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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra DS Review
30 May 2010
Excerpt: G.I. Joe (or Action Man to give it its UK title) was a doll that a boy could play with without being embarrassed. Lets face it, playing with a Barbie or a Sindy wouldn’t be very masculine now, would it? G.I. Joe has starred in comics, cartoons and many games over the years, but only now has the popular toy spawned a big budget, live action film.
Excerpt: Well the time has come as we finally received a review copy of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra for the Nintendo DS. In many ways this game comes to me with a couple strikes against it. One, it is based on the new modernized version of the big screen G.I. Joe Movie currently out in theatres which is not fairing well with critics or fans. The second strike is that we have previously reviewed the Xbox 360 version and it didn’t score that well.
Conclusion: Recently released screenshots as well as the trailer offer a good indication of the type of cartoonish aesthetic found in The Rise of the Cobra video game. Bright coloring and rounded character models are blended with more visually realistic explosion, wind, and dust effects that look to put full next-gen capabilities to use.
Conclusion: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra isn't exactly fan service, as it changes a lot of the conventions established through the cartoons and action figures. Still, it will likely appeal to youngsters craving to blast around the world of G.I. Joe. Too bad the Teen rating will frustrate the target audience's chances of getting their hands on the title.
Excerpt: I know what you're thinking. "Another day, another terrible movie-licensed game", right? Well, yes, but GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra on the Nintendo DS takes a different route to most licensed games, in that it's more 'inspired by' the movie it's based on, rather than a wholesale copy of it. If you can look past some fairly big qualms, you may find that it's an enjoyable handheld top-down shooting experience.
Conclusion: GI Joe Rise of Cobra is a classic, addictive formula plagued by technical issues and a boring story that won't stay out of the pure simple action. Graphical bugs, stiff controls and a short campaign spoil a game that could have been as simple and fun as the guilty pleasure movie it was based on.