I love it. I’m more than willing to ignore the few minor quibbles I have (I miss Jesper, I don’t like 47’s more youthful and lanky appearance, inability to grab human shields, etc) because they brought back the trial and error method to game play.
You CAN play this game almost however you want to and aside from the leaderboards, there is no punishment for going off script.
One of my favorite moments so far was when I somehow managed to miss Dahlia Margolis with the chandelier during the auction, so I just threw a kitchen knife at her, dodged gunfire on my way to the balcony, jumped over the railing with bullets impacting all around me, slid down a pipe to the ground and sneaked around the parking area to the exit. It wasn’t clean but man it was an awesome exit.
I haven’t had moments like that in a game since Blood Money.
And quite honestly, this game is superior to Blood Money in most ways. And prior to playing the new game, I was convinced that Blood Money was lightning in a bottle, unable to be replicated. But by god they did it, and they made it better in so many ways.
I love this game, it is a true and worthy successor to Blood Money, and now that IOI has full creative control I am beyond excited to see what Season 2 may bring.