The art is excellent. The game is immersive. The mechanics are well thought out and work. The story is complex even if it is short.
I feel like I am talking about Bethesda’s other game that struck me exactly like this Rage. Rage wanted to be a First Person Shooter with an elaborate Fallout style look and feel and it was all that but it failed to be enticing on a game play level. Dishonored wants to be a new updated Thief but it some how misses the stealthy smart ass magic of the original by a mile despite doing so many things right.
I don’t know… Maybe it’s all the wonderful glorious toys and powers they give you to buy and upgrade. Two thirds of which are created for the sole purpose of killing people in creative ways and then they turn around and point their finger and make it exceedingly clear if you use any of those wonderful things they built into the game they will give you one of the “BAD” endings. It’s a simplistic morality system tacked onto a complex stealth game that is taking itself far too seriously.
So if you liked Deus Ex: Human Revolution or Assassins Creed II and are desperately looking for a new stealth game then yeah go for it. The manufactured adverse motivations slapped into this game to give it the old multiple endings replay value despite how frustrating and needless they felt to me… is meh. If a game is not a sandbox, so I can create my own story set at my own pace completed in my own way, then I want to have one great directed intense walk through. Not spend hours watching a game developer hedge their bets by throwing in everything but the kitchen sink just in case.
I myself am giving this one a Grade C and say straight out you might want to rent it first. It’s a grab bag that does a lot of things right but several major things wrong in my opinion. Sorry! Maybe some people will like it for it’s flaws and all you never know. I felt the same way about Kingdoms Of Amalur. Not terrible, just not great.