Thursday, 30 June 2011


Version Reviewed: Playstation 3
This game is based around the ARK, the last bastion for the human race after the Ice caps finally melted. Two factions arose the Resistance, who want to go search for other humans outside of the ARK, and the Security, who want to keep them here to protect them from the outside world.

You can play as either Resistance or Security but in the end you can play as either so doesn't really matter who you choose at the start.

Character customisation is available you can choose weapons, voice, appearance and body type. Only body type and weapons effect the gameplay. Body type affects the damage you take as well as your athletic ability, while weapons is obvious.

There are around 16 missions which can be played either solo with computer controlled teams or Online, with players on both sides. After being assigned a team you have to choose a class. These are:

  • Soldier - Blow things up
  • Engineer - Fix things and turret deployment
  • Medic - Fix team mates and buffering
  • Operative - Disguises and hacking

Depending on the task at hand you can either choose to play as a relevant class (E.g. Soldier when you need to bomb something) or you can play as the other classes to support the team. I particular enjoyed playing as the medic as there always seems to be a lack of them plus I always seemed to get the highest XP for playing them. Oh yeah the level up system is used to unlock new abilities and new appearance options, to unlock weapons and attachments you have to play challenges.

The challenges are aimed to test your skills as each of the classes, level 2 of each challenge feels impossible, but with patience and skill you eventually unlock all the gear.

I found this game entertaining but frustrating. When hacking stuff you are totally vulnerable and cannot equip your weapons without disrupting the hacking process which is slow and painful to go through. Most of the time climbing over objects puts you at a disadvantage but can be awesome when used effectively. If you have a bunch of friends that like multiplayer games then get this game and make a team as this is where the game excels.

I love the fact it isn't like most shoot-em-ups where the aim is to kill everything as the aim is just to complete goals which makes tactics important, but even so I did get bored rather quickly the campaign should have been more about exploration. Overall I would give this 8/10.

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