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GF Rating
3.8

257 ratings

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Missed Opportunity for a Good Game

posted by Denton (CEDAR PARK, TX) Nov 25, 2009

Member since May 2004

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Planet 51 is a so-so budget game with the potential to have been better.

The game is best categorized as a GTA clone, with an obvious comparison to be made to Simpons Hit & Run due to the game being suited for kids.

The Good:

- Art. The game won't win any awards but it looks good enough, assuming you like the cartoon style.
- Performance. Framerate seemed solid. No crashes.
- Driving. The basics of driving around the environment work pretty well, though anyone who dislikes arcade-y physics will have a problem with it.
- Story Missions. There's a decent variety of mission types and mechanics as you play through the story. Most revolve around driving, but there are some on-foot and stealth missions as well.

The Bad:

- Repetitive tasks. These are optional, but if you want all the rewards and achievements you'll have to complete tasks, and they are extremely repetitive. For example, to complete the series of taxi tasks, you'll have to drive the same exact course ten times in a row, with each run requiring 3-4 minutes and the only change between runs that you successively get less and less time.
- No reason to have so many vehicles. You'll collect lots of cars, bikes, trucks, etc., and always have access to all of them, but the only disernible performance difference is speed. Many of the vehicles just seem to be visual variants.
- No mini-map or ability to place a destination marker on the map. This isn't an issue within missions, as arrows show you where to go, but outside of missions it can get confusing trying to reach a destination as you have to keep bringing up the full map.
- Cutscenes. These appear to be using animations from the movie, so they're animated fine, but the voiceover is changed so there is no syncing between sound and visuals. At least they can be skipped.
- Frequent loading screens and no option to install to hard drive.

I really like this genre of game, so had some fun with it, but for most people I say skip it or rent with low expectations.

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Avoid at all costs

posted by D00mM4r1n3 (ROUND LAKE, IL) Jun 3, 2010

Member since Jun 2010

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is not an easy 1000 achievement points. The controls are worse than Leisure Suit Larry, and the gameplay itself is nothing but minigames that you have to play 10 times (each) in a row in order to unlock achievements for them. If you want an easy 1,000 achievement points rent Open Season, Cars, or any of the Lego games.

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GF Rating
3

Bad

This Game Was Horrid

posted by BruceF (BENTONVILLE, AR) Oct 18, 2010

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Member since Nov 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Everyone remembers how bad Leisure Suit Larry was, right? Well this game is so much worse. Imagine having to play the same inane mini games 10 times each, and that's if you don't fail and have to replay any of the 10. Abysmally boring and even my 6 year old gave up on this one. Not even worth a rental and if you are going for gamerscore thinking this is an easy 1k, forget it and move on.

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

Very boring and pointless

posted by bboy360 (LOS ANGELES, CA) Jul 19, 2010

Member since Jul 2010

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I rented this to get some easy Cheevos, but it wasn't woth it. The Cheevos take long time to get and it's very frustrating. You have to do the same task 10 times in a row Level 1-10 to complete the Cheev. And you can't save, you have to do all 10 levels at once. Don't rent this for any reason unless you want to frustrate yourself. The race tasks are horrible and there's always computer catch up, so no matter how good your drive, they can always fly by you at the finish line. I doubt the people that designed the game even played it. The video game testers for this game probably all quit. Story is linear and boring. I think there's even a glitch cus I finished the whole story, but didn't get credit for the town cheev.

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

stupid and rotten

posted by gmerdude12 (UKIAH, CA) Jan 8, 2011

Member since Mar 2009

sux hairy monkey balls

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