I tried for the first time this game now that they are having a free weekend and…
yeah I don’t like it. I suspected this from the start, so it isn’t a surprise.
In fact I’ve never seen a waste of technology (New York is impressive! so photorealistic and it runs well too!) in such a bore of a game. I just can’t into ‘third person cover-based shooter with health regen’ games. That type of gameplay is barely engaging to me, like just enough to play it if it had a very good plot with good characters… which it isn’t the case game.
Now add things like the mediocre AI, and the lack of enemy, weapon and location variety thanks to the realistic setting, and this is really a mediocre game. The scenario as pretty as it is, it also feels limited in interactivity and possible exploration. The entire game feels sterile, where the only thing you can do is go to the mission points and then kill the red-labeled guys, gain higher-dps weapons, and that’s it. Try to go a bit off the path and buildings and shops are not enterable and there is nothing to take or see.
Both Dying Light and Borderlands 2 are action-loot games with coop which are much, much better, DL because the dynamic gameplay between the more meaningful exploration, the bigger freedom, the zombies, the parkour, the differences between day and night, etc, and Borderlands 2 having loot which clearly is more fun, more variety of enemies and locales, and good side characters with a good villain, with a larger-than-life story.
And that’s ignoring the entire tone-deaf feel of the story, with the mystery ‘Division’, American government agents in civilian clothes that kill hundreds of people (all them have gangsta looking with hoodies, so don’t worry! ;) ), mostly for the crime of looting… ironically, as you also go looting everywhere you can.