In this game you are a master hacker who had one of your jobs go bad. Your family manages to get dragged into your mess and you're on a mission throughout the game to correct the wrongs/save yourself and your family.
The storyline seems simple enough at first but then gets a little wacky. I don't want to spoil the plot but let's just say there were a few too many curveballs. For people who don't play every day, it can be easy to forget the storyline or characters that were introduced the last time that you played.
You basically have to use 3 things to beat this game: driving, shooting, and hacking.
Driving: IMO, the driving in this game is really frustrating. I don't game much so I can't compare it to other games, but the fast cars have almost zero steering handling. Nearly impossible to control (atleast for me) when I'm chasing or running from enemies.
Shooting: You have a large selection of firearms to choose from plus some explosives. I had to engage in far more combat missions than I anticipated for this game but I loved them! I played the game on "Normal" mode and still found the battles to be very challenging. You can't simply aim, shoot, and kill the enemy. Guns recoil, targets move, shoot back, call for backup, etc. In many missions you come under HEAVY fire. Enemies don't go down easy, The shootouts are the best part of this game.
Hacking: This was the reason that I bought the game. The hacking may be the easiest part of the entire game. I wish the game provided more of a challenge in the hacking/puzzle solving part of the game but I understand they have to appeal to a broad audience who are probably not computer geeks like myself.
I didn't even explore the online world, but I do know that I was hacked by online players a few times in the game. I disabled that feature. There are a lot of side missions that you can play too. So you're not just stuck to the storyline.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars because it managed to keep my attention and I have a very short attention span. It has a little bit of everything in it. Something for the people who like cars. Something for the people that like really in-depth story lines. Something for the people who like mystery or solving puzzles. It covers alot. A very good buy, especially for the price.
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