Average User Score: 6.7May 28, 2014I want to treat 2 aspects of the game, first being the game itself and second being Square-Enix.
Having never played Final Fantasy III thisI want to treat 2 aspects of the game, first being the game itself and second being Square-Enix.
Having never played Final Fantasy III this has been an absolute joy. I started the series with 6, followed by 7, 8 and 9 on the PSX and since then no Final Fantasy game has been able to grab in me the same way. It does show it age by how it doesn't display markers, doesn't warn you about areas too high level for you and an overall difficulty level making this RPG an actual challenge. No charging head-first into the area in this game.
With only 4 primary characters in your party, you get a good amount of customization with the job system without having to deal with switching out entire characters (and leveling them up individually). Next to the characters level you can give them a certain class. While their character level stays the same, they have to earn proficiency with each job. Not only does add variety it also gives you a reason to stick it out with the random battles. Even though grinding is required in this game, it doesn't consume as much time to be annoying (to me, anyway).
While the story isn't overwhelming (again, personal opinion), your goals are always clear as long as you bother talking to the NPC's and actually taking in what they have to say. This automatically gives you insight in the game world. Again, it's not overwhelming then again these are ~24 year old standards. I found it enjoyable overall.
The real issue with the game though, and this is the other point, is Square-Enix. After having bought FF7 and FF8 re-release on Steam I have mostly been unable to continue at certain points due to bugs / crashes to desktop. Which to an extent also made me paranoid about saving my games because I'd have no clue when the next crash would come up. This ruined the experience for me and I quickly gave up on them. Lucky these issues have not (yet) presented them on my version of FF3.
Though it's running stable, I do have to point out that keyboard controls are problematic. It hasn't taken kindly to me trying to map them differently. I simply ended up switching to controller which it luckily mapped all the keys for automatically (and correct). Next is how the game will cap itself to 30 frames per second, even though I have my refresh rate set to 120hz in the games' settings menu. It will do so on any resolution, windowed or not. It's not a huge issue, but it does show how badly the (already few) settings options were implemented.
Next is the fact of Square-Enix charging €13/$16 for what is basically a port of a port. I disagree with the pricing of FF7 and 8 on Steam as well, as these were already on PC. All they had to do was fix the compatibility (they got it to run, but I find the remaining issues too aggravating to even play them).
I waited for a sale when 7 and 8 came around, but not having played FF3 I figured it'd be worth spending some GMG credit on it. I am thus far not disappointed, but if you are already familiar with the original game, this probably won't be worth it outside of a minimum 50% discount. Though this will probably take 1 to 2 years as Square-Enix is very stingy with discounts on the Final Fantasy series (whilst they shower you with Hitman Absolution and Tomb Raider).
All in all I really liked the game as a Final Fantasy fan of 6 up to 9, also having never played 3. For that I have based my score on. Though if I were to consider 'value', it being, in the end a poorly optimized, overpriced port while having to remotely deal with Square-Enix, this would be more towards a 5 or 6. Though I'm choosing here not to hate the game for its publisher.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jan 22, 2014Comparing it to Mario Kart or even Skydrift this is just a mediocre title. Transforming is nothing more than a gimmick as it has virtually noComparing it to Mario Kart or even Skydrift this is just a mediocre title. Transforming is nothing more than a gimmick as it has virtually no impact on the gameplay, it's just a temporary change of terrain. There's also only a small amount of pick-ups/power-ups so you'll constantly be firing and getting hit by the same weapon. Tracks, music, amount of characters and handling are fine, just nothing that jumps out. The main notable thing is the variety in game modes, which is nice. Finally, when playing against AI this game is more frustrating than fun. In racing there is no real measure for winning except being the first across the finish line. Considering you can lose 3-4 places getting hit once just moments before your alleged 1st place (and AI WILL keep up with you effortlessly even on easy setting) is nothing but frustrating.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.0Nov 26, 2013Considering you keep the magic you unlocked in the base game, this DLC is way too easy. Although that's not really the problem. The main issueConsidering you keep the magic you unlocked in the base game, this DLC is way too easy. Although that's not really the problem. The main issue is that it bugs out often, either with graphics, sound or characters falling through levels etcetera.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Nov 11, 2013If you enjoyed the first part you'll enjoy this part since it's basically more of the same. It doesn't do much for innovation, then again IIf you enjoyed the first part you'll enjoy this part since it's basically more of the same. It doesn't do much for innovation, then again I got it for €6.75 on pre-purchase which is DLC money anyway. In that regard I can't hold the lack of innovation against it. Just remember it's not meant to be played alone and voice chat goes a long way. Find at least one other person to play with, crank up the difficulty and shoot some zombie heads!… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Nov 6, 2013A demo version that's labelled as a 'free to play' game. Once you hit the high scores you will be barred from playing and forced to buy. OfA demo version that's labelled as a 'free to play' game. Once you hit the high scores you will be barred from playing and forced to buy. Of course I was expecting to have to buy additional tables but this is just false advertisement. It is also a poor excuse to charge people outrageous amounts of money per table instead of selling the entire game for say $30. Don't fall for it, just find an actual buy-to-play or just play pinball for free on some website.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Sep 22, 2013Solid gameplay but lacking in variety pretty much sums it up. I love playing coop games (on max difficulty) and as third person shooters go ISolid gameplay but lacking in variety pretty much sums it up. I love playing coop games (on max difficulty) and as third person shooters go I really liked Mass Effect 3 and Spec Ops: The Line. Though where Mass Effect 3 offers more types of enemies, variety in maps, a level system and a wide variety of weapons and skills, and where Spec Ops greatly rewards strategy and teamwork and great level variety, Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army feels a bit samey. There are only a handful of enemy types, some extremely rare to encounter alongside a very gray looking environment with weapons that are barely distinguishable from one another, at least as far primaries go since there isn't much to choose from in terms of secondaries and pistols.
It's very satisfying blasting down waves of zombies, literally having 50+ zombies slowly making their way towards you with the occasional kamikazes that will sprint towards you to present your face with a stielhandgranate. However, there is next to no room for tactics, once you've learned the spawn pattern it's very easy to strategize. Especially on max difficulty you're bound to lose at some point, though in Spec Ops it remained exciting, since you simply had to keep pushing or get stuck; you'd have to strategize upfront and apply whatever tactics needed to pull ahead. Nazi Zombie Army however becomes predictable to a point you're just following routines to beat a given chapter. With the lack of rewards and variety in both weapons and environments I can't give it higher than a 7/10. It doesn't deserve anything lower either since after all, it was always offered relatively cheap (€11 on Steam as I'm writing this).
To conclude: solid and fairly enjoyable with at least one friend, just samey compared to other experiences.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.1Sep 4, 2013I think the main gripe one can have is that game isn't (more or less) a complete remake of the first Rome Total War. Then again, I personallyI think the main gripe one can have is that game isn't (more or less) a complete remake of the first Rome Total War. Then again, I personally loved Shogun 2 as well as its add-ons. Rome II makes me feel pretty much at home whilst there's plenty of changes in the system to make it feel like a whole other game. Yes it's buggy, there's a lot that goes in combat and those shield bearers really hurt. As for framerate, a lot of games run poorly on launch, just wait for a new driver for your graphics card. Mine runs 40~60 on ultra without SLI (680). A month after release it'll feel totally different and a lot smoother!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Sep 1, 2013The gameplay is pretty solid and there are enough mechs to choose from. The main gripe I have is that it doesn't feel like you're piloting aThe gameplay is pretty solid and there are enough mechs to choose from. The main gripe I have is that it doesn't feel like you're piloting a mech, it actually reminds me most of Battlefield 3. But unlike Battlefield 3, you cannot change out weapons or equipment once inside a match (although you can switch between your mechs). The starting mech is pretty good and within just two matches I could buy one of the more specialized ones. Another issue I see though is that it's a very team-based game, you get pulverized in seconds if you try to solo, so you always have to stick together and cover each other. Though in all matches I've played most communication seemed near non-existent. My advice then is to play this with 2 to 3 friends to have a solid core of players on your team should you want to win reliably.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Apr 22, 2013Tomb Raider  is an interactive visual novel about a girl with gravity defying hair who ends up stranded on an island in the SouthTomb Raider  is an interactive visual novel about a girl with gravity defying hair who ends up stranded on an island in the South Pacific after an accident. During her quest to survive she will be injured one way or another about every 5 minutes or even killed if she does not correctly executes a quick time event.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Mar 26, 2013The gameplay is pretty fun, even though the missions and environments are pretty repetitive. I wouldn't mind so much if I could actuallyThe gameplay is pretty fun, even though the missions and environments are pretty repetitive. I wouldn't mind so much if I could actually improve my skills without having to spend real life money to buy 'platinum'. Since the credits you earn from missions is a pathetic sum compared to the cost of powering up your mods (without mods you basically have a lv30 Warframe that's as strong as a lv1). You get a maximum of 5000 credits if you farm the first boss for an item he drops worth 2500 credits 100% of the time. Building a new Warframe is also a chore, it costs 35k for the master blueprint, you then have to farm the specific boss for blueprints for helmet, chassis and systems. Not only will this take forever because of poor droprates, the parts also cost 25k each to build and 24 hours build time. You then have to build the Warframe for 25k more with a build time of 72 hours. We're already at 135k, but it doesn't end there! You also need an 'Orokin Reactor' to supercharge your Warframe, or you will be stuck at 50% of it's maximum potential. These only drop from rare alerts that have special rewards, with those Reactors being just about the rarest to come by. Once you finally get the blueprint for that, it takes another 35k to build that. So we're at 170k for a second Warframe. Couple this with MAYBE max 40k an hour for farming, and you're grinding the same mission over and over for at least 4.5 hours. Everything takes months in this game without spending real life money, for which in game items have a ridiculous price. Buying the pack for the Warframe 'Frost' (1 Warframe, 1 primary, 1 secondary and 1 melee) costs a whopping 60 USD. I can easily buy 5 great games for that kind of money in Steam sales which won't bore me to tears like Warframe does.… Expand