G-Force Hands-On

We go hands-on with Disney's upcoming action game in which you play as a guinea-pig action hero.

We've often wondered what would happen if filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer, of such action classics as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, and Armageddon, incorporated guinea pigs into his oeuvre. Disney's upcoming G-Force answers that question and goes one better by also answering the question of what kind of a video game would be the result. We just had the chance to try out two levels on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the upcoming game and check out its 3D mode.

Action hero guinea pig with lasers? Sign me up!

If you haven't been keeping up with your Jerry Bruckheimer-produced guinea-pig action flicks, then here's a quick primer on G-Force. The movie and game revolve around the G-Force, a crack team of government-trained guinea pigs who are trying to save the world from evil billionaire Leonard Saber. The game casts you in the role of Darwin, leader of G-Force, and follows you on your mission to thwart Saber's mad plot to take over the world.

The demo on display at Disney's press event let us check out two areas, an office setting and what was essentially a racing level that put us in control of Darwin's "Rapid Deployment Vehicle," which looked suspiciously like a fully armed, rocket-propelled hamster ball. The office level let us get a handle on Darwin's moves and arsenal of weapons as he solved puzzles and faced off against a few waves of enemies. Tapping the right trigger will unleash Darwin's electro whip, whereas the right bumper engages your rocket-powered sprint. The left trigger will let you aim your equipped weapon or gadget, and the left button helps strafe. The top three buttons on each controller can be customized to equip any weapon or gadget. The A and X buttons will make Darwin jump or use his jetpack to hover. Although this is a respectable array of moves and abilities for an action rodent, you'll be able to find vending machines through which you can purchase new weapons and upgrades. We purchased an upgrade to his electro whip that let him charge it up and unleash a powered lashing.

We made our way through a vent system and wound up having to solve some puzzles that required the use of gadgets, our brain, and, most importantly, Mooch, the housefly who serves as Darwin's remote-controlled buddy. You'll be able to take control of the unassuming fly by pressing up on the D pad. Much like his guinea-pig partner, Mooch is decked out with technology and has access to special lasers and the ability to slow down time. The only limitation that he possesses is the need to be in a certain range of Darwin, which isn't too bad for a fly. The puzzles in the level showed off Darwin's need to take advantage of both the environment and his special scanner gadget, which transforms certain objects when he uses it on them. In the case of the office level, scanning a ceiling-mounted fire alarm enabled a vacuum that let him ride the wind current up to a higher level using his jetpack.

The second level saw Darwin blazing through a maintenance tunnel in his rocket-powered action ball. The trip required some skill because he needed to take out obstacles, enemies, and lasers that impeded his progress. Besides driving around and blasting foes, it was possible, and often necessary, to jump to alternate routes when certain unavoidable obstacles appeared.

G-Force lets you play as either main character Darwin or his superfly friend, Mooch.

The visuals on each platform were comparable. Darwin looked sharp, and the environments sported a clean look with a modest amount of detail that was in tune with the movie's art style. There were a good amount of special effects being thrown around during the action, and the game ran at a good clip. The 3D effect--which requires traditional red-and-blue glasses--was shown off for the first time and is a cool extra that varies from a subtle depth of field to more traditional in-your-face moments. It's a neat hat trick, unique to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, and it gives the game a little extra flash.

Based on what we played, G-Force is looking better than expected for a movie tie-in game. The goofy premise and solid gameplay aren't a bad combination. If the action can be polished up some, G-Force looks like it could be solid addition to your movie tie-in game collection. G-Force is slated to ship this July on the DS, PC, PlayStation 2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, and Wii.

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33 comments
davonas
davonas

this games looks like wet crap, the movie was cool

cornerback3
cornerback3

as weird as it looks it doesn't look bad...

NND1
NND1

this should be fun i am looking forward to this on 360

gashoe13
gashoe13

A hamster with a laser gun. Wow.

SuperBobz
SuperBobz

At first I thought it looked like crap, but when I read the preview, it started to sound sort of interesting lol. I probably won't buy it, but I might rent it if it gets good reviews.

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

Man, this sure looks like fun. A new spin for this kind of genre. I'll probably grab a copy after the reviews, but so far, so good!

Luke253
Luke253

I wouldnt buy it but Id borrow/rent it...

Rockerrav
Rockerrav

I would try it out for 15 bucks just cuz quinea pigs rule!

Evandemocracy
Evandemocracy

looks kinda fun lets wait and see cause monster vs aliens and wolverine was fun so not all movie games are Bad just most of them (terminator)

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Man the game looks really fun to me. Id like to play for Mooch the Housefly. Kinda like a new spin on TMNT or Sonic...Plus its not a platformer so. hey it may work

Isamu_36
Isamu_36

I thought this was about Gatchaman too. Talking about the Rangers and Tatsunoko's anime makes me feel old... And I was born in 1981!

dzimm
dzimm

burps_brasil20: 'aaaaaah....when i read "G-force" i came running thinking it was about that OOOOOOLD anime-rip-off of power rangers xD...only they used bird costumes instead XD...aaaaaah childhood memories' You do realize that the G-Force cartoon predates the Power Rangers by quite a few years, so if anything, the Power Rangers are a rip-off of G-Force.

Teyon
Teyon

Burps, Gatchaman (the series the old G-force cartoon was dubbed from) aired before the first japanese incarnation of what we call Power Rangers. Gatchaman aired in 1972 and the Super Sentai series (aka Power Rangers) didn't air until 1975. Power Rangers, as we know them now, didn't hit the airwaves until 1993, some 21 years after Gatchaman.

burps_brasil20
burps_brasil20

aaaaaah....when i read "G-force" i came running thinking it was about that OOOOOOLD anime-rip-off of power rangers xD...only they used bird costumes instead XD...aaaaaah childhood memories

poorisaac
poorisaac

Guinea Pigs + Awesome laser weapons= Absolutely Outrageous. Probably won't play it but sounds like a total stoner's outrageous game idea. Hilarious.

meister_209
meister_209

a bargain bin classic if there ever was one.

Jhraxlin
Jhraxlin

It looks incredibly stupid, but also hilarious. Guinea pigs rule, but I'm not sure they rule in the gaming world. I would not be surprised if this thing gets really low ratings. Even if the gameplay is good now, it might change, and if it doesn't, something in there is going to bring down hard...... :( Poor Guinea pig.

darkblaze93
darkblaze93

=-/ Ionno... im soo confused lol it looks bad and fun at the same time.

seanito1234
seanito1234

honestly this game looks excitingly fun lol i mean c'mon!, guinea pig, with high tech spy gadgest, along with 3D MODE?! omg! but somehow i feel like this game would get boring cuz im sure its just gonna be a story type game, no online mode no nothing..if they do online mode they should let u make ur own guinea pig!! and kill online thatll be fun!!!

NetGod
NetGod

As silly as this game looks, it also looks fun. If it's fun, i'm in. But just to be on the safe side, I think i'll wait a week (after launch) to see what you guys think. :p

icarl001
icarl001

I wouldn't mind playing as a Guinea pig as long as the game doesn't suck as almost all movie-based games do!!

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

i had a guinea pig when i was young 2 actually and one of them looked like the one in the picture haha wow its coming out on every platform

sush_2
sush_2

cool! a guinea pig army sergent ha ha lol

emoticedmar
emoticedmar

guinea pig with lasers! *phew phew* phew phew phew* lol

tdtnr
tdtnr

isnt G-force the game they pretend to play on Kyle XY?

NND1
NND1

hurry up and release this already

Ack_Im_empty
Ack_Im_empty

I wouldn't get your hopes up for DS graphics like this.

STRANGEJAMES85
STRANGEJAMES85

This title keeps throwing me off. I keep thinking it's in reference to G-Force, or Gatchaman or Battle of the Planets. I keep downloading stuff thinking, "Great! I love G-Force!" but...it's this. This "G-Force" Kinda seems like a kid's version of Grant Morrison's We3.

sar1995
sar1995

hope the game looks same on the DS!!:) 1st comment!