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|A.P.I Review:||BEAST WARS|
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|Game Type:||3rd person action shooter||Memory Card|
Beast Wars is the first game to take the Transformers license, a Science Fiction environment and bring it all together into the console arena. Great idea right? The object of the game is to defeat the opposing Transformer factions -- either the evil Predicons that aspire to Universal domination through the collection of Energon crystals, or the heroic Maximals who strive for intergalactic peace. The view is from a 3rd person perspective that has you running through rather uninspired level designs. I was surprised to find a fair amount of polygon breakup and poor collision detection throughout the game. Couple to that a rather difficult control system and you've got some problems here. By the time you figure out what it is that you are shooting at...Bang you're dead. I was also not too thrilled to have to start back at the beginning of a level each time my character got blasted...err I hate it when that happens! It's a shame because with a little more tweaking, I think the gameplay could have been much more enjoyable... The transformation idea was a good one, but unfortunately it has been poorly implemented. Once transformed, you are limited to running, jumping and frustrating hand to paw combat. Depending on a particular predicament, you need to decide which assemblage your character needs to be in to successfully get through a given situation. I guess this adds a bit of strategy, but it gets old rather fast. The sound effects aren't quite as "driving" as I would like to see in a game of type. There was nothing that grabbed my attention or left any lasting impression. I think it would be wise to just turn off the volume on your TV and pop in a favorite CD...it makes the game a bit better! On a positive note, the game IS a shooter and there are lots of things to shoot at. Enemy fire is often coming at you from all directions...from the ground, from the sides and from the air. The game challenges you to be quick on the draw, which is what any good shooter should do. The special effects are also pretty sharp, with some nice particle explosions and ample light-sourching...especially in the city level. The transformation from character to beast is also well done.
Well, I just happen to be a Science Fiction fan and it's very hard to get used Science Fiction presented in this manner. Personally I feel you may be better off watching the Sci-Fi channel. Hasbro needs to really take a long hard look before releasing a game of this caliber again in the future. It's got strong name recognition, a great premise but just falls apart in the execution. I hate to say it but save your purchase money on this one, it's definitely a rental first before buying.