How this game got so badly slated is unfathomable to me. I've put around three and a half hours in so far and assume I'm around half way through. So that is the first valid criticism. It may (can't say until I finish it) be relatively short.
But how it was labelled a "quick time" or "point and click" rip off by reviewers, I'm at a total loss to understand. The first 45 minutes to an hour are indeed very slow, in action terms. But what it does is interlace the training and control prompts, with telling you the back story. Important with a new IP I would posit.
At times, the frame does feel like it stutters, barely noticeablely, and the controls can feel a little clunky when running through levels and their numerous obstacles.
But all of that pales into insignificance with such a beautifully well made game as this. It's stunning. Walk around the highly detailed, beautifully rendered town and look into the shop windows. Focus on the reflections of the world behind you. It's phenomenal. You really wouldn't believe it was being squeezed from the innards of your PS4. The synchronisation between facial expression and speech is the stuff of the future. All games should strive for this; it's extremely immersive. The score compliments the visuals perfectly and really sets the tone of what is without doubt intended as a filmic adventure title. You could only possibly feel cheated if you believed this was going to be an out and out shooter. It isn't. What it is, is an adventure stroke cover shooter (and a very good cover shooter in my opinion) wrapped in a deep and fascinating narrative that needs to be explored.
I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it last night, and the only possible disappointment could be an abrupt and early ending. This game definitely, unarguably in fact, deserves acknowledgement. If it's all over too quickly, I'll only be more angry that the ridiculous over-hype by a new generation of bedroom bourne games "journalists" and there self perceived entitlement, means there doesn't seem to be the intent to develop the IP further.
Anyway, if you open your mind and embrace the story telling at the beginning, and don't expect a BF or CoD run and gun fest, you can play what is the best looking video game I've ever seen, for roughly 12 quid from the PS Store.
The end of my video shows a couple of the "quick time events" that seemed to rile everybody so much. I don't understand why. They seem standard video game fare to me. For just over a tenner, you'd be daft not to try it and form your own opinion. And seriously, don't forget to look in those shop windows.
Nelly giving the orders 1886...