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Average User Score: 7.9Dec 4, 2016Great graphics, great atmosphere, great sounds, and fluid mechanics and gameplay - that's exactly what one expects from an entry into theGreat graphics, great atmosphere, great sounds, and fluid mechanics and gameplay - that's exactly what one expects from an entry into the Battlefield series. But this game will feel very, very familiar to anyone that's played any entry into the series from Bad Company 2 to the present (I never played Hardline, so I'm not sure about that one). This game is to Battlefield 4 what that Vietnam expansion pack was to Bad Company 2. That is to say, it feels like a BF4 expansion. It's still a good game, to be sure - but don't expect anything groundbreaking.
There are a few improvements, however. First off, airplanes are much, much easier to shoot down, so they're not as ridiculously OP as in previous iterations (BF2). They're also generally much weaker because it's, like, 1915. The anti-tank weapons wielded by infantry also feel much more powerful. I guess what I'm saying is that I always felt the vehicles were way OP in past versions of the game, but not so much in this one. On the other hand, you can repair your tank without even exiting the cabin, thereby keeping you out of harm's way...I guess the OP or not analysis on the tanks could go either way now that I think about it...
Anyway, it's a decent game, but nothing we haven't seen before.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Dec 13, 2015I'm a huge fan of the series, so I was extremely satisfied with this game. The game world was HUGE. The game play essentially consists ofI'm a huge fan of the series, so I was extremely satisfied with this game. The game world was HUGE. The game play essentially consists of running around these two islands (second one unlocked later on, of course), climbing radio towers, and removing signal jammers from the top of said towers, thereby revealing more of the world on your map. It's basically the exact same thing as Far Cry 4. You'll also raid and conquer outposts, which was also exactly like Far Cry 4. The main plot consisted of assisting the island natives dispose of their pirate problem, the same being those that served as your adversaries at the aforementioned outposts. You're also trying to save your friends, all of whom came with you to the island for what was initially supposed to be a leisurely sojourn during an extended trust-fund financed vacation for twenty-somethings. Ignorant of the island's pirate occupation, however, both you and your friends are kidnapped during the beginning cut-scene. Separated at scattered across the island, you must seek them all out after you inevitably escape from your captors early on.
The island graphics are awesome. I think Far Cry 3 was superior to Far Cry 4 for that reason alone. The forests of Tibet (or whatever country that was supposed to be) just simply weren't as stunning as a tropical paradise. The weapons were basically the same. In FC3, once you got a silenced high powered sniper rifle, you really did become the Great White God the developers were going for. The outpost pirates simply didn't stand a chance as you dispatched them from bushes from on-high. Obviously, you didn't have to employ this strategy. Anyway, this was a great game and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys open world sandbox FPS titles.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Dec 13, 2015This wasn't the successor we wanted. It's not a bad game, but it's not a substantial step-up from the first Deus-Ex. The graphics areThis wasn't the successor we wanted. It's not a bad game, but it's not a substantial step-up from the first Deus-Ex. The graphics are substantially better, obvsly. But the game world is basically the same size. You'll go to Hong Kong, for example, and there's not substantially more to explore than there was in the first DX. The game just wasn't that big, basically. It's not an open world game, which is fine. But when I'm lead by the nose from location to location, I want to at least feel mildly overwhelmed by the expanse laying before me. In DX:HR, I felt more like I just entered a COD stage.
The augmentation system is alright, I guess. It's been a while since I played this game, so I don't recall exactly how I felt about that at the time. All I know is that it didn't stand out in my mind as either good or bad. I guess I was pretty apathetic towards it.
I'll give the game credit for the strategy aspect - it really did present you with multiple opportunities to negotiate any given obstacle. If you were good at hacking, for example, you could alter the turrets/robots to attack your foes. Or maybe stealth was your bag, and you opted to shimmy past all the bad guys. Or maybe you just straight-up went in guns-blazing. Whatever the case, you really could contour the game to suit your play style.
The absolute worse aspect of the game, however, was the boss battles. There were a few of these thrown into the mix, and they srsly detracted from the experience. For one thing, they were extremely difficult. Also, if you didn't possess the necessary resources to overcome your foe, then you were pretty much out of luck. Basically, you had to download a third party mod that allowed you to cheat your way through the encounter. Pretty lame, tbh.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Dec 13, 2015This game is more like a 9.5, but I must spare the coveted "10" rating for only those games that revolutionize the industry. This is a greatThis game is more like a 9.5, but I must spare the coveted "10" rating for only those games that revolutionize the industry. This is a great game, to be sure, but it's not worthy of the "10."
I've been playing this game for years. I just recently picked it back up after upgrading my system to modern standards. Obviously, it rips through this game like a beast, though DX10 is still inappropriately taxing. Whatever, it doesn't matter. Anyway, you simply won't find a multiplayer experience better than this one. I think BC2 is better than both BF3 and BF4. To be fair, EA deleted my BF3 account because it had a different screen name than my BC2 account. There was no appearance of impropriety on my part - they just wanted me to have only one PC EA account. They essentially wiped over a year of BF3 progress, so I stopped playing the game. That likely colored my opinion of BF3.
But I digress...BC2 is awesome. The game control feels a lot better than that presented in both BF3 and BF4. In the latter two, I always felt like my character was a little drunk or high or something. He seemed to lag when aiming down the sights, and pretty much everything else for that matter. The squad system is great, and is pretty identical to that in BF3/4. The weapon upgrade system is great. It gets pretty tough to get promotions once you get into 30s, however, that might be my fault.
The graphics and sound are great. The maps are huge. Hit detection is top notch. Even when you feel like the odds are totally stacked against your team and you scarcely stay alive for more than 10 seconds, there's always another angle or kit to play that will provide you the edge you need to not only survive, but thrive. I highly recommend this game to any person who's a fan of FPS multiplayer games.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Dec 13, 2015This is the black sheep of the GTA series. As I played through this game years ago, I didn't understand why they straight-up eliminated soThis is the black sheep of the GTA series. As I played through this game years ago, I didn't understand why they straight-up eliminated so many of the innovations they added to GTA: San Andreas. You just don't have as much to explore. The city is rendered very well, of course, but that's the bare minimum for a Rockstar game. There's not a lot of interaction to be had with the environment in this game.
And then there's the annoying "buddy system," which they excised from GTA V, and for good reason. Basically, you'll meet people throughout the game. In order to unlock various little "perks" that these people have to offer, you must build the relationship up to a friendship. How do you do this? Do you go on shoot-em-up missions wherein you alternate between piloting and manning the MG of a helicopter as you traverse the narrow corridors of a nearby canyon or canal? Not even close. No, what Rockstar decided was that it'd be cooler if you randomly received calls on your cell phone from these people. Like a real cell phone, you never want to take their calls. If you do take their calls, however, they'll invite you to go to a fried chicken fast food restaurant, play darts, or get drunk. In order to become their friend, you must accompany them for same. Eating at the fast food restaurant is exactly like it sounds - you pick them up from their house, drive to a fried chicken restaurant, eat fried chicken with them, and drive them home. The same goes for the other activities. At least with the darts you actually do play a dart mini-game, FWTW. Pretty lame, guys...pretty lame. Am I being picky? Nope. That's because this is a substantial part of the game that takes up a lot of time. It was almost like Rockstar thought this to be the gameplay's crowning achievement. So much so that they thought it adequate to trim away all the innovations introduced in GTA: SA.
You're not going to care about the main character, or his brother, or any of the other characters in the game for that matter. You won't play this game again. If you haven't played GTA: IV, then don't. Move on to GTA: V, which corrected all the problems I noted above.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Dec 13, 2015Had I reviewed this game immediately upon release, I'd have given it a 10. We're now nearing 2016, however, and I have to adjust accordingly.Had I reviewed this game immediately upon release, I'd have given it a 10. We're now nearing 2016, however, and I have to adjust accordingly. Having given The Witcher 3 a 10, I must therefore give this game a 9.
The open world consists of a large fictional United States territory modeled after Texas, Arizona, or New Mexico during the early 20th century. Cars are a new invention. You'll also venture into Mexico, which is connected by bridge(s) to the aforementioned fictional U.S. territories. There's a lot to do, and although it's a 360 game, the graphics are gorgeous. The world is extremely immersive, and you'll actually want to take a look around. I spent hours just roaming around the desert hunting, which is a good way to make money, incidentally. The main character is likable, and you'll actually want to see him succeed as the game progresses. The overall plot is very good as well.
The game does an excellent job at making you feel like you're in the Wild West. Rockstar made the game, so that's not surprising. This is basically Grand Theft Auto: Wild West. Like I stated earlier, there are cars in the game, but they're limited to a beginning cut-scene, and one mission where you man a mounted machine gun. Apart from that, your mode of transportation is a horse, the mechanics of which are quite good (better than the Witcher 3, in fact). The combat is good as well, however, if you've played any of the GTA series, you'll be largely accustomed to it.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Dec 13, 2015This game's a solid 8. The graphics are decent, particularly for it being among the first games released on the next gen consoles. The musicThis game's a solid 8. The graphics are decent, particularly for it being among the first games released on the next gen consoles. The music and sound is pretty good, too. The voice acting was great, particularly when compared to more recent AAA titles such as, Fallout 4, where the voice acting is an absolute joke.
The naval battles in which you participate are top-notch. The combat system they employed in that regard works really well, and it's overall a highly entertaining aspect of the game. The AC assassin mechanics are like past games. The land-based combat and movement is still basically Super Mario Brothers. You jump around from house to house, occasionally jumping down upon a victim from on-high. Once you obtain the "berserker" darts, the game becomes extremely easy. Of course, you're not forced to use them, but you probably will. "Berserker" darts are fired from what's essentially a silenced pistol and gravity doesn't alter their path - just aim and fire. The struck victim essentially goes insane (or berzerk) and starts killing his comrades. Generally, they'll kill him before he does too much damage, but you can carry 15 of these things. Also, if no one kills the "berzerk" victim, he'll die after a minute or so on his own. So you can imagine how these darts make the game pretty easy.
The towns look nice, but you can't go into any of the houses, so like I said - it's like Super Mario Brothers. The plot's decent, I suppose. The ending was kinda abrupt. All in all, though, I'd recommend this game, particularly to an AC fan.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.5Dec 13, 2015I'm only giving this game a 5 because I just gave Fallout 4 a "4," and I didn't think it fair to rate this game as poorly as FO4, the worstI'm only giving this game a 5 because I just gave Fallout 4 a "4," and I didn't think it fair to rate this game as poorly as FO4, the worst AAA game of the year.
I bought this game over a year ago, and am just now getting around to rating it. This game would've been pretty great if it were released in 2003. I just don't understand why COD is still a "thing" when there's games like Battlefield. I don't get a kick out of running around close quarters hoping to get the jump on someone. I'm not even bad at it - I just find it boring at this point. It was cool with COD: MW, but now it's stale. Adding some gadgets, abilities, etc., doesn't cut it - it's still the same basic game.
The graphics aren't that great, however, I'm pretty sure noone expects them to be at this point. The single player campaign was forgettable. You'll obvsly not be playing through that gem again. Honestly, COD: Ghosts was at least a point and a half better than this game.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Dec 13, 2015This game's solid - probably more like an 8.4. There's not too much that can be said - it's another Battlefield game. It differs little fromThis game's solid - probably more like an 8.4. There's not too much that can be said - it's another Battlefield game. It differs little from BF3. I haven't experienced any bugs. The graphics are adequate.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Dec 13, 2015I started playing video games on MS-DOS back in the 80s (think Pac Man, Dig Dug, Paratrooper, etc.). I then graduated to Nintendo, SNES, XBOX,I started playing video games on MS-DOS back in the 80s (think Pac Man, Dig Dug, Paratrooper, etc.). I then graduated to Nintendo, SNES, XBOX, 360, PC, XBOX ONE, and countless other platforms. I'm a pretty seasoned gamer and I've played thousands of games.
The Witcher 3 is the best video game I've ever played. The last time I felt this way was when I played Deus Ex back in 2000. Obviously, Deus Ex is nothing by today's standards, but it was a landmark game back then. Well, The Witcher 3 not only brought that feeling back to me, but multiplied by a factor of 5, at least.
The quality of this game is incomprehensible. It's unfortunate, in a way. I played Fallout 4 immediately after finishing this game. How do ya' think that game stacked up in comparison? Not well, obvsly. FO4 is like a ball on a stick compared TW3. I have a feeling that's going to be my finding on most games going forward. TW3 likely ruined me for all future games, basically.… Expand