So after all of this I reinstalled JC2 on my PS4 and started playing. Took a break from RDR2 and binged on JC2.
There’s nothing broken here. It’s pure free form joy. Of course second time through I don’t have to learn how to fly the choppers or how to use the grapple hook like I did starting it up the first time. I’d forgotten how much fun it was to upgrade to the better guns, to fly a chopper around and see the world to explore (I only completed about 40% last time because of some serious life stuff that came up) and to go into a complex and take out all the “red stuff” in whatever way I choose. There’s still a mission or two I suck at like chase this guy on a motorcycle or escort missions but I had a moment of pure grins when I had to take some guy in a limo to a drop off spot. I suck at getting through roads filled with bad guys shooting at my limo. So I crashed the limo into a tree in the woods, the guy I was escorting and I got out, and he followed me as we walked to the drop off location through the woods. I watched when we had to cross a road until it was clear before we dashed across. It was still tense but in a stealth way rather than an action movie car crash way. I love that the game didn’t give me a “mission failed” as soon as I left the car and decided NOT to do the mission the way they designed it.
JC2 still makes me grin ear to ear and still has an open world, chaos my way, addictive quality. Like I said, all they could do is screw it up. I’d just like another JC2 with a new huge map and geography, improved graphics, maybe some new cool choppers and guns, and leave everything else alone. Oh but add a co-op campaign mode.