Gamerbots – sounds like a decent game, doesn’t it? Well, actually it is. Frustrating as hell, but a great game.
The object of the game, so far, is to defeat the boss. You are a robot that travels around a maze. You defeat the enemies in each room and then open the crates to get the contents. Throughout the game you have the opportunity to increase your gold stores so that you can upgrade your robot and weapons. Unfortunately, some of the upgrades are relatively expensive. Of course, this makes for lots of gameplay. To the developer: Send me some gift codes.
The graphics on this game are A1. Great 3D effects with the option to play either in the 3rd person or 1st person. One of the nice features here is the use of your avatar’s face within the robot helmet. Of course, if you play 1st person, you wouldn’t be able to see this. The robot baddies are pretty good too. You will be fighting against what I call bumpers or shooters. The bumpers will charge you “bull-like” and bump into you to reduce your HP but the shooters are the really dangerous ones. One shot will substantially reduce your HP level.
The sound is decent, honestly I didn’t really pay too much attention to the music as I was too busy shooting things.
The controls are very easy to use. Similar to any 3rd person shooter. Left joystick to move, right to look, right trigger to fire and left button to change weapons. They the button pad if it is needed. Felt very familiar. And with co-op and multiplayer options both online and offline, this has the potential to be a an excellent time-waster.
A couple of problems I do have with this game though is, again, with the writing. When you grab a pick up, unless you are playing as 3rd person you can’t see the description of what the pick up is. When you are playing as 3rd person, you can see the writing but it is relatively tiny and hard to read. I would have preferred a brief description in the instruction as to what each pick up was supposed to be.
The boss on the first mission is very difficult. I’ve leveled up one of my weapons to level 7 firepower but still have yet to defeat it. This is where the price of the upgrades come into effect. First level bosses shouldn’t be that difficult to beat. They get harder as you go further. Maybe something to think about for other games.
Also, this is the second indie game that makes use of the xbox live play option that no one is playing online. Come on guys, let’s start playing these online and give the deathmatch option a go.
Barring those couple of really minor problems, I would say that this is an excellent game with lots of value for the price. A definite must have for fans of the genre.
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