I'll be honest in this review and not write it through rose tinted glasses. To start with, it's not a fantastic game, it was never going be, never could be. From the day the first trailer appeared on the net, Reef were hammered with comments like "Shiney Potato Head Rambo" and the such like. It was true, the graphics weren't great but you have to hand it to Reef, every single trailer released after that, the graphics certainly showed improvement, Granted, not to the PS3 level but a definite improvement. So graphics aside, what else is there? The fun factor? Is it fun? Does it make you smile? Hand on heart - yes. And a big smile at that.
All those of you that set your standards of gameplay and graphics on the Call of Dutys and Battlefields are going to be sorely disappointed. Hell, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't even buy it in the first place as you would have probably made your mind's up seeing the trailers and reading the various snippets out there. If you just give it the time and take a step back and take it for what it is (hence the review title), you're going to have fun. I am trying not to be biased here or even come across as an employee of Reef(!), but I have waited for this game since reading about the first rumours in a PS magazine some time ago. Each time it was set back, I was gutted. I've always got excited about the release of a new GTA game or, to a lesser extent, Call Of Duty. I've never understood the midnight launch of a game and, to what I would call "saddos" , turning up at 1201 for a new game but I have to admit it, when this game was finally guaranteed a 21st Feb release, I would have turned up at 1201 for it. Granted, there would probably only have been me there and I dare say after the months of waiting and repeatedly watching the trailers Reef kindly kept emailing me, I think I deserved Stallone to turn up himself and hand over my copy.
So was I happy when I started it up? Mweh, mixed reactions. First of all I was expecting a FPS style shooter, not the on rails Time Crisis style I was staring at. Disappointed? A little. But hold a minute, how refreshing is this? It's NOT a typical first person shooter but something a little different and at the end of the day it's freaking Rambo. Then the audio kicked in. Oh yeah, it's Rambo alright. As for the gameplay, I love the reload function where if you make a mess of it the gun jams and slows you down. The five "lives" they give you before you have to start the level again gives a bit more of a challenge to it and takes away the safety of the checkpoints.
If I have to make some criticisms, and let's face it I do, it has to be the audio of the dialogue from the films and possibly the length of the actual game.
Firstly the audio. As you can tell by my previous couple of thousand word essay above this line, I like this game but I have to be harsh on this as the sound comes across as if someone was watching the films in their lounge and decided the record the voices on their old cassette recorder. It's such a shame as the audio soundtrack is spot on and with your eyes closed, you wouldn't know if you were booting up the blu ray of the film or loading the game.
Secondly, the game length. I get the impression that it's not going to be very long. I'm not somebody who completes games very often as I tend to move onto another game but within 3/4 of an hour, I was into First Blood Part 2 so are we looking at 2 1/2 to 3 hours max? I actually had to turn it off as after months of anticipation, I didn't want to complete it and I'm on the hardest level just to try and draw the game out!
Well I'm nearly out of characters and I haven't talked about Move yet! Give it a go, you may be :)