Despite the gameplay and graphics?I´m here only to express my discontentment with the story and the game environment. It´s a game full of cliches about Brazil, set in a city that has nothing to do with São Paulo, and that only collaborate to spread prejudices and the old wrong idea that those who don´t know Brazil already have: Brazil = samba, soccer, favela e violence... and lots of swearing.
It´s the same as taking New York and resembling to the worst and poor part of the USA and saying that all Americans are George Bush.
As I can say, the scenario looks like a mix of the worst part from the current cities: Rio de Janeiro, São Luiz(because of some stilts in the poor region, from where the population is already been removed to regular houses given by the government), and some cities from the Amazonas State. As I said, it has nothing to do with São Paulo...I think they watched too much "Elite Squad" (related to Rio)
The Tietê river in São Paulo is not in the middle of the forest...it´s actually a canalized river that passes through the city, surrounded by concrete blocks ( http://www.infoescola.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/rio-tietê.jpg ) .The tietê river in the game is so wide and in the middle of the forest that it could only be the amazon river, which is far away from the State of São Paulo.
The favelas in the game are much more like the Rio de Janeiro favelas...but even worse, like a deep xithole.
The game is good...but if Rockstar was intending to do a game like that, why not giving the city a fictional name, as they seems to know sh1t about Brazil. They did that in GTA, where many cities resembles to real cities from USA.
Also some characters have a spanish accent...while some of them really speak portuguese like the people from favela. It made me laugh a lot! I also laugh a lot in the part where some kids are playing soccer and their mom scream swearing and 8itching
It´s a good game, full of violence, but rockstar should have cared more about researching the city which they are trying to represent in the game. The game only transmits prejudices, reinforcing a bad reputation that Brazilians like me fights to prevent.
I cant give it a 9 because rockstar really disappointed in those aspects, and because I wasn't born kicking a ball- as Max generalizes about all brazilians in the game. Some parts of the plot are really dumb, and anyone who´s not a empty head would take some of the game ridicularizations as a personal threat to the country image.
......It stills a funny game to play, although the fact that even the main character doesn't resemble the old Max, and the lack of comicbook aspect from the previous games.
To end...I don´t need an American savior, and I hate soccer, I know it´s a game, but bring me back the old good fiction or something that don´t mock my country so badly, cuz I still shocked from the image it sells.
Sorry about my english...