Wednesday, June 01, 2005

First reviews in...

Well as you may already know, the first reviews of the finished game are coming in on the web.

And there is no other way to spin it - I'm dissapointed.

Gamespy chime in with a 2.5 stars out of 5. Ouch. What makes it worse for me is that I usually prefer Gamespy reviews over all others. It doesn't even get top billing on the site !
Unfortunately, the player will also be struggling to find meaning because the story just isn't conveyed terribly well. The cutscenes are a poorly edited mess, showing little understanding of presentation or engaging storytelling. The dialogue is especially lacking and contrived, considering the talent behind it.

Gamespy Review

Moving on to IGN... we have 7.8 out of 10. More promising. I quite like IGN reviews, but to be honest I find them overly forgiving on most games. The Gamespot review will let us know if that has been the case here.
By flicking the right analog stick in the general direction of an enemy the reticule locks onto the target and directs all of Giddeon's attacks at this point. Players can toggle between enemies in the heat of battle by simply nudging the stick in their direction. Players who are used to constantly maneuvering the camera will find this system to be awkward at first, but as you learn to work with the targeting system it opens up a world of possibilities.

IGN Review

Both review speak a lot about dodgy framerates. Donald Mustard himself has addressed this on the Official Forums :
As far as framerate in review code: the game has a pretty dang good framerate. It will dip occasionally, but its not so low that it hurts the gameplay. That being said, Advent has so much content that the retail version has to be a dual-layered dvd. This is awesome for you because we crammed in a ton of stuff. This is bad for reviewers because Microsoft is the only place that burns these special dual-layered dvd’s and then sends them straight to manufacturing. Those disks are what you can buy today. Review builds obviously have to go out before today, so reviews get a 2 disk version of the game that does run a little slower than the retail version. Sucks, but whatcha gonna do?

Sooooooooo... lets wait and see how the game plays when in our hands ! Gamers out there - when you have the game, please write in and tell us your thoughts !


At 10:19 AM, Anonymous subordinater said...

To tell the truth, though, IGN does not seem over the top at all. They address the whole game a lot better than GameSpy, who only focused on the Cons (which are mainly in the reviewer's copy anyway). IGN said a lot of good, and some bad, and that seems like a fairly good review to trust.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger Zik said...

I bought the game and I'm far enough into it that I have a feel for the combat system. I personally enjoy the game a lot thus far, but I can understand how some people may have problems with it. The framerate is choppy at times, and at first, fighting is a little confusing, but like they said, you get the hang of it.

It would probably be wise to rent this game before buying it, because whether or not you like this game really depends on your individual taste in games.

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Rooney said...

zik, thanks for chiming in ! Please feel free to post up some more comments when you've progressed further.

subordinator - true, the IGN review isn't over the top at all... I guess I'm just a cynical because when I clicked on to the review it was surrounded by Advent Rising ads. Be sure to post your comments when you get it !


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