Finally, a good game.
All this emphasis on in depth story telling, cinematics, more grounding, more realism, more grittiness, is all well and good but its nice to have a game like this where they go out of their way to give you every possible excuse to cut loose and do ridiculous stuff.
This game takes full advantage of it's premise of being in a simulation. To fight back against the people who put you there, its your sacred duty to do all the stuff you like to do in GTA-type games, crashing cars, killing people, hacking, stealing, causing mayhem, you must do these things because its going to help you beat a bunch of aliens. Its a stretch at best if you really want to think about it, but do you really want to think about it? Probably not.
On top of this, as the game goes, you get a boatload of superpowers, space ships, mecha, a gun that shoots blackholes, because why not? And of course, the Dubstep gun. A gun that makes everybody start dancing to the beat. I'm probably a quarter of the way through this game and they just keep taking advantage of the premise to give your President Superpimp more toys to play with and more ways to play with them. My character is a sexy Marilyn Monroe style blonde bombshell with the voice of Nolan North (Thats right, they don't even make you match the voice with an appropriate body, this is all about the fun). I'm not even the sort of person who normally enjoys kicking grandma's in GTA type games but they do such a good job in the beginning of this game of introducing the tone and the characters that I've now kicked my share. Every last thing about this game says "Cut loose. We sure as hell did."
I haven't played the previous games and I don't care to. In the first five minutes, this game told me what I needed to know. When a mob boss turns President of the United States and drafts a bill titled the "Fuck Cancer" bill, you know what you're in for.