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Posted 5:10pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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Posted 5:10pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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No bad points?
Posted 5:18pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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I managed to leave the neg off when I was adding it to the cms. fixed.
Posted 5:28pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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A good read, Neon. (Especially the second paragraph, for some reason)

While I have already paid for this I have a few questions:

How long did it take you to complete, with the amount of side quests that you did and how much longevity do the side quests add?

If forcing you to fight, even when taking a stealthy approach and letting you get all the best upgrades in one play through are enough to knock off one point, then do they hinder the experience?

Is there a new game + option?

How big is the install?

And finally, if you swap between stealth and assault part way through missions, does that make any difference, apart from how alert guards are etc. Thanks!
Posted 5:32pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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Is there much choice in the way of weaponry and bio modifications? I do like a good array to choose from...

Otherwise, I cannot wait for Friday. Thanks for the interesting review, Neon.
Posted 5:56pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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@Clockpunk As far as bio mods go... like I say, there are plenty, but you should expect to get everything you want (mostly) on one playthrough. For future playthroughs, it'll be more about the order in which you get stuff, I guess. There's a decent spread of weapons too, and you can mod them. It's the usual suspects - pistol, machine pistol, assault rifle, sniper rifle, rocket launcher - plus one or two more unusual weapons. Lots of grenade types too.

@Neon-Soldier32: It's hard to say precisely because I played across the week. It's been said to last about 30 hours, and i'd say that's about right if you're doing all the side quests, and if you get your ass handed to you a lot at the beginning. I did, it can get pretty hard.

The side quests themselves tend to be fairly protracted, or at least they are in Detroit. There are some great little moments in there, and i'd say that two of my favourite individual scenes took place in side quests. I didn't do them all, however. It was hard enough getting the game finished in time!

As to why I didn't give it full marks.... It's a tricky thing. As i've said before, I'm not a big fan of the 10 point system. Marking out of five makes more sense to me, and this is definitely a five start game.

In any case, the flaws are there. But it's also my favourite game of the year. Go figure.

Can't say about the install, as I was playing both at the office and at home. Had to move my hard drive back and forth, so I never bothered. There's no New Game + option.

Swapping between stealth and assault... If you play a miission stealthily and don't get spotted, you get an XP bonus. If you go 'loud', obviously you don't get that. Beyond that, there's no serious difference. But bearing in mind that you have limited inventory; if you're all stocked up with stealth weapons and you suddenly want to get violent, you might have to make room for the bigger guns. You can boost your inventory size; might seem like a boring upgrade, but it's actually pretty useful.
Posted 6:07pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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Excellent review Neon.

On terms of the gameplay routes. What about adaptive? The thing is, I have already plotted my course of action when watching a few gameplay videos. Stealth is going to be the main course of action, but going in guns & blazing in the more bigger areas.

Can you explore or the main missions/side quests all accessed by a menu and go from there?
Posted 6:15pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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great review neon. quick question among many others i see, is ps3 version look better? and i take it once you leave the likes of shanghai you can do any missed side missions.

glad i pre ordered this now
Posted 6:21pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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@Clockpunk As far as bio mods go... like I say, there are plenty, but you should expect to get everything you want (mostly) on one playthrough. For future playthroughs, it'll be more about the order in which you get stuff, I guess. There's a decent spread of weapons too, and you can mod them. It's the usual suspects - pistol, machine pistol, assault rifle, sniper rifle, rocket launcher - plus one or two more unusual weapons. Lots of grenade types too.

@Neon-Soldier32: It's hard to say precisely because I played across the week. It's been said to last about 30 hours, and i'd say that's about right if you're doing all the side quests, and if you get your ass handed to you a lot at the beginning. I did, it can get pretty hard.

The side quests themselves tend to be fairly protracted, or at least they are in Detroit. There are some great little moments in there, and i'd say that two of my favourite individual scenes took place in side quests. I didn't do them all, however. It was hard enough getting the game finished in time!

As to why I didn't give it full marks.... It's a tricky thing. As i've said before, I'm not a big fan of the 10 point system. Marking out of five makes more sense to me, and this is definitely a five start game.

In any case, the flaws are there. But it's also my favourite game of the year. Go figure.

Can't say about the install, as I was playing both at the office and at home. Had to move my hard drive back and forth, so I never bothered. There's no New Game + option.

Swapping between stealth and assault... If you play a miission stealthily and don't get spotted, you get an XP bonus. If you go 'loud', obviously you don't get that. Beyond that, there's no serious difference. But bearing in mind that you have limited inventory; if you're all stocked up with stealth weapons and you suddenly want to get violent, you might have to make room for the bigger guns. You can boost your inventory size; might seem like a boring upgrade, but it's actually pretty useful.

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Cheers for the clarification, old chap.

That's a little bit disappointing, I must admit. I would much rather had had a system whereby a player couldn't amass all/most upgrades in one playthrough, a la System Shock 2, really imposing some difficult choices upon the player.

Still, sounds like a beast of a title. Even though future parents-in-law are stopping over Thursday/Friday night, there is no way I'm *not* playing this! Grin

Most preorders include an extra mission and two extra guns, whereas the Augmented Edition comes with 2 more on top of those, and 10,000 in-game credits. Although the double-barrel shotgun looks very classy and fun, that doesn't justify the extra £15 the Edition upgrade costs. A couple of guys at Game told me preorders for the game have been through the roof - surely a good sign (or at least that the summer drought has left many gamers hungry for the first solid title to come along)

Still, lets hope Eidos decide to add new weapos/missions/that extra hub they mentioned on Major Nelson's Podcast that the had to cut.
Posted 6:36pm on Mon 22 August 2011
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Thanks for answering Smile
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