Okay, i bought this game thinking: hey GTA has bad reviews, lots of people have said this is better, and its cheaper, so why not?! - i bought it. On first inserting the disk, first mission, shoot up in a prison, jailbreak, escape in a boat whilst blowing up police with a mounted gun! fun 10/10 however i got a feeling that i didnt like this game but couldnt decide what it was, controls? cheesiness? or simply that the game was so overwhelming having to start with no money and no turf and thinking about the sheer amount of mission ahead. But after an hour messing around and doing a few missions, once you start to find your way around it just gets better and better. In the previous GTAs (previous because i have not played the latest) you have to complete about 70-80% of the game before get to use cool stuff like helicopters, planes rocket launchers etc. Whereas in SR2 you unlock a helicopterafter the first few missions which you can access from any of your roof garages and planes can be hijacked from the airport or you can buy a hanger full of planes for $50,000 (two days earnings when your as far into the game as i am) ((only 40%!!!)) also there is no locked area of the map it is all open for roaming but you need to do missions to make the turf yours! Car customisation is brilliant i spent hours the other day just tuning all the cars in my garage, including taxis, police cars, army jeeps, tanks, anything. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO ON THIS GAME!
THINGS DEVELOPERS NEED TO WORK ON: Firstly the little map in the corner needs sorting because when you are travelling fast it does not zoom out far enough so i am forever missing turnings!! Secondly, online multiplayer is awful i haven't played a single game yet because it constantly says waiting for players, this is because there are simply not enough players yet! When this game claims to have a CO-OP mode i was given the impression that it had split screen (the main reason i bought this game over gta), I WAS WRONG! however this is online and it DOES work and is infact very cool being able to free roam with another player or a friend if they also have the game, generally causing havock being able to revive each other when you die!
MY ADVICE TO YOU: buy this game do some missions - one gang at a time (gets you to the big money quicker!) buy as many businesses as you can to increase your daily income, soon you will be earning $20,000 a day and then you can blow it all on cribs, cars, weapons whatever! ENJOY!!!