Review – Wet

November 3, 2009 at 3:48 am | Posted in Articles, PS3 Reviews, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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So lets face it, if your a fan of the Grindhouse style of film (Planet Terror or pretty much anything Tarintino has ever made) I’m sure your pretty much in the know on Bethesda’s new freestyle shooter title WET. Its packed with all the tell tale signs of Grindhouse, from the over the top acrobatics, to the cinematic style its presented in, this games pure Grindhouse right to the grain…y filter which fills your screen whilst your slashing and shooting your way through the game. Ah, see what i did there?

Gamers who may have played John Woo’s Stranglehold a year or so will be familiar with how the game works, as Rubi, your given the ability to run, jump, dive and slide your way through the entire environment however you please whilst clearing enemies as you go. Whilst Wet isn’t as environment rich when it comes to diving o and off stuff, there’s still plenty of ways you can mix things up to keep the combat fresh.

Now here’s something’s you wont get from just playing the demo. Whilst the demo is fun and has examples of all the game types available to play throughout the story of WET, the combat does get a little stale. Now, with your new found Exp points, you can upgrade Rubi to allow her to do more attacks and vary up the stylish ways you dispose of your enemies. Varying from just being able to shoot whilst hanging, wall ride shooting and running up people like vaults not to mention all the weapon damage and fire rate you can do for all your firepower available. THIS, means the combat does get a lot more fun and varied in what you do. But it means your going to have to keep on through it until you get them experience points.

The game is broken up into segments of different game play, you have your simple Point A to Point B, get from here to there as stylishly as possible with your kills, there’s the rail segments which include a balanced addition of QTE’s (more on those later) there’s the, ‘locked in a room and must kill everyone to get out’ sections and the Killer7 look alike ‘rage mode’, sadly the transitions are painfully obvious and the game soon becomes repetitive and you’ll begin to lose interest, which means playing this game sparingly is a must!

Fitting in with the Grindhouse theme the games fitted with a grain filter that’s a little more than say Silent Hill 2’s but added to the point to get across an ‘old projector film’ esc style, if this feature gets a little distracting, its available to turn off, which i shortly did to enable myself to e better, whilst the filter isn’t a hindrance its certainly not missed when removed.

With Eliza Dushku at the helm of voicing our vixen of over the top carnage your guaranteed a voice over to fit the character, although the script writing could have done with a bit of a once over since majorities of her voice time is usually one word abuse’s and it feels a little wasted. Its also hard to judge Rubi as a character as her personality is a little bit…well all over the place, one scene she’s talking with old affiliates the next she’s getting a little bit gruesome with someone, but then maybe its all just to fit with the whole over the top scene the game so definitely portrays. The game also fills in with some indie…punk…jargon music that suits the mood.

The game has a mixture of difficulties which will keep you gunning away for those harder achievements, when that’s done, you also have new game modes and the challenges to complete around Rubi’s hideout. The game itself is a fair length though a bit disappointing in the final ‘boss battle’. The game sparingly includes a few QTE’s which are no real problem, it makes them work and its not horrific. BUT. I uses them on every boss including the last. Where’s the effort? Might take you a couple of goes t remember the sequences but seriously, a QTE for every boss? Shame on you Wet, was hoping for a bit of a challenge.

With that said, the game DOES have its gruelling moments, but are then overlooked at how easy the boss is, and is definitely a bit unrewarding in the sense of accomplishment for bringing the story to its climax…well. Buy watching it at least.

In the end WET is an interesting idea and has its fun moments (memories include a sky diving shootout!) but the games predictability, tedious ‘sectioning’ of game play and general attitude towards being something like a Grindhouse production warrants a cheap buy or at the worst a rental.

6

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