Played it last night.
Very mixed feelings on it and with it launching next month I'm not so sure that's a good thing.
Only played for 90mins but that was long enough.
The missions seem to give you a false sense of openness. Yes you can approach from any angle and go in guns blazing or take the stealth approach but there is no reward for choosing one over the other. So you might as well just say "fuck it" and roll in like Rambo.
It would have been cool if the compounds had been set up in a risk/reward fashion. Example, entering from one area allows you to bypass a large number of guards but you have to contend with security cameras or sensors. Or taking out alarms would make it so no back-up could arrive or at least be delayed.
The vehicles handled like ass. Oh my god. Not only that but the physics were awful. My 4x4 was like a damn pinball bouncing off of buildings while causing no damage to said building or to my vehicle.
I had a real hard time adjusting to the shooting. The game is presented in a 3rd person view until you aim down the sights and then it snaps to a FPS view. It's jarring and I could not get used to it. They would do them selves some favors by just sticking with the 3rd person view.
Aside from that though the controls were tight when moving my character around.
This game really seems like it will suffer if not played as a co-op game. The AI on all accounts is pretty awful. Both friendly or enemy. Friendly AI was serviceable at best. They sure as shit didn't draw enemy fire as I felt like I was the only one being targeted. I never felt like I was any kind of danger even when I had multiple bad guys pouring out of buildings and running at me. It just made it feel like the best way to play the game is to forgo the stealth and just light shit up. The bad guys either just stood their ground and fired or just ran around in circles as if they didn't know where to go. I could almost hear Yackety Sax being played.
The visuals are pretty damn great. The jungles and villages are pretty lush as are the player models. But the vehicles felt oddly out of place. They looked very.....unreal? Not only that but some didn't seem to fit the setting. It felt weird seeing a high end sports car in a run down village.
The "Boss" videos are awesome and the overall idea for the game is well thought out. I love the setting. Reminds me a lot of early Clancy. The movie Clear and Present Danger comes to mind. The only problem with that is it made me want this to be more of a stealth based game with some action mixed in. I understand that would be a hard sell for most people but at times the action is so bombastic it felt out of place for a Clancy title.
By comparison The Division is a pretty action packed title but it does a great job of giving it to you in doses or at least contains it and puts some limits on it never allowing it to get other worldly crazy.
Overall I feel like there is a good foundation in place but not in the right places as far as making me want to return to the game. I love the setting and feel of the game but I'm not sure the actual gameplay will have much longevity.
I think I'll wait a few weeks after the final build and see what is patched and added before I make my decision. Not only that but I'll wait and see if I have friends still playing it.