OK so I am going to be honest, when I was first asked to play Wasteland 2 I had very little knowledge of what to expect and there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of the first Wasteland either. So like any good review I decided to do a little bit of research (after all there was a 45 minute wait to fill whilst my PS4 installed).
So what did I find? The original Wasteland is a 23-year-old PC game from a time when very few people in the UK had a gaming PC and a predecessor to the ever-popular Fallout series. If you have a look online there are tons of articles about legal matters which stopped an earlier sequel being made but I was too keen to give this RPG a try rather than reading much further.
The setting found in Wasteland 2 is quite different from the typical RPG post-apocalyptic world, as it feels like a game set in the Wild West. The game is focused around the South Western States of American and has an historical feel throughout the levels I played (to date I still haven’t finished the game). This is mixed with a whole arsenal of modern weaponry which blends the 2 worlds together quite seamlessly. Travel across the towns can be done in two ways, firstly manually but be careful as there are many more battles along the way. Also if you choose this option, you are in the desert remember, so you will need to locate and visit the closest watering holes to ensure your team does not dehydrate! You can also select to use the map which often speeds up the process.
The combat system is rather long-winded and not always that interesting. On the lower difficulties you pretty much just have to point and shoot, this is the option I selected so I could work through the story as quickly as possible but I feel it took a lot away from the overall experience. Over time the game became increasingly difficult as the complexity increased. Considering the game is taken from PC I found that the controls but it works surprisingly well on console, with a series of menu wheels allowing you relatively quick access to the most important commands. The leveling up system is vast, but at the same time can get a little confusing and overwhelming for players.