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No. of Recommendations: 4
I finished this last night, so, as promised, here's some more detailed thoughts on it.

Overall, it was a very good game. As mentioned earlier, it's basically Fallout in space (or, more accurately, on other planets). The writing is pretty good, in that I found myself laughing (or at least chuckling) quite a few times. I did think the main campaign was a little short (or maybe I just didn't notice it was long, as I was doing all sorts of side missions). But, then, since there are 2 main endings (with a branching set of missions at one point, so the overall content in the main campaign is probably about right. (Interestingly, I was able to get the same mission on my list a second time later in the game as I opened up the possibility of going down the other branch). If you're the type of person to replay a game (I am not; generally once I finish a game's story, I'm done with the game, even if there is replay value), then it's well-suited to you, I think.

The variety in side missions was pretty good. Some did have you going from planet to planet, which was a little annoying. (One involved a "Tour of Halcyon" where you had to find 4 beacons spread across the colony, with the main reward being a hat. Alas, the hat didn't say, "I toured Halcyon and all I got was the stupid hat."). Loading times got a little slow, but that might be due to my PS4 getting a little long in the tooth? (Maps would sometimes take 20 seconds to load, which I also saw in AC: Odyssey, so maybe it's my hardware more than the game). One other minor nitpick is that you can't fast travel to everywhere in the game, just certain locations. I believe the Fallout games (or at least the Bethesda ones) let you fast travel to any location you've discovered. Not a huge deal, though.

My chief complaint (other than the lack of aim assist, though it's kind of related) is that the final mission is a giant leap in difficulty above everything before it. My character was generally focused on less combat-oriented skills, but not to the point where any of them were really higher than 60. Unfortunately, unless you have about 95-100 in the dialog-based skills by that point, you're forced to fight your way through the last mission (theoretically, you could stealth it, but I wasn't very successful with that, either). And, the final combat I found so hard (especially without aim assist), that I found it not very fun. I spent a lot of time killing one enemy and running to a safe spot to save the game and going back. And then the final battle (well, really, the next-to-last battle -- there's one more fight after that, but it was a one-shot kill) closed off any avenue of escape, so it ended up being "slow time; take a few shots; run around for a while until I could slow time again". It took ... it took a long time. I suspect if I were better at shooting on a console and had better combat stats, it might have been a bit easier (one walkthrough I looked at [thinking maybe I was missing something obvious in the battle] claimed it really wasn't a very tough fight ... I hate that person.)

Overall, I do highly recommend it, especially if you're a fan of the later Fallout games.

Back to Watchdogs 2, I guess.

dsbrady
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