Excerpt: An old school gaming take on the original sci/fi classic, The War of the Worlds has invaded consoles, but does it do the acclaimed source justice? This game makes you feel like you’re in H.G. Wells’ novel, as the atmosphere is potent and the sense of dread is constant. An old school style platform adventure, The War of the Worlds lets you control a scientist who has to endure a gauntlet of danger in order to survive the invasion.
Excerpt: H.G. Wells was a genius ahead of his time. He created the original The War of the Worlds novel in freaking 1898 , and we’re talking about a story involving an alien invasion, chemical weapons, heat rays, and goddamn battle walkers. That shit must have blown minds back then. Then Orson Welles produced the radio drama version that blew so many minds people actually thought it was real and lost their damn sanity, roving the countryside and shooting at shadows.
Pros: Captures the mood and style of H.G. Wells perfectly, Hilarious ways to die, Creates incredibly tense situations
Cons: Controls horribly, Broken checkpoints, Sometimes can't even see what you're trying to do
Summary: " The War of the Worlds " is another of those famous franchises which has never been represented in video games in a truly great manner and this latest offering is another which falls into that category.
Conclusion: No level select. Simple begin a new game and continue options. Overall Score The game itself is good, with a lush environment, but the controls just crush the game to the two stars I gave. I would recommend trying the demo first; and complete that for a brief taste of the ashes and rubble that await you.
Excerpt: WotW isn't exactly unplayable; the tense narrative and bleak, nearly monochromatic presentation does much to convey the hopelessness of the human plight in London in the face of merciless invaders.
Conclusion: The War of the Worlds is a strange case when it comes to graphics, much like its gameplay the graphics are very hit or miss. While the backgrounds are typically gorgeous and evoke a very Limbo aesthetic the character models seem very bland and typically animate awkwardly. The main character doesn’t look too sharp and his animations are typically very awkward, especially when there’s a lot going on.
Conclusion: I want to recommend War of the Worlds to everyone, I want to slap a high score on it and call it a classic, but I can’t because it made me too damn angry. When it works it’s a wonderful and challenging experience, hence the still reasonable score, but it too often doesn’t. If you’ve got a high threshold for pain give it a go, otherwise stay the hell away from it. You know, like if it had a cold or something.
Excerpt: Since H.G. Wells first penned the 1898 novel, The War of the Worlds, there have been a wide variety of adaptations, including a radio program that actually made the world believe we were being invaded by...
Pros: + Excellent narrative, + Looks fantastic, + Soundtrack is well done, + Simplistic yet complex gameplay