Sunday, January 24, 2010

Video game number nine: Undertow

Game review number nine in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Undertow".

Today, I decided to try yet another twin-stick shooter on Xbox Live Arcade in the hopes that I might catch up a bit (I'm currently over a dozen games behind on my 365 game goal). This one is an underwater adventure game, starring little army men. Basically, it's a twin stick shooter, and not the greatest one I've ever encountered. The game is a 2D side scroller...and you can control one of four different classes of soldier. Your mission is to capture all of the bases in a level, similar to a game of territories in Halo 3.

The controls aren't particularly great. You don't really get the sense that you're underwater...and it's very easy to get killed by the enemy. You can power up your weapons, and try out different classes of soldier...but after trying each one (and unlocking the 100 kills achievement), I wasn't having any more fun than I did after kill number one.

This is one of those games I could see you getting into if it was year one of Xbox Live Arcade and there weren't 50 better games out there, but today? There are so many better ways to spend your gaming dollar. It's a pass.

Overall: 3 out of 10. Ultra-Meh.
Graphics? Poor.
Cut Scenes? Poorly acted.
Controls? Pretty loose.

Achievements? Here's the one I got before I quit playing. I assure you, sticking around for 100 kills felt like forever.


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