34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Such a Shame!, 30 Aug 2010
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars
I waited for a long time for this sequel - the teasers looked great and even when I first started the game it gave me a buzz and I thought it was going to be really amazing, lovely scenery, great music, classic cars... sadly after chapter 2 it ended up being a very short linear game.
There is a vast and beautifully detailed city full of potential and I got the sense that there should have been so much more - even on a parr with or actually a lot better than GTA 4. Its as if the budget was cut half way through because even on the map legend it indicates side missions but there are not any... all way round the city when your searching for collectibles you find large areas that look like mafia compounds - there's barbers, casinos, nightclubs etc... that look like they were going to be used but have been shut up, there are even suspicious looking ramps for stunt jumps all over the place which you never need, pool tables you don't play on. There are 2 BIG areas that no missions etc ever go near. There's nothing wrong with the missions but it feels so unfinished or cut and what happened to the church covered in christmas lights from the teaser?
I would at least like some honesty from 2K because normally their games are good - this was delayed again and again and I was hoping for an open world experience that would last me at least a few weeks not 3 days (and I really stretched it out!). Why put in so much detail like car boots that open and filling up with petrol - if there was no intention of free roaming activity - Yes, you can rob a shop, but I think they intended to put in more ways for to earn money outside of story missions. It is basically a real waste of a game that could have been a massive hit and should of had us 5 starring it like mad.
If you have never played any classic PS2 open world games then this will be a fairly good game for you, but if you loved GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas or Scarface, then you will be gutted like me! Come on Next Gen game makers give us what we want... take a look at Fallout 3 and start from there.