posted by DrMntalban (FOSTER CITY, CA) Jan 25, 2013
Member since Jun 2008
The mechanics are fairly well done and it actually feels gameplay wise more similar to Bioshock thematically and with the combat mechanics (but with a strong stealth bias) than a typical Bethesda game. It's a dark setting that sets up interestingly enough. The plot develops at a decent pace but becomes disjointed like many video game narratives. As such, the endgame plot is problematic for me and was too contrived for my taste.
The campaign is pretty short, but worthwhile for a second play-through depending on how hooked you were by the whole thing. In some ways it's more challenging to play through for the clean hands achievement, though playing clean actually sets up for an easier game if you have the patience for it. I did not and just enjoyed cutting people's heads off. I considered a second play-through, but with so many games to get through I just looked up the two other endings and I don't regret it. I felt like it would be more of a chore to go back through the game a second time, despite the short length - which is a pretty good indicator of the immersion I felt towards game I guess.
This game is actually a great rental and makes me glad to be a Gamefly member, because I'd have regretted purchasing this, but had some fun during the short run-through. It's definitely worth a look if you don't have much backlog and wanted to check it out yourself. That may sound like a tepid recommendation, but it's earnest because I think the majority of people that rent this would be fairly satisfied they did.