While it definitely holds it's own, this game acts as a teaser for the glorious descent into DirectX 10.
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The game starts out by giving you some back story and provides a very brief tutorial. In this short mission you learn about the frozen planet where the game takes place and your enemy, the Akrid. This is where it feels most like Starship Troops. Why do you fight the Akrid? These bug like creatures are pretty much just in the way, but in the process of fighting them, humans learn that their bodies contain a valuable fuel source. So the humans start a war for fuel and planetary domination. And get their butts kicked. That is until the invention of the VS which is a Metal Gear like mech suit that does a great job at killing the Akrid, but also uses massive amounts of thermal energy, which actually prolongs the war against the bugs. Mission after mission you blast your way through invested corridors and snowy fields, crafted around a plot for revenge with a few clever twists along the way. While over dramatic, the story line is fairly unique, and provides a nice contrast to the hi-tech visuals and mind blowing action.
So just how good are the graphics? I recommend you crank the resolution down a little bit and turn up the lighting and texture filtering, as well as making sure you select the DirectX 10 fur feature, which is really the only difference between DirectX 9. The cut scenes use the in-game engine but are some of the most advanced I have ever seen. Particles effects, especially snow and fire are breathtaking and the map sizes rival other similar action games such as Halo. Light, shadows, and cloth textures all look amazing, but make you crave for more. Crysis here I come!
I haven’t tried the multiplayer although this seems to be an issue for others, but I do have a few complaints of my own. Because it is an Xbox 360 port, the instructions and controls and tailored to the gamepad, not the keyboard, and the camera controls are sometimes choppy especially when using the mechs and vehicles. The biggest annoyance though is that it is easier to bypass the enemies and head straight to the boss level then it is to stand and fight. The A.I. is dumb, but will keep spawning and only drain your ammo and shields. Trying to fight everything will only prolong the mission without gaining you anything as well as making the game a lot harder then it needs to be.
Overall, this game is a refreshing shooter that nicely showcases next generation graphics. An engaging story with strong action sequences make it a surprising pleasure that is more then worth buying. Unless you have the chance to receive it free with a piece of hardware. It’s not perfect, but it’s nice to see that action games are still progressing on all fronts.