The backbone of this title is the story and set of stories which this game pulls off near perfectly. The villains, which are numerous are all over the top, vividly interesting, and all unique contrasts of each other. The cut scenes are amazingly well done with subtle movements and intricate animation work done that really brings Frank West (hero) mainly and near equally all the other important characters to life. There is a mystery in this game and not one but two twists if you complete the game with the "S" Ending, as well as roughly 1-2 hrs of extra story game play as an award. In itself, has lots of replay value. Not only the story should get a 9 but the gameplay a 10 for the fact you're playing 5 or so genres of game at once and they work perfectly together. You have your normal weapons ranging genres from firearms, bladed, bludgeon, novelty, gag weapons, and two handed specialty weapons but you also can combine a certain pair of them to make a fusion of abilities, for instance water gun and fire extinguisher makes a freeze gun. The replay value is vast since this game combines the best of all worlds, an fps with firearms, a beat em up with all the melee weapons, a racer with all the vehicles like dirt bikes, motor cycles, cars in the game. A simulation game since you can customize Frank's entire appearance with apparel found throughout the game. As well as an RPG allowing you to gain levels up to 50, increasing your stats, amount of items you can carry, and money carries on from your save whether you want to restart with stats midgame or endgame, there are "no" stipulations. You can gain 20 levels, restart the story at level 20 with all your existing cash, but none of your items though. I never give 10s for games because they are never "perfect", which is why I didn't give this game one, but I can't remember the last time I had this much fun. Great example of how a game storyline far surpasses theatrical releases of its genre today. Directors of movies are egotistical and will not change how he does things or how he tells the story, not desiring critiques from anyone. Game stories are a collaborative process. This is a kind of game that I'd want them to turn into a movie, but I just know the Director would want to make it "His" and screw it up, like Anderson did with the Resident Evil franchise. Bad thing about this game though, glitches, physics issues where you reload and your physics are colliding through the ground a bit causing a jittery effect, goes away as soon as you exit the room. Various other bugs which are minor, but won't go away until you reset the game. For instance you reload a game and your time clock constantly clicks and won't stop. You would have to turn off your game, and restart it, reloading won't do a thing. And if you don't believe Frank West's character looks like Dan Aykroyd from Tommy Boy you need your eyes checked.
yes: I recommend this product