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Watch Dogs: Legion - Review Thread

2020.10.28 12:08 wekapipol Watch Dogs: Legion - Review Thread

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Game Title: Watch Dogs: Legion
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Publisher: Ubisoft
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 75 average - 62% recommended - 91 reviews

Critic Reviews

3DNews - Алексей Лихачев - Russian - 9 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion doesn't have the main protagonist, instead we have a city full of oppressed and tired people with their own stories. Other than that this is the usual Watch Dogs game and fans of the first two should be pleased with what it can offer.
ACG - Jeremy Penter - Wait for Sale

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Ars Technica - Kyle Orland - Unscored
In the end, the London of Watch Dogs: Legion feels a mile wide but only a few feet deep. What promises to be endless variety in character choice and hack-driven gameplay options quickly boils down to the repetition of the same old gameplay and plot tropes.
Attack of the Fanboy - Diego Perez - 3.5 / 5 stars
Watch Dogs: Legion is incredibly ambitious, but the play as anyone system needs a little more work. The story suffers from the lack of a central protagonist, and it's hard to get attached to any of your characters when the character models and animations are stiff and robotic. Still, there's a lot of fun to be had in futuristic London.
BaziCenter - Bahram Bigharaz - Persian - 6.5 / 10
After so much anticipation, Watch Dogs: Legion is finally here, failing to impress. Almost every single problem that prevented the 2 previous version to reach their full potential is still there, and the ability to play as all NPCs added even more issues to the game. Yes, the world is beautiful and you have all the freedom that you want, but as a game, Watch Dogs Legion is shallow and suffers from poor level and character design. A strong contender for the most disappointing game of the year.
Bazimag - Vahid Zohrabi Nejad - Persian - 5.6 / 10
Watch Dogs Legion is yet another open-world game like other Ubisoft's games, full of great ideas, but in action, they don't have enough depth and don't perform well in general. A soulless world with poor level designs and exhausting missions make a graveyard for the series's real potential.
COGconnected - Michael Chow - 75 / 100
Overall, Watch Dogs: Legion is a fun game with a nifty new mechanic that can be utilized in different ways in the future.
Cerealkillerz - Manuel Barthes - German - 8 / 10
Until now the story of Watch Dogs was an up and down, which doesn't change that much in Watch Dogs: Legion. The energy that went into the unique recruiting mechanic leaves a lot missing in the actual game world and the story, which makes the trip to london a bit cloudy, classic british.
Cheat Code Central - Jon Gronli - 5 / 5
Even though Watch Dogs Legion already gives you an impressive amount to do as well as a lot of options on how to do it, it’s still going to be growing. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next and how It is going to affect what’s already in place. I’m also looking forward to the multiplayer component, which I’m more than willing to write about when it comes out. So, come on. Join the resistance.
Console Creatures - Luke Williams - Recommended
Watch Dogs: Legion's Play as Anyone is an exciting mechanic and post-Brexit Britain is easily the best setting yet. However, Watch Dog: Legion's brilliance is hidden behind a fair amount of smog.
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 7.5 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion is a fascinating game, massively ambitious and crawling with technology that isn't just on the bleeding edge of what's possible, it's pure magic to see unfold. All of that may sound impressive but slick software and a bustling metropolis of people power can't hide the dull gameplay and shallow approach to the sandbox shenanigans of Watch Dogs: Legion. It's still a fascinating game to experience in short bursts, and it's going to be fascinating to see how Ubisoft evolves London to make it vox pop as a next-gen headliner.
Daily Star - 4 / 5 stars
One that is very English, packed full of wild and interesting characters, each with their own story to tell.
It’s a huge step forward in that regard and one that should be celebrated as it shows a way forward for video game development.
Digital Trends - Tom Caswell - 2.5 / 5 stars
While Ubisoft presents its best open world to date, the main gameplay hook falls flat.
Digitally Downloaded - Trent P - 4 / 5 stars
What players will find when picking up Watch Dogs: Legion is a game that is prepared for a long post-launch game-as-a-service experience. The additional DLC announced so far leans into the strengths of the game and established ideas that the series does well. The beekeepers, paintball guns and magician tricks all bring a sense of playful humour to the series, but it is worth noting that anyone who is (rightfully) tired of Ubisoft's content approach to games is going to find this one a very content-driven game.
DualShockers - Ben Bayliss - 7.5 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion offers an incredibly vast recruitment system that wonderfully complements its hacking mechanics while boasting the darkest story in the series.
EGM - Michael Goroff - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion pushes through Ubisoft's generally noncommittal attitude towards storytelling and exploiting current events to create something that feels like a genuine shift, or at least the prototype of that shift. It might be a sloppy game in many regards, but Legion offers a novel way to experience an open world, with its interconnected NPCs and the introduction of permadeath to the genre.
Enternity.gr - Panagiotis Petropoulos - Greek - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion is much better in terms of depth and hacking and also comes with a huge living world. It's by far the best game of the series.
Everyeye.it - Alessandro Bruni - Italian - 7.6 / 10
Ultimately, while perfectly able to offer players a good number of hours of fun, Watch Dogs Legion fails to fully realize the potential of its basic concept, yielding to the flattery of an open world model that, at the end of the console generation, loudly requires more innovation.
GAMES.CH - Benjamin Braun - German - 89 / 100
Watch Dogs Legion mostly benefits from its rich game world in futuristic London. It's also fun to build a whole army of DedSec agents, using their special abilities within fight and stealth sequences or utilizing them on solving puzzles. It's not all roses concerning story or performance on current-gen consoles. Nonetheless it's the best part of Ubisoft's open-world hacker series so far.
GRYOnline.pl - Michał Grygorcewicz - Polish - 7.5 / 10
I had really low expectations and Watch Dogs: Legion turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It’s a decent action game with some cool ideas and mechanics that yield several dozens of hours of fun, prvided you like wandering around virtual cities doing the same thing over and over again.
Gadgets 360 - Akhil Arora - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion lacks a soul. It's also a passive game, since there's no active push-and-pull. Albion took over London, and now you push them out one borough at a time.
Game Informer - Marcus Stewart - 9 / 10
Legion offers a refreshing and fun change-up to the Watch Dogs formula that succeeds in letting players forge their own path like never before
Game Revolution - Paul Tamburro - 4 / 5 stars
Watch Dogs: Legion‘s beautiful London and its array of recruitable denizens make it one of the most enjoyable games of the year.
GameMAG - Александр Логинов - Russian - 7 / 10
On the one hand Watch Dogs: Legion is a revolutionary game with ambitious open world and thousands upon thousands of characters, probably created by some kind of neural network. The gameplay is fine, and if you love original Watch Dogs, you will feel right at home with this new title. But on the other hand Legion clearly lacks a strong narrative lead.
GameOnAUS - Royce Wilson - Recommended
There are some fantastic ideas in the game which mostly work, but also require an element of metaphorically ignoring the stagehands and the suspension of disbelief may simply be too much for many players.
GamePro - Hannes Rossow, Markus Schwerdtel - German - 79 / 100
Watch Dogs: Legion relies on a unique concept that offers many possibilities, but for which many compromises are also made.
GameSkinny - Mark Delaney - 8 / 10 stars
Watch Dogs: Legion throws out a decade of Ubisoft's cluttered-map open worlds in favor of exciting systems that deliver unique emergent moments consistently.
GameSpot - Alessandro Fillari - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion struggles with tone at times, but its empowering message about unity and justice still shines in a game that is as absurd as it is impactful.
GameZone - Cade Onder - 6 / 10
While it has its moments, Watch Dogs Legion doesn't have enough to feel like a fun place to escape to. The gameplay is too repetitive and too restrictive to allow for anything tremendously exciting over a long period of time. It's a game that shows all of its tricks within the first few hours and leaves you with nothing but jank for the remainder of your playthrough.
Gameblog - Rami Bououd - French - 7 / 10
Watch Dogs Legion is a fun title with interesting and clever gameplay.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 7.8 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion is great, it features an intricately detailed open world London to explore where you can recruit basically anyone though the story could have been more intriguing and the performance while driving could have been better.
Gamersky - 不倒翁蜀黍 - Chinese - 8.5 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion is the most ambitious and innovative one in the franchise. You can play as anyone and finish your job in any way. The open-world of future London is so beautiful and so well-crafted that I always can find something interesting to do.
GamesRadar+ - Alex Avard - 3.5 / 5 stars
Legion royally shakes up Watch Dogs' open-world template with a Play as Anyone mechanic that just about outweighs any headaches left by its rough edges.
GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat - 9 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion is definitely the best game in the series so far- and dare I say, one of the most engaging and inventive open world games I have played in years.
GideonsGaming - Joseph Pugh - Unscored
Overall I'm having enough fun that I want to stop writing and go back to playing it, which is always a good sign. The recruit anyone system is working incredibly well, and it's super addictive. The simulation is impressive, even if I haven't determined how much of that simulation affects the gameplay yet. And the few design flaws haven't been enough to hinder my enjoyment after 16 hours. Here's hoping it remains that way as I continue working on my full review.
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 75 / 100
Watch Dogs Legion is not a bad game I just believe it was too ambitious for its time. The recruiting system could have been something great but instead its shallow and delivered cliche characters with no real purpose. Unfortunately, this does not help the gameplay and story much. There’s a lot of fun to be had here but if you start expecting more from it, you are going to be let down.
God is a Geek - Mick Fraser - 8.5 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion suffers from a little jank in the tank, but the recruitment system is fantastic and there's just so much to see and do. The open world is full of detail, and the whole experience is full of heart.
GotGame - Dragos Dobre - 8 / 10
The post-Brexit dystopian London is exactly the right amount of craziness and fun I was expecting from a Watch Dogs game. Even though the original recipe hasn't changed a lot in the past few years, you can see the progress they made with Watch Dogs: Legion, polishing the game with every iteration.
IGN - Dan Stapleton - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion's bold use of roguelike mechanics in an open-world action game pay off in interesting ways, making this visit to near-future London feel more varied than the previous two games.
Impulsegamer - John Werner - 4.8 / 5
Without a doubt, “Watch Dogs: Legion” ticks all the boxes required to be a true Watch Dogs game, embracing elements from both previous games while brining its own flavour to the table.
Inverse - Tomas Franzese - 7 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion pushes current-gen hardware to the limit, and suffers for it.
Life is Xbox - Dae Jim - 89 / 100
Watch Dogs Legion ‘play as everyone’ mechanic works brilliantly, this is a genre-defying feature and something that sets the game apart from its competition.
Marooners' Rock - Andrew Peggs - 8.4 / 10
Overall, I feel as if Ubisoft has dug back into what made Watch Dogs enjoyable to play. With some improvements to the overall gameplay and tweaks as time goes by, I can see others enjoying the game.
Metro GameCentral - 6 / 10
A disappointingly tame vision of a near future dystopia, that represents a perfectly competent use of the Ubisoft formula but falters in its attempts to add anything new to it.
MondoXbox - Andrea Giuliani - Italian - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs Legion keeps the series' base mechanics while enhancing the whole formula thanks to the higher gameplay and tactical variety provided by the huge choice of agents available. This has the downside of making every character pretty forgettable though, keeping us from establishing an emotional bond with any of them.
New Game Network - Alex Varankou - 65 / 100
Being able to Play As Anyone in Watch Dogs: Legion is impressive at first, but it becomes a detriment to the core experience that's in need of revitalization. The hacking and stealth infiltrations haven't changed a bit, and with repetitive mission design and numerous technical issues, this latest chapter finds DedSec in an identity crisis.
Nexus Hub - Sahil Lala - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion is more of the same Watch Dogs formula fans of the franchise have come to expect. There are additional gimmicks and features that round off the product and it’s a great game to spend time in. The mystery plot and the intrigue around finding out just who exactly Zero Day is and putting a stop to him is great and will easily keep you entertained for 50 hours or more as you explore London.
PC Gamer - Christopher Livingston - 80 / 100
Playing as anyone works great in Legion—once you've finally found the right group of anyones.
PC Invasion - Tim McDonald - 7.5 / 10
The connected, living world here is a genuine revelation, and it's well worth exploring if you're willing to mess around and make your own fun. It's just a shame that some of the vibrancy and depth of Watch Dogs 2 has been lost in the process.
PCGamesN - Dustin Bailey - 7 / 10
Richly realised systems and empowering abilities create a tremendously fun sandbox to dig into, but another toothless story ensures these flashes of brilliance never cohere, leaving Legion feeling less than the sum of its parts.
Pixel Arts - Arman Akbari - Persian - 7.5 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion is a game that has been able to maintain diversity and difference among thousands of playable characters. However, along with the dynamic and detailed world, the game suffers from weakness in the design of the stages and unfortunately becomes repetitive and boring over time.
PlayStation Universe - Neil Bolt - 6 / 10
While Watch Dogs: Legion does the basics well and has a refreshing change of scenery, it moves backwards from Watch Dogs 2 in terms of characters and storytelling. It's still quite enjoyable to get up to tech-based naughtiness in London despite that, but the underlying open-world template Ubisoft keeps using ends up feeling overexposed here.
Polygon - Owen Good - Unscored
Watch Dogs: Legion’s cast of randos makes a surprisingly winning team
PowerUp! - Paul Verhoeven - 6.3 / 10
And that’s the real issue here: the previous game was a story and a damned good one. Watch Dogs Legion is a playground and a damned good one. All it took was a shift in priorities to make the open-world feel less like a world, and more like… well, a game.
Press Start - James Mitchell - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs Legion builds upon the solid foundation established by Watch Dogs 2 while adding its own ambitious twist with mixed results. Having literally every character playable is a gargantuan task, and from a gameplay perspective it works to cement Legion as the best Watch Dogs game thus far. Narratively speaking, however, it collapses under its own aspiration to offer an intriguing concept with spotty execution. Regardless, Legion is a triumph for making good on most of its lofty promise and a triumph for the series.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Nate Crowley - Unscored
While I may not identify with any of my guerrillas and their grab-bag backstories, nor feel any sense of real investment in the fate of DedSec as a whole, I’m still attached to this strange band of possessed berserkers. We’ve had a good time together, in this nonsense dystopian playground.
Rocket Chainsaw - David Latham - 4 / 5 stars
Watch Dogs: Legion brings new ideas to the franchise while keeping within the world of Blume Corp’s ctOS.
Screen Rant - Leo Faierman - 3 / 5 stars
The takeaway is this: Watch Dogs: Legion is an ambitious simulation which reliably fails whenever players push against its boundaries. Like the cargo drones which grant them the ability to freely fly, it hits an invisible ceiling that prevents players from soaring above London’s skyscrapers.
Shacknews - Donovan Erskine - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion is a hacking good time and a great addition to Ubisoft’s technology-based saga.
Sirus Gaming - Lexuzze Tablante - 7 / 10
Watch Dogs Legion tries so hard to innovate the franchise, but in doing so, it feels like a product that was either rushed or there was no love for it. Ubisoft Toronto did their best to give us a whole new Watch Dogs experience, but when the second installment of the franchise is the benchmark, it’s hard for me not to nitpick on these issues I find in the game. I love the franchise, but this isn’t the kind of innovation I’ve expected Watch Dogs to have.
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco - Unscored
Watch Dogs: Legion is an ambitious title. Perhaps a little too ambitious. As much as certain parts of the game shine, you can't help but feel that the game is too clever by half.
Slant Magazine - Steven Scaife - 2.5 / 5 stars
It's difficult to escape a sense that the game's ambition far outstrips the number of unique people it can plausibly render.
Star News - Rod Oracheski - 4 / 5 stars
Watch Dogs: Legion sticks you in the shoes of characters you’d never have chosen otherwise, and it works more often than it doesn’t.
Stevivor - Luke Lawrie - 6 / 10
There’s some fun to be had in Watch Dogs Legion, but it becomes so repetitive that by the end of the game everything feels like a chore — one I was desperately wanting to be over hours before its credits rolled.
The Digital Fix - Andrew Shaw - 8 / 10
The best Watch Dogs game yet. While it's dragged down by long load times and some repetition, Legion is a hugely enjoyable game that offers players a level of freedom that is rarely seen in this genre.
The Game Fanatics - Trevor Paul - 8.5 / 10
Overall, Watch Dogs Legion is a ton of fun. There is so much to do and experience in this game and so many different ways to do it. The hacking puzzles are familiar but still fun and sometimes challenging. The real star of this game is the variety of characters you can recruit and the backstories that come with them.
The Games Machine - Simone Rampazzi - Italian - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs: Legion starts with some really intriguing background ideas, ideas that try to dig deep and to leave us with many more questions about the near future. The overwhelming control of a state willing to know everything about its citizens, however, does not prevent a few uncertainties about the gameplay, a sore note that prevents the game from shining as hoped. However, it remains an enjoyable offer, ready to satisfy the taste of lovers of the genre.
TheSixthAxis - Miguel Moran - 8 / 10
Watch Dogs Legion is a different type of sequel to Watch Dogs 2, contrasting in its approach to creating a hackable open world playground, but with no less impressive results. Playing as any citizen in London leads to some less-than-engaging story moments, but the web of relationships and activities that crop up as a result of the systemic design is mind-blowing. I rarely did the same thing twice in Watch Dogs Legion, and if I did, I wasn't doing it the same way twice. Watch Dogs Legion truly feels like a living, breathing world, and it's a world that I plan to revisit often, even though I've seen the credits on the main story roll.
ThisGenGaming - Robby Bisschop - 90 / 100
Watch Dogs: Legion is a massive game with perhaps the biggest recruitable main cast of characters we’ve ever seen. With its varied gameplay and its tried-and-true Ubisoft open-world experience, it offers dozens of hours of entertainment and isn’t to be missed.
TrueGaming - محمد جابر الصهيبي - Arabic - 8.5 / 10
Watch dogs legion gives you freedom and it's accentuated in the new recruiting system which makes this title worth playing even before the release of next gen version.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 3.5 / 5 stars
The new "Play As Anyone" system is as impressive as it sounds on paper, creating a host of intriguing characters if you choose to dive into their backgrounds. Crafting your own version of DedSec is a ton of fun, especially early on. The problem is the gameplay of Watch Dogs Legion is mostly the same as its predecessors and the missions are quite repetitive overall. It's not a step back for the series, but the hacking and stealth core of the series does need an overhaul.
VG247 - Lauren Aitken - 3 / 5 stars
Watch Dogs fans and more die-hard anarchists among you might enjoy it more, but between the short storylines, underwhelming tech and mission types and the general “everything is on fire” vibe, it just doesn’t rate highly for me.
[VICE] - Austin Walker - UNSCORED
'Watch Dogs: Legion' Promises Revolution, But Mostly Delivers Distraction You can play as anyone you want, but the game remains the same.
Video Game Sophistry - Andy Borkowski - 6 / 10
The ‘Play as Anyone’ feature is the game's biggest fault. There’s no way to really work as a team. Instead each individual is one part of a fully fleshed out protagonist that has now been cut into 20 different pieces and called upon to work without the other. A severed hand doesn’t make a hero.
VideoGamer - Josh Wise - 5 / 10
Where the action comes alive is in the leaving behind of bodies altogether. Most missions involve breaking and entering, and the thrill lies in the absence of any breaking.
Wccftech - Rosh Kelly - 7.9 / 10
Watch Dogs Legion is a great step forward for the series, with enough experimental new gameplay features to complement the familiar mechanics. London is incredible, and exploring it is an almost visceral experience. It's just a shame that the story doesn't hold the same familiarity that the map does.
We Got This Covered - Todd Rigney - 3 / 5 stars
Although the recruitment system provides a few hours of entertainment, Watch Dogs: Legion feels like a series of systems masquerading as an open-world adventure game. Compared to the first two entries, Legion is a massive step backward, both in terms of story and execution. This is paint-by-numbers Ubisoft on autopilot.
WellPlayed - Zach Jackson - 8 / 10
With a surprisingly good narrative that excels thanks to the unique ability to turn anyone into a DedSec hacker, Watch Dogs: Legion is a damn good time
Windows Central - Carli Velocci - 4.5 / 5 stars
Watch Dogs: Legion is a departure from the typical Ubisoft brand, and it's better for it. The play as anybody system just works, there's a lot to do, and it's unabashedly political in a way that feels important in 2020.
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2020.08.27 12:03 diogenesl Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions - Review Thread

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Game Title: Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions
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Developer: TAMSOFT CORPORATION
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 77 average - 78% recommended - 9 reviews

Critic Reviews

Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German - 8.7 / 10
Captain Tsubasa Rise of New Champions leaves little to be desired for fans of the anime and offers a solid presentation and gameplay for an anime game adaption. Sometimes you'll miss that final touch on some elements in the game and menu and also a lot unprecise actions can leave you behind frustrated but those moments are pretty rare.
Gameblog - Gianni Molinaro - French - 7 / 10
Captain Tsubasa : Rise of New Champions is not a very good arcade-style football game. But it has the Captain Tsubasa's signature that offers some epic moments during its matches, and everything fans need to be hooked, like two story modes and some basic but strong ways to play with friends offline or online. It's very simplistic, quickly repetitive, but also very very enjoyable, especially if you're in need of something less serious.
Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 87 / 100
Rise of New Champions is a great anime adaptation. A fast and spectacular soccer arcade, with every player and special move from Captain Tsubasa, and two single player story modes that deepen the experience.
IGN Italy - Davide Mancini - Italian - 7.8 / 10
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of the New Champions is a heartful love letter to the masterpiece of Yoichi Takahashi. Despite some flaws, such as a very clumsy progression system and some naive design choces, the game is fun to play, it feels like to be in the anime series, has a great potential online and the chance to create custom team and custom players is fan service at its best.
Shacknews - Donovan Erskine - 8 / 10
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Spaziogames - Italian - 7.8 / 10
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is exactly the frantic action-football game you can expect.
The Games Machine - Stefano Calzati - Italian - 8.5 / 10
In the name of accessibility, fun and a competitive spirit, Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions brings coin-op football back to life, embellished with that incredible array of techniques, moves and specials that have always characterized the saga. A much needed breath of fresh air.
TheSixthAxis - Miguel Moran - 8 / 10
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is the wild and hyper-stylised sports game I've been craving for over a decade. The gameplay is quick to pick up, but hard to master, and the over-the-top anime transitions and animations that are sprinkled throughout the action make it endlessly entertaining. Offline and online versus is sure to give you hours of entertainment if you're the competitive type, while the hefty amount of single-player story content can keep you just as equally entertained. Anyone who's been waiting for the next great arcade sports game need not look any further – it's here, and its name is Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions.
TrueGaming - عمر العمودي - Arabic - 5.5 / 10
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions fails to deliver on every aspect, if you are a fan of the anime series then you may be able to neglect some of its shortcomings, otherwise, there is no reason for you to buy it.
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2020.07.15 16:00 2th Ghost of Tsushima - Review Megathread 2

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Game Title: Ghost of Tsushima
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Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher: Playstation
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 85 average - 87% recommended - 95 reviews

Critic Reviews

3DNews - Алексей Лихачев - Russian - 7.5 / 10
A decent open-world game with gorgeous art direction and some unfortunate missteps which become more and more apparent the more you play. Whatever you are doing here, almost every mission ends up with two or even three fights with mongolian soldiers. And even engaging stories during these quests can't fix the repetitiveness.
ACG - Jeremy Penter - Buy
"An absolute pleasure to play"
Ars Technica - Sam Machkovech - Unscored
If you need to get lost in over 30 hours of heroic gameplay right now, in a single-player adventure with no online connectivity gimmicks or content locked away as DLC, Sucker Punch has you covered with an instant contender for 2020's game of the year.
Atomix - Alberto Desfassiaux - Spanish - 91 / 100
Yes, we have the presence of some clutches and design flaws very typical of the subgenre to which this title belongs, but nothing that overshadows the experience that this closure represents to the great exclusives of the PlayStation 4.
Attack of the Fanboy - William Schwartz - 4.5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is a masterclass on how to make a palatable and focused open world experience
AusGamers - Kosta Andreadis - 8.1 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima isn’t perfect, not even close. But neither is Jin Sakai, and his journey from Samurai to Ghost is one worth savouring, and a Legendary Tale all its own.
CGMagazine - Lane Martin - Unscored
I adore Ghost of Tsushima in some pretty major ways. It certainly isn’t a perfect game, but it is fairly close.
COGconnected - James Paley - 90 / 100
I can think of no better game to be the swan song for the PS4.
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German - 8.7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima often loses itself in visual details and is missing endgame challenges but still offers enough gameplay variety and content to even get classic open world RPG Fans on board. For fans of the world of samurais and katanas this game is definitely the best one in years.
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 9 / 10
A melancholic tale of war and a fitting epilogue to a current-gen era, Sucker Punch's latest effort is a slick showcase for the PlayStation 4 that draws you into a world that never fails to impress. Ghost of Tsushima is a masterpiece of precise gameplay, emotional turmoil and powerful world design.
DASHGAMER.com - Michael Pulman - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima might be the last big gun on the PS4, but it’s also one of the best, albeit for a slightly disengaging main plot.
Daily Mirror - Lloyd Coombes - 4 / 5 stars
This quest for revenge might not challenge your expectations, but there’s no denying the amount of fun to be had off the coast of Japan.
Daily Star - George Yang - 5 / 5 stars
The gameplay is fun, the narrative and its characters are great, and the art direction is absolutely beautiful. The pros here vastly outweigh the cons. Ghost of Tsushima is a breathtaking adventure.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 9.5 / 10
With Ghost of Tsushima under its belt, Sucker Punch deserves to be in the same conversation as Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Sony Santa Monica. If this generation is to wrap up soon, it's fitting that it'll end with Tsushima: one of its most beautiful games thus far.
Digital Chumps - Nathaniel Stevens - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a narrative-driven game that has unique combat, a plethora of exploration, and enough heart to keep gamers coming back for more even after the game is beaten. The lack of a combat camera locking system will certainly cause some frustrations, but that is small potatoes when compared to the rest of the experience. This is the game Sucker Punch said it would be, and you won't be disappointed.
Digital Trends - 4.5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is one of the best games I’ve played this year — it might’ve been my favorite, if not for The Last Of Us Part II. Jin Sakai’s story is violent but thoughtful, delivering an experience that feels unique on the PlayStation 4 despite the fact 2020 is the console’s last year before the PlayStation 5 makes it obsolete.
Digitally Downloaded - Matt Sainsbury - 3 / 5 stars
A wild misfire with every narrative element it attempts, and it boils down to this: Sucker Punch decided to do a historical epic inspired by Kurosawa… and produced something that fails as both history and as a pastiche of Kurosawa.
EGM - Mollie L Patterson - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima falls short of the kind of gameplay we expect from developer Sucker Punch at this point, but then excels all other expectations in its storytelling and world building. Protagonist Jin Sakai and the rest of the cast are all fantastic characters, and the tale they tell is one worth experiencing—even in those moments where the gameplay may falter.
Easy Allies - Brad Ellis - 8.5 / 10
Review copy provided by PlayStation. Ghost of Tsushima is a captivating journey through ancient Japan with fluid swordplay and a gorgeous world to explore.
Echo Boomer - David Fialho - Portuguese - Loved
Despite some minor flaws, Ghost of Tsushima is trully a love letter to samurai cinema.
Eurogamer - Chris Tapsell - No Recommendation / Blank
Limited by a rote and rigid world, Sucker Punch's samurai homage pairs okay action with enjoyably committed, if awkwardly fawning melodrama.
Everyeye.it - Giuseppe Arace - Italian - 7.5 / 10
In short, the Ghost of Tsushima wind blows lightly.
GAMES.CH - Benjamin Braun - German - 89 / 100
Sucker Punch combines an epic, profound story about honor and the will of freedom with versatile action in an atmospheric setting in pre-industrial Japan. The diverse game world with all its cultural references offers a worthwhile and vast proposition, never becomming an annoying obligation.
GRYOnline.pl - Polish - 9 / 10
This is a great work to say goodbye to PlayStation 4, not only dotting and after a few really good years of using this console, but also allowing you to look optimistically into the future, waiting for what studios such as Sucker Punch Productions will prepare for the next generation with better technology.
Gadgets 360 - Akhil Arora - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima falls a bit short. The narrative blocks and storytelling are too straightforward. To add to that, the side-quest bloat seeps the narrative of its pacing
Game Informer - Matt Miller - 9.5 / 10
At turns both melancholy and thrilling, Ghost of Tsushima is the open-world action formula at its most mature and immersive. Deep, rewarding, and hard to put down
Game Rant - Anthony Taormina - 4.5 / 5 stars
Sucker Punch Productions builds on its open-world expertise with Ghost of Tsushima, putting players in control of a deadly samurai.
Game Revolution - Mack Ashworth - 4 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is a worthy addition to the roster of must-play PS4 exclusives that have kept players loyal to the console.
GameByte - Oliver Hope - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima offers an open world that is fun to experience but is let down by its missions. If you can look past that though you will love it.
GameMAG - Александр Логинов - Russian - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a stunning mix of Assassin's Creed and The Witcher 3, based on samurai films and traditional Japanese contemplation of nature. At the same time, this is the best Assassin's Creed ever created. There are no emasculated positive heroes and unambiguous villains, the tasks are exciting and interesting. And this is currently the most fascinating and visually impressive game on the PlayStation 4.
GamePro - Dennis Michel - German - 90 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima with its wonderful world, great characters and a massive combat system is the last highlight of the PS4 era.
GameSpew - Richard Seagrave - 8 / 10
It is quite possibly the best samurai game ever made, and is well worth picking up if you’re after another epic open-world to get lost in. Just temper your expectations as much as your steel.
GameSpot - Edmond Tran - 7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima has some dull edges, but strikes a lot of highs with its cinematic stylings.
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GameZone - Cade Onder - 8.5 / 10
As the sun sets on the PS4, Sucker Punch has given the console a noble send-off with Ghost of Tsushima. Although it takes some time to feel engaged by its beautifully tragic narrative, its brutal yet eloquent gameplay and picture-esque world never fail to capture you.
Gameblog - Jonathan Bushle - French - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is definitely the last great game PS4 deserved. It's a fantastic open world game, visually stunning, incredibly fun to play, whether you choose to progress as a noble warrior or a stealthy ninja, a very immersive representation of feudal Japan and a truly admirable love letter to the samurai movie genre. If you own a PS4, you MUST play Ghost of Tsushima.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 8.6 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a great experience, telling the tale of a lone individual that’s trying to hold together the idea and honor of what it means to be a Samurai despite the odds requiring new methods of engagement.
Gamersky - 不倒翁蜀黍 - Chinese - 8.5 / 10
The beautiful sightseeings, intense samurai combat, and fascinating side-missions of Ghost of Tsushima are appealing for me. But the dull and repetitive open-world makes the exploration experience boring.
GamesRadar+ - Rachel Weber - 4.5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is the samurai Assassin's Creed Ubisoft will wish it had made
GamingTrend - Ron Burke - 95 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima is easily the biggest and most ambitious game Sucker Punch has ever undertaken. It's also the best game they've ever made. Akira Kurosawa would be proud.
Geek Culture - Jake Su - 9.3 / 10
A fitting PlayStation first-party exclusive to arrive for the PS4, Ghost of Tsushima is an epic adventure that has all the right ingredients for major success.
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 9.5 / 10
The game is an extraordinary combination of great storytelling and combat set in a remarkable world.
God is a Geek - Chris White - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a landmark game that blends its narrative with its visuals perfectly, and has delicious, satisfying combat to boot. Climbing is clumsy, and the story takes a while to get going, but overall it's a truly wonderful game.
Guardian - Keza MacDonald - 3 / 5 stars
Visually rich design brings cinematic scope to this historical action game, but when sword-fighting brings diminishing rewards, console yourself with a haiku
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 4.5 / 5
Ghost of Tsushima is one of the few games this generation that left a momentous impression on me.
Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 91 / 100
Ghost of Tsushime is a beautiful game. This samurai open world has a great combat system and it is technically flawless, but its gameplay is too conservative and it often feels too generic.
IGN - Mitchell Saltzman - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an excellent action game and its open world is one of the most gorgeous yet.
IGN Italy - Davide Mancini - Italian - 7.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a beautiful love letter to the chambara and atmospheres of feudal Japan, but it is also a confused open world, which alternates fun moments and a fascinating style with sensational naivety.
IGN Spain - Spanish - 8.7 / 10
Sucker Punch has successfully solved the challenge of creating such an extremely Japanese game by an occidental studio. Despite being essentially a blueprinted open world game, its historical setting and combat with katana are extremely satisfying to have enjoyed the more than 20 hours of game it has to offer.
Inverse - 9 / 10
Sucker Punch’s latest tries to do a lot, and it slam dunks a vast majority of its narrative, design, and stylistic choices. Sure, the game could have leaned more aggressively into some of its best features. But I’ll happily take 'Ghost' for what it is: an incredible showcase of everything great about this generation of video games.
Kotaku - Ian Walker - Unscored
At its core, it’s just another open-world game.
LevelUp - Luis Sánchez - Spanish - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a slight surprise. It is an all-around experience which delivers the fantasy of being a mythical samurai warrior. However, not everything shines, especially with the stealth systems, that do not square up, mechanically nor thematically. As the old saying goes, a samurai cannot obey 2 masters, because he dishonors himself. Thus, Ghost of Tsushima is a reminder of why Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 are generational gems and benchmarks in open world terms.
MMORPG.com - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is the samurai game I’ve personally always wanted, and it’s one I can find myself diving into just to explore the world and take in the sights as I play, helping Jin find some small measure of peace along the way, assuming the wind guides us there.
Merlin'in Kazanı - Ersin Kılıç - Turkish - 75 / 100
If the game was developed a little more it might have turned out to be a classic, but with this current state Ghost of Tsushima is only a good action game.
Metro GameCentral - 7 / 10
A competent but shallow and overfamiliar attempt to replicate Assassin's Creed style open world adventure in the world of 13th century samurai.
Nerdburglars - Dan Hastings - 6 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an artistically creative game that often feels like a realistic Zelda game. The minimal UI, clever use of wind and beautiful environmental details make exploration rewarding on its own. When it comes to combat, the game falls flat. With a huge number of combat games to draw inspiration from, it is a shame this game is more like Dynasty Warriors than it is Ninja Gaiden. Endless button mashing with no way to ever pull off slick combos will have you feeling bored very quickly. You never feel like the powerful warrior the story tries to make you believe you are. Combat feels like you are trying to beat a screw into a piece of wood using a hammer.
New Game Network - Alex Varankou - 84 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima offers a well-designed open world that combines great combat with enticing exploration. The excellent art style brings this unique historical setting to life, and smart design choices help the game overcome its minor flaws.
Next Gen Base - Andrew Beeken - 9 / 10
A game full of meaningful moments, of quiet contemplation and brutal, savage combat. A game about family, tradition, honour and change that comes at a significant point of change in Sony’s videogame strategy. A more hopeful and less alienating experience than The Last of Us Part II and a step back to a more gentle and inviting form of open world adventure, Ghost of Tsushima is both a celebration of the past and a look towards the future, and is a fitting first party swansong for the PS4.
Nexus - Sam Aberdeen - 9.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a fitting swan song for the PS4, and ends this generation of PlayStation on a triumphant note. Sucker Punch have to be applauded for once again creating a jaw-dropping open world with strong visual fidelity and some of the best art direction they've ever achieved.
Oyungezer Online - Turkish - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima was a very enjoyable adventure for me with its tireless open world, well-crafted and memorable characters.
Paste Magazine - Garrett Martin - 7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima just wants you to play a game you’ve basically already played many times, while also telling you about that cool old samurai movie it watched the other day. Which one sounds more interesting to you?
PlayStation Universe - John-Paul Jones - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima elevates the existing open world adventure template with a fantasy-free Samurai adventure that deftly pays loving homage to the Samurai cinema of old. While your mileage may vary according to your level of open world fatigue, Ghost of Tsushima undoubtedly remains not only one of the best open world romps money can buy and a stunning PlayStation 4 exclusive, but also Sucker Punch Productions finest effort to date.
Player.it - Michele Longobardi - Italian - 7.7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima has exceptional aesthetic care, has a solid and convincing combat system, stealth phases in the norm, but lacks in too many things to be able to become a new reference point for Sony's exclusive production
Player2.net.au - Paul James - A-
The world is enormous, filled to the brim with rich content to explore. It can be a bit much sometimes with the number of artefacts you can find or haikus to sit and devise bloating things a little bit, but players will be blown away by the deep storytelling and unbelievable style and personality that Ghost of Tsushima brings to the table.
Polygon - Carolyn Petit - Unscored
Ghost of Tsushima offers a lovely world to explore, and there’s value in that, but it should have been so much more than a checklist of activities to accomplish.
Post Arcade (National Post) - Chad Sapieha - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is indisputably indebted to Assassin’s Creed (and, to a lesser degree, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption games), but it does just enough to establish a personality of its own. And it’s fun.
PowerUp! - Adam Mathew - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima isn't perfect but, like a summoned objective on your touchpad, it's a breath of fresh air that'll send a warm chill down the spine of any Samurai aficionado.
Press Start - Kieron Verbrugge - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima might be built from the same stuff as its AAA, open world contemporaries, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best open world experiences of the generation.
Push Square - Robert Ramsey - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a joy to play and a joy to behold. Sucker Punch has crafted one of the most memorable open world games of this generation, buoyed by an immensely satisfying combat system and an engaging, dramatic story.
SECTOR.sk - Ondrej Džurdženík - Slovak - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima provides us with an awesome trip to feudal Japan that only lacks a bit of story depth.
Saudi Gamer - Arabic - 9 / 10
The island of Tsushima is the star of the game, with its variety and beauty, and myriad of secrets and stories. Coupled with all the interlocking systems and varied options, though making the game somewhat bloated, makes this one of the most well rounded experiences I've experienced.
Screen Rant - Christopher Teuton - 5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is the best Assassin's Creed game there is, and likely the closest many users will ever get to experiencing what it's like to be a samurai in 11th century Japan.
Shacknews - Blake Morse - 9 / 10
Perhaps Ghost of Tsushima isn’t a perfect cherry blossom, but it is pretty damn close as far as I’m concerned.
Sirus Gaming - Erickson Melchor - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a worthy addition to the pantheon of games under the care of Sucker Punch Productions. This honestly feels like a true return to form from a studio that wavered ever so slightly at the beginning of this generation. Sucker Punch may have stumbled a little at the gates, but with a game like this, they finish strong at the twilight year of this console generation. A full understanding of the system's strengths and a creative vision that would not compromise for anything, that's what made the samurai epic, Ghost of Tsushima, possible.
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SomHráč.sk - Martin Kubeš - Czech - 90 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima has gripped me like no other title in a while and will resonate with me long after I have beaten it. We couldn't wish for a better final AAA exclusive title for the PlayStation 4
Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 8.2 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is probably the best game about Japan, but the story is too simple and the complex combat system can be tricked by evasive actions that transform it into an easy game.
Spiel Times - Caleb Wysor - 7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an enjoyable but muddled experience: its strong gameplay fundamentals are hampered by a lack of originality and weak storytelling.
Telegraph - Dan Silver - 3 / 5 stars
Sucker Punch's PS4 tribute to Akira Kurosawa is gorgeous to behold but its sparse open-world and bloated mechanics has it falling short
The Games Machine - Danilo Dellafrana - Italian - 9.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is greater than the sum of its parts: it does not reinvent the wheel in any of its aspects, but offers an experience that will thoroughly entertain lovers of open world and oriental settings.
TheSixthAxis - Aran Suddi - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an artistic triumph, capturing a real cinematic feel through its visuals, immersive world and soundtrack. However, Jin is a serviceable main character and he and his journey to save Tsushima is often overshadowed by secondary characters and smaller, more personal stories found in the side quests. Throw in some formulaic missions and an awkward user interface, and Ghost of Tsushima is at times more style than substance.
Too Much Gaming - Matthew Arcilla - 7 / 10
As an earnest, respectful tribute to jidaigeki dramas and the films of Akira Kurosawa, Ghost of Tsushima fares well enough. It creates a fictionalized account of the Mongol Invasion and weaves the tale into the most videogamey of videogame things – an open-world sandbox filled with straw-hat wearing ronin, mischievous foxes, hot springs, and meditative haiku. It’s easily the most ambitious output from Sucker Punch Productions to date.
TrueGaming - محمد البسيمي - Arabic - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an artistic experience packed with an engaging adventure that bring us many wonderful and thrilling storytelling moments.
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 4 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is an excellent open-world adventure from Sucker Punch Productions which adds some innovative ideas to a fairly stagnant genre. The game's depiction of the time period is generic and inoffensive, but that doesn't prevent it from being a stunning visual showcase and a worthwhile swan song for the PS4
Twinfinite - Alex Gibson - 4.5 / 5
Ghost of Tsushima features a level of charm that gives it a soul and personality lacking from so many AAA games lack these days. Even if it ultimately suffers from repetition by the game’s end, and despite a lack of variety in its quest, the magic of that initial exploration and the beauty of its world will stick with me for a very long time.
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2020.07.14 16:10 thavius_tanklin Ghost of Tsushima for PS4 Reviews - OpenCritic

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Game Title: Ghost of Tsushima
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Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher: Playstation
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OpenCritic - 85 average - 88% recommended - 94 reviews

Critic Reviews

3DNews - Алексей Лихачев - Russian - 7.5 / 10
A decent open-world game with gorgeous art direction and some unfortunate missteps which become more and more apparent the more you play. Whatever you are doing here, almost every mission ends up with two or even three fights with mongolian soldiers. And even engaging stories during these quests can't fix the repetitiveness.
ACG - Jeremy Penter - Buy
"An absolute pleasure to play"
Ars Technica - Sam Machkovech - Unscored
If you need to get lost in over 30 hours of heroic gameplay right now, in a single-player adventure with no online connectivity gimmicks or content locked away as DLC, Sucker Punch has you covered with an instant contender for 2020's game of the year.
Atomix - Alberto Desfassiaux - Spanish - 91 / 100
Yes, we have the presence of some clutches and design flaws very typical of the subgenre to which this title belongs, but nothing that overshadows the experience that this closure represents to the great exclusives of the PlayStation 4.
Attack of the Fanboy - William Schwartz - 4.5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is a masterclass on how to make a palatable and focused open world experience
AusGamers - Kosta Andreadis - 8.1 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima isn’t perfect, not even close. But neither is Jin Sakai, and his journey from Samurai to Ghost is one worth savouring, and a Legendary Tale all its own.
CGMagazine - Lane Martin - Unscored
I adore Ghost of Tsushima in some pretty major ways. It certainly isn’t a perfect game, but it is fairly close.
COGconnected - James Paley - 90 / 100
I can think of no better game to be the swan song for the PS4.
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German - 8.7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima often loses itself in visual details and is missing endgame challenges but still offers enough gameplay variety and content to even get classic open world RPG Fans on board. For fans of the world of samurais and katanas this game is definitely the best one in years.
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 9 / 10
A melancholic tale of war and a fitting epilogue to a current-gen era, Sucker Punch's latest effort is a slick showcase for the PlayStation 4 that draws you into a world that never fails to impress. Ghost of Tsushima is a masterpiece of precise gameplay, emotional turmoil and powerful world design.
DASHGAMER.com - Michael Pulman - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima might be the last big gun on the PS4, but it’s also one of the best, albeit for a slightly disengaging main plot.
Daily Mirror - Lloyd Coombes - 4 / 5 stars
This quest for revenge might not challenge your expectations, but there’s no denying the amount of fun to be had off the coast of Japan.
Daily Star - George Yang - 5 / 5 stars
The gameplay is fun, the narrative and its characters are great, and the art direction is absolutely beautiful. The pros here vastly outweigh the cons. Ghost of Tsushima is a breathtaking adventure.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 9.5 / 10
With Ghost of Tsushima under its belt, Sucker Punch deserves to be in the same conversation as Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Sony Santa Monica. If this generation is to wrap up soon, it's fitting that it'll end with Tsushima: one of its most beautiful games thus far.
Digital Chumps - Nathaniel Stevens - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a narrative-driven game that has unique combat, a plethora of exploration, and enough heart to keep gamers coming back for more even after the game is beaten. The lack of a combat camera locking system will certainly cause some frustrations, but that is small potatoes when compared to the rest of the experience. This is the game Sucker Punch said it would be, and you won't be disappointed.
Digital Trends - 4.5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is one of the best games I’ve played this year — it might’ve been my favorite, if not for The Last Of Us Part II. Jin Sakai’s story is violent but thoughtful, delivering an experience that feels unique on the PlayStation 4 despite the fact 2020 is the console’s last year before the PlayStation 5 makes it obsolete.
Digitally Downloaded - Matt Sainsbury - 3 / 5 stars
A wild misfire with every narrative element it attempts, and it boils down to this: Sucker Punch decided to do a historical epic inspired by Kurosawa… and produced something that fails as both history and as a pastiche of Kurosawa.
EGM - Mollie L Patterson - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima falls short of the kind of gameplay we expect from developer Sucker Punch at this point, but then excels all other expectations in its storytelling and world building. Protagonist Jin Sakai and the rest of the cast are all fantastic characters, and the tale they tell is one worth experiencing—even in those moments where the gameplay may falter.
Easy Allies - Brad Ellis - 8.5 / 10
Review copy provided by PlayStation. Ghost of Tsushima is a captivating journey through ancient Japan with fluid swordplay and a gorgeous world to explore.
Echo Boomer - David Fialho - Portuguese - Loved
Despite some minor flaws, Ghost of Tsushima is trully a love letter to samurai cinema.
Eurogamer - Chris Tapsell - No Recommendation / Blank
Limited by a rote and rigid world, Sucker Punch's samurai homage pairs okay action with enjoyably committed, if awkwardly fawning melodrama.
Everyeye.it - Giuseppe Arace - Italian - 7.5 / 10
In short, the Ghost of Tsushima wind blows lightly.
GAMES.CH - Benjamin Braun - German - 89 / 100
Sucker Punch combines an epic, profound story about honor and the will of freedom with versatile action in an atmospheric setting in pre-industrial Japan. The diverse game world with all its cultural references offers a worthwhile and vast proposition, never becomming an annoying obligation.
GRYOnline.pl - Polish - 9 / 10
This is a great work to say goodbye to PlayStation 4, not only dotting and after a few really good years of using this console, but also allowing you to look optimistically into the future, waiting for what studios such as Sucker Punch Productions will prepare for the next generation with better technology.
Gadgets 360 - Akhil Arora - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima falls a bit short. The narrative blocks and storytelling are too straightforward. To add to that, the side-quest bloat seeps the narrative of its pacing
Game Informer - Matt Miller - 9.5 / 10
At turns both melancholy and thrilling, Ghost of Tsushima is the open-world action formula at its most mature and immersive. Deep, rewarding, and hard to put down
Game Rant - Anthony Taormina - 4.5 / 5 stars
Sucker Punch Productions builds on its open-world expertise with Ghost of Tsushima, putting players in control of a deadly samurai.
Game Revolution - Mack Ashworth - 4 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is a worthy addition to the roster of must-play PS4 exclusives that have kept players loyal to the console.
GameByte - Oliver Hope - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima offers an open world that is fun to experience but is let down by its missions. If you can look past that though you will love it.
GameMAG - Александр Логинов - Russian - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a stunning mix of Assassin's Creed and The Witcher 3, based on samurai films and traditional Japanese contemplation of nature. At the same time, this is the best Assassin's Creed ever created. There are no emasculated positive heroes and unambiguous villains, the tasks are exciting and interesting. And this is currently the most fascinating and visually impressive game on the PlayStation 4.
GamePro - Dennis Michel - German - 90 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima with its wonderful world, great characters and a massive combat system is the last highlight of the PS4 era.
GameSpew - Richard Seagrave - 8 / 10
It is quite possibly the best samurai game ever made, and is well worth picking up if you’re after another epic open-world to get lost in. Just temper your expectations as much as your steel.
GameSpot - Edmond Tran - 7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima has some dull edges, but strikes a lot of highs with its cinematic stylings.
GameZone - Cade Onder - 8.5 / 10
As the sun sets on the PS4, Sucker Punch has given the console a noble send-off with Ghost of Tsushima. Although it takes some time to feel engaged by its beautifully tragic narrative, its brutal yet eloquent gameplay and picture-esque world never fail to capture you.
Gameblog - Jonathan Bushle - French - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is definitely the last great game PS4 deserved. It's a fantastic open world game, visually stunning, incredibly fun to play, whether you choose to progress as a noble warrior or a stealthy ninja, a very immersive representation of feudal Japan and a truly admirable love letter to the samurai movie genre. If you own a PS4, you MUST play Ghost of Tsushima.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 8.6 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a great experience, telling the tale of a lone individual that’s trying to hold together the idea and honor of what it means to be a Samurai despite the odds requiring new methods of engagement.
Gamersky - 不倒翁蜀黍 - Chinese - 8.5 / 10
The beautiful sightseeings, intense samurai combat, and fascinating side-missions of Ghost of Tsushima are appealing for me. But the dull and repetitive open-world makes the exploration experience boring.
GamesRadar+ - Rachel Weber - 4.5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is the samurai Assassin's Creed Ubisoft will wish it had made
GamingTrend - Ron Burke - 95 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima is easily the biggest and most ambitious game Sucker Punch has ever undertaken. It's also the best game they've ever made. Akira Kurosawa would be proud.
Geek Culture - Jake Su - 9.3 / 10
A fitting PlayStation first-party exclusive to arrive for the PS4, Ghost of Tsushima is an epic adventure that has all the right ingredients for major success.
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 9.5 / 10
The game is an extraordinary combination of great storytelling and combat set in a remarkable world.
God is a Geek - Chris White - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a landmark game that blends its narrative with its visuals perfectly, and has delicious, satisfying combat to boot. Climbing is clumsy, and the story takes a while to get going, but overall it's a truly wonderful game.
Guardian - Keza MacDonald - 3 / 5 stars
Visually rich design brings cinematic scope to this historical action game, but when sword-fighting brings diminishing rewards, console yourself with a haiku
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 4.5 / 5
Ghost of Tsushima is one of the few games this generation that left a momentous impression on me.
Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 91 / 100
Ghost of Tsushime is a beautiful game. This samurai open world has a great combat system and it is technically flawless, but its gameplay is too conservative and it often feels too generic.
IGN - Mitchell Saltzman - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an excellent action game and its open world is one of the most gorgeous yet.
IGN Italy - Davide Mancini - Italian - 7.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a beautiful love letter to the chambara and atmospheres of feudal Japan, but it is also a confused open world, which alternates fun moments and a fascinating style with sensational naivety.
IGN Spain - Spanish - 8.7 / 10
Sucker Punch has successfully solved the challenge of creating such an extremely Japanese game by an occidental studio. Despite being essentially a blueprinted open world game, its historical setting and combat with katana are extremely satisfying to have enjoyed the more than 20 hours of game it has to offer.
Inverse - 9 / 10
Sucker Punch’s latest tries to do a lot, and it slam dunks a vast majority of its narrative, design, and stylistic choices. Sure, the game could have leaned more aggressively into some of its best features. But I’ll happily take 'Ghost' for what it is: an incredible showcase of everything great about this generation of video games.
Kotaku - Ian Walker - Unscored
At its core, it’s just another open-world game.
LevelUp - Luis Sánchez - Spanish - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a slight surprise. It is an all-around experience which delivers the fantasy of being a mythical samurai warrior. However, not everything shines, especially with the stealth systems, that do not square up, mechanically nor thematically. As the old saying goes, a samurai cannot obey 2 masters, because he dishonors himself. Thus, Ghost of Tsushima is a reminder of why Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 are generational gems and benchmarks in open world terms.
MMORPG.com - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is the samurai game I’ve personally always wanted, and it’s one I can find myself diving into just to explore the world and take in the sights as I play, helping Jin find some small measure of peace along the way, assuming the wind guides us there.
Merlin'in Kazanı - Ersin Kılıç - Turkish - 75 / 100
If the game was developed a little more it might have turned out to be a classic, but with this current state Ghost of Tsushima is only a good action game.
Metro GameCentral - 7 / 10
A competent but shallow and overfamiliar attempt to replicate Assassin's Creed style open world adventure in the world of 13th century samurai.
Nerdburglars - Dan Hastings - 6 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an artistically creative game that often feels like a realistic Zelda game. The minimal UI, clever use of wind and beautiful environmental details make exploration rewarding on its own. When it comes to combat, the game falls flat. With a huge number of combat games to draw inspiration from, it is a shame this game is more like Dynasty Warriors than it is Ninja Gaiden. Endless button mashing with no way to ever pull off slick combos will have you feeling bored very quickly. You never feel like the powerful warrior the story tries to make you believe you are. Combat feels like you are trying to beat a screw into a piece of wood using a hammer.
New Game Network - Alex Varankou - 84 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima offers a well-designed open world that combines great combat with enticing exploration. The excellent art style brings this unique historical setting to life, and smart design choices help the game overcome its minor flaws.
Next Gen Base - Andrew Beeken - 9 / 10
A game full of meaningful moments, of quiet contemplation and brutal, savage combat. A game about family, tradition, honour and change that comes at a significant point of change in Sony’s videogame strategy. A more hopeful and less alienating experience than The Last of Us Part II and a step back to a more gentle and inviting form of open world adventure, Ghost of Tsushima is both a celebration of the past and a look towards the future, and is a fitting first party swansong for the PS4.
Nexus - Sam Aberdeen - 9.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a fitting swan song for the PS4, and ends this generation of PlayStation on a triumphant note. Sucker Punch have to be applauded for once again creating a jaw-dropping open world with strong visual fidelity and some of the best art direction they've ever achieved.
Oyungezer Online - Turkish - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima was a very enjoyable adventure for me with its tireless open world, well-crafted and memorable characters.
Paste Magazine - Garrett Martin - 7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima just wants you to play a game you’ve basically already played many times, while also telling you about that cool old samurai movie it watched the other day. Which one sounds more interesting to you?
PlayStation Universe - John-Paul Jones - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima elevates the existing open world adventure template with a fantasy-free Samurai adventure that deftly pays loving homage to the Samurai cinema of old. While your mileage may vary according to your level of open world fatigue, Ghost of Tsushima undoubtedly remains not only one of the best open world romps money can buy and a stunning PlayStation 4 exclusive, but also Sucker Punch Productions finest effort to date.
Player.it - Michele Longobardi - Italian - 7.7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima has exceptional aesthetic care, has a solid and convincing combat system, stealth phases in the norm, but lacks in too many things to be able to become a new reference point for Sony's exclusive production
Player2.net.au - Paul James - A-
The world is enormous, filled to the brim with rich content to explore. It can be a bit much sometimes with the number of artefacts you can find or haikus to sit and devise bloating things a little bit, but players will be blown away by the deep storytelling and unbelievable style and personality that Ghost of Tsushima brings to the table.
Polygon - Carolyn Petit - Unscored
Ghost of Tsushima offers a lovely world to explore, and there’s value in that, but it should have been so much more than a checklist of activities to accomplish.
Post Arcade (National Post) - Chad Sapieha - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is indisputably indebted to Assassin’s Creed (and, to a lesser degree, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption games), but it does just enough to establish a personality of its own. And it’s fun.
PowerUp! - Adam Mathew - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima isn't perfect but, like a summoned objective on your touchpad, it's a breath of fresh air that'll send a warm chill down the spine of any Samurai aficionado.
Press Start - Kieron Verbrugge - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima might be built from the same stuff as its AAA, open world contemporaries, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best open world experiences of the generation.
Push Square - Robert Ramsey - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a joy to play and a joy to behold. Sucker Punch has crafted one of the most memorable open world games of this generation, buoyed by an immensely satisfying combat system and an engaging, dramatic story.
SECTOR.sk - Ondrej Džurdženík - Slovak - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima provides us with an awesome trip to feudal Japan that only lacks a bit of story depth.
Saudi Gamer - Arabic - 9 / 10
The island of Tsushima is the star of the game, with its variety and beauty, and myriad of secrets and stories. Coupled with all the interlocking systems and varied options, though making the game somewhat bloated, makes this one of the most well rounded experiences I've experienced.
Screen Rant - Christopher Teuton - 5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is the best Assassin's Creed game there is, and likely the closest many users will ever get to experiencing what it's like to be a samurai in 11th century Japan.
Shacknews - Blake Morse - 9 / 10
Perhaps Ghost of Tsushima isn’t a perfect cherry blossom, but it is pretty damn close as far as I’m concerned.
Sirus Gaming - Erickson Melchor - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a worthy addition to the pantheon of games under the care of Sucker Punch Productions. This honestly feels like a true return to form from a studio that wavered ever so slightly at the beginning of this generation. Sucker Punch may have stumbled a little at the gates, but with a game like this, they finish strong at the twilight year of this console generation. A full understanding of the system's strengths and a creative vision that would not compromise for anything, that's what made the samurai epic, Ghost of Tsushima, possible.
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SomHráč.sk - Martin Kubeš - Czech - 90 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima has gripped me like no other title in a while and will resonate with me long after I have beaten it. We couldn't wish for a better final AAA exclusive title for the PlayStation 4
Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 8.2 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is probably the best game about Japan, but the story is too simple and the complex combat system can be tricked by evasive actions that transform it into an easy game.
Spiel Times - Caleb Wysor - 7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an enjoyable but muddled experience: its strong gameplay fundamentals are hampered by a lack of originality and weak storytelling.
Telegraph - Dan Silver - 3 / 5 stars
Sucker Punch's PS4 tribute to Akira Kurosawa is gorgeous to behold but its sparse open-world and bloated mechanics has it falling short
The Games Machine - Danilo Dellafrana - Italian - 9.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is greater than the sum of its parts: it does not reinvent the wheel in any of its aspects, but offers an experience that will thoroughly entertain lovers of open world and oriental settings.
TheSixthAxis - Aran Suddi - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an artistic triumph, capturing a real cinematic feel through its visuals, immersive world and soundtrack. However, Jin is a serviceable main character and he and his journey to save Tsushima is often overshadowed by secondary characters and smaller, more personal stories found in the side quests. Throw in some formulaic missions and an awkward user interface, and Ghost of Tsushima is at times more style than substance.
Too Much Gaming - Matthew Arcilla - 7 / 10
As an earnest, respectful tribute to jidaigeki dramas and the films of Akira Kurosawa, Ghost of Tsushima fares well enough. It creates a fictionalized account of the Mongol Invasion and weaves the tale into the most videogamey of videogame things – an open-world sandbox filled with straw-hat wearing ronin, mischievous foxes, hot springs, and meditative haiku. It’s easily the most ambitious output from Sucker Punch Productions to date.
TrueGaming - محمد البسيمي - Arabic - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an artistic experience packed with an engaging adventure that bring us many wonderful and thrilling storytelling moments.
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 4 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is an excellent open-world adventure from Sucker Punch Productions which adds some innovative ideas to a fairly stagnant genre. The game's depiction of the time period is generic and inoffensive, but that doesn't prevent it from being a stunning visual showcase and a worthwhile swan song for the PS4
Twinfinite - Alex Gibson - 4.5 / 5
Ghost of Tsushima features a level of charm that gives it a soul and personality lacking from so many AAA games lack these days. Even if it ultimately suffers from repetition by the game’s end, and despite a lack of variety in its quest, the magic of that initial exploration and the beauty of its world will stick with me for a very long time.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 4 / 5 stars
Sucker Punch's first stab at a stealth action adventure hits the mark. The island of Tsushima is a beautiful backdrop for this tale of revenge and honor and the environmental art is a visual treat. Combat and stealth are largely solid, though there are issues with the camera and hitting the right targets. The biggest stumble comes with the Japan
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2020.07.14 16:00 2th Ghost of Tsushima - Review Megathread

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Game Information

Game Title: Ghost of Tsushima
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Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher: Playstation
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 85 average - 88% recommended - 79 reviews

Critic Reviews

3DNews - Алексей Лихачев - Russian - 7.5 / 10
A decent open-world game with gorgeous art direction and some unfortunate missteps which become more and more apparent the more you play. Whatever you are doing here, almost every mission ends up with two or even three fights with mongolian soldiers. And even engaging stories during these quests can't fix the repetitiveness.
ACG - Jeremy Penter - Buy
"An absolute pleasure to play"
Ars Technica - Sam Machkovech - Unscored
If you need to get lost in over 30 hours of heroic gameplay right now, in a single-player adventure with no online connectivity gimmicks or content locked away as DLC, Sucker Punch has you covered with an instant contender for 2020's game of the year.
Attack of the Fanboy - William Schwartz - 4.5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is a masterclass on how to make a palatable and focused open world experience
AusGamers - Kosta Andreadis - 8.1 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima isn’t perfect, not even close. But neither is Jin Sakai, and his journey from Samurai to Ghost is one worth savouring, and a Legendary Tale all its own.
COGconnected - James Paley - 90 / 100
I can think of no better game to be the swan song for the PS4.
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German - 8.7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima often loses itself in visual details and is missing endgame challenges but still offers enough gameplay variety and content to even get classic open world RPG Fans on board. For fans of the world of samurais and katanas this game is definitely the best one in years.
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 9 / 10
A melancholic tale of war and a fitting epilogue to a current-gen era, Sucker Punch's latest effort is a slick showcase for the PlayStation 4 that draws you into a world that never fails to impress. Ghost of Tsushima is a masterpiece of precise gameplay, emotional turmoil and powerful world design.
DASHGAMER.com - Michael Pulman - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima might be the last big gun on the PS4, but it’s also one of the best, albeit for a slightly disengaging main plot.
Daily Mirror - Lloyd Coombes - 4 / 5 stars
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Daily Star - George Yang - 5 / 5 stars
The gameplay is fun, the narrative and its characters are great, and the art direction is absolutely beautiful. The pros here vastly outweigh the cons. Ghost of Tsushima is a breathtaking adventure.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 9.5 / 10
With Ghost of Tsushima under its belt, Sucker Punch deserves to be in the same conversation as Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Sony Santa Monica. If this generation is to wrap up soon, it's fitting that it'll end with Tsushima: one of its most beautiful games thus far.
Digital Chumps - Nathaniel Stevens - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a narrative-driven game that has unique combat, a plethora of exploration, and enough heart to keep gamers coming back for more even after the game is beaten. The lack of a combat camera locking system will certainly cause some frustrations, but that is small potatoes when compared to the rest of the experience. This is the game Sucker Punch said it would be, and you won't be disappointed.
Digitally Downloaded - Matt Sainsbury - 3 / 5 stars
A wild misfire with every narrative element it attempts, and it boils down to this: Sucker Punch decided to do a historical epic inspired by Kurosawa… and produced something that fails as both history and as a pastiche of Kurosawa.
Easy Allies - Brad Ellis - 8.5 / 10
Review copy provided by PlayStation. Ghost of Tsushima is a captivating journey through ancient Japan with fluid swordplay and a gorgeous world to explore.
Echo Boomer - David Fialho - Portuguese - Loved
Despite some minor flaws, Ghost of Tsushima is trully a love letter to samurai cinema.
Eurogamer - Chris Tapsell - No Recommendation / Blank
Limited by a rote and rigid world, Sucker Punch's samurai homage pairs okay action with enjoyably committed, if awkwardly fawning melodrama.
Everyeye.it - Giuseppe Arace - Italian - 7.5 / 10
In short, the Ghost of Tsushima wind blows lightly.
GAMES.CH - Benjamin Braun - German - 89 / 100
Sucker Punch combines an epic, profound story about honor and the will of freedom with versatile action in an atmospheric setting in pre-industrial Japan. The diverse game world with all its cultural references offers a worthwhile and vast proposition, never becomming an annoying obligation.
Gadgets 360 - Akhil Arora - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima falls a bit short. The narrative blocks and storytelling are too straightforward. To add to that, the side-quest bloat seeps the narrative of its pacing
Game Informer - Matt Miller - 9.5 / 10
At turns both melancholy and thrilling, Ghost of Tsushima is the open-world action formula at its most mature and immersive. Deep, rewarding, and hard to put down
Game Rant - Anthony Taormina - 4.5 / 5 stars
Sucker Punch Productions builds on its open-world expertise with Ghost of Tsushima, putting players in control of a deadly samurai.
Game Revolution - Mack Ashworth - 4 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is a worthy addition to the roster of must-play PS4 exclusives that have kept players loyal to the console.
GameByte - Oliver Hope - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima offers an open world that is fun to experience but is let down by its missions. If you can look past that though you will love it.
GameMAG - Александр Логинов - Russian - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a stunning mix of Assassin's Creed and The Witcher 3, based on samurai films and traditional Japanese contemplation of nature. At the same time, this is the best Assassin's Creed ever created. There are no emasculated positive heroes and unambiguous villains, the tasks are exciting and interesting. And this is currently the most fascinating and visually impressive game on the PlayStation 4.
GamePro - Dennis Michel - German - 90 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima with its wonderful world, great characters and a massive combat system is the last highlight of the PS4 era.
GameSpew - Richard Seagrave - 8 / 10
It is quite possibly the best samurai game ever made, and is well worth picking up if you’re after another epic open-world to get lost in. Just temper your expectations as much as your steel.
GameSpot - Edmond Tran - 7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima has some dull edges, but strikes a lot of highs with its cinematic stylings.
GameZone - Cade Onder - 8.5 / 10
As the sun sets on the PS4, Sucker Punch has given the console a noble send-off with Ghost of Tsushima. Although it takes some time to feel engaged by its beautifully tragic narrative, its brutal yet eloquent gameplay and picture-esque world never fail to capture you.
Gameblog - Jonathan Bushle - French - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is definitely the last great game PS4 deserved. It's a fantastic open world game, visually stunning, incredibly fun to play, whether you choose to progress as a noble warrior or a stealthy ninja, a very immersive representation of feudal Japan and a truly admirable love letter to the samurai movie genre. If you own a PS4, you MUST play Ghost of Tsushima.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 8.6 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a great experience, telling the tale of a lone individual that’s trying to hold together the idea and honor of what it means to be a Samurai despite the odds requiring new methods of engagement.
Gamersky - 不倒翁蜀黍 - Chinese - 8.5 / 10
The beautiful sightseeings, intense samurai combat, and fascinating side-missions of Ghost of Tsushima are appealing for me. But the dull and repetitive open-world makes the exploration experience boring.
GamesRadar+ - Rachel Weber - 4.5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is the samurai Assassin's Creed Ubisoft will wish it had made
GamingTrend - Ron Burke - 95 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima is easily the biggest and most ambitious game Sucker Punch has ever undertaken. It's also the best game they've ever made. Akira Kurosawa would be proud.
Geek Culture - Jake Su - 9.3 / 10
A fitting PlayStation first-party exclusive to arrive for the PS4, Ghost of Tsushima is an epic adventure that has all the right ingredients for major success.
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 9.5 / 10
The game is an extraordinary combination of great storytelling and combat set in a remarkable world.
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 4.5 / 5
Ghost of Tsushima is one of the few games this generation that left a momentous impression on me.
Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 91 / 100
Ghost of Tsushime is a beautiful game. This samurai open world has a great combat system and it is technically flawless, but its gameplay is too conservative and it often feels too generic.
IGN - Mitchell Saltzman - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an excellent action game and its open world is one of the most gorgeous yet.
IGN Italy - Italian - 7.5 / 10
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IGN Spain - Spanish - 8.7 / 10
Sucker Punch has successfully solved the challenge of creating such an extremely Japanese game by an occidental studio. Despite being essentially a blueprinted open world game, its historical setting and combat with katana are extremely satisfying to have enjoyed the more than 20 hours of game it has to offer.
Kotaku - Ian Walker - Unscored
At its core, it’s just another open-world game.
Merlin'in Kazanı - Ersin Kılıç - Turkish - 75 / 100
If the game was developed a little more it might have turned out to be a classic, but with this current state Ghost of Tsushima is only a good action game.
Metro GameCentral - 7 / 10
A competent but shallow and overfamiliar attempt to replicate Assassin's Creed style open world adventure in the world of 13th century samurai.
Nerdburglars - Dan Hastings - 6 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an artistically creative game that often feels like a realistic Zelda game. The minimal UI, clever use of wind and beautiful environmental details make exploration rewarding on its own. When it comes to combat, the game falls flat. With a huge number of combat games to draw inspiration from, it is a shame this game is more like Dynasty Warriors than it is Ninja Gaiden. Endless button mashing with no way to ever pull off slick combos will have you feeling bored very quickly. You never feel like the powerful warrior the story tries to make you believe you are. Combat feels like you are trying to beat a screw into a piece of wood using a hammer.
New Game Network - Alex Varankou - 84 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima offers a well-designed open world that combines great combat with enticing exploration. The excellent art style brings this unique historical setting to life, and smart design choices help the game overcome its minor flaws.
Next Gen Base - Andrew Beeken - 9 / 10
A game full of meaningful moments, of quiet contemplation and brutal, savage combat. A game about family, tradition, honour and change that comes at a significant point of change in Sony’s videogame strategy. A more hopeful and less alienating experience than The Last of Us Part II and a step back to a more gentle and inviting form of open world adventure, Ghost of Tsushima is both a celebration of the past and a look towards the future, and is a fitting first party swansong for the PS4.
Nexus - Sam Aberdeen - 9.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a fitting swan song for the PS4, and ends this generation of PlayStation on a triumphant note. Sucker Punch have to be applauded for once again creating a jaw-dropping open world with strong visual fidelity and some of the best art direction they've ever achieved.
Paste Magazine - Garrett Martin - 7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima just wants you to play a game you’ve basically already played many times, while also telling you about that cool old samurai movie it watched the other day. Which one sounds more interesting to you?
PlayStation Universe - John-Paul Jones - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima elevates the existing open world adventure template with a fantasy-free Samurai adventure that deftly pays loving homage to the Samurai cinema of old. While your mileage may vary according to your level of open world fatigue, Ghost of Tsushima undoubtedly remains not only one of the best open world romps money can buy and a stunning PlayStation 4 exclusive, but also Sucker Punch Productions finest effort to date.
Player2.net.au - Paul James - A-
The world is enormous, filled to the brim with rich content to explore. It can be a bit much sometimes with the number of artefacts you can find or haikus to sit and devise bloating things a little bit, but players will be blown away by the deep storytelling and unbelievable style and personality that Ghost of Tsushima brings to the table.
Polygon - Carolyn Petit - Unscored
Ghost of Tsushima offers a lovely world to explore, and there’s value in that, but it should have been so much more than a checklist of activities to accomplish.
Post Arcade (National Post) - Chad Sapieha - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is indisputably indebted to Assassin’s Creed (and, to a lesser degree, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption games), but it does just enough to establish a personality of its own. And it’s fun.
PowerUp! - Adam Mathew - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima isn't perfect but, like a summoned objective on your touchpad, it's a breath of fresh air that'll send a warm chill down the spine of any Samurai aficionado.
Press Start - Kieron Verbrugge - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima might be built from the same stuff as its AAA, open world contemporaries, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best open world experiences of the generation.
Push Square - Robert Ramsey - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a joy to play and a joy to behold. Sucker Punch has crafted one of the most memorable open world games of this generation, buoyed by an immensely satisfying combat system and an engaging, dramatic story.
SECTOR.sk - Ondrej Džurdženík - Slovak - 8.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima provides us with an awesome trip to feudal Japan that only lacks a bit of story depth.
Saudi Gamer - Arabic - 9 / 10
The island of Tsushima is the star of the game, with its variety and beauty, and myriad of secrets and stories. Coupled with all the interlocking systems and varied options, though making the game somewhat bloated, makes this one of the most well rounded experiences I've experienced.
Screen Rant - Christopher Teuton - 5 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is the best Assassin's Creed game there is, and likely the closest many users will ever get to experiencing what it's like to be a samurai in 11th century Japan.
Shacknews - Blake Morse - 9 / 10
Perhaps Ghost of Tsushima isn’t a perfect cherry blossom, but it is pretty damn close as far as I’m concerned.
Sirus Gaming - Erickson Melchor - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is a worthy addition to the pantheon of games under the care of Sucker Punch Productions. This honestly feels like a true return to form from a studio that wavered ever so slightly at the beginning of this generation. Sucker Punch may have stumbled a little at the gates, but with a game like this, they finish strong at the twilight year of this console generation. A full understanding of the system's strengths and a creative vision that would not compromise for anything, that's what made the samurai epic, Ghost of Tsushima, possible.
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Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 8.2 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is probably the best game about Japan, but the story is too simple and the complex combat system can be tricked by evasive actions that transform it into an easy game.
Spiel Times - Caleb Wysor - 7 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an enjoyable but muddled experience: its strong gameplay fundamentals are hampered by a lack of originality and weak storytelling.
Telegraph - Dan Silver - 3 / 5 stars
Sucker Punch's PS4 tribute to Akira Kurosawa is gorgeous to behold but its sparse open-world and bloated mechanics has it falling short
The Games Machine - Danilo Dellafrana - Italian - 9.5 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is greater than the sum of its parts: it does not reinvent the wheel in any of its aspects, but offers an experience that will thoroughly entertain lovers of open world and oriental settings.
TheSixthAxis - Aran Suddi - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an artistic triumph, capturing a real cinematic feel through its visuals, immersive world and soundtrack. However, Jin is a serviceable main character and he and his journey to save Tsushima is often overshadowed by secondary characters and smaller, more personal stories found in the side quests. Throw in some formulaic missions and an awkward user interface, and Ghost of Tsushima is at times more style than substance.
Too Much Gaming - Matthew Arcilla - 7 / 10
As an earnest, respectful tribute to jidaigeki dramas and the films of Akira Kurosawa, Ghost of Tsushima fares well enough. It creates a fictionalized account of the Mongol Invasion and weaves the tale into the most videogamey of videogame things – an open-world sandbox filled with straw-hat wearing ronin, mischievous foxes, hot springs, and meditative haiku. It’s easily the most ambitious output from Sucker Punch Productions to date.
TrueGaming - محمد البسيمي - Arabic - 8 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is an artistic experience packed with an engaging adventure that bring us many wonderful and thrilling storytelling moments.
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 4 / 5 stars
Ghost of Tsushima is an excellent open-world adventure from Sucker Punch Productions which adds some innovative ideas to a fairly stagnant genre. The game's depiction of the time period is generic and inoffensive, but that doesn't prevent it from being a stunning visual showcase and a worthwhile swan song for the PS4
Twinfinite - Alex Gibson - 4.5 / 5
Ghost of Tsushima features a level of charm that gives it a soul and personality lacking from so many AAA games lack these days. Even if it ultimately suffers from repetition by the game’s end, and despite a lack of variety in its quest, the magic of that initial exploration and the beauty of its world will stick with me for a very long time.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 4 / 5 stars
Sucker Punch's first stab at a stealth action adventure hits the mark. The island of Tsushima is a beautiful backdrop for this tale of revenge and honor and the environmental art is a visual treat. Combat and stealth are largely solid, though there are issues with the camera and hitting the right targets. The biggest stumble comes with the Japanese vocal track, which isn't synced correctly with the character's lips, a shame for a game like this. Ghost of Tsushima isn't the most innovative way to end a generation, but it is a fun one.
VG247 - Kirk McKeand - 3 / 5 stars
Like the samurai, Ghost of Tsushima feels like a relic of a bygone era.
Video Chums - A.J. Maciejewski - 9.6 / 10
Undoubtedly, Ghost of Tsushima is the greatest game of the generation. With perfect storytelling, supremely satisfying combat, and an astounding world that's packed with content and gorgeous sights, it raises the bar for open world games.
Video Game Sophistry - Andy Borkowski - 10 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima perfectly balance an exquisite combat system that is easy to learn but hard to master, a complex and rich narrative ripped from the reels of Kurosawa and a free flowing picturesque world that matches the depth and mutability of story and combat.
Simply put - Ghost of Tsushima is a perfect open world experience.
VideoGamer - Joshua Wise - 8 / 10
The game may never have been as sweet as it was in the first of the three main areas, but, to its credit, that’s because I was swept along by the story.
Wccftech - Alessio Palumbo - 9 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is Sucker Punch's best game yet and a great open world title capable of measuring to some of the biggest names in the genre. The excellent rendition of feudal Japan, along with its well-written characters and story, make Ghost of Tsushima stand out as the last must-have PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Worth Playing - Redmond Carolipio - 9.4 / 10
When the credits rolled after the final scene, I felt like I was in a movie theater and ready to applaud. I got to binge-watch and play the samurai story of my dreams. For anyone else who's ever picked up a long, empty wrapping-paper tube, held it with two hands a few inches apart, and swung it like a samurai, I have good news: We found it. We've got our game.
ZTGD - 10 / 10
Ghost of Tsushima is one of my favorite games of the generation and a must play for anyone who loves open world adventures and Samurai lore.
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2020.03.27 02:57 diogenesl Bleeding Edge - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Bleeding Edge
Platforms:
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Developer: Ninja Theory
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 68 average - 33% recommended - 12 reviews

Critic Reviews

Attack of the Fanboy - Brandon Adams - 3 / 5 stars
The attention to detail, great soundtrack, and largely well-designed characters belie a game that is clearly loved by those that worked on it, but the crippling lack of depth in every area of Bleeding Edge has made what should have been an excellent game a mediocre one instead. I hope Ninja Theory is given the opportunity to expand on the game, but right now Bleeding Edge is fun but forgettable filler.
Destructoid - Jordan Devore - 6.5 / 10
There's a decent multiplayer action game concept buried in here, absolutely. Some of these characters deserve to live on in future projects. At the same time, it feels like there are only so many team dynamics to experience. It's all too fleeting. Once you've hit that point of no return, there's no real motivation to continue. I'd like to pick this back up one day, but realistically, I don't see that happening.
Eurogamer - Wesley Yin-Poole - No Recommendation / Blank
Bleeding Edge could be on to something with meaningful updates, but at launch it's Xbox Game Pass filler at best.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 6.7 / 10
Bleeding Edge is fun to play, but it’s rather shallow in terms of content and has some performance issues.
GotGame - David Poole - 7.5 / 10
When all is said and done, Bleeding Edge does feel like a side project for the developer. While it does feel that way, there are some extremely redeeming qualities of it. The aesthetically pleasing style and the unique personality of the characters shine through the gameplay. Even though content is a little light, the game is half the price of a usual game, and it’s free on Xbox Game Pass. For what is available, the game is a lot of fun, and despite the slow progression, there’s always that feeling of “one more game” lingering.
Hobby Consolas - David Martínez - Spanish - 72 / 100
Bleeding Edge sets a good foundation for a game as a service. We miss some more content (game modes, characters and levels) but it feels truly satisfying when we coordinate with the rest of our teammates.
IGN Italy - Italian - 7.5 / 10
A very interesting "hero slasher" that at the moment is lacking in terms of contents and variety.
IGN Spain - Spanish - 7 / 10
It is a game that comes very late to the genre that it tries to assault, but at the same time it gives it a certain originality by creating a work in which the combat mechanics are based on hack and slash and not on the simple skills of a regular hero shooter (although there are also and they are key, of course).
Metro GameCentral - 7 / 10
It often feels a little undercooked but the emphasis on teamplay and some very unusual characters offers an enjoyable alternative to other online multiplayer games.
Spaziogames - Paolo Sirio - Italian - 7.3 / 10
It's a little sparse on content, but Bleeding Edge now offers a fun combat system, stable netcode and quick matchmaking, and that should be enough for a solid launch.
TrueAchievements - Sean Carey - 3.5 / 5 stars
Bleeding Edge is definitely worthy of your time – hopefully more so in the coming months when fresh content is added.
Twinfinite - Ed McGlone - 3 / 5
At its core, a unique brawler game that is held back from reaching its full potential by repetitive gameplay and a lack of features that in 2020 should absolutely be standard, at launch, for any game trying to squeeze into the crowded multiplayer game market
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2020.03.16 15:05 NintendoSwitchMods Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Review MegaThread

General Information

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 20-Mar-2020
No. of Players: up to 8 players
Genre(s): Simulation
Publisher: Nintendo
Official Website: http://www.animal-crossing.com/new-horizons/

Overview (from Nintendo eShop page)

Escape to Your Personal Island Paradise
Escape to a deserted island and create your own paradise as you explore, create, and customize in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. Your island getaway has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. You can hunt down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate your paradise throughout the day, or enjoy sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean. The time of day and season match real life, so each day on your island is a chance to check in and find new surprises all year round.
Show off your island utopia to family and friends—or pack your bags and visit theirs. Whether playing online* or with others beside you**, island living is even better when you can share it. Even without hopping on a flight, you’ll meet a cast of charming animal residents bursting with personality. Friendly faces like Tom Nook and Isabelle will lend their services and happily help you grow your budding community. Escape to your island getaway—however, whenever, and wherever you want.
  • Build your community from scratch on a deserted island brimming with possibility
  • Create your personal getaway and customize your character, home, decorations, and even the landscape itself
  • Collect materials to construct everything from furniture to tools! Then, use what you create to give your island a personal touch
  • Watch as the time of day and seasons match real life—even your hemisphere! Each day holds potential for surprises and discoveries
  • Get to know the island residents, garden, fish, decorate, hunt for fossils, and more!
  • Show off your paradise – play on the same system with a total of 4 people**, or play together online* or over local wireless** for fun with up to 8 players

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2019.11.01 07:57 falconbox Death Stranding - Review Thread

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Game Title: Death Stranding
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Developer: Kojima Productions
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 86 average - 83% recommended - 73 reviews

Critic Reviews

3DNews - Алексей Лихачев - Russian - 7 / 10
An intriguing plot, an interesting universe, an outstanding performance by amazing actors and an incredible soundtrack can't hide the fact that Death Stranding has repetitive missions, unexciting open world with a lot of samey elements and disappointing boss fights. It could've been so much more if some parts of the game didn't feel so rushed, but if you are here for the story — you are in for a ride.
Areajugones - Juan Linares - Spanish - 9.7 / 10
Death Stranding is one the best games to be found in PS4. Kojima-san delivers an open world in which we have to represent a bridge between the narrative of the game and other players in order to keep moving forward as part of a world that needs us. The game introduces characters that keep on evolving until we reach an ending for the ages through a story told like very few would be able to. Death Stranding knows how to toy with our emotions, and it manages to arise anguish, tension, solitude, sorrow, joy and provides a conclusion that completely stuns us. The end is only the beginning.
Atomix - Alberto Desfassiaux - Spanish - 100 / 100
Death Stranding is the birth of a new genre. Death Stranding is a master piece that can only be generated by a mind like the one that Hideo Kojima has.
Attack of the Fanboy - Kyle Hanson - 4 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is equal parts amazing and exasperating.
AusGamers - Steve Farrelly - 6 / 10
In the end, all I can really say is this: handle Death Stranding with care.
CGMagazine - Joel Couture - 7.5 / 10
Death Stranding's attention to the real may make it difficult to enjoy, but it is undeniably an experience that will both scourge and soothe the heart.
COGconnected - Paul Sullivan - 93 / 100
Death Stranding is an outstanding title that ended up blowing away the expectations I wasn’t even aware of. For an auteur like Hideo Kojima, that sounds like an unequivocal success.
Daily Star - Jordan Oloman - 5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is the most unique big-budget game I’ve ever played, a socially-minded injection of inventive ideas into a genre that has long survived by being lazy and brutish. This ambitious formula-flipper is brimming with empathy and carefully courts cinematic influences, an ensemble cast and a world of eye-watering scale, delivering a sticky gameplay loop to tie it all together and create a console generation-defining experience.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 8 / 10
Death Stranding is not the overly-strange inaccessible walled garden the marketing has made it out to be. It's weird, don't get me wrong! But anyone with a surface-level understanding of surrealism in art should be able to acclimate to what is essentially a playable Hollywood production.
Digitally Downloaded - Matt Sainsbury - 5 / 5 stars
As a “game” Death Stranding doesn’t do much. But as a work of art, Death Stranding is something mesmerising, intelligent, and powerful, and we never see genuine art within the big budget, blockbuster space. That alone makes it a rare treat to play, and I rather like this new-look, independent Kojima.
EGM - Mollie L Patterson - 10 / 10
In the end, Death Stranding's biggest mystery isn't any of the elements we've had teased in three-plus years of trailers—it's what people are going to think of it. Even from a man known for making love-them-or-hate-them projects, this may end up being one of the most divisive games ever created. For me, it was an experience that I can truly say was unlike any other I remember. And, if nothing else, Death Stranding makes me respect Hideo Kojima for convincing Sony to invest millions into a game that's about a man delivering packages to holograms.
Easy Allies - Ben Moore - 8 / 10
Death Stranding is a fearless game that often stumbles, but is still fascinating overall. *Review Copy Provided by PlayStation
Echo Boomer - David Fialho - Portuguese - Mind-blown
Death Stranding is the culmination of years worth of hype, misteries and expectation, in a genre-transcending game. An emotional and provocative interactive experience presented in a way that is only possible in a videogame.
Eurogamer - Oli Welsh - Recommended
Hideo Kojma's first post-Metal Gear game is a messy, indulgent vanity project - but also a true original.
Everyeye.it - Alessandro Bruni - Italian - 9 / 10
A precious experience that deserves a place of right among the most significant titles of our generation.
Game Informer - Matthew Kato - 7 / 10
The pillars of gameplay, combat, and story all bear the mark of creator Hideo Kojima, but none of them stand out or carry the experience
Game Revolution - Jason Faulkner - 5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is one of the best games I’ve ever played. It’s smart, it’s well-produced, and it just feels good to play.
GameMAG - Russian - 9 / 10
In Death Stranding complex themes of life and death, love and loneliness are mixed with a slow meditative and at the same time intense gameplay, where climbing the mountain slopes surrounded by enemies causes incredible experiences. The story of Sam Porter's journey is the most emotional, incredible and powerful we've seen in the last few years. And of course, the amazing acting of Norman Reedus, Lea Seydoux, Mads Mikkelsen and other cult actors will not leave anyone indifferent.
GamePro - Hannes Rossow - German - 89 / 100
An idiosyncratic but outstanding game that provides entertainment with fresh ideas, a crazy story, and star power.
GameSpot - Kallie Plagge - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is dense, complex, and powerful, steadfast in its belief in the power of love and hope when faced with overwhelming adversity.
Gameblog - Thomas Pillon - French - 8 / 10
Death Stranding is first of all a game which, tries, experiments, and full of ideas. Playing the role of the lonely Sam Porter Bridges, the player is connected with everyone else thanks to a clever system of collaboration, which works really well thanks to a thoughtful game design. But to enjoy the long run through what seems to be the most beautiful Iceland landscape, you will have to go through a thick, complex and most of all tedious story, which seems to never know when to stop, or being simply limpid.
Gameplanet - Billy Atman - 10 / 10
While Death Stranding will surely be the most divisive game of this generation, there is no arguing that it offers new ideas on pushing the medium forward and shows that games don't always typically have to be "fun". The story is beautifully presented and is surprisingly restrained and focused for a Kojima title. All of the actors put on amazing performances and while its gameplay will be too slow for many, those willing to peel back the layers will discover a thoughtfully designed experience that will leave you ruminating for weeks after finishing.
Gamersky - 不倒翁蜀黍 - Chinese - 10 / 10
Death Stranding is a game about connection, and it connects not only every character of the game but also every gamer together. It's a masterpiece with great philosophy thoughts and combines great storytelling with innovative gameplay.
GamesRadar+ - 3.5 / 5 stars
Kojima's mysterious would be epic has its moments but can't carry the weight of expectation.
Gaming Nexus - Randy Kalista - 9.5 / 10
Hideo Kojima has fully weaponized the walking simulator, writing a love letter to the delivery service workers of our shipping and handling world. Death Stranding is about ending isolation, and does it so gracefully that I can't imagine it being done better than it's done here.
GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is definitely an acquired taste, and its slow pacing and deliberate gameplay might not be for everyone, but its mechanical depth, its desolately beautiful and haunting world, and its confident and stylistic storytelling nonetheless make for a continental trek worth experiencing.
GamingTrend - Codi Spence - 100 / 100
Death Stranding is a story of rebuilding America by connecting people far and wide. Stealth, exploration, combat, and inventory management are all necessary in order to succeed. With a fantastic cast, incredible set pieces, an engaging story, and Kojima's brand of incredibly enjoyable crazy, you won't want to put your controller down.
Geek Culture - Jake Su - 9.4 / 10
A true masterpiece by Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding is an experience unlike any other, and you must try it to believe it.
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 10 / 10
Not everyone will love Death Stranding and I won’t blame you. The game is not for everyone. Some episodes take over two dozen hours to complete and the rinse and repeat delivering mechanics could be an issue for some. However, it always rewards you in some way or another. Be it with its gorgeous and detailed world that is a joy to explore or the fantastic story that unfolds as you discover everything this ambitious game has to offer. There is simply nothing else like it and to be able to dive into it all is a magnificent experience one which will define this generation of gaming.
God is a Geek - Chris White - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is an ambitious game, filled with so many different mechanics and ideas that almost always work well together. The story and acting is fantastic, and its visuals are a thing of beauty, not to mention the powerful soundtrack.
Guardian - Dan Dawkins - 4 / 5 stars
With gameplay that denies instant gratification, Hideo Kojima's unashamedly political game is this year's most interesting blockbuster game by far
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 3.5 / 5
Death Stranding is a cerebral experience that isn't fun.
Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 93 / 100
Death Stranding is Kojima´s most personal game. A complex and emotional work of art, which is not adequate for everyone because of the slow pace and the unusual gameplay. But once you get it, it´s something you will never forget.
IGN - Tristan Ogilvie - 6.8 / 10
Death Stranding delivers a fascinating world of supernatural sci-fi, but its gameplay struggles to support its weight.
IGN Italy - Italian - 9.8 / 10
Death Stranding is a one of a kind experience that will stick with you for years to come.
IGN Middle East - Moustafa Gad - Arabic - 7.8 / 10
Kojima's new open-world adventure delivers heavily on story, crafting a journey that is impeccably directed, with a story that will stay with you for a while. However, the game leaves a lot to desired when it comes to its gameplay and that's where it falters the most.
IGN Spain - Spanish - 8.7 / 10
Kojima has done it again. Death Stranding presents an exciting story full of plot twists that are truly amazing. The game has one of the most interesting exploration systems we've ever seen and its way of connecting the community is very interesting. It wont leave anybody indiferent.
INDIANTVCZ - Filip Kraucher - Czech - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is technically well crafted game. Hideo Kojima surpassed himself in terms of writing and game loop. The game offers an excellent narrative story that really makes a deep sense. Furthermore, you will get an unprecedented cast, an exceptional soundtrack and above all, the game brings its own vision. Perhaps it does not establish a brand new genre. But it is a great game with style for which gamers love Kojima Productions so much.
JVL - French - 19 / 20
Sublime in form and substance, Death Stranding is one of the greatest games of this generation.
Kotaku - Heather Alexandra - Unscored
It’s hard not to like Sam Bridges, who faces all of Death Stranding’s bizarreness with a welcome everyman’s weariness, encapsulated in in Norman Reedus’ characteristic growl.
LevelUp - Luis Sánchez - Spanish - 8.5 / 10
Despite having a well-designed and quite addictive gameplay loop, a great story with a powerful ending, Death Stranding falls shorts in key areas. With a long and lethargic pacing, players will turn away, and then, it's lack of difficulty will surely seal the deal to leave this adventure for later.
Merlin'in Kazanı - Ersin Kılıç - Turkish - 82 / 100
Death Stranding is a game that focuses on the journey rather than the goal. If you are looking for a different and unique adventure, should try Death Stranding.
Metro GameCentral - David Jenkins - 7 / 10
A work of unbridled ambition and imagination but also a pretentious, contrived, and frequently quite dull gameplay experience – Death Stranding is peak Hideo Kojima.
Nerdburglars - Dan Hastings - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is a game with a fantastic and uniquely interesting story. Backed with a strong cast of experienced actors, the game manages to tell the story flawlessly. The gameplay doesn’t quite live up to the same level. The delivery aspects are fun and in its own, tells a story. It just gets quite repetitive over time and leaves you wanting a bit more diversity to the delivery missions. Overall, Death Stranding should be seen as a very successful first project for Kojima productions and is hopefully a sign of many more to come.
Next Gen Base - Ben Ward - 9.5 / 10
Death Stranding is a weird game. It won’t be for everyone, but if you can find something to like in the relatively slow start, you’ll love it by the end. Typically Kojima for better and for worse, it’s a story about reconnecting people through the eyes of a bystander that becomes much more than that. Technically and visually outstanding, it’s going to be up there on my Game of the Year list for sure. A weird, but wonderful game.
Nexus - Sam Aberdeen - 9.2 / 10
It's hard to pin down exactly what makes Death Stranding work in my mind, but a masterful presentation, stunning open world, and captivating characters contribute to one of this generation’s most unforgettable games, for better or worse.
Oyungezer Online - Ömer Akdağ - Turkish - 8.5 / 10
I haven't witnessed such creative mechanics, such a deep and meaningful scenario and high quality visuals for a long time. There are some underlying issues but I can easily say this: Kojima delivered again!
PSX Brasil - Leonardo Cidreira - Portuguese - 95 / 100
Death Stranding is certainly one of the best titles I've had the pleasure of playing in this generation and the seed responsible for creating a whole new subgenre that will undoubtedly bear beautiful fruit in the future. Hideo Kojima has excelled himself by giving us not only an exceptional story, but a vast world that is constantly changing because of the actions of the players. It is certainly not a game that will please everyone, but I can guarantee that those who get carried away by its proposal, plot and mechanics will have an unforgettable experience. Tomorrow is in your hands!
Player2.net.au - Joab Gilroy - D
Many expect things of Hideo Kojima, but it takes a degree of self-confidence to deliver something else instead. He left Konami because he wasn’t allowed to take the time and spend the money to make the game he wanted, so it is depressing to see Death Stranding make so many mistakes that appear on some level to be dictated by what people expect.
Polygon - Russ Frushtick - Unscored
Having been smitten by the core world-building gameplay of Death Stranding, I am stunned to realize that many of the game’s strongest, most appealing gameplay ideas (specifically the world-building and cooperation) are tossed aside in the final acts, in favor of a much more linear, scripted, cutscene-ridden experience. The freedom and sense of ownership I enjoyed while creating this world are dashed in favor of explaining and wrapping up a story that never had much going for it to begin with.
Post Arcade (National Post) - Chad Sapieha - 9 / 10
Hideo Kojima's first post-Konami game is deeply weird and a tad scattershot, but rarely less than compelling and absolutely unforgettable
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 3 / 10
Death Stranding is not entertaining. As such, it fails as a video game, it fails as a narrative and it fails overall.
Press Start - Brodie Gibbons - 8 / 10
Hideo Kojima has long been a visionary auteur, his feted career stands as proof. With no walls to contain him, he has given birth to Death Stranding. It's an experience that will be remembered for a long time, from its early hype to the untethered lunacy of its narrative. It's an art installation of a game that filled me with rage as often as it did joy. It is sweeping in both lustre and purpose, though it wears a few warts on the pleasant, bare bones of a game about deliveries that has no right to be as memorable as it somehow is.
Push Square - Liam Croft - 10 / 10
Following years of mysterious anticipation, Death Stranding delivers on all fronts. An accomplished, fascinating set of gameplay mechanics allow you to make deliveries the way you want to, while social features let the game live on once you've put the controller down. It may become slightly tiresome as you hit the halfway mark, but the phenomenal narrative is on hand to pick things back up again and its outstanding visuals are the cherry on top. Death Stranding doesn't raise the bar for any particular genre, it creates an entirely new one.
SECTOR.sk - Tom� Kun�k - Slovak - 9 / 10
Long awaited launch of Kojima's project is here. With unique story and fine gameplay.
Saudi Gamer - Arabic - 8 / 10
Is it a new genre of games? Perhaps, but it definitely succeeds in presenting polished and novel, even revolutionary, ideas even if the overall experience can drag on and feel monotonous at times due to uneven story and set-piece pacing.
Screen Rant - Cody Gravelle - 5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is dizzying, unshakable in its belief it is doing something worthwhile, and it's one of the most important games of this decade.
Shacknews - Brittany Vincent - 9 / 10
This is one of the rare times I wish Hideo Kojima had created a lengthy film or a series instead of a video game. At least then people might not approach it with trepidation or with derision. You know how it goes: "Oh, it's a video game. There's no way it can be that good."
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco - Unscored
Kojima had the weight of the world on his shoulders; impossibly high expectations that seemed impossible to deliver on. Many are going to think he failed... I think he succeeded spectacularly.
Spaziogames - Stefania Tahva Sperandio - Italian - 9.4 / 10
Death Stranding screams Hideo Kojima in every single detail. If you are looking for a journey and an experience, something that you will hold dear for quite sometime, this is the game you have been waiting for. It may lack some variety in the quest design, but the asynchronous multiplayer and the depth of the storytelling are captivating.
Spiel Times - Caleb Wysor - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is a distorted vision of the open-world genre, pulled apart by its individual threads, deconstructed, and sewn back together in the image of its director, Hideo Kojima. It’s an astonishing, compelling and provocative experience, even if it isn’t always as exciting to play as it is to think about.
Stevivor - Steve Wright - 3.5 / 10
Even if Death Stranding’s narrative was good — and it’s not — a game needs to have actual gameplay. What you find within is abysmal; frustrating, tedious and beyond repair, it is to be avoided at all costs.
The Games Machine - Danilo Dellafrana - Italian - 8.8 / 10
Death Stranding is a good game, as well as the most ambitious work born from the mind of Hideo Kojima. It's not perfect, but successfully captures the player in a dark and fragmented world, so it's really worth fighting for.
TheSixthAxis - Tuffcub - 10 / 10
Death Stranding is like nothing I have ever played; beautiful, heart racing, heart breaking, frustrating, epic, stunning, and utterly nuts. I laughed, I cried, I cursed, and I went to the toilet an awful lot. Death Stranding isn't just my Game of the Year, it's a contender for Game of the Generation too.
TrueGaming - Arabic - 7 / 10
This is Death Stranding, a long series of what feels like a long series of essential side missions which is rather disappointing because it truly brought us an exceptional cinematic experience and a high grade production value
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is unlike anything else out there right now. It's huge, innovative and utterly unashamed in what it wants to be. Kojima Productions is heavy-handed in its implementation of modern political themes, but they tie into the narrative and involve the player in ways that feel compelling.
USgamer - Kat Bailey - 3.5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding might be Kojima's boldest game to date. It may also be his most tedious. Either way, its originality outweighs its sometimes exhausting structure and poor pacing... but only just. Maybe not a game I would recommend to everyone, but certainly one of the most interesting games of 2019.
VG247 - Kirk McKeand - 3 / 5 stars
If you do manage to hold out, you will be rewarded with flashes of brilliance, it’s just that those flashes are buried as deep as the core story is buried in the endless dialogue.
VideoGamer - Joshua Wise - 8 / 10
Death Stranding is filled with things that must be seen, a sprawling, genre-spanning sci-fi adventure from a developer like no other. It's tackier clumps of writing and stunt casting seem overwrought, but its direction and its stars shine brightest
We Got This Covered - David Morgan - 5 / 5 stars
Like any genre-pushing work of art, Death Stranding is sure to be divisive. That said, the unflinching vision of its director is a breath of fresh air in an industry increasingly unwilling to swing for the fences.
Worth Playing - Andreas Salmen - 9.1 / 10
Death Stranding is a remarkable experience. Full stop. It's the first game I've played where everything from the story to the gameplay work together as a truly cohesive product.
ZTGD - Ken McKown - 8 / 10
Kojima and his team have crafted something that truly feels unique, for better or worse. It is hard to compare it to anything else, but that doesn’t always mean it was fun. Not everyone will adore this game, but I guarantee no one will ever be able to forget it either.
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2019.11.01 07:55 falconbox Death Stranding - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Death Stranding
Platforms:
Trailers:
Developer: Kojima Productions
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 86 average - 83% recommended - 73 reviews

Critic Reviews

3DNews - Алексей Лихачев - Russian - 7 / 10
An intriguing plot, an interesting universe, an outstanding performance by amazing actors and an incredible soundtrack can't hide the fact that Death Stranding has repetitive missions, unexciting open world with a lot of samey elements and disappointing boss fights. It could've been so much more if some parts of the game didn't feel so rushed, but if you are here for the story — you are in for a ride.
Areajugones - Juan Linares - Spanish - 9.7 / 10
Death Stranding is one the best games to be found in PS4. Kojima-san delivers an open world in which we have to represent a bridge between the narrative of the game and other players in order to keep moving forward as part of a world that needs us. The game introduces characters that keep on evolving until we reach an ending for the ages through a story told like very few would be able to. Death Stranding knows how to toy with our emotions, and it manages to arise anguish, tension, solitude, sorrow, joy and provides a conclusion that completely stuns us. The end is only the beginning.
Atomix - Alberto Desfassiaux - Spanish - 100 / 100
Death Stranding is the birth of a new genre. Death Stranding is a master piece that can only be generated by a mind like the one that Hideo Kojima has.
Attack of the Fanboy - Kyle Hanson - 4 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is equal parts amazing and exasperating.
AusGamers - Steve Farrelly - 6 / 10
In the end, all I can really say is this: handle Death Stranding with care.
CGMagazine - Joel Couture - 7.5 / 10
Death Stranding's attention to the real may make it difficult to enjoy, but it is undeniably an experience that will both scourge and soothe the heart.
COGconnected - Paul Sullivan - 93 / 100
Death Stranding is an outstanding title that ended up blowing away the expectations I wasn’t even aware of. For an auteur like Hideo Kojima, that sounds like an unequivocal success.
Daily Star - Jordan Oloman - 5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is the most unique big-budget game I’ve ever played, a socially-minded injection of inventive ideas into a genre that has long survived by being lazy and brutish. This ambitious formula-flipper is brimming with empathy and carefully courts cinematic influences, an ensemble cast and a world of eye-watering scale, delivering a sticky gameplay loop to tie it all together and create a console generation-defining experience.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 8 / 10
Death Stranding is not the overly-strange inaccessible walled garden the marketing has made it out to be. It's weird, don't get me wrong! But anyone with a surface-level understanding of surrealism in art should be able to acclimate to what is essentially a playable Hollywood production.
Digitally Downloaded - Matt Sainsbury - 5 / 5 stars
As a “game” Death Stranding doesn’t do much. But as a work of art, Death Stranding is something mesmerising, intelligent, and powerful, and we never see genuine art within the big budget, blockbuster space. That alone makes it a rare treat to play, and I rather like this new-look, independent Kojima.
EGM - Mollie L Patterson - 10 / 10
In the end, Death Stranding's biggest mystery isn't any of the elements we've had teased in three-plus years of trailers—it's what people are going to think of it. Even from a man known for making love-them-or-hate-them projects, this may end up being one of the most divisive games ever created. For me, it was an experience that I can truly say was unlike any other I remember. And, if nothing else, Death Stranding makes me respect Hideo Kojima for convincing Sony to invest millions into a game that's about a man delivering packages to holograms.
Easy Allies - Ben Moore - 8 / 10
Death Stranding is a fearless game that often stumbles, but is still fascinating overall. *Review Copy Provided by PlayStation
Echo Boomer - David Fialho - Portuguese - Mind-blown
Death Stranding is the culmination of years worth of hype, misteries and expectation, in a genre-transcending game. An emotional and provocative interactive experience presented in a way that is only possible in a videogame.
Eurogamer - Oli Welsh - Recommended
Hideo Kojma's first post-Metal Gear game is a messy, indulgent vanity project - but also a true original.
Everyeye.it - Alessandro Bruni - Italian - 9 / 10
A precious experience that deserves a place of right among the most significant titles of our generation.
Game Informer - Matthew Kato - 7 / 10
The pillars of gameplay, combat, and story all bear the mark of creator Hideo Kojima, but none of them stand out or carry the experience
Game Revolution - Jason Faulkner - 5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is one of the best games I’ve ever played. It’s smart, it’s well-produced, and it just feels good to play.
GameMAG - Russian - 9 / 10
In Death Stranding complex themes of life and death, love and loneliness are mixed with a slow meditative and at the same time intense gameplay, where climbing the mountain slopes surrounded by enemies causes incredible experiences. The story of Sam Porter's journey is the most emotional, incredible and powerful we've seen in the last few years. And of course, the amazing acting of Norman Reedus, Lea Seydoux, Mads Mikkelsen and other cult actors will not leave anyone indifferent.
GamePro - Hannes Rossow - German - 89 / 100
An idiosyncratic but outstanding game that provides entertainment with fresh ideas, a crazy story, and star power.
GameSpot - Kallie Plagge - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is dense, complex, and powerful, steadfast in its belief in the power of love and hope when faced with overwhelming adversity.
Gameblog - Thomas Pillon - French - 8 / 10
Death Stranding is first of all a game which, tries, experiments, and full of ideas. Playing the role of the lonely Sam Porter Bridges, the player is connected with everyone else thanks to a clever system of collaboration, which works really well thanks to a thoughtful game design. But to enjoy the long run through what seems to be the most beautiful Iceland landscape, you will have to go through a thick, complex and most of all tedious story, which seems to never know when to stop, or being simply limpid.
Gameplanet - Billy Atman - 10 / 10
While Death Stranding will surely be the most divisive game of this generation, there is no arguing that it offers new ideas on pushing the medium forward and shows that games don't always typically have to be "fun". The story is beautifully presented and is surprisingly restrained and focused for a Kojima title. All of the actors put on amazing performances and while its gameplay will be too slow for many, those willing to peel back the layers will discover a thoughtfully designed experience that will leave you ruminating for weeks after finishing.
Gamersky - 不倒翁蜀黍 - Chinese - 10 / 10
Death Stranding is a game about connection, and it connects not only every character of the game but also every gamer together. It's a masterpiece with great philosophy thoughts and combines great storytelling with innovative gameplay.
GamesRadar+ - 3.5 / 5 stars
Kojima's mysterious would be epic has its moments but can't carry the weight of expectation.
Gaming Nexus - Randy Kalista - 9.5 / 10
Hideo Kojima has fully weaponized the walking simulator, writing a love letter to the delivery service workers of our shipping and handling world. Death Stranding is about ending isolation, and does it so gracefully that I can't imagine it being done better than it's done here.
GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is definitely an acquired taste, and its slow pacing and deliberate gameplay might not be for everyone, but its mechanical depth, its desolately beautiful and haunting world, and its confident and stylistic storytelling nonetheless make for a continental trek worth experiencing.
GamingTrend - Codi Spence - 100 / 100
Death Stranding is a story of rebuilding America by connecting people far and wide. Stealth, exploration, combat, and inventory management are all necessary in order to succeed. With a fantastic cast, incredible set pieces, an engaging story, and Kojima's brand of incredibly enjoyable crazy, you won't want to put your controller down.
Geek Culture - Jake Su - 9.4 / 10
A true masterpiece by Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding is an experience unlike any other, and you must try it to believe it.
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 10 / 10
Not everyone will love Death Stranding and I won’t blame you. The game is not for everyone. Some episodes take over two dozen hours to complete and the rinse and repeat delivering mechanics could be an issue for some. However, it always rewards you in some way or another. Be it with its gorgeous and detailed world that is a joy to explore or the fantastic story that unfolds as you discover everything this ambitious game has to offer. There is simply nothing else like it and to be able to dive into it all is a magnificent experience one which will define this generation of gaming.
God is a Geek - Chris White - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is an ambitious game, filled with so many different mechanics and ideas that almost always work well together. The story and acting is fantastic, and its visuals are a thing of beauty, not to mention the powerful soundtrack.
Guardian - Dan Dawkins - 4 / 5 stars
With gameplay that denies instant gratification, Hideo Kojima's unashamedly political game is this year's most interesting blockbuster game by far
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 3.5 / 5
Death Stranding is a cerebral experience that isn't fun.
Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 93 / 100
Death Stranding is Kojima´s most personal game. A complex and emotional work of art, which is not adequate for everyone because of the slow pace and the unusual gameplay. But once you get it, it´s something you will never forget.
IGN - Tristan Ogilvie - 6.8 / 10
Death Stranding delivers a fascinating world of supernatural sci-fi, but its gameplay struggles to support its weight.
IGN Italy - Italian - 9.8 / 10
Death Stranding is a one of a kind experience that will stick with you for years to come.
IGN Middle East - Moustafa Gad - Arabic - 7.8 / 10
Kojima's new open-world adventure delivers heavily on story, crafting a journey that is impeccably directed, with a story that will stay with you for a while. However, the game leaves a lot to desired when it comes to its gameplay and that's where it falters the most.
IGN Spain - Spanish - 8.7 / 10
Kojima has done it again. Death Stranding presents an exciting story full of plot twists that are truly amazing. The game has one of the most interesting exploration systems we've ever seen and its way of connecting the community is very interesting. It wont leave anybody indiferent.
INDIANTVCZ - Filip Kraucher - Czech - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is technically well crafted game. Hideo Kojima surpassed himself in terms of writing and game loop. The game offers an excellent narrative story that really makes a deep sense. Furthermore, you will get an unprecedented cast, an exceptional soundtrack and above all, the game brings its own vision. Perhaps it does not establish a brand new genre. But it is a great game with style for which gamers love Kojima Productions so much.
JVL - French - 19 / 20
Sublime in form and substance, Death Stranding is one of the greatest games of this generation.
Kotaku - Heather Alexandra - Unscored
It’s hard not to like Sam Bridges, who faces all of Death Stranding’s bizarreness with a welcome everyman’s weariness, encapsulated in in Norman Reedus’ characteristic growl.
LevelUp - Luis Sánchez - Spanish - 8.5 / 10
Despite having a well-designed and quite addictive gameplay loop, a great story with a powerful ending, Death Stranding falls shorts in key areas. With a long and lethargic pacing, players will turn away, and then, it's lack of difficulty will surely seal the deal to leave this adventure for later.
Merlin'in Kazanı - Ersin Kılıç - Turkish - 82 / 100
Death Stranding is a game that focuses on the journey rather than the goal. If you are looking for a different and unique adventure, should try Death Stranding.
Metro GameCentral - David Jenkins - 7 / 10
A work of unbridled ambition and imagination but also a pretentious, contrived, and frequently quite dull gameplay experience – Death Stranding is peak Hideo Kojima.
Nerdburglars - Dan Hastings - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is a game with a fantastic and uniquely interesting story. Backed with a strong cast of experienced actors, the game manages to tell the story flawlessly. The gameplay doesn’t quite live up to the same level. The delivery aspects are fun and in its own, tells a story. It just gets quite repetitive over time and leaves you wanting a bit more diversity to the delivery missions. Overall, Death Stranding should be seen as a very successful first project for Kojima productions and is hopefully a sign of many more to come.
Next Gen Base - Ben Ward - 9.5 / 10
Death Stranding is a weird game. It won’t be for everyone, but if you can find something to like in the relatively slow start, you’ll love it by the end. Typically Kojima for better and for worse, it’s a story about reconnecting people through the eyes of a bystander that becomes much more than that. Technically and visually outstanding, it’s going to be up there on my Game of the Year list for sure. A weird, but wonderful game.
Nexus - Sam Aberdeen - 9.2 / 10
It's hard to pin down exactly what makes Death Stranding work in my mind, but a masterful presentation, stunning open world, and captivating characters contribute to one of this generation’s most unforgettable games, for better or worse.
Oyungezer Online - Ömer Akdağ - Turkish - 8.5 / 10
I haven't witnessed such creative mechanics, such a deep and meaningful scenario and high quality visuals for a long time. There are some underlying issues but I can easily say this: Kojima delivered again!
PSX Brasil - Leonardo Cidreira - Portuguese - 95 / 100
Death Stranding is certainly one of the best titles I've had the pleasure of playing in this generation and the seed responsible for creating a whole new subgenre that will undoubtedly bear beautiful fruit in the future. Hideo Kojima has excelled himself by giving us not only an exceptional story, but a vast world that is constantly changing because of the actions of the players. It is certainly not a game that will please everyone, but I can guarantee that those who get carried away by its proposal, plot and mechanics will have an unforgettable experience. Tomorrow is in your hands!
Player2.net.au - Joab Gilroy - D
Many expect things of Hideo Kojima, but it takes a degree of self-confidence to deliver something else instead. He left Konami because he wasn’t allowed to take the time and spend the money to make the game he wanted, so it is depressing to see Death Stranding make so many mistakes that appear on some level to be dictated by what people expect.
Polygon - Russ Frushtick - Unscored
Having been smitten by the core world-building gameplay of Death Stranding, I am stunned to realize that many of the game’s strongest, most appealing gameplay ideas (specifically the world-building and cooperation) are tossed aside in the final acts, in favor of a much more linear, scripted, cutscene-ridden experience. The freedom and sense of ownership I enjoyed while creating this world are dashed in favor of explaining and wrapping up a story that never had much going for it to begin with.
Post Arcade (National Post) - Chad Sapieha - 9 / 10
Hideo Kojima's first post-Konami game is deeply weird and a tad scattershot, but rarely less than compelling and absolutely unforgettable
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 3 / 10
Death Stranding is not entertaining. As such, it fails as a video game, it fails as a narrative and it fails overall.
Press Start - Brodie Gibbons - 8 / 10
Hideo Kojima has long been a visionary auteur, his feted career stands as proof. With no walls to contain him, he has given birth to Death Stranding. It's an experience that will be remembered for a long time, from its early hype to the untethered lunacy of its narrative. It's an art installation of a game that filled me with rage as often as it did joy. It is sweeping in both lustre and purpose, though it wears a few warts on the pleasant, bare bones of a game about deliveries that has no right to be as memorable as it somehow is.
Push Square - Liam Croft - 10 / 10
Following years of mysterious anticipation, Death Stranding delivers on all fronts. An accomplished, fascinating set of gameplay mechanics allow you to make deliveries the way you want to, while social features let the game live on once you've put the controller down. It may become slightly tiresome as you hit the halfway mark, but the phenomenal narrative is on hand to pick things back up again and its outstanding visuals are the cherry on top. Death Stranding doesn't raise the bar for any particular genre, it creates an entirely new one.
SECTOR.sk - Tom� Kun�k - Slovak - 9 / 10
Long awaited launch of Kojima's project is here. With unique story and fine gameplay.
Saudi Gamer - Arabic - 8 / 10
Is it a new genre of games? Perhaps, but it definitely succeeds in presenting polished and novel, even revolutionary, ideas even if the overall experience can drag on and feel monotonous at times due to uneven story and set-piece pacing.
Screen Rant - Cody Gravelle - 5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is dizzying, unshakable in its belief it is doing something worthwhile, and it's one of the most important games of this decade.
Shacknews - Brittany Vincent - 9 / 10
This is one of the rare times I wish Hideo Kojima had created a lengthy film or a series instead of a video game. At least then people might not approach it with trepidation or with derision. You know how it goes: "Oh, it's a video game. There's no way it can be that good."
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco - Unscored
Kojima had the weight of the world on his shoulders; impossibly high expectations that seemed impossible to deliver on. Many are going to think he failed... I think he succeeded spectacularly.
Spaziogames - Stefania Tahva Sperandio - Italian - 9.4 / 10
Death Stranding screams Hideo Kojima in every single detail. If you are looking for a journey and an experience, something that you will hold dear for quite sometime, this is the game you have been waiting for. It may lack some variety in the quest design, but the asynchronous multiplayer and the depth of the storytelling are captivating.
Spiel Times - Caleb Wysor - 9 / 10
Death Stranding is a distorted vision of the open-world genre, pulled apart by its individual threads, deconstructed, and sewn back together in the image of its director, Hideo Kojima. It’s an astonishing, compelling and provocative experience, even if it isn’t always as exciting to play as it is to think about.
Stevivor - Steve Wright - 3.5 / 10
Even if Death Stranding’s narrative was good — and it’s not — a game needs to have actual gameplay. What you find within is abysmal; frustrating, tedious and beyond repair, it is to be avoided at all costs.
The Games Machine - Danilo Dellafrana - Italian - 8.8 / 10
Death Stranding is a good game, as well as the most ambitious work born from the mind of Hideo Kojima. It's not perfect, but successfully captures the player in a dark and fragmented world, so it's really worth fighting for.
TheSixthAxis - Tuffcub - 10 / 10
Death Stranding is like nothing I have ever played; beautiful, heart racing, heart breaking, frustrating, epic, stunning, and utterly nuts. I laughed, I cried, I cursed, and I went to the toilet an awful lot. Death Stranding isn't just my Game of the Year, it's a contender for Game of the Generation too.
TrueGaming - Arabic - 7 / 10
This is Death Stranding, a long series of what feels like a long series of essential side missions which is rather disappointing because it truly brought us an exceptional cinematic experience and a high grade production value
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding is unlike anything else out there right now. It's huge, innovative and utterly unashamed in what it wants to be. Kojima Productions is heavy-handed in its implementation of modern political themes, but they tie into the narrative and involve the player in ways that feel compelling.
USgamer - Kat Bailey - 3.5 / 5 stars
Death Stranding might be Kojima's boldest game to date. It may also be his most tedious. Either way, its originality outweighs its sometimes exhausting structure and poor pacing... but only just. Maybe not a game I would recommend to everyone, but certainly one of the most interesting games of 2019.
VG247 - Kirk McKeand - 3 / 5 stars
If you do manage to hold out, you will be rewarded with flashes of brilliance, it’s just that those flashes are buried as deep as the core story is buried in the endless dialogue.
VideoGamer - Joshua Wise - 8 / 10
Death Stranding is filled with things that must be seen, a sprawling, genre-spanning sci-fi adventure from a developer like no other. It's tackier clumps of writing and stunt casting seem overwrought, but its direction and its stars shine brightest
We Got This Covered - David Morgan - 5 / 5 stars
Like any genre-pushing work of art, Death Stranding is sure to be divisive. That said, the unflinching vision of its director is a breath of fresh air in an industry increasingly unwilling to swing for the fences.
Worth Playing - Andreas Salmen - 9.1 / 10
Death Stranding is a remarkable experience. Full stop. It's the first game I've played where everything from the story to the gameplay work together as a truly cohesive product.
ZTGD - Ken McKown - 8 / 10
Kojima and his team have crafted something that truly feels unique, for better or worse. It is hard to compare it to anything else, but that doesn’t always mean it was fun. Not everyone will adore this game, but I guarantee no one will ever be able to forget it either.
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2019.09.24 04:06 iBobaFett Contra: Rogue Corps - Review Megathread

Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 52 average - 11% recommended - 38 reviews

Critic Reviews

Generación Xbox - Santiago Carrillo - Spanish - 9 / 10
CONTRA: Rogue Corps, despite being a decent and fun game, is a long way from putting the legendary Contra saga back where it belongs.
Nintendo Times - Jordan Brewer - 8 / 10
Contra: Rogue Corps is an unexpected way to revive a beloved franchise. It’s sure to be divisive among fans, but it has plenty of reasons for you to give it a chance. The dynamic camera combined with solid gameplay makes for an overall enjoyable experience. I had a great time with it and it sure beats another Contra slot machine.
Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 74 / 100
Rogue Corps keeps the classic Contra flavour; It is fast, fun and spectacular, but we miss some game modes (specially coop campaign) and there are some technical issues, such as camera position, frame rate and control scheme.
Video Chums - A.J. Maciejewski - 7.3 / 10
Of course, not everyone will enjoy Contra: Rogue Corps but I certainly did.
GameSpew - Richard Seagrave - 7 / 10
There’s room for improvement, but Contra: Rogue Corps is very enjoyable for the most part.
Hardcore Gamer - Chris Shive - 3.5 / 5
Contra: Rogue Corps tries to maintain the essence of Contra while changing the gameplay mechanics into something that doesn’t remotely resemble classic Contra.
Wccftech - Kai Powell - 7 / 10
The more I played Contra: Rogue Corps, the more I could recognize its flaws yet at the same time, I was strangely transfixed by those fleeting moments of being an action badass with the right weapons, only for my dreams to be swiftly dashed as those weapons overheated and I was mobbed to death by giant alien bugs.
Cubed3 - Albert Lichi - 6 / 10
Contra: Rogue Corps is not a complete failure. Misguided? Yes. Awful? Absolutely not.
Gamer Escape - Josh McGrath - 6 / 10
There are some glimmers of inspiration here. The stupid macho tone and the comic-style cutscenes were particular portions that I enjoyed. Having them wrapped around such boring and repetitive gameplay and environments feels like a waste.
Gamersky - 金闪闪老里 - Chinese - 6 / 10
This game definitely will let you down if you used to be a fan of Contra series.
IGN Spain - Spanish - 6 / 10
A game that arrives a generation late. Improvable in all aspects except his cooperative and his thug style.
Shacknews - Brittany Vincent - 6 / 10
Contra: Rogue Corps may not get high marks for reinvigorating the Contra series, nor does it innovate or do anything exceptionally well. But a game that you enjoy playing doesn't have to, and I found myself enjoying this raucous shooter more than I thought I would. It may have its own fair share of problems, but its low price and low barrier entry make it a serviceable and potentially hilarious time to be had solo or with your friends.
The Games Machine - Danilo Dellafrana - Italian - 6 / 10
Contra Rogue Corps is the disappointing final chapter of a saga that has seen better days due to monotonous and trivial gameplay, along with a mediocre artistic direction.
COGconnected - Stephan Adamus - 55 / 100
The player will be doing a lot of the same in Contra: Rogue Corps. Although the progression systems and multiple modes are welcome, the game is just ok, and it definitely doesn’t feel like Contra. If the price was less it would be a good budget title, but for Konami’s newest Contra offering, it just doesn’t cut the mustard.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 5.5 / 10
It's a shame because sometimes, even when I'm fighting the game, I'm enjoying myself. Contra: Rogue Corps needed more time in the oven, and I'm not sure the whole "segmented ways to play" concept is going to go over well with everyone. But when it's firing on all cylinders, there's some silly shoot 'em up fun going on.
IGN Italy - Stefano Castelli - Italian - 5.2 / 10
The return of this beloved series is marred by repetitive gameplay, imprecise controls and wreak graphics.
GameSkinny - Jonathan Moore - 5 / 10 stars
Contra Rogue Corps is a mess of a game, and while that doesn't mean there aren't fun bits, you have to really dig to find them.
GamingBolt - Pramath - 5 / 10
For a Contra fan, this game is the antithesis of what Contra is supposed to be. Playing Rogue Corps, I at last understood what Metal Gear fans must have felt when they played Metal Gear Survive last year.
Just Push Start - Mark Fajardo - 2.5 / 5
It's hard to put into words all the issues Contra: Rogue Corps has, largely because it isn't objectively awful, it's just painfully unimaginative. It seems to think the name and a couple of jokes are enough to sell it and honestly, it's probably enough to garner interesting, though there really isn't anything special about it. Everything is so plain, boring and simple that no amount of charm or quirks will make shooting some pink blob that flies at you interesting. Though, if you love top-down shooters and just want to see what it's like, maybe check it out during a sale.
MonsterVine - Spencer Legacy - 2.5 / 5
Contra: Rogue Corps is a fun but flawed twin-stick shooter that feels more than a bit rushed. Its visuals are mixed and it reuses its levels in a frustrating manner, but the core gameplay and customization can be quite fun from time to time.
Push Square - Sammy Barker - 5 / 10
The only real accolade you can award this run-of-the-mill release is that it’s inoffensive, but even then it’s almost offensively inoffensive – if you get what we mean.
ZTGD - Ken McKown - 5 / 10
Contra: Rogue Corps is a game a lot of people would consider Konami to make. After seemingly wanting to exit the business even with a string of classic IP, this game feels like it was made for the sake of releasing a new Contra in 2019. It has good ideas hampered with poor implementation. It is not fun to play and that is its biggest crime. I wanted to love Rogue Corps. I tried to love Rogue Corps. I simply cannot find any fun to be had with the latest in this beloved franchise.
IGN Middle East - Zaher Albalbisi - Arabic - 4.8 / 10
The core design choice of Contra: Rogue Corps makes it a boring game no matter what mode your playing, add to that a weak AI and very repetitive missions, and you'll get yourself a disappointing game.
Spaziogames - Italian - 4.8 / 10
Contra Hard Corps is the worst Contra episode up to date, and a boring and messy twin stick shooter by itself: if this is the future of the franchise, we might be playing the Contra Anniversary Collection over and over.
Heavy - Elton Jones - 4 / 10
A current-gen rendition of Contra with top-down, twin-stick shooter mechanics sounds like a great idea. But Contra: Rouge Corps’ shoddy execution proves that a project such as this one is better left in more capable hands.
IGN - David Jagneaux - 4 / 10
Contra: Rogue Corps is one of the worst games in the revered franchise and does a poor job of reviving the series for a modern audience by switching genres and failing to deliver.
Nintendo Life - PJ O'Reilly - 4 / 10
Contra: Rogue Corps has some good ideas.
PCMag - Gabriel Zamora - 2 / 5 stars
Rogue Corps is one of the least polished and most disappointing titles of the year, and that's even with the low expectations that preceded its release.
Reno Gazette-Journal - Jason Hidalgo - 4 / 10
Contra is one of my favorite video game series of all time. Which makes giving Contra: Rogue Corps a low score extra painful for me. I really wanted this game to do well. But while it has some good ideas, they’re pretty much buried in an avalanche of poor gameplay decisions. From overheating guns to poor camera angles, playing Rogue Corps feels like you’re fighting the game a lot of times instead of the aliens inside it. I just hope it doesn’t spell the death knell for a franchise I love so much.
Slant Magazine - Jed Pressgrove - 2 / 5 stars
Perhaps its efforts to fit in with the big dogs of the gaming world would be more tolerable if there were more variety to its challenges.
We Got This Covered - Eric Hall - 2 / 5 stars
Although it may be a very bad Contra entry, Rogue Corps isn't a total wash. The upgrade system provides decent customization, and the gameplay is serviceable, but far from extraordinary. It's just not what you want from the long-buried franchise.
FNintendo - Nuno Nêveda - Portuguese - 3 / 10
The Contra series lands on the Nintendo Switch under the name of Contra Rogue Corps. If by itself this should be a reason to celebrate, a closer look reveals an opportunity that missed all its objectives. The Contra series is mostly appreciated for its fun, non-stop and frantic action and gameplay, but Rogue Corps brings a gameplay tarnished by lack of precision and frustration, as well as a limited performance where its audiovisual component is concerned.
DualShockers - Tomas Franzese - 2.5 / 10
Contra: Rogue Corps joins Bomberman: Act Zero and Hideo Kojima's firing as one of Konami's biggest disappointments.
CGMagazine - Jed Whitaker - 2 / 10
Contra: Rogue Corps is a game that is so bad, I can't recommend anyone buy it for any price
Metro GameCentral - 2 / 10
The worst Contra game ever made and an object lesson in how not to revive a classic franchise, especially as there are multiple unofficial homages that are far superior.
Eurogamer - Christian Donlan - No Recommendation / Blank
Rogue Corps is elevated at times by the fact that it's hard to truly screw up a twin-stick shooter.
NintendoWorldReport - Neal Ronaghan - Unscored
It's rough around the edges, specifically in the ridiculous faux-bad-ass story and presentation coupled with the restrictions on local multiplayer. The actual shooting has enough there that could make it a fun multiplayer game, but with so much of it hinging on the online play, I can't draw a total conclusion. I hope the weapon customization and upgrading can gel well with online multiplayer so that way Rogue Corps can transcend its issues and be a boisterous and enjoyable action game.
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2019.09.04 15:01 falconbox Gears 5 - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Gears 5
Platforms:
Trailers:
Developer: The Coalition
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 85 average - 93% recommended
Metacritic - 85

Critic Reviews

3DNews - Денис Щенников - Russian - 9 / 10
Classic Gears of War experience is greatly modified with cool new mechanics and not so necessary open world sections. But overall the game is close to be brilliant.
ACG - Jeremy Penter - Buy
"Despite some open world fluff and a story that didn't move me a ton the gameplay is ace."
Attack of the Fanboy - William Schwartz - 4 / 5 stars
Gears 5 once again feels like a safe bet by The Coalition. You can start to see the developer thinking about new ideas and potential directions that the series can go, but Gears 5 feels largely familiar. The additions of some new features and a new mode added to the fan-favorites that return make for a robust package though.
CGMagazine - Jed Whitaker - 6.5 / 10
Gears of War 5 bravely adds new mechanics to an aging series, but ends up being worse because of them.
COGconnected - Paul Sullivan - 87 / 100
No matter what your experience level is with these familiar faces, Gears 5 is the most accessible title in the line, and is ultimately successful in trying to be something for everyone.
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German - 8 / 10
Gears 5 delivers the usual solid co-op experience and offers enough variety in the gameplay-mix over the different modes. Sadly a lot of technical issues, bad level design and a lot of well meant ideas of the developers that didn't really delivered the effect they wanted doesn't make Gears 5 stand that much out compared to Gears of War 4.
Critical Hit - Geoffrey Tim - 9 / 10
There are missteps, especially with the open worlds feeling lifeless, but Gears 5 is a more confident turn from a developer that no longer has to prove it's capable of making a faithful Gears of War sequel. Bigger, better and more beautiful – and a bold step in the right direction for the series. The action is superlative, the writing hits humorous and emotional notes, and the number of multiplayer modes is extensive. If ever there was a reason to subscribe to Xbox's Game Pass service, this is it.
Daily Star - Dom Peppiatt - 4 / 5 stars
Gears 5 is a return to form for Microsoft’s hardcore series, delivering fans the roadie-running, head-bursting, visceral joy that made the franchise such a success in the first place.
Destructoid - Brett Makedonski - Unscored
Thus far, Gears 5 is shaping up to be a solid Gears game, even if I'm not keen on the new things it's trying.
EGM - Michael Goroff - 8 / 10
Gears 5 makes major strides in the series' approach to storytelling. This is the most heartfelt Delta Squad has ever been, and The Coalition backs up that emotion with genuine improvements to gameplay. While its new co-op mode, Escape, is generally underwhelming, Arcade mixes up the competitive meta enough to keep things interesting. All told, Gears 5 is more Gears, but it's also a bold statement for why this series is still relevant.
Game Informer - Andrew Reiner - 8.5 / 10
Gears 5 delivers plenty of excitement in its encounters and story, and offers nearly endless thrills in its excellently crafted multiplayer experiences
Game Revolution - Mack Ashworth - 4 / 5 stars
If you’re any kind of shooter fan, this game has earned your attention.
GameSpot - Phil Hornshaw - 7 / 10
The Coalition adds a lot of smart new ideas to the Gears of War formula in Gears 5.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 9.2 / 10
Gears 5 is an ambitious, and incredible expansion of the franchise that takes this series to new heights.
Gamers Heroes - Blaine Smith - 9 / 10
Much like its iconic Lancer Assault Rifle, Gears 5 functions as perfectly as it was designed. The developers threw on a chainsaw of character, narrative, and content to make an over-the-top, thrilling experience from start to finish. Gears 5 is a badass game, and you'll come away feeling more badass than the legendary Marcus himself.
GamesBeat - Dean Takahashi - 90 / 100
Gears 5 has a lot to offer, with multiplayer, co-op modes, and a single-player campaign with wide range of emotions, from humor and laughter to despair and tragedy. It leaves the fans with a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but that just means that fans will want Gears 6 to come soon.
GamesRadar+ - Mike Epstein - 4 / 5 stars
Gears 5 biggest changes don't reinvent the series, but give the classic shooter more room to breathe. Let Gears be Gears.
GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat - 9 / 10
Gears 5 is one of Microsoft's best games this console generation. It's a package that's brimming with content, and has top-notch stuff on offer for you no matter what you're looking for. With its campaign, it successfully revitalizes a franchise may had feared was becoming stale, while with its online component, it continues to be on the top of its game, the way the series always been since the day it was born.
GamingTrend - Travis Northup - 90 / 100
Gears 5 is an impressive evolution in the Gears of War series with a campaign that feels like a huge leap forward and a dizzying amount of excellent multiplayer modes. The story isn't without its issues, especially the final act which I'm sure will draw controversy, but that does little to hold back this awesome next chapter in the Gears saga.
Generación Xbox - Pedro del Pozo - Spanish - 9.9 / 10
Gears 5 is perfect as a new Gears and one of the best action titles of this generation. You can't ask for more quality content in one game.
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 9.5 / 10
The magic of Gears 5 is how all this comes together to offer the best entry in the series to date. Right from its exceptional campaign mode all the way to its new simple but effective Escape mode. The Seasonal Ranking ties everything you do across the game together to always deliver new challenges and rewards for completing them. It is simply one of the best games Microsoft has ever released.
God is a Geek - Adam Cook - 10 / 10
If you didn't think you needed another Gears of War, you were wrong. Gears 5 is a barnstorming success, and a triumphant return for the series. This is the essential first party game the Xbox One desperately needed.
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 4 / 5
The Coalition is clearly making substantial strides to evolve Gears into a bigger and better shooter, but the fifth installment is only half a step in the right direction.
Heavy - Elton Jones - 9.5 / 10
The Coalition has simply knocked it out of the park with Gears 5.
Hobby Consolas - Alejandro Alcolea Huertos - Spanish - 95 / 100
Gears 5 takes a step forward in all aspects, with a campaign with open levels, but still very intense. Audiovisually it's a delight and the multiplayer expands with new more approachable modes and a renewed horde mode with hero shooter features. The best Microsoft Studios game in recent years.
IGN - Ryan McCaffrey - 8.8 / 10
Gears 5's campaign doubles down on story and brings enough welcome gameplay improvements to make it a great ride.
Metro GameCentral - 7 / 10
The attempts to innovate in terms of storytelling and structure feel superficial and ineffective, leaving Gears 5 to survive purely on its increasingly overfamiliar action.
New Game Network - Alex Varankou - 73 / 100
Gears 5 offers a familiar action experience that should satisfy fans who gravitate towards its expanded multiplayer options. And yet, the uneven campaign and lack of significant gameplay innovations mean this latest chapter does little to draw in the uninitiated.
PCGamesN - 6 / 10
Familiarly solid cover shooting with the occasional surprise. It's fitting The Coalition has opted to simply call the latest game 'Gears', because mostly, it's just going through the motions.Benjamin Griffin
Player2.net.au - A or higher
Gears 5 offers, in my mind at least, the best game in the franchise yet and that is thanks to the developers feeling comfortable enough to take the game out of its usual wheelhouse. The introduction of the open maps, along with a fantastic story that is sure to make long-time fans jump with glee takes the Gears we know and love and brings it to the next level.
Polygon - Dave Tach - Unscored
Gears 5 is personal, like its predecessor, and insistent in focusing on its characters. It’s thoughtful, and unafraid to stop the action in favor of slower story beats and sections focused on exploration. And those are the parts that I enjoyed the most.
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 8.1 / 10
Gears 5, is a decent addition to the franchise. Fans will love the story and lore and will equally enjoy the combat. It doesn’t reinvent the COG but then again, it doesn’t have to.
Press Start - Brodie Gibbons - 9 / 10
Gears 5 is a big, loud blockbuster that brings so much to the table, it’s easy to under-appreciate it.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Matthew Castle - Unscored
Gears 5 left my belly nice and fat, and keen for the next course.
Screen Rant - Rob Gordon - 4.5 / 5 stars
Gears 5 takes steps forward for the franchise, providing the bombastic, bloody violence of the series with both a greater scope and intimate story.
Shacknews - Chris Jarrard - 9 / 10
If you never liked Gears of War before, this is not going to be the game to change your mind, as it sticks with the same formula, but does finally evolve the design in a positive way. If you were previously a Gears Stan, then this game is a must-buy.
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco - Unscored
Gears 5 Is So Damn Good...
Star News - Rod Oracheski - 5 / 5
Gears 5 is the best looking the series has ever been, and that's maybe the least of the improvements here.
Stevivor - Steve Wright - 9 / 10
Gears 5 has some great innovations, held back behind the same ol'.
The Games Machine - Alessandro Alosi - Italian - 9.1 / 10
Gears 5 is the natural evolution of the historic TPS series and, with its solid gameplay and contents, is a step towards the future that so many fans wanted. Perhaps some of them wished for a more decisive revolution, but the developers' hard work can be seen and felt, and it can satisfy any kind of player.
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 4 / 5 stars
Gears 5 is the series' most ambitious entry to date, bringing with it an endless wave of revolutionary ideas that the franchise has been in desperate need of for years. The Coalition's mark has finally been made, and it's one that focuses on narrative importance alongside bright, energetic mechanics that show that Gears 5 can happily stand alongside this generation's other blockbusters without fear.
Twinfinite - Chris Jecks - 4.5 / 5
With Gears 5, The Coalition took some risks, and it makes for one of the best entries in the series yet.
USgamer - 3 / 5 stars
Gears 5 survives on its solid cover shooting gameplay and a campaign that isn't afraid to pose difficult questions about problematic topics. But the largely stagnant Horde mode and general mess of an Escape mode really pull the sequel back from being a bold step forward.
Windows Central - Jez Corden - 4.5 / 5 stars
The future of Gears of War has never been so bright — and sure, there's room for improvement, but this is the evolution that the franchise desperately needed.
Worth Playing - Adam Pavlacka - Unscored
Although it has a few stumbles, and an obvious setup for Gears 6, the overall campaign package is a satisfying experience whether you’re a long time Gears fan or entirely new to the series.
Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker - 90 / 100
Once again, The Coalition proves itself as Gears of War's ideal custodian. Gears 5 is one of the best entries in the series yet, delivering an unrivalled package that still boasts the best headshots in the business.
ZTGD - Ken McKown - 9.5 / 10
Gears 5 rekindles the magic the first three games delivered in their prime and it has me excited to see where the series goes in the next generation. This is one of the best games Microsoft has put out this year, and quite possible one of the best games of 2019.
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2019.09.04 14:55 ninjyte Gears 5 - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Gears 5
Genre: Third-person shooter, co-op, science fiction
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Media: E3 2018 Announce Trailer E3 2018 Cinematic Trailer
E3 2019 4 Mutator Escape Gameplay
Versus - 4 Things To Know About Escalation Bootcamp Preview
Versus - Arcade Explained Map Builder Explained Escape Explained
Official Horde Trailer Horde Explained
Campaign Story Trailer
Launch Maps Trailer
Batista Comes to Gears 5 Halo: Reach Character Pack
Launch Trailer
Developer: The Coalition Info)
Developer's HQ: Vancouver, Canada
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Price: Standard - $59.99 USD / £49.99 GBP / 69,99€ EUR / $79.99 CAD contains microtransactions
Ultimate - $59.99 USD / £69.99 GBP / 79,99€ / $99.99 CAD contents
also on Xbox Game Pass
Game Pass Standard - $5 per month
Game Pass Ultimate - $15 per month
Release Date: Utimate Edition - September 6, 2019
Standard Edition - September 10, 2019
More Info: /gearsofwar Wikipedia Page
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 85 93% Recommended [Cross-Platform] Score distribution
MetaCritic - 85 [XB1]
MetaCritic - 82 [PC]
Garishly arbitrary list of past games in the Gears of War series -
Entry Score Platform, Year, # of Critics
Gears of War 94 X360, 2006, 88 critics
Gears of War 2 93 X360 2008, 90 critics
Gears of War 3 91 X360, 2011, 96 critics
Gears of War: Judgment 79 X360, 2013, 81 critics
Gears of War 4 84 XONE, 2016, 99 critics

Reviews

Website/Author Aggregates' Score ~ Critic's Score Quote Platform
ACG - Jeremy Penter Buy ~ Buy At a retail purchase, this is worth getting despite my misgivings with the story and the open-world areas because some people are just gonna experience it differently and I can recognize something as good that I just don't necessarily love. There's a lot to like here, it's a very polished title. And those multiplayer and singleplayer changes are actually very cool and that includes that multiplayer. I really did like the arcade modes I've got to play, and I absolutely loved Escape, that is going to be a very fun mode. And in the end, it is an incredibly polished title. PC
Player2.net.au - Matt Hewson A+ ~ A+ Gears 5 offers, in my mind at least, the best game in the franchise yet and that is thanks to the developers feeling comfortable enough to take the game out of its usual wheelhouse. The introduction of the open maps, along with a fantastic story that is sure to make long-time fans jump with glee takes the Gears we know and love and brings it to the next level.
Polygon - Dave Tach Unscored ~ Unscored Gears 5 is personal, like its predecessor, and insistent in focusing on its characters. It’s thoughtful, and unafraid to stop the action in favor of slower story beats and sections focused on exploration. And those are the parts that I enjoyed the most. XB1
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Matthew Castle Unscored ~ Unscored Gears 5 left my belly nice and fat, and keen for the next course. PC
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco Unscored ~ Unscored This is an awesome product. It's a very accessible product. It's a very consumer friendly product. And if Xbox brings this sort of quality and focus on a more regular basis in the next-gen, then we're gonna have an honest-to-goodness fight on our hands once more, which is exactly what it should be. XB1, PC
Worth Playing - Adam Pavlacka Unscored ~ Unscored Although it has a few stumbles, and an obvious setup for Gears 6, the overall campaign package is a satisfying experience whether you’re a long time Gears fan or entirely new to the series. XB1
Destructoid - Brett Makedonski Review-In-Progress ~ Review-In-Progress Thus far, Gears 5 is shaping up to be a solid Gears game, even if I'm not keen on the new things it's trying. XB1
Star News - Rod Oracheski 100 ~ 5 / 5 Gears 5 is the best looking the series has ever been, and that’s maybe the least of the improvements here. A stellar package for the Gears hardcore and casual fans alike, and a great place to jump into the series thanks to the onboarding summaries. XB1, PC
God is a Geek - Adam Cook 100 ~ 10 / 10 If you didn't think you needed another Gears of War, you were wrong. Gears 5 is a barnstorming success, and a triumphant return for the series. This is the essential first party game the Xbox One desperately needed. XB1
Generación Xbox - Pedro del Pozo - Spanish 99 ~ 9.9 / 10 Gears 5 is perfect as a new Gears and one of the best action titles of this generation. You can't ask for more quality content in one game. XB1
Heavy - Elton Jones 95 ~ 9.5 / 10 The Coalition has simply knocked it out of the park with Gears 5. XB1
Hobby Consolas - Alejandro Alcolea Huertos - Spanish 95 ~ 95 / 100 Gears 5 takes a step forward in all aspects, with a campaign with open levels, but still very intense. Audiovisually it's a delight and the multiplayer expands with new more approachable modes and a renewed horde mode with hero shooter features. The best Microsoft Studios game in recent years. XB1
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello 95 ~ 9.5 / 10 The magic of Gears 5 is how all this comes together to offer the best entry in the series to date. Right from its exceptional campaign mode all the way to its new simple but effective Escape mode. The Seasonal Ranking ties everything you do across the game together to always deliver new challenges and rewards for completing them. It is simply one of the best games Microsoft has ever released. XB1, PC
ZTGD - Ken McKown 95 ~ 9.5 / 10 Gears 5 rekindles the magic the first three games delivered in their prime and it has me excited to see where the series goes in the next generation. This is one of the best games Microsoft has put out this year, and quite possible one of the best games of 2019. XB1
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner 92 ~ 9.2 / 10 Gears 5 is an ambitious, and incredible expansion of the franchise that takes this series to new heights. XB1
The Games Machine - Alessandro Alosi - Italian 91 ~ 9.1 / 10 Gears 5 is the natural evolution of the historic TPS series and, with its solid gameplay and contents, is a step towards the future that so many fans wanted. Perhaps some of them wished for a more decisive revolution, but the developers' hard work can be seen and felt, and it can satisfy any kind of player. XB1, PC
Press Start - Brodie Gibbons 90 ~ 9 / 10 Gears 5 is a big, loud blockbuster that brings so much to the table, it’s easy to under-appreciate it. XB1
Stevivor - Steve Wright 90 ~ 9 / 10 Gears 5 has some great innovations, held back behind the same ol'. XB1. PC
Windows Central - Jez Corden 90 ~ 4.5 / 5 stars The future of Gears of War has never been so bright — and sure, there's room for improvement, but this is the evolution that the franchise desperately needed. XB1
GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat 90 ~ 9 / 10 Gears 5 is one of Microsoft's best games this console generation. It's a package that's brimming with content, and has top-notch stuff on offer for you no matter what you're looking for. With its campaign, it successfully revitalizes a franchise may had feared was becoming stale, while with its online component, it continues to be on the top of its game, the way the series always been since the day it was born. XB1
Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker 90 ~ 90 / 100 Once again, The Coalition proves itself as Gears of War's ideal custodian. Gears 5 is one of the best entries in the series yet, delivering an unrivalled package that still boasts the best headshots in the business. XB1
GamingTrend - Travis Northup 90 ~ 90 / 100 Gears 5 is an impressive evolution in the Gears of War series with a campaign that feels like a huge leap forward and a dizzying amount of excellent multiplayer modes. The story isn't without its issues, especially the final act which I'm sure will draw controversy, but that does little to hold back this awesome next chapter in the Gears saga. XB1
GamesBeat - Dean Takahashi 90 ~ 90 / 100 Gears 5 has a lot to offer, with multiplayer, co-op modes, and a single-player campaign with wide range of emotions, from humor and laughter to despair and tragedy. It leaves the fans with a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but that just means that fans will want Gears 6 to come soon. XB1, PC
Shacknews - Chris Jarrard 90 ~ 9 / 10 If you never liked Gears of War before, this is not going to be the game to change your mind, as it sticks with the same formula, but does finally evolve the design in a positive way. If you were previously a Gears Stan, then this game is a must-buy. PC
Twinfinite - Chris Jecks 90 ~ 4.5 / 5 With Gears 5, The Coalition took some risks, and it makes for one of the best entries in the series yet.
Screen Rant - Rob Gordon 90 ~ 4.5 / 5 stars Gears 5 takes steps forward for the franchise, providing the bombastic, bloody violence of the series with both a greater scope and intimate story. PC
3DNews - Денис Щенников - Russian 90 ~ 9 / 10 Classic Gears of War experience is greatly modified with cool new mechanics and not so necessary open world sections. But overall the game is close to be brilliant. XB1, PC
Critical Hit - Geoffrey Tim 90 ~ 9 / 10 There are missteps, especially with the open worlds feeling lifeless, but Gears 5 is a more confident turn from a developer that no longer has to prove it's capable of making a faithful Gears of War sequel. Bigger, better and more beautiful – and a bold step in the right direction for the series. The action is superlative, the writing hits humorous and emotional notes, and the number of multiplayer modes is extensive. If ever there was a reason to subscribe to Xbox's Game Pass service, this is it. XB1, PC
Gamers Heroes - Blaine Smith 90 ~ 9 / 10 Much like its iconic Lancer Assault Rifle, Gears 5 functions as perfectly as it was designed. The developers threw on a chainsaw of character, narrative, and content to make an over-the-top, thrilling experience from start to finish. Gears 5 is a badass game, and you'll come away feeling more badass than the legendary Marcus himself. PC
IGN - Ryan McCaffrey 88 ~ 8.8 / 10 Gears 5's campaign doubles down on story and brings enough welcome gameplay improvements to make it a great ride. XB1, PC
COGconnected - Paul Sullivan 87 ~ 87 / 100 No matter what your experience level is with these familiar faces, Gears 5 is the most accessible title in the line, and is ultimately successful in trying to be something for everyone. XB1
Game Informer - Andrew Reiner 85 ~ 8.5 / 10 Gears 5 delivers plenty of excitement in its encounters and story, and offers nearly endless thrills in its excellently crafted multiplayer experiences XB1
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson 81 ~ 8.1 / 10 Gears 5, is a decent addition to the franchise. Fans will love the story and lore and will equally enjoy the combat. It doesn’t reinvent the COG but then again, it doesn’t have to. XB1, PC
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck 80 ~ 4 / 5 The Coalition is clearly making substantial strides to evolve Gears into a bigger and better shooter, but the fifth installment is only half a step in the right direction. XB1
EGM - Michael Goroff 80 ~ 8 / 10 Gears 5 makes major strides in the series' approach to storytelling. This is the most heartfelt Delta Squad has ever been, and The Coalition backs up that emotion with genuine improvements to gameplay. While its new co-op mode, Escape, is generally underwhelming, Arcade mixes up the competitive meta enough to keep things interesting. All told, Gears 5 is more Gears, but it's also a bold statement for why this series is still relevant. XB1
GamesRadar+ - Mike Epstein 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Gears 5 biggest changes don't reinvent the series, but give the classic shooter more room to breathe. Let Gears be Gears.
Game Revolution - Mack Ashworth 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars If you’re any kind of shooter fan, this game has earned your attention. PC
Daily Star - Dom Peppiatt 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Gears 5 is a return to form for Microsoft’s hardcore series, delivering fans the roadie-running, head-bursting, visceral joy that made the franchise such a success in the first place. XB1
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German 80 ~ 8 / 10 Gears 5 delivers the usual solid co-op experience and offers enough variety in the gameplay-mix over the different modes. Sadly a lot of technical issues, bad level design and a lot of well meant ideas of the developers that didn't really delivered the effect they wanted doesn't make Gears 5 stand that much out compared to Gears of War 4.
Attack of the Fanboy - William Schwartz 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Gears 5 once again feels like a safe bet by The Coalition. You can start to see the developer thinking about new ideas and potential directions that the series can go, but Gears 5 feels largely familiar. The additions of some new features and a new mode added to the fan-favorites that return make for a robust package though. XB1
TrustedReviews - Jade King 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Gears 5 is the series' most ambitious entry to date, bringing with it an endless wave of revolutionary ideas that the franchise has been in desperate need of for years. The Coalition's mark has finally been made, and it's one that focuses on narrative importance alongside bright, energetic mechanics that show that Gears 5 can happily stand alongside this generation's other blockbusters without fear.
New Game Network - Alex Varankou 73 ~ 73 / 100 Gears 5 offers a familiar action experience that should satisfy fans who gravitate towards its expanded multiplayer options. And yet, the uneven campaign and lack of significant gameplay innovations mean this latest chapter does little to draw in the uninitiated. XB1
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral 70 ~ 7 / 10 The attempts to innovate in terms of storytelling and structure feel superficial and ineffective, leaving Gears 5 to survive purely on its increasingly overfamiliar action. XB1
GameSpot - Phil Hornshaw 70 ~ 7 / 10 The Coalition adds a lot of smart new ideas to the Gears of War formula in Gears 5. XB1, PC
CGMagazine - Jed Whitaker 65 ~ 6.5 / 10 Gears of War 5 bravely adds new mechanics to an aging series, but ends up being worse because of them. PC
USgamer - Hirun Cryer 60 ~ 3 / 5 stars Gears 5 survives on its solid cover shooting gameplay and a campaign that isn't afraid to pose difficult questions about problematic topics. But the largely stagnant Horde mode and general mess of an Escape mode really pull the sequel back from being a bold step forward. XB1
PCGamesN - Benjamin Griffin 60 ~ 6 / 10 Familiarly solid cover shooting with the occasional surprise. It's fitting The Coalition has opted to simply call the latest game 'Gears', because mostly, it's just going through the motions. PC

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2019.04.22 16:02 Atmouspheric Review scores (No Spoilers)

IGN 9/10
It’s a rare fighting game that hits just about every note as strongly as Mortal Kombat 11 does. Everything from its methodical and deep combat to its fantastically absurd story mode and its rock-solid netcode, right down to its extraordinarily comprehensive tutorial is absolutely exceptional. It’s only when you get into its drawn-out progression that it trips up: the keys to unlocking Mortal Kombat 11’s rich vault of customization options are locked behind the frustratingly gimmicky and grindy barriers of the Krypt and Towers of Time. This series continues to prove that there’s real fighting depth beyond its notoriously gory Fatalities, and this one in particular stands out as a spine-ripping good time.
Push Square 7/10
Structural foibles detract from the fact that Mortal Kombat 11 is an excellent fighter with lots to offer. Those yearning for the gore-soaked days of old will find plenty to love, and newcomers will be enthralled by its excellent story and deep fighting system.
Variety “Mortal Kombat 11” is uncomfortable. Outlandish. Campy. Combined with the game’s complex, precise gameplay, it’s a damn good fighting game.
Games Radar 4/5
Mortal Kombat 11's story mode, along with its gameplay, is the most intense and gripping narrative in a fighter that I've played in years.
Shack News
Mortal Kombat 11 isn't the ideal MK package and may not even be the best MK package to come along in this console generation. Still, it's a strong package and one that still proves fun to play alone or with friends. It's not a flawless victory, but it's still a victory, nonetheless.
Android Central 5/5
Overall, Mortal Kombat 11 is a stellar fighting game and is one of the best ones ever made in my opinion. The depth and variety it offers are unparalleled, even by the likes of Injustice 2, another NetherRealm creation. There are so many characters to customize and master — with many more on the horizon — which should keep you enthralled for months to come.
Event Hubs 88/100
Mortal Kombat 11 doesn't do everything perfectly, but it does a lot really well. Equipped with something for just about every type of gamer that might be interested, I'd say if you find yourself considering it at all, then this title is worth buying.
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Cons
Gamespot 8/10
MK11 isn't just a sequel for series fans and Netherrealm devotees, it's a gateway into the realm of fighting games for anyone who has a passing interest in watching ruthless warriors beat each other silly.
Good
Bad
US Gamer 3.5/5
There's a lot to love in Mortal Kombat 11. It's a fantastic fighter with a roster of 25 varied characters, tons of customization options, beautiful graphics, and one of the best story modes in a fighting game. It's a shame that modes like the Krypt and Towers of Time inject annoyance and tedium into what was an excellent experience. The progression is complex and obtuse, when it should be easy and straightforward. MK 11 could been an all-time best, but it's just a contender.
CG Magazine 9.5/10
Mortal Kombat 11 isn’t just a fantastic entry into this long running franchise, it’s a stunning example of how much value and content developers can pack into the fighting game genre
We Got This Covered - 3.5/5
Mortal Kombat 11 is arguably the most enjoyable entry in the long-running franchise. It's visually incredible and a blast to play. However, questionable design decisions -- namely, a grind-heavy approach to progression -- hold it back from true fighting game greatness.
Attack of the Fanboy 4.5/5
The Mortal Kombat series is truly experiencing a renaissance with the most consistent output since the original trilogy in recent years. Mortal Kombat 11 now continues that trend by giving fans of the series a nostalgia fueled story that somehow manages to mesh perfectly with the present day story presented across the last few games. Unlike some of its more competitive counterparts in the fighting genre, Mortal Kombat 11 remains much more approachable while still being full of the type of kontent and gore people come to expect from the Mortal Kombat series.
Press Start 9/10
Mortal Kombat 11 is both joyful and frustrating. It’s far and away a superior game to Mortal Kombat X where it truly matters - the roster is strong and varied, the visuals are phenomenal, and the flow of battle is as sharp as ever. If you play with friends, solid online offerings will deliver in droves. If you’re thinking of playing solo, although Story mode is some of Netherrealm’s best, the grind to unlock everything beyond that is sobering. It’s this grind that means Mortal Kombat 11 stands besides Mortal Kombat X, and not above it.
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TrustedReviews 4/5
Mortal Kombat 11 is yet another great entry in NetherRealm's fighting series. We're living in a golden age of fighting games right now, and NetherRealm's latest can happily join some of the generation's best.
Pros
Cons
Gaming Nexus Review 8/10
Mortal Kombat 11 is a nice send off to the 25+ year story of the series and it's NetherRealms best fighting game to date. It's just unfortunate that almost all of the single player content had to be filled with ridiculous amounts of grinding, RNG loot drops and unfair, unbalanced challenges.
Hobby Consolas Review 89/100
(Spanish)
Gameblog Review 8/10
(French)
Spaziogames Review 8.8/10
(Italian)
Nerd Bunker ?/10
(Portuguese)
What Culture (below)
(4-Negatives)
A Ludicrously Arduous Grind
A.I. Difficulty Spikes
Paying To Win
Turning The Krypt Into A Loot Box
(6-Positives)
The Best Story In Mortal Kombat History
Awesome New Characters-Perfect Roster
Awesome Customisable Movesets
Huge Gameplay Changes For The Better
An Immaculate Tutorial, Solid Netcode For Online Modes
The Pros Don’t Outweigh The Negatives, But They Mean More
Critical Hit 9/10
A bone-breaking blast of bloody fun, Mortal Kombat 11 is a celebration of ultra-violence that pushes the franchise forward to gloriously gory new heights.
Dual Shockers 90/10
Mortal Kombat 11 is a must. NetherRealm Studios continues to create great fighting games with compelling stories, even in the goofiest of video game universes. Every minute of my day, I am thinking of how I can improve and perfect my strategies. Whether you’re a long-time kombatant or new to the series, Mortal Kombat 11 is a bloody blast.
TheSixthAxis 7/10
This game is the pinnacle of Mortal Kombat action. Fights are fluid, weighty, and gorgeous to look at. Unfortunately, that tightly-designed gameplay is bogged down by a grindy system of loot and consumables that only serves to artificially extend your playtime in the most tedious ways imaginable. There is so much heart and care put into this game, from the combat to the gorgeous visuals and memorable story, but that effort feels nullified by the desperate attempt to twist an iconic video game franchise into just another endlessly online service game.
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Twinfinite 4.5/5
Small frustrations aside, Mortal Kombat 11 is an extremely fleshed out fighting game that has a solid backbone both for single-player and online play. It leads the genre now in story telling in fighting games, cleverly finding a way to unite 17 years of plot.
Esquire ?/10
Mortal Kombat 11 utilizes the current generation of hardware to create graphic and gameplay marvels, feeling less like a sequel to Mortal Kombat X and more like an anniversary celebrating everything that's ever made Mortal Kombat so good. And there’s still plenty to look forward to with Shang Tsung on the way, along with more unannounced DLC fighters coming soon.
(Will Update Shortly)
OP So far a lot of gripes about unlockables with time event towers and random generated krypt unlocks that comes with a grind or you can skip with money.It’s a shame..
Dont Let WB Be This Greedy.
Let NRS and WB Know and Help Turn This Game Into A Flawless Victory For All of Us!
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2019.04.22 14:03 diogenesl Mortal Kombat 11 - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Mortal Kombat 11
Platforms:
Trailer:
Developers: NetherRealm Studios, QLOC
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 82 average - 81% recommended

Critic Reviews

Attack of the Fanboy - Dean James - 4.5 / 5 stars
The Mortal Kombat series is truly experiencing a renaissance with the most consistent output since the original trilogy in recent years. Mortal Kombat 11 now continues that trend by giving fans of the series a nostalgia fueled story that somehow manages to mesh perfectly with the present day story presented across the last few games
CGMagazine - Cole Watson - 9.5 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 isn't just a fantastic entry into this long running franchise, it's a stunning example of how much value and content developers can pack into the fighting game genre
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 9 / 10
A bone-breaking blast of bloody fun, Mortal Kombat 11 is a celebration of ultra-violence that pushes the franchise forward to gloriously gory new heights.
Daily Mirror - Jasper Pickering - 3 / 5 stars
If you are a diehard Mortal Kombat fan and you must own this game just for the story and local competitive play then this review isn’t going to stop you from purchasing it. But until NetherRealm fixes its issues with connectivity and offers an experience that is friendly for consumers you are better off waiting for it to lower in price.
Daily Star - Dom Peppiatt - 3 / 5 stars
Mortal Kombat 11 - Flawless fighting marred by tedious grinding and content gating
DualShockers - Michael Ruiz - 9 / 10
Get over here!
Everyeye.it - Tommaso Montagnoli - Italian - 8.8 / 10
The eleventh chapter of the saga signed by Netherrealm and published by Warner Bros. Games is a concentration of new mechanics and classic elements, masterfully united under the sign of an above-average production
Gadgets 360 - 8 / 10
That said, there's clearly a lot more done right that wrong in Mortal Kombat 11. It stands out as the best entry in the new trilogy and presents you with a lot to explore, learn and even master. That is why Mortal Kombat 11 will continue to be the game that you're playing in-between other games, long after you're done with it.
GameMAG - Russian - 9 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 is a high-budget fighting game with great graphics, a huge amount of content, cool combat system and an interesting story mode, in which fanservice is successfully combined with a an intrigue. This game will definitely not disappoint you.
GameSpot - Edmond Tran - 8 / 10
Smart refinements to a deep and exciting fighting system, along with an entertaining story mode, make MK11 great despite some missteps with its persistent content.
GameXplain - Liked-a-lot

Video Review - Quote not available

Gameblog - Jonathan Bushle - French - 8 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 is a very beautiful and enjoyable fighting game, and has a lot to give. Fans of the franchise and newcomers will a find something very technical and deep, with a lovable campaign plenty of game modes and even some quite intersting tutorials. A serious contender in its genre for 2019.
GamesRadar+ - Aron Garst - 4 / 5 stars
Mortal Kombat 11's story mode, along with its gameplay, is the most intense and gripping narrative in a fighter that I've played in years.
Gaming Nexus - Nathan Carter - 8 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 is a nice send off to the 25+ year story of the series and it's NetherRealms best fighting game to date. It's just unfortunate that almost all of the single player content had to be filled with ridiculous amounts of grinding, RNG loot drops and unfair, unbalanced challenges.
GamingBolt - Rashid Sayed - 8 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 features an addictive core gameplay loop and a ton of interesting gameplay modes, but some weird grinding mechanics with the gear system and Towers of Time may put off some players.
Glitched Africa - Wessel Minnie - 8.5 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 takes everything we love from the franchise and turns it up to 11 even with a disjointed story and very slow progression.
Hardcore Gamer - Kevin Dunsmore - 3.5 / 5
The ever-flowing nature of time meant we'd eventually return to an Armageddon level event.
Hobby Consolas - Daniel Quesada - Spanish - 89 / 100
A new proof of Netherrealm's expertise. It surely shows some lack of new ideas, but everything that's included in the game is really well done.
IGN - Mitchell Saltzman - 9 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 is the best game in the 27-year-old series thanks to deep, methodical new mechanics and fun story.
IGN Spain - Javi Andrés - Spanish - 8.8 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 doesn't change many things. The series of Ed Boon and NetherRealm is still alive. This new game is deep and it is full of content. The Fatal Blow is a good idea, and visually he continues to be brutal and spectacular, although it is running in Unreal Engine 3. The new characters and modes are great.
Merlin'in Kazanı - Furkan Güler - Turkish - 89 / 100
I think players who like fighting games will be satisfied with the game. Although you don't have much to do with fighting games, you can have fun with the story of Mortal Kombat 11.
PlayStation Universe - John-Paul Jones - 9.5 / 10
Stuffed with masses of modes and a veritable avalanche of stuff to do, Mortal Kombat 11 is the best the series has ever looked, sounded and most importantly, played. Oh and it doesn't hurt either that it just so happens to have one of the best story modes ever made, too.
Press Start - James Mitchell - 9 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 is both joyful and frustrating. It's far and away a superior game to Mortal Kombat X where it truly matters - the roster is strong and varied, the visuals are phenomenal, and the flow of battle is as sharp as ever. If you play with friends, solid online offerings will deliver in droves. If you're thinking of playing solo, although Story mode is some of Netherrealm's best, the grind to unlock everything beyond that is sobering. It's this grind that means Mortal Kombat 11 stands besides Mortal Kombat X, and not above it.
Push Square - Lloyd Coombes - 7 / 10
Structural foibles detract from the fact that Mortal Kombat 11 is an excellent fighter with lots to offer. Those yearning for the gore-soaked days of old will find plenty to love, and newcomers will be enthralled by its excellent story and deep fighting system.
Saudi Gamer - عصام الشهوان - Arabic - 4 / 5
A fun game that is presented well and is rich in content. A solid foundation marred by a slog to obtain items in the single player mode.
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia - 7 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 isn't the ideal MK package and may not even be the best MK package to come along in this console generation. Still, it's a strong package and one that still proves fun to play alone or with friends. It's not a flawless victory, but it's still a victory, nonetheless.
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco - Unscored

Video Review - Quote not available

Softpedia - Cosmin Vasile - 9 / 10
I have no doubt that Mortal Kombat 11 is the best game in the series thanks to the incredibly deep combat mechanics, customization options and addictive addictive extra activities. Not the mention that game brings new meanings to the word "bloody."
Spaziogames - Francesco Corica - Italian - 8.8 / 10
A Mortal Kombat with great customization possibilities and lot of single player content, even sometimes grinding could be avoided. We loved the more tactical gameplay that leaves to the player much more control over the simple combo connection.
The Games Machine - Gian Filippo Saba - Italian - 8.5 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 is probably the best chapter in the entire saga. Visuals, soundtrack and gameplay have reached an astonishing level of depth. Unfortunately, being forced to be always online and a progression system that seems a bit too random prevent this fighting game to become the masterpiece it deserves to be.
TheSixthAxis - Miguel Moran - 7 / 10
This game is the pinnacle of Mortal Kombat action. Fights are fluid, weighty, and gorgeous to look at. Unfortunately, that tightly-designed gameplay is bogged down by a grindy system of loot and consumables that only serves to artificially extend your playtime in the most tedious ways imaginable. There is so much heart and care put into this game, from the combat to the gorgeous visuals and memorable story, but that effort feels nullified by the desperate attempt to twist an iconic video game franchise into just another endlessly online service game.
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 4 / 5 stars
Mortal Kombat 11 is yet another great entry in NetherRealm's fighting series. The story mode is all too brief, but delivers a frantic action blockbuster that unashamedly hurls fan service all over the place, and is all the better for it.
Twinfinite - Ed McGlone - 4.5 / 5
Whether you just plan on stopping by for the story and messing around with friends locally every once in a while, or plan on going hardcore into online play, you’ll have plenty to do, and you’ll have plenty of fun doing it until whenever the next Mortal Kombat game comes out some time in the next generation.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 3.5 / 5 stars
There's a lot to love in Mortal Kombat 11. It's a fantastic fighter with a roster of 25 varied characters, tons of customization options, beautiful graphics, and one of the best story modes in a fighting game. It's a shame that modes like the Krypt and Towers of Time inject annoyance and tedium into what was an excellent experience. The progression is complex and obtuse, when it should be easy and straightforward. MK 11 could been an all-time best, but it's just a contender.
We Got This Covered - Eric Hall - 3.5 / 5 stars
Mortal Kombat 11 is arguably the most enjoyable entry in the long-running franchise. It's visually incredible and a blast to play. However, questionable design decisions -- namely, a grind-heavy approach to progression -- hold it back from true fighting game greatness.
Worth Playing - Chris "Atom" DeAngelus - 8 / 10
All in all, Mortal Kombat 11 is a solid addition to the franchise. It has arguably the weakest story mode in the new MK trilogy, but even that mode has one of the better fighting game story modes on the market. The gameplay is solid, satisfying and fun, with a lot of potential depth. There's a lot of good single-player content for those who like beating up various characters, in addition to the online multiplayer that is genre-standard. Mortal Kombat 11 is everything that a Mortal Kombat game should be, and it's something fans should enjoy.
Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker - 88 / 100
You need only look at Mortal Kombat 11 to see that it's a cut above many fighting games currently on the market. Fleshing out what NetherRealm has previously brought to the table, Mortal Kombat 11 not only draws upon the series' legacy in a way that will delight fans, but will also appeal to fighting aficionados of all kinds.
Zoomg - Afshin Piroozi - Persian - 9 / 10
Mortal Kombat 11 is not only one of the best in this franchise, but also a great evolution for Netherrealm Studios fighting games. great blend of fan favorite features with some changes like addition of Fatal Flows or new attack and defend gauges make this game a very fun and competitive title to play.
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2019.03.07 13:49 ManicMeat Devil May Cry 5 - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Devil May Cry 5
Platforms:
Trailers:
Developer: CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 88 average - 92% recommended

Critic Reviews

God is a Geek - Chris White - 10 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a stunning hack and slash game and never fails to amaze. Combat this good should be illegal.
Rely On Horror - Jordan Leendertsen - 10 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a triumphant return to form for the classic action series, offering polished graphics and the series' best gameplay to date.
Leadergamer - Alper Dalan - Turkish - 5 / 5 stars
Every gamer should definitely experience this beauty!
Saudi Gamer - عصام الشهوان - Arabic - 5 / 5
One of the best and deepest battle systems, making for an exciting game that always pushes you to do better and learn more, coupled to an eclectic and cool cast of characters starring in breathtaking scenes with plenty of enemies and bosses to strut your stuff on. A triumphant return after 11 years and an instant classic.
Twinfinite - Hayes Madsen - 5 / 5
The wait between Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 5 might have been long, but the payoff is more than worth it. It doesn't deviate from the series' formula, but instead refines it to a polished sheen; one that's packed with an absurd amount of style and spirit. This is a must-play action game for fans of the series and the genre alike.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 10 / 10
I'm going to be playing Devil May Cry 5 weeks from now in the short term and years from now long term. This is the sort of fine-tuned wacky action game the genre deserves.
Telegraph - Olivia White - 5 / 5 stars
It’s stylish. It’s cool. It’s supremely fun, fluid and rewarding.
Guardian - Patrick Lum - 5 / 5 stars
High-octane challenges in this irresistible romp have resurrected an action series that's been dormant for over a decade
Game Rant - Dalton Cooper - 5 / 5 stars
Capcom's Devil May Cry 5 is an insane, over-the-top, adrenaline-fueled action game that stomps its foot on the gas right at the start and never lets up.
Fandom - Dom Peppiatt - 5 / 5
This is the best Devil May Cry yet. Each character has enough depth to fill a game by themselves, the story does exactly what it needs to, the twists and turns keep you on edge and the combat sets a new benchmark for action games as a whole. Capcom has made a masterclass in stylish combat gaming here, and there’s enough content to keep players happy — even if it takes another 11 years for a sequel.
Remote Play - Rayyan Javeed - 10 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a stylish, action packed, metal opera that is ready to rock your face off.
Wccftech - Francesco De Meo - 9.8 / 10
Devil May Cry V is the best entry in the series and one of the best character action games ever released. In addition to its excellent combat mechanics and level design, which expand greatly on the elements introduced in past games, the story and characters had never before received such focus in Devil May Cry. The game may be lacking in extra content such as the fan-favorite Bloody Palace mode at launch, but don't let this small flaw prevent you from getting what will surely be one of the 2019 Game of the Year contenders.
Nerd Much? - Bobby Bernstein - 9.7 / 10
Devil May Cry 5’s self-awareness is a big part of what makes it such a great game. It doesn’t care that it’s still a linear game; it doesn’t care that it’s a hack ‘n slash in 2019; it doesn’t care that its story is mostly fan service. It embraces everything that it is – despite those elements typically being labeled as dated – and we love it more because it’s doing that.
PowerUp! - Matthew Manchester - 9.6 / 10
"As far as gameplay, I can't see many people not enjoying this. Devi May Cry 5 has been one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had."
Heavy - Elton Jones - 9.5 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is without a doubt the new series plateau.
IGN - Mitchell Saltzman - 9.5 / 10
Devil May Cry 5's trio of outstanding combat styles set a new high bar for the series, and its mysterious story keeps things interesting along the way.
GamingTrend - Travis Northup - 95 / 100
DMC 5 is probably the best hack-and-slash game you'll play all year, and definitely the most stylish.
Pardis Game - Matin Nasiri - Persian - 9.5 / 10
Devil May Cry V is an enjoyable and memorable experience that is loyal to its roots while being modernized by the new standards.
Niche Gamer - Brandon Orselli - 9.5 / 10
I really couldn’t be happier with how this game turned out, and I’m a thousand times excited for where Capcom might take the franchise next.
GamePitt - Rob Pitt - 9.5 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is easily one of my Game of the Year 2019 contenders, even though it’s only March! The smooth and fluid gameplay, combined with the over the top action and intense metal soundtrack, creates a truly demonic and exciting experience no matter what system you’re on. Although the story is a little fragmented and delivered out of order in places, the reconstructed narrative is just as wacky and creative as the gameplay!
As a fan of the original games, I can’t help but love Devil May Cry 5. Not because it’s another game in the franchise, but because it’s clearly the best game in the franchise by a long shot and it’s also yet another amazing achievement from Capcom.
JVL - Malcolm89 - French - 19 / 20
Devil May Cry 5 keeps all its promises and fulfills the expectations of all fans while allowing the youngest to understand the excitement surrounding the saga.
COGconnected - Alexander Thomas - 94 / 100
Devil May Cry 5 excels at bringing back that iconic feeling the franchise is known for and does so with killer style, strategic, fast-paced combat, and a pumping soundtrack. With a cast of both familiar faces in Trish and Lady, as well as newcomers Nico and V, this is a game that gives me confidences for the future of the Devil May Cry series.
Hobby Consolas - Álvaro Alonso - Spanish - 93 / 100
On top of being one of the best looking action games ever made, none other hack'n slash has ever been so complex and varied, but also fun. It may be all about demons and hell, but Devil May Cry 5 is like reaching heaven.
GameCrate - Angelo D'Argenio - 9.3 / 10
If you are a long-time Devil May Cry fan, or just an action game fan in general, then Devil May Cry 5 is a must-buy. It's a refreshing retreat into absurdity inspired by the late 90s yet modernized for current day audiences.
Generación Xbox - Spanish - 9.3 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 brings variety to a genre that seems to have invented everything but nothing further from reality.
Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker - 91 / 100
A triumphant return for Capcom's coolest series, Devil May Cry 5 is a stupidly slick game that does almost everything right. It'll totally pull your Devil Trigger.
IGN Spain - Juan García - Spanish - 9.1 / 10
DMC5 makes even better what this franchise does best, improving on its formula in almost every way, but doesn't do anything new on the process. The game doesn't has any hiccups or problems so if you are the kind of gamer that loves this frantic action games, you'll be more than happy with Capcom's latest creation.
Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 9.1 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is one of the best entry in the series and fully represents Capcom reinassance. Three characters with three different combat systems are enough to satisfy every fan of stylish action.
We Got This Covered - David Morgan - 4.5 / 5 stars
A character action game with three characters, all of which are unique and fun in their own right, is a crowning achievement in design. Beautiful, stylish, and with depth that I feel compelled to conquer, Devil May Cry 5 gives back what you put in.
Just Push Start - Mark Fajardo - 9 / 10
Between a well-written story, one that ends on a shocking revelation, to interesting characters and everything else, especially the combat, Devil May Cry 5 is the total package and a must for hack-and-slash fans.
WellPlayed - Kieran Stockton - 9 / 10
DMC5 is a beautifully produced hack and slash game that proves that Capcom still has their finger on the pulse with the series
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry looks extremly stylish thanks to the RE Engine and it also plays the same with lots of variety. Besides a bit to classic ending for the story and a carelessly integrated online feature long-time Fans and newcomers alike will get an amazing package filled with the usual Devil May Cry action paired with lots of new gameplay elements and a well-made atmosphere.
TrueAchievements - Kevin Tavore - 4.5 / 5 stars
Devil May Cry 5 is so successful because it is impeccably designed from top to bottom with one goal in mind: be awesome. It knocks that goal out of the park in nearly every element of the game.
Windows Central - Asher Madan - 4.5 / 5 stars
Overall, Devil May Cry 5 is a fun game — one that is utterly spectacular — but Capcom could've done more to evolve the franchise's format.
Bazimag - Mahdi Eftekhari - Persian - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a legendary comeback for Devil May Cry series and every aspect of it from its lovely fast paced gameplay to its unique and impactful story, all reminisce the great time we had with this series throughout the years. It's not a game only for true fans of Devil May Cry, I think every gamer should give it a chance to understand the true meaning of Hack 'n' Slash and Action Adventure.
Push Square - Robert Ramsey - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is quite easily one of the best action games on PS4. Flawless in the execution of its often jaw-dropping combat, it's a masterfully crafted title that begs to be played over and over again. Stunning presentation helps sell some of the coolest cutscenes going, and the story ties the series together with style. Among a sea of uninspired open world outings, Devil May Cry 5 is an explosion of character and laser-focused excellence. Capcom is well and truly back.
PC Gamer - Tom Senior - 90 / 100
Three great characters and a beautiful, fluid combat system make this a must-buy for hack-and-slash fans.
TheSixthAxis - Nick Petrasiti - 9 / 10
Hideaki Itsuno, my hat goes off to you and your crew. It's only March, and yet Devil May Cry 5 is another clear Game of the Year contender. The silly arguments on whether the original DMC or DmC is better can stop now, because DMC5 is here and it's bloody brilliant. This is a proper return to form for the series, something that fans of both can get behind.
Fextralife - Fexelea - 9 / 10
DMC5 is a worthy return to the main stage for action games, delivering unparalleled gameplay executed beautifully and with consistent, remarkable performance. Fans of the genre will love this title, and newcomers are likely to become fans.
Press Start - James Mitchell - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 rights all the wrongs of its predecessors with style and gusto, whilst being incredibly welcoming to series newcomers. The three playable characters bring great combat variety against the games huge slew of enemies and bosses. There are a few little niggles that stop the game from being the best it could be, but Devil May Cry 5 is undoubtedly one of the best in the series.
DualShockers - Ryan Meitzler - 9 / 10
11 years after we last saw Dante, Nero & Co., Devil May Cry 5 shows that the series is in fine form with one of its best installments yet.
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a masterpiece in action. It has heart and charm in its epic story that comes full circle on the series. It looks sexier than the sun setting over a billionaire's collection of cars that are parked on a Santa Monica strip in California. It plays phenomenally well and will leave you drenched in sweat and satisfaction when the end credits roll, while wishing for more of its sassy attitude.
VideoGamer - Joshua Wise - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 revels in its own gleeful stupidity, presenting a world in which the most valuable commodity is style.
Easy Allies - Ben Moore - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 has some of the best combat yet seen in an action game.
GamesRadar+ - Oscar Taylor-Kent - 4.5 / 5 stars
Capcom has done it again, re-energising a classic series like never before, and pushing the genre forward in a fresh way. It looks better than ever, plays better than ever. It's Devil May Cry better than ever.
Softpedia - Cosmin Vasile - 9 / 10
As for those who haven't played any of the other titles, Devil May Cry 5 should be the reason to rectify the error. It took CAPCOM quite a long time, but at least they got it right, Devil May Cry 5 is a masterpiece.
GamingBolt - Will Borger - 9 / 10
It might have small flaws, but Devil May Cry V is like a fine meal; it deserves to be savored, and if you do you'll likely want to re-experience it. The fact you might see everything it has multiple times over in doing so is just a bonus.
Shacknews - Brittany Vincent - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is an excellent action game. It's an even better Devil May Cry, perhaps the best the series has seen just yet.
Cheat Code Central - Lucas White - 4.5 / 5
Aside from my story gripes with Lady and Trish and my couple of issues with the Devil Breaker, Devil May Cry 5 practically exceeded my expectations.
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a must-play title for action fans. The action is fast and fluid, and its accommodations for both skilled and new players make it easier for everyone to enjoy the gameplay. The title is packed with a healthy amount of levels and several different hooks to keep you playing after you finish the campaign. The presentation is stunning, and while the game does contain microtransactions, they can easily be ignored. Capcom has another winner on its hands, and DMC5 is an early contender for game of the year.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 4.5 / 5 stars
Capcom fills fans' dark souls with light! Devil May Cry 5 is an excellent return to form for the franchise, setting it up for a bright future. Nero's here, Dante's back in pitch-perfect form, and V provides a brand-new style of play. All Capcom really needed to do with Devil May Cry 5 was repackage the classic DMC gameplay with a modern coat of paint, but DMC 5 is an excellent, thoughtful update.
Metro GameCentral - 9 / 10
A perfectly judged comeback that's full of all the wild invention and stylish mayhem fans demand but proves surprisingly accessible and varied for everyone else.
GameSpot - Matt Espineli - 9 / 10
DMC5 proves the series can still be brilliant and imaginative without compromising its longest-held traditions.
ZTGD - Ken McKown - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a return to the series in its truest form. Capcom has been a massive hot streak lately and I cannot wait to see what they do next. I loved DmC and thought it was a solid reboot, but I feel like continuing the original series was the right move. The combat feels great, the game looks oustanding, and the nostalgia is strong with this one.
GearNuke - Khurram Imtiaz - 9 / 10
This is the best Devil May Cry game since we met a young Vergil and Dante in Devil May Cry 3. While this sticks to its old-school game design and doesn't innovate much from it, the main attraction, which is its combat and iconic cast, is back in a highly polished package with jaw-dropping stylish action.
Atomix - Miguel Reyes - Spanish - 90 / 100
The wait for Devil May Cry 5 was long, but I think it was very worth it. The title is everything the fans expected from this installment and presents it to us in a game that looks and plays great, that offers new proposals within its already known formula and whose story, with excellent narrative rhythm, will fascinate all the veteran followers of good Dante for all the references and revelations that he exposes. It is by far the best game in the series.
The Games Machine - Daniele Dolce - Italian - 9 / 10
DMC is finally back, and it's here to teach all of us a lesson on how to make an excellent action game.
TrustedReviews - Jordan King - 4.5 / 5 stars
Devil May Cry 5 isn’t perfect, but Hideaki Itsuno’s latest effort builds on what came before it while staying true to everything I love about Dante and friends. Consider my Devil Trigger thoroughly pulled.
SECTOR.sk - T��a Mat��ov� - Slovak - 9 / 10
After more than 10 years Capcom brings us a Devil May Cry game that truly topped our expectations. By adding a variety of new inovations into a well built formula, they created a game worth the wait.
Marooners' Rock - Robert Workman - 9 / 10
This chapter of the series has something to offer for everyone with its array of characters, unpredictable story and impressive combat
PCWorld - Hayden Dingman - 4.5 / 5 stars
Devil May Cry 5 is a game that delights in setting the bar high up front and then continually one-upping itself with ever-more-ludicrous cutscenes and some of the most stylish combat in the business.
The Escapist - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is 99 percent about doing things that are totally sweet and looking totally sweet while doing them. There's no thematic depth waiting beneath its bombastic, blood-drenched glamour and its vulcanizing, improvisational violence choreography. But when Hideaki Itsuno's unlikely sequel drew me into a meditative flow of stabbing angry skeletons with a...
GotGame - David Poole - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is intense, stylish, and full of over-the-top action that fans will likely love.
VGChartz - Paul Broussard - 9 / 10
An old school fun, engrossing, and incredibly deep action game.
Oyungezer Online - Eren Eryürekli - Turkish - 8.9 / 10
Dante is spectacular, Nero is enjoyable and V is... well, different. At the end of the day, it's safe to say that DMC V is the best until something better comes up (perhaps Bayonetta 3) and it's a game everyone, fans and newcomers, can deeply enjoy.
Everyeye.it - Francesco Fossetti - Italian - 8.8 / 10
Another great center for Capcom remains, an effective revival also (if not above all) from the technical point of view and the iconography. Devil May Cry returns in a resounding form, and reiterates that it is here to stay.
Merlin'in Kazanı - Furkan Güler - Turkish - 87 / 100
Devil May Cry 5 is brings back old school hack 'n' slash mechanics to the new generation. First time in the series, Capcom emphasize the storytelling. The game is also shines at cinematics and graphics are gorgeus with butter smooth 60 FPS on both consoles.
Walmart Tips & Ideas - Paul Hunter - 8.6 / 10
Being the first, and likely only Devil May Cry game of this console generation, Capcom has really stepped up and delivered for their fans. What’s not to love? Devil May Cry 5 offers an excellent story with three very interesting protagonists, matched by superb gameplay delivering extreme style. Top it off with an awesome metal soundtrack, detailed graphics, and lots of modes to extend replay and you have the total package.
GameWatcher - Bogdan Robert - 8.5 / 10
A stylish, badass return to form
Game Informer - Joe Juba - 8.5 / 10
Chaining together impressive combos is as fun as ever, though hopping among three characters makes it hard to hone your expertise
GameZone - Cade Onder - 8.5 / 10
Even though it sometimes feels uncharacteristically by the numbers in some places or fails to have a noticeable amount of pizazz, Devil May Cry 5 is a hell of a good time. With plenty of wonderful character moments that'll make fans gush, a glorious frenzy of bloody action, and a healthy dose of great metal music to score it all, Capcom has triumphantly returned yet another beloved franchise to its former glory.
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2019.03.01 18:10 diogenesl Dead or Alive 6 - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Dead or Alive 6
Platforms:
Trailers:
Publisher: Tecmo Koei Games
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 79 average - 82% recommended

Critic Reviews

Cubed3 - Ofisil - 8 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 isn't the Christ's-Second-Coming equivalent of fighting game sequels. This is mostly an upgraded version of Dead or Alive 5, and not exactly a heavily upgraded one. Having said that, even those few improvements manage to make this the best, and most visually appealing instalment so far - boobies, or no boobies.
Destructoid - Chris Moyse - 6 / 10
While it still makes for a fun fighting experience, Dead or Alive 6 shows that the brand has unquestionably run out of ideas. With little to showcase in the way of fresh concepts, exciting gameplay ideas, or brand creativity, this long-running series chooses to coast by on being "more of the same.", whilst hoping to be the engine that pulls the DLC train. During this competitive era of fighting game reinvention, that just isn't going to cut it for your 60 bucks.
Digitally Downloaded - Matt Sainsbury - 5 / 5 stars
Dead or Alive 6 is amazing. It’s the best looking fighting game out there, bar none, and has a combat system that is both instantly accessible for newcomers, without feeling condescending, and yet also offering plenty of depth and complexity for experienced fans.
DualShockers - Tomas Franzese - 8 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 is the most enjoyable and accessible title in the fighting series yet, though its story and online modes leave a bit to be desired.
Eurogamer - Wesley Yin-Poole - No Recommendation / Blank
Dead or Alive 6 stumbles into 2019 like a drunken uncle staggers onto the dancefloor at a wedding: past it and likely to embarrass.
Everyeye.it - Filippo Facchetti - Italian - 7 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 is a fun game, but it is hard to bear the comparison with the previous chapter of the series, even today very current
GBAtemp - theinternetnomad - 8.5 / 10
With a decent roster, great accessibility, and fun gameplay, Dead or Alive 6 is a solid entry, and worth your time if you're a fan of the series.
Game Revolution - Tyler Treese - 4 / 5 stars
Despite still struggling to tell a captivating story, Dead or Alive 6 is an improvement in nearly every area from its predecessor.
GamePitt - Rob Pitt - 8.7 / 10
Taking its place as my favourite fighting game this generation, Dead or Alive 6 is so addictive! When you’re not trying to achieve all three stars in each of the 104 quests, you’ll be either fighting a stranger online, training for your next fight or working your way through the rather messy story mode. The narrative may not be one of the best out there but the game delivers where it counts, in the combat mechanics and performance. Delivering both a resolution or framerate mode on the PS4 Pro, Dead or Alive 6 ensures it remains stable whichever option you decide to go with.
GameSpew - Richard Seagrave - 8 / 10
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GameSpot - Heidi Kemps - 7 / 10
The beautiful visuals, fun battle arenas, and easy-to-grasp fighting gameplay of Dead or Alive 6 make for a brawler that packs a punch.
Gameblog - Jonathan Bushle - French - 8 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 is a very good fighting game, with a lot of game modes, but you must be aware that you'll have to pay more to make the game more complete with costumes and fighters.
Gamers Heroes - Casey Scheld - 7 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 retains the stellar action the series is known for, but it doesn't do enough to warrant an immediate upgrade from previous entries. With only a handful of new fighters at launch, more casual fans might want to wait a bit.
GamingBolt - Will Borger - 9 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 is a great game that is easy for anyone to pick up and has the depth to last fighting game fans a long time.
God is a Geek - Gary Bailey - 8.5 / 10
While it does have some issues, the core gameplay of Dead or Alive 6 is fluid and brilliantly fun. It's certainly the best in the series so far.
Hardcore Gamer - Chris Shive - 4 / 5
Dead or Alive 6 doesn't make any drastic deviations from the previous titles, but adds just enough new features to feel fresh and exciting.
Heavy - Elton Jones - 8.5 / 10
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Hobby Consolas - Álvaro Alonso - Spanish - 77 / 100
Team NINJA demonstrates once again that they're one of the best studios out there at creating fast paced, rock-solid and extremely satisfying combat systems. Dead or Alive 6 is also the best entry for newcomers, but lacks some content and evolution.
IGN Spain - Juan García - Spanish - 8 / 10
A deep and accesible fighting game that will entertain lonely gamers for a while, but that actually has some flaws in terms of online game modes. The game will probably improve over time as DOA 5 did, but as it is right now it falls a bit short.
MonsterVine - Diego Escala - 3.5 / 5
Dead or Alive 6 isn’t going to shake up the fighting game scene, but it’s good for some quick fun and a very accessible entry point for newcomers to the genre.
PC Invasion - Jason Rodriguez - 3.5 / 5 stars
Dead or Alive 6 uses reliable mechanics while adding new twists to freshen up the gameplay. Combat is fluid, fun, and exciting, yet, overall, it's not without glaring flaws.
PCGamesN - Jack Ridsdale - 9 / 10
The culmination of over two decades of refinement, resulting in fluid, accessible, and balanced combat mechanics. While the game's lurid focus on flesh will divide opinion, it remains one of the most polished and fully-featured fighting games in recent years.Jack Ridsdale
PlayStation Universe - Garri Bagdasarov - 8.5 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 is the first great fighter of the year. It proves that once you strip the "fan service" away, you see how deep and masterful the core combat can truly be.
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 8.4 / 10
DOA fans, I'm sure this one will be a winner in your eyes. And the same goes for fighting game fans.
Push Square - Robert Ramsey - 6 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 finds itself in this slightly awkward middle space where it's certainly a sequel, but it's not nearly the jump that we were expecting -- especially since it's been almost seven years since Dead or Alive 5. The new additions to combat are welcome but they're not exactly exciting, and the overall package is reasonably robust, but let down by tedious grinds and a terrible story mode. As a fighter, Dead or Alive is still fun, punchy, and accessible, but as an upgrade on the already solid Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, it feels underwhelming, and even a little rushed.
PushStartPlay - Richard Lee Breslin - 8.5 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 is ridiculously fun and endlessly charming!
Rice Digital - Reuben Mount - 4.5 / 5 stars
DEAD OR ALIVE 6 is out today for Playstation 4, and PC via Steam. Have we swayed you on the game? Why not pick up a copy?
Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 8.5 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 represents a solid fighting game and one of the most complete on the market, with a deep combat system, a perfect training mode and a lot of challenges.
TechRaptor - Alex Santa Maria - 8 / 10
Another solid entry in a stalwart arcade franchise, Dead or Alive 6 doesn't stray too far from what's worked in the past. Whether you're in for fast combos or buxom beauties, Team Ninja have your back.
The Games Machine - Danilo Dellafrana - Italian - 8.4 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 is probably the best chapter in the series thanks to its good gameplay mechanics, both polished and perfected for the newcomers.
The Outerhaven Productions - Keith Mitchell - 4 / 5 stars
Dead or Alive 6, is hands down the best title in the series. Lots of content, various modes to get you in fighting form and I found the gameplay incredibly fun. It's almost the total package, with the exception of the online lobbies not being in yet. Still, if that doesn't matter to you, a great time will be found in a game that doesn't take its self too seriously. Which is absolutely fine by me.
TheSixthAxis - Dominic Leighton - 7 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 is an objectively great fighting game that's likely to be hampered by its continued objectification of women.
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 3.5 / 5 stars
Dead or Alive 6 is an enjoyable fighter, with a lot going for it. Koei Tecmo has looked back on the series' somewhat juvenile history and decided it's time to grow up.
Twinfinite - Giuseppe Nelva - 4.5 / 5
Dead or Alive 6 is more accessible than ever, but it's still most definitely and unapologetically Dead or Alive, and that's exactly what it should be.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 3 / 5 stars
Dead or Alive 6 carries much of the franchise's risque DNA, but shows a bit more initial restraint. The more revealing costumes are unlockable and the jiggle physics tend towards a bit more realism now. Combat remains accessible, but new moves like the Break Blow and evasion add new layers for DOA vets. Dead or Alive 6 could use a little more graphical polish and its netcode needs to be better, but it's a pretty good fighter all around.
Video Chums - A.J. Maciejewski - 8.1 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 improves on the franchise's core fighting system while retaining its tight action-packed gameplay.
Wccftech - Dave Aubrey - 8 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 has a great fighting system and a bunch of small extras that enhance the experience. Is it better than Dead or Alive 5? That's harder to determine. As it stands this is an awesome fighting game, but the character roster feels a bit light and the story is predictably rubbish. At least the games I played in the Online Ranked mode were incredibly solid, which is sure to please fighting game fans.
WellPlayed - Zach Jackson - 8.5 / 10
With its fun and fast-paced gameplay, stunning visuals and intuitive mechanics, Dead or Alive 6 affirms itself as one of the best fighters this generation
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin - 7.5 / 10
Dead or Alive 6 maintains its status as a solid and surprisingly deep fighting game that gets hidden underneath the readily apparent fan service. The tweaks to the fighting system only improve the accessibility while not hurting the more advanced players. The 24-character roster is refreshed, but the customization feels more limited. The same can be said for the levels and graphics, which are fine but lack any signs of ambition. However, DoA6 is still a good, solid purchase for fighting game fans, although it may not be the big leap that series fans would've wanted.
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2018.11.19 01:28 ninjyte Battlefield V - Review Thread [In-Depth Edition]

Game Information

Game Title: Battlefield V
Genre: First-person shooter, military, co-op (March 2019), battle royale (March 2019), WW2 documentary
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Media: Official Reveal Trailer Multiplayer Trailer
Gamescom Trailer - 'Devastation of Rotterdam' 'The Company' Trailer
This is Battlefield V
The Audio of Battlefield V
Single-Player Trailer
Official Launch Maps
Launch Trailer
Developer: EA DICE Info
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Price: Standard - $59.99 USD (will contain cosmetic non-lootbox micro-transactions post-launch, free multiplayer maps/modes/updates)
Deluxe Edition - $79.99 USD
Contents of each edition
Release Date: Deluxe Edition - November 15th, 2018
Standard Edition - November 20th, 2018
More Info: /battlefieldv /battlefield Wikipedia Page
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 79 [Cross-Platform] Current Score Distribution
MetaCritic - 75 [PS4]
MetaCritic - 79 [XB1]
MetaCritic - 81 [PC]
Victoriously arbitrary collection of past Battlefield games -
Entry Score Platform, Year, # of Critics
Battlefield 1942 89 PC, 2002, 27 critics
Battlefield Vietnam 84 PC, 2004, 48 critics
Battlefield 2 91 PC, 2005, 55 critics
Battlefield 2142 80 PC, 2006, 48 critics
Battlefield: Bad Company 83 X360, 2008, 70 critics
Battlefield Heroes Nice PC, 2009, 29 critics
Battlefield 1943 83 X360, 2009, 65 critics
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 88 X360, 2010, 75 critics
Battlefield: Play4Free 68 PC, 2011, 11 critics
Battlefield 3 89 PC, 2011, 61 critics
Battlefield 4 81 PC, 2013, 52 critics
Battlefield Hardline 73 PS4, 2015, 46 critics
Battlefield 1 88 PC, 2016, 54 critics

Reviews


Website/Author Aggregates' Score ~ Critic's Score Quote Platform
VG247 - Kirk McKeand Unscored ~ Unscored It seems like a continuation of what DICE started with Battlefield 1, with smart tweaks that elevate the core experience over the WW1 shooter that released two years ago. Now with gun bling. PC
Polygon - Charlie Hall Unscored ~ Unscored World War II combat has never felt more chaotic or looked so good, but the game still needs work PC
Eurogamer - Martin Robinson Unscored ~ Unscored A strong if slim shooter that lays down strong foundations for the future, while feeling a little unfinished. XB1
GameSpace - Jatobi 95 ~ 9.5 / 10 Battlefield V brings a lot to the table. Between the great gameplay, superb story from singleplayer, and customization of your character, there's something for everyone. I've lost countless of hours playing the game simply because it was so fun. PC
Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish 91 ~ 91 / 100 An impressive shooter, both in gameplay and technical elements, which lacks of content at launch, but promises lots of new maps, modes and weapons (free for everyone) for coming months. PC
AusGamers - nachosjustice 90 ~ 9 / 10 If you’re a Battlefield fan who didn’t like the times when DICE has played it safe in the past, Battlefield V is for you. I’m one of those people, and I cannot wait to jump into epic play sessions of what could quickly become my favourite Battlefield game, more so now that the community won’t be divided with future content. PC
Press Start - Christopher Middleton 90 ~ 9 / 10 Battlefield V retains heart in its single player War Stories mode and variety in its multiplayer modes. New & improved personalisation within 'Your Company' gives each of the classes a fresh, personal feel to your soldiers, while remaining authentic to the era. A solid road map of content is set to deliver new maps, modes and seasonal events to keep gamers coming back, which is a good thing as no other game does raw gun play and bullet physics quite like Battlefield. It just feels right and Battlefield V is no exception. XB1
PCGamesN - James McMahon 90 ~ 9 / 10 Battlefield V delivers the series' finest single-player campaign yet, painting the horror of war from rarely seen perspectives. That tension carries through to the multiplayer, which has been tuned to hammer home your vulnerability in a firefight. PC
Areajugones - Josep Carceller - Spanish 90 ~ 9 / 10 Battlefield V achieves a full immersion within the WWII phenomenon due to a magnificent storyline and some excellent general details. The multiplayer meets all of the expectations and in the end the franchise manages to stay as a reference in the FPS genre.
GamingTrend - Ron Burke 90 ~ 90 / 100 After spending quite a while with the game, I'm blown away that there's still so much to discover. With dozens of collectibles to find in the single player campaign, a seemingly-unlimited number of weekly challenges, and the Tides of War looming large on the horizon, Battlefield V is the best this series has ever been, and easily the best FPS of the season. PC
GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat 90 ~ 9 / 10 Battlefield V is yet another excellent addition in this admirably consistent franchise. XB1
Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker 90 ~ 90 / 100 Battlefield V builds upon its predecessor in meaningful ways, DICE stripping away practically every one of the series' fripperies to get to the nub of what truly makes the series tick. This is Battlefield at its most undiluted and raw, and it's all the better for it. XB1
Digital Chumps - Nathaniel Stevens 90 ~ 9 / 10 Battlefield V is full of a lot more content than people might be expecting. War Stories contains meaningful experiences in short spurts, the maps in the game are huge and well designed, the modes of play raise the entertainment bar when compared to Battlefield I, and the customization/progression system will keep people occupied for a while, as well as provide motivation to keep playing. This feels like a Battlefield game, which should tame concerns of lack of launch content. PC
SECTOR.sk - Peter Dragula - Slovak 90 ~ 9 / 10 Battlefield successfully returned to World War II. You should be part of it.
Just Push Start - Oliver East 88 ~ 4.4 / 5.0 Battlefield V hits the right notes of war being a bloody affair, with gritty hard fought battles. The maps present real contrast from one another, with each favoring different styles of play. Playing as part of a decent squad can see you noticeably affect the outcome of a battle, and one that is full of period weaponry that still pack a punch. Grand Operations is considered by DICE and EA as this installments crowning multiplayer achievement and as the game is currently missing the new standard of a Battle Royale mode this is the case. At the moment in time, the game has a few niggles bug wise but still presents a strong experience – one that will hopefully improve with a couple of minor patches and the promised future content. XB1
Atomix - Rodrigo Martínez - Spanish 85 ~ 85 / 100 Battlefield V is a good FPS that invites to review everything related to the Second World War. The slight changes in their game dynamics make it much more fun than before, however, the design of their maps and even their characters is less bright than in their previous game. Including a campaign mode is something that many of us greatly appreciate, but it feels repetitive and, although its narrative is good, I do not think it stays in the hearts of the players. Although in general its sound and visuals are impressive, it has some scratches in its programming that take part of its brightness to one of the most striking sections of the game. XB1
The Games Machine - Simone Rampazzi - Italian 85 ~ 8.5 / 10 The gaming experience in Battlefield V left me pleasantly satisfied.
EGM - Michael Goroff 85 ~ 8.5 / 10 Battlefield V has the potential to be the best game in the series. It’s recaptured the magic of those Battlefield moments at almost every opportunity, and its new mechanics like squad revives and attrition put the focus back on sticking with your teammates. There are still a lot of questions it needs to answer with its Tides of War live service, and more casual players might be turned off by the challenging gunplay, but what we have now is a worthy successor to the Battlefield name. XB1
Cheat Code Central - Sean Engemann 84 ~ 4.2 / 5.0 It has enough content to keep you occupied, possesses a decent progression system that keeps you invested, and will receive free future DLC without a whiff of loot crates. However, it follows an expected blueprint that may quickly grow stale for players looking for a fresh FPS experience.
Gameblog - Camille Allard - French 80 ~ 8 / 10 Battlefield V is a good surprise with a new teamplay system (support by intelligent heal mechanics), more destruction, customization and specialization system for weapons and vehicles. Definitively Battlefield V is a monumental shooter despite a conventional singleplayer (who stay interesting). PC
CGMagazine - Cole Watson 80 ~ 8 / 10 Despite the bad press at the start, I have a lot of faith in Dice as a developer and they have delivered a fantastic shooter this year with Battlefield V after listening to their community and taking their feedback seriously PC
IGN Spain - Juan Garcia, Diego De La Fuente - Spanish 80 ~ 8 / 10 A good but incomplete game that tries to improve every part of Battlefield 1, and achieves it... While falling short on content on its release (no coop, no battle royale, only 3 short campaigns...) XB1
Leadergamer - Alper Dalan - Turkish 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Still the best in its own kind. PC
TechRaptor - Anson Chan 80 ~ 8 / 10 Battlefield V is a beautiful game that introduces some interesting new mechanics into an otherwise familiar genre. Combat is lethal but thrilling, and teamwork is more important than ever. The campaign is adequate, but you're not missing much if you skip it. XB1
Destructoid - Jordan Devore 80 ~ 8 / 10 Given enough time to work out the kinks, fine-tune the balance, and flesh out the full-priced package with content like the promised battle royale mode Firestorm*, I can see this growing into one of my favorite installments. As is, I wouldn't necessarily rush out to buy the game right this minute unless Battlefield is your multiplayer series of choice and you can tolerate the early bugs and rough edges. While I'm happy with what we got, I ultimately can't help but wonder what another six months could've done for Battlefield V. In a business with virtually no downtime, that's just the way it is.* PC
TrustedReviews - Jake Tucker 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Battlefield 5 is a good game, but not a great one. The multiplayer can be great fun when you find the right server, and the single player shines a light on parts of World War 2 that aren't in the public consciousness. PC
TheSixthAxis - Stefan L 80 ~ 8 / 10 Battlefield V scratches an itch that many will have had since Battlefield 4. DICE have found a great feel for the gunplay, the tweaks to classes and additions like fortifications largely work as intended, and the way that Grand Operations have evolved brings a refreshing variety to the game. Sure, it's around the edges at launch and with some largely forgettable single play War Stories, Battlefield V is a diamond in the rough. XB1, PC
Attack of the Fanboy - William Schwartz 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Battlefield V ultimately feels like a lateral release with little pushing the franchise forward when you judge it by what's here and not what may or may not come. XB1
COGconnected - Paul Sullivan 80 ~ 80 / 100 The bones of BFV are robust. It looks outstanding, plays great, and the stories of World War 2 are a constant draw for history fans. There are rough patches for the time being, but if those get smoothed out and the content pipeline remains full, Battlefield V stands to have a very, very long shelf life with shooter fans. XB1
GameSpot - Michael Higham 80 ~ 8 / 10 The Battlefield series has a winning formula that Battlefield V doesn't deviate far from, at least for now. Conquest and the map roster don't mesh well together, however, Grand Operations--and the other modes within it--steal the show and foster some of the greatest moments the franchise has offered. You might be surprised by the impact of the slight changes made for this entry, especially when you're deep into pushing or defending objectives in Frontlines alongside teammates fulfilling their roles. That's when Battlefield V is at its best. PC
Daily Mirror - Matt Osborn 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Fans are no doubt eager to see how the Battle Royale mode pans out when it hits in March, but with so much content already included there is plenty to keep you satisfied in the interim. The well designed maps, engaging approach to single player and wealth of progression and customisation options mean that even hardcore players will be satisfied. For fans of the series, this comes highly recommended. PC
Shacknews - Chris Jarrard 80 ~ 8 / 10 I can easily see DICE polishing this game up into a classic post-release, but there is no guarantee of when or if that will happen. The shipping package feels rushed, but thankfully the Battlefield Premium packs are no more and new content for the game will be free for all owners. This will keep the community from being torn apart two months after launch like every Battlefield game since BF3, but more work needs to be done with the UI and matchmaking before the hardcore fans will embrace it like the Battlefields of old. I wish EA could give the team at DICE extra time to make Battlefield 5 the best it could be. As it stands right now, the game is a rough, uncut diamond that could’ve been the crown jewel of class-based multiplayer first-person shooters. PC
Post Arcade (National Post) - Chad Sapieha 80 ~ 8 / 10 EA DICE's latest shooter may be a bit rough around the edges, but it's also a grand and respectful foray back to the franchise's WWII roots. XB1
Hardcore Gamer - Jason Bohn 80 ~ 4 / 5.0 Battlefield V is one of the best current multiplayer shooters on the market. PC
Stevivor - Ben Salter 80 ~ 8 / 10 Battlefield 5 is a fantastic multiplayer experience, especially across the fan favourite Conquest and large-scale Grand Operations. XB1
Softpedia - Teodor Nechita 80 ~ 8 / 10 Battlefield V changes the way historical FPS games are told, as it puts the human psyche ahead of glory, fame, and frags, or at least it does so until you join a multiplayer match. PS4
PC Invasion - Jason Rodriguez 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars The most visually stunning FPS game on the market right now with a thoroughly engaging multiplayer. Sadly, it still remains incomplete. PC
NoobFeed - Adam Siddiqui 80 ~ 80 / 100 Since its debut, Battlefield V has been facing an uphill battle due to its poor marketing campaign. However, Battlefield V successfully captures the essence of what's this franchise such a monumental hit with fans and critics. The single-player is unexciting and serves as a passable tutorial for the multiplayer but like past entries in this franchise, Battlefield V is about large-scale multiplayer combat. And that's where Battlefield V's best moments exist, on the large maps against dozens of players in destructive warfare. XB1
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin 80 ~ 8 / 10 Fans of the Battlefield franchise will find that despite its flaws, Battlefield V warrants a return trip to World War II. If we look at raw numbers, there's less content than before, but the quality of the maps remains the same, and free DLC is on the way. Some old modes, like Frontlines, feel like a slog, while new modes like Grand Operations feel quite quick despite having longer intended play times. The game looks gorgeous, but it still has some graphical issues that need to be ironed out. Despite all of this and a number of bugs that are already being addressed by DICE, BF5 still manages to retain all of the traits and quirks that make the Battlefield series feel exhilarating.
Game Informer - Matt Bertz 80 ~ 8 / 10 Battlefield V is a good, if safe game that feels more iterative than innovative. Its legacy will likely be defined by how steady and interesting the stream of new content is moving forward XB1, PC
Twinfinite - Ed McGlone 80 ~ 4 / 5 What I can say with confidence, though, is that Battlefield fans now have two great current-gen shooters, one set in each of the World Wars to choose from. If you skipped Battlefield 1, or don't mind paying to jump to what will now be the actively supported game in the series for the next few years, Battlefield V is definitely worth picking up at some point. XB1
PC Gamer - Andy Kelly 79 ~ 79 / 100 Despite changes such as fortifications, more physical character movement, and an increased focus on squads, it still scratches that distinctive FPS itch that Battlefield always has. It’s not a massive, dramatic reinvention of the series, but I wasn’t expecting that anyway. PC
Gamersky - 不倒翁蜀黍 - Chinese 77 ~ 7.7 / 10 It's undeniable that Battlefield 5 is solid and the squad system is greatly improved. However, because of the absent of the Firestorm and Combined Arms, the gameplay doesn't show much difference compared with its prequels while the Grand Operations mode which is the only new mode in BF5 at this time is dull and full of flaws.
IGN - James Duggan 75 ~ 7.5 / 10 [MULTIPLAYER REVIEW] The feeling of getting in on the ground floor of something that will inevitably much better mere months from now is unavoidable while playing Battlefield V’s multiplayer. Squadplay and infantry combat in general is taken in a very worthwhile direction with smart tweaks to guns and resources, but the same care hasn’t been applied throughout. Rampant bugs, wildly varying mode times in similar playlists, and half-baked features like Combat Roles take their toll. The good news is that patches are already rolling out, and with a year or more of free maps and modes on the way, Battlefield V can only get better from here. PC
IGN - Dan Stapleton 73 ~ 7.3 / 10 [SINGLE-PLAYER REVIEW] Battlefield V's single-player campaigns have a heavy reliance on stealth that doesn’t always play to the series’ strengths, but they do tell some poignant stories and deliver great-looking and sounding gunplay in explosive battles. A lack of enemy variety or consistent AI makes it feel a little whack-a-mole in the more linear segments, until it opens up and gives you some options for how you want to tackle its objectives. PC
GamesRadar+ - Alex Avard 70 ~ 3.5 / 5 stars Not as drastic a change up as its WW1 predecessor, nor as wild or wondrous, Battlefield 5's deliberative design sidelines its strengths as a simulative sandbox.
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral 70 ~ 7 / 10 What could have been the best Battlefield of the modern era fears like a mere shell of a game, with missing features, too little content, and far too many bugs. PS4
USgamer - Kat Bailey 70 ~ 3.5 / 5 stars Battlefield's traditional strengths remain firmly in place amid DICE's return to World War II: great graphics, audio, and a scope that few other games can equal. But it's a thinner package than usual, and the decision to hold important modes like Firestorm until 2019 feels like a crucial misstep. Battlefield 5 is a good shooter as it is, but we wouldn't blame you if you decided to wait until it's had some time to mature. XB1
VideoGamer - Mike Harradence 70 ~ 7 / 10 Battlefield V offers a compelling single-player and multiplayer package, although it's not the complete reinvention that you may have hoped for. XB1
Push Square - Liam Croft 70 ~ 7 / 10 Battlefield V is going to be a great game, of that we’re sure, but due to a number of glaring omissions at launch and one too many glitches, the final product isn’t there just yet. Series veterans are sure to feel at home with what’s on offer now, though, thanks to a solid multiplayer offering that sticks to the tried and true nature of what makes Battlefield tick. PS4
CDavis_Games - Chris Davis 60 ~ 3 / 5 stars Battlefield V‘s war stories have tedious mission design and are a step back from those of Battlefield 1. The multiplayer is only a slight iteration on its predecessor and, while the online experience is stronger overall, the lack of content on release means it feels like DLC for Battlefield 1 instead of the new game I waited two years for. I will consider increasing the score when Battlefield V is complete in March, however as of November 2018, I don’t recommend you buy in at full price. Wait for a sale, by which time Battlefield V might actually be finished. PC
Digital Trends - Gabe Gurwin 60 ~ 3 / 5 stars Battlefield V is a fine World War II shooter and it has the potential to turn into a great one with a few updates and the addition of its post-launch modes, but with Black Ops 4 providing such a rich and engaging competitive experience and last year’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus offering a better (and more upfront) Nazi-shooting campaign, there’s little reason for this game to be your first choice. That’s partially a testament to the strength of its competition, but Battlefield V fails to impress the same way Battlefield 1 did. By all means, give it a try if you’re a fan of DICE’s previous work, but know that you’ll have to put up with some pretty glaring faults. XB1
Daily Dot - AJ Moser 60 ~ 3 / 5 stars As it stands now, Battlefield V is a beautiful depiction of an ugly war that offers only a few fleeting chances to reflect on what it meant. XB1
Slant Magazine - Aaron Riccio 60 ~ 3 / 5 stars Battlefield V‘s failure to communicate, whether the emotional disconnect of each War Story or the difficulty of organizing your fellow soldiers in a Grand Operation, is the crippling problem that holds the game back from greatness. Because of how much teamwork is required, unless you’re playing with a four-man squad of trusted friends with voice chat, these massive engagements can feel imbalanced and unfun, especially as the maps devolve into chaos. That frenzied confusion might have been what it actually felt like to be in the trenches of World War II, but it’s no way to build a game. PC

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2018.05.17 09:21 Micolash State of Decay 2 - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: State of Decay 2
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ljRGIDGdwU
Publishers: Microsoft Game Studios
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 69
Metacritic - 70
Thanks to OpenCritic for the formatting.

Reviews

AngryCentaurGaming - Jeremy Penter - Buy
Atomix - Rodrigo Martínez - Spanish - 70 / 100
State of Decay 2 is a nice game and it looks good, but it has a considerable amount of errors that take away much of its brightness. It is nice that the events that happen within your game are a consequence of the actions of each player, giving that feeling that each of their actions is unrepeatable. Spending most of the game looking for resources in coolers, kitchens, farms and other places, is annoying and takes away much of the fun that can be the game becoming a slow and repetitive activity.
AusGamers - Kosta Andreadis - 7 / 10.0
Gruesome and fun zombie-apocalypse survival, but also bug-ridden and poorly optimised.
Backlog Critic - Tom Olson - 7 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 seems to follow in the footsteps of Sea of Thieves. It’s a generally OK game but might not hold the mass audiences attention for long. People who love the game will absolutely love it, but I can see it dropping off just in the same way SOT did. Whether Microsoft continues to support it in the form of a “games as a service” model, which we anticipate they will do with Sea of Thieves also, it may have some legs. This is definitely another case for making use of the GamePass and seeing if it’s worth picking up of staying subbed
Cerealkillerz - Lukas Kopf - German - 8 / 10.0
After extensive testing, we awarded State of Decay 2 due to the low price of 29.99 € and what’s delivered within the game 8 out of a possible 10 points. Very positively is the finally added co-op and the loot system. The graphics are rather negative, which in favor of the performance is well below what we saw in the E3 trailer last year. In summary, State of Decay 2 delivers a thrilling adventure with a high replay ability value and its complex systems, which can be a lot of fun in a co-op.
CGMagazine - Jed Whitaker - 4 / 10.0
If you loved the original State of Decay thankfully you can still play it, because currently, this sequel is too rough around the edges to recommend.
Cheat Code Central - Sean Engemann - 3.8 / 5.0
State of Decay 2 is full of improvements and additions over its predecessor, yet strays little from the original blueprint. If you enjoyed the first game, then you will certainly lose plenty of hours in the sequel, scouring the undead ridden lands for supplies to keep your community alive and thriving. However, if you were hoping for groundbreaking changes to the horror survival formula and pristine technical accomplishments, you will be disappointed. Nevertheless, for a bargain retail price, and as a launch title for subscribers of the Xbox Game Pass, it's definitely worth of a look while keeping some change in your pocket.
COGconnected - Paul Sullivan - 40 / 100
Although there's a very competent core loop and entertaining resource management sim somewhere within State of Decay 2, it's really, really, broken. Unacceptably so. It frustrated me mightily to see a flash of a game I wanted to play, only to be immediately reminded that it's not ready for release.
Critical Hit - Geoffrey Tim - 6.5 / 10.0
It's quite simple. If you loved the first game, you'll appreciate the changes, like a more structured take on base building and community management. There are fantastic systems, hampered by repetitive and shallow gameplay that ultimately feels pointless. State of Decay 2's scale and lower price don't quite make up for its lack of polish.
Destructoid - Raymond Porreca - 8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 comes together as a game that feels designed for players who like to make checklists and chip away at long-term tasks. That notion might sound contradictory to existence in a zombie apocalypse, where death comes fast and often, but engaging with the game from this perspective makes its rough edges seem more like minor smudges. State of Decay 2's unique approach to survival and management might not appeal to everyone, but it certainly feels like an instant cult classic.
EGM - Mollie L Patterson - 7.5 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 builds upon Undead Labs' original cult classic about surviving a zombie apocalypse, and in many ways, it's bigger and better than its predecessor. In other ways, however, it's too similar to said predecessor, resulting in an experience that often feels like it could have been deeper or more ambitious.
Elite Gamer - Vinny Fanneran - 6.8 / 10.0
When lined up with its predecessor in their respective years of release, SoD2 just doesn’t capture the imagination in the same way but is still worth playing
Eurogamer - Edwin Evans-Thirlwell - Avoid
Technically shambolic, obsessed with hoarding, and a waste of a once-promising society simulation.
Gadgets 360 - Rishi Alwani - 9 / 10
All said and done, State of Decay 2 is a great addition to the library of any Xbox One or Windows 10 PC gamer. It might sound derivative on paper, but multiple elements come together to make a game that's well worth your time.
Game Revolution - Jason Faulkner - 3 / 5 stars
There's still plenty of fun to be had in State of Decay 2, though, especially if you liked the original.
GameMAG - Blaze - Russian - 7 / 10
State of Decay 2 is a good budget project for fans of games about zombies, now with co-op play. New game has some interesting mechanics and elements, but, sadly, quickly becomes boring. Given that the game is sold at half price, you can try it, especially if you liked the original. But if you are waiting for an interesting story and beautiful graphics, you can safely reduce the score by one point and pass by.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 7.8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is a good improvement over the original, yet the removal of narrative elements for dynamic missions felt like a step back.
Gamers Heroes - Johnny Hurricane - 4 / 10
State of Decay 2 is going to be very hit and miss for a number of people. If you can ignore the flaws, there is a fun game to be had when played with a friend. That said, even if you ignore its flaws, you can't deny that this game was not ready for release.
GameSpew - Chris McMullen - 80%
State of Decay 2 is the best State of Decay has ever been.
GamesRadar+ - Alex Avard - 3.5 / 5 stars
State of Decay 2 confidently reaches the series' potential as the ultimate zombie survival sim, even if it hits a few familiar bumps in the road on the way there.
GamingBolt - Ravi Sinha - 6 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 isn't a bad game but it doubles down on too much of the first game's failings. For newcomers, the repetitive combat and mission variety, glitches and lack of polish can be a turnoff but the base-building and survivor management manage to shine.
GamingTrend - Travis Northup - 85 / 100
State of Decay 2 improves upon its predecessor in almost every way. Although the game still suffers from a host of bugs and lacks much of a focused narrative, it succeeds at being a tremendously enjoyable and addictive experience.
God is a Geek - Nicola Ardron - 6 / 10.0
A mainly disappointing sequel, with some glitches that hinder the progress and the fun.
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 3 / 5.0
State of Decay 2 is an improvement over its predecessor, but it's still held back by a number of technical shortcomings.
Heavy - Collin MacGregor - 7.5 / 10.0
Ultimately, State of Decay 2 is a game that's fine to play on your own, but so much better with friends. If you plan to pick up this ghoul gutting game then make sure to bring a friend or two.
Hobby Consolas - Alejandro Alcolea - Spanish - 80 / 100
State of Decay 2 take the best things from the first game and power up the mechanics to create a very interesting survival and management game. It has some problems and the multiplayer is not what we expected, but it is surprisingly addictive and very attractive for lovers of zombies.
IGN - Dan Stapleton - 7.5 / 10.0
State of Decay 2's zombie-infested maps are good places to scavenge, fight, and survive in. Combat is satisfyingly brutal and the special zombies inspire some real fear of permanent death, even though the Blood Plague turns out to be more of a sniffle. But the bugs are just as persistent as the zombies, and after a dozen or so hours the repetition of both eventually take their toll, making the appeal of replaying feel more limited than I'd expected for a sandbox RPG.
IGN Italy - Francesco Destri - Italian - 8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is the classic "more of the same" sequel which, however, thanks to some interesting innovations and a deep game formula, does not disappoint.
IGN Spain - Jose A. Rodríguez - Spanish - 7.5 / 10.0
Deeper than the first instalment, State of Decay 2 improves several features and adds a deeper management system with an enormous map to explore and an interesting cooperative online system, even when still has several technical issues.
Kotaku - Stacie Ponder - No Verdict
For as much fun as I had with the game, I expected a bit more polish.
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral - 4 / 10
The State Of Decay concept still holds plenty of promise but this sequel is so broken that laughing at its bugs and glitches becomes its primary source of entertainment.
PC Gamer - Tom Hatfield - 74 / 100
A solid survival game vastly improved by putting the focus on people, not zombies.
Player2.net.au - Matt Hewson - No Verdict
With State of Decay 2, Undead Labs has realised the potential of the first game. This is very much more of the same, but that same has been polished to a blood-smeared shine.
Polygon - Colin Campbell - No Verdict
State of Decay 2 made me sad, but mostly bored
Press Start - James Mitchell - 7 / 10
State of Decay 2 is just as good as the original but fails to make good on its major promises. There's some great quality of life improvements here and there, but the repetitive goals to work towards and cursory co-op options stop it from being any better than the original. Despite all this, State of Decay 2's gameplay loop is strangely alluring, but many won't put up with its technical shortcomings.
Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is a "bigger, better and more badass" sequel, with plenty of missions and activity to do. Playing it in co-op is a good addition, but on the long run the game loses part of its charme. The graphics are outdated and very far from the modern games' standards.
Stevivor - Steve Wright - 8 / 10.0
Despite these flaws, State of Decay 2 is incredibly enjoyable
Tech Advisor - Lewis Painter - 3 / 5 stars
State of Decay 2 is a decent game, it just needs fixing.
TechRaptor - Max Moeller - 6 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is a fun and immersive sim... when it works. There are some bugs and a few odd design choices, but the game does what it sets out to do well.
TheSixthAxis - Dominic Leighton - 7 / 10
If you're looking for a compelling and atmospheric take on the zombie genre that's more Walking Dead than Left 4 Dead, State of Decay 2 is an imperfect but enjoyable sequel to the superior original. The gameplay loop of scavenging, crafting and killing can begin to wear thin, but the human element is capable of pulling you back in. Tackling the world with others in tow may decimate the game's carefully constructed atmosphere, but those multiplayer shenanigans will probably be wild enough to distract from the host of technical issues that simply refuse to die.
TrueAchievements - Mark Delaney - 4.5 / 5 stars
It's the most realistic zombie apocalypse simulation in the world and that's a beautiful thing.
TrustedReviews - Matt Kamen - 3.5 / 5 stars
An improvement on the original, and with far more variety on offer, but State of Decay 2 suffers from repetitive combat and poor player communication throughout. Fans of survival sims will likely appreciate the greater attention to detail and increased demands when it comes to sustaining your communities, but for more casual players the constant need to find dozens of items or resources just to keep everything ticking over will just annoy, the longer you go on.
Twinfinite - Chris Jecks - 3.5 / 5.0
I had a lot of fun with State of Decay 2… when it was all working. Its core gameplay loop is repetitive, but there's a sense of satisfaction in seeing your community move from a small base with no water and power to a dominant force in the town capable of sustaining itself on its own that kept driving me forward.
USgamer - Caty McCarthy - 3.5 / 5 stars
If you can deal with a healthy dose of bugs, State of Decay 2 is an extremely satisfying and unpredictable management sim with a solid action-survival game laid on top. The sequel's improved UI, new multiplayer component, and additional maps help it stand out from its predecessor, even if the moment-to-moment is largely the same.
VGChartz - Brandon J. Wysocki - 6 / 10
Some of the execution has more room for improvement than you’d expect from a sequel, but overall it provides a unique, fun, and satisfying gameplay experience.
VideoGamer - Alice Bell - 6 / 10
State of Decay 2 has some fun additions that can keep things interesting. Just not quite interesting enough (especially when contending with a clutch of performance issues).
Wccftech - Alessio Palumbo - 7.5 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is every bit as fun and rough as the first game was in 2013. It feels like a game that would have massively benefited from additional resources during development given its numerous technical shortcomings, but even so, its core (improved in this sequel) remains unique and fun to play, especially with friends. It's one of those titles that can be described as being more than the sum of its parts.
Windows Central - Jez Corden - 4 / 5 stars
Where State of Decay 2 ascends is in its simulation, which has more depth, drama, and dynamism than ever before.
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin - 8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is imperfect, but it's still a very good time. The presentation may not be up to snuff and the AI can be a hindrance, but the overall experience is fulfilling enough that you'll overlook those shortcomings. There aren't many games that execute the community aspect so well or are as accessible to those who aren't deeply into survival titles. It's a good experience for newcomers but still satisfying for those who loved the first game.
Xbox Achievements - Dan Webb - 60%
State of Decay 2 is a perfectly fine game. Nothing more, nothing less. Sure, it may be buggy and it might be a step back from the original, but it is nevertheless still a fun game, albeit one that doesn't really motivate you to keep playing. To keep grinding. I imagine it's what a real zombie apocalypse would be like, we just wanted more from a game about it.
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2018.05.17 09:17 TheGasMask4 State of Decay 2 Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: State of Decay 2
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ljRGIDGdwU
Publishers: Microsoft Game Studios
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 69

Reviews

AngryCentaurGaming - Jeremy Penter - Buy
Atomix - Rodrigo Martínez - Spanish - 70 / 100
State of Decay 2 is a nice game and it looks good, but it has a considerable amount of errors that take away much of its brightness. It is nice that the events that happen within your game are a consequence of the actions of each player, giving that feeling that each of their actions is unrepeatable. Spending most of the game looking for resources in coolers, kitchens, farms and other places, is annoying and takes away much of the fun that can be the game becoming a slow and repetitive activity.
AusGamers - Kosta Andreadis - 7 / 10.0
Gruesome and fun zombie-apocalypse survival, but also bug-ridden and poorly optimised.
Backlog Critic - Tom Olson - 7 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 seems to follow in the footsteps of Sea of Thieves. It’s a generally OK game but might not hold the mass audiences attention for long. People who love the game will absolutely love it, but I can see it dropping off just in the same way SOT did. Whether Microsoft continues to support it in the form of a “games as a service” model, which we anticipate they will do with Sea of Thieves also, it may have some legs. This is definitely another case for making use of the GamePass and seeing if it’s worth picking up of staying subbed
Cerealkillerz - Lukas Kopf - German - 8 / 10.0
After extensive testing, we awarded State of Decay 2 due to the low price of 29.99 € and what’s delivered within the game 8 out of a possible 10 points. Very positively is the finally added co-op and the loot system. The graphics are rather negative, which in favor of the performance is well below what we saw in the E3 trailer last year. In summary, State of Decay 2 delivers a thrilling adventure with a high replay ability value and its complex systems, which can be a lot of fun in a co-op.
CGMagazine - Jed Whitaker - 4 / 10.0
If you loved the original State of Decay thankfully you can still play it, because currently, this sequel is too rough around the edges to recommend.
Cheat Code Central - Sean Engemann - 3.8 / 5.0
State of Decay 2 is full of improvements and additions over its predecessor, yet strays little from the original blueprint. If you enjoyed the first game, then you will certainly lose plenty of hours in the sequel, scouring the undead ridden lands for supplies to keep your community alive and thriving. However, if you were hoping for groundbreaking changes to the horror survival formula and pristine technical accomplishments, you will be disappointed. Nevertheless, for a bargain retail price, and as a launch title for subscribers of the Xbox Game Pass, it's definitely worth of a look while keeping some change in your pocket.
COGconnected - Paul Sullivan - 40 / 100
Although there's a very competent core loop and entertaining resource management sim somewhere within State of Decay 2, it's really, really, broken. Unacceptably so. It frustrated me mightily to see a flash of a game I wanted to play, only to be immediately reminded that it's not ready for release.
Critical Hit - Geoffrey Tim - 6.5 / 10.0
It's quite simple. If you loved the first game, you'll appreciate the changes, like a more structured take on base building and community management. There are fantastic systems, hampered by repetitive and shallow gameplay that ultimately feels pointless. State of Decay 2's scale and lower price don't quite make up for its lack of polish.
Destructoid - Raymond Porreca - 8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 comes together as a game that feels designed for players who like to make checklists and chip away at long-term tasks. That notion might sound contradictory to existence in a zombie apocalypse, where death comes fast and often, but engaging with the game from this perspective makes its rough edges seem more like minor smudges. State of Decay 2's unique approach to survival and management might not appeal to everyone, but it certainly feels like an instant cult classic.
EGM - Mollie L Patterson - 7.5 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 builds upon Undead Labs' original cult classic about surviving a zombie apocalypse, and in many ways, it's bigger and better than its predecessor. In other ways, however, it's too similar to said predecessor, resulting in an experience that often feels like it could have been deeper or more ambitious.
Elite Gamer - Vinny Fanneran - 6.8 / 10.0
When lined up with its predecessor in their respective years of release, SoD2 just doesn’t capture the imagination in the same way but is still worth playing
Eurogamer - Edwin Evans-Thirlwell - Avoid
Technically shambolic, obsessed with hoarding, and a waste of a once-promising society simulation.
Gadgets 360 - Rishi Alwani - 9 / 10
All said and done, State of Decay 2 is a great addition to the library of any Xbox One or Windows 10 PC gamer. It might sound derivative on paper, but multiple elements come together to make a game that's well worth your time.
Game Revolution - Jason Faulkner - 3 / 5 stars
There's still plenty of fun to be had in State of Decay 2, though, especially if you liked the original.
GameMAG - Blaze - Russian - 7 / 10
State of Decay 2 is a good budget project for fans of games about zombies, now with co-op play. New game has some interesting mechanics and elements, but, sadly, quickly becomes boring. Given that the game is sold at half price, you can try it, especially if you liked the original. But if you are waiting for an interesting story and beautiful graphics, you can safely reduce the score by one point and pass by.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 7.8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is a good improvement over the original, yet the removal of narrative elements for dynamic missions felt like a step back.
Gamers Heroes - Johnny Hurricane - 4 / 10
State of Decay 2 is going to be very hit and miss for a number of people. If you can ignore the flaws, there is a fun game to be had when played with a friend. That said, even if you ignore its flaws, you can't deny that this game was not ready for release.
GameSpew - Chris McMullen - 80%
State of Decay 2 is the best State of Decay has ever been.
GamesRadar+ - Alex Avard - 3.5 / 5 stars
State of Decay 2 confidently reaches the series' potential as the ultimate zombie survival sim, even if it hits a few familiar bumps in the road on the way there.
GamingBolt - Ravi Sinha - 6 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 isn't a bad game but it doubles down on too much of the first game's failings. For newcomers, the repetitive combat and mission variety, glitches and lack of polish can be a turnoff but the base-building and survivor management manage to shine.
GamingTrend - Travis Northup - 85 / 100
State of Decay 2 improves upon its predecessor in almost every way. Although the game still suffers from a host of bugs and lacks much of a focused narrative, it succeeds at being a tremendously enjoyable and addictive experience.
God is a Geek - Nicola Ardron - 6 / 10.0
A mainly disappointing sequel, with some glitches that hinder the progress and the fun.
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 3 / 5.0
State of Decay 2 is an improvement over its predecessor, but it's still held back by a number of technical shortcomings.
Heavy - Collin MacGregor - 7.5 / 10.0
Ultimately, State of Decay 2 is a game that's fine to play on your own, but so much better with friends. If you plan to pick up this ghoul gutting game then make sure to bring a friend or two.
Hobby Consolas - Alejandro Alcolea - Spanish - 80 / 100
State of Decay 2 take the best things from the first game and power up the mechanics to create a very interesting survival and management game. It has some problems and the multiplayer is not what we expected, but it is surprisingly addictive and very attractive for lovers of zombies.
IGN - Dan Stapleton - 7.5 / 10.0
State of Decay 2's zombie-infested maps are good places to scavenge, fight, and survive in. Combat is satisfyingly brutal and the special zombies inspire some real fear of permanent death, even though the Blood Plague turns out to be more of a sniffle. But the bugs are just as persistent as the zombies, and after a dozen or so hours the repetition of both eventually take their toll, making the appeal of replaying feel more limited than I'd expected for a sandbox RPG.
IGN Italy - Francesco Destri - Italian - 8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is the classic "more of the same" sequel which, however, thanks to some interesting innovations and a deep game formula, does not disappoint.
IGN Spain - Jose A. Rodríguez - Spanish - 7.5 / 10.0
Deeper than the first instalment, State of Decay 2 improves several features and adds a deeper management system with an enormous map to explore and an interesting cooperative online system, even when still has several technical issues.
Kotaku - Stacie Ponder - No Verdict
For as much fun as I had with the game, I expected a bit more polish.
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral - 4 / 10
The State Of Decay concept still holds plenty of promise but this sequel is so broken that laughing at its bugs and glitches becomes its primary source of entertainment.
PC Gamer - Tom Hatfield - 74 / 100
A solid survival game vastly improved by putting the focus on people, not zombies.
Player2.net.au - Matt Hewson - No Verdict
With State of Decay 2, Undead Labs has realised the potential of the first game. This is very much more of the same, but that same has been polished to a blood-smeared shine.
Polygon - Colin Campbell - No Verdict
State of Decay 2 made me sad, but mostly bored
Press Start - James Mitchell - 7 / 10
State of Decay 2 is just as good as the original but fails to make good on its major promises. There's some great quality of life improvements here and there, but the repetitive goals to work towards and cursory co-op options stop it from being any better than the original. Despite all this, State of Decay 2's gameplay loop is strangely alluring, but many won't put up with its technical shortcomings.
Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is a "bigger, better and more badass" sequel, with plenty of missions and activity to do. Playing it in co-op is a good addition, but on the long run the game loses part of its charme. The graphics are outdated and very far from the modern games' standards.
Stevivor - Steve Wright - 8 / 10.0
Despite these flaws, State of Decay 2 is incredibly enjoyable
Tech Advisor - Lewis Painter - 3 / 5 stars
State of Decay 2 is a decent game, it just needs fixing.
TechRaptor - Max Moeller - 6 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is a fun and immersive sim... when it works. There are some bugs and a few odd design choices, but the game does what it sets out to do well.
TheSixthAxis - Dominic Leighton - 7 / 10
If you're looking for a compelling and atmospheric take on the zombie genre that's more Walking Dead than Left 4 Dead, State of Decay 2 is an imperfect but enjoyable sequel to the superior original. The gameplay loop of scavenging, crafting and killing can begin to wear thin, but the human element is capable of pulling you back in. Tackling the world with others in tow may decimate the game's carefully constructed atmosphere, but those multiplayer shenanigans will probably be wild enough to distract from the host of technical issues that simply refuse to die.
TrueAchievements - Mark Delaney - 4.5 / 5 stars
It's the most realistic zombie apocalypse simulation in the world and that's a beautiful thing.
TrustedReviews - Matt Kamen - 3.5 / 5 stars
An improvement on the original, and with far more variety on offer, but State of Decay 2 suffers from repetitive combat and poor player communication throughout. Fans of survival sims will likely appreciate the greater attention to detail and increased demands when it comes to sustaining your communities, but for more casual players the constant need to find dozens of items or resources just to keep everything ticking over will just annoy, the longer you go on.
Twinfinite - Chris Jecks - 3.5 / 5.0
I had a lot of fun with State of Decay 2… when it was all working. Its core gameplay loop is repetitive, but there's a sense of satisfaction in seeing your community move from a small base with no water and power to a dominant force in the town capable of sustaining itself on its own that kept driving me forward.
USgamer - Caty McCarthy - 3.5 / 5 stars
If you can deal with a healthy dose of bugs, State of Decay 2 is an extremely satisfying and unpredictable management sim with a solid action-survival game laid on top. The sequel's improved UI, new multiplayer component, and additional maps help it stand out from its predecessor, even if the moment-to-moment is largely the same.
VGChartz - Brandon J. Wysocki - 6 / 10
Some of the execution has more room for improvement than you’d expect from a sequel, but overall it provides a unique, fun, and satisfying gameplay experience.
VideoGamer - Alice Bell - 6 / 10
State of Decay 2 has some fun additions that can keep things interesting. Just not quite interesting enough (especially when contending with a clutch of performance issues).
Wccftech - Alessio Palumbo - 7.5 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is every bit as fun and rough as the first game was in 2013. It feels like a game that would have massively benefited from additional resources during development given its numerous technical shortcomings, but even so, its core (improved in this sequel) remains unique and fun to play, especially with friends. It's one of those titles that can be described as being more than the sum of its parts.
Windows Central - Jez Corden - 4 / 5 stars
Where State of Decay 2 ascends is in its simulation, which has more depth, drama, and dynamism than ever before.
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin - 8 / 10.0
State of Decay 2 is imperfect, but it's still a very good time. The presentation may not be up to snuff and the AI can be a hindrance, but the overall experience is fulfilling enough that you'll overlook those shortcomings. There aren't many games that execute the community aspect so well or are as accessible to those who aren't deeply into survival titles. It's a good experience for newcomers but still satisfying for those who loved the first game.
Xbox Achievements - Dan Webb - 60%
State of Decay 2 is a perfectly fine game. Nothing more, nothing less. Sure, it may be buggy and it might be a step back from the original, but it is nevertheless still a fun game, albeit one that doesn't really motivate you to keep playing. To keep grinding. I imagine it's what a real zombie apocalypse would be like, we just wanted more from a game about it.
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2018.03.01 12:29 Sir_Darkness Metal Gear Survive - Review Thread

Game Title: Metal Gear Survive
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developer(s): Konami
Publisher: Konami
Trailers: Gamescom 2016 Trailer
Single Player Trailer Co-op Trailer
Launch Trailer
Release Dates:
NA - February 20, 2018
JP - February 21, 2018
PAL - February 22, 2018

Review Aggregators

Metacritic - 56 (PC)
Metacritic - 63 (PS4)
Metacritic - 65 (XB1)
OpenCritic - 62 (Cross-Platform)

Reviews

App Trigger - Dustin Murphy - 5 / 10
This is a game poorly planned and executed by Konami, and unfortunately, could be the final nail in the coffin for longtime fans of the Metal Gear franchise.
Areajugones - Alfonso Cánovas - 7 / 10 (Spanish)
Konami takes a chance with Metal Gear Survive and focuses on delivering a game with the same base, but a different type of genre. A risky bet that has its innovative moments, but fails to completely entertain and has plenty of monotone moments.
Atomix - Claudio Quiroz - 6.5 / 10 (Spanish)
The major problem of this game is having the name Metal Gear in its title. Seems like It has nothing to do with the franchise and while it has some good ideas as a game, in the end, the final product is disappointing.
CGMagazine - Jed Whitaker - 5 / 10
Metal Gear Survive is neither a good Metal Gear Solid game nor a good survival game. It feels more like a cynical cash grab due to being not only the most expensive survival game on the market, but also how flagrantly it peppers in the microtransactions.
Cheat Code Central - Lucas White - 6 / 10
Metal Gear Survive is just another middling survival game, with a name-drop that doesn’t do it any favors.
COGconnected - Paul Sullivan - 6.3 / 10
If you’re a fan of games like Rust and DayZ, you may well find that you love the hell out of Metal Gear Survive. It has lots of meters and things to craft, and an interesting navigation system that challenges the player. It also has a crushing amount of repetition, the slimiest of microtransactions, and it whiffs on anything but tangential connection to the main Metal Gear franchise. This is not Metal Gear Solid 6. If you can accept that fact with an open mind, you may actually like what you find.
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 5 / 10
Metal Gear Survive is a good idea that finds itself crippled by an overwhelming mob of bad ideas. It’s interesting but ultimately handicapped by a ruthless application of unnecessarily brutal constraints that serves to diminish what should have been a fascinating spin-off.
DarkStation - Mike Takahashi - 4 / 5 stars
Overall, Metal Gear Survive is a great game. No, really. I don’t blame anyone for taking issues with the company that produced it, but it’s clear that the developers really put in the time and effort to make something worthwhile. There are some obvious issues with the story and one blatant microtransaction cash grab, but Survive has a ton of genuinely enjoyable content for its budget price. If you’re looking for a Metal Gear fan service game with a tacked on survival mechanic, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a survival game with a Metal Gear paint job, it’s well worth looking into.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 5 / 10
Metal Gear Survive should have been a free-to-play game just like Grasshopper's Let it Die or an actual Metal Gear release. It doesn't accomplish either aim.
Digital Trends - Phil Hornshaw - 5 / 10
We can imagine a Metal Gear game with zombies that would be a lot of fun, but Metal Gear Survive is not that game. Everything about it, from the thin and uninspiring story and characters to the survival systems and combat, feels tuned to keep you busy, but not entertained. It’s a game that crams in mechanics and ideas without finding a way to make them fun together, while always failing to respect players’ time.
Eurogamer - Martin Robinson - Unscored
Metal Gear's first post-Kojima outing plays fast and loose with the formula, with results that are equal parts brilliant and baffling.
Eurogamer Italy - Manuel Santangelo - 7 / 10 (Italian)
Though only marginally linked to the main story, Metal Gear Survive works. Doubts and prejudices aside about the continuation of the brand after the Kojima departure, Survive is a good and entertaining product, with a solid history and valid survival mechanics. Although not revolutionizing the genre, what prevents the title from achieving higher results are microtransitions, which although not excessively invasive, should not be present in a full price game.
Everyeye.it - Francesco Fossetti - 7.8 / 10 (Italian)
Although it is legitimate not to sympathize with Metal Gear Survive, in short, those who decide to approach the title with an open mind will find a more than discrete survival, which could even improve in the event the support post-launch is decisive and convincing.
Gadgets 360 - Rishi Alwani - 8 / 10
All in all, it's this hodgepodge mix of ideas that makes Metal Gear Survive a unique entry in the franchise, and perhaps its most divisive entry yet.
Gameblog.fr - Thomas Pillon - 6 / 10 (French)
This Metal Gear spin-off surprisingly sets itself between a hardcore survival and a 3D tower-defense game, which will hardly satisfy most gamers. If you survive the initial ruthless hours, you could realize Metal Gear Survive's true potential, delivering a long and tough survival experience. Unfortunately, Konami's greed for micro-transactions breaks the game's balance and is way too prominent to appear as a minor feature.
Game Informer - Suriel Vazquez - 6 / 10
Metal Gear Survive doesn’t fail due to its baggage or expectations. It blunders entirely on its own merits. Its co-op suite shows promise and could become legitimately great in time, but the rest of Survive is a boring, grind-heavy slog where the biggest reward is simply more stuff. For as many bits of metal, wood, and fabric I had after 70 hours of play, I couldn’t help but think I’d wasted all of my time.
GamesRadar+ - Leon Hurley - 7 / 10
A decent survival game with a rewarding, if uninspired, grind to its resource collecting and base management.
Game Rant - Dalton Cooper - 2 / 5
Thanks to overbearing hunger and thirst systems, unintelligent enemy AI, and an utterly forgettable story, Metal Gear Survive is the worst game in the series yet.
Game Revolution - Jason Faulkner - 8 / 10
If Konami would have introduced Metal Gear Survive as an entirely new title, and marketed it better, it would likely be a Spring hit. However, slapping Metal Gear on it weirdly makes it have this generic feel. Despite the enjoyable gameplay, I always felt like something was missing, and there is. You can tell Kojima went nowhere near this Metal Gear.
GameSkinny - Ty Arthur - 5 / 10 stars
From a horribly botched launch to clunky UI and a hungethirst meter that actively tries to kill you, there's so much this game does wrong that it's hard to focus on what Metal Gear Survive does right.
Gamersky - 不倒翁蜀黍 - 7.5 / 10 (Chinese)
Metal Gear Survive is a decent survival game, and it's definitely fun to play with your friends. But it's not fun enough to completely satisfy, especially compared with Hideo Kojima's Phantom Pain.
GameSpace - William Murphy - 6 / 10
The single player, oddly, is the best part of Metal Gear Survive. I say “oddly” because it’s billed as a co-op game primarily. But the online multiplayer is just sort of “Horde Mode”, and we’ve all done that again and again for a decade now.
GameSpew - Richard Seagrave - 70 / 100%
Metal Gear Survive is a far cry from any other game released prior in the series, but that doesn't make it any less compelling. So it's up to you: either cling on to the notion that Metal Gear Survive is a terrible cash-in and miss out on an interesting adventure, or put your misconceptions aside and jump right in and have some fun. I know what I'd do.
GameSpot - Tamoor Hussain - 5 / 10
Metal Gear Survive feels oppressive, demanding, and obtuse, and needlessly so. It's a shame because there's actually a good survival game in there, but the pressures it places on you make uncovering and enjoying that unappealing.
GamingBolt - Rashid Sayed - 6 / 10
Survive does many things right and wrong but it doesn't deserve to be called a "Metal Gear" game.
GearNuke - Daniel Arshad Khan - 7 / 10
Metal Gear Survive is a strange mix of survival horror with open world. On the one hand, there are some superb ideas seen in the game that could have been great to play but on the other hand, the game constantly keeps testing your patience by forcing you to micromanage the health of your character.
Hardcore Gamer - Jordan Helm - 6 / 10
Sadly, its invasive microtransaction structure and otherwise lack of engagement as a Metal Geastealth entrant is what will likely stand as its greatest downfall — inevitably cancelling out all the goodwill the game creates in its shorter spells. Metal Gear Survive as a whole isn’t the utter abomination many had suspected it would be, but it doesn’t push itself beyond the still-waning status of being tepidly average.
Hobby Consolas - Álvaro Alonso - 77 / 100 (Spanish)
Behind a cloud of dust formed with controversy and bad decisions hides a zombie survival game that's highly enjoyable. It's far from the level of quality of past Metal Gear games (particularly the script), but we would be lying if we said we didn't have a lot of fun with it.
IGN - Chloi Rad - 6.5 / 10
Survive might not compare well to the tactical espionage action that’s defined the Metal Gear series we know and love, but its oddly hit-or-miss combo of some solid old ideas and some clumsy new ones has at least some appeal.
IGN Italia - Marco Esposto - 7.7 / 10 (Italian)
Metal Gear Survive is a good survival game that need some balancing. An interesting spin-off with is own dignity.
IGN Spain - David Soriano - 6.8 / 10 (Spanish)
If it had not been called Metal Gear Survive, this survival game would have been received in another way. However, many of the questionable decisions such as micropayments or permanent connection tarnish a remarkable gameplay based on The Phantom Pain.
LevelUp - Rodrigo Muñozaltea - 7 / 10 (Spanish)
Metal Gear Survive is a strange and unique mix. On one hand it’s an interesting survival game, on the other it’s a merge of Sci-Fi elements with a shoehorned political plot and dull characters. The game has some genuinely fun and intense moments, but its mechanics and stiff controls sometimes make the experience unnecessarily difficult. Despite all of this the game can be quite rewarding and keeps you in a state of urgency that can be really fun.
Merlin'In Kazani (Turkey) - Hakan Hervenik - 40 / 100 (Turkish)
Metal Gear Survive is a bold and brave move for Konami. BUT, It's just not fun. If you like Metal Gear series, you should probably stay away from this game.
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral - 5 / 10
Not the Metal Gear fans will be used to in terms of either quality or action. But despite a few interesting highlights, it’s just too boring to get very angry about.
New Game Network - Alex Varankou - 70 / 100
Metal Gear Survive is an enticing, challenging, polished and occasionally frustrating spinoff that doesn't devalue the reputation of the franchise, and offers a unique standalone experience that fans of survival games should enjoy getting stuck into.
PC Gamer - Andy Kelly - 59 / 100
Has flickers of brilliance, but the painfully slow and gruelling survival simulation routinely snuffs them out.
PlayStation LifeStyle - Tyler Treese - 8.5 / 10
Those who are able to accept Metal Gear Survive for what it is will find one of the most captivating survival games in recent memory. It’s an incredibly unforgiving experience, which can definitely be detrimental at times, but one that ultimately feels fulfilling.
Polygon - Michael McWhertor - 5.5 / 10
There's a weird, enjoyable story in Metal Gear Survive for players who make it past the game's grueling opening hours, and there are flashes of a great survival game. But with a threadbare connection to the 30-year history of Metal Gear and a comparatively shallow game made in the shadow of The Phantom Pain, it's hard to recommend enduring the whole thing.
Power Unlimited - Samuel - 63 / 100 (Dutch)
Metal Gear Survive is a powerful survival experience which is sadly being hindered by sneaky microtransactions. But the game has proven that the gameplay and story of Metal Gear might be able to survive without the help of Kojima.
Press Start Australia - James Mitchell - 5 / 10
An uninspired mish-mash of poorly balanced systems that translates to an experience that feels like a chore.
Push Square - Liam Croft - 8 / 10
Metal Gear Survive is not what many envisioned the follow up to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to be, but that doesn’t inherently make it a bad game. This is definitely a different experience, thanks to the introduction of survival mechanics and the extensive base building, but these aspects actually benefit what the title is going for. With a punishing but fascinating open world to explore, a crafting system that allows for all manner of items to be fashioned, and a suitably bizarre story that is sure to surprise even series veterans, Metal Gear Survive is likely to please those that give it a solid chance.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Matt Cox - Unscored
Metal Gear Survive is the game I want it to be about…10% of the time. When there’s a rare section where stealth is the best approach. When I just manage to defeat the final wave on a protection mission, thanks to strategic placement of defences. When I’m thinking my way out of a tense situation, moments away from being overwhelmed – by zombies, rather than starvation or suffocation.
Most of the time though, it’s a game that goes out of its way to be repetitive, frustrating and dull.
Shacknews - Brittany Vincent - 8 / 10
As it is, it's an interesting and wholly engrossing exercise in survival that I enjoyed more with every hour that passed. Don't go into the game looking for any sort of Metal Gear gratification, and you'll come out relatively pleased with what's on offer.
Slant Magazine - Jed Pressgrove - 2 / 5 stars
The game wastes an inordinate amount of time on exposition and, more regrettably, includes a microtransaction system so as to reach into players’ wallets.
SpazioGames - Mario Petillo - 7 / 10 (Italian)
Metal Gear Survive is a good survival and crafting game, but it's fun to play only in the initial hours. Konami has taken a chance with its idea, but fails due to plenty of monotone moments.
Telegraph - Joe Parlock - 6 / 10
Survive isn’t the lifeless husk of the Metal Gear series many thought it would be with its creator no longer running the show. When it gets its groove, it’s something very special indeed - its story, world, and freedom for exploration and creativity are all remarkable. The problem is that it'ss difficult to ignore the malingering corporate influence that has filled the gap in Kojima’s absence.
The Daily Dot - AJ Moser - 5 / 10
This lack of confidence is the ultimate undoing of Survive’s story. For every unique idea the game presents, it almost immediately backpedals into a generic, played-out conceit.
The Games Machine - Mario Baccigalupi - 6.7 / 10 (Italian)
Let's put aside the controversies about the Metal Gear saga, and talk about the game, and what it can really offer. The idea of mixing the gameplay of Metal Gear Solid V with a survival setting could have really worked, but the truth is that the very foundation of the game is pretty weak and messy. There are some fun and challenging moments, but overall it feels like a wasted opportunity.
TheSixthAxis - Miguel Moran - 8 / 10
It’s a sad truth that still puts a pit in my stomach, but Kojima and Konami are done. Konami still owns the Metal Gear name though, and they still want to make video games for it. Please let them. A new Hollywood reboot of your favorite franchise does not retroactively ruin the quality of the old movies, and Metal Gear Survive does not suddenly make the Metal Gear Solid series any less brilliant. Metal Gear Survive, instead, stands alongside those as perhaps the strongest spinoff in the franchise to date. Metal Gear Solid as we know it may be finished, but after having so much fun with Survive, I’m excited to see what Metal Gear looks like in the future.
ThisGenGaming - Jordan Phipps - 7 / 10
What you have here is a quality survival experience, but those looking for tactical espionage operations might want to keep looking.
Trusted Reviews - Simon Miller - 5 / 10
Metal Gear Survive is a brave move for Konami and a decent survival game – it’s just not particularly fun. If you like the more abrasive side of the medium, give it a go. Everyone else should probably stay away.
Twinfinite - Zhiqing Wan - 5 / 10
Survive is a serviceable game, but its story and writing lack the one thing that drew fans to the series in the first place: heart.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 6 / 10
Metal Gear Survive isn't a great game, but it is a fun game. Journeying into the Dust to find resources and survivors is a legitimately tense experience and your progress through the game feels satisfying. Unfortunately, hunger and thirst drop a bit too quickly, leaving you diving into menus for upkeep far too much of the time. With some tweaks and changes, Survive could be great, but as it stands, it's just good.
Video Chums - A.J. Maciejewski - 8.5 / 10
Metal Gear Survive doesn't come close to offering the same level of immersion that past Metal Gear games did but it's still definitely one of the most addictive survival-based gaming experiences that I've ever played.
Washington Post - Michael Thomsen - 6 / 10
“Survive” is a theater of minor irritations made from the disassembled essentials of human survival.
Wccftech - Kai Powell - 8.5 / 10
Despite the backlash from fans decrying that Metal Gear Survive isn't a true Metal Gear game, what's available in this $40 package is a hundred-plus hours of one of the most polished survival games to ever make it onto consoles.
Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker - 60 / 100
A Metal Gear game in name only, Survive is a decent – though often frustrating - survival game with a few unique tricks up its sleeve. While the Metal Gear name brings with it a certain weight of expectation, as long as you don't go in expecting Metal Gear Solid 6, you'll be fine.
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2017.12.22 10:07 ninjyte Life is Strange: Before the Storm Ep. 3 "Hell is Empty" / Complete Season - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Episode 3 "Hell is Empty")
Genre: Interactive story, graphic adventure, episodic
Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Media: 'Return to Arcadia Bay' E3 2017 Announcement Trailer E3 2017 Q&A Stream
First Gameplay Chloe & David Gameplay
'Chloe and Rachel'
Score Reveal Daughter x Life is Strange
Deluxe Edition Trailer
Gamescom Launch Trailer
Episode 2 Trailer
Complete Season / Episode 3 Trailer
Developer: Deck Nine Info
Publisher: Square Enix
Price:
Standard Edition - $16.99 (3 Episodes)
Deluxe Edition - $24.99 (3 + 1 Bonus Episode, 'Mixtape Mode', Outfit Pack)
Release Date: December 20, 2017
More Info: /lifeisstrange Wikipedia Page
Review Aggregator:
Episode 3
OpenCritic - 78 [Cross-Platform]
MetaCritic - 79 [PS4]
MetaCritic - 81 [XB1]
MetaCritic - 76 [PC]
Complete Season
OpenCritic - 79 [Cross-Platform]
MetaCritic - 70 [PS4]
MetaCritic - [XB1]
MetaCritic - 78 [PC]
Strangely arbitrary list of each episode of the original game -
Entry Score (Platform, Year, # of Critics)
Life is Strange: Episode 1 - Chrysalis 75 (PS4, 2015, 43 critics)
Life is Strange: Episode 2 - Out of Time 78 (PS4, 2015, 34 critics)
Life is Strange: Episode 3 - Chaos Theory 81 (PS4, 2015, 33 critics)
Life is Strange: Episode 4 - Dark Room 81 (PS4, 2015, 33 critics)
Life is Strange: Episode 5 - Polarized 81 (PS4, 2015, 30 critics)
Life is Strange - Season One 85 (PS4, 2015, 23 critics)
Decked out compilation of Deck Nine games (studio previously under the name Idol Minds)
Entry Score (Platform, Year, # of Critics)
Cool Boarders 2001 78 (PS2, 2001, 16 critics)
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie 61 (PS2, 2005, 18 critics)
Ratchet & Clank Collection 83 (PS3, 2012, 40 critics)
The last episodes' reception -
Entry Score (Platform, Year, # of Critics)
Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 1: Awake 78 (PS4, 2017, 52 critics)
Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World 79 (PS4, 2017, 32 critics)
Episode 3

Reviews

Website/Author Aggregates' & Critic's Score Quote Platform
Windows Central - Brendan Lowry 100 ~ 5 / 5 stars By improving upon the issues of the last two episodes while continuing their successes, the conclusive episode to Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a near-flawless end to the impactful, heartfelt prequel. XB1
Attack of the Fanboy - Dylan Siegler 90 ~ 4.5 / 5 stars The overall story stayed interesting throughout, the characters were complex, the bigger themes were brilliant and it was a generally emotional and expertly executed second trip to Arcadia Bay. PS4
Hardcore Gamer - Jeremy Peeples 90 ~ 4.5 / 5 Hell is Empty perfectly pays off what was built up in the first two episodes while also providing a bridge to the original series. Acting as a prequel series put Before the Storm in a tough spot, but the third episode shows that you can pull of a lofty goal like that near-perfectly. It’s a fantastic conclusion to the prequel series and a must-play for anyone who enjoyed the first two episodes. You’ll see proper payoffs to many things here, while the main game serves as a payoff for other storylines and characters introduced in this series — allowing this self-contained part of the tale to do its own thing without having to wrap up every part of the narrative. PS4
PlayStation LifeStyle - Tyler Treese 85 ~ 8.5 / 10 While I'm not sure if Before the Storm will hold the same place in my heart as the original, I'm certainly glad that Deck Nine Games got to tell their own story in Arcadia Bay. It's a very different tale, one on a completely smaller scale both in terms of narrative and length, but one that still manages to make an impact. It's a more personal story, and it wound up being quite bittersweet having to say goodbye to the duo of Chloe and Rachel. PS4
Game Informer - Kimberley Wallace 85 ~ 8.5 / 10 Chloe and Rachel's complicated friendship shines in this finale, making you care about each character and the bond they share in a way you couldn't fully grasp in the original series PS4
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral 80 ~ 8 / 10 The episode itself has its weak points, but it's still a successfully heart-rending finale to one of the great storytelling achievements in gaming. PS4
Spaziogames - Valentino Cinefra - Italian 80 ~ 8 / 10 The last episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm is awesome. It resonates in the characters of Chloe and Rachel, building a story on few very strong topics. PS4
Twinfinite - Chris Jecks 80 ~ 4 / 5 Deck Nine had a pretty tall task when it came to Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. Creating a prequel that would satiate the series' fans is tough enough, and they've passed with flying colors in that regard. However, it's the way in which Deck Nine has really honed in on the identity of the original series that makes it so special. PS4
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner 74 ~ 7.4 / 10 Hell is Empty was somewhat empty in terms of dropping certain points though it still concludes in a satisfying way. XB1
Push Square - Sammy Barker 70 ~ 7 / 10 Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is more down to Earth than the main campaign, and it's actually better for it. Deck Nine's done an incredible job of working within the boundaries that DONTNOD's story set, and its biggest achievement is characterising the enigmatic Rachel Amber, who's both intoxicating and fragile all at the same time. Episode 3: Hell Is Empty feels like it could use a little more breathing room, but it crescendos with a gorgeous conclusion that's as heart-warming as it is heart-breaking. After all, we already know where this story ends. PS4
Gameblog - Gianni Molinaro - French 70 ~ 7 / 10 With Life is Strange Before the Storm - Episode 3 : Hell is Empty, Deck Nine brings a satisfying conclusion to this prequel. Even if we could have expected some more significant consequences to the choices we wake, it's still a touching story for two really adorable characters in a lovely world. A good way to wait for what's next. PS4
Saudi Gamer - سندس الخباز - Arabic 70 ~ 7 / 10 Before the Storm have a great story that is filled with twists along with unexpected and exciting events even though I played life is strange and I know what's going to happen in the near future, before the storm delivered the surprising element very well. Episode three Hell is Empty however, leaves you with a wide open ending and more unanswered questions. Also, cut sense and dialogues don't really change that much with Chole decisions and in general is I wished Deck Nine used Backtalk in important conversations and with main characters rather than a pudding fight. PS4
Cubed3 - Ofisil 60 ~ 6 / 10 Not much happens in the final episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and, at first, it doesn't seem to matter as, instead of any new stuff, it's the "feels" that are in the spotlight this time around. The only true problem seems to be the sleep-inducingly slow pacing of it all, something that sort of ruins the end of this prequel. PC
The Games Machine - Marco Tassani - Italian 59 ~ 5.9 / 10 Before the Storm shouldn't have been done. It doesn't add anything to the original work from DONTNOD, to the point where sometimes it seems just another game with the same characters, and a much less inspired soundtrack. PS4
Complete Season

Reviews

Website/Author Aggregates' & Critic's Score Quote Platform
IGN Italy - Alessandra Borgonovo - Italian 90 ~ 9 / 10 Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a beautiful, delicate novel about psychological and moral growth. PS4
Oyungezer Online - Utku Çakır - Turkish 90 ~ 9 / 10 It's a masterclass in storytelling and surpasses Life is Strange in every way. PC
PCGamesN - Ali Jones 80 ~ 8 / 10 Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a masterful prequel, then. Easter eggs and fan service exist peacefully alongside a fantastic new narrative filled with characters I wish I could spend even more time with. Its story fills all the gaps it needs to while never feeling as though it steps on the toes of what is yet to come, and still manages to carve out its own space. In some ways, Before the Storm is only the start of the Life is Strange journey, but in many others it is a joyous adventure in its own right. PC
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia 80 ~ 8 / 10 Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a beautiful journey through Chloe Price's teenage years. It's a brilliant exploration of what happens when a directionless teenager meets a special person that changes the course of their life forever. It's a journey that explores the themes of loss, love, finding one's self, and whether the road to happiness ultimately lies in truth. PS4
PS Site - Sebastian Kasparek - Polish 70 ~ 7 / 10 It's a fine prequel, yet not without problems. A couple of scenes, many easter eggs and emotional ending make up for its flaws and this one particular moment will grab you by the heart for sure. PS4
RPG Site - Natalie Flores 70 ~ 7 / 10 Before the Storm's finale shares some of the issues the first season's finale had. However, just like the first season, it's more than the sum of its parts. PC
USgamer - Caty McCarthy 60 ~ 3 / 5 stars Despite an uneven final episode, the bond between Chloe and Rachel cements the surprising prequel, sometimes even soaring above the heights of the original game. It still has all the faults of Life Is Strange as a series, but its domestic focus helps it resonate even greater than its successor. If Rachel Amber is the Laura Palmer of Life Is Strange, then Before the Storm is her much-deserved Fire Walk With Me. PS4
VideoGamer - Alice Bell 60 ~ 6 / 10 Life is Strange: Before the Storm, despite a great second episode, ends feeling rushed and loses the focus on Chloe and Rachel's relationship. PS4
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2017.11.14 00:09 ninjyte Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)
Genre: First-person/Third-person shooter, multiplayer, single-player
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Media: Star Wars Celebration Reveal Trailer
EA Play 2017 Gameplay Trailer
Behind the Story
Starfighter Assault Gameplay Trailer
'This is Star Wars Battlefront 2'
Single Player Trailer
Launch Trailer
Developer: EA DICE Info (Engine, Multiplayer)
Motive Studios Info (Single-Player Campaign)
Criterion Games Info (Starfighter Gameplay)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Price: $59.99 - Standard Edition (with micro-transactions)
$79.99 - Deluxe Edition Contents
Release Date: November 14, 2017 - Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition
November 17, 2017 - Standard Edition
More Info: /StarWarsBattlefront Wikipedia Page
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 67 [Cross-Platform] Current Score Distribution 25% of Critics Recommended
MetaCritic - 68 [PS4]
MetaCritic - 69 [XB1]
MetaCritic - 67 [PC]
Infernally arbitrary listing of the 2015 Battlefront game's reception -
Entry Score (Platform, Year, # of Critics)
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 73 (PS4, 2015, 59 critics)
Pedantically arbitrary compilation of the original Battlefront games -
Entry Score (Platform, Year, # of Critics)
Star Wars: Battlefront (2004) 80 (XB, 2004, 55 critics)
Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005) 83 (XB, 2005, 40 critics)

Reviews

Website/Author Aggregates' & Critic's Score Quote Platform
Eurogamer - Martin Robinson Not Recommended ~ Not Recommended DICE goes big in a Call of Duty-baiting package that's as maddening, uneven and spectacular as the Star Wars films themselves. PS4
AngryCentaurGaming - Jeremy Penter Rent ~ Rent [This is] a 'Deep, Deep Sale' or 'Rent'. If you have a couple bucks and you get a chance, red box, blue box, one of your subscription services like EA Access, then you know what, maybe you want to check out the single-player because at least it's somewhat good-looking and there's some fun parts. But when it comes down to it, the multiplayer itself, which let's be honest this game absolutely hinges on, frankly this is the first and only PC I can remember being a full 60 bucks and feeling exactly like every mobile title out there. Really a shame, there's some stuff to like, but right now completely infected.
Ars Technica - Sam Machkovech Avoid ~ Avoid Even if EA fulfills promises, this game may still be too far gone to the Dark Side. XB1
Kotaku - Heather Alexandra Unscored ~ Unscored Star Wars: Battlefront II frustrates me in ways I never knew I could be frustrated. It is both a lovingly crafted companion to the films and a tangled mess of corporate meddling. There is a strong heart at the center but finding it means peeling back layers of unnecessary and infuriating nonsense.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Matt Cox Unscored ~ Single-Player Multiplayer [Single-Player Review] If you’re after an authentic feeling, visually stunning romp through your favourite distant galaxy, then that’s one front on which the game doesn’t disappoint. [Multiplayer Review] For those first few hours, Battlefront 2 struck me with gorgeous moment after gorgeous moment that’s made me reevaluate what’s possible with 2017’s technology. It’s a shame that the fighting frequently gets bogged down by chokepoints, and any long-term appeal is undermined by a progression system that can’t shake the pay to win shadow which continues to loom over the game. PC
Hobby Consolas - Borja Abadie - Spanish 91 ~ 91 / 100 DICE, Criterion and Motive join forces to give us a game worthy of the Force. They have learned the lesson and, this time, we have the Star Wars game we all deserve, with enough variety and a lot of content for every kind of player. PS4
We Got This Covered - Jon Hueber 90 ~ 4.5 / 5 stars With Star Wars Battlefront II, DICE and EA have righted most of the wrongs from the first game, and have created one of the best Star Wars games ever. PS4
COGconnected - James Paley 86 ~ 86 / 100 Depending on what you're looking for in a Star Wars game, Battlefront II might be exactly what you need. It's clear that the developers have been paying close attention to player feedback, as this feels like a significant improvement over the previous entry in the series. PS4
Spaziogames - Matteo Bussani - Italian 85 ~ 8.5 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront II is a game rich of contents and extremely close to the Star Wars Universe. Graphics are impressive and the gameplay is simple and solid. Iden is not the character we expected, but the campaign has the power to brings all the Star Wars Experience directly to the player, taking him to the different planets and giving him eventually a limited perspective of what happened from Episode VI to Episode VII.
Sirus Gaming - Lexuzze Tablante 85 ~ 8.5 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront II is a complete experience unlike its predecessor. Despite the undelivered single-player campaign in terms of gameplay, the story was grand, magnificent, and well written! And even though it’s riddled with microtransactions and loot crates, Star Wars Battlefront II delivered one of the best and smoothest multiplayer experience I’ve had this year, and I’m certainly satisfied. PS4
Press Start - Toby Berger 80 ~ 8 / 10 Battlefront II is everything the first should have been: it’s an immersive, fantastical experience with a heck of a lot of content to venture through. However, the game’s Star Card system is still problematic, and the inconsistencies seen in multiplayer, alongside the lack of in-game voice chat, pull it back from fully reaching its huge potential. Whilst the single player campaign is a let down in many aspects, it doesn't bring down the much improved multiplayer portion of the game. PS4
GameSpace - Damien Gula 80 ~ 8 / 10 So, does Star Wars Battlefront II fulfill the Star Wars fantasy? I believe it does, but it's a very Empire Strikes Back fantasy; it's not all lightsabers and Force-using. Sometimes it takes a blaster or two to get the job done or some fancy flying. It may require some frustrating moments of Dagoba-style training. At the end of the day, no matter who gets frozen in carbonite or loses a hand, you've got your squad to think about. Only together can you overcome the odds stacked against you. PS4
God is a Geek - Nicola Ardron 80 ~ 8 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront II is a good video game, delivering a bigger and more detailed game than its predecessor. Much of the conversation will be around the loot box economy, but if you can look past that you will find a game that is as close to Star Wars magic as you will find. XB1
GamesRadar+ - Andy Hartup 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars A very strong multiplayer offering tarnished by overly complicated character progression, and a lavish, beautiful story campaign lacking in substance or subtlety.
Gameblog - Camille Allard - French 80 ~ 8 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront II draw a line on the past of the licence. Complete overhaul of the space combat system, disappearance of the walker mode, addition of classes, big content at the launch, various objectives, addition of a solo campaign. Everything we could have expected in the first one is finally here. Only the cash shop and the feeling of shooting (little bit spineless) are a problem. Despite that we have in front of us a complete Star Wars game, especially with best SW space combats since X-Wing serie. PS4
Twinfinite - Hayes Madsen 80 ~ 4 / 5 Star Wars Battlefront II offers a sizable improvement over the first game in almost every way. The campaign is short but well-paced and enjoyable, and multiplayer provides a robust offering with smooth and frenetic battles. You’d be hard pressed to find anything in video games that looks and sounds more like Star Wars, as the game absolutely nails those aspects, and is even visually stunning more often than not. I do hope the issues with loot crates, unlockable heroes, and resources can be ironed out, as they’re a bit more intrusive than I care for right now. Even so, Battlefront II provides a meaty experience for Star Wars fans, and feels much more in line with the original Battlefront games than its predecessor did. XB1
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin 75 ~ 7.5 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront II is a good game wrapped in an odd upgrade system and a very volatile economy. It has a breadth of modes that play very well and can provide many memorable moments. The gameplay is solid, and the title gives players a better chance at playing with more powerful characters. However, the progression system feels unnecessarily stunted, and the grinding nature of buying characters and loot crates can be frustrating. At least the use of real money to purchase crates has been removed for the time being. There's a good game in here that evokes the desire to play "one more game," but players have to be fine with the progression and payment mechanics. XB1
GameCrate - Justin Woo 73 ~ 7.3 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront II has solid core gameplay and offers a wide variety of content to enjoy, but at the moment it's hard to look past the loot crate issues in order to appreciate what the game does well. PS4
USgamer - Kat Bailey 70 ~ 3.5 / 5 stars Star Wars Battlefront 2 is one of the most enjoyable multiplayer games of 2017, especially if you like Star Wars. It's also more flawed than it should be. Battlefront 2 doesn't deserve to be wholly defined by loot boxes, but it's inescapable given the impact they have on some of the core modes. This is why you don't tie gameplay to microtransactions. XB1
EGM - Nick Plessas 70 ~ 7 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront II still tips more toward the casual side of multiplayer competition, but that doesn't mean there isn't a fair amount fun to be had. That said, the game's potentially pay-to-win progression model doesn't do it any favors. PS4
PlayStation LifeStyle - Chandler Wood 70 ~ 7 / 10 The Star Wars authenticity can be felt throughout, but blatantly predatory microtransactions are a blight, force choking the life out of what is otherwise one of my favorite games this year. PS4
GameSkinny - Jonathan Moore 70 ~ 7 / 10 With overly complex multiplayer and progression systems, Battlefront 2 saves itself from Jar-Jar status with a strong story and competent core gameplay. PC
Cheat Code Central - Lucas White 70 ~ 3.5 / 5 Star Wars: Battlefront II feels like a big step forward, but instead of following that with a number of steps back, it’s actually a trip-up leading to a sprained ankle. This is a beautiful, fun game with huge ambitions for being an important part of the Star Wars universe as it is today. It introduces a fascinating new character and injects her right into the main storyline. But it does so in such a disappointingly banal way, it’s hard to care after the story is over. Meanwhile, the fun continues for a bit in the multiplayer until you’re crushed under the boots of either “enormous grind” or “emptying wallet.” It’s frustrating; I’m sure I’ll find myself coming back for more, especially after more content drops. But I’ll always be proceeding with caution, lest I open myself up for further disappointment.
Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker 70 ~ 70 / 100 A sequel that delivers a glut of content, but locks too much of it away, Star Wars Battlefront II is nonetheless a clear labour of love and a robust multiplayer shooter, sadly buried in an over-complicated progression system. To try or to try not, then? If you're prepared to put in the time and effort, then Star Wars Battlefront II can be enormously fun and rewarding, even if it might not necessarily be the game you were looking for. XB1
Saudi Gamer - ريان الدويش - Arabic 70 ~ 3.5 / 5 Star Wars II is a great game, and did almost everything right. The gameplay is solid, and the content is huge and varied. But the progression system and the implementation of the loot crate is really frustrating. After hours of playing the game I realized that I need a lot of time, more than it should be, to get what I want, or I can just buy it with real money. PS4
Game Informer - Andrew Reiner 65 ~ 6.5 / 10 The dark side courses through Star Wars Battlefront II, playing mind tricks on gamers to spend more money to become stronger. By the time you read this review, there’s a chance EA may change how the Star Cards or loot crates work, but at this point in time, this predatory microtransaction model Force-chokes Battlefront II’s experience. It’s a shame to see a game with such clear greatness get pulled down to these depths. Star Wars deserves better. We deserve better. XB1
IGN - Tom Marks 65 ~ 6.5 / 10 Battlefront 2 does a lot of things right, offering a Star Wars experience that’s stunning to look at and wonderfully faithful to the source material, but it stumbles hard on the delivery. The campaign is amusing but scatterbrained, and worse, in multiplayer the randomized progression systems are downright hostile toward its players. EA has already made two big adjustments to this system in the week leading up to launch alone, and we can only hope that more significant changes are on the way. But right now, the Star Cards system’s frustrating progression is actively driving me away from the multiplayer battles. PS4, XB1, PC
PC Gamer - Tyler Wilde 63 ~ 63 / 100 A spectacular, occasionally very fun tour of Star Wars battles that disappoints with a boring story, crappy progression system, and endless grenade spam. PC
Shacknews - Greg Burke 60 ~ 6 / 10 Star Wars: Battlefront II is a pretty good game and you're going to get it if you're a fan of Star Wars, no matter what anyone says. I'm just thankful that the game is an improvement over the first attempt and is incredibly fun solo, or with friends online. The loot crates diminish its value greatly, and it's a shame EA forces them down your throat as part of the core gameplay, but the game looks gorgeous and is enjoyable to play. Even if you’re not a fan of Star Wars, Battlefront 2 still a decent game. Just please don’t spend real life money on EA’s loot crates. PS4
Telegraph - Sam White 60 ~ 3 / 5 stars Fabulous fan-service marred by commercial concerns.
GameSpot - Alessandro Fillari 60 ~ 6 / 10 The sequel to DICE's 2015 Star Wars game makes some big changes to the formula, but not all are for the better. PS4, XB1, PC
Player.One - Bob Fekete 60 ~ 6 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront 2 has a compelling story and that's it.
PCGamesN - Kirk McKeand 60 ~ 6 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront II houses a decent single-player campaign and good multiplayer, but, like the otherwise slick design of its multiplayer maps, that accomplishment is often obscured by distractions. Normally, my brain blocks out in-game monetisation, letting me enjoy the game for what it is. Battlefront II changes that because spenders get a real advantage here. You cannot help but notice it encroaching on everything, plastered all over the game’s convoluted, drawn-out progression system. PC
TrustedReviews - Brett Phipps 60 ~ 3 / 5 stars Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a great game spoiled by a terrible business model. DICE and EA are going to be under a huge amount of pressure not just to tweak, but completely overhaul the metagame or face an even bigger fan backlash than they have already. XB1
AusGamers - Kosta Andreadis 60 ~ 6 / 10 There's a good game buried somewhere beneath too many cons. I just hope that Motive, Criterion, and DICE can right the starship before too many players launch their escape pods. PC
Attack of the Fanboy - Bill Hess 60 ~ 6 / 10 The dark side wins out here, as good as Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is in so many areas it just can't overcome the aggressive, anti-consumer practices that are on display in their most egregious form to date in a $60 game. XB1
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral 60 ~ 6 / 10 A solid online shooter ruined by thoughtless corporate greed, whose malign practises could damage the whole of gaming if they are not kept in check. PS4
Hardcore Gamer - Kevin Dunsmore 60 ~ 3 / 5 Star Wars Battlefront II is the epitome of taking a step forward, shooting yourself in the foot and then falling backwards in pain. It goes to great lengths to rectify the mistakes of the previous game but ends up opening a new can of worms. We finally got a single player campaign, but the story is lackluster and Iden never gets a chance to shine. There’s more content and depth, but the game is severely hampered by the lack of a progression system. What really stands out about Star Wars Battlefront II is just how terrible its Loot Crate system is, because it permeates so much of the game. DICE has stripped away an actual progression system and hidden away its contents behind overpriced microtransactions. With Credits and Crafting Parts doled out at such a low rate, Star Wars Battlefront II puts players in no-win situations in the hopes of making a quick buck. The sad thing is, there’s a lot of fun that could be had in Star Wars Battlefront II. Galactic and Starfighter Assault are fun, the game runs well, and servers are holding up, but there’s nothing rewarding to keep coming back for more. It really is a shame DICE took Star Wars Battlefront II to the Dark Side. XB1
3DNews - Алексей Лихачев - Russian 60 ~ 6 / 10 Spectacular multiplayer is ruined by dumb progression system, which requires you to play for a very long time to finally have fun against someone who paid real money and got a head start. PS4
VideoGamer - Alice Bell 60 ~ 6 / 10 A good core game of cool Star Wars battles on fun and interesting maps is bogged down by clumsy, convoluted progression systems, and the single player is interesting but unfinished. XB1
CGMagazine - Bryan Calhoun 55 ~ 5.5 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a game on par with its predecessor in terms of quality, but that is hard to see when it is covered in garbage business decisions. PS4
Game Revolution - Jason Faulkner 50 ~ 2.5 / 5 You may be able to get $60 worth of fun out of Star Wars Battlefront 2, but don't expect the fun to last.
M3 - Viktor Erisson - Swedish 50 ~ 5 / 10 Star Wars Battlefront is back and EA has switched an expensive season pass for a ludicrous microtransaction system. The game sure does look and sound good and the gameplay is somewhat nice but it doesn't respect the players time and the much hyped single-player-campaign is undercooked to say the least. PS4
Easy Allies - Michael Huber 50 ~ 2.5 / 5 stars Star Wars Battlefront II features stunning audiovisual design, but it sets a new low for loot crate systems. With advantages determined by random chance and possibly returning to microtransactions in the near-future, it destabilizes the fun and spirit of competition. Meanwhile, the much-touted campaign is devoid of any memorable moments. Fans will certainly enjoy playing as the heroes and villains, but it’s hard to recommend Star Wars Battlefront II. Written PS4
Windows Central - Jez Corden 50 ~ 2.5 / 5 stars All the downsides combined, it's just hard to recommend this game in its current form, which is painful to write as a fan of Star Wars, DICE, and honestly, Battlefront II. XB1
Destructoid - Jordan Devore 50 ~ 5 / 10 As much as I loathe this implementation of loot boxes, I still keep playing Battlefront II and I will probably continue to do so on and off. I mean, I do like the game. I just wish it wasn't being squandered like this. You'd be well-advised to wait until overhauls arrive -- assuming they ever do.
Forbes - Dave Thier 50 ~ 5 / 10 There is no joy in the failure of Star Wars Battlefront 2. It is a game that manages to excise both the fun and the drama from the original game for something that feels like far more but far less. It is larger but less grand, more detailed but more opaque, deeper on one level but far more ponderous on another. It is successful neither as a Battlefield-style online shooter nor as an approachable arcade experience. That your time with this game is defined by a byzantine and oppressive progression system does not help, nor does the ever-present specter of microtransactions sure to return soon. But this would not be a successful game even if these problems were solved. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the prequel trilogy: overwrought and complicated, with none of the heart that drew us here in the first place. PS4
Gadgets 360 - Rishi Alwani 40 ~ 4 / 10 With a predictable story and an in-game economy that's extortionate, we cannot recommend Star Wars Battlefront 2 to anyone at this juncture. Until we see some permanent, widespread changes to how it works, you’re better off playing anything else. XB1
Slant Magazine - Justin Clark 40 ~ 2 / 5 stars Battlefront II is actually a rather fitting sequel to its immediate predecessor, which was itself a fun, visually phenomenal but woefully shallow and convoluted experience. Everything that was right with the original game is exactly as it was before. Everything that wasn't, however, has mutated into something more craven and significantly uglier. PS4
Giant Bomb - Dan Ryckert 40 ~ 2 / 5 stars On paper, this should have been a safe bet for both Electronic Arts and Star Wars fans. EA was bound to sell plenty of copies based purely off of the popularity of the license, and they should have been able to satisfy fans by adding the elements that the last Battlefront lacked. While they did add those elements, the additions were either severely underwhelming or fundamentally broken. The end result feels like a game that was created in a boardroom, its DNA formed by focus testing and market research. Time will tell what EA does in an attempt to remedy its grave errors with Battlefront II, but the game as it stands today is little more than a disappointing mess. Its technical prowess, beloved characters, and shiny spacecraft serve as little more than a distracting facade that covers an embarrassing attempt at a marquee Star Wars game. PS4
Stevivor - Steve Wright 40 ~ 4 / 10 After a week of play, we’re done with Battlefront 2 — just as a lot of its player base appears to be. Despite looking and sounding like the most authentic Star Wars experience you can have, every single aspect of this game has been designed around the fact that microtransactions are necessary to keep up with the (space) Joneses. XB1
Respawning - Josef Jakubiak 30 ~ 3 / 10 You have a uninspired campaign that boils down to a predictable and boring waste of 5 hours. A multiplayer mode that feels too arcade based to last longer than a 1 hour sitting. Then you have the loot box system locking players out of the classes they want to play and encouraging the customer to spend money so that they can feel “a sense of pride and accomplishment” If you came here wanting an exciting Star Wars story then get out because this game is not worth the money. Instead of spending a one time payment for a game you are expected to put down more as you keep playing.
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