Why did I buy "Full Auto", a game that came out for the 360 soon
after it launched more than a year ago? Because Best Buy was
running a special on it for $30, and it was "Buy Any X360 Game, Get
Live Points at 50% Off" time at the store.
I bit, thinking that I would have a good time playing a game
where all you do is drive around and blow shit up.
Unfortunately, the execution of "Full Auto" fails to deliver what
you got when you play the seminal car destruction game of our
"Twisted Metal: Black" (for PS2). Instead of being tasked
with driving around and blowing stuff up with no clock, you are
actually racing here, and so while trying to blow up your
competitors, you also have to worry about--shocker!--winning the
race, which seems like a secondary objective when it has always been
more fun to blow shit up.
So, there's that. Plus, the car and weapon selection just
isn't very good. Each of the roughly-thirty selectable cars
drives about the same, and only has a choice of about ten
weapons...but, you only get to have two weapons on your car at any
given time per race. So, the collection of missiles, rockets,
shotguns and machine guns has to be mixed and matched each time
out...not so good. The armor on each car is reasonably weak,
so during most matches, you will be blown up two or three times
before finishing, but thankfully, there is a magical rewind meter
that allows you to go back in time slightly to avoid any fatal
crashes. There are a decent number of tracks, and while
working through about 50% of the Career Mode, there are a decent
number of little twists to each objective. You could probably
finish the career mode in 10-12 hours.
I did not invest in online play because the arcade version of the
game never seemed to be more intriguing to me if it was played with
human opponents. There is no real strategy involved here--it's
drive towards the finish line and mainly hope that no one smokes
your ass with a rocket just before crossing. But, with about
two shortcuts per track, I guess you could find a way to slide by
each opponent...IF they don't know about the shortcut, which is very
"Full Auto 2" is out now on PS3, but not being rich, I haven't
made the leap yet...and, after playing this first game, it's
unlikely that I will be tricked into buying the newer game.
But, at least the graphics are pretty.
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience