So I rented this game last night, "why not" I figured. Three hours later, into what I am told is over 1/2 of the game's length, I answered my own question. Why not? Well, fellow duders, because it's complete garbage. Typically I don't treat games that harshly... there's something for everyone, right? Silicon Knights and Activision actually had the balls to put a game in this condition out. Bugs and glitches? Think in the vein of the technical problems Fallout New Vegas had except there are no redeeming qualities to be found in the game's story or mechanics. As mentioned in another post the graphics are literally sub par, even for many budget titles. The voice acting is cringe worthy at best. Example? Gambit has a Jamaican accent. How do you screw that up?
The writing is hands downs some of the most laughable dialogue since the golden age of the PS1 era. There for a good 30 minutes I thought an entire area of NPCs were hitting on me as how they would seductively (clumsily) talk to me about my "package" (which to be fair I was holding a package...of some kind). I fell through the geometry in four completely different spots, the game would freeze on the loading screen, the game would hard lock up during game play causing me to reboot the entire console, at times all the NPCs in a scripted sequence would just stop moving and stare at me only to allow the game to freeze up after I killed everyone. I felt as if this was the game falling asleep from boredom only to jolt back awake and then freak out about what had happened during its snooze.
The writing in the game, as mentioned previously, is laughable at best. Since there are 3 characters to choose from: jock, racist, anime girl who wears a ridiculously obnoxious "hey I stand out all the time" scarf that covers half her face for no reason...you know, video game archetypes. Well, all these people are hanging out at a "Mutant/Human Lets Get Along" rally. How does the game let you know you that the one guy is a jock? Well, he's just randomly walking around a rally in the middle of SF just tossing a football in the air...you know, jock stuff. Also, the kid whose dad was a racist against mutants apparently screwed his kid up so much he made him get some sweet ink. Also, the kid still hears his dad's voice. #CharacterDevelopment
Wanna know how deep the "morality" system is?
Yup, that's right duders...it boils down to basically "Yo gambit, I'll take the bottom option". Typically this doesn't matter as you are typically fighting alongside both factions at the same time. Awesome. Just like any other game that has no real respect for your choices you can change your mind at the end of the game and completely negate everything you've done previously...mutants are fickle apparently.
Combat is nothing more than basic brawler 101: heavy punch, fast punch, and WHOA CRAZY PUNCH! To say this has anything to do with an RPG is a stretch as the "XP" system is the same as upgrading weapons in God of war. Sure you can choose which "powers to have", but they are all borderline along the same thing (at least from what I could tell from trying most of them out).
This feels bad, like "licensed movie game we had 1 year notice to make" bad. If you feel that you HAVE to play this game, at least make a drinking game out of it or something...and rent it. I feel that this is some sort of karma for Dennis Dyack in the end with his whole Too Human tirade years ago (see anytime he was ever on a 1UP podcast). This game feels as if it was supposed to be cancelled but we are in some super secret club that still gets to play those, and we also talk about each other's "feelings". I am done with the single player pretty much, but I might actually try to write a meaningful review when I'm done...I didn't ask for this.