I’m enjoying Valhalla just fine, but sadly, Eivor can’t hold a candle to Kassandra. If I were being generous, I might characterize him/her as a fifth-rate Kassandra. :(
What’s really surprising to me is how this feels like a huge step backwards from Watch Dogs 2. It’s always weird when videogames don’t live up to the “sequels are always superior” truism.
The camo may be cheap, but it’s usually pretty effective! And as I said in this review, if there had been upgradable characters in Legion, I probably would have fallen for it. You can ding Ubisoft all you want and I’ll normally be right there with you, but I can’t deny they know effective game design. Usually.
Oh, man, this is an excellent point, Alistair. Well put.
Okay, that’s a real stretch. I hope you warmed up before typing that, as I’d hate for you to pull something. :)
But I do get what you’re saying. I think part of the issue for me is that London didn’t really work for me as a city design. I never got a sense for different neighborhoods or landmarks or layout or even a tone. It just felt like Generic City 49517 to me.
I wish the design had leaned into this more. Instead, all the unlockables feel pretty optional, because it seems that Ubisoft wants you to be able to solve any puzzle with any toolset. But aside from the flying drone, none of the unlockables seemed to “break” the rules. None of them seemed to change the nature of the puzzles, or my approach to them. Sure, it’s great to be able to hack the combat drones, but I could just as readily sneak around them. Honestly, most of the time, I didn’t even bother equipping the stuff I unlocked, which meant I stopped caring about the tech upgrade points, which minimized yet another fundamental gameplay system, which took away another incentive to play.
STOP TALKING ABOUT THE 3080 UNTIL I GET 1 PLZ KTHNXBYE I’M NOT JEALOUS SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP
Don’t forget explore, level up, collect, loot, and upgrade gear, not to mention just plain grinding for xp or resources. Those are all major systems in Ubisoft’s non-Watch Dogs: Legion games. That’s cool if you’re enjoying Legion and find the gameplay loop satisfying, but there’s no equivalence with the range of gameplay systems in the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry games.