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  • Summary: In Wasteland 3 you take command of a squad of Desert Rangers, lawmen and women in a post-nuclear world, trying to rebuild society from the ashes. More than a century after the bombs fell, you’re fighting a losing battle to keep your beloved Arizona alive. Then the self-proclaimed PatriarchIn Wasteland 3 you take command of a squad of Desert Rangers, lawmen and women in a post-nuclear world, trying to rebuild society from the ashes. More than a century after the bombs fell, you’re fighting a losing battle to keep your beloved Arizona alive. Then the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado radios, promising aid if you'll do a job he can only entrust to an outsider—rescue his land from the ambitions of his three bloodthirsty children. You’re dispatched on a desperate quest from the scorching deserts to the snowy mountains to start from scratch, building a new base, finding a snow-worthy vehicle, training new recruits, and fighting your way through hostile frozen wastes. All the while, you'll have to decide who to trust in this land torn apart by corruption, intrigue, warring factions, crazed cultists, cutthroat gangs, and bitter sibling rivalries. Build a reputation for yourself by making decisions that will profoundly impact Colorado, its inhabitants and the story you experience. Will you be Colorado’s savior or its worst nightmare? Wasteland 3 is a squad-based RPG from inXile entertainment, featuring challenging tactical turn-based combat and a deep, reactive story full of twists, turns, and brutal ethical decisions that will keep you hooked whether you’re a Wasteland veteran or new to the series. Create a squad of up to six Rangers and customize them with perks and abilities geared to your playstyle. You even get your own battle truck, which you can upgrade into a hardened war beast, bristling with weapons, to help mow down your enemies. Expand

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  1. Positive: 58 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Aug 31, 2020
    100
    Overall I felt Wasteland 3 to be an amazing successor to a great franchise and had me addicted within the first 10 minutes of play. It offers a great and compelling story with twists and choices that matter. The characters are robust and with the gorgeous artwork that is Colorado helps to bring everything to life. The combat is great and works well and I didn’t find it tedious. The skill system offers depth of choice for making characters and brings some interesting things to the game. My only complaint really comes in the form of a few bugs, but otherwise Wasteland 3 is everything I could want in a post apoc turn based combat game with a Frozen Ferret Launcher.
  2. Aug 31, 2020
    90
    It feels that inXile have hit their stride with this latest installment and have continued to flesh out the Wasteland world that is committed to individuality. Wasteland 3 is a world of open adventure, thrills and a deluge of blood. So what are you waiting for, Ranger? Get out there.
  3. Oct 2, 2020
    90
    Wasteland 3 is an absolute blast. The well balanced, if unforgiving, difficulty feels pitch perfect for the story and world. It is funny, harrowing and at times even verging on dark, telling a compelling tail of surviving in this terrifying world. Not only is the narrative great but the strategic combat centric gameplay is absolutely stunning. It is impossible not to recommend this title; it is one of a kind.
  4. Aug 26, 2020
    85
    A fantastic RPG that superbly mixes player choice and great combat to something bigger than the sum of its parts.
  5. Sep 8, 2020
    85
    Wasteland 3 does everything you expect from the series but in a sleeker package. From the freedom in building character abilities to your approach to the missions or which ending to strive for, there's plenty that's within your control, and those variations help if you want to play through the game multiple times. The story is interesting thanks to all of the decisions you get to make, and while your created characters don't add much personality, your companions are chatty enough to make encounters worthwhile. If you can forgive the occasional bugs, you'll find Wasteland 3 to be a top-notch RPG.
  6. Sep 15, 2020
    80
    Wasteland 3 succeeds on its narrative, choice system, strong characters, and compelling factions. It stumbles in its lifeless world, inconsistent presentation, familiar gameplay, and technical side – it often feels like a snow-themed reskin of Wasteland 2, with many of that title’s limitations and janky systems. Nonetheless, designer Brian Fargo has here made the best post-apocalyptic RPG since Fallout: New Vegas. It’s just not as good as the one he made 23 years ago with Fallout.
  7. Aug 26, 2020
    70
    Wasteland 3 is a good RPG that executes the same old formula sprucing it up with entertaining and interesting combat, good progression, inventory choices and a story that, while only average, is well delivered.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 147
  2. Negative: 37 out of 147
  1. Aug 30, 2020
    10
    Great game! Every aspect has improved since wasteland 2. Beautiful graphics, wonderful atmosphere, good story and quests and fun combat. ThisGreat game! Every aspect has improved since wasteland 2. Beautiful graphics, wonderful atmosphere, good story and quests and fun combat. This feels a lot like Fallout and Fallout 2 in a modern jacket! Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2020
    10
    While it does have a few bugs it's one of the most enjoyable RPG's I've played in years. Strongly recommend this one.
  3. Sep 1, 2020
    10
    An improvement over the already amazing Wasteland 2 in every way. Better UI, Graphics, gameplay and content. Dont get the bugs issue everyoneAn improvement over the already amazing Wasteland 2 in every way. Better UI, Graphics, gameplay and content. Dont get the bugs issue everyone is going on about. I'm about 20 hours in and literally not come across any bugs yet at all. Amazing sequel. Expand
  4. Dec 28, 2020
    8
    Played it thanks to having it on MS GamePass. Biggest downside for the game is that it will be inevitably compared to Dinivity Original Sin 1Played it thanks to having it on MS GamePass. Biggest downside for the game is that it will be inevitably compared to Dinivity Original Sin 1 and 2. And once you do you'll have to accept it doesn't really compete.

    The party system is good, it's generally easy to make a balanced 6 member squad that covers the most useful skills. The turn-based combat is enjoyable too. The story beyond the combat feels a bit thin though. The world feels empty and the driving around just ends up being tedious and pointless. It's also very obvious that several quests have limited angles to approach them. While there's some choices you can make it's not that you feel like you are really supposed to play "your way".

    Not sure about replay value either, I definitely didn't feel like it immediately after nor after a few weeks went by. Might try it eventually just to see how far off story you can go.
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  5. Oct 11, 2020
    7
    I liked previous wastelands, but this hasn't changed a bit. That's why it's boring. Super long loadings. What are you loading?! It's anI liked previous wastelands, but this hasn't changed a bit. That's why it's boring. Super long loadings. What are you loading?! It's an isometric game. And I have SSD. I liked the plot and heroes, a variety of weapons, LOR. Expand
  6. Feb 15, 2021
    5
    It's generally pretty good. But it also gets pretty repetitious as enemies and tactics used don't really change all that much. I got about 25It's generally pretty good. But it also gets pretty repetitious as enemies and tactics used don't really change all that much. I got about 25 hours in and just grew tired of it. Overall 6/10 but one point knocked off for excessive PC nonsense. Most of the best results require you to follow the "woke" path too. Expand
  7. Jan 28, 2021
    0
    Re-Edit: Their patch made the game unplayable with mysterious graphic glitch gray walls everywhere., coming from street heaters. Can't fixRe-Edit: Their patch made the game unplayable with mysterious graphic glitch gray walls everywhere., coming from street heaters. Can't fix with reload, updated drivers, dumbing down settings. They screwed up again. Figures. From launch bugs to keys you can't customize it's sad to say these people are really incompetent.

    Edit: Oookay. Figures. As soon as I finally get my wording down, they fixed a lot of the issues with a new patch on 1/27/2021. I am *NOW* prepared to recommend the game. WL3 is ... a decent game (with fixes) but still not quite as exciting to me as WL2. Perhaps with further improvements or gameplay I will warm up to it even more. For now I will rate it a "7".

    The Bad: (Edit - customizable keys finally fixed); confusing descriptions (intelligence only provides a ONE TIME bonus not a per level bonus), etc.; “sticky” UI (rotating camera, world map, selecting characters, choosing inventory, targeting); unclear boundaries (you get too close to radiation and die without decent warning (which is a BIG step backward from WL2 which gave you lots of warning), your targeting is blocked when it should not be, etc.); combat icons not well explained, even with the "i" which is annoying to use. Some of the writing is juvenile without being funny and I feel sprinkled with excessive profanity to show how "edgy" the apocalypse is. Yawn. I also don't get the robot theme. I would have personally preferred very cool Rangers instead of the stupid Peek & Poke, but maybe that's just me being mean b/c I was mad at the other problems.

    The Good: Prettier gfx than WL2, but also not nearly as beautiful as XCOM; excellent voice acting; some really good story lines (folks who love gray choices will LOVE these). Combat is fair in terms of fun, but seems way easier than WL2 on similar settings and is starting to get boring. Some funny moments. Oh one nice thing, is that you can now see your to-hit percentages BEFORE you move there, which is actually a very AWESOME addition, that's well done everyone. I also really like the music, some of the folksy versions of the 70s music is cute. Finally, multiple Quick Save slots is EXACTLY what a PC game should have but rarely does any longer. That's well done. I can't understand how they remembered to do this but originally forgot to let you change the keys.

    Comparison: The WL2 desperation of insufficient supplies in a resourceless wasteland is not really present here. Even on Ranger I am finding this game way too easy and "dumbed" down to appeal to the average gamer. The inventory streamlining and revival system took out a lot of the "pain" of WL2, but not all that pain was bad. WL2 I felt like I really had to make hard choices of what to carry, how much of it, who was the medic and so forth. Here ... it's just so ... blah. Anyone easily can play medic, and I have yet to discover any reason to put anything more than 1 or 2 points in First Aid in 30 hours of game play, whereas in WL2 I made hard skills choices to have one first aid specialist, one doctor and a little crossover between them, thereby making both a lot less effective in combat but worth it, since my characters constantly were on the verge of dying, which can't even happen here (both good and bad design choice, it really depends on the experience you want, I wish they made that customizable).

    Verdict: It's definitely improved with patches. It's sad you have to wait 3-6 months after release to get a finished product, but I guess that's par for the course these days. And, they DID listen to feedback, so I respect that. I'm ready to recommend, but stick to my original thesis: definitely enjoyable but not life changing like WL2.
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