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Dead Nation Review

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Zombies or not, Housemarque's latest dual-joystick effort doesn't come close to fulfilling its potential.


 This is atypically bright for Dead Nation.
Despite having a strong feeling that the zombie video game had already been more or less perfected over a year ago, I was ready to jump into and enjoy Housemarque's new dual-joystick PSN zombie shooter Dead Nation. After all, these are the guys behind Super Stardust HD. If anyone knows dual-joystick shooting, it's them, right? But Dead Nation's awkward mechanics and dim visual style feel at odds with the twitchy, fast-paced gameplay inherent to the genre, and the lackluster online mode leaves an awful lot to be desired too.

The disappointing part is that Dead Nation sounded like it should have been great. Your 15 bucks gets you 10 mildly story-driven levels full of monsters to shoot, and there's a light progression mechanic where your performance earns you gold that you can cash in to upgrade weapons ranging from a shotgun and rocket launcher to a flamethrower, blade-hurler, and electro-zap something or other. You can play those 10 levels by yourself, or with a friend in local or online co-op. Everyone with me so far?

The core problem is the way the game plays. From the get-go, Dead Nation's shooting felt off to me, and even as I upgraded my gear, it never got more enjoyable as the overly long campaign wore on. The camera is pulled further out from the action than I would have liked, making your targets small and relatively hard to aim at (especially since only the default rifle gets a laser sight). The aiming is a little squirrelly anyway, combining with the small targets to make the game feel less precise than the great dual-joystick shooters of the last few years. And that default rifle is the only gun with unlimited ammo, so you tend to rely on it a lot--but it's a single-shot-single-button-press weapon, so my index finger felt like it was just about ready to fall off by the end of the game.

The story between missions is paper-thin.
Worse, none of the levels are what I would call "well-lit," and some areas are downright pitch black. You've got a flashlight that lets you see what's directly in front of you, but even in the best cases, there are often enemies coming right at you that you can barely see. Hiding the monsters and the scenery from you is a central tenet of the game's design, but dual-joystick shooters are all about brightly colored entities moving in obvious contrast to the background. That contrast is necessary so you can subconsciously track the objects moving around your peripheral vision, because everything is moving too fast for you to stop and scrutinize every entity directly. The action doesn't move any slower in Dead Nation than in other shooters; it's just harder to see.

If the core shooting was more fun to play, the relative lack of variety in Dead Nation's campaign levels would be easier to cope with. The vast majority of the game is composed of same-looking city streets and generic urban areas, with cars strewn all over the place. Admittedly, the cars have real strategic value since you can shoot them to set off their alarms, which attracts the horde until the car explodes, just like in Left 4 Dead. Actually, most of this game feels... just like Left 4 Dead. Among the zombie lineup there are direct equivalents of the boomer, spitter, and tank, and you'll find yourself in familiar locations like a hospital and a carnival, in the latter shooting zombie clowns. This stuff has been done before.

 ACK ZOMBIES
The game is more fun in two-player co-op than it is by yourself, largely because the level design and monster distribution make it really hard while you're playing solo to put your back against a wall and defend yourself without getting surrounded. With a friend onboard you can naturally watch each other's backs, making this a much less frequent occurrence. But you'd be best off playing with that friend on the couch with you. Getting into an online game isn't a problem, but when I played online, there was enough lag even as the host to make the game feel noticeably less responsive than it does offline. Also, when you're playing online, you can't talk to your partner because the game currently has no voice chat. Housemarque promises the feature will be along shortly in an upcoming patch, but for an online action game to ship without voice chat one month shy of 2011 is damn near unforgivable at this point.

At least Dead Nation looks great. That lighting that impacted the quality of the action for me does look nice and moody, and there are some great physics that send zombie bodies flying right at the camera when you set off a big explosion. But it doesn't matter how slick a game like this looks if the action isn't on point. Housemarque has proven in the past it clearly has the chops to make great shooters, but it doesn't feel like that skill was fully brought to bear on this one.
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Edited by PrivateIronTFU

Damn. That sucks. I actually had high hopes for this game.

Posted by DaBuddaDa

Daaayyyyyyym son!

Posted by Gutlieb

I expected 3.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

Wow that's a surprise especially when Brad seemed to be showing some interest in the game during the last podcast.
 
Oh well, I'm sure there are other zombie games out there.

Posted by NekuCTR

I still don't understand why the darkness puts you off so much. It's a damn zombie game, you can always bump up your gamma or something. But otherwise, awesome and accurate review.

Edited by Yummylee

Oh wow O_O. With all the good words he gave it via the quicklook and bombcast I figured it would score at least a 3 star. Wasn't planning on getting it anywhoo; a lil too pricey at £10 for a dual stick shooter, no matter how long the story is.

Edited by EgoCheck616

These reviews have become fucking jokes. 
I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it. 
 
No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. 
You heard it here first. 
Uncharted 3: 2/5 
"It was too much like the previous Uncharted games." 
 
Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. 
WHICH IT IS. 
 
You people really need to go back to the drawing board. 
That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5.

Edited by CaptainCody

Wow, that's surprising. Game seemed fun. 
Althouth to be honest this game still seems alright, I bet I'd have a blast playing this with my girfriend.
Posted by BBQBram

As expected.

Posted by MrKlorox

This game obviously didn't need to exist. Wake me when Dead State gets a little closer.

Posted by tourgen

seems about right based on the quicklook.  The bad lighting looked like it really hamstrung the arcade action.

Posted by Yummylee
@EgoCheck616 said:
" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
Are you serious?...Is he serious????
Posted by havelava
@EgoCheck616 said:

"Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.
'

He mentions that it is

  Hiding the monsters and the scenery from you is a central tenet of the game's design

The point is that it hurts more then it helps the games design
Posted by Nert
@EgoCheck616 said:
" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
This console warrior stuff is the single worst thing about gaming culture; it comes across as completely childish. Stop freaking out over the score, read what he wrote in his review, and if you disagree about it, that's fine, but it doesn't mean that they have some vast anti-PS3 conspiracy. Giving Uncharted 2 game of the year is a pretty ineffective way of waging the holy war against Sony, I would think.
Posted by FixerofDeath
@Abyssfull: @Abyssfull said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
Are you serious?...Is he serious???? "
Trolls be trollin'. 
 
Brad put up legitimate arguments to reflect the given score. It's all his own opinion anyway. 
 
Good review Brad.
Edited by Volkodlak
@EgoCheck616 said:

" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it. "  

 
Don't like this review... write your own then. 
 
Anyway, on topic; that's a shame I was looking forward to this but I think I'll hold off now... now if all PSN games had demos, maybe that'd sway me Sony.
Posted by nickux

Holy shit! I am totally surprised by this review. I was fully expecting something better from Housemarque. Wow, very disappointed it turned out so poorly. 

Posted by BlackSymbiote

That's a shame, but I kinda got that feeling from the Quick Look.

Posted by TadThuggish

"BUT THERE ARE ZOMBIES IN IT!!!" -- Every video game site besides this one.  Thanks for sticking with yourself, Brad and Giant Bomb.

Posted by TadThuggish
@EgoCheck616 said:
" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
CUT MY LIFE INTO PIECES 
THIS IS MY LAST RESORT
Edited by EgoCheck616
@Nert said:

" @EgoCheck616 said:

" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
This console warrior stuff is the single worst thing about gaming culture; it comes across as completely childish. Stop freaking out over the score, read what he wrote in his review, and if you disagree about it, that's fine, but it doesn't mean that they have some vast anti-PS3 conspiracy. Giving Uncharted 2 game of the year is a pretty ineffective way of waging the holy war against Sony, I would think. "
It would be wise to do your research before jumping to conclusions. 
As my profile clearly shows I am an avid Steam user, currently with 89 games. 
 
I use my PlayStation 3 only for exclusives. 
 
And yet it amazes me that a box that is essentially a poor man's PC mod is getting so much love.
Posted by Oullie

Eh, cant see the zombies well? Sounds like a bad downfall. I want to see whats coming at me. I haven't heard of this game until now. I guess if I run into money I might give it a go.

Posted by niamahai
@Nert said:
This console warrior stuff is the single worst thing about gaming culture; it comes across as completely childish. Stop freaking out over the score, read what he wrote in his review, and if you disagree about it, that's fine, but it doesn't mean that they have some vast anti-PS3 conspiracy. Giving Uncharted 2 game of the year is a pretty ineffective way of waging the holy war against Sony, I would think. "
ha! console warrior! that;s a class i would roll in a RPG.
 
Strength: 0 
Will: 10
Charisma: 0
Deity: PS3
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Posted by Terry_Bogard
@EgoCheck616: Wow.. you usually don't see shit like this on Giantbomb. 
Edited by TadThuggish
@EgoCheck616 said:

" @Nert said:

" @EgoCheck616 said:

" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
This console warrior stuff is the single worst thing about gaming culture; it comes across as completely childish. Stop freaking out over the score, read what he wrote in his review, and if you disagree about it, that's fine, but it doesn't mean that they have some vast anti-PS3 conspiracy. Giving Uncharted 2 game of the year is a pretty ineffective way of waging the holy war against Sony, I would think. "
It would be wise to do your research before jumping to conclusions. As my profile clearly shows I am an avid Steam user, currently with 89 games.  I use my PlayStation 3 only for exclusives.  And yet it amazes me that a box that is essentially a poor man's PC mod is getting so much love. "
SUFFOCATION 
NO BREATHING 
DON"T GIVE A FUCK IF I CUT MY ARM BLEEDING 
 
Sounds like you're the kind of guy to make a really racist comment, then trot out a black guy and say "No, no, he's a friend!"  Hey douchenozzle, you flipped out and claimed there was some kind of conspiracy against the Playstation.  Just because you also have a lot of Steam games doesn't negate your comment.
Posted by Nert
@EgoCheck616 said:
" @Nert said:

" @EgoCheck616 said:

" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
This console warrior stuff is the single worst thing about gaming culture; it comes across as completely childish. Stop freaking out over the score, read what he wrote in his review, and if you disagree about it, that's fine, but it doesn't mean that they have some vast anti-PS3 conspiracy. Giving Uncharted 2 game of the year is a pretty ineffective way of waging the holy war against Sony, I would think. "
It would be wise to do your research before jumping to conclusions. As my profile clearly shows I am an avid Steam user, currently with 89 games.  I use my PlayStation 3 only for exclusives.  And yet it amazes me that a box that is essentially a poor man's PC mod is getting so much love. "
I'm glad that you use and enjoy Steam, it's a great platform. I called your post "console warrior stuff" because you immediately decided to frame Brad's review in terms of PS3 vs. 360 games when there wasn't even the slightest hint at that angle in the review. Feeling the need to defend an entire platform and attack an entire other platform based on someone not liking an individual game is absurd. 
Posted by jaks

I downloaded this game and I am kind of enjoying it. I don't agree its only a two start game. Maybe 3 1/2. 
 
I am just happy seeing Brad review a game he doesn't give 5 starts to though. You'd think anything he'd give two stars to would have leaped out of the TV and sodomized him against his will for several hours before killing his dog and eating all the leftover pizza he was gonna eat for lunch.

Posted by TadThuggish
@Nert said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" @Nert said:

" @EgoCheck616 said:

" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
This console warrior stuff is the single worst thing about gaming culture; it comes across as completely childish. Stop freaking out over the score, read what he wrote in his review, and if you disagree about it, that's fine, but it doesn't mean that they have some vast anti-PS3 conspiracy. Giving Uncharted 2 game of the year is a pretty ineffective way of waging the holy war against Sony, I would think. "
It would be wise to do your research before jumping to conclusions. As my profile clearly shows I am an avid Steam user, currently with 89 games.  I use my PlayStation 3 only for exclusives.  And yet it amazes me that a box that is essentially a poor man's PC mod is getting so much love. "
I'm glad that you use and enjoy Steam, it's a great platform. I called your post "console warrior stuff" because you immediately decided to frame Brad's review in terms of PS3 vs. 360 games when there wasn't even the slightest hint at that angle in the review. Feeling the need to defend an entire platform and attack an entire other platform based on someone not liking an individual game is absurd.  "  
It's not absurd.  Sony will give him a high-paying executive job for defending their product so vigorously! 
Posted by Vinchenzo
@EgoCheck616: You're a bitch. Probably the biggest bitch.
Posted by dragonzord
@Nert said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" @Nert said:

" @EgoCheck616 said:

" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
This console warrior stuff is the single worst thing about gaming culture; it comes across as completely childish. Stop freaking out over the score, read what he wrote in his review, and if you disagree about it, that's fine, but it doesn't mean that they have some vast anti-PS3 conspiracy. Giving Uncharted 2 game of the year is a pretty ineffective way of waging the holy war against Sony, I would think. "
It would be wise to do your research before jumping to conclusions. As my profile clearly shows I am an avid Steam user, currently with 89 games.  I use my PlayStation 3 only for exclusives.  And yet it amazes me that a box that is essentially a poor man's PC mod is getting so much love. "
I'm glad that you use and enjoy Steam, it's a great platform. I called your post "console warrior stuff" because you immediately decided to frame Brad's review in terms of PS3 vs. 360 games when there wasn't even the slightest hint at that angle in the review. Feeling the need to defend an entire platform and attack an entire other platform based on someone not liking an individual game is absurd.  "
Just look at how much they liked Fable 3. Lol.
Posted by RecSpec

That's a bummer. The quicklook really made me question buying it, now this makes it a definite no.

Posted by EgoCheck616
@zoner said:
" @Nert said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" @Nert said:

" @EgoCheck616 said:

" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
This console warrior stuff is the single worst thing about gaming culture; it comes across as completely childish. Stop freaking out over the score, read what he wrote in his review, and if you disagree about it, that's fine, but it doesn't mean that they have some vast anti-PS3 conspiracy. Giving Uncharted 2 game of the year is a pretty ineffective way of waging the holy war against Sony, I would think. "
It would be wise to do your research before jumping to conclusions. As my profile clearly shows I am an avid Steam user, currently with 89 games.  I use my PlayStation 3 only for exclusives.  And yet it amazes me that a box that is essentially a poor man's PC mod is getting so much love. "
I'm glad that you use and enjoy Steam, it's a great platform. I called your post "console warrior stuff" because you immediately decided to frame Brad's review in terms of PS3 vs. 360 games when there wasn't even the slightest hint at that angle in the review. Feeling the need to defend an entire platform and attack an entire other platform based on someone not liking an individual game is absurd.  "
Just look at how much they liked Fable 3. Lol. "
Poor example. We've heard them give VERY strong complaints about Fable 3 on several occasions. 
Much worse than anything I've heard about Gran Turismo 5 or Dead Nation. 
 
And it still gets a 3/5.
Edited by ProfessorEss
@Abyssfull said:

" Oh wow O_O. With all the good words he gave it via the quicklook and bombcast I figured it would score at least a 3 star. Wasn't planning on getting it anywhoo; a lil too pricey at £10 for a dual stick shooter, no matter how long the story is. "

I could see it being one of those games that goes from "Quicklook-awesome" to "Beat-the-whole-game-shitty" pretty quick.
 
...kinda like Turtles in Time: Re-Shelled did on me last night :P
Edited by beard_of_zeus

A little surprised by this review. I downloaded the game when it came out, and I'm finding it fun. I haven't had any problems with the shooting mechanics, and regarding the brightness issue, I only kicked up the gamma one notch from the default, and I thought everything looked great. 
 
There are certain areas (not the entire game or anything, which is what the complaint sounds like in this writeup) that are darker on purpose for sure, though, and you are supposed to traverse them with your flashlight. Personally, I thought it added to the moodiness and the tenseness of the action, not detracted from it like Brad felt, but I can see why some people might have that reaction.
 
I'm totally with him on the online aspect though. Definitely noticed some lag, and no voice chat is a killer.
 
I respectfully disagree on a couple points, but I see where Brad is coming from. I think it's a fun enough game, too bad there isn't a demo at the moment for folks to check out. I was an early adopter, but I wouldn't blame folks for waiting for it to get a little bit cheaper. In the "downloadable isometric shooter of 2010" category, I still think Lara Croft is a superior game.

Posted by Duffyside

I wonder if betting an all-in bet on this for 300,000 + credits for four stars will wield me 150,000? ... No? 
 
Well then, I do the only thing a mature man like me can do: BIAS!!!11 YOU'R BIAS!1

Posted by Dallas_Raines
@EgoCheck616:  
 
 God, I've never seen a post from EgoCheck that wasn't nonsensical bitching. 
 
Hey motherfucker,  there's been more positive PS3 reviews then negative this year! 

Heavy Rain    4 stars
ModNation Racers   4 stars  
Sports Champions     4 fucking stars
 
Goddamn UNCHARTED 2 WAS 2009'S GAME OF THE YEAR! Christ. 
Posted by rjayb89

Yay, good thing I only bet 100 points on 4 stars.  

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Posted by Tsai
@EgoCheck616 said:
" These reviews have become fucking jokes. I've been playing Dead Nation for the past 2 days and loving every second of it.  No, let's just shit on another PS3 exclusive. You heard it here first. Uncharted 3: 2/5 "It was too much like the previous Uncharted games."  Vinny even said in the quick look that he felt the lighting was meant to be a mechanic. WHICH IT IS.  You people really need to go back to the drawing board. That is, until Halo 24327 comes out and gets a 5/5. "
What actual difference does it make if other people likes or dislikes what you enjoy? I think it's weird in today's  society that we need approval from others to enjoy things we may already like. I enjoy lots of games review sites score low, I don't care and why should I, the world doesn't revolve around me.
Posted by Deyleone

"but dual-joystick shooters are all about brightly colored entities moving in obvious contrast to the background"
 
I agree with most of Brad's complaints but this comment bothered me.  Usually the GB guys aren't so close-minded.  This isn't a Kirby's Epic Yarn dual-stick shooter, it's a zombie onslaught.  Oh well...despite a few rough edges this game is a lot of fun.  Definitely worth the price of admission. 

Posted by stinky
@Lord_Yeti said:
" @EgoCheck616:  
 
 God, I've never seen a post from EgoCheck that wasn't nonsensical bitching. 
 
Hey motherfucker,  there's been more positive PS3 reviews then negative this year! 

Heavy Rain    4 stars
ModNation Racers   4 stars  
Sports Champions     4 fucking stars Goddamn UNCHARTED 2 WAS 2009'S GAME OF THE YEAR! Christ.  "
 
 
THOSE REVIEWS ARE COVER UPS!!!  WAKE UP!
they don't want you to know outright they hate SONY.  
Posted by W1SSY

2 stars seems harsh but it is an opinion. Hopefully they have a demo for people to try. I picked this up and have been loving the game myself.

Posted by Renocide

I can't agree with this score at all. I am enjoying the game a lot. 
 
Lets be clear guys. This review is ONE guys PERSONAL opinion.  
 
Read more than a single review before assuming the game won't appeal to you.  
 
If you base your purchases off of a single review then you are really going to miss out on a lot of really great games.  
 
Gather your information from several sources and THEN decide if it's something you want to try. 
 
Peace.

Posted by animathias
@EgoCheck616:

Fable 3 and Gran Turismo 5 both got 3/5, both reviewers stating that the core of the game was fun but the trappings around the core gameplay bring the score down. You also seem to forget that there aren't exactly a buttload of PS3 exclusives being released right now, so let me run down their reviews:

  • Dead Nation - 2/5 stars
  • Gran Turismo 5 - 3/5 stars
  • Sports Champions - 4/5 stars
  • ModNation Racers - 4/5 stars
  • 3D Dot Game Heroes - 3/5 stars
  • God of War 3 - 4/5 stars
  • Heavy Rain - 4/5 stars
  • MAG - 4/5 stars
  • God of War Collection - 4/5 stars
  • Buzz! Quiz World - 3/5 stars (alright, I see an anti-PS3 conspiracy there)
  • Uncharted 2 - 5/5 stars, frikken GAME OF THE YEAR 2009
  • Average: 3.7/5 stars

Xbox 360 exclusives:

  • Kinect Sports - 4/5 stars
  • Dance Central - 4/5 stars
  • Kinect Adventures! - 3/5 stars
  • Fable 3 - 3/5 stars
  • Halo: Reach - 4/5 stars (boy, he showed it to PS3 fans.)
  • Crackdown 2 - 3/5 stars
  • Alan Wake - 4/5 stars
  • Metro 2033 - 3/5 stars (same reviewer as GT5, big 360 preference, eh?)
  • Mass Effect 2 - 5/5 stars
  • Halo 3: ODST - 4/5 stars (I added the big PS3 game of last year, this is the big 360 game)
  • Average: 3.7/5 stars

There.

Posted by NathHaw
@animathias: You know what?  That's awesome that you did all that work, and I appreciate it; you shouldn't have given a response that much work.  ;)
Posted by TadThuggish
@animathias said:
" @EgoCheck616:

Fable 3 and Gran Turismo 5 both got 3/5, both reviewers stating that the core of the game was fun but the trappings around the core gameplay bring the score down. You also seem to forget that there aren't exactly a buttload of PS3 exclusives being released right now, so let me run down their reviews:

  • Dead Nation - 2/5 stars
  • Gran Turismo 5 - 3/5 stars
  • Sports Champions - 4/5 stars
  • ModNation Racers - 4/5 stars
  • 3D Dot Game Heroes - 3/5 stars
  • God of War 3 - 4/5 stars
  • Heavy Rain - 4/5 stars
  • MAG - 4/5 stars
  • God of War Collection - 4/5 stars
  • Buzz! Quiz World - 3/5 stars (alright, I see an anti-PS3 conspiracy there)
  • Uncharted 2 - 5/5 stars, frikken GAME OF THE YEAR 2009
  • Average: 3.7/5 stars

Xbox 360 exclusives:

  • Kinect Sports - 4/5 stars
  • Dance Central - 4/5 stars
  • Kinect Adventures! - 3/5 stars
  • Fable 3 - 3/5 stars
  • Halo: Reach - 4/5 stars (boy, he showed it to PS3 fans.)
  • Crackdown 2 - 3/5 stars
  • Alan Wake - 4/5 stars
  • Metro 2033 - 3/5 stars (same reviewer as GT5, big 360 preference, eh?)
  • Mass Effect 2 - 5/5 stars
  • Halo 3: ODST - 4/5 stars (I added the big PS3 game of last year, this is the big 360 game)
  • Average: 3.7/5 stars

There.

"
Yeah, but they prefer the 360's 3.75 more!  BIAS BIAS BIAS
Posted by animathias
@Bloviator:
Work well worth it. To be honest with all of Ego's comments I was wondering if he had a point. Nope, it's just there haven't been any PS3-only reviews since ModNation Racers. A site bias versus a particular platform seems absolutely bananas to me, and it's crazy it turned out almost exact (the PS3 is actually 3.6363636363636363/5 stars, but don't tell Ego that)
Posted by Diamond

I'd say this review is far off the mark.  It's not as awesome as Super Stardust HD, but it's one of the best dual analog shooters this gen.

Posted by IamTerics

Aww. I disagree but what eves...

Posted by l4wd0g

You have saved me money yet again

Posted by EgoCheck616
@animathias: Sir, you just kicked my ass in front of a crowd of gamers. 
Fair enough. I'm not afraid to admit when I've been bested. 
 
*fanboy mode powering down* 
boop boop de boop
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