Posté le : 30 mai
A pleasant little FPS game. There is nothing particularly exceptional about the game: the mechanics are fairly standard, the narrative is good, though not perhaps as good a treatment of the idea (SE Asian upstart invades US West Coast) as others have done. The mechanics for the PC are unpolished: hints at the bottom of the screen gave button numbers, which doesn't help if you play with mouse+keyboard as I did. And in two cases (Goliath and grenade launcher), the only way to access these necessary functions was by reaching down and pushing the joystick on the otherwise unused controller. In another case, it gave no useful indication of how to control the helicopter's altitude, leaving me to button mash for a good ten minutes (failing the mission at one point) (it turned out to be, absurdly, the 5th button on the mouse).
Nevertheless, I played the game for the narrative, and it has a couple of stand-out points. The first for sure is the opening mission, where you play as one being arrested (why? who knows. For harboring rebellious attitudes, it seems) and on the bus ride to your eventual fate, you see the world around you being corrupted and destroyed, invaders "cleansing" (?) the local population. I'm not entirely sure why the occupying force would willy-nilly kill mothers and fathers, citizens and non-aggressive individuals, but they are certainly familiar to us as the most iconic images of war and dictatorships, whether Nazi or Chinese, Serbian or Chilean, and they have a strong effect on the reader. The second is the burning of the city (Colorado, somewhere), that is revealed at a moment when the characters leave on a mission. The game certainly brings home the consequences of war - I'm not sure how much of it is entirely credible (I very much doubt the Koreans could take down the entire midwest with paratroopers), but it gives plenty of haunting images of what life would be like in a very different, and as far as a political collapse of the US, somewhat plausible America. The collage of news reports and video documentaries that provide the prologue to the game is well done. Otherwise, the arc of the characters is fairly predictable ("I bet _he's_ gonna die") and I never actually attached to my own character, but rather than a fault, this is really only a missed opportunity. The game itself is rather short, as well. I only played about 5 hours, and it ended rather abruptly. It hinted at the turning point of the war, but I would have preferred the thrill to get to see that happen, and the Koreans begin to retreat. I was expecting it, and to not have it I felt was another missed opportunity.
For the $5 I paid, certainly worth it. Total: 7/10 (mostly for the haunting images and sequences).