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Average User Score: 7.6Dec 5, 2018TL:DR version: RNG quickly kills the fun
As a newcomer to the series, I was a bit hesitant about getting this title, since I've heard thatTL:DR version: RNG quickly kills the fun
As a newcomer to the series, I was a bit hesitant about getting this title, since I've heard that there's a lot of grind and you just hunt the same monster all the time. I don't mind the grind it it's reasonable, so I figured I'll give it a try. Now, after 30hrs, I'm just burned out and going to other games.
Pros: Beautiful environments, great character creator and interesting looking armor. Monsters that are very well animated and interact with each other (first time you see little lizards attack a big t-rex that is near death is like a scene from Jurassic Park). A somewhat entertaining story that held my interest until certain point. A huge weapon variety which accommodates any play style. A satisfying and addictive progression in the early game: kill a monster, unlock and build better weapons and armor, kill a stronger monster.
Cons: melee combat is clunky and is like trying to hit a fly with a giant hammer. I switched to ranged which at least has an indicator to tell you if you are hitting the monster from proper distance or not. the progression tree is mostly hidden, and the game gives you no indication what materials you need to progress and where to find them. I had to resort to unofficial guides A LOT.
And finally, grind, grind, grind + RNG with terrible drop rates means you will waste a loooot of time.
This is aggravated by the fact that after a certain point in the story the game basically resets the progression which makes you suddenly feel like you achieved nothing. Yes, for some inexplicable reason the monsters that were a piece of cake suddenly get a boost in power, so the basic giant lizard can KO you in one hit in the armor that you spent so much time to obtain. Worse, the game unlock a new better armor which is just a reskin of the armor you already have. After fighting the same exact high rank t-rex 5 times (30min battle each) I still don''t have enough pieces to build his armor due to bad RNG.
Multiplayer: nonexistent. You are mostly alone, unless you invite friends. If a fight gets hard, you can fire a SOS flare, which lets other players to join your session but also makes the monster harder. However, players who join are usually such high level that the monster is dead within 5 minutes. It's basically an "instawin" button.
Overall, I enjoyed my time with the game, but now it got to the point where the game is barely giving me anything while demanding a lot of time in return. I may come back to finish the story, but I hope MHW2 does a better job and less grind.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.2Jul 11, 2018The game is perfect for people who play solo, because you don't need LFG or matchmaking - you already have tons of people in your instanceThe game is perfect for people who play solo, because you don't need LFG or matchmaking - you already have tons of people in your instance that you can randomly team up with and then split on your merry way completely seamlessly. Sure, it's rough around the edges, but it's fun.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7May 27, 2018Just finished the game and I have to say it's fantastic.
-Gripping story -Choices with heavy consequences, and not just in the finalJust finished the game and I have to say it's fantastic.
-Choices with heavy consequences, and not just in the final chapter
-Stunning visuals and animations
-Great voiceover and music
-Intriguing main characters (well except maybe Marcus )
-Camera is surprisingly atrocious. I had to wrestle with it every time I needed to get a better look around.
Overall, if you are a fan of the genre, this is a must buy (imo).… Expand
Average User Score: 3.9Feb 9, 2018Pros: Fun combat mechanics, moderately entertaining Nemesis system, beautiful environments and a diverse skill / inventory system.
Cons:Pros: Fun combat mechanics, moderately entertaining Nemesis system, beautiful environments and a diverse skill / inventory system.
Cons: Nonsensical story, highly repetitive gameplay and bland characters.
It's a decent game, but the grind at the end of the game is so annoying that I gave up and just watched the ending on youtube. If it had a cohesive story to support the grind, that would probably be more tolerable, but as it is, it's just unbearable. This game is a "wait for sale", imo (I bought this new but with deep discount).… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Feb 9, 2018Here's an honest opinion from someone who's not a fanboy of ps4 or japanese devs:
Nier is a very nice 3rd person open world action rpg. ItHere's an honest opinion from someone who's not a fanboy of ps4 or japanese devs:
Nier is a very nice 3rd person open world action rpg. It has beautiful environments, engaging stroy for the 1st part of the game (more on that later), fantastic atmosphere and one of the most beautiful soundtracks I have ever heard in a video game.
However, the story is not complete until you reach part 3 of the game, and to get to part 3 you have to play part 1 all over again with tiny variations (call it part 2). It's such a chore that by the end of part 2 I was completely burned out on the game. Still, I got to part 3, and after an interesting story-filled section what does the game ask you to do? Go to 3 different places and collect keys. That's right, fetch quests in the middle of the action. That completely kills any momentum the game has going. Given how atrocious the save system is in this game (you can easily lose up to an hour of progress) and cheap deaths from some of the enemies, I feel like the game simply does not appreciate the time of the person playing. So, I give it a solid 7. It's a good game with some major flaws, but it's artificially stretched and level-gated. Part 1 is a lot of fun, but if you value your time, just stop there and watch the rest on youtube.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Dec 19, 2017I really liked the New Colossus, so I was looking forward to playing this, especially after all the great reviews it got. However, afterI really liked the New Colossus, so I was looking forward to playing this, especially after all the great reviews it got. However, after completing the first couple of acts, I just can't bring myself to keep playing. The gameplay is very repetitive - here the commander, kill him then kill all who's left. Very few variations. The story is kind of dull with low stakes and little humor, takes itself way too seriously. I enjoyed the DLC (episode 0) more than the main game. Glad I got it on sale.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Sep 5, 2016Fun game mechanics, nice setting, but the story is full of logic leaps, the animations are dated and the characters are underwhelming. FeelsFun game mechanics, nice setting, but the story is full of logic leaps, the animations are dated and the characters are underwhelming. Feels like a big expansion pack to DE:HR rather than a sequel.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Jul 19, 2016This review is coming from someone who has never seen GoT the TV show or read the books.
After playing the hilarious Tales from borderlands,This review is coming from someone who has never seen GoT the TV show or read the books.
After playing the hilarious Tales from borderlands, solving the mystery in Wolf among us and crying my eyes out in Walking Dead season 1, I was desperate for more Telltale goodness, so I picked up GoT.
Unfortunately, after playing through the season, I was not impressed. First, let's get something out of the way: if you played a telltale game then you already know the formula: it's not a game, it's an interactive movie. You can shape the conversation as you see fit, and you have some QTE when the actions starts, but in the end it's obvious that due to the development time and limited resources, the game cannot afford to branch the story too much until the last episode of the season.
The story being somewhat set in stone is fine by me as long as the game maintains the illusion of choice through minor branches: steal a valuable item but be forced to give it back later in 5min, or leave it and be praised for your honesty. Or make a major decision which will not pay off until the very end of the season. GoT, however, fails in that it presents you with seemingly meaningful choices, but then completely forgets about them, which makes you think that this will pay off much later, until the final credits roll and you realize that there was no payoff at all. And that is quite upsetting, because it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. That would still be ok if the story was any good. Alas, the story is not that interesting, and given the death rate of characters, the PC keeps changing, which doesn't help things at all. Overall, still, I found it moderately enjoyable. There are some likable characters, and I played through just to see how it ends (spoiler: it ends on a cliffhanger). Very disappointing.
TL:DR: unless you are a big GoT fan or desperate for a telltale game like me, steer clear of this mess.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Jun 15, 2016TL:DR: Cute, fun, but lacking modes and new characters are locked behind grind for RNG
With all the recent hype around battleborn andTL:DR: Cute, fun, but lacking modes and new characters are locked behind grind for RNG
With all the recent hype around battleborn and overwatch, I wanted something similar but cheap. So I got a month of EA access and downloaded PvZ: GF. After playing for about an hour, I was completely hooked.
Pros: It's a very cute game, and even if you lose the match, the points awarded are nearly the same, so there's little reason to get upset. The characters are varied and play differently, and once you unlock all of the abilities, it becomes hero-based arena combat just like Overwatch or TF2. I found the characters to be very well balanced, and with some amount of luck even a healer (flower) can end up racking some vanquishes as well as providing healer support. There are two major modes, vanquish (team deathmatch) and "capture the base" mode, which can be played with character customization on or off.
Cons: So there are two major issues I have with the game and reason why I'm not giving it a 10. First, the "capture the base" mode is highly unbalanced. The attacking team (zombies) have a ton of advantages - they have help of NPCs, the capture progress does not reset, and there's a generous amount of time to capture each point. It would make a lot more sense if the capture progress would swing back if the plants repel the attacker wave. As is, if you are on the attacking team, it's usually a steam roll forward, if you are on the defending team, it's usually constant fall back. Not fun. So really, the only good mode is team vanquish. And here lies another issue. If you play classic mode (no customization), it's all good but get repetitive quite fast. But once you decide to go into non-classic mode, you end playing against a bunch of different fully upgraded character variants, like some that shoot fire, some shoot ice, plasma, etc. Pretty cool. Even if you only have the basic character, it's not big of a deal, since most characters are still well balanced, but it makes you wonder - how do I unlock all these cool character variants? The answer is, sadly, grind, grind, grind. To unlock a single character, you need 40k of in-game currency. One match of team vanquish gives 2-4k. So you need to play at least 10-20 matches to unlock a single random character variant, which may not even be for the character you like to play. Not fun.
So, in the end, it's a fun and cute game to drop in a play for a bit, but sadly it only has one good mode, and the character variants are locked behind the grind. Still worth picking up, but I wouldn't pay much for it.… Expand