Friday, October 11, 2019

Not Again!

Well the Ghost Recon Breakpoint reviews are in and, even though it's an overall better game than Wildland, it average 60% on metacritics and am I ever disappointed!

This is Wildlands reviews all over again. Wildlands was a fantastic entry into the Ghost Recon franchise that was panned by critics for be so different than its predecessor. Different isn't always bad ... the game still stood out because it wasn't a call of duty clone and I loved it for that.

Fast forward 2 years and you have the same situation with Breakpoint. A great game that reviews have basically panned and, for some of those, I feel they panned it for the wrong reasons. Especially when it comes to the following points:
  • Micro-transactions - Many reviews have said that Breakpoint had too many micro-transactions and it was possible to by-pass everything in the game with actual money. I don't understand this one since the item you buy will be scaled to the current level.There's actually no point in buying those item blueprints and cosmetics.
  • Graphics - Both the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro have 2 graphical mode and I think the reviewers have been using the wrong one. One of the mode is of a lower resolution but with more detailed assets up close. The other mode is for a higher resolution experience - this can be change when ever you want and there's a big difference between the 2.
  • No A.I. Ally - In Wildlands, you had 3 A.I. allies following you around. It was neat but they were dumb as heck and the things you could do with them was quite limited. Sure, Breakpoint doesn't have that but what exactly are we missing out on? 2-3 commands and that's pretty much it. This game begs to be played co-op.
  • Half Baked Systems - The survival elements have been panned for feeling like they were just second thought items. You can beat the game without them but he added bonuses are definitely beneficial and felt during fights.
  • "Typical Ubisoft Game" - Here is one that gets me. Some reviewers have bashed the game because it borrows too heavily on other successful games from Ubisoft. There are some elements from the likes of Assassin Creed Odyssey, The Division and the like but why is that a bad thing? Both those franchises are awesome and they simply took what worked and added it here!

Everybody is entitled to their opinion. I'm having a blast with Breakpoint hence why I'm feeling that the reviewers are just not understanding what was given to us here. This isn't a COD, or even a proper "Ghost Recon" game, but what was given is still wonderful. Let's not compare it with the past and enjoy it with what it is.
I hate the fact that so many people hated it because it means that we're going to see less of it... and that would just be a shame. My advice to you is to try it out and make your own opinion of it.

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