Julkaistu 29. tammikuu.
Disclaimer: I binged through this game in about 5 days' time because of sleeping troubles. Some of the following may not apply if you play this at a sane rate.
A huge amount of how you feel about SR4 is probably going to relate to how you felt about SR3, because not-really-a-spoiler: your open world is 99% Steelport again. (There are minor changes.) Even being given extra time after the implosion of former publisher THQ, this game was clearly originally an expansion, and some parts of it really show that corner-cutting when you play through it. On the plus side, though - some of the reuse is done in actual clever ways, and this is where I come to my huge divide about the game: the gameplay gets really, really tired at times, but the writing is pretty sharp.
This game was a pretty clear sendoff/love letter to the franchise, going as far back as SR1 and a whole lot of nods to the earlier titles the further you go along. In fact, probably the entire back half of the game* is winking fanservice to SR1/2 and the stuff that 3 dropped a lot of. Let me point out: none of it is what I'd call "half-♥♥♥♥♥", either. They seriously got the original VAs from these games to replay their roles, made entire mini-arcs for them, and added optional content to the point of letting you recruit some deep cut characters. Or, if you buy the "complete" edition with DLCs - just plain cut characters.
I could go on and make a huge list of the ups and downs of this, but basically, do you want to run around a virtual world as a superpowered god, causing mayhem and comedy in your wake? That's this game. It's a superpowered ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ simulator and it doesn't pretend to be anything else.
I will give one handy tip, though: upgrade the alien weapons, no matter whether you like them or not. You're going to be stuck with them on more than one mission. Don't get shafted like I was and enter some of the late-game stuff with level 0 guns doing piddly damage.
(Side-note: if you're like me and really dig sites like The Cutting Room Floor and exploration of dummied-out/cut/scrapped content from games, you really owe it to yourself to buy the Enter the Dominatrix DLC, which is basically an extended look at what the original scope of this game was going to be when it was just an SR3 expansion, complete with commentary.)
* Note: back half of the game also consists of a lot of stellar burns on Mass Effect.