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The War of the Worlds

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Overall 5
5.0

The War of the Worlds review

GamesRadar
24 June 2012
  • 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
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Overall 9
9.0
Video quality 10
10

The War of the Worlds

BluRay Authority
28 January 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 6
5.5

The War of the Worlds Review

PlayDevil
10 January 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 4
4.0

The War of the Worlds

True achievements
2 January 2012
  • 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.
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No One is Mistaking this for the Real Thing

GameCritics.com
29 November 2011
  • Conclusion: Walking around as a corpse when the game failed to properly detect my death.
  • Pros: Racing through abandoned buildings as poisonous smoke filled the rooms behind me.
  • Cons: Listening to the exact same speech from Patrick Stewart after retrying the same cheap spot for the twentieth time.
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Overall 4
4.0

The War of the Worlds review (X360)

HonestGamers
23 November 2011
  • Excerpt: War of the Worlds is something of an institution in aliens take over the world lore. You’ve likely read the seminal H.G. Wells book, or viewed the original movie, or at least watched the Tom Cruise-vehicle-cum-remake. No? To all three? What’s wrong with you?
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Overall 5
4.5

Expert Review

GameSpot
14 November 2011
  • Summary: The War of the Worlds famously scared a large audience when Orson Welles adapted it into a radio drama in 1938. Today, H.G. Wells' classic tale frightens susceptible players for a completely different reason, with a game that is incredibly hard and disappointingly stale. It combines an interesting premise, appealing visuals, and 2D gameplay influenced by some of the greatest classic and modern platformers, yet it misses much of what made those other games special.
  • Pros: Great visuals and atmosphere
  • Cons: Clunky, unresponsive controls, Spotty hit detection, Demands pixel-perfect accuracy for switches and ledges
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Overall 6
6.0

The War of the Worlds

Strategy Informer
5 November 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 10
9.6

War of the Worlds Review

ztgd.com
4 November 2011
  • 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
  • Cons: Jump timing, Unforgiving obstacles
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The War of the Worlds

Talking About Games
31 October 2011
  • Excerpt: Modern science fiction, in one form or another, can almost all be traced back to the works of H.G. Wells. From The Time Machine to The Invisible Man to, what some would consider his greatest triumph, The War of the Worlds, it’s hard to argue with his accomplishments.
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