I was pretty iffy on this game before it came out, on the surface it looks very much like a Ubisoft ripoff and why would anyone want to do that?
On a very fundamental level this game is what I feared it would be, but this game has just enough special sauce to make it special; sort of like how Blizzard is able to take an established genre and make it better in every way; this game has achieved that for the open world genre and that's equally rare and impressive.
The story was probably the biggest surprise, I knew it would have a unique setting, but the world is full of interesting characters with interesting problems you get involved in and the main story line was new and unexpected. I think that going forward open world games won't be able to rely on just that, they need to be full of life and story to be truly great.
The action in this game is very good, the shooting, exploring, everything feels and controls great. There is a nice variety in what you get to do as you progress through the story and there are many options on how you can handle most combat encounters.
This game looks fantastic, makes me wish I had a PS4 pro console.
This game is truly special and I can't recommend it enough.