A Quick Tip by GargantuasGames
Grindhouse Game #9: Shameful,shameful,shameful, shameful, shameful commercial tripe. Fellow Luncher Yusaku_Matsuda70s describes this game as being "about as far away from art as you can get." I would go even further...I would say this game is the complete antithesis of art. You'd have better luck reconciling matter with antimatter than you would have reconciling this with art. Story? There is no story...it's just a bunch of action movie cliche's strung together into a parody of a narrative. Even the ultraviolent KANE & LYNCH 2 featured more character development. Playing this, I could literally feel my brain cells melting away like Velveeta cheese in a blazing hot oven. This game may just make you fear for the future and ruminate on what dark direction American culture is headed (although to be honest, it's not really any different from the gamut of violent Hollywood blockbusters saturating our cinemas).
But it does entertain. As a video game, it's actually quite competent. They basically took the GEARS OF WAR setup, amplified it with an arcade style score system, a melee combo setup, and MAX PAYNE-style slow motion. The shooting feels solid and powerful; the guns have punch and send enemies spinning. Some of the melee combos are quite brutal (indeed "Blood on the Sand" is an appropriate subtitle). In general, the action as a whole is leagues above KANE & LYNCH 2. It's not perfect though. Cover system is a little finicky, and I noticed a couple glitches here and there (especially with the graphics, which suffer from delayed pop-in textures). And the action, though quite solid, does get repetitive after a while.
There are many third person shooters on the market. This is (shockingly) one of the better ones. It should not exist though. But, for what it is, it works. If you have any lingering dream that video games could possibly attain the status of "art", stay far, far, far, far away from this product as it will be like Kryptonite to your hopes.