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Mutton dressed as lamb ...
on 14 May 2008
I ordered this game expecting something epic. What I got was something ... not. Don't get me wrong, it looks (as countless others have stated) quite simply breathtaking, but I'm afraid in this case it's just mutton dressed as lamb.
So what's wrong with it? Well, for one thing there's no save option, and the game only auto-saves at the end of each mission. I read a review where someone said that it could take up to 2 hours to complete missions, and at the time thought it couldn't POSSIBLY take that long. How wrong I was. Some even took longer. That's all right if you're a hard-core gamer, but for the short-session gamer its a bit too much to suffer.
The other major let-down was the scripting for the cutscenes. Although the plot itself isn't bad, the cutscenes were almost painful to watch, with consistently twee, puerile and in places unbelievably cheesy ('I WILL kill Isenberg!!') dialogue. It wasn't the content that was wrong - it was the tone.
I personally also loathed the constantly re-spawning baddies, forcing you into a 'duck and dive' style of gameplay. When I shoot the bad guys, I like 'em dead. Period.
If I'd played a demo I wouldn't have bothered with the game. I even considered not bothering to finish it, but as my obsessive nature wouldn't permit that, I played on expecting there would at least be a satisfying ending. Wrong again. Gameplay stops, there's a pathetic attempt at a plot tie-up, then the credits roll.
All in all, unless you like games where you endlessly shoot things for no apparent reason, and are prepared to put in long sessions, I suggest you give this one a wide berth.