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Inversion Review

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  • X360

Inversion is a trite, third-rate shooter whose one saving grace is that it's so bad it's funny.

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There's something strangely familiar about Inversion and its topsy-turvy, postapocalyptic world. It's not so much that it takes inspiration from the greats of the shooter world as that it rips them off entirely. Trying to find an original idea in this cover-based shooter is as hard as trying to find depth in its ludicrously over-the-top tale of planetary invasion, or in its painfully generic multiplayer offerings--there simply isn't any. For all the bombastic set pieces and gravity-based blood and guts it throws at you, you're left with nothing but a feeling of deja vu: you've jumped from these exploding buildings, splattered these heads with a sniper rifle, and guided this meatheaded protagonist to victory many a time before.

And yet, there's a certain sick pleasure to be had from revelling in Inversion's inherent B-movie qualities. Take the story--a mindless sci-fi romp so full of plot holes and action cliches it's laughable. It stars one Davis Russel and his partner, Leo Delgado--a pair of hotheaded city cops. They might not do things "by the book," but dammit they get the job done. Davis has a family, and it just so happens to be his daughter's birthday, and you can see where this is going a mile off. Cue an attack from a mysterious race known as the Lutadore--who suddenly gain that name halfway through the game without any explanation--the arrival of gravity-powered weapons that turn the city into rubble, and the nonchalant slaughtering of masses of Lutadore to find Davis' now-missing daughter.

Attempts to forge emotional attachments to the characters are hysterically bad. There are scenes where Davis pines for his daughter, holding back his tears, only to have his partner tell him to man up and get back to killing everything in sight--who needs therapy when you've got a whole planet full of bad guys to splatter? Wooden voice acting doesn't help matters much, and the whole thing just becomes incredibly unbelievable. The Lutadore are brainless morons, but somehow have the ability to manipulate sophisticated gravity technology. And boy are they mad, ripping up cities, killing civilians and kidnapping children. It's not clear why, though. Maybe they didn't get that shiny red bike they wanted for Christmas.

Fortunately, you can skip through the many long cutscenes and jump straight into the action. It's standard third-person, cover-based fare, as made famous by the Gears of War series--in fact, it's very similar to the Gears of War series. The handsome visuals render the crumbled skyscrapers of the city and the lava-filled world of the Lutadore with plenty of detail, providing lots of conveniently placed concrete blocks for you to duck behind, and rocky outcrops and ramshackle houses to use too. It basically goes like this: shoot, take cover, cry about daughter. Shoot, take cover, kill hundreds with a mounted machine gun. Shoot, take cover, make smart-ass comments about dead people. Shoot, take cover, cry about daughter again. Repeat ad infinitum.

Some action-packed set pieces, such as escaping from a collapsing building or fighting upside down on the glass ceiling of a skyscraper, break up the action. As too does the gravity-based weaponry, which lets you pick up objects like cars and exploding barrels and fling them at enemies for some gratuitous splattering. It's sluggish, though, meaning it's often much easier and quicker to attack enemies with your standard weapons. Plus, while there's certainly scope for gravity-based puzzles, your powers are used only in the most basic of ways to remove debris blocking your path. Fortunately, boss battles make better use of your gravity powers, with some requiring you to levitate blobs of lava and fling them at a giant robot, while others have you using heavy gravity to pull down crates to use as cover.

Not that you have much of a path to choose from. Your journey is one long jaunt down a set path full of mindless shooting and the occasional gravity-free area where you lurch from one platform to another in open space, firing off the odd shot at an aimlessly floating enemy. The enemies aren’t particularly intelligent, often leaping around without a care in the world, leaving you free to easily pump them full of bullets. They fare better on the ground, but even there they occasionally wander straight into your line of fire, and they certainly don't bother to flank you or use space wisely. Later stages of the game introduce zombie-like creatures that serve no purpose other than to be easy pickings for your disappointingly weak-feeling assault rifle or shotgun. The creatures do at least make for a good scream-filled BBQ when you get your hands on the flamethrower.

There are other weapons too. A pulse rifle, pulse shotgun, and rocket launcher all get an outing towards the end of the game, but like the standard assault rifle, they lack impact and make it hardly worth the effort to use them. The weedy weapons do little to inject excitement into the multiplayer, which already suffers from unimaginative modes and level design. Standard Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Capture the Flag modes are an exercise in tedium, while King of Gravity--where only one player has gravity powers until another kills him to steal it--is incredibly unbalanced. If you don't have the power, then expect to spend most of the match floating aimlessly in the air while the king picks you off with little effort.

There is a further multiplayer option in the form of a co-op mode for the campaign, but outside of a few instances where you have to give your partner a leg up, there's little to differentiate it from the single-player, with no new bits of dialogue and narrative, or any new areas to explore--you might as well be playing the game on your own. Unless, of course, you've got a friend in tow that shares a similar love of cheesy one-liners and B-movie narratives, in which case the wooden dialogue, wacky story, and gut-busting gore are perfect for poking fun at. Oh, and the twist in the tale. It would be a waste to spoil it here, but suffice it to say that it ranks as one of the most incredibly ridiculous plot twists ever conceived, and while it's certainly unexpected, it most definitely does not make sense.

Inversion isn't clever in the slightest. It's about as trite as a shooter can get, and its attempts to jazz things up with gravity-based antics come across as a jumbled mess, rather than as the clever invention it so badly wants them to be. Inversion is a third-rate knockoff full of cheap thrills, subpar acting, and a hefty dose of cheese--fun for a B-movie-style evening of masochistic punishment, but like most guilty pleasures, it's probably best to keep this one to yourself.

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The Good
Funny in a "so bad it's good" kind of way
Flinging cars in people's faces
The Bad
Boring and unbalanced multiplayer modes
Gaping plot holes
Weak weapons
Wooden voice acting
4
Poor
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Banyek
Banyek

Im about half way trough, just picked it up yesterday. this far I can surely say, its better than 4. Im not at the plot twist yet, but the game is great fun. Not an unforgettable AAA title, but definately more than 4.

MrAVKV
MrAVKV

We are progressing to a point where a game of similar genre is called a ripoff. If an FPS game comes out, people will call it a call of duty ripoff. If a TPS game such as Inversion or Binary Domain comes out, it will be considered a Gears ripoff. Why? because COD and Gears came first. Honestly, who gives a shit about ripoffs. A game will be considered bad just because it has a similar weapon or gameplay of another game even though it's good. Honestly, people are starting to take games too seriously. Just go home, sit down and enjoy the game.

popeyfolger
popeyfolger

definitely not a great game. everything including enemies are  recycled after the 2 hour mark . It's incredibly boring after about the first half and it's only a five hour game that being said a 4? that is a bit harsh it's not that bad its like a 5.5 this website grades very harshly .... when they don't get exclusives or paid advertisements from the publishers 

veskalin86
veskalin86

MARK WALTON GET ANOTHER JOB COZ YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T HAVE CLUE ABOUT GAMES.... Gamespot only employs nobs... I HATE PAID JOURNALISM. FACT

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

I donnow what's wrong with this guy (M.W) i saw this game in store and i said ohhh this gotta be so bad that it got 4 from game spot!but i played it and it was actually good!i was wondering why it got 4!if a Broken Shit like Binary Domain deserves a 7.5 this one must get the equal!cuz it has the same exact elements and game play of BD it's way way better than that!next time i will read a members review not an official one...PS: you are not the only one that makes me angry the other one would be Chris Watters your reviews are unfair and mostly criticizing unacceptable points like weak weapons...

trrrrrrrr
trrrrrrrr

Mark walton. Please stick to Karaoke and mobile games and stop writting reviews for gamespot. I want the old reviewers back, this new generation sucks!!! The only good game reviews are the big money names like activision and EA etc. Even Counter Strike GO got an 85 just bacause its valve. IN 3 DAYS!!! The game is not even finished!! And CS GO plays horrible. Perfect example. Smaler studios dont stand a chance on this website.Metacritic has more mercy,so ill go there next time to read a review.

Warmuro
Warmuro

Game is not so interesting except variety of gravity. Graphics are not so satisfying. Textures are not highy detailed, instead, producers just pumped the blur effect. Controls are avarage. Story does not suck you in. Voice acting is avarage. However, 4.0 is a really bad score. I would give it a 6/10 (max 6.5). There are good alternatives for this game like Gears of War or Spec Ops : The Line. (Spec Ops has a good story but not better than GoW, but better than Inversion. And these alternatives are very similiar to each other that's why i recommend)

Game looks atractive but not that great. I saw people who gave 8/10. If this game deserves 8/10, what other good games deserve ? What about Max Payne 3, it deserves 12/10 then, right ? Comon people, try to be objective.

xdpirate
xdpirate

Your review is littered with actual errors and signs that you played this just to be critical, and not to have fun (what most games aim for). First of all, the story skips ahead one month while the duo is imprisoned, so it's only natural they'd learn their name from overhearing the guards and/or conversing with other prisoners. Second, skipping cutscenes? Seriously? You should reconsider your career path, because a gamer you aren't.

 

I agree in that this isn't the best TPS ever to be created, but it's a pretty damn good one. The story is solid even though some small things are left to the imagination (which is perfectly acceptable), the graphics are just as good as you'd expect from a 2012 game, the music is engaging, the voice acting and sound effects are also both believable and good. Sure, the cover-based gameplay gets boring after a while, but not enough to warrant a 4 out of 10.

 

It's a solid 7.5, and if it wasn't for its short length, I'd give it a full 8.

 

And the story blew me away. Near the last part of the game, there's a huge twist I didn't see coming at all, and there are a lot of times where I was taken by surprise by how it proceeded.

 

Maybe you'd know that if you didn't skip the fucking cutscenes.

dexty1
dexty1

i would give it a 6/10 , its not a bad game at all . although not as good as GOW . 

nowadays many games takes ideas from other games. its not a big deal.

 

zidane55
zidane55

It's not as bad as he says, but it's a pretty bad game.  I played through the entire thing and hated almost all of it.  I'm glad i rented it.

bluecat68
bluecat68

To me this not a bad game at all and actually i feel like playing Gear of Wars in Inversion's version :) If Gear of Wars deserve 9.0 i give this game 8.5.

b_e_ds
b_e_ds

bad? well not that bad i agree the storyline about a planetary invasion was blown outa proportion... the gfx are ok... im loving the game but honestly the cover system is kinda flawed and the shooting mechanics arent the best...

leonil7
leonil7

i loved the game. i'll play it again next available weekend. why the ***k would you care about what dog smiling mark walton writes about this game.

sorin_ro
sorin_ro

no the game doesnt suck at all. but Mark Walton really sucks.

Lamia96
Lamia96

This bad?!!!!! It's a catastrophe!!!!

Leria
Leria

I just have to say, I played this game until the end and it is nowhere near as bad as the Gamespot review makes it out to be. Nowhere NEAR as bad.

ARASH_M
ARASH_M

reallyy guysss...this game is not good ..why are u trying to tell that mark is reviewing  bad??? lets not mix other games with this one....

veronus2
veronus2

Take The Gravity Piece Out and This is a competent Army of Two meets Gears of War type game. I agree it breaks no ground, but AI is good, Graphics are fabulous and I found this game to be far from boring. Too Many Boss Fights? Really? I've never heard of such a thing. Bring it on. I picked up the game at the 39.99 price point, it's a fun romp and worth playing if you like combat and aren't looking for something completely different. It's a much better game than this review. I can shave a point or two off for borrowing from so many other games, but this game has it's merits. I'm 75% through the single player campaign, no MP yet. Sometimes I just like killing bad guys, and my AI partner in this one is pretty darn good.

trrrrrrrr
trrrrrrrr

These Reviewers are Jaded Gamers only looking for the negative stuff in a game. I am really starting to dislike Gamespot cause here any game gets a bad rating.oh except COD. Can't believe they get paid for this.

Genesis_123
Genesis_123

I never really saw anything about this until the box for the game appeared on the shelf. Usually games that sneak out like this are just hopeful that they get picked up by kids who think they're hardcore for buying these sorts of games or parents who don't know any better. They also tend to suck hard. Good to see the pattern is still going strong

your-exhellency
your-exhellency

gears of war was an average overrated game. vanquish was much better, and i reckon this is as well.

 

the only good third person shooter i really enjoyed was DEAD SPACE.

 

if i want good stories, i'll watch a movie. hated all those long boring scenes in halo and others, holding up the gameplay.

 

i'm sick of reviewers trying to be clever looking for negative things where there aren't any. obviously, macdonalds is missing a perfectly good burger flipper...

EzcapeTheFate
EzcapeTheFate

Wow this got a 4 out of 5! Im going to the store to pick it up right now.

AmmarBadshah
AmmarBadshah

Yes the story is out of line,poorly delivered and what not, but no one should play this game for the story !The head splattering,bbqed enemies, bursting bodies make this game fun and very playable not at all worthy of a low 4.0 score !! 

pspman1997
pspman1997

Pretty reliable review. Though I would give the score at least a 5 or a 6

BadHungryWolf
BadHungryWolf

This game does look pretty good, and am tempted to buy it!  I felt the review was more subjective than anything and fell foul to a bad day at the office lol!  No one has actually reveiwed it yet in a way to put me off!

 

To be honest, whilst trying to offer something new and unique, games do take from each other.  Certainly since GoW, 3rd person shooters mostly employ a cover system.  And so what if it plays like Gears...that's just another reason to buy in my opinion.  Throwing about cars and enemies...I liken that to Bullet Storm :).  Meanwhile, the Call of Duty's can rinse and repeat yet get high scores!?

 

As for the wooden voice acting...I got Just Cause 2 and looooove it.  Even though the voice acting isn't award winning, it's certainly not a game breaker.  JC2 is tongue in cheek fun and doesn't take itself too seriously and somethimes that's what you need in a game.

 

All in all a recipe for a good game.  And it seems to me if you want a quick blast on a shooter that doesn't take itself too seriously then this should be checked out.

illmatic87
illmatic87

More games need to be credited for its 'so bad it's good way'.

widehead
widehead

Mr. Walton needs more practice writing reviews. 

Druig
Druig

I´m so happy that Gamspot is not one of the sites with 8+ scores for every game!

bigfatguywhat
bigfatguywhat

Stop being so freaking negative all the time Gamespot! You have to find the problem with every single game in the whole existence of earth, just to make sure it gets probably a 4 or a 5. And then you make up problems just so you can bring it down even more. Honestly, who cares about wooden voice acting, there's a thing called then skip button!

 

tightwad34
tightwad34

O.K. I will never understand how a game company can come out with garbage like this. Don't they have the faintest clue what their competition is out there. Do they not know other games exsist. You would think they see how many good games there are and go "well our game is complete crap, maybe we should make it better or just start from scratch". It is a complete headscratcher and  I think they should have a rule that if they have a certain number of bad games without any good ones, then they are shut down. No more garbage please.

DethSkematik
DethSkematik

That's a shame, because the trailers looked awesome. Which I'll still give it a try, because the reviewer's main gripe is the story, yet he compares it to Gears...and seriously, who plays Gears for the story? :P

Earthen80
Earthen80

So some people feel hurt because a generic 3rd person shooter got a low score? Yeah it would've gotten at least an 8 if it's name was Gears of War, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a bad game.

aheartistic
aheartistic

hey hey hey haters gonna hate don beileve in the reviews this game is not like gears of war or anything but its better than most and it certainly deerves 7 i can write a better review MARk walton ur fired!

aheartistic
aheartistic

its better than Max payne and its stupid gameplay haters gonna hate but tius game aint too bad

RankJunkie
RankJunkie

 @Druig Fun fact, since my  site tracks these things, 59.94% is hte average after 84 reviews that I have tracked.  So they rank low.

your_evil_twin
your_evil_twin

 @Druig This is true, I think it is great that Gamespot is doing a proper 1-10 rating system rather than a 5-10 rating system!

 

It's just really strange that they've started doing this NOW and given Inversion a score as low as 4 out of 10, the same score as a bunch of really awful movie tie-in games like March of the Penguins or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

 

In fact, stuff like the dreadful Terminator Salvation movie tie-in game got 5 out of 10, when it should have had  2 out of 10. Terminator Salavtion was a full-price game that was only 4 hours long, had no multiplayer, had just three types of enemies and consisted of the same three fights over and over again, and no attempt at a story and characters other than "kill the robots".

 

Just watch 5 minutes of Inversion gameplay on youtube and you'll see more fun in those 5 minutes than in the whole of Terminator Salvation, and Inversion's also got 8 multiplayer modes and the campaign can be played in co-op.

 

Even if you don't LIKE Inversion, at the very least it is an average "OK" game that should get a better score than crap like Terminator Salvation. It seems that the fact that the reviewer didn't like Inversion's interesting plot twist was an extra nail in the coffin. This game is a 6 or a 5 at the very worst - an average but competent game with a mixture of rough moments and some good moments. It's not a "poor" game that deserves to be lumped with cash-cow movie tie-in games.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

If you're using the skip button, you're doing it wrong.

Whitebloodsun
Whitebloodsun

 @bigfatguywhat

You wrote: "Stop being so freaking negative all the time Gamespot!" Because GS gave 4.0 to Inversion.

Other people wrote: "Stop being so freaking positive all the time Gamespot!" Because GS gave 8.0 to Dragon Age II.

Honestly, all you people do is complaining till your heart's content.

SoNin360
SoNin360

 @aheartistic Judging by your poor spelling and grammar, I highly doubt you can write a better review than this guy.

Redthedemon
Redthedemon

@aheartistic You're either full of crap or talking out your ass

LatinproX
LatinproX

 @your_evil_twin the problem wit this site is that they RECENTLY  go out of their way to be different from other sites just to `stand out` for their integrity.  I wonder if their sponsors should be worried? LMFAO!!!

aheartistic
aheartistic

 @SoNin360

 dude reviews arent about spelling or any of ur precious grammar its about understanding game and gameplay! i hope i didnt make any spelling mistakes otherwise i am not eligible to even play games duh !

Inversion More Info

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  • First Released
    • PC
    • PS3
    • Xbox 360
    Inversion is a third-person co-op shooter that combines hard-hitting, adrenaline-pumping action with a revolutionary gravity manipulation engine.
    6.8
    Average User RatingOut of 282 User Ratings
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    Developed by:
    Saber Interactive
    Published by:
    Namco Bandai Games, Namco Bandai Games America
    Genres:
    Shooter, 3D, Team-Based, Action, Third-Person
    Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
    Mature
    All Platforms
    Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes