Posted 23 January 2007 - 02:52 PM
So once I downloaded the demo (about an hour) I drove about a bit, shot some baddies and some civilians, nicked some cars, climbed some building and then turned it off. I found it pretty unremarkable reallyÖ it's like a cross between Grand Theft Auto Vice City and Spider-Man 2 The Game Of The Movie.
BUT on the plus side it runs extremely well. You can also drive extremely fast in some of the cars and there is no pop in, or judder. Loading times are also extremely short. Although the graphics are not mind-blowing I think the game has a nice style. It seems ever so slightly cell-shaded and gives off a comic book look. I donít think you can really appreciate its look unless you see the game in motion.
The one feature that could be this games saving grace is that you can play Co-Op via XBL. I am not sure as to what that means but I imagine a two player drive by, which in my mind seems fun. I think it also has a races across town and death matches too.
If you really like this sort of game then no doubt you will like this. As for meÖ I think I will just wait for GTA4 as it seems to be the only one I enjoy.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 04:27 PM
Graphics are fantastic, co op is silky smooth and really gives you a feeling of power as you level up and can kick cars/people, scale buildings and throw stuff around. This has become and must buy for me.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 10:54 PM
Posted 23 January 2007 - 10:58 PM
All the adverts going on about HD gaming and Jumping In to the next gen, and we end up with matchstick men (with guns) and matchstick cats and dogs.
Might change my opinion when I play it.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 11:25 PM
as Kong mentions, although the game's poor in terms of art direction and general face value, in motion it's very impressive - a solid, fast framerate in most situations, and the slight cel'd look of it makes it look fantastic (although I do find that nighttime makes the game look rather dank and ropey, it's when daylight and bright neon hits the landscape it starts to shine). There's a serious amount of stuff getting thrown around - the second you step into gang territory it feels like you're in some sort of Shmup 'Bullet Hell', in 3D.
Also, the sandbox aspect and levelling your abilities to superhuman levels is *really* fun. Can't be bothered to fight all the way to Manuel Martinez on that large building? fuck it - get a few of those agility coupons, then just fucking JUMP to where he is, and pump him full of sexy lead justice. Heck, I would imagine that with enough strength, you could grab a car and plant it straight on his noggin to boot.
Targeting is a bit shonky on firearms, but with enough practice it's workable - you can't select-cycle through close enemies like in more recent GTAs, meaning you have to repeatedly ease then press the L-Trigger after you eliminate an enemy. However, what *is* a welcome edition is the ability to fire with a reasonable aim with any firearm while jumping.
Likewise, although there's no jumping melee to mess around with (lame!), it's redeemed by context-sensitive melee, but more importantly the ability to pick up the dead. then lob them at a random crowd, from the top of a pier. Like Saint's Row, Crackdown as a ragdoll physics engine, meaning some side-splitting explosions for ultimate toilet humour. Also, for maximum win, there's a levelling category for explosions - the higher you level, the bigger the bangs get.
In all, I'm enjoying this far more than the Saint's Row demo just for the sandbox play, at the very, very least. Does anybody want to meet up tomorrow for some Co-Op to piss-arse about and blow up some Gang cars in the name of the law?
Posted 24 January 2007 - 09:57 AM
I did spend the last 20 minutes of the demo enjoying jumping all over the place collecting agility orbs tho.
£39.99 though? No thanks, when it's £20 I'll pick it up. Maybe. I don't know what it is but there's something quite indie and "shareware" about it that makes £40 stick in my throat a bit. (That and I'm yet to pay over £35 for a 360 game ).
Good comprehensive demo though, they should be congratulated for that. Plenty of play time there.
Posted 24 January 2007 - 01:10 PM
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 10:13 AM
Agility orbs ftw though, climbing up buildings is a blast. As is chucking cars and corpses, rofflcopter etc omg.
How the hell do you change weapon? You seem to carry two guns but for the life of me I couldn't work out how to swap between them.
Posted 25 January 2007 - 10:50 AM
Great big hairy lesbian mammoths bollocks.
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