Excerpt: Hybrid is a newly released cover based shooter available on the Xbox Marketplace for the low price of 1200 MSP. Unlike a large majority of third person shooters, 5 th Cell, who are previously known to have developed Scribblenauts on the Nintendo DS, have opted to not include a single player campaign, but rather focus the game as an entirely multiplayer experience with an overall meta game to prolong its lifespan.
Summary: Third-person shooters are a dime a dozen. From games like Gears of War to the recent Spec Ops: The Line , cover tends to play heavily into the combat, but you'd be hard pressed to find one that fully revolves around cover as not only the tactic but the main focus of gameplay. That is, until Hybrid came along.
Summary: There's nothing I like more than a fresh idea, especially when it comes from a source I wouldn't expect. Hybrid is a commendable shooter, but the novelty of its new features may wane before too long.
Pros: Unique take on an overpopulated genre, A lot of options for a $15 downloadable
Cons: Takes a really long time to find a match, Won't be stealing Halo or Call of Duty's thunder any time soon
Excerpt: is something that is made by combining two different elements (i.e. a mixture). The Xbox LIVE Arcade title, Hybrid, is an interesting game whose game design elements mimic its name. Hybrid is an online-only multiplayer cover-based shooter based on Valve’s Source game engine. Despite my misgivings with the game, it surely does break a lot of preconceived ideas of how a shooter can be played with its mixture (and also rethinking) of classic shooter elements from other...
Summary: Hybrid is a brilliant cover-based third-person shooter that relies on flight as your primary means of transportation. The overarching story and fun, quick online matches pull the experience together wonderfully, making it ones of the most unique takes on the genre in years.
Pros: Cover-based flight system works extremely well, Quick rank progression makes each match matter, Standardized killstreaks level the playing field
Cons: Long load times can kill the mood, Microtransactions in a $15 game feels kind of dirty
Conclusion: Interesting is the best word to describe Hybrid . I enjoyed much of my time with it, even despite the slow matchmaking. It offers some familiarity but also just enough variety to keep things different. However, it's walking down a treacherous path being online only and offering some quite forgettable maps. The lack of bot play means that the 1200 point asking price could end up being all for nothing in the future, which is quite a hefty risk to take.
Conclusion: In all, Hybrid may shy away from the full potential of its selling-point via lacklustre map design and unimaginative weapons, but as a complete game its mechanical innovations make it stand apart from the crowd. At the very least, this desire to innovate and bring to the foreground the action of the shooter while removing the movement makes it a unique experience within a crowded and tired genre.