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Actual game review - Good single player game but multiplayer has it's difficulties
on 3 November 2007
From the first time I saw the trailer, I was gobsmacked. Such a cool idea and a cool uniform. I couldn't wait for the chance to stop time and steal the enemies weapons to use on themselves. I played the demo too and that seemed very good too so I decided to buy the game.
Like most games now, there is a single player and online multiplayer of up to 16 players.
The single player game is a bit confusing at first but I think it's designed that way as you try to figure out what is actually happening. You start off with a cut scene of a demolished building and a news review. Time goes backwards and you find out there was an expolosion in the lab and you use the suit to escape. Things are a bit hazy at first as the story unfolds.
Gameplay-Gameplay reminds me a little of call of duty but you are very limited on jumping movement. You can obviously slow, pause or reverse time and makes getting past obstacles very interesting. You really need some lateral thinking to help you get to the next level. This way of multidimentional thinking sort of reminded me of a PS2 game called Soul Reaver. Anyway, I found the gameplay very linear as there is always only one way to go/one door to chose which sometimes limited my enjoyment of the game. I also was a little disappointed that it's purely 1st person view and you can't even see your feet. I was sort of hoping that there would be an option for 3rd person view as I was rather looking forward to seeing myself in the cool suit in action. Especially when ripping the enemy rifle out of their own hands and using it on themselves (like in the trailer). Alas this isn't the case. By the way if you hadn't tried it in the demo, you can do this but you need to have paused time (not slowed it down). As you progress along the story, you unlock content like music tracks, video cut scenes.
Although I've only had this a day, I have tried several times to attempt a multiplayer game as I thought the game would be a lot of fun with the potential of up to 16 players. However I have so far found that much like the problem that I have with HALO 3, the connections are very poor. Don't get me wrong I'm not on a super slow broadband (I've got 4Mb broadband with Virgin media) and have not had any problem with GRAW 2, but have found that with Halo 3, Rainbow Vegas and this game, I've been lagging all over the place. Maybe I just need to accept that I've got to go up to 20Mb package but I can't imagine many people having this as standard. I think many US players tend to host so maybe this is the problem.
Anyway, the few multiplayer games I've had are reasonably good. Maps are big and you have a variety of options, however it's understandable that not too many people are on yet as it's a new game. You have Ranked and Player matches like most games and each are split as follows;
Deathmatch - each man for himself
Team Deathmatch - team with the most kills wins
King of time - Grab the time sphere to become the king of time and impervious to all time effects
Metdown Madness - Throw Chrono grenades at the opposing team to prevent it from functioning. Your team wins when your machine completes its countdown
Capture the flag - self explanitory
One-on-one - one on one battle to the death
There are 14 maps available, each with a recomended number of players ranging from 2-8 players to 8-16 players.
You can't really pause, slow or reverse time in multiplayer mode as you can with singleplayer, but your timeshield does allow a bubble of time to be created around you allowing you to act at the same speed but everything around you becomes slow. I'll stick with it and see whether an upgrade to a faster broadband speed helps - maybe games now need to have broadband speeds that fast. I also found it hard to figure out which team I was on as you can't really see yourself so had to go into game review to find out.
An excellent concept with very cool suit and good gameplay. A shame about the multiplayer so far but may improve. I remain hopeful. I would advise to rent first if you have the option before you buy as your multiplayer experience may be limited.