Good game until you meet a character name Zhao. Then the writing goes off a cliff and never manages to come.
Fireproofman wrote this review on .
The latter half of the game drops the ball in terms of writing, becoming a barely coherent jumble that never really straightens itself out. Characters are never characterized enough, and one character who starts as a bit player comes back at the very end for the sole purpose of facilitating a boss fight that would never have occurred without her presence. Or been as long,, at least.
The extreme lack of choice in approach to combat situations is very disappointing. There is NO melee combat, and the time-freezing takedowns do not count. You are forced to stealth through the majority of this game, mostly because Adam dies in seconds flat, even on the lowest difficulty. The damage mitigation augment only barely helps, and the weapons feel weak until you've dumped enough upgrades into them.
Speaking of being forced to do things, hacking blows. Hard. There is NO way around it, so you are forced to put points into the augment, and by the end of the game, you either need to be prepared to fail at hacking constantly or carry around a thousand STOP! hacks and Nuke viruses at all times.
Also, until you obtain the Plasma canon, it is possible to go through the entire game using only the combat rifle and just dumping every upgrade you find into it.
However, the upgrades for your weapons are external, and if you like customizing things, this is awesome. There is nothing quite like having a silenced CR with a laser pointer and bullets that track you target. If only the silencer for the CR wasn't a massive hexagon. Well, at least the pistol looks sweet. And the plasma rifle.
But the animations are still dated, to say the least, and sometimes just terrible to say the worst. Some of the dialogue is just wrong, as if the writers hadn't had a real conversation in years.
On top of all of this the ending(s). They are the worst endings to any game I have played, ever. No payoff, just Jensen talking at you for a good three minutes, with no look at how your very heavy choice actually impacted the world. There is zero pay-off, and zero satisfaction.
I wanted to like this game, I really did, but it just let me down. I hope others enjoy it more, but anyone who says the writing in the game is good has not played the entire game.