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A solid game, but not exactly GOTY material
on March 13, 2013
I'm typically a fan of more RPG, open-world types of games, so I put of trying this game until I was able to get it at a heavy discount, and overall I was pleasantly surprised. The facial animation technology is one of the more impressive developments I have seen in games in the past few years, and the story was surprisingly captivating for a game. The developers tried to incorporate some elements that aren't too common, and some of them hit and others missed.
My main complaints:
1) The "open world" - I'm not really sure what the point of this was, other than to claim an open world environment in the marketing. The only thing open is that you can drive around, but there is really no incentive to do so. The city is pretty well made, but there just isn't any sort of reward for exploring or side quests. After the first few missions, I made my partner drive everytime because I just didn't want to bother with it.
2) The investigations - The investigation process loses its novelty after a few missions. Essentially all you do is wander around until you get indicators that there is a clue. I wish that the developers would have done less spoon-feeding and made the tasks a bit more of a challenge.
3) The interrogations - This is where the facial technology should really shine, but it falls through a bit in my opinion. The subtleties in expression that should be the main selling point aren't necessary since it's always extremely obvious when they are lying.
While these might sound like some pretty glaring issues, and maybe they are, the overall atmosphere of the game and the overall narrative outweigh the gameplay flaws and make this worth playing through if you enjoy story drive games. If you are looking for a shooter / GTA type game, this certainly isn't it, but it is a refreshing change of pace in a game that tries to really flesh out the characters. One last thing, I would recommend playing with a gamepad. Personally, I use and Xbox 360 controller, and it works great. It's not imperative, but I think it contributes to the playing experience.