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In other words, more of the same but more of it, and if you liked the last one, you'll like this too?
Oh, one more thing I'm liking about JC 4's progression: you can now undertake or trigger a majority of the missions throughout Solis pretty much anytime you want. Some are obviously still scripted to only appear after certain plot events or player progression, but many of them now have a more natural flow. The other exception to this rule are the three major weather control facilities you need to destroy before tackling Project Illapa (the endgame fortress) itself, but even that's kinda semi-open since those prior missions require you to collect certain items, vehicles and/or tech, or destroy key parts of the enemy infrastructure to successfully accomplish the mission.
So I'm blitzing through JC 3 and loving it now I have the hang of the wing suit. Hate the trials, natch. The rest of it is just good fun - Far Cry without the weird moralising a Kafkaesque / Lynchian weirdness.
A few of the reviews for JC 4 are they've basically just done JC 3 with shinier toys. Stripped the JC 2 stuff further. So, no C4?
And apparently a lot of UI complaints as well. Steam is showing Negative right now. Worth picking up or waiting for a sale? I watched the vid and whilst I usually trust the guy, RPS railed on it and a few of the other sites are lukewarm.
Eh, I'll wait for a price drop and more DLC to buy it. I'm not in a hurry with games at the moment.
Looks like I'll have to take back my previous assessment.
I was wrong about the map frontlines; you're far more limited than in JC 3 since now not only do you need the territory to be adjacent to a frontline you control, but you'll need to complete a specific mission within that territory to even make it conquerable in the first place. Add in how the mountain range surrounding Project Illapa can only be approached from the north or west, and you've essentially a path that clearly intends for you to pass through either the southern plains or northwest desert first (with the southern approach being far easier).
And sadly, I'll also have to concur with all of the complaints about glitches and advisories to wait until a few months pass to solve the issue. For some reason, this game has MORE bugs than JC 3 did during its launch, and many of these issues are far more annoying and have a direct impact on your gameplay, even down to random crashes whenever booting up the game or waiting on a loading screen - something JC 3 lacked. A part of me suspects it might have to do with how they got JC 4 to be more optimized and run more easily on most machines; it would certainly explain why the game feels like certain parts of JC 3's engine was cut out, especially the water, more detailed physics, and graphical quality overall. Seriously, apparently they forgot to apply anti-ailiasing during pre-rendered cutscenes... and yeah, hair apparently ain't Avalanche's speciality since everybody has this bizarre overly reflective sheen.
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