Overview ===================== This game reminded me of a combination of mass effect and splinter cell. You have the shooting and RPG nature of mass effect and the stealth of splinter cell. It is simply one of the best games I've ever played. There are four different endings and a teaser for a sequel during the credits.
Pros ==================== 1) ability to play how you like (stealth & shooting) (NOTE: this is not a shooter though so no run & gun) 2) nice progression system with unlockables augs 3) great graphics 4) great story
Cons ==================== 1) The mini hacking game can get a little boring. 2) The boss battles seem a little out of place with the game style.
This had some great ideas but just couldn't implement them that well. There are a lot of games that allow you to play how you want and have the Transhuman theme for example Metal Gear Solid 4 and Crysis 2. This game is nothing like the original in fact I would say they tried to copy what worked in the original without understanding the logic of the original team.
By mid point you have all the abilities you ever want within the skill tree because 50% of the skill tree is just utter trash. So there are no consequence with the choices you make within gameplay. By the end of the game I was able to hack any device without detection, stealth through the game, jump 9 ft, fall down any height, all inventory slots, typhon weapon. The AI is so heavily scripted you can predict instantaneously what they will do and stealth is stupidly easy in this game because of this. The animation is so stiff it reminds of the original with the head nodding. The Voice acting is just horrible and comes off as forced, very few of the characters sound authentic. The story was horrible it seemed like it was an afterthought in which they constantly used cliches. The loading the console versions are horrid, 45 seconds? Every time you die or load or go into a new area. I would say that my 30 hours of gameplay a 3rd of that was loading, I am not kidding.
This game could have been special but it turned out worse than Invisible Wars. There are no consequences within the choices that you make. The story is on rails and then at the end they give you a Fable 2 ending where you pick the ending you want. The game was only reminiscent of the original on the superficial level once you play it and you see what is going on behind the scenes it becomes a different beast altogether. Oh and the Final Fantasy ads are so much I thought it was Square ad placement.