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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun but forgettable futuristic third person co-op shooter, December 10, 2012
This review is from: Inversion [Online Game Code] (Software Download)
Developed by Saber Interactive and published in July of 2012 by Namco, "Inversion" is a co-op third-person shooter set in the near future metropolis of Vanguard City. The story follows police officers Davis Russel and his partner Leo Delgado as they fight against a hostile alien invasion and search for Davis' missing daughter. Vanguard City's once peaceful existence is quickly shattered when an unknown enemy emerges from beneath the ground and begins destroying everything in its path. The enemies, known only as the Lutadores are a brutish and post-apocalyptic looking race who utilizes powerful gravity manipulation technology which they use to easily reduce Vanguard City to ruins. Amongst the chaos, Davis' daughter along with countless other children is taken prisoner and hidden deep away in the land of the Lutadores. It's up to Davis and Leo to find and rescue Davis' missing daughter and stop the Lutadores from destroying all life on Earth. Here are my thoughts on Inversion;


+ Some nice atmospheric music and soundscapes.

+ Nice looking graphics. Character models are well detailed with very realistic facial expressions.

+ Backdrop provides an excellent sense of devastation and destruction.

+ Gravity manipulation powers can be fun to use.

+ Zero-gravity sequences although sometimes challenging were a lot of fun.

+ Bloody gunplay which often involves shooting off limbs and other gruesome shots.

+ Environments can be destroyed.

+ Interesting game concept.

+ Can be activated on Steam.

Cons <Contains SPOILERS>

- Repetitive and looping dialogue from your partner can get stuck with him uttering the phrases "Come on! Hurry Up! Move it! I'm not going in there alone!" over and over.

- Plenty of stuttering and lag, even on the title screens. This can be deadly during difficult boss fights.

- Aliens have a ridiculous look and name. The Lutadores which is Portuguese for fighters or wrestlers. They look like poor Mad Max clones and are rather laughable.

- Your partner Leo can get stuck in certain areas and won't be with you again until you die or restart a checkpoint. This can make passing cooperative areas impossible.

- Some awkward controls which take some getting used to. They can be reassigned however.

- Lutadores speak in a random gibberish language and it's never fully explained how you're able to understand them

- Use of gravity manipulation can be hit or miss at times.

- Throw away story complete with a cheesy "Bromance."

- Several Boss battle enemies are reused.

- Quite a few plotholes.

- No jump or crouch options.

- Lots of invisible barriers.

- Water effects look very static.

- Bland angst rock action music.

- No Vertical Sync option.

- Lackluster characters.

- Some long load times.

- Random crashes.

- Requires Steam.

I purchased "Inversion" from Impulse for $10 during a Gamestop Summer Sale and at that price I feel like I got my money's worth. I was able to add it to my Steam library (although you don't have a choice when activating this title) and play directly through the Steam Client. The game was a fun diversion and took around 10-12 hours to complete mainly due to a few cheap deaths. I played the game solo with an AI partner but I'd imagine the game would be a bit more fun with two live players. The game's graphics were nice overall and the cover combat system was entertaining although a tad run-of-the-mill. Sadly the story is largely forgettable but there are a few twists and turns to keep you interested. That being said, this game is really about the action, not the story. By the end of the game I was glad to be finished as the repetitive boss fights began to wear on me. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in this game after really enjoying Saber Interactive's 2007 title Timeshift. Sadly, "Inversion" isn't going to win any awards but it does a decent job of providing 10+ hours of gaming entertainment. Just don't expect to remember much of it afterwards.
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Initial post: Dec 16, 2012 4:58:55 PM PST
R. Nicholson says:
Hi D.
the repetitive dialogue is one of the most annoying features of some of the low budget games. Your other Cons would be mine as well.
great detailed review.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 6:39:31 AM PST
Media Man says:
Hi Ray,
I think what I experienced was a bug where the NPC got stuck in a movement loop which kept triggering the same dialogue. I was trying to explore and pick up ammo all the while he's yelling at me. Very annoying lol. In any case, for under $10 this game is worth a go but I wouldn't recommend it if it's priced higher than that. Thanks for the comments.
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