Details: Science fiction, action-adventure, first person shooting game. Played for about fifty hours on the PC.
It’s clear that the developers tried their best to create a game which can be played through in its entirety multiple ways, with the goal being that a player can play however they choose. For example, you can go through this game without killing anyone or you can kill everyone. You can also specialize in stealth and avoiding detection, or you can specialize in hacking. Choices made during dialogues also have some weight and repercussions later on. For the most part, the game succeeds in this goal and you really can play mostly how you choose. Some methods are more difficult than others though.
Personally, I chose a combination. Sometimes I wanted to go guns blazing, sometimes I wanted stealth.
The first person shooting isn’t bad, but it’s not as refined as Battlefield 4 or whichever iteration of Call of Duty we’re in. It’s still fun though.
The stealth is fun as well, and gives a Batman: Arkham Asylum/ Metal Gear Solid feeling, though not as in depth as either games.
The pros easily out way the cons and I can easily recommend this game to people who enjoyed Metal Gear Solid, Mass Effect, and even fans of the Elder Scrolls series.
The only noteworthy negative is that the game relies heavily on hacking. In this game, you will often see a locked door or safe which can be opened by hacking, which consists of a simple, fairly boring mini-game. You don’t need to hack everything and the developers have created ways to progress and maneuver around hacking, but the benefits conferred by hacking almost force a player to hack everything they see. By the end of the game, I must have hacked over a hundred consoles. It was very, very boring.
Also of note, are the differences between the original game and the Director’s Cut version. The two major additions are the inclusion of the Missing Link DLC, which is now part of the main story and inserted chronologically, and the altered boss fights. Personally, the changes to the boss fights didn’t change me blowing them to smithereens, but the effort from the game developers is appreciated.
Score: 8/10 This was a like a toned down Mass Effect. Still fun. Ending reminded me of Mass Effect 3. Yes, Mass Effect THREE. Take that how you will.