I saw a video essay about Red Dead 2 and how the main complaint for rockstar games as of late were that the missions were set up “you need to do step 1,2, and 3, in order to get to step 4”. In the essay it got me thinking, what happened to Mercenaries?
I remember the days of playing Mercenaries where the Mission was “Destroy the enemy base”. I would go in the first time and get absolutely destroyed. Five attempts later I would grab a helicopter big enough to pick up a tank, drop it at the entrance and then destroy said base.
I miss open world games where you could do a mission your way, rather than the way the game tells you.