Firtsly, I am a realist, and realise that this title will not be everyones cup of tea- and that a lot of people will compare this game to many other titles out there. I take this game at face value and have played it with an open mind.
Firstly the game is a massive improvement on its predesessor- thats not saying the original was a bad title, it just had flaws. In this outing you play as Lynch and as per his usual form, you see his escapades making what started out as a relatively run of the mill job turn into a chase through Shanghais underworld, with a corrupt government official throwing everything at you to try and stop you escaping.
The visuals are well done, played as though through a video camera, complete with motion blurring, pixellation, and splashes on the lense. Some of the scenes have been edited as if they have been blanked out after a session in the editing suite which adds a nice touch- as if its a playback and they didnt want you to see the result of a shotgun blast to a head at close range- or (as a result of the story line) covering genitalia where appropiate. people have complained about this feature, but to me it enhances the story and adds a little bit of realism to it.
On the subject of realism- again, people have complained about the lack of realism to the game, and that the storyline is far fetched- About as far fetched as an Eastern European going to a city called Liberty City and eating hamburgers as a way of reviving himself from various injuries, or following the story of a treasure hunter as he looks for Marco Polos lost fleet, and tackles yetis anyone? The point is, its a game- and the story fits the profile very well- plenty of action, plenty of character interaction, and again you get to feel part of the story coming out as a result of the relationship between the two anti-heroes. Someone else complained about only being able to hold two weapons- Its a refreshing change to see a game that limits the ability to carry 45 different weapons and all thier ammo- slightly more reralistic than most games in my opinion.
Sound is another great feature in the game, and if you have the equipment to appreciate the quality, then it again further enhances the effect of the gameplay.
The main story is short, and can be completed in around 4 hours, however this need not be a bad thing, as i feel that the game can get a bit repetetive, however the story helps to keep this down by changing areas and environments accordingly. It is certainly not as bad as some reveiwers have made it out to be
All in all- this title will not win any awards, however as games go its a challenging and enjoyable outing with a certain amount of replay value, especially with the online modes. As stated- not everyone will like it, and some people will go out of their way to compare it with other titles, but if you can get past the fact that this game is purely designed for entertainment- then I think you will enjoy the title.
I certainly have.