Friday, October 28, 2011

The War of the Worlds Released

We haven't done anything on this side scrolling platformer based off H.G. Wells War of the Worlds, but you may have see it at various other places throughout the last year, like IGN or Gamespot. One of the most important aspects of The War of the Worlds is that it's narrated by Patrick Stewart, Professor Xavier himself. That should be all you need to know, but here's some more basic information if you need that kind of thing. The game just came out two days ago, on the 26th, for XBLA and PSN as a downloadable game. It has been getting some good reviews so far, generally giving the consensus that if you are a fan of the movies/books then you will likely enjoy this game. It is developed by Other Ocean Interactive, a unknown studio that has worked on a few games, but all small ones. I know little about it though, so let's go over some basics about it.

The gameplay of The War Of the Worlds is pretty dark looking, but it looks to have little combat and it is mostly about evading the invaders. The gameplay should also be pretty familiar to anyone who has played old classic platforming games like Prince of Persia or Out of This World. The graphics are pretty interesting, managing to create a war torn atmosphere, but one that makes you want to escape all of the death and devastation around you. The player starts out just running for his life, but eventually you do start fighting the invaders directly and the last areas of the game look to be inside one of their "ships". The game is set in London, in 1953, similar to one of the movies. The levels include places from the movie like Hyde Park and Paddington Station. There isn't a lot of information about gameplay or mechanics, but take a look at this video and see if you can't immerse yourself a little in the impressive atmosphere they have created in this level.

The game looks like it could be quite good and I'll leave some review links below if you care to check those out. I am always a fan of strong platformers that have an enjoyable story, but I may just be duped by the power of Patrick Stewart, damn you John Luc Picard! Thanks for reading and if you want to check this out it is on XBLA and PSN, presumably with demo's available as well. It costs $10/ 800 Microsoft Points. Also, launch trailer below!
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Gaming Entertainment Review of The War of the Worlds Review
Gaming Truth Review

The War of the Worlds - Launch Trailer

-Written by Sean Cargle


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