best computer games I have ever played. The atmosphere, immersion, darkness and feeling that you actuallyThis is without a doubt one of the best computer games I have ever played. The atmosphere, immersion, darkness and feeling that you actually do become the Dark Knight is intense. The combat is challenging, gaining of new abilities and gadgets rewarding and just the fact that you can actually explore Arkham/Gotham city is amazing. Hunting bad guys in the dark, striking from above, seeing the fear and responses from the NPCs. Pure awesome. This is undoubtedly a classic, even in years to come. I could go on. The only thing I wish were available is a save game system, but I guess you can't have everything. If you played Arkham Asylum and want more freedom, get this. If you even remotely like Batman, get this. If you don't like Batman, still get this, because you will learn to love him.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Dec 1, 2013First of all, I believe it's a worthy successor to the previous Arkham games. While I agree that there is not as much innovation from ArkhamFirst of all, I believe it's a worthy successor to the previous Arkham games. While I agree that there is not as much innovation from Arkham City to Origins as we were able to see from Arkham Asylum to City, the game is fun, and the cinematic sequences do a lot to immerse the player into the story. Batman is definitely a whole lot darker and unrefined and I really like the addition of the Batcave as the base of operations. It's a mix between Batman Begins and The 1989/90s Tim Burton movies base on atmosphere and encountered adversaries, and that works really well. I like the winter/Christmas atmosphere. Just the right thing for this time of year. I also like that a lot of abilities/gadgets do not have to be re-earned, but are now readily available. While this does not make sense in the time line continuity, it stops the repetitiveness and frustration.
The game is also challenging, even on lower skill levels, and some of the boss fights do get close to being frustrating, but the game manages to awaken the want to finish the fight. Once again, similar to the previous games, a good game to me means that I want to come back to it, and keep playing and replaying it. The Batman: Arkham franchise checks all those marks.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Dec 1, 2013I do not understand the negative reviews. A good game for me makes me think about playing more and again. Prototype does that. It's fun, it'sI do not understand the negative reviews. A good game for me makes me think about playing more and again. Prototype does that. It's fun, it's fast and it closes the gap between hack'n'slash, shooter, and generally sandbox games. The story is maybe not new, but still interesting, the combat chaotic at times, but manageable, and yes, sometimes it can be repetitive, but s till, it's fun. It's one of the few games I can even play during my lunch break, because I can just hop on in for a bit, and continue on from there. I also like the combination of checkpoints and manual save games.
Overall I definitely think it's a great game. I would give it a 10, if it weren't for the occasionally sluggish controls, and the somewhat inaccurate targeting system (might be my own fault), but it certainly is a great game. If you enjoy sandbox games, sci-fi (with a mix of post-apocalyptica and conspiracy), then look no further.… Expand