Reply 3940 of 4149, by newtmonkey
Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory
This is probably the worst game I've ever spent time with, outside of clearly broken stuff. It is barely an RPG, and instead is just an ultra-linear, annoying, real-time squad shooter with no strategy or tactics.
The game constantly wastes your time. Dialog goes on and on and gives you the illusion of choice, but 99% of the options have no effect whatsoever. The game tells you that disobeying a superior is an act of treason, but you can back-talk superiors all day and nothing happens. The game is a PC-only release, but dialog is tediously displayed one sentence at a time (as though it were a console game meant to be played on a living room TV), and the game actually slowly types the text on the screen; in effect, you need to click twice on every single sentence to advance dialog.
The game has no manual saving, and instead autosaves every time you sleep in between missions. If you fail a mission, you have to reload from this point, which means you need to walk slowly over to the computer to get your mission (and double-click through every sentence), walk slowly to a vending machine to get your mission loadout, walk slowly over to R&D to get whatever gadget that want you to test (and double-click through every sentence), walk slowly over to the tram to head to the mission area, and then redistribute consumables between team members since the game will just load a single member with all the healing items. If you fail again (certainly possible thanks to severe path-finding issues), you need to do all of that all over again, plus of course redo whatever parts of the mission you did before dying.
You can instead choose to generate a new clone, but you only have a limited supply of these and can't rely too much on them.
I got to mission 4 and could not take it anymore. Four missions of walking through boring corridors shooting either robots or people in boring real-time combat. It's a dungeon crawler.
I dunno if it's just because I'm playing this after Paranoia, but I'm liking this tablet to PC port. It's an RPG with real-time combat, with some decent exploration. It's not amazing, but it's competent.