Best shooter I've ever gotten my hands on.
foritxxar wrote this review on .
Visuals: 10. Beautiful. THE most photo-realistic game on the 360. Character models, vehicles, and even the ground itself looks to be done with much love and skill. Frame-rate was always very high. It didn't drop once, even when there were tons of guys on screen and helicopters blowing up above you with explosions and chaos everywhere. If you want to be nitpicky, you could say the running animation looks a little unnatural sometimes, but it's so minor you'll only notice it the first 5 minutes. After that, you forget.
Sound: 10. Again, beautiful. Everything from that satisfying "POP" from firing a sniper rifle to the radio chatter is top-notch. I truly wish I could experience this game in surround sound...
Gameplay: 9.5. I've yet to play another game that feels so... so right. The controls work extremely well. It actually controls better than Halo 3, in all truth. There weren't any bugs I managed to find (although I'm sure there are some). Gameplay is not a 10 because, in my opinion, it's impossible for any game to have perfect gameplay. This game just comes VERY close.
Innovation: One of the coolest things in this game is the fact that you can shoot through cover. That's right. You know that sniper hiding behind the tree? Shoot him THROUGH the tree, if your gun's powerful enough. The leveling and class system in the multiplayer is also very neat. Read the multiplayer section of my review for more details. Other than that, this game doesn't really need anything new, since it does everything else so great!
Campaign: 9. A very, very fun experience. Its a shame it's so short. If you took your time, and attempted to get all the achievements, the campaign will last roughly 10-15 hours. If you simply played the game, it'll be closer to 7 hours. The developers managed to fit a lot of different things in the short campaign. On one level, you'll take out a terrorist from a high rooftop using a sniper rifle. On another, you'll be the gunner on an AC 130 Gunship. There are many cinematic moments that are almost movie-like, and the campaign is highly replayable. Be sure to check this out before you get into the multiplayer - it's well worth it. The campaign is not a 10 due to how short it is.
Multiplayer: 9.5. I have yet to play a game's multiplayer as fun as this since Halo 2. Not much fun locally, but online, it's second to none. The maps are top-notch and done expertly. Game-types are all fun and varied. There's classic free for all, team deathmatch, oldschool, and a host of other kinds. The coolest and most innovative part of the multiplayer is the leveling system - as you level up, you're able to create your very own class, with a wide variety of weapons and perks. Perks are abilities, passive or aggressive, that define your class. Maybe you want some claymores to lay around the field? Or how about quieter footsteps to help you sneak up on unwitting foes? It's all up to you... at least, when you get to the required level. One thing that some people will dislike (it depends on you're personal preference) is the fact that killing someone can only take one direct hit with the right guns. This basically means that most of the time, getting kills just means seeing the other person first. There are perks to get back at them (to name a couple; martyrdom, which drops a live grenade when you die, and last stand, which lets you pull out your pistol when you die and get a few extra shots off at whoever's nearby before they finish you), though. All in all, one of the best multiplayers around.
This game is definitely worth paying $60 on, even if you're not really into shooters. You won't be sorry.
-This review is an opinion. All reviews are. It's always a good idea to rent games and form your own opinion before shelling out $60, especially if you're unsure if you'll like them.
-Some people said this was the same old stuff. That is true. This game is not great because its really innovative. It's great because it manages to do what every other shooter does, just a LOT better.