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Generally favorable reviews- based on 482 Ratings

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  • Summary: In Wasteland 3 you take command of a squad of Desert Rangers, lawmen and women in a post-nuclear world, trying to rebuild society from the ashes. More than a century after the bombs fell, you’re fighting a losing battle to keep your beloved Arizona alive. Then the self-proclaimed PatriarchIn Wasteland 3 you take command of a squad of Desert Rangers, lawmen and women in a post-nuclear world, trying to rebuild society from the ashes. More than a century after the bombs fell, you’re fighting a losing battle to keep your beloved Arizona alive. Then the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado radios, promising aid if you'll do a job he can only entrust to an outsider—rescue his land from the ambitions of his three bloodthirsty children. You’re dispatched on a desperate quest from the scorching deserts to the snowy mountains to start from scratch, building a new base, finding a snow-worthy vehicle, training new recruits, and fighting your way through hostile frozen wastes. All the while, you'll have to decide who to trust in this land torn apart by corruption, intrigue, warring factions, crazed cultists, cutthroat gangs, and bitter sibling rivalries. Build a reputation for yourself by making decisions that will profoundly impact Colorado, its inhabitants and the story you experience. Will you be Colorado’s savior or its worst nightmare? Wasteland 3 is a squad-based RPG from inXile entertainment, featuring challenging tactical turn-based combat and a deep, reactive story full of twists, turns, and brutal ethical decisions that will keep you hooked whether you’re a Wasteland veteran or new to the series. Create a squad of up to six Rangers and customize them with perks and abilities geared to your playstyle. You even get your own battle truck, which you can upgrade into a hardened war beast, bristling with weapons, to help mow down your enemies. Expand

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  1. Positive: 58 out of 60
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  1. Aug 31, 2020
    100
    Overall I felt Wasteland 3 to be an amazing successor to a great franchise and had me addicted within the first 10 minutes of play. It offers a great and compelling story with twists and choices that matter. The characters are robust and with the gorgeous artwork that is Colorado helps to bring everything to life. The combat is great and works well and I didn’t find it tedious. The skill system offers depth of choice for making characters and brings some interesting things to the game. My only complaint really comes in the form of a few bugs, but otherwise Wasteland 3 is everything I could want in a post apoc turn based combat game with a Frozen Ferret Launcher.
  2. Aug 31, 2020
    90
    It feels that inXile have hit their stride with this latest installment and have continued to flesh out the Wasteland world that is committed to individuality. Wasteland 3 is a world of open adventure, thrills and a deluge of blood. So what are you waiting for, Ranger? Get out there.
  3. Oct 2, 2020
    90
    Wasteland 3 is an absolute blast. The well balanced, if unforgiving, difficulty feels pitch perfect for the story and world. It is funny, harrowing and at times even verging on dark, telling a compelling tail of surviving in this terrifying world. Not only is the narrative great but the strategic combat centric gameplay is absolutely stunning. It is impossible not to recommend this title; it is one of a kind.
  4. Aug 26, 2020
    85
    A fantastic RPG that superbly mixes player choice and great combat to something bigger than the sum of its parts.
  5. Sep 8, 2020
    85
    Wasteland 3 does everything you expect from the series but in a sleeker package. From the freedom in building character abilities to your approach to the missions or which ending to strive for, there's plenty that's within your control, and those variations help if you want to play through the game multiple times. The story is interesting thanks to all of the decisions you get to make, and while your created characters don't add much personality, your companions are chatty enough to make encounters worthwhile. If you can forgive the occasional bugs, you'll find Wasteland 3 to be a top-notch RPG.
  6. Sep 15, 2020
    80
    Wasteland 3 succeeds on its narrative, choice system, strong characters, and compelling factions. It stumbles in its lifeless world, inconsistent presentation, familiar gameplay, and technical side – it often feels like a snow-themed reskin of Wasteland 2, with many of that title’s limitations and janky systems. Nonetheless, designer Brian Fargo has here made the best post-apocalyptic RPG since Fallout: New Vegas. It’s just not as good as the one he made 23 years ago with Fallout.
  7. Aug 26, 2020
    70
    Wasteland 3 is a good RPG that executes the same old formula sprucing it up with entertaining and interesting combat, good progression, inventory choices and a story that, while only average, is well delivered.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 182
  1. Sep 1, 2020
    10
    An improvement over the already amazing Wasteland 2 in every way. Better UI, Graphics, gameplay and content. Dont get the bugs issue everyoneAn improvement over the already amazing Wasteland 2 in every way. Better UI, Graphics, gameplay and content. Dont get the bugs issue everyone is going on about. I'm about 20 hours in and literally not come across any bugs yet at all. Amazing sequel. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2020
    10
    One of the best Classic RPG I have ever played. Story, character progression, number of potential build for party, characters, open world map,One of the best Classic RPG I have ever played. Story, character progression, number of potential build for party, characters, open world map, humor, ways of dealing with encounters, MUSIC, moral choices - everything is here and it’s beautiful. This one will be added to Best RPGs of all time. Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2020
    9
    I really love this genre and have played in almost all similar games.
    I played almost 40 hours and so far I am extremely pleased, I heard
    I really love this genre and have played in almost all similar games.
    I played almost 40 hours and so far I am extremely pleased, I heard about technical problems, but they have not yet affected me in the gog version.
    + Quests delight with variety and unusual situations.
    + The battles are quite interesting, but I chose the normal difficulty and it seemed to me in vain, if you are an experienced player, it is better to start on hard.
    -The disadvantages of the game, in my opinion, can only be attributed to long downloads and minor balance problems.
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  4. May 7, 2021
    8
    Okay, final review. I went back and forth because a lot of the issues, even months later including a patch that actually broke my gameOkay, final review. I went back and forth because a lot of the issues, even months later including a patch that actually broke my game (really?) made me rate the game a zero for a bit. But, now it's totally playable and I finished and I have perspective.

    Overall, with all fixes, it was a very good game, awesome colorful gfx, fun combat, excellent voice acting; some really good story lines (folks who love gray choices will LOVE these). I also really like the music, some of the folksy versions of the 70s music is cute. Finally, multiple Quick Save slots is EXACTLY what a PC game should have but rarely does any longer.

    It's a bit different than WL2, somewhat simpler, "dumbed down" for the masses, but on HARD difficulty it was still challenging in part. You can steam roll a lot and then suddenly be surprised how enemies will meat grind you; definitely keeps you on your toes. If you get sloppy in some parts, you will be obliterated no matter how much armor you think you have. On normal, I suspect you will just snooze your way through combat especially if you have any talent tactically at all. WL2 also was more "desperate" and Colorado reflects a somewhat more abundant economy (if you have the money). At the end of the game I had hundreds of rounds of everything and about 100 medkits of each kind, etc.

    Anyway, it's a very entertaining dark story and I had fun all the way to the end. I would play WL4 , but the rollout was so bad I might wait 6-12 months. I waited 3 and that still wasn't enough. It's a talented team but the product was rushed or they didn't care and either way it left a bad taste in my mouth for a franchise I was beginning to love. I hope they learn and improve, because the final product was worth it.
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  5. Mar 10, 2021
    7
    Good game. I played with pleasure. But the plot of the story is not very hooked. A little disappointing about the limited variability in theGood game. I played with pleasure. But the plot of the story is not very hooked. A little disappointing about the limited variability in the development of the plot. Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2022
    5
    Got to try this on the first month of the gamepass trial. Best way to play try this for sure as I wouldn't buy it. These are not the type ofGot to try this on the first month of the gamepass trial. Best way to play try this for sure as I wouldn't buy it. These are not the type of developers I like to reward for sure. While I beat Wasteland 2 (pre DC cut) I was pretty much soured on Wasteland 3 after the trailers. Only a great game can maybe offset that feeling and this ani't a great game, so. Expand
  7. Sep 7, 2020
    0
    Another unfinished and buggy game from a newly Microsoft owned studio. Wait another half year if they fix the numerous bugs and glitches.

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