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GF Rating
5.0

4872 ratings

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Hoping the Reviews Were Wrong

posted by pswilliams986 (ROCKY POINT, NC) Sep 4, 2014

Member since Oct 2011

After three years of hearing how terrible this game is I finally decided to give it a rent in the slow months of a new console release. I was hoping the reviewers were exaggerating due to disappointment with the game not being what they expected it to be and were pretentiously scoffing at this game's low brow humor.

After playing I can say that the reviewers were absolutely right. This game feels like it should have come out in 1999. I realize this was in development for 12 years but the developers really didn't seem to do anything to make this feel like a modern game as far as gameplay and presentation are concerned.

Some of the dialogue is so cringe-worthy that I had to mute my TV while playing it because I was embarrassed of some of the cheesy, self-awareness lacking lines. I enjoy shows like Family Guy and South Park so I thought the humor here would at least be entertaining. Gearbox was the developer that made the hilarious Borderlands 2 after all. It's not anywhere near close. This is the gaming equivalent of Movie 43, Meet the Spartans, or some similar terrible parody movie that seems to think merely mentioning feces is enough to get a laugh. The game really shows it's age and looks worse than a lot of early PS3 games which is sad considering this game came out when the PS3 was five years old.

So the presentation sucks, how's the gameplay? Terrible. It shows it's age just as much as the presentation. The aiming mechanic feels unintuitive and extremely dated. It felt like I was playing a mediocre the original Doom for PC. The guns also seem to have no impact. It doesn't matter if you get a headshot or shoot an enemy in the foot, they still go down in the same number of hits. The game tries to break up shooting with various other segments such as solving environmental puzzles and some really awkward first-person platforming sections. None of this comes off as anything more than shameless padding and is more tedious than anything else.

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

Don't bother renting

posted by cah117 (PITTSBURGH, PA) Jul 25, 2014

Member since Aug 2011

After some time and all the bad press, I figured I'd play it just for fun. I wasn't expecting much. Well, the game wouldn't even install on my system and froze every time I tried. I read that this happened to other folks as well. I guess the game is so bad it doesn't even want you to know just how bad it is.

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

This game

posted by turhfh (MINNEOLA, FL) Jul 9, 2013

Member since Jul 2013

The only thing i use this game for is to throw it at my friends head who suggests i play this god awful game

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