Posted: April 20
I only recommend this game if you get it at a pretty significant discount, and even then it's a maybe (more at the end). It's like GTA meets the Batman series of games. Combat is, for the most part, super easy. Occasionally there are frustrating moments where you are suddenly in a quick-time action sequence but there is no really clue what is happening. This won't kill you, but it's annoying when you get thrown because you thought you would have to right-click when you were supposed to mash F.
The camera is alright for most of the game, but can be really frustrating when you're driving and need to reverse at all.
I'd recommend a controller for this game. I played with mouse & keyboard even though I have a controller, but there are moments when you can tell this was definitely made with a controller in mind. This is especially true in some of the DLC -- in the DZS-90 quests in the Wheels of Fury dlc, you have to drive your car using WASD while simultaneously holding down Q periodically to charge the car's EMP pulse. It was really frustrating.
The story-line was pretty good, but it felt like everything was on rails. Since the main character is an undercover officer, it would have been nice to be given the choice between siding with the law and siding with the Triads. On the other hand, the ending seems ripe for a sequel.
Also, some of the game-play was just repetitive. A lot of police missions are simply going to a location, beating up some bad guys, hacking a nearby camera, then returning home to use the camera to identify a drug dealer and send the police to arrest him. After the second time, it's just boring and the only reason to do it is for in-game objectives rather than because it's also fun.
There are lots of races, but they are a little frustrating too. Vehicles are categorized by class, and a race only allows certain classes of vehicles. But there doesn't seem to be a good way to tell which class vehicle a race is before-hand, and all vehicles within a class are not created equal. Speaking of -- the driving is sometimes very frustrating, and unfortunately there's LOTS of it. I started looking for cabs because I was tired of spending a couple minutes driving across town just to trigger an event that sends me driving back across town again. And don't you know it, it seems there's never a cab around when you want one!
My caveat for purchasing this game w/ the dlc: Apparently you get a LOT of experience with some of the DLC. I was maybe 30 minutes to an hour into the game and had already gotten level 8 in both police and triad. The maximum level for each is 10. You can simply opt out of using a lot of the dlc outfits, costumes, and vehicles but you can't opt out of that experience I don't think.
Anyway, I started ignoring achievements and cop missions (since I hit level 10 so fast), but I logged around 15 hours of play in this game before beating it. (A few times I left the game paused while I ran an errand or folded laundry.) Game was fun while it lasted but definitely had the potential to be more than it was.