Excerpt: Smilebit's second Xbox game is a big departure from its first, Jet Set Radio Future. Set in a alternate year 1906, Dr. Hebble, the man behind a new revolutionary human jet pack, has gone missing.
Excerpt: Sega’s Gunvalkyrie is a highly-polished title that showcases the power of the
Xbox. This isn’t a Halo clone because its the innovative jump-boost controls
give it a unique feel. GV’s level designs are a little bit difficult and the
control system isn’t perfect but players with persistence who are up...
Excerpt: While the story for Gunvalkyrie really is secondary to the gameplay, the alternative history vein that is introduced as the backstory is well thought out, giving an additional flavor to the game. At the core of the story is a Dr. Hebble, a mysterious scientist that turns up missing.
Pros: Lots of 3D shooter action, Well crafted levels, Difficult enough for seasoned gamers
Cons: Control scheme takes time to learn and master, Casual gamers may be turned off by difficulty
Excerpt: Today I present you a new entry in the coveted "Gamer's Game" category, Smilebit's incredible XBox offering GUNVALKYRIE . A third-person, futuristic action game that presents the player with a control scheme the likes of which you have never handled before.
Excerpt: GPU down pat. You'll see a seamless universe right out of your wildest sci-fi imagination. Areas include a Valley (filled with pillars, caverns and lots of room to move around); Civilian Base (reminiscent of
Excerpt: The shooter is such a straightforward, often vacuous genre that its conventions seem doomed to be endlessly recycled. Change the story, change the guns, change the bad guys, but its still just point-and-shoot.
Conclusion: I feel somewhat torn when it comes to this game. I love the game play that Sega and Smilebit have incorporated. I feel it is truly a step up for all 3rd person shooters out on the console market today. I can really put my skills and abilities to the test to become a true GV master.
Excerpt: Before playing JSRF and Gun Valkyrie, I had nothing against either Sega or Smilebit. However, after spending many hours playing both titles, I feel ripped off that I have lost those precious hours of my life and cannot get them back.
Conclusion: As much as I like the game's storyline and relentlessly impressive visuals, Gun Valkyrie is marred by feeble level design with huge, trussed up rooms connected by pointless corridors, and a control system which redefines the word 'awkward'. And it's too hard.