Review: GreedFall (Steam)

GreedFall

Engage in a core roleplaying experience, and forge the destiny of a new world seeping with magic, and filled with riches, lost secrets, and fantastic creatures. With diplomacy, deception and force, become part of a living, the evolving world – influence its course and shape your story.

Pros:

  • Really decent graphics.
  • 20359mb download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Steam trading cards.
  • Controller support.
  • Tutorials-on/off but you do an opening fight anyway.
  • Invert Y-axis and sensitivity slider.
  • Graphics-resolution, v-sync, presets, shadows, draw distance, SSAO, cloth physic, particles, FOV slider, dynamic resolution, anisotropy and texture quality.
  • Four difficulties-easy/normal/hard/extreme.
  • RPG action gameplay.
  • Strong voice work and loads of from NPC to people in the street.
  • Branching character interactions.
  • Character creator-Gender/presets/face/hair/facial hair/eyebrows/skin colour/hair color/facial hair colour and eye color.
  • 3 classes-Warrior, Technical, and Magic. You start with 1 skill point and an attribute point. Choosing a class is really about starting stats and items as you can tailor the stats later.
  • Fast-paced combat-lock on, carry 2 weapons and swap instantly, a gun side arm, dodge, and parry. Rage type move that charges as you fight.
  • Can find loot boxes, treasure chests and loot bodies.
  • Collectibles everywhere.
  • Lock pick-a skill you increase and has levels of skill.
  • Zones-controlled by enemy factions. You can stealth around or go in Disguise.
  • The optional and plentiful array of side quests.
  • Easy to use UI and mission and loot management is easy as well as your team member.
  • Team-recruit and pick 2 comrades to go out and about with you.
  • Open world.
  • Compass-shows markers including a description and how far away it is.
  • Clear icons on the screen for missions and interactions.
  • Save when you want from the menu.
  • So much loot!
  • Crafting where you can make items and gear but also upgrade.
  • Shops to buy and sell goods.
  • Every faction of people has a reputation with you and your actions change it.
  • Full character progression choice-you can re distribute skill and attributes and choose what you want.
  • Play how you want.
  • Some very interesting stories.
  • As you level up you acquire skills that can make traversal easier like breaking down walls or jumping gaps etc.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Decent story.
  • Every story mission and some side quests have multiple ways of completing them and different outcomes.
  • Fantastic world that feels like a living breathing world.
  • Some jaw-dropping locations and vistas.
  • When traveling to New locations via the map you wait for the level to load in a random camp where you can do buying/selling and upgrading.
  • Ai team members help in combat and are quick and simple to manage.
  • Stealth mechanic complete with bars above enemies heads to help.
  • Find shortcuts.
  • Multiple endings.
  • Can lose track of time easily.

GreedFall

Cons:

  • Can’t rebind buttons or keys.
  • No benchmark test.
  • Can’t change your characters name regardless of gender.
  • Small text pop-ups.
  • Ai messes up a lot, especially with pathfinding.
  • A weird robot like mouth animations.
  • Rushed cutscenes that seem abrupt.
  • Sometimes your choices don’t feel like they matter.
  • Overwhelming amount of quests and loot.
  • Camera/movements feel sensitive.
  • Stealth is not as easy or satisfying as you would think.
  • Very easy to miss things from missions to interactions to particular parts of a mission.

GreedFall

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

GreedFall is fantastic fun… For one playthrough but GreedFall is definitely a game that starts off really really strong but falters and scrimps on things the more you go on. Combat is very cookie-cutter but still fun as it adds a splash of magic. The world created in GreedFall is definitely one of the better ones, it feels like a living world and I loved finding shortcuts or unlocking a skill to do new things like jumping gaps. The random encounters feel natural if a bit safe, stealth is definitely not it’s the strongest point with the camera nd general movement being a huge downer. The story is fine, like the game as a whole it starts strong but then wraps up very quickly and abruptly. Crafting is not that big a deal as you can find vendors to do it, but it’s there. The selling point of GreedFall is definitely the character-building as you have full control to change and mold your character, the world is a strong second as you can play how and where you want. Might be difficult fight wise but it’s still an option. Overall I liked GreedFall a lot but the volume of quests and loot had me looking at menus and managing gear more than playing it and when I did play it I saw more and more cracks appear. It’s worth a look for sure and I hope we get a sequel with more resources pumped into it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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