I’ve been playing the game for roughly 19 hours now, and have since left the archipelago section. My first impression of the game was GREAT. The enemy design, the AI of the enemies, the feel of combat, all way above my expectations. When I saw the full map, I was blown away, and ready to discover it all.
After leaving archipelago, I was discussing the game on the discord, and unfortunately, I found out, that I had found nearly all the available weapon types already. In the start of the game. There are still better quality weapons to find, legendary, experimental versions, but to me, that is not enough.
I expected the new, big new part of the map, to be the “main game” so to say, and have a lot of new weapons to try out, a lot of new enemies, and generally have the “meat of the game”. But learning that I had discovered most weapons types already, killed my motivation to move on.
Another issue I personally had, was the gameplay loop. After a while, running from town to town, looting ammo boxes and cars, and shooting the occassional robot, started feeling a bit repetitive. The gameplay loop was never broken, by say, a random event, or some non-liniar, non-static gameplay feature. I looked on the map, and the 90% I had left to explore, felt like a chore. I had already done it all (not literally). But I had experienced the gameplay loop almost fully already.
It reminded me of a problem I had, with Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain. Walking from outpost to outpost, long distances, with nothing to do in between. Too much empty space, void of any “side activity”.
Pair that with having not many new weapons to try out, besides better version of what I had already tried, I just didnt see the point.
I do not want it to sound like I hate the game, because the 19 hours Ive played, had been pretty entertaining. And Im impressed with a lot of the game. I’m just a bit frustrated the game, after this point, did not live up to my expectations. I wanted to put hundreds of hours into this game like others have. Support the game long term. But I just dont know how I could, based on the criticisms I have.
I plan on keeping an eye on the game, follow its progress. Read updates and wait for the right time to come back, and experience the rest of the game. But for now, I dont think the game has enough to offer me personally.
Thanks for reading, and honestly, major respect to the developers for having made such high quality features for this game. The sound design, AI, enemy design, the list goes on; Is way above what I had anticipated. I sincerily hope this game keeps evolving, and becomes a continued success.