Wow, I came into this demo with no expectations and I’ve been thoroughly insulted and disappointed. I’m going to ignore the fact that I wanted the original Overstrike and the fact that this is an EA game for a bit to write this.
Let’s start with the fact that it requires a separate online service that I have no interest in, to play this game online. I don’t care if other games do it. It’s inconvenient, it’s gaudy, and it’s in poor taste.
Booting up the game, I’m treated to a boring monologue about the game’s story. I would have preferred a cutscene or even scrolling text. I was fairly interested in the game’s story, until that bit.
The tutorial screens are about as annoying and intrusive as internet pop-ups. They are also twice as vapid and has the wonderful bonus of treating you like a drooling imbecile. “You should avoid enemy fire” it says before my first gunfight.
The controls feel loose, and since the game’s release date is around the corner I don’t expect them to get any tighter. I’m used to playing games like Gears and even Ratchet. It’s weird for Insomniac with their pedigree to let this slide.
This has come to my attention:
“Exp farming is too easy. the most common way is to use Dalton and set up shield then switch to Naya, take cover on the shield and Blackhole chain everyone, her bullets can pass through the shield and add fuse combo exp. also this game should be played on hard mode from the start since enemies on normal die to quickly before you can even set up a decent fuse combo.
>the game is easier on hard mode”
Yeaaaaaah…expect a day 1, 2, 3, 400th patch for this and many other possible issues to be found. Also, why are headshots WORTH LESS than a normal kill. What. The. FUCK?!
Enemies spawn in droves from obvious enemy closets. Also, every single enemy is a bullet sponge. This creates a cycle of shooting galleries that might outdo Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 in being both boring AND tedious.
The humor and the new style DO NOT MIX. How do you change the art style and tone of the original game, yet retain the humor style? It’s like mixing potato salad and sand. It just doesn’t work. The thing about the “Awesome glasses”? Not funny, actually it manages to be even less funny than Borderlands and it’s sequel.
And speaking of art style, can this game get anymore grey? I think it accomplished the herculean effort of being more grey than Gears of Fucking War. Pause, and process this statement.
Speaking of style, the health bars don’t belong either. It juxtaposes pretty badly with the grittier art style and setting.
Then there are the pre-order bonuses. Why is “Increased Damage” a pre-order bonus? Come on.
I actually have quite a bit more to say, but I think this sums my opinions up pretty nicely. Hope you guys have more fun with it than I did.