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Average User Score: 7.0Jan 20, 2014This game uses trial and error as an official gameplay mechanic. Normally its there due to sloppy design, however in here, the developersThis game uses trial and error as an official gameplay mechanic. Normally its there due to sloppy design, however in here, the developers absolutely planned it. They embrace it. They put it on a pedestal (40YOV reference!).
Trial and error is a terribly frustrating experience for somebody trying to enjoy a videogame. This game deliberately does not have ANY tutorials whatsoever. You're lucky to get a screen showing what the buttons do. You have to learn everything the hard way, meaning by dying because of it and therefore restarting your game from scratch.
Simple example: You die if night comes and you don't have a light source. Nowhere is this even hinted at. So EVERY SINGLE PLAYER will die on their first play as soon as night comes.
And thats it, this is how this game works. You play, there'll be something new that wasnt explained, you'll die, now you know something new and you start over from scratch.
Those will add up to hours and hours of precious life time just lost. For no purpose at all. Which brings me to the other fatal gripe that I have with the game. There is no ending. There is no reward. There are no credits. No satisfaction. THERE IS NO POINT. I don't feel like investing my time on anything thats not going to give me anything back.
This extreme survival mode should have been just one of the gametypes offered in the game ALONG with a proper campaign that ends.
I see a lot of people are actually praising the game for the very reasons I hated it. The only thing I can say to that is... Well, we all like different things :D… Expand
Average User Score: 4.5Jan 10, 2014I'll start with this: This is a cellphone game. A cellphone game on your spanking new next gen console. Just be sure to know that whenI'll start with this: This is a cellphone game. A cellphone game on your spanking new next gen console. Just be sure to know that when considering this game.
Having said that, I'm a huge Halo fan and, lucky for Microsoft, I'll buy anything with the Halo name on it. So the game is a cute little twin stick shooter with the Halo theme on it. It's pretty decent. A bit fun and entertaining, sure. It actually does a really great job in making you think of Halo. All the sounds effects are spot on, the music, the menus, skull modifiers, the look of everything, etc. However this is obviously nowhere near a real Halo game.
The game is extremely short. Has 30 missions at about 5 minutes each. Solo campaign is also extremely easy. You'll only might get a challenge on the coop missions which are actually pretty fun and have tons of Flood thrown at you.
As stated by most people it does have micro transactions which definitely are appalling to see, however as stated by one lone other user, these are never, ever necessary at all. You don't ever have to buy anything at all, BUT if you definitely want to, you can still buy everything with in-game currency that you earn by just playing.
So again, it's just a cute little casual, short game which had some appeal to me just for being Halo themed. Seeing Halo in another genre, as Halo Wars, was again an interesting diversion. I think at 15 dollars it is WAY overpriced, though, and I'm sure I would have never bothered with it AT ALL if it was not Halo related.
Can only recommend to Halo die-hards.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Dec 23, 2013This is the biggest case of "more of the same" I've ever seen. Which, if you liked the first one (and who didn't, AMIRITE?), is not a badThis is the biggest case of "more of the same" I've ever seen. Which, if you liked the first one (and who didn't, AMIRITE?), is not a bad thing at all. However I was disappointed by the lack of content.
I was able to finish the game (including extra levels, called "trials") in one sitting. Now to be fair, it was like a 6 hour sitting. So yeah, the game is still addicting as hell. But it was EXACTLY the same gameplay. Nothing new WHATSOEVER. I mean, it doesn't even feel like Peggle 1.5. It feels straight up like an alternate version of Peggle 1. The game also felt a lot shorter than Peggle 1. Less levels and less characters as well. AND it costs 12 dollars as opposed to 10.
Lack of local multiplayer is also very noticeable.
So once you finish the main single player, the only replay value this has are optional objectives present in every level, which take the game from casual fun to insanely hard. So that might be appealing to some and completely ignored by others.
So having said all the bad things I have on it, the good thing is that its Peggle. The formula still works flawlessly. Super easy to play, supper addicting and immensely entertaining. I just wish there were either new gameplay elements OR just more levels.
Average User Score: 6.2Dec 12, 2013Let me start by saying that I'm a humongous fan of the original KI. I spent countless hours on the arcade, on the snes version and then againLet me start by saying that I'm a humongous fan of the original KI. I spent countless hours on the arcade, on the snes version and then again on arcade emulators on PC. When they (FINALLY) announced a new KI I was extremely happy but also extremely concerned that it would just not live up to the name, even if it was developed by Rare (who, by now,are a completely different set of individuals), let alone a different developer entirely. Honestly I was almost more excited about the fact that this would include the original KI over the new one.
Well, after playing it for about 2 weeks I can say that I love it. Gameplay is superb. Very, very accessible and easy to learn and get into for newcomers and also deep enough to keep you engaged and always keep trying to get a longer combo or make it harder to break, include shadow moves, instinct cancels, etc. After a quick run of about half the Dojo mode you will know enough to be pulling combos, breakers, ultras and have a lot of fun. With the 2nd half of the Dojo mode you will learn a lot of advanced techniques and very juicy knowledge on how fighters, in general, work.
The main criticism of the game is content and that is definitely a valid concern. The game has 6 characters right now with 2 more on the way to wrap up "season 1." That is certainly a low number. Now, to counter the lack of content, the game is being sold at TWENTY dollars, which I think a lot of people are completely missing. That's FORTY dollars less than the standard price. That, to me, is a ridiculous steal. Even more so, you can get the game completely free. Not a demo, trial, timed thing. You get 1 character and all modes, including unlimited online play. That's also huge. There will be thousands of people who will forever play this game free and Microsoft/Double Helix will never see a dime.
There's also the 40 dollars dollars edition, which includes more alternate costumes (completely cosmetic, therefore inconsequential to gameplay) and the delicious original KI. That's still cheaper than a full game and you're getting 2. Ok, maybe one and a half. Then, who knows when, they plan on releasing a "season 2" with 8 more characters (with their respective arenas, alt costumes, I'm assuming) for 20 dollars. So THEN you will have a full game and would have paid a full 60 dollar price, if you went with the original KI, or only 40 if you got all characters. That sounds pretty good to me.
So, for what it is right now, with the price that it is, I'll give it a 9 because I'm very happy with the gameplay (and, again, that price!). It feels addicting. Everytime you lose, you hate it but you love it and it has that "just one more match" feel to it. I don't really mind the lack of characters (who really masters more than 2-3 characters on any fighter?) but the lack of an arcade mode is heavily felt and pretty baffling, I might add.
Damn, I wanted to keep this review short but just talking about KI makes me want to to keep going. There are things that will immediately make fans of the original game smile and feel nostalgic about. For me it was things like the music. The main theme, the character select music, Orchid's level jumps from new music to the classic one, the announcer with the legendary COMBO BREAKER and ULTRA COMBO, who contrary to popular belief is not the same guy but you will have the option to put the original guy on. I imagine I'll also feel butterflies when the classic costumes are released. So, yeah, this will be a completely different experience for people who played the original versus people who are meeting KI for the first time. This was obviously written by a fan.
Worthy follow up to KI after 19 years? Yes.… Expand