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Average User Score: 6.3May 9, 2015A fine game. Dark, gritty & violent with a great story. A much more grim GTA 5 ( in that it's an open world city ), and in my opinion, moreA fine game. Dark, gritty & violent with a great story. A much more grim GTA 5 ( in that it's an open world city ), and in my opinion, more enjoyable that GTA 5 for the fact. I was surprised when recently ( early May 2015 ) the Developer admitted to the game having two main flaws, one was an unlikeable leading character and the other poor driving mechanics.
I dis-agree with both, and have found the leading character to be necessarily opaque, so as to allow the player to place elements of their personality over the main character using their own in game choices.
The driving is just as bad ( or as good ) as GTA 5. Motorbikes and high performance cars ( but not stupidly twitchy sports cars ) handle just fine as long as you respect the road.
If anything, the game could do with more gunplay, especially the gang take down missions.
Watchdogs is a highly recommended open world action game, with a long campaign and many, many side quests and objectives. ( all similar to games like Assassins creed series, Farcry and the new tomb raider ).
Buy Watchdogs if you want a dark story and dark gameplay with lost of player choice. 8.5/10 and on my second play through.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Sep 11, 2013Simple gameplay it reminds me of Golden Axe, but a more advanced version of course ).
Graphically stunning, with a truly unique art style,Simple gameplay it reminds me of Golden Axe, but a more advanced version of course ).
Graphically stunning, with a truly unique art style, terrific production values. I imported it to the UK from VGP and it came with a lovely artbook. A few weeks later I see its now getting an official UK release with the same artbook...oh well....still cost me the same regardless and thanks to it being PS3 its region free !
Highly recommended game as is VGP- Video games plus, for that matter … Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Sep 11, 2013From reading all the negative reviews about this console version, all I can say is Haters gotta hate" !
Diablo 3 was something of a screwFrom reading all the negative reviews about this console version, all I can say is Haters gotta hate" !
Diablo 3 was something of a screw up on launch of the PC version and probably took 30-45 days to stabilise.
From that point onwards it became a very playable game, and you as the player got out of it what you wanted. The only real negative left to the game these days is the somewhat cynical cash in that is the auction house, followed by the wholly unnecessary "always online" requirement. But, Blizzard are a company out to make money and these two elements ensure they do, and have !
So, with the PC version well and truly behind it, it seems it has taken the console release of Diablo 3 to realise its true potential.
There is no auction House. There is no "always online requirement. And that, my friends is what makes Diablo 3 just that little bit better on console rather than PC.
The console version of Diablo 3 is obviously sub par graphically compared to the PC version when running it on an turbo nutter ninja bastid PC, but the console version still holds its own.
You can play it single player, you can then take your character and play it over a LAN, you can then take that character and play it online with 3 other players, then go back to single player whenever you want. The drop in, drop out gameplay is totally fine and works well on both consoles.
The direct control mechanism with the gamepad is just fine, with the possible exception that the "evade" move, which is mapped to the right stick cannot be swapped with the "movement" function which is mapped to the left stick. The ability to re-map those two controls would have been handy. BUT, that is a minor quibble.
On console this game plays brilliantly, the loot drops more often and is more effective for your character.
I'll score this game 8/10 with the 2 points being removed for the inability to re map the controls along with the fact that you cant plug in a USB keyboard and type messages, and the other point for the slight input lag that occurs when in the games character menus or game vendor screens.
Once again, these are very minor quibbles to a brilliant conversion of a game that has been vastly improved upon compared to its PC forerunner.
Go buy it now and I'll see you online.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Apr 22, 2013Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate is a FINE new game in the Castlevania series, owing much to what came before the genre modifyingCastlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate is a FINE new game in the Castlevania series, owing much to what came before the genre modifying SOTN, and it's a nice homage to some old style gameplay of the earlier parts of the series. This game has a depth of humour, an enjoyable script/story, very reasonable voice acting,and a truly awesome soundtrack helping it along. Couple that with engaging gameplay and the fact that this is a graphically superior game compared to some other 3DS titles, and in my opinion, you have a fine, fine game.
It's not an easy game by any means, but perseverence and learning about each enemy makes your battles fast & engaging.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate is NOT the rpg lite that Castlevania SOTN was.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate is it's own game, and is great for this reason.
If you want a challenge and to play a wonderful addition to the Castlevania series, this is the game for you.
Go and buy it now, and help support a talented software developer, who will hopefully then make another one
Design:- 10/10… Expand
Average User Score: 5.6Apr 27, 2012SO, Risen 2 first impressions, having downloaded it from STEAM overnight.
The engine, in my opinion, has some major issues ( Faults ).SO, Risen 2 first impressions, having downloaded it from STEAM overnight.
The engine, in my opinion, has some major issues ( Faults ). Objects "pop in" at very close range.
Trees and bushes change shape dramatically as you approach them, and textures flicker constantly in the middle distance.
This is very distracting.
Character animation is very stiff, and when they speak, they seem to flail their arms around to get what they are saying over to you, which is probably because there is virtually no lip syncing or indeed, lip movement. All the characters seem a little short and squat.
I'm running the game at 2560 x 1440, I haven't tried any other resolutions. Maybe a lower res would stretch the characters out.
The shadows cast by buildings and trees seem "twitchy", moving back and forth in an unrealistic manner on the floor.
The running animation is very odd. When you run, your characters torso becomes a fixed point in 3d space and does not move
and the arms and legs flap up and down in a very limited animation style. Overall, the engine is not great. The engine would not have been great 10 years ago. I assume the company made their own instead of buying a licence for the Unreal engine or some such.
The animation style is very cartoon like on the game NPCs which clashed a little bit with what is otherwise, a very nice engine visually.
Textures are clear and sharp, buildings well defined & designed.
The voice acting steps things up considerably. The game has been localised , very well as far as I'm concerned, by an entirely UK English speaking cast.
All accents are either London or Cornwall based. UK slang words have been worked into the game well and used in the correct contect.
Most of the time.
Swearing is present and prevalent and is quite funny to hear.
The music is simply excellent, atmospheric and fitting to the environment, helping to set the mood well. It reminds me a little of the excellent music from Age of Conan, mainly the
Tortage city themes.
The mission structire so far appears to be the usual "fetch & bring back" type, or the "chicken & egg" conundrum, in that you have a final objective but simply can't get to it without meeting certain criteria in the first place, and those criteria, also have criteria to meet.
Standard RPG fare there then, and this will likely make the game a solid single player RPG experience.
Combat starts out with a basic parry / slash combo , and as you level up, your earn skill points and gold to spend with trainers to improve your skills or increase your arsenal of moves.
Exactly the same as both Risen and Gothic 3.
So for now, is it worth 40 quid of STEAM? ...well for a start don't buy it off STEAM unless you really have to, prior to purchase I looked to find a retail copy and could find none.
SO I bought it on STEAM.
The next day, a retail version is on AMAZON for Â£15.00 less !!!!
....Not to the casual RPG-er, but to anyone who has enjoyed the Gothic series, Two Worlds 1 or 2, Venetica, the original Risen, Dinity or Might & Magic 6 thru 9 this will be more of the same
involving and fun gameplay.
If you think western RPGs stop with Oblivion and Skyrim, don't bother. This game will require a fair about of forgiveness ( the engine is seriously lacking), but in the long run I think it will offer a lot of rewarding gameplay to the patient player. If you can , that is ,tolerate the heavy, HEAVY graphical issues, which I hope will not plague the console versions as it has the PC version .
The game plays with mouse and keyboard OR the Xbox controller without issue.
I'll be playing Risen 2 to the end.
I think a score of 6/10 is fair.
Now give us a patch to fix the graphics.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Mar 15, 2012Long time SW fan, and I've enjoyed a few of the SW games released over the years. Read plenty of SW books, seen the films a lot.
SWTOR isLong time SW fan, and I've enjoyed a few of the SW games released over the years. Read plenty of SW books, seen the films a lot.
SWTOR is not going to get an easy ride from me. The game engine is competent. The character models, acceptable. The classes good to start with, of no doubt.
The game falls over in a few key places, and these issue made me quit prior to my first month completing.
There is no auto group system in the game ( as their is in Rift and WOW ) so looking for random groups in that first month could take hours. Not good.
The game has been in development for years, I remember it being on the front cover of issue 2 of GamesTM ( a uk based gaming mag). The game eventually got released whilst issue 116 was on the shelves. So why did the patching system cause me, and apparently many others so much grief ? If you've not had this issue this comment will mean nothing to you. It was almost a game breaker by itself for me.
The chat system, in that first month at least, would randomly bar you from a chat window, like "Party Chat" for no apparent reason. The only way to resolve was to exit the game. Then you lost your group. See my first point.
The music. John Williams wrote amazing music for the original SW trilogy. The game uses soundbytes of his music at best. Why is John Williams music not looping in game continuously and being used creatively? Some of the stuff they put in their is frankly dirge like.
I played as a jedi to level 34 and a smuggler to level 24. I found I DID NOT want to repeat many of the quests a thrid time around with alt characters. Many quests were simply dull . ( for me personally)
This game is NOT an open universe. Everything is instanced. To travel from one planet to the next requires no less than 5 load screens around 30 seconds each, plus copious amounts of running between areas in between. Very dull.
There is no open space combat, it is instanced and on wires for YOU only. Why isnt this game one vast open universe with space you can fly through real time , and planets that are genuinely open ( like WOW and Rift) ?
The game is NOT cross server compaitble, so any unusal hour sessions in game can be a somewhat barren experience without the auto group system. I score this game 5/10, it commits the worst crime, it's not good, it's not bad...it just illicits ambivalence from me, and all but 1 of the 11 friends and family members who joined me on launch of SWTOR.
I think SWTOR is a good game for a game made by committee and a dev team who were not the folks who made the original KOTOR. There is something coldly business like about it. It does not "FEEL" very Star Wars to me, it fails to illicit that warm fuzzy feeling that the old games, comics, books and films manage.
In many ways it just misses the point and doesn't tick enough boxes for my inner Star Wars fanboy.
A great opportunity missed by a fairly wide margin. I'm back to WOW & Rift already. Why mess with perfection and dev teams that seem to care ( in the case of RIFT at least ).
If I could sell my Collectors edition and account in some way, I think I would. I wouldn't miss htis game in the slightest… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Nov 1, 2011I originally played this on PC, being a fan of Might & Magic 6,7,8 & 9. Note , this is NOTHING like the original turn based RPGs. This is aI originally played this on PC, being a fan of Might & Magic 6,7,8 & 9. Note , this is NOTHING like the original turn based RPGs. This is a first person action/rpgs using the same engine as Half Life 2. Come into this game expecting any similarities to the titles above and you will be sorely dissapointed.
Come into this game with an open mind however, and there is a long and interesting campaign to be played here on the Xbox. Having literally just sat through my second run through on xbox 360 ( completed it at 19.18 hours 1st November 2011 ), I thought I would bring this game up to date with a more recent review.
On Xbox you are confined to one of four character types, Warrior, Mage, Hunter, Rogue ( I play a lot of WoW so whilst this may not be their exact titles, this is what the classes are ). This time I played through as a warrior.
As I should've realised, warriors are a pretty dull class to play. This didn't stop me enjoying this detailed and visually attractive action/rpg lite on the xbox 360, but it made me wish for ranged weaponry for most of the playthrough. Note to self, never play a role that has no ranged abilities.
Good fun, approx 20 hour campaign and plenty to explore, especially once you get access to the rope firing bow, that lets you scale otherwise unreachable places. Overall, this plays like a quality FPS or hack n slash with some RPG lite elements thrown in. Very enjoyable, in that 20 hour play thru it crashed/locked up on me twice. Just save regularly and there's no issue. The multiplayer is now non-existent due to the age of the game, and you can probably pick it up for a very low price and it is seriously worth your time if you like fantasy game scenarios.
The PC version is vastly superior, with detailed character design decisions made by the player, allowing you to make hybrid classes, whereas this version on xbox 360, is a straight line for the one class you choose. The PC version is also on Steam , with all the advantages Steam and it being a PC game brings to the table. But the xbox 360 version is great fun as well. Go for it. It's a big game with good acting.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Nov 1, 2011Do not hesitate, if you like JRPG's or simply want a game with 40-60 hours of quality graphics, music , excellent story and great combat, lookDo not hesitate, if you like JRPG's or simply want a game with 40-60 hours of quality graphics, music , excellent story and great combat, look no further. This is a wonderful swan song RPG for the Wii, as I suspect even the mighty Zelda game thats about to launch, ( Skyward Sword) is going to have trouble being better than this piece of gaming genius.
Satisfying character development and crafting and trade systems, all a little overly complex, but you can muddle through those minor parts of the game to enjoy the overall picture of great and often funny voice acting, a surprisingly powerful opening scene ( no spoilers, suffice to say the love interest you initially think is forming may not go the way you thought it would ).
Another note on the voice acting, it has been regionalised by UK actors for the UK market, and it sounds like they had a good time recording the audio, just another detail that adds to the excellence of this game.
Xenoblade. It simply exudes quality and high standards from the moment you load up to the beautiful title screen and sit there for 4 minutes listening to the stunning theme played on piano.… Expand