But I say Universe should be even bigger than HR and that we should be able to visit more areas around a cyberpunk globe! As long as there is a decent amount of interesting side quests and game time isn't artificially padded out by hunting down meaningless collectibles.
From what I've heard, Invisible War merged all endings of the first game so each ending has an impact. But if the next game takes place after HR and before DX I doubt that each ending to HR can be merged, ha.
Yeah, I remember getting lost in Hengsha too with all that verticality and jumping around the rooftops and whatnot. At least the game had a map so getting lost wasn't too big of a deal. And getting lost made me feel more immersed in the game's environment.
I was playing some Murdered: Soul Suspect the other day and while there wasn't much to do in Salem (and it was a fairly small area to walk around) I still got lost because there was no in-game map! Hunting for collectibles became even more of a chore than it should've been. Every game with a mini-sandbox or full on open world should include a map so you can orient yourself.
I also bought Invisible War on Steam but I decided later that I wanted a hard copy so I also found it for the original Xbox. Haven't played either version yet, ha ha. I might as well look for The Conspiracy on PS2 too.
The "canonical" ending to HR isn't very clear to me but I'd say destroying Panchea fits the most as characters like Taggert and Sarif aren't present in the first game. But HR and the first game are 25 years apart (storywise), so anything could happen. Each game in the series has had a different protagonist so far. As long as the next game doesn't give a clear answer to the ending from a previous game I'll be happy and my mind can continue to wander.
I ultimately want progress but everyone has a different definition of what is actual progression. The way humans interact with technology has changed greatly in the last 20 years, and in another 20 things can probably be very different from the way they are now. You see three year olds begging their parents for the tablet/phone to play games on when you go grocery shopping. People are starting to walk around with Google Glass...and they're being discriminated against.
If I was in Jensen's shoes I would've just destroyed Panchea, although the other three choices had decent reasoning. I'm just glad I live in a time where I don't have the power to make such a decision.