- Dec 28, 2017
Scored a copy early. I’m about 5-6 hours into the game on PS4 Pro in the US. Game received update 1.02 today which has improved overall performance.
Overall the game is fun. Combat is basically Doom 2016 combined with what Avalanche did with Mad Max. Doom definitely has the upper hand due to more iconic enemies and vistas but R2 has a great upgrade loop similar to Crackdown. However, R2 sadly does not deliver on its color palette used heavily in its marketing. Lots of tan, orange and purple that does not pop like advertised.
FPS combat improves once you’ve discovered a few Arks granting Ranger powers and weapons. There is a ton to do on the map. On top of that, there is a shitload of upgrades and enhancements for your Ranger and vehicles that you can customize as you progress. Even better, it looks as if most of the map is open from the start.
Visually it looks best during the 3rd person vehicle segments. Vehicles handle what you’d expect from a bulky post-apocalyptic car, but draw distance and random encounters combine for great visuals while driving across the map.
Overall I’d say the game is an 8. Biggest draw-backs being uninspired characters, narrative and performance issues(which might be fixed by launch.) On the plus side, combat is a blast once you’ve got multiple Ranger abilities and an upgrade vehicle.
Heavily recommended for fans of Doom 2016. It takes a few hours to become frenetic, but the few hours of upgrading is worth it. I think this is the best thing Avalanche has produced since JC2. Especially as an open world game with combat from Doom 2016.
Thank you, folks
No idea on length, but apparently the PS4 Pro version may have performance issues pre-patch. Also console versions have an FOV slider.
Not my cup of tea unfortunately. The game looks great but i just find it hard to be invested if I don't care about the characters or why they are doing what they are doing.
Yeah, I get that. It looks to be great, mindless fun though after replaying something as story-heavy as Red Dead Redemption.
No, unfortunately. Might be something they'll patch in at a later date, though.