Average User Score: 8.7Jul 7, 2014This pretty-looking game with interesting tactical combat is marred by very poor game design that gets worse the more you progress. At oneThis pretty-looking game with interesting tactical combat is marred by very poor game design that gets worse the more you progress. At one point in the game, there is a whole region that you can easily miss if you didn't happen to come across a single parchment in the middle of nowhere, with dire consequences as you will get stumped in the story and not know how to progress. You also have no way of knowing that you did something wrong, because some areas are purposely designed to not be accessible when you first encounter them. There is also an overabundance of frustrating and at times nonsensical puzzles, some of which you cannot solve if you did not do the quests in a particular order and will leave you completely stumped. The game also has its own brand of physics-based puzzles, but sadly they are annoyingly overused. It involves throwing barrels or other objects onto holes in the ground which spew nasty stuff such as poison, and it will get old very quickly because it's not challenging, it's just dull and slows the game down.
The character creation is also very odd. Supposedly, the classless system was designed for variety, but the combat schools are tied to a single attribute, so you can't create a dexterity-based fighter, or even a rogue that uses anything other than a dagger or ranged weapon, without severely gimping your character. This limits build choices. Also, there is no dual-wielding, which is very strange in a 2014 RPG.
The game's camera is poor. If you click on a spot to travel to, your camera height does not follow your characters, so if you happen to be going downhill, you will see your characters from such a height that DoF will kick in and make them blurry. The only way to prevent this is to hold the button down and move the mouse in the direction you want to travel, but if you do this you can't pan the camera so navigation becomes a pain.
The game's graphics are IMO pretty (for an overhead perspective game), but the performance is horrible. Make sure you have a beefy system if you wish to play the game maxed out at 60 Hz. Artistically, it's your standard fantasy setting, pleasant-looking but with nothing which really stands out.
If you're on the fence about buying this game, wait for reviewers to get past Cyseal, when the game's design issues become more egregious.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Mar 11, 2014"Wow", I hear you exclaim, "this game is expensive!". That would be correct. "It must have an epic singleplayer campaign!", you conclude. That"Wow", I hear you exclaim, "this game is expensive!". That would be correct. "It must have an epic singleplayer campaign!", you conclude. That would be incorrect; the game has no singleplayer content whatsoever. "Oh... ok, so it's a multiplayer shooter; it must have a ton of maps, right?". Nope. No more than other online shooters with singleplayer campaigns. "What? Well then they must be epic, ultra detailed maps with gorgeous graphics!". Couldn't be more wrong. "Huh... surely the game must have a gazillion guns to compensate for this. Surely!". Wrong again, and stop calling me Shirley. "So what exactly does this game have? Wait, it is a game, right?". It has mechs. And parkour. Oh, and Artificial Idiocy units that players even more idiotic than them can mistake for players and think they're MLG pros when they clean up a whole room filled with them. But yes, it's a game which is even somewhat enjoyable for an hour or so.
Origin Great Game Guarantee: use it.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Feb 5, 2014Loadout is, according to the devs, a frantic, fast-paced shooter. So why make the weapons horrendously inaccurate and add an ADS mode thatLoadout is, according to the devs, a frantic, fast-paced shooter. So why make the weapons horrendously inaccurate and add an ADS mode that slows you to a crawl? And why does said ADS have super thin crosshairs which are incredibly easy to lose track of, what with all the crap flying on our screens? They went to the other extreme with a hit indicator so large that it obscures your target and makes the crosshairs even harder to track. Or you can use the scopes and try to headshot players in a game where everyone is always blitzing around like Usain Bolt, or spamming the roll key, which is unlimited. Good luck with that. Oh, did I mention this arena game has a hold breath function for scopes?
Your FoV will be constantly changing because it is different when running, sprinting, and using the ironsights. It's very disorienting and throws off your aim, particularly due to the lack of an ADS sensitivity setting. Also, there is no sprint toggle setting so I hope you have a very resilient pinky as mine was aching badly after half an hour of Loadout. There is an ADS toggle, but it doesn't work if you're holding down the sprint key (how did this make it past the beta?), so you have to remember to let go of sprint before you press your ADS hotkey.
There is much more to say about Loadout but it's exhausting just thinking about the game. I'd like to end this by saying that the game does have top notch art (very well made character and weapon models and animations), and a sleek UI (others have reported responsiveness issues but I never experienced them). I didn't encounter any major bugs or crashes, and the game is free so, if you're not above a little toilet humor, why not give it a whirl?… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Nov 5, 2013Perhaps this game's only flaw is that the learning curve is so steep right off the bat that many players won't soldier on for long enough toPerhaps this game's only flaw is that the learning curve is so steep right off the bat that many players won't soldier on for long enough to experience its genius. I urge you to stick with it, because it is absolutely worth it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Oct 23, 2013At first glance, this is the Mecca of ARPGs, with its dark, sombre mood and unforgiving game systems. You will almost certainly have a goodAt first glance, this is the Mecca of ARPGs, with its dark, sombre mood and unforgiving game systems. You will almost certainly have a good time leveling up with your friends. Then you reach endgame.
PoE's map system, which is supposed to reduce the apparent repetitiveness of running the same high-end area over and over again (as in most other ARPGs), is prohibitively costly in terms of in-game currency for anyone but the most dedicated mapping groups. Solo players sadly get completely shafted and are forced to run the same story areas over and over again. Why they couldn't have a less rewarding, free tier of soloing maps is beyond me.
The worst however, is the combat. It is complex, but almost entirely passive; once your skill-tree (or skill-forest as it is more widely known) is in order, the game is little more than a mindless click-fest. This is actually probably a good thing because the game's netcode is so egregious that anything requiring the tiniest bit of finesse can send you into a rage: there's nothing quite like getting one-shot by a boss's mace half a screen away. The developers claim that the problematic netcode is a result of their commitment to minimize the effects of bots and other undesirables, which is laudable, but one has to wonder if in the end it was worth it.
You may also get turned off by the extreme reliance on trading that is a consequence of the frustratingly unrewarding item drops and PoE's annoyingly random orb system (they function as a sort of consumable currency, as there is no gold in this game).
I award the game 6 points because it is pleasant enough to play through the story once. It is remarkably bug-free for a game with such complex systems and, save for the wonky netcode, you shouldn't have any headaches. It's free, so there is no reason not to give it a try if you're not bandwidth-capped.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Aug 28, 2013You can't expect much from a 34MB game, but 'Papers, Please' has a few tricks up its sleeve. The unique gameplay will hit you like a brick andYou can't expect much from a 34MB game, but 'Papers, Please' has a few tricks up its sleeve. The unique gameplay will hit you like a brick and leave you wondering why there is so little innovation these days, even in the indie scene. And even though it's hard to get attached to your family members which, for a good part of the game, you will only see represented as text, you will at times find yourself feeling rather cruddy for some of your decisions.
However, a couple of hours into the game you will realize that beyond the novelty, 'Papers, Please' has very little to offer. This is because the core gameplay is always the same (check papers for discrepancies), with a few minor changes each day (new regulations, new procedures to follow, new tools); it will quickly start to feel like work, instead of a game.
If a developer has a great idea for a game, but fails to come up with a solid game design, should he develop it anyway? The developer of 'Papers, Please' obviously thought so, for better or worse. Keep that in mind if you decide to purchase the game.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Aug 9, 2013Better late than never.
RDR is a fine game plagued by some annoying design decisions: the controls are absolutely dreadful, and the fastBetter late than never.
RDR is a fine game plagued by some annoying design decisions: the controls are absolutely dreadful, and the fast travel save system is cumbersome and annoying. The story, however, is entertaining, most of the time, if you don't take it seriously. Some of the characters, while cliché, are humorous and endearing, which helps pass the time when traveling on horseback from mission to mission. The latter part of the story was one of the most amazing gaming experiences I have ever had.
Where the game really shines, however, is in the atmosphere. The graphics, sound, animations and features such as cattle-herding, horse-breaking, skinning and hunting, etc., really get you immersed in the game world. It's a shame they are not really meaningful to the development of your character, or I'd have given this game a 10.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Jul 26, 2013This game is dreadful. It takes linear gaming to new, never before seen levels, has extremely dull and simplistic combat, and because it hasThis game is dreadful. It takes linear gaming to new, never before seen levels, has extremely dull and simplistic combat, and because it has no manual save system, if you die and go back to a checkpoint, you'll have to reassign any karma points you had since spent. Just about the only positive thing I can say about it and the reason I didn't give it an even lower score is that the writing is actually good, and because with the editor maybe someone somewhere might make a story good enough to suffer through the dreary combat again.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6May 16, 2013If like me you weren't too crazy about the original game, you shouldn't buy this, and should instead wait until it too drops to a single digitIf like me you weren't too crazy about the original game, you shouldn't buy this, and should instead wait until it too drops to a single digit price tag before purchasing. The game is extremely overpriced and is as poorly optimized as the original.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Mar 29, 2013Far Cry 3 is an extremely immersive open-world shooter with good graphics, great audio, and tons of content. It also features one of the mostFar Cry 3 is an extremely immersive open-world shooter with good graphics, great audio, and tons of content. It also features one of the most incredible villains gaming has ever seen. The shooting is top notch, and there are tons of guns to choose from, as well as combat styles (sniping, stealth, heavy weapons, etc.). Just about the only complaint I have is that it's very disappointing to explore a large cave, and find nothing but a chest with vendor trash inside and maybe a bit of cash. Also, the perks make the game too easy, but you can always choose not to take them.
It's a miracle that games of this scope are still being made today in an age of incredibly short, rehashed games. Absolute must for fans of sandbox games and shooters.… Expand