Average User Score: 7.9Jun 17, 2016While it isn't perfect, Stellaris has taken over my gaming life. It is gripping and addicting, and even AI shortfalls and some bugs do notWhile it isn't perfect, Stellaris has taken over my gaming life. It is gripping and addicting, and even AI shortfalls and some bugs do not detract from the overall experience sufficiently to dock more than 1 point from my review. It is also incredibly easy to mod yourself if you wish to get a slightly different gameplay experience out of it: For example, I wanted a longer eXplore phase before the borders were set and we became medieval Europe in space. Well, easy enough, make galaxy larger than the max 1,000 stars the game comes with and don't use too many alien races. Suddenly space is big and wondrous. Want the opposite? Increase the max number of empires on a mid-sized map and everyone suddenly needs to rush to grab the little precious land that exists.
And as a bonus, it looks beautiful without being hard on your video card. A 750Ti runs it more than fine.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Nov 10, 2015Even in 2015, this game is still every single bit as good as it was when it was first released. I recently started another gameplay on a whim,Even in 2015, this game is still every single bit as good as it was when it was first released. I recently started another gameplay on a whim, after not touching the series for over a decade. Yes, the graphics are dated, yes, some mechanics are old. Yes, it has a learning cliff because few people today are familiar with the AD&D 2nd Edition rule set (and especially its spell books, which are very, very, very diverse and a result complex). But, still, this is one of the greatest games of all time and it has aged gracefully. There is an endless amount of mods to improve the already stellar adventure, and the Enhanced Edition is a quick (even if a pricier) way to sort out many bugs without installing fix packs. The replay value is still there, nearly two decades after this masterpiece came out. If you have not played this yet, it is a must-have game. It also runs of pretty much anything, so if you need a game to accompany you on a business trip long hours in airports and airplanes, this is it.
So gather your party, and venture forth.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.5Mar 30, 2012Mass Effect 3 is one of the best, if not the best, game play experiences in the history of gaming. There isn't a single game that comes closeMass Effect 3 is one of the best, if not the best, game play experiences in the history of gaming. There isn't a single game that comes close to the quality of storytelling and presentation out there. The problem is that the last 15 minutes of the game throws out the window over 100 hours of game play leading to that point. The ending is a mess. It is horrible, it makes no sense, it is full of plot holes, it introduces what is effectively and deus ex machina, it resolves nothing of your choices and it provides you with no closure. It is a hideous ending to one of the best sci-fi epics of all time.
The game itself is amazing, emotional, touching, scary, funny, sometimes all at once. The ending is a bitter, bitter disappointment. Is it worth playing through once? Yes. Is it the ending Mass Effect deserved? Definitely not.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jan 2, 2012EVE is amazing. There, I've said it. I have been playing games for around 20 years now, and there isn't a single game that comes close to theEVE is amazing. There, I've said it. I have been playing games for around 20 years now, and there isn't a single game that comes close to the immersion EVE offers. It is a role playing game where you role play even without trying (you will not find many EVE players speaking in-character, but you will find every EVE player taking on a role in this world, whether they are aware of it, or not), set in a world that is a masterpiece (one fan trailer I love refers to it as a "Dystopian Heaven", and I could not agree more).
It is a Freelancer style-world dotted with space stations, trade routes, pirates (both NPC and human), friends and foes mixed with an ingenious skill system which requires no grinding to "level up" (and is clearly aimed at more mature gamers with less free time on their hands). It is massive: On a single "shard" there are over 5,000 star systems in EVE, over 300,000 paying accounts (although many are duplicate accounts of the same players), a constant server population ranging in the tens of thousands at any given moment and a massive amount of things to do.
This is not a game for those who are in for instant gratification, EVE's beauty is for those who enjoy laying long-term plans and seeing them through. This is not a game for people who fall into patterns, because you play against fellow humans who will take advantage of you if you do (be it in combat or on the market). This is not a game for those who refuse to learn, because if you do not learn, you will not succeed (and indeed you will fail horribly). This is not a game for those who refuse to take risks, because if you do not, you will gain little. This is not a game for those who do not like to think, because it requires planning to be good at it. This is not a game for those who like to always win, because you will lose it in (and with a permanent-loss model, these losses will hurt). This is not a game for those who need to be guided by hand, because it is a complicated, dark world.
If you're willing to put in the effort, though, you will be rewarded with the best gaming experience a MMO (and I dare say any other game) has to offer. After trying out EVE, I have not touched any other game for more than a few hours: They just pale in comparison.
Ironically, I have started playing EVE just after the previous expansion (Incarna) was launched and the developers (CCP) were slammed with massive amounts of negative publicity (and definitely not without reason). However, since at that stage I paid for a three month subscription, I stuck with it. Honestly, I recommend people who want to try this game out to get a three month subscription (costs about the same as any other game), because it will make you stick with it when you get frustrated at first. The 14 or 21 day trials are just not sufficient to truly experience EVE.… Expand