Average User Score: 7.1Jun 11, 2014From someone who never thoroughly cared much about the NFS franchise to begin with I will say its a pleasant surprise. Sure, its still not what I want but I can see the NFS heritage in this game given its own identity.
With this being a criterion game I was surprised that it felt more like a NFS game than a burnout one, but I feel it has more in common with the racers of the 90's like porsche challenge in that its about racing exotic cars around pretty environments while police sirens crop up occasionally. This isnt a bad thing seeing as this form of racing has been absent in a while so seeing it make a return is nice.
Controls are simple, the difficulty is just challenging enough to need replying when making mistakes, and its far from a true simulation, but nothing will be too hard for racers of all levels. I feel those looking for in depth customization or controls will be disappointed by the game, just a warning. as an arcade racer though, its not half bad and is good fun, though it can grind at the later half of the career.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Apr 20, 2014Buying Blur and Split/Second at a similar time has resulted in inevitable comparisons, and while I find Blur to be the superior game, Split/Second is far from a bad one and its personal preference at this point as to what people prefer.
The sense of speed and sheer intensity when everything is exploding is in its favour, but it gets a bit too repetitive for my liking. A few more tracks or maps would have done a world of good to the racing. The level 2 plays are someones true racing fantasy being played out on screen, but its just not to my taste. It has a bit in common with Burnout revenge with its art style and racing theme of battling over racing which I do like since no other game has done that for me in years.
Worth a look for arcade racers and thrillseekers alike… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Mar 19, 2014While I have played racers that have a purer fun factor and others with OTT simulation, this is likely the slickest racing game I will ever play. The mere act of driving through the streets of its many cities is cool in every sense, particularly at night and your favourite track on the in game radio comes on. The difficulty is just about right, arcade mode in particular demands a challenge even for gold medals which makes them all the more satisfying once you have attained them.
Graphically still holds up, the cities are wholly convincing and little touches like the cable cars moving in the background of Barcelona or trains on the rails above in Chicago show a great deal of care. Racing feels smooth, not frustrating like sims can be but definitely need a bit of mastery that other arcade racers don't cater for.
Racing style is what the game wants, and you will want to beat the game with as much Kudos as possible after a short time getting in the groove, and ultimately its a game that's very hard to put down.
Buy if you liked the other PGR games, and try it out if forza is just not as fun as you would like, but still want a game with somewhat grounded racing.… Expand
Average User Score: 1.3Feb 16, 2014A truly abysmal game, but I cannot help but enjoy it as an unintentional comedy. Yes, the game would be considered bad even 10 years ago, but the sheer amount of mistakes does make for entertainment. Just how did a sidequest of sexing up women in a back alley immediately after beating up the attackers get in the game? the aiming is horribly stiff yet headshots are guaranteed a lot of the time. The baddies die in a sort of assassins creed way of finding out the ultimate mystery, but the big reveal could not be anymore antclimactic. Jake getting angry after one of the rival boss bikers dies has made me laugh a few times, and adding to it is an overly corny 60's rock track which does not fit the tone a lot of the time.
Recommended to play if you are into playing games to find out why they are bad, and ONLY if its at bargain bin price. A full retail buy is not to be done at any cost.… Expand
Average User Score: 2.5Dec 22, 2013The funny thing in my mind is that if Ghosts actually went by its apparent ideas of guerrilla warfare, of laying traps, using stolen enemy weapons and approaching enemies with more thought than shooting anything that moves, that it would be a cult hit for those longing for an expansion of CoD4's All Ghillied Up missions Unfortunately, in the hands of a post Zampella/West Inifinity Ward, it is bizarrely as bad, even worse than its World War 3 styled predecessors in terms of bombastic set pieces, and about as stealthy as a truck with giant amps blaring out nu-metal full blast at the enemy.
The graphics may claim to be better, but such bland art direction makes it look worse than Black Ops 2's near future style. Gameplay is as recycled as you can get, and new ideas seem to be taken as jokes by the devs, who would much rather stick with their formula than try anything remotely new, in case players have a weird fear of change.
The campaign is very forgettable, and considering that an oscar winner wrote it that's a surprise. It is just as racially insensitive as MW3 when it comes to depicting anyone other than the U.S (come on, South america this time?), and there is no emotional connection to the player character. Crucially, it takes itself far too seriously, so there is no fun to be had at its own silliness the way Blops 2 had.
Simply put, doesn't live up to its promises, and instead sticks to a far too worn path that most have got sick of at this point.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Dec 11, 2013Any game that has you saying 'just one more race' and then realising that daylight is coming out of the curtains after a long night playing has to be given a good score. Online is highly addictive, and while it may be a small population, every player is friendly and competitive in all the right amounts. Dive in to a game that deserved better, but even without the tragic history aspect its a fast paced, action packed racer that has little for simulation fans, but anyone after pure fun will find it here. Well worth a purchase.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Oct 20, 2013Its a good game, but nothing makes it feel as great as its predecessors. Ezios story really drags here, but there are a few good moments that will stick. Altairs segments didnt reach the potential it could have been if the game was given more development time. It also feels shorter in overall length, but its still an AC2 era game so if you liked 2 and Brotherhood and this is on offer, give it a go.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Oct 20, 2013A game that aims so high its hard not to respect. The emphasis on your targets this time round over the protagonist is certainately different, and mechanics are streamlined, though in some ways the older schemes could have worked better. You do pretty much everything from board games to naval missions to sneaking & hunting. The big problem is that the actual assassinations have gone from openly exploring/ planning an attack to approaching them the game wants you to do so (scripted chases, quicktime events & areas where you get detected from taking any other route than the games expected path). On top of that there is not much focus on the assassinating in a game called Assassins Creed. It feels more like an American Revolution life simulator instead.
Still, for all the faults its a breath of fresh air into the series, which was getting tired by Revelations, and if you liked the gameplay from the last few games this is one to get.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Oct 20, 2013As fun as the multiplayer is, the game shoots itself in the foot with a campaign that is barely interactive, very forgettable and does little in the way of preparing new players for online play. Co-op is more fun to add to a decent overall score.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Oct 6, 2013Dunwall City Trials tests the players skills pretty well, but it loses what made the original dishonored so great: The world. For DLC named after the city, none of the atmosphere, creepiness or immersion of Dunwall appear, and it will put off many players for that reason. for those after a challenge mode without any notion of story… Expand