Average User Score: 4.5Dec 10, 2014Not great, but not horrible. I've read reviews that were abysmal for this title and was hesitant to buy it. But like a fool, I did anyway.Not great, but not horrible. I've read reviews that were abysmal for this title and was hesitant to buy it. But like a fool, I did anyway. What I got was a game better than I expected. The game itself is reasonably fun, but its overshadowed by a buggy as all hell engine. Numerous times (after patch 3) my character would get suspended inside an object. Enemies can also see through walls now, which is pretty dumb. When they are frenzied they will attempt to shoot people on the floor above them (never hitting them of course)
There are also missions that are still bugged that can never be beaten (a certain murder mystery springs to mind) as well as framerate issues that cause the game to stutter or stop at times especially during multi-player.
The companion app is not nearly as annoying as I had feared it would be and is a nice way to mess around in the AC universe when you aren't at home. Its kind of neat that the companion app will affect the main game by opening chests etc for you. Doing so however is not required to play the game. Nor is it required to get 100% sync for opening chests.
A note - chests and cockades do not appear on the map after you sync your view. You can purchase this in the estore menu using helix credits. Do yourself a favour and purchase this one when you have enough points. Don't bother buying any helix credits. You can earn these in game (although I am not sure how, as I just seemed to have them) you can also trade upoints for them.
The load times in this game are insane... fast travelling is not always faster than just running there. It can take upwards of 1 to 2 minutes for the game to load. Whether its starting up, or loading the main map this makes having the companion app a benefit (it gives you something to do while you wait...)
Storywise I found this one confusing. At different points you seem to be working for the revolutionaries and at other times for the crown. At other times you are working for different branches of the revolutionaries... which again makes no sense.
The other thing that really bothered me from a plot perspective was the complete loss of the "real world" setting we've seen before in AC 1-4. Instead we are being talked to by someone and asked to do things that puts our "character" in real world danger, for absolutely no apparent reason. They also appear to have dropped the thread of moving through memories, and instead talk about this world as if it were the Matrix or something.
I'm hoping future games walk us back from the lazy storytelling in both the world of the past, and the world of the "present"
I also miss the super fun happy times of sailing the ocean blue... but I'm told that's in AC Rogue, so I guess I'll have to try that out.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Mar 14, 2013This is surprisingly fun. I bought it during a steam sale hoping for a more modern Simcity type experience. While you don't get to build andThis is surprisingly fun. I bought it during a steam sale hoping for a more modern Simcity type experience. While you don't get to build and design the cities, you do get to lay out and design your cities like you do in simcity but you get huge control in the design of the transit system (which is the point of the game) Subways, buses, streetcars, helicopters and water-taxis are all used in this game which I have personally spent way too much time in.
The core game only gives you two cities and they offer other cities as DLC which I can understand since this is a pretty esoteric game, they have to make money some how. The DLC is often on sale on steam during their sale periods and I picked up most of the other cities for a dollar or two each. All in all this is pretty fun.… Expand
Average User Score: 2.2Mar 14, 2013With the name Simcity you would expect a quality gaming experience. Sadly this is not the case with Simcity 5. Simcity 4 is a far superiorWith the name Simcity you would expect a quality gaming experience. Sadly this is not the case with Simcity 5. Simcity 4 is a far superior game. Always on DRM is a massive pain, and to anyone who's ever played an EA game that required servers to authenticate you'll know those servers only stay on for so long. Will your game continue to play 10 years later like Simcity 4 did? Nope. Aside from the BS of their DRM the game is massively broken. Tiny building areas are one problem as well as the complete disaster that is the sims ability to pathfind. Build a road next to an avenue and watch the road get completely clogged while the avenue is ignored completely. I might take another peak at this in a years time if they release an offline playing mode since its been proven the 'glassbox engine' doesn't actually do anything online except run drm and a leader board.… Expand