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on 15 June 2014
This is a game that has received a lot of hype and I have to admit that I have fallen for the hype surrounding games in the past only to be disappointed, but I wanted something new to play on my PS4 and for some strange reason I felt drawn to this, which is unusual for me as I don't normally go for these type of games.
The trouble with open world games is that more often than not the developers spend so much time creating this huge open world to play in, and trying to fill it with as much as possible that the gameplay and story tend to be a little under developed, so you usually end up with a game that whilst looks good, is let down by poor controls and a boring storyline, which would normally have me switching off after a few hours.
This game however is surprisingly different, the controls are very refined and the character on screen is easy to control, the driving is a little difficult at times but I've experienced worse (it's not as bad as people are making out) and the story line is actually quite interesting and I do find myself wanting to know what happens next (which is always a good thing for me)
Now some people have complained that the graphics have been downgraded from what was originally shown a couple of years ago, and to be honest I can kind of see where people are coming from as the graphics in this game are not going to blow your mind, they are certainly not what I would call next gen and I imagine there isn't much difference between the PS3 and PS4 versions, however they are impressive and detailed, but of course good looking graphics do not make a good game (I'm looking at you Killzone Shadow Fall and Infamous Second Son)
Now of course one of the biggest things about this game is the hacking, you can hack everything from people's bank accounts to traffic lights, hacking CCTV cameras works really well in missions as you can use them to hack other things such as explosives or pipes, so you can take out the bad guys without them even seeing you, and to be honest I thought this would either be poorly implemented or just boring but it was actually really fun and worked better than I thought it would, I took out four bad guys using the cameras and then whilst the others were distracted I snuck in and did what I needed to do, and then took out a couple more guys with my silenced pistol on the way out before making a run for it out of sight, mission completed and I was feeling quite pleased with myself :-)
One feature which I didn't like so much was that other players can hack your game, and basically you have to stop them before they finish downloading they're hack, this happened to me once and thankfully I was able to stop him before the download was complete but I wasn't able to catch him (his driving was too good) and I myself had to do it to another player, they must have been making a cup of tea as they didn't seem to be trying to stop me, but to be honest I couldn't be bothered with doing it again and unfortunately you can't ignore it if someone tries to hack you, what I mean is if you are trying to start a new mission in the story campaigne you can't because you have to stop the hack first, and all I want to do is continue with the game, so I went into the settings screen to disable it, unfortuently doing so resets your notoriety skills, which I think is unnessasary and unfair but at least I was still early on in the game so it didn't bother me so much, but it might be worth baring in mind.
So to sum up, it's a game that has not lived up to the hype and wasn't the next gen experience people were hoping for, many people have compared it to GTA V and I can see the resemblance. I think Ubisoft are clearly trying to take on the giant Rockstar and they're long running GTA series, and in many ways they have done a good job, the game is very refined and although the story is no where near as immersive as the likes of Uncharted it's still interesting, and the graphics are impressive just not next gen. There's lots to do and if you open up the map there are loads of side quests to keep you busy, sadly a lot of them are very similar and quite frankly just don't interest me but I'm sure I will do some as time goes on, but at least there is lots to do for you completionists out there.
Wait for the price to come down a bit and give it a go, you might be surprised as it's not as bad as some people on here would have you believe.