Recently I got both Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2. As per all the hype, I installed and tried AC first. It was pretty good; I played through the tut and intro stuff in one long sitting. But then I installed Vegas 2, and that was the end of Assassin’s Creed (and its wierdo sci-fi Lemarkian evolution memory chamber crap). Vegas is TEH awesome, make no mistake.
Now, I am an old hand at R6 games – I have played them all (starting with the original R6 demo, oh lord). Vegas 2 has all the nice playability, tons of guns, etc which we are all used to. What is new is the “unlock weapons and camo and armor and color of your clothes” stuff. Yes, color of your clothes. You see, Vegas 2 is pretty much The Sims 2 with killing:
Here is my guy. I spent ages choosing just the right bone structure, colors and camo patterns to make him look like a big badass. I even chose his beard (the beard adds a lot of badass). And then, depending on the mission (if it is a formal evening affair, for instance), I may choose to spend another 25 minutes choosing just the right thing to wear:
I should point out that none of this makes any difference to the game. The AI doesn’t have more trouble seeing you if you have the correct camo, and as I play single-player only, I am the only one who knows what my guy looks like (in Vegas 2, the game has a first person view, but when in cover mode, you can see your guy in third person view). So, as much as I hate to admit it, Vegas 2 is effectively just this:
I must say, it is slightly disturbing that the way to unlock more fashion options in the game is to repeatedly kill people – a lot of people. Whatever, I am off on a terrorist hunt so I can unlock the flecktarn camo – my guy’s cargo pants would look so good in flecktarn camo…