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Average User Score: 7.9Feb 18, 2019At the end, there was only Dark Souls 3. After playing over 400 hours worth of Bloodborn, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2. I finally came to this.At the end, there was only Dark Souls 3. After playing over 400 hours worth of Bloodborn, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2. I finally came to this. This was/is glorious!
What a fantastic way to end off the Dark Souls Trilogy. This game takes all that it did in the previous 2 games, with some lessons from Bloodborn thrown in for good measure, and made this. The best of the series.
Dark Souls 3 improves on everything. Visuals, sound, action variety. It's all bigger and better.
Visually DS3 is just a marvel, with every environment rich in detail that it would take nearly forever just to see just how much work went into the art design. There is also such a degree of variety as well with some earlier areas being affected by actions later in the game, drastically altering the feel and tone of those areas.
Gameplay has just been taken to the top. No longer as stiff as DS1 and enemy placement and difficulty at the "just right" setting. Challenging, but not so difficult as to make things impossible. There is also such a variety in weapons and build types that you can easily just start the game again and again trying a different style and approach each time. I do miss the power stance and dual wielding function that was in DS2, but even so, there is still plenty of variety.
As for the DLCs. Both utterly gorgeous and with some of the hardest and fun boss fights of the whole series. Both have such a wealth of extra content that they are well worth the it for anyone who hasn't gotten them yet.
As for the online. It is allotof fun and PvP is a great improvement on it's predecessors, almost making it as good as the main game. But I also feel that there should be a better system to pair people who are similar in skill (eg. Death to Win ratio, and total number of PvP battles should also factor into the pairing.) I find people on PvP are either insanely good, or really really bad, there doesn't seem to be an inbetween.
I have played over 400 hours of Dark Souls 3, and I'm still playing it. It has quality, quantity of content and great online play. As close to perfect a game as I can see. While this is the end of the trilogy, I hope it is not the end of Dark Souls forever.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Dec 14, 2018Continuing on the Dark Souls bender, I had to try the second instalment. I never played the original version so I can only comment on thisContinuing on the Dark Souls bender, I had to try the second instalment. I never played the original version so I can only comment on this version.
In many ways DS2 is both better and worse than the Original.
Visually most of the areas are so much more detailed. But on the other hand they are also allot more contained and almost claustrophobic at times.
The action is allot of fun and the combat mechanics were greatly improved upon making combat feel allot more fluid this time around. However, allot of areas are just saturated with hoards, which just artificially spikes the difficulty levels. Whereas DS1 had much better enemy placements making the areas tough. but fair. DS2 can be a bit unforgiving in places with steep difficulty spikes coming out of nowhere. However, even with the erratic difficulty curves, it still is quite fun and challenging.
Dark Souls 2 was allot of fun, but I can see why it is often regarded as the weakest of the series. But even as the weakest link, it's still a very good worth game worth having a go.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Dec 10, 2018I don't normally review a game twice. But in this case I have to as my experience this time around was allot more different than when II don't normally review a game twice. But in this case I have to as my experience this time around was allot more different than when I originally played the game when it came out on the 360.
About 2 years ago I got around to playing Bloodborne, which I was sceptical of as my first outing with Dark Souls had not been that stellar. I fell in love with it and it completely changed how I saw these types of games. So when the DS remaster was released, I decided to try it again with my new perspective. Boy, was I glad I did.
I loved Dark Souls this time around, and now I have a deeper respect for the series.
I can't say to much as I feel I did already cover allot in my initial review. But now I can say that with time and a fresh perspective, I understand the love/hate this game gets from the community.
But one thing I will say is now I notice the game is not as polished as I originally though it was. As a remaster it is stunning, but you can also see that it does feel a little sparse at times and the remaster artificial sheen is apparent.
A great game that I am glad to have given a second chance and finally was able to enjoy it as it was intended.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.2Dec 10, 2018If anything, I must say this game is not what I expected. Or more accurately, I didn't really know what to expect.
Going in blind perhapsIf anything, I must say this game is not what I expected. Or more accurately, I didn't really know what to expect.
Going in blind perhaps was for the best. From the moment you begin you have no idea what to do or where to go. But what is clear is one thing: Survive. and boy does it drill that in quickly with a savage landscape that is all to quickly eager to devour you whole.
But once you get the basics down, and you aim at surviving and exploring, the game kicks into gear. The stronger you get, the better stuff you can build, and the better stuff helps make you a stronger. And so the cycle continues.
Visually the game is stunning. Landscapes are gorgeous and the character models are some of the best I have seen in a realtime open world environment.
Sound is also great. Music knows when to be soft, when to be loud. Always setting a great atmosphere which I lost myself in time and time again.
Combat is fun, and there is such a large variety of enemies that you rarely feel bored in that regard.
Gameplay though, I got to say the closest game I can compare this to is Minecraft. Just Minecraft for adults. Not a bad thing, but the base building and survival element is so in your face it makes you feel like that that's all there is at times.
While the Conan universe has got extensive lore, this game barely has a narrative. Your goal at the beginning is the same as it is at the end: Escape. Little else happens that is not connected to that goal in some way.
Conan Exiles is far better than I had expected it to be and I enjoyed it immensely. But the monotony of resource harvesting and lack of a deeper story, did make the game feel a bit hollow at times. None the less, I still thought it was great and really do hope they keep extending the game.
Note to Developers:
- Hats off in regards to not being squeamish to nudity. It is nice to see that a game that is intended for adult to play also has content that adults would expect. It's not done tastelessly and fits the world.
- It would be nice that you could have more than one active character at a time. Limiting it to 1 play through at a time did make it a bit limiting for solo players.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Nov 26, 2017I'm a huge Danganronpa fan. Played 1 & 2 and Ultra Despair Girls multiple times and bought across multiple formats. Have the manga, anime andI'm a huge Danganronpa fan. Played 1 & 2 and Ultra Despair Girls multiple times and bought across multiple formats. Have the manga, anime and a ton of merch too.
So I was quite psyched for DV3. What did I think?
I liked most of the game, but at this point it was starting to feel too familiar following the exact same structure from the previous games to the letter, tossing in a few minor barely noticeable additions. Funny enough the ending does explain this in its own way. If anything, the ending was perhaps the only part that made it stand out.
In terms of narrative, DV3 still nailed it. Each chapter was well executed (excuse the pun) and to the Danganronpa standards we know and love. The characters were all pretty well flushed out and better developed than D2. However, I do feel their Ultimate talents where poorly thought out and didn't really fit the characters they were attached to, at least for most of them (the Maid, Pianist, and Magician being the only exceptions to this.) As for the ending, I didn't like it. Don't get me wrong, I still think it was an interesting idea that helps set DV3 apart from the other games. BUT, I also think it was done poorly and a bit too preachy. Coming across more as a PSA message, belittling the mentality of its players, and even humanity in general. I get what the developers were trying to do, but I think they poured it on a bit thick there.
As for the extras: Whoever made the S rank requirement on mean for the trophies = DAMN YOU! I ended up hating those mini games in the end. Also the board game idea just did not interest me. Tried it a few times, did not like it. Feels more like shovelware for my phone. But it did look nice.
Danganronpa V3 is a great sequel that really just hammers in the fact that this getting too familiar. While I did enjoy the main story, I also now feel a bit tired of this style of play. I think if Danganronpa wants to continue its time to reboot the series and overhaul the game structure. Ultra Despair Girls had the right idea. Now take it a step further.
I still think the biggest missed opportunity the Danganronpa series has missed is the multiple story archs. Each game has the same linear story with the same suspects and murders every time. Meaning the magic of the story really only hits you the first time you play it. After that the mystery is gone. I say have multiple archs that lead to a different set of survivors by the end. It would give the game far more replayability. But its just a thought.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.9Apr 17, 2017I have played all of the ME games. Even read the spinoff books and comics.
Loved ME 1 Worshiped ME 2 Really liked ME 3 (If not for theI have played all of the ME games. Even read the spinoff books and comics.
Loved ME 1
Worshiped ME 2
Really liked ME 3 (If not for the ending, it would have been legendary)
So my thoughts on Andromeda. I think it was hyped far too much, trying too hard to mimic Dragon age Inquisition in terms of marketing. This was clearly a mistake as it was no secret that Andromeda's production suffered allot of issues, with most of the original creative team from the original trilogy either not coming on board or outright leaving during production. So essentially Andromeda was kind of starting from scratch. In all fairness, I think this was a good thing, after all, Andromeda was trying to establish itself as its own story, away from the original trilogy.
Sadly, with a fresh team also means inexperience, not necessarily in ability but with familiarity with the series. It is evident that the writing is very diluted, making it the weakest in the series so far. Clearly they wanted to add allot of dialogue to the game, and they did, but quantity is not better than quality. It seems to me that either the writing team was too small, or was rushed (likely, given EA's history.)
But, it does have some truely great moments and the writing does improve the deeper into the game you get. A shame that the game doesn't give a good first impression in that regard. It is clear that so much more is on the way as there are plenty clues and open plot points, but the game really could have used some more strong foreshadowing. It does foreshadow a bit, but too subtly.
Visuals are ....? Character models and up close animations are really sub par for this generation. There is no excuse since the Witcher 3 clearly showed this can be done better. But it's not always bad, it seems the human models were the ones primarily affected. The Krogan, Angara, Salarians and Turians did all work pretty well in that regard. Now the environments on all worlds were gorgeous. Each world utterly beautiful and its own. However, I never did manage to get my brightness setting right. It was either too dark, or too bright.
As for the main cast, I do feel they are underdeveloped. Drax and Jaal are pretty flushed out, Peebee is a bit annoying and bland at first, but does have some great banter and does get more interesting. Liam seems bland at first glance but is rather funny, just a shame he isn't developed more. Cora is boring and generic, essentially tje Jacob of this game. Vetra feels kind of out of place most of the time, perhaps feeling too much like she's trying to fill the shoes Garrus left but just feels like token character. Ultimately the team feels small and underdeveloped. Would be good to add a DLC character or two.
As for gameplay. It feels allot like the best parts of ME 1 mixed in with the best parts of ME 2 + 3. The Nomad is great improvement on the Mako. Curious that there aren't weapon upgrades for it. General combat is great and the ability mix and match abilities is great. Combat in gener is fun. Just a shame there isn't more variety in enemy types.
Mass Effect Andromeda has allot of flaws, and has allot of bumps to iron out. But that's just it, they're just bumps and Andromeda is still a great and fun game. It succeeds in separating itself from the original trilogy but needs work to garner the same level of praise. I am hopeful, as the groundwork is now laid out.
Great ending! Wish ME 3 had one something like that.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Apr 16, 2017I was so happy when I heard this was getting a PS4 port. So was it worth the wait? H3ll yeah!
It took everything great from the last game,I was so happy when I heard this was getting a PS4 port. So was it worth the wait? H3ll yeah!
It took everything great from the last game, and improved upon it. It looks like they did listen to most of the feedback from the previous game.
Visually on par with last game with bigger and more varied environments.
Even though the game improves on so much it also feels too much like the game before it. This is not a bad thing, just wish they could have added more new elements eg. ship combat from the original series.
Also now there is a great and engaging story, delivered far better than the first game with some great and developed characters.
XCOM 2 is a great improvement and upgrade from the previous game, but does now need some fresh gameplay mechanics for the next game.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Apr 16, 2017I got to admit, I enjoyed this game more than I thought I would.
You can see it is trying really hard to be like the Dark Souls andI got to admit, I enjoyed this game more than I thought I would.
You can see it is trying really hard to be like the Dark Souls and Bloodborne series. However I felt it was far more like the Onimusha series with elements of Souls game. Regardless of its influence, it's great and manages to be it's own thing too.
Visually the set pieces are fantastically detailed yet some of the stages were a tad too dark. The camera angle was also irritating at times, often not adjusting properly or positioning itself in poor spots hampering combat at times.
While I like loot based games, Nioh kind of went overboard. You get too much of it too quickly and too much variety making the crafting and fusing systems almost redundant for most of the first playthrough. Only in NG+ does it calm down to more manageable frequency.
Combat is allot of fun and gets better once you find the weapon you like the most (personally, I like the lance the most.) However it can get a bit repetitive oce you have a high level character with all skills unlocked. Spamming strong combos can become a thing. Also to note that unlike the Souls games, this game is not difficult, in fact it can be too easy allot of the time. What this game does is punishes carelessness and reckless behaviour. If you don't pay attention to what's going on and your environment you will die. But keep your eyes open and be careful, and the game will be a breeze.
Nioh is a worthy competitor to the Souls, but still needs a bit more polish in some areas to be what it could be. I hope Nioh 2 learns and improves on this.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Apr 16, 2017To be honest, I was not huge fan of Dark Souls 1. I admired what it was and it's beauty but I just could not bring myself to enjoy that kindTo be honest, I was not huge fan of Dark Souls 1. I admired what it was and it's beauty but I just could not bring myself to enjoy that kind of gameplay. Don't get me wrong it's still a great game, just not my cup of tea. So, because of this I didn't bother with any of the other Souls games and when I heard about Bloodborne I avoided it too.
But after months and months I kept hearing about this game from almost everywhere. So, curiosity got the best of me and I got the Game of the year edition.
..... Holy sh!t. This game is awesome!
The difficulty from Souls was there, but in this game it just feels right. Nothing is too difficult once you know what to do, and even then it takes a certain amount of skill and finesse to pull it off. And when you do, it's glorious. You can also choose how to build your character making something all your own. Then, when you finish the game you can start another character and do a completely different build. This almost feels like different game as certain builds work best against certain enemies and others don't.
Visually the game stunning. So much detail everywhere. Atmosphere heavy too.
Now, my biggest gripe with the game is an almost nonexistent narrative. The few NPCs there are don't really serve much purpose, but they are all interesting a shame they don't do more or have more dialogue. Now while I said there is little narrative, there is a ton of lore. It's all over the place and if you have the time and patience to read through it all, you see just how rich and well developed this world is, just a shame there wasn't a more clear narrative. But this is a minor gripe as your sense of exploration does push you forward seeking the next challenge.
As for the DLC add-on, brilliant. A ton of new content and huge new areas to explore. Not to mention some of the best bosses in the game.
I am so glad I gave this game chance and it is the most fun I've had with a game in a while.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Apr 16, 2017If anything, this iteration of the MK series continues from where the MK reboot (aka MK9) left off.
Visually it is on par with itsIf anything, this iteration of the MK series continues from where the MK reboot (aka MK9) left off.
Visually it is on par with its predecessor tweaking and making slight improvements here and there.
Story mode is great, delivering the best story so far. A shame that some characters were locked out of arcade mode and not playable even though there are clearly character models and move sets for them.
Combat is both hit and miss. On the one hand it is a very polished combat system with significant improvements from MK9. On the other hand I did not like the 3 different variations system. It would have been nice to have a base character with all moves or the ability to create your own variation with the all the moves and look you want.
DLC character packs were great. A shame there weren't more. The crypt this time round was awesome and a joy to explore.
I was a bit disappointed not to see some characters. Had hoped to see Skarlet again. I had also hoped for Nitara and Sareena (was there in a brief cameo, but I had hoped she would be playable.)
MKX is a worthy continuation of the franchise adding enough to still feel fresh, yet it doesn't add enough to have the same kind of impact the last game. Still, tons of fun.
Note to developer:
One thing I do find odd, especially in this day and age, why MK franchise doesn't go completely mature. Where is the sex? Tons of blood, gore and bad language, yet you're telling me that naked slave girl/guy in background is out of place. I'm not saying make it something smutty, more like keep it real and make character motivations and actions (both conscious and subconscious) true. eg. Sonya would eye up Johnny any time his back is (more likely she wouldn't even realise she's doing it.) Mileena wearing something see-through would also be true to character. Kano would have a filthy mouth.
To be clear I'm not singling out women for this. The same should apply to male characters too.
Also, for MK XI if you are going to have guest characters, why not the movie horror legends like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Wolfman, etc. (would fit as they are planning on reboots for all of the in the near future.) Personally I would love to see Lady Death or Evil Ernie.… Expand