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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Aug 28, 2020
    90
    Wasteland 3 proves that inXile can make great games regardless of time. Only by playing it, you can tell that this new game of the franchise is far better and still enjoyable. Wasteland 3 is refreshing for old players, and fantastic to new players.
  2. 85
    Wasteland 3 is a stunner of a game. All the strategic combat and twisted story choices the series is known for are present here -and done better than they ever have been before. Some technical issues hold the game back, but with time to patch things up, Wasteland 3 will be a stone cold classic.
  3. Oct 20, 2020
    85
    Wasteland 3 is an excellent RPG by keeping the spirit of the original, while also borrowing from Xcom. While the load times get in the way sometimes, there is no denying that you need to play this game if you love a great story with an edge.
  4. Aug 30, 2020
    80
    A massive and detailed tactical RPG, Wasteland 3 offers so much to do. A few technical and visual issues occur, but nothing that will ruin the experience.
  5. 80
    And Wasteland 3 certainly is enjoyable. It's true to the series' roots and the proto-Fallout, and understands what it is that makes XCOM-style tactical RPGs so captivating. But most of all, it uses its sense of humour and sharp writing to keep its post-apocalypse interesting, despite how well-worn that path has become in the decades since Wasteland first hit.
  6. Sep 4, 2020
    80
    Wasteland 3 is a fantastic post-apocalyptic RPG. Great writing, satisfying, tactical combat, and a world full of memorable characters and meaningful player choice make this a no-brainer for fans of the genre. If you can look past the bugs, there's so much to love about this deliciously dark humoured excursion.
  7. Sep 3, 2020
    60
    Wasteland 3 is treading creatively irradiated ground. The nuclear post-apocalypse has been explored to exhaustion, in video games and elsewhere, and no amount of weird factions or sex jokes can prevent it from feeling like an aged rock band on a comeback tour: the tunes are still decent, but there’s no youthful vigour.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 78
  2. Negative: 29 out of 78
  1. Dec 31, 2021
    10
    9.5/10. Amazing RPG/Turn-Based Strategy game. I was looking for something to scratch that XCOM itch that I was craving, and I can confidently9.5/10. Amazing RPG/Turn-Based Strategy game. I was looking for something to scratch that XCOM itch that I was craving, and I can confidently say that Wasteland 3 not only gave me exactly what I was looking for, but it gave me SO much more than I ever expected. It’s now my favorite game of this genre, and the best RPG I’ve played in a while. Think of it like Fallout with the open world exploring and looting, but with a more fleshed out XCOM combat system. It has so much depth and creative choices that I can assure you every playthrough will be completely different. I can’t get over on slept on this game is, and it’s miles better than Wasteland 2 in my opinion, which honestly I didn’t play too much of. Having a full voiced cast makes a huge difference, and I love the story and characters. The developers deserve endless praise for this game, and I’m excited to see what comes next. Do NOT pass this up if you’re looking for a game that has everything I mentioned above. Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2020
    10
    I live this game from the first time and it only became better, characters are great and a lot of decision making is awesome
  3. Oct 2, 2020
    9
    I actually really enjoyed this game. I thought the combat was excellent and the voice actors were fantastic.
  4. Sep 1, 2020
    6
    UPDATE: Even after the recent patch the game still freezes frequently. Lowered the score as a result.

    As a huge fan of Wasteland 2 i can
    UPDATE: Even after the recent patch the game still freezes frequently. Lowered the score as a result.

    As a huge fan of Wasteland 2 i can really see how they improved with the sequel. The visuals are a huge step up, with characters being more detailed and even having close up shots of certain characters during important conversations. There's more variety of clothing and armour designs too, as well as more choice of thumbnails for your characters. The setting is a lot more detailed, with a variety of cities, bases and a creepy desolate snowy wasteland to explore. A huge difference when exploring the wasteland is that you actually drive a vehicle this time, as opposed to moving an icon on the world map like with the previous game. The vehicle also acts as a playable character that fights alongside you and you can find various upgrades to turn it into a real death machine!
    With Wasteland 3 they have condensed various skills. So instead of shotguns, pistols and smg's being individual skills, they're now folded into the small guns skill. Laser guns no longer have their own skill bar. Instead they're folded into 'small', 'automatic' and 'big guns' skill bars. This means that when you level up one weapon skill bar you'll become efficient with a much bigger variety of weapons. There is no longer permanent death either. If a character enters the 'bleeding out' stage, you can revive them using AP and if they actually die, you can revive them with a specific item. This is a welcome change! There's also a lot more items to be used in and out of combat. You can set up auto machine gun turrets, laser turrets, robots, healing turrets etc and use some new healing items like med darts that you fire at injured teammates. There's also a new branch of weapons which fall under the new 'weird stuff' skill. These include things like shrink grenades, ferret launchers and mind control guns! You also now have 'strike attacks' which combines precision strikes with a super move. Basically it makes precision strikes more useful by having you charge them up and then unleash the shot as a guaranteed hit that cripples specific body parts.
    As with Wasteland 2 there is a huge amount of dialogue, now with a lot more voice acting! You also have unique dialogue options based on your stats and there's still a ton of choices to make that affect how conversations and quests play out. The story is a blast and there's many paths you can take, factions to encounter and decisions to make. This provides much replay value.
    Also as a side note, i feel like they improved the tutorials in this game a lot. They have non-intrusive tips that give you a lot more helpful info than the previous game. This will help new players dive into the game without too much trouble.
    Overall the only thing holding the game back is the performance issues, which is in the process of being patched. Apart from that we have a game which improves upon the previous games in a lot of aspects. Highly recommend checking this out!
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  5. Sep 10, 2020
    5
    Final Edit (10/Sept/2020) - I am going to bump the score up to 5 now as the game has improved a bit after the 3rd update. Still too little tooFinal Edit (10/Sept/2020) - I am going to bump the score up to 5 now as the game has improved a bit after the 3rd update. Still too little too late. I genuinely do not understand the high scores by gaming media... and 10/10 scores by gamers who are admitting that game is really buggy and full of glitches; you guys are no better than the Zero horde.
    Edit (7/9/2020) - I came back to change my score from 8 to 3. Sadly the game became more and more unstable as I continued to progress. So many bugs and glitches everywhere, frequent crashes in most inconvenient times... enough is enough !!! I have also encountered a bug which halts game progress altogether, the mission where you need to fight with Fishslap is bugged and the game freezes or stays indefinitely in "enemy turn". I have no idea how a game in this condition can be released, shame on you really. I am so frustrated of paying full price to this game.
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    I am playing the game on PS4 Pro and I have played around 20 hours. So far the game has crashed on me only once. Though I haven't opened half of the map yet, obviously the crash frequency might increase eventually but It is not an issue for me yet. That said, I haven't seen so many glitches and minor bugs on a final release since a really long time. Some of them are really annoying too but nothing game-breaking so far. It is just a bit ridiculous and kills the fun up to an extend.
    Otherwise this such an amazing game... The writing, the RPG structure, attention to details.,.. these are all at the top, way ahead of current industry standards.
    For me, this would have been a 9/10 game if there were no bugs and glitches. Currently, it is at 6 or 7 due to technical issues - That said these are all going to get patched soon and I feel this game and the developer deserve some love - so it is an 8.
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  6. Sep 1, 2020
    3
    I got the game and almost unplayable its crashes all the time, bugs everywhere and cant do the last mission after liberty. If you like theI got the game and almost unplayable its crashes all the time, bugs everywhere and cant do the last mission after liberty. If you like the wasteland series buy after they got some patches Expand
  7. Oct 2, 2020
    0
    This game is unplayable trash. I have had over 15 crashes and entire quests broken. Combat is horribly designed with the winner being whoeverThis game is unplayable trash. I have had over 15 crashes and entire quests broken. Combat is horribly designed with the winner being whoever can shoot first. To put it bluntly this Is a middle schooler learning programming tier beta game where you will be the unplayed tester. Expand

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