Honestly, I don't know why so many people who liked the second game are disappointed with this one. They didn't dumb it down anymore than they already did in 2. My only gripe is that the story is a little over the top. There's really no down time at all. Everything is high stakes and every mission is crucial. Plus the way they hyped up the reapers in the past games it seems like they should have destroyed all life within minutes after their arrival but you have plenty of time to build an army and plan how to take them on.