OK, I’ve finally gotten some hours into virtual gangsta life on the 360. To be honest, I got a little bored with multiplayer at E3 — there’s something about 3rd person, non-robotic multiplayer that just doesn’t hold my interest. Perhaps I don’lt like actually SEEING a bunch of people running around shooting each other at random. True, Stilwater makes for a very interesting battlefield and there’s something to be said about getting into a car and driving around in a multiplayer universe — but I guess it’s just not me.
OK, we all know it’s a GTA-style game. Anyone who denies that is simply blind. The big question is how does it set itself apart?
Well, there’s the character creation, which I think is a good start. It reminds me somewhat of what the Tiger Woods games did, enabling you to produce a fully customized person, tailored either to look like you or whatever odd self-image you can come up with. So there’s a plus — a fully customized G for you to represent with.
The fighting controls are a little annoying. Right trigger for right punch, then left trigger to use the left hand? Physically, it makes sense, but in a game, it turned melee into a little bit of a chore — I should keep in mind though, I’m still spoiled off “Dead Rising” and the wunderkind hand-to-hand power of “journalist” Frank West. Perhaps I just need practice. We’ll see.