I've beaten it. Its really good. The ending kinda lags a bit but the replay value is a 7 out of 10. It would have been nice to have more trophies for other random stuff like 'Burn outs' 'Donuts' and 'Perfect Drifting'. I definitely hope for and cannot wait for a sequel. SE said that if sales are good and fans love the game alot they'll definitely work on a sequel. I hope the sequel takes us back to America in San Francisco where Wei's old friend from the academy was killed by a triad family. So its up to Wei to travel back to the states and once again go undercover, and go from the sleek neon streets of Chinatown to the mountainous hills of San Francisco [typical action film car stunts anyone?] to find his friend's killer. Also with new features like checking email, social network account, a dating sim system, mini-games. I know this sounds a bit like Yakuza but what if a GTA-style could have these things perfectly done. Blu-ray discs can hold a ton of shit and I haven't seen anything surpass it's power yet.
Holy shit, I loved it. The last hour was fucking awesome, though I do wish we could have been involved with the last bust with a couple missions instead of cutscenes. I finally found the last statute, and the final attack is straight up Wing Chun ass kickery! Buying up lots of clothes and so many are allusions to other Asian media. I swear the brown jacket and blue jeans sold by one vendor are a recreation of Japanese Ryu from Shenmue, while others are Jackie Chan from Rumble in the Bronx, or Bruce Lee's Chen Zhen. I want to replay every mission now in those outfits.
I definitely hope there's a sequel, but I'd rather it stay in Hong Kong. So many of the places felt like the real city, but there could be a lot more referees in a sequel if they fleshed out the details and size; there are so many landmarks, they could rebuild the in-game city with different features and it could be completely different with nothing recycled. There are so many more movies to pay homage to, a sequel is almost required!
I'd appreciate if they improved upon the sandbox elements - possibly allowing many of them to be randomized and repeatable for extended play. If they make it their goal to craft a sequel with another HK Cinema-inspired story, but weave more direct HK Cinema references into the gameplay, I think it would be fantastic. Add more animations to allow for grander boss fights and simultaneous 2-on-1 battles, and the mission structure could be less formulaic simply because the combat gameplay would be more intrinsically enjoyable.
I only think of all that because I loved what I played so much, I want more. If I didn't like the game, I'd not even care about what would go into a sequel.
Not getting into specifics because I'm too buzzed at the moment to do so without obvious spoilers. No wait, actually I will because that's enough empty text to fill the sidebar.
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I damn near jumped up and cheered when Wei started moving around normally again after the torture scene. Hooooly shit. Obvious Casino Royale reference there but they evolved it so well. As far as Jackie getting killed, it was blatantly fucking obvious how that was going to play out. I was surprised when he turned up alive during the burial sequence.
Best part of this game's narrative is the after mission reports, available on your cell phone. Don't miss those. They tell more story than the cutscenes. Some people might call the approach lazy but god damn it, I like it when games give me something to read.
My only disappointment was that you can't play the dating scenes over again from the pause menu. I'm curious to see what difference the Lady Killer outfit makes with Emma Stone's dialogue. Yeah, go ahead and laugh, but this interests me for some odd reason, and not the one you might think.
I wonder about Hollywood politics as applied to vidja games. Now that I think about it, I wouldn't be surprised if they toned the whole mechanic down solely due to her involvement. There are no real sex scenes. You just kind of hear them talking about sex if you have the right clothes equipped.
I actually expected Jackie to be an informant after the beach scene, set to spy against you after your ties were cut by Pendrew. I was hoping they'd play up the discarded identity bit when cutting off an agent, pulling in the tension of Infernal Affairs, but that didn't get really touched. The torture scene and tea house were pretty fucking awesome, though.
Dude, I carried Tong's knife with me for a ridiculously long time after that. Right through the gunfights and everything. I felt like I earned it. Wei wearing his clothes afterwards was an especially nice touch.
For anyone interested, the 360 version and PS3 version seem to have the same performance of framerate and population density, but the 360 has better shadowing, textures, and detailed draw distances. I think the ambient, colored, neon lights seem to glow better on the PS3, though.