OVERVIEW: The game sets us in a future where the world has been fought over and destroyed in a battle with robots, leaving it ruins. While I can't name any movies that run off of that plot line...I would have to say this seems like a healthy spin on that idea, as the areas are very alive with plant life, not burnt and deathly looking. The two main characters, Monkey and Trip, really make you feel for them, but also feel frustration as well, like your favorite TV show couple who just won't get together. Also, the ending leaves something to be desired...like A FREAKING EXPLANATION of how the world became this way, or what happens afterwards. Unfortunately, the company announced there will never be any sequels, to any of their games, so those questions will just have to hang there forever.
GAMEPLAY: While the game play initially gets you hooked with its close quarters combat with a freaking cool staff, it also throws in long-range fighting as well, since the staff somehow acts as a gun as well (don't ask me, I didn't write the script). However, that combination really keeps it minimal in the changing weapons department, which can be a pain in some games, depending on how the menus to change the weapons are. But, the fighting can sometimes get very repetitive, which can really make the game seem to drag on. Also, the puzzles in this can be a little tough sometimes, but that us because of the combination of an unmovable camera, and not knowing which way on the joystick corresponds to the direction you want to go, thanks to the camera angle (Dying 8 times in an area were dying once seemed stupid really brings this frustration out). The Boss fights are also pretty fun too, allowing you to use some of the coolest takedowns in the game.
GRAPHICS & SOUND: I included these together because, truth be told it is just a beautiful game. They could have gone over the top with it, since it is an apocalyptic world, but they combined nature and ruins just right to give you the feeling you want. Truly, even if the story frustrated me at times (Just get together!!!), it was a game that truly used its environment to tell the story and drive it along as well.
LASTING APPEAL: While being a great game, the fact that it doesn't have a sequel made it lose some of its appeal. Once you gone through the story, there doesn't seem to be a real reason to go back and play it again, unless you like achievement hunting as much as the other guy (still have to go beat it on hard). There is also a DLC for the game as well, but I don't know how much more it could add, as I assume it involves the third character in this game pretty heavily, as his name is in the DLC title (Let's just say Trip is the only person who is not named after an animal). However, I will still keep this game on my shelf, as I might want to play it again after I finish all my other games, or just get the rest of the achievements.
yes: I recommend this product