Wasteland 2, by inXile Entertainment, puts you in the shoes of a group of trainees trying to prove their worth to an organization called the Desert Rangers. You see this group is about the closest thing you have to a police/military force that is out of Arizona and is willing to try to help all of those who are in need of help. The thing is there's a little something extra that is going on, that you are going to be thrusted into, and if you have the right people in your party, and you make the right decisions, you might be able to figure out what the hell is going on.
Graphically this game reminds me a lot of Baldur's Gate, except in a post-apocalyptic, highly radioactive, world. That's not to say that the graphics look dated, its just that the feel, the look, and the camera angle reminds me of BG. Now let me talk about the camera real quick, before I forget. I fought many a battle with the camera when it came to trying to keep the camera centered on my characters when in combat where the terrain was uneven. This was by far the most frustrating thing about this game.
Now lets get back to the graphics of the game, I did like the personalized photos of the characters that you interacted with, throughout the game, I just wish that it carried over, EVEN A LITTLE BIT, to the character models that you interacted with. The thing is that the majority of the character models where the same for specific type of gender in a specific area, so I understand the need to personalize them with the conversation system, but it constantly made me double take on who I was actually having a conversation with. Speaking of conversation system, I did really like the way it worked. Not only were you able to click on a selection, but you could also type it in. Now there were a couple of cases where when give the conversation prompt you HAD TO type in an answer, and that to me actually made me feel good about paying attention to what might have been a nonsense conversation that I had.
Now lets get into the voice acting, or mismatch of voice acting. This of course is one of my biggest pet peeves, if you are going to voice a character, voice them all the way. Don't half ass it and have some of the dialogue choices voiced and others you just had to read. I understand that it is a huge undertaking to voice everyone, and with such a vast amount of characters you could talk with, I can understand the enormous cost that could incur if you were to voice them all, but if you are voicing a character, just voice them completely.
The controls in the game are very straight-forward, you are going to point and click. You will also have some hotkeys for special abilities, that you will definitely need to employ. One HUGE recommendation that I have for any gamer that takes on this game, is make damn sure your entire party is selected when you are exploring over great distances in an area, and make damn sure you have all your party gathered together right at an entrance/exit before you go through. First you might be screwed because you will enter combat solo, and there's no way to come to your rescue, and second off the game doesn't do well with finding your other characters if they are in a slightly different area, even if you are not in combat.
So this is a very nice, layered, RPG. You will have tons of skills to master, weapons to upgrade, and of course things to find. I wouldn't call this an open world game, but its pretty damn close to it. There's definitely a story you need to stick with, if you are going to advance the game, but for the most part, as long as you have water in your canteens (VERY IMPORTANT), and a rad suit (to fend off the radiation), you can go wherever you please. Now I will admit that you might want to pay a bit closer attention to the conversational choices, or prompts that characters give you, otherwise you might end up accidentally massacring a TON of people that really didn't have to die, but ended up dying because you accidentally didn't heed a warning, or were trying to hard to advance a quest.
This game utilizes a five person party system, and I will tell you this right now, make sure that all your characters have their weapon of choice, and make sure its different. Ammo is hard to come by and it really sucks if you have two characters highly proficient in a specific type of weapon, and you seem to be running through bullets at an alarming rate. The problem is that you have to be at least level 1 proficient with a weapon, otherwise its basically useless in the game. I learned that one the hard way when I had not only two, but three people using pistols. There's also some other skills that will definitely come in handy. Make sure you have a weaponsmith, it is actually very interesting how many weapons you come across, and of course if you are not careful you will encumber your party members, so why not try to scrap it and see if you can't get a couple of upgrades to use on your parties weapons. Another thing that you will want to have, in combination, is a shovel and perception. The shovel is a hell of a tool to have and will allow you to dig up a lot of good items, and if you are interested, it can also dig up graves. The perception part is to make sure that there's no booby traps, I can't tell you how many mines blew up my characters for serious damage.
There's one last thing that I want to give you a heads up about in this game. Early on, at least for me, I found that I was collecting a ton of clothes. Well don't sell them, store them at the Ranger headquarters, there's a certain weapon that gets introduced in the game that will literally blow all your clothes (minus undergarments) away.
So I guess the final thing is this, should you get this game? Well that all depends, if you are looking for an RPG with depth, in a post-apocalyptic setting, then yes get this game. If you yearn for the days of old (Baldur's Gate-esque) get this game, as long as you are comfy with the guns instead of bows and crossbows. If you are looking for a game that gives you hand holding when it comes to the story, this is NOT the game for you. There is a portion of the game that if you miss the radio transmissions the first time, it becomes damn near impossible to figure out, until you start going over EVERY inch of the world. This game, even though it has its flaws, its ramping difficulty (yeah it gets pretty hard as it goes), and camera issues, its still a solid game, and I'm sure that it would be a nice addition to gaming collections. This game gets an 8.3 out of 10.