The Wasteland series impressive and innovative lineage has been preserved at its very core, but modernized for the fans of today with Wasteland 2. Immerse yourself in turn-based tactical combat that will test the very limits of your strategy skills as you fight to survive a desolate world where brute strength alone isn’t enough to save...
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Release Date: Sep 18, 2014

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October 13

Wasteland 2 Patch 2 (58154) Release Notes

Patch 2 is here! This update brings over 4300 words' worth of changes and improvements, but we expect most of you will want the most important bits, so here they are!

Highlights

- Large amount of memory optimizations, particularly with audio, to improve performance and stability on lower-spec systems and 32-bit operating systems.
- Fixed enemy “unlimited AP” movement bug that allowed them to sometimes move much farther than intended.
- Extensive improvements and fixes to California questlines, particularly in Hollywood and Griffith Park. May require you to load an older save file before Hollywood to fully benefit.
- Added a travel speed toggle to the world map, allowing you to zip and zoom around if you so please (doesn't affect encounters, only travel speed).
- Added a new UI when CNPCs are recruited. This lets you more easily compare their stats and choose to dismiss one when a new one offers to join.
- Custom portraits will now work correctly when Windows account username contains non-English characters.
- Added support for "Very Large" text.
- Added 50 messages to load screens containing gameplay hints and tips.
- Loading now continues when the game is tabbed out, and pauses after finishing.
- Further UI fixes and improvements, such as new and correctly used icons.
- Many localization updates and bug fixes across all languages.

For full release notes, please see: http://wastelandrpg.tumblr.com/post/99930440396/wasteland-2-patch-2-58154-release-notes

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September 26

Wasteland 2 Patch 1 (56458) Release Notes

The first patch for Wasteland 2 just went live. View full patch notes on our tumblr.

Highlights

- Removed unused DX11 support to improve stability and allow Steam overlay to work properly

- Many UI fixes/polish for better ease of use and readability

- Slight reduction to jam rates for large offenders

- Added mini-maps to all shrine locations

- Improved localizations based on context and fixes for missing translated text

- Preserved time stamps on save games when using Steam Cloud

- Optimization pass to some of the more expensive levels.

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Reviews

“Along with Bard's Tale, Wasteland was one of the games that made me want to make games. I was privileged that Brian gave me the opportunity to work on Fallout, and I have missed those games. Getting to play Wasteland 2 is like getting to return to your past and finding out that it is still as fun as you remember.”
Feargus Urquhart/CEO Obsidian & Lead Designer Fallout 2

“InXile can be really proud. Not only did they pave the Kickstarter road for CRPGs, they over-delivered with the end result and crafted a rich experience which will keep me busy for a long time.”
Swen Vincke/Creative Director of Divinity: Original Sin

“Brian and his team have managed to do the impossible, to recreate the magic that I felt playing Fallout for the first time.”
Brian Hicks/ Producer of DayZ

Digital Deluxe Edition

  • A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic.
  • A free copy of The Bard's Tale.
  • Three digital novellas set in The Wasteland world.
  • Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format.
  • An incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments.

The extras can be found in your Steam installation location for Wasteland 2. (e.g. C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Wasteland 2)

Classic Edition

  • A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic.
  • Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format.
  • An incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments.

The extras can be found in your Steam installation location for Wasteland 2. (e.g. C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Wasteland 2)

About This Game

Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! After 2.5 years in development and with the help of over 70,000 Kickstarter backers, the Wasteland's hellish landscape is now waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying.

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to 1988’s Wasteland, the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG and the inspiration behind the Fallout series. Until Wasteland, no other CRPG had ever allowed players to control and command individual party members for tactical purposes or given them the chance to make moral choices that would directly affect the world around them. Wasteland was a pioneer in multi-path problem solving, dripping in choice and consequence and eschewing the typical one-key-per-lock puzzle solving methods of its peers, in favor of putting the power into players’ hands to advance based on their own particular play style.

The Wasteland series impressive and innovative lineage has been preserved at its very core, but modernized for the fans of today with Wasteland 2. Immerse yourself in turn-based tactical combat that will test the very limits of your strategy skills as you fight to survive a desolate world where brute strength alone isn’t enough to save you. Deck out your Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone and get ready for maximum destruction with the RPG-style character advancement and customization that made the first Wasteland so brutal. Save an ally from certain death or let them perish – the choice is yours, but so are the consequences.

Key Features


  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Don't feel like finding the key for a door? Why not try a Rocket Launcher! Basically the same thing... right?
  • Enhanced Classic RPG Game Play: Classic RPG game play ideas updated with modern design philosophies.
  • Decision Making... with Consequences: With both short and long term reactivity to the players choices, every decision matters in the outcome of the story.
  • Huge & Customizable: Dozens of hours of game. Hundreds of characters. Thousands of variations on your Rangers' appearance. Over 150 weapons. Dozens of skills. Even the UI can be customized.
  • Steam Features: Wasteland 2 supports Cloud Saving so you can sync your saves across multiple computers!
  • Enhanced Audio: Immerse yourself in the post-apocalyptic soundscape with Razer Surround.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 series or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 300 Series or Radeon equivalent (512 MB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series or Radeon equivalent (512 MB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.4ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel i5 series or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
52.2 hrs on record
Imagine that you step into a bar with optimistic ideas of fun and casual tomfoolery. You are about to say hello to the bouncer, but just as you open your mouth, the bouncer punches you into that open stupid mouth. He then proceeds to beat you up viciously with no end in sight. But then after like 10 hours he will go, "Dude, you're alright" and let you in. Then it turns out to be like the best damn bar ever, with 1 dollar beers, Motörhead is playing Live and Kate Upton needs your help to untangle her bra with your teeth and you're like "Daaaaamn! that 10 hour beating was totally worth it!"

The first mutated frog killed my party about 20 times, then I got lucky and beat it. Played about 6 hours after the frog incident, realized my party sucks the ♥♥♥♥ of a Sumerian demon goddess and I had created just about everything wrong. Restarted the game, created a party with knowledge about useful and less useful skills. Now I'm the Terror of the wastes, The ambassador of Bad Assity and the Iron Chef of Pounding Vag. 10/10.
Posted: October 5
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39 of 55 people (71%) found this review helpful
73.0 hrs on record
I strongly can't recommend this title at the current price point of 40 bucks and am disappointed that it has been launched in this condition.

Its not polished, the AI is ridiculous, the ending had absolutely nothing to do with what I actually did in the game, with key npcs that I killed still living and running the show. The characters that I recruited throughout the game only one of them made the ending credits and her future was forgettable.

Regarding the AI for a tactical turn based strategic game for the npc AI to do exactly the same thing for 80 hrs is unforgiveable. All enemies without fail bum rush you from off the screen moving further in one turn than your sniper can shoot. Worse valueable player npcs without fail do there best to commit suicide every single round.

I found a couple of quests that can be turned in infinitely for xp and rewards. Not a huge deal for single player game but considering how linear the progression is I don't understand how it was missed.

Armor is so broken currently. Buying the most expensive armor in the game will result in you being one shot by anything with an energy weapon whereas running around naked will have that plasma just tickle your exposed fleshy bits.

Some quests particularly in the second half of the game dont conclude appropriately. Free slaves, woot freedom, they stand outside the cages with a bland thank you interaction.

Its not that this couldn't have been a great game its just that everything has been dumbed down so much that the depth and complexity has been gutted from offering leaving a grindy on rails choose a or b limited experience.

Plenty of the skills are absolutely worthless which really makes me wonder why they included them at all.

Anyway I hope they do the right thing over the next year and patch or turn it over to the community; for me the ending was mass effect 3 cringe worthy and I hope they have better ideas for Torment.
Posted: September 25
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
82.5 hrs on record
Wasteland 2 truly is a fantastic game, but you won’t see that until you’ve spent roughly 10-20 hours on this sprawling RPG.

The game suffers from an archaic user interface and the first half of the game isn’t very notable, I’d recommend having one character invest into the Outdoorsman skill, because random encounters can easily take off another 20 minutes of your time without really providing much of interest, plus you will likely find yourself walking away from your screen quite a few times as you wait for your characters to move all the way back on a map. It’s a slow, slow game.

Yet, Wasteland 2 has so much to offer. The second half of the game is an immediate improvement in quest and map design and features interesting factions and story choices. The second half opens up a lot more, giving you less directed main quests and giving you a good amount of freedom to solve your way through side quests at your own pace.

The roleplaying aspect of Wasteland 2 is great. Designing your specialized characters and seeing how they make their way through a story with real consequences offers a good deal of replay value.

If you are patient and give Wasteland 2 the time it needs to show its potential, it will be a tremendously enjoyable experience. Time definitely worth investing.

Full review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=040P1pqkjrM
Posted: October 19
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
155.5 hrs on record
One of the first rpg's I ever played was Wasteland 1 as a youngster (Either first or second). I have great memories from it, at the time it was something very new and different. Years past by and when I was a bit old Fallout 1 came out, while not the same it was great to play a game with the same "heart" as my beloved Wasteland 1. Then came Fallout 2 which was even better and Fallout Tactics which was alot of fun to. Years later Bethesda does a new "next gen" fallout game with fallout 3, which while good for the mainstream and new players to the series, to vets it just wasn't the game we had hoped it would be. It didn't have that fallout (or wasteland) feel to it, the story was crap, most the characters extremely dull and overall a game that just realy felt like Oblivion with guns (as annoying as that saying was to me before fallout 3 came out, it did ring true for me after fallout 3 came out and I beat it).

Thankfully Obsidian came to save the day and released the wonderful Fallout New Vegas. I was excited by this, Obsidian has alot of old Black Isle devs (guys who made fallout 2) and sure enough the showed Bethesda how to do a proper fallout game with there engine. A bunch of factions helped, Obsidians wonderful writing for the story helped, the dialogue was well done, interesting characters, great voice work (John Goodman? Hell yes), it felt ALOT more like the early fallout games (it just had that fallout feeling, something fallout 3 just couldn't nail)..

After all that we have Brian Fargo bringing his talents to Kickstarter and getting Wasteland 2 kickstarted. What we have here is a wonderfully crafted game, jam packed with content, Wonderful writing (characters, story and dialogue), tough choices that matter (best since Alpha Protocol and New Vegas decisions imo), great atmosphere, fun gameplay, Controls are good and a great job of balance (especially in the skills and character builds you can do). For new comers asking "What is this game like? I never played wasteland or Fallout1/2!". Well it has a bit of Wasteland 1, a bit of fallout 1/2 and a bit of xcom all mixed together. The turn based combat is a joy to play and doesn't get boring as each battle can be different then the last.

You're choices actually matter in this game, you might make a decision and not think about it, only to have it come down on you later as it shows the consequences of you're choice. The game does a wonderful job in the writing department as I said above, having Chris Avellone from Obsidian helped in this aspect and it shows. Characters you meet are interesting, the dialogue is very well done and the story keeps you very interested. The game world is harsh and unforgiving, you better make you're decisions wisely, always make sure you have ammo and medical gear and be on you're toes. You will thank me later :)

This game is deep, complex and I friggin love it. The game has come a veyr long way since it was in alpha, at first the UI they had was terrible and I was worried this was really going to take away from my enjoment of the game. Thankfully though the developers tried some new versions, listened to fans and in the end made the UI a ton better. Alot of missions have multiple ways of doing them, you will find yourself either playing the game 2-3 times or saving the game and seeing how different decisions or actions effect the game and the world around you later on. Sometimes I find I have made the right decision at first and then hours later you might hear of bad things that happend because of what you picked.

The game is not perfect, there is a few bugs, I wish there was more visual customization for characters and the graphics are not the best, but the good far outweighs the bad in this new modern crpg. If you are looking for a new rpg that has hundreds of hours of gameplay, great replay value, wonderful writing, nice atmosphere and great gameplay give this game a go ASAP. You can really tell that this game was crafted with love, no publisher telling them to get it out early or telling them what to add to make it more popular. This Brian Fargo and his team at there best and this is a testament to old school rpgs and doing kickstarter/early access the right way.

After spending 100+ hours on this game (and plants to play atleast another 100-200 ours), I can say it was well worth the wait, it is one of the years best games and that I am very excited to see what InXile comes with next for there new Torment game. If it is as good as Wasteland 2 we are in for another treat and another resurection of a charished old school rpg. 26 years after I first fell in love with Wastelands charm we get Wasteland 2 and Inxile sure did deliver, this game rocks boys and girls. There are a few things I wish where in the game and a few negatives but 95% of this game is a masterpeice I must say. As someone who has been playing rpgs for 25+ years, this is just what I wanted from a Wasteland sequel, good writing, fun gameplay, interesting characters, tough choices and tons of content. In a day and age where old game series get new reboots and games totally different from the original games, it is a breath of fresh air to have a sequel to an old game be JUST what the fans of the original want.
Posted: September 29
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31 of 50 people (62%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
First impression. It's.... okay-ish. Can't said I wasn't disappointed. I don't recommend buying this game at full price.

-when you start the game, you're instantly welcomed by rather poor menu. It works but it was unimaginative.
-rather limited charater creation
-no perks
-stats and skills are independent from each other. stats will help with skills but not necessarily needed. For example, you can have one guy with poor intelligence but he's very apt in computer hacking, surgery and medicine.
-Lockpicking and safecracking is a seperate skill. Not sure why.
-No party formation. You have to arrange your party before you engage enemies. Best way to do this is to put your people where you want and then have your sniper shoot the enemy so that the combat will begin. Not doing this will result in your whole party cluttered together, that may cause friendly fire.
-Weapon jammed all the time. 4% chance to jam on stats feels like 20%. Don't know why. There will be a patch addressing this issue.
-When combat begins, there will be this large text on the screen: "Encounter Begins!" It was plain boring white letters, using Arial font. For a kickstarted project worth 3 million USD, I can't even. It's not a big deal but it makes you question if the developers are really serious.

I'd say wait for some time to see how this game turns out. It's fun if you can overlook the flaws. I don't think this game is ready for release. Need fixing and more polishing.
Posted: September 26
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
I might as well recommend this game now. Etiquette tells me I should wait until I've completed the game to give a full perspective, but let's face it- this game is deep enough I'll probably never get to it.

It contains all the best parts of the old text-heavy, turn-based RPGs of years ago. The isometric perspective might be nostalgic, but it works so well. There are a ton of great details that make combat fun and interesting with more than enough skills and attributes to make each point assignment a tough debate.

Perks are sadly missing. That really would have iced the deal. Regardless, you're getting a great script, fun old-school gameplay with some modern tweaks.

If the game has already caught your eye, you aren't going to be disappointed with a purchase. Between this and Divinity: Original Sin, you've got the rest of your year set on PC games and then some.
Posted: September 24
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35 of 58 people (60%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
As a Kickstarter backer I got this game for $15, but if I had paid $40 for it I probably wouldn't be happy at all.

The whole way the game interacts with you is ripped out of 1987 in the worst ways.
There's no fast travel, you watch your party walk for ages, because that's the only way out of the labaryth maps, walking back to the entrance, slowly. And there is plenty of mandatory back tracking.
The combat is boring, and the RNG makes it an annoying chore, but most of the time you can't avoid it. Put points into outdoorsman and flee every random encounter.
There's no cool stuff like reverse pick pocketing a land mine into someone's back pocket, or shooting their legs off so they can't flee. Just aim, and miss or get jam or whatever.
The character creator is super unintuitive and weird and kind of horrible. INT doesn't help with "wisdom skills," charisma has nothing to do with your ability to influence people in dialog, and strength has no bearing on your ability to break down a chain link gate. Why not? Because!
There is an over-world, but don't think that it's open, you need to follow the linear plot.
There is lots to see, but the game moves ridiculously slowly, ie level 5 and done with the first dungeon in ~12 hours.

The story is really decent and the game delivers a lot of it's "old school" promise, but honestly most of that is the bad things from the old days that should have been forgotten. For $40 I wouldn't buy it, and after my $15 I'm not sure if I will have the patience to finish it, even though I like the story.
Posted: September 28
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
334.7 hrs on record
Having had a long, wonderful history with the old Black Isle games (Fallout 1, 2; Torment; Icewind Dale; Baldur's Gate; etc.) I jumped at Wasteland as soon as I read who was developing it. With 20+ hours of gameplay so far, I'm enjoying Wasteland 2 more than I have any other RPG in years -- more than I have any other game I've gotten from Steam in a long time with the exception of Civilization releases.

Wasteland 2 is engaging, thought-provoking, well-written, intellectually stimulating, and even educational. Every battle is a new puzzle. No amount of playing can make the player impervious to what may come next. The writing is superb (surprise, surprise) the music is great, the graphics are beautiful -- although not a selling point -- and all in all this game is easily a 9/10 in my book, and it's not even selling at a triple-A title price (just 40 USD on release day).

Negatives: people say there are bugs everywhere. I have encountered one. It was not a game killer and I expected to see more bugs than one within 48 hours of release.

People say it is too hard. If you were born after 1990, you'll probably hate even the normal difficulty and very likely the game altogether. There's plenty of reading to do and very little hand-holding. I don't mean to be guilty of ageism, it's just that games have gotten far, far, far more user-friendly since the days of Atari and Infocom. The truth is, Wasteland 2 has 1/10th the difficulty of Wasteland, and W2 is catering to the same crowd. In short: this is a *compromise,* and InExile Ent. isn't apologizing.

Conclusion: if you loved the Black Isle games and are on the fence about W2, don't be. I'm hardly through my first sizeable misson and I haven't relaxed so deeply into a game in years. It's like all those comfy afternoons playing Baldur's Gate, except new and improved and back in the Wasteland I spent my 20s in. Quality game development in my book, through and through.
Posted: September 25
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
This game isn't so much 'wasteland' as 'wasted opportunity'.
Where Fallout/F2/FTactics were self-explanatory in regards to mechanics and tactics, this game mistakes 'complexity' for 'depth'.

I play tactical turn-based (TTB) for the pleasure of planning and setting up effective ambushes and assaults and despatching enemies efficiently. It is this element that is at the heart of all turn-based tactical games, from Silent Storm and Jagged Alliance through to the original Fallouts. Wasteland 2 throws this aspect of the genre out altogether. What is not clear is whether this was intentional, or just the result of really incredibly poor game design and a lack of knowledge of what the genre is all about. Remember, Wasteland was an RPG, not a TTB, and Wasteland 2 has not made the transition well. It's not RPG enough to be an RPG and not TTB enough to satisfy the TTB grognards.

The combat system is borked. There is no tactical complexity to the combat at all. In all real combat, the side with the initiative tends to win. In this game, initiative automatically goes to the enemy. No setting up mutually supporting arcs of fire then luring the baddies in. No, you set up your mutually supporting arcs of fire, fire a single shot, then the baddies swarm you. You only get to try to gun them down when they're next to you. They are able to run across the map to get you.

My 'leader' toon has an assault rifle. When he fires a single shot to initiate combat, enemies (even those outside his range of fire) have the opportunity to run fifty or sixty yards and initiate hand to hand combat before he can fire a second shot. It's ludicrous to include a semi-automatic rifle in the game that fires the equivalent of once every fifteen seconds. A hundred years ago, soldiers with bolt-action rifles were firing aimed shots every two seconds. Does InXile understand how firearms work?

The probability engine is also borked. It's not uncommon to miss 5-6 60% shots in a row. This also extends to other skills such as lockpicking or safecracking. Many other people giving negative reviews have also commented on this.

The presence of indestructible objects (ie, the vines in the Ag Centre) that block progress until other goals are achieved is inexcusable, especially considering the confusing and unclear mission objective system. You literally cannot approach a mission in any way other than that deemed appropriate by the developer.

The character development process is bizarre. Your Strength stat has nothing to do with your strength-related skills. Your Charisma stat has nothing to do with your social interaction skills. You may as well put all your points into Intelligence to maximise stat points on level up and enough into Agility to maximise your action points in combat. To reiterate: no matter how rubbish your stats are, as long as your skills are high enough, most of the stats really don't matter.

I completed Fallouts 1 and 2, and got as far as I could in Tactics until the bugs killed the game, and never felt as frustrated as I have with this game. The fact that I have 20 hours invested without even completing a single module says a lot about the game.

The graphics are, to my mind, no better than we saw in Fallout nearly twenty years ago. But I could forgive that if the core gameplay was there, but it's just not. The tactical aspects are ruined by an idiotic system that ALWAYS gives the enemy the initiative. The mission log system is unclear and confusing. There are booby traps on at least a third of the items, doors and chests EVEN IF THERE IS NO REASON FOR IT.

I applaud the attempt to bring Fallout-style gameplay into the present day, but this game is just a wasted opportunity. I wanted to believe, and instead I just wasted $40.

What a tragic waste of time and money.
Posted: September 27
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
74.9 hrs on record
Supported Wasteland 2 in kickstarter and I am happy i did. That great feeling I had when I used to play Fallout 1 was back and it reminded me how great games used to be.

That doesnt mean the game is perfect. There were some bugs that were a PITA but with each patch they made the game better. Not just on solving bug issues but making it better as a whole.

Battle mechanics are great and every problem has more than one solution.

All in all a true rpg with lots of dialog and options and a solid turn based combat system that will provide some decent challenge.
Posted: October 18
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
95.3 hrs on record
This game is HUGE and AWESOME! If you explore thoroughly and do everything you can, the game will take at least 70 hours. And if you enjoyed Fallout 1 and 2 then you will almost assuredly enjoy this.

But the real reason to play this, and something I don't see discussed much for some reason, are the choices you get to make throughout the game. I've played a lot of games where you are given quests and different ways to resolve them, but this game blows all of them out of the water. Almost all main quests and most side quests have 2, sometimes even 3, different ways to resolve them. And it isn't just a simple resolution with a different reward, characters and sometimes places change based on your decisions. Almost right at the beginning of the game you are given the choice to save one of two towns (or neither) and both places have their own unique recruitable NPC and quests. Not to mention the ever present option of "kill everyone you meet".

In fact, there are unique dialogues put into the game if you choose to kill indiscriminately. For fun I decided to save my game then kill everyone in the mayor's office of the town I saved. Afterwards some anonymous citizen radios Ranger Citadel and snitched on me, so Vargas radios me asking if it's true and I'm given a choice of admitting it or playing dumb. If you play dumb he tells you to go check it out, if you admit it he asks you why and then gives you a free pass this time. I'm pretty sure if I had continued my murdering ways Vargas would send after me the elite squad I met at RC who handle "problem rangers". I reloaded though.

It's not uncommon to go to a town and there be some kind of conflict going on. You pretty much always have the option of siding with one side or the other (or neither), but more than that there are usually different ways to solve it for either side. If you have high enough speech skills you can usually make it easier and/or more diplomatic, or do what the leader wants you to do (like eliminate the opposition instead of finding peace). Although, since this is the wasteland, few people are entirely "good". Almost everyone is bad in their own way, though not always entirely malicious. Sometimes the bad stuff they do is to try to help others, so is bringing them down truly the best choice for that town in the long term?

What really impresses me is not just the incredible amount of quests and their multiple ways to solve them, but all the little touches made based on your choice. In one town there was a guy about to be executed and I had noticed a pre-dug grave for him. After I managed to free him I decided to go back and re-examine the grave, and there was new text saying someone had taken a dump on the gravestone. I love it.

Yes there are some bugs, including quest-breaking ones. But when you understand the mind-boggling amount of connectivity everything has based on quests and the many different ways to do them, then I think you can forgive the relatively few bugs there are currently in the game. And don't worry, the devs are working on fixing them!

In closing, there is an extraordinary amount of replayability in this game. If you love the ability to make choices and see those choices have a real impact on the world around you, then you simply cannot pass this game up. Buy now, no need to wait for a sale!
Posted: October 11
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
157.3 hrs on record
DO NOT BUY/PLAY YET!

Contrary to what they might say, this is not really out of beta yet. The second half of the game is a bug-ridden confusing mess. A real, awful mess. Which is a damn shame, because this game is good. It is amazing. The writing, the vibe, the old school feel, it is exactly what fans of Fallout 1 and 2 like me have been waiting for. Or, it WILL be. When they fix stuff.

Having to manually alter saved games to fix errors and finding out that some quests are simply broken is not my idea of a fun time. I was fine with playing the beta when I knew it was a beta, but once again, this just does not feel like a finished product yet. I feel kinda screwed, because I have been waiting for this game ever since the first day on Kickstarter, and if the developers would have manned up and had been honest about this, I would have waited a bit longer and enjoyed my first playthrough so much more.

I am recommending it, because as soon as they fix the LA part, it'll be one of the best games out there for post-apocalypic rpg lovers. But wait. Check the patch notes. See if everything is in working order, and only then get it.

I kinda hope the developers will come with an apology, that might take the sting off.
Posted: September 26
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Such a neat game, I really enjoy the feeling of it. I'd say it's worth it!
Posted: October 14
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.1 hrs on record
If you're looking for a turn-based RPG, it doesn't get a whole lot better than this. The game has many minor flaws - most of which are UI-related - but the world and writing oozes character and sucks you in. There could also be some mild balance issues, but I'm not entirely convinced they're all in my head and I'm just rebelling against the CLASSIC system in Wasteland 2, compared to the SPECIAL system I'm used to from Fallout and Fallout 2.

If I had any one desire, it'd be deeper, more interesting combat - especially given how common combat is! - but while it's not going to match XCOM: Enemy Unknown in that area, it's not *bad*, either.

Wasteland 2 may not appeal to everyone, but if you're interested an old-school, turn-based CRPG, this'll scratch that itch for you.
Posted: October 1
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
63.9 hrs on record
Absolutely the most addictive game I have played in years!

I would have paid $80.00 for a game like this. It reminds me so much of the awesome computer games from the 80's using todays technology!

Highly recommended!
Posted: October 13
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
78.1 hrs on record
10/10, would back again.
Posted: October 1
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Wasteland 2 is CRPG set in a post-apocalyptic world.
Coming from the mastermind behind Wasteland and Fallout, Wasteland 2 closely follows the traditional Fallout approach to the gameplay.
Incredibly detailed world gives hours worth of exploration, that you'll spend chasing all the tiny secrets available.
Turn-based combat is mechanically simpler than it was in Fallout, but that is covered by a fact that you have to manage a team of rangers, not just your character. And as well by a very nice level design that almost always gives you a set of opportunities you can use to engage with enemies.
Add an intriguing storyline, some nice voice acting, years of waiting for a good fallout-like game - and you'll get Wasteland 2. Totally worth it!

You can have a look at some gameplay with commentary in the video:
http://youtu.be/wwEDZ_mK8a4
Posted: September 29
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
52.9 hrs on record
There should be a word that combines grind and slog so I can use it to describe Wasteland 2. In the before time, there was gaming, and whatever it was, we don't remember it now because in the intervening decade and some, we grew up and so did gaming. We learned that telling tales of "how hard game x was" to be far more entertaining than actually doing it. We learned how to design levels and create meaningful narratives and games that were fun to play, not just fun to have played. Oh, and we learned how to find voice actors. Wasteland 2 is probably faithful to its spiritual predecessor. I wouldn't know, because I wouldn't play that now either. The bones of a decent tactical rpg are there, but the level designs don't reward you for making use of them. Similarly, the bones of a good story rpg are there, but the disconcordant voices muddy the experience. Much like, "an arrow to the knee" cried out for a mod to stop, Wasteland 2 needs some serious fan love to be worth playing. Until the need to wander around the desert, grinding out raider encounters to level up is gone, I suggest you give this a pass and stick to New Vegas.
Posted: September 27
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Damn it.

This is such a strange game for me because I want to love it....but... it just feels ...old and dated...but intentionally.

Instead of making a modern game that followed the core design principles of the of late 90s RPGs... they made a game that looks and feels 15 years old....with a ♥♥♥♥ty interface and terrible graphics. With that said it's not a bad game, there is a lot here to like, especially if you long for more complex mechanics.... But it does feel like a real missed opportunity.

I'm glad Wasteland 2 exists, but go play Divinity if you can only pick one. :(
Posted: September 26
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
This is not a very good game. The NPCs and their dialogue are boring and lack character, they're little more than placeholders to guide you to the next quest, which is unfortunate because Fallout 1 and 2 had such interesting NPCs and conversations.

There is no perk system. Attributes other than strength and intelligence are pretty pointless. Levelling isn't exciting since there's no reason to diversify your skillset, so you wind up dumping all of your skill points into one or two different skills.

There is WAY too much combat. In fact, this game is almost exclusively combat focused, in my time playing it is very rare to move the story forward without a lengthy combat sequence. While this isn't ideal, it'd be fine if the combat were at all interesting. There's a cover system, but it's hardly used and most combat takes place without being around any cover. There's no bonus to pincering an enemy, so there's not much point to moving around during combat. Gone is the Fallout system of targetting different body parts to cripple them, or make them drop their weapon, the only option you have now is to take a headshot for two extra AP at -50% chance to hit for 200% weapon damage (which is never worth doing since your chance to hit will never be above 95%). The jamming system has replaced the critical failure system. Now you can have a weapon that has a 1 in 10 chance to randomly jam up, wasting your turn.

Using skills is tedious. After combat you will want to heal your rangers, which requires using first aid. Each use of first aid requires watching a cross fill-up over 5 seconds, and most rangers require two first-aid packs to fully heal. With a party of 6, healing after battle requires about a minute of not being able to move around or do anything else in the game. Almost every loot container is locked or booby-trapped, oftentimes both, which requires watching some other animation that lasts 5 seconds to fill up. Waiting for animations to complete gets very tiring.

One of the strangest design choices was to have a rotating camera. The camera is VERY annoying, you'll frequently miss important items, people, and entrances and exits because your camera wasn't pointed the right way. Designing the levels from the ground up to have a fixed camera perspective would have made a lot more sense.

Lastly, the game just doesn't have much character. So far it's a lackluster wasteland without the zaniness, wonder, and humor of the classic Fallout games.

I hope they do a lot better with Torment...
Posted: September 27
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