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  • Summary: Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make themWasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving. It was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institutions current Art of the Computer Game exhibition.

    Wasteland was set in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world in the American Southwest. Over the course of adventures rangers would receive promotions, acquire new skills and equipment, then face new challenges with outcomes that changed depending on the strategy used to defeat them. The game featured a strong storyline which required painful decisions by players; and a storyline that allowed for maximum re-playability. Wasteland 2, with your participation and insights, will recapture all that and provide more. It'll finally be the game worthy to be a Wasteland sequel, as challenging and rewarding as the original, with all added capacity and dazzle of games today.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 12, 2015
    90
    It’s not the most user-friendly game at the start, especially for those having never played the genre before, but if given the time, will grow on players immensely.
  2. Oct 13, 2015
    85
    Still a great game on console. It might have some issues on the frame rate side (luckily, the slow paced gameplay won't suffer much from this), but the classic RPG experience is one of the best that a fan could ask for.
  3. Nov 4, 2015
    85
    As I put in more time, the game kept opening up and more of my own light bulbs lit with the realization of potential.
  4. Oct 14, 2015
    80
    Wasteland 2: Director's Cut is a great Old School RPG for consoles.
  5. Oct 28, 2015
    80
    With over 80 hours of gameplay, Wastelands 2: The Director’s cut is a challenging but ultimately rewarding adventure. It’s a pleasant blend of Baldur’s gate adventure and XCOM combat that actually works really well.
  6. Oct 20, 2015
    80
    Wasteland 2: Director's Cut is an old school CRPG experience like no other available right now in the console market. It is unforgiving, deep and liberating. Turn-based RPG fans will be delighted with Wasteland 2 and shouldn't miss its release.
  7. Oct 18, 2015
    70
    An old school computer role-playing game is a rare sight on consoles, but this unofficial predecessor to Fallout is more than just a nostalgia-fuelled curio.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Oct 15, 2015
    10
    A nostalgic dream come true. I echo what one of the 'professional' reviews said. It's a bit rough at first, but if you push through and giveA nostalgic dream come true. I echo what one of the 'professional' reviews said. It's a bit rough at first, but if you push through and give it a few, then you'll quickly fall in love with the game. GREAT environment! Decent gameplay, perfect graphics (for what it is), and only 40 bones. If you like old-school games, this is a perfect find! Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2019
    9
    Fantastic gameplay, and story. The views can be a bit wonky, and I experienced the occasional bug for which I knocked a point off..butFantastic gameplay, and story. The views can be a bit wonky, and I experienced the occasional bug for which I knocked a point off..but otherwise it's great. Expand
  3. May 20, 2017
    9
    Walking into Wasteland 2, it wasn't hard to see how much a clusterf*ck this game looks like. But there were a couple things this game taughtWalking into Wasteland 2, it wasn't hard to see how much a clusterf*ck this game looks like. But there were a couple things this game taught me while playing it. (Yeah, TAUGHT) One, games these days hold our hands too much with annoying "helpful hints" tutorials. Second, this hand holding has made us afraid of a good challenging game, not something like Dark Souls where dying is the f*cking game mechanic...just challenging. Third, you can play and enjoy the hell out of a game, despite that it looks like a PS2 game. (Kind of like getting some, with a person whose got the body, but not the looks. After all, who cares, as long as you have fun right?!) Last, glitches DO NOT BREAK games UNLESS they CAN'T BE PLAYED EVER AGAIN, they only piss you off; so take a walk and get back into it.

    With all of that said, Wasteland 2 is a full homage to the original Fallout games. (As a matter of fact, Wasteland was BEFORE Fallout!) Getting into the beginning was a bit difficult, as there are NO WAYPOINTS or FAST TRAVEL, just good ol' "one foot in front of the other" travel, which bothered the hell out of me and I wasted a bit of time simply back tracking in order to get a missed item, etc.
    Along with the ugly character models and really dated visuals I was getting to despise the game.

    Then it hit me, this game was purely designed with the retro gamer and Fallout fan in mind. So, I took off my sh*t covered glasses and gave them a good cleaning. And you know what?! This is a great game!

    Right away, in the character creation, you given the usual Fallout-like options with perks, stat and skill assignment. Funny enough, you can WRITE you own character's bio. (Mine was Carl Grimes, as I like the Walking Dead show and comics. He was given the whole Sheriff's hat as equipment and as his picture. Pretty cool in my book!) After that, I was given a squad tailored to my liking and thrown into the Nevada wastes to start my journey.

    Taking the role of the Nevada's once great peacekeepers, the Desert Rangers. I was given my first task. To solve the murder of a legendary lawman, known as Ace. This along with responding to multiple distress calls from nearby settlements. With a canteen and squad in hand, I started my journey and learned to fight off the raiders and mutated flora and fauna, of the world.

    In order to survive the game, I had to learn to assign points to certain skills to each of my squad members. For example, if I had a guy that had good Awareness, I made him a sniper and tailored to those attributes. Along with that I focused on increasing practical skills on one person, like having one specifiic do all of the lockpicking, explosive diffusing or safecracking. To me, it made my gameplay way easier and I haven't had a hitch yet. Between doing this and managing my inventory/loot/ammo takes time, but pays off in the long run. Which made for a satisfying experience when I ended up having a pretty strong group in my hands. My tip for those just getting in, JUST sell your junk and outdated gear. KEEP the useless things like cow/bird poop (seriously, it's an item and a VALUED item at that)
    As for the story, this game is LOADED with cool story material, that not only recaps the events between Wasteland 1 and 2, and really compliments to the overall feeling of the game. Quests are very deep with multiple ways they can be approached and resolved. From outright slaughter to saving a villages with by saving people and bringing peace between clans.
    Combat wise, the game is a turn based strategy, VERY similar to Fallout 1 and 2 for PC. Fighting in the game, stays fluid and only requires you familiarize yourself with hit percentage and the your ability wheels. So long as you are semi smart in the battles, you'll be fine.

    As for the overall experience, the music compliments the game well and has that barren waste effect to it. examining and exploring locations is rewarding worth the time, so long as your skills are adequate. Littered with bits of dark humor and easter eggs, Wasteland 2 is a must play for serious gamers and fans of dystopian worlds.

    Also, this is probably a game where you'd want to follow an online guide from time to time, to avoid the headache and backtracking. Which is what drives this game score from a perfect, IS THE BACKTRACKING AND GETTING LOST. This title will occupy your time if you get into it...in a good way!
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  4. Nov 6, 2015
    8
    Initially it took me a while to get used tot he controls having never played this type of game before. However, once I got the hang of it, itInitially it took me a while to get used tot he controls having never played this type of game before. However, once I got the hang of it, it turned out to be quite a lot of fun! Expand
  5. Oct 27, 2015
    8
    I'm not a massive fan of RPG's but every now and then something special comes along. That's exactly what happened when Wasteland 2: DirectorsI'm not a massive fan of RPG's but every now and then something special comes along. That's exactly what happened when Wasteland 2: Directors cut was finally launched on current gen consoles. The theme and atmosphere of the game are superb and the inspiration from the original Fallout games can't be denied. The combat takes a bit of getting used to if you're not familiar with this type of game but once you get your head around that it's a dream to play. However it's not without its flaws. The camera angles even though you have full control of them can be tricky at times and the map doesn't let you zoom in or out or place any kind of way point marker something I would consider standard on any game that features a map and has you using a map regularly. Towns, villages, people etc are marked on the map but they pretty much look the same. An X for town/village/settlement and a triangle for people. However if you can get around this you're in for a treat. I only wish that developers and publishers alike would be a bit more ballsy and port/develop more games like this to consoles and not leave them all to the PC. Expand
  6. Jan 7, 2016
    7
    A good game in need of a lot of polish. The story is pretty good and the writing is solid. The combat is competent. For those unfamiliar withA good game in need of a lot of polish. The story is pretty good and the writing is solid. The combat is competent. For those unfamiliar with this genre but are familiar with XCOM: Enemy Unknown/Within, it's similar but definitely not the same. The ability to target specific parts of the body adds a greater strategic element to the game as well as the fact that you can move your individual party members around the battlefield prior to the battle to maximize your advantage.

    It's also refreshing that you're not playing as heroes, you're merely protagonists. You still can go around and help people in need, but several major choices are more about picking what you feel is the best of the two evils. Unlike modern Fallout games, not all the stories have a happy ending. This is good in that it makes you wonder which choice is better.

    I honestly debated about whether or not I should give it an 7 or an 8 for a while and I simply can't justify an 8. The biggest issue this game has is the stability. This game crashes constantly for no reason multiple times every hour. If I play for an hour, I'm guaranteed a minimum of two crashes within that hour. The fact that this game only auto-saves when you enter an area makes this even worse. It always crashes when exiting/entering an area (before auto-saving), when you're manually saving, or when you're loading mid-game. This issue is even worse if you have a lucky moment where you go through a couple hours without a crash because you will likely lose a good amount of progress as a result.

    Wait until it's $20 or until it's actually stable before purchasing. The sheer number of sudden hard crashes I've had has made the $40 I paid feel like $20 too much. It's a 7/10 for me, no question.
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  7. Jan 19, 2016
    3
    After damonta part ( 20-30% of game) game is unstable. Crash every 20-40 minutes. It is almost not playable at this point. Also some featuresAfter damonta part ( 20-30% of game) game is unstable. Crash every 20-40 minutes. It is almost not playable at this point. Also some features are missing compare to pc version. It is unfinished product. I strongly suggest to avoid it on ps4, better buy it on PC. Game itself is great but not on console. Expand

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