I am another who watched the reviews carefully & was pretty hopeful about this game prior to its release. Upon hearing the reviews, I decided not to buy at least until the price dropped. With a coupon & some store credit I managed to pay nothing for this game whatsoever & I can say with confidence its the best nothing I ever spent.
Now I will not say that it is without flaws. The graphics, sound, script as well as some game mechanics & random bugs do test patience. My opinion is that these issues while concerning, do not make a good game; they simply make a good game better. Could AP have been done better? Im almost sure it could have been & should have been. Did it deserve a 6.5/10? Definitely not. My opinion, worthless as it is, holds that AC: Brotherhood was the best game Ive ever played, I would rate it at 9.7/10. I would easily give AP a 7.6/10. It does take some patience to get into but once you do, youre hooked.
Someone on the previous page wrote something to the effect of, sega would rather push a game out the door rather than wait another 6 months to release the game of the year. I think this sentence completely describes my feelings about this game better than I could have said it myself. Mass effect 2 got incredible reviews & the core game that was released wasnt nearly as immersive as AP was. The biggest difference between the two that I see, is polish.
Another person said theres not really a market for games like this. Id have to disagree there as well. Any metal gear solid fan who played AP for an hour would be hooked. If AP were about wizards & dragons etc. I can tell you that it wouldve been lost in the crowd from the 1st bad review.
To sum up for any potential buyers reading, I would have to say that this is a really great game IF you have the interest in the espionage genre & patience enough to give it a chance. If you can get it for under $30, Id recommend it 100%. The reviews were not entirely accurate however do not purchase this game expecting metal gear solid 5.
All that said, Id absolutely love to see a sequel. There have been countless games waaaaaaay worse than AP that have released sequels that have outsold the original release. Im not famaliar with the makers of the castlevania series but Ill bet they would swear to this fact. But please....for the love of Christ....do NOT give us another unfinished product with this kind of potential again. Id honestly would have rathered AP to have been terrible from moment 1 on to the finish than the game that we have: limitless potential rushed out the door meeting the minimum standard. This way I wouldnt have to wonder everytime I start a new playthru (at number 4) how great of a game this ALMOST was.
I agree, mostly, with the above. Obviously I enjoy this game but, as a fan, I can still see the flaws. This is a game that I had followed from preview to preview and was getting increasingly excited about. But, suddenly, the previews stopped and the reviews were difficult to track down. From having an almost weekly/monthy coverage the game seemed to drop out of the publics eye-something that is never good. This alone lends weight to the theory that the developers responsible, be it Obsidian or Sega, knew they had botched what was once one of the most promising, exciting and original games of this gen. Criminally, a game like this had begged to be made for the last few years. An espionage rpg? Hell yes! Now, don't get me wrong, as I've stated many times in this thread I still enjoy the game. But. But what if? If the rumours of Obisidan Heads meddling and disgruntled developers are true then its such a pity ego gets in the way of art. A sequel will never happen. They haven't released a single patch/DLC. The option for it isn't even there on the menu. This indicates they (Obsidian) either were aware that people would be less than impressed or they never intended to give the game the full backing it deserved once finished. Such a shame for such a prospect....