Battle: los angeles the game review

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By Kristine Steimer
It's painfully obvious that Battle: Los Angeles the game lacked even a tiny percentage of the budget awarded khổng lồ its film counterpart for production values & polish.

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Still, Saber Interactive sầu attempted to recreate some of the big phối pieces the movie offers, and made it inkhổng lồ a short, downloadable first-person shooter affair. If this game had been handled the traditional movie-tie-in way, as a retail-priced six- to lớn seven-hour adventure, I'm not sure it would have sầu worked. I managed khổng lồ have a good time with Battle: L.A., but not because it's a good game.

Considering the bare-bones plot of the movie (ZOMG! Aliens are attacking! Stop them!), it was an incredibly smart move khổng lồ mimic most of the storyline and keep the game about the same length. Though that means it's short by game standards, (this entire experience can be completed in a couple hours) there's no way the narrative sầu could have been stretched out any longer. Everything about Battle: Los Angeles is either average or awful, but that's part of its charm. The cut scenes, which are essentially still comic panels with word bubbles, are unintentionally humorous. Though most scenes aren't animated, when they are its so poorly implemented that I actually burst out laughing several times. The voice acting is atrocious, too, but I looked at it as another opportunity to laugh.

Ready,+aim,+fire.

Sandwiched between the horrendously amateur cutscenes are standard first-person combat segments: you'll run through the streets and pedestrian bridges of L.A. & shoot down alien forces. Your arsenal is small -- an assault rifle, sniper rifle, grenades, & a rocket launcher -- but effective.

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Shooting a gun feels solid and using iron sights makes aiming easy. There's really only one kind of enemy to kill in this game: an alien that looks like someone hacked up a giant ball of phlegm & attached a machine gun lớn it. These loogie monsters can take a lot of bullets to lớn the gut without flinching, but a headshot from a sniper rifle still does the trichồng. The lack of enemy variety is only tolerable because you get through the game quickly. When I got bored with shooting the aliens, I turned my fire on the destructible environment, which was amusing enough. Another fun tidbit is when you take damage, the world turns grey và everything slows down, including your squadmates' voices. It's quite awesome lớn hear people screaming in slow-motion. With such a short chiến dịch and no multiplayer, the "replayability" aspect includes forcing you to lớn go through the chiến dịch multiple times to lớn unloông xã videos, pictures, and even Achievements/Trophies for completing the game on different difficulty levels. No thank you.

Verdict

There are plenty of other games on the download circuit that offer more than Battle: L.A. does for a $10 pricetag, but it"s still not the worst investment you could make. The game lacks variety, but it also doesn"t outstay its welcome. If you want some laughs và don"t mind that the shooting experience is average at best, playing through this alien invasion is probably more entertaining than the movie and you"ll get some Achievements/Trophies out of it.