- May 6, 2019
Here is my short summary of the game:
- I've finished the game in about 27 hours. Shorter than I expected, and much shorter than their 170 hours claim. Of course I didn't do all the optional activities. But I only left one main character arc hanging halfway through, I think I've exhausted all others.
You didn't touch the vast majority of the game if you "completed it" in under 27 hours. The fact is, a full completion of the game takes longer than that. You also can't get some endings (there are six) doing it the way you did.
- Bug wise it wasn't that bad, I didn't get any game breaking bugs - No I'm not saying they don't exist, I just got lucky, as I've encountered one literally 10 minutes into a new game while I was trying another origin story.
There are a lot of bugs in the game. I've had only a couple of quests with issues, but there are countless visual bugs. You didn't catch the vast majority of the visual glitches and other issues if you only played the game for 27 hours.
- Plenty of other bugs however, but they were far from ruining the experience, the game was enjoyable as is.
This, I would agree with. The fact of the matter is that despite the issues, they weren't show stoppers and I've enjoyed the game thoroughly in spite of the technical issues.
- I don't have much to complain about performance. 2080ti, 3700x 64GB (but you are more than fine with 32 possibly even 16). Played at 3840x1600 everything at ultra, DLSS - Quality, usually averaging about 45 fps, I expected worse.
This is in line with what I've experienced. I have an overclocked RTX 2080 Ti, 64GB of RAM and a 3950X. I run the game at 3440x1440 and get roughly the same FPS. It does shoot upwards to around 55FPS indoors, but typically sits at 45FPS on average.
- The FPS is pretty consistent, I know it might sound stupid to say but the game feels well optimized on the PC. The bugs I've seen are all asset and ui related
For the most part, yes.
- I think this game is meant to be played in HDR and with RT, if you aren't you are missing out. It looks stunning this way.
- The first few hours of the game I did not enjoy that much, it was a bit of a letdown.
I couldn't disagree more, but this is entirely subjective territory. I will say that repeating the initial "heist" section on subsequent plays would be potentially tiring. The vast majority of the city isn't open to you until this is completed.
- The best side missions only reveal themselves late in the game, almost at the point of no return. But some of them were really great. Too bad doing side gigs clashes with the narrative urgency of the game, so I did them sparingly.
Untrue, you can do these in any order provided you have sufficient gear or are careful / good enough to get through them.
- I fully expected to be able to continue side missions after finishing the main story. Sadly that is not the case, when the game ends all you get is the main menu. Of course you can reload your last save before the point of no return but that's just not the same. This is probably the biggest letdown of the game to me. IDK how will the expansions work then? They'll tie into the middle of the game further contradicting the urgency of the main story? But that's a question for another day.
It makes sense from a narrative perspective given the game's various endings. In some of them, continuation wouldn't be possible given the outcomes of those endings. You can load your previous open world checkpoint and the rewards earned during the ending are transferred back to your inventory. Well, the iconic ones anyway.
- I've seen 4 of the possible endings, and hated all of them so much that it killed my determination for a second playthrough.
I understand this. However, I disagree with you. I like a couple of them.
I want to try the remaining 1 or 2 endings and the origin stories before writing a full review.
Origin stories don't make much of a difference from what I can tell. You do get some slightly different dialog choices but for the most part its not a big deal.