I’ve decided to skip over obvious remarks on graphics and decided not to speak of the music element either because the radio’s in this game are a pretty far range in musical taste.
If you don’t mind repetition then this game should be very enjoyable for you.
Gameplay: Repetitive, gets old pretty quick, constantly having to stock up on ammo and reusing bullet proof vests may get annoying for some, but it’s pretty cheap to use so it doesn’t really matter, and you can get ammo for free if you know where to look.
Cover system was a good idea but had terrible implementation; the game requires a bit too much precision and you’ll have to think quickly in most gun fights otherwise you’ll get a bullet to the head and red health very, very quickly. Not fun.
The friendship system is repetitive, boring, not exactly great as people always call or text and whine about hanging out, the dating makes it worse.
It’s not annoying to the point of it being excruciatingly frustrating but it’s always present and may serve as an annoyance to put-up with throughout the entire game.
The “Kill or Ditch” people feature was interesting, I enjoyed the moral questions and some of the characters.
Story: It was okay, not exactly one with overflowing substance, but it was there, and it was quite good for what it presented. Lots of fun moments and epic scenes, plenty to keep the player interested in. The ending was enjoyable.
There is a lot to explore, especially later when you can explore the whole city and don’t have to deal with the asinine police road blocks. Material like the comedy club or TV are an enjoyable watch for a little bit of time, listening to the radio and driving aimlessly was the most enjoyable leisure activity in the game.
The shoot outs were the most fun aspect of this game for me. Chase missions occurred too often, were annoying, and just seemed to drag the game to a longer time to artificially lengthen the gameplay. I despised the car chases. The boat chases were more fun but car chases…ugh, the game has a lot and you need to learn to get good quickly or get a fast car and learn to drive well enough so it doesn’t blow-up before completing the mission assigned to you.
Overall, good game, I recommend it, fun if you want to play a game with a decent story.