A game that aims high and misses every mark.
AgentWD40 wrote this review on .
Early previews and the hype, along with the gorgeous cut-scenes they were showing got me even more excited about the game and this new adventure the game would take you on. Boy was I disappointed.
First off arguably the most important part to this game, and what some of you will be looking forward to, the story.
There is almost no story here, just an assortment of random levels loosely connected to each other. With the involvement of Andy Serkis and Alex Garland in crafting the games story and narrative I was expecting alot more.
There are almost no cut-scenes and the ones there are, are pointless and meaningless, with little information relayed in them.
You never connect emotionally to any of the 3 characters, which the game tries to exploit a few times to no avail.
You actually end up hating 2 out of the only 3 characters in the game, Trip and Pigsy, who continually need your help and get themselves and you in life-threatining situations. Wiping out any positive feelings you have about these characters and the bad things that happen to them. By the end of the game you still know almost nothing about the characters youve been following or what will happen to them afterwards, as the game abruptly ends leaving you full of questions and no answers.
Amazingly you are never given any information about the world, what happened to it, why there are killer mechs everywhere, what has happened to the rest of humanity, who these 'slavers' are and a whole heap of unanswered questions. Leaving you feeling detached from the game world.
Another glaringly obvious question is where is everyone? There are only 6 character models in the entire game and that includes Monkey, Trip and Pigsy and one thats used for the 'slavers'. This leaves the entire game devoid of people and feeling empty, a fact you pick up on quickly.
Now for the gameplay, I've put it off long enough.
If you mixed crash bandicoot and prince of persia together you wouldnt be far off.
There are clear distinctions between 'platforming' levels, 'action' levels and 'puzzle' levels, and it fails miserably at all three.
The 'platforming' is utterly pointless and broken, you simply press a button to jump from handhold to handhold with no fear of death, because you can only jump where it wants you to and nowhere else, completely defeating the purpose of platforming. The handholds shimmer making it even easier to tell where you are supposed to be going, although this can be useful when the levels get cluttered.
The combat in the game is probably the simplest and worst utilized in any game of this type Ive played, consisiting of light attacks and heavy attacks with little to distinguish them. you can just use 1 button for most of the fights with little difficulty. There are 2 or 3 new moves you can purchase such as evade attack and counter but you will get little use out of them. You can also fire two projectiles from your staff Plasma and Energy - that stuns foes. This is useful for taking out mechs from a distance but almost useless when surrounded by enemies as its difficult to aim quickly.
Lastly the 'puzzle' levels mainly have you hiding from turrets or pulling levers, both of which arent fun and not difficult. There are a ridiculous number of levers to be pulled in the game, something most games stopped doing years ago. This just adds to the archaic feeling of the game, as if it would be more at home on the PS2.
The game on the PS3 has terrible framerate and will constantly be jerking around, it also has lots of bugs that you will come across, such as the character moving in a different direction to what you are pressing, and a bug that may have been fixed where your character completely disappears during cut-scenes.
I keep saying bad things about the game but honestly theres not much good with the game. I liked the 3 main character models and the lighting and rendering engine, but thats about it. The voice acting is average at best, the dialog is uninteresting and bland. The game just leaves a bad taste, it could have been great but just ends up being less than average, due to its lack of creativity and polish.
If you are thinking of purchasing this game wait until its cheap, or better yet rent it. As there is no replay value and will only last you 8-10 hours at best.
Lastly, there is far too much Andy Serkis in the game, from voicing the Main character to another 2 later in the game (leaving 3 versions of Serkis in one scene together!) along with what appears to be his holiday photos you 'collect' through the game. I dont have anything against him, but this just seems like publicity for himself rather than an integral part of the game.
I dont know why everyone has scored this game so high, I give it a just below average 4.5/10.