I dont see light at the end of this boring tunnel.
Ok, this series have long history being one of the earliest game that my old PC couldnt run properly (think like crysis in 2010) that have some nice light effect and realistic gameplay.
I will review this game as game that you play at current year, playing the "redux" version which I assume some sort of remastered version that designed to run on modern OS. As casual I am, I just play the normal difficulty game which I assume affect how hard the game will be and how immersive it will be (seem like there should be HUD-less option). Anyway, my praise for the game is limited. The artstyle is was I considered in dark gritty & ugly side. We move from a level to another level in linear fashion. Only the small town where you can restock / buy weapon is what considered good points of this game.
Gameplay, I have so many issue with it. It can separate to 2 major section between stealth & large scale battle. For stealth, the human opponent is laughable. You can use the OP knife or silenced pistol to snipe most of them. Once they realized they under attack, they will panic like chicken. As for monster fights, my god most of them are bullet sponge. Even sometimes 2 shots from point blank at weak points isnt enough to kill them, make them feel inconsistent. Worse parts are you need to juggle between your filter for your mask, your medical kit as well as reload weapon at snail pace while being surrounded by 5 or monsters at same times.
Perhaps the game was ok back in 2013, but personally I rather player many other single player game. The story is there, but I pretty much dont care about it. The sad part it is hard to get good ending, and "my story ending" will be retconned in the next game. Even I got the game for free, even when I forced myself to play this game, at the end my only feeling was .... meh.