I love this $20 game as a mindless fun FPS in the mode of Serious Sam series without the puzzle levels. The first few levels are deceiving and then Bam! Wow the intensity is amazing and it's as if my controller is going to fly out of my hands at times.
The intensity is quite something and going from "Normal" to "Hard" seems to be a quirk as it's one notch up but damn it's often impossible in some levels the difference in that one level is huge in this game and it forces you to back to early levels and play harder to get better weapons because without some of those weapons it's hopeless.
TIP! Don't ever finish a level by killing the last enemy on radar without gathering up all weapons first - you never know which may be a jewel you'll need later on in the game and I didn't discover this until the 13th level in the spider caves and needed Bound weapons I ignored earlier just by killing everything and had to go back and redo to gather upgraded weapons for a killer weapon like the Bound Special wepaon that ricochets bullets off the walls of the Spider caverns. Playing the game mindlessly and without strategy has it's penalties later on.
There are over 150 weapons and some of them are humorous as hell to watch in action like the Tortoise Missile as it follows Godzilla around in slomo until it hits with huge destruction but he's no piece of cake to destroy as the Missile takes ten seconds to reload - it took me over a dozen attempts of replay and constantly moving out of range as fast as he runs at times and his size and when he breathes Fire forget it if your in it's midst. Carefully choose your weapons as you only get to carry two into battle. I love the Rapid fire Sniper Rifle man could that thing kick some butt in Halo3. Playing this on my 57" Sharp LCD gives it a huge scale and many levels the vastness and size of the landscape and characters is enormous - think "Independence Day
" it's on the scale of those ships.
There was one level I played last night with the three Mother Ships above dropping the Robots and these Robots appear to be about 10-20 stories tall each and at Normal I destroyed it all within about three minutes and then took the level up one notch to Hard and damn I was lucky to even last three minutes no matter what I did or choices of weapons I could not even come close and so the difference between Normal and Hard is the most extreme I've ever witnessed in any game and then there are two levels above that at Hardest and Inferno - so some may find that frustrating but that could never match the frustration of the Cortana Level of Halo3.
Still playing on after 15 hours game-play and played less than half the game content loving every minute but hoping for a few cheat codes to master the harder levels and of course the walkthroughs recommend not using any of the vehicles the game provides but in some cases they can be used as cover. Finishing the game and then going back to play with different weapons is great fun which I've done with Halo3 for six months now and the AI is a little smarter than the AI in Halo1 and also destructible if in your path so be careful in some areas so they can take the fight while you take out other areas.
I've finished Halo3 at Legendary but this is a total different beast that I find entertaining and humorous and the destructibility in it's own right and those complaining of ease must have done the game at easy level which could be boring but damn step it up and confess did you even last more than a few minutes at the Hard, Hardest or Inferno levels?
Some of the best game-play for $20 on Amazon Fun for FPS freaks but may not be a RPG game players cup of tea as I hated Mass Effect and sold it after playing for about an hour and Love this mindless corny crap - my ID10T network users are the enemy in my mind when I get home from putting up with their crap they are in my sights for destruction within this game - safe venting IMO.
Star-ship Troopers Unite - EDF! EDF!! EDF!!!