Wasteland 2: Director's Cut - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

October 13, 2015

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PS4 PC Xbox One

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Summary:

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut is the sequel to the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The Wasteland's hellish landscape is waiting for you to make your mark... or die trying. With over 80 hours of gameplay, you will deck out your Desert Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone, test the limits of your strategy skills, and bring justice to the wasteland.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • inXile Entertainment
  • Publisher(s):
    • Deep Silver
  • Release Date(s):
    • October 13, 2015
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
  • Player(s):
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 5GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • Unity
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 65 Hours
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2015-11-07

Jamie_Hall

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PS4

7.9

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut is set in a nuclear war, the game can be considered a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game, and this latest release follows up on the original release in 1988 which was titled Wastelands. This game was developed by inXile Entertainment and published by Deep Silver for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Storyline.

You are thrown into a nuclear holocaust which took place in 1998 involving a cluster of meteors that sparked a global nuclear war which has been ongoing ever since. On the day of the Armageddon there was a need to form what was later to be known as the U.S. Army. These newly formed soldiers sought shelter in the prison, later also found allegiance with surrounding local folk, these nearby survivalists of the nuclear war banded together to form an oath or pact to help other existing survivors of this war. This unity or faction was later to be known as "the Desert Rangers", the motto they stand for reads "to help other survivors in the desert and beyond it". It sends a message of hope to us all.

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut being the sequel, and added extra to Wastelands 2 takes place 15 years after the original release, these Desert Rangers now occupy the Guardian Citadel, now under the complete control of the Rangers. Originally this so called housing unit was designed to house depicting and deranged technology. The former hosts who originally occupied this land space have been wiped out, defeated no less by the Desert Ranger who have now taken control.

General Vargas and the Desert Rangers are notified by some of the locals that a body has been found with signs of brutality and violence depicted upon it, this sends General Vargas into a rage. A few days earlier prior to the body being found a young man by the name of Ace was send out by General Vargas to investigate a radio signal that was found. This radio echo’s a voice, this voice speaks of "man and machine becoming one" and finishes the message starting death to all the Desert Rangers. General Vargas with his band of merry men, namely the Desert Rangers are now set upon a path to find out who killed the young ranger known as Ace, and to continue where Ace left off.

Director's Cut.

Earlier in 2015, inXile Entertainment announced that the game will be receiving a Director’s Cut and this new addition would be receiving a huge makeover in both the overall gameplay and the graphics department. The game engine used on the original Wastelands 2 which is Unity 4.5 would be upgraded to the latest Unity 5, and many improvements would be added to the overall gameplay experience. An example, new perks were added to the Director's Cut which improves the character upgrades, bonuses, along with over 8000 lines of voice-overs to make the character integration much more plausible during the gameplay. A redesigned interface was also added to make playability much more fluent, the controller support feature makes this game much easier to play and enables much more precision and control, which actually enhances the experience overall. So it looks like the developers really paid attention to what the fans had to say and adopted a lot of the fixes to problems which emanated from the original Wastelands 2.

So, we have talked about the positives, the upgraded perks, the stunning voice overs which really enhance the experience, the negatives only come in small doses, the main issue with the game is the font size of the text, it would have been better if they adopted an option to be able to increase the font size of the descriptive text which appears on screen from time to time. Regardless of this small flaw in the game it is a massive improvement on the original release. Wasteland 2: Director's Cut is available to purchase or available free to those fans who have already purchased the original title Wasteland 2.

Perks, Quirks, Weapons, Precision Strike Systems

Wasteland 2 Director's Cut changes a huge number of aspects of the game compared to the original release, this include the following as well as the aforementioned stated earlier in this review.

Precision Strikes system.

This allows you to target individual body parts on enemies during combat, it effectively lets you inflict negative status effects on enemies during gameplay.

Perks system.

The Perks system gives you the option to pick bonuses for your characters as they level up and the total amount of perks that can be obtained in this system is 90 Perks. To obtain a Perk you must complete 4 levels, the characters will then be offered a Perk, in effect a Perk Point, this can then be spent on picking a Perk of your choice. Some Perks require the player to unlock other Perks first, in effect they are added as an upgrade to the original Perk, and some Perks require the player to have a certain number of items first before that Perk can be unlocked.

Quirks system.

The Quirks system is designed to allow users to change personality traits for each custom created Ranger during character creation, allowing users to modify positive and negative traits to each character. In total there are 20 Quirks up for grabs. These Quirks have benefits as well as drawbacks based on the Quirk chosen, for example, Manic Depressive will cause your character to change attributes every 15 minutes, Ascetic will give you bonus skill points on the character creation page. Once a Quirk is chosen, it is chosen for life, it cannot be removed once adopted.

New weapons?

New weapons have been added to Wasteland 2 Director's Cut, these have been scattered all over the place, the trouble being, they have been placed in extremely hard to find places which means the gamer is going to have to look around to be able to obtain these new weapons. The existing Wasteland 2 weapons are still evident within the game.

Overall, Wasteland 2 Director's Cut has improved immensely since the original release, it was also nice of inXile Entertainment to offer the upgrade for free to those who purchased the original Wastelands 2. A worthy title which has a lot going for it.

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