Reviews and Problems with Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball Max'd
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NHL 2K7 Review
11 March 2010
Conclusion: I have a feeling that NHL 2K7 is the filler game that will hopefully get 2K through to 2K8, when they can redefine hockey gaming forever. Keep your fingers crossed. While the animations and physics are vastly improved, there’s too little else to like with this series. A general art direction overhaul seems to be in order, plus, a bit of A.I. tweaking could cut down on all-world goaltending occurring on any difficulty level.
Excerpt: You might expect a paintball game to play like a gimmicky, bloodless version of your average first-person shooter. However, if you're familiar with the sport of paintball, you already know that there's much more to it than that. In fact, Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball and its followup, Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball Max'd, go to great lengths to present paintball as legitimate sport, with its own rules, culture, products, and players, rather than a dumbed-down...
Pros: The most authentic paintball game on the market, Plenty of licensed gear and competitors, All-new team control features, Tight, versatile controls, Map editor lets you design your own courses
Cons: Bland graphics and stiff character animations, Annoying announcer, The matches might seem limited and repetitive if you aren't familiar with the sport, New features aren't quite worth another $40 if you already have the first game
Conclusion: Max’d effectively captures the mix of intensity and excitement, and properly using cover in arena paintball, and in the end it’s only limited by the confines of the sport itself. It can be a blast in multiplayer and especially online provided the game develops a solid fan base. However, the release of the Xbox 360 means that this is potentially unlikely. It isn’t really different enough from the first game to encourage a re-buy, either.